Good morning everyone, how beautiful and glorious is this day the Lord has made!! I know many of you may not want to RECEIVE that word, as today may not feel glorious. You may have major hurdles, hurts, and strife in front of you. If that is the case please turn to James 1:2-5, for comfort and clarity.
The verse selection the Lord put on my heart this morning in study, is several verses, eight in fact. I pasted them all in at the bottom, using the amplified version to provide those additional and explosive adjectives. Also; turn to Romans chapter 5, so powerful and so often taught I think we sometimes miss the entire point. Through one mans sin (Adam), death was brought down to all of creation. Death ruling through to Moses. Forward to Christ, through one mans righteousness (the Lord Jesus Christ) and through that He is the gift, the gift of His Son from Father God. Through His act, as a man, He rained down LIFE for all, who choose it, to have eternal LIFE. WOW right.
The below selection speaks to our days, not the big picture, the granular moments. The why Lord moments; how about we modify that to But God. If not But for God... I can't oh wait a minute, But God says I can. I don't know what to do, I am uncomfortable with this situation... God doesn't say ignore, he says seek the truth, get uncomfortable, get to the truth and trust in Him. Or, whoops I'm not good enough for His blessings; we do NOT serve a Lord that is works based. He is not scoring our performance, even our sins once repented are forgotten. So those old tapes, even other people trying to assert your past; DON'T LET THEM have power over you. Say, "But My God... Fill in the blank. Thank You Lord."
The POWER, STRENGTH, and MIGHT the LORD has bestowed is there for us to utilize. To take, it isn't like food in the refrigerator that will go bad. It is sitting and waiting for us to DECIDE on. What have you decided?
THANK YOU LORD, HALLELUJAH. Stand in agreement w me today and rejoice in our Victorious Life. His promises, His perfect painting, timing, and Hand in all things. Thank You Lord for our trials, thank you for our molding and shaping, and THANK YOU LORD for your Gift!! In Jesus Name. Amen
“THEREFORE, SINCE we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). Through Him also we have [our] access (entrance, introduction) by faith into this grace (state of God's favor) in which we [firmly and safely] stand. And let us rejoice and exult in our hope of experiencing and enjoying the glory of God. Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance. And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith and tried integrity). (((( again cross reference this promise w James 1:1-5)))) And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of] joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation. Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God's love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us. While we were yet in weakness [powerless to help ourselves], at the fitting time Christ died for (in behalf of) the ungodly. Now it is an extraordinary thing for one to give his life even for an upright man, though perhaps for a noble and lovable and generous benefactor someone might even dare to die. But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.” Romans 5:1-8 AMP
There is an interesting concept I would like to challenge you to explore today, and therefore consider making a change today. All of us don't really want to admit or talk about these little secrets, they are our parachutes. The concept is well I know I'm not perfect, so I know I will fall, and I know I can repent and be forgiven once again by His grace. So choosing not to try hard, choosing that you don't need to do what you said or promised you were going to do, that passive choice that you really don't need to be accountable and choosing do something on the dark side.
Literally this kind of thinking grieves His Spirit! And is seriously short changing you in all walks of YOUR life and everyone around you!!!
Why, it is simple we are giving ourselves the permission to sin, to fail, to quit, to be lazy, to be totally asleep at the wheel! Yep, this is not different than telling someone, okay I will TRY to do that. Verses say, Yes I will do it, consider it done. The first example is giving yourself an out, and NOT committing at all. The second is an absolute commitment, a promise that it is done (whatever it is). Why do we do this; are we secretly holding out just in case something better comes along?
I had a conversation the other day, really about those things people say, such as "oh that was an accident" , "I did not mean to do that, or "I did not mean for that to happen" and so on. Literally, "oh sorry I didn't mean to cheat on you!?!?!? Come on can we ALL RIGHT NOW SAY SERIOUSLY!!! Think about that list, I am sure we can come up with a laundry list of those statements - unfortunately. Reality is I said, "those are not accidents they are choices - period. Drunk, confused, tired, lazy whatever the excuse you are still in charge of your own faculties and capable of making a decision. They are after the fact excuses that somehow we are taught to accept/forgive. That is a real problem we have right now, accountability, we don't want to be accountable as a society nor hold anyone else accountable." Terrible right! Terrible but true, so stop and ask yourself what is your process to your choices, your decisions, big or small, they have an affect on everything.
Start with OWNING do what you way you are going to do. If something changes, reset the expectations of that person. Don't simply ignore and try to fix it later. To the big things... think about it like this, your actions, your choices, your chosen behavior will not be forgiven because the damage you did is done. That person will need to process and forgive you as a person so they will not harbor anger in their heart. But, just pretend it didn't happen. NOPE. With this mindset maybe, just maybe you can bring yourself back to an "Accountable State".
What is the difference. I believe it is a state of mind, a state of faith verses a state of insecurity or wanting to play it safe. Why do we want to play it safe? It is easy fear of failure, embarrassment, potential damage to our pride or egos. Or, the biggie a fear of missing out on some fun - right now - and giving into to our flesh in the most selfish manner. Holy Cow Right, Yes Sam just put the big IT on the table. Turned the lights on. Of course I did !-)
Fact is God knows this already, see the verses below. Among a myriad of passages specifically saying, hey people you can't keep secrets from your creator! He as usual gives us ways and means to be saved through Grace, He always has our backs. Thank You Lord!!
He also warns and instructs on how to have a more fulfilled life, reap His immensely amazing and powerful promises. It is simple change our mindset... Yes that is us making a choice. Our wills, each moment, each day, every day. That is what makes it so powerful.
So try this; realize and say it out loud a minimum of 21 times today. The definition of failure is no longer "a failed attempt", it is NOW STARTING TODAY... The Definition of Failure is Not Trying w Your Full Commitment to Begin with!!! It is Not result based, it is INTENT based!!! You see if you dive in, give it your all, truly commitment, without all those little parachutes (easy out buttons which erode your true intent) .... No matter what the result you have WON, you have SUCCEEDED!!! Great example: how many times did it take for Thomas Edison to get it right? You see if he had the fear of failure he would have never succeeded. Instead he gave himself permission to really go for it, no matter the result, his INTENT was to figure it out and get it done!! I believe that is the attitude God wants us to have for everything, all the time, and for all of His children to be winners, to be succeeding in all walks of our lives.
As for sin, treat it the same way, don't give in, be weak, or have permission to fail on your mind. Focus on your walk, your daily efforts, be in the Word, in Prayer, have Him in your hearts... Find it that new state of mind, Keep it, Share it!!!
“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
Romans 6:1-4 NIV
“For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.”
Romans 6:5-7 NIV
This is another Tribute to Friends - Some of our worst hardships end up being so important:: 2015 was one of those years. Right here and now I want to say a special thank you to a couple of wonderful friends; Thank you Lord for sending them to me. First, you remember me saying I couldn't get out of bed. Well, Caroline like my angle came over and found me. I had not moved for almost 2 weeks. She turned on all the lights, opened the blinds, had wonderful smells she was puffing everywhere. Brought flowers and yes she helped me clean out my closet. All My Past.
All the way through to these today, my Vodrick, my amazing encourager, my new safe relationship and combined with all my wonderful God given relationships [ My/our lovely children Matthew, Theresa, John, Dylan, Fox, Kirsten, Gino, Austin, Megan, Ana, Chavis,... wow so blessed. Pops, Eric and his babies, Denise, baby Vodrick, Momma Terry, Manuel, Taylor and her babies, Tiera and her babies, John, Ashley and their babies, Monica, Megan... I am blessed ] ; they reminded me who I really was. The person I had forgotten about so many years ago. Wow Thank You Lord!! Then Jos most amazing work partner/friend ever, countless conversations he had to listen to me vent. There are many more, soon I will put this all together and thank you all.
A very special thank you to everyone praying for my Grandson John and his heart condition - Thank you All !-)
For Now Choose - Choose Faith // Choose Love // Choose Forgiveness // Choose Power
Samantha Living Live
COME JOIN IN
Learn & Live Your Life Victorious in the Fullness of the Holy Spirit
"Your True Role, Gods
Powerful Plan for You as