All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful. 2 Corinthians 4:6-7 Message
How do we possess that kind of light? By sitting in the presence of a mighty God and asking Him to reveal Himself to us through His Word. When we understand and use His Word, we are using the treasure in us.
Lets not hide our treasure, but let us declare the Word in our daily lives, over our families, our church, our neighborhoods. We must be light. Our lamps will only burn when they are filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit. Our lights will only be seen when we turn up the flame.
The time has come to let your light shine that it may glorify our Father. Come on! Be a glow stick, that every person on the face of the earth may see us burn.
You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. Acts 10:38 NASB
Jesus told the people: I tell you for certain that the Son cannot do anything on his own. He can do only what he sees the Father doing, and he does exactly what he sees the Father do. John 5:19 CEV
What enabled Jesus to do all those miracles? He had a revelation of the Father. We have to remember that Jesus, although divinely conceived, left all His super powers behind and came in the form of a tiny human. He had to learn of God just as we do.
The journey He took to miracles in His ministry, is the same journey we must take. It’s a life of surrendered purpose. It’s an infilling of the Spirit of God, a contending for our identify (40 days in the wilderness). It’s learning to not just talk to God, but listen to Him.
It’s knowing when to step back and exchange perspectives. To allow the wisdom of Holy Spirit to lead you to a place of truth that nothing or no one can push you off from that solid knowledge.
Here’s the summary of miracles: when you know who your Father is and His ability to back you up, there’s nothing, absolutely nothing impossible for you. NOTHING!
Our problem seems to be that we want the miracles, but we don’t want to spend the necessary time getting to know God the way Jesus did. It was the same with the Children of Israel, they wanted to know God on a surface level, not on a personal level as Moses did.
Think of that the next time you see someone who needs a miracle. Imagine how things around you would shift simply in the knowledge of who you are. Trust in the God who is in you.
There are times in life where circumstances seem to dictate the outcomes. But God wants you to know that what He did before, He will do it again.
In Mark 11:22, Jesus was able to say to us, whoever will say to that mountain be removed and cast into the sea, and will not doubt in his heart, but will believe that what he says will come to pass, he will have whatsoever he says. How was it Jesus was able to say that? Because he had already seen his Father do it time and time again.
The Bible shows us that Jesus was there when the Earth was created. He saw what God was capable of doing. Some of us need to get our eyes off of our own resources and get them on to God’s resources. If God is asking you to give something that is well beyond your own means, that means he wants you to trust him for it.
You see knowing God in your mind puts limits on him. But knowing God in your heart, that’s a whole nother story. That takes faith and trust to a different level.
For 7-days, Joshua and the children of Israel marched around Jericho. They didn’t see anything happen on the first day. They didn’t see anything happen on the 2nd 3rd or 4th day, but they continued to circle every day through the 7th Day simply because God told them to do it. It was on the 7th day that those walls came crashing down. Not only did the children of Israel take the city, but God established a hedge of protection around them for future battles.
You see, when God asks you to do something unusual, He’s not just thinking about your now, He’s thinking about your future. Today’s seed becomes your future Harvest. My dear friend, if God is asking you to plant an astronomical seed today, please know that He has your future blessing in mind. Don’t hesitate to do what God is asking you to do even when you don’t understand where it’s going to come from, commit to do what He tells you to do and He will provide seed to the sower and bread to the eater.
He’ll do it again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again. Get it? Never doubt it! His storehouses are bigger than you can even imagine!
I was led to read the last few chapters of Job this morning. I know, right? Job 38-42, where God speaks and man shuts up. It reminded me of how God’s wisdom is so unexplainably great and ours is so puny that it doesn’t even show on the same scale.
We do this, don’t we? Question God like He has no idea what He’s doing in the earth. Silly us! How can we be so full of ourselves to think we know the mind of God, His plans and purposes. Instead we should be laying on our faces asking for Him to show us mercy and grace in our time of need.
Job answered God:
“I’m convinced: You can do anything and everything. Nothing and no one can upset your plans. You asked, ‘Who is this muddying the water, ignorantly confusing the issue, second-guessing my purposes?’ I admit it. I was the one. I babbled on about things far beyond me, made small talk about wonders way over my head. You told me, ‘Listen, and let me do the talking. Let me ask the questions. You give the answers.’ I admit I once lived by rumors of you; now I have it all firsthand—from my own eyes and ears! I’m sorry—forgive me. I’ll never do that again, I promise! I’ll never again live on crusts of hearsay, crumbs of rumor.” Job 42:1-6 Message Bible
Perhaps this is the stance we should take today as we hold out judgement of such a great God who alone created everything, and still knows our name. He knows every hair on our head and loves us enough to give His son to die and redeem us back to Himself, so that we can commune with Him. Perhaps we should stop focusing on ourselves and just place our trust in the God who holds the worlds in place with His word.
Thank You Father God that You indeed love us and have such great plans for us. We give You all the praise, glory and honor for You alone are worthy. We worship You and place our total trust in You. We humbly thank You that we belong to You and trust Your plans. It’s in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen
So give yourselves to God. Stand against the devil, and he will run away from you. James 4:7
There are two things I see here; one, we are to give ourselves to God. Some translations say submit, but both words denote complete surrender. No more me, me, me, but what can I do for You, Father.
The second is something we must do–stand against the devil. He does NOT go away quietly and leave you alone. ‘Oh, sorry, I forgot you gave yourself to God!’ will NEVER come out of his mouth. He will try everything he can to try to get you back, but if you keep resisting, he will run away like the chicken he is.
You ask how do I know these things? Because I submitted my life to God and not a day goes by that Satan doesn’t try to discourage me, lie to me, and try to cheat me out of what’s mine. It is a constant battle in my mind, but the more familiar I am with God’s Word, the easier it is to use that Word as a weapon to put him in his place.
And here’s another key, the more I testify of what God’s done for me, the more I tick the devil off. Every opportunity I get, I share with others what God’s done for me. I teach the truth of God’s Word so that others may see and walk in the same freedom.
Know the Word so you have the right tools to resist with. Satan will run away, but be prepared and keep resisting. Stay submitted to God, His plans are more important and rewarding than any of your own. Be ready to be messed with! Just because you submit to God doesn’t mean a life of ease, it means ‘game on’ devil. GAME ON!
My peace is the legacy I leave to you. I don’t give gifts like those to this world. Do not let your heart be troubled or fearful. John 14:27 Voice
What an appropriate verse for the day we live in. It seems every day, our peace is disturbed as we watch endless acts of violence on the news and even social media.
Unlike the English word, peace, the Hebrew word, shalom, does not just mean peace of mind, but also wholeness for your entire being — spirit, soul and body. It means having a sense of completeness and soundness. In other words, shalom encompasses your prosperity, health and total well-being.
When God steps into the middle of your problems, you allow His Shalom to come and completely saturate every area in your life that has anything missing or broken. Leave it to God to add so much more. He doesn’t just give us a nice feeling of euphoria. He completes us.
I once heard the definition of shalom as nothing missing or broken. Wow, I don’t know about you, but I needed that word today. He doesn’t just heal part way, He doesn’t provide just enough, if we speak His peace over our situations, we can expect WHOLENESS, COMPLETENESS, NOTHING MISSING OR BROKEN.
Glory, glory, glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace goodwill toward men! Lets remind our bodies of that. Lets remind our finances of that. Lest we forget whose we are, let’s rest in the complete shaloam of God today.
I’m not sure if this is for one person specifically or many people around the globe, but I felt an urgency in my spirit this morning to remind you, however your situation looks right now, God will make a way.
There’s a story that comes to my mind of a group of people making a mass exodus from Egypt, who came upon an impassable body of water. They panicked when they realized the entire Egyptian army was pursuing them. They couldn’t move.
Fear does horrible things to us, doesn’t it. It holds us in a prison and keeps us from moving forward. We feel like there is no where to go and no one can fix it. Please know this, God will make a way!
And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” Exodus 14:13
So right where you are, throw your hands up in surrender, give it to God and announce, “I trust You, oh God! I know You will make a way!” Now hold onto your peace. Don’t let it go, don’t talk about it, don’t give it another thought.
Trusting God will make a way, keeps you looking at the Way Maker, not the obstacle or impossible odds you’re facing. Hebrews 10:35 tells us; Do not throw away your trust, for your reward will be great.
Father, I ask that Your Holy Spirit will bring comfort, wisdom and strength. Not to the situation, but to the person facing it. May they stand still and know that You are God and that nothing is impossible for them, because You are their God. I speak peace over them, that as they sit in Your presence, perhaps reading this message, Your incomprehensible peace will permeate them from head to foot. May they know You in every sense of the word in this moment. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen
Are you ready? Ready for the unexpected, supernatural, awesome direction of the Lord today? Will you allow Him to be in total control? Are you listening for His voice to direct you?
I was reading in Romans 8:15-17 this morning. It’s always been a favorite passage, but I just loved how it’s written in the Message Bible:
“This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!”
God has purpose for you and he has to break dread off you to do it. Did you hear that? Stop going through life afraid. Stop going through the motions of daily routine. Mix it with some Word and start out with some worship, be brave and make up your own song to the Lord.
That’s right, no one needs to hear it but you and God. The first time I did this, I was in the car on a trip and I began to sing a new song to the Lord. I began to laugh, but it wasn’t an embarrassed laugh, it was a joyful, playful laugh with my Father.
God wants you to take some risk in life and not play it safe all the time. The only thing safe about serving the Lord is knowing we will dwell in the safety of His arms. It doesn’t mean we won’t do some free falling, but as the mother eagle swoops down and saves the eaglet until he can fly on his own, so our Father will swoop down to rescue us until we get our faith muscle built up and learn to trust in him completely.
How can you hear his direction if you don’t take the time to turn off the noises and sit with him. Turn off your phone, your ipad, your laptop, even your music and sit with your bible, pen and paper in the presence of the best friend you’ll ever have. If you set apart time for Him each and everyday, you’ll find yourself on the ride of your life.
Romans 8:26-28, “Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”
Oh, magnify (to increase the apparent size of, as a lens does) the Lord with me, and let us exalt (to raise in rank, honor, power, character, quality, etc.; elevate) His name together. Psalm 34:3 & dictionary.com
That is to say; Oh One who created all of the universe and named each galaxy and planet. The One who designed the earth, the smallest planet, and placed me in it, yet knows my name, numbers my hairs and hears my voice when I speak.
There is no one higher then You! None that compares to You. You are the King of kings, the Lord of lords and High priest of our confession. When You speak, it happens. Our Provider, Protector, Strong tower, Instructor, Wisdom, Peace giver, Healer and so much more.
The only reason we, Your people, don’t believe You can and will, is because we stare too hard & long at the exhausting influence of this earth, and trust more in the natural realm. But You oh God, You cannot be compared with any of that. You’re bigger, mightier and well able to keep what You’ve created.
Our job is to be Your ambassadors in the earth, telling all of Your greatness and displaying the power of Your might by laying hands on the sick, casting out demons and raising the dead.
Forgive us for exalting the things You created over You, our Creator. Everything is subject to us, for You gave us power over all the power of the enemy so that nothing shall by any means harm us. For too long we’ve blamed You for things You gave us authority to call into existence.
We know that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by Your Word. Forgive us for listening to other things more then we listen to You. Have mercy on us and stir up the gift in us, the gift of the Holy Spirit You gave. Activate Your power in each of us that we may do what You called us to do in the earth. It’s in Jesus’ name, by the blood He shed and the Holy Spirit He left us, Amen.
Why would you focus on the flaw in someone else’s life and yet fail to notice the glaring flaws of your own? How could you say to your friend, ‘Let me show you where you’re wrong,’ when you’re guilty of even more? You’re being hypercritical and a hypocrite! First acknowledge your own ‘blind spots’ and deal with them, and then you’ll be capable of dealing with the ‘blind spot’ of your friend. Matthew 7:3-5 TPT
Guilty! It’s always way easier to see the flaws in others and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one. If only everyone were as perfect as I am! Now THAT was funny!
When I find myself focusing on someone’s flaws, it seems I hear the Holy Spirit bringing me back to these verses. It’s a tap on the shoulder, a whisper in my ear and sometimes, a thump on the gourd, just to remind me to stop doing that.
Please hear me on this, just because someone isn’t like you, doesn’t mean they’re flawed, broken or unfit to be used. Quite the opposite! Every great man or woman in the Bible that God used were all a bit broken. But He wouldn’t have it any other way. People who think they are perfect don’t need a perfect God.
Remember when your mom used to say, “Don’t stare, it’s not polite!” That was some good advise to follow. Just because someone looks different, talks different or seems a bit off, doesn’t give you the right to accentuate that by staring.
Each and everyone of us were created in the image and likeness of God. He doesn’t make mistakes. He knows the plans He has for each one and we all fit perfectly into the masterpiece He’s painting. All those flaws–colors on the canvas. He’s working on something so let Him work.
What if that one person that bugs you so much ends up being the one who pays off your debt. Bet you’ll look at them differently then! What if their faith heals your child, or ends up rescuing that loved one you’ve been praying so hard for.
If I had yielded my focus back then, I would have missed out on the best girlfriend God placed in my life. I can tell you with certainty, I would have left my husband long ago if I allowed myself to let the flaws cloud my vision. Instead, I chose to see them as God does and they’ve both changed my life forever.
I invite you to do the same. Each time you see someone and are tempted to ‘change’ them, ask God what you’re missing? Accept them, flaws and all. Love them, flaws and all. Once you begin to see them as He does, the canvas He’s painting will be seen and enjoyed. Don’t waste your time trying to create perfect people. He who started the work will be faithful to complete it just as He’d planned all along.