Cast Up A Highway




Facing Fear Fully With God 7

Posted on July 8, 2016 at 5:50 AM

As the next morning began to dawn, I awoke with this Scripture going through my mind:

Isaiah 58:8

Then shall your light break forth like the morning,

and your healing (your restoration and the power of a new life)

shall spring forth speedily;

your righteousness (your rightness, your justice,

and your right relationship with God) shall go before you

[conducting you to peace and prosperity],

and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.

A feeling of peace fills my spirit as dawn breaks the darkness. I relish the warmth of my sleeping bag and say my thankfulness to God for His protection through the night. As the drowsiness lifts, a deep desire for the last day’s adventures to begin, gets me up and dressing warmly. I'm on my way navigating the continuation of yesterday’s trail and it's not too stressful, but rounding a corner and seeing the challenge ahead slows me down a bit.

This last day was calling me to walk a pointed ledge with no wall on either side. A little ball of fear rushed up the hill and jumped into the pit of my stomach. I have never liked heights, but to this point I had done ok with Holy Spirit’s encouragement and closeness. This next trek was way beyond scary in my imagination.

James 4:7-9 (MSG)

So let God work his will in you.

Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper.

Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time.

Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life.

Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out.

The fun and games are over

This Scripture led me to look at what was going on here, and so decided I might benefit by a rest, a bit of breakfast, and having a little chat with God. [No procrastination here, oh no. :)]

Speak the truth to God: “Lord I’m sorry for not trusting You fully here. I know You are faithful, but this is really hard for me. I repent, Lord, that I’m allowing fear to cause this terror in me. Lord, I humbly bow down to You and put myself in Your hands, and I know You will help me."

Sure enough, Holy Spirit showed me verse 10 of James 4:

James 4:10 (AMP)

Humble yourselves [with an attitude of repentance and insignificance]

in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you

[He will lift you up,

He will give you purpose].

He is so faithful and knows just what I need!! This verse reinvigorated my spirit, and so the purpose of the path took my hand and pulled me along. As I reached the stone that would lift me up to the last treacherous climb to the pinnacle, butterflies started flying around my middle again. Fear is the enemy! I shall not tolerate fear! My God is with me and He will lift me up! Took a deep breath and focusing on the ridge I must walk to complete the trial, I ‘saw’ Jesus waiting for me to help me; thus completely encouraged, I kept moving upward to Jesus. . .

This verse came to mind:

Revelation 3:10

Because you have kept the word of My endurance

[My command to persevere], I will keep you [safe] from the hour of trial,

that hour which is about to come on the whole [inhabited] world,

to test those who live on the earth.

This was my test. I completed it all the way and lifted my hands to praise God in exhilaration! My friends, our lives all have God given purpose, and He will help us fulfill that purpose if we invite His help. More trials are coming to our lives; let us all be sure to hold onto the Master, our Savior, who gave His life, shed His blood for us.

Accept His gift from Jesus, and receive all the inspiration, encouragement, and enlightenment needed to pass your life journey of testing. Then we will joyfully meet in eternity.

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                                        AWESOME GOD


Sometimes the terrible awesomeness of God hits me and sends me reeling into deep meditation. It always carries its reward of a new closeness with my God. It happened this morning. In the beginning I was distracted with my mind wandering here and yon. Then I ‘woke up’ and commanded it to return. God is so good! Holy Spirit began to lead me in prayer.

Sorry, my Lord. I come to our meeting this morning with scattered thoughts; help me, Lord, to rein them in. That You even desire to meet with me is so amazing! Deep breath. Moses asked God, “what shall I say when they ask 'Who sent me’?” You responded, “Say the Great I AM sent me.” You, God, are not hemmed in by time. For You there is no ‘was, will be’, there is only I AM. Before You I bow down my heart, my 'who I am' I submit to You; help me become who You created me to be.

Exodus 3:13-14 (AMP)

13 And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them? 14 And God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am and What I Am, and I Will Be What I Will Be; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you!

  • Footnotes: Exodus 3:15 To know the name of God is to witness the manifestation of those attributes and apprehend that character which the name denotes.

Can you feel the depth of that name? 'I AM' signifies so much ~ timelessness, absolute love, supreme power, unimaginable expansion ~ an incomprehensible being, totally surrounding. There simply are not words to express the grandness of Who our God is. HIS LOVE FOR US  S SO APPARENT IN HIS WORD!

Psalm 91:14 (AMP)

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].

Isaiah 52:6 (AMP)

Therefore My people shall know what My name is and what it means; therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks; behold, I Am!

Indeed my God! You are the great I AM! This measures so deep and so high and so wide. You revealed Your staggering magnificence to David, and it comes out here:

Psalm 139:1-10

O Lord, you have examined my heart

and know everything about me.

2 You know when I sit down or stand up.

You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

Even when it’s my mind traveling on tangents.

3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home.

You know everything I do.

4 You know what I am going to say

even before I say it, Lord.

5 You go before me and follow me.

You place your hand of blessing on my head.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too great for me to understand!

7 I can never escape from your Spirit!

I can never get away from your presence!

8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;

if I go down to the grave, you are there.

9 If I ride the wings of the morning,

if I dwell by the farthest oceans,

10 even there your hand will guide me,

and your strength will support me.

You are always with me. 

You will guide me.

You will always be my support. Your strength

upholds me, protects me, supports me.

Lord, You are so good! What a privilege to know You! Thank You that You continue to grow me closer to You. Thank You! I love being together with You, my Lord.