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What is my calling?

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While I don’t know your specific calling, I do know the God who calls. He has a miraculous plan for your life, and a part of this journey called life is discovering that dream and learning more about the God Who created you.

When Jesus calls people:

1. He does so to change their thinking.

Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything.” (Luke 5:1)

- Peter was caught in a net, a mental block.

- Peter, the fisherman: he only knew his skills to be used for one thing – fishing.

2. God always offers opportunity for a better life – with HIM!

Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch." (Matt. 4:19)

- Leave what you know; leave what is comfortable.

- Stop depending on your own strength. Depend on Me!

3. God takes the skills, and uses them for His kingdom. A “Kingdom worker.”

"Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will send you out to fish for people." (Matthew 4:19)

- Kingdom perspective: your work does not just fit within 9a.m. to 5p.m., Monday through Friday.

- Think of Jesus, the carpenter: “I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:3)

4. God gives them (those He calls/His children/people/His servants) a new name.

Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’)” (Matthew 16:18)

- Usually, when God changed someone's name, He meant it as a means of showing a new purpose for the person.

5. Listening to Him always results in blessings!

But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” (Luke 5:5)

- Obedience always results in “More than enough.”


When Jesus calls, He gives something new in place of something we already thought we had. Peter could not see outside of His boat. What is your boat in life?

Our response:

When Jesus called Peter, notice he “immediately left the nets and followed Him.” (Matthew 4:20) Again, we see that when Jesus called James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, "immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.” (Matthew 4:22) There was no delayed obedience. As many of us have heard before, delayed obedience is, in fact, disobedience. “I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.” (Psalm 119:60). When Jesus calls us, may we all be quick to obey His calling.

When Jesus called them (the disciples/Peter and John), they adopted Jesus’ primary goal. “When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them: ‘Take nothing for the journey--no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt.’” (Luke 9:1-3)

A whole new life:

Jesus gave them more than there vocations ever could have given them. What Jesus offered was a whole new life. The only thing their jobs could offer was money. Is Jesus saying having a job is bad? No. Is Jesus saying you cannot have a job? No. What Jesus is saying is that He can offer you a better life than you could ever imagine. He is telling you to stop looking to worldly sources and to look to Him for your supply! What Jesus is asking of you is to follow Him. Even in your job, follow Him.

When Peter saw his work, all he saw were nets, fish, and money. Jesus saw a fisher of men. Jesus took what Peter was doing and made it a tool for God’s kingdom. Think of Jesus. Jesus was a carpenter. Jesus who was with God and in God at the creation of the universe came to earth as a carpenter. Think and meditate on this. The building He built was for the Glory of God. He built a living and continuing house from which we can benefit from and of which we can become a part yet today, two-thousand years after the original foundation was laid.


While Jesus requires us to dig deep and study the Word, He does not make it hard; nor does He withhold anything from us. He does not want us to worry we are missing it or fear for our future. When we turn it (name it) over to God, the Lord will redeem any lost time. We are NOT waiting on God. God is waiting on us – patiently waiting on us to act and to submit to Him.

Brian Walton

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Seek Ye First

It is normal as individuals that we desire to be blessed, and as believers, we walk in the blessing of God. He is for us and not against us. We become co-heirs with Christ (Rom. 8:17), heirs of every spiritual blessing in Him (Eph. 1:3), the moment we make Jesus our Lord and Savior, and God loves every person, believer or not.

The true key to walking in blessing, however, is not to seek just the gift but the Giver, not to seek just the miracle but the Maker, not to seek just the article but the Author, not to seek just the blessing but the One Who blesses. (Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Mt. 6:33) God’s true desire is to have fellowship with us, relationship. Jesus came that we might be one with Him as He and the Father are One (Jn. 17:20-26). When we seek God – to know Him, to praise Him, to behold His beauty, to adore Him, to talk with Him – our relationship with Him establishes a flow of love from Him to us and from us back to Him. In this relationship and communion with Him is the key to every blessing we could ever imagine. He desires to do us good, and when we walk in fellowship with Him, seeking His heart, He cannot help but be true to His character of blessing toward us (Ps. 34:10).

Seek Him first, before all else, and you will not be able to contain the blessings He has in store for you.

In His Love,

Pastor Lisa Marie

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Why Do We Worship?

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Dear Ones,
Why do we worship in song?  Is it just a ritual that the church has developed as a matter of tradition or as a way to fill time?  Is it just what everyone else does?  Is it just a way to pass the time while everyone finds their seats for Sunday morning service?
NO. NO. NO.  A thousand times “NO!”

First of all, God specifically tells us to sing unto Him.  “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” (Col. 3:16)  “. . . be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.” (Eph. 5:18-19)

Now we know that God never tells us to do anything without good reason, and that reason is always for our good!  So, we automatically know that worshipping in song brings blessing into our lives, but what could that be?  Well let’s look at that verse in Colossians.  It tells us to partake in psalms, hymns, and songs.  Psalms are poetry meant to be sung.  They are actually songs of praise.  The Book of Psalms is actually a hymnal.  This verse in Colossians tells us that when we worship in psalms, hymns, and songs from the spirit (rather than secular songs), they will actually serve to teach us, admonish us, and bring us all wisdom.  Let me say, I will take that!  I want to grow in understanding God and His ways.  I want to be admonished or instructed by His Word.  I want to grow in wisdom!  Praise and worship help me do that!

This verse tells us also that when we sing, the message of Christ will be caused to dwell in us richly!  Song speaks to our spirits in ways that teaching may not.  Worship reaches us in other ways than straight teaching.  Both are important, but they reach our hearts in different ways. Song can soften our hearts, bring us rest, peace, joy, thanksgiving, and empowerment in supernatural ways.  It can open our hearts and minds to hear from God!  So, when our praises are filled with the Word of God, our spirits soar into the presence of our holy, loving Father, and the Holy Spirit ministers directly to our spirits.  When that happens, God reveals new truths and special guidance to us for our situation!

When we “make melody to the Lord,” His very presence surrounds us and becomes so strong in us, that we receive new revelation from Him!  That is something we all need every day.
So, dear ones, I encourage you to look at worship in a new way and enter into it with thanksgiving!

God is worthy of our praise!
Pastor Lisa Marie

If you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life and desire to, pray this:  Dear God, I believe that Jesus is your Son, that He died on the cross for me and was resurrected for my redemption.  I choose to make Jesus the Lord of my life.  I thank you for forgiving me and for filling me with Your Holy Spirit.  I thank You that I am Your child, that You are my Father, and that You have great things planned for me.  Amen.


 

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Hope Meets Earth

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Dear Ones,

What is hope?  Hope is your spirit reaching out to all the forces of Heaven to believe that good will result, that your dream will be fulfilled, that your hurtful circumstance will turn to joy.  Hope is your heart saying I will not fear; I will believe; I will find a way.  Hope is a spiritual force that sets you up for God’s best in your life, and it is only completed by faith and love, and Dear Ones, there is only one source that can answer your hope with the faith and love you need to see your desires fulfilled.  His name is Jesus!  Because of Him, we can hope and know that our dreams will come to pass.


You see, God is love and love only.  There is no darkness or selfishness in Him.  He wants only good for us at all times.  He desires this so much that a long time ago, He sent His only begotten Son to earth as a baby, in the form of a human.  God knew His son would have to suffer torment, ridicule, and shame, be spat upon, tortured, and crucified – all for the purpose of giving us hope.  It was important that Christ had to come to earth as a child, because then we could see and understand that He had to grow up and face the same challenges as we did and be led by the same Holy Spirit of God that we do in order to overcome the pressures of this world.  Well, guess what?  He did it, and you can too!  You can see your hope fulfilled.  You can overcome . . . but there is a key.
The only way to access the faith and love that God has for us is to believe on His Son Jesus Christ!  God is always pouring His love upon us whether we accept Him or not.  He loves each one of us unconditionally, but the only way for us to receive that love into our lives is to receive Him.  When we say “yes” to Him, all of Heaven’s glory is shed abroad in our hearts, and we have the same faith and love of God poured into our spirits, and we are made new; our hope is given wings!  God’s faith poured into us is the substance of all we hope for, and His love makes us realize we are worthy and righteous before Him (Hebrews 11:1; Galatians 5:6; 1 Corinthians 13:13; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21). 


So if you are not a believer, believe.  Believe in the love He has for you!  He desires to have an intimate relationship with you.  If you are a believer, and you just seem to be having a hard time and are wondering why you may not be experiencing the joy that this glorious Christmas season should bring, renew your hope by drawing closer to Him.  You will be met with the faith and love that will fulfill all you are hoping for!
Standing with you in the faith, hope, and love of God,

Pastor Lisa Marie
  
 

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It Is Written

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Dear Ones,

How did Christ defeat the tempter?  It’s important to know the answer to that question because Jesus’ example shows us how to do the same.  The long and short of it is:  “It is written.”  That’s what Jesus said when faced with the tempter.  That’s what He said to overcome and achieve victory!  He spoke the Word!

Let’s look at the Scripture.          

Matt. 4:2-11 – And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he said, if thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, it is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto him, if thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, it is written again, thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.  Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto him, all these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.  Then saith Jesus unto him, get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

Christ made it very clear that the Word of God is our weapon of choice to defeat every difficult situation in our lives: every temptation, every lack, every challenge, every physical or spiritual need.  In these verses Christ addressed bread for physical need, but bread is also a symbol of spiritual life.  Jesus is the Bread of Life.  In this first of three temptations, Christ quoted Deuteronomy 8:4, but go back and read the entire passage from which that was taken (Deut. 8:2-18), and you will find so much more . . . clothes never wearing out, a land where we lack nothing, a land with brooks and streams and springs gushing out, a land with honey and olive oil, a place where God leads us successfully through wilderness and brings water out of dry rock.  That pretty much covers every physical or spiritual need we could ever have.  God breaks up the fallow, dry ground of life and gives us abundance and refreshing!!!

In the second temptation, Christ quotes Psalm 91.  If you read that entire Psalm, you will find promises of rest, refuge, deliverance from the fowler’s snare and pestilence, God’s faithfulness to us, freedom from fear, protection from all harm, our rescue, and deliverance from trouble!  Wow!

Every time the tempter came, Jesus said, “It is written.”  In other words, stand on God’s Word.  Find His promises to you regarding your situation, and believe them, and stand on them.  What happens when we do that?  Look what happened after the third of Jesus’ temptations.  The devil left, and the angels ministered to Jesus.  That is exactly what will happen when you use the Word!

So stand strong, Dear Ones!  Find the Word.  Believe the Word.  Speak out the Word.  You will see the road to victory, and that difficult situation will give way to a place of rest, refreshing, and abundance!

Pastor Lisa Marie

If you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life and desire to, pray this:  Dear God, I believe that Jesus is your Son, that He died on the cross for me and was resurrected for my redemption.  I choose to make Jesus the Lord of my life.  I thank you for forgiving me and for filling me with Your Holy Spirit.  I thank You that I am Your child, that You are my Father, and that You have great things planned for me.  Amen.

 

 

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Look Up!

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I run into people all of the time who are frustrated with their current situation or place in life, and one of the things I find most commonly is that they are looking around at what other people do and have. That’s called covetousness, envy, jealousy. The sooner we learn to look up instead of sideways, the more we keep our eyes focused on Christ, what He did for us, the more we look up to God and quit looking at the world, the happier, more focused, and more fulfilled we will be.

You see, God has a special purpose and special plans and goals and opportunities for each one of us specifically (Jer. 29:11, read the NIV), and the more you are focused on what others are doing and getting, the more likely it is that you will miss the perfect place of happiness and fulfillment that God has designed specifically for you.

Dear ones, God knows you intimately and loves you uniquely. He has prepared a wonderful path just for you, a path that will speak to your heart, that will bring joy overflowing, provision beyond your wildest dreams, satisfaction, peace, and strength to you and those around you. So, stop looking laterally, and look up!!! Seek God and not the things of this world, not the plans designed for others, and you will find contentment beyond anything you could imagine! You are not designed to walk someone else’s path. Your road to victory is unique to you, especially given to you by God. So, talk to Him; don’t look around and be driven by what you THINK others have, or do, or want. Take your wants and dreams and visions to God. Focus on Him, and you will see grand and glorious things take place in your life. Present your requests to Him, delight in Him, dedicate your plans to Him, and He will give you the desires of your heart (Ps. 37:4). Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and all of these things will be added unto you (Mt. 6:33). When you seek God first, He reveals His best to you! 

The world will never satisfy! When you look around at others, you are being driven by your flesh rather than your spirit. God talks to you in your spirit. When you focus on Him, rather than the world, your spirit is open to receive His wisdom, His way, His direction, His best for YOU. God desires to bless you and give you the desires of YOUR heart, not those of someone else’s heart.

Keep your eyes on Him, and great days are ahead for you!
Lisa Marie

If you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life and desire to, pray this: Dear God, I believe that Jesus is your Son, that He died on the cross for me and was resurrected for my redemption. I choose to make Jesus the Lord of my life. I thank you for forgiving me and for filling me with Your Holy Spirit. I thank You that I am Your child, that You are my Father, and that You have great things planned for me.
 

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Follow the Way of Love

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Dear Ones,


This week I was talking to one of our sons.  His college professor asked his class the question whether preparing family meals was an act of empowerment or an act of enslavement for the preparer.  He asked me what I thought.  I quickly responded, “It is neither; it is an expression of love.”  He responded even more quickly, “Every act of love is an act of empowerment.”  I thought, “No truer words have ever been spoken.”


I don’t think I need to add much more to that.  He’s right.  Every act of love empowers us in our own lives.  It lifts us up and brings joy and encouragement and strength and healing to our own lives.  It does the same in the lives of others.  Every expression of love empowers the person receiving the love, because that’s what love shared does.  It gives hope!  It brings God on the scene, and where God is, there is victory and blessing – every time!
Enough said.


Share acts of love and compassion this wee k . . . as often and with as many people as you can.  We all win!
Lisa Marie

1 Cor. 14:1 – Follow the way of love.

If you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life and desire to, pray this:  Dear God, I believe that Jesus is your Son, that He died on the cross for me and was resurrected for my redemption.  I choose to make Jesus the Lord of my life.  I thank you for forgiving me and for filling me with Your Holy Spirit.  I thank You that I am Your child, that You are my Father, and that You have great things planned for me.
 

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Earthen Vessels

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Dear Ones,

2 Corinthians 4:7 – But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us (NIV).

The Lord kept bringing this verse to my heart this week.  I kept thinking “treasure”. . . “in jars of clay.”  The King James says “treasure in earthen vessels.”

We have this treasure. . . in us.  That’s what the Scripture tells us.  Where did we get it?  Who gave it to us?  What is it?  Why was it given to us?

So, I backed up to the third chapter of Second Corinthians, and I found: 

8 “will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?9 If the ministry that brought condemnation [the Old Covenant, the law] was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness [the New Covenant]!. . . .12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.. . .16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord[Christ], the veil is taken away.17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit (NIV).

Then I thought, “Wow!”  God, you have given us, through Christ and by the Holy Spirit, Your glory!  You have placed it in us, in jars of clay, in earthen vessels!  Your glory!  When we choose Christ, an unveiling occurs, a liberation, a hope that gives us boldness!  You give us transformation!  Your glory transforms us into your image and the glory in us is ever-increasing!  The King James tells us you are taking us from glory to glory (2 Cor. 3:18)!

Why God?  Why did you do this for us?  God Almighty has seen fit to place His glory in us!  Why?  Let’s look.  2 Cor. 4 says:

8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. . . . 13Since we have that same spirit offaith . . . 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (NIV).

So, God has given us a way to face the times in which we are hard pressed, perplexed, persecuted, struck down.  He is telling us that His glory in us will keep us from being crushed, in despair, abandoned, and destroyed.  His glory in us will not allow us to lose heart!  His glory in us gives us the victory!  He has given us a way to come to the awareness that our troubles on this earth are momentary and light compared to the eternal promise we have in Him.  He has given us hope.  His glory in us, His guiding Holy Spirit, gives us eyes that see the unseen.  Because of His hope in us, we can cast our eyes and hearts above the turmoil in this world.  We can find a way out!  We can see the eternal beyond the temporary trouble, and we can share it with those around us. . . to His glory.

If I sit and contemplate all that the glory of God – living in me, transforming me, reaching through me to others, working in others to reach me – provides and accomplishes, I am amazed.  I can hardly fathom it!  I know I am only getting a glimpse, and there is so much more to come!  I am so thankful!  I am in awe of a God who in all of His greatness and grandeur and glory, has seen me worthwhile enough, loved so much, treasured so highly by Him that He has placed His glory, His Spirit, His hope, His power in me.  Words can barely express what He has done for us!  When we receive His gift, we can never walk powerless or defeated again!  When we receive His gift, we can be an answer and a help and a hope to a hurting world!

I can only say “Thank you,” and that is not enough!

Let us take hold of the gift He has given us and walk in the Glory of God,

Lisa Marie

If you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life and desire to, pray this:  Dear God, I believe that Jesus is your Son, that He died on the cross for me and was resurrected for my redemption.  I choose to make Jesus the Lord of my life.  I thank you for forgiving me and for filling me with Your Holy Spirit.  I thank You that I am Your child, that You are my Father, and that You have great things planned for me.

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Let God rescue your heart.

Dear Ones,

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Let God rescue your heart.

Dear ones, of late, it seems I have encountered so many people who are still in pain from the wounds of their past, those who are feeling overwhelmed by the matters of daily life, those who are feeling isolated and alone, those who can’t figure out which way to turn while facing issues of great weight or tragedy or torment, many who see little hope for the future, who feel stuck in the mire.

I want to offer you hope today.

You do not have to struggle helpless and alone.  Reach out to friends.  Reach out to your pastor if you have one.  Reach out to family.  Reach out to God.  Yes, He uses people in your life to bring us counsel and advice, but He is also right there for you with wisdom, compassion, understanding, mercy, and grace – just for you.  When I say that, you may feel that you can’t hear from God or that you are crying out to Him, and you are not getting any answers, or He is not talking to you.  Precious person, God is always talking to you – by His Holy Spirit.  He has promised to never leave you or forsake you (Deut. 31:6).  He has placed in each one of us our spirit, which He has specifically designed to hear from Him.  Our minds are where all of the torment, confusion, uncertainty, self-doubt, and oppression that we may be feeling at the present time spring forth.  Thank God, however, that the spirit which He has placed in you cries out constantly to His Spirit – and the good news is that God answers your search (Matt. 7:7-8).  God designed you to hear from Him.  He designed your spirit to testify with His Spirit (Rom. 8:16).  He designed your spirit to be in communion with His Spirit.  That’s what He accomplished when He sent His beloved child, Christ, to walk this earth with us in fellowship and then to die and be resurrected.  That was God destroying anything that could ever separate you from Him and uniting you with Him, perfectly and forever (Rom. 8:35-39).  That was God’s way of giving us access to everything that He is – perfect love, peace, joy, healing, mercy, rest, understanding, kindness, generosity, grace – the list goes on and on.

So dear one, it may seem like a trite phrase to tell you to run to God in your difficulty, to rest in Him (Mt. 11:28-30), to lay your problems in His hands (1 Pet. 5:7), but that is His design for the rescue of our hearts.  He wants to take whatever it is with which you are burdened and carry it away into His everlasting peace.  When you cry out to Him for wisdom and truth and understanding, He will answer you in your spirit (James 1:5; Psalm 50:15).  He will send people to help you navigate the rough waters.  He will speak to you in a still, small voice.  He will do miracles on your behalf.  He will send you people with wise counsel for your difficulty.  He has promised never to leave you alone (Deut. 31:8; John 14:18).  He has promised you His mercy, lovingkindness, and grace (Lam. 3:22-23).

So today, I urge you to accept what God sent Christ to give you.  Talk to Him, and He will direct your path into ways of peace and help and rest.

With love,

Lisa Marie

If you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life and desire to, pray this:  Dear God, I believe that Jesus is your Son, that He died on the cross for me and was resurrected for my redemption.  I choose to make Jesus the Lord of my life.  I thank you for forgiving me and for filling me with Your Holy Spirit.  I thank You that I am Your child, that You are my Father, and that You have great things planned for me.

 

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God’s Great Love For You!

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Dear Ones,

As I was praying and studying this morning about the love of God, the Lord spoke to my spirit and said, “If my people would truly understand how much I love them, they would never fear again…about anything.”  I thought, “That’s so true, God; I know that inherently in my spirit, but explain it to me.  I want to get to that place where all fear in every situation in my life is nonexistent.  Help me get to a full revelation of that…of Your love for us.”
Well, we all know that great Scripture, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment.  He that feareth is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18, KJV).  That’s God’s perfect love for us.  You see, God is love (1 John 4:8).  There is no torment in God, so there is no torment when we know, understand, and receive His love for us.  Thus, we can walk fear free!

So, next, I asked myself, “Why do we fear?”  We fear because we don’t believe our needs are going to be met or because we feel we have to fight for position.  The great thing, though, is that with God, we don’t have to jockey for position as though we were in a horse race trying to be the first to the finish line or first to capture the big purse, the jackpot at the end. . .and with God, we don’t have to gamble.  No!  God is no respecter of persons, and He loves us all uniquely and equally.  He can give each one of us our perfect good without diminishing the good He has intended for another.  It is only our natural way of thinking that causes us to believe that there isn’t enough to go around for everyone.  God never runs out of resources or blessing or plans of goodness for His children!

So, if we focus on how much God loves each of us individually and all of humanity jointly, we can begin to realize that we are not in competition with others to get what we need.  God has a perfect plan for each of us individually and for all of us functioning together.  Consequently, we can rejoice when others do well and see their dreams realized, their needs met.  We can say, “What God has done for others, He will do for me.”  If we focus on trusting God instead of envying another, God is free to pour out perfect plans in each of our lives.  Psalm 112:6-8 says, 

Surely the righteous will never be shaken;
    they will be remembered forever.
They will have no fear of bad news;
    their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD.
Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear.

When we focus on God’s love, we receive confidence; it frees us to love others and bless others, and we cease to act in ways that bring torment, striving, contentions, competitions, and envying into our own lives.  All these things bring roadblocks and hindrances into our lives.  We don’t have to protect ourselves or our own interests when we know God is watching out for us, protecting us, providing for us, healing us, saving us from our own mistakes, establishing good plans for us, correcting us when needed.

Let’s look at 1 John 3:16 (NIV) – “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”  You see, since we know that God gave His Son for us, and Jesus, the Son, gave His life for us, we can rest assured that there is nothing God wouldn’t do (and hasn’t already done) to help us.  What more can be done than laying one’s life down for another?  That kind of love will never desert or forsake you; it will never leave you to fend for yourself; it is and will always be there to defend, protect, lift up, heal, encourage, and provide.

So, dear one, know and understand God’s great love for you, and fear will have no place in your life!
Lisa Marie

If you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life and desire to, pray this:  Dear God, I believe that Jesus is your Son, that He died on the cross for me and was resurrected for my redemption.  I choose to make Jesus the Lord of my life.  I thank you for forgiving me and for filling me with Your Holy Spirit.  I thank You that I am Your child, that You are my Father, and that You have great things planned for me.
 

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