Free Yourself From The Shackles

Jesus humbled himself to the point of death to give us life. We should be able and willing to humble ourselves and, honestly, repent for our sins (stating what they are or were) and start anew (fresh). It is never too late, God forgives us when we repent, allowing us to move-on shackle free. Christ gave us the opportunity to rise above who we (presently) are. It is time to change our home location,  we are in this world, but not of this world. 

Go to a quiet place and speak to God, ask Him to forgive you. You choose the place. It could be in the midst of a train station, bar, standing on the corner in busy traffic. Just still yourself and pray. He will receive you wherever you are at the moment.

We belong to Christ. New Beginnings.

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2.2 Billion Christians Strong

We Can Light Up the World and Change the Atmosphere.

While reading the daily devotional, Finding God in the Hard Places, I learned that the Pew Research Center reported there are 2.2 billion Christians living on the planet and represent about 30% of all the Earth’s inhabitants.

To quote the author, Ashley Abercrombie, if every Christian alive today focused on worshiping God alone and loving their neighbor, we would light up every corner of the Earth!

End Times?

Many believe we are entering the End Times. The Book of Revelations states that we will experience the battle between good and evil, and it will be recognizable. There have been many periods in history where civilization thought we were entering the End Times, and it certainly feels as if this is the time we are entering now. This is also the time when Christians are called to stand.

World In Turmoil

Whether you believe we are in the End Times or not, I believe we can all agree the world is in turmoil. It’s a global dynamic, a tectonic shift of sorts. Many feel hopeless and many that do are Christians. I understand the unsaved feeling that way, but as Christians, we have power and authority through Christ to change the atmosphere. We are roughly 2.2 billion strong. We are being called to represent Christ, put God first, love our neighbors, and serve one another through servant leadership. We are the change.

Lovers of Self

Paul spoke of being lovers of self, and lounging in our own security and not relying on God’s power. Our inability to stand demonstrates that we do not have the conviction to change the world around us. This is a direct affront on God, who gives us wisdom.

Listen, you lovers of pleasure, lounging in your security and saying to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me. I will never be a widow or suffer the loss of children.
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭47:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Paul told the Corinthians,

My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. 1 Corinth.‬ ‭2:4-5‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Battle Ensues

God has equipped us with the power of the Word. He has provided armor to prepare us for battle, we cannot fall prey to the evil ones intent to destroy life as we know it. We must stand together, we are roughly 2.2 billion strong, and a force to be reckoned with.

Light Dwells In Us and Emanates Outward

We have to be the light, the Holy Spirit dwells in us. The world is observing our every move. Speech (talking) is one thing but an observation (seeing) is worth a thousand words. It is easy to claim to be a Christian, but demonstrating our spirituality is something completely different.

Changing the Atmosphere

Our task is to change the atmosphere and the only way to carry out this is to live like Christ. For me that includes minor things like being less critical and judgmental of our Nation’s leaders on FaceBook, not to ‘like’ negative, evil spirited comments, and not accept the behavioral norms defined by social media as my norms.

If you take time to check your actions, thoughts, and deeds, you will learn what you  must you change to demonstrate loving God first, loving your neighbors (other people), and becoming servant leaders (putting others before self.)

Ashley Abercrombie shared:
“Friend, if we just lived out Jesus’s two simple commands, don’t you think we could abolish human trafficking, reduce inequities in education, race, gender, economics, as well as develop strategies to end global poverty, terrorism, and more?”

Note: Christianity is not something people subscribe to, it is our life. God is our father. He walked the earth as Christ, died for our sins, and now resides in us in the form of the Holy Spirit.

Images – Google Images; Bible.com/Youversion
Scriptures – Biblegateway.com; Bible.com
Resource – Finding God in the Hard Places, Bible.cm/YouVersion

I am holding to the task of Resolving and Acting on the resolve to become a stronger Christian in the face of everyday life in 2019. Join me. Each step we take should bring us closer to Christ.

Thank you for reading my Posts. God Bless.

Thank God For Daily Mercies

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Good Morning,

Thank God, His mercies are renewed everyday. Our actions are covered everyday. We do not have to worry about them piling up and being buried by them. We can repent of the day and know we are forgiven. Keep having good thoughts, and doing positive deeds, and for those moments when thoughts or actions don’t align with Christ, repent, ask for immediate forgiveness.

God’s compassion never fails. Today’s mercies cover this day, and faith that tomorrow’s unseen mercies will be sufficient for that day. Do not carry woes, anxieties, and concerns into the upcoming day. Release them, give them to God through repentance and begin each day believing in new mercies.

In faith we are strong.

Two passages of scripture sum up how God frees us.

  • Lamentation 3:22-23

“Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassion’s  fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”
Lamentations 3:22-23‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

  • Matthew 6:34

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Matthew‬ ‭6:34‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Think about these passages as you go through your day. Before I retired I often thought of and recited them to myself, it is freeing and a reminder that God is ever-present, and covers us each and every day. Oh, and yes, I still recite them to myself and will as long as I am alive.