Monday, January 24, 2011

Keeping Your Eyes On Him

Have you ever had a hard time with a particular issue that seemed to rear it's ugly head at you and kind of make fun of you? I have. And at the beginning of the year I told that Lord that I was going to commit to give this certain challenge to the Lord. Then it magically got better! NOT~ it seemed to be even more in my face the first few days so I really worked hard at making this new habit of laying it at the feet of Jesus. I had this plan, whenever it got more difficult I would wear my mp3 player playing worship music. I did great for the first two and half weeks! Then last week I let it win the battle for the day. Oh how I mourned in my heart that I had lost the battle for a day but then I realized there was good news! Jesus has provided a clean slate for me to start over! I just had taken my eyes off of Jesus and let it wander back to the very thing that I was trying to give to Jesus. I was struggling for control instead of trusting Jesus to take care of me and the situation. So I prayed for help and started fresh!

So today I have victory in this arena of my life! Today I placed my mp3 player on my head and took time to read His Word and at the moment that ugly thing isn't even in my field of vision!

Is there something that you have struggled for control with in your life? Let me give you a few verses to help! At least they have helped me!
Phil 4:4-8 NIV
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things

Keep your focus on Jesus. The rest really doesn't matter and He will do such a better job of taking care of things than you ever will. You just have to surrender control to Him. Keep looking up at Him. He is faithful and on your side! He roots for us! Woo Hoo!

Got My Gaze Fixed!

Shanin

Friday, January 21, 2011

We Belong To Jesus!

There is a song that we sing in church and it is titled, "Sing To The King." I love that song! It is written by Billy Foote & Charles Silvester Horne. The lyrics are awesome! The chorus goes like this:

Come let us sing a song, a song declaring that we belong to Jesus, He is all we need, lift up a shout of praise, sing now with voices raised to Jesus, Sing to the King.

Have you ever struggled with self worth? Have you ever felt unloved? If you know Jesus you never have to feel that way again. Why? Because you belong to Him. Oh you may have those days that the enemy will throw those thoughts at you but all you have to do is spend some time with Jesus to know that you are loved.

The great part about belonging to Jesus is that once you know Jesus you are part of God's family. When you are a part of God's family, then you belong to this great body of believers aka siblings, that have your back. I came from a messed up family so I missed having a family that just loved spending time together. Now I have this great family who loves hanging out and they are there if I ever need them. They have my back!

Jesus so desires to love on you. He loves you so very much. He cherishes you! So no matter how your life has gone up to this point, just take a step of faith and enter into a relationship with Him. You will never regret it.

Loving so much that I belong to HIM,

Shanin

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Put on a Happy Face!

14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.
Phil 2:14-16 NKJV


Last night I was shopping at a few different stores getting ready for my kid's class on Wednesday night(I taught on Jacob and Essau). Whenever one of the clerks would ask, "How are you tonight?" I would smile and say, "Awesome thanks!" I was surprised at the response at EVERY store. Each one would be taken back and then smile and say, "We don't hear that very often!" or "I wish that more people would respond that way!" Then it opened a door for conversation of what I was doing with what I was purchasing. I walked right through that open door and would tell them the story (the brief version) of Jacob and Essau. Each one was like a new kid in Sunday School holding on to every detail.

It made me think, people are hungry for life. They are sucked up in a busy world with very little or no hope. All they need is a smile and somoeone to tell them that they are great, or wonderful or awesome and then you have their attention. Somethng so small, so free and it only takes a moment of your time.

We should make sure that we shine like stars! Take a moment, take a deep breath and smile! You can do it! It will make you feel better! It can be a great habit! And an open door to minister life to someone in that brief moment. Hold fast to that Word of Life that we have access to and then share it that hope with others! It only takes a moment of your time and it is so worth the investment!

Shining Brightly for Him,

Shanin

Monday, January 10, 2011

My Dad is a Big Deal!

22 Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.” And they launched out. 23 But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. 24 And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!”
Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 But He said to them, “Where is your faith?”
And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!”
26 Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!” Luke 8:22-28 NKJV


Funny how that the men that spent one on one time with Jesus and had seen Him perform miracles really wondered who He was that even the winds and the waters obeyed him however when Jesus came upon the man who was demon possessed that the demons indeed recognised who He was. They knew that He was the Son of the Most High God!

Do we know who HE really is? I spend time with Jesus yet there are days that I am still surprised when He provides miracles before my eyes! If the demons know who He is, the Son of the Most High God, when will we grasp at who HE is?

If we would fully grasp the authority He has given us just to use His Name we would be able to do so much more for His Kingdom! I love the song, How Great Is Our God, where it says, "He wraps Himself in light, and darkness tries to hide And trembles at His voice, trembles at His voice." That verse gives me so much excitement. If we were to figure out who our Dad really is we would walk around and say, "Excuse me, do you know who my Dad is? He is the King of king, the Lord of lords. He is a big deal! Don't mess with me!"

We need to spend time with Jesus so that when the enemy does challenge us that we won't shrink back but that we will say, "Excuse me but do you know who my Dad is?" We need to be confident in our Identity in Christ. We can only be confident in that identity if we have a relationship with Him.

So don't let the enemy catch you off guard. Be prepared. Invest time with the Lord. Get to know Him. Rest assured that He loves you so very much and desires for you to know Him.

Shanin