The Battle

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You may be dealing with a long-standing attack on your life and have come to realize that there is no way for you to get out of this on your own. The battle has been so intense for so long that you have almost accepted ... it may never end. You've prayed every prayer of deliverance, you've called out for mercy and justice to Almighty God and in the absence of visible intervention have reconciled that perhaps He simply does not see you. The one thing you do know is that this assault is a direct hit from the enemy who hates you and has been unrelenting in his battering. There was a woman "whom Satan had bound" (Luke 13:16) who had sustained eighteen years of attack. Eighteen years of infirmity which bent her soul, spirit and body toward the dust of the ground. Eighteen long years of wishing, hoping and praying that something, some miracle ... someone would help her, would heal her ... would see her and do something about it! Take the Old Testament story of Hagar, who declared in her crisis in Genesis 16:13 "...'You are the God who sees me', for she said, 'I have now seen the One who sees me.'" There is something powerful about finally SEEING the One Who sees you. Job was at the end of his desperate trial when he declared in Job 42:5 “My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you.” The woman in Luke 13 finally saw Jesus, the Son of God. It says in verse 12, “But when Jesus saw her …” God had known this woman’s plight since her conception, yet on this day ~~ HER eyes now saw the One who had always seen her. “He called her to Him and said to her, ‘Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.’” Eighteen years of pain and assault ~~ gone in a moment of time. If you are walking through an unrelenting furnace of affliction, set your heart, soul and eyes on seeing Jesus. Your suddenly is coming! When you see the vindication, healing, restoration and resurrection He has had specifically planned for you all along, your eyes will truly to opened to seeing Who He is. All loving, all compassionate, all-powerful, God of justice and truth. He is Who you must see… for that will set you free.

True Freedom

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True freedom in life means understanding that you do not need to worry or fear what lays ahead of you. Complete surrender is a beautiful place. It is finally laying down all the control, the anxiety, the expectations of your own desires and ambitions. It is a a place of peace and trust in the One Who will order your steps in perfect synchronization (regardless of what your situation looks like today). He is God. He is the Master Architect. He is fully in control of even that which seems chaotic. He is not random; He is an exact, precise administrator of justice, beauty and victory. Our hope is in the name of the Lord. Whatever it looks like today, lay it down and give Him the room to do what He does best...bringing every thing to order and an avalanche of triumph in its time. Jeremiah 10:23 (NLT) "I know, Lord, that our lives are not our own. We are not able to plan our own course."

Your GPS

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I was driving to dinner tonight in the fog. After going for blocks on end in a part of town I'm unfamiliar with, without being able to see or recognize anything, I actually had no idea where I was. The fog was so thick I had a quick sense of panic till I realized my GPS was right in front of me and it new my exact position. I was so used to it sitting there and not paying much attention to it that I had not relied on it at all ... when I needed it most. In contrast to the hazy mist all around me the GPS was crystal clear...I had never noticed how sharp and precise the picture on my dashboard looked until I really had to depend on it when I could not even make out a visible sign post. I thought about how life is like this too. We go through a season where we can't see where we are headed. Nothing is familiar and we feel lost. A thick fog has set in and we know we are headed somewhere, but who knows how we will get there. We are out of our comfort zone, on unknown paths, with no ability to sense, with our own skills where we should go next...until we look to our GPS ~~ God's Positioning System. It knows exactly where we are and where we are going at all times. It measures the exact distance to your destination and has a set time for arrival. It isn't thrown off by a hurricane, typhoon or tsunami, it knows how to avoid a dead end. It speaks to us in a gentle voice when it's time to change directions. It never gets angry when we go left, when it should have been a right. It just reconfigures a new way. The circumstances have no bearing on its ability to guide us. When we cannot see ahead, it has already calculated the distance down to the inch. It is precise, fearless, faultless and trustworthy. If you're in a fog...look at your GPS.