May 1, 2013
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Sustained

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We have received a glorious salvation in Jesus Christ. The Scriptures tell us that ours is “So great salvation” and that God is able to “save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him.”  Salvation in Jesus is not just for the start of our walk with Him, or for its finish, but for every step in between. The One who saves you, keeps you; and the One who keeps you, brings you to your eternal home.

One of the mighty works of God’s salvation in our daily lives is His sustaining power:

I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me. Psalm 3:5 NKJV

Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you. Psalm 55:22 NKJV

It is no small thing that God sustains us. It is the ministry of His grace that keeps us from breaking down or running out of what we need as we follow His will and purpose for our lives.

One of our Meet Me in the Meadow readers, Teresa Colbert, has recently written a new and soon to be published book called The Journey…Beyond Shallow Waters. In it she quotes David Livingstone as saying, “God send me anywhere, only go with me. Lay any burden on me, only sustain me. And sever any tie in my heart except the tie that binds my heart to yours.” –David Livingstone

Another Meet Me in the Meadow reader, Colleen Woods (Ruby Shoes Co.), shared the following thoughts about the importance of God’s sustaining power in her life, “I am so amazed at His willingness to hold on to me, encourage me and send succor in the midst of my doubts and unbelief. I suppose I could say that I am amazed by how He has sustained me throughout the years of learning to trust Him and surrender all to Him—The enemy has robbed me of much of what the LORD intended for me. The mere illumination of that is affirmation of His sustaining grace. I am most excited about going forward!”

How can we move forward in God’s will? How can we press on in His purposes? How can we keep on in the place He has us? We do it through His sustaining power. He is the One who can keep us from falling; He is the One who can keep us from failing; He is the One who can keep us from fainting. By His sustaining power we don’t fade away, we are renewed; we don’t wilt away, we are refreshed; we don’t faint away, we are revived. When we are being sustained by God’s grace we are also being maintained by His power.

It is the Lord who has sustained you and brought you thus far in your walk of faith. He sustains you by feeding your spirit, by encouraging your heart, by building your faith, by strengthening your spirit, and by upholding you in every circumstance.

It is the Lord who has sustained you through the night, through the burdens, through the battles, through the heartaches, and through the tears. Look back and see His hand in all you have walked through, look around you, and see Him working in every situation; look ahead and see Him go before you as He leads you to a prepared place.

Today, the Lord sustains you…lean upon Him, fall back into His rest, abide in His joy, remain in His love, continue in His faithfulness, and stay upon your God—He will see you through and bring to completion the good work He has begun in you.  

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7 Responses to “Sustained”

  1. karyn May 1, 2013 at 9:48 AM #

    LORD sustain my entire life with YOU LORD JESUS and keep me and hold me close to YOU LORD JESUS. Lead me along YOUR HOLY path O LORD. HOLY and pure and true. Help me daily to see YOUR face and keep along YOUR narrow path. Open the eyes of my heart to see YOU and never ever make my ears dull of hearing YOU O LORD JESUS. Keep me close to YOU for all eternity. For all time O LORD JESUS.

    I love your picture.

    • Sandra Crittenden May 1, 2013 at 10:37 AM #

      Amen Sister!!!

  2. Sandra Crittenden May 1, 2013 at 10:41 AM #

    Thank You Father for substaing me. Without Your hands in my life I can not move but You have substain me as You guide me down the path of life You have given me. Thank You Jesus for being ever presence in my life and giving me the stength to keep moving!!!

  3. chris colon May 1, 2013 at 2:16 PM #

    every time I feel your hand over my shoulders,I know you are close to me, all I ask my Lord is for you to save my daughters and my grand children,may your grace be upon them every day of their lives,may the Holy Spirit make His home in their hearts, I love my Lord for all the things you have save me from,my heart and soul is yours..Thank you ABBA.

  4. Faye May 3, 2013 at 10:14 AM #

    Thanks for these encouraging words, as God reminds me of the song- the steps of the man, of the righteous man are ordered by God…in the time of trouble, God will uphold you, God will preserve you and God will SUSTAIN you. In the times of trouble God will lift you up. Rejoice your steps are ordered of God!
    I am thankful for his strength and mercy as he sustains me.

  5. Marinalva Sickler May 6, 2013 at 2:29 AM #

    This message I must read daily till it saturates my inner been and soaks my soul. I’m leaning on the Lord.

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