Continue

what is next words written by 3d manThis word carries with a lot of meaning. As I investigated how the dictionary defined this word, it is definitely a verb – meaning action. Continue means: to last or endure; remain, abide, stay, persist, maintain, and keep going. To continue means I’m not going to stop. There have been many instances in my life where I wanted to quit or stop and go a different direction, but I felt compelled to continue. There have been seasons in my life when it was time to stop one thing and actually start something new.

This morning, I was reading the story of Jesus resurrection from the Gospel of John. I love his perspective of Jesus. John was steady. He was present. He was consistent in his actions, yet not as “loud” and “flamboyant” as his buddy Peter. He tells the story of Jesus appearing to the disciples twice. He specifically mentions the encounter with Thomas, which is where Thomas acquired the nickname: “Doubting Thomas”. He then gives the reason he penned this story of Jesus in the first place. Check this out…

30 The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name. (John 20:30-31 NLT)

John gives perspective that connects with my heart. He reminds everyone that the central character in any story is Jesus. He reminds me that Jesus is the Messiah, the very Son of God. He reminds me of why Jesus came in the first place. I feel like these two short verses wrap up the story of Jesus, according to John, with a ribbon and bow.

I read the Word of God daily because I believe in God. I want to know more of Him. I want His character to settle inside my heart. I have also read the Word of God when I was struggling with my faith and what I believe.  As I walk out my faith, the word “continue” is critical. I’m building on my simple, child-like faith that is “all grown up”, but still growing. There are situations in my journey that can only be explained to me as the Lord’s hand being involved.

My life plan is to continue to believe for the rest of my life span! I plan to daily talk and walk with the Lord. I want my work and my words to continue to give honor and glory to God.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Therapeutic Prayer

Abstract Silhouette PrayingThere have been times in my prayer life that as I heard my prayer out loud, I saw and felt it quite differently. I pray mostly with unspoken words. I do believe that prayer feels different when spoken aloud. I will often pray aloud when I’m alone with the Lord.

In Job’s first response to one of his friends he speaks about his situation and I think he’s addressing the Lord directly. Woven throughout this story is the depth of the Lord’s relationship with Job. Check this out…

7 Remember, O God, that my life is but a breath;

    my eyes will never see happiness again.

8 The eye that now sees me will see me no longer;

    you will look for me, but I will be no more.

9 As a cloud vanishes and is gone,

    so one who goes down to the grave does not return.

10 He will never come to his house again;

    his place will know him no more.

11 ‘Therefore I will not keep silent;

    I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit,

    I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

17 ‘What is mankind that you make so much of them,

    that you give them so much attention,

18 that you examine them every morning

    and test them every moment? (Job 7:7-11; 17-19 NIV)

I can feel the angst in Job’s spirit as these words flow off the page. I can feel his sense of loss and trying to understand why he’s in this situation. In the midst of crisis, I found great peace and comfort in prayer. I can be clueless as to what the next move should be, but I’m determined to be led by the Lord whatever that move may be.

I also find great comfort from the Word of God. As I journey through Job, I realize that my sufferings and struggles feel quite small. This man Job was really “put through the ringer”. His question about mankind was also very revealing of his relationship with the Lord. It was a daily examination of his heart and he walked with the Lord each moment. Job is an example of tight fellowship with the Lord.

I would be wise to view today as an integral part of my journey with the Lord. If there are not big events, I will simply walk with Him and be thankful for this day. I will welcome Him to examine my heart as I walk through this day.

Pressing On!

Dwayne