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Can a Godly Person Have Boundaries?

Boundaries indicate limits. They are the fence around you that keeps good things in and bad things out.  

I have a chain link fence in my backyard. We paid good money to have it built because we had small kids who we wanted to keep safe. We also wanted to keep the neighbor’s large dogs from walking right up to our back door and trying to come inside our house.

 Boundaries are not:  

1.     An excuse to be selfish or rude.

2.     A way to turn you into me.

3.     A way to control other people.

Making demands is a form of control. You cannot demand of someone and show honor to them at the same time.

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Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Phil. 2:3-4)                             

Healthy boundaries are:

1.     A way to be healthy in order to love God and others well.

2.     A way to protect other people from you.

3.     A tool to give you power to control yourself.

You do not get to control other people. You are the only person you can control.

You are only responsible for the things in your own yard. The kinds of things that are in your yard are YOUR:

  • Feelings
  • Attitudes
  • Beliefs
  • Behaviors
  • Actions
  • Choices
  • Thoughts
  • Values
  • Limits
  • Talents
  • Strengths
  • Desires
  • Passions
  • Love

You are not responsible for these in other people. You only get to control YOU.

It is not your job to keep everyone around you happy. You cannot afford to work harder on other people’s lives than they are willing to.

Boundaries are all about self-control. They are about having a plan so that you can be who you need to be, to accomplish the call God has on your life.

 An example of a good boundary with time is:

Don’t let other people push you to make a quick decision. Take the time you need to think things through. Tell the person you will get back to them, then be sure to show them honor by following through.

An example of a boundary with your words is:

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe. (Phil 2:14-15)

You get to choose what comes out of your own mouth. You do not get to pick what other people say. Let your words create life.

An example of boundaries with your attitude is:

If you're grumpy, send yourself to your room, go for a drive, or take a walk. You need to protect other people from you. This is a great way to preserve a peaceful atmosphere in your family. You can just tell your family that you need a time out.

Here is a clear boundary for your thought life:

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. (Phil 4:8)  

What can you do when someone hurts you? Matthew 18 lays out the solution very clearly.

1.     If your brother sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.

2.     But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.

3.      If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

When you go to talk to the person who has offended you, your motive needs to be to restore unity, not to pick at the other person or try to make them be just like you.

Always assume the best about the other person. Say something like, “I am probably missing something, but I feel like (insert the feeling and specific incident). Can you help me understand the situation better?”

If you do not feel that the situation is resolved, pull in an impartial, mature mediator to help you.

If you still cannot get to a place of unity, you will want to bring the matter to your pastor or leader. 

Can a godly person have boundaries? Did Jesus have boundaries?

1.    Jesus often went away alone to pray even though the crowds were pressing in for His attention.

2.     He did not get off track with other people’s agendas for His life. He said that He only did what His Father was doing and saying.

3.     He said that He is the ONLY way to the Father. No one can get to the Father except through Him.

Key Idea: Ask Jesus to show you any boundaries you need to make or any walls you need to tear down.

 

4 Ways to Have Peace From God

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  1. Start each day turning your heart to God in prayer. Most of us like to start off the morning with a hot cup of coffee. Let that first sip be a reminder to turn your heart to God in gratitude.
  2. Be intentional about learning God's ways. The best way to learn God's methods is to read His book. If you don't know where to start, I recommend John chapters 14-16.
  3. Trust that God will lead you each step of your life journey. Choose to shut down all of the "what if's" and believe that God knows what's best for you and is working to bring it about. Your "missteps" will never be too big or messy for Him. 
  4. Determine in Your heart to follow Jesus every day from now on. No matter what anyone else says or does, be a sold out Jesus follower. Jesus has a lot of fans: people who like Him. Don't just "like" Him, make Him your Master.

Here's the audio of a blessing I gave recently at Heartland Church

Does Being Worried Really Mean You're A Good Parent?

It seems to be socially acceptable to worry about our kids or family members. I hear people say all the time, "I only worry because I care" or "your worry just shows that you're a good mom." The problem is that this line of thinking is just not healthy.

Fear and worry are evil spirits that we can choose to agree with or stand against. Living in mental peace is a battle. We need to see the battle for what it is and fight. Let’s not agree with the enemy and let him mess with our heads.

 
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Did you know that you can live in perfect peace? Did you know that fear and worry are some of the most common tools of the enemy to keep you from your destiny? I am so tired of the enemy tricking us into thinking that fear and worry are some kind of normal emotions.

Ok, where to begin: we have to be aware of our self talk…. the voices in our head. Every single thought you have is not your own. The devil whispers lies constantly, and we have to practice recognizing them and not agreeing with them.

It is great to have a healthy friend or mentor to tell your thoughts to. They should be able to help you see where the thought is coming from. When we agree with God’s thoughts towards us, we grow in peace and joy. When we agree with the enemy, we open the door for him to come in and destroy our peace.

Holy Spirit is our Friend and Helper. We need Him so much. As we take time to value Him and soak in His presence, the worries fall away. Quieting the heart does not come natural to everyone. Living in peace is a skill that you can practice.

As children of God it is our nature to love. It is not our nature to live in fear.

Key Idea: Practice until peace and joy are your natural default.

What's one fear that you are choosing to let go of today?

Have You Checked Your Filter Lately?

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How To Respond When Life Isn't Fair

Our culture seems to be obsessed with equality, but really fairness evaluations are just bizarre. They are all about comparison and self-pity and low self-esteem. If you've ever seen kids fighting over whose portion is bigger or better, you know what I'm talking about. You might even have been that kid.

As a mom I am convinced that it is good to parent each child individually according to their own needs. Life is not fair. Period. We do our kids a disservice when we help them to think otherwise. 

I'm so thankful that life isn't fair, because if it were I would have to have all the same skill sets as everyone else on the planet.  Can you imagine if you had to go to college to get every single type of degree available to be had. Or what if there was only one degree type, and every person had to get it so that no one else felt left out? That would be really boring.

I have been to a country where the end goal was to have everything be completely equal. The thought is that no one should rise above the rest, but that everyone should contribute equally. It simply doesn't work out well. The end result is the government deciding every person's career path so they can assure that society is evenly provided for. This means that if the government decides you should be a teacher, you don't have any choice in the matter. You just have to do it for the good and overall "fairness" of the whole.

Each person is unique. We each have a specific personality with a gift mix all our own.  We each have unique needs with different love languages to give and receive love.

God is the best Father and He is really good at giving each of us exactly what we need at just the right time. We can rest in Him.

Key Idea: Everyone ends up poor and losing when we make equality our highest goal.

"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." John 12:1-3

We really do not need to worry about if someone else is getting more than we are. We have a really good Father who really loves us, and that makes it completely normal for us to be filled with peace and contentment instead of striving and comparison.


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3 Ways to Shift Your Mood

It is totally possible to live in peace and joy even in undesirable circumstances. When you find your heart drifting towards negativity, you can make a choice to redirect it.

  1. Sometimes just changing your physical activity or location is all it takes to shift your attitude. This is one reason why physical exercise is so important. I really enjoy walking. When I get moving either on the treadmill or on my favorite path, my mind kicks into positive mode. I can literally fight off mental attacks and get into agreement with God’s promises if I walk long enough. It usually only takes ten or fifteen minutes for the shift to kick in.
  2. Watching a good comedy can be very spiritual. Laughing is so good for you. I particularly enjoy watching old sitcoms. They tend to be very wholesome and really get me laughing. 
  3. Cloudy weather can start to negatively affect my mood after a couple days. There are special kinds of lighting you can get to help with this. I find that closing all of the curtains and turning on all the lights helps me a lot.

The Bible tells us that the joy of the Lord is our strength. We need to stay in joy so that we can be strong to live out our lives as shining lights in our families and communities. It is impossible to represent Jesus well if we walk around frowning the majority of the time.

If you are living with a lack of joy, determine to do what it takes to get into peace so that it can overflow into joy that spills over everywhere you go.


Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance.

2 Thessalonians 3:16

Your Daily Drink

Do you ever feel tired or unmotivated? It turns out that Jesus offers a very simple solution to this common problem. He instructs us to simply come to Him and drink.

Now on the last day, the great day of the feast,

Jesus stood and cried out, saying,

“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.”

John 7:37

In case this sounds too mystical, let’s look at some practical ways to “come and drink.”

It’s really nice when we feel a sweet longing to spend time with Jesus, but even when the feeling is absent, the coming to Him is still powerful.

When you do feel a stirring to “come” to Him, drop what you are doing and go with it. As you respond to the smallest nudge of His presence, you will be filled with His love and peace.

Discipline yourself to come to Him daily whether you feel anything or not. You might want to set a daily reminder on your phone to pause to talk to Jesus and meditate on His Word.

As you read the Bible, don’t rush. When a verse stands out to you, stop and chew on it. Don’t worry about getting through a certain amount of reading. Focus on mediating on the Lord and the verses He is highlighting to you.

Close your eyes and take a deep breath as you let His Word go deep inside. This is a great way to “drink.”

He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said,

“From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.”

John 7:38

The more you spend time letting the truth of Jesus go deep into your heart and mind, the more powerful you will become. Let God take you through a process of mind renewal until you truly believe that you are one with Him.

This is the place that powerful ministry stems from. Ask Holy Spirit to come more and more until your entire being is saturated with His presence. Be aware of the fact that you are a spiritual being at your core.

Release the rivers of living water within you by opening your mouth and letting the naturally resulting praise and prayer flow.

When you take time to cultivate God’s presence in your own life, you can begin to release His Kingdom everywhere you go.

As you go to work, school, or shopping be aware of what you are carrying. You truly are a supernatural being who has the power to shift the atmosphere simply by showing up and releasing love.

A very practical step is to practice looking people in the eyes, smiling, and making small talk. This does not come easily to all of us, but it is the pathway to deeper conversation and connection.

You can do it! You are not alone; You are powerfully connected to Love!

How To Live Free From Dread

Do you have a tendency to worry about what's coming next? Maybe when you have a good day and you're starting to feel hopeful you notice a nagging voice saying, "Yeah, you're happy now, but just wait for what's coming next...things can't always be good."

When I hear this voice it usually feels like it comes from someone speaking from behind me just over my right shoulder. We can safely identify this voice as the voice of the accuser. He is constantly working to get us discouraged or distracted.  He is scared to death of what will happen if we find out how much favor and power we really have, much less learn to live in that reality.

In the book of Proverbs Wisdom says:

"But he who listens to me shall live securely,

and will be at ease from the dread of evil."

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The fact that the enemy is working so hard to lie to us proves that it is 100% possible to live free from dread. It is 100% possible to live in peace and hope for the future.

When you follow Wisdom, you can live free from dread!

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I'm going to be digging into the book of Proverbs over the next few weeks. Why not join me? You could aim to read a chapter each day. If you get to a verse that jumps out at you, don't push past it to finish the chapter....stop and soak it in. Ask Holy Spirit to read with you and to teach you as you read.

What Will Your Kids Create That Will Change The World?

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Parenting is the ultimate way to raise up disciples. We're not all called to full time ministry, but we're all called to make disciples and feed our Father's sheep.

It is time to get a vision for the next generation. What will your kids create that will change the world? Whatever it is, they will have a very difficult time accomplishing it without your care and wisdom.

Be intentional in raising your kids. Your kids are your story. Ask Holy Spirit what your child's destiny is. Then take time to get to know your child well. This way you can start to form a strategy to prepare them for their future.

Try to think outside the box in raising your kids. Every child has a unique personality and learning style. It is better to work with their individuality than against it. 

It's helpful to think of the parenting journey as raising adults, not taking care of kids. If you don't have kids, or your kids are grown, ask Holy Spirit to highlight some young people that you can reach out to and encourage.

The nurture and training you give out now will affect generations to come. Your kids are your inheritance. Pour your whole heart into them!


Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate. (Psalm 127:3-5)

Spiritual Cannibalism

I am the living bread that came down out of heaven;

if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.

John 6:51

There were two trees in the Garden of Eden: the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life.

God said not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil brings because He knows that it only brings death.

Jesus is the New Testament version of the tree of life. Mere information or knowledge about Jesus will never satisfy, you need to come to Him and eat of Him.

Jesus is all about life. He said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10

We all have to eat, but mere physical food can never fully satisfy us. We are spiritual beings, and our spiritual hunger cannot be satisfied apart from Him.

Jesus invites us to eat of Him. He even went so far as to say, He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.John 6:56

Some of this is symbolized in communion. I encourage you to take communion with this in mind.

You do not have to wait to go to church to take communion. You can grab some bread and juice and sneak alone to your favorite spot to eat of Him.

As you spend time with Him, thank Him that He is the Bread of Life and tell Him that you choose to eat of Him by faith.

Remember That Feeling?

Do you know what it's like to live in a fog for so long, that it becomes your normal? All of the sudden a moment comes when you snap out of it and realize how messed up it was. Is there a way to force start the snapping out of it?

I suggest you try this out:

(Tweet This:) Picture Jesus in your mind and let everything else fade into the background. It might help to picture Him in a scene from a story you are already familiar with. For example, sometimes I picture Him sitting on a large rock in a field where He would speak to large groups of people. I imagine myself walking up to Him and asking Him questions. The amazing thing is, He answers me!

Here are some good questions to ask Him:

  • What do You want me to know today?
  • How do You feel about me today?
  • Is there anyone You want me to reach out to today?

Don't over think it. As long as the thought doesn't contradict the Bible, go with it. **If it is a directional life changing thought, submit it your your spiritual leader and spouse.**


Like a foolish dreamer, trying to build a highway to the sky
All my hopes would come tumbling down, and I never knew just why
Until today, when you pulled away the clouds that hung like curtains on my eyes
Well I've been blind all these wasted years and I thought I was so wise
But then you took me by surprise

Like waking up from the longest dream, how real it seemed
Until your love broke through
I've been lost in a fantasy, that blinded me
Until your love broke through

All my life I've been searching for that crazy missing part
And with one touch, you just rolled away the stone that held my heart
And now I see that the answer was as easy, as just asking you in
And I am so sure I could never doubt your gentle touch again
It's like the power of the wind

Like waking up from the longest dream, how real it seemed
Until your love broke through
I've been lost in a fantasy, that blinded me
Until your love broke through

-Keith Green



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7 Reasons To Deal With Your Stuff

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It's impossible to grow up without picking up any unhealthy patterns, regardless of how great your parents were. We all have some bags that need to be unpacked and put away. Here are 7 great reasons to stop stuffing your issues and get healthy!

  1. If you don't take care of your issues, you will pass them on to your kids and grand kids.
  2. Your marriage relationship will go to a level you've only dreamed of when you see things with a clear perspective.
  3. Living with stress and turmoil on the inside will make you physically ill.
  4. Being spiritually, physically, and emotionally healthy makes it possible for you to do your part in bringing heaven to earth.
  5. Jesus paid too high a price for you to keep living below your potential.
  6. As you humble yourself (embracing vulnerability) God will release grace to you.
  7. You can travel faster in peace than any other way!

I would love to hear any more reasons you can think of.

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How I Got Past the Devastating Pain from Our Failed Adoption

Do you ever feel like your head is fractured?  Like the plates of your skull are literally pulling apart. That's the picture that comes into my head when I think back to the most painful holiday season I ever went through.

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A few years ago our family went through a very difficult season when we experienced a failed adoption. We had a toddler foster son living with us for over six months, and just before the adoption was due to go through, everything fell apart.

That season was one of the hardest times of my life. Parenting that precious boy felt to me like it must feel to parent a terminally ill child.

To some that may sound too dramatic or even insensitive to those who have lost biological children. All I can tell you is that is how I felt. There was so much uncertainty.  

Uncertainty is very hard for me. I like to "make a plan and work the plan!" Hourly we were waiting for word to confirm or deny that this baby would be ours forever. I guess I always had a sinking feeling that things weren't going to go the way we hoped.

I remember having days where I would literally daydream about escaping. I would imagine how wonderful it would be to just sit all alone in a dark, silent room for hours. It was like there was just too much noise and uncertainty spinning all around me, and I needed peace.

After we got the news that the little guy would be moving on, I spent the next few months just recovering and resting. The grief process just takes some time.

It was extremely painful because the authorities involved had told us to bond with him and get him to bond with us because he was going to be ours. I have a clear memory of him lying his head on my lap while I patted his back and called him my baby. He would repeat it back to me in such a sweet secure little voice: "my baby."

Having to send him off from our home when there was no way on earth we could explain to him what was happening felt like such a betrayal. It broke my heart. Our final days with him were right between Christmas and New Years.

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Looking back I can see how much the Lord held us during those devastating moments. He sent some wonderful people into our lives who loved us well when we really needed it. Though I felt like everything was falling apart, God was actually building strength deep inside of me. That incredibly hard time built perseverance. I cannot say that I lived in perfect peace, but I can say that I fought hard to stay in perfect peace, and it was worth the fight!

After a couple years of grieving,  I attended a church service with a guest minister. He shared about peace and took us through an exercise to let go of pain. That night was a turning point for me. In a matter of minutes I was able to let go of the deep pain that had been trying to swallow me alive.

A friend of mine wrote a book with the basics of the model that I learned that night. The book is written to kids and teens, but it definitely is usable for adults as well. This book can help you move past any kind of pain and grief.

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Stayed Upon Jehovah,

Hearts are Fully Blest,

Finding as He Promised,

Perfect Peace and Rest.

-Francis R. Havergal

This book would make a great gift for the book lover on your Christmas list. I especially recommend it for people who are trying to work out their life path.  Here's a review from Amazon:  Being a missionary's kid myself, this book resonated with me on a number of levels. I enjoy Beth's storytelling, and this book is full of some great stories. I also appreciate how she moves beyond autobiography, making truths she's gleaned from her experiences accessible to the reader. Her questions made me think, and gave me healthy perspective on decisions I've made in life (both good ones and failures). The perspective didn't take me into introspection or regret, but helped me think about how I can talk about these keys with my girls, as they mature.

This book would make a great gift for the book lover on your Christmas list. I especially recommend it for people who are trying to work out their life path.

Here's a review from Amazon:

Being a missionary's kid myself, this book resonated with me on a number of levels. I enjoy Beth's storytelling, and this book is full of some great stories. I also appreciate how she moves beyond autobiography, making truths she's gleaned from her experiences accessible to the reader. Her questions made me think, and gave me healthy perspective on decisions I've made in life (both good ones and failures). The perspective didn't take me into introspection or regret, but helped me think about how I can talk about these keys with my girls, as they mature.

Your Marriage Team

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Thinking about getting married?

Here are some questions to ask yourself about the person you're considering:

1.     Do they love God more than they love you? As flattering as it may be to have someone adore you, it is vital that you not come first in their life. You do not want to be an idol. God will not bless idolatry.

2.      Do they have respectful, healthy relationships with their parents and siblings? The way they already do family relationships is what you can expect from them if you start a new family with them. Spend a lot of time with them and their family together so that you can get a good idea of what is in store for you.

3.     Do they have the same life mission as you? It will be very hard to accomplish your heart’s mission if you are tied to someone who is headed in a different direction than you are.

Already Married?

Once you are married, you have a life time to grow and strategize together in your life mission. Every family should take time to formulate their mission.

What does your family bring to the world to make it a better place?

If you find that you are not headed in the same direction as your spouse, bailing on them is not an option. You will need to find a new mission that you both can invest in.

God is completely committed to helping you have a bright future. He is so faithful to complete the work that He has started in you. It is hard to get off track when you have a sincere desire to follow Him.

He even takes your mistakes and weaves them into your destiny to make your story powerful. He redeems every messy situation to the core.

Think of a wall with a hole knocked into it. God doesn’t just slap some scotch tape and spray paint onto it. He does a thorough repair job to the point that the wall looks brand new. 

Destiny key: Don’t be overwhelmed by trying to figure out God’s will for your life. Submit yourself to God and your leaders, get into a place of peace, and do what God is putting in your heart.

 

For I am confident of this very thing,

that He who began a good work in you

will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:6

(This post is an excerpt from Diary of a Missionary Kid - Filled With Strategy to Unlock Your Destiny)

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How I Bought a Little Peace for $25

They say that money can't buy happiness, but I recently learned that it can buy a little peace. Let me explain.

Take a look at my kitchen table.

It's awesome because it's sturdy and easily seats our family of six, plus guests. It's not awesome because of all those grooves. They make it really hard to keep the table clean.

Because cleaning the table is such a hassle, 75% of the time the table was a mess. The mess wore away at my peace. It's not that crumbs are an "end of the world crisis" of course. It's just that every time I walked into the kitchen I would see them. I would think, "That's gross; I should fix that." It plain bugged me.

It's not a big deal to have something bug you every now and then, but when it happens day after day, it builds up. We have had this table for ten years, so the irritation has had a chance to really grow.

I finally decided last week that enough was enough.

I considered:

  • refinishing the table and filling in the grooves
  • selling the set and buying a new one

The first option was overwhelming from a labor standpoint, and the second seemed like a big hassle and expense.

Then it hit me! I needed a tablecloth. Duh! It had to be one that was easy to keep clean. I didn't want to trade the chore of cleaning the grooves in the table for more laundry.

Here's what I landed on:

A tablecloth with a plastic liner over it. It's like a miracle! I know that it's officially fall, and I'm stuck in summer decor, but I like it! It may not be fancy, but it is making life easier. That's my bottom line. I managed to buy the tablecloth, liner, fruit bowl, and red plates all on clearance for about $25. That was money well spent!

It's pretty silly that it took me ten years to figure this one out. It made me think, how many little things do we put up with day after day, year after year when we could fix them easily?

Need a Little Peace?

I don't know about you, but I've had to fight for peace lately. I have had a lot of irons in the fire, and some unexpected hiccups.

Peace is not the absence of a fight, it is something we can access intentionally even in the midst of pressure and struggle.

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Have You Had Your Reality Shifting Moment?

Do you remember that moment as a child when you realized that the whole world doesn't revolve around you? I remember a distinct moment when it dawned on me that every other person on the planet had all of their very own thoughts and feelings. I can't really remember how old I was when it happened to me, but I do remember that it blew my mind. I still have moments where that concept hits me all over again and the magnitude of it stuns me.

Then there comes the moment when it hits me that not only does the world not revolve around me, it actually revolves around a Supreme Being.

This morning the old song I Exalt Thee was stuck in my head. You might be familiar with the chorus:

I Exalt Thee, I Exalt Thee, I Exalt Thee, Oh Lord

The part of the song that I like the most is the verse:

For Thou Oh Lord Art High, Above All the Earth

Thou Art Exalted Far Above All gods

As I soaked in that verse, I was overwhelmed with the reality that God is so far above all of our earthly concerns. He is so far above all other gods, idols, and demonic strategies. Nothing can ever make Him worry. He is mind blowing!

Action point: Take some time to look up to Him and remember that He is so much better than you could ever grasp.

For You are the LORD Most High over all the earth; You are exalted far above all gods. Ps. 97:9
 

Which Direction Are Your Dominoes Falling?

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For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,

But the way of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 1:6

Do you ever feel invisible? Life is full of mundane moments. There are basic things that we have to do each day that seem trivial. The little, godly choices that you make day after day do not go unnoticed by God.

Remember Psalm 1:6.

  • For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, God sees every little good choice that you make. He notices it, and it makes Him smile.
  • But the way of the wicked will perish. Unbelievers will not prosper in the end. It is impossible to live in rebellion to God and have lasting peace.

If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:8-9

In the kingdom, it is impossible to sow good seed (make good choices) and reap a bad harvest. It is equally impossible to continually sow bad seed (resist God’s way) and live a blessed life long term.

Make sure you are knocking your dominoes over in the direction of life and not death.

Don’t give up on doing good. Keep making right choices. Keep moving forward in God. He has given you everything you need to live in victory!

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Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,

Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

Psalm 1:5

There is coming “A Day.” None of us know which moment will be our last. After we die, each one of us will stand before God alone. We will not have a friend or spouse standing with us for moral support. We will not be able to cast blame for our life’s choices on any other person.

If you are in Christ, you will have Him standing with you, and He will be your Way into your heavenly home.

Psalm 1:5 speaks of people who are NOT in Christ.

  • Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement, When that final day comes, unbelievers will not be able to enter God’s throne room with their heads held high.
  • Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. When we are all gathered into our heavenly home, those who have rejected Christ will not be able to join with us.

It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment. Hebrews 9:27

If you have not surrendered your whole life to Christ, please to do it right now! Give Him every single part of your life. He knows how to take care of you much better than you ever could take care of yourself.

Once you are in Christ, you can live with a completely clean conscience. Jesus made the way for you to be able to hold your head high and have complete confidence as you get to know your heavenly Father intimately.

Jesus' blood changes everything. When you've been washed clean by it, you never have to live under a cloud of guilt again. This is the Good News!

 

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