Becoming Someone vs. Finding Somebody

This was a strong devotional message that I read the other day and thought I would share it with the people that may actually read it.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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Devotional

Becoming Someone vs. Finding Somebody

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught a kingdom message about what it means to live in relationship. Jesus, after describing God’s care for the smallest parts of his creation—the birds of the air and the flowers in the field—poses this question: “Are you not much more valuable than they?” Jesus says that God is going to provide for us more abundantly than he provides each day for them. We don’t have to be anxious for anything.

Unfortunately, anxiety tends to be a huge part of our lives. We worry about what job we will have. What house we will have. How others will perceive us. This anxiety carries into our relationships. We worry about meeting that special person. The wedding we will have. The children we have to raise. But Jesus says don’t worry about tomorrow, for you have a Father who promises if you will make seeking him a priority, he will make providing for you a priority.

God knows that what you need most is a Maker, not a mate. When you’re focused on the Maker, you won’t be distracted by the cares of this world. When you’re working on falling in love with your Maker, you become the person someone else wants in his or her life.

You can’t control the people who come into your life and how they respond to you, but you can control how you invest in becoming the person God wants you to be. You can burn a lot of energy seeking that right person and miss what you need to work on in yourself.

When you submit yourself to God to be molded, he will move you toward the people he wants you to meet. You don’t have to be anxious about being in the right place at the right time or fear who will miss out. If you commit to submitting to the process of becoming, God will be responsible for the process of bringing. So, if you want to get close to somebody, the answer is to move toward Jesus.

The enemy will try to get you to stress about your relationships and whether you will meet that special person. He knows if he can get you to worry about the future, it robs the power of what God wants to do in you today. The power you need is not in what God has done in the past, though you should certainly celebrate that. It is not in what you hope God will do in the future, though you can have confidence in that. The true power is what God, through Christ, wants you to become in the here and now.

There’s a whole world of people who think their happiness depends on their ability to get what they think they need right now. But true happiness is rooted in a Father who sees what we need and is able to provide into our lives at just the proper time. We have the same needs as everyone else on planet Earth. Food. Clothes. Shelter. We all need the same stuff—we just believe the solution is in bringing those things to God and trusting that he will provide.

Respond

How easy or difficult is it for you to take Jesus’ words at face value and not worry about the future? What do you tend to worry about the most?

What do you find yourself worrying about more: the past or the future? How does this worry affect your relationship with Jesus?

What does it mean to shift your priority from finding somebody to becoming someone? Where do you need God to shape, sculpt, and form you?

Enduring Love Today

images-14How many of us can say that we have an enduring love for anything? I mean sure we like to think we have enduring love for our parents and children that we have because we come from them and they from us. How do we fair in a relationship where our faith comes into to play. Marriage, faith in GOD, friendships, or just plain relationships all need the trust of enduring love if we can muster it. It is not something that comes to us easily. We have to get rid of our ego’s and the shame that has happened in the past that causes us not to be able to see in others what God sees in us. When we are able to do this we can move forward in life with the strength that was meant for us.

I have been seeking this mindset for sometime now and I finally feel that I am beginning to see what we should in each other. It is a fragile state though, we as humans here on earth are vulnerable to every form of doubt imaginable. For me to get to this point in myself I have joined a great church and learning from the life groups available through the church itself. Earlier I didn’t put much faith in church and trying to seek a glimpse of the face of Christ. I now see that there is power in prayer and that we all can make changes in the world by using this powerful tool that is available to us. With all that is going on in the world today we need it in the worst ways.psalm-145

Family and friends that knew me previously will probably think that I am on a Jesus kick now. This couldn’t be farther from the truth, I haven’t gone that way in the slightest. I do faith in Christ and that he is alive in us though. I don’t push my beliefs on anyone that isn’t searching for Christ. I am ready and willing to speak his existence and truth when asked about my personal walk. His Grace is all we need when we are weak, it works best when we are at our weakest.

2nd Corinthians (12:9); Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

I will continue to work on this one because I am still understanding it myself. All relationships will someday cause a strain on the love we have for those in our lives. We may think it is the enduring love that s being called into question when is probably our trust. The two kind of go hand in hand. Our minds will call into question things that have hurt us in the past. This will cause mistrust in those because things may be lining up as they did with a past situation. It will be hard to not listen to those thoughts and suggestions from our conscience’s. We do have to believe that God hasn’t brought us through all that he has only to just leave us cold. He is always with us we just have to trust it.

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Bold Move Men!

 

 

 

 

 

Reposted from a christian email I received.

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What’s the Bold Move?

The Lord is on my side; I will not fear—Psalm 118:6

“What’s the bold move?” It’s a question that should be asked often, in one form or another, when men gather in Christian community. It’s a question that challenges us to press our intellectual understanding of the truth of our King, Jesus Christ, into clear, practical action. It dares us to form Gospel words into living, breathing reality.

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? . . . Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:14, 18).

When we men move boldly in faith it demonstrates—with our actions, with our lives—that we do indeed trust Jesus. It confirms that we’ll actually live our lives like we trust him. Maybe it’s finally deciding to draw clear work/home boundaries, despite ambition or difficulty; maybe it’s confessing some sin, despite embarrassment or awkwardness; maybe it’s giving money or time, despite greed or inconvenience; maybe it’s sharing our faith, despite discomfort or fear; or maybe it’s something else entirely. For each of us, there comes a time when we just must take action, must take risk. There comes a time when our faith mandates that action and risk are the only real options. And that’s when things begin to happen—big, breathtaking things—not because we seek them out necessarily, but because they’re the byproduct of lives that reflect faith.
Okay, so what do we do?

How might you live out your faith with a bold move? Choose something simple, near-term (i.e., this week), and achievable. If you’re in community with other men (and you should be), formulate your bold moves together, customized to each individual and circumstance. Then, keep one another accountable for executing them. This is one way communities of men must work.

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