Doing the Impossible by Tammy Nicole Glover

“With man this is impossible but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 NIV

When I was younger, I always wanted to be a superhero. Superheroes are fearless, strong and have amazing super powers. They always know exactly what to do and what to say to save the day. Even when it seems as if their enemy has them beat, they never give up. They keep fighting until they have won the battle.

To be honest with you, I never really grew out of that superhero faze. Although, I don’t run around the house with a cape, I still wish I had super powers. When a crisis hits, I feel powerless until I remember the ultimate superhero, Jesus Christ. He not only risked His life for humanity, He actually sacrificed it. He has the power to heal, deliver, comfort and strengthen. What’s even better is that He freely shares His powers with us. There is no sickness, problem or demon in hell that can defeat us when we allow Christ to work through us. With Christ we have the ability to save the day. We can lay hands on the sick and they will be healed. We can cast down demons. We can forgive those who hurt us. We can love as God loves all through the power of Christ who is inside of us.

I may not be Wonder Woman or Supergirl but I am a child of God and that makes me more powerful than any superhero ever created. To God be the glory.

“I can do all this through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 NIV

HANDCUFFS ARE NOT A GOOD LOOK

My handcuffs have been my signature piece. I’ve worn them everyday, all day for as long as I can remember. I’ve had them on for so long that I forgot I was wearing them. I only recently noticed them as I was trying to step out on faith. I hadn’t gotten very far because my stupid handcuffs keep getting in the way.

By now, you’re probably reading this and wondering what in the world is she talking about. Those who know me are especially asking themselves this because they’ve never seen any handcuffs on me and I’m way too boring to ever find myself in them. Well, that’s true about physical handcuffs but I’m talking about spiritual handcuffs-things that hold us back from doing what God has called us to do. Sin, worry, fear, unforgiveness, hatred and pride are but a few things that can hold us back. The enemy likes to keep us in bondage. He wants us to feel helpless and out of control. Anything that keeps us from doing what God has called us to do makes his day. It’s when we are in faith and in obedience that God’s kingdom is increased and God is glorified.

The truth is,as believers, we have the authority  and power in Christ Jesus to remove those handcuffs. Every time we speak the Word of God, take our cares to Him in prayer, walk in love or acknowledge our sins and repent, our handcuffs are loosened. It’s time to shake those handcuffs off because the only person who thinks they look good on you is Satan.

“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” Luke 10:19 NIV

I AIN’T PLAYIN’ By Tammy Glover

“So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you.” 2 Thessalonians 2:15 NIV

Please excuse my grammar this week but I have a serious attitude. When I say I’m a child of God, therefore a co-heir with Christ, I ain’t playin’ (Romans 8: 16-17). When I say that I’m not the person I used to be, I ain’t playin’ (2 Corinthians 5:17). When I say I’m healed, I ain’t playin’ (1 Peter 2:24). When I say I’m blessed and favored, I ain’t playin’ (Psalm 5:12). When I say I am loved, I ain’t playin’ (John 3:16). When I say I will succeed, I ain’t playin’ (Psalm 138:8). When I say I’m beautiful, I ain’t playin’ (Psalm 139:14). When I say I’m protected, I ain’t playin’ (Psalm 91:9-12). When I say was chosen, I ain’t playin’ (1 Thessalonians 1:4). When I say I’m more than a conqueror, I ain’t playin’ (Romans 8:37). When I say I’m free, I ain’t playin’ (Galatians 5:1). When I say I’m armed, I ain’t playin’ (Ephesians 6:11-18). When I say I’m not worrying, I ain’t playin’ (1 Peter 5:7). When I say I will not be controlled by fear, I ain’t playin’ (2 Timothy 1:7). When I say Jesus is coming back, I ain’t playin’ either (1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17).

When the enemy attacks, get an attitude. Let the enemy know that you ain’t playin’. Stand on the promises of God and boldly profess them. A storm is not the time for you to become passive. It’s not the time for you to lose hope. It’s time to hold on even tighter to your faith. It’s time to praise the Lord even harder. If you don’t have faith that God is almighty and can do all things, you have already lost the battle. Have no doubt. God loves you and He is with you. He will deliver you.

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 NIV

BEFORE YOU FREAK OUT By Tammy Glover

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 NIV

If anything goes wrong today, there are some things you should think about before you freak out. First, stop and breathe. Remember that God is good. He loves you unconditionally. Whatever is thrown at you that is intended to harm you, God intends it for good (Genesis 50:20 NIV).

You barely have two dollars to your name and bills are overdue and you’re receiving shut off notices. Before you freak out remember that, “the Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame,” Isaiah 58: 11 NIV. Also remember, “do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom and these things will be given to you as well,” Luke 12: 29-31 NIV.

You went to the doctor and you were given a grim diagnosis. The doctors aren’t sure if they can help you. You don’t know if you’re going to make it. Before you freak out remember that, “by his wounds you have been healed,” 1 Peter 2:24 NIV. Also remember Isaiah 57: 18 NIV, “I have seen his ways but I will heal him; I will guide him and restore comfort to him.” If you’re still not convinced, here’s something else to think about, “praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits–who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,” Psalm 103:2-3 NIV.

Another door slammed in your face. Someone told you that you’re not good enough. You feel lost and confused. You feel like everyone is against you. Maybe there are people who are intentionally trying to break you down and keep you from receiving your blessings. Before you freak out remember that, “God knows the plans he has for you. They are plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV. “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for you,” Psalm 138:8 NIV. Also remember to “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight,” Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV.

There is no reason to fear, God is with you. Whenever doubt, anger, confusion and worry creep into your mind, remember what God says about you and what he has promised those who love and have faith in him. Don’t freak out, pray.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” John 14:1 NIV

RESCUED BY TAMMY GLOVER

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.” Psalm 37:7, NIV

I was walking along, enjoying the sunshine and picking up the beautiful flowers along the way. It seemed like the perfect day. It started to get cloudy but I didn’t let that stop me from enjoying the day, I kept on going along my path. I knew something was coming but I refused to worry about it.

I started to see fewer flowers along the way, which was a disappointment. I had started to look forward to their bright colors and intricate designs. Despite the disappointment, I kept on going until I tripped over a fallen branch. I had a few scratches and a bruised ego but nothing major. I just got back up, dusted myself off and kept on walking.

I heard wolves and I became distracted and scared. I was alone in the woods with bloody wounds and I was sure the wolves would track my scent and devour me. I had to find a safe place to hide. I started running away from the sounds of the howling wolves but they seemed to be surrounding me. I could see their glowing eyes watching me through the trees and bushes. I stumbled once again and fell into a deep pit. I tried to grab on to anything I could to stop my fall but to no avail. I hit the hard, rocky bottom. I was so far down that I could only see a sliver of light peeking through the top. I tried to climb out but only accomplished making myself weary and my finger tips raw and bloodied. I called out for help and I heard a strong voice answer back, “I’m here and I’m going to get you out.”

I was thankful but it just didn’t seem like the voice above was working fast enough. Oftentimes, there were long periods of silence and I thought that he had left me. I panicked and called out to him until I was hoarse. The voice always came back and let me know that he was still there, working on my rescue. He promised to never leave me. I knew that I had to remain calm and be patient. I kept the promise of rescue in my mind and heart. Eventually, the light from above became brighter and brighter and I could see my rescuer’s hand reaching down. I knew that it was going to be ok.

Life is a lot like this. We start down a path that we know God has set us on. We enjoy his anointing over us and his blessings along the way. Small issues arise but we press forward. We stumble and fall but we get back up. People who don’t want to see you succeed show up and we become distracted. We allow fear to overtake us. Sometimes we fall in a dark pit and we feel like there is no way to escape. The Lord your God is always with you. There is no problem that he can’t solve. He is the rescuer. There may be times when you feel like he has left you during your troubles but He is still there working on your way out. He hears your cries. You just have to remain calm and be patient. Help isn’t on the way, it’s already here.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.” John 14:1, NIV

THE DEAD SHALL RISE By Tammy Glover

“With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:27 NIV

Is there a dream or situation in your life that seems dead? Even though it looks hopeless, it is still tugging at your heart. It could be a business you wanted to start, a book, play or movie you wanted to write. Maybe there’s a house you wanted or a degree you’ve been wanted to go for. It could even be a situation you’ve been struggling with, such as a failing marriage or a troubled family member. You’ve all but given up on losing weight, having children or finding a husband or wife.

Have you allowed these hopes and dreams to become a passing fantasy? Was it because you’ve allowed doubts and negative thoughts to creep into your mind; thoughts like, I’m too old or young? I’m not smart or strong enough. I don’t have enough money or connections. I’m not gifted enough. Do you feel like you’ve made too many mistakes or you have missed too many opportunities?

Let me tell you something. God’s calling on your life is still there. God’s word will not return void. Even if you have veered so far off the path that He has laid out for you, and you feel hopelessly lost, God still knows where you are. It doesn’t matter how deep in darkness or how close to rock bottom you are. God can lift you up and turn you around. He is the author of life so He already knows the ending. Pick up your faith and get back into agreement with the Lord. He will bring those dead things back to life. Just as He called Lazarus to arise and live again, He will speak the same thing in your life.

Don’t you ever give up on something that God has called you to do. Whenever those negative thoughts slither inside your mind, remember what the Lord says about your life. Continue to stay in faith. Continue to read the Word. Continue to pray. Stay close to the Lord, He will give you strength and wisdom, which is always plentiful and yours for the taking.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened” Matthew 7: 7-8 NIV

HE STILL HAS THE POWER by Tammy Glover

“They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds.” Psalm 145:6 NIV

When life is constantly beating you up, it’s easy to forget that we have someone that’s more powerful in our corner. Sometimes, our hurt, frustration, anger and bitterness blinds us to this fact. Even in times of trials we must never forget that our God is El-Shaddai, God Almighty. His power is endless.

If He parted the Red Sea to help the Israelites escape danger, He will part seas for us. If He used all the injustices against Joseph to place him in a position of prosperity, He will do it for us. If He granted great wisdom to King Solomon, He will grant it to us too. If He delivered a man possessed with a legion of demons, He will deliver us. If He can heal someone who is hearing impaired and unable to speak, He will open our ears and loosen our tongues to speak of His glory. If He can bring Lazarus back from the dead, He can cure our cancer. If He can heal the paralyzed, He can guide our steps. If He used Moses, the prophets and the apostles to spread His Word, He can use us too. If He can restore honor to a prostitute, He can restore us too.

All these mighty works that the Lord has done didn’t stop after the apostles died or after the Bible was written. God still has the power. It is up to each and every one of us to believe. Mark 6:5 NIV says, “He could not do miracles there, except lay his hands on a few people and heal them. And he was amazed at their lack of faith.” I don’t want to limit God’s power and blessings in my life because of my lack of faith. When in the darkness, let the Lord be your light. When life beats you down, look up to your Heavenly Father, His power is unlimited.

“They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works.” Psalm 145:5 NIV