Fri, Feb 29th - 10:34PM
MINISTRY OF HOLY SPIRIT
The moment we trust Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, we are adopted into God’s family, and the Holy Spirit comes to live within us. His presence is a guarantee that we belong to our heavenly Father.
The Spirit’s ministry is essential to our ability to carry out God’s work--and do it in a manner pleasing to Him. Transforming us from the inside out to be like Jesus and producing godly fruit in our lives are significant parts of His work. He also convicts us of sin, provides us with understanding and wisdom, and gives us the spiritual gifts we need to serve God. Only through the Spirit’s divine presence do we receive the equipping and empowerment necessary to accomplish God’s plans. As we serve in a godly manner, we will testify to the truth of who Jesus is.
All believers have God’s supernatural power to accomplish the work He has for them to do. Yet not all Christians choose to operate out of the holy Spirits’s strength. Sometimes that’s because we’re confident in our own abilities and see no need to involve Him.. A related reason is pride: we want to work things out ourselves and not depend on God. Human nature likes to be in control and have its own way.
By attempting to live the Christian life in our own strength, we achieve only what we ourselves are able to accomplish. However, when you and I operate in the strength and power of the Spirit, the result is what our almighty God can do. The presence of the Holy Spirit is essential to our living a victorious life.
Wed, Feb 27th - 1:30PM
PSALM 118:24 -- This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
PSALM 118:14 --- The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.
1 TIMOTHY 6:6 -- But godliness with contentment is great gain.
1 TIMOTHY 6:7 -- For we brought nothing into this world, an it is certain we can carry nothing out.
1 TIMOTHY 6:8 --And having food and rainment let us be therewith content.
ISAIAH 54: 17 -- No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgement thou shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.
PHILIPPIANS 4:13 -- I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
ROMANS 8: 1 -- THERE is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
ROMANS 8:2 -- For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
REVELATION 22:12 -- And, behold, I come quickly: and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
REVELATION 22:13 -- I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
REVELATION 22:20 -- He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
REVELATION 22:21 -- The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Just some of my favorite Scriptures...... kjv
In Christian Love,
Tue, Feb 19th - 3:14AM
TRUST GOD -- MATTHEW 11:28-30
THE GREAT INVITATION --V28... COME UNTO ME, ALL YE THAT LABOR AND ARE HEAVY LADEN, AND, I WILL GIVE YOU REST. V29...TAKE MY YOKE UPON YOU, AND LEARN OF ME; FOR I AM MEEK AND LOWLY IN HEART: AND YE SHALL FIND RET UNTO YOUR SOULS. V30...FOR MY YOKE IS EASY, AND MY BURDEN IS LIGHT.
What a comfort it is to know that, as Christians, we put our faith in a God who truly loves us. Divine love, however, is only one of three reasons we can trust God with our lives. He is also perfect in wisdom and absolutely sovereign.
Because God sees the big picture and knows all of the facts, He has infinitely more wisdom than we do. In His Word, He promised to make our paths straight when we trust Him. (Proverbs 3:5-6 --Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. v6...In all thy way's acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Jesus told His disciples that not even a sparrow would fall without God's consent ( Matthew 10:29 ...v30...But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. v31...Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows).
He also told Pilate--a prominent Roman official--that he was powerless to order the crucifixion without the Fahters's approval (John 19:10-11). God has always rmained 100 percent sovereign over everything that happens, from a little bird's safety to the extradordinary events at the cross.
Peace accompanies the realization that our Father has perfect love, infinie wisdom, and omnipotence. When you understand who He is, you don't have to worry about what He does......
God bless! With a great and wonderful day...I pray all is well ....Lois J
Mon, Feb 11th - 10:20PM
GOD OPENS AND CLOSES DOORS
ACTS 16:6-10 -- Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, v7..After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia; but the Spirit suffered them not. V8...and they passing by mysia came down to Troas. V9...And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. V10...And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavored to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them. kjv
We know God has the power to open any closed door--no circumstance is too difficult for Him to overcome. And yet He may decide to let things that seem important to us remain blocked. Why does the Lord allow doors to stay shut?
Protection: Perhaps He is trying to keep us from making a mistake. On our own, we may not have adequate knowledge to make right choices.
Redirection: God could be sending us on a new path. His plan might include bigger opportunities for us, deeper satisfaction, a wider area of service, greater productivity, a season of suffering, or an opportunity to glorify His name. God closed doors in Asia so that the apostle Paul would minister on the continent of Europe. His obedience led to increased fruitfulness--the churches at Philippi, Thessalonica, and Corinth--and to more knowledge for us through his letters to them. Though Paul experienced much suffering, he also knew the joy of participating in God’s work.
Testing: When God says “No,” our faith is tested, and we discover what we really believe about Him and His plans.
Perseverance: In these roadblocks, we have opportunity to develop steadfastness a vital quality for believers. ( Roman 5:3-5 -- And not only so, but, we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; v4...And patience, experience; and experience, hope: v5...And hope maketh not ashamed because the love of God is shed abroad in our heart by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us). kjv
Timing : Our Father places stop signs along our path in order to work out the correct timing for His will.
Disobedience: Past waywardness can affect future experience and blessings. When our way is stopped, we must look to God and seek His purpose for the interruption.
Wed, Feb 6th - 1:20AM
WHERE ART THOU
When God comes walking in the cool of the day
Where will you be when He calls where art thou
Will you try to hide in shame from your maker
Where will you be when He calls where art thou
Where art thou when God called Adam in the garden
Are you clothed or are you hiding in your sins
You can be covered with the precious blood of Jesus
Where will you be when He calls where art thou
How many times has the Lord called unto you
You have no covering for your sins you’ve been found out
But there’s a robe of righteousness He will put on you
That you may wear when He calls where art thou
A song written by: Sue Sparks ( The Harvester Trio)
Tue, Feb 5th - 1:02AM
BE DRESSED FOR THE BATTLE
When we start our day by dressing appropriately for the weather or an activity. But many believers leave the house unprepared--they fail to arm themselves for spiritual warfare. Our first prayer before rising should include step-by-step application of God’s armor.
First, we strap on the belt of truth. A leather apron protected the Roman soldier’s abdomen; our protective girdle is the truth of who we are in Christ: saints with supernatural power from God’s indwelling Spirit. Next, the breastplate deflects arrows. As difficult situations arise, we can repel the temptation to live by emotion--whether anger, fear, or dissatisfaction--and respond with a right spirit instead.
The sandals of peace help us to stand firm. Roman battle sandals usually had thick, spiked soles so that the soldier could anchor himself in the dirt. Regardless of the fierce enemy buffeting us, we can remain firmly planted in God’s peaceful will. The shield of faith is no tiny, round piece of armor; it is door-sized equipment representing Christ’s protection against anything Satan throws.
Faith brought us salvation-the point at which we exchanged our old thought patterns for new ways of thinking. Consequently, with salvation’s helmet, we put on the mind of Christ, which gives us discernment and wisdom. Finally, we take up the sword of the Spirit sot that we can combat Satan’s lies with Scripture’s truth.
Knowing precisely what we will face each day, The Lord has graciously provided the perfect equipment needed for our challenges. Always be sure to dress for battle.
Mon, Feb 4th - 12:49AM
A MAN ON THE RUN
The prophet Jonah went to Tarshish in an effort to escape from the presence of the Lord and thereby avoid a God-given assignment. Probably none of us would book a flight to a distant land in order to escape from God’s presence. Nevertheless, good people actually try to run from God in many different ways and end up experiencing the miseries of Jonah.
While running from the Lord, the prophet over looked some essentials that we should all keep in mind. In the first place, he incorrectly assumed that fleeing from God would release him from having to obey God. He probably never imagined how persistent the Lord can be when He calls us to a duty station Eventually Jonah found that it is impossible to run from God successfully--His love will pursue us, even to the depths of the sea in order to conform us to His will and His plan for our lives. God simply will not be deterred by our slippery disobedience.
Jonah had also overlooked the fact that the direction of disobedience is always downward. The Scriptures tell us that the reluctant prophet initially went down to Joppa. There he found a ship and proceeded down into it. And the next thing you know, he is plunging down into the depths of the sea--even down to the roots of the mountains. (Jonah 2:6).
When one runs from God, there is no hiding place, even in the bottom of the sea. Our whole life is always visible to the Lord. So instead of trying to flee His presence, welcome it.
Sat, Feb 2nd - 7:58PM
LET GOD BE GOD
ISIAH 44:6 -- Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of Hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
We serve a sovereign , holy God. It is good gospel news that what God does for us is not contingent on what we are able to do. He is going to be God, regardless of what you and I do. You are not going to make God what you want Him to be. You may make a god, but it will not be the God.
He is more than able for every situation of our lives. The kingdom of darkness is subdued, and the blood-stained banner of His Cross is exalted. He is sitting high upon His throne, far above every principality, power, might and name is that is named (Ephesians 1:20 -- According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death).
It is time to destroy our idols and manmade temples and return to the pursuit of the God we are supposed to be serving--an omnipotent, all-powerful, holy God of mercy and grace.
When you truly let God be God in your life, you will be able to attain the unattainable and reach the unreachable.
JESUS IN YOU I AM REACHING FOR THE HIGHEST AND SEEKING THE DEEPEST REVELATION BY YOUR SPIRIT. TAKE ME TO YOUR PLACE WHICH IS BEYOND MY REACH AND MY IMAGINATION. AMEN.
Fri, Feb 1st - 9:02PM
OUR FAITH IS PRECIOUS TO GOD
1 PETER 1:3-7 -- Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. V4...To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, v5...Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. V6...Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: v7...That the trial of your faith, being much more precious then of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: kjv
You know our tested faith is more precious than perishable gold. The more coins we spend, the fewer we have, but our assurance in God never runs out as we use it. Men are often impoverished by the quest for gold, but faith can only enrich a person. And while money may temporarily appease one’s greed, trust in Jesus forever satisfies the soul.
Gold doesn’t begin its life as the pure, shiny material we see in jewelry. Instead, miners drag out hunks of dirty metal with bits of black running throughout. Before a piece of gold can become a beautiful necklace or a perfectly shaped coin, it must be refined by fire and crafted with tools, In the same way, God sends trials into Christians’ lives to shape His children. His ultimate goal is to transform each believer into the likeness of Jesus Christ.
God uses many tools in His transforming work--disappointment, broken relationships, illness, and financial problems are a few. He always chooses the device that will build our faith in the area He is focused upon. Unlike inanimate gold, we have a choice to accept or reject His work. We can whine, resist, and give up without making any changes. But let this be fair warning. God will return repeatedly to a faith area that needs His attention until we finally submit. He loves us too much to leave us in our imperfect condition.
Our faith is precious to God. Though His work is sometimes painful, He will never challenge us beyond what we can stand., ( 1 Corinthians 10-13- ----There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it). And through the refining fire and shaping process the Master Craftsman holds us closely.
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