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November 12th, 2021 · by Tom Stuart · Relationship with God

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV

God has a perfect timing for the fulfillment of His purposes in our lives.

His promises concerning His intentions for us are like seeds sown into the soil of our hearts. They have a germination time which must fully unfold before coming to fruition – “first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head” (Mark 4:28).  

This is why the Bible, in referring to the timing of the fulfillment of a promise of God, describes it as coming in the “fullness of time.” Waiting of course, requires faith and patience. But, as with all creative processes, the beauty of the finished work makes it all worthwhile in the end.

“In His time, in His time
He makes all things beautiful
In His time.

Lord please show me everyday
As you’re teaching me your way
That you do just what you say
In your time.”

October 23rd, 2021 · by Tom Stuart · Relationship with God

After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! . . .“Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” Revelation 4:1 ESV

There are two mutually proportionate dimensions to the call of God – being called higher into His purposes (sharing in His power) while also being called deeper into His passion (sharing in His suffering).

You cannot go higher without going deeper. The Apostle Paul confirms this in writing that the path to sharing in the power of Christ’s resurrection requires “participation in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death.” (Phil. 3:10)

You have called me higher, You have called me deeper,

And I will go where You lead me, Lord, Where You lead me.

And I will be Yours, I will be Yours for all my life.

So let Your mercy, Light the path before me.

October 11th, 2021 · by Tom Stuart · Overcoming, Relationship with God

“Some time later the brook dried up.” 1 Kings 17:7 NIV

Most of us don’t like change because it is usually perceived as loss; and being forced to leave the known to go into the unknown, is not only inconvenient, but brings us face to face with our fears of failure and lack.

But the fact of life is, that times and seasons change and the brooks that sustain and refresh us do dry up; but as it was for Elijah, it is the call of God to move on in order to fulfill the destiny He has for us.

There is an old American Indian tribal saying that “when the horse is dead, dismount.” Applied to this scenario it is a challenge to realize that whatever it is we have been relying upon to take us where we want to go has ceased serving that purpose, and it’s time to leave it behind and move on.

From Abraham on, we learn that living a life of faith repeatedly requires leaving things behind if we are to possess God’s best. And so we can gladly choose to give up what has lost its value to gain what is of immeasurable worth.

October 2nd, 2021 · by Tom Stuart · Overcoming, Relationship with God

“You are my lamp, Lord. And the Lord illuminates my darkness.” 2 Samuel 22:29 NASB

Whether it is the darkness around us or darkness lurking within us, we all in varying measures battle its oppressive effects of doubt, fear, worry, loneliness, unworthiness, or the hidden sins that so easily beset us.

Coming to a place of acknowledging and owning it as “my darkness,” like David did, is both cathartic and an invitation for the Lord to dispel it with the light of His love, forgiveness, and delivering power.

Light in my darkness, Peace for my soul,
You are my rescue, You never let go. . .

Here in my weakness, Always the same,
Your love is my shelter, Your light is my way. . .

All my hope Is in You
All my strength Is in You
With every breath
My soul will rest in You!
(Hillsong Worship)

September 21st, 2021 · by Tom Stuart · Overcoming, Relationship with God

“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV

Choices! What we choose to focus upon as we face each new day, has the potential to make a God-sized difference in how we go through it.

Remembering and focusing upon God’s mercies instead of our miseries, transforms our day from living in fear to faith, regret to hope, hate to love, and defeat to victory.

🎶Great is Thy faithfulness, Great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.🎶