Alissa Lynne’s Truths – Faith/Trust
Why I have Faith in Jesus
they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling
down to him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick,
and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the
water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how
long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to
me. And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child
was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and
said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of
your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of
mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder
place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as
it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is
revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men,
who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present
your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your
reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that
good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the
grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of
himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly,
according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
When we have faith in the
Lord to do things for us, we do not have to worry about a thing. If we
have faith that Jesus knows what is to be done, we do not have to think
about anything. I love James 1:2-4 because through all things God is
working. We have so much that we are blessed with. We just have to have
the faith that God is with us even when it appears that God is not with
us. God will never leave nor forsake us. There are times when we are going
through things, whether illness, marital problems, financial issues that
we fall prey to those around us giving us “advice” about our situation and
not giving us the word of God. Faith is what keeps us – faith in the Lord
and to trust Jesus to bring us through. God has never let us down, but we
have let ourselves down by not following through with our faith.
II Corinthians 5:1-8
For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved,
we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the
heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with
our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not
be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being
burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that
mortality might be swallowed up of life. Now he that hath wrought us for
the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the
Spirit. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at
home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not
by sight :) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from
the body, and to be present with the Lord
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own
understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation
be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in
every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests
be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all
understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that
shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the
heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me,
saith the LORD.
If we just trust God, move
according to His direction, and have faith that He is in control, we will
not need to hear “breakthrough” messages or prosperity speeches, as we
will already be in a “breakthrough” or prosperity phase of our lives. We
will be able to pass on our experiences with others and let them know that
it is faith, trust and having a relationship with the Lord that brings our
breakthroughs and prosperity. Trust and faith go hand in hand. We have to
trust God to bring us through and we have to have faith that He will. Each
time we are faced with something, it is God who is bringing us through it
– so stand tall and know that even little bit of faith can move mountains,
so I know that I shall continue to have faith as the faith moves my
mountains out of my life and brings me much joy in Jesus!
A Time for Everything – Everything in Its Time
everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: A
time to be born, And a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck
what is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down,
and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to
mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to
gather stones; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A
time to gain, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw
away; A time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a
time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a
time of peace.”
I love how
it covers so many aspects of life. There is a time for all things and God
controls it all. I believe if we allow Him to take over and control when
things happen to us and for us, the smoother our life is. I noticed each
verse represented the “up and down” side of each situation. If we allow
God to lead us in our lives then we will have a comfort during the “down”
side. The good and bad will come, as this is life. If you are a Christian
and never have trials and tribulations come your way, and you are still
alive walking this earth, then you had better start to panic, as something
is seriously wrong with your life. Jesus tells us we will have trials and
tribulations – He did when he walked this earth and we are surely nowhere
near close to Him as He is perfect. The beautiful part of that is with
Jesus, He will never give us more than we can handle and as long as we
turn it over to Him, we will have peace even with the world raging all
around us. Not only will He only allow what we can handle at one time, He
will handle what He gives us, all we have to do is ask Him. How wonderful
is that!! God is so good to us. We just have to trust God to take care of
us 100%! We all need to Let go and Let God – please pray for me that I -
Let Go, Let God, Let Jesus, and Let Love!!!!
Do you have the faith to
trust God in all things? Do you have the faith and trust that God will do
what is necessary for your life? Do you have trust that God is with you
regardless of what you are going through? It took a long time for me to
understand that faith and trust go hand in hand. I cannot have faith in
God if I do not trust God. How seriously do you take Proverbs 3:5-6 and do
you check out the verses before that and after that?
My son, forget not my law;
but let thine heart keep my commandments: 2
For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind
them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
4 So shalt thou find favour and good
understanding in the sight of God and man. 5
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own
understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths. 7 Be not wise
in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to
thy bones. 9 Honour the LORD with thy substance,
and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: 10
So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall
burst out with new wine. 11 My son, despise not
the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: 12
For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in
whom he delighteth. 13 Happy is the man that
findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of
silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. 15
She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are
not to be compared unto her. 16 Length of days is
in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her
paths are peace. 18 She is a tree of life to them
that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
19 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by
understanding hath he established the heavens. 20
By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the
dew. 21 My son, let not them depart from thine
eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: 22 So
shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.
23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not
stumble. 24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not
be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of
the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. 26
For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot
from being taken. 27 Withhold not good from
them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come
again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.
29 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing
he dwelleth securely by thee. 30 Strive not with
a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm. 31
Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD:
but his secret is with the righteous. 33 The
curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the
habitation of the just. 34 Surely he scorneth the
scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly. 35
The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.
good and He is with us to lead us in the right manner, we are just to
trust Him. I was watching a movie with my son, the movie was about Gideon,
and there was a scene with Gideon and the angel. Gideon asked the angel
did he have a problem trusting God, the angel said that he did not have a
problem trusting or believing God for he sees God all the time. The angel
said as humans we trust God and have never have beheld Him with our own
eyes. What a blessing!
I know God
exists not just for the things that I can see but also because of the
things that I can feel. I can feel His presences around me. When I am
upset and cannot think straight, I have felt a peace come over me that is
so hard to explain, to me that is the love of Jesus, He is wrapping His
arms around me and comforting me. I have felt the love of God on my life,
my entire life. His very words in the Bible speak to my heart, sometimes
it is through another person whom I know was sent from God. I have on some
occasions wonder if the person who was just in my presence was an angel or
God himself because of their very being.
that God uses people to show love and to help instill more faith and trust
Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto
you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this
mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing
shall be impossible unto you.
and I was watching another kid movie and as I watched the parting of the
Red Sea scene, I wondered if I would have crossed the sea with them. Is
my faith strong enough to trust God that much but as I think about it,
the Israelites faced so many issues that they brought upon themselves
due to their lack of faith, just as we do this very day. They lived
through the plaques that God placed on Egypt for their sake, they
crossed the Red Sea and saw the wonders of God but yet, and still they
started worshiping other gods.
Now in the
morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. And when he saw a fig
tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves
only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever.
And presently the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it,
they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! Jesus
answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and
doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but
also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast
into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in
prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
creatures of habit and some habits are hard to break….
things in perspective…completely understand what is going on around us…run
the whole situation from start to finish and then worry if it is going to
turn out right…taking over every single aspect of our lives and always in
turmoil in what is going on…concerned if things are going to work out just
perfectly…worry about if things are going to be done…and etc.
We do all
these things and needlessly – we have Jesus to do all that for us. God
takes all that from us. When I actually stop and listen to what Jesus has
to say, wait on Him and truly let Him handle things, there is peace in my
heart, there is joy in my heart, and there is love in my heart. People
around me are amazed when I tell them what I am going through personally
at that time, and say wow – and you are calm. It gives me a chance to
witness to them about how good God is. In keeping faith in Him and
trusting God to do it all for me…I walk around happier and calm – so when
I say well you know this is going on and this is going on…people see the
calmness and start to question. It is through our faith and trusting God
that we can stand and wait on God to take care of all things for us…not
just a few things…but all things. I praise God for all that He is doing in
my life and though I have moments – hours – a day of weakness - I do not
permit myself to be depressed/angry for more than 24 hours – I know
praising God is my way out. I have called off work and just praise God all
day because I was feeling really down and God does not deserve me not
praising Him. I will do whatever it takes to praise God and give Him all
the glory. He has done so much for me that there is no going back. God is
so worthy of all our praises. We have to have faith and believe that He is
truly who He is. You have to have trust and faith. I am always saying…Let
Go … Let God… Let Love. You have to have faith to do that. I have faith to
trust the Lord and let Him lead my life….do you??? I dare you to try
Him…to really try Jesus. I have had a few people say to me…I am so excited
for you and you are so uplifting, and you are so blessed…you have your
sweetie and you really deserve this…My question to all that say that to
me…WHAT MAKES YOU ANY DIFFERENT THAN ME?? NOTHING…YOU ARE JUST AS BLESSED
AS I AM. I can only see one difference, do you give God all of you…do you
trust Him completely? We all fall short in some place or another…I fall
short in so many places, but Jesus loves me for me – no one else loves me
as He does. He already knows who we are…He knows us better than we know
ourselves. I dare you to take the junk that is in your mind and turning
over the thoughts in your mind to things of Jesus…you are sitting at your
computer reading this…hummm think about Jesus…raise your hands...close
your eyes and just start thanking Him for the things He has done for you.
If you say that you have nothing to be thankful for...then you must be
dead. We are blessed in so many ways…think about your life and where you
were and how you are so blessed to be where you are today. It might be a
little hard right now…but there was a time when things were not so hard,
there was a time when things were so smooth, that was God allowing you to
have a beautiful peaceful season. God is good and He does not have it rain
on us always…we do get sunshine and we get rain. We just have to remember
to take the umbrella with us when it is raining. Jesus is our umbrella.
Take Jesus with you wherever you go for we never know when it is going to
rain…God Bless and know that we are all blessed and highly favored!!!!
Faith and Me
II Corinthians 5:1-8 For we
know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have
a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house
which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found
naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not
for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be
swallowed up of life. Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing
is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. Therefore
we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body,
we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are
confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be
present with the Lord.
the more you speak it and do it the easier it is…standing on Faith…that is
what it is all about. People mistake faith as something that is so hard to
achieve…believe it in your heart and it is yours. I am standing on God’s
word that I can have my hearts desires and I am standing on the fact that
God wants me to have it too. I have faith in His words and I trust Him…do
I have days that I fall short…HECKS YEAH!!! My family see it, but even
with dealing with them…when I realize that I am doing that…I speak the
positive…one thing that made it a little easier for me is remembering
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
means to me is God has the power to speak things into existence…since He
speaks things into existence…I can too. For example…if you sit around the
house feeling sorry for yourself or saying nothing but negative things,
then you are going to feel negative…if you put your feelings aside and
praise God for what is going on in your life, thanking Him for His mercy
and grace…saying positive things…your whole mood and whole outlook at that
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the
LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In
all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
God to lead and direct my steps and not doing it myself…it is not always
easy, but when I do let Him do this…I have peace and joy in my heart!!!!
When God is in charge…there is nothing to worry about…our best interests
is at the center of Him.
Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in
the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known
unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every
thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be
made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all
understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Rejoice!!!!!! Rejoice!!!!!! Be thankful!!!!!
Philippians 4:13 I can do all
things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
nothing that can not be handled if you trust Jesus in your ever step and
know that you can do anything!!!
Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that
is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise
against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the
servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
what life tries to give you or throw at you – nothing formed against you
will prosper…NOTHING. So even your own negative thoughts will not prosper
against you…trust God and praise the Lord.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,
to them who are the called according to his purpose.
we do not understand something and even when it looks like it is so dark
and every thing around us is negative, God will work it out for it to be
positive for us.
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be
our back, God has our front, God has our left side, God has our right
side….God has everything covered for us…to whom are we to fear – what are
we to fear…nothing can come against us and work against us!!!!
God and His word and that is what gets me through!!!! I have learned to
say Hallelujah anyhow when I am going through something. If you speak it,
it will be – whether it is negative or positive, that is why when you get
down on yourself; you have to realize that you are hurting yourself and
your outlook on life. Trust me, I do the same thing and I have someone
reminding me and I pass it along too so that we are all lifted up in
Jesus. I love you all and there is no way I am going to heaven and at
least do not try to give you encouraging words to go with me. We have to
be determined no matter what comes up against us in this life - we need
the determination that we do not have to go through the bad times without
comfort and peace. God will give it to you and you just have to ask for it
and believe it AND SPEAK IT. The more you speak it the easier it gets…your
mood improves. I wake up every morning praising God and thanking Him…on
the days that I do that and not just jump out of the bed…I am good to go.
On the days that I do not…I do not feel well or I am sluggish all day or I
am just out of sorts. I am here to make a promise to you…if you try it and
give it your whole heart doing it…you will see that you will start to feel
so much better. Trust Him.
1Timothy 6:1-10 1
Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters
worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not
blasphemed. 2 And they that have believing
masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather
do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the
benefit. These things teach and exhort. 3
If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the
words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to
godliness; 4 He is proud, knowing nothing,
but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy,
strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5
Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth,
supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
6 But godliness with contentment is great
gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this
world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8
And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 9
But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and
into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and
perdition.10 For the love of money is the
root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the
faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
I have a
habit of saying, “if I can make it to payday, things will be better” or
“things would be so much better if I have this or that.” We forget to be
content in our lives with what we have. We are always looking to the
future for things to be better, not that they will not be better, but we
lose focus on today – living for Christ today. We should be happy and
content with what we have presently, just because it is not a new blessing
does not mean that it should not be appreciated. None of us are promised
tomorrow, but we live our lives for tomorrow, or we are living our lives
in the past. I have a habit of planning things out, my sister teases me
because I am not spontaneous, and if it is not in my plan for the day, it
is not being done. I am learning to be more spontaneous through Jesus. I
am beginning to understand that I need to live for Him today, not
tomorrow, not next week, but today. I need to leave the future in His
hands. I am not saying that I am not going to save money or things like
that, but I am not going to look down the road and wonder where my life is
going to be in 5 years. I am not going to worry about what the future
holds, as I have Jesus and He is my way maker, my all in all. He holds my
future in His hands and all I have to do is have faith in Him and let it
go. I love God and He loves me and I need to stop holding onto my life as
I do and let Him direct me in the manner that I am to go. We hold on so
tight and then wonder why we do not see any major changes or see changes
for the good. We have to have faith that He is not only providing for
today, but He will provide for tomorrow and for eternity for us. I love it
when I come to these understandings as it motivates me to follow it. Just
like everyone else, I have good and bad days in doing what I am to do. I
am glad that God is with me every day to help me. I have been truly
blessed and I am Highly Favored!!!!
But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after
righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold
on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good
profession before many witnesses. 13 I
give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and
before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good
confession; 14 That thou keep this
commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord
Jesus Christ: 15
Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate,
the King of kings, and Lord of lords; 16
Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach
unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power
everlasting. Amen. 17 Charge them that are
rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain
riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
18 That they do good, that they be rich in
good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation
against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed
to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of
science falsely so called: 21 Which some
professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.
Joy in the
will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my
foes to rejoice over me. 2O LORD my God, I cried
unto thee, and thou hast healed me. 3O LORD, thou
hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I
should not go down to the pit. 4Sing unto the
LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his
holiness. 5For his anger endureth but a moment;
in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in
the morning. 6And in my prosperity I said, I
shall never be moved. 7LORD, by thy favour thou
hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was
troubled. 8I cried to thee, O LORD; and unto the
LORD I made supplication. 9What profit is there
in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall
it declare thy truth? 10Hear, O LORD, and have
mercy upon me: LORD, be thou my helper. 11Thou
hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my
sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; 12To the
end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my
God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
No matter what comes our way,
we can stand in the word of God. We can rejoice in our tears and we can
sing praises to the Lord despite all that comes our way. Sometimes we look
at others for direction, we look within ourselves for direction, and we
look every where for direction except the best place of all. We need to
look to God for our direction. Jesus is the way to all things eternal and
all things that are the best way. God is the only way to succeed in this
life and live all eternity in joy and happiness. It does not matter what
those around us do, for our joy comes from the Lord. Our night of
pain/suffering can be years and years, but when joy comes, all that
pain/suffering is gone and reduced to mere thoughts for the joy of the
Lord is worth all the suffering of this world.
Faith – Are you in the number?
people on the day of Pentecost, 5,000 people in Acts 4, Aaron, Abel,
Abraham, Amaziah, Andrew, Barnabas, Bartimaeus, Caleb, Colossians,
Congregations at Thyatira, Corinthians, Crispus, Daniel, David, Elijah,
Eliphaz, Ephesians, Eunice, Ezra, Gideon, Hannah, Hezekiah, Jacob, Hairus,
James, Jews at Jerusalem, Jews at Rome, Job, Jochebed, John, Jonathan,
Joseph, Joseph & Mary, Joshua and the people of Israel, Lois, Lydia,
Manoah’s wife, Mary – the sister of Martha, Martha, Mordecai, Moses,
Nathanael, Ninevites, Noah, Nobleman whose child was sick, People of
Joppa, People of Lydda, Peter, Philemon, Philip, Philippian jailor, Rahab,
Samaritan leper, Sick people of Gennesaret, Simeon, Stephen,
Syrophoenician woman, The Disciples, The Ethiopian Eunuch, Thessalonians,
Those who brought the sick, possessed and afflicted to Jesus, Three Hebrew
Boys, Timothy, Two blind men, Widow of Zarephath, Wise Men, Woman who
anointed Jesus’ feet, Woman with the issues of blood.
The list above is a list of
people in the bible who exercised faith in the Lord/Jesus. They trusted
God to bring them through, deliver on promises and just do as He said.
They had faith that God was going to bring them out of whatever situation
that they are in. God is so good to us that we must keep the faith and
know that though things may look bleak, it is in the plan of God and He
will bring it about for His glory.
Although there are several
people on this list that are amazing in their faith, there are three
people that I just relate to so much more as I look over the list: Joseph,
Job, and the Woman with the issue of blood.
When Joseph taken from his
family and cast into slavery due to the jealousy of his brothers, he was
in a foreign land as a slave and rose to be second in command of a nation
that was not his home nation. God kept him during all that time, showing
him favor during his time of struggle. When God saw fit to reveal the
original plan, He showed Joseph and his family that all along this was all
to work according to God’s plan. I look at Joseph’s life experience as a
reminder to me, that no matter where I am, God is with me. God will keep
me in the midst of those that do not know my way or God. Even during my
time of trials and tribulation, God will grant me favor as long as I am in
His will and following His commandments. It also reminds me that though I
may not know why I am where I am at that time, God is in control and it
will come out in the end to glorify Him!
Job was tested with his faith
and staying with God despite all that he lost. He lost all that he had and
yet he stayed with God and had faith that God would bring him out. He was
weak at times but God strengthened him to carry on. After the storm was
over for Job, he was blessed with more than he had before due to his
faithfulness to the Lord. This life lesson is so strong for me. God may
allow all to be taken from you, but we are to stand strong in the Lord and
just trust the Lord to bring us through. If we are faithful to the Lord,
we shall see His works in our lives returned to us in more ways than we
could ever imagine. God is faithful to us and as I heard a minister say
once, God will not allow man to “out do” Him. If we are faithful to Him,
He is even more faithful to us because He is God and so above all other
things in our lives. We are so quick to turn our backs on God when things
happen to us that we do not understand – we are quick to curse God and go
back to our old ways. We must stand tall in the faith and trust that God
knows best. Our reward is greater when we do for we shall see His face and
hear Him say….
“His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful
servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make
thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord” (Matthew
The Woman with the issue of
blood is another life experience that is moving to me. Jesus was followed
by tons of people, it was hard I am sure to get close to Him. She took the
time to position herself to get close enough just to touch the hem of His
garment and believed that just that would heal her. Now the thing that
really gets me is that this woman was not to be in the public with this
illness. It was against the beliefs for her to be in the public like that,
so not only did she have to fight the crowds, the issue of the blood, she
was breaking a law too. So many times we will not “break the law” to do as
God says to do. We will not go against customs to serve God with all that
we have. We are still celebrating holidays that go against the ways of God
and excuse it away with; it does not mean that any more. We will not stand
up for the Lord when confronted with things that go against Him, such as
clubbing and having sex before marriage as we do not want to hurt anyone’s
feelings. This woman took a huge chance just to touch Jesus so that she
could be made whole. We need to take the chance and touch Jesus with all
that we have. We should stand tall and be moved from things that are not
I know that there are people
who read my writings and do not agree with me and that is fine. I know
that I am charged with giving it to you and it is up to you to act or not
act on it. I am saying to all that read this, God is good to us and we
should hold onto the Lord and know that God is good in all ways. Stand on
the faith of the Lord and know that He is with you always. We may walk
from Him but He does not walk away from us. We are to surround ourselves
with things of holiness, people of God and trust the Lord with all that we
have. We have to hold onto our faith in season and out of season. Trust in
the Lord my sisters and brothers for He is the way, the truth and the
God Is With Us
will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help
cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy
foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that
keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is thy keeper:
the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by
day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he
shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy
coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
with us always. Sometimes we are going through life’s issues and feel as
if God is not there. God is always with us; He will never leave or forsake
us. Have faith and believe He loves us, just believe. If you feel out of
touch, my belief is to Praise Him, even in our sorrow, when we are at our
weakest, He is at His strongest. Praise Him through the pain, sorrow,
silence, noisiness of life, good and the bad. My answer to everything is
Pray and Praise. We should all be Pray and Praise warriors for Jesus.
Him today for the air you breathe, for the fact that you can breathe the
fact that you can not only see this but read and understand it too!!
Praise God for His mercy, grace, and love!!!
Accepting His Blessings
gives us a blessing no matter what it is - do not frown at it or take it
example, you are in need of a car to get back and forth to work, God gives
you an Escort but you wanted a Cadillac. Take the Escort, appreciate the
Escort, cherish the Escort, Thank God for the Escort - be thankful for the
car and be thankful to God for the car. You could get the Cadillac next
time, if that is God's wishes. God wants the best for His children, He
will bless us with the best - but we need to put Him first at all times,
not material things, not people, nothing is to go before Him.
learning that we need to be careful for what we ask God for. We pray and
pray and pray for something and then we get it and we go - hummm - God I
did not ask for that - He in turns says Yes you did. I am learning that I
do not know what I really want - as I am human, so I started asking God
for what He wants for me. I ask Him to fill my life with the things that
He wants for me, and this way I will have a closer walk with Him as for my
desires will be in line with what is according to His will.
Some of us
are praying for a man/woman to come into our life to be a companion. Well
then God sends us someone and we say - oh no - I do not want that person
God - they are this or they are that - I will tell you what I heard from a
minister once - God sends you a gorilla - accept that gorilla and praise
God and watch that gorilla turn into your prince!!! We have become so
accustom to a person’s appearance and not the inside of a person, many
times we miss the beauty of a person because we are looking at the outer
beauty. Live long enough and your outer beauty is gone, but the inner
beauty will last forever.
thing with all of this is we have to make sure that we are listening to
God and that person is meant for you. Sometimes we think we hear God
saying that someone is for us because we want that person so much – we
need to stop and listen to God and recognize His voice over our own
voices. We want things so much, we know it is not God telling us but we
kid ourselves into believing that God is telling us. When we do that, we
have a mess on our hands.
the beauty of God – we make a mess of our lives after He tells us not to,
but He comes to our rescue anyhow. He loves us more than we love
ourselves!!! Thank you God for loving me more than anyone ever could or
Limits and Increase
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love
God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is
impossible; but with God all things are possible.
O love the
LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and
plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. Be of good courage, and he shall
strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.
cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that
they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am
the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
been listening to God speak to my heart about limits and increase. So many
times we let our own limitations hinder what God can do for us. Sure we
are to go to God in prayer and ask Him for what we want, that is no doubt,
but why should you limit yourself. What I mean is, when you ask God to
help you because there is a bill you need to pay and not sure how you are
going to pay it, you ask God to pay the bill. Well He gives you the money
for the bill – wonderful – Praise God, but how about asking God to take
care of your financial burdens instead and then sit back and watch Him
handle all your bills – not just the one but all of them. That is what I
mean when I say limits. We do not allow Him to bless us exceedingly
because we are looking at the picture in front of our face instead of
looking at the entire museum. I have been praying that God handles things
in a broader sense and I am watching things in my life fall into place and
I am able to see an increase in my life, I am not talking about a
financial increase, even though He does that, but I am talking about
increase in my relationship with Him, an increase in my faith, an increase
in my trust, and an increase in my love for Him. Sure we all want an
increase in “stuff” but the best increases comes when He brings us closer
to Him and we increase in love, faith, trust, patience, understanding, and
security in Jesus. I know that God says ask and He will give it to us, but
I love keeping it simple and watching the wondrous works and blessings of
God. I have seen an increase in my life, both in me and around me. God
will show such increase that those around you are blessed with the
increase too. I praise God for being God and allowing the windows of
Heaven open and the blessings pour out on me and mine.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our
Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace
wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only
so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh
patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh
not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the
Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
2 Corinthians 1:4-5 Who
comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them
which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are
comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our
consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
2 Corinthians 9:6-12
But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and
he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man
according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly,
or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make
all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all
things, may abound to every good work: (As it is written, He hath
dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth
for ever. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread
for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of
your righteousness;) Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness,
which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. For the administration of
this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant
also by many thanksgivings unto God;
To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers
in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of
God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus
our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the
faith of him. Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations
for you, which is your glory. For this cause I bow my knees unto the
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and
earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his
glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and
grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the
breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of
Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the
fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly
above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in
us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages,
world without end. Amen
1 John 5:1-4
Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one
that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By
this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and
keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his
commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is
born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that
overcometh the world, even our faith.
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he
shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief
cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come
that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
When we were in the world, the enemy did not really have to
bother us; we were into worldly things and doing what he wanted us to
do, so we were left alone. Any issues, problems, dilemmas, and dramas
that happened then were because of something we did. We were just out
there not caring about the ways of the Lord. We may think about it for a
second and then the enemy would show us some cute hunk, our friends
would ask us to go out with them, or he would send something to distract
us for a minute. We would run after it as a dog runs after a ball!
Shame on us, but when of the world we act like the world.
At some point in our lives, God starts knocking on the door
of our heart asking us to let Him in our lives.
Some of us crack the door open to see who it is, and then
see who it is and slam the door shut. We knew what He was about.
We just DID NOT WANT TO HEAR IT.
Some of us open the door to hear what He has to say and
slam the door shut. We did not like what He was saying – how dare He
tells us to be nice to people who are mean to us, to stop talking about
that girl at the office who is losing her house and help her, to love
all those that we meet. Humm He must be crazy.
Some of us opened the door when He knocked and just stood
there blocking Him so He could not come in the door, we would listen to
what He has to say but we were not going to let HIM in.
Some of us opened the door and welcomed Him in with open
arms so happy for the love and peace He was offering us but the minute
He did not do some thing that we wanted; we sent Him packing.
Some of us opened the door and welcomed Him in, sat in the
corner and just watched as He cleaned up our houses. When we saw it was
clean – we kick Him out because we had a clean house and no longer
Some of us opened the door and welcomed Him in and loved
Him with all we had, but when He went away for a minute to see if we
could stand – we ran so quick back to our old ways of living, that we
ran right pass Him never seeing Him standing there with His arms opened.
Some of us let Him in when He knocks, and when we do, we
stop and listen to what He is saying, we fight a little, but we hear
Him. We let Him live with us, we begin to listen to Him and do as He
says. He steps back and removes His arms some and we stand a little, but
when we get weak, we run to Him in hopes that He is there. He is there
for us because we called for Him in our time of need. We start to praise
Him in our good and bad times, He starts to really empty out the bad and
replace it with the good. We continue to allow Him to abide in us so His
will is done. We get to the point when the enemy recognizes that we have
Him abiding in us. Here comes the enemy looking to destroy all that we
stand for, but we have learned from the previous times, that in standing
and waiting on Jesus, we will have joy, peace, and happiness.
We have learned that when the enemy comes to destroy all
that we have, that if we are like Job and stand - all that is taken will
be returned in full plus increase. We are to stand for the Lord and
never let Him go.
Stand in Jesus and watch your world turn bright and sunny
even when it is raining all around you – you will not get wet from the
pains of this world. Trust in Jesus – Trust in Jesus!
CONTINUE TO CHAPTER EIGHT
Alissa Lynne – Verona, PA
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