THE POWER OF BELIEVING

If there is something in this world that God wants us to do more than anything else, it is to believe in Him.

Believing in God means letting go of our fears, insecurities, failures, and having faith that He is greater than all those things.  God also wants us to believe that He is our Heavenly Father, and that He has been there all along in the midst of all of our trials and tribulations.  He wants us to believe that He has never left us, nor forsaken us.

I don’t know what you may have gone through, or what you may be going through in your life, but I know that God has never left me.  And, just like He never left me to die, He won’t leave you.

In order to believe you need to have FAITH.  Faith is a huge key that we as believers should possess.  Having faith opens up doors for us to keep pushing through adversity, to keep fighting, and to keep walking toward our purpose.

Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  Although we may not see things getting better, or we may not see the results of what we have been working for, we need to have faith and certainty that God is working in our favor.  We need to believe that if He promised that He is going to do something, then He is going to do it.

When we act on faith, we move God’s heart.  That is to say, maybe you don’t have the funds to go to school, but you believe God is going to provide, so you act in faith and enroll in classes to fulfill your dreams.  God has seen your faith, and He will provide for your education.

Perhaps you are a single mother who wants to dedicate more time to your kids, but you are stuck working two jobs.  When you act in faith to quit that second job so that you can spend more time with your kids, I guarantee you that God will supply for you.

It doesn’t matter what your circumstances may be. When you believe and have faith, the Heavens open in your favor.

I left my home state and moved away, believing my life would change for the better.  I had no money,  I didn’t have a job or car when I got to Texas.  But I acted in faith, and hoped for a better life.  Today, I have everything that I never had before.  And God has multiplied and tripled me in faith – spiritually, educationally, and financially.  He has opened doors I never thought I could walk through.

Faith has the power to move mountains. The Bible says in Matthew 17:20, “He replied, ‘Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.’”

What mountain do you need to move?  Is there anything impossible for God?  Will you act in faith?  Can you have faith as small as a mustard seed today?

Your faith has the power to move what ever mountain you are facing today.  Believe today, and trust God.

I hope this blesses your life today. I pray that you activate your faith.
Much love,
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The Power of a Decision

Remember when you said you were going to go back to school, become debt-free, lose weight, buy the house of your dreams, start going to church, write the book you wanted, be content with what you have, stay off drugs, or even just clean the house?  Do you remember that?  Well, what happened?  Did you become less able to do it?  Did you lose your potential?  Was there something physically stopping you?

Where am I going with all these questions?  Funny, right?  First, I want to say, no you have not become less able, you have not lost your potential, and I am pretty sure you are not tied up on a chair and can’t move.  So, the real question is what’s really stopping you?
It can be a series of different things for all of us.  Perhaps fear, lack of money, not setting priorities, wasting time, doing too much at once, or simply failing to just get started.  Yes, it may be one of those things, BUT, ultimately it is because you have not made the DECISION to do it.

I don’t care about all the obstacles that come up against us, or all the odds we face when we DECIDE to do something.  I believe that many of us have not decided to do what God has called us to do. We have not decided to fulfill our dreams.  We have not decided to walk in God’s purpose for our life, and we have not decided to commit to anything we have said we are going to do.

Now this is a little strong, but bear with me.  It gets better, I promise.  We have all been chosen by God for greatness, and God is so good He wants us to fulfill our dreams.  He does not want us stuck in the same routine our entire life.  He wants us to be happy, as we walk in His will.

Every person God used in the Bible had all the potential to do what He had called them to do.  Most of them had excuses, such as Jeremiah and Moses.  They felt inadequate to do what they were called to do. Jeremiah 1:7-8 says, “But the Lord said to me, ‘Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,’ declares the Lord.  You see, he was limiting himself, when not even God was putting any limits on him.  Moses did the same thing.  BUT, when they decided to stop making excuses, God used them in endless ways, so much so that they are two of the most spoken about characters in the Bible.

Here’s the other part to the point I want to make.  There is a difference between intent and decision. Intent is a desire to do something for a purpose, or the thought of doing something meaningful.  Decision, on the other hand, is an action.  It is making one’s mind up, and doing it.  So, intent has no power.  Decision does.

God wants to help you accomplish you dreams.  God wants to use you, and bless you, but you must decide and make up your mind that no matter what, you will follow God’s plan for you.  It is when you decide and step out in faith that things start happening, and doors start opening.

The Bible says in Deuteronomy 7:9, “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.”  He is faithful, and I guarantee you if you decide to let Him help you, He will do it.  Jesus Christ not only intended to come and save us. He decided to come and save us.  It is because of that decision that now we are able to live a life free of hurt and pain, and as I said on my last post, free from our past. Live in the power of a decision.

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Carmen

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THE POWER OF LETTING GO

Sometimes, I think we don’t have a full understanding of the power our Heavenly Father has given us through His Holy Spirit.  Yes, ultimately without Him we can’t accomplish anything, but thank God for His Grace.  The Bible tells us that He has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power.  2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” This month I feel compelled to share with you a series on “The Power” God has given us, and the power there is in certain actions we should take or live in.

I want to focus on the power of letting go.  Some of us live in our past, yet we regret it, despise it, and wish it never would have happened.  But, for some odd reason, we enslave ourselves to it, and decide to relive it over and over again.  If you find yourself doing this, if you do not feel able to let go of certain things that have hurt you in the past, I have good news for you.  You don’t have to live stuck in your past anymore. You can let it go and surrender it to God.

The moment we choose to give to God what we ourselves can’t deal with, things start to change.  I urge you to surrender your pain, hurt, guilt, bitterness, loneliness, un-forgiveness, blame, and shame to God.  It’s hard to live a peaceful life when we are carrying all those things on our backs.  Last time I checked, Jesus Christ died so that we may have life, but not just any life, an abundant life.  We can have a life full of joy, love, happiness, and blessings.  However, it’s hard to have an abundant life when we carry all those things from our past in our hearts daily.

I challenge you to let go of your past today.  Ask God to take those things and feelings away from you.  I know it works because I had to do it.  I used to be a very bitter person.  I use to blame everyone for everything that had happened in my life.  I lived angrily every day, and it was very hard to get any joy out of life.  I believe that made God sad.  Jesus died so that we may be free, but our unwillingness to let go keeps us bound to our past.  There is power in letting go, and there is power in the name of Jesus.

I will continue this series throughout this month.  I would love to hear how letting go has blessed your life, and the power it has had for you.  I pray we can move forward, and receive what God has ahead of us.  Remember, God will never be behind you.  He will always be in front of you, making a way for you.

Much love,

Carmen

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Sufficient Grace

Do you sometimes feel like that you just don’t have enough?   Like you need just a little more?  To you that may mean love, money, affection, time, perhaps a spouse, kids, a better job, or even happiness.

You may just not have enough of something, whatever that may be for you to live to your full potential, or your desired level of satisfaction in life.  If only you had more friends, if only you had a partner, if only you had more money, if only you had a better car, if only you didn’t have the past that you have…… and your life quickly consists of “If only’s.”

Life becomes stressful and unpleasant if we live it only thinking about the things we do not have.  Let me tell you, if we do not realize that the only thing we truly need to be satisfied and complete in life is God, then we will ALWAYS be lacking something in our life.  I mean always.  Nothing will ever be sufficient.  Even if we get what we thought we wanted, we will eventually need something else.  And it’s not that we really need whatever that is, it’s really that we were created to be whole with God.  And so, if He is not the center of our lives, then we are incomplete beings.  Our soul and hearts know that there is something missing, and our mind will tell us that missing something is a person or object, when in reality it is God.

So, in the urge for your soul to find that missing part, it will let itself be misguided by what the mind says. That is why Paul says in Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

When we let God be our EVERYTHING His peace is with us, and it is that peace that guards our heart and mind.  Therefore, we will no longer be fueled by what our mind tells us we need.

My life is complete with God.  Yes, there are things I would like to have, such as the affection of my father, but that does not stop me from living a whole life with Jesus Christ.  He is my Father.  He is my friend.  He is my everything.  I am whole, complete, and fulfilled with God.

The word of God says in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  God Himself tells us that His grace is sufficient.  We need nothing else, we lack nothing else.  His grace is enough to keep us going in the midst of our weakness.  We may not have a lot of material things, or even people we love, but if we have God, He will fill that empty gap someone or something leaves in our life.  He will fulfill us to the extent that we are OK if we do not have those things.  Why?  Because His grace is sufficient.

Let go of the idea of what you don’t have, and grab hold of God’s grace over your life.  Be complete with our Lord and Savior.  He is all that you need.  If you have everything else, but not Him, you will still be incomplete.  However, if you have Him and nothing else, you have everything you need to be happy in life.

Much love,

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Carmen
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True Identity

Who are you?  Do you know who you are?  Or are you lost in all the false identities that society places on us?   Perhaps at some point of your life, or even right now, you haven’t been able to accept yourself because you’re too busy trying to get others’ approval.

You see, just a year ago, I did not like myself at all because I did not know who I was in Christ.  I was still defined by the things people had said about me in the past.  I grew so immune to them, that it was hard to see the truth about what God was saying about me.

At that time, I felt like I needed others’ approval of others to be happy.  I wanted to be accepted, but that was pulling me away further from who God intended me to be.  It is so easy to lose sight of who you are, in order to please your “friends.”   We think we can find our worth in other people’s approval of us, but that is a lie that costs us our identity.

Identity has a high price.   It takes courage and boldness to be who you really are, especially who God has called you to be.  Defined, identity is the “condition of being oneself or itself, and not another.”

Don’t lose your identity with the lies this world has to offer.  This world is filled with un-Godly people who will lie to you, and take you off-track from realizing your true Identity in Jesus Christ.  But you do not have to listen to those false remarks!  You are not a failure, a loser, good for nothing, stupid, downcast, ugly, a trouble-maker, or a mistake.

If you remember just one thing from this post, make it this:  you are not a mistake.  God does not make mistakes and “God doesn’t make junk.”   You are precious to God.  He made you at in his own likeness and his own image. In Genesis 1:26, God says “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness.”  God had to confront me in order to make me realize that I was not any of the things I called myself, or any of the things others called me.  He had to confront me with this verse. I felt the Lord tell me, “Carmen – every time you bash yourself down you are bashing me down, because I made you in my image.”   It was hard, but I realized it is true.  I am the image of Christ in this world so I should not walk around defeated –  categorizing myself as something I am not.  And neither should you. It’s important to seek God and tell him to reveal to you who he wants you to be. I had to do that myself. There is a process to find out your real Identity. I had to ask God to help me, to show me.  I had to get closer and closer to Him.  I had to surrender all the negativity in order to be awakened to the truth.

If you wonder what your spiritual identity is, I believe that God is going to awaken you so that you can see who you really are.  It’s time we let go of all the false identities, and grab hold of our real identity in Christ, so we can do what He has called us to do.    Until we discover who we are in Christ, we will continue to be limited in what we can do.

We have a God of no limits. You can do so many things for the Kingdom of God.  Don’t let anyone talk badly about you, even if you are that person, talking to yourself. If what someone says does not align with what God says, then toss it away.  Shake it off, let it go.  Keep walking, don’t let it stop you.

You have to grab hold of who you are in God.  God created you with a purpose.   I pray that God will show you your real identity, just as He did for me.

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Carmen

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