The Cambridge Online Dictionary states that oppression is a situation in which people are governed in an unfair and cruel way and prevented from having opportunities and freedom.
Guys. He is unfair, and he is cruel – and he wants you to believe that life is, too. Do not believe that mess.
Don’t allow satan to govern or control your life any longer. Step out in boldness today and claim the opportunities and freedom that God has promised you.
“But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the LORD their God. He made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them. He keeps every promise forever. He gives justice to the oppressed and food to the hungry. The LORD frees the prisoners.” – Psalm 146:5-7
Man, it just feels good. It feels good on the good days. It feels good on the bad days.
The peace. The hope. The confidence.
I don’t ever want to live a life without it. I don’t ever want to be faced with a situation and automatically label it bleak. Situations that arise will never be hopeless because I know who holds the future – and He is my very best friend.
Joy unspeakable, guys. Claim it today.
“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,” – 1 Peter 1:8
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13
I finished the book Fervent Saturday night, and Sunday morning our pastor preached about spiritual warfare. I love when scriptures and topics that I’m studying align that way. Makes me wish I could high five someone right in the middle of church.
That book, that sermon, they didn’t whisper softly in my ear. They screamed a loud, urgent cry to be ready. They said that it’s time, and it’s up to us. Don’t take it lightly.
Get ready, ladies.
We are our families front line, so when our toes hit that faded, brown carpet in the morning – get ready. When we are tip-toeing to the coffee pot in the wee hours to brew that first cup – get ready.
Get ready. Get ready to cry out on behalf of your family. Get ready to stand in the gap. Get ready to pray intentional, strong prayers over our home, our husband, and our babies. Get ready for battle. If we won’t fight for our family – who will?
Every single day. Every single hour. Be ready.
“11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” – Ephesians 6:11-12
The thing about self-doubt is it’s just that – SELF-doubt.
*Sarah’s age didn’t matter to God.
*Gideon’s occupation didn’t matter to God.
*David’s appearance didn’t matter to God.
*Rahab’s past didn’t matter to God.
*Moses’ tangled words didn’t matter to God.
You may see every reason why you can’t. You may see every single flaw, mistake, sin, shortcoming – every excuse.
But not God.
God sees a human that He created for a purpose. He sees an individual that can make a difference. He sees a heart that loves Him.
God sees the real you. The you that can move mountains. The you that can change the world. The you that can shake things up for the glory of His Kingdom.
Be you. Be used.
“But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;” – 1 Peter 2:9
“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.” – Jeremiah 29:11
Some days I feel ill-equipped to navigate this journey called motherhood. I feel ill-equipped because the world is so much different now then when I was a child. It’s unfamiliar territory. Uncharted waters. No matter how uncertain I feel in some areas of this voyage, there is one thing I know without a doubt to be true – kindness, selflessness, and a love for Jesus should be valued and passed on to our children. By their parents. Intentionally. So, I’ve made these promises to my kiddos, and I am working hard to keep them in hopes of a brighter world for them to call home.
1. I promise I won’t talk about other human beings in an ugly way. Because if I do – then you will.
2. I promise I won’t degrade other people because of their race, their religion, their gender, or their socioeconomic status. Because if I do – then you will.
3. I promise not to bully anyone. Because if I do – then you will.
4. I promise to try my best to never make anyone feel less than. Because if I do – then you will.
5. I promise to pray for you every single day.
6. And I promise that even when I’m not with you – God is, and He is a good, good God. Even in the midst of what seems like a very bad world.
Lead by example. Treat people like Jesus would. And pray hard.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
– Ephesians 4:29
“So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” – Romans 15:6-7
My cry for myself. My cry for our world.
Love really is the answer. It always has been. Love is the foundation of all that is good in this world.
“The Lord is my Shepherd
I have all that I need
He let’s me rest in green meadows
He leads me beside peaceful streams
He renews my strength
He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His Name
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid
For You are close beside me
His rod and staff comfort me”
Life gets hard, but Jesus never leaves our side.
In your darkest valley – God is with you. He’s still here.