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

When It Is Time For Change

A Time For Everything
Part Four
A Time to Transition
For some change is exciting, easy and keeps our lives interesting. For the rest of us the unknown is scary, intimidating, and way out of our comfort zone.
However, there is one thing change is and that is inevitable.
When you come to the realization (whether it be comfortable or not) that God is telling you this season is over and it is time to uproot from the field where you have been planted, there is one way to make the transition easier to tolerate.
Remember that God is the Alpha and Omega. Isn’t that a comforting thought? God is the beginning of everything we experience and God is the ending of all we experience. Common sense would tell you that means He is all throughout the middle of our transitions also.
Let’s look at what the word transition means. To transition is to change, evolve, move, and shift or to have a conversion.
That could full well mean that to have an effective God driven transition there may be areas in our lives that we need to rework if we see we are not on track with what God has planned for us.

The only way to determine this is to seek God in a humble, submissive and true way. Consider where you have been and where God is leading you and decide to submit to His destination.
It is during this inner study that you may discover that God’s plan is far different from anything you were considering. It is also safe to bet that the work God is doing in you is far more exquisite than anything you ever imagined.
Go ahead, Just Do It, if God is in control it will be better than you ever imagined.
Dottie
………………….and so I ride
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When God Answers Prayer

When God answers prayers.

John 16:23–24

“In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”

For prayer to be answered you first must pray. To pray is to talk to God, to talk to God is to praise Him, thank Him, tell Him what we need or simply sit and let His spirit bathe you. If you converse with God often enough you become more and more familiar with what He wants of you and for you.

Sometimes what He wants of you and for you is right in line with what you think you need and sometimes not so much. However, whether popular or not, we know we must obey.

Our example I think, should be Jesus. Think about it. Jesus was facing what none of us have ever known, He prayed “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me, nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”

I am quite sure He wanted to avoid torture and the resulting death that awaited Him. Who wouldn’t want to? So instead of doing what we as humans often do and that is ignore what we know full well we need to do, Jesus simply ended His conversation with His Father with a statement of absolute obedience.

It is comforting to me to remember that God ALWAYS listens and God ALWAYS answers prayers. The answer may be “wait” or “not yet” or a resounding “yes!” It may also be “no.”

Whatever the answer that God has given, treat prayer like the lifesaving bridge it is. Be persistent, be purposeful and most of all be personal. God is waiting on the other side of that bridge, ready to have a talk with you.

Dottie

………………….and so I ride

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