Posts Tagged ‘Christ’

Waving the White Flag of Surrender

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Here are some thoughts (below) on surrender to start off our week! I’ve read through them quite a few times already..letting them sink in.

To some, surrender might sound scary. To me, it sounds like a Calgon bath. Finally, we don’t have to figure it all out, or try to control it. We don’t have to keep trying to push Him off the throne so we can sit down. We just have to surrender, and be His hands and feet. No more fighting, just peaceful surrendering. Yes, please!

Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God!
Proverbs 3:5-7a

Have a great Monday, friends. 🙂 Also, please continue to keep my brother, Matt, and Chris’ Uncle Tim in your prayers. Thank you!

Onward and upward,

Sarah

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Here are the thoughts on surrender I spoke of, by Iyanla Vanzant:

Surrender allows us to face the thing we fear before it becomes a reality. The fear of being wrong. The fear of losing control. The fear of being found out. Most of the time, the thing we fear has absolutely no power, yet we brace ourselves for the worst possibility. In that defensive posture we keep our minds fixed on what could or might happen. The fear of facing that imaginary negative outcome is what keeps us paralyzed. Surrender places us in the offensive position. It gives us the opportunity to plan, and to move according to the plan.

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Surrender helps you to become willing to live through the experience, without giving your entire life over to it. It also makes room in your heart and mind for the Divine to give you a new idea. A new thought. When you surrender, give up the fear thoughts, and give up the control of a situation, you open the way for a miracle to take place.

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Pursuing The Ways Of The Kingdom

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As you know, I quit swearing a few days back. So far it’s going well! I must admit, I imagined quitting swearing would be cut and dry like everything else I quit. I am an all or nothing type person. I’m not a dabbler. So, you can imagine my frustration over the handful of times I’ve I slipped and sworn. But, I have to be thankful for the improvement. Usually even if I don’t swear out loud, I still think the words in my head. But yesterday, I noticed I hadn’t been thinking the words either! So I’m making progress. It’s really huge progress, but with my all or nothing mentality, I have to fight off feelings of total failure when even just one word slips (another thing I’m working on!). Anyway, that’s the update there! And it fits in with today’s overall thought…ridding ourselves of things that don’t benefit the kingdom.

Have you ever witnessed someone trying to be compassionate and caring, but it’s clear there is underlying judgement or anger beneath the compassion? I know I’ve experienced it, and I know that – at times – I’ve also been that person.

These verses remind me that we need to get rid of the anger, bitterness, etc., and instead FULLY embrace forgiveness, kindness, and compassion. It’s a black and white issue. All or nothing.

The first person we need to be forgiving, kind, and compassionate to is ourselves. If we can’t feel these things for ourselves, we can’t possibly hope to be genuine in these things towards others.

Bottom line: If Christ felt you were good enough to die for, and save, you are. So stop implying He is wrong by hating yourself. Give yourself the gift of grace. Your a wonderful human being, start acting like it! And before you know it, you’ll see you are treating others better as well.

I couldn’t decide which version I liked best, so I’m giving you my top 3 faves. 🙂

Ephesians 4:31-32
The Voice (VOICE)
31 Banish bitterness, rage and anger, shouting and slander, and any and all malicious thoughts—these are poison. 32 Instead, be kind and compassionate. Graciously forgive one another just as God has forgiven you through the Anointed, our Liberating King.

Ephesians 4:31-32
New King James Version (NKJV)
31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

Ephesians 4:31-32
Amplified Bible (AMP)
31 Let all bitterness and indignation and wrath (passion, rage, bad temper) and resentment (anger, animosity) and quarreling (brawling, clamor, contention) and slander (evil-speaking, abusive or blasphemous language) be banished from you, with all malice (spite, ill will, or baseness of any kind).
32 And become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another [readily and freely], as God in Christ forgave you.

Make it a fantastic day – be genuinely kind!

– Sarah

What the &@$%!!

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Sometimes even I can’t believe the words that come from my mouth. I’ve been known to say, “Wow, I offended myself with that one.” I’ve always been a much better writer than a speaker, as far as speaking of Christ. Most would say it’s because with writing you have time to think. But that’s not the case for me. If I’m writing, I’m usually NOT thinking..it’s just my feelings overflowing onto paper. Granted, there is the wonderful “DELETE” button available! 😉

Anyway, one of my biggest mouth issues is swearing. I swear like a trucker at times, not around my kids of course, actually I only swear around those I know also swear as not to be offensive to those who dont. I can’t say that I feel bad when I do, or feel that I’ve done wrong. I don’t. I’ve long felt that its a great way of expressing one’s feelings. I know, many of you are like uhhh, Sarah, you’re whacked out of your mind. Swearing shows ignorance. But, I’m not trying to justify my swearing, I’m just sharing with you my feelings on it. Now, there are times I hear people swearing and it offends me. There are movies I will turn off due to swearing. I think just like anything, context and tone of voice greatly affect the words spoken.

Guard your tongue from profanity, and no more lying through your teeth. (Psalm 34:13 MSG)

Looking at that scripture, I have to wonder…what exactly is profanity? I don’t think it’s just swearing. So I just did a Dictionary.com search. It says that profanity is a vulgar or irreverent action or speech. Ok, so then swearing isn’t the only profanity that could be demonstrated by a person..far from it.

That being said, how one interprets another’s words or actions is also important.

And if someone walking by hears me swearing, and also just happens to see the cross on my neck, and also just happens to feel that swearing in itself is vulgar..then I can’t say, in good conscience, that my words were harmless. So, although I may not see MY swearing as vulgar, it becomes vulgar because of their interpretation, and as a result, reflects poorly on my Savior. I would never want that. I want to be a shining example of Him.

Soooo…I’ve decided that I will stop swearing. Not out of guilt or shame, but because I would never want to misrepresent my Jesus. I want to do and say things that bring Him glory and honor. So, here I go..embarking on a new journey of growth. 🙂

What habit(s) do you have that you need to let go of?

Blessings,

Sarah

Hello, My Name is Sarah – I’m a Quote Junkie.

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I LOVE quotes. I’ve been known to search for just the right quote/scripture for hours. When someone’s sharing something they’re going through, I will frequently have a quote or scripture pop into my mind. Proof that whatever we dwell on, plants a seed in our minds. Be careful what you think on. 🙂

Here are a few quotes I came across this morning on Twitter. I thought you all might enjoy them as well! Just a few short thoughts for you to think about on today’s journey. 🙂

You can’t earn deliverance. You have to just receive it by faith. Christ is the only righteousness God will accept.
– TD Jakes – @bishopjakes

“The Lord did NOT bring me this far to leave me.”
– Rev Run Wisdom – @revrunwisdom

“His mercies are new every morning” may I cling to that until my last morning on this earth.”
– Brian Daniels – @chiefleast

What are some of your favorite quotes?

You ARE blessed,

Sarah

Shifting Focus

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Something I’m currently working on is changing my thought life, it’s not easy! But I know I will get there, and so can you! If we are honest, this is something we all deal with. We are not alone! So let’s help each other on the journey. No judgement or condemnation needed. Love conquers all!

– Sarah
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Today’s devo selection:

Thought Life
By Elizabeth Marks

To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled. Titus 1:15 NKJV

How important are the thoughts we allow in our mind? According to God’s Word, they are very important. When we allow thoughts to linger or dwell on them, they turn into feelings. Once feelings have kicked it, our emotions try to convince us into taking action. It’s just how we were made.

Romans 12:2 NKJV says “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” The mind plays a critical role in transforming us. The mind must be renewed. This indicates the mind needs to be renewed. There is something dark in our mind which is not good, therefore, it needs to be renewed.

Every moment since becoming a born again believer, I’ve noticed a conflict in my mind between what my mind wants to think about and what the Bible tells us we should think about. Notice today’s verse. It says “to the pure all things are pure”. Do you see all things as pure? If not, it’s an indication our thought life isn’t what it’s supposed to be.

Philippians 4:8 NKJV says “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” These are want we should focus on and keep bringing our mind back to. Only when we maintain our focus on these things, will we be able to say “to the pure all things are pure”. Also remember who is all these things? There is only one person – Jesus Christ. When we dwell on the true, noble, just, pure, etc, we are dwelling on Christ Himself.

To have this kind of focus takes work. This isn’t as easy as waking up one morning and saying “Okay, self, you’re going to think only good thoughts today.” Oh no, it takes a conscience awareness of what we are thinking about. We have to create a new standard for what is acceptable in our thoughts. If we judge our thoughts against Philippians 4:8 and find our thoughts don’t agree, then we are to cast it out of our mind.

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 NKJV says “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” We have God’s might to help us bring every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. Our weapons to fight this mental battle are not limited to our human strength. Instead they are mighty spiritual weapons able to defeat our enemy.

Let’s recap. We’ve learned what we think about is important and is an indicator of our spiritual condition. We’ve discussed what we should be thinking about and we’ve discovered we’ve got God’s might to help us fight the mental battle and bring our thoughts into obedience.

How are your thoughts today? Did you check them against Philippians 4:8? It’s not too late. Simply ask God for help bringing your thoughts into submission.

Lord God Almighty, thank you for your word that reveals the areas we fall short. Thank you for leading us on the path of life. Thank you for purifying us from all unrighteousness and giving us the strength we need to fight the mental battle and align our thoughts with you. In Jesus name Amen.

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