It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

Monday, March 29, 2010

Broken Hearts

As I look forward to a return home I wallow in the awesomeness of the Sovereign God.
Home for me is not full of happiness it is full of hurt. It is a place full of guilt, bitterness, anger, idolatry, and betrayal. Although it represents bondage it is also a place of freedom.

My freedom in Christ began there many years ago when I asked Jesus into my heart. I remember that day vividly. Not many of my childhood memories are vivid but this memory is as clear as it would be if it occurred yesterday or yet...this morning.

This past week has been a week of reflection. Reflecting on a life lived. It has been amazing to see Gods hand and his divine purpose revealed to me. It is a big AMEN that I am Living Proof of HIS mercy. What is most exciting is to see how HE has mastered my life orchestrating HIS glory each day. I am overwhelmed with HIS love. As I read Psalms 55 I felt what David was feeling. Isn't it freeing to know we are redeemed in HIM. We can fall short and HE still loves us. HE will pick us up and brush us off if we ask HIM too.

As I journey home this next week it will be only through HIM that I will be able to respond differently to the pain that home represents. It is through HIM that I am strong enough. Phillipians 4:13 I can do everything through HIM who gives me strength.

Ephesians 2:8-10 For grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone would boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before hand that we should walk in them.

You are HIS workmanship. HE loves you just as he loved Lazarus, that we can rise and have life. Are you ready to have abundant life in HIM?

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Caution: Obstable Removal In Action

WOW!! What a powerful week, week 3 was. It was amazing to hear your journey stories and see each one of us being lifted up by each other IN HIM.

I pray that the SPIRIT continues to work in you as you journey forward in HIM.
"Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people" Isaiah 57:14.

Cry to HIM from your heart and with faith according to HIS WORD know that HE is capable of removing the obstacles in HIS time. Draw close to HIM and know HE has something amazing in store for you!

If your obstacle is unbelief admit that to HIM and allow him to help you overcome unbelief. When we seek HIM he will reveal his wonders to you!

If your obstacle is pride....YIKES pride. It comes in so many different forms. Some that seem borderline. It is the most hindering obstacle one can be bound by.

"I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite." Isaiah 57:15

Caution: Do not mix up pride and confidence. Confidence is humble. Pride is arrogant.

Is all you do giving Glory to God or Glory to you?

You are HIS precious work (Eph 2:10) HE longs to work in and through you for HIS glory. We are not to sinful for GOD. We are worthy of a relationship no matter how tattered we are. HE Loves us and desires to have a heart relationship with us.

If your obstacle is idolatry GOD wants you to find satisfaction in HIM not in something or someone who will NEVER fulfil your longings.

"Who shapes a god and casts an idol, which can profit him nothing?" Isaiah 44:10

When you feel dissatisfied to you seek GOD or to you fill yourself by shopping, eating, drinking, drugs, gossip, depression, self loathing?
GOD uses dissatisfaction to draw us near to HIM.

"The LORD is not slack concerning HIS promise, as some count slackness, but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9

REMEMBER: Salvation does not guarantee satisfaction. You must seek HIM and the fullness of a daily relationship in order to experience abundant life in CHRIST.

If your obstacle is prayerlessness....
PRAY!! Talk to the LORD! Have coffee with HIM! Let the blessings flow from your prayers. Don't forget to pray for yourself that HE would speak to you and guide you and give you an unquenching thirst for HIM!

If your obstacle is legalism please ask yourself.... Is this a negative feeling or action or is it beautiful giving GOD glory?

We can give GOD glory if we dance, wear make up, have short hair, wear jeans, drink a beer or a glass of wine. If we are in HIS spirit and seeking HIM he will guide us as to what HE wants us to do for HIS glory.

"The Lord says: 'These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men." Isaiah 29:13

As you move into week four we get to take the key (GOD) unlock the suitcase, (in my case it was a trunk) and begin to unpack some of the baggage we have been lugging around for many years. Imagine lugging around a big ol' trunk for many years. It sure has gotten heavy for me. So heavy that GOD finally had enough and I finally could no longer bear the burden. I cried out to HIM and viola....the key. It has been the most amazing beginning to unloading my unnecessary junk and I get so excited when HE reveals to me another piece to purge!!!!

Looking forward to "trashing" some unnecessary garbage. How about you????