But life has a way of breaking those expectations. What then? As he saw it, God had given him a new mission field. And even though those opposing him were preaching the gospel from wrong motives, Christ was being preached so Paul rejoiced v18 Paul never expected to be in a great place or to be well liked. If our expectation is to make Christ visible to those around us regardless of where we are or who we are with, we will find those expectations met and even exceeded.
May Your love, mercy, and justice be magnified through me today. His family had that assurance as well, but I had been focused only on their sorrow. But the verse from Psalms turned my thoughts to how the Lord saw the passing of our friend. Yet, there is a larger meaning here.
There is something in the death of a saint that transcends our grief over their absence. The marvel of His grace and power is that, as believers, our loss of life on earth also brings great pain. Today we have only a glimpse. I opened the cover and began to read in silence. Like reading, prayer can be silent. Eli the priest saw but misunderstood what was happening.
His all-knowing nature makes it possible for us to pray with full confidence that He will hear and answer Matt ,32 Because of this, we can continually praise God, ask Him for help, and thank Him for blessings — even when no one else can hear us. Jennifer Benson Schuldt. Being with Jesus means living by His teachings. Secondly; someone who has been with Jesus lives a daily miraculous life, this is another trademark of genuine followers of Jesus Christ. When are indeed the light and salt of the world if we chose to be with Jesus, living according to His ideals. Two great things of being with Jesus are: we shall learn of Him, and we shall find rest for our souls.
Fill us with His love and power. Rarely does a day go by as planned. Life is filled with inconveniences. Our plans are constantly thwarted by forces beyond our control. The list is long and ever changing. Sickness, Conflict, Traffic jams. Appliance malfunctions. What we cannot see, however, is the other side of inconvenience. We think it has no purpose other than to discourage us, make life more difficult, and thwart our plans.
It might be the start of something even better than we had planned. Or it could be a test to see how we respond to adversity. But God had a purpose. Knowing this, we can thank Him, being confident that He is giving us an opportunity to redeem the time Eph — Julie Ackerman Link. Matt Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you v33 When God promises you something, He will move heaven and earth to bring it to pass. He will tear down every contrary circumstance, every wall, every obstacle or opposing force that tries to keep you from receiving His promise.
He will give you whatever you have been wanting that is in line with His will and Word. I have experienced this wonder in my own life and ministry. If you are going through what seems like a hopeless battle, I advise you to stop for a moment, be still before God, and find out what is on His heart. Then do it. Everything else will work out. There is no better time than right now to ask You, Lord, what do You have to say to me?
Get close to some folks who fill a church pew every Sunday and you just might see the devil at work. Often their negative edge just masks their real struggle. So how should you respond to such people? Why should I stop it to come and visit with you? Neh And what was the result? When our enemies… heard about it, they were… humiliated, and they realized that the work had been done with the help of our God. And God did. Surveys show that, generally speaking, people can act as if there is no connection. But the Bible knows no such distinction.
As far as God is concerned, morality is one and indivisible. What a person is in private he or she is likely to be in public life. God is affronted by those who cynically exploit the destitute by keeping garments that have been pledged as surety overnight and by binging on confiscated wine in greedy self-indulgence. By choosing Israel to be His showpiece nation God put His reputation on the line. For this, Judah was sent into exile years later. Like believers in Rome centuries ago, believers today sometimes make up rules for others to follow and insist on adherence to certain behaviours and beliefs that the Bible says little or nothing about.
We can celebrate this good news of Christ in the coming year by resolving not to set up hurdles that cause people to stumble — Julie Ackerman Link. May I be content with my own assignment: to do what leads to peace and edification. His rescuers asked him about the three huts they saw there.
The church of Ephesus during the time of the apostle Paul was comprised of both rich and poor, Jews and Gentiles, men and women, masters and slaves. And where differences exist, so does friction. One concern Paul wrote about was the issue of unity. But observe what Paul said about this issue in Eph The Spirit will give us the power to react in love toward those with whom we disagree — Albert Lee. Fill us with the fruit of the Spirit that we might love other as You desire. Trisha began to deliver the baby!
Jack called and Cherie White, an emergency dispatcher was able to talk Jack through the delivery. So Cherie then instructed Jack how to give emergency breathing, which he had to do for 6 anxious minutes. Finally the newborn took a breath and cried. Who is like You, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? Give Him the glory. A steward simply manages something for the owner until he comes to take it back. John knew that the crowd leaving him for Christ was never his to begin with. God had simply placed them under his care for a period of time to accomplish certain purposes.
With John this was apparently just fine. For his crowds may be our careers, our assets, our natural and spiritual gifts, etc. Knowing who he was not, was the beginning of John knowing who he was. And who was he? A steward! What is success as God counts success? The Holy Spirit is the hand that fills it, empowers it and makes it function. Use it. The first thing he mentioned was the benefit of forgiveness he enjoyed from the Holy One of Israel. Modern day Christians do not appreciate the blessing of forgiveness like David did.
We often take the work of redemption for granted. Apostle Paul asked. Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. The Psalmist blessed the Lord for healing, whereas, some of us who enjoy divine health have never said thank you to the Giver of good health. We must realize that not all figures win in the battles of life, many are destroyed by the hostility of life. To him, the kindness God showed to him was not ordinary, it was the loving type.
Meaning that kindness has categories. David saw good food, its nourishment and appetite to eat it as blessings from the Lord in verse 5 of our text today. What a grateful creature of the Almighty God David was. Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, unequivocally said that those who do those things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. The mystery of the new birth can not be explained by human reasoning except through the enlighten by the Spirit of our God.
King Saul. He was not just anointed as a king; he started to prophesy. The Bible says in 2 Cor ; therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. Apostle Peter called us chosen, royal priesthood and peculiar. Beloved, do you desire divine transformation? There is only one person who can give you this experience; and this is Jesus Christ. Old things must pass away and the fellow must now live according to the principles of the kingdom of God. Read 1 John This reality which king Saul did not pay close attention to might have been responsible for his dethronement.
This may also account for the downfall of many children of God. Ps Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful…and bless his name. Phil With thanksgiving let your requests be made known.
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B If you have the gift of tongues, pray and praise in it. He that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh… unto God and edifieth himself. Eph Praying always with… supplication in the Spirit Jude Building up your… faith, praying in the Holy Ghost. C Be specific and ask for what you need: 1kgs , God told Solomon Ask what I shall give the Matt ; seek, and ye shall find Matt 21 Whatsoever ye ask in prayer… ye shall receive John Ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. Phil Let your requests be made known unto God.
Jas Ye have not, because ye ask not. Jn Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do. Prayer also includes you listening to God. Gen Isaac went out to meditate in the field at eventide Num standstill, and I will hear what the Lord will command. Ps Lord will hear… commune with your heart… and be still.
Josh Thou shalt meditate therein the law day and night. Ps In his law doth he meditate day and night. Ps Before the night watches… I meditate in thy word. Isa There is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth himself to take hold of thee Daniel All this evil come upon us: yet made we nor our prayer. Jn What meanest though, O sleeper? Arise, call upon God. Luke Why sleep ye? Rise and pray. Jn If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Isa C. Submit yourself to God and pray according to His will: Ps Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God.
Matt Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Lk Jn Jesus : I seek not mine own will, but will of God 1 Jn If we ask anything according to his will, he heareth. Pray humbly: Dan We do not present our supplications because of our righteousness, but for thy great mercies. Lk The publican said God be merciful to me a sinner. I want to experience and share Your patience and kindness with those I care about. Fill me and use me.
Remind God of His promises when praying Gen Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed and prayed reminding God of His promises of protection Nehemiah Nehemiah prayed Remember…the word that thou commandest thy servant Moses. Some promises to claim in prayer, Ps Delight thyself in the Lord: and he shall give thee desire.
Isa Before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. Jere Call unto me, and I will answer thee and show thee great and mighty things John Ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you Jn Whatsoever you ask in my name… God will give it. Ps Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. The Lord promises to hear prayer: 2 Sam In my distress I called… he did hear my voice Ps ,17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth: Ps He shall deliver the needy when he crieth. Ps He shall call upon me, and I will answer him. Deut Num Job If I called and he answered me, yet would not believe he had harkened unto my voice.
Matt Why could not we cast him out? Because of your unbelief. Heb Without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is. If I regard iniquity in my heart, Lord will not hear. Isa Your sins have hid his face… that he will not hear. Jas Confess your faults… and pray one for another. Prov He that turneth ear… his prayer shall be abomination Zechariah Therefore… they cried, and I would not hear. Jas Let not that man who doubts think he shall receive anything of the Lord. Help me not to depend on them primarily — but to depend on Your Holy Spirit to guide me.
Become a good listener! The first is from a young woman hurt by a manager who constantly cut her off. Many times he walked off when we were in mid-sentence; having heard nothing. Most of what they said was true, for I was brand new in this work. Then they called for my resignation. What did I learn? Because leaders love to talk, and as they gain more authority they think they have less reason to listen.
Leaders by their very nature tend to be removed from the frontlines of battle. To win, they must constantly listen to those who are in the trenches and rely on that information to make wise decisions. Now the book was also a personal search: a yearning to know what lies beyond, where his loved one had just gone. There is no greater hope.
It is now our privilege to share that hope with as many as we can. A businessman cheats yet wins a large contract, and the guy who parties all the time is robust and healthy — while you or your loved ones struggle with finances or medical issues. When we spend time with God and see things from His point of view, it changes our perspective completely.
As the saying goes, what difference does it make if you win the battle but lose the war? Hurricane Katrina taught us that. Ethical principles are not flexible. A little white lie is still a lie. Each time you break a moral principle you create a crack in the wall of your character and when times get tough it becomes harder to act with integrity — not easier. Unlike my nickname, I love the names of God that describe His magnificent characteristics. God is so wonderfully multifaceted that He has many names that communicate His capabilities and character.
To name just a few, He is; Elohim, the God above all gods. Jehovah Rapha, our healer God. Jehovah Shalom, our God of peace. Jehovah Shamma, our God who is present. Jehovah Yahweh, our loving, covenant — keeping God. Help us to remember them in our times of need and distress. Thank You for the assurance that You are faithful to Your name. And as a result you get stressed out. Take a moment and read the following three verses, then think carefully about what they mean.
I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls. In faith. When you do that, God will respond and bless you every time. Why did You let that happen? Do not get sad or angry when people take everything away from you. Get glad! Do not rebuke the situation; just hang on to see what the end will be. Whatever trap you think you are in right now, rejoice! It is just another opportunity to see God come through for you. I refuse to worry about it any longer. Show Yourself strong, Lord! But followers of Christ have an assurance that brings comfort to our weary hearts.
What a friend we have in Jesus! Bill Crowder. Do not let your hearts be troubled and … afraid. Join Erikson Tada discovered a supernatural peace when an accident confined her to a wheelchair, and Corie Ten Boom found it in a Nazi death camp. Missionary Elizabeth Elliot found it ministering to the Indian tribe who massacred her husband.
Peace … not in resignation. Acceptance is surrender to God. Resignation lies down quietly in an empty universe. Acceptance rises up to meet the God who fills that universe with purpose and destiny. Many people have not considered where they would like to be and what they would like to be doing even as little as one year from now. Not having a vision of where you are going in your life is like going on vacation by walking out your door, suitcase in hand, getting in your car and driving no place in particular.
Most of us would not even consider such a foolish thing, yet we spend more time and energy planning our one and two-week vacations than we do our lives. Creating a vision for your future is a fun and empowering exercise that will encourage you to expand your sense of what is possible and show you pictures of a bright, abundant future.
Pictures which you will then begin to create for yourself. Jim Donovan In Gen Joseph dreamt of greatness. There were challenges, but the divine vision came to pass. Have I not sent you? He took up weightlifting since it was at that time, an American sport. Having read about a weightlifter who won Mr. Universe title and went to America to star as Hercules in a movie, Schwarzenegger decided this would be his way to accomplish his dream as well. Universe contest and everyone applauding. That became his vision. He affirmed that he would win The Mr. Universe title and get into the movies in America.
At the time, he was fourteen years old, with his vision held strongly in his mind, he began training to become a world class weightlifter. When he was twenty years of age, he became the youngest person in history to be crowned Mr. Three years later he was cast in his first movie, Hercules in New York. The rest, as they say, is history. Saul the persecutor became Paul the persecuted. It was a transformation, a determination and a vision realized.
Recently, I met a man at the graduation ceremony for a non-profit agency that helps people change their lives. Two years prior to that night, he was homeless and addicted to drugs. It was then that he made a life altering decision. He decided to seek the help that was available and enrolled in the self-sufficiency programme offered by the agency, the Bucks County Opportunity Council. I could feel his pain as he told about his struggle to first, get off drugs, and then to get a job and a place to live. He told about the obstacles and challenges he had to overcome to make it through the programme, not an easy task for anyone.
I had tears in my eyes when he told the audience that night about his new job, wife and baby girl. In just two short years, this man went from living at the bottom of society to beginning the life of his dreams. He did it by having a vision and by taking the steps necessary to have the life he wanted. The following year, the man told how he was now about to purchase a home for him and his family.
Jim Donovan Are you in a similar situation? You will surely testify. And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. It is pretty well accepted that attract that which we think about consistently. Whatever you focus your attention on day in day out, will eventually come to pass. This is a law, like gravity. By having a clear vision of your future and having identified what you want in your life, you will have created a tool to put yourself in that energy or vibration of attracting that which you want.
You will use your vision statement as a powerful affirmation and read it whenever you want to put yourself into the energy of attraction. The balancing act. One of the keys to an exciting, fulfilling and incredible life is balance. Make certain that you include several different areas of your life in your vision. It is important to consider several key areas of your life in order to create a life that is well rounded. As you progress, you will find that you have a tendency to concentrate in one or two specific areas at a time. In order to have a truly joyous and successful life, it is important to be growing in each of the key areas.
When we turn from our sins, He forgives and strengthens us to start over. How liberating to exchange a false spiritual reputation for the true life — giving character that comes from knowing Christ our Lord — David McCasland. Here, God compared some special gifts of uncommon value to love. Speaking in the tongues of men and angels seems to mean the ability to speak in heavenly tongues and at the same time interprets it in the language of men. If one should have the gift of prophesy, understand all mysteries and have all knowledge, even if the person should have enough faith to do great miracles, without love, such a person amounts to nothing in the eyes of God.
This means that love is the golden rule by which whatever gifts we exhibit and whatever services we offer to God are measured. Therefore, love is the ultimate commandment. Do you know that faith requires the oil of love to operate effectively? And how does the idea of fulfilling the law through love compare to doing the works of the law? Love worketh no ill to his neigbour; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Jacob served seven years for Rachel, because of the love he had for her. Gen No price is too much to pay for the one you love. Jacob served a total of 14 years waiting for Rachel.
The one who loves you will not compel you to sleep with him before you are married. Obedience is the natural result of love. You will never want to disobey or rebel against the authority of someone you truly love. All the vices — adultery, murder, stealing, false witness, covetousness, and others are not compatible with love. Mk When ye stand praying, forgive, if you have ought against any that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
Deut Because they met you not with bread and with water in the way, when ye came forth out of Egypt; and because they hired against thee Balaam the son of Beor of Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse thee. They hired against thee Balaam…curse thee But the Lord would not hearken unto Balaam. Let thy words be few. Matt When ye pray, use not vain repetitions. Matt God told Joshua to stop praying and get up E. Matt When thou prayest, enter into thy closet… in secret Mk He…departed into a solitary place, and there prayed Mk He sent them away, he departed to a mountain to pray. Lk He withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.
B United prayer. Matt Where two or three are gathered together in my name. Acts These all people continued with one accord in prayer… in an upper room. Acts And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king; for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments.
And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the Lord all night. Matt And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Acts Peter was kept in prison… prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.
The blood of Jesus whispers peace within… Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown? In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct. Lk Men ought always to pray Lk Watch ye therefore, and pray always 1 Thess Pray without ceasing. Eph Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints B Pray in time of special need. Ps Call upon me in the day of trouble.
They cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth. Heb Let us come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may… find …help in time of need Jas Is any among you afflicted? Ps ,6 He who has clean hands and a pure heart…who seek Your face. Ps O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee Ps I rose before the dawning of the morning; and cried.
Prov Those that seek me early, shall find me. Mk In the morning, rising up before day, he…. Ps Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud. And He shall hear my voice. Daniel Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward. Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom, since early days.
E Prayer in the night.
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And in the night His song shall be with me. A prayer to the God of my life. Ps When I … meditate on thee in the night watches. Isa With my soul have I desired thee in the night. Lk Jesus continued all night in Prayer to God. Acts At midnight Paul and Silas prayed; and sang praises. But how can we keep from worrying when our lives are so uncertain, so filled with problems and needs? The apostle Peter offered this encouragement to the followers of Jesus who had been forcibly scattered across Asia during the first century.
That weighs my spirit down and sometimes robs my nights of rest. Lift the heaviness from my heart as I lean into You. Self-control is one of the nine fruits of the Spirit listed in the Bible Gal It calls for bringing every aspect of your life under the mastery of the Holy Spirit. It calls for getting a grip on your desires. So pray for self-control and practice it on a daily basis. It can happen to any of us. What can you do? Before you yield to temptation you usually go through certain stages.
By neglecting prayer and Bible reading you become indifferent to God, insensitive to danger and find yourself drawn like a moth to a flame. And the more you silence the voice of conscience, the stronger your carnal appetites become. Then you surround yourself with people who do the same things, or are at least willing to look the other way. Jesus said; Pray… that you may not enter into temptation Mk AMP Pray for strength before temptation comes 2 Reach for help When Jehoshaphat came up against an enemy too big to handle alone, he prayed. We have no power against this great multitude…nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.
Jehoshaphat knew he was no match for the Enemy, and he knew where to turn for help. But Joseph refused. How could I do such a wicket thing? It would be a great sin against God.
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One day, however, no one else was around when he went to do his work. So he ran.
Not because he was weak but because he was wise. What sources of temptation do you need to remove from your life in order to live victoriously? Temptation comes from our own desires. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is swallowed to grow, it gives birth to death.
Failure to identity and target your weakness strengthens it. Ignoring your areas of vulnerability makes defeat inevitable. Satan has assigned certain people to feed your weaknesses. Be discerning. Your weakness will be drawn to any friendship that accepts it, enjoy it and feeds on it. And it can emerge at anytime, including your later years. So how do you overcome your weakness? Through willpower?
Action without vision is a nightmare — Japanese Proverb. You will find the following exercise to be an inspiring and liberating experience that will leave you excited about your life and eager to get moving toward your dreams. That is its purpose, along with providing you with a tool that you can use to align your energy with what you want in your life, thereby greatly increasing the likelihood of you having it.
Once you become energetically matched to what it is you want, you begin to draw it to you according to what is known as the law of attraction. What is your relationship to your Creator? Do you spend time each day in prayer and meditation? Are you living a spiritual life? What is your connection to your community? Where do you give back? Self-development — What have you done to enrich your mind?
Have you added to your education? Did you obtain a degree or learn a new skill? Have you studied a new language? What are you doing regularly to expand your mind? Do you make a habit of reading uplifting, inspirational material each day? Doing this for just fifteen minutes a day will help you keep a positive attitude and will contribute more to your success than any other action you can take.
Health and Fitness — How is your health? Are you becoming more fit. What are you doing to nurture your self regularly? Do you exercise? What about sports and leisure activities? Do you have regular medical checkups? Are you taking extraordinary care of your body? Family and Relationships — What about your relationships do you have a great relationship with your spouse and loved ones?
What about friends? Have you developed meaningful relationships with people who support you and have your best interest in mind? What is your work day like? What are the feelings you experience in your chosen work? How great is it? Have you begun your own business? How has it grown? What are you doing each day? Where are you contributing to society? Remember the idea of a big vision, one that will excite you just thinking about living it. Social and Material — What are you doing socially? Where are you vacationing? What are you doing? What do you own?
Have you added an incredible media center to your home? A new computer; New furniture? A great wardrobe? What have you been able to buy for your family? Money and Investments — How much money are you earning? What have you invested in? How much are you saving each month? What are you using your money for? Are you tithing regularly? As the late Norman Vincent Peale considered to be one of the pioneers of the modern self-help movement. You now have an inspiring, motivating rich vision of how you want your life to be in five years.
First you shake the trunk, then you shake the limb, then you shake the branch, then you shake the twing, then you look under every leaf. You can read the same Bible verse a dozen times and get a dozen different insights. Build better relationships? Succeed in your career? Conquer anxiety and find peace?
Break a bad habit? Be healed from the emotional wounds of your past? Then meditate on, ponder, think about, practice mentally, and verbalize the word of God. Lewis describes the kind of people we have trouble getting along with. Selfishness, anger, jealousy, or other quirks often sabotage our relationship with them.
Lewis then turns the tables on us by pointing out that these frustrations are what God has to endure with each of us every day. All the hopes and plans of others have again and again shipwrecked on your character just as your hopes and plans have shipwrecked on theirs. Instead, he or she is able to endure, exhibiting grace in spite of upsetting behaviour. Are there difficult people in your life? Ask God to show His love through you — Dennis Fisher. They were inseparable friends. One day, they noticed a gold ring lying next to them and conspired to take it. The thumb said it would be wrong to steal the ring, but the four fingers called him a self-righteous coward and refused to be his friend.
That was just fine with the thumb; he wanted nothing to do with their mischief. This is why, the legend goes, the thumb still stands separate from the other fingers. The Lord, in His grace, spared him and his family. We have every reason to bring Him Honour and stand strong for Him in our daily lives. He is always near, even abiding in us, so we never really stand alone. His ears are open to our cry. The reason for naming this sin is that it spoils the unity that Christ desires for His followers Jn Those who sow discord may not initially set out to create divisions.
It begins with the transformation of the heart. And just as in the book of Acts, three things are about to happen when the Holy Spirit begins are about to happen when the Holy Spirit begins to work in all His wonderful power. Preaching to the assembled crowd on that day with a boldness birthed of the Spirit, Peter was uncompromising in his message. In Acts 2, three thousand people came to the Saviour in a single day. Just think of it! The effect on Jerusalem was electric. All eyes were on the leaders of the mighty movement. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them — walking, heaping and praising God.
So healing followed evangelism. For by His stripes and His shed blood, we are healed. You express hopelessness, belittle your own abilities, refuse to take any risk, say no to personal growth opportunities, complain about the unfairness of life, and say that nothing you do will make a difference in a particular circumstance. Do you recognize any of these attitudes in yourself? An action repeated becomes an attitude realized. That means with practice, you can develop an overcoming attitude. Give someone you respect the permission to point out when you are being negative.
Since you become like the company you keep, look for people who fortify your faith and not feed your fears. Teach me to trust You in times of trouble. Remind me of Your presence and of the fact that You hold me in Your loving arms. Now having said that, I have to agree with something I heard Zig Ziglar say once to a group of people.
After the audience stopped laughing, he went on to make crucial point: Money will buy a bed but not sleep; books but not brains; food but not appetite; finery but not beauty; a house but not a home; medicine but not health; luxuries but not culture; amusements but not happiness; religion but not salvation. With contentment, you can experience joy in the most desolate areas on earth. Riches will not bring happiness. My life controlled by power divine. Rendall has a penetrating insight on the promises in Mal These promises point to a material return as one kind of blessing from the Lord.
Obviously some will prosper more than others, owing to gifts, place of responsibility, or opportunity. But at the bottom of it all is a promise of all believers that they will be honoured even at a material level in such a way that, whether it be more or less than others, it is more than it would have been had they not been faithful in Christian stewardship. There are countless testimonies that could be brought forward that tell of financial hardship, debt and distress, until tithing was begun.
Not that such people became millionaires or drove Rolls —Royces, but they lived without the terror of constant financial adversity. But not only do we experience the adventure of having our own needs met, we get to experience the blessing of responding to the leading of the Holy Spirit to meet the needs of others. Jesus told His weary, burdened followers. When we are tired and troubled, Jesus invites us to discover the peace of meekly trusting Him — David McCasland.
Why should He love me so? As a father, I cannot even begin to fathom the pain that our wonderful heavenly Father endured by allowing His Son to die the terrible death of Calvary. There is no greater thing that the Father could do to demonstrate His love for us than send His Son to die in our place and for our sins. As much as He grieved at the suffering inflicted upon Jesus, the thought of men and women spending eternity in hell grieved Him even more. No greater gift has ever been given nor has such love been equaled in all of history.
Yet if the Father sacrificed so much to make away for us to partake of eternal life with Him, does it make sense that a God of such love would stop there in waiting to bless children? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
As part of the service, the church staff members washed the feet of some of the church volunteers. As I watched, I wondered which was more humbling in our day — to wash yours. Both those who were serving and those being served were presenting distinct pictures of humility. When Jesus and His disciples were gathered for the last Supper Jn But Simon Peter resisted, saying. Washing their feet was not a mere ritual. He wanted his listeners to continue putting money in the stock market during all the ups and downs of the economy because historically a good return will eventually occur.
God wants us to invest wisely in our spiritual future as well. The apostle Peter tells us to be diligent about character development 2 Pet After we trust in Christ for salvation, we are to invest these qualities into our character; faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love.
Investing money in retirement funds can be profitable but investing in our spiritual lives offers the best kind of return for our future. Nearly is a tall wooden cross that was placed there many years ago. For their physical safety, people run to the area where the cross is located. In a similar way, all of us used a place of spiritual safety.
Have you run to the Cross — Anne Cetas. As a result, he was released from the military. So, at age 19, he had to use a cane to get around for a while; and because of the severity of the injury he endured 2 years of recovery, rest, and rehab. Finally, Mark was able to set aside the knee braces he had worn since the accident. Although he still experiences residual pain, the long slow healing process has brought him back to full use of his leg.
Physical healing is often much slower than we anticipate. This is true of spiritual healing as well. The consequences of unwise choices or the burdens or wounds that endure for a lifetime. But for the child of God, there is hope. Although full restoration is not always experienced in this life, the promise of healing is sure. The God of our salvation Ps God wants to bless His children. As a father, I love to give gifts to my children and provide for them. And nothing brings me greater joy than to see the twinkle in their eyes as they unwrap a gift or to hear them giggle with delight as I give them some thing they have desired.
If a mere human being like me can find such joy through giving gifts to my children, just imagine how much joy our heavenly Father receives when He bestows good gifts upon us. Truly, our loving heavenly Father longs to bless His children-if for no other reason than for the pure joy of knowing the pleasure we receive when He provides for us.
How easy it can be to miss this very simple principle. God loves you and wants the very best for you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? But even the very hair of your head are all numbered.
Some loose change, right? And God cares what happens to it even more than you do. He pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail —even numbering the hairs on your head! He eventually borrowed the money to get the items she wanted. He was willing to do whatever was necessary just to bring joy to her. And because you are a believer, many of these blessings are promised to you and your children. Read Isa The nation of Israel had a special covenant with God. Ramset sa user manual. Dell inspiron user guide. Hazelden steps working guide step1.
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