Monday, January 20, 2014

I D i e D a i l y

"Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof." Romans 6:12

We have seen how the people of this world live for pleasure, fame and wealth. They only care about living for theirself. They are out to "live it up" and have a good time.

It is a shame to say that a lot of Christians are living according to the worlds standards instead of following the Word of God.

When you become a child of God, you are no longer free to do as you wish. Yes, you can but you will never grow and have a close fellowship with the Lord. And also if you truely are saved you will not be able to live in sin.

We all have fleshly and carnal desires, even after we are saved. We are still human and we all have the temptation to fill these desires.
How are you handling these desires? Do you give into the flesh? Or do you let the Spirit have control?

You see every one of us makes a decision every single day to either feed our flesh or to feed the Spirit. The one that you feed the most is the one that is controling your life. The only way we can and will say, "No" to the flesh is by dying daily. We have to read our Bible and pray. The Lord is the only one who can help you have the victory! 

We have to be determined to wake up every morning with our mind set on living for God.
Lord, these are Your hands, and feet, and eyes, and mouth, and this is Your mind. I want these insruments to be used for Your glory. NOT for me and my fleshly wants or desires.

"Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto God." Romans 6:13

When you allow yourself to please what the flesh wants, you are killing yourself spiritually. Do you want to live or die?

"For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live."

To stay spritually alive we must die to self!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A Heart of Bitterness

"Acrid bitterness inevitably seeps into the lives of people who harbor grudges and suppress anger, bitterness is always a poison. It keeps your pain alive instead of letting you deal with it and get beyond it. Bitterness sentences you to relive the hurt over and over." Lee Strobel

For a long while I had been very bitter and angry toward someone in my life. The person nor the reason for my heart hardening over this person is not important as to what I am writing about.
I am ashamed to say that I came to the point of almost hating this person. I didn't want a relationship with the person. I didn't want to be around them. I didn't want to talk, look or have anything whatsoever to do with this person. I would cringe at the sound of someone saying their name. When the person would talk to me I would automatically shut them off.
I use to blame this person for the way I felt toward them. I thought I had a right to feel the way I did and to hold a grudge because I felt as if I had been done wrong by the person.
But the Lord showed me different.
Ephesians 4:30-31 says,
"Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with malice:
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
This is the very reason why forgiveness is so vitally important in our spiritual walk with the Lord. When we don't forgive someone, even if they don't ask, then we are hurting ourselves spiritually. When we don't forgive we begin to think on the wrong that was done toward us, and instead we linger and dwell on the situation and then it turns into bitterness.
Bitterness is a sign of being focused on self and not trusting God's sovereignty in your life.
As a Christian we are commanded to be kind to others and to forgive as Christ has forgiven us. If we were to stop and think about how we have treated our Saviour and how ungodly and wicked we are, then we would not be so quick to be unforgiving, and mean and hateful to those who are mean and hateful to us.
The Lord is always forgiving us  repeatedly for the same sins in our life. He doesn't hate us or hold grudges or beat us over the head, although He very well could. Instead He forgives us over and over again and He loves us as if we had never sinned against Him.
If you are saved and have trusted Jesus as your personal Saviour, but you feel distant from Him, could it be because you are blatantly refusing to let go of your animosity toward another person?
Remember to be careful, for the things you dwell on will become rooted in your heart.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Greatness of the Lord

Today I was thinking about how great God has been to me. I am always amazed at how God can do so much for me every single day. Although I am unworthy and other people may criticize me, my Saviour loves me and guides me.
I wrote a poem today that reflects how my heart feels about only some of the things the Lord has done and continues to do for me daily.