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It was like deja vu when I got the phone call. My mom’s biopsy results were in and the report was not good. It had been 8-years since her breast cancer diagnosis. A battle she emerged victorious in Christ in. Now here we were, 8 years later in the same office…again. On the drive there I said, “Okay Father you gave me a word before concerning my Mom. I’m expecting a word from you again.”
We sat and listened to the oncologist and heard his thoughts on the matter. When he and his nurse left the room I turned to my Mom and said, “God is not going to put on you more than you can bear.” 1Cor 10:13 Suddenly I saw a Peace in her that wasn’t there before. Then I knew it was a word from the throne of grace. I have to be honest though; I needed more. Why were we back here again and as a Royal Priesthood how am I supposed to stand and represent The Father in this? I had questions and I needed insight into the word God had given her.
Later that day I stepped into that secret place (prayer) and shared with the Father what was on my heart. That’s when I heard Him say, “Joshua 1:9” Immediately I went there. This is what it says:
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Then I asked, “But how do I do that Lord?”
The Lord replied, “It’s like you said before, I’m not going to put more on you than you could bear. Your ability to bear is based on what I placed in you. I can command you to be strong and courageous because I’ve already equipped you with strength and courage. I can say do not be afraid because My perfect love has casted out your fear. I’m simply calling out what’s already there and that’s how you’re going to do this.”
What was in me began to stir like a mighty current. All of that discouragement suddenly slipped away. I felt strong, confident, comforted and equipped to stand as a royal priest by my mother’s side and glory to God that is what I did!
I am happy to report that the battle was glorious. The King of Kings made His presence known on the battlefield. I told no one but my Husband and kids about my Mom’s surgery yet God drew prayer warriors amongst the medical staff to lay hands and pray with me for my mom. To my delight the surgeon was a fellow believer who personally submitted the surgery into the hands of the True Physician. The LORD fought the battle and gave us the victory. My part was to have faith in Christ who strengthens me.
God’s Beloved, He who created and formed you has equipped you with strength and courage. He can call those things and more out of you because that is who you are. That same Spirit that raised Christ from the grave is in you child of God. His Presence, Wisdom, Authority and Truth dwells within you. You are well equipped and you’re not alone. So Be Strong, Be Courageous. Be Fearless; Do Not Be Discouraged. For greater is Christ Jesus that is in you, with you and for you wherever you are, than anyone or anything that can come at you in this world.
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I have this spiritual wall art that hangs in my home, lately the Father has been prompting me to share it. It reminds me of the promise that Jesus made to us in Matthew 28:20, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.”
This is what the wall art says:
Jesus is with you always. He is with you in the happy moments. He’s right there making all things work for your good in the difficult moments.
You can worship Him in the quiet moments knowing that it’s Him leading you beside those quiet waters (Psalm 23:2) Quiet is a good thing. “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” Lamentations 3:25-26.
Jesus is with you in the painful moments. He draws close to the brokenhearted; He heals them and binds up their wounds. Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord. (Psalm 34:18, 40:4, 147:3)
We give thanks because of Love. For God So Loved us that He Gave. He gave us His Beloved Son, the irrevocable gifts and promises of God and He continues to give us the victory through Christ Jesus each and every day.
Jesus is with you in the highest of highs and in the lowest of lows and all of the other moments in between. In every moment there’s an opportunity to praise, seek, worship, trust and thank Him. Jesus hears you, sees you, He’s for you and He is with you always even to the end of the age.
“Our God is the God of salvation” -Psalm 68:20 (NKJV)
“Our God is a God who saves” -Psalm 68:20 (NIV)
Through Jesus we come to know the Father’s Love for us. The Father’s desire is to see that none perish (2 Peter 3:9) Through Rahab’s story we learn that The Promise is not just for us but for our loved ones as well.
When the two Israelite spies came to the house of Rahab the prostitute, she offered to hide them (See Joshua chapters 2 and 6). She heard about how the Lord of Israel had dried up the Red Sea and delivered them from the Egyptians and the two Amorite Kings, Sihon and Og. She testified to the spies that, “The Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.” -Joshua 2:11
Rahab heard God’s word, (that’s faith: faith comes by hearing) which prompted her to make intercessory for her family (that’s Ministry). By hiding the spies she was defying her own people and government thus risking her own life to save her family. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” -John 15:13
Let’s look at Rahab’s Intercessory:
“Please swear to me by the Lord that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them —and that you will save us from death.” –Joshua 2:12-13
When the walls of Jericho fell and the armies of Israel stormed the city; Rahab, her father and mother, her brothers and sisters and all who belonged to her were saved. Her faith in God and her intercession made her and her loved ones heirs to the promise.
“He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?” -Romans 8:32
God’s desire is to Save. As Believers in Christ you are called to be Ministers and ministry begins first at home. May this word encourage you to continue your intercession for your friends and loved ones…In Jesus name. Amen
The Salvation Promise
“The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off- for all whom the Lord our God will call.” -Acts 2:39
“Restore us to Yourself Lord.” –Lamentations 5:21
The Lord’s Economy is nothing like our own. Let’s take a look at Job. Job lost his wealth, his livestock and sadly his children. Soon after, Job was afflicted with painful sores that ran from the crown of his head to the soles of his feet. There was no support, no peace, no joy; not even the pleasure of sweet sleep. What remained though was his faith in God and his righteousness.
Through Job’s afflictions, whom by the way is a shadow of Jesus, we come to intimately know God and His Restoration Plan. The Lord restored Job’s fortunes to him and gave him twice as much as he had before. His latter days were better than the former and he received long life to enjoy it all.
I know it saddens the Lord to see His children living life defeated. For it is written, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” If you or someone you know is living life defeated you are measuring your life against the world’s exchange rate not God’s. Look to the cross, Jesus gave you beauty for ashes. He became poor so that you may be rich. Jesus’ body was broken so that you may be made whole. Your life, past and sins may have robbed you of a lot but in Christ YOU are a new creation and you can expect “your fortunes” to be doubled to you. You can expect your life to be transformed. Expect God’s favor to go ahead of you and open doors that would normally be closed. Expect Salvation to come to your loved ones. Expect healing and victory in every battle, test and obstacle in your life because of who you are, a beloved child of God.
You can liken yourself to Job. I know what some of you are thinking, “Job was a righteous man, I’m not.” Friend, here’s a fun fact, it was God who called Job Righteous and You, who are in Christ, are the Righteousness of God in Christ. Like Job your righteousness was a gift. A gift given not because of your works and faithfulness but based on Jesus’ faithfulness and finished work on the cross. Whether you are experiencing the best of times or the worst (#TheWisdomofSolomon) You can expect that every promise the Holy Spirit has whispered to you in the valley or on the mountaintop is a “Yes” and “Amen” to you.
-He restores you to Himself. That’s our God’s Economy.
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; All things are possible with God.” Mark 10:27
Jesus moves in the impossible! Think about it. He brought nations out of barren women. Parted great bodies of water delivering millions from oppression.
He caused the Earth to Stand Still at one Man’s request and gave Great victories to the weak.
He fed thousands with just five loaves and two small fish. He healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, speech to the mute and casted out demons with just A Word.
He brought the dead back to life even after four days in the tomb.
He caused an ordinary man, no different from you or I to walk on water with Him.
Jesus made evangelist and preachers out of the world’s outcast. The Nobodies, the Less than Perfect and Far From Able. The Least of them and the Worst of them He enabled and used them to accomplish extraordinary works for the Kingdom of God. He continues to do that today.
Above all with just One Sacrifice Jesus bore ALL of our sins and afflictions and brought Salvation to Whosoever Believes in Him. With One Act He imparted Righteousness to the Unrighteous, Justification to the Unjust and Eternal and Internal Life, Peace and Joy to the spiritually dead, lost and broken.
Jesus moves in the Impossible.
To us these great acts seem impossible but to the One who So Loved Us that He gave Himself for us… All things will be made possible for You.
Dare to Hope… Dare to Dream Big… Dare to Walk on Water Beloved Child of God. Nothing in your life is hidden from Him or beyond Him. Expect Your Heavenly Father to do the impossible in your life! In Jesus Name. Amen.
Do not conform to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. –Romans 12:2
Many of us have been programmed to think and see the worst in people, circumstances and ourselves. Professional Fault-Finders; often wired from childhood to think and prepare for the worst. We are also best known as our own personal worst critic. Even in the midst of praise for your attributes and accomplishments you can’t help but to find something wrong.
Then along came Jesus preaching, “Repent!” Change the way you think. What a bold request; a request that goes against every fiber of your natural being. To abandon the way you’re wired and see yourself not as a “Hot Mess” but through Heaven’s lens…Faultless, Forgiven, Perfected and Loved. That’s challenging for some of us.
I suppose Heaven’s view would look like this:
I am not past, my addictions or pain.
I am a New Creation, the old me is dead and gone, the new me is here to stay.
I am not my sins.
I am Forgiven. My sins, (past, present and future) are Nailed To The Cross.
Forgiven and Forgotten.
There is no more condemnation for me. Sin has No Dominion over me anymore.
I am not weak, a victim or a failure.
I am More Than A Conqueror. I can do All Things Through Christ who strengthens me.
I am a Co-heir with Christ, created to do good works. I am Destined to Reign and Succeed.
Enough about who I was, this is who I am: Chosen By God, Justified By Faith, Glorified in Christ and at Peace with God. No longer conformed to the patterns of this world but conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. I am the Righteousness of God in Christ. No longer a Fault Finder but a Faith Seeker. I am light and salt to this Earth. I am the Apple of God’s Eyes, the one whom the Father So Loved. I’m wired in Christ now and as Christ is, So Am I. My Friend that is how Heaven sees you.
I was waiting patiently in the waiting room. It was an hour past my appointment time and I was not happy. I came to the early morning appointment without having coffee or bringing a book, tablet or phone. I thought I’d be in and out of there in thirty minutes top. I was so wrong. So I said, “Okay LORD, it is You who plans my day. If you’re going to leave me without coffee or iPad; who do you want me to minister too?” Moments later, I found myself spiritually sparring with another believer. That exchange lead to a mother asking me to pray for her daughter. We prayed and you can imagine my delight when I heard a few “Amens” from those listening.
Then there was, The One. It had been three hours past my appointment time. I could have rescheduled but I felt compelled to stay. There were only two of us left in the waiting area. This college student had heard and saw my interactions so he wasn’t surprised when I asked him if he believed in Jesus.
“Not anymore”, he said, “ I was ex-communicated out of my church because I asked too many questions.” He replied quietly.
“You weren’t in God’s church, Friend.” I replied. “You see whom the Father gives to the Son cannot be snatched out of His hands. You can’t be ex-communicated out of His presence. Once you become His child, He vows to never leave or forsake you. As for asking questions, our Father says, ‘Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you find; knock, and it will be opened to you.’ Our God doesn’t run away from questions. He loves when you have questions about Him that means you want to get to know Him. The Father desires to unveil His heart to us.”
What the young man said next almost blew me out of my seat. “Am I supposed to believe that God who created this vast universe and filled this one planet with billions of people could care about someone as insignificant as me.”
“Yes!!!!” I yelled so loud that I even startled myself. I started to say, “You’re the One…” Then the door to the examination rooms opened. They called my name.
I didn’t know what to do; I wanted to finish this conversation but what was on my heart to say I felt it needed to be said in private. Even though I said to the attendant, that I’d be right there, she chose to stand there and wait for me. Sadly the flesh kicked in, I started to feel the burden from the long wait. I looked back at the young man and smiled awkwardly at him. He smiled back, waved goodbye and I left.
What I wanted to say is this:
You are The One the scriptures spoke about. The One that God So Loved and gave Heaven’s Best, His Beloved Son for. God cares for you and loves you with an unfailing and unwavering love. According to the Creator of this vast universe and planet filled with billions, YOU are The One worth fighting for and dying for and that’s exactly what He did For You on The Cross. You’re not insignificant to Him; you are the Apple of God’s Eye.
I have to be honest I felt like I missed a moment; like I failed God. Then the Father reminded me that it was Him who orchestrated this moment. It was Him who prompted the prayer I prayed later on for this young man. Everything went according to God’s plan. The Father assured me that I planted the seed and watered it. Now it’s His job to make it grow. With loving-kindness God will draw him.
Remember its God who orders our steps. What may seem like a bad day may very well be God preparing “A Moment” for you to share the love of Jesus with That One.