Learning to Walk

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As infants we learn to walk upright, during this process we fall and stumble until we gain our sea legs. The same is true as we become mature Christians. Learning to walk worthy of the Lord is a process.

~ Lisa Blair


For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,[a]10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God. Col 1:9-10 NIV

As I read Colossians 1:9-10 I sought commentaries to further learn its essence. I found Chuck Smith’s sermon notes to be most beneficial. These are my take aways.

The Outline Points are:

(I recommend reading the full set of notes.)

  • That you might be filled with the knowledge of His Will.
  • That you might walk worthy of the Lord.
  • That you might be fruitful in every good work.
  • That you might increase in your knowledge of God.
  • That you might be strengthened with all might according to His glorious power.

Reference – A Prayer for the New Year, Sermon Notes, Chuck Smith, Blueletterbible.org

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What does it mean to ‘FEAR’ the Lord?

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Fear the Lord in reverence, not anxiety of retribution.

~ Lisa Blair

I attended Sunday Bible School and Vacation Bible School like so many reading this post. As a teen and young adult, I attended Sunday service and Bible Study. The Word seemed so demanding during that period of my life, which caused hesitancy. I could find no sense of Free Will. Our Lord seemed to allow no breath of discovery. I felt He was saying, fear me or else. I only knew one fear and that was carnal fear. The Online Dictionary defines it as, a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, leading to anxiety, and that is what I felt when the Word said, ‘fear the Lord’. I was instructed to fear the Lord. So, while I loved the Lord, I also hesitated for fear of retribution if I did not get it right.

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I believe that all too often we share the Word but do not define the importance of the words (in the scriptures) to our youth or new believers. We leave to much to the imagination, our carnal perspective. Biblical terms often do not mean what we think they mean. They represent a heavenly perspective. They represent a different truth. They define a relationship like none other, yet left to the untrained mind, we suffer setbacks because the Word can seem harsh. The Word is love. Let’s share that love by explaining, or defining terms as God has defined them. When those around us understand the terms, they open their minds and are eager to learn more about our Salvation and relationship with the Lord, our Savior.

The daily message below is a good explanation of what it means to fear the Lord and follow him. It is a great message to share with youth and new believers.

Online Bible Dictionaries: Biblestudytools.com, kingjamesbibledictionary.com, Biblegateway.com, Biblehub.com, biblestudylight.org.

App: The Bible Dictionary app

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Devotional Message: Southwest Church, Palm Desert, CA.

Say Goodbye to 2021. Thank God for this soon to be past year. We survived to recap and reflect. I thank God for His grace and mercy in 2021. ~ Lisa Blair

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Holá!

2021 is coming to a close. I found this Dec 30, 2021 Lectio devotional to be very helpful in focusing and recapping the events in your life, lamenting, and moving forward into 2022.

While searching scriptures for this post, I came across an article entitled, 17 Bible Verses about New Beginning for the New Year, by Billy Hallowell, December 28, 2021. Insider. Pure flix..com, the author wrote, and I paraphrase, don’t let the events and happenings of 2021 hold you back in 2022. It’s easy to get bogged down and chaos and bad decisions, but it is never too late to embrace a new cell and push away the old self. Rather than dwelling on the past, solidify a new beginning by turning to scripture and prayer. Map out goals and pray that God guide you where he wants you in the new year.

Further, the author writes perhaps you feel weak and tired as 2021 comes to a close. Maybe you’ve struggled and are in need of strength and sustenance. Have no fear. Place your hope in God and pray for his supernatural strength to fill your heart and comfort you you can find renewed strength and a new beginning in him.

“So we say with confidence quiet the Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can you mortals do to me?” Hebrews 3:16 NIV

Here is the link.

https://lectio365.24-7prayer.com/share

Go to the 🏠 at the bottom left of the page, open it .

More Scriptures to enter the New Year equipped.

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “the Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait on him.“ Lamentations 3:22–24 NIV

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.“ 1 Peter 5:7 NIV

“And whatever you do, whether in word or D, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the father through him.“ Colossians 3:17 NIV

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it’s brings up; do you not receive it? I am making away in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.“ Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF MY FOLLOWERS. This is my final Post for 2021. May God bless you and yours throughout 2022. Looking forward to sharing God’s Word and how to apply it in daily life this coming year. It’s all about application.

~ Lisa Blair

Our Joy in the Lord

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Our joy cannot be stripped from us. Our relationship with the Lord is yoked in love.

Lisa Blair

Our joy in the Lord is relational and cannot be stripped by mere mortals. What happens in the world can and does influence our lives, but we are not of the world and therefore our relationship with the Lord remains pure joy.

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THIS DAY!

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This day is sufficient to meet all of our needs.

~ Lisa Blair


This Day!

As I prayed this morning, the theme for the prayer became, ‘this day’.  The Lord led me to Matthew 6:11 which clearly encourages us to ask God to give us this day. He inspires us to ask for our daily bread. When should we ask? This day. Daily bread is definitive for all of our needs, the need for health, a job, a loving family, in short, for everything we need in our lives.

[My back story.] You may ask, what is she talking about? Well, in sync with movie storylines, there is always a backstory to explain the storyline. Hers is mine. The Holy Spirit speaks to me during my prayer time and generally prescribes the direction my prayer should take.

[Back to the present.] In prayer I found myself praying for individuals and their needs as usual and then the phrase This Day began to attach itself to the request for each person I named. As I was speaking to their needs, their help, and their victories each closed with this day. This day shifted the way I prayed today. This is not my normal way of praying for others, but God placed that phrase on my heart.

So I say to you — May God envelop you in His unconditional love THIS DAY!

Resource – Bible.com