In Matthew 6:34, Jesus said, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Jesus is basically telling us, to take things a day at a time. Focus on the present because tomorrow will take care of itself, just like today. There are things and people that needs our attention today. There’s a lesson to be learned today. There’s an assignment that God wants you to work on, today. Tomorrow will require, whatever that day brings, but today, utilize what God has given you on THIS DAY!
Don’t live today, by looking for tomorrow, and what I mean by this is, don’t miss being happy, don’t miss what God is saying to you, and don’t overlook the blessings and people you have today, because you’re so focused on what tomorrow may bring. What if tomorrow never comes for you? Will you have spent each day in vain? Are you wasting time or making the best of it? Are you choosing gratefulness today, or are you waiting until you get what you want in life, in order to be happy? You have everything you need, and that is what God promised. I’ve found that oftentimes we are looking to the wrong things or people to make our situation or life better. People and things brings temporary happiness, and money goes as fast as it comes… sometimes even sooner, but Jesus is the well that never runs dry. (See John 4:14)
You may not be where you want to be in life, but you’re still here, which means your story isn’t over. While you patiently wait on the promise, there’s work to be done, today. Be a good steward over the present, because today is a gift from God. What we choose to do with today, determines our tomorrow. Don’t worry about anything that’s out of your control. Listen to the voice of God. Don’t be anxious about anything, as the Bible tells us. The Holy Spirit will tell you what you should do. Sometimes, God will say be still, sometimes He will say step out on faith, and in both cases, oftentimes we’ll be like “say what?” It takes both faith and patience to either be still or step out on faith and do something that makes no sense to the human mind, but makes complete sense to God. So, make the most of the day by being faithful and grateful for everything God has given you. You have everything you need for today, stop worrying about tomorrow. Tomorrow will not make things better, if you can’t find joy in today, or if you’re not making the best of today. Being a faithful steward over what we’re graced with today, teaches us how to manage the blessings of tomorrow.
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“Lord, why can’t you make it easier?” This is the question I asked God today, and He immediately replied, “Why can’t you trust me?” I hate going through, and currently that’s exactly what I’m doing… GOING THROUGH! It seems like my faith is constantly being tested, and I’m just going to keep it real, a lot of times I literally freak out when I believe for God to come through one way, and He doesn’t. Just as I was typing the previous sentence, He came through in a way that said, “Everything will be okay.”

He didn’t come through my way, but He came through His way. He didn’t come through in my timing, nevertheless, He was right on time. You see, if it was up to me, I’d never have any issues. I’d never have days that I cried, or felt lonely, hurt or afraid. Life would be smooth sailing. Instead this is what my life feels like…

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Yeah, I’m the man who got kicked in water… As if getting kicked in the butt with two feet isn’t enough. 😒

Jesus be a life guard, a life jacket and a rescue boat, because truth is I’m tired! I feel exactly how the disciples felt when Jesus was asleep on the boat, and the wind and waves came and tossed the boat about and they woke Jesus up saying, “Lord! Save us! We’re going to die!” I know that He is with me, but I don’t like being uncomfortable. I don’t like when the storms of life comes raging.

I’m going to keep it one hundred… I’m the bratty child of God. I want him to always tell me yes and I always want him to give me what I want. 🤷🏾‍♀️ But like a good good Father, He doesn’t always say yes, and He doesn’t always give me what I want.

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You know why, because if He did, there wouldn’t be a need for faith. It would be too easy for us as people. We’d forget about what God has done and begin to think we’ve accomplished everything we have in life, on our own. We wouldn’t be appreciative. We’d think it’s what He supposed to do.

But His grace is sufficient ( 2 Corinthians 12:9), and it keeps me humble. I know one hundred percent that on my own, I don’t deserve any of the blessings He’s given me. So, why do I throw a temper tantrum when He doesn’t come through like I want Him to? Because I become afraid and anxious. I encourage thousands of people across the U.S. everyday, but that doesn’t mean I’m not human.

I experience the same things that everyone else  experience. 1 Peter 5:9 (NLT) “Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.“ I fall short and spiritually, I’m pretty sure that I fall out like a two year old having a fit when his or her parent takes something from them or tells them no.  I know God probably be like, I can’t take you no where child! 🤦🏾‍♀️

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Which is probably why I keep going through the same type of test. I know He’s trying to strengthen my faith, because He literally can’t take me anywhere if I let every obstacle that I face, get me upset. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m only upset for a second, and then the Holy Spirit gets me in check, but I believe God wants me to be more consistent in my faith. When my situation looks impossible, instead of getting upset, He wants me to pray for wisdom and direction.

He wants me to trust Him that He already knew I’d face that obstacle, but He wants me to believe, and I do. I just have to learn to stop making things that I go through all about me, and learn to ask Him, “God, what do you require of me?” Hopefully I ace this test soon, because I’m tired of taking it. I know that once I past this test, there will be another one that I need to pass, but once I pass this one, I will have the wisdom to know how to deal with the next one. Thank God for Jesus, because I’m a hot mess with Him, so there’s no telling what or where I’d be without Him.

If you are going through like I am, repeating the same tests, and it feels like you’re stuck. I want you to know that God is only trying to strengthen our faith and teach you to exercise patience. The thing about strengthening one’s faith is, or learning patience is, you must be tested. 🤷🏾‍♀️ There’s no way around it. But we can do this, be encouraged! Romans 5:4, “And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.”

I know it’s frustrating not knowing what God’s going to do in your personal situation. The anxiety is real when facing the unknown. But it’s okay not to know, because He knows what’s best, even if we throw a fit! Sometimes we believe too small, so He allows us to face a challenge, so that our faith becomes bigger, bolder, brighter! You’re not really believing God, when you can clearly see a way.

Faith isn’t about everything going good and having everything under your control. Real faith is not seeing a way, but believing God will make a way. Real faith facing situations that’s out of your control but believing no matter what God is in control. Real faith is believing God can, but even if He doesn’t, you continue to trust Him anyway. Real faith is believing that God knows and wants what’s best for you even when He tells you no or doesn’t come through like you expected Him to.

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In Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, definition 2(a) of the word construction means the process, art or manner of constructing something. I’d like to focus on the very first word, which is process. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Don’t rush the process. Trust the process.” Usually “the process” is the wait…

How many of you know that construction takes time? Especially if we’re talking about something that’s built to last. 1 Peter 2:5 (NLT) “And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.”

Listen my good people, construction takes time! Putting you together, takes time. Putting me together, takes time. Putting the body of Christ together… TAKES TIME! We’re not magically transformed because we’re saved. When we give our lives to God, He begins a great work in us!

Philippians 1:6 (NLT), “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Us learning, growing and becoming doesn’t end when we say yes to God. It continues for a lifetime. God is building us up and won’t stop His work within us, until Jesus comes back! We won’t reach perfection until we reach Heaven.

However, just because we’re not perfect, doesn’t mean that God is going to leave us in our mess. He’s going to construct us, and construction takes time. So, if you’ve been waiting on God, it’s for good reason… He’s working on your heart. Even if you think that you have little or no issues, please believe that there’s always something that you can improve on, and as a child of God, our Father wants us to be perfected.

He wants us to have all the tools that we need to navigate through life favorably in His will. How many of you can honestly admit that there was a time in your life when you got tired of waiting on God? 🙋🏾‍♀️I’m not ashamed that in the past, I’ve most certainly had these moments, so you know what I did? I took matters into my own hands and do you know what happened? I end up setting myself back even further than I was before…

So, needless to say, I learned to depend on God, and truly wait for Him. Instead of leaning on my own understanding, wisdom taught me to wait in faith. Listening with an open heart and mind to the voice of God. The more I listened, the more direction He gave and the more knowledge I attained. So, if you’ve been waiting a while, it’s because the reconstruction of your heart is going to take a while.

It is not God’s will to throw you into something you’re not ready for. How would you feel if you had no educational training or experience as a surgeon, and someone just threw you into a surgery room and said, “Perform open heart surgery on a certain individual”? You would probably have an anxiety attack! You wouldn’t know what to do! The pressure from being put into a situation you’re not ready for, could cause these same things to happen to you, IF you rush the process and don’t allow God to work on you!

Sure, your feelings will say you’re ready. Your situation may cause you to say, “Enough is enough.” People may pressure you into doing whatever… but listening to anything other than God’s voice will set you back, not help you move forward. The Word of God says in Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Change your perspective.

It’s not about you… It’s about what God wants to do through you! Think about all the great things you want God to do in your life… Now imagine His plans being even greater! Can you imagine it?

It’s true. His plans are even greater! But He has to build us up, and develop us into, so that through Him we are able! Life is deeper than attaining the things of this world. God is building something within us that’s not only good for a lifetime, but it will also last forever.

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Wait on the LORD. Be courageous, and he will strengthen your heart. Wait on the LORD!

 

Love gave us free will, to choose to love or hate. He gave us the choice to trust him and be obedient to his Word, or to trust our feelings and take matters into our own hands. Whatever path we choose, we can be sure that his love for us is unfailing. Jesus died for us when we were his enemies. He loved us even when we didn’t have it all together. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of a family like that?  He never gives up on us, and his mercy is new every day! Everyday we have a choice to trust the God who created us, or to trust what feels good at the moment. There is no gray area when it comes to being a child of God. Either you belong to him, or you don’t. We all know the consequences of sin, and the final result is death, but Jesus came to reverse the curse. As believers, when we leave this life, we will pass into life everlasting. This walk isn’t forced on us, we chose faith over fear. We choose to live by what we know in our heart, mind and soul, and not what the world tells us makes sense. As for me, I’ve tried him, and I know that God is faithful. I’ve taken matters into my own hands before, and have done things outside of Gid’s will, and I screwed up every time. Thank God for his grace! I finally understand what Paul means in 2 Corinthians 12:9, that his grace is sufficient! I choose to use my free will, to live for God, through Christ, simply because he’s God, and there is NO ONE, like him! His faithfulness doesn’t have anything to do with how many times I fall, and that’s what motivates me to get back up and keep pressing towards the mark, again like Paul! God’s always there for us as his children (that’s favor), and he’s promised he will always be, even until the end of the world! Now who wouldn’t serve a God like that?

I woke up this morning and after partaking in a powerful prayer I am believing God for something supernatural particularly in my career and financial areas. I’m believing God for something so big that everyone will know that God has his hands in it. “Today is going to be a good day,” I declared it! It wasn’t even an hour when I was notified by my bank that a withdrawal was made from my checking account that I did not authorize. I already knew supernaturally what was going on… For a few minutes I lost focus. That quick. I was only looking in the natural and I begin to go back and forth with my bank and the company that took money out of my account. Somebody was putting my money back! The company said that it could take 30 days before I see a refund. 😡 “You mean to tell me it took you all of one second to charge my account without my permission but it takes up to 30 days before you can give it back?” I had to remind myself again what was happening supernaturally. I had prayed and am believing God for something so big that the enemy is trying to distract me. It’s so easy to get side tracked even when we know what is going on. I still don’t know the exact day that I’ll get my money back but I prayed and I know that I will get it back. Besides that money is only small change compared to the overflow that I’m coming into. If you seem to be constantly under attack like me then I have two words for you. “Stay Focused!” You are headed in the right direction. These distractions are only that… Distractions… Stay focused and if you do slip and fall don’t give up because what God has for you, no devil in hell can stop.