Who Are You To Call Yourself Unclean?

By Laura Ferguson

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Do you know that you are washed clean? Like, spotless? When Christ took on all of our sin and died on the cross, and then rose again to bring us new life, He did so in a way that completely purifies. If you know this, or claim to anyways, then I have one simple question for you…

Why do you call yourself unclean?

But the voice answered a second time from heaven. ‘What God has cleansed and pronounced clean, do not you defile and profane by regarding or calling it common or unhallowed or unclean.”-Acts 11:9 (AMP)

How often do you compare yourself to others and in doing so consider yourself “common”, or nothing special?

How many times are you reminded of the person you were before Christ, and become haunted by it, worrying that there may come a day where you find yourself cloaked in sin once more?

I know I can’t be the only one who, without realizing it, finds herself in these head and heart spaces. But let me challenge you the way the Spirit challenged me upon reading this verse in Acts…

Who are you to call unclean what I have made clean?

Take a second to let the fist come out of your gut on that one. He didn’t wash us clean for us to walk around still calling ourselves dirty. The word “cleansed” here, a verb, means to make clean, cleanse: in a moral sense to free from defilement of sin and from faults.

HE has cleansed you, set you free from defilement of sin and from faults, so why do you hold onto your shame? Why do you continue to count yourself as the least valuable person in any and all circumstances and refuse to stand up and take care of yourself like the beloved child you are?

This, my friends, is what it looks like to live out your undefiled life. Not because you are capable of making only pure and right choices, but because of the One who did a dang good job washing you white as snow thousands of years ago.

So again, let me ask, who are you to call yourself unclean? Common? Unworthy? Go to your Savior with a humble heart and ask Him to show you just what He did for you.

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Comparison- The “We” and the “Me”

By Brooke

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There is nothing like relationships that matter to us to draw out in us this deep-seated root of comparison. We are drawn to those who reflect the truest nature of our inmost selves. For the most part we really appreciate them for who they are, until we realize that they are a reflection of what we really like most about how God has created us. Then in comes the question, “Is there enough of that to go around?” That’s why marriages and friendships (real ones) get hard; because God uses them to wake us up to deeper places in us.

“Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.”-Galatians 6:4-5

My comparison trap is that I want to be the best at whatever I do and if I perceive anyone else is better, I have a problem. And if we are all honest with one another, we all have this problem. “If____ is good at this there is no room for me to be good at it too.” It’s a scarcity mentality. It’s a lie that says there is not enough to go around. When we believe this we create a “we” problem. But the truth is, it’s entirely a “me” problem”—one that the Lord is wanting to heal in each of us.

So can I ask you an honest question? Who do the “we” situations that are troubling you today involve? Could the “we” problem simply be the lowest hanging fruit—the ones most easily picked on? Or could there be something more than the “we”? Could the Lord be calling you to the “me”?

The remedy of “we” is found in the exploration and remedy of the “me”. Will you take His hand and explore these places in your heart today?

Comparison-The Way Of The World

By Brooke

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Comparison has been a companion of mine for my entire life. If we are honest, it’s in all of us. It bears names like “education, money, intellect, beauty, weight, status and success”, just to name a few. We are born into a society and bred by that society to compare. It’s so rooted in us that we don’t even know we are doing it.

Comparison is defined as the act of comparing and also simultaneously the state of being compared. Do you get that? Comparison is the thing we do externally as a manifestation of what we are doing internally.

So what does scripture say about this subject? A lot actually. But it really boils down to this:

“For we would never dare to compare ourselves with people who have based their worth on self-commendation. They check themselves against and compare themselves with one another. It just shows that they don’t have any sense!”-1 Cor. 10:12

Theodore Roosevelt said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” As lovers of the great Lover, our joy is found in the person and anchor of Jesus Christ. To compare myself with others is to intentionally look Christ in the face and say, “You are not enough. What You have for me and all that Your Word promises as an anchor for my soul is not enough.”

So today can I ask, where are you being robbed of the joy you’ve been given in Christ? Can you look Jesus in the face and tell Him with all certainty and vulnerability that He truly is enough—enough to lay down the ways of the world and believe His Word instead?

He Rises For You

By Laura Ferguson

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Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. Blessed are all who wait for him.”-Isaiah 30:18 (NIV)

We’ve all been in that season of waiting. It’s hard. Waiting for time to pass in a season like this can, at times, feel a lot like waiting for your popcorn to pop. You know you’re getting popcorn in the end, that it will fill your present hunger, and that you must watch those seconds countdown before its ready and you can enjoy it. And so it can seem when waiting on the Lord and His promises. But what’s awesome about waiting on God is the reality that waiting time is never wasted time. And even more than that, He rises to show you compassion.

Did you get that?

Picture your King, “who sits enthroned above the circle of the earth” (Is. 40:21 NIV) rising to show you compassion. Unlike a judge in judicial court who rises for no one, and more like a daddy who rises to come to the rescue of his beloved child, your King rises for you.

To show you compassion.

To show you that He is actively working on your behalf, even when all seems quiet.

And He does this because He understands that waiting is not your favorite place to stay—that it’s hard and that His beloved children are not as patient as His original design intended. And in return for your willingness to stay and wait, regardless of how uncomfortable or impatient you may feel, you are blessed.

Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides You, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.”-Isaiah 64:4 (NIV)

There is no one who rises to come to your aid like your God does. He is not power-hungry, choosing not to expel any energy or resources on anyone under him. He is gracious and compassionate.

And He rises for you.

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Choosing Rest

By Brooke

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How hard is it for you to choose rest? When you step back to examine your day and your attitude towards its activities, where does “rest” come into play? Often we don’t even think of rest until we’ve run ourselves so ragged that we have no other choice. But what if we chose to rest simply because of it’s opportunity to bring us fulfillment and life?

“By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all His work.” –Genesis 2:2-3 (NIV)

Unlike us, the Lord is serious about rest. Serious. He speaks of it in His word 271 times in the NIV translation. To rest is to remember. If God Himself rests, we have to recognize its importance in our lives too.

I don’t think God gets tired and yet we see that He rests. I think its because He doesn’t want to miss the goodness of His creation. If God rests in order to ensure that He doesn’t miss the goodness of His work, why do we wait to rest until we are dead tired, dragging ourselves half-wrecked around our lives, barely able to keep our eyes open? That’s not rest, that’s exhaustion. We have to ask ourselves how we can enjoy the goodness of our God and our lives when we are living like that?

Jesus came to give us life and life abundantly. Rest helps us maintain balance and gives us space from ourselves in order to remember the good things God has given us in our lives.

So choose rest today, friends. And not when you’ve reached the end of yourself. Rest, recognize and remember His goodness in the land of the living today. And go forward determined to make rest a habit.

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No Confidence In The Flesh

By Brooke

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God knows we will give ourselves to anything. We will put confidence in anything except for Him… because that is the nature of man. But we as children of God trust not in the persuasion of our human nature—the part of us that is apart from divine influence and therefore prone to sin and opposed to God.

“For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh.”-Philippians 3:3 (NASB)

Paul is saying that there is a way to avoid the pitfall of our natural self, but it requires replacing the behavioral “natural” response with one that enslaves us to who God is. In order to have confidence in something outside of yourself you have to know that something or someone else. You have to choose to not place confidence in the part of yourself that naturally opposes God.

If we can enslave ourselves to who God is and apply Him to our lives, we will glory (rejoice) in Christ Jesus, who is the Savior of mankind, and more specifically, the Savior of our very hearts. Only then are we available to avoid being induced into believing, having faith in, obeying and yielding or trusting anything that has its foundation in our earthly nature and is apart from God’s diving influence. Knowing our nature to sin and oppose, in His goodness and mercy, He will protect us and preserve us.

Today I ask you, are you enslaved to Christ? Do you truly know Him in such a way that your confidence is fully reliant upon Him? What are you facing in life that you believe would be better taken care of by your plans rather than His?

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His Through It All

By Laura Ferguson

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There is a truth about this life-with-Jesus that just baffles me. I talk about it often because it is a question I won’t get explained to me until I see Him face to face. While the Creator longs for all to be saved, because of sin, the reality is that that won’t happen. And the even bigger miracle, to me, is that He decided that I be called His.

“In the whole land,” declares the Lord, “two-thirds will be struck down and perish; yet one-third will be left in it. This third I will bring into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my Name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’”- Zechariah 13:8-9 (NIV-emphasis mine)

There’s no room to ponder or fear refinement for us who are chosen. It’s happening. He ensures it. But two things are incredible here: He will answer when we call and He will call us “Mine”. Today, I invite you to simply make this passage yours. Look at the refinement you are currently facing today, and make this proclamation boldly and with abandon.

 She will call on my Name, and I will answer her. I will say, “She is My daughter”, and she will say, “The Lord is my God!

 He will call on my Name, and I will answer him. I will say, “He is My son”, and he will say, “The Lord is my God!

In it all and through every circumstance, we are His and He is ours.

Hallelujah!

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He’s Not Keeping Score

By Brooke

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If I were to ask you if you tend to “keep score” what would you say? If it is anything but “yes” then you’re lying. We all do it. We stock pile the wrongs so that when the moment is right we can fire them back in order to stay above whatever (or whomever) is vying to pull us down. But not our Savior.

“Love… does not take into account a wrong suffered,”-1 Corinthians 13:5 (NASB)

It does not take into account” here means to reckon, compute or count over; To impute or add to someone’s account.

A wrong suffered” is defined here as a result of a bad nature; Not as it ought to be; A mode of thinking, feeling or acting; A wicked or wrong base.

Do you see the magnitude of this simple verse? The Word says here,

1) God is not mad at you. Read that again. God is not mad at you. He is not taking into account that you have chosen someone or something else over Him. Someone needs to just breathe in that truth for a second.

2) A wrong done is born out of a wrong suffered, and

3) A wrong suffered doesn’t have to define a situation.

God gives us perspective here. He says, “I will love you because I get you’ve been hurt. I get that you have suffered” and at the same time He says, “I love you no matter what.”

No. Matter. What.

He’s not keeping score, friends. When He sees your face He doesn’t see your wrongs. He sees His Son. Let that truth settle deep into your soul today.

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Faith In The Mystery Of God

By Brooke

 

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Our always-seeking and knowledge-hungry hearts don’t tend to do mystery well. And can we be honest here and agree that our God is a mystery? I am so thankful that He chooses to reveal Himself to us through His Word and the Holy Spirit, but even in that there is still such depth to Him we will never know.

“Can you fathom the mysteries of God?
Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?
 They are higher than the heavens above—what can you do?
They are deeper than the depths below—what can you know?
 Their measure is longer than the earth
and wider than the sea…

Yet if you devote your heart to him
and stretch out your hands to him,
if you put away the sin that is in your hand
and allow no evil to dwell in your tent,
 then, free of fault, you will lift up your face;
you will stand firm and without fear…

You will be secure, because there is hope;
you will look about you and take your rest in safety.”
-Job 11:7-9,13-15,18 (NIV)

Today, can you relinquish your need for understanding and allow your heart to rest safely in who He promises He is? We don’t always need to know the answers or understand the parameters of grace. We just need to rest in the mystery of our God, and in turn, we will stand firm in our faith, without fear and secure in hope.

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Body, Soul and Sorrow

By Laura Ferguson

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Have you ever experienced something in life where you’ve caught your heart desiring to go further into the emotion of the experience, but your body just seems to shut down? If you’ve ever suffered with depression then you are probably all too familiar with this. Jesus is quite familiar with it too.

“He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed… ‘Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing but the body is weak.’”-Matthew 26:37, 41 (NLT)

If I had a dollar for every time verse 41 was quoted in my youth group days as a way to scare me into denying my body of its pleasures I’d surely have enough for coffee for a month. But read this verse in its context and it has an entirely different meaning.

Jesus was in the midst of deep sorrow when He spoke these words. He was grieving. He was mournful. And He chose that time to tell us that our spirit is willing but our body is weak.

Our spiritual selves are so eager, at times, to dive into whatever season the Lord has brought us into, longing to grow ever-nearer to our Savior. But our bodies are not always as willing or able. They are not meant to climb such great heights. They are ailing. They are weak. And in comes the temptation…

The temptation to believe we can’t endure. The temptation to believe that He has left us, or brought us into something bigger than we can take. The truth is, He has brought us into something bigger than our bodies can take—but our spirits are willing, and He is faithful to supply for all of our needs.

If the Lord has brought you into a season of sorrow, might I invite you to heed this gentle word from the Spirit that says to be kind to your body, and gird up against the temptation that is bound to come? In life there are so many seasons, and He is good through them all. Be kind to your body in whatever season you are in. Let your soul explore the depths of your sorrow with your Savior. And keep the Truth as close as your breath.

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