Pondering Today 10/26/2020

“Jesus never tries to sugarcoat what He demands from us. Over and over again, He reveals that we cannot live in Him unless we are willing to surrender everything to Him. 

We can’t really live until the old us is willing to die. In Luke 9, Jesus offers perhaps His most radical call of surrender. A huge crowd of people surrounds Jesus, yet He never plays to the audience.

Jesus does not offer His listeners some sort of weekend Christian experience, an escape from their problems, an anesthetic for their pain, nor fire insurance from hell. Jesus calls them to come and die to everything that competes with His reign and rule in their lives. 

With ferocious compassion Jesus challenges, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Jesus was demanding that everyone who wanted to follow Him had to place Him first in their lives. To follow Christ was to wage an intense war against the selfish sinfulness in their own lives.

The challenge was given not just to those listening that day, but for everyone who wants to find their life in following Jesus. A decision to follow Jesus is a decision to die to our old self-determining, self-absorbed, self-pleasing ways. It’s to place Jesus first in our lives. His will, His way, His plan for our life.”

Excerpt From

40 Days 2019 • Live Alive

the Journey

Pastor-James Hilton

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Pondering Today. 10/25/2020

“Wherever I go, your hand will guide me; your strength will empower me. It’s impossible to disappear from you or to ask the darkness to hide me, for your presence is everywhere, bringing light into my night.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:10-11

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PONDERING TODAY 10/24/2020

“As human beings, we are far from perfect. We need to be on guard because the most dangerous thing we can do is to deceive ourselves into thinking we are doing what God wants. We might be thinking that we have been doing the right thing for years. We might believe that we are humble in our success and our failures, but success is so deceiving that sometimes we don’t see our downfall coming until it is too late. But God doesn’t want us to stay in a state of deception. God wants us to rely on Him above everything else.

In what ways are you trying to have God on your own terms? Do you find yourself picking and choosing what situations you want Him involved in? Do you sometimes ignore godly counsel because you believe in what your eyes see over what God truly wants for you? In what ways have you deceived yourself into thinking that God has blessed something that is actually sinful?

Take the time to think through and answer these questions.

Prayer Time – God, I come before you praising you because you are perfect. You know more than I do and you always will. I know that my life is better in your hands than in my own. So right now I give you my life. 

I don’t want my life or my relationship with you on my terms. I want it on your terms. You love me and you want good things for me so I know that your terms will always be better than my terms. 

Help me be wise and choose you and your terms over my pride and desire for success. My life only finds fulfillment in you, so I hand over my life to you to do as you wish. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Excerpt From

40 Days 2020 • Made For More

the Journey – Pastor James Hilton

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PONDERING TODAY. 10/23/2020

“But God was merciful! We were dead because of our sins, but God loved us so much he made us alive with Christ, and God’s gift of undeserved grace is what saves you. 

In the past you were dead because you sinned and fought against God. You followed the ways of this world and obeyed the devil. He rules the world, and his spirit has power over everyone who doesn’t obey God. Once we were also ruled by the selfish desires of our bodies and minds. We had made God angry, and we were going to be punished like everyone else.

God raised us from death to life with Christ Jesus, and he has given us a place beside Christ in heaven. God did this so in the future world he could show how truly good and kind he is to us because of what Christ Jesus has done. 

You were saved by faith in God, who treats us much better than we deserve. This is God’s gift to you, and not anything you have done on your own. It isn’t something you have earned, so there is nothing you can brag about. God planned for us to do good things and to live as he has always wanted us to live. This is why he sent Christ to make us what we are.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:1-10‬ ‭CEV‬‬

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PONDERING TODAY 10/23/2020

“Lord, even when your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for you already have! You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way. Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of your love takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:4‬ ‭TPT‬‬

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PONDERING TODAY 10/22/2020

“Truth is the key to unlocking the door to divine confidence. This truth is not a concept that you can understand with your mind. It is not something that can be grasped when filtered through the human ego structure. No, it’s a truth that is more humble than that, a truth that can be felt only when you get out of your head and into your heart. When you’re blind to this truth, you’re left to the limited power of your human will, which—as we all can attest—will not come through for you when you most need it.

This truth has been spoken about since the beginning of time. It has been the secret superpower for those who stand tall in the certainty and faith that they have a divine purpose on this planet. Most of our great leaders and sages have come to this truth, rising above the great cover-up of the human ego.

So what is this truth?  What will give us access to this profound and all-powerful force? Why are we here? The answer to this question may be the very cornerstone of this book and the pulsing heart of my work. “We are here for one reason and one reason only: to get closer to the divine force that governs the universe, whether you call that force God, Spirit, Love, or Higher Power.”

Excerpt From

Courage

Debbie Ford & Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

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PONDERING TODAY 10/21/2020

““I love each of you with the same love that the Father loves me. You must continually let my love nourish your hearts. 

If you keep my commands, you will live in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands, for I continually live nourished and empowered by his love. 

My purpose for telling you these things is so that the joy that I experience will fill your hearts with overflowing gladness!

“So this is my command: Love each other deeply, as much as I have loved you. For the greatest love of all is a love that sacrifices all. And this great love is demonstrated when a person sacrifices his life for his friends.”

‭‭John‬ ‭15:9-13‬ ‭TPT‬‬

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PONDERING TODAY 10/20/2020

“The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd. I always have more than enough. He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love. His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss. That’s where he restores and revives my life.

He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasure and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness so that I can bring honor to his name. Lord, even when your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for you already have!

You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way.

Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of your love takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.

You become my delicious feast even when my enemies dare to fight. You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit; you give me all I can drink of you until my heart overflows.

So why would I fear the future?

For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life.

Then afterward, when my life is through, I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you!”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:1-6‬ ‭TPT‬‬

For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life.

When I read and meditate on this verse, the word “pursue” stills me. To think that the goodness and love of our God pursues us, his children, every day of our lives, it takes my breath away.

A picture comes into my head of being so busy and rushing around with a cloud of love right behind us, and then we stop for a moment. In that stillness the cloud of love, God, surrounds us, embraces us, fills us, and we feel the depth and comfort of that love. Take the time to connect, we are never alone!

Peace…Anita

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