Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.
2 Corinthians 1:24 KJV
The Lord has dominion over all the earth; allow him to have dominion in your life. Stand in faith and stand on his promises. Don’t stand in fear, don’t stand in disappointment, don’t stand in confusion. Stand with the victory and allow the enemy to see God’s glory shine upon your face. Stand like you have something to protect. Protect your joy. Protect the innocent part of you that chooses to be kept pure by not giving in to the confusion of the enemy. Stand where you are. Even if you are hurt and feel mistreated. Just stand right where you are and claim God’s victory over your life. You didn’t come this far to sit down and give up. You didn’t come this far to throw it all away on fear and emotion. Don’t allow backing down to be your option. Choose to stand and become vindicated knowing that by the very blood of Jesus his promises has and will be yes and amen. 2 Corinthians 1:20
When a person becomes intimidated by what you are doing, [NO, when a person becomes intimidated because you are succeeding in your purpose for existence] especially in the kingdom of God, the weakest thing that they can do is to try and attack your character with the platform they may have. Don’t lose confidence, know you are going in the direction intended for you. This means you are on the right path. This deems the attacker weak and insecure. This deems you are worthy and true with what God has placed on the inside of you.
“Then the Rabshakeh said to them, “Say to Hezekiah, ‘This is what the great king, the king of Assyria says, “What is [the reason for] this confidence that you have? I say, ‘Your plan and strength for the war are only empty words.’ Now in whom do you trust and on whom do you rely, that you have rebelled against me? Listen carefully, you rely on the staff of this broken reed, Egypt, which will pierce the hand of any man who leans on it. So is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who rely on him. But if you say to me, ‘We trust in and rely on the Lord our God,’ is it not He whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah has taken away, saying to Judah and to Jerusalem, ‘You shall worship before this altar’?” Isaiah 36:4-7AMP
Words will only get you so far but your actions will determine who you really are. Place your confidence in God and not in people. I don’t jump for joy over people, I respect them and give my support but my praises go to God. When you don’t praise people they tend to assume you are against them or not happy for them but glory doesn’t go to man, it goes to God. Have a watchful eye and going into the new year be mindful of the intentions of those that are around you. You can’t expect the new unless you have conquered the old.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
Matthew 2:10-11 KJV
A Gift that Matters
Jesus was presented with the best gifts upon his birth. Although it is a continual celebration, we recognize the birth of Jesus during the Christmas holiday season. Give thanks that we were gifted with a child who grew into a man that gave us his very best, his life, so that we could have life, more abundantly.
Each day, as much as a struggle it may seem, as low as you may feel, as thinkable your mind can fathom, as sorrowful as your heart may feel, ground your mind to give your very best. Give the very best of you each and everyday. It’s there. It’s on the inside of you because it was already done. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”Ephesians 2:10 KJV
You become the impact
You have already been created to do good things and great things will follow you wherever you go if you believe that. It’s so easy to forget others once you are established. But when you become established in what you are doing, you should have some type of impact that prompts you to give an upper-hand to someone else. While you were becoming established, how many others stretched out there hand to help you? If no one didn’t, let it begin with you.
Don’t be afraid to make a change and do something different to better yourself or your situation. When doing something different, it can seem awkward and intimidating at first. It may seem bigger than you. It may seem like it can swallow you “but greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4 When you are transitioning from old ways and habits and begin to acknowledge the truth within you, don’t place your focus on how the change is transforming your situation. Don’t focus on what it appears. Place your focus on your development and all that you will gain. Place your acknowledgements on Christ. First acknowledge God and then he will direct your path. You can find that all paths aren’t easy or quick. Easy quick developments don’t last long. When you study scripture, you will find that quick and swift actions result in disaster or disregard. When God moves in your life, doing the very best, it is done in his likeness, in his time, because in his time, he is forming the very best in order for it to last, to withstand, and to endure.
Giving your very best each day shouldn’t be done grudgingly or half-heartedly. When God gave to us, he gave us his son Jesus, the very best, with love. When Jesus was given gifts by the three wise men upon his birth, they gave the very best to him, with love. When you were created by God, he placed his love, the very best of himself on the inside of you, with love. Share your gift that’s on the inside of you just as God has shared his gifts with us through his grace.
“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.”
2 Corinthians 9:8-9 KJV
Share your Best
Everything you need has already been placed on the inside of you. Focus on the new work God is creating through you. Rejoice on how that new work will captivate others for the glory of God. Share your best with everyone and try stepping out of your comfort zone of a self- appraising shadow and allow God to manifest praises in your life, not expecting them from others. Encourage someone today to start giving their best with you now knowing that we all have a gift on the inside of us. The same God that walks and talks with you is the same God that loves and appreciates the best in others as well. God did not create just 1 of anything for 1 person. He gave special gifts, he gives special blessings to each and every last one of us and its with those gifts that we should use them to Give our Very Best.
God is worth it all because he gave it all. He gave us his son, a Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Prince, and a Mighty Mighty Good Savior.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Life can be many things. One thing I look forward to it being is beautiful. Each day I wake up, I am graced to step outdoors early and watch the sun rise. I reflect on the beauty that the light brings. Everything that was created was done in an image that reflects beauty. In Ecclesiastes 3:11 KJV, it reads, he hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. And it is from the beginning to the end that the nature of beauty remains a wonder. I regard that beauty is in the heart. I regard that it is born there and lives there; with age and compassion it is shared with others all around.
I regard beauty in creatures, animals, things, and people. I regard beauty in thoughts, expressions, and ideas. It is possible to see beauty in a thing, and not just in an appearance. No matter how distrodded or withered the grass may be, there is undisturbed soil that remains still, unchurned and waiting to be dug into, waiting to inherit a seed, to create the most beautiful of creations.
We can find beauty in the most lowliest of places, these being overlooked because of high mountains but somewhere there’s a small light shining through the darkest valley. That light reflects on the beauty within that valley, keeping all thoughts that’s disfigured sane and free. There is just enough light to conquer the darkness within, the ugliness that no one likes to admit. There is just enough to keep all together and pure. Keep walking toward the beauty of the light. Keep walking until you become the light and when you do, allow the beauty of the light to shine through you.