The Perfect Job

The Perfect Job

Imagine interviewing for a job with a leader who hand-picked you and gave you a chance for who you are not in spite of who you are or worse who the community or your enemies say you are. This leader will give you great and valuable promises of your time with the company if you decide to take the job. This leader promises to always be available to you, no matter what and would never abandon you because he will look at you as part of his family. You potential leader promises you will become more and more secure in your position with this company because he will share all he has with you in a consistent and devoted manner. You are promised you can be absolutely certain that when you need wisdom you can ask and you will receive it because this leader makes sure you have a direct line of access to him. He guarantees the granddaddy of open door policies.

It is promised that you can be certain that when you make mistakes, understanding and compassion will be guaranteed and will not brought up again, as long as you recognize and humbly admit your misstep. This leader will constantly remind you that he is in this game with you, side by side, working toward the common goal.   He knows that you are no longer the person you were and he sees the new creation you will become.  Your leader vows uncompromising trust and will give you the honor of carrying on the company message. This is guaranteed because the leader promises to bestow you with the tools you need to do so. He knows that you can deliver the message with love and self-discipline because he will personally and powerfully teach you the right way. This one of a kind leader promises you will become as one with him and you and he will work side by side to obtain the company goals. He will help you to do whatever it is he is asking of you. You are promised the job is yours for eternity, there will be no lay-offs, or pay cuts. You are promised a solid and certain future once you accept the job.

Indeed, a dream job. A job with all the support, education and perks you could ever want.  A job that you cannot afford to pass up because it will change your life.

Replace the words your leader with God. This is what we are promised as heirs of Christ. This is (in part) who we are in Christ. I took these promises from the scripture list I posted yesterday just because I wanted to apply it to my life in a way that I could easily connect with. It makes me smile.

Dottie

……………………and so I ride

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The weather was so nice yesterday and staying inside just wasn’t an option. I asked a friend who is quickly becoming a good friend, if she wanted to ride somewhere for lunch. I love spending time with this lady because I am always edified, built up and she speaks God’s truth. We were backing our bikes out of tight parking spaces and she mentioned that a certain situation had made her feel overlooked and inconsequential but what got her through the situation was that she knew who she was in Christ and that was what really mattered. There was nothing I needed to hear at this moment more than this and as I took off for the 50 miles back to Gillette, I knew this was something I had to think and pray on.
The list is quite lengthy, we are God’s Child, justified, Christ’s friend, we belong to God, we are a member of Christ’s body, assured all things will work together for good, established, anointed and sealed by God, a citizen of heaven, holy and blameless, forgiven, a saint, salt and light of the earth. We are chosen by God and we have hope, are included and we are God’s workmanship. That is to name just a few of the most important facts we can ever know.
It is important that we realize who we are in Christ because if we do not realize the love God holds for us and just how deep and really unconditional that love really is, we cannot be filled with the fullness that God offers. We were purchased at a steep price, don’t let that price go to waste, use it to fight for what Satan will try to steal.
Be it health issues, work issues, family issues, or if others unleash unfaithfulness, untruths, manipulation, rebellion, illusions, deceitfulness or any other malady born of satan, remember who you are in Christ. It is the most significant fact of your life. Learn to see yourself as God sees you. God’s opinion is really the only one that counts. Your true identity is not what the world or current circumstances around you says you are, your true identity is who God says you are.
Know the truth, think the truth speak the truth, believe the truth. You are one of God’s CHOSEN people. Period, plain and simple. Claim this truth as yours and become who you already are. Thank you Tina Bennet for reminding me of this.
I have the Greater One living in me; greater is He Who is in me than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4)
John 8:32, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Loved and purified. 1 John 3:3

Established, anointed, and sealed by God. 2 Corinthians 1:21

God is always with me and never leaves me Hebrews. 13:5

God chose me to bear fruit John. 15:16
God is my Father, I am His child. John 1:12
I am a joint heir with Jesus, sharing His inheritance with Him. Romans 8:17
I am  one spirit with God. 1 Corinthians 6:17

God’s spirit and life live within me, I am God’s temple
I am a temple of God. His Spirit and his life lives in me. 1 Corinthians 6:19
A member of Christ’s body. 1 Corinthians 12:27• I am accepted. Ephesians 1:6
A Saint. Ephesians 1:1
Forgiven and Redeemed. Colossians 1:14
Complete in Jesus Christ, I am filled by my God who is ruler over every ruler and authority . Colossians 2:10
I am free from condemnation. Romans 8:1
The old has gone and the new has come because I am a new creation in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17

When needing wisdom I can ask for it and He will give me what I need. James 1:5
Chosen of God, holy and dearly loved. Colossians 3:12

God gave me a spirit of power, or love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
God’s fellow co-worker. 2 Corinthians 6:1
Seated in heavenly places with Christ. Eph 2:6

Jesus’ friend. John 15:14
We have direct access to God Ephesians. 2:18
I am helping to build up Christ as a spiritual house, I am a living stone. 1 Peter 2:5

We have been given exceedingly great and precious promises by God  so that through them we can participate in divine nature and escape corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 2 Peter 1:4
God will help me to do what He desires me to do. Philippians 2:13

Dottie
……………………….and so I ride

The Power of Sunday

Life is a wild scramble most days. Meetings, family obligations, jobs, friends all add up to business beyond measure. It is very easy to lose your heart for God when we are meeting obligations of life.

When we refuse to withdraw and seek quiet time with our Lord the evidence of such actions become readily apparent, fatigue, frustration, bad decisions and faulty wisdom. Priorities get out of alignment.

It is time for inner conversations face to face with God. Private and personal in a setting that offers spiritual support.

Withdraw from the wild scramble if only for awhile.  Use this time to push the spiritual reset button. This time is a wonderful opportunity for quiet reflection and a time to meet with God face to face just like Moses did in the Tent of Meeting.

The Tent of Meeting

Exodus 33 says that “The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.” I am positive that this same relationship is open to us, talking with God face to face is mighty motivation for withdrawing from the world and seeking God’s face.

God wants to speak with us just as He did with Moses. Go to your Tent of Meeting and speak with God face to face. There is no replacement.

I love what Oswald Chambers said. The battle is won in the secret places of the will before God, never first in the external world. Nothing has the power over the person who has fought out the battle before God……….and won there.

Find your Tent of Meeting and go have a face to face conversation.

Dottie

……………………..and so I ride

Oswald Chambers

What a child taught me this Halloween.

Like a child

We were so fortunate to be able to help with the CMA booth Halloween night. Although dozens and dozens of children stopped at our booth wanting to ride our mini motorcycles, just as many wanted one of our helium filled balloons. There was one little guy who stood out to me and absolutely stole my heart but more than that he brought a lesson I will not soon forget.

Our little gentleman wanted one of our balloons, in fact he was quite insistent and it was apparent he thought he needed one of those balloons. Thinking we, the adults knew best, we tried tying that balloon on him many different ways so it would not fly to the ceiling never to be reclaimed. However, he was having none of it, he wanted his balloon to be free.

After the mandatory game of “my balloon is faster than your balloon” with his twin brother, I watched as he purposely opened his fingers and watched as his balloon floated to the ceiling. The amazing part was he didn’t cry, he didn’t throw a two year old fit, once he set his balloon free he was content to leave it right where it had floated. Next, just to make sure I got the message loud and clear I guess, he set five or six more balloons free with as much joy and exuberance as the first one.

It was a wonderful and somewhat humbling illustration to me of how we should handle giving our burdens to God. Joyfully and with the utmost confidence that they are right where they are meant to be.

Psalm 55:22 says to cast your burdens on the Lord and He will sustain you. We should set our burdens on God just as our little gentleman did with his balloons. However we all know that is easier said than done. We love to say we have given our problems to God, until things don’t go as we planned. Then more often than not, we think it is time to snatch them back and give problem solving another whirl.

Go ahead and open your fingers that are pried to your burdens, let them float to the hand of God. Let them be so far gone that even if you wanted to you could not retrieve them. But more importantly, realize that no matter what is going on in our lives and no matter how many problem balloons we have to release to God, it is alright because God is waiting to take each and every balloon we offer up.

In exchange for our balloons, God gives us the wisdom, comfort, grace and strength to leave them in His possession.

Become like a trusting child again and as you rise from your place of prayer, leave your problems balloons in the care of the one you claim to trust like no other. Prove to Him that He has your trust.

God I humbly thank you for bringing this precious little one to me and allowing him to share with me the pure, honest and forthright wisdom of a child.

Dottie

…………………and so I ride