I started this blog to let my readers know that they are valuable and worth a great price. No matter the challenges you face in your daily life there is always away out. The way out always starts with knowing how vitally important you are. You are his masterpiece, his work of art and you are created for a purpose. You have a destiny.
Psalm 19:14, “ So may the words of my mouth, my meditation thoughts, and every movement of my heart be always pure and pleasing, acceptable before your eyes, my only Redeemer, my Protector-God.”
Every morning when you awake your spirit man along with your whole body has been renewed and you have been given a day full of new beginnings. Not only that but a day full of refreshing, strength and God’s protection; a day full of new possibilities.
When your focus is on God it leaves no room for the enemies lies to be present in your life. Give the Holy Spirit voice in your words. Ask the Holy Spirit to stand guard over your words. Determine to take every thought captive and let your heart stay pure, pleasing and acceptable to God. He is your Redeemer and Protector.
I know there are times throughout the day that you will have the opportunity to get caught up in the chaos of this world and what’s going on around you; but choose instead to set aside times throughout your day to talk with God. In doing so you will see that it’s easier to take every thought captive and stay determined to allow the members of your body to stay pleasing before the Lord.
The enemy wants nothing more than to feel your mind with things that only God can fix. When you align yourself with the Word of God, he will fix the things that need to be fixed and show you his favor. You have to do your part by loving God, loving people and showing forgiveness; along with your words lining up with God’s Word. You have to be determined to meditate on things that are just, pure, lovely and of good report; virtuous and praise worthy. In doing this you leave no room for the enemy and you give more room for the joy of the Lord to be your strength.
Proverbs 10:12, “ Hatred stirs up conflicts, but love covers all offenses.”
It’s so easy at times to get offended. As children of God we have to realize that offenses are going to come; but how we respond to them shows our character. We have to understand that we live in a fallen world; Not only that but we all have to fight the flesh. We have to choose to not allow the offenses to overtake us or move us out from under God’s protection.
As long as we live in this flesh our flesh will be offended. That’s why it says in the word for us to walk in the spirit so that we will not fulfill the desires of the flesh. Our flesh always wants to retaliate with anger, strife and even unforgiveness.
We have to realize as children of God we are bigger then the offenses that come our way. We are strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. His joy is our strength to overcome them. We have to rely on the Word of God and be determined to love at all cost. That’s our mission as followers of Christ.
When we love it covers all offenses done to us. So today be the bigger person and choose to love.
Have you ever stopped and thought about how long Jesus had to endure hanging on the cross? We think sometimes we have it bad when we have to endure things. Think about it though; what Jesus had to bare should give us the hope and confidence we need to endure under stress, help us to stand strong under pressure and wait courageously upon the Lord.
As children of God we shouldn’t give into the pressures of this world. If we keep our eyes on Jesus knowing what he endured for us and overcame; it should give us the strength and determination to not give up.
Life itself can be hard at times but just know that we can overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Along with knowing the enemy has no power of us. We are strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. No good thing will he withhold from us when we walk uprightly before him.
Have you ever stopped and thought about Barabbas in the Bible? How can people deliberatly free a man that is guilty and crusify a man that did nothing but good. Jesus healed and delivered those around him. People saw it with there own eyes and yet they wanted to free a man guilty of punishment, and crusify a man that loved and showed grace and compassion to those he was around. It doesn’t seem to make sense does it?
The thing is we have all fallen short of the glory of God. We where all at one time condemned to die. Which I am sure if we all looked back over our lives we would see that we would have deserved the penalty of death. The thing is though, God saw the bigger picture. He wanted to give us a way of escape so that we could be part of his family. So he made a plan to send his son. One who was innocent and did nothing wrong to take our place, so that we could be forgiven.
The story of Barabbas, we are not told what happened to him after he was releasaed. I want to believe that he saw the love of God portrayed that day. God is all powerful and he knew Barabbas was guilty but he freed him. It wasn’t the king that did it. He may of spoken it from his mouth but God was behind it because he saw the bigger picture. God wanted us to see his love and help us to realize that nothing can ever seperate us from his love. No sin is to big that can’t be forgiven.
We all at one time where dead to our tresspasses and sins. We where condemned to death just like Barabbas. But because of the love of God we where set free by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. He didn’t deserve to take our place but he did because we needed a Savior. We needed a way of escape.
The love of God that was portrayed that day didn’t stop there. Not only are we forgiven we are raised up with Jesus. We have the victory and the authority to use his name and defeat the devil; just like Jesus did when he took the keys from him; and now Jesus sits at the right hand of God making intercesion for us.
When we chose to receive what Jesus did for us we no longer have to live in guilt and condemnation. Whom the son sets free is free indeed. As children of God we are alive in Chrst Jesus. Sin has no power over us. The devil has no power over us.
If you have found yourself in a place to where you want to know his love and forgiveness then here you go.
“Father, I receive what Jesus did for me. I was once condemned to death but because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ I am forgiven. I receive my forgiveness and I walk in freedom. Sin no longer has a hold on me. Satan no longer has a hold on me. I am yours and yours alone. I am a new creation in Christ Jesus. The old me is gone and I have been made alive with Jesus Christ. Thank you for giving me eternal salvation. In Jesus Name, Amen.”
“I will bless the Lord who counsels me even at night when my thoughts trouble me. I always let the Lord guide me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 16:7-8
How beautiful is this. Thoughts are always going to come. It’s what we do with them that determines there outcome. We can either choose to bless the Lord or wallow around in self pity and doubt.
The enemy wants nothing more than to see the thoughts he puts in your head to over take us. He can’t physical touch us, but if he can get us to dwelling on the thoughts long enough and convince us, then he knows all we have to do is voice them; then he has a foldhold. On the other hand, if we choose not to give voice to the thoughts, instead, you choose to bless the Lord; then the Lord goes to work on our behalf turning everything around in our favor. Why? Because we are chosen. He holds our future and we determine to walk in it.
One good thing about the Lord is that we never have to walk alone. We never have to face challenges alone. If we determine to bless him even in the midst of what looks impossible he can turn it around in our favor. He is always there ready and waiting for us to agree with his Word so that his Word can be effective in our lives.
In Him we will not be shaken. So no matter what you are facing today determine and settle within yourself to bless the Lord. Tell your soul what to do.
(Bless the Lord oh my soul. Bless his holy name. Don’t forget all his benefits. He forgives all your iniquities. He heals all your diseases. He redeems your life from destruction. He crowns you with faithful love and compassion. He satisfies your mouth with good things and he renews your youth like the eagles.) Psalm 103:1-5
You are important to the Lord. Don’t allow your thoughts to overtake you. We can’t keep the thoughts from coming in, but we can keep them from nesting. Bless the Lord with your words and be determined to see his Word come to pass.
Have you ever asked the question, “How do I seek the kingdom?” Because scripture says in Matthew 6:33, “ But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.”
To seek his kingdom you have to search out the scriptures. You have to find out what it says in his Word about your situation. To seek his righteousness, is to be a person of integrity and honor before God.
Everything lies in what you put before your eyes especially when a situation arises. Not only that but what you say as well. Your words are powerful and they determine the outcome of the situation. You may know that the Word says, “ My God will supply all my need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” It’s one thing to know what it says; it’s another to believe what it says. When you choose to believe especially when all odds are against it, that in itself puts you in a place of integrity to God’s Word.
What you believe the most is what you choose to speak from your mouth. God wants to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all you can ask or think according to the power that’s at work within you. So be determined to change your course by choosing to seek the Word and allow his Word to work on your behalf. When you do, you line yourself up to walk in the blessing. Besides you belong to the king. You are royalty. You are his prized possession.
It’s time to rise and declare his promises over yourself and your situation. You are destined to come out on top.
When God brings you to your promise land you have to choose whether or not to walk in and take possession. So many times we enter out promise land yet we never conqueror it because the giants that are present. We tend to look at what’s around us and we see ourselves less and we realize we lack the confidence we need to fully enter in.
When the children of Israel where getting ready to enter the promise land Caleb was confident and courageous and knew they could take possession of the land because they could certainly conquer it. While the men that went with them where afraid because the men they saw where of a great size and they seemed like grasshoppers. They didn’t see themselves with any value or worth when facing the giants in the land.
How many times do we do that. We get all pumped up and ready then all of a sudden we encounter a situation and we allow it to belittle us and we begin to feel inferior so we shrink back into mediocrity and refuse to fight.
What giants are keeping you from being a conqueror? We are called to be more than conquerors. One who achieves more than just ordinary battles. We are destined for greatness. It’s time for us to rise up and take our authority and use the word of God against the giants that are standing in our way. No more will you see yourselves as grasshoppers or people of insignificance. You are strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. Nothing is ever to impossible for you to overcome.
We all have things we want to do in life. Places we want go, where we want to live and what we want to be. There is nothing wrong with any of that if those plans fit into your purpose and destiny that God set in motion for you before the beginning of time. If what you are doing doesn’t bring joy and fulfillment then take a step back and ask yourself, “ Is this God’s purpose for my life?” If not find out what is. His purpose will always bring fulfillment not only in your life but in the lives of those you are around. His purpose for you will never fail. It will always stand and bare fruit in order for you to be effective in every area of your life.
You are destined for greatness. Regardless of your age you have a purpose. Find out what it is and determine to go after it and live a life your called to live. A life full of laughter, excitement, joy and fulfillment.
We are called to be confident in the Lord. Relying on his unfailing protection, provision and certainty in our lives. Realizing that even if we don’t quit understand it, we choose to bless the Lord anyway.
It’s in those moments of blessing him that we realize that he will never abandon us, and that we do not have to be shaken or moved by our five physical scenes; we choose instead to rejoice. When we rejoice our body is at peace, and we know in that moment we will not see failure or defeat. Instead, we will see the outstretched arm of the Lord show up every time.
For every good and perfect gift comes from God. So we know that at his right hand are pleasures forever more because there are no limits to what all God can and will do in our lives. Take the limits off, we are not limited. He is our cup of blessings, he is our portion. Choose to be still and know that he is God and in him we will never be disappointed.
Jeremiah 12:3, “ As for you, Lord, you know me; you see me. You test whether my heart is with you.”Psalm 139 “ Lord, you have searched me and known me….you understand my thoughts from far away…. Before a word is on my tongue, you know all about it Lord…. Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the way everlasting way.”
Both of these scriptures let’s us see that God knows us. He knows what goes on in our heart and mind. He knows what scares us, what makes us happy and what aggravates us. He knows what makes us laugh and what makes us cry. He knows when we are in faith and when we are in fear. He knows what we are going to say before we ever say it. Nothing we can ever do or say can separate us from the love and compassion of our Heavenly Father.
When the scriptures talk about the heart; it’s talking about our mind, will and emotions. So many times we allow our emotions to take over and it blinds our judgement; But instead of letting our emotions take over we simply need to say, “Lord I will trust you. You promised in your Word that you will give him perfect peace who’s mind is stayed on you.” In those moments of believing his word along with taking a deep breath you begin to feel and sense the peace of God that passes all understanding mounting guard over your heart and mind.
You may not understand everything your facing but in those times remember God knows who you are and where you are in your walk with him. He is always right there ready to lift you up and walk with you and give you the strength you need. He is your Shepherd. He never leaves you alone, he will never forsake you. He loves you.
Begin to line your words up with his and in those moments when you feel overwhelmed let his word wash over you and allow his presence to become the most important thing in your life.