Jesus as Center Stage

Hi friends! For the month of May, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan!

Matthew 6:33-34 is the verse for us on this first of May. This is the perfect Scripture for us to focus on – as we kick off our week.

But put God’s kingdom first. Do what he wants you to do. Then all those things will also be given to you. So don’t worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (NIRV).

Each day has its own set of worries and stresses.

We cannot worry about them. Will tomorrow be stressful? Yes. Will tonight be stressful? Most likely. But here is the bottom line: We have to place God and His Kingdom above those things. We have to place God and His Kingdom high above the concerns we have in this life.

I read a Scripture yesterday that comes to mind, so I want to share it with you all today.

So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective (Col. 3:1-2, MSG)

The truth is – we need to keep our minds focused on Jesus. When we choose to follow Jesus, we know His way is far better. His way is infinity better than any way we could concoct in our minds. Jesus Christ, the King of the world, is the One who is worthy of our focus.

And if He is telling us we don’t need to worry, then, we honestly do not need to worry. As difficult as it may be, we need to let go of the concerns of this world and deliberately choose instead to trust our great God.

I would like to draw your attention to the book of Mark – where we are given much insight. Ready for this?

The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced (4:18-19, NLT).

When we first heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ, it had the opportunity to radically change our lives. For many of us, Jesus has been doing an amazing work in us. But His work is cut short. Why? Because of the allure of worrying ourselves to pieces, trying to get rich now versus basking in the anticipation of Heaven’s glorious riches, and honestly – wanting other things. In our hearts, we can place other things above our desire for Jesus Christ.

We need to allow Him to take center stage. He is not the back up act, but He is the real deal!

We need to decide for ourselves if we want to fully follow Jesus Christ, enjoy the full fruit of His promises, and begin to surrender the “other stuff” to Him – trusting Him to be more than enough.

Featured image by Auré Pereira.

In Christ,

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Nations Versus God {{Week 2}}

For the next few weeks, we are studying Isaiah 40. Be sure to pick up your free journal and schedule to join us!

The Scriptures – Isaiah 40:15-17; Daniel 4:35

In the news today, we are reminded of an nation’s greatness. We read about the power struggles between this and that nation. Yet, here we are given the truth.

Nations are regarded as nothing, in comparison to God. If we think people and nations are where power is found, then, we are sadly mistaken. We need to take a second glance – using the Word of the Lord as our guide.

God’s Greatness

In Daniel 4:34-35, we are reminded of God and His character. We couldn’t begin to compare ourselves to God. His rule and kingdom is described as “everlasting” and “eternal”.

He Holds It All

The world is spinning out of control, but God is in charge of it all. This world answers to a holy God. The holy God. To Him, we will all give account. It is time to lay down our pride, and humble ourselves before God.

Why We Can Rest Easy

In Christ there is safety and comfort, for God is always going to remain the same. We don’t have to transition from worship to worry. God is on our side, acting on our behalf. This is why we need to stop all the comparing, and just humbly seek His face. He is far greater than anything on this earth!

We don’t have to transition from worship to worry. God is on our side… (Click to Tweet)

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I invite you to join us for our next study. For nine weeks, beginning on September 11, we will be enjoying bite-size portions of Matthew 4-7. This amazing section of Scripture, we will finally get to sit down and study at our own level. You can pick up your journal, over on Amazon. (Please Note: As an Amazon Affiliate, I receive a small earning from any purchases made using the link at no expense to you.)

Winter Goals

Recap of Autumn Goals

What I read:

  • The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst
  • I Met Him in the Ladies’ Room by Michelle Stimpson
  • First Date by Krista McGee
  • Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver

What I did:

  • Joined a women’s Bible Study.
  • Attempted to be more faith-driven in my interaction with my community of neighbors.
  • Rested and spent more time recharging.

Winter Goals

Read:

  • Leah by Joyce Tilney
  • God Knows My Name by Beth Redman
  • Dream Devotional by Renee Fisher
  • Invisible by Lorena McCourtney
  • Grace Unplugged by Melody Carlson

God-willing, more will be added as I read them. I really just want to continue adding more time to be spend reading.

Do:

  • Continue faithfully with my blog series: Farewell Discourse.
  • Begin The Old Fashioned Way blog posts in January.
  • Make time to write and study more on the topics of the socially outcasts of the New Testament.

Be:

less of a chronic worrier, and more prayerful.

more gentle and loving to myself, when it comes to rest and taking care of my own needs.

focused on Philippians 2:5

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 2:5