Being Gentle is Not Being Weak

“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The original Greek word used for gentleness is a word that means someone who will let God fight his battles for Him. 

It describes a person who has let go of trying to control the situation and allowed God to do what He needs to do through them.

Jesus showed us what this kind of gentleness looks like: He focused on His relationship with His Father and did what God directed Him to do. 

He did not bend to peer pressure, comparison, or even try to fit in with anyone other than His Father. 

He didn’t try to control the situation or the people. 

He focused on being faithful to the part He was given to do and allowed God to work out the rest. 

He leads gently so that you and I can live gently.

Being gentle is not being weak.

On the contrary, it is focused trust founded in a deep knowing of who you are in Christ.

My friend, may you begin to learn to live in the power of leading a gentle life by being yoked and yielded to the gentle Savior today and every day after.

What does gentleness look like to you?

Living Strong

“Thank you! Everything in me says ‘Thank you!’ …Thank you for your love, thank you for your faithfulness; Most holy is your name, most holy is your Word. The moment I called out, you stepped in; you made my life large with strength.” Psalm 138:1-3 MSG

‬‬The true secret of “living large” isn’t about outside income, it is about inside strength.

The strength that is accessed through worship- the ability to see and recognize what God has given you and what He is doing.

The strength that comes from the truth of God’s love for you impacting and changing your life.

The strength that comes from gratitude.

Gratitude opens your eyes to see possibilities instead of problems. 

Where worry constricts your heart, thanks-giving expands it.

The moment you cry out to God in weakness, He meets you with His strength.

Call out to Jesus right now and let Him fill you with thanksgiving, worship and divine strength to be who He has created you to be today. 

Real Strength

Do you struggle with asking for help when you need it?

Me too.

Isaiah 40:29 says,“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”
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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 every day is not admitting defeat.

It is the key to victory.

Asking Him to help you isn’t weak, it’s the essence of real strength.

Reach out to Him today and know that He is for you.

Not Perfect

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV

I am so glad I don’t have to pretend to be perfect.

I am glad that the more I embrace my weakness, I am given the key to walk confidently in God’s strength, power, and peace.

Not by willing myself to be strong but by laying down the illusion I have to be.

Not by working for God’s approval but by resting in His love.

Not by memorizing words but by allowing the grace of God to permeate every fiber of my soul.

Are you done trying to be perfect?

Good.

Now may you truly rest in the abundance of God’s amazing, all encompassing grace delivered to you wrapped in the love of Jesus.

Unclinched Fists

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“I pray to GOD —my life a prayer— and wait for what he’ll say and do.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭130:5-6‬ ‭MSG‬‬

What does it mean to pray with open hands?

It means that instead of trying to hold on so desperately to what you are afraid of letting go of – you let it go and give it to God.

Trust God with it.

Present your requests, heartache, fears and hurts to Him and then let Him do what only He can do – the impossible.

Release your expectations of how you want Him to  answer while at the same time knowing that He will answer you. 

He is for you.

He wants to heal you.

He wants to  transform your life.

He wants to.

He will – if you allow Him to.

If you trust Him enough to say yes when He asks you to do the next hard thing.

That thing that you have been putting off but know is the right thing. The thing you don’t think you have the strength to do.

He will give you the strength to do it.

Go ahead – unclinch your fists of fear and give them to God.

Open you hands in faith and receive His stregth to do it.

What are you afraid of today?

How hard is it for you to leave the results to God?

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