Jeremiah 29:11

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Pathetic Truth

That truth is how wicked I am.  As I was reading my Bible this morning, I had many different thoughts go through my head, but there were a couple that were in there that were not good at all.

Seriously???  While I am reading my Bible I can’t even focus on doing right?

God says in Romans 7:21, I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

The truth of the matter is, I am living in a fallen world and evil is everywhere, even in me.  I am “nice” or “good” sometimes, but really it is in there.  In that chapter, just a couple verses above that last one is, Romams 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.  Should I then be surprised by the fact I can’t even read my Bible without having mean or even wicked thoughts?  No, no I shouldn't. 

I don’t like it. at. all.  But it is who we are. Who I am.

After I was done with the passages I was reading I started to pray.  I prayed today for my family, but mostly I just asked for forgiveness for not even being able to get through my Bible without “being right”.

And ya know what?? He knows. I know it too. 

But do you know what is even better than realizing (again) how awful I am?

These verses in Romans 8
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 
10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 
11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you

As simple as it is, I have God dwelling in me.  Yes, I have wickedness in my flesh, but glory to God, Jesus has overcome all of this!!

Stop today and read Romans 7 and 8 and realize that we aren't good but again the WHOLE point is:

WE NEED JESUS every day, every hour, every minute!

That’s just how it works. 

So, lets not beat ourselves up for failing, but rejoice in Jesus like we should because that is really all that matters.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

An Ordinary Triumph

So yesterday began day one of "triumphant", and well, nothing happened yesterday and I snapped at my daughter. And, of course, by "nothing happened" I mean I had an ordinary day at home and well, life in its everyday state is less than a triumph; and by "snapped" I mean, I sinned and tried to justify it.  So, naturally after that, I thought "triumphant, really? I am doing a great job so far!"  

But here is the focus, if I could be all that and succeed at being a great person then I wouldn't need Jesus. My goal of the word isn't for me to be triumphant so to speak but realize the blessing of trusting the One who already is triumphant. As the saying goes, I've read the end of the Book and I know how it ends. 

The bible clearly states that we are MORE than conquerors! But I have to tell you, on most days I feel like someone who has barely survived a battle. Not that my life is a war zone, as I have stated before I have a relatively calm, easy going life. But we all have that internal battle, some more than others but nevertheless it is there. 

So although I failed yesterday when I snapped at my daughter, the realization that the one event does not define my year already and I shouldn't give up is exactly my word, triumphant. Any time we overcome an obstacle whether big or small and truly accept the free gift of God of forgiveness, that exactly, right there, is a moment of triumph!!! 

I am not seeking fame or fortune as my triumph; I honestly couldn't care less about that. But my triumph yesterday was just realizing who He is and who I am... A person that is going to fail daily at being anything close to triumphant but still has that victory because God is good! 

So rather than throw in the towel and say this word for the year is stupid anyway. I am going to use my failure to see God's goodness instead. 

So, what about you? When you think about something that happened which was a less than perfect reaction, are your thoughts going to be:

Failure-yep, I never _______


Triumphant: thank you Jesus for doing what only you could do and making me triumphant in what matters most, the realization of how much you are needed.