HIS Whispers Roar Louder Than Our Storms

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(Matthew 8:23-27 AMP- And after He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly, behold, there arose a violent storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered up by the waves; but He was sleeping. And they went and awakened Him, saying, Lord, rescue and preserve us! We are perishing! And He said to them, Why are you timid and afraid, O you of little faith? Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great and wonderful calm; a perfect peaceableness. And the men were stunned with bewildered wonder and marveled, saying, What kind of Man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him!)

Yesterday during my daily morning prayer time it felt as if the thunder from the storm literally shook the earth around me. As a little girl, I can remember running to hide in the hallway closet of my childhood home every time a storm would come because for some reason I was deathly afraid of storms and I just felt safe there. Growing up that dark, small space had somehow become my place of refuge through every storm.

I have no idea why, but I had always been afraid of storms every since I was a very small child which was always funny to my family and friends, especially as I became an adult. But in deeply seeking God, building a relationship with Him, and trusting in Him with my life and not just with storm-related fears, but with my life in general, I haven’t been fearful of it storming in many years. What I felt yesterday was much different than the fear that always struck my heart like lightning during those storms that terrified me as a little girl.

Long before the storm had come yesterday, I was already in the closet. You see as an adult, the closet is very much so still my safe place. However, it has nothing to do with thunderstorms, but “lifestorms” instead.

My closet has become a very sacred place; a place very near and dear to my heart because it’s the place that I have the pleasure and privilege of intimately meeting with The Lord every single morning. It’s a place where it’s just He and I. It’s the one place where I can put my fears, worries, and concerns to death which allows my dreams, hopes, and the deepest desires of my heart to be resurrected providing them this everlasting life within me. It’s that place where His Presence always seems to amply abound— and in His Presence, it is there that I find true love, peace, strength, comfort, encouragement, inspiration, wisdom, understanding, purpose, and joy. (Psalm 16:11 CEV- You have shown me the path to Life, and You make me glad by being near to me. Sitting at Your right side, I will always be joyful.)

Yesterday, in the midst of that storm and as the thunder rattled and uproariously rumbled around me there wasn’t even the slightest notion of fear. In fact, I smiled as I felt the peace of His Holy Spirit fill and consume my heart. (John 14:26-27 AMP- The Comforter; Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby, The Holy Spirit, Whom The Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you. Peace I leave with you; My own peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.)

I find it amazing that even the faintest whisper of His voice speaking to my heart roared so much louder than the thunder from the storm ever could. And as I began to reflect upon that, I came to the realization that even as a little girl who didn’t fully understand what it meant to be in The Presence of The Lord or able to conceptualize what it meant to hear His voice— there in that dark, small space— He was always with me. And in Him being the all-knowing phenomenal God that He is, He knew that many years later yesterday’s storm would come and as I basked in ambiance of His Presence He would be able to remind me and bring to my remembrance that even as a very small child with no clear knowledge or understanding of what it meant to find peace in Him, He was there providing it anyway simply because I belonged to Him, He loves me, and knew my need for it. (Philippians 4:19 NIRV- My God will meet all your needs. He will meet them in keeping with His wonderful riches. These riches come to you because you belong to Christ Jesus.)

What yesterday’s storm and today’s focal passage reminded me of is— our God has the power to calm any and every storm. Whether it’s a thunderstorm rattling the world around us or a lifestorm rattling and wrecking the walls of our hearts, each can be calmed, stilled, and brought to perfect peace in His Presence. So today, I just want to encourage you to find a place where you can intimately and privately seek God’s Presence because when you call on the name of our God, He will lovingly and altruistically come. (James 4:8 NLT- Come close to God, and God will come close to you.)

He loves you with this unconditional, everlasting, all-consuming, amazing, incomparable, eternal love and He’s waiting to hear your voice. In your secret place, He’s waiting to hold you in His arms so He can whisper to your heart to quiet and calm your every storm. Wherever your storms may rage, trust that His voice can and will bring you unspeakable and indescribable love, peace, and comfort just as Jesus had done on the boat with His disciples that day and just as His Holy Spirit has done with me within the walls of my prayer closet for all of these years.

Heavenly Father, for every person reading this touch and speak to their hearts like only you can. Lord, in Your Presence bestow upon them Your love, joy, peace, and strength. Open the ears of their hearts allowing the calming, Life-giving whisper of Your voice to always roar louder than the thunder within their storms. Lord, never leave them. Be with them always because I know that wherever You are there is perfect peace and I want that for each and every one of their hearts. In the name of Jesus Christ, Your precious Son, and our Lord and Savior— I pray, Amen and so be it.

“When you don’t have the words to say He hears your heart. When you feel like no one understands He carries your pain. When hope seems lost God whispers “Joy is coming.” ~ Rachel Hamilton

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Fighting The Battles Of Life With Joshua-like Faith

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(Joshua 10:12-14 CEV- The Lord was helping the Israelites defeat the Amorites that day. So about noon, Joshua prayed to The Lord loud enough for the Israelites to hear: “Our Lord, make the sun stop in the sky over Gibeon, and the moon stand still over Aijalon Valley.”. So the sun and the moon stopped and stood still until Israel defeated its enemies. This poem can be found in The Book of Jashar. The sun stood still and didn’t go down for about a whole day. Never before and never since has The Lord done anything like that for someone who prayed. The Lord was really fighting for Israel.)

As I read today’s focal passage it made me think about how much greater the quality of our lives could be if we all possessed that same unwavering faith in our Heavenly Father that Joshua had taken into battle with him that day. What would the reflection of our lives mirror if we never questioned or doubted The Lord’s Presence and power in our lives— but entered His Presence wholeheartedly trusting and believing that what ever we ask of Him in faith, He would liberally and graciously provide?

What astonished me about Joshua’s battle prayer is the manner in which he prayed. If you notice, he didn’t just ask The Lord to still the sun and provide the light that he needed to win the battle. His prayer was more along the lines of a faithful and declarative invocation. Meaning he didn’t ask. He simply spoke it forth in faith and trusted that The Lord would grant his request. To me, the incredible thing about that was— God did exactly that.

“The sun stood still and didn’t go down for about a whole day. Never before and never since has The Lord done anything like that for someone who prayed. The Lord was really fighting for Israel.” <— I was truly amazed by this and I contemplated why it is that God had never answered a prayer like that before and why it is that He hasn’t done it since. Could it be that it’s because we lack that Joshua-like faith? Could it be because when we enter God’s Presence it’s not with the kind of purposeful and tenacious faith needed to still the sun over our battles of life? Could it be because in our hearts we’ve already given up before the battle has even begun and we only enter The Lord’s Presence out of desperation and defeat and not with a true heart of faith and expectancy?

Today, I encourage you to let Joshua’s unfaltering faith be a reminder to you that when you enter The Presence of God and lay your concerns before Him, arise with a heart of expectancy knowing that our God is Jehovah Jireh and He will provide for those who believe in Him. (Mark 9:23 NKJV- Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”)

Just as The Lord honored the prayers of Joshua and fought for Israel, know that He can and will do the same in every single battle that you’re facing in your life. (Exodus 14:14 AMP- The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest.) Enter God’s Presence in faith and believe that He will answer your prayers because your faith allows Him to still the sun creating the light you need to conquer your battles and live a life of victory.

“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” ~ Saint Augustine

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Will You Say “Yes” To HIS Call?

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(Psalm 51:17 NIV- My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart You, God, will not despise.)

As I read today’s focal verse, my heart began to beat with this sonorous and rhythmic sense of admiration, love, esteem, and gratitude for God. I instantly felt this deepened, euphoric, and renewed sense of affection for Him and His Presence in my life because resonating in my thoughts and dancing with beauty and grace in my heart and mind, were these words: “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart You, God, will not despise.”. I was filled with complete and utter joy because sometimes that’s simply all I have to offer to Him.

By definition the word contrite means: penitent or filled with a sense of guilt and the desire for atonement. I think most of us may perceive today’s focal verse as a welcoming path that directs us to enter God’s Presence laying our sins, flaws, and brokenness before Him in return for His love, forgiveness, and grace. And I must say, I believe and utilize it in that aspect in my own life as well.

However, sometimes my heart beats with a sense of contrition that is not necessarily directly due to sin or my mistakes or my shortcomings. Sometimes, I feel the most penitent when I think about the cross and the incomparable sacrifice that Jesus made just for me to have life. He knew me and foresaw all of the mistakes that I would make and in Him being acutely aware of all of that, He still made the to choice to give His Life for me and to send His own Spirit to live within me; to love me unconditionally, to comfort me through my every hurt and heartache, to lead me to my greatness, and to give me a heart that deeply desires to carry on His legacy and purpose in a world that so desperately and vitally needs His Presence, but is so incognizant of it’s brokenness and despair.

I contemplate and wonder— how will I ever be able to repay Him for it all? I desperately long for His sense approval in my life because in my humanness and in spite of my fallibility He took and accepted me just as I was allowing me to find beauty and purpose within my imperfections. His precious and perfect Holy Spirit literally breathed Life into my existence.

How do you repay someone who has given their life for you?! That’s what I’ve pondered… But God spoke to my heart and said, “Don’t feel guilty about the sacrifice My Son made for you because He will forever live on; sitting on the throne beside Me in heaven and within you and my people on the earth. You long to know what you can do to repay such a gift, but repayment is not a requirement.”.

As I thought about what His words meant, this verse came to mind. (John 14:15 NIV- “If you love Me, keep My Commands.) The words that God had spoken to me and the verse that He placed upon my heart simply reminded me that it’s not a requirement, it’s a choice. We choose if we will love Him or not. We choose whether to follow His Will or our own. We make the choice whether we will honor Him with our lives or not.

I’ve said all of that to say this: my greatest and deepest prayer for you today is that you would choose Him, that you would make Christ the center of your life, and that the ears of your heart would always be keen to the small still whispers of the voice of His Holy Spirit breathing and speaking Life within you.

Will life always be sunshine, rainbows, smiles, and giggles? Absolutely not. But in those moments choose to seek Him first. (Psalm 27:8 NKJV- When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”) I wholeheartedly know that a heart that sincerely loves and earnestly seeks The Lord and longs to do and honor His Will is a heart that is destined to be preeminently rewarded. (1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT- No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.)

We serve a loving and faithful God. It’s not always about sacrifice sometimes it’s simply saying, “Yes” to His call. (Isaiah 6:8 NIV- Then I heard the voice of The Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”. And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”) So, I pray that when He calls, your answer will always be, “Yes, Lord! Here I am. Send me!”. 

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Thriving Is Simply Realizing Your Worth

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(Job 33:4 NIV- The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of The Almighty gives me Life.)

This morning, I sat here pondering and treasuring the thought of God breathing His Life into our beings. The wonders of The Lord are so complex to me. I’m often astounded when I truly reflect upon His power and position as our Heavenly Father and as The One True Creator of all things, and how out of all of those things we are His most prized possession. He chose to truly hold us near and dear to His heart. He chose to love, to protect, and to nurture us as His very own. (Job 10:12 MSG- You gave me life itself, and incredible love. You watched and guarded every breath I took.)

I find it so amazing that The God we serve not only breathes His Life into us, but that He loves and cherishes us so much that He then protects that precious investment; that indescribable gift that He instilled within us by standing guard and watching over every single breath that we take. To me that shows how deeply valuable we are to Him.

Life is truly this transcendent unparalleled gift given to us through the breath and by the hands of The Lord. He shapes and molds us into this beautiful creation; something to be sincerely treasured— something of the greatest worth. (Isaiah 64:8 VOICE- Eternal One, You are our Father. We are just clay, and You are The Potter. We are the product of Your creative action, shaped and formed into something of worth.) What a wonderful thought and mesmeric truth to behold!

If you find yourself feeling discouraged or contemplating your value, be reminded that God says: He made you and you are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are greatest among all life and creation on this earth. And He chose to protect His gift of Life within you because He set you a part to carry on His greatness.

Today, I pray that you allow your heart to embrace all that God has created and called you to be. I pray that you understand that He chose to form you into something of worth because He valued His purpose for your life. But my greatest prayer today is that you would come to value His purpose for your life.

I want you to have the joy of experiencing and the pleasure of being exposed to your greatness in Him because in you seeing and understanding your true worth, no one and nothing can stop you from thriving and receiving all of the great and glorious things that God has planned and predestined for your life.

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YOU, LORD, Keep My Lamp Burning

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(Psalm 18:28-36 NIV- You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. With Your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall. As for God, His way is perfect: The Lord’s Word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him. For who is God besides The Lord? And who is The Rock except our God? It is God Who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He causes me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You make Your saving help my shield, and Your right hand sustains me; Your help has made me great. You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way.)

Today’s focal passage was a beautiful reminder for me of all that God brings to my life. I thought about how He truly is perfection; incomparable and all-powerful, yet loving, gracious, and faithful.

The verse above says, “For who is God besides The Lord?”. That truly fueled my spirit this morning because there is no one greater than our God. He loves us to the core of who we are. He knows our hearts from it’s greatest joy to it’s deepest burden and provides the strength we need accordingly.

The other day, I told a friend of mine that I just love when God provides exactly what we need in the exact and very moment that we need it most. So, when I tell you that I am continually amazed by Him, I mean that with all of my heart because what He gives, only He can give. I have learned to trust that He’ll supply all of my needs whether it’s in the exact moment that I feel I need it most or not. I know that He is unwaveringly faithful, His promises endure forever, and HIS timing is flawless.

“You, Lord, keep my lamp burning” … What a powerful and incredibly beautiful truth to allow our hearts to take a hold of. To me that means if I cry out to Him and He doesn’t immediately give me the provision that I seek, His Light will sustain me until He does. (Psalm 119:105 NIV- Your Word is a Lamp for my feet, a Light on my path.) I find that truth absolutely amazing!

Today, I just want you to know that our God is sovereign! Even when you don’t get the instant or immediate response that you seek, know that when He does answer it will be perfection. He Is The Lord and He will keep your lamp burning! You will radiantly shine by His Light!

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.” ~ Og Mandino

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When You Are Weakest, You Are Strongest

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(Philippians 4:13 AMP- I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency.)

When we’re feeling troubled, weak, and torn or let down our first thought or initial assessment is usually not that we’re positioned in a place of eternal strength. In all honesty, our initial response emotionally is usually a sense of brokenness, hopelessness, and despair. But The Word of God says, when we’re at our lowest and weakest point, that’s when we’re able to truly experience the perfection that is His grace; that’s when we’re able too see the strength and glory of Christ come to fruition in it’s greatest form within our lives. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NOG- But He told me: “My kindness is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.” So I will brag even more about my weaknesses in order that Christ’s power will live in me. Therefore, I accept weakness, mistreatment, hardship, persecution, and difficulties suffered for Christ. It’s clear that when I’m weak, I’m strong.)

I often tell people that they are gems in whom our God treasures, but I think more often than not they take it as just a kind gesture and not as the love and life that I speak it forth in faith over their lives as; not as a promise of truth that is to be sincerely embraced within their hearts. I don’t think they realize or understand that I say it because God has gifted us the treasure of Christ’s Spirit to live within our hearts and we then in turn radiate and glow of the very essence that is His beauty and majesty. (2 Corinthians 4:6-7 NLT- For God, Who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.)

Though Jesus endured brutal suffering, He overcame and conquered it all, even death itself. And He loves and values us so much that He chose to instill that same power within us by sending us His perfect Holy Spirit. My point is, there is nothing that shall come against us in this world that we don’t hold the power to conquer. God so treasures us that He allows us embody very the light, love, and life of Jesus within us ensuring that nothing will be too difficult for us to bear or too hard for us to endure and that we will always overcome victoriously through The Spirit of our Savior! (2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NLT- We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.)

Today, I pray over you and encourage you with my whole heart to take ahold of the truth of this great promise from our Heavenly Father: When you are at your weakest, you are at your strongest because The Spirit of Christ living on the inside of you will eternally be your strength!

“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.” ~ Peter Marshall

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Hope In THE LORD Never Disappoints

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(Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT: God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.)

Our God has made everything beautiful for its own time. Did you know that that includes you?

Today’s focal verse says, “He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end”. I think the eternity that He’s planted in our hearts solidify that we have the capacity to infinitely place our hope in Him even when we can’t see or feel Him at work in our lives. In other words, He created us with the capacity and power that our hope would forever increase and never fail.

I find it pretty amazing that He instilled this incredible gift of hope in our hearts that we would forever be encouraged and uplifted through our faith in Him. (Roman 5:1-5 MSG- By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with Him, make us fit for Him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that He has already thrown open His door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise. There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through The Holy Spirit!)

You guys our God is faithful! He created us with the beauty of being able to hope in every situation and circumstance. Imagine how much He loves us that He would bestow such a gift upon us. He never promised that our life’s journey would be free of troubles, trials, and tribulations, but He did promise to love, protect, and be with us every step along the way. (John 16:33 AMP- I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have perfect peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer, take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted! For I have overcome the world. I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.)

My greatest prayer for you today is that you would embrace the gift of hope that God has placed within your heart and entrust that hope within His care allowing Him to make the beauty that He has prepared for your life your reality. I can’t promise you that your life will be perfect, but I can promise you that hope in The Lord never fails or disappoints. (Hebrews 10:23 AMP- So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgement of it, for He Who promised is reliable, sure, and faithful to His Word.)

“Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.” ~ Samuel Smiles

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Set The World On Fire With Purpose

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(Isaiah 14:24 NIV- The Lord Almighty has sworn, “Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen.)

When I read today’s focal verse I felt this indescribable joy begin to arise within my heart and I smiled because I was reminded that the purpose that God has for my life will stand firm and unwavered no matter what. It reminded me that what He has promised me shall be. I find it amazing that God has this empyreal purpose that He planned just for me and each day He whispers the truth of His promises to my heart making me more cognizant of who He is in my life and the greatness that He expects of me. He nurtures my dreams and the desires of my heart with His living water allowing them to blossom right before my eyes.

There is no one greater than our God. Everyday that He allows us to wake up is a day that we get the chance to choose to draw nearer to Him and live that day greater than the previous through His Presence. Every breath that we take has great purpose because every second that we’re alive is a sign from God that He treasures the purpose that He designed and created us to carry out.

If you’ve ever wondered why you’re still here, know that it’s because of the incredible plan that God predestined for your life. (Jeremiah 1:5 MSG- Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you.) Take a moment to conceptualize what that truly means. … God chose us, loved us, treasured us, and decided that He was going to bless us before He even gave us life. If you can’t think of anything else to praise Him for, praise Him for that alone because He’s worthy!

My purpose for today’s post is to remind you guys that you are loved, you are valuable, you are beautiful inside and out, and your purpose is vitally needed and exceptionally great! Embrace all that He has created and called you to be! Believe that you are all that God says you are! And trust that all that He has promised you is yours to keep because His promises and His purpose endure forever!

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”~ St. Catherine of Siena

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A Heart Longing To Pray Like JESUS

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(Luke 22:39-44 CEB- Jesus left and made His way to the Mount of Olives, as was His custom, and the disciples followed Him. When He arrived, He said to them, “Pray that you won’t give in to temptation.”. He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed. He said, “Father, if it’s Your Will, take this cup of suffering away from Me. However, not My Will but Your Will must be done.”. Then a heavenly angel appeared to Him and strengthened Him. He was in anguish and prayed even more earnestly. His sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground.)

Today’s focal passage truly humbled my heart. It reminded me that though Jesus is 100% God; omniscient and omnipotent, He was also 100% man which means He was fully aware of what it means to truly feel and live life as a human being. The more I read the more my heart and my thoughts were drawn to Him. He knowingly held all power as God, yet as man His heart still remained completely obedient to the Will of God The Father.

Jesus withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed. He said, “Father, if it’s Your Will, take this cup of suffering away from Me. However, not My Will but Your Will must be done.”. Above and beyond His own Will and through His suffering and affliction, it was still more important to Him to honor the Will of His Father. How often do we truly pray for God’s Will to manifest in our lives above our own?

Throughout this entire passage of Scripture there was one word that I stood in complete awe of… if. Notice that as Jesus was praying He didn’t just ask God to remove Him from the dolor and distress that He was bearing. He said, “Father, “if” it’s Your Will, take this cup of suffering away from Me.”. To me, He was saying, “Father, remove this cup of suffering away from Me only “if” it’s what You desire to accomplish through My life”. Jesus treasured God’s plan and purpose above His own life! And He loved and valued us enough to remain obedient to what He knew in His heart God had called Him to do. I’m so amazed by that!

I’ve gained valuable life gems through reading today’s passage. Jesus suffered and endured so much more than I will ever have to bear, yet instead of complaining, He prayed. He wholeheartedly trusted God with His life whether it was going to be for Him to live or to die and our God is so amazing that even through death, He gave and still gives Life.

There are two things that I want you guys to take with you today: Jesus valued prayer because He had faith in what intimately conversing with God had the power to accomplish in and through His life and He knew that even if He had to suffer that God had an incredible purpose for it. (Romans 8:28-30 NIV- We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified.)

Don’t get discouraged by your trials, tribulations, or circumstances, but be encouraged that you serve The God Who has the power to deliver you from them! (1 Peter 5:10 NLV- After you have suffered for awhile, God Himself will make you perfect. He will keep you in the right way. He will give you strength. He Is The God of all loving-favor and has called you through Christ Jesus to share His shining-greatness forever.)

I don’t know about you guys, but my heart is longing to pray like Jesus; constantly, relentlessly, selflessly, and faithfully! Our God gives Life and that Life is found in knowing Him intimately. I pray that through your prayers, you become divinely connected and acquainted with God so that His Presence, power, promises, purpose, and provision will reign in your life always!

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Your Desperation Has The Power To Lead To Your Destiny

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(1 Corinthians 2:9-12 VOICE- But as The Scriptures say, No eye has ever seen and no ear has ever heard and it has never occurred to the human heart all the things God prepared for those who love Him. God has shown us these profound and startling realities through His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep mysteries of God. Who can see into a man’s heart and know his thoughts? Only the spirit that dwells within the man. In the same way, the thoughts of God are known only by His Spirit. You must know that we have not received the spirit of this rebellious and broken world but The Spirit that comes from God, so that we may experience and comprehend the gifts that come from God.)

Along my journey with God, there have been countless times when I simply trusted Him to move in my life. I didn’t worry if He would answer my prayers or not because the moment that I chose to enter into His Presence, it was already established in my heart, confirmed in my mind, and settled in my spirit that He undoubtedly would. However, in my humanness, there have also been countless times when I entered into His Presence lost and broken wondering if He could hear my voice and the deepest cries of my heart.

There’s a saying that goes, “If you’re going to worry then don’t pray and if you’re going to pray then don’t worry.” and I get the gist of that, but I can’t say that I necessarily agree with it. Being human we will all inevitably have times in our lives where worry will try to defeat us and that’s when we should draw nearest to God and pray to Him with all that we are. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 VOICE- Celebrate always, pray constantly, and give thanks to God no matter what circumstances you find yourself in. This is God’s Will for all of you in Jesus The Anointed.)

I believe with my whole heart and soul that every word that God has promised to us is pure, perfect, authentic, and true. I believe that every single word that He speaks forth will fulfill His intended purpose just as He said. (Isaiah 55:11 NIV- My Word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent It.)

In believing all of that and knowing it to be true, in my relationship with God more often than not, it wasn’t the times that I entered His Presence boldly and with confidence that I had the privilege, benefit, and pleasure of experiencing all that He is and desires to be in my life, but instead the times when I humbly entered His Presence broken and desperate, not knowing which way to turn that He revealed Himself to me in the most beautiful and prolific ways. Those have been the moments that allowed me to feel His Presence and experience Him the greatest. Those have been the moments when He allowed me to hear His voice with incredible clarity. When I came before Him worried and fearful are the precise moments that He has whispered to my heart, I Am with you always. Never will I leave nor forsake you.”. In my deepest and most intricate moments of desperation are the moments that led to true, sincere, intrinsic intimacy with God.

Today’s focal passage says, “No eye has ever seen and no ear has ever heard and it has never occurred to the human heart all the things God prepared for those who love Him. God has shown us these profound and startling realities through His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep mysteries of God. Who can see into a man’s heart and know his thoughts? Only the spirit that dwells within the man. In the same way, the thoughts of God are known only by His Spirit. You must know that we have not received the spirit of this rebellious and broken world but The Spirit that comes from God, so that we may experience and comprehend the gifts that come from God.”, meaning all we have to do is love God and allow His Spirit to fulfill It’s purpose within us.

I said all of that to say this… Seek God with all that you are no matter the circumstance or situation. Become vulnerable and transparent with Him because you can trust that He always has your best interest at heart and knows what’s best for your life. And never allow fear, worry, or doubt to keep you from entering into His Presence because in The Presence of The Lord your greatest and deepest moment of desperation can be transformed into the Life-giving, purpose-filled destiny that He has planned for your life. (Psalm 36:7-9 GNT- How precious, O God, is Your constant love! We find protection under the shadow of Your wings. We feast on the abundant food You provide; You let us drink from the river of Your goodness. You are the source of all life, and because of Your light we see The Light.)

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