040: Hinder Me Not

It’s the number one priority of your life! Honor and glorify Jesus Christ with all that you have. It’s no longer your life, but His to do what pleases Him.

It’s always the priority, or at least it should be . . . even if you don’t feel like it . . . even if you have a different plan . . . even when it makes no sense!

You have to get out of the way! Let all your opinions go! Let all your ideas and preferences go! Clear the way for the Holy Spirit to prepare you to be acceptable, to be transformed into a bride the Father will want to present to His Son.

Maybe you’re not quite ready to surrender that much to the Lord. You’d like to have a little say in what goes on in your life, . . . maybe hang on to a few of those earthly pleasures and avoid anything that brings too much pain.

Anything we give up, or have to endure is nothing compared to what Jesus Christ went through to secure us. Jesus gave up everything for the furtherance of the Kingdom! When He left Heaven to live and die on this earth, His commitment superseded His opinions, His preferences, His feelings, and even His rights. He could’ve protested!

I’m not guilty! I don’t deserve this cruelty! It hurts too much!

But He didn’t! He didn’t because He wanted to secure you and me, and whosoever will call on Him, to be His bride for all eternity.

But the Father won’t allow a bride that’s not worthy of His Son. Tune in to this podcast episode if you’re not sure where you stand. Ask yourself: Is there anything I’m doing to hinder the Spirit of God from accomplishing His work in me? Is there something in my flesh hindering what needs to be done?

Surrender to the Lord! Don’t hinder the process! The moment you see Jesus, face to face, it will be worth it all for you, and for Him!

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Psa. 68:19 kjv

039: Grafted by Grace

God, this is not what I planned for my life! I don’t even know who I am anymore! Have you ever been there, wondering how in the world your life took this turn?

I’m sure Esther felt totally out of her comfort zone too. An ordinary Jewish girl suddenly finds herself submersed in the palace of the Persian king. She has no other choice but to go through a twelve-month purification program just to be presentable to the king. I’m sure there were days Esther longed to go back to her old Jewish life, to the comforts of familiar surroundings. But God had other plans for her!

When chosen out of all the other maidens to be queen, Esther probably struggled with submission, maybe even sympathized with the previous Queen Vashti’s rebellion to the king.

I’m not the right person for this! I have no idea how to be a Persian queen! I don’t feel like submitting to the demands of a king!

You know the story . . . God chose Esther to be an instrument to save the Jewish people, but it was up to Esther to surrender and trust God’s plan, even if it didn’t feel right or make any sense. A Jewish girl living in a Persian palace, . . . she was not supposed to be there . . . she was not supposed to be the queen . . . she wasn’t even supposed to go before the king uninvited. No, none of it made sense! All natural circumstances declared Esther was the wrong person, in the wrong place, at the wrong time, but divinely, she was right in the center of God’s will!

What about you? Is your life not making a lot of sense right now? You carefully planned it all out (even if it was only in your dreams), and now you just don’t understand why things have gone so wrong.

No matter what you’ve done or where you’ve been, whatever is going on in your life, God has brought you to this point for a purpose. Like Esther, even if it doesn’t make sense, you have a choice to surrender your life to God and trust that He will work it all out for His honor and glory and for your good.  Tune in to this podcast episode and be encouraged to press on for the Kingdom of Christ. You can’t afford to give up! As you listen, consider what could have happened in the story of Queen Esther if she had chosen to give up.

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038: As It Is Written

How’s life treating you? We’ve all been asked the question, but how are you supposed to answer it? How do you measure how your life is going?

We all go through ups and downs . . . good times and bad times. When things are going well, we feel good about ourselves, accomplished, happy. Then there’s the trying times . . . nobody is without trials! There are times you feel like a failure . . . when nothing is going right! Those times when you question, is it really worth it? Each of us have regrets, and shortcomings. So how do you gauge whether your life has been a success or a failure?

Have you made your mark in this life? Were you elected to serve in office? Did you write a great documentary, or piece of literature? Did you climb the corporate ladder? Or star in a leading role? So maybe you’re not famous . . . 

Is it how much money you’ve been able to accumulate? The car you drive? The house you live in? The circle of friends you’ve established?

Or could it be about family? Have you been able to keep your marriage together? Are your kids doing right? Does everybody still get along and act like a family should?

What makes a person a success, or a failure?

What this world deems successful is a far cry from God’s idea of a life well spent. So when we stand before a Holy God, how’s He going to judge our life?

If you want to know more about what God expects out of your life, if you want to know what you should be striving towards, tune into this podcast episode. It’s really not that complicated because it is written!

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Psalm 34:8

037: Go In Peace

The woman was determined to reach Jesus no matter what the cost. She was a sinner, probably a prostitute, and viewed by society as nothing more than a piece of merchandise. She could be stoned for what she was about to do, but her devotion far surpassed any fear of what might happen. Despite her reputation, holding on to her alabaster box, somehow she pressed through the crowd and made it inside the Pharisee’s house where Jesus was dining. Nothing would keep her from serving the Lord! She’d heard about the miracles Jesus had performed so maybe He could help her. The minute Jesus spoke to the woman, she knew she’d made the right decision.

Thy sins are forgiven . . . Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

Luke 7:48-50

Have you experienced true peace that only comes from knowing your sins are forgiven and God has a plan and purpose for your life? As you listen to this podcast episode repent, if you need to. Make Jesus the center of your life, and feel the peace of God cover you like never before.

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036: You Backsliding Heifer

Are you enjoying all the blessings of the Lord? Whether you acknowledge God or not, we all benefit from His loving hand each and every day. Sadly, even those who claim to be Christian take God’s blessings for granted.

I want God in my life! I need His mercy and grace, His protection and provision . . . but . . . can’t I still make my own choices? Pursue my own plans? Do my own thing?

Can you relate?

In the Old Testament, God’s chosen people, the Israelites, enjoyed all the blessings God had to offer. They never lacked anything! God was faithful to meet their every need. They were promised victory against every foe. There wasn’t a king, nation, or army strong enough, or clever enough to defeat the children of The Living God. The Israelites were the chosen, the apple of God’s eye. God loved them and longed to fellowship with them. God wanted to be their God, and yearned for them to be His people. The children of Israel had so much going for them, yet they weren’t satisfied!

Despite all the benefits and blessings, Israel refused to fully submit to God.

For Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer . . .

Hosea 4:16

In today’s vernacular, this verse may be comical, but it’s no laughing matter. Why would God call His own chosen people a backsliding heifer?

Not even sure what a backsliding heifer is? Tune in to this podcast episode to find out, and as you listen, examine your own devotion to God. Are you fully surrendered to the will of God? Are you closer to Jesus today than you were yesterday?

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Mat. 22:14

Mat. 21:13

Neh. 8:10