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Perception

Life's journeyThe perception of my life story is parallel to the journey I ultimately find myself living through God as a testament of my Faith. Meaning, I view my life story (things I’ve gone through), similar to the spiritual road I’ve traveled (journey of life) which I’ve lived based on my faith in God.

When God created us, he created us in his own image. We share many of his characteristics. Not in the physical sense but in spiritual, mental, and emotional. We have attributes of wisdom, love, joy and are given human spirit and moral judgment to choose to do good or bad and choose to make right or wrong right decisions.

The problem comes when we rebel against God and against his creation in our disobedience to Him. We go against His will. And out of human nature, follow our own way. We lack judgment. We lack wisdom. We refuse to listen to the Word of God. Through willful rebellion, we ignore and lose sight of Him. We make the choice to disobey.

Contrary to popular belief, a practice that is outside of God’s will that is generally accepted by society and followed by a course of action, goes against what God desires. Urges are natural. They were created by God.  But they are not established or intended by Him. It’s a human function of the body we either resist or give in to. Our thoughts, drives, and urges are natural processes but become wrong when we begin to harbor impure thoughts and act upon them.

God designed us with characteristics to use the way they were created to be used. Yet we all fall short and miss the mark, sometimes failing to do the right thing. But it doesn’t have to be this way. When faced with temptation or adversity, we can choose to look to God for help. He will give us the right answer.

We have a choice to use our experiences wisely, correctly or use them incorrectly, negatively. We must be willing to part ways from anything that causes us to fail. His Word says, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man and God will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.” 1 Cor 10:13 http://bible.us/1cor10.13.niv84. He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

Life gives us experiences that help us learn to build godly character. God gives us the ability to understand his nature and conform to it. To be a new creature in Christ is to bear the same characteristics as He. When we become new creatures, we learn obedience. We work to obey God. We follow Him. When we become a new creation we bring a blend of ourselves and Christ into the human person. We will deny self and take up our cross.

The Holy Spirit provides us with the same ability Jesus had to resist temptation. He depended solely on God. We, too, must do the same. Empowerment of the Holy Spirit will be essential to strengthen you to come against the thing that controls you. In the end, you will desire to relinquish that which controls you.

Jesus came to do the will of God, the One who sent him, and to complete His work (John 4:34). He surrendered his life and his will to God’s agenda. Let us do the same. The same qualities that characterize Jesus, surrender and self-sacrifice, should be the same of that for us. Take up your cross. Walk in the righteous path God has designed for you. Follow and obey his will for you.

Remove anything and everything that will stand in the way of bringing glory to God. Abandon your own desires. Give of yourself. Die to the flesh. Submit to God’s power. Put the Lord first above everything. Live in total submission to Him.

Life is what we perceive it to be. Let our perception be what we know and believe. When we stand in faith on what we know God will do. Choose to live in submission. Do what he desires of you. Stay on course. Follow through. Live by Faith. God will reward you.

Be blessed! —JD

Philippians 3:8-9 “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith.”

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A Mother’s Love

God put this on my heart today. To share these thoughts of what I’ve been led to say:

God bless the child that has his own.
For God sits high on a throne.
He knows all your rights and wrongs.

You see, he knew you long before he knew me.
Even though they say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Your inherent genes will always be a part of me.

It is never a good idea to forsake the ones God send to you.
No matter how much you disagree with what they say or do.
No matter how much you delay, God will show you the way.
To live righteously in his eyes or it’s an ultimate price you will pay.

The ultimate goal is to admonish God in your doings.
And not allow your life to end up in ruins.
Simply because you see no need to change.
Or because you’ve become an adult who lacks experience in the game… of Life.

Don’t lose sight in the midst of your emotions.
Avoid paying the cost based merely on a notion.
So that God may use you to change lives.
This is your assignment, your purpose, his desire.

Mothers are the salt of the earth. And so are fathers too.
Honor them as God would have you.
He tells you in his Word that this is what you must do.
That life may be more abundant for you.

It’s one thing to become an adult.
It’s another to consciously place fault.
In the ones whose words are to guide.
As God is on their side.

Longevity is not an entitlement. It is a blessing.
God keeps the old and swift to add to the message.
God doesn’t allow us to live as long as we do.
He has a plan for me. And he has one for you.

He uses parents to invoke knowledge and wisdom.
If only children will take the time to fully listen.
Respect, responsibility, accountability is required.
From children who become adults and believe they are entitled.
Don’t get it confused. It doesn’t take away.
The respect you are required by God to have for your parents always.

Parents are not perfect, but do their level best.
To love and guide you no matter what sometimes, may come from their chest.
You may not always like what they say.
But it helps if you express your opinion in a loving way.
You may not agree with everything they do.
But do your best not to let your feelings get to you.

Words hurt once they leave the lips.
Forgiveness is available, but it’s harder to forget.
Be careful what you say. God’s watching you, even today.
Evaluate your thoughts as your soul desires.
But remember God has ultimate power.

God put us here for such a time as this.
It would be absolutely remiss.
For us to not do as God instructs us to.
As for you, be careful who you entrust your life to.
It would be foolish to abandon the wisdom we try to impart upon you.

You can hide, but you can’t run.
God’s WILL will be done.
God will find you. It’s just a matter of time.
Don’t get caught up in the daily grind.
Of doing things your way.
Because there will come a day…. of reckoning.

Seek the wisdom of God.
There’s nothing he can’t do. He fixed me. He can fix you, too.

It is with this I say,
I’m a parent. I won’t ever go astray.
Or divert from the principles of what God teaches me every day.
Love in spite of who you may be.
Because I know God has a greater plan for me.

It’s never by our power or might. To make all things all right.
Don’t let the sun go down and live with regret.
Because once we close our eyes, you can’t bring us back.
To say what you held off today. You will live regretting it all your days.

You may think, “It won’t happen to me.”
“I’m invincible. I can do as I well please.”
Oh but when the day comes.
You will be held accountable to explain to God what it is you haven’t done.

Parents will always continue to pray.
For their children even when they lose their way.
When there’s nothing else we can do.
We surrender our children to God. He’ll correct you.

No matter the time or day. Know that a mother’s love will always stay.
You will remain close in her heart. Her love for you will never part.

Whatever it takes to be you, don’t stop trying.
But don’t fall to the tricks of the enemy in denying.
The Word of God, even when you don’t want to.
Because you’ll miss the blessing he has for you.

Jesus likened himself to the vine and believers to its branches.
We are given many chances.
To produce good fruit for God.
It’s not that hard.

Jesus is the vine. He produces lasting fruit.
Abide in Him as He abides in you.
And you will bear much fruit too.

His word is written. It is the truth.
Make it your goal to live by it. Thank you.

Be Blessed! JD

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