Living Righteously

Do we step off the path at times? Absolutely! Sometimes a minor course correction is needed and sometimes it can be a major correction.

Living a righteous life takes courage, it takes boldness, it takes wisdom.

You can do anything through the strength of Jesus. He promises. He wants you to do more than keep your head above water. He wants you to walk on the water of any situation in your life in the victory He won at the Cross for you!

Let’s stay tethered to Jesus together. Cheering, encouraging and holding each other accountable along the path of life and restoration.

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Builder of the Family Name

I often marvel at the grace and humbleness of royal families that are in the news frequently. They always seem to have a smile on their face and always seem to be kind to the press and paparazzi even as our culture has an odd sense of curiosity about them. They always seem mindful of their behavior upholding the family name.

Johoiakim was king of Judah during a period of time when Nebuchadezzar, king of Babylon took Judah captive. Nebuchadezzar ordered his chief of court to gather Israelite men from the royal family and place them in Nebuchadezzar’s service.

These royal men were builders of their family name. Through them the continuance of the Nation of Israel would be born.

Likewise, every believer in Jesus, the moment they believe, becomes a part of this ancient royal family. We may not wear crowns, and robes, and jewels of old and we may not be followed incessantly by the press and photographers. But we are royalty. We are sons and daughters of the Most High King. We are princes and princesses in the kingdom of God.

We have a royal duty and responsibility to not only build our heavenly family name but to bear our family name with integrity. To be honest, kind, gracious and humble. To practice forgiveness and learn how to hold one another accountable for Christlike behavior. Please don’t misinterpret. Accountability does not mean we are better than each other. Accountability is loving one another in Jesus and learning His characteristics together.

Accountability requires discipleship which is critical to a believer’s life. When we are open to be discipled and to disciple we grow together in our faith. We enter into community with one another and allow ourselves to ask our core circle of friends to hold us accountable.

I am blessed by a group of women who hold me accountable. They have no problem speaking truth, sometimes hard truth into my life. I welcome their voice in my life. They help keep me from tumbling down the rabbit hole of spiritual darkness.

Accountability partners. Don’t leave home without them.

Today’s reading is Daniel 1:3-4. Ask God for His revelation and journal any words, impressions or thoughts. Meditate and pray on these.

Shalom!

YHVH

She is the only one I never corrected even though my husband would gently remind her. My husbands grandmother would always call me Teresa rather than Terese.

Our names are important to us. Our names let others know how to address us. And while our names are not our identity, they are our identifier.

During ancient Israelite culture names were very important. Parents chose names, many times, to coincide with a season of life they may have been in.

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah. Daniel 1:1a.

Jehoiakim’s name means the LORD raises up. How amazing it must have been for Jehoiakim to go through life with his name as a constant reminder of who he was and Who he belonged too. It get’s better. Jehoiakim’s name is derived from the name YHVH which is the proper name of God.

You and I, we may not have a name that means the LORD raises up and we don’t have to. As a believer in Jesus you are called, His child. He raises you up simply because He loves you. You don’t have to do anything in your own strength. It is the power of Holy Spirit that propels you in the direction He wants you to move. It is YHVH in you and through you.

We do have a responsibility when we are called a child of God. Our responsibility is nurturing a deep and intimate relationship with Him. Stay connected to Him and meet Him in His word daily.

Today I encourage you to read Daniel 1:1-2 and ask God to open your eyes to what He wants to reveal to you and how He wants you to apply this to your life. How will His revelations help you to grow in Christlike behavior?

Shalom!

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Maximum Potential

I grew up with a very skewed view of God in a religion that taught me to fear God not revere Him, or at least that was my take away. Nonetheless, I started a relationship of prayer with God at the early age of 8 and I have literally prayed almost everyday since then.

One night, right before I trusted in Jesus and asked Him to be my Lord and Savior, I was at a low point in my life and exhausted. I asked God, what would it look like if I simply stopped praying? Immediately in my mind I saw a camera and the shutter on the camera began to slowly close. Once closed there was complete darkness. That was enough of an answer as if God had verbally spoken to me!

Plérophoreó is God’s power bringing the believer to maximum potential “matching” their true knowledge of Him. Properly it means bearing (wearing) the work of God to the fullest extent, to the full capacity of the individual believer who is fully persuaded by Him. (biblehub.com)

Over the years my true knowledge of God has changed drastically. I no longer fear God in an unhealthy way and I am continually learning what it means to revere God; to properly honor him with all of me. My actions, my words and my thoughts.

I want to be fully persuaded by Him. I don’t want the fears or greed or temptations of this world to encroach on my life. That takes work on my part. I have to be willing to choose to make time for Him.

In what ways do you make time for God? This isn’t a rhetorical question. I would love to hear in the comments how you journey through life with Jesus by your side.

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Precious Jewels

My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas. (You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.) Colossians 4:10.

Like a treasure trove of a long lost sunken ship, it’s shimmering precious jewels-rubies, emeralds, sapphires and diamonds yet to be discovered, is God’s word.

Paul wrote these words in a letter to the Colossians that he entrusted friends to deliver as he sat in prison.

One of his friends and co-laborers that stayed behind with Paul was Mark, the author of the Gospel by that name.

Early in Paul’s missionary journey Mark had deserted Paul. I imagine Paul was most likely hurt and also a bit bitter.

But, here this verse is lavished with forgiveness, grace and love. The same virtues Jesus lavishes us with.

This course correction, this heart realignment, this forgiveness can only come from spending intimate time nurturing your relationship with Jesus.

Try this: Ask Holy Spirit to lead you to a book of the Bible to read. Write out two or three verses and ask Holy Spirit to reveal His heart to you, asking Him what He wants you to know. Journal your thoughts and put into action what He has given you.

Rest in Him.

#belike Jesus.

Sold Out

Are you sold out for Jesus? What does that even mean and what does that look like?

I have heard the expression ‘sold out for Jesus’ often in my faith journey with Him and I’ve often wondered where the term came from. This verse could quite possibly be the origin.

To be a disciple of Jesus includes persecution and promise and suffering and blessing.

Are you willing to leave your family, your home, your job and your lifestyle for Jesus and the gospel? Am I? If you and I are willing Jesus promises we will not fail to receive a hundredfold in return in this present age. But it shouldn’t be the promise that causes us to be sold out. It should be Jesus and only Jesus.

And still I wonder, why isn’t this being taught?

#knowgodknowhisword

#knowhiswordknowgod

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#belikejesus