What Do You Believe?

Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? – Isaiah 53:1

Some of the greatest minds of our time believe that God doesn’t exist, that the stories of the Bible are simply fairy tales.

In science, we create a hypothesis and prove or disprove that theory.

Do I believe in God on belief alone? No. Then why do I have an unshakeable knowing that God exists? Am I just comforting myself with fairy tales? No. I have my own proof.

From what I am told, my entrance into this world was a tad dramatic. My mother experienced pre-eclampsia during her pregnancy and suffered convulsions on the delivery table.

The doctor, a general practitioner not a OB/GYN, came out to the waiting room, white in the face, not sure if we would live. My father called the church and put us on the prayer chain. That’s when things turned around, and we both survived.

That could have been coincidental if I didn’t drink too much water when I was twenty-two that wiped out my electrolytes. This caused me not to be able to see or walk. My brain stopped sending signals to the rest of my body, and I went into a comatose-like state. If we hadn’t been able to get me into the hospital right away and my mother hasn’t been praying, I would have died.

Then one night my mother’s boyfriend drove her and I to dinner when I heard God in my spirit tell me to pray. I did, and. not a minute later, a car slammed into a utility pole right behind us.

I have countless stories like this. I have countless more of me applying the Word to a situation, and it miraculously changing. Specifically how many times I have been protected since I started praying the 91st Psalm every morning.

I have experienced the power of God so many times from a cyst behind my neck disappearing to panic attacks being healed. I cannot believe that God does not exist. I have too much experience that says otherwise.

I believe that those who say God does not exist haven’t experienced Him.

Have you? Whose report do you believe? The report of the world? Or God’s?

#Christian #testimony #God #protection #miracles

Faith On The Line?

We have all heard about gratitude, how we should be more grateful for what we have, what we have made it through. This is great and can revolutionize our lives and our relationships if we practice it consistently.

However there is another aspect of being thankful. Thanking God for the answer in advance is the highest form of praise, of trust. When we do this, we are essentially saying, “Lord, I trust You.” Probably one of the sweetest phrases to God’s ears.

Thanking God before we see anything in the natural takes confidence though. Confidence in God and His Promises.

How can we be that confident?

When Jesus died on the Cross, He cried out, “It is finished (John 19:30).” What was finished? Did He just die to keep us from hell? Did He just die for our salvation and forgiveness of sins?

God has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). Does healing belong to life and godliness? Yes. By Jesus’ stripes, we were healed (I Peter 2:24). Does financial health belong to life and godliness? Yes. II Corinthians 9:8 says God gives us abundance in every situation. What about mental health? Relationships? Covered and covered.

Jesus died to give us healing in every area of our lives–in our spirit, body, mind, finances, relationships. Jesus took it all. It already finished. Already ours. II Corinthians 1:20 tells us that the promises of God are yes and amen. If it is promised in God’s Word, it is already ours.

If they are already ours, how come we can’t see them? They are stored up in our Heavenly bank account. Just like our earthly ones, resources aren’t automatically withdrawn from our accounts without action on our part.

How do we make a withdraw? By thanking God in advance for what is already ours before we ever see it in the natural. This puts your faith on the line. It shows that we are trusting God to transfer it from the spiritual realm to the natural.

It may take awhile, but if we consistently thank God in advance for what we need, we will see it manifest. Just keep thanking God for the result no matter what you see. It will happen.  You will see it in this realm.


#Jesus #healing #thanking #manifesting #spiritual

Are You Failing?

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7

I watch a lot of HGTV. Mostly as background noise for my writing, painting or business activities. However the commercial for Hometown Fixer-Upper caught my attention. Erin Napier, one of the people on the show, uses the catch phrase: Get up and do it.

How much time have we wasted in our lives? Distracted from all the things we have on that to-list we made at the beginning of the year? What has captured our attention instead?

Perhaps we spend our nights watching movies while eating ice cream and popcorn? Maybe we are addicted to every spy novel we can get our hands on. Perhaps we have houses to clean, jobs to go to, meals to cook and kids to feed?

What is it that is preventing us from starting that new business? Painting that masterpiece? Writing that next big novel? Trying out for that movie?

It is not because we have shiny object syndrome or are lazy that we don’t accomplish our dreams. It is because we are afraid. Afraid to commit all that time, money and effort to a project that may not work out. We are afraid to fail

Failure can be looked at two ways. As the end or the beginning. We can see failure as final, or we can see failure as a learning experience, an opportunity to figure out what we did wrong and do things differently the next time.

We are going to fail. It is an inevitable part of life. We are going to be bad the first few times we try something new.

Failure is not being bad at the activity the first time you try it. Failure is not trying things in the first place because we are afraid to fail.

World famous violinists, gymnasts, basketball players may have been born with some initial talent, but it is the practice day in and day out that caused them to succeed. The getting up and doing it everyday when they would rather be watching Game of Thrones or seeing a movie with friends.

If we want to meet our goals, we have to see failure as just an opportunity to learn how to do things better next time. We have to focus and practice until we have mastered it.

Don’t let the fear of failure stop you from trying something new.

Take out that list of goals. Pick one and focus on it. Schedule fifteen minutes every day to work on it. Say no to distractions, and get up and do it. Do this everyday and you will see yourself accomplish that goal.

#practicemakesperfect #goforyourgoals #learnfromfailure #failyourwaytosuccess

Enjoying The Detour?

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way. – Psalm 37:23 (NKJV).

I have dreams in my heart.   Dreams that have been there for years and grow stronger with every passing year.   Dreams I know that I know are from God.

So when my mother died,  who I took care of most of my adult life,  I started rebuilding my life.  It took me down a total different path.   I became a pharmacy technician.   A far cry from what I wanted to do, where I felt I was supposed to be headed.

I felt discouraged. I questioned God, as many of us do, in this situation.   He impressed on me to enjoy the detour.

I still have those dreams,  but now I see them more clearly.   I am still in the detour, but I have met so many wonderful people, learned about who I  am and developed new skills that I don’t think I would have discovered if I had not taken the detour.

God orders our steps.   He has a reason for taking us the long way.   He has a reason for every detour,  every U-turn.  His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9).   We only have a limited view.   He can see the whole picture.

He will bring the dreams in our hearts to pass if we don’t give up.   He is also working in us. giving us the right connections, honing  our abilities and making us into the people capable of taking on those dreams (with His help, of course).

We just need to sit back, know God is in control and enjoy the detour.

#dreams #delayeddreams #Godisincontrol #Godknowstheway

Are You Listening?

God is always with us (Hebrew 13:5). However at times God seems so far away, like He exists in another universe and has to time travel to check His messages.

Some people think our sin is separating us from God (Isaiah 59:2). But wait! Didn’t Jesus die to reconcile us to God (2 Corinthians 5:19), to take our sin–past, present and future (II Corinthians 5:21)–once and for all (Hebrews 10:10-14, I Peter 3:18)? Wouldn’t God turning His back on us, a deaf ear, be contrary to that? Yes and yes.

I’ve heard it said the teacher is silent during the test, but I don’t subscribe to this either. If God is a present help (Psalm 46:1), if God tells us to come boldly before the throne of grace in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16), if He says to call on Him in trouble and He will answer us (Psalm 91:15), then He is not silent when we are in need, when we are in a time of testing.

Yet others believe it is because we didn’t follow the last instruction God gave us.

What is my opinion on this subject? I believe that God is speaking, but we are not listening.

In the episode “Revelations” of the X-Files, Scully is in a confessional, and she confesses that she is afraid.

The priest asks, “Afraid?”

Scully admits, “Afraid God is speaking, but that no one’s listening.”

We talk to God. We tell Him what we need, how to make our lives better. We pray for the people in our sphere of influence and their needs. Only it is a two-way street, but do we ever listen to how God is directing?

How does God speak? Direct us?

Many different ways, but God likes to use His Word. A Scripture or Bible story will come to mind that instructs us about the situation.

When we have a decision to make, maybe the more we pray, the more dread we feel. That’s God directing us to back off the idea (Colossians 3:15). If we feel peace, He is giving us the green light.

He may also bring a person, a friend, a co-worker, to say the right words at the right time. Sometimes it will be a knowing deep within on how to proceed, or even a still, small voice that tells you which way to go.

God speaks many different ways. One of the ways He speaks to me is through my dreams at night.

When you are in trouble, after you have poured out your heart to God, get away for a few minutes and listen. You may have to do this day after day, but God will eventually give you the answer you need.

#GodsDirection #GodSpeaking #GodWithUsInTrouble

What Will You Say?

Ever have a battle going on in your head?

You write down your dreams. You break down your goals into actionable steps. You are excited. You can’t wait to accomplish them. You see yourself achieving your goals, your dreams from God.

Then a minute, hour, day or week later, you look at the same dreams and cringe. What made you think you could ever achieve those goals?

Those dreams God placed in your heart were never meant for you to accomplish. Not on your own. Dreams from God have some unique qualities. They are too big to accomplish without the help of others and God. They are never selfish. They seem impossible to accomplish and are in our own strength.

The cemetery is filled with unfinished movies, books, songs, paintings. People gave up when things looked impossible, when doubt set it. They buried their talent just like in the parable Jesus told in Luke 19:12-27.

You remember the story, right? A man was going on a journey. He would be away for awhile, so he called three of his servants together. He gave one ten talents, another five and to the last servant, he gave one. They would give him an account when he returned of what they did with those talents. Both the servant with the ten talents and the five doubled their talents, so the man gave them cities to manage. However the servant who received one talent held onto it. This made the man angry. He took the servant’s talent away and gave it to the servant who had ten.

We too will give an account of what we did with the gifts, talents, dreams and abilities God gave us. What are you going to say when you give account? Why didn’t you move toward your dreams? Kids? Job? Taking care your parents? Yet people find time to binge watch series after series on Netflix. Find all those hidden moments to work toward your dreams. Step by step you will achieve them, and you can give a great account of how you used your gifts, talents and abilities to bless others.

If you have a dream from God, invite God to help you to accomplish it, to lead you and guide you in the way you should go. God will take you and your dreams to places and before people you never thought possible.

#dreams #goals #talents #God

Are You Fighting The Good Fight?


Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. – I Timothy 6:12 (NKJV)

What is the good fight?

We fight ourselves. We fight for causes. We fight our destiny. We fight for what we think is right, but are we fighting the good fight?

Paul tells to fight the good fight of faith. What is faith? Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Why do we have to fight the good fight of faith? After all, doesn’t Romans 12:3 say that we have all been given the measure of faith? Yes, but we are not all using it, exercising it.

As human beings, we have trouble with anything we cannot see. We think that belief, having faith in something we cannot see, that we do not have proof for in the natural, is for children. We believe as we grow up we must give up faith, believing in the unseen.

Only in our everyday lives, we believe in the unseen all the time. Air. Wind. Gravity. Love. We cannot see these things, but we experience them. Therefore we believe in them.

Faith is believing that what you are believing for is already yours. It is not enough to just agree that 2 Corinthians 1:20 states that all the Promises of God are yes and amen. We can quote the Scriptures and not believe them. We extract all power from them when we do this. In order for them to work, we have to mix them faith (Hebrews 4:2).

I have found the best way to do this is to meditate on the Promises. What is meditation? I am not talking about sitting on a floor, trying to empty our minds. I am talking about taking a Scripture and muttering it over and over to ourselves when we are alone. When we do this day after day, we start to believe the Scripture, the Promise. It requires minimal effort on our part.

We make faith so hard. Something we conjure up, but we just need to meditate on the Promises we want to come to pass in our lives. We are not convincing God to move, to intervene, on our behalf. He settled everything and gave us everything that pertains to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3) at the Cross. We are convincing ourselves to fight for what is already ours.

Fight for Jesus died to give you. Meditate on the Promises today because when we are blessed, we can bless others (Genesis 12:2) and show them to Christ, which is the real good fight.

#FightTheGoodFight #Faith #Believing #Blessed