God: promises and gives us this rest….
Psalm 4:8 (KJV) “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.”
Today we exist in a space and time that is tumultuous and unusual; many things occur which is new and out of the norm. For some of us, the folks in our lives that maybe we took for granted with the expectation that they would always be there or at least there for a while is no longer.
Unusual times for many of us.
As we plod on with our lives that have been overturned, we still have the promise of God to never leave or forsake us. He also promises that we will get that rest which He can give.
Abide and trust that what has happened has a purpose and will understood farther along. It will all work itself out after a while.
God: stands by His word always…..
Romans 4:17-22 (KJV) “(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.”
At times we hear the promises of God, but it eludes us in believing what is being said to us; we undervalue ourselves and at times we think we aren’t worthy of the things our heavenly Father wants to bring to us.
However, we have a great example in Abraham, who not only believed, but he waited. Today that might be the issue that is being a hindrance in our gift: waiting.
If God spoke it, then it’s only a matter of time for it to come to fruition: believe my beloved.
God: code name impossible….
Ephesians 3:19-20 (KJV) “And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”
When we form a relationship with Jesus, it takes work on our part and the end result brings about joy and peace which can be very tangible and fulfilling. Our daily interaction when done consistently, will take us deeper to a place where He becomes known to us.
The fulfilment is not only of a spiritual benefit but physically, He will provide our needs at a level which we have not understood or can ever comprehend.
Trusting in God can be the best thing that we can ever do in this life as He specializes in everything that is impossible just for His name sake.
God: will order our steps….
Psalm 119:133-134 (KJV) “Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me. Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts.”
Many confusion abound around us as the way of life and the things we are accustomed to calling normal is overturn as a result of life. The things we use to do on a regular is no longer acceptable and it boggles the mind to see what will happen next.
One thing we can be certain of as tumult rages around us is that GOD is a constant. When He promised us that “he will never leave us nor forsake us” (Deut 31:18), I guarantee that this is a faithful gift from our heavenly Father we can hope to see through eternity.
When we take that leap of faith, He is there to carry us if we falter as we must as humans; but His promise remains sure.
God will guide our feet and in this we know that the noise around us is just that: “noise”.
“Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might”. (Eph 6:10 KJV)
God: earnest gift giver….
Romans 8:32-33 (KJV) “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.”
We live life at times not paying attention to the simple things that is bestowed upon us; we have a precious gift from our Heavenly Father who have given us His son as a sacrifice.
No charge to us; as we receive the gift our hearts are lifted up to praise our Father and live a life that is acceptable knowing that His grace covers us.
Live pleasing Him as is His expectation.
God: has a plan to cover us with prayers….
Romans 8:27-28 (KJV) “And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Recognizing that God has His hand on our lives can be the most important thing that can happen in our lives; knowing that events can be dismantled and are broken apart before damage can be done in our lives is empowering as we see our Heavenly Father moving.
God knows the beginning from the end in our lives and at times we fight to accomplish things He already has won and fought on our behalf.
The battle in our lives has been fought and is won as a result of our Father doing the fighting. Let the effort be to praising and worshiping our Father for all He is doing on our behalf.
God: give another blessed promise….
Romans 8:16 (KJV) “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God”.
Walking in faith can try our faith at times and it is great when you believe as you get confirmation within your spirit that it shall be well or that all will be well. Then for one to grow, there needs to be testing of our belief and this happens at times when the spirit is quiet within us.
Quietness does not indicate that He is gone, but sometimes we need to be still and know He is God.
Quietness can mean that He wants to see how much we have grown; it can also mean He is waiting to see if we got what He was teaching us.
Through it all it’s good to know that He is there all the time and we belong to Him.
God: ordain our steps….
Ruth 3:4-5 (KJV) “And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do. And she said unto her, All that thou sayest unto me I will do.”
We go through periods when we need a word from God and desperately seek Him for such; with tears and sorrow of heart we will cry out to have Him answer to our petition for direction.
God is faithful to His children in that He will hear our cries and respond with answers. At times this might come from an unexpected source; however, within ourselves, we know that it is from Heavenly Father.
Ruth had a situation and she was faithful in character; this paid off in the long run even as she obeyed the instructions from her mother in law.
In our lives, it may be that we just have to follow the Godly direction that is being presented to us. Let God do the rest…
God: has means of putting things in place for us….
Ruth 3:1 (KJV) “Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her, My daughter, shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee?”
In our walk in this life, there are folks we come in contact with who may appear to be without a purpose; however, as we engage and entertain the relationship, the reason for the contact becomes evident.
Our heavenly Father is so precise in His concern for us that His design plan in our lives includes events such as these interactions.
That person in our lives who turns up at the least expected moment might be the one who will be the purpose or outcome of the next step in where we are going.
Entertain and be gracious to the unknown angels who are walking in our sphere of operations.
Entertain the angels.
God: grants us this blessing
2 Corinthians 13:14 (KJV) “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen”.
There are times in our life when we need that something extra that would complete our day and bring us out of the place of darkness or where that down feeling continually dog us and create a feeling of depression.
When the Spirit of God is activated over our lives, then it that much easier to catch a glimpse of the light rather than the darkness.
In this season of things going wrong in our humanity, it is easy to cast blames or have that feeling of incompletion; however, we know that when we trust in the Lord, He will bring things together for our good and cause his blessing to be over us.
To God be all the glory.
God: originator of love….
Romans 13:8 (KJV) “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.”
In our lives we come upon opportunities to do things to benefit others that might cause us to be out of our comfort zone. This doesn’t phase us because we have that thing within us that ultimately want to give.
The giving becomes outstanding when it is done with love; I guarantee you that giving in love brings about a difference to the receiver and it brings about greater satisfaction.
Our gift of love comes from our Father above and He first loved us without conditions; as it was given to us, we can give to each other and let it be done without dissimulation.
God: gave the directive for saving souls….
Matthew 28:19-20 (KJV) “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
In our daily meandering, it always pay to be mindful of those we come into contact and get an understanding of why paths would have crossed. It may be bemusing, but everything has a reason behind it and although we might not see it immediately, it becomes clear after a while.
In the big scheme of things, it isn’t for our benefit to try and figure out why something is happening, but in that moment, we have to do the best we can to act appropriately.
Going into all the world might not be on the opposite side of where you exist, but it can well be in the grocery, the park, the playground or even the person you chat with on social media.
The world is our live and where it takes us. Let that be the place you delight in telling someone about Christ.
God: has a unique method of bringing things to pass….
Isaiah 25:1 (KJV) “O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.”
As a child we are normally taught to express gratitude or thankfulness when something is done for us, or someone has been gracious to us. Be it in the home or on the road, we interact well with others when it is seem that gratefulness is a part of our makeup.
Many of us have been at the other end of the stick where we do things for others and it is looked upon with apathy, no appreciation or gracefulness in what is done. It takes you back to experience that part of individuals; makes you wonder what went wrong.
At the same time, in our interaction with God, we can’t number or conceptualize His grace upon our life; it is measureless.
With this knowledge, we have to be thankful, humble in our operations and be mindful that our words and actions demonstrate awareness that we are, because He is…
God: will allow you to be tested…..
Luke 4:1-2 (KJV) “And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.”
Sometimes in our lives we go through periods of prolonged situations which can be seen as difficult. Getting through them can only be described as unusually challenging as best.
But in hindsight, it can only be viewed as ordained and that of God. The steps of a good man is ordered by God.
It can be good to be good practice to quick to observed and slow to speak rashly when periods of testing arise.
God: allows the testing for a purpose….
Matthew 4:10-11 (KJV) “Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.”
Life never comes without testing and trials and for some of us, it is heavier, darker and more pressing than others. But the important thing is to understand that it is necessary to go through these testings to understand your strength.
When you get through the testing phases and know that you were able to overcome, you have graduated to go on to bigger things.
Jesus was tested and came through after a while; you and I can do the same thing. Testing is only for a season.
God: will allow us to be tested…
Matthew 4:1-3 (KJV) “When was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.”
Times and circumstances come upon us wherein we are tested and have to go through unusual things which bring something out of the core of our insides. The test is whether we overcome and if we are able to withstand the pressures to go against what we know to be right.
Sometimes it is tempting to just give in to pressure, no matter where it comes from, but in this season, this is where perseverance dictates standing up for something.
We might never understand why when we withstood tempting that it was good for us, but ultimately it becomes clear.
Fight the good fight.
God: appreciates the thankful heart….
1 Thessalonian 5:18 (KJV) “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
In our lives, saying thank you can be a difficult task especially when we didn’t expect a gift or when it is coming from an unlikely source. Maybe the gesture is unexpected and there is the shock factor; we end up walking away without that important aspect of saying “thank you”.
When we give of ourselves or our time, it warms the heart when the recipient can be appreciative and state it.
Much so, in our relation with God, literally moment by moment He blesses us and thinks of us to do good. Should we not take the time to bless Him in thanksgiving?
I sometimes forget and maybe you do as well, but counting our blessings and giving thanks isn’t much, but it is a big deal in looking at our character.
God: Called us for a purpose…
Luke 4:18-19 (KJV) “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Many of us tend to scrutinize the things we do and align them to common expectations of what a christian ought to be doing. Some of it is according to man’s dictate, the direction granted by an organization versus what pleases God.
One thing that is evident is that God is clear as to what He desires in us; He can talk as we have seen in His word. He has many varying methods of communication which He utilizes.
Saying this to mean; when God calls us, it is a start to a relationship and communication is one of the biggest tools in forging good interaction. If there is an issue with understanding what He has called you to do: talk to Him and He will make it clear.
There are those in need of help and you might just be the one to assist.
God: directed the process….
Exodus 12:13 (KJV) “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.”
God’s eyes are always vigilant and watchful in our actions and behaviors; our eyes need to be toward Him as well. Even as we go from day to day, it is beneficial to trust that He has the best intention for our protection.
As He instructed the Israelite so many years ago on securing their protection by following His guidance, we too have a promise from Him to trust Him through the blessed covering of the blood of Jesus.
When Jesus blood was shed on Calvary’s cross, it had a purpose and it is still relevant today; let the blood of Jesus be poured out on your situation and be the safe zone from which you can operate.
God: has certain expectations….
Romans 12:2 (KJV) “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Many times we see folks entering into relationship with God (baptism) and not really understanding what it is all about or the expectation. It begs the question if it is necessary to understand the expectation.
Then again, when we look at some relationships today, there is a breakdown in communications and the expectation isn’t fully expressed so there isn’t an understanding of what the partners need to bring to the table, ending in disappointment.
God stated what needs to be done to satisfy the commitment and keep getting deeper in Him. The next step is ours to do and attain.
God: needs this one thing….
Psalm 51:16-17 (KJV) “For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”
Many times you see folks desiring of doing things and it isn’t wrong to be a giving person, but at times the motives behind giving might not be altruistic and some folks do the giving and complain about it after the fact.
But apart from giving, it is necessary that our hearts are in the right place and it comes with compassion and empathy.
With our heavenly Father, He needs contrition in our hearts and a spirit which is broken. Examining the state of your heart and removing the things which can cause toxicity that can build up.
Search the heart and guard it dilligently.
God: able to make a lie into truth….
Romans 4:19-22 (KJV) “And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.”
Many times in our lives we look at the impossible situations and become consumed with the limitations, but with God it is known that He makes anything possible just by speaking it into being.
Abraham and Sarah are examples of the grace of God in action; they got the promise and believed it until came to fruition.
With God, it just is when He says it is.
God: is closer when the way is clear….
Psalm 51:1-4 (KJV) “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.”
The one thing which befalls every one of us is that we sin; it might not be deliberate, but situations creep up on us and there it is. The word goes into details about how sin is birthed in our hearts before it is manifested; however, we know it takes a process and we still get entrapped.
The good thing about our Heavenly Father is that He already placed a measure in place to assist us in overcoming and that is repentance through the blood of Jesus.
King David was subjected to failures in his walk as well, but he was quick to repent and seek repatriation with his Lord.
Let that be an example of searching the heart and removing the things which can easily have so caught up wrong behaviors.
God: in us and with us (keeping us alive)
Philippians 1:20-21 (KJV) “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
A songwriter penned the words “my hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus’s blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus name”. It is meaningful and full of impact to our lives today.
In our estimation of events occurring, it is good to know Jesus as our Savior; it is better to trust Him fully as our Lord.
When we can get to the the point that what bothers us, is a problem for Him, then we know that we are leaning on His everlasting arm.
His request is that we cast our cares on Him and it is prudent for us to do so at His request.
God: gave us a perfect methodology to His side….
Romans 5:1-5 (KJV) “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
Sometimes as parents we get impatient with our young ones especially when they don’t “get it” immediately or the first time we correct them. In all honesty, we didn’t either and we still don’t, because we are still messing up in the process. The nice thing about our Heavenly Father is that He gave us a blue print which indicates that He is having patience with us.
One of these days, the light bulb in our brains will go off and we will get it; most certainly, He keeps instructing us on the the manner in which we ought to do things and for sure, His love is demonstrated in our lives on numerous occasions.
It gives a person the kind of faith needed to press on and do what is necessary.
Our hope isn’t in our strength, but in the Almighty God and what He can accomplish in our lives, knowing that it all works together for the good.
God: demonstrates total trust….
Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
In this walk with Christ, we know that He is trustworthy and that the words He gave us has been tried and still proves to be true; hence we know that we have to activate the words in our lives to gain the benefit of them.
That’s why we are exhorted to encourage each other; that person might just be the one to speak a reminder in our lives to let us know that the word is life and it is still relevant today.
As we go through, know that God’s work is still working and it will take us through to the end.
God: is magnified in this thing called faith….
Romans 4:16-17 (KJV) “Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.”
The wonder and supernatural ability of God is that even when we shudder at the outcome of an event, He can just speak or think it into being. His ultimate power and control is of such ability.
If we have a personal promise from God and when I say this, it is you knowing that He has given you that promise and not made up in the air as some of us are won’t to act upon. Then know that even if it appears that you might be dying, God will allow you to be revived to receive that which He has spoken. His word cannot go back to Him without accomplishing that which He has said.
Cheer up if you think that promise is long in coming and have faith in God who should be our only confidence.
Trust Him that it will surely come to pass.
God: always willing and ready to act on our behalf…
Psalm 71:1-4 (KJV) “In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion. Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me. Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress. Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.”
In this tumultuous times we are living, it is never a wonder when things get so hectic we barely have time to understand or grasp the rapid unfolding of events. It appears that life can be so chaotic we long for the peace and quietness of the recent times.
Through it all, Jesus has not deserted us or allowed us to carry anything which we cannot bear.
He actually is still needing us to call upon Him in our times of need.
The road might be rough, but there is a present help available who will respond to our cries. That name is Jesus.
God: Established a good method of operation….
Matthew 6:33-34 (KJV) “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
Many times in life we try to accomplish things we desire and would like to see evident in our lives. Sometimes it might appear that it is not available or might never manifest itself, but then again what is required is a different approach to how we garner the prize.
At times, it might be necessary to review our approach and restructure the priorities and measure if there is an action that needs to take place as we go about the accomplishment.
Acknowledge God in what we are seeking and gain His insight and the direction will be that much easier and uncomplicated.
God: is drawn when we pursue Him….
Psalm 37:4-5 (KJV) “Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
In our interaction with folks it is obvious that when we display earnest interest in someone and our portrayal is honest, then that person can respond with likewise interest. That can be the expected outcome even if it does not always happen in that manner.
However, with God, He makes it plain what His expectation is in terms of relationship; He has a desire for us to delight in Him and show Him deep attention. In doing so, He is drawn toward us and the things which pertains to us.
Our interests and needs is right before His eyes and even as we continue to place an emphasis on the things that is of Him, the knowledge of Him becomes that much more impactful in our lives.
Overall, it is beneficial to have a relationship with God, but the interest and effect is magnified when it becomes intimate. Knowing Him deeply.
God: can be right here and everywhere…
Psalm 46:8-11 (KJV) “Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.”
The word of God speaks for itself and it literally means what it says; it might appear as if the world is crazy in it’s events, but even though, the Lord is saying to us to be still.
He is with us, no matter what and the expectation is that we trust Him. Even if we go home to glory, just trust Him and be still.
God is still in control.
God: all eyes on Him….
Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV)”After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”
We tend to be very emotional at times when we pray; it can be because we think that Jesus is so close that we can release everything that is happening to us unto Him. The hurt, the pain, the tears, the abuse, no matter the issue we are dealing with, from the time moment our focus goes to Him our instinct is to cry.
Tears are good and even as we release our angst, the manner in which He taught us to pray comes to mind.
We have an awesome heavenly Father, who is touched with the feelings of our infirmities and knew it would be so from the beginning. God remembered us.
God: creative and innovative (ultimate power)
Psalm 33:6 (KJV) “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.”
In this world, there are many theories on creation and how we came into being as humans. Many times the world complicate the outcome and the process seems very unorthodox. In God’s eyes, it’s very simple.
God is so God that with just a thought He can create a situation and with just a flick of His hands He can cause a world to be in existence. That is the power of our God.
With our minds we can understand and with our hearts we can connect with Him and it becomes very simple.
If you believe in Him, knowing that anything is possible becomes that much more easier. He is God and He can.
God: gave us the best friend we can find….
John 15:14-15 (KJV) “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”
Sometimes we search all over looking for someone to confide in or just be there for us and rarely do we find that person; yet when we think on the offer from Christ, He is a friend near and far and always willing to listen to the things we thing of as important in our lives.
God gave us the best friend we could ever hope to find and maybe we are overlooking him?
He is available whenever we need to talk.
God: has and will continue to demonstrate goodness to us….
Psalm 103:1-2 (KJV) “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:”
When you have met Jesus and you have formed a relationship with Him which is personable and spiritual at the same time, it is pretty not be interactive with Him. His ways are perfect and yet we in ourselves are imperfect.
In my mind I think it’s a good balance
Think on all that He consistently do for us and that without failing: He is pretty awesome I can say. My consideration borders on infatuation. Heavenly Father is awesome and demonstrates His goodness daily. Thank you Father.