IS GOD PERFECTING YOU?

 

Is God Perfecting You_

 

Have you ever prayed and asked God for something and then immediately it seems like everything goes wrong or gets worse, and everything that you don’t want to happen happens? If you’ve ever felt like this, you’re not alone!

A few months ago I was on my break at work, and I was talking with God in prayer, and as I was just sitting in His presence, He spoke to me. He said, Daughter, my people seek me in prayer, and I respond to them, but when I answer their prayers they cry out to me again asking me to make it stop.

I was in shock, and I ask the Lord what He mean. He said my people pray for strength, so I allow a difficult situation to come their way to strengthen their perseverance, but instead of being strong and pressing through, they cry out to me saying make it stop Lord. They pray to grow in love, so I bring people to them who have been written off by the world as “too difficult to love,” yet they come back to me asking me to remove that person from their life. They want to grow in the fruits of the Spirit, yet when I place them in the fire to stretch and mold them, they cry out for me to stop. How can you grow in love if your love is not tested? How can you grow in kindness, if your kindness is not tested? How can you grow in patience if your patience is not tested? How can you grow in joy if your joy is not tested? How can you be strong if your strength is not tested?

When I tell you it took everything in me not to shout in that stairwell at work!!! That thing hit me, and all I could say was WOW, forgive me, Father!

The Bible tells us that we are tested and tried:

James 1:2-4 ESV

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

1 Peter 1:7 ESV

So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

I’m confident that some of us are stuck in situations because we don’t want to go through anything, but God wants us to walk through the fire so He can refine us, so He can shape us, stretch us, mold us, and purify us! So count at all joy my sweet sister when you are faced with various trials trust that God will see you through. He is our strength when we are weak. So as you are pressed past your comfort zone, trust that the Creator of the universe will lead you through. Be encouraged!

 

 

7  Scriptures To Overcome Worry

Overcome worry

 

Worry is when we allow our mind to focus on difficulty or trouble and we become anxious or fearful over actual or potential problems, rather than trusting in God. Not worrying would be focusing on God rather than difficulty, problems, or trouble.  When we worry we exalt the problem when we should be exulting God over the problem! 

Example: I know I lost my job BUT  I trust in God, He will never leave me or forsake me! Greater is He who lives inside of me than he that lives in the world. Though I lost my job, I know He is an all knowing God and He would never put more on me than I can bear! 

Just because we don’t worry does not mean we ignore the problem it means we know and trust that God is bigger than any problem we might face.  We keep our eyes focused on Jesus, so we don’t let to problem consume us! Trust me I know as simple as it sounds, this can be difficult to do while sitting in the situation. However, we must increase our faith in these times and remember who we serve and who we belong too! This is something WE MUST train ourselves to do.

The bible says we are to take every thought captive, so I want to share with you some scriptures that you can use when you find yourself becoming overwhelmed with difficulty or trouble. Memorize these verses and use them to pray over yourself strategically. This might take some effort, but in time, we will be able to take our thoughts captive and change our thinking.

Matthew 6:34 (NASB)-So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:27 (NASB)– And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?

Luke 12:29 (NASB)– And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying.

Luke 10:41-42 (NASB)– 41 But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; 42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Luke 12:25 (NASB)-And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span?

Philippians 4:6 (NASB)-Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

1 Peter 5:7 (NASB)– casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

If you find yourself exhibiting signs of worry take it before the Lord in prayer.

 “Father, your Word tells me not to be anxious about anything but to make my request known to You. I’m faced with_________________, and I know that worry cannot add a single hour to my life, help me to cast my cares on you. I know I serve a God that is greater than ___________, so I lay the troubles of this world at your feet and ask you to have your way. In Jesus name, Amen!”

 

9 Scriptures About The Importance Of Knowing God’s Word

Knowing Gods Word

Most of us have read the story of Job, and if you haven’t, I encourage you to read it. It’s such a humbling book. It helps us put a lot of things about God and ourselves into perspective. I love how the book of Job shows us that pain is not always punishment and knowing God is better than knowing all the answers. I get so much out of reading the book of Job. Every time I read it, I come away with something new from his story.

As I read the book of Job and the Holy Spirit called my attention to Job’s relationships with those close to him. While Job was suffering, he had some interesting conversations with those close to him.

I’ll start with Job’s wife who was also suffering because she too lost her children; had her finances collapse, and she was now caring for her husband whom she was watching scrape the sores on his body sitting in the ashes.

Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!” Job 2:9 NASB

Then we have Job’s friends who came to console Job and after sitting with him for a while, they then began to reproach Job. Saying that God was just and that Job suffering could only be because of something he had done wrong. Unfortunately, Job’s friends were unable to wrap their heads around the cause of Job’s suffering. So their lack of understanding caused them jump to conclusions and assume the worst. Let’s take a look at what Jobs friends told him during his time of anguish.

Remember now, who ever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright destroyed? According to what I have seen, those who plow iniquity And those who sow trouble harvest it. Job 4:7-8 NASB

God will not reject a man of integrity, Nor will He support the evildoers. Job 8:20 NASB

If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, And do not let wickedness dwell in your tents; Then, indeed, you could lift up your face without moral defect, And you would be steadfast and not fear. Your life would be brighter than noonday; Darkness would be like the morning.  Job 11:14-15,17 NASB

I’m sure Job’s friends were just trying to help by offering up some explanation of why he was suffering. However, we know his friends were wrong because the Word tells us

There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil. Job 1:1 NASB

Can you imagine given all your anguish, loss, confusion about your circumstances and despite your wife and closest friends coming against you still trusting God? How was Job able to do this?  Job was able to do this because he knew God and trusted Him. Knowing God and His Word are vital parts of our spiritual armor you can’t forget, it’s our Sword! We are in a time where knowing the Word for yourself is beyond important. You can’t take everyone else’s word for it; you have to know it for yourself. There are no shortcuts and you can’t CliffsNotes your way through. The Word is alive! Let the living Word of God transform your life, and it will be something that no one can take away. Let it be your foundation, something you stand on and are planted in. ‪Be Transformed‬!

9 Scriptures About The Importance Of Knowing God’s Word:

The Word Of God Trains Us:

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NASB

The Word Of God Directs Us:

Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. Psalms 119:105 NASB

Meditate On God’s Word:

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Joshua 1:8 NASB

The Word Of God Is Our Sword:

And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17 NASB

The Bible Helps Us to Follow God’s Desires:

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.’” Matthew 4:4 NASB

God’s Word Guides Us:

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4 NASB

We Are To Seek God With All Our Heart:

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:10-11 ESV

We Are To Hold His Word Close:

Keep my commandments and live, And my teaching as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 7:2-3 NASB

God’s Word Is Alive:

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 NASB

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Tips for memorizing Scripture

Tips Scripture

Memorizing Scripture has been an area in which I’ve struggled. I came up with a process that has helped me a lot. I wanted to share this because someone else could be struggling with the same thing.

It’s important for Christians to know the Scripture. We need to arm ourselves with God’s Word and speak life to ourselves and others. The Bible lets us know how important it is to understand God’s Word.

Deuteronomy 11: 18 NLT So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7,9 NLT 6  You must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children…. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Somethings that helped me memorize Scripture are:

  1. Flashcards: I make flash cards of key Scriptures that I want to remember. So when I’m in a waiting room, on break/lunch, or when I have free time I pull them out to go over.
  2. Scripture of the Day: I take one of my flash cards and make it my Scripture of the day. My goal will be to have the Scripture memorized before I go to sleep for the night.
  3. Post Scripture: I take Scripture and post it around my home or desk at work. Examples: My bathroom mirror, my bedroom, my computer monitor.
  4. Record Scripture: I voice recorded all my flash cards and repeated each flashcard more than once. My recording is an hour-long. I listen to this when driving, cleaning, walking the dog, and getting ready for bed. Sometimes I play this while I’m in the bed.

I hope some of the things I do can help you in memorizing Scripture. If you have any other tips for memorizing Scripture, please post them below in the comments section. Stay Blessed.