All Things Together!

All Things Together!

God works all things together for the good. Every person and every part matters. He speaks to all who have a part to perform for the whole to be achieved. Considering the whole helps us handle our part. It’s important to know that whoever He leads us to speak to, or meet with, He has already prepared accordingly.

A known expression is “we can’t see the forest for the trees”. We are stronger together. Counting on what only one tree can accomplish might bring fear, loneliness, and doubt. Knowing we are part of the forest brings faith, unity, and great expectations. We cannot water one tree without it touching the other trees. Our Lord plants us and we cannot transplant ourselves into a place where He is not tending to our purpose.

Many times, some things are not happening because God is working on areas that are unknown to us. What God is doing is not always obvious, but we can trust that it’s for the best in everyone’s circumstances. When we move on to something new, we can depend on what He has laid out for us. He has an amazing way of putting things together, from glory to glory! 

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

 

 

 

Broken Pieces

Broken Pieces

God uses brokenness in our lives to bring wholeness. It’s not something we decide to do ourselves. It comes to us unexpectedly: one prayer, one word, one event, one touch! As God restores our souls, He mends the cracks and fissures, transforming us into glorious vessels. By His grace, He breaks down walls we might have built up for self-protection in wounded areas.

In the presence of the Lord, walls we didn’t even know existed come tumbling down. We may not realize something needs to be broken until it is; when it is, we experience new freedom we never knew existed. Walls not only keep others from coming in, but they also keep us from going out. To avoid the pain, we unknowingly create a void that keeps out God’s best for us.

The Holy Spirit breaks the barriers on the inside because of the unalterable spiritual truth that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. When this happens, we weep, not from sadness, but from the awesomeness of the healing God brings into our lives. He picks up all the broken pieces and restores peace. He replaces our brokenness with wholeness, from glory to glory! 

Joshua 6:1 “Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in.”

 

 

 

Life in the Spirit

Life in the Spirit

God’s desire is for His presence to cover us in every area of our lives. We experience the river of God on many levels and as we go deeper and deeper with Him; we discover more of who He is and more of who we are in Him.

In some areas of our lives, we may stand ankle-deep in the river, in other areas, up to our knees, to our waist, or all the way over our head. Regardless, as we walk with our Lord, we can trust we are where we need to be. Our life in the Spirit relates not only to the living waters we are flowing in, but to the living waters that are flowing out of us. We release this abundant life to all those with whom we come in contact. Our cup runs over to shower others with God’s transforming glory.

In Christ, we are never stagnant; we are always on the move. Our Lord takes us from depth to depth and brings changes to all that pertains to us. When we see His salvation, healing, and hope, we no longer focus on the darkness but rejoice in the light. In the river, we go with peace, joy, and righteousness, from glory to glory! 

Ezekiel 47:3-4 “And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist.”

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Burdened?

Burdened?

When we commit our works to the Lord, we roll them off our shoulders and into His hands. We wonderfully visualized this rolling of our works unto God as we picture a camel burdened with a heavy load. To remove the load, the camel kneels, tilts far to one side, and the burden rolls off. Isn’t that what we do in prayer?

In our hearts, we kneel and lean towards God, loving and trusting His care. As we do, we surrender all into His hands. When we have rolled all over unto Him, we can rest in peace. We no longer lean on our own understanding. We patiently wait for His instructions, knowing that He will help us with what we have entrusted to Him. We are more apt to make this commitment with things that are worrisome or troubling, but we must give unto His care what feels right as well. We deliver our all into our Lord’s safekeeping.

God is willing, able, and faithful. He cares for us and desires to lead us into His best. This rolling over is one way we take thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ. When we do, confusion dissipates instantly. Whatever is burdensome becomes light, from glory to glory! 

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts will be established.”

 

 

 

Abounding in Thanksgiving

Abounding in Thanksgiving

We received our Lord Christ Jesus by faith, and walk with Him the same way, by faith. In Him we are rooted, built up and established in the faith, in abundance and with thanksgiving. We are thankful because faith receives what He has done. What comes from God causes our thanksgiving to excel and our love for Him to abound.

Faith lays hold of the promises of God with such surety that we are thankful before we see them in the natural. We cannot perfect in the flesh what we have begun in the spirit, by faith. The same way we began our walk of faith, we continue, not adding anything that pertains to our own ability.

A walk implies a step-by-step movement. God cannot guide a parked car. In Christ, we move and have our being; and in Him, we have His life in abundance. He is the author and finisher of our faith and gives us what we need with each step we take. It’s as though we have a blindfold covering our eyes and we put our hand in His hand, trusting Him completely. We do not wonder where He is taking us because as long as He is with us: we walk in our Promise Land, from glory to glory!  

Colossians 2:6-7 “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”