The New Year is upon us!
I hear the Lord calling us to a deeper faith…a stronger faith…a focused faith.
We are being called to take a leap of faith! We are being propelled by the power of the Holy Spirit to leave our “comfort zone” and make a leap into our future!
I see the Lord lifting us up and above those things that would hold us down, The wind of the Holy Spirit will carry us over those places that seem impossible to navigate.
Don’t look down…don’t focus on your ability to make the jump! Look up!! Focus on the Lord and HIS ability!
Get ready!! Focus!! Breathe deeply and let the breath of God fill your lungs!!
TAKE THE LEAP!!
May we overflow with thankfulness!! As we live for Him, focused on Him, rooted and built up in Him – we will indeed find ourselves strengthened in our faith as He lives through us – transforming us to be more and more like Him!!
[vision]. I see a tree (us) with strong roots growing into rich, life-giving soil (Jesus). I see healthy, strong, beautiful fruit (fruit of the Spirit) covering the tree.
May others be drawn to Jesus by the fruit that is evident in our lives!
I am THANKFUL!!!
I was in a fast food restaurant for lunch with my friends after Bible Study. As I walked in the door, I saw one of the staff standing by a supply closet. I said, “Hi, how are you doing?” Something I say to many people without really thinking about it.
My eyes were looking into his as I asked my question. I normally would have continued walking as I heard his response, “Fine.”
But, our eyes were locked…I couldn’t look away…and the Lord wasn’t allowing me to continue walking.
I found myself walking towards him and I saw the faint look of surprise as he saw me coming.
I found myself saying, “How are you really doing? Is there something I can pray with you about?”
“Yes,” he said, “You can pray for my eyes.”
So, without asking any details, I just let the Lord lead me in praying for his eyes to be healed.
I’m so thankful that the Lord made me stop and meet this man at his point of need!
Give me more opportunities, Lord, for Your glory!!
Many people lost their electricity during Hurricane Irma (me included).
As I started going out again after things had settled down – I found myself asking people:
“Do you have power?”
As soon as I asked a few people, the Lord called my attention to what I was saying!
Then I began saying, “Of course, you have POWER! You have the power of Almighty God within you! I should say, do you have electricity?”
Beloved, no matter what circumstances you find yourself in – remember – you still have the indwelling presence of the Lord within you! His power continues to move in your life apart from physical lack or limitations.
You have the power of God to change your circumstances! You have the power of God to speak to the storms that are trying to knock you off your feet!
Don’t look at your limitations – look at God’s abundant provision! His power dwelling within you – the power of the Holy Spirit – doesn’t fail because of bad weather and storms in your life. His power doesn’t depend on manmade generators trying to work up enough power. His power is eternal, everlasting, and dependable! So I ask you:
DO YOU HAVE POWER?
“For we live by faith, not by sight.”
2 Corinthians 5:7 NIV
May those that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey not see the devastation with eyes of hopelessness…but may they look with EYES OF FAITH at restoration of what was lost.
May those that are seeing the destructive winds of Hurricane Irma bearing down upon them…look instead with EYES OF FAITH at God’s peace and protection in the midst of the storm.
May those that are battling health issues not look at the disease and infirmity… but look with EYES OF FAITH at God’s healing.
Brothers & Sisters, may we approach everything that comes our way with eyes that don’t look upon the problem…but with eyes that look upon the solution – JESUS!!
May we not let what we SEE affect what we KNOW —the LORD is a God of restoration, peace, protection, and healing!!
Let us declare to the earth and to the heavens:
WE LIVE BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT!!