The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Unfailing Power

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

- Excerpt from the song Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) by Hillsong United

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” - Matthew 19:26

Deprave: “to make bad” - Merriam-Webster Dictionary

“Time flies when you’re having fun.” Ever heard that phrase? Probably, most of us have. Is it true? And if so, why? Ever heard this one? “Misery loves company.” If I had to guess you’ve heard that phrase too. Why? It seems to me these little observances are, for the most part, true. But why should fun last only a little while according to our perception? Why should we try to bring others down with us? Is humanity that focused on negativity that it seems to slow down time? Are we so proud of our unhappiness that we want others to join us in it? “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” - Luke 6:31 “Perception is reality.” Are you seeing a pattern in today’s message? So many of us live by simple little phrases that influence our life greatly. But I’m not sure if we ever spend much time trying to determine if they’re worth living by. Here’s what I once thought was a Bible verse, “God helps those who help themselves.” That’s actually a quote by Benjamin Franklin and you’ll never find God saying anything close to it in His word. The closest you’ll get to that quote in the Bible goes something like this. “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” - 1 Peter 5:6-7 It’s no wonder societies around the globe have trouble functioning. We make up these little sayings and then either live by them, or worse, measure ourselves to them, knowing full well there’s no excuse for bad behavior. Love him or hate him, Bill O’Reilly is right when he says, “You can’t excuse bad behavior by pointing to other bad behavior.” But as humans we like to live by averages. We say to ourselves things like, “Compared to the average person, I’m doing pretty well.” That may work for our salaries, but it doesn’t work for our moralities. “Nobody’s perfect.” That’s another line we like to use, especially when we’ve been called out. It’s true though, no one is perfect. So how do we reconcile ourselves to a God who requires perfection for salvation? We don’t, we can’t. “I’m too far gone.” That’s one of the saddest lines I’ve heard. “Jesus could never love me.” Could anything be more false? Satan loves to inject these little phrases into our minds and call them wisdom. Jesus injected Himself into this world to bring truth. Like a coward, Satan wants to bring us all down with him. Jesus came down under His own accord to die for us so that we could be lifted on high with Him. What a contrast. Satan is constantly accusing, constantly injecting false negativity into our hearts. Jesus wants to lift us from our depravity and sorrow. It’s true, God requires perfection. However, He knows we would never achieve it. That’s why He sent His Son to erase our imperfection with His perfect sacrifice on the Cross. Jesus died a perfect man so that we could be perfected, not through our own efforts, but through His. Let the truth shine in your heart today. Reject the negativity of the world. Who cares if someone else has more things than we do. Who cares if someone else has the day off. With Jesus in our hearts, who could be more joyful? Answer, no one. And here’s why I say all this. We have too much to do. There’s too much at stake to let negativity and the devil drag us down into depression. There’s too much at stake for us to believe in failure. There’s too much at stake for us to succumb to depravity. There is no failure with Jesus. He has a plan for our lives that can overcome and circumvent any obstacle. He loves us too much to leave us to fail when we’ve called upon His name to save us. Reach out to Him. Let Him pull you to new heights, let Him give you hope and courage. Then follow Him in reaching out to our fellow man. We may not have the strength in ourselves, but we have the Savior. In Him lies the strength to pull a soul from the depths. It is for us to guide a helpless hand into His saving grasp. But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” - Matthew 19:26
Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

Jake

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