Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I want it NOW!!!

Recently I was engaged in an online conversation that reminded me of something, and I thought I’d share it today. I preface that this online conversation was with someone I don’t think is one of my readers, so if you think I’m talking about you I’m not.

This individual was getting frustrated at the appearance of doors closing in their life and many were recommending that the person find a window and go through it. I of course came back with the “keep banging on the door eventually the person behind it will get annoyed and open it.” While we all have our moments of frustration, and I would be a hypocrite if I said I didn’t, I wanted to talk about this for a moment.

We’ve become a society that is focused on the now. We aren’t looking at the long term but only the short term. We want it now, but really we wanted it 10 minutes ago. We’re a fast-food fast-paced culture, which really resents anyone else not being that way. This concept can be found throughout our Western thinking. I personally think that we’ve become a culture so brainwashed that everything has to happen now for us that we’re loosing the concept of patience and endurance. Even writing styles have changed over the course of the last 100 years. As a writer we’re instructed to keep it short and sweet because it keeps the pace of the piece going quickly. I’m thoroughly convinced some of the great classics would never be published today because of how long and wordy they were. I don’t claim to not be affected by this. . .I have a very hard time reading the classics because it feels like your reading in thick mud. They take too long. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for Carpe Diem. Seize your days because they are short on this earth. Live your life at every moment as if it could be your last.

However if you haven’t noticed by now, the kingdom of God is full of balances. While sometimes it appears things happen suddenly, even suddenlies are prepared for years in advance. Jesus was prophesied about 100’s of years before he came on the earth. Even though “suddenly” Joseph was raised from the pit to the palace, he’d had a dream about what God had told him about 14-15 years earlier. David was anointed to be king over Israel, and I don’t know how long it was but it was over 10 years before he ever stepped in that role. Moses was forty years in Egypt, 40 years in exile, and 40 years in the wilderness. I took Noah and his sons 100 years to build the ark. The second coming of Jesus has been prophesied for centuries, and it will happen, but we’ve been waiting now for over 2000 years.

I was 16 when God put some things on my heart for my life. Soon I’ll be at the 16 year mark for me, and while I’ve seen some beginning signs I’m far from where I know God has purposed for me one day.

People, we are so funny. When things don’t happen when we think they should often times we get frustrated and grumpy. I’ve personally found myself acting that way to God and those around me who love me. We don’t understand why things aren’t happening when we think they should.

If you do a word search in the Bible on the phrase “appointed time” you’ll find several hits. God is very particular about the timing of things. While He loves his children and wants the best for them, sometimes we’ll be uncomfortable in the process. God needs to get us to where He needs us to be, both physically and spiritually. Perseverance is never something people like to talk about. Romans 5:1-4 (NIV) says, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. “ James 1:3 (New International Version) says, “because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” Matthew 24:13 (NKJV)”But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”

I always love the quote and I don’t know who said it, but it’s “With perseverance the snail reached the ark!” You have to stick in this thing called faith for the long haul. God doesn’t promise you it will be easy, but He does promise you that you’ll get there if you stick it out. Revelation 21:7 (NKJV) says, “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.”

If you are standing and believing for God to do certain things in your life I promise you living in a place of frustration isn’t going to get you there. God doesn’t move because you’re frustrated. He moves because you dare to believe Him. He moves because you rise up in faith and stand on the promise of what He told you, even when it takes longer than when you think it should.

Shake off the bondage of frustration today!!! The Bible says Philippians 4:6 (NKJV) says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;”

Commit in your heart that you are in this for the long run. You push forward to what you know God has called you to on this life. You seize the day in one hand and in the other grab tight to the peace and victory of the Lord. God has plans for you, and as Kim Clement always says, “You’re somewhere in the future and you look much better than you look right now!”

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Snow Melting On A Hot Tin Roof

Larkins Hall at The Ohio State University is an athletic complex. They’ve changed it since I went to school there, but it used to have a very steep metal roof. Its rough brick exterior and metal roof made it quite an interesting piece of architecture. I used to have to walk beside it several times a week to get to other classes. Whoever designed the building must have negated to think about springtime.

One particular day I was walking beside the building and I heard what sounded like an airplane whirring over head. The sound continued to gain speed until with a loud whoosh I watched ahead of me as ice, snow and icicles came down crashing in front of me. Suddenly I felt as if I was in a real life arcade game. The ice was melting and at the speed it was flying off that building I am sure it would have knocked someone out cold. In front of me and behind me the sections of ice blocks were loosening on the roof making their way down the metal makeshift luge slide and falling. It had the potential to be a very scary moment in time. However, I started to pray and soon found myself on the other side of the building.

Later I began to think how much life can be like walking under the snow melting on a hot tin roof. The vastness of choices in life can sometimes be overwhelming. To quote Dr. Seuss in Oh, The Places You Will Go!, “You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked. A Place you could sprain both your elbow and chin! Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in? How much can you lose? How much can you win?”

I have often look at choices in my life and wonder, “How does anyone live without having the guidance of the Holy Spirit? Life can be overwhelming and scary.

But I have good news for you. God doesn’t expect you to know everything. He sees your life. He knows what is best for you to do, and what choices are best for you to make. He knows down the road what choices could hurt you, and He knows what can help you. It’s not up to you to know everything. Isaiah 30:21 says, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it." I have always taken great peace in knowing that if I follow what God wants I can avoid the ice cubes trying to hit me in life.

One of the most common questions I’ve heard over the years, is “How can I know what God’s will for my life is?” John 10:27 says, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” God’s sheep know His voice. Rarely does God speak to you in an audible voice. Sometimes He can do this by something you’ve read in the Bible. Sometimes it can just be an unexplained peace. Sometimes, we can hear him like a bubbling words flowing from your inward man. John 7:38 says, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” Sometimes there are directions God will show you in life that will not make sense to your own head at the time. But you must ask yourself several questions: 1. Does what your feeling go contrary to the Word of God? If the answer is yes, it’s not God. 2. Do you know that you know that you know, this is what God is saying? I always say that I want to live my life in such a way that I have little to no regrets, and if God makes his will for me very apparent, I‘ll run with it.

God wants to talk to His children. He wants to give them guidance and direction. He sees things five, ten, and even fifty years down the road in your life. He knows what is best for you. When you spend all your energy trying to fight God in what you know is him, your only frustrating yourself and frustrating God. There is coming a time where I see many in the body who are about to make the choice to follow God into some choices that may not make sense to their natural thinking. But once we know that we know it’s God. . .Dare to believe. God loves it when we trust Him. That’s walking in faith, and God loves it when His children choose His ways.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spring Forward

Back in January I was praying and kept getting the phrase “new spring” and “springing forward” as if it was dropped deep within my spirit. Immediately I ran to the calendar to see when spring started this year, and after I wrote this on the calendar I went back to prayer, and kept praying about this.

When I was in gymnastics we used to have to do exercises on the spring board. That is the little apparatus that the person runs and jumps off of once you get on the end and typically jumps onto the horse. Spring boards are really two boards fashioned together at one end and springs on the other end. I can remember being a little intimidated by the spring board. You are to run at them as fast as you can and spring off the other end. Springing off can be scary. I mean really you’re propelling yourself high in the air, and have very little control over your flight.

Sometimes in can get frustrating living in the prophetic side of serving the Lord. God doesn’t live in time, and His timing is always perfect, but sometimes it’s like God, “I know I heard you. . . .where is it already?” I want to remind you all again of the word that God gave me and several others at the first of the year. Isaiah 43:19 (NKJV) says, “Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.”

I believe we’ve entered into a season of springing forward. But just as I said about the spring board, springing forward can get a little scary to our flesh in the physical. You have to trust God enough to actually spring forward. If He’s had you running all this time and you run up the spring board and stop. . . You aren’t going to go anywhere. You have to trust him to take the leap he’s telling you to take. Loosing control to yourself isn’t a bad thing, because in this instance it just means you’ve allowed God to have the control over your life.

I want to encourage all of you today, to take the jumps He’s telling you to take. I believe that we’ve entered into this season of springing forth. I for one am excited to be there because I don’t know about you, but it feels like I’ve been running towards this moment in time for a really long time. I’m ready to do something different even if it means jumping into areas I don’t know what is going to happen. I am excited, because God is doing a new thing. Embrace the change today. He is Good and His plans are perfect in your life.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

I Nailed My Hand To A Theatre Set!

While in college at The Ohio State University, I spent a lot of time in the theatre scene shop. As part of the program there, each student has to put in certain about of volunteer time in the department somewhere, and I volunteered there. But once my hours were up, I was employed there. I was the only woman who I knew of that worked there at the time, and one of the very few if not only they hired.

One particular day there was a student doing his volunteer time in the department, and I was put in charge of the crew working in the shop because the Teaching Assistants’ were on the set. This particular student was giving me a hard time about being a woman working in the scene shop. I was growing very annoyed with the situation, and was trying to show off. I was trying to prove that I had every right to be in that shop. My arrogance was showing. I was building a flat for a production, and the flat I was working on required me to nail a joint together at an awkward angle. Common sense and reason would tell someone to get a clamp to hold the wood together. But I was using a big bulky nail gun with 90 lbs of air pressure, and I figured who needs a clamp? I am a woman. I am awesome in this department. So while the chauvinistic student watched I took my hand to hold down the angle. I flexed my girl muscle and got the nail gun in position. I was braced to show him that I was awesome! Thump! Saw dust billowed in the air.

The nail went through the joint and into my left hand with such a force; I was jerked forward over the set piece. The student watched me with wide eyes; he was like a deer now caught in the headlights. He would not move. He starred at me struggling to realize that I was not removing my hand from the set easily. Shock for me was starting to set in.

“Go and get the TA!” I yelled at him, but I had to do it more than once. The kid was not moving.

When the TA finally arrived, I was starting to black out. I have had many injuries in my life, but nailing my hand to that wooden set, was the only time I remember starting to loose consciousness. The TA had to grab hold of my hand with both of his and physically force my hand free from the set piece. At one point we all wondered if I’d have to take the flat with me to the Emergency Room because it took him a lot of effort to get me off of it.

Pride can alter our common sense. I knew that getting a clamp in this situation would have been the smart choice, but I was too busy trying to show off. I was too busy trying to prove to some student that I had girl power. The Bible says a lot about pride. Here are just a few scriptures:

Proverbs 16:18 (The Message) says, “ First pride, then the crash—
the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.” Proverbs 3:7 (New King James Version) says, “Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.”

Proverbs 29:23 (The Message) says, “Pride lands you flat on your face; humility prepares you for honors.”

No matter the situation, we all have to remember that we are not the ones that are awesome, it’s God inside of us that rocks. Whenever we loose sight of that, we are setting ourselves up for a fall. Now I am not saying God made me nail my hand to a flat. It was my own stupidity. But what I am saying is that our flesh is fickle. You may think your on top of the world one moment, and do something stupid the next. We have to remember to stay humble, because “it’s humility that prepares you for honor.” I have learned in life that I cannot go around trying to prove myself to people who do not believe in me. That is God’s battle. I can choose to be prideful about it and explode making a mess (which believe me I have done and it gets ugly) or I can choose to stay humble and allow God to prove Himself through me. It is a choice I have to make. Pride may seem like a good idea for a moment, but eventually it will blow up.

As it turns out the nail that originally was thought to have broken my hand miraculously traveled parallel to my finger bone and no bones were broken in my stupidity. If you look on my left ring finger knuckle there is a scar to remind me of this prideful moment in my life. I look at that mark today as a battle scar of my own mistakes. But it is a good thing that we all do not need to nail our hand to a theatre set to remember to stay humble, and allow God to prove Himself through us.


Sunday, March 14, 2010

You have two choices: Either lie down and die, or get up and start fighting!

This weekend I drove my oldest to a birthday party about an hour across town. My youngest did not get to go because she was not feeling well, so Dan kept the youngest at home so he could install our kitchen sink because we have been in the middle of a kitchen remodel and I went to the birthday party at some friends’ house. I was lost once, but eventually found their new house. In true fashion of these particular friends of ours, the birthday party was decked out complete with bounce house, a petting zoo, a pony, etc.

Right after we got there I decided I needed to lock my purse in the car, so I walked out the front door. I neglected to see a small step further down on the porch. I took a nosedive in their driveway. With a summersault a flip and a flop I came up on my bottom and in pain. I knew immediately I had really hurt my ankle. I‘ve broken enough bones in my body to know it wasn‘t broken, but I knew I twisted it good and I hurt. For those of you who have known me for years these kinds of stories were not uncommon. However, I have been really good for about 12 years now. I’m a reformed klutz! Trying to hold back my tears, I went back to the party. I left early because I was hurting. By the time, I got back to my house the drive home had become me crying in pain, praying, and trying to justify making my oldest to drive. (I did not but it was tempting)

When I arrived home, I did not get the coddling I needed. Dan was still very engaged with the installation of the sink, and my youngest was still not feeling well. I could barely walk, and the tears were beginning to flow freely. I had to be a mom, and emotions were at a height. At this point, I finally got my sock off to see my ankle had swollen to double its original size.

I lay on the couch and cried. The thoughts swirled around my head, like a marching band. If I was living in the area of family, I could just drop the kids off at a relatives. How long is this season in my life going to last? Was I going to have to go to the urgent care for my ankle? In addition, Does God understand I do not have time to be here in pain with a hurt ankle? And, if I have to go to the Urgent Care do I take the kids with us or just go alone? I laid there for quite sometime feeling sorry for myself. I was in the pit of self-pity and like shovel fulls of dirt each question and thought was piling more and more dirt on my head.

My dad who: was a grunt soldier in Vietnam, has had two knee surgeries, a tumor removed from his spine and had to learn how to walk again, two heart attacks and a stroke, and a bout of pancratitis has always been a wealth of wisdom to me. He has always says to me that you have two choices in life: you can either lie down and die or get up and keep fighting. In the moment of crying and feeling sorry for myself, I realized I had to get up and keep fighting. I used to get condemned when I had these kinds of moments, but a wise woman once told me that having those moments are okay as long as you get right back up again and start speaking what the word of God says.

David in the Bible knew what it was like to have to fight his way out of a pit. Here he was anointed to be king at a very young age, taken into the king’s palace, and King Saul kept trying to kill him. He had to stop feeling sorry for his circumstances and keep on fighting. Psalm 40:2 says, “He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.”

We have all had similar moments to what happened to me this weekend when we find ourselves in a pit of self-pity. Where questions and pains dance in our minds and we do not know how we are going to get up. However, David said in Psalms that God took him out of the pit and set his feet upon a rock. God established His steps. All throughout the Bible Jesus Christ is compared to as the rock. Allow God to take you out of the pit and place your steps firmly on THE ROCK! We all have to get up and keep on fighting. We all have to hold fast that God’s ways are perfect and He knows what He is doing. We all have to renew our minds according to Romans 12:2! We have to renew our minds to what the Word says!

I woke up this morning doing better. I am a little stiff and still swollen. I will baby my ankle for a few days, but I will be fine. But I will tell you one thing, I am not going to lie down and die and neither should you. Get up, renew your mind, allow God to put you on THE Rock, and keep fighting.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

See Past Where You Are Right Now!

I was 16 years old when the Lord put it on my heart to write my first book. I expected when I finally wrote it for the waters of the industry to part like the Red Sea before me. I knew I was doing the will of God. So why was it taking so long?! When Dan and I chose for me to stay-at-home with the kids because that is what we felt God wanted for this season, it was as if the wind was knocked right out of me. That was the furthest from what I knew God had called me to do long term, and for years I cried and fought depression. I grew to dread the question that always came when introducing yourself for the first time. “So what do you do?” people would ask. God called me to be a writer and minister of the gospel, so that’s how I responded. I have gotten some classic responses, from those who were sympathetic to one woman who kept insisting that it was my hobby and not my career because I wasn’t making anything as a writer at the time. Dan and I used to get in small squabbles anytime I found out he was telling people that his response to “what does your wife do for a living” ended with “she stays at home with the kids.” I would always groan and say with tears in my eyes, “You tell them I’m a writer who also happens to be staying at home! It doesn’t matter if I’m not making anything yet because one day I will!”

I have learned that whenever God calls you to do something often times you will go through a season first of feeling you couldn’t be further from where it is you know your called. Often times the feelings of, “am I ever going to get where I know God has promised?” will become your worst enemy. Think about it. Joseph spent three years in prison for something he didn’t do, that was far from the dreams he’d had about his brothers bowing before him. Jesus worked as a carpenter before his time in full time ministry. We have to learn to go through the process to get to what we know God has spoken. We have to learn to see ourselves where God has called us and not to let go. We have to learn that the words we speak have power. We have to realize that how we see our future will determine if we’ll get there or not. If we see ourselves being stuck where we are right now forever, we’ll never obtain what God is saying. We must see ourselves where God has promised. We must see ourselves victorious and on the other side of the battle.

Here are some scriptures you’ll find encouraging.

Hebrews 12:1-3 (The Message) says, “Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!”

Matthew 21:21 says in the Message, “But Jesus was matter-of-fact: "Yes—and if you embrace this kingdom life and don't doubt God, you'll not only do minor feats like I did to the fig tree, but also triumph over huge obstacles. This mountain, for instance, you'll tell, 'Go jump in the lake,' and it will jump. Absolutely everything, ranging from small to large, as you make it a part of your believing prayer, gets included as you lay hold of God."

Mark 11:22 says in the Message, “Jesus was matter-of-fact: "Embrace this God-life. Really embrace it, and nothing will be too much for you. This mountain, for instance: Just say, 'Go jump in the lake'—no shuffling or shilly-shallying—and it's as good as done. That's why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you'll get God's everything. And when you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it's not all asking. If you have anything against someone, forgive—only then will your heavenly Father be inclined to also wipe your slate clean of sins."

Recently I happened to catch Joel Osteen on TV speaking on this very topic. He was talking about meeting a former Miss America and she’d tried to make it to the pageant for years. When she finally did, she won. They were asking her if that walk when she won was nerve racking for her, and she responded “no because in my mind I’d taken that walk hundreds of times before.”

My dear friends, we have to get to that place. Where we take hold of what God has called us to do, and know that one day you will get there. You have to fight thinking that your situation will never change. You have to take hold of the promise that you are who God says you are, you will be everything God says you will be, and the circumstances you are facing right now are temporary. God has good and perfect plans for your life, but it will be up to you if you get there. He doesn’t wave some magic wand to get you there. You have to put the work in. You have to do what He has spoken and watch eventually things will change.

Be encouraged today! God is for you. He is not against you. He wants to bring you to that new place, but will you see yourself there?

Sunday, March 7, 2010

My Shoes Got Stolen In Church!

The church I grew up in always reminded me of what the inside of Noah’s Ark must have looked like. It’s wooden paneling and large curved structure resembled the inside of a ship. The rectangular stained glass windows in muted shades of greens and browns let in light from the outside. The floors under the red padded pews were wooden. Thus the church would really echo if you weren’t careful.

One particular Sunday morning my sister and a friend was setting in the pew behind my mom and I. Much to the chagrin of my mother I’d kicked off my shoes at some point in the middle of the service. As the organ pumped the last hymn I looked down and couldn’t find my shoes anywhere. At first I thought, it had to have been my sister who took them, so I turned around to glare at her, but they didn’t seem to be there. I started to panic. Two shoes don’t just get up and walk away. I knew I’d be in trouble with my mother if I had to walk out of service barefoot. Finally as the final chords of the doxology played my sister and her friend could no longer contain their giggles. Their laughter was now echoing in the small church, and as the final chords died down, it was revealed she’d taken my shoes when I kicked them off. But she didn’t just take them, she’d hidden them in the hymnal shelves in the back of the pew so I couldn’t find them.

Often times in our spiritual walk we try to get comfortable and we allow ourselves to be vulnerable for things to happen. We have to stop being so complacent and wake up! 1 Peter 5:8 (New King James Version) says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” The definition of vigilant is to be watchful, alert, and on guard for danger. I am not saying my sister was being the devil, but what I am saying is that we have to start paying attention in the arena of the spirit. We can’t just assume it’s okay to get comfortable. We have to be on alert.

My dad who was a grunt soldier in Vietnam always says that the best time for an ambush on the enemy is early in the morning. It is because your adversary isn’t paying the attention they should, and their thoughts are usually far from the battle. You are a child of the must high God and the devil is trying to see how he can mess you up. The devil wants to lull you to sleep so that your life will have no real meaning to the kingdom of God. Let’s face it folks, there is a spiritual battle going on and we are right in the middle of it. Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

How do you stay sober and watchful? You pray. You stay sensitive to what God is saying. You obey His voice when He tells you to do something. Be like Nehemiah a watchman on the wall. Seeing ahead and praying. Don’t just let the devil mess with you, remind Him that the Jesus’ inside of you defeated Him at the cross. James 5:16 says, ”Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

We are living in exciting days in the kingdom of God. There is a real battle going on in the heavenly realm and we have the ability to affect it. Wake up! Stand your ground! Don’t grow so comfortable that the enemy can sneak in and steal your destiny. You have a battle to fight, and the great news is the battle has already been won! Be on alert and see that God is good!


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Lose the Saltshaker Mentality

When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time at my grandparents’ house. I am not sure how it started but somehow I had determined in my head that I was going to catch one of the birds that used to fly around their back yard. I tried to catch it by chasing after them, but it never seemed to work.

One day we visited my great grandfather somehow the topic arose. He was very old at the time. The memory is not vivid but I remember that to me he seemed ancient. His skin hung in folds on his face telling the story of time. He chuckled for a moment and said, “Well girl, if you can get salt on its tail you can catch it.” I did not know that he was joking. It must have been an old Southern Ohio tall tale because salt is so heavy. I think he mean that if you were close enough for salt to fall on the bird you were close enough to catch it. However, I did not take it that way.

For weeks, perhaps months, as soon as I would enter into my grandparents’ house Grandma would greet me with a saltshaker in hand. My pigtails streaming behind I would run around the yard with the saltshaker desperately trying to catch one of those birds. I will never know how much salt I went through. Grandma never complained. She was always faithful to hand me the saltshaker and allow me to keep trying. I would run and salt would go flying in the yard as if it was snow in the summertime. I was determined to catch a bird. Eventually will tears and frustration I gave up. I never did catch one.

Many times in pursuing the calling and giftings on your life, it is easy to get as I did with that bird. It is almost as if we think that God like my great grandfather is setting us up to have a little humor on us. But that is not true. God is not like that. God wants to see us fulfill the things He has for us. I heard a quote from John Paul Jackson on facebook the other day, and I thought I’d share it. "Far too many Christians treat God as if He means well, but He can't quite overcome the evil in this world - and their lives prove it."

You have the ability to do what God has called you to do on the inside of you whether you see it yet or not. God does not set you up to mess up. He sets you up to excel and be victorious.Joshua 1:8 says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

When people try to tell me that they are feeling that God is messing with them or setting them up for failure that tells me that they are either speaking out of frustration or they don’t really know God. 1 John 4:4 says, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 5:5 says, “Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”

Do you really get what God is saying? I mean really get it. If you do then why are you allowing circumstances to bother you? You are victorious through Christ Jesus. You need get that revelation deep on the inside of you. If you’re on God’s team, then He is cheering for you. He wants you to succeed. He wants you to fulfill all He has for you. He wants to watch you do everything in your life that He has set into motion. He doesn’t want you to just merely live day in and day out with a “woe is me” attitude. He wants you to stand tall and victorious. You are a king’s kid, so start acting like one! Sure situations and circumstances may come and go, but its okay. You can fulfill what He has called you to do. He is on your side.

He will never leave you or forsake you! (Hebrews 13:5, Deut 31:6, Deut 21:8, Joshua 1:5, and 1 Kings 8:57) I found that phrase five times in the Bible. I think if God kept repeating Himself, He must have meant it. You have to realize that God equips you; He calls you, and loves you so much he has the hairs on your head numbered. (Matthew 10:30) Stop getting frustrated today, and know that God is on your side. Great things are about to happen. Keep trusting Him!