I believe, do you?

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
(Mark 11:24, ESV)

Previously we discussed the fact that faith is a risk. “

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1, ESV)

To have faith, is when one believes in something even when they cannot see it in the moment. It is a hope. To have faith can be defined as, complete trust or confidence in someone or something. And the last time we spoke on such a faith, we were touching on the entrusting of God Himself.

“And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”
(James 5:15, ESV)

I know it has been a while, so allow me to remind you that this faith we initially spoke on was primarily about salvation and the importance of trusting God with your life, but today we are going to discuss faith in a different way.

Now that we have eternal salvation, which is kept in the safe hands of God (1 Peter 1:3-5), God has given a challenge. He has given us the challenge to believe in His mighty works like never before.

Laugh at me if you must, but I 100% trust God that He will answer my prayers. God has shown me in many ‘little’ ways that He will show me and my family a miracle. There are many things doubt will try to defeat. Although this time I am not allowing the storm to master over me. The only Master I have is my Lord and Savior! (Can I get an amen?)

“pray without ceasing”
(1 Thessalonians 5:17, ESV)

If you read through the Word of God you will see many instances where Jesus healed. He healed various kinds of people: the lame, the blind, the possessed, and more! Jesus told His disciples that in His power, they could do the same. Let me be the one to tell you, if no one has already, that we as children of God can do the same! When we do anything in love and in His name, we glorify the Father.

You may be wondering what miracle I am seeking. My family and I are seeking the FULL healing of my father-in-law, Mark, who was diagnosed with ALS. Now, you may be shaking your head and thinking this is an impossible request, & the enemy might be highlighting his decline, but my God said, IF YOU ASK ANYTHING IN MY NAME I WILL DO IT! The key to an answered prayer is firm belief.

So in this belief, will you join me in prayer without wavering?…

“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” (James 1:6, ESV).

I believe in the power of prayer. I believe God has given His people authority to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19).

I believe, do you?

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Mark 16:15‭-‬18, ESV

Relationship

“Let the heartbeat of your Bible reading be this simple prayer: ‘LORD, move this from my head to my heart.”
– John Piper

Today let us examine our relationships. Which ones? All of them.

Your relationship with God should be first in your life. If this is not the case for you, then this is one area in your life you must cater to first and foremost. Next, if you have a spouse, you and them have become one flesh (Genesis 2:24). Thus because of this your relationship should also be of importance to you. It should be second on your list. Your parents, your imitate family (if they are in your life) should also be an aspect within your life that you can lean in toward. After all the command, “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” (Exodus 20:12, ESV), still applies (Matthew 10:37, Matthew 15:4, & Matthew 19:19). Then everyone else accordingly. (Friends Proverbs 17:17, Bosses/Coworkers 1 Peter 2:18, Matthew 5:16, Colossians 3:22, the government(s) 1 Peter 2:18…..so on and so forth).

These are just some logistics before I begin, but this is not necessarily all we will cover.

Today, I would like to go over relationships as a whole. Meaning, this is something we should be doing in all of our relationships, no matter which one it is.

This ‘something’ is honesty.

“You have no idea the numbers of people that God may want to influence through you.” – Andy Stanley

Honesty is important in every single relationship. When you are not honest with someone, you are even lying to yourself. In reality, it is also relevant to note that when you are not being honest with yourself or the people around you, you are not walking in accordance to the spirit. Walking in step with the spirit means that our hearts and thoughts are aligned with the Father (Galatians 5:25). Honesty gives us a clear conscience.

“Whoever gives an honest answer
    kisses the lips.”

Proverbs 24:26, ESV


Being an honest person means you are being your truest self. Those who are free in Christ are free indeed (John 8:36). If you feel you cannot be honest with the people around you, then you really need to reevaluate who it is you are allowing yourself to be affected by. There are so many questions we could ask ourselves to get us back on track, but the key thing is that we must fix our faults as soon as we recognize them. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to get to the solution. Please, allow me to explain.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12, BSB)

As we spoke about in reading, “Sometimes“, we learned that the tough times we go through in this life are no exception to the Body of Christ. IF you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior your life has become new in Him, but that doesn’t mean that everything is picture perfect. Despite now being a child of God, we are still temporally living in the world, but just because we are in the world, doesn’t mean we should respond the way the ones of the world do.

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.  For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

Galatians 5:16-18, NIV

Whether we are being honest or facing honesty, sometimes this can be a hard thing to handle. Sometimes we don’t want to face what is in front of us, but I encourage you today to fight against that. Stop running away from your problems and instead try tackling them and work through them.

By doing this and applying it to your life, you will be walking according to the spirit and will of God.

It might not be easy but that is okay. It may be a fight but it is a fight worth fighting for.

Our spirit is consistently fighting against our flesh, but it is up to us to reason it out (see Isaiah 1:18).

“Learn to do right” (Isaiah 1:17, BSB).

One last thing before you go.

To be honest, is showing you love the one you are being honest with. Is it not?


Thank you for reading. To read more on friendships please click here to read.

If this helped you and blessed you, I pray you will also take the time to be in the Word of God. 1 Peter Chapter 2 maybe! 😊

I am defeated

“To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” (Proverbs 21:3, ESV)

I feel defeated. What do I do?

As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.”
2 Timothy 4:5

Reading in 2 Timothy this morning I noticed something. Whether the timing for us is favorable OR unfavorable we should still be proclaiming God’s message.

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:30-31

Every one, no matter the age, goes through rough waters. We all have seasons of weariness and doubts. Yet what is important during the fight is to keep striving, even if we feel like we can’t. Even if we lose the sense of purpose. We are urged to to endure this suffering. Urge sounds pretty urgent,  persistent,  important. Doesn’t it?

He doesn’t just urge us, but solemnly urges. This is with deep sincerity. God isn’t just trying to pump you up or motivate you, but instead genuinely strengthen you and show His consistent faithfulness.

Our Father has more faith in us than we do ourselves. Proclaim the message. Keep the faith.  People will always do their way, everyone has a choice, yet, You as a child of God have a mission. You have a direct order from the Commander in Chief Jesus Christ. Carry out your ministry…fully!

Finish the race.

“From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:8, NRSV)

The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
(2 Timothy 4:18)

Sometimes

“Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” – Simon from Luke 5:4-6 (NIV)

This life can be hard sometimes. We cry out to the Lord and plead to take us out of it. “Is it time?” “Why am I here?” “Nothing seems to be going right.” “People make me tired.” The list continues.

& even though at times, the dark areas of life is all we can see, there are other times where life seemed a little brighter too.

The highs and the lows of life are no exception to the Body of Christ. I emphasize on this because often times when a person becomes a new believer in Jesus Christ, they assume that because God is in their life in a new way that things will be easy peasy. Yet in actuality, because we have this life with Christ we should be more aware of the battlefield around us everyday. Life isn’t just what we see. “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they are thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers. All things were created by Him and for Him.” (Colossians 1:16, MEV)

We need to understand that once we are ‘agreeing’ if you will, to becoming a child of God we are entering a new life. A new atmosphere. The Born Again life and heart change does not mean it ends here, but it means we are training for God’s will and the coming kingdom. This is huge!

‘— while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.’

(II Corinthians 4:18, NKJV)
“Caterpillars are quite creepy and generally not that attractive, but in time, when they mature and change into butterflies, their beauty is revealed and unveiled.”- Becky Lee Pearson

Remember,

God makes everything beautiful in His time.

‘No temptation has taken you except what is common to man. God is faithful, and He will not permit you to be tempted above what you can endure, but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.’

(1 Corinthians 10:13, MEV)

We are not perfect, and even when this is a fact, we should not allow that to define who we are.

Do not allow your mistakes to hinder your relationship with God. Repent and move forward.

If you are going through something, God must think you can endure it. He also instructs us, “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Sometimes, the enemy will try their best to prevent you from praying. Why?- because they know it can move mountains.

Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the Devil’s schemes, (Ephesians 6:11), because although God has created all, including the earth, (Genesis 1:1), we are in enemy territory.

Yup, you heard me right.

‘whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.’

(II Corinthians 4:4, NKJV)

(Take a look at: John 12:31, Ephesians 2:2 as well)

The god of this age is Satan, & he wants us to go down with him.

“It doesn’t matter how a person starts, it is how they finish”.

These truths we are touching on today are hidden to those who are perishing. The evil one has blinded them to deception.

But

I have one question for you, why are we limiting ourselves? Really, think on this.

More times than we should, we put an all powerful, all knowing, supernatural, omnipresent God in a box.

Not only do we do this to Him, but we also do this to even ourselves.

Where does your identity lay?

 Do not be conformed to this world (Romans 12:2).

‘We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— ‘

(II Corinthians 4:8-9, NKJV)

Do you not see what God has done for us? Jesus has overcome the world.

His Spirit dwells within our very being!

(see: II Corinthians 4:10, I Corinthians 3:16, I Corinthians 6:19, 2 Timothy 1:14)*

Hell may be destined for our enemies, but we are destined to life.

“You have overcome, yes you have overcome And you’ve made me an overcomer too”-Lucy Grimble | Overcomer

Old Friends, New Life

“In the quiet of an early morning, honesty finds me. It calls to me through a crack in my soul and invites the real me to come out.”-Lysa TerKeurst from Uninvited

Have you ever lost someone extremely close to you? That go-to person when you felt down, or even when you have something exciting to tell? Someone who you expected to be there forever, yet they seemed to have left in a mere moment. Things like this happen far more often than we realize. We don’t recognize that fact until it actually happens to us personally.

Today, in the quiet of the early morning, in the silence of the beginning of my day, God came through. An old friend of mine resurfaced to my mind. It has been a few years now, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think of them and wish them the best. It doesn’t mean that the memory of them has disappeared and all our times together have become a distant reminiscence. & just as she was gone in an instant, God stretched out His hand and held on to me just as fast.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.-Matthew 6:34 (NKJV)

Our friendship lasted about 8 years. We often joked that a friendship that has made it to 7 will last a lifetime. I used to think that the moment it reached that, the enemy swarmed in and took my friend away. Maybe he did, because based on the circumstances it sure seemed it. Not only did our relationship vaporize, but the person within the relationship was too. One moment my strength, best friend, love, cheerleader, and more. To angry, misunderstanding, misinterpreting, stubborn, inattentive, the next.

When the Word says, “Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” (or morals/character depending on the translation you are using), from 1 Corinthians 15:33, it is not kidding. Now, I am all for making new friends and being a light for everyone to see/feel, but in this instance when this person met another in particular, things shifted pretty quickly. New interests started to arise, new habits, and even new speech/attitudes.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not here to talk down on anyone. I am simply giving some background to one piece of my story.

I many times asked why. I frequently blamed myself, even though it wasn’t entirely my fault. Too many times to count, I wanted to run back to that old friend. I wanted to push myself onto them and force them to love me again in return. Yet the Holy Spirit within me was gently telling me to let go.

“whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”

James 4:14, NKJV

Once I was truly able to, God began to teach me many things. He even brought new people into my life and showed me how to look at life through His lenses. Here are some of those things, to perhaps help you as well:

  • Not only is life a vapor, here now then gone the next, friendships/relationships can be at times too.
  • God sees what we do not see. He also hears what we do not hear. Therefore, this person in my life must have no longer been fitting for the new season God was putting me in.
  • Although the friendship has come to an end, and that person may have some remorse or bitterness against you, pray for them anyway.
  • God is in control.
  • “Instead of relying on your friend, rely on Me.” -God
  • God should be our go-to person. The One we tell our hearts desires, pains and aches, exciting moments, breaking moments, and more.

Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. (Psalms 55:22, NKJV)

So, how did God meet me in this morning? I invited Him in and He joined me.

(see-Psalms 91:1; Psalms23:3; Psalms 5:3)

Hear the whisper of the Lord, “When I remove you from something or someone you treasure, it’s healthy to grieve your loss. It is also important to draw closer to Me during this time. Cling to Me, beloved, for your relationship with Me will never be taken away from you.”

Wow, am I right?

Like I mentioned in my post, Repentance, God is a God of new.

“Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.”

Isaiah 43:19, NKJV

Now being a child of God, when I think of rivers I imagine refreshment. I imagine cleanliness. Smoothness. Purity.

This morning when I came to God, I came with full intention to surrender myself as I was. I came to begin my day with Him. This week for myself has become a mission. A mission to fulfill the longing within my heart. & when I did this He pointed out something within myself I had hidden away. Something I pretended not to notice, He brought to light. To reveal that just like that moment from the past, He is bringing something new to the table.

I am so thankful that God has shown me this. That I can now recognize when something new is going to occur, and I can wait expectantly in return.

“Sometimes God stays silent until we’re ready to listen.”

Hebrews 13:15 MEV

Through Him, then, let us continually offer to God the sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

Repentance

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord: Make His paths straight’.”- John the Baptist

Repent.

This is the word the Lord has given me. It must be important to Him, therefore it has become important to me.

What does it mean to repent? The term metanoia is a Greek translation which means change in ones ways, or change of heart.

Do we have to repent? The answer is in the Word of God:

but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.

Jesus Christ ; Luke 13:3
“If you see one hurrying on to destruction, use the utmost of your endeavor to stop him in his course.” -A.W. Tozer

It is clear that repentance is a necessity.

Within the book of Luke it describes in further detail of these necessities:

“thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations (Luke 24:46-47)

To become a born again believer, to be saved by His stripes, our end is much more simple than the cross that Jesus bore for us.

You may be familiar with the ABC’s:

A– Admit you are a sinner, in need of saving.

B– Believe and trust in Jesus Christ.

C– Call on the name of the Lord.


Romans 10:13 (KJV), For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.


All of this is good to do. Although I believe emphasizing on repentance and what it is makes it all more worth wild.

Jesus doesn’t just want you to say what people want you to say or read off pages of any book and be done with it.

He desires you to do more than that. He desires not only your words but He desires truth behind the words you are saying to him.

He wants to be able to change your heart, but He cannot do this unless you truly repent with your ~ H e a r t. You have to mean what you say.

“There must be true and deep conviction of sin. This the preacher must labor to produce, for where this is not felt, the new birth has not taken place.”- Charles Spurgeon

Who can be saved?

ALL who call on the Lord. Even you if you are here reading this and you haven’t confessed that Jesus Christ is Lord, yet.

Even the one’s who crucified Jesus were told, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall recieve the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)

& this is a Promise that God will not break.

Truly these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness.

Acts 17:30-31, NKJV

Read the above passage from Acts carefully. For so long, God has overlooked the ignorance of the people. For so long, people have even claimed that the wicked will just continue on without repercussion. God on the other hand, has a different plan than what was assumed. He will not overlook forever. The world will be judged, and that time is coming.

He has commanded us to repent.

“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” (John 14:21, NKJV)

If you love your Father in heaven, you will return to your first love, and obey His requests.

(See: Revelation 2:4|Mark12:30|Matthew 6:24|Psalms37:27)


Pastor Tim Dilena from Times Square Church made a good point from II Chronicles 7:14, it’s not just about coming to God and talking the talk. It’s more than just doing the first part of what it says, but doing what the ENTIRE verse says. The part that many overlook: “turn from their wicked ways“.

You must be willing to surrender. “then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land“. Are we a perfect people? No. God is working through us everyday.

Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)

being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ

BUT that does not give us the excuse to not try.

Jesus is the only one who can blot out your sins. Jesus is the only one who can make you new.

Whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.

Acts 3:21, NKJV

God is a God of new. Restoration is His goal. To restore something or someone, One must fix or repair. Although, God cannot do this for you if you do not come to Him and look at the reflection of yourself that you face everyday. His other goal? To reestablish His kingdom and throne.

It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Why not turn that fear into hope?

Repent today.

Verses to consider on your own time:

  • Exodus 20:6
  • Deuteronomy 5:10
  • James 1:12
  • Revelation 2:5
  • Romans 8:28
Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. (Ephesians 6:24, NKJV)

Faith Is A Risk

A significant amount of risk is involved in trusting God in all things, relationships, choices, and decisions. Risk, after all, is part of the very nature of faith.”

It can be hard to fathom faith and what it entails.

To have faith can be defined as, complete trust or confidence in someone or something. & in our case, this some-One is God.

For some this is easy and for other this is daunting. Jesus did mention, “Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:14, NKJV) Meaning, there are many paths and options we are allowed to take. There are many roads that are available that seem pleasing to the eye, but they may lead to destruction.

 “Not every opportunity is a good one. And with even greater certainty I can tell you, not all of them are sent by God. 

Passion & Purpose – Charles F. Stanley

Which is why following Jesus despite what it may look like in the moment is so important. We must think to ourselves, ‘will this glorify the Lord?’, ‘will this lead others to Jesus?’, ‘will this veer me away?’, ‘is this a distraction?’, and foremost ‘did I pray about this situation and wait on a response?‘.

Many hear the saying, “Faith not sight”, and miscue this for it being “blind faith”. Except, this isn’t the case at all. True Christians are not blindly following their Shepherd. In fact, they are provided with all that they need.

‘Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? ‘ (Matthew 6:26, NKJV)

God’s plan for your life (yes you) is to provide you with peace, a future, and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11). Do you think a Father who wishes this for you would just throw you into a pack of wolves with no solution or way out? Absolutely not, that is not who God is.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.”

Psalms 119:105, NKJV

If you have read my previous posts, you should know that we have two things that God has gifted us: His Word and Prayer. Briefly, His Word is one of the ways He speaks His truth to us. His lessons lie within the text. Everything we need to know is in the very pages of the Bible. Prayer, is a direct landline to the Father. You can call on Him when ever and where ever you need His assistance. Both are tools within this realm to help us and others for the benefit of His kingdom.

There is also something else or I should say some-One else we are gifted by believing. The Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit!

“the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” (John 14:17, NKJV)

1 John 5:6-12 (KJV)

This is he who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and the blood. It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.
For there are three who testify{Only a few recent manuscripts add “in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that testify on earth”}:
the Spirit, and the water, and the blood; and the three agree as one.
If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is God’s testimony which he has testified concerning his Son.

He who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. He who doesn’t believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son.

The testimony is this, that God gave to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
He who has the Son has the life. He who doesn’t have God’s Son doesn’t have the life.


Once we believed we changed. God intervened on our behalf and did the impossible. Well, what would have been impossible for us, but for God nothing is impossible (Jeremiah 32:27). With His Holy Spirit as our helper, guide, encourager, interceder, and more (forever), we have more than we need.

Yet, it isn’t all about the gifts we have in this life, no. God even went above and beyond that.

As you just read from 1 John, we are citizens of God’s kingdom, with Him, for eternity.

Therefore, we are not blind even though we cannot see. Faith without seeing does not make us foolish for believing. It is actually the opposite. Did you know that non-belief is actually evil in the eyes of God? “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God” (Hebrews 3:12, NKJV).

Faith in Jesus Christ may be a risk, but it is not a risk that will put us in danger or harm us. He is the way The Way, The Truth, The Life.

‘“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”’ (John 14:1-4, NKJV)

NO ONE can enter the kingdom of God without going through/believing in Jesus Christ.

Are we willing to take on the risk?

I pray that you already have, and if not, today is your day, because unfortunately, all the other paths are going to lead you where you never thought they would.

Choose life.

“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.” (Mark 8:35, NIV)

God Sees

For todays post, I will be speaking on somethings that have crossed my mind and things I have personally noticed recently.

With the help of Father God, He has brought some scripture to my thoughts and perhaps some explanation/encouragement to anyone else who has felt or seen the same circumstances.

I am not sure if this is the same for any of you, but I have noticed the the enemy has been at work. As you might know the enemy often lurks (see Psalms 17:12, and 1 Peter 5:8).

From the example in 1 Peter 5:8 above, it states that we are to be vigilant.

Although, as much as we would all love to think that we are being vigilant, it is so so so easy to get distracted or easily angered in today’s world.

Prophecy is jumping right off the pages of the Bible as we know it, and somethings that were masked in the dark are now coming to light, as God said that they would (Luke 8:17).

Thus, since all of this is occurring, and the media is making all that darkness the wicked has tried to keep hidden for so long come into the spotlight, this can be extremely stressful. We are now not only aching between the spirit and the flesh of ourselves (Galatians 5:17), but we are also crying out for the entire body, for the entire world!

“And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.”

1 Corinthians 12:26

Most of the things that are creeping through the cracks, are making a lot of us uneasy. There is so much to pray for, isn’t there?

Everything from: pandemics, shut downs, restrictions, depression, anxiety, fear, chaos, destruction, wars, rumors of wars, protests, extreme weather occurrences, political election season, and disgusting/disturbing news that sickens me that any one would be evil enough to partake in. (Please pray for all victims. Adult and children alike. #SaveTheChildren)

Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

This all may be too much to handle at times. This may be something we want to shut out, ignore, or cry out about, BUT I am here to tell you it is time.

“Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For Yah, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.” (Isaiah 12:2)

As God’s chosen and cherished, we should be confident in the battlefield (see Ephesians 6:12).

We should also be standing up and being confident in the Word of God.

  • Hebrews 10:35 states, “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.” Here it is expressing don’t throw away your confidence. I have seen this happen a lot, and quite frankly even with myself before. Don’t allow this to be taken from you! The gift of having a relationship with Christ has been given to you freely, so have confidence in this! Have confidence in Him! For with God, nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37).
  • 1 Peter 4:16 says, “Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.” This piece of scripture can speak volumes if you meditate on it a bit. We are being told not to be ashamed<—- & with not being ashamed, comes *confidence*. Although there may be suffering within this current life, we still must use this confidence we claim to glorify God! By doing this we are being an example for those of the world. For those who don’t have a relationship with Father Adonai yet. Look at your surroundings and think about all that He has done for you personally. Focus on Him and remember how far you have come. Who was the One who was truly by your side the entire road, even when you did not recognize it? Just because there is a big mountain in the way does not mean it will not be moved. It does not mean the current is permanent.

“For I am the LORD, I do not change;”

(Malachi 3:6)

God on the other hand, does not change. He is our stable rock (Psalms 95:15) and therefore we can always trust Him. He is the Helper and Shield that we NEED during these times.

There are so many messages right now that someone or something doesn’t want out. You can see all over the internet that people are complaining about such.

These are strange times we are living in, do you not perceive it? (*SEE Matthew 16:3)

“If I lost everything, but still had God, that would be enough to start over again”. @Spiritualmedit1
So, what are some key take-aways that God would like us to know? 
- Now is the time to remember who you are in Him. 
- One huge thing you should learn from this is that Jesus was an example onto us, and so since we are continuously learning from Him, we too need to be showing everyone Him through us. For He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes (Matthew 7:29).
- Do so with grace, yet also with confidence because this reveals the authority that God has, because He is still in control. 
- Put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation (1 Thessalonians 5:8). 
- Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the LORD our God. (Psalms 20:7)

"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."     (Matthew 28:19-20)

Amen.

El Roi, "the God who sees me" (Genesis 16:14).
P.S.
If you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior I promise to you, now is the time. I encourage you to take a look at the Book of John Chapter 17 and read verses 1-5. I pray over you, that God will open your eyes. The chains of sin and doubt have been broken. Being a 'good' person will not give you a ticket into everlasting life after this one. NO ONE is good but the Father only. (Mark 10:18) Only God knows your last breath and the last hour. Whatever is stopping you from believing, whatever is stopping you from thinking He is not loving you, can stop today. You did not lead yourself here, it is HE who is drawing your spirit with His lovingkindness wishing for you to seek Him. All it takes is a mustard seed size amount of faith. What do you say? Jesus is at the door. Will you answer?
May the King answer us when we call (Psalms 20:9)