2015! 365 Days With Jesus. January 1st:

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Christ the Creator

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

John 1:1-3

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities_ all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

Colossians 1:16-17

 

Learning Beside You,

Lisa:)

 

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The World Will Out World You Every time…

spring-flower-pictures-freeDelight yourself in the LORD;

and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

Have you ever found yourself thinking that you do not measure up to others? You do everything you can think of to fit in, to look as good as… and to be as smart as them… only to never seem to measure up. I am currently thinking back to a day that the Lord set me free from this kind of thinking. I am not saying that I do not tend to creep back into that thought process sometimes. I praise God that He draws me back! The question we need to ask is where do we get our standard of measure? We can get it from the world or we can get it from God’s Word. Perhaps it may not be this way for you, but for me the shiny things of this world can, if I am not careful, turn my gaze in its direction. These things are tempting and enticing to the flesh. My eyes were often turned the wrong way. One day while I was driving, and listening to a sermon on the radio,the speaker said these words:  “The world will out world you every time.” The moment he spoke those words the Lord pierced my heart, and I understood that my eyes were on the wrong things! I could never measure up to the worlds expectations. The people of the world are always changing and looking for the next big thing! However, God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow!

“What is our standard of measurement?”

As believers our standard of measure is Jesus Christ! Our focus should be on Him continually. If we turn to the left or to the right the world will grab us.  Proverbs 4:25-26 says, ” Let your eyes look directly in front of you. And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. Watch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established.” Hebrews 12:2 commands us to, “Fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right  hand of the throne of God.” 

Listen to what 2 Peter 1:3 says,” seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” As a believer in Jesus Christ, God has granted to us EVERYTHING we need  for life and godliness! We need not look to the world.  After all, what does this world offer? Death and destruction! We know from 1 Peter 5:8 that our adversary, the devil, prowls around looking for someone to devour. Peter, states that we should be of sober spirit and we should also be on the alert.  We must remember that our gaze should be on Christ. Christ is the Light of the world. Satan appears as an angel of light. He makes all the things of this world look good but their end is destruction.

1 John 2:15-17 teaches this,” Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lusts of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.”

Do not love the world which is deceitful, dark and passing away, but Love the Son who is Truth and Light and gives eternal life!

 

I Give Up!

How can I change this situation?

My thoughts taunt me.

I cannot get out of this situation. 

The things I want to do, I do not do. The things I do not want to do, I do.

I cannot do this!

I want to change, but nothing I do makes a difference. What am I doing wrong?

Have you ever had any of the thoughts listed above? Do you find yourself in a sin that YOU cannot seem to get out of. Do YOU make covenant with your mind that YOU will not do… anymore, only to find yourself doing it again? Are YOU always focusing on what YOU need to do to change. Most of the messages I hear today are mainly focused on what we must do to crucify the sin that still dwells in us. There is some truth to this, we must be listening to the guidance of The Holy Spirit, but I believe our focus has been placed in the wrong place. Too much ME and I.  Our flesh sure wants to be in control! The truth about salvation is that I could not do anything to take away my sins. Why do I think I can do it now? Jesus was crucified on the cross to take away the guilt and penalty of sin. His righteosness was imputed or placed on us. We have been justfied through faith in Jesus Christ. I heard someone say that being justified is God looking at us “just if ied” never sinned! Praise Him!Only because of the work of Jesus Christ!

Have you ever heard the phrase, have been saved, being saved, will be saved. In reality, in the heavenly places we have been saved completely. But right now in the here and now we are being saved, we are being sanctified. We are being changed into the image of Christ. I cannot do this work. It is Christ in me changing me. It was His work from the beginning that saved me, it continues to be His work now to save me.

So instead of focusing so much on what I must do, let’s turn our minds to Christ and what He can do. Ask Him through the power of the Holy Spirit to transform us, to conform us into His image.

There is a giving up that must take place in our lives for sin to be crucified. Think about that. This is not what we usually hear. I cannot do this but I know that He can! Will we ever be completely set free from sin while we are here on this earth? No, it will be our struggle, our suffering until the Lord comes to take us home!

Paul writes in Romans 7:24-25;

“Wrethched man that I am! Who will set me free from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

Some day we will be set free, but until then Christ is continually working in us making us free.

Lean on Him, trust in Him, ask Him to do the work! Rest in Him, listen and obey!

Finding My Mary in a Martha World

I find myself in a whirlwind. I am either so busy with life that my study time, my alone time with God goes to the wayside. Or I find myself not wanting to do life because all I want to do is sit at the feet of Christ and just rest, just be with Him. As I ponder this, my mind is taken back to the account of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-41:

“Now  it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister named Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me,” And Jesus answered and said to her, ” Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

I find myself going from a Mary to a Martha, or from a Martha to a Mary in only a matter of seconds. Where, O, where is the balance? As I look at this passage that was written for our teaching, and observe the contrast between the two women, I can see that the balance is found in both. There is an appointed time for everything, And there is a time for every event under heaven. I think the key to this passage is that Martha was not resting in the work God was doing in her. She was working in her own strength, she was worried and concerned about many things. But Mary was resting in Christ. I do not believe Mary just sat at the feet Christ “literally” every day all day long. I believe she did the work that was granted for her to do, but with the attitude of resting in Him in all her tasks. She was at His feet in her heart.

God has called me as His child to rest in Him, to seek His face, to pray to Him in all matters of life. To study to show myself approved a worker who need not be ashamed accurately handling the word of truth. I am called by God to be a wife, mother, friend, church member, Bible Study teacher and writer… shall I go on? But God has told me in His word that He would, “equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forevermore. Amen.” Hebrews 13:21.

My prayer is that the “Martha” in me finds the rest Mary found in Christ, either sitting at His feet resting in Him or going about my everyday life resting in Him, in my heart!

 

Encouragement in the midst of our own suffering

Paul writes in Philippians 1:12-13;

” Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel, so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else,”

Tucked into these verses I see great encouragement from our heavenly Father. God has given us many examples through His word of those who have gone before us, and suffered greatly in many ways. Our sufferings come in many ways, our circumstances are all different, but the principle is the same. As Christians, God has granted to us suffering for the sake of Christ, for the glory of God, and for our good.

In Genesis 50:19-20, Joseph says to his brothers,

” Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.”

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