Tag Archives: grace

Five Minute Friday: Regret

Photo by Cristian Newman on Unsplash

This week the writer’s prompt from Five Minute Fridays is REGRET. We have 5 minutes to write what comes to us — quickly. Little editing. Just write.

Go: Clock is ticking

This post first published on Medium.com

I will admit I hate that word — regret. It has a negative tone and I am a positive person.

As I looked through Scripture I think God feels that way too. We are told many times to look forward, not behind. We press on, not look back. Even Lot and his family were told not to look back. Lot’s wife did — and she didn’t continue on.

“But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26, NIV).”

Therefore if we aren’t to look back what should we do? Look forward of course.

Consider this passage:

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead (Philippians 3:13, NIV).

Do you hear that?

Forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead.

That’s the way our walk with Christ should be. We won’t always do the right thing.

But we will continue on the path set before us.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us (Hebrews 12:1, NIV).”

But how can we throw off everything that hinders us and the sin that entangles us?

And God shows us how. We know when we feel that aching in our souls when we know we are convicted of a sin. Don’t stay there. God is speaking to you. He will make you regret something and it must be cleansed immediately.

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12, NIV).”

One of my first Bible art — Bible journaling.

When we feel that conviction of our spirits we need to act.

And to act is to ask forgiveness for our sins. Don’t stay there stuck in the muck thinking about it. Do something.

A prayer of repentance is the door out of regret.

Knowing that Jesus died for our sins makes us realize that we have been forgiven and don’t need to wallow in the past. We have to let the past go. It doesn’t help us in our walk with God at all.

Jesus said: “It is finished.” He didn’t mean almost done, ready to be done or will be done.

He said, “It is done.”

Therefore are you letting regret grab hold of your life? Are you mulling around all the should haves? Well, STOP it right now. Jesus has paid the price and you are not thanking Him by thinking of the past.

Go on. Move forward.

Here is a prayer for releasing regret.

Lord Jesus, thank You for dying for my sins. I am so grateful that I can hardly understand it. You have washed away all that from my past and have wiped the slate. The tape is erased. I am new because of You, Jesus. Help me to move forward, beyond this moment of time into Your presence of light and joy. Help me be at peace because You have made the way for me to be free and live eternally with You. And today I know that there is something still I need to confess. I confess it now before you. …………………………….In Your Name, Jesus. Amen.

CALL TO ACTION

Do you long for a deeper relationship with God?
Are you tired of being tired?
Would you like to feel God’s peace, protection and strength?

Grow Through God’s Word is a safe Facebook group where we learn scriptures, dabble in Bible art, and express our thoughts and questions on scripture. To join answer the 3 questions.

Click on the image and it will take you to the Facebook Group.

Would you like to learn more about Bible Journaling? Please add your name to the waiting list for a Free Bible Art course.

Click on the image to sign up for the waitlist for the course.

Word of God Speak – How to Accept God’s Grace

Word of God Speak – How to Accept God’s Grace

Last week our Scripture was 2 Corinthians 3:17

Now, the Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

I looked at this Scripture in three different ways:

Word of God Speak –

Using the SIMPLE Method of Bible study I came to the notion that God was leading me to be proactive against human trafficking. I joined with Ratanak International to try to bring awareness against this travesty. I am wearing a dress every day to remind me to pray, and to speak to whomever God puts in my path about human trafficking.

Scripture and a Picture –

On Tuesdays I looked at this scripture again and thought of freedom. I captured the thought of Christians catching the football of faith and running with it. The Holy Spirit can bring a freedom that breaks us free of this world.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18

Hope Stream Podcast

On Wednesdays I look at the Scripture again. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. I talk about birth and expectancy and how it can be compared to the expectancy of Christmas. Here is the Podcast Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. Click on #38.

 

John 3-5 Holy spirit

That brings us to this week’s Scripture. Using the SIMPLE Bible Study Method I try to see what God is saying to me in HIs Word.

S – Say the passage out loud.

Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no-one can enter the Kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit (John 3:5 NIV).”

I find it interesting that my NIV Bible is always a little different than Biblegateway.com even if I check the NIV or the NIVUK. So I use the one in my Bible.

I – Look at footnotes, commentaries, references.

I found Titus 3:5 helpful.

He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.

I read that baptism was an outward sign of an inward work of grace achieved by the Holy Spirit.

M – Make a list of questions, thoughts.

I have always wondered about baptism – children, adult, different denominations have different interpretations.

I grew up where there was infant baptism and then confirmation at the age of 16. When I came to a renewed faith in Christ in 2001, I wanted to be baptized through immersion as a declaration of my faith. I chose a lake in our county. It was definitely an outward sign as the Lord had already changed my heart inside.

P – Prayer. Take the time to be quiet before God. Still your mind. Let everything go out of your head except Christ.

As usual this is always an interesting time. He shows me pictures, ideas and convictions.

L – Life Application – What did God teach me?

I saw a picture of God in the Holy of Holies – beyond us all. Then I saw Him coming down and how He made Himself able to come into our lives through the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirt alive and active inside us, we can now connect to our Lord.

But I also saw those who don’t know God. I thought, “What does it take for the Spirit to move in the hearts of men? in my family? in my friends?

It is such a simple acceptance of God’s grace.

But I remember before I took that leap of faith, being prideful, and stubborn. So it takes the power of the Holy Spirit to break through our tough skin.

We have to realize that we cannot earn or win anything from God through our own efforts (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest).

It is only when we get hungry spiritually that we receive the Holy Spirit (Oswald Chambers).

Jesus can take that which was beyond us, and place it in us (though the Holy Spirit) and rise us up to be with God.

E- Exit with a Prayer

Father, I thank you so much for showing me Who You are, for bringing me into the fold, for shepherding me. I pray for those Who don’t know. I ask that You lead them to Yourself. Help me to speak love, hope, joy and peace to all I meet. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

 

Tweetable:

We have to realize that we cannot earn or win anything from God through our own efforts  (click to Tweet)

It is only when we get hungry spiritually that we receive the Holy Spirit (Oswald Chambers). (click to Tweet)

 

TODAY IS OUR WORD OF GOD SPEAK COMMUNITY SIGN UP

Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss a post. See the side panel to subscribe.

Also sign up for my newsletter – monthly or not so monthly (I promise not to fill your inbox). Recipes, life, paintings, updates on my writing. A free devotional with signup.

Please add your posts following the instructions below. If you want you can show Word of Speak Icon or name on your blog and link in your posts. Here is my new picture. The link to use is http://www.janiscox.com/category/word-of-god-speak/Word-of-God-SpeakMake sure your posts are about God working in your life.

Please add your links by following the instructions.

Make sure you visit at least one – preferably two other posts.

Give them support and encouragement. The link will be open until Wednesday night.

By entering your link, you are allowing me to contact you to remind you of next week’s LINKUP. If you don’t wish to do this, please do not add your email address. And if you don’t put in your email address, I hope your memory is better than mine. :)

Join us today.

 

[inlinkz_linkup id=590451 mode=1]

Watchful Wednesdays – #WhatDoesLoveRequireofme?

Watchful Wednesdays – #WhatDoesLoveRequireofme?

whatdoestheLordrequireofme

Read 1 Corinthians 13

That’s a lot of reading. But it also tells us how to love.

Are you stuck in the law or living the gospel of grace?  (tweetable)

How often do we judge or criticize others? Last week I attended a writers conference. A speaker talked to us for a few moments – then stopped and said something like: “Okay I know some of you were asking yourselves why I chose a deep blue today, and whether I wore earrings, and I wonder how she can speak about this topic?” Then she answered those questions and said: “Okay, now that we have those judgments out of the way, let’s get on with learning about our topic”.

It is so true that we look, we criticize, we judge. Then we tell ourselves – Stop that. We know we shouldn’t be doing this. We do it silently in our heads. But you know what – God knows our hearts and minds. We can’t hide from him. I need to confess, do you?

We do have to stick to the Word of God. We do have to keep with what He tells us. But He also tells us to love others. So we reach out – without judgment, and love.

Jesus did not let any institution interfere with his love for individuals
~ Philip Yancey (tweetable).

Are your words building up or tearing down? Great song by Hawk Nelson – Words. You can find it down below.

In each of the following areas where do you need to extend grace?

        • family
        • friends
        • co-workers
        • neighbours
        • government leaders

Remember we are called to pray for all people – including government leaders. And we are called to love them too.

This week our church started a series called #whatdoesloverequireofme based on Micah 6:8.

Prayer:

Open the eyes of our hearts, Lord. Let us see people as You see them. Keep our hearts pure and loving.

WEDNESDAY’S WORD – Grace

Wednesday’s Word – Grace

Word - Grace

Great sermon on Sunday. Here is my take-away:

Jesus was and is GRACE. Jesus was and is TRUTH.

Can we even come close? I fall far short of both.

But the biggest take-away from Sunday is this:

Truth cannot be seen until grace is shown. Tweet this.

How many times do we speak and hear God’s truth NOT given in grace? All truth cannot be stated outright to everyone at one sitting. It is too much to take in.

Our pastor gave the analogy of salt (actually he likes pepper) . If we put too much on we will spoil the dinner. Don’t overdo or plunge into the TRUTH until you have shown the GRACE of Christ.

Nothing can be added or taken away from Jesus.
He does hold everything together. (Colossians 1:17) Tweet this.

Can we approach everyone with a “grace-filled” attitude? Everyone? Even the ones we disagree with? The ones we know have strayed from the truth? Or do we push them further away from God by our un-graceful attitude or judgment?

Sober words. I had to think. Am I always “grace-filled”? No

Am I more aware of trying to be “grace-filled”? Yes

How grace-filled are you? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

Today is Wednesday’s Word LINKUP.

If you have something you have learned from God, please share in the link below. If you are here for the first time please check out the Rules for Linking. Remember to leave a comment to at least the person ahead of you. We ALL need encouragement as we write for Him.

Comments are always welcome. Please see the list on my sidebar where I link with others to spread God’s Word.

Linking with some wonderful sites. Here are a few. The rest are on the sidebar.



HOW CAN PRAYER SUSTAIN US?

Prayer Sustains Us

by Judith Lawrence

Direct Light

“Prayer is your way through darkness, prayer is your way into the light, prayer is your way into the field of grace. … Prayer is your way to God.” Entering the Castle Page 108, Caroline Myss.

Those of us who pray on a regular basis know the power and support that prayer brings into our lives. Without this prayer power we would not be able to get through the many difficulties with which we are confronted every day. As well as that, the many joys and benefits that we receive daily from God would have less impact on us without being able to give our thanks and praise to God through spontaneous prayer.

We first learn to pray by rote. We learn the Lord’s Prayer, grace at mealtimes, the night prayers for sleep, and the morning prayers for a blessing on a new day. These prayers bring us into the habit of praying to God and gradually bring us into an ongoing conversation and relationship with God throughout the day.

If we have not, as yet, cultivated an attitude of prayer as we go through our day, our rote prayers have somehow missed the mark.

Prayers said and repeated by rote are good; rote prayers that bring us ever deeper into a loving relationship with God sustain us and bring us through our dark times into the light; they lead us to praise God at all times and in all circumstances.

Prayer is our way to God.

Related articles

Judith Lawrence

Judith Lawrence lives in Muskoka, Ontario, a land of lakes, forests, and wildlife. She began to write seriously when she was in her fifties and has written three non-fiction spiritual books. Judith has also written a book of mystical poetry and one of short stories; she writes a weekly blog about contemplation and records a podcast meditation monthly.

COULD I JOIN THE GOD TEAM? – Five-Minute Fridays

Linking to Lisa-Jo for Five-Minute Fridays (FMF) where we write for only 5 minutes then STOP. If you want to join – just come along.

Could I Join the God Team? – FMF

Jan Cox

Becoming the Real Me by Joining

Twenty-five years ago something happened to shake my trust in people. That incident made me build a wall around my family, my emotions and my body. For fifteen years I held back; I became a controller over everything and everybody; my body ached.

Ten years ago something changed – I found people who cared about the real me. I found a church were I could be exactly who I am. I found Christ. I joined a loving, caring community where I learned about God and His love for me.

My world expanded. I relaxed. My body healed. My mind healed. And my soul grew.

My friends accepted me – that is crucial. So I started to join the world again – a little wiser and more discerning – but I joined.

I stretched – and became an open, loving person. God showed me Himself and each day I learn more and more about His mercy and His grace as I study and be with others who believe in Him.

I joined God – that was a big decision. That changed my life. I let Jesus become the leader and I joined the team. Hallelujah!

I lurked on the Five-Minute Fridays for a few days only before I said, “Why not?” Such wonderful connections have been made.

God is building a new Kingdom – He is using Internet tools connect us together and make new disciples.

Have you joined the God Team?

Are you free to join in with other people? Ask God to help you break through that barrier. Tell me your story.

STOP

 

5-Minute Friday – Join

ARE YOU A MARY-KILLING MARTHA?

Are You a Mary-Killing Martha?

by Jennifer Slattery (reprinted with permission, June 21, 2012)

Mary or Martha?

Are you a Mary or Martha?

Most of us are familiar with the story of Mary and Martha. If asked, I suspect many would readily admit we have much more Martha in us than we’d like.

For those of you unfamiliar with the story, Martha and Mary were sisters in ancient Palestine. They were close friends with Jesus. More than friends–they adored Him. One day, Jesus came for a visit, and Martha went frantic. (Luke 10:38-42 NIV.) As would I.

Can you imagine the Creator of the universe stepping inside your kitchen? Drinking from your water-stained glasses? Or am I the only one with dusty furniture, buggy light fixtures, and cobwebs hanging in corners?

Like Martha, when I get on a cleaning-doing-rampage, I expect everyone to join me. For truly, how could anyone possibly sit while so much needs to be done? But in my dolling out tasks and responsibilities, I need to be careful I don’t rob my loved ones of God’s “better.”

It takes a lot of strength … patience … surrender, to sit at Jesus’ feet. We’ve all got to do lists, ambitions, and obligations that threaten to sap our time. Add in a frenzied Martha condemning our efforts, and how many of us can continue to abide?

It’s so hard to be a Mary in a Martha world! For us and our loved ones, which is why we need to be careful not to kill their Mary through over-scheduling.

Each day, I must ask myself–what am I training in my daughter? Am I cultivating an atmosphere that encourages divine-connections, where it’s okay to be a Mary? Do I actively adjust our schedule in order to leave time for God’s best? And what do I praise most, her commitment to Christ or her earthly achievements?

This is a hard one–especially when raising a teen. We want to teach responsibility, service, hard-work ethics. We want to expose our kids to the world. And there’s always so much that needs to be done! That can be done.

To find the balance, I believe we need to continually pare things back to the basics–training our child/encouraging our loved ones to know Christ and make Him known. If their lives, our families, center around that, everything else will fall into place.

This summer has been fairly easy for us. Our schedule leaves plenty of time for family discussions and Bible reading. My challenge will come this fall when sports, classes, and activities threaten to crowd out those family-bonding, spiritually-nurturing times. I pray, when our schedule balloons, God will provide a dose of Mary to balance my Martha, giving me the wisdom to differentiate the must-dos from the can-dos.

Moms and Grandmas, which woman do you relate to today? Are you a Martha, running around ragged, wishing others would help you? Or maybe you’re surrounded by a thousand want-tos–those blessings like amusement parks, sports teams, and gatherings with friends. Be careful your to-do and want-to-do lists don’t rob your children and grandchildren of their time with God.

Maybe you’re a Mary desperately needing time with Jesus, but the obligations of others weigh you down. Today I encourage you to close your ears to the voice of man and tune them instead to Jesus, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one” (Luke 10:41b-42a NIV).

And invite your kids to do the same. Each day show them what it means to abide.

Some things to try:

1. Read a Bible passage after dinner and, instead of teaching, invite each family member to share how God spoke to them through the passage.

2. Create a family quiet time with no tv, soft praise music playing, attractive journals for family members to write in.

3. Take your family on a prayer walk/hike.

Do you have any ideas to share? How have you encouraged your children to draw near to Christ? How have you modeled a vibrant, abiding faith? What are some ways you’ve tackled the schedule monster, and what were the results? What’s *one thing* you can and will do this week to foster an atmosphere of abiding?

Before you begin your busy day, pause to soak in, to rest in, Jesus words, spoken in John 15:4

“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.” (NLT)

Life’s tough. You can’t do it alone. Neither can our kids. Let’s teach them how to tap into and remain connected to their power source.

Join us at Living by Grace as we talk about ways to train up Marys in a Martha world.

Living By Grace

Living By Grace

IN THE ROAR OF YOUR WATERFALLS

In the Roar of Your Waterfalls

We have a guest poster today. Welcome Dulce. This is a powerful story of how turning to God can give us peace even in the midst of stormy weather.

by Dulce de Leche (reprinted with permission)

Nung Nung Waterfall

“Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.
By day the LORD directs his love,
at night his song is with me—
a prayer to the God of my life.” ~ Psalm 42:7-8

I didn’t expect this.  Not any of it.  For one thing, I never really expected my blog to last more than a couple of months, or for writing to matter at all to me.  But in pouring out my heart here, I began to feel connected with you.  And that matters.  You matter.

I have had some exciting news this weekend about joining the Natural Parents Networkand a couple of articles that were favorably received by Home Educating Family Magazine.  I am elated!  But when I shared it with a family member, I just got rolled eyes.  I let them know that I was hurt by the response, and was answered in no uncertain terms that in their opinion, my writing is just a waste of time.  There were some personal jabs added about my lack of housekeeping skills, parenting and homeschooling.

You ever have times when hurt, anger, and loneliness just crash over your heart like waves?  And just when you think you are starting to catch your breath, they just knock you under all over again?  Yeah, that.  My emotions are pounding in my ears like a roaring waterfall.

Right now, two of the people closest to me in real life have let me know that they disapprove of my writing.  One because I am “speaking against the Lord’s anointed” by writing against the teachings of people like Dobson, Gothard, the Pearls, etc.  Another because I don’t have anything worth the time to say it. The result is that I now have a deep part of my heart that I no longer feel safe in sharing with them.

Tonight, as my heart pounded a waterfall of tears, I remembered the first part of the verse.

Deep calls to deep because all of us long for intimacy. Vulnerability that reveals the depths of our souls. It is a dangerous thing. Those deep places are only protected by distance from the surface. Our only safety is in love that is even more profound. In God.

We are meant to have intimacy with other people.  But there is a place that is only meant for God. My self worth is found there, in who He is and who He created me to be. The stuff that fills me up inside comes from Him, not the approval of those around me. It has to, or I will always be tossed by every little wave of disapproval.

I believe that is the key, but I am still trying to figure out what it looks like to continue calling out to the depths in those closest to us.  Where, exactly, is the difference between forgiveness and grace-full boundaries?  These relationships are meant to be profound ones, and I don’t want to close off my heart, but I don’t want to open it up to be ground down into the mud again.  I need help, because right now my thoughts and feelings keep splashing all over the place.

I do know that He sent swelling tides of healing and love through you, my dear friends.  So many of you took the time to encourage me, to comment on my Facebook status and to send hugs and prayers.  As I read your words, my spirit was bouyed up and my heart began to sing again.  Thank you.

Those waterfalls can be deafening.  That is why we have to sing His song even louder.  I am so grateful to you all for relentlessly singing the song of love and grace, of healing and hope over me.

THE PENTECOSTAL CHURCH – Sermon

The Pentecostal Church

Preached by Rev. Harold Morgan Video Podcast Part 1 and Part 2

I have to admit that during the sermon today I was a little distracted. My grandson (2 1/2 months old) and my daughter were attending with Wayne and me. So my little one kept me from completely listening to Harry’s sermon.

However, I think I came away with a sense of what he said. I am sure some of this is my own words that flowed as Harry spoke.

Here goes:

May 27, 2012 is Pentecostal Sunday – 50 days from when Jesus rose to Heaven. In the Jewish calendar Pentecost was a feast that came 7 weeks after Passover. It was a dramatic day. We read in Acts 2.

“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them” (Act 2:1-4 NIV).

Harry told us that in Heaven we will all be “United” but while on earth we are “Pentecostal”.

In 1906 there was a movement at the Azusa St. Mission, L.A. where quite a few years there was a spontaneous outpouring of the Holy Spirit – tongues, prophecy, healings, testimonies, singing. This movement made a great contribution to our Christian faith. It has become stodgy and needed a burst of energy. From this came Spirit empowered preaching, awesome music, and Scripture put to music. This was definitely for the betterment of the Church. God injected LIFE into the church through this movement.

Life with Christ can be dramatic and life changing. Look at how the disciples were affected. And we can be affected the same way if we let Jesus instill LIFE into us.

Harry talked about TRUTH and how this TRUTH that the Holy Spirit can impart to us will change our lives and will allow us to use the gifts that the Holy Spirit gives to us.

We ended the service with Communion – our way of celebrating the life, death and resurrection of Jesus so we can live in joy and grace.

Harry challenged us to walk even closer to Christ; for more spiritual strength, healing and restoration of our souls.

There is MORE to do as well – let us use the Holy Spirit gifts in our churches – each and every one of us as we are able. Let us spread the Good News of Jesus to everyone we meet.

BODILY FUNCTIONS – Sunday’s Sermon

Bodily Functions – my reflections on Sunday’s Sermon

It’s a good thing that Harry, our minister, has learned to trust in God and give Him the lead.

Today in church we had no electrical power. He knew ahead of time and had a generator working. But even with that the generator, power was lost twice,; once when we needed it for the words for singing; and another time in the middle of a talk by a member and a reading of the Scripture.

Harry kept cool through the whole service. Never once did we think that it bothered him. After the service, he said, “it was tough.” We didn’t notice as his sense of humour and relaxed attitude made a lovely service despite the difficulties.

Our sermon title this morning was “Bodily Functions”. Based on Romans 12:3-8 NIV.

“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.  For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying,then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”

Starting with Paul’s humble admission that he can only speak because of God’s grace, Paul proceeds to tell us how we can be a viable part of the church body.

What did I learn this morning?

  • Self-esteem, the buzz word of the 60s, has finally come crashing down with new research to tell us that it doesn’t do much to build a strong person. No higher grades, no better jobs or no better life – with a high self-esteem. What does seem to matter is self-control. Telling our kids how good they are all the time doesn’t help them [self-esteem building]. Praising kids when they do well and gently critiquing them when they do wrong helps build a good person [self-regulation]. Even Oprah Winfrey has reversed this point of view:

“But in recent years, researchers have found that self-esteem falls far short of its anticipated benefits. What’s more important is a sense of self-mastery—getting along in the world and knowing you can handle yourself in myriad situations.”

  • He talked about faith and how we get there. We need to be REAL and honest: Admit we are in need and then grow in our faith as our eyes are opened to who we are. It is healthy to be truthful.
  • We need to get a balance in our minds between Jesus’ teaching of humility and the world’s view of self. Paul also teaches us to use our gifts – that is self, right? So we need to balance the ability to do things well and still be humble about it.
  • God’s Spirit flows through us giving us abilities to help His Church. We don’t want to turn off that flow. Once again balance the self and humility.We need each other as part of the church. We need those who prophesy, the encouragers, the servers, the teachers, the contributors, the leaders and those who show mercy.
  • We need to find our part in the church – remember, the church is a people. We need to be willing to search out who we are and be willing to do our part to work for God’s Church. That might be stepping out in faith – being brave and pushing past the fears. But remember, too, not to get too much of self in the way so we can get along with others.

Great things to remember.

Thanks, Harry.

Here is the PODCAST. Part 1. Part 2.