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Life in The Spirit

Sometimes you just gotta keep reminding yourself…

Who you really are in Christ Jesus. ✝️💖🕊

Life in The Spirit

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.

And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.

The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do.

He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.

He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.

Romans 8:1‭-‬4 NLT

Resource: YouVersion (Image)

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Hebrews Chapter 2

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Where is Your Treasure?

I read this scripture today and just wanted to offer some encouragement… there’s a whole lot more for us to live for.

God has a higher plan for your life… than what we see in front of us today.

After thinking about what I just read, I’m really starting understand why we are supposed to store up our Riches in Heaven.

One Mission ✝️ One Heart 💖 One Mind 🕊

“Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars.

Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars.

It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.

Matthew 6:19‭-‬21 MSG

And my God will liberally supply (fill until full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

To our God and Father be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Philippians 4:19‭-‬20 AMP

The Folly of Trusting in Riches

Listen, everyone, listen— earth-dwellers, don’t miss this. All you haves and have-nots, All together now: listen. I set plainspoken wisdom before you, my heart-seasoned understandings of life. I fine-tuned my ear to the sayings of the wise, I solve life’s riddle with the help of a harp.

So why should I fear in bad times, hemmed in by enemy malice, Shoved around by bullies, demeaned by the arrogant rich? Really! There’s no such thing as self-rescue, pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. The cost of rescue is beyond our means, and even then it doesn’t guarantee Life forever, or insurance against the Black Hole.

Anyone can see that the brightest and best die, wiped out right along with fools and dunces. They leave all their prowess behind, move into their new home, The Coffin, The cemetery their permanent address. And to think they named counties after themselves!

We aren’t immortal. We don’t last long. Like our dogs, we age and weaken. And die.

This is what happens to those who live for the moment, who only look out for themselves: Death herds them like sheep straight to hell; they disappear down the gullet of the grave; They waste away to nothing— nothing left but a marker in a cemetery.

But me? God snatches me from the clutch of death, he reaches down and grabs me.

So don’t be impressed with those who get rich and pile up fame and fortune. They can’t take it with them; fame and fortune all get left behind. Just when they think they’ve arrived and folks praise them because they’ve made good, They enter the family burial plot where they’ll never see sunshine again.

We aren’t immortal. We don’t last long. Like our dogs, we age and weaken. And die.

Psalm 49:1‭-‬20 MSG

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God Promises – Day 9

And what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.

Ephesians 1:19

Credits:
Sara Young – Jesus Calling – Enjoying Peace In His Presence

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How do we achieve (spiritual) renewal?

O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years.

Habakkuk 3:2 KJV

How do we achieve (spiritual) renewal?

First, there must be prayer – the kind that springs from a deep-seated heart-yearning for revival. We do not need pious platitudes and religious mouthing – but earnest, fervent prayer.

Second, we Christians must forsake our sins, both individually and corporately. We must forsake our pettiness, our peevishness (easily irritated, especially by unimportant things), our littleness, and our conflicts – as well as our evil ways.

Third, God must become real to us. Let the Bible’s truth soak deeply into your heart and mind every day.

Credits:
Billy Graham – Wisdom for Each Day

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Christ Is the Perfect Sacrifice

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

Christ Is the Perfect Sacrifice

So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever. Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity.

Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant.

Now when someone leaves a will, it is necessary to prove that the person who made it is dead. The will goes into effect only after the person’s death. While the person who made it is still alive, the will cannot be put into effect. That is why even the first covenant was put into effect with the blood of an animal. For after Moses had read each of God’s commandments to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, along with water, and sprinkled both the book of God’s law and all the people, using hyssop branches and scarlet wool. Then he said, “This blood confirms the covenant God has made with you.”

And in the same way, he sprinkled blood on the Tabernacle and on everything used for worship. In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness. That is why the Tabernacle and everything in it, which were copies of things in heaven, had to be purified by the blood of animals. But the real things in heaven had to be purified with far better sacrifices than the blood of animals.

For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with human hands, which was only a copy of the true one in heaven. He entered into heaven itself to appear now before God on our behalf. And he did not enter heaven to offer himself again and again, like the high priest here on earth who enters the Most Holy Place year after year with the blood of an animal.

If that had been necessary, Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the age to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice. And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people.

He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.

Hebrews 9:11-28 NLT
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God Promises – Day 3

That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Romans 10:9, 10 NKJV

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Every Season Is A Celebration

“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” says the Lord.

Isaiah 46:4 NIV

Every Season Is A Celebration

Every season has a beauty all its own. From winter’s snowfall to the first buds of spring, summer-ripened strawberries to a canopy of fall colors, it’s hard to choose which season is best. Perhaps the fact that seasons change is one important aspect of their beauty. If you life became perpetual summer, chances are you’d lose some of your appreciation for sunny afternoons and long for a cooling breeze every now and again.

Like the natural world, your body experiences various seasons of life. But there’s one season most people want to hold on to dearly – youth. The problem is, seasons change and so do people. Trying to hold on to youth is like an apple tree trying to retain its beautiful spring blossoms. If its efforts did succeed, it would miss out on bearing fruit.

Your body is a impermanent dwelling place that God created for the real you to live in while you’re here on earth. But it’s temporary structure. The good news is that while your body is aging, the real you inside is maturing. It’s becoming more beautiful as the years pass by, God’s spirit and your life experience are rounding off some of your rough edges and polishing some of your finer points to an even more attractive finish.

Accepting and even learning to appreciate the process is one way to simplify your life. Trying to wear the same size your did in high school, keeping your hair from looking gray or creating the illusion that your skin is immune to wrinkles takes time, energy, and resources. It also encourages you to gauge some of your self-worth on your appearance, which gives other people’s opinions too much weight in your life. Keep in mind that every season you and your body are in – and revel in it – will make every time of your life more beautiful and less stressful

ONE FINAL THOUGHT

Every age has it own unique beauty and potential for growth.

Resources – Living Simply – Enjoying The Peace Of God – Renewing Minds Press

 

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Psalms 106:1-48

Psalm 106:1Psalms 106:1-48

Praise the Lord ! Give thanks to the Lord , for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Who can list the glorious miracles of the Lord ? Who can ever praise him enough? There is joy for those who deal justly with others and always do what is right.  

Remember me, Lord , when you show favor to your people; come near and rescue me. Let me share in the prosperity of your chosen ones. Let me rejoice in the joy of your people; let me praise you with those who are your heritage. Like our ancestors, we have sinned. We have done wrong! We have acted wickedly! Our ancestors in Egypt were not impressed by the Lord ’s miraculous deeds.  

They soon forgot his many acts of kindness to them. Instead, they rebelled against him at the Red Sea. Even so, he saved them— to defend the honor of his name and to demonstrate his mighty power. He commanded the Red Sea to dry up. He led Israel across the sea as if it were a desert. So he rescued them from their enemies and redeemed them from their foes. Then the water returned and covered their enemies; not one of them survived.  

Then his people believed his promises. Then they sang his praise. Yet how quickly they forgot what he had done! They wouldn’t wait for his counsel! In the wilderness their desires ran wild, testing God’s patience in that dry wasteland. So he gave them what they asked for, but he sent a plague along with it. The people in the camp were jealous of Moses and envious of Aaron, the Lord ’s holy priest.  

Because of this, the earth opened up; it swallowed Dathan and buried Abiram and the other rebels. Fire fell upon their followers; a flame consumed the wicked. The people made a calf at Mount Sinai ; they bowed before an image made of gold. They traded their glorious God for a statue of a grass-eating bull. They forgot God, their savior, who had done such great things in Egypt— such wonderful things in the land of Ham, such awesome deeds at the Red Sea. So he declared he would destroy them.  

But Moses, his chosen one, stepped between the Lord and the people. He begged him to turn from his anger and not destroy them. The people refused to enter the pleasant land, for they wouldn’t believe his promise to care for them. Instead, they grumbled in their tents and refused to obey the Lord . Therefore, he solemnly swore that he would kill them in the wilderness, that he would scatter their descendants among the nations, exiling them to distant lands. Then our ancestors joined in the worship of Baal at Peor; they even ate sacrifices offered to the dead!  

They angered the Lord with all these things, so a plague broke out among them. But Phinehas had the courage to intervene, and the plague was stopped. So he has been regarded as a righteous man ever since that time. At Meribah, too, they angered the Lord , causing Moses serious trouble. They made Moses angry, and he spoke foolishly. Israel failed to destroy the nations in the land, as the Lord had commanded them. Instead, they mingled among the pagans and adopted their evil customs.  

They worshiped their idols, which led to their downfall. They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons. They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters. By sacrificing them to the idols of Canaan, they polluted the land with murder. They defiled themselves by their evil deeds, and their love of idols was adultery in the Lord ’s sight. That is why the Lord ’s anger burned against his people, and he abhorred his own special possession.  

He handed them over to pagan nations, and they were ruled by those who hated them. Their enemies crushed them and brought them under their cruel power. Again and again he rescued them, but they chose to rebel against him, and they were finally destroyed by their sin. Even so, he pitied them in their distress and listened to their cries.  

He remembered his covenant with them and relented because of his unfailing love. He even caused their captors to treat them with kindness.  

Save us, O  Lord our God! Gather us back from among the nations, so we can thank your holy name and rejoice and praise you.  

Praise the Lord , the God of Israel, who lives from everlasting to everlasting! Let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the Lord !

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Psalm 119:11

Psalm 119:11I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

Psalms 119:11