Prayer2

‘“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.’ – Matthew 14:29-29 NIV

By age 16, or 17, I was invited to assume the role of ‘head counselor’ at the summer camp I began volunteering at age 14. The same amazement I felt then to be asked to assume such a great responsibility, I still feel today reflecting back on that moment. I was the youngest of the camp counselors and, in my own eyes, didn’t see myself as capable, or sufficient in my ability to lead people older than myself. I lacked the confidence in myself that others had in me to be offered the opportunity. No regrets, but an important life lesson learned.

In my post, Courage Fuels Faith to Act, I mention the dialogue Gideon had with God about God’s invitation to make use of Gideon to be a ‘change agent’ to encounter something greater, better, new, both for himself and his people (see Judges 6). Gideon didn’t see himself as sufficient, able, or capable in accomplishing what God saw in Gideon the ability to do. Although he could not see how he could do what God was inviting him to do, Gideon was open to and willing to engage God in the possibility of doing what would ultimately lead to Gideon, and his people, experiencing transformation, transition, and triumph.

During their great migration and magnificent journey out of Egypt into Canaan, even the Israelites, despite God’s intimate, imminent presence with them, felt they were diminished in their own eyes to be able to stand up, stand firm, and take possession of what God promised they would have. We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there.’ – Numbers 13:27-28 NIV They were able to go in and see that what God said He would do in bringing them to a better place, they did not believe they could go in and take possession of it. They lacked confidence in themselves, and indirectly confidence in God in His sufficiency to help them succeed. 

Walking by faith has taken me through a great season of transformation, transition, and triumph that leaves me in a similar context as Gideon and the Israelites as now one who aspires to launch a nonprofit and run a summer camp in the summer of 2017. My life has come full circle now, 30 some years since that summer I was invited to take my first role and position as a leader. The distinct difference between my younger self and now? I was not a Christian as a teenager as I profess to be today as an adult. Like the Israelites, I have taken a great journey over the years that has aroused within me a response similar to that of Caleb in response to those who were fearful of taking possession of Canaan mentioned in Numbers 13, ‘Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.’ – Numbers 13:30 NIV. In essence, Caleb was simply saying we are well able to do what God has promised us to take possession of. The same sentiment that inspired Peter to desire to walk on water.

Like Joshua, what is God challenging you to be strong and courageous about to do in your life as He did for Moses, Joshua, Gideon, and Peter’s, as He is doing in mine?

Father, grant us the courage to walk by faith, to take action, to take possession of the promises You proclaim in Your word so we can experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have and inspire others to encounter the transformation, transition, and triumph through what You do in and through us.

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‘If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.’ – Daniel 3:17-18 NIV

So my previous post reinforces and reminds us that though we may ‘feel,’ or ‘think’ that we are undeserving, incapable, or unable to experience something greater, better, new according to what God proclaims and promises in His word, it’s not true. One of the reasons for Christ coming to dwell, walk, and live among us was to show us and demonstrate what the outcome of faith would grant us access to. ‘The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.’ – 1 John 3:8 NIV

When you read the account of the 3 Hebrew boys and their response to the threat of death that was imminent, provided at the top of this post, is a great illustration of faith declaring what God can do. They understood anything is possible with God and what may be impossible for them to do in their own strength, God could do in His power. Beyond this, they also understood that even if God didn’t do it, doesn’t mean God couldn’t and it is His providential choice to do, or not to do. They believed, however, He would. Their expressed confidence in God, faith, and their courage to face persecution, for God’s glory, positioned them for the miraculous and the impossible. They displayed the proper posture, reverence and humility before God, that allowed them to encounter a greater source of power to experience victory, triumph, and deliverance from a great trial.

What trial, challenge, circumstance, or opposition are you currently facing God is inviting you to ‘declare an expression of faith’ in what He can do? What is causing you to ‘think,’ or ‘feel’ faith is insufficient to grant you access to the impossible, or the miraculous? Why would God allow Christ to die for you and withhold the blessings of the fullness of life Christ came for us to have from you?

Acknowledge in prayer the thoughts and feelings inhibiting and prohibiting your faith and courage to work for you. Write down and journal what you would like to see ‘faith’ accomplish in your life that would require God and grace, His power, to allow you to encounter the impossible and miraculous. Get in His word and identify the passages of scripture that will feed your faith and fuel your courage to take action in demonstrating the proper posture and position you need to see God manifest His promises to you.

Father, grant us the ability to demonstrate the necessary self-discipline and self-determination that allows room for Your Holy Spirit to work in us and through us to live, thrive, and experience the fullness of life faith grants me access to.

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‘I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.’ – Joshua 1:3 NIV

The dialogue between God and Joshua is an intriguing and interesting one. Intriguing because when you consider what God did with Moses, God is saying to Joshua the outcome of your faith walk won’t be any less than what was done for Moses. Interesting because faith challenges us to consider the possibility that what was communicated to Joshua and accomplished in Moses’ life could also be my experience.

What would cause me to doubt that what is written in the Bible, according to what God promised, could not be intended for me too? If God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, then why not me? Why require me to read it and then say, ‘But the content of what’s written is not meant for you to encounter.’ So I am required to walk by faith, but the impossible and the miraculous are beyond my reach? Where would such thinking, or belief be influenced from? Are not Moses and Joshua human as I am? Didn’t God choose me for an intimate, personal relationship with Him as He chose them?

Gideon, in the book of Judges chapter 6, didn’t think he was significant enough to be a recipient of God’s grace in a manner that would usher him into a life filled with the fulfillment of miraculous signs and wonders as God said He would do for Joshua as he did for Moses. ‘Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.’ – Judges 6:15 Gideon did not consider himself worthy, deserving, or capable of experiencing God’s promise of a transformed life that brings with it deliverance, triumph, and prosperity. God’s persistent prompting and patience to instill courage in Gideon to act allowed Gideon to experience a fullness of life not previously known until his encounter with God.

Faith is a ‘call to action’ by God to experience the greater, better, new He has in store for us if we are willing to be courageous to act and trust God to fulfill what he promises in His word and perform what is spoken. Courage is my fuel to act on faith. Courage looks beyond the thoughts and feelings that inhibit and prohibit action and empowers me to move forward believing God is with me to help me and bless me. The word of God and His Spirit fuels my courage that drives my faith to act, live, and thrive. What does God want you to be courageous about?

Father, grant us the courage to walk by faith and not by sight so we may experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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‘Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’ – Joshua 1:9 NIV

When would you find it most difficult to ‘act on faith?’ What set of circumstances would make it difficult for you to ‘believe’ faith is enough to help you succeed? Have you ever come to a point in living your life, you didn’t think you would be able to go any further? Have you ever encountered a set of circumstances that suggested to you that there is no point in going any further?

What prompted God to say to Joshua to be strong and courageous, to not be afraid, or discouraged, and why did God have to reiterate that He commanded Joshua to do this?

Moses has since died. Joshua spent many moments with Moses in the Tent of Meeting watching him converse with God and now Moses is gone. Is it possible Joshua’s grief and loss is shrouding his confidence and courage to continue the journey Moses started? Is it possible God’s directive is speaking to the heart and core of Joshua’s internal struggle of the reality and responsibility he is now faced with in Moses’ absence.

Courage is the fuel that makes confidence act. Faith says, ‘I believe God can.’ Courage says, ‘I will act because God can.’ Continuing my journey of walking by faith, post separation and divorce, this post is my inaugural declaration of the application of courage and confidence needed in order to step into and take possession of what lies ahead believing there is something greater, better, new in store for me on the horizon.

Be blessed!

Father, grant us the courage to act, walking by faith, believing You are with us to bless us, help us, and usher us into the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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‘Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’ – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV

My sincere appreciation and gratitude is being shared with every individual who has taken the time to stop, read, and respond to my writings posted on social media. You are appreciated! Your actions fuel me to continue my journey of becoming a distinguished author. My experience with writing began at an early age having a poem published in the school newspaper as an elementary school student. I remember the content being about the brisk weather of Spring and pausing from the moment’s activities in the imagination of my mind’s writing to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Upon surrendering my life to Christ, at age 24, the passion for writing transitioned from poetry and the free writing experience developed in college to writing poems inspired from scriptures in the Bible. Ultimately, being inspired by His grace, my poetry writing, along with journaling, led to the desire to write devotionals that culminated in the publication of Out of the Darkness: A Journey into the Marvelous Light (Feb 2014).

My experience with blogging actually came about as a means to cope with having to transition back into the classroom after having worked outside of the classroom in a different capacity for 10 years. It was a difficult transition and the blogging experience helped to redirect my thinking and focus on my passion instead of my problems. It was a constructive, positive, productive means by which I could channel my frustration, disillusionment, discouraging feelings towards something positive and productive in continuing to share the grace of our LORD to inspire others as His word inspired me. I soon discovered, a year after I started blogging (2012), my disdain over returning to classroom had waned and had been replaced with a ‘new’ focus of purpose and passion as an educator, aspiring author, and aspiring entrepreneur.

In closing, I would encourage anyone who has a passion, purpose, vision, or mission, to write it down, journal, and be determined to follow through to accomplish your goals and dreams. Success and fulfillment, for me, has not come from wealth, acclaim, or fame, but from the hard work of completing what I’ve started and continuing the journey towards the goal of experiencing the greater, better, new I believe God desires to manifest in, through, and around me as I go in the way He has chosen for me to take.

May God bless you and help you to write down the vision, make it plain, and walk by faith towards it equipping, enabling, and empowering you to step into what He has promised, planned, and purposed for you to do, in Jesus name, amen.

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Prayer2

‘When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.’ – Matthew 8:16 NIV

The same authority and anointing power displayed by Jesus to heal the sick, by His spoken word, is available and accessible to us through the quality quiet time we spend with God in His word and prayer. In the Gospel of John, chapter 1, we see Jesus described as the Word who was in the beginning, with God, and was God. Faith challenges me to believe that same authority and anointing power through the spoken word of Jesus then is operable in my life today. If I believe God is the same today, yesterday, and forever, then this positions me for the miraculous and impossible on the subject of healing and the power of the word of God.

‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.’ – Isaiah 55:8-11 NIV

God explained to the prophet Isaiah to tell His people that His word is like water and snow, having the same impact in the lives of those who receive its authority and power, just as the water and snow has an impact in the earth. God emphasizes that He has a purpose when His word is sent and is trustworthy in its ability to accomplish what He planned for it to. So, in essence, if God is not having impact and influence in the earth, then we have to question whether we are doing our part to share it and apply it.

Father, bless us and help us to allow the authority and anointing power of Your word to affect change in, through, and around us as You desire so we may experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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