Our Faith is Not a Test

“Be careful not to let anyone rob you of this faith through shallow and misleading philosophy. Such a person follows human traditions and the world’s way of doing things rather than following Christ.” Colossians 2:6-8 GW

An Easter Reflection

As the deadly coronavirus wages on and I am safely inside my home, I have taken the time to reflect on my Lenten experience through the glory of the resurrection of Easter Sunday. As I sit here day after day, I wonder of what use am I?

What is happening in my life and around me that is fitting into His big picture?

How can I see things from His perspective?

Will I be a child of God or will I go back to having a meaner, common sense attitude of this world?

I am not responsible for the circumstances that I am in or in this current pandemic. I am responsible for the way I allow any circumstance to affect me. I can either allow them to overwhelm me, or I can allow them to transform me into what God wants me to be.

Am I sinking my roots into Jesus Christ to build on Him?

God engineers everything. He has engineered me for a specific purpose. Wherever he puts me even if it is safely inside my physical home, my one great aim is to be wholeheartedly devoted to Him in whatever that specific work might be.

Am I totally unemployable in spirit?

Am I so spiritually weak that I refuse to do anything unless I am spiritually inspired?

A person’s character determines how one interprets God’s will. The determination and devotion to remain true to God’s will in my life is not to be true to my own convictions and traditional worldly beliefs, but to remain true to God and obey Him.

The proof of my relationship is right with God when I do my best whether I feel like it or not. I refrain from declaring my faith by saying I will do anything or go anywhere as Peter said to Jesus. I will not ask God to test my faith in that way. Instead, I will remain true to God as Abraham did in the Old Testament. I will ask God to lead me into the knowledge and heart of Himself. If I remain true to God, I know God will take me through any circumstance to a better understanding of my specific purpose.

“Come to me, all who are tired from carrying a heavy load, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 GW

How can I stay in lockstep with God?

How can I perpetually look in the face of God and know that I am moving in the right direction?

 “We must become prayer: prayer incarnate. It is not enough to have moments of praise; our whole life, every act, every gesture, even a smile must become a hymn of adoration, an offering, a prayer. We must not offer what we have but what we are.” ~ Paul Evdokimov

“The more you know the Bible, the more effective your prayers will be.” ~ Rick Warren

What is the standard I use when I decide whether something is true?

What’s in my attitude then that needs to change toward those who disagree with me?

“Let Christ’s word teach and instruct yourselves about God’s kindness. Sing to God in your hearts. Everything you say or do should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:16-17 GW

“Blessed is the person who does not
follow the advice of wicked people,
take the path of sinners,
or join the company of mockers.

Rather, he delights in the teachings of the Lord
and reflects on his teachings day and night. 

He is like a tree planted beside streams—
a tree that produces fruit in season
and whose leaves do not wither.
He succeeds in everything he does.”
Psalm 1:1-3 GW

Trusting God

My Prayer

Dear Lord, I give you all the praise and glory. If sincerity means that the appearance and the reality are exactly the same, may others see my appearance and reality be exactly the same as being true to You. I pray Lord that I am not just an empty husk blowing across a barren field but bearing fruit from Your living water. I pray Lord for all essential workers and those who in sincerity are healing and comforting the world in this global pandemic. Put me to use Lord in whatever capacity that people may see Your healing hand for all that hurts a fallen world. May I be true to the light that sacrificed all for eternal life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. 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. 

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God’s Blessings to You,

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Sheri

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A Courageous Heart

A couple of weeks ago I wrote on my blog, The Blogging Owl, my three new words to live by in 2020. I added three action verbs to existing words from 2018 and 2019 that will motivate me to get on with my purpose by using the talents God has gifted to me. My three action words are silence, commit and fulfill.

Living by faith means expecting the best.

As I look forward to a new year in the next few days, I look back in my prayer journals to see how God has blessed me throughout this past year. There are highs and lows in any given year and my brokenness – that which breaks my resistance and self-reliance in my journey to looking and living out God’s will for my life has and will not always be easy.

As I read through the pages of my prayer journals covering this past year (and those of past years), all that was intended was not accomplished. As I have drawn closer to God and getting to know him better, I have gotten to know my own identity better too. Knowing God and knowing myself better has helped me to define my responsibilities in all ways. It has helped me to silence self-doubt, commit to God’s control, readying myself to fulfilling His plan for my life.

When I listen to God and follow His will and not my own, I receive His very best for my life. Not only does God’s Word tell me so, but the pages of my prayer journals reflect how God has answered or still has me waiting for His best. When I fully reflect on this past year, I have experienced the greatest joy and unimaginable fulfillment when I lived out my responsibilities with my God-given talents. When I live this way, I no longer feel directionless and anxiety.

Three Verses

While I carry the entire Word of God with me today and into the New Year, I especially pray these three verses.

Psalm 31: 24 GW – Praying the Scripture:

“Be strong, all (I) who wait with the hope for the Lord and let your (my) heart be courageous.”

2 Corinthians 12:6-10 GW – Paul writes:

“If I ever wanted to brag, I wouldn’t be a fool. Instead, I would be telling the truth. But I’m going to spare you so that no one may think more of me than what he sees or hears about me, especially because of the excessive number of revelations that I’ve had.

Therefore, to keep me from becoming conceited, I am forced to deal with a recurring problem. That problem, Satan’s messenger, torments me to keep me from being conceited. I begged the Lord three times to take it away from me. But he told me: “My kindness is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.” So, I will brag even more about my weaknesses in order that Christ’s power will live in me. Therefore, I accept weakness, mistreatment, hardship, persecution, and difficulties suffered for Christ. It’s clear that when I’m weak, I’m strong.”

Romans 14:12 GW – Paul writes:

“All of us will have to give an account of ourselves to God.” 

Job 23

My Prayer

Dear Lord, where there was darkness in my life you have given it light. May that light continue to shine today and in the coming days so that only You will be reflected against the darkness of this world. I cling to all Your promises. As written in Isaiah 40: “You give strength to those who are tired and give strength to those who are weak… and the strength of those who wait on the Lord will be renewed. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and won’t become weary. They will walk and won’t grow tired.” The journey of looking and living out Your Will for my life has not been easy at times. I pray Lord, that you will renew and clarify within me the purpose you have planned for me. There is no faith without risk. Silence any fear and let my heart be courageous to fulfill the purpose you have given today and always. I pray this in Jesus’s name. Amen

May You have a Joyous New Year!

I encourage you to start your prayer journal today if you haven’t already done so. Prayer is the most important conversation you have each day. You will be amazed as you too look back and read the pages of your journal how you heard, felt and saw God’s presence in your life.

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Blessings on Your New Year!

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Sheri

 

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