“At the end of the day, honoring God leads to good things. Anything else leads to confusion, emotional exhaustion and a lack of good things.” – Lysa TerKeurst
When God leads you to the cliff, trust Him fully and let go. He’ll either catch you when you fall or teach you to fly. He closes doors no man can open and opens doors no man can close. – Eric Ludy
God has wisely kept us in the dark concerning future events and reserved for himself the knowledge of them, that he may train us up in a dependence upon himself and a continued readiness for every event. ~ Matthew Henry
Those that know me, or have been following my story here, will know that I have one phase embedded deep within me…
God is Faithful!!!!!
So it does not matter that I look a little bit like Noah, building a boat in a desert for 120 years, because in exactly the right time, in His time, I know that God will bring the rain!!!
It is in these times where we do not see God working that we have to remind ourselves of how faithful God was to us in the past.
Are you waiting on a miracle?
God is faithful to bring it!!!!
Do you need direction?
God is faithful to give it!!!!!
Do you need restoration?
God is faithful to restore!!!!!!!
If we are earnestly seeking His will for our lives, He will lead us.
As the John 11 reminds us, He is “The Good Shepard.”
So if you are submitted to Him then it doesn’t matter what it looks like in the natural, He is faithful to get you to where you need to be!!!
It really does not matter how many people tell you that you are crazy,or how many times you have doubted yourself.
God is faithful for His sake and for ours!!!
Keep building your ark!!
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Sometimes when God shows us the big picture of what He is calling us to, it seems over whelming, or even undo-able. Yet when we take things step by step, keeping our eyes firmly focused on him, life gets fairly easy to manage.
Take for instance this blog, when God told me to start it, I did so in obedience to Him, and yet had my doubts on how long it would last, as my blog track record was something like 0 and 4. I started them in my own power and about five posts in they died a horrible blog death (whatever that is).
However this blog is different. God not only started it, He sustains it by putting on my heart what next to write about.
I cannot tell you how strongly I know that God wants you to
Expect His Goodness!!!
This is an area that we as Christians need to come up in, as most of us have various reasons for not expecting any good thing from God.
I know in my spirit that this is a topic that I will be writing more and more about in the future, but for this post let me just say that
if you are reading this God wants you to know that His Goodness has nothing to do who you are or what you deserve.
It has to do with who He is.
A.W. Pink states that…..
The goodness of God is the life of the believer’s trust. It is this excellency in God which most appeals to our hearts. Because His goodness endureth forever, we ought never to be discouraged.
How can we trust God to move in our lives in a great way unless we trust Him to be good to us!
If you struggle in this area ask him to show you why?
He is faithful to do so.
God wants us to be excited about what He is going to do in our lives!!!
He wants to watch and wait for His goodness.
Just like the photo above shows, it is our choice about how we are to live.
Are we to live a bored life, always focused on self (and what we can or cannot do in our own strength)?
Or are we going to be determined to live an exciting life expecting the Goodness of God around every turn.
Knowing that He longs to be good to us!!!
God Loves you and has great thing in store for you!!! May your faith be strengthened to trust Him!
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As I read this I could not help but weep for two reasons
- I wept because I felt Gods broken heart
- I wept because of our lost potential
I wept because I felt Gods broken heart
There is no denying it, God has given me a heart that is tender for Him. I often weep when I am reading scripture and see how much He loves us and how much He has been “long-suffering.”
When I read, I am not fooled into thinking that it was only “they” those who lives in Biblical times, that pained my God’s heart, no, I realize that far too often it is I that have caused Him to suffer.
We all have.
Far too often we get lulled into focusing on “the world” around us, which causes us to lose track of the fact that God has a heart that aches for us, a heart that is saddened when we forget Him or deliberately turn our backs on Him.
Yes, God is strong enough to “take it,” yes, God will forgive us when we “give it,” and we all have times (especially as baby Christians) when wrestling with God is something we need to do, if only to realize that He will still love us when we come out the other side, but in every-day, regular life, we need to be a people who care about hurting God.
We need to love God more than anything else and put Him first in all we do….which leads to why
I wept because of our lost potential
My heart breaks over how much time I have wasted. God says that if we just keep our eyes on Him that He would give us a good life.
Now, that God life will look different for each person (in other words it’s not all about money), however, I know, that I know, that I know, that God’s heart for us is that He wants to love and be loved by us and in that, wants to bless us. But just not randomly, He wants to bless our socks off.
While some people do not believe that I do.
God is love, and all good things come from him.
God gave us the ultimate gift already, Jesus, He is a giver.
Plus it has always been my experience that as God blesses others I notice.
And as God blesses me people notice. People who love God, and people who do not.
Why wouldn’t God want to get “the worlds” attention by showing how wonderful a father He is, by always providing for all our needs, and by giving us many blessings that we do not deserve?
Yet, I along with others of my faith, our faith, have wasted precious time by going my own way, by aligning my heart with a desire instead of with God.
As a result others that needed to see His goodness, did not.
Now I am not sure exactly what percentage of part I play in God’s orchestration of bringing others to Him but even if I was 1% of the equation, I am grieved that I made it 1% harder for someone to come to Christ.
I am going print and post Deuteronomy 5:27-29 to remind myself what is important, to remind myself that as Jesus said I am to love God and then I am to love others. Care to join me?
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Eugene H. Peterson, The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2005), Dt 5:27–29.
The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.
– John Newton (Amazing Grace)