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Showing posts from March 11, 2018

SALVATION (March 17th)

I wanted to continue our discussion of the book of Isaiah.
Chapter 12 begins with the discussion of mercy.
Isaiah writes, "I thank You God, You were angry, but your anger wasn't forever. You withdrew Your anger, and move in and comforted me."
God gets angry with us. Sometimes we choose not to be the best followers of Christ that we can be. And I'm sure this disappoints and hurts God-- maybe even makes Him upset. BUT, His anger does not last forever. He does withdraw it and comforts us after the fact.
My mom had a talk with me one day about God's anger... and the healing of His anger. Mom said, "You get mad at your children right?" I said, "Yes I do!" She said, "Do you let that anger continue forever?" I said, "No! As soon as I know they understand what they did wrong, I drop it." She said, "And you're a human. How much more forgiving do you think God is?" 
It hit me like a ton of bricks. 
He's forgiving. He'…

TV SHOWS. (March 16th)

The question today was: what are your top 10 tv shows to binge watch... which I'm excited to share with everyone!
1. Forensic Files: I would say this is my favorite TV show to binge watch. It's on Netflix and there are often marathons on cable as well. One of the main reasons I love this show is because I love seeing justice done for terrible crimes and I enjoy seeing how these crimes are solved. You learn so much. Some days I wish I would have went to school to be a homicide investigator- but instead, I'll live vicariously through shows like this.
2. Cold Justice: There are only 2 seasons of Cold Justice and 1 season of Cold Justice: Sex Crimes on Netflix, but I think I watched every single episode within 48 hours. Once again- I love seeing justice done for terrible crimes and even though some cold cases are not solved, I am amazed at how these investigators go back to the beginning and figure out things they couldn't solve years ago.
3. The Office: What a switch up,…

SPIRIT (March 15th)

I finished the book of Isaiah last night- and I feel like there is just so much to share from this book. A book of prophecy- a book of encouragement- a book of salvation.
There are 66 chapters in the book of Isaiah, so I plan on splitting this discussion up over the next few days. I hope you enjoy this journey of Isaiah as much as I have.
One thing that immediately stuck out to me in Isaiah chapter 1 is:
"I'm sick of your religion, religion, religion, while you go right on sinning. When you put up your next prayer performance, I'll be looking the other way. No matter how long or loud or how often you pray, I'll not be listening. And do you know why? Because you've been tearing people to pieces and your hands are bloody. Go home and wash up. Clean up your act. Sweep your lives clean of evil doings so I don't have to look at them any longer." (Isaiah 1:14-15)
I'm sick of your religion- your performances. 
God was tired of fakeness. Of people acti…

THE PROCESS. (March 14th)

Isaiah 52:11- "Just leave, but leave clean. Purify yourselves in the process of worship..."
Purify yourselves in the process of worship.
We talk about repentance often. I've heard it discussed a million times over the years.
Repentance is deep sorrow for a past sin, wrongdoing, or the like.
And we often hear 'true repentance is letting that sin go and making a 180 degree turn in the other direction.'
Someone even told me once: It isn't real repentance if you keep picking that sin back up again. So, then the question became: what if I mess up again? Should I even say 'sorry' if I know I will struggle with this again? 
We try so hard for perfection because we want repentance to flow through us. We don't want to make a mistake again. We don't want that demon to creep back up and cause us to stumble again.. and then I believe we get so focused on perfection that we become burdened with a life that is so unattainable.. we just feel like giving up o…

THE LEAST. (March 13th)

Paul wrote 13 books of the Bible after his conversion. He was an instrument for the kingdom of God. He traveled from country to country bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ. He was poor, had an ailment of some sort, and sometimes, I doubt he knew where his next meal was coming from. He was dedicated to Jesus Christ and lived his life as such.

Paul was an apostle.

A servant of God.

And his humbleness, I believe, was what God loved most about him.

I was reading Ephesians chapter 3 the other day and a few of the verses instantly brought tears to my eyes. When I read about Paul-- and I see what a man of God he was-- but how unworthy he felt... I can't help but relate. 
I'm not a 'man of God'... some probably wouldn't even called me a 'saint.' I'm on a journey back to a solid, peaceful relationship with my Savior. I'm getting there one day at a time. But when he writes about feeling unworthy--- that just takes me to another place in God. A place where I realiz…

THE CENTER. (March 12th)

The blogs I write-- they're always because it is a word I NEED. And I can only hope that it will bless others while it is TEACHING me. I desire a lot of help in the area of character and reputation... 
and after a discussion with my dad last night and reading through these verses, I just felt God flowing through me.. asking me to heal my past and redirect my future. This blog has taught me today.. and I pray it blesses you.

Who are you when the church isn't looking? Who are you when you walk out the door of the sanctuary? Who are you in the privacy of your home? Who are you when the congregation you just sat in a pew with on Sunday isn't looking?
Are you still that man or woman trying to best the person you can be for the Lord? Are you still living like God Almighty designed us to live?

Or does that flee as soon as people cannot see it? Does that end as soon as you're at home with your family? Does that stop as soon as you're at the store?

Isaiah 48 says, "And n…

Hard Times (March 11th)

I talk about tough times.
A lot.

Let me just be honest here- sometimes I feel like if we didn't have bad luck, we wouldn't have any luck at all. I know that sounds pessimistic, but bare with me here. I'm just being honest with you. I'm human and I have those helpless feelings more times than I can count (even though I read in His Word that I'm not supposed to be feel that way! It's just human nature I suppose-- and I constantly have to put those feelings and thoughts under the blood.)

I read Psalms 73 not too long ago.. and I promise, I highlighted the entire chapter. Next to it, I wrote "I've said this entire chapter more times than I can count!!"

And I really have.

Psalms 73 starts off with something we all know and try to believe 100% of the time:

No doubt about it. God is good! Good to good people, good to the good-hearted.

It's true.

He's amazing!

BUT, verse 2 already starts with our human nature.

"But I nearly missed seeing His…