Resting in God and Teaching Others about God’s Rest…
I was sitting at home celebrating the New Year coming in when I turned on the news and saw a woman frantically crying. She was asked about an attack on a 60-year-old man in her neighborhood, and she said, “No, we don’t feel safe that the attackers were caught! We’re afraid to leave our homes!” My heart went out to her because she wasn’t across the world in a war-torn country. She was in Brooklyn and it struck home to me.
While we’re resting in God, others are living in fear, which of course, is what the devil wants. My heart went out to this woman because I could easily recite, “Thou shalt not fear,” “Fear not for I am with thee. I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” “Don’t fear man,” and “Take heart for I have overcome the world.” I couldn’t understand how she could be afraid and then it dawned on me, she may not know how to stand on God’s Word.
It reminded me of a story a few weeks ago about the Christians who were on a bus with Muslim women and pretended to be Muslim so they wouldn’t be attacked. I wondered, “What if they trusted God – no matter what.” I could see the Angel of the Lord blocking the attackers because of the verse, “The angel of the Lord encamps around those that fear thee.” (Psalm 34:7) It made me think of Peter who denied Jesus out of fear, and yet was so devoted to Him.
In this age of uncertainty, the one thing we can rely on is God. No matter what, nothing happens without God’s knowing or without His permission. That’s why we must rest. This is the season of rest, the year of jubilee and the miraculous. We are to rest in God because He commands it. We are to trust God because He commands it – If we don’t, we’re double-minded and won’t honor God. The crucial reason to rest now is because when we fear anything: war, man, attacks, etc., we’re allowing the devil in. When we trust God totally in Jesus’s name – because the only way is through Jesus, the devil can’t touch us and God won’t permit our foot to slip. That doesn’t mean we won’t have trials – oh we will be tried, but God will always be with us and will deliver us from every trial:
- There were 4 in the fire unscathed, but only 3 went in. The 4th was the angel with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
- God remembered Joseph in the prison and in the pit and eventually made him king.
- Daniel sat in with the lions and wasn’t devoured.
- The Children of Israel crossed through the hidden path as the waters parted, while the armies drowned.
We are like the burning bush that isn’t consumed because our God sustains us!
If you meet people that are afraid, speak to them about God’s love and God’s promises. Like the scripture reads, “My people suffer from lack of knowledge.” We know we can stand on God’s word, but others may not know. In this year, in this season of sudden breakthroughs and blessings, look for your “Then suddenly” breakthrough, and be mindful to keep all family, neighbors, our country and planet in prayer…
Pray: Lord, I know your word is firmly established in my heart. I pray that I can be a blessing for others that you want me to reach. I ask for your mercy over our families, friends, neighbors, communities, nation and planet. We know all things work together for the good of them that love you and we have the victory in you today. Bless our year, cover and keep us and we look forward to sudden breakthroughs, miraculous recoveries, opportunities knocking at our doors and angels making the way! We praise you in Jesus name, amen!
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Breaking Old Habits – Separating Wheat from Chaff
Threshing is the process of separating the edible part of grain and wheat from the chaff, which is inedible. In our own lives, we have to separate from the flesh and old habits, to become more Christ-like. As you think about ways that you can break old habits, keep in mind that it takes about 30-days for a new habit to kick in and become consistent behavior. Consider these tips to help you:
- With any new resolutions, start a journal or blog to track your progress. It helps you check-in every day and you can find support groups that will give you the encouragement you need.
- Don’t speak or think defeat. We must be mindful of what we say and how we think. Try to pay attention to any negative words or dialog and when you catch yourself, apologize to the person, ask God for forgiveness and correct your speech.
- With your thoughts, if you say things like “I’ll never get that raise,” change that to “God daily loads me with blessings.” Favor and promotion are mine.” If you say, “I’m always sick,” replace that with, “I praise God for healing,” and “It is well with my soul.”
- If your business failed in the past, don’t think negatively about it, but restructure your thinking and pray, “Lord, you gave this to me. I call on wisdom to help me make the corrections and changes my business needs. Please send people more knowledgeable than me to help me.” Then decree daily affirmations like, “My business is blessed and thriving. I decree and declare sales are coming in. Thank you Lord for increased traffic and customers.”
- If you find that you’re down on yourself, speak positive words daily over yourself, “I am healed. I am blessed. I am smart. I am the head, the lender, and above. I’m a child of God!”
Remember, it’s all about your attitude and your reaction – even if people hurt you, crushed you and despise you. Don’t take it personally, or seriously. People can be jealous of favor on your life and it might be because of the calling on your life and God separating you for His purpose. God did it with Daniel, David, Joseph, Moses, and so many great leaders in the Bible.
Good things are coming and God has so much in store for you. Don’t dwell on past hurts but pray daily, “Lord, I pray for the oil of gladness to be produced in my fruit. Heal my heart and every broken and hurting place, in Jesus name, amen.”
Make substitutions: If you’re breaking the cigarette habit, consider an alternative so you still have something to do to release your stress. Take a walk around the block, or two blocks, or ten! That way, you’re still getting fresh air and de-stressing from the office environment.
Change your routine: Find that you’re a Hulu-aholic or a Netflix-ologist? It might be time for a break. Consider using the month of January to limit TV during the week to after 6 or 8pm and make your streaming time on Saturdays. This opens your perspective to new activities.
No word from God has ever failed and His word doesn’t leave void. Trust God and obey Him. He will guide you and show you the way. Look for unexpected changes, miracles and “Then Suddenly” breakthroughs! We pray for favor, opportunities, and floods of blessings to chase you down! God-Driven-Designs
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