Out of Your Hands

There are times in our lives when life is just out of our hands, and we cannot anticipate, control, or direct the path away from the madness or malaise of life. Our path is out of our hands. We find ourselves lost, focusing on self, independent of God. But it is also the time we realize our dependence upon God is more than a thought or perspective. We are in a synaptic gap, and it is time to jump. How? We knowledge our dependence on our Lord and Savior and begin to focus more on Him than the problems. The jump requires complete faith in God’s outcome, whatever it is. Our dependence causes us to cry out to our Lord, and hand Him our situation, praying for Him to take over and lead us out into the light.

Christ pulling Peter out of the water

It is during these times we can be confident in knowing that God hears our prayers. He knew what we would go through long before He blew breath in our lives. He knew of our challenges, the directions we would take in life, straying off the path, the influences of others, poor choices, being in the wrong place at the wrong times, and thinking we are more than who we are.

In this, you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:6-7‬ ‭ESV‬. https://bible.com/bible/59/1pe.1.6-7.ESV

Given His knowledge of our existence, which He created, we should look to Him for love, peace through the storm, direction, and support. His love is greater than the things of this world, and when we begin to see the bigger picture through His lens, we can see hope even when we can barely see a glimmer of light in the distance.

Our Lord always provides directions to bring us and our family members through. These challenges may not evaporate the moment we begin praying, but they are heard, and everything occurs within God’s timing. Sometimes that feels very harsh, but in looking back through the stories in the Bible, we see desperate people in desperate situations come through storms that many cannot imagine. The distortion is so great we cannot see beyond the chaos and confusion.

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The truth is, not all of our experiences are bright and cheery. There are seasons of gray, canceling out all of the colors on the color wheel of life. The reality is, that we are in a battle between good and evil, and not all things are bright and cheery. There is loss, devastation, annihilation, and setbacks, and yet we can hold fast because His people always bounce back according to His will and His ways. We survive the odds. He is the master of making ways out of no way. He brings light to darkness and quells the waves that well up in the storm.

“ The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.”

‭‭Lamentations‬ ‭3:19-26‬ ‭NLT‬‬

A False Message Gives False Hope, by Greg Laurie

To promise Heaven and not warn of Hell, to offer forgiveness without repentance, to preach the gospel without the Cross is a false message giving false hope. ~ Greg Laurie.

Visit this site and read the Devotional. We are all guilty of sugar coating the Word from time to time.

https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/a-false-message-gives-false-hope-2/?utm_campaign=daily-devo&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=221592990&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_tG4kqFC_WZZGFfSfzTiK3YLxjcya0cTx8UJpgUfenp8_kDvXkjrRWWyHunwB_cokKIOJzgFWMznY-cWHqIMxvDMd1Cg&utm_source=hs

TWO PERSPECTIVES, ONE TRUTH

Life is all a matter of perspective. Scripture reinforces God’s Word regarding perspective through the delivery of His Truth, which is all truth and more than perspective. Let’s unpack this… ~ Lisa Blair

There are two types of perspective. Perspective according to Dictionary.com is, a mental view or prospect. What are the two types? There is the carnal perspective or truth and the spiritual perspective or truth. Prior to being saved, we knew if spiritual perspectives or truths but had no relationship with it, we were looking from the outside.

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As born again Christians, the perspective and truths are no longer intellectual ideas. They are engrained in our new fabric. The truth feeds our perspective on life as seen through the eyes of Christ. It governs our actions, weighing heavily on our conscious acts.

The Word instructs us to trust the process, not the expectation of our desires. You see, the expectation is carnal, the process is living by faith and not by sight. It is our choosing, we were endowed with free will. We were also endowed with a heart understanding of the Word which is ALL TRUTH. Free will nudges us toward the perspective of now and us the architecture of failure.

God not only gifted us with free will, He gifted us with Christlike virtues. If we apply His virtues in our daily living we will reap the desires of our heart if they fall within His Will. I say, reach for the sky, stay within His Will meaning apply His truths to your life and will succeed. Will you have setbacks and disappointments, yes. Tell yourself you live by faith and not by sight. You are gifted new mercies everyday.

When we stay locked into prayer. We benefit from our relationship with the Lord. We experience comfort and peace in the middle of sprinkles through the worst of storms, knowing we are covered and never alone. Seek His peace, wisdom, knowledge and purpose. Shift your perspective. Seek His truth and grow your relationship within the context, His perspective, not your own. Carnal perspective is shortsighted, it focuses on the here and now, not eternity.

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Proverb’s 2:6 describes the feeling of being part of the Lord’s family and the benefits of the relationship. We no longer ascribe to the perspective of earthly wisdom and knowledge, we transcend to the truth of wisdom, and knowledge and its application in our life.

And, since the Bible is replete with truth, Paul also shares that as humans we will doubt. We will loose hope. We will suffer, but through it all, we receive the Lord’s comfort that provides hope and the will to move forward despite what may lie before us.

When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. ~ Psalm 94:19 NLT

Other Verses reflecting new life in exchange for human/carnal perspective: 1 Peter 1:3; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:16

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God’s Word is more than stories. Children need to begin their Application Season Early in Life.

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Many years ago, God impressed upon me that our children begin life reflecting on Bible stories as just that, stories. Over the many years, I served as a K-8 principal and a Bible study teacher, I learned that our children are eager to learn more than the character traits and behavior told in school and at home. Once exposed, they want to emulate Christ-like behaviors. They want to apply the Word in their day-to-day living. This blog will assist you in developing your child’s application season of living by the Word of God.

I have two sites. My first website, Youngchristianwarriors.com, initially focused on our children, answering the question parents often posed – when should we begin training our children to live like Christ? Below is a partial list of posts I wrote in 2017, focusing on Christian child development. The later posts mirror lisasdailyinspirations.com posts and are still worth perusing. I hope all parents find the posts beneficial.

Children – Armoring Up Every Morning https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/armor-first/

Helping Children Put on Their Armor Through Prayer https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/the-prayer-putting-on-my-armor/

Fruit of the Spirit for Children https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/defining-the-fruit-of-the-spirit-for-children/

Activating The Fruit of The Spirit in Children https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/recipe-the-fruit-of-the-spirit/

Core Values Early in Life https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/core-values/

Children – How Do You Define a Friend? https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/ask-your-children-who-is-a-friend/

How To Train Your Children to Embrace the Word of God https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/how-to-train-your-children-to-embrace-the-word-of-god/

Introducing Your Children to the Peace of God https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/introducing-your-children-to-the-peace-of-god/

Defining the Fruit for Children https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/defining-the-fruit-for-children/

Children – Protected by Angels https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/angels-protect-us/

Children – New Mercies Everyday https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/children-new-mercies-everyday/

Children Should Expect God’s Blessings and Favor https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/children-should-expect-gods-blessings-and-favor/

God Urges the ‘Why’ in Children https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/god-gives-children/

Children Model After Christ https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/595/

Learn To Thank God as Part of Prayer https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/children-thanking-god/

Stewards of the Earth

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We have been gifted with being stewards of the earth.

~ Lisa Blair

This morning on the BBC News, a story was reported about the effects of Climate change. The guest speaker stated, extreme heat increases mortality. We hear cases where throughout the world older people and people with illnesses often die from the heat intensity brought on by climate change. But the brutality is much greater than that which focuses on human beings. When we experience extreme heat, as we are this year, throughout the world, we experience droughts that reduce the water levels of lakes ponds and rivers. The ground dries and has no moisture needed to nourish living things to grow. Fish, wildlife, and insects begin to die off which creates another level of mortality due to starvation. When fish, wildlife and insects die, their purpose dies. As the heat lasts longer and becomes much more intense plants die, trees die and green life itself begins to pass away. Trees and plants are the filters that help clean our air, keep vegetables healthy, and diseases at bay.

Entrusted to steward the earth and all it offers

God created the earth and provided all of the resources for man to live and prosper. Have we been good stewards of His earth? I think not. But let us look at this a bit differently if we, Christians, are blessed with an earth to live on and sent Christ who in John 4:14 tells us, “Whoever drinks of the water that I (Jesus) will give him shall never thirst, but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” Then, doesn’t it stand to reason that our gifts should create a consciousness of stewardship? 1 Corinthians 4:2 calls us to prove faithful.

“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”

Are you a good steward? Am I a good steward? Are we doing all we can today? How do we impact the cycle of life? “Our stewardship of creation involves the caretaking of the environment and animals as well as our families and communities. Charles Bogg defines stewardship in the Holman Bible Dictionary as “utilizing and managing all resources God provides for the glory of God and the betterment of His creation.”” (Bible verses about Stewardship. Biblestudytools.com. 02/23/2021)

And most importantly, how do you help those in need, not just through provision of things, but in finding Christ? When we become more responsible, the earth will reap the benefits, as will those who are lost.