Come To Know Christ

Do you have a relationship with Christ? Growing up, even though I grew up in the church, I didn’t really have an understanding of who God really was nor did I have the relationship with Him that I needed to have. I prayed all the time, went to church but didn’t know how to build a relationship with Him until one Sunday morning I heard my Pastor preach a sermon about building a relationship with Christ and how we should all come to get to know Christ on a personal level. After hearing that sermon, I reevaluated my relationship with God and come to find out there was a lot that I was missing. Our gracious God desires all to know Christ through repentance, forgiveness, faith and a lifetime of loving intimacy. Jesus came the first time to earth as our Savior. Before He was crucified, He promised that he would prepare a place for us in His Father’s house and that He will come back and take us to be with Him that we also may be where He is (John 14:2-3)

Christ will come again as our Judge. However, our Heavenly father who is patient and merciful, delays His Son’s return. Jesus waits so the unredeemed have time to believe and become sons and daughters of the Almighty. God’s will is salvation in Jesus and not an eternity in hell apart from Him. Like the door to Noah’s Ark eventually closed, so the opportunity to trust Christ is slowly slipping away for many. The flood waters, meaning death will one day drown us. Will we be ready? Salvation and safety can only be found in our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. “The Lord is compassionate and gracious; slow to anger, abounding in love” (Psalm 103:8). Yet, the Lord’s patient love invites us to repent, trust, and not perish but He also says that even though He abounds in love and forgives sin and rebellion; yet, He does not leave the guilty unpunished (Numbers 14:18).

Yes, we still have to warn others of the Judgment to come. Some will mock, others will act indifferent, but a few will find refuge in Jesus. Most will “show contempt for the riches of His kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance” (Romans 2:4). Billions of people who have done religious things, “prayed the sinners prayer, given money, served in churches will be eternally lost because they have never made Jesus Christ the Lord of their life. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death” (Proverbs 14:12). There are true and false disciples as we hear Jesus say: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord’, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” (Matthew 7:21-23).

The patience of our Heavenly Father is the model for us to follow. We are surrounded by a sea of those who need salvation. They are drowning in their sin. By offering them the life preserver of faith, hope and love for Jesus, we can rescue the perishing. A life preserver, however, is useless unless it is thrown into the waters and reached for by those who are drowning. It should be our fervent daily prayer to ask the Father to convict the lost through the Holy Spirit. And that He would give us His wisdom to lead those He places in our paths, so we can teach them from Scripture how to receive salvation through the saving blood of Christ. Once saved, we help them grow in their faith and in the knowledge of what the Bible teaches, so they can live a fruitful life for the Lord. God loves us and does not want anyone to perish. Jesus showed love throughout His ministry but He also knew those who would and would not follow Him. One day as He was speaking of the Pharisees He said: “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules” (Matthew 15:8-9). And He continued: “Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind. both will fall into a pit” (Matthew 15:14).

We must step out in obedience and do what the Lord say do. In order for us to come to know Christ, we must do the following: Confessing our sins and seeing our sinfulness and realizing our desperate need for the Savior. Accepting Jesus as your personal Savior and believing with your heart and not just your head relying on, but fully trusting in, leaning upon, and resting in Him. Believing that He is our Savior first and allowing the Holy Spirit to help you make Him your Lord too. Believing that there is no other way to the Father in heaven except by Jesus. Jesus saith unto him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).

I accepted Jesus as my Lord and personal Savior at the age of 13. Throughout my life, I strayed away from the body of Christ and straddled the fence for quite some time. I felt like the Prodigal Son in some sort. My uncle was a pastor and he really taught me how to rightly divide the word of truth. This is when I really became to know Christ. If there was anything I needed clarification on in the Bible, I went to him to give me an understanding of God’s Word. I called him, “The Walking Bible”, because he didn’t need the Bible to give you the answer you needed. He gave book, chapter and verse. The Bible clearly states in James 1:5, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him”. But, through all the trials and tribulations I experienced throughout my life, it brought me to my knees for repentance where I waved the “white flag” of surrender and cried out to God to save me. The peace He gave me truly passed all understanding.

I realize every day that I must count on God’s grace, His peace, and His love to continue to follow Him or I am doomed. The most important thing we can do-young or old-is develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If we do, we will always be comfortable with ourselves. Any questions of self-esteem and self-worth will diminish and we will have a quiet confidence that will see us through any trial. In Jon 16:33, Jesus says, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”. What is the greatest need in the world? The greatest need in the entire world is for every person to have a personal, ongoing, daily, continuing relationship with the Savior. Having such a relationship can unchain the divinity within us and nothing can make a greater difference in our lives as we come to know and understand our divine relationship with God. #ComeToKnowChrist #TheSecondComing

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The Renewing Of The Mind

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God (Romans 12:1-2)

When we begin to change our mindset and our thoughts, we have to begin to SPEAK the true Word of God over our lives! What does the Word of God say about you? Who does God say you are? Dive into the Word today and find out just who you are in Christ. Once you know who you are and whose you are, it becomes easier to change your thoughts and words from negative to positive. God’s Word, “If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He also will deny us” (2 Timothy 2:12). We must begin confessing what the Word has to say about our lives and circumstances, instead of what those in the world may speak about the situation.

When you change your words, you change your world. If you continually speak negative words over your life, then eventually defeat will be the result. In the same way, if you speak words of faith and victory, you will see a harvest of blessing not only in your own life but also in the lives of those around you. Remember your mother telling you: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”! That was good advice. Don’t give life to your negative thoughts by speaking them out. You can’t continue to speak negative words filled with doubt and unbelief and expect to have a positive life full of joy and hope. You can change your situation by changing your words.

As Christians, we have so many struggles we are dealing with that we may get caught up with battles in our minds. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”. But where the reality hits the road- we fall short-especially in our thought life. The old way of thinking has not gone away. Many still struggle with temptations in their mind, bitterness, depression, fear, hopelessness, frustrations, problems, and putting it bluntly-evil thoughts. To be a successful Christian means to follow Jesus, to obey His teachings, to love others, to grow spiritually. But this battle still rages in the mind. God’s solution to this battle is not simply to pray more. Prayer is important but we need to do more than pray.

To be honest, it is a struggle in this world we live in and if we don’t keep our minds stayed on the Word of God daily, then we are easily to get off track. Once we renew our minds, God has some great benefits and rewards for us. We will not just be transformed and cleaned up on the outside but also on the inside. You will understand God’s will for your life then. My mind needs a refresher everyday by reading and studying the Word of God. I also have to ask the Lord to guard and direct my mind daily. My mind is the place of my intellect, reasoning, and intentions. My behavior begins in my mind and my mind is where spiritual transformation happens.

I have experienced periods of mental oppression that seems almost physical. A feeling of heaviness accompanies my self defeating thoughts. Most of the time, I realize that I am engaged in a spiritual battle of some sort, but I cannot immediately free myself of it. I pray. I confess. I read God’s Word. I pray some more. ( It should be noted that in my case this is not clinical depression and, if it were, I would seek medical treatment). Eventually my mind is unencumbered, but it is not because I thought positively enough or talked myself out of it. That may work temporarily, but it won’t root out the problem. I know who the enemy is and I also know the only One who can defeat him. Recognize the enemy and fight him with God’s power and with Scriptural truth. I had to learn how to replace self-focused thinking with a God-focused mindset.

“For those who live according to the flesh, set their minds on the things of the flesh; but those who live according to the Spirit, set their minds on the things of the “Spirit” (Romans 8:5). If each Christian would do their part, then God the Father would only be too anxious to complete this transformation process for you through the power of the Holy Spirit. If you decide that you really want God to start the process, then all you have to do is go to God in prayer with sincerity and tell Him you really want the transformation to occur over the rest of your life down here on earth, then you will see the process begin. When this starts to occur, it may be a bit painful at times. It was hard for me and still hard at times but it’s all about being able to endure the process.

But let God do His inner surgery on you through the Holy Spirit and you will be much better off for it in the long run. God wants us to be so in depth with Him, so He can transform our mind, body, and soul. It’s nothing like having a renewed mind in God!

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Your Purpose Matters For Eternity

Many people spend their lives trying to create a lasting legacy on earth. We want to be remembered when we are gone. Yet, what ultimately matters most will not be what others say about you but what God says. We were not put on earth to be remembered. You were put here to prepare for eternity. Living to create an earthly legacy is a short-sighted goal. A wiser us of time is to build an eternal legacy. Remember, one day you will stand before God and He will do an audit of your life, which is the final exam before you enter eternity. The Bible says, each of us will stand personally before the judgment throne of God to give personal account to God (2 Corinthians 5:10). Fortunately, God wants us to pass this test, so He has given us the questions in advance.

Living life on purpose is the path to peace. While life on earth offers many choices, eternity only offers two: heaven or hell. Your relationship with God on earth will determine your relationship to Him in eternity. If you learn to love and trust God; Jesus Christ, then you will be invited to spend the rest of eternity with Him. On the other hand, if you reject His love, forgiveness, and salvation, then you will spend eternity apart from God forever. This life is preparation for the next and life on earth is a temporary assignment. Brothers and Sisters in Christ, God is not promising us that there will not be trials and tribulations a long the way, but He has promised that when this time occurs, He will be with us all the days of our life.

The purpose of our lives is far greater than our own personal fulfillment; it is far greater than our peace of mind, or even our happiness. It is far greater than family, our career. or even wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this earth, you must consult God. We were all born by His purpose and for His purpose. Purpose is the essence of life; it directs us in the course of our journey throughout life. A life without any purpose is like being lost at sea or lost in the desert. When your purpose in life is not the same as the purpose of God, even though you may have a purpose, you are still lost, because a wrong purpose directs you in the wrong direction.

You may be going somewhere, but it is not where you are supposed to be. Our salvation through Jesus Christ leads to our true purpose in life. Without Jesus Christ, a person is lost and therefore has no true purpose in life. As we surrender our lives to Jesus, He leads us according to His purpose. We may not fully understand God’s purpose, but through our faith in Him, “We know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according His purpose” (Romans 8:28). Everything in life we go through may not seem good to us, especially the trials and sufferings, but we know that as we trust God, the good and the bad work together to fulfill God’s purpose in our lives.

What is stopping you from fulfilling God’s purpose for your life? Is it ignorance, selfishness, pride or unlovingness towards God? At the end of your journey, what is it that you want your life to be? Is it a life without purpose; a life opposing God; a life perishable or do you want to live a life pleasing God, fulfilling His purpose, loving and serving Him for eternity? God even delays the coming of the end of the world so that more people would have the opportunity to know Him and be saved: “The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but all come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

I have watched Christians go to pieces when they have lost a loved one. The pain is REAL. I can reflect back 4 years ago when I lost my best friend and her unborn in a tragic accident the same day I was in her presence and 10 days later I lost my cousin in law in a tragic event in which I was also in her presence before it happened. I got a chance to see both of them. That was a hurtful and painful feeling! I was so devastated at that point, which opened my eyes to see things clearer knowing that God had a purpose for my life. The hurt and pain I felt drew me closer to God surrendering my life fully to Him asking Him what it was He wanted me to do. I was tired of running from God’s purpose for my life. Sometimes it takes tragic events to get our attention! And from that day forth, I have been walking in my purpose that God has laid out for me.

The truth of the matter is that God is no respector of persons and He treats and loves us all the same. If we are going to be used by God, then the first thing we need to do is understand the purpose of our lives. By going through those emotions, feelings and grief, I was ready to work for the Lord. Something I should have been doing a long time ago, but I had to experience loss, grief, hurt, disappointments, etc. to get to my breaking point. The Bible clearly makes it clear in Ephesians 1:4-5, “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world , that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us into the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will”. Not only does God want us to be a part of His family, but He also wants us to spend eternity with Him.

So what is life here about? Life is a preparation for eternity and your purpose matters. God has a long range of plans for our lives. Life is a dress rehearsal. We all need to get prepared for eternity by getting to know God, becoming more like Jesus and letting God use you to fulfill His purpose here on earth. Make your life count today! #DiscoverYourPurpose #YourPurposeMattersForEternity

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GOD is REAL

God has the power to forgive sins, but He will not put forth His power toward an impenitent sinner-Lucretia

The power of God shows us that God is not a fairytale for grownups, but a wonderful reality. Without the power of God, our faith is empty. God is not a theory, He is REAL and full of life and power. The power of God must be the foundation for our faith. The Bible says that the faith of any believer should not be founded in religious reasoning, but on the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:5 states, “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God”. We can discuss and reason all of our life, but then the power of God touches and transforms us and words are no longer needed. Then, we know with every part of our being that God is REAL and that He loves us and wants to heal and save us.

Do you long to experience the power of God in your life? Jesus Christ walked in incredible power and instructed His followers to do the same and to demonstrate the kingdom of God. We need both the love and power of God. Without the love of God, His power will be destructive. But without the power of God, His love will be useless. Many Christians have the wonderful love of God, but they don’t have the power to conquer sickness, darkness, evil, and powers of the demonic. All they can do is love and lose the battle! We need both love and the power of God.

There are many things that prove that God is REAL in my life. Throughout my life, I faced a lot of difficult situations even to this day that witness how real God is in my life. When I was 4 months pregnant with my second daughter, I had a dream that I miscarriage at 8 months. When I turned 8 months pregnant, I started having complications, in terrible pain where I cried out, “Oh, Lord this is my dream, I am going to lose my baby”! Being rushed to the hospital where emergency surgery was performed within 1 minute. My daughter was healthy, thank you Jesus! What the enemy meant for bad, God turned it around for my good! The doctor told me if I hadn’t gotten to the hospital in time, then I would have miscarriage. Now here it is 14 years later, my daughter has grown beautifully and still healthy.

It is so much I can say about God to inform you on His existence. There is a God, He is alive, in Him we live, and we survive. How can anyone deny the reality of God when they see a baby? Even when it thunderstorms, I love to listen to the rumbling of thunder. It reminds me of God’s majesty and power. The Apostle Paul said creation was the best evidence of God’s existence. “For since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen” (Romans 1:20).

The Bible itself is proof of God’s existence because He used 40 unrelated people over a period of 2000 years to write His unique love letter to us. There is nothing like the Bible because it carries the same consistent message throughout all of its 66 books. The most amazing thing about God is not that He exists, but that He loved us so much that He was willing to send His Son to earth to save us from ourselves. Jesus was with the Father from the time of creation and His arrival was predicted numerous of times. Finally, He came to live among us. Jesus is not an elusive fairytale. He is the living, breathing, touchable Son of God.

I have a strong personal friendship with God in which I possessed a long time ago. Atheists may not be convinced that God exists after listening to a storm or reading the Bible. But when I’m asked to defend my faith, I don’t start an intellectual argument. God is not the author of confusion. I must reflect on the word of God. 2 Timothy 1:12 states, “I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed”. There are many reasons I am convinced that God is REAL but the best evidence is how He forgive sins. We all fall short from the grace of God but it’s whether we make a change or continue to go through it.

I can feel God’s love from the day He created the world. From that action and other creations, I can see God’s love since He could have disregarded us but He stays with us and acts as our parent and takes care of us as His children. God’s love is unfathomable! #ThePowerofGod #GodIsREAL

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“Faith Makes All Things Possible”

The Holy Spirit moves us to trust God in such a way that we would have never done so with our own human strength. He’s also the One strengthening our faith. Our faith in God literally transforms us into people that He can trust and count on to fulfill His perfect will for humankind.

Faith allows us to condition and organize our lives in such a way. His will and purpose can be accomplished into us. He wants us to trust Him in the context of not only allowing Him to work through us but to make us become stronger, better, and wiser Christians.

I didn’t understand what God was doing in my life until I fully put my trust in Him to lead me where He wanted me to go. Taking God up on His offer, you can never go wrong. Therefore; my strength, endurance, and patience determined my level of faith. Everything that we have as a believer from salvation to the last stage of the Christian life called glorification, revolves around our faith in God through Christ Jesus. How God sees us in the area of faith is based on how much we’re willing to trust Him by allowing Him to work through us, in us, and for us.

Faith is built and strengthened by remembering how faithful God has always been in His Word along with how faithful He’s always been to us all throughout our journey. When we’re struck by a dire circumstance that seizes our whole attention to the degree that we start forgetting how powerfully God has been working through us, look back over your life and think about how God delivered and sustained you through your previous life storms. Use that as a stepping stone that will enable you to trust God more and more about the current issues and situations you are dealing with right now.

Faith and obedience walk together. If we claim that we have faith in God, we must be willing to obey what He says. Our faith in Him is the vital element that sustains us in time of needs, trials, and hard sufferings. By having faith in God, we can certainly look way beyond life’s obstacles with a firm assurance that He’s with us no matter what happens. Complete faith in God will empower you to behave in such a way just as if your best days are still ahead of you. You should strive to always look beyond them by shifting your attention away from them to what God can do on your behalf.

To summarize faith; it is trust, assurance, and confidence in God and Jesus Christ. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen”-Hebrews 11:1. Living faith does not just believe that God exist; it is demonstrated by one’s service and obedience to God. When praying to God, you must be sincere and have the faith that God will answer your prayer. Why worry when you can pray? Why pray, then worry? Your faith is increased by drawing closer to God through prayer and study of His Word.

God will increase your faith if you fervently ask Him for it and seek to draw closer to Him in prayer and reading of His Word. To complete your faith, are you willing to believe and do whatever God tells you? Will you believe God or what you can’t see? God needs to find out just as He did with Abraham-“to know” will we obey, no matter what, until the end (Matthew 10:22). To test our faith, God’s pattern is to bring us to a point- a brick wall or red sea- that seemingly have no escape. That is where He can find out what is truly in our hearts; hearts of belief or evil unbelief ( Hebrews 3:12).

‘Your hardest times Often Leads To The Greatest Moments Of Your Life. Keep The Faith. It Will Be Worth It, In The End” #TheFaithWalk

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Understanding The Battle

“Mommy, I’m hearing voices”, as my youngest daughter cried out 4 years ago! When I would go into her room, I would make her cut her television off because she had fallen asleep with it on numerous of times. When I would cut the T.V. off she would cry in despair. She stated the reason she left her television on because she was scared and hearing voices. I knew then, I was under ATTACK!

I’ve learned that if the enemy can’t get you one way, he will come through your loved ones, especially your kids. The enemy knows your weakness and will use that against you. I started in constant prayer with my daughter, together, me and her standing in her room. I also reminded her that Jesus was BIGGER than those voices she was hearing. I also educated her on how the enemy worked.

After we prayed and put it in God’s hands, she no longer experienced hearing those voices. Glory to God! God is All-Powerful. He is the Alpha the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last, the Head and not the Tail. God is good guys! Though, you may not face such an overt attack on your family, the truth of spiritual warfare exists. We have a real enemy, Satan, who wants nothing more than to destroy our lives, our thoughts, and our walks with Jesus (John 10:10). He, along with his hoard of demons, roams the earth, seeking ways to wreak havoc on God’s Kingdom (1 Peter 5:8).

Unfortunately, we tend to live in two extremes: as though Satan doesn’t exist or as though he’s bigger than God. Neither is correct! Satan does exist. He’s a created being who use to experience the paradise of God. For one defining moment, he overted his eyes from God’s glory and rejoiced in his own (Ezekiel 28:12-15). In that, he rebelled, deceiving a third of angels in heaven (Revelation 12:4). And he’s waged war ever since.

HERE ARE THREE WAYS TO COMBAT SPIRITUAL WARFARE DURING YOUR TRIALS:

1.) Understand We Are At War

Generally, we do not go to war because we understand the work and sacrifice involved. That is why war is usually considered a last option. It’s avoided at all cost when the choice is up to you. But when war has already been waged against you, the only choice you have is to fight back or surrender. As Christians, it is important to realize that war has in fact already been waged against us and we must choose how to respond. 1 Peter 5: 8 tells us: “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” There is a spiritual war going between God and the enemy and when you choose to follow Jesus Christ, you automatically become an enemy of the evil one. To not realize this, is like walking onto a battlefield unarmed and unprepared. Understanding you are at war is the first strategy for victory.

2.) Fight The Right Enemy

The greatest struggles we face as Christians are not against people or institutions. It’s against evil spiritual forces in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 warns us: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”. If we do not realize who our enemy is, then we are like a blindfolded boxer aimlessly swinging at anything that comes close. We mistakenly attack family and inaccurately label friends as foes. We must realize who our real enemy is as we fight for our faith or else our defensive attacks will do much more harm than good.

3.) Know Where Your Victory Lies

The important thing to remember about this war is that God has already won. The enemy does not want people to know God, to love Him and experience His everlasting love. Before Jesus, it seemed as if the enemy had the upper hand because sin kept us from God and since everyone sins, it appeared no one would have the chance to have a relationship with the God that made them. But then Jesus came, died on the cross as a perfect sacrifice for our sins and covers those that places their faith in Him with righteousness required to be one with God. That means if you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal Savior, you have already defeated the enemy! Hallelujah!

My advice to you is to intentionally remain where you are until God shows you an open door (no matter how difficult it may be or seem). Be encouraged that God is right there with you, and remember each encounter with Him is another opportunity to serve others.

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Recount God’s Faithfulness

God is faithful

In the book of Luke, the disciples say to Jesus, “Increase our faith”! That’s a request to the Lord. The God who gives you faith is the One who increases your faith. Jesus replied to them, “If you had faith no bigger than a tiny mustard seed, you could tell this mulberry tree to pull itself up, roots and all, and to plant itself in the ocean. And it would!” We have to pay attention to God’s faithfulness in our own lives. How often are you afraid of things in your present or future, and forget to remember God’s faithfulness in your life? God’s faithfulness in your past is a testimony to His faithfulness in your future because He doesn’t change. God will remain faithful through every season of your life.

He has already proven Himself faithful over and over again. Yet sometimes we still face new situations as if we have no previous experiences to reflect on. God’s faithfulness is based on the truth of His Word. It’s the way in which His Word has been demonstrated truthful and faithful in your life. Whatever you are facing tomorrow, believe that He will remain faithful because that is who He has been in your life.

David was a man who remembered God’s faithfulness in his life. He sings, “I will recount of Your wonderful deeds”. Recounting and remembering all that God has done in the past propels faith. In the Old Covenant, the parents and grandparents were in charge of telling their children and grandchildren of all the marvelous things God had done. This was to recount what God has done in their history.

Also, it is important to consider the Body of Christ, the Christian family; you can assist each other by reminding others of God’s faithfulness. Tell your brother or sister in Christ, “I know you’re at a low point, but can I remind you of the things He’s done in your life”? This is where family and friendships can be so valuable. Remind each other of the things that we are so prone to forget in that fearful moment. When you think back on how God never left your side during difficult moments, how He opened doors of opportunity for your life and family, how He provided every cent that was needed- all that increases your faith. I encourage you to recount and remember all of the wonderful deeds God has already done in your life. He is faithful!

In The Midst Of Your Trials-GOD Can Make Something Good Emerge


“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose’ (Romans 8:28)

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose’ (Romans 8:28).

Throughout my years as a Christian, Romans 8:28 has been my staple, my go to passage daily. It perfectly summarizes my life’s journey up until this point in my life in one sentence. This one sentence is so powerful, it’s words are so full of meaning. One of the first things that stand out for me in this verse is that it lets us know that in “‘all things, God works for the good of those who love Him”. This reassures us that God is with us every moment of our lives. Maybe you haven’t thought about it, but life’s triumphs and tragedies often arise from the same situations when circumstances make it more likely that the worst will happen but there can be just as much possibility for the best to happen. Many years ago, before my dad died, he gave me one of the best pieces of advice than anyone has ever given me when he said, “nothing is ever as good or as bad as it seems, so make the most of it”.

What are some of the things that are troubling you the most today? Somehow, there is a way to transform those difficulties into wonderful accomplishments. It’s mostly up to you and how you respond. Will you accept the tragedy or choose triumph? In times of trouble, it’s easy to exaggerate the severity of the situation. Yes, there are times when you might be in deep trouble or facing a seeming insurmountable challenge. No matter how bad things get, the sun will rise tomorrow. Persist through it all and eventually, you’ll end up on top.

Although, we may have times in our lives when we experience being without the physical presence of someone, a friend, spouse, relative, etc. to talk to and share our burdens with, I am reminded that God is with me even in my most vulnerable moments, my happy moments, my sad moments, and my quiet moments. While I am crying, sad, hurt, or even experiencing my happy life moments, God is at work in my life. He is not sitting idly by watching and waiting. He is busy ordering, directing, and orchestrating the fine details of my life. He is in control even when we feel out of control.

We must trust that God is working on it, He is there and knows what we are dealing with. God not only works on our behalf during the good times to bless us with that new promotion, new house, or something that we have prayed and asked Him for, He is also in control of the bad situations that we have. God takes our tragedies and our trials and works them together to make something good emerge.

Don’t Miss The Adventure

We can often miss the adventure that God has before us, because we get stuck in the disappointment behind us—when people or life have failed us. We move on in years, but our life often stops at the point of our greatest disappointments if we don’t go through them. We either go through what happens and manage the disappointments well, or they manage us. But despite how we feel, all the disappointment in the world will never change the promises of God, the reality of Jesus, or His destiny for our lives. None of our broken dreams, personal heartaches, or shattered plans will stop His desire for us to fulfill our purpose.

Yes, the disappointment is real. The consequences can be devastating. But to keep moving forward, we have to learn to be resilient. We have to learn to trust, like a little child. We have to learn to manage our disappointments well, so we can try again full of renewed hope. Has it ever occurred to you that, if you’ll revisit your disappointment, God can give you a new perspective of it and that it can become a tool to help others? That you can take what He gives to you and pass it on? “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

Has it ever occurred to you that God has a new trajectory for you getting to your destiny? Disappointment is a place we pass through, not a place where we stay. God wants us emotionally engaged in His purposes. Living in the moment. Fully alive. Hopeful. He wants us to let Him restore our hearts, so we can keep moving forward and fulfill His good purpose for our lives. Even when people—and life—fail us.

What Is Your Net Worth?

Net worth is a concept most people understand solely in terms of finance—it refers to the numerical figure remaining after your debts have been subtracted from your assets. Ideally, the amount is a positive number, not a negative one. The larger the number, the richer you’re thought to be from a human perspective. But from God’s perspective, net worth is quite different. He sees the whole of your life when He views your prosperity. He doesn’t divide your life into segments and evaluate you according to some kind of average of strengths and weaknesses.

God looks instead at His immeasurable love for you and the sacrifice Jesus Christ made on the cross. In that light, you’re beyond any measurement that might be associated with value (John 3:16). Once you’ve accepted Christ as your Savior and have received God’s forgiveness for your sins, you’re fully vested in God’s total prosperity plan. You qualify fully for His promises related to prosperity and blessing. That isn’t the case for non-believers. People who’ve not accepted Christ simply cannot experience full blessing—according to God’s definition of blessing—primarily because being prosperous includes prosperity in the spiritual life.

Moving forward, there are two key concepts we must understand: 1. Prosperity relates to your entire life. A person can be rich and still not be prosperous. When you think of blessing and prosperity, you must think in terms of life’s whole—a harmony that has spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, financial, and relational dimensions. 2. Prosperity is God’s plan for every believer. God’s greatest desire is that you be a whole person. He desires to bless you and cause you to grow in every area of your life in a balanced and fruitful way as you fulfill His destiny on earth. God wants you to prosper … and His plan for you goes far beyond mere financial security because He inhabits your entire life. He wants you to flourish in all areas, not just monetary ones.