Something To Think About…

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Sharing an old Facebook post today. Please share your thoughts in the comments!!

You may not be able to depend on people to stay with you through the storm to comfort and help you in your time of distress. You might even lose some things or suffer damages in the process, however be of good courage. You have prepared in advance for the storm that has come upon you through prayer, fasting, studying the word, and obedience. Now, sit back and relax, knowing God is there to keep you and comfort you with His strength, power, provision, and never ending love!

Deuteronomy 31:6 (KJV)

6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Deuteronomy 31:8 (KJV)

8 And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

Luke 8:23-25(KJV)

23 But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.

24 And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.

25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.

Mission Minded: Go And Compel Them To Come!!

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Listen to this episode of my podcast, Stepping Stones 123, Mission minded: Go and compel them to come!! https://anchor.fm/devonne/episodes/Mission-minded-Go-and-compel-them-to-come-e24fb1

Mission minded: Go and compel them to come!!

A Profession of Trust

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A profession is an act of openly declaring or publicly claiming a belief, faith, or opinion.  Another definition in the dictionary states that it is a calling requiring specialized knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparation.

Psalm 31:1 declares “In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.”  Are you able to make that same profession on today that in God only you will place your trust?  People turn against you, love you and leave you, but God is always right there.  Situations and circumstances change, one moment your up and the next you are down, but God has everything that you need in the palm of his hand.  Psalms 31:1-8 is an expression of confidence in God that he can keep us and protect us no matter what we might face from day to day, for God is “our rock and our fortress”.

Read Matthew 14:29-31 and you will see Peter stepping out of the boat and walking on the water, yet he lost focus and faith and began to seek.  We are all just like Peter at times, but what are some causes of the doubt and lost of faith that we might face on this journey? Here are just a few: looking at our situation/problem instead of to God, length of our trial, length of time since a promise was given to us, type of trial, severity of trial, cares of life, family, friends, self, and failure to submit to God’s will and plan for our life.   We must avoid losing focus, at all costs, for the bible declares “what does it profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his soul?”  Matthew 16:26.  How hard it is for us to do like Jesus in the Garden of Getsemene to submit to God’s will, and say “not my will but thine”, but all is not lost.

We are yet able to regain our trust and faith in God by taking some of the following steps: repent of our sins, refocus on God, rededicate our life, revive those spiritual things that were starting to die, resist the enemy, resume our walk, and rejoice in our Lord and Savior’s faithfulness and mercy.  We can improve our church attendance.  The bible declares “faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” Romans 10:17.   We can pray, fast, read our bibles, and sing songs of praise unto God to build up ourselves.  We can work (be about our Father’s business), go help others, serve in the church, and give of our time and self. We can remember what God has already done for us. We can confess God’s Word over our life.  If we are going through a dry season we can remember Psalm 37:25 “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread”.  If we are dealing with sickness and disease we can declare Isaiah 53:5 “By his stripes we are healed”.  When our children are disobedient or unruly we can proclaim Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go:and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”  No matter what our situation or circumstance we can know God is able to help us and deliver us if we just trust in Him, and we can meditate on Phillipians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Finally, we can regain our trust and faith with thanksgiving for what God has already done in our lives, and prasing and worshiping God for who He is.

We will come out on the other side by holding on to the promise inspite of others doubting and naysaying.  We must step out inspite of the giants we face, and sometimes step out of our comfort zone to avoid missing out on opportunities and provisions that God has already prepared for us.  We must take one day at a time, and remain faithful as we work with a spirit of excellence on our jobs, in our church, and in our homes.  We must maintain our integrity, and deny self and others who might turn us from God’s ways.  We might have to lose some things that we think are important, so that we can gain a greater blessing.  If we hold on to our trust and faith in God our deliverance will come, and when it does we must give a report and share our testimony with others and most importantly we must give thanks for God’s faithfulness.  If we just believe, inspite of feeling forgotten or betrayed, we will be elevated in the end.  Yes our victory will come just as God said it would.  Keep the faith!

A Faithful God

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good and His mercy endureth forever!  Praise God for His many blessings.   As I look back over my life I see the hand of God working and moving in my life.  Helping me along this life journey to hold on just a little while longer. Pushing me to move on in faith while trusting and believing that somehow, someway a way would be made for me to come out on the other side of my trials and tribulations, inspite of how things looked at that time.

I see God’s hand adding those people and resources necessary for me to reach my goals and fulfill my purpose in life.  I see God’s hand removing those things that would hinder me from staying focused or cause me to stumble on my journey, and I praise Him for his mighty acts.  Although I may not always understand his way and his timing, life experience has taught me that I can trust Him to take me through whatever I might face.

I may struggle for a time, cry out in pain or fear, and ask a simple “why”, but in the end I know it is always best to be still and wait on the Lord to renew my strength.  It is in that time of resting and waiting that I can find peace in His loving arms, and ultimately an answer.  One step at a time, one day at a time, I’m on my way home Lord, and I am so grateful for all you have done and are doing in my life each day to help me move forward!

Words To Stand On…

Proverbs 3:5-6

5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Psalm 61:1-2

1 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.

2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Matthew 11:28

28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Walk It Out…

Stop and take a moment to meditate on this devotional and more importantly the mighty Word of God. How does this apply to you on today? What are you currently believing God for in your life? What do you need to let go of or stop doing immediately? What do you need to begin doing? Pray and listen. Now step out in faith and go forth in Jesus name!

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Change Your Perspective

What do you see?  Failure. Defeat. Hopelessness. Insignificance. Weakness.  If so, change your perspective!  Stop focusing on your immediate need, want, challenge, or what you think is the solution to your problem, so that you can see what God desires to show you in the midst of your circumstance. God desires to reveal himself to you exactly where you are on today. You just have to pay attention!!  Stop doing things your way, even if you think it is good, and listen to what God is trying to tell you and show you for your ministry and your life right now.  It may appear all is lost, that you are forgotten, or you have gone too far down the wrong road, but I encourage you to hold fast and see the salvation of the Lord. Look again!!

Words To Stand On…

* Moses and the burning bush Exodus 3:1-22
* Saul and the Damascus road conversion Acts 9:1-19
* Lame man who met Peter and John Acts 3:1-10
* Zaccheus in the tree Luke 19:1-10
* Elijah and Jezebel 1Kings 19:1-21
* Hagar in the wilderness of Beersheba. Genesis 21:9-20

 
Walk It Out…

Stop and take a moment to meditate on this devotional and more importantly the mighty Word of God. How does this apply to you on today? What are you currently believing God for in your life? What do you need to let go of or stop doing immediately? What do you need to begin doing? Pray and listen. Now step out in faith and go forth in Jesus name!

 

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