Trust Today

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Whatever today brings, I want to remind you to trust God in it.

Trust that He has your present provided for. Jesus will give you what you need when you need it to deal with what is happening right now.

Trust that He will heal your past. There is no sin stronger than the blood of Jesus and there is no hurt His love can’t heal.

Trust that He has your future in the palm of His hand. Jesus is preparing a place for you and preparing you for the place. Stressing about it helps no one. Rest in Him and wait.

Take a deep breath and fix your eyes on Jesus.

Trust Jesus.

Trust Fall

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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;” 
Proverbs 3:5 NIV

It is hard to not lean on your own understanding.

Your understanding is made of what you know, what you have learned, what you have been taught and tucked into your back pocket as experience. In the other pocket, you have stuffed the disappointments, the failures, the mistakes that you don’t want to make again. Either way, you are leaning on what you know. You make decisions based on past experiences and knee-jerk reactions from what you fear happening again.

How is that working for you?

Yeah, it isn’t working for me either.

How do you to change? How do you learn to trust God and lean on His understanding, His truth, His knowledge, and His power?

Lean back on God, do the trust fall. Obey God without knowing what is going to happen or how it is going to work out.

Do the right thing.

Trust Him, He will catch you.

Step out in faith. He will guide you and show you how to walk in a new way according to His truth.

Instead of your go-to, knee-jerk reaction, go to your knees and ask God what your next step should be.

Grace Stained Perspective 


Understanding is a powerful thing.

When I understand why someone does something, it helps me to correctly interpret it. If I don’t understand where someone is coming from, I often interpret the circumstance or action according to my past experience.

If my experience is abuse, then I will interpret every action through that lens. If my experience is getting hurt, i will interpret every action through that. If my experience is entitlement, I interpret it through that perspective and so on…

The only true way to gain understanding is to see it through God’s perspective. Our own perspective is skewed and marred with sin. We see the world though sin-stained glasses.

It is as we walk with God that He begins to replace our sin-stained glasses with His grace-stained ones.

“The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.” (Romans 12:3 MSG)

It is the trap of the enemy to convince us that the best way to define ourselves or others is by what we are and what we do.

“I am a good person“ and “I work really hard for God – look at all I do for Him!” Or the opposite- “I am only a …,” “I am doing the best I can but I don’t have time to do anything for God. I can’t do much so I must not be much to God“.

Both are illusions and quicksand traps of works that push us away from God and disintegrate our relationship with Him.

Condemnation cannot bring freedom, neither can pride.

The way out?
Surrender.

• Surrender your need for approval for the truth that you already have it from God.

• Surrender your right to interpret yourself and others through your past experiences.

• Surrender you right to be right and ask God for a more powerful thing: His grace stained perspective.

Today, may you see through God’s grace-stained perspective.

May you be unleashed by God’s perspective to give grace to every person placed before you.

May you shake off the chains of condemnation (or pride) and walk in the unlimited resource of the grace of God.

Friday’s Prayer

 
 Sometimes my words just won’t do justice to the glory of God and the power of His Word. Sometimes I just can’t express the depth of hope that I pray you will experience in Christ.  It is during these times that I cease striving and simply rest in the words already spoken over my life as well as yours: 

When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.

 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 

Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 

And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 

May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. 

Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”‭‭ Ephesians‬ ‭3:14-19‬ ‭NLT‬‬

May all the above be yours (and mine) today. 

In Jesus wonderful Name, 

Amen. 

Trust Fall


Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; (Proverbs 3:5 NIV)

It is hard to not lean on your own understanding. It is what you know, what you have learned, what you have been taught and tucked into your back pocket as experience. In the other pocket you have stuffed the disappointments, the failures, the mistakes that you don’t want to make again. Either way you are leaning on what you know. You make decisions based on past experiences and knee jerk reactions from what you fear happening again.

How is that working for you? Yeah, it isn’t working for me either.

How do you to change? How do you learn to trust God and lean on his understanding, his truth, his knowledge, and his power?

Lean back. Do the trust fall. Obey God without knowing what is going to happen or how it is going to work out. Do the right thing.

Trust him, he will catch you.

Step out in faith. He guide you and show you how to walk in a new way according to his truth.

Instead of your go-to, knee-jerk reaction, go to your knees and ask God what your next step should be.

The Right Habit

The Right Habit:

Right thing,
Right time,
Right place.

Developing this habit can make a huge difference in your life and in your relationships.

What is the right thing to do?

When is the right time to do it?

Where is the right place to do this?

When the right thing is done at the wrong time and place- it minimizes the impact of the right thing (or down right ruins it).

“You’re one happy man when you do what’s right, one happy woman when you form the habit of justice”. (‭Psalm‬ ‭106‬:‭1-3‬ MSG)

Always seek God to know what the right thing to do is and ask Him for the courage to always do it.

But go farther than that- ask Him to give you the wisdom to know when and where to do it.

“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, (‭Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭13‬ NIV)

May 2015 be the year you grow in wisdom, understanding and in The Right Habit.

You Find What You Look For

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Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, (‭Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭13‬ NIV)

There are times when it is more important to hear what is not being said. To see beyond the obvious to the motive driving it. To understand the why more than the what of the situation.

You can’t do it on your own, or simply pull from own experience-it is fraught with your own misunderstandings and wrong perceptions.

You need God’s help.

You need God’s wisdom.

The great thing about God is that He will give it you, as much as you need and as many times as you ask for it.

The problem is that we forget to ask.

We jump to our own conclusions.

We make choices according to our own understanding.

We respond in fear, we move in insecurity.

We get caught up in our own eyes, finding what we are looking for: hurt, betrayal, confirmation that we are unloved or unloveable. All the while, we are missing the blessing that we can not see unless God opens our eyes to it.

What are you looking for?

If you are looking for a blessing, seek wisdom and understanding first.