Does life feel like a blur …

Have you ever walked through a season where your life feels like a blur ~ like you have been running here and there, trying to keep up with the pace (whether real or perceived) ~ where you believe you can’t think anymore or handle one more issue of life? That series of days, weeks or months where the work schedules/demands, family commitments, church commitments, special holidays and milestone events of life feel as if they have drained you of everything?

When I get into that ‘blur’ ~ feeling like life is out-of-control and there’s nothing left within me, I inevitably realize that I have disconnected from my priority ~ God first!   Because I realize that in the craziness of life, I have left little room for quiet, refreshing time with my Father God. I may pray as I run, but I have forgotten to seek His guidance and wisdom. I am no longer in the shadow of His comfort, His peace, His love! And as things are falling apart around me, I realize how much I miss HIM!

That is when I STOP everything, and reset my priorities.

Praise God, HE loves us so much! When I stop, I can sit, breathe, share my heart and concerns with Him, for He listens and hears them all (1 John 5:14-15). And, when I take that time, I am refreshed, I find clarity and everything else in life falls into place.

Oh, I encourage you. The saying may have been ‘stop and smell the roses’ but I encourage you, stop, reset your priorities, and reclaim your peace, your clarity, and most importantly, your first love in God.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand]. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust [with great confidence, and on whom I rely]!” Psalm 91:1 Amplified

“Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.  And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].” Philippians 4:6-7

Be blessed,

Michelle
coachfromtheheart@gmail.com

Steal, Kill and Destroy …

For someone like me who is all about encouragement, the title ‘steal, kill and destroy‘ sounds a bit dark.  But as I watch and listen to what’s going on in the world, I can’t help but think of this scripture, which begins with:

“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy…” John 10:10a

The thief, known more commonly as satan, ruler or the prince of this world, has a job description, and it is to steal, kill and destroy us.

You’ll find evidence of this destruction in the daily news ~ mall/school shootings; children killing parents/each other; terrorism; deadly addictions; cheating and deceiving in ways we could never have imagined before; weather pattern changes with destructive outcomes; and on and on the list could go.  And think of the violent movies, tv dramas and video games that offer even more creative ways to destroy or devalue life; the medication ads that tell us how sick we are, and how much sicker we’ll become while taking the meds; and listen to death/darkness and destruction in the lyrics of songs.

At times, we shake our heads in disbelief, and ask ourselves what is this world coming to? Yet I remember my dad asking that same question when I was a little girl.  Truth is that this destructive path has been with us ever since Adam and Eve sinned in the garden of Eden, when they transferred their God-given authority (Genesis 1:26) over to the ‘prince’ of this world. But let me encourage you, for Jesus continued to say:

“… I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” John 10:10b (Amplified)

Jesus came … to reclaim our God-given authority!  Jesus came to save us, to walk through the struggles of life with us; to fill us with His peace, joy and hope, here and now … and for eternity!  Think about this amazing gift in the midst of what we see and hear, knowing that satan is defeated.

“Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us, no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud.
A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ,
like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.
God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son.
He didn’t deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant. In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition,
entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity
in order to set it right once and for all.”
Romans 8:1-4 (The Message)

God’s Love and Blessings, Michelle coachmichelle@charter.net

Resources:
Ephesians 1:17-23  [I, Paul] “pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.  Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come.  God has put all things under the authority of Christ…”

Power … Wonder Working Power …

As a child I remember hearing this song “there is power, wonder-working power, … power in the blood of Jesus,” but never quite understood what it meant.

“[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him … and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection
[which it exerts over believers]…”
Philippians 3:10 Amplified

We just celebrated the birth of Christ (Christmas). Think about it – because of Jesus … His birth, life and resurrection (shedding His Blood for us) we not only have salvation (forgiveness of sin), redemption, and eternity with God, but we have access to His Power – here and now!! Power – authority and influence – for the Glory of God.

“I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him.
This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.”
Ephesians 1:19-20

But sadly, there are times we see ourselves or other Christians struggling under the burden of problems and wonder, where is that power? Truth is, we already HAVE that power within us as believers in Jesus Christ!

Mark Hankins says in his book “Taking Your Place In Christ,

“When you get born again, you get ‘in Christ-ed.’  Your spirit is joined to Christ … You share a common life, the same life, the same righteousness, the same triumph, and the same blessing.  When God looks at you, He sees you in Him, but your faith will not be effectual until you start to acknowledge, confess, and declare your identity in Christ…”

Stand up, remember who we are In Christ (because of who HE is and what HE did for us)!  No matter what circumstances surround us, we are victorious, we are redeemed, we are In Him and He is In us!

As this new year begins, and as a Child of the Most High God ~ loved beyond measure ~ see yourself through the eyes of God and walk in the power, wonder-working power of God through Jesus Christ!

God’s Love and Blessings,
Michelle
coachmichelle@charter.net

Resources to help you grow in faith:
“Taking Your place In Christ, Understanding Your Identity & Inheritance In Him,” Mark Hankins, Mark Hankins Ministries, Alexandria, Louisiana

“The Power of the Blood Covenant,” Malcolm Smith ~ Uncover the Secret Strength in God’s Eternal Oath; Harrison House

Curl up with … Get to Know …

 

“[For my determined purpose is]
that I may know Him
[that I may progressively become more deeply and

intimately acquainted with Him…
Philippians 3:10 (Amplified)

You know that feeling when you curl up with your favorite book, when you’re captivated by the story and the character becomes so real that you think it’s you? The story becomes so real, and that’s what God wants us to do with His Word. Allow His Word ~ His truth ~ to become real to you, as you curl up with The Bible, and recognize as you read it, that it is about you and for you!

In its entirety, The Bible is sharing who God is ~ His love, plans, cautions and His hopes for us ~ it’s personal, put your name in the scripture as you read it! God gives us personal examples through Jesus Christ on how to handle life’s struggles, because He walked this earth and understands each and every personal pain, sorrow, suffering and victory!

“For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]…”
Hebrews 4:12a (Amplified)

Allow yourself to curl up with The Word, asking God to open your eyes as you get to Know Him. “That I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him.”

Jesus said: “If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.” (John 15:7 Amplified) His Words can’t remain in us unless we get to Know Him.

I encourage you to do so with God’s help!

God’s Love and Blessings to you and yours,
Michelle
coachmichelle@charter.net

Action Required …

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We had a great conversation with dear friends this weekend about being ‘doers of the Word.’  In reality, whenever we hear or read the Word of God, we have choices to make.  Of course, one choice is to actually read the Word, getting to know God (His character and personality) throughout the Bible ~ not just a random verse here and there.  Then there are many other choices, but two important ones are to 1) believe the Word in our heart; and 2) to decide ‘to do’ what God instructs us through His Word.

“… humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts,
for it has the power to save your souls.
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.”
James 1:21-22

Scripture has been so powerful to my husband and I as we both walk through either health and/or work challenges. This particular scripture causes us to take inventory! It says when we: humbly accept (receive, take, believe) … the WORD (God’s promises, life, wisdom, freedom, etc.) that God has planted in our heart, it has the power to save our soulsHIS Word has power!

But, it further says we can’t just listen (or read about it), we must actually DO what it says!

The Message version says:  “Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear!”

As we encourage ourselves in God’s Word, or quote scripture to someone else ~ it’s important for us to take a personal inventory.  Are we actually doing what it says in the midst of our own circumstances, or are we deceiving ourselves?  For example as the Word says, Are we being anxious for nothing; casting our cares to the Lord; trusting Him, and leaning on Him, or are we carrying the burdens on our own?  Doing what we know from the Word is not always easy!  But, the benefits are eternal and are powerful to help us! 

The benefits follow as you continue reading the scripture:

“… 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.”
James 1:23-25

Action Required:  Did you notice the word “IF” … there is an action to be taken on our part (because we have free will, the choice is ours)!  IF we read/listen and absorb the Word into our hearts … doing what it says, God will bless us!!  God blesses us with salvation and freedom from all that holds us down!  Please note, He’s not saying “IF so He can condemn us, for He loves us too much.  He’s saying IF to help us understand the benefits of His guidance and what is required of us.

As we believe God’s Word, by faith, hear what He says and take action:

“… be strong and courageous! … Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you.  He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6, 8 NLT

As we read/listen and act on God’s Word, may you always know it’s power and truth to set you free and guide you.

God’s Love and Blessings to all!!!
Michelle
coachmichelle@charter.net

New creation

How often during the day, do we lose sight of who we are in the eyes of God?

This past week I allowed myself to feel defeated in an area of life, but then, deep within my spirit I heard  … “if you had seen yourself through MY eyes, you would not have been diminished.”  Wow, how blessed to have a loving Father God who reminds us how HE sees us.

We are God’s Masterpiece, created with plan and purpose, “plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope*!”   In His eyes, we are now a new creation ~ no matter what is in our past; no matter what others have said; no matter how we feel on any given day.  Be renewed and refreshed for His Word says:

“Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ, he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away.  Behold, the fresh and new has come!” … 2 Corinthians 5:17

We are a new creation, but our mind, will and emotion must renew its thinking!  In Mark Hankins book, “Taking Your Place In Christ,” he wrote:

“Even though you are a new creature in Christ, you are still acting like the world and your spirit is held hostage to an unrenewed mind, feelings, and emotions…. You will never be what God intends for you to be until your mind, will and emotions are dominated by God’s Word.  When you feed your spirit on the Word and allow the Holy Spirit to work in you, your mind will be renewed.”

We have a choice to make.  To see ourselves as HE does, and to walk in that strength, power and truth, we must choose to open our hearts to His Love and truths; get into God’s Word (spend time with Him, get to know His character; His promises; His will); and we need to allow His Word to influence how we think, act and speak.)

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 … so you can rehearse and be renewed!

*(Jeremiah 29:11)