Romans 8: 1-2 (NIV)

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death.

Happy Monday Morning! I pray that you are doing well this morning. I know many of you are in the “back to school” mode and you are hitting the road earlier than ever. I am amazed that we are in the last week of August. Where did summer go? Today I wanted to encourage us to live free- free like we never have before!

I have been reminded several times recently of the freedom we have been given. I don’t know about you but sometimes I totally forget this truth. Many days I condemn myself or I beat myself up for falling so short of God’s expectations of me. So I pray that if you too tend to be too hard on yourself that this message will inspire you to live more free today!

It seems man wants to get caught up in the laws and rules too much. It’s nothing new. People from the beginning of time have put God in a box and boxed our lifestyles too! The good news today is this; NO ONE will ever be good enough to enter the gates of heaven. The law was simply given to us so that we would know God’s best for us! God knew from the beginning of time we would never be able to keep all of His commandments and that is why He gave His only Son, Jesus, to make us free! God set us free at the cost of His Son dying on a cross for us. The least that we can do is to respond to this great love for us and to live FREER today knowing He loves us unconditionally no matter what our sins may be!

My challenge this week: quit beating ourselves up trying to earn anything from God. God has given us His everything, His Son dying on a cross for us and His extravagant love unconditional love too. May we all accept this freeing truth- we don’t deserve His great love nor can we earn it. Jesus died to set us free. May we live freer today than ever before knowing and receiving God’s gift and love deep within our hearts today!

 

1 Peter 5:5-9 New King James Version

 

"Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble." Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

 

Good morning! I hope that you are having a great Monday morning. It took me forever to gather my thoughts and verses to communicate some simple reminders the Lord is downloading to me to share with you today. I pray right now that your heart is open and that you know how much I love each of you! I pray that God touches your heart today and reveals the key to your destiny!

 

The KEY to fulfilling our destiny is defeating pride and to be clothed in humility! WHOA! Doesn't this sound so easy? Well it is the greatest obstacle to fulfilling the God given purpose for our lives. One of the greatest Christian influences of the twentieth century, C.S. Lewis put it like this, "it is the great sin," "it is spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense," and "According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere flea bites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind... it is Pride which has been the chief cause of misery in every nation and every family since the world began." So my search began into my own heart, life, and soul. Then I searched into all kinds of studies on pride. It blew me away on the lack of teachings on the subject of pride! Particularly when you take into account these two truths: it is our own sinful human nature to be self-centered coupled with the fact we live in the "ME" culture. Fame, fortune, and followers are our greatest goals in life in today's world! A simple reminder: pride is a HUGE stumbling block for most!

 

Today I want to touch only on one point dealing with pride. Pride is the hardest sin to self-evaluate but we must do it because it is a necessity to living the abundant life God has planned for us! It is hard for many of us to detect pride in our own lives. Today I plea with you to go to God. Seek God from the most humble place in your heart and ask Him to reveal any pride within you. Ask yourself about these attitudes, do you say, "I feel that I am self-sufficient, I feel my life is important (more than others), and I feel like I don't need God most of the time." Then look at how you treat others-- do you have an attitude of contempt and indifference? This is where it gets imperative that you get real with yourself and don't allow the enemy to lie to you. Get still, get quiet, and get out of any noise and ask God to show you any places that you need to repent and accept His forgiveness and grace as you get rid of pride in your life.

 

My challenge this week is: get before God and get real with yourself and humbly go before His throne and offer ALL of who you are to Him! Allow God to reveal places of pride that you need to confess and receive His amazing grace. As I shared with my best friends today, on a personal note, I will have to do this thousands of times a day, maybe even with every breath, and ask God to take out all areas of pride within me. Yes the truth hurts but if we continually ask God to wash us new and take away all pride then we can have new mercies everyday, allowing us to live enjoyable lives! Simple reminders quotes about dealing with pride are found all throughout the bible, turn to the truth for daily reminders that God opposes ALL pride. Get before Him now and you will fulfill the incredible plans He has for your life. Getting rid of pride is the KEY to living out your God given destiny--Start living out your destiny today!

 

I ask you again to  join hearts as we pray for our country and for unity! Also, I will be praying for all of you this week! I love each of you! Please send me any prayer requests that you may have. I would love to hear your thoughts about what this message meant to you. Have a Lively week!

Life is enjoyable with God!

 

"The Lord says, 'I will stay close to you, instructing and guiding you along the pathway of life. I will advise you along the way and lead you forth with my eyes as your guide.' " ~Psalm 32:8, Passion

 

Hello friends! When I saw this Psalm, I was so thankful for David and his wonderful writings that are so real and comforting, showing us that life is enjoyable in so many ways! I don't know about you, but in this dark season I am in great need of God's directions, guidance, and revelations now more than ever! I am at a place in this dark season that the only question I long to be answered is, "God where do I go from here to get to enjoyable life?"

 

In the scripture above I was comforted by God's promise to us! God Himself gave us these words! I love the first part, "I will stay close to you." In the dark seasons of life God can seem very far away in our minds, hearts and lives. But right here we are assured God is very close to us! The next part of the scripture promises guidance, advice, and leading! Isn't this amazing? The God who created the universe promises that He will be close to us and get us where He needs us to be, so we can relax and have an enjoyable life!

 

The last part of the scripture just blew me away. It says, "lead you forth with my eyes as your guide." God will lead me with His eyes! I was humbled by this promise. I immediately went to Jesus and asked for forgiveness for all of my sins and particularly the sins of me trying to control my journey! I asked God to give me the eyes of His heart today so that I could see my next step more clearly and see how God is working on me!

 

My challenge this week is: if you are desperate to find the next step in your life then take this scripture and declare it right now over your life! Enjoyable life quotes are all over the bible, we just have to look! Agree with God and tell Him that you know He is your guide and counselor! Ask God to create in you a cleansed and clean heart so that your heart can have the eyes He needs to lead you. Then trust and obey that God will lead you all the way step-by-step as you walk out His purposes and promises for your life! Trust God will craft your ideas and mindset as you move forward in life.

 

I love you all so much. Please don't hesitate to contact me at any time. Also, I will be praying for all of you this week! I would love to pray with you!  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. that you may have. I would This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Have a Lively week!

You are never alone, God is working it out!

 

Good morning! I pray that you are having a good week so far and I hope you know I love you very much! I have been in so much prayer these last few months and I want you to know I pray for you often. This week this scripture just stood out. Again it was another layer to what I feel God is working on me in this very quiet and dark season. I hope that you will find amazing comfort today through this inspirational thought and simple reminder today: God is working it out! 

 

I know that if you are reading this today that you are seeking the Lord and your heart loves the Lord. Today's thought should really touch you. God has a very special place just for you! A "private place" as the scripture describes is made just for you. Sometimes in the darkest seasons of our lives and in the roughest storms of life, God pulls us near into a private place! A place designed just for you!

 

"There's a private place reserved for the lovers of God, 

where they sit near Him and receive 

the revelation-secrets of His promises" 

~Psalm 25:14 (Passion Translation)

 

In this private place, God is so near to us! When we are at our last hope, when we have no one to bail us out, or even anyone who really cares about us-- God pulls us near and we can see that God is working His purpose out within us! There in this "secret place" there are no distractions, no noises from the world, just our brokenness in need of God's help! This is where we sit near to Him and He is able to reveal secrets to us that will insure our victory and increase our maturity and confidence in Him! My question to you today is: Will you receive what He has to say and reveal?

 

For me in this "private place" season it has been bittersweet - like everything in life. Some days it is very difficult. God has revealed to me some things about my life that I have believed were true all my life that are NOT true (things people spoke over me, lies that hurt me all my life, and realities that are hard to face). But also God has revealed things to me that are true about myself that I have had to change so that I look more like Him. Thus I have had to do some changes from the inside out to line up to who I need to be in Christ. Each time I think I am about to get out of this time God shows me another secret that only He can reveal to me! But I know that when this season is over-- learning how to really endure the storms and darkness of life with trust and confidence in God- I will be a better and more mature woman of God! This incredible intimacy is the sweet part of this season. Although some days I have been so challenging emotionally and spiritually-- I always know God is with me, loves me, and is making me into what He needs to be so I can better enjoy life with Him! 

 

My challenge this week is: if you are facing anything in life that seems impossible today, addictions, debt, lost job, failed relationships, wayward children, death, and more then please know that God has a private place just for you. In this private place He will reveal His great love for you, His plans for you, the way God is working behind the scenes in your life, and His steadfast provisions for you! He will show you that you are not alone. He will show you maybe some places in your life that you too have believed lies about yourself or family and will show you the truth! The truth will set you free! Maybe He will show you places that need to line up with His will for your life. But in the end you will leave this secret place forever changed knowing God was with you in the darkness and He loves you so much and He will bring you to victory!

 

I love you all so much. Please don't hesitate to contact me at any time. Also, I will be praying for all of you this week! I love each of you! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. that you may have. I would This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Have a Lively week!

2 Peter 2:9

"Then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials." NIV

Good Monday Morning! This week has been an amazing week. God has been so powerful and evident in so many ways in my personal life! I know many of us are in need of a rescue from God! This week God showed me a wonderful, let go and let God scripture that I must share with you today. The truth for us today is this; God is at no loss for means even when we cannot see any means of escape, all we have to do is let go and let God have His way!

In the scripture above it is an answer. In the scriptures previous in 2 Peter 2 in verses 4-8, it explained how God spared the ancient world through Noah from the great flood of the earth and how He rescued Lot from the torment of the lawless. Today's verse says, “then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials." Remember this simple reminder: we serve a God that doesn't change! God is the same yesterday, today, and forever! God knows the best way to deliver us from the trials of life even when we can't see how to get out of our pain, God is always working behind the scenes!

God wants you to know today that He still has the power, wisdom, and will to deliver you-- His own daughter--from the trials of life! God loves you so much. God just this week has been so merciful to me and my family. He has given us tangible signs of literally where to go or not to go. He has given us signs that we are in fact moving out of the stormy season and getting ever so close to the other side! I felt the Lord pressing my heart to share and declare today that He knows exactly what you are facing: temptations, trials, injustice, and more. God wants you to know that He knows exactly how and when to rescue you! All we have to do is let go and let God do His work in our lives!

My challenge this week is: if you are facing the trials of life and are in need of deliverance-- God is there and He will rescue you! Don't give up! Don't give in! Stay true to God and do the right thing even when nothing seems like it's going to work out. God is working right now behind the scenes making the way for your escape and rescue! Believe today that God is moving on your behalf and your help is on the way!