Archive | October 2015

“Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” (James 1:21-25)

30290Hello. How are you? How is life going in your day to day? Can you believe it is the middle of October? For me, this year has been a blur. On the one hand it seems like someone is ripping pages off the calendar; and on the other hand, it feel like time is standing still. 

In any event…for those who are believers and know God’s Word, should know that once they receive Jesus and begin reading and memorizing scripture, the Word becomes part of their innermost being. That is God’s way of keeping us alive-physically and spiritually speaking. When we go through life’s struggles-severe or not, the temptation of the world; desperately tries to pull us away from God.  Sadly, there are times when the flesh wins and we give in. But, we can always have God’s forgiveness if we ask. (“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.) (1 John 1:9)

So what is God saying in the above scripture? A couple of things; first, we need to choose to lay aside the filthiness and wickedness that surrounds us constantly and not let in or succumb to it. How? By receiving,   believing, and applying God’s Word that lives planted within us. Putting ourselves aside and letting God be first is humbling. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2: 8-9)

Another point is application-so there is no hypocrisy. You may be thinking “hypocritical to who?” Well, when we say we are believers, but, don’t behave as Christians, then we seem to “forget” whom we believe in.” This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far away from me.” (Matthew 15:8) “Then the Lord said, “Because this people draw near with their words And honor Me with their lip service, But they remove their hearts far from Me, And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote,” (Isaiah 29:13) God knows we only fool ourselves. We need to be consistent with our faith and relationship with God. We need to remember the gift of the Word and not forget the new life God has given to us,

We need to keep looking at God’s Word and remembering His promises that are there available for us whenever we need and want the Holy Spirit to be there for us whenever we ask That is the faithfulness of God.

As you continue Every Day with Grace, I hope you hold on to the promises of God that lives inside you and that you apply them so that you will not want to deceive yourself , your fellow man, or God. Be true and accept the gift God has for you. He loves you and wants you to have truth of His Word always inside you without the hypocrisy. God’s word is our true mirror which reflects what is going on in our lives. We just need to not forget His Mirror of His Word for our refections into our lives

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

 

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30)

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Hello. How are you? I hope all is well with your soul(s). I’m sorry that I have been MIA- (missing in action), but life happens and we all respond to it in our own way.

Anyway…the point is that as a believer, our focus should continually be on Jesus Christ especially since He is the author and finisher of our faith. fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2).  When we take our eyes off God, we keep them on ourselves.  What does that normally mean? It means we start making plans for ourselves regardless of God’s plan or will for us. How many times have we made plans and couldn’t get out of our own way?  Isn’t that ironic? Truly our vision is extremely limited when it is focused solely on self. 

Jesus must increase in our daily lives which means HE becomes the true focus of our existence and the only way that can happen is if we die to ourselves. So, what does that mean? That means that we need to seek the LORD for His Will for our lives and surrender what thoughts, ideas, or plans we had for ourselves. “For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13) Believers should want to decrease in order for Jesus to increase-that should exist in our inner most being and hearts. It’s when we surrender to God, we can objectively begin to see our inadequaticies before God. We are unable to serve God and walk in the holiness we are called to do when we do not allow God to increase in our lives.

This is when our faith has to be put in action. Please know this can be a struggle, but our faith is about Jesus and not us. “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? (Romans 6:1-2)  We are sinners, but Jesus Christ is sinless. We were separated from God by sin, but Jesus Christ bridged the gap between God and man. We could not atone for our sin, but Jesus Christ paid the price in full when he died on the cross.  

God’s word is true and that is what we must solely stand on. When we put our focus on Christ instead of on ourselves, our whole perspective changes. By ourselves, we are slaves of sin… but in Christ, we have victory over sin. By ourselves, we are children of wrath bound for destruction… but in Christ, we have the hope of eternal life. By ourselves, we are separated from God by sin… but in Christ, we can come boldly before the presence of God, being cleansed of all sin not by our own works but by his holiness.

I know I want Jesus to increase in my life and for me to decrease. “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” (Galatians 2:20).  If I ask God to help me decrease, I know He will give me the grace to do so. However, I must obey Him just as much as I ask Him to help me. The time is growing short and I know I want my life to reflect more of Jesus so I can please Him and be a witness to others.  “Jesus says “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Our faith must be centered on Jesus Christ alone. Apart from him, we can do nothing.”

As you Walk Every Day with Grace and you know Jesus, join with me and allow Jesus to increase in our lives as we daily decrease in ourselves and our own ambitions. It’s like what my friend Amy says, “There are good things and there are Godly things”. Let’s always strive to increase Jesus in our lives so, that our lives and choices reflect more of Him and less of us.

In His Love,

Melody

To Be Like Jesus

To be like Jesus
To be like Jesus
All I ask – to be like Him
All through life’s journey
From earth to glory
All I ask – to be like Him.