Take The Risk!

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I was feeling a little out of sorts this morning. 
“Go for a walk.” 
That’s what I felt God pressing on my heart. Don’t go through your regular routine. I know He wanted to speak something fresh. I went outside and God just lit the sky up for me. It was a crystal clear morning and the stars twinkled bright on the dark backdrop of the night. But there was one star in particular that garnered my attention. It stood out just a little brighter than the others.
As I began to ask God what He wanted to speak, I remembered a guy who was mentioned last night at our prayer meeting. He “stood out” a bit brighter than all the others.
 
Psalm 106:30 Then Phinehas stood up and intervened, and the plague was stopped.
 
Phinehas was in the midst of a perverse world. It broke his heart.
Instead of joining them he said, “Enough is enough.”
He had the courage to go against the tide. One man made a difference. 
How big of a difference?
He changed the destiny of a whole nation.
Did he know it at the time? I doubt it. He was moved in his heart to stand up for what was right. He cared so deeply about the people around him that he had to act. 
Being silent was not an option.
His conscience wouldn’t allow it. He saw people being destroyed. He knew why this plague was rampant so he did something about it.
He stepped out on a limb.
It takes great courage NOT to go along with the crowd. He didn’t care what people thought of him. He didn’t consider his reputation. Nor did he pay any attention to what others might say. 
He threw caution to the wind. 
God posed a question to me:
What would you write if you didn’t care what anyone thought?
I don’t always say exactly what I know I should. Of course, there is prudence in choosing our words carefully. But, I’m talking about doing what God called me to do and saying what He called me to say.
So now I’ll pose a question to you:
What would you do if you didn’t care what others thought? What would you say? Where would you go? 
What ministry would you step into? What would you step out of?
Singles: Would you be willing to walk away from that guy/girl, those drugs and that alcohol?
How would it change if you didn’t care what others thought?
Would you be bolder? 
Would you try something new?
We cannot live a full vibrant life if we are always worried about what others think. We can’t fulfill God’s perfect plan if we aren’t willing to take some risks.
Sometimes walking in God’s will is very difficult. Sometimes He asks us to do things that don’t make sense. You can be sure our God will give us what we need to accomplish what He called us to do.
 
She Rises~pg. 81
 
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
I want to challenge you today: Take a risk on someone. Choose someone you have nothing in common with and take the first step to get to know them. It may even be someone who acts like a porcupine. Invite them for coffee. Find out their story. It may surprise you. Invest in them. Pray for them. See what God might do.


He Makes Everything Beautiful

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Spring was almost here. Warm days and sunny skies. Fluffy clouds beckoned a new season.

And then the snow came. Heavy. 

The sheer weight of it threatened to break the branches of the trees. Since the bushes weren’t expecting it, they too looked as though they would cave under the pressure. 

How long would it last?

How much can one tree take?

Sometimes our hearts can feel like this. So weighed down, they may just break. 

Psalm 69:15 Don’t let the floods overwhelm me, or the deep waters swallow me, or the pit of death devour me.

Fear of the unknown can take us captive. Uncertainty of the future can bring us low. Overwhelm our very being. Rob us of security. Steal our peace. Kill our joy. 

Joshua 1:6 Be strong and confident and courageous…

 

Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Not yours. Not the doctors. Not the prognosis. Not the statistics. 

Be confident in the Lord. He will be with you. He will not abandon you. No. Never. He will be all that He says He is. Faithful. Trustworthy. A rock. A fortress. Immovable. Firm. And secure.

Be courageous. Be brave. Things may not look good right now. But He will make them good. 

He is good. 

Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. 

Everything. He redeems everything.

Wayward children. Foolish decisions. Cancer. Autism. All of it. He redeems it all. 

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Psalm 69:29-30 But I am poor and sorrowful; let Your salvation, O God, set me up on high.I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.

 

David’s answer to the floodwater, the heaviness, the uncertainty?

 

Praise God with a song.

 

Praise takes us above the situation. It brings us inaccessibly high. Higher than our enemy. 

 

When we can sing during the storm, the dark night, in the midst of deep sorrow, it honors God.

When we seek His face before His hand, we see Him high and lifted up. Higher than our problem at hand.  We magnify Him, and our problems become smaller. The more we worship Him, the greater He becomes in our field of vision. We remember, no man can stand against Him. What he has done in the past he can do again. He has healed me before. I’ve also seen Him choose not to heal, and it was for His good ultimately. He got more glory by not healing. I remember what He did in Paul’s life. And David’s. And mine. Somewhere in the midst of that praise, I get lost in Him. I’m not captive anymore. I’m not bound by my worries and my anxieties. I am free. I am not a prisoner of my circumstances. And joy is a choice. And I can worship Him freely. And I can choose to be thankful because he is good and I have a lot to be thankful for.

If your find yourself in that stuck place, get your praise on!

Grab yourself a verse. Pray it. Own it. This is mine. 

Hear Him. I Am with you. I will not leave you. I AM in this with you. This is just a season.

Spring will arrive. It always does. 

Psalm 30:5 …weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. 

 
 


Something New!

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Jeremiah 33:1-3 Moreover the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still shut up in the court of the prison, saying, “This is what the LORD says—the LORD who made the earth, who formed and established it, whose name is the LORD: ’Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’

This precious word came to Jeremiah when he was still in prison. Held captive against His will. He was stuck with no way out. And maybe today finds you in that place. You still have no idea what to do. Your situation still appears impossible. You’re still not in a good place. You thought something would change by now.

But, it hasn’t. I like how the Lord reminds us Who He is. We need that sometimes. He seems to shout, “I am God Almighty. I made the heavens and the earth. Out. Of. Nothing. 

I can do that in your situation.

Don’t put me in a box. Your finite eyesight puts limits on Me. I can form new circumstances. I can transform. I can intervene. But, even if I don’t, I want you to trust Me. Trust that I am enough for you. I will not leave you.”

God doesn’t always remove us from our trials. But, He is always in them with us. 

Always. Even in this one.

Isaiah 43:1-2

But now, O Jacob, listen to the LORD who created you.

O Israel, the one who formed you says,

“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.

I have called you by name; you are mine.

When you go through deep waters,

I will be with you.

When you go through rivers of difficulty,

you will not drown.

When you walk through the fire of oppression,

you will not be burned up;

the flames will not consume you.

 

At any given time, He can change the whole thing. In His time. In His way.

 

Isaiah 43:19 For I am about to do something new.

See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?

I will make a pathway through the wilderness.

I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

 

He has already begun to work in your situation. 

 

You just can’t see it yet. 

 

 
 
 
 



 

 

 

 

 

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