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I am…

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Don’t you love when people go out of their way to remind you and others around you of who you used to be? Or making sure to point out that you continue to have struggles in one area or another, even after giving our lives to Christ? It happens to me and frankly it’s frustrating as heck.

I’m not sure if the persons that do it are consciously making the decision to make those comments or if it’s just part of their personality. But seriously…I’m a woman in the 21st century, I already have enough things through television, movies and social media to remind me of where I fall short. Every. Single. Day.

Then comes along the ‘unaccomplished’ goals in life. The ones that you hoped you would have done or completed by the ripe old age of _____.  The job that you wanted to have, the kids that didn’t happen for one reason or another. The relationships that failed and the bank accounts that aren’t as overflowing as you’d like them to be.

Society expects so much from people, it is no wonder that the suicide rate has drastically increased over the past few decades. If you don’t have that successful job, great marriage, healthy body and overflowing bank account…you failed.

Or have you?

The enemy is a LIAR!

Friends, the enemy is a liar. As John 10:10 tells us “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…” He comes to steal the joy out of your life, to kill your dreams and destroy your relationships.  He lies to us about how we should feel about ourselves , our situations and those around us.  Lies he loves to use others to convince us of. Joy does not come from the things that we have, the money in our bank accounts or even our relationships. The only thing, or rather person, that can fill that hole that is constantly within us is Jesus. Yeah, I know. It sounds corny. Maybe it is. But it’s still true.

I’ve been there. Wanting all those things above and then some. Right now we are going through some trials that make me concerned about finances. And all I can do tonight is thank Jesus for being right here beside me. I truly do not know how people go through life trials without leaning into Him. That is the reason that when I had difficulty falling back to sleep the other morning, He placed that scripture from Joshua into my thoughts. So, I went and I read it and was reminded that God loves me and is always with me.

Listen…I love my kids. I adore my husband, I am grateful for my friends. I love my small house and am grateful to be able to have food in my tummy, clothes on my back and this laptop to write to all of you. But all this means nothing without Jesus. In the latter half of John 10:10 Jesus tells us; I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”  Abundantly isn’t necessarily speaking of finances, though He is not against that, rather He wants us to live a life that is fulfilling. I love the definitions that the concordance shows for abundance; in the sense of beyond; superabundant (in quantity) or superior (in quality); very highly beyond…does that sound like God wants us to have a boring, unfulfilled life?? NO!

Tonight, let us, you and I, begin to remind ourselves who Jesus says we are. Starting with the verse above.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 – This scripture is awesome. It is telling us that when we are ‘in Christ’ that we can be at a place of rest. And we can be at rest-because HE will handle it for us. It also reminds us that when we give our lives to Christ that we become new. We are no longer the people that we were. We are found to be found righteous in God’s eyes-through His son Jesus. Although people will try to remind us of our past and even areas that we may continue to struggle in…we are still New Creations and found to be righteous. Nothing takes that away.

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1 Although this a brief line of scripture it is so strong and so important. Why? Because it tells us that we are NOT condemned by God. Once we give our lives to Jesus and ask His forgiveness, it is ALL FORGIVEN. Not some. Not most. ALL. The enemy will do all he can to convince us that God can forgive everyone but someone like you, who did the things that you did in your past. Friends, do not believe that lie! Remind him that you are a child of God, and take that nice hike back to hell in Jesus’ name.

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” Philippians 3:20 This is one of my favorites when life gets tough and people are not being nice. It is a reminder that, as a believer, this is not my home. My true home is in Heaven in the presence of God and Jesus. Although I am in no rush to get there, I am looking forward to it. We may suffer physically and emotionally here but when we go home, all will be well. FOREVER!

Friends, there are so many scripture verses that reminds us of who we are and that God will never leave our side. Even when it feels like He did. He didn’t and He won’t. Lean into Him. Search the scriptures for the promises He gives us.

Lifting each of you in prayer for strength, comfort and guidance.

In Jesus’ precious name.

Tara

 

 

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True Healing

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

My family and I watched ‘The Shack’ again last night. I never read the book but had seen the movie when it was in the theatres. What a heartbreaking yet beautiful story. It came to mind as I was praying on my drive to work this morning. Continue reading “True Healing”

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Time to Put Up or Shut Up

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” Jeremiah 29: 11,13

Last night my husband and I went to a Matthew West concert at our church. Although he is an amazing entertainer, it is the truths he spoke that resonated with me. The main concept that worked in and convicted my spirit is; Am I really All In? Am I all in with my family? Am I all in at my job? And most importantly…Am I all in, in my walk with God? Continue reading “Time to Put Up or Shut Up”

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Endurance

The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” Exodus 14:14

My Bible study group has been working through the book ‘A Life Beyond Amazing’ by Dr. David Jeremiah. It is a book about how to live the fruits of the spirit out in our daily lives. We read about ‘Endurance’ this week. And I love God’s timing on this chapter. So much is going on with my husband and I that it truly feels like we are under spiritual attack. Continue reading “Endurance”

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Doubting Tara…I Mean Thomas

‘Then Gideon said to God, “Do not let Your anger burn against me that I may speak once more; please let me make a test once more with the fleece, let it now be dry only on the fleece, and let there be dew on all the ground.” God did so that night; for it was dry only on the fleece, and dew was on all the ground.’ Judges 6:39-40

I hope I’m not the only one here but my faith can be like a yo-yo. One day it’s strong and I feel like I can take on the world and the next I can feel like the slightest breath of wind would knock me over. That is one reason I like the story of Gideon so much. It actually makes me laugh. As funny as it may seem to me it also give me Hope. Continue reading “Doubting Tara…I Mean Thomas”