Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Doorway to Freedom in Christ



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As humans we do not like to admit defeat, and we see brokenness as loss; but it is not. Brokenness is the doorway to freedom in Christ.

We all have weak or empty places in the hedges of protection we build around our life; but God fills in our hedges of protection with His Word, His angels and His Son (Job 1:10; Psalm 91:11).

God is everything to and for us that we are not for our self. We do not need people, places and things to fulfill us, because the Trinity abides within us.

When we are our weakest, He is our true strength (2 Corinthians 12:7-10). God delights in our brokenness, because He can hold us together with His peace, joy and love - nestled under His wings and hidden in His tower of strength - regardless of our circumstances.

His mercy and grace fill our soul and heal us from the inside out. We walk with faith in His faithfulness, power, wisdom, courage and provision for us for each moment of our day.

We are citizens of Heaven, Saints of God, and children of the King of all kings (Luke 10:20). He gives us His victory in good times and bad and never ever leaves us or forsakes us.

We may not always understand God's reasons for events in our life; we may disagree with the methods He uses to mold us into His grace; and we may feel the losses of our life with a heavy burden that threatens to squeeze every precious drop of air from our body.

Yet, God's ways are perfect and He is always just and true and righteous in all He does as He provides for us. As we sit broken before Him, He fills in our weaknesses with His strength and uses us for His Kingdom's glory.

Prayer:
Father God, remind us not to look within our self for our answers and supply, nor to look around to others, but to trust only in You to supply all of our mental, emotional, physical and financial needs through Your abundance. This world is not our home; but even now, our citizenship is in heaven (Isaiah 63:15). We are simply passing through this world on a mission for Your glory (Galatians 2:20).

Although we are in uncharted waters, You are our navigator. You made Your plans for our life before we were conceived in our mother's womb, and You will bring them to completion. As we rest in brokenness before You, You give us the victory over every negative experience in life (Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 139:13; Ephesians 2:10).

Thought for the Day:

The city of New Jerusalem is cubical with the dimensions of 1500 miles in every direction; story after story of large rooms in our Father's house; once we come to Christ through the doorway of brokenness, He prepares us to dwell with Him here throughout eternity. - John 14:2; Revelation 21:23

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Not of This World




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People ask me if I miss my former home and all of my friends; and I explain that social media keeps us connected no matter where we live. I love that technology gives us this gift.

I also have to say that I feel so at home here in my new home that I do not feel any loss. ”Home" to me is wherever Jesus is calling me to live, no matter where that happens to be.

When we put our trust in other people, places or things, we are constantly disappointed. Yet, hoping in God provides us with the faith and love that we need to joyfully survive in this world (Colossians 1:5).

He helps us to adjust and to embrace our new lifestyle with joy in our heart, wings on our feet and purpose for our days. Heaven is our true home, so no matter what state or country we live in on this earth, we are always at home in Christ.

God has prepared a wonderful and eternal home for us in Heaven. He is even now creating New Jerusalem that will come down out of heaven and provide a mansion for all of the Saints - past, present and future - to dwell in together. What a glorious day that will be.

Imagine having Moses or Noah or Enoch for a neighbor; but even more so, imagine dwelling with Jesus as His bride for eternity. When we gain an immortal focus, we lose the anxiety and stress of living in this present world (Isaiah 63:15).

Prayer:
Father God, so often we spend our whole life accumulating earthly treasures, when it is the treasure that we store up in heaven that really counts (Matthew 6:20). Help us to sever our attachment to things and people and places in this world and to keep our eyes on the prize of living in eternity with You (Philippians 3:14).

Give us Your strength to take each day in stride, to keep Jesus as our focus and to maintain our hope in You. Help us to realize those divine appointments that You supply in order for us to share Christ with others and to win the lost to a life of peace and joy that only an authentic life with You can provide.

Thought for the Day:
This world is not our home, we are only here to accomplish God's purpose for our life; then, we will spend eternity with our Father God and with all of our family and friends who trust in Jesus as their Savior; we look forward to this eventful reunion.



Monday, May 29, 2017

Living in the Moment - God's Ultimate Purpose



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The good thing about living in the moment is that once the moment passes, it is gone forever! Each moment is a gift from God - even the negative ones - and walking in God's will for each minute is our gift back to God.

Scripture has many references to the topic of God's Will for us: giving thanks, knowing God and Jesus whom He sent, living a holy life which is set apart from sin.

God also has a specific will for each of us (Ephesians 2:10). As we obediently align each moment of our day with His will, He leads us in the way we should go - even inspiring our activities and which road to take to get there.

The key to walking in all of the fruit of God's Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) is patience. I'm learning that when we finally walk in patience, we will exhibit all of the Holy Spirit's fruit.

We wait on the Lord and follow His perfect timing and way so that we can rise on eagle's wings, run and not get weary and walk in His paths and not get faint in doing good (Isaiah 40:31).

God reveals to us His ultimate purpose for our life one moment at a time. We come to a revelation of the true meaning of eternal life, realizing that it starts for us at the moment of our salvation and continues on throughout eternity (1 Timothy 6:11-12).

Thankfully, Jesus is the Vine and God grafted us to that Vine when we humbled our self and called out to Him for salvation (John 15:4). When we realized our depravity and our need for a Savior, we came to Christ and received the fullness of His life, fruit, wisdom and strength in addition to eternal rewards (John 15:8).

 We totally trust in God's goodness, direction, provision, love, joy and peace through every moment of our day. He conforms us the divine nature and image of His Son (Romans 8:29) as we totally surrender to His will for us.

Prayer:
Father God, You call each of us to live with thankful hearts and to wait on You each moment of our day. We sing songs of gratitude and praise, read Your Word and grow and mature spiritually and follow the direction of Your Spirit in order to walk in Your ways.

There is no scenario in our life that would prevent us from walking in Your will for us. Even if we lose our ability to walk, talk, see or hear, we can live a life of praise and prayer. We rejoice regardless of the trials we face, because Your entire Trinity abides within us. We praise You with every breath we take.

Thought for the Day:
Viewing our life from God's perspective frees us from unrealistic expectations of Him that are obviously not His perfect will for us; they may be our desires, but if He is not providing them, they are not His will for us in this moment of time.