Love One Another

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-45

Love one another.

“By your love everyone will know that you are my disciples.” Loving people is how the world knows we are followers of Christ. Loving one another is a command of the Lord and through obeying this, we allow the world to see not only our love but the love of God.

“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:8

What a powerful verse. Whoever does not love does not know God. So what this verse is telling me is I can pray until I can’t speak, read His word until I can’t see and seek Him with every fiber of my being, but if I do not love I don’t know Him. If you want to know The Lord- love.

God is the very definition of love. Sometimes we describe people by their characteristic and for example might say, “If you look up the word ‘enthusiastic’ your face would be there.”

“Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14

Is all that you’re doing being done in love? I think of my everyday life- my social interactions with people at work, gas stations, coffee shops, ext. In every situation, I have the choice to show the love of Jesus to those people.

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law? Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:36-39

Keep Going

You might be one moment away from your breakthrough.

During the California Gold Rush, there was a prospector that was searching for gold. This particular man searched for months and dug persistently to find what he believed to be, his breakthrough. As the days went by showing little-to-no promise, he lost faith and grew weary. Fed up, he sold his equipment and gave away his digging location to another man. It turned out this man went to work and only three feet into digging, he found the first man’s breakthrough. Three. Feet. Away. from his breakthrough, he gave up.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

Joshua 6
I think of Joshua and the Israelites- I think of the moments leading up to the walls of Jericho collapsing. Can you imagine if right before the last lap around the walls of Jericho, they decided to throw in the towel? Whatever your walls you need to be torn down, remember there is power in persistence.

You have never been closer to your breakthrough.

Keep Praying.
Keep Praising.
Keep Pursueing.
Keep Going.

Those Who Wait

“Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.” Isaiah 40:31

“Good things come to those who wait” -on God.

Do you ever find yourself struggling with waiting during your day-to-day routines? Whether my 4G takes five seconds to load rather than the normal two or I have to wait in line an extra three minutes for my coffee, I have found myself trying to rush the inevitable, uncontrollable postponement of my current situations. Existing on a planet that moves at one-thousand miles per hour, it seems I have taken it upon myself to keep up with its speed. While there being nothing wrong with efficiency, it is important to remember in our life there is no two-day shipping or call ahead seating in the timing of The Lord.

Timing is important to God-from the prophecies of the Old Testament to the fulfillment of the New Testament, there is a very clear timeline to the Word of God. Too often we look at the timeline of our life and wrestle with the perfect timing of our Father. When we trust in his timing, we trust in His perfection. As I have said in my previous blog- Hope For Hang-Ups “God’s timing isn’t a second too early or a second too late. It’s perfect.”

Patience is a virtue. It is a virtue that allows us to sit still and at rest in the midst of God’s impeccable plan for our life.

“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Psalm 27:14

The Potter / The Clay

“Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8

I love architecture. I love admiring the creativity and creation first seeded from an idea then birthed into reality. My wife always makes the comment, if you put me in any sort of building I will have something to talk about for hours. It doesn’t matter where it is, I am always finding myself rambling on about the intricate detail that goes into the design and construction of one said structure. What is the last creation you have seen that has left you astonished? Maybe it was a building, a painting or a poem. Now imagine that creation questioning its creator. Unfortunately, I have been guilty of this very thing.

“How foolish can you be? He is the Potter, and he is certainly greater than you, the clay! Should the created thing say of the one who made it, “He didn’t make me”? Does a jar ever say, “The potter who made me is stupid” Isaiah 29:16

Why don’t I look like that person? Why don’t I have these talents? God couldn’t have made me, look at me. Insecure and uncertain, we question the formulation of God, our Creator. Ephesians 2:10 tells us we are God’s handiwork, so why question our Maker? You are the work of the One who made the mountains and the sky, do we question the creation of the mountains or sky? Of course not, we see their purpose and significance! Just as your Creator sees purpose and significance in you!

God knew exactly what He was doing as He made each unique feature that you are made up of. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, with every detail down to your fingerprints, sophisticatedly arranged by the hand of God. It is hard to live our full potential when our full attention is fixated on what we don’t have. When we live a life full of appreciation for what we do have, we no longer question our Creator’s creation, but rather live fearless and brazen knowing we are God’s masterpiece!

These words aren’t meant to be applied to our lives so we live full of boastfulness and self-worship. However, we boast in the Lord because our confidence is in Him. We are going to get to the end of our life and we’ll have done one of two things: live a life questioning our purpose or live a life answering the call of God on our life. Your desires, dreams, gifts and callings have been put in you by God, and it’s through God that you can accomplish those things.

The Father / The Children
The Creator / The Creation
The Potter / The Clay

Isaiah Roebuck

Hope For Hang-Ups

Think back to the last time you had an obstacle that made you feel hopeless. Maybe it was a year ago, a week ago or maybe you are finding yourself in the midst of a hang-up as you read this. These roadblocks are inevitable but unfortunately, we often find ourselves feeling at the end of our road with no good future.

Genesis 37-50 Joesph is no stranger to such difficulties. But through every trial, he remained faithful to the Lord, and the Lord remained faithful to Joseph. From being sold into slavery by his own family to being falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife, it would have been easy for Joseph to question his purpose and future. But he knew The Lord had a plan. Too often in our life, we scale our life down to one day, one feeling, or one obstacle when God is looking at our whole life. There was no time where God and His favor couldn’t be found in Joseph’s life. How great is it to serve a God, that even in slavery or prison, uses that very same obstacle to promote and bless us. He is the God that turns hang-ups into hope!

If he were never a slave to Potiphar, he would have never became his assistant. If he were never a prisoner, he would have a never became second in command of Egypt. Joseph goes on to name his first child Manasseh meaning ‘Forget’ saying, “God made me forget all my hardships and my parental home.” Then he went on to name his second-born Ephraim meaning ‘Double Prosperity’ saying, “God has prospered me in the land of my sorrow.” I’m here to tell you God can do the very same thing for you! He will make you forget your past hardships and give you prosperity in your land of sorrow! Joseph trusted in something a lot of us have a hard time with-God’s timing. The same obstacle your facing could be the very thing that promotes you to the best place in life you’ve ever been! God’s timing isn’t a second too early or a second too late. It’s perfect.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11

God’s plans for you is something to look forward to, no matter what season you are in. So that means for whatever your past, there’s a good future. For every failed plan, there’s a plan to prosper. For every hang up, there IS hope!

Isaiah Roebuck