December 1 Romans 5,6,7,8

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My Dumb Laws! | Michelle Myers

S~ But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. Romans 7:6 (NIV)

O~ Jesus took care of the law for me, because it was impossible for me to do.  Then why on earth, do I continue to try and put “laws” on myself in regards to being a task master, mother, wife, teacher, etc.?  That isn’t from the Spirit. When I fail, I often feel as if I have disappointed certain people, and especially You.  You are not surprised by my failure, in regards to keeping my own, self-made laws.  You knew from the beginning that I wouldn’t be able to do it.

A~ We are helping another couple, who is dealing with a sexual addiction in their marriage.  The wife wanted to get him a planner for Christmas to ensure that he will be able to organize, help, and function more efficiently. She wanted him to have some goals.  This isn’t a bad thing.  I totally understand her urgency in wanting some effective help around the house, and with the kids.

However, right now, he really needs to focus on having a sustained period of sobriety, so his brain can heal and the fogginess can lift.  That should be his main goal at this point. Without that, everything else will end up being futile, and eventually they will be back to dealing with the same issues.

I spoke to my husband about this, and wanted to make sure that my response was on track.  He said that it was.  He also pointed out that if this person isn’t at the right point in the healing process, all a schedule, that he can’t maintain or goals he can’t achieve are going to do, is give him something else to fail at.  For most, before it even becomes a compulsive, out of control issue, this whole sexual thing begins as a means to cope with other areas of someone’s life, where they feel they have failed or feel less than.

The idea of, “All it is going to do is give him something more to fail at.” really hit home for me.  I often put more on my schedule, give more to my kids than I have time and energy wise, or mentally make up black and white rules for myself, falsely thinking, that all of this will help me be a successful _________________(FILL IN THE BLANK).  This is what people or the world tell me will make me be a successful___________________________.   I fail, and then end up feeling like a failure.  That is pretty dumb!

P~ Thank you God, for Your clarity on this issue.  Thank you for releasing me from the law.  Please forgive me for not releasing myself from it, as if I knew what was better for me than You did.  Please help me stay focused on You, so that I can be successful.

My Mind | Kim Chipman

S~ The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6 (NIV)

O~ Here we go…back to my mind…

A~ Boy, I hear You LOUD AND CLEAR lately. I’ve often said that You are such a stalker 🙂 You persistently follow me and sprinkle little reminders all around my life to keep me on track.

If I’m paying attention I see them.

So, on this journey of daily disciplines we’re circling around back to where it all started – with my mind. My thoughts. I get to pick those. In fact, You tell me i should choose wisely (Phil 4:8, 2 Cor 10:5).

Such a continual battle, I tell myself, but really it is an awesome opportunity. I am not powerless to what my life will be. I am not sugject to what happens to me or around me. I am empowered to choose what happens in my mind and no one can take that away from me. You gave me that gift! As much as I curse free will because I often mess it up it is truly a gift! At ANY moment I can choose life and peace!

P~ Thank You for this awesome gift! Help me to remember it is a gift. Help me to remember I am not powerless, I can choose! Thank You for the Holy Spirit whithin me to lead me into all truth. Help me to choose the Spirit over the flesh every single time! I love You~

Spirit of sonship | Nikki Metzger

S~ For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15 (NIV)

O/A~ Oh, I am so sad!  In an attempt to understand others who have different views than me, I’m reading books, watching shows, and following others on social media, whom I normally wouldn’t.  I am trying to educate myself on other people’s experiences. The more I learn and listen, I’m just heartbroken by the divide that’s rising.  Us vs. them, dem vs. rep, president vs. notmypresident, white evangelical vs. people of color, racism vs. justice, all wrong vs. all right. This exposure of people’s real hearts has given me a spirit of fear.  What’s my responsibility in all this?  What can one person really do anyways?  How will this country ever be healed?  Were we ever whole in the first place?  Our country is doomed!  I mean; people hate me because I’m white, love Jesus, and assume I voted for a certain person.  So much fear is in me.

For my sanity, sleep, and heart, I must let go of my spirit of fear.  This spirit of fear is not from the Lord.  The Lord has given me the Spirit of sonship.   The true Spirit in me identifies me as a daughter of the Most High.  The Spirit in me allows me to cry out, “Abba!”

P~ Abba, Father!  I repent of my sins against others that came in oppression, judgement, silence.  Father, teach me to live and continuously receive the Spirit of sonship that You have placed in me.  Publicly and privately.  I can do nothing good, apart from You.  I desire to walk continually in Your Presence – so the spirit of fear doesn’t enslave me ever again!  I love You!  In Jesus’ Name I pray!

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