EVERY hero of the Bible

EVERY hero of the Bible, old and new testament, went through tremendous struggle. Their stories always identify with us. It is through those struggles their faith truly came alive. Just because we live over 2000 years from their lifetime, in a modern age does not mean the principle has changed. If we want God to use us in full capacity, we must go through brokenness in order to produce the faith to move mountains and restore His people. So be glad during the struggle that God cares enough for you to give you your heart’s desire to serve Him and His people.

You are blessed and it is in His blessing that you struggle. It’s a Biblical principal which we are unworthy of, but He calls us anyway.

The struggle always needs to lead us to Jesus in order for the principle to serve it’s purpose.

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New Year 2017 (Repost)

Good morning friends and family. This is the start of a new year. Many of us seem to have had a dark and disconnected 2016. Good things are in store for 2017, but we have to do our part. Today resolve to put your faith, hope & love in the right things – the eternal. We must have an eternal perspective or we will wash away in sin and despair. Let the world do it’s thing and we choose to live with God in our hearts, following Him, laying down our life for Him and our brothers and sisters. Choosing what is right, noble and honorable. Turning away from our destructive, unhealthy self-focus. All we need to do is make the decision to do this today. Then tomorrow, make the decision again. Just one day at a time. You deserve a good life, but you have to choose it and move forward in it. Be excellent to one another and yourself!

NOTE: Obviously this was written at the beginning of the year, but the principle works all year round.  Keep it real!

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May These Holy Days Fill Us with Strength, Not Guilt…

When our cross (our struggle, what we have to deal with) is all we can bare, remember we aren’t the only one in the struggle. Jesus has taken the cross before and walks with us in ours, as a source of strength. Receive that strength today as we focus on His passion. Remember like Him, we will have a resurrection and He will walk with us through that as well. Always in the victory and the struggle, He is there to strengthen if we are willing to allow Him. The key to survival is being willing and putting our focus on Him instead of the struggle, like He focused on the Father during His.

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Job’s Prayer

“Job answered God:

“I’m convinced: You can do anything and everything.
Nothing and no one can upset your plans.
You asked, ‘Who is this muddying the water,
ignorantly confusing the issue, second-guessing my purposes?’
I admit it. I was the one. I babbled on about things far beyond me,
made small talk about wonders way over my head.
You told me, ‘Listen, and let me do the talking.
Let me ask the questions. You give the answers.’
I admit I once lived by rumors of you;
now I have it all firsthand—from my own eyes and ears!
I’m sorry—forgive me. I’ll never do that again, I promise!
I’ll never again live on crusts of hearsay, crumbs of rumor.”

– Job 42:1-6 (MSG)

This is Job’s prayer after all the trouble he went through. I hope I am brave enough to keep this prayer close to my heart, “Regardless of where life leads me”. God, I will follow You. I will trust You. I will submit to You. I will give You my all.”

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Armor of God: Shield of Faith

“With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”
– Ephesians 6:16 (NRSV)

Faith is the ability to trust that everything is going to be OK. We are going to survive. Nothing evil will overtake us because we trust that God has us in the palm of His hand. This does not mean we won’t be attacked, bad things won’t happen to us or some days we just won’t have things we feel we need. To have faith means we know God will walk us through those times, providing for our needs, caring for us, protecting us. During those times He will restore us and draw us to Him. We have faith to believe He is- or as the Old Testament calls God “I AM”. I AM is the the all sufficient.

The Shield of Faith is used both as a protective and combative instrument. Faith protects us. As the world ruthlessly spreads it’s lack of compassion, it’s foulness and it’s self-centered ideologies; we have a weapon called Faith. Faith leads us to know God is in control no matter what happens. Faith believes, hopes and loves regardless of the situation. It empowers us to be men and women of God no matter how much stress and difficulty we are going through. We can choose how we are going to respond through the power of faith.

I often envision myself in a round camping pop tent. Inside the tent with me is brother Jesus. The storm is raging outside. The enemy is shooting flaming arrows. The war is going on in the worst weather conditions, but I am protected by this tent. Everything is bouncing off the outside of this tent. Believe me I am frightened, but I am protected. This tent is Faith. But it’s not my faith really, it’s the faith of Jesus who is in the tent with me. I don’t have that kind of faith to believe everything will be OK, but He does.

Faith is the tool we have access to in order to manage life and get through the hard times. As with all the Armor of God, it is His faith that we live under. Our faith to believe is not much, but if we combine with His faith, then we can not only survive the storm but we can move mountains in the middle of it.

Faith restores us regardless of how broken we are, or from where brokenness originated- the world, natural disaster, from the enemy’s attacks, the attacks of another person or our own flesh and sin. Faith will give us the strength to recover from sin and truly repent of our actions. It keeps us from returning to sin. I pray all those who trust in our Father will experience true God inspired, God breathed faith.

“Father grant us your faith – the faith to truly believe you love us and you will always be with us no matter what we go through. Help us to know in our heart of hearts that we will be ok, even in the darkest trials. We want Your faith God. Thank you. In Jesus’ name.”

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Heart on My Sleeve?

I should not wear my heart on my sleeve
Because when I do I leave open for all to see
I should not wear my heart on my sleeve
Because it becomes like a bullseye on a tree.

I should not wear my heart on my sleeve
Because it attracts vultures and thieves.
I should not wear my heart on my sleeve
Because wounded I will forever be.

I should not wear my heart on my sleeve
Because it blinds the way I see.
I should not wear my heart on my sleeve
Because it is too easy to take advantage of me.

I used to be proud that you knew me
I was the same no matter where we walked
I used to be proud that what you see is what you get
No punches, no backhands, no hidden agendas

I should no longer wear my heart on my sleeve
Because you have hurt me so badly
I should no longer wear my heart on my sleeve
Because it is too easy for you to see me

The Father says,
“You must wear your heart on your sleeve
Because that is how I use you
for people to see me.”

Unfortunately I can’t not no longer wear my heart on my sleeve
Because I feel the liar I would be
No longer would I be me
It’s impossible I can’t not no longer wear my heart on my sleeve

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A Hopeless Romantic

Call me a hopeless romantic who found hope in the passion and the cross of Christ. But given the hopeless romantic part I am forever wandering- looking for beauty and truth in everything I see, hear and experience. Then telling the tales of what I discovered in song, poetry, story and prayer. That is my promise land, but it’s not very tangible. I have been called a fool for chasing this dream, but I see no other way. I either choose to walk with Him and do what He asks or I leave the faith all together. I just can’t sit on the fence or chase two masters (God and this world). And to shut my mouth for gain would be short changing the world for the answers they perhaps seek. If you back me in the corner to choose between you and the call, then I think you already know who is going to win the decision. So sorry if I disappoint you, but I truly would “rather have the beauty and truth of Jesus than _________ .” Even if it costs me everything.

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