How To Live Life Changed

How To Live Life Changed

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.

Romans 12:2 NKJV

What a great reminder to read…maybe everyday ..since I often need to be reminded if I fail at something.

It’s sometimes hard to grasp the concept that we are given a new life even though we are never perfect, since we are always sinning in one way or another. But the study I’m doing called You Are Forgiven is really opening my eyes to the fact that once a sin is confessed and we repent, it is gone – gone for good! Knowing this deep in your heart and mind makes you want to be different, you want to be who you were created to be. We were all created different, so you don’t have to try to be someone else, or do more to receive love and forgiveness. We only need to be the child  of God, the child he made us to be. Our loyalties now belong with a new Master, a new hope, and a new future. Our thoughts, our words, and our actions should reflect this.

“This ought to be the care of all who profess the Christian faith, that they be new creatures; not only that they have a new name, and wear a new livery, but that they have a new heart and new nature. And so great is the change the grace of God makes in the soul, that, as it follows, old things are passed away—old thoughts, old principles, and old practices, are passed away; and all these things must become new.” (Matthew Henry)

This brings me to another point that makes me think.
Are the results of God’s forgiveness evident in our lives? Do we look, and act, and talk like we are part of this world and comfortable here? I hope not! Because this world is not our true home and only God’s supernatural act of grace has the power to change the human condition. By being changed we now have been given the ability to know what is within the pleasing and acceptable will of God. Our job since being transformed and having the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is to be obedient to the will of God. Easier said than done since I know that my base nature is corrupted by this world. Yet, I feel a deep compulsion to strive to improve my thoughts, words, and deeds; making them be acts of love for Christ.

Do you struggle with accepting forgiveness? Are your thoughts, words and deeds reflecting the world or God’s principles and practices? Please share with us in the comments, I would love to read your thoughts on it.

Praise be to God. The old has gone, the new is here!

Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass

I have often wondered what it would be like to see in the mirror an image being reflected back that is pleasing to me. You see, I had always been looking at my reflection and criticizing it;

I’m too plain,

I’m too fat,

I’m too short, 

and the list goes on of things I’ve told myself over and over again. That small voice in my head would always spout off about some perceived inadequacy being reflected and in time gave me a warped sense of myself.

My perceived self image began to be the truth that I saw each day. It wasn’t a pretty image. Many harsh feelings would swell up in me and made me long to be pretty, and skinny and oh…so smart. My husband and family often tried to give me praise for something but  I saw that as them trying to just bolster my mood.  I didn’t see what they saw.  More importantly I didn’t see what God sees.

Then, over this past year or so I have facilitated many bible studies for Love God Greatly and the scripture studies slowly but surely improved my vision. Verses began to sink in through the muck clouding my mind’s eye, causing me to reconsider who and what I am.

Our study of Ephesians gave me the ability to see I am created by God for good works. Ephesians 2:10

Our study in the books of Peter brought me to 1 Peter 3:3-4 where I learned that it was not about my exterior appearance and being able to adorn myself with jewelry, or painted pink toes but more about being respectful, gentle and quiet in spirit.

Our study on David brought me to 1 Samuel 16:7 where the bible tells us that the Lord did not consider David’s appearance when choosing him to be the appointed king but instead chose him for his heart.

How great is it that we were created by God for good, that He specifically chose us for this good thing on the sole basis of what is inside and not our outward appearance!  We are told from the very beginning that we are created by God in His image, an image that is good. So when you see your image in the looking glass consider just who you are criticizing, for God made you and He is the almighty One. Your looks, your talents, and your spirit were all fearfully and wonderfully made.

What do you see reflecting back in your looking glass? Are you willing to forgive yourself for the negative self-talk and accept the truth of who you really are? I invite you to share this post and share your thoughts in the comments about your walk through the looking glass to the other side where you see your true self.

Beginning August 29. 2016 the study “You Are Forgiven”  by Love God Greatly starts and I hope you can join us in this study. I have had the pleasure of being a member of the launch team where I was able  to read the book by this ministry before it became  available on July 28th, 2016…all for just an independent review. This 8 week study will take us through how Jesus obtained our forgiveness, what it means in our everyday lives and how it transforms us. I am excited for the message of forgiveness, so come and join us! You can purchase the book on Amazon.

Never forget, you are forgiven. Embrace that truth; let it soak down deep into your heart and let the truth change you from the inside out. Being thankful for what God has done for you, do the same for others.

-Love God Greatly

 

Running Like Jonah

Running Like Jonah

Oh Lord Have Mercy On Me! That’s what I was crying out to God when He started leading me towards writing. I’m a Registered Nurse by trade and so writing was not something I was fond of…in fact I like computer documentation where you check off the box and write a sentence or two. That is my style, easy and simple.

So,  like a good Christian soldier I ran like Jonah. But just like Jonah, I heard God calling to me again and again, so this time I set up a Facebook page that I would occasionally post some cute sayings and verses with equally cute pictures. Not quite what God was calling on me to do. For a time this was good and comfortable for me. So I let it ride like that for several years. Until now, this past month when I heard and felt a strong push to write. God never promised me it would be easy, but He promises to be with me through it all.

Now that I am done with my running I can listen to God closely. Do you have ears to hear Him? Do you hear him calling to you, pushing you forward?  I can honestly say discerning God’s voice is difficult to do when your eyes are off the Holy One. I learned that from many difficult times I had while running from God’s calling on my life. The lesson I learned from my running is this: that if you humbly present yourself before God, you will be changed into the person He wants you to be. Just call upon the Lord.

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