Look to the Cross

 

There she was. Perched up on that cross in all her glory. 

The tour guide exclaimed, “Folks, that never happens. There’s an eagle on the cross.”

She was steadfast. Immovable. Not scared off by our threatening presence. But, stout and confident. 

Some days we don’t feel so confident. We feel overwhelmed. And tired. And discouraged. Even hopeless. 

Isaiah 40:29 He gives power to the weak, and to those who have
no might He increases strength. 
 
Those who stand on the cross of Jesus Christ can have that Power. 

 

It is Resurrection Power. 

 

The weak. The weary. The exhausted. Those who are burdened with heavy labor. That’s who He gives power to. Power to continue on. Strength to rise up and overcome. When you have nothing left. Literally.
 

Look to the cross.

There is life-giving Power in the cross.

Isaiah 40:31 But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

 

Trust: hope, expect and await.

Expect God to show up. Look for Him. 

Await Him.

Those who remain strong in the Lord. They that hope in the Lord. Not hope in their ability. Nor their own wisdom. Manipulation. Coercion. Doctors. Or any other man made scheme. But those who hope in the Lord. They shall renew their strength. They will be invigorated.

Remain standing on the cross. 

There is no other hope. Hope is only found in the Resurrection. The Resurrection is true. Jesus Christ rose from the dead. He can resurrect any man that comes to Him. No addict is out of His reach. There is no one too far gone. Not one marriage is beyond His touch. He can change any situation. Any person. 

Are they beyond your reach?

Maybe the Lord wants you to take a break from all of your efforts. 

Rest at the cross. 

Resurrecting is His job.

Your job? Pray. 

Wait on the LORD. Await Him. He is never too late. Always on time. Always.



God can just be absurd sometimes!

 

Gideon was on the verge of battle.

He could see what he was up against; there was no way he could win this thing. So what does God do?

He makes it even harder. Utterly impossible. He stacks the odds so far against him that in order for him to have the victory, it would have to be a supernatural intervention of God.
God takes his team down to 300. The enemy had an army as numerous as the sand on the seashore.

Now God could work.

Why? So Israel would not claim the victory. God wanted to show His might. And power. And awesomeness.

Judges 7:9 It happened on the same night that the LORD said to him, “Arise, go down against the camp, for I have delivered it into your hand.

God promised victory.

Are you up against a pretty big challenge? Do you see no way out? Certain defeat?

Gideon was afraid. You may fear as well. God was already one step ahead of Gideon’s fear. He had given a man in the opposing army a dream. He sends Gideon to overhear the dream. In the dream, the opposing army is invaded by a loaf of bread. Our equivalent might be a hamburger bun from a kids meal rolling into enemy territory and collapsing their camp. The men know God has given Gideon victory. Gideon immediately worshipped the Lord. He rose up with new power.
He must’ve been giddy with excitement. He roused his guys and off they went. Guess what their tools for battle were?
 
A trumpet, an empty pitcher, and a torch.
 
And there you have it. Sound ridiculous? You betcha.
 
When the three hundred ill equipped men blew their trumpets, the Lord caused the opposing army to turn against each other.

 

God got the victory.

 

In your battle, sound the “trumpet.” Trumpets were used to announce war. Call upon the Lord. Let Him fight this for you. Take your “empty pitcher.” Your utter helplessness. And your “torch.” Your light.

 

John 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

God will get the victory.

I’m thinking Gideon had fun that day. I hope you have fun as you walk through your battle.

Just remember: a hamburger bun. Yep, a hamburger bun.

God can use anything.



Delays?

 

I had a very vivid dream last night. I was kinda zoning out and lost in thought and I ended up walking into someones house, the wrong house. When I got inside and went downstairs, all the surroundings were unfamiliar. I immediately realized and began to head out. I was greeted by a lovely light skinned black women. Warmth rose in my cheeks as I was embarrassed by the situation. She was clearly a Christian and dispelled those feelings. I apologized profusely for being in her house. As she kindly escorted me out, I was greeted by her husband. He was not upset either. They walked me to the door and I was on my way. I strolled across their lawn. As I got to the curb, a car came to a screeching halt. I looked up quick. The driver had a gun and began to fire at a man who was running across the street. I ducked behind a car. Hidden from danger, my life was spared. I thought to myself, if I had not walked in that house, I would’ve been right in the line of fire. Peace swept over me.

Then, I woke up.

As I pondered the dream, God spoke to my heart. 

Delays are His grace. He was protecting me.

Psalm 9:9 The LORD is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
  



 

 

 

 

 

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