“Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.”Psalm 37:5 NKJV
“You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry.”
Psalm 10:17 NIV
You need to know that there is Someone who will hear you, listen to you, sit with you and encourage you. To give you wisdom and guidance. To remind you that you are cherished and loved. Someone who promised to never leave you without support (Hebrews 13:5).
Because of Jesus, you have access to a Father who loves you and listens to you. He knows what is happening, what will happen and what you will need to get through it.
He is available today to hear you out, listen to you, sit with you and encourage you. To give you wisdom and guidance. To remind you that you are cherished and loved today regardless of where you are and what you are facing.
We often look to the outcome of circumstances as proof that God is real and loves us. The proof was provided at the cross. There Jesus unlocked access for all who want it into the presence of the eternal God.
Whatever you are facing today, you are not alone and you can pray.
Pour out your heart to God.
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”
Philippians 3:12 NIV
Let go of trying to earn God’s love.
Hold on tightly to God’s grace.
Let go of your fear of failure.
Hold onto your faith in Jesus.
Let go of perfectionism.
Hold onto the vision Jesus has for your life.
Let go of habits that sabotage your growth.
Hold onto the hope of transformation.
Let go of trying to control everything.
Hold onto trusting Jesus with it all.
Jesus doesn’t give up or let up and loves you so much that he will continually press you to press on.
“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me.”
Philippians 3:12 MSG
Yesterday is gone, press on today to take hold of that which Christ Jesus has taken hold of you.
God IS with you.
He is the creator of the universe and He is with you.
He does not reside in the past, however wonderful or horrible yours was.
He does not jump ahead to the future unknowables and fear-filled wonderings.
He is here with you.
Right where you are.
The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge.
Psalm 46:11 NKJV
The “Selah” at the end of the Psalm is a word that means “pause and think about it”.
Take this moment, this one right here, to pause whatever you are in the middle of and think about the reality that God IS with you. It is a gift, a miracle and a privilege to be experienced every day.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
Philippians 4:4 NIV
May your day be filled with Selah, the awe, and wonder that God is with you and the desire to have a conversation with Him all day long.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
Whatever today brings, I want to remind you to trust God in it.
Trust that He has your present provided for. Jesus will give you what you need when you need it to deal with what is happening right now.
Trust that He will heal your past. There is no sin stronger than the blood of Jesus and there is no hurt His love can’t heal.
Trust that He has your future in the palm of His hand. Jesus is preparing a place for you and preparing you for the place. Stressing about it helps no one. Rest in Him and wait.
Take a deep breath and fix your eyes on Jesus.
God has a hold of you for a reason you haven’t even begun to know yet.
Don’t stop going after all God has for you just because you are not where you want to be.
Sometimes the journey seems long when you see how far you still have to go, sometimes the journey seems short when you look at all Jesus has already done in you.
Even Paul the apostle felt this way, so don’t be so hard on yourself when you do.
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
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 towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:12-14 NIV
What God has for you has nothing to do with who you think you are or who you think you are not but it has everything to do with who HE is.
Go after Jesus and let Him do the work He wants to do in you.
He is working the past out of you so that you can embrace the future He has for you.
Keep going. Keep pursuing. Press on.
“The life you THINK you want could be stopping the life God MEANT for you to live.”
– Matthew Barnett
“So don’t you see that we don’t owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. There is nothing in it, nothing at all. The best thing to is to give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go! This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It is adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike, ‘what’s next Papa?”’.
Romans 8:12-15 MSG
Having dreams and goals are vitally important to help us make choices, take the right opportunities and say no to the wrong ones. But even “the dream” can become an idol when we refuse to surrender it to God. We can easily slip into a habit of worshipping the “what if” and “what may be” or “what I want it to be.”
When you are tending regrets and spending all your energy in the cemetery of unmet needs, goals or dreams, it is difficult to participate in a new life in Christ. The verse above is worded in the immediacy of now and is a moment by moment adventure.
When God sends you a vision of your future, it is to get you moving in the right direction. When He lays a burden on your heart it is to pull towards His purpose for you. He does not lift the call, but He will refine and redefine it constantly.
“What’s next Papa?”
I will leave this “dream” in His hands. I will live in anticipation of fulfilling it daily in any way He chooses and in the opportunities before me. I will give the past a decent burial, even the good things that never happened. Those are trickier, I think.
I don’t want anything less. I will get up and walk out of this emotional cemetery and with a skip to my step ask God, “What is next?”.
What grave have you been tending? What is the “dream” that is holding you back from being fully present in the beautiful life Jesus has for you?
It is exhausting to live your life grasping for security but not ever really holding on to it.
“A grasping person stirs up trouble, but trust in GOD brings a sense of well- being.” Proverbs 28:25 MSG
It can be triggered by envy, fear or sometimes a sense of personal failure. It is always triggered by focusing on “me, myself and I .
It is based on the belief that you don’t have what you need or enough of what you need to be secure, so you keep grasping for it in relationships, personal accomplishments, financial security and so on.
The original Hebrew word used for “trust” in the verse above means “secure”.
You can live your life from a place of security instead of insecurity.
That security is found in the love of God.
Put down the worry and fear that is plaguing your life and lift your hands in worship.
Spend some time in the presence of Jesus. You will find more peace in worshipping God than you ever will by focusing on yourself and what you lack.
You do not need more of you (or a better you, a better relationship or more stuff) to be more secure- you need more of God.
You are His precious child. That doesn’t mean life’s journey will be easy, it means that He will supply you with what you need to live it.
You can stop trying to feel secure in who you are and embrace the reality of whose you are.
Your identity comes from Jesus, not your family or lack thereof, not from your accomplishments or shortcomings, not from your success or failures but from Him.
My prayer for you today is that you unfurl the grasping grip of insecurity and lift them up in worship to God. May you worship Him for who He is and be reminded whose you are.
Sometimes your “ifs” are not because you doubt God but because you doubt yourself.
You are judging the possibilities of the future based on what you can do and God is asking you to judge the possibilities of the future based on what He can do.
God continually wants to expand your perspective and challenge the boundaries of your possibilities.
Most of the time it is because they are too limited.
“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?’ Jesus asked. ‘Anything is possible if a person believes.’”
Mark 9:23 NLT
I’m asking God to blow your mind and give you a glimpse of His purposes and plans for your future.
I’m praying that He will expand the boundaries of what you think is possible and take the limits off what you think God can do in your life.
What do you need to do today to bust it wide open and begin dreaming again?
You can be unsure what the future may bring but be secure in the knowledge that God knows the plans he has for you.
You can be unsure about your finances but secure that God is your provider.
You can be unsure of what life will bring your way but secure that although it feels like your flesh and heart may fail, God is the strength of your heart and your portion forever.
You can be unsure of how long your life may be but secure that you will live forever with God.
You can be unsure even in your own faithfulness but rest secure in God’s.
He is your Rock.
He is your Strength.
He is your Guide.
He is your Savior.
You do not walk alone, you are not abandoned.
You are loved and cherished by the King of kings and Lord of lords.
“It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.”
Psalm 18:32 NIV
Get up and do what you have to do today.
Do it in God’s strength, God’s grace and wrapped in His unquenchable love.