Saturday, January 12, 2019

January 12

Several years ago I went through a transformation. I had decided that it was time for me to break some chains and get rid of any lies that I was believing. There were some things that were revealed that I wasn’t expecting, it was my beliefs about the church. 

When I was a child, church was very formal. You put on your best suit or dress, polish your shoes, and present yourself perfect before all who would see you. It had become something different than its purpose, and that was, and still is, to worship Jesus. He had become secondary, and not first and foremost, it was human tradition. It was ridged and formal, and God forbid if you lifted your hands in holy submission to Jesus! There were many other legalistic traditions that I had to break free from in order for me to become what God had intended.  

Today, quiet yourself, and ask God what lies you are believing. Then listen closely for His answer. For me, the answer usually comes before I get the question out of my mouth. You will become free from human tradition, and begin to care only about what God thinks.

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. Colossians 2:8

Friday, January 11, 2019

January 11

My three year old grandson, is a bundle of energy. I took him to a walking trail right in the middle of our bustling town. I got him worked up about going by telling him he would be able to run. He told me “running is my exercise!” I took the wagon, but decided to leave it in the car, because I had just given him a snack cake and he was on sugar overload. I thought that he might be able to handle a two mile walk. I was wrong! We got a little over a half a mile into it and he decided that he couldn’t go anymore, and asked me to carry him! I couldn’t say no, I’m the one who foolishly brought him this far! I picked him up and we headed back to the car. I have to admit, it was a pretty good workout! When someone runs out of steam, and can no longer handle their burden, pick it up and help them carry it. There is something fulfilling about helping others. Be a wise counselor and comfort someone today.

Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

Thursday, January 10, 2019

January 10

Over the holidays my laundry piled up! I had clean laundry waiting to be folded and dirty laundry waiting to be washed. My laundry room was a mess! I was dreading it! After I had made it my mission to get it done, I realized that what I was dreading wasn’t so bad. Not only was it easy, it took me no time to tidy it up. I’ve decided to start thinking of my soiled laundry as sin, and try to maintain it daily so that it doesn’t get out of control. It’s so easy to repent our shortcomings, so why are we reluctant to confess it? Maybe it’s because you don’t want to clear things up with the one you sinned against, or that you forget about it. Whatever your reason, stop dreading it and just do it. Confession not only keeps your laundry clean, but it preserves your heart. Wash your laundry and and tidy up your laundry room! You’ll feel so much better.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

January 9

Have you ever wondered, if we are chosen by God for salvation through Jesus, why we need to evangelize? If He has chosen you, you will come to know Him! Peter preached and over three thousand were saved. There is an appointed time and place for salvations to occur. That’s why He gave us the mandate to go throughout all the earth preaching and teaching, He wants us to participate!

Yesterday was our monthly Sister Keepers meeting. We had an agenda, but so does God. I had prayed earlier that day for the Holy Spirit to move so that it was obvious that He was in charge. In true God like fashion, He reminded us of our purpose, and we got to see one of His chosen accept Jesus as her Savior. The Holy Spirit had been working on her, and our ladies were allowed to participate in the celebration of a new creation as He brought her into the inter sanctum. I’m still boiling over with joy today! Get out there and plant some seeds, and eventually you will see the harvest of souls!

Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. Luke 15:7

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

January 8

One of the tools I use for writing is an iPad connected to a keyboard. Last year I decided to replace my trusty old keyboard with a newfangled one that had a hard cover, making it resemble a tiny laptop. It’s so cool that it has backlit keys that can change color. Well, last night those beautifully lit keys quit working, so here I am this morning back on the old one. How many times have you gone after something shiny and new, only to find out that it was just a facade and does not represent the truth in any way? Our God is from the days of old and has always been here, and always will be. Chasing after a new way can lead to destruction. No religious leader has come back from death after every ounce of his blood poured out and puddled at the foot of a cross! Be discerning, listen to the Holy Spirit when He gives you warnings, because the devil prowls around disguised as something good.

he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. Colossians 1:22-23

Monday, January 7, 2019

January 7

There are many people starting new jobs today. What an exciting way to start the new year! When you start a new job, there is a process. You determine the company you want to work for, then you fill out an application. The company reviews your application and determines if you are qualified; if you are, they give you the job! You are now out of the unemployment line, given a new way of life, and a fresh look into a different world. There are new people, new ideas, and new opportunities. Did you know this is the same thing that happens when you become a Christ follower? You are yanked out of darkness, saved from the forces of evil, and given a fresh start. Give thanks to God everyday, because He has qualified you for salvation in Jesus, and now you share in the inheritance of the saints and are transferred into His kingdom. Doesn’t it feel great to be qualified!

giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, Colossians 1:12-13

Sunday, January 6, 2019

January 6

Spending time in nature brings me so close to the promises of God. He writes a beautiful story through His creation. I went to a park as a way to enhance my connection with Him. I’m always amazed at the things He brings to my attention. I ended up walking under a large oak tree where the canopy touched the ground; it opened up like a comfortable secure place in the shade. That oak tree stood solid and tall, and I felt a sense of comfort like being sheltered. It was a reminder that if we dwell in the shelter of the Most High, we will rest in His shadow. God’s shelter is a secret place where we can go to feel safe and leave the worries of this world behind. True believers find peace in spending time alone with Him and love to communicate with Him in solitude. Find some time to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and spend some time alone with the Father.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty  Psalms 91:1