Thankful for the valleys
Running from your past? Hiding? Fighting it? I did, until Gods kindness led me to repentance, where I was covered with his unbelievable and rich forgiveness. The word “past” has become such a crutch within society. Having a past of struggles and mistakes should not be a burden or strain. It just shows that you’re human and that you’re learning. Today, we as believers are frightened to share our past, because we’re fearful of shameful rejection. The truth is, Jesus WAS rejected and despised by many, but yet he didn’t let that stop him from sharing the truth. Our past is a part of us and a story of where God has brought us from. It doesn’t have to define you. You can be set free from it and rejoice for those times. Maybe you are still in a deep pit struggling to find a way out. Come to Jesus. Get on your knees and cry out for his unquenchable forgiveness. Let him pull you right out of darkness into light. He will not reject his child. Maybe you still cringe when you think about past situations. Let God set your spirit free. Let him captivate your heart so you can be thankful for your valleys.
God will always find us, even when we don’t want to be found. Even when we have dug ourselves the deepest pit. Even when we feel ashamed, disgusted and worthless. Even when we feel unforgiveable, God rescues us. Wow, what true love he has for his children. Be thankful for your past, because it’s a beautiful love story that God brought you out of your darkest times.
God, set our spirits ablaze. Give us the strength to ask for forgiveness. Reveal truth from your word to know that we are set free and redeemed. Help us to be thankful for our deep pits so we can glorify you all the more. Thank you, Jesus. Amen
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” –Jerimiah 17:7-8
When all else fails, Jesus doesn’t. So many times I find my flesh taking control of where to go next or how to go about a situation. Time after time my flesh fails me, so why do I keep going back to it? We can’t even trust ourselves. Funny right? Trust. A word that’s easy to say but hard to actually trust in. Every time I seek to take over I find myself right back in the Lords arms searching for guidance. Without hesitation, he’s right there filling my spirit with the assurance that HE is guiding my every single step. God has no limitations and when we pour out our faithfulness to HIS plan by golly you better believe that he’s directing our feet. God holds the blueprints; let him carry out that plan for your life. Each day God grants us the opportunity to either trust him or ourselves. When you wake up, every morning tell God that you trust HIM and what the day holds. Break the habit of trusting in yourself and trust in almighty God, the creator of the heavens and earth. Fix your eyes on the unseen, for God is orchestrating in your midst. Let his plan be fulfilled and stop wasting time in your flesh, because obviously it will fail. Fight for trusting in God when odds are against it all. Even when you don’t understand, trust God.
“You are the light of the world. A town on a hill cannot be hidden Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father who is in heaven.” –Matthew 5:1-16
Have you ever had a time in your life where you were afraid to be in the dark? Maybe it’s as a child or an experience that made you fearful. Especially as child, it’s interesting how the mind concludes to evil things when placed in darkness. In the light it may be an ordinary coat rack with coats on it, but in the dark it’s a monster. This irrational though turns immediately to fear and consumes us with thoughts driving in every direction of What if… What if… We may not experience this particular fear still, because we grow up and realize that everything is in fact the exact same in dark as it is in light. However, we still let fear overtake us in other ways. Maybe it’s another phobia, being hurt, health, school, future, etc. When we accept Christ as our Lord and savior, God rips away the darkness of fear and instills his glorious presence, which is a flame that never dimmers. We are used as his vessels to share his great name and bring truth to this world. We are called. We have a purpose and a mission. Don’t let fear vanish the light God has given you. Fight darkness with the Gods truth and declare his name over your life. God’s perfect love drives out all fears, yes all your fears. So, I encourage you girls today to be a lighthouse. Maybe you’re in a place where you are the only believer in your friend group, class or work place. Be that light on a hill. Let it shine so brightly and let it never cease so that others may see light in this dark world.
Listen to We are by Kari Jobe
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.” –Psalm 32:8-9
In a moment of pure quietness, God speaks. So often we allow our own issues and problems to get in the way of what God is saying. Now don’t get me wrong, yes God definitely wants to hear from his children. He wants to hear you speak and pour out your heart, but when is the last time you let him talk? Ouch. God reveals direction, wisdom and guidance, but we put a hand up to him before he even gets the chance to help you. Girls, we are not patient when it comes to hearing Gods voice. We seek instant gratification, but guess what? God is a God of patience. He speaks when HE is ready. Hearing from God isn’t a one and done kind of thing. No. It may take time, but be patient and persistent. Yes, patient, because through a patient and steady heart comes the overflow of Gods voice and attention from heaven. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t hear from him immediately, because in the silence God is still working in you. Praise him in the silence. Be on the edge of your seat and dig deeper with an attentive heart of listening. Fight to hear from the Lord and when you do, cling on to every word and bury it in your heart like treasure. Pray for ultimate patience today. That God would perform a breakthrough in your spirit and that his spirit would flood yours. Pray that in the silence God would give you the strength to praise him wholeheartedly and to seek his voice without hesitation or frustration. Draw near to the Lord.
“David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground.”1 Samuel 17:45-49
When the odds were against it all, David declared the Lord over his life and to everyone around him. He believed in the power of the Lord to defeat the enemy. Have you ever felt like you couldn’t be used by God for whatever reason? I have. I let the enemy implement thoughts in my head that “I’m not good enough” or believed that I was limited to do something extraordinary. Today, let’s break the lies of the enemy, because with God and by his power we are able to do the impossible. God has big plans for your life and if you let the enemy have a foothold, then you are denying the opportunity to be used by God. Trust first in God and all of who he is and know that he will crush your biggest obstacles. Declare God over your life and let him BE your life so that when the time comes to fight, God will equip you with his power.
God, I pray for a solid trust in you that no matter what I will declare your name and your name only. Instill in me your truth so that I may never waver and turn away from you. Be my life Jesus. Let your spirit overtake me with your power.