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Pastor and author Albert Mohler once said, “You can divide all leaders into those who merely hold an office or position and those who hold great convictions.”  As a leader convictions are something  you hold, but they also hold you.  Your convictions to lead must be founded at the core of who you are because they permeate all that you will do in your life as an individual and also as a leader.  If people don’t believe in you and your convictions, why should they  believe in where you want to lead them.  The most impactful leaders are those who hold the greatest convictions.  They know who they are and what they believe and they know where they are going and they compel you to come along with them on the journey.  Leaders move people, but it convictions that move the leader.  When everything else is falling apart all around them the leader with deep convictions can continue to hold their ground and eventually begin to press forward.  For lasting leadership that can be sustained through the years, we must lead from our convictions.  Our convictions to lead bind our purpose to our values and keep us going straight to our objective despite all the distractions and discouragements along the way.  To know why you lead and where you are going, I encourage you, as a leader, to know your convictions.  What matters to you the most as a leader? And how does your convictions compel others to follow.  If you must lead, lead with convictional leadership.

“A Wretch Like Me” ~ David D. Hanson

 

Life is not in what you can gain but what you can give away. What are you giving away that will live beyond you? More importantly who are you giving away?  Are you willing to give Jesus to a world filled with rich paupers who are in desperate need of salvation and don’t even know it?  Rich in the things of this world, but poor in a hope for Heaven. What are you leaving behind you? Charles Spurgeon once said, “A good Character is the best tombstone.  Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered.  Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.”  As believers the only thing that is truly ours forever is Jesus. Jesus is the greatest treasure that heaven has, or will ever give us. Who will you share your treasure with? Who will you enjoy the treasure of your Faith in Jesus Christ with forever. Your wife? Perhaps your child? Your parents, or perhaps a friend?  If you keep anything it will be Jesus who has freely given himself to you, his child and it is really he who keeps you. In Romans 8:37-39 the Apostle Paul tells us, “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, no principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creation shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.”  What assurance.  theologian R.C. Sproul encouraged us to remember that, “We must never lose sight of the fact that we are bound to Jesus by mighty mystical cords that cannot be broken.”  Heaven is ours, because we are His.  He will not lose one of his children.

I think our goal in life should be to die without owning a thing. Give it away and give it in Jesus name. We don’t own anything in this world and we can’t take things with us. But pass on the things with the message of the Gospel. Give away your possessions and as you travel closer to your heavenly home may your load get lighter of worldly possessions as you pass on your faith. Don’t focus on the things you give as if that’s your real treasure, but let them be life lessons to to teach and share Jesus with others. And when they look at what you gave them, may one day they pass it on as well along with the truth of the Gospel. May the one thing that you pass onto them that they freely give away and still keep, Be Jesus. Charles Spurgeon, who was known as, “the prince of preachers,” made what we would be the equivalent in our time in the sum of millions of dollars during his lifetime, but he died with little possessions. He put all the money he earned back into his schools and orphanages.  He plowed it back into the work of the Gospel. The greatest treasure that the world can’t take away and we can keep is Jesus. The Bible reminds us that,  ” For where your treasure is there will your heart be also.”  Jesus is our greatest treasure. May our heart be with our Savior who is in heaven, where moth and rust destroy not and where thieves don’t break into steal. Pass on Jesus. He is your greatest treasure you could ever give away and still keep. The rich man who clings to his wealth and earthly treasures is poorer than the beggar on the street that has Jesus. Jesus told us in Mark 8:36-37, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?  Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Jesus is the treasure of Heaven that no one can buy and yet no man can take away. He is a gift from God to us. John 3:16-17 reminds us, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.” The greatest gift God gave us is his only son Jesus Christ, the hope of Heaven. My greatest treasure is not in what I hold in my hand, but in the one who holds my heart. Jesus is my greatest treasure. May he be yours also and may we share our treasure with those we love.

“A Wretch Like Me” – David D. Hanson

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C.S. Lewis once aptly said, “As Christians when living in this world, we are living behind enemy lines.” We live in a world that is hostile to our Biblical world view.  The Churches in our culture have been failing.  Churches big and small are not passing on the faith.  Many Churches have turned to the culture for the answers on how to engage the world, rather than turn to the Word of God.  Today we have entertainment as a regular part of our worship services.

You can go to a church and watch a Christian wrap about a football game, and some of these same churches will not even sing a Christian song, or open a Bible for weeks as to not offend the non-Christian public they wish to attract.  The truth is if you’re going to preach the truth, you’re going to offend the world.  In 1st Corinthians 1:21-24 says, “For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.  For the Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” In the book of Romans 1:17 Paul tells us, “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.'” Notice Paul said, “I am not ashamed” We must likewise be bold in our confession of faith. Preach the Word.  Live the Word.  And you will be shamed by the world.  They will hate you for it!

Jesus said in John 15:20, “Remember the word I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord.  If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.”  They persecuted Jesus, so what make us think we are above persecution for our faith in this world?  What makes us think the world will want to hear the truth?  They persecuted Paul for speaking the truth, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Paul was imprisoned, chased out of town, smuggled out of the city, laughed at, regarded as a fool and stoned.  And after all that what did he do?  He was empowered by the Gospel and he went to the center of political power and pagan religion for the ancient world.  He went to Rome.  He was not ashamed.  He lived in the power of the Gospel and the Holy Spirit.  He was embolden by the power of the Good News of Jesus Christ.  Today many churches want to be relevant in a world that has labeled them the problem.  Many pastors look more like CEO’s of big corporations,  and less like Shepherds over their flocks.  As they look to inspire their congregations with motivational talks that include testimonial videos, drama and music to capture the emotions of their audience.  But all that will not change a heart.  It is the Gospel that brings the dead back to life!  Hebrews 4:12 reminds us, “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Without the power of the Word, I believe churches will continue to decline in our time.  And here we stand.  Like Esther, “As such a time as this.” What will we do to defend the faith?

Jesus defended the truth.  He showed us how to live.  He was bold.  Remember when He chased the money changers out of the temple?  He was not the timid Jesus that so many paintings portray.   Do you remember what He said to them?  Matthew 21:13 tells us what Jesus said, “And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye are making it a den of thieves.” And then He turned their tables upside down as He protected His house!  We need to take the House of God back as a house of prayer, but we have gotten comfortable.  We have become cozy with the culture.  Today you can’t tell the difference between the culture and many churches and Christians.  Unfortunately, I believe many churches are failing.  Failing to make disciples.  The big and the small churches a like. We’ve forgotten what a Titus 2 church looks like, where the older women are teaching the young women and the older men our mentoring the young men.  Charles Spurgeon once said, “A time will come when instead of shepherds feeding the sheep, you will have clowns entertaining the goats.” Why have we fallen so far as a culture and in the churches? I believe we have we neglected the Word of God.  We have failed to make disciples not only in our churches, but in our families.  We have failed to disciple our children. Failed to pass down our faith in the homes.  We have left it up to the children’s church, the Sunday school and the youth group to educated our children and grandchildren in the faith.  If they are brought to church at all.  Sometimes making church attendance optional.

These dedicated people in the church die their best, but it’s not enough. We go to church maybe one day per week and our children and grandchildren are overwhelmed by the culture in school, TV and entertainment the other six days per week as they are influenced by the world.  Many fathers have failed to shepherd their own families.  So what’s the solution?  Pastor Voddie Baucham Jr. says, “I am convinced that holding men accountable for the evangelism and discipleship of their families does more to motivate and engage them than any weekly Bible study ever could.  Telling a man to show up to a weekly meeting is not a challenge worth attaining…But unleash him to eveangelize and disciple his family, and he will have found his mountain.”  Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:4 that it is the father’s responsibility, not the pastor’s, to bring up his child, “In the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” I find it interesting that this same chapter of Ephesians 6 concludes with the Spiritual armor.  I believe it is a given that all true believers will be engaged in spiritual battle.  Paul says, “Finally my brethern be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” We must put on the whole armor.  The armor is not optional.  It’s the armor that the father is equipping his children with when it says in Ephesians to, “bring them up in the nuture and admonition of the Lord.” Why?  So they can stand!  Ephesians 6:13 tells us, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

This is nothing new.  Paul reminds father’s of their responsibility to their children’s discipleship as Moses reminded the Children of Israel in the book of Deuteronomy.  It’s the family where disciples are made.  The church is to be an extension of support for the family.  The family is under attack right now in our culture.  Why?  I believe because it’s God’s blue print and His original design to grow His church. God uses the family to pass down the faith.  Deuteronomy 6:7 reminds us of the importance of living the Word of God in our homes when it tells us,  “Impress them on your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” A.W. Tozer said, “What’s closest to your heart is what you talk about, and if God is close to your heart, you’ll talk about him.” We must step up and take responsibility for our families.  Fathers and grandfathers must take a stand!  And where there is a widow, or a single mom, the church should step in to help her.

Pastor Voddie Baucham Jr. once said, “We are not called to convert our kids, but we are called to disciple them.” Conversion is the work of God by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Discipleship is the parent and more specifically the father’s responsibility.  In Mathew 28:19 Jesus tells us, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”  The people we should be teaching most, I believe, sit right across from us at the morning breakfast table.  We see them at birthday parties and family events.  John Bunyan said, “If you want to be a godly head of a family, you must ensure that there is Christian harmony among those under you, appropriate for a house where the leader fears God.” We need more fathers in the home who fear God.  Fathers who follow the command of Deuteronomy 6:5, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.”  When you love God with your all, there’s not room for anything else to come in and take His place.  He is your all in all.  The challenge for us today in a hostile culture and in a world that wants our children and grandchildren is, are we going to love God with are all and pass that love through discipleship down the next generation?  Will we be like Paul, who was not ashamed of the power of the Gospel?  Will we share it and live it with our families on a daily basis and not just on Sundays? Are we going to pass on our faith, “from faith to faith” as the scriptures tell us?  The time is here.  The time is now.  May we begin making disciples and may it begin in our homes.

“A Wretch Like Me” – David D. Hanson

Gone are the days of the Duke, John Wayne and the real men whom He emulated on the silver screen, that fought the battle of Iwo Jima and stormed the beaches of Normandy. Where have all the real men gone? Is it too late for our culture to see what authentic masculinity looks like. Men who sacrifice for their families and spend time with their kids wrestling and having tea parties. Men who open car doors for their wives and who charge into danger to protect the innocent while everyone else runs the other way. What our culture desperately needs in this critical hour in history is men, real men. I dare to say, godly men.

John Wayne portrayed an heroic man on the silver screen. He was good for the times when it was still okay for a man to be a man, and all that defined authentic manhood for the day. John Wayne symbolized for a generation all that was good and noble about manhood. But no longer, as we live in a culture and a society that attempts to throw dirt on what authentic masculinity is suppose to be and bury it in the grave of history. Men it’s time to rise up out of the ashes, shake the dirt off and climb out of the grave that this society we live in is trying to bury us in. Let our minds drift back to the memory of our fathers and grandfathers and may the memory of their voices haunt us until we are willing to stand.

Recently a large and well known company came out in attempt to put another proverbial nail into the coffin of authentic masculinity. They have taken it upon themselves to let men know what their options are for being a man. And to their ad my response is Thank you, but I’ll choose the Biblical option for authentic masculinity. Long before the Duke, men were given a model of real authentic masculinity. Masculinity modeled for us by the ultimate man. The God-man, Jesus Christ. In our hyper sensitive culture that wants to tell us what real men should be, I choose God’s model. I choose to follow Jesus. In the recent commercial by this big well known company they took it upon themselves, as many have done in our culture, to try and tell us what our options are for being a man. The only two options that was offered in this particular ad was the way of the brute who cheers on thug like behavior condoning violence as boys beat each other while the males passively stand back and continue to barbecue. Then we have the other males, I don’t call them men, ogling a woman as she walks down the street. What’s the other option they give us? Well if you don’t choose the passive father watching the boys fight, or the ogler then your only other option is the path of the feminine man who’s in touch with his feelings and appears vulnerable and weak.

What we need is men like Churchill who defied Hitler as he walked the bomb ridden streets of London to inspire his people during the height of World War Two when he was the only one standing up against the tyranny of Naziism that looked to spread like a cancer across the entire world. We need men like Lincoln who after recently losing the light of his life in his young son who just died stood at Gettysburg among the fresh graves and roused a nation to triumph over the evils of slavery from the source of His new found faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. We need men like my grandfather who was transformed by his faith in his Lord Jesus Christ and will not tolerate another man cursing his Savior in front of him and his wife. I want to see men like my father who displayed the kind of love empowered by his Savior as I witnessed him take on the hardships brought on to him and his family by the wrongs done to him by others and was strong enough to turn the other cheek when wronged as he follows the example of his Lord and Savior. We need men who get up on Sunday morning and take their families to church and live out their faith the other six days of the week. The world needs men who read their Bibles and lead their families in Bible study and worship in their homes. What the world needs is another option. The world needs Jesus men. Men who follow Christ. Men who are empowered by His Holy Spirit to be like their Master. Men who represent their Savior.

According to the new standard being propagated, a man has only has two choices. He can either be a brute and thug, or he can embrace the feminist definition and cower down to the powers that be in this society that we live in. The ad left me with the impression that any man who chooses to be a real man of character, valor and integrity will be labeled in the former category of the brute and the thug. So that’s my options? I thank God that He has given us another option of what a real man is designed to be. If you really want to see what a real man is I just have one name, Jesus.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon once said, “Jesus is His own best lesson.” There is no greater picture in all of history of what real man can be. No other can show us the picture of perfection of what the ideal man should be, no other than the God-man Jesus Christ himself. He came to this world in a barn for animals. He never threw a punch, he never went more than a few miles from His home, nor did He wear the fashion standards set by Hollywood. Yet, He was and is all that a godly man could ever aspire to be. What was His ultimate purpose? Why did He come? For what was His cause to leave the glory of Heaven and invade this earth? He came to give His life for a lost world in rebellion against Him and that stood against His righteous standard. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever should believe in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Romans 8:4 tells us. “But God commended His love toward us, that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” The ultimate example of what real men do was demonstrated by the God-man Jesus Christ and his act of His great love for His children as He willingly stretched out His arms on the cross. In John 15:13 Jesus reminds us, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” That’s what real men do and Jesus didn’t just suggest it, He demonstrated his great love when He didn’t look back to Jerusalem, but steadfastly set His face to walk to the place of the cross. The scriptures tell us Jesus went forward ultimately to walk the lonely hill of Calvary to die for a lost world in need of a Savior. He was abandoned by those closest to Him, but He walked on. He was beaten and spit upon, but He walked on. He was mocked and ridiculed as they put a thorn of crowns upon His head, but He walked on. He demonstrated the greatest love any man could have and He died not only for His friends, but for His enemies, for the rebel’s to His cross. He died for us as the scriptures tell us, “while we were yet sinners” and He did it out of His great love. What do real men do? Real men; God’s men live a life of sacrifice. The Scriptures tell us, “Husbands love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it.” The days of the Duke may be long gone, but may God raise up godly men after His own heart, in this new generation. Men who look to Jesus as Hebrews 12:2 tells us, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” May God raise up men who say as the apostle Paul did, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” No, we don’t need the macho bully and we don’t need the pacified pansy. We need Jesus men.

May God raise up a generation of self-sacrificing men who follow in the footsteps of their Savior unashamedly and with a boldness that only comes from the truth found in the Holy Scriptures. Give me another option for what it means to be a man. Give me the Biblical option of godly masculinity as modeled to us by Jesus Christ, Himself. May God make me and men all around the world into men who follow the foot steps of the Savior. Men who will follow Him up the hill to Calvary and who are willing to pick up their cross and accept Jesus invitation to, “follow me.” Will you follow Him? Will you choose to be a Jesus man? Or will you follow the culture? The choice is yours in this most desperate time, the paths lay before us couldn’t be more in opposition. The path of least resistance following the culture of what they say a man should be, or path of the cross. Which will you choose this day? For me I choose the path of the cross and through His strength, I choose to follow my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His example of Biblical masculinity. What kind of man are you going to be. A man of the world, or a man who follows his Savior? Jesus is still calling to us today through His Holy Scriptures where He says, “Follow me.” Will you follow Him?

“A Wretch Like Me” – David D. Hanson

I said, “It’s dead.” And that was the first time my little girl experienced what death is in her innocent young life. I remember it vividly. She was only 2 years old, and we saw a dead bug on the patio and she asked, “What’s wrong with that bug?” I said it without thinking, “It’s dead.” And at that moment I wished I could capture those words and take them back from her innocent ears, but it was too late. She repeated what I said not understanding saying, “It’s dead?” How we want to protect our children and their innocence from the cruel realities that they will eventually be confronted with in this life, but the good news is Jesus has already addressed the issue of the cold lifeless painful question of, “Its dead?”

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in me, though he may die, yet shall he live.” Jesus addressed the question of death for Mary and Martha as they grieved over their brother Lazarus who had been dead for four days by the time Jesus arrived. And Jesus also addressed the issue of death for us, his children. As the scripture tells us, “O death where is thy sting, O grave wear is thy victory?” I felt the twinge of sorrow as I had to see a little bit of my daughters innocences fade away on that warm summer day, but that sting of death has no more power for the believer in Jesus Christ.

Because of Christ the grave has no more victory over us. Jesus had the final say. Jesus tells us, “Because I live, ye shall live also.” What great news, what joy. Unless the rapture happens in your and my lifetime, death will one day inevitably come to separate us from the ones we love, but death for the believer has no sting, and the grave has no victory for those who are in Christ. It’s only temporary. The sting of death is gone and the victory for the grave has been vanquished by our Savior. The sin debt that He paid on His cruel cross for each one of us who has come to believe in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and the victory that He secured for us when He walked out of the grave three days later is ours when we believe and confess Jesus as Lord of our life and believe God raised Him from the dead.

Romans 10:9-10 tells us, “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” I remember my own experience of losing the innocence of my youth. At just sixteen years old my family and I watched the flood waters engulf our world. We watched as the dark brown waters slowly encroached upon all that I knew in my limited understanding of the world. I was at a lost and slowly sunk into a depression. I remember my parents and their concern as they asked my grandfather, my Pastor, to talk with me. I sat across from my grandfather at my great aunt’s table where we met and expressed to him how I didn’t understand life and how it all seems to be out of my control and would be over soon. He looked me in the eye and I remember him saying, “David, all of us come to this understanding of life, your just learning it a little younger than most.”

Have you learned that lesson yet? That life is cruel and no matter what worldly success you may think you have attained that it can and will be pulled from your cold dead fingers one day? But there is hope. The only thing that really matters in this life is what you have done with Jesus. Have you accepted Him as your Lord and Savior, or have you put Him in a box? Have you put Him in a box where you only call out to Him when a momentary crisis comes? Do you put Him in a box when the only time you think of Him is when you go to church on Sunday, if you decided to go at all? It is certain that one day, unless the Lord Jesus returns to take those of us who believe in Him in the rapture, we will all be put in a box. At that time whatever we did with Jesus will be determined and settled forever. Our fate will be sealed. Will death have its sting with you? Will the grave have its victory over your eternal soul? Will Hell claim you for it’s own? It will without Jesus. He is your only way. John 14:6 reminds us, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” The only way to make it out of this world alive and to God the Father, in right standing, is through the cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Will you choose Him today? If you will, you will be reminded as I was on that warm summer day with my daughter, that death no longer carries its sting and the grave no longer has victory over us who believe in Jesus. Charles Spurgeon said it well, “The first death we must endure unless the Lord should suddenly come to His temple. For this let us abide In readiness, awaiting it without fear, since Jesus has transformed death from a dreary cavern into a passage leading to glory.” Because of Calvary I can look death square in the eyes and I can gently look my young daughter in the eyes and sing, “Oh victory in Jesus my Savior forever, He sought me and bought me with His redeeming blood.” My hope for you is that you may know that same victory over the grave and that death will no longer have its sting in your life. My daughter will eventually through the hardships of life learn the full reality about death, but my prayer for her is that she will also come to learn about her Victor, and receive Jesus as her Lord and Savior. Her only true hope. Mine and your only hope as well beyond the certainty of the finality of this life and for the hope of eternal life. My hope for you is that you come to know him too. And then one day you can look death in the face and say confidently as you quote the living Word of God, “O death where is thy sting, O grave wear is they victory?”

“A Wretch Like Me” – David D. Hanson

Peace, is something we all want but can’t find. You can’t buy it. You can’t sell it. You can’t acquire it without Jesus. Troubled waters can stir a troubled spirit. That was the case for the disciples as they struggled to survive in the midst of a raging storm. Where was Jesus? He was sleeping peacefully in the boat. So many times, as Christians, we too, like the disciples struggle and strive through out this life and all the time Jesus was with us all along.

They asked him, “Master carest thou not that we perish?” Jesus response was, “And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, ‘Peace be still.'” (Mark 4:39). Jesus should have been their confidence and trust. Regardless of the storm around them the disciples forgot the Master of the sea who was with them. Jesus was not worried. He was asleep on a pillow in the stern of the boat. After arising to rebuke the wind and calm the sea, Jesus then turns to his disciples, “And He said unto them, ‘Why are you so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?'” (Mark 4:39)

Fear grips us like Peter. As he was walking on the water to Jesus he took His eyes off his Lord and started to sink. When we take our eyes off the Lord, we too begin to sink in fear when we become overwhelmed by the circumstance of our lives. Notice Peter’s problem. He took His eyes off Jesus. Pride tells us to take care of our problems ourselves. The world says, “It’s up to you to make it in this life.” God tells us, that He directs our steps. He is the one in control of our future. He determines how big and when the storms in our lives will be. We must keep our eyes on Him. And we can have this confidence knowing when we turn to Him and cry out, “Lord I can’t handle this anymore.” He will turn and say, “Peace be still.” Sometimes in His sovereignty He calms our storm and always when We turn to Him He will calm His child.

When life overwhelms you and the seas of circumstances overtake you, cry out to your master. You dear Christian can have this assurance, like the disciples in the boat with Jesus, He is with you too. Don’t look at the fierceness of the waves look into the eyes of your Savior and hear him say, “Peace be still.” Charles Spurgeon said, “The fear of God is the death of all other fears, like a mighty lion it chases all other fears away.” Scripture tells us “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.” He is the only one we should fear and be in awe of His majestic power. He has the power over the wind and sea and He has the power to give you peace in the middle of your raging storm. Turn to Him. Look to Him. Call on Him. He is there.

And like Peter, you can cry out to your Savior and He will reach down and grab you out of the drowning fears that you face. His arm is strong enough and His love is great enough. He cares for you. Listen to the master say, “Peace be still” in your storm today. Remember in the midst of your storm He is there.

“A Wretch Like Me” – David D. Hanson

You will here people say they’re holding on to the Lord, but your not strong enough. It’s His hold on you that saves you and keeps you. Isaiah 41:13 says, “For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I’m the one who helps you.'” And John 10:29 Jesus tells us, “My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, an no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” Your strength is not great enough, your will to hold on not strong enough. It is He, Jesus, that holds onto you.

Spurgeon once said, “It is not your hold of Christ that saves you, but his hold of you.” The LORD says, “Fear not.” Why? Why shouldn’t I fear, when my world seems to be shaken like the sparrow’s nest blown to the ground in downpour of the storm? Because He reminds us, “I am the one who helps you.” Psalms 121:1-2 proclaims, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.” If you know Jesus Christ as your LORD and Savior, then you know the one who, “made heaven and earth” and the one who holds your hand and it is He who will bring your through the storms. Trust Him. He will not let you go.

“A Wretch Like Me” – David D. Hanson