Standing on Mt. Zion

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Fear no more, Daughter Zion. Look, your King is coming. (John 12:15)

Something that I can pretty much look forward to each week is enjoying bible study with my family. Although I love each message that God has to share with us, this week’s message was especially empowering. In fact, it couldn’t have come at a better time.

For those who have been keeping up with my previous posts, you know that I have been looking for full-time work since the end of 2016. While this hasn’t happened yet, God has been sending me some serious signs that he is in the works of making a dream job that I have been hoping for over the last several years become possible.

Along with these signs, our message this Sunday involved standing on the rock of Mt. Zion. I have to admit that I have been on the shakier side of my faith lately, which has made these days of waiting a bit difficult. Fortunately, I have learned that God is just providing pressure in order to make a diamond from the ashes that parts of my life were.

Now, I am dedicated to standing on the firm rock of Mt. Zion vs. that of Mt. Sinai. Do you want to learn the difference? Open up your bible and find out more about what God thinks about you and remember that a broken life can always be made stable and strong thanks to the love and blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Light & Victory to the People

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The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom should I fear? (Psalm 27: 1).  My family and I did something kind of interesting this weekend. We Googled our names just to see what would come up. I was blessed to find out that my name (Ellen Nichole) means Light & Victory to the People. I apologize that I haven’t written in a few days, but if I am being honest with each of you I have been in a slightly dark place. 

This place once again had me questioning God’s plan for my life. Fortunately, his easy and rather fun project given to me and my family this weekend made his path a bit clearer. God wants me to be light to others to ultimately bring victory to his people. So, although I have failed him lately, as he says in Romans 3:23 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.

I will go forward in helping God’s people. So, if you need a little light provided by God’s love please feel free to let me help you find HIS light and victory for your life.

 

Living in a World of “God Things”

god-miraclesNow faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen. For our ancestors won God’s approval by it. (Hebrew 11:1)

I have been sick lately, which has made me a little more vulnerable to the devil’s wiles and lies.

Despite this, I haven’t let go of the feeling that God is making a miraculous life possible for myself and for the ones that I love.

It is really hard to keep the faith in the things that are not seen, especially when you have pressure setting in to do things like “pay the bills”. Fortunately, God finds ways to remind me of his miracles every time that doubt starts to set in.

If you need examples, remember the story of the walls of Jericho falling after being encircled by the Israelites for seven days. (Joshua 6) or Sarah conceiving way past the age of conception (Genesis 21).

So, instead of listening to a world that is telling us that there is no hope for a miracle, let’s live for a world of “God Things” and remember that he is still a God who cares and is still able to perform miracles through our determined faith.

Building A New Us

futureTrust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3: 5-6)

A New Year often has each of us ready to let go of the past hurts and pains from the previous year and ready for a fresh start. With this new hope, often comes a sense of urgency to see a “dream come true” right away.

Maybe this isn’t true for everyone, but for those of us who have stepped off of a cliff expecting to find our wings this is definitely something that a New Year can bring to light.

While I am a Christian, I, like everyone else in this world, am still of the flesh. What does this mean? It means that I will have my doubts and weaknesses at times. This may have been the case over the last week or two, but despite this God has called out to my heart and reeled me back in. So, if you are letting your past disappointments and fears drag you into thinking that 2017 is going to be another disappointing year, fear not. Remember, that God loves you and will always love you. No matter what, if you will turn to him he will not only supply your needs (my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus (Phillipians 4:19), but will assure that your future is not only a brighter one but much more abundant.

So, what has been one source of my new found confidence? Let me say thank you again God for leading me to Christine Cain (https://youtu.be/dINIpjX_mPI).

 

Moving Forward

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These are probably two of the hardest words to think or write about as I sit in front of my computer screen wondering what is next? Forgive my ambiguity this morning, but I just found out some rather disappointing news. Despite this, I know that I have to keep moving forward. Where these steps will take me next I am a little unsure about, but I know that I can do only one thing right now and that is to Trust Him.

So, as I press on I will remember to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold for me. (Philippians 3:12).

Let’s march into this battle together and pray that all of the pieces begin to fall into place very soon.

Prayer for the Afflicted

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While I continue to worship God, I am still made of mortal flesh and continue to sin and make mistakes on a regular basis. As I am becoming closer to God, I am opening myself up more to own up to these sins and ask for forgiveness through the ultimate gift that we have all been given, the shed blood of Jesus Christ our Lord & Savior.

This week, has been a trying one. I have been out of work since before Christmas after following the path that God set before me as this year came to a close. This has obviously left me questioning what HIS plan is now. While I have tried to patiently await his plan, my patience ran a bit thin this week and I became very frustrated about the affliction that has been set upon me. Despite my frustration and sinful nature, God has poured out his love for me and has not only forgiven me (there is His Unconditional Love again!) , but is using this for HIS good.

As I opened my Bible this morning, God sent me right to a prayer that I believe will help each of us who are afflicted. If you are feeling lost and broken right now, than this prayer is for each of us…

 

hqdefault“Lord, hear my prayer. In your faithfulness listen to my plea, and in Your righteousness answer me. Do not bring Your Servant into judgement, for no one alive is righteous in Your sight. For the enemy has pursued me, crushing me to the ground and making me live in darkness. My spirit is weak within me and my heart is overcome with dismay. I remember the days of old and meditate on all You have done for me. I reflect on the work of Your Hands. I spread out my hands to You; I am like a parached land before You.

Answer me quickly, Lord as my spirit fails. Don’t hide Your face from me, or I will be like those going down to the pit. Let me experience Your faithful love in the morning for I trust in You. Reveal to me the way I should go because I long for You. Rescue me from my enemies Lord. I come to You for for protection.

Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me on level ground. Because of Your name, Yahweh, let me live in Your righteousness and deliver me from trouble. In Your faithful love, destroy my enemies and wipe out all those who attack me for I (we) are Your servant(s).” (Psalm 143)

“Turn my heart to Your decrees and not to material gain. Turn my eyes from looking at what is worthless; give me life in Your ways and confirm what You said to Your servant for it produces reverence for You. Turn away the disgrace I dread; indeed Your judgements are good.

How I (we) long for Your precepts! Give me life through Your righteousness.” (Psalm 119: 36-40)

AMEN and AMEN!!

 

 

 

Happy New Year

3353132_origI am a few days late in writing this, but I am blessed to wish each of you a very Happy New Year! 

While some may be excited about all of the possibilities that a new year holds, there are still those who are trapped by Satan’s lies. Those lies that tell us that we are not who God says we are…”Thou art my beloved sons and daughters; in thee I am well pleased” (Luke 3:22).

I have even questioned this as I work to accomplish what God has sent me here to do – share the good word. This negativity and questioning in my life has led me down some wrong paths, but I feel blessed that God has been with me on each of these ventures to teach me and guide me into fulfilling his plan for my life and I know that he can and will do the same for you.

So, let’s go into this year leaving the old us behind and take hold of HIS new creation (2 Corinthians 6:17). Remember that he loves us despite our past mistakes and HE “knows the thoughts that he thinks toward us, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope in your latter end” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Happy New Year! Let’s bring the light of God back into this world!