Monthly Archives: August 2012

Declare what You Believe by Faith!

“The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”

– 1 Samuel 17:37 NIV

My second oldest niece recently honored me for being a source of encouragement for her as she transitions through life as a young adult. The privilege of watching my niece grow up in her faith walk with Christ and the struggle of applying what she believes in following God was as much a life lesson for me as it was for her. Demonstrating patience in advising others is as challenging as demonstrating patient endurance in the face of adversity. Learning how to give wise counsel without telling someone what to do requires wisdom, patience and guidance as the one who is seeking it. The process has been rewarding for the both of us and I am grateful to God for His work in our lives to help us grow in the grace and truth of Christ.

David’s life reinforces to me the value of declaring what you believe and recalling past moments in your faith walk where God reveals, manifests and makes Himself known to reassure and instill confidence that He will do it again. Recalling his past victories in previous circumstances, David concludes that the result of his current challenge will be the same as in the past. In essence, David is saying, ‘The same God who preserved my life and protected me in the past against adverse circumstances, is the same God who will give me victory in my current circumstances!’ David declares his deliverance before even confronting Goliath. As David models for us, God is looking to see if we will live by the same authority in His name and the anointing power of His Spirit to live victoriously so He can live within us to experience Him as David did. “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.” – Psalm 34:19 NIV

“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” – 2 Chronicles 16:9 NIV God is ready and willing to act to demonstrate His power and reveal His glory in our circumstances. He is looking throughout the earth for the invitation to step into our lives and use us for the display of His splendor. Faith invites God to manifest, reveal and make Himself known to us and use us, as He did David, so we can walk by faith and live victoriously!

May God bless you and help you to declare His promises to walk by faith and live victoriously so you may experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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Jennifer's Hope

Do you remember my post, “The wrong question, the right question…and soup?” If you don’t, I hope you’ll check it out — and if you do, well, I hope you’re as excited as I am that Rebecca addresses exactly what’s wrong with the question, “How far is too far?” in Chapter Three of Wait for Me.

So welcome to Part 3 of my Wait for Me series (click here for Part 1, and here for Part 2). I’m so excited for those of you who are sticking around to explore this tough topic with me. I really believe God has placed a passion for this subject in my heart, and I’m trusting that this series will really touch the hearts of others.

There is so much good stuff in Chapter Three that I won’t even be able to mention half of it. I hope you’ll…

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Jennifer's Hope

Let me start by asking you a question: What do you think is the most important attribute of a future spouse? I’ve been thinking on this a lot lately…and, unfortunately, it likely has something to do with the ever-so-popular book Fifty Shades of Grey and the hit movie Magic Mike…and all their hype.

Honestly, I didn’t know what either of those titles were until I’d heard them mentioned enough times to pique my curiosity. So what did I do? I Googled them both.

And I. Was. HORRIFIED.

Pause. Listen up for a second before you run away. I’m not standing on a pedestal and thinking I’m so holy and the people who watch/read these things are the devil. No…I just want to stand up for what I believe in, and I have two thoughts regarding these types of entertainment: 1) Viewing/reading them is the antithesis of guarding our hearts…

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Jennifer's Hope

Picture it now: You’re a young woman in distress, caught in the middle of danger and chaos, and out of nowhere your ideal, picture-perfect prince charming rides in on a white horse to save you. If you’re a guy, your version of this story looks a little bit different: Imagine yourself as a strong, courageous knight in shining armor who has been searching for his soul mate his entire life, and you finally behold the girl of your dreams for the very first time. She’s everything you’ve ever dreamed of, and you’re exactly what she’s been waiting for.

This fairytale-like image of true love may seem extremely childish and silly to you. After all, it sounds a lot like a fictitious Disney movie, doesn’t it? Or perhaps I’ve just put into words the hopes you have for your future, and you might be wondering if such a “happily ever after”…

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Faith+Grace=Progress, Success & Prosperity

“Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God.”

– 1 Samuel 17:36 NIV

There is no opposition, obstacle or adversity you will face in this life and not be able to endure, persevere, or overcome with faith and grace. Failure is even considered a stepping stone towards success and achievement for those who outlast the process towards their destiny of success. Believing that success is relative, what separates those who are successful from others is the proactive initiative to remain diligent, determined and deliberate until what is believed is achieved. How grand life would be if, like David, all of our goliaths we face in life could be felled with one toss of a stone, one prayer, one declaration of belief.

Like David, however, God desires to empower us to face and overcome every ‘goliath circumstance’ we face through faith and grace! Recalling his previous victories over similar circumstances, David’s faith was aroused to take on his next assignment with confidence and courage, assured of victory despite the reality of what he faced. “Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.” – Psalm 27:3 NIV In the process of my faith walk with Christ, I began to pray about, as David declared in the Psalms, confidence in God and courage in the face of opposition, obtsacles and adversity. For the past 240+ days, I have declared this season of my life a season of progress, success and prosperity. Prior to this the previous season was a season of empowerment and fulfillment. The bible teaches that the tongue has the power of life and death. What are you declaring? David declared his victory over Goliath, by faith, believing God would give him success and, by God’s grace, David was victorious!

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” – Hebrews 11:1, 6 NIV Because he was anointed to become king, it is my belief, David was aroused within to face the external challenege set before him. Sincere faith inspires us to take our stand against intense, extreme, adverse circumstances we would otherwise withdraw from, because we know we are not facing our challenges in our own strength, but by the grace of God. Also, Saul and his army cowered in fear at Goliath’s taunts. Sincere faith allows us to be used by God to inspire and arouse faith in others as our light for Christ is used for the display of His splendor to inspire others towards progress, success and prosperity!

May God bless you and help you to demonstrate proactive initiative with faith in your circumstances to allow His grace to work in you and through you so you may experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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