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Wednesday’s Wisdom- When We’re Unified He’s Glorified

FullSizeRenderAs I was reading through 1 Corinthians I was struck by the amount of scriptures on unity & togetherness.There is power when we are unified!

1 Cor. 3:3- Don’t be jealous of each other, stop fighting!

1 Cor.3:7- It doesn’t matter who does what, it’s God who makes the seed grow.

1 Cor.3:8- Work together!

1 Cor.3:9- We are ALL God’s workers, God’s field, and God’s building.

1 Cor. 3:16- TOGETHER we are ALL God’s temple, and the same Holy Spirit that lives in you lives in me.

1 Cor. 3:21-Don’t brag or boast about following a particular speaker or leader. (They too have the exact same Holy Spirit).

1 Cor. 3:23- We ALL belong to Christ!

1 Cor. 3:11- Let us ALL make our goal to make Christ our firm foundation!! He is the ONLY foundation we should ever build our lives on- Christ & Christ alone, not a man. ** respect the person who does great things for God, but don’t worship him.

  • He is glorified when we are unified.
  • Stop all the comparison & fighting!
  • God is not glorified when we are jealous of one anothers giftings.
  • There is room at the table for EVERYONE.

Today, may we be mature believers and set aside our differences (sometimes we just have to agree to disagree), aim to bring unity in the body of Christ, and for Heaven sakes, instead of being jealous or intimidated by each other’s gifts & talents, CELEBRATE each other’s gifts!! Build one another up and watch Him (not us) be glorified!

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Fill Up Your Spiritual Tank

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A few weeks ago we went on this crazy, fun road trip to see my brother get married in California. The drive from Brownsville, Texas to Roseville, California is 2,025 miles. We broke the trip up into drivable days and a mix between cheap hotels, friends and family, and camping. It was such a fun adventure!

There are 3 things we always try to do when we make a stop- bathroom, gas, and food. If we don’t get food, at some point we all start to get hungry and cranky. And we need gas of course! I remember at one point in our trip where the gas was incredibly low and we were literally in the middle of nowhere. Not a gas station (or anything else for that matter) in sight. When you drive across Texas there are patches where there’s no food and gas for literally hours. It’s so important when we travel on road trips like this that we fill up at the gas station when we can. My gaslight was on and it felt like forever before we finally found a gas station. I was imagining what would happen if we ran out of gas in what felt like the desert, and it would not be good!

Life can be compared to a long road trip. We have places to go and people to see. We’re going to go through patches in our lives that are dry and desolate and suck the very life out of us. It is so important to fill up your spiritual gas tank everyday, because it’s a scary thing when we start to run on fumes. We get cranky, we’re short with people, and exhaustion is just miles away.

Fill up! God’s Word is life giving- it renews us, it refreshes us, and it equips us for the journey. So the next time you find yourself running out of gas, pull over, fill up your tank with God’s Word, and get back on the road! And Enjoy the journey!

Romans 15:4- For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

1 Timothy 4:13- Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.

Psalms 119:105- Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Joshua 1:8- This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Word Girl

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 Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Psalms 119:89

 I often think back about where I was pre-Jesus, because sometimes this journey seems so daily that it’s easy to forget how far I’ve come. Sometimes I think I should be so much further in my Christian walk. I never want to glorify my previous life style, but only allow God to redeem what was and be glorified by what now is. I remember that insecure teenager on a Greyhound bus traveling seven hours from home, alone, never to return. I remember the scars of betrayal, the disappointments of the past, and the countless things that held me in bondage. Who was that little girl that tried to make a way for herself when she was 16, 17, 18, and 19 years old? That girl who worked two jobs just to survive, drank until she blacked out, dressed in skimpy outfits to attract attention, smoked, and cursed like a sailor? Where did she go? Rumor has it she died. Don’t mourn for her… celebrate! Galatians 2:20 (CEV)- I have died, but Christ lives in me. And I now live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave his life for me. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)- This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! It’s been 20 years. I’m thankful that even though I’m not where I would like to be, I’m nowhere near where I used to be!

There have been many things in my Christian walk that have shaped me, molded me, and helped me to grow in my relationship with the Lord. My mind wanders back to those days as a new Christian. Crying through every worship service at church, receiving healing from so much pain in my past, and so hungry for more of the Word of God. Still feeling the tug of the enemy to go to clubs and hang out with that same crowd. I made some bold moves to get myself into a place where I could grow in my new relationship with the Lord. I lost friends. I moved out of my condo with my roommates and into an apartment by myself. I said good-bye to a boyfriend because I knew we were unequally yoked. All such a small sacrifice compared to what my Jesus did for me.

The One thing that has caused the greatest change in my life then (and now) is the Word of God. I ate it up. I woke up every morning by 5am, made a big pot of coffee, and just read His Word. I could not get enough of reading Gods Word. Then on the weekends I would sit out by the swimming pool with Bible and highlighter in hand and just soak it up (The Son and the sun)! There were many other things that helped to shape and mold me but to this day my greatest joy is found in His Word. And what I love about Gods Word is that it never stops changing you. You never ‘arrive’. We are constantly growing and being changed by His Word.

Hebrews 4:12- For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. I am changed, challenged and refreshed by His Word. The Word of God is living and breathing and every time I read it I am amazed that it never gets old. He breathes His Spirit into my spirit as I read it. And on those days where I am just overwhelmed, His Word gives me peace.

I think a lot of us have felt at times like we should be farther along on our journey. We are all on a brave journey to find out what He has for us to do and then do it. Apart from Him I can do nothing, but with Him I can do all things. He makes me brave. And the only way I can be filled up with His brave Words is to give myself daily time to reflect on His Word. As you can tell, I am passionate about God’s Word and I believe that loosing yourself in His Word is the key to living a victorious life.

John 1:1- In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Here in John we read that the Word is from the beginning of time. Not only was the Word with God, but also the Word was God. And the more we read it, meditate on it, and live by it, the more we’re getting to know God, hearing His words for our lives, and being changed by it. I am in His presence when I am in His Word.

I remember a time when I got so busy, that the things of this world started to crowd out His Word. I started relying on my own strength to try and get things done. I was more irritable and felt like there wasn’t enough time in the day to do everything. “What is wrong with me?” I thought to myself. I felt exhausted and was focused on all ‘my’ stuff. And after a time of struggling to do everything and figure everything out, I realized my time with the Lord and in His Word were no longer a priority and I was laboring to do everything on my own. Oh, I still said my prayers for people as I was driving around or getting ready in the morning. But I hadn’t stopped in a while to sit and reflect- reflect on God and on His goodness. Psalms 46:10a– He says, “Be still, and know that I am God. I had allowed the cares of this world to get in the way of the One who made this world.

Here’s the cool thing about God- He doesn’t give us the silent treatment or the cold shoulder. Oh no. He’s waiting for us, with arms wide open, to get back into sweet fellowship with Him. This really defies all human understanding. If we have a friend or spouse who’s been ignoring us, we start to put up a wall to protect our heart. Our feelings are hurt. But God doesn’t forgive like humans forgive. And he doesn’t respond the way people do either. He is waiting for us, always, His heart open towards us. And even though we still break His heart at times, He always takes us back. If you don’t believe me, do a study on the book of Hosea.

So there you have it, the thing that’s brought the most change in my life and continues to do so- His Word. I am unashamedly a Word girl. I depend on His Word for my hope, encouragement, and strength. Whenever I am feeling insecure or I am feeling unsettled and need His peace, I know I need to open the Bible. And afterwards I feel His peace once again. Without His Word, I would quite possibly still resemble that lost little girl headed to nowhere fast on that Greyhound bus.

Lord, sometimes we read your Word and our hearts have become dry wells and it’s hard for us to get excited about it, but Your Word is living and breathing and active. Lord, open my eyes to see and my ears to hear. Help me to fall in love once again with Your Words to me. Cause me to hunger and thirst for more of You. I want to fall in love with You through Your Word. I give You permission to change and challenge me through it. I commit to make it a habit to start reading your Word again- not out of obligation or to check off some checklist, but because I desire all of You. I love You Lord and I am so thankful for Your life giving Words to me this day. In Jesus name, amen.

 

 

 

He Will Lead You Through

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Are there moments when you feel like the waves are going to come crushing in against you? Like your angst filled heart just might burst? And you feel like your enemies are getting closer and closer… and this just might do you in… but God.

My two favorite words in the Bible… but God.

Need a story of hope in the midst of despair? Read Exodus 14:15-31. This is the story of Moses leading the Israelites through the wilderness. The word through means they won’t be there forever. Some of you are going through your own wilderness. And it feels like it’s taking so long to get to the other side. See what the Lord did then and just watch what He’ll do now.

The Lord will open up a path for you (v.21), He’ll confuse your enemies (v. 24), and everyone will know exactly what is happening- the Lord is fighting for you (v.25). And you will escape your enemies and make it safely to the other side (v.22). But know that your story is not just for you. It’s so that the people will see the mighty hand of the Lord and put their faith in Him (v.31).

Lord, we come before You, asking You to make a way when there seems to be no way. Thank You for Your Word, which is life and brings hope and healing. I know You are fighting for me, even when it’s quiet. Thank You that You’re bringing me through safely to the other side. Help me to walk through this, knowing that there’s not only something in it for me, but that you will use my story to ultimately bring You glory. Others will look and see Your mighty hand. I trust You. In Jesus name, amen.

Isaiah 43:2 (NLT)- When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.

Caution- Fasten Seat Belt- Turbulence Up Ahead

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This journey may be bumpy at times but keep your eye on the destination

When your on an airplane and it starts to get bumpy, you can’t jump off or scream to stop the ride- so why do we try to do that in life? Just think of all the destinations we would have missed!

The Bible represents your seat belt. When life get’s bumpy and you don’t know what to do or who to turn to, may I suggest reading God’s Word? This book is full of life saving devices!

Keep traveling to that sweet place regardless of the turbulence; your destinations are always different: to get a baby to sleep through the night, that promotion, peace in your heart, disciplining your kids, working through marriage issues. You will get there- just hold on. Don’t  try to jump off. Fasten your ‘seat-belt’. And endure the rough patches to get to your sweet spot.

Lord, I will be the first to admit that sometimes when things get tough, I’m quick to look for the exit sign. Looking back, I’m so glad I didn’t jump or take the next stop at Easy Street. Help me when times get tough to fasten myself to Your Word. And I know that as I remain faithful and endure the bumpy spots, that there is a destination that will be much sweeter than anything I could have ever dreamed or imagined.

“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7

Love Letters

I read a love letter today. I’m still thinking about it. He loves me. He’s crazy about me. He believes the best in me, even though He’s seen me at my worst. His words make my spirit come alive; they bring me hope in a dark world. In His letters to me, He always reminds me that I’m not alone; that I can run to Him and He will protect me. He promises a great future for me. “Just trust Me,” He says.

Morning after morning I pour over His letters thinking of them throughout the day. Whenever I’m having a hard day, even just a few words from His letter seem to make it better. Sometimes my own words even feel inadequate to express the significance of His words or do them justice. Because you see, His Words were written with me on His heart– still not sure if I fully grasp that.

Go ahead, open your love letter today from Him. He’s written it with you on His mind. He promises to love you, build you up and esteem you. Not because of anything you’ve done or will do- but just because you’re you and He loves you!

Lord, thank you for Your written love letters to us, the Bible. Reveal yourself to us as we read it and come alive in our hearts. Let Your Word penetrate anything that would block us from receiving all that You want to say to us today. Amen

1 John 3:1
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!

Psalm 52:8b “I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.” (NIV)

Jeremiah 31:3
“The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”(NIV)

Psalm 48:9
“Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love.” (NIV)

Zephaniah 3:17
“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” (NIV)