Friday, November 22, 2019

Do You Trust God and Are You Allowing Your Test To Be A Testimony That Will Help Someone Else Get Through What You Have Been Through In Life?

Do you trust God?   Do you believe that He will take care of You?   Are you ready and willing to walk in obedience to His Word?    Are you ready to be an example for others to see?  Sometimes when people need strength they look for and to people they think are strong.   The question is, are you strong enough in your walk with God for someone else to draw strength from you?    

Every test and every trial that we go through in life is not about us.    God wants us to gain strength.  He doesn’t want us to fall when we go through a test.   He wants us to be stronger after we have been through the test.   He wants us to have a testimony so that we will be able to help others who are going through the same thing.   

The first thing we must do is trust God.   When you trust someone, you have confidence and belief in their reliability.   UNDERSTAND, YOU CAN RELY ON GOD.    You can depend on Him.   He is not a man and He does not lie.   He may not do everything the way we want Him to but He knows what we need and He knows when we need it.   We see and experience moments in time but He sees all time at once.   He knows what is going to happen from the beginning to the end.    So His plan for our lives is based on the needs we will have over our lifetime and not just what we see presently. 

The Bible says in Jeremiah 17:7 that blessed is the man whose hope and trust is in the Lord.    It encourages us in Psalm 56:3 to know when we are afraid, we should put our trust in God.    In Proverbs 3:5-6, the Bible says to trust in the Lord with “all” thine heart and to lean not to our own understanding.   So, we have to stop trying to figure everything out on our own.   We have to acknowledge God and allow Him to direct our paths.      

Make up in your mind today that you are going to trust God.   He loves you.   Make it a point to cast down all doubt and fear. 

Psalm 91:1-2
King James Version 
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High 
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 
I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: 
my God; in him will I trust.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Are You Taking The Situations In Your Life At Face Value or Are You Staying In Faith and Trusting God For A Change To Take Place?

What are you allowing to steal your joy?   What are you allowing to rob you of your peace?   What are you allowing to cause you to walk in doubt and unbelief?   What is it that you allowing to cause you to walk in fear?   Is it bills?   Is it sickness and disease?   Is it the death of a loved one?   Is it the fear of the unknown?    What has so much power over you that it is causing you not to have faith and trust in what God has already said He would do for you, in you, and through you?

What is it that you believe faith is?    If you have to see the result before you receive it, that’s not faith.    2 Corinthians 5:7 says that we are to walk by faith and not by sight.    It’s easy to believe what we can see.   We tend to not ask questions when we can see something.   Actually, in most cases, we take things at face value and accept them as they are.    Should we really be doing that?   If we understand what the Word says in Hebrews 11:1 and 11:6, we understand that faith itself is substance.   It is something we can hold on to and it says that it is the evidence of what we cannot see.   So looking at a situation in our lives that is not the best should not be acceptable in our sight.  We have to have faith and believe that things will change.    We have to believe that if our hope and trust is in God and if we seek Him diligently, He will reward our faith.    

Romans 1:17 says the just shall live by faith.   It pleases God when we walk in faith because walking faith says we trust and believe Him.   So do what you can to please God by staying in faith.   Believe what He has said in His Word and trust Him to perform His Word in your life even when times get hard.   Don’t take everything at face value.   Know that God is almighty and all-powerful.   What you see now concerning your situation in life, God can change. 

Make sure you “stay” in faith … 

Hebrews 10:38
King James Version 
"Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him."    

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

What Are You Afraid Of? Have You Surrendered Your Life and Are You Allowing God To Love You To The Point That Your Knowledge Of His Love For You Casts Out All The Fear In You?

What is it that is causing you to be fearful?   Are you worrying about people, places, or things?   Are you worried about things you can’t do or don’t know how to do?   What is it that is bringing fear into your life?

Fear is not pleasant.   It causes pain and stress.   When you fear something or someone, you feel threatened and it causes anxiety.  It steals your joy and it can cause you to be depressed.  God said in His Word that we are to fear not because He is with us.   He said that He would strengthen us, help us, and uphold us with His right hand of righteousness.   (Isaiah 41:10) 

In Joshua 1:9, God said for us to be strong and of a good courage and to not be afraid or dismayed.   He said that He would be with us no matter where we go.    We have to trust God.   We have to believe that He has not left us nor forsaken us.   We have to trust Him and at the same time, we have to cast down all fear.    

At times when you are afraid, you have to trust and speak God’s Word.   You have to recognize that God is with you.   1 John 4:18 talks about there not being fear in love and how perfect love casteth out fear.   Understand, God is love.    He is perfect love and He is the One you have to cling to so that He can help you to cast out the spirit of fear.    When you know that God loves you, you begin to understand that He will watch over you and keep you.   You begin to trust Him to take care of you.   You understand that He is with you. 

This walk is not easy and there will be times when fear will try to rest upon us but when it comes, remember what it says in Psalm 23:4

 “Yea, though I walk 
through the valley of the shadow of death, 
I will fear no evil: 
for thou art with me; 
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Are You Sound, Sure, and Unmovable When It Comes To The Things Of God?

Are you being flaky when it comes to the things of God?    When something is flaky, it breaks and it separates into small pieces.   It falls apart and there is no reliability in it.   A person who is considered to be flaky rarely follows through although they seem sincere and may be sincere when they make a promise.   God doesn’t want us to be flaky Christians. 

God wants us to be sound and sure.   He wants us to be unmovable.   When we are established and sure, we are secure in what we know to be true.    We have to be sure of who God is and what God will do.   We have to be sure about what God has called us to do so that we won’t be easily moved or tricked into doing something that is not a part of God’s plan for our lives.    We need to be constantly moving towards the mark that God has set before us.    We don’t need to be stagnant or stuck.   

It is God’s desire that we be His example in the earth.    He wants us to read His Word, believe His Word, and to speak His Word.  But not only that, He wants us to live His Word.   He has called us to be examples.   A person who is an example of someone or something, is a person who imitates a pattern.   God wants our lives to be examples, or should I say, patterns for others to look at and to live by. 

So don’t be flaky.  Don’t worship and serve God today and worship and serve the world tomorrow.   Be who God called you to be.    Say and do what He has called You to say and do.   Be steadfast, be immovable, be strong in the Lord and the power of His might, and be sure and secure even in the midst of the pressure that comes with life.   

1 Corinthians 15:58 
King James Version (KJV)
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Monday, November 18, 2019

ARE YOU ALLOWING FEAR TO HAVE RULE OVER YOUR FAITH? You Have To Press Forward In Faith Even When You Don’t Understand The Opposition That Is Coming Up Against Your Life.

How often do you step out in faith and end up running back in fear?   Are there times in your life when you step out trusting and believing God to do what He said He would do and then you encounter opposition and you end up retreating to what you think is a safe place because you become fearful and you can’t see how God is going to do it.    Understand, faith is not based on what you see.  Your faith should be based on your trust and belief in God.      

When God tells us to do something, He doesn’t give us the whole picture.   He says it and He reveals to us what the end result will be.    He doesn’t give us the step by step process that it is going to take to get to the place He wants us to be and that is why it is so important that we trust Him through the process.    We have to trust Him when times get rough.   We have to trust Him when our vision gets blurry.   We have to trust Him no matter what.  Your trust in God must override your fear in the unknown.

Make it a point today and every day to press forward in faith.    Even when you are scared, PRESS FORWARD.   Even when you don’t see the provision, PRESS FORWARD.   Even when you don’t understand, PRESS FORWARD.    God is a good God and He is well able to take care of us.    What He has promised, He will do if we trust Him to do it.    Always remember, your situation does not hinder God’s ability.   He is all-knowing and all-powerful.   He is God alone!    DON’T ALLOW FEAR TO HAVE RULE OVER YOUR FAITH.   Let your faith rule over fear and trust God no matter what.     

Philippians 3:14 
King James Version (KJV)
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Are You Letting Go and Allowing God To Heal Your Open Emotional Wounds?

Are you walking around with open emotional wounds?  Wounds from your past where you have been hurt emotionally by others.   Are you letting the pain of your past dictate your future?    Are you letting the pain and the wounds from your past keep you from trusting, believing, and loving God and others?    Open emotional wounds may not be seen with the visible eye but they can be seen by the way you act and react to situations in your life. 

 Understand, wounds will sometimes bring with it scars.   A scar tells a story.   It tells that something has happened and healing has taken place.   Scars can hurt even after your body has gone through the healing process.    They can hinder movement and sometimes they require additional treatment.   Are there things in your life that you have been through emotionally that still bring about pain and hinder your forward movement with God?   If so, you have to know that God wants to heal you.   

God said in His Word that He is Jehovah Rapha, our Healer.  Jesus took stripes on His back for our healing and we have to make sure we are applying the blood tour our lives.   Just like we apply antibiotic cream to open wounds on our physical body, we need to apply the blood of Jesus to open wounds that are affecting us emotionally.    God wants us whole and He wants us to experience total healing and breakthrough.   We just have to trust Him to take away the pain and to heal us completely even when we see the scars that may be left behind. 

Psalm 147:3 
King James Version (KJV)
He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Are You Embracing God’s Truth As You Walk Out Your Faith or Are You Allowing Opposing Forces To Cause You To Stop Believing and Trusting In What God Has Said?

What are you embracing today?   What are you taking on as your purpose and your cause?    Why are you doing what you do?   Are you doing it because that’s what your friends are doing or are you doing it because that is what God told you to do?   Have faith!   Do what God is telling you to do and that is not always going to be what everyone else is doing. Have faith!   Trust in what God has said and wait on Him to fulfill His promises in you.   Have faith!    Know that God is well able to do what He said if you stand fast, trust His Word, and wait on Him without wavering.   Have faith! 

What does it mean to you to have faith?   Does it mean just saying you have faith?   Does it mean you are anchored and unmovable in and on the word of God?   Does it mean you are casting down the thoughts and the imaginations that keep rising up in your heart and mind that are saying what you believe is not going to happen?   What does your view of faith look like?   

When you say you are going to walk in faith, you have to understand upfront that there will be opposition.   There will be things that come up to oppose what you say you believe.    How are you reacting to those situations that oppose your faith walk?   Are you allowing the opposition to your faith to win?   Are you giving up and quitting?   Are you allowing what your situation is saying to override what God has said?   Don’t be moved.   God is God and what He has said shall stand.    

So as you walk out your faith walk.   Walk it out embracing God’s truth.   Walk it out knowing that God is with you and He will never leave you nor forsake you.   As you undergird and support someone else’s vision don’t forget about the vision that God has given you.   It may be for an appointed time but know that God is well able to bring it to pass.    Don’t ever allow the opposition that comes to oppose your faith keep you from fulfilling God’s plan for your life.    Stay in faith.   Trust and believe God’s Word is true.   Know that He is working everything in your life together for your good and His glory.  

Proverbs 4:5-8 
King James Version (KJV)
5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.

7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.

Do You Trust God and Are You Allowing Your Test To Be A Testimony That Will Help Someone Else Get Through What You Have Been Through In Life?

Do you trust God?   Do you believe that He will take care of You?   Are you ready and willing to walk in obedience to His Word?    Are you...