Being Poured Out

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I’ve often read Philippians and know that chapter 2 presents the Jesus model. The Jesus model shows us what He did to free us and have this everlasting life.

I felt I need an image to get my arms around what Jesus did for me. This morning I was in chapter 2 again and I saw it–the image that I needed. In verse 17, Paul says he is being “poured out” as a drink offering for the enlargement of the faith of the Philippians. That’s it!! The Jesus model has the same imagery for me as I look back to verses 5-11. Jesus poured Himself out. He sacrificed all to come to earth for us. He gave up position and power and made Himself lowly. He is the ultimate model of humility. This model we emulate by pouring ourselves out for Him and others.

A brother of mine recently wrote: “I am desiring to pour out what I am. I want to be desperate not only for what dwells with in me, but what dwells in others. I want to impact others, I want to be significant, I want to count.”

We, like Paul, pour ourselves out for the sake of another’s faith. Jesus poured Himself out for a billion people who inhabit the planet right now and who name His Name. He gave up all of Heaven and journeyed to earth so that we might know Him and the Father.

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Atheism then and Atheism now

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Yes, atheism is nothing new. The Apostle Peter spoke to them in one of his letters.

4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men
but in the sight of God chosen and precious,

5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house,
to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices
acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

This is our calling–to be, become a part of the spiritual house that God is building. We are so honored to be a part of what He is building. We are the priesthood, offering sacrifices within and without, in our hearts and in the communities around us. More

Perpetua

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Many have died. What are you willing to do?

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All This Time

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This is one that so many of us can relate to. Do you deal with fears, broken dreams, even pride. Hear this story. I believe we all can find ourselves in Britt’s story.

KNOW HE has been with you all this time!!!

Make Me Glad

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The Lord has made me glad!

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God of the Broken

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We are the broken. God restores us to Himself.

Tides Go Out and the Tides Come In

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Being on the sound, as in the Port Royal Sound by the sea, makes me more appreciative of how life was meant to be lived. The sound makes the tides of the ocean more obvious to me. On the ocean side we see the tides change the water levels but because of the bigger waves coming and going constantly, the change in tides are less obvious.

Life cycles like the tides. Buddha didn’t conceive that first, God did.

The tide goes out. Life and it’s circumstances hands us difficulty, pain, trial, and more. Jesus followers have been given the gifts to handle the difficulty. We are more than conquerors through Christ. Every good and perfect gift comes down from above. The weapons of our warfare and not earthly. We put on our armor to fight and defend.
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Embrace His Grace and Your Weaknesses

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Here are two women’s and God’s take on Weakness. You can be changed if you realistically face what is inside of you and let it out.

Thank you Sheri. Yes, let’s let God shine and He will even through our weaknesses. Our faith is made perfect in weakness.

I was horrified to receive this gift in front of a group of strangers. But God has truly started to change my perspective on how much I need to practice this gift in my life. A world that is hurting does not need you and me to look perfect. In fact, the lie of that perfection is discouraging and unrelatable. Instead, this gift is like a magnet for someone looking for the only One who is flawless in His strength and power.

Join me for day two of God’s Amazing Gifts!

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

 
Jason Gray — The Virtues of Weakness

More from Sheri Rose Shepherd on her weakness:

I have dyslexia. I used to wonder why God would call me to write books but give me a learning disorder. I may be the only author who has written more books than I have ever read. I only type ten words a minute. There have been many moments I wanted to quit doing what I am called to do because of my weaknesses. But grace is the power to do something bigger than you could ever do on your own.

Today I see God trusted me with a learning disorder.

To be honest, I find great comfort in hearing about all the weaknesses of His chosen ones in the Word, especially in the apostle Paul’s writing in 2 Corinthians 12:9.

I love that Paul was highly educated, smart in every way, yet even Paul found his weaknesses and then talked about God working through his weaknesses, not his strengths.

I wasted most of my life trying to build my confidence with what I accomplished or how I looked. Although we may have good intentions, our goal is to feel good about ourselves. Eventually that confidence fades and we find ourselves needing something more to feel good again.

It’s a wonderful feeling to get a new job, a new haircut, or new outfit―these things can make us feel confident on the surface. But what we have accomplished if we build our own confidence and build nothing for Gods kingdom on earth?

The only way to conquer our insecurities is to allow God to become all we need to feel secure. Let’s embrace our weaknesses, knowing that He is strong where we are weak and that He shows His power through us when we learn to embrace His powerful grace and look at ourselves through heaven’s eyes.

Only then will we be given the key to unlock the door to our destiny and that that God–confidence will be passed on to your children and grandchildren.

Starting today, Lets STOP putting ourselves down for what we are not, and grab hold of who we are in Christ and get out of God’s way so He can do something great through us!

A Prayer to God

Dear God,

In the precious name of Jesus, I pray you will embrace your weaknesses and become confident in Christ alone. I pray that God alone will define your purpose. May the realities of heaven become your foremost motivator–not the things of earth. I pray that as you draw your confidence from Him that He will use you to accomplish effective and everlasting things for His Kingdom. In His name, Amen.

Treasure of Truth

Sometimes our God disables us to enable us. We can do more in His strength than we could ever do on our own.

What God is to Us

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The Bible shows us that God is faithful and that He is with us every step of the way. This video is based on these scriptures: Deuteronomy 31:8, Psalm 34:18, Ephesians 3:18-19, John 3:16, Romans 10:9, Romans 8:38-39.

 

The Great King David

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We were meant for more than this! God meant you and I for greatness. God meant King David for greatness. However, King David had to go a very dark road before he sees the greatness God had for him. He goes through periods where his heart is “gone,” more than broken. He finally gets to deep humility and repentance. Then The Lord raises him up.

His life is the role model for us

We are in deep valleys at times. We do deeds we must repent of. We experience the humility and deep repentance. Then Jesus raises us up to walk with Him to new heights and we move into more of His plan and our role, our assignment.

I just read II Samuel 11: 1-4. I can’t believe how quickly Evil (including David’s distorted desires and lusts) took David down.

Our enemy often comes to us through unfulfilled desires such as honor, affirmation, intimacy, comfort, and physical touch. He then deceives us into believing that his way will fulfill those unmet desires, and we move into a distortion of our true masculine and feminine strength and succumb. More

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