Thursday, March 14, 2013

Forget Slavery, Enjoy Freedom!

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galations 5:1

We are free. Jesus paid the price for us to have freedom. Why then do we constantly enslave ourselves to the very sins that Jesus forgave? It is easy to do especially when we compromise just a small amount at a time.

I think back to the Israelites when they were having some bad days in the desert. They had been freed from the Egyptians and then you start to read where they just started reminicing about the "good ol' days of Egypt." Really? You want to shout out to them, "remember the beatings? Remember hiding your babies instead of celebrating a birth?" But we do that. Have you ever moved away from someplace that you hated at the time but a few years later when the new place becomes your home, and you have a bad week, and you start to talk about how awesome living in your old hometown was?

That's the same way it is about our walk with the Lord. He has freed us from sin. Don't reminice about the "old" you. When the world tells you how awesome it is to be partying the night away and how much you are missing out, you need to remember that porcelin god that you bowed down to the morning after the party! You know what I am talking about...puking, hangover. Instead, remember the hard times you have had and the ways that the Lord provided for you. Recount the faithfulness of the Lord!  Look forward to the promises that He has given you and whatever you do, do not return to the chains of slavery. Whenever the devils trys to tempt you with temptations stop and evaluate it with the truth. Look at the long term consequences and then tell him that God has delivered you from that imprisonment and has great plans and opportunities waiting for you! Whatever you do, don't limit God!

Exercising and enjoying freedom with you,

Shanin

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

He Goes With Us!

 He shall say: “Hear, Israel: Today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not panic or be terrified by them.For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” Deut. 20:3-4
This was part of the instructions to the Israelites before going into battle. We can still use it today. Let me rephrase it a bit
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Listen up everyone who serves the Lord! Today, every day we are in battle. We are in a war that is not necessarily flesh and blood but a spiritual battle but don’t get freaked out because we have God with us! When we are on His assignment, He goes with us. Stay calm and remember that we are equipped with the Word and prayer for our weapons and if God is for us who then can stand up to that? We will have the victory because God will fight for us we just have to keep our focus on Him and be aware. He has us covered! He will give us the win! Amen?

Shanin

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Live the Life

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.  Deut. 6:4-9 NIV

Love the Lord God with all your heart, soul and strength. Stress the importance and demonstrate loving God with all your heart, soul and strength to your kids! Make it a lifestyle, a part of your everyday life. By living it out everywhere (Home, work, school, grocery store, church) God will become a part of your life and your children’s lives. If you live it all of the time, in every way, everywhere, people (including your kids), will know that it is the real thing.

Live and Love Fully,

Shanin

Friday, March 1, 2013

Did He Just Spit On That Guy?

22 They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”
24 He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”
25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Mark 8:22-25 NIV

This blind man from Bethsaida begged for Jesus to touch him. People who Jesus touched were healed. I am sure his reputation spread like wildfire. Whenever people heard that Jesus was in town they would want to just "touch" Him.

Jesus healed many people in different ways. Some were healed just by touching the hem of His clothing, others were healed when He touched them, Lazarus was raised from the dead by Jesus telling him to rise up! Jesus spit on his eyes and then put His hands on him. GROSS! He SPIT on him! Jesus then asked him if the man saw anything. He could see but his vision was blurry. Jesus then placed His hands on the man's eyes and he could then see clearly.

This man's healing didn't come all at once. This was Jesus, the Son of God, praying for him and he still wasn't healed completely the first time. I wonder why his healing came in stages? I don't know, I certainly do not know why Jesus used spit! Maybe just so that we could reference it in the Bible so when our healing doesn't come all at once to still believe and pray? Maybe.

I would also like to note that Jesus didn't do every healing the same way every time. Some healings happened when he took mud and placed on their eyes, some where healed just by a prayer or a touch and with this guy Jesus used some spit or saliva. Don't think that just because someone is healed in a certain fashion that it has to happen just like that everytime! You cannot place God in a box, He is way bigger than that!

Do not give up on your healing. Keep praying and seeking Jesus. Do not get in a rut of thinking that anything of Jesus happens a certain way everytime. Jesus turned the water into wine at the wedding, He provided to pay taxes by having a gold coin in a fish's mouth! Jesus calmed the storm by a command. Jesus took a boat ride across great bodies of water and another time He walked on the water! Jesus can minister in a variety of ways. Please do not be offended when He spits on you, it just might be an avenue of healing for you!

Excited to See Him Move!

Shanin