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No Way To Pay!

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I was standing behind a lady at the checkout counter today at one of my favorite discount variety stores when the clerk totaled her purchases. The customer didn’t have enough money to pay for all of her items so she began to select things to leave behind. “Oh no”, I said to the clerk. “Just put her items on my bill.” The clerk looked surprised; the lady was pleased—and grateful. (I knew that it was the least I could do for having been so abundantly blessed by the grace of God.)

As I finished checking out, I noticed that the lady had left one of the items I’d paid for on the counter. At that moment, I had TWO epiphanies about what Jesus did for us in dying on the Cross. No way could we pay our sin debt. “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood… (Romans 3:23-25–NLT).

Yes, Jesus stepped forward and said, “Put it on my bill!” HE PAID IT ALL!

Now, here is what really blows me away. Some people walk away from what has already been paid for and never get the benefit of it. If you know somebody who has not embraced what Jesus has done, run after them and tell them that you too once had a debt that you couldn’t pay but you accepted the GIFT. Compel them to come… to RECEIVE the gift. That’s all that any of us can do when we are Spiritually Bankrupt! JUST ACCEPT THE GIFT! Feel free to share this blog.

Stay Focused!

Stay focused

I had a serious aha moment today during my water aerobics class. The instructor had us doing an elbow to knee exercise for what seemed an eternity. Finally, unable to do another repetition, I asked him, “Are we ever going to switch to the left leg?” He replied, “Oh, we changed over a long time ago!”

Apparently I had gotten distracted (looking out the window, closing my eyes, thinking about my to-do list, etc.) and missed his cue. I think that we relate to God like this sometimes. We are going thru the motions of following Him, exhausting ourselves to no avail, only to discover that we are pursing a path, project, or relationship whose season has ended.

I’m going to make every effort to stay focused on Him, check in often to see if I’m still in step, and most of all, get back on track when I see that I’m not! What about you? Are you walking in sync with His plan for your life?

Conquer Your Performance Insecurity

CONQUERING INSECURITY

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Too many of God’s children are plagued with insecurity and a sense of inadequacy. They have an “omniscience-complex” – they think they need to know EVERYTHING about a subject matter, an assignment, a potential job or promotion, a career move–before they start it.

We must learn to declare in advance what Daniel said (in Daniel 2:23 see below) after God revealed the king’s dream and the interpretation—when the king couldn’t even remember what it was he’d dreamed:

Take time to read this story. It’s my “go-to” passage when I need an answer or solution revealed. Note the number of times Daniel emphasizes “He” in Verses 21-22 when referring to God vs. man.

You don’t need more self-confidence; this is a worldly concept with limited effectiveness; we must always walk in Supreme Confidence knowing that GOD is just looking for somebody thru whom He can show Himself strong (2 Chronicles 16:9).

Here’s the key part of the story; it picks up where the king has ordered all the wise men to be destroyed because nobody can tell him what he dreamed:

Daniel 2:16-23 NKJV

16 So Daniel went in and asked the king to give him time, that he might tell the king the interpretation. 17 Then Daniel went to his house, and made the decision known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, 18 that they might seek mercies from the God of heaven concerning this secret, so that Daniel and his companions might not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 19 Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven.

20 Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His.

21 And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding.

22 He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him.

23 “I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might, And have now made known to me what we asked of You, For You have made known to us the king’s demand.”

Yup! This is my declaration:
“I THANK YOU AND PRAISE YOU, O GOD.. YOU HAVE GIVEN ME WISDOM AND MIGHT AND HAVE NOW MADE KNOWN TO ME WHAT I HAVE ASKED OF YOU!”