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Turning Points After Life Goes Bad - Life Lifter

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself, it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” John 15:4

 

 

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.” John 15:9

Remain.

Four times Jesus says remain in this passage of scripture. As a verb, remain is a word used to described an action. Jesus wants us to take action.

Remain is defined as, “To continue to exist, especially after other similar or related people or things have ceased to exist.” Synonyms include endure, last, abide, carry on, persist, stay, stay around, prevail, survive, live on.

Clearly the intended message Jesus’s is communicating is not to be taken lightly.

We are to take action.

Have you ever noticed how many loyal animal post are on Facebook? Do a search to find story after story such as these:

  • A dog named Zanders who followed his master to the hospital some two miles from his home.
  • Cleo the cat who tracked down her elderly owner after she was sent to live in a nursing home.
  • A German Shepard that ran away from home to find his deceased master’s grave – and has stayed by its side for six years.

You can be sure the goal of each animal is to remain in the presence of their “person”. That person who has come to mean everything to them.

This is what Jesus’s asks of us. If he is to mean everything to us, we are to follow him and remain with him. Through the good, the bad, and at all times.

Jesus’s showed us how to respond to challenging chapters of life. He also showed us how to choose to respond. The disciples demonstrated how to turn their self-centered inadequacy over to God. This then allowed them be a blessing showing the glory of God to this around them.

We too can be a blessing showing God’s glory. Soak him in. Take the 15/15/15 challenge - 15 days; 15 minutes of talking to him; 15 minutes of reading God’s word.

Plan out a time each day. Get it done all at once or break it up over the day. Whatever it takes, whatever works for you!!

Jesus is asking.

Jesus has shown us.

Leave self-centeredness.

Be a blessing.

Remain in him!


 

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A Treasure from the Heart

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A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. (Matthew 12:35)

In 2013, John and Mary stumbled upon what is now known as the Saddle Ridge Hoard. In a field they owned in California, a collection of coins buried in the late 1800s was discovered. These coins had a face value of $27,890 and now valued at $10M. What a treasure! No one knows who left it. Someone spent a lifetime gathering a treasure and never used or shared it. That’s not what God intended for our treasures. 

We all have a treasure we can share. It has no cost and there's no fee to disburse it. For some it comes easily, not so with others. Words are that treasure. Such an immense treasure that if chosen carefully they can:

Build up.

Show love.

Motivate.

Encourage.

Comfort.

Change a life. 

In Matthew 6:21 Jesus says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Simple steps can be taken to build this treasure of your heart:

  • Spend time with God daily.
  • Ask questions.
  • Take a sabbatical from social media.
  • Watch what you watch.

What is put into the word treasury is what comes out when you talk to yourself and with others.

Good stuff in, good stuff out!

Today, build and share the treasure of your heart and use your words to change life - your life and the lives of those around you!

The Perfect Power Plan

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For you are all Children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 

(Galatians 3:26)
 

The President decided Monday was a good day for a round of golf, and with that the course at Andrews Air Force base was cleared. Any other golfers who wanted to play at Andrews on Monday had to scramble to make other plans.

Today, President Obama can clear a golf course. In a few short months the American President will be replaced. Then Obama will hand off his golf course clearing power, as well as an assortment of other presidential power perks, to the next president. Human power: temporary, fleeting, and most certainly unfulfilling. 

We have access to an another power plan. A perfect plan that is eternal and unending. Through membership in God’s family we have Jesus power which is found in identity and purpose. Jesus power is much greater and fulfilling than anything that could ever be offered though human power. God’s power is real power.

Do you know your identity? When you looked in the mirror this morning what crossed your mind...

Oh my, is that yet another pimple?

What dreadful bags those are under my eyes! 

Is that hair gray?

How could I have done that last night?

(sigh) Yet another long day to get through.


Did it occur to you that you were peering into a mirror that reflected a child of God? Jesus Power--that’s the first and only thought we need when looking at ourselves. 

When we are confident in our identity as God’s children, then our purpose is easily defined. It’s not to get the to do list done, make more money, win the “#1 parent” award, or say “yes” to every request. It’s to use our passions in the Kingdom of God.

So take another look, remind yourself that God sees you through his Son, and put into action the things you love to do--while looking to glorify God, your Father in heaven!

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