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  Let God Carry the Load

     (Psalm 68:19) “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.” 

 

You are overwhelmed with problems and they are weighing you down.  You are going before the Lord in prayer and yet, the problems you face never leave your mind and they are beyond your capability to solve.  If you cannot solve your problems, then why are you carrying them?  D all that you can do and then give them over to God and stand and wait on Him. (Ephesians 6:13)  “Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Give them over to God and allow Him to be God in your problem! (Psalm 46:10) “Be still and know that I am God.”

God has never intended for us to live a life defeated and unfruitful; stuck and not growing and going anywhere in life due to the issues that we are facing.  (John 10:10) “The thief comes to steal, and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” We all have free will given to us by God, so we would love and obey Him freely out of a sincere heart.  (Hebrews 10:22) “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith.”    By that free will we open the door for these issues by the choices we make and at other times it is by the choice that others make.  Regardless of how the problems that you are facing originated, God longs to carry your burden and give you rest.  (Matthew 11:28-30) “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Go to God in prayer and ask Him to help you give your problems completely over to Him and discover the freedom you will feel.  The heaviness will be removed, and you will be overjoyed with the joy of the Lord because you trust in Him to solve your problems!

 

(Psalm 34:17-19) “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.  The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.  A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.”

 

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Deep Waters is the story of Jim and he is running from his father, he is running to independence, but mostly he is running from God. Jim is so sure that he can do things on his own that he doesn’t even call home. If he had, he would know that his father is very ill with Leukemia. Although Jim finds Dawn, the love of his life, on his adventure, he keeps feeling that something is missing. Will Jim find his way back home before it is too late?

I am so excited about this book.  It is a modern-day Jonah story with tragedy and romance.  We all run from something in our life at one time or another.  Sometimes we run emotionally and mentally when we do not want to admit to an issue and sometimes we physically run, run to a new location but it is really a physical manifestation of something spiritual within our hearts.

You take you with you everywhere you go.  Until you change within your heart, it does not matter where you go, the spiritual battle going on within will still be there and you  are putting off the inevitable. “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” (Luke 6:45)

Deal with the issues within your heart and receive help and healing!  Why wait?

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,  though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.  There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.  God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.  Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; He lifts his voice, the earth melts.  The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” (Psalm 46:1-7)

 

Victory is yours, healing is yours, stop running and allow God to help you.  He will help you every step of the way and freedom from what has bound you is oh, so sweet!

“With God we will gain the victory; and He will trample down our enemies.” (Psalm 60:12)

Devotion

Let Go of Unwanted Baggage!

 

 (Hebrews 12:1-3) “Let us also therefore, having so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, laying aside every weight and sin which so easily entangles us, run with endurance the race that lies before us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

 

Throw off the weight of worry and doubt, throw off the weight of offense and unforgiveness and give it all to God!!  Let Him take care of it and bear the weight of it all!  (Psalms 68:19) “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.”  He can turn it around and make a message out of your mess.  (Luke 3:5) “Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low.  The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth.”

The issues of this life will weigh you down and give you a heavy heart and a load too great to bear.  God tells us to “fear not!”  He has not given us a spirit of fear, but of sonship and parents take care of, provide for and protect their children!  (Romans 8:15) “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

Instead look at what He has already done for you and for all of mankind; He loved the world so much, that He sent His son to bear the weight of our sin and He died for us; becoming the atoning sacrifice for all of our sins.  (John 3:16) “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  Remember the love behind that and the love He shows you everyday in His provision for you and choose to believe.  (Hebrews 11:1) “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”  Faith is the “title deed” of what you are praying for; it is as if God is giving the deed to something and saying it is yours.  You own it; it is yours and it is on the way!  That is what faith is; choose to believe and cast your cares on Him!

(Psalm 55:22) “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.”

If we believe and pray in the name of Jesus, God promises in His Word that it will come to pass.  (Mark 11:24) “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”  All we have to do is wait on God, wait on Him to deliver it in the right way and in the right time.  If it is taking a while, then that means it will be much greater than you could ever imagine!  (Ephesians 3:20-21) “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!  Amen.”

Throw off the weight of worry and sin and start believing in Gods never-ending, abounding love for you and trust Him!  He knows your needs and He will provide for you; it is promised in His Word, believe it, stand firm on it and pray it everyday until it comes to pass!

(Matthew 6:25-34) “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they?  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?  And why do you worry about clothes?  See how the lilies of the field grow.  They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Devotion

Inspirational Moment #4-Standing Firm

 

 Below is a short version of a new feature on my site, video devotions!  Read below for a short written version of the video.  But for the full devotion, watch the video at the bottom.  For more inspirational moments, visit the inspirational moment page of this site!

 

(I Corinthians 15:58) “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

 

We live in a fallen world, and evil is unfortunately a part of it and many people give themselves over to it.  As a result, others get hurt because of that.   Satan will send attacks your way and use others to do it.  He wants you to fail and to give up.  He does not want God’s people to walk in the victory that is ALREADY ours, he wants you to give up before you make it to the promises God has for you.  Don’t fall for it, stand firm, you will see victory, your prayers and promises of God will come to pass.  Do not give up!  That is what the enemy wants!  Get stubborn, keep going if for nothing else to spite Satan.  God provides you with what you need to stand firm.

 

  1. Saved—infilled with the Holy Spirit—“He will never leave you nor forsake you.”
  2. Pray/talk—this keeps you close to God and as He answers your prayers your faith grows!
  3. Read the Word— Hebrews 4:12 says the word is living and active, and your tongue has the power of life and death. God formed the world with his powerful word and with his Holy Spirit within us, we can create our world as well when we speak out the promises of God found in his word. —It’s your weapon-double edge—keeps you strong and fights enemy

 

When you read the word daily, your spiritual food, your spirit stays strong.  As food is to the body, the Bible is to your spirit. When you do not read it, your spirit gets weak.  You do not eat once a week, nor should you just read the Bible once a week, a month or a year, if you don’t read it you will get weak and fall to the enemies attacks.

If you stay in the Word and stay close to God, your eyes focused on the promise of God and our Lord Jesus Christ, you will see your victory, you will make it. 

  1. Speak the Word–Find verses that pertain to your situation and speak it out loud, Romans 10:17 says, “faith comes by hearing, and hearing the word of God.” As you speak it, your heart hears and as your prayers and prophecy you speak over yourself comes to fruition, your faith grows!

 As you speak the Word, speak the promises making a prayer out of them and inserting your name, or the name of the loved one you are praying for in the verse, it gets into your heart, and your faith and hope grows.  This keeps you strong; it helps you to persevere until your prayer is answered.  Stand strong and be immovable. As long as you stay close to God in prayer, reading and speaking his word, you will see your victory manifest, and it will be better than you can think ask or imagine.

 

      5. Praise Him—Psalm 22:3 “But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel.” God            inhabits your praises and as you open your mouth and praise Him, the despair                    leaves, hope and peace invade your spirit giving you strength.

  1. Purpose in your heart to stand firm. Make up your mind you will stay the course.

      7.  Create your own sword—index card with your favorite verse on one side and             something that will remind you of a time God really came thru for you in the past.             This will help you to trust Him in this situation as well.

 

God is not taking his time, He is making your victory perfect, glorious and better than you asked!  Stay in faith and stick it to the enemy in the process!  If you do these things—you will have a firm foundation.  Foundation for a house or a bldg. needs to be strong to withstand the weight which is why our faith is likened to a foundation.  Is it firm and secure?  In Christ and as you rely on Him daily your faith will be.  You will be IMMOVABLE!

God will not fail you but will fulfill all the promises He has made to you!

 

Devotion

There is No Place too Deep!

 (I Peter 3:18-22) “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.  After being made alive, He went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits—to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to Him.”

 

 Good news!  You have not done too much, too much that the Savior’s blood will not cleanse!  To say you have done too much is to say that that the sinless Son of God and His death on the cross, for us, is not big enough for your sin.  That is most definitely not so!  So, what are you waiting for?  His salvation is free!  He paid the price, nothing for you to do but come. “All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.  But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:3-9)

No Sin too Deep

There is no sin too big, no sin to dark, no sin too deep

That Jesus Christ our Lord will not forgive and make you

clean.  That murder you committed, that thing that you stole,

That lie you told, that life you destroyed by the slander you spoke,

It is not too much, it is not too great for the Savior’s blood to make

you whole.  There is no cell, no hospital, no place too dark, no place

to isolated that He won’t go, that He may make you clean and whole.

There is no sin too deep that the Savior’s blood will not make you whole

and clean.

There is only one thing you need to do, is ask.  “You do not have because you do not ask God.” (James 4:2) Admit your sin, and He will cleanse you and give you a brand new start.  Humble yourself and admit, there is no person on earth who has not sinned.  We are all made of flesh and are weak, we have all sinned.  “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23

Then tell Him and ask Him into your heart.  “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” (Romans 10:9-10) It is not that hard, admit, confess and receive. “Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12) When you believe, when you confess your sin, He will forgive you of all of your sins and when you ask Him into your heart, He will come!  Just come and He will do the rest; He will lead you and guide you in your new walk and help you in the restoration process.  Just come!

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.  If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:7-9)

“Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” (Galatians 4:6)

That is it!  Then you become new, as if you had never sinned, He completely forgets!  Who on earth does that? “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Hebrews 8:12)

Ready to pray?

Dear Almighty Father in heaven, I know that I am a sinner and I ask your forgiveness of all my sins. I want to make You the Lord of my life and I want to serve You all the days of my life. I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins. Thank you so much for loving me and waiting on me to come to the knowledge of the truth! Thank you for my salvation. Please help me and guide me in learning your Word so I can be a light to the world. Please, Jesus come into my heart, and baptize me with Your Holy Spirit. I thank You and praise Your Holy Name and ask all this in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

If you have just prayed that, welcome to the family of God!  You are now new, born again! “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (II Corinthians 5:17)

Continue in this new life by going to Church, you learn and grow and can fellowship with others, who are just like you.  We learn and grow and inspire each other together.  Read the Bible, it is God’s book of instructions to live a victorious life.  Ask Him as you begin to help you to understand it and to speak to you through it and He will!  “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom.” (Proverbs 1:7)

And, contact me and let me know your address, I have a free book on beginning your new life to send you!  It is absolutely free!

God is more than you think He is, enjoy this song by Danny Gokey

 

Devotion

Who Are You Listening To?

(Proverbs 1:32-33) “For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to Me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”

 

 Who has first place in your heart?  Do you listen to and obey the still small voice of the Lord within your heart?  Does fear take over when trials overwhelm you?  Do you give into the voice of your flesh and act in what the fear of the moment dictates or do you dare to trust and obey?  God will never fail you.  (Deuteronomy 31:6) “He will never leave you nor forsake you.”  But, when He whispers into your heart, you must listen and obey.  (James 4:8) “Come near to God and He will come near to you.”  God gave us free will and He is polite and very gentle.  He won’t make you read His Word or trust Him.  But if you will listen and obey and trust the sweet whispers from God and submit to His will, He will encourage you and lift you up.  He will help you go through your trials.

 

Our Heavenly Father is more compassionate than anyone realizes.  He knows what it feels like to experience weakness.  The night Jesus was betrayed, in the garden of Gethsemane, He went to pray.  He told the disciples that He took with Him, (Matthew 26:38-39) “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.  Stay here and keep watch with Me.  Going a little farther, He fell with His face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.”  After checking on the disciples twice, He prayed the same thing two more times.  In fact He was so overwhelmed with despair, when He went back to pray the second time, He prayed more earnestly and His sweat was like drops of blood. (Luke 22:44) “And being in anguish, He prayed more earnestly, and His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.”

 

Jesus was tempted; He shared in our humanity.  He understands our emotions. (Hebrews 2:14) “Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death– that is, the devil.”  His humanity helps Him to understand our weakness and temptations.  (Hebrews 2:17-18) “For this reason He had to be made like His brothers in every way, in order that He might become a merciful and faithful High Priest in service to God, and that He might make atonement for the sins of the people.  Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.”  The trials you go through can be very heart wrenching at times but if you will dare to trust and obey, God will bring you safely through every storm.  Victory is promised!

(Joshua 21:43-45) “So the Lord gave Israel all the land He had sworn to give their forefathers, and they took possession of it and settled there.  The Lord gave them rest on every side, just as He had sworn to their forefathers.  Not one of their enemies withstood them; the Lord handed all their enemies over to them.  Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.”

 

Devotion

Deep Waters Within: A Jonah Story

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Deep Waters is the story of Jim and he is running from his father, he is running to independence, but mostly he is running from God. Jim is so sure that he can do things on his own that he doesn’t even call home. If he had, he would know that his father is very ill with Leukemia. Although Jim finds Dawn, the love of his life, on his adventure, he keeps feeling that something is missing. Will Jim find his way back home before it is too late?

I am so excited about this book.  It is a modern-day Jonah story with tragedy and romance.  We all run from something in our life at one time or another.  Sometimes we run emotionally and mentally when we do not want to admit to an issue and sometimes we physically run, run to a new location but it is really a physical manifestation of something spiritual within our hearts.

You take you with you everywhere you go.  Until you change within your heart, it does not matter where you go, the spiritual battle going on within will still be there and you  are putting off the inevitable. “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” (Luke 6:45)

Deal with the issues within your heart and receive help and healing!  Why wait?

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,  though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.  There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.  God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.  Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; He lifts his voice, the earth melts.  The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” (Psalm 46:1-7)

 

Victory is yours, healing is yours, stop running and allow God to help you.  He will help you every step of the way and freedom from what has bound you is oh, so sweet!

“With God we will gain the victory; and He will trample down our enemies.” (Psalm 60:12)

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Deep Waters Within

 

Devotion

What Does Your Peace Meter Say?

               

 (Philippians 4: 6-7) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

 

 Are you seeking answers about a situation?  Do you need to make a choice or a decision about something?  Many times, God speaks to us and answers our questions and gives us direction through the peace we have in our hearts.  Receive your answer by the peace or lack of it that you feel in your heart.  (I John 3:21-22) “Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from Him anything we ask, because we obey His commands and do what pleases Him.”  Go to God in prayer when you are seeking answers or direction about anything; He will answer.  Listen to your heart and He will give you peace if the decision you are about to make is the one He wants you to make.  (Psalm 29:11) “The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace.”

 

Maybe it isn’t a choice that you need to make; maybe it is one you have already made.  You acted on impulse and in the heat of emotion or maybe you felt pressured and rushed into making a choice and did not go to God first.  Your heart will let you know if you have made the right choice or not.  Do you feel uneasy and like something is just not quite right?  You don’t have peace and are wondering what is wrong?  Never make major decisions in a storm, a trial impulsively; never make instant decisions in the heat of your emotions.  Go to God in prayer and if it is the right choice and you are doing the right thing, you will have a peace in your heart.  (Isaiah 32:17) “The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.”

 

When you seek the Lord and do His will, you will see that He will always be there for you.  Knowing this will bring you peace.  You can have everyone around on your back for one thing or another, and still have peace in your heart because you know that God will get you through everything.  That is a promise straight from God.  Isn’t that awesome!  (Psalm 9:10) “Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You.”

 

Do not let anyone rush you when it comes to making an important decision.  Go to God in prayer and check your peace meter!  You will feel a peace that surpasses all understanding if you are going in the right direction or have made the right choice.  Go to the Word; the Bible is God’s gift; it is His Story of love and instruction and promise for us and for our family.  As long as you seek God; follow Him, love, obey and worship Him and feed on His Word daily He will lead you in the right direction and will keep you in perfect peace.

 

(Isaiah 26:3) “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.” 

 

 

Devotion

Precious little “mouth to feed”

Trouble hits all of us and most of the time it is at a time we least expect it.  This past week I had a car repair bill that my wallet did not have.  It needed fixed and I had some money for rent due on the first and prayed about it.  I knew I just needed to take a step of faith for the Lord to provide.
It is a scary thing,  I need the money replaced in a week.  I asked my best friend in New York, Joelle, to pray for me.  I told her, usually that this would kind of worry me a little, but I had peace, God has never failed me.  I began looking at the situation, and looked for ways to thank Him.  I am thankful that my car did not breakdown until I got to work.  I am also thankful that there was an auto mechanic right down the road from my office and thankful that they fixed it in a day and before I got off work!
There is always something you can be thankful for even in the middle of a storm.  Paul experienced that and God was glorified and people were saved through his storm.

“When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities.  They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.”

The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas.  He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”  (Acts 16:19-30)

Who does God want to speak to through your storm?  How you act and react in this storm will speak volumes to those around as they see your faith.
I asked God for a word of encouragement to give me peace that He indeed was going to provide.  Then later that day she sent me this poem she wrote for her newborn baby, a girl, and the only girl in a family of four older brothers!  Her name is Naomi Joy.
Naomi
Precious little “mouth to feed”

Jesus knows just what you need.

He wrought you in your Mother’s womb

Like a weaver at His loom.

Like an artist with His brush,

A masterpiece that He won’t rush.

As a potter molds the clay

He’s designed your every day.

His plans are perfect and entire:

The blacksmith as He tends His fire,

The Architect in building glory,

The Musician as He sings His story…

You’re the focus of His pride,
He will never leave your side!
By: Joelle Ruszkowski
It truly blessed my heart and I was encouraged.  God knows what you need, He will not fail you.  He will provide for me and in the mean time I am looking at this as a growth experience and a way to glorify God.
You are the “apple of His eye,” and He will not fail you or me.  We are His precious child and the pride of His eye.  Trust Him, He is our “ever present help in times of trouble.”
Devotion

The First Step

 

  “Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So, the people crossed over opposite Jericho.” (Joshua 3:15-16)

 

 Are you feeling stuck?  There may be many reasons why so, let’s take a look at a few.  One may be the obvious, there are still sins that you need to repent for and another may be nothing sinful but may be something that you are doing that you need to stop or not doing that you need to do.  These things can hinder you especially if God is wanting to move you forward for a greater purpose.  “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Some of your current ways are not beneficial to you in your new purpose and can cause damage to your witness.  “”I have the right to do anything,” you say–but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”–but not everything is constructive.” (I Corinthians 10:23)

Then there is the fear thing!  It always wants to rear its ugly head in order to stop you from moving forward, but fear is not from God.  We live by faith, not sight.  If we have to see proof before we move, then it is not faith!  “For we live by faith, not by sight.” (II Corinthians 5:7)

The first step is always the hardest.  Moses fled after killing an Egyptian and growning into the spiritual place God desired.  God spoke to him and gave him his marching orders to go back so he could lead the people and deliver them from the bondage to the Egyptians. Scary!  Can you imagine what he must have been thinking and feeling?  He even gave God some “buts” of his own.  In the end, he obeyed.  He took the first step which led to another and another and because of that the Israelites gained their freedom!

Then there is Esther.  She became queen to King Ahasuerus of Persia.  Esther did not make her true identity known and soon, she would have to tell the king that she was Jewish.  Haman, his official, hated the Jewish people and plotted to kill them.  Esther’s uncle, Mordecai, told her she would have to go to the king and reveal Haman’s plot in order to save the people.  She was scared for two reasons.  First, she would have to reveal who she was and second, she would have to take the first step in gaining an audience with the king.  That was serious; no one approached the king unless he called them.  She fasted and prayed and took that step. Have you prayed and fasted about that thing that keeps you in fear?  That thing that keeps you from moving forward?   Esther took the step and approached the king and the Jewish people were saved.

Then there is Ruth, she was a Moabite who married Naomi’s son when they moved from Bethlehem-Judah to Moab.  After Naomi’s husband and both sons died, she decided to go back to Bethlehem.  Ruth decided to go with her even though all her people, her family was in Moab.  Ruth did not even have the same god as Naomi, but wanted Naomi’s God to be hers.  That must have been scary!  Moving from all that she knew to a place and a people she did not know nor served the same god that she did.  But even in Naomi’s bitterness at losing everyone, Ruth saw Naomi’s faith, and it gave her the courage to take the first step and follow Naomi.  Courage is not the absence of fear, it is taking the first step while being afraid.  Do people see your faith, even when times are tough?  Ruth followed Naomi and started worshiping Naomi’s God and married Boaz, their kinsman-redeemer.  In that, she became part of the lineage of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer!

What are you afraid of?  Think back on all that you have been through, has Jesus ever failed you?  That is not His promise, He promises, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  He does not move, we do.

Take the first step, you do not know what amazing thing is waiting you in the next step.

 Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

 (Ephesians 3:20-21)