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God Never Sleeps

One of the beautiful things about God is that he never sleeps, he never gets tired, and he is always there to listen. I wrote this at 2:35am because I wanted to share that he is always there. I know this because he is there for me too, even when it is really late. He isn’t a half eye open, halfway awake,semi paying attention God. He is ready to listen at all times, with whatever is going on in your heart.

If you have trouble going to bed, is it because he wants to speak with you? Yes, you may be tired but do not carry your worries or concerns into tomorrow. Today was enough. He is a 24/7 365 type of God. Nothing you bring to him is too small, too big,or irrelevant. If it matters to you, it matters to God.

The problems, circumstances,challenges you have been facing, the thoughts that you keep ruminating, and the things that seem impossible…GOD has the answer for. The PERFECT answer! He knows every heart’s intention and every action that has been taken, from beginning to the end. I have to say that makes him the perfect one to go to with whatever is going on in your heart and mind! He said that your sleep should be sweet and that he doesn’t give you worry or fear. He gives you peace, a peace only he can give!

If you are reading this right now, pour out your heart before the Lord. He is always listening and interceding on your behlaf. Let him take your burdens and give you his, which are light and easy to bear. God never sleeps, he is always on time, and is the best advice giver. He is the only one who knows the heart and has the ability to change it. Lay it at his feet and let his peace reign.

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What Are We Really Thinking About?~Taking Thoughts Captive~Bible Study-3.29.2018

Reading and meditating on the Word of God is essential to our relationship with Christ. It is apart of our armor to fight off the enemy. Not only that, but when we really think about what we are thinking about (yes, I just said that), are our thoughts coming from God and lining up with biblical truth or are they from the enemy? In this bible study there was a lot of discussion! 🙂

When I first started walking with God I was SHOCKED at how many lies I believed about God and how many lies I believed about my own identity.

I thought God was always disappointed in me..LIES

I though that God’s love was based on my performance…LIES

I also thought I was a terrible human being and didn’t have anything worth living for…LIES
I constantly worried about EVERYTHING…(NOT FROM GOD)

When I started studying, meditating, and spending time with God and reading his word. I began to change from the inside out. I realized a lot of the thoughts I did have weren’t what God thought about me at all. I also realized that there was some changes I need to make in my life to become who God intended me to be.

With that being said, I really hope you enjoy the notes from this bible study. Taking my thoughts captive and lining them up with God’s word has truly changed me from the inside out!

Taking Every Thought Captive 3.29.2018

 

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Soaking In His Presence, Literally.

I began to toss and turn at 3:30am, trying to make myself calm down enough so there was a chance I may get some rest before I left for Houston in the morning for a marriage retreat. I knew I needed rest. Not only was my body completely and utterly drained, but my mind was racing. Racing in a way it hadn’t raced in 2 years since I have been healed of mental illness. I knew this worry wasn’t from God.

Yes, I had 4 chapters to read, 3 assignments to complete, a 3 hour drive to Houston, and a marriage retreat to complete. Right then at that very moment, I had a restless mind thinking about the things I had to do later on in the week. *Breathe Tanja, breathe*

I casted all my worries of not being able to finish my homework by the deadlines and was STILL tossing and turning. I looked at my phone, now 4:30am.

Alright…

I need to de-stress myself. My best way of doing this is a candle-lit hot bath accompanied by a lavender bath bomb. I laid in the tub…at 4:30 in the morning and just closed my eyes, completely vulnerable in the midst of Abba’s presence and spoke, “Okay God, I know that I either need to pray for someone or I need to listen.”

“Listen…”

*I intently listened to what God had to say*

God: You need to do this more often…take care of yourself. You know that this anxiety and stress you have been feeling isn’t from me. You keep trying to rest in your own way. But the rest that your body and soul needs is found in me. Only me.

Me: But how am I supposed to get through right now? Am I supposed to stop doing all these things? I thought you called me to do them?

God: You know the saying you always say, “You can’t pour from an empty cup?”

Me: *sighs* Yes…

God: I would rather you take one class and give more to the women and youth you are leading. I will give you the strength till next semester. But rest in me, find your strength in me, and know that I am so proud of you.

All my anxiety seemed to dissipate into the heavenly realm as I soaked in God’s presence. I sat in the candle-lit bath surrounded with peace and plans to prosper.

God spoke a couple things to me:

  1. Stop trying to do thing in my own strength
  2. He can make even anxiety at 3:30am turn into something beautiful. (Literally Soaking in his presence)
  3. I need to have more of an ear to listen
  4. Take one class next semester
  5. I can only find true rest, in him
  6. He will give me strength to get through these next couple weeks
  7. He is proud of the seeds I’ve been planting
  8. Trust in him and his plan

I have not dealt with anxiety like that in 2 years. It was not from God, but he did turn it out for the good and used it for intimate time in his presence. We need to lay everything at his feet and trust in him and his plan. Even if it doesn’t line up with our “graduation date”, his plan is perfect. We can sleep 12 hours and still not be restored because the rest we need is found in him. During quiet time, sometimes we actually need to be quiet. God wants to speak into us. Even if we are struggling to get by, if we ask God for strength, he will give it to us. Last but not least, let us not grow weary in doing good. We will reap what we sow.

Even though I did not get much sleep before the marriage retreat, I wouldn’t of traded that time with God for sleep. I literally soaked in his presence & a supernatural peace came over me as I listened to what he had to say. I casted my cares upon him through prayer and he heard me and spoke.

Is there something you need to lay at his feet today? Or maybe you just need to listen and find rest in him. Either way, he is waiting to hear from you.

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”-Galatians 6:9 NLT

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”-1 Peter 5:7 NLT

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
    do not depend on your own understanding.
 Seek his will in all you do,
    and he will show you which path to take.”-Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT

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“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”-Philippians 4:6-7 NLT

 

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Challenging Worldly Thinking Part I

God has brought a lot of revelation of the difference of being worldly and the new creation he has made me us. He has shown me things in my life that when trials and tribulations come that I begin to think from a worldly perspective. He has also used the people closest to me, facebook, and even people in the church, to show me the difference between worldly and thinking and acting like The Children Of God That We Are. How many of our thoughts are just mere feelings and worldly thoughts compared to biblical truth?

(This blog will have a couple different parts over the next couple days!)

Let me drop some biblical truth that relates to being worldly:

So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[The old has gone, the new is here!”-2 Corinthians 5:16-17 NIV

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”-1 John 2:15-17

Now let me challenge some worldly thinking:

Finances

We worry for nothing, especially when it comes to money. “But Tanja, money is important!! The world revolves around money!”

Let me stop you right there…If your world is revolving around anything but your relationship with God, then your priorities are out of order. God is supposed to be first in our lives. He is supposed to be at the throne of our heart. Not our spouses, children, nor our jobs that often can take up a majority of our time. That job you have doesn’t provide your needs, your heavenly father does. As long we give our first fruits (tithe 10%), he will provide our needs. There has been a lot of animosity about tithing. What if I told you tithing has to do with your heart, not your money? Do you trust God to provide your needs even though the overwhelming amount of bills are coming in continually or are you going to keep that money for yourself? The streets are made of gold in heaven. I assure you that God doesn’t need our money! But he is after out heart!

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”-Malachi 3:10

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”-Philippians 4:19

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you-you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”- Matthew 6:25-34

(Here’s the link to a video concerning financial worry and recent government shutdown)

Worrying or Worshipping (Government Shutdown Video)

I Don’t Have Time

A recent article showed me some astounding facts about how much time we sit in front a tv screen and on social media. I am thankful that I am able to use social media to spread the good news, but how much of our time is really spent on cat and puppy videos or even the death being spewed all over social media platforms?

“Astonishingly, the average person will spend nearly two hours (approximately 116 minutes) on social media everyday, which translates to a total of 5 years and 4 months spent over a lifetime. Even more, time spent on social is only expected to increase as platforms develop, and is expected to eat further into traditional media – most notably TV. Right now, the average person will spend 7 years and 8 months watching TV in a lifetime. Currently, total time spent on social media beats time spent eating and drinking, socializing, and grooming.” -Socialmediatoday.com

Are you spending as much time connected with God as you are other people?? (now that’s good, thankyou Holy Spirit!)

Let’s put social media aside…

Even children, spouses, friends, and our favorite hobby can take up the quiet time being spent with God. I am not saying that these things are bad. However, anything that takes precedent over first spending time with Abba, has become and idol.

Even Jesus took time away and prayed and spent time with the heavenly father. We see this in scripture several times. There was even a time where people were looking for Jesus, but he knew there was nothing more important than to surrender and have quiet time with the Father.

“Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”-Luke 15:15-16

“Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. Later Simon and the others went out to find him. When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.””-Mark 1:35-37

“Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.”-Luke 22:39-45

The Broken/Needy/Poor

The worldly perspective of the broken, needy, and poor are that they aren’t worth helping. Wipe your hands of them, they will hurt you, they are scary, they put themselves there.

Man am I thankful God took the broken person I was and made something beautiful out of me! Jesus hung out with the broken, the worldly “low-life’s”, the prostitutes, tax collectors, the sinners. None of us are holier than thou, including myself. God has used my testimony to set people free. He has used some of the hardest things I’ve went through to display his glory of healing, forgiveness, and overall victory.

Did you know when you love the poor, you are actually doing loving  God?

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘LORD, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'”-Matthew 25:34-40

“As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.
While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.””-Matthew 9:9-13

God Focuses On:

  • love not hate
  • life not death
  • victory not defeat

I hope this post somehow challenged you like it has challenged me. We are constantly growing which causes growing pains and that’s okay. Remember, progress is progress!

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”-Colossians 3:2

 

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“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.”-Romans 12:2