Tuesday, February 24, 2015

What Do We Do When Regret and Self-Hate Sets In (Studying Romans 6)

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All of us struggle with habits or sins that we would love to conquer, don’t we?

But can we admit that sometimes we don’t take our sinful behavior seriously enough? For instance, we know we shouldn’t commit a certain act, but we rationalize, “I’ll tell God I’m sorry, then I’ll never do it again.”

But we do do it again. Eventually, regret and self-hate sets in, so we once again plead for God’s mercy.

Do we really want to take God’s kindness for granted and continue the downward spiral?

I don’t. And I know you don’t either.

I have an idea for those of us who want to experience a real change, especially when it comes to our relationship with God and others: While we continue memorizing and/or meditating on God’s Word, let’s add accountability. Please hear me out.

During the next several weeks, let’s see how much we can grow while again focusing on Romans 6 (a great chapter!). However, let’s also choose someone to go on the journey with us.

What a glorious Easter season we will celebrate if we start now!

Choose someone who will encourage and pray with you in whatever area you’re needing extra support. Or you can do this in your small group. Of course, we are also available right here for those of you who’d rather do it online via the comment links (pseudonyms are allowed).

Since no real change will occur unless we spend time with God every day in prayer and meditating on His Word, let’s begin this journey with the first two verses of Romans 6.

Romans 6:
:1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 
:2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? (NASB).

Please join us. I know we will experience incredible victories!
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As always, please remember that I’m here if you need me. You can use a pseudonym if you want to share a little about your struggle (via the comment link). I’d be honored to pray with you.

I will send you the weekly verses, formatted to fit a standard index card. You must be subscribed to the blog, via email. Leave a comment to let me know what translation you prefer.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

When We Are Threatened

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Do you sometimes feel like your reputation is being misaligned? Are you suffering from abuse or
bullying?

David spent thirteen years running from King Saul. The king was jealous of David’s popularity and success in his battle against the Philistines (1 Samuel); therefore, King Saul sought to discredit David's character and even tried to kill him several times.

Saul was convinced David was an enemy, though David did nothing to substantiate Saul’s assumption. Indeed, David sought to maintain a heart of integrity, even during this stressful time. His prayer was not only for his safety, but also for guidance on how to respond to Saul's unmerited rampage.

Psalm 27:11 (NIV)
Teach me your way, LORD;
    lead me in a straight path
    because of my oppressors.

Psalm 27:11 (GNT) / For meditation purposes: 
 Teach me, LORD, what you want me to do,
    and lead me along a safe path,
    because I have many enemies.

Being misjudged is never pleasant. And when our safety is being threatened, it is terrifying. When necessary, we must take required steps to secure our safety (report abuse or threats, involve family and friends’ support, etc.).

May I also encourage you to follow David’s example of seeking God’s direction and protection?

What about you?

Are you experiencing unfair or abusive treatment at home, school or work? If so, please tell someone who can help you do whatever is necessary to keep you safe. However, don’t forget to also pray to your heavenly Father. He loves you and will show you what paths to take.

Prayer:
Father, we ask You to protect us from those who are cruel toward us. While we seek Your guidance, help us to keep our eyes on You and to have the courage and wisdom to follow Your direction. 

As always, I’m here if you need me. You can use a pseudonym if you want to share a little about your struggle (via the comment link). I’d be honored to pray with you.

I will send you the weekly verses, formatted to fit a standard index card. You must be subscribed to the blog, via email. Leave a comment to let me know what translation you prefer.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

This Could Be a Very Good Day!

Today can be different from yesterday.
Spending time with God could make this day the best day of your life!

Psalm 27:8 (NIV) 
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My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
    Your face, LORD, I will seek.

Psalm 27:8 (Amplified Bible) / for meditation purposes (I love this!)
You have said, Seek My face [inquire for and require My presence as your vital need]. My heart says to You, Your face (Your presence), Lord, will I seek, inquire for, and require [of necessity and on the authority of Your Word].

I want to seek God’s presence as if I couldn’t live without it.

What about you?

Feeling stressed due to a heavy schedule? Or has life become overwhelming with illness or other bad news? Do you need guidance or simply want to feel His presence?

Consider having a solid quiet time today by reading God’s Word and allowing the Holy Spirit speak to your heart about the Bible passages you read. Then throughout the day, meditate on those verses.

Then do it again tomorrow.

Prayer:
Father, You are worth the effort it takes to seek after You! But I know myself well enough to realize that sometimes I allow myself to become easily distracted from spending needed time with You. Forgive me for putting other things ahead of You. Help me realize how vital You and Your presence are to me. I come to You now, seeking You. Please fill me with Your presence! Amen.

Please leave a comment (using a pseudonym, if you want) letting me know how you’re doing, or how I can pray for you.

I will send you the weekly verses, formatted to fit a standard index card. You must be subscribed to the blog, via email. Leave a comment to let me know what translation you prefer.
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