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Written by scoopsnews on June 16, 2019 – 8:20 am -

Billy Huddleston

Billy Huddleston

“But my God shall supply all your need according to

His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19)

It was my first year in full-time ministry…

During my first year as a full-time evangelist, I was scheduled at a church in Michigan, and to be honest, the pastor and I just didn’t click. (He probably thought the same about me!) On the last day, I was tearing my equipment down when the pastor gave me an envelope. I knew it was my pay and I knew it wasn’t something you rip open and look at in front of the pastor. Later, when I opened the envelope, there was a check there for something like $90. Now folks, it’s not about money, but it took more than $90 to drive up to that church and it would take more than that to get me home. For the first time in that first year of ministry, the words of the “encouragers” came back to me, “You’re going to starve to death.”

I was frustrated.

I began to drive home from that part of Michigan to Cincinnati and when I came into the city limits, my car started to act up. At home, I looked at my finances to see what I had to spare and all I had was $100… but I knew what needed to be done. I took it to the dealership and walked to a shopping mall while they looked at my vehicle until the call came that they were finished. On my walk back, I saw something shimmer in the sunlight. It was a quarter on the sidewalk. I’m cheap, so I reached down, picked it up and put it in my pocket. Walked a little bit further and there was a penny laying there… I’m really cheap! I reached down, picked it up and put it in my pocket. By the time I made it to where the car was, I found one quarter and four pennies. At the cashier’s counter, the gentleman looked at me and said, “Mr. Huddleston, the charge for the servicing of your Toyota today is $100.29.” 

God has been faithful…   

When I think about the life I’m living and look back on what He has done, I realize that the past is a promise for tomorrow. When I see how He’s worked in my life there’s no reason to doubt the same God who was faithful yesterday will be faithful today and bring me through my present circumstance. That’s our God! And that’s your God!

 

 


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Rooted With Billy Huddleston

Written by scoopsnews on May 26, 2019 – 7:49 am -

Billy Huddleston

Billy Huddleston

Rooted

May 26, 2019

 

“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee:

my soul thirsteth for thee…”

Psalm 63:1

 

 

If we’re honest, David could have been seeking after so many other things.

He had been wronged by someone very close to him and could have focused on making that wrong right and claiming his throne. Instead, we see David seeking after God. He doesn’t focus on the negative in his life, rather, David says, “God is my priority – not the throne, not my position. The thing I’m reaching out for is God and God alone.”

Why would David place so much trust in God after suffering so?

The answer can be found in the first phrase of Psalm 63:

“O God, thou art my God.”

In this statement, David is saying that God is his personal God.

When he’s hurting – God is his healer.

When he’s lonely – God is a present God.

When he’s conflicted – God can bring peace to his life.

David is saying, “God, all that You are, You are to me when I need it the most.” 

Deep down, do you believe that He is your God? That all you need, He is?

 

 


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“Rooted” With Billy Huddleston

Written by scoopsnews on April 7, 2019 – 6:38 am -

Billy Huddleston

Billy Huddleston

This Is Our Story

Luke 23:38-43

It’s Passover Friday, somewhere in the springtime of AD 30-33. And, Jesus has been crucified. It seems as though everything had been leading up to this. Lately, Jesus had been speaking very openly about the plan. But, the disciples were unable to grasp, to understand all that would take place.

He had willingly entered Jerusalem – the one place from which he should have stayed away. Remember, it was in this city that His enemies were lying in wait, looking for an opportunity to accuse Him. Yet, Jesus willingly goes . . . No one drags Him there in chains. He just goes.

Today is lamb selection day: That day when devout Jewish people would select their lamb to commemorate the Passover. They’d remember what God had done by bringing them out of Egypt. And, in that commemoration they would anticipate what God would do in a renewed exodus when Messiah would come. It’s a powerful image. As the city was buzzing with individuals busy with their religious activity, God was sending His Lamb. This Passover would be different.This Passover, God would confront His people: Will you choose My Lamb? Even the Apostle Paul draws a parallel in 1 Corinthians5:7 when he states, “For Christ, our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed.That choice is still present today. It’s a decision that all will have to make. God was confronting His people. And, He still confronts today.

Jesus had lived a life of love. In exchange,He was subjected to such hate. He extended acceptance and forgiveness to those He encountered. All he received in return was rejection, and ultimately execution. Even in His intense suffering at Calvary the contrast is extreme. The hatred of the crowd is severe:the sarcasm, the mockery, the joke. Even the sign above His thorn-pierced head seemed to deride Him in that moment.

“And an inscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew:

THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS”

Luke 23:38

Royalty with a thorny crown? Dying on a tree? The notion that Jesus was King was simply laughable!

Despite such agony, while the hate-filled shouts are going up, words of love are comingdown. Forgiveness is extended from the cross as He speaks:

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

Luke 23:34

In the midst of the horror, if we look closely, we’ll begin to see a hardened heart would soften. An enslaved prisoner would be set free. Ultimately, a conversion would take place, and the seemingly unredeemable would be redeemed!

Remembering the Story

The road that led to this moment waslong. Actually, this is where His path was leading since that night in Bethlehem in the manger. This is why He came. Indeed, every step had brought Him here.

There had been so many great times! Who could ever forget the way He touched the untouchables, loved the unlovables, and welcomed the outcasts? So many wonderfultimes! However, there were also some that were not so great.

In fact, the last days, the last hours were truly unbelievable. A betrayal from one of His innercircle in such an intimate way. The merciless beating of the innocent at His enemy’s hand. The trial – or, at least a mockery called a trial – was the greatest injustice known to man. Imagine: God’s darling Son standing trial in man’s court – the Creator being judged by His creation.

Even Pilate recognized His innocence when he was unable to find fault in Jesus. Reread Luke 23:13-25 and hear him as he says there is no cause for His execution. He’s simply not deserving of death. Yet, it’s what the crowd wants as the mob continues to cry out for His blood.

Enter Barabbass: A rioter, an insurrectionist, and a murderer. He was truly a criminal deserving a death sentence. Three times Pilate tries to bargain the release of Jesus with this man to the mob. But, all three times, the people cry out for Jesus’ life instead. So, Jesus takes the criminals place,while Barabbass goes free.

It’s the story of the Gospel.

The shame.

The suffering.

The cross.

The Gospel . . .

This is Our Story

Jesus has taken our place. As the scene unfolds, we realize that this is our story. We’ve all been Barrabbas. Face it: Everyone is guilty of breaking God’s law. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from – we’ve all stood condemned before Him. You could say we’ve all been headed down the wrong road.

It doesn’t matter our age – young and old alike – we’ve all been guilty of breaking God’s law. Every one of us have been headed in the wrong direction. But, thank God this is ourstory. And, since Jesus has taken our place, we can turn around and go free!

Now, back to the heartbreaking scene.

Three crosses stand against the horizon. Demons cheer while angels weep at the sight of Jesus suspended between heaven and earth. Insults and hate are hurled up. Words of grace, love, and forgiveness flow down.Hanging on a cross fashioned for Barabbass, Jesus is between two criminals.

Criminals. That’s our only point of reference. We don’t know their names. There’sno insight to their background. We’re not even told of their crimes. But, they have a story. And, this is where their story has led; sentenced to die on a cross. What happened that led them to this moment? I can’t help but wonder, if they had it to over, would they do things differently? Would they have made better choices? Could they have seized opportunities that would’ve led to a different destination? Maybe. But, now it’s too late. They can’t go back and do it over. Their course has been set. The past is the past.There’s no changing it now.

We all have a story. Some stories are filled with beauty, others with pain. Many will boast about their accomplishments, while others only rehearse failures.

Everybody has a story.

They did, too.

There they were.

One on the left, one on the right.

Hanging on a cross.

It was too late for them to go back and make different choices.

Their destiny was set.

Everybody has a story. Some are filled with beauty and others are filled with pain. Many have memories to cherish. Others have memories that only bring shame. Too many of us live in yesterday. We have memories that we cannot forget. Regret ties us down and keeps us from seeing the beauty in today.

Can I be honest with you for a moment?

If you are holding on to some regret from your past, let it go. Let me say it again . . . LET. IT. GO.

If Jesus has forgiven you of your past, it’s time to forgive yourself. The enemy remembers – Jesus forgets. Psalm 103:12 reminds us that our sins have been removed “as far as the east is from the west.” If you go east, you’ll never find yourself going west. Micah 7:19 assures us that He hurls our sins into the depths of the sea. How deep is that sea? It doesn’t matter, there’s no need to go diving. It’s time to move on. Plain and simple: None of us can change our past. If God is willing to forgive, who are we to refuse His forgiveness? Accept it and be free.

Leave it there.

The past is the past.

Let it go and live.

Back to the Story

At Calvary that day the hatred is so strong that even the criminals – the ones sharing this execution – are shouting insults in Jesus’ direction. Both Matthew and Mark record that even though they were on crosses, even as they knew the pain and were considered cursed, they both mocked, blasphemed. Even though they face the same penalty and ultimately death, they’ll use the last bit of energy for this.

Luke brings us to the point where something begins to change. In the middle of all the ugliness, one of these criminals growsilent . . . There is only one voice now hurling insults. He is thinking of his immediate condition, his present circumstance. Something else is happening in the other. A change is taking place. There’s a transformation going on. It’s almost as though he has a 180-degree turnaround in thought. In a moment of clarity amidst all the confusion of this scene, he focuses his words to the other and now begins to rebuke him:

But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong. Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”

Luke 23:40-42

Do you see it?

Like Saul on the Damascus road this man has had an encounter. He has been traveling in the wrong direction most of his life. And then, in a moment, it happens. He dramatically realizes that Divinity has invaded that space. In that awareness he displays a fear of God. Yes, he’s been going down the wrong, but now something is different. He understands his guilt, recognizes and affirms who Jesus is, cries out for mercy and, in that moment – God invades his life. And, as a condemned criminal he experiences freedom like he’s never known. When He had reached the end of the road, Jesus was there! He couldn’t do anything about his past, but he could do something about his future! The unredeemable is redeemed.

None of us are able to do anything about our past. So, please hear this: It’s over. However, all of us can do something about our future. If you’re tired of heading in the wrong direction, let Him redirect your path. Cry out to Him. He will hear you and respond. Just like He did the criminal that day.

And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

Luke 23:43

In a moment of anguish, Jesus speaks words of assurance to this man. If it’s possible to be comforted at your execution, Jesus words embraced this one condemned. Think about it: One minute you’re hanging condemned on a tree and the next you’re forgiven and promised Paradise.

Paradise. What comes to your mind when you hear that word? Most would have their own ideas as to what paradise would be. The truth is: Not even biblical scholars can agree as to what this ‘paradise’ is to which Jesus promises. It could be Abraham’s bosom. Maybe, it’s heaven itself. Whatever it may be . . . It’s certainly better than hanging on a cross!He said to the criminal, “You will be with me.” Could it be, that being with Jesus is what makes paradise, paradise?

Our Invitation

Maybe today you find yourself heading down the wrong road. Perhaps, circumstances have caused you to doubt that change is even possible. Please remember this, this is our story. We can be assured that Jesus has taken our place. None of us can change our past, so let it go. We all can determine our future, make a decision today to turn around, to be redirected by Him. Because this is reality: It’s never too late to turn around. As long as there is breath in your body, you can change with Jesus’ help. He is quick to save, forgive, to redirect anyone who will recognize their need and cry out to Him. You have an invitation to a new life. How will you R.S.V.P.?


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“Rooted” With Billy Huddleston

Written by scoopsnews on March 31, 2019 – 5:07 am -

Billy Huddleston

Billy Huddleston

Living by Faith

Habakkuk 2:4b

“. . . but the just shall live by his faith.”

There seems to be a natural tension between faith and doubt. I’m not sure if you would say this is the case in your life; but it certainly is in mine. I don’t want you to misunderstand what I’m saying. I believe the Word of God is true. I really do! Call me old fashioned but, I believe there was a man named Adam in the most beautiful garden imaginable. I still believe there was a man named Noah that built an ark. (In fact, I can take you to it. It’s practically in my backyard. It’s in Williamstown, KY! Ha!) I know there was a man named Jonah that spent days in the belly of a big fish.

Not only do I believe those things, but I also believe every promise that God made in His book is true! I really, really do! But sometimes life begins to mess with what I believe. My heart believes what God has said, while my head begins to interfere.

Do you have this struggle?

How do you have hope when everything around you seems hopeless?
How can you live in peace when your life is anything but peaceful?
How can you believe for life when death has come upon the scene?

There just seems to be this natural struggle between faith and doubt.

It seems like there always has been. And, it’s easy to get to the place where it seems like it always will be.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. It could be because of a number of things. But I actually think it’s just because of life. We all live in a real world, with real issues. Life isn’t easy and if we’re honest, it isn’t even always fun. However, we do know this: God is always good!

Let me introduce you to a unique prophet. His name is Habakkuk. He’s unique because he doesn’t take a message from God to the people. Instead, he takes his complaints to God. He has a lot of questions. So, he goes to the Source and says, “Can we talk?”.

He complains.

God responds.

(This is just something I want to add: Aren’t you thankful that we have a God who’ll listen to our complaints? Understands our questions? And, will take the time to respond? I know I am! He can take it. He’s long-suffering. For this I’m thankful.)

Habakkuk was struggling with what he saw going on in his world, his time. He begins his questioning and God responds. We’ll not spend a lot of time on this today . . .  Instead, we’ll get to the heart of the matter. It’s found in chapter 2:4b, “. . . but, the just shall live by his faith.”

Faith has been defined many ways.

There have been many bookmarker sayings about faith.

So many clichés have been recited on this subject.

Let me offer what I’m learning.

I’m finding that faith is believing what we read in God’s word, before we see it happening in the world. That’s the heart of faith. Believing what we read before we see.

So, as we join the conversation with Habakkuk, I need to ask you: How’s your faith? It’s tied to your time in His Word. We are always waiting for God to speak, and the truth is, He has spoken. We need to know what He has said so we can hear what He is saying. The just believe what they read in His word, before they see it happening – or despite what they see happening – in the world.


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“Rooted” With Billy Huddleston

Written by scoopsnews on March 3, 2019 – 7:50 am -

Billy Huddleston

Billy Huddleston

Psalm 63

My God

Nightfall has come upon the desert of Judah. David stands in the opening of his tent…a rough, battered, common tent. Not one fit for a king. He looks at how the moon reflects off the dry sand in that barren land. As he stands there, he had every right to think of how he’d been wronged, to be angry and bitter, to think how he could punish his son and get his kingdom back. Though the events of that day could easily have consumed him, he set his heart on something different…

The past faithfulness of God.

When our hearts break, when we’re lonely and soak our pillow with tears, we don’t focus on the things that are good, do we? Oftentimes, we think of the sin we’ve done, we think of how unworthy we are, how this trial has seemed to have consumed your life. But you know what? We’re going to encounter problems in our lives, but those problems shouldn’t separate us from our Lord. Why? Because He’s not caught by surprise.

In Psalm 63, David bursts forth in song in the midst of betrayal, loss and heartbreak. What does David say? He sings out, “Oh God, Youare my God!” David believed that God was his personal God – his Conqueror, Strength, Miracle Worker, Companion, Friend. Likewise, our comfort and praise can be just like David’s when we come to the place when we believe, truly believe that God is on the throne, in control and has not, nor ever, forsake us…

Trust Him.

Life changes when you have the confidence that He is your God.

 


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“Rooted” With Billy Huddleston

Written by scoopsnews on February 17, 2019 – 5:17 am -

Billy Huddleston

Billy Huddleston

Riches and Poverty

Mark 10:22-31

A rich man came to Jesus seeking eternal life. There are some things that money can’t buy, and eternal life tops the list.

Eternal life is fellowship with God. A man cannot know the only true God until he forsakes every false god. This man’s money seems to have become his god, so Jesus called him to renouncethe idolatry of things in order to become a disciple. Unwilling to part with mammon, the rich man parted with Jesus and left His presence sorrowful.

Then, Jesus spoke to His followers, “How hard it will be for those who have riches to enter the Kingdom of God!” (v. 23). Peter replies, “We have left everything and followed you,” so Jesus assures him that true discipleship brings great rewards in this life and the next.

Let’s notice two things about this passage.

First, Jesus warns of riches that impoverish. Those who have riches will find it hard to enter the kingdom of God. These words caused the disciples to be amazed. The had the mistaken notion that wealth was evidence of God’s favor. God must love a man greatly to bless him so abundantly – so they reasoned.

The way of salvation which has been made by Jesus can only be entered by those who disavow their false gods – who forsake their trust in riches. If a man clings to his riches, saying no to the invitation of Christ, then his riches will impoverish and rob him of the only enduring wealth – that fellowship with God in Christ which is eternal life. Anything that would keep you from following Jesus is not worth the bargain. Riches can impoverish. The unsaved man is a pauper, whatever his bank balance!

On the other hand, Jesus speaks of a poverty that enriches. Whatever it costs to be a disciple of Jesus, the gains are far greater than the losses. What we receive is so much more than what we give.

Eternal life in the Father’s house, eternal fellowship with Jesus is the wealth that endures. There are riches that impoverish, but there is poverty that enriches. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3).

We must renounce our trust in things, to become poor in spirit, to recognize our dependence upon the mercy of God!


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“Rooted” with Billy Huddleston

Written by scoopsnews on January 13, 2019 – 6:03 am -

Billy Huddleston

Billy Huddleston

Unbelief

Mark 6:1-6

“. . . And, He marveled because of their unbelief.”

Mark 6:6

There are two things that caused Jesus to marvel. One was faith and the other was unbelief.

Perhaps you recall the faith of the Roman army officer. The centurion displayed such faith that it moved Jesus to action. The officer’s faith was marvelous.

But todays passage is different. Jesus marvels, but it’s in response to their lack of faith. Kingdom work is hindered because of their unbelief.

Do you remember the setting?

Jesus has been about Kingdom business. He was preaching the Kingdom to the people of Galilee. As the Kingdom is proclaimed, lives are changed. Lepers are cleansed. Lame people walk. It’s exciting to watch as the power and possibility of the Kingdom is revealed!

Today, Jesus has gone to His hometown. This is the place where He was born and raised. He had played in the streets. He worked with Joseph in his carpenter shop. They knew his family and they knew him . . . He was a home. And, this was the problem. You do realize that when someone has changed your diapers, you’re always the little mess that they cleaned up. It just seems you never outgrow that. Because Jesus was ‘home’, they rejected Him. After all, He was just one of them. How dare He claim to be anything more? It’s the old story of a prophet honored by strangers by rejected own. Tragic.

Their logic was condemned by their own history. God had raised up deliverers in Israelfrom humble families and obscure places. Think about Gideon. And, what about David? Aren’t you thankful that God is not impressed by human pedigrees and wealth? He reveals Himself to the lowly and longs to use the humble to accomplish His purposes. It’s frightening to think of how many blessings we might have missed because we failed recognize the humble messenger in our own pride and arrogance!

The tragedy is this: Because of their unbelief, Jesus was unable to do any mighty works there. Stop and read that again: Because of their unbelief, Jesus was unable to do any mighty works in Nazareth. Maybe it’s better stated like this: In the absence of faith the Lord does no mighty work. His challenge to all who seek His help is whether or not we believe that He is able to do in our lives what needs to be done.

Do you believe?

He would even ask that question of those who sought His touch. We’re faced with that same question over and over on our Christian walk. And, our response – how we live – will oftentimes determine outcomes. (There’s so much that could be said here. Maybe we’ll visit the subject another time.)

Jesus response is this: According to your faith, be it unto you.

It’s easy to point out the lack of faith in Nazareth. What about us? In our hearts, in our homes, in our churches, is Jesus able to do His mighty works? I wonder, does He marvel at our faith or at our unbelief?


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Written by scoopsnews on January 6, 2019 – 5:53 am -

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Billy Huddleston

The Life-Changing Word

Mark 2:2

“. . . And, He preached the word to them.”

How you ever noticed the power words? Words can build up and words can tear down. They can be used for good or they can be a tool for evil. We’ve all been victims of words. I remember as a child the old rhyme:

Sticks and stones may break my bones –

But words will never hurt me.

I’m not so sure about that . . .

Words matter. Words have caused armies to march into battle. Words have shaped the course of history. There’s no other way to say it: Words are powerful. And, when the Word speaks the word, things happen! We see that in our text today.

The healing of the paralytic is a familiar passage of scripture. Mark records this incredible event in chapter two of his gospel. We remember how friends carried this man to Jesus . . .

tore a hole in the roof . . .

​​and, lowered him down.

It’s interesting to remember what Jesus was doing while the crowd had gathered. He’s preaching the word to them. The Word is doing what He came to do (see Mark 1:38). And, things happen when the Word speaks! The paralytics life is changed forever. In fact, there were tremendous changes that to place in his life. A man that was lowered through the roof now walks – or, maybe dances – right out the front door. Jesus spoke a word of forgiveness that not only cleansed heart, but also his emotions and conscience. But nothing changed until Jesus spoke to him. It was the power of Jesus’ words that made all the difference.

So, what’s the big deal?

I thought as we begin a new year (by the way, can you believe it’s 2019?!) I would remind you of a few things that we need to remember:

Jesus still speaks today

The risen Christ, present among us by His Holy Spirit, can change life’s today. He is the Living Word, revealed through the written Word that will bring us into the resurrected Words power!

Jesus speaks words of forgiveness

There is nothing more freeing than receiving the forgiveness that only He can give. Nobody is ever too far that they cannot receive! Have you received this forgiveness today? There’s nothing more soothing, satisfying than to know that there is nothing between our souls and our Savior!

Jesus speaks words of healing

When Jesus spoke words to the paralyzed man, the words flowed through his body as a healing force. He still speaks healing words today. He can speak healing in our emotions, our relationships, our finances, and yes, our bodies.

His word, His voice is life-changing. Whatever our need, it can be found in Him. By His Spirit and through the Scriptures, Jesus is speaking today.

Are you burdened down with guilt? Receive the forgiveness that He can speak to your life today. Are you sick? Listen to Him as He speaks words of healing.

As we face a new year let’s make it our purpose to cling to His life-changing word!


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Written by scoopsnews on November 11, 2018 – 4:16 am -

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Billy Huddleston

No Comparison!

Psalm 73:18-28

 

   

16 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; 17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. 18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. 19 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors. 20 As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest,

 thou shalt despise their image.

21 Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. 22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee. 23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. 24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. 25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. 26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. 27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. 28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.

  

  

          There’s no greater realization than God is enough. Outside of that understanding, one will never find true satisfaction. But, once realized, it is far more valuable than anything the world can offer.

Asaph had allowed himself to become distracted by the prosperity of the wicked people of his day. He questioned why they seemed to have more than they needed while God’s people only seemed to struggle. They were strong, powerful, wealthy, and arrogant. In the world’s economy, their good fortune seemed to have no limit. However, God’s economy is different – there is no comparison!

Only when Asaph regained this perspective was he freed from the comparison game: A game that can’t be won. Before, he was allowing others to define his worth rather than embracing who God created him to be. It was when he settled within himself that God was the singular desire of his life that he discovered true, lasting satisfaction.

It’s easy to become distracted by things that seem to be important. But remember: God’s people are not of this world. They live by a different standard. So, when invited to play the comparison game, refuse the invitation. There’s no comparison!

 

 

The world behind me, the cross before me;

No turning back, no turning back

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I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

Anonymous

 

 

Decide to focus on Him!

 

 

 

 

 


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Written by scoopsnews on November 4, 2018 – 5:04 am -

Rooted With Billy Huddleston

Rooted With Billy Huddleston

The Long Road Home:

He Knows Where You’ve Been

Exodus 13:17-18

17 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt: 18 But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.

Israel had been in Egypt, at this point, for some 430 years. They had not been dragged there in chains. Rather, you’ll remember that a famine had forced their migration.

It was the story of Joseph. You remember . . . The dreamer. God had given him big dreams. But it seems he also had a big mouth. His father doting over him caused animus between he and his brothers. This ultimately would find Joseph in a pit, sold into slavery, in a palace, in prison, and finally at Pharaoh’s side. He remained true to God through it all – and, God was pleased and blessed Him. This blessing would lead to the deliverance of his brothers and family from the famine. So, they found themselves in Egypt. (That was a very quick and poor telling of the story. Maybe you’ll want to revisit it in your personal bible study time!)

Time passes, and things change. For the children of Israel, things begin to fall apart. Exodus 1:8-11 shows us how things can change. Out of fear – a pharaoh that had no loyalty to Joseph, didn’t even know of him – chose to enslave them. So, for years, for generations they are looked upon as inferior. They are no longer esteemed guests. Now they are despised, disgusting forced labor. Slaves.

Can you imagine the impact of those generations?

If you are told something enough – you begin to believe it. Whether it’s true or not, it becomes your truth. Propagandists know this. Our media knows this. I could illustrate this very simply: If you (mom and dad) tell your child repeatedly that they can’t do anything right . . . They’ll grow to believe it.

So, all those years they’re treated as inferior.

Their perspective is weakened.

Self-confidence was gone.

They had been broken.

Therefore, God would be the One to restore what the enemy had taken.

We don’t have enough time here to go through the story of Moses. However, it was all woven together to bring them out of bondage and into the promise of God. But as we said last week: When deliverance came, God didn’t take them on the shortest route.

He took them on the long road home.

Because He knew.

He knew where they had been, how they’d been affected, how they felt.

Do you realize it’s the same for us?

I know there are things that happen in our lives that we don’t understand. Some of us carry weight around that we have never told anyone. We’ve been wounded in ways that we think no one could understand. Or, even if they did it would change the way they felt about us.

I want you to know this:

God knows where you’ve been.

He knows how you’ve been affected.

He knows your greatest hurts.

And, because He’s good you can be sure that He will use all those things for your good.

But, most importantly, for His glory.

So, why not give it to Him.

Just trust Him.

He knows where you’ve been.

It doesn’t end there . . .

We’ll pick up the journey next week.

 


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