"When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid.
Yesterday I wrote this down in my journal: "When you start to see your God as BIGGER, nothing can block you, NOTHING! I'm learning to see now that no weapon formed against me shall prosper, none at all."
God wants to set you free. He really does.
When I was living in fear of certain people and aspects in my life, I didn't realize that that fear stemmed from evil spirits around me, or in the people around me. I didn't understand it...yet.
You see, that's what deception does. It makes you think that the "good" parts about something are ALL that matters, but we have to look at the full picture.
Just like the young man who wanted to get into heaven. He told Jesus about how he had done everything (like giving to the poor etc), and Jesus said: "now sell your possessions, give them to the poor, and then follow me."
Just because this young man did all the "works" that appeared good, doesn't mean that he passed the "test" to get into heaven. Jesus wanted his heart. He wanted this man's heart to be His, and all His, and this "test" proved that his heart was not fully unto Jesus, but more on other things to prove something.
That's what deception does. It makes one think that because there is SOME type of truth to something or just because one area is "not all bad", then it's ALRIGHT to enter that place, or that relationship, or stay, or do whatever it is that it's asking you to...
The Book of Esther introduces us to a king called Xerxes who ruled over 127 provinces which stretched from India to Cush (the upper Nile region). King Xerxes decided to hold two banquets, with the second one being for 7 days, and for the least to the greatest in the citadel of Susa.
Esther 1:8 says, "By the the king's command each guest was allowed to drink in his own way, for the king instructed all the wine stewards to serve each man what he wished."
I looked up the word "command" after thinking: "what do you mean he commanded each guest to be allowed to drink...what kind of order is that?" Then I saw that it meant: "authoritative order", i.e. to show that he was in charge.
This brought a whole new aspect...
God is SO good! I've been doing this online 365-day devotional by Joyce Meyer, and it has really been speaking to me (hence the many references to her as of late!! haha!). She said: "I know God loves me, so I can love what God chooses to love. I don't love everything I do, but I accept myself because God accepts me."
If a PERFECT God, who has NO blemish CHOOSES to love us, why can't we start to see ourselves in the same light He does?
I believe that we are meant to love ourselves (obviously not in a conceited way)...
"Even when you say i'm not, He says I'm beautiful.
I didn't watch American Idol, but when I heard Candice Glover's song it was really inspiring, and it made me think of how many of us define our beauty by what we see around us or what we hear from people or the media. Curious of who she was, I watched an interview of hers. The presenter asked her who the "he" was, and she said that the audience can take it as a guy who didn't accept them as they were, or as God. I choose to see it as both, and it can also apply at times when anything sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and His truths about us. :)
In 1 Samuel 16:7, when God instructed Samuel to go anoint the next king of Israel, He tells him not to consider [the next king's] APPEARANCE or his height because the He had rejected him [who had those things]. He then says: "The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the OUTWARD appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
When we start looking to God as our foundation of beauty, nothing in this world can hinder the truths that rest in us, and when lies do start to enter our lives, we know that we have a resting place to run to, a God who is comforting, reassuring, full of truth, and never changing (Malachi 3:6a "I the Lord do not change).
No matter what they say, YOU are beautiful :)
Joyce Meyer once wrote that: "For change to occur in your life, you can't be a prisoner of your circumstances. Know that God is willing to help you today. You just have to decide to trust Him, get up, and actively pursue the freedom He's giving you."
When I read this statement, I thought to myself: "wow, what a powerful message."
She was referring to John 5:8 where Jesus said to an invalid, "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk."
How many of us are living in our struggles? How many of us are being identified by our struggles? And why do we allow ourselves to be distinguished by our troubles, and to make excuses for them?
In John 5:1-10 we see that Jesus asks an invalid if he wanted to get well. Instead of answering with: "YES I DO!! PLEASE HEAL ME", the invalid just replied, "Sir, I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me."
I understand that his attitude was the result of being an invalid for 38 YEARS (verse 5), and so his mind frame had been altered to emulate his disability.
I sense a lot of us are still in this holding place.
In our struggles and circumstances, some of us have aimed to make excuses and have often shed the prospect of ever seeing things get any better. I hope that I can encourage you today.
I was about to do something I shouldn't, and multiple times I heard the still small voice say, "don't hurt me." I then saw a heart on the floor, and heard, "I love you."
John 3:17 says, "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him."
-Is God speaking to you today? Are you looking at Him as if He's a God who wants to condemn/sentence you instead of loving you & leading you into the right direction?
When I looked up the word 'hurt' in the dictionary, the descriptions that popped up were: 'to cause pain, discomfort, ache.'
When we view it as hurting God when we do some of the things we do or say, it makes a whole lot of difference.
Beloved, don't hurt Him, He loves you, very much.
C.S Lewis once said, "If, at the start of a mathematical equation, we get something wrong, no amount of just ‘carrying on’ will ever put it right."
Do we have our foundation in our Christian walk?
Like C.S. Lewis said, no matter how much we carry on, without the foundation that "starts" the process, we will still get it wrong, so we need to go back to the beginning and see what is "wrong".
If that means having an honest heart-to-heart chat with God, then go for it. If it means letting go of those "secret" sins that "no one" knows about, then confess it and let it go. Whatever it is, ask God to build your foundation and ask Him if there are any cracks. You will start to see growth and fruit if you trust in God for this, I guarantee it! Amen!
I hope everyone is having a good week!
In faith and in love, always,
FAITH by Promises
Ladies, we need to be careful about whom we choose to marry or date. Over and over I see countless women who end up with guys who never took responsibility of their role.
In the book of Ruth, we see a woman (Ruth) with nobel character, along with Boaz (also a man with nobel character), the man whom she later marries.
Upon losing her husband, Ruth thought Boaz would be her kinsman-redeemer (i.e. in that time if a woman lost her husband, the next relative had to claim her in order to keep the family name going, and the property). Boaz tells Ruth that he isn't next in line (there is another man before him), and that he will go to see if this guy wants to be the one to claim Ruth.
It turns out, "bachelor-number-1"* turned out to be an impostor...in other words, he didn't want to be...the one.
*Since the guy has no name in the story, we'll call him "bachelor-number-1"
When I was 14 or 15 I wanted to live like a Christian.
Trying to live up to that standard wore me out, and I eventually gave up. I now truly understand that what I did was a false acclamation of what was later to be.
I was trying to live up to this "holy-holy-holy-girl-type-of-life". I mean, I totally made the conscious decision and effort to delete all the music by *insert outrageous-industry-puppet-artist's name*, and even cleaned out my MySpace page (do you guys remember MySpace!?) Well, at that time, that girl (i.e. me) was calling herself a Christian.
My 14-year-old-self's Christian soap opera came to a halt, and boy let me tell you, it is a mess when one realizes that all the self-attained "work" done to live up to the Christian "ways" just won't cut it.
Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall. -Psalm 55:22
Is a girl who fell deeply in love with Jesus,