Christianity, Encouragement, Faith, Inspirational

The Press

horse-blinders

Philippians 3:14~I press toward the mark for the
prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus

 

I can remember the first year of giving my life to God; He would often deal with me with visions. One of the visions He gave me was one of a racehorse, and you know how those horses have those blinders on so that he can only see in front of him. While this horse was running, Jesus stood in front of him. There were objects that fell in front of him, but because this horse kept his eyes on Jesus, he never stumbled and those things that should have hindered him were removed. I can remember this vision just like it was yesterday, because it serves as a constant reminder that if we just keep our eyes on Jesus, and press toward that higher calling which God has called us to then the things of this world that are meant to make us stumble and hinder our arrival will be removed. If we just keep our eyes on Jesus, casting our cares upon Him, then our walk will become a little easier. The press isn’t a press if we don’t have something that is trying to block us from getting to our destination.

Sometimes we can be on every auxiliary in the church, fast three times a week, pray morning, noon and night, attend every church function, and read the bible till you know it by heart, but still deal with issues. Issues that are meant to take you under, destroy your ministry, and take you away from your calling. You have two choices, one is to throw in the towel and let them consume you till you find yourself slipping away from your daily commune with God, or you can press your way through. Press your way through the lies, bills piling up, people walking away, kids acting up, being overlooked, misunderstood, and walked on by the very ones you love the most.

When you press your way through such difficulties the anointing is being pressed out of you. You will find yourself going higher in God, deeper in the word, deeper into the spirit, new revelation, wisdom, and knowledge being poured into you. This is when your very image is shaped more of God’s image and the power that is within becomes more evident in your life. Your very haters will have to say that God is alive and He is working in your life. No longer will you have to be bound by shackles and chains, but you will bubble over with the joy of the Lord, and laughing in the enemy’s face as he scratches his head at how you never gave up. The more you press the more God will empower you to jump over your issues as you run this race to see what the end may bring.

Press on my Brother & Sister! God is with you.

 

Christianity, Faith, Inspirational, Prayer, Religion and Spirituality, Spiritual

Rest In God

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I have had several family and friends ask for prayer for difficult situations, that will bring the strongest person to their knees. l can truly sympathize with many of the request, because I have sat in the seat of many of them. God has given me such an amazing peace when bills are due and there is no money to pay, unexplained sickness occurs, my back is up against the wall, and it just seems like hell itself has entered my life.

God has given me the revelation behind Psalms 91 and it starts with the word abide. A simple word, but so important when learning how to rest in God. Jesus tells us that if we abide in Him that he will also abide in us. How do we abide in God? Simple, have a real relationship with Him. Through daily reading, prayer, meditation, being obedient, and having a listening ear, will keep the peace we all are needing in times like these. The bible tells us when we are weak He is made strong, but he can’t be made strong if we aren’t abiding in Him.

I walked in and found my mother died on her floor, my sister died after being admitted to the hospital with signs of an heart attack, my grandfather died after developing lung cancer with in a year of the diagnosis, and my daughter was diagnosed with cancer at age five. I lost my dream home, I fell in love with a man that never loved me back, and I have had people turn their backs on me for my dedication to God.

I have been through the fire but God promised me that I would never be burned. I have learned how to rest, lean, and totally depend on God. I know what it is to have and to have not, to be abase and to abound, to have wants and to have needs, but through it all I know how to be content and fall in the hands of a loving God.

So I encourage you to do the same during these difficult times and know that God is able and willing to do above and exceedingly what your little mind could ever imagine. I am praying for all who feel as though there is no hope left and that God has sentenced you to misery. Just take the time to read the book of Job and understand because he never gave up, God blessed him double for his trouble, and Job’s trouble was indeed great.

Reference scriptures:

Psalms 91:1- He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

John 15:4- Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can you, except you abide in me.

Isaiah 43:2- When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you: when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned; neither shall the flame scorch you.

Matthew 11:28-30  – “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. “For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.”