Trust

There are those times when we feel as thou our lives have become such a mess and things that once seemed important can no longer be trusted, like people, money in the bank. God just might be at work redirecting you to what is really important. “ If Your trust is anywhere but in Him, He will systematically remove each one of those things in your life, until you are left with Him only, this jealous God of ours”. An incredible quote, a jealous, absolutely trustworthy God.

Trust is something we give to easily, we should be very selective to the point of being protective of the trust we extend and in who or what we trust. Trust when misplace, can and often does place us in a position where we no longer question the trustee. We begin to unwittingly rely upon the unreliable.

Over and over this jealous God proves to us the perfection of His word, never wavering, never ever failing. 2 Corinthians 1:8-10, they trusted in God, not themselves and He brought them from death to life. He loving does the same for us; “from death to life”. Trust, it’s an eternal life we seek and He seeks for us.

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Ruling of Lust

“When we give into lust, we see the world thru the eyes of lust, and there we dishonor God.” Lust is the word used to describe those things in our lives that cloud our view of God. I don’t know who made this profound statement, it’s simplicity could cause the reader to dismiss it, but the truth of it can give rise to a desire to please God rather dishonor Him.

When we think we are choosing to live in Faith, we want to believe it is our choice; faith , trust, belief, conjured up by us in our own ability, giving us a self created “contentment”. Again we go wrong to think we can do this on our own.

Hopefully there is a desperation that sets in coming from the helplessness of man and the strength of God, filling us with the need approach the Throne, the haze of our lust begins to clear, we begin to see thru the clarity of Christ’s eyes. Looking to the Lord, giving Him credit for our faith, trust and belief. We begin to realize that these thru Him become real, so very real we can see them, taste them and feel them. No longer the fuzzy perception of Me.

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The Flesh ?

As Paul says so well in Romans 7:15 “ that which I hate, I do” . Could it be possible that Paul is saying, if our love for God is greater than our love of the flesh, we are able thru God’s love, to conquer the flesh? Too simple, conquering the flesh must be more difficult than that, there has to be some grand formula that we just haven’t discovered yet. Loving God and surrendering to Him, letting Him develop in us a deep desire for His healing, filling us with a love that overcomes the pull of the flesh.

The problem is, we don’t believe He can, our disbelief leads to failure upon failure, the continuous “ saying yes “ to sin, this doesn’t imply that saying “no” is by any means easy. Without The Lord, saying no is just about impossible, with Him, difficult at best. I think Paul was choosing God’s help and sharing with us the difficulty of the flesh in life. The extreme challenges the enemy uses to redirect our thoughts, entice us, offer us what we think is the ultimate reward, keeping our minds off of God. Just think, our mind may be off of Him but His mind is never off of us, He is right there, along side of us……..

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The call

Answering the call of sin; Each day, minute by minute, we are confronted with sin or Christ. When sin becomes an on going part of our life and we find ourselves unable to find God, we can continue to drift aimlessly or choose to seek God. In Lamentations we are introduced to the results of choosing sin. Lamentations 1:14 expresses how our transgressions compound and bondage overtakes us. All allowed by God, He is busy steering us thru suffering back to Him. We will so often continue in sin, not considering the consequences or loss we suffer, or the separation from Him that follows. The regret and deep mourning thru lament begins to create that soulful heartfelt repentance for our choices. We can then surrender and respond to the outstretched hand of Christ, step out of the swamp of sin and into the healing arms of Christ.

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Prayer

The question:

What does prayer do ?

It requests, attention

action

It acknowledges: Who He is

Who we are

Our need

Our desire

It recognizes: His delight

His presence

His sovereignty

His discipline

It accepts: His love

His recognition

His discipline

His direction

It always: Connects you with Him

Eases anxiety

Relieves anger

Expresses love

They are Answered

Surrender: Mark 14:36 , Matthew 26: 39,42,53

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Pray

“Pray without ceasing”, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, if taken literally it tends to interfere with life. If all I do is pray, how much time is left for work, recreation or sleep?

Thing is, it is meant literally, pray, pray and pray some more. Pray when you wake up, on the way to work, while working, at lunch. Pray all afternoon, at dinner and in the evening. At bedtime and in your dreams.

Verse 18 goes on to say “give thanks in ALL circumstances, this is the will of God”. So ALL circumstances, the good, the everyday, your need, your want, everything. Pray for everything all the time. Verse 22, “Abstain from every kind of evil”, prayer deflects our thoughts, places God in the forefront. As simple as this seems a conversation with God all day long, starting and stopping thru out our day turns us from evil to Christ. Mark 14 :38, we are told to pray so that “we won’t enter into temptation”, hard to mess up while having a conversation with the Creator. Prayer, a posture created by Him to protect us from evil, calling on Him to take the lead in our thoughts, feelings and desires. As we begin to talk with Him constantly, seeking direction, confirmation and companionship He responds as only a loving Lord can.

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Steering the Boat

Imagine your life as a big ship, an ocean liner and you have the steering wheel. That makes you “ in control” you can steer your ship where ever you want to go. Remember you’re in control. You direct it all, where you go and how you get there. The only problem with this is you don’t recognize where all the mis steps are or when you make a wrong turn, the reefs or the shallow water can ground you and you may not even know it. when the fog rolls in you can’t see thru it, when it rains your view is shrouded in a mist that distorts what you see. Life without leadership is just like steering the ship without a captain. In this case the captain represents Christ, the captain knows where all the obstacles are, uses radar in bad weather and directs the pilot safely during the voyage. Christ in our lives knows exactly what is best for us “ He leads me beside still waters” 23rd Psalm. We get to steer the ship, we are in control, we just now have a guide who has our success in mind.

So, either way we are in control, doing it our way, with consequences that are often destructive. Or, we can rely on this guide that knows all the pit falls and still lets us steer the boat.

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Just One More Time

Have you ever watched a coach or trainer? They push the athlete to do one more just one more. The salesman, when he has had a day of no, no, no. He knows he must make just one more call, just one more call. We walk with God and when things get tough we slow down or stop and God is saying ” just one more step, just one more, you can do it “. Jeremiah 2:9 ” Wherefore I will yet plead for you, says The Lord, and with your children’s children will I plead”. Our God pleading for us, our attention, our love. Going generation to generation chasing us, you and me. Chasing us to the end of times. Wanting only that we fulfill the life He has for us, Not! the life the enemy wants us to lead. Just one more time, one more time ……..

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Seeing thru Love

1John 4:15-16

“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him and he in God. And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is Love, and whoever abides in love abides in God and God in him”.

The word abide is a verb, an action, an intentional doing, we choose to abide in love. A continuous adoration of creation, possible only thru the acceptance of who Christ is.

Romans 12:9 “ let Love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good”. Another word rarely used “ dissimulation”, means to hide under a false appearance. So said, “ let Love BE REAL”, not fake, not pretend, a love that is real coming from the “ new heart of flesh” we received from Christ. If you’re waiting for proof of the truth of Christ’s love for us or the truth of His promises; this quote from the movie “Santa Claus 2” explains Faith so well, “ Seeing is not believing, believing is seeing”. Me, I choose to believe and Christ gives me the “Eyes to see with” and the things to see.

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Merry Christmas

Santa, Chris Kringle, Father Christmas, Tree trimmed, gifts….. oh and family time. Midnight when time stands still for all the gifts to arrive, the milk and cookies, don’t forget the reindeer. Wouldn’t be the same without them.

We have such a wonderful Creator, all we have or can do are from Him. The very next breath we take is at His pleasure. That imagination of ours, sees Santa and his reindeer with the sleigh and the big bag of toys. That too is a gift from God. Too many worries about how we celebrate or when we celebrate this miraculous gift, His son, The Christ, Holy Redeemer, just celebrate, make Christ the center and fill the surrounding area with as much imagination as possible. When we focus on Him, He takes care of all the rest. So, have an imaginative, creative, fun filled Christmas, with Christ at the center.

Merry Christmas

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