Wednesday, July 29, 2015

God's Plan: A Future With Hope



God has amazing and unique plans for each of us. The plans He has for me don't look like the ones He has for you. We are all created differently, so of course, it makes sense His plans will be different for us. Rest in the fact that God is in charge and will work things out for our good.

However, the enemy of our soul will do everything he can to gang up on us with his evil army by causing us to compare and complain, taking our eyes off the Lord.  We will be tempted to wonder about God's actions in our life, and why He's taking so long to reveal certain plans.

When plans don't work out as fast as we'd like, satan likes to disrupt our lives is to bring negativity into our minds. And he sometimes uses other people to wreck some of the havoc, not just our own negative thoughts. Remember this: anything that brings glory to God, is part of satan's battlefield. 

As I plan, satan whispers so much negativity about my dream of serving the Lord that I am certain he knows there will be lives changed, including my own. And so, I pray often for the Lord to take over and guide my steps as I seek to share Jesus with the people I come in contact with. God has a plan and satan does not get to mess it up!

My lesson learned and advice to you now is this:
  • Keep your eyes on the Lord and in His word. 
  • Don't become derailed by looking at other people.  
  • Refuse to allow jealousy, bitterness, and envy to take residence in your heart. 
  • While you're waiting for God to reveal His plans, serve Him and others.
  • Pray. Pray. And pray!



Becky Capps
Encourager 
Founder of Trust in the Lord and a lot more great Facebook pages :)


 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Weakness and Strength




While munching popcorn and watching the movie 'What If…' one day, I found some surprise inspiration in a few places, and thought provoking ideas in others. The movie is a fictional account of a man who was given a glimpse into what his life could have been, with an angel overseeing his journey. One thing he said that hit home was this:


 “My greatest weakness 

is God’s greatest strength.”



Oh, have my greatest weaknesses been used by the Lord for His glory as He shows me His strength and pushed me to go on when I didn't want to.

Those words in the movie brought a flood of memories to my heart. God has used me more and more opportunities to share my down and troublesome times in life to encourage others. Because I am weak, I have learned to lean on Him  because He is strong.

So, I think it's time for us to all come before God in humility, asking Him to use our weaknesses, all for His glory. He will show you great things that He can do if you allow Him to move in your life.


Trust Him with all of your heart to work in your life, using everything you are.

Much love from me to you!

Becky

Becky Capps
Encourager



Sunday, July 26, 2015

PEACE: Word of the Day



Peace is, according to Webster, “freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions.” This is such a great reminder that we all long for peace in our lives, not oppression. We want our souls to be quieted from all the noise and disruptions going on around us.  Happily, God offers us that peace.
Isaiah 26:3 reminds us we will find peace because we trust in God: “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You.”     

Psalm 4:8 blesses me as I read: “In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety.”

Philippians 1:2 shows us that Paul wants his readers to know God is the sender of peace: “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Of course we all crave peace. We pray for sweet peace before we lay our heads on our pillows at night, and are tired of tears slipping down our faces. We honestly want the overflowing of the peace of God’s Spirit to fill our hearts. 

But how? 

It’s by putting all of our trust in the Lord, not in the situations we are going through.  It’s by leaning on Him with all of our being. And letting Him direct our paths that will lead to perfect peace within.

Galatians 5:22-23 talks about peace being one of the fruits of the spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." Remember, peace as a fruit is the characteristic of our internal trust in God. It can also carry over into our external countenance that can bring others peace.

Philippians 4:6-7 reminds me that “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” I love all of these verses, but seem to gravitate towards this last one, knowing that God’s peace will guard my heart in a way I don’t really understand except that I put my trust in Him and Him alone. 

What better peace can we experience than that of the peace of God? It is the only peace that will stand up against time.

I choose peace!

Becky Capps
Encourager