September 29, 2016

There Are Days

There are days
When all things neatly line up as they should

Then there are days when nothing lines up
When nothing fits or looks the way
It seems that it should be

Do I still trust when I don’t understand
When I can’t see the way
It could possibly work out okay?

That’s when I trust the most
That’s when I hold on tight
That’s when I put my faith to work

Faith believes God is making a way
Faith believes
He can work all things for good
When there are days all things line up
When there are days
They don’t

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  ~ Romans 8:28

September 28, 2016

The Stumbling Block of Unforgiveness

Colossians 3:12-13 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.   

The forgiveness we do not give, the forgiveness we withhold— will hold us back in our relationship with the Lord and the plans He has for us. Unforgiveness will become a stumbling block in our walk with the Lord and with others. It doesn’t matter if the person receives it, and it doesn’t matter if the person does or does not acknowledge wrong doing. Forgiveness is about our heart letting go instead of staying in bondage to that circumstance.  Forgiveness isn’t about changing the offender. It is about a change in us.

When we fully forgive, we will stop playing the same tape in our head, going over and over the wrong committed against us. When we stop playing that tape over and over again, life will become fuller and richer and the past pain will noticeably subside, leaving us wishing we had granted ourselves this freedom much sooner. 

God is the ultimate healer and when we forgive and let go, He comes in with His balm of healing and tender care and does a work on our wounds that will truly change our lives. This change will take us to a place of continued and complete healing.

When you hear yourself saying this is too hard, ask yourself - is it too hard for God? Does God want you to stay stuck living in that pain, and living in that past that is keeping you from living today and embracing the future with hope? 

Unforgiveness is the precise reason we can’t get past the pain. Letting go and moving past the pain will bring you peace and peace will bring you a new and fresh outlook on life as you discover a joy in your heart that you have not known before.

In the strength of the Lord, you can forgive and let go, you can heal and move forward in complete wholeness.

Matthew 18:21-22 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

September 25, 2016

Where He Leads

Does anyone remember this line from the Avalon song “I Don’t Want to Go” from their 2001 album Oxygen?  “I don't want to go somewhere, if I know that You're not there.” I would hear those lyrics and whisper to myself and God, “That’s how I want to live.”

This is how I try to live. I want to go where God leads and not where I want to lead myself and not where man leads. I have learned that it is not wise to blindly follow the wisdom of man, but to only follow God. 1 Corinthians 2:5 That your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

There are times when we do call upon the wise counsel of a godly person, and God uses wise people to help us with some areas of our lives, but this is something we have to exercise caution in doing, and we need to know for certain these people are hearing from God and not just forming their own opinions. This is why paying attention to the leading of God is of utmost importance.

I must do this thing called life—God's way, not the world's way, not even all the things that look okay and that seem good. If He doesn't say yes, then I can't say yes. He knows what is best and what is best for me, and He knows me better than I know myself.

Sometimes, I seem to know so very little but my comfort is that I know He holds the plan. He asks me to have faith and trust Him all the way, even in a sometimes deafening silence and even when I can't see where He is taking me. But I have learned that faith is not a knowing journey and instead, it is knowing and trusting God.

In our relationship of walking with Him - it isn't about figuring everything out. It is about continuing this walk - this journey with Him. When I walk with Him each day, I know I am going where He leads.

Psalm 16:11
You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.