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The Favored One

Which life do you think God can use more: one who has only known beauty, pleasure and recognition or one who is familiar with suffering, ridicule and belittlement? Which person has more depth, more wisdom and more strength for others to drawl from? Many flaunt their status and wealth as proof that they are special. But, I say God has favored the one who is lonely, cold, beaten and cast down. Have you been favored?

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Our Greatest Gifts

The only thing we can take with us to heaven is our hearts. Therefore, the greatest gifts are the ones that shape it. The trials that stretch us, prune us and chisel us inside, these are the most beautiful gifts of love! And, the hotter it is, the greater the gift!!! Rejoice always and again I say rejoice for the Lord is making His bride beautiful!!!

The Grace of God

Sin isn’t a germ you catch in the bathroom at Target. Sin is a choice. Once I understood this, it set me free! “What? I don’t have to be a slave to sin?! I can simply chose to do what’s right!” God makes a way every time! THROUGH the power of His Holy Spirit, He offers us freedom! All we have to do is chose to rely on that power! THAT IS the GRACE of GOD!

Confident Reward

Jesus was the most secure and confident man to walk the planet. He knew He was the Son of God and yet, He was the most humble and meek. He chose to be the servant of all. He was not threatened by earthly men and their earthy kingdoms. He knew His place and reward in Heaven was safe. When we know who we are, we can be secure that God will promote and reward us in His timing. Spiritual competition comes out of insecurity. We do not have to clamor for promotion, the praise of man and climb the spiritual ladder. We can rest knowing God perfectly dispenses His rewards in His perfect timing. But here’s the test, it is often way past the time we think He should. Will we be faithful and wait? Will we give, pray and serve in secret without earthly recognition?

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:6

The Praise of Man

Running after the praise of man is futile. You can chase it for a thousand miles, finally grasp it and then it’s gone again.

It is idolatry and I will have no part in it.

I may not have many friends. I may not be popular, but I will please the Lord.

Leap of Faith

Sometimes the Lord calls us to take a leap of faith, while our feelings, circumstances and past disappointments scream at us “Don’t Trust God Here!” He calls to us to blindly step out like Indiana Jones. “But, Lord, look at the canyon below. There’s no way I can trust You here. It’s too much.” We cling to our fear and doubt like an old safety blanket. It’s dirty and ragged, but it’s familiar. It makes us feel safe. “If you just show up first, Lord, I’ll let go of this blanket. I’ll let go of my fear.” Instead, He asks us to step out and trust Him first, before our breakthrough can appear. The Lord’s ways can feel so backwards sometimes, but this glorious leap of faith is just what is needed to strengthen and grow us for the next season. Our perfect Father knows best.

Greatest Joy

One day the Church will be a spotless bride. But, if you are looking for that now, you may be sadly disappointed. You will have to be the mature one first. You will have to be quick to forgive, quick to overlook offenses. You will have to continually love with no return. You will have to parent those around you. You will have to bear injustice and slander and all kinds of lies to bring justice to the Church. You will have to lay down your life, without recognition … if you want to be like Christ and help take the Church to the next level. Truly this is the greatest pain one can bear, but, also the greatest joy and triumph!

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