Hello! How is everyone? Are you feeling melancholy as 2013 comes to an end? Are you prepared for 2014? I know-too many questions, but there are so many changes that are coming our way (especially in the United States) that I believe it needs to be addressed. I am one of those people who ponder things (sometimes to a fault); however, I try my best to be prepared and make the best decisions possible when the situation calls for it.
I must admit-I don’t always succeed with my plans or decisions…so, that is when I give it over to God. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) Another translation of this scripture is written this way: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; don’t rely on your own intelligence. Know him in all your paths, and he will keep your ways straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, Common English Bible) I like that-don’t rely on your own intelligence. Do you realize how much trouble we get in to when we rely solely on our own intelligence? When I walk in humility that notion gives me the chills. When I walk in arrogance, God’s will is not even a thought in my head. Thank God, His mercies are new every morning! He gives me yet another opportunity to get things right with Him.
I know as I enter this new year, I want to know what God’s thoughts are towards me. I want to know when and where He will make my paths straight so that when I pray and seek Him, He will say to me (and you) “this is the way, walk in it.” I believe the keys to this type of relationship to God are surrender, trust, faith and obedience. That is to say, I willingly want to surrender my plans and exchange them for His. I need to trust to believe His Word is true and that His timing to any and all of my situations is perfect, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24); knowing that God will still act on my behalf if I only have the strength of faith of that of a mustard seed; “So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20); and most importantly, obedience to God-whatever the cost-it is only for our benefit. “But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel15:22) “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love. I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.” (2 John 1:6-7)
Believe it or not, God has a plan for your life. I don’t know what the future brings, but, I do know that God is in control of the future regardless of what it brings. Hopefully, there will be good things, but as life has proven repeatedly, unfortunate things happen as well and believe it or not, God will not be caught off guard by any of it. The Bible says: “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” (Proverbs 27:1) That’s why Jesus said: “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] (John 16:33-Amplified) “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John14:27) You see, all one has to do, call upon the name of Jesus and He is there for us. “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” (Proverbs 18:10)
As you enter 2014, I ask that you join me in seeking God’s will for our lives and surrender everything (family, job, housing, finances, education, health, etc…) all provision to God and trust that He will take care of us.
As you walk Every Day With Grace, I would like to leave the following promises of God for encouragement as we choose to receive the plans that God has for our the future:
“I call on the LORD in my distress, and He answers me.” (Psalm 120:1)
“Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.” (1 Peter5:7)
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
” I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 16:8)
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)
‘You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. Away from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God!” (Psalm 119:114-115)
“It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn Your decrees.” (Psalm 119:71)
“My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.” (Psalm 119:50)
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, whois against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, “For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:28-39)
I wish you a Happy, Healthy, Blessed New Year with Jesus!
In His Love,