Commitment

Commitment: the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.Screen Shot 2017-06-15 at 8.58.51 AM

Dedicated: devoted to a task or purpose; having single minded loyalty or integrity.

I like where it says single minded loyalty. Is our focus on God and expanding His Kingdom, or are other things of this world taking precedence over Him and the mission that we were called to do?

Think about it. Are we truly devoted to God? Have we placed Him before everything else:

Our spouse

Our children

Our jobs

Our hobbies

Our to-do list

When we truly put God first everything else will fall into place; that’s a good thing. Worry about God, and let God worry about you.

Jonah 2:8 “Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love.”

There is still good 

Scandals

Murders

Shootings

Abductions

Drownings

Affairs

Robberies
The headlines are overwhelming and pretty terrifying lately. It makes me not want to venture out. But we have to remember that God did not give us a spirit of fear; He did, however, give us eyes to assess our surroundings. He did give us a spirit to discern when things don’t feel quite right. 
When the news is only showcasing the bad, we have to remember that there is still good in this world. Don’t give up hope in the human race – just pray. 

Pray with each step that you take. 

Pray for each person that you make eye contact with. 

Pray with all your heart and without ceasing. 

There is power in prayer to change things. 
“For God has not given us a spirit of cowardice, but of power, and of love, and of wise discretion.” – 2 Timothy 1:7

Kingdom-Focused

Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your

blog3heart.” – Psalm 37:4

He didn’t mean He would give you a new car.
He didn’t mean He would give you a vacation in Fiji.
He didn’t mean He would give you a new MK purse.

The thing is – when you become Kingdom-focused, then your desires become Kingdom-focused. When you are solely living for God, then you will crave what He craves. Your old ambitions will become a thing of the past, and doing His work will become your soul’s passion. So, yes, delight yourself in the Lord, and watch His blessings pour down.

Amazing Grace

We may fall down, but God can pick us back up.blog2
We may make a huge mess, but God can wipe it all clean.
We may be lost, but God can find us.
We may be hurting, but God can heal us.
We may see a huge mistake, but God sees a testimony.
We may feel shame, but God extends forgiveness.

The sins of our past may try and define us, but they can’t define God – and that’s amazing. Amazing grace.

“15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.”
1 Timothy 15-16

Redeemed

There are two definitions for the word REDEEMED, redeemedand they both describe what Jesus has done for us perfectly:

1. compensate for the faults or bad aspects of (something).
2. gain or regain possession of (something) in exchange for payment.

Thank God that we are REDEEMED. Thank God that Jesus compensated for all of our faults. Thank God that Jesus exchanged His life for ours. He didn’t have to REDEEM us – but He did.

But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you Israel:“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” -Isaiah 43:1

This may sting a little

Sometimes scripture stings. In fact, sometimes it feels like it jumps out of the pages of our Bible and punches us in the the stomach. However, we can’t allow our flesh and pride to let us steer away from tblog1he uncomfortable. Being a Christian isn’t easy. It shouldn’t be. You are going to be convicted. You are going to be wrong. You are going to have to do things that you don’t always want to do. Being a Christian is about God – not self.
Loving your enemies
Praying for your enemies
Putting other people first
Giving the money that you earned to someone else
Not going to that party
Getting up early to spend time in prayer
Giving up your dream
Not getting your way
Forgiving
Being a Christian isn’t glamorous; being a Christian is the purest, rawest form of love shown through selfless acts of service expecting nothing in return.
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
-2 Corinthians 4:16-18

The Anchor

il_340x270.465914275_q1b1The interesting thing about an anchor is that it steadies and secures something that is unmoored – something that is adrift. It can take an object that is aimlessly floating through a vast expanse of water and control the distance that it is able to stray. An anchor is strong, sturdy, and unwavering. An anchor will hold fast to an object no matter what storms are thrown its way. You can’t see the anchor, but the anchor is there.

I am thankful for the strong and secure hand of Jesus present in our lives.

I am thankful that Jesus is unwavering.

I am thankful that Jesus holds us steady when life’s storms try to tear us apart.

I am thankful that God controls our future.

I am thankful that God holds us close.

I am thankful that we do not have to float aimlessly any longer.

I am thankful that God is my anchor. My ever-present hope.

“This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.” Hebrews 6:19