Working from rest (part one)

Justin:

Abide in Christ and find true rest!

Originally posted on In My Father's House:

working_restWe, as the people of God, are called to work from rest. As the writer of Hebrews told us, this rest is where our faith intersects the promises of God (Heb.4:1-10). Simply put, we do this by abiding in Christ.

But when we don’t do this, we’re left with burdensome religion where there is no rest.

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Choosing Optimism

Today I choose to be optimistic. I accept life at life’s terms and am grateful for another day of being alive. Through optimism I find gratitude and through gratitude I find love – a love of life, myself and those around me. Through love I find God, for God is love. Life is a journey, not a destination. Happiness is found as we embrace every step as a new experience and opportunity to grow.

Doubt: The Pesky Mosquito

Justin:

A great post on repelling our doubts with God’s faithful word!

Originally posted on waiting for baby bird:

mosquitoMosquitoes are pesky and bothersome.  They know how to ruin a good party by landing on your food or in your drink during a summer backyard BBQ.  They make a conversation difficult as you spend most of your time focused on swatting, dodging, or spraying away the small annoyances.  Not to mention, if you are the unlucky one that it scopes out and lands on, you can expect to see a tiny red bump that will leave you scratching for days, or worse, a longer lasting disease from their nasty bacteria.

Doubts are much like mosquitoes.  If you let them swarm around, they will pester you.  If you let them land, they will eventually bite, leaving you wounded.  They will invade your thoughts, words, and actions leaving lasting effects that can cause anger, bitterness, fear, anxiety, and hopelessness. Between the two, I would rather fight off a mosquito.

No matter…

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Back on the Wagon

Hello everyone,

I haven’t written in a while so I wanted to give you a quick update and ask for your prayers.

If you’ve followed my blog for a while you may know that I’ve struggled with alcohol abuse for many years of my life. I’ve had a couple periods of sobriety, both times lasting almost up to a year but then I relapse and fall back into the trap.

For the last 9 months or so I have been falling farther and farther into the pit of alcoholism. I’ve lied to myself thinking I can control it in moderation but the truth is I can’t.

Late last month I came to the conclusion that I needed help so I signed up for an inpatient rehabilitation center and have been here for the past 18 days.

It has been an emotional roller coaster of ups and downs but I am doing good. Our schedule here is quite busy, so not only has it been emotionally draining but physically as well. I’ll be here for about 25 more days and then it’s back to the real world.

Gods love and deliverance has definitely been doing a mighty work in my heart and I’ve been journaling all that He’s showing me as I’m here. I plan to do a blog series following my return home but for now I humbly ask for your prayers and blessings.

Thanks for reading and God bless.

-Justin

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

-Philippians 3:12-14

Where the waves and wind still know His name

Justin:

Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you. (Psalm 116:7)

Originally posted on In My Father's House:

Waves_wind I don’t remember who said it first, but it’s true. God raises up songwriters to write songs so we will sing words we would never pray.

And I think one recent example is “Oceans” by the Hillsong folks. I wrote about this at the beginning of this year, that this was a prophetic theme for us. 

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Jump

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Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. –Isaiah 41:10

There’s been a stirring in my spirit the past couple weeks and the word I keep getting from the Lord is “Jump!”

Yes, there are seasons of waiting but there are also seasons of entering.

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. –Hebrews 11:8

We have everything we need in Christ, through Christ and by Christ in us. God wants more of us to walk in this reality. I’ve never bungee jumped before but I could imagine the fear and adrenaline that would build up right before letting go. This is human nature to be afraid of making bold moves, to enter into what we do not yet know or fully understand, but with God all things are possible! He goes before you and says, “Don’t worry I’ll catch you.”

He will not allow you to be robbed of your hope. Jump into Him and receive all the glory of the fullness of God. Speak and proclaim to your soul as David did: “Return to your rest, O my soul, For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.” –Psalm 116:7

“Arise, my darling,
my beautiful one, come with me.
See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.
Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
is heard in our land.
The fig tree forms its early fruit;
the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.
Arise, come, my darling;
my beautiful one, come with me.”
-Song of Songs 2:11-13

** photo by Chau Thai Ly @ http://instagram.com/shoutabovethenoise **

Turn Aside

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Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”
–Exodus 3:3

We are a generation that is plagued with busy work, information and sensory overload. I find the work weeks flying by and before you know it months have passed. My perception of time seems to be speeding up. In all this I find myself sometimes forgetting about Emanuel (God with us).

A couple years ago the Lord gave me a dream where He said to me, “Lest you forget.”
This is an important word for all of us in this age. It’s so easy to get caught up in our daily lives that I fear I’ve missed God in certain aspects and areas of my life in the past. Sometimes in hindsight I can look back and go, “Oh that’s where You were.” But still I wonder how many burning bushes I have just whizzed right by without turning aside to see the One who is more important than anything else in my life.

We are in a new season now where God is touching hearts and giving eyes to see Him in areas where we have not before. There’s been a season of silence for some but this was a teaching season. The silence has not actually been silence at all, but it has been God speaking in ways that we had yet to recognize. It’s not that He wasn’t there, it’s that we didn’t notice. There are doors opening, opportunities arising and placements being shifted. This is all to put us closer in line with heaven’s perspective and teach us to coexist with the realization of Christ in us.

As you go about this next work week and you notice a little flicker out of the corner of your eye, turn aside and look. Gaze upon the One whose eyes are like fire. The One who goes before you, is beside you and has always been with you.

Be still and know that He is God.

** photo by Chau Thai Ly @ http://instagram.com/shoutabovethenoise **