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We spend so much of our lives waiting for “the right person.” The right person to marry. The right person to hire us for that career-making job. The right person to make it happen, whatever “it” is. Many years ago, after diving into a relationship with someone who “might be the one” (she wasn’t), I […]
It was the enemy’s plan to get you involved in situations and relationships that he knew would leave you broke, brokenhearted, hurt or bitter in the end. Like Eve, you didn’t understand what you had or what God had given you. You took the enemy’s bait because you liked what you saw and you thought you were missing something.
The devil wants you to see yourself as a loser, but it was he who lost. How do I know? Well, just look at yourself. What the enemy was hoping would happen to you, didn’t happen. It didn’t work.
So, he lost. You didn’t.
Not only did he lose, but he lost you.
Yes, you were down for a moment, but you got up again.
You still win.
Did you want to give up? Yes. Did you want to walk away? Yes, but God didn’t let you. The word of God is so deeply rooted in you that you couldn’t walk away from the Word even if you wanted to.
God brought you through it and He brought you out of it. You’re not in it anymore. It’s behind you. Stop looking back.
No, you didn’t count the cost before you got involved, but don’t waste any more time counting your losses. Stop counting your mistakes.
You may have lost some things, but there is nothing that you have lost that God can’t restore and there is nothing broken that He cannot fix.
You still win.
settled: to stand firm, be stationed, take an upright position, to be fixed, to be ready, to be planted
And wherefore have you made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? It is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink (Numbers 20:5).
When twelve spies were sent to investigate the land, they brought back grapes, figs and pomegranates for the children of Israel to taste and see. O taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man that trusts in him (Psalm 34:8). God promised to bring them up and out of Egypt and into a land flowing with milk and honey, but they were complaining because where they were, didn’t look like what God promised. They no longer believed what was told to them.
They were tired of the wilderness, but the wilderness was necessary. They acted like their new home was the wilderness, but it was designed for them to go through, not to live in. This place was preparing them for the next place, but they didn’t like this season of their life and what was good for them was now labeled as evil.
Seed makes things grow, but even in a place that had no seed, God always made sure they were fed. There was no water in the wilderness, yet they drank water. But they were still not satisfied.
I know they say that nothing grows in the wilderness, but the children of Israel should have been growing and maturing. The wilderness journey was their time to learn how to believe, trust and to depend on God. They couldn’t see Him, but they saw His works, signs, wonders and His glory. They didn’t know Him and this was their opportunity to learn of Him. This was a time of testing to reveal to them what was in their hearts. The word of God should be hidden in our hearts, but sometimes we have things hiding in our hearts that shouldn’t be there.
The lack of seed wasn’t the problem. The problem was that they refused to become a seed. Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it can only be a single seed. But if it dies, it bears much fruit (John 12:24). To become more than a seed, it must first die. Then, it can bear fruit.
I loved that the Israelites remembered what God said, but they still didn’t believe what He said. God wanted to bless them, but if they didn’t allow Him to prepare, teach and train them for where He was taking them, what was supposed to be a blessing would become a curse.
Both the Israelites and Jesus faced temptation in the wilderness, but the difference between them was Jesus knew who He was (Son of God). When satan showed him all the kingdoms of the world and tempted him with power and glory, He already knew that the earth was His (Psalm 24:1). Also, He just didn’t know the written word, but He knew the God of the written word.
We know that the children of Israel walked a lot during their journey because the scriptures tell us that their feet never swelled and their shoes were never worn out, but not everyone crossed the Jordan and not everyone entered into the land that God promised. Jesus also walked a lot during his ministry and he walked until he walked to Golgotha. He walked to his crucifixion. He walked until he fulfilled the will of His Father.
I’m not telling you that Jesus never grew weary. According to John 4:6, he did. But like Jesus, I pray that we all walk in obedience, faith and belief in what God said until we walk into what God has promised us.
The word of the Lord is settled in heaven (Psalm 119:89). May we become settled in what is forever settled in heaven.
make time: to find time to do something or be with someone in spite of being busy (Macmillan Dictionary)
I remember one day I shared with an individual that I wanted to do some things, but I didn’t know how to get started. At that very moment, the young man began to tell me all the things I could do, but every time he gave a suggestion, I gave an excuse.
After the last excuse, the young man said, ‘Then, you really don’t want it’. And he said no more.
My feelings were hurt. How could he say that I didn’t want it? But sometime later, I realized he was right. It’s not that I didn’t want what I was asking for. It’s just that I wanted it to come easy. I wanted it, but without the work.
For six days, God didn’t just speak creation into existence with His mouth, but He also worked with His hands.
God made the firmament and divided the waters (Genesis 1:7).
God made two great lights (sun and moon). He made the stars also (Genesis 1:16).
God created every living creature that moves (Genesis 1:21).
God made the beast, cattle and every creeping thing after its kind (Genesis 1:25).
God created man in his own image, in the image of God created He him (Genesis 1:27).
I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens (Isaiah 45:12).
My hand has made all those things (Isaiah 66:2).
We all are the work of Your hand (Isaiah 64:8).
God not only said things, but He did things. I was saying things, but I was doing nothing – or I was just doing enough to say I was doing something.
The heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day, God ended his work which he had made and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made (Genesis 1:1-2).
After God worked, He rested. Some of us want the rest, but without the work – and it doesn’t work that way.
You and I will never inherit the promises through laziness, but it will be through patience and faith, but you must show your faith by your works and by your actions.
This may consist of early mornings and late nights. And some of you may say, ‘I don’t have time’, but we can’t use that excuse anymore because we all make time for the things we want to do and for the people we want to spend time with.
The question isn’t, Do you have time?
The question is, Will you make time?
I turn 45 today and I know what you’re thinking.
I don’t look a day over 3.
I’m so grateful for today.
I’m grateful for another year.
I’m grateful for another chance.
I’m grateful because not only did Jesus demonstrate His love towards me while I was yet a sinner, but He continues to demonstrate His love every day.
I thank Him that the next 45 years won’t be able to compare to the last 45 years.
It will be different this time because I will be different.
And while I’m being grateful – I thank God for all of my faithful readers and followers.
May God bless you.
I’ve had the same dream.
I’m in danger, I’m scared, and I’m running from two men.
I’m not sure if they were after me or after what’s inside of me.
Either way, they both have value.
I had the same dream again last night (for the third time), but this time was different.
This time, one of the men got distracted and laid his gun down on the table.
When I picked up the gun, there were no bullets inside.
What I saw looked like darts. Suction darts that children play with.
I couldn’t believe that all this time I was running from something that only appeared to be real.
These men couldn’t touch me, they couldn’t harm me, but they wanted me to believe that they could.
All they could do was use scare tactics.
But once the lie was exposed and the truth was revealed, I realized I had nothing to be afraid of.
At the end of the dream, I no longer saw myself running.
But I saw myself standing.
And then I woke up.
Some of us are like Martha. She received Jesus into her home. We received the gift of salvation. We asked him to come into our hearts. Our bodies became His home, but then we stopped right there.
We received him as our Savior, but we never received him as our Friend, Deliverer, Shepherd or Healer. We never learned how to trust or depend on him because for most of our lives we’ve been trying to ‘fix it’ in our own strength. What are some of the things we were trying to fix? The people that we hurt. The past that we couldn’t let go of. Or we tried to fix or fill the emptiness and loneliness we feel at times.
Martha was in the kitchen one day trying to fix some things and the more she tried, the more troubled and worried she became. She was trying to please Jesus with her works, but all he wanted to see was her faith.
Like Martha, we have either blamed God or blamed people when things didn’t go the way that we thought they should. She was upset because she thought Jesus didn’t care and she was upset that Mary left her to serve alone.
Martha was burdened, anxious and troubled because of Who she left, not because of who she thought left her. This is exactly what happens when we spend less and less time with God through prayer and reading of His word. She invited Jesus into her home, yet she never spent any time with him and when she finally spoke to him, it was only because she had had enough, she was frustrated, and she wanted help. Tell her to help me (Luke 10:40). But what Martha tried to get from Mary’s hand, Mary got at Jesus’ feet.
The areas where Martha felt ‘alone’ were the areas that she refused to give to God. Those are the areas that we refuse to trust God with. Those are the areas that we don’t allow God to fill with His Spirit. She didn’t understand it then and sometimes we miss it too, but what we do FOR God, can only be done WITH God.
You are not alone.