Someone once said, “Hold everything earthly with a loose hand; but grasp eternal things with a death-like grip.” Time is earthly. It’s a physically created property, which ends when we leave this planet. Its final demise comes with the new heaven and earth.
Some try to take possession of time by cramming lots of stuff into blocks of it with the hope that their existence on this planet will have meaning, that they will have left their mark on history, a measurement of time. There are those who squander time knowing that how they live on this planet will never be remembered anyways, so why care about it in the first place. And finally there are those who use time somewhere in the middle of the two.
Jesus said He is the beginning and the end of time (Rev. 21:6) and to rest in Him (Matt. 11:28-30). He never said that we’d sit and do nothing; thus squandering our time on this planet. Neither did He say that we’d work our hands to the bones trying to meaning from life through lots of activities. He did say that His yoke is easy and His burden light.
We are to live each day in His presence, the true meaning of resting in Christ. We are to enjoy Him as we do the “good works” He created us to do each day from eating breakfast in the morning (1 Cor. 10:31) to praising Him as we head off to sleep at night (Ps. 63:6). He doesn’t need us to do anything for Him. He wants us to do everything we do with Him.
We can never possess time, but we can let Jesus possess us. What we do with Him each day, no matter where we find ourselves, has eternal, or timeless, value today. Learn to live with Jesus today, not for Him, by using your biblical tools to let go of the earthly to hold onto the eternal.
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Someone tweeted this to me today, “Jesus is the reason why: in pain, I smile; in confusion, I understand; in betrayal, I trust; and, in fear, I push forward.”
If this is true in your life, it means you have a faith that works in the real world as all those things happen in our day to day lives. If not true, could it be that you have a Sunday only faith that needs to expand to Monday?
We live in enemy territory where our smiles can turn in to frowns, confusion can make our eyebrows turn up, betrayal can rip out our hearts and fear can make us cower. Don’t let this happen! More of these situations will come your way. Using your biblical tools today to process life through the victory fighting truths the Spirit shows you gives you the ability to live out what you believe today and tomorrow.
Let’s show those around us that Jesus is making such a difference in our lives that they can’t help but ask, “What makes you smile when you’re in pain, remain calm when confused, stay strong when betrayed and push through your fears?”
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Do you realize that you’re being changed everyday you live on this planet? Whether it’s good or bad is up to you.
This is true because of the wonderful brain God gave you. It collects all kinds of data through your senses that will eventually come out in your behavior, which if repeated, will change your character (Rom. 12:2). You’re being bombarded with daily messages from talk radio spouting their opinions, from advertisers selling their product that will bring satisfaction you’re looking for, from news writers filtering the news through their worldview, from Facebook chatter and Twitter feeds, from TV shows and movies telling their stories, and on and on it goes ad infinitum throughout your day wherever you go. I didn’t even mentioned what you say to yourself!
The crucial question is, “What are you doing with this data?” Your brain can’t ignore it or block it out! Unless you filter it out, the incoming data will affect you. You don’t always have a choice over what you hear, but you do have total choice over what you will do once you hear it. Talking to the radio is not a bad thing. Nodding your head to the lyrics of song is a good thing. Stopping the movie to talk about what went on is okay, especially if it’s a children’s show!
If you want to change for the good, which means becoming more like Jesus, you need to constantly filter this data through the truths of Scripture. You’ve got to let Jesus wash your brain of the lies that are in and/or have already entered your brain (Eph. 5:26).
I greatly encourage you today, in the Spirit’s power, to use the FREEdom process Jesus gave you in the Scriptures. As you use do, it will wash out the lies and reinforce the truths that will set you free to enjoy true satisfaction – one that starts today and lasts forever – a Christ-like changed life.
Filter or not to filter, that’s your choice and that choice today will affect your life tomorrow – good or bad.
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If you want to know more about the FREEdom process or can’t remember how to use it, get the book, More Than a Sunday Faith, to learn or refresh your memory.
Repent! You’ve seen the signs. You’ve seen the angry faces and pointed fingers. Yet, the word repent is being greatly misused. It has nothing to do with your behavior! The English word is based on a Greek word that means to change your thinking, not your behavior!
When most people hear this word, however, they believe God is asking them to stop doing what they’re doing. Nope, that’s only window dressing the problem. Jesus wants to change you from the inside out, not the other way around; and, the only way to do this is to get at the root of the problem – your lie-based thinking.
Ask yourself, “Is your way of living working for you?” It not, don’t examine what you’re doing wrong; examine what you’re thinking, as there lays the issue. Jesus doesn’t want us to stop our sinful behavior and replace it with a better one. He knows that if the lie-based thinking still exists, your old behavior will re-surface again.
It’s time to examine your thinking. Biblical repentance leads to victory over that sin/drug of choice. So, if you’re way of living brings you down rather than up, use the FREEdom process today to begin the process of true repentance that leads to lasting life change.
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I hate to admit this, but I love the weekends. I put in way more than my 40+ hours a week to have a few days off to kick it doing things I want to do with family and friends. I work to rest. After talking with a good friend of mine, I’ve had to since filter that thought using the FREEdom process.
He observed that after working to create the universe on Days 1-5 and then man and woman on Day 6, God rested. This means that man and woman rested as well. God worked and then rested so humanity could rest and then work.
Yes, God had a small job for Adam on Day 6 before he rested – name the animals. God used it to show Adam that only He would meet Adam’s needs, not Adam. God would be the one working while Adam rested in God’s care. After creating Eve, God gave them their future life’s work – be fruitful, rule and subdue the earth. Yet it was resting while working, not working to get rest.
Are you working hard each week to get some rest on the weekend? Wearying isn’t it? Working even harder now while hoping to find rest later in heaven? Even more tiresome, isn’t it? Jesus provides the solution to our fatigue.
He was once asked, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” His answer shocked them, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one He has sent.” (John 6:28-29) Belief in Him, not work, brings rest. God worked then rested so we could rest then work. Rest in Him each minute while doing the “good works” He gave you to do. As we do, we will find rest for our weary souls.
I had to filter out the lie of working to get rest. Do you?
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