I would like to share with you the message I preached at a church in Melbourne, FL. I pray the Lord will strengthen and bless you through it!! Blessed be His most Holy Name!!
Beloved of God,
“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”
(Ephesians 1:16-23. ESV)
There are things you are praying about that you would like to see happening in your church, in your family, in your job, or in your community. I would like to challenge you this morning! Maybe the Lord wants to use YOU as the vessel of this change!
Are you waiting for the Lord to bring His Change through someone else??
Maybe the Lord is waiting on YOU!!
Are you willing to be the VESSEL OF CHANGE that He can use for such a time as this?
Are you ready to say YES?
~Tina K. Roach
Yesterday morning I was getting dressed for us to go to breakfast with my friend Carol’s mother, Sylvia. I was talking with God and worshipping with my praise music as I usually do every morning.
I began to feel that God was telling me that I was to pray for our waitress at breakfast (I have done this before). And, of course, I told Him yes!
We drove to The Waffle House…but when we entered into the restaurant, we discovered there were no seats available and we were going to have to wait.
Carol and Sylvia decided that we would go to Denny’s which was pretty close. This was not a restaurant that they usually went to…but, this day, we were going!
At Denny’s, we were seated and quickly waited upon by a smiling, happy waitress. This was her! I knew that I would be praying for this joyful woman! I also knew that it would be when she brought our breakfast.
As we were waiting for our order and enjoying our time together, we noticed the two women in the booth behind us were asking for the manager. They were sitting close enough that we couldn’t help but hear of their dissatisfaction with their service. And their waitress was our waitress!
When our waitress, Tanya, came back to bring coffee and fill our water glasses – it was like a different woman had taken over! The smile was gone, a deep sadness rested upon her, and her body even seemed to be slumped over as if carrying a heavy burden.
As she left, we joined in prayer for her…but I knew that my assignment from the Lord was not complete. I still would connect with her when our order was brought to the table.
The two women finished up…got their take home boxes…but didn’t leave. I found myself praying, “Lord, if she brings our order while they are still here, do I still go ahead and speak with her?”
I knew immediately as an answer that we would not get our order until they were gone.
A few minutes later, the women got up and left. Within 2 minutes, our waitress began slowly walking to our table with the big platter of food. She sadly and slowly began placing everything before us and then picked up the platter to leave.
“Tanya, put down the platter…I would like to talk to you.” She put it down and slowly came closer to me.
“I would like to tell you a story” and I began sharing with her of how God told me I was to pray for her that morning.
“Tanya, I know what has happened this morning. Your worth is not dependent on what your job is. Your worth is because of who you are! You are a precious, beloved, daughter of the Most High King! You are beautiful and treasured! He hears you and He sees you. The Lord loves you so much, He made sure I was here in this place, at this time, so I could tell you how important you are to Him!”
With tears streaming down her face, she hugged me and told me thank you! We once again had our smiling, joyful waitress back! And she knew in a very tangible way at that moment how much God loved her!!
Oh, my friends! May we be intentional about taking the time to not only speak TO God in our prayers…but take the time to LISTEN to Him speaking to us!
Prayer is a conversation…and God desires for us to join Him in reaching out to others in love. Who would He like for you to show His love to today? Ask Him…
~Tina K. Roach
This commandment of God is fairly simple and straightforward: Love God and love others. But, there is an extension on the last part…we are to love others AS we love ourselves.
What we hope for ourselves we should hope for others – happiness, health, and a life succeeding in all that God has purposed for us. And if we follow through with that, it is not a “selfish” love…but a love that hopes and desires the best for others.
To have a healthy “self-love” we need to see ourselves as God sees us. We need to walk in the identity that we have in Christ Jesus. That identity from God enables us to love others out of a healthy, secure place of knowing our place in God’s kingdom. (more on identity for a later time…)
Who is our neighbor? I don’t look at the word neighbor as pertaining to how well we know someone. But, I look at the word neighbor as pertaining to who is within our “sphere” at any given time. Our neighbor could be that person who lives right next door or across the street from us. But, it could also be that person who we come across in the grocery store or gas station that we don’t know at all. I believe our neighbor is whoever the Lord puts in our path at any given time.
The most important and critical part of this commandment is the first part – to love God! And how do we love Him? We love Him with EVERYTHING we have – heart, soul, strength, and mind!! We don’t love Him with PART of our heart, soul, strength, and mind–we love Him with ALL…completely!
I invite you to join me in meditating on what it would look like if we were to love Him to that degree each day. What would we change; what would we do differently? How would we “walk that out” in our day-to-day lives?
I believe it is impossible to love others and to love ourselves in the way that God calls us to, unless we have the first part in place — LOVING GOD. As we love God, we are able to love others as ourselves. HE must come first…and then everything else will fall in line.
HIS LOVE flowing through us will change not only our lives, but the lives of others! HALLELUJAH!!
On this Valentine’s Day, may we pour out our love on the LORD OUR GOD and then allow the love that He pours out on us to flow in an unending stream in and through us to others.
BLESSINGS & LOVE, dear Brothers and Sisters!
~Tina K. Roach
So…I’m sitting in the airport in Atlanta all alone. Alone except for the droves of people going here and there to eat or catch a flight. But, everyone has their attention on their destination and not really on what is happening around them.
I feel like I’m on an island in the heaving waters of the ocean. So much activity around me…but I am on an island of calm.
I feel the sweet, calm presence of the Lord as my companion. I talk to Him silently as I watch the people pass by; I talk to him as thoughts drift across my consciousness; I share with Him my joys and my concerns.
And best of all – He shares His thoughts with me! He tells me of His joys and His concerns; He shares with me His plans for what is coming in my life and ministry.
I am so thankful and humbled that God actually wants to hang out at the airport with me! WOW!! What an awesome God we serve!
No, I’m not alone…I’m never alone! 💥❤️
Oh God! I love Your commandments; I love Your guidance and Your wisdom and Your love and Your faithfulness!
Your words are a light upon the path before me. Darkness may be all around me…but Your light cuts through the darkness!
I love Your name and I desire for it to be continually on my lips and in my heart. May Your name be my strong tower that no forces can penetrate!
❤️I love You, LORD!❤️