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Are You Sure God? (Devotional)

I replied, “But my work seems so useless! I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose. Yet I leave it all in the Lord ’s hand; I will trust God for my reward.”
Isaiah 49:4 NLT

I am in a season where I cannot understand any of the commandments God has given me. Not a single one. There seems to be no logical reason why he has me staying where I am. In this season I feel that what I’m doing has no purpose, the hard work and dedication I have is unnoticed, and I have become more weary as time goes on. “God are you sure you want me here?”

Everytime I have asked hebresponds with yes. The things God tells you to do are not going to be logical when he is supernatural. But, when you know that HE is good and is FOR you, you can trust in his commands even when they are uncomfortable, painful, and do not make any sense sense. While I feel that all the hard work I have put in has went unnoticed, God has simply reminded me that praise and reward come from him.

If you don’t understand what is going on or why God has you in this place, understand that his intentions are always good. Man may not see the tears you have cried, the hard work and dedication you have put in, or the prayers and praise you have spoken…but God has never taken his focus off of you.

It takes faith and endurance to stay where God has you in a season of trials. But, his promises remind us that the suffering now does not even compare to the glory that is coming!

Be encouraged that he hears your every prayer and is working on your behalf. God is for you and in his timing you will see his beautiful plan amongst the suffering you once endured. He is faithful to his word, without fail he will rescue you, his promises shall come to pass.

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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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The Bible Promise Book for the Anxious Heat -Janice Thompson ~Book Review

The Bible Promise Book for the Anxious Heart By Janice Thompson

The Bible Promise Book for the Anxious Heart is an excellent tool to remember the promises of God and apply them to your daily life. Thompson begins each topic with a heart felt prayer to help you understand you are not alone in situations and feelings you may be facing. I recommend this book to anyone who may be facing anxiety, trials, or anyone who needs a reminder of God’s sovereignty. In the introduction Janice speaks on not letting this book replace your quiet time with God. I applaud her for the transparency, wisdom, and boldness to speak on this. The only con I have is that I wish I had it in paperback rather than an e-book. I give this book a 5 out of 5. The Bible Promise Book for the Anxious Heart By Janice Thompson is a book that is applicable for everyday life, truly timekess, leaving your heart no longer anxious but with God’s peace after you declare the promises given to you!

Thank you Baurbor Publishing and Janice Thompson for allowing !e to review this spectacular tool for every day Christian life. Another big thank you to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book which has brought me peace and victory through the word of God! 

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He Is Who He Says He Is.

I am so sorry I have not written lately. God has been working on my heart. But there is so much more to come! It is only the beginning! I like to think that these past couple months that I just seemed to vanish, were moments that he was preparing me to really write for him and the kingdom.

Over the past 11 months of living in Louisiana there has been many up’s and down’s.

My faith has been tested, my heart and mind have been stretched, and I have been taught so much. There have been moments, many moments. Moments I never saw coming but he did. Hard moments that were used as teaching moments that ultimately drew me close to him.

When I stumbled, he never let go of my hand & he was there to help me dust the dirt off my knees and start walking again.

When I wanted to run in fear, Holy Spirit prompted me to stand in faith and cast my cares upon the Lord’s feet. Then he surrounded me with his peace.

When I was angry, he taught me how to forgive and gave me the strength to do so.

When I did not know how to love, he revealed to me his love as the perfect example to follow.

When I thought I was all alone, he often used my neighbor to stop by and check on me. I received random texts and phone calls. There were times that I felt his warmth. There were times when I just knew he was there by his peace.

I wish I could describe his peace.

When the future seemed uncertain, he reminded me that he already had it covered and they were plans to prosper!

When I felt condemned, he showed me a deeper level of freedom.

Just a few of these moments I mentioned have taught me that:

He is who he says he is.

He is faithful.

He is loving.

He never left me.
He gave me strength when I had none left.

He protected me.

He calls me by name.

He stands by me through the good, bad, and the in between.

His love is in everything. We just have to have the heart to see.

His love and his faithfulness never wavered.

Standing in faith, holding onto his promises, declaring them out loud when the future seems uncertain will never be unfruitful.

He is who he says he is.

 

 

 

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Not Today satan. I Know The Powerful Name of Jesus.

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We all go through trials and tribulations. We all go through things that shape us to be more like Christ. But, when we are going through it in the moment it doesn’t feel like we are becoming more like Jesus. It feels, let’s be honest, painful. We have all most likely had growing pains growing up. As we grow in our walk with God, there is no difference. There will be pain, trials, and tribulations along the way. Keep reading, it gets better!

I really want to focus on these two verses:

“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—” -2 Corinthians 4:8-9

In other words if we translate it back to the original language it means:

We may be rubbed the wrong way at times, feeling confined but we aren’t held back. We may not know what to do, but we have a way out. We are being chased after to be overtaken but we aren’t lacking anything or left nor forsaken. We are cast down but we are not perishing.

May I just say, I absolutely love this passage of scripture! It is so powerful!!

When we are rubbed the wrong way or feel like we are stuck all we have to do is call upon the name of Jesus and in faith declare his promises.

When we don’t know what to do, we have someone who has torn the veil before us named Jesus.

When the world and the devil himself tries to overtake our minds and hearts, we remember who we are in Christ. We remember we lack nothing because God supplies our every single need because he is a good father that will never leave nor forsake us.

When we are kicked down, we get back up.

See the devil is just mad because he knows the battle is already won. He knows that he has absolutely NO AUTHORITY over us. He can only lie and deceive us into thinking he does. See, the devil likes to keep us unknowledgeable and likes to keep us away from the truth (The Word of God). Here is some biblical truth to back this up. Because this was a lie I once believed (See Romans 6, Luke 10:19, & 22 Other Verses About Man’s Authority Over satan)—–>

Romans 6 NKJV ,Luke 10:19 NKJV,23 Verses About Man’s Authority Over The devil

So the next time you feel defeated remember the same power that raised Christ from the dead, lives inside you. Remember the biblical truth of who you are, not what the world tries to tell you. Remember the verse stated above and remember YOU are MORE than a CONQUEROR through JESUS.

The next time this life tries to bring you down or even if it’s satan himself, let him know about JESUS and where he’s going to end up!

Ya’ll there is so much power just in the name of Jesus. Darkness doesn’t stand a chance!There is so much power inside of us because of Holy Spirit. We just have to have the boldness and knowledge to use it!