Monthly Archives: December 2018

To Be, in the Name of Jesus Christ

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Good morning and happy Friday everyone!

Dear reader: Have you ever had moments in which you felt stuck: moments, in which your life felt stagnant and everything was at a standstill and you did not know what to do or what God was up to in your life? 

It is those moments that push me to draw closer to God in my prayer closet. It is in those moments that push me to praise God for the good and bad moments. It is in those moments that push me to give thanks to God for circumstances, such as this one, as the Holy Spirit of God shows me what He wants to teach me.

~”Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”~1 Thessalonians 5:16-19, New International Version~ 

I ask God what exactly it is that He is trying to teach me in dry seasons of my life, such as this one. I cry, even as I pray, knowing that God sees and knows my broken state. You see, brokenness leads to repentance. And it is really in those moments that I allow the Holy Spirit of God to teach me how to be more like His Son, Jesus:

To be……more compassionate, like Jesus.

To be……more loving, like Jesus.

To be…….more joyful, like Jesus.

To be…….kinder, like Jesus.

To be……..more peaceful, like Jesus………

I strive towards that high mark of the calling of the Most High One that is in Christ Jesus.

~”But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”~Galatians 5:22-23, English Standard Version~

I read the Scriptures for a confirmation from the Holy Spirit of God. One Scripture that I read sticks out to me:

~”I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”~Philippians 4:13, English Standard Version~

This means that I can:

  1. Praise God in Christ who gives me strength.
  2. Pray to God in Christ who gives me strength.
  3. Thank God in Christ who gives me strength.
  4. Worship God in Christ who gives me strength.
  5. Do anything through Christ!

You see, dear reader, dry seasons push me to draw closer than I ever have to the LORD. They push me to want to be more like the begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ. They push me to die to myself in order as I strive to be more perfect, even as God the Father in Heaven is perfect.

Even as I struggle financially, I die to myself. Even as I eat ramen noodles as this is what I can afford to eat, I die to myself. Even as I cry myself to sleep at night, I die to myself by thanking, praising, and worshiping God through blasting worship music in my bedroom.

Worship music keeps my mind at peace with God. Worship music keeps my heart and my mind guarded from any form of evil. Worship music gives me the joy of the LORD as the strength of my innermost soul. The Holy Spirit of God pursues me to love the LORD more through worship music. Worship music makes all of the difference in my life. 🙂

So, dear reader, I encourage you to do a hobby that you enjoy doing, such as listening to worship music (as I do),  painting, journaling, and other hobbies that keep your mind focused on God above and away from the distractions and dry seasons of life.

Keep your mind focused on God through Christ Jesus!

~”And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me–everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”~Philippians 4:8-9, New Living Translation~

Let us pray! 🙂

Dear God,

Thank You for the readers, who are reading this blog post. Bless them richly and abundantly for choosing to read this blog post and let it bless their innermost being. I pray that whatever dry season that any of these readers are passing through that Your Holy Spirit will show each reader what it is that You want to teach each reader. I pray that Your Holy Spirit will show who God is through Christ Jesus to every reader so that they will know who God is through Christ Jesus and worship You and You only. I pray that each reader will be still and know that You alone are God as Your Holy Spirit reveals to him or her what it is that You want Your readers to know as a result of reading this blog post. Let each reader know that he and she is loved as Your Holy Spirit allows for each reader to love themselves in the Way that you created them to be in Your image and for Your glory. May each reader glorify You today, whether it be through song and dance, theater, poetry, painting, or another hobby. I give You all of the glory, the honor, and the praise.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen!

God bless you today, dear reader!

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