The Past

So many of us look into our past and allow it to determine who we are. The ugliness, in our thoughts leaving behind an indigestible remnant that we were not designed to digest. Our responsibility to our past is to simply put it aside and become the individual we were created to be. Just think, if the apostle Paul had not put aside the old Paul, this Christian destroyer might not have had ,as great a ministry as he was afforded. Paul surrendered who he was for who God wanted him to be.

We all find ourselves on the “Damascus road”, confronted by Christ, we become the follower, the believer and then allow the guilt of our past to determine our worthiness to serve. Paul’s example of surrender, obedience and putting aside the old shows us the value in pursuing Him. When we are outside of Him we are persecuting Jesus. “ Acts 9:4”.

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Connected

As a Christian, a believer, we have a unique position with God. He has given us a new heart and He placed His spirit in us. These afford us direct access to Our Lord. How? We pray, we listen, we trust. The Lord will give directions and then we can move forward.

In Exodus 3 The Angel of The Lord ” appeared in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush ” then God called to him from the bush. Moses heard God.

In Isaiah ” he spoke from a vision” The Lord showed Isaiah and he spoke what he saw.

Luke 1:11, ” an angel appeared standing next to the altar ” Zacharias spoke to and heard this angel.

Joseph had a dream Matthew 1:20 ” An angel of The Lord appeared to him in a dream” he was told the child was God’s and His name was Jesus, and he believed.

Each one of these people thru faith believed, trusted and obeyed. As in 2Corinthians 12: 8, “My grace is sufficient for you” tells us We have been supplied with all that is necessary, we just need to listen and then obey.

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Worry ? Anxious ?

I sit here, searching, trying to put into words the images and impressions given to me by The Lord. Worry, this seems to be His focus. We spend so much time worrying, we worry about everything. What’s for lunch, what am I going to do after work? Will I be able to meet my obligations? Will my kids grow up okay or will they just grow up? We love, then we worry am I loving enough or loving too much or being loved at all. After all we are so unlovable. ” Do not worry” I think Luke 12:26 sums it up well “If you are unable to do even a littlest things, why worry about the rest”. We are unable to do anything outside the will of our Lord and yet we try. We spend endless hours doing for God what He wants to do for us. But we are told trying to accomplish what only God can accomplish, results in worry, worry creates anxiety and we were not created to be anxious. ” Do not be anxious” Phil 4:6, These two verses tie together worry and anxiety, neither of which the Lord wants in our lives. He is so aware of the damage that is done to us, that He chooses to save us and make those His tasks. So heed Him, “do not worry,” “be not anxious”. Live free in Him.

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Christ in Me

My constant companion

Ever at my side

Whispering in my ear

A daily word of warning

Filled with feelings of fear

This liar ever present

Wanting my soul in fire

My eternity filled with misery

To his eternal delight

Each thought I have

Whether thoughts of light

or thoughts of darkness

He twists to my destruction

Ever fulfilling his cause

Knowing evil will win

Even his deception complete

The soldier clothed in purple

Comes seeking me for himself

Do battle, do battle my friend

I’m here to set you free

The voice not in my ear

Seems to tug at my heart

Speaking, deep inside

I have a new companion now

One ever-present

Speaking to my heart

Continual affirmation

Strengthening my soul, my resolve

Silencing the voice in my ear

Filling him with misery

And me with eternal delight

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The Idea of God

There are those who choose to believe that God, is an unnecessary invention of man. We, are just like the rest of the animals on this planet. Born, live, die, no real meaning or reason. Simply out of a random chemical action we came to be, just a little more evolved than the rest of the animals.

Man seeks to manifest his value thru his own interpretation of what value is. Dependent only upon the thoughts of man. The “who” of who we are, relies only on who we believe we are. No thought, no need, no possibility of a God. After all a God just gets in the way, the rules, the obedience and what do I get? A reality surrounded by my needs, my wants only what is beneficial to me? No with a God it’s not about me, I can no longer command a self centered world all about me. If God is real all the rules change, the world answers to something or someone greater than itself. We are no longer good as we deem ourselves. We want to believe we are good and good is merely a comparative word therefore suggesting our worth as compared to others. There is a worth to achieve, a possibility that we can be better than one another, therefore good. But with a God “good” is not a description of man, only a term fit for God. Again taking from man what man wants for himself.

So, if there is a God, the whole universe and all that exist are dependent upon Him for the next breath. But if no God we are were we think we want to be, independent.

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Glorify Evil?

Glorifying evil, is that what the world has come to? Consumed by a need to place our desires above everyone else’s? Above “God”? No room in our opinions for another’s view. We have leaders who curse other leaders. Hollywood stars in a make believe industry raising up their sinful activities and the sinfulness of others, telling the world that this is perfectly acceptable. Influential individuals promoting an agenda contrary to the teachings of Christ and justifying it as “ in the best interest of man”. A world over run with evil, an active battle field, filled with warriors in constant combat, dropping one after another. “Put on the full armor of God” , we fight this battle with little or no preparation and we fight in our own strength. Our warrior advances in futility, doesn’t stand a chance against the enemy at hand. So eloquently explained by Paul “ not in my strength, in the mercy and grace of Christ, in His strength I live” being prepared in this battle means living in the spirit, the battle fought in the spirit, not fought by me but the spirit in me doing battle. We believe that surrender to a supernatural God we cannot see or touch, lessens who we are. What we miss is the daily touch of the Father, the overwhelming evidence of Himself He left for us to see. “If The Lord is for us, who can be against us?” So much in that, literally for us, doing battle for us and all the while maintaining our secured win.

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Sin part Five

Romans 8:18, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory to be revealed to us”. We often fail to see the distance we fall away from God and then, fail to see the magnificence of that same God. Our sin pulls us from Him yet, His Grace pulls us to Him. Seeing or attempting in our faith to grasp the Glory that lies ahead can draw us to that Glory , beginning the process of leaving behind sin. Yes, never free of the bondage in this world but choosing to set aside sin in favor of Grace and glory. Then we read in verse 29, “For whom He foreknew He also foreordained conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the First born among many brethren”. We, He knew before time began, we were chosen to share in all eternity has to offer. A gift given, nothing held back, can we give to Him the same way??

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Sin part Four

Seeing sin, is it possible to really see sin? Do we really want to see what it actually looks like? What effect would this have on our life?

When Peter rebuked Jesus, “Get thee behind me Satan”, the words used by our Savior. Matt 16:23, Mark 8:33, speaking to Peter in response to his view of the events to come. Christ explaining that he was focused on the way and thoughts of man and these were the ways and thoughts of the enemy. When the correct focus should be on the ways and thoughts of God. The perfect purity of His plan.

What can we learn about how we view sin? Do we see it from the eyes of man? Are we letting Satan veil the true picture of the destructiveness of sin? Do we accept the veil placed upon our eyes, clouding what we see? What would happen to us if we were able to see sin thru the eyes of God? Would we realize the depravity, the reason for “death”? Yes we are no longer slaves to sin, we are slaves to righteousness. But we still sin, driven by the “flesh”, allowing sin to take control of our lives.

When we clear the veil, look directly at the sin, we begin to see the sin in the light, the true ugliness, depravity and pain that results.

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Sin part 3

Sin, should we remember our sin? Is it important to know our sin? How much of a roll does sin play in our lives? Questions on sin, “He’s got you covered” so why is there such a focus on sin?

“Sin”, separates us from God, God is still there, still loving us, still caring for us, still wanting us! But sin moves us away from Him. We choose to “stiff arm Him” from our life. An intentional desire it keep God at arms length. Believing we can “go it alone”. Convinced we can hide from Him. Gen 3:8, Adam and Eve hid themselves from The Lord. Seems a little ridiculous to think hiding is possible but we do it anyway! And, it’s okay right?

Gen 3:9, The Lord beckons to Adam “Where are you?”, knowing full well where Adam is and why. But, did Adam?

Do we every consider sin from Gods point of view??

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Sin part Two

We try so hard to reconcile sin in our lives, sometimes viewing it as Paul describes it “not I but the sin in me”. So “I” don’t sin? The sin in me sins? That view not only removes personal responsibility, it minimizes the severity of sin. Yes what Paul says is true, it is the flesh that sins but we participate. We ignore the warnings. ex. Romans 3:18, “There is no fear of God before their eyes”. William Newell and AW Tozer identify “fear” as recognizing the absolute goodness of God and how our actions “sin” are an offense to Him. This recognition drives us to Him, lack of fear moves us away. The flesh is and always will be a force in our lives but, the body that the flesh resides in is not ours but His, 1Corinthians 6:19 “ know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit of God, and you are not your own”. I am not my own, not sure how I feel about that.

One thing for sure, my choices now will certainly consider that “I am not my own” and who’s I am.

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