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Finding Security

Are you thinking about building a new house? Pouring everything you have into a “safe” place? Wanting to fortify your life against fire, flood, whirlwind and earthquake? Yet you have the itch to be free of the worry of building strength that you know can still fail. You realize you will be trapped by putting all your dreams in one jar, and one act of violence in nature or war can sweep it away. Is it possible your true desire is to step away from what your fears say is safe? The alternatives are exciting; perhaps not as risky as they seem.

Have you considered spending instead to give kindness and encouragement to others? In the present emotional climate, most people are afraid of what is ahead, and anger, the secondary emotion, is rising up. It’s result is to stir up more fear. Step away from that hamster wheel. Pick up your phone, call someone and tell them that you appreciate them, and give a specific reason why. Post a positive statement on social media today. Tell the world wide web that you are thankful for your friends out there, and why. When you go to the market, engage your neighbor in the checkout line in cheerful conversation. You have now stepped into the joy of encouragement. Now move forward into a wider circle. Buy an extra jar of peanut butter and donate it to a food bank. Go to a park with a case of bottled water and share them around. I think you are now ready to go wider. Start planning your adventure of giving and encouragement:

1. consider your best talents and how they would fit this new lifestyle.
2. consider what you can sell off or donate to give you the freedom from possessions you need to use you talents for others
3. make a list of places you can serve immediately and start the ball rolling
4. make a list of places you can serve with more experience when you have attained the freedom from safe stuff
5. set a current budget and a goal budget based on your serving prospectus
6. set a timeline of one year to be full swing in your new fearless place and itemize short term goals along that line
7. Start taking care of business today, not tomorrow and you will achieve your goals.
8. keep in mind at all times it is the work that gets you there, not the money

Times are dark, but you have an opportunity in every darkness to bring light to many situations. God is near; ask him every day for help. Hear what he says about shaking that leads to fear and shaking that leads to life:

See to it that you do not refuse him (Christ) who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”
Hebrews 12:25-29

A starting place to find valuable insight into what Christ wants us to do is in the book of Matthew, chapters 5, 6, & 7. After that, John chapters 13-17.


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What About Enemies?

You are a Christian. You love the Lord Jesus Christ and your desire is to always follow him and do what is right.

Yet you have conflict with people. You don’t understand why they dislike you so intensely. You think, THEY are the bad people, not you. Anything they say or do regarding yourself is calculated to put you in a bad position; to hurt you. They attack your loved ones and try to make life as miserable for youa s possible. They demand tribute from you, and they aren’t going to stop attacking until they get it. This rises up the gall in you and you want to hurt back. Sometimes you do hurt them back and it just feeds their mockery. It goes on and on until one day you realize that there are almost no blessings in your life any more. Everything is consumed by the enemy games. Lord, this shouldn’t be happening, you cry. Why don’t you DO SOMETHING? You promised to destroy our enemies!

Here what the Lord has already done regarding your enemies:

1. He died on the cross to save them.

2. He prayed on the cross for his Father to forgive them.

3. He told us to love our enemies and pray for the people who persecute us. (Matthew 5:43-48, Proverbs 25:21,22)

4. He told us to be angry, but do not sin (Ephesians 4:26-27), or don’t let your anger lead to sin against anyone, because you are also sinning against God. Shut it off quickly. It gives the devil a foothold in your life. Footholds devolve rapidly into strongholds.

Do you get it? To be like Jesus, to have peace, we have to let go of anything that shuts us off from him.

Christ does not hide from us. We hide from him. Harboring anger and unforgiveness against any other person, living or dead, is a sure way to hide from your loving God. Is that what you want?

He prayed for his enemies. Now you do it, and thank God for making it possible. See what happens!

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Be Thankful to God

Be thankful to God that he is so great and awesome and undeniable that no one can possibly mistake him for anyone but who he is.

Search for him and you will find him. His glory shines everywhere.

Jesus walking on the earth was not just a charismatic teacher and healer. He shone so high above everyone else that he had to be the Son of God. Period. End of subject. You know this; now go read about him in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in the Bible, recognizing the truth about him.

Focus on Jesus, risen from the dead and ascended into heaven, seated at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for us who are wandering yet on earth – yes, we must trust him. He is too great not to be trusted totally.

Someday, we who trust him will be with him. He promises this, too, that we shall share his glory! Of course we will, because if we are with God, his glory is everywhere he is. You won’t be able to get out of it! Amazing.

Afraid of being consumed? Why? God knows you better than you know yourself, and he has better plans for you than you have for yourself. Put your life in his hands and see the glory shining today.

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