Give me Jesus…

“Is Allison up to date on her tetanus shot?”

That was the first thing out of my husband’s mouth when I answered his phone call.  Allison had stepped on an old rusty nail.

She is up to date on all her shots though so she didn’t have to get another one.  It’s a good thing too because I think the thought of that was causing her more trauma than the nail itself! :)

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This got me to thinking though about our spiritual walks…

Are you up to date on Jesus?

What happens when you step on those old rusty nails, spiritually?  The enemy likes to throw obstacles in our path, be it people or things.

How do we handle them?  Are we able to withstand the darts of the enemy or do we allow them to pierce us and then fester?

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” – Ephesians 6

The enemy knows where our weaknesses lie.  When we are not protected, he will try to come in any way he can.  I cannot stress to you how important it is to put on the FULL armor of God.

We can’t just pick and choose what part to put on.

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So, my friends, are you up to date on your Jesus shot?

Jesus Trumps…EVERYTHING

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Jesus replied, “and why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?” – Matthew 15:3

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I want to encourage you to search out God’s Word for yourself.

Yes, I’m sure a lot of us have had some good, solid teaching throughout our lives.

However, have you sought Him for yourself?

Have you ever wondered why do we do ‘this’ or why we do ‘that’?

I’m sure most of the “traditions” you follow are biblical but are they all?

I’ve learned so much over the years from very wise men and women but the biggest jump in my spiritual walk came when I began digging in and seeking God on my own.

I thank God for my parents and the spiritual leaders God placed in front of me but more than that…I thank God that He is personal with me! He speaks to me. He listens to me. And every single day He teaches me something new.

I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am THE LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
Isaiah 45:3

Color Run or Mud Run: Our Destination is the Same

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CONFESSION TIME

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I’ve questioned God, or in the very least, asked myself, “Why me?  Why do I have to do ‘this’ and how come she is able to do ‘that’?

You see, my walk with God may not look just like yours.  But this is OK.  I’m happy with who I am in God…truly I am.  That is until I begin taking my eyes off Jesus and looking at others.

Let me take you to a very familiar point of scripture.  It may not make sense in the beginning but hang with me…it should in the end.

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 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
Matthew 14:25-29

‘Bid me come Lord!’  I say this…but do I truly mean it?  I mean, I want to walk the way God wants me to walk…but on my terms.  Oh wait, that doesn’t make sense does it?  Let’s try this again.  I want to rise to a new level in God…but on my time.  Oh…that doesn’t work either.  I want to ‘fix my eyes on You Lord…but look at others in the process.  I want to know why you’ve asked me to wear skirts all the time when these high profile women’s speakers are modest in their jeans and highly favored and anointed all the same.
These questions don’t come often…but they do come.

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Your questions and doubts may not look just like mine.  You may be one of these mighty anointed women of God that can do her thing while being modestly dressed in a pair of jeans but still question why other women are able to be a stay at home momma when you have to work a full time job outside of the home.

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Ladies, we may all be different but still so much the same.  We all have struggles and look at other women and want what they have.  If you are anything like me it has nothing to do with material things but everything to do with eternal things.  You desire to have a ministry like hers or a life like hers…

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I wonder if just maybe during these moments we’ve simply taken our eyes off Jesus.

I know scripture doesn’t quite say this but I wonder if just maybe, while looking at the storm around about him, Peter looked over at the boat and thought “How come I had to be the first one to say ‘bid me come Lord’?  Why did I have to open my big mouth?  How come they get to stay in the boat but I felt led to take that step over the edge and draw closer to the Lord?  Why can’t I stay in the boat too?  I know they are going to be used as mightily as I am and they are safe and sound inside the boat…dry…and not sinking…”

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“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
    before you were born I set you apart;
    I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:5

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Ladies, it’s OK that our walks all look different.  It’s ok that we are not all cookie cutter.  It’s ok…because I might can reach someone that you can’t…and you might can reach someone that I can’t.

This is all part of God’s great plan!

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I may choose the Color Run and you may choose the Mud Run…but our destination is all the same!

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God has called you to be an ORIGINAL not a DUPLICATE!  Stand firm in who He created you to be and keep your eyes on Jesus!

This is your walk, not hers!

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The Choice is Yours…

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“The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the LORD’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.” – Exodus 16:3

If you are familiar with this passage of scripture at all then you will know that Moses had just led the Israelites out of a land of slavery and bondage.

If you are anything like me you are probably thinking, ‘Really? Do you not know what God has done for you? Did you not see all the miraculous things that took place right before your eyes? What about the plagues God sent to prove Himself to Pharaoh? What about the sea splitting right down the middle so that you could walk across dry ground…AND THEN as your enemy approached, the waters fell and swallowed them up? Did you miss that part of your story?’

Of course we can see this from our point of view. But what about when we are in our very own wilderness? What about those times we forget about our promise? What about those moments of despair when we feel spiritually dry and hungry? Do we not sometimes mumble and complain while we are waiting?

And if we aren’t careful, we begin to glamorize our past and how ‘maybe, just maybe’ it wasn’t that bad after all…

And this is where the enemy begins to take root, if we allow him.

We have a choice.

In verse 4 the Lord says, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.”

So this is where our choice comes in. Do we choose to obey the voice of God or do we seem to think we know more than Him and take it upon ourselves to do what needs to be done?

Obedience may not be easy, but it’s worth it.

Follow up in verse 9: The Israelites were told to “Come before the Lord”…even in their mumbling and complaining…He had heard them. And he hears you too.

Even in our crabbiest of times, God still wants us to ‘come into His presence’.

When we walk in humble obedience, God always provides. He always protects, He always comes through. Even in our wilderness when it seems like there is no way out. Remember what God brought you out of, remember your promises, and hold fast to the fact that God is always on time!

Alley Dogs

 

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As I was driving to work a few days ago, something caught my attention. Down the alley of a well-traveled street was an old alley dog. He was a scrawny little thing, matted, and dirty. That’s all I could see on the outside but oh…there was so much more going on inside. He was hungry, probably scared and lonely. He had managed to find a pile of trash and was digging with all his might to find what he was looking for. Then he spotted me and hid until I had passed on by. Once he thought I was out of sight, he went back to searching…

Have you ever been in a similar situation? Scared, Lonely, and Broken…hungry for something or Someone to fill this ever present void in your life? We know we shouldn’t be searching or hanging out at these places…maybe even hiding when we see somebody we know. But that doesn’t change the fact that you are still hungry. Maybe the party scene will fill this void. Maybe you’ve turned to drugs and alcohol. Maybe its people you are always turning to hoping that they can fill this void and cover up the brokenness and pain from your past. No matter what, you’ve searched and longed for Something, Someone to mend you back together.

Friend, I know Someone who can help. I know a place called Mount Calvary where our begging stops, where our brokenness becomes New Beginnings.

The world can’t, but I know a Man who can.

Jesus.

He was broken, bruised, and beaten so that you are made whole! He died so that you may live! And this Man, He loves you. You are His chosen…You are His royalty… He never intended for you to be digging through spiritual garbage cans looking for your next ‘fix’.

He desires for you to find a hunger for His Word where you will never lack again. Colossians 2:10 says that we are “complete in Christ Jesus”. Would you #TryJesus today?

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