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Don’t Let Your Dream Die

Don’t Let Your Dream Die

“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”  Psalm 37:4-5

Follow your dream. Don’t let it die. God gave it to you and He wants to bring it to pass. He doesn’t tease His people, and it’s not His nature to dangle a carrot in front of you with no hopes of you ever receiving the promise. If God shows you something and if He has spoken a promise to you, you can rest assured that He plans to make it a reality. When or how, you may not know, but you can know that all of His promises to you are “yes” and “Amen” through Christ Jesus.  Dreams rarely make sense to everybody, and you are blessed if it makes sense to anybody. But don’t let that stop you. Hold it close and dear to your heart. Be confident in it. Don’t let other people’s lack of enthusiasm cause you to become discouraged. They didn’t give you the dream, God did. Any great dream requires great grace to accomplish. And if it’s truly from God, it will be much bigger than you and will require help in order to obtain it. Trust God to provide all that you need and more!

Prayer: Father, thank You for putting Your dream in my heart. Breathe life back into the dreams You have given me. I know if You gave it to me, You will give me the strength and wisdom to do it.  Thank You Lord! In Jesus name, Amen.

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Your light shines no matter where you are.

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” Matthew 5:14

One day a man walked up to me saying, “You changed my life.” I didn’t remember him right away, but he remembered me. I said “Does anyone ever tell you that you look like that guy from “Save the Last Dance”? He just smiled. “You don’t remember me do you?” he said. I immediately recognized him. I met him in the darkest place of my life. He was the guard in front of my hospital room. His job was to watch and protect me from myself. God used me to impact his life and encourage him even though I felt I needed all of the encouragement I could get. But here he stood in front of me saying how I changed his life. I was speechless. All I could do was look up at heaven. God knows how to remind you that He lives within you. Even in your dark places, when you feel you have nothing to say to anyone, grace speaks for you. When you feel like you have nothing to give, grace presents a handful. When you feel your light isn’t shining at all, He shines the brightest. When Jesus said you are the light of the world, He meant it. And whether you are penniless, sick, in trouble, down and out, or at your lowest point, no matter the place you are in you are impacting a life with the light of Jesus. You are a city set on a hill. You can’t be hidden even in dark places. You shine.

Prayer: Father, I love you more than anything. Thank You for allowing me to touch someone’s life even in my darkest places in life. Your light faithfully shines in me no matter where I am. Thank You. Only a loving God can make that possible. Keep shining in me. Be glorified in this vessel of clay. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Focus on what’s most important.

“And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” Luke 2:49

With everything happening in your life, focus on what’s most important. Why are you here? What are your gifts and calling? What is the overall mission? The enemy will try to cause you to focus on everything but what God wants you to give your attention to. He specializes in taking that one situation, that one negative comment spoken, or that one weak area in your life and turning it into a huge problem that diverts your attention away from God. Distractions also come in the form of “good” things too. Calling your relative is a good thing, but staying on the phone all day, is not. Distractions are subtle and are carefully designed to get you off course. Before you know it, you’re too preoccupied to spend time with God. You have the mind of Christ, which means you also have the focus of Christ. Jesus wasn’t able to complete His mission without focus. Neither will you. Focus on God’s plan for your life and those things He has placed on your heart to do for others. Experience the reward of pressing in to seek Him diligently so that you can know what His will is for your life and receive His grace to get it done.

Prayer: Father God, I receive the mind and the focus of Christ. I receive Your grace to do what You have given me to do today. Help me not waste time focusing on things I have no business focusing on. Propel me forward. Help me God. Increase my strength and give me wisdom so I won’t be distracted from being about Your business. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Side with God and trust His leading.

“…Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.” John 2:5

When you lose your mind God gives you His mind. When you lose yourself God gives you Himself. When you lose your agenda God unfolds His plans. You were born to glorify God with your life! You were born to do a great work for His Kingdom! You were born for far more than what you are experiencing! But you won’t be able to do anything God has purposed you to do while standing in your old familiar place. God is calling you out into the deep. He is challenging you to step out in faith, and He is prompting you to totally lose yourself in Him. So what will it be? Let the grace of God challenge you to do what you have never done before. Let the spirit of Grace help you be all that God created you to be. Let Him inspire you, motivate you, and be your greatest source of encouragement. He will teach you how to be, how to do, and how to obtain every promise God has made to you. Side with Him and trust His leading.

Prayer: Father God, thank You for speaking directly to my heart.  I love You! Thank You for Your grace and mercy. Help me leave this familiar place I’m in and step out in faith. I bind all fear in my heart and I release Your power, Your love and soundness of mind in my life. I receive the help of Your Holy Spirit in my life. Be glorified in and through me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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He hears you.

“In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.”  2 Samuel 22:7

“Lord I feel so frustrated. I just want to be heard. I feel like no one’s listening to me, but I know You hear me. Help me God.” Have you ever prayed this prayer before? Feeling desperate to be heard? More than a desire to be right, you just wanted to be listened to without interruption and really heard and understood. Know this, even in your desire for someone to really listen to you and hear you out, know that nothing compares to God hearing you. He hears you. He hears even what you don’t say. He knows your thoughts. He knows how you feel. He knows you better than you know yourself. When you feel unheard, in your distress you can cry out to Him and He will come to your aid. He will give you comfort and He will give you peace. It doesn’t matter if people understand you or not when you know your Father has heard you. Because He knows how to communicate to a man’s heart, he knows how to get across to your mother-in-law, your father or your child. He knows how to communicate with His creation that He fashioned and designed. So trust Him. Keep the lines of communication open between you and Your Father God and watch Him work on your behalf. He hears you, He knows you best and He’s with you.

Prayer: Father, thank You for hearing me. When I feel like I’m not being heard, You know how to comfort me. When I feel distressed or frustrated, you comfort me.  Help me say only what You tell me to say. And even when you tell me not to say anything, help me obey You. You know me, You hear me, and You are with me. Be glorified in me.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

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A Prayer For You

“For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:19

Father God, You alone are God. You are Faithful and You are True. Your daughter who is reading this prayer right now is special to You. You love her Lord with an everlasting love. Nothing can separate her from Your love. She is in the palm of Your hand and nothing can pluck her out of it. Thank You Father for drawing her close to You by Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for giving her a mind and heart to praise You, worship You and to serve You. Thank You for working in her heart that which is well pleasing in Your sight. You will complete the work You have started within her. You will do just as You have promised. Restore what she’s lost, God. Restore the years the enemy has stolen from her. Restore her joy for living. Bring healing to her body, healing to her mind, healing to her heart. The promises You have made to her are true and will come to pass. Help her faith. Help her to believe what You have already said. Activate Your power within her and increase her strength supernaturally. Go into those hidden places in her heart that have kept her bound and shine Your glorious light on those areas so she can be totally free. Cause every mind binding spirit to release its’ grip on her mind and every hindering spirit to leave her now in the name of Jesus. Help her submit to You and resist the devil and he will flee from her in Jesus name. Cause her to focus on the greater mission and the assignment You have given her. Help her be sober and vigilant in the name of Jesus. Propel her forward. Propel her into a place of victory like she’s never known. Use her in a great way in the small things. Be glorified in her life and in the life of every person she encounters. In Jesus name, Amen.

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He makes all things new!

“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19

Three key places in Scripture, God expresses His will to make all things new in our lives: in Isaiah 43:19 “Behold, I will do a new thing”, in Revelation 21:5 “Behold, I make all things new” and 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” In each instance, God says Behold! Look! See! Lo! If you are looking behind you for the new thing God has for you to receive you won’t find it. If you are looking for Him in the old familiar place, you won’t find Him. If you are bogged down with what you did, what someone said, or what someone put you through, you won’t be able to look and see the new thing. God is trying to bless you with a new life in Christ, a new place of victory, new opportunities, new relationships, something so amazing that it will put the old to shame! Lift up your eyes and see the goodness of Your God. See how He makes all things new for you because He truly loves you!

Prayer: Father God, thank You for making all things new in my life. Help me forget the old and embrace the new. Thank You for doing only what You can do. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Understand Where Depression Comes From

Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” Zechariah 4:6 (KJV)

Depression comes as a result of pressure from taking on a load that you were not called to carry. Taking responsibility to save your family, to provide for your family, to save your marriage, to protect your children, to be a savior can create pressure that can damage your quality of life and rob you of your joy and peace. You were not called to be the ultimate provider, protector, the way maker, the savior, or deliverer of anyone, not even those you love. God is! You are not responsible to do for yourself or for anyone else what only God can do. Why lose your mind over something that God said He will do? You just do what God wants you to do. Which is maintain sweet communion and fellowship with Him and obey and trust Him. His power handles the rest. Remember, it’s not by your might or by your power that things will happen for you. It’s by His Spirit.

Prayer: Dear Father, You are my God and You are the ultimate Savior, Restorer, Provider, and Protector in my life. I come against depression right now in Jesus Name and I release all pressure and every weight that I have placed on myself. You are in control of my life. You are responsible for being my Almighty God and I am responsible to simply be Your daughter! That’s all You expect of me. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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You can’t force love.

“Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.” Psalms 17:8 (NIV)

When it comes to love, you want the kind that comes naturally, not love that is forced. Maybe there’s someone in your life that you love a great deal, but they don’t feel the same way you do. The thoughts in your mind may say, “I can make them love me. I can change and become whatever they want me to be. I can change careers, change my hair, get plastic surgery, have their child, leave everything I know. They will love me, I just have to…” You shouldn’t have to change yourself to get love. If God loves you just how you are, anyone He sends your way will also love you just how you are. At the heart of anything real is love and acceptance. Anything you have to change to get, you will have to constantly change in order to keep. Love is most beautiful when it is unforced and not manipulated. Let love happen by God’s divine orchestration. Whatever He sends your way He will give you the grace and wisdom to handle. You may or may not be the apple of someone’s eye just yet, but you are surely the apple of God’s eye. He loves you a great deal. You will never be able to reach the bottom of God’s love for you!

Prayer: Father God, thank You for speaking to my heart. I know You love me. Help me know it in a deeper way. Because You love me, I trust that You have someone for me that will love me just for me. Help me learn how to not force love, but trust You. Bless me with someone that will love me for me. And even if You don’t, help me be ok with it and move forward in being who You made me to be. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Tried with Fire

“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ…” 1 Peter 1:7

The enemy may be bringing everything he has against you. Hurt after hurt. Calamity after calamity. Distress after distress. Accusation after accusation. And while it feels as though you are not going to make it, your faith will. Your faith will see you through every single trial. You may feel the effects of the fire right now and the heaviness may be weighing on you, but God will make sure your faith will remain in tact. Your faith is indeed more precious than gold that can’t stand the heat. It melts. But not you. Just when you think you’re done and can’t take anymore, Jesus shows up in the fire. He shows up in your situation and there is praise, honor, and glory. It’s not that He wasn’t there at the beginning with you, He was there all along, but He reveals Himself so that you can see that He is with you. When He said He will never leave you nor forsake you, He meant it. God hasn’t abandoned you and He hasn’t left your side. He is right there to help your faith. Every Word of God strengthens your faith, so don’t close your Bible now. It’s not time to die, not in the fire. Not like this. Live for God! Endure to the end! Persevere by faith! You can do it! Watch God turn what the enemy has meant for your bad around for your glorious good!

Prayer: Father God, I put my trust in You. Whether my mind understands or not, I trust that You know what You are doing. Every test, distress, and fiery situation may be hard to bear, but Jesus is with me to help me through it. Thank You for being glorified in my life through what I endure. In Jesus name, Amen.

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