Don’t Be A Go With The Flow Christian/ Set Some Life Goals

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Just for fun, there is a quick poll at the end of this post.

Do you have goals? Some of us are more goal-oriented than others. Nevertheless, it is good to want to accomplish things. The Bible does warn us against the sin  selfish ambitions. We must be careful not to have idols in our life, and not to place anything above Jesus, but there is nothing wrong with setting some goals.

Christians are to live purposeful lives. Yes, we are supposed to be gentle, humble, meek, and we are called to have servants’ hearts, but by no means are we to ever go with the flow. You may be surprised to learn that going with the flow is actually detrimental to the life of a Christian.

We must be sober and vigilant because our adversary, the devil, is out like a lion seeking whom he may devour. The purpose of a Christian’s life is to serve God primarily, and we are to commit our ways to God.  Christians should be devoted to seeking the kingdom of God first and foremost.

If we have God’s word written in our hearts, we won’t lead aimless lives. 

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God has bestowed us with different skills and abilities. Problems arise when we think we are superior to others, and when we believe our talents are better than somebody else’s, this is where we can fall down in the humility department. But God wants us to make the most of what He has given us and to be thankful.

Keep Your Eyes On The Prize

Philippians 3: 13-14 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Our lives should represent the Gospel; indeed, we are not saved by good works, but we are saved for good work, our should reflect this. We are not just meant to sit and wait and see what the future brings the Bible already tells us what the future brings, we are to work and live our lives in the spirit of excellence, serving our King. 

Commit Your Ways To The Lord

The reason why so many of us fail to achieve our aims because we don’t put God first. We allow the negativity and toxicity of others to overcome us instead of recognizing it for what it is.

Have you ever told somebody that you wanted to be healthier and fitter only for them to turn around and tell you that there’s no point, life is too short to be worrying about your health and so on? There is nothing Godly, encouraging, or helpful about this type of response. It is up to you to not take ownership of it. Check out the following link http://wheremysoulrests.com/2019/10/23/when-the-intentions-of-others-are-not-always-good-and-what-you-can-do-about-it/

Why set life goals? God is a God of order not chaos, if we are His people, there should be order in our lives.

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Only dead fish go with the flow

Keep Calm Focus On Your Goals

Proverbs 21:5  The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.

If you aresomeone who falls under negativity (and the truth is many of us do) it might be wise to not tell people about your goals, protect it from toxic people, as they will only discourage you. There is nothing wrong with wanting to better yourself, and the small steps make such a difference. 

When you stand with the word of God, you are not standing on sinking sand, you are standing on solid ground. God has plans for your future, and His plans are never to harm you, but always to help you. So go out there and live your life as a person on a mission.

The devil also has plans for us too, and it’s to lead us to ruin. He will put people in your path to sabotage you so that you accomplish nothing good. This is why we must focus on our savior. As a Christian, you are on a mission, God gives each one of us purpose. Work hard to achieve your goals and do not let anyone stand in your way. Keep your eyes upon Jesus. All too often, Christians readily give Into bullying and fail to realize their potential. The world is a hostile place, and for all the talk of empathy and inclusion. There is no room for those of us who live by the Gospel. Cling onto God with every ounce of strength you have. 

Should Christians Have Non-Christian Friends?

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As Christians, we know how meaningful relationships are, it takes work, and it takes care to maintain good relations with the people in our lives. Without a doubt, our marriages involve a lot of work, as does our parenting. But another type of relationship that requires careful consideration is friendship. Before any of us get married and have families of our own, our friends are influential and have a lot to do with the sort of people we become. 

Whether you were raised in a Christian home or not, you must understand that God wants us to be discerning about the company we choose to keep. God created us to be around other people, God gave us communities, but Christians are not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers. We can be friends with unbelievers but to a degree.

It is a real tragedy when people, being so desperate to fit in, make friends with abusers. It is saddening how many people get led astray by people they perceive as friends. As Christians, we need to be intentional about what kind of people we want in our lives. The Bible tells us that bad company corrupts good character; we are social creatures. That’s how God made us, but we must be careful to whom we open our lives and our hearts. 

We need fellowship with those who will support our walk with the Lord and who themselves walk closely with the lord. We want the sort of friends who love Jesus and their family in Christ. We should not have to sacrifice inner peace for the sake of clinging to shallow, counterfeit friendships; instead, we can enjoy the fullness and peace of God in every area of our lives, including our associations with others.

The Cost Of Following Jesus

One of the biggest concerns for new Believers is whether or not they will lose their old friends as they follow Jesus, and it’s understandable to have that concern. We have strong attachments to our friends, and it can be hard to let go.

The truth is that there is a cost to following Jesus, and you will lose friends; however, as you continue your walk with the lord, you will want to be with people who cherish Jesus these people will be an encouragement to you.

You will discover that you no longer miss your old way of life, including your old friends. If you are genuinely born again, you will love Jesus more than anyone or anything, and your new friendships will reflect the new creation you are in Christ.

Many Christians will have friends that are not Christians, they may not even be remotely religious, but the bond is not the same as with a Christan friend, the reason being that our fellow believers are our brothers and sisters in Christ. A good test of our faith is to ask ourselves, who do we love more? Do we love unsaved family members more than our brothers and sisters in the Lord? That connection to other believers is vital for the body of Christ, as we are all members of that same body. We will be sharing eternity with our fellow believers.

Speaking from personal experience, I have moments when I feel weak in my faith, but I know that my family in Christ are there to pray for me and support me in my time of need, and I must be willing to do that for my godly friends.

Friendship For A Young Christian

If you are a young person in school or college, it is wise to look for friends who love the Lord and who can be a positive influence in your life. The people of this world do not love the Gospel, they are hostile to the Good News, it is unwise for you to associate with people like that.

You may think that they will see the Light in you, and will want what you have, but that is a rarity.  What usually happens is that you will be led astray; these people hate what you are about and will want to change you. God’s enemies are very controlling (sometimes without knowing it), and before you know it, you will be down the path that leads to destruction – it’s a dark place to be. 

Friendship For A Married Person

If you are married, Godly friends are an enormous blessing, you need friends that will bless your marriage, and will encourage you to be a better spouse. You need people that won’t talk badly about your husband or wife but instead will help you to be loving, kind, and patient with your spouse. 

We live in a culture that treats marriage like it’s only a piece of paper, and divorce is only around the corner if you are unhappy. Your friends should be the kind of people who honor your marriage and pray for you both.

God’s Wisdom On Friendship

I could go on about the subject of friendship, but let’s look at what God’s word has to say about it:

Proverbs 12:26  One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

1 Corinthians 15:33  Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
Proverbs 13:20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Proverbs 19:20 Listen to advice and accept instruction that you may gain wisdom in the future.

Proverbs 14:6-7 A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding. Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge.

Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

 

 

Know That Your Worth Is In Christ

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Hi friends, let me start by wishing you all a very Happy New Year I hope that 2020 will be good for everybody.  As I look back on 2019, I cannot help but feel very thankful for my walk with Jesus, all glory to God for bringing me this far in my life.  I hope that this year will bring you closer to the lord too. In this post, I just want to share something that God has laid on my heart, and it’s about the importance of knowing your worth in Christ. 

For many years, I’ve always looked to other people for validation; sadly, I’ve wasted so much time worrying about the opinions of others. It’s only human to want to be liked, nobody wants to be hated. Still, as Christians, we should not seek the approval of fellow sinful men and women,  we should stop trying to see ourselves through the eyes of others and instead see our worth in Christ. 

God Knows Our Need Before We Ask

I agree that I don’t know it all. I don’t always know what’s best for myself, but I do know that the God of heaven and earth, the God who created you and me, knows what’s best for His creation. He knows our every need before we even ask Him.  Matthew 6:8, “Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

I just want to share with you an excellent quote from Martin Luther “God doesn’t love us because of our worth, we are of worth because God loves us” I really believe when we understand that we must seek to please God and find His validation, nothing can tear us down. Sometimes God allows us to be broken so that He can build us back up again, then again, He is goodness itself, consider this verse(Psalm 34:18) “The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit”; other human beings will claim to build you up when they’re tearing you down the difference between those people, and God, is that they are not good.

Beware Of Master Manipulators

This year I’ve decided I’m going to be intentional about seeking the approval of God and not of Man. I do want to respect people, I do want to show the love of Christ and live out the gospel. Still, I do not believe that God intends for his people to allow themselves to be vulnerable to those who only want to control us and eventually do us harm. He doesn’t want us to be ‘yes’ men. Check out the link https://wheremysoulrests.wordpress.com/2019/10/23/when-the-intentions-of-others-are-not-always-good-and-what-you-can-do-about-it/

I am really hoping that from this year onwards, I will use the word ‘no’ more often, albeit judiciously. My aim is to never apologize for who God created me to be and to not reward others who try to guilt-trip me. If this has been a struggle for you too, I hope that you feel convicted to pray about it and seek the Lord’s wisdom on this matter. If we stand firm in God’s word, nothing can shake us. 

God bless,

Lisa

Love, Joy, Hope, And Peace Continues After Christmas For The Believer

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How was Christmas day for you? I know it can be a hard time for some. Apologies for such a negative intro to this post. Truth be told, I have mixed feelings about the season; for the bad feelings, my reasons are threefold; firstly, some of you may know that I lost my son, Tom Luke, over three and a half years ago, and I wonder what he would be up to now. And, It’s hard not to feel robbed of my son’s life, he should be here with us, with me (his mum), dad, and baby sister. Secondly, I’ve always been an introvert, so having to come out of my warm and cozy shell, to visit people, is not easy. Lastly, having worked in retail for many years, I know all too well the ugly, rude, and downright horrible side of the season.

What I do love about Christmas is that it’s a time of hope. The music can be annoying (primarily if you work with the public). But, there is a joy and expectation of goodness contained within the music. Thankfully, as followers of Jesus, joy, and hope aren’t missing from our lives, simply because the Yuletide is over. We also have peace and love because of what Christ has done for us, consider what the Lord says in this verse. “I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27

I love how Jesus communicates to us that the peace the world has to offer is nothing like the peace He gives us. Another verse that I cherish and think of often, and, again speaks of peace, not of this earth is Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

When I reflect on the person I was before getting saved, I can’t help but be thankful to the Lord for what He has accomplished in my life, He continues to renew me every day. Consider the fruit of the Holy Spirit as depicted in Galatians 5: 22-26

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other”.

We can walk in step with the Spirit and bear the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, and self-control, we can show goodwill towards others because Jesus has dealt with our sins on the cross. We can have this all year round, and not just on Christmas, we are very privileged people.

I hope that you continue to make the most of the celebrations, God bless,

Lisa

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Is Pro-Life

nativity-sceneI’ve been thinking a lot about Christmas and its undeniable Pro-life message. Christmas is not a Christian holiday as such, anyone can celebrate it. I’m not going to get into the origins of Christmas, but yes, Christ is connected to it.

For many Christians, this season is an extraordinary reminder of the birth of our Lord and savior. Imagine if Mary disobeyed God’s plan and said no, there would be no hope for mankind, no remission for sins if the messiah did not come into the world to bear our sins on the cross, as was the Father’s plan.

The first person to recognize Jesus was a pre-born baby, look at the verse Luke 1:41

“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.”

If you asked people what they love about Christmas, many would say spending time with loved ones, others would say receiving presents and eating delicious food. Some might say Christmas is just another day for them.  If pregnancies were not allowed to continue, the people who mean so much to us, would not exist, those people wouldn’t exist to bless our lives with gifts and delicious food. And living to see just another day is a tremendous blessing in itself.

All life is sacred, we are created in God’s image and likeness, fearfully and wonderfully made, knitted together in our mother’s womb. To say that nobody is perfect is an understatement; the bible says that all have sinned, all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet we each have intrinsic value, we all matter to God. We all need Jesus as our Lord and savior. In Christ, we have our true identity, and we have true equality. The world talks a lot about equality, but it is a false notion of equality, where some lives are considered more important than others, but God says all life matters.

Dear reader, your life matters, my life matters, the lives of preborn babies matter, the lives of sick preborn babies matter. All life is so precious, and in life, there is hope. My hope is in Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I hope you know Him too. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I want you to understand how valuable you are, and I hope you have a great 2020.

God bless

Lisa

 

How To Trust In God’s Faithfulness

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In my post previous to this one ( check the link https://wheremysoulrests.wordpress.com/2019/12/16/seek-gods-guidance-for-2020/), I wrote about our need as believers, to seek God’s guidance, and to look toward 2020 with renewed hope in God’s goodness to us. If you happened to read through that post, I hope that you made that resolution to do so before January 1st.

Dear reader, if you are a believer, hopefully, this article will remind you to trust in the Lord’s faithfulness and to hold steadfastly to Him. If you are not a believer, I want you to feel encouraged to put your trust in Jesus and what He did for you on the cross.

How do we begin to trust in God’s faithfulness? Does it come naturally to believers? If you’re anything like me, even as a Christian, I try to fix problems on my own, it’s in my sinful nature to want to control my life, that’s not the will of God. He often reminds me of what He accomplished for me on the cross.

The  Lord never promises us health, wealth, and happiness in His word (He is a God of His word) We are never guaranteed to be popular, loved, liked, have problem-free marriages, problem-free families. In fact, it’s the very opposite, He lays it out very clearly for us, we will be hated by everyone, that includes our nearest and dearest.

Lately, I’ve been pondering my Christian walk a lot, and while it is hard going, and you lose people, the Bible articulates this very clearly. The fact that it is written in black and white for us to understand makes things easier, I love that we have a black and white God, who is truthful and Just.

These 5 steps are how I’m learning to lean on God’s faithfulness, I hope they are an encouragement to you:

1) Trust In God’s Timing

This is a must for any Christian. You will often hear people disbelieving the Lord’s return, but He has His time, He is always patient. consider the following verses:

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)

In their hearts, humans plan their course,
    but the Lord establishes their steps. (Proverbs 16:9)

For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him?
    His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back? (Isaiah 14:27)

2) Pray, Pray, Pray

Whatever it is that you are going through in life, God never tires of listening to us, other people do, but not God. If you are struggling to lean on His faithfulness, and you recognize your need to control, talk to God about it, He won’t condemn you, He wants us to pray, and we NEED to pray.

 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him! (Matthew 7:11)

Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and He hears my voice. (Psalm 55:17)

3) Know That God Only Speaks The Truth

It’s a fact that God does not lie! Not only does He not lie, but He also doesn’t give false hope, or cushion any blows. He is always truthful all of the time. I don’t know about you, but I find that very comforting.

God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change his mind.
Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill? (Numbers23:19)

4) Know That God Is Your Provider

God has given everything we require for life, we have a lot to be thankful for.

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake. (Psalm23: 1-3)

5) Look To The cross

Jesus suffered an agonizing, humiliating death, for your sake. The Lord paid the price for our sins, He promised this, in the Bible, hundreds of years before He that horrific moment. If that doesn’t make us trust in God’s faithfulness to us, what else will?

He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their face He was despised, and we held Him in low esteem. (Isaiah 53:3)

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6)

I hope that this post has offered you encouragement.

God bless

Lisa

Resolve To Seek God’s Guidance In 2020 And Beyond

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With 2020 rapidly approaching, let’s face the New Year and decade with fresh hope in God’s goodness to us. Are you hoping to start something new in 2020? Such as a new job or your own business, you need the Lord’s hand upon your life. If you are making New Years Resolutions, consider resolving to commit your plans to the Lord first.

God is a loving Father to his children and delights in us when we seek wisdom from Him, but we cannot neglect our primary calling, which is to put Him first in our lives. We must humble ourselves and be prepared to accept His will, after all, He is the perfect Father, and He knows what we need, even if it seems hard at the time.

I would like to share some verses from scripture, that speak of our need for the Lord’s wise counsel, as a believer, you know that you cannot go through life without it. Let’s consider the following 6 verses and apply them to our lives, starting from today and into the new year:

6 Bible Verses On God’s Guidance

 

1) Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. (Proverbs 16:3)

2) Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness like the dawn, your justice like the noonday sun. (1 Kings 2:4-6)

3) Cast your burden upon the LORD, and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken. (Psalm 55:22)

4) When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the view of life. ( John 8:12)

5) The Lord Says, “I Will Guide You Along The Best Pathway For Your Life. I Will Advise You And Watch Over You”. (Psalm 32:8)

6) Trust In The Lord With All Your Heart; Do Not Depend On Your Own Understanding. Seek His Will In All You Do, And He Will Show You Which Path To Take. ((Proverbs3:5-6 )

The Lord Wants To Take Your Burdens

As you can see from the verses above, the Lord is happy to take our burdens, He knows our weaknesses all too well. God never gets compassion fatigued, He wants us to lay our burdens down at His feet, follow Him, and seek His guidance.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this post, and what are some of your resolutions for 2020?

 

6 Indoor Activity Ideas for Preschoolers

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Are you the parent of a toddler with screen time issues and looking for ways to keep them busy at home Please note, that many of the following activities can be enjoyed by both child and parent, and it can be a lovely bonding session between them. If your child is watching something, you could try to engage them by saying “look what I have” and play with the objects yourself, describing what you’re doing as you go along. By describing what you’re doing each time, it will look like fun to your small child and something worth doing. Obviously, reading and playing outside is essential, but there are times when you need to be indoors. Many of the ideas below are relatively inexpensive, which is a plus.

6 Low-cost Activities To Keep Your Toddler Busy 

Stickers/ sticker books

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Many children just love stickers, there’s something about only being able to stick colorful pictures on to anything and anyone that fills them with so much joy. Activity books are great, and there is something to keep most small children happy. Apart from stickers, there are coloring to do, puzzles, and games.

Play-doh

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Play-doh is popular among children above the age of 2, but that doesn’t mean every 2 year old is ready for Play-doh; many pre-schoolers still put objects into their mouths, so introduce play-doh carefully and sparingly.

Pipe cleaners

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There is no end to what you and your child can make together. My daughter demands that I make crowns, and I add colorful feathers as well. You can make people, animals, jewelry, flowers, etc.

Make  Doll Houses From Empty Boxes, Plastic Milk Bottles, And Containers

Not my video, it’s from Creative World, well worth a look.

You don’t have to create anything fancy (doing so is probably not a good idea anyway, especially with a toddler) cutting out a window here, and a door there is enough to get your child interested. You could even introduce some of their blocks to make dollhouse furniture, this should hopefully lead to hours ( ok realistically, minutes ) of imaginative play.

Play Some Music And Get Moving

Put on your favorite music, as long as it’s suitable to dance to. Dancing is a great exercise, and if your little one sees you enjoying yourself, he or she will be encouraged to join you. Most children enjoy dancing, any movement in general. This is a fun exercise for parents and children.

Play With Balloons

Balloons are cheerful to look at, their shape and colors are irresistible to any kiddo, but you can play catch with them, throw loads up in the air, draw on them, put stickers on them, bang them on the floor to make music, go crazy with them.

Finally

The most important thing is to enjoy your time with your child /children and not feel under pressure.

Know that you can only try your best, but there is no reason why parents shouldn’t have fun too!

I would love to hear some of your ideas in the comments section, what do you do to keep your children occupied when indoors?

God bless

Lisa

When Life Is Hard As A Christian, Here’s What You Can Do

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As a follower of Jesus, your journey, through life, in this broken world, will be challenging, demoralizing, and confusing at times. We are to be in the world but not of the world, and getting the balance right can be difficult.

The values of this world are not the same as God’s values, sadly, those of this world, believe that to be successful in life, they have to rely on their own strength, and step on others if necessary; bullying is Commonplace, love has grown cold, and the Bible indeed says that “the love of money is the root of all evil.” As God’s people, like Christ, we are to be the light of the world, that does not mean that we’re going to be loved, accepted, or listened to. People will not readily accept the gospel, we will be mocked, lose friendships, family, and even worse, yet, we are called to endure all things (1Cor 13:7)

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If You Feel Like A Stranger In This World As A Christian, Count It All Joy 

Speaking from personal experience, I often feel like a stranger in my own land, I feel like I just don’t belong, and it used to bother me. But, since my walk with the Lord has increased over the years, I count it all joy, for I know that the “joy of the Lord is my strength” (Nehemiah 8:10) and I know “that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11) and this gives me so much hope and peace when I encounter trials.

One of the things I love about being a Christian is that I no longer have to feel accepted by the world. I don’t care who likes me or who doesn’t like me, and, I know that even if everybody in the world rejected me, God still loves me and He sent his only begotten son to die for me on a cross, I have the greatest love of all – I have Jesus.

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Learn To Relinquish Control And Give It To Jesus

I genuinely believe that the expression “soldiering on” is about Christians, as God’s people, we are to be an army and be prepared for the spiritual battles that lie ahead. Our training can involve enduring the wilderness, we can often feel helpless, not spiritual. But I really believe in those times, God is trying to show us that we cannot rely upon ourselves. The whole point of this exercise is to reveal our weak state, to learn to relinquish control, and to transfer the trust we have in ourselves over to Him.

Remember That God Is Always Faithful

I am so thankful that my God is always faithful, I know that I stand on solid ground with His promises. I hope that anyone who reads my blog will take something away from it and that in some small way, it will be an encouragement to anyone who doesn’t feel like they have what it takes to stand firm, nobody has what it takes, and thankfully it’s not about us, it’s about Christ, He gives us strength.

 

God bless,

Lisa

Can A Believer Be Worldly?

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Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?

This is just a snippet of the verse from James 4:4  the full verse is the following: “You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”

There is a real sense of urgency in the tone of that particular verse from James’ epistle.

To put it simply, the world hates God and doesn’t care to obey Him. We as Christians are to be a people set apart. We are called to love everyone, but we are not to approve of their sinful deeds – by doing so, we are aligning ourselves with the world and showing ourselves to be God’s enemy.

The people and material things of this world can be very enticing, but consider what Mark 8:36 has to say about this issue: “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” In the end, nothing is more valuable than your soul – not even your life, why? Because souls are eternal, but our lives on earth are temporary.

I know that sometimes we just want to fit in and not make any big statements about our faith; it can seem like the path of least resistance. However, we are commanded by God to go out into the world and preach the Gospel, wherever God has placed us.

We serve the King of Kings, we are to obey Him with a spirit of excellence, He does not want us to help another master or be lukewarm, we are royalty when we belong to Him. The world is lost, and in darkness, we are the light of the world, and our unsaved family and friends are watching us. Dear believers, our lives are to be a picture of the Gospel.

Speaking from personal experience, the more that I have matured in my walk with the Lord, the less I care to be like the world. If you love Jesus, the desires of this world will go, and that’s when you will really enjoy the fullness of being free in Christ.

 

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