Keep your eyes where they belong

I have this nasty habit of looking down when I walk.  I say it’s because I don’t want to trip (anyone who knows me knows this is possible….) but a lot of times it’s because I just want to hide from everyone and if I don’t look at those around me then I will be invisible.  One thing I have been needing to work on though is to stand tall and look up.

Look up to the Lord.  Look on Him and know that He has everything under control.  That is what we all should be remembering and doing.  Our eyes should be on the Lord not on the world around us.  Zechariah 9:1 says for the eyes of all people and all the tribes of Israel are on the Lord.”  They knew what destruction was coming for those who weren’t being obedient, because they were keeping their eyes on the Lord.  The same goes for us if we do not obey and we are looking at something else instead of Him.

Isaiah 42:8 He says “I am the Lord; that is my name!  I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols.”  We need to continuously give Him the glory not others.  Keeping our eyes on him and knowing that He is Lord keeps us from looking upon idols and straying to far from Him.  He is a jealous God and He won’t share us.  So we need to start asking ourselves what is it we idolize rather than keeping our eyes on the Lord?  For me I know it is the TV or even my everyday life.  I need to turn it off and spend more time with Him.  Or i need to slow down in my life and make more room for Him in my day.

So we need to learn from the past (Isaiah 42:23) and see that if we do not keep our eyes where they belong and if we do not give Him and only Him the glory than our future will be the same as those many cities and people that were destroyed because of their sin.  If we aren’t careful than He will tell us on Judgement day “I knew you not” and we will be turned away from His glorious kingdom.

We must make our choice daily (or every minute for some of us) where do our eyes belong?  Where does our faith and devotion belong?  What do we want our future to look like?

 

Lord, thank you for reminding us where our eyes belong.  Thank you for the reminder that You are all that matters in this world and that you have our back as long as we continue to focus on you.  Lord, we thank you for this beautiful life you have given us and the opportunity and choice to worship you and only you.  May we continue to be all that you want us to be and walk in your will alone, Lord.  Amen

 

Wisdom is calling

Proverbs 8:2-3 She stands on the hilltop and at the crossroads. At the entrance to the city, at the city gates, she cries aloud.

Ever wonder why she is standing on the hilltop, crossroads or the city gates instead of right next to you?? I do not know why but this gave me pause today while reading. The answer that popped into my head was that she is so far away because we hold her at that distance. We are afraid of the things she will tell us, the things we will have to change in order to have her wisdom. But we must grab hold of her. We must take this offer of wisdom for everything we can. She will give us so much that we crave and knowledge that only the Lord would give. She will give us light where there is darkness and understanding when we are confused. Peace where we have none………..

Proverbs 8:34 & 35 – Happy are those who listen to me, watching for me daily at my gates, waiting for me outside my home! For whoever finds me finds life and wins approval from the Lord.

Be Like Him

We should put our all into the Lord.  Instead of fearing what people around us think we should be fearing what the Lord thinks.

Psalm 147:11 (NLT): No, the Lord’s delight is in those who fear him,
those who put their hope in his unfailing love.

Before we do whatever it is that we are doing we need to think about:  What does the Lord say about this?  What would the Lord do about this?  How would He do it?  BE LIKE THE LORD!!!

Ephesians 5:1–2 (NLT): Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.

And should we fall away from the Lord, worrying about the world instead, the we need to examine, repent and turn back to Him, always!

Lamentations 3:40 (NLT): Instead, let us test and examine our ways.
Let us turn back to the Lord.

 

Lord, we know we are not perfect and we seem to worry more about what everyone around us think before we worry about what you think.  Help us to rewire our brains and have them looking up more than around us.  Help us to learn to only care what you have to say before others, keeping us from the temptation of sin.  We love you Lord and we only want to follow you.  AMEN

Monday Morning ramblings

After not being able to sleep until 230 this morning and then being up again at 5 because I am stressing over what others think or want from MY move I am reminded that the Lord is ALL that matters.

Psalm 146:3–5 (NLT): Don’t put your confidence in powerful people;
there is no help for you there.
When they breathe their last, they return to the earth,
and all their plans die with them.
But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.

He is the only one that I should be going to with all my issues and He is the one who will get me everything that I need when it comes down to it.  I just need to learn to search, wait, depend and submit to Him.  Because:

Lamentations 3:31–32 (NLT): For no one is abandoned
by the Lord forever.
Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion
because of the greatness of his unfailing love.

Here I am, Lord, sleep deprived and all, leaving it at your feet.  submitting to your will in all of this and not mine nor anyone else’s.  May each step I take be for you and you alone.  Thank you for another day to be your light here in this world.  Amen. 

 

Salvation is a gift to all.

There are so many ways that people look at gifts.  Mostly they look at getting a gift something they deserved or earned.  You get gifts because you turned another year older.  You get gifts because you were good throughout the year.  You get gifts because you got married or had a baby.  But how humble do you become if you get a gift just because?  That is what the gift that God gave us.  He gave us Christ’s sacrifice just because He loved us.  He gave us salvation just because we are His children and He wanted us close to Him and He knew there was no other way.

So what about those that serve themselves into the ground thinking that is their way to salvation?  Maybe they are happy serving, I know I was and would love to be able to again if I could get over some obstacles.  Yet, to be very honest, I have run into way to many people that truly believe that the more they serve the closer to God they will be and they look down on those of us who don’t serve whatever the circumstances may be.  Is this right?  NO!  In Ephesians 2:8-9 Paul talks about our salvation and how it is not a reward for the good things we do.

The only thing that people who fully believe that they are better than others because of their works accomplish is making people turn away from God.  They see people like that and either think they are hypocrites because they are saying one thing but then doing another.  Or they are making people feel like they are unworthy.

To many people out there are feeling unworthy to be in His presence.  They don’t turn to Christ because they don’t feel good enough.  They believe, because of what they see, that the only way to Christ is through our works, and it simply is not the case.

The Lord sent his one and only son to die on the cross that day so that our sins would be forgiven.  (Matthew 26:28, 1 John 2:12)  Through Him is how we are saved, not through our works.  It is a gift that is given to us “just because” not because we did something.

Paul says to be careful how we live so that we do not cause another believe to stumble and fall.  Many believe (because he goes on to use the example) that he is only meaning when it comes to sin of drinking or drugs or some other sin like that but read Romans 14:13 (NLT): So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.  We all need to watch how we live and how we treat others or we may cause someone to stumble because they don’t feel that they are good enough.

I’m not saying don’t serve or don’t live a Godly life.  Not at all because that is how we are supposed to live.  I’m saying we need to not be so boastful of it and we need to not make it out like the better we are the closer we will be to God or the more He will love us.  He loves us all and we will all be close to God.

So please go on doing what you do.  Enjoy what you do and how you are but lets just love each other and not look down on others because they aren’t you.  We are all uniquely and lovingly made by the Lord.  So just be you and don’t let others bring you further away from God.

Abba, we know you love each and everyone of us as uniquely as you made us.  Help us love ourselves and realize that we are all different and we do NOT have to be like those that look better than us.  We are to strive to be what you made us not what you made someone else to be.  Help us understand that we all serve and love you in our down ways and that is ok with you.  May we praise you in the way that only we can and may you bless us in all that we do.  AMEN

Never Stop rejoicing

Throughout history and the Bible we see Jerusalem freed then captured over and over again.  We see people enslaved then freed then enslaved again.  Always being shoved around and torn apart.  It happens to everyone but as my daughter just told me when talking about people fighting “it’s how you handle it” that matters.

In Psalm 137 the writer ( I am guessing David) is talking about how horrible it is that Jerusalem was captured and how they must be in sorrow and not sing or do anything.  Psalm 137:4 says “‘But how can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a pagan land?’ ” 

Well in my opinion that is the best time to rejoice.  When you least feel like it and when you are least expected to.  I understand being depressed and discouraged.  In fact I have felt beyond that the last week.  I was done with everyone and everything.  I even started questioning my faith a little.  Then I read the above verse today and my first thought was NEVER stop singing!  NEVER stop rejoicing in Him.

Do not let your enemies get you down!  Do not let your soul stay sad.  This is the best time to show that God is good.  God will come through even in the darkest times.  Show the enemies and show yourself that nothing will get you down with God by your side.

Lord, help us to remember that you are here at all times.  Help us to remember that you give us reason to rejoice everyday.  We woke up this morning and that is enough.  We also must remember that we can’t learn what you want us to learn without the trials and tribulations we go through.  So may we always remember to rejoice even more at these times as those are the times of learning and sharpening for your glory.   We love you, Lord.  AMEN

Freedom vs Slavery

We were once slaves but now we are free.  This is what it means to accept Jesus Christ as our Savior.  We once were slaves to sex, money, power, alcohol, and drugs.  We were once thieves, gluttons, cheaters and abusers.  Now we are clean!!  We are free of those things.  We are forgiven for it all.  So we must turn away from those sins and know that we are

  “made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God.”  1 Cor 6:11

 

The sin we lived made us slaves.  We were bound by chains.  When Jesus died He broke those chains for all who believed in Him and loved Him.  So although we have free will and can do anything we want to, do we really want to go back to being slaves?

Lord,  please forgive us for our sins.  Forgive us for all that we have done against you.  We have accepted your cleansing now please help us to follow your path of freedom so that we do not become a slave to anything again.  Give us your strength to stand against our past and accept that we are no longer that person.  Let us feel you grace and your love so that we know we are on the right path to your loving arms.  We praise you and we will serve only you for all our days.  AMEN

‘Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything. ‘ 1 Corinthians 6:9-12 NLT