About kathleenbrdly

As a person with low self-esteem, no personal value, and lost in this big, scarey world, I struggled much of my life with fear and insecurity. This blog is a roadmap of the journey my life took to find fulfillment...kat

Our Victory in Christ

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Sin separates us from God, and grieves His Holy Spirit. This limits our ability to be used by God, and to form an intimate relationship with Him. We also lose the peace and joy available to us through salvation.

 

God no longer receives any joy from our behavior either. We crucify the Lord Jesus again by our choices. What a sobering thought that is. We know that this world, including its lusts, will pass away.

 

However, we have a personal guarantee from the Lord, that authentic Believers will abide throughout eternity (1 John 2:17). Therefore, it is in our best interest to refuse to sin. ; We change our focus to the victory won for us by Jesus’ death (Hebrews 6:6; 1 Corinthians 15:56-57).

 

Temptations often lure us into sin; but God promises to give us a way to escape that allurement (1 Corinthians 10:13). The more we give in to the attraction to unrighteousness, the easier it is to slip into sin again with the next enticement.

 

Jesus’ victory over sin and death actually enables us to counterattack temptation. The Holy Spirit also empowers us to resist temptation, and to walk in Jesus’ righteousness (Philippians 2:13). Let us never get comfortable with sin as normal behavior.

 

God’s promises, as well as His faithfulness to bring them to pass in our life, enables us to trust Him to provide us with all of our needs. Jesus walked through life in sinless perfection, and He abides in us by His Spirit to keep us holy as well.

 

Prayer:

Father God, You help us to resist every temptation that ever arises in our life. We want to be diligent in times of temptation to keep from falling into Satan’s trap to steal, kill and destroy us. We draw near to You, resist the devil, and he must flee from us (James 4:7-10). We pursue holiness through the desire and the power of Christ in us (Philippians 2:13).

 

We rely on You to prevent us from choosing to sin, and to help us choose righteous thoughts, words and deeds instead. Thank you for dwelling within us, and giving us the goal and ability to walk in sinless perfection, and to intimately dwell with You now and for eternity (Philippians 2:12-13; Matthew 5:48).

 

Thoughts for the Day:

Living in God’s ways is the only path through life that benefits us, and does not bring irrevocable harm to us; His plans do not harm us, and they give us a hopeful future. – Jeremiah 29:11

 

 

 

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A Good Marriage – Open Communication

 

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For the zillionth time, you probably forgot the topic of your last fight with you spouse. Why did you disagree so vehemently? Why was it so important? What fueled your intense emotion and discord? Was it worth the consequences of your words and actions? Did it really matter anyway?

 

Most of time we would have to answer, “No.” Satan has a way of blowing things up in our mind until they seem to be immensely important – important enough to vent our annoyance, to wound our spouse, and to stick to our pride and refuse to compromise on some issue.

 

We fall for the devil’s lies every time, and reap what we sow, which is not really necessary. Unresolved conflicts mount up in our mind and turn into an insurmountable mountain of hurt feelings, wounded egos, lack of communication, neglect, abandonment, disappointments and misunderstandings.

 

There is always a third option. We never need to choose sides and stubbornly fight to the finish. Instead, we can chat together to find an agreeable solution. The more time we spend together, communicating over daily feelings and issues, the less we fight.

 

Sharing with each other, and actually listening to each other, showing concern and compassion for one another, etc. improves our bond of love. We actually look forward to seeing each other, and we make time to pray and to play together.

 

Prayer:

Father God, teach us how to love unconditionally, to nurture our love for one another, to make the time and to reserve the energy it takes to communicate and to enjoy each other’s company. Help us to simplify our life, reduce our stress, and spend quality time together.

 

Your Word reminds us that it is the little foxes (irritations, disagreements, hurts, slights, broken promises) that spoil the vine (Song of Solomon 2:15). Remind us that investing time in our relationship pays big dividends in the long run. Help us to discover shared ministry, interests, hobbies, and even making time to shop and cook together, so that we can increase our intimacy.

 

Thought for the Day:

Unresolved conflict festers like a splinter under our skin and eventually causes an infection in our relationship; seeking a counselor to help sort through our issues is worth the investment.

 

 

God is Our Provider

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Even when we work for what we have, it ultimately all comes from God (1 Corinthians 4:7). He provides our job, health, and mental and emotional capacity to work for it; therefore, it all belongs to Him (Psalm 84:11).

 

God sends His blessings on thousands of generations of those who love Him (Exodus 20:5-6). It grieves God when we use His gifts for our own glory and motives (Proverbs 10:3); therefore, He prunes His children of negative fruit, so that we can bear even more fruit for Him (Romans 8:28-29, 32).

 
When our motivation in life is service to our King Jesus, we do not care about accolades from people, or the size of our bank account (Matthew 6:33). We trust God for each moment of our life, and He delights in blessing us (Ephesians 2:10; Philippians 4:19; Hebrews 11:6).

 

No one’s criticism diminishes our standing with God or our self, and no praise inflates our ego. We thank people for their encouraging praise and give the glory to God. We depend on God for everything, because apart from Him we can do nothing lasting (2 Corinthians 12:9).

We refuse to entertain anxiety over things pertaining to this world, remembering that, “God’s got this!” (Matthew 6:25-34). We can ask for what we need to accomplish His will for our life, and He provides it (2 Corinthians 9:8; Psalm 107:9).

 

God is able to do more for us than we could ever imagine, because His power is working in His Saints throughout every generation (Ephesians 3:20). He is our God, our rock of refuge, our shield of salvation, our fortress, our stronghold and our deliverer (Psalm 18:2).

 

Prayer:

Father God, You give us everything that we need to sustain us, as we serve You during our lifetime, and we lack no good thing (Psalm 14:10; Matthew 21:22). We did not choose You, but You chose us, and appointed us to bear fruit for Your Kingdom (John 15:6). Remind us to tithe into Your storehouse from our first fruits.

 

Then, You can open the windows of Heaven for us (Malachi 3:10). We knock and You miraculously open doors for us; we diligently seek, and we always find the answers that we need (Matthew 7:7-8). If we abide in You, and Your words abide in us, we can look to You to supply all of our needs (John 14:13-14, 26; 15:7).

 

Thought for the Day:

God gives us food in due season, satisfies our desires, and strengthens our inner being with His power through His Spirit, so that we can experience true intimacy with His Son who dwells in our heart through faith.

– Ephesians 3:16-17; 1 John 3:22; Psalm 145:15-16

 

 

Relinquishing All of Our Cares

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Anger and unforgiveness often go hand-in-hand and wreak havoc in our body, soul and spirit. Chronic worry, fear, anxiety, etc. are sister emotions and are also harmful to our physical, emotional and spiritual health.

 

Vocational pressure, hyper-schedules, and expectations from our self or others, intensify these toxic emotions. We strive for success and end up in bondage to perfectionism. We make to-do lists that grow longer every day, which overwhelms us.

 

Shame from satanic lies and our sinful behavior is another toxic emotion. We compare our self with others and feel “less than”. Striving in our human power to overcome these issues drains us of energy needed for other things.

 

Resolving conflicts by communicating our feelings will reduce our anger. Forgiving others does not excuse them, but it removes us from living in bondage to their behavior. Coming to Christ for forgiveness of our sins also helps us to heal (Philippians 2:12-13).

 

God heals us from Satan’s lies, which greatly improves our health, peace and joy. Living in harmony with God’s Spirit, and detoxing our emotions and the chemical burden on our body, reduces the inflammation in our body, which causes most of our physical illnesses.

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Daily journaling our thoughts, troubles, worries, negative emotions, and concerns helps us to detoxify many of our negative emotions. Journaling aids us in reducing our stress level, worry and sleepless nights. It frees our soul of an unhealthy toxic burden.

 

We can accept our negative emotions instead of hiding them in our subconscious mind, or quietly nursing them. Feeling the emotions fully and asking God to help us to change our focus about the issue is very helpful in finding freedom from it.

 

Prayer:

Father God, when we lay awake with the acid of anxiety churning in our stomach, and worry controlling our thoughts, we are lacking in faith in Your faithfulness. Remind us that if we are fine in this one moment of time, regardless of what happened today, yesterday, or the threats of negative experiences tomorrow, we can let go of our cares by placing them in Your heart and capable hands (1 Peter 5:7).

 

You are more than proficient in resolving every issue in our life, as we bask in Your presence, praise You for Your blessings, thank You for what you did and do and will do for us, and trust You for each moment of our life. Remind us to trust in You with our whole heart, and not to depend on our human understanding, reasoning and talents.

 

Thought for the Day:

Worry is toxic and useless, but trusting in God brings added blessings to our life that we never imagined would happen; if we forcefully throw all of our anxiety into God’s hands to carry, His peace and joy immediately flood our soul and free us from all anxiety.

– 1 Peter 5:7

 

Salty Saints

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Jesus pointed out two distinct ways that He wants us to live on this earth. One is as salt, and the other is as light. Our dark, depraved society truly needs both of them, and that is our commission from our King Jesus.

 

In fact, Jesus feels so strongly about this that He declares that if we are not fulfilling this purpose for our life, He will toss us out into the world, and we will get trampled by men (Matthew 5:13). What does it mean to be salt and light?

 

Well, light is easy to understand. Jesus is our Inner Light and the only way that people around us will not see it, is if we hide it under a covering (Matthew 5:16). As light, we brighten our little spot on the globe, as well as the lives of those we know around the earth.

 

Salt is harder to comprehend, unless we see what the purpose of salt is in our world. It is good on its own merit, but it makes everything else tastier and richer. It is possible to have too much salt, however; and that is when it affects us negatively.

 

First, salt is an antibacterial, and was used for centuries of time to protect food from rotting and causing illness. Salt impedes the decomposing process, and prolongs the usefulness of the product it preserves. We help to preserve those whom God is calling to Himself.

 

We also stand up for the rights of unborn children, the abused and the oppressed. We help others in their hard times, and we keep them encouraged as they face life’s wounds and set-backs. We are also examples to others of a healthy life in every area.

 

Secondly, salt improves the world around us. It brings out the flavor inherent in the food we eat, and in the lives of those we encounter every day – even if we do not know them. As salt, we enhance the flavors in the world around us.

 

Salt will even make things sweeter by contrast. As our relationship with Jesus grows more harmonious day-by-day, this agreeable flavor affects the world around us. Our Godly example is noticed by many, imitated by some, and an encouragement to others.

 

Prayer:

Father God, help us to brighten, enhance and flavor the microcosm of our world. Remind us to walk in Your Spirit’s direction for each moment of our day, so that we can help to preserve our society for goodness, sanctity and holiness. Teach us that, as light, people see our good works and give You the glory (Matthew 5:16).

 

Then, as salt, You use us to flavor the lives around us and help to preserve a Godly medicinal value in the rotting world in which we live. Allow all of our friends, relatives, associates and neighbors to be influenced by Your Christ in us. We want to walk in Your will and further Your Kingdom each moment of our day.

 

Thought for the Day:

We are salty Saints when we help to preserve and flavor the goodness in the world arounds us, and in our church family; we live at peace with one another, full of God’s compassion and graciousness, and we endeavor to answer questions and give a reason for the hope that abides within us.

– Colossians 4:6; Mark 9:50

 

Trusting without Hesitation

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God knows our weaknesses, and He gives us strength to trust even when we hesitate. Yet, I would like to trust without reservations of any type or amount. I would like to walk in complete conviction and faith in God’s faithfulness.

 

God blesses us when we place our confidence in His ability, desire and willingness to work out everything for our good (Romans 8:28; Philippians 2:12-13). He reminds us to grow where we are planted, like a tree by the river, sending our roots out into the stream (Jeremiah 17:7).

 

Yet, fear often etches away at our grip on the soil supporting us, and this requires us to intentionally place our faith firmly in the Lord (Psalm 56:3; Proverbs 3:5-6). Knowing that His unfailing love will show us the way to go, we can sleep peacefully (Psalm 143:8).

 

Our greatest test of faith is entrusting all of our circumstances to Him, and not attempting to work them out in our human effort. Even in times of trouble, God nourishes our faith, and we bear fruit for His Kingdom (Jeremiah 17:8; Isaiah 43:2).

 

Fears, like the waves of the sea, toss us about in doubt and confusion (James 1:6). I often run to the shelter of God’s wings, and I rest in His shadow, because He is the only refuge and fortress worthy of our trust (Psalm 62:7, 91:1-2).

 

Living by faith rather than by what we perceive with our finite human senses, we hear from God’s Spirit for His direction for each moment of our life. This helps us to commit our thoughts, words and actions to the Lord, and He discloses His plans to us (Proverbs 16:3; 1 John 5:14; 2 Corinthians 5:7).

 

Prayer:

Father God, it is better for us to trust in You more than anyone or anything else (Psalm 118:8). Thank You for never sleeping, and for always watching out for us (Psalm 121:3). Help us to trust in You like creation does, because You consistently care for every creature and blade of grass (Matthew 6:26; Proverbs 29:25). You simply ask for us to rely on Your truth by faith when we call on You, and You will reveal Your presence to us (Psalm 145:18).

 

The hardest part of faith is waiting on Your provision (Psalm 27:14). You are our help in times of need, and You will never, ever leave or forsake us; so, we can trust and rely on Your love for us, and not be afraid (Hebrews 13:5-6; 1 John 4:16). You provide for all of our needs, and we have no reason to fear (Philippians 4:19; Psalm 37:3).

 

Thought for the Day:

When we focus on God each moment, rather than on our troubles, His love and peace cast out our fear; when we walk in repentance, and fear God instead of circumstances, we are able to trust, and we find our refuge in Him; then, He abundantly and continually provide for us.

– Psalm 31:19, 37:5-6; 1 John 3:21-22, 5:15; Nahum 1:7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Hidden Life with Christ in God

 

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The greatest aspect of our relationship with God is to come to intimately know Him as the one true Father of compassion, the God of all comfort, and to realize that He wants to accomplish His plans through Christ, who abides within us  (2 Corinthians 1:3; John 17:3).

 

Without the understanding of Christ dwelling within us, we cannot walk in victory over sin, sickness and death. Once we come to an epiphany of our union with Christ, however, anything is possible, according to the will of God (Mark 10:27; Colossians 3:3-4).

 

Humans foolishly count our worth through an earthly perception of the fame, fortune and success that we achieve in this world. These are fleeting and transitory and can change in an instant with an unforeseen event, swamping us with a deluge of negative emotions.

 

Instead of striving to find our place in this world, we can put on the new self, which Jesus is renewing within us (Colossians 3:10). He also gives us His Spirit to teach us all things that we need to know for a successful life of Godliness (1 Corinthians 2:12; 2 Peter 1:3).

 

We serve our God who graciously forgives our sin debt, as well as saving us from the punishment of our sins (1 John 1:9; Romans 6:23). We no longer yearn to fulfill the deeds of our flesh in our mortal body. God provides us with the desire and the power to bring Him pleasure (Philippians 2:13).

 

God changes our nature from a carnal, earthly fleshly one, to one full of purity, holiness and spirituality (2 Corinthians 3:18). He gives us a way out of every future temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13), and He walks with us and in us every moment of every day.

 

He always gives us His strength to go through every trail, as He delivers us through it (Philippians 2:12). With our mind focused on God, we walk in perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3). Our deepest affections are reserved just for Him.

 

Prayer:

Father God, it is foolish to count our worth according to our fame, fortune or success in this life. These are fleeting and transitory and can change in an instant. Remind us that as followers of Christ, it is anticlimactic to pursue aspects pertaining to this earthly realm.

 

Help us to focus our mind, affections and goals on Your purposes for us (Colossians 3:2). We no longer desire to fulfill the yearning of our mortal body; because we are putting on the new self, which Jesus is renewing within us (Colossians 3:10). We are never more fulfilled than when we are walking closest to You through Christ in us.

 

Thought for the Day:

The consequences of our choices and actions follow us into eternity; true abundance in this life only comes when we adopt a spiritual purpose, and focus on an eternal perspective, which allows our interests to center on God’s intentions, instructions and His inclusion of us in His plans.

– Matthew 6:19-21