Priorities

Psalm 9:10 amp.

And they who know Your name [who have experience and acquaintance with Your mercy] will lean on and confidently put their trust in You, for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek (inquire of and for) You [on the authority of God’s Word and the right of their necessity]. [Ps. 42:1.]

In today’s world, we almost all have cell phones, a tablet or a laptop. We have Facebook, Twitter, and God knows how many other social medias. Have you ever tried to go a week without your cell? Have you stopped going on Facebook for two weeks? What about not watching television for a couple of days? For many of us, these kind of interruptions in our lives would not be welcomed nor pleasing at all. Why? Because we rely on these things in some way or another. Being without those things could even cause panic in some people. But all these things, tough not bad, have a way of changing the focus of our lives and the most important thing to do, which is spending time with our Lord every day.Our real necessity as believers is to know Jesus, lean on Him and confidently put our trust in Him alone. Putting our trust on things (including money and people) is a grave mistake. God will never forsake those who inquire for Him by the authority of His Holy Word. Those who trust in God alone. When your tablet and your cell are closed there is nowhere to go but to God. Our true need is not to have a million Facebook friends. Without spending time with God and leaning on Him alone for fulfilling our needs we will loose our focus which ought to be on God alone. Social medias and the web are not wrong, but they cannot be our priority. To renew our spiritual strength, faith and hope, God has to come before everything else every day. Make God first in your life and He will provide for all your needs according into His riches in Christ Jesus our Lord.Keep your computer and television, but keep your priorities in order. May God bless you in the name of Jesus, amen (so be it).

Want a happy pill? Start being thankful to God!

1 Thessalonians 5:18 amp.

Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].

When good things happen in our lives, it is truly easy to be thankful to God. When bad things happen to us we are more like “Why God why? I just do not understand!”. These two reactions, although very human, are not the will of God for our attitude in our born again Christian life. God’s will for is for us to be thankful in every and all circumstances. The best way is to start with the little things: thank You God for I have running water to drink. Thank You God for giving me a roof over my head. Sometimes, we do not tend to thank God for this because our job salary paid the house or apartment. But God gave us the job. Everything we are and everything have comes from God. So we start by thanking Him for anything and everything. The bed you have to sleep at night, the food in the fridge, the car, the TV, thank Him for coffee (I had to slip in that one cause I always thank God for my so needed coffee in the morning!). When we are down, or bad things happen to us, the first thing I always pray is “Thank You God for this hard situation for this is an occasion to glorify Your name in it and give me Your peace, strength and grace to go through it with You” When all you wanna do is cry your eyes out, thank Him for His love for you, thank Him that He is with you and that He will never leave you nor forsake you and that none of your tears are waisted for He takes them all. To thank God for every little good thing in your life when everything is wrong is exactly like taking a happy pill. It makes you feel better, it makes me feel better. And after all, don’t you think that Your Creator and Savior deserve all the praise? We have to revere God, and being thankful in every circumstance, no matter the circumstance, is the best way to revere Him. Start being thankful today, and start being happier!

Rid yourself of guilt, nobody is perfect

Hebrews 4:16 amp.

Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].

Do you have a problem with feeling guilty, so guilty of your failures that you just turn your back on God for a little while because you feel so unworthy of Him? I have very good news for you! I have struggled with guilt for a very long time so I understand you completely. Most importantly, God understands! You need to know this precious Truth of God; We were not created to feel guilt. At all. Read carefully the verse above. It talks about the whole base of our born again Christian faith, and how we have to live our day to day life. God wants us to be fearless, confident and bold when we come to His throne of grace. What is God’s grace? It is the unmerited favor to us sinners. We were created to run to God’s throne of grace when we sin. What pleases Him is to grant us His forgiveness and give us well-timed help coming just when we need it. Does it say God will strike you after our failures? No! It says He is there, loving us, walking with us, holding our hand, ready to give us well-timed help and grace when we fall. There is nothing we can do to earn God’s grace and we must accept the uncompromising thruth that it free for us, every day. Yes the fact is that we are all very unworthy. But God’s grace is more than enough. He does not need or want our guilty feelings. Do not doubt His will to forgive us. Just run to His throne of grace with thanks.

Victory over the flesh

Psalm 105:4 amp.

Seek, inquire of and for the Lord, and crave Him and His strength (His might and inflexibility to temptation); seek and require His face and His presence [continually] evermore.

The absolute beauty of our relationship with God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ is that our Lord, once human, experienced everything we can ever feel. Yes, everything… even depression, despair, loneliness, anxiety, fear, anger and so on. Yet, He never sinned; He never acted on His feelings. That must have been hard for Him, so hard! But He was in constant contact with His Father and that gave Him the necessary strength to accomplish God’s divine plan for humanity. We, as born again Christians (as new creatures in Christ), struggle everyday to make the right choice, the one based on the Word of God. Sometimes we do not have the strength to resist to temptation and choose to sin. Do not kid yourself, every Christian has the same battle. The battle the Word calls it the war between the flesh and the Holy Spirit. Before I found the this verse of Psalm 105, sometimes I had a hard time. The basic Truth is our strength is not enough, but this verse gives us the tip to make it much easier. Pray : ask our Lord to fill you with His inflexibility to temptation. Act : Be in His Presence. Put on Christian music of the type you prefer and sing to the Lord, Praise Him with all your mind, all your heart and all your strength. If you are in a position that you do not have access to music I am certain you must know at least one by heart. If you do no, then make one up! Always remember that Jesus said in Matthew 6:34 amp ….Sufficient for each day is its own trouble (read the whole verse, it helps to know it by heart). Therefore  when temptation comes, start seeking our Lord face. Have compassion for yourself: it is not OK to fall, but God knew you were going to do it. Ask God’s forgiveness, receive it and get back up, returning your thoughts to pure heavenly thoughts, to God. Jesus, by His finished work on the cross made sure that sin has no more power over us. Through Jesus’s we have everything we need to live a victorious life, one day at a time! 💜

The magnificent exchange

Psalm 55:22 amp.

Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail). [I Pet. 5:7.]

We humans all have triggers that when pushed create all kind of emotions. Emotions are an awesome gift from God; wouldn’t life be so boring without them? Good emotions are impossible to live without.Some people unfortunately were never given good emotions like love and care from their family and they suffer from it all their lives. So we have the “feel good” emotions, and we must thank God for that. The “not so good” emotions like stress, anxiety, pain, sadness, etc. Those emotions tend to want to take the lead of our days. All day we face stressful situations, situations that can bring anxiety. Now listen to me carefully: if you feel extremely anxious 24/7 without any reason to be, you better go visit your doctor and inform yourself about generalized anxiety. This is a sickness and it can be controlled very easily. Okay, so the negative emotions, we really do not necessarily to feel the effect silently. God is there for us in those time. Cast your burden, the weight of it, all the negative crap on our Lord Jesus. It will not bother Him at all. This process is an exchange: we give Him our crap, He gives us His peace. We just have to receive it. I do that many times a day. Because when these negative emotions are triggered it somehow pushes us to commit a mistake/sin. Your stress can cause you to snap at a cashier at the supermarket because she made a mistake (but it was her first day…) or it can make you snap at your kid because he/she asked you the same question 3 times…or you can be rude with your spouse/husband when they really don’t deserve it. Really giving it all to Jesus prevent us also from all of that. And yes, it is true, I grasped the concept so well that God doesn’t allow me to be moved. Calm in the middle of a storm, yes, that’s me. Jesus saved me from those negative emotions that were ruining my life, let Him do the same for you! 💜

Purposely alone with God

Mark 6:46 amp.

And after He had taken leave of them, He went off into the hills to pray.

Prayer is the most amazing privilege we have. God, the creator of the entire Universe gave us a direct link to Him! That link is always open, God is constantly at the other hand listening. On this post I will elaborate a little bit more on how Jesus prayed. He always prayed for His Father’s will to be done and He was very often alone. Being alone with God is also very important to us. We are often very busy but as we set time aside to take care of ourselves purposely, we must put God first, not us. So whether it be 5 minutes alone with Him in the bathroom or an hour or two in the early mornings, it does not really matter. The important thing is to be alone in the presence of God, talking to Him about anything and everything.(That is correct!) He cares about every little detail of our lives. Thank God! 💜

Our spiritual life is supposed to look like what ?

Psalm 34:17-18 amp.

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their distress and troubles. The Lord is close to those who are of a broken heart and saves such as are crushed with sorrow for sin and are humbly and thoroughly penitent.

In our lives as born again Christians many factors influence the way we perceive God and our relationship with Him. Whether it is from the denomination of our church or what we have been taught as a child, our views can be shaped in a good or not so good way. As an example I can tell you my first church was a Pentacostol church and their beliefs includes that there is only one God, who is Jesus, but they do not believe in the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) which is clearly not biblical. The  Bible clearly teaches that there is one God in 3 persons. Some  teachings portray God as a harsh God, severe and unforgiving. Maybe because of what you have been taught you believe you are not worthy of  God  because you fall into sin a lot or that you have done something so bad that you feel there is no forgiveness available for you. If that is your case, shed yourself of those beliefs now. True, God will not be mocked. But falling does not mean that we are making fun of Him!  Our flesh is weak and He knows that. Does it mean it is okay to sin? No,  not at all. But God does not love us because of who we are, but because of what He did on the cross, and not because of what we have done, but because of who He is. So He loves us no matter what we do and there is nothing we can do to change that. But perhaps you are truly tired of sinning and you feel there is no way out. On our own strength, no, we cannot stop. But through the strength of Jesus we can. We can feel very overwhelmed with the thought of having to be holy. The good news is when our Father looks at us He sees us as holy because we have been made His righteousness through His Son Jesus. Our spiritual life is not a path of continual success but of many many failures. However, after each failure there is a growth spurt, with a desire to rely on God more that actually comes true. But this growth spurt happens only if we ask God for forgiveness with a broken and contrite heart. This is the only sacrifice acceptable to Him. The more we rely and depend on Him for strength and basically everything the less we will sin and the more we will live in victory. Does it mean we will never fall again? No. We will be perfectly sinless only when we will be exactly like Jesus when we will die. All the days of our lives are made for us to walk into God’s will for our lives and each day we get to be changed a little bit by the Potter (God) more into the likeness of Jesus Christ. But we do not get to drift through life! We have to cooperate with God in our lives. We have to strive to obey His commands, love people, forgive quickly and never judge and not participate in things that go against God and His will (His Word), but we are so blessed to have the strength of Jesus to do all this! To make this short, the measure of victories in our life is directly proportional to the level of our dependency and reliance on  God. We have to relinquish the controls of our lives to Him. Here is a little prayer to help us all:

Dear Heavenly Father, I am so sorry for anything that I still hold back from You. I make the decision today to give You the control of my life, my entire life. Please may You wash me and purify me by the blood of Jesus and give me a pure heart and a standfast spirit. I am letting go Father and I choose to let my Lord Jesus be the Lord of every area of my life. Glorify Your name in my life and behavior! In Jesus’name I pray, thank You God, amen (so be it)