3 Reasons Why God is Greater than Your Problems

While we intellectually know in all the Earth, there is none greater than God, an inherent part of our humanity struggles to trust and obey Him fully. Reflecting upon the Sovereignty, uniqueness and power of God, we have reason to stand firm, resting assured of His promises. Firstly, because God is Sovereign, the trials and tribulations of this world have no authority over us. Therefore, we have no reason to fear!

 “The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1

Moreover, the story of Job proves to all mankind we need not even fear the hand of Satan because nothing under the sun happens without first being subject to the Sovereignty of God.

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that Job has is in your power, only do not put your hand on the man himself” Job 1:12.

Secondly, while many false gods and graven images once walked the Earth, the true and living God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit stand matchless to none. There is no other God able to save, empower, and supply all of our needs than that of the incomparable power of the  Holy Trinity. There is no situation of financial challenge or lack too hard for God the Father to provide. There isn’t a challenge too great for the Holy Spirit, the comforter, to intervene. There isn’t a temptation or persecution where Jesus isn’t standing by to deliver with love and grace.

Lastly, we are encouraged to place our cares at the feet of our Savior who has all power and authority in His hand. When Jesus died on the cross for our sins, but on the third day rose again, He was resurrected from the grave with all power in His hand. If Jesus Christ has the power to conquer death, what of this world should we fear? There is no one greater than Jesus Christ who now sits in the highest place of honor at the right hand of God.

Christ Jesus is the One who died [to pay our penalty], and more than that, who was raised [from the dead], and who is at the right hand of God interceding [with the Father] for us. Who shall ever separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? Romans 8:34

Until Next Time,

Your Faith Girl

Rejection is the Vehicle to your Destiny

Slammed doors, pink slips, unrequited love…No matter how you slice it, rejection never feels good. How many times have we agonized over seemingly missed opportunities? If only we’d held on to this truth: Rejection is God’s protection. Life is comprised of a series of events unfolding in real time. Our steps have already been ordered. God uses painful moments of rejection to draw us closer to Him and to steer us in the right direction. In order to be steered, we must possess an unwavering belief in the Sovereignty of God.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28

I know rejoicing in the face of rejection sounds crazy. However, the notion of faith presents many juxtapositions making it difficult to conceptualize with human intellect. Victory would be less sweet if we’ve never tasted the sour venom of defeat. There is a purpose for everything that happens in our lives from major life transitions to the very minute details. When we’re obedient and diligent to obeying the voice of the Lord, He will open up doors of opportunity that we never saw coming which NO man can shut. Likewise, if God has closed a door, it cannot be opened by any man.

Rejection can be a powerful compass in our lives for 3 reasons:

1. Rejection is an invitation to align our passions with God’s plan for our lives

2. Rejection gives us confidence in pursuing our truest calling

3. Rejection gives us resilience, endurance and perseverance

If you were to look back over your life, I’m sure you can think of at least one time when God delayed or denied something you thought was a blessing. In hindsight you are now able to see the denial was for your good. I encourage you to embrace rejection. Without it, we would never appreciate the perfect blessings God has in store for those who trust in Him. Faith Rocks when you understand Rejection is the vehicle to your Destiny!

Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing.

James 1:2-4

Go in Peace,

~Your Faith Girl

Faith of a Bamboo Tree

You have a dream? I get it. We get so excited about the idea that’s been planted inside of us that we simply can’t wait for it to blossom. So much so, within months or years of the initial planting, fear kicks in when our level of growth has yet to meet our timed expectations.

I’m talking to those of us who’ve been given a tremendous vision and have been at it for a while. I want to encourage you to have the faith of a bamboo tree. In the Far East, there is an unusual tree called the Chinese bamboo tree. This remarkable tree is different from most trees in that it doesn’t grow in the usual fashion. While most trees grow steadily over a period of years, the Chinese bamboo tree doesn’t break through the ground for the first four years! Then, in the fifth year, an amazing thing happens: the tree begins to grow at an astonishing rate. In fact, in a period of just five weeks, a Chinese bamboo tree can grow to a height of 90 feet. It’s almost as if you can actually see the tree growing before your very eyes.

I know it’s been a long time comin’. Faith Rocks when you understand unusual dormancy equals unusual growth in the Kingdom. When you stay in faith, your vision, like the bamboo tree, will spring forth and bear good fruit in due season. If you’ve been doing what you do for a long time and you’re not seeing the fruits of your labor- keep going, keep doing what you’re doing. Don’t worry about the manifestation. Focus on the planting, watering and cultivation of your faith and your endeavors. The deeper the roots, the firmer the foundation. When it’s time for God to exalt you before men, your vision will be indestructible for God’s divine work. In the meantime, you are getting stronger and wiser and your vision is becoming more tailored for God’s custom plan for your life.

Be sure to share with a friend in need of a FAITH LIFT!!!

Walk in Your Healing

Sickness feels like a huge mountain blocking your quality of life. Moreover, feeling ill or managing pain can lead to discouragement and mental exhaustion, leaving little energy to enjoy the simplest joys of life. If you’re dealing with a mental or physical illness: Faith Rocks because our faith has the powerful to move the mountain of sickness!

Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:20 NIV

While tempting, we mustn’t spiritually surrender to pain. Consciously or not, suffering convinces us to believe we have to spend the rest of our lives in agony.  2 Kings Chapter 20 is a great illustration of God’s willingness and power to heal. Hezekiah was sick to the point of death. As he wept bitterly, crying out to God, the Lord immediately sent forth a word of healing and added 15 years to his life. Even the said incurable diseases are not beyond God’s power to heal. This includes: mental illness, cancer, HIV, chronic conditions, and autoimmune diseases.

Once you’ve embraced healing, the next step is to walk it out. Perhaps we can’t control when our total healing comes, eh! However, we can control our spiritual attitude in the meantime.

The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him/her from them all.

Psalm 34:19 NIV

If your faith is hanging on for dear life, here are 3 ways to help you “Walk in your Healing”:

1. Get Your Mind Right 🙂 – Focus on God’s promises more than your pain or problems.

2. Remember Who GOD Is– The very nature of God is to heal. He is “Jehovah Rapha”, God who heals. To trust in God means to trust that you are healed.

3. Speak Life to the Sickness– Declare healing and wholeness in the name and by the blood of Jesus.

Remember, you don’t have to accept sickness as a part of God’s plan for your future. I’m standing with you as we watch the power of God give us the grace and strength to endure. You are a tremendous testimony in the making. In the meantime, stay fabulous…

“It is the thorn in your flesh that humbles you to pray” – Bishop T.D. Jakes

Pay the Cost to be the Boss

Technology has made it so we can access whatever we want it with just the click of a button. Subliminal messages encourage us to join the droves of others in doing whatever it takes to get a slice of the American pie. Our willingness to “Pay the Cost to be the Boss” may stem from a fleshly desire to impress others and join what we perceive to be the elite class of society. The fear of God aside, we’ve become more hungry for money, power and fame than trusting God’s will for our lives.

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

Mark 8:36

Once disillusioned by personal ambition, the enemy is able to easily distract us from our God consciousness in matters of business and ethics. Instead of consulting with the Lord, we rely on man’s way of climbing the ladder to success. Even the most brilliant of leaders should make moves in step with the Holy Spirit.

Because God’s way is often the slower road less traveled, we rely on our own understanding in pursuit of success. Disobedience doesn’t always apply to “common sins”. Putting our personal will above that of the Lord’s is disobedience in itself. In order to know God’s will, we must fervently seek Him. Obedience to Christ cannot be separate from personal ambition. God wants us to prosper in ALL areas of life, including career and finances! However, following our own compass often leads down a path of more stress and separation from God.

I encourage you to remember your life is not your own. In order to follow Christ, there are some things we must to give up. In your quiet time, find stillness this week to hear which aspects of your life Christ is asking you to relinquish or embrace for the purpose of glorifying Him. While it may not make sense at first, the rewards of obedience to Christ are far greater than the pursuit of fleeting, temporary gain. Faith Rocks because true fulfillment and peace is ultimately found when living as an obedient servant to Jesus Christ. For more on this, check out the video below.

 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. Matthew 16:25

Sincerely,

Your Faith Girl

The Plight of the Perfectionist

Happy September Faith Rockers,

Lately, I’ve been as discombobulated as a flowy dress on a windy day! From dinner going slightly awry to my shoes literally falling apart at a wedding, I was forced to take a step back to observe and laugh at my attempts at maintaining a foolproof image. If you suffer from Olympian standards or your sense of self worth has ever been directly related to the outcome of your efforts, you can relate to the “Plight of the Perfectionist”.

Perfectionism by definition is a personal standard, attitude, or philosophy that demands perfection and rejects anything less. Perfectionists typically carry an impeccable reputation for being reliable, efficient and going beyond the call of duty. Yet, the one thing perfectionists find it hard to achieve is balance. Any outcome short of perfection equals failure. This type of undue pressure results in excess anxiety and even strained relationships. Being snippy with people or running around like a chicken with its’ head cut off isn’t exactly the quality of life Christ desires for us to have.

Here are 3 Ways for to help us focus on our purpose rather than perfection:

  1. Tear down the alter of perfection! Recognize, God has not called us to be perfect. In fact, He often calls the unqualified. Through faith, we are justified. Through God’s grace, mercy and power we area equipped to do great things.
  2. Stop taking ourselves so seriously
  3. Humble ourselves before God. Acknowledge God’s strength and perfection as being greater than our own.

We are called to live our lives in total dependency upon God. If self-effort has you in a tail spin, take a load off and make room for God’s grace. It’s time to exchange your inner critic for the grace of God which is more perfect than expectation or failure. Be still and know all things, including smudged nail polish, are working out for the good!

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

2 Corinthians 12:9

~Your Faith Girl

Finding Joy

Ah, JOY the one thing we could all use a bit more of…

My heart is heavy for those of us grasping thin air in search of it. Society has programmed us to believe we aren’t deserving of joy until we’ve acquired something or someone external. We even believe some people innately have more joy than others based on what they have or how they seem to move through life with ease.

This false conditioning has caused us to exist for fleeting moments of happiness. Happiness is like a drug. Once the “happy” moment is over or when unfavorable circumstances arise, out goes the happiness. What if I told you, you already posses all the joy you’ll ever need?

We’ve all heard the saying, joy is something the world didn’t give and the world can’t take away. But what does that really mean? When we were created in the image and the likeness of God, we were created with nothing loose or broken, with an infinite amount of joy and peace. Our very beings are that of joy and love. Trials and negative experiences do not have the power to rob us of our very essence! They are simply situations. Likewise, blessings may bring happiness, but even they cannot give us more joy.

Faith Rocks when we resist the temptation to allow situations to influence the joy living within. For more on “Finding Joy” check out the video below created with you in mind.

“God Blesh Ya”

~Your Faith Girl

Finding Joy

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