Stop Waiting For Redemption….Live in It

Heather’s blog is so right on instant blessing today…enjoy this as much as I do.

Heather Quiroz

and with him is full redemption….(Psalm 130:7)

For quite some time I used to really get stuck on the hurt I had experienced from people. I’d let it spin around endlessly in my heart and mind. I felt as though it just wasn’t fair and it wouldn’t really be OK until I saw something similar happen in their lives. Some sort of downfall or consequences for their actions.

Isn’t that terrible?

I have now learned the beauty of beholding the one who is my redemption. I really believe that’s what we have to do. We can’t wait for God to do what we believe is the redemption that we need. We simply must see Him as our ever present hope, joy and redemption in each moment for each day. Once I started living in my redemption instead of waiting for it, something changed. I started to have compassion for those…

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Stand Tall With God

This really spoke to my heart as I sure it will yours too!!

Heather Quiroz

He makes my feet like the feet of a dear; he causes me to stand on heights….(2 Samuel 22:34)

Friend, God wants you to get above whatever the enemy is trying to pull you into. That’s what I’m realizing for my life is that the distractions, fear, discouragement, etc. is all a tool from the enemy trying to get me into a pit of defeat. Yet, the Lord grants me victory and all I have to do is stand on that victory that is mine. Like a deer stands on the heights.

So friend, whatever you’re facing today, don’t let it pull you down. Stand on top of it with the strength and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ. Know that as you do, you can see each day with fresh eyes as you look out on the landscape of your life and see what God has for you. That’s…

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Our ways are not God’s ways

ok so I would like to try to write a new chapter to my blog, a new story, a new thought. It seems like I think of things I want to say, but never write them down, so now I am writing it down. If I could just help people learn from the mistakes I’ve made….It would surely be a blessing….I think of so many times when I had to be in control….it got me no where.
After struggling to get back up after the fall, I finally found out that I had to give up the reigns. Trusting God with my life was something I always wanted. But before I learned that, I was sinking deep…..but I finally found out that what Pastor Chuck Swindoll had said made perfect sense. He was so right about what he said…..sin can take you farther than you want to go and keep you longer than you want to stay…and cost you more than you want to pay! Boy did I learn this lesson…..and it came to me through a song….like waking up from the longest dream that seemed to real but when God’s love broke through…….I felt the peace I had never felt before. God carried me through the wilderness and brought me to a place He wanted me to be so when I finally woke up….I knew what had happened. So many times I just wanted to crawl in a cave and stay….where no one would find me….I just knew there was something better. When God’s love broke through….it was as if I had the longest dream and even though it seemed real….it didn’t feel like it. I just praise God for not ever giving up on me. So many times I wanted to give up on myself because I had sinned so much and I deserved the worse. But God….but God had something better in mind for me. God tried so many times to show me but like a fool, I just didn’t see it.

God is Preparing You

Sharing this from Heather. It really touched my heart today

Heather Quiroz

Has not the Lord anointed you ruler over His inheritance?….(1 Samuel 10:1)

Samuel and Saul were two very different leaders in Israel’s history. I feel like I can relate with them both.

One led out of worry, anxiety, insecurity, fear and so on. The other led out of faith. One had little to no preparation for their leadership role. The other had years to prepare themselves for the task God gave them.

Two men, two leaders, two very different realities and outcomes in light of their leadership.

One prepared and one did not.

This is the journey God is taking me on. He’s purging the Saul out of me to make me more like Samuel, a person of faith.

Be glad that God has pulled you out dear friend, if it means making you a leader who isn’t led by fear, insecurity, and anxiety but one who is led by…

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Church…Please…Wake-up!

This is a beautiful post we all need to read and listen to.

Heather Quiroz

Jeroboam enticed Israel away from following the Lord and caused them to commit a great sin…. (2 Ki 17:21).

Church, please, wake up. For the sake of the generations coming after us, we must. It goes without saying that our world is in a very dark and confusing place. I cannot recall a time in my life when the political and social climate has been so tense and divided. When I scroll through my newsfeed I see many of my own Christian friends landing on opposite sides of the fence, vehemently defending their position. I find that to be so exhausting.

Sometimes, as I scroll through, I wonder where Christ is seated among us? Have we even allowed Him to be in His rightful place or have we replaced Him with politics? If we long for deliverance from this place, then why have we not repented of our foolish ways…

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Hearing God’s Will Through the Lives of Others

Something to ponder…I felt this was worth sharing.

Lynn Pryor

God’s will is the most important matter in your life. Nothing has greater ramifications. Yet some people find discerning God’s will to be difficult to understand. This is one reason why it is crucial to be intimately involved in a local church.

God does not intend for you to live a solitary Christian life. He designed people to live in community. Scripture indicates that God adds people to church bodies as it pleases Him (1 Cor. 12:18). God involves people in churches so they can know and do His will and so churches can be built up to carry out their God-ordained assignment. If you are currently a member of a church; you are not there by accident! God has a purpose for your involvement among those people.

I currently teach a Sunday School class at my church every Sunday morning for single adults, ages 26-39. These people are earnestly…

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Two Reasons We Should NOT “Forgive and Forget”

This blog has great insight…God wants us to remember what we were before we became what we are now and what we will become by the Grace of God.

Lynn Pryor

Well-meaning adults used to tell us as kids, “Oh, just forgive him and forget it.” A playground scuffle, name-calling, and maybe even bringing the character of one’s mother into the argument would escalate into a full-blown argument and maybe an eight-year-old attempt to throw a punch. That’s when the adult entered the picture and told us to play nice. If a grudge was kept beyond the inital scuffle, adults tried to blow it off and gave us the classic cliche, “Oh, just forgive him and forget it.”

Maybe on the playground, that’s OK when all you’re doing is arguing over whose turn it is. But far too many of us get those words engraved in our minds as the virtuous approach to take with any transgression; we grow into adults thinking we’re supposed to always forgive and forget. We equate forgetting with forgiving. 

After a sermon on forgiveness, a woman…

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God’s providence and Sovereignty

Divine providence is the governance of God by which He, with wisdom and love, cares for and directs all things in the universe. The doctrine of divine providence asserts that God is in complete control of all things. He is sovereign over the universe as a whole (Psalm 103:19), the physical world (Matthew 5:45), the affairs of nations (Psalm 66:7), human destiny (Galatians 1:15), human successes and failures (Luke 1:52), and the protection of His people (Psalm 4:8). This doctrine stands in direct opposition to the idea that the universe is governed by chance or fate.

Psalm 104; Psalm 147:8-9; Psalm 147:14-18; Psalm 148:1-12

God’s sovereignty is His rule over all, His providence is His arranging things to accomplish His purposes…. How He hooks things up to accomplish whatever His purpose is in a given situation. God’s providence allows for evil. He is not evil and He doesn’t do evil but He uses it to accomplish His purposes. Our responsibility is to be aligned with God so that when He moves us, we will be ready .
Job 9:5-10; 26:7-14; 37:2-24; 38:8-41

Another clear case of divine providence overriding sin is the story of Judas Iscariot. God allowed Judas to lie, deceive, cheat, steal, and finally betray the Lord Jesus into the hands of His enemies. All of this was a great wickedness, and God was displeased. Yet, at the same time, all of Judas’s plotting and scheming led to a greater good: the salvation of mankind. Jesus had to die at the hands of the Romans in order to become the sacrifice for sin. If Jesus had not been crucified, we would still be in our sins. How did God get Christ to the cross? God providentially allowed Judas the freedom to perform a series of wicked acts. Jesus plainly states this in Luke 22:22: “The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed. But woe to that man who betrays him!”

Note that Jesus teaches both the sovereignty of God (“the Son of Man will go as it has been decreed”) and the responsibility of man (“woe to that man who betrays!”). There is a balance. 

 Divine providence is taught in Romans 8:28: “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” “All things” means “all things.” God is never out of control. Satan can do his worst, yet even the evil that is tearing the world apart is working toward a greater, final purpose. We can’t see it yet. But we know that God allows things for a reason and that His plan is good. It must be frustrating for Satan. No matter what he does, he finds that his plans are thwarted and something good happens in the end.

So now the Bible says that everyone is born dead in sin (Ephesians. 2:1), are by nature alienated from God and under His wrath (Ephesians. 2:3), lives in a natural state of rebellion against God such that no one seeks Him on their own (Rom. 3:11), views the gospel as foolish (1 Cor. 1:18, 2:14), and is morally incapable of accepting God’s saving ways (Rom. 8:6-7). Scripture also declares that all humanity is enslaved to sin (Rom. 6:20), hostile towards God (Col. 1:21), and unable to come to Christ unless the Father draws them (John 6:44, 65).

In other words, Scripture declares that everyone is in a state where, unless God changes the will of a person, they remain in a position where they are unable to perceive God’s saving grace and will never receive Christ as Savior.

This is why it is absolutely necessary for God to ‘violate’ our ‘free’ will, which is not free at all, but is instead enslaved to sin. In the same way that Jesus violated Lazarus’ ‘deadness’ and raised him from the dead so he could live again, every Christian is also raised back to life from their being “spiritually” dead so that they become born again (John 3) and are then able to live for God.

John Piper, in his usual logical style, puts the matter like this

Will you pray that God change his mind so that he truly sees the beauty of Christ and believe? If you pray this, you are in effect asking God no longer to leave the determination of the man’s will in his own power. You are asking God to do something within the man’s mind (or heart) so that he will surely see and believe. That is, you are conceding that the ultimate determination of the man’s decision to trust Christ is God’s, not merely his.

“What do you want God to do for Him? You can’t ask that God overcome the man’s rebellion, for rebellion is precisely what the man is now choosing, so that would mean God overcame his choice and took away his power of self-determination. But how can God save this man unless he acts so as to change the man’s heart from hard hostility to tender trust?

What I am saying is that it is not the doctrine of God’s sovereignty which thwarts prayer for the conversion of sinners. On the contrary, it is the unbiblical notion of self-determination which would consistently put an end to all prayers for the lost. Prayer is a request that God do something. But the only thing God can do to save a lost sinner is to overcome his resistance to God. If you insist that he retain his self-determination, then you are insisting that he remain without Christ.”

That being the case, ask yourself: is that really what you want? If not, and you’re someone who holds to the notion that God will not violate our will, then perhaps it’s time you rethink your position.

When Do I Depend on God … and When Do I Depend on Others?

I love this….everyone can relate to this…it is really worth reading.

Lynn Pryor

I’m thankful God led someone to invent the DVR. This one invention has brought hours back into my life simply because I can skip the commercials. (If you advertise on TV, I’m sure your product or service is absolutely wonderful; I’m talking about those other commercials.) But if I just turn on the TV to watch something, I will inevitably have to endure “a word from our sponsor.”

  • I don’t have a cat, but I can handle a cat food commercial.
  • I don’t need a luxury car, but I’ll tolerate the British voice telling me the virtues of German engineering.
  • I don’t need a injury lawyer. but I will even tolerate 30 seconds of notoriously bad acting.

But please, please stop it with the drug commercials.

I’ll be sitting in front of the TV eating someone’s leftovers I found in the frig. (Hey, I paid for that refrigerator, so whatever…

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Find Your Purpose

I love this word from Heather today…it’s so powerful and meaningful…..I wanted to share it with everyone!!

Heather Quiroz

and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it…. (Matt 10:39)

Have you ever gone searching for your purpose? Wondering what was supposed to become of your life? I have. This has sent me looking for something to do, instead of someone to become. I think we have a gross misunderstanding in the church of what it really means to find our purpose. You see our purpose is not something we do, it’s found in someone we come to know. Yes, that is where our purpose is found, in knowing Jesus.
 
I’ve chalked up a pretty good resume, accomplished some fairly impressive things and have a few pieces of paper that say I’m qualified to do this thing or that. But you see, Jesus took 12 disciples of little repute, who lacked higher education, and the impressive lives we often strive for and invested so deeply into…

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