This END is not THE end.

This is not the end for you.

No matter how big, sudden or broken your situation may be, this is not THE end.

Jesus is the perfect example…

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19:30 NIV)

When Jesus said “It is finished”, many people thought that was the end for Jesus. In the mist of the death of something in our lives, we believe that may be the end for us also. But remember, between Good Friday and Happy Sunday, there was a silent Saturday. After the death of something in our lives, rather it be a person or our dreams, there is always a in-between period of waiting before the miracle takes place.

Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. (John 19:31 NKJV)

You see in this scripture after Jesus’ death, preparation is being made for his burial. The word preparation really caught my eye and how it is used to describe the moments after his death. Many times after the dying away of something in our lives, God uses that void to prepare us for bigger and better. While our hearts are being broken down, our faith is being restored. Our lost is never in vain. No pain is ever wasted. As the Roman soldiers were preparing for Jesus’ burial, little did they know that preparation was a pathway to his resurrection.

Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. (John 19:32-33 NKJV)

This passage revealed a lot to me. Even though Jesus was dead, notice his legs were not broken. It is part of scripture, before his death that says “Not one of His bones shall be broken,” so this had to be fulfilled. But God also revealed to me that even though our hearts and our minds may feel broken and dead, His plans for us are not. God has power to restore dead dreams back to life. Your dream may be dead, but your PURPOSE is not broken.

Jesus was dead, but he was not broken.

Don’t give up on the waiting…because just like Jesus, we are never defeated. A miracle is waiting on the other side of your silent Saturday. The happy Sunday is coming in your life! Resurrection is coming in your life! Hold on to Him, the One who conquered the ultimate DEATH. #mostbeautifulself

Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? (1 Corinthians 15:55 NIV)

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. (Romans 8:37 NKJV)

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18 NIV)

I love you and Jesus loves you more.

Regina

*This post was inspired by a devotional found on the First 5 app by Proverbs 31 Ministries. Find this amazing app dedicated to helping women spend the first part of their mornings with God here:

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The FIRE of a fighter

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Have you ever felt this urgency, this FIRE inside your belly to accomplish something God has told you to do, but procrastination, lack of energy and time day by day leaves your vision dormant? God has placed a fire, a passion, a PURPOSE inside everyone at birth.

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations. (Jeremiah 1:5 NLT)

In scripture, God called Jeremiah to be a prophet to the nations. But you see Jeremiah doubting, questioning God because of His youth, and He also knew the message He had to proclaim was a difficult one.

Alas, Sovereign Lord, I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” (Jeremiah 1:6 NIV)

How many times have we questioned a task placed in front of us because of our feelings of inadequacy? Or let fear hold us captive because of the potential opinions of others? I’m telling you…these feelings have been too real in my life. Upon birthing this blog, God placed this vision in my heart to write and speak to others about their true worth and value in Jesus Christ. I KNOW I’m meant to do this. But I began to leave my gift dormant for a bit and wasn’t stirring up the drive and fire inside of me…soon my fire started to dim. I had the passion without the FIGHT. Without any fight, you leave room for those toxic feelings to take over in your heart and your mind. You have to recognize early on that these feelings are a trap. Let’s face it: This world is going to try to trip you up. The enemy is going to try to do everything he can to keep you away from doing what God told you to do. That is his full-time profession. But the One living inside us is GREATER.

But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you  is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. (1 John 4:4 NLT)

When we depend on Jesus, we become unstoppable. This doesn’t come without a fight. A fight to say no to your flesh and yes to God. It’s a constant dying to yourself. When working on this blog, I had many moments of “flesh fights” and one night I just decided I had enough and stirred myself and my fire back up in the Lord with His truth, inside my journal. I pray this inspires you to stir up the fire inside you also, to accomplish the great things that are already placed inside of you.

I gotta fight! Nothing is going to stop me! Jesus is within me. The creator of the Universe called me for a plan and purpose. This is BIG and not to be taken lightly. He called me! Out of all the billions of people in this world! Look at the magnitude of this! Just as big as His plan is for me, is the strength that already lives inside me. Again, do not take this lightly. The man who conquered DEATH itself is ALIVE inside me. With Him, I am unstoppable. Do not deny or underestimate this power. God does not underestimate me! He knows exactly what He is doing, no mistakes exist in His plans. Just like I trust the air that is circulating through my lungs to keep me alive at this very moment, is the same trust I need to have for God. He loves me and will never fail me. Fight this battle! This world needs me. I can’t give up. He is too good for that. He says “I am with you…always.”

#mostbeautifulself

Don’t give up.

Just think…

What if Jesus gave up on you?

I love you and Jesus loves you more.

Regina