Monday, March 30, 2009
Surrender to God - What are You Clinging To?Look back for a moment at the story of Adam and Eve. If they had surrendered to God, rather than listening to the serpent (whom we recognize today as the devil, the angel Lucifer described in Isaiah 14, who had fallen victim to his own pride) and their own desires, it's possible our world would not be suffering the consequences. Clearly then, what God desires for us is far better than any momentary gain-but we can only know that victory if we surrender our desires, our "rights" to God. What is it that you desire today? What "right" are you clinging to, even though deep down inside you know you'd be better off if you gave it up? Do you think that voice, deep down inside, could be God giving you the same choice He gave Adam and Eve? God loved you and me so much that He willingly took on human flesh, in the person of Jesus Christ, to choose obedience and surrender for us. As our living example, Christ first surrendered His divinity in order to give us a flesh and blood God we could relate to (John 3), then He surrendered His right to be God when the devil tempted Him in the desert (Matthew 4), and finally He surrendered His right to life itself when He took upon His flesh -- His perfect sinless body --all the penalty for every human refusal to yield. Because of Him, all you and I need to do today is to place our faith in Him and obey the Word of God.
Surrender to God - A Daily ChoiceSurrender to God, obey His commands for your life, and you can know the life of abundance that He came to offer. Hold on to your rights, to what you think you own or should have, and you may be happy with a possession or two for awhile; you may even have some temporary relief from stress or longing. But what of the end result? It can be hard to think that far ahead when we are tempted by a momentary longing, but as any dieter knows, longings for what is perishing are always momentary. If we ride them out, by choosing obedience, we find that the desire is gradually defeated. Victory through Christ is within our grasp, if we choose to surrender to God whatever has a stranglehold on us. Obey Him, even if you don't really want to right now, and discover the genuine, eternal satisfaction that can only come from surrendering to God. Like me, you may find that surrendering "wants" and "rights" is difficult to do. When I want ice cream, I really want it! But as a lifelong dieter, I also know that if I don't surrender my wants, the long term result is something I do not desire. God has designed our world so that spiritual principles are often mirrored in the physical, if we are willing to see them there. If you are, and if you'll desire God's ways above your own, simply ask Him to show you when you are being tempted by your own desires. Unlike receiving the gift of salvation, which is ours the moment we ask Christ into our hearts, surrender to God is a choice we must make with every breath. Do a few deep breathing exercises right now-god's way in, my way out. You may not be happy about it right now, but in the bigger picture of life, you'll be glad you chose to surrender to God.
Surrender to God - If I Do That, What Am I Giving Up?If we surrender to God, what are we giving up? Does it mean, as it does for the enemy in battle, to give up on victory in our lives? Is God holding a gun to our heads and forcing us to give Him everything we have, like a bandit or mugger might do? To be sure, there are those who are willing to portray God in that way, especially where self-gain is involved. But when we come to know the true character and nature of God, we quickly discover how false that image is. Surrender means to yield ownership, to relinquish control over what we consider ours: our property, our time, our "rights." When we surrender to God, we are simply acknowledging that what we "own" actually belongs to Him. He is the giver of all good things. We are responsible to care for what God has given us, as stewards of His property, but by surrendering to God, we admit that He is ultimately in control of everything, including our present circumstances. Surrendering to God helps us to let go of whatever has been holding us back from God's best for our lives. By surrendering to God, we let go of whatever has kept us from wanting God's ways first.
Surrender to God - A Choice for Adam & EveIn the beginning, God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and gave them everything they needed. All that was good to eat was available and attainable for them. All, that is, except one tree - the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Enter the serpent, the one we now recognize as Satan. Sly and deceptive in all his ways, the serpent's first move was to question the word of God, when he suggested to Eve, "Did God really say that you couldn't eat from that tree?" As we all know, suggesting that forbidden fruit may not be forbidden after all is almost the same as license. Only the wise will question the potential result of giving in to temptation. What if Adam and Eve had been wise enough to see the deception? What if they had recognized the choice that was being put before them, and rather than doubting God's Word, they had chosen instead to obey God? What if they had realized God was to be obeyed, even if His command didn't seem to make perfect sense to them? But note that God did not say to Adam and Eve, "you can't eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil." Rather, we read in Genesis 2:16-17: And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." [emphasis ours]
Surrender to God - A Choice for All of UsAdam and Eve were given a choice to surrender to God when He said, "you shall not" as opposed to "you cannot." The fruit of this tree is not something we're likely to find in the produce section of our supermarket, but rather it represented the alternative God offered. Should Adam and Eve trust and obey Him for a greater reward down the road, or should they give in to the momentary desires of their hearts? Had they chosen to surrender the longings of their hearts to God, it's possible that we may all be living eternally on a perfect earth, right here and now. Tragically, Adam and Eve did not choose that path. And because of that first act of disobedience, our hearts have become more and more prone to selfishness with each generation. (Consider the evidence presented in chapter 4 of Genesis - when Cain, the very first human born to a woman, murdered his own brother. How quickly the corruption occurred!) Before you decide to blame every problem throughout history on Adam and Eve, though, it's important to consider that we are all given the same choice they were given. It's just that they were the first ones to blow it.
Serenity Prayer: What does it mean?This beautiful prayer was written by a man named Reinhold Niebuhr in 1943. The words have special meaning to those who are often “looking for peace” at a time of turmoil, despair, or uncertainty in their lives. This prayer has become closely associated with 12 Step programs, offering strength and calm in pursuit of a more stable life. First, through uttering these words, we are acknowledging God’s existence and recognizing that He is truly the only one who can bring us inner peace regardless of chaotic circumstances. His wonderful presence in our lives brings ‘serenity’ that can be found nowhere else. There is a Bible verse that says the peace of God is beyond all human understanding. “His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). Until we allow the ‘peace of God’ to enter into our mind, heart, and soul, we will never experience that ultimate peace that defies the most severe circumstances in life. The prayer goes on to speak of accepting, courage, and wisdom. It all comes down to asking and allowing God to give us these things. In other words, it is surrendering to Him. The second part reminds us that our trust needs to be in God to work things out and recognizing that we usually don’t have any real control over hardships in this sinful world or the actions of others. Trust Him and live one day at a time, enjoying each moment.
Serenity Prayer: How do I put this into practice?Perseverance and successes aren’t born out of good times. They are born out of trials. 1 Peter 4:12 says “. . .don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you.” The Bible tells us that we will go through trials and going through them makes us stronger. In our times of weakness, we learn to rely on God’s strength and He takes great delight when we trust in Him. We all desire to be needed and wanted; God wants this from us as well. He wants for us to turn to Him and trust Him. Be encouraged -- Christ Jesus is faithful; we can rest on Him, trusting Him always for the outcome. We don’t always understand the “why” of things that happen and we don’t always need to. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” And in Hebrew 13:5, God says He will never leave us or forsake us. Never is long time. . .He is always there for us if we come to Him. Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I carry is light” (Matthew 11:29-30). In these Scriptures, we can see the relevance of the last phrase in the Serenity Prayer. If we surrender to Him, we can be supremely happy in Him, in this life and forever after.
God never requires us to become acceptable before accepts us.
Acceptance means we are honest about our need for healing.
We should listen Without condemning. Extend a helping hand, we should accept each other because Jesus showed us the way. He saw the ugly and embarrassing corners of our hearts and loved us anyways.
Something I learned while completing my twelve step program for N/A that i thought went with this theory was that in Alcoholics Anonymous it has a great lesson for anyone who want to understand what a healthy relationship is. None one puts on shows. Everyone cheers you on when you have a good week, and everyone hurts WITH you when you fall. We are all on this journey of life together as one.
They (like as God does) accept you unconditionally, with all our nasty habits and all. They do not judge you as God tell us we should not Judge others.
The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can;and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next.Amen.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways acknowledge him,and he will direct your paths.
Proverbs 3, 5-6
Friday, March 27, 2009
You say: I'm too tired God says: I will give you rest Mathew 11:28-30
You say: Nobody really loves me God says: I love you John3:16 and john 3:34
You say: I cant go on God says My grace is insufficient IIcorinthians12:9 and Psalms 91:15
You say: I cant figure it pout God says: I will direct your steps proverbs3:5-6
You say: I cant do it God says You can do all things Philippians 4:13
You say: I'm not able God says: I am able 2Corinthians 9:8
You say Its not worth it God says: I t will be worth it Romans 8:28
You say: I cant forgive myself God says: I will forgive you 1John1:9 and Romans 8:1
You say: I'm afraid God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear 2Tim. 1:7
You say: I'm always worried and frustrated God says: Cast all your cares on me 1Peter5:7
You say: I'm not smart enough God says: I will give you wisdom 1Corinthians1:30
You say: I feel all alone God says: I will never leave you or forsake you Hebrews 13:5
God determines who walks into your life...it's up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go.
Father, God bless all my friends in whatever it is that you know they may need on this day!
And may their life be full of peace, prosperity and power as they seek to have a closer relationship with you...................... Amen
I have since learned by reading my bible that I couldn't fully forgive someone and ask God to forgive me at the same time. Mathew 6:15 If you refuse to forgive your father will not forgive you. We have to forgive those who have sinned against us in order to be forgiven ourselves.
Luke 6 : 35 love your enemies Luke 6:37 Do not judge others and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others or it will all come back against you. Forgive others and you too will be forgiven. Give and you will receive.
well one of my favorite verses in the bible now as come to be Philippians 4:13 I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST, WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH.
Exodus 6: 9-12 A clear message from God doesn't mean instant results. Therefore i am learning that as long as i remain faithful to God He can and will get me through anything. It may not be as soon as i want it to be but i will happen and everything happens for a reason.
I feel that last night was a new beginning for me and that its strange how all things happen for a reason when we least expect them too.
have a blesses day
Thursday, March 26, 2009
the gift i have seen that i would be intersted in are as follows because i am a proud grandma the num 1 $100 gift card to rockin panda horse to love would be awseome
number 8 stuck on you variety pack would be cool as well as fun to use
number 13 oh how i love to scrapbook the scrapbook photo box
number 19 the target gift certificate would be awesome as well so i could use it on decorating my house thanks to shoot me now
I am also interested in #68 Christian Book Gift Card, $30 gift certificate to Christian Book Distributors, provided by: A High And Noble Calling. INTL 2 — 1 paper bag album (scrapbook)Provided by: MOMMY SCRAPS ALOTPrize Details: Let me help you memorialize one important event in your life MOMMY SCRAPS ALOT would like to offer 1 lucky winner a personalized scrapbook made of paper bags winner chooses the theme birthday, baby, vacation, etc…. It’s small, fun and easy to share with others valued at $25.00. Good Luck.
Everlasting Father- Isaiah9:6
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.
The goverment will rest on his shoulders,
And he will be called:
WONDERFUL COUNSLER, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE.
Our God is an awsome God, a Powerlful God almighty,
To the weary pilgrim, I am a strong staff.
To the one who sits in darkness, I am the glorious light.
To those who stumble beneath heavy burdens, I am the sweet rest.
To him who has lost his way, I am a safe guide.
To those who are sick in sin, I am the healing strength and forgiveness.
To the discourages, I am a message of hope.
To those who are distressed and tossed about by the storms of life, I am an anchor, sure and steadfast.
To those who search for salvation, I reveal the Savior of the world.
I AM THE BIBLE
i believe it to be a change for the better. I feel that God has asked me to make some changes in my life and to get closer with him as i do. So therefore, i have turned over a new leaf or to speak flipped my heart to walk closer with god. I encourage everyone out there to evaluate their own self and see if there is anything you could do to make you walk closer with God.
I haven't blogged in awhile because i have had things going on that make me depressed and i don't want to blog about all the depressing things in my life, i want to write about the good things i have done for God's glory, i feel that all the bad is finally gone and i have nothing but good to look forward too. I know and have learned that God never gives us anything that we cant handle but only to make us stronger.
this is something id like to share with you that we received from church a few Sundays ago.