Peace of My Heart

An encouraging voice to drown out the noise

~Support, Carry & Take~ November 14, 2013

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

(Galatians 6:2 NKJV)

There is a story about Moses in the book of Exodus that I feel gives us the perfect visual of what it means to bear another’s burdens.

The Israelites were at war with the Amelekites.  Up to this point, the Lord had been working through Moses in various ways to speak to His people.  Oftentimes he had Moses raise his staff, and this time would be no different.  As the two armies battled, so long as Moses kept his arms raised with staff in hand, the Israelites held the advantage.  But when he dropped his arms, the tables would turn.  Naturally, after some time his arms became weak and too tired to lift.  Moses’ friends, Aaron and Hur came alongside of him, found him place to rest and stood on either side….holding up his hands.  Because of their love for their friend and their willingness to shoulder his burden when he was to weak to do it alone, Moses’ held steady and the victory belonged to the Israelites.

Isn’t that a beautiful picture?

God calls us to readily be available to help others.  And He doesn’t tell us, “listen to your friends issues and walk away having done nothing.” It clearly says to bear them.  In looking up the definition of the word, I found three interesting synonyms: support, carry & take.

When someone comes to you, hurting and seeking guidance, try applying these three things.

1.  Support them by truly listening to the issue at hand.  Be sincere in your desire to help them and reassure them that they are not alone in this struggle.  Encourage them as often as it crosses your mind, not just in that moment, but in the days to come.

2.  Carry them when the battle is too much and the weight is so heavy that they can no longer stand, offer them assistance in other areas of their life that would lighten their load.  Maybe you fix them dinner a couple nights or offer to watch the kids; think about what would help you out in the situation and do that.

3.  Take the need as if it were your own and cover it in prayer.  Beat down the doors of heaven for you friend, believing that God hears each and every one and that He will come through right on time with the perfect response for them.

And in so doing these things, you honor the Lord.

Friendship is a precious gift from God.  Friends are great during the good times, but necessary in the low times.  Give thanks for the godly friends in your life today.  friendship

 

~Walking Testimony~ August 15, 2013

“The Lord said,”I am making a covenant with you. Before all your people I will do wonders never before done in any nation in all the world. The people you live among will see how awesome is the work that I, the Lord, will do for you.”

(Exodus 34:10)

God has promised to do such marvelous works in our lives that everyone we come in contact with should be able to see His hand upon us.  Sometimes I feel like this isn’t the case.  Even when God is moving on our behalf and we are blessed beyond measure, strangers and even those we know, don’t necessarily “see” God in our situation.  I happen to think it’s because we don’t always give Him the glory.  We forget to sing His praises when He answers our prayers.  We don’t share our testimony when He’s right on time with the provision that we need.  When He heals our bodies, restores relationships or renews our minds, we neglect to give Him the credit.  If we aren’t acknowledging His power and presence among us, then why would anyone around us, especially those who have yet to accept Him as their savior?

As Christians, we need to be sharing what God has done for us with anyone who will listen.  We need to give Him credit for all the good that comes our way because it all comes from Him.  We would have nothing if not for the grace of God who pours out blessings from Heaven for His children.  Remember that when you have some success, big or small, that if not for God, you would not be who you are where you are today.

Be certain today that those around you see how awesome are the works of the Lord by making it a point to turn the focus to Him.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

(James 1:17 NIV)