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I am tired out

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  Matthew 11:28.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; 1 Samuel 28-29, Psalm 109, and Matthew 11.

Talk about a description of life on this earth!

“Weary and burdened?” Who isn’t there or has been there?  Not there now?  Wait a while!

When we get weary.  When we get burdened.  Where do we turn?  Not God?  We have a counterfeit god.  Plain and simple.

Jesus invited the folks with weariness and woes to come to Him.  How is that done?  I identify me…needy.  I identify Him…….the Comforter.  I turn my problem(s) over to Him.  I involve Him in their solutions.  I let go and let God!

I am never going to function as He wants apart from Him.  When I separate (intentionally or unintentionally) from Him, I will soon be overwhelmed one way or the other.

Once you’ve been connected to God, it is very discomforting to bring on other gods.  They are NOT Him.  They are limited.  They are terminal.

“Good Scripture for every reader.  We need You 24/7.  Forgive me for chasing (and trusting) counterfeit gods.  It’s a mistake.  I know better.  I need You in all seasons.  You are my only God.  Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”

He’s telling you to “come to Him.”  Do it!

 

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I want God’s forgiveness

“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”  Matthew 6:14-15.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; 1 Samuel 22, Psalm 17 & 35, Matthew 6.

This is to-the-point tough!

We really live in a dream world if we continue to be unforgiving and yet expect God to be forgiving.

It reveals that we do NOT understand what God has done for us.  We minimize it because we’re, well, good folks.  We just needed a little forgiveness.  Really!

We were born sinners and have sinned our way through every day we’ve lived.  Look at the Ten Commandments and consider your violations.  Remember that to look in lust is to commit adultery in our hearts.  Remember that to hate someone is to murder them in your hearts. Remember that God is to have first place in our lives.  And the list goes on and on…..

We are serious sinners.  AND YET God has forgiven us completely.  And we hesitate to forgive those in our midst?

“Lord, I am a sinner.  I beg for Your forgiveness.  I beg for a cleaned-up life.  Forgive me for not being forgiving.  For holding onto dislike.  For behaving poorly in the midst of those I disagree with.  O Lord, I need You badly.  Help me now, to live in a way that pleases You.”

Got anyone you need to forgive?

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Anyone can do that!

“If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?  Are not even the tax collectors doing that?” Matthew 5:46.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; 1 Samuel 20-21, Psalm 34, and Matthew 5.

Some folks are easy to like, while others are easy to dislike.

Today’s verse challenges us to like the unlikeable.

What makes some people hard to like is because we assume that we may not get a positive response from them if we like them.  We want a reward for being nice!

How often do we talk negatively about those we dislike?  Think how far that attitude is from what God wants from us.

The quick cure (for us) regarding those we dislike, is to start praying for them.  That move has helped me regarding politicians.

My life needs to be fully aligned with Him.  I cannot digress into any form of godlessness.  To pull this off, my relationship to Him must be ongoing.  There are no vacations.

“Lord, forgive me for disliking people.  Forgive me for telling tales about people that are hurtful.  Fill me so much with You that what goes through my head and comes out my mouth pleases You.  Fill me with Your Holy Spirit I beg, right now.  I love You, Lord.”

Disliking people is a form of godlessness.

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The Devil knows Scripture

“If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down.  For it is written…..”  Matthew 4:6.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; 1 Samuel 19, 1 Chronicles 7, Psalm 59, and Matthew 4.

We cannot imagine the Devil as a big, red dummy.  He is anything but that.

There is Scripture that describes him as a “roaring lion.”  That’s not the Devil I’m aware of.  The one I know is a whisperer.

The Devil knows my weaknesses.  Some things I can easily be whispered into, not so in some other things.

I stumbled into a movie that was godless and evil.  After a few minutes I got away from it.  What did I then “hear?” ‘You need to watch it some more to see if it is as bad as you thought.  You can always leave it if you need to.’  That stuff isn’t coming from God!  It’s the whisperer talking me into something I should resist from the get-go.

Imagine the Devil quoting Scripture to Jesus!  Jesus would have none of it.  O to have His Power in my own life so that I could do the same.

My life must be opened to God.  Why?  Because if it isn’t open to Him than I am making myself susceptible to the Devil’s whispers.

I cannot rely on myself to handle the Devil.  I need God every second to do it.

“Lord, forgive me for yielding to the enemy.  Forgive me for loosening my grip on You.  I need You every second.  Take me over, I beg.”

How does the Devil influence you??

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Talk is cheap

“Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”  Matthew 3:8.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; 1 Samuel 18, 1 Chronicles 6, Psalm 11, and Matthew 3.

We say one thing and do another.

We are all well intentioned.  We mean well.  But then life shows up.

Because I belong to God, my behavior should display it.

If I claim to be an apple tree, there should be apples showing.

I will tell you that I am a believer, my life should reveal it.

John the Baptist was getting after the Pharisees in today’s verse.  They claimed to be Godly but didn’t live that way.

There is a lifestyle that is Godly.  I want it to be mine.

How do I get that lifestyle?  I need to study His Word.  I need to be in constant communion with Him.  I need to be taught by those who love God.

“Lord, forgive me for my Pharisaic behavior.  I talk but don’t walk.  I claim my love for You and then act as if we’re total strangers.  Prick my conscience.  Fill me with You.  Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”

We must be Godly in word and deed.

 

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Love NOW

“The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.”  Matthew 26:11.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Psalm 125, and Matthew 26-27.

A woman poured a bottle of expensive perfume onto Jesus’ head and weren’t the disciples outraged!

Once again, the disciples are a day late and a dollar short!

Jesus was going to die.  He had predicted it, and everything was happening in tune with prophetic plans.

The woman was anointing the body of Jesus BEFORE He died.  An attempt by other women, after Jesus died, to do the same thing was foiled by a large stone in front of His tomb.

Her perfume was expensive.  One commentary informed me that it’s value would have been enough to feed the five thousand.

I must know that love can be a short-range thing.  I cannot budget my love handouts!

The poor will indeed always exist, and they will always need to be considered.  But in this case, they were not the “now” thing that needed consideration.

Showing Godliness in the “now’s” of my life must be a priority.  If I go through this day engulfed in God, I will get my dispensations of love done properly.  The disciples were in the rut of over-organizing and missed the forest for the trees.

“Lord, show me, I plead, what You want me to do NOW.  Forgive me for planning the “later” and missing the “now.”  I thank You for Your marvelous Word.  You have opened so many glorious truths to me.  I love You, Lord.”

My level of Godliness must be on display NOW.  Later may not happen.

 

 

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This is why I’m messing things up

“Jesus replied, ‘You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.”  Matthew 22:29.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Matthew 20-22.

Jesus answers an attempt at trickery by the Sadducees with today’s selected verse.

It is surely a verse for me too.

Why am I regularly falling apart spiritually?

Why do I mess up opportunities to reflect Him by reflecting someone else?

Why am I confused over what to do and what not to do?

Why can’t I be an all-seasons’ follower?

So many questions that need answering and here today I find the answers: I misunderstand God’s Word and I have no clue about how awesome God is.

I read the Bible regularly and I am getting more and more comfortable with His Word BUT am I using my knowledge to change my life?  I know it but am I overtaken by it?  Not if I continue to mess things up with such regularity.

How powerful is God to me?  Is He just another person in my life or is He The Person?  Do I name-drop His presence?  Are my thoughts of Him?  Is He in me enough to be noticeable?  Not if I continue to mess things up with such regularity.

How easy to look at others and hope that they will figure things out.  I am the one who needs to “figure” things out.  That “blank” is in my eye!

If I live out God’s Word and function intentionally in His Power, my life would be transformed.  Would I never mess up again?  Not likely but the frequency would lessen considerably.

I am disappointed in me because, as I contemplate Thanksgiving, I am well aware that I have chosen to settle for less than God offers me.  Indeed, I am thankful for what He has given me, but I have failed to appropriate so much more that is available to me.  I have minimized what could be and have lost out on so much.  That needs to change…..NOW.

“Lord, forgive me missing out on You and messing up with You.  I need You running my life.  I cannot continue to stop and start in my relationship to You.  Forgive me for drawing away from You.  I know better.  Help me, Lord, to acclimate myself to what Your written Word wants from me and also help me to intentionally You full control of my life.  To You be the glory!”

Jesus just gave me two important solutions for my spiritual wobbliness.

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