Disappointed vs Discouraged

We eagerly waited for the New Year so we could put 2020 firmly in the rearview mirror. The first week of the New Year was met with anything but a relief from the coronavirus and political divisiveness. The reality of the evil embedded in this country continues to smack this country in the face to which we can no longer avoid the reckoning of our spirit.

“Peace if possible, truth at all costs.” Martin Luther

This post is not about debating the current political situation in the United States. It is about looking within our heart and determining our individual spiritual state in how we, individually and collectively, can move forward to a better future for each person.

“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy.” Thomas Merton

Not every person wants another person to succeed unless of course their success mirrors their own version of living. It may be because they believe differently in mind, body, and spirit; they are of a different ethnicity or skin color; they identify differently than the gender they were given at birth; they believe some of greater rights than others; and others believe it is their responsibility to ‘convert’ others to the image they believe is in keeping with who they believe is the correct way to be and live.

Today’s Journal Entry

I am human. I am a work in progress. And in my humanity complicated by sin, I cannot always see objectively. I am striving to be holy being brought to the place where I can receive from God through faith in Jesus Christ, the forgiveness of my sins. I ask God to clear my sight that is clouded by biases and pride so I may truly be His holy worker.

1 Peter 1:15-16 (GW)
“But because the God who called (me) is holy, (I) must be holy in every aspect of (my) life. Scripture says, ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’”

What does it mean to be holy?

The power that God gives to me through faith in Jesus Christ is to love. To love one another is to love God who is holy.

1 Thessalonians 3:11-13 (GW)
“We pray that God our Father and the Lord Jesus will guide us to you. We also pray that the Lord will greatly increase your love for each other and for everyone else, just as we love you. Then he will strengthen you to be holy. Then you will be blameless in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all God’s holy people.”

Disappointed but not discouraged.

I can be disappointed in others. I can even be outraged in their beliefs and in their actions. But I have the power of love and prayer, and therefore, I am not discouraged. I must be persistent in prayer to ask for wisdom as Solomon did in 1 Kings 3:7-14 (GW):

“LORD my God, although I’m young and inexperienced, you’ve made me king in place of my father David. I am among your people whom you have chosen. They are too numerous to count or record. Give me a heart that listens so that I can judge your people and tell the difference between good and evil. After all, who can judge this great people of yours?”

The LORD was pleased that Solomon asked for this. God replied, “You’ve asked for this and not for a long life, or riches for yourself, or the death of your enemies. Instead, you have asked for understanding so that you can do what is right. So, I am going to do what you have asked. I am giving you a wise and understanding heart so that there will never be anyone like you. I am also giving you what you have not asked for—riches and honor—so that no other king will be like you if you live. And if you follow me and obey my laws and commands as your father David did, then I will also give you a long life.”

I believe that God can fortify and protect my thought processes far beyond where I can go. The same spirit that fed the life of Jesus Christ will feed the life of my spirit. If I am struggling with sin of any kind, I ask God to show me how grievous it is to Him and to look at it from His perspective. I cannot just be sorry without truly carrying out my repentance with action. I rely on God’s power and truth to overcome every temptation.

It is only after my own repentance that I can put into action the wisdom that God grants to me with a heart of understanding and love.

Dear God, Help me to treat others with grace and mercy You showed to me through Jesus Christ. Amen

Getting to know God

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God’s Blessings to You,
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Sheri

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My Faith Clothes

Since the pandemic was announced, I have been fortunate to be working remotely full-time. 80% of those who began working remotely responded in a company survey that they do not want to return to the office setting because they believe they are more productive working from home and have enjoyed countless savings. Savings such as purchasing vehicle fuel, maintenance, professional clothing not to mention having more personal time away from rush hours and commutes to the office. I have enjoyed these benefits, particularly not wearing cosmetics, wearing my comfortable clothes including my slippers.

Is telecommuting the wave of the future?

I remember when men were expected to wear business suits with ties and women similar business suits or dresses with hose stockings. When the office wear criteria were relaxed to various forms of business casual where there was the fear the workers would become too relaxed in their conduct and productivity. Now when telecommuters who may appear to be in business casual dress in video meetings, often they still wearing their comfortable clothing and slippers out of video range.

Faith Clothes

Christians attending church during the pandemic have also grown accustomed to online church sermons and listening to God’s Word in their pajamas and enjoying a cup of coffee or tea that was once reserved for the fellowship hall.

So, what is the danger of saving money in our commutes to the office and to church activities? After all productivity is higher and perhaps, we may have even heard more Sunday sermons than we had in the past.

“Brothers and sisters, you don’t need anyone to write to you about times and dates. You know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When people say, “Everything is safe and sound!” Destruction will suddenly strike them. It will be as sudden as labor pains come to a pregnant woman. They won’t be able to escape. But, brothers and sisters, you don’t live in the dark. That day won’t take you by surprise as a thief would. You belong to the day and the light not to the night and the dark. Therefore, we must not fall asleep like other people, but we must stay awake and be sober. People who sleep, sleep at night; people who get drunk, get drunk at night. Since we belong to the day, we must be sober. We must put on faith and love as a breastplate and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” 1 Thessalonians 5:1-8 (GW)

The comfortable, sentimental Christian

If I become too comfortable in this new age and I forget to put on the breastplate of hope and love and the helmet of the hope of salvation – I may miss the voice of the Holy Spirit. It is the sense of warning and restraint that the Holy Spirit that comes to me in the most amazing and gentle ways. I cannot be half-dressed as in a video meeting and believe that slipping into my comfortable clothes yet seemingly appearing dressed in faith keeps me fully alert to the Holy Spirit’s direction.

Suppose God brings me to a crisis and I almost endure it, but not completely. He will undoubtedly engineer another crisis, but some of the intensity is lost. If I become evermore comfortable and sentimental in my clothes, I will have less discernment and surely more humiliation for not being properly dressed in my faith clothes. The knowledge and vision of God is dependent entirely of a pure heart. Once I stray from God’s light, I become a sentimental Christian whose testimony becomes lost.

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My Prayer

Dear God, today I put on the full armor to guard my life so that I may hear your gentle voice in all circumstances and crisis. I put on the belt of truth to protect against lies and deception. I put on the breastplate of righteousness to protect my heart from the temptations I battle. I put the gospel of peace on my feet, so I am ready to take your light wherever you send me this day even if I remain safe in my home. I choose to walk in the peace and freedom of your Spirit and not be overcome with fear and anxious thoughts. I take up your shield of faith that will extinguish all the darts and threats hurled my way. I believe in your power to protect me and I choose to wear the clothes of faith to trust in you. I put on the helmet of salvation, which covers my mind and thoughts, reminding me I am a child of the day, forgiven, set free, saved by the grace of Christ Jesus. I take up the sword of the Spirit, your very Word, which has the power to demolish the strongholds, alive, active, and sharper than any double-edged sword.

I ask for your help remembering to put on my full armor every day, for You give me that what I need to stand firm in this world. Forgive me God for the times I’ve been unprepared, too busy to care, or trying to fight and wrestle in our own strength.
Thank you that I never fight alone, for You are constantly at work on my behalf, shielding, protecting, strengthening, exposing deeds of darkness, bringing to light what needs to be known, covering me from the cruel attacks I face even when I am unaware. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.

Getting to know God

I have been writing in a journal since I was a young girl. I have kept a prayer journal over the last ten years to draw closer to God. Are you waiting for answers? Draw closer to God.

The Prayer Journals Facebook page provides prayer journal prompts and inspiration. Please join me there or on Twitter @prayerprompts.

God’s Blessings to You,

sheri-clear-glasses

Sheri

© 2016-2020 All Rights Reserved