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Out with the OLD, In with the NEW

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So now that you know God (or should I say, now that God knows you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spiritual principles of this world? Galatians 4:9

As a continuation of the call of action our congregation had last month to study a chapter of proverbs a day. I began studying Galatians as a follow up. As I state on my About me page Galatians 1:10 was one of my first scriptures I memorized, so that’s why I chose it. The word states: “Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.” This scripture is so powerful! After getting more into the book of Galatians I realized it is kind of like a mirror. You know I’m saying that a lot these days after reading my book. (That’s what I call the Bible).

Paul writes to us (the Christians) in this book letting us know that we are delivered by our faith. He shares what the earlier law stated about sacrifices and doing works for salvation and then he switches gears and tells about how we don’t have to be bound be that old stuff! He shares again, as the Bible continually does, that because Jesus died for us we are free! We live in remembrance of Him through believing. He compares how life was before the covenant and what it is like after.

Galatians is another declaration for us to keep moving forward into the light. We can remember where we were prior to God and our thoughts of who He is now. I don’t know about you but that is reflection. He is definitely bigger and has more depth in my eyes and life. I had…..well have hang ups that are still being worked on but studying this book helps me to remember the price that was paid. I think about all of the things the old law said and I am relieved that God loved me soooo much He wanted a one on one relationship through Jesus with Me! Galatians helps put everything into perspective.

It’s still like a double edge sword because I see where my focus should be and my actions are swayed to go another way. I was a people pleaser that hated confrontation. I tried to avoid it at all costs. I know as Brothers and Sisters in Christ and with people of the world “iron sharpens iron” but shoot I like to think I’m iron but realistically I’m more like silly putty. I even had to go back and change the tense of the earlier sentence because I know my Father is working on this. I know this is where God wants me to turn away from my old self and be more like Him.

I can sense God is telling me “Keep straight stop turning around. Do you see where turning around and the old way has gotten you? Try my way.”

What is God asking you to turn away and focus on? What are you doing that may not be pleasing Him but is pleasing for someone else? What is your “old” that needs to be replaced with a new?

WHERE YOU ARE NOW IS NOT WHERE YOU ARE GOING TO BE

All credit belongs to this website. I found this months ago but it is still on my Bookmark and I read it from time to time.  Just wanted to share! Enjoy!

http://www.wherepeacefulwaters.com/readings/where_you_are_now.htm

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Where you are now, is not where you are going to be.  Be prepared to move as the Spirit leads.  Don’t become so complacent that you don’t want to accept change.  That is what the enemy will use against you, and use it he will.  You must refuse to allow the enemy to paralyze you with obstruction.  He hasn’t stopped you from moving forward, it’s only a delay and if you look closely it’s only in certain areas of your life. The areas you thought he would never strike, the areas you left unprotected.

All this has left you indecisive and uncertain of so many things. The fear of making the wrong choices has slowed  your pace. But I say to you that I came expressly for you in this situation.  Be not dismayed; I am here with you because there are other things that you need to move ahead on. Don’t try to force anything open, but seek My Wisdom and Guidance in everything. Do not become so obsessed with that which seems to be clogged or blocked, that you miss the new thing I am trying to do in your life.

You must stop thinking negative, and stop allowing the enemy to control your thoughts. When you allow the enemy to control your thinking it only reinforces the enemy’s control over your life. Refuse to speak the dark words that so easily come to mind.  I know frustrations and trials have left you downcast and weary, and discouragement has crept in upon you overnight. But, now is the time for you to turn to Me in utter humility. Now is the time for you to do spiritual warfare to break hindrances and bind hindering forces. Now is the time for you to seek My face like never before, and confess every sin, even sins of doubt, fear and anxiety.  For when you do, then I will hear from Heaven and lift you out and over every obstacle the enemy has tried to hinder you with,
 because WHERE YOU ARE NOW IS NOT WHERE YOU ARE GOING TO BE.

Letter From God

Hold on to me Daughter

 

Hold on to me God
Please don’t let go
It’s not that I don’t believe
but it’s like I have ADD
darting to and fro

Although it’s all things that glorify,
represent, and exalt your name
I don’t want to be a fan,
follower, or cheerleader
Most importantly I’m scared to bring you
shame.

I hear the murmurs now,
“Is she serious?”
“Why is she going to the extreme?”
“Just six months ago she was in the club
drinking, smoking, and crying over Kareem”

I’m hoping and can only imagine God’s response:
“Daughter you are right, six months ago that was you
but I wiped that filth off
you and made you clean.”

“Whether six months, six days, six minutes
you still chose me.
Run faster my love and
I will continue to give you
Everything.

Who cares what they say? Not I
and I am the King. You want
to talk well Precious I am listening.
Cry, scream, vent, mumble, or sing
whatever you want to communicate
baby girl I am listening.

It will be alright. It will get
easier.
Trusting and believing in me is not
an easy thing. I know you are strong tho.
I built you stronger than
“Ford Tough.”

Give yourself grace it took
a while for you to get here.
I know who you are,
where you are, and
it is not a scheme.You long for me like
I have longed for you.
Don’t worry about other people just
Hold on to Me!

Letter to my Father

God, I thank You that even though You see my mistakes, You still love me and help me live a godly life. While I refuse to be discouraged by my failures, I also refuse to stay the same. I choose to follow You and imitate You more and more each day.

Your Daughter

Do you still not have Faith?

Good morning!!!

So I am at work early working on a project and I was listening to the audio bible. The week before last our Church Leader Darryl assigned for us to read the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, John & Luke). He had been doing a series entitled “Amazing” and studying the book Mark. This is where i began. As I am listening, I hear a line that I had to play again and then read it again and let it sink in.

He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Mark 4:40

As you know I was baptized on Sunday. As I reflect over the week thus far, I ask myself “Have I been renewed? Am I really refreshed? Am I believing and walking into the promise?

I checked myself yesterday by going back to this scripture:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 1 Corinthians 5:17

Thus far I have not been living up to my potential. I was retracting to old ways and behaviors. I know it has only been four days, but God is already like, “hold up, did you forget what I said? I have already given you the tools. Use them daughter.”

To answer you Jesus: I am afraid because I am beginning to walk. It is wobbly but I will hold on to your truths. No, I do have Faith! Thank you for the confidence and encouragement.

But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. 1 John 4:4

So as I head into today, I hold these truths to be guiding force as my foundation. What about you?

Flee to your Future

Do not let the future be held hostage by the past. – Neal A Maxwell

Most of the time we cannot move forward because we allow other’s views or thoughts dictate whether we walk into our blessings.  By other’s I also mean our “former” selves.

You are sick and tired of being sick and tired, you have decided to change, and made up in your mind you want to experience a new “Me”!  One problem: Everywhere you turn (including the mirror) you are reminded of the past.

God knows your different.
You think different.
You feel different.
You see different.
You know and believe that God says your different.

You try to encourage yourself or others.
You offer assistance and ask for help.

Then God points you in his direction! I started crying when I read this because David was like my soul brother he knew exactly what i was feeling.

Psalm 31- The Message

31 1-2 I run to you, God; I run for dear life.
Don’t let me down!
Take me seriously this time!
Get down on my level and listen,
and please—no procrastination!
Your granite cave a hiding place,
your high cliff aerie a place of safety.

3-5 You’re my cave to hide in,
my cliff to climb.
Be my safe leader,
be my true mountain guide.
Free me from hidden traps;
I want to hide in you.
I’ve put my life in your hands.
You won’t drop me,
you’ll never let me down.

6-13 I hate all this silly religion,
but you, God, I trust.
I’m leaping and singing in the circle of your love;
you saw my pain,
you disarmed my tormentors,
You didn’t leave me in their clutches
but gave me room to breathe.
Be kind to me, God—
I’m in deep, deep trouble again.
I’ve cried my eyes out;
I feel hollow inside.
My life leaks away, groan by groan;
my years fade out in sighs.
My troubles have worn me out,
turned my bones to powder.
To my enemies I’m a monster;
I’m ridiculed by the neighbors.
My friends are horrified;
they cross the street to avoid me.
They want to blot me from memory,
forget me like a corpse in a grave,
discard me like a broken dish in the trash.
The street-talk gossip has me
“criminally insane”!
Behind locked doors they plot
how to ruin me for good.

14-18 Desperate, I throw myself on you:
you are my God!
Hour by hour I place my days in your hand,
safe from the hands out to get me.
Warm me, your servant, with a smile;
save me because you love me.
Don’t embarrass me by not showing up;
I’ve given you plenty of notice.
Embarrass the wicked, stand them up,
leave them stupidly shaking their heads
as they drift down to hell.
Gag those loudmouthed liars
who heckle me, your follower,
with jeers and catcalls.

19-22 What a stack of blessing you have piled up
for those who worship you,
Ready and waiting for all who run to you
to escape an unkind world.
You hide them safely away
from the opposition.
As you slam the door on those oily, mocking faces,
you silence the poisonous gossip.
Blessed God!
His love is the wonder of the world.
Trapped by a siege, I panicked.
“Out of sight, out of mind,” I said.
But you heard me say it,
you heard and listened.

23 Love God, all you saints;
God takes care of all who stay close to him,
But he pays back in full
those arrogant enough to go it alone.

24 Be brave. Be strong. Don’t give up.
Expect God to get here soon.

Reflection

I have had writer’s block for about a week so. I would lay in the bed and think sheesh I know I should say something but what? I have been stuck because after my last post I was thinking I am so stuck on living by a check list. This is a good thing but a bad thing as well. When I have tried to apply this in life before, it has gotten me to the point in life I am in now. I was living life one bullet point at a time but missing the heading. I have discovered the heading is god and everything else is the subtitle. The difference is now after reflecting for this week I have come to this conclusion.

At church we are currently studying a series: AMAZING. We are focusing on the book of Mark and examining how Jesus was simply AMAZING. From the sermon I notated a scripture “He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules. You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.” Mark 7:6-8 (NIV) This caused me to ponder, “From my Discipline post was I make a checklist based on stereotypes or am I really getting to know who Jesus is and why I worship God?”

I was really thinking and reflecting on this for the past week. From this I was able to gather 3 wants that can be easily fulfilled by my own actions.Image

I want to have a deeper relationship with Him.

I want to be an example of His love.

I want to love Him for Him and not what He can do for me.

I realized that I have been hard on myself and that it is all a process. I just want the relationship to be genuine. I realized that acknowledging that He is the Lord and wanting to be used by Him and give myself away is Step 1. To support this I came across, “Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23 (NLT) This comforted me because I felt relieved that I was giving up being selfish and wanting to control my life and allowing myself to be at His will. This reflection allowed me to see that daily I was still seeking Him. I was distraught but I was still coming to Him and this was Step 2.

I then remembered Psalms 139:14, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”(KJV) Forgiveness and acceptance is key. I will thank God for allowing me to start thinking about purpose, intent, and reasoning. It definitely beats living all willy nilly and over the place! I am a great work of AWESOMENESS! I have good qualities. Who am I to judge God’s masterpieces? I need to open my eyes and see what is in my own face, see what is looking back at me. My soul knows this is just getting the mind to follow suit, BUT it is a work in progress.

This led me to the next scripture, But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13 (ESV) I recognized that He chose me and I chose Him. This was mutual. I am a winner. He wanted me on His team. He picked me. I accepted. I am ecstatic He didn’t give up! I love knowing I am His child. I like to envision being rocked in His arms like a baby, like His child.

I just laughed to myself because this is so parallel to my real life and I just REALIZED this while I was typing this. Reflection is deep. I didn’t have a close relationship with my real father and I am getting to know him currently just like my spiritual father. Man life is real. I know He (Spiritual & Biological Father) loves me but I really have to get to know HIM as a person. So every try to get closer is a start, a step, a move, new beginning, interaction and the key is to keep coming back for more 🙂

So my question, “From my Discipline post was I make a checklist based on stereotypes or am I really getting to know who Jesus is and why I worship God?” was answered.

Yes I am getting to know Jesus and why i worship Him.

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