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Choked

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S – “The seeds that fell among the thorns are those who hear, but as they go their way, they are choked by the worries, riches, and pleasures of this life, and their fruit does not mature.” Luke 8:14

O – The seeds – the Word of God. Some hear and believe and follow. But they are surrounded by thorns:

worries: bills, health, safety, world events, to do lists, opinions….

riches: money, possessions, taking care of possessions, buying, maintaining, shopping…

pleasures: food, drink, sleep, warmth, comfort, entertainment, devices, social media…

All of these grow up like thorn bushes and choke the word of God in our hearts.

Then the fruit – which is there, does not mature. We become stunted, stuck, immature

The mature are those with a noble and good heart who hear, cling, and persevere. They produce a crop. v. 15

A – I’ve been letting myself be choked. Choked with possessions, money, shopping, things. Pleasure, entertainment, comforts. Maintaining this body in an effort to find health and safety here on earth. These have grown up around me. I feel stunted. I feel stuck. I have been behaving immaturely. My fruit is not maturing.

I don’t want to stay here. I don’t want to let the concerns, cares, and pleasures of this world rob me of what has eternal value.

P – Jesus, help me refocus. Help me re-calibrate. Help me refresh my brain and my soul. Help me not only hear your word, but cling to it and persevere in obeying, living, and applying it. I’m so helpless on my own. I can do nothing without you Jesus. I can’t be good, loving, or kind without you. Without you, I choose the selfish way. The self-destructive way. I need you every minute, every hour, every day. Please take all that I am Jesus. Work your will in and through me by the power of your Holy Spirit. I love you Lord. I want my life to show that.

Time to push the refresh button.

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Perfected Forever

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S – “For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” Hebrews 10:14

O – When Jesus offered Himself as a sacrifice for our sins, that was a one time offering. Unlike the animal sacrifices (which had no power and only served as a picture of what was to come), the sacrifice of Jesus was a one time offering that perfected those being sanctified (all believers in Jesus) forever. Forever!

A – I believe in Jesus Christ. I know He lived a perfect life, died for me, rose again, and will return one day. Because I believe in His offering, I am perfected forever! My sins are washed away. When I sin now (and I will sin as long as I’m in this flesh), those sins are already paid for. My eternal future is secure in His hands and no one can take me away from Him. Because I believe in Him, His Spirit lives in me and He is working to sanctify me. To make me more like Jesus. I will be a work in progress until the day I see Jesus in heaven. These things are true for all who will believe in Him.

P – Father, thank you for the sacrifice of Jesus! Thank you that I belong to you. Please open the eyes of anyone who reads these words so they will believe in you.

 

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Under His Wings

 

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“How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.” Psalm 36:7-9

Do we realize how precious His steadfast love is? Imagine not having that! We take refuge under His wings just as eaglets take shelter under their mom’s wings to protect them from rain, storm, or sun. He gives us a feast in our soul. He lets us drink from His river of delights, His truth. Only in His light do we see light. Apart from Him there is darkness.

My Lord’s love for me is steadfast and precious. His love is worth more than anything. He is my refuge. Only in His light—His Word, His presence, His Spirit—do I see light. If I look for light apart from Him, I will only find darkness. I won’t see.

Jesus, open my eyes to see true light. You are precious to me Lord. Your love is everything to me. Thank you for hiding me under your wings.

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June 28, 2018 1 Kings 6; 2 Chronicles 3; Psalm 97; Colossians 2:6-23

What a great revelation my friend had and what an incredible gift God has given us: To be able to come into His presence and commune with Him no matter where we are!

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S~ “Concerning this Temple you are building, if you keep all my decrees and regulations and obey all my commands, I will fulfill through you the promise I made to your father, David. I will live among the Israelites and will never abandon my people Israel.” 1 Kings 6:12-13 (NIV)

O~ The purpose of the temple was for God’s presence to be with the Israelites all the time. God…

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Children of the Free Woman

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S – “So, dear brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman; we are children of the free woman.” Galatians 4:31

O – Paul is explaining to those who were telling believers they had to keep the Jewish law that Christ has set us free from the law. Just as Ishmael had to be sent away so that Isaac the son of promise could receive his inheritance so we must realize that we are now free from the law and have received our inheritance in Jesus. All who believe in the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus are His children and are free from the burden of the law which is impossible for us to keep. Jesus kept it for us!

A – Are we living as children of the free woman? Am I? That doesn’t mean living wantonly. It means living free from guilt, fear, and doubt. I’m a daughter of the King and nothing can change that. Nothing can take it away. I’m free to be who He created me to be. Free to live in joy and praise. No matter how many times I stumble and fall, He will always pick me up. I’m not working to earn the right to stay with Him, I am His for eternity. That’s my permanent condition and the condition of any believer in Christ Jesus. We need to send the slave mentality away, get rid of it and live with the freedom of beloved children.

P – Praise you Jesus! Praise your holy name! Thank you for redeeming me and making me your child. Thank you that I’m yours forever. Thank you I’m no longer a slave but a beloved daughter.

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Love is Everything

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S – “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law…whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” Romans 13:8-10

O – Paul repeats this several times to emphasize that love is the fulfillment of the law. How often have we as Christians been “law-keepers” with an attitude of judgment, resentment, or arrogance toward “sinners”. But that isn’t fulfilling the law at all. If we don’t love, we fail.

A – If I don’t love, I fail. What law could I keep that would matter if I don’t love others? I grew up thinking if I kept this list of ‘rules’ then I would be right with God. But most of those rules were all about me: don’t drink, smoke, dance, do drugs. Also, keep sex for marriage but that involves other people. Some of those rules might be wise choices for healthy living but that is not the debt I owe. The debt I owe is to love others as Christ has loved me. The focus should be loving others and doing what is best for them not focusing on myself and keeping rules that make me proud. It’s not about making myself better so I can be proud. It’s about losing myself to serve others in the name of Christ. “Love does no harm to a neighbor”. It’s about living to do what is best for others.

P – Father, forgive me. Please forgive me for so often getting it wrong in my life. Especially in the early years but I still lose the right focus. Please help me to love others as myself and to be determined never to do harm. Even the harm of neglect, of not giving what I could give, of not acknowledging others when the opportunity comes. You know my heart Jesus, even better than I do. Please forgive me for selfishness, pride, judgment, and being unloving. Help me. Holy Spirit please love through me. In my own strength, I’m nothing. Please let your love flow through me. Help me to walk yielded to you.

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He Knows Every Tear

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S – “You have kept count of my tossing; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?” Psalm 56:8

O – David wrote this when he had been captured by the Philistines and had to pretend to be insane to save his life. (1 Samuel 21:10-15) He was constantly on the run during this period. His life was always in danger. Saul was a madman and determined to kill David. David was called a man after God’s own heart. (Acts 13:22) This verse shows his deep feeling and how close he was to his Father. He knew God was aware of all his wanderings and even knew about each tear he shed.

A – God knows every step I take, every thought I think, every tear in my heart. He knows every weakness, every sin, even when I am clueless, He knows all about me. And He loves me with an everlasting love! It’s easy for me to appear to others as better than I am. It’s easy for me to make excuses for myself. But God sees me exactly as I am and loves me. He loved me enough for Jesus to die for me and give me everlasting life. He knew when He created me how often I would fail, how weak I would be and He still died for me. He still loves me. He still knows every tear I shed.

P – Father, thank you for loving me with a perfect love. Thank you for sending Jesus to die for me even though I did not deserve it. Thank you that you love me so much you are aware of every tear I cry. Help me to walk in awareness of your love. Help me to walk in step with your Spirit. Help me to live like I’m loved because I am loved completely.

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