I just heard something that really got me: self destruction is a result of self obsession. What a way to put it in the most simple terms. Obsession with your mistakes, obsession with your problems, obsession with self criticism. We have all either done it or know someone that is doing it. Sometimes our problems feel like they are all our own. That is why my response is usually “you are not alone in that.” Because God speaking that to me time and time again is what brings me out of self destructing. Sometimes we allow ourselves to be singled out. We make ourselves a victim of the world. Sometimes we feel like we are one of those that dont deserve better. And we punish ourselves. God shows me more everyday to stop doing that. To love myself the way He does. He made me. He made you. We are not mistakes and we do not need to focus so much on ourselves that we dont notice a whole world that needs us. We dont need to be so intent on punishing ourselves that we never move into accepting the characteristics of Christ. We dont need to accept a victim role that holds us back from healing when He has proclaimed us victorious over all evil. Because we are His children. Because He made us for purpose. Step out of yourself and see where you are needed. Step into the bible and see where your thoughts need to be transformed. That truth is your weapon. Study it, train with it, and find your endurance in it.
1 John 3:1 – See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!
Isaiah 61:1 & 3 – He has sent me to…bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
So many dont follow Jesus or the bible because it tells them they cant do all these things that they really want to do. He never says you cant do them. He says He doesnt want you to. Jesus died for our sins, and as the bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:23: “You say, ‘I am allowed to do anything’—but not everything is good for you. You say, ‘I am allowed to do anything’—but not everything is beneficial.” He doesnt want you to do them because they will harm you. He isnt a God of “because I said so”. He is a protector. He wants you to behave in a way that benefits you and He knows the way. He doesnt want us to be obedient to fulfill some pride filled “I have rule over you” type mentality. Jesus is humble and kind. The law isnt there to provide a way to prove your salvation or to earn your salvation. The law is there to protect you from harm and an unhealthy life. We live for Him and His way because we learn we can love and trust Him. Like when a trainer tells you how to work out and eat to lose weight. You can trust that what they tell you will give you the promised results if you are obedient to it. Yes, you can fully believe Christ is your saviour, yet never live for Him. When you do that you are truly missing out on the power afforded to you by putting full trust in Him and knowing His way is right. God made the law. Jesus provided a way for us to be forgiven for falling short of obeying the law, but He did not take the law away. It is there to help, guide, and be beneficial to us all. Be willing to let go of what is holding you back. Ask Jesus to transform your rebellious spirit into an obedient heart. Before long you will see the changes. You will appreciate the changes and wonder why you held on to the other stuff for so long. Jesus doesnt want to order you around. He wants you to come to the Father willingly. He wants you to see how you can trust Him with all your heart. On the solid rock you stand. All other ground is sinking sand. May Christ be with you all, Amen
Jesus, thank you that altough Your spirit was in agony over what was about to come, You did it anyway. You could have called angels to be at Your side at anytime, but You stayed the course not just for the people of that day, not just for your disciples, but for ME…for all of us. I thank You Jesus not only for Your sacrifice and torture You went thru for us, but for this night when You could have changed Your mind…when You were filled with such dread of what was on its way….when even your disciples couldnt stay awake in prayer with You and You was on Your own. Jesus, THANK YOU!! This is why I want every waking moment to be Yours. Lord I thank You for this life You have given me. Thank You that when I fall short, Your grace covers me because You stayed the course this very night. In Christ name, Amen
19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
“Those whome I love I rebuke and discipline.” Ugh, who wants to be rebuked and disciplined? I already know Im not perfect, no need to make me feel bad for it! But that’s the thing, He knows you arent perfect and He isnt the one condemning you. Conviction is loving guidance and when you rebel against it then you often feel condemned. Submit and surreneder to the conviction of your loving Father (yes, Lord, I acknowldege my sin, I ask for forgivness and ask for You to step in and change me. I can do nothing without You, and Im thankful to know You will walk with me every step of the way.). As soon as you step in to His goodness and mercy that follow you all the rest of your life (Psalm 23:6) then you feel the condemnation fall away. If you were ever in sports and you told your parents that the coach always seems to be on you, always calling your name, and your parents said its because coach sees your potential. Its when the coach stops calling your name that you should worry. Same here. When you feel the conviction of God in your life dont think of that as a bad thing. Its when you stop feeling it that you should worry.
Is Jesus knocking on your door? Are you scared to let Him in because you dont want the conviction? Are you scared you wont be good enough? Pray over that. We are all found wanting, my friend. We all fall short. If any of us got it right all the time then why did Jesus die on that cross? He is here to change us, each and every day. That conviction of love we may not be used to right away but dont let it scare you away. Our momentary afflictions are but a vapor in this life. We have a whole eternity awaiting us. What door do you want open to you? I can tell you which door Jesus wants you to open right now. He loves you. He made you for such a time as this. Open that door.
3 So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”
4 When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”
This is the story of Lazurus, but as I read thoughts come to mind that “the one you love” is us. This sickness will not prevail in the end even in death because even in death, those that believe will rise again. God’s glory can be seen through all things good, bad, and the like.
6 So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, 7 and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”
8 “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?”
9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. 10 It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”
Even though many people of this world have fought to keep Jesus out, He comes back still. He comes to save every soul even though He is rejected by so many. He wants us all to see the light so we no longer stumble in the dark. It is through tough times that some will leave the dark behind. Jesus knows this and will at times allow darkness for a time so His light can be seen.
11 After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”
He is always here to wake us up.
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
Do you believe? If so, then you live in the comfort that Paul decribes in Phillipans 1:21 “to live is Christ, to die is gain.” When we leave this world we arise to see our glorious Lord’s face. I want to fulfill every purpose I have here on earth, but I long for the ultimate gain I receive when I wake up in heaven with the true Love of my life. Thanks to my Saviour, death does not scare me. For on the cross to the tomb to resurrection, Jesus beat death for us all that believe. Do you believe?
40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
Why do people reject God? Deny the very thought of Him? I can understand if they have felt like they have always had harsh judgement upon them and life has been full of situations that left them wondering why any God would allow such things. But on another hand, someone else goes through the same difficulties and is brought out healed and restored by their faith in God. While the other struggles, constantly searching for ways to heal, to be rescued. Maybe someone believes they went to God for help and since it didnt happen how they felt it needed to then God is either against them or not there. I feel I have always been blessed with the knowledge there is a God. I have always felt His presence even when I strayed. I have someone very close to me that has chosen to deny God. This is someone I love very much. It hurts my heart. I ask you to join me in prayer over this person and any person you have close to you.
Dear Lord, I pray over the lost. You know there is one near and dear to me. Lord, how I wish I could just lay a hand on them and let Your love flow thru. How I wish when I remove my hand they understand and know You. I have prayed for so long and I know you hear me. That soul inside of him belongs to You and longs for You. I pray you wipe away the influence that is keeping him from accepting You. I pray You turn his heart of stone to flesh and soften His attitude towards You. I pray You help all understand that the universe is not god. The maker of the universe is God. Please help them understand the danger of thinking God and universe are the same. You are so much more! Please take away all influence and demonic interference that keeps the eyes from seeing, the ears from hearing, and the heart from feeling You. Please, try again Lord. Til the last breath and then some…try again. Thank You Jesus, Your love is mighty. You want this even more than I. Salvation is Your will and I pray this in faith that Your will be done. I love You. In Christ name, Amen
Lord, in Your name I speak over this virus and the fear and panic it has caused. You say resist the devil and he has no choice but to flee. Where You are he has no power. He is a conquered foe. I speak in complete faith and reliance on Your promise that You are in control of this. Ask not, have not…so I ask of You to release this fear, to renew in us a new spirit Lord, to remind us that You take care of the birds in the sky and You hold us even higher than them. What can man or virus do unto us when we have You? I am thankful that You will take every bad circumstance of this virus and use it for Your good. Im thankful that I dont have to sit back and worry constantly knowing that You have promised to provide my needs. I pray this over everyone out there that they turn their hearts towards You so they can live in the same confidence that You have given me that I have NOTHING to fear. That I am to worry over NOTHING. Thank you Lord for easing anxiety, depression, worry and fear. Thank You Lord that this virus will clear out quickly and not a speck will be left behind. I thank you Lord that all tragedies will turn to blessings and people see You and Your good work through all of this. I pray for the lost Lord that are living in such fear over this. I pray for those trying to rely on their own strength and finding ways of comforting themselves without turning to You. I thank you that You are right there waiting for them with open arms. I ask forgiveness and thank You for Your grace when I fall short of the trust and faith I know to always have in You. We love You Lord, we trust You. Thank You for not forsaking us. In Christ name I pray, Amen
I am a very protective person. Once I care about you, I got your back. Someone swings on you then Im swinging on them. That has always been my nature. Let me tell you my downfall on this characteristic of mine. When I hear someone speak bad about God, Jesus, or my faith….I want to swing. I get mad more than concerned. Show me someone that is on the fence and Ill come running to try to love them over to the Savior’s side. Show me someone that is all the way over the other side and I am MAD. At THEM. I have been praying for guidance on this and God has finally shown me that I am trying to protect Him. Can you imagine that? Little ol me trying to protect God? Yall, this is the mindset that starts religious wars. And I dont want that. Even though I have learned to bite my tongue, my heart still fills with anger. Anger in the heart always finds a way out. People against God dont need my anger, and God certainly does not need my protection.
Thank You for showing me where I need to love more and put my anger down. Please help us all to see where we can be a light in the darkness, even in the darkest of places. Please remind us that our reactions can be seeds planted of good in Your favor. In Christ Name, Amen
2 Timothy 2:23-26
Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? …