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

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God’s Blessings to You,

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Sheri

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Common Sense and Spiritual Sense

“Aren’t five sparrows sold for 2 cents? God does not forget any of them. Even every hair on your head has been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.” Luke 12: 6-7

Whose life is it anyway?

I have been praying for a family member who has succumbed to the highly addictive drug, meth. She has abandoned her children, stolen thousands of dollars of items from her parent’s home, and friends have shunned her presence. She is homeless roaming the streets with men who care only for what she can provide them.

Family members remark to one another the potential she once had – she was bright, intelligent, and artistic. She had psychotic episodes and hospitalized briefly as a teenager, assaulted her mother, and has been jailed periodically over the years. Unwed, she gave birth to 3 boys who seemed to have given her purpose to positively move forward with the responsibility of parenthood. Yet here she is continuing to battle demons made worse with drugs.

Common Sense and Spiritual Sense

Common sense is a gift of nature. Spiritual sense is a gift of Jesus Christ. So, when I think of people like my family member or others and I ask myself, “Where is their common sense?” Nature gives way to the desires of the body and the mind. Therefore, when each of us encounters everyday issues of life or battles of the mind as an ordinary human being, we must never allow common sense to become so prominent that it forcefully pushes Jesus to the side.

While I am not a psychology professional, I believe mental illness and drug addiction robs the person of nature’s common sense. But can that person whose illness has robbed them of common sense still be transformed by the gift of spiritual sense from Jesus Christ?

Jesus brings Lazarus back to life

Verse 4: “When Jesus heard the message, he said, “His sickness will not result in death. Instead, this sickness will bring glory to God so that the Son of God will receive glory through it.”

Jesus brought Lazarus back from the dead in John 11:41-44 and Jesus has the power to bring back those who are still living in the body but are dead in mind and spirit.

Jesus prayed inside Lazarus’ tomb: “So the stone was moved away from the entrance of the tomb, “Father, I thank you for hearing me. I have known that you always hear me.” Verses 41-42

Jesus Christ never gives up on anyone.

Is Jesus Christ being given his opportunity to work in me?

Is Jesus Christ overwhelmingly satisfied with my life, or am I walking in spiritual pride before Him?

Am I living in such dependence on Jesus Christ that His life is being exhibited moment by moment in me?

Jesus Christ has never given up on me. My ordinary abilities will never worship God unless I am transformed by Jesus Christ. I am worth more than many sparrows and so is my family member. She is worth more than many sparrows too. Jesus will not give up on her and neither will I. We must always keep in touch with people and not only with common sense, but with spiritual sense if we are to use the Word of God skillfully among them.

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My Prayer

“O Father of mercies and God of all comfort, I humbly pray for all who are sick in mind, body and spirit. Look upon them with the eyes of Your mercy; comfort them with a sense of Your goodness; preserve them from the temptations that take them from You; and give them patience under the grip of their affliction. In Your time, restore them to health, and enable them to lead their life to Your glory; and grant that finally they will live with You in life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

(Adapted from the Lutheran Book of Prayer.)

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

 

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