There comes a point in your life where you are going to have to take a stand for righteousness, stand in faith, stand in opposition, stand when there’s nothing left for you to do! When looking at the word “stand” as a verb or action, it means to “to remain firm or steadfast, as in a cause” (www.dictionary.com).
I am taking a stand to share my faith in God with so many of you. I have scraped the bottom of the barrel to locate that one grain of Mustard Seed faith to keep me pushing ahead. Have there been times I’ve wanted to give up? Absolutely! Sometimes it seems as though the harder I pray the tougher the test is, however; my expectancy is I know God will work it out for His glory. All I have to do is stand! The Word of God says, “Now then, STAND still and see this great thing the Lord is about to do before your eyes!” (1 Samuel 12:16).
Even as life’s journey takes place and you KNOW your hope is in Christ Jesus, continue to “STAND firm, and you will win life” (Luke 21:19)! God knows the expected end for you. He won’t fail you no matter what or how things turn out. He is UNfailing! What you and I must continue to do is, “Be on your guard; STAND firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13).
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your STAND against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:10-11). These are just a few scriptures to STAND on and know that God’s promises are readily available and are activated through faith, prayer, and belief that truly with God ALL things are possible! We must do our part, yes…our position or action is to…
Have you ever gone to the grocery store and needed to pick up a few canned goods? Whether you’re stocking up the pantry or preparing a meal, it’s always good to have a few canned goods on deck. Have you ever experienced picking up a canned item and find that there are a few dents in the can so you put it back on the shelf? Sometimes, those dented canned goods are placed on lower shelves and people will stretch to the highest shelf for that “perfect can” when what they are looking for is right within reach and “just as good”!! After all, what is important is what’s on the inside of the can, right? Hmm…
There have been times when I’ve felt like the can with a few dents along the way but with something good and valuable on the inside. But like the can, I have been dropped many times either on accident or by the careless act of someone else, and as a result, once the dent is noticed back on the shelf I go. Hoping the next time I am picked to serve my intended purpose. Some may refer to the term as “damaged goods” but isn’t that an oxymoron or is there a glimpse of truth hidden inside the metaphor?
I may have different “ingredients” and perhaps not one that is preferred by most but what I do know is that everything that God made was good! Perhaps my presentation is flawed or perhaps I stayed in one place too long and began to blend in with the other “cans” on the shelf because of being misplaced, mishandled, mislabeled, and misunderstood.
Little do they know, I’m right within reach and “just as good”…
A whole heart is strong, content, courageous, fearless, faith-filled, victorious, at peace, loves the LORD, and fully trust God. I challenged myself with this question, “Have I loved God with a whole heart?” Sadly to say, my answer was, “No.” Does this mean I do not love God? Absolutely NOT! When we allow people or things to enter into the most intricate areas of our heart it causes an immediate breach in our relationship with the LORD. Partly due to a subtle shifting that is beginning to take place. As I studied in God’s Word, “So if you faithfully love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul…” (Deut 11:13). God releases His promises of what He will do in exchange for a willing heart that will obey. He also declares, “Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them” (Deut 11:16). God shares with us how subtle things can happen when we’re not careful…that moment when our attention is diverted. Little things begin to chip away at our hearts that ultimately the fragmenting process to take place.
God is so serious about being the One to have our WHOLE heart. When I experience heartache or disappointment regarding matters of the heart — it is definitely time to do “self-inventory.” Please do not get me wrong – there is nothing wrong with loving others (we are commanded to love one another) – Love is BEAUTIFUL! Love is God’s handiwork – Love is God’s fingerprint – God is love!
When there are intrusions of the heart God will never fight for position for what belongs to Him. He is our Creator. He waits patiently for our return back to Him. God will not allow NOTHING to separate HIS love from us but when we allow sin to enter in — WE break the covenant with our Creator! “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). Thanks be unto our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our Redeemer — that with a repentative heart — He restores us back into a rightful relationship with the Father who starts the process of healing our “Fragmented Heart!”