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

Peace and Blessings

Storyteller…

Many cultures have a resident storyteller. For some, it is the elder of the family. For others, there is an designated individual. But the storyteller gives an oral history for the community, family, tribe, etc. They tell of the good times and of the bad. The history lives on because of the storyteller.

As believers, we should be the storytellers of our family, that assignment has been given to us because we have been redeemed!

“Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,” Psalm 107:2

The redeemed (that’s us) are the storytellers of our families and of our communities. We can tell of the goodness of the Lord. As the redeemed, we tell of how the Lord, our God, snatched us from the hands of the enemy. As the redeemed, we must tell our loved ones about the faithfulness of God.

Will the redeemed of the Lord say so?!

We must designate ourselves to be the storytellers of our families. Why? Because we must realize that those under us, those with whom we leave our stories, will learn that they too can overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony.

Friends, this is why we tell the story! The story of our salvation, the story of how we stumbled, and the story of how God brought us through the rough times all point back to God our Savior. He is the Creator of our stories, He is the reason why we tell our stories and He is the sole reason how we were able to overcome. It was our testimony and our declaration that saw us through. The blood of Jesus cements our place as the resident storytellers for our loved ones! We are redeemed because the Lord saved us.

Redeemed, go on ahead and say so! Tell about how the Lord saved you, how the Lord spared us, and how the Lord loves you!

Peace and Blessings

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

Order My Steps…

Have you ever given a child a set of instructions? Only to realize that they have no idea how to do what you’ve asked them to do. Perhaps it’s cleaning up their toys or putting away their shoes. If they have never done it before, they have to be shown (probably multiple times) how to do so.

We should rejoice that we have a Father who will provide us with detailed instructions, guidance and wisdom on how to do what He has called us to do. When Solomon was instructed to build the Temple, he was provided with instructions from his father David and from the Lord. The Lord ordered his steps. Not only did the Lord establish his steps, He provided the natural and supernatural things needed in order to complete such as a monumental task.

As we approach any task that He has created us to do, we must allow Him to order our steps according to His Word:

When we allow the Lord to guide our steps, we are allowing Him to take control of our purpose and mission. When we seek His face for the appropriate method, we are filled with wisdom and discernment. The Lord is needed for success, we cannot do it without Him! Having the Lord order our steps requires for us to decrease so that He may increase.

With ordered steps, we can fulfill the plans of the Lord. It is only His plans that will prevail: “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21

Peace and Blessings

Small beginnings…

It’s amazing what can be birth from a small seed: apple trees, oak trees, and beautiful willows. What about the babies that are born prematurely? Perhaps at one point they could fit into the palm of your hand because they were born early, but now they are taller than you and eating enough for two. The first page of a book can turn into a masterpiece.

It’s amazing what God can do with the small things and we cannot despise small beginnings:

It all begins with one step. We can complete a 5K with one step. We finish the website by simply starting. When we honor and complete to the small things, God can turn them into major things. It’s the consistency to the blog, that turns into a devotional. It’s the prayer call with one person that turns into the revival. It’s preaching to the one that can lead to the salvation of the 99.

Look at what David accomplished with simply a sling and five smooth stones. David was able to kill Goliath with a slingshot and a stone. That small weapon, that one moment in time led David to the throne and set the stage for Christ the Savior. Christ came through the line of David by way of the Holy Spirit.

As you launch out, as you start the journey: no matter what it may be: school, weight loss, or a relationship with the Lord, stay the course and keep pressing forward. And while you are managing the small, you can hold tight to this promise:

His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much...” Matthew 25:23

It’s in the small things that greatness is born.

Peace and Blessings

The Silence of Saturday…

Good Friday: While our Savior is getting beaten, lied on, and crucified, this is all apart of God’s plan. It’s possible to cringe at this horrible day being called “good”, it’s always a good day when the Word of God is alive and active.

Resurrection Sunday: We are excited about the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ! When we hear the Word that “He is not here, He is risen!” It makes you want to shout, for sure! To know that the Lord fulfilled His promise is comforting.

What about Saturday? The Word doesn’t tell us much of anything about Saturday. It’s silent.

So you may say to yourself, why are we discussing Easter/Resurrection Sunday in May?! The relevance of Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday is year round! We’ve probably had some Good Fridays, we’ve endured trials and tribulations and downright right evil moments. We’ve been lied on, intentionally hurt, and been accused of something we did not do.

Resurrection Sunday is joy-filled, absolutely delight-filled, and exciting! In our faith walk, we’ve rejoiced, we have received the Good News, and we had revelations of God doing exactly what He said He was going to do!

But if we consider hard enough, we can all remember silent Saturdays. Days, months, and years of not hearing God. Perhaps you are in this season, right now. So what do we do in the silence? What do we do when God isn’t saying anything? Let’s look to the scriptures:

In His silence, believe it or not, He is saying something! He is saying be still. He is saying trust Him. He is saying wait. We love to go into our own tool kits and “help God out” but contrary to popular belief, He does not need our help. Even in His silence, He is working.

In His silence, He conquered death, Hell, and the grace. In His silence, He was obtaining the victory. In the silence, He is awaiting for the correct posture of our hearts. He is allowing us to humble ourselves so that we can be in the proper position to receive.

If it’s a season of silent Saturdays, be encouraged! Your Father will do exactly what He said he would do.

Peace and Blessings

The one…

We are a people whom seem to be infatuated with numbers. We are very concerned with the number of likes a post gets, the number on the scale, and the number of our bank account. We like high numbers on our paychecks. We like low numbers on the scale. We would like to have more than one car. The number of degrees matter. The number of vacations we take. If we take inventory, there is definitely a number that is sure to get our attention.

For Jesus, He found Himself concerned with the one. Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” Luke 15:7

We were once, the one. We were the lost sheep that needed to be found. Rejoice even now that Jesus wasn’t concerned with maintaining the 99. He wasn’t concerned about higher numbers. He was willing to sacrifice it all for the one. He tenderly cares for the one. He is ALWAYS concerned about the one!

Be concerned about the one. Be concerned about that one family member, that one co-worker, that one post that’s a cry for help. The one needs your service. The one needs your testimony. The one needs your prayers.

And that one could change the world.

The One did change the world….

Peace and Blessings

Unspeakable Joy

Joy that is inexpressible or unspeakable joy is that glow that’s on your face that you cannot explain. It’s the smile you wear when everything around you seems to be falling apart. It’s the optimistic you have in a world of pessimists. It’s the peace you have in the midst of chaos. It is not depended upon your circumstances. It is not found in a human being. It is found here:

Inexpressible joy, unspeakable joy is found in our Savior. It is found in the One whom you love and have not seen. It is found in the One whom first loved you. It is found in Jesus Christ, who died for you and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father. Your unspeakable joy is found in the comfort of the Holy Spirit.

So maintain that glow. Keep wearing that smile. Be the optimist in a room full of negative and hopeless people. Keep focus on that mission, purpose, and goal. Move through discouragement and disappointment.

Let unspeakable joy radiate through you because it will be a blessing to someone else. Let inexpressible joy be the reason that you press on. Your joy points others to His strength. Let your joy manifest in your actions, your movements, and your deeds.

Let your joy speak for itself.

Peace and Blessings

Fire Power…

“…each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.” 1 Corinthians 3:13

Consider the exhortation of 1 Corinthians and ponder this question:

What power will the fire have on you?

Believers are promised many things, some of those things include fiery trials.

So don’t think it strange! Don’t spend too much time crying and wondering, why you? Why not you?! This is a promise in Christ, we have an adversary and we will experience suffering. If you look past the fire, you can also see the victory!

The fire is useful and add definition to our life. Frustrating? Yes. Needed? Absolutely! Will you buckle or will you stand? Will you give up or will you press on? Will you rebel or will you rejoice?

Make the decision to stand strong, to press on, and to be refined by the struggles of life! Don’t let the fiery trials consume you. Continue to do the work of the Lord. Don’t be defined by depression or anxiety. Don’t let a bad day, month or year define who the Lord is. You determine the power of the fire, don’t let it overpower you!

The fire is hot, the fire is overwhelming, and the fire is necessary. The fire can either consume you or refine you, the choice is yours.

Peace and Blessings

From Petition to Praise…

Does your prayer pattern look somewhat like this?

Monday: Lord, please bless me with ______…

Tuesday: Lord, I need ______…

Wednesday: Father, I am asking for _____…

We repeat the same pattern throughout the week and start back over on Sunday. And make no mistake about it, we need to ask for that which we need. We need the restored finances, we need the basic necessities, and we need the reconciled relationships. And our petitions are heard and received by the Father! That’s enough to rejoice right there!

However, have we ever stopped and transitioned from petition to praise? Have we ever stopped asking and start acknowledging the Lord for who He is? Whether the prayers have been answered or not, let’s be committed to praising God for who He is!

Asking for healing? Praise the Lord for the Healer that He is! Asking for restoration? Give God the glory for He is the Restorer! Asking for protection? He’s the Protector! Go on ahead and give Him the praise!

Praise acknowledges the Savior. Praise announces that God gets glory! Praise gives victory to the Lord and not your problems! Praise reminds us that ultimately God’s in control! And praise, in the midst of your petition, is an active working of your faith:

Praise is an amazing demonstration of your faith! Your praise is an active expression of beliving that God will answer your prayer. It’s believing that the Father will meet your needs! As you present your petitions to God, we are believing (faith), that He can and will do it (well, we should be…)! If you are bold enough to petition God for that BIG vision, let your boldness carry on as you give Him a BIG praise! My sister, let your petitions lead you to praise.

As you rest those prayers at His feet, stand up strong and praise God for the answered prayers. We praise Him for His attentiveness to our cares and concerns. Praise God for He is absolutely worthy of your praise. Rejoice and be glad because the Creator of the Universe longs to fulfill your heart’s desires.

Make your petition known, make your praise LOUD.

Peace and Blessings