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Quiet Time: Thoughts And Reflections

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. . . Jesus took . . . them up on a high mountain apart by themselves . . . —Mark 9:2

Who doesn’t want to stay on the mountain? That spiritual high where life is good an God feels closer than the air you breathe? Yet God doesn’t allow us to remain on the mountain for long. Sooner or later we have to return to life back in the valley. We have to get back to the mundane and ordinary things in life.This is what causes doubt in some people’s minds; they have to leave the place of spiritual elation and ecstasy and feel as though they are leaving God. This is not necessarily true.

What we have to remember is that we are given such moments on the mountain as moments of deep and meaningful inspiration. These times are special indeed but no one is meant to…

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Quiet Time: Thoughts And Reflections

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I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church . . . —Colossians 1:24

The call of God is not something we manufacture ourselves. We cannot take our own spiritual practices or disciplines and conjure up God’s calling for our lives. God will find a way to grab our attention for sure…He used a burning bush for Moses, a blinding light for Paul, He knows how to grab our attention! It may be through a unusual experience that we gain that clarity or a crushing painful moment that seals our hearts on His purpose but either way, God will communicate to us His desired call for our lives.

As Jesus’ body was broken and His blood poured out by the hands of people who did not…

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Quiet Time: Thoughts And Reflections

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. . . for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel! —1 Corinthians 9:16

God’s call on our lives is not always easily explainable. It’s much more of a supernatural yearning.Revealed in God’s own personal way to each person, a life calling radiates a light about a person’s demeanor that is certain and definite. Sometimes the calling may take years to mature and bear fruit nonetheless it is affirmed by God and others alike.There is an overwhelming sense of purpose, aching to accomplish a certain goal that God places deep within the person whom He is calling. In that moment or over the long haul the realization that God is saying “I chose you” for this moment, a time such as this, comes into focus.

God’s choice of you is not based upon your worthiness or holiness. It is singularly…

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Quiet Time: Thoughts And Reflecions

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Jesus . . . said to him, ’One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor . . . and come, take up the cross, and follow Me’ —Mark 10:21 

My perfection is not the aim of being a disciple of Jesus. Becoming perfect tends to be more about myself than about Christ. The temptation is to have people look to me and at me rather Christ. Instead, Christ is known through my weakness. His power, glory and radiance are seen not when I have it all together but when I actually disappear.

My personal holiness/perfection has nothing to do with my salvation, as it has already been purchased through the blood of Christ. God’s call for me to be holy is more about my identification with Christ alone.When Jesus tells this man to “go your way”, He is letting him know…

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Quiet Time: Thoughts And Reflections

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57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”60 And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.”62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Luke 9:57-62

Dead people have no feelings. Are you dead to yourself and alive in Christ?…

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I thought it was going to be a normal, fairly easy day. Boy, was I wrong!

Instead, I spent the greater part of the day tracking and catching up with people who had received a fake email from me stating that I was being held at gunpoint in Ukraine. The email stated I needed funds and of course, how to send them to “help me”. Wow! What a hassle in dealing with a hacked email account.

As many of you know by now, my email account was hacked this morning. I’ve had my identity stolen a couple of times and this is almost as bad. To make the best of the situation, here are a couple of lessons I’ve learned from this whole ordeal.

Check The Original Source.

I got an email from “Yahoo” that said my account had been compromised and to click a link to reset. I should have signed-out…

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Quiet Time: Thoughts And Reflections

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If you . . . remember that your brother has something against you . . . —Matthew 5:23

This passage is talking about being convicted by the Spirit. It is not talking about being overly sensitive to your own feelings, worrying and wondering about everything you do. But DO be sensitive to the Spirit of God in you and pay careful attention to anything that quenches His fire in your life. When the Spirit motivates you, respond immediately!

The strategy for dealing with such conviction from the Spirit is: “leave” “go” “reconcile” and then “offer”.

Leave. In other words stop right there. Drop what you are doing and make this the priority. Don’t rationalize, pass blame or make excuses. At this point your obedience IS your gift.

Go. This is the action behind the conviction. Often we may be convicted of something but never act on it. We must…

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Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two—Matthew 5:41 

The things Jesus calls me to are impossible without His Supernatural Spirit alive and at work within me. Christ is not calling me to simply act out something but further; He is calling me to become someone different and “otherworldly” that I am not apart from Him.

When wronged, Christ expects me to do right. When hurt, Christ expects me to forgive. These are not natural responses. A smile on my face cannot cover the anger in my heart. The only thing that will persuade me in those times to act/ behave/believe in a Christlike manner is a deeply rooted personal relationship with Christ Himself.
Life will quickly become disillusioning and disorienting without a laser-like focus on Christ.

The principles of Christ, the manner in which He lived, can only be lived by Christ. His nature must…

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