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1033 You’re Not Stuck
I once heard everyone is an example. An example of what to do or an example of what not to do. You can learn from every person you ever come in contact with, and let me tell you, knowing who you don’t want to be is pretty priceless. Use it! Nothing goes to waste here my friends, nothing.
I’ve had several examples of what not to do. Perhaps I’ve even been the example of what not to do a few times in my life. But one thing is always true, Jesus has always been the ultimate example of what to do. Jesus showed us how to live and how to love, and Jesus showed us how to get back up!
Jesus got back up! Oh yes he did.
You know the story. Jesus had been buried in a tomb on Friday after being crucified on the cross. On Saturday the world fell silent. On Sunday women came to his tomb and found the stone had been rolled away. The tomb was empty. Two angels appeared to them and said in Luke 24: 6 “He is not here; he has risen.”
Jesus got up. No, what happened on that cross wasn’t a bad dream. He did die. We did bury him, but he’s not here any more. He got up. He got up. He got up.
And this is what God is asking you and I to do today. Get up. Don’t stay where you have been. Don’t get stuck here. Move on and rise up. Let is be said of you, “she is not here, she has risen.” Oh she once was stuck here. She once struggled here, but she isn’t here anymore. She has risen!
You can’t wallow and rise up at the same time.
The first 2 weeks of 2022 may not have gone as you had planned. Okay, welcome to week 3 now get up. The past 30 years of your life may have been dark. There may have been unfair things that happened to you and I’m truly sorry, now get up. You didn’t deserve to be knocked down, but do you deserve to have to stay down? If you stay down, you keep yourself there. You can get up now.
Jesus left the grave behind him, now it’s your turn. Leave the grave behind you. Whatever has held you back in the past does not have to bind you today. Whatever tripped you up and caused you to stumble can be your history and not part of your destiny. Leave it behind.
You know what I love about Jesus? Well, there’s a whole lot of things I love about Jesus, but I love that he went through Hell for us, hung there on the cross and took on every sin and sickness on my behalf and your behalf, fully surrendered his life for you and I, was put in the grave where he stayed for 3 days … then he got up without the continual need to rehash all he had just gone through.
When he showed back up with the disciples he was like “I’m here now. What’s done is done, that’s over now, I’m here and we have work to do.”
As you get back up today, resist the urge to rehash how bad getting knocked down was. Don’t relive that crap. Don’t you know that’s what keeps you down? You’re only making it harder on yourself. Why would you reread that text message that rips your heart apart – delete it already. Why would you let the whole scene replay in your mind on a loop? Be done with it. When those images and thoughts start replaying in your mind, you change the channel. The remote for your life is in your hand. You choose what you think about. You choose what you talk about.
It’s done. You can’t go back and change it. It’s over and maybe it really sucked. But you’re here now and you have work to do.
You say, well just because Jesus got up doesn’t mean it will be that easy for me to get up. And you’re right – you’re not Jesus and it won’t be easy. But it is necessary. It is necessary for you to get up today and move forward. It is necessary for you to show up for your life and do what needs to be done. It is necessary for you to carefully choose your thoughts and your words ...
1032 Actually, You Can
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
This is one of the most memorized and quoted scriptures. Empowering, motivating, reassuring … yes … and it’s a call to action.
Notice it doesn’t say, “I can do all things through Christ who does it for me.” Unfortunately, many times we view God as a genie in a lamp. God was never supposed to do your work for you.
Think about Noah. God told him to build an ark, a huge boat 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet tall. If the ark were a house, it would have been over 100,000 square feet. Translation … it was big. Really big. There was a flood coming and his ark would be the only way of survival for man and animals.
Now God being God, couldn’t he have just built the ark himself?
But that’s not the way God works now is it? God told Noah to build the ark and Noah worked for nearly 100 years to build what God could have done in an instant.
That almost doesn’t seem fair now doesn’t it?
There are likely areas in your life where you wish God would show up and just do the work for you. But God called you to BUILD A LIFE and that requires work. Will you work for it?
Let’s break this scripture down so we will never hear it the same. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
“I.” Who does it say? “I.” This is personal. You should be owning it. Insert your name into this scripture. Pamela can do all things through Christ who gives her strength. Yes, I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
“I can.” Not “maybe, sorta, it might happen or it might not”, no! I can. Say that with me. I CAN. Sometimes we just need to remember we are more capable than we ever give ourselves credit for. We have all the potential within us. We are fully equipped by our maker. Listen to me right now … you are not broken. You are not incapable. You are not helpless or hopeless. You were made for more. You are capable of more. You are worthy of more. And you CAN.
Now the third word “do.” “I can do.” Does that mean think about, contemplate, sit around and rationalize, talk about and plan for? No. “I can do.” This is a call to action. I can do.
Your life requires action and you CAN DO IT. I know you can. You can rise up and make the changes you desire. You can radically change your life.
What has the first 13 days of this year of life been for you? I’m not asking what has happened to you, I’m asking what you’ve done with it. Have you done what you can do? Have you taken action? Have you stepped out in faith? Or have you chosen to just remain where you are and think about what could happen? Have you been wishing for change but never doing anything about it? Let me shoot it to you straight … that’s never going to work!
You can do it and you must do it. It’s time to go, do, show up, move forward, step ahead, now. Today. Be in action. Why are you sitting on those dreams and desires?
You can do ALL THINGS. Did you hear that? How many things can you do? Can you only do SOME things? Are there some things that will just be too hard? Are there some things that will be impossible for you? Nope, that’s a lie the enemy has sold you. YOU CAN DO ALL THINGS, and that includes “this” thing that you need to do today. The thing you’ve been avoiding – the thing you’ve been dreading – the thing you’ve tried before and failed – you can do it. The enemy wants you to believe you can’t. He wants to remind you of your past epic failures. He wants you to dwell on your weakness and shortcomings. DON’T LISTEN TO HIS NONSENSE TODAY. God says you can do all things, believe it!
How? THROUGH CHRIST, meaning this is a partnership. When you live your life as a partnership between you and God, you realize he does his part and you do your part. He goes before you to make a way,
1031 Check Your Hands
Today I had a light bulb moment. A moment of complete clarity to see where we’ve been holding on to what needs to go and throwing out what we need to keep. The throwing of one thing and holding of the other brings great peace when we get it right, but when we switch the hands we experience chaos.
Maybe you’ve been throwing away what was meant to be held on to, and clinging to what you were meant to drop a long time ago. Let’s check our hands today and make sure we’re doing this thing right!
What does the bible say about casting? Most of us are somewhat familiar with 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
This means we throw all the things we worry about to God, and release our grip on the outcome. We turn it over and forfeit ownership of our worries. Girl, there is such power in simply saying “this isn’t mine to worry over.”
Have you been assuming ownership of orphaned worries? You just go around collecting things to worry about like stray cats, and bring them all home with you. You’re worse than crazy cat lady, you’re crazy worry lady. All the worries, all the time, right on your lap. And these worries have become your continual companions, now you don’t know what to think about if it’s not a worry. You literally don’t know how to carry on a conversation without worry being your lead.
And God says, “Hey, throw that to me. I never intended for you to carry that around.”
What are you holding back sis? What anxiety have you claimed as your own, believing it’s just who you are and how you function, and now it rules you? You’re hearing this today because God is asking you once again to give that to him. Throw it on over. Don’t hold this in your hands. Don’t walk around with it in your head. Don’t carry it in your heart.
When those old familiar worries come knocking on your door, trying to claim their familiar space in your life, you need to quickly declare “NOT IT!” I won’t be the one to drag this worry home and feed it. I won’t be the one to claim this worry as my truth. I won’t be the one to welcome this worry in my day and let it infect every area of my life. I’m not it. I don’t want it. It’s not for me. God, here you go.
The less time you let that anxiety sit in your hands, the better you will be. And aren’t we all here this year trying to get better? Aren’t we seeking to live better, do better, and be better? Great … this is a very practical way to do that. Let the worries spend less time in your hands and cast them faster.
Girl, you should have thrown that anxiety 5 years ago, but instead you’ve been holding on to it. That was your choice. Make a better one now. God is open, throw it to him! It’s like a game of hot potato, the object is to hold that in your hands for as little time as possible. Sometimes people throw crap on you that you didn’t ask for. Hot potato, don’t hold it, pass it. Not mine, God it’s yours!
As parents we sometimes take our kids hot potato and carry it around for them. Mama, you’re doing them no favors. This isn’t your worry to carry. Now you’re burdened and your child has only learned how to throw their problems on other people instead of casting them on God. Teach them now you can’t fix their problems, but if they will throw it to God, he will.
Repeat after me: This isn’t my burden to carry.
Okay? This isn’t your cat to take home. Don’t feed that. You’re allergic to this chaos. Seriously, you don’t react well to this anxiety, so don’t gather it up for yourself. God says he wants it, dang it, give it to him!
I have some worries that keep coming to my front door over and over again,
1030 Restore My Passion
Do you sometimes feel less than impressed by your new day of life? Like you’re just going through the motions, showing up to do the work, but feeling no joy in the process?
You know what really sucks … knowing you have every reason to be happy, but still not feeling happiness. That just wears on a soul. That makes us question what the heck is wrong with us. No, everything’s not perfect, but there’s a whole heck of a lot that is right, but still nothing feels right.
What’s happened here is what happens to a whole lot of us in the middle of living … we’ve lost our passion. We’re alive, but we’re not REALLY ALIVE. We’re here, but not fully here. We’re blessed but our thoughts are blahhh and our emotions are burdened. How can a blessed life possibly result in blahhh and burden? Real easy sister, we simply lose our passion.
Is that where you are? Have you lost your passion? Are you here going through the motions and putting on a good face, but lacking the excitement for your life that you once had?
Do you want it back? Seriously … do you want your passion to be restored? Do you want to come alive again?
Yes? Great. Have you prayed about it?
Oh snap. Yip, back to the basics. This is where we start sister. Why is it we are willing to read a book, take a class, or phone a friend, but we forget our first and most powerful stop should be to talk to God about it.
David talked to God about this very thing in Psalm 51:12 (TPT): “Let my passion for life be restored, tasting joy in every breakthrough you bring to me. Hold me close to you with a willing spirit that obeys whatever you say.”
Why had David lost his passion for life? Could it be because he had screwed up? He had made a mistake in a moment of weakness with Bathsheba, now his own guilt and shame had stolen the passion he once had for life.
Absolutely, our own failures dampen our excitement for living. And maybe that’s where you’re at. You’re disappointed in yourself. You know you’re better than the choices you’ve been making, and it eats at you. Let me tell you something right now Sis, God can restore you. God can take your failures and use them for good. All you need to do is confess and repent and God will start the restoration process.
What … you think that can’t be true for you? You think your failures are too big or too deep for restoration? You think you’re forever sentenced to this place of defeat where living will never be a joy again? You’re wrong. David had wrongfully slept with a married woman named Bathsheba, and when she became pregnant, David had her husband killed to cover up his own sin. Whew, multiple wrongs and none of them could be put together to make it right.
But the moment David stopped trying to cover up what he had done and finally confessed his sin, God went about restoring him. 2 Samuel 12:13 ““I have sinned against the LORD.” Then the reply, “The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die.”
God has put this away sister. Whatever you’re struggling with; whatever you’ve been carrying around in shame and regret, God has already put it away. Confess, repent, and receive your restoration. Yes, restoration of passion! Your joy for living shall return.
But also, David may have been feeling a lack of excitement for living because everything he could have ever imagined for his life had already happened. He had gone from a little shepherd boy no one believed in, to the one who slayed the giant Goliath. He had gone from the least likely, to the King highly favored by God, and everything he touched turned to victory.
And this doesn’t sound right unless you’ve truly been there, but eventually everything always turning to victory gets a little boring. You look around at your reality and see how everything has ...
1029 How To Prosper
If you knew God’s plans for you this year were to prosper you, wouldn’t you wake up a little different? Wouldn’t you show up for your Tuesday a little different if you knew prosperity was your guaranteed destination in 2022?
But you fear prosperity isn’t in your destiny, so you hold back. You don’t show up with the absolute best of you because failure might become your reality, and being an all-in failure is a lot harder than being a tip toeing failure.
I have the simplest, shortest message for you today. We’re going to get right to the point and put it all on the table. You have prosperity all wrong in your head. You have twisted prosperity into materialistic favors bestowed upon you and dismissed yourself from the active role you play in this process.
To prosper isn’t instant, wild success. Instead it is simply to move forward. To face your challenges and obstacles and be a conqueror. To fail, then dare to try the same darn thing again.
Prosperity is in you moving forward instead of you giving up. And sister, understanding this means prosperity is yours to have or yours to lose. Will you prosper? Will you move forward here? Will you proceed when it gets tough? If the mountain won’t move, will you start climbing?
3 John 1:2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.”
Now, understanding prosperity beyond the surface level assumption of big houses and fancy cars, know that the wish here is for you to move forward. To take the next step and not stop here. For your soul to not get stuck, but to keep believing that God has greater and better things planned for you than you have ever dared to even think of yet.
Prosper. Move forward.
You’re not here waiting on God to dish out some ridiculous blessing that would make your life easier. Prosperity is God saying, come on now, move forward. Prosper. Face your challenges and obstacles and conqueror them.
The plan for you is indeed to prosper, but there’s no magic pill required here. Prosperity is your willingness to move beyond where you currently are and step into what God has available for you next.
Knowing this, Jeremiah 29:11 reads a little different. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to PROSPER you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.”
His plans are to prosper you, meaning God’s plans are without a doubt to move you forward. THIS IS NOT IT! MOVE ON SIS.
God’s plans are to equip you to face these challenges and march right through them. Don’t you dare back down now. This isn’t going to be easy, but you weren’t made for easy things. You were made for impossible things with God. You were made for hard things, and darn it YOU CAN MOVE FORWARD HERE.
Prosperity is available to you. Prosperity is God’s plan for you. Prosperity is in your next choice. Prosper. Simply move forward. Trust this next step in faith and see that God is all over this!
My beautiful friend, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers. I pray that you wouldn’t stop here because I know you have sooooo much more in you. You have the spirit of the Almighty in you, and that spirit is unstoppable. You have supernatural in you girl!
I pray that your soul would prosper now and see all God created you for. That you would hold absolutely nothing back and conquer these challenges before you like the champion God designed you to be.
Prosperity … that’s you moving forward. That was always God’s plan and always your choice. Go ahead and step into it now sis!
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1028 A Holy Exchange
We will never know the awesome power of God until we go all-in. We will never know what was truly possible in our lives as long as we’re tip-toeing in the waters. We will never, ever reach our full God-given potential standing on the shore second guessing everything. You will never know every single goal you have dared to dream for 2022 is wildly possible until you unleash the best of you in your every day life.
God is calling YOU, yes you, to an all-in life. He’s calling you to dive. No more splish-splashing around in this life you have been given. It’s time to dive all-in to the life you were created for, BIG TIME!
Could everything you’ve gone through have been for the purpose of bringing you right here to the edge where you’re faced with a decision to either stand there or dive in? This is where life has brought you. To the edge. Now, you can stand here at the edge for all the rest of your days, peering over and wondering. Wondering what it would look like to be caught in the rush of God’s love, to be tossed in the flow of his power, to be in over your head in his grace, where your days are deep and wide and truly alive. You could stand here and question. You could stand here and dream about it, or you could jump in and do it.
This year, do you want to wonder, or do you want to experience?
Are you ready to experience what it’s like to be fully alive? Yes? Then it’s time to dive all-in!
In John 10:10 Jesus says “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Jesus came for you so that you could have life to the full. An abundant life. A life overflowing. And what should your response be? Should it be, “okay, I’ll take just a little bit of life Jesus, thank you” or “maybe later Jesus, I’m doing pretty okay on my own”? That’s absurd! No! Jesus says girl I came so that you could have this big, beautiful, abundant overflowing life and our response MUST be, “AWESOME, I’M ALL IN!”
Literally, Jesus is asking you today if you want the BIG Life he came to give you. He’s asking you now. What is your response?
God I want it all. I want every good thing you have available to me. I want every beautiful experience you’re offering. I want every day of life. I want every sunrise. I want every adventure. I want every opportunity. I want it all.
And God says, “awesome, I want your all too.”
This is a holy exchange. Your all for his all.
Your all. Everything. Holding nothing back. That’s what God asks of you in exchange for his all. Imagine his all unleashed in your life and nothing held back from you.
I can promise you every single step you take towards God, he will take a thousand towards you. Every thing you give to him, he will give back to you in abundant supply. Every ounce of you offer to him in surrrender will be filled to overflowing and you won’t be albe to contain his goodness.
If you want EVERYTHING he has for your life, he wants your everything. Make that holy exchange holding nothing back.
Matthew 22: 37 says “You shall love the Lord your God with ALL your heart and with ALL your soul and with ALL your mind.”
Not a little bit. Not just a piece of you. All of you. This is what God wants and this is how he has been using every single good thing and every single bad thing in your life to bring you to this place of full surrender where you will go all-in with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind. Where you decide to hold nothing back.
Will you sell out for God? Will you believe with every ounce of you that he is for you and not against you? Will you believe without wavering that no weapon formed against you shall prosper so you have no reason to fear? Will you trust fully that God’s plans for you are good and you can dive in knowing if you can&#...
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