Jordan For Jesus #024 "God Our Guardian (All I Need Is Jesus)" (Thursday Series) by Jordan Elizabeth on 2014-09-04 10:47:22
God makes it very clear in His word, the Bible, why we are mistreated in the world. Although we are mistreated, it is not about us or what we go through in this life. It is all about Jesus!
That is why it is so important to keep your eyes on Him. With your eyes on Jesus, nothing that comes your way can touch you. Why does satan bring trials into our lives?
Satan brings trials into our lives to distract us from God and what we are doing for Him. Satan wants to stop us because he does not like what we do for God, and he wants our soul just as badly as God does. With your eyes on Jesus, you will not be distracted by the trials, around you, that satan brings into your life.
It is like the story about Peter and Jesus, in the Bible. The disciples were, in the middle of a lake, in a boat. Jesus appeared to them walking on the water. Peter wanted to come to Jesus. Jesus told Peter to come to Him. So Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water to Jesus.
Why was Peter able to walk on the water as Jesus did? Because Peter had faith with His eyes on Jesus. When Peter took his eyes off of Jesus, he began to sink into the water.
When we keep our eyes above our circumstances, in life, and on the light of the world, who is Jesus Christ, we will not sink into them. We will remain joyful, confident, fearless, unshakable, full of faith and trust, and motivated in Christ Jesus because to experience the opposite of these things is of the darkness.
To feel doubt, fear, pain, lacking confidence, shaken, lacking trust and faith and lacking motivation is what satan wants us to feel and it is filled with darkness as he is.
We won't experience these things, that the trials bring into our lives and can make us feel, if we keep our eyes firmly fixed on Christ. Although satan intends to use trials to bring God's people harm, God uses what satan intends for harm, for His good, our good, and His glory!
If we are obedient unto God, in the midst of the trials we face in life, God will reward us. The reward received is not earthly gain but something much greater. God rewards us with Himself by taking us from a new Christian to a mature Christian armed and complete in faith, completely and totally ready for anything, and not lacking in Christ Jesus.
Satan brings the fire but God uses the flames, not to touch us, but to purify, empty and refine us into His image and our hearts into His heart. God uses the flames, not to touch us, but to shape us into the person He created us to be.
Although it is satan's intent to harm God's children, he cannot touch us. We remain untouched because we are securely held within the hands of our great God Almighty.
God is greater than anything we face. God is a mighty, undefeated warrior! Nothing can stand against Him or overtake Him. There is no competition, God wins. God has our best interest at heart even when we do not understand what He is doing we can praise Him because He is God, He is faithful, and He is good to us for He alone is our guardian and king.
"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." (Genesis 50:20, NIV)
"Satan cannot overcome me for God has given me a mouth and wisdom the enemy cannot gainsay nor resist." (Luke 21:15)
"I keep my eyes always on the LORD; with Him at my right hand I will never be shaken." (Psalm 16:8)
"My eyes are always on the LORD, for He rescues me from the traps of my enemies." (Psalm 25:15)
"We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God's throne." (Hebrews 12:2)
"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze." (Isaiah 43:2)
"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me." (Matthew 5:11, NIV)
"Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." (Psalm 23:4, NIV)
"But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!"
"But I say to you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you," (Luke 6:27)
"Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, "I will take revenge; I will pay them back," says the LORD. Instead, "If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads." (Romans 12:19-20)
"Then Peter came to him and asked, "Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?" "No, not seven times," Jesus replied, "but seventy times seven!" (Matthew 18:21-22, NLT)
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." (Ephesians 6:12, NIV)
"Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil." (Ephesians 6:11, ESV)
"Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man." (Luke 6:22, NIV)
"Hated by the world? If you find the godless world is hating you, remember it got its start hating me. If you lived on the world’s terms, the world would love you as one of its own. But since I picked you to live on God’s terms and no longer on the world’s terms, the world is going to hate you. “When that happens, remember this: Servants don’t get better treatment than their masters. If they beat on me, they will certainly beat on you. If they did what I told them, they will do what you tell them. They are going to do all these things to you because of the way they treated me, because they don’t know the One who sent me. If I hadn’t come and told them all this in plain language, it wouldn’t be so bad. As it is, they have no excuse. Hate me, hate my Father—it’s all the same. If I hadn’t done what I have done among them, works no one has ever done, they wouldn’t be to blame. But they saw the God-signs and hated anyway, both me and my Father. Interesting—they have verified the truth of their own Scriptures where it is written, ‘They hated me for no good reason.’ (John 15:19-25, MSG)
Slightly Obsessed #186: When the Path Ahead Is Fearsome
The room was dark and shadowed, the only sound within its walls the rhythmic whoosh of the ventilator beside my son’s bed. I sat on an uncomfortable chair jammed into one corner of the room. In the faint light that fell from the window across the pages of the Bible I held, I tried to corral my stampeding fears long enough to find some comfort from God’s Word. Outside the door of his room, a cacophony of voices from the nurses’ station jarred our shattered nerves.
Slightly Obsessed #185: Clean
They were just turning down the lights in the sanctuary as I awkwardly slid into a seat near the back of the church. I was tired and soiled by the previous week. Life had been especially difficult, and I had not handled the pressure well. I felt completely unhinged spiritually and wholly unworthy to be in God’s presence. The worship team began with one of my favorite songs, and I hoped I didn’t look as vulnerable as I felt.
Slightly Obsessed #184: The Mark of Maturity
The infant finishes his bottle and smiles contentedly up at his mother. A trickle of milk courses down from the corner of his mouth. It’s a sweet scene because that’s what babies do. They are born with immature digestive systems and no teeth. Mother’s milk or formula are necessary for the child to survive and thrive. As they grow, their teeth begin to come in, their digestive abilities mature, and they can tolerate solid food.
Slightly Obsessed #183: He Knows Your Name
All sheep look alike to me. Defenseless, timid, and nondescript creatures, they tend to wander and get into trouble. When one falls, it needs help to get back on its feet. Its purpose in life is mostly to eat and make more sheep. It’s easy to see why Jesus equated them to humans. A line of sheep looks like a sea of wool and blank stares, huddled in a timid group behind their leader.
Slightly Obsessed #182 "When Speaking the Truth Makes You the Enemy"
The apostle Paul loved the people of God. After his conversion to Christ, he spent his life not only establishing churches, but also ministering to their needs. He often had the unpleasant duty of confronting issues that threatened the fledgling church, and his letters to the Galatians and to the Corinthians were especially aimed at keeping the churches rooted in the faith.
Slightly Obsessed #181 "The Moment before the Moment of Revelation"
The movie Ten Commandments famously depicted the rise, fall, and restoration of the Hebrew man who would one day lead his people out of Egypt. Set afloat as a baby in a basket to escape the wrath of Egypt, Moses was found by an Egyptian princess and unwittingly restored to his family to be raised as royalty. He was a man with a foot in two worlds, and his choice to follow the faith of his birth family cost him a king’s inheritance.