The writer of Hebrews talks about the promise God made with Abram when he was 75 years old (Genesis 12:1-5). It took around 24 years from when God first told Abram that He would make him into a great nation; until the fulfilment of this promise was made known to Abram (Genesis 17:1-16). It wasn’t until a year later (at 100 years old) through perseverance in the belief of Gods truth, that Sarai gave birth to his Son, Isaac (Genesis 21:1-5).

I feel, the scripture in Hebrews 6:15 (AMP) puts it so well. He “realised and obtained what God had promised”. Abraham realised from the birth of his son, that the other blessings implied in the promise, would be granted and from that point, (it may be said) Abraham received or “obtained” the promise.

Sometimes, it’s so hard to hold onto the promises God has made to us; when we can’t see anything occurring in our lives, but our faith and hope should still be in the things to come.

Abraham certainly never saw the fulfilment of that promise – that He would be a Father to many nations but he rejoiced anyway; as he realised after Isaac was born, God doesn’t lie. We shouldn’t forget Gods promises to us from the Bible. They should give us what we need to persevere, as Gods goodness never fails. God speaks truth and therefore, just like Abraham – we need to hold on.  We need to try to enjoy the journey God takes us on because when we realise that God is for us and will never leave us, it brings a confidence that can not be denied. We live differently. We can rejoice.

So whether I get to see the promises God has given to me in my lifetime; or like Abraham, it takes 25 years – I will praise God; because when I realised who God is and when I accepted what He says, (although I still want to see God working in my life) I know that far more is coming and that’s what I hold onto.

Titus 1:2 “in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time”

When the Disciples were given the two commandments by Jesus – to love one another and fulfil the great commission – it was an assignment that each of us has (even today) to point people towards God. That God’s love, grace and mercy would be poured out amongst all nations. Jesus told His disciples, numerous times, to “take up their cross and follow Him”. 

These two commandments aren’t an option, if we love Christ, we need step out in boldness to fulfil our God given purpose. Taking up the cross, is symbolic for us to “die to ourselves”. It’s to go against our own desires. That as we start to be led by God, we decrease and He increases in our life. 

From that, the reward is eternal life.

I feel absolutely blessed to be a Mum to our Daughter. She is currently 8 years old (going on 27) but she never fails to blow my mind with her desire and thirst to know more of the World, God created.

There are times where I think I am failing as a Parent or times where nothing seems to go right but then there are times where I am in awe of the little person, that looks to my Husband and I for guidance, for reassurance and love or when she will say or do something that is in-line with Gods truths and that is what I hold onto!

We all have good and bad days. As parents we can critique ourselves more than most. Comparison rots the soul and it’s not until we realise that we are unquie and beautiful in our own right, that we can let go of expectation and live to be who God created us to be. Perfect in His eyes

This scripture reminds me that although some days…I do get things wrong. I will look back on my Daughters life and realise that as long as we have pointed her towards Jesus – God has her and therefore she will not fall (Psalm 46:5).

Knowing who God is, brings a thankfulness in my soul.

Faith has come from building a relationship with The Lord and watching Him cultivate a life for me, that is His will, not mine. From this, I know that even when things don’t make sense – God knows and because I love Him and trust Him, I have hope for the things to come!

Without relationship – there is no trust; and without trust, you can not build faith to see you through.

This is such a powerful scripture!!! It quite literally takes my breath away, when I think about what God commanded Ezekiel to do.

We need to remember, when we are asked to do something (it is a prophetic declaration) it requires an act of obedience and faith (in partnership) to see it happen.

To those of you who feel like there is nothing left…

Where we see death…God sees life. 

Where we see hopelessness…God sees restoration.

Like Ezekiel – we need to speak to those “dry bones”. Then by the powerful and life-giving spirit (ruach).

God WILL…

move that mountain…

raise the dead…

set the people free…

heal the sick…

save the lost…

When Ezekiel saw dry bones, he had a choice. He could of said “it is impossible” or (as he did) see the God of absolute possibility, move powerfully.
There is power in our breathe. In what we speak. 

Speak truth. 

Speak life into yourself and others.

“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

It’s not easy to allow God “in”. To accept that you need help. To open your heart and be “vulnerable”. 

I have found that as I journey each day with God, my thoughts and feelings that seem “normal”; that I feel “comfortable with”, may not be from Him. 

Usually the areas that I struggle with, (rejection – to name one) are areas in my life that are remembered with pain and heartache. 

God wants us to walk in freedom. Jesus took away all sin – including, all shame, all rejection, all fear and everything else that the enemy uses against us, that day He died, on Calvary. 

Those feelings hold us back in life. Those feelings truely paralyse us, to move forward into our God given purpose.  

John 8:32 puts things into perspective – The truth (Jesus) sets you free because otherwise, Jesus dying, was for nothing. 

Breakthrough comes, when we stop believing the lies and listen to the One, who was, who is and is to come. 

Breakthrough comes, when we let go of who we were and believe who Jesus says we are and will become.

I would tell myself “God could never love me; I was too bad…too broken”. It also gave me a reason “not to care – as I was going to hell anyway”. 

Then I found the love of God. In the midst of my deepest, darkest, despair; God bought me to my knees – literally. 

At a time where I felt like there was nothing left, He told me there was so much more. 

When I said that no one would like the “real me”, God said I was made in His likeness and I had a purpose in this World.

I was broken – God made me whole.

Whatever you are facing. The choices you have made. The wrong paths, you have walked…you are not the first person in this World to do those things. 

What I can tell you, is that the Bible is a collection of 66 books, that shows you how those mistakes made by different people (of all walks of life) were restored and used by God, for His glory. 

You are not a mistake. 

You are not on your own.

You are loved.

When I was relatively new to my Faith; my bible was actually used as a coaster. I went months without even thinking of God, let alone reading His word. I went through a period of continued grief, with circumstances that my Family had faced and rather than turn to God…I blamed Him for the things that were happening.

Looking back, I was so wrong to have pushed God away but His word at the time had not gone from my head to heart. I certainly wasn’t walking with God!

Our soul prospers, when we learn the Scriptures and receive the grace of God. I certainly understand this now and if we go through hard times – I  have something to hold onto. Knowing God and having a relationship with Him; builds faith and trust but more importantly, it keeps you secure in this uncertain World.

When Christ is the cornerstone and God is the foundation, that my faith is built upon; I can confidentially say that our House serves the Lord because we know that with every breath in us; that He is our creator, our protector, our provider but more importantly – our saviour.

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The Holy Spirit lives in every Christian and is far stronger than any attack from the Devil! The Spirit (if you allow Him) empowers you to not fear Satan but rather to trust in The Lord.

When we have problems, whatever we focus on will ultimately determine whether our mind sees us as a victor or a victim.

Trusting in God is the outworking of our faith and therefore when our mind, our thoughts and our attitudes are focused on Him – who is greater than anything we can imagine – it allow us to walk with boldness and confidence in this life.

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