When You Don’t Understand, Trust God’s Plan

Life can take you through a maze with twists and turns. Things can be going well and suddenly something happens that changes the course of your life. Certain things that happen to you in life that you can’t explain. It is at that moment when you hold onto God and trust Him to see you through.

Isaiah 29:11 says: 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Job is a great example of things happening that you can’t explain. Job was described as an upright man, who feared God and stayed away from evil. A series of things happened to him that he did not understand (sickness, children dying, losing all he had). However, in Job 1:22 it says Job did not sin or blame God.

Job searched himself to see if he did something wrong. Job 6;24 Easy Read Version: “So now, teach me, and I will be quiet. Show me what I have done wrong.

Even though Job did not understand, he still magnified God. Job:1:21 Amplified Version: He said, “Naked (without possessions) I came [into this world] from my mother’s womb, And naked I will return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.”

Through it all, Job still held onto God and trusted Him. Job 13:15 King James Version: 15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.

Because Job held onto God, he got double for his trouble.

When you don’t understand, trust God’s plan!

Prayer: Lord, thank for being the God who is touched with everything I go through. You sent your Son Jesus to go through it for me. I hold onto you. I praise you even in the midst of situations I can’t understand, God, if there is anything that is in me that I need to correct, show me. Through it all I trust you. I know the plans you have for me. Plans to prosper me not harm me, to give me a hope and a future. I know you are the Alpha, Omega, The Beginning and the End. You are the God of restoration. You are the God that gives double for my trouble. I give you the praise and the honor. In Jesus name! Amen.

Receive God’s Best, When You Conquer The Flesh

Most athletes, people who are in shape/fit, and successful business people have to do things that goes past their feelings/flesh to reach their highest potential. We have to do the same when it comes to our relationship with God in order to receive the best that God has for us.

I was led to Revelation Chapter 2 & 3 which describes several churches and the phrase for the blog came to me. Each church started out great, but most of the churches fell away from God. The church in Ephesus left their first love for Jesus. The church in Pergamum turned to false teachings and idols. The church in Thyatira allowed Jezebel, who called herself a prophetess, to mislead people to commit immoral/sexual acts and eat food sacrificed to idols. The church in Sardis was not committed to God. The church in Laodicea were lukewarm: neither hot or cold.

We all can identify with these churches as believers. A lot of us have done those things in our own lives. However, God is merciful in that if we repent, God can restore us and give us the best. We can be like the church in Philadelphia that remained faithful and God opened doors that no one could shut. God promised them that he would keep them safe in the time of trial because of their endurance and faithfulness. The church in Smyrna endured persecution but the angel told them to not to be afraid but to be faithful until the end. If they die in faith, they would receive the crown of life in eternity with God.

James 1:12 Living Translations says: 12 Happy is the man who doesn’t give in and do wrong when he is tempted, for afterwards he will get as his reward the crown of life that God has promised those who love him.

It is a great reward in putting under our flesh & feelings. Remember, the only way we can do it is with the help of God and through washing ourselves with the word of God.

My body gets up early in the morning. I know God is waking me up to fellowship with Him. This week, for a couple of days, I yielded to my flesh and laid back down. I repented to God and it came to me what Jesus said to His disciples: can you stay up with me for just one hour?(Matthew 26:40) However, I was determined to overcome my flesh. I sat up and turned the light on so I could stay awake to see what God had to say to me. Because I pressed through under trial, God gave me the blog and spoke to me.

Refuse to settle for less than God’s best. Repent and ask God to help you conquer your flesh and evil desires. It is well worth it.

Receive God’s best when you conquer the flesh!

Prayer: Jesus, I thank you for suffering on the cross for me. Because of your sacrifice I have eternal life. God, I have the power on the inside of me to endure my flesh and evil desires with your help and the Holy Spirit living in me. I endure to the end and receive the prize. I give you the glory. In Jesus name. Amen!

Don’t even Try. Only God Can Satisfy!

The phrase came to me as God led me to Isaiah 55. We all have tried to do things to satisfy ourselves. However, natural things bring temporary satisfaction. A lot of us try to make things happen on our own and it backfires. We end up hurt, worn out, frustrated, anxious, fearful, feeling lonely, and making terrible decisions to satisfy only what God can. Read the whole chapter of Isaiah 55.

Psalm 107:9 King James Version says: For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

You can come to God if you are thirsty and in need. Webster’s definition thirst: Dry. A desire or need to crave intense with urgency. To long, yearn.

Isaiah 55:1-3: Amplified Version : “Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;
And you who have no money come, buy grain and eat .Come, buy wine and milk Without money and without cost [simply accept it as a gift from God].“Why do you spend money for that which is not bread, And your earnings for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight in abundance.“Incline your ear [to listen] and come to Me; Hear, so that your soul may live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you, According to the faithful mercies [promised and] shown to David.

The creator knows what we need because he created us. All we have to do is go to the manufacturer He can fix any situation that is concerning us.

Isaiah 55: 8-11 Amplified Version “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts higher than your thoughts.10 “For as the rain and snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth, Making it bear and sprout, And providing seed to the Sower and bread to the eater,11 So will My word be which goes out of My mouth; It will not return to Me void (useless, without result),Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.

Just this week alone God took care of my need. He is my provider. We don’t need anything to come to God because He is all we need.

Don’t even try. Only God can satisfy!

Prayer: Lord thank you for being everything I need. Thank you for creating me. I repent for not coming to you and doing things on my own. Only you can satisfy my longing soul. God I come ready to hear what you have to say because you are the all knowing. You only want what is best for me even when I don’t understand. You know the plan you have for me. Plans to prosper me not to harm me, to give me hope and a future. I come ready to receive. In Jesus name. Amen

Go on Through. God’s Promises are True!

The phrase came to me as I was reading Joshua 14. God promised Caleb 45 years ago that the land he placed his feet on would be his inheritance and his descendants because he followed after God. At 85 years of age, God kept Caleb stronger than ever before and he received his inheritance. God reminded me of his faithfulness towards us when we walk with Him.

God also led me to Romans 3. God reminded me that even when we are not faithful, He still is faithful. As long as we trust in Jesus’s blood and the faithfulness of God, we can get through any stronghold, weaknesses, or challenge we face in life. Read Romans 3 Easy Read, and Living Translation in it’s entirety.

Romans 3: 21-31 Living Version: How God Makes People Right

21-22 But now God has shown us a different way to heaven—not by “being good enough” and trying to keep his laws, but by a new way (though not new, really, for the Scriptures told about it long ago). Now God says he will accept and acquit us—declare us “not guilty”—if we trust Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, by coming to Christ, no matter who we are or what we have been like. 23 Yes, all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious ideal; 24 yet now God declares us “not guilty” of offending him if we trust in Jesus Christ, who in his kindness freely takes away our sins.25 For God sent Christ Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to end all God’s anger against us. He used Christ’s blood and our faith as the means of saving us from his wrath. In this way he was being entirely fair, even though he did not punish those who sinned in former times. For he was looking forward to the time when Christ would come and take away those sins. 26 And now in these days also he can receive sinners in this same way because Jesus took away their sins. But isn’t this unfair for God to let criminals go free, and say that they are innocent? No, for he does it on the basis of their trust in Jesus who took away their sins.27 Then what can we boast about doing to earn our salvation? Nothing at all. Why? Because our acquittal is not based on our good deeds; it is based on what Christ has done and our faith in him. 28 So it is that we are saved by faith in Christ and not by the good things we do.29 And does God save only the Jews in this way? No, the Gentiles, too, may come to him in this same manner. 30 God treats us all the same; all, whether Jews or Gentiles, are acquitted if they have faith. 31 Well then, if we are saved by faith, does this mean that we no longer need obey God’s laws? Just the opposite! In fact, only when we trust Jesus can we truly obey him.

Praise God for His mercy endures forever. When we are trusting in our own ability, we are operating under a curse (Jeremiah 17:5). We operate in the power of God/the blessing when we trust in His goodness and faithfulness. Jesus said in Luke 17:10 that when we have done all we are suppose to do we are unworthy. Only through God we are worthy. Isaiah 64:6 says: all of our righteous acts are as filthy rags. We can only boast in God.

In this New Year, let us trust God to get us through, not our own works or others. It is not how many times we fall, it is how we get back up, repent, and trust in God’s faithfulness. Proverbs 24:16 says righteous man falls 7 seven times and rises up again. Satan wants us to feel unworthy so we will not move forward and stay in the mess we are in. Once you repent and get back in God, there is no condemnation to those that are in Christ (Romans 8:1.) Romans 10:11 says those who put their trust in God will never be put to shame! As long as your trust is in God you have nothing to be ashamed of because Jesus bore it for us on the cross.

Go on through! God’s word is true!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your faithfulness and love towards me. Even when I am not faithful and fail, you never fail. A righteous man falls seven times and gets back up. I get back up by repenting and trusting in your faithfulness, not my own. I operate under the blessing by trusting in you God. You always cause me to triumph through you. I receive it now in Jesus name! Amen.

Be Merry Together, No Matter The Weather

Webster’s definition of merry: full of gladness or high spirits.

Proverbs 17:22: 22 A merry heart does good, like medicine,
But a broken spirit dries the bones.

We have 4 seasons: winter, spring, summer, and fall. Just like Ecclesiastes 3 says, we all go through seasons in our lives. Whatever season we are in we can still have joy.

Some are going through a winter. It seems dark, cold and things are dried up and dead in your life. The good news is God is with us, Emmanuel.

Psalm 23:4 Easy Read Version: Even if I walk through a valley as dark as the grave,
I will not be afraid of any danger, because you are with me. Your rod and staff[ comfort me.

Psalm 139:8 New King James: If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.

Deuteronomy 31:6 Holman version: Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Joshua 1:5 Amplified Version: No man will [be able to] stand before you [to oppose you] as long as you live. Just as I was [present] with Moses, so will I be with you; I will not fail you or abandon you.

Isaiah 43:2 Living Translation: When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up—the flames will not consume you.

We can take joy in knowing that no matter what weather we are in, God is with us and he will not let us fall. We can take comfort in knowing the winter in our lives turns to spring. The rain comes and it will not be dry anymore. Things will spring and grow in our lives and the sun will shine again like the summer. Harvest time comes like the fall. Hallelujah! Remember God is with us everyday and this Christmas season.

Be merry together, no matter the weather!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for being with me in every situation. To everything there is a season and time. I choose to be merry no matter my season because it is medicine to my whole being. I can smile beecause God is with me through every dark season. I give you the praise. In Jesus name! Amen.

GOD DID IT THEN. GOD CAN DO IT AGAIN!

The phrase came to me doing my quiet time studying the book of Joshua. In the last blog “Put Your Foot Down, On Your God Given Ground,” we learned we take territory through being strong, courageous by meditating the word day/night and being obedient. When taking new territory, we will run into some obstacles that will cause discouragement, frustration, and fear to keep us from receiving. Psalm 126 is a scripture that came to me. We can look back on how God brought us through to help us keep going when things get challenging.

Psalm 126:1-6: Message Version:  1-3 It seemed like a dream, too good to be true, when God returned Zion’s exiles. We laughed, we sang, we couldn’t believe our good fortune. We were the talk of the nations—“God was wonderful to them!” God was wonderful to us; we are one happy people.4-6 And now, God, do it again—bring rains to our drought-stricken lives So those who planted their crops in despair will shout “Yes!” at the harvest,So those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.

Challenges came this week for me while making steps toward taking territory. However, I made my favor confessions several times a day, prayed the prayer of Jabez, and listened to the word of God to remain strong and courageous. Despite the obstacles I faced, God showed me favor.

Because my trust is in God I am happy and count it all joy when I face challenges. I reminded God of everything manifested in my life. Because He brought me through my past situations like David when he slayed the giant Goliath, I know with the help of God I can slay any giant in my life. Isaiah 43:26 says to put God back in remembrance of His word.

Numbers 23:19: 19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

God is faithful. Let us as believers trust and rest in His finished work. Speaking, meditating and listening to the word daily changes your mindset. As a person thinks, that is what that person becomes (Proverbs 23:7). Cast down any thought that is not in the word of God. Think on where God brought you from (your past victories) and the word of God.

God did it then. God can do it again!

Prayer: God, I thank you for being the same today, yesterday, and forever; you do not change. God, I repent for not staying consistent and firmly planted in your word which is the truth. I am transformed by renewing my mind to your word. I reject everything that is not in line with your word. I put you back in remembrance of your word because you can not lie. I refuse to believe the lies of the enemy and choose to believe your word. Because I have sown in tears, I reap in joy bringing in the harvest. I claim it done. In Jesus name, Amen.

Put Your Foot Down, on your God Given Ground

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is screenshot_20211204-222208_google.jpg

God gave my dad the phrase for the blog which comes from, Joshua 1:3 that says  I have given you every place on which the sole of your foot treads. God has already given us everything in His will which is the word of God. Certain written wills have conditions in order to receive the things. It is the same with the kingdom of God.

A lot of us have goals and dreams that we desire to achieve. However, in order to receive it according to Joshua 1, the first thing it says is to be strong and courageous. We get our strength by trusting and believing in the word of God,

The second thing it says is do not let the word of God depart from your mouth and meditate it day and night so you can know what to do. Only then you will prosper and succeed. This is how we stay strong, without it we will lose hope and fold under pressure. We will become anxious and we will panic. The enemy comes immediately when you get a word from God.

The enemy did a number on my mind as soon as I started studying about the mind while I was sleep. I had to cast those thoughts down. God reminded me to rest in Him. The word of God says to be anxious for nothing that we should pray giving God thanks and then the peace comes (Philippians 4:6-7). I am learning to enjoy the journey and live in the now. The phrase came back to me from my previous blog ‘Enjoy where you are and you will go far.”

Proverbs 23:7 as a man thinks that is what that person becomes. Meditating the word day and night helps it take root in the heart and then we speak it. Because out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks Luke 6:45. That is why we have to take every thought captive.

Finally, in Joshua 1 it says do not turn to the right or left, but obey everything according to the word of God. Isaiah 1:19 says: If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land.

Let us as believers make a lifestyle out of living the life of faith. We do this by meditating the word of God daily. It will take root in our hearts. We began to call things into existence by speaking the word of God no matter how it looks. Through obeying God’s word completely and resting in God’s finished work, manifestation comes.

Put your foot down, on your God given ground!

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the things you have already given me in your word. I repent for being anxious, not obeying your word, not meditating the word of God day and night, and not speaking it. God, help me to enjoy the journey and rest in your finished work because it is already done. Put a check in my spirit when I am getting off course. I thank you for the victory in Jesus name!

Never Say What You Wouldn’t Do. It is God Keeping You!

God gave me this phrase one morning in my quiet time. One of my favorite sayings is “I know God to be a keeper.” God has kept me even in spite of myself. I hear this phrase a lot: “Oh, you’re a good one because I wouldn’t …” We do not know what we will do unless we have been in that situation. The bible tells us what we are capable of so we don’t think too highly of ourselves and others.

Mark 10:17-18 NIV: 17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him.“Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 

Romans 7:18 New King James Version: For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.
Romans 7:21-25 New Living Translation: 21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Even Jesus (the savior of the world) and Paul knew that it is only through God that we are good. My Aunt Mary also reminded me of Peter who was close to Jesus denied Him even though he said He wouldn’t (Luke 22:54-62) Jesus would always say “It is the Father in me, He does the work.” We can’t look to people or have any confidence in ourselves. Our confidence should be in God. Thank God for mentors and counselors. We must also remember that they have the same nature as we all do without the help of God and that includes me. When we mess up, we can cry out to God for help, repent and get back on track. There is no condemnation when we get back in Christ, our spiritual nature.

Never say what you wouldn’t do. It is God keeping you!

Prayer: God, I thank you for your goodness. I repent for yielding to my sinful nature. God, without your help I am helpless. I place my confidence in you, not in myself and others. People and myself can fail, but you, God, never fail. Through you I have the victory and that gives me hope. Hallelujah! In Jesus name! Amen.

Don’t Leave People To Wonder. While They Are Here, Give them honor!

God gave me this phrase which is right on time for the Thanksgiving season. We honor people by thanking them and acknowledging them when they have made a big influence in our lives. It is just like when celebrity stars accept their award; they acknowledge the people who have helped them along the way. That is their way of honoring them. When a writer writes a book, there is a section that says acknowledgements and a list of people who inspired/helped them. We can’t get anywhere on our own without the help of others. God uses people to push us to our destiny. I am thankful for everyone in my life that has helped me along the way.

Romans 13:7 says, Give honor to whom honor is due.

We all at some point in our lives have taken people and things for granted. People have encouraged us and helped us along the way yet we forget to say thank you or that we appreciate them. When we honor people, it makes them want to do more. It shows that person that they are appreciated. God is the same way.

Colossians 3:17: And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

God wants to be glorified through us. We honor God by doing things according to the word of God and giving Him the glory. We are created to glorify God. God honors us when we honor Him. We also should honor spiritual leaders and teachers who pour into our spirit.

1 Timothy 5:17: Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.

T.D. Jakes mentioned in one of his sermons that he was about to quit preaching due to challenging times in the ministry. However, a young lady told him how one of his teachings helped her. It gave him the strength and encouragement to keep going. Spiritual leaders deal with a lot. They have challenging times as well while uplifting others. A word of encouragement, giving, and prayer really means a lot to people. We also should honor our parents.

Ephesians 6 :2-3 Living Translation: Honor your father and mother. This is the first of God’s Ten Commandments that ends with a promise. And this is the promise: that if you honor your father and mother, yours will be a long life, full of blessing.

We may not agree with our parents. Some of you may not have had great parents. However. we should still respect our parents. You will have long life with blessings. The bible tells us to pray for everyone including people in authority.

1 Timothy 2:1-2: 2 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

Some of you are familiar with the story of the 10 lepers.

Luke 17:11-1915 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

Our restoration and victory is right in reach by honoring God and people that have made a difference in our lives. Give people their flowers while they live because when they are gone, there is nothing we can do.

Don’t leave people to wonder. While they are here, give them honor!

Prayer: I honor you God today for giving me life. I repent for forgetting about you and the people in my life that have helped me along the way. I give honor to whom honor is due. God, I thank you for the people you used in my life to impact me for good. God, let everything I do be for your glory and not for my own glory. In Jesus name! Amen.