If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another. Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.
As we live together with other sinners in a world full of sin, this scripture spoke volumes to my heart today! So many times we see how WRONG someone else is and don't seem to view our own sin under that same light.
Prayerfully, when we go to the word of God it will cause us to examine our OWN HEARTS before we pass judgment so quickly over our Brother or Sisters in Christ.
It is my desire that we all focus on the love of Christ in such a way that we reflect his image and not our own. After all, Isn't our natural image sin without the grace of Christ flowing through us?
Thankful for God's inerrant word that always SPEAKS TRUTH TO OUR HEARTS and his Holy Spirit that brings us to "true repentance".....
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
How many of you struggle with what you are feeling verses what is right. A HEART DIVIDED. Charles Spurgeon describes a divided heart as a "disease" and what surgeon can join together a divided heart.... Nothing but Omnipotent grace can overcome this disease!
Don't you wish you could just have surgery to repair the many things in life that can cause your heart to divide or feel that it is splitting into.
I'm sure many of you can relate to relationships that have caused your heart to break and in your flesh you want to put band aids on it and fix it yourself. Truth is, there are relationships and issues in this life that only God has the power to change or affect the outcome.
Why do we struggle with trusting God for each and every aspect of our lives. Is God all we need? Is God enough? Is God BIG ENOUGH to be the answer to all my prayers! OF COURSE HE IS.
I'm praying today that my life be transformed into a life of TRUST and not inconsistency. Isn't that what happens when our heart is divided!
Praying for the lost today and the faith to trust in God that he loves even that one sheep that has strayed MORE THAN I EVER COULD!
Friday, February 11, 2011
This morning I woke up thinking about my weight, my health, my organizational skills, the need to study God's word more, etc. etc. etc.
Basically... I was focused on ME! While working on my homework for a study we are doing at church called "Radical". My heart began to switch over to Godly desires.
Shouldn't I wake hungry for what is truly my daily bread. Shouldn't I hunger and thirst after the Lord.
Amos 8:11 says:
Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD,
When I will send a famine on the land,
Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water,
But rather for hearing the words of the LORD.
Isn't this what goes on in our flesh at times. We fill up our mind with our own thoughts, wishes and desires when all he requires is our complete submission and surrender to his word!
When my heart submits to his word, its amazing how my thoughts line up as well. Today I desire the bread of life vs the bread of this world!