Choices

Choices

As we grow in Christ, we find many choices we made in our past were incorrect and unhealthy. The choices we made pertaining to what we allowed to “feed us” needed to be reversed by making the right choices in these areas. Instead of focusing on the wrong ones we made in the past, we choose today, and day-by-day, what is best for us.

God, through fasting and prayer, enables us to make decisions that glorify Him. We learn to make better choices when we eat, turn on the TV, join a conversation, fellowship, or any of the other decisions we make every day. We learn to make the right choices in what we allow into our lives.

Along the way, we will still make some wrong choices, but when that happens, it’s important to keep pressing forward. The enemy attempts to bring guilt and condemnation, which, if received, can lead us to make more wrong choices. All choices are opportunities to change our lives. We align our will with God’s will as He leads. Only by the grace of God can we keep walking in the newness He brings about, from glory to glory! 

Romans 13:14 “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”

 

 

 

No Longer Blocked

No Longer Blocked

One area our adversary, satan, might hinder us is by stopping us from going forward. We realize he blocks us when our heart’s desire is to pray, worship, and read our bible—but cannot do so. In those moments, there are no apparent reasons we cannot go forth; we just find ourselves incapable of doing so and question why.

We may look for reasons in our hearts wondering if there is anything wrong with us, sensing we are powerless and not seeing clearly what we are fighting. This is when we need to press through with our whole heart, mind, and strength. The Spirit of God helps us as we refuse to allow this hindering spirit to block us any longer, and we take a step by the spirit that we cannot take in our own strength.

This pressing through takes faith and a determination to go forth regardless of the block. As we submit to the Lord, we resist the enemy with every ounce of our being and take the first step. Once we step forth, we are loosed, free to go deeper and reach what the enemy was trying to stop us from reaching. We step forth by His power, from glory to glory! 

John 11:43-44 “Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come forth!’ And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Loose him, and let him go.’”

 

 

 

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.”

 

 

 

Not Ashamed!

Not Ashamed!

We will not be ashamed of our hope, faith, or confidence in God. Whether we are going through a barren season, a dry season, or a challenging season…we can trust and know that season will come to an end. We can stand believing our walk of faith in our Lord will never be in vain. We will not be put to shame, embarrassed, or humiliated because of our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Some may have watched us standing on the promises of God with cynicism, believing we would give up and fail. However, the exact opposite will happen. Others will see the reality of God through our lives. God will be glorified!  Instead of giving up, we pursue additional endeavors and assignments. Our vision is ever-expanding. We are stronger than we’ve ever been.

In unity we exhort, encourage and edify one another standing together in a spirit of love. Delays and battles do not diminish our fire for the things of the Kingdom; they fuel it with passion and determination. God will not disappoint us. God appoints and anoints us for such a time as this, from glory to glory! 

Isaiah 54:4 “Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; For you will forget the shame of your youth, And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.”

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Battling accusations

Battling accusations

When accusations came against Jesus, He answered not a word. He easily could have blown the accusers away, but He said nothing. He is our example. The problem with defending ourselves is that we could never stop. Because we believe our justification is in Him, we let our Lord be our defender. He lives to make intercession for us. Our Lord, who chose not to defend Himself, lives to defend us and He never fails, Hallelujah!

We know satan, our adversary, satan, as the accuser of the brethren. His accusations come to hinder our resting place in the Lord. The stand we take when this type of fiery dart comes our way is the stand in who we are in Christ. At times, nothing is said to us specifically, but we can sense a spiritual battle taking place. We resist by resting in our Lord with passion and a vision of His glory.

The Spirit of God leads us and we obey Him without knowing the details of His plan. We cannot explain to others what they can understand spiritually. We trust the Lord and rest in Him to reveal His will,  from glory to glory! 

Psalm 62:2 “He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.”  

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Hold Fast to your Hope

Hold Fast to your Hope

Hopelessness carries a sense of death to possibilities of a better tomorrow. It is unexpected and accompanied by grief and sorrow because of unmet expectations. Only in and through the Lord can we hold fast to our confessions of hope, without wavering. Continuing to expect joyfully may make us weary. Disappointments bring doubt and hesitation and can hinder us from fully hoping again.

Our hope is being victorious in the Lord, not in hoping for this or that. Hope is a verb; it demands an object. When our hope is in the Lord, hopelessness cannot remain. Hope is not a power we rely on. The one we place our hope in can bring forth what is above and beyond what we hope for …as we rest in Him. We hold fast with a sense of holding firm, securing, or tightening our confession of faith. Truly, He holds us in the palm of His hand.

Circumstances of life may make us feel there is little reason for continuing to hope, but the One who made the promise is faithful and will not let us down. Temporary afflictions cannot hinder the permanent increase of the glory of God, from glory to glory! 

Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”

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