Lawful Yet Not Profitable 

Just because something is technically legal doesn’t mean that it’s spiritually appropriate. If I went around doing whatever I thought I could get by with, I’d be a slave to my whims. You know the old saying, “First you eat to live, and then you live to eat”? Well, it may be true that the body is only a temporary thing, but that’s no excuse for stuffing your body with food, or indulging it with sex. Since the Master honors you with a body, honor him with your body! God honored the Master’s body by raising it from the grave. He’ll treat yours with the same resurrection power. Until that time, remember that your bodies are created with the same dignity as the Master’s body. You wouldn’t take the Master’s body off to a whorehouse, would you? I should hope not. 1 Corinthians 6:12‭-‬15 MSG

If this isn’t a motivational, in your face truth, far from being sugar-coated, love-you-with-all-my-heart set of life giving words inspired by the Father then I don’t know what is.
Wow.

 

The daily devotional I am reading called Soul Detox can be found on YouVersion if you care to take a look at it. While I normally read in the NKJV,  I do like to read what other versions say. The Message version above can’t get any more simple to understand.

The Apostle Paul writes that everything is permissible for him but not helpful or profitable. Let’s put it this way. Just because something is made available to us it doesn’t mean that it’s for us. The Lord will not be down our throats every second saying “yay or nay ” or “Hmm…. do you really think you should be eating this or doing that”. We should use wisdom in all that we do. This is a choice that we have. All things are lawful but are not edifying.
We have what’s called God’s “permissible will”. Do we just want to get by with that or are we seeking His perfect will? I personally want to honor the Lord with my body and my thinking. The Bible tells us:For as he thinks in his heart, so is he [in behavior–one who manipulates]. He says to you, “Eat and drink,” Yet his heart is not with you [but it is begrudging the cost]. Proverbs  23:7 AMP

Today I implore you to count the cost. For whatever it may be realize that there is a consequence behind it. I thank the Holy Spirit for placing this word upon my heart to share with you. I pray that you take it into account. My heart is for you and your well-being in Christ as it is for myself to live a life that’s pleasing and honorable before the Lord.

Be encouraged, blessed and stay  prayed up as you go into you day. Allow the Lord to order your steps. Invite the Holy Spirit to lead, guide and direct you in all that you think, say and do.

I love you but Jesus loves you more. He wants the best for you. ❤

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Birth, Blessings, Wisdom & Friendship 

​For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as  yet  there  were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You. Psalms 139:13-18 NKJV

Two days ago was my birthday. Yup. September 6th… 

Another day to be a little wiser, a little stronger, more loving and thankful. Another day to live the life created for me by my heavenly Father. 

Staying awake until midnight to pray and thank the Father for many things before catching some zzz’s, a peace came over me as I pondered about this life of mine. Getting older and growing wiser isn’t a bad thing. In society we tend to focus on particular numbers when we celebrate a birthday and anniversary but what’s really wrong with the in between numbers?

Nothing. Nothing at all. 

Life can pass us by if we wait to have celebratory times to cherish based upon a particular year or age to do so. What if that day never comes? I pose this question because of a comment made to me. Not that I took offense to it but it just made me think.

“Why not celebrate where I am in life, why not make a big deal to be age __?” 

My Father has counted every hair on my head and has ordered my steps before my life came to be so why not celebrate today each day that I’m given because tomorrow isn’t promised to no one.

Just think about that for a minute.

As a believer and lover of Christ Jesus my Lord and Savior my life is not my own. It is He who lives within me. I am to live this life for Him, to love others and be a light. I’m a wife, mother, daughter and friend. I want my days on this Earth to reflect my life in Him.
Am I living to my fullest potential? Are you? Some of us may feel or believe that we are at the peak of success or have reached a plateau or even still climbing from the bottom but what does it really matter if it’s not done in Christ giving glory and honor and loving with all of our heart, mind, body, soul and strength. What has one hand extended to do for another in His name that wasn’t about you? I have asked myself these questions just as well. 

Daily I desire to be all that I can be in Jesus. I work some days with more emphasis than others but my goal.. my mindset is set on reaching hearts for Him all across the globe. It’s set on being an obedient daughter of His, the wife, mother, neighbor and friend who models the life of the One who chose me and gave me life. Not just my earthly life but most importantly my spiritual life for without Him I am nothing. I am ineffective. I’m suppose to be the hands and feet of Jesus. So when I leave this world at whatever age that may be I pray that what I have left behind is a life worthy of Him that others will want to live the same. 

I’m not here to follow the ways of the world and place a higher regard to what society thinks and feels. This life has a constant measure that changes like a shifting of the wind. The emotions of humans sway one moment to the next. One thing is valued more than the other. It’s not like that with God my Father. His weights and scales are not the same. What’s important to Him is not on the same level of us. 

With that said  I want to see with His eyes, love like Him, allow what’s important to Him to be important to me. Yes life will throw curve balls but I want to celebrate my life in the now, rejoice in the fact, the known Truth that He got me. There’s nothing that comes my way that the Lord has not already taken care of. So I thank Him for the years I’ve seen so far, the wisdom gained, the blessings given and the friendships along the way that steer me in the right direction. 

I encourage you to live and love your life today. Celebrate the husband/wife/children you have been given. You are here today. There is a reason for it. Those ‘golden years’ that society has deemed a day of celebration or that year that it’s okay to party it up because your the age __ may never come. Life can be golden now. Today. Simply because you have Jesus. 

Today the Father has blessed you with life, given you the Son that’s the best gift ever and the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you through this life. Nothing can be more grand. 

God bless you on your path. Be thankful along the way for He’s been good to you more than you’ll ever realize.