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Educate Yourself!

11 Apr

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A very wise woman told me about a conversation she had with someone from another country who constantly sought higher education. The woman asked the man about his ongoing pursuit of learning.

The man’s answer was profound. He said, “if I don’t continuously educate myself, someone else will tell me who I am.”

Like that man, we who follow Jesus are from another country (Philippians 3:20). We are citizens of the kingdom of God. If we don’t continuously educate ourselves ( Bible study, prayer, worship, fellowship/church attendance), someone else, Satan to be exact, will tell us who we are. (Hebrews 10:25). He even attempted to cause Jesus to doubt His deity (Matthew 4:3,6).

Satan will tell us that we have not been redeemed. He will tell us that we haven’t changed and change is impossible. He tells us that we will never get over our past failures. He tells us that surely God is not concerned with the minor details of our lives and there are things that we should try to fix ourselves. But there is one thing he will never say. Satan won’t tell you that he’s the father of lies, because that is the truth!

You have been redeemed (Galatians 3:13, Psalm 107:2). You are a new creation in Christ, old things are passed away, all things have become new (II Corinthians 5:17). Jesus has set you free (John 8:32,36). “Cast your cares upon the Lord, for He cares for you”. (I Peter 5:7, Psalm 55:22). “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”(‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭Message Bible)

Child of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, don’t allow Satan to tell you who you are. Believe God’s truth and reject Satan’s lies. Educate yourself. Do you know who you are?

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Getting Rid of “Just in Case”

19 Aug
Recently the Lord surprised me with blessings that are 
exceedingly abundantly above all that I could ask or think 
(Ephesians 3:20). My response - amazement and gratitude. 
While I am amazed, honestly a part of me was afraid to be 
excited. Would I be told that this blessing was an error 
on someone's part?

Strangely enough, this experience has caused me to wonder
whether I have allowed disappointments to cause me to miss
appointed blessings in other areas of my life. You see, I 
recall trudging through a time frame in which I allowed 
past experiences to stop me from hoping that anything 
extraordinary would ever happen to me. I hoped, but my hope
was usually surrounded by fear that my hope was 
probably in vain. 

Eventually, amazing things began to happen in my life. I
prayed and planned, and those things that were good, The
Lord worked out (Romans 8:28). But looking back now, I 
believe that I have continued to reserve a space within 
me for disappointments, "just in in case" - just in case
things don't turn out well. The space reserved for "just
in case" has overshadowed the joy that The Lord longs to
lavish upon those who trust Him infinitely (Philippians
4:4,Galatians 5:22,Romans 15:13, Proverbs 10:28). 

So today, by the grace of God, I'm allowing the 
Faith and Trust Construction Company to come in and 
destroy the room that I once reserved for 
"just in case". I'm rebuilding that room with more trust,
joy, faith, and expectation, along with gratitude for The
Lord's patience, and thanks for all that He has 
already done. There's no more space for just in case!

Instead of resting upon "just in case", I must lean more
heavily upon "NOW faith".  "NOW faith" is the substance 
of things HOPED for, the evidence of things not seen" 
(Hebrews 11:1).