I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Press! Not just because it sounds nice but because in order to make it to your next point you are going to have to!
1. Press- Act with steadily applied weight or force
We will have to steadily fight to get past what is in our way. Since there will always be some type of opposition make your prayer “Lord, give me strength to continue pressing on this journey in Jesus’ name, amen.”
2. Press- To hold closely as in an embrace, clasp
Press closer to God. Embrace the promises, His word, and His love during this time and always!
3. Press- Compress or squeeze as to alter in size or shape
We may have to alter some stuff to fit where we are going. Could be our schedules, outlook, etc. You may also feel like you are being crushed like a ball of clay but all I can say is let the potter do His work. No matter how uncomfortable, let Him work out all of the cracks and damages so that you are good as new when you get to your next destination. (Jeremiah 18:1-6)
4. Press- To extract juice, sugar from by pressure
Just like we may feel we are being crushed like clay you could be feeling squeezed like a lemon. Let Him do it. Let Him squeeze out all the things that need to be extracted. All the negative thoughts and things that are within us and around us need to be removed so we can perform optimally at our next destination.
Your call is great! You press to embrace His goodness and promises while He presses to make you an even awesomer you! You can handle it! You can! Now go get yo stuff!
Melanie N. Lee/New Standard © 2015 All Rights Reserved
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
This blog was initially written on October 21, 2011…It's amazing to see the growth that has taken place since this time and places where growth still needs to occur…I pray that this post will bless you as it blessed people on my first blog www.TruthThruTruth.com
Have a great day!
Martin and Miranda were together for a little over 4 years. At the 4-year mark the two engaged in another serious conversation regarding their future. Martin was very open about his feelings for Miranda including his concerns and fears. He let her know that while he wanted to be with her he didn’t know when he would be ready to marry her, if ever. He asked that she would keep the conversation between them so they could figure it out together.
This hurt Miranda to the core. She wasn’t so open about this with him, not wanting to bug, she forced a smile and nodded to him in approval. He knew something wasn’t right with her response but did not force her to share.
Although they agreed the conversation would stay between them, the emotions and insecurities Miranda felt were new and were getting the best of her. Martin’s aim was not to wreck her world.
He only wanted to be open and honest about his feelings. He asked for that conversation to stay between them, but she feared communicating with him, losing him, losing them, and even feared staying with him.
The very next morning, Miranda called her best friend to get an opinion, her mom for advice, her brother to get an understanding from a man’s point of view, her best guy friend to hear from another man’s point of view, and a co worker, just to vent.
By the time she was finished hearing all their opinions she was completely confused, not knowing whether to leave him or stay. Even when Martin spoke to her she didn’t hear him clearly. She twisted all of his words to sound like
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
John 4:23-24 NKJV
Last night our church hosted the final night worship service of our Summer Nights Worship Series. The entire summer has been a blessing for me watching God manifest Himself in so many different ways. Last night made a lasting impact on me for several reasons but I wanted to share a little of what I shared last night with you all today. I hope it will encourage you a little or a lotta bit =)
What we have learned or been reminded of during this entire series is what worship is. Worship is simply thanking God for who He is. It’s that relational piece that focuses on who we know Him to be to us and to those that we love. We are able to use every moment of our lives to thank God for Him being a healer, protector, provider, keeper, mind regulator, fair judge, shield, and lover of our souls…We worship Him because He is able, reliable, long lasting, consistent, and a miracle worker even in the nastiest of situations. He is Sovereign and in His providential care He can do all things giving us the ability to do all things through Him.
I believe the ultimate act of worship is when we allow God to be who He says He is to us! To be exactly what we need Him to be in the very moment that we are in. The issue that we face as humans is that we think we need something
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
I know our key Scripture fairly well, a lot of us do. I know that the people the prophet Jeremiah was talking to didn’t always do things that were pleasing to God yet these were still the Father’s words to His people. He promised them they would no longer be in captivity. He had a plan to prosper, a plan of hope, a plan for the future.
The other day I was busy being distracted on Facebook and came across a status by Paula White. It read, "God knew every mistake you would make & still made a good plan for your life- one to prosper you & not harm you!"
These words meant so much to me in the moment because of the guilt I was feeling over something God had already forgiven me for. Although Paula didn’t reference the Scripture I knew exactly where she got her insight and it made me excited and thankful!
Before scrolling across these words I didn't think to let this Scripture apply to me because I didn't feel worthy of it in
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.
I Corinthians 10:13 NKJV
Last night in my Bible study class we ventured into the realm of real life application for one of our members. She is dealing with something that is causing her unrest in her spirit and although we discussed several things I wanted to share one particular part with you all today using our key Scripture for today as a basis.
Whenever we are going through anything that is causing strain in our lives 1 Corinthians 10:13 should be a source of comfort. Whenever temptation hits our personal worlds this Scripture should give us hope! In this context, the word
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In part one I let you in on my whole churro fiasco. Yes fiasco! The first thing I recognized or was reminded of is that I may not get every detail, but God does warn me about what is to come. It is up to me if I want to better prepare myself for whatever it is. Prep includes: prayer, fasting, reading the word, praising, listening etc.
So what do we do?
What did I do? I turned to my mommy sad and a little moded and stated, “mommy the cart is gone”. She tried to console me but it didn’t work. I wanted to complain! She pointed to other churro carts as we walked, but I refused. Too stubborn to try something new because I wasn’t getting my way. Every time we passed a churro cart mommy would point it out and I refused. Her response “Mel they sell the same thing”. But I didn’t care. I refused the carts so many times that they began to become scarce and when I was finally ready to break down and get one I couldn’t find another one that was open.
I was so stubborn about the change that I was missing out on several open doors to try something new. I attempted to stay in something so long that the resources just dried on up! This didn’t just affect me, but the people I was with. They wanted a churro too but didn’t stop because I wouldn’t. You being disobedient to the change that God is trying
I had a conversation yesterday with one of my best friends that made me think of this two-part post I wrote almost 4 years ago. It applies today just as it did then and I wanted to share it with you this week. So here is Part 1…
Anyone who knows me knows I am a Disneyland fanatic! Yeah, fanatic, as in an over enthused extreme fan of this place crawling with kids, couples, crazy teenagers, and strollers!
Most know I will drive the 30 sum odd miles to Anaheim just to go to…oh yeah, the churro cart. But not any churro cart, this one is like thee best in all the lands of Disney I’m sure. It’s located right as you enter California Adventure, nestled in a small corner outside of a souvenir shop. Anyways, I will only get churros from this one cart. There is something special about em. I chalk it up to consistency.
I mean anytime I go, morning, noon, or night I can count on that cart. The workers may change but not the cart or my churros! Yes, there are several establishments closer to home that could provide this service but my loyalty is at 1234 Churro Lane. Ok I made that up—I’m referring to the cozy corner my churro cart resides in.
One night we walk in as I gab about the churros with my D-Land compadres. I look to the left and my jaw drops. My honest first response? “Where the hell is my churro cart?!”
After I calmed down, this ordeal got me to thinking about life and things always being in constant flux. For change to be such a big part of life, it sure is difficult to handle at times. Most times we are begging God for newness and when it comes have the nerve to scream and panic as if an earthquake done hit the East Coast.
If you have been able to face change head on and have moved on in the fullness of it, then heeey hoooo go on with ya bad self…If not it’s ok, lets take my churro experience and look at a few points that I learned.
Change marks beginnings and endings and can be viewed as positive or negative. It can bring joy, freedom,
And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8 NKJV
One of the things I tell the young adults at the church on a consistent basis is, the present is the safest place to be.
Sometimes we are so consumed with what happened yesterday (or 30 years ago) or what might happen tomorrow that we trick ourselves out of one of the greatest promises of today. The word promises us that God will never leave or forsake us. We cannot possibly live in the past or the future therefore God will meet us where we can physically reside. Right here. Right now. We are never alone. Never abandoned. We only feel that way when we step out the sphere of the moment and begin to worry about what was or what is to come.
In this moment God can lead you, comfort you, speak direction to you, deliver you, and free you. Where the spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. So stand boldly in the freedom that is waiting for you in this very second.
I guarantee you if you can stay in this place with God depression and anxiety will decrease in your life!
Live in your now moment and watch how God will take care of everything else.
Melanie N. Lee/New Standard © 2015 All Rights Reserved
Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.
Now I'm not one to be glued to a TV all day long BUT I will share that Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, and HGTV have my heart when it comes to TV watching. It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve changed the channel from HGTV so I’m on renovation overload! In my head I can demo a room, plan a new lay out, decorate, and flip a house with ease. I also feel like I can guesstimate what houses are worth before and after renovations and pretty sure I can get someone to buy a house in just 3 sets of commercials.
Aside from being a renovating beast and learning all those things, HGTV has taught me a few things I just have to share with you to encourage you on this Jesus journey :) ready? Ok!
1) Expect some renovations to need complete demolition
Depending on the show you are watching some homes just need some cosmetic fixes while others need a complete overhaul to meet the homeowners needs and desires.
You may be in a season of your life where you are feeling completely gutted. Like everywhere you turn walls are being knocked down, drills are digging into the deepest depths of your feelings, and everything you once loved is being tossed into a giant dumpster. You have to remember that this is apart of the process. Some areas of your life may only need cosmetic fixes but there are other parts, those hidden places and even those that people know well, that must undergo a complete overhaul so that your foundation is rooted in God. With a firm foundation and removal of all past walls and issues that may hinder your walk in God you are free to walk into your next moment and receive everything that God has for you!
So if it seems like your life is falling apart remember sometimes demolition has to happen so renovation can occur. Expect for a restored, better than ever version of you to rise out of the heap.
2) Sometimes unexpected costs will come up
Homeowners surely become stressed out as they see their budget pushed to the limit. Unexpected expenses begin to rear their ugly heads. From mold to asbestos to faulty plumbing and foundation you never know what you’re going to get once you start removing the walls in this old house you’ve been living in.
It’s the same way for us as we go on this journey as a new creation in Christ. Here is the thing, God is fully
Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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