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Out of gas can somebody help me?

We live in a fast food, microwave society. If  I can’t get it now or do it now then I don’t want it, and forget working hard for it. It’s amazing to look at photos from 50 years ago and see how hard society worked for what they had.

The world wants amazing benefits with no effort. We eat whatever we want for years,gain a bit of weight and don’t want to put forth the effort to get it off.  We want diet pill or this and that workout machine to get the weight off quick. Instead of making healthy food choices and good ol hard core working out. We spend too much money on credit cards,it’s time to payoff the debt and we get new cards to pay  off the debt. Instead of working to pay it off by setting aside extra, make choices to not go out to eat or buy items we don’t really need.

This same thinking has now creeped into the church. Everyone wants something for nothing. Either they want from the Pastor with zero commitment or just “fix it” for me. We want our kids taught at church and to “change”, but don’t even crack the Bible. Much less pray with our children at home. We want to be taught the Word, come to church and be radically changed. However, we don’t spend time with Lord and forget about reading our Bibles daily. We want options to attend and connect at church, but don’t reach out to anyone and get offended when no one “seems” to notice us. As Joyce Meyer says, “it’s all, what about me, what about me?”

Of course we are to live by the grace of God. However the word grace means, “the ability to do what you can’t do in your own strength.” God doesn’t empower us to set on it. He empowers us to go and to do what you have been called to do. He empowers us to over come in His strength not on someone elses strength or anointing. Often times when someone prays for you, it renews your strength to continue by standing on what He has promised and the word of God. The problem is we don’t know what to do, because we haven’t built ourselves up on the inside. Think of the word built, it means we have to be active in the building process. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. We are grown from faith to faith. You build your faith on the Word and you grow it by exercising your faith.

The Kingdom of God needs you, we aren’t meant to just ask Jesus into your heart and then set in the church and just get fed.  What happens when you set and eat?  You get fat. We are supposed to go and do, exercise what has been deposited in your heart. Otherwise wouldn’t He had just taken us up to heaven?

We have to press on, it doesn’t matter if you have tried 10 things and failed, you have to keep trying. Sometimes we step out ahead of  God’s timing but that doesn’t mean we shrink back. We keep moving forward!

Thomas Edison failed over 2,000 experiments before he invented electricity. What if he would have given up or relied on someone else to do his work for him?  I can see him now, just trying and trying to get it right. I can see him staying up late thinking to himself, ” I will get this, I just know it.”

That is how we need to be with the Lord, put all our trust in Him by growing in Him daily. We have to get rid of the fast food-microwave thinking, make the decision today to dig our heels in and start pressing in. Say to yourself, ” I can do this with the Lord.” Commit today to grow more and more in Him. Reach out to someone today and share what God has done for you. Come to church with your vessel full not empty so you can pour out onto others not always with a “fill me up attitude”. A car without gas will not run. Fill your tank with the word of God.  You can do it, begin to live from the overflow that is in your heart!

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String-Cheese

Over the past few months I have been conditioning my body through boot-camp and a healthy eating lifestyle and the most important key; submitting to my trainer because he knows what is best for me. This has me thinking about how hard it is to get our flesh and “wants” in line with what is good for us; along with the difficulties that come with pressing through the hard part in order to reap the benefits.
 
 Have you ever made a commitment for a life change and found yourself wondering what have I signed up for? As with any commitment, you have the challenge of staying the course. For instance, eating healthy, giving up foods you once ate, that for some reason we find so good and at times make us “feel” so good to eat. Over time these choices can take a toll on our body not to mention the dreaded weight gain. So we make a change, for me it’s a lot of protein and loads of string-cheese, in spite of my constant carb cravings. This does not always fulfill my desire to eat chocolate & junk, but I know that these choices will bring  healthy living.
 
As I thought about the string cheese, the Lord began to show me how we are that way with growing more in Him. If you look at the string cheese it requires work to eat it, peeling away layer by layer, not to mention the most crucial part, the decision to eat the string cheese as opposed to cheese dip.
 
Our growth in the Lord is very similar. We start out with a heart to make a change and make a commitment to change our life by getting the junk out. As time goes on we pick things back up that are unhealthy choices for us and hinder our Spiritual growth. We pick up offenses, old habits, become lazy in our prayer life and forget picking up our Bible and lastly we start sleeping in on Sunday’s. Like the string cheese, part of our growth being God peeling off the layers and removing the things that don’t benefit us one layer at a time. He knows what is best for us as we submit our life to Him and make the best “Spirit” choices no different from  making the best “food” choices that benefit our life. It takes commitment, determination,submission and surrender to have the best life that God has for you. Start today with one layer of string-cheese.
 
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