Nobody wants to believe the worst . . .

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of any situation.  Think in terms of dangerous weather phenomenon.  The warnings go out.  Sirens blast.  News reports are issued.  Every opportunity presented has been employed to let the populous know that something serious is about to happen and people need to get out of the way and try to avoid it by any means necessary.  Alas, hope that this or that will not come to pass can almost keep one in a state of denial, refusing the facts; refusing the evidence presented before them; refusing the warnings. This analogy can give us peer through of how this can affect us in the physical.

But, what about when spiritual warnings go unheeded.  Reading in the book of Jeremiah this morning, around the 27-29th chapters, and we see where God used Jeremiah as his mouthpiece.  There was impending devastation headed the people’s way.  Because of their sin and rebellion against God, God was sending His people into captivity and people just didn’t want to believe it.  They didn’t want to believe that worst thing possible was about to come upon them and they simply refused there would be retribution by the hand of God for all their wrongs.  False prophets even went so far as to come up with fanciful ideas to combat the true word of God convincing the people they would not be captivity for the prescribed seventy years as Jeremiah predicted as a directive from God. If you read your Bible history you will see that everything played out according to His holy word; nothing failed of all that He said He would bring to pass.

If I may, there is an even a more dangerous situation than this.  Warnings have been blared and people have been urged to take shelter in Jesus Christ.  Why?  Because eternity is real and where we spend eternity is real.  The Bible tells us God is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance,” (2 Peter 3:9).  I have said this before and I’ll say it again, God is your biggest advocate.  He wants you to make it to heaven more than anybody else you could ever think of.  He wants to see you in glory.  He wants to bless you with all the spiritual riches laid up for you in eternity.  God wants us where He is that He might enjoy that long awaited uninterrupted fellowship He has been desiring.

Although God has been patient with us tomorrow is never promised.  If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Savior today I urge you to take shelter in Him for there is a far greater and more dangerous storm coming.  It speaks of eternal devastation in hell.  Hell is real and Jesus spoke of it often (see Matthew 10:28; 13:42; 25:41 and Luke 16:24, just to name a few).

The false prophets of Jeremiah’s day tried to speak against the reality of God’s word coming to pass.  It didn’t work then and it won’t work today.  They tried to talk people out of where God designed for them to be in that season of their life.  Where God want us to be in the season of eternity is in heaven with Him.  Don’t let anybody talk you out of it.  Heed the warnings.  Listen to the spiritual sirens.  Find shelter in Jesus Christ today.  Let your eternal future be found in Him.

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Words make a difference . . .

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There is so much power bound up in the way we talk. Proverbs 18:21 tells us, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Whatever is produced from our lips generates fruit. Stuff grows, for the good or the bad, off of what we say.

“Watch What You Eat!”

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What we put into our body matters.  The foods we eat can either help or hinder our health.  Sometimes, in our house, we stop at fast food restaurants to eat, but it is not an everyday occurrence.  I value what goes in my body.  Is every food choice the best choice?  No, but I try to make it a point to have the majority of what I eat to be of nutritional value; to be something that will build me up and not tear me down.

Our spiritual lives work in the same manner.  We are what we eat, spiritually.  If all that we ever digest is the negatives of this world then we are robbing our spirit of the vital nutrients that can increase our awareness and spiritual health.  The Bible says, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God,” (Rom. 10:17).  What we assimilate in our being is what will be produced in our spirit and in our lives.

God’s word has everything we need.  A daily diet of letting Him speak to us through His word, through His preachers and teachers will enrich our spiritual lives and make us stronger in Him.  When adversity and the storms of life arise His word that has already been deeply instilled in us pops into action and carries us through to the other side.

We need God’s word every day.  We need it to grow.  We need it to learn.  We need it to increase our faith.  We will never be the healthy Christian that we need to be if we leave the word of God out of our daily routines. God’s word will build you up and make you stronger in Him.   Many are diligent about their natural health but watch what you eat spiritually.  It can make the difference between spiritual health and spiritual sickness.

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“The Truth about Self-Doubt”

One of our most famous struggles in life is with doubt.  We have faith in and for others.  We believe God to the fullest.  Yet, doubt seeks to rob us in another area.  It’s when we allow thoughts of inferiority to enter our space.  It’s when we let the insecurity we experience on the inside come to the surface and convince us we are not enough.

We know that God is good.  And,  we know He is awesome in everything He does.  But, when it comes to convincing ourselves of what He can do in and through us we have a hard time accepting that truth in our lives because something or someone has caused us to believe we don’t measure up; we don’t have what it takes to adequately pursue what God has placed on the inside of us.

One Bible verse that has recently helped me overcome that low-level thinking; thinking that keeps your hopes and dreams submerged in the sea of doubt is this: “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ,” (Philippians 1:6).  Meaning God will finish what He started in you and He will keep on working on you until that day of Jesus Christ.

A lot of us, as the young people today say, feel some type of way about where they are in life right now.  They are viewing their lives through the lens of the journey rather than the destination.  All that God wants to do through us and for us will always be a continuing and evolving work.  We as long as we are on the face of this earth can never say that we have arrived.  We will never fully meet our destination point until we are face to face with Jesus.

But, already knowing where our destination finishes should give us hope for the journey.  Rather, we tend to let the journey disappoint us; we let the journey decide for us what our future will turn out to be like, telling us what we are and what we’re worth.

Our journey shouldn’t be a measure of stress or discouragement causing seeds of doubt to be planted about what God has placed in you.  Your journey is the process that’s taking you in the direction of your destination.  And, I don’t care who’s doing this or that over there or here – God still has His hands on us.  God is still working on the behalf of His children.  God is still perfecting and performing stuff in our lives.  God still has a glorious future up ahead for each one of us if we will just believe, hold on, and wait through the process of His performance in us.

So, the truth about self-doubt is this: God is not finished with you yet.  Standing at the sink, brushing my teeth, this is what God dropped in my heart with the verse above.  Your journey is still moving.  Your story is not over.  You are not in a race to live in comparison with others.  You are a follower of His lead until you become everything He has designed you to be.  As long as you are alive and kicking, His purpose in you is alive and kicking.  Don’t count yourself out.

Another truth about self-doubt is this: it’s not about whether we think we are good enough.  It’s about the good He is able to do in us (another God-inspired thought).  You are more than what your journey appears to be.  You are measured by your destination.  You are measured by Jesus Christ inside of you leading to your destination; drawing you to trust Him in everything He is calling you to be.  If He has placed something wonderful in you, He will bring it to pass.  Just believe and hope in Him.  For in Him is where your real self-worth is found.  Therefore, since your worth is in Him and He is the one perfecting and performing your process, don’t doubt yourself and what God is able to do in you and through you.  You are so much more than the doubt!

“No matter what, God’s promises still stand!”

A thought to share:

One morning while dropping my daughter off at school I spotted a rainbow in the sky. There was no rain, no storms; just sun and rainbow with some clouds. I thought about the symbol of the rainbow standing for God’s promise.

Then, I thought about the idea of having a rainbow without the rain is almost like having the promise without the storm. I jokingly said to myself, “Lord, any time you want to give me a promise without a storm or rain, that’s alright with me.”

It was just a nice thought but it reminded me that no matter what goes on in life if God made you a promise, it will come to pass, rain or not. Your circumstances don’t dictate God’s promises. Yes, there will be rainy days and more often than not we have to go through them to reach the promise. Regardless of what it looks like, rain or shine, if God said it will happen, it will happen.  

The world may speak all kinds of ugliness against the promises of God, but I declare today peace and prosperity in what God says will come to pass.  Hold on to His promise for your life and never let it go.  

Blessings ~

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“Strength for Heavy Hands”

No matter who you are.  No matter what your position is in your home, work, or local church.  No matter what call is placed on your life.  If you, or anyone of us, are going to successfully make it through this Christian journey we need support.  We need encouragement from one another.  We need assistance through hard times and struggles.  In the midst of our personal and spiritual battles, we need a helping hand; someone who will be there as our advocate and friend to help us carry the load.  We all need someone whom we can garner strength from in our times of weakness.

There was a time in the Bible when Moses sent Joshua out to battle against the Amalekites.  During this battle, Moses stood atop a hill with the rod of God in his hand.  As long as his hands were raised the battle would turn in their favor, giving them victory against their adversary.  But, the longer the battle ensued the more cumbersome it became for Moses to hold that victory stance.  For every time his hands became weak and he lowered his arms, the enemy would start prevailing against his people.  Upon seeing the heavy hands of Moses, Aaron and Hur came to his aid.  They offered him support.  They sat Moses down on a rock and they held his heavy hands; they came alongside him during the fight to help keep his hands steady (read Exodus 17:8-13).

The Bible tells us, “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow. . . And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken,” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).   There is strength in togetherness.  There is value in being there for one another.  When someone’s hands are getting too heavy to deal with the things in life, we as a people of God should come alongside them as the boys did for Moses, and help them through the battle.  Then, we are unified as one in the struggle, offering the strength that cannot be easily torn away.

Do you or someone you know need assistance?  Do you know someone who is having a hard time right now?  It might be nothing big, but just the daily ins and outs of life are wearing on you or a friend.  Can you offer encouragement to that one?  If you are the one in a struggle and need help, I encourage you to not try to fight alone.  Find someone who will come alongside you to champion your cause with you.  If you know someone who is struggling, can you be the one that helps strengthen the heavy hands?   What greater way to show the love of Christ in you than to be there for each other?

Bible Verses for Supporting Others:

Galatians 6:2 “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”

Romans 15:1 “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.”

Philippians 2:4 “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”

John 15:12 “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”

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“He Knows my Name!”

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” . . . the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, . . .” John 10:3.

It doesn’t matter how anybody has treated you today or even if they have made you feel like a complete nothing: Jesus knows your name!  To Him you are a somebody.  To Him you are valued.  To Him you are important.  To Him you are not invisible.  He knows you.  He knows your name.  How wonderful is that?  We serve a personal God!  Hallelujah!