Archive | October 2019

Stay The Course

A few weeks ago I was talking to a friend about changes in how her kids are taught math. She was saying that the changes were due to people trying to find the next bit thing to which I asked “what if the next big thing is the thing you’re already doing?” We were talking about math but it got me thinking about our walk with God.

We are so concerned about being seen. Having a platform. Writing that next book. Speaking at the latest conference. Developing the hottest podcast. Attending whatever workshop that will tell us how to have a deeper relationship with God. All those things are good but we forget to do the one thing that has stood the test of time. The thing we did when we first gave our hearts to Jesus… pray and read His word.

I’ve fallen for the trap and looked for the external instead of going back to basics. The basics that have lasted for hundreds of years. The basics that worked for Jesus. Jesus was constantly talking to His father and referencing the scriptures in His teaching.

Jesus knew that the only way to handle the things we go through is to stay close to God. As the word says heaven and earth will pass away but His word will stand. Other resources are here to help us but they should never replace the one true resource we have…God’s word.

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On my way to work one day I saw the following words on a license plate cover “Are you following Jesus this close?” The point of the license plate was two-fold. One was to get you to move back and the other was to get you thinking about your relationship with Jesus. So that’s what I did, I moved back and I started thinking about Jesus.

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I began thinking about how much time I was spending with God. Am I giving Him my undivided attention? Am I seeking to know Him better? Am I living my life in a way that shows how His spirit is moving in me? Am I kind to His people? Am I living a life of peace? Am I faithfully trusting in God?

Or am I walking around angry all the time? Am I looking down on others? Am I judging more than seeking to understand? Am I saying that I’m a Christian but living like I’ve never even heard of John 3:16?

We tend to take on the traits of people in our family. We may laugh like our mother, or have the same hair texture as our brother. As Christians we are part of Gods family and we should be reflecting Christ’s character. But how can we do that if we don’t even know what traits make up His character? If we don’t take the time to learn of Him.

I probably won’t see that car again but I can guarantee you it has made it’s mark. Thanks to that car this question will forever be in my mind and heart…Do I follow Jesus as closely as I should?

What about you?

 

Romans 8

I find it interesting that this chapter starts out telling us that we are not condemned and ends by telling us that nothing shall separate us from God.

Because of how good God is we won’t face eternal consequences for our sins. As long as we believe in Jesus we get the benefits of His sacrifice on the cross. This chapter also tells us that through His death on the cross we will have eternal live. That His spirit testifies within us because we are His children.

What we suffer and endure here on earth will be short lived compared to what we have waiting for us in heaven. We stumble & fall and make mistakes and we think God can’t and doesn’t want to use use. And, think about it…how could He? Our stories might include adultery or fornication. Drinking to excess. Getting high to forget past mistakes. But God says He can and truly desires to use us.

Why? Because nothing we do can or anything on earth or in heaven can take us away from God’s love.

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)

For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

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