There is a Time to Just Trust God: The Time is Now.

Dear Lord,

Today, I come to you determined that no matter what, I will praise you. It’s past time to just trust you to lead me through the path that is laid out before me. You promised that you would never leave me nor forsake me, and today, more than ever in my life, I hold you to that promise. I know that you are a faithful and a loving God who knows what is best for me; but forgive me; sometimes, I wonder if I have the faith to believe in your promise. I know that all men have a measure of faith, and it only takes a grain of mustard seed type of faith to have prayers answered. Still, I pray that you help my unbelief.

The days may be dark and the path that I must walk may sometimes be hidden, yet, I will trust you as I walk in faith.

I know that no weapon formed against me shall prosper, and by instinct, I dodge the attack instead of standing boldly against it. The scripture, “his grace is sufficient” rings through my spirit and I am able to stand strong even when the enemy comes in like a flood. I can have confidence that you are working all things out for my good.

As others struggle through their storms, I pray for their peace and strength to endure. I know that the joy of the Lord is our strength, so I pray that you will give us joy. Many times I don’t understand your plan, but that’s okay, because I know that you are faithful, and every day I am learning to trust you more.

In this week’s Lattereign, we learn that His word is forever settled in heaven.

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It’s Time to Let the Lord Take Control

Today, I am blessed. I try to understand how a great and mighty God would even take the time to love me, but he does. When I struggle to live the best life I can, He is faithful to me. Nothing is impossible with God and living for him, has been my pleasure.

Lately, my mind keeps going back to a time when I didn’t have the answers to all of life’s problems.  I survived. The great news is, that today, I still don’t have all of the answers to life’s problems, and that’s okay, because I can look to the Lord for help.

It’s important to remember that we are not alone in this battle, and we certainly don’t have to face it alone. There are angels encamped about us. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). I can rest in the Lord.

I used to spend hours being afraid of things I had no control over, but this all changed when I realized that no matter how much I had invested in worrying over a situation, ultimately God had control of the outcome, so I found that my fear lessened when I allowed the Lord to take charge of my life.

In this week’s Lattereign, we look at how much can be accomplished when we are unified.

what can we accomplish as one

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He Gives us Hope and a Future

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My first reaction to the end of the year, is that I ran out of time to get things accomplished. Every year I have this same sense of lack. I could have done more, worked harder, prayed longer, read my bible more often, and the list goes on and on in my head. If I stopped there then I would look on the past year with regret; but like so many others I choose to look ahead to a brand new year. I choose not to make resolutions, rather I make promises to do my best in the new year.

I am not perfect, and I recognize it; but I do have a desire to do my best. If I get closer to my goals in the new year, than I did this past year, I will call the year a success. I am blessed beyond measure. May the Lord always be at the front of my thoughts, and my prayer is that whatever comes before me, that God’s will will be done in my life.

Not every part of this year has been easy, but I am thankful just the same, that the Lord was with me to guide me through every part of my journey, even when I couldn’t see a clear path forward. He never forsook me.

In this week’s Lattereign we learn that the secret to reaping a harvest is holding to God’s promises. Want to Reap the Harvest–Cling to the Promise.

 

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It’s the Memories That Matter…

Every year without fail, Christmas brings  a flood of memories that may be bittersweet, but I treasure them all. For all the times that plans didn’t work out, and all the times that everything went beyond our expectations. It’s not how much money was spent, or how big the gifts, or how much time was invested in searching for the right gift that I remember. It is the expression of love that is connected to it.

I promise you I have very few material things that I can recall from Christmases past; but ask me about who I spent my time with, or the laughter that spilled out over nonsensical stuff that was said or done, and it’s like having a photographic memory: I remember ever detail.

I am thankful that Jesus came. It will change our lives and future to know him. We cry for peace on earth, yet we are still working out how to bring it to pass. It’s time to put our trust in Jesus Christ, because he has come to bring salvation to our world. He holds our future and because of that I can live one day at the time. I pray all of the time that the Lord will help me to keep my eyes on him. I don’t want to look to the left or the right because doing so could take me away from God’s perfect will.

When the noise of this world becomes unbearable, I know that with God I can shut it out of my mind and focus on the only true savior of the world. He came so that I could have life and life more abundantly, and for that reason alone I will praise him for eternity.

Thank you, Lord, for being willing to pay the price for our salvation. In this week’s Lattereign I share an old story with a twist,   ‘Twas the Night Before….

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The Real Wonder of Christmas is Jesus Christ.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

The real wonder of Christmas is Jesus Christ. Just for today, let’s not get in a rush. Let’s learn to spend time in his presence and worship the Lord—that being a miracle worth sharing with a dying world. We have no reason to be downcast, today, because Jesus came to lift us up. I’m thankful that I know who Jesus Christ is, and that no matter what circumstances I may face, he is still on the throne, and he’s God. He didn’t have to take on a fleshly body, but he did—so, let’s praise him for it. We can allow depression to creep into our lives, and rob us of our joy, or we can let peace move into our lives. Everything that we’ll ever need, or desire can be found in Jesus Christ, for he can satisfy the hunger in our soul like no other.

The angels rejoice each time a soul is saved. They know the sacrifice made by Jesus to redeem the world to himself. They were there when God robed himself in flesh, and was born to the virgin, Mary. They were so exuberant when Jesus was born, they sang, watched over our Savior in awe. The miracle conception, the miracle birth, the miracle of eternal life. It is all in Jesus Christ. And when Jesus shed his blood for man, he gave us the gift of eternal life, and sent the Comforter to us.

The angels wanted to look into these things.” We are a little lower than the

angels right now in this fleshly body, but we have our inheritance.

Angels are majestic—but they will never know the full power of Jesus Christ reigning in them after receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost.

Angels are eternal—but they will never be on the throne to reign with Christ.

Angels are servants—but they will never be able to trade their servant hood for a robe and a crown.

We have an inheritance, made possible by Jesus Christ. Let’s remember that Jesus is our Redeemer. He is Lord. Worship Him and He will do “exceedingly and abundantly above all that we ask or think.”

His Name is truly Wonderful! We have hope because He was born. Jesus Christ came to redeem the world back to Himself and His love is unsurpassed. It is such a blessing to be able to worship a living God and to be in his presence, today. In Luke 2:10, “ The angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy.” They proclaimed a gift to the world that money couldn’t buy. Jesus Christ is the Gift to us all. He is our Savior and beside Him, there is no other . As you prepare for this season, don’t forget the real reason we are celebrating: Jesus Christ.

In this week’s Lattereign, we learn that It’s Time to be led beside the Still Waters.

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“And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God”

We have much to be thankful for this year. One of those things is family. Not all families are the same; yet, in our own way we can build a lifetime surrounded by those we love.

This year, many of our people will be visiting family and traveling out of State, because there’s something about being home that brings comfort to us. When Jesus came to this world, he had family but no permanent dwelling place. He was born in someone’s barn with the smelly animals and whether there was snow on the ground or not (I doubt it seriously in that region although I’m not a weather expert) is irrelevant. The one thing that we can be sure of: they were on the run from Herod after he was born and they had no permanent dwelling. When I thought about that today, I tried to understand the events from a spiritual view.

No permanent dwelling. Think about it for a minute. We are so blessed in this nation, most of us have adequate housing and we have an abundant supply of resources. Spiritually, we are the house that Jesus dwells in. We house his Spirit in us. Jesus in us the hope of glory! Truly amazing.

Is the temple that we provide for the Savior adequate? Good question. To answer the question on an individual basis requires us to seek his face in prayer, I know that I sometimes feel that my temple is inadequate, because I’m made of flesh and blood, and I have made monumental mistakes in my past. If I didn’t have Jesus’ blood covering, and If I wasn’t baptized in Jesus’ Name, I know that I’d be LOST!

So what in the world was he thinking when he chose me as a vessel? I’m no one special, yet he chose me. When I had lost all hope, he gave me the missing part of my life that I had searched for, for decades. It only took me stopping and realizing that I needed God more than anything else, and if my life was to count, then I had to make good decisions to turn around and stop running away from God. We have the power to change our direction and turn toward the one who gave us life and a purpose.

His mercy endureth forever. I am not now, nor will I ever be worthy to be a chosen vessel of Jesus Christ, but he is worthy. In all the years that my life was wrecked by sin, he remained steadfast and he waited for me to open my heart to him. You see, Jesus never rejected me, I turned away because of my guilt and my shame. The church welcomed me with open arms.

The Lord has kept his promise to me to restore my health and to heal me of my wounds. He didn’t leave me unpunished altogether because it was my sins that caused the incurable bruises on my spirit, so the only way to be healed was to repent of my sins. When I yielded to his will, he gave me a new heart. Since I became a new creature in Christ, I hold to his promise in Jeremiah 30:22, that says, “And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.” Family is important and I’m glad that I’m a part of God’s family because it is eternal. Spend time with your family, and may the Lord richly bless you.

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Don’t Stop; Just Keep Believing God

God is my strength

But the road is too hard to travel, you might be thinking. Why not stop, turn around and get on a more clear path? If all you do is keep turning around, and second guessing yourself, you may never reach a destination that the Lord intended for you to reach. You have heard it said, that every journey begins with a single step; and it is true. In the same way, if you are fearful to take the first step, you’ll never accomplish anything. Standing and waiting for the miraculous to happen, will not cause it to come to pass, any more than staring at the front door, but never bothering to reach out and turn the door knob will open it.

I have caught myself many times saying if only this was a certain way or that was a certain way, then I could do this and be successful, whatever this is. Am I fearful? Sometimes, when I forget that I have a place of prayer and a God who knows the very thoughts and intents of my heart. He will answer even before I speak if I will learn to listen.

This time of year brings out the most chaotic voices as demands are placed on us in our occupations and in our day to day lives. Everything that we are responsible for doing is important enough that we may have a challenging time trying to prioritize the daily tasks we must do. So we are caught in a dilemma that can only be resolved one step at the time.

After prayer we can get a clearer understanding of what is most important and then as we get the time, we can work on those things that are nice, but extra. My question to you is, Do you take the time to ask? We shouldn’t second guess God. His answers are yea and amen.

I need a guideline through this life, because living for God without learning how to trust him, leads to fearful expectations. We create unlikely scenarios in our head that may never happen. We worry and fret about those things that steal our joy even though the Lord is waiting for us to cry out in victory. We are overcomers, but how often have you accepted defeat because you didn’t know what to do in this part of your journey? I have found that the only thing that works is praying to God and then leaving it in his hands to work out his will for my life. His ways are higher than my ways.

We have so much to be thankful for. If we woke up this morning in our right mind, we are blessed more than many others who did not wake up.

I met a Vietnam Veteran as I was walking into Wal-Mart the other day who was so excited because the VA was going to get him a motorized scooter to ride. He had one that was not motorized, that was brand new and rather than complain, he was so grateful for the gift of mobility that the Lord had provided. Not everyone we come in contact with on a daily basis is so positive.

Being positive is a choice that we can make, or not. To choose the positive attitude leads to a victorious life filled with joy no matter what your circumstances dictate that you should be feeling. We could all learn to live a victorious life. This week’s Lattereign gives us hope that living  Under the Shadow of the Almighty will keep us safe and protected from all of the fiery darts of the wicked one.

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Called by the Name; Committed to the Calling

He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches: (Revelation 3:5,6).

“Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I , even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no savior” (Isaiah 43:10-11).

“I know thy works, behold I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it; for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and has not denied my name” (Revelation 3:7-11).

I desire that the Lord should have confidence in me that if he asks me to follow him, that I will do whatever he asks willingly and without complaint. When I can be trusted to do the will of God he can have confidence in me and give me “an open door that no man can shut”. What? Do you mean even after you have prayed for a financial miracle, and you lose your job, you can have an open door? Yes, no man can shut the door that God opens.

The Lord tells us, “for thou hast a little strength.” He didn’t say that we were destitute and completely void of strength: we have sufficient strength to get God’s will accomplished. As we work on our relationship with God, and continue to do his will, in spite of our circumstances, it gets his attention, and even though we may only have a little strength, he reminds us that he hasn’t forgotten us. He is faithful.

Keeping the word requires a great deal of strength and determination. While Satan tries to rob us; the world and the cares of this life surround us; and the light of the gospel is being choked out of us; the Lord promises to “set before us an open door” that compels us to come in and experience the opportunities and the blessings that he has prepared for us. We are commended when he tells us that “thou hast not denied my name.” How many times people have denied the name, Jesus, the only name that will save us? They, in essence, are denying the only way of escape that is opened to them choosing rather to fumble through life alone.

When trials come, we could betray Jesus like some have done in the past. Judas Iscariot sold out for 30 pieces of silver, we could sell out for much less; sports, drugs, prestige , vanity, worldly pleasures, position, fame, peer pressure, or acceptance by our so called friends. The riches of this life will melt with fervent heat, and we’ll all face God on Judgment Day to give an account of our lives.

Who can stand on that day? Those who have been found faithful, kept the word, and those who have not denied the name. Our covenant is eternal and the benefits of that covenant can’t be bought, because they have been paid-in-full at Calvary. Our circumstances may look impossible because we only see the now, but keep holding on to God’s promise and in “yet a little while, it shall come to pass.”

Lord, help us to be thankful for your provision and care. Just for today, I ask you to order my steps in your will.

Dear Lord,

Thank you for reminding me in your gentle way that I am more blessed than I deserve. If you had so chosen, I might not have opened my eyes, today, to see the sunrise or feel the delicious breeze. In those few quiet moments alone in your presence, I live a lifetime. Too often I grumble and complain when circumstances seem to pressure me to make important decisions. I’d prefer to go with the flow and not confront difficulties, but you remind me gently that if I’m to be a strong Christian, fit for the Master’s use, that I’m going to go through some hard places where I have to press on with all my strength, then pray the power down to gain your strength so that I can be an overcomer. Through all of my struggles, you remind me that I have to keep moving forward and trusting in you.

Yes, Lord, I know that it’d be easier to go with the opposition, give in, be quiet about what I believe, quench your Spirit, but the easier way won’t give me the joy that you can give. If I will hold on and keep strong in the faith, I’ll be able to overcome every trial; I can have the victory over all of Satan’s arsenal.

You know, Lord, sometimes I just get plain-old tired of fighting the Spirits of darkness, the principalities, the rulers of dark places, but then once again, you remind me that the fight isn’t mine,; it is yours. Knowing that, makes me feel pretty special and loved, although I know that I am too critical at times. For the life of me, I can’t imagine someone loving me as much as you do: but you do love me.

When I think about Calvary and the unselfish sacrifices that you made for me there, I can keep going forward in the faith because you live and you love me. It isn’t difficult to give thanks for everything when you consider that you, Jesus Christ, are everything important in my life. I stand complete in you, Lord.

“But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by the gospel to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” (II Thessalonians 2: 13-14).

I thank you for choosing me to be a part of this glorious church.

Love, Your daughter, Grace

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The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving

“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 4:6).

I get tired of hearing complaints about how bad it is in our world, but recently, I learned a valuable lesson about complaining. While I was praying (or was that whining) to the Lord, I was burdened in my spirit more than usual. He asked me something I wasn’t prepared to answer: when was the last time that you brought your sacrifice of thanksgiving before me? I pray, but when it comes to giving thanks… He opened my eyes.

Thanksgiving is a sacrifice and we will not see the fullness of God’s blessings if we don’t cultivate a thankful spirit. Of course, I told the Lord that I always “enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise,” like he didn’t know it already.

He said, “You praise me when everything is going right, and every need is, by the worldly measure, abundantly met, but when are you going to thank me for the trials? I fumbled for an answer because I honestly didn’t know what to say. In the midst of a trial, it’s hard to think about the blessings that are being poured out, because we don’t see them. It is then, that we give thanks even when our cup feels so empty. That’s sacrifice.

“God is the Lord, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar. Thou are my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever” ( Psalm 118: 27-29).

Isn’t it time that we bind our “sacrifice of thanksgiving” with cords, even unto “the horns of the altar”? The Lord requires a “living sacrifice” every time that we enter into his presence. We may not always feel like committing our thanks to the altar. Every day we fight principalities that try to prevent us from seeing through God’s eyes.

We don’t always recognize the hand of God at work in our lives, and that hinders us from being truly thankful. We must bind our sacrifice to the altar. When everything is going well, let’s don’t forget to be thankful for it, and when everything falls apart: be thankful, God is working it all out for our good. A sacrifice will cost you something.

The world’s prosperity distracts us; Satan tries to derail us. Pray! God’s mercy endureth forever. He is exalted above all the earth; he knows what we have need of. He will give us the desires of our heart in due time.

“I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living” (Psalm 116:9).
It’s time to walk in the land of the living.

In this week’s Lattereign, we learn about The art of receiving his promises.

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When You are Confused, Look up.

This world can be a confusing place sometimes and everywhere you turn, someone is trying to get your attention. It is comforting to know that the Lord has already laid out a path for us to follow. The bible says in Psalms 119:105, ” Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” If you get confused about decisions that you must make in your life, then it is time to go to the word and find out what the Lord has to say about the steps you must take.

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand” (Psalm 37:23-24).

Never have I been left empty while serving the Lord. My life is filled with joy that others may not understand. Circumstances come into our lives, at times, that baffle others when they realize that you are still worshiping the Lord. He gives us strength and the courage to keep moving forward in his will. It takes someone willing to trust him, no matter how terrible life may seem.

I challenge you today to keep following the path. Don’t look to the left or the right, just keep following God’s plan for your life even when it seems that you don’t have a clue where the next step you take on your journey may lead you. When you are surrounded by the fog of the unknown, remember that, even then, you only need to take a step and your path way will become clearer. For every step you take, you are closer to the light of God’s promise.

It is true that at times I have allowed the fear of the unknown to paralyze me to the point that I hesitate taking the next necessary step. I know that there are angels that are leading me through the situations I am called to face. I also know that trusting the Lord and leaning not to my own understanding has helped me to take many steps that I never realized that I would be able to take in faith.

I have nothing to lose and everything to gain when I allow the Lord to direct my steps. He has already made the way, and he knows the traps that satan tries to set that would throw us off track. He has already conquered the enemy of our soul, so why should I be concerned about it?

I choose to trust in him above all else. In this week’s, Lattereign, we learn that we can look to the Lord at all times. I will lift up mine eyes

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