Faith

Now Is Not Forever

Do you ever feel like you’re doing everything right but getting nowhere? If so, this post is for you!

Things may not look promising right now, but everything can change in a moment.

 
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No matter what you’re going through in this season, I want to encourage you to hold on to God and continue planting good seeds. If you plant good seeds, you will get a good harvest in time. This is a promise from God, and God cannot lie!

No matter what God calls you to do, He will always provide the grace to walk it out. It may not always feel like it in the process, but looking back later, you will be able to clearly see His hand.

Wisdom doesn’t make decisions based on short-term results, rather it makes choices based on long-term goals.

If you feel like you’ve done everything you know to do, and you’ve asked God if there’s anything you’re missing, it’s time to stand firm. When you’ve done all you know to do, STAND.

If you feel like distancing yourself from friends and family, choose to continue to make deposits into their love tanks. You may not see an immediate change, but in time you will.

Keep on doing what you know is right. God will be faithful to finish the work He started in you!

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Barreness, Destiny, and Faith

Maybe you already knew this, but I just learned something in Scripture that I had missed my whole life. I grew up hearing all of the Bible stories from the time I was very little. I was even able to win Bible trivia as a kid playing with adults, but somehow I missed this!

You know how God promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations? He promised that Abraham’s descendants would outnumber the stars in the sky and the sand on the earth! That, my friend, is a lot of babies.

We know that God cannot lie, but wow, Abraham and Sarah had to wrestle through and partner with God in faith, to see their one son of promise come into the world. Ok, that part I was very familiar with, but I hadn’t put it together in my mind that Abraham’s son Isaac and his wife also struggled with infertility for many years until God at last opened Rebekah’s womb. (Genesis 25:21)

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Then… Isaac’s son Jacob went through the exact same thing with his favorite wife Rachel! Three generations in a row struggled year after year with the pain of infertility when God had promised to make their family into more descendants than anyone could ever count!

This tells us a couple things:

  • We often face great opposition in the area of our promise

  • Standing in faith brings breakthrough in our destiny

If Abraham and his sons had stopped believing, we would not call God the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob today.

Step By Step

Your life is a journey. It's a marathon, not a sprint. God gives you a dream, a glimpse of your future, and then you have to go through a process to fulfill it.

The process can be a lot like a roller coaster ride. You better hang on because there will be lots of twists, turns, ups, and downs. 

I don't know about you, but I personally hate roller coasters. You couldn't pay me to go on one. I think it's lots of fun to watch other people ride them though. I'm happy to walk around an amusement park for the day and hold my friends' stuff while they ride, but don't try to get me to climb on board.

When it comes to the intense adventure of living for Jesus, I'm all in. Nothing else matters or truly fulfills.

When you lean into the still small voice of the Holy Spirit, you can follow by obeying each prompt He gives you. Some of them will make no sense to your mind, but you will have a deep, peaceful knowing in your heart that it's the right path. 

This is how He leads us: step by step. 

Some personalities seem to be more okay with this than others. If you are a planner, it might be harder for you. It requires letting go of being in control. But as you know, none of us are truly in control of what happens anyway. 

Jesus said, My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. John 10:27-28

 
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When God Calls an Audible

Do you know what I mean when I say that sometimes God calls an audible? For those who aren't into sports, let me explain.

 
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The kind of audible that I'm talking about is the kind that happens in American football. It's a change in the offensive play called by the quarterback at the line of scrimmage. This means that the coach and players have laid out a clear plan for their play, but at the last moment, the quarterback switches it up. 

When an audible is called, it would be detrimental to the outcome of the game not to go along with the change. If the players aren't willing to be flexible, things get messy really fast.

I grew up as a missionary kid in Mexico and Guatemala. Life was one big adventure, and we never really knew what was going to happen next. We would set out in a hurry to do something, only to have to stop and wait due to circumstances that were out of our control.

Most of the time it was "hurry up and wait, hurry up and wait." One of the phrases I remember my parents saying the most is, "Blessed are the flexible for they shall not break."

It's kind of like driving on a crowded interstate. You have to hurry up and merge, only to sit and wait, then hurry up again. In the end, you might have to suddenly take another route to get where you really need to go.

When you're going along in life, and God suddenly calls an audible, go with it. He knows what He's doing.

Destiny Key: The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9

 
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When Your Future Is Foggy

The Christian life is a journey along a narrow road. While the road is straight, a lot of the time it's hard to see very far ahead. We get glimpses and impressions of what lies ahead, but in order to discover what's really there, we have to keep moving forward.

I regularly hit patches where I realize that everything I've been doing up until that point, has simply been preparation for what's ahead. All of the digging in to learn new things and the relational stretching isn't really about those things in themselves, it's about where God is taking you on the journey.

 
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It's like this: You walk along in faith, doing the next right thing you know to do, then all of a sudden you get a moment of clarity. The mist lifts, and you get a little glimpse into what God is up to. 

God's purposes for your life are so much better than you can imagine, and He has the passion and power to bring them to pass. Your job is to co-labor with Him by quieting your heart so you can hear His voice and by obeying quickly. 

Destiny Key: If you are in a foggy spot on the journey, don't give up. Keep pressing in and moving forward. That's what faith is all about. 

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

 

Good News

I was in my living room close to the window that looks out over my front yard when my husband looked down at his phone and gasped. He had just gotten the news that a friend had just passed away in a freak accident. We were stunned.

The fact is, the older we get the more people we know and love are slipping into eternity. In the past year, a handful of people I know personally have exited this life. You might have lost more friends than me. 

School shootings, winter weather car pileups, and heart attacks. You just never know when your number will be called.

There is coming “A Day.” None of us know which moment will be our last. After we die, each one of us will stand before God alone. We will not have a friend or spouse standing with us for moral support. We will not be able to cast blame for our life’s choices on any other person.

If you are in Christ, you will have Him standing with you, and He will be your Way into your heavenly home.

Psalm 1:5 speaks of people who are NOT in Christ.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,

Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

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  • Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, When that final day comes, unbelievers will not be able to enter God’s throne room with their heads held high.
  • Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. When we are all gathered into our heavenly home, those who have rejected Christ will not be able to join us.

It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment. Hebrews 9:27

If you have not surrendered your whole life to Christ, please to do it right now! Give Him every single part of your life. He knows how to take care of you much better than you ever could take care of yourself.

Once you are in Christ, you can live with a completely clean conscience. Jesus made the way for you to be able to hold your head high and have complete confidence as you get to know your heavenly Father intimately.

Jesus' blood changes everything. When you've been washed clean by it, you never have to live under a cloud of guilt again. This is the Good News!

Destiny Key: Absolute obedience to Jesus Christ is the only pathway to true peace. 

*On Tuesday, February 20, 2018, I felt an uncharacteristic urgency to prepare this post. I woke up the next morning to the news that Billy Graham had been promoted to heaven. I don't think that was a coincidence.