I have been contemplating and praying about what topic I should speak on for the Pre-Conference Luncheon in March and although i don’t have the title nailed down I do have an idea. I was thinking about the calmness of Christ. He often stepped into chaotic, messy situations but He was calm. He brought calmness to most people. The people who didn’t feel so calm in his presence were those grasping at power, control, and status. But for those that were grieving, sick, oppressed, directionless, without hope…He brought calmness and He did it not by giving people everything they wanted and making them comfortable but by challenging their thinking and encouraging them to be in fellowship with Him and reminding them of a heavenly kingdom.
John 17:13-15 Jesus words as He was praying for his disciplels. “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.”
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No one understands! Have you heard that line before? Perhaps you have spoken those words yourself. I believe one of Satan’s greatest tools for luring people into despair is to introduce the idea that God doesn’t understand my pain, my situation, or my temptations. Yet scripture declares otherwise, “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been temped in every way, just as we are—yet without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16. God stands ready, willing, and able to help us…we just need to run to Him. That is our God. And the cool thing is that God invites us to minister to others the same way He ministers us. He wants us to be sympathetic and approachable. He desires us to pursue holy lives free from sin, holding fast to our faith, and He want us to make the pattern of our running towards Him not away from Him.