Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
Matthew 7:7-8 NKJV
Last week when I was reading these verses I couldn’t help but to think how the promises made in this Scripture are constantly met but God showed me why some of us, well…why I have yet to walk into many of the physical manifestations of these promise and I want to share with you.
There were three words that stuck out to me during this reading: everyone, he, and him.
For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Many of us are more than willing to ask God for provision, for Him to give us answers, for Him to show us our next move, for Him to lead us, for Him to forgive and deliver us, for Him to do all of these things for us but not everyone is willing to respond
Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us. I John 4:17-19 NKJV
Last night a heavy sense of fear fell over me. Like pure terror that the enemy would be able to take the missteps of my past, that God has already forgiven, and use them to take me completely out. Yes, I know better than to think that the devil could do this but it doesn’t mean that this wasn’t my reality in those moments.
You see this often happens to me when God gives me new direction or when God is redirecting me. (The enemy tends to use the same tricks…hey if he knows it works why change the game?) As God shares His love for me, what He desires for me to do with my ministry, my call, and my gifts I always have this sense of unworthiness. If I’m not careful to remind
Meredith Porter has been working on her job for 4 months. She has always felt unqualified for the job and for that reason insecure in her abilities. However, she is starting to get into the flow of operations. Her office is a door away from Megan whom she’s become very close with. She is able to vent when necessary and receive help when she doesn’t want to bother the director, Mr. Grant.
Mr. Grant calls Meredith in for a meeting. She immediately rises from her desk and walks into his office. He sits behind a tall mahogany desk typing at his computer. He waves her in without refocusing his attention.
“Have a seat Ms. Porter”, he said finally looking from his computer screen. “Meredith, I need you to takeover the development team for the Community Social Project. We need new energy to pull it out of the slump it‘s in. It’s going to take a lot of work. You’re going to have to boost the morale of the existing team members as well. They are feeling defeated by all the recent loss and change. You can handle it though. Sue will have the details on your desk before lunch.”
Meredith thought, “how in the hell am I supposed to lead this team that has been established for years? How could he
Psalm 91 (Click the link to read in its entirety)
Yesterday my Pastor touched on the safety we have when we are with God. I leaned to my neighbor and whispered with a heavy heart, "I don't feel safe." She responded with a phrase I use often, "that's just a feeling. Grab that thang [feeling] and get it out of here." I needed to hear that because even with the preaching and firm examples being given I still fixed my mouth to speak against what the word said. I was allowing what I saw to negatively affect my faith walk.
With everything going on in the world, my community, the church as a whole, my family, and even within me there are a lot of reasons to feel unsafe.
With people that have poor intentions with you, people that mishandle you for their own personal satisfaction, there are a lot of reasons to feel unsafe. With the world calling for you to acclimate to its standard so that you can live comfortably and without conflict but leading you deeper into sin and further from the Father's voice, there are a lot of reasons to feel unsafe.
But for the believer, the one with even mustard sized faith there is one reason to feel completely safe and protected. He promised we would be! The Bible tells us that God is not a man that He should lie or the son of man that He should repent (Numbers 23:19). His word is good! It's a sure thing!
This God we serve promised to never leave or abandon us (Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5). He promised that He would be our protector, our shield, and our guiding light (Psalms 18; 27; 91). He promised that no weapon formed against us will prosper (Isaiah 54:17). He promised that when we fall off He will be there to receive us back in His arms (Psalms 37:23-24; 145:14). He promised that in times of weakness, His grace is sufficient for us (2 Corinthians 12:9). He promised that when enemies rise against us that He will handle it and will use them to elevate us in the next level (Psalms 18:48; 23:5). He promised He will give peace that surpasses all understanding and rest to those who come to Him heavy and burdened (Philippians 4:7; Matthew 11:28).
These promises were made long ago but still stand for us right in this moment as if freshly spoken! There are tons of reasons to feel unsafe in this world…in this life. But there is one great reason to feel completely protected! He promised. Rest in His promises today!
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For we walk by faith, not by sight. II Corinthians 5:7 NKJV
My nephew turned one last week and there was a question posed to me several times by multiple people, "Could you imagine your life without him?" My answer was a consistent, “Nope and I don't want to.” I think about the moments the older adults in my family were not pleased with the news of Blake now they drool all over him. It’s quite disgusting. They couldn’t see or trust the happiness God would allow through this child because all they saw were their own mind blocks.
Yesterday as I was reflecting on my experiences over the last couple years I couldn’t help but to think of all the things I didn’t want to accept in my life, all the things I had to walk away from (whether I wanted to or not), all the people I had to walk away from (whether I wanted to or not) and how some of those things and people I held onto like the plague. I couldn’t get past my own mind blocks. I knew that God wanted to do something new in me but I wanted to hold onto the old while He blessed me with the new. I put God on a contingency plan without saying a word. My actions told Him, if you do this, I’ll let go of this. Lol, that is definitely not how this thing works.
There are times when new additions compliment things that are already in our lives. This happens more times than not. We just don’t notice it as much because we aren’t faced with the “let that go challenge”. But there are times that in order to receive the next level of gifting, blessing, or peace we have to free our hands of what we are already holding. We have to clean out the junk rooms so there’s space for the new goods. We have to be empty to be filled back up with the right stuff.
I think about all the things I didn’t want to let go of. All the things I hoarded and hoped God would allow me to keep because I didn’t know how I would function without it. But now, if anyone asked me if I had regrets about walking away from those things my answer would be the same as with my new baby, “Nope and I couldn’t imagine my life if I wouldn’t have taken the risk and walked by faith and not by sight.”
It can hurt to walk away from things that are comfortable or that feel right for the moment but we have to trust that God has a greater plan, which includes giving us a greater measure in Him. We can’t receive any of that if we have only positioned ourselves to receive a little bit in that small-boxed faith space we’ve reserved for Him. My prayer is that if God has been nudging you to let something go, walk away from something, or give a simple and plain “no” that you will have the courage to do so. I pray that you will seek Him for wisdom and guidance on the who, what, when, and where and that you will see the manifestation of your obedience to Him.
Don't be afraid. I can't imagine my life without the kid. I can’t imagine my life without the ministry work I’m able to do now. I can’t imagine myself still stuck in the same place I was in 4 years ago. I can’t imagine myself without the new friends I’ve acquired. And I don't want to. So don't be so afraid to let new stuff in even if that means having to let old stuff out!
Melanie N. Lee/New Standard © 2015 All Rights Reserved
Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” John 20:19-23 NKJV
The disciples were in a predicament. They just lost their leader in a bloody show of evil (Jesus had just carried out His task on the cross), one of the ones they ran with hanged himself (I’m talking about Judas see Matthew 27:3-5), and the Jews were not feeling them one bit because of what they had been teaching with Jesus as their guide. Although Jesus spent a significant amount of time encouraging them before His death they still happened to find themselves shut in a room “for fear of the Jews”.
How many of us have allowed fear of what people will say, think, or do to us, if we fully walk in our callings for God, keep us shut up in a room? Many people have probably turned from walking with you in the past and feeling alone is not an uncommon thing for anyone let alone someone who has dedicated their life to serving Christ. It can be downright scary. And although God has given us a promise that He will never leave or forsake us some of us are still allowing ourselves to be shut in a room where our lights cannot shine as God has created them to.
One of the things I saw in this Scripture was that even though Jesus left, He remained! He showed up when they needed Him and He didn’t offer them money, houses, new clothes, a scholarship, or any other material thing, but He offered them His peace and He showed Himself to them. He showed them His hands and His side and then breathed on them the Holy Spirit!
Many of us are locked in a room of fear waiting for God to bless us with things or people or even a sign that we are
Can you praise God in your low moments?
Can you worship him with your life regardless of what is going on?
Can you keep pushing when it feels like you are about to break?
Can you go to God with authenticity and let him know how you really feel?
Can you serve when it feels like you are receiving nothing in return?
Can you love again even though your heart has been broken?
Can you trust again even though so many have not given you a reason to?
Can you go on when it feels like you have lost everything?
Can you trust God when it feels like you have lost everything?
Can you love God when it seems like he is nowhere to be found?
Can you give it all you got and apply for the position you’ve been wanting?
Can you finish your school program?
Can you take time everyday to spend with God?
Can you remove your distractions?
Can you catch up with your dreams?
The answer is OF COURSE YOU CAN! We were made to overcome adversity, to conquer, and to be in an authentic relationship with God. But the true question is will you?
James 1:12 NLT God blesses those who patiently endure testing. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
Romans 8:37 NKJV Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
Psalm 142:2 NIV I pour out before him my complaint; before him I tell my trouble.
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
-John 10:10 NKJV
I hate spiders and they know it! I believe they have a secret vendetta against me. "When she lets her guard down, attack!"
Yesterday I was in my bathroom minding my own business and this daddy long leg decided to invade my space! I saw that thang put one of his icky legs around the corner of my shower door and I moved so fast I hurt my back. So now I'm in there angry because it scared the mess out of me and I hurt myself tryin to get away from it!
I grabbed some spray next to me and got him one good time, chased him down (he was quick), and smashed him up. For the first time like ever I kinda felt bad about the killing because I had so much anger in my heart towards it. I thought about how my pure fear caused me to go into straight kill mode. I said to myself, "Man if that ain't like the devil."
He gets so afraid of us finding out our potential, walking in our callings, figuring out who we
Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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