To Everything there is a Season!

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In our lives, there are seasons. Nothing here is forever; Heaven is eternal. Solomon stated this principle very simply,”To everything there is a season; a time for every purpose under Heaven . . and He has made everything beautiful in its time.” See Ecclesiastes 3:11. When God directs your life it has a rhythm, and you are at your best when you understand and live according to that rhythm. Your efforts are most effective and you are happiest when you walk in step with God, not lagging behind nor rushing ahead. The best preventive for either of those is simply walking hand in hand.

There are times that things will happen that you never wanted or planned; don’t panic! Sometimes, things don’t happen that you thought would; adjust. Sometimes they don’t happen the way you intended; adapt. Occasionally, things don’t happen as soon as you expected; trust God’s timing. When things aren’t working the way you were sure they would, there are two options to consider. It could be the wrong thing at the right time; that never works out well. Or possibly the right thing but at the wrong time; that results in something less than God’s highest and best. Here’s the issue: can you trust God’s wisdom and providence to give you what you need exactly when best for you, even if not what and when you wanted? God’s best will only come in God’s time.

Don’t double your efforts to force your agenda at the risk of pressing against God’s will. If God were to allow you to succeed, you will wish you hadn’t. Stop; seek God; listen to your heart, and use your head! You should always want God’s best and trust His timing. At all times in all situations, be confident of the “good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2. You and I tend to live by the clock and calendar. God is timeless and His purposes are eternal. “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9. His wisdom is infinite and His loving care unquestionable.

I Trust in God with all my Heart

My pray for each and everyone of you is that you can get to the point where you cry out to the Lord and say in faith “I trust in Him with all my heart” and you rejoice because you know God is your strength. You don’t have to try to make it through difficult situations by yourself. Trust God with all your heart and He will support you. Have a wonderful day as you Trust God with all your heart. 

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

 

Life can throw us for a loop sometimes. One day we wake and our world has crumbled. We may certainly be caught off guard, but God is not. When we get to the point where we are exasperated and at our wits end, we are then in the exact place we need to be, for God to step in and do great things in our situation. When we finally realize that we are unable, we will begin to see just how able God is. When we step aside and place the situation in His hands, we can expect to see great things happen. 

 

The true test of our faith, is being able to say “I trust You Lord”, when all hope seems gone and our ability has been exhausted, when our circumstance screams our defeat. God is not unaware of our circumstance; in fact He knew what would take place, long before we became aware there was even a problem. Regardless of what we may see, we can know beyond doubt, that we can trust in Him and He is more than able to see us through.

 

If we put our faith in God, He will see us through the tough times, and we will emerge from our experiences renewed and wiser. He truly is our shield and strength. Rejoice in His great love for us, and lift your voice in praise.

 

God is the Anchor of our Soul!

We need to continually come to God, as He was meant to be the center of our consciousness, the Anchor of our soul. Sometimes our mind will wander from His presence, but the question is how far will you allow it to wander. As you drift away from Him, His Spirit within you gives a tug, prompting you to return to His presence. As you become increasingly attuned to His presence, the length of rope on your soul’s Anchor is shortened. You wander only a short distance before feeling that inner tug – telling you to return to your true Center in Him. 

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“This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor of our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.” Hebrews 6:19

We need to thank the Lord that He is the Anchor of our soul. I pray that we don’t seek these things from earthly means – status, jobs, money, relationships, etc. because these things are so temporary and could be taken away at any time. I pray that you truly see God as your only choice for securing your boat in a storm. Your boat may be tossed and turned, the life jackets may be thrown overboard, the emergency response system may malfunction, but as long as you maintain your intimate relationship with Him, the rope that connects to the anchor will be strengthened and the weight of the anchor will hold your boat steady no matter how big the waves may be. He also control the waves and the storm and He only allow these things to rock your boat to test your perseverance which is defined as: steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., esp. in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. He is refining you and growing you in your walk through this sanctification process and only then do you become more mature in Christ. This is the ultimate goal: To look more like His Son, Jesus.

 

Have a wonderful day in the presence of the Anchor of our Soul.  Please share with others and please find me on Facebook.  God’s blessings be upon you today and always! 

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. 

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 “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!”

Comfort!

Are you feeling the weight of some crushing burden or heartache? Job’s words speak immeasurable comfort in the midst of any trial.

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“But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold.Job 23:10

First, remember “he knows where I am going.” God is not unaware of your difficulty, nor is he insensitive to the pain you are feeling. He knows. He is intimately acquainted with your situation and your condition.

And if the all-wise, all-powerful, loving God is allowing one of his people to pass through affliction, you can rest assured that there is a purpose behind it. You may not as yet see it; you may not now even agree with it. But rest assured that when he has tried you, you will come out of the trial as refined, pure as gold.

“When He test me”.The source of the fire may be cruel or malicious intentions on the part of others, but ultimately God is the one who is controlling the temperature and allowing you to pass through it. In Job’s case, the Bible reveals that the devil himself was the author of his sufferings; and yet Job correctly affirmed that the trial was coming through the hand of the Lord (2:10).

My friends, rest in this wonderful assurance, that God is at once next to you in your trial and on his throne in heaven. He knows the way you are taking, and is ruling over every detail of your difficulty until you are sanctified to his glory.

Have a wonderful day trusting that when God tests you, you will cone out as pure as gold. Please share this blog with another and share the Love of Jesus with them as well!

WHERE ARE YOU LORD?

When the Lord is silent, you have only one reasonable option: trust Him. Hang in there, and wait on Him. He may be quiet, but He has not quit on you. Even through your greatest adversity, He’s working to develop your character and accomplish His will for your life.

 

The Lord’s silence during our trials raises two basic questions. First, what in the world is God up to when we are hurting so desperately and need to hear from Him?

 

God’s silence in no way indicates a lack of divine activity in our lives. We are often guilty of judging our Father’s concern for us by how favorable or unfavorable our circumstances are. When adversity comes, we think, Lord, where are You? Why don’t You do something?

 

God’s involvement must be measured by two things: the development of our character and the fulfillment of His plan. God uses adversity to accomplish His will in our lives.

 

So what are we to do in the meantime? The answer to that is simple, though not always easy: Trust God. If you will not trust Him, that means you’ll take matters into your own hands—and then you run the risk of making things worse.

 

Are you thinking, But you don’t understand my circumstances? If so, you may be right. But think about Joseph, who was sold as a slave and then thrown into prison unfairly. No friends, no family, no church, no freedom, no money, no Bible, no apparent answers from God. Yet he remained faithful—and so did his Heavenly Father, and He will do the same for you and I, as He is no respecter of persons.” Acts 10:34. What He does for oneHe‘ll do for all.

 

Why me God?

Why me? Why this? Do you ever wonder why? Do you feel guilty for even daring to ask? I think we all have had times when the loss was so great in our lives that we cried, not upon our pillow in a quiet voice in the silence of our darkened bedroom. No we screamed it with all the angst and heartache and brokenness our voice could muster in the public streets for all the world to see. At times, our why was resolved with the still small voice of God and a touch of warmth from the Comforter pouring Himself out upon us. Other times, our felt alone, abandoned. The psalmist did the same. Prophets have cried out. Kings. Our Lord cried out on the cross. 

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“My God, My God, why have You forsaken me? Why are You so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear; and in the night season, and am not silent. BUT You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel.”~ Psalm 22:1-3.

It’s odd that we, who think our God does not hear us in the darkness of our nights and the bright light of our grief and pain, continue to cry out. If it were so futile, if God was so deaf, if God was so far away, why would we bother? Because deep in the recesses of our tribulation, emptiness and agony, we know that God is God and God is steadfast and sure. We may question our circumstances, our losses, our trials–but we know that ultimately our answers are in God. And we cry out in search of them. We may not feel our God hears, but all scripture denounces that lie of Satan. We may not think God is present, but Jesus, our King, says differently. “Lo, I am with you always, even to the ends of the world.”

With every “why” I’ve ever voiced, my God’s assurance has answered. With every darkness I’ve ever encountered, God pierces with Light and gives me faith to dispel the doubts of my human fraility. So when you wonder why, remember we may never know all the answers. We have the Answer–Jesus is Lord of all and has overcome the world.

“Blessed is the Man who Remains Steadfast under Trial!”

We are all going through the battle of our life, my friends. No one is exempt from the sufferings of this world. Whatever you are facing, there is always hope when you belong to Christ. There will be a time for your trial to end; and if you have held out in faith to the end, you will be rewarded in this life and the next.

 
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“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” ~ James 1:12

Why does God allow us to go through heartache and pain? It is only  in the crucible that we gain an eternal perspective of the power of the God we serve. It is there that we see that Christ does meet us in every trial causing it all to work according to his perfect plan. It is there  that we are strengthened as  he draws us near to him.

Believers who can praise Christ through the pain and keep their eyes on him no matter what storm surrounds them are proven to be the true sons and daughters  of the King. Remember the words of God in Isaiah 26:3, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you.” That is a promise from God.

I am praying for those who need to hear this message. May you know that your tears are not in vain. You still have hope regardless of what you are facing. This world is perishing and yet those who belong to Christ shall never be destroyed. Let him work out your problem restore your peace.  Don’t settle for the lies of the enemy. You were meant for more!

Having Assurance in Trials!

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We all experience hardship, and trials can shake us unless we cling to God and His truth. In difficult times, we can remember that God will meet all of our needs, is always with us, and loves us forever. Though Jesus said we would face troubles in this life, He offered encouragement: The ultimate victory is His. So keep in mind that trials are fleeting, whereas our Father’s love is forever.

Here are three assurances to remember when troublesome circumstances arise.
 
First, God will always meet our needs. This doesn’t mean He provides everything we want. Instead, the Lord will bless us with all that is necessary to fulfill His purpose for our lives. His goal is to sanctify us, not simply to satisfy each immediate desire.
 
Second, we’re never alone. God promised to be with us always (Hebrews. 13:5). Loneliness often accompanies hardship, so we may feel deserted or opposed by family and friends. But our Father has sent His Spirit to be with us and in us (any of us who are born-again believers), until the day He brings us to heaven (John14:16-17). He is all we need–our advocate, guide, helper, and comforter. Recognizing His intimate presence gives us confidence in the midst of trials.
 
Third, God’s love is eternal. Regardless of our circumstances or poor decisions, His care is unconditional–even when He reprimands us. Loving parents allow disobedient children to experience the consequences of wrong choices; they recognize the benefit of learning from mistakes. Of course, there are also times when we are negatively affected by others’ wrong actions. Even then, God is sovereign and allows only what will bring good in His followers’ lives.

Do you Need Rest from the Burdens that you are Carrying?

This message is for anyone who needs rest from their burdens that they are carrying.

Are you soul weary?  Are you having a difficult time seeing the light at the end of the tunnel?  Is your heart heavy for someone right now?  Do you just need a moment of rest, a moment to breathe, a moment to escape the downpour in your life?  Jesus has the answer.  He has made a way for you then just thank Him for always being there for us and giving us the rest we need to move forward. 

 

 “Come to me all you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

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Do you ever feel like the world is crashing down around you? Like, if one more thing goes wrong you will collapse under the weight of it all? Where you are so stressed out, it just seemed like everything was going wrong. Have you ever felt that way or is that how you’re feeling at this moment? Where it seems like your life is all planned out for you and you don’t feel like you can live up to expectations. Or maybe it’s something different, but equally as weighty. It doesn’t matter what it is, Jesus calls us to come to Him when we are weary and burdened. We shouldn’t wait until it feels like we have the time, we need to make the time.

 

Just take a few moments to pray or open your Bible and read His Word. As soon you do this and take that time today and each day, and as soon as you turn to Christ you will feel so much better!  You will feel peace~ His peace!  But you have relinquish it all to Him and don’t pick it back up. You see, when we take that time to come to Him, He gives us rest. He lifts the weight off of our shoulders, and reminds us that it really is in His hands and that we need to trust Him. That doesn’t mean that everything will be downhill from there, it just reminds us that no matter how many bad things happen, He will never leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8).

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So do you feel weary or burdened at this moment? Are you trying to handle it all on your own, or are you going to Jesus to get rest from the world? When you feel weary or burdened, like you just can’t keep going, go to Jesus. Take a moment to pray, or step back from life for a moment and open your Bible. Bring it to Him He will comfort and guide you. He will give you rest. Right now, in the midst of that worry or issue or concern, the God of the universe is asking you to turn it over to Him. Let Him work it out in His timing and His perfect way.

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