God Is Unchangeable, Unstoppable, Unshakable

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I was praying a Puritan prayer from the Valley of Vision book the other morning and this phrase stuck out to me: “In a world of created changeable things, Christ and His word alone remains unshaken.” It made me think of Malachi 3:6, “For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”

Malachi, chapter 3, verse 6 reminds me that no word spoken by God will fall to the ground. Matthew Henry writes, “Is God a just revenger of those that rebel against him? Is he the bountiful rewarder of those that diligently seek him? In both these he is unchangeable.” That is powerful. Think about it, our great God is steadfast in His ways. As I think on this very truth, I realize three important things: He is unchangeable, unstoppable, and unshakable.

God is unchangeable.  Scripture tells us he is the same today, tomorrow and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) We can count on Him to remain true to His will and purpose for us. But he is unchangeable, and who can turn him back? What he desires, that he does.” (Job 23:13) We as humans are so wishy washy but we serve a God who is not. He is who he says He is. He does what He says He will. He loves with mercy, faithfulness and patience just as He says he will. “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” (Job 42:2) He is our stability and firm foundation in this life and we can count on Him because He is unchangeable.

God is unstoppable. He cannot be prevented from following through with His purpose in our lives. “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9) He is going to do what He desires to bring us into a deeper and more intimate relationship with Him as well as produce in us godly fruit for His glory and our good. It will be through joyous situations and hard ones. There is nothing that can stand up to God’s power, purpose and glory. (Proverbs 21:30) “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” (Romans 11:36) He is unstoppable.

God is unshakable. “Whatever the Lord pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.” (Psalm 135:6) He is sovereign over every aspect of our lives. What He has planned for your entire life will unfold just as He designed it to. And we can know with confidence that He will walk with us throughout it all. We are His children and He is our heavenly Father, faithful to the end. Even if we turn our back on Him, He is still there. We cannot shake Him off and, because He loves us, He remains. “The Lord of hosts has sworn: ‘As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand.’ “ (Isaiah 14:24) God is unshakable.

When I think over all the rough and heavy days in my life, I know a God who is unchangeable, unstoppable and unshakable. When I think over all the sweet and precious moments of JOY in my life, I see a God who is unchangeable, unstoppable, and unshakable. No matter what we endure day to day, season to season, God proves Himself to be the one true God, sovereign over all things. “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.” (1 Chronicles 29:11,12) 

Sometimes accepting certain truths about our God is hard. We want to put Him into a certain mold that makes our life easier or that doesn’t challenge us but, friend, He cannot be formed into what we think He ought to be. He is God. He is almighty. He is not conformable. When we realize He is unchangeable, unstoppable and unshakable in all He does, we can then rest in Him and rely on His grace and mercy all the days of our lives. How has God moved in your world to know Him in these three aspects of His character? Have you thanked Him lately for being so faithful to who He is and for being faithful to you?

 

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Monday’s Musings #243 & Seeing the Good In the Bad

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Me with Goofy at Disneyland. Not letting what happened steal my joy.

A few of you know I went on vacation this past week. We had a delightful time in California visiting Disneyland and the beach, eating some of our local favorite foods and hanging with our friends. Truly, this trip is one of our favorites of the year! And I am ever so grateful to the Lord for making it happen. He is good!

Yet while in Disneyland, we had our camera bag taken. I left it on a bench by accident but was very hopeful that it would be returned promptly. However, it never was. Whoever picked it up decided to keep it. The contents was my expensive camera gear including a camera body and two lenses plus our video camera. I was so devastated! Mostly, I felt violated. Both the camera and the video had family photos and footage for anyone to view. It’s the main reason I have had such a hard time with this. I didn’t care about the gear as much as I cared that someone had probably thumbed through our family photos and video footage. Okay…it made me mad. I’ll be honest with you.

But as the week has gone by and I have had time to work through my broken heart, sadness and anger, I have come back to this one reminder: God is sovereign and good. This did not take the Lord by surprise. As a matter of fact, He knows who and why. Yes, He is in control and His plan will not be thwarted. Reminding myself that the Lord is good all the time has helped me come to terms with the situation.

Now this may seem trivial to you, a lost camera and video camera, compared to what bigger problems we could be facing but this is still so personal to us. Like I said, it wasn’t so much the gear as much as it was the family info available to the one who now has it. However, despite this happening, I am thankful we were still able to enjoy our time together as a family, make more memories (which the person who has our stuff cannot have!), and witness God’s work in our hearts.

I share this with you because God is still good even when things are sad or hard or heartbreaking. He is the binder of broken hearts. He is the healer of awful situations. He is the lover of our souls and caregiver of our lives. He is to be given praise even when life throws us a curve ball. By His grace, we can see the good in the bad. I believe God will work it out for our good and for His glory. That’s the best message of the day!

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Monday's Musings #243 | What Joy Is Mine

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Names God Calls You

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Most people have special names, nicknames if you will, that they are called affectionately by others who love them. I have an endearing name my Love has called me since we were first married. He still calls me by it to this day. Did you know God has wonderful names for those He calls His own? When we become His, we take on so many new and wonderful names! Here are 13 notable names you are now called…

He calls you chosen. “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” (Colossians 3:12) We are selected; distinguished by preference; eminent (distinguished above others). 

He calls you beloved. “The beloved of the Lord dwells in safety.” (Deuteronomy 33:12) We dear to the Father’s heart. 

He calls you His child. “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” (1 John 3:1) Here the term child refers to “one who is born again, spiritually renewed and adopted.”

He calls you His daughter. ” ‘And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me,’  says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:18) We are adopted into His family when we become believers.

He calls you friend“… but I have called you friends…”(John 15:15) Jesus calls us his friend meaning He is our companion. He will walk through life with us and be for us. We can know He is there always as a true Friend all the days of our life.

He calls you saint. “Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.” (Psalm 39:4) As His saints, we are set apart for His purposes. We are daily being sanctified to be holy as He is holy.

He calls you His workmanship. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) We are “that which is effected, made or produced.” We have been created to work good unto the glory of God. Our created being—as a child of God—ought to be a reflection of Him.

He calls you His treasured possession. “The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.” (Deuteronomy 7:6) We are called treasured meaning “something very much valued.” God values us, above all others, as His own children.

He calls you His heir.  “And if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” (Romans 8:17) As heirs, we can possess righteousness and salvation by virtue of the death and resurrection of Christ. This inheritance, the eternal promise and grace given by God, is ours when we receive Christ as our Savior.

He calls you holy and blameless. “Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.” (Ephesians 1:4) We are without fault, guiltless and innocent before the eyes of God because of Jesus and the cross. We can now stand before the Lord holy and blameless because our sins have been forgiven.

He calls you the apple of His eye. “Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.” (Psalm 17:8) He cherishes us above all others.

He calls you blessed. Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts!” (Psalm 65:4) We are blessed in that we are enjoying spiritual happiness found in Christ and the favor of God.

He calls you redeemed. “In him we have redemption through his blood…” (Ephesians 1:7) We are called redeemed because we are delivered from the bondage of sin and the wrath of God because we are sinners. Our deliverance is such by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

With such precious names, you know you are loved by a great God. There is JOY in knowing that with all your heart! Today may you hold these names close to your heart and think on them often.

 

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We NEED Fellowship With God (and the reasons might surprise you)

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We’ve all read them. Posts and articles about how to have daily time with God. Even I wrote one once upon a time. Daily fellowship with the Lord is the best daily vitamin we’ll take each day, the best strategy to stay spiritually hydrated and fit, and the best antidote to a good morning among other blessings. As children of God, our souls crave that time in the Lord’s presence. We NEED to be at His feet every day soaking in His truth, grace and mercy. This is our first and chief need as His children.

So, why do we NEED fellowship with God?

Well, we are so dependent on Him for everything. The food we eat, the roof over our heads and the breath we breathe. It’s all from Him. Daily He supplies “according to His glorious riches” all we need to live and survive. (Philippians 4:19) We will lack for nothing because He knows what we need at any given moment. From the poorest to the richest, weakest to the strongest, He takes care of His own. (Luke 12:22-24)

We need to feel His presence. The reassurance of God’s nearness secures our trust in Him in all things. And we can know His presence intimately by fellowshipping with Him. Making Himself known to us is what we ought to desire every day. It is in His presence that we grow more in our assurity of faith. Psalm 145: 18 reminds us, “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”

We learn humility and self abasement. These are much needed for the Christian as we go about our life desiring to live so others may see our Father at work in us and through us. In being brought low, we see our deep need for our holy and powerful Lord. It is here we die to ourselves and God can now take His place as our all in all in our hearts. “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” (James 4:10)

We revisit the blessedness of Jesus and the cross. God delights in His Son and what He did for the sinner. The Gospel is proof of a loving and merciful God towards the broken and lost. Jesus loves us with a real and personal love. After all, His life, death and resurrection were for us, “a people for His own possession.” (1 Peter 2:9) This we need to preach to ourselves every day.

We learn to be more Christ-like. Jesus’ likeness ought to be the order of the day. In this, others will see His face beyond ours. We are to be imitators of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1) This likeness of Jesus can be accomplished as we spend our time in the Word, learning who Jesus was, how he lived and moved among people, and how He glorified His Father in Heaven. Then, we, by Jesus’ example, God’s power, and the Holy Spirit’s prompting, can aim to live a life that exudes the grace and mercy found in Jesus, our Savior, especially in our homes.

We are taught submission and surrendering at His throne of grace. We serve and worship a good and powerful Lord. He knows what is best all the time in everything concerning us. Seeking God insists upon our need for Him. In our need for Him, we acknowledge He is all mighty and sovereign over each detail of our life. At God’s throne of grace is where we learn to submit and surrender to our holy God and His perfect will. “Be still, and know that I am God,” is what the Lord asks of us. (Psalm 46:10)

Daily fellowship with God yields all of the above by the power of the Holy Spirit which resides within every child of God. We need this time with our Lord to know what it means to live wholly for Him. We grow in faith as we seek Him every day, submitting and surrendering to His purpose for us. Be encouraged to take time to tarry with God each day. Better yet, begin your morning in His presence and seek Him throughout your day.

 

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9 Other Prayers We Should Be Praying

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Prayer has really made a comeback of importance with the movie “War Room.” That is awesome but how did it ever become not so important? I have always been an advocate for prayer. I believe in its power to reach a holy God at His throne. I believe in its power to grab the attention of a sovereign God. The Word says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6) This avenue to be in the presence of God and seek Him with the heart is a gift to us and a command.

With Resurrection Sunday having just passed, I am reminded of the torn veil and how it opened a way to God directly. We could now enter into the holiest of holies and stand there with boldness. “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus.(Hebrews 10:19) Jesus did this for us as He died on the cross. Almost like the icing on the cake. The “cake” being the gift of eternal life by our heavenly Father through His Son Jesus, on the cross and with His resurrection three days later.

So, understanding that prayer is a wonderful tool to bring our praises and petitions to God, let’s look at what we can pray for. If asked, most of us would say family, friends, job, and health. Absolutely, we ought to be praying for those things. And daily, mind you. Yet I want to take our prayers in a direction we probably don’t go very often but these things need to be covered as well.

  1. We need to be praying for the growth of God’s Kingdom.Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.(Matthew 9:37, 38) Ask the Lord to show you how you can be used to impact lives for Jesus.
  2. We need to pray about ministering the Word to others. Like Paul, we ought to be praying “that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ” to those around us and with those we come in contact with in our day. Yes, this means in our home and when we’re out and about.
  3.  We need to pray for those broken relationships in our life.And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.(Mark 11:25) Most of us have them. Pray to forgive and hopefully, restore.
  4. We need to pray to avoid the temptation to sin. “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.(Matthew 26:41) Most often we forget to pray over ourselves concerning sin. We are sinners and the flesh is weak. Ask the Lord to protect you.
  5. We need to be in prayer for the sick, homeless, widows and fatherless. Pray for one another. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” (James 5:16) 
  6. We need to pray over our government and leaders at all levels. “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4) God is sovereign over our leaders but we are told to pray over them whether we agree with the choice or not. I believe this would include the pastors and elders of your church. 
  7. We need to cover our military here and abroad. “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.(John 15:13) They defend our freedom and our country. We can pray over them.
  8. We need to gather with others and pray together. “Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.(Matthew 18:19, 20) It is important to pray with others whether in person, on the phone or even through a text. God tells us that when more gather in His name, He is there. Try to make regular time to pray with another.
  9. We need to be in prayer over our enemies. “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.(Luke 6:26-28) In this day and time, we face much wickedness from those who oppose us. Pray for them as God commands you, too.

These are other things we need to be in prayer over as well as those close to home and there is a way to cover all these. Next time I will share how you can do it successfully.

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