Wednesday, January 27, 2016

For Valentine’s: Will you be my candidate?

(I'm breaking away this week to present something a little different.  I hope you enjoy it.)

If you want me to be head over heels for you, I think you should know that I’m very attracted to strength, good judgment and humility.

I love strong candidates, who are sharp and decisive, even formidable, if required. But if you were also smart enough to seek counsel (especially from God) on a regular basis, I wouldn’t be able to stop talking about you to all my friends.

My heart longs for a candidate who is levelheaded, especially in the midst of a crisis and who can keep what’s important important. My respect for you will grow each time you choose to do the right thing for the right reasons. And my heart will swell with pride as you prove to be a man of your word.

You will sweep me off my feet if you’re willing to work with others in a bipartisan effort. But you’ll break my heart every time you denigrate someone, even when they disagree with you.

I dream about a candidate who will keep me, and those I love, safe. I want you to “check the locks” so intruders can’t get in to cause us harm.

You don’t have to spoil me by spending money on a bunch of stuff I don’t really need. I’d rather have someone who thinks more about our financial future.

Finally, others will be sure to envy me if I’ve found a candidate who will actually listen when I tell him about the issues that matter to me – and who won’t forget how important I am to him. After all, I could have easily gone with someone else.

Since I’m happily married to Bert, in lieu of giving you my heart, I will give you my vote. Above all, I’ll commit to praying for you to “be filled with the knowledge of [God’s] will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding” (Colossians 1:9).

Will you be my candidate?
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I wrote this lighthearted post targeting male candidates who are running for office; however, I would want the same traits for female candidates.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Fact Is Fact

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It’s a fact: I have been set free from sin’s dominion. Sin is powerless to control me.

Yet, why doesn’t my life reflect that fact?

I thank God for sending His own Son to die for me so that I can be free from Satan’s control.

Romans 8:2 (NIV 1984)
Because through Christ Jesus, the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.

Is there a more loving act than a perfectly holy God sending His own Son under the guise of sinful man to be a sin offering for me? (verse 3).

What have I done to deserve that kind of love? 

Nothing.

Which makes me, all the more, want to grasp and apply God’s sacrifice (and every bit of its meaning) for me, personally. So much so that since the beginning of the year, I’ve been, slowly, but steadily, memorizing and meditating on Romans 8.

As I do so, I’m asking God to teach me how to live His precepts throughout my day, especially in my relationships. Would you like that, too?

Wouldn’t it be awesome if the book of Romans became so real in our lives that all of our choices reflected its truths and commands? What if we lived as if we truly understood and appreciated God’s sacrifice? If we were to fully commit to this quest, I honestly believe we will overcome many of the sinful behaviors we have struggled with for years.

Each month, as we continue to ask God to show us one area of our lives we can surrender to Him, let’s remember that His Word is fact. Jesus died to set us free from the law of sin and death. Ask God to give you more understanding of what that means for you.

I don’t have a full understanding of all that it means, but I am growing in my understanding – and in my appreciation of what Jesus’ death and resurrection have provided for me.

And I will continue to seek to comprehend more fully this profoundly generous gesture!
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Do You Feel As If You're on God's Naughty List?

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Do you feel as if you’re on God’s naughty list more often than not?

When you think about God, read the Bible or when you're listening to the sermon at church, do you sometimes feel as if you’re worthy of punishment or at least not measuring up?

If so, remember Romans 8:1: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus(NIV 1984).

Even though God hates sin (especially the way it devastates our lives and His plan for us), He constantly extends mercy to us. After all, when He sent His Son to die for our sins, it wasn’t an act of contempt, but of tremendous love.

I don’t want the devil to deceive me –even with one thought – into believing God is disappointed with me. Obviously, He isn’t pleased with many things I do, and I know my sin grieves Him, but grief isn’t disappointment.

Rather than allowing the devil to deceive me, I want to grasp more perfectly what Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross means for me, personally.

Therefore, for the month of January (and for as long as it takes) I’m setting the ambitious goal of memorizing Romans 8. With God’s help, I will memorize the whole chapter.

I emphasize “with God’s help” because, although I write for the Memorizing Scripture Blog, I have a tremendously difficult time memorizing scripture. However, I can’t imagine where I’d be if I hadn’t been meditating on and memorizing verses – even imperfectly, in the past.

As I progress in committing Romans 8 to memory, I will be asking God to change me to be more like Him, beginning with my January goal of being less critical of others, especially with my husband, Bert.

I invite you to walk with me as we begin our monthly goals for 2016. What is your January goal? Even if you choose not to memorize scripture, I hope you’ll consider meditating on Bible verses that are relevant to your goals and struggles.

I have a feeling it will be more than worthy of our time.
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

This Year – Beginning Today – Can Be different. I Promise!

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I cannot afford another year of failed New Year’s resolutions. Can you?

Wanting to become better people, we make lists of the bad habits we resolve to tackle during the coming year. But after failing to stick to our resolutions, year after year, we approach the next year’s resolve with fading hope – wishing true change was actually possible for us.

If yesterday was disappointing, today can be different because, with God’s help, we can overcome bad and sinful behavior. However, perhaps we will have better success if we focus on one behavior goal at a time

Last week, I suggested that as we start each month, we ask God to show us one area in our lives (regarding the way we’re living and the choices we’re making) that is displeasing to Him. Then spend the rest of that month doing whatever it takes (through prayer, meditating on scriptures, accountability, etc.) to overcome that behavior. And then do this month after month throughout 2016.

Let me emphasize: I’m not talking about will power. But I am talking about staying on task, trusting God – with expectation – to actually see progress as we seek to become more like the person we really want to be, in Christ.

Every time I yield to God’s grace and choose to obey Him, (rather than giving into my ingrained behavior), I grow in my confidence that God is changing me. That I can change.

We begin by repenting of our wrongful behavior and accepting God’s mercy for yesterday. Then we begin reaching forward to see what lies ahead.

Philippians 3:13 NASB
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead.

If you’re struggling (like many of us) with regrets, then 2016 can be different. Starting right now.

What is your January goal? I’ll share mine next week.
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