Faith: It is Never to Late to Prep!

  • If I were to gather you all in a room, then ask you this question, “Does Scripture tell us we ought to walk by faith and not by sight?” I would most likely hear a hearty Amen! To some degree we, those who believe in Jesus Christ, walk accordingly to 2 Corinthians to some extent.
  • But I would also submit to our little gathering tis statement, “It is easier to follow or walk by faith when that road is easy on our end.” Once again I submit to you, this time, our responses would be a bit slowly to react due to the fact of our flesh and spirit colliding against one another and our intense reality check inwardly and outwardly.

When your faith is tested, how do you walk?

  • Is your walk the same or different? Do you see spiritual growth?
  • What does your sight see when testing services arise? Does your vision change? Do you see the waves? Do you see, believe, trust, and cling to your Anchor?
  • When your faith is tested, Is God still faithful? Is He still true? Or does God change?

I don’t know what you are going through today, but God does. This I do know, God is the same yesterday, TODAY, and forever (Heb. 13:8). Ecclesiastes 3:11 says God makes everything beautiful in His time, therefore, because He is unchangeable (Malachi 3:6) He is trustworthy, and that, my friends, increases our human weaknesses because in Christ we can!! It sets our soul’s faith on fire to fulfill His individual and corporate mission with power within us for we are empowered by Him! It gives us security–because God cannot violate Himself.

  • So, how is your faith? I didn’t ask you how was your faith, but how is your faith? Not yesterday, not last week, not last month, but right now! 2 Corinthians 5:7 “to walk by faith and not by sight.”
  • Sister, brother are you being tested? If so, what are you doing about it? Choose Christ! Choose to cling to Him, even if you don’t see, understand, or even hear Him right now! He is there, working His plan out in and for you, for your best good! Trust Him! (Prov. 3:5-6; Eph. 2:10-18)
  • What are you doing to prepare for your future? The testing(s) will come! Don’t wait until they arrive, prepare now!

If you are in need and would like someone to walk with you and carry your yoke in prayer, I will! I know what it is like to have your faith tested to levels unthinkable–where you think you’d crumble physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Message me, send a comment, or comment below–send your prayer request and I will pray with you and for you!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Silence: It Isn’t a Bad Word

Never question where God is.

  • Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
  • Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said,”I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
  • Malachi 3:6 “For I am the Lord, I change not;”

For some of you, your past makes you cringe when “silence” is present because silence was used as a weapon of choice in abuse.

Before we continue, let me tell you this. I am so sorry you have been treated this way and this has happened to you, but you must know something…THIS WAS WRONG! This wasn’t your fault, but the person’s choice of abuse in handling their life and people around them.

But KNOW THIS, whether you are male or female, God will never [NEVER] treat you this way!

Silence doesn’t have to be a bad word. You can, Christ in you, conquer the affects ‘silence’ has had in you from your past or present! In our family we like to say, “the buck stops here” meaning the ‘cycle’ stops with us. It will not, by God’s grace, continue on to the next generation.

  • God is unchangeable, therefore, what He says He is, He is.
  • What He says He will do, He does.
  • What He says He cannot, He will not.
  • God cannot lie or go against Himself. It is an impossiblity.

This may sound trite, but we seem to fail in rememberance that:

  • Men are not God, so therefore, we must not put men in the place of God.
  • God is not man, so therefore, we must not put God in the place of man.

The two shall never be equal. God is God. God is the Creator. Man is the creation. Man is created in the image of God, not created in the image of man. Man is the sinner, not God. We live in this fallen world, not God. Yet by God’s grace and powerful love, He desires a deep, intimate, one-on-one relationship with each of us.

You can trust and rely on God with your whole being! So, if you find your ‘teacher’ silent…know without a shadow of a doubt, God is right there with you…while you are taking your test!

  • Do well, my friend! Do well!
  • You will never regret the choice of God first above all…never!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Rooted in God-Trust: It’s a Personal Decision

If you want to build unshakable trust in God and pass your trust tests, you have to let Him teach you intimacy and dependence. These are the roots God is establishing in your life.

Intimacy and dependence come only through personal knowledge and encounter. Knowing God‘s name means knowing Him personally and knowing His nature.

There are plenty of people who use the name of God, and maybe they know a lot about Him, but it‘s clear they don‘t really know Him, because they don‘t trust Him and they don‘t seek Him.

God doesn‘t expect us to build trust in Him blindly, without knowing His character. He doesn‘t expect us to build trust just on what we‘ve heard about Him. He wants us to build trust on personal knowledge. That‘s the only way to have true intimacy and dependence.

[excerpt taken from Rooted: Building Trust by Banning Liebscher]

“And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You” Psalm 9:10

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

It’s a Scary Word: Trust

Has God ever asked you to trust Him?

If not, let’s ask ourselves ‘why not?’ Maybe you have never taken that step of faith in trusting what Jesus Christ did on the Cross of Calvary? You can make Him your personal Lord and Savior right now! Would you like too?

If you are a child of God–for any length of time, living on His Words for life, communication is happening between the two of you, then at some point in time God has asked you, “Do you trust Me?” or maybe He has told you, “Trust Me.”

How did it go?

We must understand that our trust is the main thing God is pursuing as He develops our root system. Trust is what God is building through the process, and trust is what will get us through the process.

Trust has two basic elements:

  1. Intimacy
  2. Dependence

Intimacy and dependence are what Jesus was talking about when He told us to remain in Him just as He remained in the Father. He wants us to develop the ability to walk in deep, unbroken intimacy with Him and to depend on Him as He trains and empowers us to become trustworthy partners in His work on earth.

The only way He can build this root system of abiding connection is by taking us through a process that asks again and again, “Do you trust Me?”

  • Every time we say, “I trust You,” our root system grows.
  • That’s how we thrive as He prepares us to bear lasting fruit.

[excerpt taken from Rooted by Banning Liebscher]

Trust doesn’t seem so scary any more when God is asking, does it?

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Does God Smile?

  • So…does God smile when He sees you?
  • Does God smile when He thinks of you?

The awesome answer to both of those questions are a numberous times YES!!!! If you doubt it, take your Bible or a concordance, or go online and type in that search bar ‘Bible verses about God’s love’ or ‘Jesus Christ’s love’…anything to do with the love of the Father. Stick in a version if you want: I recommend the KJV, NKJV, NASB, and the AMP. Read, verse by verse, for yourself and see how much God has loved you, is loving you and will love you for all eternity.

Today we will look at Psalm 139. What a pure, goosebump, humbling, demonstrate of who and what God is: Omnipresence (all present) and Omniscience (all knowing). God is forever unchangeable; therefore, unable to form character flaws, misuse character traits, or do anything contrary against Himself. His is purity in all aspects. Let’s read some of Psalm 139.

“O Lord, you have searched me [thoroughly] and have known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up [my entire life, everything I do]; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, and You are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue [still unspoken], behold, O Lord, you know it all. You have enclosed me behind and before, and [You have] placed Your hand upon me. Such [infinite] knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is too high [above me], I cannot reach it. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? …Even the darkness is not dark to You and conceals nothing from You, but the night shines as bright as the day; darkness and light are alike to You. For You formed my innermost parts; You knit me [together] in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being formed in secret, and intricately and skillfully formed [as if embroidered with many colors] in the depths of the earth. Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were appointed for me. When as yet there was not one of them [even taking shape]. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I could count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You…Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart; Test me and know my anxious thoughts. And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.”

  • Never question God’s love for you, regardless of how you may feel or what others may say!
  • God’s love for you has always been and always will be.
  • Remember friend, when God sees you…YOU MAKE GOD SMILE!
  • Remember friend, when God thinks of you…YOU MAKE GOD SMILE!
  • YOU are His creation! God loves you!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

It is Possible!

We doubt, don’t we?! Our lives are filled with self-effort, mine included, until we bow our stubborn and foolish hearts, forget “how can God?” and trust like a child who jumps off the edge of the pool into the arms of her Father. You too, regardless of age, have the same choice: Jump or Stay.

Though ‘to jump‘ is unknown, frightening, and fearful at times, JUMP into the arms of your Daddy…fearlessly live UP!

When we put “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” in context, we see Paul was saying, “I‘ve had seasons in life where I‘ve had nothing and seasons where I‘ve had everything. I‘ve developed the ability to thrive in both seasons by learning to access the resource that never changes, no matter the season, He is unchangeable, Christ‘s strength is sufficient. Christ is everything I need.”

For us to navigate the same range of circumstances and find God, our strength in every situation, we have to know where to look and how to continue to look there in the face of the enemy‘s distractions.

Typically, these distractions are going to try to get us to wish we were in someone else‘s process, resist the lessons God is trying to teach us in our circumstances, rush the process, or skip steps in the process. Falling for any of these will prevent us from thriving and will ultimately put us in dangerous places. Avoiding these will enable us to find our strength—God—and grow regardless of the season or circumstance.

“Not that I speak from [any personal] need, for I have learned to be content [and self-sufficient through Christ, satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or uneasy] regardless of my circumstances. I know how to get along and live humbly [in difficult times], and I also know how to enjoy abundance and live in prosperity. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret [of facing life], whether well-fed or going hungry, whether having an abundance or being in need. I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose–I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]” Philippians 4:11-13

  • As a child of God, you are empowed by God Himself, thus equipped with everything you are in need of to fulfill His desired, well-intentioned, purposed-filled plan for you to accomplish.
  • Embrace your God-given destiny.
  • Trust in His power; you have the best caretaker possible.
  • Fulfill His will in you.

Start with today!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Hagar’s Room of Indecision by Jesusandgreentea

My sister in Christ, who I meet through blogging, wrote this blog I am sharing with you now. There are times when you read something and you say to yourself, “I couldn’t have explained it any better. That was excellent!” As I read her blog post this morning, this was one of those moments…convicting, challenging, encouraging, and biblical. It is worth your time and read!

Thank you C.C. Brown aka Jesusandgreentea! May the Lord bless you.

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Tolerance is Self-Based; Truth is God-Based

I saw this quote several weeks ago before leaving for vacation and was awe struck by it. There is no author, no credits, just a thought provoking statement:

“Examine what you tolerate” –WOW!

I don’t know about you, but this strikes a cord in my heart.

  • Maybe it runs deeps because of the land we have lived in on a daily basis, or because of the people we are surrounded by, or because in God providence He has seen fit to place us among a mindset of ‘tolerance’ to stretch us in ways we’d never image drawings us through personal, daily, God-armor ware in reliance on our Commander and Chief alone; having battle plans drawn up through the Scripture and not self.
  • In all honesty, there are days it hasn’t been all that easy! But this I must add, GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME!

There is a pressure to ‘tolerate’ even among Christians, especially those of a luke-warm temperature.

  • To go against such ‘tolerance’ is to be seen as a the opponent.
  • To embrace such ‘tolerance’ breeds self-justified-rebellion, the rejection of authority, disobedience to God, a self-proclaimed individual who purposefully determines to destroy his/her opponents personal character or personhood to unsure their personal protection to conceal their true identity for the love of self, power, sin and control; thus their relationship to God (who they ‘claim’) is revealed.

How often are we pressured to accept “tolerance” or “acceptance” or to live in the land of “compliancy” from those whose subtle non-truths of opinions, statements, comments, and accusations are unbiblical?

When reality is given a check, those claiming the “lack of tolerance” or “lighten up, you need to be more complainant in your walk with Christ” are far from the Truth they claim to proclaim to you and others.

Are we any better?

If we say nothing, do nothing in Christ’s name or for His testimony, are we any different? What change(s) for Christ have we made? None!

  • In no way I am saying we should be spiteful, legalistic, mean, harsh, unloving or uncaring and spiritually beat-up people with our words or actions and claim holier than thou; for this would not be of Christ, nor would He be pleased with us. All the above characteristics are operating out the flesh, against the very One in whom we are to be putting on!
  • What I am saying is this: when we are more concerned about tolerance or acceptance rather than standing on or for God and His Truth that is when we have a serious problem on our hands as individual, as a society, and as a church.
  • Tolerance is self-based; Truth is God-based.

Doubt the Truth? Start reading the book of John, I John, II John, III John, read the In Christ I am SHE page called Eternity.

You can know the Truth and the TRUTH will set you free. (John 8:32)

It is not about us; it is all about HIM.

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

“I don’t have time,” said no one in Heaven.

Embrace your Hidden Place

Time. It’s a precious commodity. We value it. We use it–regardless of how profitable we are with it. We demand of it. We long for more of it. We even complain about it. Yet we have absolutely no control over it for we are its recipients, yet a steward.

Earth is time bound. Time happens, one tick-tock after another. Try as you may to stop it, slow it down, speed it up, time itself does not change. 24 hours is 24 hours. Time is a gift from the Creator Himself.

Maybe it’s just me, but have you ever gone through a day where you’ve wondered, “What in the world is going on?” It seems like everything is coming unglued…you included. For me it is usually certain stressers or the pressure of time (we’ve gotta go…sort of thing), those are my triggers.

  • What are yours?
  • Do you know your triggers?
  • If not, seriously pray about it and ask God to reveal them to you.
  • Why?? How can you fight a battle when you don’t know who or what the enemy is?

For me like I said, those pressured times or just being stressed (stressing myself out is more like it…dumb, I know!) that is when my true colors come out, therefore, revealing how my relationship with God is going.

When I am stressing out or feeling that pressure from time constraints, my patient and loving husband asks me just one simple ‘stop-me-in-my-tracks’ question, “Have you had your devotions today?”

Usually in those states of mind, my answer is sadly, “NO, not yet!” Then he lovingly says to me, “Go. Go and have your devotions, I’ve got this (whatever I am doing at that time).”

We must learn to love, desire, long for, and see our own need for our own secret place above all for out of that ‘closet’ produces a life that can respond, thus live in Him, through any issue of life…any!

If we love the spotlight more than our secret place, if we think we can do or perform without Him, if we think ‘I’ll get to you later God’ heart attitude, were in trouble because it means we care more about pleasing people than pleasing God.

We call this an idolatrous heart in action.

Want to thrive? Embrace Christ.

Embrace your hidden place.

  • Matthew 6:6 “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into the closet, and when thou hast shut the door, pray to the Father which is in secret; and they Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”
  • 2 Kings 4:33 “So he entered and shut the door behind them both and prayed to the LORD.”
  • Matthew 26:36 “At that time Jesus went with His disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and He told them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”
  • Psalm 91:1-2 “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.”
  • Psalm 34:15 “The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their cry.”
  • Daniel 9:18 “O my God, inline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and look at our desolations and the city which is called by your name; for we are not presenting our supplications before You because of our own merits and righteousness, but because of your great mercy and compassion.”

We do not make requests of God because we are some how righteous, but we are able through God’s greatness and mercy. Daniel knew this all to well. His life was a walking display of such God-mercy inwardly and outwardly, even being a captive. Daniel valued God. Daniel valued his time with God. Daniel valued prayer. It was oxygen. God was life to Daniel.

Unlike Daniel, we stand here today in 2018, having been washed, cleansed, forgiven, and empowered through the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary, filled with boundless hope. We have redemption through His blood. How are you living today? Would Daniel, or for that matter God, be appalled? Would they or others see a difference in you from the world?

God desires the same deep intimate relationship He had with Daniel, with you. Just like Daniel, this requires a commitment on your end. Relationships just don’t happen. They take time, energy, resources, and communication! We must remember, God is the Creator, the Potter; we are the creation, the clay. God owes us nothing. We owe Him everything! When God answers a prayer it is because of His love, His mercy, and His undescribable goodness towards us. What a awesome God we serve!

Embrace Christ!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

(Excerpts taken from Rooted by Banning Liebscher)

Do My Roots Matter?

Enduring Fruit: Rooted in Christ

Your heart is your point of connection with Jesus— the place where you become rooted in your relationship with Him. Where Jesus wants to develop His heart-to-heart connection with you to the point where you become fully united with Him; where you think like He thinks, want what He wants, speak like He speaks, and do what he does.

This is what it means to remain in Him.

It is only when you remain in Him will you produce fruit that lasts.

For you to bear abundant, enduring fruit, God needs to make you bigger on the inside than you are on the outside. You have to let Him build your root system in secret before He leads you into making a visible impact in the world.

E.M. Bounds said, “The man— God’s Man {or woman} is made in the closet.” His life and his profoundest convictions are born in his secret communion with God— {ie: solitude prayer}.

John 15:16 says,

“You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and

I have appointed and purposefully planted you, so that you

would go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that

your fruit will remain and be lasting, so that whatever you ask

of the Father in My name [as My representative]

He may give to you.”

Friends, how is your secret God-time going?

Matthew 6:6 says, “…when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when those hast shut thy door, pray to they Father which is in secret; and they Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”

Keyword here is WHEN! That ‘when’ is up to you.

Any relationship takes work. They take time, thought, energy, forgiveness, lack of self, and this daily thing we call ‘communication’ to flourish. Doesn’t it? Without it your relationship would suffer drastically, would it?

My friend, there is absolutely no difference in our relationship with our heavenly Father. If we choose not to ‘communicate’ with God, what will happen in our relationship with Him? You know the answer!

  • Be careful if you say ‘ I love God’ but your actions display another love.
  • Be aware, you can change that action!
  • So, get into that closet of yours!
  • Commune with your God. 2055656_s-1286564758.jpg
  • Allow God to make you bigger on the inside so that you can be usable on the outside for Him.
  • Fear not, my friend.
  • Allowing your roots to sink deeper into the source of life itself, God, will bring His wondering working power in you! You cannot get any better than that!

Blessings to you sweet friends,

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

[Thank you Banning Liebscher; above break line excerpt taken from Rooted.]

The Silence of God: My View has Changed.

  • I must be honest here, this post is selfishly for my reminder.
  • When I read this quote from C.S. Lewis, my heart stopped, for reasons to long to explain from life right now.
  • Don’t be mislead. I love my Savior! The Lord and I commune daily. I truly love His Word, love to get into my closet, love to journal and blog, love to help others and encourage them to be-do all God has intended of them, but this…this, has been my silent aching hearts cry. My soul, eyes, heart, mind (thoughts) needed to see this!
  • This is why, I’ve focused so intensely over the silence, poured my soul out to God in confession, repentance, obedience, faith and trust for so long and so intensely, that I’ve missed the answer all along…Him!
  • I’ve missed, HIM!
  • Oh Lord, I have been so blind, please forgive me.
  • It truly doesn’t matter what peace or war, sorrow or joy, mountain or valley we find ourselves in–if I have Him, if I am in Him, THAT IS EVERYTHING I NEED, everything! EVERYTHING!! I am in no lack or want even if God “seems” silent.
  • Silence does not equal God is not with me.
  • John 15:5-8

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

P.S. Thank you C.S. Lewis for walking with God and sharing it!

Just in case you need it…

  • We are more than conquerors through Him (Rom. 8:37).
  • We can do all things through Christ, because He strengths us (Phil. 4:13).
  • We are forgiven and justified (Col. 1:13-14 & Rom. 5:1).
  • We are complete in Christ (Col. 2:10).
  • We are free from bondage (John 8:36).
  • We are an heir to eternal life (I John 5:11-12).

Now GO and FULFILL this GOD-GIVEN day you have been given THROUGH Him, IN Him, and FOR Him! He is with you all the way! See what great and mighty things you know that of, because of trusting, walking, and being obedient in Him (Jer. 33:3).

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Maybe We Should Rethink Prayer?

In real life, healthy communication doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It just doesn’t happen on its own, it is learned. It is practiced. Simply put, it takes an active decision on one’s part to stop oneself, listen intently, wholeheartedly, without selfish ambition when spoken too; when speaking, our goal is to speak so clearly and articulately that your hearer(s) can repeat the very words you just spoke to them with your intent in mind. Communication, it takes time. It takes effort on both speaker and listener.

It’s work, but when done Biblically (which is God way thus honoring to Him), it brings forth some pretty awesome results! (Side note: if you’ve never tired it, you should!)

So it is with God yet times millions upon trillions! In spiritual life, healthy spiritual communication (prayer) doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It just doesn’t happen on its own, it is learned. It is practiced.

Simply put,

  1. It takes an active decision to come to the foot of the Throne of Grace.
  2. It takes an active decision to stop and place oneself at the feet of Jesus.
  3. It takes an active decision to listen intently to the Holy Spirit’s wooing (speaking) in your soul.
  4. It takes an active decision to be still. To listen.
  5. It takes an active decision to open your heart and mouth wholeheartedly without reservation, without selfish ambition and speak to Jesus Christ, our Savior.

I will not lie to you, it baffles me that He loves us to such extent; that He desires to have such an intimate relationship with His Creation. It is so incredibly beautiful, yet it makes me quake inside knowing my sinful state and knowing His love state for me. The Creation talking to it’s Creator, “Yes, YES!!!!, God says, “that’s exactly how I wants it!”

If you do not pray, I will be very frank. You are the one missing out! God is waiting for you to speak to Him. He has spoken to you, answer Him. God wants you. God desires you to come, sit, and chat awhile, but you have said ‘no’ for whatever reason. You have gained nothing, my friend. You are the one who losses out, and sadly, you are the one who has no clue you are the one who is missing out on the coolest, most greatest, intense, intimate resource ever made available to you through Jesus Christ, our Lord, God, THEE most powerful Creator who ever was, is, or ever will be, who we call Father.

Maybe we should rethink prayer!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}