The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, according to Scripture. Psalm 37:23
Not the steps of a great man...perfect man...but the steps of a good man.
What is a good man/woman?
I am inclined to believe a good man knows the Lord.
A good man (woman) has accepted Christ and on the journey of being Christ-like.
A good man is leaning not to their own understanding.
A good man is walking by faith.
A good man submits to the will of God.
A good man picks us his/her cross.
And the Lord is there every step of the way.
The Lord is leading, guiding, and teaching the good man (woman) along the way.
The Lord is opening doors, forming kingdom connections, making ways out of no way, and forgiving the good man as they step.
Your steps, your journey, your healing, your pain, are a part of God's plan and purpose.
You do not have to be great. You do not have to be perfect.
Just be good.
Trust Him as he orders your steps.
Prayer: Father God, thank you. You are a mighty God who deserves all praise. Thank you for ordering our steps. Thank you for opening doors in the spiritual realm. Thank you for making crooked paths straight. Thank you for kingdom connections. Thank you for forgiving our sins. Thank you. In Jesus name, Amen.
Scripture: The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.
Psalm 37:23 KJV
In this world you will have trouble.
Matter of fact, we are reminded of that very thing in the word of God.
BUT.... is a powerful word.
Yes this will happen, but....
You are in a storm right now, but...
You loss a loved one, but...
You have some worry now, but...
You have a broken marriage now, but...
You have doubt now, but....
There is something on the other side of your but...
He has overcome the world!
You can have peace in the midst, while waiting on your but...
Be encouraged! Whatever your trial, tribulation, or test may be
There is a BUT coming your way!!
Prayer: Thank you Father God! You sent your Son, who overcame the world, and now we can have peace. We give you glory, honor, and praise for your love. We bless your name! We thank you in advance for the but that will shift the atmosphere of our troubles! In Jesus name, Amen.
Scripture: Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6 KJV
There was a man whose wife had many affairs. She would leave with men and the man would forgive and return her back to the home. She would continue to have affairs and had children that may or may not have been her husbands.
How uncomfortable and difficult that must have been. Family talked about him, friends talked about him, everyone talked about him. His wife did not understand. However, because God told him to stay, told him to go get this wife, told him to love her, the man stayed.
And eventually, she found help, she repented, and God healed the marriage.
A true example of forgiveness, love, hope, and trusting God's will.
Are you willing to do whatever God ask of you?
Are you willing to really stay on the job where the supervisor speaks negative daily?
Are you willing to walk away from the relationship that makes you feel good?
Are you willing to give a random person your last dime because God told you to give?
We often pray, "let your will be done," but will often operate out of our flesh and own desires. God has a bigger and better plan. His will is better than our ways.
Whatever God is telling you to walk away from, do it.
Whatever God is telling you to walk toward, do it.
Prayer: Lord, you are mighty and strong! You are loving! Please give us strength to trust your will over our ways. We know your will is best for us. We love and adore you. Today, we will submit to your will and trust your way. In Jesus name, Amen.
Scripture: Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10, KJV
We all have a story to tell. A story of joy and sorrow. A story of peace and storms.
A story we will never tell because it will open a place of darkness.
However, there is One who knows the story.
He wrote the story.
And He knows the story will give him glory!
I am reminded of the woman at the well. Her story did not stop Jesus from talking with her.
Her story did not lead Jesus to ignore her, judge her, ridicule her, or stop loving her.
Not only did he talk with her but he used her to share his story!
Whatever your story is today, know that you are loved! Know that you have purpose!
Know that God has a plan for you and you are victorious!!
Prayer: Thank you, Father God! You know the beginning and the ending!
You are the Author and the Finisher! You deserve all the praises and glory! In Jesus name, Amen.
Scripture: But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, "Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you, I have called you by name; you are mine." Isaiah 43: 1 NLT
I have a question. Do you really believe? Do you really have faith?
Then use it!
SPEAK to the mountains!
Speak to the circumstances!
Speak to the strongholds!
Why you acting defeated when you have already won?
SPEAK IT NOW!
DECREE AND DECLARE IT NOW!
You are a child of the Most High! You are heir to the throne!
Who can be against you?
Surely, you know you can do all things through Christ!
Surely, you know He is interceding on your behalf!
FAITH can move mountains!
FAITH can tear down strongholds!
FAITH it until He breaks it!
Prayer: Lord God thank you for increasing our faith. If there is a moment of unbelief, please help our unbelief. We give you glory and honor for you are God and God alone. We thank you for your grace and your mercy. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Scripture: For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to past; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Mark 11:23 KJV
Have you ever arrived at a destination and realized you were in the wrong place?
Did you feel disconnected? Did you feel lonely, although hundreds of people were in the room?
Did you feel like something/someone was missing? Did you feel there was "something more?"
You were right. God has "something more for you."
Do not be swayed by the roadblocks, closed signs, naysayers, doubters, and/or distractions. KEEP GOING!
Moses had to KEEP GOING back to Pharaoh to free the Israelites.
The woman with the issue of blood had to KEEP GOING through the crowd to get her healing.
Naaman had to KEEP GOING down in the water seven times to get clean of leprosy.
YOU have to KEEP GOING to get what God has for you!
KEEP GOING through the fire, you will not smell like smoke!
KEEP GOING through life challenges, you will not look like what you are going through!
KEEP GOING! KEEP GOING! KEEP GOING!
What God has for you is for you and no demon or distraction can keep you from it!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for strength to keep going daily. Guide us as we keep going through every hill and valley along the way. Remind us as we keep going, you are with us. You will not leave or forsake us as we keep going on the path you have for us. We give you glory and honor. In Jesus name, Amen.
Scripture: I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14 KJV
The past is the past for a reason. The past has purpose. It was not and is not meant to be a part of today. So, leave it and press forward! Press your way into what and/or who God has for you! The past is not meant to last but to surpass!! Pass those fears, doubts, and naysayers! You are better, bigger, and stronger! You are not walking backward! Today, today, today, you are walking by faith!
Prayer: Thank you, Lord! Thank you for the past!! A season of prepararion and growth! We give you glory that the past was not meant to last but to surpass! In Jesus name, Amen
Scripture: No dear brothers and sisters I am not all that I should be, but I am forgetting those things of the past and pressing my way forward. Philippians 3:13 NLT
I was on the treadmill today and I noticed the name Pro-form. As I looked down, I also noted the words "pro-shock cushioning". This treadmill can be manipulated by pushing several options, start, stop, incline, decline, workout options, and there is a fan for when one becomes overheated. I thought about the decision I made to get in better shape physically and how I wanted my body to be pro-form, in great condition.
As I continued toward my goal, God began to reveal to me the importance of a relationship with Him. On this life journey, there will be starts, and stops, inclines, and declines, and just when you feel like you cannot take it anymore, He will provide a "cooling system." He is the "shock cushioning" in terrible times, such as the pandemic. However, just like I had to make a decision to get on this treadmill, you have to make a decision to accept His will for your life. I reached my goal today and I look forward to reaching the goal God has for me on this journey.
How about you? Are you ready to walk with God?
Prayer: Guide us Great Jehovah! Lord God, let us submit to your will. Give us wisdom to accept your plans. We give you praise, honor, and glory. In Jesus name, Amen.
Scripture: That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. 1Thessalonians 2:12 KJV
I like to set goals and make plans, it keeps me on track spiritually, mentally, and physically. However, I know "He knows what is best for me."
I had plans in 2020, but He knew what was best for me. I aspired to reach new goals, but he knows what is best for me. I had a vision in 2020, but He knows what is best for me.
Are you a planner? Do you have ideas about this new year? Let me encourage you; it is perfectly fine to plan, dream, hope, have visions, but remember, "He knows what is best for you."
Seek Him first and trust His plans; HE KNOWS WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU!
Prayer: Thank you Father for the plans you have for your children. As we continue to lean not to our own understanding, acknowledge you, we trust the path you have for us. We continue to give you honor and glory. In Jesus name, Amen.
Scripture: Look at the birds. They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren't you far more valuable to him than they are? Matthew 6:26 NLT
Here we are the start of a new year! If you are reading this post, we can exclaim together, "He kept me!"
2020 may not have been the best year for you, however, you made it.
God kept you through the storms of life. God kept you as you experienced some joys of life.
GOD KEPT YOU!
As you enter into this new year, remember God is faithful. Today, I will share with you a word from the Lord, spoken to me, " I AM STILL THE ONE IN 2021."
Remember who your God is as you press forward. He will never leave or forsake you!
He is still THE ONE in 2021!!!
Blessings to you and yours!
Scripture: And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. Jeremiah 30:22 KJV
Prayer: Father God thank you for being a Keeper! Thank you for leading us into a new year of grace. Thank you God! You are and will forever be my God. In Jesus name, Amen.
Prayer gives you power to walk on purpose