Faith Tactic #47 Rejoice in Trial

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Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4

We boast in the hope in the glory of God. Not only so! BUT!

We also glory in our sufferings. What?!

James chapter one says something similar, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” (James 1:2-3).

I work at a dental school and about a month ago I took a new position as supervisor, which comes with both blessings and tribulation. Yesterday, I had to tell my co-worker that she could not read the Bible at work, or have her Bible visible for others to see. As much as I love the Bible, it was hard for me to do. I felt like I was the one persecuting my sister in the Lord. But I had the heat put on me by HR, so I needed to do my job.

The Bible said we are blessed when others persecute us for the name of Christ, because the glory of God rests on us.

But rejoicing is usually not the norm when we endure suffering of any kind. If you are like me, you grit your teeth, hunker down and bare it. Sometimes complaining becomes our response. Grumbling about trials is far more common than boasting in them. Other times, self-pity or the victim mentality sets in. There are few of us, however, that actually do rejoice in spite of our trials.

Ultimately we are not promised a trouble free life. Paul tells us that God will bring trials in our lives because He has a purpose. He grows us through our trials. Through our sufferings, we grow in endurance, proven character, and hope. The hope we have inside of us will not disappoint.

How can this verse prepare me to expand His kingdom?

I need to develop God’s perspective in order to really rejoice in my trials. It is not an automatic response. It requires deliberate focus.

In Philippians 2:14-15, Paul exhorts us to follow the example he set when he was falsely accused, beaten, and wrongly imprisoned in Philippi:

“Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world.”

Deliberate focus on my response to rejoice in the minor irritations at work to the major trials in my personal life, will cause me to shine like lights in the darkness. This response will expand His kingdom.

What do these verses speak to you? How will these verses help you to expand His Kingdom?

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Faith Tactic #46 Be Rooted

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16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:16-19

This is my prayer for you as part of my family. But even better, is that Christ is always interceding for you. He never tires or waivers. He is always praying for you and me.

When you are weak, and tired, you can trust God will strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, because this has been a prayer over you since before you were born. He has been interceding for us to know His love since the beginning of mankind.

His intercession are deep roots. And because we are already rooted and established in His love for us, then we can know this love that surpasses knowledge. We can be filled to the measure of all fullness, because His love has been poured out into our hearts.

How does this verse prepare me to expand His kingdom? Because of His prayers for you and me to grasp this love, we can be sure that by faith, the roots of His Word will grow inside us and establish us as a firm oak tree. Many will come to taste its fruit and our love will grow deeper and deeper for Him, and everyone else around us.

What do these verses speak to you? How will these verses help you to expand His Kingdom?

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Faith Tactic # 45 You Belong

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19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. Ephesians 2:19-20

Are you spiritually homeless? You who believe you are so far off from God and without hope. Think twice. Jesus came for you. He is drawing you to himself. He wants to make you a part of the family. He loves you. He will not stop pursuing a relationship with you so that He can make you a citizen of heaven.

Then when you make Jesus the cornerstone of your heart, the Lord of your life, then He will graft you in as a member in His house.

If you have made Jesus your Lord, then you are no longer foreigners or strangers. Outsiders. You belong to the family of God.

This means you are no longer just attending church, no you become the church. You are built together with other members of His household, where Christ makes His dwelling place in our hearts. As the church we are His Kingdom people on this earth.

As with any family, we have responsibilities and certain privileges. We enjoy the benefits that He provides, such a protection for our enemies. But when the time comes to go and do what He calls us to do, we need to be obedient. We are set a part as His family. We become strangers and aliens to the world, and the kingdom of darkness.

First Peter 2:9-10 puts it this way, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” Then Peter applies it (2:11), “Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.”

I am no longer a foreigner to God. I left darkness over 25 years ago, and that life I lived is now a stranger. I was on drugs, in a gang, living promiscuously, lost and without hope. But He found me, adopted me into His family and I have become a part of His Kingdom.

How does this verse help me to expand His kingdom? He is the cornerstone of this kingdom, and it expands every time someone becomes a part of the family. He is not like a building that is set in concrete, which can not move. No since His dwelling place is not in a building but in our hearts, then every breath we take is an expansion of His heart on this earth.

What do these verses speak to you? How will these verses help you to expand His Kingdom?

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Faith Tactic # 44 Please Him

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For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness,righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. Ephesians 5:8-10

Find out what pleases the Lord.

Does it please God to argue? Does it please God to gossip? Does it please God to cave into temptation? Does it please God to spend all your time on worthless things?

Of course not. We know these things and a thousand other things we do, does not please God. So how can we change that? How can we live in the light of the Lord and please God in everything we do?

Light reveals what is hidden. As children of the light, and no longer living in the dark, we can see more clearly to what pleases our Father. It pleases Him to get your eyes off of what you are doing wrong, but instead look to what He has done right. When you see Him for what Who He is, it pleases Him. When you see Him, for what He has done, it pleases Him. When you see Him, and not your faults, it pleases Him.

Living as children of the light means you please Him, when you come out of darkness. When you come into His light and allow Him to expose everything that you kept hidden, this also pleases Him. He loves it when we are honest with Him, and bring Him everything in our heart.

How does this verse help me to expand His kingdom? The more I live as a child of His light, the more you see Him in me. When you see more of Him and less of me then you will want Jesus in your darkness too, and you will then find out what pleases Him.

It pleases our Lord to expand His kingdom.

What do these verses speak to you? How will these verses help you to expand His Kingdom?

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Faith Tactic #43 Be Imitators

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Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2

I just spent an amazing weekend away with friends closest enough to call family. We all share a common bond as dearly loved children, and our Father has shown us the way. His way is love. The sweet communion of believers is always like a fragrant offering and those who partake in this fellowship are walking in the same way Christ did.

He didn’t start cliques. Sometimes it is hard to fit in some where when everyone already has close enough friends and you feel like you are just intruding in the tightly knit circle. However, in God’s family, we have open arms and our circle just keep expanding. This is an example of God’s love, as He gave himself up for us, we are to be imitators of this sacrifice. How can we do that? By allowing yourself to love more than just your family; just your bubble, you sacrifice what you most comfortable with. You are then laying down what keeps you from community, and it makes space for more people in your sphere of influence.

How does this verse help me to expand His kingdom? By imitating His love for me, it expands my heart to love others the same way. Love is ultimately the secret ingredient to growing the kingdom of God. Walk in His way, and do what He does, say what He says, and this expansion will be easy.

What do these verses speak to you? How will these verses help you to expand His Kingdom?

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Faith Tactic #42 Be Radiant

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Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.   Psalm 34:5

In times of trouble, when the heart is sad, and a dark cloud appears to come over everything, look to God. Those who look to God and not to their own resources, take comfort in the expectation of His mercy. We look to Him with an eye of faith and prayer. And as we do, we are not disappointed, because in Him we find relief.

The more we think upon our God and less of ourselves the better. We spend hours looking into the mirror trying to get the right shade, or the perfect look, only to have the make up fade by the middle of the day. However, one look in the right direction, His mirror, causes our faces to shine and our spirits uplifted lasting longer than your mascara. 🙂

James likens His mirror to the Word; his perfect law.

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. James 1:22-25

So we look to Him in His Word, we apply the Scriptural principles that He teaches us, and we become comforted and encouraged.

How does this verse help me to expand His kingdom? Again the more we look to God, the more radiant our faces become. When our faces are shining brighter than the light, we get noticed and people want what we have. My bright shining face expands His kingdom.

What do these verses speak to you? How will these verses help you to expand His Kingdom?

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Faith Tactic #41 Wear These

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12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12

When people know they are loved they live differently. Those who are the elect of God are different. We live holy lives because we know we are dearly loved by God. Because He loves us, we can do this.

With so much corruption in our world, quarreling will arise. It is up to us to imitate the same love that we have been given. As if we look into a mirror to check out what we are wearing, asking ourselves, “does this look good on me?” Bitterness does not look good on me at all. It changes the way I look. I need to take it off quickly, and clothe myself instead with a nice shade of humility.

When the closet of our hearts are packed with old clothes, it is time to get new stuff. Out with the old and in with the new. Get rid of bitterness, un-forgiveness, pride, and selfishness. Replace those dirty garments with kingdom clothing. The purest form of attire are the clothes that are washed in the Word.  Put on the new man. Adorn thyself with the robe of righteousness and you will not be naked and exposed to shame. Be clothed in the Holy Spirit, and you will definitely look in the mirror and be pleased with what you are wearing.

When we put on Him, everyone around us will notice the new garments and say, “Hey, compassion looks good on you.” They will want to know the garment maker. They will inquire as to where to get that. What a great opportunity to share who manufactured these garments for us.

Kindness looks good too. Patience is the garment I need to wear. We have been given everything we need to live a life of godliness, so patience is already in my closet, but for some reason it just sits there. Therefore as God’s chosen piece for me today, I need to actually put that on, and wear patience.

I am wearing patience today. What are you wearing?

What do these verses speak to you? How will these verses help you to expand His Kingdom?

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Faith Tactic # 40 Learn From Him

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24 So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. Galatians 3:24-25

The law was designed to introduce us to Christ. It was intended to teach us right from wrong. Being in relationship with Christ causes us to live differently, but we are no longer living under the law. Here is diagram I found that says it best.

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The lessons of the law became a preparation for the gospel. Christ was meant to be the end of the law. However, the process of learning was similar to that of ordinary teaching, where the mind of the scholar opens very gradually to that of the teacher.

The law helps us to form habits of obedience. When self discipline becomes a part of our life, and we have learned to deny self, then it brings us closer to Christ.

Life is a school no doubt. We were born to be schooled for heaven.

Right now my son is in a program called Loving Hands Ministries. He is in a program that is very strict. So many rules. They are bound to the law for a season. 2 years. The law is meant to teach principle of order. They will study for hours and hours. The time will finally come though, when all the rules will drop and are no longer needed. My son will be able to grab hold of the truth and The Truth will hold onto him. It will introduce him to a life that has the law of God written upon his conscience and it works from within. I am so excited to see what God does in my son through this program.

This happened to me, when I was in a program much like Loving Hands. it was called Hannah House in Detroit, Michigan. The law became my freedom. For those who do not understand its purpose, it becomes bondage. However, if we allow the law to lead us to faith, then the law brings liberty.

Knowing that the law brings liberty only when you know Christ, then when I witness to others. I do not start with the law, because the law is not loved and received until you know Christ and the order of principle. On the contrary I start with Christ. I lead people to Jesus, and then Jesus begins to show you the way that pleases Him. He is the greatest teacher there is to this life. Christ says, “Learn of Me.”

What do these verses speak to you? How will these verses help you to expand His Kingdom?

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Faith Tactic #39 Fear Not

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19 “Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed,” he said. “Peace! Be strong now; be strong.” When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Speak, my lord, since you have given me strength.” Daniel 10:19

It never ceases to amaze me how God strengthens me and encourages me with His Word. Once we receive that strengthening touch from, our wills have to choose to be strong and declare that which is divinely afforded. It is all about living this life by faith.

We live in a wicked world. It is almost tempting to stay in seclusion as a Christian to avoid the dwellings of the enemy. However, there is no place that is unfit for the child of God. We are the light in the darkness. We should not be afraid to go where the enemy is, when the Lord is with us. Of course, we must use certain safeguards when we do venture down that path as to not be tempted to stay there and become a part of the darkness.

Daniel was given a very prominent position in Persia. His faith in God made him strong to stand against the temptations set before him. One of the safeguards he used was fasting and resisting the choice food, meat and wine. He needed the strength of God to resist.

When I was on the cruise ship and surrounded by my family whom I love, it was tempting to drink the wine they indulged themselves in. However, like Daniel, God gave me strength to resist because He said I am esteemed by Him, and He gave me the strength to resist. I am not afraid of what others will think of me. I am esteemed by God. Not to mention there are many who look to me to live a different way than everyone else. Being set apart and living a life of holiness is a calling for all God’s children, but we don’t always walk in that calling. We must receive the divine strength to resist the alluring temptations of the enemy.

Since God has already released His power to you, then it is up to you to declare it and own it. He said, Fear not, SO DON’T.

What do these verses speak to you? How will these verses help you to expand His Kingdom?

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Faith Tactic #38 Rejoice In Him

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But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. Psalm 13:5

This is a pre-written post, because I am in the Bahamas!! Woohoo! As cold as it has been all over the country, it has even reached Florida. I am rejoicing in this day to just relax in the sun with family.

My heart rejoices in the salvation I have been given. He saved me from so much. He saved me from the pit of hell, from my enemies and he has saved me from myself. You bet I will praise him. I love God. I love how He loves me. I trust in His unfailing love.

I look back from what God has done in my life and I am so blessed. Wow has He been good to me. This ignites my heart to praise Him and sing praises to His name.

This post is for you my friend. Maybe you are not in the place where you can say the same. I am writing to you to let you know, I have been where you are. I have been the one looking in and seeing the blessing of God on everyone else but me. I use to be the one saying, “it is so hard to rejoice in this, ” and I could not picture the pain I was in could be God’s unfailing love towards me. But dear friend it was, it is now, and His unfailing love will be there forever more. No matter what we go through. Ups, downs, and in between God’s unfailing love will never fade. Even when we can’t see His hand in our circumstance, He is always there. He really does work all things out for the good of those who love Him. He is strategically at work behind the scenes to work on your behalf. Whatever you are going through is only temporary.

You are loved. Rejoice in His unfailing love towards you and you will surely be blessed as I am.

What do these verses speak to you? How will these verses help you to expand His Kingdom?

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