Hold Onto & Stand On God’s Promises

Do you trust God’s word over your life? I mean really trust God at his word, that what he says in his word is true for your life?  So many times we think the promises and blessings in the bible are just words.  We believe it’s not for us, but for someone else who we think has it all together and isn’t struggling in their faith or in our eyes they seem perfect.  Well, let me tell you today that none of us are perfect (Jesus was the only perfect person to walk this earth).  We are all dealing with some kind of issue or struggle in our life whether we realize it or not.  If you are struggling to trust God in different areas of your life, then how can you believe or expect to see his promises manifest in your life?  It says in Hebrews 10:23 (NLT) Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. So while you wait on the Lord to bring those promises to pass in your life, trust God.  Trust him to do what he said he would do because his word never fails.

You need to be encouraged today and keep standing on God’s promises. Even when times are tough, even when you don’t know how God can fix your circumstances, keep standing on his promises and know that God is good and faithful. 2 Peter 1:4 (NLT) And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the worlds corruption caused by human desires.  Promise means a declaration or assurance that one will do a particular thing or that a particular thing will happen in the future; assure someone that one will definitely do, give, or arrange something; ground for expectation of success, improvement, or excellence; indication of something favorable to come.  It says in 2 Corinthians 1:20-22 (MSG) Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident. God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit he has stamped us with his eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete.  God’s promises are his assurance of what is to come in our future if we just believe.  We have to believe them to see them.

Just as God made a promise to Abraham in the bible, he is sure to fulfill his promises to you.  It says in Hebrews 6:17-20 (MSG) When God made his promise to Abraham, he backed it to the hilt, putting his own reputation on the line. He said, “I promise that I’ll bless you with everything I have—bless and bless and bless!” Abraham stuck it out and got everything that had been promised to him. When people make promises, they guarantee them by appeal to some authority above them so that if there is any question that they’ll make good on the promise, the authority will back them up. When God wanted to guarantee his promises, he gave his word, a rock-solid guarantee—God can’t break his word. And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable. We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us.  God’s promises and his word are incapable of failing. Luke 1:37(NIV) For no word from God will ever fail.  Since his word does not fail means his promises does not fail and that he never fails.

A couple things that could be hindering you from seeing promises fulfilled in your life are old mindsets and behaviors. They are keeping you from believing and trusting that God wants to fulfill his promises in your life.  Romans 4:16-18 (AMP) Therefore, [inheriting] the promise depends entirely on faith [that is, confident trust in the unseen God], in order that it may be given as an act of grace [His unmerited favor and mercy], so that the promise will be [legally] guaranteed to all the descendants [of Abraham]—not only for those [Jewish believers] who keep the Law, but also for those [Gentile believers] who share the faith of Abraham, who is the [spiritual] father of us all.  Don’t allow fear, doubt, hopelessness, or worry to put you in a state of complacency, where you accept the way you live currently is how you will always live. Stop believing that God is not working to fulfill his promises in your life just because you don’t see tangible evidence of his progress.  God is a promise keeper, not a promise breaker.  It says in Numbers 23:19 (NIV) God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? God has never broken a promise or made a promise that he did not keep.

Trust God enough to be patient and wait for God to bring his promises to pass in your life. Remember during the waiting periods to not get impatient, tired, hopeless or doubtful that you will see them happen. Also, don’t make the promise bigger than God.  When the promise becomes bigger than God, you have maximized the promise so much that it’s all you focus on.  When you do this you lose focus on God.  You have now started to put the promise of God before God.  You begin to forget about the one who gave you the promise and you start talking more about the promise and less about the God who gave it to you.  Your promise has just become bigger than God to you.  God never intended for you to look at the promise that way.  How could a promise be bigger than God when he is the one who said it, so he will be the one to fulfill it?  It is going to take his resources and abilities for it to manifest in your life.  You cannot see a promise fulfilled unless God does it. A promise on its own can do nothing without the hand of God because it has no power without God.  Focus on God and hold onto his promises.  His promises gives you hope in the midst of your circumstance and speaks life into you and your situation.  Don’t make the mistake of your promise being bigger than God because you need him for the promise to manifest.  Don’t maximize God over the promise, but instead choose to focus on God and hold onto the promise to encourage you and give you hope until you see the promise happen in your life.

Today chose to live in expectation for God’s promises to come to pass in your life. Begin to speak his promises over yourself, your family, your friends, and your co-workers.  Speak them daily by putting them in places where they are constantly in your face for you to see and read them. By repeating them daily it will increase your faith, hope, peace, strength and patience to wait on God.  If you struggle to believe them at first, continue daily speaking them and eventually you will start to believe them.  God’s word has a way of getting into you and changing you from the inside out, even when you don’t even realize it.  Eventually you will see the fruit of the promises happening in your life.  Here is a prayer to pray God’s promises over your life:  Lord, today I choose to believe that you have promises that you want to fulfill in my life. I come into agreement with you and trust that I will see every promise that is written in your word come to pass in my life. For your word never fails.  Give me the faith I need to be able to see your promises manifest.  Because you affirmed me, made me a sure thing in Christ, and put your yes within me; by your spirit I have been stamped with your eternal pledge that what you have destined for me will be completed. Help me to change any old mindsets and behaviors that stop me from seeing and believing that your promises will be fulfilled.  Please reveal to me when I have maximized a promise to be bigger than you.  As I know that any promise you have for me can only be fulfilled by your hands.  Thank you for all the promises that have already been fulfilled in my life and for the ones that are yet to come. In Jesus Name, Amen

Below are some of God’s promises and the scriptures they are found in:

  1. I Am A New Creation2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
  2. I Am DeliveredPsalm 34:17 (NIV) The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
  3. I Am HealedIsaiah 53:5 (ASV) But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
  4. I Am ProtectedPsalm 121:7-8 (HCSB) The LORD will protect you from all harm; He will protect your life. The LORD will protect your coming and going both now and forever.
  5. I Am More Than A Conqueror Romans 8:37 (ESV) No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
  6. I Am FreeGalatians 5:1 (NIV) It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery
  7. I Am BlessedDeuteronomy 28:6 (NLT) Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be blessed.
  8. I Have God’s GraceJames 4:6 (GNT) But the grace that God gives is even stronger. As the scripture says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
  9. I Have God’s PeaceJohn 14:27 (NIV) Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid
  10. I Have God’s Forgiveness1 John 1:9 (NIV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
  11. God’s Loves MeProverbs 8:17 (NIV) I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.
  12. God Gives Me WisdomProverbs 2:6 (NIV) For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
  13. God Is My Strength & HelpPsalm 46:1 (WEB) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
  14. God Will Sustain MePsalm 55:22 (NIV) Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
  15. God’s Gives Me GuidancePsalm 32:8 (NLT) The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.
  16. God Directs My StepsProverbs 16:9 (NASB) The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.
  17. God Supplies My NeedsPhilippians 4:19 (ESV) Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
  18. God Has Plans For MeJeremiah 29:11 (NLT) For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
  19. God Is With MeIsaiah 43:2 (NLT) When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.
  20. God Will Never Leave MeDeuteronomy 31:6 (NIV) Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
  21. God Gives Me StrengthPhilippians 4:13 (NLT) For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
  22. God Helps Me Fight Temptation1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT) The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
  23. God Hears My PrayersJeremiah 29:12 (NIV) Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salvation – Do You Want To Be Saved?

As you read this, some of you may not get this or agree with it but my hope is that you will continue to read this as someone you know may need to be saved. It says in 1 Corinthians 1:18 (AMP) For the message of the cross is foolishness [absurd and illogical] to those who are perishing and spiritually dead [because they reject it], but to us who are being saved [by God’s grace] it is [the manifestation of] the power of God. Some of you may be thinking that I am already saved so I don’t need to read this, but you should consider reading this for your unsaved family and friends. What if someone else’s salvation was in your hands and you didn’t do anything to save them? It says in 2 Corinthians 5:17-20 (MSG) Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.  Why are we so willing talk about our favorite TV show with strangers, friends and our co-workers, but how many times have you reached out and told those same people about Christ?

Do you know what it means to be saved? Being saved means to turn away from living a life without God, that is focused solely upon yourself.  If your only concern is about yourself then you really don’t know yourself in Christ and you are lost. You have to know God to know who you are in Christ.  Jesus said in Matthew 10:39 (MSG) If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me. Don’t you want to know who you really are in Christ and what abilities and purpose God has placed in you?  No matter what your life looks like right now, God has purpose and plans for your life. It says in Jeremiah 29:11 (AMP) For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.  Your future is bright and so are the plans that God has for you. 2 Timothy 1:9 (NLT) For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time–to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. He did this out of love for you.  He made a declaration in front of people and one that millions of people would read about to show you that you are loved by him. John 3:16 (NLT) For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.  His son endured a lot and eventually lost his life, so that you would gain an eternal one through him. Timothy Keller said, “The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.”

The only way to become saved is through salvation in Jesus Christ. Salvation means a source or means of being saved; deliverance or redemption from the power and effects of sin.  It says in Romans 10:10 (NLT) For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. When you receive salvation, you are being saved from the righteous judgement of God as a sinner. Only through God can you receive salvation.  It says in Acts 4:12 (AMP) And there is salvation in no one else: for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among people by which we must be saved [for God has provided the world no alternative for salvation]. There is no other way to receive salvation but through God. 

Who is salvation available too? It is available to everyone! Titus 2:11-14 (MSG) God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available for everyone! We’re being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honoring life. This new life is starting right now, and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, appears. He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness. Everyone matters to God, no matter how lost you are. In the bible it clearly shows this with the two parables in Luke 15:3-10 (AMP) So He told them this parable:  “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one which is lost, [searching] until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.  And when he gets home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my lost sheep!’  I tell you, in the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.  “Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins [each one equal to a day’s wages] and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her [women] friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, because I found the lost coin!’ In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents [that is, changes his inner self—his old way of thinking, regrets past sins, lives his life in a way that proves repentance; and seeks God’s purpose for his life].” Each lost soul matters to God.  Bryan Stevenson wrote that “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” So know today that no matter what you have done in your past that you are more than it because Jesus went to the cross and redeemed you from it.  Ephesians 2:8-9 (AMP) For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God; not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation].

You might be thinking why should I want to be saved? Well, you should want to be saved because in the bible it clearly says that you can only be saved or condemned [to give someone a usually severe punishment]. It says in Mark 16:16 (AMP) He who has believed [in Me] and has been baptized will be saved [from the penalty of God’s wrath and judgment]; but he who has not believed will be condemned. Wouldn’t you rather be saved then condemned? God gives two very clear choices.  The only way to be saved is to receive salvation through him.  Romans 5:10 (AMP) For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, it is much more certain, having been reconciled, that we will be saved [from the consequences of sin] by His life [that is, we will be saved because Christ lives today].  Why would you not want to be saved when Jesus gave his life for us lovingly? How many people in your life would be willing to die for you like he did?  Romans 5:7-8 (NLT) Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.  God has unconditional love for us that he’s shown us through Jesus.

Hopefully through reading this you have realized that you want to be saved or maybe you need to recommit your life to Christ. Choose today to make the right choice and give your life to Christ for real. You will never be the same and it will be the best decision you will ever make in your life.  Let me lead you to salvation with this prayer: Lord, today I choose to believe in my heart and confess with my mouth that you are my Lord and Savior. I know that I am a sinner and I come before you now and repent of my sins and ask for your forgiveness.  Thank you for sending your son to the cross so that I would be redeemed and forgiven through his death for my sin.   Please wash me clean from all my sin, shame and guilt.  Help me to turn away from my sinful nature and commit myself to you Lord from this day forward.  Lead me each day to know more of your word, walk by your ways and live in your will for my life.  Show me how to seek you and know you for myself. Transform me and my life according to your purpose for it.  I ask all these things in Jesus name, Amen!

If you have received salvation today, let me know it so I can pray for your new journey with Christ. Congratulations and Welcome To The Family!!

 God Bless

 

Fill Me Up

Life can leave you sometimes feeling like you’re on empty. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life (work, kids, school, church), health concerns, or death of a loved one can leave you feeling empty inside. Emptiness can leave you feeling lost, lonely, no real purpose or value.  Sometimes you will even feel like something is missing in your life, but you’re just now sure what that is.  The only solution to this problem is God.  Look up and look for God to fill you up.

As you read this you might be saying this is not for me, I don’t have this problem, but you should keep reading. Since we as humans cannot fully understand God’s peace, then how can you as a human even comprehend the depth of your emptiness? Philippians 4:7 (NLT) 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.   If God’s word says we can’t even understand his peace, then we surely could not understand the emptiness we feel inside.  You need God to fill you up.  Only he can do it! God can fill places in you that cannot be filled from anything in this world.  God said in John 14:27 (NLT) “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.  So don’t be troubled or afraid.  He wanted us to experience emptiness so it could only be him to fill us.  He designed us this way, so we would need him.  He wanted us to have a relationship with him and go to him with our needs.  It says in Philippian 4:19 (AMP) And my God will liberally supply (fill until full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. He is the only one who can fill the emptiness we have inside us.

Fill means an amount of something that will occupy all space in a container; make something full; to spread all through an area. That is what God wants to do in every area of your life.  He wants it to be full of blessings, favor, love, joy, peace and the list goes on.  Jesus said in John 10:10 (NIV) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

So many times we feel empty and don’t even know what we are missing in our lives. A lot of times we go looking in all the wrong places to fill this void.  We start looking to be filled by people, relationships, work, friends, family, sex, drugs, alcohol, positions or possessions.  These things will never be enough when you look to them instead of looking to God.  Your emptiness will not go away with trying to medicate yourself using temporary fixes.  The empty part of your life that you are trying to conceal from everyone else is what God placed their so it would lead you back to Him.  He placed it there so he could be the only one to fix it.  Only what he has to offer can fill this part of your life.  Until you take your emptiness to God, you will just continue to take it with you wherever you go.  These actions will invite a lot of unnecessary hurt, pain, and drama into your life from this destructive behavior.   This could all be avoided if you are willing to turn it over to God and ask him to do what you could not do in the empty parts of your life.  No matter where you are in life, you can always use more of something from God.  More of God’s love, grace, peace, mercy, joy, etc.  You have not reached a maximal level in God.

What area in your life are you feeling lost or empty? Your life does not have to be this way.  If your life is this way in your hands, how much better could it be in God’s hands?

If you know you have some emptiness and are unsure what to pray, here is one to get you started:

Lord, show me where I have allowed emptiness to settle in me. Please reveal to me exactly what I have been doing to cover and conceal my emptiness.  Expose what I have used as temporary fixes to fill the voids.  Help me to bring healthy and fulfilling habits into my life.  Lord, I need you.  Come and pour yourself into me and fill every whole that can only be filled by you.  Fill me with more of you, fill me up till I overflow. Overwhelm me with more of your love, peace, joy, grace and mercy. In Jesus Name, Amen.

God Bless!

Push Through

Wanting to give up is so easy to do. Many people give up in the middle of their storm, never knowing what blessing was waiting for them at the end.  God doesn’t want you to see an obstacle in front of you and just give up and quit.  He wants you to push through till the end.  It says in Philippians 3:14 (NLT) I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus is calling us.

Push means a vigorous effort to do or obtain something; to press or urge forward to completion; to press forward energetically against opposition. Push through means to work through or force one’s way through something.  Just like in the bible, with the woman with the issue of blood. Luke 8:43-48 (NLV) A woman had been sick for twelve years with a flow of blood. (*She had spent all the money she had on doctors.) But she could not be healed by anyone.  She came behind Jesus and touched the bottom of His coat. At once the flow of blood stopped.   Jesus said, “Who touched Me?” Everyone said that they had not touched Him. Peter said, “Teacher, so many people are pushing You from every side and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’  Then Jesus said, “Someone touched Me because I know power has gone from Me.”  When the woman saw she could not hide it, she came shaking. She got down before Jesus. Then she told Jesus in front of all the people why she had touched Him. She told how she was healed at once.  Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” This woman had faith that Jesus could heal her from her infirmity, so she pushed through a crowd just to touch Jesus and because of her faith she was healed. With faith you can overcome and push through anything.  Don’t give up, and especially don’t give in, just push through it.  God has never given up on you, so don’t give up in the middle of your storm.  Just tap into your faith and believe that God is more than enough, no matter how bad it looks.

When you feel like you have given it your all and you can’t give no more, remember with God I can still push through. When you know the opposition you are facing is keeping you from something greater on the other side of it, just push through.  Stop thinking I can’t do this anymore and don’t believe it will never work out.  (PUSH) Persevere Until Success Happens.  It says in James 1:12 (NIV) Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. When times are tough and the odds look stacked against you, know that God is in your corner.  He is causing all things to work together for your good and you just have to push through it.  Every time you push through, you overcome an obstacle and God allows you to see things you could have never seen if you had given up because the obstacle was blocking your view.  You have to push through to get to what God has for you on the other side of your circumstances.  The only way to push through is not by asking God for your storm to be over, but ask Him for strength to overcome the adversity in your life.  God is never going to remove you from a storm before it’s supposed to end.  He wants you to get everything you need to from the process of experiencing the storm, so you can grow and develop in the midst of the storm.  James 1:3-5 (MSG) You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely.  Let it do its work so you can become mature and well developed not deficient in any way.  If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father.  He loves to help.  You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it.  Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought.  So it’s a process that you have you have to go through to be developed so you can become who God wants you to be.

Stop focusing on your situation but take the time to think of how you want to come out of the situation. Who do you want to be after its all said and done?  You can only come out of your trials being bitter or better.  Bitter, angry and resentful over what you went through or you can come out being a better person because of it.  The choice is yours to make, which one do you want to be when your storm is over?  No matter what, you had to go through the storm or God would not have allowed it.  The things that you are going through are only temporary.  This situation is not going to last forever.

Too many times we ask God to end our storm and deliver us out of the situation early but we don’t ask God to change us from the experience.  We are so worried about the trials we face in the storm and God just wants to change us during the storm.  He is not going to change your circumstances until He changes you first.  James 1:4 (NLT) So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. 

In order to grow, be blessed, be restored and live the purpose filled life that God wants you to live; you are going to have to push through some things. You are going to have to push through the barriers, obstacles, plans of the enemy, and your own negative emotions and feelings that try to control you.  It’s going to take faith to push through.  Faith plus you equals anything is possible (Faith + You = Anything Is Possible).

In this year, what are some things that you already know that you need to push through? Whatever those items are take them to God and surrender them to Him, so He can help you Push Through and become and overcomer in that area of your life!

Be blessed!