Frustrated?

“Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like him. Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want.”

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:1-2‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Are you frustrated today?

You may be dealing with a bad habit that needs to be broken also known as: things aren’t working out the way you want them to.

You may well not even realize it is a habit until you go through something difficult.

Until you are challenged.

Until things don’t work out the way you expected them to.

Jesus said that you are free when our lives are not centered around what you want but around what God wants.

When you struggle, you may think it is because God doesn’t love you.

In reality, He loves you so much that He will use the stressful circumstance at hand to break the habit of the-only-way-I-will-be-happy-is-when-I-get-my-way.

God has more for you than that and He calls it freedom. 

Resentment

“My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare.”

Psalm 25:15 NIV

Holding onto resentment is like walking around with a chain around your ankle.

It starts as a small cord and develops into a strong chain that you drag around.

Sometimes a small cord of fear becomes a snare that holds you back.

Sometimes a resilient string of hurt traps you from moving forward.

Maybe a trap of bitterness has wrapped itself around your ankle.

And if you don’t acknowledge it, it will become crippling.

Look to the Lord to release you from a snare of resentment that is holding you back today.

He is the only one who can heal your heart.

Who are you looking to heal your heart today?

If it is anyone else but Jesus, you will be disappointed and frustrated.

You are Made to be Free

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“My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare.”
Psalm 25:15 NIV
There is a point in your life when you realize that God is the only one who can release you from a snare.
A small but strong string of hurt, fear or unforgiveness that has wrapped around your heart and is tripping you up or holding you back.
It might have been set by someone else by action or word or it may have been something you inadvertently set for yourself: an inner vow to never trust again or never ask for help because you got rejected last time you did.
It’s frustrating.
It can almost become crippling.
Here is the thing: 
The one who hurt you, can’t heal you.    
You think that the words “I’m sorry” will heal you but they will not.
You don’t need an apology to be whole, you need Jesus to make you whole.
He is the only one who can heal your heart. He made it, will remake it and will continue to bring up the little snares that need to be healed because they hold you back from who you are created to be.
Who are you looking at to make you whole?
If they are anywhere else but Jesus, you will be disappointed and frustrated.
Look to the Lord to release you from the snare that is holding you back today.
What is that snare?
What is Jesus asking you to do about it?

Present Power


God has called you to live your life not perform it.

He created you to be present and active in it. Get tired, frustrated, give, take, learn, fail and grow.

Embrace reality.

Be empowered to be present.

No, it is not perfect. It’s broken and challenging and difficult. It’s different than you thought it would be and Jesus is doing a new beautiful thing right in the middle of all it.

Jesus doing a new beautiful thing in the middle of you.

“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out!

Isaiah 43:18 MSG

May you be free from the narrative of the past to live fully in the newness of God’s present work in you.

May you be empowered to face the reality of your life as you walk in His unique, personal, powerful expression of grace and purpose today.