God’s Vision For You

Today I was finding myself feeling a little low so I decided to “binge-read” a devotional in the Bible app.

I landed on Kong Hee: God’s Vision For You. I’ve never heard of him but I was open to hearing something new.

His devotional was about Genesis 15 and the relationship between God and Abraham. Two concepts really encouraged me today:

  1. When you feel hopeless in the wait – God will remind you who He is
  2. God remembers every single promise He has made to you

A lot of times I can feel discouraged waiting. There are so many things I feel like are anywhere from 10 years all the way up to 20 years in the waiting in my life that haven’t happened yet. For my mom some prayers or visions for her life are 30 or more years in the waiting. So for me, it feels both comforting to hear that Abraham also got discouraged and frustrating to hear that he waited 75 years. Right?

But God is faithful – even if it seems like He is really really slow.

The Bible says “Do not be afraid, I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward” Genesis 15:1 WEB

Even though it was 75 years, and Abraham had no son. And he felt like he was too old, and that his life had no purpose, the author says it perfectly:

“God reminded Abraham that He cared for him, that He protected him, and that He would reward him!”

Secondly, God realizes Abraham is stuck in what He does not see, and so God shows him something new:

“Look now toward the sky, and count the stars, if you are able to count them…So will your offspring be” Genesis 15:5-6 WEB

Today be encouraged that God remembers every promise He has made to you…even if I don’t. Yes, we might be preoccupied with one over the others, but God will always fulfill His promises.

God, you know the ways I am discouraged and feel hopeless..show me my “stars” and remind me that Your ways are uncountable. Thank you that You will fulfill every promise You made, because You never forget. Amen.

SOAP 5.14.17

Good morning!⠀

This morning I had my tea and am ready to dive into a SOAP for you guys.⠀

For those who don’t know, SOAP stands for:⠀

Scripture⠀
Observation⠀
Application⠀
Prayer⠀

Scripture: Psalm 5:1-3 MSG

Observation: Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life
on your altar

Application: Every morning I should and can lay out every part of my life for God knowing that God is in control and able to cover every aspect of my need.

Prayer: God help me to remember that every morning I can lay my requests before you and you will hear me and acknowledge me.

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SOAP 5.4.17

Good morning!⠀

This morning I had my tea and am ready to dive into a SOAP for you guys.⠀

For those who don’t know, SOAP stands for:⠀

Scripture⠀
Observation⠀
Application⠀
Prayer⠀

Scripture: ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭2:5‬ MSG

Observation: I love the line: “He’ll show us the way he works so we can live the way we’re made.” By knowing God we are told we will be able to live how He made us.

Application: Until I get to Heaven I will not be perfect, but I can still live in the light of God.

Prayer: God thank you that you sent Jesus so we can live in Your light. Thank you that, as Matthew Henry says, “Let us remember that when true religion flourishes, men delight in going up to the house of the Lord, and in urging others to accompany them.” Amen.

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Enlarge Your Tent

Hey friends,

I’m not 100% ready to share full context yet, but early this morning, way before my alarm, I woke up ready to start a task. As I got up to do it, I felt like God said to me. Stop. I want to tell you something. And I felt like he wanted me to read something in the Bible. I had that sense within me. I wondered, okay, what should I read? And for a brief second I heard nothing. Then Isaiah 54 popped into my mind. Trust me this doesn’t always happen. Lol.

This part stuck out to me differently today:

16 “See, it is I who created the blacksmith
who fans the coals into flame
and forges a weapon fit for its work.

I feel like God told me this morning – that I’m the blacksmith. May is already a new chapter for me, unexpectedly, and although I have peace I’m still like – hey, I’m not prepared to enlarge my tent again!

Just wanted to share this moment because God spoke to me this morning, and I hope it encourages you in whatever season you find yourself in.

💖 Jess

SOAP 11/20/16

Good morning!⠀

This morning I had my tea and am ready to dive into a SOAP for you guys.⠀

For those who don’t know, SOAP stands for:⠀

Scripture⠀
Observation⠀
Application⠀
Prayer⠀

Scripture: Isaiah 43:18-19 – MSG

Observation: It’s Sunday.

For me that’s the end of one week, and on the brink of a new week starting with Monday.

So, you can choose to look at the past week, the past month, the past year, or the passed past. Or you can look at Monday as an opportunity to allow God to “do something-brand new”.

Application: I will not stew on anything that has gone wrong this past week. God is with me and He is creating new things!

Prayer: God please help us to trust you. Help us be both alert and present to what you are about to do. Open our eyes. Amen!

Comment below with your O, A, or P!⠀
SOAP is also posted on jesscbnyc.wordpress.com⠀

SOAP – 10/19/16

Psalm 36:5-6 (MSG)

5-6 God’s love is meteoric,
    his loyalty astronomic,
His purpose titanic,
    his verdicts oceanic.
Yet in his largeness
    nothing gets lost;
Not a man, not a mouse,
    slips through the cracks.

Scripture: Psalm 36:5-6 MSG

Observation: God is both huge and small. He is aware of all things and yet the small details of your life.

Application: Even with the small things, bring God into everything.

Prayer: God, thank you that in your vastness you don’t forget about us. All of creation is made by your hand and held in it. Help me to remember to bring you into every little detail. Amen.

SOAP – 10/10/16

1 Corinthians 15:51-57 (MSG)

51-57 But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I’ll probably never fully understand. We’re not all going to die—but we are all going to be changed. You hear a blast to end all blasts from a trumpet, and in the time that you look up and blink your eyes—it’s over. On signal from that trumpet from heaven, the dead will be up and out of their graves, beyond the reach of death, never to die again. At the same moment and in the same way, we’ll all be changed. In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal. Then the saying will come true:

Death swallowed by triumphant Life!
Who got the last word, oh, Death?
Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now?

It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God!

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 MSG

Observation: When Jesus returns it will be instantaneous transformation. Our Earthly bodies will instantly be replaced and we will lose our ability to die. Death will lose it’s power. Fear will lose its grip. Sadness will forever be erased.

Application: Sometimes I fear death. I don’t like what that feels like—a loss of control, and the unknown. I should remind myself that all good things come from God and there should be nothing to fear.

Prayer: God, help me not to fear the future. I will be perfected in you and no more Earthly pain will remain. This is good news!

SOAPs

Hey all,

 

Just an announcement that a few times a month I will be posting SOAPs!

SOAPs are small morning devotionals where I select a Scripture, Observe it, Apply it to my life, and Pray about it!

Follow along here and on Instagram!

xo,

Jesscbnyc

7 Months Ago

I wrote these verses down 7 months ago and they have been in my drafts since then. Well today is this little draft’s lucky day:

When I took an Evening College course through my church I learned that the purpose of 1 and 2 Chronicles is to retell the past to inspire hope in the present.

I could just sit under that alone. Couldn’t you.

Sometimes we need to remember the past, and how we survived events in our life so that we can look to the present and future with hope.

If God was good then, He will be good now. Amen?

Below were the two verses I was thinking about 7 months ago:

1 Chronicles 10 (MSG)

13-14 Saul died in disobedience, disobedient to God. He didn’t obey God’s words. Instead of praying, he went to a witch to seek guidance. Because he didn’t go to God for help, God took his life and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.

1 Chronicles 16(MSG)

That was the day that David inaugurated regular worship of praise to God, led by Asaph and his company.

8-19 Thank God! Call out his Name!
    Tell the whole world who he is and what he’s done!
Sing to him! Play songs for him!
    Broadcast all his wonders!
Revel in his holy Name,
    God-seekers, be jubilant!
Study God and his strength,
    seek his presence day and night;
Remember all the wonders he performed,
    the miracles and judgments that came out of his mouth.
Seed of Israel his servant!
    Children of Jacob, his first choice!
He is God, our God;
    wherever you go you come on his judgments and decisions.
He keeps his commitments across thousands
    of generations, the covenant he commanded,
The same one he made with Abraham,
    the very one he swore to Isaac;
He posted it in big block letters to Jacob,
    this eternal covenant with Israel:
“I give you the land of Canaan,
    this is your inheritance;
Even though you’re not much to look at,
    a few straggling strangers.”

20-22 They wandered from country to country,
    camped out in one kingdom after another;
But he didn’t let anyone push them around,
    he stood up for them against bully-kings:
“Don’t you dare touch my anointed ones,
    don’t lay a hand on my prophets.”

23-27 Sing to God, everyone and everything!
    Get out his salvation news every day!
Publish his glory among the godless nations,
    his wonders to all races and religions.
And why? Because God is great—well worth praising!
    No god or goddess comes close in honor.
All the popular gods are stuff and nonsense,
    but God made the cosmos!
Splendor and majesty flow out of him,
    strength and joy fill his place.

28-29 Shout Bravo! to God, families of the peoples,
    in awe of the Glory, in awe of the Strength: Bravo!
Shout Bravo! to his famous Name,
    lift high an offering and enter his presence!
Stand resplendent in his robes of holiness!

30-33 God is serious business, take him seriously;
    he’s put the earth in place and it’s not moving.
So let Heaven rejoice, let Earth be jubilant,
    and pass the word among the nations, “God reigns!”
Let Ocean, all teeming with life, bellow,
    let Field and all its creatures shake the rafters;
Then the trees in the forest will add their applause
    to all who are pleased and present before God
    —he’s on his way to set things right!

34-36 Give thanks to God—he is good
    and his love never quits.
Say, “Save us, Savior God,
    round us up and get us out of these godless places,
So we can give thanks to your holy Name,
    and bask in your life of praise.”
Blessed be God, the God of Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting.

Then everybody said, “Yes! Amen!” and “Praise God!”

The takeaways I got, and was also challenged by were:

  • Because he didn’t go to God for help
  • inaugurated regular worship of praise to God
  • Remember all the wonders he performed

 

Sometimes I can forget what God has done. Not in a serious way, but just like, life gets busy. I never want to forget. That’s one of the reasons I started this blog. I don’t want to forget all that God has done for me, or feel deceived into thinking God does great things for others and I’m not his favorite.

You’re setting yourself up for a fall if you get into this way of thinking, trust me, I’ve been there.

Instead we need to always regularly worship and praise God no matter the season, remember all the wonders that he performed. If we don’t do this we risk turning to other things for our success. The first passage warns me that because he (Saul) didn’t go to God for help he forfeited what was rightfully his. Maybe I’m wrong but it sounds like God was blessing him with the kingdom, and instead of trusting God and what God gave him, God trusted someone else with it.

I never want that to happen to me.

God isn’t evil. But God wants you to be a good steward of your gifts and leadership. He doesn’t want you to wander around in the wilderness complaining about God and wanting to return to the garbage life you had before.

Let’s remember it’s all about him. And it will never stop being about him. Lest we forget.

Jesscbnyc Announcement

Hey guys,

I’ve been keeping a secret since November and now it’s official! I will be contributing content for Horacio Printing !!!

For those of you who might now know, Horacio Printing makes awesome planners that help you organize your life. Sometimes life can deteriorate your plans and dreams and this planner is crucial to make sure that you are cultivating the calling and dreams in your life.

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xoxo,

Jess