Freedom…

There are some fights that repeat themselves over and over again-the battle to remain silent when you want to speak, the struggle not to overindulge on that favorite food, the fight to remain steadfast in prayer. And the list goes on.

However, there are some encounters that you won’t have to fight again. Remember when you conquered that fear of speaking in public? Or perhaps that first flight? Maybe you’ve conquered that fear of roller coasters. Whatever it may be, that first fight was the only fight.

There is freedom in realizing that there are some battles you will not have to engage in again. For those whom are married, your season of first dates are over. For those who are mothers and are done have children, those labor pains are done for you!

Let’s go deeper, there are some enemies, there are some things that go bump in the night that you worry about, that you fear-and the Lord has set you free from experiencing those things again. Never again will you have to encounter that one who hurt you. Never again will you want to hurt yourself because you’ve been healed and made whole. Never again will you have to be a slave to a bottle or pills.

The Word tells us so:

Freedom is found in not fearing. Freedom is found in standing firm. Freedom is found in seeing the salvation of the Lord. Your Egyptians are done for! Egypt represented a place of bondage and slavery for the children of Israel. What represents your Egypt? Make it personal and speak that declaration over your life!

For the addiction you see today, you shall never see again if you stand firm, fear not, and see the salvation of the Lord!

For the low self-esteem you see today, you shall never see again if you stand firm, fear not, and see the salvation of the Lord!

The struggle you have with being all that God has called you to be may be visible today, but if you fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord-you shall never have that struggle again!

It’s time to be free, my friend! Leave those “Egyptians” behind and press onward towards the mark which is in Christ Jesus!

Peace and Blessings

Our banner, His victory…

When we graduate, tradition states that you turn your tassel or throw your hat into the air. When you leave one job to head into another, some jobs will have a send-off of sorts-cake, party, nice card, etc. When you get married, most folks have some sort of reception to celebrate.

In some capacity, there is usually something we hold up as our banner when we are victorious. And it’s nice to celebrate!

But before the retirement parties, before the reception, before the graduation celebration, the Lord must be our banner! He is the One who goes before us, He is the reason for the victory.

The Lord demonstrates His position as our banner in the children of Israel’s battle against Amalek (Exodus 17:8-15). As Moses held his hands up, Israel was successful in the battle. The obedience of Moses was the key in their victory.

Your obedience is an active demonstration of the Lord as our banner. Your obedience will be the key to your victory. Your obedience shows the world that the Lord is the reason that you are victory.

As we give God thanks, as we seek His face, as we yield to His will and His way, the Lord becomes our banner. Our banner is the key to our victory. As He is lifted up, we recognize that He is absolutely the reason and without Him, we will lose every time.

So for our next celebration, our next major win, our next success story, may we shout “The Lord Is My Banner”!

Peace and Blessings

He is Intentional…

While the heading may bring to mind the popular song by Travis Greene, let’s also consider the book of Exodus.

Exodus is a beautiful story of the children of Israel transition from Egypt. The book chronicles the people’s transition and gives a detailed description of what life should look like as they head to new territory. God gives intricate details of what the priest robes should look like, how the ark should be made, and who should do the work.

Our Lord was intentional then, and He is intentional now. We cannot miss His attention to detail. The construction of the Tabernacle was detailed from the top to the bottom, including the utensils and lamp stands!

He’s intentional and He cares about every nook and cranny of your life. He cares about the parts you rave about and the corners that you try to hide. He wants to mold and craft each and every part of your life. He cares about the parts you cry about in private and your future dreams. He is able to craft your path to success. He is able to assign the right people to help you on your way. He assures that provision is available for every need that you may have.

So view Exodus and it’s details from a different perspective. As He did it for the children of Israel, He will also do it for you. As you give it to Him, He will provide and He will create.

He is intentional…

Peace and Blessings

Weight of Your World…

Women, because of their caring and nurturing nature, often times bear the weight of the world-or at least the weight of their world. And while admirable, that is not the will of God for you. Let’s turn to the Word:

“You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone.” Exodus 18:18

Sis, you are mighty and marvelous, amazing and awesome, however, you were not created to carry the weight of the world, or your world, on your shoulders. You are not strong enough to carry the weight of your world. You, lovely in every way, are no one’s savior.

You were created to submit. You were created to cast the burdens of your world at the feet of Christ. You were created to trust in His plan, His way, His will. You were created to wait and not to worry.

You were never created to do this alone. Lean on God and His understanding. Connect with your support system. You and your beautiful and broad shoulders are not equipped to carry your world on them. So cease and desist. Know that the Lord is more than capable to handle the cares of your world.

So, dear friend, take that weight you are bearing and place it at the feet of your Savior. You cannot run the race with weight of the world attached to you, be free.

Peace and Blessings

What’s in your hand?

“The LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” Exodus 4:2

Humans tend to operate from a deficit perspective, always quick to number and identify what is in lack. Mighty Moses, who would go on to lead the children of Israel, was also overly concerned with his perceived deficits. The Lord was not concerned with his lack but with the content of his hands. God will use Moses’ staff to perform one of the greatest miracles chronicled in the Bible.

Consider this perspective, what is in your hand? The same question that the Lord asked Moses, he is asking you! God is very aware of our deficits, our weaknesses, and the items we lack. After all, He is our Creator! However, let’s not be consumed with what we do not have and focus on what we do have. God can use our perceived “little” to do much!

Use what’s in your hands and watch your cup overflow. Use what’s in your hands and split your raging seas. Your desire to write, your passion for teaching, your degree in marketing—all can be tools for the kingdom of God! Your love for crafting can lead others to Christ. Your love for cooking can produce joy.

As you surrender all of who you are to Him, He will establish the work of your hands….

So sis, consider this, what’s in your hands? Now, surrender it to God and watch Him use it for His glory and your good.

Peace and Blessings

Our Daily Bread…

So bread is not actually bread. Jesus was speaking of the spiritual food. The intentionality of the verbiage of this scripture shouldn’t be overlooked.

Daily bread.

Not bread for 6 months or a year. This scripture says, daily, bread. So here’s the thing, wouldn’t it be just lovely to get what we need for longer than a day? Wouldn’t it be convenient to store up wisdom, mercy, and faith for longer than a day?

The provision of daily bread requires us to trust God each and every day. The asking of daily bread requires daily conversations with the Father. We serve a God who longs to fellowship with His children each and every day. The daily aspect of that amazing word requires us not to lean on our own understanding or resources but we must trust in His ability to provide for us. We must trust in His faithfulness to give us what we need every day in order to make it through that day.

Let’s not be like the children of Israel storing up manna and ending up with maggots on it (Exodus 16:20). Yesterday’s wisdom won’t suffice for today’s trial. The daily provision of mercy sees us through today. The measure of faith you have today needs to increase tomorrow for that big dream you are working on.

The Father promises to give you what you need. If Christ crafted this prayer for us (and He did), know that the Father will absolutely do what you ask. His Word promises not to return to Him void. Surrender your cares and concerns to Him and He will give you exactly what you need.

Trust Him, your daily bread is just enough for today.

Peace and Blessings

The Other “g”…

“You shall have no other gods before Me.” Exodus 20:3 NKJV

This scripture is pretty cut and dry right? And we can imagine what other gods the Lord was speaking of right? Cars, clothes, money, and other material possessions that only have temporary value. We probably are hitting all of the checkmarks there, giving ourselves a good ole pat on the back for not falling for those material things. And we should! So many people fall on their knees for these things, especially that money god.

How about the not so material possessions? How about the spouse we prayed for? How about that child we prayed for? Our parents? Our siblings? Or what about that due date for that bill? Or what about that biological clock that you are reminded of every time you interact with children? How about that medical diagnosis?

Have we given those people and situations “god” status? Are they the object of our worship? Will the world end if we lose those things? Do we, with our actions, thoughts, and words, ask God to bow down to the spouse, kids and biological clock?

An honest and direct introspection by the Holy Spirit may be eye-opening relevation for us all. Perhaps, at one point or another, we have all fallen for one of those other gods. We are suppose to honor marriage. We must honor our parents. We have to care for our children. That medical diagnosis is important cause we want to live and not die. Is it wrong to desire a spouse, a child, or to have our bills paid on time? Absolutely not! God desires to freely to give us all things:

However, those things, people, and situations cannot become the objects of our worship. They do not deserve the place of our Heavenly Father. Love your babies, love your spouse, pursue healing, pursue financial freedom–the Lord wants for us to receive the desires of our hearts! However, He must be at the center of it all. Everything and everyone must rest under Him.

Give your marriage, children, and career to the Lord. Your healing is first found in Him alone. He is the Healer. Medical professions are here to confirm what He does by faith and in the supernatural. Give every obstacle to the One who overcame the world.

Let us be intentional about ensuring that our cares, concerns, calendars, and clocks all bow to Him.

Peace and Blessings

The Battle Is Not Yours…

It’s the Lord’s! Many of us has heard that in one context or another. And it is true!

Indeed, the battle is not yours. However, that does not mean that there won’t be a fight. Birthed from 2 Chronicles 20, there was indeed a battle. The Israelites had to stand together and trust in the Lord, and they won!

Who is standing beside you in the midst of your battle?

More can be accomplished together than apart. Let’s consider the story of Moses, Aaron and Hur.

The Israelites and Amalekites are battling one another. Joshua was sent to fight. Moses was sent to stand. So with the Lord’s guidance and direction, Moses held his staff in the air to help the Israelites.

Any time Moses held his hands in the air, the men of Israel would start winning the fight. But when Moses put his hands down, the men of Israel began to lose the fight. After some time, Moses’ arms became tired. So they put a large rock under Moses for him to sit on. Then Aaron and Hur held Moses’ hands in the air. Aaron was on one side of Moses and Hur was on the other side. They held his hands up like this until the sun went down. Exodus 17:11-12

Who is your Aaron and Hur? Whose on your team when things get rough? Who is holding up your arms? Who is praying for you, fighting alongside you, standing alongside you?

In this culture of YOLO, DOLO, and SOLO, it’s fashionable to fight alone, however, it is not wise and it is not God’s design.

Armies won (and win) together. Moses had Aaron and Hur. Joshua and Caleb. David had Jonathan. Jesus had Peter, James and John. You, my sister, aren’t any different. Sis, the battle is not yours.

Much is accomplished in the context of community. Look at your past victories. Chances are, there was an Aaron, Jonathan or Joshua there, holding you up, sending you encouragement, praying for you. You don’t have to look hard for them, when you stand and fight, some will flee, others will stand with you.

So give your Aaron and Hur a call, tell them thank you, remember to hold up their arms, and pray for their strength!

Your battle is not yours sis but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a fight. Just know that the Lord has well-equipped you for the victory.

Peace and Blessings