Monthly Archives: July 2013

A New Leash on Life

– By Terri Fornear

I have been trying to consistently take my little Westie dog (Flurry) for walks each day. She is such a happier animal when I do. Our walks consist mostly of me tugging her when she wants to stop and put her little mark on a moment of space. She usually wins. The other day she kepWestie - blog - 7-18-13t tugging and barking at me, trying to get me to go to be where she wanted me to be. I just looked at her and asked, “Who is taking who for a walk here?”

I had a picture of myself talking to myself. That’s how I feel when I sense things need to change – “I need to change.” I want to control the change.

I seem to go through three steps. First, Awareness that I need to change, and I want the change, and cry out to God for the change. This step puts me into the powerless position to receive from God. Acceptance is the next step – accepting God’s love for me right in the middle of my “tugging” time, but I want to skip it. I want change NOW! I want to take the Action step – NOW! Yet I first have to take God’s love for me in the acceptance stage. He accepts me when I cannot change. He loves me when I am powerless. He even loves me when I keep doing “it” wrong. He’s waiting for me to know His unconditional love in Jesus – a love that even sees enemies and takes up for them.

For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! – Romans 5:10

I consistently pull my own chain to change. I don’t want to sit in GRACE. I want to make the change and be proud that I did it. Like Flurry, I want to be in control of my walk. Especially the parts that make me look good. I want to spend time fixing up my messes. I love Jesus’ love for me. He waits until I wear out. He loves me through my self-efforts and somehow HIS GRACE and Acceptance changes me.

Flurry always moves on and I love my little dog even during her times of tugging…

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The Single Most Destructive Attitude We Can Have – Part 4 – Resenting Yourself

– By Joe Fornear

If resentment is a bad idea, self-resentment is an even worse one. We get beat up enough in life without piling on ourselves. If you’ve done some royally dumb things in your life, you’re not alone. There is an app for that – the application of the mercy of God to our sin.nails- forgiven - 7-3-2013

If we are in Christ (find out how to get there here), He does not hold our sins against us, so why should we? All punishment has fallen on Jesus Christ, The Innocent One, so that we could be made truly innocent. And no, God is not punishing you with the difficult circumstances in your life. If anything, He is trying to draw you deeper into His love and mercy!

As we celebrate freedom this week in the U.S., choose spiritual freedom instead of guilt. Choose His commendation over self-condemnation. Choose His abundance and not self-imposed bondage. Grab on to these freeing forgiveness verses:

  • Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account. – Romans 4:7-8
  • He made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. – 2 Corinthians 5:21
  • As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. – Psalm 103:12
  • I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more. – Jeremiah 31:34
  • “Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord, “Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be white as snow; though they were red like crimson, they will be as wool.” – Isaiah 1:18
  • He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. – Micah 7:19

Oh, and if you’re still having trouble forgiving yourself, remember God applied these merciful statements to murderers, adulterers and idolaters. His mercy is always greater than our sin. So do yourself a favor – just take the free gift of His mercy!

Hopefully, this series on resentment has helped release you from resentment – the single most destructive attitude you can have. If so let us know you liked it.