TODAY’S INSPIRATION: I AM WEAK…

I am no longer ashamed to admit that sometimes I get weak. I know God’s power is displayed through our weaknesses. There are times I am able to stand up in pain and weakness and still do what I have to do, not because I am strong, but because it is God who strengthens me, especially to do what He has […]

TODAY’S INSPIRATION: I AM WEAK…

TODAY’S INSPIRATION: I AM WEAK…

I am no longer ashamed to admit that sometimes I get weak. I know God’s power is displayed through our weaknesses. There are times I am able to stand up in pain and weakness and still do what I have to do, not because I am strong, but because it is God who strengthens me, especially to do what He has called me to do for Christ’s name. Sometimes we tend to use our weaknesses as excuses for disobedience instead of accepting them for what they really are, opportunities for God to show up and show off in our lives. The truth is we are not meant to depend on our own strength. Scripture tells us not to resist our weakness but to boast about it. Sometimes because of our weaknesses, we may make choices that are not pleasing to God. The good news is that it is never too late to repent and correct our choice as long as there is breath in our body. The thing is we do not know when we may take that last breath. And when we take our last breath, it is not our weakness that will matter, but our choice to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior!

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) NIV

“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10) KJV

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10) KJV

God’s grace is sufficient for every believer. We often want to feel independent and self-sufficient. Who likes to feel weak? I personally don’t. But I am learning not to go by how I feel but by the Word of God. When we attempt to depend on ourselves, we miss out on seeing God’s power at work. Jesus said without Him we can do nothing. (John 15:5) Sometimes life with all of its challenges can leave us feeling weak and powerless, lacking the strength we need to persevere through difficult times and doubting our trust in God. When we have a relationship with Christ, His strength overrides our weakness. When we are shattered, He will restore us. When it seems all is lost, He gives us hope.  

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) NIV

“Sustain me according to Your word, that I may live; And do not let me be ashamed of my hope.” (Psalm 119:115) NASB

When we are weak or scared, we have to trust God enough that our faith is bigger than our fear. God is aware of who we are and what we can and cannot do. When God calls us, He equips and empowers us to obey that calling. Our strength is never enough. That’s what faith is all about. Faith is a willingness to step out and trust God.

“so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:17) NIV

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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.” ( Philippians 4:6-7) NIV

A new year is coming. Do not go into a new year hoping for change when you are trying to bring what don’t belong! Trust me, if you do so, you will have the same problems you had last year! God wanted to bless Abraham (then Abram), so He sent Abraham to a new land from his family and his father’s house. Now he told him specifically that he wanted him to depart from his family (Genesis 12:1). Abraham took his wife, his father and Lot went with him. If you read all of Genesis 12, you will see the problems Abram encountered by bringing Lot and Sarah along. Yes, God still blessed him, but it created serious problems and delayed blessings for five years! We can avoid confusion and missed blessings by not taking baggage with us that God told us to leave behind. This year trust God, let it go so He can give you your blessing! This year we will embrace change. Clear away what needs to be cleared away and toss out what needs to be tossed out. I’m not claiming it is easy because we all are a work in progress; we are spiritual beings living in fleshly physical bodies. But God! When we are weak, He is strong!

“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.” (1 John 5:14) KJV

“Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7) NIV

“But without faith it is impossible to please him, for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of those that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6) KJV

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1) NIV
 

Sisters and brothers, do you want a joyful new year? I say joyful and not happy because joy comes from the Lord, and happiness depends on what is happening. I declare and decree that 2023 will be the year we will start walking it out, not just talking it out! We will make our lives a testimony to our new awareness of the glory of God! And when we get weak, He will strengthen us! Love and Blessings….
 

TODAY’S INSPIRATION: REJOICE ANYWAY!

This morning while in my prayer closet I said to God, “God, I choose to thank you and rejoice today even though some things don’t appear to be good right now. And He reminded me that He is in control and what He has done in other challenging situations. Then I started rejoicing because God is on the throne, and He has a plan and purpose for my life even when I don’t understand it. I begin to rejoice because of the grace He gives me to endure and persevere in challenging times. I rejoiced for Salvation daily and God’s forgiveness of my sins and shortcomings. I rejoiced for the things that my eyes have not seen, nor have my ears heard that God has planned for me. When I exited the closet, I felt like dancing like David, and I did!

Choosing to rejoice in the midst of stressful circumstances is not a normal reaction in our world. But as Christians it should be our first response because we know the One who reigns over all the earth. When we tap into the wisdom of the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, we do not have to let our circumstance or situations hold us captive. We can rejoice even in difficult times because we know God is in control and working things out for our good. He orders all things and upholds their purpose. We may not always understand why God allows for things to happen in our lives that cause pain, fear, and worry. However, we can trust that He has a purpose, and we can rejoice in the fact that it will work out for the good of those who love Him. We do not have to be victims to a dark and sinful world. Instead, we can choose to be the light God needs us to be and a living testimony of joy and peace when the world is falling apart. We are more than conquerors because of Christ’s great love for us. In every season we must be committed to being as Christlike as we can be. When we come to realize that our life is not about us or what we may go through here on earth, it is about serving God and revealing His character to the world, especially when we are going through. Brothers and sisters let us rejoice in the Lord always. Rejoice today no matter what comes your way! Love and blessings…

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)  

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)  

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6)  

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9)  

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)  

“You need to persevere, so that after you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.” (Hebrews 10:36)  

‘Rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,” (Romans 12:12)

TODAY’S INSPIRATION: COMFORT ZONE…

I am a living witness that often God calls us to follow in paths we would not have chosen for ourselves, especially when it takes us out of our comfort zone. It is not easy going from familiar to unfamiliar. Walking into unknown territory is scary. However, when it is God that is leading us, we can rest assured He has given us everything we need inside of us to make the journey. God does the planning; we do the preparing. Without change there is no growth. The truth is we cannot fulfill our calling in our comfort zone. Be ready for the next level that God takes you to. He will clear the path for you, removing obstacles and placing divine connections to help you along the way. If we keep our focus on Christ, we will be victorious. He is with us every step of the way!

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13) NIV

“And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.” (Isaiah 42:16) KJV

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) NIV

“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” (Proverbs 3:5-6) NIV

You may ask why is it scary when God is with us? Why are there so many problems when we are being led by God? The answer is the enemy also knows we are being led by God. He knows that God’s plan is for us to prosper and grow spiritually in Christ. God’s plan is to give us hope and everlasting life. The enemy is intent on stopping all God has for us by any means necessary! Scripture tells us how satan tried to tempt Jesus so he could destroy God’s plan for us to be delivered from sin and death. Christ does not have a sin nature as we do. Christ’s temptation was an outward exposure to satan’s ploys. (Mathew 4:1-11) This is nothing new, he started with Adam and Eve. (Genesis 3:1-5). Scripture also tells us how Jesus himself suffered and died for us. We are called and given the privilege to suffer for His name sake. In 2 Timothy 3:13, Paul tells Timothy that everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. Jesus also said that those who follow Him will be persecuted for his name sake. (Matthew 10:2) He said in this world we will have trials and tribulations. The good news is no matter how hard he tries, the enemy cannot win. Weapons will form, but they will not prosper!  

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10) ESV

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) NIV

“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the LORD.” (Isaiah 54:17) NKJV

Isaiah 54:17 should reassure us that we can leave our comfort zone knowing that God has our back. When we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, His sacrifice at the cross gives us the victory over any circumstance or situation the enemy may throw at us. Yes, it can be scary leaving our comfort zone but if we keep our focus on Christ we will be victorious. We must walk by faith and not by sight. God will do the rest. We can look forward to a future full 0f His promises, blessings, and protection. When God is with us we can be comfortable in every zone! Love and Blessings…

“Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever” (Psalm 23:6)

TODAY’S INSPIRATION: CRAZY FAITH

Sometimes when you believe in something and there is no evidence, people will call you crazy. You may even think you are crazy. However, as soon as that thing you were believing in manifests, you are no longer considered crazy. I like to call it crazy faith. Each time I experience crazy faith, my faith grows even deeper. In 2016 for seven months, I could barely walk, and I was told that I could lose the ability to walk at all. In spite of the diagnosis and what it looked like, I refused to believe it. I chose to believe the report of the Lord who says by His stripes I am healed. Today I am walking, and on a good day you might even see me jogging. And then I am reminded of the time I did not have a penny to my name and God gave me the exact amount I needed to get my car fixed. I kid you not, the exact amount! And how about the time I wanted to move my business to a home I did not have. I told my clients the name of the street I would be moving to as if it was so. Yes, God gave me a house on that street! Now that is crazy faith! I have many more testimonies where I did nothing but hand it over to God and believe He would handle it, and He did.  

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) KJV

“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” (Mathew 21:22)

There are many people in the Bible who had crazy faith. I am sure they thought Noah was crazy, the people didn’t see a need for an ark. He must have looked crazy every day he worked on it and there was no rain in sight, until there was rain. And Abraham, who was no spring chicken, must have looked right foolish leaving his family and home to travel to a land he knew little or nothing about. But because he had faith, he chose to obey God. And even though it took some time, God, as He always does, kept His promises to Abraham.

“And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark and cover it inside and out with pitch.” (Genesis 6:13-14) ESV

“They were eating, drinking, and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.” (Luke 17:27)

“Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:1-3)

We are familiar with the story of the twelve spies who Moses sent to the land of Canaan. God told Moses He had given this land to the Israelites. He instructed Moses to send one leader from each of the twelve tribes of Israel to explore the land. After forty days, the spies returned with their reports. The thing is their were two different reports. Two spies are fully convinced that they are able to go into the promised land, overcome the people there and possess it. The other ten spies are scared to death. They are convinced that they are no match for the people living in the land of Canaan. Now they all saw the same things in the promised land. So why were there two totally different reports? I believe that two of those spies had crazy faith. They believed what God had promised them in spite of what it looked like. But because the people chose to believe the other ten spies, the children of Israel went around and round in the desert for forty years. It is easier for people to believe what they see, but the blessings and victory comes when we walk by faith and not by sight.

“The LORD said to Moses, “Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites. Send one leader from each tribe. So, at the LORD’s command Moses sent them out from the Desert of Paran. All of them were leaders of the Israelites.” (Numbers 13:1-3)

“And they returned and came to Moses and to Aaron and to all the assembly of the children of Israel, to the Wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh, and brought back word to them and to the entire assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. They reported to him and said, “We came to the land where you sent us, and surely it flows with milk and honey, and this is the fruit of it. However, the people are strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are fortified and very great, and also we saw the children of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the Negev, and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains, and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and by the edge of the Jordan.” Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and possess it, for we are able to overcome it.” But the men that went up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people because they are stronger than us. They gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come from the giants, and in our eyes we were like grasshoppers, and so we were in their eyes.” (Numbers 13:26-33)

Some of the most successful people in today’s society were laughed at and called crazy when they stepped out on faith and left their comfort zones to follow their God given visions and dreams. The world calls it crazy. But listen, what the world calls crazy in one season, will be considered faith in another. Crazy to the world changes depending on what it looks like. But the Word doesn’t change, and the Word says, “your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:5) The Word of God is powerful! When we stand on His Word, walk by His Word, live by His Word and speak His Word, things change in both the physical and spiritual realms. I have learned when you pray about something, you must give it completely to God, trusting Him to handle it and believe that it will work out for your good. It doesn’t matter what it looks like, how long it’s taking, or who says you are crazy for believing something that they can’t see. You may not even see it, but that is what faith is, believing what you can’t see. Crazy faith will never fail you! Love and Blessings…

“for we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

TODAY’S INSPIRATION: MAKE THE TIME!

A while back I read something online that touched me deeply. I typed it and I keep a copy on my desk because it is a reminder of how fragile life is and why we should make every day, no, every second count. Jesus suffered and gave His life so that we could live, and not just live but have eternal life. That itself is profound. I know we don’t like to think about it but life here on this earth is a temporary gift that should not be taken for granted. Sometimes we get so busy doing life, we don’t appreciate it or those we share it with, at least not until they are no longer with us. Which is why I am sharing this reminder to “Make the Chili.” I don’t remember where I read it or who the writer is, but I am thankful for the reminder. Love and Blessings…

“A good friend of mine unexpectedly lost his wife. “A couple months later we were golfing together, chatting about nothing.” He asked what my dinner plans were, and I told him wifey wanted my homemade chili and cornbread, but I didn’t feel like stopping at the store. We golfed for a few more minutes when he quietly said, “Make the chili.” It took me a few minutes to realize we were no longer talking about dinner. It was about going out of your way to do something for someone you love because at any moment, they could unexpectedly be taken from you. So today I’m sharing with you that wisdom handed to me by my dear friend, that I’ve thought of many times since that day. Next time someone you love wants you to go for a walk or watch a football game or play a board game or just put your phone down and give them your undivided attention, just do it. “Make the chili”

Author Unknown

“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:13-15) NIV

“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.” (John 3:16) NIV

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”  (Romans 12:10) NIV  

TODAY’S INSPIRATION!: BITTER OR BETTER?

Bitterness can be a physical sense of taste, it is the opposite of sweetness. Bitterness can also be a state of mind. It is usually connected with emotions such as disappointment, hurt, resentment, anger, misery, and discontentment. People who are bitter have a tendency to take offense quickly, and they are quick to anger. The Word tells us to “get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” The world uses the saying “hurt people hurt people.” This is also true. Scripture tells us in 2 Timothy (3:1-6) that as the return of the Lord approaches, the evil will follow the desires of their hearts and will also attempt to lead others astray.

“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:” (Ephesians 4:31) KJV

“For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.” (Proverbs 4:16) KJV

“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” (2 Timothy 3:1-6) NIV

We all at some point in our life have been hurt by the words or actions of another. The hurt or disappointment is even deeper when it comes from a loved one or friend. It may have been a traumatic experience, such as physical or emotional abuse. Whatever the reason, along with other emotions, it can lead to feelings of anger and bitterness. It is difficult for bitter people to let go of past hurts and disappointments. They tend to carry it into their relationships, on jobs, and within their family. The first human murder is described in Genesis 4; the story of Cain and Abel. It shows us what built up bitterness can do. Cain was consumed by bitterness and anger, because he felt he was wronged by his brother Abel and God. He turns against God and kills Abel. God being who He is, gave Cain a second chance for repentance. But Cain was so deep in bitterness and self-pity, instead of repenting, he complained his punishment was harsher than he deserved. It is crucial that we don’t let bitterness get so rooted within us that we can’t accept an apology or if no apology at least move forward in life. The point I am trying to make is that bitterness leads to anger which distances us from God and moves us closer to destruction.  

“And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry,” (Ephesians 4:26)

“Cain told Abel his brother. And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” And he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:8-9)  

“For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.” (Acts 8:23)

“See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;” (Hebrews 12:15) NLT

I do not claim to be a psychiatrist, but I do know from my own experience that healing starts with forgiveness. Forgiveness can be a challenge, especially if the person who has hurt you doesn’t admit that they were wrong. But forgiveness is not about them as much as it is about you and your well-being. As someone said unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting it to kill the other person! Forgiveness is not easy! As humans we go into self-protection mode when we have been wronged or hurt. We don’t easily overflow with mercy, grace, and understanding. However, as Christians who are obedient to Christ and His command, we make an intentional choice to forgive. We forgive not according to how we feel, but by faith. Once we do that, the Lord will do the work in our hearts. Sometimes it takes time, but God always finishes what He starts. God’s choice to forgive all sins of all people reveals who He is. Our choice to forgive reveals the Christ in us.

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,” (Colossians 2:13) NIV

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.” (Romans 12:17-19)

“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14,15).

No one can have peace and happiness while living with bitterness and resentment. It affects you physically, mentally, and spiritually. Your relationships will suffer. Unforgiving spirits breeds bitterness. The key to fighting bitterness is forgiveness. The key to forgiveness is Jesus! Love and Blessings…

“When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly” (1 Peter 2:23).

“For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” (Hebrews 10:30)

“If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” (Romans 12:13)

TODAY’S INSPIRATION:BE STILL…

Sometimes God calls us to action. Then sometimes He calls us to do nothing but be still and let God be God. Has anyone besides me ever felt overwhelmed and didn’t know what to do? It seemed as if the enemy was coming from all sides. And to make matters worse you felt helpless and inadequate because all you could do is just stand there. I’m here to tell you that sometimes just standing is the best position in order for God to move. Ask me how I know. When we are helpless and depend on God and only God, He will fight our battles. As my Pastor said this morning, “we are on a battlefield, not a playground.” We are consistently in warfare, and we cannot win the battle ourselves. We. need. the. Lord.  

“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10)

“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

“But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the LORD’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the LORD is with you!” (2 Chronicles 20:17)

When King Jehoshaphat and the small tribe of Judah were besieged on all fronts by three powerful and bloodthirsty armies rapidly advancing toward Jerusalem the king set himself to seek the Lord and pray with hope before all the assembly of Judah. It was then that the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel, who spoke the words of the Lord.  

“Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.” (2 Chronicles 20:15,17)

“You shall not fear them, for it is the LORD your God who fights for you.” (Deuteronomy 3:22)

When hearing these words of hope, all Judah humbled themselves before the Lord, bowing before Him and worshiping Him. Standing still is not inactivity or doing nothing. It’s a posture of hope, and it involves keeping your hope secured on the person of Jesus and having a sure and confident expectation of good. While you are standing, pray. While you are standing, fast. While you are standing study the Word and focus on His promises. When the Pharaohs army were charging toward the children of Israel, ready to destroy them, Moses simply stood and declared to the terrified Israelites;

“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever.” (Exodus 14:13)

When you are caught in what seems like a hopeless situation, learn to position yourself and stand. Be still. Allow Jesus to work on your behalf. When we center ourselves, our thoughts, our beliefs, and our hopes on Him, He will lead us concerning what to do. The Lord wants us to trust Him, to be obedient, to let Him fight our battle for us.

“through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:2)

“Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24)

We do not have to live in fear and discouragement when we know that the battle is not ours, but the Lords. We can stand still and see the salvation of the Lord! Love and Blessings…

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Corinthians 15:57)

TODAY’S INSPIRATION: PROMISES OF GOD…

God has promised me some things. Some have come to pass, and some I am faithfully waiting on. I will be the first to say that waiting is not easy. But even at my worst impatient times, I have never doubted the promises of God. God does not do time or age. He also is a God that cannot lie. When God shows up it is well worth the wait. I have come to realize that God’s timing is perfect. He is a promise keeper! I’m sure there are some things God has promised you which are just for you. If He has shown you a vision or promised you something that is specifically for you, I want to encourage you to not let anyone or anything, tell you any different. Especially the devil who is the father of lies!

“The Lord always keeps his promises; he is gracious in all he does” (Psalm 145:13)

“But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” (2 Peter 3:8)

“Wait on the LORD: Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: Wait, I say, on the LORD” (Psalm 27:14)

“You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44)

God has always been faithful in fulfilling His promises. (Genesis 12:1-3) In the Old Testament God gives us a preview of the messiah. (Genesis 49:1, Isaiah 7:14)) In the New Testament, all the promises are fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth. God highly exalted Jesus and gave him “the name which is above every name” (Philippians 2:9-11) Scriptures show us where God has proved Himself over and over again to be true to His Word.

“For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call. (Acts 2:39)

“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations, He will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth.” (Isaiah 42:1,4)

“He knows, and He is a great High Priest who can empathize with us. He is also the King who can do something about it. But He exercises His power in a different way than the worldly system. He will “rule with an iron scepter and dash them to pieces like pottery,” but only after extending His patience for He is “not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

The promises of Jesus are meant for everybody. He is the truth and the way. Jesus has made promises to all those who accept Him as their Lord and Savior. We are promised forgiveness of sins. (1 John 1:9) Those who show confidence in Christ are assured of answers to prayers when we pray in accordance with His will. (1 John 5:14) Jesus promised to never leave or forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:6) He promised to take care of all our needs. (Philippians 4:19) He said He is our help in times of troubles. (Psalm 9:9-1) He also promised to work everything out for our good. (Romans 8:28) I could go on and on because there are numerous promises made from God to man in the Bible. Author Herbert Locklear, (All the Promises of the Bible) states there are 7,147 promises from God to man in the bible. I don’t claim to know how many promises there are in the Bible, I do know that all of God’s promises are Yes and Amen!  

“Praise be to the Lord, not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses” (1 Kings 8:56)

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” (Luke 2:10)

“Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)

“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” (2 Corinthians 1:20)

The greatest promise to believers in Christ is the promise of Salvation. If we allow God to work in our lives, trusting and depending on Him, we can stand on His promises.  

“That whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:15)

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:13-14)

“Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.” (1 Kings 8:56)

Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection are part of God’s divine plan to rescue us and to give us the greatest promise of all, eternal life. The Good News is that everyone can share in the promises of God through Jesus Christ. Love and Blessings…

TODAY’S INSPIRATION: CRY IF YOU WANT…

I laughed until I cried many times, literally. Those were good tears. We cry for a variety of reasons. Your emotions can cause you to cry when you’re sad, angry or happy. Men are often told as little boys that “boys don’t cry”. That stigma follows them into manhood which can lead to an unhealthy emotional life. But that’s another story for another day. Sadly, in today’s society women are also discouraged from crying. You are a “Boss” and Bosses are strong, confident, they walk that walk and talk that talk, never letting anyone see them sweat. (or cry) Ladies you can cry if you want to!  

“Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.” (Luke 6:21)  

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18)  

God created us, emotions and all. The difficulties of life can trigger a wide range of emotions, but God has equipped us to handle them through Him. I believe crying is one of the tools He equipped us with. We need tears to help us not only physically and emotionally, but spiritually as well. The scripture shows us three times that Jesus wept. It is ok for us to weep, but we don’t stop there. We pray. We trust. We praise. We seek out God’s comfort. We find His promises and claim them, which allows us to walk by faith.  

“Jesus wept” (John 11:35)  

“As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it” (Luke 19:41)  

“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission” (Hebrews 5:7)  

“You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?” (Psalm 56:8)  

God expects us to be led by the Spirit and not our emotions. However, because Jesus in human form experienced some of our same emotions, He now stands before God as our advocate. He is the reason that God understands and responds to our tears. When the trials and tribulations of this world bring us to tears, it is in those times we can find strength, solace, and comfort by crying out to God in prayer. He is there to ease our sorrows and help us to deal with pain and suffering.

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)  

“For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelations 7:17)  

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelations 21:4)

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)  

Sometimes, when our hearts are overwhelmed, all we need to do is cry out to God. He sees our tears and He will give us comfort and peace. When we think about the goodness of God and His love for us, we can’t help but cry tears of joy. Love and Blessings…