Ran across my friend, Olivia’s post on Instagram today and I’m telling you, she was bringing the HEAT!!! It is such a powerful Word and one that changed my day completely around, reminding me that despite all the craziness and stuff going on in my life, the Lord has got me, He’s in full control, I need to step back and watch Him do what only He can do. In Olivia’s Words, NOTHING is too big for Him! Couldn’t help but share this awesome truth with you today and as much as it has impacted me, I pray you too can be lifted up by this powerful and awesome promise from God!! Super thankful for her sharing the Truth in this way and excited for you to see why this has got me so jacked up!! Hold on to your hats, Liv bout to preach!!!
““The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”/ Exodus 14:14
Holding fast to this great promise this week! There is so much more behind just this one verse! This verse comes right before Moses is empowered by God to part the Red Sea. The Egyptian army is pursuing them and the Israelites are fleeing! They get to the Red Sea and begin to doubt God and even ask Moses, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt?” (Where they were in so much bondage) They have made it so far and are beginning to doubt that God will get them through yet another trial. But in this chapter of Exodus 14, God does the unthinkable and miraculous. God tells Moses to lift his staff, stretch out his hand, and divide it! WHAT! God parts the Red Sea for the Israelites and as the Egyptians follow them they are engulfed in the sea!!! (Praise God emoji) If you are facing a trial that seems completely impossible this week, trust God that He will do the unthinkable to prove His faithfulness to you. Trust that He will fight for you and sometimes we just have to be still. Thankful for the power that is found in the Word and the comfort in reminding our hearts of the faithfulness of our God! Nothing is too big for Him!! Thank you Jesus!”
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.””/John 8:12
“THE BIBLE SALESMEN
A pastor concluded that his church was getting into serious financial troubles. While checking the church storeroom, he discovered several cartons of new Bibles that had never been opened and distributed. So at his Sunday sermon, he asked for three volunteers from the congregation who would be willing to sell the bibles door-to-door for $10 each to raise the desperately needed money for the church.
Jack, Paul and Louie all raised their hands to volunteer for the task. The minister knew that Jack and Paul earned their living as salesmen and were likely capable of selling some bibles. But he had serious doubts about Louie who was a local farmer, who had always kept to himself because he was embarrassed by his speech impediment.
Poor Louis stuttered badly. But, not wanting to discourage Louis, the minister decided to let him try anyway.
He sent the three of them away with the back seat of their cars stacked with bibles. He asked them to meet with him and report the results of their door-to-door selling efforts the following Sunday.
Eager to find out how successful they were, the minister immediately asked Jack, “Well, Jack, how did you make out selling our bibles last week?”
Proudly handing the reverend an envelope, Jack replied, “Using my sales prowess, I was able to sell 20 bibles, and here’s the $200 I collected on behalf of the church.” “Fine job, Jack!” The minister said, vigorously shaking his hand. “You are indeed a fine salesman and the Church is indebted to you.”
Turning to Paul, “And Paul, how many bibles did you sell for the church last week?” Paul, smiling and sticking out his chest, confident replied “I am a professional salesman. I sold 28 bibles on behalf of the church, and here’s $280 I collected.” The minister responded, “That’s absolutely splendid, Paul. You are truly a professional salesman and the church is also indebted to you.”
Apprehensively, the minister turned to Louie and said, “And Louie, did you manage to sell any bibles last week?”
Louie silently offered the minister a large envelope. The minister opened it and counted the contents. “What is this?” the minister exclaimed. “Louie, there’s $3200 in here! Are you suggesting that you sold 320 bibles for the church, door to door, in just one week?”
Louie just nodded. “That’s impossible!” both Jack and Paul said in unison. “We are professional salesmen, yet you claim to have sold 10 times as many bibles as we could.””Yes, this does seem unlikely,” the minister agreed.
“I think you’d better explain how you managed to accomplish this,Louie.” Louie shrugged . “I-I-I re-re-really do-do-don’t kn-kn-know f-f-f-for sh-sh-sh-sure,” he stammered. Impatiently, Peter interrupted. “For crying out loud, Louie, just tell us what you said to them when they answered the door!”
“A-a-a-all I-I-I s-s-said wa-wa-was,” Louis replied , “W-w-w-w-would y-y-y-you l-l-l-l-l-like t-t-to b-b-b-buy th-th-th-this b-b-b-b-bible f-f-for t-t-ten b-b-b-bucks—o-o-o-or—wo-wo-would yo-you j-j-j-just l-like m-m-me t-t-to st-st-stand h-h-here and r-r-r-r-r-read it t-to y-y-you??”“
“And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”/1 Corinthians 13:3-7
Heard some pretty awesome stuff in class today about love that really opened my eyes to love in a whole new light. I honestly don’t have too much to share besides a few notes just going in-depth on each way this passage from 1 Corinthians describes love. I’ve never been one to send out lessons when I send y’all these but this lesson is a game changer and as much as it’s helped me today I pray it can be of some encouragement to you also and this great love we share with God can be seen throughout our lives and the world around us!
How does a believer walk in love? Strive to walk as Jesus walked. What is love? How can we take inventory of the love in our life and the love we show towards others by being aware of what this Godly love contains. I know it’s hard to be aware of how we love if we aren’t completely sure what love looks like, especially when we are told a million different things of what love is by this world we live in. Let’s see what God’s love looks like so we can magnify this great and awesome love!!!!
Love is an action word—> Love is a behavior, walk, way of life
Jesus laid His love down for me and you on the cross displaying the most beautiful form of love. The main word I kept seeing was selfless. Jesus gave us the perfect example, He laid down His life for me and you. While we were sinners, undeserving of such a great love, He loved. According to Jesus, love is the greatest thing in all of life, will we lay down our selves and let this love of God bring us into the fullness of life through Him and the power it brings? Will we love?
This is a piece of Old Gold that I had sent out awhile back but I’m excited to share it with you and I pray it can be an encouragement to you today!
“2 Corinthians 10:3-6/”For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.”
I heard that word usage in s sermon the other day and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I started thinking about all of the different addictions and bad habits of mine that I let take strongholds over me. Even tho we walk in the flesh and these strongholds take control over our flesh the power to overcome any stronghold doesn’t come from the flesh. The first lie I like to tell myself is that I can overcome with my own power. Our weapons to wage warfare comes from the Holy Spirit flowing in and through us. The second lie I start thinking is well I can let this sin get the best of me just this once and I’ll do better next time, it’s not that bad cause look at what so and so said about it or what they did. I start justifying what I’m doing, thinking well it’s not really that bad, comparing myself to the world instead of the standards of the one who created me. We can play the devils games, tell ourselves rationalies, and let our strongholds run our lives. Or we can go to war day in and day out. Using the weapons and armor God has given us through the Holy Spirit and applying His Word, spreading an abundance of truth over all the lies we tell ourselves. These verses made me take a lot of inventory on my obedience level with God. It’s never going to be up to His standards but even just the thought of there being a bigger Kingdom impact through me picking up His weapons and going to battle, fighting to become more obedient and to overcome strongholds, I would say it’s definitely worth the fight.”
“For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. 5 And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.”/1 John 5:4-5
Felt the need to throw this verse in there from yesterday because although we fall into rationaLies so often and listen to the devil’s lie’s, what speaks louder and is way more powerful than the devil’s schemes, GOD’S TRUTH! God’s truth in this verse gives us confidence to fight the lies with His truth and not to hear the lies, rationalize, justify and make excuses. God says as believers in the Son of God, every person born of God who is now one with God as a child of His, He has defeated every ounce of evil in this world. The battle has been won and the victory is the Christian’s. Believing in the Son of God, Jesus Christ is believing the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Faith in the Son of God is life-changing, chain breaking power because with faith in Him there is no battle, only victory. We will be faced with temptation no doubt daily but the war has been won. It makes me think now after living a little more and falling a lot more, the main battle is between our ears. The devil can tempt us all day long but it’s you and me who believe the lies instead of God’s truth. James 1:14 says, “but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their ownevil desire and enticed.” What gets in the way the majority of the time from living and walking in God’s victory is ourselves. I’ve experienced it a million times with myself because when I choose to rationalize and compromise, I choose to reject God and His truth, when we take our weakness and incapable selves before God, giving everything to Him, He teaches us how to live in His ways, through the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, God moves us into the fullness of life He’s given us as victors who can’t be touched or shaken by anything of this world instead of defeated victims. Seriously it sounds too good to be true just humbly take your struggle to God and He will show you the way out, the path to victory, but He’s true and He’s God. Just watch. Also, when I say fullness of life I mean the more that God has for you, enjoying the peace, joy and strength that He gives to the believer showing them their freedom from anything or anyone that tries to hold them captive. The greatest part about this fullness is the impact it has on people around us who are going through the same lies and the same kind of strongholds except they don’t have Jesus to rely on, they don’t have His truth of victory that breeds hope to one’s life. The greatest part about stepping aside from our selfish wants and desires is watching how God uses that to help others see Him. And man, does it get any more awesome than to watch someone dead come to life through Jesus?? Nope, that’s the fullness I’m talking about and it comes when we see just how magnified and big our personal decisions to step into selfishness instead of God. Someone who doesn’t know the truth will keep living in lies so are we going to hold this truth captive and believe the lies with them? Or are we going to step aside and watch God’s truth make a huge impact in the chains that break in our life and in the lives of so many who desperately need hope, desperately need truth, and desperately need Jesus. I love the way John asks this question after he’s already hit us right in the face with such a powerful truth, he’s showing us the importance of this powerful truth thats overcome the world and I may be weird but it sounds like a hype chant at a pep rally but it can be our truth chant to the world, “And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God. “