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Always Chasing

That beautiful dog that had looked friendly for years wasn’t friendly today.  Big German shepherd that I had seen numerous times before decided to bark, growl and chase my car.

That’s a picture of the enemy.  He sits quietly as you pass by and do your routine things.  He doesn’t flinch lots of times – he just watches.  Rest assured, he watches.  He’s always there waiting for an opportunity for a surprise attack.

Sometimes he visibly and actively pursues you and you know it.  Other times, he’s lurking in your complacency and when you least expect it he’s on you, in you and working through you.  He’s always there.  Don’t ever doubt it.

Why even try to avoid him?  If he’s always pursuing why even try to avoid him?  Here’s the thing. YOU can’t! You’re not strong enough to fight him off, not fast enough to outrun him or smart enough to outwit him.  On your own, despite your best efforts he’ll beat you every single time.

As that dog chased me and Sampson, I looked at him and smiled.  We were safe in the car.  No matter how fast he ran or how hard he tried to get to us, because we were protected by the car – far faster than he – he would never catch us.  We were in something he couldn’t penetrate.

As long as we stay close to God the enemy may bark, show his fangs and give chase but he’s no match for our Protector. The enemy can only hurt you if you remove yourself from God’s protection.  Had I stopped the car and gotten out, I would have been bitten, Sampson would have fought him, or both. I had the choice of stopping and challenging the challenger. I chose to stay in where I knew we were safe. We rolled on leaving the aggressive dog behind.

That was a word to my Spirit. Keep moving.  Keep allowing God to protect you.  You may hear, see and even fear the enemy for a time but remind yourself he’s no match when you’re “in” Christ.

1st John 4:4:  “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”

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Equipped

I watched a squirrel in amazement this morning as he walked a limb with his hind paws holding a walnut with his front paws chewing away the covering as he went along.  Amazing to me God equipped even the critters around us to survive many of their circumstances.  We know they’ll eventually die (as will we) but in the right now they have all the instincts and abilities to survive…and thrive!

God gives humans amazing abilities to survive our circumstances as well, even more so than animals.  Humans were created by God to be houses for the Holy Spirit and afterward, being instilled with all the power He used to create this beautiful planet, hang the stars in the sky (and name them) and the power to raise the dead Jesus after He was crucified to eternal life.  Think about that.  If you’ve surrendered to the authority of personal relationship with Jesus you have all that power inside you. Right now!

Not only do you have physical attributes of survival and provision for the same, you have God’s spiritual dynamite inside of you right now.  You’re thoroughly equipped to live a life honoring Him thanks to Him.  You’re not a victim; you’re not a prisoner to your circumstances (or you don’t have to be).  You’re not a less than, overlooked or discounted IF you believe God’s word and take Him up on His promises.

The “seed” of the Holy Spirit was planted in you when you accepted the Savior-hood of the person of Christ.  However, it’s up to us to “grow” the seed.  “Work out your own salvation” (Philippians 2:12) means we grow through a relationship with Jesus – getting to know Him and what His death and resurrection means to us personally because that’s where the power is.  We grow up and into all the fullness of God and all the promises that relationship brings to us when we learn to trust Him and live like we do.

The closer we get to God and the more we come to believe Him, we see He has equipped us with amazing gifts for every area of our lives – for us and for others.  It’s easy to believe that when paths are smooth but when the way gets rocky do you still believe?

No matter what we face the key to surviving it, overcoming it and being victorious through it is found in God and accessed only through Jesus.  He is the only way.  Pray and ask God to show you WHO is inside of you and believe.  You – through Jesus – got this!

The Giant in the Mirror

There she is again.  Every time something goes wrong, even with something goes right, this wicked monster is the first to cast stones.  She’s quick to remind me of everything I’ve ever done wrong.  Every day, I must contend with her.

Every day, she reminds me of how weak and beaten up I am and all I’ve been through.  Minute by minute if I listen to her, I’m reminded of why I shouldn’t try, why I shouldn’t believe for better and should quit while I’m ahead.  With every new day, the old stares me in the face – if I focus on her long enough, her voice overpowers the God in me.

Perhaps the most important choice is at the beginning of the day, deciding who you’re going to listen to.  The giant doesn’t lie, she tells the truth…her version of it, anyway.

She wants to keep my focus on the past and all the pain affiliated with it.  She needs an excuse to make no effort.  Not because she doesn’t believe (she does – she knows God) but because she does and she knows if I choose not to listen to her (myself) and heed His word and His truth instead, efforts must be made, exercises in faith and trust must ensue.  She’s tired.  She’s weary and she’s discouraged.  She finds very little reason to believe a single word she says or trust even a fleeting thought of hope.  It’s all justified.  Just like a victim seeking revenge on her assailant, her actions would be righteously justified.

Here’s the thing, though.  She’s submitted to God so her right to herself has been relinquished to His right to her.  Her own actions to justify herself are null and void…She’s put her trust and heart into the hands of a Mighty Savior who has already won the battle with the giant of herself.  All she has to do is believe it.  She knows she’s no match for fighting the giant but she’s sure her Jesus is more than capable for the battle of the day.  It’s not her strength against who she sees (and remembers) in that mirror that will have victory this day; it’s His.

Every single day, the choice is ours.  Who will lead you?  Who will you listen to?  Who will you believe?  Yourself or Your King?  The battle is won or lost with that one decision.  The truth is, we may have to make that decision on a minute by minute basis. It won’t be easy (the past will attempt to discourage); it won’t be fun (fighting ourselves is ugly and messy) but we will be victorious  against our giants if we choose to fight with all of our armor on – trusting Him with everything they throw at us.  Are you in?

“…even if our hearts condemn us.  For God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything.”  1st John 3:20 NLT

Remember Your Resource!

Our lives are structured, certain things have to be done at certain times most of the time. I have long days beginning at 6:15 a.m. and ending around 1 a.m.  This morning I got up and went downstairs ready to start my day. As I got into things I suddenly remembered my new glasses…which I didn’t have on.  I had become so accustomed to not being able to see that for a good hour, I didn’t even remember that I had them!!

Such is the case for our lives.  We get into routines and ruts, doing what we’ve always done, thinking the way we always have sometimes forgetting the resources to make our lives better and even more productive!  Often when we remember it doesn’t have to be the way it’s always been and we make a change but tend to fall back into our usual way of living.

The Lord has so much more for us.  Inside us dwells the power that resurrected Jesus after three days in the grave.  That same power that created the entire universe, that hung those beautiful stars we see at night is in us yet, we live mundane, often powerless lives.  When things are difficult the power doesn’t fade away…we just don’t tap into it.  He enables us to get through everything we go through.   Big and little, life-changing or life-draining, we still have the power.

Sometimes all we can do is believe He’s with us and for us, even when things feel and seem to be quite the contrary.  “Walking in the Spirit” sometimes may be simply getting out of bed with tiny mustard seed faith to believe He’s with us.

Don’t forget or neglect the power inside you.  He’s given you exactly what you need to live this day.  Everything we need to fight the good fight of faith is found in Him.  Let’s live like we believe that. In order to see well, I must put my glasses on.   Unless I do my part, I suffer unnecessarily.  The same is true in relation to faith in Jesus.  We must do what we can and believe Him for the rest.

It’s good to see this morning.

Praying for Pancakes

I don’t know what it is, but I’ve never been able to make excellent pancakes.  They’re okay but not excellent.  I want excellent pancakes.

This morning I decided to pray before I started the preparation so I did.  Right off the bat, I put too much liquid in the batter so immediately I thought I had failed…again.  Disappointed already, I considered throwing the batter away and starting all over but that didn’t set well with me either.  We don’t throw food away at my house, unless it has something growing from it.  No waste is a cardinal rule here.  So, already thinking they would be a flop (tongue in cheek) I proceeded.

I talked to God again telling Him this would be a prime opportunity to display His ability (definitely not mine) of making something beautiful (and delicious) out of another mess I made if He would kindly bless my pancakes.

Well.  To my surprise I think they were the best I’ve ever made, perfectly browned, perfectly shaped and absolutely delicious.

I’m reminded that even when (not if) things don’t start well, don’t give up and toss the project.  Even if we’ve prayed, followed the directions to a tee sometimes things don’t turn out well and sometimes we can be absolutely astounded by the finished product.  One thing’s for sure:  we’ll never know unless we trust God enough to just keep trying…and finish the task.

Silly perhaps to you, but again, I’m reminded how prayer can literally change EVERYTHING.  Even pancakes!

Philippians 4:6:  “Be anxious for nothing, but IN EVERYTHING by prayer and supplication,  with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God…”

Present Tense Jesus

So many of us are going through things we thought we would never face. I have faced things this past year that I never even thought about. I desperately seek God every single day (with the same passion and desperation, I might add, that I do when I have lost my keys or phone!) and a Word from Him that will help me get through the day.

I continue to be amazed when I read the Bible and how relevant it is to right now. Only a God-inspired book written thousands of years ago by so many different people mesh so beautifully and bring itself forward into right now. I have to laugh at that analogy and think of course it does…it’s GOD!!! “In the beginning was the WORD and the WORD was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1). As the rest of the Bible, that’s a LITERAL Word.

The Lord is present tense – “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1). He is right here, right now. Who is He? He embodies everything we need, His character IS strength, comfort, love, power, faith, goodness, joy…the list goes on and on. The things that make Him who He is are inside of us by the presence (present tense) of His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the power source that makes it possible to live through ‘the valley of the shadow of death’.

When you suffer remember He is PRESENT – and He is as prevalent in your circumstance as you allow Him to be. I would encourage us to “pull Him in”; invite Him into the whole thing. When we do, we can become closer to Him and forge an even stronger relationship with Him. Romans 8:37, “But in all these things we OVERWHELMINGLY CONQUER through Him who loved us.”  IN it all, through it all, we overwhelmingly (more than enough, mostly more than enough) conquer! That’s a word to my soul today. See, the demonstrative love of God has already happened…and continues right now. He already gave Jesus to die for us so that we can live in His presence, with His strength, comfort, joy, longsuffering, through His provision today because His Holy Spirit resides in us. He is truly the Power Source!

Right now, no matter what, no matter how you feel, believe that. Keep your chin up, keep believing no matter what, that the Lord is with you and in Him, you have everything you need to get through this!

Cross The Line

We hear it all the time…”I’m so blessed”; “God did this, God gave me that”. I’ve also heard many people state their one thing they couldn’t bear. Perhaps it’s the loss of a child, a terminal diagnosis, a miscarriage, bankruptcy, no provision that they can see…and it’s stated “I don’t know what I would do if…”; “I couldn’t survive ________ (fill in the blank).” “OH. He wouldn’t dare let “that” happen…”

What if He does? We all have something we think COULD happen but hope it never will.  What if it does? What if God allows the unthinkable, the greatest fear you have become a reality. What then? What if He doesn’t answer? What if He clears the way for some supreme suffering? Is He still good to you then? Do you call yourself blessed then?

We have misconstrued the word “blessed”. It’s our fault, fellow Christians, that the word has become sorely distorted. YES, God definitely blesses in material ways. YES He manifests His provisional presence in ways we can’t imagine. We have bound Him, I fear, by our perception of what blessed is.

What will you do when God crosses your line? Will you turn away? Will you lash out in anger and believe the lie of the enemy thinking He has left you, doesn’t care and loves to see you suffer? I would be interested to hear from you if this has happened to you and how you handled it.

That’s the place of the fork in the road. A severe, perhaps “valley of the shadow of death” crossroads where we must decide…more importantly REMEMBER Who He IS…and cling to him, trusting Him with every breath for WHO HE IS rather than what He does. Humanly, we base our faith on the tangible. So to our finite minds when the tangible physical concerns we have don’t work out we tend to link them and even blame them on God. The truth is, what happens here to us does not change God one bit. Do I enjoy severe testing and trials? NO! I know you don’t either. It’s during those times we need to remember two things: 1) it’s not about us per se – though sometimes it IS! God wants us to KNOW Him. K-N-O-W Him! He wants to give us a one-on-one encounter of HIM – not anything we can put our hands on…HIS face not HIS hand and 2) if we continue with strong faith, surrendering any power or ability in ourselves He will blow our minds.

In the event of Jesus’ death, another wonderful blessing we have is the Holy Spirit INSIDE us…beside us, yes, over and under and all around yes…but INSIDE us! The power that hung the stars, sun and moon in the sky is IN us.  Fear makes us forget what we have at our disposal.

Oh precious one reading this. Believe He is with you. Erase your line and let God “CROSS” it. Entrust everything, all things, to Him. Allow Him free access to all of your life and be prepared to be amazed. God bless you!