Do What I Preach? Or What I Really Really Want To Do When No One Is Looking

choices-1.jpgAs soon as I write something, the opportunity to go against it arises.

Here I sit, having just written an article in which I prayed that all I want to do is honor, glorify and please God. Yet what is going on right now? I am staring at my computer screen scared to make a move because a habitual sin that I struggle with is weighing heavy on my heart. My mind is flooded with thoughts and temptations.

There was a time when just sitting still was good enough. There are people who would even clap that I sat still and did not do anything foolish. 1 Corinthians 9:12 tells us “Even though things are legal doesn’t make them spiritually acceptable.”

In my original post I was sharing about manipulating circumstances so I could get more money even if it meant giving up a God honoring project that could help many.

This time, however, I have an obsession to act on my own, willfully. I have several reasons not to act on these thoughts. And no good reason to carry these thoughts out. You would think it is a no-brainer. But, alas, it feels like torment sitting here trying to do the right thing and not take action.

The people who will not make it into the kingdom of God have not always committed what we think are BIG sins. Look at these lists and think carefully about the sins underlined.

1 Cor 6:9-10 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were.

Gal 5:19-21 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Eph 5:3-6 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No sexually immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.

Rev. 22:12-16 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

When is the last time we thought a liar was going to hell? Or what about a gossiper? Someone who tells raunchy jokes?  See my point?

It doesn’t matter what the sin is. These lists were not meant to cover everything that keeps us from heaven. They are examples. And YES, Jesus paid the price, so we are forgiven. But what do you think willfully doing these sins does to God’s heart?

What if you are in a monogamous relationship where both of you have agreed and promised to work through everything and never let it lead to divorce. Then one of you, willfully, goes out and has an affair. I mean, after all, you both agreed to work through EVERYTHING and not divorce. Does that hurt your partner (the one who will have to forgive you) any less?

James 4:17 “Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.”

UGH! There is no way around this truth. Justifications do not work here. Either we believe the truth and extent of the scriptures or we do not.

So right now I ask in Jesus’ name that my mind be protected. I pray for peace beyond understanding. I pray for the freedom to enjoy the rest of the night. Amen

Until Next Time~
Blessings, Kate

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Is This Opportunity Really From God?

direction 1Has an offer ever come into your life, that a first, seemed like a good deal, but upon reflection, it would mean being flexible in ways that aren’t against the law but aren’t exactly Holy either?

I know there are many opportunities that get mistaken as gifts from God. But not every seemingly good gift is from God.

One clue is the check we get in our spirit from THE Holy Spirit. It lets us know pretty quickly when something is off.

Recently, there came to me and opportunity to house sit and make some good money. Sounded great…an answer to prayer for more cash right now. But something felt wrong about it. As I reflected more on it, I suddenly realized the time frame would cover an important project I was heading up.

But I wasn’t convinced yet that it couldn’t still work. My mind justified house sitting by 1) the fact that the flyers, for my project, weren’t done yet; and 2) no one had signed up to help me. Therefore, it would be easy to cancel at this point.

All that was true.
I could also come up with several excuses (lies) that were partially true, to reason my way out with my co-workers.

Figuring that was wrong, my mind came up with a way to do the 2-day project, at the expense of others, not involved, going out of their way for me.

All this time that I am trying to figure out a way to make more money, and also be faithful to my commitment, I am still ignoring a fact that I shouldn’t leave the house unattended for a couple good reasons made clear to me …But who would know? Right?

STOP THE MADNESS

There is a verse in the Bible, 1 Corinthians 9:12a, which states” you say, ‘I am allowed to do anything’ but not everything is good for you.”  In the Message translation this verse reads “Just because something is technically legal doesn’t mean that it is spiritually appropriate. If I went around doing whatever I thought I could get away with, I’d be a slave to my whims.”

This verse snaps me back into right thinking.

The truth is, spinning my wheels on how to do both things was all for selfish gain. And trying to get out of a project that would bring glory to God, is just wrong (especially if it is just to make money on the side) when dozens of people could be helped.

Sure, my first insight was that this was a gift from God. But another way to look at it is that it was a distraction, from the enemy, to get my mind off what would glorify God—and onto what would please me alone.

God’s will does not require manipulations of people, situations, and obligations.

Oh Lord~

At the end of the day what I want most is to bring you honor. Sometimes that means I will have to pass up on my whims and self-centered wants and preferences. Many distractions come in nice shiny packages. The enemy is no fool. He knows our wants and needs and tempts us accordingly.

Keep me faithful. May my standard be to honor you without bending YOUR morals and ethics. Help me be strong during temptation because ultimately, I want to glorify & please you. Help me remember that not every seemingly good gift is from you.

Amen

Until Next time~
Blessings, Kate

WORDS OF FAITH: If you look back, you’ll GO back

Today I want to share a REALLY good blog  post with interesting information on Sarah who looked back and what that means for us in real time today.

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Lord, I am afraid

This is a beautiful original modern day Psalm… and example of how we should turn things over to God and reverence Him when things don’t go as planned.
I hope you enjoy.
Until Next Time~
Blessings, Kate

MUSINGS & ROSES

“For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

Zephaniah‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I am afraid of what the future holds. How life will unfold months to come, heck!, I have not the slightest clue what will happen the next minute.

Things are not going as I have planned. I have hit a rough patch and stones of diverse adversity are hurled at me from different directions. I am unsure whether it is a chapter in my story I have to relive but I am going to trust you regardless to write a glorious ending.

Lord, I am afraid, I crave stability, I long for peace and seek clarity. Where do I go from here? What do I do next? I…

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Sunday Reflections Hymn: Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Refrain:

Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;

Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

 

O how sweet to walk, In this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
O how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Refrain

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Refrain

published in 1887  by Anthony J. Showalter ,  lyrics by Showalter and Elisha Hoffman

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Praying For God’s Presence to Come Down

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Isaiah 64 New Living Translation (NLT)

64 Oh, that you would burst from the heavens and come down!
How the mountains would quake in your presence!

As fire causes wood to burn
and water to boil,
your coming would make the nations tremble.
Then your enemies would learn the reason for your fame!

When you came down long ago,
you did awesome deeds beyond our highest expectations.
And oh, how the mountains quaked!

For since the world began,
no ear has heard
and no eye has seen a God like you,
who works for those who wait for him!

You welcome those who gladly do good
who follow godly ways.

 

Until Next Time~
Blessings, Kate

 

WHY DON’T I FEEL AS CLOSE TO GOD AS OTHER PEOPLE DO?

This is a great post that changed my outlook today.  Discipline is what carries us through in obedience when our emotions rebel. Are we devoted to bring God glory in our day today?

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