Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Have You “Blown It” Too?

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“I’m pregnant.” Susie bit her lip to keep from crying.

Steve couldn’t say a word. He tried. He knew what needed to be said, but the unexpected news rendered him speechless. As a Christian, he really blew it this time.
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Although the above story is fictional, we know people who have experienced that very situation. Or perhaps we ourselves can identify with that scenario, or with another difficult consequence to our actions.

The good news is we serve a gracious God. His mercy and love is abundant toward us every time we go to Him to confess our sins.

So in view of God’s great love for us, we have a decision to make:

Are we going to choose to follow God and live for Him each day with each choice? Or are we going to live casually and hope for the best?

We’ve all made bad choices. And we still do, don’t we? But I want to do better. Don’t you?

I’m looking for people who admit they “blow it, too” but who also have the desire to commit themselves fully to God – and who will help me do the same.

What can we do to help each other blow it less often? A lot less often.

By offering prayer, support and encouragement to one another, we are better equipped to fight the enemy and gain victory over sin (such as poor choices and addictions) and emotional instabilities (including procrastination).

And let’s not forget about God’s Word. If we spend time meditating on Scripture and/or committing verses to memory, we will see a dramatic improvement in overcoming double-mindedness. Plus we could become more Christlike in the way we handle relationships, choose correct priorities and how we deal with difficulties.

And best of all, we will grow in our knowledge of God’s incredible love for us – as we grow in our love for Him!

What do you think? Can we do this – together?

Prayer:
Father, You know everything about us including the disappointments we go to bed with each night regarding the choices we’ve make. I ask that we grow to know how much You love us, and that our love for You grows bigger every day. Teach us Your ways, O Lord, and give us a willing heart to respond.  Amen.

This week’s goal:
This week, I will choose a verse to meditate on (or memorize) and share it in the comment link, plus ask for support and accountability in an area I am struggling with. I will also pray and encourage those who share their struggles, too!

What about you?

  • What Bible verse will you choose this week to meditate on and/or memorize?

  • How can we help you overcome a sinful or bad habit? (Pseudonyms are acceptable!)
Note: This blog is for anyone who desires a deeper walk with Jesus. I have another blog for women only: CoffeeWithSheryl.com. (Once on the blog, click on the Current Goals tab to see several practical links regarding specific behavior issues, including: addictions, eating/exercising habits, being a better wife/mom, etc.)

Joshua 1:8 (Amplified Bible)
This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.


5 comments:

  1. Like most people, I have many areas I need God's help with! However, this week I am returning to a goal I have mentioned several times in the past.

    God has brought me a LONG way in the area of respecting my husband! But I've noticed I have allowed myself to sneak in a few disrespectful digs now and then. Therefore, I give you permission to ask me whether I am speaking to - and thinking about - Bert in a respectful way. (And please pray for me!)

    The verse I will be meditating on to help me succeed is one that comforts me when I feel misunderstood or don't get my way - which is when I'm most likely to behave disrespectfully.

    1 Peter 5:7Amplified Bible
    Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.

    I look forward to hearing your goals and scripture!

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  2. I think we all have a profound need to be understood. Few things can make us feel so isolated as to be misunderstood or discounted. Recently when listening to the song "Bridge Over Troubled Water," I was so moved by the message of connection and compassion. His statement, "I'm on your side," really struck me. And later he said, "I'll take your part." Then God began to give me a greater understanding of His Love. God is Love; love is God; God is holy; they will know we belong to God because of our love. God doesn't love as the world does. And God doesn't want us to love as the world does. He called us with a holy calling. Satan has perverted and twisted that love. Even in churches it seems people push others away. God is moving in my life to connect. So I need your prayers. I want to be faithful and really learn and step out in Love.

    So my goal is to love with God's love, unashamed and fearless. That I throw off the lies of Satan and walk in God's Love and Truth.

    Scripture:
    "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35

    Yes, I will pray for you Sheryl.

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    1. Great goal, Barbara. Let us know how you do.
      I will be praying for you also!

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  3. Oh yes, I have blown it many times in my life!! I'm still paying for some of it, too!

    But, God is true to His word...and He has brought me through it.

    This is a good one, Sheryl!!

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    1. Thank you, Sharon.
      I, too, am reaping consequences for past choices AND, thankfully experiencing His mercy!

      God be with you, Sharon, as you persevere in His strength!

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