Live At Peace

Choose to live in peace and by faith. Seek forgiveness, not revenge. Live in the present, not the past. Dwelling on that which should have been and reliving past hurts will keep the negatives of the past alive and bring constant internal conflict. You deserve better! Move on! Move forward! 2 Thessalonians 3:16 says, “Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.”

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Greater Is He!

I don’t know what giant(s) you’re facing today, but I do know a God that can slay any and all giants wrecking havoc in your life!

I am talking about the same God that slayed Goliath. Yes, I know David brought the sling and 5 smooth stones from the nearby valley (I Samuel 17), but it was God’s wind that killed the giant (Jehovah Ruah).

Oops, I almost forgot to mention that David brought something else with him to the battle in the valley of Elah…..his faith in God! Some might say that it was only the anointing, but let me remind you that Saul was also anointed. God could have used Saul and yet He did not.

When David heard the smack Goliath was shouting about the God of the armies of Israel (I Samuel 17:22-24), his faith propelled him into action and the rest is his-story!

Perhaps, Jesus whispered into David’s spiritual ear what the scripture in I John 4:4 shouts into our spirits today………”But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people [giants], because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.”

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That’s My JESUS!

THAT’S MY JESUS!
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The Cure!

“But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and His gift of forgiveness to many through this other Man, Jesus Christ.”
(Romans 5:15 NLT)
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Let It Go!

Stop with the stinking thinking! If your memories or past don’t add value to your today or future quit thinking about it. I can assure you that God isn’t stewing on it! Paul put it this way in Philippians 3:12-14, “I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

Please make note, the enemy uses these negative sound bytes and past clips to devalue the progression you’ve made in your life! The worst lie ever told was a partial truth and as we all know, the enemy is the father of partial truth whereas God is the Father of indefinite truth!

Unfortunately, most people find it difficult to let go of their negative past because they don’t appreciate their present. If that’s you, I encouraged you to reframe your relationship with your past and the only way to accomplish this is to stop focusing on the past! Ruminating on past hurts is the point of origin, the root of suffering; hence it is the cause of suffering.

Paul’s (Saul) past wasn’t glorious and yet God used (inspired) him to write nearly 30% of the New Testament Gospel. With that said, he new a thing or two about the benefits of forgetting his past and pressing forward!

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I Owe It All To Jesus!

Although our stories may be different; one things is indisputably common to those who belong to the family of God and that common thread/chord is that we owe all to Jesus.

Now then, it’s pretty obvious that we could never repay God for what He did for us through His son( Ephesians 2:8-9). However, this declaration simply acknowledges that we are extremely grateful for God’s sacrificing love, kindness, goodness, grace and mercy!

Having said that, we acknowledge our gratefulness to God in Christ Jesus through wiling praise, worship, and service! Romans 12:1 confirms, “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship [and praise] Him!

I don’t just owe it all to God in Jesus because of the ‘stuff’ He blesses my family and I with; I owe it all to God because He is perennially good and His mercies endures forever! (Psalm 100:5 and Psalm 136:1).

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Light Of The World!

The truth is, we don’t know what the future holds, but when we give our lives to Jesus, He can be trusted with our future. Regardless of how difficult it feels or how many struggles we face, we can still trust Him to bring about good in our lives. Life experiences has taught me that despite the highs and lows, God promises us a bright new future (Jeremiah 29:11).

Paul said this in 2 Corinthians 4:6-10, ”For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.b This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.”

Here’s another truth, God’s promises are not canceled by our brokenness or hurts. Miracles are a part of His plan. When life gets ominously uncomfortable, we can often feel imprisoned by our circumstances and our choices. In this current season of uncertainty, we may feel helpless and overwhelmed. But we still have the same access to God’s mercy, grace, power, and presence.

So, if your life isn’t a bed of roses remember what is broken can be mended, what hurts can be healed, and no matter how dark it gets, Jesus is the Light of the world! God will always pour out His strength into us during our storms. He shelters us with His love, compassion, and mercy. He overcomes our brokenness and hurts with His love, peace, hope, and faithfulness. He is consistently working behind the scenes, through many hearts and lives, to strengthen us and bring us through!

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God Is Defending You and You Don’t Even Know….

God is not only defending you in battles you don’t even know about; He is also persevering, restoring, and renewing you! Psalm 91:2 (GNT) declares that God is your defender and your protector.

Now, in order for God to defend you in these covert battles, He must first be your Defender! In other words, you have to fully depend (trust) on God to do what only God can do. In Psalm 62:5-7, David said this: “I depend on God alone; I put my hope in him. He alone protects and saves me; he is my defender, and I shall never be defeated. My salvation and honor depend on God; he is my strong protector; he is my shelter” (GNT).

Pray with me:

Father God in Heaven, I humbly choose to make you my defense. When the enemy comes with his covert attacks on my life, defend and protect like Your irrevocable word declares O’ Lord. Help me to trust in Your mighty power to make yourself known just as You did in the 42nd chapter of Job. Father God, You never said that weapons won’t form; but You did say they wouldn’t prosper. Therefore, I am leaning on solely on Your guidance, Your grace, Your mercy, and trusting in Your goodness! In Jesus name, amen and amen!

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Live Forward!

When you are 16 years old, you can’t wait to be 21. When you are 21 years old you wish you were 16 again. When you are 30 years old you wish to be 21 again. When you are 40 you wish to be 30 again. When you turn 50, 60 and so on, you just flat out think you’re too old, out of gas, and out of wishes.

The Fact of the matter is you need to stop wishes and start living. Tomorrow isn’t promised and living in yesterday today isn’t the most effective use of your time. Isaiah 43:18-19 confirms, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

My brothers and sisters, age ain’t nothing but a number, but best believe that words have the power of life or death (Proverbs 18:21). I encourage you to speak life and choose to live your life forward!

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More Than Enough!

I will be the first to testify that God is more than enough! Philippians 4:19 confirms, “And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” I unequivocally believe there is no need that God can’t meet. However, as you and I both know when the hard knock life comes crashing in we begin to ponder if God is enough:

When a friend betrays me, is God enough?

When I need to forgive what seems unforgivable, is God enough?

When my child has issues out of my control, is God enough?

When my marriage is on the brink of destruction, is God enough?

When I am not forgiven by another, is God enough?

When my loved one is battling sickness, is God enough?

When others don’t recognize my value, is God enough?

When I struggle professionally, is God enough?

When someone I love uses words to hurt me, is God enough?

When I am in debt and don’t know how I’ll pay my bills, is God enough?

When my past haunts me, is God enough?

When my health declines, is God enough?

When I am let down and disappointed in my life, is God enough?

If you can relate to any of these ‘is God enough’ examples, I want you to know that YES HE IS! Nothing here on earth is guaranteed. If you lost everything, You’d be okay because nothing or no thing can take away God’s love for you in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:38-39). Whether you live in a mansion on a hill or a shack in the swamp, Jesus is with you! Whether the world is for you or against you, Jesus is with you! Whenever life knocks you down, get on your knees and you will find Jesus.

My brothers and sisters, when life becomes more than you think you can handle, don’t quit. And certainly don’t believe the lie God is not enough. Instead, ask yourself, “Is God enough for me? Then open your Bible and plant His Word deep in your heart so you’ll always have the ready answer, that YES HE IS!! God is not only enough, He is more than enough for you and for me!

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