We Serve a Limitless God. God is infinite. God is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-capable. There are no limits restricting God. Yet despite this, to their own harm His followers tend to limit the power of God by erroneous thinking. Like Israel of old, we too at times have “limited [God]”. Not necessarily deliberately, but we still often diminish our expectations of His endless power on our behalf. Don’t underestimate God’s limitless ability to protect you and your family. Matthew 9:28-30a … “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” [the blind men] replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you.” Don’t put boundaries on God and what He can do in your life. Healing, miracles, provision, protection…According to your faith these things and more will be done to you. Believe God for your miracles, for your physical, emotional and spiritual healing and restoration. Believe God for that promotion or for that new job. Whatever it may be, Believe God. Don’t limit the Holy One of Israel! He promised GOOD to you! — Flore❤️✨💫
The seed of contentment is planted through trusting God to take care of me when life treats me unfairly. Just consider Paul’s circumstances when he was writing his letter to the Philippian church. He was in jail, probably in Rome: he had no freedom and no idea what would happen to him in the future. He was in prison simply for preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ. He would eventually be put to death for that preaching in Rome. If anyone could complain that life was unfair, it’s Paul.
It’s okay to admit it: Life can be unfair. We may have received a diagnosis with that dreaded “C” word – cancer or facing some form of life challenges. What we thought was going to be the deal of a lifetime could have turned out to be the worst deal we ever made. Our children may have disappointed us. Friends could turn out to be enemies.
When life treats us unfairly, we can choose to become bitter, angry, and depressed, or we can extend our trust in God. Contentment comes from trusting that God will take care of us in every situation, even when life is unfair.
Paul could have turned bitter at life’s unfairness. He was in jail instead of starting churches and spreading the Gospel. But he realized that even in jail he had an opportunity to preach to the prison guards.
God can take our worst difficulties and work them out for good for us and for others. If none of us can escape from an unfair world, then that leaves us with the choice of how we’re going to respond to that reality. What will our attitude be? Unfairness can rob us of our contentment unless we choose to extend our trust in God, even when we can’t make sense of what’s happening. Contentment begins when we realize that we can still trust God even when life isn’t fair.
In Philippians 4:11 Paul wrote, “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” Paul knew how to be content in highs and in lows, in abundance and in need, in plenty and in hunger.
Contentment is something Paul learned and it’s something you can learn too. You can practice it. In fact, God wants us to improve at this over the course of our lives, day by day.
Do you see the blessings of contentment in your life? Contentment brings blessings, such as joy in the present and satisfaction in the simple things of life. Contentment brings a settled sense of sufficiency and a peaceful pace that proves “more” is not the focus of your thinking. You have life what a privilege to be alive in this world! Contentment brings joy in the present.
Contentment also builds your capacity to appreciate ordinary pleasures. If you’re content, simple things make you happy. Like a nice walk. Go for a walk today with a member of your family, and hold his or her hand. Talk about what’s important. Enjoy a simple pleasure have a loving conversation, eat a good meal without racing to your next task, savor a nice piece of music. If you can sit quietly, enjoy something simple, and not think ahead to what you will do next, that’s contentment. Cultivate your capacity to delight in ordinary pleasures. This is something I had to train myself to do in the season of my life. I am always on the run, trying to complete the next task on my list, meet deadlines , whether it’s professional, personal, family or ministry. Always something! I need to be East, West, South and North with minutes of each other. They are all important. Overtime, life overwhelms you and you feel that no matter how much to do, there always something else that didn’t get done. If you are a perfectionist like me, you want to stay organized and meet your deadlines on a timely manner. Yet, we allow life to push us over our limits and boundaries and we find yourself racing war against ourselves and those around us. We feel like a failure when things don’t work out. We never content no matter what. We can never win. That war produces frustration instead of contentment and our joy begins to diminishes and we lose sight of what God is doing, his love and favor in our lives, the things that brings us joy and the baby steps we have taken in faith to overcome the challenges of where we once were which often time are worth celebrating. Have you taken time to celebrate the big and small victories we’ve won? See, it is in our nature, to want and seek more and never be content but God wants to learn and practice contentment.
Contentment also promotes true joy in eternal things. Luke 15:10 describes how the angels throw a party when one sinner is saved. How phenomenal is that? They know how to have a good time and they know what’s worth celebrating. As your contentment grows, so does your joy in the eternal. For example, if you anticipate picking up your Bible and can’t wait to hear God speak, that’s a blessing of contentment.
Contentment is rooted in eternity. If all the grains of sand on all the beaches in all the world represent eternity, then one grain of sand represents life on this earth. We’re over here grinding this one grain of sand, our time on earth, to get everything out of it and failing miserably! Too often we ignore all that God has in store for us. To increase your contentment, focus on eternity.
Contentment is a choice. When you choose it repeatedly, you create a lifestyle. Don’t expect to replace covetousness with contentment in a moment. You won’t wake up one morning and say, “Wow, I think I got contentment last night. It just happened. This is so cool.” No, it begins with a choice. Then another choice. And another. It happens moment by moment, as you put off covetousness and put on contentment.
When a desire for something comes into your mind, you can consider it and conclude, “Not necessary. I have enough.” That’s contentment.
Without Christ in me I could never choose joy. It would only be a feeble attempt at positive thinking. The source of my joy comes from my right relationship with Him and it is He who gives me the power to make that choice even in the most difficult circumstances. As I trust Him with every detail of my life I’m learning the secret of being content in any and every situation.
Contentment doesn’t mean you are happy in the bad times. It means you are satisfied with life because you know that God has things in control. Truth is, If you are not satisfied with things in your life, it is likely your human desires are getting in the way of God’s desires. When you desire what He desires, you will experience contentment to the fullest. God bless you as you live a life worthy of the calling!
Friends, my prayer for your today, may you choose your focus, choose joy, choose to laugh and Choose to cultivate a thankful heart today. I pray that you that you start focusing more on what you can do than what you can’t. Choose to celebrate life, to be joyful and to be thankful for each new day and watch God moves.
How can I pray without ceasing? Do you ask yourself that question? In the business of life, so much to do, sooo many distractions and priorities, who and how?
Praying without ceasing is a biblical term found in the Apostle Paul’s first letter to Thessalonica: “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1Thessalonians 5:16-18, KJV). The Greek word “without ceasing” means continuous action. Therefore, “praying without ceasing” means to pray continuously.
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. According to Luke 18:1
How to pray without ceasing — a heart attitude
How does one pray continually? We cannot always be on our knees. With the daily demands on our busy lives, we are fortunate to kneel in prayer even a few minutes each day. However, the context of this passage gives us a clue. This passage focuses on heart attitude. “Rejoice always” is an attitude of joyfulness. Giving thanks in everything also requires a mental attitude of thankfulness. How do we rejoice and give thanks? Through prayer! Therefore, effective prayer is a proper heart attitude: a mental outlook of joyful thanksgiving. It expresses itself throughout the day with silent prayers of vital communication with the LORD.
Maintaining a healthy relationship requires communication. Always be “on line” with God so when the Spirit moves you to pray, you can instantly agree with Him. The Holy Spirit prays for us with inexpressible groans (Romans 8:26). When in agreement with the Spirit, we are praying continuously. The heart attitude of praying without ceasing means an ever-open heart to the Lord’s leading.
If we are praying without ceasing — even while driving, changing the baby, washing dishes, or running a lawn mower — we can be open to the leading of the Spirit when He urges us to pray for something or someone. At that time, we can agree with God and make a mental note to add that concern to our later prayer time.
Praying without ceasing doesn’t take the place of time alone in prayer with God. However, it is a joyful experience to unite with the LORD who lays burdens on our hearts. We can’t always stop and kneel, but our heart attitude can still be “praying without ceasing.”
Praying without ceasing is sometimes really difficult when it seems like God is not answering…Remember, He works in way we cannot see.
Remain faithful to prayer even when we don’t feel like it. Your life depends on it. Obstacles such as distractions, dryness or doubts don’t have to thwart your commitment to a life of daily prayer. Pray honestly and continually and you will witness a growth of your faith which will reach far beyond your bravest expectations. Always put aside time for talking to God (which also means that sometimes all that you will have to do it listen!) and you will feel God’s presence with you in each and every moment, at any place. Be faithful in prayer!
“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality (Romans 12:11-13, NIV).
Friends, resist the temptation to stop praying, make Christ the center of your life through constant prayer and communicating with Him. Your life-long prayer journey will bring you great rewards.
The shelter of His Wings
The Psalms are some of my favorite places to go. There we find true, raw, honest prayers. The kind that I am sure accompany those messy tears. I find such peace in the oasis of the Psalms to know that He hears each one of my prayers and that sometimes it is okay to pray unrestrained like that. He made our hearts so we can pour them out to Him.
You can find refuge in God’s presence because the Bible says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…” (James 4:8). Repentance is about softening your heart into believing and acting on that wonderful truth. Making God your refuge is all about hiding yourself inside His presence here and all around you. King David wrote, “But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge…” (Psa. 73:28). We need to depend on the “nearness of God” because when we find refuge and security by earthly means, it is always close to us a child’s blanket, our personality, our doctrines, the money in our pocket, hard shells of self-protection.
God designed you to need something close to you in order to find refuge. God knows what you need! It is His desire to draw near to you and be your God–more fully than what you may have ever known was possible.
When you get hurt for whatever reason soothing yourself with God’s presence is far more effective than anything else you could depend on.
Reading this Psalm 91 reminds me many years ago of how my family and many other families in our neighborhood in Haiti were looking for a safe place of protection, a shelter to hide from past hurricane. There is a sense of peace and relief knowing that you and your family have a safe place to hide and you will be okay after the storm has passed. Are you safe in Him? Who and where is your refuge? Is He your hiding place? Let me remind you today that we are safer in Him. How beautiful it is that under His wings we find refuge! He is My Rock, my Redeemer and my Song, The Faithful One!
The wings of God not only provided David with these comforts, but they also provided a place for David to praise Him “Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.” We can sing our songs of praise to Him as well, knowing that the warmth and security of His wings covers us even on our most lonely or pain-filled days. They will carry us with the strength we need until He flies us home.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You that Your wings are always there to carry me, care for me, and catch me when I fall (Deuteronomy 32:10, 11). Amen.
I am praying for the Lord’s abundant blessing on your efforts to direct your heart toward Him.
While I am grateful for the safety of my family in Haiti but my heart aches for those who’ve already lost their lives, death toll and cholera cases are rising up and the aftermath of Hurricane Matthews. We need your financial support! Will you Join me in Prayer for Haiti today?
Bring your life, all of it, the good, the bad and the worthless. I take broken down moves on trade in. Believe in Me as your Savior and I will redeem your life with gifts you cannot contain. I will replace your despair with joy, your ashes for beauty, your heart hack with hope. (See Matt.11:27, Luke 4:18-19) #Redeemed
In my personal study time this week, I was reminded about a few things as it relates to my salvation. New prospective and new light was shed. I had no doubt about my salvation but I needed to be reminded. The holy spirit has a way of speaking to us even though we’ve read a scripture a thousand times but He never fell to bring new revelations to us each time. As I was preparing to lead this week’s lesson with my ladies group at my church, I couldn’t help to think about how the gift of salvation redeems my life. The blood that was shed, his adoption, His love, Grace and mercy, how He set me free from shame and pay the price for me. A price I would never be able to pay on my own. God removes the marks against me with a Holy exchange for His glory. Have you ever meet someone who believed the past would always count against them? Have you ever felt that all your mistakes must surely add up somewhere to weight the scales against you? To be redeemed means that God supernaturally makes you worthy of his love, even if you ever thought that could happen for you. The bible says: “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” -Colossians 1:13-14
Praise God for salvation takes the worthless and makes them righteous. He made me righteous. I have been reconciled by God, redeemed saved from condemnation, made children of God, forgiven, justified through Christ Jesus and I have been made object of God’s Love, Grace, Power, Peace, Consolation and Intercession. His Faithfulness. He has given me life instead of death. He restored my peace. He renewed my hope. He gives me perspective I had lost in my overwhelmed life. My old life has been exchanged to new plans and new purpose. “For He chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.” Ephesians 1:4 NIV
It feels great to be reminded of what God says about my past, my present and my future. My chains are gone, I have been set free. No more guilt, no more shame. My past is over! I am a child of the living God. Today, know who you are and who’s you are. We serve a healing God. He makes all things new and will restore and redeem what is rightfully his. You are His! Stand strong on the promises of God. Run away from the enemy’s tricks, lies and distractions! You are love, chosen, accepted, redeemed, healed, restored, made new and blameless from ashes to beauty. No matter what your past looks like, your future is brighter with in and in Him. Stop agreeing with the lies of the enemy and start fighting by believing the promises of God. Shut every door of lies with the arrows of God’s word. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Roman 8:1-2
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. —Psalm 23:1-3
Today I continue my spiritual feeding on David’s great psalm. The familiar phrase, “He restores my soul,” is actually a statement of conclusion. In other words, green pastures and still waters are the way God restores our souls. And if we stop long enough to let God speak to us, we’ll discover that our souls need His restoring.
Look at the expression “He restores my soul.”The literal translation is He causes my life to return. The word restore means replenish, to return to its original state. Restoring my soul means God keeps me going and gives the enjoyment of life back to me. Notice it’s not some general or physical restoration. “He restores my soul.”
Soul is a very important word in the Bible. The Hebrew term nephesh can be translated soul, life,heart, or mind. Nephesh is the word used in Genesis 2:7 to describe what happened when God breathed into the clay figure He had made: “The man became a living creature [or soul].” Soulrefers to the immaterial part of you that will survive beyond this life. The central thing that is most youabout you is your soul. Your soul relates and responds to God.
So, if God continually “restores my soul,” how does He do it? First, “He makes me lie down in green pastures.” In Hebrew, “green pastures”literally means the tender grass. In sheep terms, it’s rich, lush feeding places from which the flock need never move to be satisfied. Green pastures represent for us the bread of life that is God’s Word and God’s Son (see Luke 4:4; John 6:35). He provides all the nourishment we need, and we need it continually.
Those who really know God, also know He “makes” us lie down sometimes. We’re not smart enough or willing enough to do many things for our own good. But our Shepherd will do what He needs to do to get us where we need to be in green pastures so He can restore our souls.
Second, “He leads me beside still waters.” God says, What are you doing over there? C’mon over here. This is where the water is quiet. This is where you can be refreshed. My living water is deep and plentiful. And it restores your soul. Sheep are scared by troubled waters, and so are we. God provides the still waters of His thirst-quenching presence. He can satisfy your deepest longings every time you turn to Him (see John 7:37–38).
Notice the word beside. This isn’t some down-to-the-river-and-out-again experience. Beside thestill waters is where you can live your life. It isn’t a monthly or a weekly thing; it’s a daily, continuous replenishing. You’re walking with Christ beside still waters, drinking in His presence. You’re alone with Him, not thinking about the time. It’s quiet . . . and He’s restoring you.
God wants to make you lie down in green pastures and lead you beside still waters. He wants to restore your soul. Are you making it your daily habit to let Him?
Make an appointment with Him. Listen carefully to Him. Open your heart and mind to the things He wants to free you from bitterness, lust, pride, anger, jealousy, unforgiveness….He wants to heal, restore you. He wants to unclogged your hearts, minds and spirits and set you free. Take the remedy He prescribes, and watch your soul restored and prosper.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” —Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV
Sometimes we forget that God knows the plans He has for us and that they are good plans. He will give you needed strength for each day and His purpose will prevail in your life.
Take a moment to remind yourself, though you may not understand it all, God is working His plan for you in Christ Jesus, working all things together according to the good counsel of His will. (Ephesians 1:11) Today, you can trust His guidance!