Will You Make the Exchange?

Let me get real with you this morning when we have worry, doubt, and fear clutched tightly in our hands and our hearts are ruled by anxiety, God wants to say something to us of this effect, “Let go of your burdens and give them to me. I will put in your hands that are now empty and open…Joy, Peace, and Freedom.” All we need to do is give God our burdens and He will give us rest. He will give us joy, a fullness of indescribable joy we have not known before. 

Come to Me,  all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

From my own experience, I can tell you it will not happen if we keep holding on. We have to let go of one to gain the other. I know what He has to offer is so much more than what we are holding on to, and I know this because I have walked that road before.

The joy I now have is because I finally made the exchange. When I grew weary and tired of my burdens, I finally trusted and obeyed My Father’s voice. I finally let go and I was amazed.

I don’t ever want to walk that road again. The road that says it is too hard to let go. If you want to walk in joy, make the exchange. Open your hands to Him, let go, and place your burdens in His hands. Soon you will know what it is to walk in His peace and joy. Soon you won’t be weary under the load of burdens you were carrying on your own.

It starts with a step of faith and a heart of trust and emptying your hands of the burdens God asks you to lay in His hands. Will you make the exchange?

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God’s Word is true and His promises are real!!

Our old nature sometimes clouds our ability to clearly see the truth; and yes, some of God’s truths can be hard to accept and actually put into practice. But, we either believe His words and begin to take steps to apply them in our life, or we do not believe and call God a liar by the way we live. I pray you choose to believe His words and promises are true. 

“Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made Him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about His Son.” 1 John 5:10

It may be a difficult process, but we must confront our beliefs and begin to make them real. When we face a trial and don’t know which direction to turn, do we believe the words, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6)? Do we really believe that as we trust Him, He will remove the confusion and guide our steps?

When our circumstances seem out of control, do we believe “in all things God works for the good of those who love Him” (Romans 8:28)? Do we really believe that as we continue to love Him, God works for the good in ALL things, regardless of our understanding? And when we feel alone, do we really believe God’s promise to always be near; “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

How about the promise of being content (Philippians 4:12), or being given the peace of Jesus (John 14:27), or the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23); can we really “do everything through Him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13)? Parents, have we given up hope for our children or do we believe, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6)?

God’s Word is true and His promises are real!! Let’s praise Him all the rest of our days and let our lives demonstrate we REALLY know and believe. Let’s make sure our actions and decisions, fears and anxieties, hopes and dreams, are governed by truth and NOT based on calling God a liar.

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Hold On!

Does God appears to be silent in your trouble? I guess the answer to this question would depend on who you ask. The answer would definitely depend on your relationship with God or without God. David, in his time of pain and suffering from the hands of his enemies, complains to God about what appears to be God’s absence during his time of trouble. In David’s  eyes, God appeared to be standing afar off in stillness , watching him suffer and doing nothing about it. In other words, David felt deserted by God, which caused Him to believe that God was out of reach or inaccessible in his time of trouble, so he thought.David’s concern did not seem to be so much about his troubles, but God’s presence in his  time of trouble. 

 “Why, Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? Psalm 10:1

If we could be honest for a moment, I am sure we all can agree that at one point or another in all of our lives, we too have felt as if God was not present with us in our times of trouble. I believe that there are many things in life that presents itself as an opportunity to burden or weigh people down. I am sure when God appears to be silence, the opportunity called “doubt” is one of those distractions that weighs down heaven on the minds of many.

Regardless of what you may be going through on today or what thoughts that may be running through your mind that are contrary to God’s Word, God declares  today that He is your very present help in the time of trouble in Psalm 46:1  Perhaps you are dealing with, unanswered prayers, a wayward child, an unsaved loved one, a financial issue, employment issues, temptation, persecution, rejection, a wounded past, a family member that has gone astray, a divorce, a death or even a long term medical condition.

Whatever your situation is on today, when you pray, you must believe that God hears and answers prayer. Sometimes, God appearance of silence could be His answer. I believe that sometimes our prayers are not answered the way we look for them to be answered is because God can do more through us and in us by not answering our prayers the way we want Him to. There is a work taking place on the inside of us as we wait on God for answers to our prayers.

It is in the wait where our faith is being built, our trust in God is being built, our character is being built, our hearts and ears are learning to be more in tuned to God voice through His Holy Spirit because we are listening in a more desperate way than we would have if we did not have a problem.  Sometimes God’s answers are delayed for reasons beyond our knowledge. But remember, God’s delay is not God’s denial!

What you must remember when God appears to be silent is that God’s grace is sufficient for you. In the darkest hour of your life when your troubles seems to be so great and God appears to be silent, you cannot give up on God, even if you are tempted to. Who else can you turn to for the help you need?  Who is greater than our God? No one! When God appears to be silent in your trouble, “HOLD ON”! God promises to never leave you nor forsake you.

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Restoration is not possible, its promised!!!!!

“I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten…..” ~ Joel 2:25

God is in the business of restoration. He is faithful to recompense you for everything you have lost when you trust Him. God can make up for wasted time. He specializes in redeeming rough seasons in our lives.
You may have had some disappointments or unfair things happen in your life; but instead of dwelling on the past and living in defeat, choose to focus on His promises because God wants to restore everything that’s been stolen from your life. He wants to restore your joy, your peace, your health, and your finances. But here’s the key: you have to have a vision for it. You have to get your hopes up and decide to get your thoughts and words going in the right direction.
Today, choose to focus on the future and release past hurts through forgiveness. Draw a line in the sand and say, “I am a child of the Most High God, and I’m not going to live my life negative and defeated. This is a new day, and I’m taking back what belongs to me!” That’s having a restoration mentality!

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Standing On The Promises Of A Faithful Promise Keeper!

Promises are as reliable as the one who makes them. If we could be honest for a moment, I can safely say that we all have been disappointed from time to time with people who say one thing and do another. Yes, people will disappoint you! That is a fact of life! But!!! Not so with God! The world in which we live is constantly changing,, promising everything but delivering nothing but detriment to the soul of man. Life is full of increasing  uncertainty, difficulty, frustration, fears and insecurities.  Life has proven to all of us that much of what we thought we could  stand on has proven to be an unsure footing that is not dependable nor predictable. But that is not the case with God for He who promised is faithful. 

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23 

God has made many promises to His people and He never forgets any of them. He is never too busy and  He can not lie for Scripture declares in numbers 23:19God is not a man that he should lie, nor a son of man that he should repent. Has he said and will he not do it? Or has he spoken and will He not make it good? Since God is not a man and He  can not  lie, God can be trusted.

Standing on the promises of God! What does it mean to stand on the promises of God?  Standing on the promises of God  is the confident assurance in what God has promised usThe faith to believe that what we hope for is going to happen because He who has promised us is faithful and more than able to do just what He says He will do.

If there ever was a time that we as Christians must stand firm on God’s Word like never before, the time is now! We can and must build our lives on the promises of God’s Word  for we are His recipients of these great and precious promises We must  hold fast the confession of our faith without wavering for He who promise us is a faithful Promise Keeper! 

Hebrews 10:36: keep on patiently doing the Lord’s will  so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” 

My friends let me encourage you to stand firm in your heart and minds on the truth of God’s Word on today for that foundation of God stands sure.  On today open the book of promise, your bible and remind yourselves that when you stand on the promises of God, you are standing on the promises of a faithful promise keeper!

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I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble, and you will answer me.

How magnificent is it that we have a Father whose love is so unfailing that throughout the span of the universe, the entire galaxy, He knows right where we are, what we are up against and exactly what we need. Even when it would seem that we are all alone, even when it would be that we have become weak of heart and cannot see the way before us, He still stands, ever ready, to breathe His very life and perspective into each and every moment of our lives. With such unfailing love and compassion lavished upon us in a world that is desperately lacking, why then wouldn’t we call out to God in each and every situation we face and seek out His heart, vision and perspective?  It would seem the most natural response to one who is aware of the goodness and fullness that resides within His very being. 

 “I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble, and you will answer me.” Psalm 86:7

 

Don’t you care is often the question that crosses many a mind in times of trouble, just like it did with the disciples when they were in the boat and with Martha in her reproach of Mary’s decision that day. For all things were made by Him and for Him and in Him all things find their meaning.  We desire to know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that we are not alone and that someone truly cares.  Sometimes it does not even take a trying circumstance to bring us to this point. Sometimes it is the everyday weight of a heavy workload bearing down upon us.

 

Just as Jesus rebuked Martha in her reproach of Mary’s decision that day, so did He with the disciples on the boat. And here is the thing….He did not rebuke these people because He did not care. Quite the contrary, He has a heart filled with love and compassion that we have not yet even seen the depths of – for them and for us. What He addressed, what He rebuked in those encounters was a spirit of unbelief that was attempting to take root within the soil of their hearts.

 

Do we choose to believe that God is who He says He is? Do we agree and partner with the word He speaks over our lives? Does it take root deep, down within us?  Or when the times of trial come does that seed merely get blown out upon the wind? Do we forget that Jesus is riding the wave with us and His voice and very word can still even the most insurmountable force; this Jesus Christ who lives within you.    

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Giving Your Issues to God!

There are so many issues that we are faced with everyday. These issues can be stressful, time consuming and troublesome. In Luke chapter 8 there is a woman who is seeking out Jesus because she had a medical issue. For twelve years, she suffered with continual bleeding and could find no cure. The Bible says that she spent all her money seeking out doctors who couldn’t heal her. Imagine having any issue for twelve long years and no one could help you. This woman was in a crowd of people and found out that Jesus was in her vicinity. Can you picture this woman pressing her way to Jesus? The Bible says that when she reached Him, she reached out, touched His robe and immediately the bleeding stopped. 

“Coming up behind Jesus, she touched the fringe of his robe. Immediately, the bleeding stopped.” Luke 8:44
 

The passage goes on to state that Jesus immediately knew someone had touched Him. So many times we are waiting for a touch from God, yet when was the last time we touched Him? This woman, who had this issue, had an urgency within her. Jesus said that He felt healing power leave His body.  Many times we wait around for something to happen when we should be in a hurry to reach out for God. When this woman pressed past how she felt and reached out and touched Him, she was immediately healed. This took extreme courage for she was in a bloody, shameful state.


My friends we must to learn to put away pride, our past failures at resolving issues and reach out to God. The level that God operated in this woman’s life is how God wants to operate in our lives. He wants our issues to be healed, restored and made whole. It is because of this woman’s faith, He was able to do this. In verse 8 Jesus said to her, “your faith has made you well.” God is our help in times of trouble. It doesn’t matter what the issues are. There is no issue too big for God. He is there waiting for us to relinquish it. It’s time we reached out and touched God with every issue we have. Every fear, doubt and apprehension must be laid down so when we touch Him, it’s in complete faith. 

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