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Psalm 40 1-2 (KJV) Chaplain Gary Rayburn
I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 2. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
Have you ever been in this horrible pit? Maybe you still are? Miry clay, sounds like quicksand to me. We have all seen on television someone falling into quicksand, the more they struggle the deeper they sink, there seems to be no way out. Unless someone comes along and helps you out you just keep sinking and sinking, the more you try to get yourself out the faster and deeper you sink. I’m sure that we would not only be struggling but we would also be crying out for help.
In the popular song by Third Day “Cry Out To Jesus” there are some great lyrics, my favorite is: “There is grace and forgiveness, mercy and healing
He'll meet you wherever you are. “Cry out to Jesus.” The bible tells us in Romans Chapter 10 verse 13 that whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. In Psalms Chapter 34 verse 6 it reads “And this poor man cried and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.” Through God’s word we find hope for the hopeless. Where man fails Grace prevails. That sounds like Good News to me!
That is just what Jesus did. He robed Himself in human flesh and entered into the pit of this world and died on the cross for our sins. He was not content to see us sinking deeper and deeper in the miry clay of our sins. His death is proof of His love. Romans 5:8 “God commands His love towards us while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.” His saving touch is proof of His grace. Ephesians 2: 8-9 “For by grace are you saved through faith and not of yourself. It is a gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast.” When we cry out to Jesus and he saves us He sets our feet upon the Rock and establishes our goings. He will put us on a new path. Jesus will let us hit rock bottom sometimes just so that we can see that He is the Rock and it is only He that can save us and put us on the right path. So let me ask you right now, are you in that pit? Are you sinking in this Miry clay? If you need help, “Cry Out To Jesus!”
Romans 6:10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I was recently asked this question in one of our daily devotional service we have here at Rig Ministries. Many drivers out on the road have crosses on their Rigs. They have the cross on there for lots of different reasons. People wear crosses on chains for lots of different reasons. Each one of us have to figure what the cross means to us. I remember when I first got saved in 1995 someone gave me a bracelet that said W.W.J.D. What would Jesus do? I wore that bracelet for 2 years and never took it off. I wore that bracelet for two reasons, One I wanted people to know that I was a Christian that I had given my life to Jesus. I wanted people to ask me about the bracelet and then I could share my testimony and tell people how I had given my life to Jesus out there on the road on I-39 on Aug. 13th 1995. Number two I wore that bracelet to remind me that I was a Christian. Sometimes we all need to be reminded that we have sold out to Jesus and this was a way to remind me of the commitment I had made to Jesus. Later on I put three crosses on my truck for the same reasons. To be a witness and also to remind me that I was now a Christian driver and the way I drove on the highways was a reflection of Jesus. When I would get upset out on the road, and drivers you know how it is, we all get upset at times. I would think people are watching me and I would think about the crosses on my truck and I wanted to be a good witness for the Lord so I tried always to let my reactions reflect the crosses on my truck or the bracelet on my wrist. I want to be all that God has called me to be so we must at all times show Christian love to all those we come in contact with each day. So that is what I thought of when I was asked “What Does The Cross Mean To Me?”
The bible says without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin. Jesus died on that cross just for you and for me! So friends let me ask you, “What does the Cross Mean To You?” I know what it means to me! And I also know this much for sure, Jesus Loves you and we do too! This is Chaplain Gary Rayburn and we will talk at you later.
So Abram moved his tents and went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he built an altar to the Lord. - Genesis 13:18
Abraham took a totally different approach to solving this problem. He told Lot to choose which land he wanted. Imagine, Abraham could have been dooming himself and his family if he was unable to find adequate land and water for them. He gave up his rights in the matter, and Lot took full advantage. "Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, toward Zoar" (Gen. 13:10). So Lot left and took up residence in the valley later to be known as Sodom and Gomorrah. Sometimes what seems good on the front end turns out to be disastrous later. Such would be the case for Lot and his family.
As for Abraham, he made a choice. He decided to take life's high road -- a choice that didn't necessarily mean his life circumstances would benefit him. He was willing to leave that outcome to God. He made the decision based on an eternal measuring stick. Interestingly, the place where Abraham moved was called Mamre. In Hebrew, the name Mamre means "strength." How can choosing the weakest position become "strength"? Jesus must have asked the same question of His Father when faced with the proposition of going to the cross. How can the cross be a place of strength? The devil thought he had won, but the cross is what freed the captives for eternity. The Bible tells us that when we are weak, then we are really strong. To willingly choose the way of the cross becomes our strength.
God Bless, Talk at You Later...Gary
Chaplain Gary Rayburn
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NKJV) 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Remember when we were small children when we went to the city pool. We spent a lot of time in the kiddie pool looking at the big pool thinking some day I will get to swim in the big pool. And when that day came how scarred we were only to find out that was where the real fun was! God has something bigger for each one of us no matter where we are right now, that is not where God is going to leave us!
We all have seasons in life when we feel overwhelmed. When unexpected things happen, we can be tempted to get discouraged. We may feel like we don’t have what it takes, or we may feel weak. Anytime you feel this way, you have to realize that feelings aren’t facts. The truth of the matter is that God wants each one of us to get to the big pool in our life's. When we get in over our heads that's when you learn to swim. We need to get filled up to over flowing and go out and splash on someone else's life. When we make our life's about helping others that is when we find the real rewards of life. Others, yes others, let this my motto be! Help me to live for others Lord, so that I might live for thee!
Scripture says, when you feel weak, that’s when God’s strength rises in you. His strength will overcome any opposition you may face.
Remember, anytime you feel weak, that’s when God is strong in You! Keep praying, keep believing, keep pressing forward and rise up in the victory He has in store for you!
God Bless, Talk at You Later...
Chaplain Gary Rayburn
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