“Living in Faith: The Book of Habakkuk Chapter Two”. By: Melodie Rose Jordan. 

“And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.” ‭‭Habakkuk‬ ‭2:2-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬In the last chapter we were introduced to the prophet, Habakkuk, and his great deal of trouble with the evilness caused by sin. He was deeply saddened not only for the lost souls, but for God being distant and not doing anything about it. The Lord spoke to Habakkuk and prompted Him to show the acts of God that would help stop the Babylonians in their dead tracks. Sounds great, right? Here’s the catch though. God put Habakkuk through another faith test: waiting patiently. 

I don’t know about you, but there are times where I just want things right now at the very second I want it! There are some prayers that God answers immediately, but once we grow in our faith, the prayers begin to slow down some. Can you relate? It is difficult to wait for our requests to be answered by God in desperate circumstances. But, the more we worry and rush the process, we miss out on maturing our faith. What lesson would we learn if God granted our requests the exact time we ask and exactly how we want Him to? I am sure we all prayed selfish prayers for our own benefit, but when do we actually stop to listen to God telling us what His best intentions are for us. 

Chapter Two is this concept: evil doers seek selfish pleasures and create deception. The righteous live by their faith and trust in God. We must teach ourselves to trust God is directing us for His purposes, which are always good. When we seek His face and yearn to be like Him, he leads us to a path of peace and contentment. We must be carful not to fall into the pleasures of the world. Habakkuk writes about how the Babylonians create their own idols, getting drunk day and night, sexual immorality. These things may seem fun, but how little temptation can cause massive destruction! We are called to be in the ways of God. To love accordin to His ways, not ours!! His plan is far greater, successful, and leads to eternal life! “But the Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the Earth be silent before Him.” Habakkuk 2:20 NLT 

Your may feel that prayer you have prayed 1,000 times is just floating around, lost and confused as your spirit may be. Don’t give up, beautiful friend! God works best in those who wait for Him! Trust and seek Him! Learn His word, worship His name, pray as many times! God will be there for you and WILL NOT DELAY! 

“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” ‭Romans‬ ‭1:17‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” Galatians‬ ‭3:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“It is Time to Rest.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan. 

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Can I ask one simple question: are you tired? I am sure tiredness is most common with anyone who is up at early hours with a new born whaling in the next room or pouring your third cup of coffee while trying to get your pitch ready for your new boss. But today I want to ask if you’re soul is tired? From day to day tasks, it’s so easy for all of us to get caught up in our own emotions and to set our eyes off of Jesus. We can wrap our minds completely around what deadlines to get done, and that makes focus on only ourselves, which is a dangerous trap. Today I will break down three things that may be making us weary today. 
The Burden of Sin: The biggest thing of course that causes weariness is sin. Sin itself is luring and addictive. It starts of easy. You get caught up in infatuation, and your heart is linked. You start to see the damaging it’s slowly causing and you’re looking with one eye at the door, and the other on whatever sin is consuming. Your heart starts to ache, and you slowly start to fall into a pit of despair. You do not need to let sin control you forever! Lay your body at Jesus’s feet, and lay out every bit of whatever sin is eating at your soul. 

The Burden of Opression and Persecution: As believers in Christ, our job is to follow the Great Commisson. Which is to go out and make disciples. Though it is so thrilling and wonderful to talk to people about Christ, it’s also challenging. We all will face persecution and rejection from those who don’t know Christ. There will be those who will ridicule and mock us for what we stand for, but Jesus said Himself to take joy in that: “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:11‬ ‭NLT Whenever you feel weary in battling the enemy, Jesus is right there with you, providing His strength and wisdom to speak the right words and how to react lovingly to those who hurt us.

The Burden of Searching for God: Now, reading that may have put a puzzled look on your face. I am not implying at all that seeking God is a burden. But we have have that one point in our walk that feels like we’re wondering in the desert. Where we are thirsting after the answers we need just to get through to the next day. It’s in those moments of fighting and being frantic, God wants us to be still. God works the best when we simply stay put and trust in Him. When we fight for peace, we cause a war within our hearts. When we are quiet for peace, we find reassurance in our hearts. “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her.” ‭Hosea‬ ‭2:14‬ ‭ESV‬‬

If you feel a tug in your chest, maybe God is calling you to rest. It’s okay to lay your head on His lap and just relax in His presence. It’s okay if everything around is not coming together all the way yet. God has a place for all of us in His kingdom, He will lead you to the next place to work, but right now it’s time to rejuvenate and replenish your soul in Him. It is time to rest. ❤

“Be Still, My Child.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan. 

“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭46:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

It’s in the moments of silence God really speaks to us. It’s in the moments where we simply just stop in the midst of chaos, God calms our minds. The moments where nothing is happening, when there is complete quietness, God works His wonders. Today I experienced this. I was getting ready to go see my family that is visiting from Arkansas. I had some loud music on, shower running. Hard to imagine that’s quiet? I’m getting there. I was just analyzing my thoughts when suddenly a force of power hit me like a fast train. I fell to my knees. I quickly started to cry. Like, very ugly crying. Every noise that surrounded me became silent. I felt God pull me into His presence like a tide. I heard Him say, “Melodie, it’s time to be still and let go.” I was confused. Let go? Of what? Oh..you mean the constant worries and feelings I keep clinging to? The certain people who have been implanted on my brain? Let go of that? Yes, it’s time to let go and let Me in.” I told God that I was scared. I told Him that I didn’t know if I was making the right choice. Excuse after excuse I spatted out at Him. Yet again he spoke to me the same words: “Melodie, it’s time to be still and let go.” Now I hope you don’t think I am crazy…this really happened to me. For a month now I have been dealing with the loss of certain people. I have been pondering over the pain and wanted to open a door that has been closed for a while now. I knew deep in my heart it was time to let go…but I kept the feelings close to me. I didn’t want to depart from this situation. God wanted differently. Instead of fighting, I let go. 

Have you been feeling this way? Have you been fighting God about your desires? Have you been scared to let go because you’re afraid you won’t gain anything? Let me tell you this. God doesn’t take things away to give us worse things. He takes things away to give us the best thing. Whatever you’re holding onto…let it go. Drop it. Throw it away. Surrender your hands to the heavens and tell God you’re ready. You’re ready to “let go and let God in.” It’s scary. It’s painful. It’s hard. God didn’t promise us an easy road. He did promise us this: “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.” ‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Tell God what you’re wanting. He may give it you, He may take it away. Here’s one thing to ponder on: God just wants us to be still and know He is God. Trust Him. Be with Him. Whatever you’re holding onto, God has something better. 

“What Tree Are You?” By: Melodie Rose Jordan.

This evening I had the privilege to witness God’s masterpiece. The sky had an array of pink and purple swirls. The lake was so clear, as if time were standing still. I had the perfect playlist lined up on my phone and I just stood in awe of the display in front of me. The lake I constantly walk at has hundreds of trees. Big ones, small ones. Ones with many leaves, ones that hardly have any at all. One thing is a fact: they all have a purpose in what they produce. Just like you and I do. We are all trees, and it’s important to evaluate what kind of “fruits” you are growing. Are your “fruits” joy, compassion, love? Or are they “fruits” of anger, resentment, fear. Let’s dig more and see if any of these are true in your life.
What evil roots do I need to dig out?

Root of rejection: it is so easy for us to feel rejected. I have been by so many people in my life. One thing has been constant though: God is always there. The enemy goes out of his way to make sure we feel our lowest, when God makes sure we feel our highest. Remember that God has redeemed you through His blood. He calls you His forever: “But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:1‬ ‭

Root of pride: now, this may sting a bit. Now that we are starting to get our hands dirty with pulling our old roots, this one may be hard for many of you. It is so easy for us to get caught up in the blessings we receive. You may just got a new position at work and that’s awesome. But, keep in mind that while you are getting the good paycheck, someone may just gave every penny they earned so their children wouldn’t go hungry for the rest of the week. It’s important to think highly of others than of ourselves: “Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”” ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:5‬ ‭

Tree of good fruits: Now that we have gotten the nastiness of our “old roots” it’s time that we start planting seeds of good fruits! This week, take the time to reflect on what fruits you may need to plant? Maybe you have some resentment towards an old friend. Take the time to love them and pray for them. Maybe you’re scared you won’t be able to make the promotion or pass the class. Let God take control and supply you the wisdom you need. It’s time that this world not only grows trees of good, but many people will be able to eat our fruits so many can become apart of the family tree of the Lord.