Being Intentional

26 Jul

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I am one of those gals that needs to be very careful and intentional with my faith.

I didn’t grow up in a Christian home so I lack a lot of the discipline and understanding that happens when you grow up in a faith filled family.  Being honest here,  I struggle immensely with my worldliness because I have lived and tasted that life, while shallow and lacking in substance, was still thrilling and fun.  I sometimes, maybe much like an addict, will see or hear something that gives me a hunger for a lifestyle long (mostly) forgotten.  It just sneaks in there without much cause or warning and I am left battling my heart against my flesh.  The enemy is tricky and knows where I am weakest.  Lucky for me, my God is stronger than my worst temptation and I know the more I seek Him the easier it will become to rely on the promises of our living God.

Romans 12:2 says-“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”.  Sanctification can begin as soon as I surrender and seek the will of God in my life but I can’t do this unless I am intentional with that relationship because it doesn’t come naturally-but as time goes on it does get easier.  Staying faithful requires endurance, much like a seasoned athlete, it takes careful preparation, training, and focus on the ultimate goal-which for me is having everlasting life.

What do I do to be intentional and remain in the Word?  First, I have to keep my Bible in plain sight along with a devotional or Bible study. Why is reading the Bible important?  Ephesians 6:11 says-“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” and Ephesians 6:17 goes on to say-“Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”.   We have to be ready to face the enemy (Ephesians 6:17) and unbelievers (1 Peter 3:15) we do this by knowing the word of God.  In Matthew 4:4  Jesus says,  “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

It is important that I get involved in church and ministries.  God wants believers to come together in fellowship. Proverbs 27:17 says ” Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” When the body of Christ comes together we can restore each other (Galatians 6:1 and James 5:19-20), to love and encourage each other (I Thessalonians 5:11 and Hebrews 10:25-27), and to bear each others burdens and to forgive one another (Galatians 6:2 and Cololassians  3:13).  By coming together as the body of Christ we become more refined, effective in our calling, and have brothers and sisters in Christ directing us away from temptation.

Finally, I need opportunities to serve and love my neighbors.  Romans 12:13 says, “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”  By doing this, I can be a reflection of Christ’s love.  A concrete reminder that being the hands and feet of Christ demonstrates His love for all in a way that is selflessly sacrificial.

My brothers and sisters, how do you stay intentional?  I would love to know!

~Be Blessed and be a Blessing~

Rebecca

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8 Responses to “Being Intentional”

  1. Growing Up Madison July 26, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

    I love your honesty! Guess what? I grew up in a faith filled home and went to church with my mom every week and I still sometimes struggle with the things of the world. I try my best which is all that you can do and pray without ceasing as the Bible tells us to. Keep the faith!

    • luvmybebebugs July 27, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

      Thanks for the encouragement! Just what I needed to hear! Blessings to you!

  2. wendytamaryoung August 6, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    Hello Rebecca
    Thank you for visiting my blog today. I find life is a series of choices that we need to make. I can either renew my mind in the Word or in front of the a TV screen…I can read a book in bed or read my Bible…I can choose to respond with love or anger….I can choose to allow the thoughts of the world to infiltrate my thinking or I can take the thought captive. Even Apostle Paul struggled and cried out:”Who will save me from this body of death?” and his even louder response comes: ” Thanks be to God – it is through Jesus Christ our Lord! ”
    Blessings today
    Wendy

  3. kennedy August 15, 2013 at 4:04 am #

    Dear Lord,s people,

    Please kindly welcome to pray for us and the dying orphans and the poor widows in Kenya.Kindly we need the word of truth and please help to work with you and your ministry.We need some to teach us and to assist us with bibles if possible in Jesus name.Thanks your brother Pastor Kennedy

  4. heatherburket August 20, 2013 at 9:03 am #

    Thank you so much for this, I can relate so much to it. I used to search endlessly for meaning, walking aimlessly through life only to find fleeting happiness in worldly things – I was finally able to find strength, foundation, and never ending joy in my life through God who opened my eyes to the joy within. I hope your post reaches many and influences greatly! Love to you! Heather (inspiringkids.net)

    • Rebecca August 20, 2013 at 11:06 am #

      Thank you so much for sharing. It is always a comfort to know that others can relate. Thank you for the sweet encouraging words. God be the Glory!
      ~Blessings~

  5. Rhonda Sittig September 5, 2014 at 7:35 am #

    Love this post. I think being intentional is how we all need to live–keeping our hearts and minds on things above, even though are days of full of the things all around us… thanks.

    • Rebecca September 6, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

      Thank you for your kind encouraging words! Thank you for visiting, it made my day! Many Blessings to you 🙂

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