You are Not Alone … 

Kari Jobe sings a song titled:   You Are Not Alone – Kari Jobe

And, as I traveled to Belgium this past week … alone … I kept remembering I wasn’t alone, even when I felt like I was!  I believed God was with me every step of the way.  But, because I felt a bit more vulnerable given world events, and as a flight was cancelled, another delayed, and yet another missed … I kept saying to my Lord and Savior … I need you, I lean on you, I trust you … for I know I am not alone – You are always with me, making a way when there seems to be none!  I had to consciously allow what I knew to get down into my heart, reassuring myself of truth, and in that I found peace and favor.

This trip reminded me how easily it can be to forget to invite God throughout our routine … cause, well … we got this one covered, we’ve done this before.  As I felt desperate, I noticed how consciously and quickly I ran to God!

Whether you are in your routine day or facing a great adventure or challenge of life, I encourage you to know and believe that if you believe in God, though Jesus Christ … He is with you, always!  He loves YOU!  As you open your heart to Him … developing the personal relationship with Him that He so desires, ask Him to guide your steps, to show you the way, for His ways are truly better than ours, as He knows our beginning from the end.

This little trip reminded me that challenges are not bad … they can be redirecting us into something better; they can help us grow stronger in our trust In Christ; they can open our eyes to things the Lord wants to show us … and on and on.  Truth is that God knows our needs and as we seek Him … He guides us down the path He has planned for us.  Jeremiah 29:11

Be encouraged, you are not alone.  No matter how dark it may seem, you are loved – He gave His life for you.  Ask and receive that love and guidance today!

God’s Love and Blessings, Michelle

Jeremiah 29:11-12 For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call on Me and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear your voice and I will listen to you.

 

Seen Through Loving Eyes …

Have you ever imagined yourself standing before God?  Who does HE see?

In truth
, as a believer … our loving God looks at you and me blameless and righteous!
Instead of seeing everything we’re ashamed of, or disappointed about;
instead of seeing us defeated or a failure;
instead of seeing us sick or disfigured …
as believers in Jesus Christ,  God sees us blameless and righteous!

Righteous ~ In right standing before God.  Because of Jesus’s sacrifice for us, we are redeemed (freed from distress; released from blame and consequences of sin) and we are in right standing before God!  What a gift, if we receive it!!

“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.”  Romans 3:23-25

Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ.  1 Corinthians 1:30

Knowing what scripture says, can you truly see yourself standing in front of Father God … clean, without guilt, condemnation or inferiority?

How do you change the negative, destructive thoughts?  As you receive God’s gift to you through Jesus Christ ~ you receive God’s everlasting, unconditional love.  As you study His scriptures you begin to renew your thinking ~ seeing yourself through His loving eyes!

I pray you can see yourself as God does ~ for you ARE God’s Masterpiece!
I encourage you to re-read Psalm 103.

If you need encouragement in God’s Word, feel free to contact me at coachmichelle@charter.net. From the Heart

Your Good News …. Claim it!

Today … if you are feeling sick, sad, poor, defeated, confused, poor or generally cursed … I have really good news for you!

“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us…”  Galatians 3:13 (NKJV)

You have been redeemed! Maybe like me, you may have read that and not completely understood it.  What does it mean to you personally ~ to your issues; to your sadness or sickness; to your poverty?  Let me share what I learned and what this means for you personally!

Jesus Christ, when HE died on the cross for you and me … HE redeemed us from every curse that came, or will ever come our way.  When Adam and Eve were deceived in the garden, sin, evil and calamity entered this world.  God so loved us, that He sent Jesus who walked this earth, experienced our pain, and then sacrified His life so He could take upon Him all of our curses of depression, oppression, grief, sickness, poverty, and sin … He bore it all for us!

Redeemed:  to buy back; repurchase; to free from distress or harms; to release from blame or debt; to free from the consequences of sin; to change for the better; repair; restore, reform!

To truly understand the magnitude of what that means for you, I encourage you to read Deuteronomy 28:15-68 … where Moses identifies in detail every curse ~ confusion, poverty, mental and physical ailments, etc. ~ that would come because of disobedience to God.  BUT the good news, is that Jesus redeemed you from every single one, when you received Him as your Lord and Savior!  As you read those scriptures and recognize the curses that have come into your life …. say, because of Jesus I AM REDEEMED from … (be specific). Make it personal, because Jesus gave His life in exchange for yours. Claim your victory, for you are an overcomer because of Christ.  Begin to see yourself victorious!

In the end, Moses says:

“… I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live.”  Deuteronomy 30:19

You have a choice to live/die defeated or to live victoriously as God intended.  Remember how much God loves you; He created you in His image; you’re a new creature in Christ; Jesus took all your sin and curses, AND gives you life eternal.  Choose and receive your good news ~ claim your victory today!

If you need encouragement in God’s Word, From the Heart, feel free to contact me at coachmichelle@charter.net.  

Your free will …

We were created with free will … the freedom to make choices every moment of every day!  We can choose to see the glass half full or half empty! We can choose to live bound, broken or defeated, or we can choose to live a fulfilled and blessed life because God promises us an abundantly victorious life in and through Christ Jesus!

Sadly, many Christians choose to live defeated lives!  Why?

Why?  Because every day we have a choice to make as we face hurtful memories or today’s unsettling circumstances.  IF God’s Word isn’t real to us every moment of every day ~ deep within our hearts, we make choices to focus on, and empower … the family history of defeat, the tragedy that occurred; the unemployment, devastation of divorce, the lack of love and support, or the lies we were told.  Remember, satan’s job is to kill, steal and destroy.

Even though we hear that we are new creatures in and through Christ; even though we sing songs and we read scriptures about how Jesus took our sin, sickness and disease, pain and suffering on the cross for us; even though we know these truths in our head … we haven’t truly received and believed in our heart, in our newly created Spirit, that:

~ God truly forgives and loves us unconditionally;
~ G
od has the ability and the desire to heal our deepest wounds;
~
God has plans to prosper and bless us;
~
God can move the mountains in our lives;
~ God chose us
!

The truth that sets us free is that we can change our focus, make healthy choices ~ all empowered by the Spirit of God that dwells within us!  Because Jesus gave His life for us, no matter what our background, what’s going on around us, or what people have said about us, we can choose to begin anew ~ not in our own power and might, but In Christ.  This does not mean our past tragedy or our current circumstances aren’t real, BUT In and through Christ, by His Power within us, we can make new choices to see life through God’s eyes and believe what HE says ~ for we ARE victorious ~ and if we allow it, HE will show us the way to that victory!  

 “Because you’re not yet taking God seriously,” said Jesus. “The simple truth is that if you had a mere kernel of faith, a poppy-seed, say, you would tell this mountain, ‘Move!’ and it would move. There is nothing you wouldn’t be able to tackle.”  Matthew 17:20 (The Message)

God sees you as His Masterpiece.  Who do you see?

God says He is with you always, never leaving your side;
God says HE will light your path, showing you the way to truth, peace, joy and fulfillment … do you truly believe this or are they just words?

Are you willing to trust Him, to yield the past pain/hurt, or the current concerns/fears ~  allowing Him to heal your wounds and move the ‘mountains’ in your life?

If you are ready to break away from defeat, see yourself in a new light and let go of the old way of thinking and acting, feel free to contact me at coachmichelle@charter.net.  Let me come alongside you, encourage you in how God sees you and what He promises … so you can choose each day to live victoriously In Christ!  From the Heart, www.fromtheheartlifecoach.com

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)