Freedom

As I think about this day and all it represents, I cannot help but be overcome with gratitude for the men and women that fought and sacrificed so much so we can walk in freedom today. This morning, as I pondered this, I began thinking on how God paid the ultimate sacrifice for our FREEDOM by sending His Son.

Galatians 5:1 ESV states “For Freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.” It was for FREEDOM from sin that Christ set us free. Then Galatians 5:13 states, “For you were called to FREEDOM, brothers. Only do not use your FREEDOM as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” This Scripture reminds me that if I am not on guard and intentional, I can use my “freedom” and be sinning. That ultimately my FREEDOM is not about me but it is about the price Jesus paid on the cross so I could ultimately love and serve others.  Lastly, 1 Peter 2:16 reminds us “Live as people who are FREE not using your FREEDOM as a cover up for evil but living as servants of God.” What a great reminder today from His Word as we celebrate those that did just this. They sacrificed and served for the love of their country so you and I could still experience Freedom today. Today, as we take the time to celebrate on this Independence Day, I pray we not only take the time to celebrate and show appreciation to the men/women whom have fought for our freedom but also God who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we could walk in complete FREEDOM by sending His Son.

Happy Independence Day from our family to yours!

Amanda Miller



PUSH

We first began hearing this term as a bad thing in life, being told “do not push.” Yesterday, my 2-year-old came to tattle on her older sister claiming she pushed her. My 11-year-old simply laughed because she never even pushed her, and her sister obviously did not understand what the word “push” really meant.

As I grew older, I heard this term as an acronym “Pray Until Something Happens.” It has always been one of my favorites. I read a quote that said, “One little prayer can change a huge situation,” and then I am reminded of 1 Thessalonians 5:17 that encourages us to pray continuously. I could not agree more with this statement. Yet, what if we are called to PUSH in life and P.U.S.H. in life? Let me better explain what I mean.

I said something to a friend yesterday that kept ringing in my head. In a moment I texted, “I am pushing my way to breakthrough,” but only in a joking way. It hit me shortly after texting that I should truly be doing that. Why do I often take defeat and accept it rather than FIGHT for victory?  Marissa Meyer said it this way, “I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that is how you GROW. When there is that moment of ‘Wow I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you PUSH through those moments, that is when you have a BREAKTHROUGH. I believe that many times in life it is our actions that show what is a true priority. We are by all means called to PRAY at all times just as I first talked about, but I also believe we are called to, as my dad would often say, “put my feet where my mouth is.” So often I can be praying for things, yet never willing to act in the same direction as my mouth is praying. It is like saying when I get sick that I want to get better, but only going to the doctor’s office and sitting in the waiting room and never going in. Please do not misunderstand me, God has called us to pray because there is so much more, He can do more with our prayers than we could ever get done. Yet, I also believe there is some action He has called us to take.

Maybe after reading this you realize there is something you need to take action on today or maybe you were reminded to start praying again. We have all been that person at one time being shoved as someone pushes their way to the front of the line or the person feeling like a “broken record” praying for something faithfully.  No matter which one it may be, even if it is both, I believe It is time we PUSH our way to BREAKTHROUGH! I want to encourage you, do not let defeat get the last word. Stand up and PUSH your way to BREAKTHROUGH!
 
Amanda  Miller


Word To Live By

Welcome to the first Impact blog of 2020. I want to share a word with you, that if we live it this year, I believe we will experience a year of being used by God like never before. Today I want to look at the word humility. Humility is the state of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance, rank, etc.. James 4 tells us that God resists proud people but gives grace to humble people. Humility is attractive and contagious. Pride is repulsive but unfortunately it is also contagious. Humility is mentioned 73 times in the Bible. I’m going to share just a few of the places in the Bible that it is mentioned.
Proverbs 3:34-35 says, “Though He scoffs at the scoffers and scorns the scorned, yet He gives GRACE and UNDESERVED FAVOR to the low in rank, the HUMBLE, and the afflicted. I don’t know about you but I want God’s grace and undeserved favor in my life. Then 1 Peter 5:6 says, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God (set aside self-righteous pride), so that He may exalt you (to a place honor in His service) at the appropriate time.” God does the promoting not us. All we must do is humble ourselves and work hard. When we do this, God will do what only He can do.
Lastly, we find that 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people who are called by my name HUMBLE themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven.” Did you notice that God calls us to FIRST humble ourselves and THEN pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways? Humble means submitting to someone else. Being humble is to come under God’s submission. Submission in Hebrew means to lean down and lift in loving support. When we submit to God daily by leaning down, we allow God to lift us up in loving support. God wants to support us, but we must first humble ourselves.
Jesus chose to live a humble life so that we would know what it looks like to live in humility. All He needs from us as humans is a humble heart, not our idea of a perfect person. As people, we try to come to God in what we believe or strive to be “perfectly packaged.” I believe everyone that God has used and continues to use has simply chosen humility. It was proven time after time in the Bible how God loved to use imperfect people and I believe He still does today. Jen Hatmaker said it this way, “Humility comes only when I choose to be with Him and depend on Him instead of buying the lie that I am enough. Humility is a grateful and spontaneous awareness that life is a gift, and it is manifested as an ungrudging and unhypocritical acknowledgement of absolute dependence upon God. Humility reminds us of this truth. It says, ‘Relax. Your only hope is Jesus.’” Let’s choose to do a heart check today. Ask the Lord, am I choosing humility today? God isn’t looking for a perfect “package,” He is simply looking for a humble and willing person. It’s time we give up running our own life and put ourselves under God’s authority. Choosing humility daily will help us make great PROGRESS in our life this year.
 
Amanda Miller


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