Some times we believe the lie that our past is better than what our future holds. That our glory days are behind us and there is nothing left to do except live out our days and die. But can I tell you if walk with God that could not be further from the truth. The Israelites during the time of the prophet Haggai believed there past was greater than their future but God wanted them to know that was not the truth at all.
God is my Refuge: But what does that mean? What does that look like. In that video I answer both questions and talk about the prophet Nahum who was encouraging the Israelites even though they were being oppressed by the Ninevites.
In my previous devotion I talked about how God is running after us but we have a role to play and that is to turn and run back to God. If we don’t then there is no relationship it is just God running after us with us running away. Today’s devotion is all about returning to a loving, compassionate, forgiving God.
If you spend any time with Jesus He will start putting people on your heart to speak to. Here is the deal God wants you to know it doesn’t matter if they listen to you or not. Your job is obedience. God’s job is results. He still wants to give them a message even if they listen or not . WHY BECAUSE HE LOVES THEM and is a relentless lover and cares for his creation!!!
God is in the business of turning out Junk to treasure. He can take the ashes of our lives, the mourning we are going through, and the heaviness we feel and give us beauty, joy, and praise. Don’t you want to give your trash/junk to God well then I think you need to watch this video!
When the Lord told Joel and I to dissolve Supplying Needs our non-profit that collected food, clothes, furniture and other supplies it felt like something had died on the inside of me. Helping people with product goods was and is my passion. It is what charges me and fills me full of joy. When God said to give it all up I had to bury it to be obedient to the Lord.
Over the past few months God has been speaking to me about starting up Supplying Needs again. When the Lord first started speaking to me about it I told him I was afraid and didn’t know if I had the drive to do it for fear God would just take everything away from us again. The Lord reassured me that He would never ever EVER ask us to give everything up as he did with Supplying Needs and this time around it would out last Joel’s and my life.
Just recently God told me he wanted to resurrect Supplying Needs. I was in shock and God reminded me that Joel and I had asked Him to resurrect SN the Easter after we had given everything away. That Easter service the Pastor had been speaking about God not only resurrecting Jesus but things in our lives that were dead and gone. Joel and I had cried out to God to resurrect the ministry He had given us then taken away. I had forgotten those prayers but the Lord was showing me that is exactly what He wants to do now.
So in June of this year Joel will be stepping up as lead Pastor of Life River Fellowship and the Lord showed me in July we will start asking for donations again, looking for a warehouse, praying for trucks and vehicles to pick up donations, forklifts, pallet jacks and pallet racks. Our church will be reaching out to the community through product goods all while sharing the love of Christ. Life River Fellowship will be doing events and food give aways.
Am I scared? Yeah a bit because it was so hard almost 4 years ago giving up what we loved and lived for only to start over again. Am I excited? HECK YA! This is my passion and drive. I love watching God work and I love doing the Lord’s will. I am excited to finally watch something grow and not have to tear it down. I am so overjoyed it is going to outlast us like God promised me. I am stoked about all the lives we get to interact with, meet, and share Jesus’ love. I am overjoyed to be God’s hands and feet once again in an area that I thrive in.
So here is the deal if you think about us pray! Pray for God’s will, for everything we need, and as well as people to help. And for you I hope this encourages you that even if a dream is dead in the grave that God can resurrect anything He chooses to. Just because it is long gone doesn’t mean God has forgotten about it. Be encouraged my friend, God can bring anything back from the dead!