Category Archives: Faith
1st John 1: 5-10 King James Version (KJV) 5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
God is light and there is not darkness in Him. If we walk with God, we are walking with light. God’s light represents righteousness and truth. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, one of the definitions of light is truth. Righteousness is defined as free from guilt or sin. The light exposes darkness, wrong doing. Darkness and light can not dwell together. Light will outshine the darkness. So, if we are living a life of deception, by day we are peaceful and loving and by night total chaos causing all kinds of troubling, fussing and cussing. The light will show us what we are doing wrong and give instructions to make correction. That is God’s truth helping us to get back in right relation with Him. We were created in God’s image to bear His LIGHT!
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In I Samuel Chapter 16, Saul has lost his King’s position in the spiritual realm and God has sent His servant the Prophet Samuel to the house of Jesse to anoint the next King. The prophet goes through all the sons of Jesse that was presented to him and the Lord said not them. Jesse did not present David as he was tending the sheep. The Lord said to Prophet Samuel look not at the appearance, but at the heart. Then he anoints David to be King. In the spiritual realm, David is King, but not yet in the natural as David has some preparing to do. (Verse 16).
Now here is the kicker, David was skillful in the harp and he loved to worship God. Saul had an evil spirit that came upon him from the Lord.
13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah. 14 But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him. 15 And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee. 16 Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well. 17 And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me. 18 Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the Lord is with him. 19 Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep. 20 And Jesse took an ass laden with bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent them by David his son unto Saul. 21 And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer.
This is what I want to point out verse 21; ” And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer. When God appoints you to something, He will put you in the place where you will be able to learn those things needed, so that you can do what HE, called you to. Do not freight, God’s has a plan. Stay focus, stay in Christ, stay in love and stay in faith. You will do what God has called you to.
In the midst of the storm, there generally is a way of escape. The question is will you take the escape route or it is meant for you to ride the storm out? Some storms of life we put ourselves into and some storms of life are not expected. That is just called life. Things happen.
In the Book of Matthew Chapter 8:23-27 verses it tells a story how the disciples and Jesus were in ship at sea and a strong wind came and the disciples thought they were going to die.
23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. 24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. 25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. 26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. 27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!
Jesus spoke to storm by rebuking the winds and the sea. That same spirit of Christ is in you and I. What ever situation you are in today, believe God that you have the faith to ride it out. If you need a way of escape, believe God for direction and He will see you thorough.
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Do you ever feel overwhelmed at work ? Do ever feel like everything is being handed to you at once to be completed as soon as possible?
Know that if you were not competent and dependable, you would not be asked to do the task. You have been put in this place because of your character and the trust that you have earned with others. So instead of thinking of the task(s) given as a burden or too much, look at it as a stepping stone to your next level of promotion. Then thank God that He has selected you for this purpose.
Re-post- Originally posted in May of 2013
Acts: 13:44-48 King James Version (KJV) 44 And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. 45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. 46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. 47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. 48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.
In our scripture text, we see Paul and Barnabas brought the good news to the Jews 1st and they did not believe. The Lord gave a way for the people who are not Jews, a chance to be saved, a chance to have remissions of sins, a chance to have power to overcome. The Jews refused and the Gentiles accepted.
John 3:16 (KJV) 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Christ died on the cross so that all men might be saved. Everyone has an option. The question is who is ready to say “yes” to Christ and begin to follow Him.
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Time is precious. As soon as one is born, the time slated on earth is starting to tick away. What are you doing with your time? Are you striving to do things that are right? Are you helping someone? Are striving to see who you can make mad or fall? Are you taking the time out to celebrate someone other than yourself?
The Lord Jesus Christ took time and came on this earth for you and I. He was the utilmate scarfice and now we do not need to go to Priest to pray for us for our prayers to reach God. We do not need to bring a lamb for atonment. Instead we pray in the name of Jesus. Christ Jesus is our advocate with the Father. Christ reconciled us back to the Father.
I John 2:1 King James Version; My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
It is time to reconcile and forgive. Let go of the past and move forward.
Luke 18:35-42 King James Version
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 Christ Jesus! His Faith moved Heaven! He received his sight!
Does your Faith move God?
Re-post – Originally posted in October of 2012
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Proverbs 28:22 ( ESV), A stingy man hastens after wealth and does not know that poverty will come upon him.
When the Lord Jesus walked the earth He stated that it is better to give than to receive. When you freely give, you are storing up treasures in heaven. When ever you lend to the poor/less fortunate, God said He will repay you.
As the scripture states, a stingy man does not know that poverty will come upon him, one can be blessed in one area and lacking in another. So if you are blessed with money, but you are lacking in love, what is it worth? You are being stingy with your love. The result of this stinginess is poverty in the area of love. The Lord Jesus wants us to blessed in every area of our life. 3 John 2 (ESV), Beloved I pray that all may be well with you and that you may be in good heath, as it goes well with your soul.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Teach us not be like the individual in the scripture. Teach us how to be givers. Givers of our time, money and love.
In Jesus Name.
Report of blog titled Treasures, posted in August of 2012.
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Difficult times will touch everyone’s life at sometime or another. It may be a financial, family, or physical. It may be foreseen or not. Regardless, one must decide how they will respond. It really is important on how we respond on the onset of difficult times. Will we be hopeful or will be depressed and sadden? I encourage you to be hopeful and believe that the best is yet to come. In other words have faith. Faith is believing in something that you cannot see. Faith is the substance of things hoped for in the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1). Father Abraham believed God and it was counted unto him as righteousness.
Hebrews 6:12-15 New Life Version – 12 Do not be lazy. Be like those who have faith and have not given up. They will receive what God has promised them.
13 When God made a promise to Abraham, He made that promise in His own name because no one was greater. 14 He said, “I will make you happy in so many ways. For sure, I will give you many children.” 15 Abraham was willing to wait and God gave to him what He had promised.
Hope is defined as to cherish a desire with anticipation; to want something to happen or be true;trust; to desire with exception of obtainment or fulfillment; to expect with confidence.
You will find if you search on “how hope can help you”, written articles regarding hope and how it works. Below are three.
How Hope Can Heal You
Does Hope Really Make a Difference? Scientific Findings
Towards a Psychology of Hope
Having hope and believing, will help us all through difficult times in life.
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