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Warning! Wrong Way!

“Lead us not into temptation….”
Lord, please lead me always away from self-focus. There regrets, blaming, anger, pride, and self-pity lurk. These funnel into a slippery slide that winds ever downward into depression.   Spiral-Tube-Draw1-horiz flip

Teach me to walk on the solid path of humility and gratitude. Peace and joy flourish like flowers at the edges of this road. In this place of thankfulness, my focus turns to You, Lord, and seeking Your glory and honor. There my heart desires that others experience Your love also. I turn my eyes away from what I can do, what I look like to others, my past poor choices, and what I think will make me happy. [Psalm 119:37—“Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word.” (New Living Translation)]
When I’m tempted to stray onto the me-focus trail, please open my ears to hear Your voice warning, “Wrong way! Come back to Me.” Amen.


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What a great sermon by Pastor Tom! I especially appreciated his comment about praying for people who don’t claim to be Christians: He prays that they will become desperate for the forgiveness and grace they can have in Christ alone. And I say Amen.

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I don't Want to Judge

It has never made sense to me to try and get people who do not trust Jesus to live according to His teachings. Many Christians condemn where they should not, and fail to correct where they should.

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Matthew #21 . Matthew 7:1-6

“Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged. For with the judgment you use, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and look, there’s a log in…

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Waiting on God

Excellent blog post by Pastor Joe Quatrone, Jr.! Very helpful. I especially liked the part about HOW we are to wait.

Joe Quatrone, Jr.

alone-with-god “Wait for the Lord.  Be strong and take heart.  Wait for the Lord” ( Psalm 27:14 ).

I am in a period of waiting right now. I believe God has a specific reason for telling me to wait. My responsibility is to trust Him. I need to slow down and wait on God to clearly reveal His will to me. A lack of trust is perhaps the root cause behind my decisions to jump ahead. I believe God will give me clear direction, but I must wait until He is ready to give guidance.

In this hurry-up world, waiting for anything can cause us to lose our tempers, tongues, and good senses more frequently than we care to admit. I don’t know anyone who enjoys waiting in line. We don’t like waiting at stoplights. We don’t like waiting for dinner. We don’t even like waiting for good things – like…

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Listen Then Talk

ear-1 Serif Gallery      “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.”( James 1:19)
“Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.” (Proverbs 18:13)
I want to be quick to hear (and understand), very slow to speak up about things (waiting until I’m sure I understand what I’m responding to), and even slower to anger, remembering to humble myself and trust God. I need to ask the Holy Spirit for help so I’ll say only what builds up and is beneficial to the hearer (Ephesians 4:29).
Lord Jesus, please teach me to “speak the truth in love,” not “speak the truth in angry answers to questions people haven’t asked.” Amen. (See Ephesians 4:15.)
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Finding Rest for My Soul

Jesus_024         One key to finding rest for my soul, perhaps the major key, is humility. Jesus said, “Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29)
Pride, self-focus, and fear of rejection (fear of man—Proverbs 29:25) can make me an approval addict. They may prompt me to try to manipulate others to get my own way. Learning to humble myself instead of letting pride, self, and fear run my life sounds like a step toward more peace for my inner self.
“LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty; neither do I exercise myself in matters too great or in things too wonderful for me. Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with his mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me [ceased from fretting].” (Psalm 131:1-2) I will be more able to calm and quiet myself if I don’t consider things that are out of my control or that are beyond my understanding.
Oh yes, Lord Jesus! Teach me Your humility and gentleness! Amen.
(Bible verses are from Amplified Bible.)

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Signs of a Hard Heart

Real truth in this blog post by Pastor Joe!

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Pharaoh-Tutankhamun-3I will harden Pharaoh’s heart and though I multiply my signs and wonders in Egypt, he will not listen to you (Exodus 7:3-4).

Have you ever met someone who was just plain stubborn? You might know people within your circle of friends who insist on having their way. They are hardheaded and obstinate about what they want. A moment of reflection may cause you to feel uncomfortable at the thought (you know, personally). God calls it a heart problem. This problem of self-centeredness has existed from the beginning of time, documented in the lives of people we read about in Scripture as well as people we live with today.

Pharaoh is probably the best illustration in the Bible of a person with a hard heart. He was exposed to the truth over and over again, yet refused to respond accordingly. Notice God said, “I will harden Pharaoh’s heart.” God engineered…

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Love Correction

Proverbs 12:1 “To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.” New Living Translation (NLT)
Dear Heavenly Father,
    I want to be the person You planned for me to be from the beginning. I want to be pure and true to shine Your light to others, strong and useable as a tool You can use, and sharp and focused to serve and honor You well.
    So please teach me to find Your purpose when the refining fires burn, when Your mallet and chisel strike my hardened soul, and when Your hammer pounds the blade of my iron will. O let me not respond with self-pity, anger, frustration or hurt feelings as I’m so prone to do! Let me wisely love correction so You can make me who You desire.   Amen.love discipline 1--Serif Gallery

Proverbs 1:29-31 NLT [Wisdom says,] “For they hated knowledge and chose not to fear the LORD. They rejected my advice and paid no attention when I corrected them. That is why they must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way….”
(I know from experience that such fruit is bitter indeed!)
My own ways seem right and good to me, but they end in trouble and bad consequences. At the time, they seem easier and better than other alternatives, but they aren’t God’s ways, and they aren’t good.
So Father, please forgive me for going my way. Teach me to follow Your path that leads to life. Let me be quick to hear and obey the still small voice that says, “Choose compassion instead of anger. Let go of blaming, bitterness, and trying to control. Take hold of humility, forgiveness, and trust in God.” Amen.

Proverbs 9:12 NLT “If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.”


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Praying for the USA

With the U.S. Presidential election coming up in November, more American Christians are remembering to pray for our nation’s leaders and to pray about the elections. We remind each other of 2 Chronicles 7:14-15—“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.” (New Living Translation) Another good verse to remember at this time is 1 Chronicles 5:20—“They put their trust in God and prayed to him for help, and God answered their prayers….” (Good News Translation)

My prayer:

Oh Father in heaven, we, Your people, do humble ourselves before You, recognizing that You alone are God, and we place our trust in only You. We seek You, and we turn away from our own selfish ways of thinking and doing. We cry out for forgiveness, cleansing, and help from You. Grant us wisdom in each choice we make. Open our ears to hear Your voice, and give us grace to obey. Please heal the brokenness that has become more and more evident in our country.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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One Day to Live?

2 Corinthians 5:9-10 (New Living Translation) “So our aim is to please him always, whether we are here in this body or away from this body. For we must all stand before Christ to be judged….”

When I read these verses at the first of the year, I decided to make this my goal for 2010: To seek to please Christ every day. Now, how does one do that? I cry out with the psalmist, “Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths.” (Psalm 25:4 New King James) Yes! That’s how I can be well-pleasing to Christ—learn and do God’s ways and walk in His paths. Verse 9 of the same psalm says, “The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches His way.” Humility is the key. God will teach me His way and direct me in His paths as I humble myself before Him.

So as I look into God’s Word, I can look for instruction in how to please Jesus. I see in John 15:5 that apart from Christ I can do nothing. He is the vine, and I am a branch. May I bear abundant fruit! In John 15:12 Jesus commands us to love each other as He loves us. The more I show God’s love to others, the more my Lord is pleased. From 2 Timothy 2:4 and Colossians 3:2, I learn to let heaven fill my thoughts and not let this life’s concerns entangle me. How delightful to search (and find) each day what pleases the Lord Jesus Christ!

If I had only one day to live, I would want to live so that Jesus could welcome me home with the words, “Well done.” And actually all of us have only one day to live—today—because we can’t re-live yesterday and tomorrow is never promised. So I join Paul in making it my aim to please Christ always.

God Gives Wisdom

Proverbs 2:3-7 (New King James) “Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly.”

So let me walk uprightly and partake of the sound wisdom God has stored up! Please teach me, Lord, to cry out for discernment and understanding and to seek the treasures of knowledge and understanding in Your Word. Amen.

Copyright Tricia Opitz 7/28/10

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The Weight of Worry

When it matters enough to weigh on my mind,

it’s time to seek God’s mind on the matter.

Be still–let go, cease striving, quit trying to control–and know that the

Lord is God. (Psalm 46:10)  Have no anxiety. Learn humility from Jesus.

Dear Lord, please deliver me
From my worry and frustration
You give me victory in every situation
And eagle’s wings flying o’er the storm-tossed sea.

You work in me to want and do and be
What’s pleasing in Your sight.
You do what all my power and might
Could never do even given all eternity.

Trying to get my life together without Jesus is like trying to do a jigsaw

puzzle while in a car on a bumpy road with  several pieces missing!

O, Lord, please hand me the pieces and show me where they go!

You’re the only One Who can see the “picture on the box“ anyway.  Amen.

Copyright by Tricia Opitz 5/3/10

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