Where’s The Credit?

Last year around this time, I had sciatica.  So bad that it hurt to stand, to sit, to get out of bed, to put on my clothes.  I lived in constant pain, trying almost every thing to get relief.

I returned to Arizona after spending a year in Nevada, hoping the warmer climate would help.  All I wanted to do was go to church.  The church I felt at home at.  I needed that comfort.

I stood in the worship service, clutching the seat in front of me for support.  The worship team started singing, “Lord, I Need You.”  I sang it.  Tears streaming down my face.  In that moment, my illness, my darkness, turned.  Was I healed?  No, but, in that moment, I knew light would come at the end of my dark tunnel.

I went to work and played that song over and over again.  Day after day.  Week after week.  I changed my prayer from “Lord, heal me” to “Lord, what is the solution to this?”

Then He lead me to the two things that helped tremendously.  Today I walk, sit, stand without pain.

Too many times, though, we dismiss God’s work in our situations.  We say things like, “Oh the Magnesium and the exercises I did helped me.”

Who lead us to those solutions?  God.

We are too quick to rationalize God right out of our miracle.  We don’t give credit where credit is due.  We don’t realize that God and God alone is responsible for our salvation, our healings, our breakthroughs and our miracles.  Apart from Him, we are nothing (John 15:5).  We are nothing in and of ourselves.  We can’t heal ourselves.  We can’t save ourselves.  We can’t help ourselves apart from God giving us the smarts, the teachers, the life to do so.

When God does something in our lives, we need to declare it (Psalm 118:17, Psalm 107:2).  We need to acknowledge all that He has done in our lives.  When we do, it magnifies God instead of our problems.  It makes God bigger in our lives.  It makes Him bigger in our thinking, and consequently, our believing.

Keep your eyes on God, declare His works in your life.  When you do, your problems will shrink, and you will see God work more on your behalf.

#solutions #God #declareHisworks #miracles #breakthroughs

Is It Real?

What does Resurrection Sunday mean to you?

For me, it is about what Christ did for me, about what He did for humankind.  We can hear the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection so many times that it becomes like one of those fairy tales we heard as a kid.  Hollow and meaningless.

It is not until it becomes real to us that we can really celebrate Resurrection Sunday.  It is not a time to dress up and go to church or even to cook and share a meal with our family and friends.  It is about Jesus and Jesus alone.

Humans allowed sin to come into this world (Genesis 3), condemning the entire race–past, present and future–to death (Romans 6:23).  Not only physical but spiritual as well.  We would be forever separated from God.  Essentially the human race had been handed a death sentence.

There was an escape clause, though.  If any human could fulfill all the laws, ordinances and commandments perfectly, he could die for the sins of the world.  Only God knew this was impossible, so He sent His Son, Jesus, to be born of a human woman (Luke 1:30-31, Luke 3:6-7).

Jesus, all God and all human, fulfilled the law perfectly (Matthew 5:17).  He never sinned (II Corinthians 5:21).  He went to the Cross for us to take our death sentence.  He was beaten and bruised.  Not tiny bruises either.  By the time He reached the Cross, skin had been ripped from His body.  He was hung on the Cross with big stake nails in His hands and feet.

If that weren’t bad enough, God poured out the wrath and punishment for all our sins on Jesus’ body.   Not just those who had already been born but the sins of every one who would ever live.  Every sin.  Murder.  Lies.  Adultery.  Incest.  All of it.

Not only that but on that Cross, He took every sickness we could ever contract (Isaiah 53:4-5).  He took every problem we could ever encounter as result of sin entering this world (Galatians 3:13).

When He cried, “It is finished (John 19:30),” He handed us the victory in every area of our lives (1 Corinthians 15:57).   We have the victory because of what Jesus did at the Cross.

His resurrection is our proof that He died and rose again, that He conquered spiritual death and the curse (Galatians 3:13) once and for all (Romans 6:10).  All we have to do is believe it (John 3:16).

Too many times we are trying to get God to answer our prayers as if He has to conjure up a miracle for us (I am guilty of this as well!), but no, we already have the victory.  He already died to give us everything we need.  Instead of begging God for our miracle, let’s thank God that it is already ours, already won for us at the Cross.

My challenge to you and to myself is to take time every day to meditate on what Jesus did at the Cross.  Maybe put up a Cross as a reminder in your bathroom, cubicle or on your nightstand.  Just think about what He went through.  See your situation taken at the Cross.  And watch how real Jesus’ death and resurrection becomes to you.

#resurrection #God #life #motivational #Easter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who Are You?

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

You were created to be unique. Not to be like everyone else. You are you. Fashioned with the exact personality, the exact talents and abilities to fulfill the assignment for your life.

Jeremiah 1:5 states “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

This was Jeremiah’s assignment, but God did the same thing with you. Before forming you in the womb, He set you apart for a special assignment, appointing you to be the person He created you to be. Whether that be a teacher, a preacher, a prophet, a business owner, an artist or anything else.

Ephesians 2:10 tells us “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

There is no one else like you on this planet. There has never been a person like you. There will never be another person just like you. You are the only you this world will ever see. You are a limited edition. God’s masterpiece.

Don’t try to be anyone else or compare yourself to others. You are supposed to be your best version of you. To try to be anyone other than you would be a step out of God’s will.

You are here on assignment from God. There is something He wants you to do. Some problem He wants you to solve. Something only you can do the way He wants it done.

Maybe you have no clue as to what that assignment is. Perhaps you have an idea but don’t know how to execute it. Either way, you have an assignment to complete. You are here for a reason. The only way for you to be truly happy in life is for you to fulfill it.

Don’t lose hope though if you don’t know what it is. Why not talk to the One who does know? Why not ask God what your assignment is and to lead you in accomplishing it?

He will never give you the full picture, but He will give you the next step. Ask Him today.

 

#Christian #motivational #future #goals #God

 

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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