That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging

Matthew 7:1-5T (MSG) 1-5 “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor. 

When we are led by the Holy Spirit to do something, not everyone is going to understand what we are doing. When God is leading us to do something, it does not mean He is leading others. We cannot expect that everyone will understand and agree with the choices we make when we choose to follow God’s will and direction for our lives. We cannot go around judging other who do not do things the way we do or handle situations the same way that we would. Judging other people is a symptom of pride.

When we are led by the Holy Spirit we can become so determined and spiritual that nobody can relate to us. It is up to us to be considerate of how others feel when we are being led by God – it’s not just about us. We cannot expect everyone to be where we are on our journey because their experiences are different and God may be leading them in a different direction.

Matthew 6:1-4 (MSG) 6 “Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God who made you won’t be applauding. 2-4 “When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself. You’ve seen them in action, I’m sure—‘playactors’ I call them—treating prayer meeting and street corner alike as a stage, acting compassionate as long as someone is watching, playing to the crowds. They get applause, true, but that’s all they get. When you help someone out, don’t think about how it looks. Just do it—quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out. 

A way to do a self-check on whether or not we are following God’s will is to stop and ask ourselves – what is the amount of joy I have in my life? If you have little or no joy, there might be a chance that you are either not following the will of God or you are trying to get Glory for following God’s will rather than following His will and giving Him the glory. It’s very easy to think we are being led by the spirit and we are actually being led by our own desires.

John 9:4-5 (AMPC) We must work the works of Him Who sent Me and be busy with His business while it is daylight; night is coming on, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the world’s Light.

If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:

Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen

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God gives us courage and gifts to carry out His will for our lives

We are sons and daughters of God and our father will take care of us. We have nothing to fear. Just as we take care of our children, our father takes care of us. That is a promise of God.

Romans 8:15 (AMP) 15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading again to fear [of God’s judgment], but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons [the Spirit producing sonship] by which we [joyfully] cry, “[a]Abba! Father!”

In the world we live in today, there’s great opportunity for fear. We do not have to be afraid. We can’t look at the things we fear from the human standpoint but rather the Godly standpoint. Bottom line is we are in God’s hands and even if something would happen to end our lives here on earth, we know we are going to heaven. God has not given us a spirit of fear – fear comes from the devil. God gives us courage and gifts to carry out His will for our lives.

Luke 21:25-27 (AMP) 25 “There will be signs (attesting miracles) in the sun and moon and stars; and on the earth [there will be] distress and anguish among nations, in perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea and the waves, 26 people fainting from fear and expectation of the [dreadful] things coming on the world; for the [very] powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with [transcendent, overwhelming] power [subduing the nations] and with great glory. 

The crazier the world gets, the closer we get to seeing our savior. These are tough times to live in today. If this is the time you are in, then it is the time God chose for you to be in it – and God has an assignment for you for this very time He placed you here on earth. Don’t just look at the problems in the world, but what God can do in the world today and what He can do through you.

Isaiah 35:4 (AMP) Say to those with an anxious and panic-stricken heart, “Be strong, fear not! Indeed, your God will come with vengeance [for the ungodly]; The retribution of God will come, But He will save you.”

God has peace and it is a gift from Him to us. We all have peace, we just have to discipline ourselves to remain peaceful in a world and in situations that have no peace. Don’t let the devil steal the peace from you that Jesus died to give you. Sometimes we have to sleigh our own giants and that giant is fighting how we need to in order to maintain peace and carry out God’s will in our lives.

John 14:27 (AMP) 27 Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]

If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:

Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen

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God loves us, God is with us, and God will take care of us

When we have fear we avoid things in life. The bible says fear not in several places. Well we are always going to feel fearful in life – it is what we do to confront fear. No matter what happens, God loves us, God is with us, and God will take care of us. So when we feel fear, we can move forward with courage and confidence – not in what we can do but in what God can do through us.   

Hebrews 10:38 (AMP)38 But My righteous one [the one justified by faith] shall live by faith [respecting man’s relationship to God and trusting Him]; And if he draws back [shrinking in fear], My soul has no delight in him.

Fear can fill our mind and thoughts with some pretty dreadful things. Sometimes as a reaction the way we respond to fear is outrageous. Fear can cause us to shrink back and feel afraid to confront and progress in life. We are not to live by our feelings about the fear, but by faith of what God can do to help us to confront and move forward. God wants to use us in great ways but if we do not confront some of the things we need to, we may not ever be able to live out our God ordained purpose in life.

John 12:42-43 (AMP) 42 Nevertheless, even many of the leading men believed in Him [as Savior and Messiah], but because of the Pharisees they would not confess it, for fear that [if they acknowledged Him openly] they would be put out of the synagogue (excommunicated); 43 for they loved the approval of men more than the approval of God.

We all are faced with choices on a regular basis. If you want to be what God wants you to be then you can’t have concern for what other people think – especially when it comes to fulfilling God’s purpose in life. When we confront fear, we have to be willing to walk away from some of the people that are holding us back. When we choose to keep people happy, we become empty and un-fulfilled in life.

God doesn’t want us to do more than we can handle but He does want us to do something with the talents he has given us. Now is the best time to use the God given talent you have been gifted with. Every single one of us have a ministry and an anointing from God. Imagine what would happen if every believer realized who they were in Christ and stopped shrinking back in fear from what society might think of them if they start following God’s will.

Matthew 5:13-14 (AMP) 13 “You are the [a]salt of the earth; but if the salt has [b]lost its taste (purpose), how can it be made salty? It is no longer good for anything, but to be thrown out and walked on by people [when the walkways are wet and slippery]. 14 “You are the light of [Christ to] the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;

Now is the time to stop focusing on what you cannot do – but what you can do! You are the salt of the earth and full of life. It is time to add your flavor and let your light shine.

Hebrews 13:5-6 (AMP) Let your character [your moral essence, your inner nature] be free from the love of money [shun greed—be financially ethical], being content with what you have; for He has said, “I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you [assuredly not]!” So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently say, “The Lord is my Helper [in time of need], I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?”

If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:

Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen

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There is nothing worth losing your peace over

1 Corinthians 13:4-5 (AMPC) Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].

Relationships can be very challenging. Especially family relationships and being married. Sometimes we set up expectations about what other people should do for us in a relationship. Sometimes those expectations we set up in our mind are unrealistic. We sometimes go into a relationship expecting the other person to keep us happy. It is not someone else’s responsibility to keep me happy. My happiness is my responsibility. We think we can change flaws in others and try to get them to see things our way (which in our mind may be the ‘right’ way). That is nothing but silliness. The more we try to make someone be like us the more we will find ourselves frustrated.

It is as if we set up in our mind how we think things should be and when they do not turn out in accordance to our expectations we get angry and upset – and usually at the people who were involved in not living up to our expectations. Maybe it would do us more good to focus on the expectations we set up on our mind and adjust those rather than what the other people are doing not to meet our expectations. Of course we set boundaries and limits on what is acceptable in a relationship and that is not at all what I’m talking about. I’m talking about requiring from someone ideals we have set up in our mind – which may not align to who that person is.

We cannot expect those we are in relationship to fix our hurting or completely understand how we hurt. The only one that understands us fully is God. God is who we should be going to when we are in pain. We all hurt differently and handle hurt differently. Because God created us, He knows what we need. We really cannot understand what others are going through unless we have gone through that very thing ourselves.

We all can change our mindset to be a mindset to not be control over how people act and react to us. We may not realize we have that mindset but I would venture to say that it is evident in each and every one of us in some sort of way. We all tend to be focused on ourselves. We can set our mind up to focus on what we can do to make a relationship great rather than focus on what the other person can do to keep us happy.

We often try to give people in a relationship what we would want rather than getting to know them and giving them what they want or need. When you understand what others might need in a relationship you might begin to see changes in the relationship.

There is nothing worth losing your peace over. Don’t make big issues over little incidences.

John 13:34-35 (AMPC) 34 I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another. 35 By this shall all [men] know that you are My disciples, if you love one another [if you keep on showing love among yourselves].   

If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:

Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen

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Don’t ever let the miracle of the moment pass you by.

We can learn to live our life on purpose. A lot of us wake up with a lot of plans for the day and by the end of the day we did not accomplish one thing we set out to. Why is that? It’s because we let our circumstances seize us instead of us seizing the today. It is time to take your life back and stop letting everything around you dictate what you do.

Ephesians 5:14 (AMPC) 14 Therefore He says, Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine (make day dawn) upon you and give you light.

Some of us go through life half asleep and unmotivated and that is why we don’t set out to accomplish what we’d like to accomplish. It’s time to wake up, do something, and seize the day! We get nothing in life by wishing for it, we have to take action and seize life. God has a will for us but He’s also given us a free will.

Ephesians 5:15 (AMPC) 15 Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people),

We have to walk our days out carefully and live purposefully. We are not always careful when going about our day. We don’t always recognize the ploys of the devil to get us upset and then we get derailed from the plan laid out for that day. So many things can happen in a day that will keep us from fulfilling our purpose and what we set out to do each and every day. We can live more aware. Every hour we spend angry or feeling sorry for ourselves is a waste of time. Worrying about our situations is a waste of time.

Ephesians 5:16 (AMPC) 16 Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.

Don’t ever let the miracle of the moment pass you by. Watch to see how God wants to use you and what God wants to do through you. There are so many opportunities each day to be used by God. We can waste our time or we can invest our time. We can learn to live like wise and intelligent people by learning the word and praying to God that he help us to do what it is He wants us to do. We have to pray to resist the ploys of the devil at the onset.

Ephesians 5:17 (AMPC) 17 Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is. 

A lot of us may be uncertain what God’s will is for their lives and are kind of just waiting to see what God wants us to do. We can still do things while waiting that are good. Who knows we just may find God’s will for our lives when we step out and do a few things. You can’t drive a parked car – God wants to drive us but we have to put the car in drive for it to go somewhere.

I was 40 years old before I started writing but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t doing things before I was writing. Before I started writing, I took care of three kids and that was my purpose at that time. Our purpose can change and grow. God will show us what we need to do but we need to be willing to move and do what He shows us. God has laid out a good plan for our lives but we have to choose to walk in it.

If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:

Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I

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Self –control is an amazing freedom

John 8:31-32 (AMPC) 31 So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples. 32 And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.

There is freedom in self-control. It is not just hearing the truth that makes us free; It is applying the truth to our lives that makes us free. It’s easy to tell others what to do with their lives but difficult to apply what we tell others to do in our own lives. We are not going to give an account for the lives of others – but our own life. We are responsible for our personal actions.

Self-control requires doing what is right when we don’t feel like doing what is right when we know it will make positive changes in our lives. This means we have to do things and take actions that we may not feel like doing – like being kind to those who mistreat us. When we do what is right even though we don’t feel like it, we grow.

John 8:36 (AMPC)36 So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free.

Being free doesn’t mean we do whatever we want to whenever we want to – we are already free to do that – we have free will. Every action comes with a consequence. We often what to do what we feel like doing but we do not want to deal with the consequences of our actions. We have freedom to make choices in our lives that will produce great results in our lives and the lives of others.

A simple example of making a choice with a consequence: If we eat too much we will gain weight. The question is do you want the food more than you want to be healthy? The reward of self-discipline in this example is health. The reward of eating what we want when we want is being overweight. The same goes for our spiritual life – we can make decisions that will result in great rewards for our life. We will reap what we sow.

Romans 7:19-21 (AMPC)19 For I fail to practice the good deeds I desire to do, but the evil deeds that I do not desire to do are what I am [ever] doing.20 Now if I do what I do not desire to do, it is no longer I doing it [it is not myself that acts], but the sin [principle] which dwells within me [[a]fixed and operating in my soul].21 So I find it to be a law (rule of action of my being) that when I want to do what is right and good, evil is ever present with me and I am subject to its insistent demands.

We can change a lot of things in our lives when we are willing to make better decisions. To say it is simple, to do it is extremely difficult for most of us because we want what we want when we want it. God will save us from ourselves and we can change with the help of God. Self –control is an amazing freedom. When you have freedom to control yourself you are no longer a slave to your desires and the approval of others.

Romans 7:24-25 (AMPC) 24 O unhappy and pitiable and wretched man that I am! Who will release and deliver me from [the shackles of] this body of death? 25 O thank God! [He will!] through Jesus Christ (the Anointed One) our Lord! So then indeed I, of myself with the mind and heart, serve the Law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:

Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen

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Following God’s will is not always easy

Luke 22:42-44 (AMPC) 42 Saying, Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but [[a]always] Yours be done. 43 And there appeared to Him an angel from heaven, strengthening Him in spirit. 44 And being in an agony [of mind], He prayed [all the] more earnestly and intently, and His sweat became like great [b]clots of blood dropping down upon the ground.

Following God’s will is not always easy. I’m quite sure it was difficult for Jesus to do what He was asked to do. It’s okay when God asks us to do something to let Him know you don’t want to do it. When God asks us to do something that is extremely difficult, we need to go to Him and prayer and ask Him to give us the strength to lay our will on the alter. God will give us strength, just as He did for Jesus.

We tend to want everything to be easy. It is much easier to quit then it is to go through something difficult. I’ve been married for 29 years and have three adult children – that is awesome. But marriage and family life have not always been awesome during those 29 years. Anyone married with children understand these difficulties. In difficult times we live too much out of our thoughts and emotions rather than by the will God has for our lives. During those difficult times we had to endure and get strength from God.

God carries out His will through us and we need Him for strength to carry out that will. It is a partnership we have.

When we choose to do God’s will for our lives he will strengthen us and give us what we need to live the life He wants us to live.

Deuteronomy 30:19 (AMPC) 19 I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live.

If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:

Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen

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