Grace, the Evidence of God’s Overwhelming Love for Mankind!

 

Grace is the act of God’s unending abounding love for us.  (Ephesians 2:4) “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.”   By the grace of God, through Jesus Christ we have forgiveness of our sins even though we don’t deserve it.  (Ephesians 1:7-8) “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.”    He loved us so much, that He sent Jesus into the world for us, and the salvation that we receive upon accepting Jesus into our hearts is free!  It is a gift!  We committed the sin, but Jesus paid the price for us!  How then can anyone doubt the love of God?  (Romans 5:1-2) “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.  And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.”

If you had to build a stairway to heaven on your good works you would never make it.  (Romans 3:10-11) “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.”  This is due to the sinful nature that is within us.  It goes back to Adam and Eve when they disobeyed God by eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  (Romans 5:17) “For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.”  That is where the love, mercy and grace of God come in.  There is nothing on our own that we can do to earn salvation.  It is a gift from God.  Through the abounding love of God, we have His grace.  (Ephesians 2:8-9) “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.”  By His grace, He gave His One and Only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.  So, that through the blood of Jesus, we have forgiveness of our sins.

With the love and Spirit of Jesus in our hearts, He gives us strength to overcome our trials and the power of sin.  (Hebrews 13:9) “Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings.  It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them.”  We go through many trials and hardships as brothers and sisters of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But through it all we have the gift of the Holy Spirit, who comforts us and guides us as we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.  As we endure and persevere in the trials of life, we do get weary, discouraged and tired; especially if the road that we are on has been a long one.  But it is in those times that God’s glory shines through; His strength is made perfect in our weakness.  (II Corinthians 12:9) “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  Not only does He strengthen us, but by His grace He supplies our needs as well.  (John 1:16-17) “From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another.  For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”

By God’s grace we have joy and peace in our heart where pain and sorrow once dwelt.  (Romans 15:13) “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  By the love and the grace of God He will be there for you and lift you up no matter what you are going through.  I have lived with so much pain and heartache in my life, that if it were not for the love of God, I would be in a pit of depression.  God has picked up the pieces of my broken heart so many times and glued it back together with His love and peace.  His love alone keeps me going.  The love and understanding that He has shown me through all this, and how He gently corrects me and gets me back on track, has shown how deep His love for us really is.  By His grace He loves us when we are hurting, when we doubt Him and when we sin against Him.  (I John 4:16-18) “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.  God is love.  Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.  In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the Day of Judgment, because in this world we are like Him.  There is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”   He reminds me of the loved ones that I still have here and that still need me. The love and encouragement that I receive from Him enables me to pass it on not only to my family, but to others as well.  (II Thessalonians 2:16) “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”

Abraham when called to do so, offered up his one and only son to God.  God saw his faith and spared Isaac and provided a lamb in his place.  The offering up of Isaac was a symbol of what was to come and so was the lamb God provided as an offering in place of Isaac.  God provided the lamb as He provided Jesus Christ.  (John 1:14) “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  The lamb represented Jesus Christ.  As the lamb replaced Isaac, Jesus Christ was sacrificed in place of us.  The Lord knew man’s heart and sinful nature and had a plan all along.  (Ephesians 1:4-6) “For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.  In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will–to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves.”  We were chosen by His grace, not by our works, to receive His grace and the gift of His salvation.  (Romans 11:5-6) “So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.  And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.”

By God’s grace we have eternal life, and a love everlasting.  He pours out His Holy Spirit on us to help us through life, He supplies all our needs, forgives us and blesses us in some way every day, more than any of us deserve.  He gives this all by His wonderful, abounding, never ending love and grace.  All of this is through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  (Titus 3:5-7) “He saves us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”

 

God’s ‘amazing grace,’ how sweet it is!

 

                               

 

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                          It’s Time to Shine!

(Matthew 5:14-16) “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

  

It’s is time to shine!  It is time for the Church, the children of God to start being the children of God!  It is one thing to know the ways of the Lord and to recognize when you are not living by them and say, “I need to start acting like a child of God,” but that is only self awareness and making a conscious effort to change.  This in itself is good, but acting right is one thing but God wants His ways to take root in your heart so that you are not just acting right but it truly becomes who you are and His ways become so natural to you that being the child of God He wants you to be shines from within your heart without a conscious effort.  The trials we go through will help us to grow and mature as a child of God and reach this point.  (James 1:2-4) “ Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

 

Growing up as teenagers doing the right thing did not always come easy, you had to make yourself obey your parents even though inside you wanted to do your own thing and more often than not it got you into trouble.  But as you grew up you learned that your parents were right, experience and discipline taught you and now it has become natural, part of who you are, and you are teaching those same values to your children.   The trials that God allows teach us in the same way so that when we mature, God’s ways become part of who we are, and we obey, serve and worship God now out of our devotion to Him and not just because we know we should.  Our love for God has grown so much within our hearts that now being the child of God He wants us to be is who we are, and we do not have to be constantly aware of our actions.

 

In this, His light truly shines from within us and others cannot help but notice.  This in itself is an awesome way to be a testimony of Jesus Christ to others; to live out God’s love. When His presence shines from within you, whoever comes into the path of His light shining from you will be affected.  When a light is turned on in a room all who are in the room see the light.  It is time to shine!

 

Rise up and be the child of God you were meant to be and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you and teach you and take you from glory to glory and truly shine Jesus Christ.  (II Corinthians 3:18) “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

 

     Step into Your Destiny

              

 (Joshua 3:15-17) “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.  The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.”

 

The Priests went first and stepped into the Jordan River which was at flood stage and overflowing and the waters stopped flowing.  Then the rest of Israel crossed over.  The Priests are a sign of spiritual authority just like us, we are royalty!  We are children of the Most High God and we need to step into our authority as the royal children we are, princes and princesses in Christ! (Romans 8:17) “Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.”  As they stepped into the Jordan River in faith and walking in their authority the waters stopped up.  You have a flood of issues surrounding you and all that is needed is FAITH and your faith will deliver you.  (Mark 5:34) “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

 

F-faith and a reverential fear of God

A-act on that faith as if you had visible proof

I-in line—stay in line with the Word of God—know it and live it

T— “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”

H—His glory—remember it is for His glory in all that you do, and He says, “I will not give My glory to another or My praise to idols.”  It is in and for His glory that all men are saved and that He sent Jesus to die on the cross for OUR sins.  It is for His glory that we are saved, delivered and healed.  It is for His glory that He loves us unconditionally in spite of what we do but because of who we are HIS creation, His children.  So, in that He will always prove Himself faithful.  There is nothing to fear, nothing to doubt.  He promises victory in His Word and He is true to His word, “For You have exalted above all things Your Name and Your Word.”

 

When you step into your destiny as a child of God the people in your life will take notice and will follow you into victory, salvation, healing and wholeness in the Lord and all will give glory to Him who is our Savior and we receive and eternal glory, a home in heaven forever.  When Paul and Silas were in prison, (you may be surrounded by trouble and feel as if you are in prison), they did not fret but praised God instead and were delivered.  When you open your mouth in praise, peace and victory follow.  Satan will not stick around and praise God with you!   In seeing their faith and their deliverance the others around were delivered as well.  (Acts 16:25-30) “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?”

Your family and friends and those you know and who see you and your trials day in and day out will follow your lead and your faith as well when they see its effect.  Step into your destiny as a child of God.  Walk in the confidence of your royalty and heritage!  You are a child of the King of Kings, believe it and walk in it.

(Colossians 1:9-14) “We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,  so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,  being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,  and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of His holy people in the kingdom of light.  For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves,  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

Stop Fighting for What You Already Have!

  (Luke 15:31) “My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.”

 

We, as children of God are already blessed through Jesus Christ; He is our Heavenly Father and everything He has is ours!  (Ephesians 1:3) “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”  Growing up in your parent’s home when you wanted something to eat you went to the cupboards and took what you wanted.  When you needed money for something you asked and if they had it, they gave it to you.  Your Heavenly Father is the same!  What your parents had was yours and what God has is yours as well!  Receive it by faith and start believing that you ARE a child of God and He is your Father!  He is your Father who loves you!  (I John 3:1) “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!”  The battles we had as children were also those of our parents.  When someone did you wrong your parents stepped in and took over, expect God as your Father to do the same thing!  (II Chronicles 20:15) “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”  God will fight for you and He has already declared you a winner!  (Psalm 60:12) “With God we will gain the victory, and He will trample down our enemies.” 

Stop fighting a fight that has already been won and just simply believe!

(I Corinthians 15:57-58) “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  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.”

Adopt the childlike faith that believes.  Children never question whether their parents will provide a roof over their head, clothes to wear, food to eat and a heart to love them.  They just simply believe.  (Mark 10:15) “Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

Just believe and give God time and you will receive what you have prayed for; it is already yours!  You just need to believe it.

 

(Matthew 21:22) “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

 

          HE HAS RISEN!

                

 (Mark 16:6) “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.”

 

 

Easter; a day we celebrate our risen Lord who by His abounding love for mankind died for us.  God saw that the sin of mankind was just too great for us to pay, so He paid the price for us.  (Isaiah 59:16-17) “He saw that there was no one, He was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so, His own arm worked salvation for Him, and His own righteousness sustained Him.  He put on righteousness as His breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped Himself in zeal as in a cloak.”  To look around at the world, the beauty of the mountains, trees and waters in the oceans, seas and lakes; you cannot deny that God exists.  Look at life; trees and flowers die and come back to life in the spring; the birth of human life in babies is a true miracle in itself.  How can you deny God’s existence?  (Isaiah 40:21-26) “Do you not know?  Have you not heard?  Has it not been told you from the beginning?  Have you not understood since the earth was founded?  He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers.  He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.  He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.   No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner do they take root in the ground, then He blows on them and they wither, and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.   “To whom will you compare me?  Or who is My equal?” says the Holy One.   Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these?  He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls them each by name.  Because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.”

So, with that settled, you must also believe in heaven and hell.  Where will you spend eternity?  Only God knows the hour and time of your death.  (Job 14:5) “Man’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.”    The time of your death could be today, tomorrow, a year from now or 50, but only God knows the exact day and time.  Are living according to your flesh and the passions and lusts of the world?  Do you really want to take a chance on an eternity in heaven or hell for a few fleeting moments of the lust of your flesh?  (Mark 8:36) “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?”

God says do not love the world or anything in it because it passes away but your soul lives forever and where you will spend it is your choice.  (I John 2:15-17) “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world.  The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”  On this special day of remembrance when Jesus gave His life in the painful way that He did for all of us, why not commemorate it with giving your life to Him?  He took our pain and was beaten beyond human recognition.  (Isaiah 52:13-15) “See, my servant will act wisely; He will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.   Just as there were many who were appalled at Him—His appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and His form marred beyond human likeness—so will He sprinkle many nations, and kings will shut their mouths because of Him.  For what they were not told, they will see, and what they have not heard, they will understand.”

Have you given your life to Him in only words, but your heart did not mean it?  Have you been calling everything that has to do with Jesus pure rubbish, only because you still want to party?  Remember, you do not control the hour of your death.  Do you really want to take a chance with where you will spend eternity?  In life you will go through many hardships, but as a child of the King, He will always be there to back you up, help you up and bring you through to victory.  Who else on earth can make you that promise?  No one!  Only God loves you just because of who you are, and He loved you first.  He loves you now and will love you no matter what you have done or will do.  He may not always like your actions, but you do not have to do anything to earn His love.  He did it for you.  (Romans 5:8) “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Only in Christ will you get a do over!  Who else promises that?

 

(II Corinthians 5:17) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”    Decide today to make it the first and best day of the rest of your life and pray the prayer of salvation above.  You will not regret it!

Don’t Settle for the Desert When a Palace Awaits You!

(Psalm 55:5-7) “Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me.I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!  I would fly away and be at rest.  I would flee far away and stay in the desert.”

 

 Fear will cause you to settle for the desert; for less than what God has for you.  Over and over in the Bible He says, “Fear not.”  It is a warning to stay in faith and you will be delivered and your prayers answered.  Do not be moved by the appearance of your situation because it can change in an instant! (II Corinthians 4:18) “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”  The Israelites gave in to their emotions too many times and it caused them to wander in the desert for forty years!  What should have been an eleven day journey took forty years due to their lack of faith!  Do not make that same mistake!  God says that He will deliver, provide and heal!  Trust Him to do it and in His way and His time!  For He knows best!  (Exodus 14:13-14) “Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.  The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

The battles we have will be fought and won by the Lord.  He will show you the way, give you whatever wisdom you need to make right choices and will never leave you helpless.  If you are not hearing anything, then He wants you to be still, “Be still and know that I am God.”  Be still and wait on Him and when He wants to speak and give you direction, He will make it clear to you.  God is not the author of confusion or fear!  (II Timothy 1:7) “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Trust Him and at the right time everything will come into place and your prayers answered; victory yours!

(I Samuel 17:47) “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give all of you into our hands.”

 God has palace for you, not a desert tent!  Do not settle due to fear!

 (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.”

Your Palace Awaits!

 

(Daniel 3:28-30) “Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.  Therefore, I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.”  Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.”

 

 

The enemy sees your devotion and he knows the times.  He knew the Messiah was coming and tried to prevent it by having all newborn Jewish boys killed through king Herod.  But God! God’s plans cannot be thwarted!  (Job 42:2) “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.”

Do not get discouraged!  You have probably been going through a rough trial, and one that has lasted a very long time and you are weary.  Don’t give up now!  Or it will have been all for nothing!  The enemy knows when you are about to get a breakthrough and wants to deter you and make you give up.  Do not fall for it!  Breakthrough awaits!

You must get stubborn and trust God no matter what!  (Isaiah 7:9) “If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.”  Isn’t the painful death that Jesus went through proof enough to trust Him?  Even though you may not see a way out, trust Him anyway.  (Proverbs 3:5-6) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

The only way to get stubborn and stay in faith in a very dark and turbulent trial is to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus.  (Hebrews 12:1-2) “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with endurance the race set out for 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.”  When you take your eyes off of Jesus, and look into the storm, you make it bigger than Jesus!  This is what Peter did as he walked on water when out on the lake and Jesus came to them in the middle of the night, (in the middle of your dark time, Jesus is with you), Jesus came walking on the water and Peter was the only one to get out of the boat!  As long as he fixed his eyes on Jesus, he walked on water but as soon as he began to look at the surroundings, he started to sink.  As long as you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, you will make it through in victory.

 This is why staying in the Word is so important, it is our weapon. (Hebrews 4:12) “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”    The Holy Spirit will bring to your remembrance the scripture you need right when you need it!  (John 14:26) “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

In the book of Daniel, three men went into the fire, but four were there, Jesus.  He will never leave you nor forsake you and will see you through.  (Daniel 3:24-25) “Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?”  They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.”  He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”

Jesus will be with you, He will see you all the way through your trial and bring you out in victory and promote you to the palace!  Trust Him!

 

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

 

            Don’t Give Satan Ammunition!

   

 (Ephesians 5:1-5 & 19-20) “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.  But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.  Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.  For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God….Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.  Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

  

God and only God is omniscient, all-powerful and all-knowing.  Satan will act on your weaknesses because you make them known to him.  Only God knows the secrets of the heart.  (Psalm 44:20-21) “If we had forgotten the name of our God or spread out our hands to a foreign god, would not God have discovered it, since He knows the secrets of the heart?”  Satan cannot read your mind, but he can hear the words that you speak and with them you can either give Satan more ammunition to use against you or you can speak the words of God’s promises for you and your family and with faith and patience watch them come to pass.  (Proverbs 18:21) “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

So, are you giving the devil more ammunition?  Are your angels collecting unemployment?  Or are you giving them something to work with? (Hebrews 1:14) “Are not all angels are ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?”

The words of faith that you speak will eventually come to pass for (John 6:63) “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing.  The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.”  God spoke, and the world came into existence; (Romans 4:17) “He is our Father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.”  We must believe in our hearts first; then speak and wait in patience for God to work them into existence.  (II Corinthians 4:13) “I believed, therefore I have spoken.’ With that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak.”  What you speak you will give life to; so, what do you want fulfilled?  Do you want the promises of God or do you want to help Satan do his job?  (John 10:10) “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.”

Are you worried about a situation going on in your life?  Is life crowding in on you and filling your heart with fear?  Pray silently to God take your fears and all your cares to Him.  (Psalm 55:22) “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.”  Pray over your fears silently to God, but do not speak them out!

You are only letting Satan know more of your weaknesses and giving him more ammunition to use against you to destroy your life.  Stop helping the devil do his job!  He creates enough havoc!  Stop the negative talk!  We are human and we all get scared from time to time; emotions are natural; but you do not have to let them have you and control what you do.  The next time negative thoughts come into your mind, take them captive!  Trash them and replace them with the Truth, the truth of God’s Word!  (II Corinthians 10:5) “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

God wants to bless you; He does not discourage you.  (James 1:17) “Every good and perfect gift is from above.”  The only way to truly resist the devil is to trust and obey God, and to read His Word daily.  As you read His Word, your faith grows as you learn about the love and promises He has for you.  Knowing His promises and trusting in them will give you the power to fight off Satan’s attacks.

Satan tried to keep the Israelites from possessing the Promised Land by the enemies that came their way.  Some were bigger and stronger, and so are the trials that you are facing and answers that you are waiting on.  But God is stronger.  (Deuteronomy 9:3) “But be assured today that the Lord your God is the One who goes across ahead of you like a devouring fire.  He will destroy them; He will subdue them before you.  And you will drive them out and annihilate them quickly, as the Lord has promised you.”

 

You must believe in God’s love for you and trust Him, knowing that He wants to answer your prayers.  (Psalm 37:4) “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

Don’t Be Afraid to Tread the Deep Waters: Fruitfulness Awaits!

 

 (Luke 5:4-6)When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.’  Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything.  But because you say so, I will let down the nets.’  When they had done so, they caught such large number of fish that their nets began to break.  So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.”

 

 Has the Lord been speaking to your heart to do a new thing for Him and you have backed down in fear?  Maybe it is life’s roadblocks that are holding you back?  Do you have a desire in your heart to do something for the Lord and yet you feel as if you have hit one roadblock after another and do not seem to be growing in the Lord as much as you would like?  Do you feel stuck?  Take a look back at the events and circumstances that have come your way?  Have your reacted in fear and taken the more “careful road”?  Or maybe you felt deep down in your heart you needed to wait on something but went ahead doing what you thought needed to be done and in your own way and it did not turn out the way you had prayed for it to.

A relationship with God is all about faith, (John 20:29) “Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”   In the deep waters of life; a job loss, the loss of a loved one or a broken relationship; all these can be major upsets in your life.  These events can be stressful and fearful.  When a crisis came your way in the past how did you react?  Did you react in fear?  Most of us do, but God is calling us to tread the deep waters, the catch will be much greater and will affect others as well.  Simon had to get the help of another boat and that is what we should all want; to bring as many people to heaven with us as we can.   Maybe God is directing you to do something new, but to you it seems way over your head; deep waters.  Fear not!   If you want to be a servant of God, then you need to walk in faith.  (Hebrews 11:6) “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”

He needs to trust that when He sends us out into the world to do something for Him we will do it and not back down in fear. (Romans 8:15-17) “For you did not receive a spirit of fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by Him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’  The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.”  

He gives us faith, not fear!  (Romans 12:3) “For I say, through the grace give to me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith.”   In the scripture above, Jesus told Simon, who was not yet a disciple to take his boat back out to the water, the deep waters.  Simon had just come in and was putting his nets away and with no catch.  Much like us when we try to do things in our own efforts, we come up empty.  (John 15:5) “I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.”  Apart from God we will be fruitless, but with Him and as a child of God we have victory every time!  (Psalm 60:12) “With God we will gain the victory, and He will trample down our enemies.”  Do you have a desire to serve God to bring people to the Lord?  It doesn’t matter whether you want to be fruitful in the background in the gift of administration, or street witnessing, evangelism, teaching, preaching, singing or writing; no matter what it is you desire, it will be fruitful and anointed if you trust in God and obey Him.

As the trials of life bombard, us, remember the cross; remember how much God loves you and do not freeze up in fear.  Walk on; walk on in faith that He will not let you fall.  (Hebrews 10:35) “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.”  That is all He asks, to love, trust and obey.  (John 14:21) “Whoever has My commands and obeys them, He is the one who loves Me.  He who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I too will love Him and show Myself to him.”  If a storm suddenly invades your life, fear not!  Look at it instead as an opportunity for God to teach you even more how to trust and be patient with Him.  Look at it as an opportunity for God to bring out more of the spiritual gifts He wants to bestow on you.  Look at it as an opportunity to let the light and love of God shine through and as you learn, grow and trust Him; before you know it, the storm will have passed, and God will pour out His blessings on you like a rainbow after the storm.

 

(Galatians 6:9) “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

 

 

           

Do Not Fear!

             

  (Isaiah 41:10-14) “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.  “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.  Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them.  Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all.  For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.  Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob, little Israel, do not fear, for I Myself will help you,” declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.”

 

You may be experiencing a mountain of problems the size of Mt. Rushmore coming at you right now but fear not, we serve a mighty God!  He is Elohim which means, “Creator; Powerful God!”  Don’t forget who He is; God Almighty Creator of heaven and earth and our Deliverer, Helper, Healer and Savior!  You may not have the resources, the ability or even the slightest clue as to how to solve the problem but fear not!  God does!  God is “faithful to all of His promises;” that is His word and (Psalm 138:2) “I bow down toward Your holy temple and give thanks to Your name for Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness, for You have exalted above all things Your name and Your Word.”  When the bill collectors come calling through threatening letters giving you a deadline and the car breaks down or you lose your job, these are just scare tactics from the enemy.  They are meant to get you to give in to fear and give him an entrance into your heart to create a stronghold.  Remember that there is no other god, but our God and He is also your Father who loves you and will not let you fall.  Listen to Him as He speaks to your heart.  Ask for discernment, He may want you to wait on Him to move or He may want you to take action.  Wait for His leading, you will know by the Holy Spirit within you which way to go if you are closely listening to Him.  Don’t get impatient but wait on His guiding and He will lead you.  (Proverbs 4:11) “I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.”

 

 (Isaiah 43:10) “You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and My servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He. Before Me no god was formed, nor will there be one after Me.”

 

Peter walked on water and it was only when he looked at his situation did he start to sink; in doing that he took his eyes off of Jesus making the situation bigger and more important.  Keep your eyes on Jesus.   (Hebrews 12:2) “Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

 

Fear not and keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus by trusting in Him, reading His Word and speaking it so your ears will hear and in so doing will penetrate into your heart increasing your faith.  (Romans 10:17) “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”

 

Through constant faith and patience God will help you and deliver you.  You may not have the answers to your problems, but God does!  Go to Him in prayer and cast them into His capable and loving hands and then leave them there!  He will come to your rescue!

 

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