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I Am Helped (Devotional)

The Lord is my Strength and my [impenetrable] Shield; my heart trusts in, relies on, and confidently leans on Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song will I praise Him.
Psalm 28:7 AMPC

Through trials and hardships, even the worst of circumstances we do not have to stress or be anxious. Unlike the world, we do not have to ‘figure things out’. In Psalm 28 we are instructed to trust in, rely on, and lean into God. The fruit of us doing this is that we are helped.

There is nothing too big for God. There is nothing that our loving father does not want to help us with. He does not get irritated when we stumble, he simply helps us back up.

Are you worried, anxious, and wondering what to do?

Trust in, rely on, and confidently lean on God. Go forth today knowing you are helped!

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Obedience & Warfare

There is a lie out there that when you are doing as God has called you to do, everything will be smooth sailing. While we do know that God is faithful, our protector, and our refuge, this simply is not true.

If we look at people through the bible doing as God has called them to do, this often brought criticism to the world. Look at apeter in Acts 11, preaching the gospel to those who were “unclean” from the world’s standards. This brought much criticism from those who did not understand what Holy Spirit had spoken to him. When criticism rearing its ugly head, remember who you call to and that you are already approved by God. Not only that, but you are appointed by him too. We see in Acts 11:12 that Holy Spirit speaks to Peter that he “accompany them with no doubts at all“. I think this is important to key in on, because sometimes we can he focused so much on the opinion of other’s that it causes us to doubt and waver. But the Holy Spirit instructs him before hand to trust in HIS plan and go with boldness and courageousness.

I feel like I talk about this alot on here…

However, it is important to realize there will always be “haters”. People’s responses to you doing what God has called you to do is a reflection of their hearts not yours. Do what God has called you to do, despite the critics. Walk with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, bold, courageous, and fearless!

Another great example of this is our perfect example, Jesus.

He was perfectly obedient and flipped the world upside down! Remember, our home is not earthly it is heavenly. Therefore, just as Jesus did we should think and act differently according to the world’s standards. Jesus brought a heavenly perspective and all truth. Even when the “highest and most religious believers” were faced with Jesus…they brought hostility. Jesus see’s the heart and deals accordingly. Which is why it is so important to be obedient to Holy Spirit, despite what it seems like or feels like. God is after heart transformation, not just appearing good on the outside. Jesus suffered for his obedience and we should expect trials and tribulations as well. However, Jesus commanded us to “take heart, he has overcome the world” and “the suffering we endure now does not compare to the glory that is coming later”! We are on the winning side. Don’t get caught up in other people’s opinions and criticism.

Its oftentimes when you are doing exactly what God has called you to do, there is a ton of spiritual warfare. Do not be discouraged. Even through the storms of life God will refine you to be more like him and is working everything our for your good. Put on your armor, remember the real enemy. There will always be critics are those who do not understand. People’s approval and criticism does not matter. Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. You are approved and appointed!

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Activation Into Your Purpose

“There was also a prophetess, Anna, a daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was well along in years, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and was a widow for eighty-four years. She did not leave the temple, serving God night and day with fasting and prayers.” -Luke 2:36-37 CSB

There is one specific part of this scripture that I believe God wants to talk about today. That is serving day and night just as Anna did. There is not much about Anna in the bible. There is actually one more verse to this passage of scripture and that is all we get to know about Anna. But, how many of you know that when God gives us even one word it is something of GREAT importance?

Anna, a prophetess had been living a widow for 84 years. Her husband died early on in their marriage, only 7 years. What she did in response is amazing to me and has put me in awe. She never left the temple and served God day and night and was consistently in fellowship with God through fasting and prayer. God had me study these two scriptures this morning and this is what he revealed to me. Anna knew her place in the body of Christ, she was equipped in the place she was serving because she was placed there by God! The word serving in this passage of scripture actually means latreúō. Which actually means, properly, to render technical, acceptable service because specifically qualified (equipped). Anna served day and night to God, worshiping him with her life. Her life was a sacrifice of praise unto God.

God has equipped every single one of us to serve in some way, somewhere. Are you where God has called you to be? Many times God will speak to you about what you are supposed to do and other people say that it can’t be done. Do not let those people discourage you. Christine Caine was told she would never be able speak in front of people and that she was incapable. Jesus was not acknowledged in his home town! So NEVER let other people’s opinions defer you from what God has already equipped you to do.

If you do not know the best place for you to serve, the best thing to do is go to the one who equipped you in the first place. No matter what you are CALLED to do, it is of great importance. Do not look around at everyone else and what they are called to do. Focus on Jesus and the talents and gifts he has placed inside of you. One part of the body is not more important than the other. The best thing you can do is what you are called to do! The reason I believe that Anna was able to serve so well is because she was in CONSTANT fellowship with God, she knew WHO she was, and WHAT she was called to do and she did that, with passion and reverence for God. Are you in a position that you are not called to be in? There is someone who is CALLED to be in that spot and they are equipped BY GOD to do so. I put emphasis on BY GOD because we can only be equipped through him, not people. They are called the gifts of the Holy Spirit for a reason. I believe that people can strengthen us and the body of Christ is a living organism, growing day by day. What God has equipped us with we are to share with others!

Anna may have only had three verses in the bible, but this great prophetess of God is known for serving wholeheartedly and passionately in the position God had equipped her in. If this is something that you are unsure of follow her example and pray and fast, spending time with the Father. He wants you to do what he has per-destined you to do!

FURTHER SCRIPTURE STUDY:

One Body with Many Parts

12 The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. 13 Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles,[e] some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.[f]

14 Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. 15 If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?

18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. 19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part! 20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”

22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. 23 And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, 24 while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. 25 This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. 26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.

27 All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. 28 Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church:

first are apostles,
second are prophets,
third are teachers,
then those who do miracles,
those who have the gift of healing,
those who can help others,
those who have the gift of leadership,
those who speak in unknown languages.

29 Are we all apostles? Are we all prophets? Are we all teachers? Do we all have the power to do miracles? 30 Do we all have the gift of healing? Do we all have the ability to speak in unknown languages? Do we all have the ability to interpret unknown languages? Of course not! 31 So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts.

But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all. -1 Corinthians 12:12-31 NLT

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. -Ephesians 2:10 NLT



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Even If You Stumble

God loves when we follow the plan he has for us, especially since he knows what’s perfect. He loves when we earnestly seek to do his will. He “delights” in our every step. He is well pleased.

There have been times where I have had to make a BIG decision. I prayed and got impatient, later realizing I had made a mistake. I still thought that it was God’s will. However, later I realized I had made a mistake that caused me to stumble. I did not wait long enough for him to bring clarity. Yet we see, that even when we stumble there is abundant grace and mercy. He is ready and willing to lift us up when we stumble.

Do you remember when you tried to ride a bike for the first time? Your parents let you try without training wheels? If you were like me, you ate the gravel. I mean, I stumbled hard. I was a bloody, bruised, beat up, wanted to give up kind of mess. Just as my earthly Father saw what had happened and helped me up, God will lift you up when you stumble. He is much better than your earthly father. He is your cheerleader. He was delighted you wanted to please him! He lifts you and says, here my child try this.

God sees the desire in your heart to do his will and live out his plan for your life and that pleases him. He is delighted you a pursuing to be obedient. Even if you stumble, he is there to lift you up. He is proud of you! So dust the gravel off and keep riding.

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You Are So Loved


If you have known me for any amount of time, you know I have a tendency to beat myself up. God this year, is continuing to bring me a deeper revelation of his love and break the chains of religion and law that has been trying to bound me down.

You see, I have dealt with this view that I need to do this or not do this to get God’s love. I think is partly due to environment I grew up in and the religious beliefs I was originally taught. There is a huge difference between Saul and Paul.

Saul, was law-driven, a pharisee, he knew what to do, what not to do, and everything in between. He crucified Christians, yet God used him to be one of the greatest messengers of God of them all (at least in my eyes). Saul was turned to Paul due to the love of Jesus. A love that can transform every single one of us if we have an open heart.

Many times we want these roots of religiousness to just leave. This idea of performance based loved to just disappear over night. However, the more I am realizing that growth with deep strong roots that last in a storm take a while to grow.

Let me smash some lies right now and speak to you what Jesus has spoken to me that completely wrecked me in the best way possible.

He gently spoke to me and said. “If I loved you at your darkest, even when you were living in darkness. Why would I love you less now? I am the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

Jesus is the ultimate definition of love. He died for you and I to be set free. He died and rose again, defeating all odds, for us to be able to choose to love him back. See, whether you know God at all right now, maybe don’t even believe he is real, or completely hate him, HE STILL LOVES YOU. Jesus loves you even when you have nothing to offer. When we were still sinners, God sent Jesus to die for our sins so we can be in true fellowship and communion with him.

However, we do have a choice whether or not we allow his love in. For me, it seems silly typing it out… But I struggle to allow myself to be loved like this. I frankly do not deserve it. Yet Holy Spirit speaks and says, Isn’t that what grace is? Isn’t mercy not getting what we do deserve?

Let’s smash the lie together of performance based love, shall we?

God loves you, he has chosen you even before your parents even knew you were going to exist. He is the ultimate father and the purest form of love. He is love. Will you let his love transform your heart and life? He does not love you because of what you did or did not do. He loves you because of who he is. The only reason we are able to love somewhat like him is because he loved us first. When you get your mind around that you can’t do anything to earn or lose his love you will start walking in freedom. Sometimes, this is continual process. Something you need to ask a revelation of every single day. Is that not what Paul asked for? To know him and make him known!

Saul was not transformed into Paul off of his own will, but the kind intentions of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. If Paul could have earned God’s love, he would have never been transformed from Saul to Paul.

You are so loved and so worthy of being loved.

I pray that God may bring you wisdom and revelation of his love for you today and every single day. The more you seek him, the more you will find him. I pray that you are protected from the lie’s of the enemy and Holy Spirit replaces it with the truth of God’s Word. I pray that you may continue to understand to more of his love and turn that into thankfulness and praise. That you may prosper in all he has set you to do. That you do not grow weary in doing good, but press forward to what is ahead. That you look at the things of heaven, not the things of earth. That your focus is set on the perfecter of our faith, Jesus Christ forever and ever, Amen.

You my friend, are so loved.