The Abundant Life

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“The thief cometh not, but that he may steal, and kill, and destroy: I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.” John 10:10

Jesus came to give us life and life in abundance. But what does that look like?

 Our answer to that question given through the eyes of this world will say it means more wealth, perfect health and having literally everything within our reach. But our answer given through the eyes of eternity will tell us otherwise.

 You will find that the very breath that you breathe is a gift from God. The very fact that He awakened you to a new morning filled with fresh mercies is in fact living in abundance.

 When everything seems to be in total chaos and the storms of life rage around you, having His peace is what it means to have life in abundance. When you feel you have no direction, having the Word of God speaking direction and hope to you in your time of need is having life in abundance.

When sadness rushes in, having His joy poured over you is life in abundance. Truly there is nothing or no one on this earth that can offer what only Jesus came to give, for what  He gives is eternal.

His mercies flow freely, His love spills out endlessly.

This is life in abundance.

© Sharon Pankey 2018

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The Blueprint

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

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The plans that God has for your life may take you by surprise.

There are paths that He will ask you to take that are quite unexpected.

All He asks is for you to trust in Him knowing that He Who holds creation in His hands is in control.

Even when you cannot understand, trust Him.

You may not understand His ways at times but remember He is not asking you to make sense of it all but to know that His wisdom supersedes yours.

Trust Him in these times of uncertainty and know that He has nothing but the very best in store for you.

 

© Sharon Pankey 2018

Display of Glory

The following is taken from my book “Hidden Treasures”. It speaks of the powerful presence of God even when you cannot feel, see or understand. 

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1

I REMEMBER IT as if it were yesterday. It was a rather stormy
day; clouds had taken over,  with no sunlight visible to the
human eye. It was now evening time and I was headed to a
rehearsal. As I was driving I noticed an orange light reflecting
off the trees. The light was so bright that I assumed it was a
low-flying aircraft, as I live close to a military base, or maybe lighting from a construction zone.

As the line of cars in front of me began to move, I was able to see the true source of the light.
It was the sun, in the most beautiful hues of orange and red I
had ever seen. What a sight! To see the sun’s awesome splendor
being reflected off of the trees was simply breathtaking. What amazed me more was that after a gloomy, dark day, the sun had finally made its presence known.

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Beloved, this is the beauty of God’s creation.

This is how He communicates through the very nature He created. Just as the sun was out all day long, sitting behind the clouds, God is always there.

He is omnipresent.

When life gets dark, God is waiting to shine His light upon
you. God shows His power when you feel you have done all you
can do. You are always surrounded by His glory, but sometimes
it takes a season of darkness to see it. This is the beauty of a
storm in your life, so that His magnificent glory can be on full
display. As you ponder the storms of life, concentrate on all the
attributes of God and give Him the glory that is due Him. He
is an awesome God!

Spend time in prayer and thank God that throughout every
season of life, He is speaking and actively working things out for
your good and for His glory. Ask Him to keep your eyes open so that
you can readily see Him in the midst of darkness and thank Him
for never leaving your side.

 

© Sharon Pankey 2018

 

The Unseen

 

“What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see.” Hebrews 11:1

Demonstrating true faith is to believe in what we cannot see. We believe that God exists because of faith. We pray because of faith. We anticipate that God will fulfill His Word over our lives because of faith.

We are looking for Him to do the impossible in our lives because of faith. Faith stands even when nothing is materializing. Faith stands when obstacles come. Faith is confident that God is a God who cannot lie. Faith causes a holy hope to spring forth in us. 

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Faith is a guarantee that what God says, He will surely do. Though you may not see how, remember this promise found in His Word: 

“Do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord, no matter what happens. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised.”                  Hebrews 10:35,36

 

© Sharon Pankey 2018

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Push

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For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.”  Ecclesiastes 3:1

As a woman prepares to give birth to her precious baby, her body tells her it’s time to push.

The pains of labor begin and it’s time to push.

The body naturally wants to give up that which was meant to be in the world. It’s time to push.

Beloved, it’s time to give birth to the purpose that you were meant to fulfill for the Kingdom of God. Yes, labor can be painful but remember God will bring this “baby” out.

All you have to do is trust, believe and live in obedience unto Him. In God’s perfect design, there is a season of pregnancy and that season has a timetable attached to it. It was not meant to last forever.

Your season of carrying the purpose is over and it is time to share with the world what God has birthed in you.

Don’t be afraid, God is right there, just push!

 

© Sharon Pankey 2018

 

Rest

“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” Charles Spurgeon

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There is a place of rest that God is calling us to. A place where stress, worry and anxiety does not consume us. This place is available to us at all times, night or day and in every season of life. Beloved, this place of rest is at His feet in prayer. Remember, your burden is not too heavy for Him but it is for you. When you pray, give Him everything that is on your heart and leave it there for Him to take care of, I promise He will.

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Philippians 4:6,7  (MSG)

 

 

© Sharon Pankey 2018

Photo by Riccardo Bresciani from Pexels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rolling Away

“Then the LORD said to Joshua, ‘Today I have rolled away the
reproach of Egypt from you.’ So the place has been
called Gilgal to this day.” Joshua 5:9

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You are no longer bound to your past. Live in freedom!

The following is taken from my book “Hidden Treasures”. It speaks of healing, renewal and hope in the future that God has already planned for you.

In the book of Joshua we are introduced to a mighty man
of valor. A new season was upon the Israelites as they had
mourned the death of Moses for thirty days and now Joshua
was their leader. After wandering in the wilderness for forty
years, now was the time to cross over into the Promised Land.

It was a new beginning, a place where the land was flowing with
milk and honey. God, in His timing, arranged it so that before
conquering the land, they would have to pass through Gilgal. In
Hebrew, Gilgal sounds like gilal, which means “to roll.” Here at
Gilgal, they lived and worshipped. It was their commanding base
as they were arming themselves for the conquest of the land. In
preparation for this new undertaking, the Lord then commanded
Joshua to go throughout the camp and make the Israelites a
circumcised people again, a symbol of renewal. God wanted
the hearts of this new generation totally committed to Him.
He wanted them “to roll away” old mindsets and embrace the
new life being offered. The old generation of Israelites perished
in the wilderness because of their disobedience, causing them
to never enter into the promise. With boldness, Joshua did as
he was commanded and circumcised the men, symbolizing the
progression of cutting away an old way of life and the beginning
of a new one.

This covenant represented the reproach of slavery
in Egypt being rolled away. Now the memory was gone forever
and their sights set on the Promised Land. What does God need
to cut away in your life? What healing needs to take place? What
can God roll away from your life before He brings you into your
promised land?

As you seek Him in prayer, lay this before Him so that when
you enter into the place He has designed for your life, you will do
so with the reproach of your past rolled away and a completeness in
Christ that will blow your mind!

 

© 2018 Sharon Pankey

The Pieces

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

Life is like a puzzle. Scattered pieces everywhere. Some pieces don’t look like they could possibly fit with the others. And some don’t even look like they belong. But when put together, you will find that like a puzzle, your life is a masterpiece that only could have been crafted by the hands of the Creator.

Beloved, God is taking the good, the bad and the downright ugly parts of our lives and making something beautiful out of it.

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So, when things don’t turn out the way we expect, we can do one of two things. We can embrace the season that we are in and trust that GOD WILL makegood out of it or we can develop a bitter and discontented heart. I have done both in different circumstances, but the one thing I have found to be the absolute truth is that God is not standing afar off unaware of what is happening in my life. He has shown me that trusting Him is not only the best choice that I have, it has to become the only choice I have.

Trust that He has a plan and trust that He will complete it. So wherever you are and however this applies to your life, whether relationships, careers, ministry or seeking His will,  TRUST in Him, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6

© 2018 Sharon Pankey

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More Than the Birds

“Look at the birds. They don’t plant, harvest, or gather the harvest into barns. Yet, your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? “Can any of you add a single hour to your life by worrying? 

“So don’t ever worry about tomorrow. After all, tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” 

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:26-27, 34‬ ‭

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Are You Not Worth More Than They?

Beloved, you can’t make things happen by worrying.

You can’t move the heart of God by worrying.

You can choose to give all your worries to God and let Him take care of it. You can touch the heart of God by trusting Him to take care of your every need. Remember, every day of your life has been laid out before you were even born.

Every. Single. Day.

Please don’t miss the revelation in that.

Because God has laid out each day, please trust that He has gone before you paving the way for provision, peace and strength. All you have to do is follow Him and leave the cares and concerns that you have been shouldering at His feet.

He longs to care for you, let Him.

 

© Sharon Pankey 2018

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