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Ever wonder why some people seem to be floating through life and others stumble?



I wonder this, and seek to find ways to float instead of stumble. Maybe you would like to join me in this search.

Seeking a closer relationship with God seems to allow my life to float along a little easier.







Phillipians 4:5-6 tells us to reveal our gentleness outwardly, that God is near and that we should not be anxious about anything, but through prayer and petition, we should thankfully approach the Lord with our concerns.

As a high energy person, my anxiety can run high. I am constantly seeking ways to leave my concerns at the foot of the cross.



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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Choices

I took a class at Florida Christian College as part of my degree program in 2004.  I stumbled upon one of the papers from 'Life and Leadership of Jesus' today, and thought I would share a thought from the past.  Tell me if you think it is still relevant.

We were studying the Hard Sayings of Jesus, looking at each one and sharing our thoughts about what truths they might hold.
"He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters." Matt 12:30; Luke 11:23
"He that is not against us is for us." Mark 9:40; Luke 9:50

What does this saying 'actually' mean?
     This saying says that you cannot ride the fence.  You must be on one side of it or the other.  The hard part about this sayng is that there is no grey area.  Each person chooses in their heart whom they serve.  Jesus is talking about those who follow the Lord and those who follow the devil.  Those who are with Jesus and are gatherers are doing the work of the Lord.  The Lord gathers up those who would follow Him through those who do His will.  The devil is against God, using all his craftiness to lure people away from the truth and scattering them away from the love of God.  The difficult part of this is that a choice must be made, and it is a hard choice for most people.  Faith in unseen and future deliverance must come through the Holy Spirit, and must be requested through sincere repentance and love.

How can this saying be applied to you life/church/world today?
     This saying brings the reality of the kingdom of God close to our hearts.  We must be ready to ask the Lord to govern our life and keep us from those things that would separate us from the love of our Savior.  We must realize that every day, we make a choice to be with God or against God.  Actually, this choice can be minute to minute.  We must be careful when we choose, for if we do not choose to be with Jesus as a gatherer, then we reject the grace and salvation that Jesus suffered for.  Spiritual warfare is no joke.  Jesus is laying it on the line.  He is waiting for us to choose each minute.


This past weekend, Pastor Mike Andriano talked about the healing power of grace and the choice we must make.  This paper (well, it was part of a paper) came to mind and I really thought I should share my thoughts with you about the significance of our free will and how important it is to exercise that unashamedly in the world.  My Auntie and I were talking on the phone last night about this very thing...the choice and the weight that we carry and how we can lighten the load of our journey by maintaining our connection with people who are supportive and encouraging in the love of God.  Today, this is my gift to you - be strong in your knowledge of who you are and whose you are and do not waver from what you know is right.  Be firm in the foundation of love that God has planted in your heart.  Oh, yes, the Word of the Lord has been written on your heart.  Believe it.  Know it.  Live it.  Other people will see it.

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