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A daily Bible study for ladies called Chocolate & God.

Isaiah 48:17
Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.

Are you allowing Him to lead, guide and teach you today? I don’t think I have ever seen so many hurting people as there seem to be today. People are struggling in their finances, their relationships and experiencing extreme loss and some days it is obvious that they aren’t even too sure where to turn any more! No matter where you are today I would encourage you to stop right where you are and allow God to lead you! You aren’t going to get “there” by yourself! Allow God to teach you and lead you, trust me, it is the shortest path to where you are headed!

If you are hurting today ask God to bring the right godly people into your life for you to be able to fellowship with. Ask Him to show you who you may be able to reach out to if you need a mentor or just a close friend to walk with you through what you are facing. If you are needing to make decisions and aren’t sure what to do, I would encourage you to seek out some godly counsel and pray for God’s direction!

Are you struggling in your relationships? Is your marriage feeling more like a noose than a lifeline? Get a life coach! Bill and I have a trusted coach that has helped us walk through all sorts of difficulties, marriage takes work and it quite often takes someone who can see it from the outside to help you gain perspective. If you aren’t sure where to go to find someone to help you through your hurts or struggles in relationships check out www.aacc.net you can type in your zip code and you can find Christian counselors in your area and most of them will work with you on the cost if you tell them you found them on the American Association of Christian Counselors website (AACC).

If you are needing financial advise, I don’t know of too many people out there right now who couldn’t use some help with their finances at one time or another, so please go to www.daveramsey.com or for a 10% discount off selected products you can call Kim at Dave’s at 888-227-3223 ext. 5414 or email her at kim.little@daveramsey.com and use the code PEACE5414. I am going through the program once again to make sure I get everything in order to the best of my abilities and I am opening up the opportunity for my children and their friends to go through it with me. We can never be too wise in how we spend the money God entrusts us with and it is never too late to start a program to get them straight if you are struggling. The thing I love about Dave’s course is he doesn’t make you feel like an idiot for the mistakes you have made in the past, He enables you to change your habits and begin again.

This seems like a rather odd study to me this morning, but I really felt as though this was what God was leading me to share. I am praying it will help you or someone you know. If you are not struggling in any of these areas that is fantastic, please share this with someone you may know who is. The best is yet to come!

Quote:
“Your past is important because it brought you to where you are, but as important as your past is, it is not nearly as important as the way you see your future.” Dr. Tony Campolo

Psalm 103:12
As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

Have you ever noticed how much easier it is at times to forgive someone else for what they have done than to forgive yourself? It is as important to forgive yourself after you have confessed your sins to God as it is for you to forgive others. As long as you hold on to the guilt, you remain bound to that sin. Satan wants to keep you there so you won’t feel as though you can be used by God. God hasn’t asked you to feel that way! He wants you to glory in the fact that Jesus loved you enough to die for that sin and once you have confessed it and turned from it you are called by God to move forward.
I love the song by Casting Crown’s, “East to West” especially the lyrics that say, “Jesus can you show me just how far the east is from the west…….. one scarred hand to the other.” God’s attitude toward your sin is the same as it was with the woman caught in the act of adultery, in John chapter 8, “go and sin no more!” Once you have been forgiven, move forward, walk away from that sin and don’t do it again.

Healing from your own mistakes can often also be more difficult than healing from the mistakes of others. Sometimes we hold ourselves to a higher standard, and there’s nothing wrong with that until you can’t allow yourself to move forward after you mess up! Don’t hand that victory over to Satan, don’t buy the lies you are no longer worthy to be used by God! That is a lie straight from Hell! 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” It doesn’t say there that you have to wallow in guilt for a time, He wants to cleanse you from any unrighteousness and set you back on your feet to be used by Him. Ask Him to heal your heart and to cleanse your heart, mind and soul, times a wasting, it is time to move forward and to be better for all that He has forgiven you for. Instead of allowing your mistakes keep you from being all you can be for Him, take all that He has loved you enough to have forgiven you for and love Him more and serve Him better! Whatever you have done, give it to Him, let it go and focus on all that He has called you to do from this day forward! He loves you and He has a plan! (Memorize Jeremiah 29:11)

Satan would love to hold you back by rubbing your mistakes in your face. Today you have a choice, you can let Satan do that or you can accept the forgiveness that God has given you and allow God to take that mistake and use it to help others and further His cause! Which one will it be? I would encourage you to listen to Mercy Me’s song, “Flawless” today to remind yourself that the Cross Has made you Flawless! Allow God’s grace to fill you with all the hope of all that He wants to use you for in the future! He hasn’t given up on you and His plan for you so pull yourself up and get excited for all that He plans to use you for! He will take all of those scars and all of that heartache and use it for His glory if you will just give it to Him today! The best is truly yet to come!

Quote:
“Sometimes the best way to move forward is to shut the door behind you!” Noah benShea

Luke 11:11-13
What father among you, if his son asks for a fish will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion” If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!

Are you tired of where you are? Do you need victory in your life today? Maybe you have just felt so weighed down you can barely function any more. Whatever it is today I am encouraging you to claim these verses. Pull out your Bible today and read chapter 11: 1-13 and claim what Jesus was telling His disciples. Those promises are as much yours today as they were for the disciples the day Jesus spoke them to them.

Now, the first part of this chapter is as important as these verses: we need to pray with the respect and humble heart that Jesus taught his disciples to pray with. Make sure you are thinking about who you are talking to when you pray, go with a humble spirit and forgiving heart. If you are holding grudges in your heart and are not forgiving then you may need to begin there. Make sure you ask God to cleanse your heart and forgive you for any sin you have in your life and if you have sinned against someone else ask them to forgive you as well. You want to start with a clean slate. Be sure to pray with an attitude that will please Him.

God wants to heal your situation today! He loves you and wants what is best for you just like a good Dad/Mom wants what is best for his/her children. We need to do our part and seek God and His will for our lives. God wants to move in your life in such a way that you can be better used by Him. I even prayed this morning that God would move in such a way in my life that when others see it they can’t help but see that it had to be God!

Trust God to move in your life today. Pray for Him to show you His desires and will for your life. Don’t harbor grudges and un-forgiveness, choose to forgive and let the past go so you can move forward. As long as you have that death grip on the past, whether it is because you want what you had before or you haven’t forgiven, either way you are stuck where you are and you can’t move forward. Let it go and allow God to work in your life in a mighty way today.

Quote:
“What lies before us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Romans 15:13
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

What do you look for to fill you and meet your need for fulfillment? Do you look to your job, your spouse, your “things”? What is it that you do your best to nurture and lean on to make you feel fulfilled?

I remember when I was a single Mom for quite some time I poured myself into my work and thought I was fulfilled in the job I was doing. The problem with that was that my work would drop off dramatically around the middle of March for a month or so and I would find myself somewhat depressed until I could dig back in preparing for the next season and then the real change came when God called me to leave that job and do Youth Ministry.

I have news for you: “Ladies and Gentlemen!” You will never find fulfillment outside of God! God never meant for your job to totally fulfill you and He certainly never meant for another person to be able to meet all of your emotional needs! That hole that needs to be filled in your life can only be filled by God! No matter how many things you have, no matter how great your job is and how well you do it, no matter who you are married to….. those things and people are never meant to be what fills your life so you feel complete. You will only feel complete in Him and the rest of these things are meant to be ‘icing on the cake’!

God wants to fill your emotional needs, He wants to fill you with joy and peace so you can abound in hope. If you are looking for something else to fill you with these things, Stop It! Pour yourself into seeking God and allowing Him to fill you with Him. God loves you and desires a close relationship with you that is why the “hole” is there, it is there to create a need for Him in your life! If you have been looking for something else to fill that hole in your life I would encourage you to turn to God today and ask Him to show you how to make the change you need to make so you can truly be filled by Him!

Quote:
“If what you believe doesn’t affect how you live, then it isn’t very important.” Dick Nogleberg

 

God Has A Purpose

August 24, 2015 — Leave a comment

Psalm 128: 7-8
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me. The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

The Lord will deliver you from all of your struggles and your enemies! No matter where you are today, He loves you and you have a purpose to fulfill and He has promised to see you fulfill it! God will open the doors that need to be opened and close what needs to be closed if you will just follow Him and trust Him to deliver you and to show you what you need to do. Don’t underestimate what God can and will do to deliver you!

Do you feel as though maybe you missed God’s purpose? Maybe you are in that same old mundane job feeling unused by God, or maybe you have jumped in with both feet to do what you think you are called to do and the chaos there is overwhelming! No matter where you are or what you are doing, trust Him if you are truly following Him that He is going to fulfill His purpose for your life! Ask God today to breathe new life into you for what you are doing, to teach you whatever it is you may need to learn and to push you forward in all that He has called you to do! When you begin to get frustrated remember He is at your side, He will see you through.

Maybe you need to be open to the idea that what you are supposed to do is different than what you have been doing! Pray about it! I have a niece and nephew that were missionaries to another country and God brought them home – it was nothing they did, they were still in the will of God, they were fully trusting Him and God pushed them back to the U.S. I am sure there were times they were wondering, “why” and “what” for what was going on, but God was finished with that season of their lives and I am sure they learned what they needed to learn and became stronger for the next season of their lives! There are no mistakes with God! Sometimes we get so locked into what we have done, or are doing that we are not open to the idea that God may be done with that lesson or season and He has something bigger and better for us to do! God is always moving us forward in life if we are following Him so you can trust that if He is moving you out of something you feel He called you to then you can know that He hasn’t decided to not use you, He has decided you can be better used somewhere else so this is PROMOTION TIME! Don’t hold on to what you are doing now and miss something new He has for you! He wants to fulfill all of His purpose for your life, trust Him!

When Bill and I were working Xtreme Youth Alliance I would never have dreamed in a million years that God would have me do any type of ladies ministry instead of working with teens. God loves you and knows what is best! Trust Him! If you aren’t looking for what He has for you and you aren’t open to the fact there are different seasons, how will you know? Be open to recognizing Him. In John chapter 20 when Mary Magdalene was at the tomb, she had gone there to care for the body of Jesus and she was so consumed with her grief she didn’t realize that Jesus was talking to her until He said quietly, “Mary”, and she recognized His voice. She was ready to care for His dead body and He was ready to reveal His life and to give her a new purpose!

Is He calling you to do something today? Does it seem out of reach to fulfill your purpose? Trust Him! Take some time today to shut out all of the other noise in your life and focus on Him so you can hear His voice, ask Him to show you what He has for you to do. Ask Him to lead you through the struggles that you face today and that are ahead, He will fulfill His purpose for you, He will keep you safe to get to the other side! The best is yet to come if you will just trust Him and follow Him!

Quote:
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”