Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Believe God and Watch What Happens

"When God is involved, anything can happen.
Be open and stay that way.
God has a beautiful way of bringing good vibrations
out of broken chords." ~ Chuck Swindoll~
My church, Desert Stream, has just hosted our “NO LIMITS” Prophetic Conference. Ephesians 3:20 was our theme verse. It flows right along with this week’s quote. (isn't it just like God to do this!!!)

We often put limits on God – what He can do, what we will allow Him to do in our lives – He wants to do SO MUCH MORE – more than we know of or know to ask Him for!! With God ALL things are possible – only believe. Our faith is so key to God moving. We really do need to keep our hearts (and minds!) open to what HE is doing and what He wants to do. Many times in scripture, Jesus could not do more “because of their unbelief.”

Lord, we want You to do ALL that You have planned for us – HELP OUR UNBELIEF!!

When we are hurt, offended, rejected, disappointed, etc., we tend to shut down or close our hearts. God wants to heal our broken places – our wounded hearts. It is out of our brokenness (our weaknesses) that HIS power is made perfect, giving us the strength we need (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). He heals our hearts (as well as our minds and emotions); restores us to wholeness; and then sends us out, carrying His comfort to others.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
2 Corinthians 1:3-7

He gives us "beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of heaviness or despair." (Isaiah 61:3) He gives us a new song in our hearts and with our lips, we give thanksgiving and praise to our God and King! He LOVES to use the broken and castaways – He restores them and their testimonies are music to HIS ears.

So get ready!! Allow God to heal your broken places. Then allow Him to use you as the instrument to bring His healing to others who are broken and surrounded by hopelessness. Let God be God and watch what He will do. It WILL be far above what you thought could be done.

Selah Y
Please visit this week's hostess, Finding Joy, for more “In Other Words” posts.


Jen said...

Oh Cheryl!!!
I feel like you wrote this for me. I am so much that broken vessel....crushed but not destroyed...I marvel at the healing God brings, and the ways that he uses us....inspite of ourselves!

Bless you, I love your teachings...you are a wealth of wisdom.
If I get to do a course on a night you are available, you will get an invite. I'd love to have you with me.

MiPa said...

Beautifully stated! That is one of the verses I am trying to commit to memory. Thank you!

Pearls of Wisdom said...

Thank you for this wonderful post. You are so right, God can do so much more for us then we can comprehend, feel we deserve at times etc. We must never put limits on his grace, or love. Thanks for the reminder and sharing. May the Lord Bless you this week and always.

In his endless love ,

Angel Mama ( Pearls of Wisdom)

Denise said...

Such a lovely post, thank you.

Nise' said...

Lovely post, thanks for sharing. The song Trading My Sorrow kept going through my mind as I was reading.

Nana Cheryl said...

YES LORD - we can trade ALL of our sorrows and He will replace each one of them.

We may feel the crushing weight of our circumstances, but God will NEVER allow us to be crushed. Remember Beloved in the Master Potter books by Jill Austin? Even when she felt that she could never be restored, He always lovingly brought her through to the next level.

Only believe - leave the rest to God. :o)

Hopeful Spirit said...

A beautiful post.

Roxanne said...

Excellent word Cheryl!

Rhonda said...

Thanks for sharing that Cheryl! I think God really spoke to you this weekend!

I really enjoy reading your posts. Keep up the great work!

Williams Family Blog said...

Great post Cheryl !
You have such a gift for teaching...love reading your blog :)


Anonymous said...

I'll recieve this awesome word!

Happy Mother's Day to you today!