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Got Vision?

 

 

So, lets keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us.  If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision--you'll see it yet!  Now that we're on the right track, let's stay on it.

Phillipians 3:15 (MSG)

 In January 2018, I was invited to a Vision Board party.  Several women were there and together we sat around tables and cut pictures out of magazines to glue on our poster boards. The idea was to focus on a particular theme, such as a word,  my focus wandered to vision and dreams. 

I want what God wants for 2018 and beyond. And, I believe God thinks in much bigger ways than I can even imagine, and I believe He wants me to think as big as I can.  Kingdom thinkiing.  

What's your vision for the year and years ahead? God has so much for each of us, are you seeing His Vision for you clearly?  Are you committed to bringing His Kingdom to every aspect of your life and the lives of others? Are you willing to live excellent and move away  from mediocrity? 

For me, I want God to clear all my vision. I want Him to be my vision caster, and I want to believe in the vision He has put upon my heart.  I want to walk in excellence of His vision, and live for more. His more. I want to leave a legacy to my children and grandchildren that instills vision within them.

What is your vision today?  Is God calling you to spread His Kingdom beyond the limits of your own thinking?

Where will you start? 

 

 

Love Is

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

1 John 4:18

The last couple of years I've focused a lot on stepping away from fear, and moving towards love.  What are some of the reasons I do what I do, and say what I say?  What about you?  Fear has sometimes driven my motives.  Fear of judgment, fear of pain, fear of rejection.  What motivates you?  Do you  get up in the morning and get ready for your day because you love what you do and you love the people you will see?  Or, do you get yourself out the door because if your late there is fear of loosing your job, your friends, or reputation?  Does love move you to greater lengths and deeper places in your relationships, or does fear creep in and cause you to loose authenticity? How would your life be different if you did not experience fear? What would a life of perfect love actually look like when it comes to day to day living? 

I think fear creates chaos.  It can drive us to be too busy, too often. Fear overtakes our lives sometimes, and we don't even know it. I've been afraid that if I don't push myself to show how much I love, then I won't be loved.  Or, afraid that there just won't be enough money to go around, so I have to work harder and longer.  Or, afraid that someday I might just be all alone. Or, here's one, afraid that if I don't push my kids enough, teach them enough, keep them busy enough, they will be unproductive adults. Have you noticed the motives? Fear.

So, now that I'm in my second year of really focusing on love instead of fear, I can report that things are different.  Slower, actually. Fear still creeps in, but I'm recognizing it much faster now, and I ask myself why I'm allowing it to motivate me.  Love is not pushy. Love is not afraid of being punished. Love stands solidly on the firm foundation of all that God says, and takes one day at a time.  Fear lies everytime, working hard to convince you and me that tragedy is just around the corner unless our behaivor caves in to fears desires.  

What is your fear saying to you today?  How can you replace it with love?

Closed Doors

Behold, I have put before you an open door that no one can shut....

Revelation 3:8

Have you had periods in your life where it feels like everywhere you turn doors are closing?  It's difficult to make the progress you want because there is an obstacle thrown in your path and another door slammed just as you turn the bend?

God knows about closed doors. He sees your perseverence, and He sees your hearts desires. Keep moving forward, for He has open doors for you!

I have to tell myself this today. When I see closed doors all around me, I have to look for the open doors that He has promised and I have to believe that there are many windows.  

If doors slam. If your heart hurts.  God knows. And, He thinks in terms of open doors and paths to healed hearts.

Persevere towards His heart.

The Elect

 

 

 

Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

Romans 8:33-34

This verse in Romans is a favorite of mine lately.  We are God's elect, He has chosen us as His people, His precious treasures. This verse starts our with the big question, Who brings a charge against someone like that? 

Well...The accuser does. We've seen it over and over again, right? The enemy of our soul is constantly bringing accusations against us in various forms. Sometimes we are guilty, sometimes not. Still he accuses with a vicious tenaciousness.

But, there is always hope for every accusation. Guilty or not, God justifies. Have you noticed in this verse that there is not a BUT? It simply says, God justifies. He does this because He is Judge of all, and when you go to him with repentance, He will justify! What gives Him the power to do this?  Christ Jesus!

The accuser may try to condemn you because of your actions, past or present, but the action of Christ is so much bigger! He is there at the right hand of God interceding for you giving power through His blood. It is because of His amazing action, that God justifies you and deems the accuser powerless.  

Do you realize that this very day you walk among the very elect?

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