A Fresh Start

During the month of December, I got off track spiritually. The push at work to complete projects before the holidays contributed to a sense of pressure. Plans w/friends & family, along with church & school events, made my schedule tight. On top of that, I got a cold 2 days before we traveled out of town, which caused me to be sick in bed on Christmas day. I didn’t start to feel better until a few days ago, which was several days into the New Year.

I need fresh manna, my daily bread. One of the best ways I have found to get into the word is through listening to the Daily Audio Bible.  Each year, one day at a time, this resource walks (or reads) you through the entire bible.

I didn’t start listening again until January 4th. I have an app on my phone that I listen to before work or when I’m at home. I have caught up to today, January 7th, and I want to share it with you.

Brain Hardin is the anointed speaker & teacher sharing the scripture. His insight is great, so please, keep listening after the readings are done each day. Everyday he will read a section of the Old Testament, then from the New Testament, from Psalms & then from Proverbs, in chronological order. He chooses different versions of the bible each week, so you get to hear the word in its rich & varied forms.

Today’s entry is focused on Abraham’s promise from God in the Old Testament & Jesus’s teaching on prayer & forgiveness in the New Testament. I know you will be blessed as you listen to the truth from God’s word:

DAB January 7, 2018

“…Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,” 1 Peter 2:2

The entrance of Your word brings light

 

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He’s Got the Power

“…holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.” 2 Timothy 3:5 New American Standard Bible

This scripture has been coming up in my thoughts for about a week.

It’s such a profound statement! It addresses the issue of people who believe in God, who perhaps believe in Jesus also, yet they refuse to acknowledge His power. These are people who attend church (or don’t),  and are unwilling to believe that the Lord can change people. They don’t believe that He hears them when they pray…if they pray at all…and they refuse to acknowledge that God answers prayers.

These are people who scoff when you say the Lord heals people, or that He can set people free from addictions. They might laugh at you, or politely remain quiet when told that the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, comes to live inside of you, when you are born-again.

I say this with complete confidence, because I know the Lord: God heals! God sets people free! He comforts the broken-hearted. His presence drives out fear & anxiety, flooding your soul with peace. He has the power to restore relationships, and to keep you from dangerous, unhealthy ones.

Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit, will teach you, guide you and lead you into  God’s good will for your life. He will not fail you, because God keeps His promises.

He is wonderful! If you know Him, you are blessed! If you have just recently started your new life in Christ, spend time with Him in prayer & in the word of God. Be around other people who are seeking Him because their fellowship will help you stay on track. If you don’t know Him yet, be assured that He will welcome you with open arms because He loves you.

There are enough people in the world who think negatively, who speak negatively and who will only contribute to your doubt & unbelief. You don’t have to hang out with them, they will only bring you down and lead you away from Christ. They will be easy to spot, because “They will hold to an outward form of godliness but deny its power. Stay away from such people.” 2 Timothy 3:5

Selah ❤

 

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Final Hope

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We all want hope in the end…in our final outcome. We want to know that the pain and struggle was all worth it…that it meant something.

God wants your life to count for something, too. He wants you to have hope…hope that doesn’t fade, that isn’t misplaced or meaningless:

“For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

“Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you.

“Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11-13 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition 

As Jesus was dying on the cross, He cried out with a loud voice:

“Father, into your hands I entrust my spirit!”

and after he said this, he breathed his last. (Luke 23:46)

As Jesus took His last breath, His faith & trust in His Father’s undying love was absolute. Jesus chose to give up his life as an offering,as a perfect sacrifice, so that we – imperfect, impure, without hope, could have hope in our final outcome.

Through His mercy, love and grace we, too, can come to the cross and say without fear, “Father, into Your hands I entrust my spirit.”

Blessings & peace to you today…and every day ❤

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Don’t Look Back

When I took my car to the mechanic today, I parked in a spot that looked out on the road I drove in on. When I looked the way I came, I was struck by the message on the sign saying “Wrong Way” (picture posted below).

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Because I was looking back where I had come from, the following scripture came to mind:

“…one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13b-14)

If you have given your life to Christ, do not look back on your old life, your old habits or old mindsets. Things like regret, condemnation, bad choices and harmful associations belong in your rear-view mirror. Looking back will not take you in the right direction…the righteous direction. Keep your eyes on Jesus and keep walking forward…He will lead you in the way you should go!

Blessings ❤

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith…” (Hebrews 12:1-2a)