“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20-21 NIV
God will equip you with everything you need to do His will today.
Wherever you are.
Whatever you are dealing with.
God will equip you.
Don’t worry about tomorrow.
Forget about yesterday.
Be fully present to today and receive what you need to face it.
“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
The Israelites were stuck between the sea and their former slave masters coming to recapture them. 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.
It seemed like an impossible situation.
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.
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, stand still.
When going forward looks impossible, stay calm.
Jesus goes before you.
Jesus goes behind you.
Jesus stands next to you.
Don’t let fear dictate your decisions.
The LORD Himself will fight for you.
Just stay calm.
You get to know God as you trust Him to be God in your life.
“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.” Nahum 1:7 NIV
Every time you step out in faith in Jesus, it is a risk.
Being faithful to Jesus may look like being a failure to the world.
He may ask you to leave what you know, sacrifice whatever is needed, and embrace a temporary difficulty for the hope of a future promise.
Know that even though the risk seems great, a life lived in faith in the Son of God means that every cross He asks you to bear leads to a resurrection to a new kind of life you have never lived before.
This is the prayer I am whispering over you today, “Jesus, take care of my friends as they step out in faith. Thank you that they are trusting you as they face risk. Reward them with courage and vision and do what only You can do – the impossible in them and through them. In Your Name, Amen”
There came a man who walked the earth, spoke truth to all who would listen, healed broken bodies and restored broken souls to God. It was His love that breathed life into the first lungs of man and His word that drove the darkness and chaos back before that.
He came to the earth He created for one purpose: to perfect love. The word perfect here doesn’t mean flawless as much as it means complete. Completed completeness. This love that bled when the lash tore open His back and wood of the cross dug into it, persevered through the unendurable physical and spiritual pain of the cross until He could utter the truth, “it is finished.” The debt of sin has been paid and the great chasm between God and man has been obliterated.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
1 John 4:18 NIV
When fear rises up to dismantle your faith or weave its tentacles around your feet to trip you up, remember this fact: You have nothing to fear from God.
Christ took your punishment completely so that you can let His love completely in without fear.
“But GOD’s not finished. He’s waiting around to be gracious to you. He’s gathering strength to show mercy to you. GOD takes the time to do everything right—everything. Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones.”
Isaiah 30:18 MSG
You can’t see what God is doing “behind the scenes” in your life but He is working.
You don’t know how He is going to meet your needs, but I know that He will.
You don’t have to worry about the why’s, how’s, or when’s.
Jesus comes to you so that you can receive all God, your Father, has for you.
I am praying for you to experience God’s matchless, unbroken companionship while you wait for Him to do what only He can do.
I am praying that you will experience His victory, favor, love, peace, and joy, while you wonder how He is going to do it.
I believe that God is preparing things for you right now and that they will be right on time (maybe not your time but in His time).
While you wait, trust.
While you trust, worship.
While you worship, rest.
Have an amazing day enjoying what you have while you wait for what God is preparing for you.
When we look to humans to give us what we need, we find they are just like us- flawed and doing the best they can.
Their love is not meant to fill you or fulfill you, it may even fail you.
You are made to be loved by God, every minute of every day.
His unending, unchanging, un-quitting, transforming love.
The love you need today is God’s love.
“God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.”
1 John 4:16-17 NLT
How did Jesus live in this world? He lived loved and secure in His relationship with God.
“In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do. While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel.
Ephesians 4:1 MSG
In light of God’s ability, not your ability.
In light of God’s worthiness, not your worthiness.
In light of the truth thatGod can do more than you can ask or imagine.
In light of God’s power, not your power – RUN your race.
Don’t compare your race with anyone else’s.
This is about your journey, your family, your school, your job, your road.
Paul’s road led him to prison and he shared the wonderful message of Jesus to all who crossed his path. He shared God’s love through Jesus to the guards, his fellow prisoners, the politicians he was brought before and anyone else who listen.