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! 💜

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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! 💜

Perfect picture of our walk with Christ Jesus

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)

Healthy relationship with the Lord

Psalm 27:8 amp.

You have said, Seek My face [inquire for and require My presence as your vital need]. My heart says to You, Your face (Your presence), Lord, will I seek, inquire for, and require [of necessity and on the authority of Your Word].

It is truly hard for many people with extremely busy lives to set time aside when they get up in the morning to spend with the Lord. Fortunately we have a God Who understands, so how much time we take is not important. It is not for nothing that the Lord said “inquire for and require My presence as your vital need”. In the Webster dictionary the word vital is defined as follows:

Existing as a manifestation of life.
Concerned with or necessary to the maintenance of life <vitalorgans> <blood and other vital fluids>
Full of life and vigor :  animated.
Fundamentally concerned with or affecting life or living beings: as  tending to renew or refresh the living :  invigorating or
destructive to life :  mortalb :  of the utmost importance <a vital clue> <vital resources>.
Recording data relating to lives.

Our time seeking God’s Face and being in His presence prepares us to go through our day. Yes, you read me right. Not to face our day but prepare us to go through our day. Everything that will happen through our day. Every situation that will happen in our day, and to keep the enemy of our souls away. Every little moment that on certain days can make you temporary forget that you ought to behave Christlike with everyone, at work and with our families (I am sure you can think of a few examples). So let’s go back to our definitions of the word vital and apply them to seeking God and spending time with Him:

-It provokes a manifestation of God right were we are.
-It is necessary for the maintenance of our spiritual life.
-It keeps us full of life and vigor in our relationship with God.
-It renews and refresh our spiritual life and our minds
-It is the time relate to God about anything and cast our cares.

See? Without spending daily time with God we become dry, thirsty, and we have no strength to face our days. We will live out our days on our own strength and we will become tired. When that happens the danger to enter a “dry land” is very eminent. God did not set a definite time to be with Him so we can make some time.

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go, for to You I entrust my life. (Psalm 143:8)

When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet (Proverbs 3:24)

Time in the morning is meant to prepare us go through the day, time before bed is to let everything go and cast all your cares of the day on Him. Do you want a healthy relationship with the Lord like I do? Then make some time for Him, He more than deserves it, don’t you think? 💜

Our roots in Christ

Isaiah 53:4-5 amp.

Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy]. [Matt. 8:17.] But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.

With Easter coming, I thought it important to come back to our roots. By our roots I mean when we gave our lives to our Lord Jesus, when our lives started to transform and when He gave us a new heart and made us a new creature in Him. That glorious day when all the heavens rejoiced because we gave Jesus our lives. On that day He made us in right standing with our Father (righteous) so we could have eternal life with Him. For our iniquities (the ones we were born into really) we deserved nothing less than eternal separation from the presence of God. In our natural bodies it might not seem that bad, but when we will die our bodies will be destroyed and our spirit (which is eternal) needs God like the air we breath now. Our Father, by His grace, decided to send His son to live 33 years in earth. He preached about the Kingdom of God ( the Gospel), the Kingdom which comes to live within us (when we invite Jesus in) for 3 years and was tortured and died an horrible death, to the point where He asked His Father why He abandoned Him. But He raised from death and now sits at the right side of our Father, interceding for us. Of course, we cannot forget that by ascending to Heaven He sent the Holy Spirit to live in us, to help, teach, guide and comfort us. Jesus did all that also so we would have peace, well being, healing and be made whole. My point is not one is holy, only the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit is. If we are saved, we must be continually grateful and thankful. God’s amazing grace is with us all the time, we can ask for it whenever we need it. There is no reason to fear God, He does not want to be feared; He deserves and want reverence from us. If we are not all healed and don’t have constant peace yet, no panic is necessary. Our relationship with God is one that will last forever, every day we change a little, everything is a process and He has His perfect timing for everything in our lives. But we must seek Him first, pursue peace, love and forgive quickly. Don’t seek Him for what He can do for you, seek Him for His will and the revelation and depth of Him and His Word. We change all the time to become more and more Christlike, that is the ultimate goal. He will provide for all your needs if all you need is Him. There is such peace in not searching for answers about life anymore! Glory to God for His goodness, His love and His amazing grace! 💜

Rejoice and be glad!

Psalm 118:24 amp.

This is the day which the Lord has brought about; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

We have heard this verse over and over again. It is said in church, it is said through our mouths. But when we state this verse, do we really realize all that it entails? Do we claim the verse in the morning and them go about our day being stressed out, anxious and impatient? We have all the the reasons to be extremely happy (if we are born again in Jesus Christ)! Let me give you a few reasons:

– We are saved by grace (unmerited favor) (Ephesians 2:8)
– We have been delivered from the sting of dead (1 Corinthians       15:55
– We are made righteous before God (Romans 5:9)
– God gave us a relentless help by sending the Holy Spirit (John 14:16
– We will live forever with our Lord (John 3:15, John 6:51)

Those few reasons ought to cheer you up! I know that it makes me extremely happy! If you search the Word of God you will find many many other reasons to rejoice and be glad during a full day. Like the fact that we have an ever amazing relationship with Jesus, and he will never let things happen to us beyond what we can bear, He is our Prince of peace! God cares about every little detail of our lives and Jesus understands us like no one. If we choose to be negative and unhappy in the morning then that is what your day will look like. If you claim this verse for your day every morning, believe it and choose to act on it with the help of God, you will be happy and rejoice all day long! 💜