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Live the spirit
by Brian Leshley
03/23/10
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Appreciate the life you have been given. Most of us go through the grind of everyday and reject the idea that this is a GIFT. God provided us the gift of life and we are less than appreciative, sometimes wasting hours doing meaningless things, life playing video games, drinking and doing drugs.

At the end of life is when we look back and say, ‘I wish I knew then what I know now!” Amazing that if we had faith in God we would have lived a much different life. How much more fulfilling is our life when we are living for God? Scripture states, “Ask and it shall be given.” Have faith that even though your prayer may take time, it will be answered. God is wonderful and He has a plan for you.

Before you were born, God knew you. What an awesome thought, almost too much to bear, if you think about it. However, this is a comforting thought as well.

Our job is to become the best possible versions of ourselves we can become. We have a seeming daunting task, in light of all that is thrown at us. Our human nature is to take the path of least resistance. We choose to give in to temptation very easily. We break the rules when no one is looking. Even fudging on our diet is cheating a little, and it feels good for a while, until guilt sets in, then we berate ourselves.

He wants the best for us all we must do is open our eyes. We, as God’s children, should seek a personal relationship with Jesus. His grace and love are more than enough to assist us in becoming the best possible version we can become.

What can we do to become better versions of ourselves? We can really become honest with ourselves in key characteristics, such as integrity, honesty, patience and love. Our purpose is to come to Jesus to seek truth.

Our lot in life is not perfection, leave that to Jesus. God knows we are not perfect, in that He stated He died for us, “while we were yet sinners.” (Romans 5:8 (KJV)) This makes us already, by definition, imperfect and yet He still loves us.

Imperative, though, is the reminder that while we were once sinners, we must be aware of our sinful nature. We are requested by the spirit to exercise discipline and follow the two most important rules of God: 1) Love the Lord, your God, and 2) Love your neighbor as He has loved you.

In order to love others we must love ourselves. In order to love ourselves we must improve and deepen our love for God, as well as to cultivate a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. This must be done daily through meditation and prayer, on the words and voice of God, not just on Sunday morning.

That which we consume is that which we become. If we choose unhealthy consumption then we will become unhealthy. Lead yourself through the word of God. Drink deeply of the living spirit through the word, daily. Trust His plan for you and He will lead your way.

Be careful to read God’s word with all your heart, that way you will recognize the signature of God in your daily life and activities. You will be able to make Christ centered decisions when it comes to career choices, parenting and marriage strengthening. Your path will become clearer through a centered education in God.

I hope you do well in your day, today and every day. I praise God for you and pray for your enlightenment in Christ today. He loves you even though you feel unworthy. Seek to become a better version of yourself through the words and the spirit.

Bio: Brian has written his poetry book, Poetry for Browsing, a collection of poems. The book may be purchased at www.publishamerica.net.

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Sunny Loomis  25 Mar 2010
Very good reminders. Thank you.




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