How do I become what they need me to be? How do I be the Man, Husband, Dad, Brother, and Friend?
How can I really be the man you need me to be? It seems that everyday just goes by, I do what’s needed and run out of time to finish. Why am I like this?
I am reminded of David. He was very open about what he felt his short falls were. So it seems that my problems are not the problem for God, but people who say there is no problem.
How do I fix my days? How do I have the time to get your mission completed in this World?
You always have time to get done what I have asked you to do. It is the noise that holds you back.
Think of this, you need to cross a body of water and a storm stops you, that is noise. I have power over that. What you need to work on is knowing that I have the power to fix it and remove it before you get there.
This takes prayer. And not just a one liner, real time. Like it is something important.
Think of a project you took on and you did not make sure you had the right tools before you started. It could have been much smoother had you prepared properly.
How do you prepare? You think about it, what you are getting done and what you will need to complete the task. This is what you need to do in your life plan.
Stop everything and just think about what you are doing and what you will need to get finished. I will bring the parts together as you pray and intercede for the task of life.
You can handle it, I have made sure of that. You are here in this time and this place to get done what I have called you to do. Stop the noise with prayer, my power will do the rest.
What is peace? And how can I get it?
Father, I know that you sent Jesus so we can have peace, wholeness, health, and life, but what is it, and how do I know when I have it?
That inner peace is knowing that I’m here for you, past, present, future! it is knowing that I always have been here, and I always will be.
Happiness is a result of that inner peace, it is not about getting more or having more, it is about knowing that you already have it all. And the joy in knowing that your future is set in a very good place (Jer. 29:11).
My whole mission has been about your life, and that you might have more abundance in your life, that includes everything that is abundant. There is no limit to what I want to bring when it is good for you.
I believe you, so why do I still have these difficult things in my life?
These difficult things, as you call them, some of them are just life. Like the weight lifter at the gym has to lift resistance to grow.
But for you there are some other challenges that are a result of different choices in life. I have redeemed you from those curses. You just need to be full of The answer instead of the problem.
Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Why do I do what I do?
How do I change? How do I become something different? I am what I am because of who I was born like, can I really change my stars?
Can I change how I think so that I can make choices that lead me out into what you have for me?
I am not from you Chip, you are from me. That mean that you have all the potential for change you will ever need. Think of the color white, it has all the colors in it.
Romans 7:15b …for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
So it is not limited to any one color. Now you take black, it controls all the colors and will not allow them to show. Chip, you are anything but void of color like black.
Please don’t ever compare yourself to such a thing as a void that is void because it was made void. Doing so makes you less than human. I have created you to be all that I am, with all of my anointing you will ever need to achieve greatness.
So how do you change? You don’t! You just need to be what I created you to be. Focus on walking in my ways and in my anointing, this is how you change.
Why are ALL my fonts in italics!!!
Sometimes it’s the little things that take a chunk of our ability to focus. For me it was that all my fonts where in italics and I could not focus on writing and getting done what I needed to that morning.
The point I want to get at is how the Wisdom of God came in to play. I was stressed, but in God’s Wisdom was plenty of peace.
I searched the Internet for any answer and begin to apply them as they seem to fit. Without results! No matter what I did it would not work.
Then it hit me, I was trying in my own self and did not ask God for Wisdom. So I stopped and did just that.
I let it go and asked God for the Wisdom to get it fixed and went on with my praying. When I was done it hit me. All I needed to do was delete the offending file and re-install it.
I did that and it was fixed!
How many things in your life have you asked for God’s Wisdom and then waited for the answer before moving? Far too few in my life. But I have today!
This globe we live on is not just sitting in space bumping along to our own destiny!
And subject to every Sun flare or asteroid headed our way.
We have a someone watching over us. After all, how have we made it this far?
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
God placed you here in this time and place for a reason. And He did so knowing all the danger we face. And He did not make a mistake.
A verse I have be thinking on is Isaiah 26:3
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Here it with my edits of removing the italicized words.
You will keep in perfect peace mind stayed, because he trusts in God.
So I ask you to stay! Stay in that trust of God’s Word, and don’t move when you hear the voice of fear.
God loves you and cares for you!
I am only 10 days away from my job D-Day, I feel like I have barely moved the needle.
-I have to replace my income with my new business or if I don’t I have to get a job.
I should be opening a large and heavy door to my house. My house should be big and well able to handle many guests. Where I am now is just a step toward that goal, that dream come true.
This is not a time to be angry about, or to sit in self pity. This is a time to be excited because I know the way out!
Today I stand on your word on this matter Jesus, you gave it to me so I take it now!
According to Isaiah 26:3 I have perfect peace. So today I take it!
According to James 1:5, I have Wisdom because I have asked for it!
According to Isaiah 53:5, Matthew 8:17, you bore all my sins, sickness, and poverty on the cross, I take my redemption!
Jesus, what does my redemption look like?
“All is well with my soul.” What dose this mean to you Chip?
Wow, I can laugh more. I have more time with the family and they are happy that I am there because I am not stressed out.
Money is only a background thought instead of the one thing that many choices are made by each day. My possessions are nice and many, but they do not add stress either, in fact they add joy because they help me enrich other lives.
My job is something I enjoy and in fact I can get “tied up” if I don’t watch it, because it is something I really want to do.
Thank you Jesus!
Can you have faith without love?
Can you love God without Faith?
Recently I got to thinking about this topic because of listening to podcasts from someone who does not believe in the Bible or that Jesus was and is the Son of God.
What’s interesting is this, he is totally against Christianity and much of what we Christians believe. But his thoughts had a reverse action on me. Because it forced me to look inward and analyze why I believe what I believe.
So let’s explore the connection of faith and love
If you do not believe that God loves you, then He can remain invisible and untouchable. This seems to be what that guy believes.
But if God loves you then it only makes sense that He would do something to show that love, right?
What do couples that are “In Love” do? They show this love in all sorts of ways, cards, flowers, notes, time, etc.
Has God done this? Yes!
I believe this is why we have His written Word. It is packed with stories of Him reaching into our lives and making good things happen for those that love his Law (of love) and Word.
What About His Law, How Can That Be Love?
Think about the person who won the lottery, was that justified? Of course, they bought a ticket.
What about all those that didn’t win? Did they get what they had coming? After all they practically gave their money to the winner.
I have never seen where God ever promised that everyone would win, only the ones that bought a ticket. Those that choose to trust and accept His plan of salvation.
Now those that have made this choice, do they deserve to win? Yes!
So His law regarding them is that they are owed a win. This law then protects their rights to that win.
Can Someone Understand His Love If They Don’t Trust God?
I don’t think so. How could you really love and respect someone you can’t trust? Think of a mother loving her son that is jail for stealing. She loves him but can’t trust him.
The perspective I am referring to is someone that comes on the scene and is introduced to a God of Love. How can they feel that love if they live in fear of Him striking them down in judgment?
Can you truly trust someone you are afraid of? Not possible!
No trust, means, no love!
Trust means the door is open and understanding love is possible.
So it takes faith to believe that Jesus is the son of God. It takes faith to believe that God really did send his son showing that He loves us.
He took on His role because there was no other way.
He had a mission. And it was the cross, and now the Head of the Church.
What would many people say to that option today? I think they would pass. But Jesus found the joy in it… or maybe through it.
How can anyone find joy in the cross and then live in a real Hell for three days?
The same way He got through The Cross is the same way we are to look at life. Complainers will always find a reason to quit, but like Jesus, we are to find the joy in completing our mission!
This is what I am doing:
- Don’t look at the road in right in front of you, look where it is going
- Focus on the mission at hand
- Keep my foundation of the Word strong
What is your mission? What are you doing to walk in the ways of Jesus? rR
You must remember that this is first and foremost a conversation between you and God, your Father and Creator.
And there is no one else that will or should understand exactly what is being said.
Be direct with God. You can’t hurt His feelings. Ask Him if you should share what you have heard with anyone.
Have you been hurt? Ask God for the details, He will show you that He was there and felt your pain too.
You have never been without His Love!
Bad Thing Happen to Good People!
If God loves me why did He let this pain into my life?
We are fee agents so sometimes we make a mess, He can’t stop all of them. And for the most part we learn from them!
Ever Have a Light Bulb or Flash of Inspiration?
I will be writing and hearing on the inside and I will see a flash of an image. It could be me teaching or like what just happened was I saw connecting with you online to coach and help you in hearing from God.
I didn’t have words for this, just the image. Sometimes I can write this and the rest of the blanks will be filled in.
This is a good reason to keep a clear head, these images are so quick and simple that they can get lost with the other noise in your head.
Here is what I did today to get quiet so I could hear:
- Opened Bible Gateway.com
- Searched for a scripture that came to mind ( Ends up it was 1 Cor. 2)
- Opened my music software and listened to praise music
- Opened my journal software and started asking God what I should do about my goals and plans
The reason I use these tools is because they are ready and easy to get to. I love to hand write my Journals too.
Also I know that using digital software like Evernote or Google Docs I will have it down the road in an easy to copy and paste format. In case I want to use it in anything I will create.
Maybe I am over thinking things?
I have so much to do, but what about peace?
Where do I find peace? Not in doing more. Not in distractions. That seems obvious.
But I do find peace in completion. In getting the things done that I should be doing instead fretting on the things I should not do.
I find peace in not doing things. Like closing tabs on my web browser when they are outside my focus activity at the moment.
I find peace in that I am not missing anything to focus on this blog post at this moment.
Can we really know peace without knowing God? Sure I can have more quiet by turning things off but then all I have is less noise, is this really peace?
Maybe it looks like peace to me because when I get quiet I can hear the Father speak? When there is not so much noise my spirit can connect better with God, is this peace?