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Strength in God

Have you ever asked God “Why Me?”

Have you ever thought, “I don’t have a clue how to get out of this situation.”

Or just summed it up, “God you have to perform a miracle to make _______ happen.”

Well I have been there, done that. I’m at the place now of waiting and needing endurance while sitting in this waiting room.

The word says, For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13 NLT) This lets us know that everything is possible and not to draw on ourselves to get through. I like to visualize God as that extra battery pack. He has the full charge to get us through. God wants to be the battery pack so that we remember to worship and share his glory. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. (Psalms 23:3 NLT)

There are traits you want to have to tap into this source: trust, humbleness, and a seeking heart. God wants us to depend on Him and he will provide for us. We just have to be willing to come.

Seek–Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him. (1 Chronicles 16:11 NLT)

Humble–He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. (Isaiah 40:29 NLT)

Trust–But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31 NLT)

Once we have accomplished these traits and hand out situations over to God we gain a sense of peace and calmness—-just by trusting and loving The Lord.

I love you, Lord; you are my strength. (Psalms 18:1 NLT)

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?

Restoration

“Baptism is faith in action.”

“Baptism is faith in action.”

Romans 6: 3-6 Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.

Romans 6: 3-6
Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.

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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