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.

Day 25 : antidotes #8 & #9

Clutter. Hopefully we are facing our clutter. Hopefully we are making wise choices on what we allow to come into and stay in our homes. Fear and Being over-whelmed are the last two contributors to Clutter as mentioned in the original post (Day 17), which will be addressed.

FEAR

Have we ever held on to something for FEAR we would one day need it? If so, what is it and do we REALLY think we will need it if we have not used it yet? Is it that hard to find if we do need it again one day? Could someone else use it? Will we be able to LIVE without it?

We can become very dependent on our things. And fear can be a very powerful motivator. If we trust in perfect love, fear is cast out. In the absence of fear, our decisions are motivated properly.  And we can let go of things we don’t truly need.

BECOMING OVER-WHELMED

And here is the last piece to tackle when facing CLUTTER. What do we do when there is WAY TOO MUCH to do? It looks as though we will never make a dent in the stuff that surrounds us. So, we just throw up our hands in the air and give up without even continuing in the effort.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Hebrews 12:1

EFFORT. You get an “A” for effort, some will say.  I think in this case, it is definitely true. Make an effort. Do a little at a time. Set goals and don’t exceed them to prevent burn-out. By all means create more challenging goals as the efforts start to pay-off.  Don’t give up.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Galatians 6:9

May we cast our fears to You Jesus, that Your love  would take us over.   May we be motivated by love and make decisions accordingly. May my heart and yours be strengthened to move ahead and face the battle Clutter presents to us. May we make every effort to move forward to take care of clearing things up.  In the name of JESUS!

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.  Isaiah 40:31