Go with the Flow

Embed from Getty Images“How great are His signs and how mighty are His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom and His dominion is from generation to generation.” Daniel 4:3 NASB

God knows my struggles. He knows about my propensity to waste time or delay. When He speaks to me, He knows I hear Him and He’s teaching me to be obedient. He’s working the things out of me that get in the way. He even encourages me when I am tired and approaching a breakthrough.

God holds the big picture. Before the beginning of time He knew all these things about me and all the people that came before me. All the people here now. And all the people that will come after us. His kingdom “is an everlasting kingdom.” And He has “dominion…from generation to generation.” I’m so thankful!

That means I can relax. I can rest in the knowledge that He has it all. My job is to stay close to His heart in obedience and keep moving forward in faith. Everything else flows from there. Ahhhh…rest and go with His flow!

Father, thank you for the flow of Your ways. Thank you for Your Holy Spirit that intercedes for us day and night. Thank you for Your angels that You dispatch on our behalf. I repent for wasting time in disobedience. Help me to trust You more each day and release everything to You. Thank you for Your everlasting love!

Hebrews 11:1, Matthew 6:26, 1 Samuel 15:22, Psalm 5:3

The Virtuous Woman

Embed from Getty ImagesA wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.”  Proverbs 31:10 NIV

I have to be honest. The description of the Proverbs 31 woman has historically been very daunting for me, even shame producing. Overwhelming at times. I read the words and I get tired even imagining all the tasks outlined. So I prayed about it.

How did the virtuous woman serve others? She:

• Inspired trust
• Held her husband’s heart safe
• Does what is best for her husband, never being harmful or hurtful
• Works with delight and selects the best things
• Selects delicacies to bring home
• Rises early to prepare food for her family and help
• Has a plan – she thoughtfully invests in the future
• Is strong confident; a hard worker
• Is successful. She can work into the night
• Makes/builds things for her family
• Reaches out to the poor and extends mercy to the needy
• Makes her beds like royalty
• Trades goods and services, even internationally
• Looks forward to the future with strength and dignity
• Has wise and kind conversations
• Takes charge of her household and is not lazy

Her husband is a respected leader. Her children and husband praise her; bless her.

As I prayed, I heard the Lord say, “Do not let the virtuous woman scriptures trigger shame in you.” I was so thankful. What I realized is that my mind is my marketplace. That is where I build my trade. It is not a tangible trade. It is more virtual; more technology based. It is a world of work very different from centuries ago. And it is not less valuable…just different.

Father, help me embrace how the virtuous woman is expressed in me. I repent for comparison to others. Father, thank you for creating us all uniquely to contribute to the body of Christ. Help me not only embrace my own contributions but also the contributions of others. We are all born of You.

Proverbs 31:10-31, 1 John 5:1

God Waits on Our Heart

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17”So hear my final words, my friends. Now that I have warned you about what’s ahead, keep up your guard and don’t let unprincipled people pull you away from the sure ground of the truth with their lies and misunderstandings.18 Instead, grow in grace and in the true knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus, the Anointed, to whom be glory, now and until the coming of the new age. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:17-18 The Voice

Have you ever heard the phrase “waiting on God?” Well sometimes He’s waiting on us! He waits patiently for us to come to Him with a repentant heart. God waits for us to repent in order to save us from evil. He waits for us patiently for us to turn our hearts to Him. He is full of grace every time. His grace never runs out. He waits for us to choose Him. Choose to come to Him. He never pushes Himself on us because He is a gracious God!

Father, thank you for waiting for me. Thank you for waiting for us all. Thank you for Your patience and and grace and kindness. Thank you for Your perfect and powerful love. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

Galatians 5:13, Romans 1:19-20, Psalm 73:28

Water in the Desert

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“He cracked open rocks in the wilderness and provided them with all the water they needed, as plentiful as the depths of the ocean.” Psalm 78:15 The Voice

The more I read about the Israelites in the desert, the more I marvel at God.  They lived day to day by miracles.  And yet, they still became numb to them after a while.  Every drink of water and every bite of manna was a miracle.  This scripture describes not just a trickle, but water “as plentiful as the depths of the ocean.”

It makes me pause and reflect.  What part of my life might Jesus want to deliver me from or cleanse in order to start over? How would I respond to that place of utter dependence on Him?  Those hard places of utter dependence require complete trust. Complete gratitude. Complete surrender.  It requires a trust in the deep, passionate love that our Father has for us.  Trust that He wants only the best for us.  Every single piece of our journey has a purpose.  We are being prepared for the greatest purpose of all…His kingdom purpose.  All in His ways, His thoughts and His timing.

Otherwise our hearts may become hard.  Our minds begin to reason that we know better.  We think we know better than God what is best for ourselves. We begin to question and doubt. We lose our expectation that He will deliver.

Father, I pray for wisdom, discernment and understanding.  I pray for a humble and pliable heart that is willing to surrender and be sensitive to Your Word.  Thank you for Your great love for me Father.  The greatest love story ever told. Fill my heart with a hope and expectation that I will see You move daily in my life.

Psalm 78:13-20, Isaiah 55:8-9

To Minister

Embed from Getty Images“My eyes shall [look with favor] upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; he who walks blamelessly, he shall minister to me.” Psalm 101:4 AMP

Minister (verb): To administer or apply. To furnish or supply. To give service, care or aid; attend, as to wants or necessities. To contribute.

As I read this scripture two things hit me. (1) Obedience is a way to minister to God. To make a contribution. (2) We can minister to God!

The more time I spend in the Bible and in prayer, the more I realize our relationship with God is TWO way, not one way. The Bible shows us so many ways not only to receive from God but also how to give back to Him, the church, each other and how to attend to ourselves. There are wicked forces in this world that fight against Christ and believers. However, there are also holy, blessed spirits, angels, that are dispatched to attend to our needs. Christ’s victories are the angels triumphs. They rejoice and give Jesus the glory due Him. We can too!

Father, thank you for Your Words of prompting and correction. I repent for delays on my part from acting in faith.Thank you for the love and patience that You always show me. I pray Father for more. More of You in me. More faith. More of a heart like Jesus.

Psalm 101, Matthew 4:10-11

Confidence


14 “We live in the bold confidence that God hears our voices when we ask for things that fit His plan. 15 And if we have no doubt that He hears our voices, we can be assured that He moves in response to our call.” 1 John 5:14-15 The Voice

This verse is an encouragement to all believers. Be confident that we have anything that we ask that is according to God’s will.

What is God’s will? That we love each other. That we share His love with everyone we meet. That we take our authority as believers over the enemy whose objective is to stop this message from being shared: that God loved us so much that He made the ultimate sacrifice for us. He washed away any blemish—absolutely anything that we could possibly say, think or do—they were all washed away by the gift of His Son. We just have to accept his gift: Jesus.

Father, fill me with this confidence. Give me this bold confidence that You have already worked out every detail of my life.

Ephesians 3:12, Hebrews 3:6, Hebrews 10:35

Make Me Sturdy

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“My spiritual brothers and sisters, if one of our faithful has fallen into a trap and is snared by sin, don’t stand idle and watch his demise. Gently restore him, being careful not to step into your own snare.” Galatians 6:1 The Voice

Many years ago, I experienced alienation from a church community. It all started because I wanted to go to a high school dance, and I did.  My loving mother supported me, but there was a shift in my church community when I chose to go.  I know it sounds kind of silly but it really happened. It was the beginning of a period of questioning for me of a lot of things that were going on at church.  Why is it so wrong for me to go to a dance at school? Why is it ok for the deacons to smoke outside before they come in and take the offering?  It was the beginning of a slippery slope into a different kind of community and path for my life. It was a separation. I am not blaming anyone else for the choices I made that took my life a different direction.  I’m just saying that I know what it feels like to be alienated—both wrongfully and rightfully. I am extremely thankful for a loving God who brought me back into community with Him and with a wonderful church home after many years of wandering.

This scripture made me ponder, “Is my own life and demeanor such that I could offer the kind of gentle correction, without temptation, and love someone back into community?” I know I can’t in my own power.

Father, I pray that You will tend to my heart. I pray that I can do all things through You. Make me sturdy in the Spirit.  Make me sturdy in You. I ask for more strength, more faith, more discernment and revelation each day. I pray that my heart will be turned to Yours.

1 Corinthians 2:14-16, Philippians 4:13

Love

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I love 1 Corinthians 13, The Love Chapter.  When I read it in the voice version it melted my heart!  So beautiful. So simply put.  It makes my heart yearn for the love of God!

 

 

 

“Love is essential for the body to be unified and for members to work together. Members of the body that are very different, with little in common, are able to appreciate and even enjoy others because of the love that comes when a life is submitted to God.

Love is patient.

Love is kind.

Love is not envious.

It does not boast, brag or strut about.

There is no arrogance in it.

It’s never rude, crude or indecent—it’s not self-absorbed.

Love is not easily upset.

Love does not tally wrongs or celebrate injustice.

Truth is love’s delight!

Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along.

It trusts, hopes and endures no matter what.

Love will never become obsolete.

Faith, Hope and Love remain.

The greatest of these is Love.”

Father God, I pray Your Love pours out on us today. I pray each and every member of Your body submits to You today. I pray we submit our lives to You. I pray we learn to love each other with Your divine Love. Teach us to love with Your heart. Make us more like You. Do a work in us. Do heart surgery—bypasses if necessary! From our heart to Yours. I love You, Lord Jesus, my Lord and Savior. Thank you for Your Love, Your Mercy, Your Grace.

Matthew 5:44, 6:24, 22:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 7:41-43

Faith

Embed from Getty Images1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV 

Hebrews 11 gives an incredible account of many people that have gone before us and all that faith accomplished for them.  Paul shared this as an encouragement for us and to remind us that their faith reached into our generation and beyond.

The power of faith was demonstrated over and over again!  A power that simply requires us to believe and trust in God’s Word in full confidence.

Faith:

  • Subdued kingdoms
  • Administered justice
  • Obtained promised blessings
  • Closed the mouths of lions
  • Extinguished fires
  • Escaped the sword
  • Won strength and restraint
  • Won battles
  • Received resurrection

And these were the things Paul said he didn’t even have time to talk about! He had already covered the examples of faith in Abel, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, Joseph, Moses’ parents, Moses, the entire Israelite nation and Rahab.  I have to remember that there are many who have gone before me, on my behalf, in faith.

Lord, give me more faith. I want to place complete trust in You for all things.  Teach me. Show me.

Hebrews 11