When You Think It’s Over, It’s Not

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

John 11:43 NIV

Lazarus was dead. 

His body wrapped tightly in grave clothes and laid to rest. 

The world had already moved on and the story of Lazarus was over.  

But his story was not over for God.

Lazarus was dead and Jesus told them to open the tomb anyway.

Lazarus was gone and Jesus called his name anyway.

Then Lazarus walked out alive. 

You may think that your story has already been written.

That it is over.

That where you are right now is where you will always be. 

That your usefulness, your marriage, your ministry, your job, your purpose, your hopes lay dead and lifeless at your feet.

Jesus defied death.

“Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15: 55 -57 NIV)

If you are breathing, God is not done with you.

You may think your story is over but God doesn’t.

He calls life from death and unbinds the grave clothes that cling.

He calls your name, reminds you who you are and whose you are.

He changes the ending of your story.

He will resurrect relationships, restore callings, redefine life as you know it and move you from darkness into the light.

The story of Lazarus is more than an example of a miracle, it is a proclamation of the power of Jesus to raise the dead things in us and a reminder to us today that all death means nothing in the light of His love.

He defeated death itself and because of Jesus, you have nothing to fear here or when your time on earth is done.

When fear rises up to tell you that your story is over, know that in Christ your story has only just begun.

Just when you think it’s over, it’s absolutely not.

Press On

“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

Today, I want to challenge you to let go of:

– trying to earn God’s love (He already loves you).

– your fear of failure (you have nothing to prove).

– perfectionism (you have nothing to fear).

– habits that sabotage your growth (you don’t need them anymore).

– trying to control everything (you can’t anyway and it’s exhausting to try).

And I want to encourage you to take hold of:

– God’s grace.

– your faith in Jesus.

– the vision Jesus has for your life.

– the hope of love’s transformation.

– trusting Jesus with it all.

Jesus will not give up on you or let go of you.

He loves you so much that He will continually press you to press on to become who He has created you to be.

“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

Let go of what is holding you back and go after with all your heart all that God has for you.

God Will

For He, God, Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let you down or relax My hold on you! Assuredly not!” ‬‭HEBREWS 13:5 AMPLIFIED VERSION

God will not leave you without support.

Jesus is bigger than your situation.

He will not leave you helpless.

He will not relax His hold on you.

He will make a way where there seems to be no way.

As you face the challenges before you, know that God is beside you.

All things are possible with God.

He will not leave you.

Whatever You Are Facing

“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

Whatever you are facing, God is with you.

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 and is there when everything stays the same.

He is there.

With You.

Right Now.

And He will bring encouragement, strength, direction, and peace from the unchangeable depths of grace that you will never be able to exhaust.

Whatever you are facing, whatever is happening, whatever seems too big for you to handle, God is there and He is with you in the midst of it all. God is with you.

Stress Won’t Help

I don’t know what you’re facing today but I want to tell you that stressing is not the solution to it.

Striving is not the solution either.

Trusting God is.


Surrender is the solution.

Surrender yourself to God.
Surrender your situation to God.
Surrender your fears to God.

This isn’t about giving up but it is very much about giving over of yourself into God’s hands.

Not because you understand how God can work a miracle but by believing He can work a miracle.

Surrender is about trusting Him to be who He is – your loving Father. 

God assured us in Hebrews 13:5-6 MSG, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you, we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me?

Your Father is here, ready to help.

Stress won’t help you but God will.

You can trust Him with what seems impossible.

What do you need help with today?

You Are Stronger Than You Know

“He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭18:34-35‬ ‭NIV‬‬

God will give you what you need right now to fight the battle before you.

You are stronger than you know because your strength comes from Jesus and His right hand sustains you.

Don’t give up, you are sustained and trained through the power of His love.

My prayer for you today is that you would know His love as He pours His strength into you. That you would know His peace as you lean on Him. That you would rest in God’s grace as you walk by His guidance. That you would trust Him with the future and focus simply on the task before you. That you would be released from the restlessness within you as you receive a new determination to go forward in faith.

Where To Find Hope

This morning I did something I rarely do: I opened the News App on my phone.

I regretted it immediately.

I just wanted to see what was happening in the world out there, wanted to know what was going on.

I think I was looking for a little hope.

What I found was the same stories with different names, same themes with different titles: fear, stress, tragedy and loss.

I took a deep breath and did what I should have done in the beginning – I opened my YouVersion App.

This is where hope lives. 

Not because it is a fantasy but because it addresses reality.

“Jesus shouted out passionately, ‘To believe in me is to also believe in God who sent me. For when you look at me you are seeing the One who sent me. I have come as a light to shine in this dark world so that all who trust in me will no longer wander in darkness.’”JOHN‬ ‭12:44-46‬ ‭TPT‬‬W

As I turn my gaze from the trouble in the world to the light that shines in it, I find hope.

I find love and I find courage to believe in the impossible.

Where do you look to find hope?

The Journey To A Sacred Place

“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.” PSALM 84:5 NIV

A pilgrimage is the journey to a sacred place.

A pilgrimage for a Jesus follower is not about going somewhere that God has been before, it is inviting Him into where you are:

Your home.

Your job.

Your relationships.

Every place you invite God into becomes sacred.

When you walk with Jesus, He will give you what you need for every step: His abundant love, cross-forged forgiveness, sustaining strength, perfect peace, deep joy, and unrelenting hope right where you are.

Transformation lives on the way with Jesus.

It is a journey that will test your strength, challenge your tenacity and grow your faith. 

What do you need to invite Him into where you are today?

Dare to Trust

“When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do.”ROMANS‬ ‭4:17-18‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Dare to trust God wherever you are and in whatever you are facing. 

Even if you’re feeling hopeless.

Stay on the journey.

Though everything in Abraham’s life seemed to indicate otherwise, he chose to focus on the power of God and not on the impossibility of the promise God had given him.

I am sure that there were times that Abraham barely believed and struggled with massive doubt. I am sure that there were days that he was holding on to a thread of hope, he was human.

God will not take away your humanity or your emotions.

His plan is to work through both.

God has called you to trust Him, lean on Him and rely on Him as you walk the road before you. 

Stay on the road.

Keep going.

Walk forward with the confidence that you may not know where you are going, but God does. 

His promises come with His power. 

Power to base your faith on what God can do, not on what you can see.

Hold on, my friend, you may have only had a thread of hope but in Christ, that thread is stronger than what you face and will hold against that which you fear

Security

A grasping person stirs up trouble, but trust in GOD brings a sense of well- being.”‭‭ PROVERBS‬ ‭28:25‬ ‭MSG

The original Hebrew word used for “trust” in the verse above means “secure.”

Security that is found in the love of God.

You will find more peace by focusing on 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 will begin to unfurl the grasping grip of insecurity in your life. May your focus shift to who He is and who you truly are in Him