As God wanted to have a relationship with His people in the old testament, He still desires to have the same with us. Are you going to run to God or from God?
3 When I refused to confess my sin,
my body wasted away,
and I groaned all day long.
4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Interlude
5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you
and stopped trying to hide my guilt.
I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.”
And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
Luke 18:35-42 (KJV)
35 And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging:
36 And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant.
37 And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. 38 And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. 39 And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. 40 And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, 41 Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. 42 And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.
The Faith of the blind man moved Jesus in such a way, that Jesus stopped an asked “What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? It did not matter that the man was in the crowd and people told him to be quiet. No! He yelled louder, Son of David, have mercy on me!! His Faith, stopped God! His Faith moved Heaven! He received his sight!
Does your Faith move God?
A routine is not always easy to get used to. It is trying, as it goes against everything you have been doing. It also throws you off-balance.
Balance here is key. One must be able to balance the things required and still follow the new process.
Proverbs 16:11 (The Jewish Study Bible) The balance and scales of justice have their own origin in Adonai; all the weights in the bag are His doing.
Know that Adonai (God) is the originator of being in balance and He is with you. Do not give up, keep pressing forward.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 King James Version
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
One thing we can never retract is time. Time is wrapped around us like the air we breathe. When we inhale and exhale, time is gone. Find time to pray and enjoy family and friends. Find time just to enjoy life and laugh. Find time to love. Finding time to do this will make a difference in our lives. When we look back over our life as time goes on, we want to be able to say ” I enjoyed my time with no regrets”.
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The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.
In your strength I can crush an army.
With my God I can scale any wall.
God’s way is perfect.
All the Lord’s promises prove true.
He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.
For who is God except the Lord?
Who but our God is a solid rock?
God arms me with strength,
And He makes my way perfect.
He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
Enabling me to stand on mountain heights.
He trains my hands for battle.
He strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow.
You have given me your shield of victory.
Your right hand supports me.
Your help has made me great.
You have made a wide path for my feet to keep them from slipping.
He is the God who pays back those who harm me.
He subdues the nations under me
And rescues me from my enemies.
You hold me safe beyond the reach of my enemies
You save me from violent opponents.
The Lord lives! Praise to my Rock!
Psalms 18 NLT 28-36, 47-48, 46
In the midst of being tired and wanting to go to sleep, I choose to Praise God.
I sing verse 1 and 2 of Psalm 121, I will lift up my eyes to the hills from which cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord. As I begin to worship and sing to the Lord, my strength is renewed. As I continue to worship, I feel the tiredness lift, until it is gone. My mind and body is renewed. I am refreshed!
Psalm 121 King James Version (KJV)
121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. 3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. 6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. 8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
When you are feeling tired and need to be renewed, trying worshiping the Lord and say no to the candy, soda, chips, popcorn, cake, coffee and tea.
We have made it to Friday. For some the week was stressful and long. For some it was a breeze. For others they thought, “I need a new job”. Whatever the case may be, in all things give thanks to God. God our creator has given us the breath of life. He has given us benefits.
Psalm 103:2 KJV
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.
Grab a hold of His benefits of peace, joy, hope etc…
It is yours if you want them.
Happiness is circumstantial. Joy comes from the Lord. Today I am so thankful for growth and just plain old life. Life brings us all through trails that makes us stronger. This day I say I thankyou Lord and smile.
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While getting some exercise, walking,I began to fill pain in my leg. I kept going and began to speak words of healing and strength. By Jesus strips I am healed. Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.They shall run and not get weary, the shall walk and not faint. Thank you Lord for strength in my knees, in my legs, in my ankles and in my body.
I did not go fast, but I kept a slow steady pace.
On my return back home, the pain started again and I had to walk up a slight incline. Then the song “I Believe “started on my radio.
My spirit began to quicken. Then the song “War” started playing.
Yes, there is a war going on and I win in Christ Jesus. I made it home with some pep in my step.
When you least expect it, God shows up to help push you through till the end.
Do not give up, only believe.
Isaiah 53:5, Isaiah 54:17 and Isaiah 42:28-41
Psalm 91:1-2 KJV
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
How do we enter in the secret place of the most High? We say it!
The Lord is my refuge and my fortress in Him will I trust.
Speak the Word!
King James Version (KJV)
12 Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.
Thank God for His mercy. We would I be without it? Mmmm, maybe not in a good place or further behind in my purpose for here on earth.
Mercy is defined as a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion, a fortunate circumstance.
Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery because they were jealous and God showed him mercy and gave him favor in the sight of Potiphar. Potiphar made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. This is God making what the devil meant for evil for good. Joseph was well favored.
Joseph was handsome and Potiphar’s wife wanted to lie with him. Now why does this women who has all that she wants, want to lie with Joseph? That is another story in itself, I will not go there. Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce Joseph. He refuses her and runs away. In his haste, he does not pull his garment from Potiphar’s wife ‘s hand and he leaves behind his garment. Here is what she did.
16 And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home. 17 And she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me: 18 And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out. 19 And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled. 20 And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.
God again showed Joseph mercy and He gives him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. What the devil meant for evil, God made it for good. God set the devil up. The devil thought Joseph would not succeed and through these adverse circumstances Joseph learned and was being groomed for God’s purpose.
What can one learn from the story of Joseph? No matter what the cost, stand firm for God and He will bless you for doing His will. Also,for being on God’s side, you will be blessed even though the circumstances do not look good.
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I Corinthians 9:26-27 English Standard King James
26) Therefore I run thus;not with certainty. Thus I fight:not as one who beats the air. 27) But, I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
Everyday I rise with a choice to put my best foot forward in all things or just do nothing. What does nothing bring? Nothing! At work my job performance and leading would be meaningless. If I did nothing, I would be disqualified. My role as a mother and wife, would have no fruit. How can I represent my husband and my children if I did nothing. Really? No cooking, no cleaning, no washing, no working, no helping with homework, no listening to the children’s problems or questions, no listening to my husband, just eating, sleeping and making a mess. Who can I lead if I do nothing? Who can I help if I do nothing?
What does putting my best foot forward bring? It brings peace of mind, satisfaction, a sense of accomplishment, laughter, a happy home and enjoying work. Disciplining oneself to stay on task, completing what is required, listening and helping is a positive output. One is representing themselves as leader who is qualified, certain and capable. In all the things that ones does, do it as if you are doing it unto the Lord. Keeping the Lord at the forefront, keeps things into perspective. See, being a leader is being a greater servent and helper. Yes, you lead, but the majority of the time you are serving others and by your service to others you are setting a Godly example.
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We have made it to mid-week. Summer is approaching and you know what we tend to do. We get that quick diet plan to lose pounds before the summer hits.
Instead of the quick fix diet, how about a life style change in eating? We eat to live. Food is one of the vital things we need to survive.
Now, in all this exercising what about our mind? Having peace of mind and in the soul is important. There is one who can give you and I peace in the midst of every situation. His name is Christ Jesus.
John 14:25-28 King James Version
These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
In these times, we all need peace.
We are all called to be servants of Christ, to help each other to overcome and provide words of hope. On this day, tell someone they did a good job. Tell someone “yes they can make it” or just smile when you see the person in front you. In doing so, you are showing the love of God.
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Re post- Originally posted on 9/23/2013
New King James Version (NKJV)
159 Consider how I love Your precepts; Revive me, O Lord, according to Your loving kindness.
Lord Jesus we love your commandments and follow them. Consider us Lord as we ask for strength. We need you Lord to make it through this day. Thank you Lord for your loving kindness and for strength.
In Jesus name, Amen.
While walking this morning, my leg began to bother me so much that I almost reached for my cell to call for help. Instead, I spoke the Word of God and brought God’s Word back to His remembrance. The Lord God comes for His Word. I said, “Lord you promised healing and total restoration. I need strength, Your strength that is within me and I kept on walking.” Soon enough I was moving better and the limp started going away.
Hebrews 4:14-16 King James Version
14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Go boldly to the throne of grace, speak the Word of God, believe and He will answer.
8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
Words of Faith will create a new life for you. Just speak the word.
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Isaiah 6:8 Kings James Version
Also, I heard the voice of the Lord saying ” Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
The Lord was calling for His people to represent Him and Isaiah answered the call. The Lord is still calling today. Will you answer the call and give hope to a dying world?
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Faith, Forgiveness and Love (FFL) are the language of the body of Christ.
When things are not going the way we intended or we are being misused or mistreated, it is the word of Faith the keeps us going. Hebrews 11:1, 6 states now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. We are speaking things into existence by our words. Did not God use His words to create this world, the things within and us?
Then came Peter to Jesus, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say to thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. (Matthew 18:21-22). If we do not forgive our brothers and sister, then God will not forgive us. Jesus, said Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.(Luke 23:24) Jesus asked forgiveness for us and God forgave us. God loved us so much that He gave his only begotten son to die on the cross so that we my be connected with Him again.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (I Corinthians 13: 4-7). Love heals a multitude of sins.
FFL is the language of the body of Christ.
Re-post – Originally posted in February of 2013
Happy Tuesday! Day two of the week. To be technical, this is the third day of the week based upon our calendar. 😎
Isaiah 43:25-26 King James Version
I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.  Put me in remembrance: let us plead s together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.
Here we see that God has erased our wrongs, then He said declare that you are justified. So why do we bring up past wrongs? Declare the good. Declare that you are righteous.
Just saying, speak life.
It is Friday and I have to say thank you Lord. I made it and I actually got things accomplished during the week. Sometimes though, my week is not so productive, but I learned something today, while reading “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. ” Most things that tangle my mind is not today’s concern’s, it is for tomorrow”. Wow! How many times have I tried to get something done and was concerned about it and it did not happen. Balance! Balance in Christ. If we keep Him 1st, He will indeed guide our foot steps.
Pick up the book ” Jesus Calling”, it will be a blessing.
Who walks in His ways.
2 When you eat the labor of your hands,
You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.
3 Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
In the very heart of your house,
Your children like olive plants
All around your table.
4 Behold, thus shall the man be blessed
Who fears the Lord.
5 The Lord bless you out of Zion,
And may you see the good of Jerusalem
All the days of your life.
6 Yes, may you see your children’s children.
Peace be upon Israel!
When you find yourself starting to complain, check yourself as to see what you can do to change the situation. I catch myself complaining about something that I can change. Hmm🤔, I do believe that the greater one inside of us has given us the ability to affect change. Let’s start with us and move positive change forward.
Genesis 19:29 (King James Version)
29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.
It is my season for grace and favor, it is my season to reap where I have sown. I am pretty sure you have heard the song “It’s Working” by William Murphy. It is my season for grace and favor, it is my season to reap where I have sown is the opening lines to the song.
In the selected passage we see that God remembered Abraham and sent Lot out of the midst of trouble. For the seed that Lot sown with Abraham, the man of God, Lot was granted favor and grace by being in relationship with Abraham. Beloved, when you help and pray for the man and woman of God, God will remember. In the case of Lot, he was saved from destruction. It is good news to know that God will bless you for helping His people. As you are praying over God’s chosen, you are sowing seeds in God that can be reaped in the future.
God is a creator. He increases and does not allow waste.
In the parable of the talents we see that master gave 3 servants some talents. One he gave five, one he gave two and another he gave one. Each servant was given according to his own ability. The master left and would return at an appointed time excepting to reap from what was given to his servant. Upon his return, the servant who had 5 talents earned 5 more. He was made ruler over many because he was faithful with the little that was given to him. The servant who had 2 talents earn 2 more. Likewise, he was made ruler over many because he was faithful with the little that was given to him. They both were told to enter in the joy of their lord. The servant who had one talent earned nothing. He hid the talent in the ground. The one talent was taken from the servant and given to the one that had 5. Why? The servant did not use is talent, he wasted it by hiding it.
Our talents are given to us by God to be used and shared with others to show the love of God. How can we brighten up someones day with a smile, if we never smile? If the smile was meant for us to see, we would see our smiles without needing a mirror or something that has a reflection. If our songs were not meant for others to hear, we would have not need to hear.
Do not waste your talent, use it for the glory of God.
The struggle in the morning is real when it comes to getting up and ready. Now, the intent is there to be up early to spend time with God, but that sleep just is ah so good. The heart and motive are right but now the time is short and it seems like there is no time for God. There is time, grab your Bible and say a verse or two. Say thank you Lord, that is a prayer. Before you know it, your day will begin to shift as God is put 1st and a calmness will settle within you.
John 16: 33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Christ is within us and as the Words of God are a spoken, peace within will arise.
Prison building, jail cell, bob wire fences and iron bars are not just physical, it is also mental. The hope and dreams that use to run wild in your mind is now locked up in the prison of your mind. Hurts and failures are seen as a reason to give up on the dream in your heart. Awaken from your slumber and remember the dream is a start. Begin to write what you see and dare to trust God and move toward your dream to see it become a reality.
Habakkuk 2:2-3 King James Version 2 And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
Have you ever woke up with something so strong on your heart regarding someone else and when you prayed God instructed you to read and He gave YOU words of encouragement ? That was me today. In my quest to be debt free and owe nothing to one, I swear bills are coming out of no where. After reading a section of the August 2013 Believer’s Voice of Victory magazine by Kenneth Copeland Ministries, the presence of the Lord was all over me. In reading Deuteronomy 8:7-10 and Proverbs 10:22 and it gave me encouragement. I hope this help you too.
7 For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills; 8 A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey; 9 A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass. 10 When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the Lord thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.
22 The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
It is God’s promise for us to be debt free.
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Repost from 2013
In the midst of this brisk cold morning, one can find warmth in cuddling up in your blanket or drinking a nice cup of hot tea. In spite of the spring season with winter weather, we can all relate to seasons in our lives that moves us into another area of learning. The Bible tells us “to everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
May you learn from your current season to trust God more and trust that He has equipped you to do what He has called you to do.
As I move about the day and move through the rain, I have to acknowledge the beauty of the day. The grey sky with a light background, which let’s me know the sun is wanting to break through. The Son of God, Christ Jesus wants to break some things up in our lives, so that we can have joy and peace.
John 16:13 English Standard Version
Do you want joy and peace? Allow Christ to come into your space today.
Peace and Love
4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
We have the power in the words that we speak to uplift or bring down. We are called to give hope to others, not hatred or gossip. Rise up my brother and sister and speak life.
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Galatians 5:13 King James Version (KJV) 13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
No matter what position you are in the church, corporate world, government or your home, we are to serve each other with love.
Furthermore as a Christian, Jesus said, people will know that we are a Christian by the love that we show to one another.
John 13:35 KJV By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Screaming and yelling when you can not get your way in not lovely. Talking bad about the lady at the counter who is patiently trying to assist you as you complain is not lovely. Not matter if you are serving or being served, you should show love.
Show someone love today.
Correcting one when they are in error puts the corrector in a better light to the receiver of the correction. Although they may not like what is being said, they will be grateful in the end that the person cared enough to take the time out to help put them back on the right way. Truth is not always easy, but it is right.
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Re-post from April 2015
Romans 8:18-21 King James Version (KJV)
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
God is waiting for the revealing of His sons and daughters. In this revealing there will be deliverance from the bondage of sin. When the first act of sin was created in the Garden of Eden, it affected the relationship between God and man. God loves us so much that He gave his son Jesus as the ultimate sacrifice to connect man and God back together. The bondage of sin is being broken every day for those you are in Christ Jesus!
Break Every Chain”
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When you hear the word sculpting, it reminds ones of an Artist. An Artist carefully shaping their clay to make that spectacular master piece.
Sculpting is derived from the word sculpt, which is defined as to make or shape a statue.
Isaiah 64:8 says “But now, O Lord you are our Father;We are the clay and your our potter;And all we are the work of your hand.”
For each storm that blows your way. God is equipping you with longevity. Showing you how to endure without falling. He is trimming where it needs to be trimmed. He is changing the heart and the attitude.
Ahh, then it happens, a pearl is formed. Oh, that is pearl is you! So beautiful!
Continue to prune, shape and mold us until we become a pearl.
In Jesus name,
Re-post, originally posted in August of 2012
Today is new day of endless possibilities. Stretch your believing and complete the task at hand. It may be a challenge but remember it is in you to succeed. You have a greater one that is you, Christ Jesus wanting to help you.
Psalm 121 King James Version
121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
The challenges of a new day are the same for everyone. Really? If you are still on this earth moving and breathing, yes the challenges of the a new day are the same. We begin to think about the day, we begin to move portions of our body and we open our eyes. After this, some pray to God or the little god. Some are thankful and some wish they were still asleep as the task ahead is too heavy. It is a choice to pray or not to pray. You can be positive or negative, it is still a choice. Today, I encourage you to be positive and choose life. Choose things that are for your good.
If you are struggling, there is a Savior, Christ Jesus who wants to help you and I. He tells us in Matthew 11:28-29 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
No matter what the challenge is, we can rest in Christ Jesus. He will give us the strength to go on and give us the direction needed to make it through the day.
I choose to rest in God. The choice is yours.
Oppression is defined as sense of being weighed down in body and mind. It is when a person fills like everything is coming at them and they do not know what to do. There is a huge weight on the mind and body. A person may even feel hopeless.
So many people feel this way at times in their life. Some are able to quickly moves pass the oppression and some are not able to. Oppression is even generational.
The Bible tells us in Psalm 9:9 ( NIV) “the Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in the times of trouble”. Also in Psalm 103:6 it states ” the Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.”
When one is feeling so overwhelmed with life, there is help. There are people who God has to speak life and not death.
The Lord Jesus said in Matthew 11:28 (NIV) “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. The Lord wants you and I to cast all our cares unto to Him. He will give us rest and peace. Do not delay, give it all over to the Lord.
Peace and Blessings,
Does your Faith move God?
King James Version (KJV)
11 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
The 10 Lepers ask Jesus to have mercy on them. Jesus gave the instructions, go show yourself to Priest. Then it happened, on the way to the see the Priest, they were healed. One, turned around and went back and worshiped at Jesus feet. The other 9 continued on their journey to the Priest. That one leper, was so thankful for what Jesus did for him. He was no longer considered dirty. Glory to God! He was now considered clean. Jesus ask about other the 9 Lepers. See this man was not a Jew, but he knew that Jesus was able to heal him. The Lord Jesus said to him, thy faith hath made thee whole!! So this one man was made whole. That means no more issues in his body. His faith stopped heaven! His faith stopped Jesus!
Do you have faith to stop heaven? Do you want the faith to stop heaven?
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Proverbs 27:17 (Message Bible) You use steel to sharpen steel, and one friend sharpens another.
Our focus text points out that one friend sharpens another. To better explain this text, is the friend(s) that you hang around whose behavior is good/bad, in due time you will begin to pick up their ways. Take care to pay attention to the things that you begin to do when you are in your friends company. If you begin to do something that is not good, you need to change whom you hang with, until you are strong enough to sharpen them, instead of them sharpening you.
To love is a commandment. We are to love another, our enemies and God. In loving our enemies, God said we will be rewarded. Now, if you choose to hate, you are hurting yourself. Hate is a toxin to the body. The building up of hate in the mind, body and soul, affects the body’s organs,natural processes and the breeding even more negative emotions, brings a greater risk for heart disease and stroke.
When we love, we are patient and kind. When we love we are showing God character as God is love.
Will you show love today?
Be Blessed !
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Re-post- originally posted in October of 2016
Romans 12:9 King James Version Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil, cleave to that which is good.
Our focus is ” let love be without dissimulation”. Dissimulation means to hide under false appearance according to Merriam Webster Dictionary. The focus phrase now reads as “let love be without a false appearance”. “Let love be without a hidden agenda”.
We are to love unconditionally. It does not matter the hurt, pain, action etc.. Jesus, yes Christ Jesus died for all mankind. He did no wrong. Yet, He walked the earth and gave His love to all. Yup! The women who was caught in adultery, Paul who murdered Christians and Judas who betrayed Him for money. There are many other examples of Christ showing love.
Here is what needs to be noticed. The love given by Christ and that is to be given by all, is “agape” love. Agape love, is a love that wishes no harm. It wants the individual to succeed. You can not tell me that a person does not need love. Scientists have tested this and found that even plants respond to love. The plant that did not get attention died and the plant that received attention flourished. Oh, you are saying, I do not talk to my plants. Yeah right! 🙂
Giving encouragement is a form of love. Let’s encourage someone today. Share how you made it through your depression, oppression, feeling of inferiority etc.. Let them know that can make it and you love them just because. No strings attached. Look them in the eyes, smile and give them a hug.
Share your love today, this world needs it.
Jesus was whipped, throned and crucified for us, so we may have life.
Oh that men would praise his name.
He died and rose triumphantly with the keys of death.
Oh that men would praise his name.
Come unto me and I will give you rest.
Oh that men would praise his name.
I created you in my image and given you power.
Oh that men would praise his name.
Even though you forsake me, I still love you.
Oh that men would praise his name.
You are a royal priesthood, a chosen generation.
Oh that men would praise his name.
I love you says the Lord, I love you.
Repost- Originally posted in 2012
The love of God is to be shared by every born again believer to everyone, not just your fellow brother and sisters in Christ. We are to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Your neighbor can be anyone and honestly, it does not matter who they are, just love them. Everyone wants to feel love and feel expected.
Share you love today as it is not meant just for you.
II Corinthians 10:5 KJV Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
A thought is defind as th action or process of thinking. In our text we see that we are to bring our thoughts inline with God. So, if you are driving along and you start thinking about how you should tell Susie off because she did not laugh at your story, you need to stop the movie going on in your head. One must realize that everyone may not think your story is funny.
You also take a thought by saying it. You smell freshly baked cookies and you think to yourself, I will get some cookies. Then you say, I am going to get some cookies, you have just took your thought and turned it into a spoken word.
Let us grasp ahold of the thoughts that will edify and speak God’s Word.
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