Don’t Become Weary in Well-Doing

I want to encourage all my readers today with Galatians 6:9 – “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap eternal life.” This Scripture is very important for a believer because we have hope. Our souls are eternal and we must keep our eyes on doing well. God knows that we sometimes get tired. That is when you ask for His strength to keep going, His courage. The Scripture does say not by power, nor by might but by His Spirit.

The Journey – Stay in the Faith Lane

This journey is not easy. However, nothing is impossible with God. 1 Corinthians 15:58 – “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord, your labor is not in vain.”

As we help others out of a pure heart, we must keep our eyes on Jesus. His word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. God says He will never leave us nor forsake us. No matter what you are going through, He is with us. We will face trials and tribulations. We are overcomers. We have the victory through Christ Jesus our Lord.

As we walk in victory, we share our journey of faith and encourage others. I just wanted to speak into your spirit today with the truth of God’s word. No matter what it looks like, God is still in control.

Peace

Natural Beauty

Expounding on peace from my post on Monday, I want to encourage looking for the real and eternal peace, the peace of God. This peace is founded on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. John 14:27 – “I am, leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” NLT

Two of the critical elements of this peace from Jesus is trust and faith. You have to have faith in the words of Jesus and you have to trust that He keeps His word. When compared to the fragile and unstable peace of the world, this is the real thing. The peace of this world is not stable. Here today, gone tomorrow. The peace of God is never-changing and eternal. How can you question something unchanging and eternal?

Philippians 4:6-7 – “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” NLT

Real peace takes commitment to Christ. Reading the word of God daily keeps me focused on Jesus. My peace is based on reading and knowing His word; trusting that He keeps His word; and, that He will bring it to pass in His time. Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You!” This is a promise from God and the promises of God are “Yes, and Amen”. He “will keep in perfect peace”. No question.

The Beauty of God in Nature

Are you looking for “real” peace?

Peace, Patience, and Presence

God’s Handprint

God’s peace, the peace left by Jesus is amazing. It does lead to patience. When you are at peace with God, it does give you patience. Patience leads to being present in your life. This position says you are grateful for the things in your life. You appreciate what you have and enjoy the ones you love.

I read a post today and these three words were together. They struck a cord with me. The peace of God keeps me focused on the things I need to get done. God’s peace is a critical key to living a full life. When at peace, no worries about things out of our control. As stated above, I reiterate that when at peace, patience is there. No anxiety about what is to come. This is a position that everything is alright. There is no anxiety about things you cannot control. Those two things in place, you can be present in your life with those you love.

It all starts with the peace of God. Your own peace is temporary. However, God’s peace is eternal. John 14:27 – “I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” NLT

God’s peace is the beginning. I wish all God’s peace. It starts with Him. Develop your relationship with Him; worth more than all the money this world has to offer.

Be blessed…

What Does Courage Mean to You?

Courage means “the ability to disregard fear.” I got this definition from the Reader’s Digest Oxford Complete Wordfinder published in 1996. Twenty-six years ago. Still holds true today.

His Presence is always with us.

However, what does God say about courage.

Genesis 46:3-4 – 3) I am God, the God of your father,” the voice said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make your family into a great nation. 4) I will go with you down to Egypt, and I will bring you back again. You will die in Egypt, but Joseph will be with you to close your eyes.”

God was speaking to Jacob. He was going to be with him during this major situation in his life. God promised to be with him. Jacob’s God was God. No matter what he went through, including death, God would be with him. We will all die someday. I would rather die with God than without Him.

Jesus reassured the disciples in John 16:33 – “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

There are so many Scriptures that encourage and direct us to be of good courage. I shared one Old Testament and one New testament Scripture because courage is necessary when we are going through, even unto death. There is a need to focus on more than what is just comfortable for us. In fulfilling God’s plans and purpose for our lives, there is a need for courage. Each of us, individually, must dive into the Scriptures for our own lives.

When we have the courage to stand on God’s word, our life is in His hands. God is not going to tell you to do something He is not prepared to carry you through. When we have surrendered to the Almighty God, there is nothing He cannot do in our lives.

Do you have the courage to surrender to Him? The gift of salvation is free. Moving forward on this journey can sometimes be a challenge, but you are not going alone. He tells us to be of good courage, trusting and relying on Him. Praise God! Hallelujah and Amen.

Faithfulness

Today’s post is on faithfulness. Being consistent in your walk with the Lord is a necessary ingredient to a life of faith. God himself is faithful to us. Faithfulness is a characteristic of God. Should we need an example, we have plenty in the Word of God.

I think about God’s faithfulness and Jesus Christ comes to mind. God’s love was expressed in His commitment of His love for us. John 3:16 – “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” He was committed to His love for us in this. He already knew that we would not be able to fulfill the law. In that He loved us so much, He called on His Son, Jesus Christ, to be the sacrificial Lamb.

Jesus was faithful to His profession of love for us in that He willingly lay down His life for us. He was faithful to His profession of His love for the Father first and then for us.

Not saying this action was easy. It was hard. Even Jesus said to the Heavenly Father, Mark 14:36 – “Abba, Father,” He said, “all things are possible for You. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what You will.” He left His place by His Father’s side to be faithful in His love for us.

Nature’s Beauty

In light of the evidence, and truly I shared only a tiny fragment, are we truly not able to be faithful to Him? He keeps His promises. He comforts us, guides us, loves us, heals us, blesses us. Are you faithful? If not, why not? Your answer is between you and God.

He Loves Me

TRUST HIM

Romans 8:28 – “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.”

As I sit and ponder this, I realize that there are many times the choices I make are not the best. However, the Scripture above tells me that even then, God is working out the good for our benefit. I do give God the praise and glory today because no matter what He loves me and is always looking to give me what’s good for me in spite of my humanity.

This Scripture also gives me rest. Not saying I want to make the wrong choices. When I do though, God is right there making sure by His protection that it works out for my good. This is not to say there won’t be consequences. They may very well be there. He is still right by my side to make sure that I get through them. The comfort of God’s love for me is everything.

God’s Hand

I would like to encourage you today. No matter what, God is with you. His word states that he will never leave you nor forsake you. Psalm 9:10 – “Those who know your name trust in You, for You, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for You.” David wrote a good portion of the Psalms. His relationship with God is an excellent example of what that means. David was not perfect. He was repentant and humble when he did make some bad choices. And, he did.

God lets us know that making wrong choices doesn’t remove His love for us. His word shows us by the testimony of those gone before us. Stay the course because you can’t do anything He doesn’t know about or isn’t aware of.

Nothing can separate us from the love of God. And thank God for that!

Even when the skies are troubled…

Romans 8:35-37

Verse 35 – “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?

Verse 36 – “As the Scriptures say, “For Your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”

Verse 37 – “No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loves us.”

There is Always Hope

There is always hope even when it’s a little cloudy.

Today my focus is on the Scriptures Jeremiah 29:11-13.

Verse 11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Verse 12 – “In those days when you pray, I will listen.”

Verse 13 – “If you look for me whole heartedly, you will find me.”

These are some of my favorite Scriptures. When I begin to feel apprehensive about a situation or circumstances, I turn to Scripture. As believers, we must remember that God is in control. He has us in His hands. It reminds me that God does not intend to harm us. He loves us. He wants what’s best for us. We need to look for God wholeheartedly. Seek Him while He may be found. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, we can go boldly to the throne of grace. We need His grace to grab ahold of the hope He promises.

The handiwork of God

Many times, I accept that when I get worried or fearful, it is because I want my way. We are not to be fearful. God did not give us a spirit of fear.

2nd Timothy 1:7 – “for God gave us not a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.” His perfect love casts out fear.

God is well aware of our weaknesses. He knows that surrendering and relinquishing the control we think we have over our lives is like pulling teeth with no anesthesia. It is very difficult. Our pride does get in the way. However, I ask you to consider taking God at His word. Receive His word and then believe His word. We can hear the word of God (receive) but believing His word is the next rung on the ladder.

We can trust God. He is faithful to His word. He know the plans He has for your life; plans for a future and hope.

Go to God, He is Available

Psalm 27:8 – “ My heart has heard you say ‘Come and talk with Me.’ And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”

Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.”

Even believers tend to forget that we don’t have all the answers. We are compelled to try to accomplish things in our own strength. I encourage you today to revisit these Scriptures. If you have a heavy heart, God says come talk to Him. Through Christ Jesus we can come boldly to the throne of grace. God’s Word holds the answers to what ails us. Through Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirt, God has given us all that we need to walk in victory.

Psalm 28:11 -“The Lord gives His people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.”

Do you need strength? Psalm 28:11 says He gives us strength. Do you need peace? He has given us peace through Jesus Christ. The peace that passes all understanding.

John 14:27 – “I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. Not the peace of the world.

The Rock, the Living Water and the Way, the Truth and the Life

Your needs are fulfilled through what Jesus accomplished on the Cross.

Fixed on Jesus

Isaiah 26:3 – “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.”

There is no healthy way to sustain ourselves except we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. The world is getting worse.

Since we are foreigners in this world anyway, we need to keep our thoughts on the things above, be heavenly minded. So that we don’t get caught up in the things of the world, it is a necessary requirement. We are looking towards eternity. As eternal beings, we have to understand that the temporary things are just that, temporary. Not saying our vocations aren’t important, they are, as well as other things such as relationships, jobs, bills, etc. However, they are all temporary.

Eternity needs to be our prioritized focus. As we walk with Jesus day by day, He leads us by His Holy Spirit on what to prioritize. Jesus is first and then all else. “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33.

We have to hold on to what’s important as the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. As with the sower of seed, taking your eyes off the prize gives the enemy opportunity to do just that.

I just encourage you today to keep your eyes and mind on Jesus no matter what else is going on.