Wednesday, January 26, 2011

1/26/2011

I read a post this morning where someone was responding to another person and what they said about a certain sin. The response was very well organized and used Biblical verses to point out the fact that in the New Testament, there are many sins that call for stoning and execution. It made the Bible seem very old fashioned and criticized the person that made the comment in the first place for being so narrow minded.

So I began thinking.

There are certain things in the New Testament that I have done (tattoos, etc.) that would have had serious punishments back then...what made me different from those that did other sins in the New Testament?

Then I remembered, it's not about sin.

It's about keeping our eyes on Jesus. When we turn our focus on Him, He transforms us. It's a heart issue really. I guess I just really understood this morning that people try to make this a religion and forget the relationship behind it all.

*Matthew 7:1-6*

To me, this passage sums it up really well. Why focus on the speck when you have a plank? No need to get into arguments over what is a sin and what isn't and what the punishment should be.

We all deserve death, but were save through Christ Jesus.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

12/19/2010 - Adversity

"No matter what hardships the world may throw at you, you have - in Me - everything you need to persevere. Despair is a deep pit, and sometimes you totter around its edges, precariously close to falling in. Your only hope at such times is to fix your eyes on Me. The more perplexed you are - bewildered by complex circumstances - the easoer it is to lose your balance. To keep from falling, you must change your focus: from your circumstances to My Presence. This requires strenuous effort on your part, because you have not fully accepted the limitations of your mind. Your natural tendency is to keep thinking about a difficult situation ad nauseam - trying to figure it out. However, I am always nearby, eager to help you change your focus time after time."

-Sarah Young (Jesus Lives)
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Monday, December 6, 2010

12/6/2010

I realized something while reading my Bible this morning.
I was always pretty curious as to why people always did their devotions in the morning...or at least a lot of people I know. I really didn't know a reason, other than reading and praying early in the morning can help set your heart right early in the morning - a good reason to be sure. But what God revealed to me was something else.
I am a morning person, and I do my best work in the morning. My morning hours are my first fruits of time if you will. Since God wants our first fruits of everything, it's only right to consider our time in that too.
I don't know if that works for everyone, but for me, that's what I was taught today.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Psalm 141:5

5 Let a righteous mana strike me—it is a kindness;
let him rebuke me—it is oil on my head.
My head will not refuse it.

11/16/2010

Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord;
keep watch over the door of my lips. http://read.ly/Ps141.3.NIV
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Monday, November 15, 2010

11/15/2010

some days my heart aches still.

Friday, November 12, 2010

11/12/2010

I get so frustrated that I sometimes forget that I have everything I could ever need in Jesus.
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