Today, is the first day of the New Year of 2011. And, as I read, the many status reports, and comments, from blogs, Facebook etc. I see, a sense of hope, and anticipation for the New year. And it is good, yet, what I see, as an underline thought, that is expressed, is that many have hope in tomorrow. And yet, we know, tomorrow is not promised to anyone.
And it made me think, years, ago, before I knew the Lord, I would put off, the true commitment, in my desire, or decision to really try and change. Just accepting myself. Accepting my life, etc. My flaws etc. And those things, that I would put off. One of them was my Salvation. I knew what it meant to yes, go to God, and say I am sorry, I repent. But did I change? After I repented?
No…..I walked the fence. I walked the fence, between the ways of the world, my selfish desires, my wants, my needs. And I kept, reaping sin, after sin, curse, after curse in my life. And I was a mess. Spiritually, I had no foundation. I knew, I was in sin. But, I would compromise.
Compromise, is the lynch, that old devil will use, in our lives. For we do not see the deception, there is, when we compromise, who we really can be with God totally.
What a hypocrite any one of us is, if we are not doing it Gods way. Especially, if we say we are Christians. One must commit, totally, with the total commitment, to serve God, in obedience, to walk in love, to try and keep his commandments.
Thats the hypocrisy, in ourselves, if we make New Years resolutions, to make changes. But we do not change. Do we not know, only God can change us!! We are hypocrites, if we just keep living like hell. Knowing, that God gives us his word, to read, to apply it, to our lives, and to live a life, worthy to be called a Christian. Compromising. Thats a sin. When we compromise, knowing the truth, we are only hurting ourselves.
History repeats itself, in our lives, in our society, and in the world, when people, do not see, according to the Bible, Gods commandments. These are not requests, they are commandments. When are we really going to try and get it right?
But, I have hope in the new year. Because my hope, is not in mankind, political leaders, government, society etc. Its not even in other Christian leaders. But my hope is in God. I see the difference. Because I know my Lord, and his ways, and I am not perfect, but I see how he has changed me, healed me. I know his love. For it is the truth, to be the foundation of who I can be. But it is a choice….
Last night, the first night of 2011, in my sleep, I heard the Lord speak to my spirit. And this is what He said:
“Tell them, to choose…..”
Choose either love, truth, holiness, or hate, lies, deceptiveness (phoniness).
And then this morning, I prayed, and asked him, to give me a scripture, to show it was him, and not me just thinking “Just My Thoughts.” As I opened my Bible, my eyes went to this scripture. Leviticus 5:4 OR IF A SOUL SWEAR, PRONOUNCING, WITH HIS LIPS TO DO EVIL, OR TO DO GOOD, WHATSOEVER IT BE THAT A MAN SHALL PRONOUNCE WITH AN OATH, AND IT BE HID FROM HIM WHEN HE KNOWETH OF IT THEN SHALL HE BE GUILY IN ONE OF THESE.
Then it goes on to talk about the sacrifice or offering, of an animal, but as a Christian, we know, Christ is the sacrifice for us. We must go to Christ. For our commitment, and choices, to be the foundation in love, for our atonement. He is the lamb of God.
I choose love, truth, and holiness. I am aware of the tactics of the enemy, and I will not give into the characteristics of the enemy. Of hating, lying, and deceptiveness. Maybe, thats why, God spoke it to me, to share. I don’t know. But it kind of freaked me out. But I know it was his voice. I just sense a warning here, for those, who believe. Who really want to grow, who want to change. For those, who might not even be aware, they are not in the right place, with God, because lying, hate, and deceptiveness, is evident, in their lives. But they claim, they are Christians. But they do not see it. So God wants me to write about it….to stir it up. Maybe, He will make a way for me to publicly say it. At your church, or women’s group. I don’t know. But I will be obedient to this calling.
I remember, when I made the commitment, and the choice, to totally stop, and look at my life, years ago, and when I realized, I was playing with my salvation, and truly the fear of God, took a hold of my life, I changed. I stopped doing what I was doing, in sin, etc. My selfish desires, etc. And I made the commitment, to serve him. So, I understand, when God tells me to tell everyone to choose. Because it is a choice. But if you don’t make the choice to really choose, his love, truth, and holiness. You miss out. For today. Because tomorrow is not promised to anyone. But what about eternity? If you read this, and you want change….I implore you go to God today. For those changes, for your salvation. For life….Don’t you want to grow?
I don’t know about you, nor do I want to judge anyone. My own flaws, my own sins, had, put me to shame. And I say that in the past tense. But his love, changes all that. I just don’t want to play with my salvation, or my future, after I pass, from this life. I want a place with God.
Today, is a day, as I do every day, to repent, and to come before a holy God, humble. Repentant. For tomorrow is a gift, and if I use it to his glory, then I have done all that I can. I am grateful, for chances. I am grateful, that He makes those changes.
Just my Thoughts, may God bless your new year, today, for the changes for the rest of the year…..For the choices, we make will affect us. Now and for eternity. Yes today, is the day, to make changes for tomorrow. For tomorrow is not promised to anyone. Elena Ramirez
A Prayer of Hope….
Father, my Lord, I adore you, and thank you, for every good gift comes from heaven. I thank you, for changing my life, for giving me understanding, to know, today, is the day, for Salvation.Today, is a day, that I choose, to walk ever so close to you, seeking you with all of my heart soul, and might. Not even understanding everything, but knowing you are God, and you know all things. I press into you Lord, to hear your voice! To seek you, to love you, with all my being. Today, is the day, to make a commitment to change, and to keep walking from evil, and those things, that take away, the blessings from you. It is a decision, a commitment, one must make, and to be consistent. Lord, in obedience, I have shared the words, you have given me…..and even in this prayer, I know this is a banner, you have placed over me….LOVE, TRUTH, HOLINESS….For this is my choice. To bless you. Father, that is my hearts desire. I love you so very much, and I know you are God. King, of Kings, Lord, of Lords, and there is none like you. I never want to offend you, by picking up characteristics of the enemy. By lying, hating, deceptiveness, phoniness. Lord, create in me, a clean heart daily, and renew my spirit, with you. My Jesus. Your sacrifice, was too great, to take this casually. I pray, this posting of my blog…”Just My Thoughts” would reflect, your thoughts, for all of us to know, to want, to change, for today, is not promised to anyone. But what a great way, to start the year. In Jesus name. amen
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