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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…

REBIRTH!

The Scriptures speak of being born again. This has always been a fascinating and at the same time, confusing consideration. It is fascinating because, we want to understand, it is confusing because, most of us usually don’t make the effort. But we should, because while being born again is not necessairly an easy work, it is a very necessary one.

To be born again is to be born of the spirit and it is a spiritual process. It is the re-awakening to our potential and while it does require some effort on our part, it is our God, Spirit, Lord, Christ, Source, who does the heavy lifiting. Spiritual labor, just like physical labor can be challenging and tiring. It is work from the inside – out. It involves us surrendering our will and coming to a place of giving up, letting go, and allowing our heart to grow tender.

“Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” -John 3:3

In the spiritual labor of being born again, it does not matter who gets the credit, who is right, who is wrong, how long it takes, what the opinions of others might happen to be or who gets the prize??? The only thing that matters is the end result and some where along the way, we begin realize that all of our effort is just not enough. In the tired weariness of living in this old sin sick world, we finally surrender, give up and allow ourselves to rest in the arms of our Creator. It is at this place that the miracle of rebirth begins to happen.

Being reborn is finding the love we’ve been searching for all of our lives. Once we are reborn, we quickly find comfort in our new skin, because we understand that we are loved. We are loved because we were created by love and for love. We are not so easily distracted by the stuff of this world, because we finally understand that we are just passing through to a better and more perfect place. We experience freedom that sets us free from fear and allows us to overcome any and all challenges with love, sweet love.

This new energy of love opens up a whole new spiritual world within the physcial world of our dwelling, which offers us opportunities for growth outside of ourselves and into the supernatural. It is within the supernatural, that we find the strength, maturity and spirit to grow as we have never grown before. This growth in grace is the sweet and beautiful gift that we were created and re-created for, so please make sure that you enjoy it, every baby step of the way…

Steps To Solving The World’s Problems!

The world we live in today is in a big ole mess. I recently heard a news commentator exclaim that “God can’t help us!, but that we can help one another, if we will just start to love.” The problem with his statement is this: We cannot give to anyone else what we do not posses for ourselves. In order for us to share love with someone else, we must first have a source of love that we can receive from, so that we might share. The good news is that we do in fact have a source, because the Scriptures teach us that “GOD IS LOVE!”

Love is the beautiful gift that God has blessed each of His children with, but what we do with that love is a choice that each of us makes for ourselves. While love is a very beautiful thing, it is a somewhat useless thing, if it is not received and shared. Love discovers its power and purpose when it is given away. Love becomes a miraculous and powerful force when it is allowed to flow into and through our lives. It flows through our recceiving and sharing. In this way our Creator is glorified and we are all blessed.

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” -Joh 13:34

Live your life in such a way that you become an expression of God’s love. It is more important to show people you love them, than to tell them you love them. May our actions and reactions become exxpressions of love.

Live your life in such a way that you become a channel of God’s love. Open your heart, mind and spirit to receive God’s love. You are loved and it is God’s love that makes you worthy, so stop fighting that battle already. Once you receive God’s love, make sure that you are sharing all that you are getting from His love = grace, mercy forgiveness restoration and blessing by allowing it to flow to you and through you. Becoming a channel of love allows you to fulfill your created purpose, experience the miraculous and brings you great personal fulfillment…