In life we can become disappointed with people and circumstances. If we are not careful we begin to expect that we will be let down or that things won’t work out. If we expect things not to work out, we pre-determine what actually will happen.
As we come to God by accepting Jesus into our heart, we come into relationship with the God of possibilities. There is nothing too big or small for God. He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can hope, think or ask.
As we daily cultivate our relationship with our Father God, we can boldly go to the throne room of grace in prayer.
When we are feeling discouraged, we can ask God for hope and encouragement. When we are feeling disappointed, we can ask God to give us a confident expectation of good; and when we are feeling frustrated, we can ask God for peace and a sense of well-being.
As we decide to put our faith in the God of the universe, we can relax in knowing that with Him all things are possible. We can start to work towards that dream we had let die. We can begin to work on health in a relationship that has become difficult. We can know that whatever God has put in our heart to do, we can do through Christ who strengthens us.
Matthew 19:26 - Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Sometimes, as we go through life, our faith can falter. We may start off full of passion and dreams believing that God is able to bring every single one to pass. However, it is easy to lose heart when things turn out differently than we had hoped for. We often find people and things to distract us so that we can ignore what’s deep in our hearts to accomplish.
As we come to God in prayer, worship and reading of the Word, we come into the presence of the God of Possibilities. Jesus told His disciples, “...with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).” When we choose to trust God with our heart, rather than believing what we see with our eyes, we open the door to God’s supernatural power.
Fatih is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Those who came before us set the example of right believing. Abraham by faith went to a land he did not know, for He was looking for a city whose architect was God (Hebrews 11:10). By faith Sarah received the ability to conceive even after the proper time of life, because she believed that He who had promised was faithful (Hebrews 11:11).
By faith Moses’ parents hid him, so he could live despite the King’s edict, refusing to be afraid of Pharaoh. By faith Moses as an adult refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than enjoy the passing pleasures of sin. By faith he left Egypt, he trusted God’s leading over the King’s wrath. By faith Moses followed God’s instructions in performing the first passover, sprinkling the innocent blood of the lamb, so the Israelites would escape the destroyer. By faith he crossed the Red Sea leading the people of God on dry land, while seeing the Egyptians drowned behind him (Hebrews 11:23-29).
When we choose to follow the leading of God, we can have faith that God is with us. We may meet opposition, challenges and disappointments along the way but there is absolutely nothing that can stop our dreams from coming to pass when we choose to trust God and not give up. God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can hope, think or ask (Ephesians 3:20). He is on our side (Romans 8:31), and He is tirelessly at work behind the scenes bringing everything we hope for to pass in His timing. When we commit our plans to God, they will succeed (Proverbs 16:3). There is not anything in the universe that is too small or too big for our God.
Hebrews 11:1 - Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen
In life we encounter heavy and difficult situations. If we only focus on these negative things, we’ll become narrow-minded cynics. The truth is, there is darkness and heaviness all around us but there is also beauty and goodness too; sometimes we need to choose which one we focus on.
King David wrote Psalm 103, which is a beautiful glimpse of the covenant we have with our Lord Jesus as we enter into relationship with Him. David faced a lot of challenges in his life, but through them all he praised God! In this passage He praises God for His benefits: the forgiveness of all sins, the healing of all diseases, and the redemption from the pit of life.
David also praises God for who He is: a loving Father who crowns us with lovingkindness and compassion, and satisfies our years with good things, so that our youth is renewed like then eagle.
When we remind our souls of God’s magnificence and all of His benefits despite our negative circumstances, we magnify Him in our lives and remember who He is, what He has done and what He will do. When we set our focus on Him, we are reminded that He is the Infinite God of the Universe and able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can hope, think or ask!
Psalm 103:3-5 (MSG) -
He forgives your sins—every one.
He heals your diseases—every one.
He redeems you from hell—saves your life!
He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown.
He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal.
He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence.
We can feel that we do not have what we need to accomplish the goals in our life. We may feel we are short on money, talent, people and resources. The truth is, if we had everything we needed to do all that is in our heart, then we wouldn’t have to take that leap of faith; and we’d never know what it was like to sprout wings.
We were made for an exciting destiny of overcoming obstacles, fulfilling purpose and reigning in life. God created us in His image, plucked us from eternity and placed us in our time and location to flourish. No matter what we’ve believed, we are not a mistake, we are a one-of-a-kind masterpiece made on purpose for a purpose.
The Glorious God of the Universe not only made us but He loves us so much that when we became separated from Him, He sent His only begotten son Jesus to earth to rescue us. Love Incarnate dwelt among us and spent time with ordinary everyday people, embracing them, healing them and setting them free.
Jesus chose to die on the cross for our sins so there would be nothing between the Father God and us. God is always actively pursuing us with His radical, relentless, unconditional, overwhelming love even though we often run from Him. Now we can stop running because of Jesus and His finished work on the cross which has made us the righteousness of God in Christ by faith.
As we receive Jesus we receive son and daughtership and we become heirs according to the promise, and children upon whom the Father lavishes His love. We can now receive grace that abounds to every area of our lives. We can boldly come to the throne room of grace in time of need and find help, provision, strength, comfort and victory through Jesus Christ our Lord.
2 Corinthians 9:8 - God is ready to overwhelm you with more blessings than you could ever imagine so that you’ll always be taken care of in every way and you’ll have more than enough to share.
Jesus’ famous prayer was “Your Kingdom come, Your will to be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.” This prayer has been prayed religiously throughout the ages, generally recited without any wonder at its massive revelation.
However, when we meditate upon Jesus's words, we realize the consequences of such a prayer: Two polar-opposing worlds colliding. Heaven began to invade earth when the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. God moved into the neighborhood and those who saw Jesus saw God’s will being worked out with their own eyes.
Jesus let us in on Kingdom ways. He said that we are blessed when we are humble, when we mourn, when we are gentle, when we thirst for righteousness, when we are merciful, when our heart is pure, when we seek peace with others, and when we suffer for His name sake.
In opposition the world’s way is to take care of ourselves, compete, stuff our emotions, grab for power, vie for position, show no mercy, war with those we disagree with and whatever we do avoid pain and suffering at all costs.
The clash was so severe that Jesus, who was pure and innocent, was arrested, tortured, and condemned to a criminal's death. At that moment it looked like the world’s way of doing things had won. However, the Kingdom of God strikes back because the world condemned an innocent man.
Jesus Christ is raised from the dead, He ascends to the right hand of the Father in Heaven and is now interceding for us. He is and will always be eternity’s King and now the meek inherits the earth, the gentle are the victors, and we are now able to be the righteousness of God in Christ by faith.
Because of Jesus and His finished work on the cross we can be restored and reconciled with our Heavenly Father who has always desired a close loving parent-child relationship with us. He is the Good Father who lavishes His love upon His children.
As we spend time in prayer, we will find the marks of the Kingdom: righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. The more we behold the beauty of our Lord, the more we will effortlessly transform into His likeness, becoming the answer to Jesus’ famous prayer: Heaven on Earth.
Matt 6:7-10 (MSG) - "The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this: Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are. Set the world right; Do what’s best— as above, so below."
Have you ever felt like a misfit or an outcast? Sometimes we go through life trying so hard to fit in. We try to impress people by being everyone but ourselves. Even when we look like everyone else and sound like everyone else we can feel completely rejected and alone. In truth after striving so hard to fit in we often find that we stick out even more.
God loves misfits. He always has a plan for those who accept their unique identity. Moses was a Hebrew who grew up in the Egyptian Pharaoh's Household. He rejected his people’s oppressors and gave up his inheritance. Sadly Moses found that the Hebrews did not accept him. However, God accepted Moses, and called him to rescue his people from oppression. Moses stopped trying to fit in and stepped in to His destiny.
There are so many people in the Bible that God chose for greatness who could be considered outcasts. Joseph was hated by his brothers and sold into slavery and he became second in command of all of Egypt. Esther was an orphan in a country not her own and she eventually became queen over that country. Ruth was a Moabite widow in a strange land. Her loyalty and kindness became famous in Israel and she married the sought after bachelor, Boaz. And Ruth received a place in the genealogy of Christ.
Jesus spent most of His time with ordinary people, outcasts and misfits, as well as known sinners. He touched lepers, healed the sick, and set the captives free. He loved the hurting and broken and served humanity.
Jesus looked past gender, race, religion, economic status and any and every possible label. Jesus did not see labels. He simply loved people and people loved Him. Where Jesus went people followed. Jesus did not repel anyone except for the religious elite who were bound by their rules. Everyone came to Him to receive life, miracles, healing, wholeness and restoration.
You are not rejected. God has made a way for us all to be accepted. When we simply receive Jesus into our hearts, we become God’s beloved child. Beloved means cared for, highly valued, cherished, adored, doted on, dear to the heart and greatly loved. Be rooted in God’s unfailing love and step into your unique identity and God-designed destiny.
Eph 1:6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
We can grow weary in life when the dreams in our heart don’t seem to come to pass. We can settle into a mediocre existence where we just settle on making it through. The truth is, we are not on this planet just to exist; we are here on mission to make the world a better place.
The omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, infinite King of the Universe thought each of us up on purpose for a purpose. We are created a one-of-a-kind masterpiece to represent the Glorious King of the Universe by bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth.
We don’t have to feel it’s all up to us to make the dreams in our heart come to pass. God didn’t leave us on this planet all alone. He sent His beloved only son to reconnect us to Himself. Jesus the perfect son of God came to sinful man and dwelt among us.
He embraced us, healed us and set us free. Jesus paid the price for our sin at the cross, so we could no longer allow guilt to separate us from our loving Father God whose arms are wide open. Jesus ascended to Heaven and is interceding for us. Now we have His beautiful Holy Spirit leading and guiding us into all truth.
Everything in our heart will take longer than we think to come to pass on Planet Earth. In the meantime we can rest in the love of our Savior knowing that He will work all things out together for good. As we trust in and rely on Jesus, we will find that we effortlessly are transformed into His image from the inside out. The more we grasp the revelation of our identity in Him, the more we will effortlessly bring the Kingdom of Heaven to Planet Earth.
Matthew 6:9-10 (The Voice) - Our Father in heaven, let Your name remain holy. Bring about Your kingdom. Manifest Your will here on earth, as it is manifest in heaven.
Every incredible journey begins with one step. We often want to know where the path leads before we begin, but the truth is if we did, we might not start at all.
We’ve been placed in our time and location for a special purpose. We are here for a mission. God created us special and unique. He placed in our DNA God-dreams and wired us for our destiny.
As we receive Jesus into our heart, we are reconnected to the Father God and reconnected to our purpose. As we spend time in prayer, worship and reading the Word, we will be fueled for which we have been put on the planet.
The path to our purpose is full of ups and downs but even when we face obstacles and challenges, we can know we are not alone. God is with us, for us and on our side.
As we trust in God and allow Him to lead us, the path will become brighter and clearer. The goal on this quest is not just getting to the destination but learning to enjoy this wonderful journey as well.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (MSG) - Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
As we walk along the journey of life we can pick up things that are heavy to carry: worry, shame, guilt, regret, fear, condemnation, bitterness. All of these things slow us down and cause us to stop moving forward at some point. However we don’t live in the past or the future, we live right now in the present and that’s where we can access amazing grace.
We were made to be light and free. God created us in His image to grow, develop, flourish and thrive. He plucked us from eternity and placed us in our time and location to steward His plans.
God not only created us but He desperately loves us. God loves us so much that He sent His precious only son to earth to rescue, restore, redeem and reconnect us to Himself. Now through Jesus and His finished work on the cross we can enter into the Great Exchange.
Now we can come to our Lord Jesus in prayer and exchange our sin, sickness, fear, and depression for His righteousness, wholeness, peace and joy. As we daily come to the throne room of our Father God, we will receive grace in time of need. As we stop focusing on what was behind or what lies ahead and we focus on the present, we will sense all of God’s strength, provision, protection, wisdom and guidance for today.
Matthew 6:25-26 - "For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? "
In life we can go to great lengths to ensure that all of our ducks are in a row. We can try to make life tamable. However, life is never very predictable. Everything we know can change in an instant and we cannot foresee all the variables. A secure and docile life is simply a myth.
In a world that is beyond our control faith brings inner peace. It allows us to know that we are safe in our Father God’s hands. This doesn’t mean that we don’t make choices and take responsibility for our life but it does mean that we trust that God is good and that He is taking care of everything in our life and working it all out for good.
God is the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, omnibenevolent, infinite King of the Universe who is deeply concerned with the smallest detail of each of our lives. He never leaves us nor forsakes us and is always one prayer away to help, provide, protect, comfort and meet our needs.
As we receive Jesus into our heart, we become children of God and heirs of the promise. We will discover that our life becomes remarkable because with God all things are possible. We can trust in and rely upon our Heavenly Father that He is with us, for us, and on our side. So we can stop playing it safe and start dreaming big, because our God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can hope, think or ask.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.