Mark This Down – some thoughts from Pastor Mark (Cut Off)

Cut Off

3-23-20

“Stay home, stay safe, save lives.” Those are the words from our governor. Now she did say to go outside, take a walk and get some fresh air (as long as we stay six feet from anyone else out there). I confess I feel a little cut off—separated from everyone else. Recently I did a grocery run, and I didn’t feel cut off at all! In fact, I wished for a little more space. Also, I’m not alone at home—there are three of us (plus a grandchild at the time I began writing this).

Perhaps it’s resources I feel cut off from. Not that we are in need of anything, but we do like to have our ducks in a row, ready for anything, lacking nothing. I do not want to be asked, “Do we have this?”, and have to reply, “Nope.” Maybe that’s why I bought two heads of lettuce when we only needed one, even though the produce shelves are not empty.

I suppose I feel cut off from control. Nobody likes to feel like you are being dangled from a string that somebody else is pulling and made to dance to their tune. Even worse, perhaps, is dancing on the end of a string that no one is pulling, only those mindless forces we call circumstances. If there’s anything that defines human beings, it’s wanting to call our own shots. That’s really where this all started if we trace it back to the Garden of Eden in Genesis chapter 3.

So, how do I deal with this cut off feeling? The answer to uncertainty is always truth. …you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8:32) When you know what the truth is, you are certain. But you must know the truth. Verse 32, wonderful as it is, is only half of a sentence. When you read your Bibles—and I surely hope you are reading them—remember to read by sentences, not by verse numbers. So, let’s get the whole thought.

John 8:31-32 (ESV)
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

To what extent they believed Him, I’m not sure, but it certainly wasn’t whole-hog! They didn’t deeply consider what He said, didn’t carefully think it through, didn’t logically act on it. They didn’t stake their lives on it. They didn’t grasp the truth and continue on the path to freedom.

How do I deal with this cut off feeling? I need to abide in His Word, then I will know the truth, and the truth will set me free.

Am I alone? No!

Hebrews 13:5b (ESV)
I will never leave you nor forsake you. (Check out the rest of that verse if you are struggling with money worries.)

Psalm 27:10 (ESV)
For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the LORD will take me in.

Am I without resources? No!

Matthew 6:31-33 (ESV)
31  Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32  For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
33  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

After all, The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 23:1

Am I not in control? NO, I’M NOT! And happy are those who grasp that fact IF they grasp it in the knowledge of who is.

Romans 8:28 (NASB)
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

And what a glorious purpose it is! Romans 8:29-30 (NASB)
For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30  and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

How will it all come out? Glory!

I can rest in that, after all, The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Think about it!

Just a brother, Pastor Mark


12 Responses to “Mark This Down – some thoughts from Pastor Mark (Cut Off)”

  1. Jerry & Bonnie Redfield says:

    Thank you for a great message. We will get through this with Gods help.

  2. Hi there, I enjoy reading through your article post. I like to write a little comment to support you.

  3. Mark Jones says:

    Thank you for your encouraging comments. I pray our Lord will bless, guide and protect you as we seek His glory.

  4. Clemmie says:

    May I simply say what a comfort to discover somebody that truly
    knows what they are talking about on the internet. You certainly know how to bring an issue to light and make it important.

    More people must read this and understand this side of your story.
    I was surprised you’re not more popular because you most certainly possess the gift.

  5. Luke says:

    Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thank you, However I
    am going through problems with your RSS. I don’t understand the reason why I
    am unable to subscribe to it. Is there anybody else
    having the same RSS problems? Anybody who knows the answer will you kindly respond?
    Thanx!!

    • Sue Bradley says:

      Thank you for your kind words. I looked at things on our side, as far as your problem with the RSS, and I do not see a reason for difficulties. I am sorry. Pastor Mark has been busy and has been unable to add any new additions to his blog page. I will copy your email and when he does write another article I will let you know.

  6. Jody says:

    I’m not positive where you are getting your information, but great
    topic. I must spend some time studying more or figuring
    out more. Thank you for wonderful information I was looking for this info for my mission.

  7. Fernando says:

    Simply want to say your article is as astonishing. The
    clarity in your post is just cool and i could
    assume you are an expert on this subject. Fine with your permission let me to grab your feed
    to keep up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please carry on the rewarding
    work.

  8. Orval says:

    I pay a visit daily some web sites and sites to read articles or reviews, however this
    blog presents feature based writing.

  9. Juliana says:

    It’s remarkable to visit this web page and reading the views
    of all mates regarding this paragraph, while I am also zealous of getting familiarity.

  10. Aracely says:

    Wonderful post however , I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this topic?
    I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit more.
    Many thanks!

Leave a Reply