Monthly Archives: December 2012

He has done great things for us!

photo (39)What a whirlwind this last year has been but looking at it now in hindsight I’m thankful.  I went through a lot of ups and downs in 2012 but God had His plan. Of the many things God taught me the one that comes to mind is trust.  A big chunk of my 2012 was spent learning to follow the leading of the Lord and learning to trust Him when that leading takes us to strange places.  Many of the things I went through did not make sense at the time but I now see they were necessary to have happened.  The Lord is in control and those who diligently seek Him will have revelation and an abundance of grace!

Through it all I have learned to hear Him better and this I am most thankful for.  It is the most precious gift to have communion with the Lord.  I look forward to hearing from Him much more in the coming year.  In fact I’m pretty sure that’s His plan.  As the new year approaches He has brought Psalm 91:1-2 to my attention:

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

What I think this means is me and God are gonna hang out quite a bit this year and that is exciting.  In fact I’ve never been more excited for a year in my whole life.  2013 holds great blessings, grace, victories and love encounters with the Almighty!

If God is for us, who can be against us?

Happy New Year to you all and God bless you!

-Justin

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He Was Born to Give You Life!

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He was born to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear.

He was born to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death.

He was born to guide our feet into the way of peace.

He was born to give you life!

Jesus says:

“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, kill and destroy. I have come that you may have life, and that you may have it more abundantly.”

As the Lord can turn an entire meadow green from one day of rain, so is He renewing and reviving you from darkness into light.

(see Luke 1:74, Luke 1:79, John 10:10, Rom 8:6, 2 Cor 5:17)

A Season of God’s Love

1 John 4:7-9

A Season of God’s Love

You know how we go through different seasons in our Christian walk?  We may go through a season of joy, a season of testing, a season of peace, etc.  I’ve been noticing that this season—for me at least and I’m sensing for many others as well—is turning out to be a season of God’s love.  To those that are sensitive to the Spirit I feel that God has been wooing us.  God is repeatedly saying, I love you!  But He’s not just saying it, He’s showing His love to us.  He’s pouring out His love over His church and when this happens miracles happen.  When the love of God is poured out restoration of all kinds takes place.  Pastors who once came off as condemning are coming to tears on the pulpits speaking of the love of God.  Prophetically, God is restoring His church and He’s placing people where they belong—setting things up for His next move.

So what is His next move?  I believe it’s to awaken us so that this is not just a season of God’s love but the new “normal.”  I want to be able to show God to others.  In asking Him how to do this the response I keep getting is, love.  But we can only love as much as we’ve ourselves been loved.  We cannot give away something that we do not have.  Because of this God’s love is contagious.  Once we have experienced the Father’s embrace we are never the same again and have a new hunger to share this love with others.   So in wanting to show God’s love to others God is wooing me to Him, calling me to experience His love in a deeper reality.  He is doing the same for you.  The words “I love you” are not just meant to be said, they are meant to be experienced.

Peace In Believing

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Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. -Romans 15:13

Doubt can be described as a conflict with oneself, being divided in decision making, or wavering between hope and fear.

Choose faith today and hope in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

There is peace in believing.

A Trial of Transition

James 1:2-4

A Trial of Transition

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. –James 1:2-4

Transition can be hard… really hard. Especially since we lack the ability to see the future. It’s really easy to doubt God when in a trial of transition. When you have no idea where you’re supposed to end up, where you’re supposed to work, or where money for the bills is going to come from it’s easy to get frustrated and anxious. It’s even easier to get frustrated and anxious with God when this difficult trial you are in is a direct result of trying your best to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading.

I’m in one of these tough spots right now, but in the midst of a trial I have not lost the ability to hear Him. The Lord showed me a couple verses that were comforting.

And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way… -Exodus 13:21

God goes before us! He went before the Israelites and He does the same for us today. This verse is from when the Israelites first entered the wilderness. They were following God. For those of you that know the story, you know they were following Him into a very tough transitional trial. A trial that would last for years and test their faith again and again.

I’m in the wilderness right now. I followed the cloud in and I’ll follow it out. Rather than creating a self-pity party I’m rejoicing today! I’m literally smiling while I write this. It’s not easy to do. I’ve put in plenty of worrying but I’m over it.

And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? –Luke 12:25

He brought us out from there, that He might bring us in, to give us the land of which He swore to our fathers. –Deuteronomy 6:23

As Bill Johnson says laughingly, “It’s time to get serious about joy!”

If you’re in the midst of a trial it’s time to rejoice because God is at work.

Thank you Lord for this trial of transition! Thank you Jesus for leading me here and I know you will lead me out. I am grateful that my faith has been tested because I know the outcome will be patience. And you know we can all use more patience… I am grateful because this impossible situation gives you a chance to show your glory, provision and grace in my life. I know that six months or so down the road I’ll look back at this and praise you for your faithfulness. But I will not wait until entering the promised land to praise you. I jump for joy and praise you now in the middle of the storm because you are good, and your mercy endures forever!!

You know what’s awesome? In the middle of all the uncertainties in my life there are three things that I am positively sure of:

  1. God is in control
  2. God loves me
  3. I’m still saved by His grace

If I keep my mind focused on those three things there’s not much left to worry about.

Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. –Luke 12:22-23