encouragement

Never Alone

I’m not sure who needs to hear this right now, but you are NOT ALONE. There is nowhere you can go that God isn’t able to find you or meet you where you are. Today may be hard, this season may be hard, this year may have not gotten off to the start you were hoping for, but it’s not over. Get back up, and keep going. Wherever you are, if you just keep moving forward, the storm clouds will soon fade into the background and the beauty of God’s promises will begin to shine over head. The radiant beauty of God’s promises will peak through and bring light to what God is doing and will remind you of what God has said for you. His light will reveal how He is with you and who He is keeping you.

Jesus loves you and you matter to Him, even if you can’t always feel it. He has a purpose for your life and it is more beautiful than you could even ask for, think, or imagine. He has plans for you and they are incredible.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 NKJV

There is no place He cannot meet you in or pull you out of. His arms are not too short that He cannot save nor are His ears to bogged down with stuff that He cannot hear your request or cry. He is not over you or done with you, but He is actually desiring and willing to endure with you. There is nowhere you can go that He cannot find you, heal you, help you, and love you.

He loves us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, in the form of a baby who would live the perfect life, that we could never live. Then He died a death that we as people, could never die; a death that would heal the divide between God and man. It’s because of Jesus Christ and His love for all of mankind that brought Him down to earth…to be a gift for us and to one day become the ransom, the payment for yours and my own sin. Sin causes us to miss God’s standard for our lives, it causes us to live in ways that draw us away from Him and pulls away from our purpose. But because He loves us, He chose us and came to earth to let us in.

You matter to Him. Let Him in. Invite Him into your life. Ask Him to come live with you. If you already have, it doesn’t stop there, but invite Him into your daily living; into your good days and your bad days. Invite Him into the places no one has seen and even let Him be your Valentine this weekend. He loves you, and desires to walk with you each and every day. He wants to love you in all of the ways you need to be loved. He desires to show you all that He has places inside of you; all of the gifts and talents within you that will bless the world and move mountains. And just a little reminder: no matter how crazy things look now, He is working on your behalf; completing things in you and in your life that you know not of.

“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.” Philippians 1:6

He will NEVER EVER FAIL YOU and He WILL ALWAYS love you!! You mean everything to Him and He will always be there. He is just a call away.

I hope your day, your weekend, and your journey will be filled to overflowing with God’s love, kindness, mercy and joy. And when you feel alone, or you feel like things are all bad, look up; you’ll find your help there.

Psalm 121

“I look up to the mountains. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord. He is the Maker of heaven and earth. He won’t let your foot slip. He who watches over you won’t get tired. In fact, he who watches over Israel won’t get tired or go to sleep. The Lord watches over you. The Lord is like a shade tree at your right hand. The sun won’t harm you during the day. The moon won’t harm you during the night. The Lord will keep you from every kind of harm. He will watch over your life. The Lord will watch over your life no matter where you go, both now and forever.”

I am praying for you. I pray that your head be lifted high today as you finish reading this. I pray that your heart be filled with joy unspeakable. I pray that you experience God’s hope which is always full and never empty. And I pray that you experience His love which never fails, always continues with us and endures patiently with us. May you experience Christ’s love and His presence in your life in ways you never thought possible.

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans‬ ‭8:38-39‬ ‭NIV‬‬

God Bless you,

Arnita Faith

encouragement

Chosen

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them…” Luke 2:8-9a

It amazes me that the first people God chose to reveal the birth of His Son to were shepherds. Time after time, I have read Luke 2 verses eight and nine and have never thought much of it. It wasn’t until about a week or so ago that these verses became more beautiful to me than ever before.

In the last week or so I’ve learned some new things about shepherds. One of the things that fascinated me is that even though the shepherds provided the lambs for worship and sacrifice in the temple, they weren’t allowed inside of the temple. This was because they were seen as dirty and clean, the lowest of the low; they were societal outcasts due to how messy and dirty their job was. Yet, these were the people, the ones God chose to appear to first and even he chose them to spread the news of His Son’s birth. People were awaiting this moment for centuries; the Messiah (the Savior), the liberator of Israel. But when the time came for the Messiah to enter the earth, He didn’t choose the famous, the renowned, the rich, or even the religious elite, but instead He chose the rejected, the overlooked, the unknown, the outcast.

I heard a pastor say (paraphrased), “God chose to allow Jesus to be born in a stable because it had no doors. So those who wanted to come in to see Him would have nothing to stop them from encountering Him.” He continued to say, “and today it is the same way; for all who desire to come to Christ and encounter Him, have no doors or barriers that will keep them out. All anyone has to do is come in; He is open and everyone is welcome.”

Did you know that you are a part of that everyone? That you matter to Christ and He wants you to come in, get close and experience Him and get to know Him? That His door is open to you and anyone that desires to come inside? That there are no qualification list that gets you a ticket in to meet Him? It’s not about your job status, educational background, your reputation in the community, or what your past or current life looks like. It’s not about popularity fame or fortune. He just wants you and He wants you to believe in Him.

God sent His Son to be born into a people who are awaiting their liberation; they were awaiting freedom from the oppression and control of Roman Rulership in the natural world. But on this night, God chose to send the news of this very special birth to a group of people, shepherds. They were oppressed and ostracized because of their social status and occupation, yet He saw it fit to send this news to those who are deemed “unfit and unworthy” according to people’s standards and rules. He chose them to go and personally worship God in the flesh; He deemed them as fit and worthy to be in His presence, and to even go out and tell people about this incredible childbirth. He called them in when everyone else cast them out.

“When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.” Luke 2:15-18 NIV

Thank God that the way He sees us, loves us, relates to us, and deems us fit, is way different people’s standards and even our own. This is how God sees you no matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done or your past failures or even peoples opinions of you or your opinion of yourself. God still says, “I choose you!” All those who will believe in Christ Jesus for who He truly is, the risen Son of God and Savior of all mankind, are able to be a part of God’s chosen people. It’s not according to your bank account, vocabulary level, degrees, ministry titles, business affiliation, beauty, or understanding. It’s about your heart, your belief in Him, and your willingness to trust and follow after Him; it’s your faith in Him and who He is.

This part of the Christmas story, has become one of my favorite places to dwell. The beautiful thing about God, which I am so thankful for, is that He sees us right where we are and He qualifies us as fit or unfit, good or bad, worthy or unworthy, dirty or clean, according to His own scales and not peoples. This is good and perfect to me! He could have chosen anyone to come and witness the birth of Jesus, but He chose to welcome in the rejected and the cast out. He chose a lowly and off the radar entry into the world and chose a lowly and off the radar people to receive Him, know Him, worship Him, and to share Him.

You are chosen and seen and wanted by God! He knows you, loves you, He has a purpose for your life and He’s calling you near. You matter to Him when it seems like no one is there. He cares about you, He loves you and He has such a special plan for you. His heart is open to you, each and every day of the year. He is calling you on this very day to run into Him and partake of His love and light. Will you come into Him? Will you draw near as the shepherds did to get a close look; running in with no barriers to separate you? Draw near and he will draw near to you. He loves you and He desires a deep and meaningful relationship with you. He is incredible and has so much to share with you.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

“But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12

“The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” Luke 2:20

Jesus came for you and me. He came for people who would one day believe and become a part of His shepherd fold; for people in need of direction, understanding and love. Will you rejoice as the shepherd’s did when they heard this good news? Will you come in and find rest for your soul? Will you believe?

God bless you and Merry Christmas!

Arnita Faith

encouragement

Peace

Peace by Luis Massa Jr

In a time where panic and fear is being consumed by the gallons, and anxiety is stacked in hearts and homes higher than the Empire State building, I am reminded of something that seems to have been left on the shelves in abundant proportions: PEACE! 

As I was scrolling through my Facebook feed the other day and I landed on the picture above by an incredibly gifted, young artist named Luis Massa Jr. In his post, he spoke on how in the times we’re facing right now, we need the peace of Christ. When I saw this piece of art, I was immediately reminded of one of my favorite verses in the bible: John 14:27. In this verse, Jesus specifically tells us of the incredible gift that He is leaving for us: His peace.

“Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]” John 14:27

He leaves with us, and it’s His perfect peace is what He gives to us. Reading this, it makes me think of how Jesus is the most perfect gift giver. He doesn’t just give us what we want, but He gives us what He knows we will need. He knew we would encounter peace snatchers and havoc shakers all throughout history, so He left us with a treasure that would be unending and able to stand the tests of time. 

The peace He has gifted to us literally means “to have a state of national tranquility that is exempt from rage and havoc of war; it means harmony, security, safety, and prosperity”.

My oh my…what a gift, what a gift. Then He specifically and intentionally continues by telling us that this is not a gift that the world is able to give us. That it is something that can ONLY be gotten from Him. Peace gotten from the world runs out, but the PEACE of God is one that is everlasting, and everflowing like a rapid, waterfall pouring out at the rate at which we need it. And His Peace is the only thing that is able to give us the ability to obey the command that proceeds the gift: “Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid.” 

God did not give us the spirit of fear, which creates bondage, selfishness, fearfulness, cowardness. But He gave us His Spirit that consists of power (miraculous power and strength), love that is charitable and affectionate and soundness of mind.

I was sitting in prayer the other day and Psalms 121 popped into my mind. It starts with I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” In an instant, God spoke to my heart and said: “you have to be willing to look up to Me in order to receive what you are in need of”. In these coming weeks, it will so easy for us to be consumed by looking all-around at the media and news feeds to get the insight and direction and maybe even peace and comfort of what to do. We have been so consumed with the spirit of fear from our horizontal looking at events unfolding in our world, that so many of us have fallen away from a vertical looking to where our True Help comes from.

“But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and He answers me from His holy mountain.” Psalm 3:3-4

Whether it’s doubt, fear, or the uncertainty of what is going to happen, God is willing and able to lift our head up to Him and be a surrounding shield of peace and protection. He desires to be at the center of all things in our lives. He is not surprised by what is happening; he has the remedy to this whole situation but it starts with us looking to him and grabbing a hold of all that He is. So as you go to Him and you allow Him to lift your head, be reminded that as His child when you call Him, He hears the ring in heaven, and picks it up to answer you!

Will you call on Him? I hope so. I pray we all will; with one sound and with one voice, calling out to the King and Creator of the galaxies to forgive our sins, and heal our land.

Blessings,

Arnita Faith

 

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Love Is On Our Side

This is for anyone who just needs the reminder that God’s love is for you and is on your side! He hasn’t forgotten about you and He NEVER will! He is willing to continue with you every day of every year. Life has its ups and downs, but God’s love is unchanging, unending, constant and steady in the storm! He is faithful, enduring, and loves you unconditionally! The song below is called, “Love is On Our Side” by Capital Kings! I pray you are encouraged by the truth of the lyrics, filled with hope and joy like never before, and you give yourself the opportunity to sing and dance like no one is watching! God Bless!

Capital Kings – Love Is On Our Side (Official Audio)

Love Is Our Side

If there’s an open way, I’ll just run
When everything else fades, and turns to dust
We’re searching to find a way from here
We’ll follow our souls
Into the night, let’s disappear
‘Cause wherever we go
Love is on our side
Love is on our side
Your love is on our side
Your love is on our side
Your love is on our side
Feel the love right now
The love right now (Your love is on our side)
Feel the love right now
The love right now
Keep rolling like the waves and crash the sin
With every word You say, in faith we stand
Rising our planks to clouds of smoke, reaching new heights
We’re breathing the sun and feel the glow
Like we’re touching the sky
Love is on our side
Your love is on our side
Love is on our side
On our side, on our side
On our side, on our side (Your love is on our side)
On our side, on our side
Your love is on our side
Your love is on our side
Your love is on our side
Feel the love right now
The love right now
Come back to life again
Feel the love right now
The love right now
Come back to life again
Feel the love right now
The love right now
Come back to life again
Feel the love right now
The love right now
Come back to life again
Again
Your love is on our side
This video was retrieved from YouTube and the lyrics were retrieved from Google.
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A Quick Reminder

Just in case you didn’t know, or just need a reminder: Jesus loves you!!
Life happens, and it can throw us for some major and heart wrenching loops. When this happens and disappointment sets in, it is so easy to miss or forget that we are loved by an immeasurably, infinite God. One who sees us at our worst, understands the source of our weaknesses and shortcomings, and still chooses to love us, beyond us, in ways no one else can. His mercies are new each day (and never run dry), His compassion towards us is never ending and His pure joy gives us the strength we didn’t even realize we needed or were missing. Smile and rejoice! There is never a moment in time that you are not loved, not being thought of, or not being perfected by the Creator of the Universe! You are special and precious in His sight!!!
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It’s Going to be Alright

Everything Will Be Alright

Have you ever heard the song, “Every Little Thing” by Hillsong Young and Free (I am going to place the lyrics and YouTube video down below)? It is an amazing, encouraging song that reminded me that everything happening in this life is going to be alright.

I just want to share this song with anyone that is trying to figure out this thing called life, and I want to encourage you that every little thing, every detail, every plan, every situation, every pain, every stress, every loss, every impasse you may find yourself at, everything that seems incomplete, everything that seems impossible to face or handle, that every little and big thing is going to be alright. God has a distinct plan for your life, and I know it doesn’t all make sense yet…the key word is YET, but it will. And the only way you are going to know His plan is if you keep going.

He is not blind nor deaf to where you are or to what you are up against, but He is working things out better than we could ever do on our own. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His ways on a higher playing field than our ways. Jesus is ALL KNOWING, ALL POWERFUL, ALL WISE! He sees our lives in dimensions and realms that we cannot see or comprehend because we are only seeing from a horizontal view. His promise is that everything concerning us will work out, that every little thing, no matter what it looks like now, is going to be alright.

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28

Keep going…Start believing Him…Learn how to trust Him…He has our best interest at heart. I promise the plan God has in place for you is worth it all. God Bless.

[Intro]
Every little thing-ing-ing

[Verse 1]
Your favour waits within the future
My dreams are small compared to Yours
Why should I worry ’bout tomorrow when I know
That all I gotta do is trust You, Lord

[Chorus]
Every little thing is gonna be alright
Every little thing is gonna be just fine
Whether I can see it now
I know You will work it out for good
Every little thing, everything will be alright

[Verse 2]
Behind the scenes and in the details
You plan the perfect way for me
Why would I dwell upon the road’s uncertainties
When all I gotta do is look to You
Yeah, all I gotta do is look to You

[Chorus]
Every little thing is gonna be alright
Every little thing is gonna be just fine
Whether I can see it now
I know You will work it out for good
Every little thing, everything will be alright

[Post-Chorus]
Every little thing, every little thing
Every little thing, everything will be alright

[Bridge: Andy Mineo]
Hey God, I know You don’t need no one to advise You
You probably do a better job running the world than I do
I just thought I’d remind You
I’ve been trying to find You
It feels like Satan working overtime, times two
They say if it doesn’t kill ya that refines you
But I’m trying to live, and that’s bigger than survival
It’s been a long night
It’s been a long fight
So just remind me now
Everything will be alright

[Outro]
Every little thing, every little thing
Every little thing
Every little thing
Every little thing, everything will be alright

All Bible verses have been retrieved from biblegateway.com. The video was retrieved from YouTube. The photo image was created on Word Swag.