Stop the Spin

Everything seems so out of control right now. It’s like we are all caught in an out-of-control spin. It is time to put your foot down and focus on the only way out.  

There were 128 runners in the field for the cross-country race at the 1993 NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships. As they set out on the 6.2 mile run, they were following a course that had been marked for them by the race officials. Toward the end of the course, one of the runners in the middle of the group realized something was wrong. Mike Delcavo of Western State College in Colorado saw that the main pack had missed the turn. “I was waving for them to follow me and yelling ‘This is the right way,’” he told an interviewer after the race. 

Delcavo was right—but only four other runners followed him. The rest continued on the shortcut, which allowed them to run a shorter distance and finish the race sooner. In a widely-criticized decision, race officials allowed the abbreviated route to stand as the “official course” and Delcavo officially finished 123rd. 

The world does not always reward staying on track—literally or figuratively. But the path we follow is important to God. One day, those of us who have already trusted Christ for our salvation will appear before the Lord for an evaluation of our service. Our entrance to Heaven is sure—that was settled when we received Christ. But rewards—or the loss of them—for how we spent our lives are not so sure. When we stand before the Lord, no shortcuts will be recognized, and only those who have run the race by His guidebook will be honored.  Story from: Scorecard, Sports Illustrated, December 27, 1993

Right now we have so much “stuff”, you know all the junk, that is distracting us from looking at what is important. We need to stop drowning ourselves in the events of the day. It has taken us away from our family, friends and neighbors it makes us look suspiciously at those who do not deserve it. Because of all of the turmoil we tend to focus on ourselves. We don’t look to the One who has the answers, God. When we are focused on Jesus all of the other “stuff” will have a way of working its self out. 

Becoming familiar with our owner’s manual, the bible, we are told:  For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4 ESV Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3 ESV Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Proverbs 4:25 ESV Look to God and quit being distracted by everything that is going on around you (I have to fight with this one myself distractions are everywhere). Not only pray but look to what we have been already instructed to do in these situations. We are told that He will walk through this “stuff” with us: No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 

Stop looking to the world to fix your “stuff” remember: Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 ESV I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Psalm 32:8 ESV He tells us to look to Him but you need to take the first step. Do not believe what others tell you the Bible says, not even me. Read it yourself pray and ask God to reveal what it says.  

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good Romans 12:21 ESV Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Colossians 3:2 ESV Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105 ESV As you can see He will #help you walk through the #junk you are dealing with we all just need to turn to Him in everything we do. He has the directions to #follow we just need to read them. Remember: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. Isaiah 43:2 ESV No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord.” Isaiah 54:17 ESV  

Dear Heavenly Father, help us to see the direction that we need to walk. Give us the strength to walk the path that You want us to travel. Thank you, Lord, for giving us the opportunity to be here today. In Jesus Name Amen 

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Happy New Year 2021

Happy New Year

New Year New Chances

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. 2 Corinthians 5:17-20 ESV

Definition of New: become fresh, being other than the former or old

Synonyms: different, another, separate

This last year, 2020, for a lot of us is one that we are happy, glad and even Joyful to see the year pack it’s bags and leave. Remember that what has happened in the past cannot be changed it does not help to focus on the “oh I should have”, or the “oh I should not have”. God has told us:  “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19

Make a resolution this year to focus on God and not all the junk that always tries to consume us, pray more, read the bible more, enjoy your loved ones more. Don’t worry about things so much God takes care of us : Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:26

Love God first and love those who you are around they are the ones that are there for you that He has placed in your life to love, to help and for support: Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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Bringing in 2020

Dear Heavenly Father, as I enter a new year and another decade please guide every foot step that I take. Show me how to be a light to everyone that needs it while helping me to see things the way You do. In Zechariah 2:5 (AMP) You tell Jerusalem that you will protect them: “For I, declares the Lord, will be a wall of fire around her [protecting her from enemies], and I will be the glory in her midst.” Lord put that wall of fire around me, my family, and friends giving us your almighty protection. As this new year and decade begin help me to recognize those who are trying to deceive me (Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1 ESV) When presented with the many options that come my way show me Your ways so that I do not conform to this world (Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 ESV) Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. Psalm 86:11 ESV for you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me; Psalm 31:3 ESV Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Psalm 25:4-5 ESV Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me. Psalm 5:8 ESV In Jesus Name Amen

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18-19 ESV

New Year Proclamation

 

Dear Heavenly Father, I know that in this year of upcoming change I will need that steadfast love; I am encouraged that in never ends. Every morning will be a new journey thank you Lord. In Jesus Name Amen

Happy New Year 2017

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Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for another year! As I walk through the year ahead I will try to always remember that if I have any questions or uncertainty that I can look to you Lord. I will, throughout this year, work to make You more of me and me less of this world. In Jesus Name Amen

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained. Philippians 3:12-16