Gift of Desire and Power

God’s Promise – Gift of Desire and Power

When we listen to the Holy Spirit, who was sent to guide us through life, God will give us the desire and the power to do His work, those things that please Him.

It’s interesting, as we mature in the Word and continue this journey, we find that these things please us as well. We no longer walk in the dark and grey tones of life. We walk in the light, both pastel and bright. Stress loses its hold on us, and our experience becomes more peaceful.

Not all experiences in life will be pleasant, but from my experience, the process is much less stressful and much more peaceful.

The righteous person may have many troubles,  but the Lord delivers him from them all.
Psalm 34:19

We will suffer setbacks, hardships, misalignments, betrayal, and more. Jesus suffered them and died so we can be redeemed. The beauty is that God knows what we will go through in this life and provides or converts experiences to help draw us nearer to Him.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28

It is our decision to seek God’s rest and peace. We have been given the power to follow our Free-will or God’s Will. Which is your choice?

Let’s vow to stop looking out and begin looking inward to the Holy Spirit who guides us.

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Have a great start to your work week!

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Scripture References – Biblegateway.com

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Weary? Rest in the Lord’s Arms

God’s Promise – I will give you rest.

I think we’ve all been weary at some point in our lives. Weary according to Vine’s Dictionary means – beaten down. While there are degrees of being beaten down, I think it’s safe to say, few have been immune. The Lord instructs us that at these moments we should run to the Him, hand over our cares, and rest in His arms.

Do you remember running into your parent’s arms when things were going wrong? Image the sense of warmth, safety and rest you experienced at that moment. Did you feel as if you could exhale? Well, our Lord provides warmth, safety, calm and rest. All we have to do is believe in His promise, be obedient to His Word, have unquestioning faith and turn everything over to Him.

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Resources – Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary

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Repentance is a Deliberate Process

 

God’s Promise – I will Forgive and Forget

You will never succeed in life if you try to hide your sins. Confess them and give them up; then God will show mercy to you.
Proverbs 28:13

He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.
For He Himself knows our frame; he is mindful that we are but dust.
Proverbs 130:10-14, NASB

We are thought to repent, which is asking God’s forgiveness for committing a sin, i.e., doing something that does not reflect Christ in you. Our problem is that as humans unless we intentionally ask forgiveness, and then work to eliminate the sin, we repeat the act over and over again. Once we repent, that is, make our confession to the Lord, we must work to eliminate the action from our behavior, from our heart. We have to work to follow through on our word.  It’s our word, our promise to change.

Like any parent, God accepts our apology, but tires if  He does not see change and repeatedly hears us asking for forgiveness like a broken record.

I told you my sins, and I am sorry for them.
Psalm 38:18

Repentance is deliverance from the sinful action we confessed to the Lord. This is an intentional process to change.

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that he will forgive your sins.
Acts 3:19

Don’t break promises to God. He knows when we are sincere and when we are asking out of guilt and not repentance.

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Freedom

God’s Promise – Freedom and Protection

We are free because the Lord resides in us. Look to Him for your freedom. He will not allow you to be bound by your circumstances if you hold fast to your faith in Him.

We can live in the now, depressed and distraught of the chaos in this world, or we can live knowing we are living in God’s freedom and not bound by the chaos of the world. I prefer to abound in God’s Freedom and not yoked to the world’s influences.

God governs my life and protects and keeps me.

What about you?

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God’s Promise – The Lord Determines Our Steps

God Promises to direct our steps through the Holy Spirit that dwells in us, but do we listen?

I count my steps every day, well honestly – most days, oops – some days. My goal is 10,000 steps a day. I have control over whether I meet my goal or not. Some days I am successful and some days not. Early in my career I also attempted to count the steps it would take to move up the career ladder, social ladder, and life’s ladder. I read Proverbs 16:9 time and time again but felt that my success rested on the amount of work I put in, selecting my own steps and direction. I wish my Pastor, the books I read, and the conversations I held would have clarified what this scripture meant in practical terms.

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Practically speaking, I would have met with our Lord (in prayer), who is more than a mentor, and asked for guidance about my selection and will to succeed. I would have begun to understand that my will would have taken a back seat to God’s Will for my life. I would have learned that His Will and His Promises were pertinent to my life’s journey.

It was more than once that God led me in one direction, but I chose another only to find myself back at the same point until I ‘got it’ and accepted God’s Will and His direction for my life. Intuitively I knew that God determined my steps, but was too headstrong to accept it. The grass looked greener elsewhere. I now know that I was caught in the principality war.

Bible1Through (intentionally) studying the Bible, I learned that the Book of Proverbs was written to direct our daily living and shift us from relying on our own free-will to the Lord’s Will, allowing Him to govern our steps.

How many of us have taken the circuitous route to find that it was, in some respect a circular route, leading us back to the platform we climbed steps to reach, only to find we were on the wrong platform and the steps we chose were not planned by our Lord and Savior?

BibleGateway.com, NIV, New Bible Commentary puts it this way, “In their hearts, humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”

Who determines your steps?

God’s Promises – The Holy Spirit will direct our steps.

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SPIRIT- TRUTH

“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”
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John‬ ‭16:13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

God Promise – I Will Always Love You

Our Heavenly Father loves us, why can’t we accept this Truth? Why do we doubt? He knows we are sinners. He sent His Son to redeem our souls. We are not perfect, we are a work in progress. He knows that after all, He created us. He knows our every thought. We can’t hide what we do or what we think, yet He loves us anyway. All we have to do is open our hearts and receive Him. While some promises are unconditional and some conditional, means some require something from us, His LOVE is unconditional and is pure TRUTH.

“One of the greatest privileges as a child of God is that we can have the heart of our heavenly Father. We don’t have to wonder how he feels about us. We don’t have to wonder if he will guide us. We don’t have to question whether he loves us or cares about us. Through the Holy Spirit, we have continual, free access to the heart of God. May your relationship with God go deeper and become freer as we learn how to have God’s heart.” (First 15)

He did not create us to worry or fear, raise your hand and surrender. We were created to worship Him because he is our Lord. No more complaining. His Word is True. Trust in the Lord.

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Scriptures – BibleGateway.com

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