~My Cup Runneth Over~

There have been so many things going on in my head recently. It’s like my mind is an ocean, filled with sharks …and fish …and mermaides …and unicorns….

Wait….Unicorns don’t live in the ocean, Frances!
Whoops! Yikes!
Have mercy on my soul! We all make mistakes.
So, to get back on track. I’d like to discuss a simple yet eyeopening message that the Holy Spirit has been engraving into my heart lately.
Warning: You will NOT be mindblown.
Sorry, but you just will not be.
Well, maybe you will be. I don’t know.
My prayer is simply that you will be encouraged 🙂

Alright. Now that my introduction is out of the way, let’s move forward , shall we?

In the book of Matthew, we find Jesus telling his disciples: “The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” -Matthew 25:40 (NIV).
What is Jesus talking about? What is the King responding to, you ask? Great questions!

Jesus is talking about His return. A few versus back, Jesus explained that when the King returns, people will be separated into sheeps and goats. The sheeps, on his right side, will be welcomed into His eternal Kingdom for they had served Him. This is great, right? They should’ve clicked their heels forward in a joyful manner, right?
Well, it is interesting because the sheep actually respond to the King’s invitation in a confused manner. They ask: “when?” When did they give him a drink? give Him food? clothe Him?
The king graciously responds with His infamous words, “whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (v. 40).

Now, Jesus continues to explain that the goats would not be accepted: “Then He [the King] will say to those on his left, Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you have me nothing to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink. I was a stranger and you did not invite me in. I needed clothes and you did not clothe me. I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me” -Matthew 25:41

The overarching and obvious idea, in my opinion, is that humanity will be separted by God into: one, those who served; and two, those who failed to serve.

Thinking more deeply about this piece of scripture, however, it is vitally important that we understand that the sheep did not know they served Christ as they served their fellow humans.
Please don’t get it twisted though. We, as humans, are not God. And, God is not a Human.
While the two previous statement are completely true. We cannot avoid the fact that Jesus made a connection between the King himself and Us, humans.

Therefore, I am confident that this connection needs to be explored and discussed.
A great place to start is at the beginning.

So God created man in his own image. 
In the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them
-Genesis 1:27 (NIV)
As we move forward in time, we learn that humanity is sinful and separated from the Holy One. In fact, in the old testament, only selected individuals were allowed to enter the sacred Temple. An individual was designated to petition for forgiveness before God within the temple. Humanity, as a whole, did not have full access to the Great One.

As we continue on within the New Testament, we learn that God came down to earth to conquer death and sin. He defeated the grave so humanity is no longer separated from the Holy One. Humanity, as a whole, has full access to the Holy One now.

Can I get a Hallelujah!? Amen!? LOL 🙂

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him” -John 3:17 (NIV)

Contining on to After Christ’s Death (A.D.) time, we see that Jesus’ disciples also teach that a connection exhists between humanity and the Holy One.

Paul writes to the Roman church: “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you” -Romans 8:11 (NIV)

Paul writes to the Christian saints of Ephesus: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” -Ephesians  2:10 (NIV)

THE CONNECTION: Although God is not human, He did take on humanly flesh for the purpose of saving our lives. Second, Although humanity is not God, each and every single person carries a piece of God within him/her because humanity has been created in His image.

King David beautifully writes, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully        
                                                           made; your works are wonderful; I know that full well
-Psalm 119:14 (NIV)

To summarize, the previous statements are inapropriatley labeled as false, but can more appropriately be termed as incomplete. Am I right?!

So, what is the relevance of this connection?  Uh-mazing question.
I had been wrestling with the question and asking myself: What does it look like within my behaviors to fully embrace this connection in my everyday life?

1: I would have more GRACE and PATIENCE in sticky, conflicting situations.
2: I would uplift my fellow human in words and in actions instead of tearing him/her down.
3: I would have more GRACE and PATIENCE with myself.

The Fruits of the Spirit would easily flow through each and every one of us.

Our cups would runneth over!

Personally, I absolutely LOVE worship services. I stop and look around thinking, Woah. God you showed up big time ….in the flesh and spirit.

If you take anything away from this post, I pray that it’s a newfound view of your fellow God-made Human OR even yourself. They are not perfect. No-one is. They may have acted in an unjustifed and corrupt manner. We all have at some point in time.

Simply remember to activate the living spirit we have been graciously given!

. . . .AND

The difference between a sheep and a goat is treating your fellow human as if they were the Holy One himself ( this includes yourself as well! ).

LORD, Thank you for dying on the cross and defeating the grave in order to save us from ourselves. Thank you for loving us when we did not deserve it. I pray that you open our hearts and minds to your spirit’s calling. Give us the strength to see and treat each and every single human being as if they were a treasure. Fill us with grace, humility, and patience as we battle with our sinful flesh. Your’s is the VICTORY!

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~ Life Source ~

Picture this clearly with me. . . you wake up in the morning smiling and filled with joy to proceed with your day. Not only on this particular day, but you have been waking up feeling good since…well, you can’t even remember a day waking up with such feelings as frustration or depression.

Go with me here…

You do not have any anxiety or hesitancy to engage the people the Lord has placed in your life. You are motivated and fully energized to do what you love to do. Dare I call this ….your job.

Why? and How?

See, here is the truth. You logically ask “why?” and “how?” because we are living life here on Earth where sin has negatively infiltrated and infected the originally pure design of our Heavenly Father. The life you and I are completely familiar with is messy. It’s complicated. It’s certainly uncertain and goes by much like a speedy, wooden rollercoaster.

So, what is the purpose of me having you imagine this false, sugary world in your mind?
Your question is valid. We will get to my main point shortly. I promise.

I actually want you to revisit the scenario. Seriously digest the scenario with me.

Be realistic and figure two things in your own mind:

1) What makes your heart beat with confidence and joy?
2) What turns your day sour?

Recently, the Holy Sprit had me wrestled with these questions. What I discovered about myself is that my job gave me confidence and joy. I was proud to be working for the Department of Child Safety as a Case Manager. In my heart, I became arrogant and proud about my status. What the Lord graciously showed me is that my confidence and joy were placed in an unhealthy spot. My heart was not in a secure and promised place.

See, I am going to be honest here. If my heart was focused, grounded and centered on my Heavenly creator, I would not have been affected by the outward chaos associated with the job. He is secure and promised. Accordingly, then, the second question was immediately answered. My job caused me to be an emotional wreck simply because it never went according to plan.

You may or may not relate to what I am saying about how I placed my heart into my status at work. Don’t misunderstand me. I am not saying that you do not need to put an effort into your work or that you do not need to work at all. On the contrary, we are called to be good, diligent workers.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” ~ Colossians 3:23 (NIV)

My aim is to help us, especially professing Christ, realize the importance of examining what makes our hearts beat with life. We should sit down with ourselves and examine what motivates us to live our lives here on earth.

As our hearts give life to our bodies, so Jesus should give life to our spirits.

If we were completely honest in answering the two previous questions, we would find some things that we need to let go and set free. Things such as pride, greed, jealously, selfishness, and anger ultimately get in the way of us living our life as Christ intended.

Listen: Christ intended for us to wake up EVERYDAY full of joy, peace, and love in the midst of life’s storms and chaos.

*We cannot do that if our heart is in the wrong place*

Let me tell you, the world is filled with various things that fade away. As many have experienced; relationships end, food spoils, money is limited, clothing goes in and out of fashion, health deteriorates and people let us down.

The apostle John evidently knew the world was fading many, many years ago:

“The world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God remains forever” – 1 John 2:17 (NIV)

Therefore, our hearts should not beat because of things such as money, people, or statuses.

A wonderful psalmist by the name of David writes:

“Blessed is the one who does not walk in the step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
Or sit in the company of mockers
But whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers”
– Psalm 1: 1-2 (NIV)

My main point: Does your heart beat with Life?

If it’s currently hurt or damaged because you have allowed it to be centered and grounded on something that fades away, I challenge you to answer the Lord’s calling to give Him your Heart. I want to encourage you as well. The Lord is patiently waiting to be your healer and restore your strength, since He knows you have been beat up with struggles. I mean, we are only human, for goodness sake!

Allow him to be your source of Life.

Jesus teaches: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in to steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” ~ Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)

Piensalo bien, amigo (Think about it, friend)

Aren’t you sick of being sick and tired?
I know that I am….
. . . . . .GREATFUL that the Lord is more than powerful enough to be our strength and anchor in the midst of Life’s chaotic journey. He defeated DEATH in the flesh while 100%  God and 100% human.

He is more than qualified to help you overcome ANYTHING that this messed up life throws your way.

Amen.

So, to bring this message to full circle, the sugary world is ONLY POSSIBLE WITH CHRIST.
Realize this my friend: We CAN wake up EVERYDAY with joy, peace, and love in the midst of chaos if our hearts remain centered on CHRIST.

Life on Earth promises trails and uncertainty like a rollercoaster. However, CHRIST gives us the power to successfully withstand/overcome the adrenaline rushes 😉

See, our job as Christ Followers is to love ❤ others and only Christ’s spirit moves us to do our job successfully. If we aren’t connected to Jesus as our source, we need to truly figure out what we are connected to as our source.

Jesus told the Apostle Thomas “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” – John 14:6 (NIV)

What path are you currently on?
What truth do you currently believe?
What is your source of Life?

John explains creation “In Him [Jesus] was life; and the life was the light of all mankind” – John 1:4 (NIV)

Is your light on, or are you down and out?

Con mi amor ❤ ❤

Just another broken sister in Christ on the path towards recovery,
Frances

Lord, I pray for healing and restoration at this time for the one who is reading this. Help them properly examine their hearts. Breathe life into the current situation. Guide them towards repentance and break the chains that hold them back from living the life you intended. Enough is enough. We place our hearts in YOUR HANDS now. Be our source of Life, Lord. Open the heavens with the power to move forward from the situation and allow us the strength to continue to worship you in the midst of the storm. Thank you for defeating the grave. Thank you for your grace and mercy when we do not deserve it. Thank you for your word, Lord. Truth is spoken and yours is the victory. Help us to rest on that truth.

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