The Lord Settled the Matter, But Have You?

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Have you settled the matter of your sin? When we say yes to Jesus Christ as our Savior we have settled the matter. Christ paid for our sin debt in full, dying on the cross for every one of our sins, but the question is do we believe that the matter is settled? Or do we continue to live in bondage, shackled to guilt, and shame never fully resting in the blessed assurance of our redemption through Christ? The enemy stalks us with our sin. When we choose to continuously live in the shadows of our sin it distracts us from God’s work. Sin’s hold on you isn’t by mistake, it is a deliberate part of Satan’s plan to keep you distracted, and doubting your faith, and identity in Christ.

Our mind and spirit are in a battle with the enemy and every day we have to ask ourselves,”Who am I in Christ?” “Am I a new creature?” “Do I believe I am forgiven?” It’s one thing to say I am a child of Christ, it is another thing to live as a child of Christ. Jesus loved us enough and deemed us worthy to save us from death, but we must be willing to accept his grace and his forgiveness. Why is it that so many of us spend years living in shame, beating ourselves up and stuck in the past because we refuse to forgive ourselves for our sins?

Yes, we should repent, confess, turn away from sin, and be remorseful, but repeatedly punishing ourselves is useless. When we refuse to forgive ourselves we are saying that Christ’s forgiveness isn’t enough, that his death on the cross doesn’t cut it. There is absolutely nothing in this world you can ever do that Christ’s grace and forgiveness can’t cover.

You can’t live as a new creation if you’re living with an old mindset. You are divinely designed! God’s plans for you are bigger than your sin. Yes, your sin was like scarlet, red as crimson, but the Lord settled the matter, so let it be settled in your heart, mind, and spirit.

When Looking Back Turns Us Into A Pillar of Salt

The quickest way to become an ineffective Christian is to keep looking back and living in the past. Remember Lot’s wife? She was told to not look back, to flee, but the temptation to look back on a city that could no longer serve her turned her into a pillar of salt. She was left unable to move or go forward. Don’t allow yourself to meet the same fate as Lot’s wife! Be the salt of the earth by trusting God and resisting the urge to live a life that you’ve shed. Don’t allow your resistance to change to affect who God created you to become! Check out the newest post at my author site.

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Is The Media Becoming Our Modern Day Idol Version of the Golden Calf?

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In the very heated climate, we currently live in it’s easy to get sucked into the, “breaking news,” frenzy, but are breaking news and the media become the modern day golden calf idol for Christians?

Stand Firmly in The Conqueror God Created You to Be! Romans 8:37

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There are more days than less when I feel like anything but a conqueror.  Instead of feeling like a conqueror, I feel weak, tired, less than, and defeated. There are days when I just want to put the covers over my head and simply give up because the day in front of me is so overwhelming that I don’t want to face it alone. When I slip into this pit of defeat, I’m reminded that it isn’t my strength, but through the strength of God who loves me that I will get through the day. Regardless of how stressful or impossible it appears to be, God lifts me up to higher ground.

I run into trouble when I throw on depend on myself. When I think that I’m in control and a conqueror of my own is when I realize how weak I really am without fully relying on the one who loves me. God created us to be conquerors, to withstand even the unspeakable trials that fall upon us and he empowers us to stand against the spiritual battles we face every day. When we accepted Christ we were endowed with the Holy Spirit and the real power that comes through Christ.

If you’re in a season that is getting the best of you, that is tearing you down I want you to read Roman 8:37 and remember that not only are you a conqueror through His love, you are MORE than a conqueror! Sweet sister, put your full faith in the Lord and you will see a mighty blessing take place. You will experience what God is able to do in any situation big or small through you! Meditate on this scripture and etch it in your heart and mind whenever you are doubtful and ready to give up. God isn’t finished with you he is just beginning and there is much to conqueror in your path, but you are equipped with an everlasting love and the most powerful ally that ever lived…Jesus Christ. Now, stand firmly in the conqueror God created you to be!

Trust, Seek & Know the Lord’s Name

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The Lord has been speaking to my heart to dive deeper into the scriptures, to look behind the words and their meanings to understand the context in a way that is powerful and applicable to my life. This scripture in Psalm 9:10 has three words that have been piercing my spirit in this season. The words are trust, seek, and forsaken. I want to give you my study notes as I let this Psalm sink into my mind and spirit.

Trust: To have confidence, to entrust, firm belief, reliability, the strength of someone or something. :

Seek: To search for, sought after diligently, to reach out, a desire to obtain, to resort to, to discover.

Forsaken: To leave behind in the sense of abandoning, to leave in straights or helpless, to set apart, to turn away from entirely or renounce. 

There is no other word that brings more comfort than His Name…Lord. When we know His name, and really understand the significance of his name and who the Lord is in our life as our deliverer, our Father, and our Savior we should be overwhelmed with the assurance of his love.

We can trust in His name, meaning we can have complete confidence and a firm belief in the reliability of his strength in all our circumstances and in every season when we are weak. Our God is unchanging and stable in all his ways. We can believe in his promises and entrust to him every fear, uncertainty or hope we have because he will safeguard as only our heavenly Father can do.

God never leaves our side, even when we feel alone. It isn’t God that’s grown distant it is us. That’s why we need to diligently seek the Lord and the word that is life-giving. When I feel distant from God I have to ask myself have I stopped desiring Him, his word, his commands. Have I gotten lazy in discovering and digging deeper into who the Lord is to me?

We will experience seasons, where we will wonder, ‘where are you, God?’ In those difficult days, we have to remember His promise to never forsake us. God will never abandon you, renounce you, or leave you behind because His love for us is eternal. His death on the cross is an unbreakable bond of his love us in our sinful natural self. Even in the darkest days, you can trust that when you seek him and know his name that the Lord will comfort and keep you.

Wisdom an Indispensable Friend … Proverbs 4:11-13

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In a world that has an insatiable appetite for everything material, there are only a few things that really matter and are consequential. What matters above riches is a relationship with Jesus,  wisdom, faith, and love. In these strange and trying times, I find myself angrier than usual, more easily offended and wanting to jump into the flesh in a New York minute. Everything seems a little louder, a lot more personal and there’s an underlying current of sadness and disappointment in and for the people in the world around me. I’ve been turning to the scriptures for solace and the word that is sticking in my head is wisdom.

Godly wisdom and not the world’s wisdom is an indispensable friend and guardian of my life as I weave in and out of situations that continue to surprise me. I am reminded to hold onto the instruction, to the God-breathed scripture and apply to my daily walk as a mom, a Christian and as a woman.  I am so grateful for the blueprint of the Bible as I continue to walk along this crazy path called life. I know in this flawed world there is one thing that is flawless and that is the wisdom of the scriptures and my Savior Jesus Christ.

Weaving God Through Our Life

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In August, I had the pleasure of going on a Church Camp Retreat with my daughter. It started out rocky with an insane thunderstorm that threatened the whole weekend, but God shined down and made it a beautiful and memorable couple days for everyone. It was also the weekend of the terrible events that occurred in Charlottesville. My soul ached for the hatred in the world and the toll it took on human lives and hearts. On the other hand, I felt comforted and protected by the love that surrounded us from my brothers and sisters in Christ. Our love crossed all the boundaries that society has a tendency to use for dividing us, but we embraced one another with the fruit of the holy spirit. It was refreshing watching the kids play without inhibitions in the wide open fields, laying in the hammock, sitting around the bonfire eating smores and taking an evening walk through the woods laughing with a little screaming along the way.

On Saturday, the ladies were taught a class by one of my favorite teachers ever (Isabelle if you’re reading this, you know it’s you :) about the woman of the Bible, both villains, and heroes. Our ever so clever instructor had a different color of yarn that represented each woman and red yarn that represented God. We were all seated in a circle and passed around the red yarn, then as each woman was discussed we passed around that yarn that represented them all while continuously passing around the red yarn that weaved through the others. It was an amazing class exercise that I have thought about ever since.

Here are a few practical points I took from this exercise that I wanted to share:

  1. God is Woven Into the Fabric of Our Lives Regardless of Our Choices: Whether our choices are wise or unwise God is always present, we may not acknowledge or turn to him, but he is woven into our lives every day as a constant presence.
  2. It Takes Intentional Focus to be Aware of How God is Woven Into Our Life: It was interesting and humorous watching the women in the circle passing around the yarn, especially when there was more than one yarn going around at a time, it did get a little tricky. It made me think about how we should focus our attention on how God is working through our lives and how we have to be intentional about our own awareness of his presence even when we get tangled up by obstacles.
  3.  God Creates a Beautiful Tapestry in Our Lives: We all endure different seasons in our lives. Some seasons are simple and flow easily just like the rhythm in the beginning of our exercise, but as the stories began to pick up so did the pace, and there was some struggle in keeping the yarn going around. At times it got a little delayed, but our sisters helped each other to get it moving again all the while weaving the red yarn through the colors. In the end, there was this beautiful, a little messy, but filled with love project. I think that’s how it is with us. We make all kinds of different choices, some good some unwise, sometimes we’re moving right along and then we get stuck. But, we have our family in Christ to help us get through the knots so we can keep going and all the while God is right there through the whole process and in the end there is something beautiful.

The red that represented God was dominant and I have to remember that as I face this full season in my life. That no matter my circumstances, or choices I make, God is always sovereign and in control. Isn’t it wonderful that we can take great comfort in knowing that He is the dominant force in our life? We can have faith that through it all he has a beautiful tapestry planned out specifically for each of us!

 

The Heart of God: Learning Who God is Through Psalms

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I’m standing in for a bible study class tomorrow that is on the Book of Psalms. Awhile, back I was studying Psalms and it was amazing to me how much of God’s character and heart was revealed to me and who the Lord is to me personally. This is just some of the characteristics that stood out to me. Psalms is a reminder that when we seek God he reveals exactly who he is to us.

Daily Dose of Scripture: Truth & Freedom

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Truth and Freedom are hot topics of conversation that are fiercely debated in our society and rightfully so. We should always seek the truth and fight for freedom for all people. But,  real truth and genuine freedom don’t come from our lawmakers or the Constitution, it comes from Jesus, our salvation. Without Jesus, we are just slaves in and to this world to sin and to the lies, it tells.  Truth is Jesus. When you’re aware of the truth, when you live it in your daily life and accept it in your heart, the chains that the world keeps you in is broken.

In truth there is freedom. The freedom that can’t be bought, that isn’t given to you at birth but the freedom that comes from Jesus. The world’s truth is distorted and gives you a false sense of freedom. How many of us said when we were younger, ” I just need to find myself.” I banked on finding myself for years! I searched for truth in the world and believed that freedom was based on my terms. Word of advice, to find yourself, first you must seek Jesus and accept him otherwise it’s a futile attempt that leaves you wandering in a wasteland. Identity doesn’t lie in self it lies in who you are as Christ and when that’s understood that’s when you find real truth and freedom.  As disciples of Christ, we are so blessed that our freedom is secure in the truth of Jesus! Identity doesn’t lie in self it lies in who you are as Christ and when that’s understood that’s when you find real truth and freedom.  As disciples of Christ, we are so blessed that our freedom is secure in the truth of Jesus!

Truth and freedom come with a price, not the price that Jesus paid, but it demands of you that go against the grain. It requires that you turn away from the world’s belief system and its falsely perceived idea of freedom and turn away from its norms. The counterculture life of being a Christian isn’t always comfortable, but when has being a follower of Christ ever been comfy? It requires courage and a deeply rooted faith that can stand among the criticism and not follow the crowd even when it seems easier. As disciples of Christ, we are so blessed that our freedom is secure in the truth of Jesus and doesn’t depend on the knowledge of the world!