Everything you need in life is found in God. And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:19) Not part, not some, ALL your needs. God is a God of abundance and riches. He has plenty to give you what ever you need, in every area. Business, relationship, family, goals, dreams — God has the answer.
And not only does God have the answer, He has the perfect answer, whether we chose to believe it or not. He sees what we cannot so His ways will differ from ours, but it will always be for our best. And He is God! His provision will be so much better than we could Micky Mouse together for ourselves.
Over and over again, we are told to fear not. If we put our trust in Him, in every single thing, He promises to take care of us. Will you try it? Will you obey Him? To not trust Him is disobedience. Don’t be like a child who refuses a parent’s help and turns away in stubbornness, only to end up hurting yourself.
Every area of your life can be blessed by God when you allow Him to do what He wants to do for you. Every single area. The thankful child of the King is greatly blessed.
God is such a good Father. He loves us far more than we know. Yes, He will discipline us, but He also wants to bless us. And not with random blessings that may or may not mean anything to us. He wants to bless us with what we really want.
Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. (Ps 37:4)
He wants to give us those dreams that we hold in our hearts that we may not even tell other people. He sees them. He knows what they mean to us, and He wants to give them. And He will, the condition is that we love Him.
When we love God, we enjoy His company. We love everything about Him– His goodness and kindness and joy. When we delight in Him, He knows it’s safe to bless us with our desires. If we hand over a wish list and expect Him to fulfill it without honoring and loving Him, we treat Him like a vending machine.
Check your heart and see if you are truly loving God. He will be everything you need Him to be when you give Him your love, your heart, and you all. And then be ready to be blessed.
There is something absolutely beautiful about our sanctuary in God. It is a place where God dwells and a place of safety for us. In the old days, the sanctuary was a physical location, but after we receive salvation through Christ, it is our heart. When God lives in us, we become His sanctuary and He becomes our place of safety.
It sounds strange, that our hearts should be a place of safety. But God is in us and He promises to be our shield and protection. In Him there is peace. In Him we can fear not. He said to give no thought to what we eat or drink or wear. He knows all about that and has a plan. We’re responsible to trust Him so He can work it out.
Find that place of sanctuary. Find Him in your heart and feel His peace and His smile. He loves you so much and waits patiently for you to come hang out with Him. And the more you do, the stronger your connection with Him will grow. You’ll feel greater peace and trust Him even more.
Sanctuary is with you wherever you go. You are just a heartbeat away from safety, peace, and help. And there’s more there as well: wisdom, love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, self-control. Everything you need is right there waiting. Go find it.
When I was young, communion used to scare me. Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. (I Cor 11:27) I used to stress about confessing my sins so I would be worthy to take communion. I don’t know what I expected would happen if I wasn’t worthy, but I didn’t want to find out.
As I got older, I began to associate communion with the crucifixion. Any description of the torture of being crucified made me ill. I took communion with a heart full of guilt and pain that Jesus had to suffer that for me.
But today, I take communion with joy. I associate it with Christmas and Easter. It is the reminder of God’s great plan to unite me with Him for eternity. I know about the suffering, but I choose to not dwell on it. The bread and the juice (in my church it’s juice) are elements of salvation and life. It makes me happy because I know that my life in Christ is secure and I can actually have a relationship with God because of His sacrifice. It was not a sacrifice in vain. Because of it, I am reborn and full of destiny. Communion is an act of celebration and gratitude.
Do you require God to tell you every decision you need to make? I’m guessing that you probably don’t get a lot of answsers. I don’t believe that God wants to direct every decision that you make. I think He wants us to be mature believers able to know our own hearts. I believe that we live with a green light unless He decides to make it red.
Since we have the Holy Spirit living in us, we are already influenced by His heart. He gives us ideas and dreams and desires, so He likes it when we want to go after them. Achieving those goals can go a dozen different ways. There’s not a perfect way. God can bless whatever we set out to do. If we are truly going in the wrong direction, He will let us know. We may get counsel or that door just won’t open.
I think there have been far too many dreams that never materialized because people waited for a sign. Instead, we should pursue those dreams and trust God to direct us as we go. Walk in maturity and faith, don’t wait to be handheld at every step. You already have a green light.
God is good. Seriously. He’s really, really good. Bad things happen in the world, and everyone assumes that God is punishing someone or allowing tragedy to happen. It’s an inaccurate assumption, because Jesus gave us all His authority to carry on His gospel. If bad things are happening, it’s because we’ve been lax in using His authority.
God is always good. When tragedy happens, it’s God who heals, saves and delivers. It’s God who sends grace where it’s needed when we call. He’s not directing from heaven so much as waiting to respond to our prayers. We need to be praying for His presence and goodness to be released in the world, otherwise, the bad things will continue to happen.
It’s sad and frustrating when God gets blamed for tragedy, but forgotten otherwise. He is powerful and able to be all that we need Him to be, if we would only turn to Him in faith. Without His protection, yes, tragedy happens, but that is not His plan. His plan is to be our shield and joy, but we have to ask. We miss so much by not asking.
Imagine a world where we all believed His word. Tragedy would be a thing of the past and we’d really see how good God really is.
How do you know God loves you? If you don’t know God, how would you know? It may sound as strange as being told, Cats think with an English accent. How would you know that? At first, by faith.
God has chosen to distant Himself from us physically, so we must respond to Him by faith. When we do, when we believe and receive His grace and salvation, then we receive Him into our hearts. Then we move from faith to knowledge. When the Spirit of God lives in you, you know Him.
But the beginnings are about trust. He says in His word that He loves us immensely. He made a plan for us to be with Him on purpose. You have to take that at face value. He is God and He loves you.
Accept it and receive His great joy. When you that, you can begin to listen with your heart. Your walls have to come down with Him. He sees through them anyway. You can be honest with Him like you can with no one else. Thank Him for His goodness. Allow yourself to love Him and you will feel and know the great truth of His love for you. There will be no guessing, no wondering after that. You will know.
There is a reason why every society started out with some kind of religion. There’s a reason why people turn to drugs, alcohol, thrill-seeking. There’s a reason why so many people are depressed and sad. We were created to love God. We have a God-shaped hole in our hearts that only He can fill. Trying to fill it any other way will only make us unhappy, miserable, or sick.
The pull of God on us is strong, though not easily understood. Ask the average person on the street if they think they need God and they will probably say no. They may not be alcoholic or on drugs, legal or otherwise, but they wouldn’t admit to feeling incomplete. They just think that living with sadness is natural. When you grow up in a dysfunctional home, you think everyone lives like that.
But when people discover God and His amazing love, they realize what they’ve missed for so long. That place inside is no longer empty, but full of peace. Finally, peace. No amount of mediation and exercise can bring what God gives us. Not even close.
The only way to find real life is through the One who created it. It was His great plan all along to bring us into His arms. Find Him there and you will find everything you need.
Life gets pretty tricky at times. All our best laid plans get thrown out the window and we’re left wondering what to do. Or a situation pops up and we really don’t have any idea what to do. That’s why God says to trust Him. He is awesome at working out impossible situations.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (Rom 8:28)
You see the stipulation there: To those who love God. We can’t give lip service to God and expect Him to be Superman for us. Jesus said the first commandment was to love God with all our heart. All our heart. When we are sold-out to God, He’ll move heaven and earth for us.
Stop panicking and start loving. Is that hard? Then ask Him to help you. Ask Him to give you the love that you need to love Him back. I know that sounds strange, but He’s actually ok with it. He is the source of all good things anyway. Love Him and in that love trust Him. You can’t trust and panic at the same time. Only when you take your hands off can He do what needs to be done.
God is always talking to you, even if you can’t hear Him.
The ability to hear God is vital to spiritual growth, and without growth, we stagnate and die. When we don’t listen to Him, we’re probably going in the wrong direction. It can be very dangerous. Any tip on how to hear God is a good thing. So here it is:
Today, if you will hear His voice. (Ps 95:7)
1. He’s always talking to you. Everyday. He will always have something to say to you, and you’d better believe that whatever God has to say is worth listening to.
2. You have to want to hear Him. The hearing is conditional. If you will hear. God is not going to breakthrough the game you have going on your iPhone. He’s not going to “smote you in the side” like Peter and wake you up. He’s waiting for you to give Him your attention and your desire to listen.
3. He’s talking today. Get your head out of the future or the past. You can’t hear Him there. Whatever He has to tell you today will prepare you for tomorrow.
Never believe that you can’t hear God speaking to you. That’s a lie. Settle your heart and listen. Don’t expect that His language will always be what you grew up speaking. Allow Him to communicate anyway He wants, because He is. Today. Right now.