Are you harboring any unforgiveness toward anyone?

Are you harboring any un-forgiveness?  I know that I do and have; today’s devotion talks about having un-forgiveness and how we hold onto that un-forgiveness and how we can have faith as small as a mustard seed to deal with that un-forgiveness.  The hardest thing that we can do to ourselves and others is to hold onto anger, bitterness, fear, and feelings of helplessness.  Holding these things against someone not only hurts them, but hurts us even more.  I know that I have to learn and I am learning to give those thought patterns over to God so that I can heal.  Are you doing that?  If not, maybe the following devotion may help you.

Read it and see what you think; it was written by Phil Ware.

Note from Jesus

Dear Disciple,

What’s the hardest miracle to perform? I know many of you would love to see some great miracle of your selection to help you believe. Yet all around you every day, some of the most amazingly wondrous transformations happen by divine power at work in My followers. As My disciples show in the verses below, one of the hardest of the wondrous transformations is for the power of grace to lead a wounded heart to forgive.

This very important reality is the focus of My teaching about prayer and miraculous results. One of the hardest “miracles” to believe possible is forgiveness. I taught about this repeatedly in My ministry on earth. This teaching is rooted in the two greatest commands — to love the Lord your God with all you are and to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:36-40). You cannot be wrong with your brother or sister on earth and be right with your Father in heaven. It’s that simple to say and yet very hard for the wounded human heart to love as it should. This teaching is also based on another essential reality: you do not truly appreciate the forgiveness you have received if you do not pass along that same grace of forgiveness to others (Matthew 6:14; Matthew 18:23-35; Ephesians 4:32).

Yes, this is a hard truth. That’s why your forgiveness of others may be one of the hardest “miracles” to perform. Feeding 5,000? Not hard for Me with 5 loaves and 2 fish. Raising the dead? I have done that. Healing the blind, the lame, the paralyzed, the leprous? I have done that repeatedly. However, changing a wounded heart that has been abused and mistreated is so much harder because that change depends on the submission of the person to My will in spite of whatever may have happened to him or her. Grace has to permeate down to a broken and dark place in a person’s soul and capture it with the truth of what I did to redeem it. For you to genuinely forgive those who come in repentance and ask for forgiveness is a hard wonder to perform, but not impossible!

What I want you to realize is that if you can have “faith the size of a single, tiny mustard seed”, then that “little faith can accomplish the seemingly impossible” — including turning your wounded heart into a gracious heart like Mine! Watch what I do as I journey toward Jerusalem to take up the cross. Remember My words of forgiveness. Remember why I did what I did — not because I wanted to face suffering and heartbreak, but because those who sinned and rejected Me, both then and in your day, need My forgiveness and grace.

The same spirit of forgiveness and grace must be true of you as you deal with those who hurt you and sin against you. They need your grace displayed to them to understand the power of My grace. So when you forgive, don’t act like you deserve a medal for doing something hard. Yes, it is hard, very hard, and sometimes it feels impossibly hard. If you call yourself My disciple, that means you have committed to the lifestyle of the cross. Sometimes that will seem as hard for you to face as it was for Me to face the rejection, mockery, agony, and humiliation of My cross. Forgiving others is not only a sign that you have faith to follow My example of forgiveness. It also means that you realize that you are My servant and “unworthy of extra consideration or thanks” since you were just doing your “duty”. I don’t say that to be harsh, but to help you realize how important forgiveness is in My family of grace!

Verses to Live

I want you to know, My dear disciple, that much of My teaching during My journey to Jerusalem and the cross is challenging and sometimes just very hard to accept at a human level. It doesn’t make sense. It seems upside down to the way your world works. So I ask you again to watch Me and what I do on the way to My cross and all that goes with My passion. Redeeming a lost world means living a radical discipleship. I wasn’t crucified because I was a nice sweet man. I was crucified because I was a loving, kind, gentle, truth-telling world-changer Who lived the character and compassion of God before a world opposed to His ways. I call you to follow Me in this world-changing lifestyle!

Jesus (to His disciples):

You can’t stop temptations to do wrong from coming. But how tragic it will be for the person who becomes the source of the temptation! It would be better if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.

So each of you needs to be careful. If your brother sins against you, confront him about it, and if he has a change of mind and heart, then forgive him. Even if he wrongs you seven times in a single day, if he turns back to you each time and says he’s sorry and will change, you must forgive him.

The Lord’s Emissaries:

We don’t have enough faith for this! Help our faith to grow!

Jesus (pointing to a nearby mulberry tree):

It’s not like you need a huge amount of faith. If you just had faith the size of a single, tiny mustard seed, you could say to this huge tree, “Pull up your roots and replant yourself in the sea,” and it would fly through the sky and do what you said. So even a little faith can accomplish the seemingly impossible.

Imagine this scenario. You have a servant — say he’s been out plowing a field or taking care of the sheep — and he comes in hot and sweaty from his work. Are you going to say, “You poor thing! Come in and sit down right away”? Of course not! Wouldn’t you be more likely to say, “First, cook my supper and set the table, and then after I’ve eaten, you can get something to eat and drink for yourself”? And after your servant has done everything you told him to do, are you going to make a big deal about it and thank him? I don’t think so! Now apply this situation to yourselves. When you’ve done everything I’m telling you to do, just say, “We’re servants, unworthy of extra consideration or thanks; we’re just doing our duty.”

(Luke 17:1-10)

Response in Prayer

Holy and Almighty God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I confess that there are wounds I carry that weigh me down and burden my soul. I want to believe that I can forgive, but it is hard. And when I will not forgive, I know that I hold myself captive to the offenses committed against me and against those I love. So please, I ask for the help of the Holy Spirit to understand all that You teach about forgiveness and what it means. I also trust the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit to pour Your love into my heart and to give me the strength to believe that I can forgive. I believe, but please help my unbelief. I want the “miracles” of forgiveness and grace to be an essential part of my life’s character. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

I know that I am going to apply this to my life.  What about you?  Care to join me?  What are your thoughts on this?   I would love to hear them.

Are you straddling the fence?

The reason that I ask this question is because I was once doing that same thing.  Wanting to have it both ways and still claimed myself to be a Christian.  Well it does not work that way and it is a trap from Satan to try and entice us into doing things that are evil.  We have to decide if we are going to follow Jesus or not.  In my devotion for today, Christ talks about a man that is demon possessed.  To have such demon’s in a person is scary to me.  I would never want to leave that way.  Yet, we are give the chance to follow either Satan or Christ each day.  Satan come s along making things look good and enticing, don’t be fooled by that deception, because Satan only wants to rob, kill, and destroy us in every way he possibly can.

Here read the devotion for yourself and see what you think, this devotion comes from Phil Ware “A Walk with Jesus” very powerful;

Note from Jesus

Dear Precious Child of God,

Two powers — God and Satan — are at war over your eternal destiny. The story below illustrates the different goals of these two powers. No matter how alluring temptation may seem to you, the ultimate goal of the tempter — Satan, the evil deceiver, the devil, the evil one — and all the forces of hell can be seen from the condition of the man called Battalion.

When you meet the man identified as Battalion, the forces of evil are literally hell-bent on his destruction. This devastation is Satan’s intent for you. However, the ultimate goal of your Father in heaven is for you to be in your right mind, for you to be learning from Me how to have purpose for your life, and for you to live out that purpose in your daily life.

Notice the ways Battalion is described at the beginning of the events recorded in the verses below:

  • He is isolated — actually driven into isolation by the demonic powers that control him.
  • He is filled with destructive power.
  • He is naked.
  • He lives and sleeps in a cemetery — the place of the dead.
  • He is uncontrollable.
  • He has lost his sense of self-identity — he doesn’t even know his real name.
  • He is aware of all of these problems in himself.

However, as much as this man is in bondage to demonic powers, notice this one truth: he can still come to Me and fall at My feet despite the power of the demons in him wanting to be rid of Me! I AM more powerful than all of these demons. So notice what I do to bless this man despite the demons trying to use My identity to gain power over Me and send Me away.

  • I deliver him from the demonic powers oppressing him.
  • I return this man to a normal life and a right mind.
  • I welcome the man into My fellowship and friendship.
  • I send the man out on a mission to share his good news and My story of grace.

Satan’s goal for you is clear: he wants to do with you what he did with Battalion. He wants to introduce hell on earth into your life. His temptations may look enticing. There may be no apparent signs of Satan’s destructive and evil intent in these temptations — at least not at first. But behind each temptation, there are traps designed to enslave you. I can help you break your bondage to these traps, although you are much better off if you avoid the traps all together!

I have a goal for you. I want you to be My disciple. I want you to sit by Me and learn the way of true life from Me. I want to defeat the powers that desire to hold you in bondage and enslave you to self-destruction. I want you in your right mind — in control of your life and your decisions. I want you to find your purpose in Me. I want you to have a positive and influential relationship with your family and friends. But you have to choose Me… you must call out to Me for help… and you must ask Me to take control of your life and be willing for Me to do so!

Not everyone will be happy if you choose Me. Some prefer to live out-of-control lives rather than to yield their lives to Me. In addition, the lure for you to go into a life under Satan’s control — to have that uncontrollable power at work in you — is just as destructive as it is strong.

You must recognize that you cannot defeat the power of evil on your own. However, I can defeat it. In fact, I have defeated it through My death and resurrection. Do not despair in the face of great evil. Cry out to Me. Trust Me. Follow Me. Learn from Me. Share your story about Me with others. And when you do, you can know this: I will never leave you or forsake you.

Verses to Live

Notice how the “friends” of Battalion react when he is set free of the demonic spirits. They order Me to leave after I have liberated him and put him in his right mind. They cannot deal with Me. They don’t know what to do with a power they cannot control or understand. So rather than inviting Me into their small little world, they ask Me to leave. What about you? Will you ask Me into your world or order Me to leave?

When they [Jesus and His disciples] get to the other side of the lake, in the Gerasene country opposite Galilee, a man from the city is waiting for Jesus when He steps out of the boat. The man is full of demonic spirits. He’s been running around for a long time stark naked, and he’s homeless, sleeping among the dead in a cemetery. This man has on many occasions been tied up and chained and kept under guard, but each time he has broken free and the demonic power has driven him back into remote places away from human contact. Jesus commands the demonic force to leave him. The man looks at Jesus and starts screaming. He falls down in front of Jesus.

Possessed Man (shouting):

Don’t torment me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God! Why are You here?

Jesus (calmly and simply):

What’s your name?

Possessed Man:

Battalion.

He says this because an army of demons is inside of him. The demons start begging Jesus not to send them into the bottomless pit. They plead instead to enter into a herd of pigs feeding on a steep hillside near the shore. Jesus gives them permission to do so. Suddenly the man is liberated from the demons, but the pigs — they stampede, squealing down the hill and into the lake where they drown themselves.

The pig owners see all this. They run back to their town and tell everyone in the region about it. Soon a crowd rushes from the town to see what’s going on out by the lake. There they find Jesus seated to teach with the newly liberated man sitting at His feet learning in the posture of a disciple. This former madman is now properly dressed and completely sane. This frightens the people. The pig owners tell them the whole story — the healing, the pigs’ mass suicide, everything.

The people are scared to death, and they don’t want this scary abnormality happening in their territory. They ask Jesus to leave immediately. Jesus doesn’t argue. He prepares to leave, but before they embark, the newly liberated man begs to come along and join the band of disciples.

Jesus:

No. Go home. Tell your people this amazing story about how much God has done for you.

The man does so. In fact, he tells everyone in the whole city how much Jesus did for him that day on the shore.
(Luke 8:26-39)

Response in Prayer

Lord Jesus, I know that You stand at the door of my heart and knock. I know You won’t break down the door and barge into my life. I know that I must invite You in and welcome You to my table. So, Jesus, I ask You to claim me, cleanse me, come to me, care for me, and guide me so that I serve You in ways that bring You glory and bring others to know You and Your saving grace. Amen.

I don’t know about you, but after reading this morning, I’m going to make sure that I cry out to Christ everyday to make sure that I am ‘Walking in the Spirit.’ I want to get closer to Jesus and be His disciple.

What about you?  Who will you follow?

Care to share your thoughts?  I would love to read them.

Reflection’s for 2015

As 2015 draws to an end I am in reflection of this past year.  Some things have happened, like I’ve been hurt by  my church and friends and after speaking with them I sought the recommended help that I needed to start this healing journey.  It has been a rough road, but one that I realize was necessary and needed to further my healing.

I also found out that I only have 5 courses left for my Associates Degree in Fine Arts.  Which I am happy about and I will finally be able to accomplish something that I started out to do several years ago.  Now that’s a great feeling. I passed 3 of the 4 courses that I took this past semester, which means I need to complete the one that I didn’t pass to get my degree.  I know that God is with me because I have not come this far to just let it go and not finish what I started.

I started and am currently going through a deliverance process to cleanse myself of the things that I don’t need in my life.  Drawing closer to God and becoming more Christ like.  Getting rid of the stuff that has haunted me for so many years.  It’s sad that it has taken me so long to come to this point, but now I realize that it needed to be done.  It has been no fun reliving the hurts, hang-ups and habits that have plagued me for so long.  I am on a healing process that God wants me on and I am wanting to share it with others that need it as well.  I still have times of not thinking correctly, but I work to quickly stop them and put them in the place where they belong.

With live itself not being an easy journey, I just have to keep my perspective and follow what God wants for my life.  Continuing to obey Him and let Him take control.  Which has not always been very easy.  But then He never promised us a rose garden.  That we have to create and maintain ourselves.

So for now this is what has been going on in my life.  What about your?  Care to share?  Blessings all!

Love one another

Do we truly love our fellow man or are just walking through the motions? It’s a question that I ask of myself and you. One that if we are truly followers of Christ, that we should be doing on a daily, moment by moment basis. I read in my devotional from Phil Ware this morning about how we are suppose to be loving to all people, not just selected ones. I don’t know about you, but I am convicted as I have not done so. I have not only been disobeying God, but I have failed to keep His commandment of Loving others as I Love myself.

Read the following devotional and see what you think.

“Love Each Other!” — A Year with Jesus for 11/09/2015
Note from Jesus
Dear Beloved,

You are the Father’s child!

You are precious!

The Father adopted you into Our — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit’s — family. I paid the purchase price for your adoption. You are a blood-bought and blood-redeemed child of the King of Glory!

Despite your lack of perfection, you are a precious child in the Father’s family.

So is every other person who is a Christian!

The point of these words is simple. We love you. We love all your brothers and sisters in our spiritual family. We expect you to love, accept, help, receive, and value your brothers and sisters as much as you hope We will love, accept, help, receive, and value you.

Love one another!

Verses to Live
John was known for his teaching about love. He taught about the Father’s love for a lost world (John 3:16-17). He proclaimed My love for My disciples as well as My expectation that My disciples will love each other (John 15:12-17).

What follows is a collection of verses from 1 John about God’s loving you and your loving each other as brothers and sisters. Read these words. More than reading them, let them linger in your heart and commit to living them. Love one another; not just in words, but from the heart demonstrate love for each other! People will recognize that you are My disciples because of the way you demonstrate My love with each other (John 13:34-35). Not only that, but your love is one way for you to reveal God to your world (1 John 4:12).

My loved ones, in one sense, I am not writing a new command for you. I am only reminding you of the old command. It’s a word you already know, a word that has existed from the beginning. However, in another sense, I am writing a new command for you. The new command is the truth that He lived; and now you are living it, too, because the darkness is fading and the true light is already shining among you.

Anyone who says, “I live in the light,” but hates his brother or sister is still living in the shadows. Anyone who loves his brother or sister lives in the light and will not trip because his conscience is clear. But anyone who hates his brother is in the darkness, stumbling around with no idea where he is going, blinded by the darkness.
(1 John 2:7-11)

Consider the kind of extravagant love the Father has lavished on us — He calls us children of God.
(1 John 3:1)

The central truth — the one you have heard since the beginning of your faith — is that we must love one another. Please do not act like Cain, who was of the evil one. He brutally murdered his own brother. Why would he do something so despicable? Because his life was devoted to evil and selfishness, and his brother chose to do what is right.

Brothers and sisters, don’t be shocked if the corrupt world despises you. We know that we have crossed over from death to real life because we are devoted to true love for our brothers and sisters. Anyone who does not love lives among corpses.

Everyone who hates other members of God’s family is a murderer. Does a murderer possess the beautiful life that never ends? No. We know what true love looks like because of Jesus. He gave His life for us, and He calls us to give our lives for our brothers and sisters.

If a person owns the kinds of things we need to make it in the world but refuses to share with those in need, is it even possible that God’s love lives in him? My little children, don’t just talk about love as an idea or a theory. Make it your true way of life, and live in the pattern of gracious love.
(1 John 3:11-18)

His command is clear: believe in the name of His Son, Jesus the Anointed, and love one another as He commanded. The one who follows His teaching and walks this path lives in an intimate relationship with God. How do we know that He lives in us? By the gift of His Spirit.
(1 John 3:23-24)

My loved ones, let us devote ourselves to loving one another. Love comes straight from God, and everyone who loves is born of God and truly knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Because of this, the love of God is a reality among us: God sent His only Son into the world so that we could find true life through Him. This is the embodiment of true love: not that we have loved God first, but that He loved us and sent His unique Son on a special mission to become an atoning sacrifice for our sins. So, my loved ones, if God loved us so sacrificially, surely we should love one another. No one has ever seen God with human eyes; but if we love one another, God truly lives in us. Consequently God’s love has accomplished its mission among us.
(1 John 4:7-12)

We have experienced and we have entrusted our lives to the love of God in us.

God is love. Anyone who lives faithfully in love also lives faithfully in God, and God lives in him. This love is fulfilled with us, so that on the day of judgment we have confidence based on our identification with Jesus in this world. Love will never invoke fear. Perfect love expels fear, particularly the fear of punishment. The one who fears punishment has not been completed through love.

We love because He has first loved us. If someone claims, “I love God,” but hates his brother or sister, then he is a liar. Anyone who does not love a brother or sister, whom he has seen, cannot possibly love God, whom he has never seen. He gave us a clear command, that all who love God must also love their brothers and sisters.
(1 John 4:16-21)

Response in Prayer
Father, I know that Jesus taught that all people would recognize that we are His disciples because of our love for each other. Help me as I commit to demonstrating my love to my brothers and sisters as fully and completely as You have loved me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

I know that I need to improve in this because I have a young man across the street from me that I have not been very loving to and have had problems with. Playing the childish games of ringing door bells and running away and destroying property. Which can be very irritating, but being a Christ follower I have allowed myself to become just like him and get angry and irritated because he persists in playing these childish games when should be focusing on his own life.

So I’m going to make an effort into changing my thoughts about him and show him the love that I should have been showing him in the first place. As the bible says, hate the sin, love the sinner.

So if I’m going to be a true Christian as I claim to be then I need to do what is right in the eyes of God and not man.

How about you? Care to join me in this? I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Be Holy!

In a world where being holy is not acceptable, because we are to act perfectly, I find that in my devotional reading this morning that, that is what Christ is wanting us to be.  More holy in Him.  Now I find myself wondering how that would be perceived in this world, but as the devotion states that we are aliens in exile and that we are not to be apart of this world.  Read the following devotion from Phil Ware and see what you think and if it does not touch your heart as it has done mine then maybe you need to seek Him and rededicate yourself back to Him.

We find ourselves in a world where we are told that we are not holy, but that is the opposite of what Christ thinks of us.  We are Holy in because we are His brothers and sisters in Him.  We are children of God.  What a great feeling that is.

“Be Holy!” — A Year with Jesus for 11/02/2015

Note from Jesus

Dear Holy One,

You are a saint! The term means “holy one.” That is what you are because of your redemption purchased with My blood. I have made you a “priest” and part of “a royal order of priests who offer up spiritual sacrifices.” Like“living stones” you are being “assembled” into the holy dwelling place for Us — Father, Son, and Spirit. To be a saint means that you have dedicated and set apart your life to live for the Father’s purpose in your world.

I know a common saying in your world is, “I’m no saint!” However, if you have been reborn into My family, if you are truly My disciple, then you are not only a child of the Father; you are also a saint! You are a person living for God’s purposes and seeking to reflect God’s righteous character and gracious compassion in your life. You are part of My holy people who are a “royal order of priests, a holy nation … so that you may proclaim the wondrous acts of the One who called you out of inky darkness into shimmering light.” Don’t downplay what I have made of you. Don’t shortchange the role I have asked you to play in a world of darkness and decay.

Peter’s point in the verses below is clear: Be holy! Live up to who you are!

“Be holy in all you do” because of Who your Father is: He is holy, so you must reflect that holiness in all that you do.

Be holy because you know the “price was paid to redeem you” from your old life that led to destruction. Your redemption price was paid by My “precious blood” when I offered Myself as the “perfect and unblemished sacrificial lamb.”

Be holy because you have been reborn through the living and enduring “word of God.”

Be holy because “you have tasted and found the Lord to be good.

Be holy because you are part of “a holy order of priests who offer up spiritual sacrifices.” You are being“assembled into a spiritual” temple where We live.

Be holy because you are “chosen” and “royal” and “holy”! As Peter says it, you are “God’s own”!

Be holy because “you don’t belong in this world. You are resident aliens living in exile” among people who don’t understand you or appreciate you. However, as they get to know you, as they see your honorable behavior, as they witness your holy life, and as you live obediently to My will, you will be light to their darkness and salt to their decay (Matthew 5:13-16). Your influence upon the world around you will matter.

Be holy. Live up to who you are. Be who the Father has made you based on your faith and rebirth into Our family. Even if you suffer for your faith, be holy in the face of suffering knowing that your example and sacrifice will influence others to know Me and be ready for My return.

Verses to Live

The following collection of verses comes from 1 Peter chapters 1 and 2. Peter wrote to folks facing trials and persecutions. He knew their suffering, especially suffering for doing what was right, was unfair. His first answer, the answer that I shared in My note yesterday, focused on praise. The disciples needed to rejoice in their living hope they had in Me. Today’s verses are Peter’s reminder to them of their new and exalted identity as My people, purchased by My sacrifice, and called to a clear purpose — “so that you may proclaim the wondrous acts of the One who called you out of inky darkness into shimmering light.” Tomorrow’s verses will emphasize that if they were going to suffer, they needed to make sure they suffered for doing what was right and not for doing what was wrong.

So get yourselves ready, prepare your minds to act, control yourselves, and look forward in hope as you focus on the grace that comes when Jesus the Anointed returns and is completely revealed to you. Be like obedient children as you put aside the desires you used to pursue when you didn’t know better. Since the One who called you is holy, be holy in all you do. For the Scripture says, “You are to be holy, for I am holy.” If you call on the Father who judges everyone without partiality according to their actions, then you should live in reverence and awe while you live out the days of your exile.

You know that a price was paid to redeem you from following the empty ways handed on to you by your ancestors; it was not paid with things that perish (like silver and gold), but with the precious blood of the Anointed, who was like a perfect and unblemished sacrificial lamb. God determined to send Him before the world began, but He came into the world in these last days for your sake. Through Him, you’ve been brought to trust in God, who raised Him from the dead and glorified Him for the very reason that your faith and hope are in Him.

Now that you have taken care to purify your souls through your submission to the truth, you can experience real love for each other. So love each other deeply from a pure heart. You have been reborn — not from seed that eventually dies but from seed that is eternal — through the word of God that lives and endures forever
(1 Peter 1:13-23)

So get rid of hatefulness and deception, of insincerity and jealousy and slander. Be like newborn babies, crying out for spiritual milk that will help you grow into salvation if you have tasted and found the Lord to be good.

Come to Him — the living stone — who was rejected by people but accepted by God as chosen and precious. Like living stones, let yourselves be assembled into a spiritual house, a holy order of priests who offer up spiritual sacrifices that will be acceptable to God through Jesus the Anointed.
(1 Peter 2:1-5)

But you are a chosen people, set aside to be a royal order of priests, a holy nation, God’s own; so that you may proclaim the wondrous acts of the One who called you out of inky darkness into shimmering light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received it.

Beloved, remember you don’t belong in this world. You are resident aliens living in exile, so resist those desires of the flesh that battle against the soul. Live honorably among the outsiders so that, even when some may be inclined to call you criminals, when they see your good works, they might give glory to God when He returns in judgment.
(1 Peter 2:9-12)

Response in Prayer

O Father, forgive me for not valuing who I am in Jesus. Forgive me for not living up to what You have made me and declared me to be. Too often I get caught up in the day-to-day messes of my world. I so easily forget that You have put me where I am to be a witness to Your grace, mercy, and redemption. I need strength to be bold. I yearn for holy wisdom. I long to boldly proclaim Your wondrous grace that has delivered me from my darkness into Your “shimmering light” of salvation and purpose. I ask for this strength and courage in Jesus’ name. Amen.

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to do my best to live like this and spread the good news of Christ to everyone that I meet.  How about you?  Care to join me?

Walking in Peace

You may or may not know that I have been working on getting closer to God and becoming free from my past hurts, habits, and hang-ups.  It is a calming, freer feeling as I walk in the Holy Spirit in my corner and within me.  Guiding  and leading me every step of the way.  However I am still falling short and have to confess my sins daily as I do my daily inventory to see if I have hurt anyone.  Quickly making amends when it is necessary to do so.  It is a progress that continues and will continue until I am totally free from my hurts, hangup and habits that have plagued me for so long.  God will decide that and I know that in my heart that I have a loving Father, who is looking out for me.  I know that there will be times when I will come across past hurts that I have to feel and let go of and send them back to the person or wherever they came from.  Renouncing them in my Lord’s name and getting rid of them once and for all.  This is a much freer way of dealing with the past hurts, hangups, and habits that have had a stronghold on me for so long.  Now I can stop them in there tracks and not allow them to affect me any longer.

Now I am more at peace with myself and taking things differently and showing the world what Christ wants us to show them.  Being more Christ like is not an easy task, but it is necessary for us to gain lost souls to the kingdom.  Showing our dying world that Christ loves them enough to have died for them, by taking their place on the cross.

I now have a different out look on things that I was blind to seeing, because of the hurts, the pain, and the hangups that have separated my from God for so long.  I no longer want to be that person, but choose to be more Christ like and walk in the faith that I possess and showing the world around me that I am different and that I am a child of God.  That I am saved by God’s mercy, caring, and loving grace.

How is your walk with Jesus going?  Care to share?  This is what my process has been all about.  Care to join me?  Let me know your thoughts.  I would love to hear from you.

Digging Deeper

Have you ever dug deeper within yourself? I have been on a Spiritual journey lately where I have been digging deeper, getting rid of the things that have caused me pain over the years. It is not an easy process to go through, but one I felt was necessary to do, because there were some things that I needed to be healed from and to let go of. It’s a continuing process where I am now more aware of what is around me.  One where I do a self check each and everyday to make sure that I am not carrying any baggage around. It’s a freeing process where I chose to allow what and who effects me (if any). Jesus is my Savior, Brother, Provider, Comforter, and Friend. I know who I am in Christ and where I stand. I don’t worry about what others may think or say, I only pray for them and showing them how to do the same thing by becoming free from their past.  The hurts, hang up and habits that have become a stronghold in their life.  It’s a great feeling to know that a person can dig deep into themselves and clean house so per say and become totally free of their past for good.  No more worrying about pleasing other people or having to watch what you say around them.  By letting and allowing the Spirit of God to lead me, I discern more of what others are feeling and can work to try and be more understanding in helping them.

 

Have you or would you like to be on such a journey?  Let me know and we can talk about.  Have a blessed and great day!