Wanted Devotional

Hello FREE family,

My new devotional, Wanted, is now available on the YouVersion app. I’m so very grateful to God for the opportunity to share it with you. I pray that you’ll be blessed by it and reminded of just how much God loves you.

Be blessed,

Nia

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God is Building in Our Brokenness

James 1:2-6

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

We will all experience times of brokenness. During our lifetimes, we will feel rejection, disappointments, betrayal, loss, sickness, heartache, and more. There is purpose for seasons of brokenness. Brokenness can be described as those moments in our lives when we experience trials and situations that test the very fiber of who we are. God’s intention for these moments is to allow us to take a true assessment of ourselves spiritually and make needed changes so we may be conformed more to His image.
Times of brokenness are meant for refinement. In order for us to become who God intended us to be, we have to go through the process. Let’s examine the processing of diamonds and gold.

Gold is heated to extremely high temperatures. When this happens, all of the impurities rise to the surface and is scraped off of the top. The process is then repeated if needed until a reflection can be seen in the gold which shows that it has reached its purest state.

Diamonds are rare gems. They have to undergo a certain process to be suitable as jewelry or for sale. Prior to being cut, a diamond lacks clarity, shape, definition, visual appeal, and luster. It’s value isn’t accessed until it is cut, weighed, and the clarity (amount of light) that can pass through it is graded.

How Does This Relate to Our Lives?

Likewise, we have a required process. However, the tools God is using to transform and refine us are trials and tribulations which are necessary for us to reach our full potential in Him. Jesus felt every level of brokenness imaginable. As a result, He is now seated in glory. In order for Him to fulfill the Father’s plan for His life, He had to suffer. The same is true for us.

Was not the gold still gold at the beginning? Is the gold still gold at the end?

Was the diamond still a diamond at the beginning? Is the diamond still a diamond at the end?

The process never changed the gold or the diamond’s initial identify but it made them more valuable and perfected. The things that leave us broken aren’t intended to destroy us but to make us more suitable vessels for God’s glory. Before being purified, the gold isn’t clear enough to show a reflection. Prior to the diamond being cut, very little light can be reflected through it. Both the purification and cutting processes are necessary for the gold and diamond to fulfill their purposes. As with us, the process of spiritual development causes the things not like God to rise to the surface so it can removed by Him. The Father’s desire is for His glory to be reflected through us.

Job. 23:10 says, “But He knoweth the way that I take; when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold”.

Do we want God’s glory to be revealed in our lives? Well, we must go through some things. However, God is faithful and His grace is sufficient. He will give us the grace to see it through.

Steps to Building in Brokenness

Tell Him- Tell God How You Feel

Trust Him- Believe that God is able to bring you through it (James 1:6)

Worship Him– Spend time with God and thank Him for your deliverance until you receive it

Obey Him- Do what He tells you to do in order to get your freedom

I’d like to close by sharing the lyrics of a song I love by Hawk Nelson called, “Diamonds”.

Here and now I’m in the fire, in above my head
Being held under the pressure, don’t know what will be left
But it’s here in the ashes
I’m finding treasure

He’s making diamonds
Making diamonds
He’s making diamonds out of dust
He is refining
And in his timing
He’s making diamonds out of us

I’ll surrender to the power of being crushed by love
‘Til the beauty that was hidden isn’t covered up
It’s not what I hoped for
It’s something much better

Oh The Joy of the Lord
It will be my strength
When the pressure is on
He’s making Diamonds

I won’t be afraid to shine
I won’t be afraid to shine
I won’t be afraid to shine

‘Cuz He’s making diamonds out of dust
Making diamonds out of us

5 Simple Daily Reminders for Building Your Relationship with God

Be Intentional Plan to spend time with God at various times during your day.

Guard Your Heart Everyone doesn’t deserve your effort and attention on an intimate level.

Remain Humble You never know when your humility is on display during times of convenience or difficulty.

  Be Transparent & Honest Your integrity is the lifeline between how your character is viewed by others and how your reputation is developed. Don’t put it at risk over foolishness.

  Be Yourself No masks needed. Be comfortable in your own talents and abilities. Then, you will impact others. Your identity is one with Him. There is no one else like you. Invest in yourself, others, and let God be the source.

We are People of Purpose: Part 2

Mark 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul.

Matthew 6:19-20 Lay not up yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through not steal;

We spend our lives busy trying to attain earthly treasures. However, both scriptural references point us back to what’s really important in life. The focus of this life should be matters of the kingdom (eternal) and not temporal things. When we understand that God created us for a reason, we live our lives differently. We learn that there is little time to waste on petty foolish issues and people. We come to value people, relationships, and not things. Eventually, we recognize that our trials are tools God is using to bring us into our divine identity; yes, we’ve been through alot but God allowed it to build our character.

We have to live our lives on purpose. We have to love our spouses and families on purpose. We have to forgive and strive to move forward with others on purpose. We have to choose to praise and worship God on purpose. We have to chose to be good examples to our children on purpose.

We should live everyday of our lives on purpose by being the people God has created us to be. Everything, we do should be Christ centered.

We are on God’s time and we have to do what He sent us here to do. So, there is no time for anything less than seeking and executing His will for our lives. Let us make a decision to live a purpose driven life and be people of purpose.

We are People of Purpose: Part I

When we born, God had a divine purpose for each of us. He had His protective covering on us from the beginning to ensure that His purpose for our lives would be fulfilled.

Psalm 139:13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.

He knows everything about us. He knows our capabilities, gifts, hearts, our thoughts, and even the number of hairs on our heads. Although he knows everything about us, he has given us the sole responsibility of seeking Him for direction and wisdom on how to fulfill His purpose for our lives. We often start our lives with our own ideas of how we are to live. We follow those plans only to find out that we have to come back to Him, Our Creator. The truth is that our plans mean nothing if they aren’t aligned with His design for our lives.

Proverbs 3:5-7 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear the Lord, and depart from evil.

We should seek God for His wisdom on how to live for Him, raise our children, how to do our jobs, spend our money, relationships, and even daily decisions. It is the act of submitting our lives completely to God that glorifies Him.

From: Love To: Self Control

   I was pondering the fruit of the Spirit and found it funny that the list begins with love and ends with self control. Jesus emphasizes love as the center of His life, His motivation, and His reason for coming to this Earth. Ultimately, He loved us so much that He gave himself upon the cross (John 3:16). Yet today, we are challenged to love.

   Why is the idea to love so foreign? I often find myself trying be intentional about loving those around me, especially when it comes to my family. Jesus seemed to exhibit a life in which love was just ingrained in His DNA. People were drawn to Him (John 4:1-42) and He comforted them (John 8:1-11). People were challenged by the way He chose to live (Matthew 9:19-17), and yet they wanted more.

     Love was second nature to Him. As we look at the fruit of the Spirit, there seems to be a connecting thread that begins with love and ends with self control. See, Jesus never appeared to be controlled by His emotions (John 16:12) or fears (Matthew 26:39). He spoke of disappointment (Matthew 17:17), heartache (Matthew 11:28-30), and concern (Mark 1:41). His self control compelled Him to the Father’s will and the ultimate divine plan. The connection Jesus had that we now embody was the Holy Spirit.

    The bottom line is that our love for our Father should compel us to love ourselves and others. The Holy Spirit, God on the inside, then empowers us to practice self control. Let’s face it. No one enjoys being hurt, betrayed, or persecuted. However, God calls us to love, and He equips us with the Holy Spirit to live for love daily. Jesus showed us how to love by Himself becoming an example in this world. Furthermore, the Holy Spirit keeps us connected to the fountain that brings heaven to Earth today.

    Start with love. Love comes from the inside out. Stay tuned in to the Holy Spirit. It will require discipline, intention, and persistence. As your eyes are opened to God’s ways, the rivers of living water will begin to flow out of you. The more self control you practice, the easier it will become to love.

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