It Takes the Same Amount of Energy

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“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”     Philippians 3:13-15 NIV

What does it mean to live by faith and not by sight? It means making decisions on how to live based on where God has called you to go, not where you have been before.

It’s faith because you haven’t seen it yet.

It’s faith because you are hoping for something different than you have had before.

It’s faith because you are becoming someone new in Christ that you haven’t been before.

The direction where you are looking makes a difference in the direction you are going…and it takes the same energy.

You can stay stuck in self- pity or look to Jesus for self-confidence.

Look back and make yourself miserable or look forward in faith. Either way, it takes the same energy. It’s a daily habit, it’s the intention, it’s the determination to keep your eyes on Jesus and what He has for you.

My friend, spend your energy today believing God for impossible things you can’t see yet and leave the past with all its mistakes behind.

Are you looking at your future through eyes of experience or eyes of faith?

What are you trusting God with today?

P.S. God will heal the wounds of your past while giving you His vision for your future.

Clarity

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“He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.”

Psalm‬ ‭25‬:‭9‬ NIV

If you need clarity and direction from God today, begin by cutting your pride off at the knees.

Remind yourself who the Lord of your life is (and that it isn’t you).

How you live your life is more important to God than where you go.

“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Micah‬ ‭6‬:‭8‬ NKJV

Need direction? Need answers?

1. Do what is right.

2. Let mercy be your standard in all interactions.

3. Walk humbly with Jesus.

There you go, my friend… it really is that simple.

Have a great weekend. 

Where Ya Going?

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Where are you headed?
What are you believing God for?
What does God have on your horizon?

“Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:1-2‬ ‭MSG‬‬

When your eyes are on the ground as you walk, you can only see the next step and it can seem like you are not going anywhere at all.

Look up from your feet.

See farther down the road.

See with eyes of faith what might be there and keep walking forward.

The road you are on may feel long but God knows where it’s headed and knows why you are on it. He wants to share His perspective with you. He wants you to see what He sees.

If you are struggling today with anxiety or discouragement, I’m asking Jesus to pour His faith into your heart and show you His vision for your future.

Don’t give up, look up.

Don’t quit now, God has more for you.

Where Are You Going?

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Most people think to change their life, they need to change their behavior. God says to change your direction and your behavior will follow.

“Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Give careful thought to your ways.”’
Haggai‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭NIV

This verse isn’t just about what you’re doing but about where you are going. It’s not about the way you are living your life but where your life is headed. 

Where are you headed? 

If you keep doing what you’re doing, do you want to go where you’re going?

The phrase “Give careful thought to your ways” is actually a Hebrew figure of speech that literally means “put your heart on your roads”.

In other words: Where will your heart be down the road from today?  

It is easy to get caught up in bad habits to survive the current crisis, surrender to discouragement because of the current disappointment or spew toxic words at the ones you love because of the current stress you are experiencing. The question is, “If you keep doing what you are doing what will happen to your relationships? Your body? Your heart? Is this where you want to end up? 

Is what you are doing today taking you down a road you want to be on tomorrow?

If you don’t want to go that way, stop right now. Turn around. Head in a new direction and it will eventually lead to the right road.

“I am so glad I waited this long to change,” said no one ever. 

God Is There

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“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”

Psalm 139:7-10 NIV

No matter where you are – God is there.

He is there in the light and joyous seasons as well as the heavy and dark ones.

He is there when everything falls apart and there when everything comes together.

He is there when everything suddenly changes with a fresh word of encouragement, strength, direction, peace and joy drawn from the unchangeable depths of wisdom and knowledge that you will never be able to exhaust.

Be all in where you are. Don’t waste your thoughts on “could haves and should haves” when the Lord has good things for you to do and to have where you are.

Your job today is to listen and absorb, appreciate and yes, enjoy where you are right now.

What season are you in?

What is important about it?

What is God telling you to do in it?

What is he asking you to let go of?

What is he telling you to hold onto?

Answers 

He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. (‭Psalm‬ ‭25‬:‭9‬ NIV)

If you need clarity and direction from God today, begin by cutting your pride off at the knees. Pride will make you blind to see where God wants to lead you.

Remind yourself who is the Lord of your life (and that it isn’t you).

How you live your life is more important to God than where you go. 

He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah‬ ‭6‬:‭8‬ NKJV

Need direction? Need answers?

1. Do what is right.

2. Let mercy be your standard in all interactions.

3. Walk humbly with Jesus.

There you go, my friend… it really is that simple.

Have a great weekend. 

Where Are You Heading? 


Most people think to change their life, they need to change their behavior. God says change the direction of your life and your behavior will follow. 

“Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Give careful thought to your ways.”
Haggai‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭NIV

This verse isn’t just about what your doing but about where you are going. It’s not about the way your living your life as much as it is about the way your life is headed. 

Where are you headed? 

If you keep doing what your doing, do you want to go where your going?

The phrase “Give careful thought to your ways” is actually a Hebrew figure of speech that literally means “put your heart on your roads”.

In otherwords: Where will your heart be down the road from today?  

It is easy to get caught up in bad habits to survive the current crisis, surrender to discouragement because of the current disappointment or spew toxic words at the ones you love because of the current stress you are experiencing. The question is, “If you keep doing what you are doing what will happen to your relationships? Your body? Your heart? Is this where you want to end up? 

Is what you are doing today taking you down a road you want to be on tomorrow? 

If you don’t want to go that way, stop right now. Turn around. Ask for directions (from God) to get you on the right road. 

I am so glad I waited this long to change” said no one ever. 

Quiet Words

  
If you are looking for advice, ask the quiet person you respect and admire.

Ask the one who knows you and knows Jesus.

Ask the one who doesn’t offer their opinion at every opportunity but rather waits for permission to speak into your life. 

Be brave. Ask the questions you need answers to. If they are wise, they are safe. Seek them out. 

If they are loud, manipulative, believe they are always right and get mad when you don’t do what they say…avoid them. 

“The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools.”
‭‭Ecclesiastes ‬ ‭9:17 NIV‬

What do you need wisdom for today? 

Who has God put in your path to help you? 

Don’t let fear stop you from getting guidance.

It can literally help change your life for the better. 

You are worth it.

Prepared

  
Each season comes with it’s own challenges, wonders, griefs and gifts.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:”
‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Just like the seasons of nature, the seasons of life can bring dramatic change. 

Change alone can be the biggest challenge in a new season but don’t let it trip you up. 

God knows your journey and where you are on it. 

We may be surprised, but He is not. 

You may feel unprepared, He is not. 

In fact, He has already given you what you need to rise to the challenge of it. 

“For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭AMP‬‬

God has not only prepared you for the path, but He has prepared the path for you.

As you are walking with God, He is working in you. Preparing you to be a blessing,  to be a light, to be a bringer of His love to your family, your friends and anyone else that crosses you path.

Go forward.

Walk in God’s confidence,
rest in God’s grace,
and give God’s love extravently to those who need it (which is pretty much everyone, including yourself).

Humbly

  

Pride will make you blind to see where God wants to lead you.

He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. (‭Psalm‬ ‭25‬:‭9‬ NIV)

If you are asking for direction, for clarity and for God to be your guide- begin by cutting off your pride at the knees. Pride loves to rise up with shoulds, coulds and vows to protect yourself.

When pride fills your vision,it is hard to see God’s vison for your life.

Begin humbly.

Don’t ask God to guide you in the way you want to go but in the way He does.

God is more than a just a guide, He is a teacher. He wants to teach you His way of living. His way of loving. His way of being.

He will show you the path to take but truthfully, how you walk is as important (maybe more) than where you walk.

Need direction?

Begin humbly and trust Jesus to show how to live as you follow His direction on where to go.