April 5, 2011
“My head was all tangled in seaweed at the bottom of the sea where the mountains take root. I was as far down as a body can go, and the gates were slamming shut behind me forever—Yet you pulled me up from that grave alive, O God, my God! When my life was slipping away, I remembered God, And my prayer got through to you, made it all the way to your Holy Temple.Those who worship hollow gods, god-frauds, walk away from their only true love. But I’m worshiping you, God, calling out in thanksgiving! And I’ll do what I promised I’d do! Salvation belongs to God!” Jonah 2:6-9 The Message
Where will you turn …?
When you’re at the end of your rope … When you’ve tried to go it on your own … When you’ve run out of answers …? God has thrown open the doors for you to turn towards Him. He has never waited for you to turn first. He could have because He is God: He made you .. gave you life .. and came after you long before you ever turned your heart towards Him! He’s there at the bottom when you think you are all alone or entangled in issues and circumstances. He’s there beside you in the dark and you can’t see clearly. He’s there with salvation .. a saving life .. a saving promise .. and a saving love that is greater than anything you’ve done or will ever do. Jesus stands ready to stand by your side today .. to stand in your very footprints and guide you forward .. and to keep you standing when you’ve run out of strength or hope. He is the only First Love that will not lead you astray or towards hollow gods. He’s heard your sighs and inward groans that the Holy Spirit has shaped into prayers. His trademark of loyal love is stamped upon your heart and life. So .. where will you turn today? It only takes a moment …
“God’s Message: “Don’t let the wise brag of their wisdom. Don’t let heroes brag of their exploits. Don’t let the rich brag of their riches. If you brag, brag of this and this only: That you understand and know me. I’m God, and I act in loyal love. I do what’s right and set things right and fair, and delight in those who do the same things.These are my trademarks.” God’s Decree.” Jeremiah 9:23-24 The Message
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