Giving in

1 Peter 3:18-22

Completely by Among the Thirsty

“The readiest way to escape from our sufferings is, to be willing they should endure as long as God pleases.”—John Wesley

Not too many Lenten seasons ago I was giving up my Dr. Pepper, then carbs; then there was the Lent I gave up neck ties. All these seemed to me excellent examples of sacrifice. We observe in this season, Our Lord Jesus overcoming temptation at the hands of Satan. Then we are back to life after 40 days still for the most part unchanged.

Simple language:

While I was in a dark spot in life

I cried out, “Help me oh God!

I can’t do this alone!”

After God’s plan renewed me, all of a sudden I was in control again.

Making decisions without prayerful consideration; doing my thing, living large.

Crash n burn!

Help me, God!

The point is this, God does not want your 32oz Dr Pepper, your Polo hoodie or your french fries. He wants You! Any suffering you do, well, it just does not measure up. Does it?

So give up
Give in
All in

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WHAT IS WORSHIP?

When you think of worship, what do you think of? Outdated songs poorly sung? Dramatic prayers egotistically offered? Irrelevant sermons carelessly delivered? What is worship? The essence of worship is simply this: giving God the honor he deserves; applauding the greatness of God! The definition in the book of

Psalms 29:1-2 is this:

Honor the Lord, you heavenly beings;
Honor the Lord for his glory and strength.
Honor the Lord for the glory of his name.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.

As Paul said in Colossians 3:17, “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Worship–it’s a lifestyle. It’s an Action. It’s an attitude. It’s everything!

Max Lucado – “Max on Life”

Max’s Devo today.
Had to share.

Grace n Peace of the Christ

Grace or Mercy ?

And I will have mercy through a thousand generations on those who have love for me and keep my laws.
Deuteronomy 5:11

From his full measure we have all been given grace on grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and the true way of life are ours through Jesus Christ.
John 1:16-17

Question for today.
Can we receive Mercy without Grace ?
I have been meditating on Mercy as of late. I find Mercy for so many things in my own history that I am convinced of the work of a living God in my life. I woke up this morning a bit ill. In my quite time I was overwhelmed by Paul’s words as he puzzled over that “thorn in his side”.
The Lord told Paul “My Grace is sufficient for you”

Take life as you will today Mike
Whine about your own thorn or move ahead in His word.
“I Got this!” Do not question just get on with it.
Mercy and Grace! we are not asked to separate them just walk in the promise of a Sovereign God.

“Grace is what God gives us when we don’t deserve and mercy is when God doesn’t give us what we do deserve”

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In His Grip
Love

New Every Morning

Keep in mind my trouble and my wandering, the bitter root and the poison. My soul still keeps the memory of them; and is bent down in me. This I keep in mind, and because of this I have hope. It is through the Lord’s love that we have not come to destruction, because his mercies have no limit. They are new every morning; great is your good faith. I said to myself, The Lord is my heritage; and because of this I will have hope in him.
Lamentations 3:19-24

There is mercy for a sinner, but there is no mercy for the man who will not own himself as a sinner – Spurgeon

“I know I still make mistakes
But You have new mercies for me everyday
Your love never fails

You stay the same through the ages
Your love never changes
There may be pain in the night but joy comes in the morning”

Lamentations text could be a life story for me. I make sure to ask for those New Mercies every morning.
Just thought of the bridge for the Jesus Culture lyrics

“You make all things work together for my good”

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LEAVING A LEGACY

January 7th, 2015 John Grant

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35
Recently I was doing some family research and I came across the will of my eighth great grandfather. In it he said he had few possessions of the world to leave behind, but one thing he did have to pass on to future generations was his acceptance of Jesus and his confidence in the gospel.

When you’ve departed this earth, what do you want to be remembered for? What do you want to leave behind? If you’re putting God’s kingdom first, it should not be wealth or how you scored by the standards of the glitter and glamour of the world. What really counts is the legacy you leave that impacts future generations for Christ.

Nobody who leaves a great legacy lived a selfish life. Jesus told us that it is more blessed to give than to receive. The world preaches a different message, but if you understand your eternal inheritance, you will be more generous with your earthly inheritance. Your life will be about serving others with your time, talents and treasures. He wants us to invest in others for His and their sake.

At the beginning of a new year, people make all kinds of resolutions. What if your goals became steps to building your legacy? Have you decided exactly what kind of legacy you want to leave behind?

Lord, I want to leave an impact for Christ with the footprints of my life. Help me to grow and to shine by living by Your word this year. May the world I leave be a better place because I was here. Amen.

Daily PTC this morning.

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Difference

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” Francis Chan
Crazy Love

Wow read the Luke Christmas story this morning.
Praying for redemption for my own life mistakes.
Pick up “Crazy Love”

Who is this King and how does he lead us?

Your words today are going to make a difference to one who just asked Jesus for Peace or Hope or Guidance.
Choose them with prayerful intention.

A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
Luke 2:32

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Merry ?

Merry Christmas!
Our own Merriness. (Yes it is a word)
We sometimes look at our glass half full this time of year. add all this Joy and merriment we are surrounded by and we can get confused quickly.
Look around at all the Grace you are surrounded by and note others misfortune. Everyone has pain of some degree. Loss, addiction, depression, frustration all epic fail in our own evaluation.
There is only one “Prince of Peace” Jesus a place to lean,rest be comforted
be not weary.
The big story of Christmas is the celebration of His story.
He was born a gift to us all. His Message is “Overcome this world”
He did as a lesson to us.
a life plan if you will.
“life made easy for dummies”-
Lean On Jesus he knows the way out of this mess.

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