Posts Tagged ‘trust’

The Pain of Change

Which is worse: the pain of change or the pain of never changing? –Joyce Meyers

Recently I read the statement, :Which is worse: the pain of change or the pain of never changing.? I realized she was really on to something . How many times have we chosen to stay somewhere because we are afraid to move? For those of us that have a heart for Jesus, we find ourselves not wanting to step out because we are so afraid of making the wrong decision. We wait and we wait, waiting for God to move. However, God says, “I know your waiting on me, but my beloved, I am waiting on you.”

Were so afraid of making a mistake that we don’t move at all. Friends, I really believe that if we want all that God has for us, we are going to have to step out where it is a little uncomfortable and even a little scary. Simply because we are out of our comfort zones. And when there is change there is growth. And because the Word says that, “without faith it is impossible to please Him.“ Hebrews 11:6. We have to have faith that God is going to carry us. If we do make a mistake, it will be perfected in Christ Jesus.

Recently I was speaking to a mentor and she asked me what I was afraid of. I simply said, “I am afraid of making a mistake.” She says to me, “Why is it that when were in the world we are not afraid to say or do what we want, but somehow when we come to Christ were so afraid we don’t move to do anything.” Friends you cant live in fear. Sometimes, your destiny is going to cause you to step into places that are not comfortable. Don’t be afraid of making a mistake, if you do, it wont be wasted. God wastes nothing. Everything will be perfected for HIS glory. Here’s something else I learned recently. When blessings come to you SUDDENLY, things begin to happen very quickly and your wondering how it could be happening? Remember that chances are you have been praying about that thing and asking God for it for a long time. So it isn’t all of a sudden. It has been delicately crafted from the first time you spoke it out loud and asked God for it. Its just your prayers are now bearing fruit. God does answer our prayers and sometimes it takes awhile and sometimes its suddenly. But if you have been asking God for change in your life, remember, change produces growth, and growth requires stretching.

So although it may be temporarily painful, for you to be all that God is requiring of you, it is going to mean allowing Him to make changes in your life. And those changes require trust and faith. Be blessed my friends and know that God loves you too much to let you stay the way you are. As you step out in faith God will lead you into greater things.–


Making Your Life Work

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the LORD. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” Jeremiah 29:11 NLT “I did it by myself,” “I am the captain of my fate.” These are a few examples of some perspectives on how to make life work. Everyday, millions of people wander aimlessly lost, seeking love and significance in all the wrong places without a clue as to how to make life work. We need always to remember Jesus’ reminder that “apart from me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

When we try to make life work without the resurrection power of God at work in us through the Holy Spirit, we can be sure that we will never be able to make life work the way God intended. Many ignore their need for God when enjoying all of the pleasures and blessings of life without any of the heartbreak or problems about which we are warned will come time and time again in Scripture. Making life work in our marriages, parenting, relationships, finances, and work places often requires more longsuffering, patience, self control, and love than we can supply in our own strength. Jesus tells us that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. When we seek to be our own way, truth, and life, we are headed for trouble. Trying to make life work without the miracle worker is a futile pursuit.

Jesus not only promises but has the power to keep His promises to work all things for the good of those who love Him.

Friends, be encouraged in knowing that God has not forgotten you. There maybe many of you feeling displaced or as if there is no real purpose for you, except to work and make money, or to trot through life just existing. Friends, you have purpose, and your life has meaning. But it is a matter of perspective. How do you see yourself? How you see yourself or even how others see you is not nearly as significant as how God sees you. He says, you are the apple of my eye. Hmm so what does that actually mean? The term “The apple of my eye” is an old idiom and is first mentioned in the Bible in the Book of Psalms chapter 17 verse 8 (also in 3 other places in the bible) talking of guarding the apple of my eye. In those days the apple of the eye was actually referring to the pupil / cornea part of the eye. Sight is always considered a precious thing and during that time was no exception.

So the same way you would go to all lengths to protect and guard your eyesight is the same way you would love and protect someone you care about. God wants to do the same for us. But we have to choose to accept His Love. Love is a choice. The only way we can truly make our life work for us the way God intended, is to accept his love and his help. Once we accept His love than we will be able to accept all the blessings he has for us. And that will include feeling fulfilled in your life and having peace in your life wherever you find yourself today.

Friends, God loves us more than we can ever humanly comprehend. Remember this, “If you were the only person on the planet, God would still send His son to die just for you!”

If You Were The Enemy Who Would You Use?

I think of all the eye opening things that God has showed me, this has been one of my most important lessons yet. And it is my prayer that you too will gain new understanding about this powerful message.

Maybe at some point in your life you have wondered why when things seem to be going well and your doing what you’re supposed to be doing, things go wrong. Your living for God your trusting God and as you share with the people you love they begin putting you and your ideas down.

You might have told them about what God is doing for you and what you know he wants to do through you. And to your surprise the people you love most, doubt you. They begin criticizing you and really making you feel bad about what you know God is doing for you.

They may laugh and say things like, “I know what’s best for you,” or “You’ll regret it and you’ll be sorry if you do it, “What makes you think you can do that?” and “, “Yeah, yeah we’ve been through this before.” And maybe you have been somewhere similar to this before, but in your heart you know this time is different.

You’re hearing this but you can’t believe what you’re hearing. What’s the deal? They are supposed to love you and support you.

And now your head is swimming with mixed emotions. So you begin to second guess yourself & believe them because for the most part they have always been right. Sound familiar?

See when God plants a seed in your heart, the enemy wants to destroy it at its earliest stages. So he will use the people closest to you to do it. Understand that it is not a personal thing but a spiritual thing. The enemy doesn’t care about you, but he most certainly cares about who is inside you.

So don’t be misled! You can bet he will use, your spouse, parents, siblings, children, grandparents and best friends etc. All of whom you love, respect, admire and most importantly trust. No one is excluded from this.

Now you might be wondering how a Christian can be used by the enemy? I had wondered that myself. My pastor would tell me they could but I didn’t understand how.

Well they can, because they are human first of all and we are all fallible. But anger, hurt and jealousy are key emotions that the enemy will use against us. When we become angry for the wrong reasons, (like selfishness for example.) It causes spiritual weakness that allows the enemy a foothold into our lives if even for a moment.

So because they are hurt or angry they say things they don’t really mean.
This of course doesn’t mean they don’t love you or that they are possessed. It simply means we are all vulnerable and were not perfect.

But whatever they try and convince you of remember, God is truth, he will convict you in the spirit, reminding you of things you’ve done wrong, so you will ask his forgiveness for those sins. But he will never condemn you! He will never make you feel less of a person or try and intimidate you.

How ridiculous would that be, for him to put something in your heart only to turn around and make you feel bad about it? That’s not how God works; he loves us unconditionally and only wants the best for us.

God says, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
— Jeremiah 29:11

God loves you and will only speak good things into your life; success, growth, happiness, peace, self worth. Things to encourage you, never things to discourage you. God will never depress you or oppress you, that’s the enemy’s tactics. Things of God will lift you up; they will inspire you and motivate you.

So begin thinking about that person in your life who has so much influence over you, who you trust completely, who you love dearly and who you know loves you too… Think about this…If you were the enemy who would you try and use?

Be encouraged and be blessed-
To God be the Glory

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