The Torch

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Moving Forward from a Broken Past
 
10.26.19

Article by 

Todd Mock

Evangelist

Mephibosheth, The Dalles Oregon

1 Corinthians 1:26-30
Romans 4:17
 
“Brothers, consider the time of your calling: Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were powerful; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly and despised things of the world and the things that are not, to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast in His presence. It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God: our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.…”
“He makes the dead live again. He speaks, and something is made out of nothing.”
 
t is difficult for us to grasp the reality that there is absolutely nothing we can do to justify ourselves before God, no righteous act, good merit, nor strain of the human will. Before we were able to do anything right or wrong, before we were born, He chose you. . . you did not choose Him.
So what does this mean for us, are we to do nothing?
 
The answer is no we can do something.... believe but even in this, we cannot glory.  When we come to Jesus it is Him drawing us to Himself, an invitation to know Him and the Father and into a covenant of love. Believe that it is now Jesus in you taking over and you let go of trying to perfect yourself. Faith in His work in you! We don't know how to make ourselves, only He does.
 
How do we know Him, we become “Born Again”. This is a term that has been for decades looked upon as corny or cult-like although it is the absolute truth and the only way to God Himself. Being born again is being born of the Spirit, the Word of God. Christ in YOU! We can't perceive or begin to understand the things of God and the truth of His Word until we are born again of the Spirit. We are a new creation, God has made something out of nothing. We have become children of God! Behold all things new, although as time progresses it seems as though our past still haunts us. As the Apostle Paul stated, “Forgetting what is behind, I press forward...”. It may seem like our life reflects the picture above of a string of tin cans behind us as we try to peddle away from our past, the faster we peddle, the louder the cans get and everyone can hear. Those cans are a witness of what Jesus has done for you, let them proclaim the work He has accomplished in you. The past may haunt you, and others may remind you of your past failures but rest assured, Jesus came to remove the shame of your past and the guilt of things you may not be able to repair. Have faith in Him to finish the work He started in you, He alone will give you the victory!
“At the time that it happens, I AM there.”
 
11.16.19

Article by 

Todd Mock

Evangelist

Mephibosheth, The Dalles Oregon

John 6:19-20
Mark 6:45
Isaiah 48:15-16
“While several miles from shore, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the sea and they were terrified. But Jesus spoke up: “It is I; do not be afraid.” Then they were willing to take Him into the boat, and at once the boat reached the shore where they were heading.” John 6:19-20
Has Jesus said something to you that at the time makes no sense? Maybe the circumstance He places you in is not what you consider to be ideal for the best possible outcome. In fact, it may even shake your faith in Him to the core. Trusting His leading and believing He is the Good Shephard is not something we grasp immediately, it's something we learn through trials and adversity.
When we first come to faith in Jesus we do so out of a lost place, unable to find our way in this life. We need a Savior, someone to show us the way out of our mess and bring us to a safe haven. Why then after finding our way in Him do we attempt to solve life's challenges through common sense, learned skills, education or any physical attribute. Instead of trusting in the One who saved us in the first place we begin to chart our own way, we may even think that we need to help Him in His plans for us. Having begun in the Spirit, why now do we fret and try to use common sense and rely on our own effort to get out of a tough spot, leaming on our own understanding.
 
“Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of Him to Bethsaida, while He dismissed the crowd. After bidding them farewell, He went up on the mountain to pray.” Mark 6:45
This lesson gives us a clear picture of what it means to trust in our Savior, Jesus. Jesus sent His disciples ahead of Him knowing that the circumstance would be a challenge in the hours to come, even fearing for their lives. All they knew at the time is they were sent on a mission to go to the other side of the sea to Bethsaida. I wonder if the disciples had any learning of the scriptures or even understood at that time who it was that was sending them out. But there they were in the fourth watch of the night, a storm had come upon them and Jesus was remained praying on a mountain. They might have been crying out, “Where is the one who sent us out in the first place!?”. They were unaware that Jesus saw them struggling and knew of their fears, yet knew the right time to show up. 
 
“Come near me and listen to this: "From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret; at the time it happens, I AM there." And now the Sovereign LORD has sent me, endowed with his Spirit.” Isaiah 48:15-16
The disciples were learning a valuable lesson that would build confidence and reliance in the Lord, that they would see Him as  God Almighty. He be with us wherever we go, wherever He sends us.  He will make provision in our times of crisis even supernaturally. Jesus came to the disciples when all seemed lost, walking on water and calms the sea. As soon as He gets into the boat they arrive on the shore of Bethsaida.  How many times have we been through a trial only to look back realizing we had no reason to fear if we had only believed Jesus would come walking on the water of our crisis.
“At the time it happens, I AM there." 
 
Let us take courage and trust in Jesus the Lord that He will always be with us no matter where He sends us, no matter where He takes us and no matter the circumstance. He has preordained for each one of us to bring glory to His Father and our Father. He is Jehovah Shammah, the God who is there. He will always provide a way for us if we only believe. He knows our tomorrow: the challenges we will face, the hurdles we will need to jump, the mountains we will need to climb.