22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
Last week I was talking to a friend about some things that were not going right. In the moment, I was aggravated but doing my best to be patient because if I threw my laptop across the room I would deeply regret it! I encouraged myself by stating the importance of patience and waiting for God’s perfect timing and taking deep breaths. It was actually working but my friend text me back and said, “take authority over it”. I quickly text back, “you’re right!” It never occurred to me to pray about the situation. So I sat there in Starbucks and made my declarations known, in Jesus’ name. And what do you know? That thing that took me two hours of fooling with at two different locations finally decided to act right. Like literally 20 seconds and it was done.
Her words stayed with me the rest of that day and when I woke up Friday morning, “you can move mountains” was in my spirit so, I automatically went to our key verse and was encouraged more than ever! I know the devil is livid because I haven’t been able to stop walking like a giant ever since lol. When I was reminded of this authority I started calling out the big stuff and when I tell you that mess was moving?????? Ha! You can’t tell me the God we serve isn’t real and that prayer doesn’t work. So I want to share this with you! We all need a reminder of the authority we hold being God’s children.
Do you understand the authority we have been given through Christ? I mean do you really? Because if you did, if I
9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son. 10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. 11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
1 John 5:9-13
I was so excited by our Sunday school lesson yesterday that I wanted to share some of it with you today! So many of us are seeking out ways to enhance our physical lives, extend our lives, and even live our lives. We find ourselves spending thousands of dollars on products yearly to not be satisfied at the end of the day. How do I know we aren’t satisfied? Well, we keep spending, we keep wanting and feeling that we need more, the chase for physical satisfaction never stops. We work hard just so we can get more of the stuff that makes us feel like we are living.
We work to find life when Salvation is free and already ours! The gift was paid for by Christ at a hefty price so we
Good morning beautiful people! I pray that you have had a blessed week so far. Today I wanted to share a little bit with you from last night’s Bible Study at church. For the last several weeks we have been discovering all that the Kingdom of God entails and how to seek out the kingdom of God to reduce anxiety and stress in our lives. It has been a blessing.
Last night we continued to discuss how we are an extension of the kingdom of God. With this we know that God trusts us to get to know Him and serve Him loyally (1 Chronicles 28:9) but what happens when serving becomes draining and even causes one to feel brokenhearted? The bible tells us to not grow weary in well doing, but how?! (Galatians 6:9) In this Bible study class we used an example from one of our members and touched
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
But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
1 Peter 5:10 NKJV
Heartbreak, extreme debt, financial issues, loss of a loved one, loss period, bad health diagnoses, bodily harm, assaults, abuse are just a few of the things that happen in our lives that cause us to feel as though we are suffering. Pain, aching, excruciating moments whether mentally, spiritually, physically, or all three make it easy to look up and say, “God, why me? Why us? Why?”
While I believe that God doesn’t plan to harm us I do believe that He always has a plan to bring us back to a desired calm (Jeremiah 29:11). Whether it’s life’s choices (of self or others) that have brought you to this place of suffering or life challenges that you can’t explain, God has made us a promise…That after we suffer a little while He will perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle us. We serve a God that can take anything and flip it so it works for the good of all. The word says, And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 NKJV
You child of God are purposed, God knows you love Him, and He will turn this suffering into something that will
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:8-9 NKJV
This post is for the person beating themselves up over mistakes made, over mistakes that have turned into repeated decisions, for the one feeling guilty, ashamed, and condemned.
God has a remedy for the weight that you feel and it rests in His Son, Jesus Christ. Here are a few things you need to know…
1) You aren’t alone
The reality is, in our human state we have moments where we allow our flesh to lead us. Anytime our flesh is in control we are in danger of being led away from God. But it’s not something that is only unique to you. The Bible says that all have sinned and fall[en] short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
In His infinite wisdom and love God prepared for this. He knew we would struggle, we would fall, that we would have moments of rebellion. Feeling that you are the only one unable to pull it together in an area in your life is false. And
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
1 Corinthians 10:13
The other day I was sitting with my nephew while Doc McStuffins was on TV and I came across Robot Ray. I’m not quite sure what happened to cause the toy robot to go see the doctor but I did pay attention to his diagnosis. He was suffering from wetmosis, which let me know the poor robot was waterlogged lol.
Our young doctor gave him a solution to the problem…stay out of water! Don’t get wet! “These are the doctor’s orders!” He agreed and went about his business. In the next scene the robot saw a toy in danger and because it was in his nature to help that’s exactly what he dove in to do. The only problem is he had to go right in the midst of the water sprinklers to do it. So he ended right back up in Doc’s office and had to go through his procedure and “fixing” process all over again. She shared, “You have to follow the doctor’s orders!” His response, “But I had to save the day.”
How many times have we failed to obey the doctor’s orders, to obey God’s orders? Sometimes the directions are so simple, don’t get wet, don’t go there, stop flirting with that but our human inclination to satisfy the wants of the flesh (and even desires of the spirit) cause us to consistently jump right into the very thing that is causing us physical, spiritual, and emotional harm.
We see people and things that we crave and that draw us in and in spite of the doctor’s orders we fall victim to the tricks and traps of the enemy. There has to be safer ways to fill the voids of not getting what the flesh desires. Ways that our needs are met just as the doctor has prescribed. Sometimes it takes help from the people who are around us.
When Robot Ray was in the doctor’s office the second time all the toys talked to him about his choice. They held him accountable sharing with him the importance of following the doctor’s advice. Just as I talked about in yesterday’s blog, You need a group like theirs, we need people around us that will encourage us, not give up on us when we have moments of failure, and that will hold us accountable.
When robot Ray was faced with the final challenge he didn't have everyone to stop him and tell him, “Nooo, don’t jump in the water” even though they knew he wanted to save the toy. But Robot Ray found another way. It took him a little time but he was finally able to stop and think before he acted so he wasn’t putting himself in harms way. He found another avenue to do what his heart desired in a way that pleased the doctor and kept him healthy and whole.
My prayer for us is that we do take these ways of escape when they present themselves. That we trust that the directives God has given us are for our best interest. That we may remain whole and that those we’ve been called to serve and partner with will receive the best us. If you are struggling with following His orders understand that where you are weak you are strong because of Him (1 Corinthians 12:10). That through Christ all things are possible (Philippians 4:13). Don’t beat yourself up by ignoring His directives or for the struggle you may be facing just attempt to do better the next time you are faced with the test! His grace is sufficient for you (1 Corinthians 12:9)!
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I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14 NKJV
Summer rain is not an expected occurrence in Southern California and sometimes it leaves people walking down the street drenched in flip-flops and tank tops. Some people allow for the rain to keep them from their plans for the day while others continue on as if nothing changed. What kind of person are you?
When it rains in your life do you stop everything you are doing in order to find shelter in one place or do you go about your business and make sure that you take your umbrella with you?
This morning I was driving down the 405 freeway and at one point on my short trip it started sprinkling fairly heavy. I chuckled at the weather’s complete disregard for my outfit choice but when I got to my destination the sun was breaking through the clouds and there was definitely no rain. Score!
This reminded me it can be raining with trials and storms in some areas of our life but there are other parts of our life that definitely have clear skies. It's super easy to get caught up in what's going wrong and not focus on the things that are going right, regardless of how small those things going right may seem. We shut up in a building somewhere as to not get hit by the drops and we begin to neglect the other parts of our lives. As we isolate ourselves into the box of “oh no life is raining on me” we fail to tend to the parts of our lives that are working. We give up on other hopes and dreams in the moment. We begin to neglect the working friendships and partnerships. We lose consistency in ministry and in our workload. And then we are surprised when those things start falling apart too.
We have to be the kind of people that can keep moving even when it starts raining unexpectedly. That we keep pressing regardless because we know that Jesus can and will work it out. If we continue to praise God for the things that He is doing in our lives and we continue to focus on the positive it makes those rainy patches in our lives seem just a little bit smaller and easier to cope with.
Having balanced insight as to what's going on in your life will help you to deal with every situation you're facing whether it's something that may appear negative or if it's something that’s positive. Either way don't give up and make sure to look on the bright side! Everything is not going wrong! There is something always working in your favor even if you don't see it, understand that God is always working for your favor! Make sure you arm yourself with your umbrella (God and all He represents) and keep walking yourself right into the place where the sun/Son breaks through the clouds =)
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Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, Hebrews 12:1 NKJV
This morning I had a desire to work from home instead of going to my usual "be productive" space. The issue is, my workspace looks like death. Like seriously it's horrible. It's the only space in my house that I can get any work done because the living room means watch TV, the kitchen means eat several times, and my bed means go to sleep.
There is absolutely no way that I will be able to get anything done if I don't clean off my space. This space dedicated to creating. This space dedicated to studying. This space dedicated to the work God has placed on my heart.
But I've done something horrible to this God given space. I've filled it with clutter. Papers all over it, dishes from the all-nighter, unopened mail, jewelry and electronic devices, and a chair piled high with clothes that need to be in someone's drawer or closet. Just a hot mess.
Looking at the madness discourages and exhausts me but I've avoided it long enough. I have to do something about it because it's causing me to become stagnant in the very place God called me to help grow the kingdom.
My home workspace is like many of our hearts. We've filled it with the clutter of everyday life. Trials, drama, unnecessary distractions and have made it so that we can't focus on the very things that God called us to, to advance in and with the kingdom.
If you are feeling cluttered in mind, body, spirit, or even in your actually physical space it's time to start cleaning it up.
Maybe the task seems overwhelmingly huge! Well just like you would do in a large room, start with a section. Figure out what you need to do to get that back in control.
Allow your cleaning process to be just that. A process. If you want to de-clutter your mind, start capturing your thoughts and replace them with God thoughts. If you need to de-clutter your relationships pray for wisdom on how to handle that. If you wanna give up that sin keeping you from communing with God pray for the strength to finally do so and take it moment by moment. If you want to feel better in your physical body choose one healthy lifestyle change and stick with it for a while. And if your room or office looks like mine get your lazy tail up and handle it lol. It doesn't always have to be all or nothing! Sometimes it's just taking the first step!
How will you get anything done with distractions sitting on your heart, in your eyesight, or weighing on your mind? Let go of them and experience the liberty of Jesus so you may free flow in all the wonderful work He has entrusted to you on today!
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