Have you ever tried to make a puzzle piece fit where it doesn’t belong? Everything about that puzzle piece looks like it should go in that opening, it may even slid into the other puzzle piece. But there is a space that is open, why is it open? Because it isn’t the correct piece. Forcing the puzzle pieces to fit together doesn’t change the fact that there is still something missing, the real piece. Are you trying to force a relationship because some things are lining up? But you know in your heart that something just isn’t quite right. Listen to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to lead you.
God cares about who you marry, if He didn’t He would not have made such a big deal out of taking Eve from the side of Adam Genesis 2:21. What was God doing? I believe the message was loud and clear, the person that God has for you is supposed to be as if they were a part of your very own body. No different than that puzzle piece, you two fit. “The two shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24), that is deeper than just coming together and knowing one another. Two people coming together is on a spiritual, emotional, relational, psychological, and spiritual level.
God looked at Adam and saw something that he didn’t even know. God saw that it was not good for him to be alone. Adam didn’t know that he was alone, he thought that his life was complete. Adam was happy in fellowship with God, he was busy naming the animals and working. God decided it was time and God will do the same for you. Let God complete your puzzle, and you won’t be alone for much longer.
27 Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed. 2 So they bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate the governor.
3 When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. 4 “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.”
“What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”
5 So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.
Notice that Judas was “seized” with remorse when he realized that he had sinned. The sad part about his sin was that he tried to make it right by returning the money and when that didn’t work he took his life into his own hands. Judas is like a lot of our enemies, a victim. I know that many people don’t believe that but he was. Judas was used and by the time the devil was done with him, he was left with his own conscious to contend with.
We must as believer’s never take for granted that anyone can fall victim to the enemies plans because we all have. So remember to pray for your enemies as the word tells us to do because just like Judas there will be a conscious moment of realization of wrong doing, but what will we be guilty of if that person takes their very life into their own hand? Pray Saints, just like Jesus betrayal was working for his good, so is your situation. The “enemy, (a friend or relative)” was set up, so forgive and pray for them and remember that by the grace of God it could have been you.
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. Before we go the “way” that we think we should, there is a will to go the way that we believe is right for us. Sometimes we judge the way that we should go by what something or someone looks like, just like Lot did and we think, that’s the way that I’m supposed to go, not knowing that we are entering Sodom and Gomorrah (which almost caused Lot’s death).
The problem is we trust in what we see, just like Eve did when she looked at the tree and began to allow her will to be turned toward it and then act on that will, which did lead to spiritual death. The solution to getting where God’s will would have us to go is to walk by faith and not by our limited sight. Understand that it doesn’t always look like we think it should, but God will confirm His will and He will lead you just like He did the children of Israel, Abraham and Moses. Surrender your will today!
Everyday we feed our flesh whatever it asks for be it chocolate, hot wings, sports, social media, the opposite sex, alcohol, cigarettes, drugs. It is a given that we have to eat and it is a given that we will indulge in social behavior but there are some things that we don’t need to feed our flesh. My pastor always says whatever you feed the most will rule, speaking of flesh verses the spirit. Please understand that you will need to supply the body as long as you are on this earth but when it begins to demand then know your flesh has crossed over into overeating the things of this world.
So the very next time your body demands the supply of this world, supply it with the word of God. Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
9 So the chief cupbearer told Joseph his dream. He said to him, “In my dream I saw a vine in front of me, 10 and on the vine were three branches. As soon as it budded, it blossomed, and its clusters ripened into grapes. 11 Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes, squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup and put the cup in his hand.”
12 “This is what it means,” Joseph said to him. “The three branches are three days. 13 Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your position, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand, just as you used to do when you were his cupbearer. 14 But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison. 15 I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon.”
23 The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.
Joseph was a friend to this man in his time of deep distress over a dream he had but when it came time for him to be remembered, he was forgotten. The text goes on to say that two full years had passed. This is so disheartening when you have helped someone and believe that when your time comes they will reciprocate, but be encouraged knowing that it doesn’t matter what man remembers. We are never forgotten by God and He is ALWAYS ON TIME. Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.
We plan our days, we make out schedules, we book flights to fly and see relatives and then we get upset when our “plans” don’t work out. We forget what the word says in Proverbs 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. Never forget that God has the right to change our plans according to the good plan He has for our lives.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
We have all been filling something out online and at the end are the words, click submit. We don’t just sit there and look at the button, we hit it and sometimes with authority. We do this knowing that we have done what was asked of us and now that the information has been received it’s only a matter of time before we get an answer. Most of the time a weight is lifted off because it took some time to get through each section, so there is also an expectation that the response is going to be a positive one.
Be encouraged you have Submitted your requests unto the Father and He won’t be sending you an automated response but He will send you a real living and breathing answer.
How much longer before we get there? If I had a penny for every time my children asked me how much longer before we get there, I would not have to work for a living. What about you, do you find yourself asking God this very same question? If you do, then ask God a better question. God what is it that I am supposed to learn from this valley to take with me when I get to the mountain top?
When you get your answer, focus on the fullness of the lesson and know that there is an end to everything. Even better than that, Eccleciastes 7: 8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.
I went walking today and I thought to myself, I am going to turn right here. I was pretty sure that I would get to my destination faster (not that it really mattered). I looked around at the unfamiliar streets, making turns here and there all the while talking to a friend. I told my friend that I believe that God was giving me a lesson as I walked around, not sure of where I was ( At this point I didn’t know where I was). I began to feel like I should have just taken the turn I knew. I told my friend that I believed God was showing me that He wanted to take me to my destination, but not by the way that I was use to going. I began to panic to some degree because I could hear dogs and some of the houses in the neighborhood looked like a killer might be lurking around (extreme I know).
So many times we take the turn the Lord has given us, but because something doesn’t look like what we are use to seeing and it’s a little scary we begin to panic and look for a way out or off of the path we know God has urged us to take. As the streets I walked down curved and my mind wondered how much longer, there it was, the street that I was looking for. I told my friend, this is what God means when He tells us that we walk by Faith and not by sight. If God would have showed me before I took that turn some of the houses I would have to pass by and the dogs who were around lurking, I would have turned down the other street (the one that I am familiar with). The turn that would have kept me from writing this post today.Stay the course, turn where and when God tells you to, someone needs your post today.
I live in Kansas and I have heard about a lot of spider bites lately. I saw one in my bathroom one morning and I pounded him until I thought the deed was done. I went back to doing what I was doing and the next thing I knew, he got up and ran away. Now if you are like me, you are wondering the same thing that crossed my mind, “I didn’t know that spiders could play dead.” I foolishly believed spiders were not capable of playing dead.
Sometimes the sin in our lives is the same way, it looks dormant but it is waiting to spring back to life and run away with us. We see it when it comes in the form of temptation but because we think that we have killed that part of ourselves we take for granted that it will always be there as long as we are in the flesh. So what do we do? The word says that if we walk in the spirit that we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. There is a constant battle between our flesh and our spirit, so who will win? The one we kill the most!
We kill the flesh by calling on the name of Jesus. We kill the flesh by the Word of God. We kill the flesh by not giving in to its desires, don’t answer that text, that phone call. We kill the flesh by hearing the Holy Spirit when it tells us to go another way. We kill the flesh by calling those things that be not as though they were. We kill the flesh by putting on our armor daily. We don’t have to go it alone we have help!