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Rest In The Lord

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him…Do not fret it only causes harm

-Psalm 37:7,8 NKJV

Have you ever been exhausted from an intense workout? Pushed to your limits you finally get to rest. You sit down, take a cool sip of water, and catch your breath. It feels good to let go of all the tension and the stress. Well that is a small example of what it is like to rest in the Lord.

In order to rest in the Lord you have to trust in the Lord. You have to trust His word above what you see and feel. In times of waiting guard your heart from worry because worry only causes harm. Worry can cause you to lose sleep, become sick, and even make irrational decisions that you wouldn’t make if you were resting in the Lord.

So instead of waiting anxiously, wait patiently. When you wait patiently the stress is not on you, but the burdens are appropriately on our Father in heaven to carry. So if you have a burden take it to the Lord in prayer. Rest in the Lord today.

But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint -Isaiah 40:31

The Presence of God and The Love of God

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? -Psalm 139:7 NKJV

Growing up did your parents ever tell you that you better act right because God sees everything? That’s a pretty supernatural idea for anyone to grasp. Yet as followers of Jesus Christ we believe that God is omniscient (knows everything), omnipotent (having unlimited power), and omnipresent (present everywhere at the same time).

Then one day I had this thought that it’s not only His presence that is always there but it’s His love too. God isn’t all in our business just to be nosy. God watches us day and night no matter where we are because of His love for us. He did create us after all, so God is highly invested in everything that concerns us.

To think that He cares that much for us that He never takes His eyes off of us. So when you think about the presence of God think about the love of God too because they go hand in hand. There truly is no greater love.

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord – Romans 8:38-39 NKJV

Devotional Playlist:

No Greater Love – Smokie Norful

Oh How He Loves Us – New Breed

Jesus Is Love – The Commodores

Don’t Let Past Failures Keep You From Reaching Ahead

But one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal of the upward call of God in Jesus Christ

Philippians 3:13-14 NKJV

For the past week I’ve been doing a “Show Up” challenge. During this challenge I push myself to be more intentional and disciplined spiritually, musically, and financially. All the while I’ve been meditating on this verse daily. By the end of the week I knew why I needed this verse engraved in my mind.

I needed this verse to build me up because I’m prone to do the opposite. I tend to remember my mess ups and then let fear and discouragement keep me from trying again.

But there is something special that happens when you meditate on the word of God. His word is alive and it can empower you if you let it. So if you’ve been letting the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game then get that good word in you. Meditate on it so much that you begin to believe the truth over the lie.

The truth is God did not give us the spirit of fear. The truth is on the other side of our fears and comfort zones are our biggest blessings and breakthroughs.

So today I’m encouraging you to do your own “Show Up” challenge. Push yourself to show up and be consistent with the things you know you need to do but you don’t always want to do. You can do it! We can do it!! 🙂

Don’t Forget Who You Are

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. – James 1:23-24 NKJV

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we become new creatures. God cleans us up nicely from the inside out, but the temptation of sin never leaves us. If we are not vigilant we can easily fall into a sinful cycle that is hard to break. As time goes on you begin to lose sight of who you are and whose you are.

So picture yourself standing in front of a bathroom mirror. There’s something in your eyes and you splash water in your face so you can see clearly again. This is the same process that applies in situations where you need a spiritual splash in the face. Instead of water you use the Word of God to remind you of who you are and whose you are.

Remember that you are called to be a hearer of the word and a doer. We need to know the word and do what the word says in order to have success as disciples of Jesus Christ. No matter what you go through, never forget who you are and whose you are.

Don’t Give Up, God is Standing With You

And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

– Matthew 28:20 NKJV

Recently I did a cover on YouTube of the song “I’m Standing With You” by Chrissy Metz. It was on the soundtrack for the movie “Breakthrough”. The lyrics of the song are very beautiful and powerful. I always thought of it from the perspective of me singing the song to a loved one. But today as I was singing that song this morning it was like God was singing that song to me.

It hit me especially hard when the lyrics say, “And when you think that all the odds are all against you, and you just feel like giving up well I won’t let you.” God made it perfectly clear that He is still with me and He is still with you too. Even when we don’t deserve it, God is still with us. Even when we sabotage our own blessings God is still there to help us.

So if you feel disqualified and are thinking about giving up on the assignments that God has called you to then this message is for you. God doesn’t want you to give up, He wants you to keep going and take heart in knowing that He is standing with you.

Devotional Playlist:

I’m Standing With You – Chrissy Metz

God’s on Your Side – Mississippi Mass Choir

You Are For Me – Kari Jobe

Blessed Is The Man Who Endures

Blessed is the man who endures temptation – James 1:12 NKJV

Last month I wrote about letting go of worthless things. But the truth is it is easier to say than to do or stay consistent with. Our spirit always wants to do right, but our flesh can really put up a fight when it wants to. Sometimes you’re good for a few days and then the next day the urge to sin is almost unbearable.

This is why we have to be vigilant. Whenever thoughts to give into temptation begin to arise, remember that blessed is the man who endures temptation. To endure means to last and persist. In order to endure temptation we have to feed our spirit more than our flesh. We have to stay connected to God through prayer and His written word. Ephesians 6: 17 says the word of God is the sword of the Spirit. So let’s pick up our swords and persist past our temptations.

Letting Go of Worthless Things

Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, And revive me in Your way.

Psalm 119:37 NKJV

In my previous post I talked about revival and what the word revive really means. Revival is a great thing to desire and ask God and the Holy Spirit for, but from reading the scriptures I noticed something that can hinder our own personal revival. In fact it is our constant consumption of worthless things that keeps God from reviving us in His way.

The truth is it is so easy to become distracted and even addicted to worthless things. Some of the things we consume are sinful, and others are simply just not beneficial. So if you have been seeking a spiritual refreshing but haven’t seen much change, then I suggest that you evaluate what are the worthless things in your life that might be a hinderance to you and your relationship with the Lord.

Right now it is Spring Cleaning season, however it it also the season of renewal and nature around us is coming back to life. There is a correlation between pruning the dead things in our lives and embracing the new. Now is the time to decide what is worth keeping and what should be thrown away. I pray that you decide to let go of some worthless things today because sweet revival is on the way!

To everything there is a season. A time to keep and a time to throw away.

– Ecclesiastes 3: 1, 6 NKJV

Link to previous devotional

Revive Me O Lord

Revive me, O Lord according to Your lovingkindness

– Psalm 119: 159 NKJV

It’s the beginning of Spring and we’re starting to see the April showers. The refreshing water and warmer weather breathes life into the dry lands that were affected by the harsh Winter. As humans sometimes we go through dry patches in our life where we need something as refreshing as a cool glass of water or as warm as the rays from the Sun to breathe new life into us. But truth be told the greatest refreshing that you can ever receive is from the Lord.

The word “revive” is used a lot in scripture, especially in the book of Psalm. Revive means restore to life. Synonyms for revive are refresh, energize, strengthen, and renew. So are you in need of a revival? Have you grown weary and need a touch from the Lord to strengthen you and give you new energy?

If you answered yes then know that revival starts with getting in the presence of God and reading His word. In your prayers say “Revive Me O Lord.” Sometimes God might call you to a fast or a personal retreat just so you can disconnect from the noise of the world and get refreshed by Him. Get new instruction, strategy, and creative ideas from Him. May the Lord drop a sweet revival onto you!

All of My Help Comes From the Lord

My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:2 NKJV

Recently I heard my little cousin sing a beautiful song for her church Choir Day titled “My Help (Cometh From The Lord)” by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. I heard it for the first time that day and the song totally touched my soul. I could tell that song had to have come straight from the scriptures and it did. It came from Psalm 121, which is titled “God the Help of Those Who Seek Him”.

As we continue to live we will eventually run into situations where we have exhausted all of our natural resources and have reached the end of our own natural ability to accomplish a task. It is then that we see God’s mighty strength shine the most.

So if you know that you’re doing all that you can do and you need divine intervention then it’s time for you to seek God today. Stay in a constant posture of seeking Him. Be honest with Him about what areas you desire help in. God delights in helping His children. God has given all of us assignments on earth and He wants nothing more than to help us in completing those assignments and completing our race. From the beginning of time we were created to do life with God so seek God today.

Devotional Playlist

My Help (Cometh From The Lord) – The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

Hold on (Change is Comin) – Sounds of Blackness

I Am Not Alone – Kari Jobe

The Answer Is In The Word

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope ” -Romans 15:4 NKJV

Have you ever come across a problem that you just couldn’t solve yourself? When faced with that predicament who/where do you turn for answers? Now more than ever we have so much access to information and opinions. Today’s facts can change tomorrow and opinions are not a firm ground to stand on, but the Word of God is a firm foundation.

Let the Bible be your first source to learn from and get hope from. The Bible is a gift to us. It would be foolish to not open such a precious gift. Read it when you’re down it will give you hope. Read it when you’re mad it will calm you down and help you to reason. Study it to learn more about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we desire for God to speak audibly to us, but He doesn’t do that much because the answers are in the Word.

Devotional Playlist:

Praise Before My Breakthrough – Bryan & Katie Torwalt

Sing A New Song – Camille Walker

Build My Life – Housefires