What God does in our lives

I’ve been reading God’s Word in the book of Ephesians and several verses have stood out to me in the last week. In chapter 4, here are some of God’s “do not’s” verse 24: “Don’t sin by letting your anger control you.”

As a mother, I tried really hard to help my kids do something else with their anger and not direct it against me or their siblings. Unfortunately, there is a lot of anger in the world today and people use violence on others to relieve their anger. This is why our prisons are full and our court system cannot give criminals a speedy trial. Notice God does not say that we should not be angry. Even Jesus was angry when he saw that people in the temple were taking advantage of the Jews in the temple by selling animals for sacrifice, probably overpriced animals and not perfect ones required by God for the sacrifice. We all get angry sometimes. We just need to temper our reaction and not sin when we get angry and take it out on others. We should stop and think first. What should our response be to the situation? My answer is always: PRAY.

In verse 29: “Don’t use foul or abusive language.” Unfortunately, a couple of my kids have taken up the world’s use of using bad language as teens, parroting their friends. I just keep telling them that their sentences sound so much better without those words. And without them they sound more educated and refined. But unfortunately, they don’t seem to care. They get a glare from me when I hear it which usually prevents it in my presence. And I just ask them to respect me enough not to say them around me.

In verse 30: “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.” And from chapter 5, verse 3: “Let there be no sexual immorality or greed, obscene stories, foolish talk or coarse jokes, these are not for you.” I have never cared for some of the movies that my kids and husband like. The ones with some famous male stars in them that may not be rated R but still have coarse jokes in them. And I usually read a book while they watch war movies since I don’t like the shooting, blood and gore, Nor do we watch anything rated R or most sitcoms because of the sexual content.

So I think with the Holy Spirit in us, we dislike things that the Lord would also reject. I cringe when I hear people use foul language. I check myself before I take my anger out on people, maybe I throw soft things sometimes though. And I always say nice things about people since that is what God would want me to do. It’s like having the two angels on your shoulder all the time; you have to choose which one you will listen to.

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I leave you with Paul’s wish for the Philippians, and my wish for you: “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation, the right righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ, for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Phil. 1:11

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What God says about diversity

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This is a post I did 18 month ago that I thought was appropriate for today. Amen?  Yes!

There’s a big word being thrown around recently: diversity. The dictionary defines it simply as variety. I, personally, like a little variety in my life. I drive different ways to get to one place. I like different kinds of food. I order something different when I go to a restaurant multiple times. I change purses and shoes often (but most women do.) But unfortunately, there are people who would like things to stay the same day in and day out and do not like change. They don’t redecorate their houses and stick to the same avocado green or yellow of the past (ick.) They don’t have a smart phone because their flip phone is just fine, even though they think it’s cool to see their friends and family look up things on their phones. And they don’t want racial equality in our country.

But what does God say? In Psalm 139:13 says, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!” In Genesis God says that He made all of us in His image. I take that to mean that He has our general form: a head, two eyes, a nose, a mouth, two ears, a torso, two arms and two legs. But the color and length of all of those limbs and parts are as different as there are types of flowers on the earth. But I don’t see anywhere in the Bible God says to judge a person by the color of his/her skin. Unfortunately, a man did that all on his own and still does it today.

Wouldn’t it be a boring world if everyone were the same. What if you walked outside your door and everyone looked the same? Every tree was the same? Every bird was the same? Every cat and dog was the same breed and color? God gave us variety so we could teach each other, learn from each other, compliment each other and love each other. Help me fellow Christians to love your fellow man/woman no matter what color or size they are. Click To Tweet

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Fruit of the Spirit part 2

Galatians 5:22 “The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives:love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things.”

It’s the first week of 2017. A new year for us to begin anew and make us the new creations Christ wants us to be. So how can the Holy Spirit help us with that? When I am wanting something within myself to change I ask myself questions. How? what? why? When? So how can we produce more Fruit of the Spirit in 2017? The first and most obvious thing is to pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us. But not only to pray generally for those traits in your heart but pray that you can have them when you are dealing with those difficult people in your life. Pray in those moments when you really feel like using harsh words instead. Pray for goodness when there is a stranger who looks like they need help. Pray for gentleness when you want to yell at the kids. Pray for kindness after someone puts you down. Pray for joy when God gives you something to be thankful for. Pray for joy throughout the day so that those around you will see joy in you and ask what gives you your joy. Then you can tell them! Although I’m sure some employers have rules about sharing faith at work, you can ask them to lunch or dinner and tell them, or ask them to church on Sunday.

Another thing we can do to produce fruit is study God’s Word. The Bible is God’s way of communicating with us. And I know we are all busy but there are one minute devotionals that you can read in line while you are waiting for your coffee, or five minute devotionals at lunch time. You could purchase a Bible on CD for the car or Bible apps for your iPhone or Android. Are you really going to tell GOD you don't have time for Him?? Of all the people in the world, He… Click To Tweet God won’t hurt you or let you down. He won’t disappoint you or call you names. God will always stand up for good and never choose the wrong path. You can count on Him to make you feel good and support you in your time of need.

So now you’ve prayed so that the Holy Spirit is with you all day and will help you when you need it. And you have read God’s Word so that you know what His expectations are. I’m sure you have been the recipient of someone’s fruit in your life. Another christian has has given you love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, etc. So you know how great it feels and now it’s your turn to spread some of that love and joy around to others. Go run the race, and produce some fruit!

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