“A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’”John 3:27-28 NIV
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:19 NIV
Before your day gets started I want to remind you that it hasn’t happened yet.
It is a day yet to be lived.
It is a page in your story that is unwritten.
Just because your story has been going one way up until today, doesn’t mean it has to continue that way.
Just because you made a bad decision yesterday, doesn’t mean you have to make one today…or tomorrow.
Just because yesterday’s habits were unhealthy doesn’t mean today you have to continue in them.
You have the freedom of choice and with Jesus, you have the power to change.
Today is unwritten.
God has a plan.
You have the pen.
Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.
Philippians 4:13 MSG
It was an impossible situation.
The Israelites were stuck between the sea and their former slave masters coming to recapture them:
“But Moses told the people,‘Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today.The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”
Exodus 14:13-14 NLT
Hemmed in by the mountains on both sides, they had no way out and no way forward. Their newfound freedom seemed fleetingly short and ultimately doomed.
They knew that God had delivered them from slavery but little more. They had not been free long enough to learn how powerful He is.
They didn’t know that He would fight for them, split the sea before them and rescue them from an impossible situation.
They did not know God…yet.
When you don’t want to go back but don’t know how you are going to go forward, trust God and:
1. Don’t let fear dictate your decisions.
2. Don’t run around trying to figure out what to do. Stop. Pray. Listen. Stand still and watch the LORD work.
When going forward looks like an impossibility, trust Him.
He goes before you.
He goes behind you.
He stands next to you.
The LORD Himself will fight for you.
You get to know about God as you trust Him to be God.
Trust Him and watch what He is about to do.
“Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.” Matthew 6:12 MSG
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”Isaiah 40:29 NIV
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”Matthew 11:28 NIV
“I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit.”Ephesians 3:16 NLT
You have His strength to love, to walk, to work, to hold on to hope and let go of fear.
You have His grace to cover your mistakes and feed your compassion.
You have His joy to see the ordinary beauty of humanity that is all around you.
You have His kindness to be gentle with those who are closest to you.
You have His vision to see others as He does and love them appropriately.
You are empowered to live loved as a child of God and do His will on earth as it is in heaven.
Not by your strength but by His.
Not from your limited resources, but from His unlimited and glorious resources.
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”
Psalm 51:12 NIV
Today I am praying for the wind of restoration to sweep away the cobwebs of the fear and regret that are clinging to your soul.
I am praying for the worries and wonderings of “what if’s” be swept away because what is done is done and today is a new day.
Today is a new day to invite God in.
Today is a new day to embrace the hope you have in Jesus.
Today is your new day to walk in the power and purpose of God.
Put all your yesterdays and tomorrows into God’s hands – He is big enough to handle them.
May you live fully filled up with God’s peace and have a willing spirit to fully engage in what God has given you to do today.
By faith, barren Sarah was able to become pregnant, old woman as she was at the time, because she believed the One who made a promise would do what he said. Hebrews 11:11 MSG
We are born dreamers.
As children, we see that world around us and dream about being a part of it. We dream about what our place in the world will be, what we will do, and who we might become.
The dreams revolve around us and what it will mean for us if those dreams come true.
As we grow up, there are some dreams that hold onto us more than we hold onto them.
It is those dreams that feel devastating when they shatter and remain unfulfilled.
We put them in the realm of impossible.
When the Lord told Abraham that Sarah would give birth, she overheard it and laughed (Genesis 18:11). She laughed not because she thought it was funny but because she thought it ludicrous. The dream of having children probably died when she was in her 60s or 70s. She had accepted her barrenness.
My friend, God often challenges what you have already accepted.
He will speak a word to you that seems impossible.
Something that seems ludicrous.
Something that you gave up on and now He is asking you to pick up again.
He is asking you to dream again but this time to dream it differently.
How? By placing your hope not in what the dream will do for you but in what God wants to do through you.
God asked Sarah to dream again. She knew she could not make it happen, she already tried. But somewhere deep inside she chose to trust God to do the impossible.
My friend, put your hope in God today.
And when He calls you to dream again, say yes.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28 NIV
The Greek word for “rest” in Matthew 11:28 means:
1) to cause or permit one to cease from any movement or labor in order to recover and collect his strength
2) to give rest, refresh, to give one’s self rest, take rest
3) to keep quiet, of calm and patient expectation
It is an invitation from Jesus to stop your work and invest in rest.
Make time to stop producing, stop creating and simply breathe.
Take a minute or an hour to do something that fills your soul.
Close your eyes so you can really see what is going on inside of you.
Open your eyes to love the people who are around you.
It is not a one-time invitation, it is a spiritual investment for a lifestyle of trust.
Jesus is saying “come to me” whenever you need to rest and as often as you need to rest.
Are you soul tired today?
Come to Jesus, His arms are open for you.