It has now been seven years since I started this blog. How quickly time goes by! We are many members but we are one in the body of Christ. Therefore you do not journey alone! Hopefully through this site you will be encouraged by the fact that many things you are going through in your own walk, others are going through (or have gone through) as well. Sometimes we think we are "going through things alone." But we are not. God said that "He would Never Leave Nor Forsake Us." (Hebrews 13:5) and that "There is Nothing New Under The Sun." (Ecclesiastes 1:9). No man is an island. It's easy to forget that. May the words in this blog help you to think, encourage you in whatever spiritual state you are in and may the Lord use them to help us to grow in Him! He is the Author and Finisher of our faith!

I don’t want any readers to think that I am “promoting” being a prodigal. I definitely am not. But what I am hoping to do – is to encourage those of us who either have had or are currently experiencing a hard time in our walk to be honest about it. Personal conviction is a powerful thing, especially if you truly love the Lord. I think that sometimes the Body of Christ critiques and judges to the point where the person who is at the other end of that pointing finger feels ostracized, alienated and alone. I don't think that that is what Jesus intended. When I read through my Bible - I see a firm yet gentle restoration that Jesus ministered to those around Him. Look at John 21:15-19. When Peter who was at an all time low point in his walk - he was firmly, yet lovingly restored by Jesus. He didn't tear him down, or yell or make him feel any worse then he already did. He spoke to him lovingly and gently - and in doing so, Peter was able to repent and minister in a much more powerful, humble and confident way and it became one of the largest ministries ever.

Please note that I am only a vessel, my calling - to write. I dedicate this blog to the Lord and ask that He use it to reach out and touch whoever needs a special, loving, personal touch from Him. My hope is that the Holy Spirit allows you to see Him through the words (and not me). We go through things so that we can extend our right hand of fellowship behind us to assist and help someone else. Our Bible is the same today, as it was yesterday as it will be tomorrow. (I am far from perfect and do not profess to have all the answers...) but the good news is - Our Heavenly Father does! His love, forgiveness, grace and mercy is real!Nothing you are experiencing in your walk comes as a surprise to Him! May He be glorified through this blog and may God bless you at whatever stage in your walk you are in!~

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December 31, 2014

Looking Forward, Not Behind

Close the door and say a final goodbye to things worth "goodbying" as you close the door to 2014. Wait with joyful expectation on the wonderful things God has in store for you in 2015.  The best is YET to come! 
You never know what is going on behind the façade of someone’s face. We live in a day and age where people are ready to snap in a moment.  Common sense is no longer common.  Common courtesy no longer exists.  People are only concerned about themselves.  We have become a microwave society where we want what we want when we want it and the heck with what anyone else thinks or feels. We are truly living in the last days.
“But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit. Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.  Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” (Mark 13:8-13)
None of the above should be news to us, as we hear it on the news every night.  It is more an awareness than anything else.  Along with the anxiety of the above comes concern and depression but we are not without hope because the battle has already been won.  As we enter into the New Year, let us not be discouraged but encouraged because God is still in control.  Let us treat others with kindness and understanding and love.  Let us think about how Jesus would respond.  Let us turn the other cheek when someone offends us and surprise them by showing an outpouring of love and forgiveness.  This is not something that is easy to do and totally goes outside of our nature.  Let us remember to PRAY for our nation.  Pray and encourage others.  Let the light of Christ shine forth as a beacon of light in a dark stormy world where people are running scared.  It is so easy to get filled with anxiety over what we hear on the news or what we see going on in the people surrounding us.  We need to be a calming influence.
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of sound mind.” (2nd Timothy 1:7)
"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:13-16)
I know it is hard letting the light of Christ shine through us when we feel overwhelmed by the darkness of the world that surrounds us, but we need to remember that the Bible also says:
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
We don’t have the strength or energy or know how to combat things on our own accord.  It is only through Christ that we are able to go forward.  May one of our prayers for 2015 be to trust Him more.  To remember who we are in Christ. 
"Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.” (Isaiah 43:1-2)
As this old year passes away, let us reflect on it and think about those lessons (especially for prodigals that have come back home) we have experienced and learned.
Think about the doors that God has had you close this year.  Maybe it was a door you didn’t want to close.  Maybe it was a door that God had to close FOR you because you weren’t strong enough to close it for yourself.  Maybe you are still smarting from the pain of it.  Don’t reopen it, don’t go by your feelings no matter how much you wish that door was still open  – leave it closed.  It has been closed for a reason.  Don’t reopen a wound that God is healing. Remember that we only see in part – but God see’s in full.  If He has allowed a door to your life to close, there is a reason for it.  Seal it shut and walk away from the door for 2015.  There is a better door full of God’s abundant blessings coming your way. You just have to trust Him. 
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not to your own understanding.  In ALL your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” (Proverbs 3:5)
Pray for those who persecute you.  The only ones that ol’ slewfoot can use to hurt you are those you love the most.  It is hardest to pray for someone who has hurt you, but in doing so there is freedom there.  Say the words even if you don’t feel them as you say them.  Just getting them out is the hardest of things to do.  In time it will come easier, the pain of deception will fade away and you’ll find you are able to pray sincerely from the heart and not just out of obedience.  This is what God has called you to do.
Don’t allow ol’slewfoot to make you bitter or to doubt God cares.  He does!  The plans He has in store for you are better than any you could make for yourself.  Just believe it. Why? Because He says so!
"For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:9-11)
If you are a prodigal who has come back home, look ahead of you and not behind, close the door to 2014 and praise God that He is a God of second chances.  A God of grace, a God of love, a God of forgiveness.  2014 has been covered by His precious blood – now go forward in His grace thankful for a fresh new start – or as I say – a fresh new page of life to write upon.  Keep your eyes looking forward and remember all that you have learned.  Remember what He has brought you through and glorify Him further because of it.
Remember also that the doors that ol'slewfoot tempts us can very often be those we least expect. 
"Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves." (Matthew 10:16)
He will not come in something unattractive, but something that beckons to you and makes you turn your head. That is why it is called temptation. Use wisdom and pray about all things.
Tonight, as you close the door permanently on another year past, thank God for having brought you through it and trust Him that as He says in His word, “The number of your days He will fulfill.” (Exodus 23:26) He knows what He is doing, as you say goodbye to 2014 trust Him for 2015.  He is in control!
Here's to the year 2015 – May God bless, encourage you and draw you nearer to Him.  May His good and perfect will be done in your life.  May He open up the windows of Heaven and rain down blessings upon you so abundantly that you will not be able to hold them in both hands!  Remember Who has called you, remember who has created you, remember who loves you and praise His blessed name!

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