A Prevailing Purpose {When Life is Tough}

The Lord's purpose will prevail.

After a stressful and wearisome past few months, I have to admit that it's been tough. Life isn't easy. Losing a loved one is hard. Constant work can wear out the soul. Graduation and all the events surrounding it is quickly approaching. Life is flying by at a speed much faster than I've been able to process.

In the tough times, our faith is tested...and it's in these times that we so often fail the test and lose faith. Yet even when we stumble and fall, the Lord never fails to continue to show up and express His love all around us. His grace reaches out to us in our worst moments--for that's what grace is all about.

With everything overwhelming my heart and soul, it hasn't been easy. But it's in these times that I'm learning that the Lord is faithful. Even though many things still don't make sense, He is working behind the scenes, opening and closing the right doors, moving for a purpose that is far greater than I could ever imagine.

It amazes me how a single encounter can be used by God to bring dramatic change. He's been speaking through people, placing me with the right people at the right place at the right time. He's been opening doors and providing me with just what I need. He's been speaking to my heart. And it's a blessing when we respond to His call on our heart, for He uses our faithful response to further His purpose!

Life isn't easy.

But I'm learning step by step that God is faithful and that He's fulfilling His purpose.
He is good!

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; Your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of Your hands. Psalm 138:8


Start a Movement

Between attending the Rock and Worship Roadshow and viewing God's Not Dead 2 within the past few weeks, the Lord has been pressing against my heart a few things about steps of faith and standing up for Him.

It's so easy to live in this world with a spirit of timidity and fear. The name of Jesus has become forbidden, controversial, and quick-to-hide. To say His Name is risky. But to proclaim the name of Jesus in the way that we live...can lead to problems.

Problems that Jesus was all too familiar with.

And problems that must be worth the risk in order to pursue our Righteous King.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me." Matthew 16:24

Following Jesus means risk. It means sacrificing everything, even our acceptance by this world. It means denying ourselves and living for Him.

It means standing up in faith.

We are called out to step out in faith and spread His love to the world. We are called to stand up for Him, no matter the cost. Even when the world considers us strange, even when we are told we must hide our faith, we must not let the light go dim. God is not dead, but is alive and active, moving in our lives and across this nation and world. Hardened hearts and spiritually-closed eyes are all around us, but with the power of our God, I believe that a movement for Him is not impossible.

Many times being brave--whether that means standing up for your beliefs or simply waking up early to tackle the day’s tasks--is not glamorous, and is something we are called to be in the mundane of our lives.:
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We must set aside the fear in our hearts and walk in bravery. In the face of opposition, we must jump off these "cliffs", if we just have faith that when we jump, He will catch us. In order to initiate a revival of turned hearts towards our God and Savior, we must be willing to walk in faith and courage. 

That means taking the giant leaps, despite not knowing where we'll land, but trusting that He'll be there to catch us when we fall.

Let's stand up in faith and proclaim His Name, no matter the cost. Let's do what's right, even when the world tells us to do wrong. Let's pray and act in accordance with our faith, stirring a movement in this nation for Jesus Christ.

I don't know about you, but this light in my heart is too big for me to hide. Let's proclaim the Name of Jesus in all that we do.

Let's start a movement!