Mar 24

Do overs

We are always thankful for second chances… and even third and fourth chances. We always mess up and do and say the wrong things. It happens. We often call those second chances and do over times as grace. We see grace as being pardoned for our wrong doings.

Jesus and the New Testament shows grace as much more than this. Grace releases us from sin and teaches us to say no to ungodliness and worldly passions. Grace is how the Holy Spirit counsels and teaches us on a daily basis.

Grace isn’t just a treatment for sin; it’s actually the cure for sin. Grace wins every time.

 

Mar 23

Sit down and relax

In my job we are not allowed to sit down so when I get on break or go home for the day, I am so ready to take off my shoes and sit down. I love my job and the interaction with people on a daily basis, but I work hard and long hours.

I am reminded of Jesus taking our place on the cross for our sins. We can now sit and relax. Before Jesus, the priests would make animal sacrifices in the Temple and the Tabernacle by standing up and rising on the job. They never sat down. Jesus wiped out all of our sins, and He took a seat to relax at God’s right hand.

What position are we in regarding our sins? Are we standing or running around trying to make up for our bad deeds? Are we seated with Jesus, relaxing with our Savior?

Go ahead and let Jesus take our sins and sit down and relax with the Father.

Mar 22

How excited are we?

Have you ever been so excited about something that you hoped and wished it would last forever? You get a promotion. You plan your dream vacation and make the final reservations and preparations to leave. Whatever you have been waiting for and planning for weeks, months, or even years is finally going to happen and you can hardly wait for it. You want to tell everyone.

When John announced the perfect Lamb sacrifice in the person of Jesus, he may have been just as excited as we are about what we have been waiting and planning. In reality, we should be more excited about Jesus than our wants and wishes. Jesus is the ultimate sacrifice and gift to us all. We have no reason to wait for anything else now that Jesus has been given to us. Jesus is all we need and should be all we want.

We have to work for and save up for our vacation plans or that special something we want to purchase. With Jesus, He is free and forgiveness is given to us with no strings attached.

“Christ died for our sins once and for all to bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18).

How excited are we to receive Jesus and His gift of forgiveness? Do we show that Jesus is our greatest gift or are we more excited about our worldly possessions and happenings?

 

Mar 21

Measuring up or Falling short

Are there times in your day when you feel like nothing goes right? Do you feel like you are always trying to measure up or catch up to others and their expectations? Of course, we all have those moments or feelings when we just don’t feel like we are doing anything right or saying anything right. We are individuals and have minds of our own with our own thoughts of how to do things.

The Old Covenant or the first Covenant in the Old Testament was like that. It was a performance-based system and people were expected to perform in a certain way to meet certain standards. The Old Covenant was set up so that no one was perfect and no one succeeded according to it’s standards. People were walking on eggshells trying to do everything written in the law. When we feel like we can’t do anything right, we often feel like we are walking on eggshells and failing others and their expectations on doing and performing daily tasks.

Then along came the New Covenant, set up to make the Old Covenant obsolete because of our ability to succeed and cooperate with it.

Now we have a better option. The New Covenant was introduced through Jesus’ death and resurrection. This New Covenant places us in perfect standing with Christ, even though we don’t perform perfectly. We can draw near to God without the fear of failing and always feeling like we can’t measure up.

There is only one way to get close to God — through the New Covenant.

Have we treated our human friendships and relationships through the eyes of the New Covenant? Are we giving others feelings of having to measure up to our expectations or are we treating them like they are perfect and there is no performance-based system to our relationships?

Treat others as you want to be treated. Treat others as God treats us. Respect. Perfection. Love. Follow His example.

Always know that God loves us and thinks we are perfect in His eyes. We must work to complete His tasks according to our standards that He says we can handle. He knows us and how much we can handle, yet He loves us enough to challenge us further along.

Mar 15

#keepmovingforward

 

 

My life verse with which I strive to live is Philippians 3:13-14:

I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.

I haven’t gotten things right in the past and I won’t get things right in the future, but I work toward the goal and being the best I can be. I strive to be like Jesus and to act like Jesus. Life is hard and decisions are difficult. As long as I am moving forward in each task and job, then I am running toward God’s goal for me.

Are you moving forward? Are you moving in the direction to follow Jesus and His ways? Are you leading others to follow Jesus?

Just #keepmovingforward and #presson.

Mar 14

T.H.I.N.K. first

 

What do you think about? How do you say what you want to say?

In the social media world, it is easier to voice our opinions and say what we want to say. Social media is a non-verbal method of communication in which we can speak freely without anyone looking straight into our eyes or talking back to us directly. We feel freer to express ideas, thoughts, and opinions without the fear of someone talking back to us or attacking us face to face.

However, social media can be a dangerous method of communication as well. While we are free to express ourselves and make our opinions and ideas known, we must remember that social media communication is forever. What is posted online, stays online. Even if we guard our friends list and only accept friend requests from people we know, social media posts can be read and seen by others with whom we may not know. Social media is an open platform of communication available throughout the internet world. What goes online can be seen by anyone with internet access, regardless of how we try to protect ourselves.

With that open communication in mind, we must work to guard ourselves and our reputations. We must T.H.I.N.K. before posting anything online. Before posting, remember to T.H.I.N.K:

Is it True?

Is it Helpful?

Is it Inspiring?

Is it Necessary?

Is it Kind?

If the words we post online and on social media pages answer no to any of the above questions, then we must think and we must not post it. Our goal and mission should be to build up and encourage others. If our posts fail to do that, then we must avoid those kinds of postings.

But… you say: It’s my page and I can post what I want.

True… it is your (our) pages. But… in reality, we cannot post whatever we want however we want to post it. We can deliver our messages in methods that speak our minds while maintaining a spirit of truth and inspiration in necessary and kind ways.

Do not post out of frustration. Take a few minutes or even days to cool off when frustrated. Most likely, after a few hours we will have had time to cool off and see a different perspective of the situation, and therefore, make more educated and thoughtful posts.

Do not post out of anger. Again, take a few minutes to cool off and decide if posting those thoughts are really worthy of posting. After all, maybe the situation is only between you and one other person; therefore, it does not need to be aired over the internet.

Do not post out of sadness. If you are feeling sad or lonely, do something as a release and occupy your mind and body to overcome that sad feeling. Read a book. Visit or call a friend. Exercise by walking or running. A good dose of endorphins will overcome sadness and get you back into a healthy emotional state.

Bottom line: Remember to T.H.I.N.K before posting. By thinking first, we do not have to retract what we have said to anyone.

 

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