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Doubting Has Shades Of Gray

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If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord” James 1:5-7 (NKJV) 

Life is complicated. Some things are black and white, but others have shades of gray.

Jesus died for our sins and rose again on the third day. This is a fact. He is our Redeemer and the son of God. He promises ALL people eternal life, so long as they accept Him into their hearts and confess their sins. We can say this truth is black and white. There are no shades of gray regarding the gift Jesus offers the human race. Faith is required to accept this truth, but there are still no shades of gray within it.

A man and woman love each other and agree to marry as soon as they have enough money to pay for the wedding, and buy a house. It is okay to have sexual relations because they are engaged and intend to marry. Surely it makes sense to live together in order to save money. Right? This is another black and white issue. The Bible is very clear on the matter. Do not live together or have sexual relations before marriage. Period! No excuses! 

Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.” 1 Corinthians 7:2 (NKJV) 

Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” Hebrews 13:4 (NKJV)

When you find yourself doubting the will of God, go to the Bible and read the Scriptures. He is very clear on what He expects from His children. Even if the world around you is as sinful as in the days of Noah, you must shine your light and choose to obey the Word of God.

Gray areas in life are often caused by confusion, or a lack of faith. Confusion may come from a scarcity of truth or details in a matter. Gossip is a perfect example where some truth is mixed with exaggeration or lies. Thus, real black and white facts become blurred into many shades of gray. A lack of faith will cause doubt too. Failing to trust in the promises of God leads to questioning God’s ability or will to provide and protect.

Dear One,

If you are doubting the goodness of God, consider the sacrifice He made by sending His Son to die for you. The love of God is beyond measure. If you have a big decision to make and are full of doubt, fear is most likely affecting your decisive powers. Ask God to confirm things. Sometimes, you just have to step out in faith and trust God to open or shut the doors of your future.

Abba,

I cry out with praise and joy for You are mighty in power! I step into the gap for this reader who is full of doubt and confusion. Please bind the enemy and block all of his fiery darts, for they are the cause of much uncertainty and bewilderment. Send Your peace to rest upon this soul and give them clarity of mind. Lead them to the Scriptures that will answer their questions and calm their fears. By Your saving grace and mercy, direct their steps and increase their faith. Enable them to boldly walk the path You have placed before them without any doubt. 

On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul.” Psalm 138:3 (NASB)

My Peace I Leave You

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Perfect Peace: by Laura Story

“Peace is not the absence of affliction but the presence of God.”              Unknown

You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in You.”   Isaiah 26:3 (NIV) 

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  John 14:27 (NIV)

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”                         John 16:33 (NIV)

Dear One,                                                                                                                        The Word of God tells us that in this life we will have tribulations, but that we can find peace in Christ Jesus.  We should find encouragement in knowing He has overcome the world through His death and resurrection.  He offers His children peace in the midst of their trials and storms.  John 14:27 directs all believers to put aside fear and worry, and yet we continue to fall prey to fright and anxiety.  Why do we refuse, neglect, or forget the peace our God offers us so freely?

Isaiah 26:3 tells us that God will keep in perfect peace the one who has a STEADFAST MIND.  To be steadfast is to be resolute, firm, and unwavering in conviction.  This conviction and stance to rely on God lends itself to stability.  Stability and loyalty to God produces a peace that transcends all understanding.  This verse also states that the one who is steadfast TRUSTS in God.  Trust produces a steadfast spirit, which then produces a conviction of faith and reliance, which bears the fruit of peace and a sense of stability.

When we trust in God, the fruits of the Holy Spirit become more evident in our lives.  Romans 15:13 offers up a prayer asking the God of HOPE to fill those in need with joy and peace as they trust in His power.  By trusting God in all matters, He will fill us with joy, peace, and hope!  Indeed, He blesses His people with peace! (Ps. 29:11)

We find in Psalm 119:165 that those who love God’s law have great peace and that nothing can make them stumble.  With a solid knowledge of the scripture, the Holy Spirit can speak to your heart and mind, directing your steps so you don’t stumble in your spiritual walk. 

Peace is gained through a trust and faith in God.  It requires believers to consciously lay down their will and set aside their fears, casting them off with purpose.  Reading the Bible permits the Holy Spirit to direct our steps, thus reducing any anxiety pertaining to what we should do and where we should go.  Peace comes to those who trust a guide who is wise and able to do all things.

Finally, Philippians 4:6-7 describes a peace that transcends or surpasses all understanding.  In order to attain this peace, we must petition God with our requests and do so with a thankful heart.  The thanks comes in knowing that He hears and answers all of our prayers with His infinite wisdom and grace.  May the peace of our God be with you today, dear one.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”                                      Romans 15:13 (NIV)

“Great peace have those who love your law,
and nothing can make them stumble.”   Psalm 119:165 (NIV)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”          Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

The Eyes Of Your Heart

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I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people,”  Ephesians 1:18 (NIV)

“The eyes of your understanding”: (ophthalmos) + (kardia), “The eyes of your heart.”

Dear One,

It is well understood that the heart is an organ in our body.  It pumps blood through our circulatory system, feeding our cells and organs nutrients. When the Word speaks of the heart, it is referring to the THINKING INSTRUMENT of the SOUL.

Scripture tell us that the heart is the seat of emotions.  When Paul prays that the “eyes of the Christian heart” be enlightened, he is asking God to help us grasp the revelation of things revealed to the mind. He wants the revelations to move, motivate, and deepen our spiritual insight.  With knowledge, we can then use wisdom to apply the understanding to our lives. 

When the eyes of the heart are open and enlightened, we FEEL the power and wonder of the truths written in the Word.  With emotions that are in sync with the spiritual revelations of the mind, a believer can be a highly effective and an honorable vessel or tool of God.  A passionate Christian is highly motivated and ready to serve. They want to understand all things of Christ. 

When you face a trial, struggle, or unfathomable circumstance, pray that God opens the eyes of your heart.  The Holy Spirit revelations to your mind will then ignite emotions resting in your heart that validate the truths of the gospel.  We need to feel the truth in our emotions, yes in the heart-not just in our intellect.

It is ok to FEEL the truth with our emotions, but it is not ok to be led by the emotions of the heart alone.  Jeremiah 17:9 warns that the heart is impossible to understand and is deceitful.  No wonder the heart needs eyes to see what the mind is learning from God! 

JOY is an emotion our spirits experience when chewing on the promises and truths of God’s Word.  The eyes of our heart will often rejoice with joy, as our minds comprehend the treasures found in the Bible.  However, we must be careful when other feelings convince us to go or do things that would not please God.  “It FEELS so good so it must be right” is not always the case.  The heart and mind must find confirmation with the leading of the Holy Spirit and the truth spelling out in the Word.

Everything you do flows from the heart and therefore we are instructed to guard it well.  It is the wellspring of our life.  The heart guide and directs us, and every word that comes out of our mouths starts in the heart.  All of our actions and decisions are driven by the desires found in our hearts.  That is why it is so important to ask God to make His desires our desires.

May the wellspring of your life (found in your heart) overflow with joy, as the “eyes of your heart” see and understand how deep His love is for you.  Delight yourself in the Lord, and then He will give you the desires of your heart.  When your will is HIS WILL, how can He deny your request? 

Above all else, guard your heart, 
for everything you do flows from it.”                 Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) 

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”  Jeremiah 17:9 (NIV)

Take delight in the Lord,
and He will give you the desires of your heart.”                 Psalm 37:4 (NIV)

Fall Upon His Grace

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And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”   1 Peter 5:10 (NIV)

 “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.”  -Author Unknown

Dear One,

This weekend, I will be singing the “songs of my mother’s heart” to her.  My parents are coming to my house to celebrate my son’s 21st birthday.  Unfortunately, my mom’s memory is slipping away and her health is leaving her frail and distressed.  I want to hold every moment with her close to my heart, as I know such times are a precious gift.  God may give me many more years with her…. But I doubt it greatly.  Good-byes are hard, especially if the body remains but the memories of intimate moments are forgotten.  Grace will be in great demand this weekend!

Grace is unmerited divine assistance given to the human race for the purpose of sanctification.  It is a virtue that comes from God.  It is given to us in order to glorify Him by how we respond to our circumstances. Difficult times will bring out the best and worst in each individual.  Hopefully, as I age and grow in my maturity with Christ, I will accept His grace and apply it in a way that is honoring to Him. 

I do hope that God provides YOU with His divine assistance, thus enabling you to journey through your own personal struggle. I trust that His heavenly grace will comfort your heart, as I am sure this same grace will comfort mine.  God told Paul that His grace is sufficient, so upon this truthful promise I will cling. 

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.                                                 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

“God’s grace is not given to make us feel better, but to glorify Him… Good feelings may come, or they may not, but that is not the issue.  The issue is whether or not we honor God by the way we respond to our circumstances.”  

Jerry Bridges

Transforming Grace

Waiting With Hope

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Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart 
and wait for the Lord.”              Psalm 27:14 NIV 

“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.”  Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)

Dear One,

How would you explain “waiting on God” to a friend? Would you define it as an “expectant hope, eagerly watched for with hopes of a quick arrival?”  Maybe you would simply explain it as “something one does if something tarries.” There are many scriptures that not only mention the word “wait,” but also actually command us to wait.  Psalm 27:14 is such an example.  However, within the command there is an added encouragement.  We are told to be strong and take heart as we wait.

It takes spiritual strength to stop, wait, watch, and allow God to work.  We can become discouraged if hopes and prayers are not answered in our own timeframe.  Heavenly timelines are altogether different from earthly ones and our Lord’s timing is always perfect.  It may take a lifetime to see one of your prayer request answered.  This kind of waiting will take a mature faith and spiritual endurance.

Patience is a fruit of the spirit and evident in the character of God.  Patience is the twin to Spiritual Waiting and the half-sister to Longsuffering and Endurance.  They all share a strong family resemblance but they are different just the same. 

You may be living with a long and painful illness while patiently waiting for a cure, or the promised rest of your eternal home.  Living with pain, illness, and suffering requires patience and perseverance.  In fact, illness and pain helps to mature all the fruits of the spirit within you.

Waiting for justice and looking for God to avenge personal injuries requires the fruit of self-control.  By waiting for God to judge those who have wounded us, we are guaranteed a just God will hand out a just consequence and penalty. Deuteronomy 32:35 instructs us that vengeance belongs to God.  The English Standard Version of the Word states that He will “take revenge and pay them back.”  Trust that all injustices are observed and are never forgotten or overlooked by your Father.

Isaiah 40:31 says that if we wait on the Lord He will renew our strength.  By resting in His might and His promise to answer the prayer offered in faith and aligned to His will, we will find new strength.  Instead of giving in to the exhaustion caused by worry, anguish, distraction, and fear, we are given an opportunity to refresh ourselves by patiently waiting on God to act.

Your ability to wait on the Lord is rooted in your confidence of who He is and what He is doing.  Is your faith built on a solid foundation of His character and love?  Trusting in His principals, promises, power, and divine purpose will enable you to wait in peace.

Psalm 33:20 informs all believers of HOW they are to wait for God; it is with HOPE.  Faith is the assurance of things hoped for (Hebrews 11:1) and a conviction of things not seen.  Hope is a part of faith and waiting on God requires both.  May the peace of Christ rest upon you as you cast aside your burdens, trusting Him to address them in His time.  I pray your strength is renewed as you wait.

Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore He exalts Himself to show mercy to you. 
 For the Lord is a God of justice; 
blessed are all those who wait for Him.”         Isaiah 30:18 (ESV)

We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.”Psalm 33:20 (NIV)

Bitterness Is A Destructive Weed

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 “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.”   Ephesians 4:31: (ESV)  

“See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled”                            Hebrews 12:15 (ESV)

Dear One,

When going through a difficult time in life, it is easy to imagine that God has abandoned you.  The shock of unimaginable circumstances, the pain and suffering that they may cause, the confusion and whys that fill your mind, could all lead you down a path of bitterness. 

Hebrews 12:15 describes bitterness as an emotion that takes “root” in a person’s soul.  Bitter feelings and attitudes may start out small and hardly noticeable at first.  However, bitterness quickly grows into something very destructive and troublesome.  It has the ability to defile many.  Malice and spite are birthed from it, and could cause a spirit of ill will and a desire to do evil.  It destroys spiritual joy.

Bitterness is a sign of a worldly attitude.  Those who are bitter will often seek revenge, and unforgiveness usually has an iron grip on their heart. The bitter wronged will take on a stance of judge and jury, thus eliminating God’s right to correct His own children.

Frustration and anger, confusion and hopelessness will lend themselves to the development of a victim’s attitude or perspective.  Constant complaints of, “Why Me?”  will aggravate the sin of bitterness.  We live in a fallen world and we are told that we will have tribulations in this life.  God permits suffering for our own benefit.  His own son was called to suffer incredible brutality.  Trials are meant to transform us into the image of Christ.  They are not enjoyable but they will come.

It is the grace of God with which we must fall upon when tragedy hits.  Faithfulness to our Redeemer must be the spiritual fruit we put into practice during such trying times.  It is with our faith, believing in a loving Creator, that we can accept the unacceptable and move past all trials sent our way.

If you have ever pulled weeds in a garden, you know that they can be incredibly difficult to remove. Some of the smallest weeds have deceptively long and deep roots. It takes a great deal of effort and strength to uproot them.  If a garden is well maintained, weeds are identified and removed while still sprouts.  The uprooting does not disturb the soil too much, and little or no damage is done to nearby plants.

However, if a weed is left to grow and is uprooted when fully mature, surrounding plants will be affected by its removal.  They may be damaged or even themselves uprooted, due to their close proximity to the trespasser.  Bitterness is this weed.  It will certainly affect, uproot, and damage all nearby believers.

Bitterness is just like any other sin.  It will affect our relationship with God and our relationship with those standing beside us.  It will not remain hidden or buried. Eventually, it will sprout and flower. Seeds of bitterness are like helicopter seeds, they whirl themselves about and fly into the wind landing in many different locations.

If the entire root of bitterness is not removed, it will grow back.  An act of forgiveness or the acceptance of the purposes and plans of God, will help in removing the weed completely.  Don’t let the gall or impudence of bitterness rob you of your delight.  Your delight comes from knowing that you have been Redeemed and saved.

Bitterness is a work of the flesh and His “Chosen Ones” should not take part in it’s evil.  It causes anger, strife, rivalries, and dissensions.  It hinders God’s request to be kind and compassionate.  We are commanded to put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  Bitterness separates us for God and the fellowship of the Body of Christ. Lay down your bitterness and trust that God has a reason for your trial.

“For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity.”          Acts 8:23 (ESV) 

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”   Colossians 3:12-14 (ESV)

What Is Your Perspective On Trials, Storms, and Tribulations?

**This article was written BEFORE the author knew of the bombings in Boston. We pray for the injured.  What the devil means for evil, God will turn to something good. We must watch, wait, pray, hope, trust, and believe.

Praise in Storm

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”   Philippians 4:14 (ESV)

“Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.”  -Anonymous

Dear One,                                                                                                                      When a trial comes your way, do you groan and think of it as an ordeal to muddle through?  Is your first reaction one of fear and dread, or do you see each new struggle with more positive eyes?  The love of Jesus can shed light on your difficulties and bring about a change in your perspective. 

John 16:33 states that you will have tribulations in this earthly life. God will allow or design trials to teach and transform you into the image of His Son, Jesus.  Each struggle is an opportunity to learn more about God and the character of Christ.

The Word calls a man blessed, if he can remain steadfast under a trial (Js.1:12).  By withstanding the test in front of him, he will receive the crown of life.  This crown is promised to those who love God.  It is rewarded to believers who endure suffering and remain faithful to God, even to the point of death. 

There are eternal rewards for remaining steadfast in your faith.  This means you must proceed in God’s plan for your life while enduring difficult trials and tests.  You must move forward in God’s assignment for you, however challenging it may be.  God does not set up His children to fail.  You may think the trail is too much for you but with God’s grace you will pull through. 

Mature Christians, when facing a new trial; have learned to approach the difficulty with a more introspective and positive attitude. Their faith in the promises of God have been engraved upon their hearts, deep enough so that fear is practically nonexistent.  Knowing that God is aware of their frame and that they are but dust gives them confidence. They know that when they are weak, God will be their strength.  This mature Christian knows that God brings Himself glory through human weaknesses. 

There will always be the knee-jerk reaction and shock of an unexpected trial.  Learning to shake off the immediate reaction of dread and fear takes practice.  However, any effort to combat an attack or conflict with eyes of faith will prove profitable.  New spiritual muscles will develop and a deeper dependence on Christ will thus enrich our intimate relationship with Him.

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33 (ESV) 

 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”   James 1:12 (ESV) 

Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”                 Rev 2:10 (ESV)

Hope: An Anticipated Desire

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“If I Stand” by Rich Mullins

“There’s more that rises in the morning than the sun

And more that shines than just the moon

If I stand let me stand on the promise that You will pull me through

And if I can’t let me fall on the grace that first brought me to You.

And if I sing let me sing for the joy that is born in me this song

And if I weep let it be as a man who is longing for his home.”                                  +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”  Romans 8:24-25 (NIV)

Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey towards it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us”   —Samuel Smiles

As you walk through life, in good times and bad times, hope will always be nearby for you to call upon.  Like a friendly neighbor or close friend, hope will never disappoint you.  God sends His children hope to pull them out of struggles and trials.  Rich Mullins wrote in his song STAND: “There is more that rises in the morning than the sun.”  He knew that with each new day there was the gift of a new beginning brimming with hope.

Anticipated desires, which we expect to occur, are hopes. All hopes help us when trying to cope with life struggles.  They remind us to look upward towards the heavens and trust in the Creator of the universe.  It is with confidence that you may present your hopes and desires to God.  He hears all the prayers His children send up to Him.  Trust that your hopes are obtainable, so long as they are aligned with God’s will for you.

There is joy to be found in holding hope in your heart.  It is a secret desire between you and God.  The joy comes as you wait for its arrival.  Will it disappoint?  No, not if you are hoping for something that pleases God. 

Your hopes may change as you wait for your desire to be fulfilled.  Why? It is because the Holy Spirit is constantly working on your heart, transforming you into the vessel God envisioned when you were still in your mother’s womb. He leads and guides us in the ways of the Lord. When your desire is graciously granted, it will be aligned with His purpose and plan for you. 

God’s gifts are always more wonderful than we can imagine.  His blessings are beyond our imagination and comprehension.  Hope in and ask for those things He wants to hand you, not the things you think you want.  Wait for his blessings to be revealed.  Patiently hold on to your hope and trust that every desire of your heart will be given onto you, as you delight yourself in the Lord.

Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. “     Psalm 37:4 (NIV)  

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. “    Romans 12:12 (NIV)

God’s Forgiveness Will Heal A Hardened Heart

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But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; 
the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”  Isaiah 53:5 (NIV) 

Dear One,

Jesus suffered many physical injuries on His road to Calvary.  The beatings, whippings, and crucifixion left him barely recognizable to His family and friends.  For love and for our salvation, He took up the cross and it is by His wounds that we are healed.  It is through His punishment that we have peace.

Why then do we wrestle with forgiveness, first in giving it and second in receiving it?  We have such an incredible Savior and role model, who loved us while we were yet sinners.  John 15:13 says,  Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”  There are surely believers who have lived and died this example of Christ’s love, but the majority of us have not.  Our sufferings are great in our own eyes and yet, they are nothing compared to the sufferings of the early church.

We should not compare our pains and trials to other believers, as God knows each of our frames and the measure of strength He has given to each of His children.  Rebellion and personal sin can magnify personal sufferings, so our obedience and submission is a factored in to our trials.

What really matters is that if we sin and then confess it, we are forgiven.  God never refuses our request for forgiveness and communion with Him.  Therefore, why do we withhold forgiveness when others ask it of us?  Is it due to a cold and hardened heart?

How then do you heal a hardened?  It is surely a sign of a sad spiritual state.  It is a hungry and thirsty soul who has neglected the Word of Life and the Springs of Living Waters. It is parched and weak for lack of food and water.

The first thing a hardened heart needs is the love and healing found in the Word of God.  For a time, this hard heart has not been open to the wise counsel of others and has stopped communicating with God, or listening to the prompts of the Holy Spirit.  The truth contained in the Word can break through the self-protection and remind the wounded of the truths Jesus taught.  It is after all in dying that we are set free to find eternal life.

God’s Word will not only feed the human spirit, but it will untwist the lies *satan has implanted in the heart of marble. 

Another important part to healing a hard heart is fellowship.  All of us have sinned.  There are many believers who will not throw the first stone for their own sin reminds them of God’s continuous grace and forgiveness. It is said in Ecclesiastes that it is a good thing to heed the rebuke of a wise person. When we are not walking closely with the Lord, the usual action is to avoid others of the faith.  We tend to become anti-social and isolated.      It requires humility to accept that you have travelled off the path God had you on and seek the support of the Body of Christ. However, once you decide to fellowship and honestly face what has hardened your heart, peace and joy will once again return to your life.

Forgiving yourself for the sins you have committed is also required if you want to soften your heart.  God has taken all the sins of the world, including yours, and laid them on the cross.  It is finished.  When you refuse to forgive yourself you are dishonoring what Christ has done for you.  When you confess your sin, it is cast as far as the east is from the west.  It is forgotten.  Stop reminding your Father of things He has already forgiven and forgotten.  Stop beating yourself up!  He was beaten and bruised so that you would not have to suffer His fate.  Say these words aloud:  By His wounds I am healed.

“As far as the east is from the west, 
so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12 (NIV)

 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”    John 15:13 (NIV) 

“It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person than to listen to the song of fools.” Ecclesiastes 7:5 (NIV)

Make Room For The Blessings Of God

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Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”  Ephesians 4:31 (NIV)

“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”    Matthew 6:14-15 (NIV) 

“Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.” Romans 12:19 (NIV)

Dear One,

There is so much sorrow and suffering in this world.  Not one life manages to escape difficult times. In fact, good seasons and hard ones are just part of life’s journey.  God never promised us ONLY a season of joy, or sorrow.  In fact, maybe that is why we live on a planet that works through four different seasons. 

It is never pleasant to work through struggles, tests of faith, and heartache.  Such times require endurance and spiritual strength, but there is good that comes out of these challenges. It might take some reflection and healing before you can recognize and acknowledge the positive, but there is always something praiseworthy to be found in every circumstance.  However, this by no means negates the pain that was birthed out of your difficulty.

When you suffer a loss, hardship, or pain due to the wrongs of another person, revenge may be on your mind.  Anger might arise out of injustices.  Lies or slander may have knocked you down and a need to get even may be fueling your day-to-day steps. 

The Word tells us NOT to sin in our anger.  Jesus felt righteous indignation and anger but He did not sin while angry.  You and I have the freedom to express our angry feelings, but we do not have the right to be somebody’s judge and jury.  God is just and it is His right to correct His children, who are His creation.

When anger, revenge, hate, and unforgiveness fills your every thought, you leave little or no space for goodness and blessings to enter your heart.  The more you are able to release to God, the more room you will find in your heart for peace and rest.  With peace comes contentment.  Trusting God with the injustices of this world will free you up to live the life you have been called to live. 

The life you have been given is a gift and should be lived as one full of love, endless forgiveness, eternal hope, and spiritual joy. You will have no more tears when you reach your eternal home and this life is but a flash and a spark. Release all bitterness and unrighteous anger. When you do, you will feel one hundred pounds lighter. 

In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,” Ephesians 4:26 (NIV) 

“ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” Matthew 5:44-45 (NIV)

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