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Forgiving the Undeserving

Ephesians 4:30-32

When I tell people who have been ill-treated that full healing requires forgiving their abuser, many will argue, “You don’t understand the hurt I’ve endured.” They’re right. But a bitter spirit, like cancer, penetrates every part of our life. Anger and resentment are symptoms that cannot be pushed away and ignored. They spill out, harming relationships and leading to risky decisions.

Withholding forgiveness may feel as if we’re punishing the offender. But people cannot take revenge on one another without destroying themselves. That’s why the Lord calls us to follow His example of extending grace to all (Eph. 4:32). Since God has pardoned us so generously, we shouldn’t withhold forgiveness from others. When someone hurts us, we may feel that person doesn’t deserve pardon, but neither are we deserving of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.

Crucifixion was slow and agonizing, but Jesus’ worst torment occurred when the sin of the world was laid on Him and His Father turned away (Matt. 27:46). Still, as the crowd cast lots for His garments, Jesus gave us the best possible example of forgiveness by saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). I may not know your pain, but I assure you that Jesus does. With His infinite love and gentleness, He’ll help you overcome hurt, anger, and bitterness.

Forgiveness is a choice—an act of service to the Lord, a witness to the person who inflicted our pain, and a necessary step in our healing. No matter how terrible the acts committed against us were, God requires that we show mercy. For our good and His glory, He wants us to give up the “right” to punish those who hurt us.

Our Father In Heaven

Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”  (Galatians 4:6)

Referring to God, “Our Father” is wonderful .. Yet the word can be too broad and vague .. ill-defined, uncertain .. in our minds. In the Old Testament, for example, God as “Father” is mentioned 14 times, but always in its broadest sense, as in Him being the Father of all humanity, or The Father of Israel .. But 275 times in the New Testament Jesus calls God “Father” in a manner so personal it offended the religious establishment. They knew God as “Father” with their “head” .. but Jesus knew God as His “Father” with His “heart”! .. and fact of the matter is that Jesus is one with His Father .. “Abba” was the way a small innocent child addressed a father.

Important prayers at institutional settings, like dedications and inaugurations, often begin with a pretentious sounding “Faw-ther Gawd.” But those who know by the witness of the Spirit that they are His children .. call out to Him as  “Abba,” “Daddy.” Think about it this way - George Washington is the “father of our country" .. but you and I are not authorized to call him Daddy.

Does your heart feel free to call out to God as  “Abba”? ( Daddy) .. If you can’t call God “Abba,” you need to receive His only begotten Son, Jesus - Pray like this: “Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God Who died for me, rose again, and ascended to the Father, and now sits at His right hand .. interceding for me .. I now turn away from my sin, and receive You as my Savior. If you are a child of God through Christ, meditate on what it means that the Father of the universe is your "Abba" ..  and worship Him.

Try looking into the "Names" that God has revealed to us in the scriptures .. the meaning and revelations into His Character .. read this a few times and begin to have your eyes opened ..  LOOK HERE: http://www.iaskgod.com/

 

Going to church and listening to sermons is not enough

How to Build Truth Into Your Life

Read  John 8:31-32

Because there’s so much deception in our world, it is essential that we become grounded in the Scriptures. Some believers have accepted erroneous ideas simply because they haven’t incorporated truth into their thinking and lifestyle. But how do we go about building a firm foundation of righteousness?

The first step is to recognize that going to church and listening to sermons is not enough. You need a desire and commitment to begin letting God’s Word shape your mind, emotions, and will. Think of an area of need, interest, or struggle in your life. Now find a passage in the Bible that addresses that situation. For example, if someone has hurt you, find verses about forgiveness. If you don’t know where to look, check a concordance or the back of your Bible for a subject list.

As you read the passage, look for God’s instructions, and begin doing what He says. Then observe the results. What has the Lord done in your life? Did you discover anything new about Him or His ways? Once you've experienced the blessing of obedience in that area, you will be ready to apply what the Lord reveals about other aspects of your life. I have found that a good way to plant these truths firmly in the heart is to write them down and review them regularly.

One benefit of building truth into your life is freedom.

Areas of sin or feelings of insecurity and inadequacy hamper us in so many ways. But when we believe Scripture and act on its truth rather than on the basis of our emotions or desires, we’ll realize that the Lord can overpower whatever holds us captive.
 

Young Attitude- Laugh and Long for LOVE!

Keep an Inventory for a "Young Attitude"

Psalm 103:1-5

We all want to live each day fully. To do that, we need to maintain a youthful attitude instead of letting ourselves grow old and useless to the kingdom. Here are some suggestions for staying young all our life.

First, we need to keep laughing. We are never more like children than when we are having fun with our friends. Yet in order to laugh, we at times must let go of emotional baggage. Some people have been hurt deeply, and their laughter is buried under old pains. But clutching past bitterness and feelings of rejection will age us quickly. Jesus Christ is willing to remove all that ugliness when we lay it down, which we do by forgiving ourselves and others—perhaps repeatedly. Every day is a fresh start and another chance for our indwelling God to help us smile and laugh.

Second, we should keep longing. That means we ought to keep chasing our dreams and working toward goals. When a person wakes up with something to accomplish or a friend to aid, he or she experiences more of the joy life has to offer. As soon as we settle for watching the world go by, we start to age.

Finally, and most importantly, we must keep leaning on the Lord. If we live with childlike trust, God will bless our life and use us to bring blessing upon others. He will give a sense of contentment so deep that no trial or spiritual attack can shake us.

As believers, we have the opportunity to take part in the Lord’s work every day of our life. If we give up before He wants us to stop, we cheat both God and ourselves.

In Need of Courage in These Troubled Times?

In Need of Courage in These Troubled Times?

Romans 8:28-34

Romans 8:28 teaches that “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love [Him].” But relying on that guarantee gets tough when we’re in the midst of trials. The first few words of the verse—“And we know(emphasis added)—provide a hint about how Christians are to trust that the Lord will keep His promise. We can face adversity courageously when we make a habit of finding God’s fingerprints on prior situations in our life.

While God causes good to come from our experiences, He doesn't necessarily initiate trials. Psalm 103:19 says, “His sovereignty rules over all” (emphasis added). Other forces are at work in the world, but the Father’s power reigns supreme. Satan may touch our life with pain, but only because the Lord allows him to do so. And God gives permission only when a situation fits His ultimate purpose.

Regardless of the tragedies we face, God’s commitment remains the same—He makes good out of bad, just as He has always done. Paul knew the promise was true, and so do I. Examine your life for evidence of the Lord at work, and you will be assured as well.

Thought Power and Thought Life - 2015 Thought Conditioning Tools

The power of your thought life .. Thought Conditioning Tools .. “And you shall love the Lord your God… with all your mind…” Mark 12:30

As a person “thinketh in his heart, so is he,” says Proverbs 23:7 (KJV). There is thus a core, or “heart” of thought. Medical science has shown that one’s thought-life can impact physical health. Anxious thoughts raise stress levels that promote high blood pressure and heart disease. Second Corinthians 10:5 reveals two levels of thinking that must be brought under control if you are to love God with all your mind, and experience total heart health.

First, is “speculations.” ... Literally, these are fantasies and scenarios we create to rationalize and justify behaviors and actions, or explain experience. They are often unhealthy because they separate us from the truth that will set us free. (John 8:32)
The second thought level impacting our love for God, and total heart health is “every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God.” --- Literally, these are mental barriers we erect to block out God’s truth.

Loving God with the whole mind necessitates taking our thoughts “captive to the obedience of Christ,” says 2 Corinthians 10:5. ... We must use our wills to conform our thoughts to the character of Jesus Christ.

What goes on in the “heart” of thought can determine the health of the physical heart.

Try one of these today .. and see what God says to you .. http://www.iaskgod.com/content/thought-conditioner-38

God Is Our Loving, Heavenly Father

God Is Our Loving - Heavenly Father .. not quite the same image we hold of our earthly .. biological dads ..

Luke 15:11-24

Humanity tends to project its own faulty habits onto God. Consider how God’s love is often seen: Many people assume we must barter, plead, or try hard to earn the Lord’s favor. But as the Prodigal Son learned, the Father’s love is unconditional. The wayward boy returned home, not expecting to be loved as before; all he hoped for was a place among the family’s servants. Imagine the son’s delight at his dad’s greeting of a hug and a celebration. The boy’s actions surely didn't merit an outpouring of affection, but Jesus’ parable is all about a Father who doesn't give people what they deserve. A love based on conduct would keep people wondering, Have I done enough? Instead, God cares for you simply because you’re you, and He expects nothing in return.

Consider the Prodigal’s life after his homecoming party. He didn't move into the servants’ quarters and go to work. He was reinstated to his place as the second son of a wealthy man, with all of the privilege that entails. In the same way, believers are the Lord’s cherished children (2 Cor. 6:18). When God looks at His loved ones, He doesn't focus on their past failures, faults, or sins. He sees the heirs to His kingdom—men and women who love Him and desire to spend eternity in His presence.

No matter how far we may wander from the Lord’s perfect will for our lives, we are always welcome back. The Bible teaches that God’s love cannot be lost, regardless of sin or poor decisions (though we may have to live with the consequences). Our Father’s arms are always open.

A Happy New Year and New Beginnings - START NOW

THE WAY .. to renewal .. begins when we declare .. “This is the day thye Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it" …

God has created this as a day of a "new beginning" .. the NEW YEAR is here .. Seize it .. and walk in it  .. toward a New Year of "Total Heart Health"

SPIRITUAL HEART HEALTH ..  Set as your goal that of spending quality personal time with God each day this year - why not just 2 minutes a day ?

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My ODE to 2014 - Failure and Forgiveness

O how I fail to keep your law!
I am aware of my sin all the day.

Your commandments I know .. yet I fail to keep them so.
For they are ever in my mind.

I have this insight everytime I face your word.
No teachers, no other testimonies .. your word exposes all my failings.

Maybe I seem to understand more than the aged,
Because I know that your Word and Your precepts are TRUE.

If only I could restrain my mind and my feet from every evil way,
That I may know .. and keep Your WORD.

I run and hide .. and turn aside from Your WORD .. Your Ordinances,
But YOU .. Yourself .. pursue me and teach me .. .

I know in my "knower" ..  Your WORD is a "light" unto my path,
The map and Direction as my way to go .. a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.

Forgive Me Lord .. for being so stubborn and head-strong ..
Forgive Me of my sins .. through The Blood .. you shed for me on Calvary.

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