November 28, 2012

Daughter of a King

My life has never reflected this more than it does now. By the grace and unending love of my heavenly Daddy I have a life I never thought possible.  A friend once told me that in the end everything would be ok. It was hard to believe especially with everything I have gone through but wow, just wow...God has and is truly blessing me so abundantly. Scripture tells us that when we go through trials and hard times, God will bless our obedience beyond what we could ever imagine. I am experiencing that blessing and am living daily in awe of His goodness. I am the daughter of a King!

November 27, 2012

Taking Responsibility
-Henry Blackaby

Then the man said, "The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate." (Genesis 3:12)

Adam and Eve did everything they could to avoid taking responsibility for their sin. Adam blamed his wife: “She gave me of the tree.” He even pointed an accusing finger at God, saying it was “the woman, whom You gave me.” Eve blamed the serpent saying: “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” God ignored their excuses and announced the judgment they would face as consequences for their disobedience.

One of the dirges of mankind is that we refuse to take responsibility for our actions. We want to blame others for our problems: Our parents did not raise us well; our friends let us down; our pastor was not a good enough preacher; our children are rebellious; our employer is not sensitive enough; our spouse is not understanding; there is not enough time in the day . . . the excuses are plentiful! Yet forgiveness and restoration cannot happen until we accept full responsibility for our actions. An obvious indication that we have not genuinely repented is that we make excuses for our sinful behavior.

Nowhere in Scripture does God excuse one person’s sin because of someone else’s actions. If we make a habit of blaming others for our failures, we will not reach a point of honest repentance. God will hold us accountable for our own actions, not others (2 Cor. 5:10). Strive always to acknowledge and take responsibility for your own sins. It will free you to receive God’s forgiveness and to press on to spiritual maturity.

November 7, 2012

One man and a white house

2 Chronicles 7:14

"Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land."

Yes it's going to be another sad four years but my thinking is that it would have been sad no matter who won.   No one man living in a white house can change what is wrong with our country. It is going to require the change of a nation. A change of hearts. It is going to take a nation of people who finally fall upon their knees humbled before the Lord before we see change.

We are a self-centered and sinful nation now wandering the wilderness doing our own thing. Because God is a God of free will, He has given us what we have asked for...a country without Him and we are now suffering those consequences. Reaping what we've sown if you will.

Consider all of this a wake up call.  Stop with the "the world is over", Obama is the anti-Christ, I'm moving to another country drama and step up to the plate. If you claim to be a Christ follower then follow Him and be the example for those who don't.  Live and speak in such a way that those who don't know Him will know because of your life.

There is a spiritual battle taking place over our country and until we seek God's will instead of our own, we stop talking and start doing what is right, nothing will change. 

What's your next move going to be?