Our God is powerful! He fights on our behalf and as we fall in line behind Him, He make us more than conquerors! This week I am declaring this verse over my life - the areas that are not in submission to the Almighty God and His Kingdom! Will you join me? ⚔️
“He makes both us and you stand firm because we belong to #Christ. He #anointed us. He put his #Spirit in our hearts and marked us as his own. We can now be sure that he will give us everything he promised us.”
If anyone should have been disqualified from ministry, it was Peter. Paul did some pretty awful things to the name of Christ as well, but Peter? He walked with Christ and ate with Christ and followed Christ and left his family for Christ. He told his Lord that he'd be with him till the end. And he was pretty good right up until the end shortly after seizing the ear from a guard showing his undying loyalty to the King of Kings. That is, until he was asked if he knew this Jesus character. And to that he replied, "I do not know or understand what you are talking about." Not once. Not twice. But three times. The second crow of the rooster was heard and Peter broke down and wept.
Peter could have forsaken all that he knew and experienced with Jesus. He could have lowered his head and ran away to some secluded desert to spend the rest of his days. Instead, he chose to deal with his failure, shake the dust off his very worn sandals and press on to share the amazing love of the Son of God to the world. For this, I am so grateful.
“Few unmistakable evidences glorify Him more than powerfully restored lives that humbly and authentically proclaim His faithfulness to the death.” - Beth Moore, The Beloved Disciple
Have you screwed up so badly that many are telling you you'll never be a witness for Christ? Have you shamed your family with failure upon failure only to hear that you'll fail again? Have you hidden in a corner hoping that no one will remember what you've done?
Well, my friend, I have good news. For, you see, His mercies, they are new every morning. While there will still be consequences to the sin you once allowed to entangle you, it does not have to keep you strangled from here on out. Repent of your sin. Receive the forgiveness offered to you. And proclaim God's faithfulness for the rest of your days.
Do you find yourself walking in shame over your past decisions? What is it that takes you back and makes you feel that shame? Spend some time asking God to renew you from the inside out. Commit 2 Corinthians 5:17 to memory and speak it aloud the next time you experience shame over your past.
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:21
At the cross the worst about us, our sins, was laid upon Christ, and the best about Him, His righteousness was laid upon us.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christʼs power may rest on me. That is why, for Christʼs sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.
So often I try to hide my weakness and the things I struggle with. I see them as such a fault, something which makes me less and which will hinder me from pursuing my goals. But those weaknesses are where Christ is most strong. They are where we are not enough, and where Jesus Christ comes in and fills us up. He is the one who is perfect, and who is strong when we can be nothing but weak.
2 Corinthians 12:9
「And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.」
God keeps leading me back to this passage... "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
-2 Corinthians 2:16-18
I recommend reading the verses before the "therefore" to find out what it is there for :-). Lerned that from a very amazing pastor, Pastor John Wagoner.
God bless y'all and goodnight
One of my absolute favorite verses: “We put no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.”
2 Corinthians 6:3-10 .
Comment one of your favorite verses!!!💗
No matter where we find ourselves in the moment - a place of glorious sunshine or bleak shadow - we can choose growth. 🌱
Growth doesn’t look the same in all seasons. Sometimes it’s the growth of new leaves and blossoms and at other times, it is the invisible growth of deeper and stronger roots. 🌿
Whatever season, whatever weather, whatever obstacles... choose growth. 🌳
People watching is a hobby of mine. Don't let that stir a panic in you. I'm not a weirdo or a stalker. I just enjoy the human race. What they say, what they don't say, the color of their eyes, the length of their hair, how confident they are by the way they carry themselves, how nervous they are because they lack said confidence.
Not only do I like do sit and watch, I also like to sit and listen. So much so that instead of monopolizing a conversation, I’m learning to actually enjoy listening to others more. No matter their age, demographic or intellect. I believe I can learn something from everyone...good or bad. In all of this, one of the things that I've learned about people is that some people are broken and some people are not. Allow me to unpack this for you.
Broken people don't focus on the sins and issues of others. No, they are so aware of their need for a Savior that they work on themselves. Broken people don't demand their rights. No, they often lay them down. Broken people don't dodge responsibility for their actions. No, they are fully willing to accept the consequences of their sin.
I've heard more stories than I care to relay to you about people who can't or won't take responsibility for what they've done. They play the blame game and run like crazy until they are far from the situation. If you've fallen into sin, own it. Even if you feel like you did something because of someone or because that someone didn't meet your needs.
Newsflash: You sinned. You made the choice to sin. You need to make it right. No matter what anyone else did first. You are still responsible for you!
Do you find that you dodge responsibility for your actions? Do you ever blame someone else for your sinful actions? Spend some time with the Father today and ask Him to reveal to you why you take this path so often.