Sin no More

1 John 3:5-6 “But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins.  And in him is no sin.  No one who lives in him keeps on sinning.  No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.”

Christ came not so we would stop sinning, but so we could be forgiven and our chains of bondage would be broken.  Through our relationship with Christ we are forgiven and washed clean.  Once we are forgiven from our sins we are told to sin no more.  That does not mean we will be perfect it is telling us to stop sinning in that way.  We are told to turn from our wicked ways and do our best to live a holy life.

Father, thank you for taking away my sins.  Help me to live in a way that is pleasing to you.  I don’t want to keep doing the same things in my life and expect things to turn out differently.  Father, I want to be free from the bondage of sin and fear.  Wash me today and fill me with Your love.  In Jesus Name, Amen 

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Live Like Jesus

1 John 2:6”Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.”

If you claim to be a follower of Christ you are told to live as Jesus lived.  Have you ever thought about what that means?  Jesus walked in love.  He forgave the men who tortured and killed him, yet we cannot forgive the person who cut us off in traffic, or said bad things about us, or hurt our feelings.  This list could go on and on, but the truth is there is no reason to list all the wrongs done to us maybe we need to think about the wrongs we have done instead and seek forgiveness for those things.  No one is perfect and Jesus never asks us to be perfect, He died because we are sinners.  He just wants to love us, provide for us, and give us a life that is full of grace, peace, joy, and best of all His love.  Sit back today and see God’s love for you and then share it with others by loving them in return.

Father, forgive me for seeing the wrong done to me instead of the wrong that I have done to others.  Help me to seek forgivenss from those I have hurt.  Open my eyes to the love that is all around me and given to me because of You.  Thank your or loving me even when I don’t deserve to be loved.  Thank your for adopting me and loving this imperfect child.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Everlasting Love

Jeremiah 31:3 “The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying; ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.’”

Do you ever feel defeated and want to give up?  I think at some point in everyone’s life there comes a time when we feel downcast.  When we focus on our circumstances we can become overwhelmed, but when we put our focus on Christ, we find hope.

God tells us throughout scripture that we are loved, we are His children, and He will never leave us.  “He loves us with an everlasting love” a love that never dies.  Earthly love seems to come with stipulations and guidelines while heavenly love has only one condition, faith in Jesus Christ.  Stop putting stipulations on Chirst’s love and listen to what he says, “I have never quit loving you, ___________, and never will.”

Father, I am sorry for the times I have walked away from You and not believed Your Word.  Thank You for never giving up on me and continually calling my name.  Father, I know that without You in my life I would not be where I am today.  You are the reason I have the strength to get through the difficult times and the reason I can sing praises when life is hard.  You, LORD, are my strength and the reason that I can love.  Continue, Father, to call my name and never quit loving me, hold me close, and heal my brokenness.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Love and Forgivness

Luke 17: 3-4 “So watch yourselves.  ‘If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them.  Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven time come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.’  

Living loved requires a change of heart and mind.  When we make a commitment to live loved by Christ it becomes easier to show that love to other especially those closest to us.  People in your “inner circle” are the ones that know us the best and because they know us the best they are also the ones that know what buttons to push to hurt us.  God does not ask us to become a doormat to those in our lives; he does ask us to forgive them just as He has forgiven us.  We are also told to rebuke them in love not out of anger.

It is not always easy to forgive, especially when the other person does not ask for or seek forgiveness.  God does not tell us to only forgive when a person asks nor are we told to forgive because the other person’s actions are acceptable.  No, we are commanded to forgive because we are also sinners and Christ has forgiven us.  Forgiveness frees us from the pain and allows Christ to “deal with” the other person and their sins.  Free yourself by walking with Christ to forgive and live loved by your Heavenly Father.

Father, Help me to rebuke those around me with love and kindness and when they seek forgiveness forgive them.  Even when they don’t seek forgiveness, help me to release them to You and allow You to deal with their heart.  Father, You command me to forgive those that have trespassed against me just as I have trespassed against you.  Lead me Lord down the path of freedom, forgiveness, and love.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Lift Holy Hands

1 Timothy 2:8 “I want men everywhere to lift up Holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.”

To live loved we need to stay connected to our Father.  When we are connected we begin to see life differently.  We begin to see the beauty instead of the evil and negative in the world.  We stay connected by prayer, reading The Word, surrounding ourselves with other believers, and we go to our Father’s house.

I know there are people that have been hurt by people in the chruch, but we have to remember that they are sinners just like us and will have to answer for their actions toward God’s children.  In 1 John 2:2 we are told “Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for our sins,and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” So, let God deal with the sin while you love your neighbor.

Father, help me to lift my hands to you in holy prayer, release all anger, malice, hurt, and sin from me.  Open my eyes to my sins and heal me, keep me from judging others over their sins.  Lord I’m know I am not perfect and I will sin, cleanse me and change me from the inside out.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen 

Living in the Light

1 John 1:5-7 “…God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellwoship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”

Walking in the light sounds like it would be easy, but often we get caught up in the mundane, junk of life.  Our minds will focus on the negative of our lives and the negative of the ones we love.  It becomes difficult to see anything positive.  When our view becomes tainted we withdraw, become angry, our anxiety and fear increase, the list could go on and on. Walking in the light is a daily choice, let’s be honest some days it is a moment by moment chioice.  If we are going to change our perspective and live loved then we need to put our focus on the One who is in the light.  Even in the darkest moments of my life I trusted Jesus and his promises.  He is the LIGHT OF THE WORLD, without Him there is only death.

Father, thank you for always being my light.  Thank you for always being my hope in hopeless situation.  Thank you for walking with my through every trial and helping to pull me up out of the muck.  Help me to live today in the truth of your love and purify me from all sin.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Don’t Miss It

Jeremiah 29:11 “‘For I know the pans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”

Stop and look around you, what do you see?  When you look at your home, your car, your job, what do you think about?  Are you filled with joy, peace, and love or are you filled with frustration, fear, and anxiety?

Now, close your eyes and imagine sitting on your Heavenly Father’s lap and looking at all those same things.  Here Him say, “It is all part of my plan, see there when you chose to turn down that path, I was ready.  See how I continually drew you to me.  I have guided you to this point and I have prepared a way for you.  I have never left you alone one your journey and I never will.  I have called you by name and I will continue to work in your life.  See all you have and think of me because you are a blessing to me.  Find strength in Me, find healing in Me, find peace in Me, leave your fears, frustrations, and anxieties with me and live your life remembering that peace, joy and love are yours and a gift from Me.”

Father, there are so many time in my life when I don’t come to you.  Times when I think I can do it on my own.  I am weak and need a savior to fight for me.  Lord, I give you my life and I ask for Your covering over all that is going on in my life.  You know how to heal my situation and I trust you.  Take my fears, anxieties, and worries; replace them with the love, joy, and peace that is only found in You.  In Jesus’ name, Amen

Hope for the future

Jeremiah 28:11 “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” 

I awoke this morning thinking about how challenging life can be sometimes.  I have also discovered that many of the challenges we face, especially in our personal lives, are because of our own thinking.  When we have”stinking thinking” we are not going to see the good in life, people, or, let’s be honest, anywhere.

When all we do is focus on the negative, pain, and heartache that is what we will see.  If you want to see positive changes in your relationships, workplace, or in yourself, stop and recognize your negative thinking.   If you are facing a challenges, know that you are not the first person to ever face that challenge, even though it feels like it, and you will not be the last.  God has a plan for our lives.  He wants us to be happy, loved, and prosperous.  So, today pay attention to your self talk.  it may help to write down then negative thoughts so you can bring them to God in specific prayer.

Abba Father, I come to you broken and in need of your comforting peace.  This life is hard and I know that I allow negativity to influence the things I do and say.  Father please forgive me.  I come seeking hope for my future.  Bring healing to the areas of my life that are a hindrance in my growth with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Tempted and alone?

The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. (1 Corinthians 10:13, NLT)

It’s easy to believe the lie that we struggle alone.  When we walk through the valleys of life, these are often the darkest times in our lives, we often feel lost, alone, directionless, and sometimes even feel as if there is no point to life.  These are the lies Satan would have us believe.  There is no struggle that we face when God is absent.  Feelings are anything but static.  How can we trust and rely on something that seems to change with the wind?

I want to encourage and remind you that in the midst of our failure, hurt, brokenness, and heartache, we can draw closer to our Father.  In reality, He wants us to curl up in His lap and snuggle with Him.  He is not a distant, standoffish, or waiting for you at the end of your struggles cheering for you.  He is walking with you so, lean into Him and you will come out on the other side able to look back at your time in the valley as a time of growth and redefining.  God is shaping and preparing you trust Him.

Abba Father, thank You for Your strength to walk through this life.  You tell us in Your word that we will have troubles in this life but, you also assure us that we are never alone.  Help me to recognize the lies Satan is telling me, especially the one that I am alone in my struggles.  When I am tempted to believe the lies open my eyes to Your way out.  Strengthen me as I move forward today and give me the strength to be the change You want me to be in this world.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Come To Me

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

“Come to me…” God is clear when he gives this command. He does not say, “get your act together, change your ways, or you must be perfect.” No, it is simple, “Come to Me” no matter where you are emotionally, physically, with all your hurts, anger, pain, confusion,  or whatever you are dealing with. Raise your hands in prayer and God is there ready and waiting to show you how to pick up the broken pieces.  He will turn your brokenness into a beautiful story. Don’t wait until you have everything “figured out” God will help you figure it out. Trust him for “He is gentle and kind,” His rest is better than anything you can imagine.

Father, thank you that I can come to You in the middle of  my mess knowing that You will accept me, love me, and guide me no matter what. Cleanse me today and draw me ever closer to You. Remind me throughout the day that You are with me to guide me, free me, heal me, and help me. Remind me that it is ok to mess up but, to also seek forgiveness.  Thank you that I don’t have to be perfect to come to you, that you love me and are waiting for me.  Draw me to you.  In Jesus Name, AMEN