No matter where we, God’s people, dwell on this earth — it is not our HOME!
Oppressions will come from people, governments, systems … all without cause. Our faith in God does not make us popular – rather it brings with it the disdain of those who would rule over us. Again our hope lies in The One who truly rules over us! He will always show us what His name is and what His name means.
He will display for the nations that …. I AM!!!Because it is so!
Oppression by our enemies is God’s chance to show Himself strong!
Lord, We don’t welcome oppression, in fact we fear it! But … we ask that you would forgive our doubts and hear our cries. Show yourself mighty before those who would try to rule over us in your stead.
It’s a New Year! I want to keep running to the finish line. The only life prize that matters is the one that has been promised by God, through Jesus Christ … eternal life with him. I’m not there yet, God knows I’m not!!! But I’m committing to leaving the junk and mistakes of 2020 back there … and moving on in 2021, allowing His Spirit to guide and direct me, and doing every single thing for the sake of His glory.
No! I’m not yet all that God wants me to be … but I’m pushing hard to let Him change me, mold me AND make me all that He’s called me to be. It’s what my Savior wants from me. It is why He made me His own!!! (Philippians 3: 12 – 15) So … for 2021, I want to keep moving after some things and add new things that’ll help me be what He wants me to be.
So here’s my 21 for 2021:
Focus on the problem solver, not the problem (preach Reginald!)
Believe I can do things, because He told me to do them
Love, even when the love is not returned
Forgive, even if it happens again
Repent and repent again
Ask for the filling of the Holy Spirit each and every day
Extend mercy to people, just as I beg for mercy from Him
Grace, I’ll give it to others just as He gives it to me
Share my joy
Pour in to relationships that I’ve neglected
Be a respecting baby sister – listening to and being taught by my older sisters, who are amazingly God filled women
Listen and learn from the Word of God
Love and pour truth into my children and grandchildren
Truly take care of my physical body
Lead well in every role God has placed me in
Serve well in every place God has sent me
Love, obey, adore, serve, encourage, care for, invest in … my wonderful gift of a husband
Serve, obey, glorify, uplift, reflect, praise, submit to, listen to, talk to … my God, my Savior, my King, my Father, my All In All
Yield and Submit fully to The Almighty God!! Living fully for His will, His glory, His purpose … for the sake of His Kingdom!
Happy New Year, friends and family!!!
Let’s take the next step in wonderful new ways for the sake of His glory!!
For His glory … let us ALL be willing to do anything!!!
We can be tempted to live in our Christian lives on the edge of the truth. Well, I should say that it seems that today, the Body of Christ is in some ways living on the edge of the truth because of the struggle of including and attracting more people. Now don’t get me wrong – we demand belief in God for sure! But, we do not always demand a trust in Christ.
Because of the difficulties of the world right now, we can be tempted to live in such a way that we are protecting ourselves from some hurt, or treasuring our own station over that of another. But, that is not love. You see, we are told to give the cloak. We are told to walk the 2nd mile. We are told to prefer others above ourselves. When we neglect the truth and love in our lives, we effectively remove from our lives any guarantee of grace, mercy and peace.
We cannot allow ourselves to be lulled in to a state of complacency — we need to be faithful to the truth of Christ — and the love of God!
When operating outside of the truth, which is that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh and is the Savior; or when operating outside of love, which is obedience to God — then we cannot expect grace, mercy and peace to be with us.
Embrace His Truth. Show His Love.
I’m praying that Our Father will help us to keep Christ at the forefront of all things that we do, for the sake of His Kingdom. Praying that He will help us to stand firm as we meet others who do not acknowledge Christ as coming in the flesh. Praying that He will help us to fight for the truth and for His glory. Please Father, teach me to obey You — which is to love! Bend my heart toward Your will daily – so that my inclination will always be to love! And may grace, mercy and peace by my portion as I honor the truth and commit to love!
Amaziah became king at 25 years of age and the scripture says that “He did right in the sight of the Lord, yet not with a whole heart”. Amaziah was given victory after victory and then was deceived in his own mind and began to follow after other gods – forsaking the Lord. When Amaziah turned away from the Lord — no more victory — his own people sought after and then took his life. Read the whole story yourself – 2 Chronicles 25; 2 Kings 13, 14)
This story can help us today. We learn from Amaziah that when we follow God, but not with our whole heart – we will not only deceive ourselves, but we will be deceived and it will lead to our ruin.
It is easy to point out a person who is wicked when the wickedness plays out as murder, lying, adultery, etc. But there are people who seem to follow after God who are also wicked. There are those who do the things that look godly because they know how to look godly, but whose hearts are not at all for God. I think we call them – Religious People. I can’t speak for you — but I do not want to be one of these people.
When I go to church; study the Word of God; help people; pray, etc. – I want to be doing it because my heart earnestly seeks Him and thirsts for Him. If not, I am deceiving myself and others – and in the end our destruction will come swiftly. Amaziah followed the ways of God but not wholeheartedly and became victim to unwise counsel, and was ultimately found to have turned away from God completely before he was killed. We might not be killed, but there are things that are worse than (or as bad as) death! To avoid ruin – it is important that we not just mimic the ways to God but that we seek to follow after His ways with our whole hearts. This means that we do what we do for the Kingdom because of our sincere devotion to the King of Kings and out of a heart of gratitude for all that He has done and Is doing for us.
Father, Help us to love you with our whole hearts! Teach us what it means to desire to serve you and to love You sincerely. May our hearts shy away from seeking our own desires over Your perfect will and may we be found to be true seekers and true worshipers for all of our days. Amen
Getting caught up in our victories, our achievements, our abilities – sets us up for capture by the enemy. Sometimes the snares and traps that we fall in to are our own doing!
The enemy knows our tendency to love ourselves and when we ascribe glory to ourselves, he is smart enough to goad us on until, inevitably, we become proud/haughty/boastful. The Word of God reminds us that what was once a blessing can become a curse.
Moab was great — undisturbed — but arrogance has caused the Lord to bring hardship. Bethel was Israel’s pride, but the Lord made Bethel their shame. We must be careful to give God all glory, praise and honor for what we accomplish. And we must be careful to do all for the sake of His glory — lest we become caught in our own traps and snares — captured by the enemy’s lure.
I do pray that God will help us to understand what it means that we are nothing without Him! Help us to see our nothingness — while understanding the greatness and the ability that we have in Him. Make us mindful of who is worthy! Make us mindful of who the heart belongs to. Give us hearts that are willing to be humble — so that we might receive the exaltation He has for us in His own time.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.--Romans 8:38-39