Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Take Him at His Word

There is something very freeing and reassuring when you simply take the Word of God as absolute truth. As Fanny Crosby says, "Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word."

So many times, as a young wife and mother, the Word was my yardstick - not my feelings, not the most recent magazine article, not what my friend or neighbor was doing.

For instance, when my little ones kept me up night after night (for how many years did that go on?) I saw that the Word promised His provision of all that I needed. If He provided a certain number of hours of sleep, I became convinced that the provision was what I needed. He promised to give His beloved sleep, and I was one of His beloved. Forget that article that said I needed eight hours, forget my love for sleep. The Word said He provided, and last night I got X number of hours. Must be my Father, who is watching over me, gave me what I needed, not what I think I needed.

The Word also told me that children are a blessing from the Lord. When my children failed to bless me I chose to believe that the Word was true. It enabled me to take stock of the situation and say, "God has not failed here, I have. What do I need to do to cause these children to be a blessing?" Either I was failing to do my part (because He never fails) or I was not recognizing the blessing that was there. Most often I was not disciplining or bringing them into proper order. Faith in the Word caused me to find victory and confidence to do what needed to be done, in spite of prevailing trends in child-training.

The Word is our rock, our anchor, our strong-tower. But we must believe it in its entirety. If God said it, it is true. When we allow His truth to prevail in our lives, the enemy no longer has liberty to taunt us or push us around. The simplicity of His Word needs to be accepted and believed.

"Oh for grace to trust Him more."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love to read your writings - it is such a relief to be reminded that God is in control, that what He has said is absolutely true.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very apprpriate for me right now. The Lord knows how to confirm His message to us...another keeper! Amen!
BTW...I like your quote below...thought about it since posted...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've thought of you often lately, knowing all that was coming & all that had to be accomplished. Jacqui said everything was incredible - the pictures I've seen were just beautiful!!!

This entry really was a timely reminder & is resonating in my heart today. Thanks for writing - you are reaching & touching many lives in your obedience!!!!

I love you~

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You blog set up is really cool. from a first impression it looks like you have a lot of cool stuff to say. when i have more time ill stop in again.

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