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God Can.

If God can altar the chemical composition of an iron ax to make it float through the prophet Elisha…

“As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron ax head fell into the water, and he cried out, “Oh, my master, it was borrowed!” Then the man of God asked, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, the man of God cut a piece of wood, threw it there, and made the iron float. Then he said, “Pick it up.” So he reached out and took it.” 2 Kings 6:5-7 CSB

If God delivered me of abuse and trauma and into the wholeness of his love. If he healed me of mental illness leaving me not longer dependent on medication and entrapped in suicidal thoughts, depression, and anxiety.

If he spoke light into existence and still know the numbers of hairs on your head. Can I remind you that nothing you have going on right now is too big or too small for God to handle?

Chemical compounds of the ax were changed and made to float through a man by the power of God. The same Holy Spirit, that same power that lives in us can bring us into victory. Not based off of good behavior or performance. But based upon the faithfulness of God.

The ax was borrowed in 2 Kings 6 and the country was in great turmoil. Yet we see once again, the provision and faithfulness of God.

Whatever you are going through, God has the ability to bring you through it hand and hand. Do not resist going the places he would lead you to go or the choices he would lead you to make. Even if you run into trouble, he will bring you through.

What may be impossible to man is not impossible to God.

We serve a big God that makes our big problems seem pretty small in comparison to the wonders he has done and will continue to do.

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Small Clouds of Hope & The Latter Rain

There are many times as we are walking with God he is calling us to a deeper place. We are faced with trials at the surface but God is just using these circumstances to go deeper. A deeper place of fellowship, faith, and trust in him. As I was studying The Prophet Elijah and his faith, the Holy Spirit revealed something so significant about his provision that I am writing this at 1am. (Lord, have mercy with these typo’s).

In 1 Kings 17, Elijah tells Ahab that the Lord is no longer sending rain due to Israel’s worship of baal and a fertility God they believed could bring rain. After Elijah spoke this to Ahab he went into hiding and God brought him provision through raven’s, bread, meat, and water each day until it ran out. After this, he was directed to a Gentile woman and her son. She did not have much, only some oil and flour. It is really only enough for her and her son to eat and soon die.

Then Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid; go and do as you have said. But first make me a small loaf from it and bring it out to me. Afterward, you may make some for yourself and your son, for this is what the Lord God of Israel says, ‘The flour jar will not become empty and the oil jug will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the surface of the land.’” -1 Kings 17:13-14 CSB

There is a promise of provision for the Gentile for now, by her obedience of bringing Elijah a small loaf to feed on. While there is another promise I did not see until now, there will be provision later for her when the Lord sends rain. I am going to skip a lot of important details you should read later if you haven’t read 1 Kings 18 for the sake of keeping this short and not getting off track. However, we see that there is no cloud in sight.

Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a rainstorm.” So Ahab went to eat and drink, but Elijah went up to the summit of Carmel. He bent down on the ground and put his face between his knees. Then he said to his servant, “Go up and look toward the sea.” So he went up, looked, and said, “There’s nothing.” Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.” -1 Kings 18:41-43 CSB

Seven times, Ahab went to look for rain and could not find ANYTHING. Can you imagine the widow in Chapter 17? Where is the promise of God of rain so my son and I can eat? Often times, I think we can be like this with God. There is no hope in sight of what God has promised, yet God continues to tell us to keep asking, seeking, and knocking and knocking seven more times. However, I do think that the widow, could reflect on how God provided the time before and this gave her hope.

When we are needing a miracle and waiting on the promises of God to come to pass, it is important that we continue with perseverance and unashamed boldness. God is not reluctant to provide what we need. He is such a good father that he is going to have us wait until the perfect time. Waiting on his perfect timing may stretch us and have us press into his presence a little more. In the end he wants to take us deeper into understanding who he truly is. I would imagine that the widow reflected on the time before that God had came through for her had provided. I would imagine that she thanked him for this and praised him in advance for what he was about to do. After all, God’s word cannot come back unfruitful.

“On the seventh time, he reported, “There’s a cloud as small as a man’s hand coming up from the sea.”-1 Kings 18:44 CSB

Can you imagine this small cloud giving so much hope to the widow? When God’s promises come to pass there is such great joy. However, I do think we can learn something from 1 Kings 17 & 18 other than what is blatantly written. God promised to provide for her then if she obeyed and promised provision in the future and God has promised us the same. In the unknown, we can reflect on who God is and what he has already done. We can intentionally continue giving him thanks for all he has already done and praise him for the faithfulness he continues to show, ever before we see the small cloud come up from the sea. Faith takes knowing who God is and that he does everything out of the abundance of who he is, love. If you do not have the right perception of who God is it will be hard to trust that the rain will ever come.

Take this time to understand that God does not go out and wing it. He is a God of order. When it feels like the rain is never going to come, remember the faithfulness that he has done in the chapter before and thank him for this. Your rain will come, but for now we must thank him for the faithful father that he is. Trust in his goodness and know that it sometimes takes some extra knocking, for Ahab seven times of going back, for us to see the promises of God fulfilled. We must not give up. Knowing that God is always on time.

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Grab My Hand (Devotional)

Everything we have faced, are facing, or are going to face is a place where God is already there. There is nothing we can do to escape his prescence. When we have a true revelation of his love we can rejoice that he is in fact, Immanuel (God With Us). I think there are times in life where things feel silent, we feel disconnected. But the truth is, God is still there. These times are opportunities to grab his hand. They are opportunities to seek him through his word and prayer, where he is still continually speaking. We must meditate on who God is and his word to combat the deception that the enemy tries to have us believe.

No matter who you are or where you are, God is with you. He is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore. He is a God that still speaks and his word is still active. Choose to seek him wholeheartedly and you will find him.

Wherever I go, your hand will guide me; your strength will empower me.
Psalms 139:10 TPT

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Bold Enough To Ask (Devotional)

We know that God is a giver at heart. He does not give reluctantly. He willingly gives us the desires of our heart. If he gave us Jesus, what won’t he give to us?

What if we dared to take our own preconceived ideas of what God will give to us and we were bold enough to ask?

He has given us the ability to ask him anything, but are we willing to be bold enough to ask?

Let us join our faith together and turn up our expectation of what God is going to do. While we don’t seek him for what he will do. One of the beauitful things about who he is, is how he willingly gives us all. He deserves the praise for what he has already done, giving us the greatest gift of all, Jesus. But let us turn up our expectation, tearing down the preconceived ideas of what he will do, and boldly come before the throne

Let us join together and praise him for what he is going to do!

More Scripture To Chew On:

  • Matthew 7:7
  • Luke 11:9
  • Luke 18:27
  • Romans 8:32
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Staying In The Wilderness-A Call To Obedience

“Why has Israel become a slave?
    Why has he been carried away as plunder?
 Strong lions have roared against him,
    and the land has been destroyed.
The towns are now in ruins,
    and no one lives in them anymore.
 Egyptians, marching from their cities of Memphis and Tahpanhes,
    have destroyed Israel’s glory and power.
 And you have brought this upon yourselves
    by rebelling against the Lord your God,
    even though he was leading you on the way!
-Jeremiah 2:14-17 NLT

How many times have we asked God why… Why am I here? Why do I have to deal with this? Why does nothing seem to match up with what you promised me? Why…why…why…

I have been there, especially in a season of wilderness. But many times, especially within the past two years of living in Louisiana, God has replied back with two key truth’s.

1. His thoughts are higher than my thoughts

2. Lean not on my own understanding and he will make my path straight

During times of trials the devil loves to ask questions like, “but where is your God” and “I thought God said…”. When the truth is, God never left and God always keeps his word. It is during the hard times that the devil will tempt us to leave the wilderness, even though the wilderness is the exact place God has us for this season. I have had times in Louisiana where I have been ready to leave to go back to Michigan, what is comfortable. However, what God is doing in me and through me is so much greater than comfort.
It takes obedience, trust, and complete reliance on God to stay in the wilderness…

I am not sure what your wilderness looks like…But I do know that God is with you and he will do what he promised. Do not forfeit the promise because you gave up your land (left where God had you). Is that not EXACTLY what the devil wants? For us to abandon the blessings and abundance God has for us.

I try to be transparent and vaunerable with those who come to read Let Love Be My Motive.

I am in a wilderness season. The woods and vines are thick but his light guides my path! I cannot see the promises that he has spoken to me. There is no earthly evidence. However, we walk by faith and not by sight. God is not a man that he can lie. His word goes forth and is fruitful. I am more than a conqueror and victorious through Jesus Christ and God is working out everything for my good!

When the enemy comes to try to take me out of my land and try to deceive me about what God has promised me and who God actually is…I remind him of the ultimate truth, God’s word. Where did I learn this from?
We see this in Matthew 4 when the devil comes to tempt Jesus in, you guessed it, the wilderness! The devil does not fight fair, he comes to you in your ‘weakest’ moments because he has came here to steal, kill, and destroy. Where God has came to give us life and life abundantly! Look at what he does to Jesus and what Jesus’ response was:

 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil.  For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone,
    but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’” Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’” Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.” “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God
    and serve only him.’” Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.
-Matthew 4:1-11 NLT

The Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness, just as I have been led into the wilderness. The devil attacks Jesus’ identity and what the Father has spoken to Jesus, just as my identity has been attacked and the promises of God. But, Jesus stayed in the wilderness and even at his weakest moment of fasting for 40 days, he took out his sword and fought! He spoke the truth, God’s Word, when the enemy came with a lie and the devil had to flee! Even in our weakest moment, God comes in with his everlasting strength.

In Jeremiah 2 (see top of reading) we see that Jerusulem was being led by God. I am sure it did not always feel nice, but what was happening in them and through them and their obedience was of utmost importance. Many times, staying in the wilderness is God’s protection and anything outside of that can cause our destruction. Remember, God’s thoughts are so much higher than ours. We as humans love to be comfortable and like to take the easy route. However, growth is not always easy. God knows what is best for not only us, but those arounds us. So lean not on your own understanding and he will make your paths straight. Take God at what his word says, he is working everything out for your good! You are victorious! The wilderness does not last forever, the promises are going to come to pass. If you need help in this season, do not be afraid to ask. Holy Spirit is our great help! Surround yourself with those who will not only encourage you when times are hard but challenge you with the truth rather than tickle your ears.

I challenge you to take your thoughts captive, get in the word of God, and pray, pray, pray. If you are having a hard time trusting God, dig to the root! What lie(s) are you believing about who he is? Being obedient to God will never turn out bad, that would contradict who he is and what his word says. Sometimes it takes faith to stay in the wilderness, but thankfully we have a God who never leaves us and never forsakes us!