I Am Not Alone

As I was driving around our neighborhood I noticed that very few people park their vehicles in their garages.  Their garages are often full of stuff (junk).  Some have set up TV viewing areas in their garages.  I have seen these full of people watching sporting events.

No matter how much stuff people accumulate they will not be fulfilled until they meet Jesus Christ and trust Him for salvation.  So many people walk through this life lonely, alone or just feeling alone.  It is rampant; but, people most often don’t want to admit it.

The other day our son was watching a Gaither Homecoming video recorded in New York City.  He kept playing a song by Natalie Grant.  The one part of the song that stuck out to me were the words, “I am not alone”.  I was moved to tears listening to this song.  I do not care for the song; but, those words struck a chord with me.  My mind went to the Scriptures in Hebrews 13:5, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Oh; by the way, as you pray today please pray for my wife.  She will be speaking at a ladies conference at 2pm Indiana time.  The conference starts earlier than this; but, she is scheduled to take the platform at 2pm.  I know she will appreciate it.

Remember honey, “I am not alone” because you have God’s Word on it.

So, how are you doing?

Alone And Hurting

I hate to admit it; but, I enjoy being alone most times.  This is not a good trait for one who ministers to people.  It is hard to minister to these people from seclusion.  You may recall that I did a short series on blog posts on Jesus’ ministry of being alone.  It was a good series and it turned out a pretty good sermon (even if I do say so myself) based upon the feedback from those who “endured sound doctrine”.

The devil is good at making us “feel” alone.  He knows if he can cause us to feel alone we will make bad decisions based upon feeling alone.  This is not one hundred percent of the time; but, it is unfortunately true a lot of the time.

There is nothing that makes a person who is experiencing a dark time in their life to feel even more alone than to look around and think you are alone.  The Psalmist put it this way in Psalm 69:20, “Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.”

There is something here that the writer of the Psalm has not mentioned and we often forget in dark times.  He nor we considered the truth of the latter part of Hebrews 13:5, “… I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

So, the truth is that no matter how dark the time or trial you are experiencing you are never alone as one of God’s children.

So, how are you doing?

You Are Not Alone

I remember reading about an experiment that took place many years ago where some people were selected to take part in a study.  They were placed in what the thought was some kind of bunker.  They were fed information that led them to believe that a nuclear war had taken place and they were the only survivors.  It was quite interesting.  That is unfortunately about all that I remember about the study.  I remember that they were shocked and dismayed when it was over and they came out to find that none of it was true.

You and I face situations daily that could be devastating.  How do we make it through?  You rely upon the principles of God’s Word and you keep pressing on.  As I thought about the above illustration I also thought on a particular passage of Scripture. Look at what we find in Genesis 16:13, “And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?”

What comfort we can gain from the Word of God.  Not matter how devastating the storms of life are we can rest in the truth that “Thou God seest me:”.  You and I are truly not alone.  We might “feel” like we are; but, we really are not.

So, how are you doing?

How To Hear From The Father 1

Yesterday I introduced the topic of how to listen to the voice of our Heavenly Father.  Today I would like to continue that thought.  Again we go to John 10:27, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:”

If we are going to hear the voice of our Heavenly Father we must get alone.  Today we have all kind of electronic devices with ear phones, ear buds, headphones and the like.  We need to shut this junk off and listen for the voice of the Heavenly Father.  It is no wonder that our world in in a downward tailspin.  For the most part people are listening to the news paper, the horoscopes and God forbid Dear Abby.

Jesus set the example for us in Mark 1:35, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”  Jesus did two very important things here.  First of all He got up early.  Secondly He went somewhere that was solitary.  He got alone with the Father early in the morning.  It was quality time and quantity time.

Jesus also tells us how to accomplish this in Matthew 6:6, “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”  We desperately need to get alone with God and listen to Him.

So, how are you doing?

Anchors For Being Alone 4

Acts 27:29, “Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.”

Today we will look at the last anchor.  That is the anchor of remembering, recommitting, and resting in the promises of God.  Deuteronomy 6:9, “And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.”

There is one thing that I lack and it bothers me.  That is Bible memory.  I am a poor student of the Bible in this sense.  You and I who know Christ as their Saviour need to remember God’s Word, recommit God’s Word to memory and then we can rest in the promises in God’s Word.  This is so easily said and not so easily done.

Let me challenge you and I to begin to work on memorizing God’s Word.  In the times of being alone and temptation we then can go to our memory and recall God’s Word and recite it and encourage ourselves and the devil will be repulsed by it.  Get into God’s Word and get God’s Word into you (and me).

So, how are you doing?

Anchors For Being Alone 3

Acts 27:29, “Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.”

The third anchor for being alone is the anchor of reciting and relating God’s promises.  Look at Deuteronomy 6:7b-8, “and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.  And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.”

Far too many parents today want to let their children find “religion” on their own.  They don’t want to influence them one way or another.  Here we have clear teaching from God’s Word that tells us that we are to have an active part in leading our children to Christ.  In a nut shell, Moses is telling you and I that no matter what we are doing that we are to be telling our children about salvation in Christ.  I don’t know what better thing we could tell our children than how to have eternal life.

I heard a man say the other day that it is a high form of child abuse to not tell your children about Jesus and how they can trust Him for eternal salvation.  Wow!  Most parents today get all bent out of shape if you attempt to tell their child about Christ.  God help us to share your love with others around us.

Maybe someone you know is dealing with being alone and they need to be reciting and relating the promises of God to their own situation.  Let’s help them do just that.

So, how are you doing?

Anchors For Being Alone 1

The first time I was left alone as a boy I stood in the same spot in the apartment the entire time my mother was gone.  When they arrived home you could still see my footprints in the shag carpet.  It was quite an experience for me.

In live we find ourselves going through storms.  Many times these storms leave us feeling all alone and the enemy of your soul, the devil, loves this.  Jesus tells us that we do not have to feel alone because He is always with us who are His children (Hebrews 13:5).

I want to share with you some things God gave me to share with you to help you in times of feeling alone.  Look at Acts 27:29, “Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.”  What I want to share with you are some Bible anchors to help in times of being alone.

The first anchor we need is the anchor of researching and realizing the promises of God. Moses tells us in Deuteronomy 6:6, “And these words, which I command thee this day,”  When the storms of life seem to overwhelm us the first place we need to run is to God and His Word.

So, how are you doing?