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Breastplate of Righteousness

armor1Breastplate of Righteousness

I’m so glad the breastplate of righteousness is not MY “righteousness”.  We are putting on the righteousness of Christ!

That being said, how do we do that?  When we surrender to Him as Savior and Lord, repenting of our sin, seeking His forgiveness and trusting Him for salvation, we are given His righteousness before God.  Therefore, when God sees us, He sees the righteousness of Christ!  Hallelujah!

Now, as a believer, it is our responsibility and privilege to live holy lives.  We do that by suiting up with the armor of God.  To protect our heart, we put on the breastplate of righteousness.  In other words, we remember Whose we are and we trust Him to lead us in His way.  He leads; we follow.

We no longer have to worry about our sin.  We only have to respond in obedience to the way the Holy Spirit leads us.  When we seek Jesus, knowing we are covered in His righteousness, we are bound to display the fruit of the Spirit.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.          Galatians 5:22-23 

 

When we remember to Whom we belong, the ole devil and those working with him, cannot change the fact that we are HIS.  We have HIS righteousness.  We are free from sin, free from our past, free from our failures and free from the hurtful words of others!

Today and everyday rest in the assurance that you have the righteousness of Christ as a believer. So, suit up!

The Armor  God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,          Ephesians 6:10-18

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The Throne of Grace

Hebrews 4-16

Wow!  I think this may be my new favorite verse!

You see, I am in NEED of mercy, grace and help from Christ right now as I am helping someone in need of mercy, grace and help. I don’t even know if that makes sense to anyone but me.

My mother used to tell me, “Be careful what you pray for – you just might get it!”  I’ve always thought that was a funny little saying and I have used it myself.  But for years now I have been praying for someone I love who has made some poor choices and is now reaping the consequences of those choices.

My prayer has been that God would send someone, in some way, to help this person get their life right with Him and get beyond the muck and mire they are in.  Well, it’s been six years and I am seeing Him answer that prayer!

But, as my pastor said, “Sometimes the way God chooses to answer our prayer is not how we expect.”  Sometimes God chooses to use you and those you love to be His hands and feet in the very thing you’ve been praying about!  Hence, “Be careful what you pray for – YOU just might get it!”

To clear the record – if I knew God would choose to use me and those I love to help this person find their way back to Christ and to walk the very difficult road on getting beyond the muck and mire they are in, I would still pray that prayer!

God is so merciful to us.  He lavished grace upon us.  How can we not do that for others? I have been guilty of thinking that I can serve Him by serving others and it be easy, neat and ‘clean’.  But in His mercy and grace Christ died a violent, bloody death separated from His Father (when God would not look on sin) to pay our sin debt so that we could experience God’s mercy and grace.

How naive’ I was to think you can ‘serve’ and ‘work’ for the kingdom and not get your hands ‘dirty’? Trust me, it has not been and is not easy being a “player” in the prayer I have so long prayed. But if one soul is reconciled to my God, my Savior, my LORD, Jesus Christ, IT. IS. SO. WORTH. IT!!!!

Hebrews 4-16.2

 

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Right All Along

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The older I get, the more I agree with this clip I saw on Facebook.  For the record, “OMG” in my book means “Oh My Goodness”.  Just needed to clear that up.

Isn’t it ironic how, even though our parents lived in a different era, they were right about most everything? Our pastor recently said that his mother told him growing up that people don’t change.  So true.  Even Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, said there is nothing new under the sun.

When my Mom would say, “Birds of a feather flock together.” She was right.  When she would say, “No, not everyone is doing it – because you’re not.”  She was right. God always has a remnant and I want to be counted in that, don’t you?  When she said someone was being mean because they were jealous, she was right.  We know the list could go on from here but I’ll not bore you with more. We get the point.

I can’t count the times I wish I could tell my parents, “Oh My Goodness, you were right!” I can recall many times that my parents would let me make my own mistakes.  Sometimes I would come to them and say, “Why didn’t you tell me?”  One time in particular my Mom just shook her head and said, “You wouldn’t have listened…”  I’m the last of seven children.  I got the impression she knew from experience that I probably wouldn’t have listened.

My Dad’s famous answer to “Why didn’t you tell me?” was “There’s no experience like bought experience.”  Oh, if I had a dime for all the ‘bought’ lessons…

While I would have to say that my parents were right about most everything, I must tell you that Jesus IS right about EVERYTHING.  So when He says not to do something, it’s for our good that we DON’T do it.  When He says to DO something, it’s for our good that we DO it.

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. I John 5:3

Do you ever feel like His commandments are burdensome?  I have.  But when I understand that His commands are for my good and His glory, the burden is lifted. When I am obedient to His will, His commands are not heavy.  When I trust that Jesus is ALWAYS RIGHT and I adjust to His Will, I don’t have to ask, “Why didn’t You tell me?” After all, He did tell us…

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Choose Life

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Life, as we know it, is fleeting.  The Bible tells us that – “life is but a vapor”- and the older I get the more I understand that truth.  We only have a certain number of days and none of us know how long that is.  So while you are here CHOOSE LIFE.

This past week, my husband and I looked at a piece of property.  Hence the waterfall above.  That waterfall is on the property in which we are looking.  Hearing the constant loud sound of the water rushing by was, well, soothing.

It reminded me of life.  There are some constant things about life, there are some loud things about life and there are some soothing things about life. But just like that waterfall is vibrant and flowing right now, it does die out in mid-summer.  It dries up for about two months out of the year.

Today, we are vibrant and flowing with life, so choose life.  Use this time to live to the fullest.  Jesus said He came to bring life and life to the full.  Don’t waste it!

Just as there are seasons in our world, there are seasons in life.  Some are hard, some are easy, some are sweet, some are bitter – a time for everything. In Christ we are overcomers.  We are victors!

Our family is entering a new season of life.  It’s hard to let go of the past, watch the present as it changes and know that the future will be vastly different than what I had thought it would be.  But I am choosing life!

I am choosing to forgive, to let go of hurts, to embrace a new season, to live vibrantly in the full life that Jesus has already paid for and given to us. Whatever the circumstances – whatever our perceptions – whatever…, we have a choice to make.  This day – choose.

Choose LIFE!

‘This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.’  Deuteronomy 30:19

Blessings! Wendy

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Flowers Fade

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That is a Tung Oil tree in my son’s yard.  I love the blooms it puts out!  They are pink and white and the tree is covered until the leaves come.  Then the flowers fall and fade away. As you can tell, the leaves are coming out. If you’ve ever seen my yard, you know I love flowers.  I try to have something blooming from spring through fall.

Blooms remind me of new life.  Every year I think I’m not going to plant ANYTHING ELSE.  And my husband whole heartedly agrees. But then spring comes and birds sing and blooms pop out AND I PLANT!  I just can’t seem to help it.  I really try to plant mostly in pots instead of the yard, but…well…let’s not go there.

I think God gave us four seasons (maybe not Louisiana) for a reason.  We tend to get bored with things, don’t we?  Just when you think you can’t take one more day of cold, dead winter, a little shoot of life pokes its head out of the ground or tree trunk.  Before you know it, spring is here and we are reminded how our great God makes all things new!

Throughout this year, as you enjoy God’s beautiful creation, think about what you see and how the grass withers and the flowers fade but one thing stands forever…The Word of God.

The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.           Isaiah 40:8

John 1 verse 1 tells us ” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  The ‘Word of our God stands forever’. John was talking about JESUS!

Well, HALLELUJAH!

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Be a Good You

goodyouI love this quote by Abraham Lincoln.  In today’s world many people are so busy trying to be like someone else that they forget God made them unique. We are all different.  I’m glad about that, aren’t you?

When my kids were little they would get so put out when someone “copied” them.  Of course, I would tell them that imitation is the highest form of flattery.  That only worked for so long. We all cherish our individuality, but yet we so want to be accepted and blend in too.

Less and less is it okay to blend in.  To live honorably with integrity is to stand out.  We are called as believers to be blameless – holy because our God is holy.  That makes for standing out in this day and time.

The quote from Abe isn’t necessarily about standing out, it’s about being the best you can.  Whatever you are- be a good one; male, female, husband, wife, business man, homemaker, father, mother, president, nanny, truck driver, nurse; and the list goes on.

If we are going to be “a good one”, we need to remember…

 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.  Colossians 3:17

I think that’s what Abe was talking about.  If we live according to Jesus’ teachings we will be our best self because we’ll be doing everything in the name of Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father!

Blessings ~ W

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Every Gesture Matters

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I often find that my intentions never reach the point of action.  Do you?  I saw the above clip and was reminded that no one knows our intentions, but the action of that intention turned into a gesture can go a long way.

I am a “touchy feely” person by nature.  That’s not always a good thing.  But, I’m always happy about that when I see a widow or widower because many people who live alone are seldom touched. That may not seem like a big deal to those of us who are still married or have children that live at home or near us.  But I have had elderly people tell me the impact a single touch can have because they are rarely touched.

How many times have you heard someone say, “I was about to…. and then…”?  Maybe it was “end it all and then I heard this song” or “give up and then he/she told me I could get through this”.  You know what I’m talking about.

Be reminded that every act of kindness, whether it was intentional or not, has an impact on the person for which it was given and often on someone who saw it. You never know if your word of encouragement reached a person in a deep way that you had no idea.  You  don’t know if that handshake, pat or hug warmed the heart of someone who misses physical touch.

Sometimes I think if I don’t do something “big”, then I might as well not do anything at all.  That is so wrong.

Jesus said in Matthew 25:40 “Truly I say to you, to the extend you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.”

Don’t underestimate the power you have in a person’s life with a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of kindness.

Blessings ~ W