He’s Got You Covered!

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11
         HE DECLARES IT!  Isn’t that enough to excite you to know God has your back? That’s worth being excited about even in the midst of chaos.  No matter what season of life you are in, going into a crisis, in a crisis or coming out of one, there is indeed a bright future awaiting ahead for those who stay obedient and trust in God’s unfailing love. 
Jesus said
    “…Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.  But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
       It’s easy to let go and give up, to lose sight of things we have hoped for and be discouraged from ever seeing a bright future.  Life may provide us many ups and downs, but if we approach these trials and sorrows as opportunities to stand firm in our faith, it will help us to keep on trusting God and help prepare us for future challenges.  We’ll also be able to help others indeed as iron sharpens iron.  Take this advice from Jesus’ brother James.  
       “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.  For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”  James 1:2-4
       You may not find joy in the midst of the pain you may experience, but you can still certainly have joy in your heart knowing that you’re going to come out stronger than you went in.  So keep going, don’t give up.  This life isn’t for nothing, because no matter what the future may bring here on earth, there is indeed a prosperous future for us in Heaven.

It’s 2018 Happy New Year!

The new year has crept upon us.  Year after year we hope it’s a good one, better than before.  After all the holiday bliss is over, friends and family have returned home and you’ve finally finished the last sweets you promised yourself you wouldn’t eat, we often make goals to better ourselves.  I hope you stay true to your word if you’ve made any goals. But one thing I hope you stay true to is your relationship with Christ.  The most important priority in our walk with Christ is how we live for Christ.  The best fit scripture that comes to my mind is when Paul says in Romans 12:1-2 is to
“…offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is– his good, pleasing and perfect will” (NIV).
What great advice.  A new year is like a chapter waiting to be written.  Life may be looking up for you, or you may be looking back on last years chapter wishing or wondering what you could have done differently.  Maybe there’s a situation you could of handled or responded to better or maybe life just hasn’t been good to you and you’re looking for hope.  Jesus warned His disciples that “…In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.  
Whatever it is you’re facing, good or bad, Jesus understands and knows the trials and circumstances we may face.  What a better way to live life than with God leading us.  If we make it our goal and ambition to live completely for God, submerging ourselves into His truth so that His grace may flow through us, imagine what you can be looking back on when 2019 is around the corner.  If we allow God to “…renew our minds…” so we may understand better what His will for our life is, that’s a chapter well written.   
I challenge you this year to dig deeper into God’s word and be saturated more in His presence in prayer.  Proverbs 3:5-6  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (NIV).  Renewing our minds is obeying God when He asks something of us even when we don’t understand, when it doesn’t make sense to us at that time.  Trust in God for He knows what’s best.  The more we read God’s living Word, the more it becomes alive to us. The more we pray and listen to God, the more we’ll be able to hear and understand His will for our lives.  
This isn’t just to better your life, but it affects everyone else around you!  Do you want 2018 to be better?  James 5:16 “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (NIV).  Don’t allow disappointments and sins in this life keep you from God’s everlasting promises in your life.  This is a new chapter… are you willing to let God write it for you?   
Blessings to you in 2018!