Faith is a matter of paying attention to the right version of reality!
What are your core values? Ask God!
Isn’t is amazing to think that no matter what we do, no matter way we say, God’s love and grace never fails?
Take a moment and look at your life. No matter how hard we try, no matter how perfect you might be, we all fall, we all sin. But God, so willingly sent His son to die a brutal death so that we might live in eternity with Him. That blows me away. He loves us that much! Don’t ever believe the lies of the devil, that tell you you aren’t good enough or God doesn’t love you because you have fallen. God’s love for us is unconditional, everlasting. Nothing you do will ever change that! His love is never failing! He loves us that much!
"For God so loved the world that he gave he one and only son. That whosoever believes in Him, will not perish, but have eternal life." - John 3:16
How He Loves Us - David Crowder Band
You make beautiful things, you make beautiful things out of the dust.
This life is so beyond precious and its sad to think that in a split second it could be over. Most of us live each day like we will have another, at least while we are young. In reality, anyone of us could pass away at any second. Now thats not to scare you, but to make you realize that this life can be so short. We have been called to change the world, change nations, be love, show love, show Christ. What are we waiting for? We spend so much of our life waiting; saying to ourselves “I’ll do that when I’m older,” or “I’ll do that when I’m ready.” As followers of Christ, the second we are re-born is the second we are ready. You are qualified in Christ! No matter what your passion, or dream, God has called the equipped. If you know your purpose in Christ, go and flourish in it! Don’t wait one more day to train, learn, plan, create, dream! You were made for something so big and so purposeful! Dream…now Dream BIGGER! God’s dream for your life is so much more than you could possibly imagine. If we stay true to Him, follow Him with all our hearts, He will give you the desires of your heart and far more!
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." - Romans 8:28
Every Monday night, I leave a very long dance rehearsal and make my way to a bible study with some incredible people. I have only been attending this bible study for a little less than a month now but I am overwhelmed by the love, support, and Godly wisdom each person contributes to the group. Every night seems to bring more revelation and a new understanding of God than I had before. Last night, we sat a discussed many things, but one thing that really stuck out to me was a message that had been sent to the group leader about this particular bible study. It was a declaration for us individually.
"I declare that God will accelerate the plans for my life as I put my trust in him. I will accomplish my dreams faster than I thought possible. It will not take years to overcome an obstacle; to get out of debt, or to meet the right person. God is doing things faster than before. He will give me victory sooner than I think. He has blessings that will thrust me years ahead. This is my declaration. I declare that I have a sound mind filled with good thoughts, not thoughts of defeat, by faith I am well abled. I am anointed. I am equipped. I am empowered. My thoughts are guided by God’s word every day. No obstacle can defeat me because my mind is programed for victory. This is my declaration. I declare breakthroughs are coming in my life. Sudden burst of Gods goodness. Not a trickle, not a stream, but a flood of God’s power; a flood of God’s healing; a flood of God’s favor. I am a breakthrough person and I choose to live breakthrough minded. I am expecting God to overwhelm me with is goodness and amaze me with his favor. This is my declaration.”
After saying this out loud, we were challenged to wake up every morning and speak this over our lives. I fully believe in every word of this declaration! Believe in it and receive it. God has got an amazing plan over your life! Don’t be afraid to declare it!
"If you DECLARE with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and if you believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you will be saved. We believe with our hearts, and so we are made right with God. And we DECLARE with our mouths that we believe, and so we are saved." Romans 10:9-10
Later, Jesus talked to the people again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. The person who follows me will never live in darkness but will have the light that gives life.’
About a week ago, I opened up my bible to 1 Corinthians 13 and began to read it over and over again. It’s actually quite sad what “love” in todays terms is perceived to mean. If you were to look up the work love in any dictionary, you would find that it is a noun. However, we should view love as a verb. Even if we feel that we love one another, I guarantee that if you look closely there are several places that love is not present in your life. When reading 1 Corinthians 13, “Love is patient,” really hit me. Patience is one of those things that I just assumed I had, but never took the time to think about, and when I look back my life was filled with un-patience. If we all had just a little more patience, I believe love would not be so hard to give, or find. I’m not talking about the puppy love, love-at-first-sight, falling in love, kind of love. I’m talking about the unconditional love that you have for anyone you come across. The ability to just step back and love people no matter what their views or backgrounds. Showing love to people, showing Jesus to people. Its the same thing. How can we, as christians, expect people to find Jesus if we aren’t living in love, patience, kindness, etc? God has called each person to this earth for reason and purpose; one of those, and quite possibly the greatest, is to love. (“And the greatest of these is love.”) Live Louder Through Love!
"This year will be a year of incredible decisions with incredible results. Opportunities that have never been dreamed of will become pivotal decision points and have lasting results for many. Things that have not been invented or revealed will be uncovered and will cause fortunes to flow into the kingdom. The simmering of the supernatural is coming to a low boil and the abnormal will start to become normal and accepted as normal! Dreams will become realities…overnight! Things that took months to design and produce will be done in hours. Relationships that have been written off will become redeemed. What you write for your vision and direction for this year will come to pass. Don’t write too small or with too small of a vision…Dreams will become realities, Miracles will become common place, financial breakthrough is taking place in the planning stages now for entrance this year. You will see revival in churches across all nations. The calling is airborne. Receptors are up and I am calling the lost from the heavens. Decisions and movement will be rapid. Leaders will rise from the congregations with servant mentalities and not title seekers…the obscure will become the dominant, the prideful will be exposed, and kingdom results will take place. This is not a year to maintain, this is a year to take ground. This is a year of great repentance around the world. Don’t fret the headlines, you will see them change with new openness; Major political figures as well as actors, will make bold proclamations this year for the kingdom. Ones you have strong opinions about will change! Take note and watch what is taking place. Watch with your heart wide open. This change will be good. Good will overtake evil this year and you will see a new alignment taking place. Look past what you see, and SEE!"