“In a place like Toronto, where hockey is almost a religion, the main distinction being that religion is something that matters only one day a week; whereas hockey is life, of every day importance.” I expect this from a non-Christian writer. Yet, this attitude is pervasive among believers.
As the Lord has enabled me to touch lives beyond where I live, I hear a very similar theme. Believers are relying on devotionals for their sustenance instead of the Book those devotionals are based on. Believers have little interaction with Jesus throughout their week, let alone their day.
My friends, religion puts a layer between Jesus and the believer. Religion is contained to one day (really only a very small part of it), rather than hearing from the Word of God Himself throughout their day.
Think about it. Do you want a one day out seven experience with Jesus? Pick up your FREEdom tools every day to hear from and follow Jesus. He is the only one of every day importance that will bring you life.
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When you’re alone mind your thoughts, when in public mind your words. This powerful truth came to light as I was reading an article on the current situation in British education. It was stated that one has to be careful when the word “girls” is used with girls because of the transgender situation. Girls can be a bad word? Yes it can, depending on who you’re talking to.
This is exactly what Ephesians 4:29 reveals, “Let no worthless talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. ”
The key is who is listening to your words and how they understanding them. Are your words priceless or worthless? Words can bring either life (closer to Jesus) or death (separate us from Him), whether said to ourselves or to others.
Be careful what you say. Your words can actually affect a life for eternity!
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Don’t hitch your joy to someone else’s star as they now control your life. If you’re making your joy, peace, security or any other need dependent on what someone else will do for or give you, you’ve effectively given them control of your life.
In Scripture, stars are used for actual stars in the sky (Gen. 1:16) and for metaphors. It’s interesting that both Jesus (Rev. 22:16) and Satan (Is. 14:12) are called stars, where the former rises and later falls.
Think on that for a moment. To whom are you giving control of your life – one that will bring you down or rise you up? Choose to be hooked to the right star – Jesus, the only One who can truly meet your needs 100% of the time. Yes, He may use people and things to meet your needs, at times, but it’s still Him doing it through them.
Choose to exercise the truth Jesus gives you by faith Spirit empowered. As you do, your joy levels will rise as you’re hooked to the Right star.
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Today, is a new day with new choices! I know this sounds cliché, but it’s truth because of who our God is. Every day God gives us another chance at new choices; even in the midst of past failures.
In the book of Lamentations, we read that Israel was a mess because of her decisions; and yet, a little more than half way through the book Jeremiah writes, “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” (Lam. 3:22-23)
Can I hear from all us being repaired believers an enthusiastic “Amen!” (Feel free to respond with a like or an Amen email.) Each day, because of God’s faithfulness to and mercy toward us, even if we failed yesterday, we get another shot at making better choices to listen and follow Him in this very moment today .
The God we love and serve is a God of hope. Each day, each moment, is a fresh start, if we choose to take that new opportunity. You’re NOT a failure!! You’re a secure child of God, who gives His children fresh opportunities to make the right choice now.
It’s a new day with new choices is another bad cliché only if we let it be.
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Believers are broken people who see life through broken lenses. Broken lenses reflect light in different directions depending on the angle of the lens. This is why we need other believers in our lives who, although also see life through broken lenses, will see it a little differently than us.
A friend and I were discussing life situations through the lens of Scripture; and yet, we were bringing up truths from God’s word that challenged the other person’s thinking. Each of us hadn’t seen Scripture quite like what the other person was sharing.
The Word of God is true, period. Yet, until the Spirit completely repairs our brokenness, we will not always be able to see the truths contained in God’s word that will set us free from whatever challenge we face from our angle.
We need the help the other believers in the process of being repaired. Yes, we are saved as individuals, but we walk this journey with Jesus with others. Who helps you see what you need to see to see Jesus more clearly?
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