Crucified With Christ

This is such a powerful and beautiful song.

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On Level Ground

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On Level Ground

When I was in school, I was one of the straight A students. Being smart wasn’t seen as being cool, so I got picked on a lot. Adding to that, I wasn’t athletically inclined, so I faced even more taunts and teasing in gym class nearly every day. I also wasn’t one of the pretty, popular girls, nor did I have rich parents who were able to purchase a brand new car when I got my license. It seemed some kids were just born with a silver spoon in their mouths! I remember often thinking how life can be so unfair!

However, I found a place where we are all on level ground. We have all sinned. (Romans 3:23) However, that’s not the only place where we are on that level ground. God freely offers His grace and forgiveness to all who reach out to Him! So it doesn’t matter whether we are pretty, athletic, or rich — we can all receive His merciful gift of salvation!
Thank You, Lord, for such a precious gift!
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

Glorious Freedom in Jesus

 

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Glorious Freedom in Jesus

I grew up in a church that focused on works, rather than grace. It caused me to fear God, but not in a reverential way. Rather, I was terrified of God, viewing Him as a God who just waited on me to do wrong so He could take pleasure in punishing me. As a young child, I can still remember going to bed at night and wondering, “If I die tonight, will I go to heaven?” That constant fear of not being good enough never left me. What a heavy load that is for any of us to carry!

It was such a huge relief it was when I learned that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus! (Ephesians 2:8-9) It had nothing to do with how good or bad I was! It brought me glorious freedom and peace when I realized that I didn’t have to constantly strive for perfection! After all, none of my deeds, no matter how grand they were, would ever be able to save my sin sick soul. Rather, those deeds were like filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6)

Something else I found very liberating was the knowledge that if I did sin, I didn’t have to wait and confess it to a human to gain forgiveness. I could go right then, and I could go straight to Jesus! I no longer needed to carry that heavy burden of sin any longer! (1 Timothy 2:5)

Though I have been saved for over thirty five years, I am still so thankful for the gift of God’s grace and His willingness to forgive. His grace still amazes me!
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

Out of Alignment

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Out of Alignment

Have you ever thrown your back out of alignment? It is a pain unlike any other. Sometimes a quick trip to the chiropractor will take care of it. Other times, it may require rest and a few more trips to the chiropractor before things are back to normal.
One of the common reasons for your back going out of alignment is improper lifting. The injury from that can leave you with a pain so intense that others can hear it in your voice.

Our spiritual lives can be much like this. We begin to carry heavy burdens, but we do so improperly. We aren’t to carry these loads ourselves. We are to turn them over to the Lord, for He tells us to cast our burdens on Him and He will sustain us. (Psalm 55:22)
Other times we find ourselves dealing with a lot of stress, but fail to come to Him and find rest. (Mark 6:31) This too, can cause us to be spiritually out of alignment.

There are also times when we are weighed down with worry. Instead, we should be praying and giving our requests to the Lord. He will then give us peace that passes all understanding. (Philippians 4:6-7)

Humans have a bad habit of trying to do everything for ourselves. We think we need to be busy all the time. This dependency upon ourselves can be destructive and cause us to be out of alignment. There are times when the Lord tells us to simply be still before Him and rest in the knowledge that He is God. (Psalm 46:10)

One of the best things you can do to help keep your back strong and healthy is to exercise and keep your core strong. In a spiritual sense, our exercise would be to stay in the Word and pray.

Have you let your spirit get out of alignment? If so, get back into the Word and let the Lord ‘align’ you again.
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

Approaching the Throne of a Laughing God

This is one of the best messages I’ve ever heard!  Get a box of tissues before listening because you may need them!

2 John

This is a EXCELLENT message for these times when so many churches are compromising and speaking of how we just need to love everyone.

“I Do It Myself!”

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“I Do It Myself”

When my daughter was a toddler, we would often try to help her with things, and hear the words, “I do it myself!” Can you relate?

In our Christian walk, we sometimes take on that same attitude of “I do it myself!” We may struggle in an area, and we don’t want anyone to know. It can be the shame of our sin, but most often, it is our own pride, which stops us from opening up to anyone.

However, there are times when we really need to reach out to a trusted friend who will agree with us in prayer. Sometimes our friend, who isn’t caught in the middle of the issue, can have valuable, wise insights to help us.

James 4:6 tells us that God opposes the proud but gives grace to those who are humble. James 5:16 tells us to confess our sins to one another so that we may be healed.

Sometimes, by simply being willing to step out and admit openly that you are struggling with something, the power of that secret sin begins to lessen. It can be much like someone who was sexually abused. Once they speak out, exposing the abuse, the power their abuser once had over them, diminishes. Many former victims admit that by speaking out, they finally felt like they had the power. The abuser lost his power over them.

It is often the same when Satan has lied to us about our own sin. I remember learning years ago that Satan’s greatest weapon against us is a lie. Don’t let his lies hold you back any longer. If you need help, pray for the Lord to lead you to a trusted friend who can help you get out of his web of deceit.

Don’t be like a toddler, who adamantly declares, “I do it myself!” Let Jesus help you! He is waiting and willing to set you free!
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

 

 

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