Let the Lord be our Guide!

I love how David writes show me the right path. First off he is saying show me the right path God. What he is saying is when we need guidance in our lives we should say God show me the right path in how I should approach this. Too often we we want to take our approach to how we should handle a situation and then want God to fix our mess. Doesn’t that just seem a little backwards? Now granted we may get in situations and need His help, but first and foremost we need to be seeking His guidance, His directions, and as David wrote show me the right path O Lord. Once again my brothers and sisters be encouraged and seek God for His guidance. Have a wonderfully blessed day. Love you all. 

 “Show me the right path O, Lord, point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me.” Psalm 25:4-5

Next David continues with teach me. It is not enough that we know His ways, but that He instructs us. How does He do that? He instructs us by His Word. Friends God is our schoolmaster. He teaches us daily and we need to be glad to learn daily. We must realize that we don’t ever get to a point where we have it figured out and can say we can walk on our own. Instead we need to know that everyday we depend on God to help us get through by leading us. As you can see the end of verse 4 and the beginning of verse 5 link together. They link together in that how He leads us and teaches us is in His truth which is His Word. 

Friends we can’t rely on our mind or our heart to guide us. One reason is our heart is deceitful above all things( Jeremiah 17:9 ). We can’t rely on our mind to lead for there is a way that seems right to man and that leads to death( Proverbs 14:12 ). So it is quite obvious we must be lead by God’s Word and use His Word to lead our hearts and minds as well.

As Christians we must totally rely on God to guide us. For this guidance we need to be lead by His Word which is the truth just as David wrote lead me in your truth. Friends when you are approaching big decisions seek God’s face and if it takes all day for a response wait. Don’t just give God 5 minutes or a few seconds, wait till you hear from God. Just as David wrote He is the one who gave us our salvation and why is it we can’t wait? Why can’t we just wait to hear from Him? Shouldn’t waiting on a response from God be important to us and vital as the food we eat? As it is written man can not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from God( Deuteronomy 8:3 ).


Waiting on The Lord!

For you and I to grow as believers, we must learn to wait on the Lord. When we surrender to His timing, He does mighty things in and for us, according to His will and His timing. God acts on behalf of those who wait for Him In other words; we must allow His timing—not our own agenda—to guide our lives. That way, we can experience His very best. Have a wonderful day in His presence as you wait on His perfect timing. Love you all. 

 “For since the world began no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him! Isaiah 64:4

God has a plan for each one of us and wants us to know what it is. Every time we take a step of obedience, He sheds more light on our path. But sometimes He asks us to pause awhile, and we may not know why. We long for direction in a particular matter, but our prayers just aren’t being answered, and we wonder, Why does He delay?

When you aren’t seeing any answers, it doesn’t mean that God is not working. He’s still actively involved in your life, but He works in ways that are not always visible He orchestrates circumstances, changes people’s hearts, and protects His children from making hasty decisions that will have disastrous consequences. Perhaps the Lord knows you’re not yet ready for the next leg of your spiritual journey. Waiting times are opportunities for growth in character, obedience, and faith. He may also need time to train you for future responsibilities and ministries.

When you intentionally choose to be still, God unleashes His mighty power on your behalf. My prayer is that we would learn to wait on His answer—and do it joyfully. Why? God’s Word says that He acts on behalf of those who trust in Him. No, He doesn’t promise to give us everything we want. But when you and I watch for His provision, it will come—every time.

Give all your Worries and Cares to God!

I know that there are days that many of you feel many things, but peaceful certainly isn’t one of them. You have a tendency to think the circumstances in your life should dictate the peace you feel. I’ve come to understand God cares for us so much and everything that concerns us, or rattles our day. We can lay every un-nerving part of it at his feet. In releasing it into God’s hands, it becomes His and no longer ours to carry. Our focus then shifts, from all of the problems to our God. Have a wonderful day as you cast all your worries to God. Love you all in Christ. 

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7

Even though the circumstances are still surrounding you but so is His strength. Your perspective of the mountain changes when you realize, you are not climbing it alone. Your mind becomes fixed on God, and He takes you to the top of, what seemed, an un-reachable mountain top and showers you with His perfect peace all along the way.

God does not desire for you to carry such a heavy load. Jesus said in Matthew 11:30 “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” He wants us to hand it all over to Him. He desires to fill you with joy and happiness. When you follow the paths that He lays out you can find it. But when you insist on carrying it yourself, you lose that joy and happiness and that peace that passes all understanding.

 The joy and peace that Jesus gives does not rely on our past or our future, it is available today for us to experience. Give Jesus your cares and be determined that today you will let go of the past and the worry and the fear and live today. Don’t worry about tomorrow or yesterday. Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Stand Firm in your Faith!

When things go wrong as they sometimes will, When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill, When the funds are low and the debts are high And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit, Rest, if you must, but don’t quit. More, now than ever before, you need to stand firm in your faith. With all the corruption in this world and temptations alluring us away, you need to stand firm. These times we live in now are so difficult. But no matter what the world says, no matter how right it may sound, we need to stand firm in the faith. Love you all in Christ. 

 “Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous! Be Strong!” 

1 Corinthians 16:13

There are times when you want to give up and give in. There are pressures from the forces of darkness trying to twist you and turn you. The power of evil lurks behind you and whispers in your ear. The power of evil tries to directly crush your spirit with an in-your-face assault.  However, at this minute, as you read these words, Christ Jesus is standing next to you. Christ pours out His spirit of strength, encouragement, and sustaining power upon you.

At this very minute, as you read these words, Christ Jesus is calling upon you to hold fast and not give in. Jesus knows the reality of Heaven is just ahead of you. Jesus can see the golden rays of heaven made ready to wrap their splendor around you. Your crucial battle in this present darkness can be won not only by your human will, but also by turning your human will toward God’s will. There are many costs to standing firm for Christ. However, there is no cost greater than the cost He paid for you upon the Cross. Because He did so much, He knows you can stand firm and never ever give in.

No matter what life may throw your way, don’t quit looking to our Lord for your strength. Today in prayer, thank Jesus that in Him you can stand in faith and never be shaken!

Be still and listen

As I meditated on this verse, I saw that “be still” could be translated “cease striving” or “let go, relax.” Have you been doing everything you know to do, everything you could do, in order to get whatever you’re waiting for – and then came the Word of God: “Be still, cease striving… know that I am God.” If you are to walk in faith, if you are to live by faith, you have to cease striving. You have to shut your mouth and quit trying to teach, to instruct, to straighten out, and you are to know God. He sits as sovereign on His throne; He hasn’t moved. And you haven’t seen “the rest of the story.” You part in this situation is simply “to be still” rather than “to do.” Have a wonderful day in the Lord’s Presence. Love you all. 

“Be still and know that I am God!” Psalm 46:10

So how many times have you felt the Lord saying these words…  “Just wait…”  We would love for Him to finish that sentence. Let us know what we’re waiting for and possible who and how long should we wait, and when can we be done waiting! I would assume waiting is not most of our strong suits. But this is where God has you, let me encourage you like I do myself to welcome the wait as I know the wait will be so worth it and even though you continue to go to Him in prayer and the answer continues to be, “Just wait…”

I’m not sure where you are at in life right now, but I promise your period of waiting is just a season. This is another opportunity to lean on God and His Word. This is another opportunity to watch God do incredible things. Really all we have to do is wait. Maybe that’s not so bad in the context of all that God can do when we simply choose to wait on Him.

So here it is,just be still. No matter how difficult it is! Choose to pray, seek God and His Word, and wait on Him, for the blessing He has in store for you. Let Him be in control. If that means waiting, then waiting you must do! Will you wait with me?  Will you allow God to come through in His timing and not yours?

Trust God with all my Heart!

Examine your heart. Do you naturally praise the Lord? Is the natural out flowing of your heart to sing forth God’s praises? David understood what the Lord had done for him. David placed all of his trust in the Lord so regardless what occurred, he was able to praise the Lord. David did not have to worry about the circumstances that surrounded him because he understood that God was in control. Have a wonderful Christ-centered day. Love you all. 

“The LORD is my strength and my shield. I trust him with all my heart trusted in him. He helps me and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out into songs of thanksgiving.” Psalm 28:7

God longs for you to put all your trust in HIM and not in your own strength or in the material positions you have obtained.

It is easy to praise God when things are going well in your life. However, it is not until you learn how to praise God during the hard times that those around you will truly know that God is your strength. Your greatest testimony to God will arise when you are able to sing forth God’s praises when things are difficult. The world naturally expects you to curse God when things are not right so when you respond differently, they are attracted by your testimony.

You must learn to change your perspective in life. No longer can you afford to just praise God for the good things that HE does. You must learn to give thanks for everything. You must understand that God allows both evil and good to occur in your life and that regardless of what happens, HE deserves your trust.

God wants us to trust Him in every circumstance. Trust is letting go, knowing that God is more than enough. Trust is obedience because what I do reveals what I believe about God regardless of what I say. I don’t think God wastes His direction on a disobedient heart but does, in fact, reveal His plans to those who will obey them. Trust and obedience go hand in hand. The more we obey, the more we will trust and the more we trust, the more we will obey, understanding that He is indeed Lord of all. The result is joy. God will give you the strength necessary to sing forth HIS praises regardless of your circumstances.

It Isn’t Over


It Isn’t Over

“When Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it” (John 11:4).
It’s not hard to imagine the desperation of these two biblical sisters, Mary and Martha, who sent a messenger to Jesus, communicating to Him the dire condition of their brother Lazarus. It’s now or never, Lord! You need to get here. One of your best friends is dying! They knew what they were seeing, feeling, and what everyone around them was saying. The combination of all these things created the filter through which they were processing reality. Lazarus was dying. And then Lazarus was dead. And Jesus, for whatever odd reason, “when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was” (John 11:6), rather than beating it down to Bethany as fast as He could get there. 
It was over. Everything was over.
Right? Wrong. Because nothing is over until Jesus says it’s over.
You probably know what happened with Lazarus—how Jesus, arriving four days after the man’s body had been wrapped in a linen shroud and laid in a tomb, told someone to take away the stone from the cave-like opening. Then He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth” (John 11:43, NASB). A dead man came to life that day on the outskirts of Jerusalem.
But do you believe dead things can still come to life, even now, in the place where you live? Because nothing is over till Jesus says it’s over—regardless of what you see, feel, or what everyone is telling you.
ie: I’m in a loveless marriage. I’ve tried everything. It’s over. No, I’ve seen God break through. I’ve seen hearts humbled. I’ve seen things turn completely around. It wasn’t over . . . because Jesus said it wasn’t over.
ie: I’ve made horrible financial decisions. I’m losing everything. It’s over. No, I’ve seen what can happen when people in desperate straits make Christ the head of their finances. I’ve seen it come down to the last minute. But it wasn’t over . . . because Jesus said it wasn’t over.
ie: The illness that Lazarus faced was not going to “end in death,” Jesus said. “No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it” (John 11:5). He didn’t say that Lazarus wasn’t going to die. He just said that in the end, Lazarus wouldn’t be dead. This ordeal that His friends and family were enduring was infused with a higher purpose that would result in God receiving maximum glory.
So hold in your hands today the lifeless remains of whatever situation in your life you’ve concluded is over—something in your family, job, health, or something that keeps hounding you from your past. You know what it is. And you may have convinced yourself that it’s never getting any better.
But not everything that dies ends in death.
It’s not over until Jesus says it’s over. And He never gets over resurrecting things that can bring Him the glory due His name.

What situation have you given up on, without clear indication that Jesus has said it’s over?
What truth from God’s Word can you meditate on today to reinforce in your heart that God is good, in control, and able to resurrect whatever He chooses?
Lord, please birth in me an increased level of faith, and help me see the situations in my life through Your eyes and Your authority rather than my own. I believe that through relationship with You, I can resist limiting my vision to what’s right in front of me. Thank You that I’m not relegated merely to what I can see and feel, or what others are saying, or even what I’m thinking. I choose to base my reality on what You’ve said, knowing that You will be faithful to Your promises. You can do anything, Lord. I surrender my situation to Your sovereignty and goodness, trusting that You can do anything and that You will do what’s best. In Jesus’ name, amen.

She considered God Faithful!

When you are going through trials – especially severe and prolonged ones – it can be tempting to give in to doubt and discouragement. But if you remember that a lack of faith can rob you of God’s best, you can cooperate with Him to resist weakening and wavering in your belief.  One way you can do that is to study how God’s people in the Bible stood firm in difficult times, and received the miracles that He had for them. Have a wonderful day believing God is faithful. Love you all in Christ. 

“And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered Him faithful who had made the promise.”  Hebrews 11:11

If you’re going through a very long trial of your own, seek the Lord about how you could stabilize your wavering faith. The words in this passage “she considered Him faithful” will cause you to came alive in your spirit, and you will began to understand what the Lord is saying to you.  If you would make a quality decision to believe that God was indeed faithful – to His character, His Word, and His promises – your faith would hold steady so that you could receive the blessings and rewards He had in store for you.

The Bible makes it clear that Sarah’s situation looked hopeless. She was well past the age of childbearing, and yet God had promised her and Abraham a child of their own. To her credit, “she considered [God] who had given her the promise to be reliable and trustworthy and true to His word.” (Hebrews 11:11 AMP)  And as a result, she saw the fulfillment of His promise to her.  

I don’t know what difficulties or heartaches you may be facing right now, but I can tell you this:  If you will trust in the faithfulness of God, you will see Him move heaven and earth to bring His very best purposes to pass in your life.  Today, join with me in declaring – “I refuse to doubt my God!

Light shines brightest in the darkness.

​The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.” ~ Proverbs 4:18.

Are you facing a situation that seems dark today? As a believer, God promises that your path will shine brighter and brighter as you seek His truth and righteousness in every situation. What is righteousness? Righteousness is simply being in right standing with God. Being in right standing with God is about submitting your life to Him. It’s about obeying His commands and seeking His plan for your life on a daily basis. As you seek Him, the light of God’s Word will guide you in every decision you face.
No matter what’s happening in your life today, take time to ask the Lord to shine His light on you. Ask Him to confirm His plan for you. As you continue pursuing His truth and righteousness, as you continue to make His Word a priority in your life, you will experience more of His blessings. You’ll see those brighter days as you move forward in the good plan He has in store for you!

In your storms,  he is holding you helping you to move through the storm. Sometimes he calms the storms, and other times,  he calms the child. Keep the faith! Keep believing! Keep persevering! And Keep Praying! 

Drawing Closer To God

When we’re first drawn to Christ as a sinner to receive forgiveness for our sins, God is also inviting us to get to know Him on a personal and intimate basis. This is where the battle begins for a new convert. It’s easy to fall into a spiritual “rut” once you become born again. There is a tendency to believe that once you get saved that is all there is to acquire spiritually. Can I say that salvation is only the beginning of an awesome relationship with your Creator and Father? Have a wonderful day as you draw closer to the Lord. Love you all in Christ. 

Drawing Closer To God!

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

As you begin to pursue a deeper walk of faith and a greater understanding of who God is and who you are in Christ, Satan will begin to stir up either your flesh or the flesh of others to try and dissuade you from pursing intimacy with the Lord. Now we have arrived at the place where the scripture for today is encouraging us to trust in Lord and lean not to your own understanding. If we continue to walk according to our fleshly desire and the carnal knowledge that we trusted in as a sinner, now that we’re born again, this will prevent us from getting to know our God. If we don’t get to know God beyond salvation, then how will we come to trust Him to lead us?

Therefore, we must begin to listen to the Holy Spirit and begin the process of being transformed through the renewing of our mind that we might become like Christ. When Jesus arrived on the scene and was baptized by John, John said that he must decrease and Christ must increase. After we are baptized into Christ, we too must begin the humbling process of decreasing in the carnal knowledge of our past and begin listening to the leading of God’s Spirit to bring into conformity to God’s will for us as His children.

We must train ourselves to develop a taste for the things of God to the place that we will begin to seek God and value the times of refreshing that comes from being in His presence. As we grow in the knowledge of the Lord and walk by faith then we will be renewed and begin to put on the new man or take on our new identity which is created in true righteousness and holiness. Salvation is more than a onetime experience but it is the beginning of becoming Christ-like as we walk by faith and seek to become one with Him through obedient faith.