From Conceit to Complete...are we there yet?
It's a brand new day and while the sun is not shining here at Thee Farm, we did receive an inch of rain. Which makes Thee Farmer a happy farmer.
I've been thinking about you a lot. Like up at night, suddenly awake, and wondering, "What else can I tell her to help her focus on Jesus?"
We sang a song in Sunday school and it went something like this:
Read your Bible, pray every day, and you'll grow, grow, GROW!
Whether you are a lifelong believer, a new believer, or you just aren't quite sure yet, I invite you to take a fresh look at God's Word.
From Thee Beginning to Thee End, there is a constant theme - God created and God loves.
Yes, there are battles and Laws and murder and miracles and weird stuff and long lists of names. There are prostitutes and love letters and battle cries. There are amazing transformations and some stories that will make you shake your head. There are visions and dreams and prayers and wisdom. A talking donkey, too.
God made you. Created you and knew you when you were in your mother's womb. You are not a mistake. You are loved.
1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
Take a deep breath and know this:
He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
You are not ugly. You are not worthless.
God is within you. You will not fail. God will help you at the break of day!
When you read His Words and memorize them you can bring them to mind anytime...at night when you are scared, when you are feeling low, when your kiddos are out of control, when you feel like all is lost. He is there with words to lift you up.
Next comes prayer.
Prayer is nothing more than this: acknowledging that He is God and you are not. Placing your life in His hands. Surrendering.
He is not Santa Claus. You can't ask Him to bring you a Ferrari. Well, you can, but that's another post for another day.
We don't manipulate God with prayer, rather we come into His presence and still ourselves and pour out our hearts.
Now, how about starting your day ready for battle?
Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News. Philippians 1:27 NLT
Stand firm. Stand together. Fight for our faith.