Believer

Check out this great song with an AMAZING story behind it. You will be INSPIRED!!!

I want to live this live unsafe, unsure, but not afraid
What I want is to give all I got somehow
Giving up letting go of control right now

‘Cause I’m already out here, blind but I can see
I see the way You’re moving
God how I believe that

I can push back the mountains, can stand on the waves
I can see through the darkness, I’ll hold up the flame
Take me to the ocean I want to go deeper
I’m not afraid no, I’m a believer

And so I lose this life to find my way and come alive
They can try to deny what’s inside of me
But there is more, can’t ignore all the things unseen

Oh I believe I can walk on water with You, Lord

When I walk through the valley of the shadows
When I’m trapped in the middle of the battle
I will trust in You
‘Cause trouble comes, but you never let it take me
I hold fast ‘cause I know that You will save me
I will trust in You, I will trust in You

Oh here I stand all alone waiting on you, Lord
Waiting on You

 

Day 63: forgive me

Have you ever had to apologize to someone because you thought they had plotted, planned and schemed against you, when in reality, this simply wasn’t true?

I had to do that today, with God.

Today I realized that I’ve been so wrong about Him. God loves me and cares about every detail of my life. He has never left me for a moment and He has good plans for me. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Because of my lack of faith and understanding, I had looked to my circumstances and compared them to others. I’ve been disappointed, discouraged, angry, covetous, disheartened, depressed; you name it…..anything but grateful and secure.

How could you? Why me? Why them? How come? WHEN???

Oh forgive me Father.

Thank You! You are for me! Your plans are perfect! Your ways are not mine! Your timing is beautiful! You know me better than I know myself! You made me!

“Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters;
And you who have no money come, buy and eat.
Come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without cost.
“Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
And delight yourself in abundance.
“Incline your ear and come to Me.
Listen, that you may live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
According to the faithful mercies shown to David.
“Behold, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
A leader and commander for the peoples.
“Behold, you will call a nation you do not know,
And a nation which knows you not will run to you,
Because of the Lord your God, even the Holy One of Israel;
For He has glorified you.”

Seek the Lord while He may be found;
Call upon Him while He is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
And let him return to the Lord,
And He will have compassion on him,
And to our God,

For He will abundantly pardon.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth
And making it bear and sprout,
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
12 “For you will go out with joy
And be led forth with peace;
The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you,
And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
13 “Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up,
And instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up,
And it will be a memorial to the Lord,
For an everlasting sign which will not be cut off.”

Isaiah 55:1-13

Day 62: BLESSED

Have you ever thought about what it means to be BLESSED? What comes to mind? What does that look like to you?

BLESSED is one of those words associated with being rEligious or even superstitious, as in “God bless you” after a sneeze. BLESSED is associated with being prospered richly, either financially or with gifts and talents, a great family, good health….BLESSED! Who doesn’t want to be BLESSED?

I wonder though, if it is possible to HAVE all of the above and not be BLESSED, and conversely to NOT HAVE any or all of the above and still be BLESSED?  Those things are blessings, but what does the Word of God say about being BLESSED. It may not be what we had in mind.

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers… Psalm 1:1

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance. Psalm 33:12

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.  James 1:12

 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.  Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.  Blessed are the merciful,  for they will be shown mercy.  Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.  Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:3-12

Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. Revelation 1:3

These scriptures are only scratching the surface about what God promises about being BLESSED in His Word. BLESSED.

May your heart and mine be BLESSED with the stuff that can’t be taken from us. The stuff that will last for eternity. May your life and mine be BLESSED by seeking God diligently. May we not look to our circumstances for proof of blessing, but to the Word of God. In Jesus’ name.

Taste and see that the LORD is good; BLESSED is the one who takes refuge in him.

 

 

 

Day 61: into the great unknown

What a joy it is to walk with Jesus! You never know where He is going to lead you. First of all, He goes with you and before you. He protects you from behind. So you are safe. He takes care of your every need. He provides. You are cared for. He is much too wondrous for words. There is NO END to HIS GOODNESS. OH how HE LOVES US!

He satisfies us with the desires of our heart. Dare to believe HIM. He is more than AMAZING!!! TRULY!!!

I am amazed that I am amazed again and again. Why wouldn’t the CREATOR of the UNIVERSE be AMAZING?

Thank You LORD for You allow us to have great joy in YOU! You give us things to do and grant us the desires of our heart. You placed these desires in there in the first place. FIRST PLACE. You can have FIRST PLACE. Jesus, we surrender it all to You and thank YOU for it all!!

WE STAY AMAZED!

Day 60: this broken road

Faithful. Who among us can declare that they are faithful in ALL things? What does it mean to be faithful?

FAITHFUL.

We may give ourselves props for being faithful in certain areas, but where do we fall short of being faithful? Where does my heart and yours grow tired of believing or remaining loyal? What causes us to grow tired and full of doubt? What causes us to be tossed about in our faith? What are believing in? Who are we believing in?

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Ephesians 4:14

We can be thrown off course. We could allow ourselves to be tossed about. We can take our eyes off of Jesus. We can sink instead of walk.

 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;  but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.  Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.  Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.  Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created.  James 1: 12-18

We ALL fall short of the glory of God. Jesus is the only One who has been tempted in every way and yet remained  sinless. We sin. We doubt the goodness of God. It has been that way since the fall of man. We doubt His goodness and His love for us. We may begin to think He is mad at us or holding out on us or we have to somehow earn His blessings. We don’t understand and can’t see the big picture,  so at times, we are tempted to believe lies about God and about ourselves.

May we choose to believe God today. May we choose to keep our eyes on Jesus. May my heart and yours be in remembrance of all He has done for us, even though none of us deserves it. “He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all He created”. What an honor! There is nothing greater we could ever hope for. The invitation is open.  Real LIFE is waiting for you. FAITH is how you believe.  Jesus is calling you.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

 

Walk By Faith

by Jeremy Camp

Would I believe you when you would say
Your hand will guide my every way
Will I receive the words You say
Every moment of every day
Well I will walk by faith
Even when I cannot see
Well because this broken road
Prepares Your will for me
Help me to rid my endless fears
You’ve been so faithful for all my years
With one breath You make me new
Your grace covers all I do
Well I’m broken- but I still see Your face
Well You’ve spoken- pouring Your words of grace

I will walk, I will walk, I will walk by faith
I will, I will, I will walk by faith

Well hallelujah, hallelu…….

Day 59: why rush it?

There is a gorgeous rhododendron tree in my front yard. I gaze out at it and I can see the fullness of it’s buds.  It is getting ready to bloom and it will be very soon. Rhodys are one of the first flowers to bloom in the Spring. I wish they could last through the summer, but they bloom in all their glory and then they fall away pretty quickly. At this moment though, the tree is just getting ready for the beautiful display to come. It is not quite there yet. It’s time has not yet come. When the time is right the tree will know just what to do.  We give the tree the time it needs.

We wouldn’t necessarily think about rushing this process, would we? We can get excited about the signs we see of it’s coming blooms. We can be filled with expectation, but we let nature take its course. Prying open a bud would not get us too far. Perhaps someone with a greenhouse and a green thumb might safely get this process going faster, but most of us wouldn’t have a clue. We simply wait. Why rush it? We couldn’t even if we wanted to.

How many of us would worry about this though? Probably not too many of us. But there are plenty of things we may be inclined to worry about. Plenty of things we wish we were experiencing right now. Plenty of things that have not yet arrived. WE HOPE FOR these things. We may see signs of these things, but unlike our assurance that a flower will bloom, we don’t know if what WE HOPE FOR will come to fruition. We just don’t know.

But one thing is for sure, FAITH is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.  Hebrews 11:1

We may not see the flower yet, but we know it is coming. We believe it will bloom.  We don’t doubt it.

May we stand on the promises God has given to us through His Word. May we put our trust in the One who told us He would rise from the dead and has. May we put our trust in Jesus, who told us He is coming again and will. Thank You Jesus!!

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11

Day 58: I Know What I NEED

I need a shot of joy! I bet you do too.  A rushing flow of  real JOY overtaking every nook and cranny of our souls!!!! Cascading into pools from the overflow….puddles to dance in!!! Spilling over and washing away everything that comes against us with a mighty force!

Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

May my heart and yours dance before the Lord today and rejoice in HIM!!! May we be blessed to be a blessing!!

May we remember YOU today Jesus and rejoice!