Little Accidents ?

Listen children to your Father’s instructions, and pay attention in order to gain understanding (Prov 4:1).

I used to really enjoy watching Bob Ross, the soft-talking TV artist whose words flowed with wisdom and comfort as he painted “happy little trees.” Whenever he dripped or blobbed on the canvas, he’d say, “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”

As believers, our mistakes can be defined as acting outside the will of God, and truth be told, those happy little accidents can sometimes have devastating consequences that we can’t undo or fix.

But God can! His plans are still being accomplished and He can still use us in them. The first step is to acknowledge them, not try to cover up or justify. And just like any loving parent, God teaches us through our mistakes as we grow more and more in the image of His perfect Son.

Then He taught me and said to me, “Take hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commandments and you will live (Prov 4:4).

 

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Every Thought Captive

We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Cor 10:5).

We may feel self-satisfaction when we avoid an unrighteous act, but ungodliness isn’t limited to our actions. We talked before about the power of our words and the importance of replacing words of deceit and lies with the life giving truth of God’s word. But the third area that the enemy attacks is the most vulnerable—our thoughts.

Just as the brain controls the body, the mind is the control center for the soul. Sinful, untrue, or even just negative thoughts can affect our emotions, motivations, and persuasions. If we allow unrighteous thoughts to run rampant, our conscience can become hardened, causing us to speak and even act ungodly or sinfully.

If unrighteous, sinful thoughts of anger, vengeance, pride, covetousness…enter our minds, it is vital that we do not allow ourselves the pleasure of entertaining them. Time to place those thoughts in captivity by surrounding them with God’s powerful words of life and truth.

More than Conquerors

You are so valuable that the Creator of the universe and the ruler of darkness of this world battle for you every day!! Although it is spiritual, it is still very real. Just turn on the news and you’ll see it clearly displayed. The weapons are lies and deceit vs. faith and truth.

The most powerful weapon is the word of God—speaking it, absorbing it in our heart, living it. God’s own Son battled the enemy on the mountain, not by His Godly power, but by quoting scripture, the same ammunition that is at our disposal too. It can be used defensively when we’re attacked, or offensively to fortify our heart.

I have included scriptures at the end of this entry as the start of an arsenal to repeat and claim. They’re not magical, but they are powerful:

I can’t ______………..I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength(Phil 4:13).

My life is insignificant…… I am chosen by God, holy and dearly loved (Col 3:12). He has created me anew in Christ Jesus, so I can do all the good things He planned for me long ago (Eph 2:10).

God could never forgive my past… I am washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God (1 Cor 6:11).

I am afraid… When I am afraid, I put my trust in you (Psalm 56:3).

If only I was _______….I am God’s masterpiece(Eph 2:10).
Many of these were already paired by Pricilla Shirer and Nancy DeMoss, but the most meaningful are the ones we find ourselves, those that jump off the page at the exact time when we need them.

Choose Peace

 

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid (John 14:27).

God gives us choices and a most important one is whether or not we choose to trust Him. A troubled heart is a consequence of lack of trust. It’s a perfect description of the absence of inner peace. When my heart is uneasy, it can be traced back to relying on my own strength or reasoning without seeking God first.

Jesus left us with the gift of peace of mind and heart unlike any that we can acquire from any other source on earth. Choosing to trust Him, is putting our trust in the Prince of Peace, who’s waiting patiently for us to reach out to Him, to grab on to that lifeline, and give a sigh of relief from all anxiety.

Choose to trust and let not your heart be troubled.

The Mission Field

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses …to the ends of the earth (Acts1:8)

In the past month I have been in three different churches in two different states and the message has been the same encouragement. Our ministry is right where we are.

I once read of a church that had the following sign above the exit—“You are now entering the mission field.” What a great reminder that we do not need to go to Belize or Haiti to serve as a missionary, but to be a witness for Jesus Christ wherever God puts us. And unless we’re resisting His prompting, He has us right where He wants us.
There are so many people in our path everyday, and they all need Jesus. Like one pastor said, “So, Church, break out of the huddle, and let’s head out into the world.”

The Secret Place continued

 

But when you pray, go into your room, shut the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you (Matt 6:6).

Since some of you read this directly from your email, you may have missed this awesome comment from a dear friend definitely worth sharing:

This passage is so dear to me! Prayer is the one SECRET place where we don’t have to HIDE. We can come to the love Father– to the One who sees ALL things, and be able to expose all our shame and guilt and fear and poverty and and sin and wretchedness and brokenness and blindness and be completely naked before Him… and still be bathed and received into eternal Love.

The Secret Place

 

But when you pray, go into your room, shut the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you (Matt 6:6).

God always seems to know exactly what I need to work on at just the right time. To me, the room in this verse isn’t Miss Clara’s prayer closet, but an area in my mind. It’s the place where the Father and I meet to commune. But even when I’m the one talking, another room in my mind is off somewhere else. I might be replaying a past event, or rehearsing how I’m going to respond to someone, or going over my to-do list (can a to-do list be an idol, a false god?).

I know this verse may have a totally unrelated message for someone else–that’s the beauty of God’s word, but today this is how God spoke to me.

I may need a bank vault size door, but to focus directly on the Father solely is worth every second.