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Mark 8:34 ” Then He called the crowd to Him along with His disciples and said: ‘If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.’ “

Christianity isn’t a one and done experience.  For in this verse we see Jesus didn’t address just the crowd but His disciples also…men that had been following Him for years…men that had witnessed first hand miracles, teaching, and preaching on a daily basis.  Men that should have had this concept down pat…but obviously didn’t.  Our journey as a Believer is ongoing and lifelong.  It’s a daily conscious decision of our Will to give up our self and in obedience conform to the example we have before us…Jesus Christ.  It’s a long and winding road of faith and life we need to daily direct our feet to follow.

Psalm 141:8 ” But my eyes are fixed on You, O Sovereign Lord; in You I take refuge…”

As a good defense maneuver, being positioned high up in the rocks afforded soldiers surveillance and security.  During troubled times, we too need to seek the protection and refuge of the only reliable stronghold we have…God.  For when we seek Him for solace…He’s always there.

I Peter 5:10 ” And the God of all grace, Who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”

“It is God Who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.” (Psalm 18:32)  Yes, it’s only by God’s grace, His unearned and unmerited favor, that we are able to make it through trials and suffering.  For this verse shows that it is God, not us, that accomplishes this for Believers…to prepare, repair, and perfect us during and after troubling times for His glory.

Psalm 112:7-8 ” He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.”

As the song title goes, “Whose Report will you Believe Today?”  The bad one the Doctor has just delivered to you…leaving you sad and filled with pain and calamity.  Or the report of the Lord’s which is filled with certainty and promise?  For when our strength comes from Him and not ourselves, we can rest securely, without fear…leaning heavily upon God’s grace and mercy.

Hebrews 10:23 ” Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.”

Sometimes it’s just a matter of holding on for the day.  Holding on to our courage and the hope of which we boast, (Hebrews 3:6) and remaining steady in our sense of confidence that God is truly in control of the chaos around us.  And as long as we can affirm to ourselves His goodness and love…we can hold on for another day.

Lamentations 3:19-20 ” I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.”

In these verses Jeremiah is dejected and overwhelmed by the suffering he is witnessing in Jerusalem.  In his head he was acknowledging God’s sovereignty…but he was still confused and disheartened by all the destruction around him.  We’re the same way in the middle of trials.  We know that God is there and in control…but when we’re overcome by it all,  it’s hard  to remain rational.  Jeremiah was honestly laying all his feelings, concerns and complaints before his Heavenly Father, knowing that God would listen and not judge.  And today we too have that same opportunity to speak candidly and openly to God without fear of retribution.

Acts 22:6-7 ” About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, ‘Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute Me?’ “

Saul knew immediately and absolutely just who was speaking to him.  For his response to the voice was, “Who are You, Lord?”  For in an instant, Saul realized the deity and supremacy of the voice of the Lord.  We all someday will hear that same voice of the Lord.  For some it will be the stern voice at Judgement Day…but for others it will be the kind words, “Well done good and faithful servant.”