Struggles with Insecurity

I was thinking yesterday about the insecurity of our world compared to 20 years ago.  It seems like everything is so volatile and fragile.  This causes stress, uneasiness, and worry in our society.  We are worried and stressed out about the insecurity in the economy, gas prices, government, Iran, trade with China, presidential elections,  local issues, personal finances, safety, health, and on and on.  In   our every increasing insecure world, the security of Christ is truly not optional.  It is necessary for inner well-being, wholeness,  and even sanity. If we put our trust in things that are not absolute and stable, we will be insecure and our lives will reflect the instability of what we have trusted in.  Where is our greatest trust?  Where is your security based?  If is not Jesus than I am sure you have been powerfully disappointed.   To truly be secure and confident in the future, we have to put our life in the hands of the Lord who is the one who hold the future.  We have to have hope for this life and for eternity.  We must fully trust in God, to truly be secure and to walk in the faith-filled life God intends for us.  Here is a verse that comes to mind.  I love this verse from Psalms, so read this over a couple of times, and evaluate in your own life about where your trust is, and where your security lies.  It only take a minute in prayer, exercising faith, to alter the security of our soul.

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses,  but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. ” Psalm 20:7

The New International Version. 2011 (Ps 20:7). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

The Dark Places

Our church has been in prayer and fasting this first full week of 2012.  I always get greater revelation and insight into God’s Word when I fast.  All the more reasons I should do it more.  Here is my thoughts this morning on this verse I read and prayed through in my “Handbook to Prayer” by Kenneth Boa.

19      So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.
         20      But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation,
         21      for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. (NASB)

This world can be a dark, dark, place.  Sin darkens and clouds our culture, media, and lives.  Even if we serve the Lord, times can get dark.  We encounter storms in life.  We have conflict with people we love.  People we look to disappoint us.  We have to deal with health issues as we age, and we bury those we love.  Life can be dark.  But God has given us light.  It is found in the revelation (revealing and unveiling) of God’s Word.  I find it can be pretty easy to neglect that.  We have so many other things screaming for our attention, from our phones, to email, to FB and twitter, jobs, kids, TV, and sometimes sheer exhaustion.  We must not neglect the revelation of God to man.   The Bible is a lamp shining and making manifest the truths of God!  It shines on the darkness and the darkness must flee.   When darkness envelops us, instead of trying to fix ourselves with more food, more TV, more sleep, or calling more people, let’s call on the Lord through His Word. Jesus is the Word, don’t forget that.  Living, alive, revealing, convicting, and encouraging.

Let God’s Word bring light to your heart.  Read it. Study it. Pray it. Speak it out loud as you read.  Fill your life and your home with the light and revelation of God, and the dark places will be extinguished by the Light of God’s Word.  I am determined to not allow the dark places to have any place at all in my life.  The Word is the Key, as Peter has written prophetically here.

Any thoughts when it comes to the Word. Can you add to continue to encourage our readers?

thanks, Nate

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