Loving the World too much?

I was once asked: ” how do you stay true yourself/ the world while staying true to God?”

You can’t.

This world is temporary. The things of this world are temporary. Our very human bodies are temporary. We are here on God’s assignment.

I think the real question is who are you trying to please? God or man?

Are we distracted and focusing on temporal things or are we having faith and focusing on eternity ?

You will never receive the gift of the Holy Spirit if you’re loving the world too earnestly.

I like to breakdown this topic into a few questions:

  1. Are you invested in wealth or character?

Wealth

Matthew 6: 19-21 (NIV) says:

Treasures in Heaven

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Character

Matthew 7: 21-23 NIV says:

True and False Disciples

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven,but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

My friend G recently shared with me that one of the most important thing we must do is focus on developing the character of Jesus above anything else.

       2.  Are you seeking life or death?

1 Timothy 4:8 says:

” For boldly exercise profits a little, bit godliness is profitable for all the things having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come”

Godliness, is a characteristic that gives life and is profitable to all things. Doing God’s will and living for Him, following His word, His commandments, reading and meditating on His Word and spending time with Him — these things lead to LIFE

The more you seek God the more you become focused on His will and purpose on this earth – the more you realize that the things of this world are temporary.

Luke 21:33 NKJV says:

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

Matthew 5:18 NLT says:

I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved.

2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV says:

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Reading these above verses, I understand that nothing else will add value to my life except for the fear and love of the Lord. 

Mark 8:36-38 NLT says:

“And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels”

Living for the world means we have compromised our faith. Compromising our faith means that at some point we push Jesus to the side to serve our own flesh.

Can you imagine if Jesus pushed us aside?

I know that I do not have to compromise my faith and go against the will of God in order to live a joyful and good life.

How many times have we changed an instruction for the sake of compromise and comfort?

How many times have you sold your soul for the sake of a little worldly pleasure here and there?

James 4:3-5 NLT says:

“And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure. You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning? They say that God is passionate that the spirit he has placed within us should be faithful to him.”

Today, I dare you to be rare in a world full of compromise.

Be faithful to God.

lots of ❤️,

The Graced Citizen

Psalm 130

Have you cried out to the Lord lately?

After you cried out and prayed, do you trust and wait on the Lord with His eternal glory?

Psalm 130 

A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.

From the depths of despair, O Lord,
    I call for your help.
Hear my cry, O Lord.
    Pay attention to my prayer.

Lord, if you kept a record of our sins,
    who, O Lord, could ever survive?
But you offer forgiveness,
    that we might learn to fear you.

I am counting on the Lord;
    yes, I am counting on him.
    I have put my hope in his word.
I long for the Lord
    more than sentries long for the dawn,
    yes, more than sentries long for the dawn.

O Israel, hope in the Lord;
    for with the Lord there is unfailing love.
    His redemption overflows.
He himself will redeem Israel
    from every kind of sin.

Prayer Life

Recently I’ve spent some time reading the book of Daniel and Daniel’s Prayer.

Daniel Chapter 9: 1-19 (NLT) says:

“It was the first year of the reign of Darius the Mede, the son of Ahasuerus, who became king of the Babylonians. During the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, learned from reading the word of the Lord, as revealed to Jeremiah the prophet, that Jerusalem must lie desolate for seventy years. So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and fasting. I also wore rough burlap and sprinkled myself with ashes. I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed: “O Lord, you are a great and awesome God! You always fulfill your covenant and keep your promises of unfailing love to those who love you and obey your commands. But we have sinned and done wrong. We have rebelled against you and scorned your commands and regulations. We have refused to listen to your servants the prophets, who spoke on your authority to our kings and princes and ancestors and to all the people of the land. “Lord, you are in the right; but as you see, our faces are covered with shame. This is true of all of us, including the people of Judah and Jerusalem and all Israel, scattered near and far, wherever you have driven us because of our disloyalty to you. O Lord, we and our kings, princes, and ancestors are covered with shame because we have sinned against you. But the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him. We have not obeyed the Lord our God, for we have not followed the instructions he gave us through his servants the prophets. All Israel has disobeyed your instruction and turned away, refusing to listen to your voice. “So now the solemn curses and judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured down on us because of our sin. You have kept your word and done to us and our rulers exactly as you warned. Never has there been such a disaster as happened in Jerusalem. Every curse written against us in the Law of Moses has come true. Yet we have refused to seek mercy from the Lord our God by turning from our sins and recognizing his truth. Therefore, the Lord has brought upon us the disaster he prepared. The Lord our God was right to do all of these things, for we did not obey him. “O Lord our God, you brought lasting honor to your name by rescuing your people from Egypt in a great display of power. But we have sinned and are full of wickedness. In view of all your faithful mercies, Lord, please turn your furious anger away from your city Jerusalem, your holy mountain. All the neighboring nations mock Jerusalem and your people because of our sins and the sins of our ancestors. “O our God, hear your servant’s prayer! Listen as I plead. For your own sake, Lord, smile again on your desolate sanctuary. “O my God, lean down and listen to me. Open your eyes and see our despair. See how your city—the city that bears your name—lies in ruins. We make this plea, not because we deserve help, but because of your mercy. “O Lord, hear. O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen and act! For your own sake, do not delay, O my God, for your people and your city bear your name.””

One of the reasons I was led to start Daniel, first and foremost because I wanted to improve my prayer life.

Some days it’s a struggle. “Dear Lord, thank you for so and so. Amen”

Then some days we talk all night and morning.

Some days – not so much. Let’s just read a Psalm!

So as you probably figured out by now… consistency was seriously lacking and I wanted to improve. Praying is how I get to speak to The Most High, the Great I am, my Daddy, my Maker…. my Everything. So in no way shape or form should that area be “wishy- washy”.

I needed to change my prayer life. I yearned a healthy prayer life.

So, I learned a lot by studying Daniel and his prayer life.

1. Daniel’s foremost lifestyle choice was a decision to pray and give thanks to God. He was always quick to seek the Lord FIRST and wise counsel AFTER.

2. Daniel reverenced the Lord..

3. Daniel pleaded with God through prayer and fasting. Prayer and fasting always seem to go hand in hand. Verse 3 says: “So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and fasting”

4. Daniel always thanked God for his goodness and mercy and praised His great name. He always praised God for the revelations of His wisdom.

5. Daniel made request to the Lord. Before the request were made, he prayed confessing his sins and spoke of God’s promises.

6. Daniel was a feverent prayer. He prayed with belief and knowledge. The Dictionary.com defines “feverent” as : having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm, etc.

7. Daniel was committed to hearing and knowing God’s word despite any circumstance.

8. Daniel remained within the will of God.

After studying a few chapters of this book I quickly realized that when I pray, I talk to God but when I read God’s word, God talks to me. In order to hear God’s voice after I pray my “listening” skills would need to improve, so will my “conversation” skills with Jesus would too.

I finally got it, Prayer is a conversation with God. It’s an ongoing thing. Something that doesn’t have to be over thought out or overly planned. I simply just had to reverently and openly come before my Father and lay it all out. It’s about relationship

Why do we find it so hard to do some days?

Do you guys struggle with this sometimes ?

Let me know!

lots of love,

The Graced Citizen

Battle Size

Can I be honest?

I’ve been seeking the Holy Spirit about a blog post and I got nothing!

Last night, I started a whole post on “forgiveness” … this morning just as I was almost finished to post for my usual 8:30am/ 9 am Tuesday post time… I felt the Holy Spirit “not yet”

👀👀👀👀👀👀👀 not yet?? But I stayed up last night and got up early thing morning to post this whole thing Jesus!

So after dying to the flesh, reminding myself that these post aren’t about me and when and what I choose to post …….I stopped. Got still.

And it’s just now scrolling through my phone notes at 3:15 pm I stopped at:

” The size of your battle confirms the size of your anointing” – (Allyson Rowe)

and then James 1:2-4 came to mind:

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”

How many times do we discount our anointing because the battle gets hard?

Are we selling our birthright like Esau? ( Genesis 25: 29-34)

How many times in the midst of our endurance do we just give up?

How many times do we really go all the way around that mountain to find an “easier” way out?

How many times do we ignore the true calling on our life because the battle isn’t as easy as we expected?

” The size of your battle confirms the size of your anointing”

Do you know that means? You’ve been chosen! Chosen to fulfill a God-given anointed purpose.

1 Thessalonians 1:4-5 TPT says:

“Dear brothers and sisters, you are dearly loved by God and we know that he has chosen you to be his very own. For our gospel came to you not merely in the form of words but in mighty power infused with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. Surely you remember how we lived our lives transparently before you to encourage you.”

Even in the midst of the very difficult and long battles, I am confident that our Lord is faithful with keeping His promises. Even in the midst of the hardest or most silent battle. I know if God says he will do it it will be done. He never fails yet. Not only does He never fail, His timing is impeccable. Even when we think it’s time to give up, or trade up or anointing because it gets rough….it’s just not up to us to try to make things happen we need to be patient and trust His will.

2 Peter 3:9 NLT says:

“The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”

Declare in the battle: I trust God too much to GIVE UP!

” The size of your battle confirms the size of your anointing”

Allyson Rowe

☝🏾 ( check out her video on this 🔥)

Persevere fellow Sister / Brother in Christ

lots of love,

Dayna

(The Graced Citizen)