Tuesday, June 11, 2013

God Will Fight For You... By Nina Keegan

God sees you right now at this very moment.. right where you are... He sees your tears and He lifts your face to Him, look up!! That's where our help comes from! Our help comes from The Lord, Creator of  Heaven and Earth!

The eyes of the Lord are in every place.

Wherever you are today, whatever mess you find yourself in , even if it looks so very bleak and your heart is aching, God is there!! Right there! The Bible says God is close to the broken hearted.  The fact of the matter is, God knew this day was coming . He is all knowing , yes  this very moment in your life is in no way a surprise to Him. He knew exactly how and when  this life event would happen. He knows all and sees all. He knows the beginning from the end and  your situation whatever it may be is not new or too hard  for God. He can always make a way in the wilderness. Even when you are at your weakest, God is at His  supernatural strongest. 

He has been preparing the way.. He already knows the outcome and has been diligently working on your behalf to raise you out of the pit of despair. The Bible says He will raise you up with  His righteous right hand. He sees your heart He knows who or what is hurting you and causing you pain. He won't stand for that, He will rescue you and see to it that every last tear is wiped away and replaced with His unspeakable joy.

Psalm 34:19

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

As a faithful servant of God we often stand there in the storms of life clinging and hanging on as we peer into our own adversities trying to find some resemblance of our life. The winds of pain and turmoil try to threaten us and  make us doubt what we already know. We grieve ,we shake,we cry ,we move ,and somehow ...Only by looking up ,can we see through it all and straight to the amazing love and unending grace of our loving Father.  He's there unwavering in His strength and protection.. His whispers ride the wind to our deepest soul and inner thoughts and lovingly encourage us with His still small voice. His Holy Spirit comforts us, settles our minds, and calms our fears with His supernatural ability to speak to those who desire to hear from Him. the ones that diligently seek His messages with the whole of their being will hear His voice.. It's there that we can surrender it all. Yes, All!! Our heartache , our pain, our grief,  and  our suffering are fleeting and pale in  comparison to how much Jesus Himself suffered for us. What we endure through faith ,trust and confidence that the Lord can and will answer our prayers, will never be wasted. We will grow immensely in our walks with God as one more time we see how He always valiantly rescues us. We can safely unload and hand ownership of our calamity over to the only one who has the anecdote to our recovery and  the keys to our restoration. He loves you!! He will deliver you!

Every last detail even those seemingly unimportant on a scale of significance matters to God. He cares about everything that is a concern to you and He will perfect all that worries and saddens you. 

God has already long been preparing for this day, this space in time. He may be allowing these trials and tribulations to manifest in your life to not only draw himself closer to you but to also raise you up triumphantly out of the valley and  to set you gently on the beautiful mountain top .  God sees what's going on and He wants better for you, He will move mountains to save you and give you back all you've lost and the time you've wasted. When He restores ... It's beyond  amazing, its pure brilliance. Let His love heal your heart and penetrate your being. Love heals all wounds.

When we are in that valley and the canyon walls seem so steep like there is absolutely no way out, you must remember that in God and with God  ALL things are possible.  He always brings us out better than we can ever imagine. He leaves us standing there in jaw dropping awe praising His name and expressing our abundant gratitude over what He delivered us from and additionally for what He restored to us  as a result.  We will come out better than we can ask or think. We cannot imagine the glorious riches He has stored up for those who's  walk is upright.  Praise Him where you are. Be thankful in the trials!!

Beauty for ashes !! The best is always yet to come. Search your heart and repent , ask God to give you clarity as you move toward the light and safety of His presence . If God is for you, who dare be against you.

Romans 8:38-39

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

He sees all,  He fights for you!  He battles it all on your behalf. He sees those trying to hurt you and vengeance is His. He will fight for you , you will not have to lift a finger in your own defense. God  will not let you stumble and fall. He can and will put you back together, and take your brokenness and lovingly mend you  back to perfection.  Stay calm in the storm, your rescuer is coming . When you trust Him regardless of who tries to  shake you  loose from His grasp, He will just  strengthen His grip and hold you even tighter and bless you  mightily  for your trusted awareness and for living expectantly during the this most temporary  of trials. 

For this reason, we will be triumphant through Him and we can whole heartedly count it all joy no matter what we are facing... To Him be the glory!!

Isaiah 43:2

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

Thank you sweet Father that you are right here with us now carrying us through the trial. We praise you in advance for our victories! No weapon formed against us will ever prosper in Jesus name!!!


Saturday, June 1, 2013

Give It All To God... By Nina Keegan-Owens

My brothers and sisters, think of the various tests you encounter as occasions for joy. After all, you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. Let this endurance complete its work so that you may be fully mature, complete, and lacking in nothing. But anyone who needs wisdom should ask God, whose very nature is to give to everyone without a second thought, without keeping score. Wisdom will certainly be given to those who ask.

Sometimes we go through some pretty tough times in our lives. It often seems like things can all change in a blink of an eye and you wonder how you got to this place. You look back on your circumstances as a trail of mishaps and insecurities, doubts, and mistakes. Sometimes we drag so much around with us that it's hard to see the past from the present. We anchor ourselves in an odd misery loves company way that halts us from moving forward and living a blessed life. Things become very skewed and we are at an absolute loss as to how to "fix it". We want so much to get it all right, to do the right thing and to put everything in a neatly organized box with a clearly marked label. 

We want answers to things we may never know. We want the complete instruction guide and easy step by step  manifesto to get us back on track. We agonize over what to do next. We become so entrenched in our problems that we fail to see what God has put before us every day. The enemy loves distracting us and making us fear things. When we are focused on our problems, we lose focus of God. We get so down, things spin so rapidly out of control and we become unrecognizable. Sometimes it's just to painful to look in the mirror and face ourselves. It is almost like our reflection will show us things to tough to handle right now. Sometimes we just don't want to face what God is trying to show us.

We think we are so smart and that we can go it alone. We agonize over our fears and let them take root. We must remember that fear is just false evidence appearing real. We pull the old baggage out and let it echo to us one more time. We almost feel deserving of the old reminders of failures and guilt. They are part of us and perhaps it is scarey to really become all that we are meant to be. Can we really ever be free? The old record playing in the  backgroud of our mind is a part of us. could we possibly be made whole? Could we change those things that appear to have carved out trenches in our souls and are at the very essence of who we are? Is it too late? Never.. God is in control...

  Romans 12:2
    Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you can figure out what God’s will is—what is good and pleasing and mature. 
Renewing of our minds.... Doesn't that sound amazingly brilliant ? 

I know that we need to remind ourselves to give it all to God. He can make a way for us even when we are staring blankly in the wake of adversity! God is ABLE to take your mess and turn it in to the most inspiring message. God can use the hardest and most taxingly stressful test and turn it into your testimony. 
We often fail in our own attempts because we are operating in the flesh. We are settling for a life that is deeply rooted in pain instead of letting God take over. It is so hard for us ... but what ever it is you are going through it is NOT to hard for God.  We must remind ourselves daily that He loves us so much.  When we hurt, He hurts. He sent His only child, His one and only son to be brutally beat, whipped and nailed to a cross for us. He did that because He first loved us, not because of anything we did, quite simply ...He LOVES us. He loves us with an everlasting love. He took all of our messes and sadness, our illnesses, our hurting relationships, our finances, our grief, our pain, our sins, our greed, our fears and nailed them to the cross with His Son Jesus Christ and let everything, every last thing be covered in the Blood of His dying Son Jesus Christ. 

Lamentations 3:21-22

21     Yet hope returns when I remember this one thing:

22 The Lord's unfailing love and mercy still continue, 

Through the blood of Jesus shed on the cross, we have hope! We have a future! 
We have restoration and healing, we can see our promises fulfilled, our relationships restored, our finances increased, our tears, worries, fears anxieties and pain can be washed away. Our old insecurities can be disolved and replaced with pure joy!  We must let go and let God, we must not let things get to far without giving Him a chance. Praise Him in the valleys for what He can and will do in your life. God's timing is perfect so give time time. Do not be so quick to give up, that is like saying you do not trust what God can do.  Speak life over every situation in your life. Remember that all things work together for the good for those who love God. 

Isaiah 40:31

31     but those who hope in The Lord 
    will renew their strength;
    they will fly up on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not be tired;
    they will walk and not be weary.

Just when you feel like you cannot go on, like you have cried your last tear, like there is absolutely no way out; that's when God shows up in all His glory with legions of heavenly angels to fight for you. His miracles spring forth so we know it was through Him and His grace that our prayers are answered. Give it all to Him, get out of your own way, cry out to The Lord because He can do what man can't do!  His promises never fail and He, yes He still answers our prayers! When you don't even have a prayer left to pray.. Pray the way Jesus taught us to pray... The Lord's Prayer..

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, 
thy will be done, 
on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us. 
And lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from evil. 
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory. for ever and ever Amen

Heavenly Father I cry out to you now, I know you hear my prayers and you love me..I need you to show up , I need a miracle.. you know where I am right now I ask you to forgive me as I give it all to you today. I trust your word to perfect all that concerns me today. I praise you sweet Lord!
In Jesus name