Better than part 2

 

Last week I wrote about how God wants us to be better than the world. But Jesus made himself “less than” to live on earth. He is God yet He made himself human to show us how much he loves us. Click To Tweet

“Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” Phil. 2:6-8 Let’s look at verses 6 and 7 of the Amplified version: “although He existed in the form and unchanging essence of God [as One with Him, possessing the fullness of all the divine attributes—the entire nature of deity], did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped or asserted [as if He did not already possess it, or was afraid of losing it]; 7 but emptied Himself [without renouncing or diminishing His deity, but only temporarily giving up the outward expression of divine equality and His rightful dignity] by assuming the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men [He became completely human but was without sin, being fully God and fully man].”

Jesus emptied himself of all of his Godly attributes to come down to earth and appear to us lowly humans. Isn’t that awesome! God not only loved us enough to come down to earth and sacrificed his life to save us from our sins, he gave up his place in Heaven to do it. And in honor of his lowly visit to us, he asks that we be humble and “think of others better than ourselves.” Phil. 2:3 Jesus loved all people, lame, leper, men, women, but especially sinners. So this is the way we should live our lives also. Paul tells us in Philippians to love one another, work together with one mind and purpose, don’t try to impress others and don’t look out only for your own interests. These are only some of the Bible’s instructions or code of conduct, and to me a great way to honor Jesus’ sacrifice. I hope you too will contemplate our Lord’s willingness to come down to earth and love us personally this week.

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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Better than

A phrase came across my thoughts this week, “better than.” We can think of it in two ways, positively and negatively. Click To Tweet He wants us to love Him with our heart soul and mind, to the best of our ability. Then follow His commands and use our gifts to tell others about Him. In 1 Corinthians 1:26 it say, “…few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you.” In other words, He doesn’t choose perfect people to serve Him. He chooses people who love Him and willingly serve Him whether it be as preachers, teachers, counselors, or bloggers online. Last week I was discouraged because I was noticing that other bloggers had better posts. Their posts were more organized: “3 things that God…,” “5 ways to…,” “How to….” Their posts are generally longer and wordier. But I prayed about it and God said, “You are doing it the way that is best for you.” I may be disorganized and not as spiffy looking as some of the others. And I do write shorter blogs. but I write shorter, succinct blogs because people are busy and they don’t have time to read 600-800 words. I feel like I’m doing it the way I should be according to what God has called me to do.

The other “better than” is the way the world thinks. Most people strive to be better than their neighbors. They want to have a better house, car and wardrobe, the most up to date phone and TV, technology and job. But God doesn’t want that for us. The Bible says it is unwise to compare yourself to others in 2 Corinthians chapter 10. Psalm 139 says God made us wonderfully and Ephesians 2:10 says we are His masterpiece. So God is telling us that we are perfect just the way we are. And we don’t need more to make us “better than” anyone else. Sure, we may need a good wardrobe for our job and a sufficiently tech savvy phone to accommodate our life. But it doesn’t have to make us go into debt we cant afford. I’ve been in debt and it’s not a lot of fun. And it’s not what God wants. There are many Christians who teach about money to help you learn how to manage it better. Click To Tweet

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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3 Ways to Get closer to God

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I got a journaling Bible recently, one that has pictures in the margins or blank margins you can make your own doodles and notes in. I was glancing through it and saw the first page of Micah. In it’s margin is that book’s most famous scripture Micah 6:8 “The Lord has told you what is good, and this is what He requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

As followers of Jesus don’t we desire to do good? He places that desire in our hearts. When we see stories on TV of people who do good things, become missionaries and go to foreign countries to help those in need during global disasters, they are usually Christians. The media still uses the reference from the Bible of “the good Samaritan.” And charity is a word that is first used in connection with someone doing something kind for others in the Bible.

The second thing God requires of us is to love mercy. Mercy is something we don’t deserve. People in the Bible are always asking God for mercy. Mercy from pain, mercy from sickness, and sin. My kids say I am one of the nicest people they know. Some would say too nice. But again it’s that desire God put in us to do, like Jesus did. Mercy sometimes requires great effort because it may be toward an “enemy” of ours, someone that has done us wrong or been rude to us. It could be letting someone in front of us in the grocery line, or a car in traffic. The best example of mercy on this earth is when a parent or loved one of someone who has been murdered forgives the murderer. It is the one thing that I am sure I would have a hard time doing. But He wants us to do it BECAUSE it is hard. And because it is something He has done for us. God sacrificed His son Jesus for us to save us from our sins BUT WE DIDN’T DESERVE IT. HE DID IT BECAUSE HE LOVES US!

Lastly, God requires that we walk humbly with Him. In Gill’s commentary it describes being humble as: “acknowledging (we) can do nothing without him; owning (our) dependence on his grace, and ascribing all (we) have, and are, unto (Him.)” I have found with my children it is especially hard for them to do that. I’m not sure if it is just their generation or all young people but they are definitely independent. Praise God my oldest sons have found wonderful christian women who with prayer (from me and them) have helped lead them back to Christ. But I am still praying for my daughters. Unfortunately, our selfish and material world has a negative influence on them lately. But God is still in control and I am still praying for them. I’m sure it’s my age, wisdom and maturity that assures me it’s only God that gets me through this life. But it’s also the knowledge and experience of all the times God has been present when I needed Him.

Be assured my friends that God is with you and will never leave you! Keep your Bible close and prayer on your lips.

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Life unscripted

We never know what life is going to throw at us, eh? The Bible even tells us to expect trouble because the world is full of sin and evil. And one of the things I never thought would happen to us happened. Someone has used my or my husband’s social security number to file their taxes. So not only do we have to file our taxes on paper, which delays our return by a few months, but it has affected our son’s college financial aid. The whole reason we are receiving a tax return is because we have had trouble the last several years. My husband’s income was cut in half when he had to change jobs last year. The paperwork we have had to file and ask for to make the corrections and help my son’s problems too is really overwhelming. Our God has provided for us financially but other problems have popped up. Trouble never ends, that’s for sure.

“But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 Praise God that Jesus has overcome all the things that give us trouble. And I know that this is only temporary trouble. We will file the right paperwork and send it to the university and eventually get it all worked out. Because God is with us and will never forsake us. I just have to repeat those mantras over and over again. If we always look up instead of looking at the problems that are in front of us, then we won't be… Click To Tweet The beginning of the verse says, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me.” I don’t know about you but I definitely want peace. So I may fret for a moment but I will always return my thoughts to Jesus and get my peace back!

A visual exercise I describe in my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!”  entails putting your troubles, sin, guilt or thoughts in .a box and placing it at the feet of Jesus. Here is a quote describing how to leave it there: “If the box (of problems) is in Heaven with Jesus, you cannot take it back! Click To Tweet You have given the problem to God and he will take care of it for you. He is in control of it…”

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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A recent mistake

So everyone makes mistakes, right? I made one yesterday at work. I apologized and gave the customer a couple of options to fix it. But he wanted me to break one of our rules to satisfy him. Well, I just couldn’t do that and anything else I tried to do would not make it right for him. I tried to stay calm. But I have to admit that sometimes I get so frustrated I just sound defensive and a bit rude, which they accused me of. But they were arguing just as adamantly and rudely with me. They ended up leaving with nothing and threats of bad reviews. Afterwards, I asked God for forgiveness in whatever part I had in the fiasco. I know I tried as hard as I could to satisfy them to no avail. God says we should live at peace with everyone. I’m sure you know a time when you have replayed a situation over and over in your head, trying to see what you could have done differently. I’m not sure what I could have changed because the things I tried to do did not work. Now, when I think of it again I just pray for them because only God can satisfy and give them the peace they need. And every time I think about it I get frustrated and angry all over again, which is sinful. So I think giving it to God and prayer is the way to go!

A visual exercise I describe in my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!”  entails putting your troubles, sin, guilt or thoughts in .a box and placing it at the feet of Jesus. Here is a quote describing how to leave it there: “If the box (of problems) is in Heaven with Jesus, you cannot take it back! Click To Tweet You have given the problem to God and he will take care of it for you. He is in control of it…”

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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