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.

Just Forget It

“But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,” PHILIPPIANS‬ ‭3‬:‭13‬ NIV

Forget what is behind you.

Forget the mistakes that happened yesterday, the words of condemnation that haunt you, the plans that failed no matter how hard you tried and the way you used to live before you met Jesus.

Forget them. 

You have a Father who forgives you, a Savior to walk with you and a Helper to empower you to live as you were created to.

You are connected to the Almighty God through Jesus and loved passionately by Him.

Through the good times and bad times, the easy times and the hard times.

There will be hard times but you will not experience them alone.

You will be triggered to react the same ways you have in the past but press pause when the trigger hits and lean into your very present Lord.

When things get difficult, instead on focusing on all the things you are not, focus on all that God is.

God didn’t choose you because someday you would be perfect. 

He chose you because He loves you and He is more than enough for the both of you. 

Love God for who He is and let Him love you for who you are: His child, who He loves and is already proud of. 

Take the Step

“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” ‭‭ISAIAH‬ ‭41:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Faith is about taking the first step.

Faith is taking the first step when are you are nervous, uncomfortable, and anxious.

It is about trusting God more than trusting your feelings. 

It is trusting God to give you what you need to take the first step.

Faith is the action of doing what God is telling you to do and trusting Him that it is the right thing.

Every time you use whatever faith you have (whether it be little or large) to step out in obedience, you are trusting God to walk with you every step of the way.

So go ahead, take the first step.

Then the next and the one after that.

All the while believing that the God who loves you (and He does) will empower you to do it.

What step is God asking you to take today?

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?

Lose Your Limitations

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

When you step into a relationship with Jesus, every accepted limitation you have is challenged.

He came to give you direct access to divine perspective founded in unrelenting love and sealed by unbelievable sacrifice.

He is asking you to follow Him into a new place, new ways and a new future that is beyond your capability to comprehend.

Because of His love, you can be brave, because of His power you can lose your limitations.

What limitation is God challenging you to bust through? 

What is God asking you to trust Him with today?

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?

He is the God of Hope

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Romans 15:13 NIV

As you look to the future today don’t look to the past to determine its possibilities.

Don’t look around to what is going on around you to determine how you feel about it. 

Look to the God of hope who surrounds you with His love.

Look to the God of love who has broken the power of sin on the cross.

Look to Jesus who will fill you with all joy and peace as you trust Him.

Regardless of what is going on around you, His love is for you.

Jesus died and rose again so that your hope would not lie in the power of man but in the power of God.

May you live in the fullness God’s presence and let His hope for your future fill you with courage to face it head on.