2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

There are so many quotes I could think of that would go along with this verse, for example; “It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish that counts.” Zig Ziglar. So often our past may try to haunt us by being brought up by others or memories that flash through your mind randomly, but we must remind ourselves that we are a new creation once that sin is under the blood of Jesus and we must walk in the confidence of who He created us to be, not in the mistakes we have made in the past. Satan will do his best to keep you weighed down with past mistakes so you are not affective in what you are supposed to be doing. I am not just talking about sinful past mistakes either, I am talking about Satan trying to use any past failures, or poor decisions. He will use anything he can to keep you from moving forward.

Let’s tackle the ‘sin’ issue first. Do not allow Satan or others to throw your past in your face. God says, “as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12 Don’t allow sin to rule and reign in your life either. Ask God to reveal anything in your life that may be keeping you from all that you can be for Him. We need to daily ask God to help us be all we can be, Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” That should be our prayer every morning. Today is a new day with no mistakes in it, so begin it with God renewing all that you are.

Maybe you have made a decision that you are now regretting and thinking it wasn’t what you were supposed to do. Maybe you bolted ahead of God and charged right into the biggest disaster you have ever been in and now you are trying to figure out how to straighten it out and have decided you will never do anything like that again. Hmmmm….. we have all been in that place on some level or another, but don’t allow past mistakes keep you from pushing forward to whatever God has called you to. Often our past mistakes make us better for what we are called to do if we allow God to use it in our lives. Maybe you have rushed into business before and ended up with nothing but a mess on your hands, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t brush yourself off and try again, maybe it was just the wrong business. If God has created you with the abilities and desires to do something and you have tried and failed at it in the past, it doesn’t mean He isn’t in the idea of your trying again. Pray about the decisions you need to make, whatever they are and make sure you are truly open to His leading, don’t bolt forward on your own without His leading, learn from your past mistakes and follow Him with all the confidence that He has created you to do great things for Him!

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt. Allow that thought to sink in because it is so true! You are who God created you to be with all the abilities and talents you need inside to do all that He has called you to. You may need to allow Him to grow those abilities and talents to the level you need them to be so you can accomplish all that you are called to be, but you have no reason to feel inferior to anyone, you are God’s creation too. God didn’t create us all the same for a reason, “The Big Picture” takes variety and it takes every bit of that variety to bring it all together.

You are a new creation in God, your confessed sin is under the blood and He has created you to do great things for Him so don’t be discouraged if it isn’t moving like you think it should, or you’ve made mistakes. Dust yourself off, hold your head high and remember you are a child of the Most High God, He loves you and wants you to get on track and go with the confidence that He will work His good through you if you allow Him to!

Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.” Will Rogers

Psalm 30:12-12
You have turned my mourning into dancing. You have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

There seems to be a lot of mourning going on across our nation and around the world these days. Every where you turn there seems to either be a natural disaster or there are people losing loved ones in one way or another. So many people are struggling financially and Satan seems to have come against families and marriages with a vengeance we have never seen before. Even if we look at it all and believe we are close to the end times we still need to hold onto our Hope and our Hope is in God and He can still turn our mourning into dancing!

Don’t let what is going on around you rob you of your joy and your hope. Our hope doesn’t come from the world running right, our hope is always from God! Whatever you are facing today don’t lose hope, hold onto the faith that God will do as He has promised! God loves you and He still has a plan for your life (Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope) nothing has changed that! Don’t let the world get you down, keep pressing forward and looking to God for the answer – He’s got it and He is working on your behalf if you are truly seeking His face and following Him. Do your part and trust Him for the rest!

God wants to turn your mourning into dancing today. Allow Him to cloth you with gladness so you can praise Him and be thankful forever! Let’s show the world that there is a difference when your hope is in God!

“Your success or failure in life will not be decide by the number of setbacks you encounter, but rather how you react to them.”

Hurry Up and Wait

February 24, 2015 — Leave a comment

Isaiah 40:31
But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

I have had to learn a whole new concept to this verse over the years! I have had things that I believed were the will of God for me to do and I wanted to get going right away! I didn’t want to wait another moment. I know how important it is to get going on something while the excitement is still high but God keeps saying, “wait just a second, I’m going to get you going but you need to wait a few days.” Ohhhh man! I don’t want to wait! I am chomping at the bit to get moving right here, right now! God really spoke to my heart one day about my impatience and said, “don’t you believe I can give you greater success in my time vs. yours?” ouch! Certainly He can and He will!

What are you waiting for? Is there something you want to do that you believe is God’s will and you are wondering what on earth is taking so long for things to come together? God’s timing isn’t always our timing, in fact it seems it rarely is our timing, but He knows best. Have you ever jumped in ahead of God on something and you force it into happening in your time and yet your success doesn’t come any faster than it would have if you had waited on Him, in fact once it does come you are exhausted and somewhat discouraged because you were doing everything in your own might? I have been there, done that, and it is a waste of time. You are never wasting your time when you choose to wait on God! I’m going to say that again for both you and me, “you are never wasting your time when you choose to wait on God!”

God has a plan, Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” He isn’t making you wait just to annoy you, He has a plan and His plan will work better than yours. You may think you have this all planned out in your head for yourself and or those around you, but take a step back for a moment and ask God if your plans are lining up with His.

God is good, always good. Trust Him today to do all that needs to be done today for all that He has planned for you and trust Him to let you know when He needs you to move! He will tell you when the time is right so don’t get complacent where you are, get ready! Be all that you are supposed to be today for Him and leave the rest to Him!

“The way you see your future determines your thinking today. Your thinking today determines your performance today. Your performance in the todays of your life determines your future.” Zig Ziglar

Psalm 37: 5
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act.

Have you struggled with where you are headed, or maybe wondering where you need to be headed or maybe even with where you are? Are you lost wondering what to do next? Maybe you need to stop doing and spend some time alone with Him and ask Him to take it from here, to show you what you need to do and totally commit it all to Him. I know some of you are in dangerous situations and I pray for God to protect you and keep you and guide you ~ He loves you and you can trust Him. Psalm 37: 39-40 “The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their stronghold in the time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in Him.”

There are times that maybe your situation isn’t necessarily dangerous but it is still very overwhelming. Things like messed up finances or struggles with your job or children can be consuming but those are still things that all need to be given to God so He can direct your paths. I would suggest that if you struggle with finances that you invest your time and the few dollars it costs to go through the Dave Ramsey “Financial Peace” program. If you don’t learn to run your money, your money will run you. When it comes to your children may I suggest that if you are struggling with some form of rebellion that you take it to God, pray for them continuously, love them ~ hate their sin and pray for God’s conviction in their life. Don’t give up on your child, they are a gift from God and that is exactly what Satan is hoping you will do ~ God will guide you if you give it all to Him.

If you will just give it all to Him and pray for Him to guide you in a way that you won’t make a wrong decision here, He will come through. Psalm 37:23-24 “The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.”

“Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass…. it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” Anonymous

Joshua 14:8
But my brothers who went up with me made the heart of the people melt; yet I wholly followed the Lord my God.

So girl, which one are you? Are you the one who says “we can do this, God is leading us to follow Him, let’s go”? Or are you the one saying, “do you know how much work that is going to be” or “we will never be able to do that”?

Caleb inherited the land God promised and the others who dragged the people down and discouraged them from doing what God told them to do wandered in the desert for the rest of their lives! Who here enjoys those “wilderness” times in our lives, where you feel as though all you are doing is existing but never really see the blessing of God? I don’t! I want God’s full blessing on my life and I want to learn to be the one saying like Caleb did, “let’s go! We can do this with God’s help and leading!”

Whether or not you think so, you have a great influence in someone else’s life! We all do and there are some who are just watching to see what you are going to do. God has a plan for each and every one of His children, you are not exempt. We all play different roles in His plan but what we do and don’t do always affects others! Remember Jonah? He didn’t think his running from God and God’s plan would affect anyone, he just figured God could send someone else to Nineveh and it affected people he didn’t even know. There were people on that ship losing everything because they had to throw it overboard because of Jonah and his decision.

God has given us a free will and that free will affects all of those around us all the time. It is your choice today whether or not you will have a good and positive attitude about this day or a grumpy, negative attitude about all that God has called you to do and trust me which ever one you choose it will affect those around you. It’s like that old saying, “if Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!”

Ask God today to help you to be an encourager and a motivator for others to do His will! If there’s something you are unsure about when it comes to a decision or God’s will, ask Him and seek godly counsel but don’t allow the negative keep you from God’s best for your life and those around you!

“Happiness is a choice, not an automatic response.” Mildred Barthel