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The Pursuit…

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Hi loves, hope you’re enjoying the summer :) Today, I’d love to share a little passage that stuck with me this week. And the passage is from a book I’m currently reading, “The Pursuit Of God” by A.W. Tozer.

SIDE NOTE: If you’re one of those people who read on the kindle app, either on your phone or your computer, this book is currently only 99 cents.

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This chapter, really stuck out to me because it talks about one of the burdens that a lot of us struggle with…this is the burden of “pretense” and “artificiality”, we are called to be meek…

But most of us are constantly struggling to find our value in this world. We go about our lives always fighting to be recognized and valued, either through our possessions, fame, money, power, beauty, relationships, education, knowledge, career, lifestyle etc

We carry the burden of shame because we feel like we don’t measure up…we’re not good enough…and this stems from constantly comparing ourselves to others, trying to find recognition and seeking for our place in society…

ultimately we’re just trying to be accepted…and because of this, we can’t truly be our authentic selves, we’re constantly trying to be something we’re not, we’re constantly hiding our flaws and weaknesses…

so that we can win the approval of others or so we can be validated…

the result of this is living in a constant state of shame and fear, hiding our true selves under a mask, while playing a role, pretending to be something we’re not….

“The meek man cares not at all who is greater than he, for he has long ago decided that the esteem of the world is not worth the effort.” – A.W.Tozer

The big revelation, is realizing that our value does not come from this world but it comes from God, unless we surrender our guilt, shame and burdens to him and seek our identity in him, we will forever seek to be validated by this world…

and if this is the end goal, we will never find contentment and peace, because there will always be someone or something better out there…in essence without letting God determine our value, we’re just fighting a losing battle…

The only way to live without -

…..the burden of not being good enough,

……shame, guilt and fear,

is to PURSUE God

1 John 4:18 (ESV)

18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

Love always,

XOXO,

Dee

 



We’re here for RELATIONSHIPS…(Day 20) What Is Love? Challenge

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This past Sunday, our church service was dedicated to exploring the Trinity of God…and as part of the sermon our pastor brought to our attention this beautiful piece of Art, “The Trinity” by Andrei Rublev which depicts God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Without going into the whole history of this painting, I just wanted to talk about it’s significance as explained by our pastor. That even before the heavens and earths were created, God existed within an interconnected RELATIONSHIP driven by LOVE.

If you explore the story of creation in Genesis, God created man in his image,

Genesis 1:26-28 (NIV)

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

Man (Adam) was formed to have a relationship with God and next he was given the woman (Eve) so that they can have a relationship with each other, so that they can form a union…which is the institution of marriage as we know it today, the most important institution created by God,

Genesis 2:18 (ESV)

18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

Genesis 2:24 (ESV)

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

and as we discussed on Day 1 of the “What Is Love? Challenge” the greatest command is to LOVE…to love God and to love others…love can only exist within a relational state with others. We can’t say we love God and ignore to express his love that lives within us, to others. And we can’t live like Islands, as long as we live on this earth we will form various forms of relationships with others. And God calls us to love them as he has loved us.

Therefore, the whole purpose of our existence is to have a loving relationship with God and mirror God’s love in our relationships with others.

This brings me to today’s verse from Day 20 of the “What Is Love? challenge”

1 Peter 3:8-12 (ESV)

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10 For

“Whoever desires to love life
    and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
    and his lips from speaking deceit;
11 let him turn away from evil and do good;
    let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
    and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Today’s verses, teach us, how as mirrors of God’s love, we are supposed to relate to others. God calls us as a body of christ to be united and of one mind… God is our head, and although we’re part of his body and may have different functions, we all exist for one purpose to glorify him, therefore we should all strive to keep this in mind and stand together in unity.

Next we are called to be, sympathetic, loving, tender hearted (kind, gentle, compassionate) and humble…reflecting the characteristics of God.

Following in the steps of christ we are not supposed to repay evil for evil but to bless those who mistreat us and leave judgement to God….the same way Jesus forgave and prayed for those who crucified him…if we behave in this way God will also bless us…

Next we’re advised if we want love life and see good days we’re to keep our speech from evil or lies, keep everything pure and transparent, turn away from doing evil and instead do good, seek peace and pursue it…

We’re reminded that God sets his eyes on the righteous and he hears their prayer, but hides his face from those who do evil…

so today let’s pray and ask God to help us:

have a good relationship with him and with others so that we may glorify him,

exist in love and mirror his love in our relationship with others,

to be united in mind with other believers, to be sympathetic, loving, tender hearted and humble,

not pay evil for evil but have the strength to forgive and bless those who mistreat us,

turn away from evil and always do good,

keep our speech from evil and lies,

seek and pursue peace,

 - Amen

Love Always,

Dee



You waited…

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Today’s post, has been inspired by a song that has ministered to my soul…I discovered this song last week and it’s been on repeat…I just can’t get the words out of my mind…it has uplifted me and brought me to a deep place of worship and communion with God.

The title, is “You Waited” By Travis Greene…it’s a new single off of his new upcoming album. The song has just been released this month.

It’s a praise/worship song with the underlying message of GRATITUDE…

The singer asks…

“Where would I be? If you left me God?”

This song touched me deep in my soul and reminded me to be GRATEFUL…

GRATEFUL for God’s GRACE and unconditional LOVE…

GRATEFUL, that God patiently waits for us to come back under his wings…when we’ve lost our way…just like the prodigal son, see Luke 15:11-32

GRATEFUL, that God is always there for us…he never forsakes us or leaves us…no matter what!!! He’s always there through thick and thin…

It reminds us that no matter how far we’ve strayed or what we’re going through…

He just keeps waiting, patiently…

because, NOTHING can separate us from God’s Love for us…

Romans 8:38-39

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,  neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

To be honest, I’ve had some really hard times these past few years…and the only explanation I have, as to how I’ve been able to keep on going is by God’s LOVE, STRENGTH, and GRACE…without him, I don’t think I’d be able to survive all that I’ve been through…

I’ve had nights and days where my heart was heavy…and I’ve felt like all the walls were closing in on me and there’s no way out or no end to my situation…but God…

God’s love carried me through and gave me hope and faith…

that as long as I’m still here, I matter to him, I have a purpose, and he loves me…unconditionally

This song is a testament to that…

Most people think, Christianity is about being “Perfect” and that Christians are judgmental, stuck up people, who sit there and point fingers at others….and think that they’re better than everybody else…

But for me, Christianity is about LOVE, MERCY, GRACE, and FATIH!!!

It’s about imperfect people, flawed people, SINNERS finding their way through God’s perfect Love.

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Romans 3:23

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

I can honestly say that I’m not Perfect nor have I ever been…but that’s ok because I’m human…I’ve done things and made choices that I’m not proud of…

but God…He waited for me patiently…

You called out my name
Knew my past, covered my shame
This amazing grace
You’ve shown
So patiently

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Image Source — Drew Shirley, Switchfoot

For me, Christianity is about…

laying it all down to God, bearing our soul to him and surrendering…Giving it all to him…

acknowledging, that we can’t do this thing called life on our own…

acknowledging, that we have no control…and we can only seek security in him!!!

recognizing, that at the end of the day, we are nothing without him…

That he’s all we’ve got…that even our breath comes from him!!!

so why in the world, do we think we can go through this life, without relying on the creator of everything?

So today dear friend, I just wanted to share with you, my GRATITUDE to God, because if it weren’t for him, I truly don’t know where I’d be….Thank you, Father… I love you.

God Bless,

XOXO,

Dee

 



Fruit Of The Spirit – (Day 18) – “What Is Love?” Challenge

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It’s Day 18 of the “What Is Love? Challenge“, where for 29 days I’m sharing bible verses on Love so that we can gain a deeper understanding of the true meaning of Love according to God’s divine plan.

On Day 17 we talked about the only thing that counts in our relationship with God and today we’ll discuss the Fruit Of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-26 English Standard Version (ESV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

The other day I had a conversation with a co-worker concerning Love and Marriage. She was telling me how her parents had such a beautiful marriage, almost 60 years of marriage…

You could hear the admiration she had for their love and that’s obviously what she wants and hopes for herself…but she admitted that it’s something very rare these days and almost unattainable.

She then proceeded to tell me that her mother told her that the reason marriages don’t last these days is because people no longer have that Selfless Love…

People have become very selfish and most of us can’t just love without expecting something in return…and if the other person fails to return the favor or reach our expectations we simply bail out….

Most of us live by our egos, the ego says we are entitled to receive things from others while the spirit says, “I don’t deserve anything, but through, God’s grace and mercy, I receive these gifts.”

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When we are of Christ, we crucify our ego, our flesh, our passions and desires and are reborn. We are filled with God’s spirit and start to produce his fruit. The fruit of the Spirit is evidence of the presence of God in our life and our relationship with him.

Attempting to truly Love, have Joy, be Peaceful, Patient, Kind, Good, Faithful, Gentle and have Self-Control without the presence of God in our life or without having a relationship with God is a big and constant STRUGGLE… it’s much easier and natural to submit to our Flesh, our own desires/passions and ego…

When we try to live according to the “law”/a moral code using our own strength, we are simply living for our own satisfaction, boosting our own egos…

But if we surrender/ submit to God and allow his Spirit to work within us, by his grace and through Faith we’re able to effortlessly produce Fruit of the Spirit.

When we bear the Fruit Of Spirit, we glorify God and it becomes evident in our relationships with others.

Today, let’s thank God for the gift of the Spirit and his Fruit and acknowledge that we can’t walk by the Spirit on our own strength but that we need him to help us crucify our egos, flesh, desires and passions. Let us ask him to help us live a life that glorifies him through the Fruit of his Spirit. Amen

God Bless you,

XOXO

Dee