REACHING GOALS

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The little grey squirrel ran through my garden toting a large peanut shell in its mouth.  Inside lay the morsel that the creature had diligently sought.  It had hunted for a while but found what it wanted.  It had achieved its goal.  Food.  An essential, needed to guarantee life.

“Seek and you shall find” the Bible states.  (Matthew 7:7) NIV

Of course, the search that we are directed to make, in this instance, is meant to be for God.  The giver of spiritual life.  Squirrels on the other hand, have a dogged determination to never give up on their own particular goal: To find food, no matter how long it takes.

Sin in our lives can be equally determined. We encounter addictions; wants; temptations and more, ignoring the fact that these seek to destroy rather than to nourish.

Nevertheless, a common denominator is persistence.  Sin will find a weak mind or spirit and possess it.  Whereas the food sought by God’s critter nourishes.

We often cannot tell the difference until it is too late.

We need the mastery, and determination of God’s creatures.  They must achieve their goal.  They must win at all costs – or die.

We too must choose to win, because if we give up and give in to sin, we will die.  Oh, not necessarily physically, but definitely morally and spiritually.

We must remember that sin does not seek to nourish.  Its goal and purpose is to destroy.

What goals do you have today?  I do hope they are uplifting and nourishing, and not destructive.

Philippians 3:14 (NIV)   I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Patricia

Debunk the Junk

Psalm 51:10  –  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  (NKJV)

Whenever I check my emails, I see numerous messages of indeterminate nature in the Junk Box!  It doesn’t matter how often I ‘Sweep’ them away or ‘Block’ them, there are still more to replace them the next time I look.  Even the titles of some of these messages make my skin ‘crawl’ and I wish I could completely block them from coming into my ‘box’ – but it is already set on the highest screening available and it is obviously inadequate to deal with the influx of ‘mindless garbage’ that still manages to filter through.

Junk mail reminds me of sin.  It is insidious and ever-flowing.  It respects no boundaries and can be difficult to eliminate from our lives.  It manifests itself in words, actions, deceptions and distractions of all kinds and seeps into our lives, despite our meager efforts to block it.

The best and most effective way to clean it up is to call upon God – give it to Him and trust Him for all we’re worth. When we receive Jesus into our lives, He gives us His Holy Spirit, who then equips us for the life-long battle of discerning good from bad and right from wrong. Often in ways that we would not have recognized or been willing to utilize before that. God’s intervention is the only way to totally clean up our lives. Giving control of everything to Him on a daily basis causes our words, thoughts, and actions to change – they are cleaned up and made acceptable. The junk will not vanish from our lives but we’ll become better equipped and wiser in our efforts to recognize it and seek God’s forgiveness and power to change will become natural to us.

 Isaiah 1:16-17   “Wash yourselves”, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes.  Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice. Rebuke the oppressor.  (NKJV)

In other words, stop doing wrong, however insignificant it might seem!  God sees and knows all our rights and wrongs – and as always, right is right and wrong is always wrong!

 Prayer:  Father, there are so many lurid distractions around us.  So many people spend their lives sending out obnoxious or irrelevant messages, attempting to trap innocent and naïve minds. Help us to be guided in Your Ways by Your Word.  Each time sin ‘pops up’, let us be able to block it from our lives, keeping our minds, bodies and spirits pure and unpolluted from the refuse and gossip of the internet and the world!  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Patricia Day

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