What to Do in Times of Waiting

enjoy-lifeGod makes everything happen at the right time. Yet none of us can ever fully understand all he has done, and he puts questions in our minds about the past and the future. I know the best thing we can do is to always enjoy life (Ecclesiastes 3:11-12 CEV emphasis added)

Proverbs 16:4 tells us “The Lord has a reason
 for everything he does…” (CEV).  We never know what God is going to do and when He is going to do it.  Because we are to live in expectancy, we need to just release our faith and go on about our day knowing that He will take care of our every need.  Jesus said don’t be anxious about anything (see Philippians 4:6).  Anxiety causes so many problems and zaps our joy.  Jesus also said don’t worry about tomorrow because tomorrow holds its own troubles (see Matthew 6:34).  Most people live in anxiety and worry, which does not change anything and it doesn’t please or move God.   Continue reading

God Will Let You Test Drive Your Own Life

choicesSince they didn’t bother to acknowledge God, God quit bothering them and let them run loose. And then all hell broke loose:

Romans 1:28 MSG (emphasis added)

 

Whether we want to believe it or not, we think we know how to handle our problems and run our lives better than God. We try to fix our own problems, make things happen in our own strength, and ultimately, we worry and stress because we’re too impatient to wait on God—our way is so much quicker. If God was really in control of our lives, we would live a life of peace and rest the way that God originally intended it. Instead, we operate outside of God and wonder why we’re so stressed, confused, frustrated, and exhausted. Then that’s when we want to blame God for our mess. If you pinpoint all the messes that you’ve had, I’m sure the key thing in each one is the absence of God’s involvement.  Continue reading

Down but Not Out

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We are often troubled, but not crushed; sometimes in doubt, but never in despair; there are many enemies, but we are never without a friend; and though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 GNT

There are times when we let our emotions get the best of us. They can often take over and get us out of the flow and presence of God. Every day isn’t perfect, our circumstances aren’t perfect, and the people we encounter on a daily basis aren’t perfect, so it’s easy to be moved by what we feel rather than what we know to be true, which is God’s Word. God promises that the righteous will never be forsaken (see Psalms 37:25), so even if we as Christians have to suffer for a while, God is just to deliver us victoriously.  Continue reading

Every Day is a Good and Exciting Day

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The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].

John 10:10 AMP (emphasis added)

Every day is a good day when you are living and serving God. When you are believing God for something, every day should be exciting because you never know when He is going to act or how He is going to move on your behalf. In a way you become like a little child who always asks its parents, “are we there yet?” When you live your life in constant expectation, you can’t help but live each day, “is it coming yet, is it coming yet, is it coming yet?” You can’t have a bad day when you’re excited about receiving something that you’ve been wanting and asking for. Each minute, second, and hour is lived as if the blessing is on its way.  Continue reading

Like a Child

beautiful-child-happy-kid-Favim.com-121743Then Jesus called the children over to him and said to the disciples, “Let the little children come to me! Never send them away! For the Kingdom of God belongs to men who have hearts as trusting as these little children’s. And anyone who doesn’t have their kind of faith will never get within the Kingdom’s gates.”  Luke 18:16-17 TLB

Children are a beautiful example of the simplicity of life. They don’t have a care in the world and they put their complete trust in their parents. They’re not worried about if they will eat, if they will have clothes to put on, if the bills are paid, if they will have a roof over their head, or what problems are going on in the world. Each day is a day of excitement and God wants your life to be the same way. This is not to say that you just blow off your responsibilities and go through life oblivious. In contrast, what a childlike mentality does mean is that you wake up each day trusting God with everything that concerns you and believe that He will take care of you. You give every care to Him and enjoy your days like you don’t have a problem in the world. Now that’s simplicity at its finest.  Continue reading

I Want to Hear From You

I’m excited to expand my blog to include the input of my readers. The blog will now include writings about topics that concern you and the people that you love. If there is a particular issue that you want godly insight on, please fill out the form that can be found in the menu options at the top of the homepage (*New* Topic Submission). I will take your request before the Lord in prayer and do an in depth personal study, and see what God has to say about the matter. I hope by doing this that it will not only help me evolve as a writer, but it will also bring us closer to God as I commune with Him to give you the insight you need regarding your request. Don’t get me wrong, I do not want this to replace your personal prayer time with God. I encourage you, even if you fill out a request, to still go to God on the matter.

You can submit as many requests as you wish, but I just ask that you be patient during the process of “posting.” Waiting on God’s response, meditating, studying, and praying takes time and patience. I also encourage you to either subscribe to the blog or check back frequently to see when your concern is answered by the Lord. Let’s grow in God together, change lives, and take His message to the world!

 

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Pray Through the Pain

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“Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

Luke 22:42 NLT

No one likes to be uncomfortable, and no one likes to struggle. If we had it our way, everything would always go nice and easy, and we would get everything that we wanted without struggle. In a perfect world this would be ideal, but the world we live in is broken and needs the hand and soldiers of God in order to be repaired. This means, as God’s children assigned to show the world Christ (see 2 Corinthians 5:20), we have a huge task in front of us. Just as Jesus wasn’t exempt from suffering, neither are we.   Continue reading

The Flesh is Never Satisfied

 

discontentmentDeath and the grave are never satisfied, and neither are we.

Proverbs 27:20 CEV (emphasis added)

 

The world is constantly changing, and there will always be something that we desire. We may think that if we just get what we want, we’ll be satisfied; but even if we do get it, there will be something else to add to the list later on down the line. The flesh wants what it wants, and usually it wants it immediately. We can think that if we have everything we yearn for that it will keep us happy, but that feeling will soon fade away because our flesh stays hungry. Our society is consumed with having stuff, so we’re constantly on the mission to accumulate something, even if we don’t need it. For some people it’s a desire for more money, more electronics, more clothes and shoes, more cars, more jewelry, and the list is endless. When the thrill of getting the new thing is over, then the unsuccessful pursuit of more begins.   Continue reading

“Here I Am Lord”

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Therefore the Lord waits [expectantly] and longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed (happy, fortunate) are all those who long for Him [since He will never fail them].

Isaiah 30:18 AMP

One of the many definitions of the word “gracious” means to be good to someone. The gist of Isaiah 30:18 is that the Lord is longing and waiting to be good to you—not just anyone, but YOU! You are His beloved child, and what parent doesn’t want to be good to their own children? God has so many blessings in store for you that are mind blowing, and He’s just waiting to give them to you. Here’s the key…whatever you “think” you want, God has something better in mind for you; so if you pray and God says “no,” just know that something better is coming. This is the goodness of the Lord. He loves you so much that He wants to give you something better than what your mind can conceive (see Ephesians 3:20).  Continue reading

God Shaped Hole

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It’s far more than that! I consider everything else worthless because I’m much better off knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. It’s because of him that I think of everything as worthless. I threw it all away in order to gain Christ.

Philippians 3:8 GW

 

The singer Plumb stated in her song, “God Shaped Hole,” “And the restless soul is searching; there’s a god-shaped hole in all of us; and it’s a void only He can fill.” This is true in every sense of the word because so many people have empty, unfulfilling lives, and because of this, they are looking for anything to make them happy. This emptiness forces people to turn to casual, senseless sex, food, social media, drugs, alcohol, the pursuit of money, gambling, and quick, meaningless relationships. The apostle Paul stated that everything (everything we purposely and vainly pursue) is worthless if he didn’t know and have God. I’m sure you can look at anyone who is “searching” and see that even if they find what they “think” they are looking for, it amounts to nothing because they are not searching for God. We don’t need to be filled with “stuff,” but what we need is Jesus and all His fullness in our lives. Psalms 145:16 (NIV) says that God satisfies the desires of  every living thing; so whatever you need, it can be found in God.  God makes everything right, so if you have Him at the forefront, there is no need to search for anything else to make you happy because your joy, happiness, and fulfillment is found in Him and Him alone. People are always in the pursuit of happiness, but the real pursuit needs to be of Jesus; and when He takes a hold of your life, all the pieces are put back together.