Promise #8 Fearless

Have you ever been tormented or plagued by something, it could have been a thought that said you were not healthy, you were not going to sleep that night, you were going to fail that test, your children weren’t going to turn out well in that overnight hospital stay, and that thought just seems like it nagged you to no end. You tried to shake it, you tried to make that thought that your spouse was cheating go away, you tried to make those thoughts that you could never do a job you actually loved go away, but you never stepped out of that….it crippled you from moving forward in that particular thing.

Did you know fear can be crippling? Fear is daunting and paralyzing. It’s tantalizing and gripping/punishing? Fear is in effect like living in a state of terror without rest for your soul. It is to dread an outcome that is perceived and some people gave it an acronym saying it is: False Evidence Appearing Real. Yet so many people today life with fear. As a believer, we were not given the Spirit of Fear…but The Spirit of power, love and a sound mind. This fear is the fear that would cause you to disbelieve any of the promises in God’s word and not to settle those promises in your heart as the final word of His power that has authority in your life.

This doesn’t cancel out the fear of the Lord which is the beginning of wisdom, we are to have a reverent respect rightfully toward Yahweh God…and it doesn’t mean that we will not experience the emotion of fear. It simply means that we will have a way to escape that emotion. We do this successfully by knowing and understanding the whole counsel of God and the complete love of God and accepting that as our truth and not the lie we’re being prompted to believe.

Do you know someone in an abusive relationship where she’s constantly called out of her name or battered and controlled??? It may be a sign that she has no revelation of the value God has placed on her/his life and in turn doesn’t know her/his value so she/he subjects  herself/himself to fear and stays in a relationship that is literally killing her/him. I heard a story on yesterday of a young lady who had gone to a church for years, she always had a smile and praised God all the same, but was in a very abusive marriage. She confessed she never even left but the revelation of the perfect love of God caused her to begin to act differently and finally he decided that he would leave and she said that was the happiest day of her life. I’m always floored when someone else learns their value and it changes everything about the dynamics of their lives.

Perfect love is the opposite of fear….not FAITH…I know we like to say that. But if we understand this perfect love concept it will change our lives forever. The word perfect depicts completion or maturity. It is a love that is at a level of full growth, and doesn’t need to grow anymore as a toddler or teenager would. This symbolizes there could be stages to the love of God. This kind of love is Agape meaning it’s unconditional and regardless of what our behavior dictates, this love is openly and freely given to those who receive it, at all times.

This perfect love for the sake of time, is the love of Christ fully matured in your life, when you know and understand it so fully that it changes your outlook on everything else. It’s when you’ve chosen to believe every promise in His word and there’s nothing no one can tell you to make you believe that anything could separate you from His love, it’s when you’ve come to a place where you realize you can call on His name and He does hear you and He will answer, because you know if you ask anything according to His will He does hear and He will answer…It’s a matter of faith..that cause you to live in a place of peace, for Only Jesus can give you this peace that passes all understanding which guards your hearts and minds when all the issues I mentioned above try to cause fear and doubt.

Promise #8 can be found in 1John 4:18

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You will know Him

Born in sin, shapen in iniquity…ever heard those words?
Ever wonder how it is…babies are born knowing how to sin. I know we like to call them little angels but the truth is they are born with a fallen nature, and until they are born again from above..they will not produce fruit that keep with the new covenant that Jesus made available.
I personally love today’s promise because there is a saying that’s been going around for years that simply states: “You can’t know God” He’s just too vast and if you could know Him who would serve a God like that since that would make Him one that can be comprehended..
I love the way this text reads in context from today’s promise.

Heb 8 should be read as a whole to get the context..In it we learn this scripture is in the midst of a lot of verses regarding the old and New Testament. The one when you worshiped God on the mountain and the one where you hadn’t come to mount Sinai but a much better covenant.
When the Hebrew writer came to the conclusion of his writings and thoughts he said the final matter is we now have a better covenant where we don’t need priest to explain who God is to us..we will have a covenant written in our hearts, and where He puts His laws in our minds…

This is not to say that the baby knows right from wrong, they still need to be taught ..but it is to say that the robber knows it’s wrong to rob a bank and the person who kills another knows it’s wrong, they have a to turn off a conscience or sear it to do so. Let me say this and I will quick..When we are believers we should not need pastors to teach us the word of God..we ought to be so hungry for the word that we feed ourselves. Many times I go to church and realize My Pastor is preaching from exactly what I studied that week..or prayed for ..and it’s a confirmation..so Now I’m going to church for a different reason, not necessarily to get everything..but to give something back. The writer says..we won’t have to tell our neighbor “Know the Lord” they will have a very real knowledge of Him and will have made a conscious choice to reject or accept Him..

Now that’s a powerful revelation!

Newness

hqdefaultHave you experienced it yet?
Have you ever planted a seed and watched it grow.

For a child it’s really  exhilarating to watch the seed as it grows everyday almost as beautiful as the feeling a gardener gets when they plant their own yard outside their home. Some people have a green thumb..Are you willing to try?

As the plant grow what do you do? You watch it? You water it? You make sure it has enough sunlight? You make sure that if it looks like it’s withering you immediately change up your routine to make sure it lives?

Have you experienced this newness of Life You’ve Been Promised as a believer.. The old nature is gone once you accept Christ into your heart, yet I think for many of us we have yet to experience who we were created to be…We have yet to experience that change, metamorphosis as the butterfly would if you will..We’ve never gone through the process of transformation and transition that must happen in the life of every believer.

How does that happen? How can I experience this newness of life? I’m glad you asked.
I met a friend some years ago, and when I asked if she ever read her bible she said….Nah, I can’t concentrate that long on something..Yet, she went to school and earned a Master’s degree in science…I thought to myself..the same effort you put toward studying for test when you were able to concentrate on it..you have to “Shift focus”

Is the word of God and prayer priority in your life or is it still all about you?
I know this sounds really crazy, but simply saying a prayer to surrender your heart and asking God to give you the grace to change the things you don’t want to do anymore will actually help if you really mean it.

What does it look like to be a new creation? and what does it feel like?
Well, to others they see a breath of fresh air, and they want what your having all the time because you love them by being kind, considerate, compassionate, patient, unselfish and gracious, you choose not to be prideful, and not to be jealous, and not to be boastful and not to be argumentative, you choose not to rejoice in evil but only good, and you choose not to be quickly angered, you choose to be loyal, supportive, even self controlled. I know it sounds like a lot but your hopeful now, you are trusting and your not a score keeper any longer as a matter of fact when people do things to offend you, it flows off your back and you never bring it up because you’ve been given a forgiving nature and you follow the example of a great leader…Jesus Christ, You humble yourself and give yourself away so that others will benefit in everything you do. You think about things differently than others, for instance instead of thinking about things that aren’t true, you think of things that are and things that are noble, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable and excellent and even praiseworthy, you are amazingly self controlled and you have a great ability to be grateful in all things giving thanks because now the old you has passed away and a newness of life has emerged and just like that little plant, each day you see little more growth until your completely mature!

The Peace of God

storm-crisis-presence-calm-jesus-3As you look at the picture, which one do you see yourself as in the midst of a contentious world? in the midst of so much which could stir up crisis and not calm in the hearts of so many. Where are you in your storms and the vicissitudes of life. We all have a season or another where we just feel like, “I could sure use some peace today!” Well, here’s your promise. It was placed here just for you. It’s yours for the taking ANY moment YOU choose it.

Here’s my hint to you: “see yourself as Jesus in this boat”. For He also promised to keep you in perfect peace if you keep your mind stayed on Him. I could imagine the disciples knew Jesus could speak to the storm if they could just wake Him. But what if He wanted them to speak to the storm? What if He has designed us to take authority over our situation and walk as sons and daughters, a little hint is that’s called “walking by faith” having “the mind of Christ” and “living and Jesus lived”..

In the interest of your time I won’t belabor this point I really want to make on the power of peace and what it means in the Greek in this text. It’s a state of tranquility, rest,  an exemption from chaos, fear or rage.

In the midst of a raging storm, when things are being devastated, damaged, even destroyed and your being forced to change the way you used to do things…Always know this promise He’ll keep you in perfect peace if you think on these things, Things that are true, noble, right, pure and lovely, admirable, excellent even praiseworthy, if you spend your time and give your attention and affection to the things of the Kingdom of God the things of this world will grow colder and dimmer and your light will shine bright.

Peace is available to every believer. Will you take it!?

Humility

Image result for humilityLessons on leadership should begin with this course.

Humility is not seeing yourself as worthless, but seeing the one who chose you as more worthy and submitting to any assignment He gives.

We live in a day that the leaders are high and lifted up, they are exalted and mighty and they can’t be touched with the feelings of the infirmity of others. What of the leader who says…”Cleaning floors” that’s beneath me! “Serving others” get the little people to do that, I’m not washing anyone’s feet.  That’s not why I worked so hard to obtain this position.

There should be a course titled “the way up is down” but no one teaches humility in universities, but the one who would desire to lead, must first learn to follow and be accustomed to serving others. You can’t come up one day to the position of leader having never experienced being a follower or you will have an imbalance and you will never feel what needs to be felt about others coming after you and you may be too insecure to create your predecessor while your not even thinking about retiring.

For everyone…This isn’t just a specific person, it is a very general statement not just to those who aspire to be leaders, and not just those who think they may one day remain a servant to others. If that person elevates himself, they will be humbled. Let’s say you go to a party one evening, you were invited and you feel pretty confident about your relationship with the person whose hosting and you also feel pretty highly about yourself. You choose the seat you want, all the way at the front of the banquet. You knew seats were numbered for certain others but you assumed upon your status with the person and took the best seat. It was only minutes later when you were asked to step down to a lower seat and even though you didn’t humble yourself to sit at a lower seat you were humiliated when sitting with those at the table who were supposed to be there and the one whose meant to be there is standing right over you.

If we don’t choose to humble ourselves, we will be humbled, it will happen either way, it’s our choice.

The one who exalts himself will be humbled

But on the other hand the promise stands sure….

If you serve others, if you humble wash the feet of those around you, even your enemy/hater. If you bring yourself low and reduce yourself to plain as opposed to flashy, if your not haughty and you abase yourself to a position of picking up that piece of paper on the floor in first class in that air plane. You will be exalted when that’s done consistently and from your heart. When you are consistently the last to go in and not rushing to make yourself first it is promised that you will be exalted in due time, do not get weary in well doing, in due season you will reap.

He gives grace to the humbled but opposes the proud.

In closing always remember, “Don’t think from rivalry or conceit but in humility, count others more significant than yourselves, let each of you look not only to his own interest, but also to the interest of others, have this mind among yourself which is yours in Christ Jesus, being found in human form, He humbled Himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” emphasis mine from Phil 2:8

The promise stands

Hiding Place

Pr #4 Do things ever become overwhelming for you. We live in such a fast paced society, things are always moving, and changing and it’s almost hard to get settled on one thing these days. Our children are growing up in an age that I could not have imagined when I was growing up…..and I’m not that old. And we are living in a constant place of division, it seems once one issue dies down another crops up.
I’m here to tell you there is a place that is stronger than our wealth in our bank accounts we can run to. Somewhere along the way you’ll realize a college degree won’t save you when that 18 wheeler almost knocks you off the earth, or when that robber is screening your house, it won’t help when your child is the one who wants to try drugs, and it most certainly won’t help when sickness wants to knock on your door. All the false securities grow dem and we give them up in a second to get our loved one back whose just died.

There is a place I want to tell you about, you can make it a physical place, or you can make it a mental place whichever you choose, but there is such a place.

You will have to allow me to take you there for just a moment..

The promise verse for the day states that THE NAME

Have you ever heard of someone’s name and immediately you said to yourself or even to them…”That’s a pretty name” or that’s a common name or that’s a peculiar or unique name” What if you could know a name that is a safe place, a hiding place for you..Yes, simply a name.. a powerful name, an unchanging name.. Ever heard of a heavyweight champion..sure when I say the word you probably think Mohammed Ali right…Well, there’s one whose greater than one..He doesn’t fly like a butterfly and sting like a bee..but if you trust in Him He will make all the winds in your life behave as you have a place to run into to shelter you from those things.

For the interest of time..this is not a conditional promise..it’s one that’s open and available to one particular group of people..
The righteous…

If you have taken onto yourself the righteousness of God and you’ve chosen to make Jesus your personal Lord and Savior you have this protection..You have this place. Now the only thing about the hiding place is you have to know where it is. I’ve never seen anyone take refuge in a place they don’t know about.
If your in a financial storm physically, He is Jireh

If your an emotional wreck he may need to prove Himself as your peace

If your having marital issues, well He may just show up as the God who heals broken things Raphe or for sickness in Your body

Maybe you’ve been broken and He needs to make You whole …
There is a name that is a characteristic of Who Our God is…if you will seek His name you will find the place of rest you can settle in your heart and He will hide you in the shadow of His wings..>yes…IT’s a promise!

An Example of Promise#2

This morning in the midst of my quiet time..I realized that the inductive bible study I was doing directly correlated with the promise I was going to apply to my life for this day to share on social media….

The story comes from 1Kings 14.. and it really started a few chapters back..It’s a study on the life of King Jeroboam, for those of you all who know his story, this is the culmination.

He was noticed back when Solomon was king as an industrious man who worked hard, but was mistreated, so when Solomon was punished from turning his heart from God and died..Jeroboam became king over 10 of the 12 tribes of Israel in the Northern/Southern Split. To make a long story short, he turned his heart completely from God and because of security issues he built idle worship for the whole community and he didn’t do what was right turning to evil he didn’t do good as in our promise for today..

The prophet Ahijah when speaking to his disguised wife about Abijah their son gave her his judgment.. the only one who would get burial was that young boy and God would kill everyone off…and early, they would certainly not see long life…For one reason..their hearts turned away from God..

there’s the promise that with long life HE will satisfy you..if you walk in His ways and follow His statutes..Not necessarily the laws of the land you live in..

We also have another example on the flip side..we have David whom God considered a man after his own heart..He got to live many years and see a lot of good days…for one reason…He didn’t turn his heart from God..