Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Live a Little

Ephesians 5:1 Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.

Freedom is a good thing. It's even a God thing. Christ HAS set us free so that we can live a free life. To do so will require us to make some adjustments. Why? Because freedom doesn't always mean liberty. Think about it. When the children of Israel were liberated out of Egypt, they were set free of the bondage of Pharaoh. But it wasn't long until the could be heard grumbling about the way life was where they were. They had to learn to adjust to the new found liberty and take a stand IN freedom. As Moses began to lead them and God began to orchestrate a plan to bring them to Canaan, they had to deal with this new life and the structure that God was setting up for them so that they could live the free life. They began to look at this freedom as a new kind of bondage. They were seeing this as a harness of slavery rather than an avenue of freedom.

You and I can be saved, healed and delivered from anything that holds us captive.To be delivered means that the hold of that bondage has been destroyed. Your circumstances may not change but your perception of them can. It all begins with a relationship with Christ. Jesus is enough. When Christ lives in us, He brings power to break off the chains. He lives in us to help us truly experience that free life.

So how about you today? Are you living in that freedom that Christ can give? Or have you allowed things, people or circumstances to put a harness of slavery on you? Take your stand today! Stand in freedom and live life the way God purposed it to be for you. Guidelines are not cumbersome rules but rather white lines on the road to help you stay on track. So live a little!

Work like you don't need the money, love like your heart has never been broken, and dance as if no one is watching. (Satchel Paige)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Heat Wave

The weather in Oklahoma is interesting. First its the random earthquake, the possibility of tornadoes and the booming thunderstorms. Right now, it is the heat. Heat index over 105! Really? I began to think of this Psalm and the Lord being "my shade" when the heat gets turned up. Many times life can be uncomfortable. We need the Lord to watch over us. When things get "heated" it will not destroy us. Why? Because the Lord is always looking out for our best interest. He will watch over our going out and our coming back home. He can soothe in the midst of the heat wave!
After my 2 mile walk yesterday(where I thought I would pass out!) I was craving a cool down. Standing in the shade was so much better than running in the heat!
Today, let the Lord be your shade and cool you down when tempers fire up. Realize that nothing can harm you because He is looking out for you...both now and forevermore! So chill!
psalm 121:5 The LORD watches over you—
       the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
 6 the sun will not harm you by day,
       nor the moon by night.

 7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
       he will watch over your life;

 8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
       both now and forevermore.