Useless Regrets

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God knows you.

He knows your strengths and weaknesses.

He knows every regret you have ever had and why you have it.

“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.”

Psalm‬ ‭139‬:‭1‬ NIV

More than that, God knows how you can grow from it.

God can change your regret into a gift.

God can turn a memory of disappointment into a moment of discovery, a revelation of wisdom, a catalyst for change.

You don’t have to repeat the past. You don’t have to live with regret.

In Christ, you are a new creation and have His power within you to change, to transform, to grow.

Useless regrets are the ones you don’t learn from.

My prayer for you is that there will be NO useless regrets in your life.

What does God want to teach you from it?

Vulnerable​ Desperation

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“Desperate, I throw myself on you: you are my God! Hour by hour I place my days in your hand, safe from the hands out to get me.”
Psalm 31:14, 15 MSG
You are desperate when you have run out of options and have done all you can with what you have and come up wanting.
You are desperate when you realize you have no control. No control over how others react. No control over what others think. No control over what others choose.
Desperation feels horrid. It feels scary.
And yet desperation drives us to our knees.
It drives us to an honest place where we admit we have no power and no actual control.
It is the realization that we are impotent to procure any real change, unable to bring about that which we desire.
When we have nothing left, we have everything to gain.
Why? Because that is when we throw ourselves on the mercy of God and admit the truth that we are human and not small gods. We are mortal and God is the immortal, all-powerful, omniscient God.
It is actually the safest place to be when we feel the most vulnerable.
When you are just surviving hour by hour- you find God is walking with you minute by minute.
“…for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down(relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]”
Hebrews 13:5 AMP
If you are in a desperate place right now, throw yourself on God, because you are in good hands when you are in His hands.
Are you in a desperate place? 
What can I pray for you? 
What does walking with God minute by minute look like to you right now? 

Pilgrimage

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A pilgrimage is defined as a journey to a sacred place.

When you are pursuing a thriving relationship with God, you are not just on a pilgrimage, you are living one.

“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭84:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Every place you invite God into becomes a sacred place.

Your home.

Your job.

Your relationships.

The pilgrimage for a Christian is not to go somewhere that God has been but to allow God to be with you where you are right now.

In your weakness.

In your bitterness.

In your frail humanity.

Into the reality of your life.

Jesus comes in and gives you what you do not deserve but cannot live without. He gives you love, forgiveness, strength, peace, joy, hope and eventually eternity.

Where do you need to invite Jesus into today?

Being Real

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:29‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Real strength doesn’t come from pretending you have it but in admitting that you don’t.

Real power comes from knowing you can’t do this on your own and that you need help.

Needing Jesus everyday is not admitting defeat.

It is the key to victory.

Permission to Break Down

I saw this sign this morning when I walked into Lowes to pick up a couple things for the office.  
“Don’t break down”
“Hold it together”
“Be strong”

These are the words you tell yourself and mental signs you place all over your life.

I get it. I do the same thing. 

There are times when it is important to put the overflowing emotions at bay and focus on what needs to happen right now. It is a means of survival and forward motion. 

However, when it comes to your relationship God, you NEVER have to do this. In fact, trying to “not break down” in front of God, hinders your relationship with Him. It is pride or it is fear and neither have any place before your amazing  God.

He is the place to come when you can’t hold it together. 

He is the Father’s arms that will hold you, the Saviors heart that will heal you, the Spirit’s comfort that you need the most. 

You don’t have to be strong for God. 
Go ahead and break down before Him.
Don’t hold it together.
Be weak. 

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:29‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9-10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Gifts

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I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. (‭Romans‬ ‭1‬:‭11-12‬ NIV)

God has given you gifts to make you strong and to make others strong through you.

And vise versa- you are strengthened when other’s use the spiritual gifts God gives them to encourage and bless you.

A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭12‬:‭7‬ NLT)

When you operate in those gifts- it gives you strength.

When you don’t operate in the spiritual gifts God has given you- do you get weak?

Yes. Yes, you do.
What has God gifted you with?

“In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.

So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.

If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well.

If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging.

If it is giving, give generously.

If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously.

And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. (‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭6-8‬ NLT)

When you are not operating in the gifts God has given you- other’s are missing out and you are getting spiritually weaker.

What do you need to do to make it a priority to operate in your gift?

If God has given it to you, He has a way for you to use it but it is up to you to make it a priority.

Find a way to serve, teach, give, encourage or lead- it doesn’t matter how big or small- it will bless you and bless others.

It is strengthen you and strengthen other’s.

Are you feeling weak?

Strength When You Need It

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Inexplicably and when it seems completely impossible, somehow- God can and will give you strength.

Strength to get up.

Strength to take care of what needs to be taken care of.

Strength to make the hard decisions.

Strength to hold onto hope.

Strength to hold onto Him.

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
(Isaiah 40:29 NIV)

I know that many of you are facing situations that are draining your strength and leaving you feeling powerless.

It is okay to admit you are not okay.
That you are tired and feel powerless right now.

God does not ask you to
“fake it until you make it”.

He says,

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭11‬:‭28‬ NLT)”

May you find the strength to do what needs to be done, may you find your way into His rest and be replenished by the Savior himself and walk in a power that is not your own but given to you.