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

 

 

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

 

 

 

As Little Children

I’m enjoying my extended visit to Michigan. It’s always good to reconnect and spend time with family.  Last week, I attended my nephew’s end-of-year recital.  I watched in amusement as he, along with his fellow classmates, performed nursery rhymes for proud parents and teachers alike.  They sang, clapped, and stomped to the beat of the music.  How adorable! Children are truly a gift from God.  They’re excellent teachers too.  Have you ever spent time simply observing children?  They’re carefree.  They simply believe.  If you have children of your own, you probably know this already.  If you promise them something like taking them to their favorite park, treating them to ice cream or purchasing a toy they’ve had their eye  on, they fully expect you to do what you say.

As I reflect on my nephew’s performance, I’m reminded of God’s Word that says, “become as little children”.  As adults, we’re to believe the Word of God just like children.  We’re to believe like that group of singing 2-year-olds that brought so much joy to their parents as they performed.  Admittedly, that can be a hard act to follow.  As adults, we become jaded by life’s disappointments and failures.  Sometimes, it’s hard to believe when there’s no earthly evidence that what we’re hoping for will ever come to pass.  That’s why we need faith.  And I suspect that’s why God instructs us to believe like children. He knew that life would throw a few curve balls.  Enough to make even the most seasoned Saint doubt the Word of God at times.  If we’re honest with ourselves, I suspect that we’ve all had moments wherein we wondered if God would come through, yet again.  I have.  And I’ve had to humbly repent and ask for forgiveness for doubting the Almighty God.  He has never failed me.  There is no ask that’s too big for God.  As a child of God, you can come to Him fully expecting that His promises will come to pass in your life.  He is faithful, even when we are not.

Selah!

Meditate on this:  And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, “Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name received me.” — Matthew 18:3-5

Raise Your Expectations…

The guest speaker at a recent women’s fellowship at my church ministered on the subject of hope. It was a great message.  One that had me reflecting over my life even days after the Friday meeting.  Essentially, if  your hope is in God (as it should be), you can always expect good things from Him.  God will cause good circumstances to manifest in your life. Why?  Because God is good. That seems simple enough, but it can be hard to believe at times, especially when things seem to be going all wrong .  What are you to think when you face a series of disappointments? Is God still good?  Assuredly, He is!

The Word of God is clear in Jeremiah 29:11, which states, “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.”  So then, when disappointments come (and know that they will come!), we can still have hope for a bright outcome because our hope/ faith is in God. (Hope and faith are interchangeable).  Our guest speaker reminded us that while circumstances may not always turn out the way we would want, things will still turn out good for us in the end because God is good.  And, since God is good, our expectation should be that good things will eventually take place in our lives.  When our hope is rooted in the promises of God, we can live with expectation knowing that good is on the way.   Rest in the truth that God is able; God is good; and God is willing.  Child of God, I encourage you to raise your expectation and anticipate God’s best to unfold in your life.

Selah!

Mediate on this:  “And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” — Romans 5:5