Hope 4 2day

Your Daily Dose of Encouragement

Declare Your Justification! — August 9, 2017

Declare Your Justification!

“Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.”

Romans 8:33

Has God ever sent you a word of encouragement, but you didn’t believe because you saw the reality in front of you instead of what God said? Have you ever rejected what God said about you because what you see didn’t align with what was said? I know I have. And you know what? When we do that, we show our lack of faith in God and in His confidence that He has in us. Sometimes I wonder why I do that: put my own view over God’s when it comes to me. I believe that we do that because we don’t see what God sees when He sees us. While we see through a lens of condemnation, God sees us through a lens of justification. I think we can sometimes combine the two because we try to justify that we are unworthy, unrighteous and nonredeemable because of condemnation. As we read the word, we find that God does not give us fear, nor does He condemn us( 2 Timothy 1:7; 1 John 4:18[NIV]; Romans 8:1). Condemnation comes from the enemy as a ploy to keep us from walking in faith and being who God says we are.

“Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth”. This means that NO ONE has the right to condemn you– not even you! Yes ,you know you’ve messed up and have fallen, but Jesus knows that as well… and He STILL CHOSE YOU! So, if God chooses you, what gives you the power to overrule God’s verdict? Remember, God declares what’s right (Isaiah 45:19)!

When we mess up, make a bad decision or fall short, the enemy will constantly bring those things before us to keep us from walking in the truth of God’s declaration for our lives. Revelation 12:10,11 says that the accuser of the brethren (the devil) is before God day and night highlighting our faults. However, it tells us that we OVERCOME by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony! There’s power in the words we speak, right( Proverbs 18:21) ? So we have to DECLARE the word of God to reinstate God’s truth over our lives. We can’t allow the enemy to dictate our life, our being, or our purpose because he can’t speak any truth! We have to search the word and learn what God says about us and let that become our new reality and our new standard.!

Today, I want to challenge you to challenge the condemnation of the enemy by declaring a few things:

  • that you are an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony ( Revelation 12:11- share God’s victory in your life over the enemy with someone today)
  • Declare that you are the righteousness of God( you are approved of God- 2 Corinthians 5:21)
  • Declare that you have power over the enemy( Luke 10:19)
  • Declare that you are beautiful in God’s sight( Song of Solomon 4, especially v. 8)
  • Declare that your past is gone and you are new in Christ( 2 Corinthians 5:17)

 

The only way to overcome  the lies, is to learn the truth!

 

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”- John 8:32

 

God bless you! ♥

Preparation — July 31, 2017

Preparation

“And the maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindness of him; and he speedily gave her her things for purification, with such things as belonged to her, and seven maidens, which were meet to be given her,….  (for so were the days of their purifications accomplished, to wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odours, and with other things for the purifying of the women;)”

Esther 2:9,12

We all have hopes, dreams and different aspirations. Though we understand that those things won’t come to pass overnight, we still somehow manage to get frustrated during the process of living out that dream or aspiration. We want what we desire, and we want it NOW! Trust me, I know, because I still do that myself for some things. It gets difficult to keep “waiting” until that change comes, but know that it truly isn’t a waste of time. See, you’re not just waiting; you are PREPARING and are being prepared for what you ask for.

Granted, some things in life that happen are NOT what we ask for, but God knows it is needed for us and those around us. Esther, for example, didn’t sit around hoping, dreaming or praying to save her people one day, but the entire duration of her life was preparing her to be used mightily by God. During the time of preparation, it isn’t always rose bushes and sunshine. There are many days/nights that are filled with endless questions, concerns and even doubt. I would imagine that during Esther’s time of preparation to meet with the king she was nervous, concerned and unsure about how things would turnout. Though those things arise, we must remember that where we are in route to that desire, dream or aspiration is being used by God to prepare us for what we asked for according to His purposeful plan for our lives so that we will be ready to receive when God releases it.

Whether you have or are asking God to prepare you to be a wife, mother, of certain professional status or even for a new job, know that you won’t be given something prematurely. If so, you may mismanage it once it’s received. It takes time to build an appreciation and care for things. I know that it is difficult, but trust God to be with you during this time of preparation. Think of the countless blessings that God has given you along the way and even those to come. Most importantly, be reminded daily of the greatest blessing about where you are: it allows you to become closer to Jesus than you once was.

No matter how long your time of preparation is, know that every second of it is indeed necessary for where God is taking you and what He has awaiting you. My prayer is that God helps us to appreciate the process because it isn’t just something to go through, but it is something that we are allowed to GROW through. I pray that God makes our heart tender toward Him in that time, and that He allows us to be strengthened by His Spirit.I pray that we learn to trust God’s judgement for our lives in all things. I pray that while we are in preparation, God opens our eyes to see His hand working all things together for our good regarding His promise. I also pray that God helps us to always ALWAYS remember that He has not forgotten about us, and that He hears every prayer that we lift to Him.

 

Take time to prepare!
God bless you! ♥

Your Hidden Heart — July 9, 2017

Your Hidden Heart

“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”

Ezekiel 36:26

As we experience life, we all have hurts, pains and heartaches that leave scars. Overtime, the scars become larger and leave us with deeper, untreated wounds due to more life pain. The untreated scars eventually cause our hearts to become hidden behind the many layers of pain that has not been dealt with, just covered up. In an effort to protect ourselves, we build up this resistance to those around us and block people out– including God.

One way we block out those around us is by detaching yourself from certain emotions and feelings due to unsuccessful past experiences. If “protected” for too long, our hearts are encased in this lifeless, emotionless state that causes us to miss out on the healing that we so desperately need. We soon forget what our true heart looks like. When we reach that point, we need God to intervene and tell us who, what, when and why have we guarded our hearts like this, and what were we expecting that was not fulfilled.

I’ve recently began praying for God to show me why I felt a certain way about someone I once was close to, and He revealed to me that it was because I held un forgiveness in my heart toward them. I was so surprised because I thought that my heart was free of things like un forgiveness since I make every effort to live a life representative of Christ in every way. I began writing, and in that I began to understand why I held that emotion for so long. It was during that process that I began to see my heart for what God created it to be, and not what was seen through the lens of hurt and pain.
I want to encourage you that although you may have had many unpleasant life experiences that have caused your heart to become stacked with scar tissue, know that’s not who you truly are. You are not the problem. The problem is receiving the healing that God has for your heart and soul. Know that the heart God has given you is waiting to be unveiled from under the pain.

 

I pray that we seek God about what life experiences have scarred our hearts and that we ask God to help us heal from those scars. I pray that we not only ask God to heal us, but that we give God the space and authority to search, reveal and heal those pains in our heart, no matter how uncomfortable it may be. I pray that once God heals us that we guard our hearts from the enemy and his schemes to steal our healing in Jesus name!

 

Let God in to your heart today, and let Him reveal the true heart that He has given you! ❤

 

God bless you! ❤

 

There’s Power in Planning — July 5, 2017

There’s Power in Planning

“And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.”

Habakkuk 2:2

“A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true”. I’m sure many of us have heard this quote before. If not, may I introduce you to this wonderful tool that is helpful,  both for the natural and spiritual life.

Almost every one of us have a desire to be at a certain place in life, and maybe by a certain time. The real question is: how? How will we make these things happen? Your first answer may be to pray and seek God. While that is essentially the first step, the next “first” step is for us to have a plan. We can’t look to God to do all of the work, especially when He has equipped us to do some things ourselves. Our prayers and pursuit of God for those desires is what guides and fortifies us, but we must give God something to work with.

You may have a mental plan on how to achieve this goal, but the various tasks of life will quickly push that plan aside and eventually out of your mind. The best way to avoid losing the vision is to write it down! By writing it down, you hold yourself accountable to what you have said you’d like and what you plan to do to acquire that. After we have a plan written down, we should then come to God to ask for His wisdom and guidance on how to begin this pursuit. We must not make the mistake of only consulting God after we have made our plans; we must consult God even in our planning because I believe that He gives us certain desires according to the purpose that He has given us. By coming to God with our plan, we show reverence to Him and His authority by ensuring that our plan aligns with His. If we faithfully bring our plans to God, He will reveal every motive, expose every danger and shed light on all weaknesses of that plan, all done out of love.

Know that the enemy will come to distract you from sticking to your plan, and know that your commitment will be tested, but also know that if God gave you the desire, then He will provide the means for it to come to pass according to His will. It’s up to you to decide how you maneuver those provisions from the Lord.

My prayer for today is that God causes us to seek Him for our future, what pleases His heart and how our personal desires align with that. I pray that God causes us to write as much as possible regarding those desires, and that we filter our thoughts through prayer and faith. I also pray that after the vision is written, that God helps us to be committed to the fulfillment of that plan for the advancement of His kingdom so that He may be glorified in the earth. I pray that in all things, we are lead by faith, no longer fear!
Challenge: Take some time and ask God about your purpose today( What is purpose and what that looks like for your life). After doing so, ask God to help you to write everything you can think of regarding that purpose, and to give you strategies on how to fulfill that. If you don’t hear anything today, that’s okay. Keep asking! We serve the God who has all answers, so if you’ll ask, He’ll answer ♥

God bless you! ♥

— July 4, 2017

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

2 Corinthians 5:17

As we grow through life, we make mistakes and sometimes wish we could have a do-over.  Every now and again, we are given an opportunity to re-try a life lesson– which is almost like being given a clean slate. Although we may not always get the chance to start over in our experiences, we can rest assured on the fact that with God, we can start afresh! When we come to God, He is already aware of where we’ve messed up, and He is there to help us get it right this time, but with His help.

 

God is not turned off by us when we come to Him with our frustration from our mess ups. In that moment of despair, we think that we’ve reach the end of the rope because we keep messing things up no matter how hard we try. My dear sister, don’t let the enemy deceive you; that moment is when things finally begin. When we come to God and are washed under the blood of Jesus, we come to the realization that God is our hope and our refreshing wind. The new start begins from the inside out. Coming to God, we come to our place of refuge and strength. We realize that He is the one who carries us when we grow weary, when we are weak and worn and He is the one who sustains us through the winds of life. He is the solid foundation that we are built on after life has torn us down. We also realize that God is the one who gives us the strength to let go and try again.

It may seem frightening to move forward after you’ve fallen, but know that God is with you every step of the way. If you are facing a new life experience or even re-experiencing a life lesson, know that you are not alone nor are you the same person you were before. In Christ, your true identity is revealed; strong, confident, bold, and faithful. You are not what the enemy tried to tell you (fearful, anxious, concerned with what others have to say or think). In Christ, everything about you is new, so be confident in the fact that God has gone before you and that He currently walks beside you. Also stand in the fact that God is constantly working in you.

 

My prayer for today is that we are not afraid to come to God from wherever we are, and that we realize that He is able to give us a fresh start, a new beginning. I pray that we release the past experiences we’ve had in order to make room for the new things that God has before us. I pray that God helps us to remember daily that He walks with us and guides us through this life, and that He is able to still perform His promise in us because of the finished work on Calvary. I pray that God helps us to walk in the confident boldness of the Holy Ghost in everything we do. I also pray that God gives us a constant desire for the new life in Him instead of the things we’re used to in Jesus’ name!

 

There is nothing that is unseen before the Lord, so know that God sees you, my beloved, and that He is here to make you new again!

God bless you! ♥

God Chose YOU! — July 1, 2017

God Chose YOU!

 “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”

John 15:16

 

Wanna know something? God chose you! Yes, YOU! With all of your self-proclaimed flaws and imperfections, mishaps and mess-ups. God still chose you! When everyone else rejected you because you didn’t “fit in” with them, God hand picked you because you are just what He’s looking for. What was distasteful to others is what God delights in. God specializes in you because He is your creator. He knew that you’d do what you’ve done, go where you’ve gone and be who you are, but He STILL CHOSE YOU. He chooses you everyday! He has a plan to use you in ways that your mind cannot begin to comprehend and that your heart can’t even desire.

God has a habit of giving beauty for ashes and uses the misfit for His great manifestation! My dearest sister, God thinks you are to DIE for…literally! He gave His life so that you can be able to have fellowship with Him. Today is the day to rejoice in who you are because who you are is what caught God’s attention. Yes, He responded to your need for His help and change, but I believe that God also was drawn to you because He’ll be able to do a work in your life that will declare His glory to the world!

My prayer for today is that God helps us to embrace who we are at this present time, but that we also are open to God molding us into who He has destined to be. I pray that God silences the voice of the enemy in your ear telling you of what you aren’t, and that the love of God resonates within you to replace every ungodly belief of yourself. I pray that God gives us the confidence and boldness to walk into what God has called us to by the power of the Holy Ghost!

 

Remember that you are FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY MADE by the almighty hand of God!

 

I love you, but God loves you best! ♥

God bless you, beloved! ♥

Expectations exceeded! — June 13, 2017

Expectations exceeded!

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”

Ephesians 3:20

Many times in life we expect things to happen by a certain time — usually our own. When those things do not happen when we want them to or when we feel they should, we get discouraged and our faith waivers. We sit and wonder if God really heard us, and sometimes we even dare to wonder if God really cares about us. The answer to that is YES, He DOES hear us and He DOES care, which is why He doesn’t always do things in our timing. God sees the bigger picture and He works to cause all things to work together for the good of all involved. So even though it may seem like it isn’t going to get better, it will! With God, all things get better. God has better for you, sis!

Don’t be discouraged by what didn’t happen in the time you thought it would. Yes, you were praying, fasting and believing God to move in your favor.. but guess what? He did! He heard your prayers, counted your tears and saw your faith! Trust that it is NOT going unnoticed, despite how it may seem. Though He saw you, He also saw that you would have been settling if He allowed you to have that, and He doesn’t want that for you. He does not want you to settle. He wants so much for you, which will always be His best.

God does nothing short of spectacular, so when He blesses you, it’ll be beyond what you expect! Not only will it be what you asked for, it will also be what you need. When God does that thing in your life, it’ll push you toward your destiny instead of pulling you away.Trust God  with your heart and your wildest faith. It is NOT going unnoticed, despite how it may feel. I pray that God secures your faith in Him by reassuring you of His faithfulness and commitment to you. I also pray that we give God the room to fully operate His will in our lives according to His timing, and not our own.

I believe God is not only preparing the blessing for you, but He is also preparing you for the blessing. When you get to it, you’ll see why there was a wait♥

What’s Coming is Better than What’s Been!

God bless you, my sister!

Being Broken — June 10, 2017

Being Broken

“For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”

Psalm 51:16,17

 

I recently heard a preacher say ,” whatever we put on our altar of sacrifice to God, He accepts because it was placed there in faith”. When we follow Christ, we stumble and sometimes even fall along the way. Many of us try to quickly cover up the fall instead of admitting when we are wrong because we don’t want anyone to look at us differently or to accept the fact that we messed up. The bible says that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins(1 John 1:9).

I believe that God wants us to remember that He knows that we will fall at times in our walk with Him.We won’t always get it right or have it all together all of the time. If we always had it right, then there would be no need for God. Sister, you won’t be perfect in this walk with Christ, but the blessing and great beauty is that He is.

Something that we often overlook after we fall is that when we fall, we are in the perfect position to lay those failures at the Master’s feet — and leave them there. He knows that we have broken pieces from previous years, months or even days,  but He stands with open arms ready to receive us still.  He wants you to come to Him with your silent tears or loud screams.  He wants you to come to Him  with your frustration and anger. He wants you to come to Him even with your desperation. He welcomes you to come in whatever way you can so that He can comfort you and bind together with His love all those things that you felt were useless.  If you are weak in an area, know that God is strength for you. If you are lacking hope, He is the Hope of Glory that does not make you ashamed. If you are feeling condemned because of past decisions, know that He is your justification and righteousness!

When we are broken, we are able to let God be seen from within us, and we allow God’s grace to be our strength. I pray that God helps us to not be ashamed of our brokenness, but to come before Him with boldness and with every broken piece so that He may heal and restore us in His strength and virtue. You are beloved in the sight of God, even in your brokenness!

 

 

Welcome! — June 9, 2017

Welcome!

Hi there! Thanks for visiting Hope 4 2day encouragement blog site! This blog was created to encourage my fellow sisters in Christ as they continue their walk with God. No matter who we are, where we are in God or the trials that we face, we all can use an encouragement along the way. I believe that God is using me to share that encouragement with you. 

 I believe God lead a friend of mine to ask me about starting a blog, something that I never thought of, but instantly became curious about.  After seeking God for new ways to serve Him and to be used by Him, I began praying about what she mentioned to me. I continued to talk to God about it and did some casual research to see what a blog was and how to begin one. To my surprise, blogging was something that I’d already begun, to a certain degree. The only difference between what I was doing and having an official blog was the means in which I shared my thoughts and words of encouragement.

In 2015, one of my good friends from college gave me a new bible for my birthday, which happened to be a 3-in-1 devotion bible. I began reading the devotion, wisdom literature and also followed along with the daily reading plan that was included within the bible. I remember reading my devotion one evening in my dorm, putting it on the table after I finished reading it. One of my roommates –now one of my best friends– saw it, picked it up and asked about it. I explained to her how it was designed, and how much I enjoyed it. She skimmed and scanned through it, asking if she could read it sometime.

   I shared one of the daily devotions with her at a later point because it was so encouraging to me, and it gave me hope for my circumstances. That day’s devotion was so powerful to me that I wanted her to know about it! We began talking about different things and how that devotion was actually relevant for the both of us. That was a ministering moment for the both of us because in sharing our different perspectives of what the Word said, we were able to gain hope and strength from the Word and each other. From that day forward, she and I began reading the daily chapters together at some point during the day. As we became busier throughout the semester, it was more difficult for us to follow the reading plan together. I texted her one morning to see if she had a chance to read the devotion for the day, to which she replied that she hadn’t since she was running late. I snapped a picture of the devotion and the wisdom literature for that day, and sent it to her so she’d have it to read when she had the time.

From there, I began sharing my daily devotions with another young lady who I met through my roommate. As I would prepare to send the devotion to those two ladies, God would put various women on my mind to share the devotion with. Not knowing the reason, I just did it out of obedience to what I felt God leading me to do. Since then, I began sending the daily devotion to about 12 women that God would put on my mind to share the encouragement with. In sharing, I would share why I was thankful for what was said for that day and how it encouraged or helped in my walk with God. Every devotion I read gives me new perspective and new hope in my personal walk with God, and I wanted to share that hope with those ladies as they grow in the Lord as well.

As I continued to do research, I was so overwhelmed and amazed at God. God would bring different things to mind that happened that I believed God used in various ways to prepare me for what was coming.  It’s amazing how we don’t recognize what God is doing until He shifts us closer to what He was preparing us for.

A friend of mine shared something with me, and I am constantly reminded of what they said : “Despise not the days of small beginnings”. I would have never thought anything about sharing my devotional with a close friend as becoming more than that. I simply wanted to encourage her as she continued to grow in God, just as someone did for me. The plan of God is definitely unexpected, but so worth it! As we continue to walk with God, we learn to trust Him more and more, depending more on His guidance and less on our understanding. My prayer for this devotion is that God speaks to the hearts of His children and provides them with strength to continue to pursue Him in all things. My desire is that God is seen and His love is felt through each post of encouragement. To the person that reads this ,  know that God sees you. He knows where you are, and He knows you by your name. He delights in you and wants you to become all that He destined you to be. I pray that you receive the love of God freely to grow in His grace daily. God always knows how to get us what we need when we need it. Hope 4 2day is encouragement that’s here for you, whenever you need it.

God bless you!