Faith Tactic # 62 Hide in Him

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Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:8

All times – good and bad alike, trust Him. When things are going bad or not so good in your eyes, then the most common thing to do is pour your grief out on those around you.

We pour out our fears and anxieties on our husbands, our kids, our friends, and the barber or for some the bartender. Most likely, these worries will have been like waves crashing into the innocent bystander. Seriously, you people!!! Do you not realize the fears you share with others are contagious, like a virus. Fear is the exact opposite of faith, and it is impossible to please God without faith. So every time you open your mouth to express your fear about a situation to someone you make it difficult for them to look up and trust God for their own situations.

The Lord rebuked me for this many times, and I think I finally got it. Now when I am afraid about something, I pour it out in prayer. I cry out to God to increase my faith, or cry out to Him to make things clear. I do not (or try not to) share it with those I love. We definitely have no idea why He does the things He does, so why would we even think a human can figure Him out. Pour your hearts out to Him you people. He will hear from heaven and He will answer. He will guide and He will hide. Trust Him with everything.

How does this verse help me to expand His kingdom? Sometimes the weight of someone else’s grief is too much for us to bear, and if you are the one trying to be in control and trying to fix their situation, it can be what pushes people away from Jesus. We need to be able to let go of “the problems” of others so the Lord can be their refuge. When the Lord becomes their refuge this will expand His kingdom. You too can hide in Him. He is a safe place.

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

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Faith Tactic #61 Be Secure In Him

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15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry; Psalm 34:15

I have found that the eyes of God have been upon me in danger, and in peaceful situations. And I know His ears have been open when I call upon Him. Because I know this, I am secure in Him.

Are you secure in your relationship with God?

If you only knew how special you and I are to Him, you would be. He cannot take His eyes off of us. He watches each one of us as carefully and intently as if we were the only creature on the universe. His eyes of love look on us with delight, as he sees the righteousness of His son in us. We become so pleasing to His sight.

His ears are open to our cry, for though we are righteous in His sight, we are sometimes in distress, and our afflictions may be many. In those days, we cry out to the Lord and He hears our prayer. He knows our voice. He listens, and He answers.

Oh how I love my God!!

How does this verse help me to expand His kingdom? From my own experience I want to assure others that the way to this life of security is to pursue the path of God where you will know the favor and protection of God.

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

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Faith Tactic#60 His Grace is Enough

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But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

How many of you actually delight in your hardships and difficulties? This is not the norm. No the initial response to any insult or difficult circumstance is to complain, or to harbor resentment inside. However, in every weakness we have an opportunity for God to show His strength in our life.

The Christian life is not promised to be easy or void of problems. Sooner or later in every life tears will fall. It is in our places of personal strength that we usually fail, because we tend to trust in ourselves and not feel the need of the Lord’s strength. However, leaning on our own strength will often lead to apathy. We like being comfortable and we resent being taken out of our comfort zone.

It is not easy for me to get up and write these posts every morning and if you are following you will notice I am way behind schedule, and it is hard for a perfectionist like me. I am tempted to try and catch up. But I let it go and keep going day by day knowing His power is made perfect in my weakness. He is grace to me. And when I do start my day off with His sufficient grace it carries me through the day through every difficult thing.

We can’t experience grace without experiencing Jesus. His presence in our lives is grace. His sufficient grace doesn’t mean, “just enough” or “barely enough”, no it is way more than enough for whatever we face.

How can this verse help me to expand His kingdom? This verse helps me to look beyond the weakness and the pain, to the glorious fruit that God is bringing into my life, for it is forcing me to stay close to God that I might experience His strength to accomplish all that He created me for. Expanding His kingdom is the task at hand.

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

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Faith Tactic#59 Become His Righteousness

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21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21

We are all guilty. Jesus Christ, God’s Son, was perfect in every way. Yet He suffered the punishment we deserved. The punishment for sin is death. He died so that God would forgive our sins. Only He Who was entirely without sin of His own was free to bear the sin of others. He forgives our sins when we invite Christ into our lives. When Christ comes into our lives, He gives us a desire to turn from our sins and put our trust in Him.

Paul says that by the death of Christ we can become the righteousness of God. Amazing!! This is a glorious exchange. Righteousness means a right relationship with God. Sin is the opposite. It is a wrong relationship with God. Though we have done nothing to deserve a right relationship with God, we can receive it as a free gift because of what Christ did for us. Praise God!

Do you realize how wonderful this exchange is? He became our substitute. We give Him the sin, and in exchange He gives us a right relationship with God. He is put to death so that we might live. I can’t even grasp this mercy fully.

How does this verse help me to expand His kingdom? Our best righteousness is but as filthy rags. We become righteous, not by obeying the law, but by faith and participation in Christ. Becoming His righteousness, gives us a right standing with God, and therefore we are able to come boldly to the throne of grace and ask the Lord of the harvest to open the doors for us. All we have to do is ask, and He will provide ample opportunity to share our faith with those who need God to do the exchange with them.

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

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Faith Tactic #58 Love Grace

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17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17

There is no heart, no feeling, no tenderness in law. It was written in stone. Law tells us what we need to do, but it doesn’t help us do it. Law is heavy upon a man’s conscience but it does not enable to man to bear it. Law is always a reminder of all the commandments which we have broken, and continue to break. Law demands.

In Christ grace bestows. In Christ we see the heart of God unveiled. Grace is giving love. Law says “Do this”, and grace says, “I will help you to do it.”

The best rendition of grace I have heard thus far is from my good friend Carolyn Bell who wrote a piece for my Special Food Devotionals: Taste and See that the Lord is Good,

“I had the honor of walking beside Jodie, during her Esther year. We messaged encouragements back and forth, as I read her emerging chapters and watched God’s mysteries revealed in her life through each one. When my dear friend and sister-queen, or “Jod-Esther”, as I called her during that special food’s year, asked me to write something I tasted about grace, I was at first elated; then daunted.

I was elated because GRACE is my favorite.  It’s my favorite word, my favorite topic, my favorite concept, my favorite everything. A moment later I was daunted. As I began to think about squishing the majesty and mystery of grace into one small paragraph, I realized that it would be much like squishing all the oceans into one mason jar; comparable to harnessing all the stars of the universe and containing them in one small box. It is all; in all; through all. It is the summation of all things:  Jesus, King of the Universe, Maker and Namer of those same stars, ~ this same Jesus reached down into this broken world, and into my wounded, weary soul and whispered that He loved me. He loved ME!

And I was changed.

When I think of the grace that was poured out for my transgressions, when I consider the extravagant cost that was paid for my redemption, I am in un-shaded, unaltered awe. Jesus met me as I was, where I was, where I am and where I will be; for always.  It’s His gift, wrapped in one small, incredibly misunderstood, overlooked, often misrepresented, simple little box … that contains the Universe.  That’s grace!” Carolyn Bell

How does this verse help me to expand His kingdom? His law makes us aware of our need for a Savior. I love His law. If it were not for knowing His law, I would not know my part. But it also takes loving grace and the King to not be in bondage to that law, and live a life where grace and truth covers the multitude of sins I could fall in daily. That is His part.

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

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Faith Tactic #57 Receive His Grace

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10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 1 Corinthians 5:10

By the grace of God I got up this morning. It was seriously His grace that moved me. I wanted to stay in bed but His grace gently reminded me of my need for Him.

I have been working really hard at work lately and I know that if the grace of God was not with me, then I would have snapped at someone by now. 🙂 Seriously, I woke up knowing how utterly dependent I am on God to get me through the day to do all that is required of me. Pray for me.

I was promoted to supervisor but I am also still doing my old job. So I am doing twice the work, and doing a few extra projects that are a little time consuming. At the same time, I want to be the light in the darkness so I need to keep smiling. By the grace of God, I can do all things.

We all know about duty. If we do any duty out of duty and not love then we have the potential to crash and burn when it becomes too much. If this happens then two things are lacking, motives for nobler service and power to do and be what you know you ought to be.

This grace that Paul talks about supplies all that we need. It supplies motives. When God’s grace touches our lives with His divine love, it bends our wills to do what He wants us to do. You cannot change the will by anything but the heart, and when you touch the deepest part of the heart, your whole mind soul and body moves accordingly.

If you have caught a glimpse of what you ought to be, then trust His grace to be all that you need.

How does this verse help me to expand His kingdom? It is God that works in us both the willing and the doing. By the grace of God, we are what we are, and we will expand His kingdom and His grace will be with us.

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

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Faith Tactic #56 Be Free

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31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32

Jesus said that everyone who sins is a slave to sin. When we hold on to His teaching we get to know Him more, and the more we know Him, the more we love Him. The more we love Him, the more we want to please Him. This makes us FREE!

When I first gave my life to the Lord, I was completely wrapped in chains. Over the years of knowing Him as the Truth, those chains have been broken. I am no longer in bondage. I can say truly and with a sincere heart, I am FREE!

I can dance, and sing, and kneel without the weight of my sin always before me. I am not claiming to be perfect. That is not what I am saying! No one will be perfect here on earth. But you can be free from the yoke of slavery. I am no longer a slave to sin. Sin does not reign in me. No, on the contrary, Christ has taken up residence and I no longer live, but it is Christ Who lives in me.

Sin is crippling. If you are entangled in sin, and sin is weighing you down, then my humble suggestion is that you hold on. Hold on to His Word. His Word is Truth. How can you hold on to His Word? Well let me say it is impossible to hold on to anything when your hands are full. You have to let go of some stuff in order for you to grab hold of the Truth. You have two hands, praise God, if you can just let go of what is in one hand like unforgiveness, then you can hold on to His power to make you free for all that you are holding onto in the other hand.

How does this verse help me to expand His kingdom? This verse has made me free, and when you know the Truth you will be free too. Freedom brings expansion, no more walls, no more chains, no more bondage, we are free!

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

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Faith Tactic #55 Be Repentant

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Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. Psalm 51:5-6 (NIV)

True believers long to have their whole debt of sins blotted out, and every stain cleansed; we want to be thoroughly washed from all our sins; however there are some who claim to believe yet have some secret reserve, and would have some favorite lust spared.

David had such a deep sense of his sin, that he was continually thinking of it, with sorrow and shame. He realized his sin was committed against God, and he wanted to be cleansed of it, and made new. Family of God, I have to confess…me too!! The more time I spend with Him, the more I realize how wretched my thoughts are, and the more I want to be more like Him, and less of me. Repentance is a daily thing.

Truth and wisdom will go very far towards giving us a new start. A clean heart and a sound mind is developed in the place of repentance; the place where we come clean and confess everything even the small things to the Lord; not that he doesn’t already know. Repentance is a good thing. It reminds us Who God is, and that we are not God.

On the other hand, if we choose to hide the sin then we ultimately make that sin our god, and we become foolish. Unfortunately there are so many so called Christians who claim to know God yet walk in the way of the world giving the church a bad name, and when the world sees their life, it does not expand His kingdom, instead it shrinks.

How does this verse help me to expand His kingdom? Getting right with God first. And then realizing that we all sinned, no one is without sin, and not one sin is greater or less than another. All sin is like filthy stained rags in the presence of our Holy God. When we know this fact, and that true freedom comes from repentance (turning away from sin) then we repent first and then share this news with others and encourage them to repent of their sins is truly what 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 # 54 Speak Truth

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17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath.18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. Hebrews 6:18

The promises of God in my/your life can be safely depended upon. He simply cannot lie. The plans of God never change for if they did then who would have any hope of heaven? No one would know what to expect thereby making it very hard to have confidence in Him. Therefore, I am so grateful for the immutable counsel of our God and all the hope which we can have is in the fact that He is unchanging.

He is the same yesterday, today and forevermore. My circumstances may change but God does not. People will lie, but God does not.

Recently, someone gave me a “word”. A sister in the Lord who I hadn’t seen in over a year, pulled me aside after a team meeting for a women’s conference and said she felt like God had a “word” for me. I am very careful when people say this to me, because humans have a very limited understanding to how the Spirit speaks to ones heart, but she seemed so sure. She said these 3 things were laid on her heart for me:

  1. That I was dry.
  2. That I was doing something that God did not want me to do.
  3. That God wanted to bless me tri-fold but I was withholding generosity in some areas.

So let me tell you when these words were spoken over me, I had no idea what in the world she was talking about. It discouraged me rather than encouraged me. So I prayed and prayed, and I even went to an awesome weekend away with friends to worship the Lord together and still nothing in the Word, or in my spirit was matching up. It bothered me because in no way did I want to be dry, (I think it was because I was tired that day when she saw me.) And in no way did I want to do anything that God was not leading me to do. And certainly I do not want to hold anything back from God and His people. So it really messed with my head. But what God was saying to me in this verse was, that if He wanted to make His way very clear to me, then He would confirm it. And since He did not, and He does not lie, then it is in these times when you must trust the Word of God rather than human understanding.

Even though my sister in the Lord may have had good intentions, it does not appear that it applied to me. We have a God that has given us a Word that we must live by. If we live by His Word we will be sure to be greatly encouraged by the hope He gives.

How does this verse help me to expand His kingdom? It helps me to also be careful to give counsel to others that “I feel the Lord” is saying to me. Feelings lie, but God does not. It is so important for us to just lead people to the Word of God. TRUTH.

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

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Faith Tactic #53 Submit Your Will

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“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. John 15:9-10

Knowing and feeling the warmth of Christ’s love to me is the complete submission of my nature to His commandments. We cannot rejoice in Jesus Christ unless we do His will. We will have no real comfort in our relationship with Him unless it works itself out in our daily lives.

That is why so many of you know nothing, or next to nothing, about the joy of Christ’s felt presence, because you do not submit your wills to His commandments. Do what He wants, and do it because He wants it, if you wish that His love should fill your hearts.

The love He has for us is unchanging. It is the love of our best friend which has been expressed through His laying down His life for us. As it says in 1 John 3:16:

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.

How does this verse help me to expand His kingdom? I understand that to remain in His love I need to submit my will to God’s will. To submit is to come under Him, and fit my plans into His. His plan is to expand His kingdom, and so my plans need to be adjusted so that I am also doing everything I can under His love and Lordship to do the same.

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

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