Things I Need To Do

by Steve Countryman 

It seems as I get older I need “to do lists”. Notes and reminders of things I need to do. I’ve made these lists in years past at work because they have always been very helpful. But now a new problem has risen with my lists, I can’t find them. I get started on the list, notes on phone calls I need to return, things I need to order, special requests, specific things that I need to address but the notes end up disappearing.

I find that I catch myself quite often during prayer saying and reminding myself of things I need to do in my walk. At one point I my “sin stumbling”, (failure to stay on God’s path), was occurring so often that my prayers always included “and help me Lord not to do sinful foolish things today”. I felt that if I could get through the day without stumbling into sin then I had survived in victory.

After going through this day after day and hearing my prayers spoken out loud it dawned on me that my prayers were inadequate. That my daily prayers for victory of being spared more humiliation of sinning and disgracing myself before my God were too short sighted. God didn’t choose me before time began for this time and place just to “survive” the day without sin stumbling. That my prayers were being too focused on my failures and a waste of time. God had bigger plans for me and it was time for me to surrender those failures over to Him to handle. To trust my Lord to take care of me and my failures.

I had been stuck in a rut of praying that was unfruitful, self-centered, selfish and had very limited vision. I became very upset at my own prayers that left others out of them. I hated hearing them repeated over and over again about my failures. Like I wasn’t praying so much for help as I was declaring my failures out loud in them every day.

The dumb thing was I found myself asking for help and guidance that God had already given me. The victory, the strategy, the righteous plans, the helpful routines had already been provided for me, I had just forgot to implement them on a consistent basis. Once I did the victory that He had placed in my hand was easier for me to hold on to.

So I do have things that I need to do in my daily walk. To spend time with my Lord in prayer and in His Word. To listen to the guidance and heed the nudging of the wonderful Holy Spirit. To remind myself of ALL God’s blessings in my life. Not to assume that the people that I run in to, come across, show up in my dreams or pop into my head are there by happenstance but by heavenly design. I don’t need to know the specifics of their needs or problems they’re facing to pray for them.

To bless others in different ways, to pray for them, to listen to their needs/problems, to help, to care and to show and share with them God’s love; it’s what we Christians were put here to do!

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Our Father

 – Michael Edwards

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name Matt 6:9b ESV

Our Father is an awesome God. Take some time to get to know his heart better today.

God has many descriptive names in the Bible. Here are just a few and what they mean for his children.

Yahweh-Tsidkenu – The LORD Our Righteousness – He Makes Us Righteous –Jer 23:6

Yahweh-M’Kaddesh – The Lord Our Sanctification  He Makes Us Holy – Lev 20:8

Yahweh-Shalom – The LORD Our Peace – Judges 6:24

Yahweh-Raah – The LORD Our Shepherd – Psalm 23

Yahweh-Rapha – The LORD Our Healer– Exodus 15:26

Yahweh-Yireh – The LORD Our Provider – Genesis 22:14

Best name of all, Jesus sacrifice for our sins, and resurrection for our justification, made it possible for us to call God our Abba, Father, Daddy, Papa.

Abba – The Lord Our Father, Daddy, Papa – Mark 14:36Romans 8:15Galatians 4:6

Strong’s 5: Abbá – “Father,” also used as the term of tender endearment by a beloved child – i.e. in an affectionate, dependent relationship with their father, “daddy,” “papa.”

In Jesus high priestly prayer, he tells us that our Father loves us as much as he loves Jesus himself.

I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. John 17:23 NLT

Your Father wants a close intimate relationship with you. Come closer to his heart today, resting in him.

Happy Father’s Day Dad!

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First Love

~ C D Swanson

We love him, because he first loved us. John 4:19 KJV

It’s a grand thing love. Love and all it encompasses is glorious, and joyful. It can also bring pain, or disappointment. The ups, and downs of love, are at best, a lifelong journey.

The aspects of love show in various relationships, through parents, family, friends, co-workers, so on and so on. If asked the question, “who loved you first?” –most individuals would say, “My parents” But think about it. Who loved us first?

The answer should jump out with clarity— GOD!

He was the One who knew us before we were in our mom’s womb!

He was the One who knew us from the beginning, before we were born!

He was the One who loved us from the start!

He was the One who gave His only begotten Son for us!

Now that is LOVE!

Take a moment to think about that. The Father, our LORD, our One and Only, forever and always…loved US FIRST! And the best part about it is…He’s never left our side since the beginning of time to this very moment, and He NEVER will.

As Jesus told us so beautifully in Matthew 28:20, “And, lo…I am with you always, even until the end of the world.” He is ever faithful, and He’s never deserted us. He never disappoints. Sure, maybe at times a prayer isn’t answered “according to our time” — but it will be answered according to HIS TIME.

His time is perfect. He is perfect. He is our first love then, now… always.

WOW! To be loved by our Father…what a feeling!

“Father, I pray for those who aren’t aware of Your love that they come to know You, in Jesus’ name, Amen.”

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SOW WONDERFUL

SOW WONDERFUL– by Stephanie M. White

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.  The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Galatians 6:7-8 NIV

Don’t be deceived – don’t believe something that isn’t true.  God cannot be mocked – God’s Word is absolute truth.  If God told us that our sins are under the blood, then they’re under the blood!   The Bible tells us that there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ.  A life of “crime and punishment”  isn’t God’s plan for us; therefore, reprisal cannot be the topic here in Galatians.  If God isn’t referring to payback, then to what is He referring?

We can sow one of two ways – to the Spirit or the flesh.  We choose to plant seeds of the Word or seeds of the flesh, but we must remember that the seeds we choose will bring forth fruit.  If we’re abiding in the Word, then the Word will bring forth Spiritual fruit.  The opposite is also true – the flesh will give birth to flesh.  We must understand why we’re reaping the fruit we’re reaping.  We must stop believing that God is punishing us and we must realize that we’re only hurting ourselves by choosing to plant seeds of the flesh.

When the fruit of the flesh is evident in our lives, we must understand why.  Fruit is only as good as the seed that was planted.  If you don’t like your harvest, then change your seed!  You can begin to plant the Word today, and you can look forward to a Spiritual harvest!

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Beyond Me

Written By: Steve Countryman

It is a realization that has taken me years just to begin to grasp. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” The NEW me is far beyond the old me and far beyond me! For it is not about me, it is not about my life or what I feel or experience but it is totally about who Jesus is in and through me. It is about what He does through me His vessel that blows me away.

Just dealing with the daily struggles and troubles is beyond me. When I try to deal with it on my own I end up in a pit with my shovel in hand just digging my hole deeper. Instead of making any headway I find that with my very best effort all I have accomplished is a deeper hole with no way out. Realizing that ALL of my troubles are one way or another my own fault and it’s beyond me to remedy. One thing I have found to be very true is that on my own I am very good at making things worse.

Leaning on my own understanding is an act of foolishness. It is stating that “I can fix this without any help from anyone including God”, how totally STUPID! As a new creation I have found that the more I know God the more He is beyond me. God is beyond my understanding, beyond my knowledge, beyond my wisdom, beyond my comprehension, beyond my reasoning, beyond my common sense and beyond my grasp of what pure love is.

What I also came to know is the very best for me is found in His hands. For God’s ways are beyond me, beyond my abilities, beyond my capabilities, beyond my natural vision, beyond my feelings, beyond my reality, beyond my experiences, beyond my past, beyond my failures, flaws, faults and beyond my mistakes.

These scriptures best describes the meaning of “Beyond Me”… 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 9”But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

It isn’t being a “Super Christian” when the Holy Spirit moves through you just like you cannot boast or take credit for what God does through you! It was ALL God that moved mightily through you for you were only His chosen vessel. Just as a musical instrument cannot take credit for the music that comes out it but is only the instrument used to make the music. To the artist is the glory given and to God is ALL glory due!

So when problems, troubles, trials and tribulations surround you and are beyond you just take it the Master who knows how to “fix” ALL your needs! Then just praise and thank Him for His wonderful grace is sufficient for you!

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Prayer Life

 – Karen Pourbabaee

“Pray without ceasing.” I Thessalonians 5:17 NAS

As believers, we’re all concerned with prayer. When’s the best time to pray? How should I pray? How long? Where? Am I praying enough? Can I ever be holy if I don’t pray that proverbial hour a day?

“Prayer is conversation with God.” (St. Clement) Anytime or anywhere we talk with God, we’re praying. Not just during morning devotions, but at our work desks, while driving, or singing. At the kitchen sink or stove, as well as at church. Conversation is a dialogue involving listening, too. Wherever we listen and hear God’s voice is a place of prayer. In the voice of a friend, or even a child. Perhaps in the lyrics of a song, amidst nature’s beauty, or in a Bible study group. Studying scripture is listening to the Living Word and communing with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth; that, too, is prayer. God sprinkles our ordinary lives with prayer.

Let’s broaden our concept of prayer; it doesn’t cease when our voices do. “The life of prayer is the habit of being in the presence of the thrice-holy God and in communion with Him.” (CCC2565) Merely being in His presence is prayer. Surely during quiet study or contemplation and prayerful words, in total silence or the cascade of noisy tears. But also in His nearness during the ordinary moments of our days.

Conversation and communion are the elements of prayer life. More than something we do, but a way of being. Being attentive, being in His presence, being His child. The only way to “pray without ceasing.” This is the prayer life God desires for you.

Lord, help me to pray without ceasing, Amen

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Stolen Identity

by Steve Countryman 

John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”  It’s a good idea to know your enemy the “THIEF”.  He comes to steal, to rob you, to con you, to take away the truth from you, to strip you of your identity, who you are in Christ!

When you prayed the sinner’s prayer you became a new creature.  No longer a slave to sin but freedom through Jesus Christ and the shed blood at Calvary.  It is Father God who has given you your new identity.  For you are now identified with Jesus as a servant of the Lord, a bond slave of Christ and adopted into the royal family as a child of the King, the Most High God!

The devil starts by whispering lies to you to steal God’s truth.  He tries to get you to doubt God’s Word.  He steals the blessings of salvation and your deliverance by telling you that you can’t escape your past nor your past sins.  He tells you that you’re not worthy to be a child of God.  And each time you sin he shows up and tells you “see if you were a child of God then you wouldn’t have sinned.”  That’s one way He will rob you!

Satan will tell you anything to separate you from the Word of God and God’s truth.  He has spent millennia perfecting his lies and techniques.  He wants to destroy your walk with the Father and kill your hope.

The one thing that scares Satan the most is when a Christian realize who they are in Christ Jesus and who Christ Jesus is in them!  That is a Christian who he can’t scare off in fear or deceive by deception.  A Christian who is anchored in God’s Word and truth cannot be moved.  A Christian who knows the Masters voice walks in His ways and in His Word.

Satan wants to use your mistakes and your past to try to convince you of who you are not.  Your past is not who you are.  Your past does not dictate your future.  Your past does not control your actions.  Your past is there as a witness of who you are NOT!  Your past gives you reason to praise God for who you are not.  Your past testifies to the work of the Holy Spirit “changing you from glory to glory”.  Your past is not why you are here!

Genesis 1:27 “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”  All mankind is an enemy of Satan both saint and sinner alike for we have all been made in the image of God.  It drives Satan crazy when he looks at any human for we all resemble Jesus.

Jesus came so that you could have life and have it ABUNDANTLY!  His blessings abound here on earth over you daily.  Promises of protection, of divine health, of prosperity, of power and authority, of overflowing abundance.  So much blessing that you don’t have room enough for it so that you become spillers of His blessings.

As children of the Most High God we are here to affect and infect our surroundings for the kingdom of God everywhere we go every day!  For your identity is secured in Christ Jesus!

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