Broken, But Not Beyond Repair
Friday, August 25, 2017
By Andrea Moore
At some point in life, we have all played the victim of brokenness. And if you have not, chances are you will more than likely experience it firsthand in this lifetime. In some ways, just as an object can become "broken", so can we. When something is broken it is reduced to fragments, torn, disconnected, not in good working condition, or it is disconnected. Unfortunately, many people suffer from a similar type of "brokenness". Sometimes, it is a result of their own actions, someone else's actions, or unpleasant circumstances. Either way, it can easily become laboriously difficult to endure, and it can affect everything and everyone around us, if we let it.
So now, let us get down to the "heart of the matter" -- the very core or the center of what causes brokenness to begin with. So many people go through life with hidden issues of the heart. that often result from tests and trials of life, bad decisions, bad timing, or traumas beyond our control: broken relationships, broken promises, broken dreams, broken homes, job loss, bankruptcy, wounded hearts, violated trust, rejection, abandonment...and the list goes on. The sad thing is, many of us walk around pretending to be okay when we really aren't -- trying to patch ourselves up from being battered and tossed about by the storms of life. Why do we pretend? Mainly because we are concerned about the opinions of others, what they may think of us, or what they may see. But God, The Omniscient One, knows all and sees all. So much so that He can see right through the cracks of our fragmented hearts. There is no super glue or tape strong enough to hold us together. Especially when abrasive storms and winds come our way to weaken the surface or outward appearance of our very existence -- revealing the cracks we try to hide.
Being broken exposes what is on the inside: our flaws, weaknesses, wounds, fears, past hurts, insecurities, and believe it or not, even our strengths, gifts, and talents. Always remember...what is on the inside of you is never beyond repair. As long as we are living, God will always have something to work with. God is our Heavenly Father, our Creator and Maker, the Ultimate and Master Architect. There is nothing too hard for Him. Once we acknowledge that we are powerless without Him, and we are willing to surrender every weakness, ailment, hurt, heartache, disappointment, and anything that is broken -- withholding nothing -- He will turn your sadness into success, your fears into faith, your imperfections into improvements, your losses into lessons, your defects into designs, and your blemishes into beauty marks!
"A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will give you and heart of flesh." (Ezekiel 36:26 ~ KJV).
"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10 ~ KJV).
"The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord." (Proverbs 16:1 ~ KJV).
My prayer is that we will neither allow our circumstances or experiences to overtake us, nor keep us in denial of who we are or Whose we are. Our God is greater and stronger than anything we ever face. May we forever stay on The Potter's wheel to be molded and shaped by His craftsmanship so that we can walk in total healing, victory, and wholeness...In Jesus' name. Amen!
BE PROPELLED... BE PROSPEROUS!
August 1, 2017
By Andrea Moore
Who says this is the furthest you will ever go in life? Who or what is inhibiting you from attaining your goals, writing that book, or moving beyond past failures or hurts? Do you not know that you are the beloved of God? A child of the King? As His children, He loves us dearly and He wants nothing but the best for us. Just as the song says, "He's a good, good Father." That's who He is!
3 John 1:2 (KJV) says: "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." God wants us to have a prosperous journey and succeed in reaching our highest potential in business affairs, careers, relationships, finances, bodies, and spiritual lives, even as our soul (mind) prospers.
It is so easy to become distracted by the cares of this life. Believe it or not, these distractions can become barriers and hindrances that can keep us from fulfilling our obligations and assignments.
As much as we may not want to admit it,we oftentimes restrict ourselves and our efforts before we can even begin to attain our goals. Mainly because of fear. Fear of the unknown. Being afraid to step out on faith, and going beyond our perimeters delays our blessings and confines our premises, smothering our dreams and aspirations. Never having the opportunity to experience what could or should be. 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) says: "For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
Ladies, we must pray and seek God for clarity, and ask Him to reveal to us those things that prevent us from being propelled and living a prosperous life. No more barriers, no more procrastination. Dare to dream! Be propelled, be prosperous, in Jesus' name!
It's Time For An Awakening. Rise and Shine!
Friday, August 4, 2017
By Andrea Moore
Are you sleeping? It's time to wake up! There is so much God wants to do in us and through us. There are more lives to touch, goals to attain, assignments to fulfill, and more victories to be won. But none of these things can manifest if we are sleeping. Not physically sleeping per se, but I am making reference to sleeping spiritually, or even mentally. "For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day." ~ 2 Corinthians 4:16 (KJV). Our physical bodies were not designed to function for 24 hours without an adequate amount of rest. Even God rested on the seventh day. How can our inward man be renewed? Our inward man can only be renewed by the Word of God. The Word of God heals us, increases our faith, and gives us life and vitality. "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." ~ Romans 10:17 (KJV).In the beginning, after God created Adam, He put him to sleep, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and he became a living soul (Genesis 2:7 ~ KJV). He was no longer dormant or inactive, but awake and attentive enough to carry out what God commanded.
Whether you realize it or not, God has a purpose and a plan for your life. "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." ~ Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV). You may be thinking: "Why me?" or "I don't think I'm good enough." But the Bible says: "And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:
Not that we are suffcient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the New Testament; not of the letter, but of the Spirit: for the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life".
As long as we THINK we are not good enough, that is the opportune time when God can use us. All we have to do is surrender and submit to His will, and let Him breathe new life into us. My prayer is that God will increase our faith, renew our spirits, and resuscitate us back to an awakened state so that our talents, gifts, creativity, and imagination will be restored and effectively used for His glory. In the name of Jesus, Amen! .
Who or What Propels You?
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
By Andrea Moore
Recognizing who or what you allow to propel you should be of the utmost importance when it comes to your life. Think about it...your life is all you have, and who or what you authorize to govern it will be evident in your actions, social ties, growth, and your overall health (physical, spiritual, and psychological).
Living a purpose-driven, propelled life requires strength, concentration and perseverance. "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:14 ~ KJV). In order to move in a strategic direction for a scpecific purpose, ones attention or train of thought must be fixed on a particular goal or idea without wavering. "Therefore, my beloved bretheren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not vain in the Lord." (1Corinthians 15:58 ~ KJV).
When I began searching about what it means to be propelled, a few natural things on the earth came to mind: an airplane, a helicopter, boat, windmill, wind turbine (energy generator), rocket, planets, pinwheel, fan, kite, and Newton's cradle to name a few. All of these things become operable by an outward force: by air or wind, fuel, water, magnetic field, pressure, pulling, or by pushing. But I cannot help but think of an old devotional song we sing in church..."There's Something Down Inside of Me, Telling Me to Go Ahead"! No matter what I am faced with, there is nothing like that inward drive from the Holy Ghost that reminds me of God's promises and encourages me to never give up hope.
Who challenges you to become a better you, or to reach your full potential? What fuels you to desire a closer walk with God, to increase in knowledge and wisdom, or to overcome challenges? Is it your spouse, your Pastor, your circle of friends, quotes, affirmations, or resources? While all of these are great, one things for sure...the faithfulness of God is always constant. When others are not around to encourage you, motivate you, empower you, God's Word and His presence is always there. He gives us the strength and the power we need to advance, move beyond our fears and inadequacies, to come out victorious in this present life, and to prepare us for eternal life with Him. Just trust Him and never doubt.
In Jesus' name...Amen!