God wants your heart. He wants to fill you with all that you need. He’s waiting for you to pursue him wholeheartedly so that he can mold you into the woman he created you to be. “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart”- Psalm 37:4. Delighting in the Lord means to take captive of all that God is and recognize that he is in fact all we need. When we first acknowledge the Lord and his presence, we begin to see him compel our hearts with his love, which transcends into every part of our life. Today I ask that you take a quiet moment expressing your adoration to the Lord. What do you love about him? How has he provided for your needs? Encompass God with compliments that are specifically unique to you and watch his love unravel towards you. When we pour into God, he pours into us and when God pours into us the impossible is possible.
I would like to leave you with a song called Jesus we love you by Bethel music. This song represents an anthem of love for the Lord and adoring him with affection. Take some time today to be still and listen to this song. Allow your heart to express your adoration to the Lord and simply just love on him.
“And he answered, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
“When pharaoh finally let the people go God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the promise land. God said if the people are faced with a battle. They might change their minds and return to Egypt.” Exodus 13:17
God doesn’t always lead us the way that we see is best for ourselves. He knows every detail of a situation and he provides alternative ways, because he sees the ultimate outcome. It can be scary embracing an unknown path, but what is unknown to us is known to God so why fear or worry? God may lead us on a longer journey that can become more difficult just like he did with the Hebrews, but he has a specific purpose that we can’t see. For the Hebrews, God redirected their route to avoid fighting the philistines (Exodus 13: 17-18). Although their journey took a different turn, God guided their every step and provided them with direction. When we become willing to accept God’s direction it builds our character of faith. The more faith we build in Christ the more we are able to trust in his every move. Sometimes God leads us down a rocky path or a path of smooth sand. Whatever terrain you are facing today, it is specifically designed for you to build trust in the Lord. Trusting in God’s direction allows you to have the assurance that he will guide and provide through every circumstance. Take some time today reflecting and thanking God for the journey he has you on. Seek out the positive of where you are, because God has a specific and beautiful plan for you.
Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he WILL make your paths straight” –Proverbs 3: 5-6
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”
Have you ever felt unworthy or not good enough? I’m sure most of us have felt this way at some point in our lives. I know I have. We can be quick to degrade ourselves because of the heavy emphasis we put on our brokenness or flaws. Yes, we are broken people, but we are saved by the grace of God. Every time I hear, write or sing about God’s grace I get overwhelmed with emotion, because it means that we are forever redeemed. How beautiful is that! The enemy will try and tell us differently. He is the one that creates negativity into our spirits. He tears away our joy in the Lord and he is the one that creeps in the thoughts of feeling unworthy or not good enough, not God. Satan only wants to tear us down and pull us away from seeking after Christ, but Christ is the one that takes delight in us, even in our weakness. “But he said to me, my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
-2 Corinthians 12:9.
Satan’s lies can destroy us and shake us to our core. They can influence our day to day life and literally break us apart, but God is with us with open arms. He accepts our complete self and wants nothing more for us to come before him no matter what we are feeling. Take a moment to release every negative feeling you may have about yourself and watch how Christ will invade your heart with his grace, love, comfort and peace. Be filled by the one who has made you, and made you beautifully. He has a vision and purpose for each one of you, so don’t let the enemy try and tear that away. Fight against the negativity and know that You. Are. Worthy.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have tribulation, but take heart I have overcome the world” –John 16:33
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” –Matthew 11:28-30
Take a breath. Breathe in and out. Sit and embrace God’s presence right where you are. Among the struggles, pain, and brokenness that life throws, you will find God in the midst of a quiet moment. It may be through the quietness of his voice or the surroundings around you. Through his presence he will bring you peace. Let whatever distractions that are tearing you down be washed away by giving it to our sweet Jesus. Lay them at his feet and allow him to handle and take control of your life. God is over every storm so he will not let you drown. Bring every sorrow and let him turn that into Joy. Bring every pain and let him turn that into peace. Bring all the stress and let him turn that into comfort. “And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, peace! Be still! And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” –Mark 4:39. We serve a mighty and powerful God. Let him cease the chaotic mess you may be in.
Take a moment to listen to O COME TO THE ALTAR by elevation worship. This is a chance for you to simply pause and let everything that is happening around you fade away. Set your eyes on our king and lay your burdens down.
Don’t just sit and wait for God to show up in your life. God needs us to act upon what we are being taught by him and through his word. Take a moment right now to intensely pray about what God is telling you to do or where he is leading you. First, open your heart before the Lord and allow yourself to be honest. Ask him if there is anything now he has already asked you to do, but haven’t done yet. Ask him if there is anything now that he would like you to do. If or when God reveals answers then respond to him through action. If you are scared or unsure about fulfilling God’s requests then simply ask him how to go about it. God is our guide, he is full of wisdom and he will equip you to fulfill what he is calling you towards.
“But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.”
If all we do is listen, but don’t act upon his request, then what good does it do for God to tell us things to do? It’s challenging to be obedient, but we are called to be his servants and bring glory to his kingdom. Obedience leads to righteousness and righteousness leads us into God’s presence, which enables us to experience the abundance of his glory. God is moved by our motivation to actively seek him through obedience. He is waiting and seeking after those who are willing to walk deeper in faith with hm. Dont sit around and wait for someone else to do the job that God has already called you to do. Be bold, be brave, because God is bigger than anything he’s telling you to do and he will never abandon you. Listen well, respond quicker.
“Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.” –Romans 6:16-18