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Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Rejecting the Lie That: “I Missed It - Purity 1315


Rejecting the Lie That: “I Missed It - Purity 1315

Purity 1315 04/2/2024 Purity 1315 Podcast

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of lilacs and other flowers in the foreground as the sunsets in the distance over a mountain range that I suspect to be the Catskill Mountains comes to us from an unknown FB friend who shared this scene on social media on or around May 7, 2021. If this photo is yours and you’d like to be recognized for it, give me a heads up and I will update the blog to give you the photo credit after the fact. 

Well, It’s Tuesday and I am sharing today’s photo to continue my campaign of “cleaning out my closet” of unused photos “borrowed” from social media and to highlight the fact that it is indeed actually springtime. My personal electronic assistant who will remain nameless confirmed to me that the first day of spring in 2024 was March 19th – two weeks ago – and even though we had some snow that may have caused us to doubt what season we are in – the meteorological circumstances, and our feelings, don’t change the fact that it is spring. That’s the truth.

As an advocate for a lifestyle of Christian discipleship that is grounded in experiencing our freedom in Christ through repentance and affirming the truth of who we are in Christ,  I often encourage Christians to honestly look at the beliefs they are holding on that cause them to stay stuck in sin or negative mind states such as anger, anxiety, or depression.  When you ask people who are earnestly seeking freedom or a breakthrough to review their family and personal history, and if you listen carefully to what they are saying, they will reveal things they believe about themselves, God, or in life in general – that may be supported by the circumstances of their life experience – that contradict what the word of God says.  If you give people a space in which they can safely tell their story, they will tell you the lies they believe.   

One of the lies that I have heard from a few different people over the years has to do with regrets from the past where they believe that they “missed” their calling or purpose in life, or their opportunity to be used by God, or their chance at happiness.  

In recovery circles, these narratives are described as the “Only If’s” – or :If Only’s.”    

As in “If I had only asked _________ to marry me instead of __________”

OR IF Only I had never _____________ or IF Only, I had __________ done x,y,z.

OF If Only they had _____

Regrets cause us to second guess our life’s path and contribute to the false belief that we “Missed IT” – our chance at happiness or purpose or fulfilment.  And while we can look at our lives and think of several points where things could have been different, it is a lie to believe that we “missed it” when it comes to “God’s plan for our lives” or for our personal happiness.

The Freedom in Christ course defines happiness as “wanting what you have” – as being content – and no missed opportunities in the past can stop us from being content with what we have today – but dwelling on the thoughts of regrets from the past t certainly can!

While we can’t fix the past, through prayer and repentance, we can resolve and move beyond the conflicts of the past that affect our present and get in the way of looking toward the future with hope.

The serenity prayer touches on how we “do this” when we pray:  

“…to accept the things I cannot change,
 the courage to change the things I can,
 and the wisdom to know the difference.
 Living one day at a time
,
 enjoying one moment at a time;
 accepting hardship as a pathway to peace;
 taking, as Jesus did,
 this sinful world as it is,
 not as I would have it;
 trusting that You will make all things right
 if I surrender to Your will
;
 so that I may be reasonably happy in this life
 and supremely happy with You forever in the next.

So reject the lie that you “missed it” and instead accept the things that happened in the past. Forgive those who have hurt you and seek the forgiveness of those you have hurt (when doing so will not harm them or others) to move past any bitterness or guilt you have been holding on to.  Forgive yourself – meaning you accept God’s forgiveness and let it stick – there is no condemnation – and move forward in the peace that the Lord wants you to live in.  

As for the missed opportunities and broken relationships, accept that they are in the past and gone, and endeavor to start living today to be right with God, to be the person He created you to be, and to step out in faith and hope to see what God wants to do with the rest of your life.  All that stuff in the past has prepared you for today, and we can either learn from it and move on wiser from it, or we can dwell on things we can not change and be consumed by feelings of shame, guilt, and regret and stay stuck in our negative feelings and listlessness. God has forgiven us and call us to a new life, but we have to accept it and move forward with Him to experience the freedom and abundant life He has given us.  If we know Jesus, we didn’t “miss it” but we have to follow Him into the life He wants us to live to be free. 

So, seek the Lord and the truth of who you are in Christ. Live from the identity that God gives you when you put your faith in Jesus and learn to walk in His ways.  Walking in the Spirit leads to peace, love, joy, and other good things so step out in faith and follow the Lord into the life He has for you and take the opportunities that come your way to give thanks to God and to share the good news of the life and peace that only comes through Jesus.

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For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple encouragements provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .

Today’s Bible verse come to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By John G. Kruis.

( While Bible verses on various topics of Counseling can be found with a quick Google search, we encourage you to purchase this resource to support the late author’s work. (https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Scripture-Reference-Counseling-Kruis-ebook/dp/B00CIUJZT2?ref_=ast_author_dp )

This morning’s meditation verse comes from the section on Contentment, Coveting & and Priorities.

2 Corinthians 4:18 (NLT2)
18  So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

Today’s verse falls under the twenty-fifth point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Contentment, Coveting, and Priorities.

25. What is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Today’s verse encourages us to look beyond current troubles and to focus on the unseen things that can give us hope and inspire us to endure and persevere through trials. Christians are assured that God is moving all things together for our good and regardless of what we may suffer in the here and now we have the promise of eternal life to keep us buoyed by hope. We know God will never leave us and forsake us – even if we die – and when we can hold on to that unseen truth – we can handle anything this world has to dish out.   Christ rose from the dead and ascended to heaven, literally – that’s a fact – and that fact and the testimony of scripture tells us of the spiritual realm the exists beyond this mortal coil and the hope that God’s kingdom will come and restore this world broken by sin when Jesus returns.   These are all unseen, but they are promised and true and they can cause us to live lives free from fear and full of joy.

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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 sharing from “According to Your Word: Morning and Evening Through the New Testament” By Stephen F. Olford – A Collection of Devotional Journals: 1940-1941.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage you all to purchase Olford’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available online for less than $10 at many sites.

MORNING READING: JOHN 7

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.”
– John 7:37

There are three steps in this verse. Each one is as important as the other, and all lead to true satisfaction in Christ.

Rapacity – a greedy desire or craving for the Living Water. “If anyone thirsts.” There must be this earnest desire if the soul is to be satisfied, for the Word says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled” (Matt 5:6).

Request – “Let him come to Me.” This is request, for it includes the two parties: he who thirsts coming to the One who satisfies. That coming is the request of the soul.

Reception – “Drink.” Here is the personal deliberate reception of the gift of satisfying water. “To drink” implies the receiving into oneself.

Satisfy my soul now, O Lord,
until I overflow with Your blessing.[1]

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