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While many may argue, I can read multiple books; I can do what I want and please God too; I can have good and bad habits. It’s difficult to fully make a change, to give your heart completely, until you are done with the old.

You can only give all and focus on one direction at a time. You will either move forward, be stagnant or reverse course. You can’t move in all 3 directions at once.

The scripture says “ANY” that belong to God will be a new creature. There is a crisis point, a defining moment when one becomes new. At this time, the old has to go. You can’t be half new and half old. It’s all or nothing. And it’s available to everyone!

Finding yourself at a loss as we close out a year. Start fresh. Start new. Not just for a moment, a day, a month… but all time.

God has the power to sustain your newness as you belong to him.

Seek him. He will be found. You too can have a new life in Christ.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! May you he blessed and be a blessing this year.

Existing – continued survival

Living – the pursuit of a lifestyle of the specified type.

There is a difference between just existing and truly living.

We need daily food to exist, to continue on this earth. But the pursuit of just continuing on this earth isn’t truly living.

One begins living when one shifts the focus from living how I want to living how God would have me. When our motives and desires are no longer self-based but God-based we can have life.

Life from above is a joy filled.

We need to be full, filled with the word of God to truly live. To have a life of purpose that is worth living. It gives life a hope, an expected end of good. A live not lived in vain.

5 Minute Thought

Who am I? That the Creator, the I AM, the Word, Love, Being, would be mindful of me?

Would want a deep, personal, intimate relationship with me?

How do I count as someone special?

One that has messed up countless times, has taken advantage of mercy, has failed…why me? Why does He care about me?

This I will never know. Only, that He does. He cares about me. About those things I care about. This is one of those times when faith is needed. And it is put into evidence in that he does all, to have that relationship.

I am but nothing, yet he thinks about me. He created me, knowing about my battles , weaknesses, strengths, stubbornness, desires, loves, the ins and outs of my heart and motives. He put the combination of me together. Wow! He must of thought this combo could do some good.

What gave I done with it? Have I lived to my full potential? Have I done all the good? Have I neglected to be a blessing? Am I allowing him to use me?

This time of year is often a time of reflection. I don’t want to, just out of form, but with a true sincerity of heart.

Search me. Try me. See if there be anything unlike You.

That I might be worthy of your affection.

Who am I? – Castibg Crowns

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When you are praying about something that is important to you and you need answers. And the Bible App scriptures of the day come in this succession, I think God is reminding me to trust, pray, wait, keep my hope in him, and give him praise while he works it all out.
 
troubled heart

John 14:1
– Let not your heart be troubled

Promise

2 Peter 3:9
– The Lord is not slack concerning his promise

dream big

Ephesians 3:20 – [pray] unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above

 
still

Psalms 46:10 – Be still and KNOW that I am God

thanks

Psalms 105:1
– Give thanks unto the Lord.

While it may be a coincidence that the scriptures have come in this order at this time, but God can speak to the heart in many ways. Thankful for peace in an unknowing time.
alone with God

As we draw to the close of another year, I like many, have been reflecting on the past year and making plans for the next. As I look back there are areas that I am pleased with and some places that I am not so much. Some areas where I regressed and still more that there have been improvements. I see room to grow. I see how I stunted my growth with bad habits. I see changes that need to be made. I see an opportunity to make a change, to be a new creature.

I read the scripture this morning in 2 Corinthians 5:17,

Therefore is any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Many times we liken this change from old to new at first salvation. There is a crisis moment, Jesus comes down, and a change is made. It is used to encourage someone that had experienced much sin and because of God’s grace, Jesus sacrifice, they no longer have to partake in the same activities.

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But today, as I was reflecting on the new year, I saw it as an opportunity. Even as saints of God, we can become a new creature. If we aren’t satisfied with our service to God, our health, our habits, our attitudes, our outreach, our kindness, our relationships, our “fill in the blank”, we can make the change.

We can have a crisis moment in the middle of our salvation. Salvation isn’t stagnate,  it is an evolving status. We can draw closer to God. We can make better choices for our health. We can change our habits and attitudes. We can be more kind and loving. We can forgive. We can improve our relationships… We can change.

This year, starting today, I vow to myself and to God, changes will be made. I am not looking at an easy road ahead. I have some habits to break and new ones to make. I have some flesh to crucify. I am some time to give. I have some reaching out to do. I have some inconvenient love to show. I have some early nights to bed and some early mornings to rise. I have better eating choices to make. I have some physical activity to be endured. I have some better house keeping practices to instill. I have some listening to do. I have some purging of clutter. I have some better time management skills to work on. I have some ground to conquer. I have some victory to gain.

This isn’t just a New Year’s Resolution that is forgotten and unfulfilled, it is a promise. These are goals. I have written many down. And as more come to me, more changes that need to be made, I will write those down to. I am a work in progress, allowing God to mold and shape me into the person he wants me to be.

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