Comparison Is A Thief

Life Lessons:

  1. Identity isn’t found in what you do, or what you look like, or if you’re outgoing or the clothes you wear. Because when those things disappear it means we’ll have an identity crisis. Instead, our identity is found in Jesus and when it’s found in Him, we will never be shaken. 
  2. Comparison steals joy. Your personality was uniquely woven together for a reason. The things that make you different are the weapons God gave you to change the world. You are called to be YOU. God didn’t call you to be HER.
  3. Fame, popularity, money, reaching dreams….none of these compare to knowing Jesus. 

 

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Your Creative Best

Today’s Devo is from “Propel Women” Magazine and was written by Christine Caine. Enjoy!!


We belong to a creative God. He made the world and everything in it, from giant blue whales to tiny, impossibly agile hummingbirds. You were created in the Creator’s image, and therefore you too possess creativity.

(Keep in mind that creativity and artistic ability are not the same thing. So if you can’t play the violin or write sonnets, don’t worry—this still applies to you!)

Creativity is challenging the impossible by breaking out of established patterns, uncovering new solutions, and championing innovationIt also happens to be a lot of fun. Yes, you still need perseverance, Biblical guidance, and occasionally a few cups of coffee to find the best path forward—but when you add creativity to the mix, it’s a whole new ballgame!

So how can you support your creative abilities? Here are a few ways to get started:

  • Drop the self-imposed limitations. Do you believe you’re not smart enough, not special enough, or not talented enough? Stop the negative self-talk and remember that you are exactly who God says you are: perfectly built for your purpose!
  • Commit to being a lifelong learner. Have you ever noticed the natural interest children have in the world around them? No matter your age, you too can reconnect with that sense of wonder and continue to learn and grow.
  • Take risks. When you’re willing to get out of your comfort zones, you’ll find unexpected opportunities. Stepping into the unknown may be a bit scary, but it’s also where the magic happens!

I love the words of Galatians 6:4-5, taken from The Message. It says, “Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your life.”

As you apply the words of Galatians to your own life, I look forward to you joining me in the adventure of giving it your creative best!

Can People Tell You’re A Christian?

I was watching America’s Got Talent and this guy named Michael Ketterer auditioned as a singer. As soon as he walked onto the stage and began talking, I had this feeling he was a Christian. 

He never said anything about God. Never said anything about church. Never mentioned faith – nothing!

Couple weeks later I found out he’s a worship leader.

What was it about him that made me think he was a Christian? The more I thought about it, the more I realized the power of Jesus Christ in our lives.

Salvation is a big, very well known subject within church. But sometimes I think we don’t really get it. Growing up, Salvation was always explained to me in a way that made me think of it as this little moment where you give your heart to Jesus with a prayer and it was Baptism of the Holy Spirit where powerful stuff actually happened. That’s not the case!

Salvation is POWERFUL. It is going from dark to light. It is going from sin to forgiveness. It’s having the God of this universe fill our entire being and change our course of life and eternity. Salvation changes everything. And if we walk around and believe that people can’t see this kind of power on the outside, we’re wrong! We’re going to look different…real different.

Michael Ketterer spoke differently than the other contestants. He carried himself differently. His stance was different. His language. His attitude. His outlook on life. It was EVIDENT that he had Christ in his life.

So my question to you is can people tell you’re Christian? If you walked onto the AGT stage in front of millions, would people say “oh she has to be Christian!” When you walk through the hallways of school are you getting questions on why you stand out from the crowd? When you go up to pay for your clothes in your favourite store, do the employees notice something different about you? Because the light of Christ isn’t dim, it’s noticeable. 

 

Pastor Natasha

 

“Too Perfect” – says the world

 

Life Lessons:

  1. Your talents have far more purpose than you can imagine. They aren’t there for no reason.
  2. Don’t let anyone tell you you’re too perfect, too innocent, too lacking in life experience. We need to see success through Jesus’ eyes, not culture’s. Leading a Bible study or not dating/sleeping around, or not getting caught up in drama at school…all these things don’t make us unsuccessful in life. In fact, we should be PROUD of those things regardless of what people say. The Bible says this in Philippians:

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

According to the Bible, THIS is success.

3. God can ask us to do things that look crazy to the world…like saving our first kiss for the wedding day. But obedience to Him has to trump popularity with friends, or doing what will make us look “cool” or doing what we think looks “normal” and blending into culture. As Christ followers, we were born to stand out. 

 

 

Are You Standing in the Way of Your Dreams?

Here is a devo from “Propel Women” written by Christine Caine:

A topic I get asked about often as a leader is fear – specifically, the fear of failing. We fear that if we make a wrong decision or forget about the right one, our whole destiny will be on the line. But the truth is, self-doubt sinks more dreams and destinies than failure ever will. That’s why fighting self-doubt is one of the most important things we do as leaders. How do we do it?

  • Keep a Growth Mindset. One reason self-doubt sets in is because we box ourselves in. We define what we are capable of by a personality test, social media, or others’ words about us. But it’s important to remember that with God on our side, we can outgrow any box the world may try to put us in.
  • Cultivate Courage. A commitment to courage is vital to combatting self-doubt, because it empowers us to feel the fear and go forward anyway – to step up even when we’re not ready. Courage reminds us that we are qualified because He has called us, so we can live focused on hope rather than being paralyzed by fear.
  • Trust the God of the Universe. In Psalm 18:29, David wrote, “With Your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall.” David wasn’t free from self-doubt because of his own power or might, but he chose to trust that God would not fail Him. As leaders, you and I have to make that choice for ourselves too. We have to trust that God will give us all that we need to accomplish what He has called us to.

If you are standing in your own way because of self-doubt, adjust your mindset this week and see where God will grow you.

Miracles don’t Happen Behind the Hedge

I am a “hedge” prayer.

That statement probably sounds so funny and confusing. Let me explain…

Fear is my battle. Always has been. When I was younger I was terrified of:

  • Alligators under my bed
  • Tornadoes, hurricanes, twisters
  • House fires
  • Diseases
  • Bees
  • Stray animals
  • The Basement

There’s a lot more….and when I got older the list didn’t get any shorter it just changed from alligators under the bed to well, many other things.

So here’s where the “hedge prayer” came in. I prayed every night and every morning and all the in betweens this:

“God I pray a hedge of protection over my life. No wait, I pray a whole forrest! And I pray for a brick wall that cannot be knocked down. Oh…and I want your strongest Guardian Angels. That should be enough, but if you think of any other kinds of protection, send it my way.”

A good day was a safe day in my books. No weird weather, no creepy bugs…or creepy people, no conflict, no gossip, no fights.

One day God challenged me. I was praying for big God opportunities and miracles and just got this little knock in my heart that said “Kingdom Business doesn’t happen behind your forrest.” We can’t experience miracles sometimes because we don’t take risks and put ourselves in situations where miracles are necessary.

Ephesians 3:20 is one of my favourite scriptures. It says “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.” Did you catch that? “Far more abundantly than all that we ask or think.”

But we need to be bold enough to change up our prayers and say “I pray for opportunities that are so big I can’t even imagine them. Challenge me. Stretch me. Put me where you need me.” Pray for things you don’t even think are attainable and allow God to surprise you at just how powerful He is.

This year is YOUR year. Don’t look back and say “Well that was safe.” I want you to be able to say you took some ground for the Kingdom of God. And that means having some scary days, some conflict, some risk and some failure. But it also means growth and change and learning.

Pastor Natasha