Surrender it all at the Alter

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The Alter is a place to bring all the junk of life and lay it down.

The question for us all is when is the last time we were at the altar? When is the last time you poured out your heart full of concerns, the things we love, want, what hurts and things we wish we can go back and change?

We all have stuff in our life we are ashamed of and even scared to share with others.

God is waiting and willing to listen to our concerns, faults, failures, and even out victories. God is always waiting for us to enter into His presence and bring our sacrifices to the Alter.

The Alter is also a place for forgiveness and change. Most may not realize the Alter is also the starting place for revival in our lives. The dreams we once held dear, the pains of failures, the power to forgive others and to even forgive ourselves start at the Alter. We deal with the mess in our lives and we learn who God truly is at the Alter.

Shaking off the Dust

 

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There are times when we need to shake off the dust of life.

The goals we have we often dream of accomplishing but daydreaming and actual work are two different things.

The question we have to ask at times to ourselves if are we complacent and has the dust settled on us?

Are we a person who is on fire in our hearts with a passion to achieve something that is significant to us or our dreams?

Too many people today are walking around with little purpose in life or focus to accomplish what they want to.

The person who says I want to retire by age 50 but has not saved a penny by age 30 does not have their focus very likely in the right directions. It takes constant effort focussed in the right direction to allow our dreams and goals to take shape.

I have a reminder saying.

Miraculous things happen when faith and action comes together.

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When God comes to us do we even notice?

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When God comes to us do we even notice?

Jesus was laid in the tomb and as the prophets told us He would rise again but many wondered why He was even killed or what it even meant going forward. The people did not understand truly why, how or what the future would hold as they had forgotten in many cases the scriptures. 

  • 13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him. Luke 21

    These two people were so caught up in there concern and life they did not even recognize Jesus was walking with them.

In life we too can be so busy we do not recognize when Jesus is talking to us.

  • 25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

  • Luke 21:32

  • Would you be talking about what could have been?

  • Is it possible Jesus is talking to you but you are to busy to listen, too distracted by life?

  • 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 21:32

  • What will we say to Jesus when He talks with us?

  • Will we only regret we did not know or recognize Jesus was talking with us

  • What will our excuses be

  • Too tired          Too busy      The kids had school stuff

  • Too worried about?           Excuses

  • Could see the forest for the trees

The truth that Jesus lives in our hearts when we accept Christ as Savoir is true.  

Do we live as though Jesus is with us everywhere we go? 

Would we have to change what we do on a daily bases if Jesus were right there with us? The truth is He is and if we need to change something that is a clear sign we need to take some time to listen, grow and change. There are days I have much to learn and unless I start my day with God and end it with Him it is easy to lose focus on what is important.  

The things of life can distract us from what is really important, our relationship with Christ which is eternal.

The wonderful fact is that if we find we have neglected our relationship with Christ or even allowed it to grow cold we can allow Him to refresh our hearts and Spirits. 

Life is spinning out of control

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Is it possible to change our future or do you believe we are destined to a life of where you are?

Can I have a different job?

can I have a better relationship with my spouse or friends?

Can I have more income or a different quality of life?

Can I have a truly great spiritual life?

Can I change where I spent eternity?

Can I change things about my health?

Can I become smarter or understand more?

Can I move from pain to happiness again?

Can I turn my whole life around even though I am over 40?

Can I become someone people will like to be around?

Can I become a leader or influencer to others?

Can I change the world?

Do I have control over tomorrow or even my future?

Decisions are made with a choice to change something in our lives.  I am interested in what people think about these questions.  What do people believe we can control?

Are we puppets on a journey or do we have free will to change?

 

I know what I believe and will share it but let us discuss what people think and see if we can help some get answers to their questions. 

 

Sorry, I have been missing my weekly posts but I am back on track now. Thank you to all who contribute and read these.

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Friendships build bridges

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Friendships can be the bridges to all the people we will ever need to know in our lifetime.  The saying goes we are only 5 people away from the whole world.

 

Never hide in a box but allow friendships to grow.

Friendships do require we put ourselves out there and the possibility of getting hurt is there.

Life is full of risks we take either to talk to others and build relationships and we are rewarded with the results.

The other plan would be not to build them, either way, we are rewarded with the results.

So what will you do? build friendships or not, either way, we reap what we sow.

Called to be a Joshua?

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I believe we are all called to lead in some way or another.  Leadership is the influence we have with others which means we all are influencing someone.  There are times in life when we go through seasons. These seasons often define our lives in many ways.  Joshua was at a very powerful season in his life.  Moses had died and it was time for Joshua to lead the people or step down.

In life, we all face similar times when we too are called to stand up and lead or make life-changing decisions.  I find myself at a crossroads in a battle that I must choose to fight or step down. I am strong willed so when I am told I cannot do something I tend to want to prove people wrong.  I am not talking about doing wrong things but good things that have a tremendous impact on others as well as myself.

As I read this scripture I was reminded of the news I had gotten this week.  Do I again stand to fight giving it everything I have or do I retire to mediocrity?

Are you facing a similar situation where you either must fight again with all you have to achieve the prize or life goal?

This could be a medical situation, educational goal, career, spiritual, or any other area of life.

Do you find yourself tired, drained, and do not even know if you can continue to fight?

I am reminded of what God is speaking to me. I am your strength lean on me, I have the Power of God at my fingertips, I am His child.  The purpose God has called me to do, He has gone before me to prepare the way. I share this to encourage you on your journey it is not over till it is completely over.

I choose to fight, to battle, to wage massive action toward what God has called me to do.

What about you today, do you believe God has a plan or purpose for your life? Is this the season for you to go for it?

Read the passage from Joshua and see if it speaks to you as well. Blessings

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After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

The bible is the book we must keep close to us, God’s word is full of advice and wisdom for us on our journey.

Battle Ready

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Ephesians 6:10-18 New International Version (NIV)

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

It is vital to use all the weapons that God has for us.

Keys:

The Word of God is something we must know, understand, learn, and use in our lives.

I would love to hear some experiences with using the Amour of God.

One key element to mention is Prayer.  It seems that many have at times not understood prayer or just have not taken the time to pray.

How has prayer impacted your life?

What do you consider intercessory Prayer?

How has this passage impacted your life?