When Mountains Move

When Mountains Move

Psalm 46:1-3 (NIV) God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountain fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

“The mountains quake with their surging…” I wonder what our response might be to the moving of the mountain beneath us when the Lord starts to break apart the foundation of doubt that once was our security as pride kept us in complete control. The smallest step in faith will produce a profound rumble in the ground beneath our feet. Faith is not logical. It is the substance of things hoped for and evidence of the unseen which makes it intangible. In fact, sometimes the smallest movement of faith in our life produces an avalanche of circumstances as the enemy fights to keep us from attempting another. Fear is a fortress with an unlocked door. It binds us in the dreadful expectation of something that may not ever be a reality. Faith produces a refuge in the Presence of God that endures the moving of our mountain as the earth gives way to eternity.

It seems as though the more I desire to live by faith the more uncertain life becomes. God is an ever-present help in trouble because His Spirit lives in us. The reality of God’s Love shines from those who encounter it, engage it and somehow endure to the end. It is up to me to fan the flames of His Spirit and keep the light shining brightly even on the darkest days. I must feed my faith the Word of God to continually nourish and strengthen it. I must water it with the Word to keep it supple and growing. I must protect my seed of faith from the things that want to choke it and kill it such as fear, anxiety, stress, worry and cares. Life is hard. There is no question that everyone faces difficulties in life. The outcome is determined by our response to adversity. Do I run for cover or run to my refuge. God is with us. He is working for us. He will never let us down. He must be the place of comfort and rest when the mountain starts moving.

Psalm 46:4-7 (NIV) There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Faith displaces fear in our life but doesn’t stop the world from turning. The world is headed for destruction. There are wars and rumors of war just as the Lord predicted when He was with us. Just because you have faith doesn’t change the current conditions or natural consequences in the world, it changes us. It conditions our soul, mind and body to respond to God’s Word and His Faithfulness rather than reacting to the situations faced on any given day. I didn’t realize until today that the words, “God is within her, she will not fail” were actually words of encouragement tucked in the Bible. I needed some encouragement today. If God lives in you, you will not fail. It’s true. If we could only believe that His Word is true and relevant in our life – we just might wait to see what happens.

Haggai 2:6-9 (NIV)  “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty. ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”

Why shake things up? I believe that the shaking is to keep us from settling. Comfort and complacency produce a sense of control that is contradictory to allowing God’s Spirit to work in us and through us. God is determined to give us His Very Best. He doesn’t cut corners or compromise. We must press and push to stay in the Presence of God even in the midst of violent storms or shifting sands. In Luke 6:38, it talks about being “pressed down, shaken together and running over.” The giving of our life in full surrender to faith produces this kind of movement in our life. It is not a bad thing. It reveals the true wealth of our life. We have the opportunity to become refined and purified as gold.

Psalm 46:8-11 (NIV) Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Is the ground beneath you moving? Are the winds of change blowing like a hurricane through your life? Do you feel unstable? Could it be that your faith is producing some movement in the mountain of doubt you have been climbing? Faith moves mountains even in the smallest form. The changes and conditions that seem to be threatening you might be the very things moving you from complacency to confidence and producing the hope from the ashes of unmet expectation. You cannot expect to be transformed and not moved. It would be contradictory. Stagnancy is not a Kingdom condition as His Spirit flows through our life. Changing us and the outcomes of each trial. The Lord is moving us into a refuge of faith that produces confident hope that in the midst of shaking all around us – it produces a stillness just knowing that He is God. He is Good. His Love for us is unending and unconditional. He will stop at nothing to show you how much He desires you. If the mountain is moving today, do not let it move you. Keep the faith. Remain committed to confident hope. Hold on to Him with both hands. The Lord is for you. You will not fail!

Psalm 62:8 (NIV) Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

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One More Step

One More Step.

Psalm 37:23-24 (NLT) The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.

One more step. Just one more step. What if my purpose will be revealed in the very next footfall? What if my potential will be realized in just the span of one foot length? What if I am that close to a breakthrough but too tired to move? What if the door is finally open but I choose to stop and turn away? One more step. The Lord is asking us to trust Him for the next step in our life not the summation of our destination. Too many times our focal point is not the finite but much farther ahead than human eyes could ever see. Determining our destination by a divine moment than God’s Plan – we take His Whisper and whip it into our own idea, concept or goal rather than patiently and confidently waiting on the Lord to show us the very next step.

The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. If you read this verse and think about it, the Goodness of God will begin a spark in your heart today. The Lord directs our steps. Is this a good thing…always? Well, it is if you continue reading “He delights in every detail of our lives.” What about the tough times? Heartbreaking situations? Overwhelming circumstances? Chaotic situations? What about those steps…are they divinely ordered because the Lord delights in us? Absolutely. Romans 8:28 is our guarantee. God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His Purpose for them. What is my purpose? To love God. Do I? Well, of course I do. Do I always get it right? Nope. Do I fall, fail, and mess up? Constantly. The sufficiency of God’s Grace is that no matter what if I love and desire God – I will always find myself in His Goodness. Always.

How can this be possible with all the sickness, hardship, trauma and terror in this world? The good die young while evil prospers. The rich get richer and the poor die in poverty. Love is cold and growing more so every minute. Sin has taken over. Perverted thoughts and skewed thinking rule the world in which we live. Jesus has not fallen off His Throne. He has not turned His Back on us. Whom the Son sets free is free indeed. We are permitted to choose our steps each and every one to our liking and choosing. God put mankind out of the garden not because He was mad at us or hated us but to save us from the torture of living forever in a deteriorating condition as a result of sin. Can you even imagine? A terminal cancer patient who can never be whisked away from pain and suffering into the Arms of Jesus? Death would be our escape and sudden release from the condition caused by our rebellion. We made the choice to turn our back on God that day. He made the choice to love us any way and make a way for our return.

I Corinthians 9:25-27 (NLT) All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.  So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.

Discipline will always move us away from disqualification. Discipline keeps our feet on the path when our heart looks back or tries to wander of. Discipline is the stairway to goals and achievement. Discipline focuses on the end goal not all the steps that make their way to it. If God showed us the summation of our life from the beginning most of us would quit right then and there. If we could see our life without God’s Plan to teach us things like persistence, patience and endurance – it would be so overwhelming many would never take the first step – let alone another one. God has planted purpose in each and every step that I take. His Plan is a good one and comes with a future and hope. Discipline requires a wholehearted effort and so does the Plan of God. No halfsies. You must desire the Lord with your whole heart to trust Him without borders. To go where you have never been. Do what you never thought you could do? Be exactly who God created and called you to be.

I Samuel 17:38-40 (NLT) Then Saul gave David his own armor—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before. “I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off again. He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine.

David obeyed his father’s directive to go to the battlefield to take his brothers food and supplies. He was then to bring back a report on their condition and news from the front. David followed his father’s directions. It seemed like just another monotonous task yet he did it. Upon arrival, each step led him from shepherd to warrior to giant killer in the span of one afternoon. I wonder where God is leading you today. Is today that one step will turn into victory? Is today the day you kill the giant who has been taunting and threatening your life? You will never know if you do not take the first step. David’s journey to the battlefield did not begin that day. It was a series of steps. Each one in obedience to someone or something in his heart, and know he would become a name everyone knew. He would become a giant killer. He would be victorious and his story recorded in the Word of God for all to read and glean from. What is your story? There is no way that you could possibly know because His Thoughts are so much higher than our own. The Lord is preparing a blessing far greater than you can think, ask or imagine. He is leading you to it. Are you following?

Here is something else from this passage that I believe is wisdom from on high. God has placed purpose in each and every one of our steps. He has planned, prepared and equipped us to overcome and achieve victory in our life. The absolute worst thing to do in such a situation is try to do it our way, be someone who we are not, or follow the advice, direction or leading of anyone other than the Lord. David was fully armed to take down the giant that day. God sent him into battle with everything he needed to overcome. If he had worn someone else’s armor or yielded a borrowed sword, I do not believe that David would have triumphed. We must have confidence, not only in God’s Plan, but that He has fully equipped us to achieve our goals and triumph in each battle. Faith is worth more than any other commodity used to fight. Grace keeps us moving in the right direction. Discipline will always lead to success. Obedience to God may lead us right to the battlefield but it comes with the promise to triumph.

Proverbs 16:9 (NLT) We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.

I do not believe in random fate. I do not ascribe to coincidence. I believe that no matter how I set out today that God is with me and in complete control. Even when I choose a different direction than where He is leading me, His Unfailing Love and Goodness is still in hot pursuit. Like a sheepdog herding wandering sheep, I believe God and His Spirit are constantly encircling me, directing me, leading me, and guiding me just like the Lord has promised. On especially difficult days, it is hard to see God’s Purpose, His Plan or even experience His Presence, but if I decide to take just one more step – I will find Him right there waiting for me. God is with me. Christ lives in me. Where I go – He goes. Where He goes – I want to be.

In John 18:4-5, Jesus is in the garden. He went there to pray. But now the Temple guards were there, things were beginning to come together. And the Word of God says, “Jesus fully realized all that was going to happen to him.” God’s Plan fully revealed. It was going to be rough. It would be horrible and torturous. He thought I was worth it, so you know what Jesus my precious and loving Savior did? “So He stepped forward…”The Lord took one more step. I don’t know what you are facing. The last few weeks have been challenging in my life. The thought of leaving this quiet place in the Presence of God is disheartening, but God is with me. He is where my help comes from. He promises that my steps are ordered. He tells us that He delights in every detail of my life. Is there blessing even in the bad days? Yes, according to His Word. How will I find it? Taking one more step…

Proverbs 20:24 (NLT) The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?

After walking through a long season of waiting and a time where two steps forward seemed to result in three steps backward, I have seen God change my mode of operation. I have decided to follow Jesus. I have no reason to look back. Anything in my past worst having the Lord is more than capable to bring into my future. Micah 6:8 has become one of my most favorite verses, “…The Lord has told you what is good and this is what He requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” It is so simple. Not hard to understand or follow. There are some things in my life that don’t add up or make sense according to His Goodness or His Glory and these are the things that might hinder my next step if I hadn’t decided to just trust the Lord and keep walking.

In Acts 2:14, the Holy Spirit had finally come to fill us. The Day of Pentecost must have been quite a party. It would also be the consummation of purpose in a man named Peter. The same Peter who said that he would die for Christ yet denied him not once but three times just hours before His Death on the Cross. Same Peter just kept following Jesus. He stepped out of hiding into purpose that day. You never know if today is the day that your purpose in Christ will be revealed. It doesn’t matter the outlook or forecast today – the Lord directs our steps. To overthink and scrutinize our course according to our expectation leads to discouragement. We have a hope that never ever leads to disappoint. The power or purpose is not in my next step but the Power of the One inside me who has already planned, prepared and promised me a rich and satisfying life. He is directing my steps right to it. He will lead me there if I just follow Him. This is not an act of service or according to any ability that I have. It is based solely and completely of faith and trust in God’s Love for me. Do not despise small beginnings. Rejoice in every victory even those that seem insignificant. Take the next step today. Do not be afraid to move ahead. Simply walk humbly with your God. All the Power, Potential and Promises of Your Father are carefully laid out before you – you are headed in the right direction…as long as you take one more step.

Galatians 6:9 (NLT) So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

Seeking a New Position

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Exodus 14:15-18 (NLT) Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving! Pick up your staff and raise your hand over the sea. Divide the water so the Israelites can walk through the middle of the sea on dry ground. And I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they will charge in after the Israelites. My great glory will be displayed through Pharaoh and his troops, his chariots, and his charioteers. When my glory is displayed through them, all Egypt will see my glory and know that I am the Lord!”

I am seeking a new position in 2017. While maintaining my current earthly roles of daughter, sister, wife and mother including friend and co-worker, I am determined to achieve a higher position in my walk with the Lord. It is attainable. The door has already been opened and I am qualified for the position. It is mine for the asking. If I seek it wholeheartedly, it belongs to me. I have grown bored with yesterday. I no longer desire the past. I am set on the future and to press to the mark of the High Calling. I was made for more than what I am currently maintaining in my power and under my control. Now is the time to move into the new thing that God has prepared for me, secured on my behalf and calls from the deep for me to come to!

Where is my motivation? What is this inspiration? It came to me listening to the song, “No Longer Slaves” by Bethel Music. I have heard this powerful song of deliverance and freedom countless times and yet the epiphany so overwhelming it left me shouting in the car on the way to work. Stuck with me throughout the day, and played in mind until morning. I am a Child of God. Of course, I already knew that. But sometimes it is a position that believers struggle to fully achieve and maintain as a way of life. It is not easy to comprehend a God that loves unconditionally and is ALWAYS good especially when things don’t seem to be working in our favor or completely falling apart.

“You split the sea so I could walk right through it…My fears are drowned in perfect love…You rescued me and I could stand and sing…I am a Child of God…” You (God) split the sea (created an opportunity) so I could walk right through it (faith) my fears are drowned in perfect love (confident hope) you rescued me (He did it, not me) so I could stand and sing…I am a Child of God!

There are three positions evident in the journey of the Israelites from bondage to total freedom. Slave, servant and Child of God. They were chosen by God from the beginning. You and I were created and chosen by God as well. He gave us a purpose that includes a future and hope achieved by faith. Faith means totally and wholeheartedly seeking an unseen God based on His Promise and not the evidence portrayed in our current life and conditions. The Israelites had nothing to go on but the word of Moses given to him by God.  They were slaves to the Egyptians. This was not an acquired position which was sought after but rather rebellion to God landed them there. Sound familiar?

Romans 6:4-7 (NLT) For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.

I am no longer a slave to sin. The Blood of Jesus Christ has washed away my sins as far as the east is from the west. Though I try my best to avoid sin, it happens every day nevertheless. If my desire is to become a servant of God, I must be willing to move from my position as slave to sin. When the Israelites were given the opportunity to be free again, they jumped at the offer. However, when things became inconvenient and uncomfortable – they decided they wanted to return to Egypt and the life of bondage they knew. We come to Jesus at His Offer of freedom but when it compromises our convenience and comfort many will just return to their old life rather than taking a chance on change. There are people today with great potential and hidden talents that will not leave their current employment for the very same reason. There are job posts every day for promotion. If you see the advertisement and desire the new job, yet do nothing to obtain it – whose fault is it if you do not get the new position. Jesus Christ has given us an opportunity called salvation. To live in complete freedom in this life moving into forever with Him one day as a part of His Kingdom. If you desire this position, you MAY have it but you MUST do something to make the move.

Hebrews 3:5-9 (NLT) Moses was certainly faithful in God’s house as a servant. His work was an illustration of the truths God would reveal later. But Christ, as the Son, is in charge of God’s entire house. And we are God’s house, if we keep our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ. That is why the Holy Spirit says, “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts
as Israel did when they rebelled, when they tested me in the wilderness. There your ancestors tested and tried my patience, even though they saw my miracles for forty years.

When God parted the Red Sea, the people had to make a choice. If you consider what that must have looked like in the natural, I am quite sure it took every ounce of courage they could muster to walk into the middle of two towering walls of water in faith that God would not let them go and destroy them all or they could remain behind and be led right back into slavery. The people chose to step out in faith and move from slave to servant.

What is the difference between slave and servant? Slavery is a forced position maintained by power and control. Servanthood is service offered with freedom of choice. Some slaves released by their owners in Biblical times would choose to become a servant if their master was fair, honest and good to them. We are no longer slaves to sin but will we move to become a Servant of God? Will we change positions? Will I choose bondage again or freedom of service? It is completely up to me.

In Exodus, the Lord told Moses to divide the sea so that the Israelites “can walk” not will walk or be forced to move but “can”. It was totally up to them to seek a new position. Once they made it through, now they were servants of God. What did they do? Rebelled. Over and over again. What is rebellion? Any time I do it my way and not God’s Way. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. To have all of His Promises and achieve every bit of personal potential deposited in me by God means doing it His Way…not my own. Good servants do what their masters ask. Grace is the credential allowing me to move from death to live and slave to servant. Faith is the ability to progress. Total trust takes time. Your current placement does not fully reflect God’s Potential in your life. You were not created to be just a servant of God but redeemed to be a Child of God. If you desire such an adoption but if you choose to remain like a hired hand it is completely up to you!

Luke 15:17-24 (NLT) “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.” So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’ “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’” So the party began.

This is probably the scenario that is most accurate for most of us. We come to the Lord. Fail miserably. Decide that grace is not given but must be earned. Return to the Father seeking the position of “hired servant” because it most closely resembles the way of the world and what we are accustomed to and never realize our full potential as sons and daughters of the Living God. You are a Child of God. It doesn’t change because you took the wrong path, made a bad choice, or rebelled in any way. You still have the same potential that you were born with. It is up to you and me to seek new levels and positions in God by faith not facts.

The son just wanted to have a comfortable life. His father loved him completely and filled with compassion intended to give his son his entire estate. Your Father’s Unconditional Love and Limitless Compassion accompanied by Overflowing Grace is always ready to hand you “back” the Keys to His Kingdom. Are you willing to seek the position? Will you return home in humility to be elevated to new levels of His Grace? Faith is a requirement. Faith will never be comfortable. It is not convenient. It pushes us to the edge of ourselves and the very end of self in order for us to solely rely on His Grace as sufficient for us. When we do, it creates change and movement in our life to fully assume the potential invested in us by God who is ready for us to become His Masterpiece. (Ephesians 2:10)

How many miraculous opportunities do we brush off because of fear and a lack of confidence in our Father’s Love for us? How many times have we taken other way when He offers to be the Way? Why do we continue to gather crumbs under His Table rather than sit at the feast in the presence of the enemy? What is keep you from fully assuming your position as Child of the One, True, Living God? Is it fear? Is it doubt? Is it comfort? Is it control? Is it pride? Is it selfishness? Whatever it is it is keeping you from enjoying all the benefits and blessings of God’s Kingdom because whether you have assumed such a position it is the one predestined for our life.

John 1:12 (NLT) But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 

The New Year is fast approaching. You have the freedom to move into a new position and higher level and deeper place in the Presence of God. He is ready to promote you. The potential inside of you is untouchable by sin, shame or any other rebellious thing you can do. It is His Promise for your life released by faith and maintained by confident hope. The only limit on your future is put there by you. The only cell that you are locked in is held tight by your hands. Who the Son sets free is free indeed. What is your choice today? Will it be another year of slavery? Being led to and fro by fleshly desires and opinionated people who exhibit invisible control over you. Will you move into servanthood? Trusting that God is always good enough to begin serving Him with your life. It is the next step to total freedom. It is the one that allows us to experience some of His Many Benefits to test promises revealing their truth and validity. Are you ready to take the biggest leap of all and become His Child? I want to live like the Child of God that I am in the coming year.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving! Pick up your staff and raise your hand over the sea. Divide the water so the Israelites can walk through the middle of the sea on dry ground.

Why are you still crying out to God for what is already preordained and designed for your life? This is my revelation as I seek a new position in 2017. Why am I asking for that which is given? I must muster enough faith to do it. Trust to attempt it. Confident hope to receive it. See God has already done His Part. Jesus said, “It is finished” on the Cross completely His Role as well. The rest is up to me. God is ready for me to seek a new position in life and move into it. He has given me the opportunity so the rest is up to me. Can I? Will I? So I may? These all hand the baton to me to finish the race and win the prize. Can I do it? Yes, I can. Will I do it? Now that is an entirely different question yet to be answered. It is time for me to get moving. I am seeking a new position in 2017. How about you?

Acts 17:27-28 (NLT)  “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’

Keep It Moving – A Devotion

Micah 6:6-8 (NLT)

What can we bring to the Lord? What kind of offerings should we give him? Should we bow before God with offerings of yearling calves? Should we offer him thousands of rams and ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Should we sacrifice our firstborn children to pay for our sins? No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

 

Mama said that there would be days like this. Actually, Jesus warned us that there would be days like this. He told us that we would like in a world where sin was rampant and love grown cold. (Matthew 24:12) The Lord warned us of trials, temptations and diverse measures that would rise up in our lives. This should come as no surprise. Human beings are the ones who made prosperity into what we thought it should be – not the Lord. As our soul prospers is lost in the “blab-it-and-grab-it” era of the church. With a failing economy, faith is gone and hope waning as we speak it but no longer receive it according to the things of this world. There is no temptation that has taken us that is not common to man. Jesus Christ bore the full weight of our transgression so that we would never feel the harsh hand of judgment. He opened the door to the sin that once held us captive. The Lord took a stripe for every sickness and disease that we would ever encounter. A crown of thorns was driven into His Head so that we could have the Mind of Christ one day. However, some days we become lost. Wandering around without real meaning or purpose, when God created us with a purpose and plan to prosper in spite of ourselves and independent of this world. On the days that seem overwhelming filled with more than I can bear, I picture Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. Her ruby red slipper just trying to find their way home as she walked along a pathway of gold. She whispered as she walked, “Follow the yellow brick road.” At first it is only a hushed breath but with each step her hope is renewed until she breaks into a song once again.

 

What is required to enter the Kingdom of God? In the overtaxed and underrated world in which we live, what do we have to offer the King of Kings and Lord of Lords when we live paycheck to paycheck and even that is a stretch sometimes? What does He desire? We are to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God. When you don’t know what to do in the midst of chaos, turmoil and endless circumstances – maybe this could become our mantra. “Do what is right, love mercy, and walk humbly with My God.” It has a nice ring to it. There is a song by Ron Kenoly that says, “If you catch hell don’t hold it, if you’re going through hell don’t stop.” Seems logical enough! We must keep it moving to enjoy the Promise and Prosperity of God in our life.

 

Isaiah 54:9-10 (NLT)

“Just as I swore in the time of Noah that I would never again let a flood cover the earth, so now I swear that I will never again be angry and punish you. For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you.

 

Change can be a difficult thing in our life. We think we desire change until it begins to move things around in our life. The trick is to allow change but not to be moved. We must learn to live what we believe rather than dependent on the circumstances of life. Things change. They are always changing but God uses His Word, Will and Way to transform us. Change can be random. It can be radical. But when it comes to Jesus we will be transformed. Why? There is a plan in place and activated in your life from the moment that you were created. It didn’t matter that you were not a planned pregnancy – you are a planned existence. We exist in Jesus Christ. Even before we called on the Lord to be our Savior, we live and breathe and exist in Jesus Christ. He is the Word that was made flesh to come live among us and demonstrate God’s Love for us so that we in turn would love Him back. God’s Love for mankind is faithful and forever. His Promise to bless us is never broken. If we are not blessed, it is by choice.

 

Deuteronomy 30:15-18 (NLT)

 “Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. For I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy. But if your heart turns away and you refuse to listen, and if you are drawn away to serve and worship other gods then I warn you now that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live a long, good life in the land you are crossing the Jordan to occupy.

 

God has given us the right to choose between life and death every single day. We decide if we prosper or experience disaster. God will bless those who choose to dwell in His Promises. But for those who choose the things of this world, they are subject to the enemy by choice. I want the blessings of God in my life. I want His Word to work in me and through me. I must choose each day who will be the Master of my life. Will it be me or Jesus Christ? Once I decide who that is, I will live what I believe. By choosing life in Jesus Christ, I choose to have His Promises. (Psalm37:3-4) He becomes my existence. In Jesus, I will live, move and exist. (Acts 17:27-28) If we believe that God’s Word is true and never returns to Him without accomplishing what He sent if forth to do (Isaiah 55:11), then I must live like it. We can learn the Word. We can know the Way. We have His Will. But until we decide to live, move and exist in Jesus Christ – we will not be changed or transformed as we should. Belief means action. It should change the course of our life to line up with our core values because we believe. (Hebrews 6:1-6) What do you believe today? Not sure, then how is your relationship with Jesus Christ? Do you know Him like a co-worker who you only meet with on certain days to accomplish certain things? Or is He like a family member or close friend who shares most of your life, but there is still some “me” time reserved just for you? Make Jesus Christ your everything and everything will change in your life according to His Word, Will and Way.

 

I John 2:12-14 (NLT)

I am writing to you who are God’s children because your sins have been forgiven through Jesus. I am writing to you who are mature in the faith because you know Christ, who existed from the beginning. I am writing to you who are young in the faith because you have won your battle with the evil one. I have written to you who are God’s children because you know the Father. I have written to you who are mature in the faith because you know Christ, who existed from the beginning. I have written to you who are young in the faith because you are strong. God’s word lives in your hearts and you have won your battle with the evil one.

 

Victory is not mine because I am a strong person or even a good one at that. Every personal victory I have in this life is because of Jesus Christ. I can do nothing on my own. That does not mean that there are not some days that I fall down, scrape my knees or get dirt on my face. There are a lot of those days in my life especially lately. My life is like a series of spinning plates high above my head on long poles. Some days I have them all under control and other days they just keep crashing on my head. That doesn’t mean that I am a failure just human. God does not require perfection. He knows us. He is well aware of our weaknesses and rebellious nature yet He loves me anyway. I love these verses in I John 2. They are like a shout out to every believer no matter where they are in their walk with Christ reminding them that God is faithful and filled with unfailing love. It is reminding us that a win is a win. You are victorious whether you run across the finish line or crawl broken, battered and bruised to the end. With Jesus Christ – you are victorious so do not be moved.

 

Colossians 1:15-18 (NLT)

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead.So he is first in everything.

 

Make Jesus Christ first in everything. That is my desire today. When I walk into work, I will be chanting, “do what is right, love mercy, and walk humbly with My God” so when the chaotic rush tries to overwhelm me I will not be moved. I will continue to sing this in my heart, “do what is right, love mercy, and walk humbly with My God” when the circumstances of life try to change me that I will remain yielded to the transforming resurrection power of Jesus Christ. I will find this in His Word to remind me such a commitment yields promises and blessings as I choose not to be moved. Instead I will be moved by His Spirit to walk in victory that only comes from knowing Jesus more. His Power will be manifested in my life by faith in God that demands action. (Hebrews 11:6) Everything exists by His Power (Romans 11:36) so there is nothing in my life that the Lord cannot do. When all hell breaks loose in my life, which seems to be moment by moment, I will be still in the Presence of God as I do what is right, love mercy and walk humbly with my God.” (Psalm 37:7-8) I will not be moved by the circumstances, trials, or troubles of this life but He will move me with the Power of His Love.

 

Psalm 27:4-8 (NLT)

The one thing I ask of the Lord—the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple. For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock. Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me. At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising the Lord with music. Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me! My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”