God Has Greater


When was the last time you asked God to do something impossible, something out of the ordinary? I believe that one reason we don’t see God do great things is because we only ask Him for small things. Most people pray over their food, pray for protection, or pray for wisdom. That’s all good, but don’t limit what God can do. There should be something you’re praying about, something that you’re asking for that is beyond you, something that you can’t accomplish in your own strength. Do you dare to ask?

Your dreams may look impossible. You don’t have the funding or the connections, but God is saying, “I dare you to ask Me to bring it to pass. I dare you to ask Me to show you a flood of My favor.”

All through the scripture, we see people doing this. Elisha prayed that it wouldn’t rain, and for three and a half years there was no rain. Joshua prayed for more daylight, and God stopped the sun. Follow their example and step out in faith. Dare to ask, dare to believe God, and see His mighty hand move on your behalf! 

J Young-Newton

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Jody K Young

Never Stop Using Me

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In the stillness of the night I search for Your voice. So lost were my days before I found You. How thirsty I am for Your touch. I don’t know what my life would have been without You. Can’t imagine where I would’ve been, what mess I would be in. Yet You found me…in the depths of my despair Your love conquered my biggest fears. Seconds have passed, minutes wasted away, hours of pain, days lived in fear until You saved me. Somewhere stuck between who I was and who I could be, You gave me the push I needed to dream. The strength I needed to move forward.

My life is nothing without You. Living from day to day, I sought You and found me. I found the person I never thought I could be. I had given myself away to anything that intrigued me, I lost myself time after time. Hurt myself over and over again and then there was You. So powerful, so faithful…in spite of all the things I had done to lose Your trust, You saw fit to be faithful to me. I’m thankful not just because of what You did, I am in awe of who You are. May my lips never cease to give gratitude to Him who has shown me mercy when I have done nothing to deserve it.

I long for a touch from You, anxious for the next opportunity that You will pour into me, revealing Your majesty. From the stars in the midnight sky to the dew on the grass, I see You in everything. I look over my life and realize, in spite of my worst mistakes, You were with me all along. Certainly You know my story from beginning to end but I realize I did not always live in Your perfect will. There have been moments, days, even years that I made mess after mess yet, You came behind them all and made me whole. How can I live in a state of unforgiveness for people when in my heart I know I have required more forgiveness than I have ever given?

Your love has seeped into the darkest corners of my life and given me hope. Each day I look into the eyes of my children and for a moment I have a glimpse of the love You have for me. My heart aches for the inevitable variables of life they will face. God I’m sorry for breaking Your heart, for being selfish, taking Your love for granted.

As I face the storms of life and complain about the unyielding pain remind me of the pain Christ endured so that I could live. The blood shed on Calvary so that I would have a chance to find myself, even if that meant straying from You. Your grace is the sweetest song I have ever heard. Your grace has sung me through the calamities of life. An ocean breeze in the Sahara, it makes no sense how Your grace found me. Broken, unworthy, ungrateful, stubborn, and tired Your grace still found me.

Some called me wretched, others said I would never amount to anything; still You never lost Your confidence in me. Your mercy is the most beautiful poetry ever heard, it has no rhyme or reason, yet it reaches the heart of my soul. When I couldn’t forgive myself, Your mercy saw me through. When I thought I’d never recover, Your mercy nursed me back to where I belonged. When I gave up on myself, Your mercy pushed me along. I don’t know where I would be if it wasn’t for Your mercy.

I know that we haven’t always been the best model of Your love. We fight with one another over the smallest things but I know that because of who You are, You see the heart of all men. You know that many of us are showing love the best we know how. God, help heal the hearts of men so that You can be seen clearly. Help us to never lose focus of Your love yet to live in fear of Your wrath because at the end of the day we should never feel we’re bigger than the God we serve.

Help me Lord to not just be a recipient of Your love but a gateway to Your heart. May the words that come from my mouth be pleasing to Your ears. May they be a lullaby to the fearful, a testament to those seeking something greater, and a reminder to myself that I’d rather be in awe of You, than awful without You. I have used my mouth as a weapon, leaving wounds that no doctor can cure. Help me to understand that the gift You have given me can be used to build or destroy. Lord, let my mouth be my most powerful tool, building up precious people, changing lives, invoking change, and inspiring dreams.

God touch my eyes, clear my vision, so that I can see beyond the way You see me, I want to see people the way You see them. Help me to lose the judgment and fear I posses from past experiences. I have been judged too many times to pass out judgment. Allow me understanding, so that I can see that everyone is not like me, they do not live the way I live, or dream the way I dream. If You wanted us all to be alike You would not have taken the time to give such intricacy to our DNA, such detailed lines in on our fingertips, each lined kissed by your marvelousness and whispering to us what we must never forget: YOU CARE ABOUT US.

Words will never fully express the magnitude of admiration, the immensity of my praise, or the enormity of my worship. All I can say is thank You, I love You… Please God, never stop using me.

Jody K Young

In The Morning

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“…weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:5, NLT).

The Scripture says in Psalms that joy comes in the morning. When you wake up each morning, God sends you a special delivery of joy. It comes knocking at your door. When you get up in faith and make the declaration that “this is going to be a good day,” do you know what you just did? You just answered the door. You just received the gift of joy that God sent to you. The problem is that some people never answer the door. Joy has been knocking for months and months, years and years saying, “Come on! Let me in! You can be happy! You can cheer up! You can enjoy your life!”

I don’t know about you, but I’ve made up my mind that I’m going to answer the door for joy. I’m going to wake up every morning and say, “Father, thank You for another beautiful day. I’m going to be happy. I’m going to enjoy this day. I’m going to brighten somebody else’s life. I am choosing to receive Your gift of joy, today!”

Prayer for Today:

Heavenly Father, thank You for joy. Thank You for peace. Thank You for walking me through the difficult times. I choose today to answer the door for joy every single morning so that I can walk in the strength You have given to me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Jody K Young

I’m Waiting

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Everyone goes through seasons of waiting. A lot of times, people just sit back and wait for God to do everything. But, you have to remember to do your part and make preparations. You have to talk like it’s going to happen and act like it’s going to happen. Some people might say, “Well, what if I do this and it doesn’t happen?” But I say what if you do and it does happen? And even if things don’t turn out the way you had hoped, you’d still be better off living your life positive and hopeful than you would to go around down and discouraged.

I love what David said in the Bible, “God, my times are in Your hands.” He was saying, “God, I don’t know when it’s going to happen, but I know You know what’s best for me.” I’m going to go out today expecting good things. And even if it doesn’t happen, I’m not going to go to bed all disappointed. I’m going to go to bed knowing that I’m one day closer to seeing my dreams and desires come to pass!

Jody K Young

All The Man I Need

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Today, know that God cares about the things that concern you. He cares about the things that hurt you. He is close to the brokenhearted, and He wants to bring you peace and comfort. Turn to Him and receive His love. Let Him bring healing to your heart and restoration to your soul.

A Prayer for Today

Father, thank You for loving me and for caring about the things that concern me. I choose to give You every hurt, pain and sorrow, knowing that You will make all things new in Your time in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Jody K Young

Freedom

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All throughout the scriptures, God’s mission was to bring freedom, life, and blessing to those who followed Him. When Jesus walked the earth, He went around doing good and bringing healing; setting people free. If you feel overwhelmed by the pressures of the world today, remember, where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom! When you accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, He makes His home on the inside of you. That means His Spirit lives within you so wherever you are, His liberty and freedom are with you, too! When you constantly focus on external things: distractions, cares, and worries of the world, you magnify them in your life until that’s all you see. But when you focus on what God has given you: peace, freedom, and abundant life, those are the things that you will see manifest in your life. Focus on His freedom today by declaring His goodness in your life. Sing a song of praise and thank Him for His hand of blessing and freedom. As you do, you will rise higher, and you will live the abundant life He has prepared for you!

A Prayer for Today

Father in heaven, thank You for loving and setting me free. I cast my cares on You today and choose to focus on Your freedom. I bless You today and magnify You in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Jody K Young