Sunday, March 6, 2016

Hope In The Midst Of It All

I woke up a few mornings ago with a burden on my heart. Though I absolutely praise God for giving me new life each day, I am reminded of the consequences we all will face if disobedience to God is not checked. My morning prayer was more of an acknowledgement of what God calls sin.  Sin is not always a flesh sin, it can be a heart sin, and it can be an emotional sin. We allow ourselves to get caught up in the events that go on around us. Our conversations and behavior can be negative and self-destructive.  We want the blessings of God but fail to obey Him. It is very important that we be mindful and cautious of the things we participate in and who we are participating with.

Today, my spirit was refreshed and renewed. I went to fellowship expecting a blessing. Not only did I receive that blessing, I also received a reminder to trust God. That God is fighting ALL battles. That God will NEVER leave us.  All of us have some degree of chaos in our lives, but we do not have to be consumed and broken down because of the chaos. We must trust God. This blessing is of no surprise because I had faith that I would receive a blessing. I know that I daily die to what the worlds standards and live in Christ. Every one of us have our walk with Christ, but one this remains the same, we must worship Christ in spirit and in truth knowing that nothing is hidden from the Father. Every day is a new day and with that new day, we have the opportunity to come correct and boldly to God.

Lamentations 3:22-24 in the NLV says this, The unfailing love of the Lord never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness: his mercies began afresh each day. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my inheritance; therefore I will hope in him!”

I encourage you to read the book of Lamentations and be firmly reminded and convinced. You will see where God set forth destruction on Jerusalem due to disobedience. God sent many warnings and still they followed false doctrine and made up in their minds that everything they were doing was good. They believed the false doctrine of prophets and kings, not knowing that they were being led away from the presence God. What God calls sin separates us from Him.  Is this you? Are you convinced that everything you do is for the Lord? Are you convinced that you can live in the sin God hates and still be blessed by God. The enemy is a deceiver.  I can say that I have allowed my emotional state to be consumed and not in a good way. Here is a beautiful fact, God already knew and He is waiting for us to turn our attention back to Him. Are you running yet?

My brothers and sisters, we are in a critical time with racism and politics burning up the airwaves.  We must increase our prayer life, we must be ready in season and out of season. The spiritual warfare is real.

Many on social media are posting so much of the negative that it can be hard to see any positive. Millions are in a fight for their very lives just to stay employed, keep a roof over their heads, and keep their children protected. Some have given up. Don’t let this be you. There is hope in the midst of God and that is where we will find the peace that passes all understanding. No matter what goes on around us, we cannot be blind to the many warnings that God sends our way. We must be diligent in doing exactly what we have been mandated to do and not do.  I don’t know about you, but I have to remain focused on the absolute goodness of God and all that it means to be called according to His purpose.  Get it order. Set your mind on the things of God and watch him shower you with blessings beyond your wildest dreams. Are you next in line for a miracle?  Raise your hands in total praise.

Be Blessed

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