Trust 

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 is tronger than the blood of Jesus and 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.

Trust.

Words

All words hold power.

They set the tone, communicate vision, encourage and lift up or they destroy trust, discourage and convolute the situation.

It is usually the words we plan that do the most good and the ones we don’t plan that do the most damage.

Before you speak, ask yourself if your words are going to help the situation or hurt it?

It’s okay to say you don’t know.

It’s okay to say nothing at all.

It’s okay to choose to be proactive instead of reactive with your words.

When in doubt, don’t say anything at all.

“Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Spend your time planning the words you want to say and applying self control to the ones you don’t.

May your words bring healing to those who desperately today need it and empower those around you to be courageous in pursuing the gifts God has put in them.

Your House 

  
In the old Testiment, God’s temple was a place to leave the world outside and enter into His presence.  A place to experience His love and mercy. A place to hear His Word and ask for His forgiveness. A place to get your priorities right and your perspective adjusted. A place to for Him to meet with you. It was a place where the sacrifice could be made so that His people could enter into His presence and more to point, that His presence could enter His people. 

In the New Testiment, Jesus became the sacrifice for sins and the Temple of God moved from a building to a heart…yours. A place to leave the world outside and enter into His presence.  A place to experience His love and mercy. A place to hear His Word and ask for His forgiveness. A place to get your priorities right and your perspective adjusted. A place to for God to meet with you. 

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? 1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:19‬ ‭NLT‬‬

God’s desire is to make your “house” His home. You may not know what to do with your heart but God does. Your mind may seem erratic but God knows how to calm it. Your emotions may seem out of control but God knows how get them organized.

If you give Jesus full access to remodel “your house”, He will make it into His home and you will find that you like living there too.

More Than Just A Minute for your Weekend Reading 

 This week I was blessed to write a blog longer than a minute for the Bayside of Citrus Heights website. The title of it is “Who Does God Think You Are” and it delves more into my personal story.

You can read it here, if you have more than a minute to spare today.

Have a good weekend and I’ll see you on Monday with a new J.A.M.

– Cindy G 

Chosen

  
Have you ever been the last one chosen?

I have never really been great at sports nor had a desire to be. I have had my fair share of that moment. It’s not a good feeling. 

Have you ever been forgotten?

My senior year in High School, the year I discovered being loved by God, my new friends from church organized a fun night out and forgot me. They didn’t remember me until after the event was over and they were on their way home. They came to my house after to beg for forgiveness and I forgave them (they felt really really bad about it). Nonetheless I can still feel the sting of rejection when I realized they had forgotten me.

The above examples are moments of hurt but they are not the kinds of moments that give soul scars. There are other moments of rejection that do that. Moments that become memories that hide in the silence and shadows of your heart. They feed into the fears of “not worthy” and enable the core insecurities of “not enough”.

About the same time that my new friends forgot me, I discovered the following verse in the book of Isaiah:

“For I have chosen you and will not throw you away. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:9,10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

God’s Word brings His light to the shadows and His voice to the silent places in your heart.

Jesus came to bring to completion the Word spoken in Isaiah. It was given to the carriers of His promise, the Jews, but it has been beating in the heart of God for each and every person since the beginning of time.  

Jesus came to complete it,
to reclaim you,
to reconcile you with the heart of
His Father who has chosen you,
pursued you,
paid for you,
cherishes you and
will not abandon you.  

Old whispers of rejection will remind you of past rejections. They will taint every relationship and interaction you have.

You fear rejection.

Jesus came to empty that word of it’s crippling power.

He is the God who says to you:

I have chosen you and have not rejected you.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭(NIV‬‬)

I’ve picked you. I haven’t dropped you. Don’t panic. I’m with you. 
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭(MSG‬‬)

‘You are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away: Fear not, for I am with you;” (‭NKJV‬‬)

Jesus will whisper this truth to you everyday, in everyway He can until you will believe it, embrace it and live in it:

YOU ARE HIS.
YOU ARE CHOSEN.

Sorry for yelling at you (in capitals) but you haven’t been listening.

Listen and beleive it.

Looking Good

  
It is easy to assume that if somebody “looks good” on the outside, they must be doing good on the inside.

We even do it to ourselves. When was the last time you looked into mirror to see how you were doing or to see how much you were going to have to fake it today, “How do I look?”

“The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.””  1 Samuel‬ ‭16:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Not everyone who looks good on the outside is doing good on the inside. 

Just like you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, you can’t judge a person or their life by how it looks on the outside either. 

God doesn’t.

He doesn’t judge you or others by the reflection in the mirror but by the condition of your heart. He looks past the outside and delves deep inside. 

How is your heart? Does He have access to it? 

Is it hurting? Is it full of fear? Are you consumed with self hatred? 

God wants to do a work deep inside your heart today. 

He wants to heal the hurt.

Displace the fear with faith.

Jesus wants to bring the blinding light of God’s love to the darkness of self-hatred. 

The light of Christ will seek out every crevice of darkness in the human heart and illuminate it with His love. 

“We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Untouchable

 
Jesus is not afraid to touch the untouchable and healed the very things that others have deemed unhealable. 

“A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” 

Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. 

“I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭8:1-3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Where others pull away in fear, Jesus boldly reaches out and touches. He loves the unloveable and brings hope where shame has tried to destroy it.

Jesus doesn’t flinch in the face of fear or pull away from the decay of sin- He goes right to it.

There is no disease that Jesus can’t heal and no broken place that Jesus can’t make whole. There is no sin that is unforgivable and no person that is unredeemable. 

Just as the disease of leprosy on the outside condemns the bearer to isolation and shame, the untouched places of brokenness that sin has wrecked havoc can make you feel the same way. 

You may want to shun those broken parts or even more,forget they exist.  They are too decayed, too far gone…they are untouchable.

But not Jesus, he doesnt want to forget them, He will work to heal them.

Just as He healed the outside of the untouchable lepor who asked Him if He was willing and He will boldly go into darkest places of your life to bring truth and healing to them.

Jesus is willing.

He is able to do more than you could ask or imagine and He will not give up on you. Come to Him, uncover the brokenness and ask Him if He is willing.

He Is.