The Goodness of God!

We were on our way home from spending precious time with family in Miami. First we stopped at Cracker Barrel. Nope-30 minute wait. We left and went to Outback in Daytona Beach.

The first table was in the bar area and it was too cold. We moved to a booth by a window in the main area.

Our waitress was a young woman who blessed us tremendously! Above and beyond service!! I praised her for her excellent service. ❤️. As she brought our box to go and our check, I felt the Lord’s nudge to speak a blessing over her.

I gently touched her arm, looked in her eyes and began speaking, “May this New Year…” She interrupted me by throwing her head back and laughing joyfully!

I said, “I want to speak a blessing over you.” She immediately closed her eyes and bowed low over our table.

I gently touched her forehead and said, “May this New Year be above and beyond what you can think and dream of! In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”

She raised her head and exclaimed, “I needed that!!” I said, “God is so good!”

Oh my, God is indeed good! Circumstances changed to make sure I was at her table to speak God’s blessing and love over her. I am completely overwhelmed by the goodness of God!!!

RELEASE YOUR PRAISE!

As I am alone in my house, praise music is blasting; my tambourine is ringing; my feet are dancing; my voice is lifted up unto the King of kings and Lord of lords!  And all of a sudden my Apple Watch vibrates. I look down and I see the words “Loud environment” with a warning. 

LOL!!  I would say to you, Brothers & Sisters, that sometimes we need to fill our environment with LOUD praise, worship, declarations, and joy!!  Not only is God worthy of our praise, but our praise changes the atmosphere of where we are and it changes us!   It is the ultimate warfare against the enemy of our souls.  Isn’t it wonderful that as we lift up our love, adoration, and praise to God Almighty, the overflow of our praise floods our lives, circumstances, and surroundings with God’s presence, power, healing, and victory!!  HALLELUJAH!!

Brothers & Sisters!!  Don’t hold back your praise and worship!  If we do, the stones will have to do it for us!!

“When he [Jesus] came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭19:37-40‬ ‭NIV‬‬. (Brackets and emphasis added by me)

RELEASE YOUR PRAISE, WORSHIP WARRIORS!

REJOICE!!

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:8‬)

For many this Christmas will look differently than any Christmas in the past. Some will not be able to spend time with loved ones due to death, sickness, or quarantine. Some will be unable to afford gifts due to loss of income. 

Yes, circumstances change. Everything around us can be shaken and uprooted. Nothing is guaranteed.  So where do we put our hope – in our government, in our jobs, in our doctors, in our church, in our family, in our friends, in our own ability and strength?

Dearest ones, if we choose to place our hope in anyone or anything other than Jesus Christ, we are setting ourselves up for disappointment. Circumstances change and people change.  But Jesus doesn’t change. He is the same – yesterday, today, and forever!  Hallelujah!!

During this Christmas season, let us remember that we have been given the greatest gift of all – Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior! He is our strong anchor. He is our strong foundation. He is our source of strength, healing, wisdom, love, joy, and peace. 

Let us celebrate Jesus! Let us not only celebrate Him during this Christmas season, but let us celebrate Him every day of our lives. REJOICE!!

Yet I Will Praise The LORD!!

“Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold And there be no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. (‭‭Habakkuk‬ ‭3:17-18‬ ‭NASB)

This is such a good reminder that our praise of Almighty God is not dependent on how things are going on in our lives.  Our praise is not in response to our circumstances – but our praise is in response to who God is!  

As we continue to journey through COVID –  we offer our undiluted praise to the LORD!!

As we walk in uncertainty of what our future holds – we offer our praises of faith to the LORD!!

I invite you to join me in wholehearted, faith-filled, joyful praise to the God of our salvation!! Our circumstances are constantly changing – but the LORD does not change! Hallelujah!!

“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (‭‭Psalm‬ ‭34:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

Blessing the LORD with you!

Tina Roach

Take Every Thought Captive!

“We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,”. (2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:5‬ ‭)

I want to be transparent with you about my weak moments. I know this scripture in 2 Corinthians and have even taught it. But, just because we know God’s truth does not mean it is easy to walk it out in our lives.

I have to admit that the isolation and social distancing during COVID-19 has been hard for me.  There are some days that I wake up and I can feel the heavy blanket of depression trying to take over my thoughts.  And that is not a good place to be!  Not only does it affect me but it affects those closest to me. 

Brothers and Sisters!  We all have times when we may feel despair, doubt, fear, frustration, anger, and hopelessness.  But, we need to make sure that we have the right response when and if it happens. 

We are told in God’s word that we are to TAKE EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE to the obedience of Jesus! We are to DESTROY speculations and every lofty thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God.

In other words, are our thoughts in alignment with our knowledge of who God is and in alignment with who God says we are?

We don’t have to act upon every thought!  We don’t have to allow our thoughts to dictate how we feel about ourselves or others.  We don’t have to allow our thoughts to be the “rudder” of our lives!

WE are in control of what thoughts we allow to take hold in our lives! If the thoughts we are having are causing us to fear, to hate, to be judgmental, or to feel depressed and unworthy —then we are to TAKE AUTHORITY over our thoughts and replace them with GOD’S TRUTH!!

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬)‭

LORD, thank You for being the Giver of Truth! Thank You for empowering us through Your Holy Spirit to control our thoughts and to not be ruled by them. We bring our thoughts into obedience to YOU!! Thank You, Jesus, for being the way, and the truth, and the life! It is in Your Name that we pray. AMEN!!

~Tina K. Roach