The Power In Your New Clothes

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When I was growing up….we didn’t get to purchase “new” clothes very often.

Oh, but when I did get a new set of clothes – brand new off the rack – I felt like a new person. I even had the sense that the kids at school would see me differently because I had some new clothes.

(this led to other mental health issues that we won’t get into here.)

Remember Superman, Batman, Spiderman, The Greatest American Hero? These guys were all common enough….until they put on their super clothes.

When ever these super heroes saw a crime being committed…they had to find a phone booth, a dark alley, or an empty closet in which they could change clothes and save the day.  Apparently, becoming more powerful had to be a secret for some reason……

Even as kids, we instinctively knew that these guys had no power without their special clothes.

Looking back….I wonder where the writers of these TV shows – the creators of these super heroes that have become icons in our society – got the idea of being able to become something different by putting on a special set of clothes.

When we are saved by the Grace of God through the redeeming sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we become new, and the greatest thing about being redeemed and made new?  God doesn’t want us to keep it a secret!

When we are saved by the mercy and grace of God, through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ – you might say we put on a new set of clothes.

The difference between super heroes and a saved man?

A man saved in Christ, only has to change clothes once….

Can I Take Your Hand?

Planting Potatoes:

I was blessed by this post and would like to share with all my friends….

Originally posted on Fashioned With Purpose:

I believe that God placed something deep within your belly…deep within your spirit that only you have the ability to grab hold of! It’s those moments of transition where you are confused…hurt…or alone that you must seek Him in order for your assignment to be revealed! Don’t give up on the promise He has for you! Out of all His creations, only you can fulfill the unique purpose that He placed over your life! Despite the transition, pain, and obstacle you face, you must realize that He has already triumphed in your situation. Sometimes, you have to face a crossroads and you must choose. Will you choose the path of fear, anger, guilt, or self-righteousness? It’s important for you to know that He will not give up on you.

Trust Him.

He wants to take you by the hand.

Follow Him.

He already knows the steps to take you down the…

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I Shall Be Satisfied ~ God is enough for me

Psalms 17::15As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.”

We all have “things” we like in this world…and that’s okay.

It’s when the things in this world become so important we actually don’t want to leave it, that things get out of sorts – our priorities get skewed – and we forget that God is all we need.

I don’t know about you, but in my life, I have allowed things in the past to block my view of God and during those times when I was angry with him because I thought we went away from me…..he was actually the same, in the same place…..I know now that it was me that changed; I had allowed the world to distract me so much I couldn’t even see him.

Have you ever had one of those days, when you looked everywhere for your glasses, only to find they were on your head all along…..?

Look at the world around you ~ the more “things” that the world invents, the more that a technological world can offer, the more God seems to disappear from the scene.  Inventions are great – medicine, transportation, etc. The problem arises when these things are made available, we are immediately told that we cannot possibly live without them..yet, weren’t we living before they came along?

Seems to me, back when the world had less, much less even, our world had more of God.

So what has changed?  NOTHING – well, at least God hasn’t!

I don’t think it’s wrong to have comforts in this world – I thank God each day for all my comforts. But there is a difference between what brings us comfort and what we actually need to live. I believe God does distinguish between the two.

I feel particularly qualified to speak to this subject since I have been both blessed abundantly by God for my needs and comforts, and I have also been totally without anything but the shirt on my back.

And yet……

God’s grace proved to be sufficient for me during the darkest times of my life. Turns out, I really didn’t need a house, a car, a change of clothes for every day of the week, a computer, a cell phone, a job, an Ipod…..nope, I didn’t really need anything! So why did I feel so needy?

2 Corinthians 12:9  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

It’s not God that makes us feel so needy……it’s the world that constantly pushes us to have things; to acquire more and more and more and more…..isn’t it interesting how it seems the world has so much to offer, and yet actually has nothing to offer us that matters once we leave this world?

In the end ~ you will take nothing with you – not even your family. Is there anything that you “own” right now that you think would make a difference for you when you pass from this world? Anything that could possibly keep you from leaving this world?

Try this excercise….

Divide a piece of paper in half…..title one side God, the other World.

Now, think of everything you “own” right now….

What you think you need for God…list on that side of the paper, and likewise, what you need for the World, list on that side of the paper.

This little exercise may take some time – but actually – it shouldn’t take any time at all if you think about it….

Psalms 62:5  “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.”

 

 

Exaltation in Everything

Planting Potatoes:

I was blessed by this post and would like to share!

Originally posted on The Christian Gazette:

Acts 16 unearths yet another story of perseverance in the face of adversity. Paul and Silas had just had an encounter with a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. Through their time with her, Paul commanded the spirit leave her, and thus ended her ability to make money for her owner. The slave owner was so enraged at the two disciples, that he had them dragged to the marketplace to face authorities, then brought them before the magistrates, which resulted in the public stripping and beating of the faithful followers of Christ. After they had been flogged, Paul and Silas were thrown in maximum security prison, despite being peaceful men. Considering the agony they had likely endured, most would have been whimpering in a corner of the cell. However, not the case with these two. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing…

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Our ministry

Planting Potatoes:

good message I would like to share with my friends!

Originally posted on In My Father's House:

ReconciledAs far as I can tell, our ministry in Christ is two-fold. It’s about identity and reconciliation.  And we cannot do the latter with the right heart without seeing the former.

Both have everything to do with connection–a life embraced, to embrace.

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The Faith of New Life

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In witnessing the birth of my grandchild, and watching the transformation of my daughter into a mother, it occurs to me that God has much more faith in us ~

than we have in him.

As evil overtakes this world we live in, we can see it’s doom coming……never mind that God’s word tells us what is going to happen.

And yet…..

Isn’t it amazing that God continues to bring new life into our world?

Maybe it’s because he knows that each life has already been saved by his grace and the sacrifice of his son Jesus Christ?

 

God Takes and He Gives

I have been silent since my Grandmother passed on -

but now I want to climb to the tallest mountain and shout -

my first Granddaughter has arrived!

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I can’t help thinking that my dear Grandmother is a part of this beautiful baby – and in this way, will continue to be a part of my life until I get to see her again!

I pray that I can be to this child even half of what my Grandmother was to me.

I pray God will be with her all her days.

I want to thank my daughter for working so hard for the past nine months while she waited so patiently for God’s timing!

(including the extra 2 weeks!   :)

Praise God for the life he brings into this world!