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January 14, 2014

Working Tools

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Ephesians 2:10. For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.

There is no retirement for Christians. God created us for His pleasure and prepared works for us to do. He gave us His Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ to enable us to do the wars He created for us. The Holy Spirit gives us gifts of tools to enable us to do the works God created for us to do. If we fail to use the tools He gave us He will give them to someone else to use. If we fail to do the works He created for us He will use someone else for those works and we will miss out on blessings. If we are tired of the works He created for us to do we are not using the tools He gave us through His Holy Spirit. Our question is are we willing for God to show us what works He created for us to do and use the tools He gives us? The works will vary as we become more familiar with our tools. We may repeat the works we’ve done and will also grow into new types of works. Let us learn to use the tools He gives us and continually grow into varied works.

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November 9, 2013

Inside-Out

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1 Samuel 16:7. But the Lord said to Samuel, “Dont be impressed by his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. God does not view things the way men do. People look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Not only does this verse tell us how to look at others, it tells us how to look at ourselves. When we look at a mirror we only see the reflection of our outward appearance. To look on our inward appearance, the way God sees us, we need the help of His Holy Spirit. Some of us are too lenient with ourselves. Some of us are too harsh. God’s Holy Spirit will reveal our inner self to us in ways we can handle. He isn’t harsh but He will show us areas that need His cleansing followed by His renewing. Our question is are we willing to see? Our willingness hinges on our trust level of God’s love for us. Let us choose to trust Him enough to allow His re molding us after His Image. Let us allow Him to turn us inside-out.

November 8, 2013

Never Say Never

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Matthew 26:35. Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will never deny you.” And all the disciples said the same thing.

When we taught marriage enrichment classes we taught there were 2 words never to be used: never and always. Peter could have learned from that. He was so sure of his love and commitment to Jesus. Surely he would never deny his friend. No matter what we might hope or think we can never be sure of what we would do in a future situation. We do have an advantage over Peter. If we are truly a believer in and follow of Jesus we have the gift and power of His Holy Spirit to enable us to respond to any situation in His way. Our question is are we willing and wanting to depend on His Holy Spirit for guidance and power or are we just doing our own thing in our own way? I was raised to believe I could do anything if I put my mind to it. I’ve learned I can only do anything in God’s way if I give myself over to the power of God’s Holy Spirit, asking Him how I should respond in each and every situation. He is always faithful. It is us who are not without His power.

October 23, 2013

Renewed Daily

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2 Corinthians 4:16. Therefore we do not despair, but even if our physical body is wearing away, our inner person is being renewed day by day.

Sometimes I’m tempted to fall back on an older devotion I’ve written and posted. I find I can’t do that. Each and every day I am different from the day before, I am constantly changing; changing physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Some of these changes show more than others. We don’t usually notice our cells dying but some die every day. We can see loss through shed skin or hair in a comb or brush. Our minds can learn and/or forget things each day. Our emotions are forever changing. Our spirits are under the schooling of God’s Holy Spirit. We either grow closer to God and more into His image or we grow further apart and become less like His image. The choice is ours. For Him to be renewing His image in us each day we must be available and pliable. We have a part in the renewing. God has provided us with a text-book (the Holy Bible), a teacher (His Holy Spirit) and a class room (life experiences). We can continue to live in the past or move on in growth of newness each new day God gives us. Let’s keep moving on with God and growing into His image.

October 3, 2013

Learning to Serve

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1 Corinthians 12:11. It is one and the same Spirit, distributing as he decides to each person, who produces all these things.

When a child is born the parents take care of all his needs. Nothing is required of the child. As the child grows the parent gradually teaches him things that make him part of the working family. Many of the same things are taught to all the children but there are some things that are taught to just one, depending on the child’s interests and abilities. God also gradually teaches His children through scripture and His Holy Spirit. Many of the things are taught to all of His children but there are things He chooses to just teach certain children that compliment the abilities and interest God designed in them. Our question is are we open to try new things we might be learning and seeing if they are for us? Maybe we’ve never read scripture out loud in church or never prayed out loud. How do we know if God is equipping us for these if we don’t try. Let us be willing to continue to try new ministries throughout all our days. God will always find someone else but it is us who don’t try who miss out on growth and new blessings.

September 25, 2013

Identity

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Matthew 16:16-17 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar- Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.

People are not recognizes for who they say they are. We can claim to be anyone. People gain their identity by what they do and how they act. The recognition of Who Jesus is doesn’t come from other people. Other people”s words and actions can only cause others to look from the reflection of Jesus they see in people to looking at Jesus for themselves. This is only possible through the revelation that comes from God. We are to reflect Jesus so others will see and look to Him for their own salvation. When they look for themselves God will quicken in them through His Holy Spirit until they bow before Him with the conviction of Who He is. Our question is are we keeping His reflection in us clear nought for others to want to see for themselves?

September 23, 2013

Circumcised Hearts

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Matthew 25:12. But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you. ’

We can grow up being taught about Jesus. We can have all knowledge of how a Christian should act and talk. Knowledge doesn’t make us a follower and believer in Jesus. Satan has that knowledge. It is only with a commitment of the heart of love that we can be true followers of Christ. We no longer need to circumcise our bodies but we must circumcise our hearts. We must cut out the love we have for sin and allow God’s Holy Spirit to replace it with a love for God. Our s question is are our hearts circumcised?

September 18, 2013

Imitators

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Ephesians 5:1. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.

So how do we reflect the glory of God? Paul tells us to imitate Him as our children try to imitate us. So often we are able to identify the parent of a child by the way a child speaks, looks or acts. We even see or hear ourselves when a little child plays. Sometimes that brings us up short. We don’t like what that child is reflecting about us. Our question is what is our reelection showing about God? We say we are Christians (little Christs) but are we reflecting Who Christ Jesus is, how He acts, talks and loves? We are so good at imitating the world around us. Someone says something bad about someone and soon we join in. Let us study the gospels describing how Jesus walked this earth and ask His Holy Spirit to teach us to become good imitators and reflections of Him.

September 14, 2013

Always Listening

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John 20:14. Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus.

Mary knew Jesus well. She knew His voice. Yet she didn’t recognize Him. In her mind she thought she would never hear His voice again. Her mind was closed to the possibility. We also close our mind to possibilities. We look at situations and think it is up to us to decide what action is needed. Our mind isn’t,t open to hearing our God speak to us through His Holy Spirit within us. Thoughts enter but we ignore them because we don’t expect Him to be speaking to us. We might listen when we pray but prayer time is not the only time God speaks. By praying unceasingly it means for us to always be listening. Our question is do we want to hear or, like a distracted and tired mother of young are we tuning His voice out? Are we afraid if we hear it will be something we don’t like, an answer we don’t want? All He ever says to us is out of His perfect love for us. Let us choose to always keep our ears and mind tuned to hear His voice.

September 13, 2013

Mind and Spirit

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1 Corinthians 14:15. What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.

Paul is talking about God’s Holy Spirit within him. We are to pray what is on our mind but we are to filter it through God’s Holy Spirit dwelling in us. In Luke 18:11-13 are 2 examples of prayer. The first, the Pharisee is praying from his mind. His mind is evidently full of self. He doesn’t ask for anything nor pray for anemone. He just boasts of how much better he is than anyone else. The tax collector prays acknowledging who he is in comparison to Who God is and asks forbHod’s mercy. Our question is what is our attitude when we pray?

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