July 27, 2019

July 27
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, Hebrews 12:1 ESV
 
2 Samuel 13 

Be with people who influence me towards God, only!  Just one bad influence can completely change the direction of my life.  It happened when I was young and never want it to happen again!  David was angry but gave absolutely no consequences to his son and we know what a monster he turned into...  Why did David not lay on the ground in mourning when his daughter was raped by his son?  David’s choices went from bad to worse by longing for his rapist son… In reality, how many people enable horrid behavior in their children?  Yes, even those who are in the church?  The best part?  There is no anxiety as I live God’s way!  
 
Jeremiah 17 

This is my absolute favorite chapter in Jeremiah!  
Blessing comes from trusting the Lord!  
 
14 Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise.
 
It is I who chooses to hear the Lord or not hear Him.  It is I who chooses to do what the Lord says or not do it.  My God wants me blessed so I must continuously choose Him over all else and then He brings “all else” to me!  (Again Matthew 6:33)  Yes, go to worship the Lord at church and then rest!  Obviously, some work on Sunday.  If you can, have your schedule changed.  Have you prayed seriously?  Have you made your requests known regularly to your supervisor (like the woman and the unjust judge)?  If you cannot get off on Sunday, be sure to come Wednesday night and listen to the Sunday teaching from the website, but also take a day to rest and reset!  Some may need to find a different place of employment – yes, really.
 
1 Peter 2
It really is this simple: stumbling comes from disobeying the Word of God when it is a GOOD word for protection and all that is good in my life.  Doing good shuts up those who are evil at some point so keep on doing good!  I can’t think of anything better than having foolishness quieted!  The Lord has made me free so live free by living for Him.  By Your wounds I was healed!  As an American I truly have no clue about real persecution.  Thank You Lord for those who have faced it whether Jew or Christian and have not lost their faith in You.  I can only hope and pray that I would never lose my faith in You.  
 
Meditate & Apply:  Never hang out with bad influencers.  Be a fisher of people but never buddies with the world.  Enabling bad behavior is on me and me alone and is just plain stupid (I’m talking to me now).  You Lord are my Praise!  God first and He takes care of EVERYTHING ELSE!  Sunday is the best day because I get to be with the Lord, not just alone but with my Ohana (family) praying, praising, worshiping and all the joy that comes with it!  Then mostly, we go home and rest so we are reset for the week.  May my faith remain for all eternity!  

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Whitney McCarthy - July 29th, 2019 at 2:20am

Yes, we make our choices daily, let's make them wisely! May we all stay stable and faithful, even though the times grow more evil.

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