Intentional Living

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We as the people of God have power in everything we say and do. To use that power responsibly we must be careful to live, speak, and move with intentionality. We are the vehicle of God’s word and power revealed to a dying world. In our words, life, and actions we have the ability to set change that will last into eternity. Remember that whatever you say or do sets an atmosphere for your life. Let the foundation you lay be intentionally great.

When we do life let us do it according to God’s word.
When we speak let it be life giving.
When we move may it be in the direction that will set the course for generations to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Are What You Consume

 

wp-1522416271263-821765193.jpgWhat I have learned with the things that I ingest is that what I take in often shapes me. Some of them are ill fitting and don’t quite shape me as I imagined they would.

It was not God’s intention that we follow the patterns of the world. Most of it is scripted and does not translate well in real life. What I have noticed is that what we take on is not meant for us to carry. Instead, we find that they are breeding grounds for dysfunction, distraction, and division.

Very often we consume things that are not good for us, and without noticing, our life starts to look like what we are taking in. The concept that comes to mind is junk in, junk out. When we consume mess, we attract mess. When we consume life, we attract life.

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. John 14:6

Choose life!

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Transformation Tuesday: Remembering the Cross

 

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When I think of resurrection I think of change. It helps me remember how I went from being a enemy of God to a friend of God through the shedding one Jesus’ blood. It helps me to remember the day I said my final yes and never turned back.

The cross and its affects on me were not realized until I saw how through knowing Jesus I have overcome so much. When he died he gave me a right to become the daughter of a King. He literally invited me into the family and I am now related because of His blood.

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He in His dying for us, gave us power over everything that held power over us, even death, hell, and the grave. Quite honestly, I haven’t enough space to tell you how He has made a difference for me, but one thing I know is that I have been changed and it’s the best thing anyone has ever done for me.

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Praise Sets the Table

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When I first joined a church I always wondered why people had their hands lifted. It always seems strange until I started to understand the concept of praise. Praise is a heart position that invites God in to commune with us.

The truth of the matter is we need God. I heard God say in the spirit that praise sets the table. We lift our hand to receive from him what we need and when we praise the table is set and makes room for him. Sometimes trouble comes and our table gets cluttered with so many things that there is no room for God. Things that are on my table sometimes are worry, doubt, and fear. I clear it off with the word when I remember:

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5,6)

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

When I praise I am in remembrance of what he has done in the past and in praising I know that he is a God who is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore. Always consistent, always providing, always loving. Let praise set the table for you to receive what God is doing for you in this day. Praise makes room for God.

He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen. (Deuteronomy 10:21)

 

Pressure Release Valves  ☆Found in the Word☆

Indeed there will come testing time when you have to apply what you have learned. These are the times when God seems silent and the enemy is talking loud. This life is the only one where you take a test but it’s always open book. Test indeed can cause pressure but in God’s word we find relief.
 

Things to remember…

He has great plans for you.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord . “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. Jeremiah 29:11‭-‬13 NLT

And the Lord said, “That’s right, and it means that I am watching, and I will certainly carry out all my plans.”   Jeremiah 1:12 NLT

​You must be armed with the correct weapons.

We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. 2 Corinthians 10:4 NLT

Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Ephesians 6:13‭ NLT

The battle does not belong to you.

The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” Exodus 14:14 NLT

You have what it takes to endure. Be confident.

Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.
Hebrews 10:35‭-‬36 ESV

Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. Ephesians 3:12 NLT

Yet I am confident I will see the Lord ’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Psalms 27:13 NLT

Bigger Than We Can Imagine!

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Love is an action word. It requires a response or action to be proven. Jesus knew that some people would be ones who, “honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” Faith is our love and trust of God in action. God is calling us into higher heights and deeper depths to shake both heaven and earth and has equipped us to handle and complete it.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. —Ephesians 3:20.

Take a risk or play it safe. Safe does not require faith.

Are you operating out of calling or comfort? In Hebrews 11:1 NLT faith is described as “showing the reality of what we hope for, it is the evidence of things we can not see.” It takes guts to not only believe God but to act on what you believe. This is how we answer the issue of faith without works being dead. We move (take action) on what we hear from the mouth of God.

Are you trusting in God’s infinite wisdom or your own limited understanding?

God’s wisdom uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. Jesus advises us in the way we are to believe Him. In order to see the kingdom of heaven we must become like children. (Matthew 18:3) One thing I have learned as a parent is that if you say you are going to do something and you are slow to move you will be questioned about it everyday until you do what you said to you would do. God wants us to be like that, expecting to receive what he promised.

Are your expectations lower than what God has promised?

God’s promises are one’s we could never possibly accomplish on our own. They are sometimes down right absurd. Take Abraham and Sarah for example. They were well advanced in years and God told them they would have a child. Sarah laughed with in herself and God asked the question, “is there anything to hard for God.” Though the promised seemed to delay taking 25 years, far enough that Abraham (100 years old) and Sarah (90 years old), or good old human nature, could not take credit for it. They received the promise and the only response anyone could ever give is “who else but God could make such an extravagant promise and keep it?

Do your actions move Heaven?

For every life changed heaven makes room. When we draw newness into the kingdom we secure spots in heaven. The bible says that the angels rejoice when someone repents. (Luke 15:10) (I imagine the applause and cheers rumbling heaven.) It’s amazing to know that we have the power to affect eternity for more than just ourselves and the best news is heaven is so big that it can accommodate everyone!

 

Testing, testing, 123

Here we are again at the test. The place where you move from faith to faith, deepening your connection with God and his power manifesting in your life.
When I think of a test I don’t often think of the results but rather the task at hand. This limited view causes me to lose focus and have to repeat the test over again.
Since we are believers we must remember that eternity is our ultimate reward and we should have a resolve to not be distracted and win way more battles. But as with anything, trusting that eternity in heaven is our prize, is a process.

I realize that there are things I need to face and not be lax about because I have a higher purpose than merely existing for the now. The truth is eternity is waiting to receive me in two options, heaven or hell. Let me tell you, hell is not an option for me. I refuse to let this life be for nothing. To have lived and not achieved a thing because I was “comfortable” is not something I want to face God and explain.

Time is winding up.

Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. Psalms 90:12 NLT

Press: Comfort in Obsurity

Obscurity the state of being unknown, inconspicuous, or unimportant; the quality of being difficult to understand; a thing that is unclear.

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There are days when my life looks completely opposite of what God has spoken over me. There are days when I feel like I am standing still while everything is happening to me and around me. There are days when I want to go back to the familiar to avoid the press.
But thanks be to God who said we are to walk by faith and not by sight. I am reminded of Jesus when Paul spoke of him in Colossians 3:4 (MSG) saying he was content in obscurity. He knew who he was, being fully God and fully man. He knew that he was on assignment and did not let circumstance determine if he would continue. In his human state even he questioned God asking if there was another way that mankind could be redeemed. But I like how he followed up this request saying, never the less thy will be done.
We are believers must grow and go forward in obscurity, in the place where opposition stands and dares us to make a move and say, never the less thy will be done. We find comfort in knowing that God is faithful and that He in the spirit has completed every phase of the promise and that now it is up to us to line up with His word to obtain in. In light of this I want to encourage you to press. Stay faithful, keep practicing generosity, and keep God’s word before you. He who started a good work in you is faithful to complete it.

Like Jesus Did

Sometimes when I read the words of Jesus in the bible I am like “Dang Jesus, you expect me to do that?”

He has set the standards high for us believers and we have the challenge and the duty as followers to meet them. The first thought that came to me was, “this will be difficult.”

What I have come to realize now is another statement made by Paul in Galatians 5:16 is that we have to walk or “live” by the spirit so we don’t fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Jesus reminds us also that “The words I have spoken to you-they are full of the Spirit and life.” (John 6:63)

In order to follow these word with our lives we have to walk by the spirit. Are these things possible? Yes! If you walk by the spirit and because Jesus did! He declares that, 

I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.  You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.  Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!

John 14:12-14 NLT

Heaven on my mind pt. 2. Unpacking 

So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.

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The best trip to pack for is heaven because we can leave behind everything that ways us down.

We can put off things like hatred, anger, depression, greed, lying, stress, the need for approval, and everything else that the world has attached to us that is contrary to the word of God.

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What is weighing you down? What do you wake up with in the morning and groan inwardly because somehow it is still there?

I challenge you to make a list of weights that you are carrying and then lay them at the feet of Jesus who declares, 

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

In other words He will take your pain for His joy. Your sadness for His happiness. Your brokenness for His wholeness. Your bondage for His freedom.

Go on and lay it down, whatever it is as you pack for you trip to heaven.