Seeing life's events in the light of God's Word.

Transformation: On the Inside

Romans 12: 2a- “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

A new prescription pill is on the market, targeting individuals with mental issues. I perked up when I heard these words: “You cannot change what goes on in the world, but you can change what goes on inside you.” (Perhaps not a perfect quote because I wrote it down later).

As believers, we can change a lot of what goes on inside us. Developing the daily habit of prayer and spending time in the Word are key to “renewing our mind.”

And we must guard our hearts and minds. That’s a matter of monitoring what goes into us—the visual, oral, and auditory.

Movies. Conversation. Music. Books.

It’s been over fifteen years ago that I began to listen exclusively to Christian radio. Now, granted many of the secular songs on the radio are beautiful and there is nothing wrong with them, per se. However, I found that often the commercials and commentary were often chocked full of negativism and sexist remarks that I knew held the potential for keeping my mind off things “above.” 

Over the years, I have developed a “filter,” making it possible for me to “guard my heart and mind.” The Holy Spirit has changed my mind and my desires, just as Christ promised.

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Seasons To Fill Our Hearts With Joy

Acts 14:17- “Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.”

Springtime in Arizona is gloriously beautiful, although both the morning and mid-afternoon sun make for brutal driving conditions. This year, we are also experiencing unprecedented winds.

Other parts of the country have met with heavy rains, flooding, and devastating snowstorms. 

Ah, nature.

Does the weather simply change from time to time, of its own accord? Or, is there a controlling force behind it all?

The Bible tells us in Matthew 8:27 that the forces of nature obey Christ’s voice; In the days of Noah, he brought about a great flood; and used the wind in Exodus to carry in locusts. And Acts 14 attributes the seasons to our wonderful and caring God.

The change of seasons is just another of the hundreds of ways that God reminds us that He is in control of things in heaven and on earth. And His beautiful rainbow after a rain magnificently displays His awesome power and His promises to His people.

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The Biggest Super Bowl of All Time

Revelation 19:6b-7a~ “Hallelujah! For our Lord God reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!”

Since the beginning of football season back in September, fans have been gearing up to watch the Super Bowl.                       

It’s finally here and millions of folks will be cheering for their favorite team. But at game’s end, only one will be declared the victor.

Just as it will be one day in the future.

Now, I’m not a football enthusiast. I’m also just a layman when it comes to scripture. So if the comparison I draw here is not exactly accurate, please forgive me.

I am thinking ahead to events in the book of Revelation. More precisely, to the battle between the forces of good and evil, Christ and Satan. 

We don’t know exactly when this will take place. But we do know who wins.

The Bible tells us that Satan will be destroyed, along with his dark angels, ridding the earth once and for all of sin and evil. 

It will be the Super Bowl of all Super Bowls.

The winner: Jesus Christ!

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Clean Out Your Junk Drawer

Psalm 130:4- “But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.”

Last week I had some friends over for a ladies tea. I had a wonderful time catching up on what was new with each one of them. 

When we were in my kitchen, I mentioned we were thinking of repainting. I decided to show them some paint samples I’d collected. Everyone crowded around as I looked in my “junk” drawer for them.

Out came tape, pencils/pens, a hammer, a screw driver, store coupons, and so on. I could feel the heat creep up my neck as the contents of my junk drawer were exposed. I finally found what I was looking for but vowed aloud to clean everything out—and soon. The others just laughed, confessing they had a junk drawer in their kitchen, too. 

Later that night, I thought about what had happened and how embarrassing it had been to have them look at all of the items stuffed inside my drawer—out of sight. I thought about the junk drawer of my soul. The sins kept there. Sins I wouldn’t want anyone to see: lies I’d told to make myself “look better;” things I should have done for others, but hadn’t.

I needed to clean out the junk drawer of my life. I knew the only way to do so was by asking forgiveness from my heavenly Father. Once I did, I felt the release of the weight I’d been carrying. I was lighter.

Ready to serve Him wholeheartedly again.

I thanked God for the forgiveness He promised to bring once I confessed my sins to Him, I got out my recipe folder and turned my oven to 350 degrees.

All of a sudden, I felt like making an apple cobbler.

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