You Win!

Time for a ‘good news’ story … something personal.  I was really struggling the last few months, walking through some painful stuff.  And, as a result, I was withdrawing and even losing hope … you ever been there?

Well, when things were looking pretty dark for me one day a few weeks back, I cried out to God like David in the Psalms; and I also reached out to a strong Godly woman I met at church.  I shared some portion of my story and asked her to stand with me in prayer (Matthew 18:20).  See the problem is I allowed myself to get to a point I forgot who I was … who I am because of Jesus and what HE did on the cross for me.  So, I was cowering a bit, losing confidence, mostly focused on the problems and not the solutions.

But she reminded me what I knew to be true ~ that I (and you) are victorious because Jesus already won the battles for us ~ no matter what IT is we’re going through.

Scripture says we’re not fighting flesh and blood, but principalities and powers (Ephesians 6:12).  And because of Jesus, those destructive things are under our feet and have NO power over us.  (James 4:7; Hebrews 2:7-9; Luke 10:19; …)  She reminded me that I am empowered through Christ.  And, I am to stand, not whimper.  And, so I did.

The next morning, I re-read what God says about me ~ and any circumstance any one of us is walking through ~ and I stood up again to fight using God’s Words … my sword, my shield of faith and the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) … and I told the principalities and powers they had no power over my circumstances; I told them with conviction who reigned in my life and that nothing could come against me and my household that God has not already overcome.

See the problem is no matter how strong our faith, when the proverbial ‘stuff’ hits the fan, we have a choice.  We either believe God’s Word or we don’t at that moment, in that particular circumstance!  Depending on where you’re at, you may say you know of or even believe in a God out there somewhere.  Or you may be able to quote scripture.  BUT, if God isn’t real in your heart; and if God’s Word (scripture) is not real to you and me on a daily basis, then it has no value/power.

God loves you and me so much, that He sent us a solution to every problem; the ability to walk through no matter what comes against us.  He sent Jesus and HIS Holy Spirit to dwell in us, to fill us with wisdom, strength, power and love.  But, the rest is up to us each and every time we face a challenge.

So, in the last three weeks, I have seen a complete turn-around!!  I am so grateful to God …. daily!  But, we must remember, we have to stand, and we must believe each and every day, through each and every challenge (since we know satan’s job description is to steal, kill and destroy us).

I hope you are encouraged to do the same no matter what you face.  BTW, a great resource is a book called ‘The Believer’s Authority’ by Kenneth E. Hagin.  The best resource, of course, is the Bible … get to know your loving Father God, what HE promised you and then stand and fight equipped, knowing you are victorious!  What ever you are facing is no surprise to God.  He is just waiting for you to seek Him and grab hold of everything HE has ever done for you, and you WIN!

God’s Love and Blessings,
Michelle

 

Lover or User?

“[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him …
… perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person
more strongly and more clearly]
Philippians 3:10 (Amplified)

Paul wanted nothing more than to know God ~ personally ~ in a way that honored Him for who He is and not for what was in it for him!

Think about it for a moment, there was Paul, in prison and shackles because of his faith and ministry, yet his focus and his joy was not on his current circumstances, nor in revisiting his past failures or accomplishments.  No, his focus was on the joy of getting to know God more ~ just loving Him! 

Where is our focus and joy?

Paul’s focus, and his determined purpose was to Know Him, and understand the wonders of His Person ~ to love Him with all of his heart, mind and soul!  I read in a commentary* that Paul was “… a lover of God, not a user of God.”

Honestly, the whole purpose for this little series of blogs, is because of the impact of that statement.  Are we a ‘lover of God’ ~ pure and simply?  Or are we a ‘user of God’?  Do we only talk with God (pray) when we’re desperate and need something, ignoring Him otherwise?  Or, are we loving Him day and night, always grateful to Him for who He is and recognizing what He has sacrificed to tenderly love each one of us?

Andrew Wommack said in his book, The True Nature of God**, that “having faith in anyone means developing your relationship with them to the point where you know them so well, you just completely trust them.”

Have we considered our relationship with God?  Do we know Him so well, that we trust Him completely?  As you do, you will begin to recognize the enormity of His love toward us through Jesus Christ.  For God’s love toward us is pure ~ He is a good, powerful, all-knowing, patient, wise, righteous, merciful and faithful God!  As we focus our heart on Him ~ we find our peace, our strength, wisdom and true love.  And, as we humbly open our hearts toward Him, He automatically fills us with all we need.

I’ve witnessed this myself, I’ve read about it in God’s Word, and as I prepared to write this blog, I met someone who shared the results of knowing and completely surrendering to the One who loves her!  She came from a very broken, love-less family, and shared how much she loved God.  She said she would spend time every morning just expressing her heartfelt love toward God.  One day, she began to sense God’s love toward her as if He was pouring His love into her.  She said He filled her, and filled, and filled her so much that she had to tell the Lord to stop … for she couldn’t hold anymore of His love!  Wow!

When we open our hearts to the One whom we can truly trust ~ when we give God our time, making Him our determined purpose, we can then lay aside all else ~ all that has hurt us and all that concerns us.  Pure love toward God for the Wonders of His Person!

“Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God
has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately,
the One who invited us to God…”
2 Peter 1:3 (The Message version)

The Wonders of His Person ~ God who lavished all His love on you and me, through Jesus Christ.

God’s Love and Blessings,
Michelle
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*Commentary on Philippians 3:10 ~ Kingdom Dynamics, New Spirit Filled Life Bible, Thomas Nelson Bibles

**The True Nature of God, The Importance and Benefits of Understanding God’s Character by Andrew Wommack, Introduction.

His Unfailing Love ~ Peace

Let us rest for a moment …. wrap our hearts and minds around how much God loves us ~ how precious we are in His sight!  
Remember how God intricately created you ~ you’re not a mistake;
Remember how He forgave you ~ no longer remembering your past … and
Remember how He crowns you with His loving kindness and tender mercy.
Allow yourself … to receive in your spirit, His unfailing, unconditional love toward you … and … know the overwhelming peace that only He can give you!        
There is a song sung by Kari Jobe called ‘The More I Seek You’ and the lyrics are:
“The more I seek you,
The more I find you.
The more I find you, the more I love you.
I wanna sit at your feet,
Drink from the cup in your hand,
Lay back against you and breath, feel your heart beat.
This love is so deep, it’s more than I can stand.
I melt in your peace, it’s overwhelming.”
 Ahhh …. sit back for a moment today, lean into the love and peace God offers you through Jesus Christ.  See yourself through His eyes ~ You are His Masterpiece! 
If you need encouragement understanding and remembering who you are in the eyes of God, feel free to contact me at coachmichelle@charter.net.  Let me come alongside you and remind you what God’s Word says about you, His precious child!
From the Heart
www.fromtheheartlifecoach.com