God’s Plan

By Dawn Bennett

God’s plan for your life far exceeds the circumstances of letting go of something today.

The problem with thinking we know what we want, is that we miss out on the greater thing that God has for us. The thing we think we need and can’t let go of is keeping us from a greater plan and purpose. God has something for each of us that is far better than we could imagine. Submitting to God always leads to the best plan for our lives. Our little thinking and desires can never match to what God wants for our lives.

When we pursue God’s plans, He leads us to the perfect path. The Bible says man makes plans and then God laughs. Just kidding! Man makes plans and God directs his steps. And in Psalm 37:23 it says “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.” When we let go and let God direct us, He will delight in our lives. I don’t know about you, but that’s my goal. I want God to delight in the things I do and say. I want Him to direct my paths. And I want to give up the things I think I want and to pursue the things I know God has for me!

So what in your life are you holding on to? What is prohibiting God to give you the better thing? What steps can you take to let go and let God direct your ways? He will show you want He wants you to let go of. And most times we know what it is, but we just don’t want to do it. Allow Him to direct your steps, allow Him to show you the way to go and what to do. He is faithful to show you! He wants the best plan for your life, and is waiting for you to take the steps towards it!

The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3

The Lord Is Watching

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By Dawn Bennett

“The Lord is watching everywhere, keeping His eye on both the evil and the good.” Proverbs 15:3

This scripture can be comforting and scary all at the same time. It’s comforting to know that God is always with us. He sees when we are in trouble and in need. He sees all the circumstances around us and is fighting on our behalf. But what about the times when we aren’t exactly acting “Christian”? What about the times we slip up and yell at our spouse for using the last of the milk, or curse at the driver who forgot to use their turn signal, or are rude to the check out girl because she messed up on your order, and on and on. God is ALWAYS watching no matter the situation. We all mess up, we are human, but we should be actively seeking to continually please Him in all things. In all our words, in all our actions, in all our motives, in all things! When these kinds of situations happen its easy to say that’s just how I am. But that is just a deceptive excuse. We need to strip away the old behavior. God desires purity from us. So stop the swearing, stop losing your temper, stop flipping off other drivers and so on. Ask for His help! He wants to remove from us all things that are not of Him. Our daily lives should be a witness for others. How terrible would it be if you are at a store and have a fight with someone because they got in front of you in the check out line and then you come to church and that person is sitting there. Awkward!!
Live a life pleasing to God, He will reward you for it and people around you will notice that something is different in you. Then when you see someone at church you recognize from a store the situation will be very different. 🙂

“Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.” Colossians 1:10

“So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.” James 1:21

Are You The Missing Piece?

By Annie Trujillo

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“The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:12

We are all like a piece of a puzzle. Each piece has a design and color different from each other piece. But altogether it makes one beautiful picture. If one piece is missing, the picture will not be complete. The picture will not make sense without you! God has gifted each of us to be an important piece of the body of Christ. Each of us is critical to the whole picture. We each have gifts that can benefit the whole body. Don’t ever think that God can’t use you! He has a special gifting in each one of us that only we can do. Only you can be the color, the design, and the shape that fits into that spot of the puzzle.

“He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” Ephesians 4:16

“All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.”
1 Corinthians 12:27

Seeing It All The Way Through

By Dawn Bennett

Once God gives you a strategy to achieve your victory, or moving into your “promised land”, we then must make sure we see it all the way through. When the Israelites entered their promise land they had to fight the enemy to remove All the people in that land. God told the Israelites to do this so that the native inhabitants would not steer them away from their faith in God.  Years later as they were still in the process of obtaining what God had for them, they neglected to do what God told them. They forgot the importance of removing ALL that needed to be removed.  And they allowed the enemy to stay in their land.

We can also see this in a story in 2 Kings, where a king came to the prophet Elisha and asked him about a battle they were facing. Elisha tells him to shoot an arrow out the window. He then said to “go retrieve the arrow and hit it against the ground”. The king does as Elisha instructed, but when he hits the ground, he only hits it three times. Elisha’s response is, “why did you hit the ground only three times?” If you had hit the ground 5 or 6 times you would have had complete victory. But now you will only have partial victory. In Elisha’s eyes the king only partially obeyed the command. It was an incomplete obedience. If he had completed the task, he could have won the whole battle. (I’m paraphrasing the story. You can read the whole story in 2 Kings 13)

We must not leave anything in our lives, that the enemy can take a hold of. We must not allow him to live with us in our land. We must remove him completely from our lives! We must take hold of a full victory! We must finish the task!  Don’t become complacent and allow things that are not of God to stay in your life. Remove it all so the enemy has no place to stay. Then we can have complete victory, full access to our promised land, and All that God has for you!

“Behold, I Make All Things New”

By Johanna Tompkins

Rev 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

For most people the New year in January is the start to a New year. In Christ, every day is a New start, a New beginning. The scripture says that His Mercies are new every morning. So each day the Sun rises God is giving us a fresh start. If Faith is Now then we do not have to wait for anything, anyone or any date to have a clean slate in Christ! Behold He makes all things new.

Jesus was the Master of New Beginnings. He reached out to a broken, defiled, lost humanity to heal, restore and recover all that was lost. ….To Nicodemus, Jesus uncovered the religious mindset that cannot comprehend the things of the Spirit. Jesus was announcing, I am the Way, the Truth and The Life. The letter of the law kills but the Spirit gives life! To the woman caught in adultery He was forgiveness and mercy even though under the law she was guilty. He was the new beginning of no condemnation in Christ, yet told to go and sin no more!

To the demoniac of Gadarenes Jesus was the sound mind and peace that He promises to those that walk in the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in The Holy Spirit. For The Lord has not given us a spirit of fear but love, joy, peace and a sound mind. To the woman at the well He was the answer and revelation she needed. He revealed the why she was stuck in an empty cycle of less than all The Creator of The Universe wanted to give her. Jesus was truly her Husband and He was all she really needed.

To Peter, who so fervently proclaimed that He would never ever deny His Name needed a new beginning. We have all failed to deny ourselves and take up our cross but how wonderful that the story did not end there. After Jesus rose from the dead The Lord himself goes out to where Peter is going back to his old ways, fishing for fish and not men. Jesus meets him and restores Peter to his rightful place in The Kingdom. It was only a part of Peter’s process. He is a God of the second, third, fourth, and fifth chances. Even when we want to give up He knows we will be the Word He spoke us to be.

To the blind He was sight. To the deaf He was the sound of life. Jesus gave a New beginning to all that were oppressed in body, mind and soul. All means all. He left no one out. For truly He is our daily bread. He is The Good News. Do you need a New beginning? Call on the one who created all things and watch how He makes all things new!