Friday, January 27, 2023

Mighty to save

Zephaniah 3:12 " But I will leave within you the meek and humble, who trust in the name of the Lord.

13 The remnant of Israel will do no wrong; they will tell no lie, nor deceit be found in their mouths. They will eat and lie down and no one will make them afraid."     I like all of Zephaniah chapter three.   This morning I especially identifying with being meek and humble.   Because meek and humble are not my qualities.  I also am looking at " no one will make them afraid".  I spend too much time in fear.   I get "concerned" over too many things.  My concern is actually fear things won't happen the way I want them too.   How arrogant and prideful of me!! This is the opposite of meek and humble.  This is a good illustration how the Bible is a lamp to my feet!!  Now I just have to go forward in meekness, humility trusting God and letting go of fear.   This will take Jesus!!! Good thing He is with us every moment of every day to help us in such things.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Slow fade…

Romans 6:12 "Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires."   A little bit of sin can create a big desire for it!! If we continue to walk in willful sin it numbs us.   The holocaust always bothers me.   I wonder how my German ancestors could do such horrible acts.   I heard that Hitler would have his youth preform less horrible acts to get them numb to their conscious.  Such as killing a cat then a dog ( which still is horrible).   Is there a sin in your life you've decided, "isn't so bad" so you've stopped trying to let it go? We always have sin, we are humane and it's our plight.   When we stop trying to fight it......that type of thinking, can lead to much worse.  


Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Familiar?

John 13:34 "A new command I give you, Love one another, as I have loved you, so you must love one another."   I can more easily identify with love others as Jesus loves me then I can love your neighbor as yourself.    When I was a child many bad things happened and I felt very unloveable.   Rejection and hurt were familiar to me so I was drawn to abusive people.    When the people you love the most are the people who hurt you the most eventually you feel unworthy of love.    You internalize I'm not worthy. Truth is non of us are worthy!! Each one of us sins and continuously falls short of what God would want us to do or be.   So it’s easy for each of us to walk in unworthiness. Worthiness doesn't come from our behavior, it comes through the finished work of Jesus on the cross!!! He loves us each so much, he took all our unworthiness and sin, on the cross and in exchange gave us His worthiness and righteousness not because we earned it but because He loves us.   That is how we are to love others forgive them and love them completely.   It's so beautiful to love others this way.  It's so beautiful to love myself this way.   For me to truly love myself and others completely, I have to first accept the love Jesus died to give me.    Then, I can love other as Jesus loves me!!   I start with a. Simple prayer, “ Jesus, thank you for loving me, thank you for taking my son and making me right  help me remember always you are my Savior and friend!  ( I'm not advocating staying in abusive relationships, I'm against that!  We are not to put ourselves in hurtful abuse it's not being loved as Jesus loves us.    We can have loving forgiveness toward people that we can't allow in our lives)

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Single command

Galatians 5:14 " The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." 15 If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other."    I really like this verse today.    Am I truly loving my neighbor as myself? Who is my neighbor? What is in my heart?   All good questions to ponder.  😇🙏♥️.

Monday, January 23, 2023

In His Shelter!!

Psalm 91:1-2 "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  2 I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust."  Dwell in the shelter of the Most High!! Rest in the shadow of the Almighty!!   These words have been giving me great comfort in the past few days.  Nothing is bad, everything is actually really good my son just got engaged and I'm thrilled!! In good times and in difficult times, I want to rest in His protection and shelter.  When I do, I get a tremendous peace. A peace that helps me weather any storm or that helps me rejoice completely in the beautiful!!!

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Take the narrow gate for wide resaults

Matthew 7:13 "Enter through the narrow gate.  For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  14 but small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."    

Wide is the gate that leads to destruction.  

I spent 29 years trying to quit drinking only to relapse over and over again.   Praise the Lord, I have spent the last 18 sober.    Wide is the gate that leads to destruction.    During my relapse. I kept looking for an easier softer way to manage my drinking.    The problem is my drinking always managed me.  I was enslaved to it and couldn't imagine surviving without it.    It was my go to.  

I finally hit a new low that made me realize, I had to quit.  I got a second drunk driving ticket and my kids were in the car.  I thought I was getting away with my drinking tell that point.  I knew that if I didn't quit drinking I would drive drunk again.  So, I entered a treatment program and did everything they told me to do, their way,not mine was hard for me.  After step 5, I remembered Jesus.  I called upon Him to help and He showed up.   I was given a fresh start and I knew I never wanted to forget that I was deeply loved, forgiven and had a purpose.  I knew that if I ever picked up again, I would forget Jesus  and be a slave to the booze once again.   AA is a great program.  I need it.   But for me AA alone didn't keep me clean.   I needed the guidance of the AA program in combination with Jesus.   Matthew 28:20 "Lo, I am with you always even to the end of the age." ( these are the words of Jesus).  Recovery programs without Jesus remind me of the wide road.  I think remember a statistic that 90% of people that use AA alone go back to drinking, but 70% of people that have Christ based recovery program will stay clean.    Unfortunately, people would rather try to conquer this deserve on their own.    What ever your battle is be inspired to take the narrow road, let Jesus take your hand and walk with you.   Let Him be your shelter in the storm.  

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Soar in His provision!

Isaiah 40:27 "Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God?"  28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom.  29 He give strength to the weary and power to the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

Today, I was contemplating how I can trust in man more than I trust in God.   Not intentionally, but none the less I do.  Today my goal is to rest in the shelter of our Most High, so I can fly like upon the wings of Eagles.  The soaring eagle 🦅 seems effortless.  Just beautiful, but as they take off thier is tremendous power in their wings.   Let's get our power from trusting Jesus today so we can soar in His provision!!😇🙏♥️