The One Thing That Separates Us From God’s Promises


Have you ever wondered why your life doesn’t look like what God has promised? Have you ever wondered why you haven’t seen what God has said? Well if you have, you’re not alone. 

I have wondered about this for a while now because of verses in the Bible like Jeremiah 29:11 that says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” But there are many times in my life where I don’t see much prosperity. There are times in my life where I lose hope. And there are times where the future doesn’t look so bright. 

If God’s promises are always “Yes” and “Amen” like the apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 1:20, then why do we have times in our lives where our circumstances and situations say otherwise. The answer to these questions is very simple. It’s only a matter of time. 

You see it’s not a question of whether or not God’s promises will come true but it’s a question of when they will come to pass. Because His promises are going to happen, it just takes time. 

Since God exists outside of time, it does not affect Him. That’s why He can make these promises to us. He has already seen them come to pass. We think that God is crazy or that He is a liar because our life looks so much different than what He says, but since we are affected by time, we can’t see everything that God sees. We can only see what is taking place that day, that hour, that minute, that second. We live in the moment and for the moment. 

So what does all this mean? The only thing that separates us from the promises of God in our lives is time. If you can’t see what God sees yet, just wait. It’s only a matter of time. Paul goes on to tell us in Galations 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” So if your life doesn’t look like what God says, keep trusting cause it just takes time. If you can’t see what God sees yet, keep looking cause it just takes time. If your future doesn’t look so bright right now, just keep hoping cause it just takes time. Whatever it may be, don’t give up cause it just takes time.

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NewSpring Church Fires Senior Pastor, Perry Noble


You have probably heard by now the devastating and shocking  news that broke this past weekend about one of the largest and fastest growing churches in the United States. Newspring Church, based in Anderson, South Carolina, announced this past Sunday that as of July 1st Senior Pastor and founder, Perry Noble, was relieved of his duties.

Here is the statement posted on the NewSpring Church website.

After a few days of silence, Perry Noble posted a video on his FaceBook page.

As a member of NewSpring Church and someone who has done a semester long internship there, this came as a complete shock to me. Because of my internship, I had the privilege of meeting Perry a few times. From my experiences, I have nothing but great things to say about him. He seemed like a genuinely good guy to me.

The one thing I want to point out in all of this is that we are all human and we all fail. Let us be quick to give love and show grace. Let us not condemn. Let us not judge. Let us not throw stones. (See John 8:2-11)

Right now Perry needs our prayers and support. We all have our demons and struggles that we battle with every day. And sooner or later, we will find ourselves just like Perry needing the prayers and support of others to help us make it to the other side.

So take some time right now to lift Perry up in prayer. Because I’m sure if you were in his situation, he would do the same for you.

There’s a Light Up Ahead

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The other day I was reminded of the verse the the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans chapter 8 that says “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18) In other words, there is a light up ahead at the end of the tunnel that surpasses any darkness that you are currently in now.

At the time Paul wrote this verse, he was in prison most likely about to die. Even though he was physically trapped in a prison of darkness, mentally his focus was on the light at the end of the tunnel. He most likely was reflecting on the words he wrote to the church in Philippi “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21)

You see Paul’s problem did not change, but his perspective did. Some of you, just like me, find yourself focusing on the size of your problem instead of the size of your God. As soon as we take our eyes off of our Savior and put them on our situation, we find ourselves being overwhelmed, overcome, and defeated. But when our perspective shifts, our circumstance that we are currently in may not change, but the way we view it does. Because instead of looking through the lens of doubt and discouragement, we are now looking through the lens of faith and hope.

It makes sense now that only ten short verses later, after Paul jotted Romans 8:18, he penned this “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28)

You see, because Paul’s perspective shifted, he was able to go from having a pity party for himself to realizing that what he was going through is only temporary, and if he can just endure through it, what God has in store for him will far out weigh it to understanding that God will even use the pain in his life to propel him to fulfill his purpose and ultimately reach his destiny.

So I don’t know what you’re going through, but I want to encourage you that it won’t last. It’s only temporary. I know you probably don’t understand why you are going through what you are, but I know that what God has in store for you will make what you are currently experiencing so worth it. It might not make sense right now but when you finally reach the light at the end of the tunnel, you will look back on this time, and realize that what Paul wrote in Romans is so true.

 

Can You Here Me Now?

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Many of you probably remember this ad campaign by Verizon that was started back in 2002. How can you not? It was everywhere. Verizon spent a ton of money trying to drive home the phrase “Can you hear me now?” The commercials centered around this guy, coined the “Test Man,” traveling all across the United States testing the reliability of the Verizon network. His goal was to test Verizon’s call connection, in order to insure there would be no dropped calls. Everywhere he went, he would pause and ask the person on the other end of the phone the infamous “Can you hear me now?,” that is now permanently stuck in all of our heads.

Just like the Verizon “Test Man,” we tend to pause in our journey and ask God if He can hear us. This usually occurs when we hit a rough patch in life cause we tend to believe because of our current circumstances God has abandoned us and He hasn’t heard our cry. I’ll admit I’ve had my doubts. I’ve been in a place where I wondered if God was even listening to me. You can probably relate. Maybe you find yourself there now.

The truth is, because of Jesus, our connection with God never fails. There are no dropped calls. Psalm 18:6 says “In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.” Jeremiah 33:3, which has been coined God’s phone number, says “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” No matter where we go. No matter where we turn. No matter what we are going through. We can call on God and He will hear us and He will answer us.

There is a song by the band Third Day called “Cry Out To Jesus.” Here are the lyrics.

To everyone who’s lost someone they love
Long before it was their time
You feel like the days you had were not enough
When you said goodbye

And to all of the people with burdens and pains
Keepin’ you back from your life
You believe that there’s nothing
And there is no one who can make it right

There is hope for the helpless, rest for the weary
And love for the broken hearts
There is grace and forgiveness, mercy and healing
He’ll meet you wherever you are

Cry out to Jesus
Cry out to Jesus

For the marriage that’s struggling just to hang on
Have lost all of their faith in love
And they’ve done all they can to make it right again
Still it’s not enough

For the ones who can’t break the addictions and chains
You try to give up but you come back again
Just remember that you’re not alone
In your shame and your suffering

There is hope for the helpless, rest for the weary
And love for the broken hearts
There is grace and forgiveness, mercy and healing
He’ll meet you wherever you are

Cry out to Jesus

When you’re lonely
And it feels like the whole world is falling on you
You just reach out
You just cry out to Jesus

Cry to Jesus

To the widow who suffers from being alone
Wipin’ the tears from her eyes
For the children around the world without a home
Say a prayer tonight

There is hope for the helpless, rest for the weary
And love for the broken hearts
There is grace and forgiveness, mercy and healing
That meets you wherever you are

There is hope for the helpless, rest for the weary
And love for the broken hearts
There is grace and forgiveness, mercy and healing
That meets you wherever you are

Cry out to Jesus
Cry out to Jesus

Cry out to Jesus
Cry out to Jesus

You can listen to this song by clicking here.

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