Recently, I kept trying to make a huge decision. Of course, I prayed and asked God to direct my decision. Still, I remained confused. Finally, exhausted, I began to meditate deeply on the Word of God (scripture verses). I especially meditated on God’s love for me in Ephesians 3:16-19. As I steadfastly turned my mind to the voice of God (in His Word), I was flooded with the answers to my dilemma! I began to receive revelation knowledge on the exact steps I should take to alleviate a problem that had lasted for over a year! Keep in mind that I was not meditating on the problem, I was meditating on God’s Word! Reading our Bible has untold benefits because it’s a direct link to the Holy Spirit and the mind of God. Additionally it removes worry, halts worldly noise, increases faith, relaxes our mind and improves sleep so that we are totally open to the voice of God. If you have important decisions you must make, stop worrying and meditating on the Word of God. Listen with your whole heart and expect the best!
Have you ever been down so far you couldn’t see up? I hope not. Unfortunately, I have..and more than once. Even though it may not have been the end of the world, at these times, it feels like it. It could be a relationship breakup, it could be an impending financial crisis or a health crisis. Sometimes we feel “all washed up” and at that moment, we are sure no human can help. Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” That “rest” includes the perfect solution to our challenge! The next time you are tempted to power through – don’t. Give it to Jesus. Ask for His help in faith and expect the best. It really works!
Many longtime Christians experience great hardship. Sometimes, we wonder, “Why do I have to go through so much if I’m serving the Lord!?” I believe the answer is simple. When we got saved, we were “on fire.” We were active in faith, bible study and love. In the book of Revelation 2:4, Jesus said this, “But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first.” God has done his part, but it’s no time to get lazy. If we intend to save our relationships, stay healthy and prosper, it takes more than faith. Remember, “Faith without work is dead” (James 2:26).
Have you ever found yourself in a defeating pattern that seemed insurmountable? Have you ever been in a toxic relationship that would not end? Have you ever struggled to stop drinking coffee, stop smoking and stop eating unhealthy foods? Many times we know what we should be doing, but we just can’t seem to stay on course. The Apostle Paul said, “I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway” (Romans 7:19). He was referring to the struggle we have within ourselves to become all that God made us to be. Finally, Paul concluded that he would never win the battle, without Jesus! It took me more than four decades to come to the same conclusion. Yes, I still have challenges, but today I know that I’m never alone. I have supernatural help. If you find yourself losing a battle, it’s never too late to ask Jesus (or God’s Holy Spirit) for help. It works for me!
As we mature, it’s sometimes difficult to balance our independence vs. dependence when it comes to significant others. Most successful people are fiercely independent, but this can actually be detrimental to relationships. Pride creeps in when we find it difficult to accept assistance from anyone. God gives us wisdom and strength, but He made love to bind us together as one family and one church. Let’s stand on our own two feet, being a burden to no man as long as possible. However, let’s never become so proud and puffed up that we cannot accept help when we really need it. In the end, (sharing) love is far more valuable to God than flaunting our own worth and independence.
Recently I found myself feeling frustrated about the challenges I face. I was beating up on myself and feeling as if I wasn’t accomplishing enough. Thank God for His Holy Spirit. It finally occurred me that I have the freedom to channel my anger and frustration into creativity and release great faith for a successful outcome. Joy is truly an inside job. The next time you are tempted to get mad (at yourself) for not being successful enough or finishing more work, remember that God loves you just as you are. He knows where you are, how hard you are trying. Jesus loves you unconditionally and He wants you to be as pleased with yourself because He’s pleased with you!
Yesterday I saw the Christian movie “Risen.” It was a great example of how and why Jesus changes every facet of a believer’s life. As we approach life’s challenges, we must keep reminding ourselves that the battle is already won!
Next to our love for God, should be our love for others. The Bible says it this way, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10:27).’’ Sounds like a tall order! It’s easy to love God, because He’s deserving, right? But what about others? Actually, it’s not as hard as it sounds! Sometimes loving others just boils down to mercy. We all believe in justice, but God is pleased when we are generous in mercy.
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“Father God, In Jesus Name, I thank you for your unconditional love for me. I thank you that you said I am beautifully and wonderfully made. I am perfect in every way. No one can deny the beauty of your creation and I am your creation. Lord, I thank you for making me excellent, intelligent, highly favored and desirable. I declare that I am perfect because of my faith and love for Jesus Christ. Thank you Lord Jesus for your faith in me. Thank you for your enormous love for me. Thank you for forgiving me through the blood of Christ. Thank you for removing all guilt and shame. Thank you for making me righteous, clean, pure and holy. Thank you for healing me. I confess that I am healed and whole right now because you have heard all of my prayers and answered them already. Father, I praise you, exalt you and thank you in Jesus Name, Amen.”