Christ has made us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get all tied up again in the chains of slavery to Jewish laws and ceremonies. Galatians 5:1 TLB
Month: May 2021
Stop Making Excuses
We rationalize our sinful habits through:
Exodus 4:10 Moses pleaded, “Lord, I’m just not a good speaker. I never have been, and I’m not now, even after
you have spoken to me, for I have a speech impediment.”
Covering up our faults
Genesis 4:9 The Lord asked Cain, “Where is your brother? Where is Abel?” “How should I know?” Cain retorted.
“Am I supposed to keep track of him wherever he goes?”
Trying to appear better than we are
Titus 3:5 God saved us—not because we were good enough to be saved but because of his kindness and pity
—by washing away our sins and giving us the new joy of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Proverbs 22:13 The lazy man is full of excuses. “I can’t go to work!” he says. “If I go outside, I might meet a lion in the
street and be killed!”
Luke 9:59-62 When Jesus invited a man to come with him and to be his disciple, the man agreed—but wanted to until his father’s death. Jesus replied, “Let those without eternal life concern themselves with things like that. Your duty is to come and preach the coming of the Kingdom of God to all the world.” Another said, “Yes, Lord, I will come, but first let me ask permission of those at home.” But Jesus told him, “Anyone who lets himself be distracted from the work I plan for him is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”
Willingness to let God change you requires from today we need to:
- Stop Making excuses
- Start setting some goals for our lives
- 3.Create a daily routine that includes God
VERSE FOR TODAY
You are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you.
1 Peter 2:9
VERSE FOR TODAY IN CONTEXT
The Scriptures provide precedent: Look! I’m setting a stone in Zion, a cornerstone in the place of honor. Whoever trusts in this stone as a foundation will never have cause to regret it. To you who trust him [JESUS], he’s a Stone to be proud of, but to those who refuse to trust him, The stone the workmen threw out is now the chief foundation stone. For the untrusting it’s . . . a stone to trip over, a boulder blocking the way. They trip and fall because they refuse to obey, just as predicted. But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you— from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted. Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives. 1 Peter 2:6-12
OBSERVATIONS – APPLICATION
God sent Jesus as the foundation stone to our lives – we must learn to live our lives according to His examples.
We will never regret believing in Him – failure to believe in Him and obey Him will never be content with their life.
Chosen by God comes with a responsibility to live right, tell others about what He has done for us, the difference He makes and wants to make in them and their lives.
In order to let others know about Him and want a relationship with Him we need to live among them, mixing in their realities and letting them see the difference He makes in and through us.
How do we let God change us?
A book in the Bible I have not spent a lot of time in is ‘Jude’ not sure why. It’s a short book filled with Scripture Gems’
“In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you. Matthew 5:48
Psalms 95:1 Come, let us sing praise to the Lord! Let us shout praises to the Rock who saves us.
In the Bible there are many examples of stillness and silence in God’s presence taught and illustrated, there are just as many examples of worship and praise. One on one, quiet time and loud praise to God both appropriate expressions of love of our great God.
Through the process of recovery God doesn’t want us to ‘keep quiet under every circumstance’ He also wants us to let others know we love Him, we are tankful for what He has done in our lives and we want them to share in the opportunity He has prepared for them.
WHEN GOD FORGIVES US WE DON’T HAVE TO KEEP WORRYING
“I am the shepherd who cares for the sheep. ” John 10:14
Worry wears us down; a cheerful word picks us up. If you don’t know what you are doing pray. God loves to help.
You will get His help, and He will not chastise you for asking for it. Ask boldly, believe, without a second thought. Don’t just talk about recovery. Practice what you have learned. Live in God’s reality. He is greater than your worries and knows about you in ways you do not know yourself.
Don’t let sin control the way you live
Refuse good advice and watch your plans fail; take good counsel and watch them succeed. Congenial conversation—what a pleasure! The right word at the right time—beautiful! Proverbs 15:22-23
Psalms 71:8 As each day brims with your beauty, my mouth brims with praise.
God is pleased when we think about His Word. When we study it, meditate on it and apply it to our lives.
Joshua 1:8-9 says “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Read Joshua 1:1-9 Joshua/ost his close friend and mentor Moses. Instead of using it as an excuse to give up he immediately took up the leadership role. Unworthy and unprepared he demontarted bold obedience to God , able to do what God required of him because He was willing to turn His will and His life over to the care of God.
I AM MAKING A DECISION TO LET GOD HELP ME CHANGE AND COMMIT TO WORKING WITH HIM TO DO SO
– Joshua made a decision to let God help him become all he needed t be and he made a commitment to do whatever God told him to do, when God told him to do it.
Each day do my thoughts, words, and actions line up with God’s purpose for my life?
– Do I think about things that would please God?
– Do my words reflect what I am thinking about?
– Do I act like someone who is following God’s direction?
I ask myself these three questions because sometimes when I wake up my head is not in the right place. I allow my own desires and plans to take precedence over what God wants me to do and so I set myself up for failure because I am not depending on Him.
God created desires in us as a way of expressing our individual personalities. Desires in our lives are healthy when properly directed. If they are good and God-honoring. Bt the can also bring us unstuck if we allow our own desires to become more important than God’s desires or us.
Proverbs 2:3-5 Cry out for insight and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God.
Lord help me today to cry out to You for insight. Seek to understand Your plans for my day and search for ways to make Your will my reality as I go through this day.
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