When your knees hit the floor this morning thank God for another day! Rise up, rejoice, and remind yourself that good, bad, or indifferent today is going to be spectacular masterpiece because this is the day the Lord has made specifically for you (Ps 118:24)! Trust that God is with you and he is your helper (Heb 13:6) even if you experience obstacles along today’s journey. Don’t forget, be patient with yourself, and remember that at the end of the day that big things are achieved not all at once, but one day at a time. Lastly, before you lay your head down for the night, fall back on your knees to give God the praise, honor, and glory for his faithfulness and for doing as he promised by covering/protecting you and your family from all hurt, harm, and danger!
Life would be less complicated and stressful if only we would remember to focus on the big picture. Our life is like a giant puzzle and like most puzzles, the most important part of the puzzle is the full view picture printed on front of the box. This picture depicts how things are supposed look once all of the pieces are put together. Fact is, without this full view picture, the puzzle wouldn’t make sense. This full view picturesque of the Christian life is not found in any other person or thing except Jesus Christ. He is the only One that will bring so much beauty out of all our chaos. 1 Corinthians 13:12-13 reminds us that, “Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. Three things will last forever–faith, hope, and love–and the greatest of these is love.” Do you really know who is putting the pieces of your puzzle together? Well, it’s certainly not you. Psalm 139:16 confirms that God is the Author (puzzle solver) of our lives.Therefore, no matter what things may look like, a new piece of the puzzle is coming. God has already selected the right piece with the answer you have been praying for and yes, God always sees the completed puzzle [you] because He put it together before the beginning of time!
Please revisit Matthew 14:22-33 and in summarization we find Jesus walking on water on the Galilean Sea in the middle of cat 5 hurricane and he said to his disciples who was freaking out in the boat, “Don’t be afraid.” Courageous Peter confirmed it was Jesus and then hops out of the boat, starts walking to Jesus, and then he freaks out because of the terrifying 157 mph winds! Peter takes his focus off Jesus and starts sinking. Jesus saves him and then they both walk back to the boat through the storm. Once they are back on the boat the storms finally dies down completely. Did you catch it?? The disciple thought they were doomed but it wasn’t until Jesus and Peter stepped back into that boat that they began to worship him. So many preach about Peter getting out of the boat but rarely do we hear about the saving power of both Jesus and Peter re-entering the boat. The purpose of this powerful historical illustration is not only about the storm, it’s really not about jumping out of the boat more so than it’s about who was in the boat. Jesus didn’t come to calm our storms….He came to save our souls!
We all want the Astros to ‘TAKE IT BACK’ but there’s somethings we need to ‘TAKE BACK’ in our lives and although you may be struggling right now keep declaring; I am blessed, I am favored, I am healed, I am delivered, I am strong, I am loved and every curse spoken to me or against me is annihilated, obliterated, and destroyed. Isaiah 54:17 acutely reminds us that, “No weapon that is formed against us shall prosper; and every tongue that rise up against us shall be condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, says the LORD.” This in it of itself is enough to give God a shout of praise because He accepts and loves us with an unconditional love. He empowers,strengthens, and propels us to thrive, flourish, and be successful no matter what this world, our flesh, and the enemy adversely throws our way!!
Waiting on God can really put some mileage on our patience. However painfully uncomfortable, I am learning there is actually something happening while nothing is happening and that God uses waiting periods to change me. Isaiah 60:22 reminded me that, “When the time is right, I, the Lord, will make it happen!” God wants us to learn how to follow him and put down our demanding selves — to put in check that screaming child in us. One way he helps us do this is to say, “Wait.” That miserable, uncomfortable, sometimes painful waiting room is one of God’s most powerful tools that grow us and sets us free. Therefore, it’s incumbent upon us to embrace the power and blessings we receive when we relinquish our rights for control. By doing so, it unites and ignites our hearts to his and it increases our level of maturity and character that we will take with us into the future, and it enables us to enjoy the blessings that God prescribed for our lives even before the beginning of our lives.
To all my grudge holders out there make note; before you hold a grudge against someone try holding a conversation-m……you might find out that it was a mere misunderstanding. Did you know that God has such a strong concern about grudges? In Leviticus 19:18 God specifically commanded , “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself.” It’s human nature to hold an offense against those who have wronged us but if God who is totally righteous can forgive us, why do we find it difficult to forgive others? Fact is, “The anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:20). We do God no favors by trying to “help” Him right a bad situation through our vengeance. He does not need our anger. He needs our cooperation as we submit to doing things His way (Proverbs 3:5–6). And God’s way is always to forgive as He has forgiven us (Matthew 18:35; Ephesians 4:32). Forgiveness brings healing to our souls and allows God to build His strength and character into our lives as we allow Him to reign as our only God (Romans 8:29).
In the battle of my will; I willingly and fully surrender FATHER GOD and say as my SAVIOR said in the Garden, “Not my will but YOUR WILL be done!”