Truth Set Free

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by Missy Strayer

Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

There has been a song in my head for the last 3 weeks titled,  “Nothing I Hold Onto”.  Here are a few of the words.

“I lean not on my own understanding; My life is in the hands of the maker of heaven. I Give it all to you God, Trusting that you’ll make something beautiful out of me. I will climb this mountain with my hands wide open. There is nothing I hold on to. All Glory To God, Forever. Amen”

These words have come to me several times in the last month.  They spoke and still speak  into many areas of life  I am walking through. The biggest event right now is sending my oldest son off to college. Oh boy that was a big one. I have been a single parent for 10 years.  As you can imagine, we have had many ups and downs, but God has always been present.  He has walked with us when we were on top of the mountain and at the bottom. He has given us the strength and the wisdom to persevere or to fight for what is right.

While helping him pack to leave, my mind was a battlefield.   How is he going to make it without me? Who is going to make sure he eats, gets enough sleep, gets to class on time, studies to his full potential?  Who will help him fend off the  temptations of the world known as college life? Now don’t get me wrong,  I have not had to do a lot for him in the last two years of high school;  he has been extremely self-sufficient.  As for temptation,  I am sure he has had his fair share, but I have also been able to talk through issues as they arose. Who is going to help him now?

As my brain went into overload, the song would pop into my head….lean not on my own understanding, my life is in the hands of the maker of heaven…. So, if my life is in The Maker’s hands, isn’t my son’s as well?  He will be there with him as he walks all of these first adventures: guiding him, teaching him, providing him with wisdom and discernment. I have to trust in my God.  I have to let my son  go and let God take over. This task for a self proclaimed controlling personality is not easy, but necessary, for all of us. God is bigger than all of this.  He is the maker of  heaven and earth, the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. The Holy Spirit flows through my son and will guide him and lead him.   I will rest in the fact that God,  whose grace and mercies are never ending, will be there every step of the way.  Thankfully, I am only a phone call away.

My prayer for  you, is  you rest in the fact that God has got you in every  situation.  Whatever your need, He is always there. If you call on Him; he will answer providing wisdom, discernment and freedom from your pain and suffering. Praise God and trust in Him fully. Amen.

Clothed in Righteousness

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“…See, I have taken away your sin and will put fine garments on you” Zechariah 3:4

by Michelle Meeks

“Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him.” Zechariah 3:1

Have you ever felt like this?  Satan accusing you.  Sometimes, I hear him whispering in my ear, “You aren’t good enough, you are full of sin, you will never be what God has called you to be.  You, who waivers between belief and unbelief, He doesn’t want you.”  Many times, I can ignore him and replace the lies with God’s truth.  But on this occasion, I let the lies take root. He was right, I was full of sin.  I had lost my temper and uttered a few ugly words.  Music rehearsal hadn’t gone well; maybe God hadn’t called me to sing.  I wasn’t as good as someone else, maybe God will use them instead.  All of these things replayed over and over in my head.

Tears filled my eyes.  I didn’t know what to pray.  I knew my sins and had repented of them, but still, Satan’s accusing voice played in my head.  I asked God to show me in His word what I needed to hear.  He led me to Zechariah 3: 1-4.

The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?”Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.”Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.”

As I read these words, I couldn’t help but think how much He loves me! Right here in His word, He showed me He’s chosen me, He fights for me  and He’s forgiven my sins.  Satan can accuse me all he wants, but God is faithful.  He says if we confess our sin, He will purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) I just needed a reminder.

Do you need a reminder of God’s faithfulness?  Do you need to hear Him say He’s forgiven you?  Stop walking around in filthy garments; take the fine garments He has chosen for you.

Prayer:  Thank you Father for loving us, for choosing us.  Even though we sin, you are faithful to forgive us.  When Satan accuses us, you stand by us and tell him to go away because by your son’s blood we are washed clean of all our filthiness.  Help us to remember your faithfulness.