Throwback Thursday?

LifeNote12

 

Daily Prayer~~~

TODAY’S DAILY PRAYER

yellow gerbera flowerGive thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story – those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south. Psalm 107:1–3, NIV

Lord our God and our Father, we thank you for all the blessings you have brought into our lives and for everything we still hope to receive from your goodness. We thank you that through your Spirit you will work more and more in us and in all people, so that we are not held back by any human considerations but can go toward a higher goal. Keep us in your care. In all our special concerns may each of us experience your comfort and help, so that we may rejoice with the praise of your name always in our hearts. Amen.

 

 

Daily Dig

Caffeine for your conscience

TODAY’S DAILY DIG

lit lanternLove gave me the key to my vocation. I realized that if the church was a body made up of different members, she would not be without the greatest and most essential of them all. I realized that love includes all vocations, that love is all things, and that, because it is eternal, it embraces every time and place. Swept by an ecstatic joy, I cried, “At last I have found my vocation. My vocation is love! I have found my place. I will be love. So I shall be everything and so my dreams will be fulfilled!”

BIBLE STUDY BUDDY 

Read 2 Corinthians 5:11-21…”

Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12. We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13. If we are ”out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14. For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

 

16. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18. All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19. that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12. We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13. If we are ”out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14. For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

 

16. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18. All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19. that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary
2 Corinthians 5:21
The renewed man acts upon new principles, by new rules, with new ends, and in new company. The believer is created anew; his heart is not merely set right, but a new heart is given him. He is the workmanship of God, created in Christ Jesus unto good works. Though the same as a man, he is changed in his character and conduct. These words must and do mean more than an outward reformation. The man who formerly saw no beauty in the Saviour that he should desire him, now loves him above all things. The heart of the unregenerate is filled with enmity against God, and God is justly offended with him. Yet there may be reconciliation. Our offended God has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ. By the inspiration of God, the Scriptures were written, which are the word of reconciliation; showing that peace has been made by the cross, and how we may be interested therein. Though God cannot lose by the quarrel, nor gain by the peace, yet he beseeches sinners to lay aside their enmity, and accept the salvation he offers. Christ knew no sin. He was made Sin; not a sinner, but Sin, a Sin-offering, a Sacrifice for sin. The end and design of all this was, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him, might be justified freely by the grace of God through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus. Can any lose, labour, or suffer too much for Him, who gave his beloved Son to be the Sacrifice for their sins, that they might be made the righteousness of God in him? 
Zealous Christians…

I read a fable about a dog who loved to chase other animals. He bragged about his great running skill and said he could catch anything. Well, it wasn’t long until his boastful claims were put to the test by a rabbit. With ease the little creature outran his barking pursuer. The other animals, watching with glee, began to laugh. The dog excused himself, however, by saying, ”You forget, folks, that I was only running for fun. He was running for his life!”

 

Motivation makes a difference in almost everything we do. In fact, it determines the way believers serve the Lord. Some people serve Him halfheartedly because they feel obligated. But there are others who serve with urgency and zeal because they recognize the terrible plight of people lost in sin. They are deeply grateful for God’s saving grace in their lives, so they go all out for the Lord.

 

That’s the kind of zealous motivation the apostle Paul had. He wrote, ”Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men” (2 Cor. 5:11). He then concluded, ”We implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God” (v.20). Paul meant business. There was much at stake.

 

May we too be zealous in serving the Lord!

 

Verse of the Day

Inspirational illustration of Psalm 119:133

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

God’s word is a light to our dark path in a morally uncertain world. It must be our standard for right and wrong, righteousness and evil. As God’s will and Word have sway in our life, we are delivered from all sorts of destructive practices that can ruin our lives.

My Prayer…

Great and Almighty God, who raises the dead and restores the fallen, make my heart delight in your truth and my life more perfectly conformed to your will. Lead me in your way and guide my footsteps in righteousness. Empower me to freedom from any form of bondage that Satan might use to control me and ruin my godly influence. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

 

JesusOrgDevoBanner_MysteriesOfJesus

Quote of the Day

“When Jesus cried out ‘It is finished,’ he meant ‘It was finished in the past’, it is still finished in the present, and it will remain finished in the future.”

– Dr. Ray Pritchard (from What Was Finished?)

Today’s Answer

Who Can Really Be Pure in Heart?

Greg Laurie

A happy person will be a holy person, because Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). But who could ever be pure in heart? You can. I can. We must understand what this statement means. By pure in heart, Jesus is not saying that we can never have an impurity in our hearts and never be inconsistent. Otherwise, we all would be disqualified, because the Bible clearly teaches “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9).

So here is how it works: we come to God, poor in spirit. We see ourselves as we really are. We mourn over our condition. And like the psalmist, we pray, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).

In our culture, we often refer to the heart as the center of emotion, and we refer to the mind as the center of intellect. But in the Hebrew culture, the heart referred to everything. The heart was the very center of personality. It was the center of the emotions as well as the mind. And it included the thinking process. Proverbs 23:7says, “As [a man] thinks in his heart, so is he.”

The heart is the center of who you are. This means that with all of your being, you should be pure. But being pure does not mean being flawless. A good translation of the word pure would be “single” or “focused.” So to be pure in heart means to have a single-minded devotion to Jesus.

To be pure in heart is to seek to live a holy life, because that is the secret to happiness. If you want to be happy, then seek to be holy. Don’t chase after happiness. Chase after holiness.

Taken from “Chasing Holiness” by Harvest Ministries (used by permission).

 

Daily-Strength-for-Daily-NeedsBanner

September 28

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed, and in truth.–I JOHN iii. 18.

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.–JAMES i. 22.

Thrice blest whose lives are faithful prayers,
Whose loves in higher love endure;
What souls possess themselves so pure,
Or is there blessedness like theirs?
A. TENNYSON.

Let every creature have your love. Love, with its fruits of meekness, patience, and humility, is all that we can wish for to ourselves, and our fellow-creatures; for this is to live in God, united to Him, both for time and eternity. To desire to communicate good to every creature, in the degree we can, and it is capable of receiving from us, is a divine temper; for thus God stands unchangeably disposed towards the whole creation. WM. LAW.

What shall be our reward for loving our neighbor as ourselves in this life? That, when we become angels, we shall be enabled to love him better than ourselves.
E. SWEDENBORG.

 

380-StandingStrongStormsBanner

THE GREAT LIE

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5

We each have to come to terms with Satan’s deadliest tactic, which the Bible calls pride. Ever since the Garden of Eden, Satan has promulgated The Great Lie; “You will be like God” (Genesis 3:5b). We all must learn to overcome pride, which was Satan’s own initial sin and which is his pervasive and repetitive tactic against us.

In Proverbs 6:17, “haughty eyes”are first on the list of the seven things that are an “abomination” to God. Proverbs 27:2 adds, “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth.” Christ spoke of pride in Luke 18:14 when He instructs, “Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Over and over again, we are reminded in the Bible of God’s utter disdain for a prideful spirit.

Why does God have so much to say about this issue? Because, ultimately, a prideful person is saying, “I don’t need God. I can do it on my own.” As our Creator and Sustainer, God has the perfect plan laid out before us. Attempting to “go it alone” will only lead us down a path of self-destruction. No one knows that better than God—He has seen pride destroy the lives of His creations throughout eternity.

In the Old Testament we see an example of this in the life of King Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 4:28-37) until he acknowledged the Most High God. We also see it in the life ofKing Belshazzar, who saw the handwriting on the wall and received judgment because of his pride. (Daniel 5: 22-31)

In the New Testament, the Pharisees, filled with self-righteousness, denied the work of Christ, even as He stood before them. The Apostle Paul warned the Corinthians to “not take pride in one man over against another” (1 Corinthians 4:6). Peter repeats the warning about pride from Proverbs 3:34.

Pride is so devastating because of its deceptiveness. C. S. Lewis said, “A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you’re looking down, you can’t see something that’s above you.” We may easily point out pride in the life of someone else, completely oblivious to the stranglehold that pride may have in our own lives. Pride causes us to focus solely on being “better” than someone else. Don’t compare yourself to others; compare yourself to Christ. Remember where you came from, and recall what God has saved you from.

When all else fails, God may allow adversity into our lives. Nothing gets our attention better than going through a difficult time. He allows these experiences in order to filter out pride, causing us to return our focus on Him. As much as our prideful spirit may disagree, we cannot live a fulfilling life without God. Simply put, when God is out, pride is in!

RESPONSE:  Today I will keep my eyes fixed on Jesus and steer clear of pride’s deceptiveness.

PRAYER:  Lord, I need Your help today to keep focused on You and avoid pride’s stranglehold.

 

bible-reading-logoBeliefnet

 

Be Cautious

It is important that we are cautious and that we not become too dependent on our dreams and visions. Some people expect to be directed by them on a daily basis and this pattern can set you up for error and deception. You must be able to determine if your dream or vision is of God or of the flesh. False dreams can come from our mind’s attempt to lead us away from God’s principles and precepts. In fact, false dreams can convey darkness’ own prophetic messages. Soulish dreams in particular speak to the heart’s fleshly desires.
The voice of the Lord is speaking out to you right now through your dreams and visions. When we understand and interpret these messages, we can live fully in His purpose. Are you ready to hear what God is saying to you? You don’t want to miss it. For more ways to understand God’s messages to you, read “Dreams and Visions” by Jane Hamon.

 

TODAY‘S

Christian Quote

“The borderline between “before Christ” and “after Christ” does not run through historical time….it runs through our own hearts.”
read more » 

– Pope Benedict XVI

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

Perfect Plans

READ

Isaiah 45:1-13

So all the world from east to west will know there is no other God. I am the Lord, and there is no other (v.6).

The rejection letter I received from the university’s registrar sent me spiraling into shock and disbelief. In the midst of my sadness and confusion, I was grateful that one of my cousins had encouraged me to apply to another school. Fortunately, I was accepted by that university. While I didn’t understand why I was unable to attend my dream school, I recognized that God wasn’t surprised. He knew everything about my situation and had my best in mind.

Years before the birth of King Cyrus, the prophet Isaiah declared, “This is what the Lord says to Cyrus, his anointed one . . . . I will go before you . . . and level the mountains. . . . I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name. And why have I called you for this work? Why did I call you by name when you did not know me? It is for the sake of Jacob my servant, Israel my chosen one” (Isaiah 45:1-4).

Since God had declared that He was “the God of Israel” (v.3), His actions through a foreign king may have seemed unusual. Even more surprising would have been the idea that God was using this foreign power to bring about something good for His chosen people. Yet God dispels any doubts with this unequivocal declaration, “I am the Lord; there is no other God. I have equipped you for battle, though you don’t even know me, so all the world from east to west will know there is no other God” (vv.5-6).

The university I attended ending up providing me with connections that laid a solid foundation for my career. What made no sense to me at the time became a shining example of God working out His purposes for my good and His glory. We can rest in His perfect plans.  —Remi Oyedele

MORE

Read Daniel 2:20-22 for additional insight into God’s sovereignty.

NEXT

How do you react when you find yourself in a situation you don’t understand and don’t like? Think about what God may be doing and ask for the grace to trust Him even in your responses.

 

10508-CWDevoBanner

 

 

prophetic_insight_header

How Does Following God Protect Your Family and Property From a Corrupt Government or Anarchy in the Nation?
Conflict of Interest

A Biblical Perspective of Self-Defense and Civil Disobedience provides an in-depth biblical study on topics that will affect you as a Christian. This study will provide biblical answers to:

  • How living an exemplary Christian life challenges civil government.
  • Why God ordained human government and how to submit to human authorities.
  • What does it mean to submit to God and civil government?
  • Should you obey a corrupt government or ungodly laws?
  • Clear guidelines that teach how to honor God in civil disobedience situations.

Testimonies:

“I just googled in and found your ‘A Biblical Perspective of Self Defense’ study. I didn’t expect to find such a well-balanced, biblically based analysis on my first hit. Well done!” T.L.

“Having been in security and law enforcement for over 30 years and being a believer in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, [A Biblical Perspective of Self Defense] has been a topic of great interest and importance to me…. Your teaching [is] a source of wisdom, logic and balance … carefully considering each element in a thoroughly analytical biblical perspective…. I think it should be must reading for every Christian.” J.M.

“I just read (most of) your excellent article on Christians and self-defense. I agree with the other comments that it is the most thorough and steady treatment of that topic that I’ve seen. Bravo.” J.L.

“I have found several of your articles very helpful over the course of the last several weeks as I have been teaching a Sunday school class on issues relating to government, a biblical response to apparent godlessness in government, our involvement in government generally and similar topics. Having reviewed literally dozens of websites with material on these and related issues, I have found [A Biblical Perspective of Civil Disobedience] to be solidly biblically based, sound, insightful and coherent — quite unlike the diatribes and ramblings of many others.” R.S.

FREE CHAPTER DOWNLOAD: https://www.foxven.com/abp

 

2347-DD_400x100[1]

From In God We Still Trust by Dr. Richard G. Lee

THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER

[The Lord] rescued us from our enemies, for His mercy endures forever.

-Psalm 136:24

During the War of 1812, the British navy fiercely bombarded Fort McHenry from the Baltimore harbor. On September 13, 1814, a young American lawyer named Francis Scott Key watched the relentless bombing throughout the night, then silence followed. Had the fort been forced to surrender? In the first rays of sunlight, Key saw the American flag waving proudly. Inspired, he began writing “Defense of Fort McHenry.” This poem was set to a popular tune, renamed “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and made the national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931. It expresses one man’s deep gratitude for America’s freedom and God’s blessings, as this lesser known verse clearly reflects:

O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand

Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!

Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land

Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,

And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”

And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Patriot’s Prayer

Thank You for keeping this nation safe and protecting us from harm. Call us back to You that we may live with You as our trust.

Patriot’s Promise

“He has put a new song in my mouth—praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord “ (Psalm 40:3).

Order your own copy of In God We Still Trust by Dr. Richard G. Lee

 

38843-NewLifeBanner

Always with Us

For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.
And the government will rest on his shoulders.
These will be his royal titles: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

Are you facing difficult circumstances or unwelcome changes? If so, please remember that God is far bigger than any problem you may face. So, instead of worrying about life’s inevitable challenges, put your faith in the Father and His only begotten Son: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8 NKJV). And remember: it is precisely because your Savior does not change that you can face your challenges with courage for today and hope for tomorrow. Life is often challenging, but as Christians, we should not be afraid. God loves us, and He will protect us. In times of hardship, He will comfort us; in times of change, He will guide our steps. When we are troubled or weak or sorrowful, God is always with us. We must build our lives on the rock that cannot be moved . . . we must trust in God. Always.

In a world kept chaotic by change, you will eventually discover, as I have, that this is one of the most precious qualities of the God we are looking for: He doesn’t change. – Bill Hybels

The Holy Spirit can reveal to you why you are stuck, and he can empower you to change (although he won’t usually do all the work without your involvement). – Patsy Clairmont

The secret of contentment in the midst of change is found in

having roots in the changeless Christ–the same yesterday, today and forever. – Ed Young

Today’s Prayer

Dear Lord, our world is constantly changing. When I face the inevitable transitions of life, I will turn to You for strength and assurance. Thank You, Father, for love that is unchanging and everlasting. Amen.

 

What Jesus Did! ‘What Do You Want Me To Do?’

Jesus stopped and said to the blind men, “What do you want me to do for you?”

Key Thought

“What do you want me to do?” It sounds like a simple, almost ridiculous question. But in asking it, Jesus is giving the men who are blind the opportunity to do two things: (1) state the absurdity of their request so they know when it happens they have received a true miracle from Jesus and (2) have them ask for the help they need rather than relying on themselves. Sometimes we are presumptuous in assuming what we think those we’re trying to help need. Jesus wanted the people to gain faith in him through the miracle and not just focus on the miracle. He wanted to get them in the discipline of asking God for what they need. Maybe that’s a question we need to ask ourselves: What do I want Jesus to truly do?

Today’s Prayer

Holy Father, I need your help. I need your help for a number of specific things I want to bring before you right now …. Thank you for hearing my prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s Verses in Context

Jesus was going to Jerusalem. His twelve followers were with him. While they were walking, Jesus gathered the followers together and spoke to them privately. Jesus said to them, “We are going to Jerusalem. The Son of Man will be given to the leading priests and the teachers of the law. The priests and teachers of the law will say that the Son of Man must die. They will give the Son of Man to the non-Jewish people. Those people will laugh at him and beat him with whips, and then they will kill him on a cross. But on the third day after his death, he will be raised to life again.” Then Zebedee’s wife came to Jesus. Her sons were with her. The mother bowed before Jesus and asked him to do something for her. Jesus said, “What do you want?” She said, “Promise that one of my sons will sit at your right side in your kingdom. And promise that the other son will sit at your left side in your kingdom.” So Jesus said to the sons, “You don’t understand what you are asking. Can you accept the kind of suffering that I must have ?” The sons answered, “Yes, we can!” Jesus said to them, “Truly you will suffer the same things that I will suffer. But I cannot choose the person that will sit at my right side or my left side. My Father has decided who will have those places. He has prepared those places for those people. Those places belong to them.” The other ten followers heard this. They became angry with the two brothers.

Related Scripture Readings

Later Jesus went to Jerusalem for a special Jewish festival. In Jerusalem there is a pool with five covered porches. In the Jewish language it is called Bethzatha. This pool is near the Sheep Gate. Many sick people were lying on the porches {beside the pool}. Some of the people were blind, some were crippled, and some were paralyzed. There was a man lying there who had been sick for 38 years. Jesus saw the man lying there. Jesus knew that the man had been sick for a very long time. So Jesus asked the man, “Do you want to be well?”

gt15-tfl-header

DAILY DEVOTIONAL SEPTEMBER 28, 2017

Stooping Down

The Lord looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man.Psalm 33:13

Perhaps no figure of speech represents God in a more gracious light than when He is spoken of as stooping from His throne and coming down from heaven to attend to the needs and to behold the woes of mankind. We love Him who, when Sodom and Gomorrah were full of iniquity, would not destroy those cities until He had made a personal visitation to them. We cannot help pouring out our heart in affection for our Lord who turns His ear from the highest glory and puts it to the lip of the dying sinner, whose failing heart longs for reconciliation. How can we do anything but love Him when we know that He numbers the very hairs of our heads, marks our path, and orders our ways?

This great truth is brought especially near to our heart when we realize how attentive He is, not merely to the passing interests of His creatures, but to their spiritual concerns. Though vast distances lie between the finite creature and the infinite Creator, yet there are links uniting both. When a tear is wept by you, do not think that God does not see it; for “As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.”1 Your sigh is able to move the heart of Jehovah; your whisper can incline His ear to you; your prayer can stay His hand; your faith can move His arm. Do not think that God sits on high taking no account of you. Remember that however poor and needy you are, still the Lord thinks of you. “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.”2

Oh! then repeat the truth that never tires;
No God is like the God my soul desires;
He at whose voice heaven trembles, even He,
Great as He is, knows how to stoop to me.

1) Psalm 103:13
2) 2 Chronicles 16:9

 

 

The Daily Word of Hope Devotional

Bible Fun Fact: Rehoboam, the son of Solomon had 88 children! (2Chr. 11:21).

The Hidden Well

God heard the voice of the boy. The angel of God called to Hagar out of the sky, and said to her, ‘What troubles you, Hagar? Don’t be afraid. For God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. Get up, lift up the boy, and hold him with your hand. For I will make him a great nation.’ God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. She went, filled the container with water, and gave the boy a drink. Gen. 21:19 WEB

Hagar wandered in the desert of Beersheba with her son, rejected, alone, despised, homeless, and now an outcast. Finally, she ran out of water and when all hope was gone, with her son about to die of thirst, she sat down and wept bitterly. God heard the boy crying, and He opened her eyes to see a well of water that was near her.

There was plenty of water near by, but Hagar could not see it. Their cry caused God to open her eyes and to be able to see the resources around her. We can have 20/20 vision and still be blind (Revelation 3:17). God is our ultimate source, not what we are able to see or obtain with our own eyes and strength.

God will hear your cry too, and there may be a well of water right beside you as you walk through your own personal desert. Sometimes He can make a little go a long way. Cry out to the Lord and put your trust in Him, for it is He that causes the blind to see.

Prayer: Heavenly Father please open my eyes to see the resources around me. Help me put what You have already given me to the best use. Help me make the right decisions and give me wisdom in life management, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

 

NewLFBannerNov08

View this email in your browser

Today‘s Scripture

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.” – Romans 8:1-2 NIV

Thoughts for Today

Condemnation. A distorted reflection . . . and a lie.

We confess our sins to Jesus and He forgives us. When we become a follower of Jesus Christ, He forgives all our past sin. As Christians, when we fall into sin, the Bible promises that if we confess that sin, He is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us (1 John 1:9).

And yet, we persistently hang on to the guilt. We condemn ourselves and sometimes allow others to condemn us. If we can get our eyes off the expectations of others and ourselves and look into the mirror of God’s Word, we will see ourselves as God sees us–forgiven, clothed in the righteousness of Christ. Here are a few of the reflections found in the Bible–there are many more.

Look into God’s mirror. He sees you as forgiven and righteous!

Consider this …

Are you struggling with condemnation? It can weigh you down, depress you, fill you with fear, and keep you from doing what God has called you to do. God wants us to repent and seek forgiveness. He wants us to try to make things right with others when that is possible. And then He wants us to move on. To learn from our mistakes, but not to dwell on them. He wants us to see ourselves through His eyes–forgiven and righteous.

Prayer

Father, I thank you that Jesus paid the price for my sins. Thank you that when I repented and confessed my sins to you, you forgave me and cleansed me. Because of Jesus, I am righteous in your eyes. Please help me see myself through your eyes. Help me to walk in the peace of knowing that I am forgiven. In Jesus’ name …

TGIF-Devotional-Banner-2017-1

Be as Little Children
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
September 28, 2017

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1a

I want to share with you a conversation that happened between a man and his wife.

“I have an important business meeting in the morning. Would you please set the alarm for 5:30 a.m.?” he said to his wife.

“Oh, that won’t be necessary. Just tell the Lord what time you want to wake up. He does it for me all the time,” his wife said.

He rolled his eyes in disbelief. “Well, I’d feel more comfortable if we set the alarm.”

“Okay, ye of little faith. But just to prove my point I am going to ask the Lord to wake us up just before 5:30.”

The next morning he awoke before the alarm went off. He looked at the clock. It read 5:15. He looked at his wife, who had just awakened at the same time with an I-told-you-so smile.

Sometimes we wrongfully view God as someone we go to for only the “big things.” The idea of “bothering God” for such a trivial matter seems foolish and presumptuous. However, when you were a child and had to get up in the morning for school, didn’t your mom or dad come wake you up? They were your parents, and you could come to them with the most trivial concerns or requests. Why would our heavenly Father be any less approachable? Perhaps our problem is that we simply have not developed a level of intimacy with God so that we feel the freedom to approach Him at these daily, routine levels. We often operate with an unwritten code that says our needs must have a certain degree of importance or crisis before we come to God with them. This is not God’s character towards us.

Does the Lord desire this level of intimacy with you and me? The apostle Paul exhorted us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17 KJV). There is never a caution to pray only about matters of greater importance.

Today, go to God with matters that you might view as trivial and would normally avoid bringing to God. Ask God to increase your level of intimacy with Him. You may even be able to get rid of your alarm clock.

 

Personal6

That’s what I try to do:  paste that smile on my face and pretend that I’m happy and there’s nothing wrong…..but, deep inside, I know better!  

I hope that my daughter is feeling at least some of the hurt that I am….but, most likely, all SHE feels is anger…….she says I’m the bitter, angry, hateful one….HA!  She should examine her own heart!  She has enough bitterness for us both!!

I chatted with their Uncle Tim’s ex-wife, Patty, this morning…..she’s being mistreated by the “family”, too……I told her to just be glad she’s out of it………Lesters!  A clan……..think they run Scranton up there……….I told her that her ex is looking old these days and that young wife of his will be looking for a younger stud soon…….Patty’s hurt because she said that after she told Cindy, my son’s wife, all that Tim put her through with that woman, now Cindy’s pals with that same woman!  It figures!  Cindy is two-faced, which I’m slowly discovering for myself…….I’ve forgiven her many times now but not this time….if my son wants to be walked all over and stay with a woman who doesn’t know how to be a proper wife, well, let him!!  I’m done!!!

As for my daughter and granddaughter(s), well…..all I can do is keep them in my prayers………..I love them, I forgive them……….but, they have decided they don’t want me in their lives so I have to go on without them……

I found an old friend…..Missy, Rick’s ex-girlfriend before Missy…….we have reconnected and this will surely burn Cindy’s a**!  I don’t care…..I always liked Missy…she was good for Rick……..this time, NO ONE is gonna make me unfriend her, like Cindy did before!!!  Cindy has unfriended me anyway and I blocked her…….

Hey Jenni— watch out for Cindy……..she did a lotta talking about you and your girls when I stayed at her and Rick’s house on my first visit……you would call it “trashing”…..she told me how you’re not so perfect because you used to throw big drinking parties for your teenaged kids in your own house and you would party with them……she also tried to make trouble for Steph by telling me that Steph said stuff about you but, when I blew up and wanted to call Steph to yell at her, Cindy backed down and said maybe she was mistaken…..yes, she is very two-faced!  And she is VERY jealous of you and Rick’s relationship with you…..

Well, I’ve had my say…oh no…wait……Jenni— also, after years of poisoning your kids against me, did you REALLY think you could just bring me back into their lives with no circumstances and that they would ACCEPT me?  So, you see, I shouldn’t be blaming them for their feelings…..I should be blaming YOU……….

God bless you all!  I hope you get to read this……..

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: