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September 2, 2016

Greetings,

“O Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.  Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you.  The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in darkness like those long dead.  So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed.  I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done.  I spread out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.  Selah  Answer me quickly, O Lord; my spirit fails.  Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit.  Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.  Rescue me from my enemies, O Lord, for I hide myself in you.  Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.  For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life;  in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.  In your unfailing love, silence my enemies; destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.”  Psalm 143

I was only going to share a portion of Psalm 143 this morning, but it was so rich that I felt led to share the whole thing here today.  In my times of PTSD flashback distress I have cried out to The Lord like this on numerous occasions and He has always answered me and rescued me. Sometimes not as quickly as I would have liked, but eventually in His perfect timing, He always brought to me awesome and true, comfort, love and mercy.  I trusted Him and by the morning He would always bring me word of His great, wide and deep unfailing love.

Unfailing love, what a concept?  What a reality!  If we all could only grasp that His love for us is truly unfailing, it would reshape the entire way we think, live and walk forward in this life.  Far too often we focus on our wretched state and His discipline or punishment.  When what He really wants us to grasp is His extreme and unfailing love.  He wants us to be overcome and engulfed in it.  Are we worthy of it?  No!  But Jesus lived, was crucified, put to death and resurrected so that we can experience His massive love in this life and the next.  Did you hear me?  Yes, I said in THIS LIFE!  Christ’s sacrifice is for the here and now as well as for things eternal and in the future.  Problem is that we seldom think and live that way in our daily walk. We need Him to totally rearrange how we think about such things.  We need Him to change our perspective, completely and radically….

Love and….

Kirk Out !

 

 

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12 Comments
  1. peterhorvatin3gmailcom permalink

    Yes, how true it is that in many ways it is about our perspective. The changes come over time as we study and reflect on God’s word on our Christian journey. I have learned that focusing on one day at a time is very important. Again, it takes time to get this point.

    Pete

    • Indeed Pete, our faith walk is a marathon and not a continual sprint. Thanks for sharing!

    • "BK" permalink

      Pete, once the Lord spoke to me, “Eternity is forever now. When you get in Me you won’t focus on the past or worry over the future, but walk in the moment in Me….in eternity”. You reminded me of that. “BK”

  2. Tom Ball permalink

    My prayer for family and others is often “Dear Jesus, please help ___ know how much you love him.”

    • I hear you Tom. I often pray “Lord, please speak to them in ways they can understand and let them know how much you love them.” Love NEVER fails!

  3. janet fowler permalink

    Though I fail so often, HE keeps teaching me the depths of His love, for me and for others. We so often default to the judgement zone, for ourselves and others and that just steals our joy, it steals our motivation, and it is not a good reflection of His heart. I always appreciate a reflection on His GREAT love!! Thanks Christopher

    • Janet dear, it is the enemy that comes to steal, kill and destroy. The enemy wants us to live in the judgement zone, but Christ’s heart is for mercy and grace and mercy triumphs over judgement. When we look in the mirror we should see with Spiritual eyes not only our own reflection, but also Christ in us…the Hope of Glory. Thanks for sharing babe. My children are looking forward to meeting you tomorrow. You are such a precious gem for you have heart and humility.

  4. Thanks Christopher, I needed that today.

  5. Gary Zanow permalink

    Amen, man! So many struggle with misbelief, not disbelief. Believing God is mean-spirited, cruel, spiteful, unfair, a respecter of certain persons (but not me), when in truth His mercy triumphs over judgment, He is kind, patient, forgiving, loving beyond measure. The “church” has too often formally (in doctrine) or informally (contradicting their written doctrine with actual practice) mislead people to fear God for all the wrong reasons rather than love Him for all the right reasons…because He first loved us.

    • Right on truth Gary! Thanks for sharing your portion of the truth in love here today.

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