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Check out my quick blog for the day – Living vs Knowing.

“If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them” (James 4:17, NIV).

Is it the thought that counts? 

I think about human trafficking victims, even praying for them. My heart breaks for the battered woman and her children. My friends and I discuss poverty, and how significant those hungry folks are in the eyes of God…

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says…As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead” (James 1:22, 2:26).

I can congratulate myself for promoting awareness about slavery, offering a few free counseling sessions to battered women, or contributing to collections for the poor. But have I done all I can? Do I breathe and walk the life of grace modeled by Christ each day? 

If my life radiated the character of Christ, I’d look for new ways to extend His love and hope to others–not just sometimes, not merely often, but EVERY DAY.

I have a commission. I know about this good work Christ has called me to do. I’ve not been faithful in working at it every day. For my life’s calling is to feed those who are spiritually hungry and poor, to pour His truth to quench thirsty minds and souls. I’m a healer, encourager, and writer, yet I have allowed every tiny thing in the world to distract me from His work. 

Will you join me in asking Christ to renew His focus in and through me? I can’t do it on my own willpower or volition, nor can you. But Christ has the power to end my futile striving and craft light from my lifeclay as I submit to Him daily. It’s all about Him, from Him, and thanks to Him.

Praise the Lord!

 

Oxygen, hydrogen, carbon dioxide…varied molecules float across the world in an invisible concoction. Humanity offers little notice to unseen materials, other than an occasional sneeze. Amid these particulates, metaphysical elements reside with just as little acknowledgment. The world’s air, thick with intangible forces, presses into each breath. When we inhale without discernment, we allow dark fragments to fill our brain, heart and mouth. The enemy hides within this earth’s thin-seeming air. If we guard each breath, thought, and exhaled words with a thicker vapor over our bodies and souls, the Spirit filters and cleanses this world’s toxins from our souls. Not as thin as it seems, air must not be taken for granted as we stand on the Kingdom battlefield for souls. Clothe your body and soul with the armor of the Spirit, or more than a sneeze could seize your breath.

“Take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out” (Ephesians 6:10-18, The Message).

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