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Fer God? Or Fer Abraham

I have often heard the story of Abraham, however, I have never just sat down, read it and contemplated it. Today I did. Admittedly, even though it is a good ending, I didn’t understand it. I laid my head down and just told God that I didn’t get it. Then, in His awesome faithfulness, He gave me His perspective on it. It was NOT for God because He already knew the outcome! It was for ABRAHAM! Abraham needed to know that he would truly do anything for God. The test was for him to see that within himself. He grew in faith, in belief and in trust that day. His walk with God became solid in a whole new way!!!  The promise that followed and, the history that fulfilled that promise, is mind-blowing!!!  For some reason, Abraham, in his walk, at that time, needed to go through this test. This was not God sitting on His throne testing Abraham because He was bored. That isn’t the God we serve! It was God seeing that Abraham needed to see something within himself and in His Love and kindness, grew him through this situation!!!

It’s hard to grasp why we go through what we go through sometimes! But I have been learning a lot about the Father heart of God from an incredible teacher, Graham Cooke. He always says “The problem before you is the distraction. What is behind it is the true issue. What does God need to be for you through this situation that He couldn’t be for you without it?” That statement has forever changed by view on the challenges I face in my life! Now, I can look past something and find that God is everything I could ever need through it! Abraham needed to go deeper and God took him there. We need to go deeper and, when God takes us there, go all the way and let Him teach you in that moment.  There is so much more to this walk that we realize!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AxXess To God’z PreZenze

In seeking God’s presence, it’ s not about what we deserve. If it was, we wouldn’t have anything coming to us. It’s about the fact that He made the choice to die for us BEFORE we were born. He made the choice to forgive us BEFORE we sinned. He made the choice to Love us BEFORE we knew and Loved Him. God is a God of great mercy and graciousness. Doubts and fears are just poisonous arrows that keep us at an unnecessary distance from Him. He didn’t go through all that He went through just to abandon us. He did it so that He would always have access to us, and us access to Him. If we could just set aside our blinders of insecurity, we would notice there is a clear path and open doorway that lead directly to His throne!! Instead of letting the worries of this world ensnare and enslave you, focus on one of the great promises He gave to us:

“Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart, I will be found by you” declares The Lord…” Jer 29:12-14a

The key words here are “with all your heart”. If your heart is crowded with sin, doubt, insecurity,fear and worry, you can’t seek Him with all of your heart. Keeping your heart clean and clear is a daily thing that has to happen at His throne. It may even need to happen several times a day!! All that matters is that you make your way to His throne and then make a continual choice to stay there! Don’t let the enemy move you because, through the authority and power that you have through Christ, he has no ability to do so! He can ONLY be successful at pulling you away if YOU let him. It is solely by keeping your eyes and focus on God that you will never give the enemy room in your life!!

Abandon yourself to God and let Him transform you into the person He originally created you to be! Acknowledge Him in all your ways and trust Him wholeheartedly to lead you in ways and directions that are bigger than you could ever think or dream of for yourself!!! And in making your way to His throne remember to approach it with confidence:

“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Heb 4:16

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“He must become Greater; I must become less” Jn 3:30

Fayth Fayce-off

So lot’s of things have been happening over the last few months and I have been super busy. Now that things have slowed down, I have time to think and that is doing me no favors today. My job is not, to be kind, an ideal place to be. I came on, initially, to help a friend, but it has turned into a VERY difficult place to walk into every day. My struggle is that because it is where I spend most of my time, it stinks. As for my friend, well, I feel like I am slowly losing that friendship with him, who also happens to be my boss, because I have lost so much respect for him as a business person. His lack of leadership has caused his entire team to crumble. He once had the full support from one other employee and myself, but unfortunately, even that is fading into oblivion. I feel terrible because I don’t take friendships lightly. They mean so much to me. Unfortunately, I can only do my best to hang on to this one but am not so sure I will be successful at it.

This is where I am facing my faith. I know I am not going to be here long-term, at least I hope not. So, while I am here, can I do it with a hopeful heart and a smile on my face that comes from a surety that my God has better plans for me? Can I really wait patiently when I FEEL so impatient. I almost feel like a caged lion…restless. I want to trust, I want to have faith, I want to believe I can do it. So now I have to make an intention choice on what I am going to do. Today, my choice is to do it God’s way, that’s the easy part. The challenge is overcoming the strong emotions that surge from my soul. If I can do that, then my faith will be legit and I will grow in character and integrity. Here’s prayin’!!!!

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