by Dr. Joelle | Jan 6, 2023
“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us” (2nd Cor. 1:20 NKJV).
“I promise I will come see you next week.” “I promise I will pay you back.” We wait. Nothing happens. No apologies. Silence. We all have experienced disappointment expecting someone to follow through on their words. Can trust the promises of God? Or will they also let us down?
The promises of God are not things He promises He will do in the future, but things He spoke of and did through the person and work of Jesus Christ. We connect the promises to who He is. All He did came from who He was. On the cross, He declared, “It is finished.” He accomplished His promised salvation, redemption, victory, and so much more.
Our part is to lay hold of them by faith and say amen to God’s yes in Christ. Religion says if we do this, then God will do that. In Christ it is not, if and then, but yes and amen. As the Holy Spirit teaches us the Word and helps us apply its truths to our lives, we believe in and receive them. We say, amen, Lord. So be it! So be the peace, hope, and victory we have in Him. Amen to His glory! Amen to His presence, power, protection, and provisions. So, all He has accomplished is amen and amen, from glory to glory!
by Dr. Joelle | Jan 5, 2023
“Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old” (Isaiah 43:18 NKJV).
How challenging it is not to remember the former things, nor consider the things of old! The word remember means to recall it as if to make it active. The old helped us to be where we are today, but cannot be the present reality.
We acknowledge the negative we shouldn’t recall, but not the positive. It is the past successes we must remember and appreciate. It increases our faith for today. What worked one way then will not work the same way now. This is true in relationships as well. We relate to everyone celebrating their uniqueness. When making choices, we need to take captive old mind sets and welcome the thoughts the mind of Christ has for us.
Fear of the unknown can hinder productivity and growth and keep us in the past. Discouragement, because of past failures, freezes our steps. As we yield to Him, God continues the healing process and brings new life in all He does in and through us. It is a new day in the Lord! We let go of the old and welcome the new God has for us. He leads us by His grace, from glory to glory!
by Dr. Joelle | Jan 4, 2023
“Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43:19 NKJV).
When our heart is for God’s will to be done, His Kingdom to come, we can trust He will bring forth what He has for us and make it clear. We will not miss it. He will make sure of it.
We can expect our God to move mightily in our lives at any moment. God bypasses our humanity to manifest His glory: who He is and what only He can do. Men’s predictions on what God will do can only come short of the reality of His majestic plans. His perfect timing and ways will wow humanity. How great is our God!
When it’s time, God makes a way where there is none, even through the wilderness. His provisions are supernatural and keep us content in Him while expecting His unprecedented move. God does not let us know all His plans to keep our doubts and insecurities out of His way.
We can trust God with our future because He holds us in His caring, loving, able hands. Amid the trials, spiritual warfare, and the chaos in the world, Our Heavenly Father is working. Let’s tune out all the fear base voices and tune up the faith ones. Stand by faith and watch His glorious plan unfold, from glory to glory!
by Dr. Joelle | Jan 3, 2023
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10 KJV).
The Greek word for “hath before ordained” in this scripture is proetoimazō, meaning “to fit up in advance.” God has prepared specific works for us to walk in. They will fit who we are in Him perfectly and line up with his best for our lives. There is both excitement and restlessness in realizing the Lord stretches us to fit the places we are about to occupy.
We can relate to what it feels like to break into new shoes. At first, they’re not comfortable and we get sore spots. It takes time to get used to walking in them, and during that period, we might miss the old shoes and consider using them again. When that period is over, the new shoes fit perfectly, like they were tailor made for us. As God’s workmanship, we can trust what He sees fit.
If you are in a transition, focus on the new by faith, relying on God to bring it to pass. Spend time in His Word and worship, resting in Him. Be quick to let go of what no longer fits or to adjust to new ways to fit into it. Praise God ahead of time for what He has for you. God often must shift situations and relationships to help us step into the new. Let’s see the process as a glorious transformation, from glory to glory!
by Dr. Joelle | Jan 2, 2023
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33 NKJV).
The Kingdom of God is the realm in which God’s will is fulfilled. As we seek spiritual food, through reading the Bible and prayer, we seek the Kingdom of God. We learn His will and the Spirit of God helps us surrender to His leadership.
When we have a need in the natural, it defies logic to look for a spiritual answer, yet it is what fulfills us in every area. We should seek spiritual food before physical or emotional food. We can trust God’s provisions in every aspect of our lives. Our need for Him is greater than our need for anything else. The key is to seek His righteousness, not ours.
Looking at our own righteousness hinders us from abiding in God’s. We realize our unworthiness, our falling short of His glory, and question whether we deserve to have Him to meet our needs. His Kingdom and His righteousness go hand in hand. We are in right standing with God because of what Jesus Christ has done for us on the cross. This reality leads us to rest in Him. We can trust His provisions because of our position in Him. God honors our hunger for Him, from glory to glory.