A New Word

Endurance: Running The Race

Our walk with God is like a race that runners run; however, unlike a regular race, the objective is not to run the fastest or make it to the finish line first. The goal is to simply finish or complete the race. So this actually means we can run a little, walk a bit, crawl, or maybe even scoot some of the way-just as long as we make it to the finish line. Now this is all very important for believers to remember because we will indeed have good and bad days. Some days we will run with such skill and speed, making much progress toward our goals. Then some days we will be weak, discouraged, and literally have to drag ourselves out of bed-only to make little progress toward our goals. But so what if you’re having a slow or bad day? So what if others around you are running their race a little faster than you today? You’re not trying to make it to the finish line before anybody else-you’re just trying to make it there. Point. Blank. Period.

Even if you’re moving slower on today or barely moving at all, YOU ARE STILL MOVING! And if you’re still moving, you are still in the race! So keep on fighting! The pressures of life may make your race more difficult to run, but the Word of God tells us to run our race with ENDURANCE. Now endurance is the ability to go through difficult situations without giving up, without quitting the race. Yes life may throw some punches at you that may bring you to your knees, making it hard to run at your desired speed. You might trip over a stumbling block and have to crawl for a bit. But that’s ok! God just wants you to endure, to keep moving, and to stay in the race-no matter how fast or skillfully you move. So keep loving God, keep doing His good works, and keep obeying Him until your eyes close for that final time; only then will your race be successfully completed. Endure my friends, until the very end!

Hebrews 12:1 (New King James Version)

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Bits of Knowledge

Out of Alignment: Bits of Knowledge

One very common sign that your car needs a front end alignment is when it pulls to either the left or right when trying to drive it down a straight path. It becomes very difficult to keep your car on a straight path as the steering wheel “does it’s own thing,” turning which ever way it wants to. Now just like our cars, sometimes we can be in serious need of a realignment too…a realignment with GOD! Just like that car has a difficult time driving down the road, we have a difficult time going down the RIGHT PATH, and we end up missing or bypassing the blessings God has for us-all because we are OUT OF ALIGNMENT with Him.

Now when a car needs an alignment there can be a number of different parts on the car that may be worn out and need replacing. Likewise, when we need to be realigned with God, we may have some things in us that need to be replaced. Perhaps we may be speaking some negative words which need to be replaced with positive words found in the Word of God. Maybe we’ve been thinking bad thoughts which need to be switched out with good thoughts that the Word tells us to think on. I encourage you my friends, take this time to examine yourselves!

Ask yourself: Am I fully aligned with God’s Word? Do my thoughts, words, desires, and deeds AGREE with God’s way? Even the things I allow to entertain me, do they line up with the things that are pleasing in God’s sight? If your answer is no, I warn you-you are in danger of missing a blessing God may have for you! You are OUT OF ALIGNMENT with God! God is trying to take you down a specific path, but you are pulling in another direction! And you may be on the verge of bypassing the very blessing you’ve been longing for so deeply! Don’t miss your blessing my friend! Get realigned with God while there’s still time!

Proverbs 3:6 (New King James Version)

“In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

New Perspective

Single Yet Married: New Perspective

I’m a single young lady who is eagerly waiting to marry my future husband; yet at the same time I’M MARRIED and have been married for quite some time. You might ask, “How could this be?” Well…The Word of God tells me that God is my husband! Yeah-Isaiah 54:5 (New King James Version) says, “For your Maker is your husband, The Lord of hosts is His name, And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth.” Now an earthly husband should protect, provide, comfort, and lead his wife. And God, as my spiritual husband, does these same things for me! God indeed protects me with His whole and mighty armor (Ephesians 6:13-18, NKJV). He provides for me and supplies all my needs (Philippians 4:19, NKJV). He helps or comforts me through the filling of His Holy Spirit (John 14:26, NKJV). And He leads me by the light of His Holy Word (Psalm 119:105, NKJV). Now marriage is honorable in the sight of God and there is nothing wrong with desiring an earthly husband. However, we single ladies must remember that before we even meet our earthly husbands we are already MARRIED TO GOD.

Trust me, I know the wait may seem long and may get a little discouraging at times, but we should be content with our Spiritual Husband until He sees fit to bless us with an earthly one. Now the great part about waiting so long for your desired husband is having FULL ASSURANCE that God can indeed take care of you and keep you, with or without a husband. I’m 26 years old and have been living independently in my own apartment, paying my own bills, for over three years now. Not once have I gone hungry or without-I’m living proof that God will indeed provide. God has proven Himself to be a great husband to me, and I’m looking forward to the day He blesses me with an earthly husband! So be encouraged single ladies-you are indeed married or joined to God in the Spirit. He can be EVERYTHING that an earthly husband can be to you, if you let Him. Be satisfied with just God by your side and trust that He will put a good man by your side when the time is right!

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

New Perspective

Learn From It: New Perspective

If it hurts you-learn from it! Did you foolishly put yourself in a position to be hurt? Is your defense mechanism not strong enough? Did you have on the WHOLE armor of God when you got hurt?

If something makes you mad-learn from it!…Why does this thing get you so upset? Can you control the anger? Can you be angry about it and still avoid retaliating back with sin?

If something frustrates you-learn from it!…Why does it bother you so bad? What happened in your past that makes you unable to tolerate this kind of thing now? How can you tolerate this thing enough to not let it ruin your entire day?

Sometimes it seems like we can’t help but to get sad, upset, or frustrated about things because we are indeed human- we were made to feel things, and people can definitely PROVOKE us at times. Yet the problem isn’t merely feeling negative emotions, it’s allowing these negative emotions to consume us or cause us to sin. Here recently I was very upset about something, and honestly any normal person would have been upset about it. However, I was allowing this anger to overcome me, to consume my daily mood and thoughts. I seriously had to take a step back, examine myself, and ask myself this question-why is this thing getting me so extremely upset?

After seeking God for understanding and allowing myself to be completely honest about the situation, I LEARNED that I was more upset or disappointed with myself, rather than the other person. I was upset with my own self because I willingly left myself open to be hurt and I knew better! I knew good and well it was my own job to PROTECT ME! Looking back, I see the exact spiritual mistakes I made and I pray that God will help me to avoid making these silly mistakes again. Glory be to God that I was able to LEARN of my own flaws so that I can do better in the future and move on to bigger and greater things! So today I encourage you to do the same with whatever you may be dealing with! You may be going through something really awful right now and bluntly put-you’re in it now so there’s no way to undo it! All you can do now is GET THROUGH IT and LEARN from it every step of the way!

Proverbs 9:9 (New King James Version)

“Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

New Perspective

Circles: New Perspective

I know the agonizing feeling of wanting to let something go but not being able to for some reason! It kind of makes you feel like you’re literally going around and around in circles on a merry go round as you continue to think about what you could’ve, would’ve, or should’ve done. You analyze the situation backwards and forwards, seeing clearly what you and the other person did wrong. You’ve learned your lesson, forgiven yourself and the other person, and even handed the issue over to God. You’ve even tried to focus your attention on other positive things to occupy your time and mind. Yet and still, you just can’t let it go for some reason as it continues to pop back up in your mind. Well, I guess I should tell you now-I don’t have the magic answer as to how to ultimately let it go. However, I’d like to encourage you and share with you what I do know.

God knows your heart-He knows you desparately want to put this thing behind you and He sees you are really trying. I can’t tell you why you haven’t been able to completely move on despite of all your efforts. It could be that you really haven’t completely forgiven yourself or the other person. Or it could be that you still have another lesson to learn from the situation that you keep overlooking. Whatever the case may be, all I can tell you is to KEEP PRAYING diligently for your deliverance! The Word of God tells us to pray ALWAYS, to remain joyous in the Lord, and give Him thanks in ALL things. So even in this season of “circles” or struggling to let go-keep praying, keep rejoicing, and keep giving Him praise. In the midst of following God’s perfect instructions and truly desiring, with all of your heart, to let the pain of the past go-you CAN’T tell me God won’t set you free one day, at His appointed time! He WILL my friend; He will!

I Thessalonians 5:16-18 (New King James Version)

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

New Perspective

Enemy Assistance: New Perspective

Your enemies can actually help you if you let them! I know it sounds strange but hear me out…You see, your enemies talk about you and are always pointing the finger at your few wrong doings as if they have none themselves. They point at your ONE wrong, but they have MANY wrongs that they make no mention of. Now your first reaction may be to get upset and ask, “How dare they try to sweep around my door when they have dirt around their own?!” But consider this: a FOOL never seeks to be corrected-a fool loves evil and is not concerned one bit with examining his own faults so that he can change. In fact, the Word of God tells us that a fool hates to be corrected. However, you as a child of God-you’re always trying to learn, grow, change, and become better. When you come into the knowledge of the truth concerning your flaws or sins, you try to correct yourself. And guess what!…Even if your enemy is the one pointing out your flaws or sins, it’s still yet another opportunity to truly see yourself and make some necessary changes.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying your enemies are right when they overlook there own faults and point at yours . However, I’m giving you a new perspective and showing you how the enemy can actually help or assist you in getting closer to God. You see, a true child of God loves correction because correction helps us to get right, therefore making us acceptable in God’s sight. So while you’re busy working on the flaws your enemy has pointed out, your enemy is still sitting in sin and ultimately unprepared to meet God. So whether it be God, yourself, or even an enemy who calls out some areas you could do better in-don’t take it personally! Pray for your enemies that they will one day see their own flaws, but most importantly get yourself right so you can be fully prepared to meet God when that great Day of Judgement comes!

Proverbs 9:8-9 (New King James Version)

“Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

New Perspective

Dry Places: New Perspective

Sometimes we might find ourselves in so called “dry places” where nothing new or exciting is really happening. I must admit I do like new things-they’re fun and exciting. However, much of the kingdom work we do for Christ requires consistency and diligence, meaning we show God our faithfulness by continuing to do the same thing (what’s right) over and over again. This may involve faithfully serving at a church or working on a job for years, even when the task has become boring or not so pleasant. Or this may involve continuing to volunteer your time to a particular cause, even on days you could be out doing something thrilling and enjoying your own leisure time. As someone who loves new things, I know that overwhelming feeling of wanting something new to spice up your life.

However, I must warn you-don’t abandon the work of God just to get into something new. If you’re on the right path and doing what’s right, keep doing what you’re doing! Show God your faithfulness and diligence! If you find yourself getting bored spice up other areas of your life-get a new hairstyle, travel to a new place, or try a new food. But whatever you do, don’t let this so called dry or boring period of your life cause you to quit the assignment God has you working on right now. Even when it gets boring or difficult, keep doing it without complaining. God will give you a new task, a new setting, and a new thing when the time is right! God already said He would give water and newness to dry places; but it’s only according to His perfect timing and will!

Isaiah 43:19 (New King James Version)

“Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.