Trust and Believe

Whew!  We made it through the first week of 2018.  There’s still an excitement in the air that a new year always brings.  I trust you’ve envisioned what you want 2018 to look like.  I’m asking God to increase my understanding of His Word.  I’m also asking for direction in my career and business ventures.  I have a dream in my hear that was planted when I was 8 or 9-years-old.  I’m still trusting God to bring it to pass.

What are you believing  God for this year? Is it a new home, career or relationship?  Perhaps it’s greater faith or healing that you need?

As long as your desires align with God’s will for your life, they can come to pass.

How do I know?

I know because God is a keeper of Hs Word.  He watches over His Word to perform it.  See Jeremiah 1:12 which states, Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.” 

God’s Word includes healing for His children.  If you profess Jesus Christ as your savior, then you are a child of God and all the promises of God belong to you.  That includes physical healing and all that makes for a prosperous life – thriving relationships, financial resources, divine encounters, etc.

Our faith lays the foundation for God to do the crazy, impossible in our lives.

It is my prayer that God blesses you abundantly in 2018. It is my prayer that you trust and believe that God is able to do exactly what He has said He would do.  Live expectantly, and watch God work.  Here’s to a bountiful 2018!

Selah!

Meditate on this:  Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.”  Jeremiah 1:12

 

 

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Do Not Worry!

I was driving down the freeway the other day when a flock of birds caught my attention. They were perched atop a power line that spanned several feet.  Immediately, I thought of the scripture found in Matthew 6:26. It reads, “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not more of value than they? 

Beloved, are you not more of value than they?  Of course you are!  Why then do we worry so much?  Some worry about past mistakes. Many worry about the future.  I suspect it’s because we have to determine in our hearts and minds that we will release our cares to God.  We have to work towards making this a daily practice – no matter the challenges we may face.  It’s easier said than done. I know.

I recall years ago when I was preparing to relocate from Michigan to Southern California.  I was busy searching for a new place to live without really knowing much about California at that time.  I quickly became frustrated with my online search.  A spirit of worry began to take over.  What if I choose an area I end up disliking?’  ‘What if I can’t afford the rent?’  These thoughts and others started flooding my mind. What if…. What if…..’

Finally, one night before going to bed in frustration, I prayed a simple prayer. ‘God, I need your help.  You’ll have to figure this out because I don’t know.’  

I know in my heart that I had TRULY released the matter to God.  I could feel a difference physically.  It felt like a major weight had been lifted from my body.   Have you had that experience too?  You just know, that  you know, you’ve truly given the matter to God.  You aren’t still tinkering with it.  Yep, you’ve released it.

Well, a few days later a relocation counselor that had been assigned to me called and guided me through the process of finding a new place.  This was a benefit that came along with my relocation package.  This little perk had been in the works all the time, but I didn’t know it.  Whew!  If I had only trusted God from the beginning! 

I’ll admit, I was embarrassed that I had failed in this area, and wrongfully presumed that  I had to figure out everything on my own.  If I  had only been willing to trust and turn the matter over to God from the beginning, I would have spared myself a lot of frustration and sleepless nights.

Don’t let the spirit of worry claim ground that doesn’t rightfully belong to him.  Child of God, you deserve peace!  (And a good night sleep!)

I believe this message is for someone today.  I pray it blesses you and reminds you that God can be trusted.  Give the matter over to Him.  Do not worry.  Do not worry about your past.  Do not worry about your future. Take hold of God’s Word, and trust Him.  He has your best interest in mind.  Always.

Selah!

Meditate on this:  “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not more of value than they?  Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? — Matthew 6:26-27

 

 

We Serve a Big God!

As followers of Jesus Christ, we serve a big God.  A really, really big God. I know sometimes in life it seems as though the issues we’re dealing with are simply too big for God to handle. Death. Sickness. Divorce. Layoff, etc…

And yes, these are heavy issues. But our God can handle ALL our problems.  The Word of God declares that nothing catches Him by surprise.

“Indeed before the day was, I am He; and there is no one who can deliver out of My hand; I work, and who will reverse it?” — Isaiah 43:13

We have to exercise faith and believe that God is working out the fine details that we cannot see with our natural eyes.  Just as the scripture says, we have to believe that before there ever was a problem, God knew.  He is able to shoulder our burdens. He is able to work it out. He is able to make all things new again.  He is able to mend a broken heart.  He is able to bring healing to sick bodies. He is able to restore finances. He is able to restore fractured relationships.  He is able. Amen!

That’s why I love this recording, “You’re Bigger”, by Jekalyn Carr.  It’s an awesome song and powerful reminder that the God we serve is bigger than any challenge we’re currently facing or might face in the future.

I pray this song ministers to you today.  Click here to listen.

 

Meditate on this: “Indeed before the day was, I am He; and there is no one who can deliver out of My hand; I work, and who will reverse it?” — Isaiah 43:13

Selah.

 

An interview with Christine George

In may latest podcast, Christine George, author of “I Remember: Memoirs of a Child Remembering, Forgiving, and Letting Go to be Free”, shares a moving account of  childhood trauma and how she learned to forgive in order to move forward with God’s plan for her life.

To listen to this inspirational interview, click here.

You can purchase “I Remember: Memoirs of a Child Remembering, Forgiving, and Letting Go to be Free” at traditional brick & mortar bookstores, or online at Amazon.com, Apple iTunes store, Kobo or Barnes and Noble

 

 

Dream, but don’t sleep

The other day, I saw a phrase online that said, “Dream, but don’t sleep”.  Well, how profound is that, I thought. I don’t know where the phrase originated from, but it’s  definitely good advice. For me, it resonates deeper than any advice column on maneuvering the corporate world.  I’m thinking of spiritual matters.  “For the things which are seen are temporary…” 

If you asked me how to apply this simple phrase to your life, I would tell you to stay vigilant. I would tell you to stay close to God and never let go of His promises. Dream yes, but don’t sleep on the tactics of the enemy to bring discouragement into your life. Stay full of the Word so when the enemy comes (and he will, trust me), you will have a ready answer for his lies. Dream, but don’t forget the greatest dream giver of all – Jesus Christ. Seek council in His Word. Dream and dream bigger, but trust the Word of God as the final authority over all your circumstances.  Don’t sleep on the promises of God.

Selah!

Meditate on this: “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a for more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.  For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”  — 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

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Blessed Assurance

Congratulations!  You made it through the first work week of 2017.  If you’re like most, you’re still basking in the afterglow that accompanies the start of a new year. After all, it’s still too early yet for the spirit of frustration and defeat to rear its ugly head – right? You’re full of excitement and expectation that THIS will be the year that all of your hopes and dreams come true.

I’ll admit it. I was happy to wave “bye-bye” to 2016. It was a tough year for me. Some days I felt like I was maneuvering a slow moving mud slide.  I often wondered, when will I reach the bottom of this thing? (I’m still waiting for the post office to locate my box of winter coats that were shipped to Michigan over a month ago!) Thankfully, I believe in miracles. Regardless of the challenges, I must proclaim that God has been faithful to me.  His Word never fails.  This is the reason for my hope. This is the reason for my joy.

I hope that 2016 was a great year for you. It’s my prayer that 2017 will be even better. If you’re a child of God and you’re standing on His promises, just as I am, you can expect God to move in a mighty way in your life. How can I be so sure? Because God is bound to His Word. Whatever He has said, He will perform.  That is our blessed assurance – no matter what it looks like in the natural.  Whatever God has promised, He will do.  Our job is to align our words with His.

You can expect the enemy to start sending negative thoughts your way, very soon.  By the time we reach March, it seems many people have given up on their goals and slipped back into their old habits and routines.  They stop going to the gym, eating healthy, getting up earlier to spend time in prayer, and so on. Don’t join this club!  Whatever you’re believing God to do in your life this year, pray and find a scripture to stand on. When the enemy throws you a curve ball, (and he will) don’t quit. Hold on even tighter to God’s Word. Hold on like your life depends on it. Rehearse His Word in your heart.  Repeat aloud the scriptures you’re standing on several times a day.  (Remember, faith comes by hearing the Word). Whatever you do, don’t stop believing.  We have the blessed assurance that God will perform His Word.

Selah!

Meditate on this: “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”  _ Matthew 24:35

 

 

 

Fighting Blind…

tMy heart aches for the young wife and mother who lost her husband and two children in a horrific accident early Saturday morning on the 91 Freeway in Artesia.  (See story here).  Similarly, people across this nation are mourning the recent killing of two African American men – one in Baton Rouge, the other in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota. And our hearts are still tender following the killing last week of five Dallas police officers.  Most of us do not personally know the families of the victims in either of these cases.  Yet, we still mourn. We grieve too because we can all relate to loss.  We all know what it’s like to lose someone or something.  Whether it’s a job, house, our health or loved one, we all know….. Loss hurts.

I believe one of the lessons that can be learned from the tragedies of life is that we are more alike than we are different.  We all hurt. We all have fears, and we all suffer loss. At the same time, we all want safe and clean neighborhoods in which to raise our children, and so on. If that were not the case, how then do we explain the outpouring of emotion this past week from coast to coast concerning the deaths of men that most of us have never met. We’ve not met their families, but our heart breaks too.  We somehow feel their pain.

In this moment, failing to recognize that we are more connected than we are disconnected is like fighting blind. We have more similarities than dissimilarities regardless of race, ethnicity or social status. By failing to recognize this fact we fall right into the hands of the enemy. It’s his job to create distractions that turn our focus to what divides us as a nation rather than what can bring us together. It’s my prayer that the children of God recognize this ruse for what it is and respond accordingly. This is a spiritual battle that can only be won with spiritual armor.  Trying to fight the enemy of our soul any other way is like fighting blind.  Ask yourself, who goes into battle wearing a blindfold?

Selah!

Meditate on this:  “Put on the whole amour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” — Ephesians 6:11-12.

Jesus Wept…

The Bible states in the John 11:35 that Jesus wept (read John 11:1-44) upon hearing the news of Lazarus’ death.  Just as Jesus showed compassion towards his friends Mary and Martha who mourned the death of their brother, I believe the heart of God is grieved while full of compassion towards those who are mourning the loss of loved ones this week.  In the last two days, we have witnessed graphic cell phone video capturing the deaths of two African American men who were killed by police. As if this weren’t enough tragedy for the week, a suspected lone gunman tried to settle the score Thursday evening by shooting to death five Dallas police officers and injuring innocent bystanders who were nearing the end of what otherwise would have a been a peaceful rally  against questionable police practices across this country.

Whether sinner or saint, there can be no more denying that this nation is in trouble. We cannot allow civilized discourse to be replaced by gun violence as the way to respond to disagreements or injustices, no matter how grievous.  An “eye for an eye” philosophy will never solve our problems. Darkness cannot be overcome by more darkness.  The Word of God is clear on this. And while the world has changed, thankfully, the Word of God has not. Only love can conquer hate.  God is love. Therefore,  love is the supreme power of the universe. Again, LOVE is the supreme power of the universe.  It is not hatred nor is it  bigotry – both powerful forces that appear to be winning at the moment.   Yet, because love is stronger than hate, those who choose to demonstrate love will always be on the winning side, no matter what it looks like today.

Selah!

Meditate on this: When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”.  — John 8:12


Be Still and Know ….

I am thoroughly enjoying my extended visit to Michigan.  It’s been a long time since I’ve traveled to my home state during the summer months.  Since this is a working vaycay, I normally start the day with prayer and then jump right in to the day’s tasks at hand – checking e-mails, updating my blogs, research, etc.  Today was different.  I felt an impression in my spirit to sit still.  To simply sit.  Admittedly, sitting still and doing absolutely NOTHING is not normal for me.  Today, I decided to obey and do something different. Guess what?  It felt good! I sat for about three hours on my parent’s deck enjoying a cup of coffee and a mild summer breeze.  It felt good to observe and enjoy the beauty of the trees surrounding me.  ‘You definately need to do this more often,’ I told myself.

In our fast-paced society sitting still is not the norm. It can be a real challenge especially if you’re a busy-bee accustomed to always running to the next assignment. Beware. Trying to solve every problem and accepting every invitation that comes your way is a sure recipe for disaster.  Burnout is soon to follow. I know. I’ve been there and done that. Trust me, it’s not a pretty picture. I’m thankful for today’s reminder that sitting still and enjoying the presence of the Lord is the best way to start the day.  Emails can surely wait.

Selah!

Meditate on this: “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10