Thursday, January 21, 2016

returning by trusting

This is our theme verse:

Joel 2:13 NLT
“Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the LORD your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”

Repent and return to God.  Don’t stay where you are or as you are.  God is full of mercy.  His compassion is new every day, and our God is ready to show us His love.  His love is based not on what we do but on what Jesus has done for us.  Therefore, to return means to line ourselves up with what we see as God’s character.  He is truth.

What lies are we holding on to that keep us from fully experiencing and understanding God?  What truth are we not holding to that will give us freedom and joy and abundant life.  Remember!

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

Our God is truth.  He sent His son to open the way to life.  Don’t miss this.

John 10:10  NASB
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

The lies we believe and act upon come from our enemy.  By choosing lies we leave the best of life, God’s abundant life in a place we cannot reach it.  By acting upon God’s truth we embrace God’s best, His abundant life for us.  That is what I believe God has in store for all of us.  Is that what you want?

Have you ever been through struggles that seemed extra large or extra tough to handle?  In Genesis 12 Abraham was in the middle of a struggle inside him as there is for each of us with good and evil, right and wrong.  There was the struggle to protect himself which was detrimental to others.  There was the struggle to think of himself rather than others.

do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

We will find our purpose when we quit covering for ourselves and start serving others.  Life gets bright and better as we allow our focus to be on other people rather than on us.

To let go of self and serve others means we lean more on God than ourselves.  This is another part of self-discipline and total opposite of self-preservation.

How does our self-preservation defeat the promised of God?  Think about it.  Our actions ought to line up with our belief.  And when they don’t line up, it is time to get honest and return to God.

Isaiah 26:4  NASB
Trust in the Lord forever, For in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.

God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Our God really is faithful.  He guards us better than we can guard ourselves.  Returning to God happens on a daily basis as we trust God.

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