Praise Worthy News: Pocket Moments..short Daily Bible study
2 Timothy 1:6-7
For this reason I remind you to fan the flame of God, which is in you through the laying of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
If we are Gods children then we too have had a "laying of my hands"v6. We too must fan the flame...let out gifts shine, move ahead, not fearing, but knowing..God is not only with us..but IN us.
THINK ABOUT IT...
What are your gifts?
How can you fan the flame?
Read Psalm chapter one
ask yourself, what does this scripter mean to you? How can this truth help you in your daily walk?
in verse 2, what does it mean to meditate day and night?
If there is anything harder than dieing to self, I have not found it. Jesus makes it clear in scritpure that if we do not die to self we cannot belong to Him...This is a scary thought...we are, by nature, selfish beings. Wanting what we want, reaching for more, forsaking the needs of others... and doing for the sale of praise...
To die to self we must put others needs before our own, to be all about pleaseing the creator..Our Creator! To do this with out prayer, without scripture is impossible...We can not do this on our own! I have found the harder life seems the more Im sucked into self...self pitty, self loath, self gratification...tired of always doing whats best for others and wanting a little 'spoil me" time...When instead I should cling to the feet of Christ, beg for strength and direction...
Isnt that how we are...its too hard to Die to self!! Its hard to set "me" aside..But I can tell you this...That life of "all about me for a change" is sad, lonely and hollow...I feel dark and dry and cold.....I am so Greatful...Joyful and humbled that Our Father is Patient and forgiving..for in my quiet time, my prayer time, a time of scripture I am reminded who I am in Christ..who I need to become and how much He loves me...I can die to self..and for the right reasons...My life should and will be ALL ABOUT HIM....how I raise my children, How I am a wife, farmer, Dairy gal, soap maker, friend, sister...how I am HIS......
" If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brother and sisters-yes, even his own life- he can not be my disciple. And Anyone who does not carry his own cross and follow me cannot be my disciple" Luke 14:26-27
This scripture simply means...PUT HIM FIRST...Following Christ means total Submission
What a better way to begin 2014....Many blessings!
While teaching Sundayschool and Bible studies , One thing I taught over and over is God wastes Nothing!...Many of the kids and ladies I taught came from some kind of difficult life situation, they needed to know their pain, their saddness, their sorrw, would not be wasted, that God will take those tears and the pain and turn them into something good. Now It is my turn...now I need to hold on to the truth that God will not waste my pain, my sorrow or my tears...My Son in law got a new job. Far away...they are moving....I dont know when I will see them or my 2 year old grand daughter again..I hope, I pray soon, but in the mean time my heart feels crushed...like the very life has been sucked out of me..Its hard to breath, hard not to cry...I will miss them so much..miss so much from my grand daughters life...at first I was angry. How can they think of doing this? its not fair to the baby or us..Then I was sad..did my fair share of crying...then Numb..trying not to feel at all..Im at the point now, that although not happy about it, ready to let them go, for now. I recieved prayer,comfort and advice from family and friends . And what I have learned through them is I need to trust God. He knows my sorrow, and he needs me to trust he will not waste it...he will bring good out of this.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6