Security Satisfaction

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We spend most of our time pursuing security and satisfaction, but the world’s versions of these things will disappoint us every time.

The only time-tested way to get our basic soul needs met is found in the Bible. But you see, it’s a two-part process. Not only do we need to read and study the Bible, but we also need to live it.

The more we make a habit of applying God’s teaching to our lives; the more it becomes part of us. Knowing the Bible and doing what it says not only saves us from heartbreak and trouble, it also brings more satisfaction than anything else.

After all, don’t we get into the Bible so it can get into us, interrupt us, change us and satisfy us? So, let’s not settle for learning facts about the Bible when it was meant for so much more.

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Check My Resume

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Wouldn’t it be great if we could submit a resume for the spiritual assignments we want?

Perhaps God would give us a calling to match our qualifications. Sounds awesome right? But that’s not been my experience.

Maybe you’ve never struggled with doubt, fear or insecurity.

Whether we are teaching a Sunday School class, leading a group of teenagers, starting a ministry for single Mom’s or any number of other good, God-assignments, most of us didn’t feel resume-ready when we started.

According to Scripture, we’re in good company. Individuals like Moses, Esther, David and Peter didn’t arrive ready for their assignments. Their stories remind us that often God equips the called, not calls the equipped.

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Wisdom of Crowds

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I read a book not long ago that talks about the wisdom of crowds — the idea being there is wisdom in the agreement of a group of people.

In Genesis 11 a crowd of people believed they should work together to build a tower called the Tower of Babel that will make them famous.  God is not pleased with the wisdom of this crowd. So He confuses their languages and scatters them.

Here is the pivotal question for us — who are the people in your crowd? We can’t control what a crowd wants, but we can control what crowds we let influence us. And when a crowd wants something outside of God’s will, it’s not wise! No matter how many people are in agreement. So, who’s your crowd?

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Spiritual Foundation

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Recently, I’ve been studying what causes people to feel frustrated spiritually. The top two reasons are Bible study and prayer.

I can clearly remember sitting in church sweating because everyone else knew instantly how to get to every passage in the Bible, and I didn’t.

Then there was my prayer life, or the lack there-of. It’s not that I didn’t want to pray, but the whole concept of talking to God felt weird. I tried copying others, but somehow I’d just feel foolish for what I’d just said to the God of the Universe.

So over the years, I’ve learned sincerity and simplicity are two keys to dismantling spiritual frustration. A few honest moments spent with God reading the Bible and talking openly to Him are good life-changing steps.

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Feeling Insignificant

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Have you ever looked to others for significance and self worth?

I sure do wish they’d notice all that I do around here!  I sure do wish someone would say something nice about me.

Ever been there? Me too. And when others didn’t say what I wished they would, it hurt.  But the reality is I can’t always depend on others to make me feel appreciated or significant.  For me, I had to start admitting my feelings and asking God for His help.

I knew that if I was going to make lasting changes, I would have to read the truth in the Bible and talk to God in prayer on a regular basis.

The more I’ve filled myself up with the truth that God loves me and notices all I do, the less I find myself needing others to validate that.

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Our First Love

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Don’t you just love a good love story? You know, the kind that makes your heart beat fast as you’re not quite sure whether the guy will eventually get the girl.

Sometimes I get so caught up in busyness that I lose sight of my first love, Jesus. A friend recently told me, I love God, but I’m sad to say my actions don’t reflect that. I’m always answering the urgent calls of my children and never quite make time for Him.

When this starts to happen in my life, I find that I can make even God another source of stress. I have to remind myself that everything that’s good in my life, comes from God. And, I’ve learned taking time to read the Bible and pray actually helps me be my best so I can live a good love story with Jesus!

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How Much Will This Choice Really Cost Me

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Don’t you wish we could see the cost of our choices as clearly as a price tag on items in a store?

If I know how much something will cost me, I make wiser choices. We have an enemy who schemes against us to keep the cost of dumb decisions concealed.

Satan’s schemes are specifically targeted to do three things:

  1. Increase our desire for something outside the will of God.
  2. Make us think giving into a weakness is no big deal.
  3. Minimize our ability to think through the consequences of a temptation.

Satan is a master of keeping that cost hidden until it’s too late.

Think how different life might be if we paused and asked this crucial question: How much will this choice really cost me?

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A Glimpse in the Mirror

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Statistics say that most gals take between six and eight pictures on average before finding a “selfie” they like.

Most of us don’t love what we see in the mirror, but maybe that’s not a bad thing.

Exodus 38 tells us that the priests would wash before entering the tent where God’s presence dwelt. The basin for washing was made of the mirrors of the women of Israel. Why?

I can’t say for sure, but I think God wanted us to know something about right worship. Before we come into His presence, we must be clean. And in order to be clean, we must admit how desperately dirty we are.

The mirrors were a symbolic reminder that we need to see who and what we really are; broken, sin-stained people in need of a perfect, Holy God.

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Desperate for Love

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For the past couple of months, I’ve sensed I need God’s kindness and compassion more than ever.

I’m not going through any kind of crisis, I just feel completely desperate for God.

When I was a little girl, I remember twirling around next to my daddy wishing I could know for sure that he loved me. Something was very broken in our relationship that always left me feeling desperate for love.

Over the years, God has healed my heart in miraculous ways. He has whispered all those things I wished my earthly father had said. I know for sure God’s love for me is unwavering and certain.

There are still times I catch myself twirling again, and maybe that’s not such a bad thing. It keeps me desperate for a reassurance only God can give.

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Say His Name

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For Christmas I got my husband the Amazon Alexa.

It’s this smart hub that talks to you and answers all kinds of questions. You activate her by calling her name: “Alexa, set a timer. Alexa, play me music from the ‘80’s.” It’s really great. Conspiracy theorists say that it’s always listening to you, storing data, learning what you like.

Now, I don’t know if all that’s true, but did you know there is Someone always listening to you? It’s not big brother, or Alexa or Siri. It’s our ever-present God, who never sleeps nor slumbers, and Psalm 4:3 says He hears us when we call.

That’s not a conspiracy or a theory. The God of heaven listens to you and me, and we can communicate with Him whether we have Wi-Fi or not.

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