Kidnapped: Tuning our heart to the sound of rescue

In this video post, I share another story from the life of our new friend, Abigail found in the book of 2 Samuel.

Do you feel kidnapped by your circumstances? Were you completely caught off guard by a situation that has you feeling trapped and hopeless? In this video, I tell a the second part of the story of Abigail from the book of 2 Samuel and how it relates to anyone who has been sidelined by an onslaught. It’s not over! Get ready to tune your ears to the approaching sound of rescue!

The best song on Rescue I ever heard!

What about you:

  • Do you feel as though you have been kidnapped by your situation?
  • Were you experiencing freedom in the Lord and now feel as though you have been muzzled and bound?
  • Have you been wondering where Jesus is in all of this?

While Jesus is clear that in this life, we WILL have struggles, He also tells us in Deuteronomy 31:8, Hebrews 13:5, Deuteronomy 31:6 and Joshua 1:9 (to name a few!) that He will never leave us or forsake us. Jesus loves us with a love that goes beyond our performance, our circumstances, our weaknesses and failures. So no matter how you got to the place where you feel trapped or stuck, start to tune your ears to the sound of Rescue. Know that He is coming for you. He is on His way and He won’t let you be devoured by anything!

Below are some more Scriptures to meditate on. I encourage you to write the ones down in your journal or in a Notes app on your phone that speak to your heart so that you can memorize them. Having the Word in your heart is a weapon and a medicine all in one!

  • Song of Solomon 2:8,10-11 – The voice of my Beloved! Behold, he comes, leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills. My Beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away, for behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone.”
  • Psalm 71: 1-3 – In You, LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. In Your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me; turn Your ear to me and save me. Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for You are my rock and fortress.
  • Psalm 69: 14, 33 – Rescue me from the mire, do not let me sink; deliver me from those who hate me, from the deep waters. The LORD hears the needy and does not reject his captive people.

Falling: How we fall and how we get up (Part 2)

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The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.  Psalm 37:23, 24 

Now let’s look at the fall. When I fell three years ago in my house, I fell so hard that my children who were in the basement came running up to see what happened. They said it sounded like something blew up in the house! The pain was immediate and the injuries were long lasting. The cost and time involved to remedy the injuries was extensive.

I have heard many Christians who have fallen in sin say that they couldn’t believe that they were capable of doing what they did. They say that their fall seemed to sneak up on them from behind and blew up everything in their lives.

Many years ago, I found myself in that situation. I became involved in an ungodly relationship. Two weeks after the sinful relationship began, I woke up from my trance. I looked at what I was doing and realized that I was at risk of losing everything! I felt as though a hex had been cast over me that caused me to act and think in a way that was totally contrary to all of the pursuits of my life to that point. Who was this person in the mirror that could be so vile and selfish and blind?

I had to face the sin, come clean, and go through a season of deep cleansing with the help of my Pastor. The cost was extensive. The enemy had set a trap for me and because my eyes were not fixed on Jesus as my All-in-All, I fell right into it. I felt as though one day I was walking well with the Lord and the next day I was lying face down in my sin.

But the reality is that for a season of time I had not been guarding my heart and dealing honestly with my thoughts. The ground was beginning to freeze all around me and I wasn’t paying attention to the chill…until I slipped and fell. I was not taking sin seriously. I felt that I could handle it. Until it handled me.

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Even If: How do we trust God when things go sideways?

Festoon-lightingI recently heard a song that could have been written about a season in my life. The lyrics perfectly describe a situation that I went through over a decade ago…but whose reality still grips my heart. It’s a song by the band, MercyMe and it’s called ‘Even If’.

Verse 1:

They say, ‘Sometimes you win some / Sometimes you lose some.’

And right now, right now I’m losing bad.

I’ve stood on this stage night after night, reminding the broken it’ll be alright,

But right now, right now I just can’t.

It’s easy to sing when there’s nothing to bring me down.

But what will I sing when I’m held to the flame like I am right now?

 

My husband and I were just a couple years into blending our family. Things had been challenging in every arena but our love and gratitude for this fresh new start was high.

And then the bottom fell out. We were taken to court by someone who wanted to see us fail. This person slandered us, sent us threatening letters, and attacked our character, our finances and the peace in our home. I can’t go into more detail than that, but suffice it to say that the months leading up to the day in court were fraught with anxiety and fear.

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