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Four Steps in Reconciling with God

If you’re trying to step out in faith and experience reconciliation with God (and His bride, the church), then get ready for Him to lift one heavy load from your shoulders. This is what I believe the Holy Spirit is asking you to do in this very moment.

You know who you are.

First, you must forgive the person in the church who caused you the pain. No matter how much they’ve hurt you (and even if you don’t want to forgive them), ask the Lord Jesus to help you to forgive them. Be honest with the Lord. Let Him know how hurt you’ve been (you’re not going to tell Him anything He doesn’t already know), and openly express what you’re feeling today. Your heart is important, beloved. Suppressing these hurt feelings only creates more hurt feelings. Because you are made in the image of God (designed with the need to express oneself), and have emotions (just as He does), you can no longer deny what your heart is desperate to express.

“Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” Colossians 3:13

“So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24

“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” Romans 12:14-18

To believe nothing is wrong is deception (in the form of denial) with a shiny red bow.

Confront it for what it is. If you’re angry, let God know you’re angry. If you’re hurt and sad, let Him know that, too. Walk in truth beloved, no matter how much it hurts. This is the day for you to get real with Jesus. Stop hiding. If you’re ready to fully forgive, then let it go. Forgive that person. Not because they deserve it (just as we don’t deserve it), but because He does and you’re ready to move on with your life.

“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

Secondly, ask God to forgive you for your sin. If you are wondering how you have sinned since you were the victim, remember that we are never justified to hate someone. We don’t have special permission to hold prolonged anger, bitterness, or resentment towards others, even if we aren’t to blame.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:19

We are responsible for our actions, including how we respond to sin.

Many Christians fail to realize this, but it is very biblical for us to love our enemies. This is why Jesus says all the commandments are fulfilled in love.

“Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14

Thirdly, after you have asked Jesus to help you forgive this person and to forgive you of your sin, then ask the Holy Spirit to fill in your heart with God’s love, peace, and healing to replace the anger, hatred, and resentment. Replace the hurt with good. Replace the lies with God’s truth. Ask the Lord to help you see this person the way He sees them. This will soften your heart and keep you from meditating on thoughts that produce division, pride, and death.

“Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.” 1 Corinthians 4:5

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-6

Allow me to comfort you with this truth: If the person truly knew what they were doing, they probably wouldn’t have done it.

Oftentimes, we hold people to unrealistically high-standards that they can never reach. May we emulate the attitude of Jesus when he declared, hanging on a cross, “Forgive them for they know not what they do.”

“And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.” Luke 23:24

Lastly, recommit yourself to God. Declare Jesus as your Lord and Savior and ask Him to help you live a life of truth and righteousness. Ask Him to help you. He will do it. Ask Him to strengthen you and guide you. He will do it. Ask Him to draw close to you. He will do it. As the perfect gentleman, Jesus appears in places where He is welcomed. But, He won’t refuse an invitation. If you’re asking Him to show up, He will.

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” Psalms 34:8

“For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” Romans 5:10

In closing, here’s a quick recap: Ask God to help you forgive the person who has hurt you. Forgive them. Ask God to forgive you of your sin. Then forgive yourself. Ask God to fill any void in your heart with His love and truth, filling any area where this person/situation once lived . Walk in that truth. Truth sets you free, so you will no longer be under that yolk of oppression. Then meditate on His word daily, beloved. He will be faithful.

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Avoid the Pitfalls of Pride

Although this post is tough for me to write, I believe it is necessary. Perhaps it will cultivate a deeper sense of humility for me, or it may exhort your individual hearts to learn from my mistakes. Today I am writing about pride, my own personal struggle with pride.

“I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.” Romans 7:15 NLT

In June 2012, the Lord and I took a morning stroll next to a quaint and gentle stream to talk about my upcoming year as a 29 year old. As a birthday tradition, I try to reserve a small amount of time to hang out with Jesus and hear His heart for the upcoming year. While we talked, Jesus began sharing some incredible, mind-boggling visions concerning my upcoming future, a future that He was calling me into within the next several years.

In all honesty, the specifics He shared were hard for me to grasp as reality, so I eagerly requested that He share more. Yet, as my loving Father, He instead spoke cautionary words that pierced my innermost parts as convicting, powerful truth concerning my sinful nature: “Beware of pride, Christy. Protect yourself against it and you will be incredibly fruitful.”

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3 NIV

“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,and do not resent his rebuke,because the Lord disciplines those he loves,as a father the son he delights in.” Proverbs 3:11-12 NIV

Essentially, He was telling me that a prideful spirit is an unteachable spirit. And that is dangerous, beloved.

Allow me to share with you what Jesus has shared with me about some mistakes I have been prone to making over the past several weeks:

1. As His beloved, if we ever approach individuals with the intent to change them (forcefully pushing our own agenda) rather than carefully listening to them, we will come across as controlling, manipulative, and arrogant. We must be proactively gentle and lowly in heart. Pride is harsh and condemning, while humility is gentle and kind.

“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” Philippians 2:3-7

2. If we’re convinced that we know everything, but someone else tries to relate some new knowledge or understanding to us, we can become defensive (or lofty) and reply with what amounts to a counterattack. We treat what should be a respectful conversation as an intense debate. We become slow to listen and quick to speak. When our hearts aren’t open to learning (or even just hearing what others have to share, regardless of whether we agree with it), we are welcoming pride by esteeming our own thoughts or opinions higher than theirs.

Do we believe that Jesus would do this to us? Just cut us off in mid-sentence because what we’re saying is contrary to His truth? I don’t think so – Jesus is gentle and respectful (even when He’s right and we’re wrong).

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.” Proverbs 12:15

“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.” Proverbs 18:2

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

Perhaps the most devastating result of this example is that we aren’t open to growth through learning. We could have possibly matured from someone else’s wisdom, but instead we push people away. In turn, that person feels devalued since they cannot openly share their opinion in an open and  relaxed environment.

3. Sometimes, we can boast about ministerial, corporate, or leadership accomplishments through the cover of false humility (we may try to excuse by saying something like, “It’s all because of Jesus”). When this happens, we are actually filling a place within our hearts with the approval of people, which is insignificant eternally. Personally, I’m guilty of leveraging arrogance (the prideful act of glorifying my own talents and experiences) to win the approval of man (A.K.A. – the fear of man).

When we do struggle to be noticed, we can sin as we turn our affection away from the Holy One. Yet, we do not need to act this way. None of us actually have anything to boast about because everything good has come from God. And people serving in ministry (or any capacity) especially need to guard their hearts against this.

“As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.” James 4:16

“For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?” 1 Corinthians 4:7

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Your purpose will never lie in what you do; it’s in what Jesus has done. And your work will never give you significance or identity; Christ has given you your identity. This mindset requires the intentional choice of meditating on His truth daily.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17

Join me tomorrow as I share what the Lord has specifically taught me about keeping my heart purposefully humble. Have a blessed day, beloved. Thank you for reading His Daily Dose today!

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How Knowledge Can Prevent You From Getting Sick

Illness is a paradox. It’s something that can often be prevented, yet at the same time it’s also inevitable. Upon entering our bodies, it leaves many of us feeling helpless, lonely, and often deeply discouraged.

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Because we live in a broken world, with imperfect bodies, we are bound to catch some sort of infection at least once in our lives. And because of this, I believe it is incredibly wise to prepare for these unannounced intruders.

“The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.” Proverbs 22:3

Our body’s defense against illness is our immune system, and its strength or weakness will determine whether we contract an infection or allow a disease to slowly develop within our bodies. 

There are two types of diseases we will become familiar with in today’s discussion. But, the probability of preventing these diseases increases significantly with a healthy immune system – one that is nourished daily with the proper intake of vitamins and minerals from diet.

Two Types of Disease

I. Infectious diseases are diseases caused by the entry of microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi) into the body through contact, food, water, or vectors (carrier) such as mosquitoes. Examples of these are the flu, common cold, AIDS, malaria, tapeworms, and typhoid fever. These still serve as the primary cause of death in women and children around the world, predominately in underdeveloped countries where malnourishment is prevalent.

II. Chronic diseases are diseases that are of long duration and generally slow progression. Examples of chronic diseases are heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes. According to the World Health Organization, these account for 63% of all deaths around the world, and each of these are directly linked to poor diet.

The Response of the Immune System

Once these foreign substances enter into the cells of our bodies, the immune system generates responses known as antigens. These serve as indicators screaming “foreign invader” and marking where the white blood cells should attack.

It’s important to understand how our bodies operate in the face of conflict, so that we can understand how to effectively aid our bodies. 

“An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” Proverbs 18:15

Out of the 100 trillion cells in the human body, 1 out of every 100 is a white blood cell. There are two types of white blood cells that dominate the body’s defense system:

Lymphocytes and Phagocytes

Phagocytes: These are first to arrive on the scene. Once they recognize the antigen marker on the foreign substance, they engulf it and digest it. If you’ve ever played the game pacman, you’ll understand what I am saying. When the immune system is strong (due to the intake of proper nutrients), this entire process operates at a much quicker pace. This is often why some people can recover from illness quicker than others.

Lymphocytes (B-Cells and T-Cells): These cells work synergistically with the phagocytes to destroy pathogenic (harmful) substances. The B-Cells produce antibodies (highly specialized ammunition for the antigen marking the attacking foreign invader) which adhere to foreign substances and completely destroy them. The T-cells are also highly specific cells as they can only attack one type of antigen. These are incredible fighters against microbe-causing infections. A great example is the flu. If you have contracted one strain of the flu virus, after a period of time, the T-cells memorize the strain, so if you were to catch it again, there would be no delay in assassinating the foreigner intruder. This is absolutely incredible.

Do you see why it is vitally important that we keep our bodies strong? Our bodies are fighting for us; shouldn’t we also fight for them? Is it not loving to give our cells what they need to fight and protect us from harmful diseases?

Let’s just stop and think about that for a moment.

One important factor to understand when it comes to our immune systems’ response to infection is inflammation. This occurs in both acute (short term) and chronic (long term) infection.

Let me explain a bit further. When you are stung by a bee and the poison enters into your blood stream, the blood supply is increased. Blood vessels become more permeable, which permits white blood cells rush to the site (as explained above). As the phagocytes consume the microbes, oxidative products (waste) such as hydrogen peroxide are released, and the area swells. After a short time, the body rids itself of the toxins and then the inflammation goes down. This is a beautiful thing. Acute inflammation is healthy. And this is the reason why consuming antioxidant-rich foods is so healthy.

However, when chronic inflammation, the body is in a prolonged state of crisis (often due to diet or inherited factors) and toxins are not flushed out. This can lead to the aforementioned chronic diseases that include coronary heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Foods To Empower The Immune System:

Yogurt – Believe it or not, this yummy treat isn’t just for strengthening your bones. It also contains probiotics (live strains of good bacteria) that keep your intestinal track clear of disease-causing microbes. Lactobacillus reuteri is specifically known for its ability to stimulate white blood cell activity.

Garlic – This is a relative of the onion that contains allicin, an ingredient that acts like an antibiotic in fighting infection and bacteria. Research suggests that garlic lovers who consume more than six cloves a week have a 30% lower rate of colorectal cancer and a 50% lower rate of stomach cancer. Talk about being proactive.

Fish – Salmon, mackerel, and herring are rich in omega-3 fats (essential fats), which act as anti-inflammatories, aid the formation of cell membranes, and decrease high blood pressure.

Green Tea – Both black and green tea (including decaf) contain an amino acid known as L-theanine, which stimulates the immune system. Green tea also carries a high content of flavonoids (plant-derived antioxidants). According to the Harvard Medical School, green tea is the best food source of catechins (an anti-oxidant). In test tubes, catechins are more powerful than vitamins C and E in halting oxidative damage to cells and appear to have other disease-fighting properties. Studies have found an association between consuming green tea and a reduced risk for several cancers, including skin, breast, lung, colon, esophageal, and bladder.

Mushrooms – Just a handful of these tasty fungi can increase the production and activity of white blood cells, which is especially great when fighting an infection. They are also rich in dietary fibers, including those associated with lowering cholesterol (chitin) and healthy hearts (beta-glutan). You can add these in your pasta, salads, or scrambled eggs.

Apples – Red apples contain an antioxidant called quercetin, and recent studies have shown that quercetin can increase and fortify your immune system, especially when your body feels stressed. The skin of apples contain a phenolic compound that prevents cholesterol from solidifying on your artery walls.
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