Monday, July 7, 2008

Monday Morning Power

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; John 10:10a

He is at it again. This thief makes me so mad. I was reminded of this verse yesterday. When I went to look it up all I was concentrating on was the first part, the part above.

There is a second part to this verse and this powerful. It gives hope,

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10b

There is something about that second part. Our Jesus doesn't settle for just living, He offers us a full life. Wow. I'm blown away at what He does for me. He takes an interest in our life, the good, the bad and the ugly.

I love that we have a Savior that is interceding on our behalf. CONSTANTLY talking to God for and about us. How I love Him.

Even knowing this and knowing that God desires for us to live an abundant life..there are times we struggle. Times we hurt in deep places we had no idea existed. We feel desperate and hopeless, blinded by an enemy who specializes in a lie. We feel like the next step is just too hard. We've all been there at some point.

But Psalm 3 tells me that even when my enemy surrounds me and whisper those lies in my heart that my God is there. He is a shield around me, and when I cry out to Him He hears AND He answers.

His word says that I can rest because He will sustain and protect me.

But here is my favorite part of Psalm 3. It's found in verse 3 and it says that my God will bestow glory on me and will lift up my head.

I sure could use a little glory bestowed on my head this morning!

Psalm 18:16-19 has me standing up to type this morning as I pray this over my family and friends this morning.

He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me!
Verse 35 says You give me your shield of victory and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great.

I rejoice this morning as I read Psalm 23 and think of Beth Moore telling the story of her daughter calling her to share that our God is going to anoint our head with oil and make the enemy watch while He does it! Verse 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Oh friends, no matter how huge this trial seems, you have a warrior Savior who is interceding on your behalf. He is willing to fight for you. It may be a hard and difficult battle but our God wins. He is enough.

Lift up your head this morning and let Him bestow some Glory on you today.


Still Learning said...

You are so encouraging!! Thank you so much. What a great reminder & encouragement that God is always for us. That lying thief came & stole my joy BUT God restores all things.

LAURIE said...

What a wonderful post today and an encouragement that even though the enemy is prowling around - God is the lifter up of our heads! Praise God! -Blessings, Laurie

Heather said...

Steph- How I love this post! Thank you for sharing this- I love how you wrote it and reminded us of these essential truths! I so want His glory on me!

Jackie said...

Oh thanks for that today- needed to read that! Love your encouraging posts- always hit close to home!
love ya!

BethAnne said...

I need to go back and read this a hundred more times today......

Christina said...

That was a wonderful message. Thanks.

Leah said...

Psalm 3: 3 is my life verse. The Lord has been such a shield around me. The part that really touches me, though, is that He lifts up my head. I have made some pretty poor choices in my day--choices that dishonored Him greatly, yet He showers me with His glory and He lifts up my head so that I no longer walk in shame!! Hallelujah!!


Fran said...

WOW! Thats awesome Stephanie. I should probably just carry this around in my pocket. :)

Hope y'all have had a good day!

Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

LOVE this! What a great way to start my morning out girl. I got my food here! I just love you girl.
Much love,