Friday, August 31, 2012

Who should I be focused on?

Colossians 1: 15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.

17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.

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Generosity was taught to me by my in-laws. Investing was taught to me by one of my best friend’s parents. Cooking was taught to me by many of my “mothers” and “uncles” from neighborhoods far and wide. My parents taught me about GOD.

These were people to admire yet they do not quite match up to the ONE I am supposed to look at.

  • JESUS is the SON of GOD who created all things with the FATHER and the HOLY SPIRIT.
  • JESUS is the one who all things were created for.
  • JESUS is the authority who puts rulers in charge of governments.
  • JESUS is the one who is supreme over any force or power.
  • JESUS is the glue that holds all things together.
  • JESUS is the church and HE chose to die just for me.

In these days of people looking at other people to admire, it’s difficult to find someone who is truly in my corner. I mean what is the hidden agenda “that” person holds? JESUS is above everything so HE has no need to have a hidden agenda.

HE willingly and purposefully died for me to serve a sentence HE declared. HE said I should die because of my sins yet HE turned around and died for me.  Now that HE is alive HE is busy building a place for me and those who believe in HIS supremacy.  HE is the one I should focus on.

  • Are you wearing yourself out trying to be a role model?
  • Are you disappointed in someone?
  • Have people pulled away from you?
  • Can you focus on JESUS today and ponder what HE has done for you?
  • Will you give HIM your cares today?

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A growth prayer

Colossians 1:For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you.

We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,
12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.

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GOD will provide knowledge of HIS will through the HOLY SPIRIT HE placed inside me.
GOD will give me understanding so I can live a life worthy of the LORD, pleasing HIM daily.
GOD will guide me to bear fruit when I do good works for HIM.
GOD will place situations in front of me that stretch me to grow.
GOD will exercise my emotions strengthening my faith while understanding my fears, doubts and worries.
GOD will use HIS might to enable me to patiently endure the hardships of life.
GOD will accept my joyful thanks because HE took me into HIS family forever.

amen

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Peaceful Contentment

Philippians 4: 12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

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Money was my motivator. You want me to do something, show me the money. Little did I know I had a greater motivator, namely fear. When the account was slipping away from us I worked extremely hard to keep everything going.

I worked thirty six hours straight, forsaking meals and family. We still lost the account and I found myself on the “bench.” “If I stayed there too long I could lose my job”, I thought to myself. I missed the fact that leaving my family and forgetting my health may have caused problems. 
  • When I am poor I worry about paying bills.
  • When I am in the middle I worry about becoming rich.
  • When I am rich I worry about losing my wealth.
  • When I am discontent I complain about GOD’s plan.
Each of my worries shows my discontentment. GOD couldn’t possibly be right with “this” plan I would think to myself. I mean HE wants me to keep moving forward right? Maybe… but with what kind of attitude?

It seems like I am always waiting for the other shoe to drop. In other words I am always waiting for things to “get better” rather than looking at the greatness that’s going on around me. 
  • GOD wants me to have peace in the middle of each storm.
  • GOD wants me to be content when HE gives me plenty and when HE takes my wealth away.
  • GOD wants me to have peace during times of crisis.
  • GOD wants me to be content when things aren’t going quite the way I planned.
From the inconvenient car accident to the bag of money falling out of the sky, GOD wants me to view HIS plan as being great. HE desires that I follow HIM and look to HIM for my strength rather than looking at my wealth.
  • Are you seeking more money or more stuff?
  • What trinket or gadget or title or group is holding you back from your contentment?
  • Can you assess you desire to see if it is greater than your love for GOD?
  • Are you willing to leave that thing and accept what GOD wants you to have?
  • Can you focus your ambitions on what GOD wants?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Seven steps to peace

Philippians:Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

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“Why is the sky so grey” and “why is there so much snow” and “why is that person driving so fast” and “who is this salesperson calling me” and “what is this slop they are serving for lunch.” This wintery day came to mind because I remember I had a lot of complaints. 

It seemed like everyone who was going crazy was aimed at me. In fact I think I had a problem with the way GOD was handling the situation that day.

  • When I complain I can’t find peace.
  • When I see everything that is wrong without seeing what is right I can’t find peace.
  • When I set a selfish expectation of GOD I can’t find peace especially when HE acts like HE doesn’t hear me.

My idea of “peace” is a utopia that I dreamed up. It includes all my desires being filled without any consequence for my actions. BUT GOD doesn’t define “getting my way” as peace. In fact it seems quite the opposite.

  • When I am falsely accused I can find peace in holding onto the truth.
  • When I am tempted to use my gutter mouth I can find peace in using noble language.
  • When I see an opportunity to get away with something I can find peace in doing what is right instead.
  • When I have foul thought flash in my mind I can find peace in focusing on the pure.
  • When I see someone acting ugly I can have peace seeing the person as lovely as GOD sees them.
  • When I want to complain I can find peace when I look at what is admirable.
  • When I feel like delivering something that isn’t “up to snuff” I can find peace when I am nudged to do it with excellence rather than cutting corners.

GOD is the holder of peace. HE leads me and guides me to much better places when my thinking is on HIM. I can truly find rest.

  • What are you fighting about?
  • Have you lost your peace?
  • Can you stop thinking about negative things for a moment?
  • Will you seek peace by thinking positively.

Monday, August 27, 2012

When anxiety calls

Philippians 4:Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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Three O’clock in the morning seemed to be my usual time to wake up with many things on my mind. It seemed like the pressing matters of yesterday would always spill into today, ruining my tomorrow.

I knew I would have only a couple of hours before I needed to get up so maybe if I would just get “this one thing” done I could put my mind to rest. Funny, I seemed to never just do “one” thing. Where is my rest?

  • When I set unattainable expectations I place pressure on myself which leads to anxiety.
  • When I try to please everyone I place pressure on myself which leads to anxiety.
  • When I look at my circumstance as something I have to fix I place pressure on myself which leads to anxiety.

Many sleepless nights I wondered about “what if.” What if I fail, what if they do something to me, what if I’m not good enough were all questions that added turmoil to my countenance. Then when someone tells me that I shouldn’t be anxious, I get more anxious because I’m anxious.  How can I let it go?

  • GOD wants me to rejoice when I am anxious so I can focus on HIS greatness instead of my issues.
  • GOD wants me to pray when I am anxious so I can have a frank conversation with HIM letting HIM know my fears, worries, doubts.
  • GOD wants me to thank HIM for handling the situation even before I see the solution so I can let it go.

Once I let GOD handle people, things and situations I actually don’t have much to worry about. In the middle of the storm HE provides me with peace that doesn’t make since. I mean I should be hysterical and yet I can feel rest. GOD is the keep of my heart.

  • Are you anxious?
  • What are you worried about?
  • Can you let just a little of your worries go?
  • Will you stop trying to control the situation a moment and praise GOD for the things HE has done?

Friday, August 24, 2012

Where am I a citizen?

Philippians 3: 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 
who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

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When I arrived in town I didn’t know anyone. I went to the grocery store, bought food and settled into my apartment with nothing to do.  “Maybe the people at work would bring me some companionship” I thought, but at the end of the day everyone cleared out like some sort of whistle had blown.

Cliques were difficult to crack and soon I became homesick. I had so many “friends” at home. “Will I be stuck here?” I shuttered.

  • No matter how fun I make life, this not my home.
  • No matter how much I try to fit in, this is not my home.
  • No matter how much money I make or what title I achieve, this is not my home.

I worked extremely hard on jobs to get promoted chasing a dream only to find when I arrived there was another destination. I worked hard to get accepted into groups only to find the group wanted to be in other groups. I worked hard to look like the world wanted me to look only to find GOD didn’t want me to look like the world.

  • I eagerly await my SAVIOR JESUS who is the CHRIST to wipe away my tears.
  • I eagerly await my SAVIOR JESUS who is the CHRIST to fix all my broken ways.
  • I eagerly await my SAVIOR JESUS who is the CHRIST to transform me into an eternal being who never has to experience pain, misery or death.

GOD made me to be with HIM forever. The things of this world that worry me should actually have no effect on me because this is not my home.  I should act like I belong to a greater place one with no worries, no pain, and no sorrows.

  • What are you chasing?
  • Are you spending all your time trying to chase the world’s standards?
  • When will you spend a little time with GOD?
  • Can you slow down chasing your Earthly dream and focus a little of your attention to heaven?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Remembering can hold me back

Philippians 3: 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

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There he was, the bully who sat on me causing me to scrape my arm. I still had the scar after ten years but now I was ready for him. I was now muscular and just as big as him. “He’s going to apologize whether he likes it or not” I said to myself. 

When I walked up to him, he greeted me with a hug and the biggest smile. He was glad to see “old friends who love GOD.” Man, I guess I can’t pummel him today.

  • When I hold on to the past I get stuck in the pain.
  • When I replay history I get hysterical.
  • When I go back to ancient times I wind up with agony.

Many people have messed up in their life in their actions toward me and I have messed up many times in my actions toward them. I have said things and done things that are downright hurtful and so have they. GOD wants me to focus on the prize instead of the problem.

  • When I look to what GOD is doing I can forget what people have done.
  • When I look to what GOD is doing I can forget when I have failed.
  • When I look to what GOD is doing I can forget how the pain feels.

Funny thing about memory, the less it’s used the more I forget. In other words when I purposefully spend my time filling my memory with great thoughts, I don’t have time to fill it with pain. I can then replay the great moments and not replay the “not so great moments.”  In fact the more great moments I can replay the less “stuck” I become.

GOD has given me a gift, namely HIS SON. I now have hope and I can look at the future with a positive outlook no matter the circumstance.

  • Are you holding onto the past?
  • Are you blinded by what happened instead of looking at how GOD is changing the situation?
  • Do you realize GOD is not constantly tormenting you about how you messed up?
  • Can you consider for a moment GOD has love for you AND “that” person?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Aw do I have to do that LORD?

Philippians 2: 14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky
16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.

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My parents told me to do the dishes. “Aw man” I thought to myself. I wanted to watch TV. My supervisor seemed to give me busy work. “Aw man” I thought to myself. I wanted to hide and possibly get a nap in at work. In my career stage my boss made me take notes in a meeting. “Aw man” now they want me to act like an admin instead of sitting at the table. Can’t I do what I want?

  • When I am blind I grumble at tasks handed to me.
  • When I am immature I fuss and fight to get out of doing things.
  • When I think too highly of myself I get upset at doing tasks I feel are beneath me.

Wow! GOD wants me to do “everything” without grumbling or arguing?! That seems to be a pretty tall order.  I mean what if the person who is barking out orders to me is a jerk? GOD says look at things a little differently.

  • GOD doesn’t want me looking at the task rather look at the person as HE does.
  • GOD doesn’t want me to view myself higher than the task rather be an example to others.
  • GOD doesn’t want me to fuss and fight with people rather HE wants HIS light to shine through me when I humble myself.

It’s not the task that is important it’s the “purpose” of the task. Sometimes GOD raises me up to heights I never would have imagined and sometimes HE makes me lower than the lowest but the purpose is still the same. GOD wants HIS SON to be recognized and worshipped.

Our generation is “warped and crooked” and it is difficult to find a person who seems to carry a smile during difficult times. GOD wants me to be alright with the mundane menial tasks that no one wants to do. HIS light will shine in all of my grumble-less efforts.

  • Are you grumbling over what you are doing?
  • Do you feel tired of doing “that” thing again?
  • Are you doing something for someone who doesn’t deserve your talents?
  • Can you do your tasks for GOD instead of doing them for people today?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Unity starts here

Philippians 2:1Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,
not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

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After approaching the head of the department about an idea many people had, I realized we were going to get nowhere. I mean this idea was brilliant yet fell on deaf ears. “We’re going to do it anyway” I said to myself.  I obtained outside resources and funding and we marched ahead with our plans. We built a wonderful tool but it caused a battle that lasted for years.

  • My self-interested desires can cause discord when I look at others as opposition.
  • My selfish ambitions can bring about disagreements when I only seek my way.
  • My self-seeking aspirations can make me look good but in the long run everyone loses.

Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with being driven. Goals should be set and the status quo needs to be challenged but it should be done in a harmless way. GOD gives me a better way to success.

  • Instead of getting my way GOD wants me to get “our” way by being like-minded.
  • Instead of fulfilling my ambitions GOD wants me to seek “our” ambitions by being the same in love.
  • Instead of winning as an individual GOD wants me to have one mind which causes me to seek the needs of others.

When I go for the prize I put blinders on and I may accidently step on a few toes. “They’ll get over it when I succeed” I think to myself. BUT GOD says they won’t get over it. HE desires unity as my path rather than winning for myself.

“But that person is an idiot” I retort. GOD sees even “that” person different. HE loves them deeply and wants them to succeed just as much as HE wants me to succeed. GOD wants me to have “one mind” which may mean I have to change my mind in order to unify for the purpose of bringing CHRIST’s love to them.

  • Are you ambitious?
  • Do you seek to get your way?
  • Are you blind to how you are seeking your own way?
  • Can you begin asking others what they need or want in order to gain unity?

Monday, August 20, 2012

I’m still here so I should get to work

Philippians 1: 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know!
23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.

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One day I just sat on the edge of my bed wondering “what’s the purpose?” I mean it seemed like working was futile because I didn’t have enough money to cover my debts, people in the world were mad at me and I wasn’t getting any of my desires met, or so it seemed. Preachers kept speaking about heaven being a wonderful place to be and I thought “LORD can’t you just take me home?”

Meanwhile, more tragedy kept coming my way. Ailments hit various people, death seemed to loom over some of my friends’ families and the news channels never stopped being dismal. When will there ever be peace?

  • Life has many difficulties and sometimes I get tired.
  • Life has some tough news and sometimes I get weary.
  • Life has a lot of bad news and sometimes I get distressed.

It seemed like GOD was taking HIS sweet little time when it came to “my” problems and I found myself pouting in the corner wanting “my” situations to change. GOD didn’t change the situation but HE did do something greater.

  • GOD opened my eyes to see other people are hurting and need to hear a word of peace.
  • GOD opened my ears to be able to hear the needs of others instead of wallowing in my pity.
  • GOD opened my heart to feel what other people are feeling and finally understand I need to show compassion no matter the circumstance.

I’m still here on the Earth so I should get to work telling people about GOD’s compassion.  “What compassion” you ask. Well, in the middle of my sin CHRIST took my punishment. HE paid the ultimate price for me and showed compassion for me that I can never repay. Now HE sends people to me one at a time to hear about HIS grace, mercy and love.

There is plenty of work and so few to take on the challenge of compassion. GOD says “remain and I will be with you.”

  • Do you feel like giving up?
  • Are you frustrated with your current results?
  • Can you realize that your current situation is right where GOD wants you so HE can grow you?
  • Will you take the time to tell someone about GOD’s grace in spite of your circumstance?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A prayer for love for you

Philippians 1:And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 
so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

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I pray that whatever clouds judgment to be removed.
I pray that whatever causes a feeling of separation from GOD to be doused.
I pray that you are filled with the feeling of love as well as the knowledge of it.
I pray that you can praise GOD for being GOD today. amen

Monday, August 13, 2012

Showing the way

Ephesians 5:For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light
(for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord.

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“Let’s see… a potato chip box, some foil, paper clips and rubber bands, that’s what I need” I said to myself. As I started to build my project I became discouraged that I didn’t know what I was doing. These flimsy materials were my ingredients of a robot I was about to build for the science fair.

When I told my teacher what I wanted to build, she smiled and pointed me to a book of science projects. I felt better with this glimmer of enlightenment.

  • Many times I have had to deal with being in the dark and I felt alone.
  • Many times I have felt “left out” and wanted someone to just point me in the right direction.
  • Many times I have been clueless to what was going on and felt inadequate and lost.

GOD said I was “darkness” not “in the dark.” This means I was the cause of people falling away from HIM.  In my sin I was causing people to turn away from GOD so I could get what I wanted. BUT GOD shined HIS light in my eyes and wants me to behave differently.

  • GOD wants me to understand what is pleasing to HIM so I can enlighten others.
  • GOD wants me to pursue what is right so I can enlighten others.
  • GOD wants me to seek the truth from HIM so I can enlighten others.

GOD says “you know the way to MY kingdom so act like it.” In other words “live as children of light” which means showing others the way towards HIM.  It doesn’t mean putting on a fa├žade or acting goody, goody while hiding my sin. GOD wants me to admit my sin to the world and tell everyone “HIS grace is sufficient.”  This is pleasing to the LORD.

  • Are you trying to live your life without asking GOD what HE wants?
  • Are you so busy with life that you are still in the dark about what HE wants from you?
  • Can you open the eyes of your heart and allow HIM to give you direction?
  • Will you shine the light HE has given you today and help someone who needs direction?

Friday, August 10, 2012

Ease off on my measure of others

Ephesians 5:But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater —has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.

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“Oh no, they won’t let me in heaven” I thought to myself as I read this passage.  I mean I have experienced all that was written here. I wanted to rewrite the Bible and take the words “even a hint” out. What this is saying is I can’t get full of myself and look down on what someone else is doing.

Television, magazines and billboards promote sex, greed and lust that I easily fall into. Who can save me from GOD’s wrath?
 
  • Sensuality is a weapon against me to lure me away from focusing on GOD.
  • Greed is a weapon that enables me to fear losing money causing me to doubt GOD’s power.
  • Obscene, foolish talk and coarse joking helps me fit in but wastes my time when I could be focused on growing myself or someone else.

It seems hopeless doesn’t it?  I mean isn’t everyone a little lustful or greedy or envious? Not everyone! JESUS volunteered to become a human and was tempted in every way. HE lived years and years without committing a sin and people who attended church regularly murdered HIM because HE told them about their lust and greed and they didn’t listen.

  • GOD wants me to work at being pure because the SON forgave me for my impurity.
  • GOD wants me to work on being generous because the SON forgave me for my greed.
  • GOD wants me to work on being an encourager because the SON forgave me for my foul, coarse joking.

Instead of comparing myself to others I must read what GOD says about me.  HE doesn’t expect me to be perfect nor do I have to die for the sins of mankind, but the more I can focus on following what GOD wants me to, the more HE will reward me.

  • Are you caught up in sexual immorality?
  • Do you desire more stuff?
  • Are you nervous about losing you stuff?
  • Are you trying to fit in with the wrong group?
  • Won’t you give up some of these things little by little and focus on GOD?

Thursday, August 9, 2012

GOD said to say “You are wonderful!”

Ephesians 4: 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

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Part of me was bored and another part of me was tired of being pushed around so I joined a gym. After a couple of years of lifting weights I was transformed from scrawny to sculpted.  I could now hang with the fellas, talk about women’s body parts and dare people to pick a fight with me. I had finally arrived or did I?

  • My unwholesome talk tears people down for my own gain.
  • My rage and anger repels people from GOD instead of drawing them to HIM.
  • My brawling and slander makes me look to pick fights instead of seeking peace.
  • My malicious behavior causes me to hate the sinner and enjoy my sins.

I actually thought some people were pitiful and it was their fault for being scrawny. I mean look at me… I changed, so can you. Pull yourself up and get going. BUT GOD wanted me to think differently.

  • GOD wants me to encourage people instead of tearing them down.
  • GOD wants me to be compassionate with others instead of writing them off.
  • GOD wants me to forgive people because HE forgave me.

GOD definitely doesn’t want me to become a jerk. It’s through HIS love that HE draws people to HIMSELF.  HE transformed my heart to show compassion and HE enables me to say “You are wonderful” to people who need encouragement.

  • Are you fighting with someone?
  • Do you have a need to win that argument?
  • Are you feeling a little down about yourself?
  • Do you believe you are wonderful because when GOD made you HE declared it?

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Who is worthy of my presence?

Ephesians 4:Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

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My tolerance for nonsense started shrinking when I saw people pouting over who won an award in our department. On one side the lack of congratulations disgusted me and on the other the choice of a buddy to receive the award made me ill. “Just wait until I become the boss, I am going to fire all these people” I thought to myself.

  • When I have rage I handle people harshly.
  • When I want something my anxiety makes me impatient towards others.
  • When I feel I know more than others I judge them and usually cause dissension.

I can usually tell when I am not acting like GOD wants me to. Major groups of people start falling off my radar and my circle shrinks more and more. After a while I am only touching who “I” consider worthy of my presence. Usually I can justify my actions because “they” are acting ugly and I am not, right? Wrong!

  • GOD wants me to be completely humble and gentle towards people, even those who are harsh to me.
  • GOD wants me to be patient with people especially those who I mistake for slow and weak.
  • GOD wants me to bear with others in love in hopes that they will see the love GOD has for me.

There is one LORD, one faith, one baptism, one GOD and FATHER of all and HE wants me to act in unity with all HE sends to me. When I judge too harshly or use my blunt, crass approach I notice HE stops sending people my way.  Yes the Bible says correct people but it says do it “in love.”

I must put the person over the sin they are doing. In other words I have to make every effort to see “each” person as GOD sees them.

  • Are you better than “those” people?
  • Are “they” not following GOD like you are following HIM?
  • Are you judging others by what they are doing?
  • Have you examined yourself and judged yourself by your own measure?

Monday, August 6, 2012

Another prayer for you

Ephesians 3: 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge —that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

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  • I pray that we understand GOD has grace that covers any sin, past and present.
  • I pray that those who doubt can focus their attention on what GOD is doing rather than the current situation.
  • I pray about those who are worried about finances that they may focus on GOD’s riches and believe HE is in control of the situation.
  • I pray for fortitude in our beings that we may persevere through life’s difficulties.

I pray that all who read this know just how much GOD really loves them. amen

Friday, August 3, 2012

HE is building me.

Ephesians 2: 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

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My parents told me I couldn’t go outside that day. “I can’t wait to grow up” I said to myself. My professor said I need to study more in his class. “I can’t wait to be done with college” I said to myself. My boss chose some crazy direction to go in. “I can’t wait to become the boss” I said to myself. After achieving all those things I am still waiting. When will it ever stop?

  • Life has difficult moments and sometimes I feel like giving up.
  • Life has struggles and sometimes I just want it to be easy.
  • Life has pain and problems and sometimes I just want peace.

Why do I have to go “through” problems? I mean can’t GOD just zap my problems away and make everything wonderful? So far, in my life it hasn’t worked that way.

  • GOD uses every situation to build me and grow me.
  • GOD uses every circumstance to guide me and lead me.
  • GOD uses every incident to mold me and shape me.

GOD has a plan specifically for me that includes trials and tribulations, kind of like a personal trainer creates a fitness plan to make a person stronger.  Every bump I face in life makes me stronger and I can proclaim HIS name a little louder each time.

When someone looks at me like I have it all together I can share with them that I am a mess and HE isn’t finished building me yet.

  • Are you tired of the struggle?
  • Do you think you are being punished or polished?
  • Can you accept GOD’s love and realize HE has a great and wonderful plan for you?
  • Can you stop thinking you can “arrive” and focus on HIS love for you?

Thursday, August 2, 2012

I was made for this!

Ephesians 2:For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith —and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

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Lying, cheating and stealing is where I found myself at one point in my life.  I mean it was harmless to say “fine” when in reality I was hurting inside so I wasn’t really lying right? Also I was working to pay for college so I didn’t have time to really write “that” paper so I asked someone to do it for me but that isn’t really cheating right?

And the company I worked for made billions so they expect for me to copy flyers at work and staple books together. It was for a “good cause” so they won’t mind and that’s not stealing right?

  • No matter how good my intentions are my sin bubbles out of me.
  • No matter how I try to hide my sins GOD can still see what I am doing.
  • No matter how much I try to justify my actions I am still responsible for my sins.

One day I sat in my apartment and I looked at my life.  I was used to “stretching” the truth to get my way or stay out of trouble. I was used to “taking short cuts” in lieu of doing the work. I was used to getting some service for free otherwise known as “the hook up.” Where was I? Was I made for this? NO!

  • GOD saved me in the middle of my sin because of HIS grace.
  • GOD saved me to do “good works.”
  • GOD saved me as a gift to me and doesn’t want me to waste HIS gift of grace.

Good works do not save me rather I was made for GOD’s good works. HIS grace and mercy makes me look at “my” life rather than looking at others and I definitely see I am not worthy of HIS grace but I accept HIS gift wholeheartedly. I can celebrate with others by doing good works instead of complaining about what people are saying or doing.

I can tell people about the love of GOD’s SON, JESUS who saved any who believe. That’s what I was made for!

  • Where are you?
  • What sin is holding you back from doing GOD’s “good works?”
  • Do you believe in GOD’s grace for you or are you trying to work for HIS favor?
  • Won’t you celebrate HIS grace by forgetting your sin and focusing others on HIS love?

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

My prayer for you

Ephesians 1: 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people…

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  • I also pray that the thing that clouds your view of GOD be reduced today.
  • I hope the person you are toiling over can hear what GOD has to say.
  • I pray the ailment not control you so you can still find HIS peace.
  • I pray the job situation not deter you from praising HIM.
  • I hope you find blessing today and you know where it comes from.

I pray for GOD’s wisdom, knowledge and understanding for only in HIM can we live.