The Plank in My Own Eye

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:3-5

Pay attention to your own sin and remove it from your life, once you do so you will be able to help your brother in need; if you don’t take care of your own sin, all you are is a hypocrite.

This scripture is often used out of its context to point out another’s sins and how they should not judge others… however, a big point it’s making is to look at YOURSELF. As I look at myself, I realize that I’ve become ensnared in this idea that someone else’s sin is priority to my own. I need to focus on my own sin and then I’ll be able to deal more clearly with the situation at hand. This scripture shows my priority must first be the plank in my own eye; my own sin must come first before I am at a place to help with another’s sin. If it’s not, I’m just a hypocrite.

Lord, when I want someone else to fix themselves so I can benefit from it, and do no work myself; I truly don’t know why I always think it’s going to work out in my favor. Help me to continue to focus on myself and give me the words to speak. I’m consumed in my sin and I am in pit, grasping for a branch to stop me from sliding further… but I am reminded that it is You who will bring me out if I’ll only heed Your instruction. Thank You, Lord! Amen.

My God, my Abba who dwells in heaven, holy is Your name! Bring Your sovereignty and power; accomplish and bring to being Your will here in this place as it is done in heaven! Give me what I need for today to grow and thrive and forgive me of my offenses as I forgive and release from their offenses, those who’ve offended me. Lead me out of temptation and adversity and rescue me from pain and trouble. For by your authority and strength, all honor and praise is yours forever. Amen. [Matthew 6:9-13]

“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:14

This is the One

“The LORD said to Samuel, ‘How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.’ But Samuel said, ‘How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.'”

“The LORD said, ‘…Invite Jesse …and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.’

“Samuel did what the LORD said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, ‘Do you come in peace?’ Samuel replied, ‘Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me.’ Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

“When they arrived, Samuel saw… the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.’

“Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, ‘The LORD has not chosen this one either.’ Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, ‘Nor has the LORD chosen this one.’ Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, ‘The LORD has not chosen these.’ So he asked Jesse, ‘Are these all the sons you have?’

“‘There is still the youngest,’ Jesse answered. ‘He is tending the sheep.’

“Samuel said, ‘Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.’

“So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the LORD said, ‘Rise and anoint him; this is the one.’

“So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.” 1 Samuel 16:1-13

This baby is God’s anointing and anointed; he is the horn of oil and the anointing it bestows. He is to be set apart as a child with a heart after God. God is calling me to protect and nurture this blessing inside of me and prepare to do what God has planned. I will!

Lord, I’ve not been faithful to you this week. I’ve not been faithful to fulfilling the call you’ve placed on me for this child. Forgive me for my sinfulness and lack of trust! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Sin No More; Serve the Lord

“‘Do not be afraid,’ Samuel replied. ‘You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart. Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless. For the sake of his great name the LORD will not reject his people, because the LORD was pleased to make you his own. As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right. But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you. Yet if you persist in doing evil, both you and your king will perish.'” 1 Samuel 12:20-25

Do not be afraid if you’ve sinned. Turn away and serve the Lord. Do not chase after useless things that do no good for you. No, serve the Lord faithfully with all your heart and consider all the great things He has done. However, if you continue in your sin; you will be given to your sin.

For me, I’m really struggling with this diet! I’m really struggling with battling pleasure and fulfilling the needs of my health. My body can feel the difference… it’s a huuuuge difference. *Sigh*

Lord! I want to serve you! I don’t want to serve these desires that are useless and do nothing good for me. I know you’ve done great things and I know if I give in it will negatively effect me and my baby. Please help me during this very difficult time! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!

From Victory

“We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.” 2 Corinthians 6:3-10

Do not be a stumbling block – my actions and words and tone matter! Endure and be patient through distress and pressure, through pressing situations, through difficult circumstances; when wounded or in misery, while caged and held hostage, and in the midst of disorder and confusion; when weary and fatigued, while awake and when unable to sleep, and while fasting; with integrity, with wisdom, with long temperance and with meeting needs to others, Spirit led and in high esteem without hypocrisy; speaking reality according to God’s divine Word and in the ability God’s given; with tools and resources of justice with full force; through an opinion that determines value and through an opinion that determines without value, through condemnation and through commendation, when regarded deceptive and when regarded as true; being ignored despite being well known; being separated despite experiencing God’s gift of life; being corrected and purified, and yet not mortified; experiencing deep emotional pain but always concious of God’s grace; as helpless as a beggar but enriching the lives of others; being without and yet taking hold of everything.

In all I experience, I am to be firmly fixed and established and constant in all that comes my way. Though I may surrounded by chaos and turmoil, feeling deeply the pain and hurt inside, being mistreated or misunderstood; I must keep my eyes on Jesus and thus I’ll feel His grace and rejoice in the truth. Glory will be the result as I stand firm in the faith.

Okay, Lord. I’ve seen the results of enduring through the tears, of rejoicing in my trials, of feeling empy but being a vessel to bless the lives of others. It was WORTH it. Triumph is already had. Therefore, I continue to go forth knowing that I come FROM a place of victory, not forward FOR victory. Amen!! Thank You, Jesus!

A Life Pleasing to Him

“So we make it our goal to please him…” 2 Corinthians 5:9a

So I make it MY goal and desire to strive eagerly for, making it my ambition to show God affection and honor and my gratitude for all He’s done and is doing. I do so at my best by obeying Him; heeding His instruction for my life!

Lord, my flesh is weak but my spirit willing! I fight it now to do what is right! In Jesus’ name! Amen.

“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41

A Paintbrush for God’s Canvas

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Do not become disheartened or grow weary. Though our bodies are dying and sinful, our sprits are being made new each and every day. This present, momentary, and easily managed distress is working to accomplish the unending and real substance and significance in ones personal life that is beyond compare. So we contemplate and observe, not what is physically seen but what is spiritually discerned, since what is physical is seasonal and here only for a time, but what is spiritually discerned is eternal. (bible.cc)

These little hiccups, that are ultimately manageable in my life, are working toward an end result of the glory I long to experience. So, to apply this to my today and in my here and now, I focus on what God has called me to focus on. Trusting once again that HE is in control and I don’t have to control anything any longer. I surrender to Him and allow Him to move in those areas around me.

Father, I know you are not far from me and I know You are at work. So I lift my hands to You and allow what You have planned to take place. Help me to be the paintbrush of Your canvas; to surrender to every stroke, even when the painting doesn’t look quite right to me! Thank You Jesus. Amen.

You Must Do As I Tell You

“The angel of the LORD answered, ‘Your wife must do all that I have told her. She must not eat anything that comes from the grapevine, nor drink any wine or other fermented drink nor eat anything unclean. She must do everything I have commanded her.” Judges 13:13-14

Do not drink juice, alcohol, nor eat raisins or grapes or any unclean foods. The Lord is revealing to me to not eat dairy accompanied with meat. Acceptable meats are chicken, turkey, beef, fish, and lamb. I am to continue with unleavened bread with the exception of Ezekiel bread and the remainder of the diet I have been called to that was inspired by the Daniel Diet.

Another correction from the Lord: “the fasting of meat ended, NOT the requirements of the diet.” So, back to the avoidance of foods that I have been indulging in lately. :/ I’ve not disciplined myself well at all this week and I’m feeling the consequences! God gave me the “right” to eat as I wanted but was insistent in staying on guard against what is harmful to me; and I’ve NOT guarded myself at all. I have returned to my foolish indulgence like a dog returns to his vomit just as Proverbs 26:11 states!

Lord, help remove the folly from within me! I’ve not endured as You said I was able; I’ve given in to temptations and have lavished on foods that have not been beneficial to me ~ and it’s so obvious with how I feel, my mood, my energy, and lack of diligence. Thank You once again for Your reminders. I realize again that it’s only when I spend time with You that I hear Your voice; otherwise, all I hear is me and my desires. Thank You for Your continual faithfulness. Amen!