Face Time

Survival comes alot easier behind a mask, and have you noticed that there is a mask for every ocassion? Know matter how you really feel, regardless of the truth, we become skilled at keeping our guard up. No full disclosure. We feel safe. What we lack  in honesty, we make up for in pseudosecurity. For instance, if we wear an, “I’m tough” mask, we do not have to worry about admitting how anxious, worried and frightened we actually are.

There is just one problem in this mask wearing game… it isn’t real. It promotes phony-baloney, make-a-good-impression attitude instead of honest realism that relieves and frees. The longer we do it, the better we become at it. The result? Distance.

People, we need people! Relationships that we can be comfortable to share our feelings, hopes and dreams in an unguarded manner, and hammer out life goals.

Unmask and parade the truth.  It is time to show our authenticity. It’s face time!  20180118_153530

Adapted from The Inspirational Writings of Charles Swindoll

 

 

 

 

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Here I am Lord, I surrender

cropped-women-of-grace.jpgComplete Surrender

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The ❤ of worship is complete surrender so why is it so hard for us to do? As I look back upon experiences of my own life, I find three obstacles that have blocked my total surrender to God: fear, pride and disobedience (which only leads to confusion).

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Fear has no place within me or you as a believer in Christ because God’s Word tells us and has shown us in John 3:16-For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Also, in 1 John 4:18, the Word of God says, There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. Why, fear when Jesus cared so much about every detail our lives? 🤔 Ponder that for a moment. His love for us was indeed complete surrender, and in His surrender is our Salvation.

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Ahh, pride! The spiritual snare of the enemy.  Pride is our unwillingness to admit that we have limitations and are not in control. Pride keeps blinders over our 👀.  Pride keeps us from seeing that we serve an unlimited God who is ALWAYS in control and we are NOT.  Pride again, keeps you and I from trusting WHOLEHEARTEDLY in our blessed Redeemer who has shown His deep, unfailing love for us.

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Disobedience best defined would be fear and pride in submitting to God’s authority and will for our lives. Disobedience is also confusion, because just as in the garden of Eden, our adversary, Satan wants us to believe that we too can be like God and have the power to control EVERY aspect of our lives. Not so. Satan is a deceiver and a liar. We are confused if we BELIEVE his lies.

Surrender is best demonstrated in obedience to God, and we know that we have fully surrendered when we rely on Him to work in ALL situations, circumstances and trials without trying to manipulate that control through our own will. Complete surrender is finding scripture for EVERY area of circumstance in life, reading it, meditating on it, speaking it and applying always. Faithfully. Complete surrender is like Jesus in Luke 22:42 (whether it be sickness, disease, addiction, finances, relationship, etc; you and I say as Jesus did): Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.