When The Darkness Dissipates

When The Darkness Dissipates

Imagine the darkest, desolate, deserted night.

It surrounds you. It blinds you. It disseminates fear within you.

In the moment you may feel there’s no sense or path of direction to lead you back home. You keep walking, yet you find there’s no escape. All you know is exhaustion is setting in, and you have no idea where to begin. The darkness creeps its way in to tempt you to believe this is complete and utter defeat. What then, could ever make this darkness cease?

Light.

But where? But how?


In the name of Jesus darkness dissipates.

“I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” John 12:46

When you invite Jesus into your heart, immediately, you are granted victory from the very start. The fear that once disseminated inside you…the darkness that creeped its way in you or around you…begins a mass exodus by the one and only power of the Holy Spirit within you.

While initially you still may not physically see the light around you, you faithfully trust and believe that if your God is for you, a glimmer of hope, a glimpse of light, is surely yet to come.

You may be waiting. Waiting for a really long time. But Jesus will faithfully fill you with perseverance and endurance to keep you pressing on to not give up on your fight.

being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience” Colossians 1:11

Now — enter the light.

Even from the greatest distance, the small faint glimmer catches your eye. The darkness surrounding you is now forced into your peripheral view because there’s a light that’s drawing you. As you continue to reach for the light, you suddenly begin to regain all of your sight. When you finally embrace the light, there’s absoultely no denying the power, the warmth, and the fullness of Christ that ignites your entire being — your entire life.

It may have been a painful journey — searing, and burning the lifeless wick away; but oh, the light that illuminates once it’s finally lit by the power of Jesus’s name.

It’s a light you now carry onto your brand new journey. You can boldly walk before and into someone else’s darkness by carrying and shining this hope in Christ; to be a light reminding them there will be freedom at the end of this fight…despite the darkest of nights.

Your story has a purpose to be used for God’s glory. Whatever darkness you have carried or walked through, I can promise it will never compare to the beautiful story and brightest light God is establishing for you.

Be the light and don’t fear the dark. God has His lighter ready longing to ignite the fire in your heart. You have the power to become this light, when you run towards The Lord with a longing for Him to be the center of your life.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome” John 1:5

“…But I’m Already Dirty”

“…But I’m Already Dirty”

Think about a time you felt you were too far gone. A time you were filled with shame. A time you were broken down by fear. A time the lies of the world were all you could hear.

Maybe it was in the past.

Maybe it is in the present.

Maybe it is becoming resurfaced just as you read this.

A lot of the time our encounters with rejection, faults, failures, and sin taint our belief on how God sees us. If imperfect man can reject us, if imperfect self sees worthlessness, and an imperfect past keeps you in bondage — how can we truly be accepted by an infinitely perfect God?

I had an encounter with a homeless man that perfectly depicted how we allow our fear of unworthiness and rejection to hinder gracious acceptance.

On the evening of October 21, 2018, I was in downtown Fort Worth when this man approached me. I had offered this man a ride to his shelter because he would have been walking the entire night to get there. As I approached my car, I realized it was a complete mess because it was filled with dog hair everywhere on the back seat. I immediately tried to clean off the seat as best as I could. I knew how much I hated my dogs shedding, and I surely didn’t want him to have to deal with it as well. While I was scraping the hair off the seat, he looked at me with the most sincere, yet defeated eyes, held out his hands, and faintly said,

“you don’t have to do that, I’m already dirty.

My heart sank. I told him, “you deserve to sit in a clean seat, and I wouldn’t settle for anything less.”

Isn’t that the exact same response Jesus gives to us? We tell Jesus, “I’m already dirty, and I don’t deserve to be clean”. Now let me clear the air, and tell you the bold and honest truth:

It doesn’t matter how rejected, outcast, or dirty you’ve been, all He’s pleading with you to do is come and let His redemption begin.

 

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23-24

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation was come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

It ultimately comes down to our struggle to comprehend and accept grace. Grace doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t make sense because there was and is absolutely nothing we could do to earn or lose it. It doesn’t make sense because it was a complete sacrificial gift to sinners who genuinely do not deserve it. But that’s the point — It doesn’t have to, because it was lovingly lavished upon you by a God who longs to heal and free you.

 

“They will no longer defile themselves with their idols, or with their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. And they will be my people, and I will be their God.” Ezekiel 37:23

Grace is powerful.

Grace defies the odds. 

Grace boldly proclaims, “I see you as a child of God.”

You have an open invitation to come before the throne…yes 100% dirty…to in turn graciously accept your gift of becoming clean, renewed, and redeemed.

 

“Let us then approach God’ throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

 

Instead of living in shame of once, or currently, feeling dirty, freely embrace the truth that Jesus deems you worthy. 

 

“But he said to me, ‘my grace is sufficient for you, for my power if made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

 

Watch Me Work While You Wait

Watch Me Work While You Wait

Have you ever found out something really good was going to happen to you, or you knew an incredible blessing was headed your way?

You know it’s coming. You see it’s coming.

It just hasn’t happened, yet.

Waiting is hard. Really hard. Especially when you can anxiously anticipate the good things coming your way. You just want it now, why wait?

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” Ecclesiastes 3:1

The Lord intricately places us, and allows us to stay, in particular seasons for a purpose. If we’re not in a season of abundant blessing, it may be a season of tumultous trial. If we don’t find ourselves in either of those, we’re probably in a season of rest or waiting.

In our season of tumultous trial, we desperately seek the day we can finally rest. Yet, when we finally rest, we’re usually pretty quick to long to move on to what’s next.

We don’t want to rest or wait because that means we’re being called to forsake.

Forsake our will. Forsake our plans.

Forsake our timing.

You have two choices to make. Either you wait on God, or make God wait on you. Here’s the thing about making God wait on you – in the end, you still have to wait on God. Now, just twice as long.

You can only go so long fighting to do things in your will power, and in your way, until you finally recognize God’s way is the only promised way.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

I love Galatains 6:9, and here’s why:

It’s a promise.

You don’t find any maybe’s. You find a WILL, and a DUE TIME.

This means, no matter what, whatever you sow in the name of The Lord will reap reward and blessing. Knowing that it will happen, still means you have to trust God’s time of when.

No amount of trial, length of time we wait, or mighty storm can ever compensate or take away from all that God divinely has in store.

I felt The Lord speak into my heart, “Watch me work while you wait“, which is why I felt lead to use it as I wrote this blog.

The beauty in the waiting is we are able to sit back, trust, and watch God unfold all that we’ve been awaiting before our very eyes.

In this season, The Lord has graciously given me the work “steadfast”.

Steadfast means IMMOVABLE.

I don’t know about you, but I want a faith that’s fierce and will never bow down to move.

I want a faith that stands firm so that GOD CAN AND WILL MOVE!

 “These trials will show that your faith is genuine.” 1 Peter 1:7

While this scripture specifically says trial, I feel this also applies in the waiting. From personal experience, in trial, I was more prone to doing WHATEVER God called me to because I was clinging to Him by a thread of desperation.

In the waiting however, we may be more prone to sway our own way because we’re tired of God not “making a move” yet. The genuineness of our faith in the waiting magnifies our actual trust in The Lord. Even though we may not be desperately hanging on God, we confidently and boldly have the opportunity to fiercely trust our God.

We can either worry while we wait or worship while we wait.

When we choose to woship in the waiting, we boldly declare we believe God will fulfill His promises made unto us. It is an act of faith, and proclaims if God is all we have at the moment, than it is exceedingly more than enough.

So, Lord, thank you for working amidst my waiting.

Let us wait. Let us watch.

Let Him faithfully work and move right in front of you.

Believing in the Breakthrough

Believing in the Breakthrough

You know that feeling. Thick heavy clouds weighing oh so heavily down on your heart. Anxiously anticipating the weight of the downpour to break you at any moment. Feeling like the flood of tears could sweep away the faintest ounce of strength you had left.

The weariness.

The darkness.

The hopelessness.

The questioning.

Are you sure, God actually keeps His promises?


12/11/2018 I was walking my dogs and weather outside was on the brink of a storm. It was early afternoon, but you could’ve been convinced to believe it was near dusk by the bleak darkness that filled the entire sky.

Then, I just had this peaceful moment with God. I realized despite the heavy thick gray clouds, I’m still able to see all that’s around me. It couldn’t ever be complete darkness during the day, no matter the clouds, because the sun is more powerful. The sun is so incredibly far above that the storm can never overtake it.

Although it may not be as bright out, we’re reminded the storm will pass and the sun will shine again.

When the clouds begin to part and the sun starts to breakthrough, it slowly begins as single rays.The rays stretch far out across the sky to remind you hope is rising.

When the sun finally, completely, breaks through, it becomes so blinding and powerful that you forget the clouds even exist around you.

Isn’t it beautiful that this is exactly what Jesus does for us??

In our storms, JESUS IS THERE!

He is HIGHER than the storm because He is GREATER than our storms.

I will continue to praise His name and give thanks even when my breakthrough hasn’t happened yet. I believe in this because I know in full truth He will not forsake his promises.

Right now I know your weariness and exhaustion may be holding you down. I challenge you to fight and persevere because your prayers never fall on deaf ears!

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:12-13

Your sun will shine again. Friends, your storms don’t have you. Your mighty God does, and He’s GOING TO BREAKTRHOUGH for you.

Choose to believe in the breakthrough.

“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.” Psalm 107:28-31