Philippians 4:13 NKJV – Are you a fighter?

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Sometimes we need to fight. Sometimes we need to push back and fight those things which come against us. Is it easy? No, it’s not. It’s not easy sometimes because we try to fight in our own strength. When the Apostle Paul said that he could do all things, he knew that through the power of Christ, he could face all circumstances with contentment.

We will face hardships. We will face circumstances that are overwhelming and impossible to fight on our own. Those overwhelming circumstances may include poverty, hunger or thirst, oppression, or sickness. But victory is assured against every hardship as Jesus Christ has already won through the cross and His resurrection.

Yet we forget. Even worse, we might not even have a relationship with Jesus Christ and have no idea that His strength is available to fight when we can no longer fight. As humans, there are things that get into our thought process that are flawed. We are not super-humans who are able to conquer all things that can hurt or harm us. But, yet, that is what we sometimes feel. We don’t want to bother anyone with our problems, so we try to deal with them alone. Even as believers, we forget where our strength lies. But thanks be to God, He is watching over us. He is near when we need Him. God’s power is shown in the life of Jesus Christ. “And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.” (Luke 6:19 NKJV)

Friend, I don’t know if you are suffering or facing any circumstance whereby you need the power of God to get you through. What I do know is God is faithful and His promises are available to us to grab a hold of and believe. The Apostle Paul knew where his strength came from. God’s infinite power was given to His Son, Jesus Christ. “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” (Matthew 28:18 NKJV) And God’s creative power is exercised through Jesus Christ. “Yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.” (1 Corinthians 8:6 NKJV) All we need to do is look up to God’s creative and infinite power in the name of Jesus. We all will face these things. We all will need God’s power to overcome. The bible says, “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39 NKJV) Accessing the strength and power to overcome starts with prayer. It starts with humble prayer seeking the Creator of all things and His infinite power. My question to you friend is, are you a fighter? We need to latch on to the power of God and fight. God is our strength and He will bring us victory. Let’s fight for God’s glory.

Precious and glorious God, thank You for being our strength. Thank You for Your power to overcome everything we face. Help us God to look upon you for our strength and forgive us when we think our strength is sufficient. With You God all things are possible. With You God we are more than conquerors. With You God we have victory. For Your glory and honor, in Jesus Name. AMEN

Friend, if you don’t know the power to overcome circumstances through Jesus Christ because you don’t have a personal relationship with Him as your Lord and Savior, you can change that. Yes, today, you can come into the redemptive power and strength of Jesus Christ. It also, starts with a humble prayer. God gave His Son, Jesus, to die for the sins of humanity so that we all can spend eternity with Him in Heaven. Yes, there is a Heaven. But also, there is a hell. Jesus gives life through His sacrificial death on the cross of Calvary and His subsequent resurrection. He died and defeated sin and death once and for all. Yes, for you as well. All you need to do is humbly go to God in prayer. We are all sinners and unable to save ourselves. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23 NKJV) Jesus died so that we all can have an eternal home with Him. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 NKJV)

If you want to make the choice to accept Jesus as your Savior and have access to His infinite power to overcome all things through Him, all you need to do is pray. It’s not the words of the prayer that saves you, it’s all about your heart. Submit your heart to Jesus and He will save you from eternal death and bring you into eternal life. Pray this prayer with me.

Dear Jesus, I am a sinner. I face so many things that overwhelm me and I can’t seem to get past them. I need You, Jesus, to be my strength. I submit my life into Your hands and ask You to come into my life and be my Lord and Savior. Forgive my sins, Jesus, and cleanse me by Your blood. Thank You Jesus for Your death and resurrection that defeated my sin and gave me eternal life in Your name. For Your glory and honor. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

If you prayed this prayer and humbly submitted your life to Jesus, tell someone about it. Contact a church in your area and speak with a pastor. Let them know that you have accepted Jesus as your Savior. Then let God’s Word and His power set you free.

Don’t believe me believe God!

Jeremiah 32:17 NKJV – Speak the truth – Believe the truth – Live the truth

‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.

God’s arms are open wider than any circumstance you’re facing. And God is able to meet your circumstance greater than what you can even ask or imagine. It wasn’t very long ago, maybe 3 or 4 years, that I was walking in a season with God that I found myself doubting just about everything. I was doubting my salvation. I was doubting God’s love for me. I was doubting whether or not God heard my prayers. I was doubting so much that I found myself bound up. I couldn’t function. I needed some revelation knowledge and some renewal. That is when I met my Life Coach. He was introduced to me by a good friend after we had spent some time talking about what I was feeling and facing. My Life Coach and I began a time of friendship and fellowship.

During my season of doubt, I continued to read God’s Word and to read the promises within it. But that knowledge was only going to my brain and not so much my heart. I was just reading words. But then my Life Coach taught me to verbalize the promises of God’s Word each and every day, in front of a mirror, and things began to change. The power of God’s Word was now being spoken and prophesied into my life each day. I began to believe the Word of God as it was intended. I began to believe the absolute truth of it.

Over these last few days, I began to think back of that time and realized that there were times recently that I forgot what God had taught me. I forgot to believe the truth of God’s Word. We all forget from time to time what we know to be the truth. We allow ourselves to get comfortable in our present situation and set God aside thinking we have everything covered until we realize we are not covering anything.   I needed God’s strength these past few days. I needed to get back into God’s Word and the truth about God’s strength.

Here is what I know to be true about God’s strength. God is all powerful. “But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” (Mark 10:27 NKJV) God cannot be thwarted. “I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.” (Job 42:2 NKJV) And God shows His power through the proclamation of the good news about Jesus Christ. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes”. (Romans 1:16 NKJV) My faith lies in the power of God and the saving grace of Jesus Christ to cover all things, no matter what I am facing.

Friend, why do I share this with you? It’s not about my Life Coach. It’s about what God’s Word teaches us and how we internalize it. Do we make it head knowledge or do we make it heart knowledge? Remember the first two statements I made in this writing? God’s arms are open wider than any circumstance you’re facing. And God is able to meet your circumstance greater than what you can even ask or imagine. These statements are called Self-Talk. My Life Coach taught me to verbalize the promises of God in His Word. I’ll tell you it works. The more you speak the promises of God into your life and circumstances the more these truths and promises stay close to your heart. What better way to live out the truth of God’s Word but to speak them into your life and circumstance each and every day. Victory is just around the corner. Speak God’s truth and believe it. God inspired it with you and I in mind.   He knew we would need it. He desires for us to believe it.

Gracious God, thank You for the truth of Your Word. Thank You that You are above all things; above all circumstances and that Your desire is for us to believe.   Give us revelation knowledge of Your Word so that it resides in our hearts. Teach us to speak Your truth and to use Your Word to live out our lives. For Your glory and honor. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Psalm 90:17 NKJV – Your presence is all we need

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; yes, establish the work of our hands.

The beauty of the Lord encompasses so many things. He is glorious. He is matchless. He is wonderful. He is all loving. He is Almighty. In the midst of life, in wilderness or not, it’s the blessing of God’s own presence which gives meaning and joy. When we are wandering in the wilderness of life, we may not leave any monuments or boast to any of our own accomplishments, but God will give eternal significance to the deeds of hands that serve Him. It is God that establishes the work of our hands. It is God who receives the glory.

There are times when we just “keep on keepin on” because we are called by God to live out His will in our lives. We press in when it gets tough. We labor in the face of discouragement. We endure the hardships. The reason? It’s all about Jesus. God gave His all for us. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 NKJV) Now we give our all for Him.

An essential part in the life of believers is more than a matter of external observance. It’s more than a matter of what other people will observe, but it’s a total commitment to God. We serve because He served. We love because He is love. We give because He gave. We submit because He submitted. We press in toward the goal because He established our prize. We give our all because He is our all in all. And if others see our service as being different, or see us as “peculiar”, than glory to God. Pleasing God involves inward attitudes, not simply external observance. “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.” (Romans 14:17-18 NKJV)

The beauty of all of this comes from the eternal and everlasting desire for God to spend eternity with His creation. His desire to be with us has never changed. His gift to us, Jesus, opened the gateway to God’s presence. Jesus Christ is the way to engage God’s Holy presence. Jesus Christ is the way to eternal life. Jesus Christ was given to us because God loved us first. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:18-19 NKJV) And when we accept Jesus Christ into our lives, God continues with His promise to establish the work of our hands.

No matter what we may face, no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, no matter the time or the day, no matter how severe our situation is, as believers, God will establish the work of our hands. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10 NKJV) And if we keep our eyes on God and if what we accomplish by the hand of God touches someone else’s life, than Praise God!

Friend, join me today in prayer, thanking God for His work in us. Thank God that He prepared beforehand the good works we would do. Thank God that He establishes our way for His purpose and His glory. And thank God for giving us His Son, Jesus, as our gateway to His glory.

Precious and eternal God. Thank You that since the beginning of time You desired to spend eternity with Your creation. Thank You that You establish the work of our hands. Keep us Lord as we serve You. Strengthen us with Your mighty hand. Restore us Lord when we become weary. Thank You God that You gave Your all for us, Your Son Jesus, so that we can receive Your greatest gift. May all we say and do give glory to Your name. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Psalm 23:3-4 NKJV – Your rod and your staff comfort me

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

These verses extend the metaphor of the shepherd’s care for the sheep. The Lord lovingly cares for His people. The rod and the staff were used to fend off attackers or enemies of the shepherd. The Lord’s rod and staff are a true comfort; our protection rests in God’s almighty hands. The staff is a symbol of God’s authority.

The image of God as our Shepherd brings comfort to those who believe. The image of God as our Shepherd points to His continue direction, guidance and care for His sheep. “Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” (Psalm 100:3 NKJV) With God as our Shepherd, why should we fear? God is at work at all times in the lives of those who believe in Him. He is there to warn us. He is there to draw us unto Him. He is there to do good for us. God has a definite purpose in all the experiences that believers have in life.

Today, I write again using Psalm 23 as the foundational Scripture because the Lord has been revealing the truth of this passage. God uses every experience in our lives for our good and His purpose. And today, it’s trusting in God; exercising my faith in the Lord. “But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.” (Isaiah 43:1-2 NKJV) God is the source of all victory, which He grants to those who obey His commands and put their confidence (trust) in Him. This principle holds true in all believer’s conflicts, whether physical or spiritual.

God is our eternal physician, our ultimate healer. In Him I will place my trust. “Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.” (Psalm 16:1 NKJV) God says that He will lead me and guide me. God says He is my rod and my staff. The rest is a decision that I have to make; to decide where I place my trust and faith. God is faithful. He has rescued me and has cared for me. He has restored my life and given me eternal life. And there is nothing that I will face that will cause me to turn away from Him. The Lord is my Shepherd and His goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life.

Friend, do you have fear? Do you wonder what will happen and how you can endure? Place your trust and faith in God. “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:9 NKJV) Open your heart to understand the power and authority of God. His hand is on the rod and staff that He uses to protect you. God is your restorer. God is greater than everything you might face. Everything!!! “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4 NKJV)

Dear Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You that You watch over us and protect us. Thank You that we can place our full trust in You. Your rod and Your staff, they comfort us. Your mighty hand is powerful. We shall not fear. You restore us. You are our Shepherd. Thank You Lord that we can place our lives into Your hands. Help us stay on the path of Your will and forgive us Lord when we wander off. Bring us back Lord into Your loving care. We love You Lord. In Jesus Name. AMEN

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Matthew 28:6 NKJV – Glorious Day!

He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

Up from the grave, the Lord has risen. Glory Hallelujah!!! The King of Kings and Lord of Lords has defeated sin and death once for all. The glorious divinity of Jesus Christ is affirmed. Our Christian life is centered on the fact that God raised His Son, Jesus from the dead so that believers may have victory over sin and death and receive the blessings of eternal life.

God’s power is demonstrated. “And what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 1:19-20 NKJV) Our King has taken His seat on the Royal Throne in the heavenly places.

The Lordship of Jesus Christ is declared and His authority over all heaven and earth is given by the Father. “For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.” (Romans 14:9 NKJV)

The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ provides benefits to those who believe:

It provides the power to live for God. “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4 NKJV)

Jesus Christ intercedes for us to the Father. “Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” (Romans 8:34 NKJV)

And Jesus Christ’s resurrection brings assurance of our resurrection into eternal life. “And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.” (1 Corinthians 6:14 NKJV) We, too, will be raised to up to glory with Jesus Christ. We are assured of that on account of our belief and faith. We will share in the resurrection and glory of Jesus and will be with Him forever and ever and ever.

Up from the grave, the Lord has risen. Glory Hallelujah!!! The King of Kings and Lord of Lords has defeated sin and death once for all. Friend, the assurance of eternal life in heaven is available to all who believe. All means all. That’s you and me and everyone else. Jesus wants to take you to the place where He resides. Jesus wants to relieve you of the pain of sin and death and give you life everlasting. All it takes is a decision and that decision can be made now. God has given you a choice to make. Eternal death or eternal life. There is no other choice. God loves you with an everlasting love. “The Lord has appeared of old saying, Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” (Jeremiah 31:3 NKJV) God’s Word proves His love for you and His desire to draw you unto Him. Will you make that decision today? God loves you just the way you are, but He desires you to be free from sin so that He can reside in your heart. And then Jesus will come again and take you to the place that He has prepared for you. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:3 NKJV) Will you pray this prayer with me?

Dear Jesus. I am a sinner. I live a life that is not in accordance with Your will. I want to be assured of eternal life with you forever and ever. I need Your forgiveness of all my sin so that I may reside with You in heaven one day. So forgive me Lord and cleanse me. Make me white as snow. I believe Lord that You died for my sins and rose from the grave to defeat my sin and eternal death once and for all. I place my faith in You Jesus and submit to You my life. I will live for You and follow Your path for my life. Thank You Lord for today is a glorious day. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Jude 24-25 The Message – All glory and majesty and dominion and authority!

And now to him who can keep you on your feet, standing tall in his bright presence, fresh and celebrating—to our one God, our only Savior, through Jesus Christ, our Master, be glory, majesty, strength, and rule before all time, and now, and to the end of all time. Yes.

What a doxology! Expressing the confidence in God’s power to preserve His people to the very end, and acknowledging God’s eternal greatness in His “GLORY, MAJESTY, DOMINION, AND AUTHORITY”! Noted also in Romans 16:25-27 “All of our praise rises to the One who is strong enough to make you strong, exactly as preached in Jesus Christ, precisely as revealed in the mystery kept secret for so long but now an open book through the prophetic Scriptures. All the nations of the world can now know the truth and be brought into obedient belief, carrying out the orders of God, who got all this started, down to the very last letter. All our praise is focused through Jesus on this incomparably wise God! Yes!”

How incomparable our Lord is. Matthew Henry wrote, “God is able, and He is as willing as He is able, to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of His glory; not as those who never have been faulty, but as those whose faults shall not be imputed, to their ruin, which, but for God’s mercy and a Savior’s merit, they might most justly have been” Through our One and only Savior, Jesus, we can stand before God pure and spotless; in the fullness of God’s glory. No longer will we have to turn from the Glory of God, but we can allow God’s glory to surround us, to encapsulate us. We will forever dwell within the Glory of God forever and ever.

God’s power and authority through His Son, Jesus, keeps us upright and standing tall. Ready to celebrate and worship the King. Where there is no sin, there will be no sorrow. Where there is perfection in holiness, there will also be perfection in our joy; our exceeding joy. That is why this verse in other translations ends with a rousing, “AMEN!” or in this case The Message says, “Yes!”

Friend, the Lord is strong enough whenever you need it. Strong enough to face your greatest fears and heartaches. God is our “All in All”. God’s strength is perfected in our weakness. “And He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV) The Lord is everything we need for every situation. We don’t need to “new version” of God. We don’t have to wait for the upgrade to come out. God is the same, yesterday, today and forever more. When we call upon the name of the Lord, He hears us and is ready to reside in the midst of our prayers. When we don’t know what to pray, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us and the Lord begins to move. Our God is greater, our God is stronger, our God is higher than any other. Our God is healer, awesome in power, our God, our God!

O great and glorious God, thank You that You are higher than all things. Greater than all fears, all worries, all trials, all temptation, all disease, all burdens and all struggles. Great and Mighty are You. You God are our exceeding joy and we give You all the praise and glory. Help us Lord to stand tall in the face of our weakness knowing that Your strength is perfected in our weakness. Nothing is impossible for You. We love You and thank You in Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

1 Peter 4:7 NKJV – Why wait?

But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.

Peter is saying that there is a need to be serious and watchful in prayer and that the end is coming. The end being a reference of Jesus’ return. The call to vigilance is frequent in the New Testament. But today I write with a slightly different point of view. It starts with this question, “Why wait?”

Sometimes we find ourselves slacking in our prayers because we get complacent. We think that all is well and put our lives on “cruise control” and just move along as the world takes us. We believe that we can put on the brakes when we need to, so that we can deal with what lies in front of us. Once we are past that, we can get moving again and hit the “cruise” once more.

The problem with this kind of life is that prayer then only becomes important when something lies in front of us blocking our path. We pray only when we are facing something; when crisis comes. Now, it’s important to bring God into our situations and struggles; to open our hearts to Him in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” But to be watchful in our prayers is to have a life of prayer.

A life of prayer can be defined as having an attitude of prayer. “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 4:2 NKJV) Prayerfulness is an attitude by which a constant relationship between God and ourselves is developed. So having an attitude of prayer or being prayerful is totally dependent on our relationship with God. This relationship arises from a deep desire to be with God and an awareness of need that can only be met by God.

To be serious and watchful in our prayers demonstrates a relationship with God and a continuing trust in Him. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” (John 15:5-8 NKJV)

Friend, I go back to the first question, “Why wait?” Should we not find it important to develop our relationship with God so that we can live with an attitude of prayer? Being watchful is seeing with the eyes of God and allowing God to move in every part of our lives as we trust Him. Yes the end times are coming when Jesus will return to gather us who call Him Lord and Savior and take us to His place, Heaven. But let’s begin to nurture our relationship with God in praise, and worship, and prayer. Prayer embraces God for who He is. Prayer is conversation with God and connects us with His Mighty Power. Prayer says to God that we know we are powerless and we need His power to get through whatever we are facing. And God’s power is released through our faith. “Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23 NKJV) Take some time and call upon the name of the Lord in prayer. Love Him. Tell Him what is on your mind. Listen to Him when He speaks back to you. And allow His power to live in and through you.

Dear God, thank You that we can come to You at any time and talk with You. Teach us to be serious and watchful in our prayers by having daily conversation with You. Help us develop an attitude of prayer that keeps You in the front of our minds. Forgive us when we place You and prayer in the back seat and think all is well until we come to a road block. May You guide and direct our paths as we place our trust in You. In Jesus Name. AMEN

Don’t believe me, believe God!