The BEST is yet to come.
Yes, the BEST is yet to come.
I’ve had to repeat these words to myself a lot over the last several weeks. I started to get so stressed out and overwhelmed with all the pressure of life’s responsibilities. It almost became too much to bear. Even to the point where I honestly began to wonder if things were going to change. It’s like the more determined I am to follow Christ and live according to God’s word, is the more challenging life becomes.
I felt like I was taking three steps forward but two steps back. Makes me think of the line, “if it ain’t one thing, it’s another”.
It wasn’t until last week that I had an Aha! moment.
I remembered reading Psalm 43:5 which says “why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again-my Savior and my God!” The Holy Spirit reminded me that “God who began a good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” Philippians 1:6.
When I saw those words, I realized that the trials aren’t meant to discourage me. In fact, it’s the opposite. It’s during the challenge that my true resilience emerges. It’s during the challenge that I’m supposed to use my God given resources: praise and worship.
After all, the grace of God has carried me through so many battles and given me so many victories. There’s a verse in the book of Job that says “but he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure gold” Job 23:10.
So often you’ll hear preachers say “when you look back over your life and see where God has brought you from, you just can’t help but say Hallelujah, thank you Jesus”. He gave me a promise that grace and mercy will follow me all the days of my life.
Maybe you’re asking what does that have to do with ‘the best is yet to come’? Well, it’s all about what you choose to believe. If you believe God and His word, you remember that after the test comes the testimony. Trust me, it works. God is faithful. He is not a man that he should lie, and if He said it in His word it will come to pass. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” Matthew 24:35.
So the journey continues…we walk by FAITH not by sight. Be encouraged. Be inspired. Stay blessed.
Devil always talking a bunch of lies; determined to distract or deter me from accomplishing my goals and stop me from fulfilling my purpose. This joker is consistent. I know I’m close to my breakthrough because he’s recently taken it to another level.
So have I.
My best friend would say, “devil, if it’s a fight you want, then it’s a fight you’re gonna get”. So in true Muhammad Ali/ Mike Tyson style, I laced up my gloves and proceeded to give him a kickass punch. And since he likes to quote scripture, I reminded him of a few things.
Satan you are a fallen angel. You got kicked out of heaven, never to return. But because of Jesus, I’m making it in. Hallelujah! The Lord is my shepherd. I have nothing to fear because He is always with me. He promised to never leave me or forsake me. As a matter of fact, His grace and mercy will be with me all the days of my life. God promised that He would command his angels concerning me to guard me in all my ways. So Satan, you have no power over me. The blood of Jesus gives me authority over you; the authority to tread on the cobra; authority to trample the great lion and the serpent. Devil you are under my feet, and I intend to crush you with every ounce of fight that’s in me. Because I’m more than a conqueror. I’m an overcomer. And no weapon that you have now or in the future can stop or destroy me; it’ll never prosper or stand.
I know that I’m not fighting against flesh and blood. The word reminds me that it’s a fight against “the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” Ephesians 6:12. Because of this, I dont respond to him with my flesh, getting all upset, angry, stressed out. I know he’s the prince of darkness and the initiator of lies and deceipt. My responsibility in this battle is to put on the full armor of God and to “take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” Ephesians 6:17.
So I don’t know about you, but I intend to fight and fight and fight. This life isn’t easy. It’s war. Get used to it. As a girlfriend of mine always says, “the devil don’t waste ammunition on anybody he don’t see as a threat”. In other words, you’re a marked target because he sees you as a threat. So get up, lace up, strap up, step up. You’re a winner because God says so. And He’s got your back.
Have you ever heard the saying “your roots will determine your fruits”? It’s so simple and yet so profound.
In the natural world you wouldn’t expect an apple tree to produce orange fruits or a peach tree to bear bananas. The day you see that happen, start running. LOL!! (Sorry, but I had to insert a little humor).
Take a minute to look at the tree in the picture above. What’s impressive is the extensive root system that brings structure, strength, stability and sustenance.
So now, you and I are trees. And if we’re rooted and grounded in the word of God, we will be “like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither” Psalm 1:3.
Jeremiah says “but blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit” Jeremiah 17:7-9.
Amen, amen, amen.
Here’s a challenging question. What fruits have we been producing? The Bible teaches about fleshly and spiritual fruits. But what are these? It’s taken me many hard and long lessons to come to the conclusion that any thought or action vaguely resembling a fleshly fruit always leads to disaster. After all, the flesh and the spirit are always fighting against each other; only one can win!
But thank God for clarity. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” Galations 5:22-23. Jesus said “Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them” Matthew 7:17-19.
By their fruit, we will recognize them…By my fruit, they will recognize me…By your fruit, they will recognize you. It doesn’t get any more straight forward than that.
Father in heaven, thank you for your Word which always brings clarity and direction. Holy Spirit help me to be a tree that brings forth good fruit in due season. In Jesus name. Amen
Have you ever felt like you’ve been taken for granted?
Maybe at home by your spouse, family member or even your child. You might have felt that way at work; underappreciated by your co-worker or boss.
But how many times have you failed to show appreciation to these same people? We get so busy with responsibility that often times we might think about saying “thank you” but never get around to doing it.
Does God feel underappreciated? Does He only hear “thank you” when He’s saved us from another disaster? Or when we’ve been blessed with some form of increase?
Let’s be more like David when he said “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1
To be honest, the mere fact that you can read this post is a reason to give God thanks.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.” Psalm 107:1
Father, today I thank you for just being you…never changing, never failing. For being faithful even when I wasn’t faithful. Thank you for your protection, provisions and promises. In Jesus name, Amen.
I never fully appreciated the significance of Jeremiah 29:11 until I took the time to read and dissect the first 10 verses preceding it. As I studied it in more detail, I thought about how the people must have felt about their situation; knowing they were God’s chosen people but living as captives in an oppressive environment. I’m sure they began to doubt God..that’s human nature. When things are going well, it’s easy to trust Him; not that easy when things are falling apart.
“This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says to all the captives he has exiled to Babylon from Jerusalem” Jeremiah 29:4
1. Be Productive. Verse 5-6. Build homes, plant gardens, marry, have children. He instructed them to be fruitful and multiply even in an environment that was oppressive and unhappy.
2. Be Prayerful. Verse 7. Pray for the prosperity of the place or situation in which you’re placed. “It’s welfare will determine your welfare.”
3. Be Patient. Verse 10. This period of bondage is for an appointed time. Your enemy, your oppressor, your captor, has no control over your situation or circumstance. Your future is in God’s hands.
How can you be sure?
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “they are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11
Believe that all of His promises are fulfilled with ‘Yes’ and that every word will come to pass.
I am the righteousness of God
I am the seed of Abraham
I walk in Odedience to God
I walk in the Favor of God
I walk in the Anointing of God
I walk in the Blessings of God
I walk in Victory with God
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue” Proverbs 18:21.
So speak The Word….choose life!
Today is Sunday. The start of a new week. If God opened your eyes today, it is because He has given you another chance to be better than you were the day before. Don’t take it for granted.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take”. Proverbs 3:5-6