Do you have a challenge? Are you fearful of a certain outcome? Welcome it. That’s right. You read right. I said, “Welcome it.” Don’t resist it. It’s God’s opportunity to show Himself strong on your behalf. By admitting that there is nothing within yourself that is capable of producing any good or success out of your situation is allowing God to step in and prove Himself as faithful to you.
” My friends, consider yourselves fortunate when all kinds of trials come your way, 3 for you know that when your faith succeeds in facing such trials, the result is the ability to endure. 4 Make sure that your endurance carries you all the way without failing, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4
After a while, after many challenges, sometimes it seems rather “exciting” when a hardship arises. Call it crazy, but has not God been good? Has He not been faithful to you?
Get this. He will never fail you. That is something He cannot do. That means that come what may, yours is the victory! Faith is the victory that overcomes the world.
I believe that we are in prime time. We are in a very strategic season where we must put our faith to action, “for without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Heb. 11:6) Does the Bible not say that “the just shall live by faith”? (Hab. 2:4) This is the difference between us and the rest of this lost world… our faith.
Faith is the most tangible thing when set in a heart ablaze for God. For that heart knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that their faith coupled with calling upon God will activate the supernatural.
I want to challenge you today, and I preach to myself, have faith. Keep on believing. Don’t settle for the crumbs of mediocrity. Believe God for the “impossible,” for there is no impossibility with God. There’s no such thing! If He promised it, He will do it. Speak the Word of God over your life. Speak the promises of God to your situation. Tell that mountain to be removed, for the Word of God will not return back to Him void. It will accomplish exactly what He sent it to do.
I’m not sure whom this is for, but it’s very obvious to me that God is trying to remind you that He not only loves you but is waiting to act on your behalf.
Life: filled with ebbs and flows, unexpected unforeseen events.
Life. It has a way of throwing curveballs at us. Sometimes we hit a home run. Sometimes the ball hits us, leaving us winded and disoriented. Sometimes things make sense. Sometimes they don’t, but I have three words for you today:
Embrace the Journey.
The Bible says that all of our days on this earth have already been accounted for. All of our days have been numbered. All of our days have already been written in a book in Heaven. This tells me that no matter what happens in life God has EVERYTHING under control.
You might look back on your life feeling regretful, remorseful. Don’t. Let it go. Keep moving forward. The sting of pain might still be very real for you, but trust God to heal you. Ask Him to heal you because He’s willing. It may not make much sense now, but through every fire and flood we have an anchor in this: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
Despite what has happened in the past, what is going on today, trust God with all of your yesterdays, todays, and tomorrows. Put your hand in His, and embrace the journey. God is with you! #EmbraceTheJourney #Romans8:28 #YouAreNotAlone #GodIsWithYou #HeWillTurnItAround #TrustHim #WatchGodWork #BeEncouraged
This is a short post for those of you who feel as if you cannot face another day, sing another song, take another step… perhaps you are heavy hearted and can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, I have one thing on my heart to tell you today…hold on! God can not fail you. Although you may not see Him, and perhaps you may not feel Him, He is carrying you during this difficult time, whatever it may be. Release your worries and cares over to God and enter into His rest and experience His perfect peace. He longs to not only carry your burdens, but carry you because He loves you. ❤
Take some time today to get quiet and spend time with Jesus. Unplug from every distraction for a few moments and talk to God. He longs to hear your voice and answer you with His strength and peace.
“Listen to me, descendants of Jacob, all you who remain in Israel.
I have cared for you since you were born. Yes, I carried you before you were born.
I will be your God throughout your lifetime until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.”
– Isaiah 46:3,4
Life is beautiful. Life is precious. It far outweighs the thought patterns of our finite minds and supersedes our sensory receptors. What is taken in with the eye, the ear, the emotions, the will, the heart, what we hold with our hands, whom we embrace with our arms, where our feet may go… each one of us living a different life, and yet somehow interwoven, wrapped together. Inhales, exhales, ebbs, and flows, first steps, embraces, kisses, tears, a brand new baby, a child’s laughter, the wonder of a starry midnight sky, the fiery dawn of a new day, the warmth of summer’s sunshine, the smell of autumn rain, the first fall of snow, a blossoming spring flower, the touch of a loved one, the whispers of endearing words… “I love you…” all are the ethereal wonders and beauties of that which we call “life.” Although encompassed by it all, we may find ourselves so used to it… living life from day to day as if it would last forever, accustomed to the glories that surpass us every day… forgetting just how beautiful it really is… until it is no more… gone, until that last breath is taken, until what you had or whom you had isn’t there anymore.
“Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” James 4:14
“People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. But the word of the Lord remains forever.” 1 Peter 1:24,25
“So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12
To think that our days are numbered makes me want to approach each day with grace and fortitude, with intention and proper perspective. It provokes me to want to give God more, more of myself and the time that I daily borrow from Him.
Likewise, each and everyone of us were created and placed on this earth for a special purpose; not to just occupy space, not to simply exist, but to LIVE with intention, LIVE with purpose, LIVE knowing that our “time is in His hands,”
and if our time is in His hands surely we ought to want to live the way God desires.
You might be looking back on your life with dread, but the past is over. We cannot gain or benefit from weeping over “what was” or regretfully reminiscing on time lost.
Observe what’s in front of you NOW. Whom has God given you to love and influence? What has God called you to do TODAY? Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, but today is of the essence.
We ought to realize that life is a gift from God, and naturally, a gift is to be received, cherished, and enjoyed over and over again. Pause from your hurry and hustle, and bless the Lord your God for all of His benefits toward you! Thank Him for waking you up this morning. Thank Him for His promise of aligning your steps today. (Psa. 37:23) Thank Him for the opportunities that will be set before you. Thank Him for the people He has placed in your life.
Life is truly a gift waiting to be unwrapped. I challenge you… Don’t hesitate or delay. Ask God for a different set of eyes today to see as He sees. Give God all that you have. Seek Him with all of your heart. Love without reservation. Seize the day with intention. Live your life for Him, because life with Jesus is all the more beautiful!
” I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].” John 10:10
“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” ~ John 13:35
L O V E • • • a deep inexplainable power that has overtaken us all in some form or fashion. I am not referring to an emotion, a passion for something, or a great interest in someone. I am referring to the LOVE of God. This LOVE is supernal. This LOVE transforms the soul. This LOVE quiets the storms of the mind. This LOVE casts out fear. This LOVE heals the broken hearted. This LOVE died for you and me and rose again, and thank the Lord that this LOVE never fails!!!
The world is in need of this TRUE love ever so desperately, for “the love of many” have “waxed cold.” You and I have witnessed this first hand, and with that I challenge you. Rise up from your stupor and seek the face and the heart of God for the people around you. Bask in His presence. Ask God to give you a deep love, an unwavering steadfast love… HIS heart. We are called to represent HIM, and we cannot do so if we are spiritually desensitized and disconnected. Likewise, EVERYTHING we do for the cause of Christ will amount to NOTHING if we have not LOVE.
(1 Corinthians 13)
I urge you, put your differences aside. Refrain from back biting, hate talking, and getting unhealthily entangled with our current situation in our country. This does not please God, for such things WILL poison your spirit. Rather, “make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” Ephesians 4:3
May we keep perspective. May our gaze be towards Heaven, for this world is not our home. May we look forward to the return of our Lord and Savior, and may our love for Him and for one another grow stronger… and BAFFLE the world around us!
Before you were created in your mother’s womb… God had a plan. No tongue could ever tell, no mind could ever imagine, no eye could ever see, no ear could ever hear what those plans were. Just the thought that every single one of us were crafted with a mission, a mandate, a unique calling upon our lives – destined to be all that we were so intricately fashioned to be, is mind blowing.
All who ever lived before you and every individual who will ever live after you was never and can never be who you were formed to be. Ponder on this: there was never and there will never be another… you! Accordingly, there was only one Moses, one Esther, one David, one Joseph, one Abraham who was called by God, to affect not only their generation but generations to come; ordinary people destined for a specific task: to do an extraordinary work. Even so, there is only one you. You are irreplaceable. You were not placed on this earth just to occupy space and live a mundane lifestyle. God has planned for you to do things for Him that only you can do. There are giftings and talents and abilities, passions and interests deposited within you for a reason. What a precious and wonderful thought, and what a reminder to seize the day with intention!
Keep in mind, the enemy will not stand idlely by, twiddling his thumbs as you prosper in the ways and will of God. No, he will come at you tooth and nail, trying to distract you, and oppose the very life of God within you, your very treasure, attempting to forfeit that irrevocable calling. Notice, I said irrevocable. According to Romans 11:29, the gifts and calling on your life are “without repentance.” All of the “heroes and heroines of the faith” listed above heeded to the calling of God upon their lives despite the bumps down the road, attacks, setbacks, fears, betrayals, and miserable mistakes, and no matter how long it took, as they looked to God, He led them to the place they were supposed to be and the calling on their lives were completely fulfilled. Yes, just like them, we slip up and mess up, but God’s plans for us never change because we have an advocate, we have as it were, a back up, a counselor who is able to direct our paths as we acknowledge him and order our steps in the process. (Prov. 3:6; Ps. 37:23)
Have you ever thought of the following? The “mighty” men and women of the Bible did not have the gift that Jesus left us believers with when he ascended to heaven. They didn’t have the Holy Spirit dwelling within them, the power of God to overcome in life. With that in mind, how much more can we be used by God?! How much more can you and I have insight to the world around us? How much more can we be effective and be used of God as His mouth pieces, His hands and feet to reach the discouraged and lost? How much more can we be catalysts of His love and peace? How much more can we make a difference in this generation and generations to come, if the Lord should tarry? As we turn from sin, the ways and influences of the world, and stay connected to the vine (John 15), and immerse ourselves in the presence of God by seeking Him in prayer and reading His instruction manual for our lives – the Word of God- that connection allows for the Holy Spirit to do his transformative work in our lives and “will in us to do of His good pleasure.” (Phil. 2:13) Might I add, surrendering ourselves over to God is a daily process. It begins at the cross and continues until we see Him face to face. Accordingly, our success and/or our desires to be used by God does not depend on our accolades, skill, ingenuity, or how much we try to do what we ought; rather, God planned it to be simple: yielding, and allowing Him to do the work… day by day… resting in His unfailing love, close to Him, seeking His presence where there is true and lasting change. When we fully surrender ourselves, our everything to God, our hearts and desires will change to that which honors Him, allowing Him to truly be Lord over this borrowed life that we call “our own.”
Just think about it. If God can carefully and thoughtfully take the time to design you He is more than able and willing to keep you! (2 Timothy 1:12) For, He is faithful to complete the good work He began in you (Phil. 1:6).
Friend, while you ponder on all that’s written above, I encourage you to read one of my favorite passages of scripture, Psalm 139:1-18
To me, this particular passage exemplifies the tender, loving heart of God for each of us, His most prized possessions, as well as the beauty and thoughtfulness behind the grand design of the making of you and me. God’s creative process for your life didn’t end at conception and birth. The same God who formed you is the same God who has promised to continue to “make” you into exactly who He has destined you to be. Dedicate your plans, your hopes, your dreams, your everything to God today. Trust Him. Stay close to Him. He has a plan for your life!