Sunday, November 24, 2013
DAILY PORTION--DON'T COMPROMISE
Matthew 5:14-15 (NLT) says, “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house."
Where ever you go, Let people see the Jesus in you!
Don't compromise the changes for Good that God's Love has done in you.
Don't hide your light, your gifts, abilities, talents, your spiritual gifts and fruit at any time in your new life. Seek to have a strong gift of discernment so that you know how much to give, when to give and to whom to give.
I'm not saying to be deep & mystical (lol), but if everyone else is cussing, lying, going back to what God threw away and saved them from, if others are double-minded and following their own will, when others drink to the point of being drunk, if others live a cheating, stealing, selfish, ego driven, pride feeding life and a life not honoring God in their ways, doesn't mean you have to. Don't be double-minded, either you live and love God every day or you don't.
We are to Be the Godly example for others to follow. Let your no be no, and your yes be yes. Matthew 5:37
If you told the Lord, Yes!, then allow that Yes to bring you into all He has for you. When you give your word to another, make sure you keep it.
Discipline is a part of what He has for us. It takes discipline to mold us to be who God created us to be, who Jesus saved us from ourselves to be. It takes discipline to change the wrong behaviors in our character to Good and Righteous behaviors. It takes discipline to stop being loyal to our old selves and the world's ways, and begin to be loyal to the Love of God.
God sends to us mentors, teachers, helpers, and lovers of His heart, seekers of His Righteousness to help us become who He created us to be. The Holy Spirit is the Lead in this work, and God sends other human helpers, to accompany us on our daily journey. He also uses each of us in some form or fashion to help others. When we obey God to be a blessing, we receive blessings also.
We don't always get it right, but Thank Jesus for second chances and the gift of forgiveness, because we are shown where we are wrong in order to be forgiven and corrected. If that is what we seek.
Just as He offered Peter another chance after His resurrection, we receive the same chances now.
Are you allowing your spiritual light from God to shine, or the light from your ego and pride to shine? Is there a mix of both shinning from you? I know sometimes it may be that way with us all, as we are all works of Love in progress.
Knowing this, I have to stay aware of what I am giving off, because when I am funky, snarky, or in a bad way, all that seeps out of me and floats through our home and before I know it, every one in the home is snapping at each other, speaking snarky and acting funky to each other. I've witnessed this happening and had to quickly pray for help in stopping it and changing my attitude.
It takes us using the spiritual gifts of discipline and self control to do our part while God does His part.
Every day, all day, which is seen coming from you?
Or are you compromising Your gifts and fruit of the Spirit, are you hindering and stunting their growth and maturity?
We have to examine ourselves, in order to see where we are wrong, and not just to see who has wronged us. Facing ourselves allows correction to happen in us, which allows spiritual and emotional growth and maturity to happen. We are ever connected to the Root by being the branches, and we grow as He says we need to grow or we are cut off from the Root.
I'm not saying to go around those who have done you wrong and allow them to keep treating you badly, no, I'm saying pray for Help with those, but also remember we do wrong ourselves. A lot of times we do ourselves wrong before others have a chance.
If we reject discipline, correction and compromise who God has said we are, then we are not Serving God, we are serving ourselves.
Don't compromise what God has done for you, learn how to know the difference.
It all comes down to who are we loyal to?
Are we going to be and stay Loyal to God, and all that Jesus has done for us, Or, are we going to be loyal to our flesh, our mistakes, our insecurities, our ego and pride, our pain and hurt, our old lives?
Refusing discipline is nothing but stepping off the path and walking into a trap, set to grab us when we live through our flesh. In this way, we do not mature spiritually, but only allow our own will and flesh to grow and have authority over our minds and hearts.
Many times we are led to go around people saved or unsaved, in order to shine our light, to lead those God seeks out of the darkness into His Love and Light. We don't have to wonder and guess who to help, the Holy Spirit will lead us to those God is seeking. Many times they will not be the poor, disheveled, jobless and homeless persons, many times they are those with jobs, with homes and families, with food to eat every day who are the poor in Spirit that the Lord is seeking.
Don't assume by a person's appearance that they don't have a relationship with the Lord, because in leading yourself, you may be Very wrong.
I include those already saved because, many have taken the salvation from Jesus, but nothing more. They refuse to learn, grow and mature, so they are still mostly the same old person while their New Life sits waiting for them to Step into It and Live it!
Their mouths may speak out love to God and they may praise Jesus when around others, but they do not live for Him and serve Him with their lives.
We are their example also.
Where do you see yourself in Matthew 13? Which ground are you?
On feet of Faith & Peace Resting In His Peace & Faithfulness,
One Day At A Time By Radical Faith.
Isaiah 50:4 / Isaiah 52 / Jer 20:9-13 /Joshua 1:9 / Luke 6:38
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