Read “Chazown” by Craig Groeschel during my vacation, what a great book on defining and living out God’s vision for your life.
A great thought he had was regarding “personal offense”. It stuck out to me because I often hear Christians say that they take something personally. It also hit because I receive criticism every week from people, on things that they know nothing about. I’m often tempted to become defensive.
Craig writes thatÂ a person living a spirit-filled life has no room for personal offense.Â If my life isn’t about me, but about Him, I don’t have the luxury of taking things personally.Â I should only be offended by that which grieves the heart of God, not that which is aimed at me, makes me uncomfortable, or is simply something I don’t like.
What if we as Christians began to “stop taking things personally”, and began to be more concerned about His name than our own?Â Just a thought
We’re in this series, “Don’t Fight Naked”, and talking about how to stand firm in our faith (See Ephesians 6:10-18). Yesterday I mentioned that we are no longer our own…
1 Corinthians 6:19-20…Â Â Â ”19Â Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20Â you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”
When I became a follower of Christ, I received the forgiveness of my sins, His presence in my life, and the gift of eternal life.Â In exchange, my life, my body, my mind, are now His.
I’m seeking to live the rest of my life for His glory.Â I’m not free to choose to do things with my body that He paid the price for on the cross.Â As 1 Peter 5:8a says…Â â€œBe self-controlled and alert.”
Today I received 15 shots in my right leg.Â I hit the limit of dosage they can give in one day, so I have to go back Thursday to do the left leg. Ouch!
Thanks for the prayers, the end is in sight.Â I’m grateful we live in a day and age where I can can receive this care (even though it’s painful). My legs already look and feel much better.
Got the bandanges off my legs today, and man,Â I look like a pincushion.Â I’m still pretty sore, and not walking really well.Â Please pray that my legs will be strengthened before the weekend.
I’m burning inside to share what God has been teaching me, and to help us all understand how to live in victory as followers of Christ!Â I look forward to seeing you, and your non-believning guests, this weekend at Palm Valley!Â
I’m pumped about this weekend, as we start a new series titled “Don’t Fight Naked”.Â Now before you get all excited, this is a Biblical series, based on the writings of Paul in Ephesians 6.
We’ll be talking about how to prepare for the battle’s we face in life, and to live victoriously through God’s strength in us!Â Trust me, you don’t want to miss any of this series, it’s going to be awesome.
This sunday I’ll start out by talking about who satan is, who he isn’t, what his plan is, and how we can overcome him.Â I think we’ll clear up a lot of misconceptions about satan, and help you prepare for the battle we’re in.Â See you this weekend, and bring people with you. Find out more here…