God Wants You to Rest and Let Him Go to Work

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In War Room, the latest Kendrick Brothers film that’s currently showing in theaters, Miss Clara tells Elizabeth that it isn’t her job to fix her husband, and to let God fight for her, accomplishing what only He can. Elizabeth learns that the best thing she can do is to pray for Him, and trust God with the situation. When she does this, she sees things begin to change for the better in her marriage and family life, without her even having to struggle with trying to turn them around herself!

When things aren’t going the way that we would like them to, oftentimes we will become determined to fix them on our own. We’ll do everything we can to get them back on track, yet no matter how hard we try, a great deal of the time it just isn’t enough. What else could we do that would be more effective? How about putting our trust in God and allowing Him to do what we can’t?

Do you know what God wants us to do when things aren’t going right? Instead of going to work, He wants us to rest, and let Him work on our behalf! He knows exactly what the problem is and how to solve it, but how can He do anything about what we’re facing if we’re determined to fix it on our own, and refuse to accept His help? Sometimes, the best thing that we can do is to trust in Him, rest in knowing that He’s got our back, and then when we do act, do so with His guidance.

Ironically, resting in the knowledge that God is taking care of things can sometimes be the hardest thing for us to do. It requires us to fight the urge to just take matters into our own hands. You may actually have to work at resting (Hebrews 4:11)! Though it may feel like you’re being lazy, finding rest in God doesn’t mean that you never do anything, but rather that you’re relying on Him, not yourself, and that you’re acting under His direction instead of just doing what you think would be best.

Whatever your situation may be, God wants you to rest in Him. Trust Him to take care of it for you, and let Him accomplish amazing things in your life that you never thought possible!

Cast Your Cares Upon Him

CastWeek 43 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly finished. This week’s reading was 1 Peter 3-5, and 2 Peter 1-2.

1 Peter 1:7 tells us to cast all of our anxiety upon God, because He cares for us.

Are you anxious about something? Worried about how to handle a certain situation? Not sure what to do? Cast your cares upon the One who cares for you!

God loves us. Because He cares about us, He doesn’t want us to be weighed down by worries, anxieties, or cares. He wants us to give them to Him, trusting that He will take care of the things that are concerning us. He wants us to believe that He will accomplish what we can’t on our own, and show us how to handle whatever circumstance we may be facing.

A little child doesn’t worry about anything. They know that their parents will take care of them. God wants us to trust in Him the same way, knowing that He will take care of us. Have faith in your Heavenly Father, in His love for you, and in His ability to do far above all you could ask or think (Ephesians 3:20-21). Cast all your anxieties upon the One who cares for you!

Blessings For The Righteous

Blessings For The RighteousThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is
Psalm 5:12. This verse tells us that God blesses those who are righteous, and surrounds them with His favor as with a shield.

How are we made righteous? Do we become righteous by doing enough good deeds, trying to obey all of God’s rules, or by being a ‘good’ person? Romans 3:22 gives us the answer to this question. It says that righteousness is given through faith in Jesus to all who believe. We can never be good enough to become right with God on our own. The only way for us to truly be made right with Him is by trusting in Christ’s finished work at the cross.

If we have faith in Christ, then we are righteous – not because of what we have done, but because of what He has done for us. God’s Word says that He blesses the righteous. Know that if you have placed your faith in His Son, His blessings are yours! Also, know that His favor surrounds you as with a shield. Wherever you go, and whomever you come in contact with, God’s unmerited favor is upon you! As you go about your day, expect success, for your Heavenly Father is on your side!

In Perfect Peace

In Perfect PeaceThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Isaiah 26:3. It says that God will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because their trust is in Him.

Are you ever worried? Anxious? Do you ever feel like your mind is racing at the speed of a thousand miles per hour? God promises to keep in perfect peace those whose minds are stayed on Him. As we focus on our Heavenly Father – how much He loves and cares for us, and how He is able to do far more than we could ever ask or think (Ephesians 3:20-21) – we will begin to experience the peace He wants for us.

In Philippians 4:6, we are told to be anxious for nothing, but in everything, to present our requests to God. The more we begin to trust in Him with whatever is causing us worry, the more our minds will be at rest, knowing that He will accomplish for us and through us what we can’t accomplish on our own.

Those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in God, will be kept in perfect peace. Know that He is more than able to handle anything life may throw your way. Learn to trust in Him at all times, and begin to walk in the peace that He has for you!

He Is With You

He Is With YouGod is our light and salvation (Psalm 27:1). He is always with us, as a mighty warrior, to save us (Zephaniah 3:17). With Him on our side, we have nothing to fear.

Our God is a good God. His plans for us are for our prosperity, not for our harm (Jeremiah 29:11). Those who seek Him lack no good thing (Psalm 34:10). No matter what your circumstances, trust that your Heavenly Father will take care of you.

Let us set our hope on the Lord, for He will never disappoint. We can place our confidence in His goodness and love. Regardless of whatever situation we may find ourselves in, we will be kept in perfect peace if our mind is stayed on Him (Isaiah 26:3).

The Lord is with you. You have nothing to fear. He is a good God, with good plans for you. Set your hope on Him, and see His provision manifest in your life!

Faith In God’s Promises

Faith In His PromisesSometimes the winter can seem to last forever, causing one to long for warm sunshine, bright blue skies, the beautiful flowers of spring, and the cheery singing of birds. Even on the coldest days of winter, however, we don’t doubt the coming of spring. We know that no matter how things may look at the time, it is on its way.
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In the same manner, we can trust that no matter what our circumstances, God’s promises to us are true, and that they will come to pass in our lives. Despite how things may currently look, we can be confident in the knowledge that whatever we ask for, in faith and believing, we will receive (Mark 11:24).

What are you believing God for? Know that those who ask will receive (Matthew 7:6). Have faith in God’s promises to you!

Faith In His Promises

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L.A. Bound – Part Three

L.A. Bound Part 3Though time was rapidly waning, I was still to join the party headed for LA if a slot somehow became available. Despite the fact that nothing had yet changed, I purchased the necessary supplies for the venture. The day of our departure dawned, and I went about packing. The hours passed. There was still no news of an extra spot. Would one ever open?

A of couple hours before the church van was to pull out of the parking lot, the phone rang.  I picked it up.  I was informed that an extra slot had become available. I was indeed L.A. bound!

The long wait was over. I was overjoyed! What God had spoken to me had come to pass. In addition to obtaining an opening, a great deal of money from trip-related fundraisers transferred to me. God had taken care of the expenses as well!

As the church van lumbered slowly along that evening, I sat there in a state of excitement. I was off on the adventure I had so long awaited, and quite an adventure it proved to be. I saw and experienced many things with which I was unfamiliar. Most amazing of all were the events that took place once we reached our destination.

I saw God work in my life in numerous, numerous ways. He enabled me to do things I hadn’t done before. He gave me the strength and the ability to complete each task put before me. He revealed to me gifts and passions I didn’t know I had. A number of people in the area we served spoke Spanish, which led me to learn all I could of the language while there. One of my friends on the trip knew American Sign Language, which she offered to begin teaching me one night. The next day I encountered a deaf person who knew some sign. What I’d learned the night before enabled us to communicate to some level. This introduction to ASL birthed in me an eager desire to learn more of it. I have continued on with both sign language and Spanish for use wherever God might lead me. Over the course of the trip, God guided me to those He wanted me to speak with, and gave me the words to say when I needed them. I was even able to share my story of how God had provided for me to join the L.A. missions team with someone we ministered to.

The L.A. trip was an amazing experience, which demonstrated to me in a tangible way just what can happen when we stand on what God is speaking to us. He made a way when it seemed impossible. He encouraged me when I became discouraged. He helped me to continue trusting in what He had for me. This trip showed me, in a greater way than ever before, how amazing our God truly is!

His Word Stands Forever

flower“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8 (NASB)

Things in this world are subject to change. There are many beginnings and endings. The grass, which grows so green all summer, turns dead and brown with the coming of winter. Leaves change to brilliant colors and fall from the trees each autumn, then decay and become part of the soil. Snow falls down from above, then melts away under the warmth of the sun. Flowers are here today and gone tomorrow. Amidst the variance of things around us, we have been given something to hold onto which is enduring.

Unlike our surroundings, God’s Word stands forever. It never changes, for God will not alter what His lips have uttered (Psalm 89:34, NIV). Furthermore, His Word produces results. It will not return to Him empty, but will achieve the purpose for which He           sent it (Isaiah 55:11, NIV).

Don’t be afraid to believe in God’s Word and what it says about you. “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind.” When He speaks, He acts. When He promises, He fulfills (Numbers 23:19, NIV 1984).  Stand on His promises, which are yes and amen in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20, NKJV). Declare them over your life. Expect results – you are trusting in the word of our God, which stands forever!