By Lena Dickel
Have you ever made a bad decision about something? Sure you have. Most of us do on a daily basis, because none of us are perfect. At the end of the day, while we are reflecting you tell yourself “I shouldn’t have done that…” or “I should have said this…”. You may feel like you continuously make those same bad decisions over and over again. If you feel like you are stuck in a rut, I have great news for you…
Every day is a new day! A new start. A new beginning. Do not let yesterday’s decisions control your decisions for today. We don’t have to choose to follow the same footsteps as the day before. We can’t expect our sinful nature to immediately wash away overnight. We are all a Work in Progress. We are peeling away our old flesh and stepping into our new bodies with Christ. We are still going to make mistakes. We are still going to sin. But, we CAN put our faith in Jesus and be thankful for his grace and mercy. We MUST press on, and not let our sins deter us from making progress, and becoming more like Him. The bible says in Colossians 2:13 “You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then, God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.” . Ephesians 4:21-22 “Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception”. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, our hearts begin to change, and our sinful nature dies off. I find myself not wanting to be the “old me” any longer.
There is a freedom that only Christ alone can offer. Galatians 5:1 “So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law”. Galatians 5:13 “For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature”. I encourage you to choose freedom in Christ today. Let today be a new day.
By Jeanne Ferranto
We need to be a people who remind each other of who God is. The enemy reminds us of who we were. He replays and records our faults, failures and mistakes. Many of us are still walking in the enemy’s camp, when we replay theses faults and failures of ourselves and others.
But God is a Father who forgives and doesn’t accuse. He never uses the darkness of our past. He uses the accomplishment of the cross of Jesus Christ to bring us into a glorious future. Remember His promise, His voice, remember that Jesus pulled us out of darkness into His glorious Light. 1 Peter 2:9 “But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”
Let’s be a people who echo His voice and replay His promises, looking to our future in Him and never mediating on the accusations of the enemy. Refresh the weary with His Word. Don’t judge others or remind them of their mistakes. Remind His children of their Father’s great mercy, long-suffering, outpouring, protecting love.
Replay His thoughts and re-sound His voice!
“So encourage each other and build each other up”…… 1 Thessalonians 5:11
By Dawn Bennett
The devil will try to do anything he can to keep you from your call and purpose. The Bible says he will steal, kill and destroy. Now he may not physically kill you, but he will ‘try’ to kill the destiny God has for you. If he can’t get you to not believe in God, he will try to keep you from doing what God wants you to do and keep you from telling others about God.
Years ago I struggled with anxiety. It was so bad that it completely bombarded my mind all the time. It even kept me from doing simple things with my kids. I may have been sitting there playing a game with them but I was not really with them. My mind was always somewhere else. Always on the ‘issue’ and not on what was actually in front of me. The devil used a real thing, he distorted it and enlarged it so bad that it then kept me from my purpose. It kept me from my calling and even kept me from having fun with my family. With my focus on my anxieties how could I really focus on what I was suppose to be doing? I couldn’t! I didn’t!
Our focus must stay on what God and what The Word says. When we get distracted we miss out on the amazing things God has for us. Just think about this…. You’re in the middle of a meeting at work, or you’re watching your kids at the play ground, or you’re simply watching a movie. Your phone buzzes with a text, now you’re suppose to paying attention but you can’t help yourself and you look. You smile and laugh at the what your friend just said, and you take a second to answer back with a clever response and the crazy emoji face. You then realize your surroundings and look up. Your kid is no where to be seen, your boss said something and everyone is voting on something and you have no idea what it is. And in the movie someone dies and you’re like what the heck just happened! Now some of these examples are small, but it’s all the same. You were distracted from the task at hand. The distraction wasn’t even necessarily a bad thing. Talking with friends is great. BUT it kept you from doing what you were suppose to be doing in that moment. We can be just as easily distracted with the “good” things as the “bad” things. Now it happens that your kid is just under the slide hiding, the voting was only about which coffee to stock in the lunch room and really the movie, just rewind it. But when you think of how easily you can be distracted with these types of things, it makes you think about how we get distracted with God kind of things.
Again some these examples were small, but others are big, and others could be even bigger. However, they are all examples of keeping our focus off of something. It wasn’t until I let Christ renew my mind, until I filled it with The Word, until I knew, really knew what God had said. Until I remembered what God had promised and then choose to turn those negative thoughts into God thoughts. At that point then I was able to focus on my family and calling. Sometimes we need to put the phone down, put aside a way of thinking, push away the trial, give away whatever is keeping your mind busy and stay focused on what God says. Let Him be your full focus and all the rest will fall into place.
Ephesians 4:23 “Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.”
Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Colossians 3:2 “Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”