Conquering Self-Doubt.

By: Ron Bouchard. http://www.theburningheart.com

God came one night to the child Jeremiah and spoke wondrous things to him.  He told Jeremiah that He’d always known him, even before he was conceived in his mother’s womb, and that while He was forming Jeremiah in the womb, He chose to set him apart for a special purpose: to speak God’s very words to the world!

Jeremiah responded with fear and self-doubt, and said to God:

“Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.” (Jeremiah 1:6)

Looking closely at what Jeremiah said, we find that his self-doubt was really a cover for the fact that he doubted God.  He didn’t believe that God could do and would do what He said, with his life . . .

At that point The Lord could have shrugged His shoulders and said, “Ok, I’ll find someone else who will believe me.” But, that is not what He did.

No, what God did was gently rebuke Jeremiah and declare to him what would actually take place in his life.  Then the Lord performed something quite intimate with Jeremiah:

He reached out with His hand and touched his mouth tenderly, and with that touch, God filled Jeremiah’s being with His Word.  That very Word would accomplish the will of God as it went forth from Jeremiah’s lips and life!

My friend, if you are a lover of God, beware of self-doubt.  As a believer, it is really a disguise for a lack of faith in God.  Look to Him.  Allow the Lord to touch your life with His grace, His power and His life-giving Word.  Cast self-doubt away and trust in the Lord with all of your heart!

His Grace, Ron

P.S. Here is Jeremiah’s complete account of what the Lord did:

Jeremiah 1:4-10  Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Before I formed you in the belly I knew you; and before you came forth out of the womb I sanctified you, and I ordained you a prophet unto the nations.
Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.
But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for you shall go to all that I shall send you, and whatsoever I command you you shall speak.
Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD.
Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.
See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.

King Jesus.

By: Ron Bouchard http://www.theburningheart.com

The evening sunlight
Shines through the crabapple branches,
Dispersing a crown of light
Upon my glorious backyard world.

Gold finches, Nuthatches,Chickadees,
Downey Woodpeckers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Cardinals, Bluejays, Sparrows, and more . . .

Cry out to their Maker in song,
Melding their melodies
With the soft strength of the setting sun.

I know He is pleased.
His pleasure has become mine
As I sit and soak in
The glory He has procured . . .

Delight is a gift
Poured from His lap,
The overflow of His grace
Upon those He loves.

Protected, preserved;
Safe within His plan.

King Jesus rules.
His crown shines on.
All is at rest!

Romans 8:22-28 “For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now.
Not only so, but ourselves also, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for adoption, the redemption of our body.
For we were saved in hope, but hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for that which he sees?
But if we hope for that which we don’t see, we wait for it with patience.
In the same way, the Spirit also helps our weaknesses, for we don’t know how to pray as we ought. But the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which can’t be uttered.
He who searches the hearts knows what is on the Spirit’s mind, because he makes intercession for the saints according to God.
We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

Blessings, Ron

http://www.theburningheart.com

His Ultimate Posession.

He will return in the clouds . . .

By: Ron Bouchard http://www.theburningheart.com

“The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it.” Psalm 24:1

The thought that you are God’s posession will do either one of two things: 1. Fill you with joy. or, 2. Fill you with anger.  I guess there could be a third response, which is the scariest of all; you could care less . . .

I read the above verse this morning, and the knowledge that everything is the Lord’s filled me with great joy and peace.  Knowing that I am a part of His eternal plan is a joyous thing indeed. Realizing that God created me to be in relationship with Him and knowing that I exist by and for His pleasure is a delight to me!

Don’t you agree?

If you don’t, it may be that you haven’t been properly introduced to your heavenly Father.  May I introduce you to Him through His Word?

“Lift up your heads, O all of you gates; and be all of you lift up, all of you everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O all of you gates; even lift them up, all of you everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory.” Psalms 24:7-10

“See how great a love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God! For this cause the world doesn’t know us, because it didn’t know him.
Beloved, now we are children of God. It is not yet revealed what we will be; but we know that when he is revealed, we will be like him; for we will see him just as he is.
Everyone who has this hope set on him purifies himself, even as he is pure.” 1 John 3:1-3

Grace & Peace, Ron

Outside The Gate.

By: Ron Bouchard http://www.theburningheart.com

“For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin, are burned outside of the camp.
Therefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people through his own blood, suffered outside of the gate.
Let’s therefore go out to him outside of the camp, bearing his reproach.
For we don’t have here an enduring city, but we seek that which is to come.” Hebrews 13:11-14

Pontius Pilate had it right when he nailed the sign to Jesus’ cross proclaiming that here was “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews”.  It infuriated the Pharisees and the Priests.  It made them gnash their teeth at Him and yell derogatory things in His face.  One of the things they yelled at Him was this:

“He saved others; himself he cannot save.  If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him”  Matthew 27:42

What they didn’t understand was that it was precisely because he was the King of Israel that He continued to hang upon the cross.  What they couldn’t comprehend was that He was perfectly able to come down from that cross.  Only two things held Him there, His obedience to His Father and His love for you and for me.

Even though He told His disciples many times, with great detail, that this would happen to Him, they just could not believe it was of God, and their faith was shattered when they saw Him die upon the cross.  Jesus had even prayed for Peter (and in praying for him, He was praying for them all) that:

” . . . I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not: and when you are converted, strengthen your brethren.”  Luke 22:32

When we follow Jesus outside the camp we are excited, because we believe we are doing a most noble thing.  But, we soon find out that the world believes we are doing an ignoble thing!  Just as the religious Jews mocked Jesus and were blind to what He was accomplishing upon the cross, the world mocks us as being fools and weak, and needing a crutch to get through life.  They cannot comprehend that following Jesus outside the gate, leaving the security of the approval of family, friends and the world, is indeed, the bravest thing a person can do.

Jesus accomplished the forgiveness of sins for all mankind, and ended our impending punishment, by being punished in our place.  He set us free.  We become His messengers of the Good News when we choose to follow in His footsteps.  We follow Him, not just for ourselves, but for others as well.  At times, the suffering that goes along with this calling can discourage us, but we must remember how important it is to bear His reproach and keep our eyes fixed upon the prize that is to come: The new heavens and the new earth, the home of righteousness.  It takes time for us, as believers, to truly understand that this world is not our home.  We are foreigners, living in a foreign city, and waiting patiently to be brought to our new city which is to come!Jesus accomplished the forgiveness of sins for all mankind, and ended our impending punishment, by being punished in our place.  He set us free.  We become His messengers of the Good News when we choose to follow in His footsteps.  We follow Him, not just for ourselves, but for others as well.  At times, the suffering that goes along with this calling can discourage us, but we must remember how important it is to bear His reproach and keep our eyes fixed upon the prize that is to come: The new heavens and the new earth, the home of righteousness.  It takes time for us, as believers, to truly understand that this world is not our home.  We are foreigners, living in a foreign city, and waiting patiently to be brought to our new city which is to come!

Onward!  ~Ron