Today will be the celebration of life for my friend Albert Ray Sr. He is such a wonderful Christian man. If you know him you understand. As I was beginning to fix breakfast yesterday morning God spoke to my heart and gave me a poem for my dear friend Pastor Al Ray Jr. I want to share it with you.
“I Wish There Was Something”
I wish there was something I could say
That would heal your hurt and take your pain.
I wish there was something I could do
That would bring God’s healing straight to you.
I wish there was somewhere that I could go
That would dry your tears and take your woe.
I wish there was something that I could do or say
That would make it all go away.
I wish there was something that I could do or say
That would fill you with God’s peace today.
There is one thing that I can do and say
For you my dear friend I will pray.
Written by: David Dale May 26, 2015
I am sure that you know someone that is hurting and needs someone to come along beside them, be a friend and pray. Get to it! They need you. Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
One of my favorite songs performed by Celtic Thunder would be the song “Home From The Sea”. It is not a Christian song; but, as I was listening to it via the internet the other evening I began to think of a similar time in the days of Scripture. Go back with me to the words of Mark 4:37, “And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.”
One line of the song says, “She’s an old fishin’ boat and she’s barely afloat…” I can picture in my mind’s eye a scene like this with the disciples. They are on the sea of Galilee and the storm pops up and the next thing they know is they are taking on water. To their amazement Jesus is in the “hinder part of the ship,” and He is asleep. Look at the account in Mark 4:38, “And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?” In the midst of a terrible storm Jesus sleeps.
The reason Jesus could sleep in the midst of the storm is because He is the Master of the storm. Soon He would arise and speak to the storm and the turbulent sea would lie like a sleeping child. Calm.
Maybe you are facing an enormous storm. Maybe you feel like Jesus is asleep in the back of the boat with no regard for your situation. My friend let me assure you that Jesus may be in the back of the boat and He might appear to be asleep. I promise you He is not asleep. He is the Master of the sea and He can speak peace to your storm at any second. Focus on Him today and rest in Him and let the storms rage. I know this is easily said and not so easily done. It is possible though.
There are so many people that live in turmoil. Their lives just seem to be like a boat rocking and rolling on the stormy seas. Many people today are searching for peace. Nations are seeking peace (or at least that is what they say). We live in a day when peace is at a minimum.
Yet; if you know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, you can have great peace. Remember, peace is not the absence of trouble and trials. Peace is that calm assurance and confident trust in Jesus Christ in the midst of the troubles and trials.
One of my favorite lighthouse pictures shows a lighthouse out in the sea. There is someone standing in the doorway as an enormous wave crashes against the back of the lighthouse and is coming around to the front. This speaks to me of peace. It is a picture of life.
David; the shepherd boy, wrote Psalm 23:2, “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.” Even thought the grass might be too tall to see over we can have peace. Even though the waters are troubled and no longer calm we can have great peace. The choice is all ours to make.
We live in a world that is tumultuous to say the least. Every time you turn on the television you are bombarded with this fact. People murdering people. It is a sad day we live in. Yet, if we focus on the darkness we will withdraw and stop living life.
Yesterday evening I went to hear a dear friend preach a revival meeting. His message from the LORD was right on target. He preached on peace. Is that not what the world is looking for today?
People will do almost anything to escape the pain of life as they seek peace. Yet, what they need to do is run the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). We hear about peace all through the news cast. Nations are calling for peace treaties. My guess is the man reason they call for a peace treaty is to buy them time to ramp up their resources to get back to their fight.
I love the words of Isaiah the prophet in Isaiah 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” The world is experiencing the later part of Jeremiah 6:14, “They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.”
People will only find peace when they connect with The Prince of Peace and put their faith and trust in Him.
So, how are you doing?
The old saying goes that just because a person is in the Church does not make them a Christian any more than a person standing in a garage is a car. We get a good laugh out of this; but, there are people that think they are a Christian because they are American. You have to have a relationship with Jesus Christ first and that makes you a Christian.
I had a tremendous response to yesterdays post about “You Are Not Alone”. As I was thinking about this it dawned on me that I am not alone because I am “in Christ”. This made my heart jump for joy. Look at Romans 12:5, “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” So, I am not alone; but, I also have an enormous support system called The Body of Christ. This should give every one of us great hope! It does me.
The problem comes in when I am not what I should be. The times that I am allowing the flesh to control me and some dear Brother or Sister needs a kind word or deed and I just ignore the need and go on in my life and fail to meet their need. This ought not to be! The problem is that we do it. Now, what are we going to do about it? We must confess and forsake it and go on.
Next time you feel all alone reach out to Jesus because He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Then reach out to a mature Brother or Sister and you will realize that you are not alone because you are in the Body of Christ and Christ is in God.
As you know we have many of the DVD’s from the Gaither Gospel Series. The other day we were listening to one recorded in Israel. It is one of my favorites. Our son kept repeating one song in particular. The title is “Peace Be Still”. Bill Gaither shares how he and Gloria wrote this song on that same sea in a boat similar to the one they are riding in at that moment. As I watch the video my mind goes back to Scripture.
Look at Mark 4:39, “And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.”
We all have times in our lives that “feel” like a tempestous storm. The waves of life seemingly break over the sides of our ship. We look around and it seems that all is lost. Let me assure you; from one weary sailor to another, it only seems and “feels” this way. Jesus Christ is He who created these waves and the seas. He has all power over them. He has the ability to speak; not yell, and they obey Him. I don’t know about you; but, this gives me great hope. All is not lost. It is not time to throw everything overboard. Hold on with everything you have and watch Jesus come into your storm with you and simply speak, “Peace, be still.”
Yesterday I spoke to you from my heart. Today I would like to continue my thoughts. My heart is still aching after that incident. I am sure that you can imagine my pain. As I began thinking about this whole thing I was reminded of Matthew 21:37-38, “But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.”
This is where I began hearing from my Father. He spoke to me about how His Son Jesus was treated by his own people. The tears began to fall. I know it is a whole different situation. Yet, I now feel like I have a better understanding of how my Father felt when people reject Christ and say all manner of evil things about Him. Oh my!
Sometimes in life we experience things that are unpleasant. We wish that we had not experienced them. The Father tells us that these are for our good and His glory. Well, I dropped the ball in our experience the other day for sure. Thank God for forgiveness!
The people of Jesus’ day did not understand Him. Not even His own men. How this grieved the heart of Jesus and Father. Just like I sat in the van grieved only on a far different plane. Please don’t misunderstand me. I am sharing this from my heart to yours in order that we might understand the heart of the Heavenly Father. He loves us supremely and He allows these things into our lives to drive us to Him. I know in my life it caused me to see some things differently. If people would not reverence and respect Jesus why would fallen man have any respect for God’s special people like our son. The rhetorical answer there is, “They will not.” God help them!
Mark 5:18-19, “And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.”
Go home and say what – your message. We have a message that need to be gotten out to the masses. If you had the only cure for a disease that is sweeping the world would you not want to share it? I hope so; but, I know there are people that would not share it. This is tragic.
It is the same way in the Church. The world is infected with sin. We have the cure for their sin problem and we sit, soak and sour each week and let people go on and die and go to hell. Shame on us all! Shame on us for not doing more! I am just as guilty; if not more so, as anyone else. We have a message to share and we must share it!
The message is a message of grace. Grace is God giving to you and I what we do not deserve. We do not deserve eternal life and all the blessings of God; but, God loves us so much that he lavishes His love on us. He started with giving His only Son Jesus to pay for our sin.
The message is a message of mercy. Mercy is God withholding just judgement. In other words we deserve to die and go to hell; but, God in His mercy provided a way that we do not have to go to hell. Thank you Jesus! We deserve eternal punishment; but, Jesus took our punishment on the cross so that we do not have to experience it.
The message is a message of peace. Peace is a result of God lavishing His grace and mercy upon us. When God pours out His grace and mercy on us it brings about a deep peace in our lives. If you do not have peace then you need to put your faith and trust in Jesus and receive peace which surpasses all human understanding.
A few days ago I saw .a video on social media. You can view it here. After I finished this one minute video I sat and wept for a moment because of what I saw. We take for granted so much in life.
I have to ask you something. How many Bibles do you have in your home? The best I can figure we have well over a dozen Bibles in our home This is really nice. How many of the Bibles that you and I own are covered in dust? How many are packed away never to be used? Now we are down where the rubber meets the road.
There is an old bluegrass song that I love titled “Dust On The Bible” and if you listen to the words it can be deeply convicting. Far too many people look at the Bible as inaccurate and this is far from the truth. People think is is out dated. Wrong! The Bible is a Supernatural Book and should be read and obeyed. Look at Jeremiah 15:16, “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.” What is your attitude?
The Bible will change your life and I think this is the reason that people refuse to read It. They are happy living their life the way it is and they don’t want to upset their own apple cart. It is high time to upset some apple carts.
The holidays are often a difficult time for many people. They are overcome with thoughts of family members that have passed away, relationships that have come to an end and many other things. As Zig Ziglar would say, “Stinkin’ thinkin’ leads to low level living.”
The enemy of our soul loves it when we are all stirred up inside because we lose our peace. He wants us to be all churned up inside and fretting about things no matter if we have control of them or not.
This was a tumultuous time in the lives of these shepherds. They are simply watching their flock on the hillside and all of a sudden life has become something like they have never seen before.
In homes all over the world there is a lack of peace. Children cannot wait for morning to come. A much needed sleep now evades them and all they can think about is the presents under the tree.
If you want true peace this year you must come to the One who is described as The Prince of Peach. It must be possible because the Word of God tells us of the message of the angels. Look at Luke 2:14, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” No matter how rough life gets you can have peace from the Prince of Peace. Do you know Him? If not come to Him today and be saved. He is waiting for you.