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Waiting on the Promise May 12, 2011

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“A promise is a promise”, “I promise to pay you back,” “I promise to love you in sickness and in health”, are just a few of the many ways we have heard promises given and declared. A promise seems to carry an invisible power that will cause the broken-hearted to dry their tears. It will implant a sense of hope and peace into the mind of the receiver. There are some that will argue that “promises are meant to be broken, and not kept.” This is true when the giver of the promise fails to keep their word. Over time it is revealed through missed opportunities to make good on the word or deed they said they would do. Then there are others who are able to remain optimistic about the promised word. They are committed to believing that what was spoken would come to pass. 

If you are anything like me, you have had a lot of promises and words spoken over your life. Growing up in the church, it was not unheard of for the prophet to call you out in the aisle. Your heart would beat fast, palms sweating; but you stepped out anxious to hear what heaven had to say. The prophet began to speak Gods blessings and promises into your life. Full of hope and gratitude tears rolled down your face, and it was not long before someone had to stand behind and catch you; the Holy Spirit had taken control! Those words were powerful, they were full of truth, they were tailor-made for your situation. Whether it was of a financial miracle, or business idea, elevation in ministry, marriage, or healing; you went back to your seat believing that the Lord would bring every Word spoken to pass. 

So what happens when days, weeks, months, and years pass and the promises that the prophet spoke into your life had not yet come to pass? Not only have your finances not improved, but things seem to be getting worse. You are not married, and have not seen any elevation in ministry. Do you just give up on the God that promised it to you, and become the person that believes that promises are meant to be broken? Or do you become the person that learns how to wait patiently?

The Bible declares in Psalms 27:14, “Wait on the Lord and be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait I say on the Lord.” There was a reason David urges us to wait twice in the verse. I believe that he knew that life can sometimes be difficult and that the devil would try to convince us that the Promiser is in fact never going to bring it to pass. I will be honest, as full of the Holy Spirit as I am; I have had many moments of doubt and anxiety over the promised Word of God. I lacked courage, and the will to not take matters into my own hands. The consequence for not waiting is that we put our hands in the mix which usually causes confusion! 

Lets not get it twisted, there are some requirements for waiting. The Lord never said sit idle, twiddle your thumbs, hum your favorite song, and cross your legs (LOL). Prayer, and fasting are key components to obtaining that courage and strength that the Word says we should have. After all, we do not want to be like Moses who knew the promise but was not able to have it because of his disobedience and frustration.

Remain courageous and hold on to what the Lord spoke…it shall come to pass! 

TanayaJ.

 

Gods Wisdom for Daily Living- by Betty Miller March 24, 2011

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I thought this was so powerful and life changing. Although I did not write this, I believe that the words of this devotional will help us to change the way we speak as believers.

“Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God” (Psalm 50:23).

“A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (Proverbs 18:20-21).

Verse 15 tells us that we are wise if we seek the counsel of God’s Word, while a fool will think the way he looks at things is right. We must not merely speak our own opinions about things, but learn to speak or confess what God’s Word has to say about that particular situation. We must confess our faith in God’s Word. We must not confess lack, as the Heavenly Father has given us everything we need. We must not confess defeat, as God has made us more than conquerors. We must not confess doubt, as God has given us His faith. We are to speak the things that the Word of God declares as truth. We easily quote what men have to say on a subject, and many times we believe them despite what the Word of God has to say about it. Yet, we are often hesitant to quote what God says because the devil tells us we would be lying. He causes us to look at our circumstances rather than the Word. Circumstances are subject to change, and one of the things that can cause them to do so is the confession of God’s Word over a particular situation.

For instance, if we are in need of finances, the devil will try to get us to confess such things as “If I do not have the money to pay my rent, I will be kicked out of my apartment,” or “My credit will be ruined if I can’t make the house payment.”Instead, we need to align our confession with the Word of God. “My God shall supply all your (my) need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19) “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (me)” (Matthew 6:33)(Emphasis is mine). We should confess our faith and trust in the Lord by saying, “I don’t know how the Lord is going to help us meet this need, but I confess that He will, because He cares for us.” Then we must ask the Lord if there is anything He would have us to do. At times, He may speak a plan to us or He may send the help through a friend or give us favor with the landlord. We may not know how the answer will come, but if we stand and confess our Lord’s provision in the face of our problem and have faith in Him, He will not fail us.

We bring evil and good things forth by what we speak. Jesus referred to this inMatthew 12:34-37:

“O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”

Prayer for the Day 

Dear Heavenly Father, I am grateful for Your constant provision. You have never failed me, Lord and I know that You never will. You are a faithful God, and I ask You to help me to trust You before my answer arrives. Lord, You are my source, and I know as I continue to look to You, I need never to worry about how You will provide. I just know that You will. Guard my mouth and remind me to speak what Your Word says about my situation. Deliver me from every vestige of fear, and fill me with Your Holy Spirit so that I will always walk in faith. Lord, I pray that all my brothers and sisters in the family of God will also be granted this favor. May we each fulfill Your will in our lives. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

 

Stir up the Gift! March 11, 2011

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Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:6-7 (KJV)

Gifts; special items that are given to loved ones to celebrate holidays, birthdays, or other special occasions we consider proper to show someone our gratitude and love. But let’s be honest, there were times when we received a gift from an aunt, grandmother, or mother that we completely disliked and knew was not our taste. You know… that floral matching shirt and skirt set, or the action figures meant for a 5-year-old not a 20 something year old. So what did we do with these gifts? We kissed auntie, grandma, and mom on the cheek and said, “Oh gee thanks!,” and then made the gift disappear into the nearest closet, never to be seen again! Some might say that instead of hiding the gift just say thank you and wrap it up for someone else; oh the joys of re-gifting.

Spiritually, I believe that we have the same disdain and an odd fear associated with receiving a gift from the Lord. It is almost as if we have been stricken with some awful incurable disease. We often run and hide when God blesses us with a great business idea, or gives us the ability to preach and even pastor. Many times we tell God no and insist that He must have the wrong person, because we are somehow unworthy to be the beneficiary of something so amazing. It is almost as if we are esteeming ourselves to be lower than who God created us to be. Now, I realize that there are times when we might have fear based on not wanting to fail or be labeled as a failure. But a very wise person once told me that, “failing is Gods opportunity to show up and be strong in our lives.”

I was speaking with a close friend recently about why we have a difficult time accepting and operating in the callings on our lives and she said something interesting that stuck with me. She said, “It’s not that I do not want what God has for me, it is more of a fear that I will not be prepared to properly use it.” She went on to explain that there is a spiritual lifestyle requirement that our gifts and callings depend on. It takes holy living, daily reading of the Word, adequate prayer and fasting time. Something that some young and even old Christians have a difficult time committing to. In order to prove yourself capable of handling the calling, you must study. The Bible instructs us in 2 Timothy 2:15 “to study to show thyself approved unto God.” Approved by definition means to believe that someone or something is good or acceptable, which is what God is looking for in His called.

In the scripture above, Timothy is taking the time to remind the people that the God that we serve has not given us the spirit of fear. Fear that grips us and hinders us from moving to the next level in our lives, ministries, and relationships. Instead, God has given us POWER, LOVE, and a SOUND MIND. These are three things that you cannot go wrong with. Power will help you exercise your authority over the enemy when he speaks negativity and failure to your mind. Love will help you remember that your gift and calling is not for you, but for the ones who need to know that Jesus Christ saves.  It will also give you the ability to use your gift with a willing heart, and not begrudgingly. Finally, having a sound mind allows you to have wisdom, and the understanding of how God wants you to work in your gift. Often when we do not have the mind of Christ, we end up doing something completely wrong and not how God intended. This is why I believe that so many CALL THEMSELVES to different offices in the church like pastors, prophets, teachers, etc. Not only is this foolish, but it is dangerous! Not only are they operating outside of the will of God, but they are also taking the innocent souls of people into their hands that now bloody to God. (Isaiah 59:3)

Matthew 25: 14-30 is the parable of the talents. If we skip to the end of that parable we see that the one who buried his talent, displeased his master, and had nothing to gain. Let this be a lesson to those of us who think that we can just tuck our gifts and callings away in our pockets as if we are saving it for a rainy day. If you do not use it, you are not advancing the kingdom!

I am encouraging you as you read this blog today, to allow God to stir up whatever gift He has placed inside of you. Whether it be music, teaching, singing, preaching, pastoring, or evangelizing allow Him to use it however He sees fit! Do not be afraid of the when, where, and the how just know that if God gave it to you, you are destined to succeed and not fail!

Tanaya J.

 

 

Don’t get Robbed! February 24, 2011

Human beings are the most complex species on the planet. Created from the dusts of the earth, we posses millions of nuances and details that were designed to make us different from our animal counterparts. We have feelings, emotions, and are not exempt from pain. When you cut us we bleed, and when we are hurt tears shed. But as children of God, there is a common misconception that we cannot and will not ever experience great loss or pain. This could not be more further from the truth; in fact, the believer is tried even greater! Pain comes in many shapes and forms. You can experience pain from the loss of a loved one, from divorce, physical illness, or from a breakup in relationships and friendships. Often times the pain that we feel as a result of experiencing one of these losses is sometimes too great to explain. The overwhelming sense of loss can cut so deep, rob you of your destiny, and cause your entire environment to be altered. Sleeping at night suddenly becomes difficult, or eating is not as important as it once was. Hopelessness is now your new best friend, and your dreams and hopes for the future are now secondary to what is being felt in your heart and soul. You cry out to God, but it seems as if all of your crying is going unnoticed. It is important to know that God understands the pain that we feel after a loss, after all He gives us a comfort in the Word that says, “though weeping may endure for a night, joy cometh in the morning.” If God allowed it, then you can take it! The enemy jumps for joy when we get stuck in the pain of the past. It is almost as if he understands that when we take our eyes from Jesus and turn around to look at our past mistakes or hurts, we are no longer connecting to our destiny. When Lot and his wife were told to flee from Sodom and Gomorrah because of  its wickedness, Lot was running full speed ahead, but his wife turned around and immediately turned into a pillar of dust. Looking back is not an option, it causes your spiritual vision to be obstructed.

Recently, while talking to a friend on BBM (Blackberry Messenger) he said something that blew me away. He said, ” Do not allow the pain of your past to rob you of the promise of your future.” Immediately, these words sent chills up my spine and tears welled up in my eyes. It caused my mind to rewind rapidly, and flashback to all the moments when I allowed my future and my destiny to be robbed by the guilt and mistakes of my past.  I allowed the words that were spoken over me, and the dreams that the Lord gave me to be swiped away by negative words and uncomfortable memories.

Imagine for a moment that Jesus is like our lighting company. In order to receive power you have to first pay your bill, and second plug-in to the outlet, which is the power source. So when you do not pray, which is a source of power and strength, or pick up your Bible, you disconnect from the source. Jesus is the source of all of our strength and comfort. He is the one that we should run to when trouble or pain arises. Do not take your eyes off of him to look back in the past. The past is the past for a reason. Today, as you are reading this think about all the times in your life you were in pain or were facing a really difficult situation, or were dealing with some issues from the past. Think about all the times when you allowed those feelings to control you and be the thieves in your life. DO NOT GET ROBBED! for every bit of time that you spent thinking about what coulda, shoulda, and woulda been, replace it with thoughts about how if it had not been for the grace of God, you would not be where you are today. Whether it was the fact that He healed you, or delivered you, or rescued you from an unhealthy relationship, think on those things. The Bible says in Philippians 4:8: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. DO NOT GET ROBBED! hold on to your future, and to all the promises that God has given you concerning your destiny. You were created to take it and to endure it. Fight for your right to live and remember, “Your latter will be greater than your past!”

-Tanaya J.

 

Are You the One? February 17, 2011

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Now the Lord God said, It is not good (sufficient, satisfactory) that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper meet (suitable, adapted, complementary) for him.- Genesis 2:18 AMP

We are living in a time when the search for “the one” is made public through mass media and popular television shows. It is not uncommon for someone to turn on their televisions and see Flava Flav looking for a wife, the Bachelor and Bachelorette looking for their mates on the ABC network. In fact, there is an entire network dedicated to all things wedding! Everyone is searching high and low and doing whatever they can, by any means necessary to obtain the missing peice in their lives. But is this Gods way, or mans way of finding “the one”?  Lets figure it out.

In order to understand Gods matching game  we have to first know what a companionship involves. Companionship is the state of having or being in the company or fellowship with another person. It is the understanding that the two share a deep emotional connection, and that the relationship cannot exist without the other. When we look at the story of creation, which we all know by heart and can recite, (God created the heavens and the earth…)  and we get to Genesis 2:18 when God deems that it is not good for man to be alone, He creates Eve from Adams rib and calls her woman. Here is the first illustration of marriage we see in the Word of God. Gods need for living beings to have companionship does not stop there. He instructs Noah to build an ark, and gather two of every kind of animal and creeping thing, so that they could replenish the earth. There is something inately powerful about when two beings are joined together. It is an immediate reflection of Gods plan for love and unity.

So now that you have an understanding of companionship, let’s walk through what I am calling, The steps to finding “the one”.

Step 1: Stop looking for love in all the wrong places: The question is a simple one: Would you expect to find a shiny diamond in the midst of a muddy puddle on the ground in a dark alley? Of course not! Instead, you would be drawn to that same diamond if it were showcased in a clear encasing at Tiffany’s on fifth avenue. The selection process for finding “the one” should be of equal importance, and for that we must turn to God. The Bible declares that, “a man that findeth a wife, findeth a good thing and obtaineth favor from the Lord.” Which means that naturally he might meet her at church or on the street, but spiritually he will ultimately find her in the Lord. Because finding the right one requires seeking Gods face for direction through prayer and fasting, it is a process that must not be skipped over or deemed useless. I believe that the reason many people saved and unsaved alike end up in fruitless marriages that end in divorce is because they never took the time to endure the selection process. They rushed and put a ring on the first person that had surface beauty, not realizing they were counterfeit versions of the real thing.

Step 2: They must enhance you! Suppose you prayed and fasted and you happen to meet someone who seemingly fits the description. They are saved, love God, possess 9 out of the 10 attributes you listed to God, BUT your relationship with God has suddenly started to deteriorate. You are now consumed with the relationship, you are distant from God, and are not growing spiritually. Something has gone wrong. The one that God has for you should be adding an extra ingredient to the sauce of your life. A great checks and balance system is that your mate should be a source of encouragement, and a spiritual pillar in moments of great trial and tribulation. They should never be causing you to faulter or waiver in your individual ministry, in fact you should see a fruitful harvest springing up in your lives.

Step 3: Fall madly in love with you! I find that many people desire to be married, but have no idea what marriage requires, and have not spent time thinking about what they desired in a mate. I believe Malcolm X said it best, “If you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything.” Spending time with yourself and enjoying the exploration aspect of being single will not only strengthen your individuality, but will also solidify your wants and needs from a future partner. Date yourself! Take yourself to dinner, shopping, spa and learn what it is that really makes you tick. I can almost guarantee that when you meet “the one” they will notice that you are confident and know who you are which is attractive!

Step 3: PRAYER: Last but not least, you must pray. Prayer is the key that unlocks every facet of the believers life. The Word of God instructs us in Matthew 6:33 to, “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Everything that we need and everything that we desire is in the will of God. He knows, but waits to see if we are going to step out on faith and ask for it. A friend of mine said that when she prayed for her husband she was so specific down to the fact that she wanted to marry a drummer; and guess what the Lord granted her request! Afterall, He is our father and He wants us to have the best of the best!

Remember to stay encouraged, and patient because your rib or rib cage is on the way! If you are already married, I pray that you reexamine why you said, “I do” and thank God for the wonderful person He placed in your life to endure the journey with you.

Tanaya J.

 

 

When Satan Attacks Your Destiny-by Os Hillman February 16, 2011

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“When the Philistines heard that David had been crowned king of Israel, they tried to capture him; but David was told that they were coming and went into the stronghold. The Philistines arrived and spread out across the valley of Rephaim. Then David asked the Lord, ‘Shall I go out and fight against them? Will you defeat them for me?'” (2 Sam 5:17-19).

When you are about to enter your destiny, there is always opposition from Satan designed to prevent you from fulfilling your destiny.
When Jesus was born, Herod tried to kill him. When Jesus was baptized and fasted 40 days, Satan came to tempt Him in an effort to derail his destiny. When David had been anointed king over Israel, God’s destiny had been revealed for all to see-even Satan. So, Satan raised up the Philistines to try and kill David’s destiny.

However, in response, we see David do two things. First, he retreats to his stronghold. It is a place of protection. It is a quiet place. Second, he inquires of God. It is here that he inquires of God for the strategy to defeat his enemy. God reveals it to him and he goes on to defeat the Philistines. In fact, David NEVER lost a battle because he learned to inquire of God for the strategy to defeat his enemies.

Do you know God’s intended destiny for your life? Beware of Satan’s strategy to attack you in the place of your destiny. His desire is to take you off this divine path. We must follow David’s example in response to the enemy of our souls. We must retreat to our stronghold, seek the Lord, and listen for His answer. Then, we will fulfill the purpose for which God created us.

 

Let Him Fix It! February 14, 2011

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Has anything ever been broken in your home? A leaky faucet, a clogged toilet or drain, the latch on a door? If you answered yes to any of these, you will attest to the fact that these items being broken are total inconveniences to your everyday life. Even worse, trying to fix them on your own, unless you are handy, are total nightmare! This reminds me of an episode of the Cosby Show when Cliff adorns himself with his favorite tool belt and overalls, and tries to repair a leak in the bathroom. What was intended as a quick fix ended with a giant hole in the wall, and having to call the plumber.

When we step back and take an introspective look at our lives we are liable to find a host of things that need fixing. It is during this dreaded self assessment that we start to realize that the interiors we hide from the world are full of cracks and issues. They are not in any way replicas of the painted masks that we masquerade around our friends and family. It is during this look that we recognize that there are areas of our lives that have some leaks and clogs that need immediate attention to prevent an explosion or a break down.  So to remedy the situation we try to fix them on our own to avoid the shame that comes along with removing the mask.  We become our own heart fixers, and mind regulators; searching for a fix in random areas. Some turn to drugs, alcohol, sex, pornography, and even violence as a quick fix to their problems. While others busy themselves with the mundane tasks of life in hopes that ignoring the problem will make it disappear. Unfortunately, the results of trying to be Mr or Mrs fix it brings you face to face with the brick wall that might have become your life. The problems are still there, and you have slipped further and a further away from the life you were chasing.

Of course the picture I’ve painted above seems depressingly hopeless; but there is help for those who wish to finally call for it.  I happen to know the best handyman in the entire world. He has the ability to turn any situation around completely. He can give you a brand new start. He can fix any broken relationship. Is it your mom that offended you? He can fix it. Is it a romantic partner who did not love you the way you deserved? He can fix it. Maybe it was a habit that spiraled into an addiction, He can fix it.  The Message Bible breaks down Hebrews 13:5-6 plainly; “Don’t be obsessed with getting more things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you; we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me?”

The greatest thing about God is that His concern and love for us is limitless. It knows no bounds and could never be measured against any person or object. His “handy-work” is so crafty and with the utterances of His mouth He speaks and breathes life into the selves that we hide from the rest of the world. I find comfort and solace in knowing that there is someone who knows ALL of me. My shortcomings, my desires, my fears, my hopes, and dreams are all of His concern. It is His concern that releases us from the bondage of worry and doubt!

I challenge you today to ask the Lord to first come into your heart if you are reading this and do not know Him. Secondly, at this very moment verbally speak into the atmosphere with authority and make a declaration to the enemy that, “whatever is broken in my life IS ALREADY FIXED, I WILL be successful, I WILL overcome every bad habit, addiction, negative thought in Jesus name!

Let Him fix it!

-TanayaJ

 

Is it really Love? February 11, 2011

The question jar in my classroom was overflowing….

The slips of paper that I left out for my students to use to write their questions, comments, and concerns on have rapidly disappeared. How could this be, when I just refreshed the stack with brand new paper. Eager to figure out what was on the minds of these young girls, I dumped out the contents of the jar onto my desk. I started to peel open one folded paper, and I read the words, “How can I tell if it is really love?” I was puzzled, but the more I started to unfold the pieces of paper, I realized a trend; the same question kept popping up.

By definition, love is a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. Love can be experienced in many different forms; parent to child, romantic relationship, and in friendships. But spiritually, we experience a special kind of love that can only come from the Father. It is the benevolent affection that can only come from God towards his creations; it is Agape Love.

In our church’s we sing a song called, “Love lifted me.” The verses depict how we were once sinking and being stained with sin, and that it was Gods love that came and lifted us up and out from sins gripping power. This is a powerful example of unconditional love. As human beings with sinful natures, we are constantly making mistakes, and doing things that might disgust God. We are in some instances, engaging in activities and behaviors that could bring shame to the God we serve if anybody caught us in the act. Of course, God could make the choice to cast us away from Him, but instead he decides to love us that much more. He gives us another chance, through repentance to right the wrongs in our lives.

This same sort of love should be shown to God our Father as well. Not only did He exemplify the love He has for us through sacrificing His only begotten son, but He continues to provide us with life, health, & strength. He is the sustainer of our very existence and we owe it to Him to show our gratitude. This is why praise and worship must be key components of our lives as Christians. It is our opportunity to exercise our love and adoration to God through the singing of songs, dancing, waving our hands, or bowing down in His presence. These moments should be intimate between you and God.

We have a blueprint. We have a clear understanding and a model for the type of love we should be looking for in our relationships. Is it realistic to think that someone would without question lay down their lives for ours? Probably not, but it is realistic to expect unconditional, unfailing love. I am reminded of 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

As my students entered into the classroom the next day, I was eager to answer all of the questions from the jar. I start by reciting the scripture in 1 Corinthians, and I proceeded to ask them is it really love if you are experiencing anger, pride, envy, or abuse of any kind in a relationship? Thankfully, they all shouted out NO, and vowed to never settle for anything less than what they deserved, and that is REAL LOVE!

-TanayaJ.

 

Hello world! February 10, 2011

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For quite sometime now I have wrestled with the thought of starting a blog. But of course life circumstances and the ever present spirit of procrastination presented themselves to be stumbling blocks in my endeavors. I knew that I had a lot to say about life and how to make it through. I am no expert, but I believe that God has given me a gift to always find the right words to encourage and uplift people. So with much anticipation, hello world; my name is TanayaJ! It is my prayer that this blog will not only encourage, uplift, make you laugh, smile, and maybe even shed a tear; we all need a good cry every now and then! Most of all this blog will at times challenge you to think about who you are and the person you want to become. Happy reading & commenting!

-TanayaJ

 

Is Perception Reality?

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Although I did not write this piece, I thought it was important to post this on the site to share with others.  So many times we get stuck believing and accepting the negative situations that occur in our lives. We are quick to wallow in the pit of despair and seldom find ways to change our pessimistic outlooks on life. Our perceptions about God and his will for our lives are almost always warped, and we have a difficult time asking God what He says about us, and what He has predestined for our futures. This piece written by Os Hillman will encourage you to not accept what your natural eye sees as defeat, but to look to God who ultimately has the final say!

“Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.” (1 Kings 19:18).

One the great acts of the prophet Elijah took place at Mount Carmel where he called down fire upon the altar of Baal and slaughtered 400 prophets of Baal. I have been to Mount Carmel in Israel and stood upon this mountain where this took place. Once the miracle took place Elijah was forced to flee because Jezebel swore to take his life for what he did.

Elijah went into depression after this event. He fled to the desert and sat under a broom tree and asked God to let him die. He was so discouraged because he felt he was the only godly prophet left in the land of Israel. This is often what happens after God does a significant work through us. Satan comes along and wants to steal what God has done and bring the servant of Goddown. Satan makes us believe a lie about our situation. This was the case for Elijah.

Elijah’s perception was not reality. He thought he was the last of the prophets. He could not see what God was doing. God informed Elijah that there were actually seven thousand of His representatives in the land who had not bowed down to Baal. Now give some thought to that statement. Elijah thought he was the only one left. God says there are 7,000 left! What a discrepancy in perception and reality.

This is often the case for you and I. We look at our situations and conclude based on the circumstances that reality must be this way. But God says, “No, you do not see what I see or what I know or what I am doing. The situation is very different than what you are perceiving.”

Be careful not to draw conclusions about your situation that may not be based on truth. God always has a plan for His servants that we may not know about. Ask God to give you His perception of the situation, not yours.