Category Archives: Trusting God

Your Gift Has a Purpose

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Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17)

A phone, by design, is a neutral object. It is not “good” or “bad”.

What brings it into a category of good or bad is the way we use it.

A phone can be used to:

  • Read the Bible
  • Listen to worship music
  • Connect with friends and family no matter the distance
  • Share Christ with others through social media
  • Locate each other

The same phone can be used to:

  • Bash and bully others with our words via text and social media
  • Post inappropriate photos, words and images
  • Hurt others
  • Access porn
  • Stalk and harass people

The phone itself is not good or bad but the way we use it can cause it to fall into a category of “good” or “bad”. This is where free will comes in.

Every good and perfect gift comes from above. God has given us each gifts and talents. He has given us so many good things but the way we use and share them with others is up to us.

Through our choices we either glorify God or we dishonour Him.

Your gifts have a purpose and the foundation of that purpose is to honour God, to bring glory to Him and to bring others closer to Him. You see it’s not just about it. Your gift was never just for you.

If God has gifted you with a beautiful singing voice but you choose to sing songs full of violence and swearing, you abuse the gift.

If God has given you the ability to bring people together yet you bring people together to gossip and slander others, you abuse the gift.

If God has given you the ability to speak eloquently yet you spend your time in meaningless quarrels, you abuse the gift.

There is a right way of using the gifts God has given us. What has God gifted you with?

PRAYER

Dear Lord, please help me to use the gifts you have given me to bring glory to you. Forgive me for all the ways I have abused your gifts and reveal my errors to me. Let my path be straight and your will be done. In Jesus name, Amen.

Christ in Me: My Identity

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See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! …we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. (1 John 3:1-20

Where does your goodness come from? I know I have no goodness apart from God. I know full well that my own “goodness” could never save me and something outside myself was needed to pave the way to heaven for me. I know Jesus’ finished work on the cross accomplished that. His grace is enough. Without Him, I am nothing. I am an empty shell of a person.

“Without Jesus, you would be you” someone once told me.

Without Jesus, I don’t know who I would be. I would probably identify myself by my job, my status, my relationships or “things” that could never satisfy me. My identity would be attached to something that could be here today and gone tomorrow. It would be formed on the values of everyone and everything around me.

Consequently, my identity would be unstable, confused and forever changing. Jesus, on the other hand, is unchanging.

He loves us today. He loves us tomorrow. He loves us forever, no matter what. He is with us. He does not leave or forsake us. Knowing our identity in Jesus gives us hope and confidence in His ability, strength, goodness and faithfulness. We know He has already worked out everything for the good of those who love Him and His desire is to prosper and bless us should we give Him room to do so.

It’s such a relief to know mere man does not control our destiny or life. Not your boss, not your spouse, not your friend, no one. Submit onto God and He will open doors no man can shut. What God has for you is for YOU and no one can take it away.

Knowing who we are in Christ is security. Christ is a safe haven, a refuge, a strong fortress from the troubles of this world because He overcame the world.

Not convinced? Pick up your Bible and start building a relationship with the one true living King and find your identity in Him alone.

The Roaring Lion

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Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)

The devil is like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour so we must be alert and sober minded (1 Peter 5:8).

In the darkness, this lion is scary. In the darkness, this lion’s roar echoes in our mind and our hearts, especially late at night and when we are alone. In the darkness, the lion puts fear in us. In the darkness, we are not who God called us to be for we are called out of darkness and into the light (1 Peter 2:9). We are called to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14).

WHEN we are alert and sober minded, we can shine the light of Christ and what seems to be a threat will no longer be one.

To be alert is to be watchful for possible danger. It is to be weary and aware. When you are aware, you are prepared. Are you aware of the devil’s schemes? Better yet, are you prepared for them? Are you wearing the Full armor of God? Are you spending time with God who can teach you how to stand against the enemy? The Holy Spirit can teach you ALL things.

To be sober minded means you are serious, sensible and not intoxicated. Do you have a mind focused on God or is it polluted by things of this world? Do you think on things of above? The Bible tells us to think on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable— anything that is excellent or praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). When we think on these things the devil doesn’t have an opportunity to tamper with our imagination.

When we shine the light, we can see this lion has no teeth. In fact he is like smoke trying to cloud our eyes from seeing his nothingness and empty threats.  His sole power source is leeched from you. Your imagination. Your fear. Your lack of knowledge, trust and faith in the power of God. And your decision to remain in the darkness.

The extent of his power over us, is the extent of power we give.

Nothing can hide when we shine a light on it. This is one of the devil’s tactics; to keep himself hidden. To bombard us with feelings of guilt, shame, hopelessness, loneliness, anything and everything that will stop us from seeking forgiveness and coming into the light, that is Jesus Christ, because once our darkness is brought into the light, it is exposed and vulnerable and can be destroyed. Jesus is light and in him there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). So to strive to be like Christ means we must rid ourselves of any darkness we recognise in ourselves.

We are not perfect which is exactly why we all need God’s grace. God tells us “ask me for what you are lacking and I will give it to you”. Do you need knowledge? Ask for it! Do you need faith? A desire for God? Strength? Ask Him! (Matthew 6:26; 7:7; John 14:13-14; Luke 11:13; James 1: 5-6).  He is a good father who will not withhold any good thing from His children and yes I mean YOU (Psalm 84:11; Matthew 6:26; John 15:16).

Letting Go of the Wheel

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For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love (Psalm 33:4-5)

Do you have complete faith in Christ? When I say complete faith, I mean, no matter what. If you lose your job. If you are struggling financially. If you are worried or fearful.

The standard response is “God gave you a brain”. In other words, lean on yourself not God. Often, our brain is also influenced by Satan who looks for an opportunity to attack. Examine your thoughts. Are you fearful, stressed or anxious? Do you think negatively? Are you always going to the worst-case scenario?

Can you by worrying add a single moment to your life? NO, but you can take away your joy.

Our confidence in Christ comes in knowing Him. God needs to renew our minds so we can have the mind of Christ and see things through HIS eyes not the worlds. When we spend time with Him and in His Word, we learn the extent of His great faithfulness and can accept that God WILL provide our every need.

Once we understand this, the way we approach the challenges of life changes.

What does it mean to trust God?

  1. You are confident in Him
  2. You are safe
  3. You are blessed
  4. You wait on Him
  5. Your hope is in Him alone
  6. You let Him take control of your tests and trials and allow HIM to solve them for you (way better then you could have)

Build your confidence, think back on all the times God has shown himself faithful. Think of situations that could have turned out worse than they did and thank God for His grace. It’s time to let go of the wheel and let Christ take over.

PRAYER:

Lord I ask that you renew my mind. When negative thoughts rise, I will fight back using your word. I will say to myself “I have the mind of Christ” knowing that your mind only thinks good things about me and my future. Knowing that you are for me, not against me. I will rejoice in hope, be patient in trial and be constant in prayer. Help me to let go of my life and to trust you more.
God this is what I’m going through ( …..Tell your Father ….. ). I am struggling and stressed BUT I trust you. My hope is in you alone.
In Jesus name, Amen.
Bible Verses: Matthew 6:27;  Jeremiah 17:7; Romans 12:12; James 1:2; Romans 8:28; Philippians 4:80; Romans 8:31; Proverbs 29:25; 1 Peter 5:7; Psalm 55:22