God Does What We Can Not

Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus.

 Saving is all his idea, and all his work.

 All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. 

It’s God’s gift from start to finish! 

We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! 

No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. 

He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.
Ephesians 2:7‭-‬10 MSG

http://bible.com/97/eph.2.7-10.MSG

Amazing to think how God can fill us & use us as living proof of His work.  When i think of what He’s done I’m humbled to say, “use me Lord to share your love, grace, mercy & joy.” But also know it’s not a matter of paying him back nor taking any credit.

Lyrics to this song by Keith Green/arr. By Phil Leager right from the start remind me I can’t add one thing to what Christ has done for me so I will praise Him and let Him be seen in me.


https://youtu.be/OGFtIL4Zm1Q

In Christ,  Beetle 



EXTRA 

Further inspiration for this post came from day 3 of the @YouVersion Plan Identity In Christ. Check it out here:

http://bible.com/r/Sn

What Time Do You Have?

There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth: 

A right time for birth and another for death, A right time to plant and another to reap, A right time to kill and another to heal, A right time to destroy and another to construct, A right time to cry and another to laugh, A right time to lament and another to cheer, A right time to make love and another to abstain, A right time to embrace and another to part, A right time to search and another to count your losses, A right time to hold on and another to let go, A right time to rip out and another to mend, A right time to shut up and another to speak up, A right time to love and another to hate, A right time to wage war and another to make peace.

 But in the end, does it really make a difference what anyone does? I’ve had a good look at what God has given us to do—busywork, mostly. 

True, God made everything beautiful in itself and in its time—but he’s left us in the dark, so we can never know what God is up to, whether he’s coming or going. 

I’ve decided that there’s nothing better to do than go ahead and have a good time and get the most we can out of life. That’s it—eat, drink, and make the most of your job. It’s God’s gift

I’ve also concluded that whatever God does, that’s the way it’s going to be, always. No addition, no subtraction.

 God’s done it and that’s it. 

That’s so we’ll quit asking questions and simply worship in holy fear. 

Whatever was, is. Whatever will be, is.

 That’s how it always is with God.

 I took another good look at what’s going on: The very place of judgment—corrupt! The place of righteousness—corrupt! I said to myself, “God will judge righteous and wicked.”

 There’s a right time for every thing, every deed—and there’s no getting around it. 

I said to myself regarding the human race, “God’s testing the lot of us, showing us up as nothing but animals.” Humans and animals come to the same end—humans die, animals die. We all breathe the same air.

 So there’s really no advantage in being human. None. Everything’s smoke. We all end up in the same place—we all came from dust, we all end up as dust.

 Nobody knows for sure that the human spirit rises to heaven or that the animal spirit sinks into the earth. 

So I made up my mind that there’s nothing better for us men and women than to have a good time in whatever we do—that’s our lot. Who knows if there’s anything else to life?
Ecclesiastes 3:1‭-‬22 MSG

http://bible.com/97/ecc.3.1-22.MSG

Jer.33:2-3

What ever season we are going through we may not know what the future holds but we know who holds the future.

The above scriptures were written before Christ came in the flesh and explain things better and made a new promise…

With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved.

 Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud.

 A new power is in operation.

 The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death. 

God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. He didn’t deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant. In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all. 

The law code, weakened as it always was by fractured human nature, could never have done that. 

The law always ended up being used as a Band-Aid on sin instead of a deep healing of it. And now what the law code asked for but we couldn’t deliver is accomplished as we, instead of redoubling our own efforts, simply embrace what the Spirit is doing in us.

 Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. 

Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! 

Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life.

 Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. 

Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. 

That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. And God isn’t pleased at being ignored.

 But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him.

 Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God’s terms.

 It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? 

When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!

 So don’t you see that we don’t owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. There’s nothing in it for us, nothing at all. 

The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. 

God’s Spirit beckons. 

There are things to do and places to go! 

This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” 

God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! 

We go through exactly what Christ goes through.

 If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!

 That’s why I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. 

The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next. 

Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. 

Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens.

Romans 8:1‭-‬21 MSG

http://bible.com/97/rom.8.1-21.MSG

Dead to my old self,  alive to Him, Beetle 

What’s Going On In That Mind?

Prov.14:10 what do you know?
Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.
Proverbs 14:10 NIV

http://bible.com/111/pro.14.10.NIV

We will never know what is going on in another person’s mind, body or soul.

 I personally feel that it is important to remember all of us, humans,  have those 3 parts while alive.  

We have our mental health,  our physical health and our spiritual health. The Sovereign Lord is the Lord of all three parts.

 If someone becomes sick mental but is fine physically & spiritually it is not as a result of, or reflection of, anything they did or didn’t do physically or spiritually. IN THE SAME WAY, when you become ill physically it has nothing to do with how healthy you are mentally or spiritually .

I personally know what it is like to be ill mentally,  physically and spiritually.  Many times I’ve only been sick, poor or lacking in one area but I’ve also lost all three areas in my life and God carried me through, however,  had my suicide attempts been successful in my past I obviously would not be relaying this message today.

If you or someone you know has a mind filled with confusion and thoughts that you or they would be better off dead, get help, just as you would if you had an open cut, broken arm or “felt off” physically.  

In Christ,                                         Beetle 

The person who shuns the bitter moments of friends will be an outsider at their celebrations.

Proverbs 14:10 MSG

http://bible.com/97/pro.14.10.MSG

ONE SUICIDE need not lead to another 

​My Dear Family and Friends,
I need to share with you some further difficult news about Alexx Bailey. We received notice this week that Alexx’s death has officially been labeled a suicide. Sometime on the evening of July 5th, he took a massive dose of his prescription Seroquel (quetiapine). He wrote a few brief words in his Bible, “I left happy” and “I’m sorry. I don’t know if it was selfish.” And then our cherished son, our beloved brother, our loving grandchild, our devoted friend died in bed. He was found in his apartment on July 7th by his grandfather and cousin while other family members frantically reached out to friends, hoping to find Alexx alive and well.

Why am I sharing these heart-wrenching details about our loss? Alexx struggled his entire life with bipolar disorder. He was terrorized by voices as early as five years old. He was on antipsychotic medications by the time he reached middle school. He fought anxiety and Tourette’s all the way through school. He tried to find relief through street drugs, then had to deal with the fallout of addiction. Alexx continually fought to overcome this debilitating disorder.

I am so proud of the young man Alexx had become, especially given the obstacles he climbed to get sober and to dedicate himself to helping others. I am destroyed knowing that his coping skills were swamped and he felt he couldn’t fight anymore, but I understand. And I will always remember him as the strong, witty and loving young man he was.

You see, here’s the thing, it is so hard to fight day after day just to have a “normal” day, whatever that means. Did you know that thirty percent of those diagnosed with bipolar disorder will attempt suicide at least once? Did you know that the suicide rate for those with this disorder is twenty times that of the general population?

But it’s not just those with severe mental illnesses who fight the fight of overwhelming hopelessness. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in our young people. The subject of suicide is not something we can ignore. We can’t pretend this doesn’t happen, nor can we consider this a sign of weakness. The amount of people who confront the dark thoughts that lead to their death is staggering. Too many too young are among these dead and dying.
 
Let others know that you understand their struggle and that they are not alone. Speak up as we fight against this epidemic. Kyri Bailey already has her semicolon tattoo, and I will soon be getting one, too. “Your story is not over.”

http://www.projectsemicolon.org/ 

(Written by his mother, Kimberly Read and Sister, Kyri with information from the medical examiner and detective that worked his case)

Don’t end your journey,  your story, your life. 

Love, Alexx’s dad