He sees you. You are not alone. Even though you might think you are alone, you’re not. He’s right there. He sees the tears you shed over unworthy things. You keep praying for God to give you something that doesn’t … Continue reading
Why do we always focus on what’s temporary? We constantly waste energy on what’s wasting away. On things that won’t last. Situations that will eventually change, and people who will also change.
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
New International Version (NIV)
It hurts. I know. People will disappoint. They will say things that hurt. Do things that hurt even more. They will say things about you that are not true. They will walk over you. They might even leave you hopeless … Continue reading
24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
New Living Translation (NLT)
Wow, what a great word to start off my day with! I’ll let the scriptures speak for itself and won’t add anything to it.
Have a good day!
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Thought of the day.
People always say, “If God exists, why is there so much evil going on in the world? Why can’t he eliminate evil from happening?”
Anything that is evil is not of God, if it’s not of God, it’s against God. Sin is evil. It’s not of God. So does that include us? If God was to eliminate all evil things, you and I would be ELIMINATED as well because we do evil almost everyday.
Lying, evil thoughts, envy, jealousy, pride, lust, anger, greed, the list goes on on.
But Because of JESUS and His mercy, we aren’t eliminated, but we are forgiven every time we repent with a sincere heart and seek for His forgiveness.
Listen to TRUTH by Lecrae:-)
I didn’t come to realize the power of the Holy Spirit until I read a book called SET MY HEART ON FIRE by Catherine Martin. God revealed to me new things about what I thought I knew before.
I mean, let’s be real. We all pray and say “God, let Your Holy Spirit dwell in this place…” etc… but sometimes, we only repeat what we’ve heard others say. We don’t even understand it ourselves. At least, we think we do, but not profoundly. I knew of the Holy Spirit, but I didn’t let HIM in like I should have a long time ago.
Sometimes, people treat the Holy Spirit like someone who they can invite here and there, every now and then, when it’s convenient. People are missing out big time.
We should want the Holy Spirit with us at all times. The Holy Spirit allows you to have that personal experience in the Lord’s presence. And to me, there is nothing better in this world than to be in the presence of God. Wow. The presence of God–there is no better place.
The Holy Spirit helps you do things in ministry you never thought you would do; like preach, leading a Bible study, or leading worship.
The Holy Spirit helps you understand the Bible or church doctrines that are beyond your human knowledge.
The Holy Spirit provides resources you need to live. He knows what you need even before you knew it.
The Holy Spirit won’t walk out on you. He’s your Helper. Comforter. Why turn to things of this world for comfort when the Holy Spirit is always here for you?
“And I will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that he may remain with you forever-the Spirit of Truth.” John 14:16-17
To live a Spirit-filled life is wonderful. And it’s what God wants for all of you.
Today, make the decision to be spirit-filled no matter what. Welcome the Holy Spirit in your life…
God is still working on me.
- What is the difference between the Holy Spirit and conscience (wiki.answers.com)
- The Holy Spirit Adds Beauty and Colour to Our Lives (bummyla.wordpress.com)
- The Name of God: The Name Above Every Name (Part 9) (getrealchristianity.wordpress.com)
- “The Holy Spirit will teach you what you ought to say” (worryisuseless.wordpress.com)
- The Holy Spirit’s Role in Worship (yahwehssong.com)
It is 2011.
We are facing earthquakes.
Famine all over the world.
Is it the end of the world? Is Jesus coming back now?
People all over the world believe that we have reached the end of times. I also found myself saying that a couple of times as well, to be honest.
But I think God wanted to remind me some things. I was reading Matthew 24 yesterday and today, and I did a lot of reflecting. Please, don’t hesitate to read the whole chapter so you may know what I am referring to.
Jesus was foretelling the future when he was asked, “When will there be any sign ahead of time to signal your return and the end of the world?”
Verse 6. Jesus told them, “…When reports come in of wars and rumored wars, keep your head and don’t panic. This is routine history; this is no sign of the end. Nation will fight nation and ruler fight ruler, over and over. Famines and earthquakes will occur in various places. This is nothing compared to what is coming.”
Just because we are seeing wars and earthquakes all over the world, it does not mean that it is the return of the Son of Man. Those things are simply things that we will experience in life. His return will not be known, so we must always be alert. Verse 43. “A homeowner who knew exactly when a burglar was coming would stay alert and not permit the house to be broken into. You also must be ready at all time. For the Son of Man will come when least expected.”
“If that person only looks out for himself, and the minute the Master is away, he does what he pleases—the Master is going to show up when he least expects it and make a hash of him. He’ll end up in the dump with the hypocrites, out in the cold shivering, teeth chattering.” –(The Message)
Oh, Lord, I do not want that to be me. I want to be ready at all time. I don’t want to be caught off guard. That’s why it’s so important to live as God would like us to, daily. Sometimes, we think that we still have tomorrow, but tomorrow is never promised. I encourage you today to get your life right with God.
I’m still seeking Your face Lord,
I respect You and all that You are.
I pray that others may come to see Your face.
Help us, and keep us going each day.
Acquit us, as we throw our worries away.
Pull us back from evil.
Lift us up, if we are falling or struggling.
You’re everything to me.
You are what matters the most in my life.
Your chosen one,
- The Signs of the Times. (growup318.com)
Okay, today’s post is longer than usual because I included the actual passage from the Bible (Genesis) but if you have time on your hands, time for God. You’ll have time to read it:-)
1 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”
6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.
9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
A lot of people serve God only when it is convenient!
Only when they want something!
What do you want from God?
Do you actually love Him, or you just want Him to give you something. If you didn’t get whatever you wanted, would you still love Him?
What are the motives of your heart!? There is a difference between selfish and selfless.
It’s important to know the difference. A lot of times we praise God only in the good times, but in the bad times, we forget the reason why we even praised Him in the first place.
Abraham was willing to give up His own SON. He obeyed God, no matter how much Isaac meant to Him. He was obedient.
If God snatched your “nice job” away,would you still love Him?
Or maybe you prayed for the perfect mate, and God gave you that mate. That’s great, but what if that person walked away from you? Would you still love God?
Anything that we place before God, becomes an idol..remember that! And it could be music, a musician, your girlfriend, Obama, etc…
“Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’”
“Anything that is swallowed works its way through the intestines and is finally defecated. But what comes out of the mouth gets its start in the heart. It is from the heart that we vomit up evil arguments, murders, adulteries, fornication, thefts, lies, and cussing. That is what pollutes. Eating or not eating certain foods, washing or not washing your hands–that’s neither here or there.”
This is from “The Message” by Eugene Peterson. That passage was taken from the Book of Matthews when Jesus was talking to Peter when he was told by his disciples that the Pharisees were upset when they heard Jesus say,” it’s not what you swallow that pollutes your life, but what you vomit.”
If your heart is hardened, how can God use you?
If your heart is full of pain, how can you allow someone to love you?
If your heart is full of worry and stress, how can you be free?
If your heart is so full of anger and hatred toward someone, you’ve already murdered that person.
If your heart isn’t right, how can YOU be right?
Proverbs 4: 23 says,
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”
Meaning that, your heart will affect everything you do!
Be careful what and who you let into your heart!
Come with me on a journey of 77 days, where I’ll be daily writing about the power of thoughts, renewing the mind, overcoming flesh, spirit vs. flesh and truly getting to know God.
This is day # 1
“Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.” Romans 8:5-8
A. People may sometimes wonder why they repeatedly do the things which they said they would no longer do. Well, like the Word says; it might be because they are still controlled by their sinful nature. Our thoughts have to mirror the word of God. In order for our thoughts to change, we must meditate on the Word of God. That is the only way. If you listen to music that talks about sex all day, chances are, sex will be on your mind and will swim around in your thoughts. Every action begins with a thought.
That is just one example.
B. Also, we must renew our minds. Sometimes people think that as long as they are only thinking it, there is no harm, but that is incorrect. Because every sin begins with a thought.
You thought, and then you acted.
Not the other way around.
SO, what’s been on your mind lately? That might explain some of the things you do. If there was a big screen TV revealing everything that has been on your mind, would it be pleasing to God?
Just a thought for you to start out your day.
I can only trust in Him. Some days I wonder, how I will make it out of certain situations, but I can only depend on Him. I talk to Him, He listens. I trust Him, I trust that my God will be with me every step of the way.
No matter how small it may be, asking God for strength and guidance will not hurt you.
People often think that when they are weak, God cannot use them. But He can, He wants to. He doesn’t wait for you to be perfect before He can use you! God is just wanting on you. He’s ready to strengthen us when we are weak.
God’s strength is made perfect when we are weak.
I learned not to turn to other people or other things when I am weak. I simply tell God that I am weak and need His strength .
That I need Him.
I turn to God. Only Him, can give me the answer or comfort that I seek.
We weren’t created perfect, so things will not always go as we would like them to. It’s important to recognize when we’ve failed, backslid, fallen into temptation and admit our weakness to God, so that He may help us get through whatever situation we are in.
“God give me the strength to carry on.
Give me the strength not to let go.
The strength to keep on striving.
The patience to wait…“
I trust You…
Today, what I was reading about in my Bible really touched me and stayed with me. I just wanted to share with you all.
I was reading Matthew 7:21-24.
It says, “They may refer to me as ‘Lord’, but will not enter the Kingdom of God. The decisive issue is whether they obey my Father in Heaven. On Judgment day many will tell me, “Lord, Lord, we prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.” But I will reply, “I never knew you. Go, away; the things you did were unauthorized.”
Can you imagine God telling you this!??
Hum, I don’t know if it is just me, but that stung me. “I never knew you, Go away, the things you did were unauthorized.”
Can you imagine, how many of us out there are doing things unauthorized, proclaiming that it is actually of God. We gotta be careful now days. “Not all people who sound religious are really godly.” I know that I am a struggling Christian, who wants more of God and I am seeking to know Him. To find who He truly is, I have a burning desire to see His face, and to dwell in His presence for eternity. I want to please God.
I think it is time that people start to take their walk with God more seriously. It is the end of times, and God is still waiting for you with open arms.
You don’t want to get to the gates of Heaven and have God saying that he never knew you. Do you actually think that anyone will feel sorry for you?
No. At that time, it is too late. You’d had your time on earth to live right. I used to think, “Man this whole Christian thing is too complicated, I just don’t have time for all that praying and Bible reading.”
But I got to the point where, I can’t imagine life without Him. I believe that God is so real, life experience–HE is REAL.
How can you go on without speaking to Him?
Even for two minutes, speak to him..he’s waiting.
There are many Christians who are anointed!!! So anointed, but in reality they are just religious folks who are not living what they preach.Yes, God can use anyone, but that does not mean that that person will inherit the Kingdom of God…
Start reflecting about your life….
Are you feeding your spirit or your flesh?
Daily, I remind myself that I am not of this world, and I ask God to kill my flesh and whatever is pleasing it…and I feed my spirit with the Word of God. It is the only way. And every time I do not read my Bible and pray like I should, I find it difficult to go on with my day, I end up angry or doing, watching, reading things that hinder me.
So… make it impossible to go on without God.