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Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus…

I use to think that this verse meant that once I became a Christian I would no longer feel guilt. That just isn’t true.  I have quoted it when the enemy wrongfully accuse me. What about when he rightfully accuses me? The enemy is not the only one- my very conscience will condemn me. If I break God’s law I will feel guilt. God said He would write His law on my heart. ( Romans 2:15)  I have been in the grip of guilt, with my mind bombarding me with thoughts of my wrong doing. It just keeps swirling and swirling like being stuck under a wave, tumbled and tossed by its relentless onslaught. I cant just quote this verse to myself when I feel guilty and move on though. I have used it that way in the past, it just doesn’t work like that. I end up reaping what I sow and eventually it all starts to pile up and stink because no matter what I am still responsible for my sin. I have to deal with the issue that is making me feel guilt. I have to deal with my sin.

That is the reason it is important to read the whole text not just a piece of it. That first part sounds amazing and makes me feel so good but the rest of this verse says… who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. That is a stipulation, a requirement right there. There is no condemnation to those in Christ who do NOT walk according to the flesh. I have something I must do. I cant just sin, quote the first part and get out of jail free!

So how does that flesh walk :

Romans 8:5 says that those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires.

The flesh wants to run its own life and not be held to God’s standard. Ever been there? I have.

God’s standard never changed! He is the same yesterday, today and forever! Jesus lived up to that standard and paid the cost for our sin. He was our substitute. He died in our place. We can claim that. We can apply His blood to our sin every time we mess up.

I feel guilt because something is wrong. That is a blessing! However, my flesh does not want to be fixed it wants to reign free. I don’t want to admit I did wrong. I don’t want to apologize for what I think are trivial things. My flesh would rather me blame the other person for being so trivial and ridiculous.  The next thing I know my flesh tells me all about how what I did wasn’t that bad, or as bad as someone else, or some other mix of reasons and justifications. I might get angry, even bitter and just move on like nothing happened. That is flesh!

Something is wrong no matter if I agree with these thoughts or not. Sin is sin.

God sent the fix for what is wrong. Jesus Christ accepted the penalty for my sin. The reason I am not condemned because when I feel guilt, is because I now have the freedom to choose to confess my sin and repent! I am not a slave to the sin task master. I can plead the blood of Jesus and He is faithful and just to forgive me of it. I can be really free. I can walk in the Spirit.

That is how there is NOW no condemnation. There is no condemnation when I walk according to the Spirit. The Spirit will always call me to repent. He is a gift of God’s goodness toward me.

Romans 2:4 Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?

Don’t despise the richness of this gift … It is always NOW…..

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Stained-Glass People

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Do you remember when you thought you were pretending, hiding your nature pretty well, I can  …but we weren’t !! People could see right through us. Our lives speaking volumes about us. It is as if we were living in glass houses. Our lives can be pretty messy with anger, hatred, pain, guilt, shame and all kinds of filth, making our glass houses dirty.

What happens when you shine perfect LIGHT through dirty glass??

You see darkly!

When little light gets through a window what do we do??

We reach for a cleansing agent!

(we must want the windows (our souls) to be CLEAN ..Can anyone say WINDEX ??? )

At one time we were BLIND …

We could not see what God had for us….

We were UNCLEAR….unsaved.

God is a gentleman He doesn’t force Himself on us.

We were walking around clouded, foggy, wrapped in obscurity, misunderstanding, feeling separated.

But when we ask Him to come into our lives HE WASHES THE GLASS HOUSE and makes it HIS HOME.

And like any good home owner He begins to decorate and paint creating the home into His own creation.

A reflection of Himself! (Did you know that your home is a reflection of you?…I better get the floor mopped!..lol)

Every stained-glass window is unique and interesting, beautiful in its own right.

Have you ever heard glass make music…like glass goblets being played???

The sound has tones of its own making harmonies of interesting combinations to hear.

I wonder if our lives after Christ moves in start to vibrate the sound of HIM who is the PERFECT PITCH??

and we transform into a sweet sounds to GOD’s ears….a sound of harmony.

1 Peter 2:5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

I do believe that I remember GOD inhabits our praises….and praise to HIM is a sacrifice of our lips!!! WOOT!

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may PROCLAIM the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous LIGHT.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Starla

 

Friday’s Facts

03/11/2011

FRIDAY FACTS IS BACK!!! Did you miss me???

1. Found a new blog and site that I really enjoy, it is called

www.the160acrewoods.com

I added a button on my BUTTON ROLL for it….check it out!! She makes awesome PhotoverseQuotes.

2. Another one I really like my BFF Tina found. They are really cool, inspirational DOODLES.

Click the link below to see more…

http://homegrownhospitality.typepad.com/photos/rak_doodles/index.html

3. My daughter joined the youth worship team. She sang for the first time the last Sat. of Feb. Last Saturday she went to her Grandparents house for the weekend, so she didnt go to youth group. The guitarist that is leading worship for youth came up to me and said “Sarah cant miss anymore, without her its not right.” :0) GOOOOOOOO SARAH!!!

4. Song I heard on my Pandora…beautiful:

5. I feel like I am  ” LOOKING FOR THINGS TO ADD HERE” ohhhhh I know?

 I got a great verse that I read this morning….

IS. 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you ; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flames shall not comsume you.

6.  We have had a lot of work being done at the house…wanna see???

This is my freshly painted GREEN SUNROOM. When we moved into this house it was yellow..and so since I had the opportunity to paint it..(i did like the yellow) but I wanted just a little more soothing to me …LIME green. :0)

THIS IS MY FAVORITE-IST!!!

 The garage got a major overhaul. It was leaning a little but after the flood it was seriously tilted. So it got some new footings and straightened out along with new siding and garage doors.

and a back door and windows in the sunporch and basement and upstairs bathroom…

7. A quote:

The chisel of our suffering must chip away every lie we have believed until only the truth of who we are remains. – Jacob Isreal

8. The Lord has been bringing some things to my mind that happened when I was a teenager. Thinking back 20 years ago is so strange with a older and wiser mind. I keep wondering what the Lord has in mind for all those things. Some of the memories brings up how I felt then….embarrasing, scared, utterly humiliated….some of the feelings I am a bit reluctant to revisit but I will continue to ponder and explore them at the Lords urging. Thankfully two things I dont feel about them now are GUILT and SHAME. The Lord has forgiven as far as the east is from the west and now it seems to me that He may want to use those things for good now.

9. Thinking about blogging my book on Thursdays…??? what do you think??? Book giveaway…I think too!!

10. I am so thankful for where I am in my life. I love my husband and children, my family and friends, my church and church family. I ESPECIALLY LOVE —-JESUS!!!

Have a wonderful Friday!

Please pray for those affected by the EarthQuake and coming Tsunami in Hawaii and California…I have family in California coastal areas and my cousin Lydia is stationed in Japan.

Starla

A testimony – the beginning of many twists and turns.

Friday Facts will be back next week….

THIS FRIDAY I WANT TO TELL YOU A STORY!!!  Some more Starla History:0)

2008 was a wild year at my house.

In  early 2007 I got pregnant. I wasnt particularly excited about it either.  I had spent the last prior 9 years convincing myself that my daughter was plenty. That I was satisfied and content. I had her c-section style :0/ –that is not easy, and doing that again wasn’t something I wanted to look  forward to.  When I found out I was pregnant I had a swirl of emotions and thoughts. I was accustom to my freedom. My daughter was 9 years old. She could feed, bathe, dress and entertain herself. Why would I want to strap myself down again??? ( maybe that is shallow — but that was how I was feeling.)

When I had finally came to terms with these new changes — heartache happened! Going into the 4th month I miscarried. I remember that I experienced deep, gut aching sadness. The heart wrenching sensations that shot through my chest. I was experiencing the feelings that come with loss, death, and departure. I remember also having  feelings of guilt. My thoughts clue-ing me in that ** I didn’t want this child in the first place. **

I was overwhelmed with sadness and grief and guilt.

BUT GOD…..(He truly is the BEST!) After processing all these feelings, I realized that God had given me the greatest gift through a miscarriage…..

I giant HEART of LOVE for a Child that would complete our little trio and turn us into a quartet!!

David was born on March 3rd 2008. He came a month early!!!! My water broke  and I was standing there with my mouth hanging open and a bit embarrased….like I was peeing on the floor:0)

My scheduled C-section turned into an emergency C – section. Everything moved very quickly and he was born with no complications …yet!! but I will get to that…he was 4 lbs 13 oz of super cuteness!!!

1 week after he was born…. and 3 days of Home sweet Home…I developed an infection. That was a trip to the hospital that I never want to go through again. We were crammed into a little 6×6 room. There was crying and sadness and a need for normal and comfort. I experienced NEEDLES and IV’s and ANTIBIOTIC ACID flowing through my veins. I had to quit breast feeding…and I missed out on that experience. Every time I spiked a fever it bought me another 24 hours in there.

BUT GOD…(of course, for who else is sooo good) God sent an angel nurse to our little 6×6 room. Her words were clear and pleasant as she said ” would you like to move to another room?”  then she smiled and said “scratch that, we are moving you to another room!” a sweet God send,  I can still see her BIG CHEERFUL SMILE.  She moved us to a suite!!! A spacious room with a wooden rocker, a couch, a table…she brought us formula and diapers. She was a BLESSING!!! My husband Dave sat down in that rocker next to my bed with our little mister in his arms and he looks down and guess what he sees???  Carved in the wood of this wooden rocking chair arm was the name DAVID. That is when we realized how God takes care of all the littlest details.

 I was in the hospital a little over a week.When we finally got home ….life was Good!!!

Then on JUNE 13th 2008 the FLOOD hit……mucky black sewage water 3 ft into the first floor of our home destroying many of our things.  We lived with my sister for 4 months. Then we lived upstairs on the second floor for 4 month, cooking in a make shift kitchen, doing dishes in my bathtub….

BUT GOD… (He did so many wonderful things that year and after. )

Since then I must say my kitchen IS AMAZING!! We are still working on our house. As a matter of fact, we have people working on the garage and there is painting going on this week.

I still don’t have a bedroom of my own. My son is now 3 years old.(and NOOOOOO BEDROOM OF OUR OWN!! …you get my drift!!)  lol :0) but thing are good and we are blessed.

GOD IS GOOD!!! He can be trusted and will bring you through with a greater love, an understanding of His slightest care, and his ability to bless His people. It isn’t always easy to go through the twists and turns but the brightness of His light when you are on the other side is something you never want to miss!!!!

And that’s our story :0)

Have a great FRIDAY!!!

Starla