Dear Tabernacle Family,
“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” Matthew 11:12. It’s not a mindset of comfort, but a willingness to do what is necessary.
We allow our failures to become our identity. My life with God is not based on my failures. Peter’s failure on the night of Jesus’ trial was simply horrible. In the hour of his Lord’s greatest anguish, Peter denied even knowing him. He had no idea how weak he really was. Peter allowed his failures to define him and Peter assumed his name was disqualified… the “Yea, but…”
I find it’s so easy to talk about the promises of God but it can be hard to experience them coming to pass. Why is this? I have found the biggest thing that keeps me stuck is the thought of, “This is where I messed up before.” We allow previous chapters of our life to write our next chapters.
How do we start a new chapter? Everything you have gone through made you who you are today and God wants to use you. Leave the past in the past. Your past can never break you through. Stop being the victim of your own story. You are the VICTOR. Although I may be down, I don’t have to stay down. Determine what’s next in your story. Who do you want to be and what do you want to accomplish? To be more convinced at who God says I am than how the past tries to define me. I am ABSOLUTELY convinced that this time is THE TIME! Start writing your TODAY. Right now. What am I going to do at this moment? What am I going to choose to believe? Whose voice am I listening to?
What is ahead of you is better than what is behind you. Today is the day to start a new chapter. It takes courage. The definition of courage is mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. It’s bravery in the face of fear… NOT in the absence of fear.
The God who made the promise will fulfill it! “He will be standing firm like a flourishing tree planted by God’s design, deeply rooted by the brooks of bliss, bearing fruit in every season of his life. He is never dry, never fainting, ever blessed, ever prosperous.” Psalm 1:3 Lord you are enough. Christ in me. I am enough.
May God Ignite Your Heart,
Creative Marketing Director