When Things Get Tough, Remember God Is More Than Enough

Matthew 5:45 says “The rain falls on the just and unjust.” We all have challenges in our life. In the most challenging times, remember God is all we need. There is a a chapter in the bible that describes God being everything we need.

Psalms 23 Easy Ready Version: The Lord is my shepherd. I will always have everything I need.He gives me green pastures to lie in. He leads me by calm pools of water.He restores my strength. He leads me on right paths to show that he is good.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.You prepared a meal for me in front of my enemies. You welcomed me as an honored guest. My cup is full and spilling over.Your goodness and mercy will be with me all my life, and I will live in the Lord’s house a long, long time.

Remind yourself during the tough times that God is all you need. Man can only do so much, but God is the Great I am, everything you need.

Isaiah 55: 1-3 says “All you people who are thirsty, come! Here is water for you to drink. Don’t worry if you have no money. Come, eat and drink until you are full! You don’t need money. The milk and wine are free.Why waste your money on something that is not real food? Why should you work for something that does not really satisfy you? Listen closely to me and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the food that satisfies your soul.Listen closely to what I say. Listen to me so that you will live. I will make an agreement with you that will last forever. It will be an agreement you can trust, like the one I made with David—a promise to love him and be loyal to him forever.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you James 4:8. God is El Shaddai. He is more than enough.

When things get tough, remember God is more than enough!

Trust God The Pilot, When He Is Silent

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What do you do when you done everything God asked and nothing seems to be happening? The situation remains the same and when you pray, you don’t hear anything from God.

Ephesians 6:13-17   13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

After you done all you can, stand and trust God, looking unto Jesus who is the author and finisher of your faith Hebrews 12.

God revealed to me how he operates: just like an airplane pilot.

When the passengers board the plane, the pilot/ flight attendant gives instructions before taking off. However, after taking off the pilot doesn’t say anything. God is the same way. He gives us instructions and after that He is silent.  If there is a storm or turbulence in the air, the pilot will let you know.   God gives us warnings while we are on our journey through dreams and other people so we can be prepared. In between, the flight attendant gives snacks and the pilot checks in with the passengers. God is the same way. God will give us what we need until we arrive at the destination He has for us.  The pilot tells the passengers when they get close to the destination. God will give us a word or we can sense in the spirit that the manifestation is close. Once the pilot arrives at the destination, the pilot lets the passengers  know and releases them.  God is the same way.  Once it is time, God will give you instructions or confirmation for obtaining what you are believing God for.

Trust that God will lead every step of the way like a pilot. Stand, after you have done everything, by putting  on the armor of God. Fix your eyes on Jesus the author and finisher of your faith. Like we trust the pilot of an airplane without question and even sleep on the plane until we arrive at our destination, we can rest in God. We can trust God for the end result

Trust God the pilot, when He is silent!

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There Is No Other, Love Like A Mother

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It is amazing to see a true mother’s love for their children.

A mother loves her children unconditionally.   It reminds me of 1 Corinthians 13 :bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.Love never fails.

I have seen mothers endure a lot of things, including my mom with her children. Being patient as their child grows, and the sacrifices mothers make for the well being of their children/child.

However, mothers also corrects their children like God corrects us. Hebrews 12;6 For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”

A mother disciplines their child  out of love just like God disciplines his children when they are doing something that is harmful to them. A mother just like God, only wants the best for her children.

Thank God for true mothers!

There Is No Other, Love Like A Mother.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instead of Passing It, Start Casting It

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The title of the blog  came from  my aunt as we were having a conversation  about true forgiveness. It is amazing how God uses us.

A lot of people will agree that we can forgive but can we forget?

We all know forgetting as not remembering but, there is another meaning that will help us as believers in Christ to truly forgive.

Webster’s meaning of forget: 2. To treat with inattention or disregard. 3. To disregard intentionally.

Glory to God! We can disregard intentionally any hurt that someone has done to us in the past and present. We do this by casting it down with the word of God. When Jesus came out of the wilderness in Matthew 4;1-11, Jesus kept saying “it is written” each time the devil came at Him until the devil fled.

James 4:7 says: Submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee.

We submit to God by obeying what the word of God says about any situation. The devil flees when we make it a daily lifestyle of obeying the word of God.

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 says (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ

My dad was talking to me on past hurt and stated if we keep casting down the past hurt, it loses its power. He even mentioned that when he mentioned a certain situation, one of his sisters would say “I don’t recall.”

We can intentionally disregard any past hurt. So if someone brings it up, we can choose to say “I don’t recall.”   We are made in the image and likeness of God according to Genesis 1:27.

What is God’s character? God puts our sins and cast them into the sea and remembers them no more (Hebrews 8:12, and Psalms 103:12).

It also came to me that when you are walking in love, according to 1 Corinthians 13:5: love doesn’t keep record of wrong doing. It is just like when a creditor forgives a debt. The creditor wipes it out of the system. If it is wiped out of the system, the creditor or no one can charge you for this debt again. Glory to God!

Joseph in Genesis 41: 51 Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh and said, “It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.”

Joseph went through a lot of sorrow, but he remained in love and God elevated him to the top.  You can start at Genesis 37 to read the life of Joseph. He is a great example to live by.

We can lay the axe to the root (Matthew 3:10)  of any hurt by speaking, meditating,  and reading the word of God concerning any situation . The word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12) and it cuts through any situation. We have the authority that when that hurt comes up, we cast it down with the word of God until it loses its power.

If we don’t cast it down, it can pass on to other people. It is like certain things in our family that are negative and have been passed down. We can choose to break the negative cycle in our family by casting down past and present  hurts.

Deuteronomy 7:9 says Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.

God is faithful to keeping His word for those who loves him. We love God according to John 24:15 when we obey his commandments.

Be like Paul. Instead of passing down negative things from the past in Philippians 3:13-1413 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Glory to God!  Not dwelling on the hurts and moving forward is the high life. The low life is dwelling on them.

Instead of passing it, start casting it!

 

 

 

 

What We Allow, Is What We Say With Our Mouth

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The chaos and everything that is going on in  the world will make anyone feel helpless. Wondering when will things get better and what the future holds? We have the authority. All we have to do is follow the creator’s example.

Genesis 1:2-3 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

God spoke light in the midst of darkness. We as believers are made in His image and we can do the same in our dark situation by speaking what the word of God says. Psalm 119:105 says Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.

We bring heaven down to earth through reading, hearing, meditating, and speaking the word of god.

Romans 10:6-11 Living Translation But the salvation that comes through faith says, “You don’t need to search the heavens to find Christ and bring him down to help you,” and, “You don’t need to go among the dead to bring Christ back to life again.”For salvation that comes from trusting Christ—which is what we preach—is already within easy reach of each of us; in fact, it is as near as our own hearts and mouths. For if you tell others with your own mouth that Jesus Christ is your Lord and believe in your own heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in his heart that a man becomes right with God; and with his mouth he tells others of his faith, confirming his salvation.[a]11 For the Scriptures tell us that no one who believes in Christ will ever be disappointed.

Proverbs 18:21 says Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Our miracle is in our mouth. Speak it. It will take root in your heart and you will believe  that the result will come to pass. Anyone that speaks something long enough will start believing it. Faith comes by hearing, which means it is a daily thing.

Job 6:24 says 24 Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.

Ask God to put a check in your spirit when you say or do something out of line. The Holy Spirit lives on the inside of those who are saved. It is our helper.

Matthew 18:18 says18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

We loose hell on earth with negative words. We loose heaven on earth by words of life from the word of God.

If we say something negative, speak crop failure to it then speak what God says. There is a song by Tonex  “Doesn’t Really Matter” that says “I won’t bow to the sound of adversity, I won’t let it get the best of me, when it seems impossible just keep on believing. “I don’t have to receive the report of the enemy. You can’t go by what you see, just follow the trust theory”  “Doesn’t really matter what he says. Doesn’t really matter what she says. Doesn’t really matter what the world says. Because I say what did God say.

What we allow, is what we say with our mouth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expand What is In Your Hand

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We are held accountable in regards to what we do with what we have. What does the word of God says about using what we have? It all started in the beginning when God created heaven and earth.

Genesis 1:28 New King James Version: 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

God already blessed us, but He want us to be productive with what we have, multiply it, subdue (take control), and take ownership over it. When we work with what we have God can give us more. I have two examples in the bible  regarding using what we have and  being productive with it.

John 6:11-13 New King James Version (Jesus Feeds the 5000): So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11 And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” 13 Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. 

Jesus first gave thanks to God for what He  had. We should follow Jesus’ example and before we do anything with what we have (money, talent, gifts, food etc), we should pray  giving God thanks. Jesus started dividing what He had and giving it to the people until it multiplied and there were leftovers. We should use what we have and as we divide/ give,  it will be multiplied. Jesus manifested Luke 8:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

The Parable of the Talents: 

Matthew 25:14-29:14 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.20 “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 22 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 

We have to be faithful with what we have and God can trust us with more. If we are not faithful, then what we have will be taken away. God gives us more so we can be a blessing  to others. We shouldn’t hoard what we have and keep it to ourselves.

Expand what is in your hand!

 

 

It Was For Our Gain, Jesus Went Through Pain

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A lot of us have dealt with pain: emotionally, physically, and psychologically. I hear this saying a lot: “You don’t know what I am going through.” This is true for some people, because everyone doesn’t experience or go through the same situations.’ However, we do have a Heavenly father who sent his son Jesus to take all of our pain and  he bore it on the cross. Imagining carrying everyone’s pain. Jesus truly knows pain.

If you have been rejected, just know that Jesus went through rejection.

Luke 22:56-62 Amplified Version: 56 And a servant-girl, seeing him as he sat in the firelight and looking intently at him, said, “This man was with Him too.” 57 But Peter denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know Him!” 58 A little later someone else saw him and said, “You are one of them too.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not!” 59 After about an hour had passed, another man began to insist, “This man was with Him, for he is a Galilean too.” 60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” Immediately, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. 61 The Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had told him, “Before a rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times.” 62 And he went out and wept bitterly [deeply grieved and distressed].

Some of us had people we were close to reject and ignore us after all that we had done for them. We can go to Jesus because he knows and can help us through any situation.

Some of us have been betrayed by someone close to us that we trust. Jesus was also betrayed by some close to Him.

Luke 18:2-8 Now Judas, who was betraying Him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with His disciples. So Judas, having obtained the Roman cohort and some officers from the high priests and the Pharisees, came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, knowing all that was about to happen to Him, went to them and asked, “Whom do you want?” They answered Him, “Jesus the Nazarene.” Jesus said, “I am He.” And Judas, who was betraying Him, was also standing with them. When Jesus said, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground. Again He asked them, “Whom do you want?” And they said, “Jesus the Nazarene.” Jesus answered, “I told you that I am He; so if you want Me, let these men go on their way.” 

Have you ever suffered pain and sickness? Jesus  took a beating and bore our sickness on the cross.

Isaiah 53:5  he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Because of  Jesus’ pain and suffering, we gained healing from physical and emotional pain.

A lot of us have had a loved one pass on and experienced grief.

Isaiah 53:4 Amplified: But [in fact] He has borne our griefs,
And He has carried our sorrows and pains;
Yet we [ignorantly] assumed that He was stricken,Struck down by God and degraded and humiliated [by Him].

Jesus took our grief. This means we don’t have to carry it. We can give it all to Jesus.

Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we have the victory in everything we go through.

Hebrews 12:2 New King James Version looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hallelujah! Through our suffering, God can be glorified. Jesus knew what was on the other side so he endured all the pain and suffering for us. We can look to Jesus because he endured it all and now is sitting at the right hand of God reigning in power and glory.  There is  glory on the other side of the pain.  

It was for our gain; Jesus went through pain!

For additional reading similar to this, check out the blog post from June 10 2018 entitled “Endure Is The Cure” if you have not already read it before or just to refresh yourself.