Perfecting It All

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we are works in progress.  We are told to strive for perfection, by taking inventory at least weekly.  We are to check our attitudes, character, shortfalls, weaknesses, etc.  We’re also to look at that in regard to everything about our lives; from housework, or homemaking, to even self care.  Now, here’s a surprise.  You already are perfect in God’s eyes.  (John 17:22) You’re precious and honored in His sight.

When Jesus says, “Be ye perfect, therefore, as your Father in Heaven is perfect,” we all skip over that word, “Be,” and we start frantically doing.  Did you forget that God sees Jesus when He looks at us?  Yes, He sees Jesus’ righteousness, Jesus’ love, Jesus’ compassion, mercy, etc.  He attributes perfection to us the instant we come to Him.  (Hebrews 12:1-24) is a wonderful piece that speaks to us regarding this.  Verse thirteen tells us to make level paths for our feet.  This is what that inventory is about.  You check for any place, anything, that can be improved upon-even, and especially within.  The outward often manifests where the inward (spirit) is…be it depressed, anger, sloth, confusion, etc.  When we deal with those things, and include discipline and perseverance to correct them and the outward situations created by them, things change.  This is called progress, which is the rule of the Kingdom of Heaven.  2 Cor. 3:18, in the New Living Translation Bible says it this way: “So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.”  Also, Psalm 84:7 tells us we go from strength to strength until we appear before God in glory.

Sadly, I must tell you that we are all “only human.”  This is to say we are subject to fatigue, depression, laziness, confusion; all those things that clog up the spirit within, and weigh us down.  God knows that, though.  He’s given us the Holy Spirit and the power of prayer.  We can go boldly to the throne to confess and to get help.  He doesn’t love us any less at any given point in time-not one second of our lives!  You are already perfect in His eyes.  His love, grace, and mercy are going to help us manifest that-in this life.  As we manifest that glory to glory progression, it becomes the testimony that draws others to Him; and to Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 12, 2019, 12:00 p.m.

Preparing the Soil

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that the ground must be readied before God can drop seed blessings into it.  I’m reminded of the parable Jesus told about the sower and the seed, and the different kinds of soil.

Prayer and praise does much to prepare the soil, or one’s heart.  That’s true whether it’s our own heart or someone else’s we’re trying to open to the Lord.  Then, I think about Abraham, too.  And before him, Noah.  These two men believed, and walked in obedience to their calling.  How many know that whenever God tells you to do something, that’s a calling?  Steadfastness, diligence, and discipline in faith and obedience to whatever God calls us to do, even in our daily living, also prepare the soil for blessing.  That soil can be a heart, a place, an upcoming event, etc.

It all happens in the Spirit/spirit.  When I think about that, I think about Jericho.  How many times did God have them march around that city…before the final time, and that shout?  Soil preparation is kind of a wind up or warm up for the actual game, in some ways.  The blessings come in the form of readiness, growth, maturity, confidence, fitness, or ability, peace, and joy, or excitement.  If you can’t get excited over what God’s called you to do, you better make sure it was Him who called you.  God not only gives us the desires of our hearts, He gives us the heart to desire good things.  Anytime God calls you to do something, you know it’s got to be a good thing.  You can’t help but get excited about it.

Finally, I think about tilling and weeding, and plowing a garden.  That readies the soil for the seeds.  I remember finding all kinds of things as we worked the ground.  People have found arrowheads, awesomely shaped rocks, old coins, wonderful little treasures.  One of the greatest treasures you can find in preparing the soil, or your heart, for God’s blessing, is yourself.  You might discover some wonderful things you never knew were in you.

Here’s a great song for today’s post:  Again, Third Day is the group to thank for this awesome song.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 31, 2019, 3:14 p.m.