HIS Name Alone Is Enough

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(Exodus 3:13-14 AMP- And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them? And God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am and What I Am, and I Will Be What I Will Be; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you!)

In reading today’s focal passage, I was reminded of this powerful truth— in and through every situation and every circumstance the name of The Lord is enough.

I dream and believe on a level that even I am often astonished by, but I know in my heart that as long as God is with me I have strength for all things. (Philippians 4:13 AMP- I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency.)

But what happens when God calls us to do something that is so much greater than what we feel we have the ability to accomplish? What happens in those moments when we’re seeking His provision, but can’t necessarily feel His Presence or hear His voice?

The answer is, whether we can hear His voice or feel Him with us or not— He’s always there. And we simply have to know and trust that what ever He asks of us or wherever He’s leading us, He’s already prepared the way. (Exodus 23:20 NIV- See, I Am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.)

I made a covenant with God that I would surrender to His Will and blindly follow wherever He leads. Meaning, I don’t have to see to believe. I don’t have to know or even understand to trust His process.

I can tell you from experience that this is a journey that has not always been easy and I’ve certainly had moments when I’ve felt like giving up. But I can also tell you that choosing to trust Him has been the best decision that I’ve ever made in my entire life. I am acutely aware of how His Presence in my life is continually molding me and making me greater in Him. And for that, I am eternally grateful.

As “genius” as I am, I’m still human and far from perfect. In all honesty, I still have moments where I feel inadequate and even unqualified to do the majority of what God has planted in my heart to accomplish. However, the beauty in that is, it’s not about what I feel, but in Whom I trust because in Him— I am sufficient.

Like Moses, I’ve had those “But Lord, what if?” moments and like Moses, God has always reminded me that in all things, in all situations, and in all circumstances— His name alone is enough!

I Am has sent me to you and today I just want to remind you that no matter what you’re going through or struggling with, God is with you. And in those moments when fear and doubt start to creep in remember that He is enough and you are sufficient in Him.

Dear Heavenly Father, today and everyday, let Your Holy Presence ever-increase within our hearts and in our lives. Lord, no matter how tedious the journey help us to trust You always and never doubt. Help us to realize and understand that You are more than sufficient, You will sustain us, and in You our worth and value are incomparable. Abba, whenever we lose sight of that truth, remind us that to simply call on Your name is enough. In the name of Jesus Christ, Your precious Son, and our Lord and Savior— I pray, Amen and so be it.

“If you took the love of all the best mothers and fathers who ever lived (think about that for a moment) — all the goodness, kindness, patience, fidelity, wisdom, tenderness, strength and love — and united all those virtues in one person, that person would only be a faint shadow of the love and mercy in the heart of God for you and me.” ~ Brennan Manning

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HOLY SPIRIT, Scatter Within Me THY Cheerful Beams

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(John 14:12 NOG- “I can guarantee this truth: Those who believe in Me will do the things that I am doing. They will do even greater things because I Am going to The Father.”)

Today’s focal verse is one of my favorite verses because it reminds me of this incredibly powerful truth— the very moment that Jesus gave His Life and sent His Holy Spirit was the very moment that solidified God’s purpose for my life.

Christ choosing the cross for my salvation will never be in vain because in Him saving my life, I realize, understand, and appreciate that the greatest of who I am is visual only because His Spirit is alive in me.

To me, Jesus saying that for those of us who believe in Him, we will not only do the work that He has done, but that we will do even greater means that He possessed this phenomenal faith in us that He knew was so much greater than we would ever have the ability or capacity to conceptualize and see within ourselves.

Jesus knew that our faith in Him and in ourselves would sometimes waver. He knew that there would be times when on our own, we would simply fall short. He knew that times would arrive in our lives when we would need to be reminded of The Greater that lives within us. (John 14:25-26 MSG- I’m telling you these things while I’m still living with you. The Friend, The Holy Spirit Whom The Father will send at My request, will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you.)

It is by us living and walking in the power, ability, provision, and authority of His Holy Spirit that allows us to blossom and thrive in the greater that He has gifted to us.

So today, I just want to remind you that you possess the power and Spirit of The Living God on the inside you. There is nothing that you can’t do because our God makes all things possible. Remember that before you were even born The Lord set you apart because He had a holy and perfect purpose for your life. Let nothing and no one rob you of that truth. (1 John 4:4 MSG- You come from God and belong to God. You have already won a big victory over those false teachers, for The Spirit in you is far stronger than anything in the world.)

Dear Heavenly Father, today and everyday forth, let Your Holy Spirit remind us of and guide us to our greater in You. Lord, help us to understand and embrace the perfect plan that you have purposed for our lives. Allow our hearts to always be cognizant of the beauty and value of the desires that you planted within us. Father, as we live our lives for You, help us to realize that the dreams that seem impossible for us to achieve on our own are the very dreams that are made possible with Your help and by Your power. Lord, in us knowing that, please give us the heart to seek You first and always. In the name of Jesus Christ, Your precious Son, and our Lord and Savior— I pray, Amen and so be it.

“O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.” ~ Saint Augustine

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LORD, Not My Will, But YOUR Will Be Done

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(Number 14:17 NJKV- I pray, let the power of my Lord be great, just as You have spoken.)

My prayers at times have often mirrored the exact words of today’s focal verse because planted and deeply rooted in my heart is this beautiful and powerful truth— no word spoken forth by my Abba Father will ever fail. (Isaiah 55:11 NET- The Promise that I make does not return to Me, having accomplished nothing. No, It is realized as I desire and is fulfilled as I intend.) (Luke 1:37 NIV- For no Word from God will ever fail.)

I fully trust in His Word with my whole heart and soul. However, what today’s focal verse truly made me realize is, I often pray like that when my heart is consumed with worry and not when it’s filled with the faith and confidence in The Lord that it should be spoken forth in. It’s like I’m asking God to let His promises come to fruition by my will and in my timing instead of trusting Him to do it by His Will and in His timing.

And in reflecting upon that, I was reminded of these precious and Life-giving words from Christ … (Luke 12:27-28,31-32 VOICE- “Think about those beautiful wild lilies growing over there. They don’t work up a sweat toiling for needs or wants—they don’t worry about clothing. Yet the great King Solomon never had an outfit that was half as glorious as theirs! Look at the grass growing over there. One day it’s thriving in the fields. The next day it’s being used as fuel. If God takes such good care of such transient things, how much more you can depend on God to care for you, weak in faith as you are. Since you don’t need to worry—about security and safety, about food and clothing—then pursue God’s kingdom first and foremost, and these other things will come to you as well. My little flock, don’t be afraid. God is your Father, and your Father’s great joy is to give you His kingdom.”)

I know that The Word, Will, and timing of our Heavenly Father is flawless; complete and absolute perfection and I desire to know Him so intimately that I never ask for anything to be done by my own will. I desire to know Him so wholly and personally that like Jesus, I simply enter His Presence and say, “Abba Father, not by my will, but by Yours.”. (Luke 22:41-43 NIV- He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me; yet not My Will, but Yours be done.”. An angel from heaven appeared to Him and strengthened Him.)

Jesus said that if we will just seek His kingdom and put Him first, then The Father would give and bestow upon us all things including the kingdom of heaven. What an incredibly beautiful promise for our hearts to embrace and behold. My heart’s greatest prayer for you is that your heart would never lose sight of that powerful, life-changing, Life-giving truth.

Abba Father, today and everyday, help us to seek you first. Help us to stay Christ-focused and Holy Spirit-guided that we would come to know you greater and trust you wholly and completely. Help us as mere human beings to understand Your profound wisdom that we would wholeheartedly know and believe that Your Will and Your timing is immaculate and flawless. Help to us never doubt You in any way, but to put our faith and hope in You always. In the name of Jesus Christ, Your precious Son, and our Lord and Savior— I pray, Amen and so be it.

“I am what no one else is, and in the hands of God I can do what no one else does. And if I dare set such a truth in motion I will change my world.” ~ Craig D. Lounsbrough

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Which Will You Rely On Most, Your Feelings Or GOD?

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(Exodus 4:10-12 NLT- Moses pleaded with The Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though You have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.”. Then The Lord asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, The Lord? Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.”)

Today’s focal passage reminded me that whether we feel we’re able to do or accomplish something or not, if God says, “Go!” then we must trust Him and do so knowing that He will never send us on a journey where we’ll have to travel alone. He will always be with us illuminating our way.

I think many of us, like Moses have had times or been in situations where we’ve simply felt inadequate. The truth is sometimes our feelings will lead us astray. The enemy is very strategic. His plan of attack will always be where we’re most vulnerable and for most of us the perception that we have of ourselves and how we “feel” will always come into play. It’s vital that we know our worth and that we never let anyone or anything rob us of how valuable we are.

I just want to encourage you guys to trust God’s provision no matter how you feel. His voice will always guide you to greatness! Believe that He has equipped and gifted you with everything that you need to conqueror what ever it is that He’s calling you to do. Embrace your purpose because you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Own your gifts and illuminate those dreams that you’ve kept hidden in your heart. And know that whenever you feel inapt, that can actually be a good thing because it puts you in a position to seek God for help. You are mighty in The Lord!

(Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV- Blessed is the one who trusts in The Lord, whose confidence is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.)

Your value is infinite and you truly can do all things! Christ will always be your strength!

“God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him.” ~ Jim Elliot

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Your Desperation Has The Power To Lead To Your Destiny

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(1 Corinthians 2:9-12 VOICE- But as The Scriptures say, No eye has ever seen and no ear has ever heard and it has never occurred to the human heart all the things God prepared for those who love Him. God has shown us these profound and startling realities through His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep mysteries of God. Who can see into a man’s heart and know his thoughts? Only the spirit that dwells within the man. In the same way, the thoughts of God are known only by His Spirit. You must know that we have not received the spirit of this rebellious and broken world but The Spirit that comes from God, so that we may experience and comprehend the gifts that come from God.)

Along my journey with God, there have been countless times when I simply trusted Him to move in my life. I didn’t worry if He would answer my prayers or not because the moment that I chose to enter into His Presence, it was already established in my heart, confirmed in my mind, and settled in my spirit that He undoubtedly would. However, in my humanness, there have also been countless times when I entered into His Presence lost and broken wondering if He could hear my voice and the deepest cries of my heart.

There’s a saying that goes, “If you’re going to worry then don’t pray and if you’re going to pray then don’t worry.” and I get the gist of that, but I can’t say that I necessarily agree with it. Being human we will all inevitably have times in our lives where worry will try to defeat us and that’s when we should draw nearest to God and pray to Him with all that we are. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 VOICE- Celebrate always, pray constantly, and give thanks to God no matter what circumstances you find yourself in. This is God’s Will for all of you in Jesus The Anointed.)

I believe with my whole heart and soul that every word that God has promised to us is pure, perfect, authentic, and true. I believe that every single word that He speaks forth will fulfill His intended purpose just as He said. (Isaiah 55:11 NIV- 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.)

In believing all of that and knowing it to be true, in my relationship with God more often than not, it wasn’t the times that I entered His Presence boldly and with confidence that I had the privilege, benefit, and pleasure of experiencing all that He is and desires to be in my life, but instead the times when I humbly entered His Presence broken and desperate, not knowing which way to turn that He revealed Himself to me in the most beautiful and prolific ways. Those have been the moments that allowed me to feel His Presence and experience Him the greatest. Those have been the moments when He allowed me to hear His voice with incredible clarity. When I came before Him worried and fearful are the precise moments that He has whispered to my heart, I Am with you always. Never will I leave nor forsake you.”. In my deepest and most intricate moments of desperation are the moments that led to true, sincere, intrinsic intimacy with God.

Today’s focal passage says, “No eye has ever seen and no ear has ever heard and it has never occurred to the human heart all the things God prepared for those who love Him. God has shown us these profound and startling realities through His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep mysteries of God. Who can see into a man’s heart and know his thoughts? Only the spirit that dwells within the man. In the same way, the thoughts of God are known only by His Spirit. You must know that we have not received the spirit of this rebellious and broken world but The Spirit that comes from God, so that we may experience and comprehend the gifts that come from God.”, meaning all we have to do is love God and allow His Spirit to fulfill It’s purpose within us.

I said all of that to say this… Seek God with all that you are no matter the circumstance or situation. Become vulnerable and transparent with Him because you can trust that He always has your best interest at heart and knows what’s best for your life. And never allow fear, worry, or doubt to keep you from entering into His Presence because in The Presence of The Lord your greatest and deepest moment of desperation can be transformed into the Life-giving, purpose-filled destiny that He has planned for your life. (Psalm 36:7-9 GNT- How precious, O God, is Your constant love! We find protection under the shadow of Your wings. We feast on the abundant food You provide; You let us drink from the river of Your goodness. You are the source of all life, and because of Your light we see The Light.)

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Not Scattered, But Planted To SHINE!

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(Mark 4:15-20 MSG- “Some people are like the seed that falls on the hardened soil of the road. No sooner do they hear The Word than satan snatches away what has been planted in them. And some are like the seed that lands in the gravel. When they first hear The Word, they respond with great enthusiasm. But there is such shallow soil of character that when the emotions wear off and some difficulty arrives, there is nothing to show for It. The seed cast in the weeds represents the ones who hear the kingdom news but are overwhelmed with worries about all the things they have to do and all the things they want to get. The stress strangles what they heard, and nothing comes of It. But the seed planted in the good earth represents those who hear The Word, embrace It, and produce a harvest beyond their wildest dreams.”.)

The NIV version uses the word sown to describe where the seed of The Word is planted for growth, so if you were to sit and reflect, where would the seed of The Word be sown in your life? The Bible says that Jesus Is The Word. (John 1:1-16 NIV- In the beginning was The Word, and The Word was with God, and The Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was Life, and that Life was The Light of all mankind. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome It. There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that Light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not The Light; he came only as a witness to The Light. The True Light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of The One and only Son, Who came from The Father, full of grace and Truth. John testified concerning Him. He cried out, saying, “This is The One I spoke about when I said, ‘He Who comes after me has surpassed me because He was before me.’”. Out of His fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.)

As I thought about today’s focal verses, I started to think about what Jesus truly means to me. I started contemplating the sovereignty and value He holds in my life. By definition the word sown means: to scatter (seed) over land or earth for growth. For some reason I focused in on the word scatter. The word scatter means: to cause to separate widely, to cause to vanish, to fling away heedlessly, squander, or to distribute irregularly. To me the word scatter in reference to the value of The Word in my heart and in my life seemed like an oxymoron because I don’t want anything that pertains to Jesus to be scattered in my life, but instead, securely planted on good earth and carefully nurtured every single day so that the seed of His Will and purpose for my life will grow, blossom, thrive, and prosper into everything that He has created and called me be. I want The Word to be firmly entrenched and established in my heart incapable of being excavated or uprooted.

I desperately want to live out God’s purpose for my life because I truly want people to know Him, and not just know Him, but to experience Him and the Life-giving beauty that His Presence brings to our lives. I want you to simply believe, and not because I said God is real but because you were able to discern, witness, and behold His power at work in your life for yourself. The beat of our hearts give life to our bodies. So today, my prayer for you is that The Word would not be scattered in your life, but that It would be carefully, firmly, and securely planted within the good soil of your heart so that It may lavishly supply Jesus into to every ounce of your being and that His Life would radiantly shine in every aspect of your life. (Matthew 5:14-16 MSG- “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be Light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you Light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a Light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a Light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.)

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My Desire Is _______.

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(Psalm 119:33-40 GNT- Teach me, Lord, the meaning of Your Laws, and I will obey Them at all times. Explain Your Law to me, and I will obey It; I will keep It with all my heart. Keep me obedient to your Commandments, because in Them I find happiness. Give me the desire to obey your Laws rather than to get rich. Keep me from paying attention to what is worthless; be good to me, as You have promised. Keep Your promise to me, your servant— the promise you make to those who obey you. Save me from the insults I fear; how wonderful are Your judgments! I want to obey Your Commands; give me new Life, for You are righteous.)

This morning before prayer service actually started, I sat down and I started to pray the passage above over my own life because I desperately want every promise that God has whispered to my heart and told me was mine to manifest in my life. And I know that in order for that to happen, I have to stay focused on Him and what His heart desires from me and expects of me. The moment that you feel that God has called you to do something changes your whole outlook on life and what truly matters to you. You have this vision that is so much greater than the one that you had for yourself. It’s like looking at your life, but through God’s eyes. So now what I desire for my life is so unbelievably eminent I know that I can’t do it without Him.

Last month, my friend Ellie invited me to her women’s conference. The name of it was “Abundantly Loved” and that’s exactly what the experience poured into our hearts. That day set a fire in my heart that has yet to extinguish. … If you know me at all, you know that unless you had come to church with me you probably wouldn’t even know that I was there because even in a church full of people, my heart still requires intimacy with God. I usually sit quietly somewhere off to myself and I spent most of the conference doing exactly what I normally do, but little did I know that my presence there hadn’t gone unnoticed.

A couple hours before the conference was over, all of the women got together to eat and fellowship. And since I was visiting I didn’t know anyone there except for Ellie and bless her heart she was busy serving and taking care of everyone the whole day. She’s one of those people that you have to admire because she lives, breathes, and embodies the essence of what a woman of God should be. Anyways, since I didn’t know anyone, I just sat at the first table that I saw had an empty seat. When I sat down a lady smile at me, introduced herself, and said, “I’ve been wanting to tell you all day long that the glow of Jesus is all over you, especially in your face.”. That was the best compliment that I have ever received. And in that moment, I also saw the God in her because she wasn’t afraid to say what she felt God had put in her heart to tell me even though she didn’t know me. And from that moment on we just laughed and talked as if we were old friends. (Thank you so much, Holly!)

The reason her telling me that meant so much to me is because I’ve truly been striving to give God my all and she saw that in me before she even knew my name. I personally believe that you can’t truly serve God or minister to someone else’s heart until you’ve been broken yourself because pain brings about a humble and grateful heart towards God that nothing else in life can give you. The most beautiful heart is one that has been broken and then mended by God because there’s a sincerity in that truth when you’re trying to minister to another broken heart that is undeniable. There’s a saying that goes, “Thank God I don’t look like what I’ve been through.”, and I’m sure that we can all relate to that in some way. But for me, instead of looking like what I’ve been through, I prefer to look like the wisdom, healing, and strength that I’ve gained from it. And being at that conference that day was confirmation for me that God had already allowed me to do that.

I shared this with you guys to say this: even though we don’t always understand what God is doing in our lives, the beauty in our pain is that the God in us can use that same pain that left us broken to be someone else’s healing. (John 13:7 NIRV- Jesus replied, “You don’t realize now what I am doing. But later you will understand.”) God has a vision to use our lives to be a blessing to someone else’s and to be a part of something so much greater than the hurt that He’s healed us from. I’m sure you’ve noticed that my title for this was, “My Desire Is _______.”. Fill in that blank with, “Whatever God Desires Of Me”. Allow God’s vision for your life to become your vision for your life because your greater lies in Him and only He can bring it to life within you.

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