Psalms 120-123

Psalms 120-123

But in everything that He allows in our lives, it is to bring us to a place of looking to Him, praying to Him, seeking Him for mercy, seeking Him for His involvement in our life.There’s this separation that happens between you and God when you are disobeying Him, and oftentimes He, then, allows for you to be held captive by that separation. It’s an enemy. Separation is an enemy to you when that separation causes you to be away from God Who created you, God Who loves you, God Who desires to be the major part of your life. He’s not going to take your life away from you. It’s not like when you have a relationship with God you have to lay on the floor the whole time going, “Ohm, ohm,” as some people try to tell you that’s what religion is. It’s none of that. Being in relationship with God is being able to walk outside in the morning and look up and see sun shining and say, “Wow! What a lovely day, God. You gave this to me! And You’re allowing me to live in it.” Walking out of your door and seeing the rain falling and the thunder pounding and the lightning flashing and saying, “Wow, God! What awesome power!” You know how awesome the power is in a single thunderstorm? And yet, that’s a very, very small portion of the power that God has to display. But yet we stand there in awe…

We look at these things, and some people, because they do not want to acknowledge God in their life, because they do not want to receive the salvation that God gave us, because they want nothing to do with Who God is and what God has created, they’ll walk out and they’ll see the same thunderstorm and say, “Oh. Inconvenient. Terrible weather. Horrible day…” You know, they only look for the negative things… We oftentimes, because we are looking inward, all we see is negative. If all you’re doing is looking at your own heart and your own life, dwelling on who you are, guess what? Life is pretty negative. It’s horrible to live in that kind of life. But when you’ve been freed from the captivity, the isolation that separation brings it’s amazing to see the clear sky and understand the power of God in the thunderstorm… You being to see the world from a different perspective altogether, your life from a different perspective altogether. But it only happens when you come to that place of being in love relationship…

Where does your help come from? When you find yourself struggling, where does your help come from? When you find yourself in need, where does your help come from? Do you believe that God is the shade over you when the sun is beating down on your head?… But God will watch over you. God does not desire for harm to come to you. It doesn’t mean that you’re not going to ever feel any physical pain in your life from the wickedness of men around you, but the only real harm that can happen is to your spirit. A man can’t do that. Only by your choice can you be harmed. Either because you trusted God or you did not trust God…

But He does desire for us to be in love relationship with Him, and He allows for us to suffer from our own wrong choices. Sometimes He allows for us to suffer from other’s wrong choices. But in everything that He allows in our lives, it is to bring us to a place of looking to Him, praying to Him, seeking Him for mercy, seeking Him for His involvement in our life.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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