Monday, July 30, 2012

Don't Fret

1 Do not fret because of those who are evil

or be envious of those who do wrong;

2 for like the grass they will soon wither,

like green plants they will soon die away.

3 Trust in the Lord and do good;

dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

4 Take delight in the Lord,

and he will give you the desires of your heart.

It’s so easy to look at others lives and compare our own. To wonder why they seem to be so blessed when they don’t even go to church or sometimes even believe in God. God tells us not to worry about these people and what they do. He doesn’t mean to not care about the people, we are still expected to be a witness, but not to concern ourselves with what rewards they get. Theirs is temporal, meaning it will last only while they are here on earth, and sometimes not for very long. Their reward will die away, leaving them with nothing.

He tells us that we are to continue doing good, doing right. Do not waiver and think that you should move in the same direction as someone else who seems to be getting along better than you. Trust in the Lord, lean into Him and He will reward you with the desires of your heart and with rewards that will last for eternity.

When I speak about rewards and eternity, perhaps you are thinking about things that we will receive in Heaven only, but that is not our only rewards. God wants us to have a full life. Remember Jesus came so that we may have life and have it more abundantly. This isn’t saved for just when we get to Heaven! We are meant to have full, abundant lives right here on earth!
So simply, this comes down to: Do not envy, don’t be jealous, and don’t compare yourself to anyone else. You are a divine and unique creation. There is no one like you and there is no measuring stick on earth to compare yourself to. Our measuring stick is Jesus and the Word of God. We must just keep following what we know to be good and true, God is faithful.

Don’t give up! Keep on keeping on! Be persistant and faithful!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

God is My Refuge!

Psalm 62:1-2 (NASB) "My sould waits in silence for my God only; From Him is my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken."

When we rest in God, we can be sure that all will be well. During every trial and problem that we face, we must stand upon His word and wait upon Him. God should be the first one we run to in times of need, not the last hope. He is our Hope! He is our salvation, our rock, our fortress, our stronghold, in ALL times! When we stand upon this Truth, we shall not be moved!
It’s so easy to look at a situation through natural eyes, after all, it’s in our earthly nature. The key is look at every situation through Faith instead. Remember, “Faith is the evidence of things not seen”. This means, when we are facing a layoff , we may not see the next and perfect job in the flesh, but we must call that which isn’t as if it were. We must SEE the new job, through FAITH!
This isn’t an easy thing to do all the time, but there are small steps you can take help you get there. First, when you think, “I’m just not good enough”, tell the devil, “I am made in the image of God!” ; When you hear, “You don’t really think you can do that do you?”, Answer, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!”.
We must learn to speak the Word of God! The only way to speak the Word of God, is to read and learn the Word of God. This means spending time daily studying and spending time in His presence. Every day, one step at a time!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Who are you?

   So many of us wonder the same thing... who am I? Where do I belong? These questions have arisen for the most confident of people at one time or another, and the answer can be found in God's Word, if you are a child of God's.
   Being God's child has so much more meaning than it appears. It opens doors to us that no man or demon can shut. It means we have so much more than all the riches in the earth could give us.
   Some days it's really easy to forget all that we are in Christ. It's easier to get dragged down by the devil and his reminders of how we are sinners instead. That's why it's good to "confess" who we are in Christ everyday, several times a day if needed! I encourage you to do your own research through the Bible and learn who you are and where you belong for yourself. I will include a list to get you started.

  I am a child of the Most High God.
  God is my Father, Heaven is my Home.
  My name is in the Book of Life.
  I am blessed in all that I do.
  I am blessed in the field and blessed in my basket.
  I am blessed going out and I am blessed coming in.
  All that I put my hand to prospers.
  I am the apple of God's eye.
  I am above only and never beneath.
  I am more than a conquerer in Christ Jesus.
  I operate in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
  I am a new creation in Christ.
  I am dead to sin and alive in righteousness.
  I don't have a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.
  I have the mind of Christ.
  I am seated with Christ in Heavenly places.
  I am Free!

These are just a few of the many, many promises of God that can be found in His Word. Study it, learn it, confess it, LIVE IT!!