Wednesday, August 17, 2016

But I'm such a good person!

But I'm such a good person!

John 3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 

John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 

There you have it folks. Turns out being a nice, law abiding citizen is not enough. 
A tough pill for many to swallow I'm sure, as we all, at times, like to think we do enough, say enough and that we ARE enough. We are less than I assure you.

In these moments, as the world of flesh was attempting to comprehend spirit, we see very plainly that the Lord does not live in the flesh, only sin does. He is spirit and through His mercy and grace, Jesus, are we united or reunited, in spirit with Him.

Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 
8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 

Our flesh must die in every way daily, in order for our spirits to lead, for our relationship with our Father to grow.
Simply “being a good person" is not the standard by which The Spirit is pruning His children.
We must see, only when we are born again in the Spirit, given to us in Jesus, are we alive, are we free and are we useful to He that made us.
No more pretending our weak, tired and selfish flesh can hold the bar in the eyes of the Lord. We are not “good enough”, that my friends is reserved for He that is good, alone. 
John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 
Amen. I pray we all strive to be more for God than “good enough". Put down the flesh and you will find His Spirit and you will be reborn! 


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Poetry, sweet poetry!

Poetry, sweet poetry

When all of Israel had turned from God, David begged the Lord in forgiveness. He pleaded with all his soul, that if only they returned to the One who made them, He would restore their land and their people.

The scripture below is not only describing characteristics of our Lord and His goodness, but also the beauty with which David shared these things is sheer poetry.

Psalm 85:10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. 

This is our Father people. This is the One who made us. He is truth and oh, He is mercy, Amen. There are many other scripture where we can see these two attributes, if you will, together like we see above.

Psalm 25:10 All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies. 

Proverbs 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil. 

We would not know Him apart from His truth and we would not exist still, without His mercy. These are the ties that bind. We are so blessed beyond measure for both.
As David says, righteousness and peace, adjoining intimately, in a way only our Father could display, so that we may share in His goodness.
More beautiful words were never spoken to share the loveliness that is our Lord. 

May you know His truth, are graced through His mercy and blessed by His goodness abound!  xoxo

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Get Over Yourself!!

Get Over Yourself!!

James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. 

Humble. What a word. What a meaning. we really know what it means to be humble? We all know and understand it to mean being void of pride right? Or to mean having an appreciation for something or someone greater than ourselves. BUT, what does it mean to the Lord?? 
There are 56 verses in the King James Bible in which the Lord speaks about being humble and there is one common meaning no matter what context in which it is used: to be humble is to accept, to understand and to LIVE knowing you are in fact less than. 
James chapter 4 tells us much about the how and why of being humble both spiritually and physically.

4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 

4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. 

4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. 

4:11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.

4:12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another? 

4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 

4:15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. 

This chapter speaks so heavily on whether we are turning to God to gain lusts or the will of God. Also, on understanding that we are all equal in the physical and the spiritual to start, we are not above each other for anything.

When we humble ourselves spiritually and physically, we are:
*Not vainly seeking God or His will to fulfill our own lusts/desires.
*We believe and follow in God's will alone knowing we are incapable of creating good without Him.
*Treating each other with an equal and individual respect, refraining from placing ourselves higher than each other.
*Lastly, building our faith and relationship of trust with our Father in that we are grateful and not expectant for anything other than His will in every moment we live. 

Being humble is so much more than being void of pride. It is knowing that His will is pure, righteous and faithful. That He alone knows what is good and what we need in order to grow and learn, if we are in His will.

A grateful heart, being patient, focusing on others and bringing each other to Christ, are just a few humbling skills we all can work on.
Be thankful, trust Him, truly. Help each other in all ways possible and let us always humble ourselves, for were ARE in His sight and He is always watching. Xoxo