Co-Signer! Not Needed.

How many times have we looked over our lives and find situations that are unchangeable.  Maybe so bad that we dare not entertain the idea of attempting to make them better.  ‘Cause if left as is, maybe no one will notice how horrible they are?  Or maybe through the superpower of ignorance…..it’ll disappear?

The bible story of Daniel explains how-as unfortunate circumstances arise, Satan attempts to CO-SIGN on those circumstances, to guarantee your situation will not change!  Daniel a servant of God, made a decision to go against the status quo and serve the one and only true God.  In doing so, he was thrown into a lion’s den never to be seen again!  Daniel 6:16-17; So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!” A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed.

Bam!  Daniel is a goner!  Not only was a heavy stone placed as a barrier, but the King and the nobles, co-signed on Daniel’s situation, to guarantee it would not change.  But a loving God had a different plan for Daniel.  No matter what others did to ensure his demise…God wouldn’t allow anyone to co-sign on his fate. Daniel 6:22; My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in His sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, your Majesty. (NIV)

Even when the world has co-signed on your situation, saying that it will not change, have the faith of Daniel, knowing that God can change any situation.  Bad credit, death, personal hurt, financial distress, hopelessness, depression, self loathing, greed, despair, pride, anything that seems insurmountable…..GOD CAN RESCUE YOU FROM THE MOUTH OF THE LION.  As a matter of fact, he has already done so through the blood of Jesus.  Jesus died for us so that in any situation, His selfless act of love can redeem us for sin.  So there’s no need for a co-signer!  We’ve got this!

❤ bbprep

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Characters of Change

Today as I sat and felt the cool crisp North Carolina air…..I realized the seasons ARE changing.  Although, here in Carolina, it’s hard to determine our seasons, with 75 degree weather in December and 40 degree weather in May, it can be quite confusing.  But feeling the morning breeze across my face, I realized that change is coming.  Sometimes in life, change comes as expected, as clockwork, or maybe even as a surprise….its arrival is the only certainty.  We’d do well to be prepared and ready as no one can accurately predict its path.  In the coming days as the green view turns into hues of brown, red, orange or yellow, take deep breaths, allow the cool air to wash over you, and determine what role you will play in this change.

Stay well my friends-

❤ bbprep

Eccelesiastes 3:1-8

A Time for Everything

1For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

2a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace

Wow Wednesday-“Let’s Pray!”

Prayer? communicating with God.

Why pray? communicating with God, our Father, through the name of Jesus, using scripture, is THE most powerful tool we have against the satan.

Should I pray? yes.

How? by simply speaking your heart to God.  Simply communicating to Him desires, fears, hopes, needs, passions, for you and for others.  Prayer isn’t just a time for us to dump on God, but a time to be intimate with Him, a moment to be open, honest, and transparent…after all, He already knows.

Is there a guide for prayer?-Matthew 6:7-13

And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from the evil one.

Can you pray with me? sure!

Let’s pray

Father, in the name of Jesus.  Today was a good day.  Even if it wasn’t, we still proclaim that it WAS a good day, because you made it!  Lord, we are soooo thankful for your son Jesus, that came to earth to teach us more about you, and to die for our sins.  Because of that, we are saved from the death of sin!  We are set free!  Never to die the death of sin.  Father, we pray blessings over our neighbors, our friends, our enemies, our government, our family, and ourselves.  We open our hearts to be the people you want us to be.  We trust your plan, your direction for our life.  We aren’t smart enough,or brave enough, to do anything on our own.  We invite you to take a permanent place in our lives.  For we know without you, we WILL NOT survive.  Thank you for being who you are.  We love you, honor you, and magnify your name.

Amen.

bbprep ❤

Without Change there’d be no Butterflies……..

We all may know the story of Job in the Old Testament.  Beginning in Job Chapter One, the bible describes an upright man, who loved the Lord and stayed away from evil.  It goes on to say how Job was successful and prosperous because of his relationship with God.  As the lesson goes on we see that Job’s great health, his wealth, his children, his possessions, his status was snatched away from him in an effort to “prove” his faithfulness and love for the Father.  Fast forward through all this, Job goes through his trial and all that was lost was doubly restored. Of course this story of restoration is great and amazing, gives encouragement and hope, but to who?  The Job Lesson is really meant for whom?  For Job, for his family, for his friends, for his foes?  Why does God  allow one to go through a major trial and to come through it better off than they were before?

I believe that yes, the lesson is to build one’s faith and trust in the Lord, but its also for the on lookers who may not believe in the power of God to see his perfect glory!  Job had tons of nay sayers around him while he was going through.  Lots of them wanted him to “curse God and die”, but he refused.  And thank God for his refusal.  His refusal led to our deliverance.  We see that if God can bring Job back from the brink of despair, how much more can He do for us.

So the lesson then and now is that sometimes we go through a major trial to show others the power and glory of our God.  God allows us to go through a change, a metamorphosis so that we can be made new.

Remember-without change there’d be no butterflies.

❤ bbprep

#GodChallenge

Chug a spoonful of cinnamon in 60 seconds, spin violently and try to perform a task while dizzy, dunk your entire body in cold water for hours, the list unfortunately goes on and on.

Internet challenges: the new happy hour, loved by many, successfully completed by few.  Not to mention the health risks, these things can go bad…QUICKLY!  Only the brave at heart (or utterly stupid) participate and post.  Hashtags inundate our timelines, news feeds and dashboards.  Its not just viral, its contagious!

The verb form of  “challenge” -to invite, to engage, in a contest or task, shows there must be one who gives the challenge and one who accepts.

King Hezekiah was a sickly man who one day was given an awful report.  He was told by the prophet Isaiah to set his affairs in order, because he was going to die.  He would not recover from his illness.  Hezekiah was devastated by this word but he turned to God in prayer.  He challenged; invited, engaged, God to remember that he was a faithful man who had served God with his whole heart.  He wanted Him to remember that he walked in truth, which pleased God.  After this Hezekiah continued to weep, the bible says he “wept bitterly” (2 Kings 20:3)  Before Isaiah could leave the King’s courtyard, God commanded him to return to Hezekiah and say This is what the Lord, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and have seen your tears. So now I’m going to heal you. Three days from now you will be able to go up to the Lord’s temple.  I will add fifteen years to your life. I will rescue you and this city from the power of the Assyrian king.” (2 Kings 20:5-6)

It would appear that God accepted Hezekiah’s challenge, since He extended his life.  Hezekiah invited God to remember his good deeds toward Him.  He wanted God to remember that he was His servant.  Let’s take the #GodChallenge.  When faced with adversity, strife, sickness, or doubt, let’s challenge God to remember that we are holy people, who serve him with our whole heart.  He is our beginning and our end.  Without him, we’re useless.

Challenge God to REMEMBER who you are!

#GodChallenge

-bbprep ❤