September 9,2017 Scriptures to live by :)

🙂  Today’s Scripture Reading: Ezra 2:1-4:5, 1 Chronicles 3:19b-24 🙂

🙂  Heavenly Father, every time Your people unite great things happen.  🙂

In early autumn, when the Israelites had settled in their towns, all the people assembled in Jerusalem with a unified purpose. Then Jeshua son of Jehozadak joined his fellow priests and Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel with his family in rebuilding the altar of the God of Israel. They wanted to sacrifice burnt offerings on it, as instructed in the Law of Moses, the man of God. —Ezra 3:1-2

Lord, it must break Your heart to see division, discord, and strife among Your children. In my natural mind unity of believers seems like something only reserved for heaven. I’ve been a Christian all my life. It seems with every passing year Christians are becoming more polarized. Today’s Christians have different ideas about EVERYTHING! Some things don’t really matter, but many of our differences are changing our world.

Lord, what do You think about this?

Is this part of the downward spiral pointing to Your return?

What can I do about it?

I feel the number one thing I need to do is to get as close to You as I can. Your Word is very complex. It can easily be manipulated to support any cause. Holy Spirit, without Your direction, coaching, and counsel, I can easily be deceived.

Jesus, You kept Your message very simple. In our day of information overload, we have a tendency to complicate things. Help me to simplify my life and my message. The more information we have the more opportunities we have to disagree.

Lord, one more thing that comes to mind is the power of living a peaceful life.

Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. —Romans 12:18

It’s no wonder the enemy of our soul works tirelessly to steal our peace. Peace unifies! Lord, help me to promote peace instead of discord.

Jesus, I need Your discernment. I need Your wisdom.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

The empty cross,+ the empty grave ,equals salvation

When you love someone, you do everything you can to make them happy because it’s not just about you anymore
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12, NIV).

Scripture:
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he shall not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Observation:
The example we set for our children is a primary way we can “train a child up in the way they should go.”

Application:
Establishing a solid foundation in the life of a child is paramount. What a child learns in their early years will be their framework for how they view life, God, themselves and others. God calls us to make a holy investment in our children, to train up a child in the way they should go. This includes their emotional, physical and spiritual development. We can see from the example of Samuel that it is never too early to introduce your children to their Heavenly Father. As a young boy, Samuel heard the audible voice of God calling his name. God was no respecter of persons, He did not exclude Samuel from relationship with Him because of his age. In fact, we see in the Gospels Jesus telling the adults, “Let the children come to Me,” don’t shoo them away!

As your children embark on their new school year they may be faced with many trials, pressures and influences. Let’s commit to building a solid foundation like a house built on a rock.

Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed –or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her’” (Luke 10:41-42).Martha’s have gotten a bad rap over the years.

I know. I am one.

It has become a negative description of a busy person. Oh you know. She’s a Martha.

But today, I want to pronounce that Jesus loved Martha too. Yes, he loves those of us who have a hard time sitting still, who prefer being busy to sedentary. Who have a tough time just “being” like the Mary’s in the world.

In John 11, when Jesus received word about the death of Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha, Jesus proclaimed Lazarus’ sickness would not end in death but right after, that the Word says, “Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus” (John 11:5).

What? He loved Martha despite her busyness. Despite the fact that she didn’t blow off the household chores, and sit at his feet. He loved her even though she sounded like she was a worrier.Jesus loves the Martha’s of the world.

But, here’s the disclaimer. It doesn’t mean he wants Martha’s to be too busy. We Martha’s have to discipline ourselves to spend time with him. It is still the “better” thing to walk in Mary’s shoes.

Periodically, circumstances will force a Martha-type to sit at Jesus’ feet so she can receive an infusion of teaching.

  1. It’s important to have compassion for the chronically ill. I have been blessed with great health so God had to put me in a position of ill health (for longer than a week) to understand.
  2. Life is precious and can be gone in a flash. Healthy one day, sick the next. I know that we need to make each day count for the kingdom.
  3. I need to rely totally on God for my mental and physical strength. In my weakness he is strong. Good health is a gift.
  4. I know that God demands total obedience to all his ways, no slip ups! Sometimes our sicknesses can be a wake up call to some form of disobedience in our life. It may be the only way to get our attention, because in our sickness, we may ask God, “Are you mad at me?” or “Show me if there is any sinfulness in me, Oh LORD.”

I will admit, I am a restless Mary, but I always come out better when I sit at Jesus’ feet for a period of time. It doesn’t mean I am not comfortable in my Martha skin. The world needs Martha’s to get things accomplished, and I know God designed me with a heart to reach the masses for him.

So Martha’s, don’t fret. Today, know that you are loved by your maker, who wants you to choose to spend time at his feet. He has some important truths he wants you to learn. (LBW)

“Far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you” (1 Sam. 12:23).

“For I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance” (Philippians 1:19)

“My mouth would encourage you; comfort from my lips would bring you relief” (Job 16:5).
“She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness” (Proverbs 31:26).
“The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil” (Proverbs 15:28).
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1).

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5)

That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. — Titus 2:2 (KJV)

“But God is the God of the waves and the billows, and they are still His when they come over us; and again and again we have proved that the overwhelming thing does not overwhelm. Once more by His interposition deliverance came. We were cast down, but not destroyed.” — Amy Carmichael

 

James 3:17-18 (NASB) “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”

Matthew 8:26 (NASB) “He *said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm.”

“I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not.” — Jeremiah 33:3
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly. ” Proverbs 15:1-2
Titus 2:1-3 (CEV)”Titus, you must teach only what is correct. Tell the older men to have self-control and to be serious and sensible. Their faith, love, and patience must never fail.Tell
the older women to behave as those who love the Lord should. They must
not gossip about others or be slaves of wine. They must teach what is
proper.”

September 8,2017 Scriptures to live by :)

🙂  Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. — Psalm 143:10 (KJV)  🙂

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Prayer means talking over with Jesus everything that happens from morning until night. – Basilea Schlink

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

Isaiah 30:21 (NASB) Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.
Psalm 7:10 (NASB) “My shield is with God, Who saves the upright in heart.”

Romans 8:17 (MSG) “And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us-an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!”

Galatians 5:22-23 (New Century Version)” But the Spirit produces the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. There is no law that says these things are wrong.”

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you .” Matthew 6:33 Blessings to you and to yours this day. Keep our eyes on Him ,and we will excell in all things !

” He came to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his God upon him.” —Ezra 7:9

Put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. —Ephesians 4:24

 

 

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September 7,2017 Scriptures to live by :)

🙂  Our value is measured by what God our Father, Jesus Christ our Savior,and the. Person of the Holy Spirit has done for us 🙂

 🙂 “My beloved brothers, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (I Corinthians 15:58) 🙂
“Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, ‘Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?'” John 4:28-29 (NIV)

Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: — Colossians 1:28 (KJV)

“Every year, I might almost say every day, that I live, I seem to see more clearly how all the rest and gladness and power of our Christian life hinges on one thing; and that is, taking God at His word, believing that He really means exactly what He says, and accepting the very words in which He reveals His goodness and grace, without substituting others or altering the precise modes and tenses which He has seen fit to use.” – Frances Havergal

Proverbs 4:11-13
Amplified Bible (AMP)
“I have taught you in the way of skillful and godly Wisdom [which is comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God]; I have led you in paths of uprightness.
When you walk, your steps shall not be hampered [your path will be clear and open]; and when you run, you shall not stumble.Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; guard her, for she is your life.”

Read: Matthew 7:24-29

“Whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock.” —Matthew 7:24

Colossians 3:14 (Amplified Bible) “And above all these
[put on] love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which
binds everything together completely in ideal harmony].”

Put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. —Ephesians 4:24

September 6,2017 Scriptures to live by :)

🙂 “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.” Acts 16:31
Through His cross ,Jesus rescues and redeems.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”Colossians 3:16
Humbling ourselves in reverence and honor before Jesus our “King”, delights the heart of Him who lavishes us with His Love and Grace upon our lives.
“The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, honor and life.”
Proverbs 22:4
“All of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.”2 Corinthians 5:18
Find someone who openly communicates their feelings. Someone who realizes that you’re not perfect and never expects you to be. Someone who would never want to lose you and feels so blessed to be with you. One who gives their heart completely. Someone who says I love you and means it. Last but not least, find someone who looks forward to a future with you and with each and every new day, falls in love with you all over again. -Brigitte Nicole

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” —Isaiah 26:3
“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” —Galatians 1:10

“And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” —Job 19:25– 27

He is looking for the person after His own heart, and for the treasures you stored inside for Him, as He tell us to do in Matthew 6:19– 22.

“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” —Matthew 16:26

“I the LORD do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.” —Malachi 3:6

“There will be so many times you feel like you’ve failed, but in the eyes, heart and mind of a child you are super mom” ~Stephanie Precourt

For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. (Acts 20:27)

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. — John 14:23 (KJV)

We say, then, to anyone who is under trial, give Him time to steep the soul in His eternal truth. Go into the open air, look up into the depths of the sky, or out upon the wideness of the sea, or on the strength of the hills that is His also; or, if bound in the body, go forth in the spirit; spirit is not bound. Give Him time and, as surely as dawn follows night, there will break upon the heart a sense of certainty that cannot be shaken. – Amy Carmichael

Isaiah 30:18 (NASB) “Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.”
Proverbs 6:20-21 (NASB)”My son, observe the commandment of your father And do not forsake the teaching of your mother; bind them continually on your heart; tie them around your neck.

“Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him.” John 14:23 AMP

ripture says, “And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady.” (Rom. 5:4 TLB)

Of all the usages of the word hope in scripture, most are expressed by Paul. He sprinkled his letters and speeches with phrases of hope, such as:

* “the hope of salvation” (1 Thess. 5:8)
* “in hope of eternal life” (Titus 1:2)
* “the hope of your calling” (Eph 4:4)
* “the hope of righteousness” (Gal. 5:5)
* “the hope which is laid up for you in heaven” (Col. 1:5)
* “the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13)

“The
God of hope” (Rom. 15:13) has authored our hope. And Jesus, as Paul
said, is the one “on whom we have set our hope” (2 Cor. 1:10), “Christ
in you the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27).

Galatians 5:17 (Amplified Bible) “For the desires of
the flesh are opposed to the [Holy] Spirit, and the [desires of the]
Spirit are opposed to the flesh (godless human nature); for these are
antagonistic to each other [continually withstanding and in conflict
with each other], so that you are not free but are prevented from doing 
what you desire to do.”

Hear counsel , recieve instruction , and accept correction , that you may be wise in the time to come . Many plans are in a man’s mind , but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand. Read Proverbs chapter 19 . Good stuff , wise material here to read from His word throughout the whole word of God . You all have a great week in the Lord Jesus . Seek the Lord to plan your week and it wil be a great one. 🙂

Because the days are evil. Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish , but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but ever be filled and stimulated with the (Holy) Spirit.

Ephesians chapter 5 is another great passage – verses 14-18 – Therefore He says , Awake , O sleeper , and arise from the dead , and Christ shall shine (make day dawn) upon you and give you light. Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately , not as the unwise and witless , but as wise (sensible , intelligent people ), Makein ghe very most of the time ( buying up each opportuntity)

It shall be health to your nerves and sinews, and marrow and moisitening to your bones. Read Proverbs chapter 3 it is a great chapter

Lean on,trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know , recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths .Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn (entirely) away from evil.

) “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.” Acts 16:31 🙂
Through His cross ,Jesus rescues and redeems.

September 5,2017 Scriptures to live by :)

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Acts 2:19-21 (NLT) “And I will cause wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below-blood and fire and clouds of smoke. The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood before that great and glorious day of the Lord arrives. But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
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Psalm 29:2 (NLT) “Honor the LORD for the glory of his name. Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.”
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Romans 11:36 (NASB) “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever, Amen.”

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live!” Luke 11:25
Can you lay aside the things that other person has done and give yourself totally to God?
“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you,
pray for those who mistreat you.” Luke 6:27-28
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him” (1 John 4:16).
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5)

Proverbs 10:19 (NASB) “When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise.”
Ephesians 4:29-30 (KJV) “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”

“And he said unto him, ‘What is thy name?’ And he said, ‘Jacob.’ And he said, ‘Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.” Genesis 32: 27, 28-King James Version

“Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border…” (1 Chronicles 4:10, ESV).

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. — Matthew 28:18-20 (KJV)

We say, then, to anyone who is under trial, give Him time to steep the soul in His eternal truth. Go into the open air, look up into the depths of the sky, or out upon the wideness of the sea, or on the strength of the hills that is His also; or, if bound in the body, go forth in the spirit; spirit is not bound. Give Him time and, as surely as dawn follows night, there will break upon the heart a sense of certainty that cannot be shaken. –Amy Carmichael

This is for someone today- be blessed in Him – He loves you-
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You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have
put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness. Psalm
30:11 NKJV

“For the desires of the flesh are opposed to the [Holy] Spirit, and the [desires of the] Spirit are opposed to the flesh (godless human nature); for these are antagonistic to each other [continually withstanding and in conflict with each other], so that you are not free but are prevented from doing what you desire to do.”Galatians 5:17 Amplified Bible (AMP)
 
Ephesians 4:24 (Amplified Bible) “And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.”

September 4,2017 Scriptures to live by :)

🙂  Put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. —Ephesians 4:24 🙂

“The cross of Christ bridges the gap we could never cross on our own”  🙂

“For everyone has sinned ;we all fall short of God’s glorious standard” Romans 3:23

Listen to the Vinedresser:
“I see you struggle against the wind. You hold your head high and brace yourself often against the raging storm of emotions swirling around your circumstances. I am here to show you how to cut across the wind and move forward.

“Just like a sailboat, follow my ways to criss cross and use the belching wind’s angle to fill the sails of your life to move you forward. I have not left you to be battered nor for your life (sail) to be torn down in the ocean storm of the up and downs of your life.

“Stay in the boat! Cling to Me. I am still your hope, the anchor of your soul. As you tend to the sails of your heart, watch for Me to change the direction of the wind. I am in control of your situations and you child.

“I know just when to come from behind and blow hard the wind of My favor on your life. You will glide through the rough seas with the confidence of a seasoned sailor. Those areas which once held you in a grip of fear you will now move effortlessly through forward in the clear direction I have mapped out and spoken to you.

“Watch Me now as I stride right through the ocean walking on the roaring waters of chaos in your life, in this world. Just like Me, I will teach you how to walk and sleep confidently in Me regardless of the waves of controversy. Let the Wind blow. You are mine. Nothing and no one gets lost. Not a man nor a sparrow, not even a mouse slips through the cracks. You are Mine…in the Vine.”

I was spending time in prayer for you and for the many requests that are written down here on my page each night.
So many real hurts and needs. I was feeling the burden and then God spoke!
“Don’t be moved by the needs Tee, be moved by My Holy Spirit!”
So I opened the Word and found a the passage in John 6 where He fed the 5,000. Talk about a need! What did Jesus do? He told His disciples to feed them.
I hear Holy Spirit say that you are meant to feed many too with your message or your extra ordinary solution to someone’s pain point in your service or product.

As I spent my more time on this passage I wrote some of my thoughts down. Get a pen and open your Bible to John Chapter 6.

Get some coffee too and let’s talk.

What are you facing that is testing your faith. Look at it as a God set up. He will help you pass!
“Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do.”
John 6:5-6 NLT

What little we give to Jesus, in His hands can be multiplied. He takes what you give Him and breaks it into pieces. In the breaking comes the making of miracles. Will you let go and give Him that which in your mind you think you have to cling to?
Could it be that the problems and crisis of the heart are the very things that God can use to find Him (as we are already found by Him).

“The only way people come to me is by the Father who sent me—he pulls on their hearts to embrace me. And those who are drawn to me, I will certainly raise them up in the last day.”

John 6:44 tpt

Out of this came that familiar breeze of Holy Spirt in the voice of the Vinedresser.

Thought I’d share it with you as God tells you to be moved in FAITH with whatever challenge or pressing need you are facing. This is a test. He will always help you pass it.

Listen to the Vinedresser

“Dear child give to Me what you are intensely clutching. In your hands it can only be wrapped in pain and fear. Hand it over to Me. In My vineyard I reserve a place for you to sit and be cradled in My tender embrace. As you linger in My Presence the raw edges of the sting from your wounds are removed making a way for complete healing. Your dreams and desires are also safe in My embrace.

“What looks like only lack in your resources is simply a test. Take your hand and mind off what little you have. You will pass the test. Just as My Son broke the bread and fed the huge crowd He can do the same with your life. What you see as broken I see as possibilities. What you see as lack I see as a miracle in the making.

“Could it not be that the brokenness and crisis in your heart is the very thing that I will use to feed others? The Holy Spirit is here to give you life from what I am saying for human reasoning alone will not help you. Let the breeze of the words that I speak blow fresh wind into the sails of your dreams and prayers.

“What little you give to me dear Child will be multiplied in My Hands. In the breaking comes the making of a life meant to feed others. You are the one I choose. Abide with Me. No need to strive. I will finish this work. You will in turn see your family and closest friends impacted. You will walk as my Kingdom shaker changing every atmosphere I place you in for My glory. You can pass this test..in The Vine.”

Thank you for allowing me this opportunity to share with you.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”—Jeremiah 29:11

“How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is their sum!
If I would count them, they are more in number than the sand.
When I wake up, I am still with you.”Psalm 139:17-18 (WEB)

“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results” (James 5:16 NLT)
.”I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5)

John 15:4-5 (NLT) “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”

Psalm 119:143-144 (NIV) “Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands are my delight. Your statutes are forever right; give me understanding that I may live.”

Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me for you are God my Savior and my hope is in you all the day long. Psalm 25:4-5
“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” John 14:26

Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us. — 2 Timothy 1:13-14 (KJV)

“I entreat you, give no place to despondency. This is a dangerous temptation–a refined, not a gross temptation of the adversary. Melancholy contracts and withers the heart, and renders it unfit to receive the impressions of grace. It magnifies and gives a false colouring to objects, and thus renders your burdens too heavy to bear. God’s designs regarding you, and His methods of bringing about these designs, are infinitely wise. -Madame Guyon

“Now follow the example of the correct teaching I gave you, and let the faith and love of Christ Jesus be your model. You have been trusted with a wonderful treasure. Guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit, who lives within you.” 2 Timothy 1:13-14
John 16:33 (New Century Version) “I told you these
things so that you can have peace in me. In this world you will have
trouble, but be brave! I have defeated the world.”
Philippians 4:7 (New Century Version) “And God’s peace, which is so great we cannot understand it, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Faith is not what you have or what you know. A theological doctorate is not usually any help. Faith has no mystique, nothing esoteric or rare. It is just a common human faculty, ordinary everyday trustfulness. It is as good among humble people as among spiritual geniuses, religious giants or mighty Samsons of the church. The assorted crowd ‘only believed’ and the woman with an issue of blood ‘only believed’, and their faith put their feet into the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom which is where Christ is. Be blessed. REINHARD BONNKE

September 3,2017 Scriptures to live by :)

For since the creation of the world Gods invisible qualities; his eternal power and divine nature; have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Romans 1:20
 

Read: Mark 7:1-13
Whenever we start looking for loopholes, we stop being obedient.

Lord, help us to submit to You,
To follow and obey,
Instead of finding loopholes to
Defend our sinful way. —Sper

Even though we make excuses for not obeying God,
He still calls it disobedience.

Psalm 27:14 (NCV) ” Wait for the Lord’s help. Be strong and brave, and wait for the Lord’s help.”
Isaiah 48:17 (NCV) “This is what the Lord, who saves you, the Holy One of Israel, says: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to do what is good,who leads you in the way you should go”

Joshua 1:8 (GW) “Never stop reciting these teachings. You must think about them night and day so that you will faithfully do everything written in them. Only then will you prosper and succeed.”

Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. — Isaiah 48:17 (KJV)

“Do not give way to lowness while you are young. Rise up on the strength of God and resolve to conquer.” — Catherine Booth

John 14:27 (NASB) “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”
Psalm 59:9-10 (NASB) “Because of his strength I will watch for You, for God is my stronghold. My God in His lovingkindness will meet me; God will let me look triumphantly upon my foes.”


In His timing, God will align our “wrong feelings” with our “right choices”, and we’ll begin to taste the peaceful fruit of forgiveness.
“All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.”
Hebrews 12:11

“We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you” (2 Chronicles 20:15).
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5)

“The mirth of the wicked is brief; the joy of the godless lasts but a moment” (Job 20:5).
“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry” (Psalm 34:15).
“In a loud voice they sang: ‘Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!'” (Revelation 5:12).
“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.” Romans 12:3-6a NIV
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12
“The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.”
Revelation 21:21
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me (2 Corinthians 12:9, NLT).

September 1,2017 Scriptures to live by :)

“Wait for the Lord and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land.”
Psalm 37:34

“Then they remained in their camp as long as the cloud stayed over the Tabernacle. If the cloud remained over the Tabernacle for a long time, the Israelites stayed and performed their duty to the Lord.” (Num. 9:16-19 NLT) The Hebrew text says they “kept the charge of Jehovah, and did not pull up.”

When the cloud of God’s presence tarried, the children of Israel tarried. They struck their tents and waited. They did not pull up stakes and depart. They knew the cloud was Jehovah and continued to perform their service to the Lord as they waited.

Scripture tells us that God rides the clouds…

* “Behold, the Lord rides on a swift cloud.” (Is. 19:1a NKJV)
* “Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds. His name is the Lord.” (Ps. 68:4 NLT)
* He “rides the heavens to help you, and in His excellency on the clouds.” (Deut. 33:26 NKJV)

David tells us, “He made darkness His secret place; His canopy around Him was dark waters and thick clouds of the skies” (Ps. 18:11 NKJV), and “Clouds and darkness surround Him.” (Ps. 97:2 NKJV)

But do we realize those dark clouds threatening to overtake us announce His arrival and conceal His presence? F. B. Meyer wrote, “A storm is only the outskirts of His robe—the symptom of His advent and the environment of His presence.” As the hem of His garment. Stirring up the atmosphere. But His presence is in the cloud. His peace and light await us in the midst of the cloud. In the eye of the storm.

Remember, when a dark, rumbling cloud looms over your life, it is the advent of His presence. Trust Him. Continue your service to Him. And when the effects come, wait it out, rest in His presence, and you’ll be better on the other side.

You are never without hope, for He will never leave you lacking the assurance of His presence. He will see you through the storm.

Sing and praise Him Who rides the clouds over your life, Who meets you in the eye of the storm and says, “Peace. Peace, be still!”

Only God’s Love can disarm the emotional bombs of generational hatred and vengeance that keep igniting all over the world.
“Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all transgressions.”
Proverbs 10:12

“If you are guided by the Spirit, you won’t obey your selfish desires. The Spirit and your desires are enemies of each other. They are always fighting each other and keeping you from doing what you feel you should. Galatians 5:16-17 (CEV)

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends…
Jesus said it as some of his last words to his closest disciples right before his betrayal, trials, and crucifixion (John 15:13-14). Later, the great encourager who gave us the New Testament book of Hebrews described our friend Jesus as one who is able:
…to empathize with our weaknesses… one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:15-16).

“For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
Our understanding comes from the WORD OF GOD

Doing the work of Jesus Christ here on earth,…

Proverbs 3:12-16 (Amplified) Happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) is the man who finds skillful and godly Wisdom, and the man who gets understanding [drawing it forth from God’s Word and life’s experiences]. For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver, and the profit of it better than fine gold. Skillful and godly Wisdom is more precious than rubies; and nothing you can wish for is to be compared to her. Length of days is in HER RIGHT HAND, and in HER LEFT HAND are riches and honor.
Philippians 4:4-7 (Amplified) Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice! [Psalm 37:4]. Let all men know and perceive and recognize your unselfishness (your considerateness, your forbearing spirit). The Lord is near [He is coming soon]. DO NOT FRET OR HAVE ANY ANXIETY ABOUT ANYTHING, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And GOD’S PEACE [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:15 (Amplified) And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with FINALITY ALL QUESTIONS THAT ARISE IN YOUR MINDS, in that PEACEFUL STATE] TO WHICH as [members of Christ’s] one body YOU WERE ALSO CALLED [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always]

Philippians 4:8-9 (Amplified) For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, THINK ON and weigh and take account of THESE THINGS [fix your minds on them]. Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the GOD OF PEACE (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) WILL BE WITH YOU.
SIT AND LISTEN TO WHAT JESUS SAYS:

Luke 6:40 (Amplified) A pupil is not superior to his teacher, but everyone [when he is] completely trained (readjusted, restored, set to rights, and perfected) WILL BE LIKE HIS TEACHER.

Jesus told them that if they are prepared to do the things that He is doing and listen, they are His pupils. There would come a time that they would be like their Teacher. In John 14:12 Jesus says that the works that He do, they shall also do and greater works that these they shall do. Those who heard what He taught, have ears and receive the Word, will be able to set the people free from troubled hearts and minds and the things that causes them to doubt instead of having faith.

Luke 10:38-39 (Amplified) Now while they were on their way, it occurred that Jesus entered a certain village, and a woman named Martha received and welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister named Mary, who SEATED herself at the LORD’S FEET and was LISTENING TO HIS TEACHING.

When you come and sit at somebody’s feet, you are prepared to be a pupil.

Luke 10:40-42 (Amplified) But Martha [overly occupied and too busy] was DISTRACTED with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me [to lend a hand and do her part along with me]! But the Lord replied to her by saying, Martha, Martha, you are ANXIOUS AND TROUBLED about many things. There is need of only one or but a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion [that which is to her advantage], which shall not be taken away from her.

Hebrews 12 says that we must look away from the things that can distract, to Jesus. We must come and sit at His feet and listen to what He says. That is the good portion that Mary chose and it does not mean that she didn’t work. When you are troubled in your mind, there will come a time that it will cease.

1 John 4:4 :”Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have [already] defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world.”

Hebrews 2:4 “[Besides this evidence] it was also established and

plainly endorsed by God, Who showed His approval of it by signs and wonders and various miraculous manifestations of [His] power and by imparting the gifts of the Holy Spirit [to the believers] according to His own will.”

Isaiah 40:31
“but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

“And he is permitted to impart the breath of life” Revelation 13:15
“So then, you will know them by their fruits” Matthew 7:20
Matthew 5:16 …Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
“From HIS glorious, unlimited resources HE will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.” Ephesians 3:16

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. — Proverbs 22:6 (KJV)

If I am content to heal a hurt slightly, saying “Peace, peace,” where is no peace; if I forget the poignant word “Let love be without dissimulation” and blunt the edge of truth, speaking not right things but smooth things, then I know nothing of Calvary love. –Amy Carmichael

“Who has announced this from old? Who has long since declared it? Is it not I, the LORD? And there is no other God besides Me, A righteous God and a Savior; there is none except Me.

Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; For I am God and there is no other.” Isaiah 46:21b-22

Self-life wants to hide the truth, but God’s Life wants to expose it! 🙂
“For nothing is hidden that shall not become evident, nor anything secret that shall not be known and come to light.”
Luke 8:17

Spiritual growth -Read Romans chapter 12 . We are to be living sacrifices to the Lord. If one is still dominated by sin, one would need to rely on the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit . One would need to accept for themselves the practical guidelines holiness that appear in the concluding 4 chapters of Romans. God will lead you to growth and to victory. We are seek after Him ,and after righteousness .

Proverbs 16:2-3 (New Century Version) “You may believe you are doing right, but the Lord will judge your reasons. Depend on the Lord in whatever you do, and your

 plans will succeed.”

God has extended to all men impartially an offer of salvation from their sin. His wrath against sin is justified, and we all stand before Him condemned. But God made a way for us to be justified by faith. Jesus Christ , the Son of God , came to earth to live the sinless life we could not live with out Him.He became the atoning sacrifice for our sins. He died for us , paying a penalty for all our iniquity.

Because He did , we can be saved , not by law, but by faith. We trust in Him and Him alone for our salvation. It comes through a person, the God-man , not through works. The Holy Spirit dwells in the believer to bring victory over sin. The result is a practical holiness that reflects the truth of Christianity and gives glory to God. If you have never been saved , here is the way to Him-

That way to Him is this: To acknowledge your need to have a Saviour . That Saviour is Jesus and that He is the Son of God. That He died for your sins. That you asked for forgiveness and know that sin is forgiven. To believe on Him , and to confess your sins, and to confess to others of your Salvation . He is the only way to Heaven. There is no other way to Heaven. I welcome you to contact me for prayer,etc.

August 24,2017 Scriptures to live by :)

“The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy: I come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”John 10:10

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Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. ~ Romans 12:10 ESV

Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them! If you only love the lovable, do you expect a pat on the back? Run-of-the-mill sinners do that. If you only help those who help you, do you expect a medal? Garden-variety sinners do that. If you only give for what you hope to get out of it, do you think that’s charity? The stingiest of pawnbrokers does that. ~ Luke 6:31-34 MSG

But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? ~ 1 John 3:17 ESV

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. ~ Luke 6:35 ESV

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. ~ John 15:13 ESV

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:1-6 MSG

We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. ~ 1 John 3:16 NLT

Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ~ Matthew 22:36-39 NLT

Don’t run up debts, except for the huge debt of love you owe each other. When you love others, you complete what the law has been after all along. The law code—don’t sleep with another person’s spouse, don’t take someone’s life, don’t take what isn’t yours, don’t always be wanting what you don’t have, and any other “don’t” you can think of—finally adds up to this: Love other people as well as you do yourself. You can’t go wrong when you love others. When you add up everything in the law code, the sum total is love. ~ Romans 13:8-10 MSG

Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?” ~ Romans 15:2 MSG

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. ~ Colossians 3:12-14 ESV

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. ~ John 13:34 ESV

“But don’t forget to be doing good and sharing,for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”Hebrews 13:16 (WEB)

I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. — Psalm 116:1-2 (KJV)

“We knew our Father. There was no need for persuasion. Would not His Fatherliness be longing to give us our hearts’ desire (if I may put it so)? How could we press Him as though He were not our own most loving Father?” — Amy Carmichael

“Go forth, O daughters of Zion, and see [the King] … on the day of his wedding, the day of the gladness of his heart.”Song of Solomon 3:11, NKJV 🙂

Matthew 11:12 (Amplified Bible) “And from the days of
John the Baptist until the present time, the kingdom of heaven has
endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a
precious prize–a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion].”

Psalm 25:4-5 (NCV) “Lord, tell me your ways.Show me how to live. Guide me in your truth,and teach me, my God, my Savior I trust you all day long.”

Isaiah 49:2 (NCV) “He made my tongue like a sharp sword. He hid me in the shadow of his hand. He made me like a sharp arrow. He hid me in the holder for his arrows.”

1 Peter 5:8-9 (New Century Version)”

Control yourselves and be careful! The devil, your enemy, goes around like a roaring lion looking for someone to eat.
Refuse to give in to him, by standing strong in your faith. You know
that your Christian family all over the world is having the same kinds 
of suffering.”

The wages of the righteous bring them life, but the income of the wicked brings them punishment. Proverbs 10:16

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LOVE ONE ANOTHER

Just before His arrest, trial, and crucifixion, the Lord Jesus spent one last evening with His disciples. He used this time to comfort and instruct them. He also gave His disciples this command: “Love one another.” The Lord Jesus said,

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” John 13:34

This command is found in many places in the Bible. Here are a few:
God wants us to allow His love to flow through us to others
“This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you.” John 15:12

“For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Galatians 5:14

“For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.” 1 John 3:11

“This commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.” 1 John 4:21

“Above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 NKJB

This command that we love one another is given special importance by the Lord Jesus Himself. Jesus said that obedience to it would be the identifying mark of His disciples. He said,

“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
John 13:35

What the Lord’s Command Means

The command of the Lord Jesus that we love one another means two things:

1 Loving one another is not optional.
Christians are commanded to love one another
Christians are commanded to love one another. It is not a question of whether or not we want to love other believers. It is our Lord’s command. Not to love another believer is to disobey Him. The Lord Jesus said,

“These things I command you, that you love one another.” John 15:17

2 Loving one another means
loving every believer.

Loving one another does not mean loving only those believers to whom we are naturally attracted. It means loving every believer. The Apostle John said that loving one another is the proof that we have been truly born again. John wrote,

“We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.”
1 John 3:14

The Different Kinds of Love

Since love is so important to the life of a believer, we need to understand what the Lord Jesus means when He commands us to love one another. The Greek language has several words to express the concept of love:

1. EROS — The word “eros” is used to describe the love of pleasure, the love of that which pleases me.

2. PHILIA — The word “philia” is used to describe the love of attraction. It is the warm love and affection that we have in a close friendship.

3. AGAPE — The word “agape” is used to describe the love of God. AGAPE love is that love which the Father has for His beloved Son. Jesus said to His Father, “You loved [AGAPE] Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17:24) AGAPE love is also the love which God has for the human race. The Bible says,

“For God so loved [AGAPE] the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Amazingly, this AGAPE love is the very same love that Jesus commanded us to have for one another. Jesus said,

“This is My commandment, that you love [AGAPE] one another, as I have loved you.” John 15:12

What is Agape Love?
AGAPE love is most clearly seen in God’s giving His Son to die for us while we were yet sinners
It is not easy to define AGAPE love. It is something inward which shows itself in its actions. AGAPE love is most clearly seen in God’s giving His Son to die for us while we were yet sinners. The Bible says,

“But God demonstrates His own [AGAPE] love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

“In this is [AGAPE] love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation [sacrifice] for our sins.” 1 John 4:10

These verses help us to understand what AGAPE love really is. AGAPE love is that love which gives and sacrifices for the highest good of another person. The main characteristic of AGAPE love is that it is utterly unselfish. It does not seek its own interests but always seeks the best interests of the other person.

Chapter 13 of 1 Corinthians is called the “love chapter” because it tells us how love acts. Here is the way AGAPE love expresses itself:

The Love Chapter (1 Corinthians 13)

(NOTE: The Greek word used in 1 Corinthians 13 is “agape” (pronounced a-ga-pay). It is best translated “love” rather than “charity” as in the King James Version.)

God’s Provision of Love

In ourselves we do not have the kind of love that the Lord commands. But God never commands us to do something without enabling us to do it.

How does God enable us to love one another with AGAPE love? He gives us the indwelling Holy Spirit. The same Spirit that dwells in the Father and in the Lord Jesus now dwells in us. That AGAPE love which is in God’s heart flows to us and through us to others by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Bible says,

“…the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5
God’s AGAPE love enabled Stephen to pray for his enemies
AGAPE love does not come from our self-efforts or anything in us. It is the “fruit of the Spirit.” The Bible says,

“The fruit of the Spirit is [AGAPE] love…” Galatians 5:22

God’s love flows through us to others as we yield ourselves to Him to be channels for His love. We can say to someone, “I love you because God has placed within me His wonderful love for you.” This AGAPE love is so powerful that it can enable us to love even our enemies.

It was AGAPE love that enabled the first martyr, Stephen, to pray for the very men who were stoning him to death.

August 23,2017 Scriptures to live by :)

Don’t go through life, grow through life.— Unknown

Psalm 30:5 says 🙂 “For his anger is but for a moment. His favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes in the morning.”

His word tells us that 🙂 “Your sadness may last for a night but joy will come in the morning.”

In the book of Ecclesiastes, it says that there is a season for all things. There is a time to weep and there is a time to rejoice. There are times of intense hardship and there are times of rest and peace. Today’s promise from Psalm 30:5 is really speaking to those who are struggling right now. When I read this passage of Scripture, in my heart, I hear God saying “Dont’ give up! Keep on going! Joy is coming soon!”

In the midst of any trials you may face today, be encouraged in knowing that they are only temporary. Joy is coming, so don’t lose heart! It is in these dark times that we learn just how close God really is to us. A good friend of mine once said that the Gardener (Father God) is never closer to the branch than when He is pruning it (John 15:1-2).

My prayer for each one of us today is that even in the midst of our trials and tribulations, we will feel close to our Papa and His promise that our sadness will be gone before we know it. May each one of us cling to the hope that joy is indeed coming in the morning!

We are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.
—Philippians 3:20

An old chorus begins, “This world is not my home, I’m just a passin’ through.” That is literally true. The Bible says that when you put your faith in Jesus Christ, you become a citizen of heaven because that is your real home.

That is why we find ourselves with a deep-down longing for something this earth can never deliver. And that is also why we always will be a bit out of tune with this world and all it celebrates. Have you noticed? Sometimes the world will parade its toys and its so-called pleasures before you, and you’ll find yourself saying, deep down in your spirit, “That just leaves me cold. That is not what I desire. That is not what I want at all.” As followers of Jesus, we’ve tasted much, much better things than these.

C. S. Lewis described this longing with these words: “There have been times when I think we do not desire heaven; but more often I find myself wondering whether, in our heart of hearts, we have ever desired anything else.” He went on to say of heaven, “It is the secret signature of each soul, the incommunicable and unappeasable want.”

I liken it to a homing instinct that God has placed inside some of His creatures. We all know that some animals have a mysterious ability to migrate or travel great distances to very specific locations. It’s like a natural GPS system that God has placed inside them.

One of these days we’ll be going home too — home to a place we’ve never been. Heaven is more real to me than it has ever been because of those who are already there. My son Christopher is there, as is my mom, and the father who adopted me. Friends I have known through the years are on the other side now, and so are many familiar faces from our church.

Don’t get me wrong: There is much wonder, beauty, joy, and fulfillment in this life God has given us on earth. But what makes all these things even better is the sure knowledge that the best is yet to come.

Today’s devotional is an excerpt from Every Day with Jesus by Greg Laurie, 2013

When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O LORD, held me up. In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul. — Psalm 94:18-19 (KJV)

“God allows suffering, but never allows wrong. I see clearly that it is His will that I should remain in prison and endure the pains which are connected with it; and I am entirely content that it should be so. I can never buy my liberty at the expense of sacrificing my daughter.” -Madame Guyon

 

” The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:9-10

Titus 3:4-6 (New Century Version) “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior was shown,
he saved us because of his mercy. It was not because of good deeds we
did to be right with him. He saved us through the washing that made us
new people through the Holy Spirit.God poured out richly upon us that Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ our Savior.”