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Friday, October 2, 2020

When The World Rejects You, Jesus Accepts You

 Dear Beloved,

When the world rejects you, Jesus accepts you. This is a profound, yet hard truth to settle in. This week I found myself having to be reminded of this truth and learning how to anchor myself in it. It's one thing to know Jesus accepts me, but it's a different thing to ANCHOR myself in that. 



When you're spending time with Jesus you may feel his acceptance from the crown of your head to the bottom of your toes. Or if your around other believers in your community and their love and acceptance toward you reminds you of God's, these instances support the truth that you know. However, when you go outside of these scenarios and experience rejection from others, THAT'S when being anchored in God's precious truth is vital. When you encounter these moments, what you know about God's acceptance seems to take a back seat to the rejection someone's giving you. Becoming anchored means God's truth becomes apart of the very ground you stand on, meaning you take with you wherever you go. It can never take a back seat because it's the very thing holding you up. 

It's more difficult for the enemy to penetrate our minds with arrows of rejection when we are shielded by our confidence in God's acceptance. Has there been a time you've shared your herpes status with someone and they rejected you? Or maybe you're holding back from sharing because you believe they'll reject you. Whichever the case, I pray the Lord will help you to realize HIS acceptance is the only one that matters at the end of the day. God not only accepts you, but He desires you, He pursued you on the cross, and even after you entered into a relationship with Him, He still pursues. Beloved, you are constantly on the Lord's mind and your name is engraved in His hand (Isaiah 49:16). I pray God's acceptance will be a truth to your mind and an anchor to your feet when you go into the world. Grow in the confidence of God's desire for you. 

May we both mature to the place where we are completely confident and consumed in God's acceptance and untouched by enemy using people to plant seeds of rejection in our minds. 


May your hope be in Jesus Christ,

Anreka


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Friday, September 11, 2020

When Hope Is Drifting

 Dear Beloved,

You can't , but God CAN. 

Sometimes hope starts to diminish when we place more focus on our weakness, than God's strength. When life comes hard and exposes how feeble we are, hopelessness tends to come right after. We look at the mounting problems in our lives and hear the enemy's voice reminding us that we don't have the power to fix any of our problems. Beloved, God wants you to know YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE THE POWER BECAUSE HE DOES. 



I've been reading a book that has been so timely for me in this season, it's called Sensible Shoes by Sharon Garlough Brown. It's an amazing book that follows the spiritual journeys of four different women that are in very different places in their relationships with God. One of the character's name is Meg. Meg is severely bound by fear and anxiety. She has no confidence in herself and isn't even sure if she's worth God's love. Meg starts attending a weekend retreat class to grow her faith. During a conversation with the teacher, she shared some of her fears and started naming all the things she couldn't do. Her teacher, Katherine, responded with the word below: 

"When Jesus spoke about the poor in spirit (Matthew 5:3) he was talking about people who were totally helpless and entirely dependent upon God to supply all their needs. That kind of weakness is a place of blessing, Meg. It's a GIFT to be able to say, 'I can't, but God can!'..Actually, that's one of my favorite prayers. I'll inhale saying the words 'I can't' and exhale saying the words 'You can, Lord' over and over again throughout the day. Those simple words help me keep going in hope and faith when the way gets hard." 

(Sensible Shoes, p. 64) 

In the excerpt above we see two things happening. The first is that it's OKAY to acknowledge that YOU CAN'T. The enemy is notorious for speaking facts, but not the whole truth, that's how he disguises himself in our own voice. The devil will keep telling you how weak you are or unable to solve the problem you're facing, this is a fact, but he torments you when he doesn't tell you the whole truth: GOD CAN. It's not wrong to be weak. It's not wrong to not have the answers for your troubles. We are feeble humans that were never designed to be strong, but completely reliant on an all powerful God. We even see this in scripture where David writes:

Who do I have in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.

(Psalm 73:24-25) 

Our weakness or inability is no surprise to God. I encourage you to overcome the enemy by praying the WHOLE TRUTH beloved. You may not have the physical, emotional, spiritual, financial ability to solve your life's problems, but GOD DOES. God is strength, healer, provider, restorer, and redeemer. Take back your hope by letting the enemy know your awareness of your weakness AND your awareness of God's strength. You can do that with the simple prayer detailed above: Inhale "I can't", exhale "You can, Lord". That's the second observation in the Sensible Shoes excerpt , the most powerful prayer can be said in the least of words. You don't have to pray a whole bible chapter to use the sword of the Spirit God has given you, all you need is the WHOLE TRUTH. Pray this simple, whole truth over and over throughout your day and I'm confident you will increase in hope. 

May your hope be in Jesus Christ,

Anreka


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