Friday, 27 July 2007

Five Things That I Love About Jesus

I have been "tagged" by Belinda,, to write about Five Things I Love About Jesus.

1) I love that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) He has no beginning or ending and He transcends all time and fads. I know that He is constant. He is never behind the times or out of style.

2) I love that Jesus is a caring High Priest who sympathizes with our weaknesses. ( Hebrews 4: 14 - 16) I have confidence I can approach Him in my times of need. Jesus has faced every type of temptation and struggle that I will ever face, yet He was without sin.

3) I love that Jesus died so that I could be reconciled to God. (Romans 5: 8- 11) I don't have to depend on my efforts to try to reach God.

4) I love the diversity and creativity of Jesus; for example His methods of teaching and healing. Jesus identified the heart issues and ministered accordingly. How He ministers to me is unique to my heart issues as well.

5) I love that Jesus had friends who He loved while He was on earth; for example Mary, Martha, Lazarus and John. It is through Jesus' relationships with His friends and others that I can gain insight on how to treat others.

Friday, 20 July 2007

A Choice

I am continuing to type up my reflections and impressions from my journals. I recently came across this journal entry from September 2002.

"Something hit me like a ton of bricks. When I was under legalism I obeyed God because I had to. I knew what was expected of me. It wasn’t a choice, but a robotic submission. My emotions were suppressed; my mind was confined. God liberated my mind, will and emotions. I began to feel things that I hadn’t for years. I went through a time of adjustment, from one extreme to another. I have been listening to a teaching series on holiness by Joyce Meyer. She was saying that we shouldn’t be ruled or controlled by our emotions. I asked the Lord if this was the case, why would He restore my emotions to me instead of allowing me to remain in legalism? He spoke to my heart that now I had a choice to obey or not. Now I could fully feel and desire to do things that I was supposed to do and I could also choose to obey and to do what is right even when it would go against my feelings."

"I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart." Psalm 40:8 (NIV)

"Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart." Psalm 119:34 (NIV)

Thursday, 19 July 2007

An Alphabet of Thanks

I was thinking that I have a lot to be thankful for. These are just some of the things and people that I am thankful to God for.

Anita - a true friend
Brenda - my "baby" sister & Belinda - an encourager re writing
Chris - my oldest son
Dan - my husband & Dianne - one of my best friends & Dad
Encouraging words
Friends & Freedom in Christ
Gayle - my middle sister
Holly - an encourager regarding dance
Joy - my daughter
Kelly - an encourager regarding dance
Linda - an encourager regarding dance
Mom & Magda - a new friend
New experiences
Old memories
People sharing their spiritual journeys
Quiet times with God
Salvation & Sandi - a fellow dancer
Tim - my youngest son
Unconditional love
Venerate - a contemporary worship service
Wendy - my cousin
X-rays ( I had to put something that was true, if not high on my list:))
Young people's passion for God
Zeal tempered with wisdom

Wednesday, 18 July 2007

My Alphabet About God

God is:

Quick to forgive
Xenophile - He loves foreign people
Your God and mine

Monday, 16 July 2007

The Holy Spirit's Empowering

On Sunday our pastor spoke about the Baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit. One of the evidences of being filled with the Holy Spirit is being empowered to do things that we could not do in our own strength or ability. This past week I have recognized the working of the Holy Spirit in my own life.

My husband Dan and I were away at a cottage for a few days last week. The lake was calm and Dan wanted to launch his boat to take advantage of the lake conditions, since they are changeable. There is a public access point to the lake just north of the cottage. As he was backing the boat trailer into the water he had to keep going since the water was so shallow. Unfortunately the van got stuck while he was trying to drive out so he decided it would be best to put the boat back on the trailer and call CAA. Dan stayed with the van while I walked back to the cottage to make the phone call. I was informed that we either had to detach the boat and trailer or add "recreational vehicle" to Dan's membership, which we chose to do. Amazingly I was not stressed. I was a lot calmer than I would have been in the past. I recognized this as an evidence of the Holy Spirit's empowering in my life. This was an inward working of the fruit of the Spirit.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to dance in the church service for one song, Refiners Fire, using a "fire flag". Before the service the other dancers and I discussed how and where we would dance with our flags. Everything started the way it was planned and then one of the dancers decided to dance "as the Spirit led" so I was immediately put into a place of depending on the Holy Spirit to empower me to continue and to not freeze on the spot or panic. I was able to refocus on the Lord and finish the dance. This was an inward working of the Holy Spirit that resulted in outward action.

"But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law." Galatians 5: 22,23 (NLT)

"I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength." Philippians 4 : 11b-13 (NIV)
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