What’s in your Jar?

Faith will not be moved by your circumstance but by your own faith.

If your hands are filled with your own burdens, there is no space for God to heal you. You must surrender everything to the Lord. Learn to let go.

God will bless you based on what you are prepared for.

2 Kings 4:1-7:

Elijah Helps a Poor Widow

“One day the widow of a member of the group of prophets came to Elisha and cried out, “My husband who served you is dead, and you know how he feared the Lord. But now a creditor has come, threatening to take my two sons as slaves.” “What can I do to help you?” Elisha asked. “Tell me, what do you have in the house?” “Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil,” she replied. And Elisha said, “Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors. Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled.” So she did as she was told. Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another. Soon every container was full to the brim! “Bring me another jar,” she said to one of her sons. “There aren’t any more!” he told her. And then the olive oil stopped flowing. When she told the man of God what had happened, he said to her, “Now sell the olive oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on what is left over.””

What is blocking the oil in your jar?

What are the things that are preventing you from healing?

Guilt?

Unforgiveness?

Bitterness?

Self pity?

Complaining?

Complacency?

Constant comparison?

Lack of faith?

Personal sin?

Generational sin?

Placing idols before God?

Death? Fear of death?

Trying to change another human being?

Burdens?

Unresolved hurt?

There are areas of your life God wants to fill and can’t because they are filled with a lot of other things!

Release and have a spirit of expentancy! Ask the Lord to fill you up today

lots of love,

The Graced Citizen

Forgiveness

Let’s talk about forgiveness!

My perspective is always growing on this topic. We probably face this topic on a daily basis.

How often do we just easily cut someone off or ignore them because they hurt us? I have been guilty of this but I had to learn and try my best to remember how Jesus forgave.

In Matthew 18: 21-22, Peter asked how often we should forgive:

“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

This is how it should be when we forgive. A clean white, slate on our hearts for the person. Sounds pretty simple, right?

My understanding of forgiveness is that the first thing is that it is between the one who has been hurt and God.

Therefore, if I am wronged or feel as if I have been wronged… my first source should be God. Not the other person or the other person’s friend or even my friends or family. God should be the first to be contacted! I forgive because I want to be set free through Christ.

We as Christians should allow people to recover. Discern those around you who are genuine when they apologize.

Stop feeding into what society teaches us – That we need to fend for ourselves – simply by erasing people and celebrate the cut.

The reality is SOME relationships are worth fighting for. How often have WE betrayed Jesus and he forgave us? How often does He grant us new beginnings? After forgiveness- Know when to protect your spirit, know when to reconcile and restore. Peter had a bad day, Judas had a bad heart.

Ephesians 4:32 says:

” Be kind to each other, tender hearted and forgiving one another just as God through Christ has forgiven you”

So does forgiveness automatically mean we have to reconcile?

God grants us wisdom and discernment for moments like these. Reconciliation, though a desired outcome – is not a requirement. Forgiveness does not equal reconciliation. That’s right, I said it….. and this is something I had to learn the very hard way. But after reading deeper into the scriptures, listening to podcast (Lisa and John Bevere have a great one) and seeking wise counsel; I had to accept this truth.

Though forgiveness and reconciliation can be done together, they are two separate things.

Just because you are doing the expected thing as a Christian is not a green card for persons to do whatever they please and then to conveniently drop, ” What would Jesus do?” .Forgiveness doesn’t mean you allow the person to walk all over you each and every time. The best apology is changed behavior!

Each situation calls for self-awareness and self-evaluation.

Pray about it. I repeat. Pray about it.

Have you been convicted by the Holy Spirit? Not yourself …. But the true conviction of the Holy Spirit. (If you’re not being convicted on a daily basis it’s time to do a spiritual check up.)

Lord, did this agreement happen for me to step back from something? Do I need to forgive and MOVE on?

At the end of the day, forgiven people, should be forgiving people. Why? Because God has forgiven you!

❤️

The Graced Citizen

God Can Do It, Week – end Reminder

God is so faithful. He is able. Won’t you trust Him today?

Luke 1:37 says: “For with God nothing will be impossible “

❤️

The Graced Citizen

Joy, that fruit we must pick!

Hey loves,

So I was recently studying the Fruits of the Spirit and I have decided to share a few of my notes 😊

Galatians 5:22-23 says :

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”

JOY.

Joy, is a fruit of the spirit.

We often sing the song in church:

” I’ve got the joy, joy, joy down in my heart”

JOY.

‭‭Is it really down in your heart?

What is the difference between joy and happiness?

Joy comes from the Lord, happiness comes from the world.

It took me a lot of studying the Word to learn and understand that happiness is a worldly emotional mindset.

Joy is permanent, happiness is temporary.

We must learn to find joy in every situation, every season, every moment.

Serving God should not be based on temporary emotions or our state of “happiness” of what we feel like or not doing.

The more we are led by the Holy Spirit and live for Jesus…the more we seek and receive true joy.

Let’s try to sow this seed so we together can reap this fruit.

❤️

The Graced Citizen