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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.”

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Who Are You?

How do you define yourself or whether what makes you? Is it the clothes you wear, your 29 inch waist, perky double DD’s, or your perfectly made behind that makes the men go wild. Perhaps it’s the car you drive, the money you make, or the house you own. Maybe it’s the friends you have, or the family you belong to. Or could it be the man you have that makes you feel good and worth something. Taking a guess, is it the false sense of hope and self pride you have because you have set yourself on high.

If you strip all this away what would you have? Who would you call yourself? No more fake eyelashes, hair extensions, long wavy hair, makeup, or designer bags. Who are you without that fine as hell man, that business you had, or once perky breast has taken a trip down south. Who are you? How do you define yourself as now?

What do you do when all that you had has been stripped away by the man upstairs? How do you face the world and who do you now say you are? What happen to that smile, that glow you once had?

Take a closer look at the inner you. Where is God and his love he bestowed on you? How have you become this creature defined by stuff when your source has already defined you? He has claimed you and made you with His own hands.  Dust you were made and Dust you shall return. Born without nothing but filled with His joy.

Some have become dream chasers, goal setters, determined to win. Whose race are you running and what is at the end? Whose dreams are you chasing? It’s time to stop and take a look because you have lost who and whose you are. God is watching and he has your instructions, but you left them behind trying to redefine Who You Are.

Kingdom minded people do Kingdom minded things. You say it’s about God but you have pushed him out the way. God said save my people, but you only saved yourself. Who are you? What is your assignment? You don’t know because it’s been only about yourself. That’s why you can’t know who you are because you have gotten lost with the “What Can Make ME Famous or Known” Poor you because the platform you build God has pushed you off and let someone from the back who will let HIM shine come forth and complete what you couldn’t do.

Now that you have been placed back down, take a closer look and redefine yourself. It was never about you, and it will never be.

Proverbs 16:18: Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.(NIV)