A Quiet Yes

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“So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time”.
‭‭James‬ ‭4:7 ‭MSG‬‬

Don’t underestimate the power of a quiet yes.

A quiet yes spoken with conviction.

A quiet yes whispered in surrender.

A quiet yes of obedience to make a 180 degree turn around in your life.

A quiet yes when He asks you to not settle for good when Jesus wants great things for you.

A quiet yes, because Jesus hears you even if you whisper.

A loud NO, because the enemy doesn’t.

The temptation to listen to lies of the enemy is strong because he is talking to you all the time and telling you the lies you already believe.

Today is your day to shout:

“No, I won’t settle for less”.

“No, I won’t quit”.

“No, I will not shrink back, I will push forward”.

Don’t settle for less than what God has for you.

What is your quiet yes for today?

Gaurd Your Heart

Some seasons are harder than others and the seasons that are the hardest can harden your heart. It may even feel that hardening your heart is easier than feeling the pain but it is not. Your heart is made to feel, it can handle it, it was made to process the pain. When you harden your heart it way is like locking the pain inside with no way out.

Don’t harden your heart.

Don’t give up.

Push through the hard parts but don’t lose your heart.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:23‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Guard it, grow it, fill it.

Don’t just get through your present struggle, process it all the way through. Feel it, embrace the pain and let it work all the through and all the way out.

You can get through it with your heart still poised to love.

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:1-3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The interesting thing here is that you can speak with power, have a great understanding,  be utterly selfless and still be devoid of love.

Guard your heart. Clean it out. Pull the weeds and if needed, ask Jesus for a heart transplant. Ask him to give you a new heart that beats with a deep enduring love –  that is what He died for.

How is your heart?

Possessing Peace

  

Don’t be deceived into believing that more things will make you happy.

Don’t be duped into thinking that more stuff will make your relationships better.

“Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.”
Proverbs‬ ‭17:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

This is not encouragement to stuff your feelings and not deal with conflict, within or without.

This is a reminder to deal with the conflict. 

To push through the uncomfortable space of it.

To be brave and talk. 

To speak the truth in love. 

Peace never comes by ignoring the conflict but only throuh dealing with it. 

More than that, peace starts with you and God. Get your heart right with God before you deal with the hearts of those you love and live with. 

And then deal with it.

Do the hard work of communicating all the way through so that you can enjoy the blessed moments of life when you are at peace with God and at peace with others. 

You don’t need a luxurious environment to posses luxurious love. 

Don’t be passive with love and don’t look to possessions to solve your problems for you. 

Look to Jesus to give you what you need today to break through and possess peace in your most important realtionshops – those in your home.

Finding Freedom

  

The diligent find freedom in their work; the lazy are oppressed by work. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭12‬:‭24‬ MSG)

There is freedom to be found in the most challenging circumstance. 

But it takes diligence.

Don’t give up your hope or your vision. 

Don’t allow discouragement to define you or the lack of opportunities to oppress you. 

Push through. 

Push hard. 

Be diligent in finding your freedom and you will discover that God has placed you there for more than a paycheck.