Healing Begins In Your Heart and In Your Home! Part 1

~ Healing Begins in Your Heart and Your Home! ~

Part 1

CHRIST CAME TO SET US FREE!

“It is for FREEDOM that CHRIST has set us FREE. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened with a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5

 

Seven IF’s to healing your heart and home!

 

IF You really want healing to begin seek the LORD above ALL else. You cannot change what has been, but YOU CAN start afresh TODAY.

 

IF You want to start healing this next generation think about what you do and say in front of them. Apologize for what has been and help them get to a better place. It’s never too late to start anew.

 

IF You raised, or are raising your children by yelling, screaming and cussing at them guess what? They will probably do the same thing. They will seek to dominate and control others…

 

IF You hit them upside the head and slap them in the mouth; guess what? You are instilling anger within them. You are making them a slave to sin. This is not all appropriate or necessary. It is more a reflection of your lack of self-control than their behavior. 

 

IF You are beating them to death; guess what? You are really, actually beating the natural life out of them. You are replacing it will stress, anger, hate, insecurity, and rage. You are actually shutting them down and causing them to become violent and pushing them towards seeking physical hitting and abusive ways that create even more inner conflict.  This further serves to give them poor coping skills  which makes them feel unloved.  It sets up an inner  unhealthy emotional environment that welcomes addictions and very little self control.   To name a few; Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, Overeating, Undereating, Promiscuity, Homosexuality, Adultery, Fornication, Unfaithfulness, Stealing, Lying, Fighting and Violence. These  are just a few of the results… Their way of being  is now obsessing  and learning to dominate and control rather than exercise Self-Control and become FREE!

 

IF You are calling them out of their name, talking bad about everyone else and constantly  putting them down: guess what? You are helping them have an identity crisis as well as low  self-esteem… They will see themselves as you express yourself to them. They will have poor opinions of others as well. They also will feel  lesser than,  rather than equal too. Children are NOT your slaves  or possessions and should not be treated as so regardless of race, creed or color… Teach them respect by being respectful.

 

The Good News is;

You can become FREE! You can begin to heal your heart and home!

 

IF You have done none of the above; guess what? There is still room for self improvement.  As long as the Lord has us on this side of heaven it is to grow in His Grace. God really can help you build and establish a healthy, loving,  safe, balanced as well as fun secure  living environment.  A place for all to grow and flourish. But, you just have to be willing to put in the time and effort. Always invite the presence of the Lord all around you.  Your home enviroment will be whatever you make it.  When  you are truly  willing to make some changes there are unlimited possibilities… Get busy!

 

Christ Jesus overcame, sin, death and the grave so we could live better well-rounded lives. True success is inclusive of obeying God and daily embracing His principles. 

Know God and His Word for yourself. God really does have a purpose and plan for each of our lives. But it is your choice to daily seek him above the ways of this world.  “DRAW NIGH TO GOD AND HE WILL DRAW NIGH TO YOU!”

There IS ALWAYS HOPE in the LORD! Together you can move  forward towards healing.  You really can be healed, delivered, restored and set FREE!

“Greater IS HE that is within you than he that is in the world…”

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Healing Begins In Your Heart and In Your Home Part 2

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Part 2

STOP THE MADNESS

GOD really does have a better way.

Should children be corrected? Yes indeed! But think before your buttons are pushed like a remote control. Proper correction is always done in love. Learn to correct and control yourself before you try to correct them. If not don’t expect them to do any differently. For they will simply model your behavior. Do you treat them the way you want to be treated? Think about how You would feel if it were you, being treated the way you treat them… To break a cycle you must do something differently.

 

IF you don’t have self-control yourself; simply remove yourself momentarily from their presence unto you can discipline them properly. Afterall you are supposed to be the responsible adult.  Begin to set yourself and them free at the same time.  Admit you need to develop healthy boundaries. You become what you practice. Yes, please do correct them and also correct yourself. REPENT!

 

LET’S STOP the VIOLENCE! Violence begats violence.  There is too much violence going on all throughout this world. Get BETTER, not bitter. Get real, this does not have to be. Many have lived wrong for so long this is all that they know. Get aware and make it a point to lessen the frequency of emotional, mental & physical, abuse and really EMBRACE LOVE!  Remember; LOVE IS PATIENT! Not the distorted worldly definition of love but GOD’S LOVE that corrects, protects, makes, awakens, shapes and molds us in HIS IMAGE! GOD’S LOVE allows the FRUIT of HIS SPIRIT to flourish and abound within us. GOD’S LOVE  lasts through ETERNITY!

 

FRUIT OF HIS SPIRIT

But the FRUIT of the SPIRIT IS LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS and SELF-CONTORL. Against such is NO LAW. Those who BELONG to CHRIST JESUS have CRUCIFIED the sinful nature with its passions and desires, Since WE LIVE BY THE SPIRIT, let us KEEP IN STEP WITH THE SPIRIT. Let us become NOT conceited, provoking and envying one another…”
GALATIANS 5

 

WORKS OF THE FLESH

“THE ACTS OF THE sinful nature are obvious sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, discord,  jealously, fits of rage, self-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…”
GALATIANS 5

 

There is no power that even comes close to our OMNIPOTENT GOD!!!  Aways keep in mind that GOD is also OMNIPRESENT so you can call upon him 24/7.  He can help you. It is by HIS marvelous grace we can become more and more disciplined… He is able in any and every situation to help you rise above anything that attempts to make you focus or lose control.  It could be something as simple as pushing away from the table. Or knowing when to speak softly or yes when to speak firm & strong.  Healthy boundaries keep us in line and teach us to exercise self-control…   PRAY FOR DISCERNMENT! Know that there are those who will attempt to test you far beyond anything that they themselves could ever endure. Remember we access GOD’S POWER.  But we never become the power.  This is why we ALL are forever dependent upon our LORD & SAVIOR CHRIST JESUS.

 

 

Learn to trust GOD!!!

 

Live to Please the LORD in all that You do. DON’T just go to CHURCH. “BE GOD’S CHURCH EVERYDAY & EVERYWHERE!” Scripture is powerful. It is our necessary essential Spiritual Food. It is required in order to properly grow spiritually. “DO NOT CONFORM to this world! “Therefore, I urge You, brothers, in view of GOD’S mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, HOLY and pleasing to GOD ~ this is your spiritual act of worship. DO NOT CONFORM any longer to the pattern of this world, BUT BE TRANSFORMED by the RENEWING of your mind. Then you WILL BE ABLE to TEST & APPROVE what GOD’S WILL IS! HIS GOOD, PLEASING & PERFECT WILL.” ROMANS 12 (NIV) Be led by the Spirit of God!

GOD does not ask us to do something that is not possible. It is through HIM we are able to do what seems impossible to man. Whenever we solicit HIS HELP we should first desire that whatever we are asking for is in HIS WILL! GOD always knows what is best for us!

 

WALK IN THE LIGHT

It is very important to KNOW the difference between; THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT & The works of the flesh. To every problem GOD has a solution. We just need to seek HIS WILL & HIS WAY above the ways of man/woman. Look all around you and see with your spiritual eyes. Things have gotten out of hand. Think globally and look universally; See what is happening to families, marriages, relationships, governments, cities, nations, countries, life, within the Church and living life as a whole… 

 

No doubt the horrendous impact of the Coronavirus plague and pestilence, is a resulting consequence of what has been going on all throughout the world. All have been impacted one way or another. Remember it is still here.  God’s Word is being fulfilled right before our very eyes.  We have to continuously learn how to live safely & wisely as the Word of God continues to be fulfilled all around us.   Time out for foolishness. Things have gone too far… The “Latter Days” are upon us. 

 

There is always HOPE in the LORD!

God is speaking we must get better at listening. Therefore, we ALL need CHRIST JESUS as our personal SAVIOR and LORD and HIS HOLY SPIRIT; HIS COMFORTER. HIS HOLY SPIRIT WILL LEAD US to ALL TRUTH! As we walk in TRUTH we allow the LORD to bring healing to our hearts, minds, bodies, souls as well as our homes… GOD IS THE GOD OF ALL COMFORTS! Begin to really TRUST GOD & HIS WORD and “WALK IN THE LIGHT!”

Healing Begins In Your Heart and In Your Home Part 3

 

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PRACTICE MAKES PERMANENT!

REALLY SPEND SOME TIME WITH THE LORD IN HIS WORD!

EMBRACE THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD! PRAY WITHOUT CEASING & DRAW CLOSER TO THE LORD EVERYDAY. LEARN TO STAND UPON HIS WORD!

You are NOW an ADULT; therefore you must learn to nurture & grow up the child within YOU! If you are not or were not happy you can become happier… RELEASE WHAT HAS BEEN TO MAKE ROOM FOR WHAT CAN BE… The child within you will and should always be a part of you. In actuality it is the part of you that allows you to have fun. The responsible adult in you is the part of you that seeks a balance. The part of you that  becomes disciplined as you embrace God’s Word. It is important to create a safe healthy home environment.

 

Creating a safe home environment

Seek to DISCIPLINE & CORRECT PROPERLY with PATIENCE rather than punish, reinforce and instill anger within others. The LORD created us to ENJOY life and desires to be the Center of ALL our lives. Marriage, family and home is the first foundational institution the Lord created. There has been much spiritual warfare attempting to destroy it since its inception. God wants each of us to have a rich full life spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. God wants us to have a healthy balance in all areas of our lives. God created us as spiritual beings.

 

God can give you  sound mind!

 

Life can become stressful at times. A small amount of stress is healthy.  Stress alerts you to become mindful of how you are responding to life in general. But you do not have to live every day stressed out.  Allow the inner child in you to responsively have fun. There are many ways to have good wholesome fun. It could be as simple as taking a walk, reading a book, playing chess, a video game, listening to music, taking a relaxing bubble bath, swimming, playing tennis or a sport of choice, watching something funny or interesting on television, or simply taking a relaxing scenic drive. It could be something as difficult as climbing a mountain, parasailing, skiing, painting or taking some laps around a racetrack. This is also a good way to develop coping skills. Just make sure that whatever you do remain safe and focused, stay centered and yes keep Jesus with you.  

 

Learn to work together

It is important to work together to create a healthy home environment that works for You as well as your family.  The healthier you are the better this is for everyone.  So do take care of yourself. For example; I actually enjoy traveling, reading, preaching & proclaiming, God’s Word, working, writing, painting, and networking. We all are quite different. Yet, personally I have always in general been more of a professional productive homebody.  I thank God for technology for you can also virtually go all over the world and still remain in your own safe environment.  This I learned more so during COVID.  We were all somewhat restricted and traveling was not wise or recommended.  

 

This world is ever changing.  There is always something going on somewhere. Always remain alert and aware!   Praise God for His marvelous omnipresence.  But you must discipline yourself.   For whenever you are out and about in this world be very conscious of what is happening around you wherever you are. Learn how to “pray without ceasing.”  Today, people will do and say some of everything. Nothing is sacred to some. I believe in having a “You play, You put away” environment! I like everything in order and being organized yet being comfortable. Structure and having liberal safe healthy boundaries is what makes others feel safe. They also know what to expect and don’t really have to worry about chaos dominating the environment.  Although you do still plan for unexpected interruptions. 

 

 

God has given us much freedom!

 

There is nothing I enjoy more than a God Centered, Spirit-filled Worship Service.  Not simply out of habit, but because worship is important. It takes on different forms.  It is my belief, what we are about or should be about as  Believers/Christians is keeping God as a priority.  Not in a legalistic or fanatical way.  But from the perspective God wants to be a part of every area of our lives.  I can stay in a great worship service all day… I am thankful today you can work, worship, run a company or business and do just about anything from home or a cell phone due to technological advancements…  There are of course exceptions. (So very thankful that the Lord has allowed me to be “In the world but not of the world!”) I am content alone, with a few, many or in a crowd or multitude. We together personally enjoy an active, multi functioning, neat, orderly, yet peaceful domicile. Each of us have different varying temperaments? We enjoy different things and doing a lot of things together. We both can actually preach together.  We enjoy one another’s company and choose not to major in the minors. We have a harmonic symbiotic union. 

You can create a healthy home environment

What do you enjoy doing?

Your home is where you can have whatever environment you choose.  Whatever it is remember that it is important to find a balance in life. Your home should be the one place that you can be comfortable and free… Mutual respect should be a part of the atmosphere. You have a choice everyday what type of home environment you want to create. If you are not happy do something about it.   Change is not always easy for some.   It is best when you start internally. Do not continue to blame your unhappiness on others.   It is important you or all of you together seek to make your home a place of comfort that welcomes healing and the presence of GOD…

 

Life is precious and I truly believe that everyday is a “PRECIOUS GIFT” from the LORD! He is the Creator and Sustainer of life. Live each day as though you are expecting the Christ Jesus to return. If you have not already it is never too late to start.   You do not have to spend every day unhappy. Daily invite the presence of the Lord in and around you to allow the Lord His place within your life. “For it is in HIM we LIVE & MOVE and have our being.” Healing is always possible with the Lord!

 

LIVE BEFORE AN AUDIENCE OF ONE!!!

 

Know that everyone does not want to live in peace. They will do whatever they can to  annoy you and/or disrupt your peace.  They will also try to undermine who you are in the Lord.  This is because they have grown so accustomed to dissension and strife.   Don’t let  them.   I consciously choose to not hang out will gossipers…   Nor prescribe to “group think.”   What I say about you I will say to you.  I am not afraid of any man or woman. Nor do I encourage physical fighting.  As a matter of fact I have never really even had a physical fight with anyone.  I think it is foolish to expend all that energy fighting and the problem is still there and unresolved… Go figure?  However, I do reverently fear God.    “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might…” Stay adorned in His spiritual Armor…  Know GOD and HIS WORD for yourself!!!

 

Always allow the adult in you to keep you responsible and disciplined. Don’t let others control you by remote. There are many that seek to manipulate you into doing what they want you to do.  Self-Control is part of the Fruit of the Spirit. Sometimes it is better to just say nothing when you are amidst those who misunderstand you. Exercising Self-Control yields much inner peace. Always remember that God is Omniscient. You do not have to compromise who you are in Him in order to enjoy yourself and have fun. Nor do you have to become anyone’s puppet. Well unless that is of course for the Lord! 

 

GOD did not SAVE US to be unhappy all the time.  Yes, life can get rough some time. Not everyone has good coping skills.  But they can be acquired when desired.  And yes, I realize that there are many with serious depression.   There are all kinds of help available for depression as well. Be diligent seeking what works for you.    I understand that there are some temperaments that are very impulsive.  They even argue with their hands.  They will go off like a time bomb.  They are also ready to throw, punch, slap or hit anything or anyone when they are angry or should I say “mad?”  Beware!  When you know this is the case keep your distance from them. The bible even tells us do not argue or fight with a fool.  But you still can learn to discipline yourself…  Do not go into denial.  Be aware & alert!!!   

 

It is important to readily admit however you are feeling and then take the necessary action to responsibly take actions whenever necessary.  A lot of time just taking a few moments to be still and let the time past is sufficient.   It is a choice to make inner “Peace” your desired goal. You can always find contentment and peace in the Lord!  It is written; “He will keep you in perfect Peace if your mind is stayed on HIM.” Scripture works. It is not to just quote, but to actually embrace an implement within our daily lives.  This is why it is so very important to know GOD & HIS WORD for yourself.

 

PRAISE GOD & THANK YOU LORD!

Learn to appreciate who you are becoming in God.  We are forever growing. Learn to also “Guard Your heart!” Not everyone is going to appreciate or like you. Seek the Will & the Way of the Lord above all else. Keeping healthy boundaries are important. Remember God is Omnipresent we can call upon Him 24/7. He has given us HIS precious Holy Spirit, His Comforter to help us in any and all situations. Comfort you He will! Thank God for our Lord & Savior Christ Jesus!  He saves us or can save us from allowing sin to rule within our lives.

 

It is written;

“In your PATIENCE possess ye your soul!”  Luke 21

 

PRAY for DISCERNMENT! For we live in a time when GOOD is called evil and evil is called good! There is much that has nested itself within the midst of GOD’S CHURCH that is not of HIM in these latter days. There has always been something from the beginning.  Notice how in Revelation John was writing to the Church. There was something more or less going on in each place of worship that needed to be improved.  I have learned people will even try to fight you in worship.  By the way, Do not argue for a seat that they feel is theirs’s?  Think about it?  It is really kind of revealing where they are spiritually…   Don’t go there.  It is good to regularly take an evaluation of yourself, wherever you worship or wherever the Lord has assigned you.  Be prayerful and mindful at all times what is going on around you.  It is very important to stay in the WORD!  Again, God’s Word is our necessary essential Spiritual Food for our mind, body as well as our souls!

 

 

KNOW this; Through CHRIST JESUS THERE IS VICTORY! “Grace & peace is multiplied by the knowledge of God.” I Peter 1  But you must learn to embrace the TRUTH of HS WORD in order to grow in GOD’S GRACE.

 

 

GOD is more than able. GOD wants us to become complete in Him! You cannot change what has been. But you can start anew from where you are. Begin to Allow the “JOY of the LORD to be your STRENGTH!”   Take regular Spiritual Baths in HIS WORD. As You embrace its TRUTH you will discover that it is “Alive and Powerful!” Finding a balance is key… GOD can heal any heart and any home. Remember He is our Creator and Maker. Daily invite HIS presence in and around you. This is also what builds HIS CHURCH. Christianity is supposed to be a daily lifestyle. Not just a midweek or weekend activity. “

 

“We are HIS people and the sheep of HIS pasture… ” That is those of us who have truly accepted Christ Jesus into our hearts as our Savior & Lord.   It means we have committed to be governed by His Word.  Not in a legalistic way.  But allowing it to be the barometer by which we determine what is right and wrong.  Keep in mind that the building is not God’s Church; it is a place of worship where we come to gather together.  Where we congregate together with others to worship, praise & give thanks to Almighty God!  Where we encourage nonbelievers to come into the fellowship of believers…   Know that as a Believer your Body is the Temple of the Living God. It is within us as Believers His Holy Spirit resides. Ask the Lord to fill you as frequently as necessary.

 

This is what He teaches us in His Word:

 

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own…” I Corinthians 6

GOD CAN MAKE YOU WHOLE!

 

THERE IS ALWAYS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT!

 

As Believers know GOD has NO Grandchildren. So, it is never too late to learn. We can daily grow in HIS GRACE, WISDOM & KNOWLEDGE! “GOD IS LOVE!” a part of love is correction.  Correction feels negative to some since it makes them uncomfortable.  When many talk about God’s Love they think about what makes them feel good yet exercise very little patience. They don’t want to suffer yet longsuffering is a part of His Love as well. WE must learn to firmly STAND upon GOD’S WORD don’t be swayed by every “wind of doctrine.”  There are some who teach what they have been taught over what the Word of God says. Spend time with the Lord in HIs Word.  His is why it is important to know HIs Word for yourself.  Allow Him to refresh and renew Your Spirit! We are but shaped formed dust. He is the Magnificent Potter! He can mend your broken heart. He can shape and mold you into a “Designer’s Original!” Yes, correction is also a part of Love. Trust is also a very important part of Love. When you allow GOD His place within your lives it brings about harmony! In a Covenant Marriage when on one accord GOD continually knits your hearts together in a beautiful way as ONE in HIS LOVE!

 

We can always & forever Trust GOD to be GOD! As long as HE has us on this side of HEAVEN it is to daily grow in HIS LOVE, GRACE, WISDOM & KNOWLEDGE!

 

Live before an audience of One! We serve an Omnipresent God and He is everywhere we are. Being close to the Lord gives you true Security & Significance. You realize that there is nothing more important in life than to live your life to please Him. There is no greater security blanket than to be Covered by the LORD!

 

~ CHILDREN & PARENTS ~

 

CHILDREN OBEY YOUR PARENTS IN THE LORD, FOR THIS IS RIGHT!
“HONOR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER” ~ WHICH IS THE FIRST COMMANDMENT WITH PROMISE! THAT IT MAY GO WELL WITH YOU AND THAT THEY MAY ENJOY LONG LIFE ON THE EARTH.

FATHERS DO NOT EXASPERATE YOUR CHILDREN; INSTEAD, BRING THEM UP IN THE TRAINING AND INSTRUCTION OF THE LORD…” EPHESIANS 6

If someone is caught in a sin you who are SPIRITUAL should seek to restore him (or her) gently…”Galatians 6

Invite the Lord into your home. Invite the Lord int o your heart. It will make all the difference in the world. After all you are planning to spend Eternity with HIM? RIGHT?  Well, I don’t want GOD to be a stranger  when I see Him face to face. 


CHRIST JESUS CAME; THAT WE ALL MIGHT HAVE AN ABUNDANT LIFE IN EVERY WAY! Abundant is relative. It can be more or less depending on each individual. EVERYDAY; BLESS HIS HOLY NAME! FOR HE IS THE DAY MAKER and the WAY MAKER. YES INDEED, HE IS ABSOLUTELY “AWEWONDERFUL!!!

 

Paint On The Canvas

December 7, 2011 by  
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God not only knows the very hairs that are on our heads. He determines how long we inhabit the earth. He is the ultimate Master Creator and Designer who weaves everything together in His magnificent canvas of life. When we grow in His grace, truth and knowledge He gives us the ability to spiritually discern. Spiritual discernment lights the foreground of our canvas as we venture through this valley of the shadow of death. His wisdom grooms our being so as children of light our life’s canvas commences to reflect the light of His presence in our life.

Quite often we adapt to the world and employ personality traits that are in general socially acceptable. Personality is used in typical dictionary definition to distinguish behavioral, emotional and attitudinal tendencies, character traits and habits. It is by these traits that one is uniquely recognized. We as people are fundamentally a complex integration of physical and non-physical dimensions and attributes.

The spiritual facet of us should reflect the God like qualities within our nature. Interpersonal dynamics and environmental influences are primary, but not exclusive to developmental determinants of our personalities. As human beings we are living, learning and growing organisms. When parents have properly nourished us by providing sufficient freedom and are generous in positive reinforcement, children will achieve a sense of personal autonomy. On the other hand if parents have modeled much faulty behavior themselves, were too overprotective, demanding, too permissive or critical, emotionally, mentally and physically or sexually abusive children will learn to have doubts about themselves. They will become harnessed with feelings of shame. In God’s eyes we are all ageless children. His Holy Spirit’s presence in one’s life is able to override any inappropriate learning experiences which we all have to a certain degree. God who is the ultimate Sovereign Creator can paint new life onto our life’s canvas. The Holy Spirit works in believers to give us a new nature.

When I studied “Art Appreciation” in school I acquired a respect for the various art forms. When I saw an original Picasso Abstract, my first reaction was “I don’t like it”. After studying Picasso’s work I learned he was able to paint with a childlike simplicity. He was able to go inside, vicariously share and interpret on canvas the depth of his feelings. From an exterior posture for one to understand his work, a surface summation would not properly render what he was trying to relay. Despite the possibility of no one understanding he did not allow that to hinder His work. Whether he was aware of it or not He was given a God-given talent. It was largely after his death that the world really began to appreciate and understand his unique gift.

Our life can be quite like an abstract painting. Especially by those who really don’t know us. People usually fear what they don’t understand, or tend to label it negatively. Webster defines Abstract as; difficult to understand. Insufficiently factual. Expressing a quality considered apart from an object. Impersonal having only a generalized form with little or no attempt at precise representation. Quite often as Christians we too must risk being misunderstood. We must learn to tenaciously pursue our God given talent(s) with a steadfast devotion. Thank You Lord for making me “peculiar!” it should always be our first priority fo live each day to please God not man. I assure you, you will be a lot happier!

Each day that passes what we say and do and how we respond paints an array of events on our personal canvas of life. Much of our life’s paint is applied erroneously when we wander aimlessly about. When we stray from the narrow path that God has designed. God’s world is awesomely vast. A marvelous abstract spiritual venture awaits those who are obedient. Faith and Trust in Him are required companions that confidently paint the unseen path before us! It is easy to deter from our course because God allows us so much freedom. He has given us the power to choose. Other wise each individual canvas would yield a duplicate reproduction!

But once we really discover that life has purpose the strokes on our life’s canvas should be guided by our Creator.

There is nothing in our life that has transpired that we can unpaint. When we find ourselves somewhere we don’t want to be, or saying or doing something we don’t want to do, what do we do? Do we continue to allow pride to lead us anyway? No, it will only lead us somewhere we don’t really want to go.

The hues of pride darken the spiritual path. It keeps the light of our direction deep in the background. So do we just waste precious time and continue to stumble around? Do we employ passages of scriptures to justify our sometimes wrong position? Do we erroneously mislead and gather others to support us in our wrong position? Ask yourself, do you hear a faint unspoken voice beckoning you to change your direction? Although painful, it is far better to move towards the Light. God knows your true motives. Do you know it is more important what God knows rather than what people think! God is OMNIPOTENT and HE can change your life in a miraculous way.

God our Creator knows all of our faults, shortcomings, misunderstandings and insecurities. His arms are wide open. But too often, pride, guilt and shame keeps us at His arm distance. It keeps us in the dark away from His marvelous Light! Too often we just don’t want to admit that we are possibly wrong or were wrong to ourselves especially not someone else! We are so reluctant to tint our canvas with the magnificent brilliance of humility! We would rather allow pride to paint our canvas and take us to a place that we will eventually dread!

If you are at a point in your life you don’t want to be, or if your life seems to be headed in a direction of uncertainty; If you have done something or said something you should not have ( and we do from time to time) seek God’s direction. Really dedicate some time to being still and sincerely do some deep soul searching. Have your self a Gethsemane experience. Get quiet enough so you can actually hear what God is saying. Now that you have gotten His attention. Sincerely render to Him what is on your mind and in your heart. Remember He knows anyway. Once you have lightened your load. Ask Him for direction. Admit and repent (not repeat) of anything that is hindering your spiritual path. Now step out on Faith and move forward trusting God and soliciting the presence & power of His Holy Spirit to lead you in the path of righteousness.

“PRAY without ceasing,” all throughout your day and begin to allow God’s yoke to be spiritually connected to you. Watch and experience the beauty of Him lightening your burdens. I assure you He will direct you! Just know it may not be in a direction you want to go. You may just have to apply some humility to your life’s canvas. Humility can harness anger and impulsive rage will have to flee! Instead each painful step in His direction will be accompanied by His unexplainable peace! Did you know that when we are at our weakest point it gives God the opportunity to create a great work in us? Proceed cautiously knowing that anger and pride wants to darken it’s hues on your life canvas. They want to deceive you and keep you walking in denial and disobedience. They only want to suppress and cover up the Light that wants to shine on your life’s canvas!

Once we humbly admit to God we are wrong, a flood of Light appears. It opens the door for the cleansing power of His Word to wash us thoroughly. God in His infinite wisdom is totally aware of the minutest speck of sin on each of our individual canvases. “All of us have sinned and fallen short of His glory”. But this does not give us the right to continue in sin. Christ did not die for us to be slaves to any sin in our lives. He even told us except we become as children we will not enter into His kingdom! He is the only Sovereign Master Designer! He can make each stroke of circumstances whatever they may be; mold and shape us into a vessel of beauty and honor in His sight. God has an unlimited wealth of transformation power! Always remember it is what GOD knows about us is what matter most! You/we are “forever becoming” we never arrive until the Lord calls us home to Him. Commence to allow His Holy Spirit to guide you as you paint your personal canvas knowing that the Lord is by your side for “it is in HIM we move and live and have our being.” Acts 17 Our life truly is “A work of art in progress!”


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