I am not my own!

"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." ~ 1 Corinthians 6:20- 7:1
Living in this world, Living in America, Living comfortably offers the opportunity of developing a mindset of ownership. There's many times that I have thought to myself, 'you bought it so it's by right yours' or even with the court systems... If a couple gets divorced, if there was no Prenuptial agreement, it gets split down the line 50/50 whether fair or not. Everyone comes to the point where they feel like they deserve something...

In 1st Corinthians 6 and 7 the writer says it so perfectly, that "I am not my Own, I was purchased at a Price" and of course the owner he is referring to Is Christ. Christ purchased us with his blood that was shed on Calvary, something that he will never inquire a refund for. Knowing that this life that i live is not my own, and that i was made for a purpose gives so much clarity on my role as a Child of God. In Romans it says to 'present yourselves as Living Sacrifices, Holy and Pleasing' and that is a mandate that we have been given. That is our way of saying thank you... The only worship that will please our Savior. But it's a day to day thing! Walking after the spirit leads to walking in obedience!

"Lord, you o Lord alone know my heart. Because you have created it. Even in my most sensitive times, you have given me your heart to carry. I want to grow deeper and deeper in your love... Amen

Almost Gave Up

2 Timothy 2: 4-5
"No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer. Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules."

This morning i had an amazing time... the Lord ministered to me through the song called 'I almost gave up" by Kurt Carr. I can remember so many times, even in the recent years, where times have become difficult and giving up seemed to be an option. I can truthfully say that the Lord has moved me from that point and and is continually strengthening my roots in him. But while reading 2nd Timothy, i was instantly drawn to these 2 verses because they ring so true. In serving God that has to be my number one priority, pleasing him... and following his decrees. Though i cannot quite see the finish line quite yet, i know that if i keep on my course without looking back, he will strengthen me. Serving the Lord is all that i want to do and it's what i will do. I am blessed, so blessed, because when he could have turned a blind eye to me, he didn't. He pursued me and loved me all the more. All that has occurred in the past few months are becoming a distant memory and the Lord is giving me a peace, that feels great. Life feels great :)


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