Julia Shalom Jordan

REAL change.

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“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Today’s Christian daily devotional

“Hey Kell, can you turn up the Cub’s game?” A gruff man called from the back of the bar, motioning her to bring another beer.

“Sure thing, Frank.” Popping off the top of his favorite longneck, the beads of sweat cooled her hand.

Kelly was taken aback by the fact that she hadn’t craved a beer in over two weeks.  This wasn’t like her. Normally she would have put down at least a couple–especially on a day like this one. The heat index was soaring and the shift was slow.  But, Kelly didn’t have that typical urge.

Frank’s smile erupted as she plopped the icy beer right in front of him.

“You look different, Kell.” Frank’s muddy eyes scanned her carefully as she cleared the mess of the shelled peanuts strewn all over his high top.

Trying to figure out what was so different about his favorite bartender; Frank’s boisterous laugh roared in unison with the Cub fans that were cheering a home run on the television. “Hmmm…you look like you’re in love…”

“I think I am, actually.” She grinned while waltzing back to the bar, thinking about the one person that had radically changed her life.

Ever since meeting Him, the world looked so different! Kelly hadn’t lost those five pounds seemed to haunt her thighs; yet physically she felt lighter. For the first time in her life, her usual worry or regrets didn’t bog her down. In the morning, she woke up happy and hopeful.  This was something Kelly hadn’t felt since she was a young girl.

In the natural realm, nothing had changed; technically, Kelly’s life was exactly the same as it was before she met Him. But, on the inside, Kelly Potter could not deny that she was a completely changed woman.

2 Corinthians 5:17 talks about the supernatural phenomena that happens to a life that has been altered by Jesus.

The spiritual realm affects every part of a human being.  When a person is ‘Born Again, a whole new level of spiritual consciousness begins to open up.

As a believer grows in the things of God, those inward changes will start to show in ways that other people will recognize.  A chronic liar won’t be able to tell a fable without conviction poking at their heart.

Little by little, day-by-day, if those ‘pokes’ are heeded and obedience follows, that person’s character will begin to take on a more Christ-like form.

This is God’s dream for every believer. God desires to work with the free will of all His children. He wants to bring out their individual personalities while still retaining the beautiful character of Christ Himself.

Are you ready for the kind of change that doesn’t merely scratch the surface?

“Dear Heavenly Father,

I say I want change all the time.  Yet, I do the same things over and over again.  Always hoping that if I stay at the game long enough, I will eventually ‘get lucky’.

This is not wisdom.  It’s pure foolishness.

Lord, what I really wanted was change without the work.  To really see real change happen in my life, I realize that I need you more than just on Sunday morning.  I need you to be involved in my everyday life. I’m so humbled that you actually want to be a part of it.

So, in the name of Jesus, I want you to go into the deepest parts of my heart—the holy of holies.  Lord, show me the areas that I have kept ‘off limits’ to you.  I promise to let you inside today every area of my life today.

I know Jesus died to give me more than just salvation for my soul.  He died to help me become a new creature.

I will not fight that process anymore. 

Immerse me into a whole new level with you, Lord. Baptize me with your Holy Spirit. Please give me the stamina and determination to keep pressing in with you until I see it.

Increase my faith as I release all doubt, negative words and unbelief.  Help me to limit my contact with those who will not encourage my faith, but try and stop it.

I will not let any person, including myself, to abort your will from happening in my life.  I want all that you have for me, Amen.”

Thank you for reading today’s Christian daily devotional on verse: 2 Corinthians 5:17


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Julia Shalom Jordan

Is your LOVE for sale?

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Written by Julia Shalom Jordan.

“He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself; he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of His Son.  And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His son.  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.  These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.  And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we shall ask anything according to His will, He heareth us: And we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.” 1 John 5:10-15

Today’s Christian daily devotional

Recently, I was contacted by an alternative healing website.  They stumbled across some of the healing prayers I had written on
www.shalombewithyou.com.
The owner of the website wanted me to write up some prayers for people who were struggling in every way (emotional, physical and spiritual healing). Of course, like any new writer, the invitation was flattering and exciting…until I read the fine print! The only stipulation they had was to omit the name of Jesus Christ in all my prayers.

I know that this was to avoid offending those who aren’t in agreement with the God that I pray to. Like any wise business person, they wanted to make the prayers palatable and accessible to people of all faiths—this would only include a larger audience, of course! I can’t really blame them for thinking with their heads.

But, there is one thing that these savvy website owners failed to consider.  My personal faith runs DEEP and that is a matter of my heart, not my head.  The words I write are not just empty thoughts on paper or a computer screen.  They are the actual language of my heart to a God whom I love very deeply.

If I were to omit honoring the God I pray to, not only would I be pulling the power plug out of my prayers, I would be insulting Him immensely.

In this day and age, many people are afraid of offending others. Unfortunately there seems to be very little regard to hurting, insulting or offending God Himself.

After overcoming much in my life, I cannot help but feel an affinity towards ministries and organizations that help heal people.

But, my personal relationship with God and my faith is uncompromising. I truly want to honor Him with not only my words but also my actions.

Sadly, this means I will have to decline another paycheck. But in the end, I can lay my head down at night and know that nothing is worth knowingly causing more pain  to a God who has been so good to me; despite the fact I have hurt Him millions of times throughout my life.

“Dear Heavenly Father,

Sometimes in all your greatness, I forget that I have the power to hurt you.  This is the most painful part about loving an imperfect human—they can always inflict on the ones that care for them.

First off, I must thank you for your patience.  You have been so good to me, despite my unlovely qualities. Thank you that your mercy is so great and your love is even greater.

I want to acknowledge how much I love you by the very fabric of my life.  Although it may not be perfect, I want it to perfectly express my devotion to you.

In a world that is heavy with compromise, help me not to be seduced by that mentality.  Bowing to the world’s ways may make it “easier” for me initially, but in the end, it will put a wedge between us.  Nothing is worth that to me anymore.  I am so sorry it took me so long to learn that.

Today, I want to rededicate my life to you.  Breathe fresh life into my lungs. Show me just how much you love me so I can be so filled to the brim. I will allow that overflow to touch the lives of those who are deceived into thinking you have forgotten them.

Lord, let them feel your love and know it was not you that forgot them, but the other way around.

Show them how great your love is.  In Jesus’ precious, powerful and limitless name, Amen!”

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