Tag: Christian

In the Day of Trouble

In the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.”(Psalm 27:5, NIV)

People ask all the time, “Where is God in tragedy?” When we encounter difficulty and tragedy, we have to trust that God is right there offering His shelter of peace to our troubled hearts. He has a plan to lift you up out of despair and set you in a place of stability. He has a plan to restore, renew and revive your soul.

Scripture tells us that it is the thief — the enemy — who kills, steals and destroys. God’s plan is to bring you life. (See John 10:10). We have to remember, the enemy uses circumstances to get our eyes off of Jesus. He tries to steal our peace and keep us focused on this earthly realm. But when we lift up our eyes to Jesus, when we hold fast to our profession of faith, that’s how we stay in victory.

Friend, when the day of trouble comes, know that God is with you and for you. He’s not the one who is against you. Keep your eyes on Him. Trust that He has a plan. Trust that He will make your crooked places straight and your rough places smooth. Lift your eyes to Jesus because He is the Author and Finisher of your faith — a very present help in the day of trouble.

Father, thank You for being my shelter when the storms of life rage. When I don’t have the answers, I trust that You do. I put my hope in You and receive Your peace and strength. Thank You for leading me in the path of victory all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.

— Joel & Victoria Osteen

God Speaks So He Can Help Us

The yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.
—Isaiah 10:27 KJV

When God speaks to you about an issue that needs to be dealt with in your life, you should not put it off. You can trust that the anointing, which is the power and ability of the Holy Spirit, is present to break its grip on you. If you put off confronting the problem until you want to deal with it, you may have to face trying to change without God’s power or anointing.

We often want to do things in our own timing, and we struggle and struggle because it is not anointed by God at the time we are trying to deal with it. For example, there are times when I feel like I want to confront an issue with an employee, but I know that it would be wiser for me to pray about it for a while and let God prepare that person’s heart. When I follow God’s timetable, I always have His anointing to get it done. I have learned to deal with issues when God wants to deal with them and leave them alone when He wants me to wait. I have also had the frustrating experience of trying over and over to change myself without waiting on God’s help and timing. God’s anointing must be present for anything to work right in our lives.

When God convicts us of something that needs to change in our lives that means He has prepared us to face it. We may not feel that we are ready, but we can trust that His timing is perfect and His anointing is present to break the yoke that is hindering our full freedom. I have learned to say, “Lord, I may not feel ready, but if You say the time is now then I trust that Your power is with me and I am willing to be obedient to You.” As you step out in faith to deal with issues you will find that the wisdom, grace, power, and ability that you need are present.

God’s word for you today: Don’t put off until another day what He wants you to deal with today.

Speak Life

Ever get a compliment from someone you respected which made you feel good about yourself?
People who sincerely compliment others regularly are free in their own skin.
They know who they are in Christ, and simply want to spread kindness by speaking life to others, which could actually be the very word someone needs to hear at that very moment.
You words can either build someone up, or bury them…be sure and speak life over yourself and others.
If you’re in a relationship, speak life over him – when he’s in ear shot and even when he’s not in ear shot as you speak highly of him to other people and as you pray for him.
Your words of encouragement may be the very thing to build him up and give him enough confidence to take his life and all he aspires to do to the next level.
Speak life over your friends.
Regardless of what they’re going through, speak life over their situation and remind them of who they are in Christ, no matter how much you think they already “get it.” Sometimes, especially when the devil has your back up against the wall, you just need to be reminded of your position in Christ – the fact that you are seated with Him in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6), that you are more than a conqueror, and that the devil is under your feet (Romans 16:20) and that you always have the victory, at all times, through Christ. Be that kind of friend – the one who builds consistently.
Speak life over yourself.
You may not have heard it while growing up. Your parents may not have been the best at dishing out compliments which may have affected your self esteem as an adult, but instead of relishing in the past you can use this time, now, to speak life over yourself.
Speak the Word over yourself and believe who God says you are in spite of what society says or any one else says. Know and say that you are wonderfully and fearfully made and that you are a beauty to behold though you may not always feel like it.
Become who God wants you to be by speaking over yourself which builds you up so you can then, in turn, speak life over others as you love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:31).
Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.  Proverbs 16:24
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Romans 8:37
Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.  2 Corinthians 2:14
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”  Psalm 139:14
*Originally published on Kim on the Web.

Get And Stay This Way

It’s possible to love someone and not be committed.
You could say you love the man you’re dating, but if you’re not available to him as a listening ear  when he needs you, if you’re not supportive of his endeavors, and if you’re dipping out and dating other people behind his back, then you can claim to have deep, heartfelt love for him all you want – but you’re obviously not committed to him.

 

It’s the same way with God.

 

We can say we’re Christian all day every day and claim to love Him with all of our mind, body, soul and strength – yet if we don’t make ourselves available to be used by God by not taking time out of our day to pray, if we don’t stand for what He stands for nor believe in what He believes in according to His Word, if we don’t attend church regularly yet the Word admonishes not to forsake the assembly of other believers (Hebrews 10:25), and if we dip out on Him by pulling out the grace card every other week as we continue to have sex on the regular while making excuses to sin instead of coming up with excuses not to sin – then we may say we’re saved, but we’re truly not committed.
They that hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled  (Matthew 5:6)
The more you hunger, thirst and long for more of God, and the more you couple that desire with action (such as showing up for daily prayer whether at your church or at home, attending service regularly, and really seeking God about your purpose and destiny and not making another move until He reveals it to you), the more He will make Himself known to you.
The more you read His Word the more His character becomes your character, and the easier it becomes for you not to sin against Him as reading the Word grows your spirit and kills the flesh (Psalm 119:11)
The more you pray, read the Word, and praise God on a consistent basis and not just when you need something from Him, the more your commitment level will rise and the more He can trust you with the ultimate assignment and purpose He has for you.
God is not hiding anything from you.  (Psalm 84:11)
He’s just waiting for you to show up so He can lead, guide, direct and talk to you.  He’s waiting for you to turn your salvation confession into a lifestyle so that as you seek Him daily He will be found of you and will show Himself strong in you. It’s not enough to just get saved, now it’s time to get committed.
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. 2 Chronicles 16:9a
*Originally published

Completely Satisfied

Today’s Scripture

“Blessed, fortunate, happy and spiritually prosperous…are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, uprightness and right standing with God, for they shall be completely satisfied” (Matthew 5:6 AMP).

Today’s Word

God longs to pour out his abundant blessing on every area of your life. He wants you to live completely satisfied. When you hunger and thirst for righteousness–God’s way of doing things–then you will live in complete satisfaction. You direct your hunger by choosing what you focus on. For example, if you focus on your favorite food, if you start thinking about it early in the morning, and all throughout the day, chances are, by the end of the day you’ll be eating it! What you give your attention to, you will desire.

In the same way, the more you give your attention to God and His Word, the more you will hunger for Him. Just like the scripture promises, when you hunger for righteousness, you will be completely satisfied. The world offers so many things for you to give your attention to, but they aren’t things that will satisfy. You might think you want a particular car, or certain clothes, or live in a particular neighborhood. There’s nothing wrong with those things, but understand that “things” won’t ever satisfy you. Recognize that only God will satisfy you. As you hunger for Him, you’ll live in peace and blessing and live completely satisfied all the days of your life!

A Prayer for Today

Father in Heaven, I come to You today, I ask for forgiveness for allowing anything to capture my heart and attention more than You. I choose today to give You top priority, and choose to hunger for Your righteousness. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

– Joel & Victoria Osteen