Let Your Light Shine

Strength Renewed

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 Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.   It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.  

Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.   We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is not just in some; it is in everyone.  

And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.  (An excerpt…

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Don't let anythingDo you ever feel that you are less of a Christian than others?  We often wonder why others have more faith or why some people seem to have it all together while we struggle daily.  Satan thrives on those insecurities and self-doubts and works diligently to convince us that we have less to offer than others.  Satan assures us that we are “nobody” and could never accomplish what Moses and so many others have done before us.  But God did not create all of us to be Moses.  He wants you to be the person he created you to be.  He has a special plan just for you.  God chose you to be you!

A famous Jewish quote says:  A rabbi named Zusya died and went to stand before the judgment seat of God. As he waited for God to appear, he grew nervous thinking about his life and how little he had done. He began to imagine that God was going to ask him, “Why weren’t you Moses or why weren’t you Solomon or why weren’t you David?” But when God appeared, the rabbi was surprised. God simply asked, “Why weren’t you Zusya?”

The question really is have I done what God has prepared me to do?  Am I living up to His expectations for me?  We limit ourselves by our own insecurities and believe Satan’s lies that we can’t achieve great things.  But the truth is that God will provide the strength, knowledge, and whatever is needed to accomplish the task that He wants us to accomplish.  When young David killed Goliath, he used the skills that God had given him as well as his faith that God would make available the power to defeat the giant.  David was prepared for the task.  He just had to follow through.

We all have some type of insecurity that could keep us from doing something.  Moses stuttered, David was a young boy, Abraham was old, Jonah was a coward, Joseph was abused, Zacchaeus was short, and Rahab was a prostitute.  The list could go on and on of people in the Bible who had insecurities that could have stopped them from accomplishing God’s will, but instead they stepped out on faith and did something, trusting that God would provide.  He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak – Isaiah 40:29.  We may be weak, but we can be sure that God will supply all the strength we need.

God won’t ask us why we didn’t accomplish what others have, but instead He will ask why we didn’t accomplish what He prepared us to do.  Romans 14:12 says, “So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.”  One day we will be held accountable for our actions.  The things we did and didn’t do.  God does not expect you to accomplish all that Moses did.  He only expects you to accomplish what He has equipped you and only you to accomplish.  Be the best you can be!  Believe that God loves you and will provide all that is necessary to be the you that He created you to be.  When you hear a voice telling you that you can’t, ignore it and step out in faith!

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God Chose You

God Chose YouBy the world’s standards, would you be considered a “nobody”?  Most of us are not rich or famous, but those are the qualities the world says makes you a “somebody”.  We often measure our value through comparison to others.   We are constantly comparing beauty, finances, family, and other details of our lives with what we perceive to be the ideal life. More often than not, we fall short and find ourselves feeling unimportant.

1 Corinthians 1:26-29 demonstrates that the complete opposite is true in God’s eyes.  Verse 26  says, “Think of what you were when you were called.”  In other words think about your life before salvation.  It continues with:  Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.  Does this sound familiar? Before salvation most of us were considered a “nobody” by human standards.

Here’s the good part for us “nobodies”.  Verse 27-29, But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.  Foolish, weak, lowly, despised…those are not exactly qualities that the world looks highly on!  God chose those who are not perfectly wise and strong, but those who are real.  I don’t know about you, but this is encouraging to me because I have spent so much of my life trying to be perfect.  Trying to appear wiser and stronger than I feel.  But God chooses to use all of the things that I am not instead of the things I simply try to be.  God chose me just as He created me to be, and God chose you!

Do you ever feel that you are less of a Christian than others?  We often wonder why others have more faith or why some people seem to have it all together while we struggle daily.  Satan thrives on those insecurities and self-doubts and convinces us that we have less to offer God than others.  Satan assures us that we are “nobody” and could never accomplish what Moses and so many others have done before us.  But God did not create all of us to be Moses.  He wants you to be the person he created you to be.  He has a special plan just for you.  God chose you to be you!

A famous Jewish quote says:  A rabbi named Zusya died and went to stand before the judgment seat of God. As he waited for God to appear, he grew nervous thinking about his life and how little he had done. He began to imagine that God was going to ask him, “Why weren’t you Moses or why weren’t you Solomon or why weren’t you David?” But when God appeared, the rabbi was surprised. God simply asked, “Why weren’t you Zusya?”

Romans 14:12 says, “So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.”  One day we will be held accountable for our actions.  The things we did and didn’t do.  God does not expect you to accomplish all that Moses did.  He only expects you to accomplish what He has equipped you and only you to accomplish.  Be the best you can be!  Believe that God loves you and will provide all that is necessary to be the you that He created you to be.  When you hear a voice telling you that you can’t, ignore it.  It’s only the devil trying to stop what God wants to accomplish through you.

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak – Isaiah 40:29.  We may be weak, but we can trust that God will supply all the strength we need.  David was only a boy, but God gave him the strength to defeat a giant.  You may be a “nobody” in the eyes of the world, but in God’s eyes we are all “somebody”.

God chose us!  Not those who already have it all and will boast about what they’ve accomplished on their own, but instead he chose those who would glorify Him because only through the power of God could they accomplish what He needed.  No matter your weakness or insecurities, God chose you.

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Power of Prayer

When circumstances are out of your control and there seems to be no hope, don’t give up. I first published this over two years ago when a lifelong friend was battling cancer, then I was reminded of it this week as doctors told my cousin that there was no hope for his unresponsive daughter. After six days of persistent prayers from friends and family and through the grace of God, my young cousin awakened and is continually improving. Don’t believe the lies of Satan that your prayers don’t make a difference! Remember that God wants to hear your prayers, and He is still in control.

Strength Renewed

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Two weeks to live. This is what doctors told a longtime, christian friend four weeks ago. During those four weeks, I have found myself questioning how to even pray. Since he is in a lot of pain, I have prayed for comfort. But I have also found myself thinking God has a plan and obviously our days are numbered. So is there any point in praying for the healing of a man who is suffering and doctors say has very little time left to live?

Satan had planted the seed in my heart and mind that there was no reason to pray for anything more than comfort in his last days. Today, God showed me that He is still in control, and, yes, He does have a plan. But just because doctors have numbered a man’s days does not mean that God is finished with him. I also realized that…

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One Saturday I stopped by a flea market in search of a piece of pottery.  I wasn’t looking for anything specific just something cheap to use in a lesson on Sunday morning.  I found a nice green pitcher for four dollars.  I had made no connection with this piece.  It was simply a piece to be used for an object lesson, but what happened over the next few hours changed my feelings completely.

That evening as I sat with the pitcher and my Bible to finish preparing my lesson, I grew to appreciate the color and the design more and more.  The following morning I carried the beautiful green pitcher into our women’s class where several of the women commented on its beauty.

After reading Jeremiah 18:2-6, we had some discussion about how we are like a piece of clay and God is the potter.  When we become broken, He does not throw us out but instead continues to mold and shape us.  There are countless things in this world that leave us broken.  Mistakes made and experiences endured all bang us around, leave their mark, and cause us to be broken.

I then reached into my bag and pulled out a hammer as the women gasped and begged me not to do what they feared was about to happen.  One lady even asked me to wait and replace the pitcher with something not as beautiful, but I continued.  It was very difficult for all of us each time the hammer hit the pitcher.

I had grown to love this pitcher as I prepared for the lesson, and I could just imagine how God’s love for us grows as He formed us and continues to mold us throughout our lives.   I know the disappointment that was felt around the room over a cheap piece of pottery purchased at a flea market was very small in comparison to the grief our Father feels each time we sin, each time we hurt, each time we become broken.   And yet, Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter.  We are all formed by your hand.  Isaiah 64:8

During the next week I spent time mending the broken pitcher.  Unfortunately, it did not go back together as nicely as I had hoped.  Hot glue takes up space as it dries and resulted in pieces which did not fit together well and caused gaps in other areas.  Also some pieces were so small that it was impossible to determine where they belonged.  Gaping holes remained in their space.

Being broken is not easy, but the good news is God does not toss us out.   Philippians 1:6 says, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus”.  No matter how broken we become, God will continue to mold and make us into something beautiful until Jesus returns.

Even though God picks up the pieces and restores our lives through forgiveness and continuing to mold us, a memory of each break and the sins that caused them will remain.  But by God’s grace, each crack is now filled with God’s unending love and mercy.

We are all cracked pots.  We have all suffered from brokenness.  As God restores that brokenness, our  job is to allow His love to pour out through the cracks to those around us who are broken, so that they too can be mended by the master potter.

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Strength Renewed

prison_bars2There was a time in my life when I questioned everything I knew about God and whether it was all worth trying so hard to be faithful in the tough times.  During that time, God gave me the following scripture to restore my faith when it was wavering:  “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” 2 Timothy 3:14-15.  These verses confirmed for me that I could continue trusting everything I had learned about God since childhood.  We may go through difficult times that cause us to doubt, but we can lean on and trust the things that we have seen God do in the past and know that he…

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Give It Up

What is impossibleHow would you respond if you were asked to give up the one thing that matters the most to you?  Whether its family, money, health, status, career, home, or…..you fill in the blank.   Is there anything so valuable that you would be willing to give up that which you most cherish?

Once a religious leader asked Jesus this question:  “Good teacher, what should I do to get eternal life?” Jesus replied, “You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery.  Do not murder.  Do not steal.  Do not testify falsely.  Honor your father and mother.’”  The man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was a child.”  (Luke 18:18-21)

He was a man of the church yet he knew something was missing.  He knew he wasn’t in a position to inherit eternal life.  So he asked Jesus what needed to be done.  This was a good man who was raised with integrity and a desire to obey God’s word.  He had worked since childhood to obey the commandments.  But Jesus went on to explain that there’s more to it than simply obeying the Ten Commandments.

Jesus said, “There is still one thing you lack.  Sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow me.”  (Luke 18:22)  Keeping the commandments and being a religious leader weren’t enough.  Jesus asked the man to give up the one thing that stood between him and heaven.  Unfortunately, the man was very rich and not willing to give it up.  Jesus watched him sadly walk away…away from eternal life, peace, love, grace, mercy, all that Jesus had to offer.  He rejected the opportunity to follow Jesus and have eternal life because he couldn’t give up something temporary.

I have to wonder if the man could have taken his money, would he have followed Jesus, but the fact remains that he couldn’t fully commit.  Jesus wants our commitment.  He wants our focus to be on Him and work for the kingdom.

We must be willing to give up the one thing that stands between us and heaven, and then follow him.  Maybe it’s a style of living, an attitude, materialistic objects….any number of things can take priority and lead us to walk away from Jesus just as this religious leader did.

Heaven is simply a choice away, but it’s also easier said than done.  As Jesus watched the man walk away, He said, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”  Those who heard this said, “Then who in the world can be saved?”  He replied, “What is impossible from a human perspective is possible with God.” (Luke 18:24-27) 

It isn’t easy.  We can’t do it on our own, but God makes it possible to give up any thing that seems more important!  What is standing between you and Jesus?  Make the choice today to give it up and follow Him!

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