MOVE! By Tammy Glover

“If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 NIV

It’s frustrating feeling as if you’re stuck in a place where you don’t belong. You’ve caught glimpses of your future and it’s so close that you can touch it. You know what you need to do to get there but you’re blocked. There’s a huge mountain standing in your way.

Your mountain can be anything holding you back. It can be fear, shame, doubt, pride, anger, laziness or just a bad attitude. You try to ignore it and walk around it, but it’s too big to ignore. You try to push it out the way but it’s too heavy. You try to kick it out the way but you just end up with a broken toe. You become exhausted and you consider giving up. Maybe you were wrong. Maybe you made too many mistakes to deserve that future. These thoughts only add to your mountain.

Finally, you realize that you need some help moving that mountain out of your way. Your friends and family can’t help because it’s too big for them. They might not have been given the opportunity to take a peek at your future. They also don’t feel the same urgency to get there as you do either. This is when you call on God, who has been waiting for you all along. After all, he is the author of your future. In a blink of an eye, he can remove that mountain. You begin to heal. The bumpy roads become smooth. The doors start to open.

Why are we so quick to open our mouths to complain to anyone who will listen but wait until the last minute to call on God for help? There is nothing he can’t do. It doesn’t matter how much of a mess we’ve made or how far we thought we tried to run away from him. He’s is still there, loving us and watching over us. He has never given up on us, so don’t you dare give up on him. If he has placed a dream inside of your heart, he will lead you to it. It doesn’t matter how many mountains you have or how big they are, with God on your side, you can say, “Move!”

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

GRACE, NOT LUCK By Tammy Glover

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23-24 NIV

There is no such thing as luck but there is such a thing as grace. Grace is the unmerited favor of God. You can’t buy it. You can’t earn it. Grace is a gift given by God. The moment you opened your eyes this morning, you were given grace to get through another day.

Despite what you may have been told, you were not an accident. Your life does have a purpose. You may be a mess but by God’s grace you can be redeemed. It is by God’s grace that you receive all blessings. You are dearly loved even when you make mistakes. You are forgiven by God’s grace. Even if you feel like everyone is against you. You are never alone. Healing, wisdom and prosperity are all available to you in abundance because of grace.

Jesus died so that you could receive the gift of grace. Don’t let such precious gift go to waste.

“I will sing to the Lord for he has been good to me.” Psalm 13:6 NIV

MAKE WAY, GOD IS COMING THROUGH By Tammy Glover

“I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you.” Leviticus 26:9 NIV

Make way, God is coming through and He is carrying a boat load of blessings just for you. Get rid of the clutter of doubt and confusion. Take out the trash of bitterness, anger and unforgiveness. Sweep the floors of the dirt of envy, greed and hatred. Remove the dust of fear that covers all the surfaces. Wash the walls of the filth of shame and guilt leftover from your past. Clean the windows so that you can see God’s grace and mercy shining through. Open the doors to let in the fresh air of love, peace and wisdom flow through.

God is coming through and our houses must be in order. We have to be prepared to receive our blessings. The past has expired and God wants to replace it with our future. Stock up on His Word. Rejoice! God is coming through!

“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For just in a little while.” Hebrews 10: 35-37 NIV

STAYING IN MY PLACE By Tammy Glover

“I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep with the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit–just as you were called to one hope when you were called–one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4: 1-6 NIV

It’s not my place to judge you or to look down on you. It’s not my place to manipulate you or control you. It’s not my place to harass you and make your life difficult. It’s not my place to turn my back on you when you’re in need and withhold my help. It’s not my place to tear you down or enjoy seeing you fall.

It is, however, my place to show you compassion. It’s my place to find out what I can do to help you and not how you can help me. It’s my place to let you go to allow you to learn things on your own and to let you discover your own path. It’s my place to let you see the light that God has placed inside of me. It’s my place to encourage you and to offer my hand to help lift you up. It’s my place to pray for you. It’s my place to love you.

Do you know your place? Now, before you answer that question, truly think about it. Do you really know your place and are you there? Do you realize what an honor and blessing it is that God has chosen you; that he has called you to be a representation of himself? Do you know how much it breaks His heart when you don’t stay in your place? When we hurt each other, our brothers and sisters, it hurts our Father too. I ask you again, do you know your place?

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: love each other.” John 15: 16-17 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

IF ONLY… By Tammy Glover

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” Proverbs 27:1 NIV

If only I had savored every moment with my family. If only I would have loved more and judged less. If only I had paid more attention to the people who tried my patience, maybe I would have seen how much pain they were in. If only I had spent more time forgiving and less time holding on to anger for something I can’t even remember. If only I had seized more opportunities to give to those in need. If only I had spent more time reading and listening to the Word of God. If only I hadn’t rolled my eyes when people tried to tell me how much God loved me. If only I hadn’t given up on that family member that kept breaking my heart. If only I had prayed more. If only I realized that I didn’t have more time.

As I lay in the back of an ambulance, while a paramedic shocks my heart to get it to restart, I realize that my life has always been in God’s hands. I’m hoping that God will have mercy on me as I feel my spirit leaving my body. I’m praying that He will bring me back and give me more time, time that I will no longer waste. I know now, how precious time is. Time is meant to be spent loving, forgiving, learning, growing, helping, giving and praising God.

If only….

“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” Psalm 95:7-8 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

I WANT MY CAKE AND EAT IT TOO By Tammy Glover

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

I want my blessings now. I don’t want to be patient. I don’t want to be still. I want to fulfill my destiny. I don’t want the blood, sweat and tears. I want my success now but I don’t want to lose friends in the process. I want everyone to like me.

I want to fall in love but I don’t want to experience the heartbreak. I want to put all my worries in the Lord’s hands but I don’t want to relinquish my control. If I don’t complain, what will I have to talk to my friends about?

I want to receive healing but I still want people to be concerned about me. I don’t want to be a victim but I don’t want to say no. I don’t want to confront painful memories. I want my situation to change but I don’t want to do the hard work involved in fixing it.

I want to do what is right but I want what is right to be easy. I want to be a blessing to others but I don’t want to get my hands dirty. I don’t want to have to associate with people who aren’t like me.

I want help but I don’t want to ask for it. I don’t want people to know that I can’t do it all on my own. I don’t want anyone to see me cry. I don’t want them to know I still need a hug even though I have a smile on my face and pep in my step.

My flesh and my spirit are walking contradictions. I want it all. I want my cake and eat it too, and if I can get away with it, I want ice cream on the side. I can’t have it all at once though. Sometimes, I have to wait to eat my cake. I have to eat my vegetables before I can enjoy dessert. I have to allow time for my dinner to digest.

When I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, that meant I surrendered everything to him. My life, my heart, my soul and my body are His. I admitted that He knows what is best for my life and I agreed to trust Him to lead me to where I need to go. I decided to serve Him despite what my flesh wants. I have to pick up my cross if I want to walk with Christ. I can live with that, because eventually my Heavenly Father will reward me with cake and I will be able to eat it too, even if I have an occasional temper tantrum while I wait.

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21 NIV

IT’S THAT SIMPLE By Tammy Glover

“Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved–you and your household.” Acts 16:31 NIV

Do you remember when you were younger and things were simple? You could spend hours of fun in a fort made out of a plain cardboard box. If you fell down and scraped your knee it only took one kiss to make it better. If your parents threw you up in the air there was no doubt that they would be there to catch you. You could laugh until your stomach hurt just from seeing someone make a silly face.

As you got older, things became a lot more complicated. Playing sports meant the difference between a scholarship or putting off college. You had to pay bills. You got married and had children. Your job got more stressful. It got to the point that complicated became normal and now you expect everything to be complicated.

Thankfully, there are still some things that are simple and salvation is one of them. I know that some of us have tried to make that complicated too. The simple truth is that all you need to do is accept Jesus Christ into your heart. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past. It doesn’t matter how many mistakes you’ve made. It doesn’t matter how much of a mess your life is in right now. It doesn’t matter how much education you have. It doesn’t matter how you look and it doesn‘t matter how much money you have. Once you allow Jesus inside your heart, he will permeate your whole life. Things will still be challenging and you will still make mistakes, but you won’t be alone and you won’t have to try and figure things out by yourself.

Jesus has already done all of the complicated work for you. He took on your sins, sacrificed his life for yours and rose from the dead just so that you could be saved. Now all you have to do is believe and accept him as your savior. The rest will come.

“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” Hebrews 7:25 NIV

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is a gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8 NIV

WHAT DID YOU SAVE ME FOR? By Tammy Glover

“The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.” Luke 24:7 NIV

Did you save me so that I could live in fear or worry about tomorrow? Did you save me so that I could complain about my blessings? Did you save me to be secretly envious of others? Did you save me so that I could avert my eyes when someone in need is standing in front of me? Did you save me so that I could sit idle while there are so many people that don’t know you? Did you save me so that I could live in shame? Did you save me so that I could have a false sense of superiority? Did you save me so that I could feel hopeless?

Absolutely not. You saved me because you wanted me to walk in light, not in darkness. You saved me so that I could enjoy your blessings. You saved me so that I could praise you even in the midst of troubles. You saved me so that I could pray for others. You saved me so that I can have compassion for those in need. You saved me so that I could spread the good news that Jesus is Lord and Savior. You saved me so that I could forgive those who have hurt me. You saved me so that I could fulfill your purpose for my life. You saved me so that I could be hopeful. You saved me because you love me.

Lord, please let me always remember and to also remind others why you saved us.

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last.” John 15: 16 NIV