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 desperately 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.

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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 their 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.

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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.

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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 begin 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.

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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 tongues, 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 understanding 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 let’s 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.

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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.