Defeating Despair with Purpose

Viktor Emil Frankl was a physician and psychiatrist. He survived the World War II Holocaust. His Nazi concentration camp experiences led him to wonder how any human being could maintain hope under such extreme conditions.

He came to believe that our survival depends upon finding meaning, even in desperate circumstances. Frankl proposed that we have free will to choose our attitudes, even about torture, death, and dying.

He observed that those human beings whose core spirits chose to have faith in the future and who find meaning in the moment, often found the strength and the courage to face the most difficult problems.

“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way” (Victor Frankl. Man’s Search for Meaning, 1946).

It is when we find the “why” we want to live that we can endure almost any “how.” The “why” is our purpose.

Frankl found that people with a high purpose can find meaning even in the worst circumstances. In other words, once we have a high calling we will find a way to deal with the suffering that comes our way. If, as Frankl saw, someone decides his or her reason to live is to comfort others, then even in a concentration camp he or she will still have a reason for living.

When we lose our sense of purpose, we lose a sense that our lives mean anything; and we lose hope in the future, for there seems to be nothing worth living for.

What causes us to lose our sense of purpose?

  1. When our purpose is too small and too self-focused.
  2. When we experience suffering and/or inhumanity that is outside our image of how the world should work.
  3. When we commit acts or have thoughts that fracture the image we have of ourselves as being good, kind, and caring human beings under all circumstances.

There is, however, good news. Although we sometimes lose our sense of purpose, we can be restored to a larger sense of purpose. The Bible teaches us that we can be renewed in a life-giving purpose in the following ways:

  1. Make a confession: God calls us to see ourselves as we really are, not as we would like to be.
  2. Make a commitment to turn around: We are called not to wallow in guilt or be stuck in despair, but to step into the future with a commitment to find and live by a higher purpose.
  3. Make a connection to God, to others, and to ourselves: Our higher calling, our higher purpose is to be a part of the community of the faithful, choosing to live and serve as God leads us.

Devotional by: Armed Services Ministry
http://www.armedservicesministry.org


In Psalm 51:10-12 David prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right and steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit.

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

Three Men & Their Pit Called Furnace

Like Jeremiah, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego find themselves in a pit because they were obedient to God.

But their pit is a bit more extreme in that it has flames. Super stoked, fatally hot, unrelenting killer flames. Their pit was a furnace.

They were thrown in simply because they refused to bow down and worship a statue of the king. This was a bold move at the time. Everyone else was doing it. But our three heroes refused to bow to peer pressure and bow to anything or anyone other than God.

The king gave them one more chance, warning them if they didn’t bow, they would be thrown in the furnace and even God couldn’t save them there. That sounds like a challenge.

“We won’t bow, ever, so go ahead and throw us in… our God can save us.. and even if he doesn’t, that’s ok too!” Even if He doesn’t?

What kind of faith is that?

It was actually pretty big faith. It was a faith that knew that God was not there to serve them, but they existed to serve and worship God. They existed because of God, and they trusted that no matter what happened, He was in control. It was a faith that knew that God’s purposes would prevail, even if it cost them something.

And it appears to have cost them everything. The king is so incensed at their “rebellion” that he demands the furnace to be stoked to seven times hotter than usual. So hot that when the soldiers threw the three men into the flames, the soldiers themselves died from the heat.

But what of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego? They were tied up! How could they survive?

As the king looked in the furnace he saw the men UNTIED, and walking around freely in the flames! But wait! There is someone else in there too And it looks like God!

So it was there, when things were at their bleakest, that the three men met God face to face. Not on some mountaintop, but rather in a pit of fire.

God could have delivered them before it got to that point, I’m sure. But that would have been at best, just an escape that would only have made the king more angry. Perhaps the furnace would have been stoked ten times hotter the next time.

No, this way, although the hard way, was the right way. Because the king saw that there was a God who could save them and in fact did save them. The king’s heart softened and he brought them out of the furnace decreeing that no one could ever talk bad about this God that saved these men. And he promoted the men to higher positions because the king saw God with these men.

  • As you go through the furnaces you may face, think about this, people are watching you.
  • People are wondering how you do it, and when they see how, when they see Jesus walking next to you, not removing the flames but walking with you through them, then that is the stuff that changes hearts and lives.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego went through a horrific experience. But they came out better for it, protected and promoted by the king, but really, protected and promoted by the KING!

Devotional: Purpose in the Pit

🗝️ Daniel 3:1-30
🗝️ Isaiah 43:2 “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
🗝️ 1 Peter 4:12-13 “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

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

Your Pit

This is to good to not share. I read this in a devotional this morning. Maybe you are in a “pit” of some sort, maybe your pit is self-inflicted or maybe you simply stood up for righteousness, justice, Truth and it seems like it has cost you. Take courage. Be encouraged. God’s righteousness does prevail. God sees.


Jeremiah ended up in his pit for a most unlikely reason. He was obeying God. The Babylonians were coming to take the people of Jerusalem captive and Jeremiah knew that resistance would be futile. He had it on good authority, God Himself, that the people would be taken captive and he told them so.

This was not the inspiring message the powers that be wanted to hear, but it was the message God had given. As punishment for his “treason”, Jeremiah was lowered into a cistern where he sank deep in the mud, unable to even squirm his way out. His fate looked sealed. Without access to food and water, he would die, stuck in the mud, in the bottom of a pit. All because He spoke words God asked him to speak.

Jeremiah could have remained silent. This was not the first time obeying God had gotten him into trouble, and it wouldn’t be the last. But Jeremiah makes it clear that when God asks him to speak, he can’t stay silent (Jeremiah 20:9).

Your obedience to God may not result in the kind of life-threatening scenarios Jeremiah faced, but it can certainly feel that way sometimes.
Perhaps you lost friends because you wouldn’t engage in gossip. Or maybe you lost a job because you refused to lie for your boss. Perhaps a romantic interest broke up with you because you put God first.

Sometimes obeying God can feel a little bit like being in a pit, but the great news is that God will never leave you there.

In Jeremiah’s case, Ebed-Melech, an Ethiopian court official, was worried that Jeremiah was going to die in the pit and asked the king if he could help. And the king who gave permission to put Jeremiah in the pit now gave permission to rescue him. Ebed-Melech, took a team of 30 men and pulled Jeremiah out. It is speculated that the rescue was risky and that’s why it took 30 men. Some pulled Jeremiah out, while the others kept watch for the ones that originally put him in the pit. The rescue was also compassionate. They even thought to throw down rags to Jeremiah so he could protect his skin from the ropes. In the end, Ebed-Melech and Jeremiah got the same reward. God promised to rescue them and keep them safe.

You may be like Jeremiah, in a pit for no other reason than you were obedient. Or you may be like Ebed-Melech, filled with compassion for someone who has been unjustly treated. Know that God sees you and God will reward you.

Devotional: Purpose In The Pit

Friend, I hope this has been a encouragement to you.

  • Jeremiah walked with God even when it didn’t make sense. He couldn’t help but tell God’s message.
  • God didn’t reward Jeremiah because he was Jeremiah. God rewarded Jeremiah because he obeyed the Word of the Lord, faithfully walked God’s path, and spoke God’s Truths.

Jeremiah actively choose obedience over self-knowledge or feelings; it didn’t matter that he didn’t understand, it matter because God said so.

Jeremiah actively choose to stand for Truth (God’s Truth) even when he was alone. Can we say the same?

God rewards those who choose to faithfully walk by faith and not by sight. God over everything else.

  • Seek God’s Truth.
  • Obey God’s Truth.
  • Proclaim God’s Truth.

You will never go wrong! Remember, God sees. God rewards. Keep the faith. Stand strong. (Jeremiah 38:1-13; 39:15-18)

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

Today…I will! {pt 3}


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Today…I will! {pt2}


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Today…I will!


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Be a Joseph


God had purposeful plans for Joseph. His calling was certain, no doubt about that, but God wasn’t finished preparing him for his task; and that is where we read and watch his character mature to the place where God said, “It is time.”

  • We know the story, his brothers sold him into slavery before Reuben had time to rescue him out of that pit as planned.
  • We read of the trials that followed him from place to place it seemed — brotherly rivalry to a pit, prison, then second to the Pharaoh himself. But Joseph didn’t know his end, we do. We read it in Scripture.

Not knowing the end doesn’t constitute a sinful response. Joseph didn’t let his circumstances stop him from responding correctly to what the will of the Father was. He chose to surrender, yield, submit in obedience by keeping God first above all…even when it didn’t make sense, or when it was hard.

We can see small glimpses into who Joseph was…

1. Joseph didn’t feel sorry for himself. He sure could of, but he didn’t allow himself to go there. We too have this choice.

2. Joseph used the unfair trials to bring glory to God while learning to trust Him more along the way. God doesn’t waste hurt. God doesn’t waste period. Everything He does or allows is purposeful. Joseph trusted God’s plan.

3. Joseph remembered. He remember what God did in the past and trusted Him for the future.

I am reminded of Psalms 105:19, Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph’s character.”

In God’s perfect time, we see Joseph’s God-given dreams come true; His response, forgiveness.

Just as God used every trial, every struggle, every joy with purpose in Joseph’s life, He too will do the same in ours. God knows your end goal — the question we should be asking ourselves is this, “Do I trust God to get me there? Do I trust Him?” Joseph did!

  • Someone once said, Sometimes what “feels” like a pit is really our training ground for what is next.” How true…if we see it that way.Take heart, God sees. God knows. God’s got your back — will you trust Him even when it doesn’t make sense?

Take heart, God sees. God knows. God’s got your back — will you trust Him even when it doesn’t make sense?

  • Keep your eyes on Christ! It’s the only way to get there.

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

My Giant Slayer


Say Hello to My Giant Slayer

Each person’s anxiety is complex and unique. But all of us have the same hope today—God is fighting for us.

Walking free from panic attacks, depression, fear, and worry is a process, one with many steps and turns. But the key to living untangled from anxiety is not a plan, but a person.

Your hope is in Jesus, the Great Shepherd of the sheep. He is the way, the truth, and the life. And he is inviting you to allow Him to lead you through whatever you are facing in this world.

God understands that we get stressed in life. Dozens of places in Scripture speak directly to anxiety, and hundreds more to fear and worry. Why? Because people have always been anxious.

Arguably the best-known text in the Bible is Psalm 23. At the core of this Psalm is an extraordinary offer from God—that He will lead and guide us through every season. Specifically, God promises to lead us through the valley of the shadow of death, that dark place where we doubt everything good and fear every possible negative outcome.

As David writes Psalm 23, he is facing life-threatening danger, but he is confident in his Shepherd. He describes it like this, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (v.4 ESV)

  • Do you know a valley like that?
  • Do you feel isolated and alone, as if no one understands the crushing load you are under, nor the enemy you fear?
  • Or is your valley less defined—a hard to describe cloud of doom that descends on your best thoughts, turning life into a shadowy mist of confusion?

If so, God is offering to walk with you through this valley. He does not lead you to the valley, but He promises to lead you THROUGH it. This current place of struggle will not be the end of you. Your hope is in Jesus.

This may sound simplistic or elementary. But, in a world that has quick-fixes at every turn, we have the God of Heaven standing in front of us, offering to be our shepherd in whatever valley we find ourselves in.

Jesus is offering to lead, provide, protect, and preserve you through the darkest valleys and most imposing nights. I invite you to call on Him right now, out loud.

You may feel like God is a billion miles away. You may believe your voice won’t even get past the walls of the room you are in if you were to call on Him. But, the name of Jesus is power. Call on Him now. Tell Him you can’t see Him, but you have heard He is near. Ask Him to stop and consider the pit of depression you are in. Tell Him you want Him to lead you through the valley of anxiety. Be honest with Him and ask Him to shine light into your darkness.

You may not know how He’s going to do it, but in faith tell Him you know He can.

⬆️ Above devotional called: Putting an X Through Anxiety: a seven day journey with Louie Giglio.⬆️


Remembering our key to living untangled in this life is not our plan, a plan, or someone else’s plan, but in the loving power of Jesus Christ. He only gives us the victory.

In Christ I am SHE (Saved. Hopeful. Empowered)

It’s Your Thinker

Yesterday, while reading my Bible, I came across this devotional in a app I have on my cell phone. It strikes my soul that while we are not able to take captive every single thought in every situation of every day, we can learn to take one thought captive, and when choosing so, that one choice affects every other thought to come.

We tend to think we have to conquer the whole mountain, all at once — it’s all or nothing. Yet so often we find ourselves crumbling under its weight and before “it” labels us “failure” we declare ourselves “failure” because it’s safer that way, isn’t it?

  • God never asked us to conquer the whole mountain by ourself; all at once.
  • God never asked us to go it alone; that some how the ‘lone–Christian’ is acceptable.
  • God asks we take one thought captive. One! It sure is better than conquering the whole mountain at once.
    • He leaves the choice up to us.
      • We can glorify God with that one choice, then repeat, or…
      • we could not and suffer the consequences.
    • One thought captive at a time.
    • One step of His will at a time.
    • One step of faith at a time.

After I finished reading this devotional light bulbs were bursting off in my head, my heart was inflamed with God’s Truth’s — YES! and encouragement filled my soul. I make it harder than it needs to be, but indeed, I must choose, and in each single choice creates all the difference in the world — either way you decide.

I am posting this because I hope it is that some challenge and encouragement to your soul as it was to mine. I pray in ignites your soul to choose well. We are already victors, it is time we live like it.

The below devotional was written by Jeannie Allen from “Get Out of Your Head”.


We Have a Choice

How we think directly affects how we live. This may sound terrifying, but, in fact, it’s exciting. Because while we may not be able to take every thought captive in every situation we face every day, we can learn to take one thought captive and, in doing so, affect every other thought to come. So what is the one thought that can successfully interrupt every negative thought pattern?

It’s this: I have a choice.

  • When we’re spiraling in noise or distractedness, we have a choice to shift our minds back to God through stillness.
  • When we’re spiraling in isolation, we have a choice to shift our minds back to God through community.
  • When we’re spiraling in anxiety, we have a choice to shift our minds back to God through trust in His good and sovereign purposes.
  • When we’re spiraling in cynicism, we have a choice to shift our minds back to God through worship.
  • When we’re spiraling in self-importance, we have a choice to shift our minds back to God through humility.
  • When we’re spiraling into victimhood, we have a choice to shift our minds back to God through gratitude.
  • When we’re spiraling in complacency, we have a choice to shift our minds back to God through serving Him and others.

If you have trusted in Jesus as your Savior, you have a God-given, God-empowered, God-redeemed ability to choose what you think about.

  • You have a choice regarding where you focus your energy.
  • You have a choice regarding what you live for.
  • You are not subject to your behaviors, genes, or circumstances.
  • You are not subject to your passions, lusts, or emotions.
  • You are not subject to your thoughts.

No fixation exists outside God’s long-armed reach. Because we are a “new creation,” we have a choice.

  • When we think new thoughts, we physically alter our brains.
  • When we think new thoughts, we make healthier neural connections.
  • When we think new thoughts, we blaze new trails.
  • When we think new thoughts, everything changes.

“God, I choose today to take every thought captive because I know You are more powerful than my thoughts, my circumstances, and my fears. Thank You for making me a new creation so that I can choose You! Amen.”


“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away: behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, ‘With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).


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Don’t Try Harder!

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What is Your Greatest Fear?

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“Do you love ME?”

Our church has a women’s group called ‘Rooted’ taken from Colossians 2:6-7.

“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the LORD, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”

It is our desire to walk this earthly life Rooted in Christ because without Him we can do nothing — nothing of eternal value.

I have provided you with a link to that entire Bible Study (via Sway). Just click here on the link: “Do You love ME?”

Below is an excerpt from that lesson.

Apostle Peter 1


Jesus asked Peter a question. “Do you love Me?”

Lovest thou me more than these?

  • Not once.
  • Not twice.
  • But THREE times Jesus asked Peter DO. YOU. LOVE. ME?

Turn to John 21:15—17

  • Jesus physically feed Peter (breakfast).
  • Jesus asked Peter three times – “Do. You. Love. Me? – “Lovest thou me more than these?”
  • We see Jesus was patient with Peter allowing him to respond.
    • This allowed Peter to get to his heart matter.
      • To be honest – with God and self.
    • Jesus listened without interruption.
      • Jesus wanted Peter to get it – Christ above everything.
      • Jesus wanted Peter to own it – to make it his daily life.
      • Jesus wanted Peter to live (do) it – to have Christ his root source; then fulfill.

Heart Hands

…So, what is Phileo?

When Jesus talked about Phileo love it referred to a love as in a friendship, or deep personal affection for a close friend.

Agape love refers to a love that carried the meaning of intense, complete, devoted, sacrificial love or total commitment.

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…the question begs to be answered: Do you love Christ?

Being obsessed with something or someone usually comes with a negative connotation.

What does it mean to be obsessed? To have the mind excessively preoccupied with a single emotion or topic.

  1. Our obsession(s) – whether right or wrong – dictate our lifestyle.
    • Questioning this –
      • Look at what you place value on [or in].
      • Look at where you spend your time.
        • Time doesn’t lie.
      • Look how or what you spend your money
        • The bank account doesn’t replenish itself.
      • Listen to what you talk about – or don’t talk about.
        • The ears that “hear” you – hear what you love.

A relationship with God simply cannot grow when idols of the heart are manufacturing: when money, sin, activities, favorite “things”, addictions, or commitments pile on top of God.

David Goetz writes, “Too much of the good life ends up being toxic, deforming us spiritually.” A lot of things are good by themselves, but all of it together keeps is from living healthy, fruitful lives for God.

  • Be cautious: Do not assume you are good soil.
  • Be cautious: Do not assume you love God.

Check out the link above for the entire lesson.

May our souls continue to be refresh and renewed in the Spirit day by day. Please feel free to share or comment.

I’d be amiss if I didn’t share a link on the subject of Eternity. If you have any questions please ask. Your eternity depends on it!

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

It’s Been a Good Day.

Have you ever come to the end of your day and say to yourself, “It’s. Been. A. Good. Day.”

It doesn’t mean your day was free of trials, or lacked testing, what it does mean –the presence of God was presently working in your life and you can testify to it. Throughout the day you saw God, you experienced God, you saw His working hand in your life turning your sinful heart into His masterpiece. You may even asked for forgiveness, confessed a fault, or gave thanks…but the evidence was clear. God had spoken and you heard.

I wish I had more days like this, but sadly, I get in the way. I worry. I fret. I pout. I plan. I….

My flesh demands attention. I become consumed or derailed by people, situations, and even myself that honestly, it sucks me dry. I find myself weary, discouraged, and fulfilling nothing for the kingdom of God.

This is not of God!

If it is not of God, there is only one other option —  it comes from the pit of hell. The devil glories on days when believers choose failure over victory. A defeated Christian is the devil’s masterpiece; his work flourishes while God’s derails.

God’s purpose is victorious. I forget I have already won the battle. Who am I to place myself defeated in Christ’s victory? Who am I to degrade a temple of the Holy Spirit — whether myself or another believer? Who am I to think I am greater than my Master?

Beware of tainted eyesight.

God is always present, lest I forget.

Today’s been good.

Practicing the presence of God in life changes you. When we seek first after God (the things of His kingdom) and His rightness…that’s when you catch yourself saying, “It’s. Been. A. Good. Day.” (Matthew 6:33).

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

Got Mistakes?

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[All quote credit to original writer. Thank you!]

Keeping is Active

  • Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.
  • Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip.
  • Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions.
  • Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you.
  • Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust. (Proverbs 4:23‭-‬27 MSG)

Living out the Words of God require actively pursuing with all intensity to obey the One and only; having only one audience in this life.

It is not shying away from the work of the Words, but rather having a heart of gratitude that says, “I can” for God, not “I have too.”

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

How are you Livin’?

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Your Story Isn’t Published…Yet!

If you are roaming this Earth my friend, your story is not published yet. God is still in your writing process.

  • Trust Him.
  • Obey Him.
  • Hope in Him.
  • Follow His leadership.
  • Love Him.

Your story can impact eternity.

He cares for you!

Enjoy your journey in Christ!

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

Take Courage!

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Halves Don’t Count

We recently took a short trip up north to see some beloved family and friends. While we were there, I was reminded that our life in Christ is not a half-in half-out, genie relationship.

You are either all in or all out. Try as you may, say what you want, think what you will, but our lives display our personal decision of whose side we are really on.

You simply cannot live for Christ with the mentality that you’ll live for Him with one foot in (spiritually) and one foot out (earthly).

  • You’ve seen it.
  • Maybe you have lived it.
  • Maybe you are living it.

Some declare their position of commitment to Christ yet the lives they live display what truly lies within. They believe they can fool others, even God. Maybe their deception works for a time, but reality is this: they themselves are the fooled.

Some do not need to declare, they simply live Christ. Knowing their fallen yet forgiven state, with all their being they strive to bring glorify and obedience to God in all things (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Commitment to Christ is a non-negotiable; it just is. Period.

This believer would be the first to tell you, “I’m not perfect” yet ooze Christlikeness. They care for souls and tell others about Christ because they are sourced in Christ.

A life lived half-in and half-out is a oxymoron. You cannot have both. This is not living the life God intended for you to live as His child. If the world is calling, demanding, luring you in louder than Christ Himself, it may be time to reflect on whether you are truly born again (eternal life), truly God’s child.

Christ has no need to defend His position as God. He already is God, therefore, already deserves our worship, commitment, allegiance, faithfulness, love, etc. It is our rightful place to submit to His righteousness and holiness through worship, praise, obedience, imitation (put-on), adoration, love, and commitment.

Christ isn’t legalistic, it is we who choose to be legalistic. Men over centuries have tried, some seemingly to accomplish, but Christ, He is the same yesterday, today, and will be forever.

  • God’s plan is perfect.
  • God’s ways are perfect.

There is no more perfection we could make upon God’s plans.

The fight is ourselves.

  • We see ourselves as kings and queens sitting upon our thrones, reigning within and without.
  • We see ourselves in change.
  • We don’t want to submit because we want the power to live our own will.

Half-living doesn’t count. Half-living isn’t living.

It matters how we live today; our future will proclaim it.

“Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship. And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you]. For by the grace [of God] given to me I say to everyone of you not to think more highly of himself [and of his importance and ability] than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has apportioned to each a degree of faith [and a purpose designed for service] (Romans 12:1-3 AMP).

How are you living?

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

Your “Egypt”

“Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD” Isaiah 31:1.

  • What or who is your “Egypt”?
  • What or who do you run too?
  • What or who do you trust in?
  • What or who do you think will provide for you more than God Himself will?
  • What or who looks bigger, better, or more powerful?
  • What or who seems to satisfy, fulfill, complete, and gratify you other than God?

What or who is filling God’s shoes in your life – or can that even be possible?

The personal act of running towards, trusting in, or thinking ‘something’ or ‘someone’ other than God will fulfill you will always end in disappointment. The alleged completion, false gratification, so-called satisfaction over Christ only leads to self—destruction; for to conquer is to stand in Christ alone. It is not through selfish ambition or earthly manners that we will win battles, it is only through Jesus Christ (Romans 8:37-39).

  • Isaiah 31:2 – God will not share His glory with another…period. This is His rightful place.
  • Isaiah 31:3a – Human flesh is just that, human. We are made in the image of God (what a precious gift from God), yet we are fallen men filled with sin and in need of a Savior (thanks to Adam and Eve). Man is just that, a man…not God. Man’s tools are perishable just as a man is. God is not disposable nor will He ever be. God is spirit, eternal, everlasting. God is God!
  • Isaiah 31:3b – God is just. He is just towards you; He is just towards others, despite what we think. Justice is a God character. He is just, therefore He walks and lives out justices 100% of the time just as much as He is love, merciful, and holy 100% of the time. God cannot contradict Himself.

Whatever you allow your trust to rely on, whatever it is you cling to other than God, my friend, there is One greater.

Isaiah warned Israel, “Don’t do it. Woe to that man or woman who allows Egypt (in our case…someone or something else) to take the place that rightfully already is God’s in the first place.” Egypt looked good. Egypt was very strong.

But there was a problem, Egypt could not do what God could for Israel and your “Egypt” cannot either!

  • Who or what is taking the place of God in your life?
  • Isn’t it time we turn to God with all of our heart, with all of our soul, with all of our mind and with all of our strength (Luke 10:27; Mathew 22:37)?
  • Isn’t it time we love God with 100% of us just as He loves us?
  • Isn’t it time we cast away our “what” and “who” and draw near to God?
  • Stop giving God your scraps; He didn’t give you His. God has given us everything, including His Son – redemption, new life, eternal security, relationship.
  • Friend, we are warned – just as Isaiah prophesied many years ago, be wise in what you choose. The choices we make now affect our future.
  • The final decision is ultimately yours; no one can make it for you. It must come from within you. There must be a turning point, a change of direction – God’s direction! I cannot change your mind or make you, but I surely can encourage you to choose God!
  • Friend, choose God over your “what” or “who”. It can be difficult to see past fear, questions or the unknown – but doesn’t Christ already have the answer(s) for you? Isn’t God…God? Isn’t He capable to fulfill, sustain, provide, conquer for you or fix your situation?
  • He can, He will but we must believe Him, trust Him, and hand yourself over in submission…and get out of the way. Don’t let your pride get in the way of obedience.

God longs for you!God loves you!God smiles when He sees you!God likes you!

Did you know that?

The decision is yours.

  • Will you take your step of faith in Jesus Christ?
  • Will you trust God through allowing Him to fill your “what” and/or “who” and commit to Him?
  • Stay close to Him, be in the Word, connect yourself to a Bible preaching church…one that stands on God’s Word alone.
  • God will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5; Isaiah 41:10). You draw near to God, God will draw near to you (James 4:8; Jeremiah 29:12-14). You seek first the kingdom of God, He will add His precious, perfect will unto you (Matthew 6:33). You call unto Him, He will show you great and mighty things you couldn’t even image (Jeremiah 33:3).
  • Did you know that He (Jesus) came that you would live an abundant life in Him – a life full, a life worth living (John 10:10).

“What” or “who” is your choice?

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