For When You Really Just Want To Run and Hide

Cross and Verse Hiding Place

On days when the enemy looms large

and you’re feeling small;

when it seems as if just staying alive

will take every last ounce of strength you have,

DON’T GIVE UP!

Keep moving.

Keep believing.

Because Jesus has made a way of escape.

Through a cross of wood, cut out of a tree,

He carved out hope.

And when it came to securing our freedom,

He left no stone unturned.

Now, the talons of fear cannot touch us

because the enemy has been defeated.

And we rest in the heart of the One who is our shelter.

Our safe haven.

Our salvation.

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The video below isn’t so much about faith, but it inspired me to write this post.

Let me know if it inspires you too.

Saving the Day

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Genesis 1:1-3 

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The first command, the first words of The WORD as recorded in the very first book of the Bible are, “Let there be light.”

This weekend, we (that is, most of North America) will set our clocks one hour ahead in an attempt to save a little daylight.

We like light. The more light the better. Because we live in a world that is spiritually dark, we crave the light.

But we cannot create the light. Only God can do that.

And so, the first book of the New Testament announces the birth of Jesus. The prophecy was now fulfilled. The One, the only One, who could save the day – He came to save our souls.

The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Matthew 4:16, Isaiah 9:1-2 

If you need a reminder of the awesome power of God, check out this beautiful video. He who spoke the universe into existence, can speak light into your dark.

If you have trouble viewing, click here.

God’s Incredible Creation – The Arctic Light Time Lapse from ourprecioussavior on GodTube.

A Snow White Heart

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “ Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18

Being snowed in this past week gave me a lot of time to think.

And, since all I could see out my window was a landscape covered in a blanket of sparkling white, I mostly thought about…well…snow.

I thought about how the color white represents purity and what Jesus had to say about being pure in heart.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8

Obviously, we all want to see God but, sooner or later, we all arrive at the same conclusion.

He is holy. We are not.

It sounds like a fairytale. We ask ourselves, “How is it possible for the impure to become pure? Can I really have a snow white heart?”

This is when we begin to understand our need for a Savior and why we marvel at the mercy of God and rejoice in the hope of the gospel. Because we realize that He offered an answer to the question – at the cross.

Our acceptance of His sacrifice, provides the cleansing we need. He sees us, our scarlet sin covered in a blanket of sparkling white. And we see Him. The One who gives us hope.

Hope, that unlike the melting snow outside my window, will never fade away.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you.” 1 Peter 1:3-4

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