Raise Us Up, O Lord!!

As I was sitting on the porch in the quiet of the morning and the coolness of the gentle breeze flowing over me, I drew near to the Lord and rested in His presence. 

I began seeking Him for His word for the new year 2021.  A scripture flowed through my mind but did not stay. Then the scripture above settled and I began to meditate on it. 

The New Year is a time of making new resolutions and new plans. We begin to list all of the things we want to change, make better, or simply add to our lives. Usually, they are good and healthy things. Some things we may want to get rid of altogether.

There is nothing wrong with doing a “life check” and judging where we are and where we need to be.  But, it is important to let God be a part of our “life check.”

We tend to have our own ideas, thoughts, and plans and never realize that the Lord has even BETTER ideas, thoughts, and plans for our lives!

I believe this new year will be a time of the unexpected. What WE think will happen and how it will be accomplished is thinking at a level far below that of the Lord.  

Do we truly trust our God?  May 2021 be a time of maturing – in our faith, in our hope, and in our love. May we SPEAK our trust and belief!  May our words align with the heart and will of God!  May our ways and thoughts be raised to God’s level and may we not try and bring His down to our level.  

RAISE US UP, O GOD!!

I’m entering 2021 with high expectations of God and in His ability to do more than we can even ask or think!!  

~Tina Roach

Lord, You Are Faithful!

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:13‬ ‭NIV)

This scripture reminds us that no matter the temptation – there are others who have journeyed through the same thing.  It’s easy to sometimes feel that we are alone in our journey, but that’s not true!

The Lord uses others to support and help us as we are going through challenging circumstances. As they have journeyed through – so can we!

And even more powerful is God’s promise that He will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear. AND He will provide a way out. Hallelujah!!

[Prayer]. Lord, You are FAITHFUL!! You are trustworthy! You are more than able to see us through anything that tries to stop us in our journey with You. You go before us and provide a solution, an answer, a way out of our temptations. And You are with us providing all the strength and wisdom we need. LORD, YOU ARE FAITHFUL!!

Serving a Faithful God, Tina K. Roach

I Shall Not Be Shaken!!

“I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.  ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭16:8‬ ‭

Have you had times of feeling “shaken” lately?  I know I have.  It may be because of what we have allowed to be before us…what we are focused on. If we are more focused on the news and all that is happening in the world instead of on the Lord, we can be shaken!  If we are more focused on the problems that arise in our day-to-day lives instead of on the Problem Solver, we can be shaken!

Prayer:  Lord, forgive me when I have allowed other things to envelope all my attention and thoughts. I want YOU to be in my line of sight at all times. I want YOU to be my focus and be my right hand. I shall not be shaken!!!

Living Sacrifice

A living sacrifice…are we willing to sacrifice our plans, our schedule, our desires, our lives…and put them in the hands of Almighty God?

This is worship that costs something. This is truly believing that the God of the universe has a better plan for us than we have for ourselves.

Do we trust Him that much? It is a minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour, day-by-day choice.

I choose YOU to be the Master of my destiny, LORD! Your way is the best way! Your plan is the best plan! I offer myself as a living sacrifice. I am Your vessel… may You live in and through me! May You be glorified!!

FOLLOW ME!

I hear the Lord saying:

“I am looking for people who will put aside everything and follow Me. I am looking for people who will wholeheartedly seek after Me. I am looking for people who are willing to lay aside their plans for their lives and seek My plans. I am looking for people who will lay aside their insecurities and step out in faith into their calling and purpose.”

Are you one of those people?

“Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” (John‬ ‭12:26‬ ‭NIV‬‬)

Lord, we know that Your plan for our lives is better than our own. Help us to let go of what WE think is best and step out in faith and follow You and Your will. We desire Your spiritual gifts to be manifested in and through us for Your glory! We desire to walk in Your calling! We put aside those things that would hold us back from being all that You are calling us to be! We love You, Lord!

Following after Him, Tina Roach

The Word of God

The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)

During this time of uncertainty and wondering who to listen to in the flow of changing information that comes across our hearing or reading, we need to remind ourselves that the word of God can be trusted.  The word of God does not contradict itself. It is not dependent upon external circumstances going on around us. As a matter of fact, we can navigate the changing landscape of our lives by taking God’s word and applying it to our lives. 

“All Scripture is God-breathed…” (2 Timothy 3:16) It is Truth and it is Eternal!! In the coming days, may we breathe in God’s Truth and may we walk out that Truth in strength and love!!

Lord, thank You for being our Rock on which we stand! Thank You for Your faithfulness in good times and bad! Thank You for Your word that gives us understanding and revelation of who You are and who we are as Your sons and daughters! We trust Your word…we trust Your promises…we trust YOU, O God!! Amen!

Breathing in God’s Truth, Tina K. Roach

Focus on the Eternal!

“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 ‭4:16-18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

As time goes on, I observe my hair turning gray and wrinkles appearing deeper and more pronounced. My eyesight has dimmed and my body has changed. Yes, outwardly there is a “wasting away.” Time does indeed affect our physical bodies.

BUT, we are told to not “lose heart” – to not get discouraged. Even as our physical bodies may let us down, our spirit is not getting weaker, it is getting stronger as we are being renewed day by day! Hallelujah!!

As we go through challenges and troubles, the Lord reminds us that in and through them we are receiving an eternal glory that outweighs them all!

So, I won’t focus on the changes of getting older. I won’t focus on COVID-19. I won’t focus on all the turmoil that is raging around us. I will remind myself that all that I see is temporary.

Brothers & Sisters! May we not focus on the problems, but focus on the SOLUTIONS. When we pray, may we not bring a list of everything that is wrong to the Lord, but may we seek His vision, plan, and purpose and join Him in praying that!! God knows what we need in our lives. God knows what we need in the world. As we seek Him, and move our focus from the seen to that which is unseen – we will be focusing on the eternal!!

Oh God!! We join You in speaking Your will, plan, and vision for our lives, our church, and our world. Help us, Lord, to get our eyes off of the problems and onto YOU! We join You in the midst of it all! We want to be a part of the solution that You want to bring to a hurting world. Speak to us, Lord! We are ready to be Your hands, feet, and mouth. Pour through us and touch this world for Your glory! In Jesus’ Name. Amen! ~Tina K. Roach

PERFECT PEACE

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.”      ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭26:3-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

How can we continue to be at peace in our lives with so much going on?  One way that God will keep us in perfect peace is if we will have our minds “stayed” on Him.  As we all continue to abide by the “stay at home” directive during this COVID-19 quarantine, we see that as our bodies stay at home – our minds should be stayed on the Lord! 

We may be constricted in our movements right now…but our minds are not!  We should not let our minds be constricted with all of the fears, predictions, and negativity going on around us.  We are to keep our minds focused on the Lord!

And why do we choose to keep our minds stayed/focused on the Lord?  Because we trust in Him! The Lord is faithful and loving. He is above every disease, every virus, every problem, every challenge.  He already knows the answer and solution to every question we have. He will never leave or forsake us. He is our everlasting rock on which we can stand with both feet planted and know that we are safe.  The “storm” may rage around us…but we are held on a firm foundation! HALLELUJAH!! 

TRUST IN THE LORD FOREVER! KEEP YOUR MIND STAYED ON HIM! BE IN HIS PERFECT PEACE!

May the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance.  The Lord be with you all!  

2 Thessalonians 3:16  NASB  

~Tina K. Roach