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Day 40

Posted on November 28, 2014 at 12:37 AM Comments comments (34)

          I am able to overcome all things in this world
                when I abide in Jesus and He abides in me.  

Revelation 21:5-7 (NASB)
And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “It is done, I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will Be His God and he will be My son.”              

This is a consistent statement throughout the Holy Bible, God’s autobiography, “I will be their God and they will be my people.” It is from this point of view that we can let go of trying to define the un-definable, the incomprehensible magnitude and wisdom of our God and Creator. We can simply accept that our God has chosen us to be His without qualification and without reservation on His part for us. Yes, we have not become qualified and have not earned or even deserve to be included, from our human understanding.  Aren’t you glad you or I aren’t God? 

We are both a spiritual and physical being operating in both realms at the same time, growing in God’s sense of order. It is God’s biblical picture of man, a person with a physical body, an unseen soul and an unseen spirit that gives us such a handicap. We cannot see in the spiritual realm today, yet through Jesus we have authority to exercise dominion in it. We can recognize that everything we do in the natural has an effect on the spiritual and what we do in the spiritual effects the natural.              

True spirituality is about drawing closer to our God, becoming one with Him. God has already made His choice to abide in us, the Holy Spirit living in us as a seal of sonship proving that we belong to God and Him to us. Today we have hope, wisdom and power within us defying the natural laws in our universe. We are not becoming God, but we are becoming in tune with God and how He thinks and growing in understanding of His perfect and divine plan for the partnership we each have been created to participate in.              

As we continue to spend quality time with our God He will reveal our part in what we are to do with Him every day. There is no such thing as not having obstacles, challenges both internal and external to overcome as we experience living life to the fullest. The truth is in a fallen world we will always have opportunities to demonstrate heaven on earth through our circumstances. However, Jesus has overcome the world for us, so that we can experience a life lived abundantly.
We are a people set apart who will never be left with having to be our own source in life again. May we always remember that this life is an adventure. We are designed for discovery, to uncover the truth. What we do with it is our choice for we are created as a special treasure and to be a blessing in the world that makes a difference to our fellow man. We are God’s ambassadors of truth, hope and life in a world that is lost and without hope on their own.  

Today’s Reflection

What is the Holy Spirit saying to me…?                            

How does today’s message apply to my life?…my beliefs?

Day 39

Posted on November 28, 2014 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (6)
It is good to be me!
I am becoming who my God created me to be. 

1 Peter 4:7-11 (NLT)
The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be clear-minded and self-controlled so that you earnest and disciplined in your prayers. Most important of all, continue to show a deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a placed to stay. 

God has given gifts to each of you from His great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you. Are you called to be a speaker? Then speak as though God himself is speaking through you. Are you called to help others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then God will be given glory in everything through Jesus Christ. All glory and power belong to Him forever and ever. Amen.             

As we are growing in the understanding of whom we are. Believing God when He says we are perfect, a special treasure that is worth Him giving everything He has for us. We start to lay down the lies that we have no value and no worth. We have never lost the value and worth God gives us, regardless of our past. For many of us this is the hardest to accept because we know what we have done. (So does our God)              

Our God does not value life as the world does. He values life from His point of view as the originator of all life. When we can get past the bad definitions that hold us in bondage to our past we are at a beginning, again. This seems to be a continuous process as we learn more about ourselves and our God. Our behavior does not affect our value. It does effect our impact as a witness and our ability to truly advance God’s kingdom in the earth today  

Isaiah 11:1-3 (NASB)
Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him,
The Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding,
The Spirit of Counsel and Power,
The Spirit of Knowledge and the Fear of the LORD.
And he will delight in the fear of the LORD
And he will not judge by what his eyes see,
Nor make a decision by what his ears hear.             

These verses represent the seven Spirits of the Holy Spirit. This is the same Holy Spirit that lives within all of us who believe Jesus is who He says He is, calling Him Lord. It is with this understanding that we can claim without reservation, “It is good to be me!” We have total access to “God with us” overcoming in every area of life as God leads us. The ongoing revelation of God in all three persons and the purpose and part we have in the divine plan of reconciliation, is it any wonder the world doesn’t get us?  

Today’s Reflection

What is the Holy Spirit saying to me…?                            

How does today’s message apply to my life?…my beliefs?

Day 38

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 1:08 AM Comments comments (3)
I have a future that is no longer determined
by the poor choices of my past. 

Jeremiah 29:11-14 (NLT)
For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me in earnest, you will find me when you seek me. I will be found by you,” says the LORD.              

What an awesome promise from our God. Even though He was talking to the people of Israel in captivity in Babylon we can accept that God’s Word is true and applies to us today. We are all captives held by the influence of sin in our life. Jesus sets us free and teaches us how to live free.              

The promise we have for a God encounter that will change our life forever is given in writing; “If you seek me earnestly, you will find me.” WOW! When we talk to God, He is always listening. The biggest challenge we have is when God doesn’t answer us the way we want Him to or in the time frame we are expecting. These two conditions, when we put them on God, an infinite being with no top, sides or bottom, who do we really think we are?              

We who have been created in God's image are by design to have an intimate and personal relationship with our God, the most powerful being we will ever know. We have been chosen to participate in accomplishing God’s sovereign will upon the earth. When God gave Adam dominion and authority over the earth, in that moment even though God is already complete by Himself and does not need us, He chose to need mankind to accomplish His will on the earth.

This position from God about mankind's purpose is that we are to take dominion over creation while in an active relationship with our God and Creator.  What a secure and trusting God we have. He who knows all things and is unable to learn because He already knows everything has enough confidence in His creation and His purpose that He chooses to need us, ordinary people just like you and I in order to succeed. This alone should make us sit down and rethink our part in the cosmic equation called life.              

Our God has done it all for us so that we may know Him and yet He still honors and respects our choices enough to let us choose life or death. He gives us an understanding of what real and true love is about in our very own personal relationship with Him. He is forever giving someone, including our self what is needed most when the least deserving. Since God believes in us so much that He knows He can win with us on His team in the poverty stricken conditions of a fallen world, maybe we could believe more that He is for us and not against us.              

Father God, I ask you this day to destroy the box I have been trying to keep you in. Please forgive my stubbornness not to learn the way You think and not accepting how You see me through Your eyes. Fill me with hope and the desire to reach out for all of you, to become everything You created me to be with You from the beginning. Please forgive me trying to get You to agree with my thinking and fulfilling my wants. Help me to surrender all of me to You in every area of my life, trusting Your plans and timing over my own. Thank You God for being such a loving and faithful God and friend to me.  Amen  

Today’s Reflection

What is the Holy Spirit saying to me…?                            

How does today’s message apply to my life?…my beliefs?

Day 37

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 5:09 AM Comments comments (4)

God knows exactly where I am at with Him.
He wants me to be real and honest with Him.
Today is a brand new day.  

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NASB)
There is an appointed time for everything.
            And there is a time for every event under heaven-- 
A time to give birth and a time to die;           
            A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
A time to kill and a time to heal;
            A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to weep and a time to laugh;
            A time to mourn and a time to dance.
A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
            A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
            A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
            A time to be silent and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate;
            A time for war and a time for peace.              

When we can accept where we are instead of where we think we should be life becomes easier to live in the present with hope toward a future not determined by our past. We are becoming able to recognize seasons in our life within our relationships, our work, our home and even our hobbies or interests. We are able to be real with ourselves making it easier to be transparent with those around us, especially the people we love. When we are no longer trying to fit life and who we think we are supposed to be in a box primarily of our own making we become open to receiving God’s wisdom for our identity and how to live not only abundantly, but truly free.              

This is the challenge we all have. We all started life with a perception of our parents or our dominate role models being the example of perfection, regardless of how good or poor of a role model they actually were. It is in recognizing the seasons of our past that we are better able to go back to the beginning, choosing to keep what is beneficial while letting go of the rest. This is as much about unlearning what we have come to believe we know as it is about learning God's truths for how we perceive reality.

We are asking God to heal what has harmed or wounded us; our experiences, events and the people that have shaped how we protect our self, our stuff and our loved ones. This is not a single event, rather a process of learning to recognize the affect our wounds and life's experiences have on our present. This takes time as we learn from God revealing more of who He is to us and who we are created to be. As we grow more secure with our God we even become able to look into our own heart. God's loving kindness leads the way as He helps us open closed doors to rooms in our heart we may have never dared to open before.              
We are no longer trying to be our own source for life over our God and Creator; all three persons of God and the roles they each have in our life. We are trusting God more as we ask Him to search our heart. Our track record of trusting God in the little things is giving us the courage to stretch our previous boundaries for our faith. It is with true security in Him, knowing we belong and will never be rejected that we are able to face what has never been a secret to Him.

As we learn to live free within the boundaries of honor and respect for God, others and self, we become able to recognize our wounded condition. The time to plant and uproot and a time to kill and a time to heal are the very things our enemy wants to pervert and twist with a misunderstanding of God’s perfect timing. We can trust God to put the right people in our life at just the right time to help us through this often difficult stage in our becoming healthy sons and daughters.

We are not designed to be independent and self-sufficient as the American dream supposedly goes. We are all truly better together than we are apart. The truth is we designed to be inter-dependent with each other, together giving a more complete reflection of our God while being totally dependent on Him. The ability to have openness with another person, even a trusted few, helps us to see outside of our own point of view. God and our neighbors help us to recognize and overcome the lies the enemy and the world have planted within our hearts.

These false truths, beliefs held in our heart, that were keeping us from realizing the potential God created each of us to walk in are being uncovered, the hold the illusion had on us is being broken. This is not about some kind of hocus-pocus or a magic ritual taking place in our life. This is about God revealing stuff about us and Him to us internally that is often verified through another as a second witness to His truth. We can always trust God to give a second witness to His truth for us helping us to not fall for deceptions and the tricks our enemy tries to cripple and destroy us with.              

This is a journey not an event or a destination as we become healthy children recognizing and leaving the brokenness we carried from our past behind. We can now accept others in their brokenness and even wrong thinking as we allow them the grace to live imperfectly trusting God’s sovereignty and perfect timing for them as well. We know with better understanding what Jesus meant when telling us to take care of the plank in our own eye, then we will be able to see clearly and able to help others with the speck in theirs.              

Father God, I ask you to reveal to me the behavior patterns, the habits I carry, the lies I hold in my heart as beliefs that prevent me from accepting the freedom Jesus died to give me. Help me to know and trust your Word that tells me, “Where the Spirit of the LORD is there is freedom.” Amen                                              

Today’s Reflection

What is the Holy Spirit saying to me…?                            

How does today’s message apply to my life?…my beliefs?

Day 36

Posted on November 24, 2014 at 9:03 AM Comments comments (3)
My God will never ask more of me than I have to give
nor will He ask me to do more than I can do.  

2 Peter 1:3-4 (NLT)
As we know Jesus better, His divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life. He has called us to receive His own glory and goodness! And by that same mighty power, He has given us all of His rich and wonderful promises. He has promised you that you will escape the decadence all around you caused by evil desires and that you will share in His divine nature. 

So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life. Then your faith will produce a life of moral excellence. A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better.  Knowing God better leads to self-control. Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness. Godliness leads to love for other Christians, and finally you will grow to have genuine love for everyone. 

The more you grow like this, the more you will become productive and useful in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus, the Christ. But those who fail to develop these virtues are blind or, at least, very short-sighted. They have already forgotten that God has cleansed them from their old life of sin.             

Acceptance is the key to our happiness. We are trusting God is really doing what He has said He would. When we believe God is currently completing His good work in us, life is not about living in our own strength and understanding. We are not living in our dead works trying to redo what Jesus has already done for us on the Cross. It is Jesus alone that saves us, not our behavior.              

As we grow in the understanding of the real and vibrant partnership God has created each of us for; to have this partnership realistically active in our life today we have more than hope. We have an anticipation and a desire to live on the edge of how God is moving and what He is doing in our life and through us as His chosen child participating in reconciling all of creation back to God, the Father, through Jesus, our Lord.              

In all of this though we are cautioned the enemy will try to keep us so busy we become unhealthy, neglecting to care for the temple our body now is for the Holy Spirit living within us. We are also tempted by focusing on working for God instead of with God. It is always easier to run with what we think we know instead of trusting God’s perfect timing in all things. When we do this our priorities become out of order and we often easily forget that our family is our first and our most important ministry as we work with God.              

When this happens we always receive the mercy and grace from our God and we can humbly ask those we love and who love us to forgive our losing sight of their value to us. We demonstrate both giving and receiving that love which forgives many wrongs and misunderstandings setting us free from the burden of our imperfect behavior.

In all we do let us remember:

True Christianity is not about being perfect,
rather it is about being perfected.  

Today’s Reflection

What is the Holy Spirit saying to me…?                            

How does today’s message apply to my life?…my beliefs?

Day 35

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 2:08 AM Comments comments (11)
I will reap what I sow and more. This is God’s truth for me. 

Hebrews 10:35-36 (NLT)
Do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord, no matter what happens. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all He has promised. 

Hebrews 10:19-25 (NLT)
And so dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. This is the new life-giving way that Christ has opened up for us through the sacred curtain, by means of His death for us. 

And since we have a High Priest who rules over God’s people, let us go right into the presence of God with true hearts fully trusting Him; for our evil consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood making us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. 

Without wavering, let us hold tightly to the hope we say we have, for God can be trusted to keep His promise. Think of ways to encourage one to another with genuine acts of love and good deeds. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of His coming back again is drawing near.             

We are privileged as God’s children for we not only get to reap what we sow in our life and the lives of others; we get to reap what God has sown for us. When we can begin to recognize that life is not about judgment, rather it is about blessing, both giving them and receiving them. Life becomes an expression held within the healthy exercise of giving and receiving; this is the enjoyment of life as a whole and complete person. 

When our view of life can be formed in understanding we are a treasure and a blessing, by design, we no longer have to carry the ledger with our balance sheet. Is our ledger full of red or are we in the black? When we live life to the fullest, giving our utmost for His highest we are no longer concerned about keeping score. God is taking care of that for us and we trust Him to provide, we cannot out give God.
As we grow in our recognition of being loved and being able to love others, we begin to realize that godly love is always about giving, never receiving. When we allow others to love us, we are not blocking their blessing as a giver. We now have the security to receive the abundance of blessings our God, our Creator, our Father and even our Best Friend wants us to have. We are not sending them back because we don’t feel worthy or deserving of His perfect love gifts for us.          

Today’s Reflection

What is the Holy Spirit saying to me…?                            

How does today’s message apply to my life?…my beliefs?

Day 34

Posted on November 20, 2014 at 12:41 AM Comments comments (8)
Faith and deeds are inseparable,
just as the body without a soul is dead.  

Hebrew 11:5-6 (NLT)
It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—“suddenly he disappeared because God took him.” But before he was taken up, he was approved as pleasing to God. So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith.    

How often have we turned this verse around so that we believe our works become the criteria for determining our faith? When we have a works based faith for getting into heaven this is the standard we use to measure ourselves and others. However, I believe this is the wrong side of the coin for what the Holy Spirit is telling us. Let us consider the possibility we are not being told what to do, but how to do so that we are engaging our culture with our living faith, bringing God’s presence into everyday life.

When we have a real, viable, living and tangible relationship with our God we are not trying to prove God exists. For us, we are demonstrating our intimate relationship with a living God in our daily routines of life. This means as we let the Holy Spirit lead us, teaching us about all 3 persons of God, our true self and as we interact with the world around us we are not being driven by common sense, but leading with a kingdom mindset. As we grow our God consciousness to include more and more areas of our life, submitting more of our heart to the Lordship of Jesus, we begin to walk with a quiet confidence and a calm assurance in spite of what life in the world is throwing at us.

When we really trust God, believing He is for us and not against us; that He has many good plans for our life, today and for our future; that we are not being set up to fail. We start to perceive God's goodness is shaping us to become everything we are created to be in spite of our past. The lies we have believed about us and about God. This includes the damage we have experienced by our own hand and from the world around us. Our baggage that has shaped us as we only knew how to be our own source. We are letting all of that go learning to live as the new creation we are in the reality that we are totally loved and completely accepted just as we are.

It is because of the security we have from knowing we belong and are loved unconditionally that we are discovering who we really are. This happens as we receive the perfect love God has for us. Receiving this godly love we are learning to love God, ourself and others in the same way. We are recognizing more everyday the values and joys of life that are not just concepts, but can be a part of every day in spite of our circumstances or situation. We are starting to respond to life with God's heart instead of out of our wounds and the vows we have made so that we could limit our future pain from the people we let in. We are becoming reflections of godly love without judgment.   

This is how faith and deeds are inseparable. Our expression of life with God flows into every area of our life, even the mundane. As people around us watch the Bible in us become alive, a living word, they may not know what we have or even how to get what we have, but they do know they want it. This opens the door to our testimony and the incredible Good News that God is real, wants to know each of us personally and actually participate in our life.

Today’s Reflection

What is the Holy Spirit saying to me…?                            

How does today’s message apply to my life?…my beliefs?

Day 33

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 1:32 AM Comments comments (23)
I am an obedient chosen and adopted child of the Living God.
I am living in victory; God’s way not my way.  

1 John 5:1-5 (NLT)
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves His children, too. We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey His commandments. Loving God means keeping His commandments, and really, that isn’t difficult.  

For every child of God defeats this evil world by trusting Christ to give us victory. And the ones who win this battle against the world are the ones who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.            

When we came to believe that Jesus is who He says He is because we have had an encounter with Him that is our personal revelation of God, we have switched from being our own source of power to having Jesus become our Life Source. We are no longer relying on our own abilities and knowledge to overcome our own issues and the world around us. We are learning to rely on all 3 persons of God.              

As we learn to walk in the new nature we have been given we are learning to connect God’s heart with our understanding of His Word. Our obedience to His guidance is not as if following a taskmaster as the Law of Moses was given to do. The law and the Prophets are fulfilled through loving God and our fellow man. This means that our journey is one of learning how to have and give honor and respect for our God, our fellow man and ourselves. As Jesus told His disciples; “A new command I give you, love one another, as I have loved you.”              

It is very important to recognize that our behavior is not the goal or where our victory rests. Jesus didn’t come so that God could have good behaving children. He came to exchange the death in us for life. The victory we have been given is walked out as we rely on God to live through us in our personal process of restoration. While we are working out the completeness of what God has already done in us He is enabling and empowering us through the Holy Spirit to be His partner in restoring all of creation back to the Father through Jesus.              

As we mature as kings, queens and priests of God we are learning what it means to have and exercise dominion and authority in the earth as a steward of God’s creation. We are implementing God’s sense of order in the sphere of influence we each have been given. Since everything is centered on loving God and others the foundation of our choices are giving to others, demonstrating honor and respect for all and forgiving everyone as God has forgiven us. When we live this way we are tuning in to God’s heart and trusting Him to lead us into all truth through the Holy Spirit.              

This does not mean life will have no hardship or challenges. Our ability to face adversity is the perfect opportunity to stand in the gap calling heaven to earth as we go through our life’s circumstances. Especially the ones we have no control over. Having God’s shalom; the nothing missing, nothing broken and nothing lacking peace, in spite of our circumstances is demonstrating the reality heaven on earth today in a fallen world.

Today’s Reflection

What is the Holy Spirit saying to me…?                            

How does today’s message apply to my life?…my beliefs?

Day 32

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 11:09 AM Comments comments (3)

I am the influence in my environment.
My surroundings do not change me.

Matthew 5:13-16 (NLT)
“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is it if the salt has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.” 

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. Don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. In the same way, let your deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”             

It is an interesting fact that salt changes or affects everything it touches. Even when dissolved in salt water for example it always reverts to its natural form as a solid. Salt is a part of every offering in Leviticus. It is a preservative, a flavor enhancer and a necessity for our body to have in order to function properly among the many things it does. In many ways salt is symbolic of how God affects our life and surroundings.

Interestingly, salt can actually lose its saltiness when kept in a wooden container or clay pot on the floor in a kitchen. When water wets the outside of the container from mopping the floor the saltiness is leached out of the crystals. This would have been a fact of common knowledge in Jesus day when He was giving the Sermon on the Mount.              

One of the things as Christians setting us apart from the rest of the world is that heaven and earth exist in the same time and in the same place within each of us. God, in the form of thee Holy Spirit dwells in us. We now are the influence, exercising dominion over our environment. For example, we enter a room where it is noticeable that anger is present. As we enter with God's real and tangible peace in us and around us peace calms the room. Arguments can become less heated and differences become resolved.

It is no secret we live in a fallen world and that our life is not trouble free. No matter how well we live in God’s kingdom on the earth today, we will have troubles with both people and in our circumstances. We have the opportunity to stand in the gap between heaven and earth representing God and His kingdom for others to recognize there is another way to go through life. As Christians we are learning how to really live, not as the world who makes choices that are avoiding death and calls it life.

This is because we are able to walk with God’s presence and the reality of peace receiving His abundant grace in all of our circumstances. As we spend time with our God, He encourages us, helps us with our choices as He reveals more of Himself to us and shares His wisdom for engaging our culture and the life around us. We are never left out in the cold on our own by our God.              

In all four Gospels it is interesting that Jesus, even though fully God and fully man, had to spend a noticeable amount of time alone with His heavenly Father. I believe this is the only way we too are able to overcome the influence and drive of the world around us to become like them. We pray, spend time in the Word and participate in a community of believers not because we have to. We do this so that we can stay tuned in to God and what He is doing on the earth today. In this we discover our purpose and the blessing we each are created to be through divine design.
We are fooling ourselves if we think we can always be effective in our sphere of influence when we don’t spend time with our God and His people. When we limit our participation our mindset becomes limited to our own understanding rather than God's revelation in us, inhabiting us and going through us to others. Therefore, we participate in a community of like-minded believers as well as have a one on one interactive relationship with our God to become healthy sons and daughters, a mature Christian, that loves God; loves His people, our neighbors and are able to be an effective steward of God’s creation according to His original design.                
The true hope we have is we get to learn from our mistakes with grace always picking us up. Trusting that God is faithful as we rely on His strength to carry us and that He only builds on our successes with Him. Living in our own strength and will is not the light that demonstrates the Glory of our God in the earth today. His grace is sufficient to lift us up letting His glory shine. As our intimacy with God grows we are able to surrender and submit more of our whole heart taking us to heights and places we could never have dreamed of.

Every day is a new beginning and can be a new discovery of ourself and our God as we enjoy Him and the life we have with the most powerful being, ever, invested in our success as His child.

God is Good, All the Time; All the Time God is Good!

Today’s Reflection

What is the Holy Spirit saying to me…?                            

How does today’s message apply to my life?…my beliefs?

Day 31

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 12:41 AM Comments comments (2)
God is my defender.
I am healed in my heart,
in my mind and
in my body. 

1 Peter 2:20-25 (NASB)
For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it, yet you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God. 

For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving an example for you to follow in His steps, 

“He who committed no sin,           
        And no deceit was found in His mouth.” (Isaiah 53:9) 

When they hurled insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly. 

He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might not die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed. For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and the Guardian of your soul.              

As our belief grows that we truly belong to God and our God belongs to us we are more able to stand in our circumstances, whatever they are. The stories of Abram and Joseph are excellent examples of how our God does defend us. Even when the world tries to tell us we are fools to believe God has our back.  

Genesis Chapter 12:10-20 (read if you have the time)            
In summary, God sends Abram to Egypt since there is a famine in the land. He lies to Pharaoh about Sarah, saying she is his sister, so as not to die. Divorce was not a common answer in those days, murder was. God intervenes, coming to Pharaoh in a dream. Pharaoh confronts Abram and confirms his dream. As God's friend in Pharaoh's eyes Abram is asked to leave Egypt and does so with Pharaoh's blessing as a multimillionaire.

God had Abram’s back, even though he lied to Pharaoh. Abram was doing his best to interact with the world around him and honor his relationship with God. God has never asked us to get it right and uses our performance as a standard of how much He loves us or a condition of what He will do for us. We do our best to honor Him in the truth we know in our understanding and He does the rest, drawing us closer and maturing us all along the way.

Genesis Chapter 37:12-36 & Chapters 39-41 (read if time allows)            
Joseph the youngest of 11 brothers gifted and as Dad's favorite this creates jealousy among his older brothers. Joseph gets sold as a slave by his brothers. He gets raised up to be the head slave running a household estate. He gets set up by the boss's wife after rejecting her advances out of reverence for his God. She falsely accuses him of trying to have sex (attempted rape) with her. Joseph spends 10+ years in jail before being raised up to be the second most powerful person in the world.

Even though circumstances did not look like God was involved in Joseph's life He was. Even though God is never presented as a father until Jesus, God, as a father would, was preparing Joseph for his future in fulfilling God’s purpose for his life. Joseph was full of pride over his strengths and abilities as a result God humbled him through his circumstances. This was not a punishment. God was to preparing him to succeed when he was given  a position of power. In every harsh circumstance we recognize that Joseph never stopped being his best and never lost sight of who he represented as a God centered man.

Many of us today consider hard times and struggles to be a form of punishment. When most often they are a part of life that strengthen us and help us to develop godly character through perseverance. Let us judge not, but do our part as God is with us all along the way.

When Jesus took on all of our infirmities He also took on the wrongs and the slights that have wounded us, our past that we have carried into our present day life. It is the effect of these wounds that is washed clean by the blood Jesus shed for us. It is with the renewing of our mind, washing our soul in the Word of God and spending time in His presence that these wounds to our heart, mind and body are healed. We are still aware of having them, but we no longer have to be protective of these areas in our life. We are becoming healthy people able to love freely because of how God loves on us.

Often, when we have something in our past that is still cropping up and affecting our life and the lives of those we love it is because we have unfinished business with our old wounds. It is not that God is refusing to heal us; it is because we still have our part to do. This can mean changing our behavior patterns as a reflection of the new day and hope we now have. Also, almost always, we have yet to truly forgive from our heart the person, people or even the event that has hurt us.              

Some times we have forgiven the deed without forgiving the person who has wronged us or just the opposite. We have forgiven the person, but not the deed. True forgiveness is in both word and from the heart forgiving both the offender and the deed. Even when we cannot see doing this our God is faithful to help us let go, if we are willing. This can happen sometimes quickly and sometimes slowly. Our part is making the choice to forgive and standing on that choice. We can trust God to do His part to heal and purify our broken heart of even our deepest wounds when we let Him. He is the Potter and we are the clay in the Master's hand.
Forgiveness does not mean we pretend it never happened. This is denial not forgiveness. Going through the motions never works with our God. We can know we have truly forgiven others when we can bring up the memory and no longer be emotionally attached to it. Anger is a secondary emotion that is triggered by our original wound such as rejection; not being good enough, not accepted or affirmed. Betrayal is another area of being deeply wounded. No matter what the wound or how deep God is big enough and willing to heal us and make us whole again.                                                         

Today’s Reflection

What is the Holy Spirit saying to me…?                            

How does today’s message apply to my life?…my beliefs?