Obedience 


WORTHY THOUGHT: Late obedience is still disobedience.

When I heard those words “Late obedience is still disobedience” from a wise friend I met on a mission trip in Guatemala. I had a sense of conviction and God’s spirit spoke to my heart to write about it. The question I had even as a Christian, when have I disobeyed God?’ 

Maybe God wants to remind me and others as Christians it is easy to delay obedience. Sometimes we know the right thing to do but we don’t want to do it or Satan will always put things in our paths to distract us from doing God’s important work or we will get to it as soon as we are done with our daily tasks. 

Then it came to my mind and I started to remember. God has asked me to read and study my Bible on book of Matthew for my ministry but instead my husband and I went out to the movies. When I came back home from the movies I will read up on the book of Mathew before my bedtime a sentence or two later, I fall asleep . Next day I will be on Facebook for two hours checking to see who liked my picture’s instead of reading my Bible. Yep! Convicted!! It grieves me now that I am aware of this. 

Delayed obedience it is still disobedience. 

I do ministry work to disciple others and again we must value obedience. I have read book of Mathew before but that week I disobeyed, since I have not read the book of Mathew like God asked me too. 

I could not give out His message to my ministry, I panicked, I couldn’t speak, it was like empty words coming out of my mouth. I’m so thankful for my Christian co-leader who did read the Book of Matthew and she was able to give a great message what God was speaking in Book of Matthew. My co-leader valued obedience and by obeying God, He blessed her. By her example my co-leader obeyed Jesus and taught others to obey Jesus.  
I knew after I repented to the Lord I had learned my lesson. God gives us His grace and mercy and loves and forgives each of us. He is still willing to use me and you to obey His commandments and we will be blessed.

Jesus replied,” Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” – John 14:23

“Whoever heeds discipline shows way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray. ” -Proverbs 10:17 

If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.    – Deuteronomy 5:33 

Keep this Book of the law on your lips; meditate on it day or night, so that you may be careful to do everything in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful . -Joshua 1:8

 ~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

The Wick And The Wax Warning 

  
Fanning the flames

They are fans

Not flames

Flames are friends

That love you

While fans

Keep you

Warm in your

Own self love

Friends will

Speak into your life

Fans will keep

The blades moving

Round and round

Till you’re so giddy and dizzy with

That chilly

Self importance

That you

Can’t see

What the flame

Warned you

Would come

Better hop

Off that pedestal 

Of pretense

Insecurity thrives

On mans approval

While confidence

In Christ

Needs no vote

Or conniving

The wick

And the wax

Both needing a light

To burn

To be

Necessary.

   ❤️ Krystal Lynne   
     

Keeping It Real



Fruition 
\frü-ˈi-shən\
noun

Fruition- 
The state of bearing fruit.
attainment of anything desired; realization;accomplishment:
the state of being real or complete.

We all know the definition of “fruition” meaning attainment or accomplishment and that it is the state of bearing fruit, but I did not know that one definition is “the state of being real or complete”.  

That part of the definition really stuck with me- 
 So Fruition means also “Keeping It Real!” 

Now that is something we should all strive to do, and with this new definition discovery it had me thinking-or pondering a little deeper- or maybe just scratching my head- but anyway I wrote this down:
When we are keeping it real and we understand we are complete in Christ, we won’t feel the need to be putting on airs, operating in a false self or finding our worth in incomplete things.  People will know we are Christ’s disciples because our fruit will be good and recognizable when we are keeping it real.  
Then I read these verses:

But you will recognize them by their fruits. You don’t find sweet, delicious grapes growing on thorny bushes, do you? You don’t find delectable figs growing in the midst of prickly thistles. 17 People and their lives are like trees.Good trees bear beautiful, tasty fruit, but bad trees bear ugly, bitter fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear ugly, bitter fruit; nor can a bad tree bear fruit that is beautiful and tasty. 19 And what happens to the rotten trees? They are cut down. They are used for firewood. 20 When a prophet comes to you and preaches this or that, look for his fruits: sweet or sour? rotten or ripe? ~Matthew 7:16-20The Voice (VOICE)


This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples” ~John 15:8

So my final thoughts on all this…
Let’s live the fruition definition by keeping it real friends, show ourselves as Christ’s disciples and be about bearing much good fruit. 

XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Sitting This One Out 



 
You remember those old movies where the romantic rivals always end up on the dance floor with the same girl.  Each one is taking a turn twirling around the dance floor all smiles, and then the one not dancing is tapping on the other ones shoulder wanting to cut in.  The first dancer discouraged retreats and lets the new guy take the girl around a few times, and then it gets too much to watch so the guy goes back and starts tapping on that guys shoulder.  They repeat this maneuver over and over until the girl gets fed up, confused, her head is spinning, and her feet are busted.  The two guys never stop wanting to cut in, they both want her love and affection.  The poor girl is getting worn out.
I am that girl, worn out; feet are busted up, confused and fed up.  I have been dancing with two competing rivals and I am at the point where I just want to sit this one out.   Or, I like to daydream that as I am dancing and the tapping and switching that keeps going back and forth is wearing me out and then the really handsome gentleman with my best interest at heart would just punch the other one in the face and take him out of the equation.   I know, sort of drastic, but that is what I envision.  After all the other dude just does not have my best interest in mind.
The two rivals I am dealing with in this dance are my flesh and The Holy Spirit.  The Spirit is the really handsome guy with so much potential and a very bright future.  The Flesh is the mysterious intriguing guy that is a bad boy that really is not good for me; he really is just a bum in disguise.  
My daddy used to say I had a bum magnet attracting bums when I made poor dating choices as a young girl.  Thankfully I was done with that bum magnet when I happily hit the hubby jackpot almost 20 years ago. But in the two rivals situation, that describes exactly how it feels, like a magnetic pull towards this bum cutting in on the great potential and handsome guy.  
I get frustrated and I feel like I do not want my dance card punched anymore.   I feel like I wore the wrong shoes and my corns and bunions are screaming at me for taking too many twirls around the dance floor with this bum.  I want to run away, escape but that dang bum my flesh keeps running after me screaming SHOTGUN!  I want to speed away so fast and leave it behind!   I really want to be riding shotgun letting that handsome Spirit with my best interest with all the potential and bright future drive me around. 
This Lenten season has me pondering all this flesh vs Spirit stuff.  We all have found ourselves in this dance with these two rivals.   These two don’t play nice together, well, actually, they don’t play together at all.  The Spirit and flesh don’t like to share.   Our flesh and The Holy Spirit are never in agreement.  It is always one or the other. The presence of one always means the absence of the other.
When God tells us one thing and our internal compulsions tell us another, why do we often choose our compulsions, our flesh, over God?  That is what sin is still all about- choosing the flesh over the Spirit. Inconsistency is the work of the flesh. Our life will always be a struggle until we know deep down in our hearts that His commands – even the hard ones – are ultimately for our benefit.
 
I have been twirled and dipped too much.  I have been inconsistent!  I seem to flip flop from feeling like a Rock Star one day, and a begging street performer on a rainy day, the next.
I want God’s direction and guidance, but too often I am not willing to deny my self anything or even wait for it.  I keep letting the flesh cut in on the Spirit instead of telling the flesh, “No Such Luck Chuck- This is now a One Person dance.  I am not going to allow my own desires, impulses, or reasoning’s to direct and guide me so you sure can’t twirl me around this dance floor anymore- I will not settle for second best.  I am sitting this one out!”
 
So while I am sitting this one out- I will meditate on these Promises so I can dance more beautifully with the rhythm of the Holy Spirit. 
 
Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is Spirit. ~ John 3:6 CEB 
 
A person’s selfish desires are set against the Spirit, and the Spirit is set against one’s selfish desires. They are opposed to each other, so you shouldn’t do whatever you want to do. ~ Galatians 5:17 CEB 
 
If you live your life animated by the flesh—namely, your fallen, corrupt nature—then your mind is focused on the matters of the flesh. But if you live your life animated by the Spirit—namely, God’s indwelling presence—then your focus is on the work of the Spirit.~ Romans 8:5 The VOICE
 
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
— 2 Corinthians 13:14 KJB 
 
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. ~ Romans 8:14 NIV 
 
May my obedience to your Word and Your Spirit be so complete that it shapes my every thought, word, and action Lord. May I give myself fully and wholly to Your Word and Holy Spirit so that You may wholly transform and restore me.   I thank You for Your patience with me.  Thank You for loving me so much that you want only the best for me.  Help me to choose the Spirit over my flesh.  Amen 
~XXOO Michelle Bollom