Positioning

You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and right so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. John 13:13-16

As the time neared for Jesus to go to the cross, He began to share with His disciples the things that were about to take place. Mark 10:33-34. After Jesus explained in detail to His disciples what was going to happen to Him, two of the disciples, James and John, approached Him with a request. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” Mark 10:35. When Jesus asked them what did they want for Him to do, They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.” Mark 10:37. On first glance, I thought this to be an odd request, especially right after them hearing that Jesus, the one that they called Master, was about to be unjustly accused and sentenced to die a horrible death on the cross. However, it is clear that the brothers were thinking ahead and were attempting to secure their positions in Jesus’ Kingdom when He returned. James and John were very serious about securing these positions. When Jesus asked them, “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?” “We can,” they answered. Mark 10:38-39. Could they really? This is a clear indication that they did not fully understand why Jesus was about to be put to death.

This same type of mentality is still prevalent in the Church right now. People are competing for positions – for their “spot” – with no inclination of what it requires to be positioned in the Kingdom of God. Jesus’ response to James and John gives us insight into Kingdom positioning. He told them, “but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.” Mark 10:30. The positions in the Kingdom are “to those for whom they have been prepared;” not to them who jockey for them and not even to those who think they are qualified. We can see in the following scriptures that positions in the Kingdom are not for our determining. Ephesians 4:11 states, “So Christ Himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 state, “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of services, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which works all in all.” 1 Corinthians 12:8-11, teaches about the different gifts of the Spirit and concludes, “All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He distributes them to each one, just as he determines.”

Again, Jesus – the only pattern for our lives – teaches James and John, and the other disciples a Kingdom principle which needs to be taught over and over, and over again today. Jesus said, “whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and give His life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:43-45. You want to be great – serve; you want to be number one – serve. The only position in the Kingdom is one of servant.

In John 13:4-5, Jesus demonstrated to the disciples and to us the greatest act of humility in serving. Jesus being fully aware of His position as the Son of God and the Messiah took off his outer garment and wrapped a towel around His waist, poured water into a tub, and began to wash His disciples’ feet. When He was finished, Jesus said to the disciples, and His Word holds true for us today, John 13:13-16, paraphrased, if being in the position that I (Jesus) am in – above all – if I (Jesus) can humble myself and serve you, surely you can serve each other, because you are not greater than I (Jesus) am.

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Be Glorified

Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”  John 12:23-24        

Glorified is defined as to be honored or praised in a very high manner. Interestingly, when Jesus speaks of his impending death on the cross, He describes it as being “glorified.” In stark contrast, we, Jesus’ followers; Christians; would not consider dying as being glorified. We would not consider any type of suffering as being honored. Actually, we think when we are “blessed” with money or material things that those things signify honor to us. However, Jesus, our only example of what our Christian walk should look like, says, I am about to be glorified because my death is going to produce life for many.

Therefore, when we say to the Lord, “God get the glory out of my life,” it is doubtful that we are truly aware of what we are saying. Because, according to Jesus’ example, in order for God to get the glory, some things in us may have to die. In order for us to produce, bringing forth fruits of righteousness, some things in our lives may have to cease. Jesus said it like this, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23. I am also reminded of these words of an old hymn, “Must Jesus bear the cross alone and all the world go free, no there’s a cross for everyone and there’s a cross for me.”

What is the cross that Jesus has told us we must take up? We should examine the areas of our lives that we know if it died the Lord would really be glorified in our lives. That area may be our mouths – we just talk too much about nothing. The Bible says we were redeemed from vain conversations. 1 Peter 1:18. Maybe we should consider fasting our words – let them be few, let them be kind, and let them be life producing. Proverbs 18:21. Perhaps we need to examine our egos – wanting to be great; attention seeking. Isaiah 42:8 states, “I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” What would an examination of our motives reveal – what we do, how we do, and why we do. If our motives are not pure, then they need to die because they are ego driven. Or, maybe, we simply need to die to our will and commit to His. Again, Jesus has set the pattern before us with His life. We need only to follow His lead – “not my will, but thine be done.” Luke 22:42.

Every branch in me that bears not fruit He takes away: and every branch that bears fruit, He purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit. John 15:2

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Shameless Audacity

Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need. Luke 11:5-8

Have you ever “prayed” about a situation and did not receive an answer? How many times have we given up, because we “prayed” about it and it did not happen? Proverbs 13:12 teaches us that “hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when dreams come true at last, there is life and joy.” When we pray and don’t receive what we prayed for, we become disappointed, disheartened and, sometimes, we even become angry. Acts 12:15 states that when Peter was in prison, “prayer was made without ceasing” for him. The church prayed until an angel was summoned to release Peter from jail. The Bible’s teaching on how we should pray for what we need is very different from how we actually pray.

In Luke 11:5-8, Jesus gives us a very simple insight into why some of our prayers are not answered. We simply are not audacious enough; we are not bold enough; we are not fearless enough! We are too timid in our asking. Unlike the person in Luke 11, we don’t ask and keep asking, and don’t stop asking until we get what we asked for. We pray then we let it go. However, Jesus tells us that if we have shameless audacity and do not move off of or give up on what we ask for, we will “surely” receive it. Hebrews 4:16, bids us to “come boldly to the throne of grace, so that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” We are to approach prayer with confidence knowing that we are going to receive what we need. When we are confident, we don’t give up after asking one or two times; when we are confident, we keep asking until we receive what we need. Confidence says: it is not “if” we are going to receive, it is “when” we are going to receive!

Jesus gave us another example in Luke 18:1-8. The Bible states that Jesus told this parable that we would know that we “should always pray and not give up” (verse 1). The example is of a widow who kept coming to an unjust judge (the Bible states the judge did not fear God and he did not care what people thought) pleading with him to avenge her of her adversary. Imagine this widow, a woman not having the support of a man, boldly going to an unjust judge requesting justice. She was audacious! She did not care that she was a widow and she did not care about the judge’s reputation; she needed what she needed, and she was determined to get what she needed. Jesus said that the unjust judge said to himself, “though I fear not God, nor regard man; yet because this widow troubles me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.” Jesus further said, “Shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him; will He keep putting them off? I tell you, He will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Verses 7 and 8). Do we have enough faith in our Father to boldly ask and keep asking for what we need, and dare believe that He will give us everything we need! We should exercise shameless audacious faith when making our requests known unto our God!

Additional Scripture References

And so it is with prayer—keep on asking and you will keep on getting; keep on looking and you will keep on finding; knock and the door will be opened. Everyone who asks, receives; all who seek, find; and the door is opened to everyone who knocks. Luke 11:9-10

Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9

 And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He hears us: And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him. 1 John 5:14

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Our Hearts’ Posture

It was once said to me that, “the heart wants what the heart wants.” In our flesh, this is very true. However, the Word of God instructs us: “If you then be risen with Christ (to a new life), seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For you are dead (have died to this world) and your (new) life is hid with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:1-3. We are explicitly instructed to set our affections; our attractions; our feelings; our love “on things above.” Yet the most preached, taught, and received message in the Church world is about “things on the earth” such as money, houses, cars – stuff – things that are temporary.  Colossians 3:2, AMP, “Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above (the heavenly things), not on things that are on the earth (which have only temporal value).”

In Luke 12:15, Jesus said, “Watch out and guard yourselves against every form of greed; for not even when one has an overflowing abundance does his life consist of nor is it derived from his possessions.” In spite of Jesus’ warning, we, His people, have gotten it twisted. Generally speaking, we don’t “feel” like we are blessed unless we have received a financial or material “blessing.” Somewhere along this journey, we began to covet and desire riches that would afford us stuff and prestige. We confused seeking stuff with seeking His Kingdom despite Jesus’ caution that our lives does not “consist of nor is it derived from” our possessions.

Jesus’ teachings in the twelfth chapter of Luke, clearly and emphatically demonstrated what we were not to seek after, and He also laid out example after example of the Father’s faithfulness to provide for His children. Jesus gave the example of the ravens that neither sow nor reap but God feeds them. He then told us that in God’s sight we are much more than birds. Jesus also gave the example of lilies – how they don’t work, but God dresses them beautifully. He assured us that if God did that for grass, He will do even more for us – His children. Jesus summed it up by stating that we worry because we do not believe. He said, “ye of little faith.” We do not believe God will do what He said He would do, therefore, we bombard Heaven with petitions for the very things Jesus told us not to worry about. In Luke 12:30, Jesus said, “seek not what you shall eat, or what you shall drink, neither be you of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after… Therefore, when we set our hearts to seek for stuff, we are following the pattern of the world. We are not seeking His Kingdom.

Jesus said in Luke 12:32, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.” Jesus had already explained that the Kingdom consisted of things above, eternal things, spiritual things. This is the Kingdom that He wants us to seek after. This is the Kingdom that the Father takes pleasure in giving to His children. Paul said in Romans 14:17, “For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” This is what we should be seeking; we should be seeking God’s will and God’s way – not assuming, not rationalizing, not intellectualizing, but actively seeking what God desires of us, so that He can do in us and through us what He wants to do.

Lastly, Jesus said to “lay up treasures in heaven where no thief approaches, neither moth corrupts. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Luke 12:33-34. Where are our hearts? What is our hearts’ posture? Is it in seeking treasures here on this earth? Is it in seeking our own plans for our lives; our own selfish desires? Let us turn our hearts again to seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Let’s speak to our heart and tell it that we want our Father and “His Kingdom to come, and His will to be done in earth, as it is in Heaven.” Matthew 6:9-10.

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Understanding

. . . and with all your getting, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7(b)

The amplified version of this scripture reads, “And with all your acquiring, get understanding [actively seek spiritual discernment, mature comprehension, and logical interpretation]”. I like this amplified version because it explains how to get understanding – we must “actively seek” it out. Some of us are too passive when it comes to our spiritual life. We tend to go with the flow of whatever is popular: catch phrases, slogans, declarations, etc. Therefore, we seldom “actively seek” out and understand what the Word of God says on a matter. It sounds good and it makes us feel good, and everybody is saying it, so we follow suit. Interestingly enough, just repeating and mimicking others does not produce anything in our lives. However, it does reveal our lack of understanding and it reveals our immaturity.

A clear example of this is the incessant obsession with “haters.” When we take the time to “actively seek” out what the Word of God has to say about “haters,” that would no longer be the focus or topic of our conversation. When we understand by the Word of God that every time someone dislikes you for no reason, disparage your name, questions your calling, your dreams, and your purpose; they are causing blessings to run over in our lives. When we understand this, we would be about our Father’s business – doing more and being more unapologetically.

When haters consume our thoughts, it is a clear indication that we do not know and we do not understand that the Word says, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of mine enemies (haters); you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.” Psalm 23:5. Through this scripture, we understand that God blesses us in spite of haters; not only in spite of them, but in front of them. Proverbs 16:7 reads, “When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies (haters) to be at peace with him.” God assures us that He is in control of even the lives of our enemies. If we really understood this and believed this, we would rejoice when haters rise up against us. We would thank and praise God because we know that He is preparing a table of blessings for us, and He is anointing us for even greater works.

When we truly understand who is orchestrating our lives, we would stop crying over what they say and what they think; and we would stop crying over being betrayed, being misunderstood, and being overlooked. We need to get an understanding of Psalm 31:16, “My times are in your hand.” Whoever; whatever; whenever; however; it is all working for our good (Romans 8:28). For that reason alone, we can follow the instructions of Psalm 110:1, “Sit here at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.” Selah.

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Adjustments

I have said it and I have heard it said more than once by more than a few people that change is difficult; changing is hard. Most times we know that changing will lead to a better outcome. Nevertheless, we still balk at it – changing our ways, changing our diets, changing our conversations, changing our associations. Ultimately, it is our perception of change that causes us to remain stagnant. Somehow, we have concluded that change means everything has to be done all at once. We have to give up all of our favorite dishes all at once. We have to cut ties with certain people immediately. We put these imaginary restrictions on ourselves that we instinctively rebel against.

Perhaps the word “adjustment” may be more palatable for us. An adjustment is a small alteration or movement made to achieve a desired fit, appearance or result. Note that it is just a small thing that we can choose to do to move ourselves in our desired direction. A small decision that we can make that will move us toward our goal; that will bring us closer to where we desire to be. Making an adjustment allows us to show ourselves some grace as we move forward. For example, instead of giving up all of our favorite foods, we can decide to give up just one, or we can decide to commit to exercise more. And, instead of cutting ties, we can decide to distance ourselves – not be as available. You know, “feed them with a long handled spoon.” Once we have adapted to the first small movement, then we move on to another, then another, and before you know it, we have made so many adjustments until we have changed! Mission accomplished with less pain and anxiety.

Maybe you do not care for the word adjustment; there are plenty of others to choose from – tweaking, modifying, fine-tuning, etc. The important thing is to find what will work for you and do it, so that you can move towards living the abundant life intended for you.

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Intimacy With God Through Worship

This is in accordance with [the terms of] the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him [that is, our faith gives us sufficient courage to freely and openly approach God through Christ].                    Ephesians 3:11-12 AMP

In my last publication, I discussed having an intimate relationship with God and how going to Church is not synonymous with having an intimate or personal relationship with God. In this publication, I would like to discuss how our praise and worship can lead us into an intimate fellowship with God.

In the Old Testament, according to Esther 4:11, the queen had to wait for the king to request an audience with her. She could not approach his throne unless he summoned her.  Jesus, however, through His blood, has provided unhindered, unlimited access to the King of Kings. Hebrews 4:14 AMP states, “Now that we know what we have – Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God – let’s not let it slip through our fingers.” When we see worship as connecting with God in an intimate and personal way, we will cease every opportunity to enter into worship.

Churches are filled with talented singers, musicians, ministers of music and worship leaders, and all of those are great; but they do not replace hearts and minds fixed on the One that we came to worship. Praise and worship is not a concert; it is not time to merely observe; it is a time that we participate in worshiping our Lord. Although we may come together with other Believers to worship God, each Believers’ worship is personal just as each Believers’ relationship with God is personal. Worship is not about which song the praise team is singing, and it is not about how we feel at the time; it is exclusively about the One we worship. When we get this and we do this, worship becomes an intimate personal time of fellowship with our Lord.

The enemy often condemns us because of something that we have done or failed to do, so we are ashamed and feel unworthy to enter into worship. He uses this trick is to keep us from worshiping, because the enemy knows that if we continue to fellowship with God, we will become stronger, wiser and more confident. God already knew that the enemy would use condemnation to hinder us from worshiping Him, so He already made provisions for us to defeat the enemy in that area. The scripture states in Hebrew 4:16 AMP, “Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].” The King James Version reads, “Come boldly unto the throne of grace…” It is our privilege and our birthright, as children of God, to enter into worship and intimate fellowship with our Father.

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INTIMACY WITH GOD

My beloved spoke and said to me, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one; come with me.” Song of Solomon 2:10 (NIV)

One definition of intimacy is “a close, familiar, and usually affectionate or loving personal relationship with another person.” (Dictionary.com). The very intent of being intimate with someone requires you to be “close,” to be “familiar,” and to be in “a personal relationship” with them. Therefore, when the Lord invites us to “come with me,” Song of Solomon 2:10 or “come unto me,Matthew 11:28, it is an intimate gesture/invitation into His personal space. He is calling us to Himself; He is asking us to come near to Him; He is inviting us into an intimate place with Him. A place where we are in His presence, a place where we get to know Him (“learn of me,” Matthew 11:29), become familiar with Him and a place where our relationship with Him grows and develops (“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18).

The very act of intimacy requires us to be alone with the one we are intimate with. It also requires quietness. This alone goes against the mindset of “church” being our “time with God.” Church is our time of fellowship with other believers in the presence of God.  (“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another…” Hebrews 10:24-25). However, to spend time with God, we have to be alone with Him. So, when we are in a quiet place, alone with God, mind fixed on Him, we are experiencing intimate time with Him. The more intimate time we spend with God the more of Him we will desire.

During our intimate time with God, He produces in us the fruits that He desires revealed in our lives (Galatians 5:22-23): it produces love; it produces joy (…you will fill me with joy in your presence…” Psalm 16:11); it produces peace; it produces endurance; it produces kindness… Intimacy with God also produces a steadfast confidence in God, because we have spent time with Him; we have gotten to know Him; we have learned of His ability; and we have learned to trust Him completely.

An invitation for intimacy is a loving, warm and affectionate gesture. What an honor and privilege to be asked into an intimate place with our Lord. Will you answer yes, and come.

“Come!” say the Spirit and the Bride. Whoever hears, echo, “Come!” Is anyone thirsty? Come! All who will, come and drink, drink freely of the Water of Life! Revelation 22:17 (MSG)

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Spending Time With God

You will show me the path of life: in your presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand, there are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11

I actually was asked to write on this topic by someone who is seeking a deeper more meaningful relationship with God, but did not know how to spend time with Him and did not know what to expect. As I thought about it, I realized that, for the most part, Christians consider going to Church as spending time with God. I did until I learned that was far from the truth. Even though we are in the presence of the Lord when we are in Church; it is as a collective body worshiping Him and hearing His Word. On the other hand, when we spend time with God, it is intimate time alone with Him.

From a practical standpoint, spending time with God is just getting away from outside distractions, getting quiet and stilling all the inward noise that is going on in our own minds and hearts. It is a time to be still and give our sole attention to the things of God and to Him. Therefore, our mind and hearts are on Him and His goodness. We may have a devotional reading or scriptures that we read during that time, or we may just sit quietly there knowing that He is there with us and just rest in His presence.

God may or may not speak to us during this time, but when He does, we will know. It may be something He puts on our hearts or minds; it may be a scripture or even a song that is placed in our hearts. Try not to get hung up on Him speaking as much as just enjoying His presence.

For me, being still before the Lord, gives me a profound peace in the deep recesses of my soul. It is not so much that He is speaking during that time, but it is just His reassuring presence that leaves me with total peace. I also spend time with God when I am gardening. It is a peaceful, quiet time for me and I just allow myself to get lost in the quietness. It clears my mind and my heart; when my heart and mind are clear, I can sense His presence and His peace; in turn, it causes me to be able to hear Him clearly.

The beach or ocean also draws me into a keen awareness of God’s presence. It helps me to silence the constant warring in my mind. Again, when I still my thoughts, I am peaceful and peace draws me closer to Him. I can think on Him instead of all the ninety million things I have going on – and when I do that – He puts ideas, solutions, and instructions in my heart that helps me to take care of my to-do list. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen; I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10. Getting still in His presence exalts Him in our earthly vessel.

The most important aspect of spending time with God is not how you do it or when you do it, it is doing it. In the book of Daniel, chapter 11, verse 32, it states, “but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” To know God, you have to spend time with Him and studying His Word. This is how we acquaint ourselves with Him. It’s the same principle as getting to know anyone else. If you do not spend time with a person, you will not know them.

God will surely do this for you, for He always does just what He says, and He is the one who invited you into this wonderful friendship with His Son, even Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9 (TLB)

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My Life Is In His Hands

But I am trusting you, O Lord. I said, “You alone are my God; my times are in your hands.”  Psalm 31:15(a) TLB

Yesterday was my 59th birthday. I had been thinking about this birthday for some time. Not to plan a party or festivities, but thinking of the blessing in it. You see, my oldest brother, Joseph, died when he was 39; my oldest sister, Jackie, died when she was 48; and my middle brother, Marvin, died when he was 57 – all lives shortened at young ages. Here I am blessed to have lived longer than my siblings; so my reflections on my birthday were, and still are, filled with much gratitude and thanksgiving.

In spite of the losses in my life and in spite of life’s disappointments and pain, I am thankful for the lessons I have learned and the wisdom gained through those lessons. Most of all I am thankful that life’s troubles taught me to trust (lean on, rely on and depend on) and obey God. (“Though He was God’s Son, he learned trusting-obedience by what He suffered, just as we do.” Hebrews 5:8). Therefore, I am grateful and thankful not for just being alive, but being content with my life (But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:6). Grateful that I am comfortable in my own skin and that I like who I am, while in the process of becoming who He wants me to be. I am thankful to be in a place where I am not chasing anything or anybody. I am not chasing paper, nor am I chasing connections and greatness. I am satisfied knowing that the great One resides on the inside of me, and it is His greatness that will be revealed through me. (…greater is He that is in you… 1 John 4:4). Also thankful that I no longer wonder where God is during personal struggles and crises, because I know where He is – He is always with me (…I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age. Matthew 28:20). Grateful for truly knowing and understanding, that “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31(b).

I am truly thankful for a clear mind and a clear heart. Grateful that I am not confused nor am I lost. Thankful that I believe and trust that all is well in my life, not because every promise has been fulfilled, but because I trust the one that promised (Let us seize and hold tightly the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is reliable and trustworthy and faithful [to His word]. Hebrews 10:23). And I know and am confident that He is able to keep those things that I have committed to Him (…for I know [perceive, have knowledge of, and am acquainted with] Him whom I have believed [adhered to and trusted in and relied on], and I am [positively] persuaded that He is able to guard and keep that which has been entrusted to me and which I have committed [to Him] until that day. 2 Timothy 1:12).

The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20

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