This is a new month so I’m expecting everything to be new!
New Note takers!
I ask for big, because I’ve been proven to handle little. To whom much is given, much is required. And right now, I’m requiring God to go out all for me this month. If you don’t have the faith to dream big or ask big, then you’re in for a BIG disappointment.
You see mounds of debt, but what you don’t see is God working behind the scenes to wipe it away.
You see danger and adversity, but what you don’t see is God fighting them both on your behalf.
You see a way out of no way, but what you don’t see is God is the way, truth, and light.
You see your company capsizing, but what you don’t see is God keeping it afloat.
You see the odds stacked against you, but what you don’t see is God using those odds to help you overcome.
You see everyone around you is moving and climbing the ladder, but what you don’t see is God strategically ordering your steps.
Looks can be deceiving, so don’t believe everything you see. It’s what you don’t see that holds the truth.
God sees what you’ve planted and pretty soon, He’s going to allow you to reap the harvest. When you do, be sure to look out for the snakes in the garden. The enemy not only watched you sow your seeds, but he knows the size of your harvest and doesn’t want you to have it. He’ll send worms, locusts, and weeds in the form of people to go down in the hole of what you’ve sown and destroy it. However, no matter what the enemy does he can’t harvest what he didn’t plant. You are entering into your reaping season and although those snakes are prevalent more than ever, you won’t have to fight them for what’s yours. They can hiss and they can bite, but what they can’t do is take what’s rightfully yours.
“I was about to board my flight, but something told me to get off.”
“I was inches away from being in a bad car accident, but something caused me to swerve.”
“I once dated a guy who I thought was the one, but something told me to let him go.”
“I was about to sign the contract, but something told me it wasn’t a good idea.”
“I really wanted to marry him/her, but something told me I was about to make the biggest mistake of my life.”
“I was about to purchase a car, but something told me it’d soon break down.“
I used to make similar statements as these before I realized that God is “something.” Now, anytime I get a nudge, inkling, or “feeling” regarding anything, I know it’s God’s way of speaking to (and protecting) me. I know people have there own ideas or probably none at all with regards to God and how (or if) He speaks to us but let this be a reminder that He does. Whether or not you choose to listen is entirely up to you.
I’m currently reading a book on Love, s*x, and lasting relationships according to God’s perspective, by Pastor Chip Ingram. I’m only four chapters in and it has been so insightful and helpful for me, especially since I long to have a marriage that is not only orchestrated by God but pleasing to Him. The Author is sure to give talks about the difference between “Hollywood’s formula for long-lasting relationships” and “God’s formula for long-lasting relationships,” in which there is a huge contrast between the two, with the former proven to be “a quick and poor Plan B, with the main focus on the physical rather than spiritual.” He continued and pointed out how he led a marriage conference of over 300 divorcee’s, whom he called “wounded travelers.” These hurt individuals were willing to travel hundreds of miles across the world because they had one thing in common; they were seeking healing from what they’d lost.
As I was note taking, I thought how wonderful it’d be if people came out in droves to meet God in the middle of their mess, hurt, and pain, and allow Him to heal them from it. You don’t have to travel far because He’s near to you. You don’t have to pay for healing because He paid for it with His life. You don’t need the “secret” to anything when He is the solution to everything. There are many things I’ve taken from the book but one of the biggest things I gathered, if you want to have lasting relationships, you must first have an everlasting relationship with God. It doesn’t have to be perfect; but it must exist. Remember, God can do exceedingly and abundantly above all we could think or imagine (Ephesians 3:20), so it’s quite natural healing is no fete for Him. No matter how “wounded” you are, God can heal you too. It’s not too big or hard for Him.