This Christian walk requires boldness. As a believer in Jesus Christ, the world tells us that everything we believe is ridiculous and foolish. And we must turn our backs to the message of the world and submit to the message of the cross.
What a bold stance.
Boldness is a key characteristic of a follower of Jesus Christ. We must go against the grain and stand when the world tells us to bow: bow to our jobs, bow to sickness and disease, and bow to sexual immorality.
We must be bold. We must look in the face of everything that contradicts our faith and declare that we will believe God over what we see, over what they say, and over what they do.
So how do we be bold? How do we turn our backs to this world and it’s way? We visit the throne of grace:
Our boldness comes from the throne that sits our Father and His Son. The throne of grace is where the mercy and grace we so desperately need in order to be bold for Christ. The throne is where the confidence rests that is connected to our boldness. The throne is what we face we are trying to avoid the world and it’s ways.
The throne is our focal point. This is how we be bold. This is how we take our bold stance. This is how we focus on the message of the cross.
So continue to stand strong. Continue to press forward in a world that is calling you to compromise. Continue to follow the purpose Christ has placed inside of you.
Continue to be bold for Christ.
Peace and Blessings
Jesus. Grace. Mercy. Forgiveness. His Holy Spirit. Love. Your breath. Your spiritual gift. Your loved ones. Joy. Peace. Patience. Prayer. His Presence. Your life.
We could fill thousands of pages and never touch on all of God’s gifts. In this season of giving, we can miss out on the One True Gift which is Jesus. But we must stay focused, He is the most amazing gift! And because of Him, we have access to all of the above mentioned blessings and more.
The gift of His Unchanging Hand is powerful and mighty. His consistency in a forever changing world offers security. His stability on shaky ground brings us peace. His faithfulness is the reason we have not been consumed.
And thank God that we are not consumed! We absolutely should be! Our salvation is an incredible gift! So thank God for His unchanging hand!
Thank God that He has not changed His mind about your spiritual gift, your ministry, your dream, and your purpose. Thank God that when our hands change all the time, His does not! You cannot be snatched from His hand. Thank God that when this world is rocky, His hands are not!
Thank God for this beautiful gift of His unchanging, steady, and secure hands.
Peace and Blessings
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.
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
Life has a tendency to knock us down every once in a while. Sometimes its our actions, other times, its just simply the hardships that come along with being in this world. Being a child of God does not exempt us from falling and suffering. Matter of fact, being a child of God is a guarantee of adversity and suffering.
Even with God directly by their side, the children of Israel encountered the same trials. Much of their troubles came from their choices and we are no different. How many times have your choices gotten you in trouble? But thank God for grace and mercy! His redemptive nature is always available to us!
Have you fallen lately? Take heed to the directive found in Isaiah 60:1!
We will all stumble and we will all fall, but the important thing to consider is what will you do after you fall? Will you stay down and defeated? God forbid! The scripture tells us to arise! This scripture comes after the children of Israel sinned against God (check out Isaiah 59). After being chastised by the Lord, He tells them to arise and shine!
My friend, the same applies to YOU! This is not an outdated directive! The Lord knew we are prone to falling and sinning. He knows we have a tendency to fall to the snares of the enemy. And He knows that we are just plain silly and foolish at times.
However, because of His grace, mercy, and unconditional love, we, too, can arise and shine! The light of the world, which is Jesus Christ, has come! The glory of the Lord has risen upon us which is the Holy Spirit!
So sister, arise and shine! “You are the light that shines for the world to see…” (Matthew 5:14 ERV). Shine so that you can point others to Christ! Shine and reflect the glory of the Lord that rests upon you because of your decision to choose Christ. Arise and demonstrate the faithfulness and forgiveness of the Father! Arise and show the world what perseverance and strength looks like. Arise and stand victorious! Shine and illuminate the beauty and vitaliy of God!
Sis, get up and shine!
Peace and Blessings