Your Maker is Your Helper

Where do you look for answers?

Where do you go to find help?

Today we live with so much information, so much knowledge available to us at the touch of our finger tips. The resources are endless.

But how do you decide which buttons to press?

How do you determine what information to read?

How do you choose what answers to believe?

With such easy access to information and so many options available…what is the filter in your mind that determines whether or not the information is true, or whether the answer is right for you?

Now if your situation is a product that needs repair or understanding of how to use it, then looking for the answers is best found in going to the maker of that particular product.

If you are having trouble with your I-phone you may try to fix it yourself by doing a reset. If that doesn’t work, you may ask your friends or google and find there are specific settings that need to be changed. These can be helpful for many of your phone issues, but what do you do when none of these answers work? Oh no! Not the Genius Bar at the Apple Store! Now that requires a lot more time and effort. You may need to be without your phone for awhile until there is an open appointment! But once you are there you will find those who have been trained in the knowledge and understanding of the I-phone. They have diagnostics available that can determine the problem and can offer a solution. And if they can’t solve the problem they have the power to give or sell you one that works.

The maker is the one who knows the product!

The maker has the power to fix the product!

And so, it brings me to my point.

Who made you?

This is a question that the enemy of your soul never wants you to answer correctly. He shrouds it with lies that breed confusion, he redefines it as you give power to the hurts and disappointments of others, and he uses the intellect and wisdom of this world to deceive so that you never really understand the one true answer to this question.

Because when you know the answer to this question, and you live fully convinced of its truth, you will always find the answers you are searching for, and always receive the help you need! 

“Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his.    We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” Psalm 100:3

If you believe God, the Creator of heaven and earth, the One who spoke and everything came into existence is the One who knit you together, and formed every part of you in your mother’s womb…

If you believe God placed you exactly where He wanted you to be, at this specific time, to fulfill His purposes here on earth…

If you believe that God is the One who holds your being together, gives you every breath, and has every one of your days written before even one came into being…

If you believe God knows the number of hairs on your head, every word before you speak it, and promises that nothing in all this world can ever separate you from His presence and His love…

You have available to you all you need!

“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

As your Maker, God knows you fully, there is nothing that comes into your day that God didn’t know about. He isn’t caught off guard by something someone said to you, by an accident that happened to you, by a diagnosis, or a financial loss.

Your Maker is your helper!

God has already been there, He has answers, solutions, and all the help you need and He wants you to draw near to Him so He can walk through it with you.

“God is our refuge and strength,
    always ready to help in times of trouble.” Psalm 46:1

As a creation made by God you were never intended to fix yourself, solve your own problems, or find your answers from the world.

David understood this when he wrote Psalm 121,

I look up to the mountains—
    does my help come from there?
My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth!

He will not let you stumble;
    the one who watches over you will not slumber.
Indeed, he who watches over Israel
    never slumbers or sleeps.

The Lord himself watches over you!
    The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
The sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon at night.

The Lord keeps you from all harm
    and watches over your life.
The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,
    both now and forever.

God is for you, He is able to do exceedingly above and beyond all you could ever think or imagine! His resources are not limited to the things of this world, but are beyond your understanding and your ability! While the world may have answers, they only solve the symptoms, coving over the root issues.

God is more concerned with your heart than your situations because He knows that when your heart is changed your situations will change!  

So, before you press that button in search of an answer, go to God. Get out your Bible and read of His great and precious promises. Read them out loud over yourself and your situation. Ask God what He has to say, and then listen for His answer!

Your Maker is your helper!

Live Generously

While spending some time with my grandson, Elliot, the other day  I was reminded of something the Lord said to me several years ago.

“There is more where that came from.”

A friend and I were having dinner at a restaurant one evening and as we were finishing up she said to me the Lord was putting on her heart to bless a woman and her two daughters who were sitting several tables away from us. Being a single mom her attention was drawn to the woman and she had been watching them as they ate dinner together. I remembered I had some extra cash in my wallet and agreed to pray together about what we should do. As we prayed about how we should bless this woman and her girls and how we should share God’s love for them my mind went back to the amount of cash I had in my wallet and considered, “That’s all I have, should I give it all?” It was then that the Holy Spirit whispered in my ear, “There is more where that came from.”

With that I was convinced we should put our money together and bless them with it. Then we needed to come up with the words to say. How do you walk up to someone and give them money? I let my friend put some words together because she had been in a place of need herself and found words to speak encouragement and hope found in trusting Jesus for all our needs. Then we planned the delivery. Why can blessing someone feel so strange sometimes? We came up with a strategy and went for it. My friend shared some encouraging words, we handed her the money, and then went on our way.

I don’t know what the woman and her girls thought of it, but we were overjoyed! I had such joy in my heart it was all I could think about for a long time!

There is nothing like the joy found in giving!

This is what Elliot reminded me of the other day…

It was snack time so I put several veggie straws in a dish for him. He took one and ate it, then he held one up for me to eat. He continued to share his veggies straws and every time the dish was empty, I reached into the enormous bag of veggie straws and put more in it.

This was when the Lord spoke to me again and said, “Elliot can so easily share because he knows there will always be more.”

Elliot wasn’t responsible for the supply of veggie straws. He was only given the choice of what to do with the veggie straws that were in his dish. He enjoyed eating some himself and he found joy in sharing them with me.

God made me laugh as He told me He has an enormous bag of veggie straws available and all I need to do is trust that He will always fill my dish when I choose to share them with others!

When I know the truth that God has everything I need and will always supply my need it removes the fear that I won’t have enough and frees me to live generously!

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

Lessons From Children

As a mother I have learned that God gives many lessons through the “mouths of babes.” While I may have thought I was the one teaching and training, I have come to realize that there has been many things my Heavenly Father taught me through my children. 

Such as a lesson about love…

As my first born, Brian was everything to me. All my time, energy, and purpose was wrapped up in caring for him and spending time with him. As my first baby I was wowed with his “firsts”! Every day he did something new and I was so caught up in watching him grow and spending time with him. So when I became pregnant again at first I was eager to have another little one to enjoy as I was enjoying Brian. But as the months progressed I began to wonder if I would be able to love another baby as I loved Brian. When Cliff was born, I learned the lesson that because God is love, love has no limits, it always abounds, and there is plenty for everyone! 

With each new baby I realized that not only does love abound, but because God creates each one uniquely, each child’s firsts were amazing! Just as I delighted in Brian’s firsts, I delighted in Cliff’s, Austin’s, and Kayla’s because each one’s firsts were unique to them. They each learned and responded differently according to their personality and I loved them for it. 

When they were a little older they would ask me who I loved most. Now maybe at the moment it did seem as though I loved one of them more than the others, but that question never received the answer they were looking for. So they would come up with their own answers based on how they perceived the ways I demonstrated my love. Who got the most things, who was allowed to do the most, who got away with the most…

I enjoy the simplicity and honesty of children. I think this is why God can teach us lessons through them.

I’m sure you have wondered if God really loved you and when you didn’t seem to get an answer, you began to ponder the evidence to prove whether He did or not?

How do you determine God’s love for you?

You are probably like my children and begin to look for evidence.

What is the evidence that proves you are loved?

This is an all important question you need to consider!

How you answer this question will determine whether or not you ever know whether you are truly loved. 

If you look for evidence of God’s love for you

in the things of this world…

in the people of this world…

in the successes of this world…

to determine whether God loves you or not you will always be uncertain, you will always be searching, you will never have enough evidence to know you are loved. 

My children have grown to realize that the amount of things they received, permission to do certain things, being allowed to get away with things doesn’t prove my love for them. Yes, these are expressions of my love, but my love is not to be measured by the amount of evidence, nor is my love conditional upon their performance, I love them simply because they are mine!

And this is what God says to you as well, 

“But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, And He who formed you, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.” Isaiah 43:1

This is God’s answer to your question as to whether or not you are loved. God’s love for you isn’t found in the things of this world, in the people of this world, nor in the successes of this world, it is found only in Him because God is Love!

“God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” 1 John 4:15-16

Evidence of God’s love is written all throughout the Bible and is displayed all throughout His creation, but the climax of His Love was demonstrated on the cross as His Son, Jesus, died for the forgiveness of sin so you can personally know and experience the One who is love, God Himself!

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

So rather than searching for evidences of God’s love for you, search for God Himself, spend time with Him, get to know Him through His word, talk with Him throughout your day for God is love and the more you know Him the more you will experience His love!

 

 

Blessed

What does it mean to be blessed?

I celebrated my birthday last week and I had many birthday wishes for a blessed day and a blessed year. I was so blessed that even the waitress who served me my birthday dinner wore a neckless that said, “Blessed”! The next day I thanked everyone for those happy birthday wishes and responded that I am very blessed.

But, I got thinking, what does it really mean to be blessed?

Blessed is a word I use often and I think I know what it means, but I wonder whether I really know fully what God means when He uses the word blessed.

It took God only 22 verses to first use the word “blessed” in the Bible.

God blessed His creations in the seas and in the sky…

“Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.” Genesis 1:22

It seems God’s blessing upon the fish and birds was His way of showing His favor on them to enjoy the earth He placed them in; to live, thrive, and multiply so His wonder will be displayed. And isn’t that what happens as we look at God’s creation? How much awe and wonder is found in looking at the birds of the air and the fish of the sea!

Then after creating man in His image, God blessed them…

“And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:28

So God showed His favor on man as He created them in His image and blessed them to enjoy the earth He created, to thrive and multiply and display the wonder of God! As with God’s creation, there is an awe and wonder towards those who live fully in the blessing of God, thriving and multiplying, as they represent God well here on earth.

The dictionary definition of the word blessed; made holy; consecrated.

Endowed with divine favor and protection.
 
The word blessed has its origin in God.
 
So when I read in the Bible that I have been created by God, made in the image of God, I realize I am blessed by God.
 
God’s blessing upon my life here on earth includes my knowing the One who created me and knowing my purpose here on earth is to thrive, to multiply, and to display the wonder of God!
 
 
Praise God, I am blessed!
 
 
But, I also realize because blessed has its origin in God, because it is divine in nature, it isn’t like anything of this world. I can humanize blessed and attach my thoughts and ways and assume what being blessed looks like.
 
 
I sometimes assume blessed means I have everything I need.
 
 
After all doesn’t God promise to provide all my needs?
 
 
I sometimes assume being blessed means everything will go smoothly, with no problems.
 
 
After all doesn’t God promise He will go with me and protect me wherever I go?
 
 
Sometimes I assume being blessed will enable to me do everything I need to do.
 
 
After all doesn’t God promise that in Christ I can do all things?
 
 
So, what about those times when I don’t have what I think I need?
 
 
What about when times get really tough and aren’t going the way I think they should go?
 
 
What happens when I find myself unable to do what I need to do?
 
 
Does that mean I’m no longer blessed by God?
 
 
Does that mean I’ve done something to hinder His blessings?
 
 
Do I need to do something to earn back His blessing?
 
 
When I read through the many, many times God uses the word blessing
in the Bible I realize His blessing isn’t something that changes. His blessing isn’t affected by what I do or don’t do.
 
 
God’s blessing isn’t affected by my circumstances!
 
 
God’s blessing is constant!
 
 
And because God’s blessing is constant He works in and through all my circumstances; my need, my turmoil, my inabilities, to show His goodness, His greatness, His glory!
 
 
God’s blessing isn’t about my circumstances, but its about God working in all my circumstances for His glory! 
 
 
God’s blessing is the ability to trust God even when I don’t think I have enough.
 
 
God’s blessing is when I know He is walking with me even when I go through difficult situations.
 
 
God’s blessing is when I believe God will enable me to do what I never thought I could do.
 
 
God’s blessing is always available, but only realized when I trust the power of God, know the love of God, and believe the character of God!
 
 
When I was spending time with God on my birthday, contemplating the meaning of His blessing on my life, He whispered into my ear…
 
 
“Wilma, My precious daughter, blessing is found in looking at My face.”
 
 
When I consider God’s love for me demonstrated by what Jesus went through so that I can have a relationship with the One who created me and knows me perfectly, so that I can walk and talk with Him, so that I can see His face, I realize how truly blessed I really am and it changes my perspective of my circumstances.
 
 
Blessing is found in taking my eyes off my circumstances and by putting my eyes on my Heavenly Father!
 
 
“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.” Ephesians 1:3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Why have I called you…

I am reading through the book of Isaiah and I came across some verses that caught my attention…

“And why have I called you for this work? Why did I call you by name when you did not know me? I am the Lordthere is no other God. I have equipped you for battle, though you don’t even know me, so all the world from east to west will know there is no other God. I am the Lord, and there is no other.” Isaiah 45:4-6


I grew up with the understanding there was different types of work. There were those who worked jobs around the community. They were considered secular jobs because they were among the people of the world. There were those who worked in the church and they were somewhat separate from those of the world. Then there were those who were really radical that went to other countries to be missionaries. They were willing to leave everything to tell others about God. 

I always admired missionaries. I considered their passion and selflessness something I longed for. To leave this culture of entitlement, to be free from the things of this world, and to lay up treasures in heaven by telling those who never heard about Jesus of His power and love! 

There was a separation in my thinking.

People here in America do secular jobs, missionaries do godly jobs.

I now see that this way of thinking goes against everything God says in His word. 

“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

I finally realize there is no difference in the work we do. If we belong to God we are called to leave this culture’s ways of thinking, be free from the desires of this world, and lay up treasures in heaven by telling others about the power and love of God found in Jesus!

As I spend my days behind a desk, answering the phone, and cleaning the office, I am learning to change my thinking about what I do.

Because the way I think about what I do greatly affects what I do and the impact it has on those around me. 

So when I read this verse in Isaiah, God whispered into my ear that He has called me to this work so that others all around me will know that He is God and that there is no other!

I’m finding it difficult to understand what that looks like. But I know in the depth of my heart that this is what God has for His people. He has placed His people all throughout this world so that we shine His light in all we say, and in all we do because we are surrounded by people who live in the darkness of not knowing Him. It isn’t only the people in far away countries that don’t know Jesus, but in every corner of this great world! 

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:14-17