I Lived Life My Way

So many humans are so proud of the fact that they lived life their way, until they face eternity without a Savior. This is when they realize that they condemned themselves to eternity in hell due to their unbelief (John 3:18).

 

Their pride and rebellion demanded that they live life by their own effort, and that they pull themselves up by their bootstraps every time life slapped them down.

 

They compromise with their flesh, the world and the devil to get what they want; and they refuse to submit to God’s Spirit or to live according to His Biblical mandates.

 

The saddest part about this lifestyle is that they miss out on God’s multitude of blessings all of their life. They do without His fruit and the power and wisdom of His Holy Spirit, which enters us at the moment of our salvation.

 

Those of us, who do surrender totally to God, enjoy His rest for our soul on a daily basis (Matthew 11:28-29). We take up God’s yoke and He helps us to bear all of our burdens. He enables us to live victoriously through every trial we encounter.

 

We actually abide in Christ as He abides within us by His Spirit. We enjoy the fruit of God’s Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and are complete in Christ. Dwelling in God’s rest, we receive enduring fulfillment and intimate, continual fellowship with the King of the Universe.

 

Surrendering our carnality and depravity to God allows us to reap His righteousness and to enjoy the benefits of abiding under the shadow of His wings through all of life’s calamities (Psalm 91:1).

 

Christ reigns supreme in every area of our life and we enjoy His care and management as we surrender to Him in every area of our life. We live in undivided commitment to our King Jesus with our whole body, soul and spirit.

 

Prayer:

Father God, we want to further Your Kingdom in this earth without any thought of gain for our self. We rest in Your love and abide continually in Your presence.  Your yoke is easy, and Your burden is light, because they are both designed to lighten our load of cares. We are joint heirs with Jesus of all that is Yours (Romans 8:17).

 

In Your heart, we find safety, victory, peace and complete rest for our soul. You accept us as we are and encourage us to surrender to the healing power that comes from Your Holy Spirit. Remind us to obey Your directives each moment of our day and to walk in fulfillment through Your Spirit.

 

Thought for the Day:

As we fully trust in God, He supplies all of our needs according to His glorious riches and He fills our soul with gladness, regardless of the things which we suffer on this earth. – Philippians 4:19; Psalm 4:7

 

When Bad Times Roll In

Most of us feel discouraged when God does not answer our prayers as we expect Him to come through for us. Many will reject Him and discard their faith, and some will even apostatize.

 

We wonder….were these people ever truly saved to begin with, or were they simply convicted of their need for a savior, but were never converted?

 

President Kennedy said it best, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” As authentic Believers, we do not ask what God can do for us, but what we can do for our Father God.

 

We are ready, willing and able to serve King Jesus each moment of our day.  We submit to His will for us, rather than to dictate to Him what we desire for Him to do for us.

 

In the garden, Jesus taught us to ask, “If it is possible…” but He finished with, “Not my will, but Yours be done.” This keeps us from discouragement and from listening to Satan’s lies if what we want disintegrates and dissolves before our eyes.

 

God is the Master Potter, and we are clay in His capable hands. He crafts our life into a thing of beauty. In order for this to occur, we often get dizzy from spinning on the Potter’s wheel, or bruised from the pounding to remove the “air bubbles” from within our soul, or cured in an oven with excessive, purifying heat.

 

This process hurts while it is happening, but molds us into a vessel of honor – a person of beauty within and without (Isaiah 29:16). God’s Spirit transforms us into the divine nature of God with the mind of Christ to guide us when the bad times of life roll in.

 

Prayer:

Father God, You provide us with the mind of Christ and He sculpts us into a new creation fit for Your Kingdom. If we believe in Jesus as our Savior (John 3:16-17), we do not condemn our self (John 3:18), but give our self the opportunity to dwell in Your Kingdom for all of eternity (Romans 14:22).

 

You give us a spiritual rebirth and give us possession with Christ over all that He won back from Satan on Calvary’s cross. You give us authority over spiritual warfare, and power over the wiles and schemes of the devil. Fill us with Your Spirit and cause Him to lead us in the center of Your will for our life, which is the happiest place on earth.

 

Thought for the Day:

At the very moment of our salvation, God gives us a seat in the Heavenlies with Christ and we grow in the grace and knowledge of God from that point forward until we bear fruit 100-fold and walk in the leading of God’s Spirit each moment of our day.      

 

 

 

Filled with Peace

 

Authentic Christians look forward to the day that the government of this world order will finally rest on Jesus’ shoulders (Isaiah 9:6). In the meantime, we survive in this chaotic life by keeping our focus steadfastly fixed on Christ (Isaiah 26:3).

 

We totally trust Him with our future, as we follow the leading of His Spirit each moment of our day. We watch in amazement as He accomplishes so much through us (Isaiah 26:12).

 

God’s love is unfailing and is not affected by the trying circumstances we encounter during our day; and His covenant of peace and compassion is never removed (Isaiah 54:10).

 

When trials wear us down, and we are weary and heavy-hearted, we can yoke up with Jesus and He will help us to carry our weighty load. We live in His peace and rest regardless of the issues we face (Matthew 11:28-30; John 16:33).

 

When we start and end our day in God’s joy and peace, we receive His encouragement all through the day (Isaiah 55:12; John 14:27). By obediently accomplishing those works, which He created us to perform, we prove our faith in God (James 2:1-24).

 

Living to honor God with every aspect of our life, we no longer live for earthly pleasures. His righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit are the treasures that we seek now (Romans 14:17).

 

God is orderly, as is evidenced in creation all around us. He brings peace into our life that transcends anything this world offers to us (1 Corinthians 14:33; 2 Thessalonians 3:16; Philippians 4:7).

 

Prayer:

Father God, as we totally trust in Your love and provision for us, Your presence in our life fills us with hope, joy and peace by the power of Your Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13). Remind us not to allow anxiety to disturb our peace, but with thanksgiving to present our requests to You (Philippians 4:6).

 

Then we know that our body will not be affected by stress or fear and we shall prosper just as our soul prospers (3 John 1:2). Allow Your light and life within us to draw people to You, as we make You and Your Kingdom our priority in life.

 

Thought for the Day:
God not only receives pleasure from our life, but He makes sure that we also receive the approval of the people in our life that we serve in His name. – Romans 14:18

Borrowing Trouble

Many times our biggest cause of anxiety and stress in our life is that we borrow trouble from tomorrow (Matthew 6:34). These are issues that may not even happen, but are simply the result of our overly active imagination.

 

We live in fear and frustration because our anticipation of what “may happen” dictates to our soul – our thoughts, feelings and choices. Satan interjects his lies into our mind, and we end up totally stressed out.

 

Nothing on earth is ever easy. From opening a child-proof bottle to making life-changing decisions, the answer or solution is often hard or even impossible to attain.

 

Spiritual battles are always occurring all around us (Ephesians 6). They are relentlessly sent by Satan to discourage and dishearten us – to cause us to give up, to sin or to hide under the blankets on our bed until our body gives up.

 

The truth is that God’s plans and provision for us are always on time and just what we need. If we make an effort to look for the seeds for a miracle hidden in every trial, our faith increases.

 

God desires to draw us into an increasingly intimate relationship with Himself. He loves us so much that He took on the form of a human being and died a horrendous death in our place.

 

Disappointment will bombard us, until our trust in and perception of God’s love increases (1 John 4:4). As we give Him more of our self with each passing day, Christ in us becomes our whole life (Colossians 3:3-4).

 

Prayer:

Father God, we desire a deeper, continual infilling of Your Spirit into our body, soul and spirit. The more intimacy that we allow our self to develop with You, the less the trials of this life affect us. We walk in faith through those things, which we do not see; trusting that You are working out all things for our good (Romans 8:28). We desire to see You clearly and to joyfully walk through our lifetime without fear.

 

We pray that You will use us, just as You pre-ordained before we were ever born. Stop us from rushing headlong into some ministry or good work in Your name; and instead teach us to follow Your Spirit in every aspect of our life – even as simple as what we eat and drink (Proverbs 3:5-6; 1 Corinthians 10:31).

 

Thought for the Day:

Walking in the Spirit gets easier as we listen for His still, small voice, follow His peace in our heart, and obey His promptings -even if they do not make any human sense at all.

 

 

God Fulfills Us

Complete fulfillment cannot come to us through a person, place, pet, event or thing. Total, satisfying fulfillment comes only from God.

 

The reason for this is that God created us as a triune being, just as He is triune. God is Father, Son and Spirit. We are body, spirit and soul – our feelings, thoughts and choices. No one person can satisfy all of these aspects for us, because they are not capable.

 

Many people will tire of their mate after an extended period of marriage. The work to keep the relationship fresh is too much of a burden. We get bored with each other, wounded by our mate’s behavior, or tired of being neglected, ignored or taken for granted.

 

We find someone else who actually appreciates us and enjoys spending time with us, and we are ready to jump ship. The problem with this action is that in a short time, we will feel the same way about this new person that we felt about our former mate.

 

We will even miss things about our former mate that this new person fails to fulfill in us. Some people change mates constantly looking for the “one” who is their perfect soul mate. This will never happen.

 

The reason this is impossible is that we are all human, and our real hunger is spiritual and divine. We can get close by choosing a compatible mate, but only Jesus fulfills every aspect of our being (Ephesians 3:16-19, Amplified Bible).

 

Humans crave to give and receive love and respect on a deep level in our soul and spirit. This is too tall of an order for any one person to supply for us; but Jesus is out perfect lover (Isaiah 54:5; 2 Corinthians 11:2).

 

Prayer:

Father God, we have a deep need for love and affirmation – an ache caused by loneliness, fear, depression and shame from the past. We find our completion with peace, love, joy and security only under the shelter of Your wings (Psalm 91:4). Remind us not to despise the mate that You gave us and not to forsake them when our soul is sick and searching for fulfillment that can only come through You.

 

Help us to realize that the wounds from our past will prevent us from finding satisfaction in anyone other than Jesus. Keep us from rebounding from one relationship to another in an attempt to find the perfect person that will complete us. This unhealthy practice only serves to damage us all the more and to drive the pain of the past deeper into our subconscious mind. Help us to stay pure and to walk in Your holiness.

 

Thought for the Day:

When we live our life attempting to fill our emotional needs through people, places, events, pets or things, we prolong our hunger for love and acceptance and end up spinning our wheels; yet, when we go to God for our fulfillment, He fills our entire being with all of His fullness. – Ephesians 3:16-19, Amplified Bible

 

 

 

We Live in Hope

Most people in today’s society walk around in the dark, but they do not know it. They do not fear the Lord, obey His voice, trust in His name or rely on Him (Isaiah 50:10).

 

They face life without hope, living with uncertainty and a heavy load of care. They are not experiencing the conscious blessings of the Lord in their life.

 

Authentic Believers have these same trials and adversity; yet, we do not live without hope, and we walk in the Light, even as Jesus is in the light and is the Light of the world (1 John 1:5-7).

 

Walking in the Truth of God’s Word, we follow His Spirit’s direction each moment of the day, even if we are experiencing darkness all around us.

 

We walk by faith, not by sight – in Biblical discernment rather than our human knowledge and feelings (2 Corinthians 5:7). The peace and joy of the Lord reign supreme in our soul and calms the troubled thoughts and emotions within us.

 

Jesus is God’s Son, His Word and He is God who came to dwell among us on this earth (John 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:16; Philippians 2:7). His sinless perfection abides within us and stirs us to love and good works (Hebrews 10:23-25).

 

As a human being, He learned obedience to God through the things that He suffered (Hebrews 4:15). As God, He had the power to resurrect all of us from spiritual death (Hebrews 7:25).

 

He now abides within us as our brother, future husband, co-heir to God’s Kingdom and friend (John 15:13-15). He always knows and understands exactly how we feel and what we are experiencing in this sin-cursed world.

 

Prayer:

Father God, thank You for giving us Your Spirit, who brings to us the reality of the revelation of our relationship with You. He will guide us into all truth and perfect us with the mind and nature of Christ. He also comforts us during times of distress and leads us each moment of every day to walk in the works, which You have called us to perform.

 

Use us as a magnifying glass to amplify You to the world around us. Make us examples of Christ and help us to live as examples of His gospel story as He lives within us. We dedicate our life to You as holy vessels of honor, and we choose to follow You all the days of our life.

 

Thought for the Day:

The love of Christ within us enables us to live in hope and to shed the bonds of discouragement, which attempt to rob us of the love, peace and joy of our Lord.

 

The Way of Holiness

Righteous living is the fruit of a heart set on living in holiness before God (Matthew 5:6). Our spirit vitally needs holiness for our fulfillment. An authentic Believer shrinks from carnal behavior, which our soul – our mind, will and emotions – often pursues.

 

If we foolishly attempt to perfect our self, we are counterproductive (Galatians 3:1-3). We live a legalistic, carnal, unnurturing, critical and condemning life, which keeps us in the constant state of shame and disappointment.

 

However, through God’s work of regeneration through salvation, and His sanctification process, His Spirit conforms our soul into the purity and the divinity of Christ Jesus, our Lord (Ephesians 2:8-9; Matthew 5:8).

 

God’s light within us shines out into the world (Matthew 5:16; 1 John 1:7). Through His mercy and grace we perform the works of God, which He planned specifically for us before we were even born (Ephesians 2:10).

 

We walk in the Spirit and no longer fulfill the lusts of our flesh, the world or the devil (Galatians 5:15-25; 1 John 2:1). We serve the Lord with gladness and we run and are not weary (Psalm 100:2; Isaiah 40:31).

 

We are zealous for the priorities which God places in our heart and there is no rival for our affections between earthly and spiritual ideals and activities. Christ is our whole life (Colossians 3:3-4)

 

God heals us and brings unity with His Spirit and among our body, soul and spirit (3 John 1:2). We live in wholeness, and lose the fragmented feeling that robs us of our peace and joy.

 

Prayer:

Father God, Your grace in our spirit perfects our soul until we walk in Your Son’s righteousness that He exchanged for our sin on Calvary’s cross. We still have the same personality, but Your Spirit transforms the negative aspects with Your fruit.

 

We throw all of our cares on Your capable shoulders and yoke up with You so that You can help us to carry our burdens in life. We trust You with our health, wealth and spiritual success in this life, including our relationships with family, friends, co-workers, church family, neighbors and associates. You are worthy of all of our trust and praise.

 

Thought for the Day:

Holiness is not only achievable, it is also the normal state of existence for the authentic Christian; we simply die daily to the seeds of sin that take root in our heart and pluck them up before they can grow into a plant, flower and then bear fruit.