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 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?


Popular posts from this blog

"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…

“There’s a big difference between building a castle and building a kingdom.”

A thought by Bob Goff from his book, Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People (p. 41). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. (Click on the book title to go to to buy the book.)
Have you ever built a sand castle or maybe a Lego castle?Have you?
Bob says, “We actually build castles all the time, out of our jobs and our families and the things we’ve purchased. Sometimes we even make them out of each other. Some of these castles are impressive too. Lots of people come to admire what we’ve built over the course of our lives and tell us what great castles we have. But Jesus told His friends we weren’t supposed to spend our lives building castles. He said He wanted us to build a kingdom, and there’s a big difference between building a castle and building a kingdom.”
Bob goes on, “You see, castles have moats to keep creepy people out, but kingdoms have bridges to let everyone in. Castles have dungeons for people who have messed up, but kingdoms have g…

“I am so thrilled to give you the good news: you can pick what you ponder.”

A thought by Max Lucado from his book, Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World (Kindle Location 1671). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to to buy the book.)
There are so many things that I can’t do.Max says, “You didn’t select your birthplace or birth date. You didn’t choose your parents or siblings. You don’t determine the weather or the amount of salt in the ocean. There are many things in life over which you have no choice.”

He doesn’t stop there, he says, “But the greatest activity of life is well within your dominion. You can choose what you think about.”
He goes on, “You can be the air traffic controller of your mental airport. You occupy the control tower and can direct the mental traffic of your world. Thoughts circle above, coming and going. If one of them lands, it is because you gave it permission. If it leaves, it is because you directed it to do so. You can select your thought pattern.”
I can be the air traffic controller of my …