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The Real Test..

In Isaiah 55:8-9 God declares, that, “His thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are His ways our ways, as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are His ways higher than our ways and His thoughts than our thoughts!”

The human heart is filled with questions for God: “Why?” “When?” “How?” We often wrestle with faith because of those questions. How can we fully trust a God we don’t understand? How can we have faith when God’s ways seem even cruel at times? When we try to comprehend God’s ways, we can become frustrated. His ways are higher than our ways, and His actions often do not make sense to our earth-bound minds. We question God’s ways when young people die, when tragedies strike righteous people, when the wicked prosper (see Psalm 73). So we beat on heaven’s door with our demand for answers, and no answer comes but this one: “My ways are higher than your ways. John Hagee said, “The greatest test of faith is when you don’t get what you want, but still you are able to say Thank You Lord.”

My brothers and sisters, I don’t know how your faith is being tested today, however if you try to understand God’s ways from earth looking up, you’re not going find many answers. Instead, God left all of us a clue in the word higher. His ways are not merely different from ours, they are higher. Better. Superior. They exist on a grander scale. He parted the Red Sea because it fit His plan for Israel (Exodus 14:21; Psalm 66:6). He made the sun stand still so Joshua’s army could defeat their enemies (Joshua 10:12–13). He sent an angel to let Peter out of jail (Acts 12:6–10), but He allowed James to be executed (Acts 12:2). God has allowed some of His faithful servants to suffer terrible fates, even though He could have delivered them if He chose (Hebrews 11:32–40). When we try to make sense of these events with our natural minds, we won’t get anywhere. Instead, God invites us to come up higher and learn to see life from His perspective.

Think about it for a moment……a faith that can’t be tested, can’t be trusted!

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Thy Will De Done!

We’ve all experience moments in our lives when we prayed to God out of desperation and in some cases, God didn’t necessarily respond in our favor. I know they’re scriptures that may appear to be contradictory, but I assure you they’re not. For example, I John 5:14-15 says, “ And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to His will he hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him.” Most people will cleave to verse 15 and failed to consider the caveat spoken in verse 14. The scripture says when we ‘ask according to His will’ and not our will.

Somebody say it with me….🗣PROVIDENCE!!!

God exercises His providence over all things, and arranges the affairs of our world! In short, providence is the way God sovereignly rules all of creation and this is very important for all of us to remember. Unexpected situations and circumstances do not govern God’s sovereignty. God’s love governs God’s sovereignty. His sovereignty isn’t cold and it’s not harsh with no regard or feeling for His children. It is God’s providence that turned God’s sovereignty from a hammer into a pillow on which to rest our weary heads and our anxious hearts.

God always knows best and He will always respond to our prayers out of provision and protection. God’s provision and protection isn’t arbitrary. He doesn’t withhold blessings to put His children through a cosmic test of pain tolerance. Bottom line, providence is our God and God is providence! He knows our needs even before we ask! God provides all of His children with only good gifts (James 1:17) and any time He withholds from us we can be sure it’s because that blessing doesn’t serve His ultimate purpose: to conform us into the image of Christ.

Charles Spurgeon once said of God, “[A Christian] trusts Him where [He] cannot trace Him.” My brothers and sisters, when the dark night of the soul comes, when the tears flow over like a river after a rainstorm, and when our prayers seem to bounce off the ceiling, we can rest assured that our prayers are heard and answered not just by the God who reigns, but by the God who provides, nourishes, and promises to make all things new. Philippians 4:19 reminds us that, “God will supply every need according to the glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

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Word Of Truth!

Please read the caption in the meme below and feel free to share it with others. God isn’t playing with His indomitable, inherent, and immutable word!

Look at this way, if the Bible is not a trustworthy record of God’s commands and love for His creation – without our reinterpreting them – how can we trust it as a trustworthy record of Christ’s Love? If we cannot fully trust the Bible as a flawless record of what God defines as sin, and promises to bring into judgment, we cannot trust it is unerring record of the demands of Christ’s Love!

Unfortunately, we live in a world filled with scam artists on various levels and charlatans. Every day we are confronted with warnings regarding the latest attempts to separate good people from their money and property. In most of those warnings we also find suggestions as to how to protect ourselves from these scams and to keep our resources intact. Perhaps it is time, for those claiming authentic faith in Jesus Christ, to remind themselves of the warnings of His Word given to protect His sheep from the scam-artists of faith. Jesus admonition in Matthew 7:15-16, “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them.”

Paul reminds us in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 that, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”

Brothers and sisters, it’s futile to believe that anyone can rewrite or modify scripture when it was specifically articulated to inspire and provoke change in us!

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You’re Coming Out!

I got good news for you today. No matter how dark or grim your situation or circumstance is right now God says, “you are coming out!” Just because your situation may seem permanent to you doesn’t mean that it’s permanent to God. God doesn’t allow you to get into anything that He can’t personally bring you out of. Even if it was your own fault. You may have brought the trouble on yourself. However, God wouldn’t have allowed ‘it’ if He didn’t have a way out for you to get out of ‘it’. I Corinthians 10:13 says, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

Here’s the deal, God knew how to get you out of the trouble before you got yourself in trouble or trouble came knocking at your front door. He knows the end from the beginning and the beginning from the end (Isaiah 46:10) and as such, He had the solution even before you created the problem or the problem came to you!

The scripture says in Job that God has set an end to the difficulty. He has set an end to that trouble. God is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. He has already set an end to the sickness, an end to the addiction, an end to that injustice at work, and an end to family dysfunctions. Your coming out date has already been established.

If this message is tugging at your heart or in other words ‘you feel me’, I invite you to turn to and look the person (known or unknown) straight in their eyes and tell them, “I AM COMING OUT!!”

Brothers and sisters, there is scripture after scripture that you can read and cleave to that will validate every word in this short message. So don’t take my word for it, take God’s word. Unequivocally, I will assure you the enemy will not take you out. David said in Psalm 129, “From my earliest youth my enemies have persecuted me but they have never been able to finish me off.” No one has the final say; God does! You may feel like you’re in the fire right now. You may not be able to see a way out but stay encouraged. Be strong and remember where you are is not permanent; it’s temporary. You’re coming out, not the same, but better, with great abundance. When you come out all of your family, friends and enemies will know the favor of God is on your life. You’re going to be a living and walking testimony of God’s goodness, grace and mercy. If you stand in agreement with, go ahead and give God the praise, worship, and glory He rightfully deserves!! Amen and amen!!

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Keeping it Simple!

Keeping it simple!
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Perseverance 🐌

Perseverance is most commonly defined or referred to as a steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state; especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, constraints, bottlenecks, or discouragement.

Here are a few synonyms you may have heard that describes perseverance: determined, decisive, resolved, grit, tenacious, certain, and confident. In times of trouble or despair which of these synonyms best describe you?

Make no mistake, our fallen world is falling deeper and deeper everyday. There is no need to delve into specific details. All you have to do is look at the news for few seconds or simply take two swipes on any of your favorite social media news feed.

With that being said, there’s no doubt in my spirit that we need to fully embody and practice the act (gift) of perseverance. One of my favorite all time scriptures that I cleave to during difficult times is found in the book of James. Here’s what he said in chapter 1 verses 2-4, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

James certainly brought an action-oriented perspective to the principles that we can trust God to provide for us during times of despair. If you struggle with ‘counting it all joy’ look at it from this perspective, if faith is real—if we truly trust God—then our faith will lead to all kinds of practical actions that will produce the deep grounded and embedded power of perseverance.

Think about it for a moment; if the snail made it to the Ark, then surely God can see you through whatever circumstance you’re facing today. My brothers and sisters, as true believers in Christ we are eternally secure in our salvation and as a result of that our faith should also persevere in affliction, sickness, persecution, and the other trials of life that befall us. Paul reminds us in 2 Timothy 3:12, we will experience trouble, but the faithful will persevere, kept by the power of the Holy Spirit who is the guarantee of our salvation and who will keep us “strong to the end, persevering so we will be “blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:8).

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Speak To Your Tears!

In Psalm 126:5-6 David said, “Those who sow in tears shall harvest with joyful shouting. He that goes forth weeping, bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves [harvest] with him.”

Some of you might be wandering what does these passages of text actually mean? Well, this Psalm is a Psalm of restorative joy. In the preceding verses we find that God restored the fortunes of Zion and their response was one of Joy and laughter.

John Piper’s interpretation was spot on. Here’s what he said, “When there are simple, straightforward jobs to be done, and you are full of sadness, and tears are flowing easily, go ahead and do the jobs with tears. Be realistic. Say to your tears: ‘Tears, I feel you. You make me want to quit life. But there is a field to be sown (dishes to be washed, cars to be fixed, sermons to be written). I know you will wet my face several times today, but I have work to do and you will just have to go with me. I intend to take the bag of seeds and sow. If you come along then you will just have to wet the rows.”

Sometimes, in order to move forward and accomplish or complete what needs to be done you have to speak to your tears! You have to be tenacious, steadfast and immovable!

Beloved of God, I am thankful! I am thankful for the life God has given me. Am I equally excited when my life becomes complicated and difficult? I’d have to honestly say absolutely not! I so would prefer that I’d never experience darkness, evil or loss. But even so, I wouldn’t change for one instant how God use negative circumstances to shape the core of my life, how He faithfully pursue me, sustains me, provides for my family, and continues to lead me forward!

The bottom line is hard days come and go; however I can’t quit! I have to keep putting one foot in front of the other. I have to trust the truth in this Psalm! When despair threatens to overcome me and drown me, I must remind my tears that God will faithfully maintain His steadfast hold on my life and at some point shouts of joy will come again!

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A Present Help!

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Faith Makes ALL Things Possible!

Many of you can testify that life is not always easy and it seems the older we get, the harder life gets. Undoubtedly, nobody has life figured out completely and nobody gets through life easily. We all have struggles. We may not have the same struggles, but we all have our own things to get through. We deal with sickness, loss of loved ones, financial problems and so many other things and it is never easy. We all have to go through school and graduate and find jobs and try to figure out what we want to do with our lives and who we want to spend it with. Unfortunately, we worry about the future and we try to predict what the future holds, but that is impossible and something that only God knows.

Here’s the good news, in Luke 1:37 we find this nugget of encouragement; “For nothing is impossible God.” The reality is that in every life situation, good or bad, we have to learn to trust God. When life is good and everything is going right, we often forget to thank God for what he is doing in our lives and giving us the good things. The moment that things take a turn for the worst and we start running into stumbling blocks, constraints, and obstacles, we go running to God asking Him for help and pleading for Him to lead our path. In lieu of running to God during difficult times, we should be running to Him at all times, no matter if they are good or bad and as you know, this will build faith and strengthen your relationship with Him.

I Peter 5:10 reminds us that, “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” This scripture is filled with fire and if it speaks to your situation, hold onto to this nugget of truth and do not get discouraged when times are tough. Remember, what’s impossible for you is possible God and He will get you through the hard times. Trust in Him, but recognize life’s journey may not be easy but it will definitely be worth the struggle because “God causes all things to work together for good, for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose”(Romans 8:28).

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