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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Plan on It and Go – Doing All Things Through Christ - Purity 625

Plan on It and Go – Doing All Things Through Christ -  Purity 625

Purity 625 01/11/2022  Purity 625 Podcast

Good morning,

Today’s photo of a palm tree lined beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida comes to us from a pastor that shared this photo yesterday wishing all his followers on FB to have a Happy Monday and encouraged us all to make it a great week.  After yesterday’s photo of ice covered shores of Lake Ontario, I decided to flip to a southern climate photo to point out that both of these scenes were captured within days of each other and if you suffer from seasonal affective disorder or just “hate the cold and the snow” where you live, you can change your situation and go where snow and icy temperatures aren’t likely to be a part of your winters.  

I know of several friends that resided in New York State and have headed west or south and now enjoy winters free of the white stuff that just happens to be in the forecast today in the form of flurries.  So instead of wallowing in misery of a seasonal depression year after year, make a plan and go.  

Now I know that is a huge step that most of us say will do “someday” but I would just like to point out two things: the brevity of life and the fact that the things we don’t plan for rarely happen.   If we don’t plan to make a change and actually do it, “someday” may never come.

As someone who has been set free of addictions, anxiety, and depression I know that to be healed I had to seek it for myself by seeking the Lord’s help and I “made a plan” to receive it by surrendering myself to God’s will for my life. 

When you know that you are not living right or have habits that cause a fair amount of pain in the aftermath of their pleasures and “know” that you should change your life but feel powerless to change, I would encourage you to go to the Highest power who is over and above all creation: God.  

It was only when I sought the Lord and surrendered to His ways that I was able to have victory over my addictions and to change the way I thought about life.  My thinking before coming to Christ told me that life was meaningless, that I wasn’t good or good enough, and that I lacked the things that would make me happy.   But after I started to accept what the Bible said about who I was in Christ I learned that God has a plan for the eternity, God has a purpose for my life, and I didn’t have to perform to be accepted and didn’t have to seek to manipulate my physical circumstances to have peace and joy.   

I have had several acquaintances through the years that I have walked beside to encourage out of lifestyles of addiction or negative mind states and in every instance where they failed to achieve freedom from their burdens there came a time where they walked away from the supportive environments that would encourage them to trust and follow Him the Lord and instead went back to the world and their old ways of doing things.  

This points out the fact that while it is important to make a plan to change your life, you have to preserve in it and that when we reject the Lord’s ways we end up right back where we were again, if not in a worse state.  

God gives us eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ that means our relationship with God never ends and there is an expectation on his disciples to repent and become conformed to the image of Christ.   We as Christians are to meet that expectation and be transformed in the process.   God doesn’t want you to stay in the same condition that He found you in when you first got saved. He wants you to enjoy an abundant life that is filled with the fruit of the Spirit but in order to make those fruit grow in your life you have to continue to follow Him and grow. 

So as our Pastor friend encouraged us that we had the power “to make it a great week”, I would encourage you that God gives you the power to “make it a great life”! If you want it you have to plan for it and then do it. The way to get there is to get the power that comes through God to strengthen and guide you out of your current situation into where you always wanted to go but never thought you could. 

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
13  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 

Whether it’s moving out of the snowy weather, or out of addictions and negative mind states, you change your situation but the way you do it is not through your own strength.  You can do a lot but to have long lasting victory and freedom you have to pursue your goals and freedom through Christ who strengthens you.  


Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Romans 8:34 (NLT2)
34  Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

Today’s verse tells us that Christ Himself is at the right hand of God the Father interceding for us and making us free from any condemnation.  

As we stated yesterday, the world, the flesh, and the devil will accuse us, and it works the same way with condemnation.  Low self esteem is the mental health pandemic that is an unseen killer.  Our nation is becoming more and more obese due to people seeking comfort in food rather than seeking the comfort that comes through faith in Jesus Christ.

As someone who has had a small measure of victory in the “battle of the bulge” and is still in the process of transitioning to achieve my goal for optimal health, I can tell you that while some eating is mindless habit a lot of it is done to make us feel better because there is a mental dialog going on in our heads that tells us things are hopeless with our weight and that we “don’t care because we are all going to die anyway”.  

These thoughts are the product of low self esteem and are most likely demonically inspired as the enemy loves to condemn people with thoughts that they are “no good, useless, or never going to succeed”.  

But as today’s verse tells us, no one, including ourselves, can condemn us.  If we are in Christ, those condemning thoughts and negative mental dialogs we are running through are lies. We are accepted in Christ. 

And if we are feeding ourselves on condemning thoughts, we will receive negative consequences that affect our emotions and our bodies, just like when we over eat.   

Christ Himself advocates for us and brings us into the kingdom of God. When we get there we have to believe and receive the freedom he gave us by rejecting all accusations and condemnation that come against us and instead stand on the truth of who we are in Christ and live according to God’s ways.  

John 8:36 (NKJV)
36  Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

You are free indeed and the best way to experience that freedom in your life is by rejecting all condemnation that may be a mental record you have always been playing in your head or could be the enemy’s repeated attacks.  So renew your mind to agree with who you are in Christ and experience the freedom that comes from a life without condemnation.  

 

As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 

Today we continue to share from Dr. Neil Anderson’s . “Restored: Experience Life with Jesus”. Today, we continue sharing from Chapter 4.   

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Dr. Neil Anderson’s books for your own private study and to support his work.

RELEASING BITTERNESS TOWARD GOD

Bitterness toward God is far more common than most people would care to admit. But when they become honest about their anger toward God, another stronghold begins to crumble. They believe God has been unfair and let them down...by failing to answer an important prayer...by allowing them to suffer and not rescuing them...by not endowing them with certain blessings, looks, gifts, abilities, success or financial security.

Obviously, God doesn’t need to be forgiven, because He cannot commit any sin of commission or omission. But we need to destroy “speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God” and take “every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”68 Satan’s scheme is to turn us against God by raising up thoughts against Him. These deceptive thoughts often sound like God doesn’t love me. He isn’t going to do anything to help me. They cause us to rebel against His Lordship. Satan is defeated when we release God from our own false expectations and stop blaming Him for our own failures and the failure of the Church to adequately equip the saints so they can live a liberated life in Christ.

People don’t always forgive others because of what others did to them; people forgive others for what they think others have done to them. Bitterness isn’t always rooted in reality. It is rooted in their perceptions. Some people put their pastor’s name on their lists for silly reasons like not answering the phone when they called. But the pastor wasn’t home or he would’ve answered the phone! The pastor didn’t do anything wrong, but the person thought he did, so the person needed to forgive him. Roots of bitterness spring up and many are defiled69 because of misunderstandings.

THOUGHTS RAISED UP AGAINST GOD

That is why it is not blasphemous to “forgive” God— because the bitterness is not based in reality but in thoughts raised up against the knowledge of Him. God understands that concept much better than we do because He alone knows the thoughts and intentions of our hearts. The only way to overcome bitterness is to forgive.

When people have worked through their bitterness toward God, they immediately acknowledge the fact that God hasn’t done anything wrong. It won’t help you to overcome your bitterness toward God by defending Him. First of all, God doesn’t need to be defended. Second, forgiveness starts where people are at. Telling others they shouldn’t feel the way they do toward God or anyone else is futile. They can’t change the way they feel. We’ve participated in a subtle form of rejection when we won’t accept or acknowledge their frustration and pain. If you find “forgiving” God uncomfortable, or if you think it is absolutely wrong, then you might try praying, “Lord, I know You haven’t done anything wrong, but I want to repent of the anger I have against You for....” Angry feelings must be dealt with, or it won’t do much good to go on, because God is your only hope.

Most people won’t submit to God if they are bitter toward Him or think they can’t trust Him. I can only tell you from experience that working through the bitterness toward God brings tremendous healing and restoration. Job is a good example of a believer who repented of anger toward God: “Therefore I retract, and I repent in dust and ashes.”70 Forgiving others is not a self-righteous activity nor a blaming exercise. It is a humbling and healing experience that faces the hurt and the hate, and then chooses the way of the Cross.

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