The Grand Finale…

We bet you can remember the series finale of your favorite tv show. You scheduled your whole evening around catching that moment. Sometimes the series finale was sweet and complete and other times, you may have walked away disappointed. And there may be those moments when you were just left with a big whole question mark!

In Christ, we don’t have to wonder about how the story will end. We don’t have to wonder about what’s going to happen. We don’t have to wonder if there is going to be a part two to the story. The Father is so awesome and gives it to us straight:

Friends, this right here is enough to make you shout! No more tears! No more pain! No more sorrow! No more death! He will come back to wipe those tears! Never again do we have to worry about pain, cancer, riots, elections-those things are passing away!

Clinging to this is important, now and for always. This is why we preach. This is why we minister. This is why we keep on praying for our loved ones to get saved! So they can experience this-the love of the Father! We preach Christ because in Him there will be a new Heaven and Earth! We get to spend the rest of eternity crying out “holy, holy, holy” and basking in the glory of our Savior.

The finale, friends, is greater than any sitcom or drama you’ve seen. This finale, friends, is indeed grand! You may say: that’s nice but what about COVID? What about the results of this election? What about systematic racism? All great concerns, of course. However, as you encounter tomorrow and the day after that: consider it all, whatever burdens you, whatever plagues you, consider it in the light of eternity, consider the grand finale.

“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison…” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:17‬

Peace and Blessings

Thorn to Throne…

“…a thorn in the flesh was given to me” 2 Corinthians 12:7

Followers of Christ may be familiar with this passage of scripture. Paul never stated what the thorn was that was in his flesh. Many theologians have many different theories but the Holy Spirit never revealed what it was. However, we do know that the thorn led Paul to the throne:

“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.” 2 Corinthians 12:8

Paul recognized that the Lord was the only One that could deliver Him from his thorn. He knew that the Lord was the ultimate deliverer. He remembered how the Lord had healed his sight. He knew that the throne would be the place that would be able to help him.

We need to follow the example of Paul, our thorns must lead us to the throne, the place where Jesus Christ sits! He is the only One who delivers, He is the only One who saves, and He is the only One who redeems. Whatever pain or hurt we are experiencing, we must remember our Father. This is not forsaking the blessing of medicine and science, but this is remembering that the One who gifted the scientists and doctors must be our main source of healing and delivers.

Our thorns must not lead to groans and moans. Our thorns should not lead us to cursing and whining. We must remember that we are to look to Jesus Christ for these aches, pains, and downright annoyances that plague our days. And maybe we are like Paul and this will be our response as we seek the throne:

And while that may not be the response we were hoping for, perhaps it can shape the perspective of the thorn. Every moment we are annoyed or achy, may we remember the grace of God and how it shines in our weaknesses. Maybe we remember as we continue to plead with God to remove the thorn, that His power is most perfect in our weakness.

And perhaps with thorn in our flesh we receive this ultimate proclamation:

“…Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

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A (re)New(ed) Thing…

New life exists in Christ! The day you become saved, it’s the beginning of new life, but it is not the end! Once you become saved, you are starting anew but there is more to come!

Coming to Christ is only the beginning! As a follower of God through Jesus Christ, you are being transformed and renewed! Friend, you won’t remain the same. The Lord, your God, is refreshing you, reviving you, and revealing something new in you each and every day!

As you seek His face, as you pray, and diligently seek out Him and His Word, you making room and developing ground for something new to happen in You! His Word renews! Rejoice, my sister, in your newness and in your renewal! In Christ, your children, your spiritual walk, and your relationship with Christ becomes renewed. Your marriage will experience a refreshing. Your ministry becomes a new thing! He is birthing a new thing in your life! Our Father, the Creator, always produces life.

There is nothing stagnant nor stale about our relationship with God. If it is, that means it is time for some prayer and fasting because we are in need of a renewal. As we intentionally sit as His feet, all things become new and renewed. Revelation tends to birth something new and as we are refreshed, we are being renewed.

We here at Sisters Helping Sisters are doing a new thing! We are excited to post a devotional Mondays through Thursdays until the Lord says otherwise. We pray that it helps you and draws you closer to the Savior.

Behold, our sister, for the Lord is doing a new thing, not only for us but for you! The pressing, the pushing and the pruning will produce new wine in you!

Peace and Blessings

Go to Grow…

In order to get to your next destination, you must go. The destination represents progression and growth. The destination is one step closer to your goal and the completion of your mission. You will never know if you don’t go and you must go to grow.

Yes, we know there are some obstacles you would rather not conquer. There are some doors you would rather simply go around rather than enter, but you must go to grow. The loss of a loved one teaches us how to endure. The rejection prepares us for the next achievement. The closed door helps us appreciate the open doors.

We must go to grow.

Our moments of weakness and life’s difficulties teaches us to depend on Christ more than ourselves. The insults position us to find our identity in Christ. The persecution guides us to His safety. Going through helps us to grow through!

The Word encourages us with the truth:

The knowledge gained trumps the trial. The wisdom gained supersedes the tribulation. The problem is not bigger than your Lord. Your hurdle isn’t bigger than the One who holds the world in His hands. Going through positions you from victim to victor!

So go to grow! Grow closer to Christ. Grow closer to dependence on Him. Grow in your confidence that He can do exceedingly and abundantly all that you ask. Grow to know that His way is perfection. Grow to know His voice, His comfort, and His strength.

My friend, you must go to grow.

Peace and Blessings

Provision.

Provision: God will provide for the vision. Provision. Dreams can be big and intimidating. They say if your dream doesn’t scare you, it’s not big enough.

As God is the Creator of the Universe, one can only imagine the magnitude of dreams and visions that He is birthing inside of believers. But yet, we crush those visions and kill those dreams as we wonder, how will it get done? And we wonder, who will provide for the vision and dream?

The Creator of LIFE is using YOU to do great works. And if He is using YOU to do great works, He will provide for YOU. He will cause doors to open that you never imagined. He will cause people to be generous to you for no apparent reason. He will plant people in your life with the same exact dream and vision.

Will you trust in the One who provided the vision? Will you believe in the Creator of your dream? Of your deepest desire? He planted that MASSIVE dream in you, will you trust Him today to do what He crafted you to do?

Plant His promise to you as you dream your big dreams. Remember His Word as you are blessed with the house and car. Remember the fact that He generously supplies all that you need.

Hold tight to this version of the above scripture: “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8

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Walking It Out…

Actions are connected to faith. Consider the story of the 10 lepers. “And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” Luke 17:12‭-‬13

And He did, indeed show them mercy.

“When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed.” Luke 17:14

“And as they went they were cleansed.” Let’s not miss the beauty of the text. This interaction took place from a distance. The lepers believed in the power and authority of Jesus. And they went. They walked their faith out.

We, too, must walk our faith out. Once we get off of our knees from praying, we must move forward in faith. We must move forward believing that our prayer has been heard and will be answered.

We don’t serve a genie. We serve an strategic and intentional God. Will you walk by faith? Even if you can’t see it, will you believe that He’s done it?

My friend, walk boldly like the 10, trusting and believing that God is whom He say He is. Walk boldly in your healing, wholeness, and deliverance. And as you go, know that you are set free. As you go, know that God is not a man that He shall lie.

And once you receive what you’ve asked for, desired, and needed, follow the lead of the one…

“Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks…” Luke 17:15‭-‬16 ESV

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Know Your Limits…

After going for a while, you need a rest right? Most computers usually need to be restarted after a while. Most phones need to be rebooted to work correctly. Most cars need a tune-up.

Everything and everyone has a limit. Eventually, you will need to eat or sleep. Keep going without refueling and you will get weary. You will become disoriented, irritable, and frustrated. You, contrary to popular belief (or your own belief), are not the Energizer Bunny. If you keep going and going, you will crash eventually.

You my friend, amazing and wonderful in all of your ways, was created to be limited. My sister, know your limits. You are not superwoman. And thank God for that! Thank God that you are no one’s Savior. Thank God that the fate of the world does not rest in your hands. Its a weight that you cannot bear, yet you have a Father who is willing to do that for you.

There is only One who is beyond limits, beyond human comprehension, beyond the constraints of time. Seek Him. Lean on Him. He is perfect in your weakness.

You serve a limitless God. He is the only One who can do the impossible. He is the only One who can do exceedingly and abundantly all that you could ask or think. He is the only One who saves.

So rest in His limitlessness and rejoice and boast in your limits.

Peace and Blessings

Who Am I?

An article from the ACT for Youth Center of Excellence argues that the age old question of “Who Am I?” appears for most in adolescence. What a powerful question to consider at a time when hormones are in flux! And when does that important question get answered? At 18? 21? 23? Or does it take a lifetime to figure out who you are?

If we let the world answer that question for us, it will be based off of our socioeconomic status, ethnicity, or income. And while those aforementioned characteristics may have shaped our experiences, they have not formed our identity. We must look to Christ to find out who we are.

Your gender, skin color, and upbringing are indicators of how He has etched you in His likeness and image. Your favorite color, food, and hobbies are indicators of your uniqueness. The origin of your family’s background speaks to versatility of God.

If we proclaim God is our Father, He, alone, has to define who we are. Let’s consider His Word:

You are made in God’s image: Genesis 1:27.

You are a new creation: 2 Corinthians 5:17

You are chosen: 1 Peter 2:9.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made: Psalm 139:14.

You are more than a conqueror: Romans 8:37.

This list is by no means exhaustive, as it is just a small picture of the wonderful, forgiven, being you are! Sisters, plant those seeds into your heart. God did not make a mistake as He was forming you in your mother’s womb. He was well aware of your path as that was already formed in eternity. What better Person to define who we are than the One who created us?

Perhaps the most important answer to the question of who we are can be found here:

You are His child. That is His declared answer to that pressing question. Place your identity in this amazing truth.

Peace and Blessings

Own Your Narrative.

“The irony is that we attempt to disown our difficult stories to appear more whole or more acceptable, but our wholeness–even our wholeheartedness–actually depends on the integration of all our experiences, including the falls.” Brene Brown

Own your narrative.

Each moment of your life serves a purpose. The good, bad, and even the downright ugly. The entirety of your narrative speaks volumes. Every chapter in your book of life makes up the beautiful and complex individual you are.

Own your narrative.

Own the chapters that make you proud. The chapters that make you laugh, cry, and cringe. Reflect on the lessons in each chapter and the choices you’ve made along the way. Appreciate each and every character you have encountered along the way. They all play an important role in your narrative.

Own your narrative.

Understand that if you are still living, breathing, and present, the narrative is ever evolving. Your story is no surprise to the Creator. Your book is being written together for your good, and most importantly, His glory.

Dear Sister, your beautiful narrative is fearfully and wonderfully made. Your powerful story started as you were knitted in your mother’s womb. And rest assured, it is still being by the Potter’s hands. As Christ continues to work in you, He will ensure its completion.

Own your narrative and rest in this truth:

Peace and Blessings