A Christian Jekyl and Hyde

God has a tendency to slam a 2×4 over my head when I have something to learn and I’m just NOT getting it (or not listening)! lol He has such a sense of humor doesn’t He? I was listening to this particular Joyce Meyer sermon – her preaching is amazing to me – and it struck me! We have to persevere through this trial. We have to push on and push through. He has a great life for us and great things to give us.

James 1:2 says “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”  – is this how you consider a trial you go through? As joy?

I’m with Joyce, it brought out a lot of things I didn’t care for!!! haha Maybe this will speak to you.

Listen to it with open ears and an open heart. Allow God to move within you and if you are prompted to act on something DO IT before that prompt goes away.

P.S. If you don’t understand the title… guess you will just have to watch the videos! 🙂

Joyce Meyer’s YouTube Channel

The End Of Today Makes No Tomorrow

When life is changing and all of a sudden you see a chance for what has been comfortable to you for years become uncomfortable you tend to get nervous. Your heart starts to race, your head is going a million miles an hour because you are uncertain of things to come. How will it affect you? How will it affect your family? Your lifestyle? Your ability to just function in the daily things you have to do? This is when it’s time for some overtime on our knees.

To begin with… God says not to be anxious or nervous. By feeding these emotions we are not trusting in Him.

Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Instead we are to lean on Him for understanding even through times when you can’t possibly understand how it’s going to work… HE will make it work. David speaks in Psalms about trusting in the Lord.

Psalm 33:21 In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.

Psalm 32:10 Many are the woes of the wicked, but the LORD’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him.

Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.

Psalm 22:8 He trusts in the LORD,” they say, “let the LORD rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.”

God also gives strict instructions to not worry. Scripture talks about God providing for His birds and animals… we are so much more than an animal – therefore, why would we ever think He wouldn’t provide for us? As people – we have a tendency to try to provide for ourselves, thinking we always have it figured out. But it never works out perfectly as we plan. Instead a wrench is always thrown into the plans which makes us feel like our world is going to end tomorrow. This places stress on us that interferes with relationships such as spouses or children, it causes us to change our focus on what is REALLY important to what WE THINK is important, and numerous others side effects.

Matthew 6: Do Not Worry (NIV Version)

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

The point of this? Don’t worry about what is going to happen in the future. As long as you know in your heart you are doing all you can to please the Lord – and do HIS will – then He will provide. He might choose to provide even though you didn’t listen to Him when He told you to do something… which is grace. He knows we are not perfect and will mess up. The gift of Christ dieing for us is His grace when we screw up.  But don’t abuse this grace. God is a jealous God and HE will not have someone putting things before Him. If you are – you might see things not going your way – which is HIM trying to get your attention. If you are putting work before your time with Him – you might notice you don’t get as much work, or perhaps the jobs you are getting are stressing you out, or perhaps your focus is on how much money you can make. Turn your focus to Him and spend the time you should be spending with Him and notice the jobs are easier to get through, or there are more job opportunities available, people are overloading your phone with needs for you to fill and profit from.

He takes care of those that lean on Him. He takes care of those that sacrifice time to spend with Him. He loves His children and wants nothing more than to see them aspire to what He created us for. But when you are focused on YOUR desires instead of HIS desires it doesn’t work out.

Are you doing what He wants you to do? Or are you focused on yourself?

Are you going through a fire?

So much is going on right now for many of us. I was searching for scripture on giving when I ran across this. It fits so perfectly with the ups and downs happening right now. I hope this scripture will bless you. I pray it will give you some renewal of faith and mind in the hard times you are going through. Remember – you are not alone either. You think you are the only person going through these horrible trials and times. Everyone around you is enduring some sort of trial. Be there for your neighbor. Talk to them – and open up. Who knows, they may even be going through the same thing. If they are then both of you could actually be there to encourage each other through those times… not to mock and make fun of because that person chose to open up to you. God equips us to make it through the fiery trials. The only question really is whether or not you accept the tools (people, Bible and prayer) to get through them. You will not prevail to the end of the trial by yourself. Instead you will burn in the fire. Don’t have a haughty heart towards any one thing, one person, or one idea. Just because you feel one way does not make you right if your neighbor, spouse or friend have a different idea and both are in line with God’s word. Don’t snub the other person just because you don’t agree. Romans 14 says to make sure whatever you choose to do you do it for God’s glory. Pray for soft hearts and open minds while accepting your family, friends and neighbors as THEY are not how you WANT THEM to be.

2 Thessalonians 1:10-12 (The Message)

5-10All this trouble is a clear sign that God has decided to make you fit for the kingdom. You’re suffering now, but justice is on the way. When the Master Jesus appears out of heaven in a blaze of fire with his strong angels, he’ll even up the score by settling accounts with those who gave you such a bad time. His coming will be the break we’ve been waiting for. Those who refuse to know God and refuse to obey the Message will pay for what they’ve done. Eternal exile from the presence of the Master and his splendid power is their sentence. But on that very same day when he comes, he will be exalted by his followers and celebrated by all who believe—and all because you believed what we told you.

11-12Because we know that this extraordinary day is just ahead, we pray for you all the time—pray that our God will make you fit for what he’s called you to be, pray that he’ll fill your good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy so that it all amounts to something. If your life honors the name of Jesus, he will honor you. Grace is behind and through all of this, our God giving himself freely, the Master, Jesus Christ, giving himself freely.

Cheating on Test A – Doesn’t Pass Test B

There’s a time to laugh, a time to play and a time to get serious. In a time of transition a lot is going on. It’s important to keep your eyes on your own paper and stop cheating by looking at others. It’s like having Test B when the person beside you has Test A – the answers are not the same! So cheating does you no good! Instead you should taking the time to study and know your own answers. My life transitions are all pretty major right now. God is moving things in and out of my life at a rapid pace. I feel like any given moment a hurricane is going to come through and completely up root every last bit of my life… One thing is for sure – the quicker you get “it” – the quicker you move on. God is teaching/training me right now for future things to come in my life. The hard part is seeing God move people out of my life… but perhaps I pushed too hard for those people to stay in? I really had to get to a point where I wasn’t getting mad because of surrounding situations. I was getting offended because people were not following through with conversation they had had with me. But God reminded me – nicely – I don’t need them. I need Him. There is not much more you can say to that when God speaks. lol

Transitions are hard. Read the novel – it has everything you need to relate to and see how it was handled. Affairs. Scandel. Cheating. Murder. Lieing. Forgiveness. Healing. Second chances. Birth. Death. Friendship. Despair. Struggles. Insecurity. Deception. Overcoming. Family. Love. Music. Travels. You name it – and it’s there. Keep pushing forward. Remember that God always has your best interest at heart. If you are going to invest in something make it your time with Him. He will use others around you to speak to you (the importance of knowing those around you and what they stand for) and move you forward. Just don’t fall so in love with other things that you fall out of love with God.

I’m reminded we need to stay strong. Don’t throw away the gifts God has already given you. Perseverance is key to a lot of things in life :). Have a blessed day and keep your chin up! More is coming right around the corner. Just because YOU don’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there.

Hebrews 10:35-36

35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.