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•Obtain•Remain•Sustain•

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.Deuteronomy 30. (Read)

The Lord put on my heart back in November to read through the Bible – cover to cover. My pastor encourages to “read scripture slowly” so I haven’t been following a “Read your Bible in a year plan” but instead 1-2 chapters sometimes 3 a day. One of the challenges I’ve had over the years is to f o c u s and dig deep into the Old Testemant. I was a skimmer of the OT before but WOW how God has been using it to speak to me and making it come alive and relatable to my today. 

Our Father desires us. ALL of us.

“Ex 34:14  Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”

He wants to prosper us and desires us to remain in Him. God is not pushy or a God of force. He wants us to want Him — above all else. As I was reading Deuteronomy 30 the Lord put three words on my heart. Obtain,Remain and Sustain. So I pulled up google and searched “define…” and typed in each word to dig a little deeper than Jessica’s definition of these words 🙂

Obtain. “to come into possession of; get, acquire, or procure, as through an effort or by a request”

Proverbs 8:35 “For those who find me find life and receive favor from the LORD.”

Remain. “to continue in the same state; continue to be as specified”
John 15:4 “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”

Sustain. “to support, hold, or bear up from below; bear the weight of, as a structure.”

Psalm 54:4 Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is the sustainer of my soul.

He is OURS. We GET to serve and live with Him FOR Him. We are priveldeged enough to obtain His salvation. In order to fulfil His plan we must remain in Him — not of this world or fleshly desires. When we remain in Him — He sustains us. He gives us the strength, love and support that we need to walk out His will.

Be encouraged today that HE is Emmanuel — the WITH us God. We don’t walk through mountains or valleys alone because God is the Constant One. 

If you didn’t have time to read Deuteronomy chapter 30 earlier — it’s talking about the ones who are -coming back- to His goodness. God has laid out the paths of life or death. They got to choose…so do we. I love how it mentions it’s not difficult to obtain His favor. We don’t have to ask someone to cross the sea and bring it back – it’s IN Him and He abides IN us now! The same God who provided for the Israelites and redeemed them time and time again is the same God who redeems us TODAY. He is restoration! I encourage you to read the whole chapter.

All He asks for is our heart — pure, deep, aching love for Him that continues so much so that He is the ONLY one who can sustain us because after all we were created for HIM by HIM.

Father,

Thank You for choosing to create me. Thank You for giving me grace and eternity when I deserve hell. Thank You for new mercies every day. Father forgive me for the times I haven’t remained in You. Forgive me for the times I chose my agenda over Yours. Help me to chase after You with all that I am. We all crave something more and God You put that crave there for a purpose on purpose — to continually remain IN You. Help me seek You more. Help me love louder — without demand or expectations — simply because You love me. Be my sustainer in the mountains and the valleys. I welcome You to lead, guide and direct — every area. Help me to keep pure intentions and focused on YOU. Your kingdom come – Your will be done. Amen.

Xoxo,

Jess Fox
PS. If you haven’t read the Bible through — today is the day to start! Transformation in your life starts with saturation of the WORD💛

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Ah, Spring is just around the corner! Lovely melodies from the birds, trees sprouting out their branches, butterflies coming out of their cocoons & fresh rain to quench the thirst of the growing crops and flowers. Coming out of a long and cold winter this sounds heavenly! To me seasons are so symbolic to our lives. Summer is a season of relaxation, vacations, sun & fun! Fall  is a time to reap the harvest & enjoy fellowship with family during the holidays! Winter is a time of planning out your year and setting goals on what you want to see happen in the new year. Although the “New Year” never seems like a fresh start…something about Spring does to me. I feel like Spring is where you implement your planning. Just like it’s the time when you sew your seeds after you have strategically planned out your garden during the Winter months.

One of my favorite songs, Desert Song by Brook Fraiser, talks about in every season God remains the same. Even though our agendas, goals, friends & jobs may change God is always that steady beat in our lives. I know each morning I wake up I can count on Him to help me through my day. No matter what circumstances we are facing God will remain the same, faithful & true. 

“All of my life
In every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship
This is my prayer in the harvest
When favor and providence flow
I know I’m filled to be emptied again
seed I’ve received I will sow”

Last year I attended a women’s conference and the last night was titled the “Dream Service”. We each had paper that was made of seed that would grow into flowers! We all wrote our dreams, goals & plans on the paper and kept one copy in our bible and planted the other copy. I prayed over my Dreams each day. One of them was to become a mother to a beautiful & healthy child. Two months later I became pregnant and now I’m a mother to a beautiful & healthy son. Not all of our dreams will happen that quickly..some of mine on the sheet still have not came to past but I know in God’s timing if it’s His will they will come true. 

My challenge is for you to write down your dreams and pray over them daily. Give your plans and agendas to Christ and allow Him to water and tend to them as you pray over them everyday…wait, watch & see what God does in the Harvest season. 

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Ecclesiastes 3:11

xoxo,

Jess