“HE makes all things beautiful in HIS time.” [Ecclesiastes 3:17]. There is a reason why it says in HIS time not OUR time. Sometimes we get so impatient with not seeing the answers to what we have prayed for, or what we’re expectant of, we feel God has forgotten about us or that he simply doesn’t care. We forget that God knows us more than we know ourselves. His timing may feel longer than what we’re used to, but it is perfect. We may feel like we need what we are praying for right when we ask for it, but God being Alpha and Omega knows our beginning and end, he sees the future. Therefore, the blessing we may be praying for may be what we think we want but not what we need at the moment we need it. As long as it is in the will of God for your life, God will never leave you wanting. Be patient. The Bible says in James 1:4 “Let patience have its perfect work in you, that you may be perfect, complete, lacking nothing.” When God wants to bless you he never wants to do it half heartedly. He does it wholeheartedly when everything in you and around you is complete, and perfect for his work. Good things take time and every good thing comes from God. So wait, be patient, and in your patience trust that Gods will for your life will always be far greater than your will for yours.☝🏾
“Reckless Love” – Cory Asbury
The overwhelming, never ending reckless love of God, chases me down, fights till I’m found and leaves the 99. Nothing more beautiful than His love. It was His love that saved me and His love that changed me. Therefore, I am forever indebted. Love this song!
“They do not belong to this world any more than I do. Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.” John 17:16-17 (NLT) — Jesus prayed for His disciples in this manner for a reason. He knew the moral, mental and physical corruption that exists in this world and He prayed to God, that He may sanctify them by His truth. It is so easy to get lost in a world of “everyone’s doing it” we forget who we belong to. Being in this world but not of it speaks of a body of believers who choose to say NO to anything contrary to the will of God. Through the ridicule, through the misunderstandings and hate, these are a body of people who have seen the true light, and are choosing to hold on to it. This light has shone in their hearts, in the face of Jesus Christ, and there is no looking back. God is looking for a people who desire such separation and consecration in order to be pleasing before their maker. It’s tough, I find myself compromising Gods truth at times, just so i’m not the “odd one out.” However, this is what we have been called to do. To stand out even when we find ourselves standing alone. This is the kind of separation our Heavenly Father seeks. Jesus said: “But the time is coming, indeed it’s here now; when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way.” John 4:23 (NLT) — There is no middle ground when it comes to TRUTH. You’re either all in, or you’re not. We cannot afford to compromise exuding His aura & presence for a world that is fleeting. Instead, we must be light in the world, like a city on a hill that cannot be hidden. Even when we find ourselves to be the only city standing.
One call that is expected of every believer, is the call to grow into maturity. The Bible says in 1st Corinthians 13:11 — “When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.” Growth is very essential in our walk with God. If we are not growing then we are drifting. The scripture here encourages us to receive the word of God with sincere hearts fixed on God. Thorns here represent the cares of this life. We can listen to great sermons, read the word daily and listen to all the worship there is, but if our hearts are consumed with the pleasures of this world, it will eventually choke the word of life in us, which makes it hard to live out lives sold out to God. We know the cares of this life that consume us, whether it be social media, our businesses, the desire to be in a relationship or even just the drive to make it in life. All these things are great, but they begin to choke the truth when we put them first & give all our attention to them. The Bible says in Mathew 6:24 — “No one can serve two masters. For you will love one and hate the other.” Your growth is determinant on who you choose to serve & give your time/effort to. The cares of this life, that only profit but a little, or the creator who encompasses life that is abundant & internally satisfying.
To willingly bring ourselves back to being enslaved to what Jesus has willingly set us free from, makes me question our true understanding of redemption. We know the story of redemption so well. The story of Jesus offering up Himself to be sin for us [even though we were the real sinners], just so we could be set free from SIN itself. We acknowledge his death with our mouths, but our lifestyles speak otherwise. That is why my prayer every single day is; Lord, bring me to understand the story of redemption. The story of you redeeming me back to yourself through your death. Because if I truly understood the lengths you went through for the expense of my sin, I wouldn’t continue to give myself to things that only end in death and destruction. Galatians 5:1 says: “Stand fast in the liberty where Christ has set you free, and do not be entangled anymore in the yoke of bondage.” — how do we stand? By taking heed to the scriptures, by allowing the redemptive power in the blood change us for the better. By daily asking God to uproot every carnal nature in us, and to give us His spirit. Look, i’d be lying if i said living right was easy. It’s not…but it is extremely possible only through CHRIST. Nobody wants to be a slave to sin because it makes you feel further away from God, it brings feelings of guilt, condemnation and unworthiness. Therefore, if sin is something you feel enslaved to, simply cry out to God and ask Him to help you choose obedience to His truth, rather than obedience to your flesh. The Bible says: “with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” [Romans 10:10]. The more we confess our inability to live right on our own, and ask for Gods mercy, the faster we will begin to see a change. For it is God who works in us, both to will and do of His good pleasure. [Philippians 2:13]. Amen❤️
This is deep because it hits home. Isolation can be so detrimental to ones faith. The moment we begin to isolate ourselves from church, from His word, and from the assembly of our brethren and those who aid our walk spiritually, the more access the enemy has to afflict our minds. From experience, the most detrimental thing we can do is to detach ourselves from the TRUTH a.k.a the word of God. The scriptures tell us that it is the truth that sets us free. Therefore, if we are not connecting to the truth, then we are connecting to confusion, deceit, and lies. And the ultimate lie is believing we can make it and survive outside of Jesus. Believe me, I have tried and I have failed each and every single time. The Bible tells us that all people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” [1 Peter 1:25]. We can only glory in ourselves for so long until we realize how fleeting it can be, and how temporary our “happiness” outside of God lasts. The most important part of this message i’m trying to relay is; staying connected to the TRUTH is the only way we can ever experience eternal joy, peace and wholeness internally. Isolation from this truth will only bring about the opposite. So i encourage anyone reading this right now to stay connected to the truth and keep it close. Remember, the more we detach from this truth, the more susceptible we are to everything contrary to what the truth entails. Deuteronomy 11:18 – “Commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands, and wear them on your foreheads as a reminder.” 💕
Trust the wait. It is in the wait where we find Him. It is in the wait where we learn to trust him, and it is in the wait where we learn to be content with His will and mind for us. It’s tough, but I know it is more rewarding to trust in a God who knows me better than I will ever know myself. I know it is more rewarding to trust in a God who sees my end from my begining. It is in the wait i will get to understand that his will and not my own will, will undoubtedly bring me to where I need to be and not where I want to be. Because His will is divine, and it will always be for my good! #trustthewait ✨ “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” [Psalms 27:14].