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A daily Bible study for ladies called Chocolate & God.

1 Corinthians 10:5
Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

Don’t lose the battle in the Wilderness! If you are waiting for God and you are following Him through the Wilderness waiting to be brought into the “Promised Land” of the answers you have been waiting on from Him, don’t allow Satan to win the battle. The Israelites were moments away from the land that God had promised them and they hadn’t even begun the battles and they were overtaken by letting their guard down. They were so busy feeling sorry for themselves they lost sight of God and He was right there with them all the time.

What is you are waiting on God for? What should you be learning in your Wilderness? God was trying to teach the Israelites to trust and follow Him but they were too busy looking for other answers and other gods. I would encourage you to trust God and ask Him if there is anything else you need to learn while you wait. Ask Him to be your “cloud and pillar of fire” guiding you through this season and then don’t allow Satan to have a foothold in your life. Choose your thoughts carefully and guard your heart from the thoughts Satan would like you to have. Satan is always looking for opportunity to win and he managed to overtake them before they even had a battle to fight! What about you? Are you allowing Satan to win battles in your life as you wait on God by allowing him to feed you lies? Take charge today and just like Joshua decide, “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!” and that includes in the Wilderness of life.

Just like the Israelites God has given you all you need to win the battles of life and part of that is to know when to just lean on Him. You can make it through this wilderness and you will be ready for what lies ahead if you just trust Him to bring you through to the other side! The best is truly yet to come!

“True grit is making a decision and standing by it, doing what must be done.” John Wayne

Colossians 3:2
Set your mind on things that are above not on things that are on the earth.

The key here is to set your mind! Do you take charge of your emotions or do your emotions take charge of you? As women we all have our days where our hormones are overwhelming and we can lose track of reality if we aren’t careful. I have had my share of days where I had to stop and ask myself if it was my hormones or reality I was dealing with.

Don’t allow your emotions to rule your day, trust me, I have enough emotions inside probably for all of us lately, but God is teaching me this very important lesson. Don’t make decisions based on how you “feel”. Some of the worst decisions ever made have been made by people following how they feel instead of seeking out God’s wisdom. Take a look at Jonah, Adam and Eve, several of the Kings of the old testament, Elimelech and Naomi and the list of classic examples of this goes on and on, not only in the Bible but take a look around you!

If you set your mind on God and seek Him and His wisdom you will find that your life will have His blessing and protection on it. If you seek the world’s wisdom you will forever be running from something and looking for something to make you happy. True happiness, peace, love, blessing and joy come from God, not the earthly answers to your problems.

Take whatever it is that has you upset, frustrated, angry, depressed, at your wits end, etc and give it to God today. Ask Him to show you what to do and set your mind to follow His wisdom. God’s blessings follow obedience. God’s peace of mind and provision are found on the path He has set for your life. You can’t expect to go your own way and do your own thing and see God’s provision and blessing along the way. Now, here’s the deal, if you find you are already headed down the wrong path you always have the opportunity to turn around and follow him. Ask God’s forgiveness and move on to follow Him from this point on. God is always eager and willing to bring you back in line with His plan for your life so He can bless you abundantly!  Allow God to pilot your decisions.

“Character is not in the mind, it is in the will.” Fulton J. Sheen

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