What Is Hidden?

Everything hidden will be revealed, and everything secret will come out into the open. – Mark 4:22 (CEB).

When I play cards, mostly cribbage, I play what it is in my hand rather than hoping and praying that I get a certain card.

I play life the same way.  I go off of what I can see.

I made a decision to move to another state based on what I knew to be true at the time.  I prayed about it and felt God leading me in a certain direction.

This decision, I knew, meant leaving behind an awesome guy.  Only I didn’t really know how he felt about me.  I didn’t know how committed he was to the relationship.

When I told him I was leaving, I learned he planned on taking the relationship to the next level.

For me, it changed nothing.  I knew where God was leading me…and I needed to follow God.

Everything that is hidden will be revealed eventually, but make sure it isn’t a matter of “too little, too late.”

I mean tell people how you feel about them now.  Tell people how much you appreciate them now because tomorrow it may be too late.  Tomorrow they may move away or have an accident.

Those things that you need to tell people, tell them now because it is never going to be the right timing.

Don’t let those unspoken words stay hidden.  You might not get the chance later on, and you will live with a lifetime of regret.

What have you put off saying?  Say it today.

#Jesus #God #HolySpirit #Bible #Christian #peace #AnnagailLynes #Christ, #love, #faith, #hope, #grace, #strength, #trust, #prayer

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Annagail Lynes is the author of many Christian non-fiction and fiction books. She is also a pharmacy technician and a fledgling life coach.  To learn more about her and her books, go to coachannagail.com or join her on Blab at 8 pm (MST) Sunday night to discuss how to get unstuck in life at her YouTube Channel.

Are You Special?

“[In His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy…” – Ephesians 1:4 (AMP).

Think about this for a moment.  God chose us.  God picked us out for Himself in Christ.  When did He do that?  Before the foundation of the world.

God knew about you before you were ever born.  He knew the plan, the purpose, He had for your life.

God knew what choices you would make with your life, what sins you would commit, and yet He still chose to create you.

He saw something special in you.  Some sense of awesomeness that would contribute something to the world.

If you have accepted Christ, God no longer sees your filth, your sinful past.  God only sees you wrapped in the Blood of His Son Jesus  (II Corinthians 5:21).  The blood that, according to the original Greek version of I John 1:7, is continually cleansing you.

We are not perfect nor can we ever be this side of Heaven.  We are not holy in and of ourselves.  We are only holy, saved, redeemed, justified and sanctified through Christ.

Yet God saw something in you that made Him want to create you, to choose you until Himself.

Think about that.  Meditate on that today.

What is it that makes you unique?  That makes you special?  What is your message, your contribution, to this world?

Remember you were chosen by Almighty God to be a light to this dark world…and He’s equipped you to be that light bearer through Christ.

Do you choose to accept that call?  Or ignore it?

#Jesus #God #HolySpirit #Bible #Christian #peace #AnnagailLynes #Christ

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Annagail Lynes is the author of many Christian non-fiction and fiction books. She is also a pharmacy technician and a fledgling life coach.  To learn more about her and her books, go to coachannagail.com or join her on Blab at 8 pm (MST) Sunday night to discuss how to get unstuck in life at blab.im/annagaillynes

What’s The Word?

The Lord repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.” – Ruth 2:12

I’ve heard it said that the promises of the Old Testament are only for the Hebrews.

Only this promise was made to a woman who was not a Hebrew. Ruth was a Moabite woman.

She had no covenant with Almighty God, but she had what the woman at the well, the woman with the issue of blood, the Roman Centurion and the woman with the demon-possessed daughter had.

She had faith. She believed in the God of her mother-in-law Naomi, even when Naomi’s faith seemed to waver.

God gave her a full reward for all she did to help her mother-in-law, for taking care of Naomi, for listening and doing what Naomi told her to do even when the traditions probably seemed foreign to Ruth.

We have to have that kind of faith. The kind of faith that takes God at His Word. The kind of faith that acts on whatever God is directing us to do without question.

It’s okay to ask for confirmation if you feel that God is leading you in a certain direction, but asking for a fourth, fifth or fifty-seventh sign is too much.

Two questions to ask yourself, though: A) does what you feel God is leading you to do line with the Word? B) are the circumstances starting to line up with that leading?

The best thing to do is keep praying about it and see if you still feel peace. If you do, move forward. If not, stop, get quiet and see where God is actually leading you.

What is God directing you to do? What is it going to take for you to take God at His leading and do what He is calling you to do?

#Jesus #God #HolySpirit #Bible #Christian #peace #AnnagailLynes #Christ

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Annagail Lynes is the author of many Christian non-fiction and fiction books. She is also a pharmacy technician and a fledgling life coach. To receive her e-newsletter, go to coachannagail.com or join her on Blab at 8 pm (MST) Sunday night to discuss how to get unstuck in life at blab.im/annagaillynes

Are You Still?

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” – Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

If you have worked in a doctor’s office, an insurance company, a retail setting or in a pharmacy, you know there is never a truly still moment. There is always something to do, some crisis to avert, some project to work on.

My life tends to be like that with the on-going list of things in my head that I need to do. I am running errands, rushing to get this project done and to plan that.

I worry about how this is going to happen and how I am going to get this done.

Only God commands us to “Be still, and know that I am God.”

How many times do we go to God with our problems and our needs and then continue to fret about how that situation is going to be resolved?

We need to take our problems to God and leave them there. Instead of worrying about it, we need to be still.

We do far too much talking and not enough listening to God.

No, He may not speak in an audible voice, but He is always speaking to our spirit. We are just not still enough to hear what He is saying.

When we are still, we hear what I call the “downloads” from Heaven. That is when we can hear God speaking or we can gauge our guts to find out whether we find we have peace about a situation or not. The peace or lack of it is one of the most common ways God speaks.

Next time you are tempted to worry after giving a situation to God, stop and be still. You might be amazed at what God does on your behalf.

#Jesus #God #HolySpirit #Bible #Christian #peace #AnnagailLynes #Christ

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Annagail Lynes is the author of many Christian non-fiction and fiction books. She is also a pharmacy technician and a fledgling life coach. To learn more about her and her books, go to coachannagail.com or join her on Blab at 8 pm (MST) Sunday night to discuss how to get unstuck in life at blab.im/annagaillynes

 

Do You Recall?

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. – John 14:16 (KJV).

I went back to school at 38. Okay, it was tech school to become a pharmacy technician. I had always been a pretty good student, but I wondered whether I could do this with all the brand and generic names.

Every time I would take a test, I would pray that the Holy Spirit would bring all things to my remembrance, just as this Scripture says.

He did every time.

Only the Holy Spirit will only bring to your remembrance that you studied or learn at some point.

Therefore, this is not a shortcut, and we still need to study.

The Holy Spirit knows how to help us recall the names of our customers, facts for tests, our notes for our speech.

We prepare by studying or making notes, then we can ask the Holy Spirit to help us remember the information at the right time.

We are only using a portion of our brains. Sometimes we need Expert help to use it more efficiently.

Like everything with God, when we give our preparation, our efforts, to God, He will take them and add His Supernatural onto our natural. Thus creating something much better than we could come up with on our own.

#HolySpirit #remembrance #Christian #AnnagailLynes

What Does The Word Say?

Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. – Psalm 119:105

The Word of God is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. It is supposed to direct us, to lead us in the way we should go.

However, how many of you read the Word every day? How many go to it with your every problem? How many of you know what it says about your situation?

Many times we think we know what it says. We know what we have been taught that it says, but we don’t actually know what it says.

In order to know what we are believing for, in order to know where God stands on a situation, we have to go to the Source, to the Word for ourselves.

Need healing? Go to Romans 8:11, 1 Peter 2:24, Isaiah 53:4-5, Psalm 91:16.

Need provision? Go to Philippians 4:19.

Need peace? Go to John 14:27.

What does the Word say about your situation? Then meditate (mutter them over and over again to yourself) on those Scriptures until you believe them above your circumstances.

We have to choose to believe God and His Word as our final authority instead of the news or what people say. Choose to believe God’s Word today.

Is It God’s Will?

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) – Hebrews 10:23 (KJV)

Do you know that God is faithful? Do you know that He is faithful to do what He has promised to do in His Word?

God will do what He said He would do if we hold fast to our profession of faith.

Only we have been taught that you never know what God will do. We are taught wrong about His promises, so we believe that we have a 50/50 shot at God coming through for us.

I John 5:14-15 tells us that if we ask according to His will, we know that He hears us, and if He hears us, we can have confidence that we have the petition we have asked of Him.

Why don’t we see the promises coming to pass in our lives?

We don’t know His will. We know what we have been taught by the preachers and teachers we have sat under, but we have never gone to the Word for ourselves.

For example, we are taught that going to Heaven is the ultimate healing.

Only Romans 8:11 tells us that He heals our mortal bodies. That is this one.

Psalm 91:16 says that we can have long life.

Psalm 118:17 states “I will not die but live and will proclaim what the Lord has done.”

We cannot fulfill the purposes (Jeremiah 29:11, Genesis 12:3) for our lives without a healed body on Earth.

In fact, Deuteronomy 30:19 makes the statement that God has set before us life and death, blessing and cursing. In this Scripture, God tells us to choose life.

We need to dig into the Word and find out what the Word says.

Then we must set our belief on that.

We can put those Scriptures that prove what God’s Will is before our eyes every day, listen to the Scriptures audibly and meditate on them. As we do this, we will start to believe God’s Word effortlessly.

The key is to know God’s Will, then believe what God says.

Then we will know that what God promised will come to pass.

Are You Afflicted?

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. – Psalm 34:19 (KJV).

Who are the righteous?  This whole Scripture hinges on who the righteous are.

If you have accepted what Christ did at the Cross, you are indeed the righteous.  You are righteous through Christ’s shed blood at the Cross (II Corinthians 5:21).

Have you had any afflictions?

I know I have.  I haven’t had the afflictions of some, but I have had more than others.

If you’ve read my testimony, Divine Transformation, you know that I suffered from a deliberating anxiety/panic disorder.  So bad that I wouldn’t talk to anyone or talk on the phone.  I lived in constant fear of everything and everyone.

True to His Word, though, God delivered me from that.

He took me from panic attacks to a person who gets to know my patients.  I know their names, their preferences when it comes to the makers of their medications, their dogs’ names and their grandchildren’s names.  Many introduce me to their family and friends as their friend at the pharmacy.

He has delivered me from mental and verbal abuse that caused the disorder in the first place as well.

I cried out to God so many times.  There were times I didn’t think He heard me, but God worked behind the scenes for many years to orchestrate my deliverance.

When we don’t see Him working, that is when He is working the most.

That’s when I would pray, “Lord, I don’t know what You are doing, but I trust You.”

Some days were so hard that it became “Lord, I don’t know what You are doing, but I choose to trust You.”

God has delivered me out of my afflictions…in His timing not mine.  His timing is always perfect.

What He has done for me, He will do for you.  God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34).

Praise God for what He has delivered you from, and thank Him for what He is delivering you from today.

Is The Dam Broken?

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. – Proverbs 16:3 (NIV).

This Scripture tells us to commit whatever we do to the Lord, and He will establish our plans.

In the King James Version, it says that He will establish our thoughts.  I tend to lean toward that version because God is not going to establish every plan we have.

After all, we are only human.  He is God.  He knows the beginning from the end.  He knows the obstacles we will face from doing things our way.

He will establish our thoughts when we commit, when we surrender, whatever we do to Him.  He will change our thoughts to think like Him.  He will put in our thoughts His solution to our problem,  His plan instead of ours.

There is a release, a dam that is broken, when we learn to surrender whatever problems we are having in our lives to God.

It is like we are giving God permission to work in our lives.

We are given free will, and many times God will wait for us to ask Him to help us.  Many times He will wait for us to surrender, to commit, that problem to Him before He will give us the answer.

We have to surrender how we think it should work out.  We have to surrender what we think the outcome should be.  We have to just trust that God knows what He is doing.

God will work everything out for our good (Romans 8:28).  His plans are not to harm us but to prosper us (Jeremiah 29:11).

We just have to surrender our problems to God and trust Him to do the rest.


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Eternal Or Everyday?

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. – Matthew 6:21

What has got your focus? What do you put the most energy into?

This is where your treasure is, where you are wrapping up your energy, your time and, most likely, your money.

Like the race car driver who is about to crash, we need to not look at where we are crashing but to where we want to go.

Wherever we place our attention is where are lives will go.

We need to put our focus on things that will produce eternal results, which will further the Kingdom of God.

These are the treasures that won’t be taken away from us in hurricanes, money collapses or in lawsuits.

What has commanded your attention? Work? How will your work further the Kingdom of God? How many will be saved, healed or delivered?

Work is a good thing, but if we let it consume our lives, we will miss out on the things that are important like our children, like sharing our gifts and talents with the world in order to tell more people about Christ.

Think about this today. What is taking up your time and energy? Are you focusing too much on things that won’t mean anything in ten years? Or are you focusing on those things which will have an eternal impact?