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We Are His House

My husband and I are blessed to own a great house in SA. We live in that house, pay for it and hire out repairs (we aren’t real good at that stuff) and care for the upkeep of it. If there is painting that needs to be done or a lawn that needs to be mowed Jeremy and I don’t blame the house, how silly would that be, we simply take care of it. We may rearrange things at times, remove walls or update the light fixtures. But that’s up to us not the house.

The verses below all say that you are God’s house. If you are God’s house what does that say about whose in charge of your care. You can rest in that! I just think about that and it gets my mojo goin!

Hebrews 3; 2 Corinthians 6;

1 Corinthians 6; Acts 7 & 17 1 Corinthians 3

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Cross, Poetry, Religious

Like The Ocean to The Bay

Not feeling all that poetic
But having much to say
From a passion rising briskly
Like the ocean to the bay

Is the love of Christ my Savior
As my eyes are opened wide
To His mercy and His kindness
And the life He does provide

So complete is His provision
So entire is His being
That it feels the nooks and crannies
And awakens me to seeing

Even with my body weakened
And on earth I live today
His life is like the ocean
And my life is like the bay

It will never be depleted
It will never cease to be
It’s a life that lives forever
It’s His life that lives in me.

So I rest in this knowing
I am righteous, I am pure
I am ever in His pleasure
And poetically secure.

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“What Is Tattooed on Your Mind?”

I’ve been thinking about how easy it is to just accept bad news without stopping to see what God says about it.  I heard a great message this past weekend about how the enemy permanently tattoos our mind with lies when we allow him to.  It was so interesting to hear that in order to get a tattoo removed it requires light from the outside and blood from the inside working together.  In order to remove the lies that have been imprinted on our minds we must flood ourselves with the light of the Gospel (2 Cor. 4:4) from the outside and allow the blood of Jesus to change us from the inside.  When the light and the blood come to together the lies are removed and we can walk as God intended us to walk.  Wow, that is amazing news!  

That message reminded me of when my son Benjamin was two years old and we went to the Dr. to have his two year check up.  The Dr. told us that because Ben had an excessive concave chest, he was small for his age, and he also had gotten Kawasaki Syndrome (that they caught quickly, thank the Lord) that he would probably never be able to play football as a teenager or participate in any intensive sports.  He also told us that most likely Ben would have to have corrective surgery on his concave chest when he got older.  I remember my husband and I just would not believe that, we didn’t even entertain that thought.  We have always prayed for our kids and today Benjamin has squatted over 800 lbs, he plays Varsity football for a huge high school in the state of TX and just made the regional track meet throwing shot put.  He is having an amazing high school experience. And, by the way, his chest corrected itself.  I am so glad that we did not take the prediction of our Doctor over the word of our Heavenly Father!

Don’t just except a bad report, don’t even except things that are below what God paid for at the Cross.  His person and work gave us everything we need for life and Godliness according to 1 Peter 1:3-5.  That doesn’t mean we will alway get everything we want and that life will be perfect, no, God said, that it rains on the just and the unjust alike Matt. 5:45.  But faith is trusting God, NO MATTER WHAT.   Don’t allow you mind to be permanently tattooed with lies instead tattoo your mind with the Gospel!

 

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Commentary

Perspective

Each of us has our own world view, our own perspective.  This perspective is a result of the way that we were raised, the world view of our parents, events that have happened in our lives, and even pop culture.  It is this perspective that largely filters the way that we hear and see ourselves and our circumstances.  I think this is why you can have two hundred people sitting in a service with one speaker saying one thing and you will end up with at least a dozen different interpretations of what that speaker said.  Now, that isn’t always a bad thing.  I think God can use each different perspective to provide a fresh window in which to see the world, if we will listen to each other.  So our own perspective or world view isn’t necessarily a bad thing unless it is contrary to the “truth”.

For example, when I was married I was a size 8.  It didn’t take me long to kiss that size 8 goodbye and I remember the complete agony and embarrassment that I felt by growing to a size 12.  I felt so ugly and fat.  Years later after having two kids and getting up all the way to a size 16 I began the process of losing weight and when I reached a size 12 again I felt absolutely gorgeous, I mean I loved shopping and walked with my head up because I knew I was a knock out.  Now, what was different between the earlier size 12 and the later size 12?  The only difference was my “perspective”.   I am happy to say that I am now back into a size 8 at age 42 but the point is that, depending on what angle you are looking from, you will decide if something is a good or a bad thing.

A lot of conflict happens in relationships because we don’t recognize each others different perspectives.  A lot of the arguments that we have aren’t based on right and wrong they are simply based on each individuals perspective.  The Bible gives us a great tool to use so that we can operate and function in this world with a better grasp on each other and what is going on by taking a Heavenly perspective.

Colossians 3:2 tells us to set our mind on things above, not on the things that are on the earth.  In other words we can see things from a higher place.  Do you remember going to the playground as a child and looking up at the slide?  When I was little that slide looked huge and scary.  But when I grew up and returned to that playground that same slide didn’t look near as scary, in fact it looked fun.  That is what happens as you mature and begin to see things from a higher place.

I encourage each of us to recognize that we all have different perspectives, that we all come from a different world view but always strive toward a Heavenly view.  Philippians chapter 2 even goes so far as to tell us to let the same mind be in us that was in Christ Jesus.  What kind of perspective did he have?  He actually set aside his Heavenly perspective in order to be fully engulfed in ours and in doing that he brought us the opportunity to take on His mind and His way of seeing the world and people and circumstances.

What does that mean to you?

How are we to do that?

What will be the result if we do?

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