God is the Faithful One

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Are you in the midst of overwhelming circumstances?

I love the encouragement God offers us in Hebrews 10:23: “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.”

First, God tells us we need to hold on to His hope. We don’t have to feel or understand the hope. We just have to hold on to Him and His love.

Then, we need to profess His promises over our problems. Every problem we have can be made less painful by declaring a promise over it.

And finally, God reminds us that He carries the weight of making sure His promises are fulfilled. Not us. He is the faithful one. He is the sure one. What a powerful truth to help us keep going.

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But God

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Is it possible the most powerful phrase in Scripture is just two words?

But God …

This supremely powerful phrase is found 66 times in the Bible. Over and over in Scripture, a situation seems hopeless until two words change everything.

Genesis 8 says, “But God remembered Noah.”

Joseph says to His brothers, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good.”

In Acts 3:15, Peter charges, “You killed the author of life, but God raised Him from the dead.”

What is your place of impossibility? Your situation may feel hopeless, but God has not forgotten you.

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A Certainty Above Every Circumstance

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Have you ever found yourself wondering, “How can a good God let this happen?”

When something happens in my life that catches me off guard with pain and hurt, it’s hard to see that it could be part of a bigger plan to bring about something good. I want comfort. I want relief. I want the hardship to go away.

Have you ever been there? It can be so tempting to look at the hardships of life through the lens of disillusionment and disappointment, but there is another lens we can use … Love.

No matter what happens, I want to stand on the truth that God deeply loves me. His love is a certainty above every circumstance.

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Perfectly Equipped

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Do you ever doubt that God can use you?

When we doubt that we have what it takes to do what God has called us to do, we doubt His creation abilities. God knew from the beginning of time what He would call us to do and how we would need to be formed.

So the exact way He made us is in keeping with how He will use us.

We can trust this. Even if we don’t know all the details of our calling quite yet, we can thank God for making us perfectly equipped for our assignments ahead.

And when insecurity starts to make us doubt, we can pray, “God, I may doubt myself, but I will not doubt You. I will let Your perfection override my feelings of imperfection and do what You’ve instructed me to do.”

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Putting Trust in This World

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No matter how many precautions we take, the truth is that nothing in life is certain.

So much about our lives today is defined by security measures. We strive to acquire safety nets to place under and around the things we care about the most. We look for jobs providing good benefits and a strong, solid retirement. We even take steps to protect our own identities. Those are good things.

But nothing in life is certain, and when we put all of our trust in any kind of security this world can offer, we misplace our hope. Circumstances change. We can lose jobs, money and even loved ones.

We can’t stop or control the future, but we can make moment by moment choices to let our souls rest in God and God alone.

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He Lacks Nothing

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One of my favorite scriptures is John 4. The story of the woman at the well.

One of my favorite parts of her story is when Jesus offers to meet her soul’s deepest felt need, and her response is, “You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep.” She reminds Jesus that He doesn’t have a cup. I find this just hilarious!

Because, honestly, you and I do this all the time! Jesus, the Word made flesh, the agent of Creation, promises something to you or to me, and all we can think is, “but Jesus, …

… they don’t have my resume.

… the test results aren’t good.

… my child doesn’t believe in you.

… Jesus, you don’t have a cup.

Like the Samaritan woman when Jesus makes a promise, do you focus on the Savior or your circumstances? Our faith may be lacking, but Jesus lacks nothing.

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God’s Sovereign Protection

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Sometimes God’s power is shown as much in preventing things as it is in making them happen.

A few years ago, my daughter didn’t make a team she had tried out for and my heart sank. I know what it feels like to want something so badly and have that dream shut down.

She had been talking about going out for this special team for three years. But when her turn finally came, things didn’t go like she hoped, even when she cried out to God for help.

As we sat together afterwards and processed why she hadn’t seen God move, we realized He actually had. He was there. He was listening. But for reasons we may never fully understand, He knew she shouldn’t make that team.

God was protecting her, loving her and revealing His power to her. Just not in the way she expected.

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God’s Sovereign Protection

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Sometimes God’s power is shown as much in preventing things as it is in making them happen.

A few years ago, my daughter didn’t make a team she had tried out for and my heart sank. I know what it feels like to want something so badly and have that dream shut down.

She had been talking about going out for this special team for three years. But when her turn finally came, things didn’t go like she hoped, even when she cried out to God for help.

As we sat together afterwards and processed why she hadn’t seen God move, we realized He actually had. He was there. He was listening. But for reasons we may never fully understand, He knew she shouldn’t make that team.

God was protecting her, loving her and revealing His power to her. Just not in the way she expected.

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Scattering the Vultures

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What do you do while you wait on God?

In seasons of waiting, I’ve wanted to just sit still until God begins to work. But a lesson tucked in Genesis15 reframed how I wait on God.

The Lord had called Abram to bring an animal sacrifice to the Lord. And while he waits, vultures come to pick at Abram’s offering. Can you imagine his frustration? Maybe you don’t have to imagine.

Are vultures circling as you wait … vultures of discouragement, helplessness, anger, bitterness? Don’t miss Genesis 15:11 — as the vultures come down, Abram drives them away.”

It’s not fun waiting, is it? But waiting isn’t passive, sit on our hands kind of work. Our sacrifices are worth the fight.

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Purpose in the Blanks

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Does it drive you crazy when a speaker gives you an outline but then skips some of the points?

I like complete outlines. All the blanks filled in and questions answered. But that’s not the way life is. And, I believe God allows this on purpose.

Without blanks, we would have no room for Him to enter in and write His answers. For Him to become the way when there is no way. For Him to be the truth when we’re tempted to believe lies. For Him to be the life He’s designed on the other side of our attempts to control our stories.

God allows sacred spaces and blank places. Because if we had all the blanks filled in, we would explain away His part in our story.

God doesn’t want to be explained away. He wants to be invited in.

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