For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV
Born knowing He would die for the sin of mankind, that was the assignment given to Jesus. His life was already mapped out for Him before the foundations of this world were formed. He knew that the sin of mankind would be placed on His shoulders. He knew He would be beaten and bruised for our transgressions and the chastisement of our peace would be placed upon Him. His destiny was to lay down His life for a people of whom, many would reject Him.
Jesus was motivated by the joy of seeing us reconnected to God. His purpose was evident in His words as well as His actions. Even though He struggled in the Garden of Gethsemane, He chose to keep going in spite of the pain that was on the horizon. His unselfish act kept Him focused on the end result. We can take lessons from the life of Jesus.
Just as Jesus was born with a purpose, so were you and I. God set eternity in our hearts from the moment we got here. He knew we would need something to keep driving us forward. When we take our eyes off what we think and feel and focus on those God has called us to reach, it should motivate us to keep moving forward as well. It is my prayer that the life of Jesus will bring comfort and hope to you as you continue towards your God-given purpose. If you are struggling with what that purpose is today; take a moment and ask God to reveal to you His plan for your life.
Lord we want to take this time to thank you for the birth of your Son Jesus. Thank you for allowing Him to walk upon the Earth and be the example for us. May His attitude towards pleasing you and serving the purpose for which He came become our very own. In Jesus name, Amen.
Grace and Peace to you,
Mary ~Your Breakthrough Coach
© Mary Pinckney, November 2017
When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. Luke 5:4-6 NKJV
Lord, help us to walk out the path that You have given us with a spirit of boldness and tenacity knowing that you will not let us fall. You have called us to walk by faith and not by what we see. Help us I pray, to move forward trusting in who we are and what You have placed in us. In Jesus name, Amen.
Grace and Peace,
Your Breakthrough Coach -Challenging your perspective on Life, Love, and Relationships
(C) Mary Pinckney, July 2017
I want to speak to those of you that have stopped dreaming. You have had setbacks. You have encountered disappointment. You have been told it won’t work.
I say to you DREAM AGAIN! There is still hope for YOU! Yes, there is still time for YOU to make it happen. It starts with YOU believing in what God has already given YOU. He planted the dream in your heart. God is so faithful to help YOU carry out every aspect of that dream.
Have you submitted your dream to Him?
Will you allow that dream to die, so that God can resurrect it?
Unless a seed falls to the ground and dies, it will not grow. Take a moment and surrender your thoughts about how it is supposed to be. Surrender control over every aspect of that dream. Give God permission to work in YOU His plan and purpose for your dream. You are apart of a greater plan.
That dream YOU have, once it is released, will begin to transform the lives of others. The world awaits what God has placed in you. It’s time to GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO DREAM AGAIN!
Father, revive the hearts of those that have stopped dreaming because of disappointments and set backs. Restore to them the vigor they once had about the plan and the purposes you have already established in their hearts. May they be strengthened in their inner man to await the promise of fruition. Even as it is written in Ecclesiastes 3:11, you have made all things beautiful in its time. I thank you for restoration of hope even now. In Jesus name Amen
© Mary Pinckney, June 2016