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Stop Striving!

I got up this moring just like I always do and went outside, sat down and began to sip my cup of coffee. I opened up my Bible and began to read and the first two words grabbbed me and stopped me in my tracks: “STOP STRIVING!”

It was one of those gut punches that you’re not expecting. I thought to myself: “I didn’t know I was???” I thought I had got off that train a long time ago. The reality for most of us, is that even when we are striving not to strive, we are still striving.

God was reminding me with His simple and beautiful word that I was created for so much more than striving. Striving is my living way below my created level of blessing and growth, while trying to live some imaginary place, I was never created for.

The Scripture comes from Psalms 46:10 and says: “Stop striving and know that I am God; I will be exaltede among the nations, I will be exalted on the earth.”

What is the point of my striving? It changes nothing. I can strive or not strive and it does not change the reality that God is God and I’m not Him. My striving is really an indication that I don’t know Him as well as I may like to think I do???

God is going to be exalted, lifted up, given the attention He deserves and nothing is ever going to change that. God does not need me. He does not need me to do anything for Him. God just simply wants me to enjoy my relationship with Him and all that He brings to this amazing gift called life.

C’mon be honest! What good has all your striving, worrying, planning gotten you? Just stop it all and start enjoying life, it really is that simple. This life is God’s gift to you and what you do with it is your gift to God. Just live it, enjoy it, grow in it and God automatically gets the glory!

Conviction Over Condemnation!

There is a big difference between condemnation and conviction. Condemnation is a work of the flesh, while conviction is a work of the Spirit. I spent years trapped in condemnation, while conviction was doing it’s best to try and set me free.

When I woke up this morning, I was thinking about CONDEMNATION. We are so quick to throw it around and many of us use it as a tool to try to beat ourselves or others into submission, only to find that it ultimately does more harm than good.

The truth is: It gets easy to play the blame game, because almost everyone does it. And the more we all do it, the easier it gets. As long as I am blaming someone or something else, then I don’t have to deal with my stuff. The problem with not dealing with my stuff, is that my grave just gets dug a little bit deeper.

In Romans 8:1, the scriptures declare: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…”

The key to that verse after the no condemnation part is being “IN” Christ Jesus. Condemnation is the work of the enemy, but God uses it to teach us that we are not living up to our created potential. Don’t get stuck there, learn your lesson and move on to the beautiful life you were created for. Oh and by the way – don’t get stuck in condemning others either, because that will cause you to miss your blessing too.

The reason we should choose conviction over condemnation is because conviction shows us what we are doing wrong and encourages us to do it right. It’s all about going up to a higher level of living and this is what we were all created for – growth into a blessed person, who shares their blessing with others for God’s glory… 🙏🏻

Forgive Yourself!

We all make mistakes and sin. Everyone knows the feeling and frustration of failure. But our missing the mark is not the end of us and it is not the end of our lives. The God who created us, loves us and understands us better than we understand ourselves. He has made a way where there wasn’t away. God made a way for us to receive forgiveness and restoration as we learn from our mistakes, sins and failures.

Don’t allow the giant of guilt to beat up on you. Admit your failure, learn from it and receive God’s gift of restoration. If God forgives you, then who do you think you are to not forgive yourself? Forgiveness is making the choice to focus on love and let go of the guilt. It is not always easy, but it is always possible and life changing when we get it right.

The big battle is with our ego, because the ego tells me that I am what I have, what I do or what I think others think of me, so the continual temptation is to look down on or belittle others, at least in our mind, so we can feel better about ourselves, but when we do this, we can’t help but to bring the same conviction into our own lives. This game of judgment backfires and catches us in it’s flames.

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” -Matthew 7:1-3

Fight against the temptation to judge yourself or others. Stop finding fault and start looking for what you and others are doing right. Focus on the good and the good will grow. Don’t allow yourself to get caught up in self defeating trap of criticism and condemnation.

When I look for the light in others, I cannot help but to be reminded of the light in myself, which helps me to realize that it is through forgiveness that we receive peace and in peace we find true freedom…