Higher Standard

Inspired after reading Micah 6, this poem emphasizes the need to focus more on our Creator rather than the hustle and bustle of this world. His standards are high and that is a good thing because we are told what is best for our soul. We can find what we need most in His Word and through His people.

Step Ahead

The world has low standards
But God’s standards are high
Coming down to us
From way up in the sky.

Spiritual assets
Take one far
Instead of a nice house
Or expensive car.

Worship the ONE true God
Accepting His mercy
With life changing power
To step ahead humbly.

Treating others fairly,
Doing things the right way
With kindness, respect,
And in what we say.

For the Creator
Of the beauty of fall
Made people his greatest
Creation of all.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 08-29-2019
Inspired by “This Day with God Devotional – Micah 6

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Victory for You and Me

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. – Galatians 5:1

As written about in the post “Free to Fly Higher”, there was a way to receive forgiveness by following the procedures in Leviticus 4 but in current times, God has provided a much better way to atone for sins.

Jesus has become the sacrifice for our sins and by accepting Him as our Savior, we can not only receive forgiveness but also have more time to examine our life, reflect on what changes are needed, and pray for guidance.

We can accomplish many things in communities across this land but the greatest accomplishment is when Jesus is in the heart of a neighbor. Let us celebrate each time this happens for someone. Join in on the celebration today with today’s song My Victory by Crowder. 


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Free to Fly Higher

God is big enough to make the impossible possible so today we start by doing what is necessary; then we will do what is possible. Before you know it, the impossible will be done. This day with God will be amazing because our journey continues into Leviticus 4 and there will be lessons learned to apply in our life.

It becomes obvious while reading this passage that the gravity of sin increased with those in positions of leadership and responsibility because even when sins were committed inadvertently, they had to be atoned. Leaders or people of responsibility sinned and when they did, those under them were guilty too. Once realized what happened, those under the leader or person of responsibility became guilty too even though they were unaware of the sin. There had to be a sacrifice of a bull, goat, or lamb as an atonement for the sin.

The statement that gives assurance of complete and final forgiveness for the beneficiary of the sacrifice was when the person of authority made atonement for himself and then all the followers of the person also went through the same procedure so they were forgiven.

Today’s passage should make us want to share with others about how important the life of Christ became as our ultimate sacrifice for our sin. It seems impossible that we would have to make atonement for sins that we didn’t even know about. The sins of those leading us still affect our own lives but by accepting Jesus, there is no more need for going through the procedure laid out in the passage today.

We can spend more time on our ultimate mission today which is sharing with others about Christ who provides our best way to step ahead of the sin that holds us back in life. We can examine what to work on and study the scriptures for lessons to apply in life. It is possible with Christ to fulfill our responsibilities and pray for the Holy Spirit to influence us along the journey.

This day with You Lord, the impossible has become possible. Our plans may not always work out but Your plan for us always does. It brings victory in our life now and forever. The power of the Holy Spirit is at work in us to give us the edge in life. We can study the Scripture for lessons to apply and come to You in prayer for guidance. Amen.


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