Saturday, October 27, 2012

God is Ready to Build Your Kingdom

My encouragement to you this week is to let God build a kingdom for you. God delights in supplying our needs. Be confident in God! Pray with conviction. Don't be bound by worry. Be filled with assurance your Father is in control.

God wants to build each and every last one of us a kingdom. He delights in it. When we think of a kingdom, we think of a place where all your needs are provided for at your leisure. You don't have to run too far. You don't have to worry about do you have what you need. A kingdom is full of all the things we delight in. God wants to give you all of the things which give you comfortable. But all that is found through Him. We find joy, peace, and deliverance through God. He can build you something special but it comes with requirements.

You must open your heart and mind to have total trust that God can make this kingdom for you. One in heaven and on this earth. We all want to trust God but all of the bad things in our lives take all our attention. We prioritize all of our fears. We prioritize all of what makes us sad but we ask God to give us a kingdom. We ask God to give us peace, with little to no effort. It doesn't work like that saint. God has requirements. You have got to believe in His power to make you secure! We will all worry. In 1 Peter 5:7 it says," Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you." He cares about you! He loves you! Let God fix the problems. Let God change it around. You do what's needed of you and I promise the Lord will not fail you. He doesn't lie when He says He will sustain you.

Be confident in God. You have done the best on your own. Give it to one who has no limits on the extent of His ability! He can change it around. And it may be a slow change because you need to grow. Some of us do. I have seen fast changes and some so slow in my life. But I will fix my heart on His plan. I know He can do incredible things for me. I know He will do it. God can supply my kingdom. He can supply for yours as well. Open your heart. You have prioritized the negative things long enough. Give God the same attention. Give God the same priority! He is in control. He is ready to take over and right the ship. Let His Will truly be your Will. Stop saying that without a heart willing to sacrifice. Sacrifice your plans in assurance that His ways will take you further. This time it will be different. He loves us. He knows how to make us a kingdom we will always want to dwell in...Be Blessed...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

God's Love is Life Changing!

My encouragement to you this week is to believe God's Love will help you overcome your past. We all made mistakes. God forgives our mistakes. He has many blessings to help us overcome our past. Trust Him. Earnestly work on your change. Completely believe in His Grace!

Many of us feel shackled by our past. Many of us seems like we can't run fast enough to escape our past. Sometimes I feel it too. But I do know that His grace is sufficient for me.His grace has always been sufficient enough for all of us. We all have fallen short in some areas of our lives. We have done some things where we feel like we really let ourselves down. W have made mistakes. And unfortunately, we are going to continue to make mistakes in life. But that doesn't mean there is no hope for our lives and things can't be changed around. They can be changed. It may not, and honestly probably will not, happen in the instant that we want it but changes happen. I pray that you are turning to God to change it all around. God's love can help us overcome our past. We must look at the nature and role of God.

In 1 John 4:8,16 it says plainly that God is love. In Exodus 34:6 it says," And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness." The Lord loves each and every one of us! His love will take us places. His love endures forever. His mercy endures forever. His love and mercy will endure with you forever if you stick with God forever, the way you want Him to stick with you. When you sin against God, does he turn His back on you? Never. When you make a mistake, does he hold it over your head forever? No. When you don't get what you want on your time, do you stick with God the way you want Him to stick with you? You better. Because God's love is so good and His love for us can really change our lives around. God wants us to be happy and at peace. God will move mountains for us because He loves us. Another part of God's nature is that He is personal. He knows our thought and knows our wants. That is exactly why our blessings don't always look like your neighbor's blessings. Another part of God's nature is that He is transcendent. He is not limited to anything and He knows that. You need to know that. Do not shackle the extent of His power, grace, and love. 

The role that I love the most that He plays for us is our Father. A father's role is to protect us from harm.  In Ephesians chapter 1, it talks about God the Father. First thing, He chose you! God wanted you. God will not turn His back on you. God's love for us won't even allow it. God is also described as a redeemer. He will redeem you from what ever it is that holds you and saddens you. God will turn it around. It says that he will work out our troubles in order for us to continue to hope in His son in who we find our salvation. God the spirit plays the role of ordering our steps! He will order your steps in the right direction. His love will never steer you wrong! Keep trusting God! Stick with God! Let Him order your steps. By no means does that mean you will have it easy but you will make it where you seek to go. You will see the depths of God's love because you willfully seek it. You will see the power of God's love through the change of your past. 

By the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain . . . —1 Corinthians 15:10

Lastly, believe in all of God's grace! All of it. His grace is sufficient. His grace is powerful. His grace has already done wonders for you thus far even if it seems a bit slow. You can never deny the impact of God in your life. God's blessings are all around us. God's blessings are impacting us day by day. If you focus on the blessings of God, even when you're going through a hard time, it will be easier for you not to give up or grow weary of making the way you need to make. When we feel broken, the grace of God is the glue that mends us together. God's grace toward you is never in vain. Never! He wants to make impacts on your life and hold you together to get where you want to be in your life. But, that won't come from a part-time faith or a lack of belief in the grace of God. To settle anytime, is basically saying that "God's grace is not for me and I have not been chosen." You may disagree but it's true.God's grace has no limits so why would you settle if you believe that? God said our faith can move mountains. We all know what a mountain is but God says we can command them to move! God is telling you to hope and believe in His grace over anything! You may see disappointment and some delay but you have to keep yourself rooted in faith. Believe His grace is sufficient for you. It has been before and nothing changes today...Be Blessed...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Speak Life. Speak His Promises to Us.

My encouragement to you this week is be a mouthpiece for God. Speak hope & power into the lives of others & your own. Be a vessel of love and encouragement. Pray for others & yourself with assurance. This part of being who God wants you to be! Speak to those obstacles instead of speaking about them!

Matthew 5:13-16 NIV

"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."

The part of this I want you to pay attention to is where it says " You are the salt of the earth." Let's think of salt. Any time you put salt on something, it changes it in some way. On snow, it evaporates it. On food, changes, changes the flavor. On a wound, makes it hurt but helps heal it. So salt changes things. What are you changing on this earth? I say be a mouthpiece for God. Are you doing that now? Who are you changing for the glory of God? We have to be models of encouragement and hope. We have to seek a life to inspire those who need inspiration.

We all have to be building each other up on the promises of God. AND we need to be building ourselves up on these same promises! We can't lose our saltiness. We can't afford to do that or we can never accomplish all of the great things God wants us to do. We speak such high hope for the life of others. Are they empty words when we can't do the same for ourselves? I fall into this trap. I fear my life won't shape up to be successful at times like how I envision but will turn around and try and talk another saint up. Faith doesn't work like that. Faith means we believe in the promises of God in all areas possible. For ourselves and for everyone around us. We have to be vessels of love and hope. Love to be there for one another. Hope to believe for the best in the best for one another when circumstance comes. But that love and hope begins within us when our faith is supremely rooted in God.

We must pray for one another with the assurance that God can do great things that will blow our mind away. We have to speak the life in others as we would want to be spoken to ourselves. We have to meet each other with compassion and understanding. Believe for another when the other person finds it difficult to muster hope. God's promises are definite. God's promises are firm. This is how we must be when we are being a mouthpiece of His promises. Affirming God gave us a promise and His word never fails. We speak at the obstacles of our own and those of others trusting that God's word is truth. God's word works. God's word never fails. I am still working on this myself. I have not got this all figured out yet myself but I know my mission for God. I know this is what God asks of me in Hebrews 13:1. I know God will equip me to be the mouthpiece for others as well as myself through our commitments to each other...Be Blessed...