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I Have Issues!

Father, as this day begins, I want to consciously hand it over to You. You have truly – miraculously – changed many things in me for the better. But we both know that You are not finished with me. Father, please help me be the person You want me to be. My brain cannot process all the why’s in regards to my anger issues but Father, You and I know they need to be dealt with! I am incapable of dealing with them but, Father, You are not! Help me address them and help me to love others as You do. Amen.

1 Timothy 1:15-17 (<<click here)

Lord, it was difficult writing out today’s prayer. None of us like to announce, “I have issues!” But as Paul proclaims in v.15, “This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’- and I am the worst of them all.” And I like Paul, can say, “But God had mercy on me…” v.16a

I am, by no means, perfect. I truly strive to be obedient to Your call on my life as a follower of You, Lord. But it is no secret that I fail. I say things I shouldn’t say – hurtful things. I do things I shouldn’t do – my anger spews forth and I don’t stop it. I think things unbecoming a child of God – perverse things, hateful things. “But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.” v.16

“Great patience…” O, Lord, where would I be without Your “great patience.” Once again I join Paul in proclaiming “All honor and glory to God forever and ever!… Amen.” v.17

Without You, I would surely be lost. Only because of You am I found. Yes, I most assuredly have a multitude of things to work on but, thanks be to God, I’m not on my own! Lord, You are with me, You love me more than I will ever truly comprehend on this side of eternity and You, the Creator of all that is, You want me to succeed! I will be victorious!…but only because of You. Amen!

August 25th,  2015, Tue, 5:57 am

I Can Do Whatever You Call Me to Do

Thank You for another day, Father. I most certainly was not perfect today but feeling Your presence alongside me helped me to make many right choices. I am grateful that You continue to work with me.

Matthew 3:13-17 (<<click the green)

I think we’ve all struggled with feeling that we weren’t qualified to shoulder some responsibility that was set before us in our past. Many times we’ve taken up the task at hand and maybe some of have lingering doubts that we made the right decision in not doing so.

In today’s passage, we find John diligently proclaiming the coming of the long-expected Messiah. The Old Testament “prophet Isaiah was speaking about John when he said,

“He is a voice shouting in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming!
Clear the road for him!’”
(Matthew 3:3)

John had cleared the way and here came Jesus – the Messiah!

I’m sure John was grateful that he had obeyed God’s calling on his life – it was a big task. It was a hard task. But with God’s help, he had done the right thing and doing it with the best of his ability.

Then Jesus asked John to baptize him.

“What?! Wait a minute! I am the one who needs to be baptized by you…” But when Jesus replied, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires”, John readily complied.

It was a big request, but John was obedient.

Lord, sometimes You call us to things that we think are beyond what we are capable of…but You know best. You do not call us to fail but to succeed. And quite often we are not the ones to define those terms. Lord, You alone can see all the interworkings of the circumstances in which we find ourselves. May we obey. May we have confidence in You. May we be diligent. I can do whatever You call me to do.

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

Oct 2nd, Mon, 7:44 pm

Forgiven – Past, Present, and Future

Father, I would pray that You would corral my thoughts, they seem to be scattered all around. Help me to focus on You and what You have for me this day. Amen.

1 John 1:8-10 (<<click here)

Lord, as I have read these verses and have read the notes in my study Bible* it has given me reason to pause and think. I have believed the different elements but have not really put them together this way. First, when You gave Your life on the cross it was a once and for all sacrifice

“For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.” Hebrews 10:10

Every sin committed against you in all of time as been atoned for- they are forgiven. That includes every person from Adam to the last person that will be born before the final judgment at the end of time. But it is fuller than even that, and I guess I had never thought it out this way before but it also includes every sin I have ever committed, as well as, every sin I will commit in the future. All my sins have been forgiven! Praise Your Holy Name!

Secondly, then, the forgiveness is awesomely wonderful but John very clearly here in verses 8-9 states,

“If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”

So all of my sins have been forgiven – past, present, and future – but just because I’ve been forgiven doesn’t mean I don’t still need to repent and seek forgiveness. Here is how my study Bible* puts it,

“This kind of confession is not offered to gain God’s acceptance but to remove the barrier to fellowship that [my] sin has put between [myself] and him.”

The barriers we erect must be taken eradicated and only Christ can do that! Lord, there is empowerment in knowing that my sins are forgiven. Knowing that You have forgiven every sin I have committed or ever will commit is…well, it’s stunning! You did it all for me! You believe in me! You want me to succeed in serving You. Lord, help me to be more and more like You. Empower me to overcome temptation when it comes my way. Help me to live victoriously because You have made it possible! Amen – so bet it!

*Life Application Study Bible New Living Translation

Mar 29th, Wed, 6:46 am

Helpless

Father, today I give myself to You as a “living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to [You].” And as Paul proclaims, this is my “true and proper worship.” Romans 12:1 May I heed Your calling and direction throughout this day. Amen.

2 Peter 1:4 (<<click here)

As I read this passage, Lord, I realize I know this but it is good to be reminded that I know it. if I honestly look at myself from a spiritual perspective, I am utterly helpless. As verse 3 states, it is only by Your “divine power” that I can live a “godly life.” Only because You so graciously “share [Your] divine nature” can I “escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.”

In reality, it goes against everything we are taught in our society. We are taught to be independent but in our relationship with You, we must be dependent upon You. Even with years of experience, without You, I cannot stand against the onslaught of sin – even for a relatively short period of time. Without my hand firmly place in Yours, sin will trip me up every time.

A majority of the time I truly want to stand tall and not yield but my “human desires” to readily get the upper hand. Too often I think “Why didn’t I say ‘no’?” after I have already said “yes” and acted out the “yes” instead of the “no”. Only by sharing in Your “divine nature”, only by Your “divine power”, only by being dependent upon You – only then can I succeed. Being in a relationship with You can I be victorious.

Without the intervention of more mature individuals, infant humans would be doomed. They cannot care for themselves. They cannot feed themselves, or clothe themselves, or protect themselves – they are totally helpless. To thrive and survive they are dependent on the help of others to provide for them.

Lord, I admit I am dependent upon You. I am incapable of surviving, much less thriving, without You. I willing give myself to You.

Mar 7th, Tues, 6:18 am

I Have Issues!

Father, as this day begins, I want to consciously hand it over to You. You have truly – miraculously – changed many things in me for the better. But we both know that You are not finished with me. Father, please help me be the person You want me to be. My brain cannot process all the why’s in regards to my anger issues but Father, You and I know they need to be dealt with! I am incapable of dealing with them but, Father, You are not! Help me address them and help me to love others as You do. Amen.

1 Timothy 1:15-17 (<<click here)

Lord, it was difficult writing out today’s prayer. None of us like to announce, “I have issues!” But as Paul proclaims in v.15, “This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’- and I am the worst of them all.” And I like Paul, can say, “But God had mercy on me…” v.16a

I am, by no means, perfect. I truly strive to be obedient to Your call on my life as a follower of You, Lord. But it is no secret that I fail. I say things I shouldn’t say – hurtful things. I do things I shouldn’t do – my anger spews forth and I don’t stop it. I think things unbecoming a child of God – perverse things, hateful things. “But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.” v.16

“Great patience…” O, Lord, where would I be without Your “great patience.” Once again I join Paul in proclaiming “All honor and glory to God forever and ever!… Amen.” v.17

Without You I would surely be lost. Only because of You am I found. Yes, I most assuredly have a multitude of things to work on but, thanks be to God, I’m not on my own! Lord, You are with me, You love me more than I will ever truly comprehend on this side of eternity and You, the Creator of all that is, You want me to succeed! I will be victorious!…but only because of You. Amen!

August 25th, Tue, 5:57 am