Monday, March 30, 2015

"DID WE HEAR YOU, GOD?"

Have you ever made a decision, only to realize that it was based on your own perceptions and desires? How often have we prayed and believed that we were listening to God, but at the same time, we were preoccupied with our plans? 

As the purchase of a home picked up momentum, red flags appeared and questions began to niggle at my resolve, "Did we hear You, God?"  Although the wheels of progress were moving quickly and smoothly, the screeching of brakes in my spirit were alerting me that we might be making a mistake. My head was spinning with questions and uncertainty. The closing date was fast approaching, as an uneasiness gripped my heart.  

Years ago, our son had asked, "Mom, how do you know if you are making the right decision about something?" I answered, "If you are about to make a decision and there are unanswered questions and a lack of peace, then don't move forward. But if you have prayed and have complete peace, with no reservations, then know that God is in your decision, for Jesus said, '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'" (John 14:27).

Unfortunately, neither my husband nor I took the advice that I had given to our son. Lingering questions were robbing us of our peace and much needed sleep. 

There is a difference between thinking that the enemy is the one who is bringing doubt and discouragement and God who is warning us. The lack of peace that we were experiencing was not the enemy injecting doubt. The red flags that were looming before us were God's warnings that we were about to enter into a bad, financial quagmire. 

The enemy has a way of tempting us with something that we want, while having it appear as being right, when in actuality, it is completely wrong for us. That is what happened to Adam and Eve. They were so persuaded by Satan's lie and enraptured by the beauty of the fruit, that they tuned out God's warning and consumed death. 

I have spoken in the past about trust, which involves an unshakable faith and confidence in God and His desire to guide, bless and lead us to our destinies. However, the enemy tempts us with what appears to be perfect and exactly what we need, hoping that we will turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to God's instructions. Despite our unease, we rationalized and convinced each other that this beautiful home, being sold at a bargain price, was a gift from God.

Proverbs 4:23 cautions us that above all else, we must guard our hearts, for everything we do flows from it. The content of our heart determines the words we speak, the thoughts we hold, how we relate to others, the level of our faith, the decisions we make, and what we believe. To receive God's promises, we must be aware of what we are storing within our heart. For it is the heart that determines whether we choose God's destiny or our own destiny. When we protect and watch over our heart, then God's peace, which transcends all understanding, will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7). If my husband and I had been guarding our hearts, then we would have been experiencing God's peace.

The only way to guard our hearts and our minds is to be in prayer and God's Word, as we seek His will for each decision that we make. My husband and I had prayed that God would lead us to the right home. So when we found the home that we believed was right, we neglected to pray and ask God if it was right. We were so caught up in the excitement of finding exactly what we wanted, that we just knew it was our home.

I am grateful that God led me to pray and fast this past Friday, because late that afternoon an answer came. Our lender called with news that there were problems on the seller's side that would prevent the sale from going through. 

God's Word clearly tells us that His plan is not to harm us, but to give us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). The enemy's plan is to rob us and ultimately destroy us.

We were greatly relieved that we had not gone further in the process. Of course, my immediate response was, "God, how did we miss Your guidance?" I quickly heard God answer within my spirit, "You didn't ask me?" Yes, although my husband and I had been in the habit of praying for God's direction before making any decisions, this time, we were so caught up in what we wanted, that we quickly made a decision, without prayerfully consulting with our heavenly Father.

What have we learned from this costly experience? Pray for God's guidance and don't rush His plans. He said that He knows the plans He has for us. We are to trust in the Lord with all of our heart and not lean on our own understanding. In everything we do, we must acknowledge Him and He will direct our paths (Proverbs 3:5-6). 

I believe that the Creator of the Universe knows what He is doing. His plans are far better than our plans. It is our responsibility to pray without ceasing (I Thessalonians 5:27) and to say to the LORD, "Not my will, but Your will be done" (Luke 22:42).


Friday, March 20, 2015


My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart
And united in love,
So that they may have the full riches
 Of complete understanding,
In order that they may know the mystery of God, 
Namely, Christ.
(Colossians 2:2)



GOD'S PURPOSE?

Have you ever asked yourself, "What is God's purpose for my life?" I used to ask that question often, until one day, I heard Jesus' clarion call, resonate deep within my spirit..."Love God with all of your heart, soul, and mind and love your neighbor as yourself" (Matthew 22:37-40).

God's clarion call is a strongly expressed call to the Church (believers in Christ), to be His light that reaches the lost, the forsaken, the downtrodden, the lonely and broken-hearted, and the hopeless. The command to love our neighbor as we love ourselves is the heart of holy living and connects serving God with serving others, as the fullest expression of His love and our love for God and for others.

Whether we want to believe it or not, we will witness the coming judgment of America, if she continues on her same dangerous and deadly course of sin, immorality, and rejection of Christian values. Throughout scripture, God warns of impending destruction for those who reject His truths. For this reason, He gave John the Revelator a vision of the end-day churches that would reject traditional and biblical values and embrace a false worldview. Out of seven churches, only two would remain strong despite persecution.  

Jesus told John, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last," and, "What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea" (Revelation 1:11). Then Jesus said to John, "Write the things, which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this" (Revelation 1:17-19).

Why is it important that we understand the significance of these churches? These churches profile the temperament and heart of today's churches.  

The Church of Ephesus was called the loveless church. Jesus said, "I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience and have labored for My name's sake and have not become weary. NEVERTHELESS, I HAVE THIS AGAINST YOU, that YOU HAVE LEFT YOUR FIRST LOVE (The unchanged, undiluted, gospel of Jesus Christ). Remember, therefore, from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place --unless you repent" (Rev. 2:1-7).

Ephesus was careless in preserving the purity of the Word and tolerated doctrinal error by teachers within the church. There are churches today that are caught up in the mechanics of the church, as they serve up a reconstituted interpretation of the Bible. They have neglected to "do the first works" (teaching the unadulterated, unshakable Word of God), which is the true mission of the Church. 

Jesus called Pergamos the compromising church. Though they appeared holy and righteous, they committed sexual immorality and worshipped idols (anything that we love more or give greater importance and value to than God). This describes some churches today that tolerate all manner of sin at the expense of compromise and tolerance. They love the sinner, which is what Christians are called to do, but they also tolerate sin, rather than exposing it for its deadly dangers.

The Church of Thyatira was corrupt. They turned a blind eye to sexual immorality and idol worship within the church. The leadership of this kind of church is profit oriented, arrogant, self-serving and cares little about the eternal souls of God's people.  

The church at Sardis was described as “dead.” Although it had the reputation of being alive and looked vital and dynamic from the outside, it was Christian in name only. It resembled the Pharisees whom Jesus accused as beautiful on the outside but on the inside were full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean (Matthew 23:27). Sadly, there are churches today that appear vibrant and healthy. Unfortunately, repentance and the life-changing Word of God is eclipsed by a feel-good experience that acts as an elixir, drawing people, like bees to honey.

Philadelphia was the faithful church, which kept God's word and did not deny His name. They represented God's truth and persevered even through severe testing. This is the church that Jesus promises to keep in the hour of trial that will come upon the whole world to test those who dwell on the earth. He encourages this church to hold fast to their beliefs, because Jesus is coming quickly.

Smyrna was called the persecuted church, that endured in the face of contempt, ridicule and judgment. Today, those churches are being persecuted and labeled intolerant, hate-mongering radicals, because they are sounding the alarm and taking a strong stand for biblical truths, the support of Israel, the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman, and the preservation of the unborn.

The last church that Jesus criticized was the church of Laodicea, whom He called lukewarm. Jesus said, "because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing' - and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked."

The church of Laodicea describes many of today's churches, who  ignore the current times and events throughout the world and refuse to sound the alarm. Those in leadership who don't acknowledge the percolating and relevant events of the Middle East and the unfolding signs and impending dangers, will incur  judgment. Instead, this leadership preaches pabulum that placates and tickles the ears of those who are content to be uninformed of God's Word and His warnings to be watchful in these last days.

Jesus gave a very clear warning that if we say to ourselves, ‘My Lord won’t be coming for a while,’ and begin oppressing others, partying and getting drunk, He will arrive unannounced and unexpected, and send us off to the same judgment of the hypocrites where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 24:48-51). We cannot ignore these warnings:


    A war between Israel and Hamas in the summer of 2014
    The rise of ISIS and the emergence of a new caliphate in Syria and Iraq
    Terrorism increasing around the world
    Beheadings and the slaughtering of Christians and American journalists
    Anti-Semitism on the march in Europe
    Attempts by the world to strike a deal with a nuclear Iran
    Iran's regime cries "Death to America, the "Great Satan, and promise to eradicate "little Satan" (Israel)
    Iran and ISIS competing for the crown of militant Islam. One calls itself the Islamic Republic. The other calls itself the Islamic State. Both want to impose a militant Islamic empire on the region and eventually throughout the world.
    U.S. borders - a gateway for terrorists


God's Word tells us to watch and pray. “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray, for you do not know when the time is.  It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. Watch therefore, for you do not know when the Master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning - lest, coming suddenly, He find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch! (Mark 13:32-37).

The Lord is giving us an implicit warning not to ignore the signs but to watch closely, rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in everything; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for us (I Thessalonians 5:16-18) If we ignore the signs around us, evil will overtake us, and Jesus will come suddenly and without warning. Will we be ready?

Are we watching and praying? We must be about His business sending forth the clarion call to a world that has become steeped in darkness, violence, and sin.  Each one who confesses Jesus Christ as Lord, is called to share the gospel with family, friends, neighbors, and strangers. That responsibility does not rest sorely on pastors. We, as Bible believing Christians, are to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

What is God's purpose for you and for me? We were born for a time such as this...to receive the Good News and then to share it with others.

And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed 
Throughout the whole world
As a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
(Matthew 24:15)

Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light;
And what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops.
(Matthew 10:27)


Thursday, March 12, 2015

LORD, HELP ME BELIEVE!

Unless I see the nail marks in His hands 
And put my finger where the nails were, 
And put my hand into His side, I will not believe.
(John 20:24-25)


Haven't we all been in that place of doubt and unbelief? If we are human, we have cried out at one time or another, "Lord, help me believe!" The pressures and challenges of life have pressed down on us and we have questioned, "Why?" 

Don't be dismayed. If you have experienced those fears and emotions, you are not alone. No matter how much faith we have or how much we love the Lord, there will be times when we will experience moments of doubt and fear. But our heavenly Father said, "Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed (distressed, shaken, disturbed, taken aback), for I am Your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand" (Isaiah 41:10).

When we are facing something in which we have little or no control over the outcome, we begin to doubt that God is even listening to our pleas and prayers. I have had those times in my faith walk, and I find myself encouraged in the fact that I am no different then Jesus' disciples who at times, struggled with belief and unbelief. Fortunately, when they became filled with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, a dramatic change took place in their lives and the lives of those witnesses. 

Peter told those "who had ears to hear" that the gift of the Holy Spirit was not only for his generation but also for all future generations (Acts 2:39). The apostles then went forth, empowered with faith and boldness to fearlessly share the Good News of the gospel.

The empowerment of God's Holy Spirit has been the instrument by which I have found the faith and fortitude to trust Him and move forward in the darkest of circumstances. Though I have been pressed down and shaken, I have not been moved, for I know who my Redeemer is, and I have chosen to believe His Word over what I feel.

There is an old saying, "Don't be a doubting Thomas." Thomas, one of the Twelve, was not with the other disciples when Jesus first appeared to them after His resurrection, so they told Thomas, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in His hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe" (John 20:24-25).

The remarkable part of this story is that Thomas ate, slept, and prayed with Jesus, and witnessed miracles preformed by Him. Jesus, numerously, forewarned His disciples that He would go into Jerusalem, suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and the teachers of the law, be killed, and on the third day be raised to life (Matthew 16:21). Yet when Jesus died and the third day came, Thomas was inconsolable, and without proof, could not and would not believe the words that Jesus had spoken. 

A week later, Jesus' disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" Then He said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe." Thomas said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed" (John 20:26-29).

Although we are mystified as to how Thomas could not believe, we have at one time or another experienced the same unyielding doubt and anxiety. So what do we do with doubt and unbelief that has a way of penetrating the deepest part of our soul, when we least expect it? Why, as Christians, do we struggle with doubt and unbelief, when we know that doubt and unbelief completely detach us from the faith realm and only bring about pain and defeat?

What is doubt? Doubt is a feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction. It is unsureness, indecision, suspicion, and confusion. Doubt questions the authenticity of something. 

What does it mean to believe? It means to trust, to have confidence in, to be convinced. Are we, as Christians, convinced of the truth and validity of God's Word?

There is that five-letter word that we have discussed before - TRUST - such a little word, but power-packed with such impactful truth and meaning. Our spiritual identity, faith and ability to believe God, all balance on that one word. Without trust, the validity of God's Word is questioned. Before we realize it, we become entrenched in a quagmire of doubt, speculation, and unbelief. 

How do we trust? The answer is simple, but oh so difficult. We must believe and trust the authenticity and truth of ALL of God's Word.

Often our faith becomes muddled with what we tactilely experience. We want to touch, feel, see, smell, taste, and hear to validate our sensory values. In God's faith realm, those things don't exist. God is Spirit and all truth. We must make a conscientious effort to believe God's Word and not our circumstances, for faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things NOT SEEN (Hebrews 11:1)

To believe God's Word is to start at the beginning when He created the world. His Spirit hovered over the face of the waters (Genesis 1:2) The first chapter of Genesis reveals God as Creator of the heavens and earth, the moon and sun, the stars, tides, every form of life and man, whom He created in His own image. 

Our Creator caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam and took one of his ribs and made it into a woman, whom He brought to Adam (Genesis 2:21). These were our first "parents." God then provided a utopia for them in which to live and thrive for all eternity. However, God cautioned them that although everything in the garden was theirs for their enjoyment, the tree of knowledge of good and evil was not to be eaten from, and if they were to eat of it, they would die. 

God gave Adam and Eve the gift of choice, because He didn't want programmed androids. Sadly, they doubted God and believed the enemy's lie that God is a withholder of good things, and wrongly chose a physical and eternal death. That day, innocence was lost forever. We see an even greater loss of innocence in today's world, and where sin overshadows innocence, sin abounds and faith dies, and when faith dies, death has won.

Why is all of this important? Among those who attend church weekly, only 67 percent believe in creationism, and three percent believe in evolution, so what do the remaining 30 percent believe? Christians are supposed to believe God's Word as the infallible, undeniable, unchangeable, revelatory truth. To doubt God's Word is to doubt the validity of events recorded in His Word.

Many Christians view God's Word as a book of allegorical lessons in morality and virtue. Somehow they have disconnected the Old Testament from the New Testament. Although they can accept the fact that Christ came into a sin-laden world to redeem the lost, some lack understanding of the important connection between the Old and New Testaments as being pivotal to their faith. Therefore, the Old is summarily dismissed as hard to understand, irrelevant and believed to most likely be an inaccurate reflection of actual events.

Without understanding and believing the undeniable significance of the Old Testament,  beginning with Genesis, we lose the entire reason for Christ's coming to this earth to redeem what our early parents gave up in the garden. Interwoven throughout the Old Testament are the prophets foretelling of a promised Redeemer to come. The New Testament is the fulfillment of that promise when Jesus came into the world as Redeemer, Deliverer, and Savior.

The most critical part of our origin began with our first parents, who ushered sin into the world, causing all future generations to be lost and bound for hell. Only the promised Redeemer would be able to restore man back to God. If we can't believe Genesis, which is the foundation of why we need a Redeemer, then we have invalidated the entire Word of God. 

The Word of God, from beginning to end, can be substantiated through geological findings, artifices, documents, unearthed scrolls, wall paintings, relics, ancient ruins, etc. More and more things are surfacing to give validation and authenticity to the numerous accounts in God's Word. Jesus said, "For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished" (Matthew 5:18). Simply stated, God's Word will not be altered, changed, or diminished by man.

We can trust that the words of the LORD are pure, as silver tried in the earth's furnace and purified seven times. He will keep and preserve His words forever (Psalms 12:6-7). We are not to add to His Word, which He commands us, neither are we to undermine or take away one Word, so that we may keep the commandments of the LORD, which He commanded (Deuteronomy 4:1-2). Every word of God is pure. He is a shield to those who trust Him. His Word can never be changed or added to, lest He admonish us, and we would be found liars (Proverbs 30:5-6).

Jesus said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but His words shall not pass away" (Mark 13:31). "For He testifies to every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book, that if any man adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man takes away from the words of the Book of this prophecy, God will take away his part out of the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in The Book" (Revelation 22:18-19).

God will not have His Word changed or compromised. To believe that the Bible was written by "just men" is a fallacy perpetrated by the enemy. Every word put down by man was directed and inspired by God's Holy Spirit as well as delivered through angels, messengers of God, prophets, etc. To question the validity of God's Word is to question and doubt God's credibility. As Christians, we cannot walk that very tenuous and trepidatious line. We must seek Him through His Word through prayerful study, reading, and assimilating the truths that can be found in God's manual (the Bible). This treasure was given to us as our pattern for living a fulfilled, faith-filled, and fruitful life. Until we take the initiative to diligently study His Word, we will never leave the hollow and empty places of doubt and unbelief. 

If you struggle with doubt and unbelief, then I invite you to pray this simple prayer:

Heavenly Father, I repent of doubt and unbelief and for anything that has hindered my walk with You. From this day forward, help me to be faithful in studying Your Word. Reveal, through Your Holy Sprit, Your deeper truths, as I make this effort to look to You for guidance and revelation that can be found in Your Word. For Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path that promises to bring forth faith, hope, victory, and joy to my life. I ask this in the precious name of Your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy
And peace as you trust in Him,
So that you may overflow with hope
By the power of the Holy Sprit.
(Romans 15:13)










Saturday, March 7, 2015

WE CAN TRUST HIM


Those of us who write inspirational blogs, stories, articles, and books, write them to encourage others. Ironically, our endeavors, most often come from our own places of pain, growth, and learning.  

Trust is a huge issue for many, and I am not alone in my pursuit to trust God. Over the last seven weeks, I have chronicled my journey and discovery of a new level of faith, along with God's deep desire for me to completely and unreservedly trust Him. The following is another installment in my faith walk with "trust."

Monday, March 2, a call came from Vanderbilt's allergy clinic.  "The doctor requires that you stop taking your atenolol at midnight, Wednesday, March 4, so that she can get an accurate reading in Friday's allergy testing." 

Oh no! I thought, How will I ever be able to do this? Atenolol had been the gatekeeper of my heart's rhythm for thirty years. How could I possibly stop taking it without having severe medical consequences? I contacted my internist and asked him what to do. His response was quick and direct. "You need to make every effort to follow through with the required testing."

Tuesday morning, I was overwhelmed with numerous fears and various scenarios that might occur if I stopped the atenolol. I vacillated back and forth between "Yes, I will have the test," to "No, I better not risk it." Throughout the day, I wrestled with making the right decision, which then spilled into a restless night's sleep.

Wednesday, I awoke with the decision to have a heart-to-heart with the Lord. Prayer time with Him was sweet as He gently reminded me of His charge to trust Him. "Yes, Lord. I know I must remain steadfast and faithful in trusting You. Help me to trust You through all of this?" A newfound peace and confidence washed over me, as I told the Lord, "No matter what happens, I entrust my beating heart into Your sovereign hands." 

Thursday morning was ushered in with a pure, white blanket of snow. As I reflected on our dear Savior, I realized that His pure, unblemished love covers us, and it is under His holy and sovereign protection that we find safety, security, and peace. In that safe place, we have nothing to fear.

Friday, March 6, my husband and I awakened at 5:00 a.m. to 11 degrees and the prospect of an icy, slow trek to Nashville. What should have been an easy 45-minute drive, took almost two hours. We arrived on time and immediately had a consult with the physician, followed by three hours of pricks, then waiting for a reaction, needles and waiting again, and finally oral penicillin with more waiting for a possible reaction.

Miracle One: God kept my heart rate and blood pressure perfectly normal from Wednesday midnight through Friday. If you will recall, Wednesday morning, I had entrusted my heart into God's hands, and God honored that trust. But God wasn't finished. After having been allergic to all antibiotics and having nothing left to take, in case of a serious illness, I was told at the end of Friday's testing, that I was no longer allergic to penicillin. Miracle Two!

I am required to return for further testing, but I am confident that God has everything under control. Had I allowed fear to sideline me, I would have missed two amazing blessings.

Jesus cautioned us not to fear. Fear is the destroyer of our mind, body, sprit, and soul. Fear eats like a cancer and attempts to rob us of blessings, peace, joy and the ability to trust in the One who created us. Fear literally makes us sick. Doctors are now starting to study the mind/body connection, calling this new field, Psychoneuro-immunology. Fear and intimidation are the enemy's most powerful and destructive weapons, if we choose to entertain and embrace them.

What exactly is fear? Fear fixates our attention on feelings (the tactile, emotional side of our psyche). That is where anxiety, worry, uneasiness, apprehension, foreboding, terror, dismay, panic, alarm, and every other negative emotion reside. Feelings have a unique way of displacing faith. Faith, on the other hand, is our spirit united with God's Spirit and governed by the truth of His Word. 

Intimidation is more sinister, because it frightens, menaces, harasses, torments, persecutes, hounds, bullies or forces its will and agenda. However, God's Word is the mighty weapon against the enemy and his fear-mongering. 

There are different forms of fear. There is fear of the Lord, which is a holy respect and reverence for God. However, fear is most often rooted in the unknown as we project what could happen and not what we know would happen. 

Fear deceives, lies, and robs us of the ability to trust God. Fear paralyzes our faith and thinking. God addressed that kind of fear. "Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed (shaken), for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand" (Isaiah 41:10). These words are God's promise to those who trust Him. He will not take His hand from us. "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind" (II Timothy 1:7). However, we must be aware that the thief comes to steal, kill, and to destroy, but Jesus said, "I have come that [you] may have life, and that [you] may have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). 

We have assurance that God's Word is true and His promises are forever. "God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?" (Numbers 23:19)  Neither is He a man, that He should change His mind (I Samuel 15:29). "It is impossible for God to lie" (Hebrews 6:18).

Jesus said that "when Satan lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies" (John 8:44). His first lie was perpetrated in the Garden when he told Adam and Eve that God was withholding good things, with the intention of robbing, harming and destroying. Ironically, Satan was describing his own evil agenda.  

The enemy of our soul continues to perpetuate his worn out lies. Therefore, we must redact those lies by speaking the truth of God's Word into our lives. Unfortunately, humans have a tendency to confess negative things, "I can't do this." Instead, we should be proclaiming boldly, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:3).

Many years ago, I was a divorced, young mother, who attended college full-time, while also working full-time. Coming out of an abusive marriage, I was insecure about my ability to succeed in any area of my life, let alone college. One day I was praying, and the Lord put on my heart to stop doubt in its tracks by confessing Philippians 4:3 over every challenge. I did exactly that and excelled with honors and was added to the Dean's List for high academic achievement. 

Confessing God's Word is not hocus-pocus. There is power in God's Word, because Jesus is the incarnation of God's Word. When we read and speak His Word, that Word becomes alive as it infuses us with truth, hope, faith, trust, love, and healing.

May we all come to that place in our Christian walk where we can totally surrender our fears and concerns into the capable hands of our Savior, knowing that He has a plan for each one of us, and it is not to harm us, but it is to give us a glorious hope and bright future. He is our peace and strength. He will never leave us, nor will He ever forsake us. If God is for us, who can possibly be against us? We can trust Him.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, (truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, the Word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit) that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm (Ephesians 6:10-20 ESV).


The Iris represents faith and the color pink represents love. God's extreme love for us constantly encourages us to trust Him, which enables us to walk in faith.