If God

“If God” by Casey J made my heart smile the other day, and I thought I’d share it. It reminded me of how much God loves and cares for us, and when we feel like no one is there, His Spirit is always present. Enjoy! The lyrics are below with a link to the music video. Happy Sunday and God bless.

“If God”

What shall we say to these things
There’s still cancer
And so much disease
What shall we say to these things
There’s so much violence
It’s getting hard to believeSo many questions
But still one answer

If God be for me
Who can be against me
If God is with me
Whom shall I fear
If no one knows me
Still His heart adores me
I am safe, I am loved, I am healed

If God be for me
Who can be against me
If God is with me
Whom shall I fear
If no one knows me
Still His heart adores me
I am safe, I am loved, I am healed
It’s only because

Oh precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow
No other fount I know
Nothing but the blood of Jesus

You said You’re for me
Who can be against me
You said You’re with me
Whom shall I fear
If no one knows me
Your heart adores me
We are safe, we are loved, we are…

If You’re for me
Who can be against me
If You’re with me
Whom shall I fear
If no one knows me
Still Your heart adores me
I am safe, I am loved, I am healed

If You’re for me
Who can be against me
If You’re with me
Whom shall I fear
If no one knows me
Still Your heart adores me
I am safe, I am loved, I am healed

 

Casey J – If God / Nothing But The Blood

Lyrics taken from http://www.azlyrics.com

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The Potter’s Touch

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Isaiah 64:8 says, ““But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” This is one of my favorite verses. It’s so amazing to be able to see oneself as a piece of art, and to God, we are just that…we are works of art created by His hands. A friend of mine encouraged me on a rough day and said, “When you fall off the wheel, God picks you back up and places you back on His wheel. An artist loves keeping his hands on his work; perfecting and molding it until it becomes exactly what they desire”.

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
Philippians 1:6 NLT

God told me, “There is nothing you can do to make me want to stop working on you…leaving My signature on you in the Earth. The world will know whose you are”.

So, if today is one of those low and down days, if this time in your life feels like you are continuously falling off the Potter’s wheel, be encouraged. He has no intention of allowing you to stay on the floor.

“For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity.” Proverbs 24:16 NKJV

His loving grace enables us to keep getting back up again. I praise the Father for this truth, because every day is not easy, joyous day for me. Today, this reminder from God has breathed fresh wind into me. I hope you let it do the same for you.

Below are lyrics to a song called “Potter and Friend” by Dante Bowe with a link to the youtube video for the song. Read them, listen to the song, and allow the Spirit of God to pick you up, wipe the tears from your eyes and remind you of how loved and precious you really are to God. You are His child. Let Him embrace you like the Good Father He is.

God Bless.

“Potter and Friend”

Potter oh potter…
You saw this heart from the beginning
But still you put this clay in your hand
Even though it was ugly and filthy
You called it the best kind
You called me the best kind
So I’ll sing

Hallelujah to the potter who came and made me new…
Hallelujah to the potter who came and made me new
Thank you…

So put me on your wheel now…
And spin me around spin me around
Place me in your flame now…
Until you see through me
And I’m ready to come out
And all that was broke…
It won’t be broken after this no

Not after this
And all that was dead…
Is finding life again
And a true friend that so happens to be a potter
ohhhhh

Hallelujah to the potter who came and made me new…
Hallelujah to the potter who came and made me new
Thank you…

Cause you take broken things.
And make them beautiful.
Oh you take broken things.
And make them whole again.
Oh broken things.
And make them beautiful.
Oh you take broken things and put them back together again

So I’ll say

Hallelujah to the potter who came and made me new…
Hallelujah to the potter who came and made me new
I look just like you…

So come and go with me…
To the potters house…
And you best believe…
Oh he’ll something good…

Oh he’ll make something good…
Yeah he’ll make something good…
Oh he’ll make something good off the dust

Potter and Friend By Dante Bowe Ft. Jesse Cline

All Bible verses have been copied from my.bible.com. 

Hit, but Not Destroyed


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Someone said this to me one day when I was at church. They walked right up to me and gave me a word from God at a time when I was feeling less than wonderful. Have you ever had one of those days when nothing about you seemed to be going right? When your esteem was down, your head hanging low, and then all of a sudden, someone steps in and helps you see yourself as God does? Well for me, this was that time. Now, being reminded of this time in my life by God, I want to share some encouragement with you all.

YOU ARE GOD’S MASTERPIECE! CREATED FOR GOOD WORKS IN CHRIST JESUS
AND SEALED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD!

Have you ever seen something spill on a laminated piece of paper? If it’s sealed in completely, the document inside remains untouched by whatever got spilled on it. Once the lamination gets wiped off, the document looks brand new and untouched. The spill happens, but it is unable to destroy what remains inside. Did you know, the Holy Spirit is to us what the lamination paper is to document? He is our protection and our sealant.

“So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.” Galatians 5:16 NLT

As we walk in the Spirit of God, meaning, we are in living in agreement with what God has said and wants us to do, we are kept under the sealant of the Holy Spirit. Life may happen, things may shift for better or for worse, but nothing will be able to reach in and snatch us from the hand of God and communion with the Father. As sons and daughters of God, we have been brought into His family through adoption, and living with the Holy Spirit leading our lives is proof of this. I heard it said like this, “the Holy Spirit is our [adoption] paper as proof that we belong to God”.

Do you know that you are valuable to God? So valuable that He was willing to sacrifice His most prized possession, His Son Jesus Christ, for your redemption just so you could be brought into a restored relationship with Him?

“ And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to Himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to Him.”
2 Corinthians 5:18 NLT

YOU MATTER TO GOD!!

Your life, your soul, your mind; all that concerns you matter’s to Him. Your character, your self-esteem, your self-worth, the state of your being; it ALL matters to God.

You are His joy, His jewel, His love, His marvelous work, fashion by His hands and set apart for His glory.

You have been created in such a way that your very presence and existence is an answered prayer to a problem in the earth.

You are so loved and cared for that His thoughts of you outnumber the grains of sand in all the earth. He knows you in every way possible, and His love for you has never changed. Your beauty is matchless and your purpose is uniquely divine. You are an exquisite work of art, brought forth by the hand of the Master Creator.

You were created on the tapestry of creation. Once you invite Christ into your heart to be Savior and Lord, you enter into the gallery of priceless artwork and you become enclosed with the frame of the Holy Spirit. Its frame is one that is embroidered with the love, grace, and mercy of God. Held together by the sacrifice of Christ. You are set high on display to shine the grace and splendor of your Creator. You are a living, breathing, moving, in penetrable, piece of art. You are matchless in all of your splendor.

Pause for a moment, and breathe in the truth of who you really are.
There is nothing that can be done to take God’s love away from you. There is nothing that can be done that will cause Him to look at you less than who He has created you to be. He wants you near Him, and He wants you to share in all that He is and in all that He has planned for you.

“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart…” Jeremiah 1:5 NLT

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” Jeremiah 29:11-13 NLT

He wants you near Him. Being close to Him is the only way you will ever truly be able to accept who you are.

No matter what happens to us, no matter what life brings to spill on us, we are covered and sealed and by the Spirit of God. Every life event, every hard hit, every bad day and broken heart, can only cover us for a moment. They may seem like they will overtake us and destroy us, but God is always there covering us with His protection. That’s His promise.

“Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection.” Proverbs 30:5 NLT

“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.” Isaiah 54:17 NKJV

Things may get on us, but it cannot blot us out..we cannot be destroyed. We are God’s and God’s alone. Let this sink in.

“He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.” Psalm 91: 4 NLT

Even His No Is Good

I saw this the other day, and thought I’d share. So many times I have felt that God’s “no” to me was so unfair…possibly even unreasonable. I felt like His “no” was to keep me from having fun and locked away. But as the days of my life have rolled through, I have realized, over and over, that He knows so much better than me. His “no” was not to inflict pain, but to cover me from it. His “no” was a stamp of His love on my life. His “no” was meant to be the umbrella in the storms life brought. Some times I listened, other times I didn’t. It has all made me a better person, and has taught me that listening to His “no” is always far better than rejecting what He says to please myself. His “no” has made me better, and has set me up for the greatest “yes’s” a girl could ever dream or ask for.

We Are Overcomers

“I am an overcomer and I overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony.” Declaration of Revelation 12:11

A few years ago, I received a letter in the mail from my grandmother. Attached to the letter, was three full pages of bible verses written as declarations. As I read through the pages, the declaration above stuck out to me. “I am an overcomer”…when I read this statement, my face shifted into a huge smile. Even today reading it, great hope and joy rush through my veins. It makes me reflect on the different things God has brought me through, and that without Him, my life would be empty and hopeless. Praise Break: “Thank You Jesus for saving me, and never giving up on me. Thank You for Your Spirit being present in my life everyday, and in the lives of Your children. We are lost and empty without You!”

I often sit back, and think about where God has brought me from: the circumstances, the mindsets, the places of loneliness, hopelessness, emptiness and pain. I think about the situations I allowed myself to get involved in, and I am constantly reminded of how I have been greatly changed through God’s love. Over the years, I have learned more and more about how unconditional and unfailing God’s love truly is. He never abadons us, no matter how many mistakes we make. His promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us is real; my life is a living testament of that.

“Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:8NKJV

Such a simple verse, yet it holds such a heavy truth. It has taken me a very long time to accept that His love never leaves me, and there are still some days that I struggle with this truth. It is so easy to get caught up in the fragility and feeble love that we as people give to one another. In the world we live in, it’s easy to lose touch with God’s never ending, unquenchable, non-refundable love. I mean, who really wants to love someone who fails every day? Only God! Even as I type this all I can say is, “Thank You Jesus”. But that’s the incredible beauty of His love. He knows our faults, and He knows all too well the sin nature that has been attached to us since the womb. This is why He sent His Son Jesus Christ.

“ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17NIV

He knew perfectly well that the only way for us to get it together was for His Son to die a horrific death for the penalty of our sins. Without His sacrifice, we would be fully condemned, and headed to hell with no way out.  Now, absolutely nothing can separate us from His love.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 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.” Romans 8:35-39 NIV

I used to allow my mistakes from my past control me. It kept me locked up in an impenetrable prison of condemnation with a tightly wrapped mussel over my mouth. I would allow my insecurities and the opinions of others to tear me down in to tiny fragments. But one day, through Christ, freedom came! He broke down the walls of condemnation that surrounded my life, and He tore the mussel from its straps. He loved me beyond me, and showed me that my past was a testimony of His grace and mercy. He gave me my voice back, and my reason for living.

Did you know that this isn’t something just for me, but for you as well? That He wants to rescue you from the imprisonment of sin and condemnation? That He wants to deliver you and love you beyond all reasonable understanding? Accepting Him as your Lord and Savior means that He takes all that has happened, and all that is still to come in your life, and molds it together for His glory. The devil will try to tell you that this just isn’t true, and that His love could never cleanse you and set you free. But the devil is a deceiver and that is all he knows how to do. The devil has only come to steal, kill, and destroy, so of course he wants to keep us trapped in wrong thinking and keep us locked away from all truth!

“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the LORD . “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” Isaiah 1:18NLT 

Jesus loves you, and wants to purify you in every area that needs it. This is such an amazing truth that I have to consistently remind myself of. He knows our past, and loves us anyway. He knows our faults, and they only make Him want us more so He can smooth out those rough edges to fashion us into the image we were originally supposed to be made in…His image!!!!

 “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26 NKJV

It’s time to begin seeing our past and life’s circumstances from a new perspective. We are overcomers through Christ Jesus, and because of this, our testimonies help others overcome the obstacles blocking them in.  We can no longer allow ourselves to be trampled and beaten down because of where we have been. But instead, look to Christ and allow it to be a testament of who God really is. No matter the mess ups and mistakes, never let them keep you from a relationship with Christ because it is in repenting for our mess ups that we are able to experience His unfailing, never-ending, irrefutable, unrestricted love.  He has made you new, so live in it and rejoice!

 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

Preparing for the Harvest


“And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully,”” Luke 12:16 

Such a simple verse, yet it is filled with such richness. The Bible doesn’t give us the whole back story into the preparations made for the harvest. However, we do know that before the harvest could come, there had to be work done. There had to be diligent time spent in the field in order to have a harvest to reap. Digging up dry and dead things to make room for new life. Cultivating the ground so it would be in the proper condition to yield the crop being planted. There had to be spent sowing seed and creating guards to protect from wildlife destroying what was sown. There had to be time given to consistent diligence in watering the seed, and pruning it as it sprung to life. There had to be regular checks to make sure nothing was eating away at what had been growing, causing holes to form. And the ability to pay constant attention to any other needs that may have presented themselves was probably exhausting. Then came the waiting process for the full harvest to spring up and fully manifest.

Just as it is with a natural harvest, so it is with the harvests that we are waiting to spring to life in our own lives.

Many times, we want to see a harvest manifest in our own lives, but put little to no effort into producing what we want to see. Then, we wonder why we see no fruit yielding in our lives. Some years ago, one of my mentors confronted me about laziness. He said, “You want what God has promised (the harvest), but you’re not willing to do what it takes to see it manifest”. As I was confronted with this large dose of reality, my heart sank. The heaviness of this made my heart hurt because I knew it was true.

We read about the promises of God all the time in the Bible. We hear them preached over the pulpit, we read about them in the extraordinary tales of peoples lives, and God even whispers personal promises into our hearts while we sit, read, think, dream and worship. We get excited about these promises, but how often do we slow down, take a seat and ask God about the process? We cry, laugh ,and jump for joy when we hear them, but do we really ask God for His roadmap and directions to the destination He promised?

For such a long time, I would sit on God’s promises. Some years ago, I wanted a new job and God had spoken to me, through my pastor, that He was going to bring me into a job that I was going to love. I was so happy that I shared it with a friend of mine . The conversation we had will stay with me forever. When I told her about the promise, she asked what I was doing to look for the job. To my embarrassment now, I told her, I was doing nothing because God was going to bring it to me. She responded,”Well yeah (with a laugh), but you have to do the work to get the job”.

The thought of not working at something or for something, it’s quite laughable. I was spoiled in my thinking and had it all wrong. But how many of us really do this? God shows us some amazing promise, then we just sit and wait for it? We don’t ask questions, we don’t pray about it, we just wait for it to drop into our lap.

This amazes me because we don’t do this when we’re hungry; just hoping food will magically appear and get in our bellies to satisfy the hunger. No, we get up and go to the store and make something happen. We may even call or text someone in hopes of convincing them to bring us something to eat. We work in some form or fashion to get what we want. Yet, we sit down on God. Sounds crazy, right?

“Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:17-18

We can believe all we want but without doing the work, it’s dead. Like super crispy dead. God gives us vision to bring forth His will in the earth. He is even willing to give us instructions if we ask. We are His hands and feet here on earth. Saying yes to God is saying yes to being a willing vessel for the advancement of His kingdom. What He produces through us, are great and beautiful gifts from above.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17 

Our gifts are all different. Some speak, some help, some are good idea generators, some sing, some pray, some love, some have patience, and the list goes on and on. Whatever God has given you as a tool to produce in the earth, is a true gift. Those gifts are meant to shine light in a dark world; to shine brightly on who God is and on all He is able to do.

 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5: 16

Yes, harvest time is a good time, but its preparation is not one of slothful living. And when it comes, and the kinds of fruits we produce, is in a lot of ways up to us. What are we willing to do and give up to produce the harvest God has promised? Where are our works to match our faith? How long will we sit on what God has given us? Our gifts, our talents, our visions, our dreams. He doesn’t waste words or give empty visions. Every word He speaks in and over our lives will produce.

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 53:10-11 

How long it takes for His promises to appear in our lives, is staked much on how we respond to what He tells us. Will we only be excited when we hear it, or will we sit down and allow God to open up His vision to us? To give us the steps to where He is taking us and the route He wants us to go?

He is awaiting our arrival to sit and meet with Him. So grab a pen and some paper, take a seat and ask Him what it will take to see the harvest manifest in your life. I promise He will answer and lead you.

“Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it — the Lord is His name: ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.’” Jeremiah 33:2-3

And once you get the plan and the steps it will take, run with it. This is how we show the world we believe in the word God has said; that we believe God is real. This is even how we show God we believe Him and trust His commands. We have to stop hoping things will happen, and move on what God has said to us and make it happen with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We must stop being afraid and know that God goes with us wherever we go.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

It Had to Happen

It Had to Happen

“Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord!’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.’ A week later His disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ Then He said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; see My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe.’” John 20:24-27

In this life, we will always get the opportunity to meet a “Thomas”; A person that feels like, unless they see someone who has been through what they’ve been through, they won’t believe. They won’t believe that things will get better, they won’t believe that everything will work out, they won’t believe that Christ is able to do the unthinkable in their lives. We must also be careful, because there may even be times when we, ourselves, won’t believe.

Because of this, hardships have to happen. Things in our lives have to go wrong, so when we encounter others facing battles and trials of their own, we have the scars to relate. But not only do we have the scars, but we have the victory to help them see the light at the end of the tunnel. When we overcome battles in our lives, we become the proof for people, just like the holes in Jesus’ hands were proof for Thomas.

Our hardships are the holes in Christ’s hands and feet. Our issues are His pierced side. And the fact that we are still standing, living and breathing, is Christ living in the earth. What He went through on the cross did not keep Him in the grave. What we have gone through will not keep us down, depressed or defeated. We are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus, and there are so many people who need to hear what we’ve gone through and have overcome. Our testimonies are proof that not only is Christ real, but He works. Trusting and believing in Him works. Living for Him works. Surrendering to Him works. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it.

Where we are and what we are going through may not make sense today, but one day it will. I have stories and experiences, that at the time they were happening to me, I could not see a way out or a silver lining. Looking back on them now, I am glad they happened. It didn’t feel good when it happened, but now my life is able to be on display for others that have similar experiences and encounters that I’ve had. I get the chance to show how good Christ is, how He never left my side, and how I am still standing tall. Life tries to bury us, but testimonies can open the door for us to rise up and walk out.

The process doesn’t always make sense. I’m sure it wasn’t easy for Jesus to go to the cross, knowing the excruciating pain He would experience, but He did it anyway, looking to the victory ahead of Him. Because of the cross, the veil was torn, and we are now able to go before God and experience a personal relationship with Him. We get to know our Creator and one day get to be with Him for all of eternity. It doesn’t get any better than that. I am so grateful for what He was willing to go through for us when He didn’t have to; He chose to endure.

The pain has a purpose. The issues have a purpose. The sacrifice has a purpose. The loneliness has a purpose. The sorrow has a purpose. The loss has a purpose! I can say this not only because I believe it, but because of what I’ve been through and how my own holes have shown Christ. It’s not easy walking through the valley times, but it’s worth it and He never leaves our side for a minute.

Don’t give up, cling to Christ, and keep moving forward. It will produce so much more than you expect it to in the end.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28