Wednesday, September 18, 2019

It's All Good!

Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
I wanted to just touch on this scripture a bit more this week as we talked about it briefly the week before last. What I love about this scripture is the assurance it gives us because of the One who is in total control! Let’s look at it a little more closely. 
And we know…
I don’t have time in this post to touch on the conjunction ‘And’ because that would have us speak about the verses before this one (Girrrl you should read it tho!). So for purposes of this conversation we will start with the word ‘know’. There are some things that we have to be completely sure of and have no doubt about! We have to know who Jesus Christ is and recognize his full authority over all of the earth and things outside of the earth. When we recognize God’s true authority and omnipotence (having all power), we will stand in full confidence that no matter what comes our way, God is in control. We must know this, being fully assured in this fact so that we never waiver on it. 
all things 
There is something that my Pastor says all the time about the word ‘all’ – it means the same in Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, whatever – all means all! All things means simply all things: good, bad, ugly, hard, indifferent – ALL. We have to keep this in mind especially during the stormy seasons of life. You have to know that even these times are apart of the ‘all’ and although they are necessary – they are only temporary! All things work together for good! Even the not so good things may come for your development or to draw you closer to Christ. Either way – it’s all good! 
love God
They say membership has its privileges – it pays to be in the family of Jesus Christ! Loving God goes beyond just words but the word ‘love’ should be viewed as a verb, an action word! This means that we must show the love that we say we have for God! How? By living our lives as best we can according to God’s Word. 
His purpose
God has a purpose for all of us. What trips us up usually is that we tend to focus on our own purpose, plans, and desires instead of honing in on what God’s purpose is for our lives. When you key on what it is that God has for you to do, the obstacles of life won’t get you down as bad because you are always working toward the greater end! 

All things do indeed work for our good! The good things work for our good, the bad things work for our good, and even the hard things work for our good! This is comforting to know that because of who God is and who he designed us to be, no matter what the situation - It’s All Good! 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Setbacks Are Set-Ups for Comebacks!


If you’ve lived long enough you’ve experienced some setbacks. Whether it is with your career, school, business, or just your personal life, we have all had a setback or two or three or four (you get the picture)! When things don’t quite work out as expected It tends to bring on feelings of depression, discouragement and despair. These places of emotional residency are not where God wants his believers to reside and settle but rather they should just be a short pit stop at best, as you push your way through this thing called life.

Don’t sweat the setbacks! I repeat, don’t sweat the setbacks!

Why? Because they are the foundation for your next set-up! I hear you asking how can that very thing that has weighed me down, caused me to suffer and almost taken me out be the catalyst for my victory? The answer is God! God has a way of setting things up just right and making them all come together for your good! I’m reminded of the story of Joseph. His brothers were jealous of him and conspired together to get rid of Joseph. They put him in a pit and decided to tell their father that wild beast had eaten him. But the plan changed when some travelers were coming by on their way to Egypt. So the brothers decided to sell Joseph to these people for 20 shekels of silver. Those people in turn sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharoah. The Bible says repeatedly in this story that the Lord was with Joseph. Joseph went from the Pit, to the Palace, to the Prison and back to the Palace as head over all of Egypt (Read Genesis Chapter 37-47 – it literally reads like a novel)!

The point here is that even in Joseph’s setbacks the Lord was with him and the Lord had a plan for Joseph’s life and the life of the people of God! God used Joseph to protect His people during the famine – everything was a part of God’s plan!

The Bible says in Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose”. Do you believe this? Do you believe that God has a plan for your life and that He is in total control just as he was for Joseph? Joseph’s setbacks were in place to prepare for God’s Set-Ups! So it is with you. God is working behind the scenes even in the rough seasons. He is using the setbacks as set-ups for your comeback!

Setting you up for success in your life: family, career, business, finances, relationships – EVERYTHING! 

Believe it today! 

Next week let’s look at Romans 8:28 a little more, there are some key things in that verse that we must be clear and sure on. We gotta believe this thing for real in our hearts, minds, and spirits!

#iSmile – Are You Packed Yet?

It’s been said that people may not remember what you said to them but they will always remember how you made them feel. This is how I reme...