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Do you ever wonder if you’re on God’s radar screen?
Let me put it this way….
God, do you see what’s going on here?
If that sentiment sounds familiar, then I suspect you’ve wondered a time or two if God really sees what’s going on in your life.
I was having one of those days last week, and that was my cry….God, do you see what’s going on here?
Oh yes, the enemy had invited me to a pity-party.
It was an invitation I wish I had not accepted.
Not long after arriving to a mosh pit of every lie you can imagine, the Holy Spirit reminded me that I had no business there.
I had no business having tea with the enemy of my soul.
The Holy Spirit had come to rescue me by reminding me of all the other times God had come through in spectacular fashion, and this time would be no different.
I was also lead to a message by Bishop T.D. Jakes. This was such an encouraging Word!
I’m sharing the link below and hope you’ll check out the video, especially if you’re wondering if God really sees you.
If you’ve accepted an invitation to the pity-party, again, check out this video. After watching this message, you definitely won’t be able to stay there.
Yes Beloved, God sees you!
I’ve compiled a few of my favorite scriptures into a downloadable PDF and wanted to share them with you.
How many times have you asked God for direction?
I’ve learned from past mistakes, so I’m always asking.
There was a time in my life many, many years ago that I never asked God for direction. I wasn’t a mature Christian at that time. When it came to decision-making, if something “felt” right… I went with the flow.
And yes, I ended up in one disaster after another.
Thank God for His grace and mercy!
There’s a couple scriptures that I lean into when I’m seeking direction.
I’ve compiled them into a PDF that you can download, save to your desktop or pass along to a friend.
Either way, I hope these scriptures bless you and remind you that God is always near and is faithful to direct our steps.
If you’re going through a storm right now, I’ve come to bring you good news!
It will end.
Yes, your storm has an expiration date.
I was reminded of this simple truth as recent as this Sunday morning, and I wanted to remind you too.
If you know anything about the state of Michigan, then you know we get some pretty wicked thunderstorms during the summer months. And so it was this morning…
I was awaked early this morning by howling winds. The sun should have been rising, but instead the sky was dark. I mean really, really dark!
And then the torrential downpour started, followed by thunder and lightning.
Honey chile… believe me when I tell you that Mother Nature was “doing the most” this morning in Northeast Michigan!
The rain has stopped and the sun has returned to reveal a beautiful Sunday afternoon.
Often times the storms of life mirror today’s thunderstorm. Sometimes we go through seasons when the wind is howling and the rain seems like it will never end.
Today, if you feel like you’re going from crisis to crisis, don’t lose heart.
Rest assured, your storm WILL end. There is an expiration date.
Trust in the One who controls the storm for He knows when it will end.
Settle your spirit by meditating on the Word of God. Trust that He has you in the palm of His hands.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. — Psalm 34:19
There’s an encouraging word for you today found in Psalm 37 and I want you to see it.
This division of the Psalms answers many questions about life and is a response to corrupt world systems.
The message in this Psalm is clear.
The righteous (that’s you!) will be rewarded.
And so shall the wicked… They will have their reward too.
I’ve posted the entire division – Psalm 37:1-40 – here.
Remember, the Word of God is the final authority and it will come to pass.
37 Do not fret because of evildoers,
Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
And wither as the green herb.
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.
7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret—it only causes harm.
9 For evildoers shall be cut off;
But those who wait on the Lord,
They shall inherit the earth.
10 For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more;
Indeed, you will look carefully for his place,
But it shall be no more.
11 But the meek shall inherit the earth,
And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
12 The wicked plots against the just,
And gnashes at him with his teeth.
13 The Lord laughs at him,
For He sees that his day is coming.
14 The wicked have drawn the sword
And have bent their bow,
To cast down the poor and needy,
To slay those who are of upright conduct.
15 Their sword shall enter their own heart,
And their bows shall be broken.
16 A little that a righteous man has
Is better than the riches of many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
But the Lord upholds the righteous.
18 The Lord knows the days of the upright,
And their inheritance shall be forever.
19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time,
And in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
20 But the wicked shall perish;
And the enemies of the Lord,
Like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish.
Into smoke they shall vanish away.
21 The wicked borrows and does not repay,
But the righteous shows mercy and gives.
22 For those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth,
But those cursed by Him shall be cut off.
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
For the Lord upholds him with His hand.
25 I have been young, and now am old;
Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
Nor his descendants begging bread.
26 He is ever merciful, and lends;
And his descendants are blessed.
27 Depart from evil, and do good;
And dwell forevermore.
28 For the Lord loves justice,
And does not forsake His saints;
They are preserved forever,
But the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.
29 The righteous shall inherit the land,
And dwell in it forever.
30 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom,
And his tongue talks of justice.
31 The law of his God is in his heart;
None of his steps shall [f]slide.
32 The wicked watches the righteous,
And seeks to slay him.
33 The Lord will not leave him in his hand,
Nor condemn him when he is judged.
34 Wait on the Lord,
And keep His way,
And He shall exalt you to inherit the land;
When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.
35 I have seen the wicked in great power,
And spreading himself like a native green tree.
36 Yet he passed away, and behold, he was no more;
Indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.
37 Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright;
For the future of that man is peace.
38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together;
The future of the wicked shall be cut off.
39 But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
He is their strength in the time of trouble.
40 And the Lord shall help them and deliver them;
He shall deliver them from the wicked,
And save them,
Because they trust in Him.
I’ve got a question for you.
What are you believing God to do in your life? Have you really thought about what it is you really want?
Do you want more peace?
Are you believing to see your family members saved?
A job promotion maybe?
How about more money?
I believe God wants all these things for you and so much more.
In this season, one of the things I’m believing God for is outrageous favor. Yes, that jaw-dropping favor that will make your enemies scratch their head in wonder.
And when it comes to seeing God’s hand move in my life, I’ve been taught to study the Word and find scriptures that line up with my every need/desire. If I can find it in God’s Word, (and I live a life submitted unto Him) I can have it!
And while the enemy has come in the form of a global pandemic, I’ve reminded God of Psalm 91:1-2, which states:
This is my go-to scripture. I believe God’s Word. Since we have been besieged by an enemy that has come to deliver a mighty blow, I’ve quoted this scripture daily over my life and the lives of my family and friends. I have full confidence that God will continue to perform His Word in my life.
Because God never fails and He always responds to His Word.
And you know what? All is well with with me, my beloved family and friends.
So again, I ask….
What’s the Word that you’re standing on today?
This is a simple post to encourage you to hold fast to the promises of God. While we are living in uncertain times, the Word of God remains true and unchanging.
If you are experiencing fear in any area of your life, here’s five promises found in God’s Word that you should meditate on.
Be at peace, and know that God has a solution for your every problem.
I just finished watching the movie Overcomer. This is a wonderful family friendly film that will leave you full of hope and reminded of who you are in Christ. I highly recommend it. If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t worry, this post is not intended to be a spoiler alert. Rather, this is a gentle reminder that as followers of Christ, the ‘deck’ is tacked in our favor. Even in times when life seems uncertain, we can rest assured that brighter days are ahead.
Here’s the proof.
Come with me to the Book of Ephesians. This book of the Bible was written by the apostle Paul. In the first two chapters, Paul writes that we are blessed and redeemed by Christ. I don’t know about you, but that’s good news for me.
Here’s what you’ll discover after reading Ephesians 1:1-22
You are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.
You were chosen before the foundation of the world.
You were predestined to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ.
In Christ, you have redemption.
You have forgiveness of sins according to the grace of His riches.
You have obtained an inheritance.
You were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise who is the guarantee of our inheritance.
Is there any doubt that you’re an overcomer?
Now, go see this movie. I promise you won’t be disappointed and you’ll walk away feeling hopeful, just as I did.
I love this photo of me and my mom. We were working on a family reunion when this picture was taken years ago. My mom is a no-nonsense, God-fearing woman. She’s the rock that keeps family and friends encouraged when life gets crazy.
When I face disappointments, like the time I got passed over for a publicist job in Sacramento that I really wanted, I recall my mom’s advice — “What’s for you is for YOU!”
If you’ve heard this advice before then you know it’s based on the story in I Samuel 16 when the prophet Samuel sought to anoint one of Jesse’s sons as the next King of Israel. This account begins at 1 Samuel 16:5. Jesse presented seven of his sons (v. 10) to Samuel but the oil in Samuel’s horn would not flow on either of their heads. Then Samuel asked Jesse if there was yet another son. David was in the field tending to the sheep when his father, Jesse, sent for him.
“Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ra-mah.” 1 Samuel 16:13
Do you see what happened here? In the natural, either of David’s brothers appeared to be a reasonable choice for king, but God had the final say. The oil from Samuel’s horn wouldn’t flow until it reached David. Neither of his seven brother’s was God’s choice for king.
And so it is in our lives too. When God has selected you for a position, it doesn’t matter who has gone before you or who appears to have more connections or experience than you. God has the final say. Not man, but God.
Albeit disappointing, we need not fret over the doors that don’t open. We can rest assured that the doors that have been ordained for us to walk through will open at God’s appointed time.
“What’s for you is for you.”
I promise to always remember these words from my mom.
Today’s post is a simple devotional on discerning the voice of God.
As I began to mature in faith, I wanted to know that I was hearing from God. I remember getting so frustrated when my pastors would tell me that in order to discern the voice of God, I had to study His Word. How else would I know who was speaking? Was it my own thoughts, the enemy or was it truly God?
That was sound advice. I have now learned that in order to discern the voice of God, we must study His Word so that we will know what God actually sounds like. God is a spirit and he communicates with us through the Holy Spirit. What we’re listening for is that inner unction we receive from His Spirit (the Holy Spirit) to ours. All believers have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside.
Now, let’s tackle a question a lot of believers have asked at one time or another, and that is “how do I know when it’s God speaking to me when there are so many voices vying for my attention?” Many fear that it could be the devil whispering in their ear and not God.
First, Jesus tells us in John 10: 1-5 “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.
Jesus is our Shepherd, and He lets us know in the above verses that those who are His, meaning those who have accepted Jesus as Lord and savior, know His voice and follow His voice only. Sounds simple enough some might say, but for some of us, it is cause for all kinds of anxiety. There are many voices competing for your attention, those are the thieves and robbers that Jesus speaks about, including the enemy.
One way to tell who is speaking to you is by paying attention to what they say. Jesus will never tell you to do anything that does not line up with His Word, so that means you must be a student of God’s Word. The devil loves to mix a little truth in with his lies, making those who lack knowledge the most susceptible to mistaking his voice for the voice of God. Therefore, God lamented in Hosea 4:6 (NASB)
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…”
We also have an ever-present help that lives in all believers, the Holy Spirit. Jesus told us in the Word that when He left that God would send another comforter to lead us into all truth.(John 16:13) When you hear Gods voice you here truth, and the Holy Spirit gives witness to the truth and with truth comes the freedom to be obedient to whatever God is telling you to do or say. As you grow in Christ and his Word you will learn to trust Him more and you will know whose sheep you are, and who’s voice you are hearing.