God Delivers Us From Every Affliction

Many are the afflictions of the righteous,But the Lord delivers him out of them all.

Afflictions: every Christian will experience some sort of pain or suffering in their lives it is a part of this broken world.

Psalm 34: 19 says

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.”

It doesn’t say “there may be” but “Many are the afflictions”. It is promised that as believers we are going to be afflicted or suffer some sort of pain in this world.

Here’s the promise: as a believer we will have many afflictions because satan is coming after our hearts and our families. Here’s the better half of the promise: Our ever-loving father will deliver us out of every single one of those afflictions – maybe not the way we want or expect Him to.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Isaiah 55:8-9

Dear sister, whatever affliction you are in now, your will be delivered from it. I don’t know about you, but satan can get me to a place where I want to distance myself from God when I’m struggling and when I feel that way, it is even more important that I draw near to Him. Sometimes that means I’m praying that He will draw me near to Him.

Dear love, if you are in the midst of affliction, suffering, trial remember our Loving God’s promise that He will deliver us out of it. This is not your end, you will not be beat or overcome if you place your hope in His promise. And He is a God of keeping His promises.

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Don’t Just Preach, Love

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We’ve all heard the cliché Christian comments: “The Lord will never give you more than you can handle” “Jesus loves you” “God is in control” and while not one of those comments is wrong – there is a time when people just need love.

Not once do we read that when someone in need came to Jesus did He say, “I’ll pray for you” or “Don’t worry God’s got this” but He met their needs.

We’re in a culture today where it’s normal to say “we’ll pray for you”, but not normal to take in the homeless man or woman in our neighborhood. It’s normal to give a spiritual pep-talk but not normal to invite people we are unfamiliar with to our homes for dinner.

The truth is that people don’t care how much we preach, they care how much we love. So much of Christianity’s bad reputation is simply in our lack of love for people. These same people who God created in His image and the same people who Jesus gave his life on the cross for.

Luke 6:35
“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.”

Let’s choose today to be a generation of women who love louder than our preaching.

You’re Faith Has Made You Well

_Daughter,_ he said to her, _your faith has made you well. Go in peace._

While reading through the life of Jesus in the New Testament, I’ve realized that so many of His miracles were preceded by two things:

1. The people came to Him to be healed or someone came on their behalf.

2. They humbled themselves and admitted their unworthiness or fell at His feet.

Then, Jesus followed up those two things with either the question “do you believe,” or the declaration “your faith has made you well.”

I started realizing that if we’re really praying for something or wanting a drastic change in our lives, we need to examine all three of these things:

1) Am I coming to Him or am I just hoping He’ll know what I need?

2) Have I humbled myself? Admitted my unworthiness to Him or humbly fallen to my knees before Him knowing only He has the power. Or, am I taking matters into my own hands?

3) Do I really believe He can change it or do I just hope He can?

Dear sister, the power of our God is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. If you are praying for a change, for a friend, for a spouse, for a situation, or for some healing in an area of your life, I challenge you to examine your heart in those three areas.

“Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” Luke 8:48

The Power in Brokenness

Brokenness

Each life has cracks, parts of who we were seem to seep out.

This brokenness, leads to shattering, and shattering can lead to emptiness – but it doesn’t have to.

A friend once told me that brokenness is a necessary part of life so that God can tear down the old, decaying, faulty ways of the world and rebuild us on the foundation of Christ.

Brokenness is a beautiful blessing and while it absolutely hurts in the moments, the person you will come out on the other end will be stronger and much more beautiful than you can ever imagine. One that reflects the humility and love of Christ. This same friend challenged me to pray for brokenness, I did and while I can say God sure did rip apart my life at the time, I am who I am as a result.

The reality, dear sister, is that God needs to break down everything in you that isn’t rooted in His truth. If you haven’t experienced a season of brokenness, boldly pray that God would break apart anything in you that isn’t rooted in Him.

If you are in a place of brokenness, don’t be afraid of what you’re losing, be looking for what God is giving you.

 

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Psalm 51:17

Purpose Behind Your Heartbeat

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Have you ever stopped to really think about your heart beat? How one day God declared that it should beat and it began. And one day God will declare that it stop and it will cease.

The vastness of our God is incomprehensible.

People waste their lives ignoring their purpose, simply because the mere thought of a potential purpose greater than ourselves is overwhelming.

Here’s the truth, our purpose is to glorify God in all that we do and to make disciples.

“And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.’”

Mark 16:15

The disciples may have been called to preach around the world and maybe some of you have been, but sister let’s be real most of us were handpicked by God and placed in our work, communities, families, circle of friends, churches, and small groups to minister to the people God has surrounded us with.

If you have declares the name of Jesus then you are a disciple the question is what are you preaching?

It’s easy to forget the real reason our heart beats in a culture where we are so fixated on our personal pursuits, but make no mistake –  on that beautiful day when God finally declares your heart to stop beating, we want to hear Him say, “well done good and faithful servant”.

“If the stars were made to worship so will I
If the mountains bow in reverence so will I
If the oceans roar Your greatness so will I
For if everything exists to lift You high so will I”

He is a Forgiving God

But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert themy

You may feel like the forgiveness tree is short on leaves.

Like if you ask for forgiveness one more time God will shake His head at you in harsh disappointment.

There is a lie the enemy has flung into our midst – that God is judgmental and harsh.
The enemy strategically whispers this lie when you feel you’ve just simply done too much or tried and failed repeatedly.
Maybe you’ve spent your whole life hearing and believing He is forgiving but are you truly living forgiven or do you still keep your head down in shame?

Call it what it is, a lie – Satan’s attempt to drive a wedge between you and the overwhelmingly loving God.

Lately, I’ve been blaring the song Reckless Love and there’s a few lines that say:

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, Still, You give Yourself away.
When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me. You have been so, so good to me

Oh sweet sister, don’t buy into the lies any longer.
We serve a God who is so unfathomably loving.
Each time you come to Him with your mess He doesn’t shake His head in disappointment but welcomes you with open arms.
You are not forgotten.

If you ask you are forgiven!

“But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.” Nehemiah 9:17

What Are You Doing to Further the Gospel

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Have you ever asked yourself “what am I doing that matters for eternity” or “how have I made an impact on the Kingdom of God this week”?
Halfway through my half-marathon training last fall I stopped running. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to train, but I was hit with an overpowering conviction that all those hours of running have no eternal impact nor exalt the Gospel.
No where do we read that Jesus or the disciples continued to live their lives the way the rest of society did or only talked about God when it came up in conversation.
The disciples left their careers, families, and past pursuits knowing all that matters is putting the Gospel into the hands of those who don’t know it or understand it.
Both Jesus and the disciples understood that their time here was short and the only thing that counted was furthering the Gospel.

Mark 1:36-38
“Very early the next morning, Jesus got up and went to a place where he could be alone and pray. Simon and the others started looking for him. And when they found him, they said, ‘Everyone is looking for you!’Jesus replied, We must go to the nearby towns, so that I can tell the good news to those people. This is why I have come.’”

I can’t help but draw the connection between Jesus praying and that He knew why He had come and what He was called to do.
Have you set aside time to pray and ask God for direction so that you are making an impact on eternity today or are you caught up living the American dream or in pursuit of your own happiness or success?
When you consider your career, money, time, passions, hobbies, and interests, are you truly living like your time here is short and your only goal is to advance the Gospel or have you found yourself caught up in living for all this life has to offer?
Dear love our time on earth is short, may we be believers that live with an eternal perspective.

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter”.

 

Francis Chan

Cease Striving and Know He Is God

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The best sound first thing in the morning? Birds chirping. Every time I hear them I’m astounded at how they begin their day worshiping their creator and I remember God’s promise: that just as He feeds the birds each day He will provide me with what I need.

When I worry, I realize I’ve focused on the problem and not on what my All-powerful God can do about it.

“Be still and know that I am God” My NASB version says  “Cease striving and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10.

Cease striving – stop making an effort, working, obtaining and instead know He is God.

The first thing we often do when faced with worry, fear, or a struggle is to figure out how to fix it. We run to friends, spouses, google, mentors, even to the Bible.

But we are commanded to “cease striving” “be still” and know that He is God.

Knowing that He is God means: trusting that the Almighty God, who created all things, rose His son from the dead, speaks with all authority, brings to life and puts to death, that same God is in control of whatever is happening in your midst.

Dear love, Mathew 6:26-27 says,

“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?”

Truth be told, when we worry we remove God from being our source of strength and make worry bigger than our God.

Let the beautiful birds be a reminder today and everyday that God values you even more than the birds and if He so lovingly provides for their needs today, how much more will He provide for you!

Whether your worry is:

  • Finances
  • Career
  • Family
  • marital
  • Relational
  • Spiritual warfare
  • Ministry

No matter what – Be still and know that He is God!

Sister He’s got you today!

Living Water To Quench a Hurting Soul

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Jesus was sitting at the dust-coated well with a hurting woman.

She was there to get water, but that wasn’t why He was there.

He made a special trip; went out of the way, and sat down at that well

to offer her a hope that could fill her parched soul.

She had five husbands and was living with a man that wasn’t one of them.

Underneath those facts is a woman who is empty.

She has been let down. She has been given false hope.

She has listened to broken promises, repeatedly.

She gives in and drinks the unquenchable relief of feeling wanted by another man.

And here Jesus sits with her and delicately declares,

 …Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again;

but whoever drinks the water that I will give him

 shall never thirst;

John 4

She doesn’t have to run after empty pursuits to quench her hurting soul.

She simply needs to be filled with the refreshing Savior who knows

the deepest aches of her soul and longs to fill them.

I don’t know what your empty pursuits may be,

but we all have them at one time or another.

I, like the woman at the well, ran after love and affections

to fill the longing in my hurting soul.

And when those left me empty, I found it in addictions and success and

on and on the empty pursuits continued.

For some the void is filled with:

Success

Busyness

Relationships

Children

Addictions

Ministry

Friends

Television

Media

Shopping

Self-harm

Fitness

The truth is when the busyness calms down, the relationships end,

the children go to bed, the high wears off, the phone is put down,

the friends move on – we are left empty and wanting.

Like the woman at the well, we feel thirsty for something more.

We have a savior that understands the deepest scars and disappointments of our soul.

Oh, hurting sister, you were never meant to fill those – He was.

Let your parched soul be refreshed by the love of our Savior.

He offers the living water, but you must decide to run after it.

 

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