Archive | June 2013

God Has Plans for You

God has plans for your life, but He won’t force His plans upon you. The Lord has given you the ability to make decisions on your own. With that freedom comes the responsibility of living with the consequences of your decisions. 

If you seek to live in accordance with God’s plan for your life, you will study His word, you will be attentive to His instructions, and you will be watchful for His signs. You will associate with fellow believers who, by their words and actions, will encourage your own spiritual growth. You will also avoid those two terrible temptations: the temptation to sin and the temptation to squander time. And finally, you will listen carefully to the conscience that God has placed in your heart. 

God has glorious plans for your day and your life. So as you go about your daily activities, keep your eyes and ears open…as well as your heart. 

Dear Lord, I am Your creation, and You created me for a reason. Give me the wisdom to follow Your direction for my life’s journey. Let me do Your work here on earth by seeking Your will and living it, knowing that when I trust in You, Father, I am eternally blessed. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May Your gracious Spirit lead me on level ground.

Psalm 143:10

Free Yourself….. And….Forgive

Are you stationed in the quicksand of bitterness or regret? If so, it’s time to free yourself. The world holds few if any rewards for those who remain angrily focused upon the past. Still, the act of forgiveness is difficult for all but the most saintly men and women. 

Being frail, fallible, imperfect human beings; Most of us are quick to anger, quick to blame, slow to forgive, and even slower to forget. Yet we know that it’s best to forgive others, just as we, too, have been forgiven. 

If there exists even one person, including yourself, against whom you still harbor bitter feelings, it’s time to forgive and move on. Bitterness, and regret are not part of God’s plan for you, but god won’t force you to forgive others. It’s a job that only you can finish, and the sooner you finish it, the better. 

Bitterness is a spiritual cancer, a rapidly growing malignancy that can consume your life. Bitterness cannot be ignored but must be healed at the very core, and only Christ can heal bitterness. 

I believe that forgiveness can become a continuing cycle: because God forgives, us, we’re to forgive others; because we forgive others, God forgives us. 

Dear Heavenly Father, free me from anger and bitterness. When I am angry, I cannot feel the peace that You intend for my life. When I am bitter, I cannot sense Your presence. Keep me mindful that forgiveness is Your commandment. Let me turn away from bitterness and instead claim the spiritual abundance that You offer through the gift of Your Son. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

All bitterness, anger, and wrath, insult and slander must be removed from you, along with all wickedness. And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.

Ephesians 4:31-32

Let God’s Priorities be Your Priorities

Have you fervently asked God to help prioritize your life? Have you asked Him for guidance and for the courage to do the things that you know need to be done? If so, then you’re continually inviting the Lord to reveal Himself in variety of ways. As a follower of Christ, you must do no less. 

When you make God’s priorities your priorities, you will receive God’s abundance and His peace. When you make God a full partner in every aspect of your life, He will lead you along the proper path: His path. When you allow God to reign over your heart, He will honor you with spiritual blessings that are simply too numerous to count. So, as you plan for the day ahead, make God’s will your ultimate priority. When you do, every other priority will have a tendency to fall neatly into place. 

Dear Lord, let Your priorities be my priorities. Let Your will be my will. Let Your Word be my guide, and let me grow in faith and in wisdom this day and every day. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.

James 4:8

Building up Your Belief System

Do your worry a lot about your safety? Are you afraid of what people think of you? Do you read about the possible side effects of your medications and then become convinced that your feel every one? It is normal for active minds to go the way of “what if something bad happens,” but before these thoughts gain too much influence, it is vital to turn them over to God. Replace the fear for harm with faith in him. 

Placing your trust in God completely will change your life and your thinking. Even everyday concerns will be cast in a new light. Nothing can hurt the heart that is held in God’s hands. 

Building up our belief system can require that we build up immunities on a spiritual level. As we are exposed to tests of faith, to trails, and to rocky days, we are developing stronger spiritual responses. We learn when we take our comfort in God, and we gain knowledge when we seek guidance in his Word. 

If we respond to situations out of an absolute trust in God, eventually our attitudes and belief with follow . Our reliance on God becomes second nature as we relinquish our human nature and take on a new identity in Christ. 

Dear Lord, I trust you. I trust you. I entrust my life to you. I give you my thoughts, actions, worries, and preoccupation with image. Things do and can go wrong. Help me not beckon them with added worry, but actually release them from my thoughts. Fill my mind with your promises. Lord, I’m facing a new day with new possibilities. God, help me react to each situation, person, decision, and opportunity with complete faith. I want to walk in goodness and righteousness. May the longings of my heart begin to take on the shape of your will for my life. Give me clarity so that my first response come from a pure desire to please you. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37: 3-4

God’s Grace and Mercy

Trails sweep through your life like storm winds. They press you against a wall until you can’t breathe. They bury you under burdens too heavy to lift on your own. Have you ever been thrown by such forces?

 The trails that knock you off your feet are not strong enough or powerful enough to destroy the foundation of God’s faithfulness. They’re nothing compared to the gust of grace that blows through us and cleans out the loss, regret, and disappointment. Wait for his restoration. He will rebuild your life with the secure materials of grace and hope. 

But sometimes, unknowingly, we carry many wounds with us from the past into the present. We juggle shadows of them while trying to accomplish something new in our lives. We’re so desperate to move on from trails that we neglect to glean the knowledge and understanding of God’s faithfulness that comes from living our tough circumstances. So the pain stays with us. 

Just remember goodness can bloom from the hurtful experiences you’ve tried to forget. Those wounds helped shape who you are. Those wounds are part of the story of God’s mercy. They’re part of your journey from broken to whole. 

Dear Lord, I’m still surprised I got out from under recent burdens. It was all your doing, Lord. I give you the credit and the praise. The struggle was so great, I couldn’t move. You released me and gave me more strength and understanding to move forward into good things. Lord, I present a good front to others, but on the inside, a strong sense of failure burns. Help me to sit with the past rough parts of my journey. Help me to learn from them before I let them go. In your hands they become wisdom. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen

 You, O Lord, are always my shield from danger; you give me victory and restore my courage.

Psalm 3:3

 I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.

Isaiah 42:16

God’s Purpose

What on earth does God intend for me to do with my life? It’s an easy question to ask but, for many of us, a difficult question to answer. Why? Because God’s purposes aren’t always clear to us. Sometimes we wander aimlessly in a wilderness of our own making. And sometimes, we struggle mightily against God in an unsuccessful attempt to find success and happiness through our own means, not His. 

If you’re a person who sincerely seeks God’s guidance, He will give it. But, He will make His revelations known to you in a way and in a time of His choosing, not yours. So be patient. If you prayerfully petition God and work diligently to discern His intentions, He will, in time, lead you to a place of joyful abundance and eternal peace. 

Sometimes, God’s intention will be clear to you; other times, God’s plan will seem uncertain at best. But even on those difficult days when you are unsure which way to turn, you must never lose sight of these overriding facts: Only God’s chosen task for you will ultimately satisfy. Do not wait until it is too late to realize the privilege of serving Him in His chosen position for You. God created you for a reason; He has important work for you to do; and He’s waiting patiently for you to do it. 

And the next step is up to you. 

Dear Lord, I know that You have a purpose for my life, and I will seek that purpose today and every day that I live. Let my actions be pleasing to You, and let me share Your Good News with a world that so desperately needs Your healing hand and the salvation of Your Son. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

I, therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received.

Ephesians 4:1 

Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 10:31

In God’s Time

If your sincerely seek to be a woman of faith, then you must learn to trust God’s timing. You will be sorely tempted, however, to do otherwise. Because we are fallible human beings, we are impatient for things to happen. But God knows better. 

God has created a world that unfolds according to his own timetable, not ours….Thank Goodness! We humans might make a terrible mess of things. God does not. 

God’s plan does not always happen in the way that we would like or at the time of our own choosing. Our task as believing Christians who trust in an awesome, all knowing Father–is to wait patiently for God to reveal Himself. And reveal Himself He will. Always. But until God’s perfect plan is made known, we must walk in faith and never lose hope. And we must continue to trust Him. Always. 

Dear Lord, Your timing is seldom my timing, but Your timing is always right for me. You are my Father, and You have a plan for my life that is grander than I can imagine. When I am impatient, remind me that You are never early or late. You are always on time, Lord, so let me trust in You always. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also put eternity in their hearts, but man cannot discover the work God has done from beginning to end.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 

This is what the Lord says: “In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you”.

Isaiah 49:8 

Give Thanks to All Things

A broken heart really is painful. But where there is a broken heart, there is also God’s mending and healing. When everything seems at its worse, God will bring hope. My friend, God is faithful. Jeremiah 29:11 promises, “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”.
 
And one of more than 8000 promises in the Bible says you can do all things through Christ because He strengthens you. The break up of a boyfriend or husband, the child who has strayed from you or God, the career that isn’t going as you planned, the death of a loved one–your lack of hope can never wipe out God’s goodness. Rejoice in Psalm 100:5, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”
 
First Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances.” And it tells you why: “For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Giving thanks in the good, the bad, and the uncomfortable situations can be a tough assignment, but with God’s help, it can be done. You can face life with joy and in the power and grace of the Holy Spirit. God is still in control. He is still sovereign. He is still all-powerful. He is still able. And He always will be.
 
Pay attention and look for the good that is coming from your trial. In the darkness of what’s taking place, you may have to search for it. But Psalm 103:2 says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” Don’t let even one of God’s blessings go unnoticed. Write them down. God is good and worthy of praise.
 
Dear Lord, you ease my pain, You take the sting from my heartache, and You bring joy with the new dawn. I trust in Your ways and Your promises. Father, today I want to give You praise and thanks. Every circumstance brings me to You because You are the Author of my life. You are Creator, King, and Savior. I am blessed as Your child.
 
In Jesus name I pray
 
Amen
 
This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24