“For Your glory, I will do anything. Just to see You, to behold You as my King.”
Too often I’ve caught myself desiring more of God’s hand and not His heart. I’ve allowed my circumstances to compromise my fellowship with Him. I would get so caught up in what God promised, what I expected to see and the fact that I wasn’t seeing it to affect my praise, my worship and my prayer. But I didn’t realize that if I would just seek Him all of those things would be added unto me anyways. (Matthew 6:33) It may not happen when I wanted it to, but it would surely come and would not delay. (Galatians 6:9) But let’s be real, you don’t just have a desire to chase after God’s heart overnight. It’s a process. And sometimes God will allow you to go through to see where your heart really is. Boy, boy, boy I’ve failed that test plenty of times. But thanks to my gracious God, He picks me back up, dusts me off and brings me back into fellowship with Him. Dusty and all, as long as I’m willing.
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Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV)
Things are bound to happen in life. Mistakes will be made, tears will be shed and feelings will be hurt. There’s nothing that we can do to prevent offenses but we can control how we handle the offense. Jesus was gracious enough to die for our sins even though most of us turn our backs on Him daily, even if it may not be intentional. One thing we all know is that even though we don’t deserve it God still shows us grace. He still forgives us and welcomes us back into fellowship with Him. But too many times we don’t extend the same grace to others. We hold on to our offenses thinking that we’re hurting the other person when really we’re hurting ourselves and delaying our own spiritual growth. I can’t speak for you but no one can get in the way of my purpose. I can’t walk around with a bag full of grudges on my shoulder because I have greater waiting on me. I’m not going to step outside of my divine season, place or character for another person because greater is waiting on me. I won’t stoop to someone else’s level because greater is waiting on me. Jesus will fight my battles so why put myself in a position for unnecessary hurt and defeat when the battle is already won? Getting to this place doesn’t happen overnight, there’s levels to this ;), and with God’s grace I will continue to grow, mature, elevate, prosper and extend His grace. Cause how can I withhold something from someone else that I don’t even deserve?
Peace and love.
Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. – John 15:5 (NLT)
Today is a day that many of us will never forget. For those that have lost loved ones or may be going through a dry season, be encouraged on today and know that God is with you and His will, will always prevail. Below is the Psalm 23 chapter that I broke down to encourage and saturate my spirit and meditate on what this beloved scripture really means. There is no better day than today to share it with you all. Be blessed.
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Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
I’ve always struggled with staying motivated and trusting God through all circumstances. But as of recently I’ve noticed that I’m really getting to a place of focusing on doing ME. I’m no longer distracted by what’s going on around me but am focused on continuing to grow in God and building my empire. It’s a wonderful feeling to finally be able to get to this place and I know that God will really be able to mature me and use me all the more because my priority is truly Him. So what has taken control of your heart and mind? What are you focused on? Are you focused on the cares of this world and the opinions of others or are you tuned in to the one that really matters the most? If your focus isn’t where it’s supposed to be you may want to re-prioritize and get your focus back in order. There’s nothing better than being in a place of gratitude because you’ve let go of all the cares that were holding you down. So release what has you bound and thank God in advance for where He’s taking you. You may be in the midst of difficult times but God is always near and He hasn’t forgotten about you. Just make sure you haven’t forgotten about Him. As always….
Peace and love.
***P.S. Happy September all! We’re 9 months into this year and although you may not see what God has promised you, this year still isn’t over yet. I’m excited to see what God is going to do and cannot wait to share it with you all! Be on the look-out because it is coming soon, God is already turning things around!! :)***
We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. – Hebrews 12:2 (NLT)