Suffering

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“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:3-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

God does not cause suffering, the broken world we live in does. The broken people who live in it ( including ourselves) do. God doesn’t cause suffering but He will use it to do a divine work of growth in you.

He will use it to grow the strength of your character, the perspective of perseverance and your capacity for hope.

Suffering can produce hope.

How? 

Because Jesus will use the suffering others cause to challenge every false belief,  reveal every lie that trips you up and shows you how to persevere when you want to quit. He will uncover the misconceptions you have about Him and open your eyes to see how even in the hardest of times, hope will hold on to you.

“The typical view fo the Christian life is that it means being delivered from all adversity. But it actually means being delivered in adversity, which is something very different.”

– Oswald Chamber, My Upmost for His Hightest

 

Don’t give up.

Anchor yourself to His Word and hold on.

Unquestionably

wisdom-quotes-freedom-is-found-when-we-embody-self-love-and-self-acceptanceDon’t let anyone or anything con you into believing you are a slave again.
Don’t believe the enemy’s lies that you have no choice or power to say NO to old habits, old thought patterns, old temptations, or old addictions or that you have no hope of changing, growing, and transforming.
When the Son sets you free, you are free. 
You are free from the power of sin and it is not your master anymore.
So then why does it take so long to learn how to live in this freedom? Why the struggle? 
It is because while your spirit has been released from the contract of sin and is legally free, your flesh has been well trained by its former slave master.
The flesh has the old habits, temptations, and thought patterns grooved into it through experience and years of practice. 
It takes time, experience and perseverance to create the new grooves of freedom. 
Just as a bird is made to fly, a child of God is made to live in freedom.
However, it is up to you to claim your freedom and learn to walk in it.
It is up to you to learn how to fly with the wings of freedom God has already given you.
“So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free”.  John 8:36 AMP
What old lies are sapping your strength today?
 
What old habits need to be left behind?
 
What new freedom do you long to live in?
Today is a good day to live in freedom…unquestionably.
May your mind be clear, your heart encouraged and your determination to live in the freedom that has been bought for you by the blood of Jesus be fierce in you today. 

Sabotaging​ Speech

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Little white lies.

Big unsaid truths.

Smoothing it over by telling them what they want to hear.

Avoid confrontation at all costs so you won’t be rejected.

We rarely do these things because we don’t like someone, sometimes we do them the most with those we care for.

It becomes the language of our relationships and the protection of our most tender selves.

“Liars hate their victims; flatterers sabotage trust.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭26:28‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Words are powerful and all deception, whether it is big or small, deteriorates relationships. It doesn’t matter if it is a negative slur or a positive flattery.

If the words you are speaking are not true, you are not really loving them.

Your deceptive words are causing ruin whether you want them to or not.

If you love someone, tell them the truth. It doesn’t have to be brutal but it does need to be spoken.

This isn’t a challenge to suddenly verbally vomit all your pent up, stuffed down and swallowed words on the ones you love.

This challenge is to examine your words and your heart.

This challenge is to ask God to show you why you are stuffing, swallowing, avoiding and not speaking the truth.

And it probably has more to do with how you see yourself than how you see others.

When you discover why you are lying and unintentionally ruining your relationships, you will uncover a place that God wants to heal.

Trusting God means having the courage to boldly look at your underlying motives and bravely begin to create new speech patterns with the ones you love.

It matters.

Speak the truth in love.

Face the fear of being misunderstood.

Ask God to heal the broken parts in you so that you can have healthy relationships with those around you.

Don’t Settle

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 In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses proclaimed to the Israelites all that the Lord had commanded him concerning them.

This was after he had defeated Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, and at Edrei had defeated Og king of Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭1:3- 4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Moses has just told the Israelites that it’s time to cross over to the Promised Land but the nation of former slaves isn’t sure that is a good idea. Maybe they have fought and won a few battles but they were not sure that meant they were ready to possess the promised land. They were beginning to think that being a wanderer in the wilderness wasn’t so bad. They were unsure about going forward. They were thinking about settling for the best they had right then instead of pressing forward for the best God had for them in the future.

It’s not like you haven’t won a couple of battles. You have.

You have faced the lies and begun to live in God’s truth. You have stood your ground and fought for freedom.

But maybe today you are tired.

You don’t want to give up or go back, but making camp where you are may seem like a great idea.

My friend, go ahead and rest.

Get your breath back.

Get your vision back.

Remind yourself of God’s vision and get moving.

Don’t settle for good enough, fight for God’s best in every area of your life.

Sabotaging Speech


Little white lies.

Big unsaid truths.

Smoothing it over by telling them what they want to hear.

Avoid confrontation at all costs so you won’t be rejected.

We rarely do these things because we don’t like someone, sometimes we do them the most with those we care for.

It becomes the language of our relationships and the protection of our most tender selves.

“Liars hate their victims; flatterers sabotage trust.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭26:28‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Words are powerful and all deception, whether it is big or small, deteriorates relationships. It doesn’t matter if it is a negative slur or a positive flattery.

If the words you are speaking are not true, you are not really loving them.

Your deceptive words are causing ruin whether you want them to or not.

If you love someone, tell them the truth. It doesn’t have to be brutal but it does need to be spoken.

This isn’t a challenge to suddenly verbally vomit all your pent up, stuffed down and swallowed words on the ones you love.

This challenge is to examine your words and your heart.

This challenge is to ask God to show you why you are stuffing, swallowing, avoiding and not speaking the truth.

And it probably has more to do with how you see yourself than how you see others.

When you discover why you are lying and unintentionally ruining your relationships, you will uncover a place that God wants to heal.

Trusting God means having the courage to boldly look at your underlying motives and bravely begin to create new speech patterns with the ones you love.

It matters.

Speak the truth in love.

Face the fear of being misunderstood.

Ask God to heal the broken parts in you so that you can have healthy relationships with those around you.

Chosen 

  

There is little more painful than the sting of not getting picked to be on a team. As you get older it is replaced by the feeling of not getting the job, not getting the call back, not getting to be in a relationship you thought you needed. 

Not being chosen. It is easy for that fear to catch root in your life and influence the direction of your energy.  It can become like aninvisible sign you wear on your neck: unwanted, unworthy, not chosen. It is a lie.

As you begin this week, I want to remind you that you are loved and have been already chosen by God.  

“Meanwhile, we’ve got our hands full continually thanking God for you, our good friends—so loved by God! 

God picked you out as his from the very start. Think of it: included in God’s original plan of salvation by the bond of faith in the living truth. 

‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭2:13 ‭MSG‬‬

Chosen to be His. Embraced and pursued, loved and cherished by the Father of all creation. 

Let the lie of “not getting picked” also known as “no one will ever love me” fall at the feet of cross where it belongs.

Let Jesus to show you today how to live in the truth of cross: you are worth great sacrifice and chosen to be His. 

The bond of faith bought with the blood of Jesus Christ pursues you through a living relationship with him. 

It is relationship initiated by God and made possible by God that teaches you how to live in the truth that you are loved and you are chosen. 

Sabotaging Speech


Little white lies.

Small unsaid things.

Smoothing it over by telling them what they want to hear.

Avoid confrontation at all costs so you won’t be rejected.

We rarely do these things because we don’t like someone, we do them the most with those we care for the most.

It becomes the language of our relationships and the protection of our most tender selves.

“A lying tongue hates its victims, and flattering words cause ruin”. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭26‬:‭28‬ NLT)

That verse changes things, doesn’t it?

To God- all deception, whether it is big or small, deteriorates relationships. It doesn’t matter if it is a negative slur or a positive flattery.

If the words you are speaking are not true, you are not loving them.

Your deceptive words are causing ruin whether you want them to or not.

If you love someone, tell them the truth. It doesn’t have to be brutal but it does need to be spoken.

This isn’t a challenge to suddenly verbally vomit all your pent up, stuffed down and swallowed words on the ones you love.

The challenge is to examine your words and your heart.

The challenge is to ask God to show you why you are stuffing, swallowing, avoiding and not speaking the truth.

And it probably has more to do with how you see yourself than how you see others.

When you discover why you are lying and unintentionally ruining your relationships, you will uncover a place that God wants to heal.

Trusting God means having the courage to boldly look at your underlying motives and bravely begin to create new speech patterns with the ones you love.

Speak the truth in love.

Face the fear of being misunderstood.

Ask God to heal the broken parts in you so that you can have healthy relationships with those around you.