Follow Christ vs Follow the World!

How hard is it to walk with God when the world keeps tugging at you through temptations? This Psalm emphasizes the difference between those of us who follow Christ and those of us who follow the world. He says a person who delights in the Bible, who finds a joy and peace in following Christ is blessed. The author of this Psalm compares a follower of Christ to a tree to illustrate his point further. While being a follower of the world takes away life, becoming a Christ follower will make you prosper. YouVersion

“Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭1‬:‭1‬-‭3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
https://bible.com/bible/114/psa.1.1-3.NKJV

A clean slate, having a fresh start!

This article was posted on Facebook today by a friend. People say, “ I wish I could live my life over, to have a fresh start.” That is what God promises us when we give our life to him. We are spiritually born again. God wipes the slate clean, never to be remembered again.

Sometimes I don’t think we realize the importance of getting that fresh start – without baggage and expectations and past stumbles – placed on us and our kids and others.

Because it is so easy to judge.

It is so easy to think that others are going to do the same thing again. Or to get frustrated. Or to set the bar low.

It is so easy to do that to ourselves as well. To remember the mess ups or hard days and challenging moments and to forget to give ourself a clean slate.

Not just in the morning.

But now.

Right now.

Because I know there are so many of you who might feel stuck in old stories and are looking for that breath of hope and newness. Or maybe you’re still thinking about yesterday and are carrying it today.

So wipe it clean.

Erase those negative thoughts and worries and fears and allow yourself the grace and freedom to try again.

Try again.

Believe in you.

Give yourself the grace you’d give others.

Because I believe those words from my favorite quote – fall seven times, stand up eight. Instead of looking at the falls and negatives – look at it as trying, showing up, living.

The quote doesn’t end on falling – it’s ends with more times standing. And it’s courage to stand again, to try again, to give yourself a fresh start.

Keep standing, my friend.

And bless those around you with that clean slate too.

1 John 1:9. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

“Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away.”
‭‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭3‬:‭19‬ ‭NLT‬‬
https://bible.com/bible/116/act.3.19.NLT

At the right time, the Lord will make it happen!

When we all get to heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be. When we all see Jesus, we will sing and shout the victories 🎵🎶😇

“No longer will you need the sun to shine by day, nor the moon to give its light by night, for the Lord your God will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun will never set; your moon will not go down. For the Lord will be your everlasting light. Your days of mourning will come to an end. All your people will be righteous. They will possess their land forever, for I will plant them there with my own hands in order to bring myself glory. The smallest family will become a thousand people, and the tiniest group will become a mighty nation. At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen.””
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭60:19-22‬ ‭NLT‬‬
https://www.bible.com/116/isa.60.19-22.nlt

Our Heavenly Father!

“Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! The Lord gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly. He revealed his character to Moses and his deeds to the people of Israel. The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭103:1-13‬ ‭NLT‬‬
https://bible.com/bible/116/psa.103.1-13.NLT

As I read this passage in the Bible tonight, my heart was overwhelmed with love and gratefulness for everything God has done in my life. He loves us unconditionally.

Made Strong in your Weakness Through Christ!

How can ten simple words be so powerful?

When you believe in Jesus Christ and surrender your life to him. You know whatever challenges life throws your way, God is with you and will give you his strength to endure.

Most of you know, I have been going through some medical issues but I claim this promise;“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isa. 40:31).

Praise God. He is renewing my strength daily. Dependence on God is not a weakness it is the power and strength to allow God to work through us. As the word of God says.

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: And I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭23‬:‭1‬-‭6‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://bible.com/bible/1/psa.23.1-6.KJV