There may not always be miraculous signs that catch your attention to inspire and grow your faith in Christ. However, there will always be the truth in who He is, what He came to do and what He accomplished for each one of us.
Focusing on this very truth will allow you to believe not only in Him, but in what He has set to accomplish through you.
“And many followed him. “John didn’t perform miraculous signs,” they remarked to one another, “but everything he said about this man has come true.” And many who were there believed in Jesus.” John 10:41-42 NLT
As I awoke this morning, I heard “Remove the limits!!!”
Frustration, disappointment & doubt work in many ways. Most of the time they’re sneaky & will just place a ceiling on your ability to fully trust what the Lord has said. We find ourselves believing for big things, but only to a certain level. We’ve made the decision that at that level of faith, “if it doesn’t happen”, we won’t feel too defeated or disappointed. We cannot allow our own woundedness be the dictator of our faith or how we view our Heavenly Father’s ability to “follow through”. We have to remember that every single thing God speaks is spoken with purpose & with His life-giving breath in it. He isn’t flippant with His words & He most certainly isn’t careless with His purpose, plans & promises over you. When He speaks something, it will be!
So, take the limits off! You can trust, you can have faith in all those things you’re waiting for! Trust His timing to be more perfect than your planning. He will never forget you or forsake you.
“so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:18-21 (NIV)
God can satisfy every longing you could ever have. There is not a man, woman, friend, substance, destination or thing that will fulfill that place in you that feels like something is missing, could be better or that you just can’t get enough of.
You can spend a lifetime seeking peace, happiness, love, a certain place or even a state of mind. In the meantime, the only one who will never forsake you, never leave or forget you is waiting for you right where you stand.
When you find yourself desperately seeking to fulfill a void, seek HIM and you will find Him. He’s waiting for you to discover that He is everything you’ve ever needed and didn’t realize you always had.
“Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35
Outside of straight up rebellion, you cannot derail your God-given purpose. When you remain surrendered and moving in the Lord’s promptings, it allows for His plans to unfold. While He is moving you, He is refining and strengthening you to hold the weight of it all.
You aren’t going to execute this perfectly all the time - you will struggle, you will get frustrated & possibly even complain (I know none of you do that)😉.
As you move through each moment, He will prompt you and instruct you on what He needs you to do, but it’s not some unattainable “holy checklist” for you to perfectly execute in order to receive this or that.
Simply listen in your surrender and remember His instructions and promptings for you will be just as unique as you and your purpose are. Also remember that Heaven doesn’t promote like we do, so stop looking to the left and to the right, keep your eyes upward and your ears tuned in.
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”” Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” Psalm 84:11 (NIV)
Waiting for God is not easy. Often it seems that he isn't answering our prayers or doesn't understand the urgency of our situation. That kind of thinking implies that God is not in control or is not fair. But God is worth waiting for.
Lamentations 3:24-26 calls us to hope in and wait for the Lord because God often uses times of waiting to refresh, renew, and teach us. Make good use of your waiting time by discovering what God may be trying to teach you in them.
Life Application Study Bible, NLT
I see a world where trickles of justice are beginning to flow. Not brought on by greed and dishonor, but by the righteousness preserved by God’s remnant. It will outshine the darkness, as TRUTH becomes it’s light.
“But let justice run down like waters And righteousness like an ever-flowing stream [flowing abundantly].” AMOS 5:24 AMP
“Keep your feet planted in the truth I have shown you. I know you have questions and doubts, but don’t you know that My love doesn’t allow Me to see or respond to your doubts? It only allows Me to respond in My love for you & to the promises, the plans and the purpose I have spoken in & over your life. You are not faithless, only tested. You are My child!
I Am the only one who cannot, has never and never will fail you, hurt you or let you down - that is what IS impossible for Me! I am finishing this thing so you can begin all I have called, chosen and purposed for you...for such a time as this!”, says the Lord.
Let us never take for granted the intentional actions of another toward us, but instead understand the sacrifice of their time and the gift of their love.
In return, may we always humble ourselves, never being prideful in our own self importance. Instead, let us be sure to pay high regard to their value - making an effort to show them that they are significant to us.
“I, your Lord, have washed your feet. Now you ought to wash each other’s.”
There have been sections of Isaiah 49 that have been stirring in me for several days.
I felt to speak encouragement to those in questioning.
The Lord says, (verse 1) “Listen to Me...Before you were born, I called you; from your birth I made mention of your name.”
You were created with a set purpose. I speak a revealing to you in these coming days, an increase in your dreams & visions; an opening of your eyes to see all our Heavenly Father has set before you at His Feasting Table.
To those feeling “stuck”, remain patient. These is purpose in the waiting. Each arrow waiting in His quiver has a set time & target He is aiming you at (Verse 2).
For those longing & aching for those prodigals, for the confused, for the searchers, He is God of Restoration, Reconciliation & Revelation. He is Daddy, relentlessly pursuing His kids! “nothing is too small or too far gone to restore!” He IS the possible in the most impossible situations! Trust.
“Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the Lord called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name. He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver. He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.” But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing at all. Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand, and my reward is with my God.”
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. Your children hasten back, and those who laid you waste depart from you. Lift up your eyes and look around; all your children gather and come to you. As surely as I live,” declares the Lord, “you will wear them all as ornaments; you will put them on, like a bride.
This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I will beckon to the nations, I will lift up my banner to the peoples; they will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their hips.”
Isaiah 49:1-4, 16-18, 22 (NIV)
Since as far back as I can remember, I was afraid of the dark. Night lights weren’t enough, so I often slept with my ceiling light on and eventually a television, too. I was always very afraid of what could possibly come against me if darkness surrounded me.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned just how much darkness surrounds us as we walk through our days in this world. Thankfully, I’ve also noticed that when my faith is in God, the darkness can not harm me. God not only protects me, but reminds me to wear a suit of armor tailored by Him personally. One that shines so bright, it breaks down the darkness - exposing it for what it is. It allows us to see the weakness in what may seem to be overwhelming. It shows us who the enemy really is and what we are up against. It allows us to prepare to take it on and eventually breakthrough with victory.
I am no longer fearful of the dark. I now know that I am stronger than anything that hides it’s shameful face where it can’t be seen. I know that my strength comes from the power of Christ and each day He reminds me of the truth that it was with this very same power, He has already conquered the world.
“Even if I go through the deepest darkness, I will not be afraid, Lord, for you are with me. Your shepherd's rod and staff protect me.”
Psalm 23:4 GNT
“I have told you this so that you will have peace by being united to me. The world will make you suffer. But be brave! I have defeated the world!””
John 16:33 GNT
“Finally, build up your strength in union with the Lord and by means of his mighty power. Put on all the armor that God gives you, so that you will be able to stand up against the Devil's evil tricks. For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age. So put on God's armor now! Then when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist the enemy's attacks; and after fighting to the end, you will still hold your ground. So stand ready, with truth as a belt tight around your waist, with righteousness as your breastplate, and as your shoes the readiness to announce the Good News of peace. At all times carry faith as a shield; for with it you will be able to put out all the burning arrows shot by the Evil One. And accept salvation as a helmet, and the word of God as the sword which the Spirit gives you. Do all this in prayer, asking for God's help. Pray on every occasion, as the Spirit leads. For this reason keep alert and never give up; pray always for all God's people.” Ephesians 6:10-18 GNT
I keep hearing, “Alignment comes with & in honor.”
With honor comes restoration & reconciliation; a launching into “next” & “new”.
“Be glad then, you children of Zion, And rejoice in the LORD your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, And He will cause the rain to come down for you— The former rain, And the latter rain in the first month. The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil. “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the LORD your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame.”
Joel 2:23-26 (NKJV)
When you’re being called to retreat to the quiet, sometimes our flesh says, “no, I can’t stop what I’m doing now” or “I might miss out on...”.
Honoring that prompting, moving in obedience to it, will reward you with more than you know.
Only in the quiet can you hear all you’re needing to hear. Just like music, there is a lot of good & there is some bad - but there are times you have to turn it all off. Know that in your obedience, you will not miss out on the plans within this moment for your purpose.
In the depths of the quiet....remain.
“‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’”
Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV)
Imagine inviting others to have an intimate knowledge of your heart so that they know and understand you like God does. Would you find it worrisome or freeing for others to know you to that degree?
While society teaches us to live with hidden details of who we are, I like to believe we would do ourselves a favor if we allowed others to understand us in a way that would reveal our identity in Christ. Because we are a work in progress and always being refined, this vantage point may not always be pretty. However, it would reveal our true spirit and our heart for the Lord and others. It would promote vulnerability that in turn will strengthen us while helping another see the potential of their own power through Christ.
Some may consider me to be too revealing of myself; sharing my experiences and emotions candidly. I prefer to see it as making it easier for others to search my heart much the same way I invite God to do. To know me for who I am, who I want to be in Him and not who I am presumed to be.
Assumptions based on outward appearances can be destructive. At first it may only damage our character in the eyes of others, but eventually if we begin to believe these untruths, we may begin to define ourselves as something we are not. This can easily cause us to begin to act and react in ways we would not otherwise. We begin to be who we would profess we are not. We begin to do things we never thought we would do. We become what others think they know us to be.
In my perfect world, transparency would be common. I feel it’s necessary for survival in so many areas and relationships in our lives.
While being transparent may not be easy for everyone, I want to always be improving in the area of believing the best of them until I’ve searched their heart. I want to be finished with assuming that I know how they think or feel or what they may possibly be experiencing. Actions don’t speak louder than words and words spoken don’t mean more than the true feelings in one’s heart.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” Psalms 139:23 NLT
“The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race. From his throne he observes all who live on the earth. He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do.” Psalms 33:13-15 NLT
Jesus wants to be invited into to each and every circumstance you face in your life. He isn’t seeking a surfacey relationship, He wants to be included in the deep places that others seemingly avoid. He’s not afraid of your pain or your paralyzing fears. He wants to face them with you. He stands at the door of each one knocking, hoping you will let Him in.
So often we claim to know Jesus. We tell others that we place our trust and hope in Him. We claim to pray and praise Him, yet in private we rarely spend time just sitting with Him. He longs for us to intimately know Him, know Him in a way where we give Him the key, so that He no longer needs to knock. He wants the open invitation to walk in and take over when we are weak and weary. He wants to be the HOST in our homes, our marriages, our jobs, our losses and so much more. He longs to show us who He is and what He is capable of doing in each of them.
Spend today just listening for Jesus. Don’t miss Him. Be willing to invite Him in and just sit with Him, allowing Him into that very place you so desperately need Him.
Before letting anyone else in, allow Jesus to be your comfort, your strength, your protection, your peace and even your unexplainable joy when you don’t believe you have reason to have any. He is capable of all these things and more when you invite Him in.
“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” Revelation 3:20 NLT
End of Ourselves:
Each one of us will eventually be brought to the end of ourselves...
As doors begin to open, your willingness to walk in God’s plan for you is key to witnessing His promises over you manifest into your new reality.
Your discernment will never contradict God’s true intentions for you. Your spirit can perceive every step with accuracy as each one has been grafted into your very being since the moment He created you.
There will be a deep sense of knowing that you are exactly where you are meant to be when you stay in tune with God’s truth. His word will be the determining guide for your feet, the lamplight to a brilliant future.
We are in a time where Discernment & Wisdom need to be your top request & desire.
The Truth can be spoken in the wrong spirit, but it’s the spirit on the words that determine the power in the words.
This is the truth that Paul saw over the fortune-telling girl in Acts 16:17-18. She was declaring a truth, but it was the spirit over that declaration that left Paul troubled.
This is the discernment we HAVE to be walking in at all times & the Wisdom to know how to handle each situation.
At a time when we often want to slow down and enjoy the life we have been given, it seems to be the busiest. If we put the breaks on, we assume we will never get everything done. Yet, when our minds are frantic, we are least productive. When we watch everything that others are doing, it makes our own world spin. We lose “our balance” - the balance we can’t seem to maintain to remain happy within our circumstances. Imagine how you feel after watching everyone else riding a carousel. Everything eventually becomes a blur. Before we know it, another season has passed and we’ve lost sight of what we had hoped to invest in. It’s time to move on, to rush, hurry and most of all - “keep up” with everyone else.
I’m challenging myself to “take my time” in this season. I want to slow down and I want the world I see to slow down too.
When we think of ourselves taking our time to arrive at a destination, finish a project or wait to begin something - we must consider the action involved in it. Many would tend to believe that taking their time may not allow them to accomplish all that they want to. If we reflect on the true meaning behind those words of “taking our time”, we can see that every action is deliberate. Each one well thought out and calculated. We experience every step we take and we take them willfully. Every thought given to our actions are made consciously. We knowingly move from one thing to the next purposefully and enjoy each one as we do them.
It’s true that taking our time can cause delay, but by avoiding doing everything in haste - we will not “lose time”. It may take time to “make time”, but time made for the important stuff actually places us right where we are meant to be.
Jesus often took His time, even when His disciples were moving ahead. He stopped often, just as He did when speaking with the woman at the well. He allowed time to stand still as He intentionally took the time to talk with her.
When he was called to help Lazarus who was ill, His steps were slow and it was thought He had arrived late. We know that He did not. The timing of His arrival was pivotal in His purpose.
Jesus was known to “take His time”. He never rushed through the miracles, signs and wonders He performed. If you are looking to witness your own in this season, allow this to encourage you to slow down, making the season last and every memory cherishable.
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time,” Ephesians 5:15
In God’s living word He tells us often that He longs to give us our heart’s desires. He affirms and confirms over and over that we will possess the land that He has promised.
If given the chance to hold the deed to the land where you long to live safely and prosper, what would you give in exchange?
The word DEED has two meanings, one in which legal rights or ownership are conveyed or transferred to you. The other means that an action is performed intentionally and consciously. When you allow the two meanings to blend with one another, you are given the key to your property - to what rightfully belongs to you. You will gain access to everything that God sealed with your name on it at the time of creation.
In order to access what we have legal rights to, we must be intentional with our time. We must consciously and actively seek God. We must delight in Him! There is no better way to do this than to set aside time in our busy days to sit with Him and diligently seek to understand His heart for us.
When we do these things we can rest, knowing that God will act on our behalf to ensure that nothing will keep us from His Promised Land.
Hold tightly to those dreams that God has placed within you. Know without a doubt - that as you give Him your heart - He will surely place the deed to own them in your hand.
Through the years it has remained a Deed of Trust, held by Him until your trust is actually displayed for Him. Do you trust that what He promised can actually be your’s?
Reflective Verses from Psalms 37 -
Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.
Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.
Those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.
God will not only restore what you have lost, He will compensate you in every area of life that your loss affected. He promises to redeem what is rightfully your’s.
He has watched you give away your time & resources - at times even having them stolen. Now, He will return all of it and so much more!
“- and if you are pure and live with integrity, he will surely rise up and restore your happy home. And though you started with little, you will end with much.” Job 8:6-7
“Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap.” Luke 6:38