But God…

Just a quick note this morning but something I know I needed to think on and Praise God for this new day.

Ephesians 2:1-4a

And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also wel all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of our mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. BUT GOD…

First thing to notice is when Paul was speaking he didn’t say “and us” or “we” he said “and you” in verse 1. Even though this is a letter to the Ephesians he made it personal. The whole letter is like this, Paul even had the tendency to make his letters personal. I believe this wasn’t a drive for others to know he wrote the letter, but rather to imitate Christ. Everything about Jesus ministry and sacrifice was personal, so keep this in mind as you read on with me.

Verses 1-3 Paul makes note of how we once walked in the flesh, taking part in its trespasses and acting as the world acts, fulfilling the desires of the flesh- being entirely filled with ourselves, our agenda, our motives, our ideas and opinions–BUT GOD.

Verse 4 starts But God… That’s all I needed this morning. The Hope and reminder that in the midst of the world’s stuff God said “I know they left me, BUT…”

For that pause of thought from the creator we gained the opportunity to spend eternity with an everlasting and loving God. A rest from chaos and noise; to know for eternity that He is our perfect peace, and that we had nothing to do with saving ourselves.

Take the first two words of verse 4, and follow them with what He has been merciful for in your day.

BUT GOD, forgave me even when I didn’t honor my husband, wasn’t patient with my kids, was rude at work…

He never changes, never walks away or gives up on those who have been made alive in Christ.

Ask, Seek, Knock-Matthew 7

Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

I have seen so many devotionals on this verse, so many messages, but it comes into my life once again. This time I looked at the preceding section on judgement, and not judging others. I would have to say this is perfectly placed! Jesus tells us not to look at others before we look at ourselves (maybe this is why it is so much easier to receive feedback when we can tell the Holy Spirit has been convicting the other of THIER sins as well, not just YOURS! =) Then comes the verses about casting our pearls before swine, and not to do it! “lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces (vs. 6).”

Then we come upon ask, seek, knock. “whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them.” Ask, seek, knock. Ask if there be any wicked way in you, seek his face, his will, his perfect infallible ways, and knock that it might be revealed and made known to you.

Jesus lays it all out perfectly. This verse applies for other situations, but primarily for the purpose of judging others. If we as followers of Christ are approaching the throne of grace before approaching anothers faults, many situations would turn out a bit differently. The door would then be opened for them as well, rather than closed off in hurt and anger. “Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it (vs. 14).”

He doesn’t say this will be a 1-2-3 equation and it will turn out perfectly everytime! Sometimes other people will get offended no matter how long you spend in the word listening for God’s voice, BUT “you will know them by their fruits…” False prophets…I have omitted from my mind so many times other’s words of anger and false mercy and grace. But it applies! If they say their words before seeking the Holy Spirit, before knocking, they risk overturning the work God has begun inside your heart. Remember, a false prophet is one who leads astray, deceives, has the spirit of the evil one. They seek to kill, steal, and destroy…not build, encourage, and see you prosper. A selfish desire rather than an eternal, holy desire. Even if they have splurts of “encouragement”…if it is followed by utter destruction, beware! Remember, the Holy Spirit is sent to be our guide, comfort, our peace. He is the language and movement of Jesus. Jesus promises what the false prophet’s ending will be. “Every tree that does not bear fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. THEREFORE, you will know them by their fruits (vs. 19-20).” Some trees take longer to bear fruit, use the Holy Spirit as a guide.

The last 2 sections of Matthew 7 apply to those that claim they knew Christ, even acted as though they followed Christ. He says if there was never a relationship he will declare to them ” I never knew you! Depart from me, you who practice lawlessness!” (vs 23) This would be those who used the name of Jesus for their own benefits…but those who build their house on the rock will NOT be washed away when the storms come, when the false prophets spew their venom, when the end comes and they meet Jesus face to face. They will meet their final reward, rather than eternal separation.

Matthew 7. See the more I study the Word of God, the more I realize how much I can’t live without Him, and wonder how I did it so long without Him. My prayer for all you who are reading this today is that God will begin to work in your life in such a powerful way that you cannot ignore the calling any longer and begin to see Jesus as he really is, rather than the lies that the world has spewed about the God-head who came to save the world over 2000 years ago. You will hear the truth, and it shall set you free! John 8:32

Daily Battles

Spiritual battles aren’t something we just sit and wait for…they are happening on a daily basis! From the battle of your mind to battles at work and more intense battles with health and relationships. In the states our battles aren’t always as big as those in other places in the world, but we cannot be foolish and think that we are not constantly fighting the evil powers of the spirit realm.

My son starting pre-school this year has made me more aware of what our battle is on a daily basis. We constantly fight to bring Jesus into a world that is trying to take him out and replace Him with themselves. From schools being tolerant of any religion, to not being able to wear anything affiliated with any one belief, we are training our children to be tolerant of everything and be one dimensional. Work to get something better, be the best you can be, pull from the power within you…what is all this junk (honestly, not even the word I was thinking to describe some of this stuff…)? There is even New Age jewelry at Target. Target!! We always feel like we have safe zones…and I am glad Go is awakening me too realize we have no safe zones without His presence.

Life is a constant battle at times. Ephesians 5:8-10 “For you were once in darkness, but now you ARE LIGHT in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the spirit is in all goodness, righteouness and, truth) finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.” Once you have been awakened to the LIGHT don’t dwell in the darkness! Clothe yourselves in “the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11,13) It goes on to say in the end of verse 13 “…that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand.”

Don’t just claim Christ and study His word every once and a while, SUBMERGE yourself in His word so that you can be ready. “Bringing every thought into the captivity to the obedience of Christ and being ready to punish all disobedience when you obedience is fulfilled.” (2 Corinthians 10:5-6) This has been the toughest for me, but now that I realize it is literally every thought, I have had a lot more work to do! The battle starts in the mind. Take your thoughts and your struggles to the throne of God out loud, and Satan loses ground. The ability to confuses and distract is in the quiet battle, never give in to the thought that you are too tired or you will just say it in your min this once… I had done that for too many years and it was through the confession outloud that strongholds started flying off of me. Everything was coming to the light. Stay in the light!

Living more Passionately

Ephesians 1:3&4

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love…”

Counting spiritual blessings on a daily basis will not only remind you what God has given you, but it also maintains a humble and thankful spirit–a lifestyle that allows Christ to reign in every action and motion of our being. The more selfish and self-centered actions you see on a daily basis, are you hearing your spirit cry out for something more? Are you feeling like there is supposed to be something more to this life than a nice house, a job, a car, pta meetings, Friday night outings… it’s because there is!

Jesus is calling this generation to a new level of worship and repentence that generations before us have not reached, like David and the early church. He says to be IN the world and not OF the world. If we go to far in the ways of the world we risk not hearing the most precious voice of them all- our comforter, the Holy Spirit. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit just after His resurrection so we could seek and feel His comfort and peace as the days of tribulation came close and the world descended into chaos…this same Holy Spirit is the one we feel moving from day to day in what seems like the little things. If we begin to listen more closely, these seemingly small moves to the flesh become powerful strides in the spirit. We begin to run the race with endurance forcusing on the cross and the power and passionate lifestyle that follow living life for the furtherance of the truth of Jesus Christ.

After you decide to follow Christ, life will never be the same. Set aside time everyday to give thanks to the healer and sustainer, rejuvenator of our once dead spirit man, and choose to follow Christ no matter the cost to forever thank Him for choosing you before time even began.

Breaking the Walls

Ephesians 2:14 “For He Himself is our peace who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation…”

Sundays have always been a different kind of day for me. Many times throughout my life I have wished that many places were still closed on Sunday because there is a certain spiritual peace in the quiet of people being in their homes rather than shopping and going about life as a normal day.

Ephesians 2:14 makes the point to which the Holy Spirit has communicated, why it is so important to set aside a day of rest. It is not only to be still and know who is God, THE God, creator, healer and sustainer of everything we are, but to reflect on our actions and what is in our hearts.

When Christ died for us, He made the way to salvation. He was the peice to our peace in breaking the wall between God and man, the law and grace, the flesh and the spirit, eternal death and eternal life. On a day of rest and reflection, we must be sure to reflect on Jesus and his work so we can be sure He is reflecting in our life.

Is there an area of your life that His peace needs to reign in so that He can break down the wall of pride, judgement, or resentment (there could be more that may need to be inserted here…)? Wherever there is chaos and confusion, God is not there! In fact, it is the very opposite of everything God is.¬†Invite the Holy Spirit to show you where their are walls in your life that He needs to break down so you can feel His peace and be peace in the midst of the storms of life.

New Seasons, New Blessings

“I am the LORD, that is my name; And my glory I will not give to another, Nor my praise to carved images. Behold the former things have come to pass, And new things I declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them.” Isaiah 42:8-9

As I have continued in my walk with Jesus over the last few weeks, I have felt an urge to organize and renew. Reaching others for Christ, as I am learning, does not mean to include every part of your life in one big moshpit of confusion. Where confusion and chaos reign, Christ cannot. As I have meditated on this in reading God’s word I felt an urging from the Holy Spirit to start writing again, away from other social media. This page is dedicated to the use of the Holy Spirit to help those who feel alone, confused, or need another sister in this journey as we walk with Christ together. These are just my daily devotions and what God shows me in our time together. I pray this will be a blessing and renewing of His Holy Spirit in myself and all who read along.