Temptation and the Kingdom of Heaven

24 11 2016

changeToday we are talking about temptation and Kingdom of Heaven through James 1:13 – 15. Temptation is all around us, I was tempted as I look at writing this post just to let it slide another week, as I had done for months, I didn’t so here we are looking tempation.

 

 No one being tempted should say, “I am being tempted by God.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, and God himself tempts no one.  Rather, each person is being tempted whenever he is being dragged off and enticed by the bait of his own desire.  Then, having conceived, the desire gives birth to sin; and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death.  Don’t delude yourselves, my dear brothers.  James 1:13-15

 

Webster’s dictionary defines temptation: to entice to do wrong by promise of pleasure or gain. So temptation is an action taken to engage our will (our right to choose) to act in a self gratifying way resulting in wrong choices and short-term gain and for many long-term guilt and shame.

 

If we look at my temptation not to write this post, the temptation was to spend time with my husband watching TV or choose to come temptationinto my cold office on Thanksgiving morning and press into God believing something of value would result. As I pondered my choice I realized not to go into my office would have put off the inevitable, sitting down and writing about temptation, something everyone knows about, but seldom talks about because it brings with it personal responsibility, and who wants that on Thanksgiving!

 

Temptation is a natural part of being human as we exercise our right to choose. We are all going to make good choices and resisting temptation while on other days we will be overcome by temptation and make those dreaded bad choices we wish we hadn’t made. Praise God for Yeshua who made the choice to die, taking away the sins of the world!

 

Join me next time as we delve into James 1:13, looking at this truth, God doesn’t tempt us.

 

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie
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Markers of Maturity

12 06 2015

11087581_sWe are in a series called maturity in our ever shifting atmosphere.  Last time we explored God-given maturity learning our obedience is through agreeing with God’s plans and purposes. In this post we will look at maturity what it is in an ever shifting atmosphere.

What is maturity? Maturity is being fully developed. Maturity is not something we can learn in a moment rather it is a state of being. Hebrews 12 gives several markers of maturity.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Heb 12:1-2

It takes maturity, years of practice to be able to throw off every hindrance. It takes starting and stopping, trying and failing to Leadershipcome to that place where you are fully developed and able to throw off sin “to run with perseverance the race marked out for us”. It is in being mature, we keep our eyes focused on the author and perfector of our faith (NIV) no matter the cost. This final sentence in Heb 12-2 sums it up the value of maturity, for we like Christ can endure the tribulation our lives bring as we run the race marked out by God for each of us!

Join me next time as we talk more about maturity as we learn the value of starting and stopping in this ever shifting atmosphere

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie

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Maturity through Obedience

22 05 2015

11087581_sWe are in a series called maturity in our ever shifting atmosphere.  Last time we explored God-given maturity through relationship. Today we explore maturity through obedience in an ever shifting atmosphere.

Webster defines Obedience: to come into compliance with the demands or requests of one in authority. Listen to these words from Proverbs.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5 – 6

God invites us through relationship to trust and obey Him. Without relationship obedience is like an evil task master or an overbearing boss because this obedience is out of fear not relationship. What will get us through these ever shifting times as we await Messiah’s returns is listening to God and trusting him so we come into agreement (obey) him.

Recently God asked a curious thing of me, “not to leave the city limits of Portland, Oregon for a month” and because of our faith challengerelationship I have come into agreement with His request. It is a choice to obey and for me to obey is joy. During this time one friend said “it is like in Acts 1:4 when the disciples were told not to leave Jerusalem”. Another friend said “God is setting you apart”, while my husband and I believed in the beginning it was for my protection. I suspect some if not all of these are true!

Obedience can be tough and for me it has been. I can’t visit my daughters and grandkids who lives outside the city limits of Portland, I missed going to the big NDP event and worst of all I couldn’t get the items I needed to fix my husband’s sweater! Thank God for the internet.

The steps of obedience to God which lead to maturity are always a challenge as much as they can be an adventure, Father make them in this season pure joy!

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie

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The Relationship that Sustain in a Shifting Atmosphere!

1 05 2015

11087581_sIn our last post we opened a series on our ever shifting atmosphere and the need for maturity. These words are key, for they reveal the difference between walking in maturity and walking in our own strength.

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love,

I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,

but do not have love, I gain nothing.

1Co 13:1 – 3

Before there is obedience, before their is maturity leading naturally into authority, there must be an encounter with God our Father. It is through this relationship that we were created to grow and mature. Moses did not have a vibrant mature relationship with God in Egypt because the bible tells us  in Exodus chapter  3, as Moses tended this father-in-law’s flocks he encountered God.

Moses struggled with those who oppressed his people and still today we struggle with the oppression we face in our daily lives. It is through our relationship with God which brings us to a place of speaking in love, acting in love and giving in love which birthing life in others rather than release the pain in our hearts which can build up when someone does something we don’t agree with.

We would do well to reflect upon the life of Moses; for as he grew in his relationship with God, he learned to follow God and as he followed God, he saw God set his people free!

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie

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Maturity in the Shifting Atmosphere

24 04 2015

11087581_sOver the late month as I seen the spiritual shift in the atmosphere while watching people who need to be spiritual mature, struggle. In this post we will begin a series on maturity, exploring how the shifts in the atmosphere affect people through the life of Moses.

From the moment of Moses conception the atmosphere on Earth began to change, as God’s plans of redemption began to come forth. The stage is set when baby Moses is set adrift on the Nile, in hopes to save his life. Years later another shift in the atmosphere took place, let’s look at it more closely.

Moses now a man & knowing the truth of his birth, he saw the injustice put upon his people and took measures into his own hands, Exodus 2. This choice revealed the shift the atmosphere as Moses struggled to agree with God’s plan and purpose for his life. In the spirit as the atmosphere changes we are always tempted to do things from our own strength, as Moses did. It take a greater level of maturity to be able to follow God’s leading and not strike out on our own.

So drastic was this change in the atmosphere that Moses was driven out into the desert. Man drove him out into the desert but it was God’s will for in going out from everyone and everything he knew, Moses began to build a relationship with his God, learning how to walk in obedience, maturity, and authority.

Join me for our next post shifting in obedience!

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie

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Receiving, Believing and Maturity

23 06 2012

We are continuing our series on What is wrong with America’s faith. Last time we looked at why accepting isn’t enough and today we will look at receiving, believing and maturity.

 

John 1:12 tells us: “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, children born not of natural descent, not of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”

 

Receiving we learned earlier is to allow to enter, through the mind or senses. When we receive Christ through our mind, will, and emotions, we allow him to become part of us and we a part of him. To believe is to have a firm conviction in someone or something. Only as we receive Christ can we have a firm conviction, believing in who he is and what he did. Our conviction becomes secure as we grow and mature in Christ.

 

Recently I heard in a Charles Rose interview this statement, “there is no room for grandma’s anymore”. Americans loves youthfulness, and don’t value maturity.  Yet it is the wisdom of maturity that should steer our lives, not the whimsy of youthfulness. What got Eve in trouble was not having a secure conviction as she was faced testing  in the garden. Maturity is knowing what you should do and doing it!

 

Today I am more mature in Christ than five years ago, for he has walked me through times of testing where I had to choose what I believed. It is only through receiving Christ could my belief in Christ become secure.

 

Join me next time as we talk about our good intentions and God’s will.

 

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie

 

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