He Gives Us Peace

You know my inner most thoughts God…

Do you know a person who likes to stand back and observe others to see what they are made of, what they are about, how they think, and why they do what they do? This is getting into the gift of discernment which is beside the point…

The point is that this is what God does with us. He is quiet, but he is not unavailable, rather he is watching us. He is observing our thoughts, our actions, our emotions, and our motives… these are the things that he judges when he looks at us. Nothing in our heart is hidden from his sight. Nothing… yet he loves us anyways, why? Because he sees the beautiful child he created, then he sees the pressure we endure, and the stressors life hands to us. How we handle those things really matters to him.

He has a plan. It might seem like he’s abandoned us, but the truth is that he has never forgotten us. He doesn’t forsake us. Men will break their promises and forsake us all day long, but not God. He is faithful.

How do I explain this to a man or woman who might be dead set on blaming God for the things that went wrong? Well I aim to address all that in an upcoming book that im writing, but for now I say this to you- God is for us, not against us and everything he does is for our best.. we may not understand it now but someday we’ll get it..

Does that mean that we are to just accept that “all things happen for a reason ” and Chuck it in the fudge bucket? That means that it is ok to be mad at God.. but just for a little while. He understands what you are going through and he cares about you, but at some point you’ll have to give him the reverence that he is Lord and sometimes it is true that he will expect us to worship him now as we wait for the answers to come later… this is for also for our best. You don’t even understand that right now.. but you are only clay.. he gets it. Just know that he can give you peace if you allow him. Amen.

God Is In Control

God made the heavens, the earth, and all that was created bares witness to his ways. He is glorious. He is what defines love and faithfulness. Only the purest of hearts can see him because it takes a good heart to understand him. God loves us so much that he allows everything that occurs in our life for his greater purposes. Sometimes we suffer “for the greater good” even “for the greater good for all” applies.

God is etching on the tablet of my heart, and he is saying that I can trust his voice always. Even if it doesn’t agree with my rationale mindset. If he tells me that he’s going to do something then he is going to do it, even if I cannot figure out how. When the Israelites were running from Pharo’s army and they came to the red sea.. God wasnt worried. Some of them were but he wasnt, he simply parted the red.sea. God knows what he is doing, and he’s always in control. The easiest and best way to handle new terrain is to simply “buckle your seat belts and enjoy the ride” because God is in the driver’s seat. God is always in control.

Our Appetites

There is a discontentment that occurs when we live life according to the flesh. The human has a huge need to be satisfied, and when we look to the wrong things to satisfy us, we continue to hunger. Smoking is an example, along with fornication, gluttony, drinking alcohol, drugs, and drama… these are all unhealthy outlets to filling our appetite, because the aftertaste to partaking in these behaviors is kind of nasty… they don’t leave us feeling well or good about ourselves afterwards. Healthier outlets include: sports, teaching, preaching, reading a book, talking to a friend, writing, hobbies, exercise, and health practices like eating superfoods. These outlets are healthy for the soul and recommended, however, there is still a higher thing we seek…. There is a theorist named Abraham Maslow who developed a hierarchy of human needs pyramid that outlines a hierarchy of human’s needs, beginning from the most basic at the bottom of the pyramid to the highest needs we have forming the tip of the pyramid . The theory is that people are not able to be satisfied until they have these needs met and in the given order. The needs begin with the most basic needs such as our physical needs for food, home, and bodily needs. Next we need safety, and then we need love and belonging. The last two tiers of needs are the higher needs which are self-esteem and finally self- actualization. Self-actualization is the stage in which a person reaches their fullest inner potential, in which they have peace with themselves, and all their physical and love needs are met. They have accomplished feeling good about themselves and finally they fulfill their purpose, what makes them who they are, or they have discovered their destiny and are also fulfilling it. Self- Actualization is what I want to discuss. I don’t believe it is possible to self- actualize without a connection to the Lord. It is built within each person to have a connection with him, whether or not everyone agrees. I believe that in order to truly attain good self-esteem we have to feel like a good person. There is a difference between arrogance and true confidence. Arrogance is laced with hate for others and really some hate for self. Confidence is feeling good about ourselves and how we behave with others. It is really hard to treat others well if you don’t have some sympathy or empathy for them. Anyways, all good things come from above, so when we act in goodness a reward is high self-esteem (Galations 6:4). After we have attained confidence in ourselves, then nothing can keep us from our destiny. Each person has a destiny from God. Each person was created to be and think a certain way that is also tied to their personal desires and needs for fulfillment. For example, the man who is destined to play the piano will not find satisfaction as a manager in a science lab, and vise versa. But God in his great wisdom orchestrated our lives so that we have to have some connection with him in order to be truly satisfied and often times our destiny won’t be fulfilled without him. My destiny was to write and preach the gospel. I have been thinking about God since I was a small child, even before ever being taught about him. I’m sure my grandparents and parents can recall my questions about God. However, if I had not ever turned to him then I would be one unsatisfied individual. I desired to learn about him because he created me to have that curiosity. Others will also have a drive because of their own personal God given destiny. We attain our true destiny when we put him in the forefront of our lives, or at least when we include him. Only God can truly satisfy us… Jesus said that those who hunger and thirst after him will be satisfied, and if he has called you, you will always have a hunger for him… even if it’s just slight. Thank him for it, and go to him for the dinner he’s prepared for you. Lord, quench our thirst… but may we never go without that thirst because you are the best temptation a person can ever want.

Rest

Hebrews 4:10

10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

We enter into his rest when we believe. When we finally accept that his love is unconditional. When we believe that he cares about and supplies all of our needs. When we know that he is in control. When we know that his way gives us true life.. When we finally believe we enter into his rest.

Resting from works means that we believe that he’s got it taken care of. He.was bruised for our transgression he was crushed for our iniquities. The chastisement for our sins was upon him and by his stripes we are healed. Amen.

Discouragement

Discouragement is contrary to hope. You know that feeling, when you start to get excited about something but then you have a contrary thought cross your mind that tells you there is no point to have hope. That is discouragement. It can also be defined as the opposite of courage. Hope gives us something to look forward to, and mixed with faith we have courage. However, when discouragement comes in we lose our courage. I think of a child who loves to paint and after their teacher approaches them and praises their effort and tells them of what potential they have to win a painting contest coming up, they have hope. This child might then have the courage to sign up for the contest, feeling encouraged. Later, however that same child hurries home to tell their parent about it, with their painting in hand, but the parent sees their painting and laughs, telling them they are just setting themselves up for disappointment signing up for the contest. The child then loses the hope they had, and their courage dies as well. Their parent just discouraged them.

In the spiritual realm their is a spirit being called discouragement. He doesn’t want you reaching for your dreams, so he comes and whispers thoughts to you that are contrary to the hope that gives you courage to reach for the stars. Discouragement can also lead to a state of depression, also another spiritual being. My question is regarding that illustration with the child and the art contest, would it really had hurt that bad if he entered the contest and lost? Sure, but which is worse? To have hope and then be let down, or to not even have hope. Many well meaning people find it merciful to take away your hope, however what if the judge of that contest saw the same thing that the art teacher did? Who is to tell us that we don’t have what it takes to make our dreams succeed. If nothing else, trying and failing is a learning experience in which we can learn how we should improve, but don’t stop reaching for the stars. So, what spirit are we listening to? By God’s grace I have recently learned to see my thoughts from an outsider perspective, also known as objectivity. I am learning to be more objective about the thoughts that cross my mind, especially when my emotions start to get pressure to feel depressed. If you are feeling depressed and discouraged then I suggest that you take a step back metaphorically and observe your thoughts. Part of learning to stand up to the devil is to understand that not all the thoughts you have originate from you, or God. Sometimes it really is the devil sitting on your shoulder delivering to you on a platter your personal thoughts.. and this whole time we’ve thought they were ours. Keep in mind that if you discover that your thoughts seem to really be words of discouragement or flaming darts as the bible describes them aimed straight at your courage, that Satan Lies. He lies, which means that whatever he is telling you right now you can surely know that the opposite is the real truth and the real you. Be of good cheer Jesus said, “for I have overcome the world”. Selah…. why so downcast oh my soul, put your hope in God. Amen.

Sweet Gentle Spirit

I have so much joy right now. I am searching my brain to figure out what I have done right to have so much joy. Honestly, it has absolutely nothing to do with what I have done, other than maybe praying to God. I am reminded today that I only have a stick, as Moses only had a stick. The stick itself is powerless except for the anointing of God. God does divine healing, not us. God knows all things, not us. God is loving and kind, not us. I have hope because his sweet gentle spirit whispers to my soul. Songs of promises of a future, a destiny, and of his love for me he sings to me. Oh sweet gentle holy spirit, you are surely the best friend a soul can ever dream of. Talk to me holy spirit, guide me holy spirit, comfort me, teach me, correct me, just don’t ever leave me. “I’m not going anywhere” is his promise, and unlike man, he means it. Because of your sweet gentle spirit I have hope, and true joy. Without you holy spirit, life is dead and meaningless. Thank you Jesus for giving me life everlasting through your sweet gentle spirit. Thank you Father God for the gift of Jesus. You truly love mankind after all. We have a loving God. Our God is perfect! Our God is Magnificent. Our God deserves to be loved with all that within us. I praise you holy heavenly creator. Mmmmm during this whole entire lifetime of mine, I’ve never tasted anything sweeter. I love you. Be glorified. I am yours, use me to bring out the truth of you to all nations I pray. It is an honor to be called by your name. Amen.

Dear Future Husband

First of all I want to say that I miss you. I thank God for you and I am seeking his purpose for our current separation. I pray you are doing well, that God is keeping you safe and that you are growing in inner strength. While you are away from me I am also seeking God’s will and to grow in inner strength. Im learning to trust in your absense.. knowing that you will come to me at the right time. You will want me to be strong in the Lord so that I will have a fountain of living water to withdraw from inorder that I might nourish you, and to be nourished by, this well that never runs dry. I know you won’t be perfect so my connection to this well as my main source is very important for us, also I am not perfect either so I trust God is preparing you as well. Im praying for you and looking forward to being together. I want you to know that it is important that God will always be first in my heart and he’s the one who will bless us.. my father is rich and is able to give us Every thing, but the stipulation is that we will have to let him live with us and give us his input. 😃😉