Being Brave

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You don’t have to be brave unless you are facing something that requires it.

Being brave means that you are facing something that requires more than a step of faith, it requires a walk of faith.

It means not living by sight, not making your choices and decisions based on what is but on what can be. 

Being brave means getting up every morning and keeping your word when you don’t want to. Stating your boundaries and holding to them even when you don’t feel like it. Choosing to believe new truths instead of old lies every day.

That is being brave. 

Being brave is choosing to take the leap and then getting to work when your feet hit the ground.

Keep going.
Keep believing.
Keep hoping and trusting God.

“I’ll be with you. I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you. Strength! Courage!”

Joshua 1:9 MSG

Don’t lean on your understanding because it can only be based on your past experience. Jesus wants to help you create a new future not help you relive the past.

Trust him.
Look to him for guidance.
Ask him for strength. 

Listen for God’s voice in everything you do and everywhere you go, he will keep you on track.

He will help you to keep going forward as you are being brave. 

God Doesn’t Give Up

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God doesn’t give up on people.

One of my oldest and dearest friends got a call from her twin brother late one night. He was calling from jail with his third DUI. Before he even began to talk, she felt God drop a message in her heart for him. She told him that she wasn’t mad at him but that he would keep finding himself in that kind of situation until he realized how much God loves him until he stopped running from that love.

When her brother told her he wanted to change, she didn’t believe him anymore. He has told her that too many times to count.

She didn’t believe her brother anymore but she believed God.

That night her brother believed God too. He got involved in Celebrate Recovery, quit drinking and now goes to a church he loves.

My friend told me this story with tears running down her beautiful face and said, “God doesn’t give up.”

I had tears running down my face as well because in the twenty years we have been friends, I know one of her most fervent prayers was that her twin brother would know Jesus like she does.

I want to remind you today that God doesn’t give up on people.

Sometimes it takes longer than you want it to but God hears your prayers and loves the people you are praying for more than you do.

Jesus doesn’t give up.

You may stop praying about it.

You may stop believing it can ever happen.

You may have lost faith in a person.

You may have lost faith in yourself and your own ability to change.

But God doesn’t.

“Love never gives up.”

1 Cor.13:7

Never.

God is not asking you to believe in others or even yourself anymore, He is asking you to believe in Him.

He is the faithful Savior who paid the ultimate price to redeem the lost, reinstate the prodigal and recreate the unrecognizable with the unrelenting love that flows from his heart.

What do you need to believe God for today?

Who do you need to believe God for today?

Lose Your Limitations 


Today I want to challenge you to break through the self imposed limitations you have placed on yourself.

Don’t settle into a place of complacency or sink under the dark cloud of“things will never change”. Neither are from God. In fact, Jesus came to transform how you think and challenge how you see yourself and your future.

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Jesus came to give you direct access to a divine perspective founded in unrelenting love and sealed by unbelievable sacrifice.

When you connect to God through Christ, every accepted limitation you have in your life is challenged.

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

It starts in the mind. God wants to change the way you think.

He wants to challenge your accepted life patterns and limiting thought patterns.

When Jesus challenges how you think, he is challenging how you trust.

He is asking you to follow him into a new place, new ways and a new future that is beyond your capability to comprehend.

What limitations is God challenging you to bust through?

What thought patterns are you living with that are not from God?

What is God asking you to trust Him with today?

Be brave, lose the limitations.

Faith is a Verb


Faith is not a feeling.
Faith is a believing.

The type of believing leads to action.

A faith that is silent in word and deed is no faith at all.

Do something.

Do the thing that faith is prompting and fear is resisting.

“What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions?
‭‭James‬ ‭2:14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

What is God challenging you to do?

What fear is stopping you?

God is bigger than your fear and has a purpose for your faith.

He needs you to be who He has called you to be and do what He has asked to do.

It isn’t about you, it is about who your obedience will impact.

It is time to your faith into action.

The Best Rest


The very best way to possess your promised land is to rest.

Worry is wasted energy.
Striving is useless.
Resting is powerful.

It is being fully persuaded that God is able, willing and faithful do what He has promised. 

It is a life of outward obedience and inward rest. It is stating the obvious and recognizing the miraculous at the same time.

Rest.

Stop working, striving and people pleasing.

Rest.

Start believing, trusting and go after God pleasing.

You are living for an audience of One and it is His greatest pleasure for you to rest in His provision.

Rest.

“He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭4:21‬ ‭NLT‬

You are called to this- the best rest. It is where your greatest strength lies and it is the secrete weapon of a joy filled life: resting not in the promises but in the Promiser.

Friday’s Prayer

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John 17 records Jesus last prayer before he went to the Cross. In it, he prayed for you.

He prayed that you would not be isolated from the world, but that you would infiltrate it.

He prayed that you would be protected from the evil one as you audaciously pursued living the gospel.

I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. (John 17:15 NLT)

He asked that you would see that you don’t belong to this world. You will never fit in- you were never meant to fit in but to transform it.

They do not belong to this world any more than I do. (John 17:16 NLT)

He prayed that God’s Word would be opened to your understanding and that you would feast on it. That by it’s truth and power you would made whole and complete.

Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. (John 17:17 NLT)

He prayed that God would give you your marching orders and reveal to you where he wanted you to bring light to the darkness.

Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. (John 17:18 NLT)

And just to make sure you know that he was praying for you, he added this:

“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. (John 17:20 NLT)

Today’s post isn’t about what you should pray or even my prayer for you. It is about the prayer God prays over you everyday.

Receive it, believe it and walk in it.