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Looking for an “easy” button.

Overwhelmed by the circumstances of life? Looking for a way out of the trap you are caught in? Wondering if prayers are even being heard? Most of us if we are honest have an area in our life that we really want changed. We might even feel trapped and almost enslaved like the Israelites in Egypt. There is hope for us, because God hears our prayers and He answers them too.

I think many times we expect to just be released from our circumstances and then life will be easy. I know that is what I want, the instant fix and the easy way out. That is what the world I live in tells me should happen. If I want something I just order it, click a button, and have it delivered today.   Then I think, “That was easy” all I need is my “easy” button.

God is not our “easy” button but He has given us easy access to Himself in heaven. Just like the Israelites He hears our prayers and cries for help. If you read the account of the Israelites rescue from Egypt, in Exodus, you quickly see that God did send help, He did make a way out, and the Israelite people were an active participant in their walk to freedom. Moses wasn’t their “easy” button to get out of Egypt.   They were full on participants in the process. (If you are not familiar with the story I encourage you to take time to read it (Exodus 3 – 12 & 32).)

To experience freedom they had to prepare to exit and build their trust and belief in God; a response to relationship.   They had to pack up, walk out, and trust and believe with each step, a response to relationship.   The Lord relates to us in this same manner.  He meets us where we are and invites us to a deeper relationship with Him.  He waits for our response in relationship.

I think part of our trap is we want to skip the process of relationship building and maintaining because we are focused on “easy”. Relationships are not “easy”. Christ’s ministry and sacrifice were not “easy” or simple. It was an easy decision for Him to make because he wanted us to have direct access to Him. The only thing “easy” about our relationship with the Lord is our access. The rest requires regular revenant, selfless, and obedient responses to His call to love the Lord above all else with all we are and love our neighbors as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40). We find freedom when we walk in daily relationship with the Lord. It’s not easy but it is so much better to walk with Him than to live trapped without Him.

How will we respond today?

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do,

and he will establish your plans.”

Proverbs 16:3

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Week # 26 Proverbs 29:25

Proverbs 29:25

“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.”

The quote from Lecrae says it all!  Trust in the Lord and live free and safe rather than living for people’s acceptance only to live caged in fear until who you were meant to be dies a slow death.  Live each day free in Christ living out God’s plan for your life!

This has been a personal struggle for me that I shared about in “What will they think?”.  Click here to read more.

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

Welcome if you are joining me for the first time. This post is part of my weekly series “Wisdom Wellspring”. Take a moment to visit the page to learn about the heart behind the series and view previous posts.

Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

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Week # 14 Wisdom Builder 2 Chronicles 7:14

2 Chronicles 7:14

” if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear fro heaven and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Maybe this is a familiar verse for you like it is for me.  I was first introduced to 2 Chronicles 7:14  when I was a National Day of Prayecoordinator for our Chapel in 2006.  I’ve always seen it as a call to prayer for the people on behalf of our nation.  But in studying the original context of this verse I have discovered it’s richness extends beyond a call to prayer.

These words of the Lord were spoken to King Solomon at the completion of building the Temple in Jerusalem.  The Lord appeared to him at night following  fourteen days of celebration of the Lord filling the Temple with his glory and  the Festival of Feast of Tabernacles with the people of Israel.  The people all went home joyful and glad.   While Solomon’s experience continued with a visit from the Lord.  God chose to personnally tell him that he heard his prayer of dedication(that is recorded in 2 Chronicles 6: 14-42(hover over this passage location to read it)).   Take a moment to read the prayer.  It is fascinating.   If you read the complete response, 2 Chronicles 7:12 – 22, you will recognize it as though Father God is continuing his conversation with Solomon.  He responds to him with the same phrases that Solomon used in his prayer.   I love it.  It is another sweet example of how relational and intentional the Lord is with his people.  We should find hope in this verse for many reasons.

  1. It is reassurance that the Lord listens and responds to his people.
  2. The Lord himself gave guidance for how to approach him:
    • in prayer
    • by seeking his face
    • by turning from our wicked ways
  3. The Lord is in heaven ready:
    • to hear our humble prayer
    • to respond with forgiveness
    • to respond with healing

Don’t we have such an amazing Father in heaven!  He is loving and holy.   We are to approach him in reverent humility.  The Lord is fully aware of our inability to live holy as he is without his righteousness covering our sin(Romans 3:21-31).  Solomon’s father King David knew this from personal experience and he certainly passed down, to his son, his understanding of God’s heart as David expressed it in Psalm 51:16 -17.  David approached the Lord with a sacrifice of his “broken and contrite heart”, rather than one for the altar, because he knew the Lord delighted in a heart submitted to him more than a sacrifice of grain or burnt offering, as prescribed in the Law of the Old Testament.  Both of these King’s experienced God the Father in a very unique personal relationship because they were chosen by him to rule his people and they responded to the Lord’s heart with reverence.  Before the new covenant, consummated by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, only a few chosen people were able to experience God the Father in a personal relationship(2 Corinthians 3: 1-18).  Now, under the new covenant, we are called the temple of the Holy Spirit(1 Corinthians 6:19-20).  The quality and closeness of our relationship with the Lord is a matter of our heart condition.

How would you describe your heart relationship with the Lord?

I encourage each of us to take time this week to humble ourselves before the Lord in an attitude of prayer as we seek his face.  When we do this we are better prepared to respond to his prompts to turn from any wickedness that has crept in-between us.   When we seek the heart of the Lord we can be fully assured that he will hear us from heaven and respond in love with forgiveness and healing.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this new way to look at our treasure verse this week.

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

Welcome if you are joining me for the first time. This post is part of my weekly series “Wisdom Wellspring”. Take a moment to visit the page to learn about the heart behind the series and view previous posts.

Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

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BREATHE!

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“Oxygen is essential to life”

How is your spiritual breathing? Have you been holding your breath too long? Take a deep breath. Hold it…..keep holding it….okay BREATHE. Did just the thought of holding your breath make you anxious? I don’t like the feeling I get after holding my breath for too long.  My heart starts to race and I begin to feel light headed. Why do you think that is? Because breathing oxygen is essential to life and our breath rate is usually in rhythm with our heart rate. They are dependent on each other to do their job- provide O2 to the body.

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“Maintains strength in our spiritual life”

Like physical breathing is essential to our physical life, taking time to spiritually BREATHE is essential to our spiritual life. Living out my identity in Christ should be as automatic as each breath I take, right? But why isn’t it? Oxygen taken in with each new breath is essential to maintain the strength of life in our body– from all the tiny cells to, each major organ.  Likewise, the way we live out our identity in Christ maintains the strength of our spiritual life. I am challenged by the harsh reality that I am not as immediatly aware or alarmed when my spiritual breathing has been interrupted as I am when I am forced to hold my breath for more than 30 seconds.  I can begin to feel the panic rise up inside, as I desire to release the old air and receive the new to avoid loss of consciousness or ultimately loss of life.

So what do I mean by spiritual breathing? Well recently I’ve been challenged with principles to help maintain spiritual balance in my life or taking time to BREATHE. I tend to put principles into acrostics making them easier to remember and put into practice. Here is my BREATHE acrostic:

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“BREATHE”

Believe God is able ~Remember you are redeemed and release ~Everyday eternally focused ~Available and aware ~Trust with thanksgiving ~Humbly resist ~Exhale ~

When I keep each of these “BREATHE” principles active in my life I am strengthening my spiritual life through responsible relationship with the Lord by living my identity in Him. I notice that I become spiritually oxygen deprived when any of the principles are out of balance or rhythm. Let’s take a brief look at these principles.

Believe God is able. This principle challenges us to keep who God is in alignment with who we believe He is. Sometimes this looks like remembering that He is the great I AM who holds all that is dear to me in his all-powerful, majestic hands. This principle asks us- “What do you really believe about God’s ability to provide and care for you and all that you hold close?” This of course cramps the style of any of us control freaks, right? ~Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God…” ~ Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God…”

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“He is faithful!”

Remember you are redeemed and release. Knowing who God is and remembering he has redeemed us as his daughters is the foundation of one’s identity in Christ. When I reflect on the power and sacrifice that were exercised for my redemption it calls me to a place of surrender and release. I surrender to his never-ending love where I am able to experience his gentle kindness. In this sweet relationship I release my hold on the shame of my sinfulness and allow him to wash me in his forgiveness. Remembering this also releases me from the snare and trap of the enemy leaving me free in Christ. ~1 Peter 1: 17-21 “…live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear…. it was not with perishable things …you were redeemed from the empty way of life…but with the precious blood of Christ…He was chosen before the creation of the world… through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.” ~ Ephesians 1:7-8 “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding.” ~ 1John1: 9-10 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us…”

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“A new day dawns with eternity at heart!”

Everyday is eternally focused. “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”(Mathew 6:21) These words of Jesus ring true don’t they? Keeping our heart and head focused on where our real eternal treasure is difficult and takes determination. I struggle to fix my eyes on what is unseen because of the lure of the seen is so tangible and tempting even though it is temporary. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 “ Therefore do not lose heart…outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day…our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen…what is unseen is eternal.”

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“Here I am Lord!”

Available and aware. This principle reminds us “it’s not all about me”. Though I will make plans for my days and weeks it is the desire of my heart that the Lord will direct my feet. Some days it is evident that the Lord has better plans for the day than I do. My response to his redirection reveals my heart attitude toward being available for the Lord’s purposes and determined to press on in difficult circumstances. It also is evidence of my sensitivity to the teaching of the Holy Spirit. I must remain available to do the good works the Lord has prepared for me in advance.  I also need to be aware of his leading and the needs of others in my life. ~Philippians 3: 13-14 “…Forgetting what is behind and straining…I press on toward the goal…for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” John 14:26 “…the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send… will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have said to you.”

Trust with thanksgiving. Philippians 4:6-7 sums this up. We are not to be anxious or worry about anything. Rather we are to trust God wholeheartedly with everything. To not be anxious means trusting God through petitioning in prayer and believing he is able with a thankful attitude. This is not easy but I do breathe more easily when I practice this principle.

Humbly resist. Resist what? The temptation of pride to take control and live like I don’t believe God is able. Pride is the root of all sin and it is the hardest for us to detect in ourself. A heart of humility helps us live selflessly and resistslide1 the tendency to control and capitalize for personal benefit. Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 3:7 “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.” 1John 2: 16-17 “For everything in the world- lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life- comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”

Exhale. Exhale everything into His hands and exclaim His excellence. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) When we take time to exhale, we are able to maintain an attitude of worship and experience the peace of the Lord in relationship with him. I am able to see him at work in the big and little things of life. Then I am moved to worship him with my life.

Take the time to review the principle verses that speak to where you are in your relationship with the Lord.

Armor Up, pride down, Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

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