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“The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant.” ~~Jesus

May 12, 2013 3 comments

Jesus challenges us to change our minds about how to pray. We are steeped in the religious way to do it. That is not the God way.

Here’s what He wants you to do:

  • Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God.
  • Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage.
  • The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.

May I accept the Jesus prayer challenge.

“The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant.” ~~Jesus (Matthew 6 The Message) 

What if Jesus walked in right now?

What Jesus would say to me if he just walked into my room right now?

I think he would look right at me and smile. He would sit down right beside me and he would put his arm around my shoulder to talk. I think on most days he would say “Why do you worry so much, child? You belong to me. Your family belongs to me. I want you to count on Me. Know that I love you. Your worry smothers your awareness of how my Love for you constantly fills your life.”

And then, I would look right back at Him and say “You’re right!” And then I would smile too.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:25-26

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“When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself.” ~~Jesus

December 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Jesus calls us to a higher standard than the way of this world. He is in charge of the new plan. This is a plan of humility.

The call from Jesus is to just help and love people. Don’t worry if anyone knows. Our Father knows. That is enough. Pleasing our Father is the only thing this is all about.

“When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself.” ~~Jesus (Matthew 6:2-4 The Message)

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“God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” ~~Jesus

December 16, 2012 2 comments

We often worry about what might happen. Conventional wisdom says “plan for the worst”. And so we do.Hard Times - 01

Jesus is direct and challenges us to change our minds (repent) about thinking that way. His way is to not worry and trust that God, our loving Father, will helps us the time we need it. Jesus challenges us to give our entire attention to God right now. God is our God now.

“God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” ~~Jesus (Matthew 6:34 The Message)

“In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do.” ~~Jesus

December 10, 2012 2 comments

God wants us to act on what He is talking with us about. Jesus gets that. Jesus knows what the Father is doing and He does that. He acts on His Father’s words. He knows the vital connection between knowing and doing.Connection

Jesus challenges us to listen to our Father and act on what we hear. There is a vital connection between what God is doing and what I should be doing. Is God forgiving me? I must forgive myself and everyone else. Is God healing me? I must bring others to God’s healing hand.

What is God doing? Am I doing it as well?

“In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do.” ~~Jesus (Matthew 6:14 The Message)

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“All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference?” ~~Jesus

December 4, 2012 5 comments

Jesus knows how to ask questions. He forces us to get clear. What is important? Perhaps the question is rhetorical but it is worth an answer. So ask yourself. Do you think it makes much of a difference (in God’s world)?Waste of Time

Jesus knows, directly from God, what is important. It isn’t our fashion sense. It isn’t the kind of car we drive. It isn’t how well our house is decorated. It isn’t how well we eat.

Jesus challenges us to get our priorities in line with God and His government. Does our burn with love for God? Do we love everyone? Do we have a heart for God?

Everything that isn’t focused on Him, what He wants and loving others is a waste of time and money. Period.

“All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference?” ~~Jesus (Matthew 6:27-29 The Message)

“Don’t be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving.” ~~Jesus

December 1, 2012 Leave a comment

God is in an amazing mood. He has so much He wants to give us.

Jesus challenges us because He knows what we are focused on. He demands that we don’t focus on getting things. He knows when that is our focus, we don’t see what God wants to give us. This is radical because His focus on the Father is radical.

To receive our Father’s gifts we have to respond to Him. If we are looking to get more in this world, we have the wrong focus.

“Don’t be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving.” ~~Jesus (Matthew 6:29-31 The Message)

“You know both God and how he works.” ~~Jesus

November 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Jesus challenges us to not worry and live for what God wants to accomplish today. God takes care of the flowers and the birds. We see that and know that. And yet we get focused on the wrong things.

If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—Jesus wants us to know that God will attend to us, take pride in us, do his best for us? God is the loving Father who has our best in mind all the time.

Do we know God is in a good mood? If so, we know how he works. We need to understand in our heart the very nature of God. Once we get that, we will always know how He works.

“You know both God and how he works.” ~~Jesus (Matthew 6:33 The Message)

“Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions.” ~~Jesus

We all have the same amount of time every day. Jesus challenges us to use it to focus on it on a few (three) very important issues.

  • God-reality – God is first and most importantly God. He has a reality that He gives us when we live in His world. His reality is not the reality of this world. We need to focus on what is the reality in Heaven (God’s world). He wants that reality here on earth. He teaches us to pray “your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”. What is God’s reality. That should be our focus.
  • God-initiative – Everything starts with God. He has created everything. Nothing exists without Him.  Do I see everything that way? Everything in my life, my world, starts with Him. There is not success without Him.
  • God-provisions – God gives us every good thing. He is in a good mood. In fact, He is in a great mood. He wants us to have every good thing. We need to focus on what He has for us and not what we want. Do we see the good He is doing or do we see what He is not doing?

Jesus challenges us to focus. With the help of His Holy Spirit, we can do it.

“Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions.” ~~Jesus (Matthew 6:31 The Message)

“If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.” ~~Jesus

June 22, 2012 1 comment

Jesus challenges us to forgive others. It is a clear command and unambiguous. That is our part to do. When we do, GOD forgives us. He is also clear that if we don’t forgive others, GOD won’t forgive us for missing GOD’s goal for our life.

Really? Yes, really. He said it. I think He meant it.

May I forgive. May I root resentment out of my heart and life.

“If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from GOD’s part.” ~~Jesus (Matthew 6:14 The Message)

“People who don’t know God and the way he works worry too much.” ~~Jesus

Why do we worry?What produces that anxiety in our gut?

Because we don’t know what a good mood God, our Father, is in. He loves us. He has every good thing in store for us. When we get that at our core, we relax. We are at peace. We don’t worry at all.

May I remember, today, how God works. May I relax. May I be at peace.

“People who don’t know God and the way he works worry too much.” ~~Jesus (Matthew 6 The Message)

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