The Jesus-Girl Who Confesses

Hi friends! For the months of May/June, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan!

As daughters of God who have placed their trust in Jesus Christ, we need to willfully enter our prayer closet and bring before God our desperate need for His forgiveness and deliverance.

The most sacred thing in our lives, is our relationship with God. No act of human influence can compare to Jesus Christ who has touched our souls, for He has chosen to rescue us!

Lord, I told you about the evil I have done. I am sorry for my sin (Psalm 38:18; ERV).

This is what we need to do, because we are accountable to God for what we have done. While we may avoid this truth, if we could, the reality is – we can’t hide from our sin. No one has been able to successfully hide from their sin. Adam and Eve tried to, but they ended up only hiding from God. Walk out of the darkness, by entering Jesus’ well-lit presence!

Before we can become a woman of influence, we have to be a woman with a humble heart who acknowledges her sin before a most holy God. We must allow Jesus Christ into our lives.

Here are some truths we must grasp –

(1) God is set apart, and cannot even look upon sin.

O Lord my God, my Holy One, you who are eternal. . . But you are pure and cannot stand the sight of evil (Hab. 1:12a, 13a, NLT).

(2) Even though it is uncomfortable to think about our sin, let’s find comfort in our Christian community where we all must confess our sins and turn from them. Also, let’s confess to one another, so we may be prayed for and healed.

But he was wounded and bruised for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace; he was lashed—and we were healed! We—every one of us—have strayed away like sheep! We, who left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet God laid on him the guilt and sins of every one of us! (Isaiah 53:5-6, TLB)

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working (James 5:16, ESV).

(3) Most importantly: As we repent of sin, let’s celebrate Jesus Christ as our Redeemer. He has paid the ultimate price, and loved us with an eternal love.

. . . Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice (Psalm 51:7b-8, NKJV).

I invite you to enter a quiet place, where you can talk to God about the struggles with sin and seek His forgiveness.

Want to learn more about confession, sin, what God says, and having a relationship with Jesus Christ? I am hosting a daily devotional on 1 John over at Indoor Outreach. Join us, as we dive into God’s Word!

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Week 7: 2 Thessalonians 1:11

With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith (2 Thess. 1:11, NIV).

It always stops me in my tracks, when I read “By His power, He may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.” Many of us have unmet desires we are waiting on. God can give us these desires, but it is up to God if they are fulfilled and when that fulfillment happens.

Let’s focus on the Lord, and give Him our heart’s desires!

Truth be told, it is about surrendering our desires to God and keeping our focus on Him. Our focus needs to be on drawing nearer to our King Jesus, not the dreams.

In the waiting and wondering period, we are learning to trust that God is working on our behalf. As we draw nearer, God is changing us from the inside – out. Look at what Philippians 2:13 teaches us – For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him (NLT).

The right kind of desires are given to us by God, and fulfilled by God in His timing!

Keep coming back to Jesus – our Redeemer. When we keep coming back to Jesus as our Redeemer, we will not be disappointed. We will be reminded of the abundant hope we have been given. Jesus Christ came for you and me.

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst (1 Tim. 1:15).

Called by God

While the God of the Universe gives us other desires, He gave us the ultimate desire for Him. God is the One who calls; what we are called to is God’s own kingdom and glory (Reformation Study Bible). We have been moved from a place of condemnation because of our sins (see John 3:16-17) and ushered into the presence of God (see Hebrews 4:14-16). It is a complete change in our destination.

Not only has He chosen to save us, we can enjoy His sweet presence – today!

Cleansed by Jesus

Through Jesus Christ, we have been saved and made new. His love for us is what made the difference in our lives. Jesus Christ is what matters in our lives, which is why we celebrate our Redeemer. He came for us, and is away. He is worthy of our praise and the One who makes us worthy.

Because of Jesus Christ, we can stand in His presence and enjoy our heavenly Father. We have been reconciled to God and He will make us worthy and cause us to grow in all areas of our lives. Now, that’s worthy celebrating!

Both past election and present growth are crucial. They are already children of God; they are to live lives governed by this reality. Thereby, Jesus’ name will be glorified and they in turn will be glorified in him. All of this is accomplished through grace (Asbury Commentary).

MMS – Rest

MMSFor the month of October, I am joining many bloggers in a challenge to write every single day for 31 days. I learned about this challenge through another challenge I participate in most weeks. The “Five Minute Friday” challenge is going to expand to last the whole month! Each entry, will be five minutes unedited of writing on a particular theme – found on Kate’s blog.Today’s theme is “rest.”

Sundays are known as the day of “rest.” But, what is rest? Do we even get it? Rest is the thing that redefines our day. Rest has a few hidden, or not-so-hidden, lessons wrapped up in this gift of rest.

Our Rest Lessons

  • Busyness is not your friend.
  • You need to take care of you.
  • The endless “to do” list can wait.
  • We need to set aside time to rest and reflect.

Our Reminder

More importantly, rest reminds us that we need Jesus.

We are weary souls, who can run anywhere from here to Timbuktu in search of rest. Our weary souls need someone this world cannot deliver. Our weary souls need Jesus.

Rest has to involve Jesus. When it doesn’t, our spirits lose out on the rest it needs. Rest should be something we treat as a blessing. Like many things though – when we don’t rest, we experience the consequences of it. Rest is not only a human-thing, but a gift-thing. Even Jesus rested. After everything was created, God set aside that seventh day to rest.

It is when we rest

that we can slow down

and just celebrate

the work God has done in our lives.

Just Rest

Just rest. This is God’s gift for His child. We can rest and run to Him. Our souls are spent every single day on many things. Every single day, we spend our souls until we are down to nothing. It is time to be replenished. Just take time to calmly rest. However God calls you to rest, celebrate the gift of rest.

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30, ESV).”

MMS – Calling

MMSFor the month of October, I am joining many bloggers in a challenge to write every single day for 31 days. I learned about this challenge through another challenge I participate in most weeks. The “Five Minute Friday” challenge is going to expand to last the whole month! Each entry, will be five minutes  (or a bit longer) unedited of writing on a particular theme – found on Kate’s blog.Today’s theme is “calling.”

Calling is our God-given soul thing. What were you made to do? What have I been made to do?

A Calling Gives Us Purpose!

Calling…
a profession, or as we usually say, a vocation ( 1 Corinthians 7:20 ). The “hope of your calling” in Ephesians 4:4 is the hope resulting from your being called into the kingdom of God (Easton’s Bible Dictionary).

Our calling, or soul thing, is the driving force behind what we do. And, it impacts! It impacts not just the rest of the world, but it impacts us too. Let’s not focus on what our calling means to e-v-e-r-y one else. Just you and Jesus. Just me and Jesus. The love relationship we have entered.

Here’s the thing: This is what our calling represents.

“A Blessed Hope (Titus 2:13)”

“A hope…future…plan…and purpose (Jer. 29:11).”

Trials Cannot Void Our Calling! (Take that, Satan!)

The important component about our calling, is trials cannot cause it to become void.

“Sorry, this calling is no longer applicable to you… because your body is flustered today…” #EpicFail

Okay, seriously.

It doesn’t work like that.

I realize it might work quite well, in the moment, but our calling just doesn’t work that way. #ThankYouJesus

Today’s Calling

Today’s calling is the same as yesterday’s, and the day before that. The calling doesn’t change.

Our calling doesn’t change, because God doesn’t change. God may have enter different seasons of our lives, because it is part of life itself… but, God and His invitation to join Him in life and fellowship and eternal life – that has not changed!

It’s just my days begin to do some changing. The days are random, and look differently from the first of the month to the end of the month. But my calling, as well as your calling, is still in place.

This is the significance of our calling.

It doesn’t depend on circumstances.

It doesn’t depend on how well our health may be.

It doesn’t even depend upon our emotions.

“God opens doors no one can shut. Likewise, He closes doors no one can open (see Rev. 3:8).”

We need to celebrate the calling God has placed upon our lives! We may have bad days. We may have good days. We may have stressful or joyous days. But, our calling… is the same.

The invite God has given to each of us, remains.

And, it begins by stepping into a relationship with Him through His Son Jesus.

And the specific call He is giving is, well… that’s just the beginning of the journey – now, isn’t it?

Have a blessed day!

In Him,

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Five Minute Friday – Celebrate

Five-Minute-Friday-4-300x300Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Minute Friday! This week’s theme is “celebrate”. To learn more about Five Minute Friday, please visit Kate’s blog for more details… Each week, a community of bloggers come together with the common goal is to spend five unedited minutes to write on a topic (although if I am in a groove like today, I spend a bit more than 5 minutes).

I have something to celebrate.

God is reviving my heart in so many exciting ways. It’s just so amazing to see what happens, as I lead a more obedient life. Not that I was disobedient, per se. When you have a laptop and WiFi in your possession, it can be easy to allow your walk with God to become more distracted than we might realize.

We have these great ways to use technology to help us grow closer to God.

But sometimes, it just doesn’t turn out that way – as expected.

Motives are good, but the outcome –  not so good.

My Celebration!

If you follow my blog regularly, you might remember last week – I said yes to letting go of my “main” Facebook. This is the Facebook where all my friends, old contacts, family, etc are. It’s filled with people. But, here’s the thing: I have realized I don’t actually talk to any. No deep connections are being made. People haven’t felt a desperate need to contact me.

The God-Send!

I don’t even miss it.

What-so-ever.

I don’t miss it.

When I left that Facebook (okay, technically I signed out for 2 out of 3 devices), I felt relief. It felt like a job. “I have to be on there” or the famous “someone might need me.” Okay, it has been 2 weeks. Nobody on there actually “needs” me. That would be a lie. A big lie.

So, it’s time to celebrate.

God is revealing brand new truths to me, that I have longtime missed – as I studied His Word. He is reviving my spirit. He is calming my spirit. He is weeding out the bad, and flooding my soul with really-good-and-life-changing things.

The Connection Thing

It took removing myself from my “main” Facebook to understand the spiritual. To understand truth. To begin to trust (really-trust, not self-deceiving-kind-of-trust) God. God is working, and giving me knowledge, understanding, and wisdom about my trials. And, I am just so grateful!

Reflection

What do you have to celebrate? Share with me.

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