Don’t Throw It All Away

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So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! 36 Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. Hebrews 10:35-36 (NLT)

God is not slack concerning His promises to you. He has not forgotten about you. The very same words I have used to encourage myself time and time again, I use today to encourage you. It is not easy trusting a God that you don’t see. It is not always easy trusting that He is concerned about what concerns you. But the truth of the matter is we serve a God that will never renege on His promises.

Paul tells us in our scripture reference not to throw away our confident trust in the Lord. Confident trust is the belief that something will happen based on God’s character. Again, He does not falter on His promises. Our reliance then should be on His ability to bring what He promises to pass.

So right now, in this very moment, as hard as it seems to keep believing, I urge you not to throw away your fearless confidence. For, you have need of patient endurance. It is this endurance that helps us to bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising. It is this endurance that prompts us not to give up when we are weary. We will reap the harvest that has been promised to us if we just hang on in there. I challenge you today to stick it out, stick with God’s plan. Stay consistent, keep trusting, keep believing, keep fighting, until you see the promised completion.

Lord, I have failed you time and time again in this area. Help me today to continue along the path that You have laid out for me. Help me to stay true to my assignment even when my feelings get the best of me. Help me to keep the right heart attitude as I wait on You to bring me to my expected end. Most of all, help me to continue trusting Your heart towards me. In Jesus name Amen.

Go Deeper: When you find yourself struggling in your faith, make it a daily habit to find a brother or sister that needs to be strengthen and begin to pray with and for them. As you encourage them, watch God begin to pour back into your life.

Grace and Peace,

Mary

Your Breakthrough Coach ~ Challenging Your perspective on Life, Love, and Relationships
http://www.vflconsultants.com

© Mary Pinckney, May, 2017

Courageous Living 

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Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the
sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
– Hebrews 12:1

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It takes courage to face the truth about yourself — your fears, doubts, and insecurities.

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It takes courage to admit you are wrong when you have hurt someone.

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It takes courage to stand up for righteousness in the midst of what is popular and accepted.

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It takes courage not to defend yourself when you know you are innocent.

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It takes courage to love those that despitefully use and abuse you.

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It takes courage to forgive others so that you can be forgiven.

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It takes courage to believe in a God you can’t see.

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It takes courage to trust that God is in total control when everything around you is in total chaos.

When we walk by faith, we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. They walked the same walk before us.
Many of them did not get to see the promises of God fulfilled on this side of Heaven. They died still believing that what God promised would be theirs.

These men and women of God faced major challenges because of what they believed, but they still believed. Their
lives were shared with us in the scriptures to encourage and inspire us not to quit in tough times. Let us therefore strip off every weight and every sin that so easily distracts us. Let us lay down our will and become heroes of faith for those that will follow
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Father, we desire to do your will in the midst of tough situations that we face daily. We want so much to
live a life that is pleasing to you. We desire to follow the example of so many others that have gone before us. Their faith walk showed us how courageous they were as they stood for what they believed. May we walk in that same courage as we continue in our
journey before you. In Jesus name, Amen.

TAKE ACTION

Is there a specific fear or doubt that has been grabbing hold of you recently? Bring it to Jesus and pray for
His courage to fill your heart today.

Grace and Peace,

Mary 

Breakthrough Coach 

Challenging your perspective on Live, Love, and Relationships 

http://www.vflconsultants.com 

(C) Mary Pinckney,  January 2017

It’s in the waiting….

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Sometimes we just need to stop, breathe and listen to what God is saying. Life can be so busy at times that we miss the important instructions we need to go forward. Give yourself permission to sit still and enjoy the stillness of the moment. 
That brief pause may hold the key to the breakthrough you have been awaiting.

Lord teach us how to be still and wait in your presence. Teach us how important it is to listen for your still small voice in the midst of our daily routine.

Thank you for always being available for us. In Jesus name, Amen

Grace and Peace,

Mary Pinckney

Breakthrough Coach~ Breaking you through to a greater you!

http://www.vflconsultants.com

© Mary Pinckney, February 2016

Don’t always believe what you see

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“For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:17-18‬ ‭NLT


Focusing on what’s right before us can trip us up. As believers, we have been instructed to walk by faith and not by sight but the trouble comes in when what God said is not lining up with what is going on in our present circumstances.  

When challenges arise we must incline our hearts to focus more on God’s commands. Remember, His word provides us hope, encouragement, and the strength to keep moving. The more we attend to what is going on around us, on social media, or the news for that matter, we fill our hearts with fear and uncertainties. 

Proverbs 4:23 reminds us to guard our hearts with all diligence because out of it flows the issues of our lives. What we focus on will grow. I don’t know about you, but if I have a choice in what grows or becomes dominant in my life I would prefer it be the Word of God. 

Fear torments. Fear paralyzed. If we are to reap the rewards God has promised we must gain control of our focus. The word let’s us know that trouble does not last always. When it presents itself we must be quick to remember God is a very present help in the time of trouble instead of falling prey to fear. He may not deliver us quickly but He is at work behind the scenes, working out all things that concern us. The challenges we are facing right now are working for us to produce a great and a glorious reward. Can you hold on until it’s revealed? God is indeed at work on our behalf. 

Lord, You see what we don’t see. You understand what we don’t understand. Help us to focus more on Your voice, Your Word rather than what we see. Help us to know Your ways. Help us to recognize Your voice. Remind us of Your plans to do us good and not evil. Strengthen our hearts as only a You can. In Jesus name Amen.

Grace and peace, 

Mary

Breakthrough Coach ~ Breaking you through to a better you!

http://www.vflconsultants.com

(C) Mary Pinckney, January 2017

Passionate pursuit 

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Passion is significant fuel that helps you persevere despite obstacles,  fear, and discouragement.  If you are passionate about a goal,  you can tap into that passion as a source of energy that will see you through to the finish line.  Valorie Burton, Why Not You? 

Prayer: Lord,  may our passion be seen and not just heard as we runderstand towards completing what we have started.  May we be ever present in our everyday lives,  working and pursuing what you have placed on our hearts. In Jesus name,  we pray Amen. 

Grace and Peace, 

Mary 

Breakthrough Coach ~ Breaking you through to a better you! 

http://www.vflconsultants.com 

(C) Mary Pinckney,  January 2017

Get Back Up Again

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Ephesians 3:16-17 (AMPC)  May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality].

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We often give up on ourselves when we are faced with insurmountable odds. We lose the fight it takes to keep ourselves in the race to our destination. Yet, God has given us the grace and the strength we need to persevere even in hard times.

If you find yourself at the point of giving up today, encourage yourself to get back up again. You are worth the effort it takes to get to your expected end. You are worth the fight that it takes to move from a place of mediocrity and begin living the life you were destined to live. There is hope for you.

Father, I thank you for encouraging the hearts of your people today. Many find themselves at a place of giving up on life. They see no hope for them. They struggle with loneliness, heartache, and pain. I pray that you will begin to heal their wounded hearts. Speak peace to the turmoil they feel at this moment. Help them to see the good things you are doing in their lives. I pray that their eyes will be open to the truth of who they are. I pray that they will begin to see the endless possibilities you have placed around them. Thank you for binding up their broken hearts and leading them to a place of peace and hope as only you can. In Jesus name Amen.

Grace and Peace,

Mary

Breakthrough Coach ~ Breaking you through to a better you

http://www.vflconsultants.com

© Mary Pinckney, December 2016

 

Are you listening?

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Today, if you hear [my] voice, do not harden your hearts….” These words from Hebrews 3:15 stirred in my spirit this morning as I sat down to pen my thoughts. How often have we avoided the presence of God? It is so easy to get busy with everyday life that we forget to sit down and fellowship with our Heavenly Daddy. We often take for granted that we will be able to do it at a later time and it doesn’t always happen.

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If we are not careful it can become a never-ending cycle until we hit a brick wall. Have you been there? It is imperative that we heed the voice of God when we hear it. The Bible tells us that wisdom cries out everywhere we go, but are we listening? Are we paying attention to His invitation to fellowship? It is during these moments that the Holy Spirit wants to show us love. He wants to encourage and strengthen us for the road ahead. He wants to warn us, or even chastise us and get us back on track. Are we listening?

I encourage you today to take a time out. Pay attention to the gentle promptings of the Holy Spirit. Pay close attention to His invitation to speak to your heart. He will not force Himself upon you, but He will beckon you to come. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Draw closer today. He’s awaiting your presence.

Father, thank you for calling me into fellowship with you. Forgive me for the times I don’t obey and help me to be more consistent in my fellowship with you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

TAKE ACTION

If you do not have a consistent routine set up to read the Bible daily, try reading a Proverb a day for the upcoming month. It will be a great way to fill your day with the wisdom of God.

Grace and Peace,

Mary

Breakthrough Coach ~ Breaking you through to a better you

http://www.vflconsultants.com

 

© Mary Pinckney, November 2016