“In the hush of Vows dear” from LWillows

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I invite you, I invite you
Spirit of God, near
This heart stilled silent
In the hush of vows dear.

Speak into all chambers
They open, they wait
Lifted towards you
With joy, with elate.

I name you, I name you
Spirit of God, near
Receiving graced mercy
In the hush of vows dear.

© 2018 Linda Willows

Romans 10:13
For “everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”.

Psalm 46:10
He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations,I will be exalted in the earth.

Psalm 84:1-2
How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord.

 

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“Assured by God’s constant Love, Protection and mighty Faithfulness” from LWillows

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Assured by God’s constant Love, Protection and mighty Faithfulness, from LWillows

“When I am assured of the constancy of God’s Love, the power of His Protection and the might His eternal Faithfulness I rest in Him, savor His Promises and soar with joy.”

Promised.

The word assurance itself means “confident in, promised” characterized by security. In life, amidst the swirling and rapidly changing circumstances that we each live in, it can be easy even for the most solid minded and strong hearted of us to lose the sense of feeling secure. We assume our confidence by attaching value, even our own value to the state of our circumstances, often to our relationships as well. We look to these rather than to God for the reflection of who we are and “how we are”.

Secure.

Our sense of security can be easily swayed by temporal things, especially those that we don’t like to name as temporal like our “heart possessions” and many things that we hold on to dearly. We want to be assured that we are loved, safe, protected and often- needed as well. Being needed can convince us that we are loved but it is not a substitute nor will it fill what is truly seeking to be filled. The heart longs to be reunited with God, to be in a tangible relationship with The true source of Love, Protection and the one that is forever Faithful. God knows all of our needs before they are even expressed. We run to try to fill one another but God is the only true full-filler.

Belief 

I have noticed that there is a vast difference between assurance which is the result of “belief” and our current culture’s grasp of “knowing”.  Belief is defined as the feeling of being certain that something exists or is true.

“Know” or knowing, as we use the word today is an awareness that is the result of an investigation or the gathering of information. I developed a lifelong habit of seeking to know as a way of gaining control over chaos and uncertainty. Surely in a world that spins out of control, we are want to know more and more. Yet it does not actually satisfy. It is a false comforter.

When David asked for knowledge in the Psalms, he spoke with great reverence and humility before God. His asking for knowledge was not one that investigated God, it was already submissive to The Sovereignty of The LORD. God’s answer and prompting would be received with complete faith and belief. Prayer is the best companion during spiritual transformation. Our own hearts cannot lead us.

Psalm 25: 4-5 Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.

David’s belief was powerfully in God. He knew God’s character. This was the God of his salvation. He prayed day and night.

He had Godly Belief.

The kind of belief that advances us is Godly Belief. This is belief not in the things of this world or in anything temporal but in what is God-Breathed, in The LORD’s holy word. Godly Belief leads to prayer and worship. Prayer and worship a personal relationship with The Lord. This holy relationship inspires faith, the unseen of belief.

Godly Belief is holy hope, it is the substance of faith and the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Assurance.

Assurance is one of the most beautiful states of being. It implies a positive declaration intended to give confidence; a promise. When I used the word assured you are resting in confidence but the beauty of its significance is that it is not your own strength that you rest in but in the strength and power of God. You claim assurance because you can positively declare that your confidence is in God’s promises. Your confidence has come to a full dependency upon the strength of The Lord. In this you find certainty. Your sentence can begin with the words. “I am assured”. I rest in this because all confidence is in God.

I am so grateful to have a prayerful and worshipful relationship with The Lord. The more that the character of God becomes revealed to me in ways that are vivid to my heart, the more my faith increases. When I believe that “I am assured of the constancy of God’s Love, the power of His Protection and the might His eternal Faithfulness I enter into a state of rest and peace”, it causes all of me to soar.

Faith.

I see life and circumstances differently. Challenges are not obstacles they are part of an ongoing sojourn. Everything that we face can be embraced because we humbly realize that we cannot do it alone. All confidence is in God. As I am assured of His Love and Protection I need not live in fear. I cannot. Love and fear cannot reside in the same space. As I believe and faith increases, trust becomes a powerful ally.

Trust, hope, faith, believe, love, confidence in God. This is the assurance in living in the might of His eternal Faithfulness.

Joy.

My heart is bursting with joy as doors swing open in this Faith walk. How could we want to move forward in any other way? After being so loved with such might and carried even when we thought we were left behind, how could we not run to the One that has been so Faithful to us?

Then,

who am I? I am a child of God. how am I? at peace; secure in His Love.
When I am assured of the constancy of God’s Love, the power of His Protection and the might His eternal Faithfulness I rest in Him, savor His Promises and soar with joy.

© 2018 Linda Willows

His Promises

Psalm 119:32 I run in the path of your commands, for you have broadened my understanding.

Isaiah 40:31 But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Psalm 89:2 I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself.