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. 

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

 

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