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You Don’t Understand

We don’t understand what God is up to. And you know what? It frustrates us. OK, maybe I’m looping everyone into the same category. I won’t do that. I’ll speak only for myself, as I should.

I don’t always understand what God is up to, and it frustrates me. I just want to know. I’m planned. I don’t like surprises. I plan spontaneity. A plan makes me happy. It makes me feel safe.

But the funny thing about all of that is the fact that we really can’t know everything God is up to. Even if God let me in on the plan, I can’t fully understand it. And on this side of eternity, I won’t fully understand it.

So, slowly but surely, God is teaching me that I don’t need to understand it all the time. All I need to do is trust Him all of the time. How am I getting to this point? Well, God called me out.

One morning before work, God called me out. I was doing my morning routine, praying for Him to be with me. And He stopped me. He said, Chanel, why do you pray for Me to be with you, if you won’t trust Me when I’m there? You’re mine, I’m always with you, but if you don’t trust Me, it doesn’t do much good now does it?

So, I’m trusting God. I’m trusting that I don’t have to understand it all all the time, and I’m trusting the fact that He understands why He does what He does. Because let’s face it, if I don’t trust Him, do I prove that I really need Him?

John 13:7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

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Study this Book – Proverbs 20

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Study this Book – Proverbs 16

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Plot Twist

Plot TwistThe Pharisees were pretty lowdown. Let’s face it. As we read through the Bible, we pretty much get the feel that they were ridiculous. They were supposed to be upstanding citizens, yet they made it harder for everyone else. They were supposed to know the Scriptures, but didn’t recognize the Scriptures in human form. And they were supposed to be looking forward to the promised Messiah, but instead challenged Him.

At every turn they worked against Jesus, who was supposed to be the very being they were living for. And what’s crazy is that they did even worse things than what they accused Him of.

Mark 3:1-6 (NLT)

Jesus went into the synagogue again and noticed a man with a deformed hand. Since it was the Sabbath, Jesus’ enemies watched him closely. If he healed the man’s hand, they planned to accuse him of working on the Sabbath. 

Jesus said to the man with the deformed hand, “Come and stand in front of everyone.” Then he turned to his critics and asked, “Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?” But they wouldn’t answer him. 

He looked around at them angrily and was deeply saddened by their hard hearts. Then he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored! At once the Pharisees went away and met with the supporters of Herod to plot how to kill Jesus. 

It wasn’t OK for Jesus to heal on the Sabbath, but it was OK for them to plot to kill on the Sabbath? It wasn’t OK for Jesus to give life, but it was OK for them to take it? Somewhere in their minds, this made sense.

And still today, somewhere in our minds it still makes sense. We may not plot to kill, but we do plan on getting drunk this weekend (Ephesians 5:18). We may not work on the Sabbath, but we do plan on sleeping with our boyfriend (1 Corinthians 6:18). We may tithe our 10%, but we certainly won’t give to the poor (Proverbs 28:27). Better yet, we may respect God, but we wont respect the government He has put in place (Romans 13:1).

We may not plot to kill Jesus, but we may plan to kill our own testimony.

 

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Mission: Think Bad

Satan has a mission. It’s to make you feel as bad as he can, and to make sure you never see yourself as anything worthwhile. He wants you to believe a sinner can never be good enough. You’ve not smart enough, pretty enough, interesting enough, or pure enough. Whatever is enough, you aren’t it.

If he can get you to think impurely, he’s good with that. Because if you’re thoughts are impure, you probably are, and certainly too impure to work for God. And you must be bad, because if you weren’t, why would that thought come to mind?  If you think like that, you won’t be thinking about God using you.

Matter of fact, if he can just get you to think enough shame, you’ll be too ashamed to act. If you can think you’re not good enough, then you’re never try to be better.

Mission: Think Bad is always in place. Mission: Think Bad Enough is Plan B. They are ongoing. As Joyce Meyer would say, it’s a battlefield of the mind. And if Satan can get you to feel like you’re losing there, he can get you to think you’re losing everywhere. In essence, if he can get you to think unworthily, you won’t try to do anything worthwhile.

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Dream Big

Dream big they say

But what if my dreams don’t go my way?

No dream is too big, but some are too small

Are there rules to it all?

 

I dream realistic

The kind that are easy to pick.

But that’s not dreaming I think

Because there is no risk that I might actually sink.

 

A dream should be bigger than you

Something that isn’t easy to do.

A dream that reminds you every day

That you accomplished something somehow, someway.

 

The best dreams are in God’s hands.

See, He actually knows the best plan.

And when I dream too small I see

How much of my dream depends on me.

 

Dream big, I now understand why it’s what they say

Because when I dream small, I get in my own way.

When I dream big, I have no other choice but to see

What only God can do through me.

 

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Remembering Your Future: Steps to Everlasting Success (Part 2)

4) Gain (personal gain) – Read Genesis 11:4-6 and 1 Samuel 15:12

* I believe a goal can have eternal value and result in personal gain, but not that a motive of personal gain can result in eternal value.

* God created us to be great, but He created us to be great for His glory and honor, not our own.

5) Excuses – Exodus 3:11-14, 4:10-15

* There is not an excuse good enough for not doing what God called you to do.

* Is anything truly stopping you from your calling or just inconvenient for you?

* God nearly bent over backwards accommodating Moses for a task He had already chosen him for.

Question: Are we asking God to move mountains and pebbles too?

6) Troubles – Genesis 50:20

* God always has a perfect plan.

* Joseph dreamt he would be great. If he gave up every time he experienced trouble he might have missed out on seeing how greatly God can turn a situation around.

* Troubles aren’t excuses because we should expect them regardless.

The Main point to Remember: Jesus beat all the odds.

He never feared what God had already put into place. He didn’t let others’ opinions stop Him, not even family. The Pharisees reaction was that He was powerful because Satan empowered him (Matthew 12:24). Jesus had no desire for personal gain (John 10:18; 1 John 3:16). He didn’t use being human as an excuse to not do God’s work, and He experienced more troubles than we could imagine.

The Main Question: How do I truly produce something everlasting?

Stay connected to Jesus, the Vine (John 15:5 Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit…). Stay connected through study, through prayer, through worship, etc. Stay connected simply by depending on God to meet your needs as you do His will.

Everlasting Gobstopper Video

We were once poor and deprived without Christ. Then we got a taste. And we saw how good He is (Psalm 34:8). And with that taste, we wanted more and more. And the beauty in wanting more of God is that He will always have more. God never loses power by our request. He never grows weary when we need His strengthening. No matter how much I need to pull from God, He never lacks.

He never shrinks, He never depletes, and He never loses flavor.

God is truly our Everlasting Gobstopper and the only way to everlasting success is to remember to stay connected to Him so we can forget about the rest.

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