Sealed in Salvation

When we are saved then it is a one time event. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior then we are forever sealed by the Holy Spirit into that salvation. We then enter in to a lifelong process called sanctification.

Sanctification: the action or process of being freed from sin or purified; to be set apart for special use by God; to be made holy.

After we have truly been sealed in salvation then we begin to feel that sanctification process start. We start to mature in our faith. Some mature quickly and others may take more time but in all of us this process has started.

I once felt like I was sealed in salvation but one day God showed me that I was not. I had never truly made Jesus the Lord of my life. I was only willing to accept the fact that He died for my sins but I was not willing to be set apart from my sins. I was not willing to enter the process of being sanctified. This was a sure sign that I had not been sealed in salvation.

I can tell you there is a huge difference between being sealed and having a false sense of salvation. You feel it the moment you become sealed.

Have you felt that? Have you felt the sanctification process begin in your heart? If you feel unsure, let me ask you a few questions (and these are not condemning questions, these are questions I had to actually ask myself):

Do you joke about your sin and laugh it off? Maybe even laughing and saying “Thank God I’m forgiven!”

Do you joyfully proclaim that “you have needs that need to be met” and fulfill those “needs” in sinful ways?

Do you feel like your sin only affects you and no one else should worry about what you are doing, not even the friend speaking truth to you or the preacher at the pulpit or maybe not even the Bible and God?

Do you even know what the Bible says to even be able to agree or disagree with it? Or do you even realize that what you are saying or doing disagrees with the Bible but you just do it because it makes you or others feel good?

Friend, let me tell you some truth:

Once you are sealed in salvation then sin becomes no joking matter. Not only will your sin be revealed to you but you will not be laughing about it. Instead it will be met with sorrow, repentance, and then joy over the grace and mercy you have received. You will then experience joy that the Spirit is changing (sanctifying) you and you are leaving that sin behind. You will realize that God provides for all of your needs and He will never provide for you in a sinful way. You will realize that you never sin alone and that all sin affects others even if done in secret. You will have a desire to know what God says so when someone has a question you actually have an answer and it is a true answer from God’s true word!

Realizing your sin doesn’t feel good. Seeing how wrong you have been hurts! But the joy set before you because of that sorrow towards sin is so worth going through the pain of having that sin cut away!

Are you forever sealed in the salvation provided by Jesus Christ? If you are unsure and want to talk about it more, I am here! There isn’t much you can tell me that will shock me. Trust me when I tell you I have been through a lot of living in sin before I truly met my Savior. I am here for you. I pray for you. And me and God, well, we kinda think your special and want to spend eternity with you!

Come on over to the light side! Be saved and sealed! Life is lived abundantly over here! ❤️

“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.”
1 Thessalonians 4:3-8

No ignorance in hell

Every soul knows it needs a Savior. Every single person knows what is true. There will be no ignorance in hell. How do I know? Well, many ways.

For one, the Bible tells me that everyone makes a choice. In order to make a choice, you have to know that there is one true God and decide not to choose Him but to choose yourself instead. You have to know there is a tree in the garden that isn’t for you in order to choose not to eat from it but to eat from what is for you instead.

In another instance, I can witness little children barely able to talk, look at a picture of Jesus and excitedly exclaim; “Jesus!!” as they point to Him. Sure, their parents have told them who He is but you can’t teach the admiration and excitement you see bursting from their eyes and face as their soul recognizes its Creator.

The Word says in John 20:29; “blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” The Word also says in Jeremiah 17:5; “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD.” That verse might as well say “cursed is the one who sees and doesn’t believe.” This is a person who has seen the goodness of God in their life but doesn’t believe it is from Him. It is very possible for one to believe half a truth but not the whole. I am here to tell you that if you only believe Christ died on the cross but refuse to believe and trust in the strength and goodness of God in your life then you are not believing a whole truth and leaving yourself wide open to being deceived.

Many years ago I proclaimed Christ as my Savior. I knew what He had done on the cross. I knew He had done something huge. I had been taught that and I believed and accepted it as truth. But that huge act didn’t do what I needed done. Yes, I know how that sounds but as God showed Elijah through strong wind and earthquakes, those big acts isn’t where we all find God.

For many years I was stuck between John 20:29 and Jeremiah 17:5. I knew that big act God accomplished through Jesus on the cross. But it didn’t change me. I didn’t believe in the goodness of God in my life. I saw the act but not the heart behind it. I knew the power of God but not His heart.

I had lived my life believeing in a Savior but didn’t allow myself to be saved. I believed that I made the good in my life. That I had to make good decisions and depend on others in order for good to happen. I had to obey others and their worldly advice so they would stick with me and I wouldn’t be alone. I had to please them. What good was I if someone thought bad of me?

When I realized it was impossible to constantly please others I decided to please myself instead. I became a totally different person. I was looking out for number one. But, I was still giving others what they wanted so they wouldn’t leave me. And many took big advantage of that. I wasn’t giving to others because I loved them. I was giving myself away so they would love me. There is a big and dangerous difference in those two statements.

I ran to all the things of this world to give me comfort. It is a long list of horrible things that seemed to make sense in the moment. Have you ever heard the saying; “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”? That might as well have been my motto. I had no wisdom at all. I just did what seemed good or felt good in the moment. My moral compass was pointing to the temporary pleasures of this world.

But then I started hearing this small voice in my heart calling to me. It was a voice I knew I had heard before and had shoved away so many times. I can’t tell you why I chose to stop and listen this time, but I can tell you He wasn’t letting up until I did. He let me know that I was about to go too far. He talked straight to my heart in such a gentle way and told me that the choices I was making was about to lead me down a road that I would never leave. He told me I would lose Him. Not because He chose to leave me but because I was going to choose to leave Him. The road I was on was going to lead me to rejecting Him completely and I would not be coming back.

Then it was as if my whole life played out before my eyes. I could see Him there. Always there. Even in my most darkest moments He was there making a way for me. Comforting me. Protecting me. Rescuing me. Even before I chose Him, He was choosing me and pursuing me. He was drawing me to Him. I finally saw that anything good in my life had come from Him and that anything that was good in me had come from Him. Even where sin had wrecked my life He was there holding me together and picking me up off the floor. Time and time again. I realized He had been the only constant thing in my life.

I couldn’t lose Him! I realized how much I love Him and how much He loves me and I couldn’t lose the only thing good I ever had in my life! I wanted Him more than the road I was on! It was in that moment that I literally hit my knees physically and spiritually. I bowed as low as I could go before my Father with my face in my hands and I begged Him to put my feet on a solid rock. I chose Him that day. And I have never regretted that decision.

I have never regretted leaving that road behind. I am so thankful that God sent that warning and He showed me all the ways He has loved me. I am so thankful I chose to believe what I had seen so I could truly believe in what I couldn’t see. Which is the healing and redeeming power of Christ’s work on the cross, the Holy Spirit Christ sends to us that changes our hearts which changes our behavior and character because it is impossible for us to do so on our own, and the Father whose great plan has been fulfilled so a sinner like me could be made new and be set on a solid rock while surrounded by a world of sinking sand.

What He has done for me He can do for you. Listen to that still small voice and choose Him! You will not regret that you did.

A prayer

I just want to thank You. I don’t have to understand why You made us. I don’t have to understand it to be grateful that You did. That every person has been chosen to exist by You. That You chose even me! And then You gave us a chance to choose You. I thank You for that.

I thank You for the mighty Three in One that You are. I am so grateful on how each of You plays Their role so effectively. Thoroughly. I thank You for Your grace and mercy that shows up in each of the Three. Oh Lord, I thank You for being so gracious and merciful!

I thank You for the work of Jesus! For so long I never understood why He had to be tortured the way He was tortured before He went to the cross as the final and complete sacrifice for sin. But Lord, as I lay here now I see it. To look upon Jesus’ battered and bloodied body, so beaten and ripped apart, He is barely recognizable as a man. That is how ugly our sin looks against perfection. That is how grotesque our sin is. That is the damage sin does to a human. Our sin may not always show up in our outter core but our inner being looks just like Jesus’ body on the cross. Battered , beaten, torn apart, and barely recognizable as a human.

Thank You God that the story doesn’t stop there! The Spirit directs us to look at the cross as Jesus tells us; “This is where your sin goes. Hang it on this cross with Me. See its ugliness. Crucify it! See it die like I did.”

“But now, come with Me to the tomb. It is dark and it is lonely but this is where you heal. Here, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up! Do you not perceive it?”

“Now, rise little lamb. Resurrect with Me! You are made new! Yes, there are scars from the sin, I have them, too! But look how you have healed! Run your fingers over the scars. Remember what I have done and live! Leave that sin on the cross and look up to El Roi! To the God who sees you! May His countenance shine upon you and give you peace!”

“Now, take my Spirit within you and walk with Me for the rest of your days. I have prepared a place for you. I am coming back. Your eternity with Me is sealed, my child. Live, and live abundantly. Love each other and go tell the world about Me.”

Oh Lord, I thank You for this conversation that we are all invited to have with You! The conversation that saves our lives! Thank You for this faith that sets us free! Thank You God for being the God You are! The God that dwells with us and sanctifies us. The God that consecrates us setting us apart from the world. The most Holy, Gracious, Merciful, Perfect, Just, Patient, Gentle, and Kind Father! Thank You that You know our names. You know every hair on our heads! You knit us together in the womb and called us to You even then! You knew us by name even before then! Thank You God for caring about every detail of who we are. Your creation! Thank You God!

I pray for all to see You for who You are now! Lord, You have said someday every knee will bow. May every knee bow to You now with great love and reverence and not later in regret and loss with an eternity void of You. Lord I pray for every hardened heart. May they soften in Your name, repent and be made new.

Thank You, Lord. I love You.

In Christ name I pray, Amen

Why do you cry out to me?

I had a day yesterday. I had a moment where I felt so condemned. The attack was real and it was fierce. I felt every bit of it. It felt like it would destroy me. I cried out to God. I heard nothing. It scared me and I trembled to my very core. I cried out to God some very honest things on how I was feeling in that very moment.

I am studying Exodus right now and I just finished the story of the parting of the Red Sea. The Israelites cried out against God in fear as the Egyptians barreled towards them and they were stuck between the enemy and the Red Sea. Moses told them “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” Then Moses must have cried out to God himself because in the next verse God said “Why do you cry out to me?” Many commentators will say that God said that because it wasn’t time for Moses to hit his knees it was time for him to move forward with that same faith he preached to the people. I also feel this question was a reminder to Moses on who God is. “Why do you cry out to me? You cry out to Me because you know I am battling this for you. Because you know you can trust me. Because you know I am your God and will do exactly what I promised. Remember that and go! Move forward! Don’t look back!”

I felt that way in my attack. The Egyptians were coming for me and there was no food for comfort. There was no body image or scale to distract me. My idols were gone. It was me and God. God and me. I didn’t get instant gratification or distraction. I was in this battle. I was crying out to God and as Moses came to mind I felt like I could hear God say; “Why do you cry out to me? Remember who I am! Where is your armor, child? Put it on! Remember My truth! Stop agreeing with the lies! Stop giving them a voice! Be silent and know that I am your God. I AM who I AM!”

Here I am this morning strengthened from the battle. Mounting up with wings like an eagle. I am free to fly! Free to walk and trust that I will not grow weary without my idols. I will not stray by not having them to focus on. I trust the great I AM because HE IS who HE IS!

I was in a broken crumble yesterday. I thought I had finally pushed God away. But He had drawn so close to me it made me tremble to my core. He cut something out in me in a way I can’t explain. He cut out some strongholds that have been rooted for a long time. And just like those Egyptians who met their fate that day in the middle of the Red Sea; I will never see them again.

Job’s blessing through tragedy

Entered the book of Job today and just…wow!!! I have studied this book before but new truths are popping out to me so much! It is incredible the lessons I am learning. If bible study is not a regular part of your day then you are truly missing out. I pray you lean into the desire to know more about your Maker and the way His heart works for us.

In Job we learn that suffering can come from no fault of our own. Job is described as a blameless and righteous man. This description comes straight from God and if you study the book of Job keep that description in mind as you study it. God, Himself, calls Job blameless and righteous.

That doesn’t mean Job doesn’t sin. In the beginning of this story we see that Job regularly makes sacrifices for him and his family. This shows the heart Job has for God and his willingness to repent his sins and be made right with God. This is also a foreshadowing of Jesus. Jesus’ death on the cross was our final sacrifice. His blood being poured out to cover our sins when we accept this new covenant between us and God. Old covenant: Job making sacrfices and keeping his heart turned towards God instead of the world made him blameless and righteous in the sight of God. New covenant: Jesus and His once and for all sacrifice makes us blameless and righteous in the sight of God when we accept Christ as our savior and confess Him Lord over our lives.

So far I am in the middle of the speech of Job’s friend, Eliphaz where he is telling Job that Job must have sinned in a way to cause God to bring him this suffering. He claims it must be punishment from God. (Remember , though, God has called Job righteous and blameless in His sight).

One thing I want to point out first is that all three of Job’s friends first came and sat silently for 7 days and 7 nights with Job after these huge tragedies happened in his life. They seemed to genuinely be there to comfort him at first. But as Job’s grieving comes to a peak the friends break their silence and start trying to solve Job’s problems instead of staying in prayerful silence with him. Good intentions but wrong action. Thankfully this all works out to Job’s favor and ours, too, considering the lessons that are tucked away in this dialog.

So, what exaclty is Job suffering? Well, to summarize, Satan appears before God and God asks him what he has been up to. Satan says he has just been going to and fro upon the earth. It is interesting to me that in the story of Noah, when he sends out the raven to find dry land the raven is described as going “to and fro” and wasn’t accomplishing anything. Ok, rabbit hole, I know, but here we are now with Satan going “to and fro” not accomplishing anything but God is about to send him out to accomplish something for Job.

Still with me? Back to the tragedies. God brings up Job and says that he is a righteous and blameless man. Satan, being the accuser, replies stating that Job only worships God because of all the wonderful things Job has received from God. If all that was taken away then Job surely wouldn’t worship Him any longer! God allows Satan to bring tragedy into Job’s life. Sounds harsh but God has a plan for Job and it is the greatest of all blessings for this man. God allows Satan to do this, not to prove Satan wrong, but to ultimately bless Job in the end. God has nothing to prove. This is all done for the blessing of Job. Long story short, Job loses all his wealth, his family, and then his health. Job then goes into the grieving as previously stated.

His grieving comes to a peak and he says something that sounds so familiar to me and I even made a similar post about this the other day. So, Job says in chapter 3:25-26; “What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me. I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.”

Remember that post I made about fearing chaos coming to my life? Look at Job with that same fear! Yes, Job was seen by God as blameless and righteous. Yes, Job was living the dream before these tragedies! He had it all and lived in peace and quiet. But he also feared losing it. And it is really hard to truly enjoy and be grateful for our blessings when we live in fear of losing it.

Spoiler alert: Job’s life is restored double by the end of all of this but guess what he no longer has? The fear of losing it. He has been there. He has lost it all. He has gone through all the assumptions for why he lost it all thanks to his friends. He has worked out the sovereignty of God in his life and has learned what true trust and dependence on God’s will really means. He understands how much he can trust the hand that tells the ocean where to stop, who made the heavens and the earth, and who tells our very heart to beat. He now knows with no doubt that the same God that allows chaos is the same God we can find refuge to have peace in the middle of the chaos. His peace is now fully held by God and not by the temporary things or relationships of this world.

We don’t have to analyze our lives to figure out what is causing this and that. We simply seek the kingdom first. We seek God and His sovereignty. We see God’s heart and compassion bent toward us. We see God’s goodness through it all. We take His yoke upon us and learn from Him for His burden is light and His yoke is easy. Even when, especially when, the world tries to convince us that our lives are wearisome and heavy laden.

Even through chaos we can be lifted into peace with our Almighty. Choosing to trust His knowledge of the big picture and put aside our near sighted and tunnel vision understanding of only what we can see.

Isaiah 55:8-9
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

2 Corinthians 4:18
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.


Ok, so, God has been speaking to me about coming off of sugar. He has been for a while and, of course, I have been resisting. I have been hit with a little scare. Nothing drastic just something that made me realize what God has been laying on me for a while; that if I don’t get this under control now diabetes or worse could be in my future. That is a hard to explain story and maybe someday I will speak it but right now it is between me and God.

I have always functioned better on a lower carb diet but always felt deprived so I never stick with it.

Deprived. Where does that feeling come from? I am studying Genesis chapter 3 this morning and it is about the serpent (Satan) coming to Eve and deceiving her to eat the forbidden fruit. He does this by convincing her that she was deprived.

Let’s think about this y’all. Here is Eve living in the glorious garden of Eden. Freshly spoken into creation from the very mouth of God. In this garden God has provided every single one of her needs. Every need is met and she doesn’t even have to work for it. She can eat from every other tree in the garden and enjoy all the beauty that goes with it. She has a husband that she was made specifically for. Talk about a soul mate, right? Well, maybe we will call him her rib mate 😆 This lady wants for nothing!! God has given all to her and guess what! He even visits them in the garden in the cool of the day! Where exactly is she deprived again?

She isn’t. She even knew why she couldn’t eat from that tree. God didn’t hide that from her. God told her not to eat from the trees lest she die! Die, y’all!! God said no to this small thing that was in the midst of this huge garden He had blessed her with to protect her!

But that nasty little serpent came whispering sweet nothings in her ear about how horrible God is for not letting her eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He even conviced her that God was a liar and that she would not surely die. He conviced her that God did not give with an open hand but ruled with a closed fist.

So, where does the feeling of being deprived come from? That nasty little serpent whispering sweet nothings in our ears. I am no better than Eve at believing a lie over the truth of God and not trusting in His protection at times. My bet is: you aren’t either.

We are so not deprived. God does not tell us “no” so that we will be deprived on something. He tells us “no” to protect us from what we do not need. Look at all the things He says “yes” to! He gives those things with an open hand! If you need help seeing those blessings (and many times we all do) then ask God to open the eyes of your heart so You can see Him in your life. He will be good to do it!

Philippians 4:19
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

The ease of Self-discipline

As I sit here reflecting on how much self-discipline I used to have before I came to follow Christ it makes me wonder why I struggle with it so much more now. I mean, if self-discipline is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) and the Spirit now abides in me then self-discipline should feel even more natural in my life now, right?

When I tell you I had self-discipline, I really mean it! There was a time after my divorce that you may would have thought I had been trained in the military I was so strict. I woke up early enough to work out. Counted every calorie that went in my mouth and it was only healthy foods for the most part. I walked or ran during my work breaks. When I came home I cooked my son supper and we sat down for homework. Then it was tv time, showers, and bed. Wake up the next day and do it all over again! This went on for quite a few years and I was very satisfied with this routine. I was in the best shape of my life since junior high and after a very chaotic time of my life had come to an end it really felt good to be in control.

I believed in Christ then but I certainly was not a follower. That showed up in other horrible decisions I made because I could not see the wrong in them. That is another post for another time, though. And you all know when the time is right and God gives me a good word over it then I will share it. God demolished my shame when He redeemed me and I am forever grateful.

So, now, here I am feeling so undisciplined. I feel so out of control. Life feels chaotic once again. Now that I follow Christ, what gives? What in the world is going on? I went that many years so self-disciplined and I know how wonderful it feels then why am I now struggling so hard?

Let me hit you with what God has hit me with. Self-discipline was easy before because I was luke warm with God. I was not living my life for Him and didn’t feel like I needed to. I felt like believeing was enough. The enemy knew this about me. He knows that me and many, many others strive for success in certain goals in our lives. Maybe it is a fit body and lifestyle. Maybe it is financial. Whatever your “thing” is that you can compare to my struggle then think on that as you read this. We long for that insert goal and the ability to make that happen so much, and if he takes away the struggle to achieve that while we are NOT living for God then we will live not realizing how much we need Him. We will live blind with our only focus on how well we are achieving a goal on our own and feel like God really has nothing to do with it.

The enemy will let you succeed without a huge struggle so you won’t realize how much you need God.

This is how I know God loves me. He introduced struggle back into my life. Even while I was enjoying living without Him because the enemy made it so easy to do so, God allowed chaos back into my life. Now, before you start thinking how mean God is let me explain something to you. This chaos that was allowed back into my life was actually consequences to those bad decisions I told you I made earlier. God didn’t create the chaos but He allowed me to feel the weight of the consequences of my sin. He did this in His perfect timing. He knew exactly the amout of choas I would need that would make me realize that I need Him. The enemy was able to blind me from it for a while but when God said “Enough” the enemy had to listen. See, the enemy really has no control beyond what he is allowed to have. That is also a whole nother post for another time.

I used to fear losing that “peace” I had in my life. I quite enjoyed that smooth sailing I thought I was doing. I feared having chaos again. I wanted to believe I had been set free from that! But truly being free of something does not leave you fearing its return. And living in that fear is no way to live. Your peace is short and you find yourself deeper in sin trying to chase that peace again. You search in all the wrong places to find that lasting peace when the eternal solution is staring you right in the face and you can’t even see it.

But when the Son sets you free. You are free indeed. John 8:36

So, what does this mean for my self-discipline? Well, it means I must rely on the Spirit for it now. The enemy is no longer stepping back and just letting me have it. The flesh is weak and feels every bit of the temptation and pull to live an undisciplined life and I haven’t been doing so hot with that, but God loves me too much to leave me here. He is bringing it back on His terms and His timing and I am learning so many glorious truths about Him in the process!!

I am so thankful for the chaos that sent me back to Him. I am so thankful that He has taken away the fear of chaos in my life. I have chaos. It is here. And you know what, I have no idea where it is going or when it will end. I have no idea how it will all end up. And when some chaos ends I am sure more is about to begin. That doesn’t scare me anymore. I have peace in the midst of chaos. I have been set free indeed.

Friend, maybe you have been living smooth sailing for a while and now suddenly it seems like everything is falling apart. Maybe you felt like you had it all together even while keeping God on the back burner of your life. And maybe, right now, you are feeling the weight of your consequences. I am here to testify to you that God is calling. He is calling to set you free from the wages of sin and to walk you through the consequences of them so you can come out the otherside strong in your faith with no fear of the future. Get to know God so you can truly believe and trust in all of His promises to you and be set free!

🔹️God goes before you.

Deuteronomy 31:8
“The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

🔹️He has good plans for you to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11
“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.”

🔹️He provides rest for the weary.

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.”

🔹️God has a plan for it all and it is good. Even when it doesn’t feel good right now.

Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

🔹️Fear not. He is with you. He is your God.

Isaiah 41:10
“Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

Why put Him first?

You know, God doesn’t tell us to focus on Him, put Him first, and live for Him because He is full of pride and needs to be center of attention. His thoughts are not like our thoughts. We all know people and have even been those people that wanted to be other people’s focus. It is part of our nature, to some extent, to desire to be the center of someone’s affections and that is all due to pride.

God does not think like that. He wants us to focus on Him because He is sinless perfection. He is the only sinless perfection. So, anything else we try to focus on is going to be flawed and sinful. Something else might seem harmless like focusing on your family, your job, or improving yourself….but those are all flawed things and will not lead you to the contentment from the proper focus that God desires for us.

I am not saying those things don’t need your attention but when our focus is first on God and stays on God then He leads us in His perfect way. We may not always perform perfectly but with our focus being on His perfection it starts changing our very character. When our character is changed then the type of attention we give to our family, our jobs, and ourselves is changed right along with it.

Does this mean our family, jobs, or even ourselves will suddenly fall in line and act perfectly? Nope. But what it does mean is that our focus on our perfect Father will lead us to a contentment that brings peace and joy through any circumstance we go through with our family, jobs, and, yes, even ourselves.

Friends, this is a contentment God is working out in me and becomes more evident everyday. Not all of my circumstances have improved. In fact, some have taken a downhill turn. But with my trust in God and keeping a focus on Him and knowing He has a perfect plan and will for my life then I can walk this life letting go of discouragement. See ya later, dismay! Aidos, depression! Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out, anxiety!

Y’all, we don’t have to focus on how WE can change our circumstances. We are free to let that go and just simply be in God’s word, loving and praising Him, and focusing on Him. He will walk us through it all while we rest in full trust and confidence that He knows exactly what He is doing. Even when we make mistakes He will walk us through those consequences, too, while making us a little wiser for the next decision.

Trust Him. Follow Him. Put Him first. He is the only way to contentment in this life. He is the only way to a glorious eternity after this life.

Let Him teach you to want the Healer more than the healing and you will be amazed at the strength He provides even when your circumstances are tough.

Matthew 6:33
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Jeremiah 29:11
“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.”

Talk to Him

Jesus died on the cross to give us the power to turn away from sin, not to continue to live in it. The cross gives freedom from sin, not permission to sin.

If you are a believer that is willfully and actively living in sin with no desire to turn from it then you need to read Matthew 7:21

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”

Even the demons are believers but they are not followers.

When you have truly accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior then you are given a heart to follow Him. He makes that happen because you have truly submitted your heart and want to live for Him.

I went many, many years being a believer in who Christ is but not a follower. I had not truly submitted my heart to Him. The Spirit led me to bible verses and bible teachers that made this very evident to me.

Are you reading this with great conviction on your heart? Are you feeling that the “salvation prayer” you said years ago wasn’t as true as you had thought it was? Does your life and your life choices reflect that prayer? Are you starting to see that you have not been living for Him at all? That your life stayed all about you and trying to please your flesh, your kids, your friends, the world, etc…

God has been patient with you just like He was with me. Your life won’t dramatically change the moment you make the decision to truly submit your life to Him but your heart will.

Your heart will begin to desire to know more about Him. You will find yourself reading the bible, going to church, praying more, and loving Him more. No, this isn’t just something that happened for me. This is what happens to all who believe and follow Him.

His affections have not be withheld from you. It is your affection that has been withheld from Him. All of that can change this very day.

Talk to Him.

Have questions and need some guidance? Ask me. Let me point you to Christ who saved my life. He is right there at the cross holding your name in His heart. He is right there with arms wide open ready to wash you clean and give you a new life here and an eternal life with Him in heaven.

“Follow Me” He says.

Let your heart say “I will”