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Judgment Day–Link and Thoughts

Anne of freedomborn sent me this link to her post on “Judgment Day” and mentioned that many believers felt needless fear and shame. It is a reassuring post.

http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/judgment-day/

Many of my own struggles with fear about judgment day concerned these Bible verses: 2 Corinthians 5:9-10 “So we make it our goal to please [Christ], whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” And Romans 14:10 “You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.” (All New International Version) (In some versions, Romans 14:10 says that we will all stand before “the judgment seat of Christ.”)

I read a book by David Shibley titled Living As if Heaven Matters. It stirred up a lot of old fears and got me thinking about what it would be like to stand before Jesus at His coming or when God called me home. I thought of many times in my life when I’ve been selfish and/or unloving  since receiving Jesus as my Savior when I was a child. I remembered very poor choices I’d made and opportunities to represent Christ well which I missed because of my self-focus.

Regret and fear threatened to overwhelm me, and it wasn’t until after an intense time of prayer that I regained a sense of peace and joy in Christ. I believe God reminded me that I’d confessed my sins and received forgiveness. All that sin is forgiven and removed as far as east from west, forgotten, blotted out and  taken away (Psalm 103:12, Isaiah 43:25, John 1:29). He also showed me that missed opportunities are just that–missed chances to lay up treasure in heaven (Matthew 6:20). Furthermore, good things done for wrong motives are the wood, hay, and stubble that will burn up on “that Day” (1 Corinthians 3:12-14). And as for those poor choices, there’s nothing that can be done about them except to leave them at the cross and live for Jesus today and each day, forgetting what lies behind and pressing on toward the call of God in Christ (Philippians 3:13-14).

As I seek to bring glory and honor to Christ in everything from now on, I will build with gold, silver and precious stones on the solid foundation of Jesus Christ.

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Abundant Life

“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10 New King James)

The abundant life Jesus came to give us is much more than I had thought. I receive it as I draw closer to Him. I experience more of that life when I make Him and His work my top priority instead of continuing to try to manage life and circumstance my own way.

Abundant life for me includes freedom from some things, like addictions, compulsions, fear of disapproval that makes me dishonest, worry, anger, jealousy, the desire to get all the attention and approval, self-focus, greed, hoarding, obsessions, and the drive to control everything from ink pens to people. It also includes freedom to –enjoy God, appreciate His blessings, love others, and experience peace of heart and soul.

Dear Lord, You extend many invitations to me for banquets where You want to pour out Your love and draw me closer to Yourself so I can have more of that life overflowing. Often I’ve let the world drown out Your voice or thought I was too busy to come to the banquet. But I don’t want to miss another one! By Your grace, I won’t waste a minute responding to Your call. Amen.

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Want to Come to the Party?

There was no formal invitation, but as I started a task that would eventually involve interaction with another person, I felt afraid to talk with that person. About that time, Satan offered me a comfy chair and arranged pillows in it. I sat down, and he said, “Hey, let’s have a party—a pity party!” I looked around and saw that he had invited lots of Grumblies who quickly pulled me into their chatter.

We started with a game called “Remember.” It began with someone saying, “Remember when you were doing something together with that person, and the interaction was so-o painful?” Someone else added, “Yeah, and remember this? That really hurt!” Another one chimed in, “Oh and remember what a bad experience you had that one time. You surely don’t want that to happen again!”

The game went on for a while until time for “de-freshments.” We had “Woe is me!” and “You poor thing,” followed by “You shouldn’t have to go through such awful things!”

We were about to go into another game called, “Who Should We Blame?” when suddenly the door slammed open, and there stood Jesus. With His eyes piercing my soul, He said, “Child, get away from these unsavory characters, and come home with Me right now!” Then He looked around and commanded, “You ruffians scat! Pronto! I don’t want to see you hanging around here again.”

Then Jesus put His arm around me, and we started back toward His path. He admonished me, “Keep looking at Me and trust in My sovereignty and love for you. Don’t be afraid to do what I say because I’m always with you.”

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Jesus, Anchor of My Soul

When stress stirs tumult in my soul,

And daily struggles take their toll,

Please Jesus, be my anchor!

When peace seems far away at best,

And life’s demands give me no rest,.

Then Jesus, be my anchor.

 

Yes, Jesus, anchor of my soul,

Jesus, my faith’s blessed goal,

Jesus, faithful anchor,

I cling to You. In You I trust.

So when the storms around me fuss,

You are my solid anchor!

 

Fears blow in, toss me about.

I look around, tempted to doubt.

Lord Jesus, be my anchor.

When sadness overflows my heart,

And Satan shoots his fiery darts,

O Jesus, be my anchor!

 

Yes, Jesus, anchor of my soul,

Jesus, my faith’s blessed goal,

Jesus, faithful anchor,

I cling to You. In You I trust.

So when the storms around me fuss,

You are my solid anchor!

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Walls Around the Soul

One woman I know has been hurt so much that she’s built walls around her soul for protection. They remind me of barriers I’ve set up in my own life because of  fear or pride.  But those same walls set up to protect us keep out what God wants to do in our lives and the comfort He wants to give us. They also keep in the bitterness and pain so the unhealed wounds continue to torment us.
Dear Father, please break down these strongholds that keep me away from You. Teach me to run into the high tower of Your love and mercy so I won’t need these God-resistant walls any more. Thank You. Amen.
“But I will sing of Your power; yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; for You have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble.”
–Psalm 59:16 New King James Version

Copyright Tricia Opitz 4/10/10

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