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Renewed

  • Ecclesiastes 11:10-So then, banish anxiety from your heart and cast off the troubles of your body, for youth and vigor are meaningless.

    2 Corinthians 4:16-Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

    There is a battle that wages for the mind. We are constantly bombarded with so much on a daily basis. The enemy wants us to feel removed from the Lord and he will remind us constantly of any area of lack that may try and appear in our lives. One of the ways that the enemy works is to try and attack our body. 

    I hear this a lot, well, when I was young I used to run everywhere, now I'm m old and cannot do that anymore. I have seen a lot of Christian athletes who were tied to their identity with their youth and struggle to connect in a world where their body is not perfect anymore. I see folks who's body is fine and yet the enemy suggests otherwise. They can feel symptoms of a lie that never even exists! I'm not suggesting that the pain is not real, but the salvation of the Lord is stronger than the lie of the enemy, every time.

    The point is that when we wrap ourselves up in an identity other than Jesus, we will be disappointed. We will build an unrealistic sense of security around one area of our lives. It is like the scientist who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, or Lou Gehrig who was an athlete and whose body broke down. The enemy wants to attack the very area that we most identify with as our source of joy. The blessings that the Lord gives us are a reminder of the power of Jesus Christ.

    When we place our love and identity in Jesus, we cannot be disappointed. Jesus is unfailing, He is eternal, and He is never decaying or breaking down. 

    When we do that, and put our trust, and identity in Jesus Christ, we are able to cast off all our troubles, all of our anxieties, and be renewed inwardly in our spirit. It is that within us that renews the outside of our bodies only after our inward man is restored!

    If we have negative symptoms outwardly, then most likely it is because we have moved our identity off of Jesus. Trust in Jesus, and be renewed inwardly day by day and in that, regardless of what things look like on the outside, we will all be in peace, and filled with love and eternal life in the hands of our loving Savior.

    Father, thank You for renewing us daily in Christ and for helping us to look to You for all things. In Jesus name, amen. 


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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, excellent word, brother, thank you! There was a film we watched the other day that is somewhat along this theme, called "Quartet". It isn't a Christian movie, but was about the residents of a retirement home for musicians. There were four singers who, in their prime, performed a memorable performance of Verdi's "Rigoletto". Three of them wanted to re-create the performance for a Verdi gala, but the fourth was afraid because her voice was not what it once was. She was depriving herself of life, of joy, and of sharing the gift that God had given her, because she no longer the diva that she pictured herself to be. 

God has plans for us today, just as we are. We may not be the most brilliant, the best athlete, or even the "best Christian" for that matter (whatever that is ;)), but we have a beautiful destiny in Him!

Oh also, for anyone interested, that movie was very good, and filled with actual retired performers from the music world :).

June 27, 2016
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Jeffrey Smith
Jeffrey Smith

Praise God! Awesome feedback! I'll have to check out that movie.

June 27, 2016
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

Those that hope in Jesus will never be disappointed (in Him). It is true that if anything else becomes the center of our life, then it will end in disappointment. Great word Brother Jeff. 

June 28, 2016