Morning Whispers | Growth

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“…and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.  You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:15-18

Everyone desires growth. Growth in our relationships. Growth in our businesses. Growth in our finances. It’s a wonderful thing. The process. The development. Especially as you see the seeds you’ve planted started to flourish and bloom. However, I was reminded this morning during my quiet time that these things can often compete with an area that is of utmost importance-growth in the grace and knowledge of our Saviour Christ.

In 2 Peter 3 we are reminded to be on guard against the things and people that can led us astray. As I read those words my heart ached as I realized how easy it is for me to find myself in a place I don’t want to be spiritually because I let my guard down.  I encourage you to to take a moment and reflect on ways you can fuel your growth in the things of God.  How can you make more time to saturate your minds in the truth found in His word, so that you may be anchored on a foundation that will always last. Praying for you friend.

Sent with love,

My NW SIgnature

 

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year Love! May the promises of His word carry you through this season. 💜

The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are NEW every morning; Great is His faithfulness. Lamentations 3:23-24

New Year.
New Grace.
New Mercies.

My NW SIgnature

The Year Of Answered Prayer

On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul.

Psalm 138:3

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If I had to pick a theme for 2018, I would definitely have to say it was “The Year of Answered Prayer!” I am extremely humbled as I reflect on how God has moved not only in my life but also the lives of those around me:

  • New businesses launching
  • Restored relationships
  • Book releases
  • Emotional healing
  • Missions trips
  • New homes
  • Thriving ministries

I could go on.

God. Is. Truly. Faithful.

As we prepare to transition into the New Year, the idea of answered prayer is something that I not only want to be a theme for this year but a continual part of my everyday life. Prayer is so important to me because it is a crucial part of our relationship with God and it puts our dependence on the only One who is truly able to make things happen for us. More than just simply asking God for “things”, prayer is a gift that God has given to us as we partake in His work in our lives and those we are praying for.

As you think about what you are hoping to see manifested in 2019, there are few things I want to share regarding prayer that I hope will help prepare you to see God move in your life in a miraculous way!

Posture In Prayer

Posture can be defined as a particular way of dealing with or considering something. An approach or attitude. I believe our posture in prayer is the fundamental aspect of everything that follows.

If we come to God in prayer with a sense of pride (1 Peter 5:5), entitlement (Ecclesiastes 5:2), or distraction (1 Corinthians 10:13), it can prevent us from being in the best place possible for God’s spirit to move. In the Old Testament I often notice when reading that people would prostrate themselves in prayer. I would liken this to when we kneel before God. And while our physical posture isn’t my main focus. I think that our posture as one article[1] puts it “expresses the attitudes of our heart.” Our posture in prayer:

  1. Acknowledges our unworthiness apart from Christ.
  2. Shows our need for God’s mercy.
  3. Is a sign of personal humility.
  4. Displays reverence.
  5. A sign of worship.

The proper posture in prayer causes us to step back from ourselves and look up to the One who has the answers.

Postion in Prayer

Our position or how we stand is another key component of experiencing God work in and through our prayers.

Throughout scripture we see several examples that show us why our position is so important.

  • For through Him (Jesus) we (those who believe in Him) have access in One Spirit to the Father. (Ephesians 2:18 ESV)
  • Because of Christ and our faith in Him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. (Ephesians 3:12)
  • Therefore since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:1-2)

 

 

As you can see from these scriptures- and there are many more- we can have confidence in our position. Our access in and through Christ to God our Father, should cause a sense of joy to spring up into our hearts. We can have faith in our prayers as we trust God to move in our lives, in our families, whatever it may be – because we are grounded in Him.

It’s not us trying to position ourselves or manufacture and maneuver situations.

It’s knowing who we are and Who’s we are.

That’s a position that is sure, firm, and unshakable.

Proclamation In Prayer

What we proclaim or declare has to do with what we believe. And what we believe should be rooted in the Word of God. We live in a time where everyone has an opinion about what’s right and what’s wrong. Facts aren’t facts. And it seems that everything is up for debate. Social media has the set the stage for many “influencers” to share knowledge, ideas, and thoughts. These aren’t necessarily bad, but what can happen if we aren’t careful is that these ideologies can infiltrate how we relate to God and what we expect from Him or not.

For example, I remember when I was struggling with a certain issue, I had to grasp hold of what God’s Word said about me and the situation and proclaim that truth over my life. Hebrews 4:12 tells us “…the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than a double-edged sword.”

Do you believe that God’s word is still alive and powerful?

Then let’s proclaim it in our prayers!

When we proclaim the Word, we know that what God had promised will NOT return void. Unlike a cool quote on Instagram or Facebook, we can always bank on the promises of God.

Amen.

Power in Prayer

This one for me speaks for itself. Once we have postured ourselves properly before the Lord, are confident in our position through Christ, and proclaim His word over us, we should expect to see power in our prayers. Our prayers aren’t just words for the sake of words. It’s a powerful tool that can change so much in our lives.

Power: to be operative, to be at work, to put forth authority.

James  5 reminds us that “The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power]. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours [with the same physical, mental, and spiritual limitations and shortcomings], and he prayed intensely for it not to rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months” (16b-17 AMP).

Did you catch that? Elijah was a regular person just like us, yet our prayers can have that same dynamic and tremendous power! I don’t know about you but that is definitely the way I am trying to walk into 2019.

So what is on your heart friend? What are you praying for in this next season? Remember it’s about more than just making resolutions, visualizing things, and doing your best. It’s about placing it all in prayer before the God of the universe who is waiting to do more than we could ever ask or think! (Ephesians 3:20)

Cheers to a blessed 2019!

My NW SIgnature

[1] Institute In Basic Life Principles

 

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Merry Christmas!

 But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent Him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as His very own children. Galatians 4:4-5

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Merry Christmas Friend! Just wanted to take a moment to wish you and your family a joyous holiday season. What a privilege it is to know that on this day we celebrate not only the birth of our Savior but the gift of knowing that because of Him we are now called children of the Most High! Remember Jesus isn’t just the reason for the season- He’s our reason for every moment!

With Love,

My NW SIgnature

Leftovers

When they had all had enough, He said to His disciples, Gather up now the fragments (the broken pieces that are left over), so that nothing may be lost and wasted. (John 6:12) AMPC

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I walked into the office break room and there it was. A partially eaten sweet potato pie. Someone obviously brought it in because they didn’t want it to go to waste. I laughed to myself because I figured things like this would start to show up.

Leftovers.

It’s been a little less than 2 weeks since we celebrated Thanksgiving and I’m sure some of you either were or knew someone who put their creative juices to work. Turkey sandwiches, turkey salad, the last corner of macaroni and cheese, bean soup with ham bones. The list could go on.  I can appreciate a person with the ability to make things stretch because honestly for me, after a few days… I’m over it!

However, there’s another story we find in scripture I was reading over that caused me to look at leftovers a little differently.

In John chapter 6,  Jesus had just performed the miracle of feeding about 5000 men (not including women and children) with only 5 loaves and 2 fish (read verses 1-11). Once they finished eating and were nice and full verse 12 says Jesus instructed the disciples to, “Gather up now the fragments (the broken pieces that are left over), so that nothing may be lost and wasted. (John 6:12) AMPC

The fragments.

The broken pieces.

I had read this verse several times before but I was so wowed by the fact that there was actually something left over from what started as seemingly not enough, that I missed something else special about this moment.

While they could have just left them behind as scraps, I love that Jesus was concerned about the leftovers.

He was intentional about ensuring that nothing went to waste.

And just as He was concerned about those fragments or broken pieces of food, I’m inclined to believe the same thing applies to us as well.

Those fragments or broken pieces of our lives that we feel are forgotten. Those areas that no one else knows about. Jesus sees them friend and I want you to know they are never lost or wasted.

Romans 8:28 declares that God causes all things to work together for our good. So be encouraged that your fragments in the hands of our mighty God is a recipe for something great!

When you have a moment today check out this song by one of my favorite bands Elevation Worship and remind your heart that Nothing Is Wasted!

Until Next Time,

My NW SIgnature

 

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