I’m Nothing Without You

(Intentional Prayer)
Pray the Scriptures: Lord, no matter the successes I accomplish during my time here on earth, I am conscious of the fact that I’m nothing without You. As was when You chose to create me in Your likeness, You continuously provide the air that I need to breathe, and permit the steps that I am to take. In Your tireless love for me, You have given me life with the intention of abundance; for You sent Your Son that I may have life and have it to the full. A rich and satisfying life, indeed; I won’t forget. I will ponder this […]

(Intentional Prayer)

Pray the Scriptures – My Prayer:

Lord, no matter the successes I accomplish during my time here on earth, I am conscious of the fact that I’m nothing without You. As was when You chose to create me in Your likeness, You continuously provide the air that I need to breathe, and permit the steps that I am to take. In Your tireless love for me, You have given me life with the intention of abundance; for You sent Your Son that I may have life and have it to the full. A rich and satisfying life, indeed; I won’t forget. I will ponder this.

Lord, I cannot do anything within my own strength. It is not by force (power) nor by strength, but by Your Spirit. Although I cannot accomplish anything in Your name utilizing my own strength; miraculously, by the power of Your Spirit, all things can be so.

I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.

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Don’t Be Fooled by the Distraction – You Are More Than Enough

In spite of everything that is going on around us, we must choose joy and have a thankful heart. Philippians 4:4-9 is a familiar passage of Scripture. But just because something is familiar does not mean that we do not need reminders and a renewed mind. Isaiah 26:3 (NLT) tells us that God will keep us in perfect peace, all who trust in Him; all whose thoughts are fixed on God! So, when Satan comes to distract us, we must go to God and allow Him to renew our minds […]

Today was kind-of an off day for me. I’ve had many of those over the past several years. You know the kind of day that I’m referring to. You woke up feeling excited about a new direction that God is taking your life in. You feel His favor showering upon you. Those days of nothingness are starting to feel like there is substance and purpose and finally, direction. That joy you have been seeking, well, it appears to be on the horizon. You have a little extra pep in your step. When you speak, you hear it yourself. Hmmm, I think I might be experiencing peace.” Peace. Joy. A little bit of happiness. All in one day. You take a deep breath. “Wait a minute? I’m actually breathing again.”

Then, those old feelings of defeat begin to resurface. Anxiety tries to work it’s way back in. You’re thinking, “I knew this was too good to be true.” At first, it’s not even about you. Every text message, every phone call, it’s regarding some stressful event in someone else’s life. No, the news is not brought to you with the intention of bringing you down, but Satan tries to use those moments as a way to creep back in. You want to be compassionate and offer a listening ear and support, but you are starting to drown in the cares of everyone else’s life. Then, it happens. You begin to start doubting the direction you thought your life was heading in. You begin to even start doubting yourself. “Am I really enough? Can God really use me?”

This was my day on today. I began to feel unworthy of the blessings that God is manifesting and about to bring into my life. “I’m just little old me”, I constantly heard myself saying; as if I’m unimportant and what I have to share with the world is not enough.

But God says, not so. You are enough, because you have ME.

You are enough because God is ordering your steps. Do you see how Satan works? He oftentimes won’t come at you directly, but he’ll try to use everything else that is happening around you to try to distract you. He wants you and I to feel defeated and exhausted and overwhelmed, just by life itself, so that we don’t have the time for and the desire to continue to pursue the things of God. He tries to bring all of these questions of doubt into our minds.

So, what’s the solution? In spite of everything that is going on around us, we must choose joy and have a thankful heart.

Philippians 4:4-9 is a familiar passage of Scripture. But just because something is familiar does not mean that we do not need reminders and a renewed mind. Isaiah 26:3 (NLT) tells us that God will keep us in perfect peace, all who trust in Him; all whose thoughts are fixed on God! So, when Satan comes to distract us, we must go to God and allow Him to renew our minds. Continue reading “Don’t Be Fooled by the Distraction – You Are More Than Enough”

Say “I’m Blessed”

(Intentional Prayer)
Pray the Scriptures: Lord, in Your omniscience, You have made things so simple for me. You knew exactly what I would need. God, Your Word says that I am blessed because I believed that You would and will do just what You said. How clear is that? Nothing is complicated when it comes to my relationship with You. I am blessed. I believe it and receive it because You said it. Lord, I say it loud for all to hear, “I AM BLESSED!” […]

(Intentional Prayer)

Pray the Scriptures – My Prayer:

Lord, in Your omniscience, You have made things so simple for me. You knew exactly what I would need. God, Your Word says that I am blessed because I believed that You would and will do just what You said. How clear is that? Nothing is complicated when it comes to my relationship with You.

I am blessed. I believe it and receive it because You said it.

And I am certain that You, God, who began the good work within me, will continue Your work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. I can trust the plans that You have for me and I can know that You would never lead me astray. Any path that You give me to follow will always draw me closer to You. Help me to walk intimately with You and to not deter from the good work You have assigned to me. Make it plain, so that I will recognize Your presence and be freed from all doubt.

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God, Use Me

(Intentional Prayer)
Pray the Scriptures: Lord, as you work in me, giving me the desire and the power to do what pleases you, provide me with the renewed strength that I need to wait on you. God, I want to cooperate with Your well-constructed and thought out plan for my life. As Elohim, God, Mighty Creator, You have arranged all that I need to get through this life, and in Your perfect sovereign will and kairos moments, El Shaddai, God Almighty, You allow these resources to flow in and out of my life […]

(Intentional Prayer)

Lord, as you work in me, giving me the desire and the power to do what pleases you, provide me with the renewed strength that I need to wait on You. God, I want to cooperate with Your well-constructed and thought out plan for my life. As Elohim, God, Mighty Creator, You have arranged all that I need to get through this life, and in Your perfect sovereign will and kairos moments, El Shaddai, God Almighty, You allow these resources to flow in and out of my life. My connection with You has ameliorated the former condition of my life.

Simply put, God, you have made things better!

El Roi, the God who Sees Me, as I aim to be a light for others that leads directly to You, I want to follow your instructions and do everything without complaining and arguing so that no one can criticize me. Aid me in living a clean life as Your child so that I may shine like a bright light in a world full of evilness. As I read and study Your Word, shower me with the know how to hold firmly to the word of life; then when Christ returns, I will be satisfied that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless.

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Acknowledge Where You Are

Philippians 4:4  (NLT) says, “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!” Deliverance comes through acknowledgement of where we are on our journey with the Lord. It is critical that we reject and release the baggage that we carry that hinders us from seeing ourselves as Christ does […]

Deliverance comes through acknowledgement of where we are on our journey with the Lord. It is critical that we reject and release the baggage that we carry that hinders us from seeing ourselves as Christ does. Our release should be to God, the one who can offer us healing and the deliverance that we seek.

Our recognition of our struggles does not reveal or inspire weakness in the sense that we are displaying that this life is getting the best of us; but, alternatively, it is revealing our frailty as a result of our inability to fix things that we were never meant to handle on our own. Instead, we are choosing to look to the God of our strength for a renewed mind and attitude.

Philippians 4:4  (NLT) says,
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!

How in the world are we to rejoice when things around us bring chaos?

We begin by acknowledging to God, “I need Your help! I cannot do anything in and of myself to fix my life. These situations are out of control and I need You, God, to infuse life into what is broken.”

Philippians 4:6 (NLT) tells us,
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

It is in releasing everything to God in prayer where we begin to find relief from our worries and can then begin to thank God for all that He has done; even while we are still in the process.

Can we get to that place where we find the peace that God offers to us?

God’s Word says that we can.

Philippians 4:7 (NLT) goes on to say,
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

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No More

Romans 8:23‭-‬25 NLT says,
And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)

Ummmm! Patience. Huh? Could you repeat that please?

P-A-T-I-E-N-C-E

Am I really waiting patiently if I cannot stop complaining?

Am I hoping for what I do not see while giving God thanks for all that He has already done, knowing that He is faithful and He will come through for me again and again and again?

Am I remembering that Christ suffered and as such, so will I?

This morning, I was reading through my prayer devotional. I cannot recall exactly what I read in that moment where I just began thanking God for what He has already done. All I  can remember is this spirit of thankfulness coming over me. Instead of focusing on my suffering, which is nothing in comparison to all that Christ endured for me, I began to focus on the faithfulness of God. I remembered that “No More” should I be complaining, because I have so much to be thankful for.

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What Now?

Life!

Who knew that things would be this way! We plan or sometimes we don’t. Either way, life still happens, most times without much say from us. We are not in control. God is! Yes, we are fully aware of this.

Now, if you are not aware of this fact, keep living, and as you go through different tests and trials meant to draw you closer to God, you will begin to see who is really in control. We often struggle with this. We orchestrate and manipulate things to align them to our will and desires. But guess what? God’s will, will prevail, whether we cooperate or not.

The answer, the key, the “what now” that we are seeking, is to do just that, COOPERATE WITH GOD!

What does that mean?

That is definitely easier said than done. Because of sin and our fallen nature, we are in a constant battle with the enemy, satan, but also with ourselves. We trust God. We know that He is faithful and that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Yet, we still struggle. We are anxious and we often worry our way through the day. Life can bring about some challenging situations and we simply want it all resolved immediately. I am a true believer of God’s miraculous power and His ability to do things suddenly, in an instant, if He so desires and works to make things happen that way in our lives. However, often, he chooses to make us wait so that His greater purpose will be manifested in our lives. This waiting period produces the struggle between our will and God’s; between our timing and God’s. It can even produce a wavering in our overall trust in God.

time for change, concept of new, life changing and improvementLike at this very moment, and basically through out this entire day, this feeling that I have carried around with me in the pit of my stomach has been overwhelming and almost unbearable. The moving, out of control, pieces of my life have exhausted me. I know God is in control. I know He is there carrying me through. I know my wilderness experience is coming to an end and that my promised land is right over the horizon. I know he has good intentions for my life and that if I continue to wait and continue to focus on Him, He is going to further reveal to me that plan and I will start to see all of the pieces fit together.

Nevertheless, I find myself seemingly not cooperating with God, and I cannot seem to truly shake this feeling that I carry with me when something is troubling me; when my trust is wavering. It’s a constant reminder that true peace, the peace that God offers to me, is eluding me. That is not how God intended for things to be.

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