John 20:16 “Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.”
God the Father knows my name.
Say that out loud.
Say it slowly.
Emphasize different words when you speak it. Let it sink in that the Sovereign God knows who you are – personally. Not just “Hey you,” or “You there.” He knows my name.
This virus pandemic has caused many to be isolated in their homes, separate from those who minister to us, encourage us, and teach and preach to us. If we’re not careful, it will cause us to go down a path of thinking that will end in doubt, fear, worry, and depression.
Being an optimist has had its perks. For me, the glass is always full. It is full of air, or whatever substance we choose to put in it.
Likewise, our hearts are always full. It may be that they are full of fear, doubt, worry, anger, and dread. We may be filled with indifference, apathy, of self-centeredness. But, it is full of something. Glory to God, we have the opportunity to regulate that which enters into our heart.
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
David had a way to influence his heart.
Psalm 101:2-3 “I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.”
For many, music has a way of soothing, comforting, and lifting our spirits. But we must choose to do so. If we allow life to “happen,” we will be carried about with every wind of doctrine that comes along.
Ephesians 4:14-15 “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:”
When the oppression of the enemy is seemingly unbearable, when the trial seems more than I can bear, I run to the truth of who I am in Jesus Christ.
He has never failed to lift my soul. He has never failed to lead me out of the darkness. He has never failed to carry me out!
During these times of uncertainty, we must be the ones carrying the torch, and being the beacon of light and hope. God is still in control, and first and foremost – we need to allow God to control us before we can help anyone else.
Much of the world is experiencing a quarantine of sorts, so the excuse of not having enough time is all but taken away. So, what will you and I do with our time now that the excuses have been removed?
Do we pray more? Do we take the time to read our Bibles? Memorize God’s Word? Share the gospel with those closest to us?
When I am rooted in who I am in Christ, I am more confident to share that with others.
Take the time to look over your life. Create a plan to maximize this fantastic opportunity!