By Faith

The Good News shows how God makes people right with himself. God’s way of making people right begins and ends with faith. As the Scriptures say, “The one who is right with God by faith will live forever.” (‭Romans‬ ‭1‬:‭17‬ ERV)

Hallelujah goes right there.

I ask each of you today to renew your commitment to Yourself. The day you turned your life over to Christ was the day you realized you could not do this alone. The day you realized there was more to life than what you were seeing. The day you realized you deserved more. “My soul gave up all hope, but then I remembered the Lord. I prayed to you, and you heard my prayers in your holy Temple. (‭Jonah‬ ‭2‬:‭7‬ ERV)

I struggle sometimes with many things but my faith is not one of them. God has brought me through so many challenges and concerns that it finally dawned on me….He Got This! Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (‭Joshua‬ ‭1‬:‭9‬ NKJV)

We have to gird each other, as people of God we have to continue to have patience with each other, we have to remember we are all taking this walk but no one is in the same place on the path. God decides when we move to the next level. I mean that I want us to help each other with the faith that we have. Your faith will help me, and my faith will help you. (‭Romans‬ ‭1‬:‭12‬ ERV)

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Just the word

“If you love only those who love you, should you get any special praise for doing that? No, even sinners love those who love them! If you do good only to those who do good to you, should you get any special praise for doing that? No, even sinners do that! If you lend things to people, always expecting to get something back, should you get any special praise for that? No, even sinners lend to other sinners so that they can get back the same amount! “I’m telling you to love your enemies and do good to them. Lend to people without expecting to get anything back. If you do this, you will have a great reward. You will be children of the Most High God. Yes, because God is good even to the people who are full of sin and not thankful. Give love and mercy the same as your Father gives love and mercy. (‭Luke‬ ‭6‬:‭32-36‬ ERV)

This scripture is so amazing to me because it reminds me that God is challenging us to look outside of ourselves and be better. I look at how quickly we judge others by our standards. If we “work hard” if we “struggled to get where we are” if we got married before we had kids” if we lived this certain way we want others to do the same. Well this reminds me that I only need to love them as is, the same way I want to be loved. I want to be different than those I label a sinner, cause God can change their status in the blink of an eye!

What is the best part of waking up? Is it —-?

I get up early in the morning to pray to you. I trust what you say. (‭Psalms‬ ‭119‬:‭147‬ ERV)

How many of us can’t function in the morning until we get our coffee, Tea, Mountain Dew, Pepsi or Coke? (Raises hand shamefully) it’s like an extra pep in your step, that oooh yeah. Most days it’sneeded to get us going. Let’s face it, we all lead very busy lives. Work, School, family, church, outside organizations, wellness and many other pressures. We wear ourselves down to the bone, fall in bed at night, toss and turn until we fall out the bed in the morning, or is that just me?

We need something (Non Chemical) to help boost the system. Have you ever tried to kick that habit? Coffee, Tea or Pop? Yeah me too, I always feel like a failure after I pour that coffee and get it just right, then I take a sip and my entire being sings. Oh yeah I got it bad.

Now walk with me a little and imagine if we had that same thirst for Jesus. I can imagine that he would give us the strength to endure what the world throws at us, that he would give us peace to help us when it gets tough, I can imagine he would give us love unlimited to share with the people we encounter during the day. Don’t trust what I say about it, his word is everlasting and this is what he said about it! Give him your morning and he will provide all day. You will never feel guilty that you used his word for that extra pep!

We are still alive because the Lord ’S faithful love never ends. Every morning he shows it in new ways! You are so very true and loyal! (‭Lamentations‬ ‭3‬:‭22-23‬ ERV)

“I leave you peace. It is my own peace I give you. I give you peace in a different way than the world does. So don’t be troubled. Don’t be afraid. (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭27‬ ERV)

Praise the Lord, you who are loyal to him! Praise his holy name! His anger lasts for a little while, but then his kindness brings life. The night may be filled with tears, but in the morning we can sing for joy! (‭Psalms‬ ‭30‬:‭4-5‬ ERV)

Broke, broken or broken down?

“Don’t worry and say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ That’s what those people who don’t know God are always thinking about. Don’t worry, because your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things. What you should want most is God’s kingdom and doing what he wants you to do. Then he will give you all these other things you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Tomorrow will have its own worries. (‭Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭31-34‬ ERV)

What thoughts go through your mind when you read that? Don’t worry about things? Is it a reminder God is in control? Does knowing this scripture or standing on it challenge your way of thinking about spending money or saving it? This scripture is often quoted, misquoted and overused. What is God challenging us to do? I don’t think he is saying don’t try and improve yourself or don’t be good stewards over what he has provided you with.

I am looking at my current/past situations in life. Many of my greatest worries came from worrying about money, how to get it, how to spend it or how to manage when I have overspent. (Credit card debt). I look at my current issues and I have so many shoes I’ve run out of space, so many clothes that even Pinterest can’t help with storage solutions. WHY? I need to start applying God’s word to new areas of my life. I need to challenge my thinking in all areas of my life and start to realize that the scripture is not limited to just my religious beliefs but All THINGS!

Do you segregate your life into specific areas for God to Fix? You know, dear Lord here is my marriage, fix that. Apply every scripture until it means your with the right guy. Dear Lord, make my kids act right, every word out your mouth is used to show your kids how great a Christian you are which then makes you a great parent and God is gone get “them” if they don’t line up with the word. Oh yes God is gone fix those bill collectors too, your going to pray and tithe and he will open a window and pour out a blessing. Boxed in…oh yeah we all fall victim to the concepts of God but I’m ready for something new..You must be made new in your hearts and in your thinking. Be that new person who was made to be like God, truly good and pleasing to him. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭4‬:‭23-24‬ ERV)

I’m getting ready to embark on a new journey filled with allowing God into those places that traditionally we have said he is not needed. You know, in our real finances, I’m not talking about tithes I’m talking about being a good steward of what you have. Money, time and your gifts.

“Don’t save treasures for yourselves here on earth. Moths and rust will destroy them. And thieves can break into your house and steal them. Instead, save your treasures in heaven, where they cannot be destroyed by moths or rust and where thieves cannot break in and steal them. Your heart will be where your treasure is. (‭Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭19-21‬ ERV)