Skip to main content

“No matter how big or how bad the problem, the solution is getting into God’s presence.”

A thought by Mark Batterson, (2015-10-06) from his book, If: Trading Your If Only Regrets for God's What If Possibilities (Kindle Location 2102-2103). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)

No matter what the problem is there is a solution.  Do you believe that or do you think there is no way out of your situation?  If you believe that then you feel hopeless don’t you?  So this thought could bring you a slimmer of hope which could be the start of a solution.  But the next problem would be how to get into God’s presence.

Marks says, “The quickest way to get into God’s presence is by getting into God’s Word.”

He then says, “It’s unlike any other book in my library. As inspiring as many of those books are, they are made of dead trees. The Word is living and active. And when the Holy Spirit quickens the Word, it becomes a life-giving force. It’s like a shot of adrenaline.”

He goes on, “A few years ago, I hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. When we got to Dead Woman’s Pass, with an elevation over 13,000 feet, I got a headache because I wasn’t getting enough oxygen to my brain. At that elevation, the atmosphere has 43 percent less oxygen. Fortunately, our guide pulled out a can of pure oxygen. Yes, I inhaled.”

“God’s presence is pure oxygen. Nothing shifts barometric pressure like worship— it changes and charges the atmosphere. And when you acclimatize, you have far more faith.”

There is always hope in God’s presence.  A Psalm would be a good place to start.  Today is the 12th day of this month so go and read Psalm 12 or 42 or 72 or 102 or 132.  And then see what happens.  As you get into his presence he can give you insight into a solution and strengthen your faith.   


So what insight did you get from his Word?

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

“It’s not our job to determine if the faith of others is genuine or fake.”

A thought by Larry Osborne (2015-04-01) from his book, Thriving in Babylon: Why Hope,Humility, and Wisdom Matter in a Godless Culture(Kindle Locations 544-545). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition.. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
I have just finished a book and now I am looking for a new one.  I have just bought three new books and have been getting through the beginning of all of them to see which one I will find challenging and enlightening to not only me but to you.
Now this thought stopped me.  I fight within me to be critical of the Christian world and its tendency toward fighting battles that I don’t perceive as God’s battles.  In other words I fight being judgmental of others.  But as Larry says, “It’s not our job to determine if the faith of others is genuine or fake.”  He goes on to say, “We’re not supposed to take it upon ourselves to weed out the genuine from the counterfeit. That’s God’s job. Jesus made it clear that we are to leave the weeding to him.”
N…

"When human babies are born, we have only two natural fears: the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises."

A thought by Craig Groeschel (2012-04-24) from his book, Soul Detox: Clean Living in a Contaminated World (p. 143). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

We only have two fears from birth so where did all those other fears that hold us back come from?  That’s a good question, a very good question.  Determining that could go a long way to conquering your fears and potentially those that you influence around you.  For instance, if you are a parent your kids may take on those same fears.

Craig says that our adult fears basically fall into four categories:  The fears of loss, of failure, of rejection and the fear of the unknown.  I’m sure you can see how each one of those could limit what you do in life.

Some would say that fear is the opposite of faith but Craig disagrees with that.  He says, “The way I see it, fear actually relies on faith — it’s simply faith in the wrong things. Fear is placing your faith in ‘what-ifs’ rather than in ‘God is.’ It’s allowing your imagination to wander down a long…

“When life doesn’t make sense, it becomes all about trust.”

A thought by Erwin Raphael McManus, (2006-11-14) from his book,Soul Cravings: An Exploration of the Human Spirit(p. 215). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

When you have lived life for any amount of time there is always a chance that you will go through a time that life doesn’t make sense.Maybe that is where you are today.
I have been fortunate to have lived with a father that I could trust.I knew I could trust what my dad said, what he believed and what he taught.I knew he wasn’t perfect but I trusted him.And that was so important as a son living life.I wasn’t ready to take on all the responsibilities of life but I knew I could trust my dad.
Some of you haven’t had that privilege. You had a father that couldn’t be trusted so in life’s not making sense times you can have real trouble.  Having had someone you trust is so important in living through those times.
Now my dad wasn’t perfect in all things but he did lead me to someone who was perfect, someone I could totally trust in all times.  …