Archive | April 2013

Do Not Conform

Have you ever had a topic that keeps popping up over and over in a very short span of time? Well, that is happening to me this week! The Bible Verse for our Stressed Less Living Bible Study for the week is “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing, and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

DO NOT CONFORM–is the message that keeps repeating itself.

Preacher Keith gave a wonderful message yesterday called The Great Divide that speaks directly to this topic. 

“63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) 65 And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.” John 63-66 

I had a revelation as the scripture was read yesterday morning when I realized that even disciples who literally walked with Jesus were not willing to accept the Truth that Jesus is the bread of life who died (in their case was to die) for our sins. I’ve read this scripture many times before, but it just didn’t hit home that people turned away from Jesus then, just as they do now. I don’t want to be one of those people! I sincerely desire to walk with Jesus daily, and not to conform to the patterns of this world. Per Preacher Keith’s message, there are 6 areas that there needs to be a great divide in my life as opposed to those who are living in the world. They are:

1. Desertion vs Discipleship–What is God doing through me for His kingdom?  If I can’t answer that question easily, then I may not be sharing the gospel as I need to be..in essence deserting God. 

2. Selfishness vs Submission – Is Jesus on the throne of my heart, or are am I? 

3. Happiness vs Holiness – Am I happy or am I holy? Happiness typically depends on what is happening around me, but holiness is letting Christ live through me no matter what the circumstance 

4. Receiving vs Giving – Am I giving to God on a daily basis? Not just money, but of myself. 

5.Wandering vs Abiding-Am I daily in the presence of Jesus or am I allowing my thoughts to wonder? Wondering thoughts will cause me to wander away from my life source- Jesus – by taking my focus off of him. 

6. Playing vs praying – Am I spiritually where I need to be, daily dying to self, or am I just playing the part? 

What did Jesus do when the disciples turned away from him? He kept going. He had ambition, and had no problem with walking alone if need be. 

” You are going to got to Jesus on his terms, not on yours. Many disciples withdrew from Jesus. They withdrew because they were not settled. They were not settled because they had not trusted and embraced the Word of God.” Preacher Keith 

 “Forever, oh Lord, your word is settled in heaven.” Psalm 119:89

Am I an acquaintance of Jesus, or a friend of God? 

Lord, it is my prayer that I be secure in your Word. Please help me, and anyone reading this post, to know that you are God and that we can do all things through the strength that you can provide us. Thank you so much for giving your son to us as our Savior. In Jesus name I pray Amen. 

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This entry was posted on April 29, 2013. 7 Comments

Rest and Strength

This week I have accepted the challenge of verse mapping. I’ve heard of this before, but never taken the plunge…..boy oh boy….what I’ve been missing! Verse mapping is simple. You write a Bible verse on an index card, and then reference it numerous times during the day for as long as you feel led to do so. The verse for this week is related to my Stressed Less Living Bible Study (by Tracie Miles).

It is Isaiah 30:15 “In repentance and rest you will be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength.” 

At first what hit me was that if I repent I will be saved That is a very familiar concept to me since I have a personal relationship with Jesus and know that he died for my sins. I know that it is necessary for me to die to self each day. Then it clicked that it also says in rest I will be saved. Hmmm…this was a more difficult concept for me until it clicked. I need to repent of my sins to Jesus, but just as important as repenting is me resting in him each day. I can have rest by taking a quiet time out with God and allowing his peace to envelope me. I can rest from my stresses by focusing on God and not getting caught up in the problems of this world. 

I almost missed one word in the second part of the verse….quietness. My mind wanted to go straight to trust–in trust is your strength. I think because that is the easy part for me to understand. Completely trusting, that’s very challenging but  I know that if I trust in the Lord that I can do all things. The verse says in quietness AND trust, though. The quietness is very important here. To me it means that holding my tongue (and thoughts) and listening is just as important as trusting. There are numerous scriptures in the Bible about the tongue. James 1:26 says “If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.”  Jesus said in Matthew 15:18 “But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man “unclean”. I want to have a clean heart, a quiet heart that is resting in God’s strength. I feel that the quietness is something that also must come from within. I have to quiet my inner turmoil. Retire the negative self talk…you know what I’m talking about…the I’m not good enough, or I can’t because I’m…that type of talk. When I don’t quiet my soul I’m not able to have the strength that God wants to give me. 

Lord, it is my prayer that I will repent, rest, be quiet, and trust completely in you. Please help everyone who is reading this to be able to do these things as well. It is in your precious name that I pray. Amen. 

                                                                                     

This entry was posted on April 25, 2013. 6 Comments

The Ex’s

Yesterday a recurring theme kept revealing itself to me.  “Do not be conformed to this world, but continuously be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you may be able to determine what God’s will is—what is proper, pleasing, and perfect. Romans 12:2”

I need to hang on to the ex’s. I need to expect that God will deliver on the promises that He has made. 

Phillippians 4:19 “ And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”  God will meet all of Kyndra’s needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. 

2 Corinthians 12:9 “ But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” God’s grace is sufficient for me. God’s power is made perfect in my weakness. 

Romans 8:28 ” And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  I know that in ALL things God works for my good because I love him, and he has called me for his purposes. 

God gave me many more promises. If I can always EXPECT him –trust him– to completely deliver on them, I will live a life much more in peace than I currently do. 

I also need to be the exception. It is my prayer that I will be able to live not in this world, but apart from it. I pray daily that I will be the one that is thought of as the exception. For instance–if people say “People here are involved in office politics ….except for Kyndra.” “People are always gossiping…well, except for her.” “They all are so concerned with what material things they have…..except for Kyndra.” 

If I can EXPECT the promises that God has given me than I can truly live a life that is the EXCEPTION to the way of life that is normal in today’s society.

Lord, please give me the strength to trust you for your promises. Help me to be the exception to societal norms and a light for you in other people’s lives. In Jesus name I pray. Amen 

Mirror Mirror

Well, week 2 of Stressed Less Living is coming to a close, and I’ve successfully learned that I have a lot of stress! I’m the cause of most of it, too! My biggest stressor is my weight and health as a result of poor choices in the past. In Stressed Less Living Tracie talks about having blurry vision, heart palpitations, stomach issues, headaches, and pointed out “what my heart yearned for, was a prescription of peace.” Page 54   I can SO relate to Tracie. I’m an accountant, too, and unfortunately have experienced all of the physical symptoms that she mentioned. Just this week I’ve been debating on calling my eye doctor about blurry vision, even though I just had a check up last month and had my contact prescription updated. My eyes were completely healthy at that time! I realize that I, too, need a full spiritual peace.

“Then Jesus declared “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35 NIV Jesus is the bread of life. If I take of the bread of life, I can be assured that it will never get old, but…I can’t rely on others to feed me. I must be spiritually mature enough to feed myself the Bread (Word of God) as often as is needed to fill my spiritual hunger. It is so wonderful because I can share this Bread with others and there will never be a shortage of bread! There is always enough Jesus for everyone! Isn’t that so reassuring! Thank you Preacher Keith for helping me to think about Jesus in this way. 

I’m not going to be able to change overnight. I didn’t get to the level of unhealthiness that I am at right now in a day, so it is completely unrealistic to think that I can fix all the damage over night. I have to take each day for what it is….a present….a gift from God. “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in all it’s various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 NIV

 

Lord, It is my prayer that I will be a better steward of your temple. Please forgive me for ignoring this responsibility. Help me to undo the damage that I have caused by stress eating, and generally ignoring the right way to treat your temple. Thank you for offering your hand for me to hold as a guide for this journey. You know the plans that you have for me–plans to prosper me and give me a good future. I want to trust you for those plans. Thank you for allowing me to run into your arms in times of trouble. I love you! In Jesus name I pray Amen.

This entry was posted on April 20, 2013. 2 Comments