Thursday, June 26, 2008

Clean Slate - Part 2

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I keep thinking lately how MUCH of a clean slate our bountiful Father gives us. In every way! Yesterday we spoke about how far away He removes our trangressions from us. As far as the east is from the west. That's pretty far, Ya'll! That He doesn't harbor anger, a grudge, or even His justification of it (like we can do, at times). Without a doubt this aspect of our clean slate is the most necessary, the most critical.

Yet, it's not the only way we get that opportunity for a "clean slate". Every day, every week, it's a clean slate waiting for us to see what we are going to make of it. Will we waste it? In fear, in apathy, in anger? Will we enjoy it and give it our best shot? As we approach the day in faith, in hope, in great expectations. Will we remember that the day, the week, the time we have is a gift? That even in times of pain He is able and near to help us get through and not be overwhelmed entirely. To better times, and sweeter. Times of joy and refreshing. Admittedly in this life, all days are not going to be filled with sunshine and light. But, that doesn't have to be where we get stuck. And some of the most remarkable people I have ever known, are those who have had to suffer, but have not let the suffering do them in. They let Christ in them bring healing, stength, and even hope. Hope so they could indeed have joy again, and life abundantly.

I love the way The Message Bible give Romans 12:1-2.
It says so much better what my heart is for this concept. Check it out: "So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you."

"This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it"
Psalm 118:24

6 comments:

luvmy4sons said...

Oh...I LOVE the way the Message Bible puts it as well. A great message! God's Word is amazing! Hugs to you! Isn't it great He wipes our slate clean?!

Denise said...

Praise God for wiping our slates clean.

Hey it's Amy Shipp said...

Thank you! Beautifully said...

grey like snuffie said...

Loved finding your blog. While I stick to translations more accurate as my first Bible I LOVE The Message---sometimes it really does put things just right to speak to my heart. Clean slates every day is such a gift. Thanks for sharing!

Sharon Brumfield said...

Today in my devotions they brought up the Sermon on the Mount. Something in your post reminded me of it.
If our slate has been cleaned by God---all the things that tie us to what this worlds values--then we will be able to walk forward in what He has us to do without concerns for how we are being treated and what life should be like.
He will guard what has been entrusted to Him...until that day.With Him in charge...all things are possible.

I don't know if this makes sense but it is neat how what God has been teaching me ties into what you have been writing in your posts.
When He speaks....those tuned in will hear.
We serve an awesome God.

freetofly said...

Leslie - Thank you ! Yes, His Word IS amazing!

Denise - I'm with you! He deserves all our praise!

Amy - Hi! You are welcome! Thank you! It's always great to get to hear from you! Hope life is good for you these days!

Snuffie - me to! :) Thanks for visiting! I really liked your blog, too!

Sharon! I have really missed you, Girl! Sorry that your internet connection is not everything you could hope for. Hope that you can hang in there!

That is a great joy of being in the same family, huh? On any given day, we can compare notes, across the street, across the country, across the oceans, and find out The Holy Spirit is leading us all to discover some truths at the same time! It's exciting to me, and reassuring as well!

Love to you all! Pray you have a great weekend!
Maria

What Does it Mean Anyway? "Free to Fly"...

Well, it's like this: Here are some of the Webster's Dictionary definitions of Free: a : having the legal and political rights of a citizen b : enjoying civil and political liberty c : enjoying political independence or freedom from outside domination d : enjoying personal freedom : not subject to the control or domination of another2 a : not determined by anything beyond its own nature or being : choosing or capable of choosing for itself...having a scope not restricted by qualification 7 a : not obstructed, restricted, or impeded ...Now, here are some of the Webster's Dictionary definitions of Fly:1 a : to move in or pass through the air with wings b : to move through the air or before the wind or through outer space c : to float, wave, or soar in the air ... a : to take flight ...6 : to work successfully ...Examples which apply from Websters: fly high : to be elated - fly in the face of or fly in the teeth of : to stand or act forthrightly or brazenly in defiance or contradiction of

What does this mean in my life? This means that in life we are meant to be free. While historically mankind has not always enjoyed the opportunity to fully appreciate what that means, we are so indescribably fortunate as to live in a time of the greatest spiritual, physical, financial and political freedom ever known. Freedom doesn't come cheap, nor does it come easy. But the best things in life don't come that way do they? As I write this I am struck by how this sounds like a political statement, and for me this is much more of a spiritual thing, but, same goes for that (political that is). Freedom doesn't come easy. And it's worth whatever fight you have to make to overcome in your life in order to live a life that succeeds. Now the questions is - what is success for you? What is your standard? In my mind what is needed is a definite target - because you can't hit and maintain a moving target. A stable, rock-solid, anchor with no variable, yet multi-faceted. Something pure, just and worthy. If you look at any web page of news you can see that our society is certainly lacking in this area. What a great time to live as a rebel! Nowadays to be a rebel, all you have to do is be willing to engage in the battle of life, while anchored to Christ!