Having The Courage To Budge When God Nudges (Guest Post)

Here is a devotional I read a few days ago by Denise Pass that really spoke to me. I think it is something that everyone needs to hear once in a while. 
Daily Devotion – Having The Courage To Budge When God Nudges

 

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8 (NIV)

 

It might start with a whisper to your soul. A nudge in your heart. We get uncomfortable in our spirit and sense God is leading us in a new direction. But we do not want to budge. Really, we don’t. We might rationalize that it was just indigestion or those silly emotions, but the nudge continues.

Or perhaps God gets our attention a little more blatantly. This can often be the case with me, when I stubbornly cling to what I know instead of the one Who knows my soul best. It is what we do in those moments of revelation, when we pause long enough to look up and ask God for direction, that can make all the difference in the world.

We tend to be….

To read the rest of the article, and other great articles she has written at Denise’s blog page: Daily Devotion–Having The Courage To Budge When God Nudges

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Time To Graduate

May and June are the months that bring about a lot of graduation ceremonies. Living in a larger college based city, I know of many graduation ceremonies happening. Although I know of many different ceremonies happening, most I do not get invited to go to. Over this last Friday and Saturday, two days only, I had been to three different high school graduation ceremonies. Over the last two weeks, I have been to multiple graduation parties, for students graduating eighth grade middle school, all the way through a doctor’s degree in college.

This is a busy season of honoring those who have endured a lot of hardship, long hours of study, and passing many tests in order to earn a degree or passing on to a higher level of schooling.

In each of these ceremonies, I had heard various speakers talking to the students about moving on in life. Gratefully, most of the ceremonies were Christian based groups and focused on God at the center of the student’s life. Several were not and did not bring up God in the picture at all.

With graduation, there is usually a feeling of some fear. Fear of what is next. Fear of how to move on with life. Many questions are being asked, and many not being answered.

If the student is in high school, some of the questions might be:

  • Do I go to college or not?
  • If I go to college, which one?
  • Which degree do I pursue?
  • How do I pay for college?
  • If I don’t go to college, what job should I get?
  • What career path should I pursue?

If the student is graduating college, some of the questions might be:

  • Do I continue on for a higher degree?
  • Where can I get a job?
  • How do I finish paying my loans?
  • Where do I move to now?

The one thing that is common for all graduates is that they are moving on in life. There is a change in life. Things are going to be different.

Some people do not really want to graduate. They are afraid of what lies ahead. I have seen some people be “professional” students. They attend college for eight years and never get a degree. They are constantly changing their majors, afraid of what is next, never really going anywhere.

Others do graduate, but do not move on. As they went through their schooling, it was just going through the motions. They never really learned anything. Some even cheated their way through the system. Rather than learning and growing, they stayed the same and fell behind. Many do not even graduate and drop out.

Although most people do finish out their high school degree and do move on, there are many that do not graduate in their walk with God. They hit a certain level and then stop.

The writer of Hebrews states: In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Hebrews 5:12

It is easy to just go to church and hear a sermon each week. There is no commitment or dedication involved. There is no work being done. Yes, a person may believe in Jesus and is saved, but there is no growth.

As a believer, you must grow and graduate on to bigger and better things. When you go through a situation in life with God, you must learn.

God may have you going through a tough situation. There may be some fear of uncertainty, since it is something new to you. You are to learn how God works and is in control in this life.

As God comes through for you in a situation, remember what He has done and will continue to do in your life. In your walk with Jesus, allow yourself to graduate on to the greater things God has for you.

Be willing to be used by God in new ways. As you step out in faith, graduating, it may be a little scary. It is usually stepping into an unknown territory in your life.

However, God is with you.

Remember:

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

It is time to graduate in your walk with God.

What does God want you to start doing today?

How can you grow in the Lord Jesus today?

How can you be more like Jesus today?

Philippians 1:20 Enough Courage

“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.” Philippians 1:20

Paul is often see as a very strong man of God. He always appeared as being bold and absolutely sure of himself in Christ Jesus. While he was this way, he also knew that there was also the possibility of not always serving God in the way he should. Yet, he did not focus on the negative possibility, he chose to expect to not be ashamed of Christ in anyway and that Christ would be lifted up through him.

There are many people who believe in Jesus. They go to church every Sunday and read their Bible and pray on a regular basis, yet, will not speak up to a non-Christian friend or a stranger about Jesus. They are often afraid to stand up against sinful acts that are being encouraged and promoted. There are also many Christians who know that they will fail to speak up about Jesus.

The world does not really care if you believe in Jesus. What they do care about is if you try to get someone else to believe in Jesus. When a person starts speaking about Jesus and His being the only way into heaven, the world gets upset and does not like that type of talk.

Your focus should be one that says you will not be ashamed of Jesus, and then to expect things to happen that way. You must know that God will give you the strength and courage needed to be His witness. You must allow Christ Jesus to be exalted, lifted up, honored in your life. This is in your life whether you live or die. If your death will bring about more people to believe in Jesus, you must be willing to allow it to happen according to God’s will.

Who is most important in your life? Yourself? Or God?

God will give you the courage to be His witness, if you will allow Him to do so. Expect and live in the hope of that courage and strength today.

I pray today that you will focus your life on living for Jesus; that you will not be ashamed of Jesus; that Jesus will be exalted in your life; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.

1 Corinthians 16:13 Be On Guard

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13

Paul is closing out his first letter to the Corinthian church. He gives his last final advice to them as a warning and as an encouragement.

First, is to be on guard. As a believer, the world will be against you. Satan wants to get you to fail or stop believing in Jesus. You have to be ready for the enemy when he shows up. You also must be able to recognize the works of the enemy. If you are not awake and watching, (as Jesus stated), you will be caught off guard and tripped.

Second, you are to stand firm in your faith. You must know what you believe and stand on that. Do not allow the world or others change your views on who Jesus is and who you are in Jesus. Yes you have messed up in the past but you have been forgiven and are now a child of a King and are being saved.

Third, you are to be courageous. In this life you are in a war. It is a war for your soul and the souls of everyone else. There are two sides to this war, God’s and Satan’s. You must be willing to face the enemy when he shows up. Know that God is on your side and you will win in the end. Do not fear the roaring lion of the enemy. Do what needs to be done for God.

Finally, you are to be strong. With God all things are possible. Greater is He who is in you than he that is in the world. God has filled you with His Holy Spirit to give you the strength that you need, now use it, stand in it. Do not back down. You have already run part of the race, do not give up.

Victory is coming. The war is almost over. Know that you know that you know you are saved and you will win the war against the enemy with God on your side.

I pray today that God will help you see the tactics of the enemy; that you will not waver in your belief in Jesus; that you will have courage to face the enemy; that you will be strong in the Lord; and that God will bring you the victory.

Acts 27:25-26 Keep Up Your Courage

“So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. Nevertheless, we must run aground on some island.” Acts: 27:25-26

Paul was on a boat being taken to Rome as a prisoner. A great storm had come up that lasted for days. The ship was beginning to sink. Paul gets a vision from God that they will run aground, but he will still make it to Rome. All of the sailors are scared for their lives, yet Paul tells them to take courage they will make it as God had said.

As people go through life, all kinds of problems will come up. Some of these problems seem hopeless and seem to last for eternity. They seem to never end. These problems can be what seem little to most people to major ones that no one ever wants to face.

You may be going through one of these storms in life right now. As you look forward, all you may seem is doom and destruction. There does not seem to be any hope at all. You may even want to jump ship to get away from the storm.

Despite the size of the storm and how it seems to last forever, God has made some promises to you that He intends to keep. These are given to you, even if you have not received a vision from God like Paul did.

God will never give you more than you can handle.

God loves you.

Jesus died for you to give you life.

If you believe in Jesus, you will be saved.

Jesus is making a home for you in heaven.

Right now Jesus is providing for all of your needs.

There will be an end some day with no more pain or suffering.

You are a child of God.

God only gives good gifts.

You will be a victor with Jesus in the end.

These are just a few of the many promises God has made to you. As Paul said, I have faith in God that it will happen just as He told me.

Hang in there and trust God today. Have courage! You will win with Jesus in the end.

I pray today that Jesus will reveal His love for you; that you will see the hand of Jesus in your storms of life; that you will be filled with His courage; that you will have faith in God’s word; and that you will hang on to Jesus through the storms.