Saturday, November 18, 2017

November 18

Prayer works! God is listening to the cries of His children and is ready to respond. Just when you think that a situation is too hard for God to handle, and it looks like there is no way it could work out biblically, He surprises you with a last second pass into the end-zone! After questioning the direction that I felt God was sending me in, and praying for Him to please throw roadblocks in my way if it wasn’t His will, He didn’t, so I kept going! It turns out that there was no other way to handle it and be effective. I just kept praying and crying out to Him. My heart and head were out of sync, which made it very hard to continue on that path, but wisdom prevailed; not my own, but God’s! Sometimes I don’t like the way He works, but when I saw the pieces fall into place, I knew that His plan was the only way. Trust Him and when you think you’ve prayed enough, pray again, and don’t pray alone!

Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven. Psalms 107:28-30

Friday, November 17, 2017

November 17

Some days are just made for praise! God doesn’t have to do anything to be worthy of your praise. He doesn’t owe you a thing! He is worthy because of who He is. Your wants and needs being met, should not be required of Him for you to give Him the praise He deserves. He is the giver of all creation! Are you not just in awe of who He is? Oh, if we only understood the magnitude of our mighty God, then we might give Him all of ourselves, all of our praise, all of our worship, and be completely undone because of Him. Do you not realize what kind of being it takes to create each of us individually, with our own mind, body, and spirit? His magnificence is beyond our capacity to understand, and yet He has given us a glimpse of who He is through Jesus. Jesus says that if you’ve seen Him you’ve seen the Father. Spend some time worshiping Him today, He deserves it!

In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. (5)And I said: "Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!" Isaiah 6:1 & 5

Thursday, November 16, 2017

November 17

I can almost taste the pumpkin pie right now! Thanksgiving is just around the corner and all the festivities surrounding this holiday are in full swing. Oh, but wait, what am I saying? We’re already in full swing for Christmas, and Thanksgiving is not even here yet! Candy canes, Christmas trees, and twinkle lights are already on full display! What happened to my favorite holiday? Have we forgotten it? Now, I know this is not a biblical holiday, but neither is Christmas! I love that we all pause with our families and speak out loud the things we are most thankful for. God has blessed all of us who live in the United States with freedom and plenty, but we sometimes take that for granted. That’s why we should never overlook this important holiday, and keep it centered around God and our thankfulness to Him for all He has done for us. Let the festivities begin!

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! Psalms 100:4

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

November 15

Most people may not realize this, but as a real estate agent, you work for months without pay. It can take quite a while to match a buyer with their perfect home. Then, once they are matched, you are still about a month and a half away from payday. It’s not a job for the faint of heart, and sometimes it takes selling a home a couple of times before a contract actually sticks! But when it comes, it is oh so sweet! It’s like that with most things you work hard for. Christianity seems the same way; loving Jesus is not hard, but loving people for Jesus can sometimes be. We work hard to love the unlovable, reach the lost, and bring the word of His saving grace to the world, all while trying to maintain our faith in Him ourselves. It is a fulfilling life and the payoff will one day lead us into His very presence. I can’t think of a better reason to keep doing what I’m doing. I hope you feel the same way.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

November 14

The Bible tells us to be anxious for nothing, but what do you do when anxiety sets in and your nerves are in overdrive? You’ve prayed for peace, but it seems distant. The things you’re dealing with may be overwhelming you because you know that you need to carefully consider your steps and use wisdom, but at some point it changed from wisdom to worry. I wish I could give you some kind of exercise that would help you alleviate your uneasiness, but you need to consider that you may be lacking trust. Do you trust that God has your best interest at heart? We must remember that for those who love God, all things work together for good. The root cause of anxiety is fear. Your best bet is to take whatever is causing your fear and set it at the foot of the cross. Trust that Jesus will carry that burden and that His plan will prevail no matter what your circumstances are.

Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. Psalms 55:22

Monday, November 13, 2017

November 13

I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Ikea on a Sunday, but that’s a crazy place! You know immediately what kind of day it’s going to be when you pull in and can’t find decent parking in that giant parking lot. People turn off the world when they go in there; standing in the aisles, stopping abruptly, and running into others with those uncontrollable carts. It’s as if they are the only ones there! That store has anything and everything you need for a house except for the outer walls and the roof; maybe not the toilets, I didn’t see any of those. A lot of times I think we throw out our consideration for others when we get into a frenzied place, all bets are off and people become less than human. Though we may have the tendency to jump in and follow the behavior of the crowd, we still have the image of Jesus to uphold. Remember who you are! You are royalty and should behave as such.

for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. Galatians 3:26

Sunday, November 12, 2017

November 12

Do you recognize patterns in your life where you can see the hand of God working? He has a well laid plan for each of us, however most people don’t see it or understand it. Some of our trials may be used by God to set us on His path. Be careful though, the devil will lie to you and get you to think that no possible good could come from this, which will end up being true if you believe those lies. Most don’t see how He could use it because of the pain they are suffering right now. It’s like you're in a tunnel, but you can’t see the light at the end of it. You’re straining hard to see that light because you still have hope, but you forgot to take your sunglasses off. If you're going through something right now, God will send someone to counsel you; it could be a human who’s been through a similar trial, or it may be the Holy Spirit; either way, you’re in good hands. Receive His counsel.

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:26-27