I was listening to my pastor ( Stephen Chitty) when he said, “You have the relationship with God that you want.” It took some thought but I agree. The strongest relationship with God comes from seeking Him first in all things. The word says, ‘draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you’. The more time you spend seeking Him through His word, praying, listening to Him, and in the state of praise; the stronger out relationship with Him grows. So yeah you are responsible for the relationship and you decide whether it withers or grows.
I had a friend that was staring to doubt that God exists. I asked her when was the last time you went to church, and when was the last time you prayed? She began to see my point. YOU DECIDE HOW REAL GOD IS GOING TO BE IN YOUR LIFE!
God’s blessings don’t come with sorrow and drama. So if you are hanging on to something that you thought was from God and comes with drama, you need to let it go. Be patient. What God has for you will be much more than you thought you had or could imagine.
After hours of crying I can get up and say GOD IS STILL GOOD. Not because my situation has changed (cause it hasn’t), but because He hasn’t changed. He is the same God I was praising in the good times and I must still praise him through the bad.
I heard an amazing testimony Sunday. How God took a woman who was an alcoholic by age sixteen, addicted to crack by age twenty, and turned her around. She became a missionary and years later a pastor’s wife. What amazing grace God has given us. No matter what we’ve done and how undeserving we are, He is waiting to accept and forgive us. We just have to come to Him and repent. Satan is an accuser and when life may have is down he kicks us and whispers is out ear, “no one loves you”, “you’d be better off dead”, “it’s not going to happen”, etc. Those are the moments we are to quote God’s word and seek Him. By His blood we have been redeemed. I am enough! Don’t let Satan allow your defeat to be the end of the war. That battle may be over, but the war isn’t. In the name of Jesus, I claim the victory that you’ve given me. I am the head and not the tail.
Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Whatever your situation or trial you may be going through ask yourself that question. God takes care of His children and whatever Satan meant for harm, God will make it work out for your good. Saying no right now doesn’t mean the same as no. I am learning to be patient and my time isn’t His time. So the battle has already been won. I already have the victory. It may not have manifested itself yet, but it’s coming and I am going to praise Him.
People will disappoint or fail you. It’s life. People aren’t perfect and they don’t always make good decisions. But God is faithful. He is not man that he should lie. What He says, He does.
Hebrews 13:5 I will never leave thee, not forsake thee.
When you feel that your prayers aren’t being answered remember that. He sees beyond what we see and lean on His word. Quote His word back to Him and remember HE IS FAITHFUL.
A shield is armor. This piece of armor is used to shield you from an attack as well as assist you when you are on the offense as well. It is easy to say that you love and trust God, but it isn’t until the battle starts that you know where you faith is. The stronger your faith, the better your shield can block.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is a rewarded to those who diligently seek Him.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but all come to repentance.
Matthew 21:22 Assuredly, I say into you, if you have faith and do not doubt you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain be thou removed and be cast unto the sea, it will be done. And whatever you ask in prayer, believing you will receive them.
I realized today that I am 31 and as an adult woman I have never experienced being desired, cherished, and loved in a non-sexual way as a woman. I want to feel wanted and cherished. Lord show me how to be the proverbs woman, who’s value is more than riches and jewels.
What we allow in the basement, fills the entire house. Too often we give God 99.99% of us and hold on to that 0.01% thinking we are giving God all that he wants. The truth is that He wants 100% and part or even most of us isn’t the same as all. Mark 12:30 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all of your strength.
A loyal heart is one that isn’t divided. It is what opens up the door for us to be transformed.
You can’t continue to hold on to that sin, you just don’t want to give up, and think God is ok with that. It could be a relationship outside of marriage that’s inappropriate. It could be sex before marriage, porn, debt, etc. Whatever it is, it isn’t more important than the love of God.
Today as I was driving to work, I noticed a woman talking on her cell phone while driving and almost missing her turn and holding up traffic in the process. I was so busy looking at her and shaking my head I almost hit the car in front of me. The Holy Spirit said that is what we do sometimes. We are too busy looking at others and shaking our head (judgement) that we miss steps in our walk with God; too focused on someone else rather than God and how we measure up to Him.
But on the other hand we can live in the past and become so focused on what happened there versus what is happening now. Holding on to the past hurts we let that become the blurred glass that we view everything through and of course the picture isn’t accurate/true.