Walking through doors that He opens.

God is has been really been speaking to me recently about walking through the doors that He opens. Sometimes the only way to discover God’s will is to practice what I believe is called “stepping out and finding out.” I believe if we have prayed about something and still don’t seem to know 100% what to do, I believe God is wanting us to simply take a step of faith. It’s like God is showing us that trusting Him is like standing before a automatic door. We can stand and look at the door all day, but it won’t open until we take a step forward and trigger the thing that opens it. “A wide door of opportunity for effectual service has opened to me and there are many adversaries.” 1 Corinthians 16:9

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There are times in life when we must take a step forward in order to find out, one way or the other, what we should do. Some doors open as soon as we take a step of faith and others never open no matter what we do. When God opens the door, then we need to be obedient and just go through it. If He does not open the door, then be satisfied to take another direction. But we can not let fear trap us in total inactivity.

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It’s one thing to recognize an open door, but it’s an entirely different thing to actually walk through it. God may be speaking to us right now. We might thinking that we’re not sure if we should walk through this door. Many times, it’s the devil that has hung a curtain of “fear” over the opening. However, the same God who gave you the awareness of the door to begin with will also give you wisdom, knowledge, and courage to walk through it.

We need to keep going forward in faith, searching for what God wants us to do. Walk boldly through the doors God opens for us, and don’t become discouraged when He closes one.

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Trust God in the Midst of a Messy Day!

Trust God in the midst of a messy day. His inner calm – His Peace in His Presence – need not be shaken by what is going on around you. Though we live in this temporal world, our innermost being is rooted and grounded in eternity. When we start to feel stressed, we need detach ourselves from the disturbances around us. Instead of desperately striving to maintain order and control in our little world, we need relax and remember that circumstances cannot touch God’s Peace.

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“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.” ~  John 16:33

We will definitely have trouble in this world, and even the Lord acknowledges this in His Word. But somehow we’re supposed to relax and detach ourselves from it. What a challenging thing the Lord asks us to do! Everything in our flesh wants us to take control, fix things, fix others, run ourselves ragged until we’ve solved every single problem in our lives.  Yet, this is the exact opposite of what the Lord wants for us.

How do we live in the world, but not be OF the world? It definitely starts with being in His Word daily, praying and thanking the Lord, seeking His Face, fellowshipping with other believers, and helping those in need to expand the Kingdom. But probably the most successful way of achieving all of this is that one little word at the beginning of this devotional: TRUST.

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God Takes Great Delight in You!

Do you believe God is watching over you as a believer, smiling and delighting in the fact that you are HIS child? Close your eyes and picture God watching over you at this moment. No matter what you have done or what has been done to you, God’s love reaches down to hold you in His arms. Bow your head and tilt your heart to listen to Him whisper, “You are precious in my sight and I love you.” (Isaiah. 43:4,) Have a wonderful day resting in the promise that He loves you, He knows your needs, and He’s constantly by your side.

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“The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”  ~ Zephaniah 3:17

My friends,  our heavenly Father, is watching over you. He calls you His treasured possession, the apple of His eye. There have been times when I have felt as if His hand is upon my head, letting me know that He is watching over me. To be in the loving arms of my ABBA Father is safest place of all. He takes great delight in you, just because you are His son/daughter. When you feel afraid or even a little scared, He will quiet you with His love. He says to you, “Everything is going to be alright. Your ABBA Father is here just for you.” His words are so soothing to me. They bring me peace. He rejoices over us by singing songs of His never-ending love for us.

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You know, God loves to be with us and watch over us. It’s not because we are doing anything for Him, but simply because we are His. We might have even disappointed Him that day, but it doesn’t change how He feels about us. I sense God wants you to know today that He delights greatly in you my friends. And with His love, He is there today to quiet your fears, concerns, insecurities and doubts. I have a feeling the joy-filled songs He sings over you are written just for you, describing the beautiful person He’s created you to be, while gently leading your heart to know and rely on His love more and more each day.

What a great reminder for times when nothing’s going right; when we feel like the whole world is against us and nobody understands what we’re going through. I hope the next time you have one of those days you’ll imagine Your Heavenly Father loves and delights in you even more then you can imagine!

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When we call out to God, He answers!

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Today I was reading one of my favorite Psalms and I was led to share this message for everyone to reflect on. The good news is that even when we have messed things up at one time or another and if we call out to God, He will always hear us. How easily God could tell us, “That is your problem. You deal with it.” But when people cry out to Him, He is always ready to answer!

“When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them.” Psalm 91:15

How valuable is a relationship with God? More than words can ever fully describe. However, in Psalm 91, the Lord gives us a list of some of the things He will do for those who call upon Him: And I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.” Psalms 91:15-16 (NKJV) Let’s break this down and specifically look at these benefits that belong to those who call upon the Lord.

First, we see that there’s the promise of responsiveness. God says, “I will answer.” Few things are worse than waiting for a response to an e-mail , text or voice message that never comes. Nobody appreciates feeling like they’ve fallen through the cracks. But God’s not like that. He answers when we call.

Second, the Lord promises to accompany us through our times of trouble. He’s not a fair-weather friend who ditches or bails when we’re going through rough times. He sticks by us through good times and bad, through thick and thin.

Third, we find that He not only stays with us through our trials but will also deliver us from them. He isn’t just a shoulder to lean on, He can actually effect change on our behalf! We could go on and on.

He also promises to honor us, to sustain us with longevity, to satisfy us with a quality of life we could never find on our own, and to reveal His salvation to us, which extends into eternity. The benefits of our relationship with God literally never end. He responds, He accompanies, He delivers, He honors, He sustains, He satisfies, and He saves. That’s a relationship there’s just no substitute for. Lord, thank you for allowing us to have a relationship with You and for being all that You are in our lives!

Think about it… What does this passage reveal to me about God? What does this passage reveal to me about myself? Based on this, what changes do I need to make? What is my prayer for today?  Call out to him now!

Where are you, God?

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Let’s all be very honest. You don’t always feel God’s presence. Sometimes He seems a million miles away. Sometimes He doesn’t even seem real. Can you relate? What do you do during times like that? “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” Deuteronomy 31:8

I know that feelings are not reliable. They change according to the weather or what’s happening in our lives. God’s word does not change. No matter what our circumstances, God is present. He has said, “I will never leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5) He is the same compassionate God on good days as He is on bad days. So, what are you going to stand on – facts or feelings? You must choose, then act accordingly. Have you been struggling with despair? Are you relying on feelings instead of fact? How can you affirm God’s truth in your life today?

Our heavenly Father knows what is before us. He knows our every step along every path. We sometimes get frightened because we are looking at the danger rather than resting in the promise of His faithfulness. Yet, God is fully capable of taking us through difficulty. He is in control and has no doubts when we doubt Him and His ability to keep us from harm. God sees the road ahead. He knows where He is taking us, just as He knew where He was leading Moses, and Joshua and the people of Israel; they did not need to fear. God knew that.

Ever feel like fear has caused you to tremble and panic, to dig in your heels and beg God to stop? We do not need to drag our feet or turn back. As we trust in Him, His strength, power and foresight never let us fall.  Our Father knows what is best for us, so keep trusting! Keep persevering!!! Fight that good fight of Faith!!!

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Life can change in an instant!

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Life can change suddenly… Unexpectantly… In an instant… Just like that….the storm arises… Without any warning at all. One moment you are experiencing the bliss of intimacy with Christ. The world is full of light. His voice is clear and distinct. The Word has come alive before you. You are enjoying the glory and radiance of time alone with God on the mountain top. “And as these were leaving Him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is good for us to be here;…While He was saying this, a cloud formed and began to overshadow them; and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!” Luke 9:33-35

Anyone know what I’m talking about today? You are in a good place, accompanied by good friends, standing in His presence, and everything is “all good.”

But then it all changes… Dark, heavy clouds fill your life. The light that once shown so brightly has now been diminished and all but disappeared. His voice has become a distant memory. The word that once was so clear now lies all but forgotten in the corridors of your mind. Just moments before you were full of joy and confidence. But now it has all dissipated in the fog of fear that has suddenly surrounded you. You feel alone. All alone. The friends that once seemed so close have now vanished. And worst of all? You can’t see Him anymore and you quickly begin to wonder if He has not altogether abandoned you.

Yes, life can change suddenly.

We have all been there at some point (some of you reading this might well be there right now). And if you will allow me, I want to remind each of you of something very important today. Think about it for a minute. Their visible situation may have changed. The clouds might have hidden Jesus from your view. Circumstances had now brought them to a place of fear. But only the EXTERNALS had changed. The ESSENTIALS were still the same. The disciples were still on the mountain top. And Jesus was still there. The clouds had overshadowed them but the Savior had not forsaken them. The glory of the moment had left them but Jesus had not abandoned them.

When everything around them gave way to sudden change, when everything within them crumbled before the violence of human emotion, God had remained constant, steadfast, and unmoveable. Jesus was still there. He had never left. Not once. Not for a single moment.

There will be those times when the clouds of worry and fear seem to hide Him from view, but no matter how dark the night we can take heart. God is always there. He will never leave us. And if we will be still, we will hear His voice. be still and know

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Just wanted to share again and hopefully encourage you in you are in that “good fight of faith” for something in your life these days!

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Fight the good fight of faith….1 Timothy 6:12 (NKJV)

 

God didn’t have a bad day while He wrote a book about your life. He didn’t say, “This book is too perfect. Should we shake things up and throw in a car accident or something?”

Although God didn’t write painful events into your life, you need to know that there are going to be a few battles along the road. You see, your destiny is a path that God has prepared for you ahead of time. But it’s also your faith-filled journey down that path.

Life won’t hand you your dreams and Satan is going to try to get you off track, so it’s going to take faith to walk out God’s plans.

When the Israelites were slaves in Egypt, God promised them a lush, fertile land that flowed with milk and honey. But just because this was God’s plan didn’t…

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