Give It Up!

We can all think of an instance where we decided to just give up. We got frustrated, maybe we got distracted, or perhaps the task we were trying to accomplish got moved down the list due to life’s circumstances. Either way, we just gave up! Consider this however, maybe giving up isn’t a bad thing. Maybe the very thing we decide to walk away from will place us on the path to something better or maybe Someone better.

In Matthew 19 (and throughout the Gospels), we see how the disciples have given up everything to follow Christ: “Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?” Matthew‬ ‭19:27‬

The disciples just gave up-their families, their worldly possessions, their fleshly desires-to follow Jesus. What will we forsake for His sake?

We serve a merciful and kind God, who knows that our children and spouses and families are the desires of our hearts. Perhaps He isn’t asking us to abandon them to follow Him, but He is asking that we abandon control and pride to follow Him. He is asking us to forsake ourselves for His sake. He is asking us to serve and care for our families from a surrendered place as oppose to a position of control.

Will you go even if your family does not? Will you renounce the Lord if your sister or your mother does? Are we willing to forsake for His sake? Are we willing to give it all up for Him: the satisfaction of our flesh, the perks of that promotion, that 20 year friendship?

The reward that awaits is so much greater than anything we can ever give up:

Peace and Blessings

The hiding place…

“There he came to a cave and spent the night in it; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings‬ ‭19:9‬ ‭

The Lord’s inquiry about Elijah’s location was more than physical. He wanted to know why Elijah was there. He wanted to know why Elijah was in hiding. Elijah recognizes the intent of the Lord’s inquiry:

“He said, “I have been very zealous (impassioned) for the Lord God of hosts (armies) [proclaiming what is rightfully and uniquely His]; for the sons of Israel have abandoned (broken) Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I, only I, am left; and they seek to take away my life.” 1 Kings‬ ‭19:10‬

Elijah was tired, friends-Spiritually, physically, and emotionally. His words tells us that he was weary, he was doing everything right and he was still dealing with strife and enemies. Doesn’t his reasoning sound familiar? Have you ever found yourself telling the Lord how tired you are? Have you ever ran and hid from doing what the Lord called you to do-because you were tired or scared? It’s hard to judge Elijah when we may have respond just like him in our weary state.

There was a promise awaiting Elijah and there is one awaiting us on the other side of our hiding place:

The harvest is awaiting you, sister! On the other side of exhaustion, on the other side of your weariness-the harvest is there! Elijah’s harvest was found in hearing the Lord’s voice, Elisha, and the promised remnant that was devoted to Him. The harvest was beautiful for Elijah and your reward is sweet as well!

Let’s consider the model presented in 1 Kings 9. The Word of God tells us that our reward is hearing the voice of our Amazing Father, receiving help for the task ahead, and a community of support. When we work hard for the Father, we can reap the harvest He has for us. We have to step out of our hiding place. We have stop hiding and seek out the Father.

Evaluate your location: What are you doing here? It’s time to come out and get your harvest!

Peace and Blessings

What’s in a name?

“Trust God to be God…” Author Unknown

Such a powerful message! We cry out how much we love God. We exclaim about how much He is our Lord and Savior. We shout about how powerful He is, how amazing He is, and how He holds the whole world in His hands. But then we try to plan, we try to “help the Lord out” by doing it our way, and relying on our knowledge and power. Don’t fret, it’s not too late to recognize the power behind His name! We can began to fully trust in the name of the Lord.

Let’s try it out this way:

Imagine if we trusted God to be God. Imagine if we trusted Him to be all He said He is! Oh how our worlds would shift! As you trust Him to be God over your life, you will begin to feel the foundations shaking! You will see the barriers begin to fall, you will see the mountains move! We will say His name, but will we trust in the power of His name?!

We know His name? Now, let’s trust in His name! He will not fail.

Peace and Blessings