Monday, February 20, 2012

Day 828 of Giving Thanks

I hear often from other people, but women especially, who just feel hopeless and unworthy. I was there.

Today, I write  - I was depressed, full of doubt and fear and God answered me (it's different for everyone I know). He gave me a task - Giving Thanks Daily... finding gratitude is a habit, one that if I were to stop, I believe my heart would break into pieces. I have to break it down continually, dwelling, often in WHAT HE did for me. God told me to write... and that's what I do every day. And have been doing so for 827 days, today is 828! It is work... His work was completed, eternity is secured... so I have actions to take to heal now.

Father God, our bodies and programming are of the flesh. We need You, we crave the work of the Holy Spirit in us, but rarely know what that means. We pray Mighty and Perfect Father for an indwelling of hope and purpose for our sister (your name here). We pray Father, You will speak clearly for her, and I ask boldly LORD that You share Your mission and purpose with her in a big and bold way. I pray for others to carry encouragement and edification through Jesus Christ right to her heart. I pray that her mind, all of her thoughts will transform to You. I pray that in Your strength and power through the Holy Spirit, the enemy will flee, that satan will not be at ease because of the overflowing of Your Word and Your thoughts for (your name here). In the precious name of Jesus and the perfection of His blood we pray. Amen.

We all have a responsibility to seek God, and accept what He gives. He does everything for us out of love, tenderness and grace. Grace that extends the far reaches of all that exists. We are saved with a choice, and our healing comes by choosing to be like Jesus. And making a daily (sometimes moment to moment) decision to seek Him even more. 

"God's readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation's available for everyone! We're being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honoring life. This new life is starting right now, and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, appears. He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness." ~Titus 2:14 (New International Version)

We are vessels. And a mighty God not only wraps us, He fills us. When the cracks appear and gape open, repair is there with the covering of His blood.

Don't you know, that He did everything for you - every detail, every beating, every drop of blood, for you?

“I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” ~Isaiah 61:10 (New International Version)

In everything we do. He is the treasure, He is the reward. 

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What a wonderful gift He sent. We have to grasp the intensity of what this gift is for us; when we don’t, we continue to think and believe in the flesh.

Wretched because we sin.
Because we sin, we fall short. Religious when we 'try' to be good enough, do works to earn favor and our way into heaven. We will always sin, and the wages for sin is death (death meaning separation from God forever). As a sinner we are an enemy of God.

Jesus lived the perfect life that we cannot. He died for us. He resurrected and lives now. 

What has to happen. We must realize that we sin (fall short) and cannot live a perfect life which will give us eternal life with God in heaven.

Jesus offers us the gift of life by accepting what He did on the cross for us (for you). We believe that if you were the only person who lived, He would have died for you.

In this there is repentance... turning from sin and believing all this about Jesus. Asking Him to take your sin and that His death on the cross was done for you.

What does that mean? God forgets your sin, past, present and future. And, not only do you get the gift of eternal life, but you get the gift of Jesus in you... the gift of the Holy Spirit - God in you forever, to help, guide and translate the word.

God loves you so much. He planned and executed all this for you.And now, being His, using the Holy Spirit to stay in the LORD God’s will, we pray, petition and expect.
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Did you know that you are being used by God? That in every breath, step, word and action, there is a counter and/or complimentary breath, step, word and action. When we live our life in His will, complimentary to one another is our job. The "body" cannot function without each other, God is the only fully and ever functioning entity. So, with that said, make sure you are constantly asking Him about each breath, step, word and action.

So remember to remember Him, go to Him, lean on Him, press into His presence. Prepare yourself. Are you struggling today, are you feeling attacked? I highly recommend reading Ephesians 6 daily…

And I will leave you with this, but in His perfect and capable care. “Lift up over all the [covering] shield of [c]saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].” ~Ephesians 6:16 (Amplified Bible)
 

© 2012 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta
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