Wednesday, May 30, 2012
In Nahum chapter 1, it says, " God is good, a hiding place in tough times. He recognizes and welcomes anyone looking for help, No matter how desperate the trouble." So in my encouragement, I am using words given from the Bible. In this book from verse 1-10, it's telling us that God is serious business. God is to be taken seriously and take at His word. I'm seriously telling you that the Lord is full of grace. The Lord is forgiving. The Lord is very kind and very gentle. We have messed up and have asked God to help us over and over again/ We have failed at something and even right now are begging God to give us a second chance. God will do it! I'm not saying live your life to mess up and God always clean up after you but in this life we will make mistakes. That is a part of life that we will not avoid. Some mistakes can be small, while some feels like the earth has literally moved for you. God will help with both mistakes. No problem. He is a God of much grace and much forgiveness. He won't let you be bound by your mistakes. If so, how will He get the glory out of your life? I'm not saying He is just going to fix it right away either. It may take some time BUT He will do EVERYTHING that He has promised! He promised to take care of you and second chance falls under that. Maybe you've failed at something in life, and you think that dream is lost. I can tell you, though, from my own experience, that we serve the God of second chances. Whether it's marriage, a job, a relationship, health, emotions, or your finances, God hasn't given up on you. He wants to heal you, make you right, and guide you into the purpose He has for your life. If you're obedient, God will give you every tool and circumstance you need to accomplish it.
My next point to you is to never sell God short! I said it last week in my encouragement, don't put limits on God. He can do much more that we can! We all tend to expect too little from God. We tend to imagine that he's angry with us, that he carries a grudge and refuses to give us a second chance. That's not the God of the Bible, and that's certainly not Jesus .Jesus continually reached out to people like you and me, people who need a second chance. Some had enough faith to receive it. Will you accept the second chance that God is offering you today? See God realistically. See him mending your disappointment. See him running out to meet you, to give you another chance. Your life isn't wrecked for good. The most loving, powerful being in the universe wants to heal it, and he DOES have the power and creativity to do just that.Will you trust Him to do that? Will you allow God to do what He said He would do for you? Will you let God be God?
God can change it. God can change anything that you allow God to change. But on your part, obedience is a must! You have a job to do as well. You want God to give you a second chance, but are you working to your second chance? Are you still doing the exact same thing that leaves you feeling like your progress is in cement? You have got to push forward and you have to remain obedient! Let's look at the life of Paul. Paul persecuted Christians. Paul was known for His malice he used to spread to Christians. What did God do with Him? God used Him! Paul was willing to push past his own heinous past and be obedient to God. To this day, Paul is hands down one of the most influential persons in history. God uses those who allow themselves to be used. God will give people another chance! God will give YOU another chance! Call Him!! Remain patient!! Be obedient! Hold yourself to a high standard! While getting this second chance, this is NOT THE TIME TO START SETTLING!!! You work towards the life you want when you come out of this now! Don't say, "when I come out of this." Start on your life now while Gd is pulling you out. When you come out, enjoy and celebrate God for what He has helped you work towards...Be Blessed...
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
My encouragement to you this week is to stop placing limits on the power of God. You may not be able to do it but He can! Don't limit His impact in your life. He can turn around ANY situation if you're ready to trust Him totally as THEE awesome Provider. You just let God be God.
Here are few facts: God is omniscient. God is omnipresent. God is omnipotent. All that boils down to is God is greater than us! That is a fact of the matter. With knowing this REALITY, stop placing limits on God. Just because you have tried and tried and failed, that is no reason to place any limits on God. If you understand that God is greater than all of our efforts combined, then don't categorize God to be a God of limits. God can really blow your mind when you let God be omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. God can impact your life in such a way that you won't even believe. Look what He has done for you now and realize that He is working on your life so much. Look at how many pits that He has taken your from. When you were ready to quit, God wasn't going to let you quit! God can impact your life in a major way! You have to make sure you are not limiting His impact in your life by claiming your situation hopeless, to the point where you render God as ordinary. There is nothing ordinary about God. Nothing is too hard for God. No task is too big. He does not get weary or discouraged. No matter what you might be facing, God can help you. Nothing is too hard for Him. No need is to great for him to meet. No problem is to complicated for Him to solve. No prayer is too difficult for Him to answer.
Trust Him as THEE awesome Provider. God is a great Provider for those who call on Him. He is able. He will save you. Only trust Him and you will see Him show up. Come to the Lord. Come to Him with a heart open to receive what God has for you. Ephesians 3:20 says, " Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." So it says right there that He can blow our minds. He can do what we can't even fathom. But that is going to come from a heart that is open and ready to trust. Trust God as a great Provider.
Let God be God. Let God act on your behalf. Let God be your deliverer. Your Healer. Your Protector. Your Strength. Your EVERYTHING. Let God be all that He has made Himself to be to you and everyone! Remember you are not ordinary. God has a calling on your life. God chose you! Be Blessed!
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Many of us, we are trying to find ways to get out of our circumstances and go around them at all costs. We try to foolishly ignore them like they will go away or try to minimize them. Or we go around trying so hard to pretend like it's all together and nothing is the matter. at all costs, hiding our problems from even those who love us most. Saint, you have ti go through this situation whatever it is that is hurting you so much. And I know you ate it. I know it is bringing more pain to your life than at times you can handle. I know it hurts. I AM RIGHT THERE WITH YOU!!! I won't soapbox about me but trust me, I know what it means to hurt and suffer on the inside with no one knowing. I am ready to run from my troubles too but I know that is not what God wants me to do. I know this may get extreme but did Jesus run from the cross? I know you may think, " I am not Jesus." Fair. And I am not asking you to be either. But remember He knew going through pain would have a great result afterwards. The same is going to happen with you if you are willing to submit and let God work.
I promise you that you are going to make it. I promise you that you will not fail at this. God does not benefit at all from letting you fail when you are calling on His name and His help. You just keep going through. I promise you that you will be successful. I promise you that You are going to make it through this trial just like you hav made it through your other one trials. This may even be the biggest trial of your life thus far so the magnitude of it may seem so overwhelming. It may feel like this one is going to be the one that's finally going to make you lose it. Hold it together and keep going. You keep pushing yourself until you make it. Believe in the saving hand of God. What can our God not save us from?? He will empower you. He will renew your strength. He will make you successful. Read Is. 40:29 and read the promise of God. Believe that God will save you! He tells you cast these burden on Him in 1 Peter 5:7. He is going to sustain you!
You are no ordinary person! You have been chosen by God! He will not let you fail at this! You have to remember who you serve and that He that lives in YOU is greater than that of the world. That is a fact. Don't quit on yourself in your hard times. God can release you rom these hard times. Let God break those chains in your mind and you press forward! God is more powerful than any problem that we are going through and you are strong enough to make it. Please don't quit right now guys. I know it's getting harder and harder to deal with the problem. But please don't quit. You will make it! God is on control so trust me: IT WILL WORK FOR YOUR GOOD!!...Be Blessed...