One Way…God’s!

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In this journey called life, whether we realize it or not and whether we want to accept it or not, God has a purpose and God has a plan for ALL of us. Beloved, it’s of great necessity that we find out what God’s purpose and plan for our lives is, and it’s even more important that when we find them, that we walk therein…

For the greater majority of my life, I lived with God in my rearview mirror. All of our vehicles now days have rearview mirrors, and we use these mirrors intermittently as we journey from here to there, but they aren’t the main source of our navigational journey. Yes, they serve a purpose, but if we didn’t have them, we could still make safely to our destination.

When I lived with God in my rearview mirror, I used Him intermittently:

  • When I felt like I couldn’t handle things on my own and I needed Him…
  • When I thought about Him..
  • When I was in a difficult situation..
  • When my back was against the wall..
  • When I had a special prayer request…
  • When my money was looking funny and my change was strange..
  • When I was relationally our of sorts..
  • When all hell was breaking loose…

When I lived with God in my rearview mirror, I knew “of God”, but I wasn’t intentional about seeking to live this journey called life through Him. I knew “of God”, but He wasn’t my main source. I knew “of God”,  because I’d always do what I wanted to do FIRST, and when that didn’t work out, I’d opt for MY plan B, and then MY plan C, and so on. If I can be totally transparent, a lot of this misdirection, we learn from the world. The world in so many ways, shapes, forms and fashions, teaches us to GO FOR THE GUSTO and DO US, with no regard for God, His word, and His will for our lives. Because of this, I truly believe that’s why many of us struggle with so many things.

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death…(Proverbs 14:12)

Beloved, we’re in that season where it’s high time that we switch gears and switch focus, before we get left behind. The whistle of the train bound for glory is blowing, and if you’re alive and breathing and reading this message, I pray that the Lord uses this message as a mirror for you to take an honest look at your life, to see where you stand with Him..

  • Are you living with God in your rearview mirror..
  • Is God an intermittent part or piece of your life…
  • Do you seek the wisdom of God in decision making..
  • Is walking according to the will of God the MAIN THING…

Oh by the way, take a look at where the rearview mirror is and what it does. “A rearview mirror is a small mirror attached to the windshield, and it provides a view of  a vehicle, the road, or whatever is behind….

Let’s start looking forward by looking unto. Let’s start moving forward by living every facet of our lives through Christ, and being led by the Holy Spirit….

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God…Hebrews 12:2

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus…Philippians 3:14

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD…Isaiah 55:8

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me…Philippians 4:13

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God…Romans 8:14

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Hold onto what God purposes and has promised….

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The journey following the Lord doesn’t always feel good, nor is it the most comfortable, but it’s WORTH IT..

  • It’s worth it because God has a purpose for everything we face.
  • It’s worth it because God knows the end of a thing from the beginning.
  • It’s worth it, because if God said it, you can rest assured that He’s going to do it.
  • It’s worth it because no mater what we face along the journey, God will deliver.

 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me, Silvanus, and Timothy—was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. 20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, 22 who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee…(2 Corinthians 1:19-22)

It doesn’t matter whether you’re reading about the children of Israel’s journey following the Lord in the Old Testament, or the disciple’s journey following the Lord in the New Testament, there’s one constant to hold onto: What God purposes and promises ALWAYS came to pass!

Many times the children of Israel faced situations of uncertainty and circumstances that seemed as if they’d be totally consumed or destroyed, but God DELIVERED! The disciples in the New Testament often times faced situations that looked and felt as if they were going to come out on the short end of the stick, but God always GAVE THEM THE VICTORY!

Beloved, there was a catalyst at work in the hearts and minds of the children of Israel and the disciples, for the journey to which they’d been called. This catalyst was the reason that they didn’t quit or throw in the towel. This catalyst was a supernatural “measure of faith“, which God dealt into their hearts and minds, and they tapped into it…

FYI/PSA…..God has dealt all of us a supernatural measure of faith, we just have to tap into it.

“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith…(Romans 12:3)

Did you read that? God has dealt every man, woman, boy or girl (ALL OF US) a measure of faith, we just have to use it. Have you ever sat on the sideline watching a person play spades, who had all the trump cards, but didn’t know they were trump cards, and didn’t know how to play the trump cards? Guess what, that can be said of us as well, when it comes to our walk with God. We’ve been dealt the supernatural “measure of faith” card, and it’s in our hands (hearts), but we don’t know how to use it, and we’re not using it..

Beloved, God has some promises on layaway for all of us! You can say YES and AMEN to that because they’re  ESTABLISHED, ANOINTED, SEALED, GIVEN and GUARANTEED and by God!

  • For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us…
  • Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God..
  • who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

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Victory belongs to Jesus…

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world”…1 John 4:4

 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.'”…2 Chronicles 20:17

 

Happy Feet…

“The steps of a good man, (woman, boy or girl) are ordered by the Lord, and he (they) delight in them all..(Proverbs 37:23)

Beloved, God has a happy place for all of us, but we must find it. This happy place is in Him, and it’s nestled in His will and in His word.  Our happy place in Christ Jesus is found along an anointed and appointed path, which the Lord has charted. In order for us to find this happy place along this anointed and appointed path, it’s going to require us having a personal relationship with God. This relationship is four-fold!

  • God talking to us…
  • Us listening to and talking to God…
  • God instructing us…
  • Us obeying God’s voice and commands…

“My sheep listen to My voice, I know them and they follow Me…John 10:27

“Now it shall come to pass “IF” you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, BECAUSE you obey the voice of the Lord your God…Deuteronomy 28:1-2

Being in the happy place in Christ Jesus doesn’t mean that troubles, trials and tribulations won’t come and knock on our door, it just means that God won’t allow the troubles, trials and tribulations to come and knock us out. Being in the happy place in Christ Jesus doesn’t mean that troubles, trials and tribulations won’t try to rob us of our peace, it just means that Jesus will give us His peace in the midst of them. 

God has some anointed and appointed steps for all of our lives on layaway, and Jesus picked up the tab on Calvary. These steps lead to happiness in Christ Jesus. Our happiness in Christ Jesus isn’t based on any one isolated situation or circumstance, it takes into account our entire destiny, following Jesus. 

  • Happiness in Christ Jesus isn’t based on feelings and emotions, because they fluctuate, it’s based upon understanding God’s word, seeking to live according to His will, and living our daily lives through His word. 
  • Happiness in Christ is like having a tap root into the word of God, and it’s truly knowing and believing that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose…(Romans 8:28)
  • Happiness in Christ Jesus is being dialed in with the Spirit of God, Who leads and guides us in all truth, no matter what we may face.
  • Happiness in Christ Jesus is like having a Red Sea before you without a boat or a bridge in sight, but the Holy Spirit whispers and says, I got you..
  • Happiness in Christ Jesus is like not having access to the promised blessings of God, because they’re  securely shut up by Brinks or a Jericho Wall, but God whispers and says, trust Me…

My happiness is only in Christ Jesus. It’s knowing that He’s sovereign and it’s knowing that no matter what, He’s got me. My happiness is knowing that in the midst of whatever I face, God’s with me and He’s working in me and for me. My happiness is an offspring  or byproduct of His joy, and His joy is My strength. 

What makes God joyful?

  • When we accept Jesus as Savior..
  • When we repent..
  • When we surrender..
  • When we seek Him..
  • When we obey Him and His word…

Although Jesus didn’t need a Savior nor did He have to repent, He did surrender, He did seek to do the will of the Father, and He did obey God and His word. Thus, God was joyful….

“And SUDDENLY a voice came from heaven saying, this is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased…Matthew 3:17


Have you been BORN AGAIN….

For some strange reason, many of us either don’t understand or don’t embrace the fact that once we have truly accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, we are born again! When we are born again, “EVERYTHING” in our life changes…

Beloved, SALVATION is the conduit to our new identity in Christ Jesus…

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new….2 Corinthians 5:17

The enemy has been robbing us for too long of what Jesus came and died to give us. For some, I believe he’s confused and clouded our biblical understanding of what happens when we’re really saved or born again. But as for others, many really do know what salvation is, but for some strange reason, they pretend like it’s okay to live like they want to live, and that in the end everything is going to be okay with God. That’s simply not the case…

When we’re truly saved or born again, we experience a supernatural makeover. We no longer walk in the same manner as we use to walk, and we don’t carry ourselves in the same manner as we use to carry ourselves…

“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others….Ephesians 2:1-3

When we’re saved or born again, we experience complete newness in and through Christ Jesus. This newness doesn’t happen in our strength, there’s a supernatural deposit and supernatural metamorphosis..

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-7

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GPS….Turn by turn direction…

Navigation-View-And-Direction-ListingAfter texting my cousin moments ago who’s headed back to Maryland early this morning after visiting Dublin this week, I began thinking about their drive back. I asked them last night which way they were going back and their response was, “which ever way GPS takes us!” That’s a common consensus these days, even with me, because GPS has many of us spoiled like that. Often times we don’t give travel a second thought, we just plug in the destination and bounce..

Whenever we “DO THIS” we’re actually putting our absolute trust in the system. Very seldom do we second guess the system or get a second opinion, we “Just DO IT!” As I thought about this new era of the travel process and how much we trust, and depend upon it, God said to me, “I wish My people would look to Me and trust Me like that!” He went on to say, “From My vantage point it appears that My people trust the things and the systems of this world, and the wisdom and instruction of mankind, more than they trust Me or My word!”

I really had a mountaintop moment with God this morning because He not only told me this, He backed it up with His word. He reminded me of the children of Israel, taking an UNFAMILIAR journey out of Egypt to UNFAMILIAR place. They didn’t have access to a worldly GPS system, but they did have God’s Providential System, giving them turn by turn direction and provision for the journey.

“By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night…Exodus 13:21

Not only did God give them turn by turn directions, He was their personal concierge, supernaturally giving them water to drink and manna to eat. They didn’t have to get off on an exit, provision met them along their path…

“The Israelites ate manna forty years, until they came to a land that was settled; they ate manna until they reached the border of Canaan…Exodus 16:35

“He split the rocks in the wilderness and gave them water as abundant as the seas…Psalms 78:15

Beloved, just as God guided and provided for them, He’ll do the same for us. But something has happened, our faith has been hijacked, and our trust and belief in God, has been tainted by the world and its systems. David left a word on biblical record that reminds us that God still leads and guides and provides for us today..

 The steps of a good man (woman, boy or girl) are ordered by the LordAnd He delights in his way…Psalm 37:23

David affirmed God’s GPS, or turn by turn directions, for our everyday lives. All we have to do is look to Him, and trust Him, and “JUST DO IT” and He SHALL DIRECT OUR PATHS….

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths…Proverbs 3:5-6

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