If You Trust in the Lord you Will be More Than a Conqueror.

“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. (Hebrews 13:15-16).

On this journey that we are called to take, we may experience setbacks. It’s not always easy to trust and not complain when the pressure is on us. If we didn’t have a relationship with the Lord we could try to handle every situation on our own, and even start making the situation bigger than our God. In Hebrews, we are reminded that we must learn to focus on the good things that we do have, and less on the things that we don’t have.

The Lord already knows what we need. We must trust him; he promises us that he will never leave us or forsake us. He will direct our steps and instructs us to “Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:5-8).

At no time should I crumble when the enemy comes in like a flood, because Jesus promises that I can lift up a standard against the enemy. It is difficult to take a stand sometimes and our natural response to hurt is usually retreat. During the times of retreat we learn how to wait on God and to trust him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Being rejected isn’t easy to cope with, and living in the shadows tends to subdue our testimony and our effectiveness for the kingdom; but in God’s mercy we can be meek, and still be strong in character. It isn’t necessary to give up or give in to the world. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

It only took God’s spoken word to bring the world into existence. How great and mighty is the God we serve! I wonder why I limit God so when I struggle with the world? When will I begin to believe his word and act in faith without wavering?

Sometimes we place the greatest obstacles in our own paths without any help from those who would despitefully use us. Obstacles of doubt, unworthiness, fear, intimidation. Lord help us to get a picture of the great things that you have in store for us as a body of believers. Not one of us would be here today without faith.

To reap good fruit, we must sow good seeds, and to allow the word to work for us, we must act on the word and be in total obedience to the will of God. We can listen to God and stop his blessings from ever reaching us because we didn’t abide in his word. We could sometimes be identified as haphazard Christians: when everything is going our way, we don’t have time to read the word, and we enjoy the good life; on the other hand, when things fall apart in our lives, we turn to prayer and wonder why God allows things to happen to us while other Christians and the world in general are succeeding. In all fairness, I must ask what makes me so different than the next person down the road?

The Lord rains on the righteous and the unrighteous. He is no respecter of persons. He chose us to do his will, and we need to take a good long look at life from God’s perspective. We will see the mighty hand of God at work in our lives. Maybe not during the test designed to strengthen us, but after we have overcame the trial, and paused to reflect on the goodness and mercy of God. We shall see how God will arise and his enemies will be scattered. People may mean it for evil, but God is working all things out for our good. He cares about us for all eternity.

Take a leap of faith; make up your mind to trust God.

In this week’s Lattereign we are reminded that We are More than Conquerors.

Posted in Lattereign | Leave a comment

Celebrating Mothers

who can find a virtuous woman

“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies…. Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness…. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her”        (Proverbs 31: 10,25-28).

I am thankful for a mother who loved us and the Lord with all of her heart, soul, mind, and strength. Our lives had challenges while we were growing up, but we could always depend on our mother being there through the good and the bad times. I can’t recall even one time that she complained about her life, and she made sure to keep her emotions in check when she was with others. She knew how to find happiness in life when others focused on the bad, she always found the good and positive side of things. If the electricity was shut off, she made sure that we stay occupied with making shadow rabbits, with our hands in the lantern light.

If the washing machine was broke down, we made a game out of being a human washing machine. We would fill the tub with dirty clothes and soapy water, and get in. We marched up and down on the clothes and became like a human agitator. I never felt deprived; instead I learned to love life and to make the best of every situation.

Meals were not always steak and potatoes, but we never went hungry.

I know that Mama’s prayers are why I am living for the Lord, today. The following poem is anonymous: A Mother’s Prayer

The things I never told you I’d like to tell you now;
Of feelings held contentedly inside my heart to swell;
Of thoughts and dreams, wants and happiness too;
A Mother’s prayer to finally share with you.
Lord, govern their lives as you have mine,
Touch them with Your sweet divine,
Make them happy, guide their paths,
Tickle their funny bones, let me hear their laughs.
Dry the tears sliding down their faces,
Hold their hands when the love heart races,
Make them stand tall when the burdens are great,
Prepare them to carry the loads of fate.
Heal the hurts and sufferings of the spirit,
Make them listen until they hear it;
That sweet song of yours that will touch their soul
And carry them forward until they are old.
Lord, let them see the meaning of life,
Protect them from the evils of strife,
Gently guide them in the path of your ways,
I pray, Lord, I pray for them everyday.
I know, Lord, that I fell short many times;
In my guidance as “Mom” there were crimes,
Times that I failed to help them see
The beauty that you have bestowed around me.
Take their hands and lead them forward
Give them strength to avoid the coward
And evil ones that lurk about
Waiting to swallow them up and shout
The conquest of their gentle soul
Provide them the coin to pass the toll.
Please make things right, Lord, once again
To help them to see the meaning of friend
And loved ones that hold them close to the heart
With a Mother that loves them, never apart.
Author Unknown

 

 

In this week’s Lattereign we are Celebrating Mothers.

“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).

“And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14:13-14).

Posted in Lattereign | Leave a comment

No Matter How Many Times We Fail God; God Never Fails Us.

It is true. I can’t tell you how many times that I have made big mistakes in my walk with the Lord, but after every one of those mistakes I pray and make it right, and the Lord continues to bless me in ways that I could never imagine. I would be the one who held a grudge when someone did something against me, after I invested time and effort praying until I felt like I would choke on the words, “forgive me.”

My heart may have desired to do something noble like forgive that person, but it seemed that each time that I saw that person, I remembered, in detail, the wrong that was done to me. We have a tendency to hold on to grudges like they were pets, because, bless the Lord, we are always right, so everybody else on the planet must be wrong. And, so what if someone said something to hurt your feelings one time. Sometimes the truth hurts. If it’s a lie, then refuse to allow your spirit to harbor an ugly spirit against that person, because, I have found out that if I don’t bring my emotions into subjection, that I’ll be the one who will ultimately be damaged from the rejection.

Don’t you know that your negative feelings can make you physically sick? How dare us to listen to the devil when he tells us that a person doesn’t deserve our forgiveness! Jesus Christ died on the cross to purchase our salvation.

Even, at times, I have known family to let things in the past cause them to lose their victory. It isn’t worth it to harbor ill feelings against anyone, especially family. What better way for the enemy to win, than to divide homes; and how unfortunate it is for us to allow anything to separate us from our family.

You are wrong to not let it go. It doesn’t matter who is right or wrong. If you are unwilling to forgive, you can’t be forgiven. Is it worth losing your soul over some petty argument? I am reminded of the Hatfields and the McKoys. They had feuded for so long that they couldn’t even recall why they were feuding. I submit to you that as children of God, we must learn to walk in his light. Put away any old grievances that would keep you out of the kingdom of God, and let’s get about the Father’s business, for the time is short.

This week in the Lattereign, we are reminded that God’s Faithfulness is Unending.

Posted in Lattereign | Leave a comment

Revival is Here! What are you Waiting On? Praise the Lord!

It never ceases to amaze me what can be accomplished when people come together in unity for a common cause. This year is no exception. CommUnity Day was a huge success and the Lord poured out his spirit.

Here are the Results of 2018 Tent Revival, so far:
468 people registered @ Community Day event!
+ 200 Volunteers helped with everything!
= 668 people participated @ Community Day!
550 stayed for the Community Blessing Service!
46 received the gift of the Holy Ghost!
4 people were baptized in Jesus Name!
71 people requested prayer/ Bible study or both!

It’s not a time to be lackadaisical in our worship and walk with the Lord. Having a relationship with him will make all the difference in our lives. There’s a whole world out there that is hungry for what we have. Nothing else will satisfy the longing of our soul like Jesus can. He keeps his promises. It is up to us to believe that he will do what he said he would do. If we will honor him and do our part, in faith, he will pour out a blessing on our lives that cannot be contained.  Yet with all that he desires to be for us, it is up to us to believe that he can do it for us.

 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).

In this week’s Lattereign it is my desire that you Choose Life .

Posted in Lattereign | Leave a comment

Submit to God; Resist the Devil and He will Flee.

resist the devil and he will flee

Have you ever felt that if one more responsibility were to get laid at your feet that you would implode? Life happens and responsibilities sometimes seem to overtake us. It leaves us vulnerable, tired, and weak, and unless we learn how to cope with the added onslaught of situations that we will be required to endure in our lifetime, we will feel forever defeated.

How often have you said, “I just can’t take it anymore!”? We are all faced with those times, but I’m here today to encourage someone with five simple words: Give Them All to Jesus.

Are you tired of chasing pretty rainbows?

Are you tired of spinning round and round?

Wrap up all those shattered dreams of your life

And at the feet of Jesus, lay them down.

Give them all, give them all, give them all to Jesus

Shattered dreams, wounded hearts, and broken toys.

Give them all, give them all, give them all to Jesus

And He will turn your sorrows into joy.

He never said you’d only see sunshine,

He never said there would be no rain.

He only promised a heart full of singing

About the very thing that once brought pain.

 Matthew 11:28
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

You may feel that you are losing control of yourself and instead of feeling peace and security in your walk with God, you have allowed things to become the enemies that you must conquer to keep your sanity. Never take on more ministry than you can support in prayer. Sometimes it’s important to step back and take a deep breath and be reminded of your purpose in doing all that you do. You may ask yourself, who is getting the glory for this? If it isn’t God, then maybe it is time to rethink your priorities.

Everything that I do, say, feel, should be filtered through God’s plan for my life. I can tell when I start to get off course in his will. I may struggle, or get super fatigued, maybe even discouraged so much that it feels that no matter how much effort I give to a task, it still seems to be empty of satisfaction. Could it be, that I am placing too much emphasis on the task, and not enough effort on the Lord who promises to direct our steps?

While rowing a boat requires great effort when you are rowing with the current, it still is not as hard as it would be, if you had decided to follow your own course, and row against the current.

God is in control of all situations even when we think that our world is falling apart. Family may reject you, friends may turn away, you may get disappointed by something someone has said that brought up the past hurts and mistakes, or you may not have a care in the world; but God is still in control and he is working out all things for our good.

What should we be do? Keep praying, and believing God. If we are wrong we must learn to forgive and make it right; if we are right in our eyes, we must still forgive and seek peace. Life is too short to harbor ill feelings against others. Do the best you can to make it right and then, let’s trust God to know what is the best for us and he will restore unto us the joy of our salvation.

open the window

In this week’s, Lattereign, we are reminded that we need to trust in God. Isn’t it Time to Put Your Trust in God

Posted in Lattereign | Leave a comment

Is Seeking the Will of God Our Last Resort, or Our First Option?

We have been told since the beginning of our lives that we must put God first in all things. It’s like the more we hear it, the more we brush it aside as one of those wise sayings that was never meant to be taken literally. After all, we have certainly changed from the time this was written, so it may not even apply to us, today. If we have that kind of thinking, then we would be terribly wrong.

Seeking God is an action and we should not sit around in a haphazard way to seek God. I promise that if life gets real enough, we will not have any trouble seeking God. Why is it that when trouble comes our way, we are quick to beg God for help, but when things are going well, we neglect to give God the time of day? Instead of building a relationship that is based on communication, and reverence, we slide into our prayer closet and offer up our wish whining to God the Almighty. I’ll take a side order of answered prayers with that order, please.

We have all been guilty of not giving enough time to prayer, even when we know that prayer is the key to unlocking the doors of our praise and answered prayers. If we want to see mountains in our lives moved, we must pray until the walls begin to crumble.

On the other hand, if we spend our time hoping and wishing for something to happen, instead of taking a step of faith and doing what we can do, nothing will ever happen.

I am grateful that I have an opportunity to seek the Lord. Not everyone in the world has that freedom to choose. Nothing else matters if we don’t get our lives in perspective. The Lord is coming soon. Instead of seeing how close you can live to the world and still be saved, why not seek the Lord first and all these things will be added to you. It’s my desire to do his will. Let’s be able to say with confidence that, “It is Well with my Soul,” as the song goes.

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul
It is well
With my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul
It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul
My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, o my soul
It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul
It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul
Songwriters: P P. Bliss / Gloria Roe
It Is Well with My Soul lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

In this week’s Lattereign we have this assurance that if we will Keep on trusting we will overcome. Keep on Trusting-You Will Overcome

Posted in Lattereign | Leave a comment

God Chose Me? Now, What Will I do About It?

 

It’s time to assess where I am and what I’ve been able to accomplish this year, and besides material and tangible things, I wonder if what I have done this year, is acceptable in God’s sight. In all of the ministries that I am privileged to be a part of, I sometimes wonder if I am doing enough? I guess to look at it I should look at results, not the individual activities. You can be as busy for the Lord as you want to planning programs, and all of the other events that come into play with ministry, but no matter how busy you are, if you consider just the event, and not the fruit that comes from having the event, you are using the wrong measure to gauge your effectiveness.

Today, I realized that if what I am doing is not being effective, it is time to stop doing it and to be seeking other open doors. In the twenty-three years that I have been writing the Lattereign, I have had the opportunity to look long and hard at what I am trying to do. I have always loved to write, since I was old enough to hold a pencil. Even how much my personal ambitions influence my choices really doesn’t matter.

I could write enough stacks of paper to fill entire rooms, but if I stopped there and never shared it, or got it published, or kept correcting mistakes I had made, that needed to be revised, or never took a risk to be criticized for the words I chose; instead, closing the door to the room and locking it; my whole purpose for writing would die with me, never reaching one person with encouragement, or hope to keep living for God.

What a shame it would be to stand before God with empty hands. My motivation is not wrapped up in accolades, or high fives, or pats on the back for what I have written; my motivation comes when someone reads the articles, and then tells me later that they were blessed by what I shared. If I measured my effectiveness by dollar signs, I might as well stop writing, now, because anyone with business sense knows that you need capital to operate a business.

That is the beauty of being about God’s business; he is the provider. Our part is to show up and be available for whatever he has planned for us. Sometimes, when I write, I can’t get my righteous indignation under control, and it’s usually because I focus on what others may have done that wasn’t handled exactly the way that I had been taught to handle it. Do I tell the person? absolutely not. I can’t judge others and still be objective! So, I sit down to write, and what begins to form on the page? There is nothing but criticism and judgment, and before I know it, God is telling me to hit the delete key until I am once again, facing a blank page.

Humility? Yes, Reprimanded? Yes, so instead of complaining to God, I decide it is better to allow those other offenders of my way of thinking, to work out their own salvation, so God will help me to write the message that he wants to send. I find when I get out of his way, He can write some amazing stuff. Through the years, I have made many mistakes, and learned to use the equipment that the Lord provided, before the modern technology that we have to distract us so thoroughly, today, was even an idea.

No matter how advanced the technology becomes, as we move forward, one thing is certain. If I don’t commit myself to doing what I love, there are people who will never know about how much Jesus Christ loves us. He loved us enough to go to Calvary. I can’t quit now, I must continue to do the will of the one who gave his life, so we could have eternal life.

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Your Lattereign is flawed, and that is okay, because the Lord can take broken vessels and form them into masterpieces. It is so important to share our God given talents and the gospel of Jesus Christ. The time is short, and in this week’s Lattereign the Lord is asking us: Who will tell them? who will go?

Posted in Lattereign | Leave a comment

From Hopelessness to Eternal Life: What a Difference One Day Makes

The headlines fill our minds with fear. I imagine that on the day that Jesus was taken to be crucified, his followers felt hopeless. It is only natural that they would only have seen the circumstances. They thought they knew what to expect, but they really had no idea what was about to happen, or why. Sure, Jesus prepared them as much as he was allowed, but how could they fully comprehend that their hope was gone?

We forget to trust in the gentle voice we hear inside that speaks to us saying encouraging things like—all is well; hold on; you’re gonna make it; trust in me; lean not to your own understanding; I am that I am; all things work together for the good if we love God—and I wonder, this week, have I made myself available to obey God’s will for my life?

Am I flexible when God’s will changes? His will is not set in concrete, am I ? Have I hindered his vision for me? Without change in our lives nothing can get better. If we are rigid in our attitudes or our ideas and not flexible, we will eventually die. Very little life can survive if the water is not moving. It is the moving of the water that generates power and results.
We say, Lord send a revival and let it start with me, then we sit down on God and wait for a special invitation, service, or move of God, before we can get motivated to act.

Dear Lord,

Teach me, Lord, to be a worshiper not a whisperer. Help me to trouble the waters enough to bring life to my soul. Lord, help me to be unsatisfied with a mediocre, half-hearted, approach to God. Help me to reverence your sanctuary as you commanded in Leviticus 19:30. Make me truly hungry for revival. Teach me to pray and invite revival in our midst.
Stop my own unbelief from hindering what you desire to do through me.

It’s very easy to move with the water, to move along without a vision, but it takes discipline to change direction against the current of the world. Help me to know you, Lord, and to hear your voice as you lead me into all truth. Remind me of your faithfulness. Help me choose to go against the current of the world. Teach me to trust you implicitly even when I don’t understand where you are leading me to or why.

In Jesus’ Name,

You’re Daughter, Grace

“And the Lord said unto me, write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry: (Habakkuk 2:2-3).

The Same. In every stage of my walk with God, he has been great to me. It doesn’t matter how hopeless my situation has seemed to me, at times: Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.

When I’m troubled, I can call on the Name of Jesus. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. No matter what the challenges we face in life, we can overcome them if we realize this truth that we serve a God who can not fail. He never changes. He isn’t worried about the turmoil in the world. He doesn’t fret when the storms of life come. He stays the same. He is always faithful, always dependable. He never forgets his promises.

“Lo, I am with you alway even unto the end of the earth.” We need to be reminded that we serve the one true God. He isn’t frail or uncaring. He is solid and a present help in the time of trouble.
“Casting all of your care upon him; for he careth for you ” (1 Peter 5:7).
“My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

I need to remember that the time I spend in his presence, in fellowship with him is all important. It is my desire that during the incredibly busy seasons that I remember the most important times in my life are built around being in his presence, for it’s in his presence that there’s fullness of joy and at his right hand are pleasures forevermore.

We need to be about our father’s business, true, but let’s don’t allow working for the Lord to become a substitute for prayer, worship, and spending time at his feet. Remember, Mary chose the good part, and she reaped the blessings from it. Martha was doing important things, but she left out the most important thing—sitting at the Master’s feet to learn from him. If we will spend quality time with Jesus, he will be glorified, and we’ll see the fruit from our labors, for he says our labor is not in vain. ALL IS WELL with my soul.

Yes, his followers may have felt hopeless on that day, but it only took three days for their entire lives to change. Those who crucified him, opened up the door to our salvation. In this week’s, Lattereign, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Their Rejection Became Our Redemption

Posted in Lattereign | Leave a comment

For God So Loved the World That He Gave….

We have so much to be thankful for this morning. When the world is full of turmoil and confusion, it is good to know that we have freedom to worship a loving God who loves us with an everlasting love that no man can match. His love is limitless, and eternal. Nothing will ever separate us from his love and no matter how far we sometimes stray away from the path that he is leading us to follow, he gently calls us back to find our way. Like all humans, we are sometimes so independent that it can lead us to get our eyes on other things.

If a circumstance comes up we must attend to it immediately. We dive in to solve the unsolvable because it is in our nature to have everything in place. All of our duties are laid out before us. Our plans, our goals, our dreams, may as well be carved in stone, because we won’t rest until they are accomplished. This can pose a grave problem for us, especially when God’s will for our lives may change as we learn and grow. It is possible that we have growing pains as we find our way to maturity in Christ. Nothing ever gets in our way when we are determined to do our best, because we stay focused on what we have decided is God’s will for our lives, yet, we never really ask God if his will has changed. No, we say we have heard from God. That’s it. That settles it, when God may be leading us to a new direction with better promises; unfortunately, many times we don’t listen.

So often we see our vision, and forget that God’s vision for our lives is greater than anything we could ever imagine. We think small promises that are easily attainable and never reach beyond our comfort zone, are easier to go after than those seemingly impossible desires and dreams that the Lord has placed in our sights. Have faith and learn to trust in the Lord and to lean not to your own understanding and he will bring it to pass in due season.

All of our desires and ambitions, in the secret places of our heart, are revealed with a simple prayer of faith. You may be struggling to figure out what direction the Lord desires for you to take. It’s never too late to wait on God. He asks us to “seek his face;” and when we need answers from him, we may not find the answers we seek in any other way but by prayer.

How badly do you want to follow his will? Bad enough to make the sacrifice of praise, or to submit yourselves to authority? It may be easier to lead than to follow sometimes, but to be a good leader we must learn how to be a good follower. As the song goes,

In the things familiar we find security
Resisting all the changes that days and years can bring
When God decides to lead you through an open door
Inviting you to walk in realms you’ve never known before

Beyond the open door is a new and fresh anointing
Hear the Spirit calling you to go
Walk on through the door for the Lord will go before you
Into a greater power you’ve never known before

Hear the Spirit calling to wake the living dead
To reach the huddled masses who cry out for living bread
Arise oh mighty army, take up thy shield and sword
For the Father lifts His golden lamp beside the open door

Beyond the open door is a new and fresh anointing
Hear the Spirit calling you to go
Walk on through the door for the Lord will go before you
Into a greater power you’ve never known before

Beyond the open door is a new and fresh anointing
Hear the Spirit calling you to go
Walk on through the door for the Lord will go before you
Into a greater power you’ve never known

Where He leads me, I will follow
Where He leads me, I will follow
And where He leads me, I will follow
Into a greater power you’ve never known before
Beyond the open door

In this week’s Lattereign, we celebrate Palm Sunday. Hosanna to the King-Palm Sunday

Posted in Lattereign | Leave a comment

Random Thoughts: Practices, Promises, and Priorities

Practices 

You may have heard it said that practice makes perfect, but that is not entirely true. It is more correct to say that, “Perfect practice makes perfect.” We can spend our lives doing the same things over and over, making the same mistakes over and over, and never go beyond the abilities that we have. Our weaknesses become stronger instead of our faith, and we wonder why we can not grow in the Lord. It may lead to frustration and ultimately we convince ourselves that we must have misinterpreted what the Lord called us to do, so we feel defeated and inadequate and never reach our full potential in Christ. The only reason is because we are listening to the wrong voices, but not the Master’s voice, who says that we can do all things through Christ.

It is good to get in the Word and learn what it will take to fulfill the will of God for our lives.

“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:4-7).

Promises

Whether there are 3000, or 7,000 promises in the Word of God, one thing I know for sure; their fulfillment in our lives is dependent on our obedience to God’s word. If we are lacking in obtaining the promise of God in our lives, it may be that we have not fulfilled our part of the equation to release its fulfillment. So as a rule, I must stop blaming God when those things I desire do not materialize. Have I listened? It takes me a long while to have the light bulb moment where I figure things out. Consider this: it says to “Study to show yourself approved;” but if I don’t study, my GPA will plummet in short order, every time.

If you do desire to have the peace of God in your life, you must stay in the word and do what it says in Philippians 4:8-9:

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you (Philippians 4:8-9).

Priorities

I want to take better control of my time. It seems that lately I’ve been consumed with demands on my time, yet I feel that the best that I can give will never be enough unless I make the time to put God, worship and family as top priorities.

When all is said and done, the time that I give to my priorities will matter ten years from now, and I won’t be just scratching my head woefully considering where the time went. Those things that remain in my life, will have lasting value to me.

March 15, 1995, I decided to do what I could do, because what I thought I wanted to do, God said, “No,” for a season. He has restored some of those desires, but I’m glad he set me on the path where I could be used more effectively. If God hadn’t said, no, to my will, the Lattereign would never have been started. I am learning that God knows the plans that he has for us: Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 2).

And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body [is more] than raiment. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more [will he clothe] you, O ye of little faith? And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Luke 12: 22-34).

Lives in Perspective. Only God can be all things to all people. The rest of us need to realize that we are not supernatural. Learning to decide on what is a priority that will be needed, versus something that sneaks into our lives,  to try to derail us, robbing us of time, is my greatest challenge. Do I dare to admit that I have a hard time saying, no? I’m not speaking about the things that are priorities in my life, but of the random things that gobble up “free” time. (Is our time ever free?) The older I get, the easier it is becoming to choose my chores and to put life, and living it more abundantly, in perspective.

After much prayer, I had this epiphany: It is better to do one or two things well, than it is to do ten things poorly.

I have learned that I can’t sacrifice the permanent on the altar of the immediate, in other words never take on more ministry than you can adequately support in prayer. I heard that at a conference some years back, and it has taken up residence in the back of my mind for all of these years.

In this week’s Lattereign, we are encouraged to cast away our fear and just believe that God’s promises are true. Fear Not Believe Only

Posted in Lattereign | Leave a comment