Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thoughts For Thursday-Getting to Know God

There was a time in my life when I struggled with all types of fears and insecurities, constantly worried about the future, my job, my family, money, and what my purpose in life really was. Needless to say, I wasn't enjoying my life. I was miserable.

However, over time, the Lord helped me to change…and He helped me understand an important key to truly enjoying life. It all begins with what the apostle Paul says in Philippians 3:10…something I believe we should all pray regularly…

"That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His suffering, being made comfortable unto His death"

I know that when we get to know God—really know Him—it fills us with hope and confidence because we realize He’s greater than any situation we will ever encounter. Understanding God’s character and incredible love for us allows us to relax and trust Him in ever single area of our lives.
I have found that we can learn so much about the Lord by examining His many names found in the Bible. Each one reveals such a unique aspect of His character along with a very specific promise for our lives.

The Bible says He is Jehovah Jireh, which means “Your Provider.” He’s Jehovah Rapha, “Your Healer,” and Jehovah Shalom, “Your Peace.” 

The Lord is also referred to as Jehovah Nissi, “The Lord Our Banner.” This means He is our “victory”: We can expect God to help us win our battles over sin, addictive habits, pain from the past, and anything else that stands in the way of His wonderful plan for our lives.

It is Satan that wants us to think about all the things we can’t do. He wants us to compare ourselves to others and focus on our weaknesses. However, when the Lord looks at us, He sees our ultimate potential! We can do anything through Him. He wants us to focus on how much we can do; He wants us to lean on His strength and ability to do the great things He has planned for us.

Maybe right now the Lord is asking you to step out in an area that seems impossible, or you’re facing an issue that seems way too big to handle. Step out in faith, trust in Him and let Him handle it. He always knows what's best for us better than we know what is best for ourselves.

Whatever it may be, I want you to know that you’re in a great place for a miracle and abundant blessings. The God of all the universe is on your side, and He never loses a battle!

I encourage you to get to know God more and more each day. Read and study your scriptures. Talk to the Lord like He’s your best friend and ask Him to reveal His love and character to you in a greater way.

Because when you get to know Him—really know Him—it releases new hope and confidence in the One who can change every single area of your life.

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At February 26, 2015 at 9:15 AM , Blogger Lisa D said...

This is a wonderful reminder of how awesome God is, and how important is it to have faith. Letting God take over is something I really struggle with so this was a perfect read for me today.

At February 27, 2015 at 8:29 AM , Blogger katie // a touch of teal said...

God is so good!

xo katie // a touch of teal

At February 27, 2015 at 11:31 AM , Blogger Candace Groberg said...

This is an important and beautiful message. Thank you for sharing it with us.

At February 27, 2015 at 12:45 PM , Blogger Bethany Bruder said...

This was so inspiring! Thank you for the good read to start off my weekend!

At February 27, 2015 at 7:55 PM , Blogger Ashley S said...

Well put! For some reason when I am feeling like I need some guidance I am drawn to bloggers who have been writing about the Lord. It is crazy how he works his magic and makes us feel loved. I love it!


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