Disrupt Your Nature

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Disruption can be a political term, as in the case of many governments today, but this term can apply to our conversion of thought as well. Prior to accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior, we were lost. Our sin nature was its strongest, however, when we accepted Christ, we were saved and in essence born again. Our past was disrupted by our conversion.
Praise God that we have been freed from the shackles of sin. We will live in sin as long as we are on this earth, it’s our sin nature, but as Christians, we can be redeemed if we repent, ask for forgiveness, and continue to grow in the Word. Our God is a God of many chances, in fact, Christ said we should forgive as many as seventy times seven times.  This means we are to forgive as often as is necessary. We must forgive as God forgave us, wiping the slate clean.
Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.
Matthew 18:21-22, ESV
As we grow as Christians applying the Word to our daily lives, we will feel the shackles loosen and then fall away. The process of disruption, in this case, is freeing.
It is time that we disrupt and shed our practices, habits, and secular lifestyles to become more like Christ. When we do, we will be moved to protect our neighbors, love all people friend, and foe, and create a universal environment of love, tolerance, and acceptance.
This is a new day and a new beginning. Carpe Diem, seize the day.
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Isaiah 12:2. No Fear

I will trust, and not be afraid – Since God is its author; since he is able to defend me, and to perfect that which he has begun, I will confide in him, and not be afraid of the power or machinations of any enemy. In his hands I am safe. God is the foundation of our confidence; and trusting in him, his people shall never be moved.

Text: From Barnes Notes, studylight.org

Image: YouVersion.Bible.com

Proverbs 18:24, True Friends

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There are friends, and then there are FRIENDS. The distinction is, one will be your friend during the good times and the other stands with you through thick and thin. The latter becomes a brother/sister when they stand with you through the difficult times. The bond is molded by love.

Only Jesus is closer than a brother. You can rest in knowing he is always by your side.

Psalm 4:8, Peaceful Sleep

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We are living in perilous times.  The world is in flux, creating anxiety all around us. I find comfort knowing that as Christians, we reside in calmness and serenity in the midst of trouble. We can lay down in peace and tranquility as we sleep because we are in the care and protection of God. We can trust in the Lord that he will keep us through the night.

Do you remember the children’s bedtime prayer:

Now I lay me down to sleep; I pray the Lord my soul to keep; keep me safe through the night and wake me with the morning light?

This prayer trained us how to overcome anxiety and sleepless nights as children when the boogyman was our worst fear. As adults, we often forget that we have been in training all of our lives and often overlook this simple prayer restated in Psalms 4:8.

We can choose to rest in peace through the night, or toss and turn with nervous anxiety. It is our choice. Why? Because God protects us through the night, but also bestowed free-will upon us allowing us to choose to abide in Him and rest in peace or toss and turn through the night.

The choice is ours.

Jeremiah 31:3, He Drew You

Isn’t this a beautiful verse? He has drawn us. Out of his mind, to paper he gave us life. Have you ever observed a child drawing. They do so with such intensity. Their focus is spot on. I can image the Lord doing the same.

The full verse reads:

I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with loving-kindness I have drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you. (‭Jeremiah‬ ‭31‬:‭3‬ AMP)

He loves us with everlasting kindness. It doesn’t matter what we have done with our lives; he loves us still. He has faith that we will find our way when we accept that he unconditionally loves us. His love is merciful and steadfast. It is covenant love. Covenant love is a pact between God and each one of us. It is everlasting.

How awesome is this? Shame cannot destroy it. Missed opportunities cannot destroy it. Pride cannot destroy it. You can run but you cannot escape God’s unfailing loving-kindness. He has drawn us. He created us. We came from Him. He unconditionally loves His creation, i.e., Us.

 

Philippians 4:4, Rejoice

Rejoice in the dark days. Rejoice in the joyous days. Our joy does not stem from the things of this earth, but from our relationship with Christ, which we will never lose. Our happiness rests in Christ.

As Christians, we must fight to possess joy and rejoice because the Holy Spirit resides in us, and like Superman, breaks through our darkness.

(Scripture from Today’s Bible.com devotional)

Images – Google Images; LAB Photos (Church – Notre Dame)

Scripture – Bible.com

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