INTIMACY WITH GOD JOURNAL
BY LINDA SCHREURS
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The Glow and Go
It’s no surprise that we humans have our trials, and at times, some are more severe than others. But what we need to learn is how to navigate through them along life’s journey. Our fallen human nature seems to first whine about it, find all kinds of excuses for it, blame someone or something else. Unfortunately it’s in human nature to whine and pine, and play the ‘woe is me’ game. But when we have come into a vibrant relationship with our living Lord, it all changes – that is, if you allow it to.
I’ve thought long and hard about this battle of cancer I’ve been going through for almost two years and I think I’m learning more now than at any other point in my life, at least, I pray it is so.
What I want to share with you this month is that it all comes down to how we’re handling setbacks, stress, heartbreak, etc. A term the Holy Spirit gave me recently was that it’s all about the ‘glow and go of it.’ Hmmm…I thought to myself? What in the world does He mean by that?
Let’s take a brief look and examine that for a few minutes.
Have you ever been around people who seem to grumble and complain about everything? They never seem happy or at peace with themselves. They have a negative attitude that the whole world is against them and no matter what they do, they can’t get above it. I don’t know about you, but I’ve known a few like this and it’s really hard to be around them. It’s certainly not very encouraging, and actually, quite depressing and draining to say the least. I always say: “Everybody has something they’re going through, but it’s what you do with it that makes all the difference.”
In reality, we all have ‘stuff;’ things we have to deal with. It might be some financial crisis, a marital issue, a wayward or rebellious child, a work-related problem that doesn’t seem to get resolved, or like myself, a serious health crisis that stares you in the face day after day. So what’s your attitude, your disposition? Do you even realize that maybe people are trying to avoid being around you because of all the negativity you spew forth from your mouth? I’m not saying it’s easy, because it’s not. But I’ve become much more aware that there’s a glow in the go. In other words, you can truly shine within your adverse circumstances and that in itself, can help you go through it!
The ‘poor me’ attitude
When I was growing up, my mom and dad and my two siblings were very poor. We lived in a basement house – no house above us, it was just a basement. We had an outdoor ‘biffy’ and our sink was an old fashioned hand pump. (Some of you might not even know what that is!) My parents married young, while yet teenagers. Dad worked at the John Deere Tractor Plant and mom worked at Rath Packing Company in Waterloo, Iowa. An older black lady lived with us for awhile and took care of us kids. And when the neighbors threw rocks at her and called her terrible names as she watched over us playing in our backyard, my parents went door to door to talk to them and share what a wonderful woman she was and that they needed to respect her! I really admired my parents when I grew up because they didn’t see skin color. They saw soul, beauty, and character. And besides, this wonderful lady was also a very good cook. I remember how I loved her pancakes!
There was never any whining, complaining, or coveting what someone else had. We didn’t hear the ‘poor me’ attitude. We kids never felt poor; never felt deprived. We were raised with a lot of love. John 15 is focused on love. Verse 9 speaks of “abiding in love.” Verse 11 says, “These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” And Verse 12 says, “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” That’s the key! Love trumps everything. And by the way, in our little humble home, our entertainment was singing and dancing. And to this day, I still love to sing and dance, especially before the Lord! Let’s follow Psalm 81:1 which says, “Sing for joy to God our strength; shout joyfully to the God of Jacob.” Psalm 118:115 is so beautiful in its declaration: “The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation. The sound of joyful shouting and salvation is in the tents of the righteous [basement/house/]; the right hand of the Lord does valiantly.”
There is so much in the Word of God about singing before the Lord. Keep in mind what a wild worshipper King David was! [See 2 Sam. 6] Instead of opening our mouths to whine and complain, let’s put a check on that with a song of praise and worship in our hearts unto God Most High who is well able to deliver us from all our brokenness. Proverbs 17:22 is key when it says, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.” Singing before the Lord is good medicine for what ails you. Have you done this lately? If not, why not? What do people see in you? Do they see the Lord moving and stirring you into greatness day by day, or have you slipped further and further down a greasy path of depression, anxiety, doubts and fears? If so, I want to encourage you to lift up your soul unto Him who is worthy to be praised and just see how your day begins to flow and go in a new direction. If you don’t have a song book, I’d encourage you go out and buy one!
Nehemiah 8:10c says, “…Don’t be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Likewise Psalm 81:1 is similar as it declares, “Sing for joy to God our strength….” Personally, many days I just don’t have a lot of energy or stamina because of the treatments for cancer that I’ve had to endure. But it’s verses like these that give me a lot of personal strength and I find I can accomplish a whole lot more than I thought I could because I began the day with praise, worship, adoration, and soaking in God’s Divine Breath in scripture.
For sure, each one of us needs to stay in the Word of God daily. Daily! Reading its divine pages from cover to cover and then doing it again and again is a key action to engage in until the day we cross over into our eternal reward. It was never meant to be a ‘once-read.’ Not on your life! 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us plainly that those precious words recorded for all of humanity, are God-breathed and therefore, reading and living out its pages, will give new life, new perspective, new meaning, and new victories in your life! It’s our daily bread, our daily sustenance which gives energy, vitality and strength beyond our human nature.
This divine, holy book is full of many examples of becoming an overcomer in life when we’re handed a bill of goods that looks and feels like a junk heap – loss of job, finances, a marriage issue, health, or whatever it might be that trying your soul to the core. Studying Job, in the Old Testament book named after him, you’ll see a prime example of what do with trials and tribulations. After losing more than anyone of us could bear – loss of oxen, donkeys, sheep, camels, his servants and children, along with their houses, Job falls on his face before God. Then, as if things couldn’t get any worse, he loses his health. This is the last straw for Job! He can’t cope with it anymore. Have you ever felt that way?
1 Peter should bring caution to each one of us, as it says: “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen you and establish you. To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.” And to that, we can all say, “Amen and Hallelujah!”
This same man, Job, even had friends who came to try encourage him, but failed miserably, as all they could seem to do was point out things that Job should have done. Has this ever happened to you? The blame game just doesn’t work. Job was just as human as the rest of us, and at the end of all his loss, after enduring the pain of ‘why’ and ‘how could this happen’, he cries out to God in 42:2, “I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted… Therefore I retract and I repent in dust and ashes” [vs.6]. He realized that above all else, he still needed God, no matter what. Life is truly empty without the Lord in our lives. And so it was, that the Lord wanted to walk Job back into fellowship with his Maker, Creator, Provider, Restorer, Deliverer, Healer. The end of the story is that - “The Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord increased all that Job had twofold…. The Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning.” [Job 42:10,12] Note that he was told to pray for his negative friends! Of course they came calling. They came to visit. They came to console him and try to help him, but much to his dismay, most of them brought more depression and anxiety than true inspiration and help. People, do not do as they did! God is the same, yesterday, today and forever. He does not change. Bad things do happen to good people because the enemy of our souls is out to destroy our relationship with God. It’s called the blame game by our arch rival. Do not participate in this!
Glow with God
With the Holy Spirit within us upon being born again, we have the glow and go of God in us. It has nothing to do with us, but everything to do with Him. Ezekiel 8:2 says, “Then I looked and behold, a likeness as the appearance of a man; from His loins and downward there was the appearance of glowing metal.” This is our God! So illumined, so holy, so spectacular that one cannot even drink it in! Revelation chapter one is a magnificent description of the Lord in all His glory! It speaks of His robe, His feet, chest, head, hair, eyes, feet, mouth, voice, hands and His face all full of glowing fire like bronze – all shining like the sun! Oh, it’s so glorious to behold the glow of God! It strengthens us for the ‘go.’ You can indeed be anointed to go through each day by the power of God. It’s not on our strength at all. It has everything to do with abiding in the Lord’s Presence every day of our life.
So let’s ask ourselves, ‘What do people see in us as we face our own struggles?’ Is it whining and pining away in ‘woe is me’? Or are we inspiring those around us to stay on the holy journey God has set before us no matter what it entails because it all comes out in the end for the glory of God and our eternal reward in heaven with Him forever and ever! That, my friend, IS the glow and go of it in our crisis. When we’re focusing on the Lord daily through praise, worship, adoration, breathing in His Divine Word, we will find the strength to go on, and in the battle, we’ll actually become a beacon for others, a living testimony .
The verse the Lord gave me the morning of my long surgery for pancreatic cancer was from Revelation 12:11, “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.” Beloved friends of Christ, when those around you see your unfailing confidence in the Lord, how you navigate through your tears and trials, they will gravitate to you wanting what you have. I call this, ‘easy evangelism’ because when they see the glow and go of God in you, they want to know where your strength and fortitude comes from. So many people are hurting today and have lost their way not knowing which way to turn. I believe it is time for the people of God to let their lives so shine, that people will beat a path to our door. What do they see in you and I? Is it perspiration or inspiration? Are we sweating out each day in fear and anxiety or in the confidence of God’s daily Word and promises which are forever?!
The eye of our souls
Where then, is the eye of our souls? Where has our focus been? Upward, or downward on ourselves? God’s word declares to us in Psalm 36:9 that in His light, we see light. So if our darkness has become depression, anxiety, fear and a host of negative responses, we’ll reap what our mind, body and spirit is resting upon. That’s no way to live! Matthew 6:22 says, “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness.” [My emphasis] So begin to see things through the lens of God’s eyes. Declare, decree, proclaim, prophesy light, revelation and restoration upon your life!
The Gospel of John says in 12:35-36: “So Jesus said to them, ‘For a little while longer the Light is among you. Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes. While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of Light.” That’s the glow and go of living in fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 13:47 gives a directive to believers when it says: “For so the Lord has commanded us, ‘I have placed you as a Light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the end of the earth.” Our calling is to carry the glow and go of the Gospel of Jesus so that others may come out of darkness into everlasting heavenly light desiring what we have in and through Him.
In conclusion, let us be reminded again from the Living Word of God’s Breath in scripture that we have been called to put aside the deeds of darkness, doubt, blame, anxiousness, gloom, despair, depression, anger, worry, or whatever else has kept us groveling in the dirt and dust of this earth. Let us begin the ascent into the heavenlies of God’s glory by donning the armor of His light. [Rom. 13:11-14] Now is the time to grab hold of the glow and go of our Lord Jesus Christ. Victory is assured!
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