Holding a Grudge

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Holding a grudge clutters the soul with bitterness.

Living hurt or nursing regret doesn’t help you live in wholeness today.  It keeps you living wounded.

Forgiveness is vital to your soul and it is a journey Jesus wants to walk you through.

It is vital because you are valuable.

Jesus spoke about this to the crowd that followed Him up a mountain:

“Here’s another old saying that deserves a second look: ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.’ Is that going to get us anywhere? Here’s what I propose: ‘Don’t hit back at all.’ If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it.

And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff.  Live generously.

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:38-42‬ ‭MSG‬‬

God doesn’t deny that bad things happen or that people will take advantage of you but He also doesn’t abandon you to it either.

Jesus is saying that when someone takes advantage of you, give them what you have and move on with your life.  Let it go.  Forgive them.  Ask God to bless them.

In this way, you will be living in the abundance of God’s love instead of the famine of your past hurts.

You are not meant to carry the heavy load of resentment and regret.

What resentment or regret is weighing you down?

What grudge is poisoning your soul?

Bring them all to Jesus and lay each one at the foot of the cross. Then, take a deep breath and allow Him to fill the newly evacuated space with the cleansing power of His love.

 

 

There

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“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”

Psalm 139:7-10 NIV

No matter where you are – God is with you.

He is there in the light and joyous seasons as well as the heavy and dark ones.

He is there when everything falls apart and there when everything comes together.

He is there when everything suddenly changes to bring encouragement, strength, direction, peace, and joy drawn from the unchangeable depths of grace that you will never be able to exhaust.

Wherever you are, God is with you.

 

 

 

Your why

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We justify our actions by appearances; GOD examines our motives.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭21:2‬ ‭MSG‬‬
Your motives are the “why” behind the “what” of your life.
When you are soul drained, the simplest tasks can begin to feel like heavy burdens.  You slip into autopilot and just go through the motions.  Your “why” is to survive, to make it through one more day.
Survival is a good “why” to make it through hard things but it is not meant to be your permanent state of being.
God has more for you today.
He is the God of inside workings, attitude makeovers, perspective shifters. He is the forgiving God, the wipe the slate clean and start over God. He is the miracle-making God, creating something out of nothing God with just one word from His mouth.
Your Heavenly Father created you in love, to love and to be loved. God so loved you that He sent His Son as a sacrifice to restore you to Himself.  He did not do it out of duty, He did it out of love. He does not live out of duty but out of love and wants the same for you.
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:16‬ ‭NIV
When your why comes from love it feeds your spirit and invigorates your soul. Duty devoid of it drains it.
May the God of the inside workings give your attitude a makeover from duty doer to lit up lover.  May the forgiving God wipe clean the slate of the past and help you start over today.  May the miracle making God, create something out of nothing and fill you so full of His love that it overflows onto those around you.
Are you living in survival mode or love mode? 
What’s your why today?

Focused

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“…worship opens doors to all His goodness.”
Psalms 34:9b MSG
Delighted.
Thankful.
Blessed. 
Disgruntled.
Bitter.
Disappointed.
Fearful.
Anxious.
Worried.
What you focus on, fills you. 
Worship lifts your eyes to heaven and opens your heart to be filled with it.
Worship puts everything in perspective next to the glory of Almighty God.
And today,  we pause to adore Him.
To delight in His love.
To be thankful for His journey from heaven to earth.
To acknowledge His gift- himself to us, for us.
To live blessed.
May every breath during this season be one of worship, thanksgiving and adoration to the King of kings and Lord of lords for coming to us as a baby to redeem us for Himself.
You are LOVED. Focus on that, focus on Him.

Answers 

  
It is a desperate prayer murmured from hurting lips, “Jesus, help me”.

It is a tear-filled prayer sobbed from a broken heart, “Jesus, help me”.

It is a violent prayer ripped from the angry soul unable to hold back the venom of hatred pouring out, “Jesus, help me.”

It is a silent prayer offered with no hope of an answer, “Jesus, help me”

“I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.” (Psalms 34:4 NLT)

God answers every prayer.
Not always in the way we want Him to.
Not always in the way we expect Him to.
Not always as fast as we think He should, but He always answers. 

His answers are framed with the  cross,
steeped in the sacrifice of His beloved son and saturated in His grace.

When you pray, you can know God answers.

Not because you demand it, claim it or even need it. He answers because He is sovereign, He is good, and because He chose to be in relationship with you.

If you are worth the sacrifice of His Son, why do you doubt that you are worth an answer?

You are loved.
Pray, however you must.
Let go of control and trust Him. 

Into the Storm

  

When Jesus walked to edge of the water, he was alone.

He had started the day with the news that his cousin had been murdered. Instead of being able to slip away quietly to deal with it, he had been surrounded by people all day. Hurting people, hungry people, lost people, loved people. Over 20,000 people sought him out to hear the heaven’s words, feel God’s power, be healed by his touch. And he spoke, touched, healed, restored. Then, instead of sending them away hungry- he blessed and broke 5 loaves and two fish to feed them all until they were full.

But now he was alone.

He had climbed alone to an isolated place in the mountains so he could lay himself before his Father. Now, in the early hours of the morning, he stood alone on the shore. He looked out at the sea and knew his friends were out there on a boat. The wind had kicked up, the waves were not gentle.

It didn’t matter what the waves looked like. It didn’t matter how late it was. All that mattered was that there was somewhere he needed to get to and it happened to be on the other side of the sea.

So he took a step, then another and just kept walking into the storm on top of the water.*

“If God brings you to it, he will bring you through it”.
– Unknown

Jesus knows how to walk into a storm.

To do the impossible.

He knows where you are at and what you face.

He faced the storm alone but you don’t have to.

He will never leave you or forsake you, especially in the storm.


“We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all-all but the sin.

So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help”. (Hebrews 4:15, 16 MSG)

You may be standing on the shore, looking at the rough sea and wondering what to do.

Ask for help and take the next step right into it with Jesus by your side.

*Matt. 14