Make the Decision to Forgive

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The topic of forgiveness is oft one that is difficult for people to discuss, let alone do. Bernadette beautifully articulates the joy of forgiveness, so I figured I would share it with you as well! God bless and keep you all and may you find forgiveness to be the gift God intended it to be!

Originally posted on somebodylovesmeblog:

For the last week or so, the Lord has been filling my mind with the word “forgiveness.”  It seems forgiveness has been the theme of many recent blog posts I have read, and the need for forgiveness is evident in many lives around us.  All you need to do is open your eyes and heart to the pain that so many are suffering, and you will see that the source of that pain lies in the refusal to just let go.

Satan is happily and cleverly deceiving us.  We are being fooled into thinking that we are “punishing” those who have offended or hurt us when we tightly hold onto the sadness, bitterness, anger and confusion.  We are living under deception when we hold grudges and wish harm on others because of their transgressions.

I have even heard Christians loudly proclaim that they hope a person “burns and rots in hell” because of…

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Today

Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect,
but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet;
but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
~ Philippians 3:12-14

The beautiful thing about walking with God is knowing he does not judge the past. He doesn’t stress about where you have been, what you have done, or the skeletons you hide in the closet. He cares about where you are going and what your future holds. God desires to make each and every one of us new, drawing us into his presence, making us righteous and holy. When we accept the sacrifice of his son Jesus Christ and repent of our sins, God forgives us for what we have done and buries our sin in the depths of the sea, never to be remembered again. YOU are made new!!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:
The old has gone, the new is here! ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His loving-kindness toward those who fear Him.
As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. ~ Psalm 103:10-12

Who is a God like You,
who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession?

He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in unchanging love.
He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot.
Yes, You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. ~ Micah 7:18-19

As you journey through this world, take some time to seek the Lord and know that though there may be things in your past that you have to deal with or get help to overcome, God washes them away from his thoughts. You are free in Christ and made new! Trust in the promise and revel in the joy only he can bring to your life.

Jonathan Thulin has a beautiful song and the lyrics remind us that it is today that counts, not what was done in the past.

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Complicated!

Life can be so overwhelming and complicated at times, and I know I can sometimes feel like I don’t know what to do or who to turn to. Ah, but God is so good for he constantly reminds us that he is with us. One might wonder how you can tell?!

Take a moment and look at his word, it speaks volumes. Also, listening to sermons that bring hope, conviction, and renewal. But most importantly…..God puts people in our lives to help us through the toughest of times. It may be family, or perhaps a friend or two. I find great comfort in both of those. However, I find most of my wisdom and direction from my mentor and my pastor! They have always been there to lead and guide me when my emotions and feelings get in the way of rational thought. They have provided comfort and peace when I could not see any. They have given me insight and knowledge of scripture to provide me with the strength I need to rise to the surface of what feels like an all-consuming ocean.

Tonight, I want to take a moment to encourage anyone who is struggling, anyone who is hurting, anyone who feels lost or depressed, please, please reach out to those God has so beautifully blessed your life with. Call your pastor, visit a mentor, skype with a friend….whomever God has surrounded you with, take the time to talk to them. I know I take great comfort in the encouraging words of my mentor, pastor, family and friends.

May God bless you with peace in whatever trial you face, hold you tightly, and show you the way. Reach out and know he will provide you all you need no matter what circumstance you are in or how saddened or hurt you are. Reach out and find healing in the wisdom and grace of those God has sent your way for they are indeed angels of his love.

Blessings!

A microphone?!

I heard a wonderful quick minute excerpt on Air1 radio from Levi Lusko today.  The primary part that stood out to me was that we all have a microphone to use in this world, but it is not meant for us to speak about ourselves, rather we are to use it to amplify God in our lives.

That statement really resonated with me today and made me ask if I was amplifying God in all that I do. With some current struggles in my life, I began to feel like I was letting God down, not being all he has called me to be, and wondering if the choices I made were right or wrong. As I have been praying the last few days, reading the word, and perusing a variety of inspirational websites, I came to realize that there are times when I feel bad because I have hurt someone or because I had to deal with conflict and close some doors that were unhealthy. That doesn’t mean I am a bad person, it means in faith I stood my ground.

Having walked this world with some pretty devastating events in my life, I know that God is leading me in all that I do. He has brought me from the depths of the miry clay and placed my feet upon the solid rock. Now, with that said, I know I am not perfect and I too act out of fear and confusion at times, but God always has a way of putting me back on the solid rock that is his refuge!

Closing doors and dealing with confrontation, or speaking in bold love often take me out of my comfort zone. However, I know that God is using the microphone during those times to amplify his love to those around him. He is using me to deliver a message that may not have been heard otherwise. Do those messages hurt? Do they cause rifts in relationships? Does my integrity, character, and walk with God get attacked? Yes, yes, and yes! That is where my struggle lies….in doing what God calls me to do, I end up hurting too. But I am not saying this to throw myself a pity party. Instead I say that to remind me that when I amplify the voice of God through these confrontations, I should expect to be persecuted and ridiculed as Christ was. Thus the pain is diminished through the knowledge that I am being refined and used of God to do good things (though they may not feel that way at the time!).

I refuse to give into the lies that bold love is always agreeable, that peacekeeping means being untruthful, and love is silent in regards to the bondage of the past or that love keeps the doors open. Even Christ called people out for their wrongs, for idols in their lives, for areas of weakness they had to work on. Did that mean he loved them any less? Absolutely not!!! It meant that he loved them that much more, wanting to see them live the life God had planned for them, desiring that they know true peace of the heart and not be bound by the shackles of the past or the fears of the future. He spoke bold love in its raw, purest, truest form!!

That is what I desire, to be like Christ. Do I falter and fall? Do I let my own issues get in the way? Do I stumble over my fears? Yes, yes, and yes!! I am human, but I am a person who desires to see those I care about flourish and grow in ways they never thought possible. I am a person who wants to see everyone find an inner peace and freedom that brings them ever so much closer to God. I am a person with a heart filled with love for my Savior, Jesus Christ, and I long for God to be amplified through me in each and every way. I trust that as I surrender and give all I have for him, he will use me in ways I could have never dreamed or imagined!

What are you waiting for? Be the microphone God has called you to be and let the beauty and glory of the Lord emanate in sound waves across the globe!!

God bless and keep you and may your voice reflect the truth of God always. In God’s love!

Battlefield

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,
but against the rulers,
against the powers,
against the world forces of this darkness,
against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore, take up the full armor of God,
so that you will be able to resist in the evil day,
and having done everything, to stand firm.
Ephesians 6:12-13

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Everyone has struggles.  Everyone has times of chaos and fear.  Everyone has moments of pain and frustration.  Everyone experiences heartbreak and sadness.  Everyone suffers at some point in their life.  But guess what?!?  It is all part of a bigger plan that will, if we let it, lead us to a place of peace, pure love, and complete joy.

We fight in this life for what is true, noble, righteous and just, yet it seems that no matter how hard we try, we always end up getting hit by powers beyond our control.  I was once told, and have had it reiterated many times, that it is not people we fight against, but against the demons of this world.  You see, people are people, flawed and human, and by our very nature, sinful. We fight a battle that is bigger than us, bigger than the things of this world.  We fight against Satan, against his minions who run rampant upon this earth.  Scripture tells us that we fight against world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly realms….Ephesians 6:12.  So then, what are we to do for we are mere mortals, not spiritual beings?

We are to put on the spiritual armor of God, stand strong on His promises to fight with and for us, and pray without ceasing for His strength, wisdom, and discernment through the fight.  We are to press on, taking hold of what God has done for us.

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Therefore, take up the full armor of God,
so that you will be able to resist in the evil day,
and having done everything, to stand firm.  

Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth,
and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
and having shod your feet with preparation of the gospel of peace;

in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith
with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one,
and take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit,
and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.
~ Ephesians 6:13-18

May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might,
for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father,
who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness
and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,

in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
~ Colossians 1:11-14

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; 
in everything give thanks;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Do not quench the Spirit;
do not despise prophetic utterances.

But examine everything carefully;
hold fast to that which is good;
abstain from every form of evil.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22

You see, Christ has already fought the fight, given himself to death, that he might rise again victorious.  He has crushed Satan under his heel, freeing us from the bondage of evil principalities.  He has made the path for us victorious as well.  However, just as his victory came at a price (his life), so too does ours.  In order to win the battle against darkness, we must give our life to receive life!  We must surrender the things that separate us from the love and power of God, and walk in obedience and faith that the Lord will heal us, fill us, and illuminate the way.  We must speak in bold love, being true to God’s plan for our life rather than our own.  We must continually focus our minds on him so as to see the lies and deception that Satan throws our way.  We have to think on the things of the Lord if we are to win the battle between right and wrong.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute,
if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me,
practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
~ Philippians 4:8-9

For if we are not cautious, not buried in the Word, not consistently in prayer, not seeking him in all we do….then we open the door to give Satan a foothold on our heart and mind, which later leads to actions that hurt and bring pain to ourselves and others.

My dear friends, please take hold of victory by releasing your grip on the things of this world that hold you back.  Take your fears, your pain, your anger, your bitterness, your resentment, your insufficiencies, and anything else that hinders your walk with God, and give them up to God who can replace them with hope, joy, peace, comfort, forgiveness, and grace.  Win the battle with God leading the way.  Stand strong and know you can overcome all darkness with the One who LIGHTS the way!!

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Battlefield

Life is a battlefield
Between right and wrong
Walk away and give up
Or stand up and stay strong

We fight principalities
Evil reminds us where we have been
Focusing on our insecurities
Seeking to destroy from within

Stop waiting and wondering
Let God lead the way
Live faith with reckless abandon
Following His plan each day

With God all things are possible
In Christ we can do all things
Surrender your hopes and your fears
Let God bring you His dreams

Everything is Temporary!

Therefore, we do not lose heart.
Though outwardly we are wasting away,
yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us
an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen,
since what is seen is temporary,
but what is unseen is eternal. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

God is always so good! Life tends to put our hearts and minds in places where doubt and fear reside, but somehow, someway, God reminds us he is there. He whispers ever so delicately that no matter the pressure, no matter the circumstances, no matter how bleak things appear, it is all temporary. Nothing in this life is forever. There is nothing eternal here, nothing at all.  Our very lives are but a flash in the timeline of this earth. And within our lives, every situation, every challenge, every moment is a blink of an eye. True, it may seem like it will last “forever”, but in reality as we look back at all that has occurred in the history of our lives, everything has come to an end somehow. Again, I reiterate, nothing lasts forever.

With that said, hold tightly to the promises of God to get you through the struggles of life and enjoy every celebration to its fullest. Make it a point to LIVE each and every day with joy, humility and love. Turn the other cheek when life punches you and knocks you down, knowing that God will honor that and bring peace and comfort amidst the storms.  This is not to say there won’t be any pain, heartache, struggles, or despair.  It simply means God is there with us to help us through.

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed;
we are perplexed, but not in despair;
persecuted, but not forsaken;
cast down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

God will hold you no matter where you are or what you face in this life. Please rest in Him, letting His comfort, peace, and strength be your refuge.

God bless and keep you always and may you see the blessings in every situation and circumstance. In God’s love!