These “things”

35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[o]) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 

Despite ALL ‘these things’.

‘These things’ are debilitating, they are stressful, they are all consuming.

‘These things’ wear me out and wear me thin and leave me on empty.

‘These things’ discourage, distract and deter me from what my heart has set out to do.

‘These things’.

Our bodies are fighting for health.  Our minds are filled with stuff.  Our relationships have reached a breaking point.

Yet … in spite of ‘these things’, the victory is yours through Jesus.

Not JUST the victory, but an overwhelming victory.  The clock hasn’t run out on you, the light at the end of the tunnel is just in the distance.  The love that Jesus has for you is full, unconditional and in pursuit.  The victory is yours.

Despite all ‘these things’ … I’ve read the end of the Book.  We win.

‘These things’ are temporary.  They will not stand the test of time.  His love will.

The Power of you + Him

I can’t get this out of my heart.  I can’t get this out of my head.  “You do you.”

I’ve bounced back from some extended time off and I’ve been sounding off with one declaration … “You do you”.

We can consume ourselves with the expectations and pressures of the world and people around us.  We can compare ourselves to another’s life or highlight real.  We can contrast our lives with those that have gone before us … OR

We can be ourselves.

God’s design, God’s dream, God’s destiny for your life is flawless.  Yet we succomb to the pressure of molding and shaping our lives into something or someone he never intended.  THAT is exhausting!

For those of you searching for purpose, passion and place, start with one thing …

And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” – Mark 1:11

Before Jesus stepped on the scene, before He performed a miracle and disrupted all of civilization for years to come, the Father made a declaration that He loved Him and was pleased with Him.

Friend, your starting point is that you are loved by God and He is pleased with you.  Submit, surrender and watch what God does with you.

You be the best you that you can be.  You.  Do.  You.

The Power of the Reminder

In prayer I remind my audience of three things …

1. I remind God of His promise for my life.

“God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?”

‭‭Numbers‬ ‭23:19‬

2. I remind Satan of my place in Jesus.

“We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭3:22‬ ‭

3. I remind my situation of my authority over it.

“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭10:8‬ ‭

Never let Satan or your Situation rob you of your Seat with Christ.

Prayer is our wake up call for the soul and a weapon to defeat anything that appears to be defeating you.

Faith to Deliver | Faith to Conquer | Faith to Embrace

Regardless of the strength of your faith my prayer is this reality would sink in. As you grow in your relationship with Jesus it will trigger …

  • Faith for deliverance from your past chaos.

““You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible. ””

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭17:20‬

  • Faith for conquering your present circumstances.

“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:7‬

  • Faith for embracing His future in relation to your life’s calling.

“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:1‬

Confessions of an Associate Pastor : Stealing

So I was out running errands.

Stuff happens.

As I pulled out, my itty bitty corolla clearly cut off the driver of a large SUV, to which I immediately waved the hand gesture for “sorry!”

The response I got was a series of hand gestures and I don’t think they were telling me to steal second base.

Got to love hand gestures … especially when you know the driver.  :-))

The look on their daughters face when they realized it was me?  Priceless.