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Are You The One?

Dear God, thank you for meeting me on the side of that hill. You came to me and saved my life. I will never be able to repay You, but I will spread Your word forever. Today I need You to touch those who are around me. Meet them in their place of need and let them know they are not battling life alone. You have blessed me with this talent, thank you for entrusting me enough to make it a gift. You gave me something that I can give to the world. This is and always will be for your glory, Amen.

I am excited to be back from my week hiatus. It is proof that I will only move when God moves within me. I will never force content, because it will cause me to lean on my own understanding. If I do that, then it will be all jacked up. With that being said, I am back with a question that someone asked me a while ago, “Are You The One?”

When you hear that question, most people assume that it is a good thing. I did not realize that this person had been studying me and realized the things that I was dealing with. He realized that quite frankly, life was kicking my butt. Life was harder than it ever had been, because I had become separated from God. Like the verses for today, I was that sheep that strayed away and was lost in a unfamiliar world. I was alive, but literally doing just enough to survive. I know that, because of how different I feel now. See I grew up believing in God. Going to church every Wednesday and Sunday, but somewhere I had made a U-Turn. I was doing all of the the things that I was told not todo at my Christian summer camps and Wednesday Night Bible Studies. I felt so far down the hill that I figured God could not see me anymore. Little did I know how important my life was to him. I have great news. If you are feeling that way, just know that your life is just as important.

See we serve a God like the man in verse 12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?” I can imagine God, sitting on His throne and seeing me begin to stray off. Yet, he waits. He does not come, because He understands that if he comes now, I will fight it. He waits until, I know that something has to change. Then He opens my heart. He comes down to rescue me from falling deeper down the hill of life. This is why I am so thankful, because He took His focus off of the 99, just to come save the one (me).

Now, you are probably wondering … how does this help me? Do you realize how far I have strayed off? Where is He? Why has He not come for me? I get that feeling. I have even felt it before, but let me ensure you that He is on the search. Just like He was on the search for a new King after Saul messed up his blessing. After reading the text, I realized that He was looking for something that the eye cannot see. The reason He choose David, is because He could see his heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)

So my question for you is, Are You The One?
Are you the one that feels like there is no way God will come find you? Are you the one that wants help, but every time it comes you run it off? Are you the one that knows you should do better, but you still are doing those same things? Are you the one that fears letting God down? Are you the one that strayed away? Are you the one that feels attacked right now after reading those other questions? Are You The One?

See when the man asked me was I “The One”… even though I did not answer, truthfully I knew I was. I was afraid that God could not see me from under my pile of sin. I was afraid that people would judge me if I was honest about the things that I had done. I figured that it would be better if I STAYED LOST… BUT GOD! That was not His plan. His plan was for me to come back to him. His plan was for me to make connections with people that I never thought were possible. His plan was for me to spread His word. His plan was to use me in ways I never imagined. His plans were a million times better than mine, trust me!

So if you are “The One”, say this aloud:

“Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus Christ.  I confess that I have fallen away from You.  I confess that I have sinned against You by backsliding away from You, Your ways and Your Word.  Like the prodigal son, Lord, I humbly ask for Your forgiveness for the evil I have done.  I repent and turn away from this evil life that I have lived.  I miss You so much!

I now recommit my life to You, Lord Jesus.  I just want to come home.  I want You to be the Lord of my life now and forever more.  Please forgive me for wandering and walking away from You.  I’m so sorry that I have hurt You.  I ask that my sins be washed away by Your Precious Blood.  I thank You for the price You paid so that I can be cleansed from all my sins!

Lord, fill me once again with Your Holy Spirit that I might live unto righteousness with You.  Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me O Lord.  I choose on this day, a new life.  As for me and my house, I choose to serve the Lord!

Thank You, Father, for restoring me into fellowship with You.  Thank You for the Blood of Jesus that has cleansed me.  Thank You that, like Peter, I am restored to fellowship with You and I ask Lord, that we would continue our walk again.  Flow through me to advance the Kingdom every day of my life.  I ask all these things in the Name of Jesus.  Amen and Amen!”

If you said this aloud and believed it in your heart. I would love to personally welcome you back. God’s grace and mercy never forgot about you. He led you to this post for a reason. He used it to meet you on the side of that hill of life. He loves you and has plans for you, that you have not even planned for yourself. Let Him use you. Yield yourself, so that He can show you the plans He has for you. If you feel that this post can help anyone, send it to them and ask them, “Are You The One?”

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Fed Up.

Dear God, I was truly struggling to get this out. I needed Your help to calm down, but still write from the pain that this video caused me. A thought occurred, say what you mean and mean what you say. If I do that, then I can live with what comes after, but if I rob myself of that expression; I will slowly begin to lose myself. This is not written from a place of anger, but instead of pain. I am fed up with seeing my people gunned down, kneeled on, and murdered. I know it is not in vain, and I am trusting in you God. Please let this piece be effective, let it both open the eyes of those who are unaware and also convict those who look through a lens of hate, prejudice, and judgement. These words are not meant to make anyone comfortable. THIS IS FOR EVERY AND ANY ONE WHO NEEDS IT! For Your glory, Amen.

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What Happens When You Think God Is Running Behind?

Dear God thank You so much for the message that You have put on my heart. Please allow the words to flow from my brain to my hands. Allow this word to be a reminder of the importance of waiting on You. God, I believe that this message will be used to give people the reassurance that just because You have not showed up yet, it does not mean that You are not on the way. May You get the glory, Amen.

Thank You God for Conviction. This one is for me too.

What Happens When You Think God Is Running Behind?

See I have made numerous mistakes trying to “do life on my own.” I have made even more mistakes thinking that God, was not aware that I was waiting on him… So I took it upon myself to make decisions. Some were life-altering, some were just bruises. Meaning they hurt right after those decisions, but that pain eventually faded. The worst consequences of my decisions, were the scars that I received. Those decisions that hurt in the moment, healed, but left a mark that reminds me of the pain that my decisions will cause me forever.

I believe that many of us are more like Saul, than we would like to admit. Many of us are making choices, thinking that God is not on the way and in return we are messing up our blessings. Blessings that are not only supposed to be enough for us, BUT FOR MULTIPLE GENERATIONS AFTER US AS WELL!

Don’t believe me, look at verse 13 “How foolish!” Samuel exclaimed. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. Had you kept it, the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. This is what God wants to do for you, me, and anyone who will follow his instructions. He wants to establish a life for us, that will bear fruit forever. Like, forever ever. Not just your life, not just your children’s life, not just those who you impact life, but their children and their children’s children. (I almost quoted The Blessing by Elevation Worship) God really wants that life for you, but he also wants to see if you will listen or get in your own way. He wants to see if you will be David (the person God had already appointed) or Saul.

Verse 11-12, are very important to so that you have a chance to learn from Saul’s mistake. 11 but Samuel said, “What is this you have done?” Saul replied, “I saw my men scattering from me, and you didn’t arrive when you said you would, and the Philistines are at Micmash ready for battle. 12 So I said, ‘The Philistines are ready to march against us at Gilgal, and I haven’t even asked for the Lord’s help!’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering myself before you came.”

How many of us are losing friends that we thought we needed to live the life we are supposed to have? How many of us can see the enemy beginning to line up against us for battle? How many of us know that God was supposed to be coming, yet He seems to be running behind? How many of us are thinking, “I know He told me that He would be here today, but it is getting late and the people that are depending on me are getting restless. I need to move now or I am going to lose everyone.”? How many of us are so caught up on pleasing people, that we put God to the back burner? I promise you these questions could go on forever, because there is a behavior of “Saul’s decisions” that fits all of our situations.

These questions can help by using them to understand the mistakes that Saul made. Then once you have an understanding, try to make sure that you do not mimic his mistakes. If you are reading this story or any other in the Bible, without the hope of getting things out of it then… KEEP READING and I pray that your eyes will be opened to the messages (You did not think I would tell you to stop reading did you… NO WAY). Though, I challenge you to read the words in the Bible and see if there is anything that you can apply. As I have said in other post, “Put it in your spirit, so that when you need it; you can pull it back out.”

Now, I want to move on to the last verse. This was a huge pill for me to swallow. 14 But now your kingdom must end, for the Lord has sought out a man after His own heart. The Lord has already appointed him to be the leader of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.” Once God has given us clear instructions, His Grace will forgive us if we do not follow them, but the opportunity may not do the same. Meaning that God will forgive us because of His Grace! BUT He may give that opportunity that was supposed to be your everlasting blessing, to someone who is obedient enough to follow the instructions to receive it. One thing that this can teach us is that the person is not important to God, but fulfilling the process as he seen it is. Therefore, maybe it will be wise for us to focus on fulfilling his instructions, more than the uncomfortable feeling that waiting on him may cause.

So, I ask you, What Happens When You Think God Is Running Behind? I pray that you do not mess up your future and the future of your next generation like Saul!

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You’ve Probably Heard This Before.

Before we get started, Lord please annoint the hands that type the words of your love and grace. God use them to convey a message that is so moving that, they know you had to be apart of it. God please allow these words to heal, deliver, and protect each reader from anything the devil is trying to throw at them. God I understand that they might be familar with this text, allow these words to give them new insight. May these things be done in Your name, for Your Glory, Amen.

Trust me, You’ve Probably Heard This Before.

Let’s break this down. Starting with verse 20, “Now to him who is able to do far more than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,”

How many of you right now; during a time of pandemic, economic struggles, children being home with us 24/7, being a new homeschool teacher, and having to truly get to know ourselves need a reminder that we serve a God that will not only do all that we ask or think, BUT WANTS TO DO FAR MORE? How many of us needed to be reminded that the power he has, has been given to us?

His dead-rising, lame-walking, blind-seeing, and life-saving power.

That power is within us all, waiting to be used. The only bad part is that when we doubt God’s power, we doubt what he put inside of us to face our problems. We feel like he left us without the answers, when in reality he’s already given us the answers and we have to stop waiting and starting meeting God. That is why I strive to have more than a relationship with Him; I also want a fellowship. I know that a relationship can lead to one side doing more, but a fellowship means we are both working hard to make things work. It helps God see that I am just as eager to do my part, as I am for him to do his.

See, God does not only want to help with what we asked for, he wants to do MORE. He wants to help us be more, see more, feel more, help more, love more, and even have more, but first he wants you to realize that the power to do those things is already working inside of us. Like I said last week, you cannot pull out, what you have not put in. Imagine thinking that you can pull out something that you did not even know was there. That is not a probability that I am willing to rely on, but this is the beauty of our Intentional God. He does not try to hide things from us. He actually has laid out all the answers, we just have to do our part and fellowship (read, listen, yield ourselves) and we will learn those things that are in us.

When we stop looking at oursleves as a seperate organism, but instead a branch of God’s tree. Then, maybe we will realize not only His power, but the power He’s given to us. (John 5:15)

Now let’s tackle verse 21, “To him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Throughout all generations, our actions are larger than us. The affect of what we are doing now is not just impacting our life, but EVERYONE who will come after us. We must realize the importance of what we are or are not doing right now. We must understand that us losing faith, because our spirit feels alone during this pandemic is not just affecting how we deal with hard times. It could also have an effect on how future generations deal with hard times. So be careful the next time you decide to give up, because you are trying to handle it alone. Be careful the next time you do something without God, because you could be setting the precedent of what future generations do. You could also be directly affecting the life they live, because of your decisions.

Another thing that stands out as the doors of physical church is closed, and congreagations have been forced to fellowhship online is, “To him be the glory in the church.” When I was growing up my aunt used to sing a hymn that went like this, “Lord prepare me, to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true. And with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living. Sanctuary oh for you.” Right now that is what we are being forced to do. More than ever we are realizing, that we the people, are the church. The church is inside each of us. What we do outside of those four walls, beyond the hour and half on a Sunday is more important to our walk with Christ than ever before. So if you ever feel like you are struggling spirtually, struggling with life, struggling to realize the power God has given us then go to Ephesians 3:20-21.

Trust me, I know You’ve Probably Heard This Before, but I am beliving that you’ve never heard it quite like this before.