#reasons

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For joy.

For the restoration of mankind to God.

For the intimate relationship with you.

That is why Jesus went to the cross.

“Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭MSG

He began and finished this race – this faith journey of trusting God while dealing with the reality of a broken life in a broken world.

Jesus entered this brokenness, was broken in it and then rose again to offer hope and wholeness to the world. He didn’t lose sight of God’s future, He focused on it. He focused on you.

Jesus knew that going to the cross would restore mankind to a right relationship with God. He is your Advocate, He sees your future and has the authority to give you what you need to get to it.

When you are overwhelmed and the difficulty before you begins to weigh you down – fix your eyes on Jesus.

He went through the unimaginable so that He could get you through the impossible. You were His reason so He could be yours.

 

 

Unexpected Turbulence

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You have been created to do more than just make a good life.
You have been redeemed to live a God discovering, God serving, God ordained life.
But sometimes you hit some turbulence on the journey.
You are on the plane and heading to the right destination but that doesn’t mean that the ride itself is easy.
If you are a human living in this broken world – it’s not easy.
Something happens that disrupts you, shakes you up, scares you. You begin to worry if you will ever get “there”.
I want you to know that Jesus knows what is shaking you up and what is disrupting your journey. He knows your journey will not be easy and that turbulence will happen.
What I love about God is that He uses those times to draw us closer to Him.
You may think that freedom in Christ means that there will be no suffering. It doesn’t work that way.  Jesus paid for your freedom by suffering not so you would never suffer but so you may use suffering to experience more of Him.
The Bible doesn’t promise a non-stop flight to heaven free of trial and turbulence.
“And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
Romans 5:2-4 NIV
Jesus promises that He will be with you on the journey, whatever it brings, especially the turbulence.
My prayer for you today is that instead of the turbulence shaking you up, you will use it to let God work perseverance into your character and give you a deep hope as you journey with Him.
I am praying that you will join Paul and not let the suffering shake you but that you would glory in it because suffering seasons work the truth of who God is in you in ways that smooth sailing never will.

See Beyond It


For the joy.

For the restoration of mankind to God.

For the intimate relationship with you.

That is why Jesus went to the cross.

“fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

He sat down at the right hand of the throne of God, as an advocate and as the authority.

He didn’t loose sight of the future, he focused on it.

It is easy to be overwhelmed when you are in pain and let the difficulty before you fill your vision. You begin to anticipate the pain of the situation bleeding into your tomorrows but that is the exact moment that you need to see beyond it and refocus on the future.

Remind yourself of what is important. Face it with integrity, intention and invest your energy in the future past the trial.

Jesus knew that going to the cross would restore mankind to a right relationship with God.

He is your Advocate, He sees your future and has the authority to give you what you need to get to it.

Storms

  

The challenge you are facing is a gift.

It is an opportunity with a divine purpose.

“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. (James 1:2 MSG)

God will use today’s challenges to give you the skills you need for tomorrow’s assignment- if you surrender it to Him. If you ask Him to teach you and guide you throught it.

Look to God to guide you through the storm and help you navagate all the way through it to the other side.

Storms do not last forever and neither do trials, but the lessons you learn through them will.

Until Then

  

The day will come when the work the God does in you will be complete.

A day when all your broken parts are mended and all the gaping holes are filled.

A day when God’s work of re-creation is done and you are a new creation, through and through.

But until then, you are in the process of being created new.

Until then, every fiery trial that seems like it will destroy you, is purifying you.

God can (and does) use the very things the enemy means for harm, for your good.

“Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine.

When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory. (‭1 Peter‬ ‭1‬:‭6-7‬ MSG)

One day you will stand before God healed and whole.

Until then, grab hold of grace and don’t quit.

Not Lacking Anything

Instead of trying to figure out the fastest way out of your current (uncomfortable) situation, figure out how to be aware of what God wants to do in you through it.

Why are you uncomfortable?

What fears does it bring to the surface?

Why do you want to run?

What does God want you to grow in?

The enemy would like to distract you with all the reasons why you shouldn’t be where you are or how badly you want out of it.

God wants to use it to bring understanding, growth and freedom that won’t come any other way.

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭4‬ NIV)

Instead of trying to find a way around your current challenge, ask God to show you how to grow through it.

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The Test You Can Not Fail

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The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭17‬:‭3‬ NIV)

When God tests the heart of His child, He is not “testing” it to see what it is made of. He is not testing it to see if it is good enough. He is not looking to see if all the right answers so He can give you a grade.

God already knows what is in your heart…every single thing.

A crucible is a vessel that can take extreme heat and not melt. It is used to melt the silver so that the impurities of the precious metal will rise to the top. Then a refiner will skim it off the top.

Just like the refiner uses a crucible and fire to purify the silver, God uses the fires and trials in your life to bring the dark marks in your heart to the surface.

God uses the fire of circumstance that burns so unbearably hot to reveal the underlying beliefs that are sabotaging your life and the lies that undermining your relationships.

Why? To condemn or make you see how much dirt is there? No. He brings it to the surface so that it can be cleared out, cleaned up and taken off.

God does not set up trials to test your heart but if you allow it, He will use them to purify it.

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