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For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

The reality of these words really struck me in church yesterday. But with it came a question:

Do I talk about my problems or do I talk to my problems?

Admittedly a modern mindset might see Christ’s words as strange but He was all about teaching us to live as He lived. It’s easy to talk about what we’re going through; it’s harder to talk to them.

One night on a raging sea Christ gave us a supreme example. While the disciples were talking about the storm, He turned and spoke to the storm.

Peace, be still.

When circumstances seem contrary, take God’s Word of promise and echo them from your heart and mouth. Anxiety, fear, depression, even physical challenges bow to His will. 

Live in faith,

JP Robinson

“You get what you expect.”

I’ve heard that expression more times than I can count. But the truth of that statement becomes more real with each day that passes. 

It’s especially true in our spiritual lives. Starting each day with an expectation that we will see God move in some way, sets the stage for Him to do what He does best.

Everyday, we Christians face challenges that sometimes leave us bewildered or emotionally-drained. As a result, we often lose sight of the potential that each day holds and start our mornings with a negative mindset. 

This outlook is underscored by perpetually pessimistic news, tirades on social media and—worst of all—other people whose gloomy outlooks tend to prevent us from seeing the beauty and power that Christ wants to unveil in and through our lives. 

I can’t help but wonder how many of us actually expect to see the miraculous each day, in our own lives. When we pray, are we just itemizing a list of wishes or do we actually expect God to answer?

Let’s change that.

Start your morning by vocalizing that you expect to see God’s loving hand.

Whether He parts the Red Sea of your morning commute, provides you with just enough to cover your next bill or simply whispers an inaudible I love you,  you will not be disappointed. 

Because you get what you expect. And today, you’re expecting a miracle.

Live empowered,

JP Robinson

God’s hand holding ours

But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
    he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
    and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
    and the flame shall not consume you.

Isaiah 43:1-2ESV

Okay so it’s more than one verse but the second verse is too good to leave out.  These are more than poetic words; they are God’s firm declaration of His abiding commitment to His people. 

God is a friend who doesn’t abandon those He loves when times get hard. When we feel alone, afraid or crushed beneath the burdens of life, He is the strength-giver. 

When are grieving and can’t find relief from the pain, He holds our hand. When anxiety threatens to overwhelm us, He is our peace.

It’s important to note that God never promised to keep us from the fire–He promised that the fire wouldn’t overcome us.  Take advantage of the comfort and strength He alone can provide.

Be Jesus strong, 

JP Robinson