Archive for May, 2012

AwAreness: Pleasure

Posted in Gypsy Carns on May 31, 2012 by Gypsy Carns

The apostle Paul lived in an age when sensuality, the pursuit of pleasure, and rebellion against the Lord were prevalent. In response, he wrote letters urging Christians not to follow in the ways of the world. Like those early believers, we are to pursue godliness by presenting our bodies to God.

Our total being–mind, will, emotions, personality, and physical body–are to be turned over to our heavenly Father.  Submitting ourselves to the Lord requires a definite decision to give Him control and a daily commitment to remain under His authority. By surrendering to Him, we will position ourselves for godly living. Life is full of options. Many decisions involve a choice between following God’s way or our own. Maturing Christians will increasingly sacrifice their own desires and embrace His will.

Romans 12: 1,2 – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

 

AwAreness: Selfish

Posted in Gypsy Carns on May 25, 2012 by Gypsy Carns

Which interests you more—who Jesus is or what He can do for you? I’m afraid that too many of us are more concerned about what He can give us than we are about getting to know who He is. But this is nothing new—Jesus had this problem when He walked on earth. The crowds often sought Him out for what He could do for them. Even though their needs were quite often legitimate, Christ knew their motives.

There is a fine line between selfishly trying to use the Lord to get what we want and humbly coming to Him with our needs and struggles.  We must remember that our needs will come to an end, but Jesus Christ will remain forever. If our prayers have dealt only with presenting our requests to the Lord, we’ve missed a great opportunity to get to know the One with whom we’ll spend eternity.

John 6:27 – “Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”

 

AwAreness: Believe

Posted in Gypsy Carns on May 24, 2012 by Gypsy Carns

Faith isn’t something we can lay claim to because we were born to believing parents or have citizenship in a Christian country.  Nor can we attain it by attending or even teaching Sunday school.

The following should be true of genuine believers: A clear understanding of the gospel; a definite decision at a particular point in time serves as a sort of landmark of the heart and mind. People do not just slip into Christianity, faith in Jesus must be chosen;  a blessed assurance follows the clear-cut decision so that believers can be certain of their salvation. God wants confident, assured children;  a man or woman of faith chooses to surrender to Christ, embraces the Word of God, and lives fully for the Lord.

John 3:3 – Jesus answered  and said to him: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

AwAreness: Faith

Posted in Gypsy Carns on May 22, 2012 by Gypsy Carns

The most precious thing we can pass down to children is our faith–the confident conviction that God is who He says and will do all He has promised.  Here are ways we, too, can hand down a rich legacy to the next generation:

Teach practical biblical principles; model character through lifestyle; serve God by serving others; intercede for them; and communicate love.  As parents, we must be intentional about leading and inspiring our sons and daughters to follow Christ. But even those without children of their own can leave a legacy.

Proverbs 3:5, 6 – Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, in the sight of God and man.

 

AwAreness: Schedule

Posted in Gypsy Carns on May 18, 2012 by Gypsy Carns

Most of us enjoy feeling in control of our own schedule and grow frustrated when things don’t go according to plan. Yet if we truly desire to walk in the center of God’s perfect will, we must become willing to cooperate with His time frame.

Consider how you pray about situations in your life. Without realizing it, you may be demanding that God follow the schedule you’ve constructed according to your very limited human wisdom. Yet if we believe He is who He says He is, how can surrendering to His way not be to our benefit? Think about His unique, praiseworthy qualities:

1. Unlike us, the Lord has complete awareness about our world and the details of every individual life–past, present, and future.

2. God understands man’s every motive, whereas none of us are able to accurately discern people’s intentions. We make choices based on partial information, whereas He has the wisdom to take action based on truth.

3. Our Creator is always motivated by love and constantly has our best in mind.

4. At just the right time, God will provide us with everything we need to carry out His plan.

Submitting to God’s timetable requires faith and courage. Believe in the goodness of His heart and His plans–and determine to wait until He gives the signal to move forward. Then, as you follow His schedule, you’ll experience the joy of watching Him make all things beautiful in His timing.

Romans 11: 33 – Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!

AwAreness: Heart

Posted in Gypsy Carns on May 14, 2012 by Gypsy Carns

Most people long to be understood. This is because we were created in God’s image–He also desires to be intimately understood and loved by us.  He wants us to learn how He thinks and feels, what’s important to Him, and what His purposes are.

We can better understand God’s heart and character by seeking Him and learning day by day from His Word. If we genuinely desire to walk in His ways, we must first genuinely know Him.  God wants you to seek Him with all your heart, and He promises that when you do, you will find Him.

Jeremiah 29:13 – And you will seek Me and Find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

AwAreness: Failure

Posted in Gypsy Carns on May 11, 2012 by Gypsy Carns

We can all relate when it comes to falling short of expectations. Obedience to God is a learning process, and failure is a part of our development as humble servants. When we yield to temptation or rebel against God’s authority, we realize that sin has few rewards, and even those are fleeting.

Failure is an excellent learning tool, God doesn’t reward rebellion or wrongdoing. However, by His grace, He blesses those who choose repentance and embrace chastisement as a tool for growth.  Failure teaches believers that it is much wiser and more profitable to be obedient to the Lord. That’s a lesson we all should take to heart.

PSALM 73:26 – My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.