Does Fear Keep You From Giving Generously?

Do you ever struggle with giving generously because you feel you need to be “safe” and fill your own reserves? If so, you are in good company.

Several years ago one of my sons modeled to me full faith giving. He had no fear of giving all he had for God’s purposes.

In 1 Kings 17, we see a story of a widow on the verge of death, prompted by God to give the little she had to Elijah, the prophet. Elijah urged her to obey God’s leading with, “Do not fear.”

Fear is the root of so many of our holdbacks.

Today I’m sharing a devotional I wrote for Rooted Moms Ministries. Join me for some encouragement to go all out in our generosity.

Be Ready So You Don’t Have To Get Ready

I heard a story last year on a podcast that made a lasting impact on me. Not only have I shared it with my boys, but I find I continue to apply the overall lesson to my own life.

Who Are You Becoming?

A mom shared how her daughter left for college, and as many do, began turning to wilder ways. She enjoyed the partying life college offered, the freedom, and the boys. Even though she was raised in a christian home and knew right from wrong, she continued choosing wrong. It was a season of her life marked by heavy alcohol use and multiple sexual partners.

Then one day she called her mom from college, “Mom! I met a boy who is everything I would want in a man. He is the kind of man I want to marry.” She went on to describe this dream guy. He was attractive, heavily involved in the campus ministry, served in the local church, and he was an incredibly nice and genuine guy.

After she shared all about him with her mom, her mom responded, “Honey, that kind of guy is not looking for a girl like you.”

Truth in Love

Ouch. The stinging truth struck her daughter’s heart. She’d been living for the present, satisfying the cravings of her sin nature. The words of her mom felt like the icy bucket of water to the face awakening her to the reality of her life, choices, and who she was becoming. Who she was in that season isn’t who she wanted to be forever, and it certainly wasn’t who the man of her dreams would be searching for.

She decided that day to turn her life back to Christ and follow Him.

Practice Being Today Who You Want to be Tomorrow

I shared this story with my boys recently in the context of looking towards what they wanted for their future and practicing toward those ends.

If they envision themselves in their dream job, what disciplines are they putting into place today to prepare for that?

One day they will have an apartment or home of their own, practice today for how they will care and manage their own home. Start in the small areas the Lord has entrusted. Manage your own bedroom and bathroom well. Complete chores fully. Become faithful with the small.

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’” Matthew 25:23

What kind of husband do you want to be? Do you want to be thoughtful, gentle, considerate, selfless? Practice today for the kind of man you want to be. Pray, ask the Lord for help.

Be Ready So You Don’t Have to Get Ready.

Do you dream of that big break, that dream opportunity? Do everything today to build the skills necessary. That way when the opportunity comes, you will already be ready.

One of my son’s has aspirations of building his own business. He has particular areas of focus. I advised him to prepare today by learning the skills, reading the books, listening to the podcasts. In a sense we are preparing our fields for the rain. We are planting the seeds and doing all the work we can in the time of waiting.

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

I heard another story of a college football player who didn’t have much chance of seeing any playing time. He made a decision to practice and prepare as if he were in the starting lineup. When several injuries took out the 1st and 2nd strings, he didn’t have to get ready. He was already ready to step out onto the field. He prepared ahead of time for his opportunity.

God’s Timing

God’s timing is perfect in every way. We have no control over when our opportunities arrive, but we do have control over who we become and what we build as we wait.

Let’s decide today what dreams we have for our future in order that we can wisely decide today what action steps to take to prepare.

 

 

 

 

 

Never Night Again

No need for the sun and moon

Imagine it: a place that doesn’t need the sun or the moon. Everything we know from Science reveals they are necessary for life on Earth. Yet a day will arrive where those who’ve placed their trust in Jesus to be their Savior will live forever in a place that won’t need the sun or the moon because “God’s glory illuminates it, and its lamp is the Lamb.” (Revelation 21:24)It will never be night there. (Rev 21:25)

No fear, no darkness, no evil. Pure holy goodness always.

Only good and perfect

“Nothing profane will ever enter it: no one who does what is vile or false, but only those written in the Lamb’s book of life.” (Rev:21:27)

It’s coming, my friends. This day will arrive. Hold firm to the promise from your Father.

If you don’t know Jesus as your Savior and you have breath in your lungs, it’s not too late. The promise is for His children. All are invited, not all will accept the invite. Accept it.

A prayer for today

Lord, today when we scroll the news and read of mandates, corrupt governments, rumors of wars, outbreaks of disease and variants, unjust everything and evil on the streets may we remember You will redeem and do more than restore. You are bringing us something new altogether. We can’t imagine with our human brains. Thank you. We wait expectantly. We love you. Amen.

PS- go read Revelation 21 and be blessed.

 

When your situation seems impossible

When there seems to be no escape, call on Jesus. Resist fear. Stand firm. Praise Him before you see victory. Maybe victory isn’t reserved for the end of the story.

There is a situation I’ve cried to the Lord about. I was powerless to change it and it was totally out of my control. At one point I just sobbed and said the name Jesus over and over. It was all I had. Thankfully, it’s all I need.

Today, that situation hasn’t fully resolved and been wrapped up in a pretty bow. But I’ve seen God perform miracles in the process. Some miracles are a one and done. Others are a step by step process.

Today I read Psalm 118 Thanksgiving for victory. Sometimes we need to remember victory isn’t always at the end. Sometimes victory is happening in the process. Celebrate Him.

Take His Word and pray it back to Him.

Lord, I give thanks to you for you are good, your faithful love endures forever. I called to you in my distress. You answered me and put me in a spacious place. Lord, you are for me. I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? You are my Helper. Therefore, I will look in triumph on those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in you than to trust in man. This circumstance surrounded me. In the name of Yahweh I destroyed it. You helped me. You are my strength and song. I will shout with joy and victory from my home, “The Lord’s right hand performs valiantly!” I will not die but live and proclaim what the Lord has done. You are my God, and I give you thanks. I exalt you. You are good and faithful. Your love endures forever. Amen

When you don’t know how or what to pray, start with His name. Open your Bible take His Words and turn them into your prayer. It’s powerful. It’s ? His will. It will change your heart and calm your fears.

Praying Prayers God Hears

Heart Posture

There is a heart posture God looks for when we pray. Humility- the opposite of pride. Jesus is a picture of humility. Satan is a picture of pride. Pride was satan’s downfall. Humility was Jesus’s exaltation. Daniel shows us a beautiful picture of how to pray to be sure God listens to our prayers.

“While I was speaking, praying, confessing my sins and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my petition before Yahweh my God concerning the holy mountain of my God-….” Daniel 9:20

Evidence of a humble heart

Daniel presents evidence of a humble heart. This giant of faith begins by confessing his sins and those of his people, recognizing our position before a holy God.

“… from the first day that you purposed to understand and humble yourself before your God, your prayers were heard. I have come because of your prayers.” Daniel 10:12

We come humble before our God and He tunes His ears to us. If this ruffles your feathers it’s an indication of a lack of true heart humility. A proud heart sets itself on equal footing with the Creator. A proud heart says why should I humble myself for God to hear me?

Prayers that start a battle

Our humble prayers ignite a holy war. We don’t see in the physical world, but in the spiritual world, a battle wages in fight for our prayers.

The angel Gabriel was sent on mission to fight for the cause of Daniel‘s prayer. Our prayers ignite war. Gabriel was withheld for 21 days fighting in the spiritual realm before he arrived to Daniel. Keep praying!

Let scripture interpret scripture. Where else do we see God incline to hear humble prayers?

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chron 7:14

 If, then statements

If you humble yourself, then God hears you and fights for you. If you remain in your pride, you become an enemy of God. 

“And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6

Do you have a humble heart? Not sure, ask God. If not, pray for Him to reshape your heart with His humility mold. It may hurt, but the pain brings gain.

 

No excuses – Go Grow

2 Peter chapter 1 held me captive today. Verse 3 begins with a punch, “His divine power has given you everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” I read this as, “You have no excuse for why you can’t live a godly life. You have His power!”
Grow on purpose. Sometimes we grow what we don’t want on accident. We allow bad patterns and habits to form, which will grow something. What do you want to grow?
In verse 5-7 Peter instructs us to be intentional in growing goodness, knowledge, self-control, endurance, godliness, affection, & love.
Why? Because it prevents us from being useless in this world. We were created to have purpose. Too many people live without knowing this.
Don’t forget who you once were and who you are now in Him! Don’t forget you are forgiven IF you’ve asked Jesus to forgive you and surrendered your life to Him.
Prepare for your eternal entry. How do you want to enter Heaven? Verse 11 tells us if we follow these instructions our entry into eternity will be richly supplied. Do you want to limp in or do you want to experience the VIP treatment? The choices we make today impact our eternal living.
I read a commentary in Enduring Word that said this, “Will your entrance into heaven be like that? Will you enter it, save so as by fire, or to receive a reward? Will you come unrecognized and unknown, or be welcomed by scores and hundreds to whom you have been the means of blessing, and who will wait you?” (Meyer)”
Whoa!!! I don’t want to limp in unknown. I want to live today in a way that impacts how I experience my eternal home.
Go read 2 Peter chapter 1 and be blessed!!