Perfect Peace

How’s your peace? In Isaiah 26:3 the Bible tells us we can have perfect peace. I don’t know about you but sometimes it hard enough to have peace in general let alone perfect peace. What I love about this scripture is that peace simply means prosperity, wholeness, harmony, nothing missing, nothing broken. God’s will for us to live in perfect peace means all of these things! In order to live in this peace we have to understand that it’s not from the world but from Him alone {John 14:27}.  The world’s peace is conditional where the His peace is unconditional. So what exactly does perfect peace look like? It looks like Jesus on a boat sleeping when there was a storm and everyone else was freaking out! It looks like Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead when everyone else said it had been too long. Every situation Jesus was confronted with He was at perfect peace, you never saw Him have a panic attack or living in anxiety or worry. We too can apply this to our everyday lives but in order to do that we have to first start to understand that the impossible seems reasonable. A sign that your mind is renewed is when you know that God is able to do the impossible. Mark 11:23 lets us know that we can move a mountain! He wants us to live knowing that the impossible is possible. Maybe you don’t need to move a physical mountain but what about that mountain of debt or that mountain of bad health reports? When we walk in faith there is nothing to big for us to move! What are you saying when you get a bad report or when something doesn’t go as expected? We must start to declare the goodness of God and all that He can do and then you will start to see the perfect peace of God show up in all areas of your life! XO 

Why He Came

I love the book of John! If you have followed me for any length of time you know this about me. One of my favorite stories is found in John 5, and I want to share this with you because I believe through this story (particularly vs 1-2) we can see the reasons why Jesus came and the purpose of His life. 

  1. Salvation | The full forgiveness of sins. Ephesians 1:7

It’s not about what we do but about who He is. Religion says do, grace says done. Religion says achieve but grace says receive. No matter how many times you’ve failed God loves you just as you are! We are saved by grace through faith. 

  1. Healing | For us to live a whole and complete life. 1 Peter 2:24

With His forgiveness comes healing in every area of our life. Whether you need healing in your body,  in your mind, or your heart, He is the healer of all. The same God that forgives our sins heals us in whatever area we need.

  1. For Baptism | Acts 2:38 

He came so that we could receive baptism of the Holy Spirit. Jesus mentioned several times to His followers that when He left not to worry because they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit. He knew that everything we needed would be found in that and that we could receive power from God through the Holy Spirit. 

  1. To be our provider | 2 Corinthians 8:9 

Say to yourself- I AM RICH! How did that feel? Jesus wants us to have all of our needs met according to His riches. To the same measure that God blessed Abraham (one of the wealthiest men in the Bible) He wants to bless us. It’s not always about financial riches, it could be in any area that you need Him to provide. It’s through our faith that we receive His riches, so do you believe He wants to bless you or not? 

  1. To be our soon coming King | Acts 1:11

In our lives we will only be balanced when we believe that Jesus is coming and He has the final victory over all. No matter what you’re going through or what your circumstances look like the reason you can have faith in every situation is because we know that in the end we win! 

Friend, when we know Jesus is victorious that’s the place we begin to pray and believe from! We can look to Heaven and thank Him that in the end He gets all the glory and the victory!! XO

Have Hope

With the holidays quickly approaching one thing I can count on is how much our family will be amazed at how our children have grown. I begin to think about this and had this thought, when is the last time people have been amazed at how much you’ve grown in God? In Acts 4:13 the Bible tells us, Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. We see that people perceived they were not educated people but what they did see was they had grown in spiritual maturity.Can people perceive a growth in your life or are you the same person you’ve always been? I believe God has called us to more than just church attendance and a religious list of dos and don’ts, but He has called us to full maturity in Him. One way you can tell if you are fully living in maturity through Christ is through living in hope. Hope simply means having a confident expectation that something good is going to happen. Regardless of what’s going on in your life or what your circumstances may show, you have an expectation that something good is going to happen. When we have hope, we no longer live our life by our emotions but we are able to take charge and trust God no matter what. In Psalm 34:10 the Bible tells us to seek the Lord and you shall not lack any good thing. I love that it says those who seek the Lord, because when you seek something you don’t stop until you find it. You have hope that something good is out there! A person who lives in hope finds purpose in every situation, no pain goes wasted. Whatever has happened to you, in hope, you use that for good to help others. You know and trust that your future is not defined by what pain you are currently in or have been through. What if I told you the difficulty you are going through right now God is going to use to help other people who are going through the same thing? Would you see your situation differently? A true sign of spiritual maturity is asking yourself, how can I take what I’ve been through and help someone else. As long as we have our hope in God, not in people, our employer, or the world our heart is shielded from the disappointment of others. We can only get to this place by spending time in God’s word and time in His presence. Wherever you are at in your life today, I want to tell you friend that God is in it all and over it all! Have hope and rest assured that God is going to bring something good out of it! XO

Define Success

Everything you want to be, you already are! We spend most of our lives running after an idea of what success looks like when we end up just exhausting ourselves because the truth is success never feels like success when you are in it. Think back on where you were 5 years ago, is where you are now where you wanted to be? Chances are yes, so if so why is it that we feel so defeated now? Think about it this way, when a student starts school their goal is graduation and we celebrate on graduation day because we know once they started school they were successful in doing that. Too often we try living for a measure of success before we can call ourselves successful. We are too afraid to call ourselves successful in an area until we graduate from that success. But when is graduation day? People are afraid to give themselves a title because they feel they need to walk the stage before it’s all said and done. If you want to be a runner then start running and guess what, your a runner! If you want to start eating healthy then eat healthy today and you’ve started eating healthy. We have this list of guidelines of doing it for so long or having so much success before we can identify as a specific person. I’ve got news for you, the very minute that you started that particular journey you already are that person! If everything you ever wanted to be successful happened tomorrow what would you change in what your currently doing? Probably nothing! So in that case the only thing holding you back is you. Friend, whatever it is you want to be, start doing it. You’re that person regardless of the results and what people say. Eventually one day you will be celebrating that success and walking across the stage because you didn’t quit! What are you? XO

Feeling Anxious?

We live in the most privileged time on earth. There is more convenience at our fingertips than ever before and yet we are the most stressed out, anxious, and worried generation that has ever lived. In 2 Timothy 1:7 the Bible tells us, “God didn’t give us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind.” What sticks out to me the most in this scripture is sound mind. A sound mind is simply this- a disciplined, corrected mind. A mind that is in control and not out of control. A mind that produces good fruit from its thoughts. What’s interesting is the ownership of both of these disciplined and corrected minds come back on us personally. God isn’t going to do it for us, it’s a choice! We must discipline and correct our thoughts and we have the control to do it, but are we? Worry and anxiety are when we live in the future continuously thinking of what negative might happen. It’s actually putting your belief in the enemies plans for your life. Wow! When we stress we are putting the pressure on ourselves to produce the results that God has for our lives. We see in Matthew 11:30, that Jesus says “for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” We weren’t meant to live stressed out, anxious lives. Here we see that His burden is light, not heavy, not weighing us down and keeping us from doing all He has called us to do. We all get in this place at times, maybe your in this place now or maybe it’s something you deal with daily. When I get in a place of feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or stressed out I ask myself these questions:

-Am I doing this because of people or for God? 

-Is there anything I am doing in disobedience? 

-Is there anything I can do to change it or make it better?

Once I process these and understand that most of my stress is caused from myself, I will then release all that is weighing me down and visualize the best case scenario. Friend, it’s time to stop thinking about all that could go wrong and start thinking about all that could go right! XO