Live Life: Don’t Pray #4

Live life, but don’t pray!!!!!!

Thessalonians 5:17

Pray without ceasing,

Romans 8:26

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

Jeremiah 33:3

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

Psalms 34:17

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.

 

When you believe in God but not in prayer.

The power of prayer is not in the one who is praying but in the one who hears and answers our prayers.:

I love the Lord, who listened to my voice in supplication, who turned an ear to me on the day I called. Psalm 116:1-2:

I can’t say that my prayer life is what it should be.  I’m much better at the written word than I am the spoken word, even with God.  I guess that’s why I like writing out my prayers.  It helps me stay on task and keep things straight in my head.  It seems that I ramble when I’m talking, without direction.  I know the Lord knows what is in my head before it ever comes out of my mouth or is written on a piece of paper (or typed) but it makes it more real for me to type it.  It helps me to visualize what I’m feeling in my heart. Don’t worry about if it’s articulate or has fancy wording.  The Lord is going to take it and do great things.  He is hearing us and is pleased that we are coming to Him.  So take every opportunity you have to talk with Him, whether in voice or in print.  Even if you are driving your car……

Just don’t close your eyes!!!!!!!!

He is listening intently!

Lord I come to you with prayers in private and I come to you for others to share.  I know Lord that You are smiling down on me pleased.  I know Lord that You hear me and I’m grateful!  Lord I pray for my family and friends.  I pray that they will come to You and feel the release that happens as they talk.  I pray that they will see how keeping a steady flow of conversation with You will free their minds.  Amen!

 

Live Life: Doubt #3

Live Life with doubt!!!!!!!!!!

Proverbs 8:17

I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.

 

Ephesians 1:13-14

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth,the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.  

When you believe in God but aren’t sure He loves you.

Amen. "Don't let the doubts of others ring louder than God's whispers to your spirit." - The Memory Jar, author Tricia Goyer:

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You ever feel like you’re hitting a brick wall?  One that seems to be there which ever way you turn?  The one that is keeping you from getting where you want to go?   I can tell you “That’s a big “YES” for me!”

I realized that the only thing that was keeping up that brick wall was me.  I was the mortar between those brick.  Hard headed, set solid!  My husband always said that he was catching all kinds of  *(&)%^^(&( because of my past and he was right.  Now don’t get me wrong, “some of it he deserved” but the majority of it he didn’t.  I have experiences in my life that shaped me to the core and the ability to really “be loved” was far from my mind. Words from others and all sorts of self-doubt came at me like arrows. Never seemed to measure up, so why would I think that I could measure up for God?

I can tell you why, “I didn’t know there was a love so great! He created me. He knows my deepest being. He understands my past and forgives and comforts. He may be angry with me but He would never leave me. He is all good and filled with Grace.  He wants me to be with Him and would never turn me away.  He replenishes and restores my empty soul.

So when you are in doubt, Don’t be! Because He wants to be ALL THAT for you too!

Lord I come to You grateful! I ask You to be with my family and friends.  Remove any doubt that they may be carrying around with them that is keeping them from being in Your presences.  Amen!

Live Life: Shame #2

Live life in shame!!!!!!!!!!

Job 10:15

If I am guilty—woe to me! Even if I am innocent, I cannot lift my head, for I am full of shame and drowned in my affliction.

Psalm 25:20

Guard my life and rescue me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.

Isaiah 61:7

Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.

Romans 8:1

 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus

 When you believe in God but are ashamed of your past.

"If you want to give light to others you have to glow yourself."  "For I Was Blind, but Now I See," by Thomas S. Monson, General Conference, Apr. 1999:

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Shame is real!  There are many things that can cause shame in our lives.  Some of the things we caused and some were caused by others.  But shame is shame and the Lord does not want us to carry that around.  He wants us to let it go but not necessarily forget the experience.  Our experiences can be used for good, HIS GOOD!  To help others that may be holding on to that shame.  God will not waste a hurt and He will give us the opportunities to grow through them by helping others find healing.  God is all about Grace not Shame, so don’t let it shape you just enhance who HE has made you to be.

Lord thank You for ridding me of the shame that I have carried around for so many years. Shame from experiences out of my control and shame from my own decisions.  But Lord I am grateful for what I have learned through those experiences.  Grateful that You have shown me a way to use them for good.  Lord I pray for my family and friends.  I ask You to help them see a way out of their shame so that they are more available to serve for Your glory. Amen!

Live Life: A Stranger #1

Live life but God’s a stranger!!!!!!

John 17:3

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

2 Peter 3:18

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

 

When you believe in God but don’t really know Him.

"Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading." - Oswald Chambers. Christian Quotes! #bible CLICK TO READ:

"The more we get to know God, the more we want to know him better." (D.A. Carson):

To know God is to open up to him and be wide open.  To lay all our mess out on the table and let Him clean it up.  The process of finding out who God is to us, will bring us closer to Him without us even realizing it.  God is about relationship with us!  He created us as His child, as a father/mother loves a child so Christ loves us even that much more.  Seek Him out in our lives and He will answer us with love.  Seek out just how much He loves you from the scriptures.  Draw close to Him in your day to day life.  Running things by Him like he IS your best friend.  The benefits of having a close relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is far greater than any benefits we will ever find here on earth.

Lord I want to know You better to today than I did yesterday.  I have seen how You can create a better version of me by me simply seeking You.  I am grateful that You love me enough to let me be me and grow in You at my own pace.  Lord I ask You to be with my family and friends.  I pray that they will seek You out for their own life and see the better coming out in themselves.  Amen!

 

Live Life: Don’t just know Him……Live like you do!

Don’t just know Him………..Live life like you do!

Philippians 1:21

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
In the book, “The Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living as if He doesn’t Exist” by Craig Groeschel, he talks about ways that we (Christians) say we believe but don’t live like we do.   This has been on my mind for several weeks and it just won’t seem to leave.  The article poses the question, “Does the way you live reflect that belief?”  That’s the question that I’ve been asking myself.
i found god in a convenience store but he didn't recognize me.:

And why is that?

Do I live the life of someone that believes in God?  Do I have faith in a God who loves me? Do I  desire to be seen as a reflection of Christ? Do I give as Christ has given me?  Do I treat others as I would want to be treated? Do I follow the direction that the Lord sends me and have no doubt that He will provide for me? Do I?
Ask yourself,? We are not getting any younger!  Is that the life u really want?  Or is it the one I showed u:
Craig Groeschel says “God wants you to act on your faith by living it out in every part of your life.  That’s the only way you can grow closer to God and let others know that your faith is real, so they’ll be inspired to seek God themselves”.
Over the next 12 days we’re going to take a look at the 12 ways Christians don’t live like they believe in God, shown in the book “The Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living as if He doesn’t Exist”.
Lord, I want You to recognize me, if I meet You at a convenience store.   Help me to wake each morning and follow Your lead.  Help me to let Your glory shine through me.  Help me to rid myself of me, show that You can fill me up.  Lord I pray that my family and friends will take a good look and ask themselves the hard question, “Do I live a life in faith of someone that believes in God?”  Amen!

Live Life: 2 Corinthian 5:17

Do something EVERYDAY that will lead you CLOSER to GOD

Lord I take another step today and I ask You to guide it.  Amen!

"...Those who seek Me diligently find Me." ~Proverbs 8:17 #overcomeroutreach:

Live Life: Commitment and Conviction

2 Timothy 2

You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this

15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.

22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

2 Timothy 3:12-17

In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,  while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.  But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

"Following Christ is not a casual or occasional practice but a continuous commitment and way of life that applies at all times and in all places." -Elder Dallin H. Oaks:

com·mit·ment
  1. the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.
    “the company’s commitment to quality”
  2. an engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action.
    “business commitments”

The word commitment is not a new word to any of us.  We have learned from an early age how to be committed to something.  School work,  sports, learning to play an instrument, jobs and hopefully our spouses.  But what about being committed to Christ?  Do we look at Him with the same commitment level or in some cases it would need to be stronger?  And what about the definition that it  “restricts freedom of action”?  Yes, being committed to God my restrict some of my actions, simply because they aren’t good for me, or I can choose to not let my actions be restricted and I will suffer the consequences.

I like to think that my commitment restricts those areas of my life so that I can be freed up to do SO MUCH MORE for HIM!

con·vic·tion
  1. a formal declaration that someone is guilty of a criminal offense, made by the verdict of a jury or the decision of a judge in a court of law.
    “she had a previous conviction for a similar offense”
  2. a firmly held belief or opinion.
    “his conviction that the death was no accident”

The same goes for conviction but at times it has a negative connotation.  If I’m convicted of something, then people would naturally think it’s bad, criminal offence but Howard Hendricks, a bible teacher that Rick Warren quotes, has a much different view.

He says ,”Our convictions determine our conduct.  They motivate us to take a stand or to act according to our values.”

Rick Warren says that today people often have a strong conviction about weak issues, such as football, fashion, ect) while having weak convictions about major issues (such as what is right and what is wrong).

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (NRSV)

So what drives me?  What drives you?   Is it the things that you can see?  I have found that usually the things of this world that I can see, generally fade.   They just can’t hold up to my expectations of them.  People or otherwise!    I have found that God is the only thing that I can stand firm on.  He is the only captain of my life and hopefully yours.

So join me in digging deep and finding WHO we’re going to be committed to and what convictions will define us.

Lord I come to you today committed and convicted!  I fail so often Lord but now I KNOW IT!  And you have allowed me to grow from them.  I cherish my time with You and I long to be with You forever.  Each day that I walk, I want people to see me as committed and convicted and I don’t mind that they know it’s towards You.  I ask You Lord to help me be strong in my faith and guide my every word and action so that others will see Your goodness.  Please be with my family and friends.  I know this world can be harmful to our souls and I pray that they will seek You for their love, joy, comfort and solace. Amen!

 

 

Live Life:Bondage or Freedom

James 1:22-27

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.  Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror  and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.   But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.   Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.  Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

There are many things that can keep us in bondage and therefore keep us from doing what Christ has equipped us to do.

1.Disappointment with God

2. Distractions

3. Dangerous relationships

4. Unchanged tendencies

5. Self-reliance

6. Prayerlessness

7. Carelessness

8. An Unexaminded heart

9. An unseen enemy

10. A lack of Accountability

11. Unrealistic/ Unmeet expectations

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But there is good news…………………. We can be freed from the bondage by solely depending on the Lord for our freedom.

Ephesians 2:8-10 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Not by works, not by other’s and not by self! “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  No more Bondage!

Lord I come to You today examining the things that has kept me from serving.  I know that I have depended on self and not on You for my understanding, power, confidence and abilities.  I pray Lord from today forward that I will not look to others to be my guide but only look to You.   Lord please be with my family and friends.   Please release them from the things that keep them held captive and which will continue to build the wall between them and You.  Amen!