By the Water

A life rooted in God bears fruit even in drought.

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But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.  They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water.  Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought.  Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.  Jeremiah 17: 7-8 NLT

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Contrasting Seasons

Revelations about the great value in life’s peaks and valleys.

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12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.  Philippians 4: 12 – 13 NIV

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To Be & Not to be

God calls us to reject fear and discouragement and rather to be strong and courageous.

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Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9 NIV

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Sure Footed

As we put our trust in God, He keeps us from slipping, stumbling or falling – for His glory.

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The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!  Habakkuk 3:19 AMPC

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The Only Hero

The only person who was meant to bear the weight of the whole world’s problems is Jesus and He already did that.

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14 When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, What is this that you do for the people? Why do you sit alone, and all the people stand around you from morning till evening?  17 Moses’ father-in-law said to him, The thing that you are doing is not good.  18 You will surely wear out both yourself and this people with you, for the thing is too heavy for you; you are not able to perform it all by yourself.  Exodus 18: 14, 17, 18 AMPC

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In the Waiting

God knows exactly what I need. I need to trust that. I choose to rest in that.

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25 Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?  Matt 6:25 AMPC                                                             

33 But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.  Matt 6:33 AMPC

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Smoke & Mirrors

The devil wants you to think your problems are bigger than they are. And certainly too big for God.

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We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Cor 10:5 NIV

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Jesus’ Peace

We have to stop allowing our peace to be disturbed by worry, anxiety, doubt and fear.

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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.]  John 14:27 AMPC Continue reading “Jesus’ Peace”

Greatness in You

God will patiently help you to see the greatness in yourself so you can be all He made you to be.

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11 Now the [a]Angel of the Lord came and sat under the oak (terebinth) at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, and his son Gideon was beating wheat in the winepress to hide it from the Midianites.  12 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, The Lord is with you, you mighty man of [fearless] courage.  13 And Gideon said to him, O sir, if the Lord is with us, why is all this befallen us? And where are all His wondrous works of which our fathers told us, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? But now the Lord has forsaken us and given us into the hand of Midian.  14 The Lord turned to him and said, Go in this your might, and you shall save Israel from the hand of Midian. Have I not sent you?  15 Gideon said to Him, Oh Lord, how can I deliver Israel? Behold, my clan is the poorest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.  Judges 6:11-15 AMPC

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Give & Take Away

It is up to us to trust in the tough times that God is the same good God we praise when everything is going well.

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21 And said, Naked (without possessions) came I [into this world] from my mother’s womb, and naked (without possessions) shall I depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed (praised and magnified in worship) be the name of the Lord!  22 In all this Job sinned not nor charged God foolishly.  Job 1:21-22 AMPC
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