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When Life Squeezes!

Back when I was working with youth, one of the illustrations I loved to share with them was to take three tubes of tooth paste and challenge three of the teens to have a little race with the tubes of tooth paste, all they had to do was very carefully follow the directions as I gave them and the first one finished with all the tasks would be the winner. Task number one was to sqeeze as much of the tooth paste out of the tube as fast as possible. They immediatly went crazy, squeezing, grabbing, pushing, pulling, rolling, whatever they could come up with to try to gett every bit of the paste out of the tube.

Now for the second part of the challenge and the one that finishes first, will be considered the Grand Champion. Then I would instruct them to put all of the tooth paste back into the tube and immediatly they look at me as if I have lost my mind. Of course I have not lost my mind, I know they cannot put it back easily and that is the point.

I go onto explain that life has a tendency to apply pressure and it will untimately squeeze out of us, whatever we have inside of us and no matter how bad we may want to, it is almost impossible to get it put back inside, out of site and out of mind.

Luke 6:45 teaches us that: “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”

This is why protecting our heart from evil influence is so important. Life will squeeze you and whatever you have in you is going to come out, so it is best to make sure that we have the right stuff inside of us.

The Bottom Line: When we get our heart right, then we get our life right. A great way to start is by spending time with the Master, learning to think His thoughts and be empowered by His Spirit.

Ask yourself this question and ask God to help you to be honest with yourself and Him abouth the answere: “What’s in your heart???” 🙏🏻

Seven Steps To Experience Divine Repair!

Here are the seven steps that we each need to take, so that the Spirit can begin the process of “Divine Repair” upon our lives…

1.) Face Your Problem!  We all have problems,  Figure out what your problem is and then face it.  This is the first and most important step.  Stop pretending that you don’t have any problems.  Once you face your problems, you will begin to see what you need to do about it, now do it!

2.) Accept Responsibility!  While there may be others that contributed to the problems that you are facing, it is still your problem and you must bear the responsibility.  This is not necessarily easy, but it is right.  If things are going to be better, then it is because you have decided they are going to be better.

3.)  Ask Yourself If You Really Want Healing?  They say “misery loves company” and I guess that this is true for a great many people.  But why be miserable, when you can be happy, strong and fulfilled?  You have to decide if you really want to be happy and if you do, then you have to go all in and go for it!

4.) Forgive Yourself!  Stop beating yourself up with the same club over and over again. We all make mistakes and we all screw up at this thing called life.  If we learn from our screw ups, then they are not screw ups, they are education.  So you messed up, learn from it, let it go and move on.

5.) Forgive Others!  You can live in the prison of unforgiveness or you can live in the freedom of holding no grudges, it is up to you.  Just know this:  If you stay imprisoned, it is because you have made the choice to not claim your freedom by withholding forgiveness that sets everyone free.

6.) Ask For The Spirit’s Help!  You are not supposed to do this alone, because you can’t do this alone, so ask the Spirit to help you.  The Spirit will speak to you, guide you and grow you to a place that you cannot take yourself.  You need the Spirits help!

7.) Don’t Give Up!  If it was easy, then everyone would do it.  It’s not easy, but it is possible and with the possibility comes a new and better life.  Step out in faith and claim your better and blessed life today, you will be glad you did!

In Between Living!

We are physical and spiritual, spiritual beings living in a human physique.  When you stop and think about it, this is the source of both blessing and challenge.  Blessing in that we are spiritual, made in the image of our Creator and eternal in nature.  Challenging in that we who are unlimited allow ourselves to be limited by our physical frames and it’s limitations that present themselves through agings aches and pains.

     A big part of our problem is we see our self as physical over the spiritual.  We separate the two, when they should remain as one.  Our origin cannot be split and while it is hard to understand, it is possible for us to be in this world, but not of it. 

     Every person that you see is a reflection of a little bit of you.  We tend to judge others and the reason is because we are seeing what is best about us or what is worst about us, when we are looking at someone else.  Rather than seeing others as different, we should start to view them as an extension of ourselves.  The sharing of this oneness allows us to see things that we ordinarily would not see and hear things that we would most likely miss.
 
     It has become a part of our instinct to judge others, often without even really thinking about it.  Everything in our society works to shape us into this kind of ego centered person.  When you are tempted to separate yourself, stop and put yourself in the other person’s shoes, walk a mile or two and try to see life from their perspective.  You will be amazed at how this will begin to change who you are, by allowing you to live in the midst the physical and the spiritual, instead of in one or the other.
 
     This is not easy, but will become more natural as you practice it.  And as you practice this discipline, you will discover that you are getting dialed into the things of the Spirit, which makes your physical life much more enjoyable.  This is just a small step in helping you to live the life that you were created for, so I hope you will take the time to give it a try and I hope that as you do – you will live blessed!