New Perspective

Craving God: New Perspective

I guarantee you, as you mature in the Lord, you’ll get to a point where certain things just won’t entertain you anymore! You’ll find yourself walking away from certain conversations, cutting ties with old friends, or even changing up the things you watch on television or listen to on the radio all because what once kept you going does absolutely NOTHING for you now. So let me assure you right now-this is perfectly normal! You see, when you get closer to God and see the true beauty of holiness and righteousness, anything that’s not holy or doesn’t resemble God in any way will turn your stomach. You simply won’t want anything to do with things you can’t see God in; and you will began to CRAVE God like never before! And guess what!…Craving God is a great thing because He knows just how to FILL US UP; He won’t leave us lacking or wanting for anything!

So the next time you can’t find anything entertaining to watch on television, open up the Word of God and let His Word entertain you. Or the next time someone comes to you with a negative conversation that you know will do nothing for you, walk away and go talk to God or someone who has God in them. Or when that old music you once listened to doesn’t make you move quite the same, turn on a little gospel and let God move you. From the music you listen to, to the places you go, to the things you do; let everything you partake in resemble God and our Savior Jesus Christ! I guarantee you God will satisfy your craving and cause you to be full to the point of overflow! Of all the things to crave, God by far is the absolute best-just try Him and see!

Matthew 5:6 (New King James Version)

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.”

-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

Cancel My Blessings Lord: New Perspective

Would you be so silly to stretch out your hands to Heaven and cry out, “Cancel My blessings Lord?”…Let me guess, of course not. You want your blessings, EVERYTHING God has for you in fact. However, let me teach you on today-when we fail to control the words we speak we may very well CANCEL the blessings God has in store for us. James 1:26 (New King James Version) even tells us if we don’t control or bridle our tonuges, we make our religion useless! It does us no good to believe by our faith in God that something can be done, if we’re going to turn around and say otherwise with our mouths. Let me give you an example: let’s say you apply for a job for which you are not fully qualified.

You claimed it by your faith in God because you believe in your heart that God is able to do the impossible and can open doors no man can shut, in spite of your lack of qualifications. Now you took this big leap of faith but then you turn around and casually say to one of your friends, “Oh I probably won’t get the job. I don’t even have the experience; so I’m not going to get my hopes up too high.” BOOM!!! Right there, in your moment of doubt, you just cancelled your blessing! You just showed God and the enemy your lack of faith. You’ve opened up the door for satan to block your blessing and you’ve even shown God you really don’t believe, as much as you say you do, that He can indeed do the impossible.

Listen people, the word of God tells us there is power in what we say. Just like we can call blessings into existence, we can call them out of existence too. So if you really believe in your heart that God is able to heal, deliver, save, restore, and do all good things for you-let your every word agree with just that! Don’t let your mouth keep you from seeing the full power of God work in your life. Hear me now: don’t let your words cancel your blessings! I have a feeling you need your blessings-we all do!

Proverbs 18:21 (New King James Version)

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.”

-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

The Keys: Bits of Knowledge

A while back, this list of 9 key elements came to me as things we MUST have in order to live a successful/fulfilling life and one that is also pleasing in the sight of God. I call this list The Keys to Life; and I’m convinced that if we apply all 9 of these keys to our lives, there is absolutely NO WAY we can lose. Well here they go:

1). Faith: Without faith you cannot please God! You must first believe or have faith that He is real and that He also rewards those who do His will. (Hebrews 11:6, NKJV)

2). God: You absolutely need to have a close relationship with God, one where you commune with Him daily and look to Him for strength and direction. No matter how much knowledge, power, or money you may have at some point you will RUN OUT if you are not leaning on God as your source and guide. And there is no way God can strengthen or direct you if you don’t communicate with Him and have a close relationship with Him. (Psalms 32:8 & Proverbs 3:5-6, NKJV)

3). A Willing/Obedient Heart: We must first be willing or want to do the work of God before anything else can happen. We must also obey God’s word. The Word tells us we can show God we love Him by simply obeying His commandments. (Isaiah 1:19-20 & John 14:21 NKJV)

4). Works: We must do the work of God to show Him that we truly have faith in Him. The Word tells us faith without works is no good. (James 2:17, NKJV)

5). The Holy Spirit: Without God’s Spirit living inside of us we are not His children and are none of His. His Spirit fills us and marks us as His children which gives us the right to ETERNAL GLORY with Him. Without His Spirit there is no way we can enter into heaven or partake in His eternal glory. (Romans 8:9 & Romans 8:15-17, NKJV)

6). Knowledge: You must first KNOW something in order to do something. Knowledge is power. And if we want to be wise, we must first seek knowledge. (Proverbs 18:15, NKJV)

7). Wisdom: This is the same as good EXPERIENCE and comes as we APPLY the knowledge we have. It’s not enough to know something-we have to apply or work our knowledge in order for it to produce any type of fruit for us. (Proverbs 8:11, NKJV)

8). Understanding: This is like a certain “expertise” that comes after one has gained much experience or by a divine touch from God. With proper understanding, one can more easily handle problems any way they may present themselves. The Word tells us that kings reign and judges serve justice well by using understanding. Kings, judges, presidents, supervisors, and those in any type of positive of authority may be faced with difficult issues day to day. However, it is proper underatanding that can help them to make the right calls. (Proverbs 8:14-15, NKJV)

9). Love: God is love; so if you don’t have love you don’t have God. You can diligently do the work of God all your life, even give your body to be burned for another. However, if you don’t have love in your heart you will not enter into Heaven. (I Corinthians 13:1-3, NKJV)

Well, these are THE KEYS…ARE YOU ALREADY APPLYING THEM?!

If not, I dare you to start doing so and see what great things might happen! I’ve given you the keys-Now lets OPEN UP some doors!

-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

Waiting: One Day At A Time

Hey you over there! Yeah you-the one who’s sitting there waiting on a blessing. I know you may be getting a little impatient because you’ve been waiting a rather long time. Maybe you’ve already been waiting years for your blessing and you’re beginning to ask yourself, “Could I seriously wait another year or even a couple more years for my blessing to come?”…Trust me, I know the feeling! You’ve been waiting, praying, being obedient to God, and doing His good works for a while now; and still that blessing has yet to come. So you’re growing impatient to say the least and tempted to get up and DO IT YOURSELF or just quit being faithful to God altogether. However, today I want to encourage you as I encourage myself, don’t do it yourself and don’t go to making hasty decisions just to make something happen.

Keep waiting, keep obeying God, and stay of good cheer during your wait. I know the thought of waiting another couple of months, a year, or even a couple more years may overwhelm you because you can’t see how you could possibly keep waiting that long. But consider this-we only face ONE day at a time, we don’t face months or years all at once. Let me give you an example: if you need food TODAY and have no idea how you’ll buy your monthly groceries, all you really need is enough food to fill your stomach on today alone-not enough food for tomorrow, the next day, or the rest of the month. Then when tomorrow comes around, if God has yet to bless you with money to buy your monthly groceries, again all you need at that moment is enough food to fill you up on that day.

You see, we face issues one day at a time until they are resolved; and in ONE day all we need is enough strength to make it through that ONE day. Even if it takes yet another year for you to get blessed with a new job, a spouse, a healing in your body, or a deliverance from an addiction-all you need is a sufficient portion of God each day to help you through your wait. So seek God DAILY for your portion of patience, self control, or whatever it is you need to help you get through your waiting season. Keep waiting on God my friend-and don’t worry about how you will keep waiting on tomorrow, just call on God to help you keep waiting on today! For tomorrow your blessing could come!

Matthew 6:34 (New King James Version)

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

-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

Don’t Beg: God Will Provide

Have you ever begged for something you felt you truly needed or deserved and then even cried when you didn’t get it?!…I’ll be the first to admit I’ve done it before. However, today I want to remind you as I remind myself that a child of God has no need to beg anybody for anything; whether it’s love, attention, a job, food, or clothes, WHATEVER you need God has it. God wants the best for His children; and He does not intend on us begging another person to get it. The Word of God teaches us that the things we need, God himself will supply! Think about it this way, how would you feel if you caught your child begging another adult for food or clothes? I’m sure you wouldn’t like that and you’d expect your child to know you love them enough to provide for them the things they need. You’d want them to come directly to you for what they want or need. Well, it’s no different with God!

Now don’t get me wrong, God uses people all the time to bless us. You may be in need of a job and God may touch someone’s heart to hire you. Or you might desire a husband or wife and God may lead you to the exact person He intends for you to marry, someone who will be a tremendous blessing to your life. So yes, God uses people to bless us; but DON’T GET IT TWISTED! Our blessings ultimately come from the Lord; and He uses WILLING individuals to bless us. I don’t believe God ever wants us begging someone to bless us with jobs, to be our life partners, or to bless us in any other way. Whatever blessings we may need, God will use a willing person or find some other way to deliver the blessings to us.

If you don’t believe me, I encourage you to read Philippians Chapter 4 in it’s entirety and see how the Apostle Paul was in need of some things while ministering to several churches. Many churches neglected to give aid unto him-yet he still did not beg any of the churches he served; but He trusted in God and waited until the Philippian church was able and willing to bless him. So today I encourage you, don’t you dare beg for any good thing! God will supply your every need-in his own timing, and in his own way. Now there’s nothing wrong with asking; but if you ask and a person is not willing to give, don’t you dare beg or go to questioning your own worth. You deserve it-love, a good job, a trustworthy friend-you deserve it indeed! It may just be that God has a different person in mind to hand deliver your blessing to you, one who is indeed willing and fully equipped to get the job done!

Philippians 4:19 (New King James Version)

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

-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

Not Defeated: Keep Moving

In my 26 years of living I’ve had some super good days; but I’ve also had some horribly bad ones. There were days I was so pumped and motivated that I felt as if I could do absolutely anything. Yet there have also been days I’ve felt so low and discouraged that I could barely get out of bed to do anything at all. Some days I’ve felt an overflowing amount of love and appreciation from others; but some days I’ve felt like almost nobody cared about me at all. I’ve felt happy, sad, stressed, relaxed, loved, unloved, energized, exhausted, distracted, focused…you name it, I’ve felt it! Now it just so happens that today is a pretty good day for me; glory be to God!

And while I didn’t necessarily enjoy going through any of those bad days or dealing with any of those negative emotions; I know I would’ve never made it to this good day if I hadn’t KEPT PRESSING through the bad ones. You see, a child of God is not exempt from dealing with negative emotions because we are indeed still human-we were made to feel things. However, we must understand that we can be frustrated, angry, stressed, or whatever the case may be but still not give up or be totally defeated. The Word of God tells us we can indeed be knocked down but not utterly destroyed, meaning we can experience the “lows of life” but still have VICTORY because we know our life or story is not over. The lows of life are NOT the end of our stories-they’re only parts of our stories.

The lows come with the highs; and there is absolutely no way for us to make it to the highs of life if we decide to sit down in defeat while experiencing the lows. So today I encourage you to KEEP MOVING, KEEP PRESSING! Even if you have to literally crawl out of bed in the morning, drag yourself throughout the day, or cry yourself to sleep at night-don’t you dare stop moving or sit down in defeat! Keep walking with and trusting in God! The story is only over when you give up! Your better days are coming but you’ll never see them if you throw in the towel now!

2 Corinthians 4:8-10 (New King James Version)

“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.”

-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

Caused It On Yourself: New Perspective

Lets be honest, we’ve all done things to cause problems on our own selves! We get into relationships knowing we’re not fully compatible with the other person, accept jobs we know don’t line up with our values, and live lifestyles we know could seriously harm our bodies. Yet and still, all because of the little benefit we believe we’re getting, we continue to take on the very things we know could land us in big trouble. And guess what?!…When trouble strikes we run to God in prayer; begging him to deliver us, heal us, or save us from the mess we’ve put ourselves in! Then we have the nerve to get mad at God or impatient with Him when He doesn’t come through quick enough. But here’s the thing, we can’t be mad at anyone concerning trouble we’ve caused upon ourselves.

Only a FOOL or one who is WEAK in understanding would do something he knows has great potential to harm him. With that being said, everytime we yield to these harmful things it shows great weakness on our part-weakness in our faith, self control, or some other area. Now if God quickly delivered us how would our weakness ever be corrected? How would we ever learn?…We wouldn’t, just as soon as we got delivered we’d land ourselves right back in trouble, knowing we wouldn’t have to suffer long because God would quickly come to our rescue. Now the Word teaches us that God indeed corrects or disciplines His children. But how does He do it, does He literally come down from Heaven and spank us?!

No, of couse not-I believe sometimes He disciplines us by allowing us to suffer in messes we’ve made long enough for us to grow and rid ourselves of the weakness that got us in trouble to begin with. Nobody likes to suffer; it’s not fun. However, speaking from pure experience, I can say that some of my most valuable life lessons manifested in the midst of great suffering. So today I say to you: if you’re sitting in a mess that you’ve caused on yourself, pray to God that you will learn the lesson you need to learn while also trusting that God is merciful enough to deliver you in due season!

Proverbs 3:11-12 (New King James Version)

“My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor detest His correction; For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.”

-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.