thoughts; April 25th, 2018 — IGNITE

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Can I just tell you there are some mighty powerful words in our vocabulary? I have a three letter word that catapults right off the pages of my Bible when I read it. If all the rest of the words are 12 font, this one word is like 48 font. It’s huge! Here’s the word… BUT!

Read this (with emphasis on the BUT!)…
“They band themselves together against the life of the righteous, and condemn the innocent to death. BUT the Lord has been my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge.” Psalm 94:21-22

Just so you know, the word BUT takes you from one thought, which has now become invalidated, to the the truth of the matter. Everything you just said in the first part of the sentence means nothing, because the BUT has trumped it!

Have you ever had a “BUT God” moment? You know, a moment when you realized that no one could have brought you out of the situation that you were in or fixed the problem that you were having BUT God? See, BUT is a word that is used in the middle or the beginning of a sentence to introduce something that is true even though it is different to what was just said.

The truth is, the enemy is relentless. He isn’t going to stop nagging you… irritating you… stealing from you… killing you… or destroying you. He hates you and wants you to walk around defeated… lonely… abused… and joyless. He keeps whispering in your ear that you won’t amount to much, so why try!

BUT God is saying something completely opposite and what He says is the absolute truth. When the doctor said cancer, chemo, dialysis, radiation, or surgery: God is saying, this is what you have to go through BUT I’m simply cleaning you up. Yea, when you keep trying to figure out how to make ends meet with the amount of money you’re bringing home, God is saying, you may not have much BUT He will provide all your needs. When your gas light is on and payday is tomorrow, God is saying, don’t focus on that light BUT focus on Me. When that relationship didn’t work and you thought the hurt wouldn’t heal, God is saying, it may hurt now BUT He’ll mend your heart.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: I’ll stop for right now BUT I’m sure someone needed to hear this today with whatever you’re facing at this very moment. You’re not alone because when all the friends are gone… when you phone isn’t ringing or even vibrating… when the house is dead quiet… God saying… you may not see Me BUT I’m here… you may not hear Me BUT I’m talking… you may not feel Me BUT my arms are holding you tight. When it’s all said and done, it’s BUT God!

Father,
No matter what happens today, I know everything will work out as You planned. Jesus in Your name I believe this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen