Keys to Understanding

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One important key to happiness and inner peace is that we must accept the brilliance of how we were designed.  In order to embrace our unique features and personality we must stop comparing ourselves to the standards set by society. Every body is different and God gave us the ability to maintain our health by providing us with natural resources. We must surrender what we think we know and ASK God for His help, and trust that His ways are perfect while we are not. “I used to get wasted on beer, liquor and drugs and I was filled with hate. I would snap at people just for looking at me.  I was constantly creating chaos even prostitute_2183530bwhen life was going okay. I had no gratitude for anything or anyone. I was hard hearted until Jesus chased me down! He gave me a new heart and filled it with His unconditional love. As a teen I was baptized in my mother’s church to please her, but it was an empty ritual until my life, my ways just did not work anymore. For Jesus to come into my heart and change the way I thought and acted, it was necessary for me to surrender all my hate, self pity and anger. Today I have a personal relationship with Jesus, my own faith, my own church and I know that Jesus lives in me. Tattoos and all, my Lord’s love changed me, like no man’s attention ever could. I have had many wonderful encounters with Jesus!  it don’t matter how deep in the pit you are , while you are still taking in breathe, seek Jesus with your whole being and He will restore you, and use your story of redemption to give hope to the lost. Jesus Loves you all! 🙌” Raquel. “Some folks are repelled by your past and when you share your story, drug_free_handssome people judge or bully you.  Especially if it’s recovering from prostitution or drugs.  But the people who share similar backgrounds, they listen, they know, and they get strength and hope when you share it.  Cherish what Jesus did for you, share your story and give God the glory!” Nicky Ann – “I became a Christian in High School through a ministry called “Young Life”. I grew up in a non-Christian family, and got involved in “Young Life” as a freshman because of my older sister’s influence. While attending a “Young Life” summer camp I heard that God had sent His only Son Jesus to die in order that my sins could be forgiven, and to prove how much He really loved me. That night, after the meeting, we were asked to spend some time alone without talking to anyone. Well, God interrupted my quiet time with His Holy presence. I began to talk to Him for the first time.  I realized that He was the one who had created the very stars that I was gazing at. I asked Him to come into my life and I surrendered all my fear, doubts and unbelief to Jesus, and He took up residence in my willing soul. I began walking on a trail, and suddenly I knew that He was there walking with me. It was so cool! There I was, walking with the creator of the whole universe. I wasn’t alone any more. This was definitely the most amazing experience of my life. Since that day I have been following Him, and it keeps 30051944_2145817312099314_7353875938062281674_ogetting better and better. 🙂😎” Steve. “There are many misconceptions about God in the world today. Some people think He’s mad at them, and others think He’s keeping a list of all their wrongs. But that isn’t what scripture tells us. Scripture tells us that God is gracious, patient and loving; that He is forgiving and doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve. Scripture tells us that God is for us, and if God is for us, who can be against us? Think about that for a moment. The same God who created the heavens and earth, the one who spoke the universe into existence and knows everything about you, He is on your side and wants the best for you. Today’s verse is a great reminder that when God is for you, no one can win against you. Not the pain of your past. Not any mistake you’ve made. Not the forces of hell, your worst enemy, a bad economy, a difficult housing market or anything else on this earth. Today, instead of dwelling on what you’re not, dwell on what He is—He is faithful, He is loving, He is with you, and He is for you! And with God on your side, you are headed for victory all the days of your life!” Chris Curtis

12916701_1744618725782169_8626831786806790279_oWithout knowing a single thing about a person, based on appearances alone, most people make assumptions and without thinking, they pass judgement. As humans we have a tendency to magnify our own flaws as we compare ourselves to others. Jealousy is ugly and our silent comparisons will retard our ability to love ourselves as God created us. If we are not mindful, we unconsciously devalue ourselves for being too short, tall, skinny, uneducated, white, black, brown, bald, freckled, fat or flat nosed. These self criticisms may turn outward and we may find ourselves joining in Verse-en-el-espejoa worldly, ‘categorical’ judgment of others based on their physical size, geography, poverty, education, looks, church membership, financial status, country, ethnic groups and political beliefs.  “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Sam 16:7 Envy, pride or even a pious pity will cause us to miss the mark.  God’s intent, His will, His command is…

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“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared.” John 8:11

that we love one another just as we are called to love ourselves, as we were created, perfect in His sight. All people are loved equally by our loving Creator. Have you ever quietly grumbled “I could never love people who dress or act like that!”jesus-meeting-with-samaritan-woman“I cannot love people who steal, lie, gossip or use foul language. I have no compassion for those who get drunk or have sex outside of marriage. They should no better!”  Hmmm, what does God’s Word tell us? “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” God gave us specific, important commands.  It was not God’s hope or suggestion that we love one another, for His purpose is that we get recognized as 1d547da7fbef087bcaa8c1ed8a63a090His by how we love the ugly, the liars, thieves, prostitutes, drug addicts, sinners one and all. We must question the broad judgements made on the nightly news.  We must ask the Holy Spirit to enable us to look beyond the flaw, the sin and to enter through the narrow gate…and mimic His way of extending grace and mercy towards all. “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Tim 1:7 Disciplining our minds comes from God and His word tells us how to think like He does.  “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from Me, or quote-comparison-is-the-death-of-true-self-contentment-john-powell-137-1-0190seen in Me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Phil 4:4 — His Word convicts us so that we can turn from our ways …in order that we may live life “through Him, and by His grace”.  Lord help us to agree with You, and praise You for our uniqueness. Fort it is by your grace alone that we remain content.  Thank You Lord, for You alone are worthy.  Nothing compares to Your love. AMEN.  It is wise to ask the Holy Spirit to give us ears to hear what the Holy Spirit whispers. Lord give us eyes to see what You see…show us how we need to be changed.  To become like Jesus, theodore_roosevelt_quotewe must see what He sees in others and in ourselves.  We must thank God for the way in which He crafted us, that we can use our past and present to glorify what He has done in us. “ We all; all of us who are in Christ, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror or glass the glory of the Lord. All Christians have full access, full access to God’s glory revealed in Jesus Christ.” With a heightened awareness of His loving Presence, I look in the mirror that He mercifully holds up ….and I humbly consider how He knitted me together for His plan, His purpose, His will through my imperfect walk with Him.  The truth is that we all fall short of His holy standard, however, His grace is sufficient, as I do my best.slide1In His brilliant Light of Truth I recognize many ways in which I depend on His grace.  Pondering the blood, pain and sacrifice Jesus willingly endured to provide the miracle of eternal Life, a free and undeserved gift,  once again I surrender all and His overflowing joy streams through to wash away the plank in my eye so that I may see others from His perspective. Apply the Word of God and control your tongue. “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless” James 1:26 — Are we the judge? “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.  Episode38Thumbnail-Alt-1 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the same measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Matt 7:1-2. Throughout His story, which is recorded in Scripture, God reveals how we can cease to bring condemnation upon ourselves. “You, therefore, have NO excuse, you who pass judgement on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.” Romans 2:1 Our Lord has called us out of darkness into His marvelous royal family to love one another as He loves us all.  Ask the Holy Spirit to quickly prick your heart whenever you are NOT thinking love towards others. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  7d9f5ccf9aea97eec4cda56f7237928fAs we read the Holy Bible we are reminded of how God never judges anyone by appearance. It is an amazing, every day blessing that He continues to use imperfect people to proclaim Him as Lord of all. By honestly looking in the mirror we become more aware of our utter insufficiency and perfect God designed imperfections to bring Him glory. “ “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21 The will of our Father is plainly written. “Love one another”. We must rely on the Holy Spirit, to convict us, to change us, to teach us how to Love as Jesus does. “And we, with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, jesus_christ_in-mirrorare being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”  2 Cor 3:18.  As we look to the Holy Spirit continually for help, and as we confess our imperfections, our ungodly ways, our unjust judgements, and ask for mercy, forgiveness, and grace — we are immediately renewed and our faces then reflect the Light of His unsurpassing glory.  Our Heavenly Father looks at us and sees His beautiful, redeemed, beloved children without age. “At that time the eyes of 48653975_Lighten_the_Load_5PEthe blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. At that time the lame will leap like the deer, and the tongue of the speechless will shout for joy. Additionally, “no resident will say: ‘I am sick.’”—Isaiah 33:24; 35:5   The human spirit can endure a sick body,  but who can bear a crushed spirit? Jesus says “Follow Me” give me all your burdens and I will carry you across the finish line! “We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.  Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.” 2 Thess 1:3-4  Halleluiah Key and label

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  1. Reading a great book called “The Forty Day Word Fast” by Tim Cameron. Just gotta share this…mostly to replenish me and train my my brain and control my tongue. Quote: “Complaining is like emotional pollution; it pollutes the air that all breathe around us…it spreads to infect others much like sneezing. We murmur, disapprove, whine, blame, snivel, gripe and most importantly depreciate all that the Lord has done. Whiners look and find many who will chime in to validate their discontent. Difficult circumstances and negative people will come our way. When we complain we repel the presence of the Lord, we quench the Spirit of the Lord and He does not hear our prayers. Like the example of the children of Israel, they felt entitled and they were ungrateful for what they had and believed they deserved more. We need to put to death the negative spirit within us, and stop agreeing with the Liar, and start speaking kingdom language of thanksgiving in all things. In the “six things the Lord hates….a proud look, a lying tongue…and he who sows discord among the brethren.” When it comes to judgments, criticism, sarcasm, negativity, complaining, and gossiping, most people live live in deception and they are blinded to whom they are serving by them. IF we are to be authentic followers of Christ, there is little room for innocent sarcastic remarks. “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless” James 1:26 — As Christians we must REFUSE to be offended by those who are weak, broken, hurting and who spew negativity. But the Lord does not want us to dismiss, or disassociate with a negative person, although we must use wisdom in what we share with them. Negative, broken spirited people are loved by God and we must choose the higher Way, His Way and forgive and issue mercy, patience and love as we pray for them. When we encourage the negative person, we do NOT speak of their behavior, but we call them up to being a renewed, changed, new creation in Christ. The Lord wants us us rejoicing always, and speaking words of life, hope and NOT judgement, criticism, sarcasm and complaining. Negative people are narrow-minded and therefore unteachable. They look for “what is wrong” and gladly give voice to it. Every time we have a bad experience, when all that is within our flesh wants to complain, we must STOP and pray asking “What would You Lord show me about myself in this? Give me wisdom, give me words to think, allow me to see the good, control my tongue and use it for Your glory in this situation.” Praising God in all things, in every circumstance, causes us to look through the eyes of Jesus and expect good! “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones”…. ahhh, “Sweeter than honey to my mouth” …savoring truth “I have esteemed the words of His mouth more than my necessary food”… I am celebrating the good news with my seat belt still fastened “Your word became to me joy and rejoicing in my heart”. Yet learning the King’s language, “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the teaching of kindness”….positive words that cause my spirit to swell ..what I spread around….goes around, and comes back to me…a blessing or a curse….I wisely choose to speak blessings!

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  2. Lord Jesus, thank You for knowing all that crosses my heart and mind. Thank You for Your daily mercies and the lavish grace that I receive, albeit it is underserved and cannot be earned. Today I confess my silent grumbling that goes unheard in the world, but is loudly heard by You Lord God. Today I release my husband from the burden of fulfilling me in areas where I should be looking to You. Help me to accept him the way You created him and to appreciate our differences. I realize that in some ways he may never change, but at the same time, I release him to change in ways I never thought he could. I leave any changing that needs to be done in Your hands, fully accepting that both of us are flawed, and that we both fall short when it comes to the Christian walk, talk and thinking. Only You, Lord, are perfect, and I look to You to keep us aware of when we are not being as You created us to be. May we be “perfectly joined together in Your holy Presence, as we put You first.” (1 Corinthians 1:10) In Jesus’ name I pray. Halleluiah and AMEN

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  3. Sunday before church my husband and I prayed for one another. “The Excellence of Love
    13 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not [a]love [for others growing out of God’s love for me], then I have become only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal [just an annoying distraction]. 2 And if I have the gift of prophecy [and speak a new message from God to the people], and understand all mysteries, and [possess] all knowledge; and if I have all [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love [reaching out to others], I am nothing. 3 If I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body [b]to be burned, but do not have love, it does me no good at all.

    4 Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. 5 It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured. 6 It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail]. 7 Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening].

    8 Love never fails [it never fades nor ends]. But as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for the gift of special knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part [for our knowledge is fragmentary and incomplete]. 10 But when that which is complete and perfect comes, that which is incomplete and partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 12 For now [in this time of imperfection] we see in a mirror dimly [a blurred reflection, a riddle, an enigma], but then [when the time of perfection comes we will see reality] face to face. Now I know in part [just in fragments], but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known [by God]. 13 And now there remain: faith [abiding trust in God and His promises], hope [confident expectation of eternal salvation], love [unselfish love for others growing out of God’s love for me], these three [the choicest graces]; but the greatest of these is love.” AMEN

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