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 14: all is BRIGHT

Don’t you love a sunny day? Sunny and warm, even better. Days like these put an extra bounce in my step. How about yours?

I feel more alive on days like that. The weather is not a hindrance. The wind is calm. Precipitation is zero. Not a cloud in the sky. At least, no chance of rain or snow.  One less thing to combat, plus a gorgeous, blue sky for good measure. Love it!

All is BRIGHT!

It is usually very easy to be filled with  joy on days that are bright. Not so much if there are storms. When the wet, windy, weather ensues, it can be difficult. Even on the most gorgeous of days, we may be faced with the storms of life. And then what? How do we get through this?

Life is filled with battles. We do not like this. Who wants to fight?  Battles are real.  We can try to ignore them or numb them,  resent them, and/or ask someone else to fight them for us, but ultimately, we must fight our own battles.  And fight we must!  And they are truly a matter of LIFE and death.

What are you in a battle for? Your health? Your marriage? Your children? Your job? Your home? Your gifts and talents? Your purpose in this life?  What is being shaken? Stolen?

We have an enemy and he wants to destroy the very things God gives us in our lives. The very blessings He has given us. And we must fight and remember this.  For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12

May we remember that we are in a daily battle, one in which you and I, through Jesus Christ, have the victory over every enemy and the authority to enforce that victory. May we fight in His authority for ourselves and for others. May we remember that Jesus is the bright, morning star. May we look to Him to light up even the most dreadful of days.

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this message for the churches. I am both the source of David and the heir to his throne. I am the bright morning star.”  Revelation 22:16