Day 103: Day #1 of the WALK IN THE SPIRIT challenge

I have an issue. I actually have a few. The issues I am referring to are PEOPLE.

I have issues with PEOPLE!!!!!

how about you?

I know that there is really nothing I can do about this outside of believing in God to answer my prayers and see me through.  I know I have a choice to make: choose to gratify the flesh or walk in the Spirit.

For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. Galatians 5:17

I choose to walk in the Spirit. What will you choose? If you are like me, human and broken, you know that choosing to walk in the Spirit is counterintuitive to our fallen nature. But to the new creation in Christ, walking in the Spirit is desired.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.…Galatians 5:22
So here is the challenge I am taking on. For 19 days, beginning on this day, March 17, 2015, I will be praying for these people and for myself. I lay down my will and my flesh and declare that I can’t change and neither can they apart from the transforming life of Jesus Christ inside.  I choose to walk in the Spirit and take time to let God’s love fill me.
Father, help me to accomplish this challenge ahead. Equip me with every word of life You would have me speak over myself and the people that disturb me in one way or another.  Help me to grow in letting go of continuously striving to gratify my fleshly desires and turn away from it and into Your merciful arms. Oh Lord may the people I pray for receive Your salvation and may the fruit of the Spirit ripen that we may all taste of it.  IN JESUS’ MIGHTY NAME.

HE IS ALIVE

He’s Alive and I am forgiven!!! Hallelujah! Happy Easter!!!

“He’s Alive”

by Don Francisco

The gates and doors were barred
And all the windows fastened down
I spent the night in sleeplessness
And rose at every sound
Half in hope of sorrow
And half in fear the day
Would find the soldiers breakin’ through
To drag us all away

And just before the sunrise
I heard something at the wall
The gate began to rattle
And a voice began to call
I hurried to the window
Looked down into the street
Expecting swords and torches
And the sound of soldiers’ feet

But there was no one there but Mary
So I went down to let her in
John stood there beside me
As she told me where she’d been
She said they’ve moved Him in the night
And none of us know where
The stone’s been rolled away
And now His body isn’t there

We both ran towards the garden
Then John ran on ahead
We found the stone and empty tomb
Just the way that Mary said
But the winding sheet they wrapped Him in
Was just an empty shell
And how or where they’d taken Him
Was more than I could tell

Oh something strange had happened there
Just what I did not know
John believed a miracle
But I just turned to go
Circumstance and speculation
Couldn’t lift me very high
‘Cause I’d seen them crucify Him
Then I saw Him die

Back inside the house again
The guilt and anguish came
Everything I’d promised Him
Just added to my shame
When at last it came to choices
I denied I knew His name
And even if He was alive
It wouldn’t be the same

But suddenly the air was filled

With a strange and sweet perfume
Light that came from everywhere
Drove shadows from the room
And Jesus stood before me
With His arms held open wide
And I fell down on my knees
And I just clung to Him and cried

Then He raised me to my feet
And as I looked into His eyes
The love was shining out from Him
Like sunlight from the skies
Guilt in my confusion
Disappeared in sweet release
And every fear I ever had
Just melted into peace

He’s alive yes He’s alive
Yes He’s alive and I’m forgiven
Heaven’s gates are open wide
He’s alive yes He’s alive
Oh He’s alive and I’m forgiven
Heaven’s gates are open wide
He’s alive He’s alive
Hallelujah He’s alive
He’s alive and I’m forgiven
Heaven’s gates are open wide
He’s alive He’s alive He’s alive