Start the New Year Out Right

” It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.”
Psalms 118:8

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

Trust is defined as: to have confidence, faith or hope in someone or something.

So what does all this mean? Simply put, all trust belongs to The Lord: not others and not self. They…..and We will fail. But He will never fail us! Let’s start the new year out on solid footing, but placing our trust on The Solid Rock-Jesus Christ!

My Biggest Cheerleader

“And whatever you do, no matter what it is, in word or deed, do EVERYTHING in the name of the Lord Jesus. . .” Colossians 3:17
“Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as something done for the Lord and not for men.” Colossians 3:23

WHO motivates us? God or man?

If we live for people’s approval, we will not only become disappointed, but we will become bitter towards them when they fail to stroke our ego. People will fail us, disappoint and discourage us; disapprove and even reject us.

People don’t mean to let us down, but a person just doesn’t have the capacity to supply us with the emotional, spiritual and physical fuel we need. Depending on another for these needs, will quickly burn them out. But I know The One who has an unlimited capacity! The One who can supply EVERY one of our many needs.

God not only encourages us, but He equips us for a job well done. HE is our biggest cheer leader. He knows what we need before we even ask. He promises to never fail us and never leave us!

Let’s be sure we are following the plan that GOD has for us, not man. God’s way is always right; not only right, but fruitful with the rewards He has in store for us.

Click the links below for more supporting scriptures.
Mathew 6:8
Hebrews 13:5
Hebrews 13:20-21
Zephaniah 3:17

Live Faithfully, Not Fearfully

“No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. . .” Isaiah 54:17a
“. . .in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome ALL the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” Luke 10:19
“The Lord is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid?

The Lord is on OUR side!!!! Whom shall we fear? He has promised that weapons made against will fail. He has given us authority and power over ALL the enemy’s powers. Furthermore, God said, “I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you. (John 16:33 ampc).

All of this, because He loves us so much. He has equipped us for everything! The enemy wants us to live in fear and doubt. Be encouraged today by these scriptures that the Lord is on your side! He has equipped us to live faithfully, not fearfully. What a mighty God we serve!!

Are We Slobbering All Over Our Keys?

My husband and I were next in line at the grocery check-out. We were enjoying exchanging smiles and silly faces with an adorable little bundle sitting in a grocery cart. She looked to be about five or six months old. While her mom was paying for their food, this cutie-pie was slobbering on a set of real keys. Real keys. Her mother’s keys. She happily gummed the keys that grants and denies access to everything her mother owns.

Then it hit me like a ton a bricks: WE have our Father’s keys to the kingdom of Heaven!!! In Mathew 16:19 Jesus describes it like this, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”  But are we slobbering all over Heavenly keys unaware of their significance?

To be given the keys to a city today, is mostly ceremonial. But back in medieval times, it meant something. Many cities were guarded by walls, and locking gates. To be given a key to the city literally granted the recipient access ‘in’ and ‘to’ all city resources. Occasionally, a non-resident would be honored by receiving such a key. Here’s what it means to be given the keys to the city: “the possession of the rights and privileges of a freeman of the city; conferred on one not a resident as a mark of honorary distinction(The Free Dictionary).

This is exactly what God has done for us. We once had no citizenship in Heaven, but the cross has granted us residency through Salvation (Philippians 3:20). We’re no longer slaves, but free (Galatians 4:4-7)! We are His chosen people (I Peter 2:9) that have been granted joint-seating with Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:6).

BUT THERE’S MORE! And this is where we can find ourselves slobbering and gumming on Heavenly keys: God has made us Kings and Priests (Revelation 1:6). In other words, we’ve been given power, authority, and access but we many of us don’t act like it!!

Kings have recognized power and authority.
Priests have direct access to God.

When Jesus died on the cross HE transferred to US power and authority that Satan recognizes; and He granted us access directly to the Presence of God: once a privilege only bestowed upon priests. God wants us to come boldly before His throne to make our petitions and requests known: so use your access. I think its past time that WE recognize that God wants us to live an empowered and victorious life. Let’s use the keys He gave us!