Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Staying Focused on God

photo sxc.hu

Something I have been pondering...

There are times when I will worry about if I said something wrong, or if I did something wrong or if I offended someone to the point where I will be stressed about it all week. I focus so much on what people think about what I do or say, I take my focus off of one who is most important – God. I have let the enemy distract me with myself and my insecurities and doubts and have ignored the fact that I need to surrender everything into his hands. I need to let Him be in control. And when I am so focused on myself, I set my faith and trust aside that when I step into the water I am not walking with Him but sinking into the depths of the murky water just as Peter did in Matthew 14: 25 – 31

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.
When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

So, why do we doubt Him? Why is it so hard for us to stay focused on Him instead of all those minute events that take place daily in our lives?

It is because of our human sinful nature that we focus on ourselves. Satan wants us to be distracted. He wants us to be at odds with one another. He wants us to doubt, to fear, to question, to judge, to condemn - anything that is opposite of what God wants. He wants to thwart God’s plans for humanity. The enemy wants us to focus on anything but God. He doesn’t want us to love each other, help each other, or forgive each other. The enemy wants hatred, bitterness, anger, doubts and fear to harbor in our hearts instead of faith, trust and love. If we were to simply just lay all those trivial daily events in our lives into our Lord’s hands, let him handle and take care of everything and simply leap out into the waters with blinding love, faith and trust we CAN walk in the waters with Him through the storm.

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for loving us. Thank you for reaching out to us despite our waves of doubts and fears. As we go about our daily lives, help us to stay focus on You. Help us to surrender all our troubles and worries to You and rest it all in Your hands. Help us to grow closer to You and develop a stronger relationship with You. And just as You love us, help us to love, encourage, lift up and support one another despite all of our differences, offenses or acts. May Your love shine through each and every one of us.
I ask this in Jesus name.
Amen.

God Bless,

Carol

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

God's Precious Gift


As I am looking around at all the hustle and bustle this Christmas, I think to myself, I hate what Christmas has become. I hate being out amongst all of this worldly, mad-dashing chaos. Why do I hate it so much? I find no comfort in it, but I do find comfort in God’s Word and the true meaning behind Christmas. We get it driven into our heads to believe that Christmas is about the flamboyant light shows, the man dressed up in the red suit or the amount of presents we receive. When the true meaning of Christmas is really about a miraculous birth that happened over 2000 years ago.

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”
Luke 2: 10-11


On a starlit night, a brilliant star shone brightly within the night sky leading people to a magnanimous humble birth, a babe who was wrapped in swaddling clothes laying in a manger, a babe to be named Jesus. A representation of one Most High. God born of flesh. A Savior who has come into this world to save us from our sins, to save those who are lost and who do not know Him.

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Luke 19:10

God loved us so much, He gave His only begotten Son to save wretches like you and me. People who have fallen into despair, people who have abused drugs, people who have committed adultery, people who have stolen, people who have lied, people who have been unkind to others, people who have been greedy, the list goes on and on. All people, no matter what race and no matter what sins they may have committed, He came into this world to save us all because He loves us all.

 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16

It is this precious gift, that I treasure the most above all gifts. No other gift can compare than the precious gift of salvation. And it is this precious gift that our Father in heaven gave us because He loved us so much.

This Christmas, my prayer is that those who do not know Him, may come to know Him and are born again. That those who are lost, may seek Jesus and accept Him as their Savior who died on the cross for their sins. That those who do not know the true meaning of Christmas may come to learn exactly the true meaning of a babe born over 2000 years ago, a babe named Jesus. The Son of the Most High. Emmanuel.

Heavenly Father,
Thank you so much for Your precious gift that you gave to us all, The gift of salvation. Thank you for your unfailing neverending love, mercy and grace. By Your will Lord, I ask that you help those who are lost to seek you this Christmas; to help those who are sitting in the darkness, alone, empty, and never satisfied to seek You and to be filled with Your love and hope this Christmas.
This I ask in Jesus Name.
Amen.

God Bless,

Carol Moore