Is it just me, or it a really gray day today? I don’t just mean literally; I’m talking about the kind of “gray-ness” that seems to try to seep it’s way into your heart and thoughts and rob you of precious joy and peace and passion for life. I’m sure none of you have any idea of what I’m talking about, or have ever experienced this before. If that is the case, then feel free to stop reading here. (smile)
I’m pretty sure that we all experience this from time to time-some maybe more than others. My purpose for sharing this today is two-fold; I want to be real and honest about where I am and the things I face, but also, I want to encourage and offer grace and hope to those of you who might be feeling the same way. I want to speak to our innermost beings, and remind us that God is for us; He loves us, and He is faithful and desires to bless us with every good thing. I am not preaching to you, I am speaking what I believe to be true, and knowing that because our words have power, the things we confess change our circumstances and become our reality.
I was reading this morning about how God is not only able to heal us, bless us, etc…, but He is also willing to do all those things for us. I think many of us know and believe that God is able-we know that He is powerful, strong, mighty, and able to do the impossible. I wonder though, how many of us truly believe that He is willing to come through for us? Matthew 8:3 says, “Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ He said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.” Jesus loves us. He willingly gave Himself as the necessary payment for our debt of sin and, as a result of that sin, separation from God. With His perfect sacrifice, He fully satisfied forever God’s wrath and judgement on our lives. Not only did His blood purchase our freedom and right standing with God, it also set us up to receive every promise of blessing that God has to offer us. That includes our physical healing, emotional healing, financial blessing, mental health, etc…
I heard this sermon a few years ago, and the title of the sermon was, “God is great; God is good.” Now many of us have heard that little prayer uttered at mealtimes, but what this preacher was sharing was his revelation of God’s power, greatness, and superhero-ability to do the impossible, and His great, undeserving, all-out love and compassion for us. Not only does God have the power, strength, might, resources, and ability to come to our aid, He is also good, and His thoughts toward us are only good and loving. He wants to come to our rescue; He is willing to help us!
Today, I am saying a prayer for all of us who could use a little encouragement, knowing that we belong to a loving Father who longs to comfort us and bring us into a place of peace and rest, despite circumstances. We are more than conquerors, and in Him, we have already overcome!