Waiting On God’s Will

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You see, it is God’s will that by doing what is right and good you should hush the gabbing ignorance of the foolish.” 1 Peter 2:15 The Voice

As I was reading about Peter, I felt a catch in my heart.  I can be quick to rush ahead and overcommit. Sometimes I rush ahead when God only asked me to take a step. On occasion I have tried to strong arm things into position. I have not checked in with others or sought agreement in prayer.  You can guess the outcome!  They have been some hard lessons to learn.  I am learning that “doing” less and praying more works a lot better.

Doing what is right and good is simply a part of being obedient and loving God. It’s not about performance or rushing out to “do” more.  It is a lifestyle.  When in doubt about what God’s will is, I am learning to wait.  When God has opened doors for me, it has not been a crack that I have had to wiggle through.  The doors have been thrown open wide!  There was no question or doubt. When it’s His timing I will be propelled into motion.

Father God, help me submit to and honor Your timing and Your ways in all things. I know clinging to my will and understanding introduces confusion and chaos.  I do not want either. Help me to be firmly planted in You in humility and without reserve. Let 100% of my heart belong to You.

1 Peter 2:1-3, 15-17, 20-22, 25-27, Matthew 5:33

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Waiting on God’s Will

Embed from Getty ImagesYou see, it is God’s will that by doing what is right and good you should hush the gabbing ignorance of the foolish.” 1 Peter 2:15 The Voice

As I was reading about Peter, I felt a catch in my heart.  I can be quick to rush ahead and overcommit. Sometimes I rush ahead when God only asked me to take a step. On occasion I have tried to strong arm things into position. I have not checked in with others or sought agreement in prayer.  You can guess the outcome!  They have been some hard lessons to learn.  I am learning that “doing” less and praying more works a lot better.

Doing what is right and good is simply a part of being obedient and loving God. It’s not about performance or rushing out to “do” more.  It is a lifestyle.  When in doubt about what God’s will is, I am learning to wait.  When God has opened doors for me, it has not been a crack that I have had to wiggle through.  The doors have been thrown open wide!  There was no question or doubt. When it’s His timing I will be propelled into motion.

Father God, help me submit to and honor Your timing and Your ways in all things. I know clinging to my will and understanding introduces confusion and chaos.  I do not want either. Help me to be firmly planted in You in humility and without reserve. Let 100% of my heart belong to You.

1 Peter 2:1-3, 15-17, 20-22, 25-27, Matthew 5:33

Expect Something Good and Beautiful

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“8 We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan.” Romans 8:28 The Voice

I love my pastor and his wife, Pastor Fred and Helen. They stretch me. They don’t sugar-coat it. They tell it like it is. In the midst of it I am also confident that they love me and want the best for me. In our last service Pastor Fred shared that God has given us the authority to move obstacles out of our way by speaking to them.  I’ve gathered lots of wisdom from his messages, but this one really hit me between the eyes.  It was simple.  I speak them out of my life.  The catch is that I must have no doubt and believe that what I speak will happen.  God’s word says that He can help me with that too! All I have to do is ask. So this morning, I was tired of the mountains of obstacles.  It was time for them to go.  So I spoke to them.  Loudly.  So, here is how it went:

Good morning Father! Thank You for Your tender care. I trust You Father to line everything up perfectly for me and my family. I trust You.  To the mountain of doubt, I say “Flee from me!” To the mountain of unbelief, “Crumble at the sound of my voice in the Name of Jesus my Blessed King and Redeemer!” To the mountain of fear, “Be gone never to return!” My Father has great plans for me! It is for me to be prosperous! Mountain of poverty, “Go now far away from me in Jesus Name because my Father has given me an abundant life!” Praise God, my God – the One True God! Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Lord God my Creator and Creator of all the earth – Creator of All – You are My God; my God who loves me and wants only the best for me! Father God, I ask for these things in ample portions: faith, steadfast belief in You, confidence, boldness, prosperity, abundance in all things, wisdom, a generous heart, love, compassion, kindness, grace and mercy.  Help me be more like You every day, Father. I pray that the image of You in me will come forth shining brighter than the stars! In Jesus Name I ask these things, Amen.

I hope this encourages you to speak to any mountains in your life.  You do not have to tolerate them, make the best of it, or make room for them.  You can give them a proper eviction notice!  Tell them they have to go.  Whether it’s discouragement, depression, finances, relationship issues – sit in prayer and let God help you identify your mountains.  I think we all have some.  We just don’t have to live with them anymore.

Mark 11:22-24, Matthew 14:26, Romans 8:28-30, Philippians 1:9-11, 1 Chronicles 4:9-10

Think Good Thoughts

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“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” Proverbs 29:25 NIV

I am so very thankful for the riches and plans that God has for me.  I am thankful for the immense and powerful Love that He has for me.  Somewhere along the line, I realized that I had tapes playing in my head that did not reflect the love that God has for me.  It was from inside of me; an internal dialog.  It was definitely not God.  This internal dialog started to create issues with me loving myself.  When I don’t love myself, God can’t operate in me to His fullness.  It was quite an ugly snare that developed.  All kinds of things were snarled in the mix: performance, pride, rejection, comparison, arrogance, criticism.  I could go on and on.  I do not even remember where the negative words came from.  I don’t know when it started.  What I do know is that it started to snowball into a fearful approach to work and relationships because they were so loaded up with negative junk.

I had to ask God to remove the obstacles in my heart that were keeping me from fully walking in His plan for me.  I really had to sit prayerfully and meditate on some very loving and instructional scripture and let it sit in my heart for a long time. I still need to step away from things regularly for a heart check and just spend time with God.  It’s not anything that is formulaic or legalistic.  The truth is if I don’t, I miss it.  I miss the quiet time with God.  It helps me appreciate the way He made me a little more.  It helps me dig into the well that He has placed inside of me and pull from it for inspiration, creativity, focus, clarity and strategy.  I’m thankful that He is teaching me every day to love and appreciate Him and how He made me as a unique expression of Him.

1 Samuel 15:24, 1 Peter 1:21, Matthew 10:26-28, Genesis 1:26-27, Colossians 1:21-22, 1 Corinthians 13