August 16, 2014

Forward -- one step at a time

Finding fault not so good
Giving up not either
Trudging onward one step at a time
will bring you fulfillment
once only dreamed

See the blessings.
It begins with you.
A Child of The King.

Forget making a diagnosis
when  you don’t have all the facts
Forget listening only to yourself
Forget distractions that come
and spoil your spiritual meeting
with the Lord.
Forget reacting negatively
to distractions and problems

Look to God
Talk to God
He will listen

See the blessings

You will learn
in your head
and in your heart
what is true
and what is false

See the good
in any situation
only and always
what is bad or wrong

Believe God’s truths
only and always
what you feel or think

Forget all that is evil
Refrain from every form
… adultery

“It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions.” – Galatians 5:19-21a The Message

“…hold fast what is good”

 “But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard – things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.” – Galatians 5:22-23 The Message

“…Get along among yourselves, each of you doing your part. …Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. And be careful that when you get on each other’s nerves you don’t snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out. Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. Don’t suppress the Spirit, and don’t stifle those who have a word from the Mater. On the other hand, don’t be gullible. Check out everything, and keep only what’s good. Throw out anything tainted with evil.” -- I Thessalonians 5:13-22 The Message

A change has taken place
Do not stifle the Spirit from
directing your steps

You are a new creation,
cleansed by the blood
of the lamb that was slain
for your sins

Forget staying enclosed
in the prison cell of your mind

Forget reminding yourself
where you have been
and what you have done.
God forgave you
as He has forgiven me
for all I have done.

Do not short change Jesus

Forget judging others
Forget judging yourself
None of us will ever be perfect

There is only One who is

Where is the newness, the freshness?
Have you begun anew
or have you only continued
where you left off?

Remembering and reminding
yourself and another
where you've been
or all that is wrong
does not equal a new start.
Turn around -- 
Turn away from your sins
(bad feelings, bad attitude, wrong thinking, bad actions)
Turn to The Lord
who will walk with you
through the trials you face
today and tomorrow
and the next day.

Open His book.

You accepted Jesus
You opened the door of your heart
and invited Him in when He knocked.
That is the first step.
A wonderful step.
The next step
and the ones after it
is your life journey
with Jesus at the helm. 

He, as the Holy Spirit within you,
will guide you through your life.

“Trust in Him at all times … Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” – Psalm 62:8 New King James version

God has awakened you
You are alive in Him!
Be awakened every moment
of every day.
Enjoy life
as has been His purpose.

“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from Me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into His most excellent harmonies.” – Philippians 4:8-9 The Message

(c) August 13-16, 2014

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