Wednesday, October 18, 2017

"Continue To Victory"

"And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Strike the ground. And he struck three times, and stopped.  And the man of God was angry with him, and said, You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck down Syria till you had consumed it: whereas now you shall strike down Syria but three times."  2 Kings 13:18,19

We tend to think that just because we prayed about a matter once, or did spiritual warfare in prayer one time, we can stop.  We have done all we need to do.  I know there was a teaching going around once upon a time that said if you prayed about a situation more than once you really didn't have faith the first time.  This isn't always true.

Sometimes we have to go after the enemy many times in order to defeat him and get the victory that already belongs to us.  Jesus taught that some things come by fasting and prayer-- that is continual.  Elisha rebuked Joash for not striking the arrows on the ground, symbolizing the defeat of the Syrians, many times-- until they were consumed.  The Lord God hit Egypt with ten plagues-- not only one.  He continued until all the "gods" of Egypt had been defeated.  Jesus taught the parable about the woman who would continually go to the unjust judge with her case.  Even in our video games we have to battle through many levels before we win the war. 

Jesus already gave us victory.  The enemy is already defeated.  But that doesn't mean we don't have to still do battle.  The victory is there-- we always triumph in Christ.  But to experience that victory we have to fight some battles.  And those battles are fought through repetition, perseverance and on many levels.  Don't quit striking until you have gained total victory.

Have a great day.  Keep fighting the battle, over and over again, until the victory is manifested.   

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

"Praise Is Faith"

"And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endures forever." 2 Chronicles 20:21

When the Israelites were facing a battle with many nations all gathered together against them at once, instead of sending out the military first the king sent out the worshippers.  The "choir" led the way.  When we are in a crisis, facing trouble, have a problem or going through a difficulty, the first thing we tend to do is withhold our praise.  But this is the last thing we should do.

We should never withhold our praise especially when facing a "battle".  Praise brings the presence of God.  It is a powerful weapon.  It magnifies God and in turn increases our trust in Him and His ability. 

We tend to withhold it because of what we see-- the "army" against us.  We tend to withhold it because of what we feel-- overwhelmed, discouraged, defeated.  Praise is not a "physical" thing.  Praise is spiritual.  Praise involves a step of faith.  This is why it is called a "sacrifice" of praise.  Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  Praise is an act of faith because it doesn't see the victory, but praises the Lord anyway.  

The just live by faith.  Without faith it is impossible to please the Lord.  When we praise the Lord, even in difficultly, it is the evidence of our faith in God.  It is a sign of our faith in Him.  When we withhold it, it shows our lack of faith that He will do what He says He will do-- fight the battle for you.

Have a great day.  Don't withhold your praise, it is the evidence of your faith.       

Monday, October 16, 2017

"Good Outcome"

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."  Romans 8:28

In the movies the boy always gets the girl, the villain is always defeated, the star always survives, the main character always recovers from a sickness, blindness or gun-shot.  They always end with someone either "riding off into the sunset" or living "happily ever after".  But that is the movies, it is not reality.  Life isn't perfect.  It doesn't always turn out perfect.  People don't always recover.  The boy doesn't always get the girl.  The good guy doesn't always win.  In the "real world" there is pain, heartache, grief, struggle, sadness, etc.     

We try to live life like the movies.  We all want things to go well like in the movies.  We all want to live happily ever after.  We all want life to be perfect.  But that is a fantasy.  We want a good outcome all the time and we think that if it isn't a good outcome then it isn't good.  We think that in order for it to be good, the situation has to turn out good.  God's definition of a "good outcome" is not necessarily the same as man's definition. 

The cross certainly didn't look like it had a good outcome.  It looked like death and defeat.  But it was a "good" outcome.  It was not a place of defeat.  It was a place of victory.  Sin and death were defeated so they could have no more power over us.  It wasn't a place of darkness.  It was in fact a place of light.  The cross was a shining beacon illuminating the path to eternal life.  It was in reality a place of hope, love, victory and life.

You may be facing a situation and praying for a "happily ever after" ending.  Judge the outcome by the Lord's definition and not your own.  He will and does make all things work together for good.  Even if the outcome doesn't look good to you.

Have a great day.  God's definition of a good outcome and ours is not always the same.  But it is good none the less. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

"Desperate"

"As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God."  Psalm 42:1

The other night at church we were talking about why we don't see the move of God like we should or would want to.  What is the problem?  How are we lacking?  We were also talking about surrendering totally to the Lord.  My pastor made the statement that one reason is because we aren't desperate for the presence of God.

As he said that I thought-- that is so true, we aren't desperate for the Lord.  We aren't desperate to know Him personally and intimately.  We aren't desperate to know His heart, His plan and His will.  The only time we truly get desperate is when we have a need, have a problem, need His help or are in trouble.  When those times come, we get desperate.  We will seek Him.  We will turn to Him.  We will cry out to Him.  We will pray to Him.  We will bargain with Him.  We are in a desperate situation and desperately need His help so we will get desperate in seeking Him. 

If we treated seeking Him all the time the same way we do when we are in a desperate situation, our relationship would be totally different with Him.  It would be more evident.  It would demonstrate more power.  It would make our lights shine brighter.  It would make us saltier in this world.  It would completely change and transform our lives.

Are you desperate for the presence of God in your life?  Are you desperate for a closer intimate relationship with Him?  Are you like a deer who isn't satisfied until it finds water when it comes to seeking the Lord?  Is He your longing and desire?  Do you only draw close to Him when you have a problem or need?  It is time we get a hunger and thirst, a longing and desire, a desperation for the presence of God.  It will make a difference in our lives and the world around us.

Have a great day.  How desperate are you for the presence of God? 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

"Job's Wife"

"Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die."  Job 2:9

We know that when Job came under attack by satan, he lost everything.  He lost his herds, servants, children and health.  All he was left with was a wife.  And she encouraged him to "curse God and die".  Do you ever wonder why God didn't let satan take her too?  After all, she was no help to Job.  She gave him bad counsel and certainly didn't make his suffering any better.

I think Job's wife gets a bad rap.  The book primarily focuses on Job, but she is there behind the scenes.  She is there grieving as well.  She lost everything along with Job.  She lost her children-- not only one or two, but all of them in one moment.  She carried them, nursed them, nurtured them, took care of them.  A mother's heart is her children.  Behind the scenes she was suffering and suffering alone.  Her husband couldn't comfort her because he was dealing with his own illness and accusing friends. 

Although we don't see or hear much about Job's wife other than her statement to "curse God and die", we learn lessons from her life like we do from Job's. 

Those lessons?  God did not let satan destroy her because He still had a plan for her-- He was not finished with her yet.  The devil can't destroy you when God has an unfulfilled destiny/plan that awaits you. 

Although she made that statement, God knew that she spoke from her pain, not her heart for Him.  Often in times of grief, confusion, suffering and pain we say and do things that we would not normally say or do.  God understands, He remembers our frame and is still loving, gracious and patient with us. 

He was going to bring joy out of her pain.  He knows how to bring joy out of your pain.  Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.  And with that joy comes renewed hope and strength.  

He was going to glorify Himself through, and in spite of, her suffering.  He knows how to work all things together for good. 

God used her as part of Job's restoration.  When the Lord brings you through a time of darkness, He can use you to bring restoration, comfort and consolation to someone else.  The book ends by letting us know that Job had other sons and daughters after his trial.  And his daughters were the fairest in the land.  Where did those sons and daughters come from?  How carried them in her womb?  Who gave birth to them?  The same one who said, "curse God and die".  The Lord completely restored and healed her and fulfilled His purpose through her.  

You may think you have "messed up" so badly that there is no hope from you.  Not true.  Think about Job's wife and remember that the same grace and mercy is available to you as well.  

Have a great day.  When you think about Job's wife, be encouraged.    

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

"Facing The New Place"

"Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."  Joshua 1:9
 
Joshua was getting ready to go somewhere he had never gone before and do something he had never done before.  He was embarking on a new phase, new season and new experience of his life. 
 
He knew what it was like to be born and raised in slavery in Egypt.  He knew what it was like to be delivered out of the hand of Pharaoh and become a free man.  He knew what it was like to wonder around in the wilderness for forty years.  He knew what it was like to follow and serve under Moses for forty years.  But now he was getting ready to step into another role.  He would be leading the Israelites out of the wilderness and into the land that was promised to them by God. 
 
Talk about needing courage, he needed it.  There are times when we go through places, situations and seasons that we have never been through before.  Life is full of new experiences.  Some of them are taxing.  Some of them are fearful.  Some of them push us to our limits.  What do we do?  We do what Joshua did.  We trust the Lord.  The Lord's word to Joshua was the same as it is for us today-- "Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest." 
 
We trust the Lord to lead us, guide and be with us just like He was for Joshua.  He made Joshua a promise and we see that He fulfilled it.  He made us the same promise-- to be with us, to never leave us nor forsake us, to give us courage, to give us strength, to give us boldness, to give us peace and everything else we need in this new place. 
 
Have a great day.  Whatever new place you are facing, take courage, the Lord is with you. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

"Understanding Trust"

"Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him."  Job 13:15

There are things that happen in our lives and we understand the reason why they happened.  For example, if I overeat, then I understand why I have a stomach ache.  If I am running late for an appointment, the reason was because I overslept.  But there are times when things happen and we don't know why they are happening.  We don't know the reason.  We can't figure it out.  We wonder what did we do?  Did I do something wrong?  Did I open the door to something that is causing my problem now?

Many times we are facing the consequences to our actions and choices.  Many times we are reaping what we sowed.  But sometimes we just can't figure it out.  Sometimes we just don't have the answer.  Sometimes it just doesn't make any sense.  Job couldn't figure out what was happening to him, or why.  He didn't know what had transpired in heaven between God and satan.  He only knew that he was suffering but he didn't know why.     

What do we do in those times?  One thing that we do is not to stay so focused on the why.  Yes, we should ask the Lord and if the Spirit reveals the reason to us we should respond.  But the greatest and most important thing we have to do is maintain our trust and faith in the Lord.  Are you going through something and you don't understand why?  Keep your heart in trust to the Lord.  Don't let it stop trusting just because you don't understand.  This is when you need to trust Him most. 

Have a great day.  You may not understand what is going on or why, but keep your trust in the Lord.     

Friday, October 6, 2017

"Who Is The Shepherd?"

"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters."  Psalm 23:1,2

The Lord desires to be, and will be, your Shepherd if you will let Him.  He wants to lead you, but you have to stop kicking against His leading.  He wants to give you a hope and a future, but you have to stop setting your own course.  He wants to give you peace, but you have to learn to rest and stop struggling to make things happen yourself.  He wants to lead you beside still waters-- a quiet place, a refreshing place-- but you have to let go of heading in your own direction.  He wants to supply what you lack, but you have to stop scheming ways to make things happen in your life.  He wants to bless you, but you have to stop making your plans and following your own heart's desires. 

There can only be one shepherd.  A sheep can't be a shepherd.  A sheep can't lead himself.  A sheep doesn't know what is best for it.  A sheep doesn't have a concept of what lies ahead.  But the shepherd does. 

This word this morning may sound like a rebuke and scolding.  It partly is.  We have to get some things straight-- we aren't shepherds, we are sheep; we can't lead our lives, we are designed to follow.  Once we get that straight this is no longer a correction but becomes an encouragement.  How wonderful to know that we don't have to try to figure it all out, we don't have to take the lead, we don't have to try to make it happen, we can have peace, rest, joy, victory, abundant life, grace and hope!  But it all comes when we establish our role and stay in within our role-- and not try to be our own shepherd, but let Jesus be the Shepherd of our lives.

Have a great day.  We aren't the shepherd of our own lives.  Jesus is.  So let Him be.




Thursday, October 5, 2017

"Not Brave Enough"

"The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe."  Proverbs 29:25

My hairstyle is a little on the "edgy" side.  Now I have added purple to it, so it really seems "radical".  There have been many times I have had women come up to me and tell me they like my hair and wish they were brave enough to do their hair like mine.

I have discovered something, the reason they aren't brave enough has to do with other people, not with themselves.  They aren't brave enough because they are worried about other people's reactions.  Will they like it?  Will they hate it?  Will they make fun of me?  Will they criticize?  What will they think or say about it?

This is the same reason many people don't come to Christ Jesus.  They aren't "brave" enough to surrender their lives to Him.  (I have had them tell me this.)  The same reason why some people can't make what we consider "radical" changes in their lives is the same reason they won't turn their lives over to Jesus for salvation.  They are worried, afraid and concerned about what someone may think or say about them.

This attitude is pride.  It is also fear.  We let pride hold us back.  We let the fear of people's opinions hold us back.  We let fear that we won't have their approval hold us back.  It is time we stopped.  When it comes to surrender to Christ Jesus, we aren't talking about something as trivial as hair.  It will grow out.  Its style can be changed.  We are talking about the state of our eternal soul.  What does a man profit if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?  What does it profit you if you gain the approval of others, if their opinions are favorable, if they accept you but you lose your soul?  It profits nothing.  Instead, you lose everything. 

Lay aside pride.  Lay aside fear.  When I got my hair done, I had to "jump right in" and just do it.  Had I not, I could have talked myself out of it.  I could have let my thoughts make me change my mind.  It is the same with coming to Christ Jesus for salvation.  You have to just "jump in" and do it.

Have a great day.  The reason we aren't "brave" enough is because of pride and fear of what others may think. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

"Off Center"

"And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it."  Jeremiah 18:4

Last night at pottery class we got to try our hand at making a piece on the wheel.  An important thing about the process was making sure that the clay started off centered and stayed centered.  It had to be centered before you could start making the piece into an object.  If it started getting off center, you had to work at getting it back centered.

When our lives are off center, we have a problem.  We can't be who the Lord truly wants us to be.  When our lives are off center, it affects our relationships, the work the Lord has called us to do, it affects our witness, it affects our worship, it affects our speech, our attitude, the way we handle situations--- it affects everything.

What do I mean about having our lives centered?  I mean having them centered in Christ Jesus.  He has to be at the center of our lives.  He has to be at the heart-- our center-- of all that we are and do.  When the clay on the wheel is not centered, it wobbles.  When we are not centered in Christ, we will wobble too.  We will move from side to side.  That is the same thing is instability.  Being off centered makes us unstable.  This is why it affects our entire life. 

Staying centered in Christ gives us stability.  It gives us confidence.  It gives us abundant life.  It will help us become what the Master Potter desires to make of our lives.

Have a great day.  Is your life off center?  Is it centered in Christ?

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

"You Will Know, When You Are Still"

"Be still and know that I am God..."  Isaiah 46:10a

Often when we think about this verse we think about it in the context of holding still and not moving in a situation, being still and not doing anything but instead wait and let God move in it.  It does mean that.  There are times when we don't need to try to take care of it on our own but wait and let the Lord do it.  But I want to look at another side of this verse this morning.

"Be still and know that I am God".  When was the last time you were still in His presence?  When was the last time you went to Him in prayer and sit still long enough for Him to speak to you?  When you are in prayer, do you give Him your list of wants, needs and desires and then that is the end of it-- you're up and gone? 

When we will take the time to sit still (be still) long enough, we will know that He is God.  It will be in those still, unrushed, unhurried, being quiet, patiently waiting times that we discover more about this awesome, amazing and wonderful God.  When we will be still long enough to give Him the opportunity to speak, He will reveal Himself to us.  We will discover much about Him that we didn't know.  We will know, not only more about Him, but truly get to know Him.

Take time each day to be still in His presence.  As you do, you will get a knowing in your "knower" that He truly is God.

Have a great day.  If you will be still long enough in the presence of the Lord, you will get a deeper revelation of who He is-- that He truly is God.   

Monday, October 2, 2017

"They Still Know His Name"

"And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!”  And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm."  Mark 4:39

The waves, the winds and the storm ceased at the command of Jesus.  The legion of demons fled from the possessed man in Gadara at the command of Jesus.  Death lost its hold on Lazarus at the command of Jesus.  Sickness in the lives of those who were brought to Jesus left at the command of Jesus.  Storms, demons, death, sickness, all obeyed the voice of Jesus.  He spoke, He commanded, He rebuked, they all heard and obeyed.

Though these all happened in the Bible, in the New Testament, a couple of thousand years ago, they still can happen today.  There is a line in a chorus that says-  "The waves and the winds still know His name".  Demons are still subject to Jesus today.  Storms are still subject to Him.  Sickness is still subject to Him.  Death is still subject to Him.  He has not changed.  His authority has not changed.  The power of His word, His commands, His rebukes, have not changed.  All power in heaven and earth was given to Him, and still is.  

Speak to the storm you are in, it still knows His name and it still has to obey.  Speak to the situation you are facing, it still knows His name and is still subject to Him and still has to obey.  

Have a great day.  Winds, waves, storms, sickness, demons, etc. all still know the Name of Jesus and are still subject to Him.   

Friday, September 29, 2017

"Align"

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."  Matthew 6:33

When I prayed about the word the Lord has for us this morning, I heard the word "align".  The word align means to arrange or place in a straight line; to adjust according to a straight line. 

When my back get out of alignment, I have to go get an adjustment.  As long as it is out of alignment, I am suffering pain in my body.  When my car has gotten out of alignment, I have to go get it lined back up.  If I don't, it does not drive properly and it wears out my tires faster.  Anything that is out of alignment has to be put into alignment.  If it isn't it will give you problems. 

Our lives can get out of alignment as well.  Sometimes when we can't seem to get things straight, when there is confusion, when we feel like we are spinning our wheels, when things just aren't happening for us, it could be that we are out of alignment spiritually speaking.

In order to enjoy peace, abundant living, soundness, joy, and so on, our lives have to be in alignment.  They have to be in alignment with God's will and God's word.  Our thoughts have to line up.  Our words have to line up.  Our lifestyle has to line up.  Our actions have to line up with God's word and will.  When they don't, things just won't go right for us.

Is your life out of alignment?  Does it line up with God's word?  Are you aligning yourself with His will?  Are you aligning with His plan or your own?  Sometimes the problem that we are facing can be corrected by an adjustment--- getting back lined up with God's plan, will, purpose and word.

Have a great day.  Are you out of alignment with God's word and will?

Thursday, September 28, 2017

"Anxious Solution"

"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."  Philippians 4:6

The word careful here also means anxious.  How do you handle life's situations?  Is your solution to be anxious and worry?  Do you think that if you worry enough about it it will go away?  Or that it will solve it?  Many people must think that worrying and being anxious is the answer to their problems because they spend a whole lot of time and effort doing it.

Worrying about the problem never solves it.  Being anxious about the situation has never made it better.  On the contrary, it only made it worse.  It robbed you of peace.  It made you feel more hopeless.  It leads to depression.  It consumed your energy.  And so on. 

The only true solution when facing a problem is prayer.  Take it to the Lord.  Let Him handle it.  He knows how to take care of it.  He knows what to do about it.  You don't have to worry that He can't or won't have the solution.  He has your answer.  So don't worry or be anxious about the problem, pray about the problem and give it to God instead.

Have a great day.  The solution for your problem is prayer, not worry. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

"Enough Is Enough"

"..... yet will I trust in him..."  Job 13:15

We all face problems, trials and difficulties.  But some times they come in multiples.  It seems like we can't get though one problem before another comes.  And before we can get through that one, here comes another one, then another, then another.  They are compounded upon top of each other-- one after another.  It is enough to make you say-- enough is enough.  When are they going to stop?  When will I get a breather?  When will I get a break?  Am I ever going to see daylight again?  Enough is enough.  They push you to your limit.  They try you to the point where you don't think you can go through one more thing.  They make you want to give up.  They test you beyond your capacity.  Enough is enough.

What do you do when enough is enough?  When you can't take any more? When you have reached your limited?  When you are tried beyond the breaking point?  Many will decide to end their lives.  Some will turn to the pill bottle, alcohol or some other drug of choice.  Some will throw themselves into activity, entertainment, work, etc.  What do you do?  Where do you go?  Where is your answer to make it through the times when enough is enough?

Let's look at the life of a man who went though a time like this and see where he found his answer.  Job had it all.  He had all the things we aspire to have in this life.  Then one day tragedy hit.  He lost his flocks, his servants, his children, his wife's support, his health and the compassion of his friends.  Talk about one trouble after another.  The bad news didn't let up, it just kept coming and coming.  Enough is enough.  But Job found the answer.  "Yet, I will trust Him/the Lord".  

This is our answer today as well.  Jesus is the Answer.  When enough is enough, when problems just keep coming, when they keep mounting up, when you can't catch your breath before another one comes, you will find your answer in Jesus.  Keep holding on to Him.  Keep trusting in Him.  Keep looking to Him.  Keep putting your faith and confidence in Him.  Don't stop trusting Him.  He knows how to bring you through it.  He knows how to make a way.  He will give you grace and strength.  He will turn it around and work it out for your good.  He will give you restoration.  He will give you help, peace and hope.  He will give you all that you need in the midst of your "enough is enough" to make it through it.  Make your heart's motto:  "Yet, I will trust Him."

Have a great day.  When you have gone through all you can take, when enough is enough, Jesus is your answer to make it through it.  Keep trusting in Him.   

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

"Spiritual Entitlement"

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."  Ephesians 2:8

There is a mentality in this country called entitlement.  It is a "devilish" mindset.  It believes that a person is entitled to the same thing as someone else has yet without paying the price to receive it.  It believes it should receive the same wages for flipping hamburgers as someone who went to college for eight years in order to earn a degree.  It believes it should have the same things that it took others years, or a lifetime, to work for.  It believes that what you have should be theirs also.  They are entitled to your things.  Many believe that just because they are alive and breathing that entitles them to anything and everything they desire. 

This entitlement has moved into the "spiritual" area.  People think they are entitled to go to heaven and to have eternal life just because they go to church.  They believe they are entitled to go to heaven because they attend on Easter and Christmas, because they put a few dollars in the offering plate, because they do some religious duty within the church or because they were born in a "Christian" nation. 

None of these things entitle you to heaven.  None of these things-- no matter how religious they may be-- entitle you (give you the right) to eternal life.  Salvation is not an entitlement.  It is a gift.  The gift of God is eternal life.  And it comes through faith and surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ over your life. 
Just because you were born doesn't entitle you-- give you the right-- to go to heaven.  As a matter of fact, the opposite is true.  If there is any entitlement spiritually speaking it is the fact that you were born a sinner, and as a sinner you are entitled to hell.  That is the only right you have.  That is the only "reward" that you have coming to you. 

Have a great day.  You have no entitlement to heaven unless you have received the gift of eternal life through faith and surrender to Jesus Christ.   

Monday, September 25, 2017

"His Strength"

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might."  Ephesians 6:10

The Lord has made His power and strength available to you.  As a matter of fact, He has placed them in you by His Spirit.  So be strong today, in His strength.  Stop being a weakling.  Stop letting things destroy you.  Stop cowing down to the enemy.  Stop giving in to his threats, accusations, condemnations, intimidations, lies and negative words.  Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.

The Lord's strength has been given to you so you can stand tall, firm and unmovable.  So be strong.  Press on.  Carry on.  Go on.  Don't stop.  Victory is yours through the One who strengthens you.  Be strong in Him because through His strength you can do all things.

Have a great day.  You have the Lord's strength residing in you... so be strong and walk like it.     

Friday, September 22, 2017

"Favorite Verse"

"The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation."  Psalm 118:14

This happens to be my favorite verse.  I believe it is my favorite because it defines who the Lord is to me.  He is my strength.  Apart of Him I am weak.  Apart from Him I fall short.  Apart from Him I can do nothing.  Apart from Him I am powerless. 

He is my song.  He is the song that I sing.  He is the song of my heart.  It is a song whose lyrics are full of love, mercy, grace, compassion, goodness, majesty, kindness and patience.  I love to sing about Him-- who He is and what He has done for me.

He has become my salvation.  His salvation has always been extended to me, though I resisted and rebelled against it for such a long time.  He whispered His invitation to my heart on many occasions yet I would not reply.  Though I constantly resisted, He patiently waited and kept inviting.  When He offered it one more time, I accepted it.  He became not only my Savior but my salvation.  I could find salvation no other place.  I couldn't find it in my religious works, in my good deeds, in another person, in joining a church.  No place that I searched for it could I find it accept in Him.  Once I came to Him and accepted His gracious invitation I found that He forgave me so completely-- throwing my sins into the depth of the sea.  I found He saved me from all my sins.  I found that He left nothing undone and no trace of my sins.  He took my sins and in exchange gave me His grace, forgiveness and righteousness. 

Now you know why this is my favorite verse.  It is so personal.  What is your favorite verse?  Why?  What does it mean to you?

Have a great day.  We all have favorite verses, but those verses should have a personal meaning to us. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

"Wanting Truth"

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears".  2 Timothy 4:3

If ever we were living in the time spoken of in this verse, I believe it is now.  People don't want you to tell them the truth.  They want their own truth.  They want to believe what they want to believe.  If you try to tell them differently, they either ignore you, get mad at you, accuse you of being offensive and label you as a fanatic or heretic.  Just try to tell them the truth-- it is almost impossible.  They already have their minds made up.

Your truth, if it is in opposition to God's truth, is not truth at all.  There are not "many" truths.  There is one truth.  Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.  He is also the Word.  That means that His Word is THE Truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.  Anything else outside of His truth is false.  

You may think I am being dogmatic, a fanatic, bold, or even mistaken.  No, this is the truth.  And this is the root of the problem as to why people aren't enduring-- or want-- truth (sound doctrine).  It is because no one is calling what is truth truth and what is false false.  We have let people believe what they want to believe for so long that now they don't want to believe the real truth.  We have failed to stand up for the absolutes and unchanging doctrines of the Word.  We have compromised it and watered it down.  We have added to it and taken away from it in order to fit in with society, culture and the ebb and flow of humanity. 

Believe the false if you want to, but it will not get you into heaven.  It will not give you abundant life or eternal life.  Only belief in God's Word of Truth will do that.

Have a great day.  People don't want the truth because they have had a compromised version of it for so long, that they like it more. 
 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

"Think Correctly"

"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil".  Matthew 5:17

Our thinking is what gets us into trouble most of the time.  We can either think correctly about something or incorrectly.  Correct thinking will produce correct living.  On the other hand incorrect thinking will produce incorrect living and behavior.  This is seen true in the area of grace.  Many people think that grace is a license.  Since we are not under the law but under grace they think they have the liberty to do whatever they want to do and it is all right.  This is incorrect thinking. 

Grace doesn't excuse us from living a holy, pure, consecrated, righteous, disciplined and obedient life.  Grace does not give you permission to sin.  Grace does not withhold the consequences of your sin.  Grace isn't a ticket to live anyway that pleases you.  Grace is a gift that empowers you to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord.

If you think you can live like you want to with no regard to God's commands; if you think you can live after the flesh and not the Spirit; if you think you can ignore God's will and pursue your own; if you think you can live an adulterous, unholy, greedy, unforgiving, ill tempered, with uncontrolled anger, with hate in your heart for your neighbor, in drunkenness, sexually immoral and in rebellion against God's Word all because you are under grace, then think again.  Your thinking is incorrect.

Have a great day.  How you think about grace determines how you will live.  Therefore, you better think correctly.   
 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"September 23"

"Watch and pray...."  Matthew 26:41 a

I am sure many of you have heard about September 23; many of you may not have.  If you haven't, it seems as though there are those who believe that there will be a fulfillment of Revelation 12 because of events that are taking place that day in the Solar System, namely the Constellations. 

I have watched videos and television programs about it as well as discussed it with other people.  There are many varying views-- and much speculation.  Some believe the rapture may take place.  Some believe this may be the start of a great war.  Some believe the Tribulation will begin.  Some believe nothing will happen.  Some believe it is a hoax.  Some believe it is the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy and a true sign from heaven.  So, which is it?   

To be honest, these types of things intrigue and interest me.  You can't help but wonder when you put all things together.  When you start doing the math on the timeline, when you put the Blood moons in the equation, the fact that it is on the Feast of Trumpets, Rosh Hashanah the Jewish New Year, a Jubilee year, etc.  Is this for real? 

I would like to add my "two cents" to it.  There is much speculation about it, and that is all I can say myself.  I don't know what it means, if anything.  We will have to wait until the day gets here to find out.  The day may come and go as usual or there may be some major event unleashed.  But what I really want to say is this-- we need to live everyday sold out and surrendered to the Lord.  Then it won't matter what does or doesn't happen.  We need to live our lives as my husband always likes to say-- with our lamps full and our wicks trimmed. 

Whether anything happens or not is in God's hands.  We just need to make sure we are in His hands too.  Don't be consumed with signs.  God does give signs, and signs in the heavens, so we can't just completely ignore things.  But the thing we need to most concern ourselves with is being right with God.  So if something does happen, it won't destroy us, make us fearful or lead us astray.  The thing that is most important is to be right with God.  He is coming again.  I believe by the signs of the time that it won't be long.  Are you ready?  Have you made peace with Him through the shed blood of His precious and only begotten Son Jesus?  Do you know beyond a doubt that your name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life?  Do you know that when you stand before Him one day that He will say to you, "Well, done good and faithful servant, enter in"?  These are the things we need to concern ourselves with.

What do I believe about September 23?  The same thing I believe about every other day of the year--  "Therefore be you also ready: for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man comes." (Matthew 24:44)  He can come for me at anytime, through life or through death.  So I must be ready.  Are you? 

Have a great day.  Stay focused on what is sure to happen, not on what might or might not. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

"Holding On To Jesus"

"For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee".  Isaiah 41:13

I woke up with another old hymn repeating over and over in my thoughts: 
I'll keep holding on to Jesus,
I'll keep holding on to Jesus
I'll keep holding to those precious
nail scarred hands.
 
Though I cannot see way clearly,
And my step become so weary
I'll keep holding to those precious
nail scarred hands.
 
I want to encourage you this morning to keep holding on to Jesus.  Keep holding tightly to HIs hand.  When my daughter was growing up and we went into a store or other place, I would tell her to hold my hand.  I do the same with my granddaughters now.  Why?  There was safety while she was holding my hand.  Also, I knew where I was going, she did not.  As long as she held on to my hand she would not get lost. 
 
I remember on one occasion we were at the county fair and she let go of my hand.  It only took a moment for her to wonder off and get lost.  I remember when my brother was about four or five years old our family went to the beach.  We went early one morning.  My brother was holding my mother's hand, then he broke loose of her hand and headed straight to the water.  The moment he hit the water he disappeared out of sight.  The tide had come in and it was deeper and the under current was strong.  Thankfully, we got to him before it became tragic. 
 
As long as we keep holding on to the hand of Jesus, we will be all right.  It is when we "break loose" and try to go in our own direction, follow our own will, desires and plan that we get in trouble and the situation of our lives become serious. 
 
Keep holding on to His hand.  He knows where He is going-- you don't.  He knows where He is leading-- He can be trusted.  He knows the safe path-- you can't see it.  It might look dark.  It might look like He is leading the wrong way.  You may be getting weary of going in His direction and holding on to His hand.  But keep on no matter what because there is safety in holding on to Him.
 
Have a great day.  Keep holding on to Jesus no matter what-- it is safer than letting go.

Friday, September 15, 2017

"From Mistake To Miracle"

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose".  Romans 8:28


When we "mess up", make a mistake or sin, there are consequences to our actions.  Some consequences follow us the rest of our lives.  Some are temporary.  Some affect only ourselves and some affect everyone around us.  They have the capacity to haunt us, condemn us, make us fearful, depress us, steal our joy, rob us of our peace and take our hope away.  We don't need to let them do this to us.  There is still hope even in our mistakes.  Hope that the Lord can take our mess and mistakes and turn them into miracles.


This was the case with Lot.  Lot and his daughters wound up in living in a cave after they fled from Sodom and Gomorrah.  While there Lot's daughters got him drunk and then "slept" with their father.  Talk about a major "mistake"!  The two daughters wound up pregnant.  I am sure the hopelessness and guilt remained with him-- especially each time he looked at his pregnant daughters or into the face of his grandchildren that he fathered. 


The act was a fact.  The consequences were evident.  But when the Lord stepped into the equation, the hopelessness, the guilt, the shame, the condemnation, fear, etc. had to go.  That was not the end of it.  That was not the end of Lot's life.  That was not his "life sentence".  If you will remember, from one of the daughter's came the tribe of Moab.  Ruth was a Moabite.  Ruth married Boaz.  Ruth was the great-grandmother of King David.  She was also in the lineage of Jesus Christ, the Messiah.


Note to self:  I may mess up, really bad, but God can take what I did and bring something good out of it.  He can turn my mess into a miracle.  He can give me hope even when I threw hope away.  It doesn't always have to punish me.  He can restore me, heal me, deliver me and work all things together for the good.


Have a great day.  My mistake doesn't have to end my life.  God can make something good out of it and give me hope and a future.    

Thursday, September 14, 2017

"Where You Are - Part 2"

"For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly".  John 4:18

Yesterday we talked about how God knows where you are.  He knew where Adam was but asked him anyway because He wanted him to "own up" to what he had done.  He also wanted to give Adam his solution to his sin.

This morning I want to talk more about where you are internally.  God not only knows where you are physically but He knows where you are "inside".  Nothing is hid from Him.  He is the All-Seeing, All-Knowing God.  There is no place where you can go, no state of mind, no emotional place, no secret place and no dark place that He does not see you.  (Psalm 139)

When Jesus encountered the woman at the well, He knew just where she was.  He knew she was discontent.  He knew she was searching.  He knew she was rejected.  He knew she had issues with relationships.  He knew she was looking for love but could not find it.  He knew "all" about her.  

He knows all about you.  He knows where you are.  He knows you are hurting.  He knows you are grieving.  He knows you are feeling rejected.  He knows you are feeling empty.  He knows you are not satisfied.  He knows you are in pain, fearful, angry, feeling abandoned, betrayed, condemned and lonely.  He knows you are desirous of more.  He knows you want to feel fulfilled, want to spread your wings, and want to move on.  He knows where you are. 

Take comfort in that fact.  But don't only take comfort, do what we talked about yesterday-- own up to what you are feeling and where you are.  Let Him give you your solution.  This woman talked with Jesus and received what He was offering-- her answer.  She left His presence forever changed.  Talk to the Lord about where you are.  Let Him forever change you.

Have a great day.  He knows where you are internally. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

"Where You Are"

"And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden".  Genesis 3:8

When God asked Adam where he was, it wasn't because He didn't know.  Neither was He asking Adam where he was physically.  God knew exactly where Adam was hiding and why he was hiding.  He wanted Adam to "come clean".  He wanted Adam to "own up" to it.  He wanted Adam to confess what he had done. 

Instead of running to God when he sinned, he ran and hid from Him.  Isn't that just like us.  We try to hide from God.  We run from Him when we should be running to Him.  We let fear-- fear of what He will do or say keep us away from Him. 

We don't need to hide from the Lord when we make a mistake, sin, disobey or fail.  We need to run to Him.  Often we hide or draw away from Him because we don't want to face the "punishment" for what we did, just like when we were children.  I was afraid to face my parents when I did wrong.  I was afraid of what they might do.  I later learned that in some cases the punishment wasn't as bad as I had imagined it would be.  Also, I realized that the punishment, or chastisement, was a sign of their love for me. 

We don't need to run and hide from the Lord either for the same reasons:  the punishment may not be what we were expecting, we will discover that He loves us because of His chastisement, and we will discover that He has an answer and provision for what we have done.      

When Adam acknowledged what he had done, God had his solution and answer waiting for him.  Adam was hiding in shame because he was naked-- exposed before God.  God had the solution-- He made clothes out of animal hides to cover him. 

The point, in a nutshell, is-- don't run and hide from God when you "mess up".  He already knows what you did, and where you are.  Come clean with Him-- confess it.  He has your solution.  And you will see His love manifested to you.

Have a great day.  The Lord knows where you are and what you did-- so don't run and hide.   


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

"Get Your House In Order - Part 2"

"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?"  1 Corinthians 6:19

We spend time and effort getting the things of this life in order-- our education, our careers, our relationships, our future, our comforts and even our physical homes.  But how much attention are we giving to our "spiritual houses"? 

The most important thing in getting our "spiritual house" in order is what we talked about yesterday-- not neglecting the state of our eternal soul.  But, what else in your life needs to be "put in order"?  It is time we stop neglecting our spiritual houses and make sure all is well with them. 

This means laying aside every weight of sin that would easily beset us.  This means getting things right with others.  This means forgiving those who have trespassed against us.  This means putting the Lord in His rightful place in our life-- first place.  This means we stop living compromised, unholy, fleshly, self-centered lives.  It also means that we are crucifying the flesh from its earthly and material desires and inordinate affections. Getting our house in order primarily means that we are rearranging our priorities-- God first, others second, self last.  It means that our love, devotion, faithfulness and obedience is to the Lord first above everything else.  Is it? 

If He isn't first, if doing His will isn't what is most important to you, if your total allegiance to Him isn't above your allegiance to anyone or anything else, if you aren't following Him with your whole heart, if pleasing Him isn't your priority, if your desire isn't captivated by Him, then your house is not in order.  It is time to get it in order.  It isn't a time to be neglecting your spiritual house.  It is time to do some "house cleaning" and some "rearranging".  

Have a great day.  It is time to get your spiritual house in order.   

Monday, September 11, 2017

"Get Your House In Order"

"In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live".  Isaiah 38:1

Death is a certainty in life.  It is appointed for man once to die.  No one escapes it.  From the moment we are born we start heading to the grave.  Death isn't something we like to think about-- especially our own.  But it will happen to each of us one day and when it does we have to make sure we are ready to face it.  I attended three funerals in the past three days and each of the ladies who had passed away had made sure that they were prepared when death came to them.  The question this morning is-- are you prepared?  Is your "house" in order?

This is not a morbid subject today.  It is a realistic subject.  We must make sure that our house in the order when that time comes.  We can't wait until it is here.  We don't get a second chance.  We can't come back and do it all over again and make preparation then.  We have our chance while we are alive to make arrangements for when we die. 

We spend so much time and effort on so many things that have no value or have temporary value.  But we are neglecting the most important thing-- preparing for life after death.  Regardless of what some believe, when we die we either go to heaven or we go to hell.  That is it.  Those are the only choices.  What we do here and now determines which place we will spend eternity.  If we will spend eternity in heaven, then we must receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord now while we still have the chance.  If we don't, the wages of sin is death. We will spend eternity in hell-- a place of torment beyond description.  

The Lord God loves us so much that He does not want us to die and go to hell.  He provided a way so we could go to heaven.  That way is through faith in His Son Jesus Christ.  This is how you get your house in order.  Is your house in order today?  Have you taken care of your eternity?  If not, don't wait another day because there is one thing for sure-- death will come and it doesn't always tell us when.

Have a great day.  Is your house in order?  

Friday, September 8, 2017

"Thanks Among The Heathen"

"Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name".  Psalm 18:49

The enemy wants to stop our praise, our thanksgiving and our testimony.  We doesn't want us to talk about the Lord, much less praise and worship Him.  He knows that praise is powerful.  It brings the very presence of God into our situation.  It builds us up and gives us strength to walk in victory.  It increases our faith. 

In order to get us to stop he will try to use intimidation and fear.  The word this morning is:  don't be intimidated!  Give Him thanks anyway.  The verse above says to give the Lord thanks among the heathen.  That means we should not withhold our praise and thanksgiving to God because of anyone.  I know the scriptures tell us not to "cast our pearls before swine".  But there is a difference in that and being intimidated to keep our mouths closed and not say anything about the Lord.   

We should continue to give Him thanks even in the presence of the heathen, the ungodly, the rebellious, the unbeliever, the atheist, the agnostic, the prodigal, the blasphemer, etc.  Don't be intimidated by them.  The Lord is worthy to be praised.  He is great and greatly to be praised.  Don't let them steal your praise.  Keep on praising the Lord.  Keep talking about His goodness and His wonderful works that He has done in your life.  Keep on praising Him not only in the congregation of the righteous, not only when you are with your Christian friends, but even when you are among the heathen.  They need the power to touch their lives that comes through praise and thanksgiving. 

Have a great day.  Don't be intimidated to withhold your praise to the Lord, no matter who is around.   

Thursday, September 7, 2017

"I Think, God Says"

"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works."  Revelation 20:12

The world has a way of thinking.  The church has a way of thinking.  The religious crowd has a way of thinking.  Individuals have their own way of thinking. 

You may think that living together outside of marriage is all right.  You may think homosexuality is all right.  You may think that lying and cheating and taking advantage of others is all right.  You may think there is nothing wrong with drinking, smoking, cursing, doing drugs, watching pornography, etc.  But in the end, it doesn't matter what you think, it doesn't matter what I think, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks.  The only thing that will matter is what God says about it. 

In the end we will be judged.  We won't be judged by what we thought about a certain subject, we will be judged according to how God thought about it.  There will be books that will be opened as we stand before Him and we will be judged out of those books.  Those books contain His Word and the way we lived our lives according to His Word.  Then there will be another book that is open that will determine whether we have eternal life or eternal damnation.  If the record shows that we didn't live according to His Words in the books, then it is sure that our name won't be in the Book of Life. 

It is not God's will or plan that any should perish.  This is why He gave us "books"- His Word.  They show us His love for us, His plan for us, how to receive His love, how to walk in what is written in the books, how to surrender to Him and live for Him.  Are you living your life by the way you "think" or by what God says?  In the end that will be the only thing that matters-- what God says.

Have a great day.  It isn't about what you think or what I think, it is about what God says.   

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

"Adultery"

"Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother".  Mark 10:19

I saw a commercial last night and it was advertising birth control.  The women were panicky that they may have forgotten their pill.  It was obvious that those women weren't married but were concerned about getting pregnant while having intimacy with a partner.  I want to address this this morning because it doesn't seem like many, if any, are addressing this issue.

If you look around there seems to be a view that is of "epidemic" proportion concerning pre-marital sex.  People are engaging in it as if it were normal and there was nothing wrong with it-- even in the church.  The majority of people have thrown marriage out the window and just either live together or go from one relationship with one partner to another.  They think nothing of it.

I want to remind you that sex outside of marriage is sin.  I didn't say that but the Lord said that.  This is not His plan for mankind.  The Lord wants us to have a fulfilled life.  This does not fulfill it.  It only complicates it.  The woman at the well that Jesus encountered had had six husbands and was living with a man she was not married to.  Jesus spoke truth to her and offered her abundant and eternal life.  From the very beginning, back in the Garden of Eden, God revealed His plan for men and women to marry.  His plan has not changed.  His view has not changed.  His command has not changed.  His thoughts on the subject have not changed.  Pre-marital sex is still against His will, it is still sin and it will reap consequences.  Society changes, men change, opinions change, cultures change, a person's view may change, but He never changes. 

Doing things His way is always the best way.  Why?  Because He loves us and has our best interest at heart.  When He gives us commands, He is trying to "deprive" us of something.  He is trying to protect us from something and give us something better

Have a great day.  God's ways are always the best ways.  Living in adultery is not God's way. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

"The Last Minute"

"And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son".  Genesis 22:8, 13

The Lord God sees everything ahead of time and makes the provision when He sees it.  He is not a last minute God.  Although, the manifestation of His provisions often show up at the "last minute". 

Before Abraham had obeyed and surrendered to the Lord's command to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice, God had already seen his obedience and provided a ram in the thicket.  He didn't wait to decide or figure out what to do at the last minute.  He had it already waiting, already planned out and already provided.  The manifestation of His provision didn't show up until Abraham had climbed the mountain, made the altar, tied his son to it and drew back the knife.  Talk about "last minute" manifestation-- but it was not a last minute provision.

God has your provision already.  Whatever it is you need, whatever it is you have been praying and seeking Him about, whatever act of obedience you are doing, wherever you are following Him, it is already provided.  It will manifest at the appropriate time.  It will come at what you think is the "last minute".  So, don't give up.  Hold on.  Exercise your faith.  By faith Abraham offered his son Isaac and God manifested what was already provided.  Believe this:  what you need is already provide and it will manifest at just the right time-- even if you think the time is last minute. 

Have a great day.  God doesn't wait until the last minute to provide for your need, but He may wait until the last minute to manifest it. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

"Misplaced Affections"

"Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth".  Colossians 3:2

"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also".  Matthew 6:19-21

"While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal".  2 Corinthians 4:18

"Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven".  Proverbs 23:5

I don't consider myself "old" but I have lived long enough to see many things happen that remind me of just how temporary the things of this life are.  Floods that destroy the things we have worked so hard to attain.  Tornadoes that have taken away everything we possess.  Fire that consumes a lifetime of treasures and reduces them to mere ashes.  The bombing of buildings that wipe out years of records, transactions and wealth.

In just a matter of days, hours or even minutes the things that we deem important, the things that we have worked hard to attain, the things that we have poured "blood, sweat and tears" into, the things that have consumed our time, talents and efforts, the things that we hold dear as treasures can be gone-- all that is left is a memory.

This morning the Lord has laid on my heart that we need to become refocused.  We have set our affections on things below and lost sight of what is truly valuable.  Riches come and go-- they are temporary.  Houses, lands, and material possessions come and go-- they are temporary.  Riches can take wings and fly away.  Moths damage things.  Rust destroys.  Thieves steal our possessions.    

There is nothing wrong with having things.  The Lord Himself promised to meet all our need.  He promised that we would not lack.  Whatever we need, He will provide.  But the issue lies in what we have set our affections upon.  If our hope, our joy, our peace is attached to material things, then when material things-- which are temporary-- are gone, so is our hope, joy and peace.  

We not only have to refocus, but we have to reattach ourselves to what is eternal.  We have to reattach ourselves to things that are above-- which have eternal value.  Moth, rust, thieves, flooding, bombing, tornadoes, fire, economic collapse, draught, etc., can't take away or destroy what is eternal.  When our affections are set on things above not on things below, when we are more attached to the eternal than the temporary, when our focus is above, they can't take away our peace, our hope or our joy.  Why?  Because it is anchored in something greater.  It is anchored in something that will never pass away.  It is anchored in something more powerful.  It is anchored in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal One, the Prince of Peace, our Blessed Hope, our Strength and Joy

Have a great day.  We need to refocus and reattach ourselves to that which is eternal, not temporary.