I know the power of prayer, and I would just like to ask if you could all pray for me. Pray that I am able to allow the Holy Spirit to do His work within me, that I may be able to love, and be loved by the people around me. Pray that I put my team before all else, and be intentional. Please pray that I can allow myself to be vulnerable and humble myself before my God and my sisters in Christ, so we may grow together in Christ. Pray that I can see the joy in the suffering, and that I may be healed from the pain of my past.
Reflecting on Galatians 5, the characteristics of the sinful nature vs. the fruit of the spirit. It’s so easy for me to follow the desires of my sinful nature especially when I become emotional because it provides momentary comfort and relief…but it usually leads to shame and regret later. But when we walk by the spirit, we are alert and sober minded, and we produce beautiful fruits in keeping with the Spirit such as joy, peace, love, patience, etc. I pray God that you help us to be people who walk by the Spirit! We are weak but you are strong. Amen.
1st Corith 3:16 "Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit
This is your body and whatever you do in your life will impact this body. Learn to love your self. If you don’t like shape go gym, if you depressed seek help,if your broke work hard. This is your life and everyone deserves happiness! Go get it!
6 Now it happened on another Sabbath, also, that He entered the synagogue and taught. And a man was there whose right hand was withered. 7 So the scribes and Pharisees watched Him closely, whether He would heal on the Sabbath, that they might find an accusation against Him. 8 But He knew their thoughts, and said to the man who had the withered hand, “Arise and stand here.” And he arose and stood. 9 Then Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one thing:Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy?”10 And when He had looked around at them all, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he did so, and his hand was restored as whole as the other. 11 But they were filled with rage, and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus. (my emphasis added)
In Luke 6:6-11, We see the Scribes and Pharisees watching Jesus intently in a synagogue on the Sabbath day. They had just tried to trip Jesus up while His disciples gathered grain to eat of on the previous Saturday, and now they were waiting for Him to heal the man among the congregation with the withered hand. It says that Jesus “knew their thoughts”, yet He still healed the man.
These Scribes and Pharisees were blinded by hate. They KNEW He had the power to perform miracles from God, at least some of them did as we see Nicodemus say in John 3 “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
Yet because Jesus was unconventional, because He didn’t fit inside of their own idealistic box of what “GODLY” looked like or acted like… They rejected the very signs of God performed right in front of their face. They not only rejected them, but they “WERE FILLED WITH RAGE.”
Much like a HUGE part of the “Christian Church” today, we can fall into the same sin as the Pharisees and Scribes did by being led by our own assumptions of God and our own man-made traditions instead of being led by the Holy Spirit.
The Apostle Paul was once a Pharisee who was “zealous but not according to knowledge.” He persecuted Christians thinking he was doing God a favor, but he too was blinded by his hate until he had a true encounter with Jesus Christ.
Are you so comfortable in your ways of ritual or habit that you look down on others who may not be as conventional, or do things quite like you?
Do you have a critical spirit towards others when their actions or beliefs on non-essentials don’t quite line up to what you think is “the way it should be, or the way it is?”
God resists the proud, and pride can so easily blind us to God’s true heart. Just as the Pharisees could only think about destroying Jesus while God was performing miracles right in front of their face, we too can miss the voice of God and work of God because of our critical spirits and unwillingness to let God continually form our understanding.
"No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening-it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living."
I hate flossing.
I hate everything about it.
I hate going to the dentist every six months and being shamed with the same question, over and over again…and then having to endure the pain of what happens in that chair because I haven’t been flossing…
My dentist always says the same thing: “I know it’s painful now, but after a few weeks of consistent flossing, you’ll won’t have any pain in your gums ever again!”
It’s a crazy battle in my mind: I know he’s right, he’s the expert, he’s just trying to help me…but my flesh just won’t listen!
I did floss this week, though, cause I don’t wanna be a hypocrite! :)
No one in their right mind likes discipline. I love the NLT here: “it’s painful!”
But pain is inevitable.
The question is: do you want to have it hard now, and easy later? Or take the easy way now, and suffer even more down the road?
This is incredibly practical to what we’ve been talking about lately:
The easy way is our flesh, our desires-what FEELS good…unfortunately, it’s always temporary, and leads to difficulties that we wish we never had.
The hard way is living by the Spirit, denying our desires, crucifying our flesh…but as hard as it is in the moment, it ultimately leads to peace and love and joy.
It’s so simple…and yet so difficult, which is why we need the Spirit’s help (see yesterday’s post).
This is a serious as it gets, because there is an ultimate “hard-easy, easy-hard” that is directly related:
Would you rather have it easier in this life, or in the life to come?
*Another beautiful pic by the talented @paulorbear
Falando e ouvindo
“Atenta para o meu grito de socorro, meu Rei e meu Deus, pois é a ti que imploro” (Salmos 5.2)
A oração é muito simples; não é nada mais do que falar com Deus e ouvir o que Ele tem a dizer. Deus quer ensinar cada um de nós a orar e a ouvir a Sua voz de uma forma pessoal. Ele nos quer exatamente como estamos e nos ajudar a descobrir o nosso próprio ritmo exclusivo de oração e a descobrir um estilo de oração que maximize o nosso relacionamento pessoal com Ele. Ele quer que a oração seja uma maneira fácil e natural de comunicação com Ele, que transmita vida enquanto abrimos nosso coração para Ele e permitimos que Ele abra o Seu coração para nós.
Deus é criativo demais para ensinar todas as pessoas da Terra a interagirem com Ele por meio da oração exatamente da mesma maneira. Ele é aquele que criou todos nós de forma diferente e que tem prazer nas nossas diferenças. Todos nós estamos em fases diferentes da nossa caminhada com Ele, estamos em diferentes níveis de maturidade espiritual e temos diferentes tipos de experiências com Deus. À medida que crescemos na nossa capacidade de falar com Deus e de ouvir a Sua voz, precisamos dizer continuamente a Deus: “Ensine-me a orar; ensine-me a falar com o Senhor e a ouvi-lo da maneira que é melhor para mim. Ensina-me a ouvir a Sua voz em um nível pessoal. Deus, dependo do Senhor para me tornar eficaz na oração e para tornar o meu relacionamento com o Senhor por meio da oração o aspecto mais rico e mais gratificante da minha vida”.
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“Lenten practices of giving up pleasures are good reminders that the purpose of life is not pleasure. The purpose of life is to attain to perfect life, all truth and undying ecstatic love – which is the definition of God. In pursuing that goal we find happiness.”
Archbishop Fulton Sheen
Hey guys, in need of some urgent prayer. A close friend of mine has been diagnosed with stage 3 aggressive brain cancer and we are all praying for a super miracle from our Lord Jesus. Please pray for him, for a recovery and peace throughout this difficult time. Thanks guys.