The Power Of The Holy Spirit
In the last weeks of Jesus's life, He spoke to Hisdisciples about what was going to come: after His resurrection, they'd receive a Counselor the Holy Spirit who would be with them forever (John 14:16). He would indwell each believer, providing His power to make living a victorious Christian life possible. The Lord is willing to empower us with His divine strength if we cultivate certain Christ-like qualities: Credit; Message originally by InTouch Ministries -
• Purity of heart. Prior to our salvation, sin separated us from the Father. When we received Jesus as Savior, God washed us clean (Titus 3:5), clothed us in Christ's righteousness, and purified us so we could become His people (Titus 2:14). Now, our part is to pursue holiness so we can become more like the Lord. Regular confession of our ungodly thoughts and actions brings forgiveness and purifies us from unrighteousness (1 John 1:9 niv).
• Obedient spirit. Before we were adopted into God's family, our nature was in rebellion against His authority. But since trusting in Christ, we have both freedom from sin's power over us and the ability to choose obedience. While we will live imperfectly, the Lord looks to see if our minds and hearts are committed to following Him. Our sincere effort to obey Him brings a release of His power as we carry out His work. When we make holiness a priority and demonstrate obedience to the Lord, we'll receive supernatural strength to choose righteousness. Each day, we will be filled with power as we confess any areas of sin (Ps. 51:1-2, 10), maintain our commitment to God, and follow the Spirit's lead.
God's Principle of Reaping And Sowing
In Galatians 6:7-10 it states, "whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life..let us do good to all people" This passage contains important scriptural truth:
In this bible passage it contains an important truth that our positive actions will ultimately benefit us, whereas our negative actions and our negative deeds will eventually bring harmful repercussions. This principle is "corollary" to the Golden Rule. The Lord calls us to treat other people with kindness and most importantly respect, even when they aren't easy to love and show no kidness. Admittedly, this can be difficult when an individual wrongs us continually. But if we give in to our flesh and retaliate, we are sowing seeds of corruption, and in due time, we will reap accordingly. But on the other hand, treating someone well even after he/she has been unkind, will profit us. According to the Word/scripture, we are "sowing to the Spirit" and will reap rewards. Some benefits may be supernatural and unknown to us at the time, we do know that obedience in this situation will facilitate forgiveness, build character, and develop endurance. No matter what the other person does, we always win when we walk obediently before the Lord. Think of relationship challenges as a chance for unbelievers to witness God's love in action. With His help, you can sow seeds of love, joy, and peace that will yield a rich harvest for your own life as well as for the other person. You'll also avoid the ill effects that come from harboring bitterness and anger and instead show God's love that shines through you.
Why God Closes Doors
A blocked opportunity is a useful tool for teaching. God's ultimate objective is to mold us into the image of His son, and toward that end, He at times prevents us from doing or having something we desire.
-A closed door prevents mistakes: Just because a path is clear does no mean it is the one God intends for us to follow. Sometimes we won't have the information we need to make a decision, so He bars the way either spiritually or physically. The Holy Spirit can see the whole road map for our lives, which is why we should follow his guidance.
-Closed doors reflect our walk: Rest assured, God never leaves a willing servant with nothing to do. The alternate opportunity He has in mind will yield bigger spiritual fruit, grant you more satisfaction, and bring greater glory for Him.
-Closed doors test faith and build perseverance: Waiting for the Lord to speak or act is hard, particularly when our desire has been denied. But we'll learn wisdom, patience, and trust by pausing prayerfully until He reveals His will.
-Closed doors buy us time: We are not always as prepared as we'd like to think. God may temporarily hold shut an opportunity for service until a believer is properly equipped for kingdom work.
Despite the repeated references to "closed doors" in this devotion, the real message is that God opens doors. He has created a perfect pathway for us to follow. Keep your feet on it, and you will walk the thresholds leading to service, satisfaction, and glory for your Lord.
The Cost Of Our Salvation
In our world of electronic banking and charge cards, it's easy to ignore what thing cost. The same is true with sin. Our culture enjoys temporary pleasures while disregarding what God says is the price of transgression (Rom 6:23). The Bible tells us what it cost Jesus to pay for our sin. For our sake, He suffered: Physical pain. In the hours leading to His crucifixion, Jesus was mocked, beaten, and humiliated. In His weakened state, He was forced to carry the instrument of His death-the cross. Then he was nailed to it and hoisted up to die and excruciating death. He suffered Man's pain. Jesus lived a perfect life on earth and never knew sin or regret. But at the cross, the Father placed all of mankind's sins upon the Savior. (2 Cor. 5:21). There, Christ expierenced the fullness of our transgressions, guilt, and shame. He suffered Abandonment. In the final hours, Jesus was seperated from His Father (Mark 15:34), their felowship broken for the only time since eternity past. Our sin became the barrier that kept them apart until Christ's atonement was finished (john 19:30). Divine judgment: God's wrath was poured out upon our Lord because of man's sin. Christ expierenced the condemnation that we deserved. Our savior suffered greatly on our behalf. He gave His life so that we might become part of God's family (John 1:12). he calls us to a life of service-doing the Father's work and living to please Him. In the light of what our salvation cost, how can we do anything less?
Communicating Through Our Life
Did you realize that everyone's life makes a statement? Perhaps you've never looked at your routine as anything more than merely traveling back and forth to work and accomplishing daily tasks. If so, you might wonder what message this could possibly broadcast to the people around you. The truth is that every one of us communicates through our character, actions, and words. The believer's life should be an expression of glory to God while conveying to onlookers the vital importance of devine truth. Whatever we are, Jesus's light should shine brightly through us so that He is evident in a dark world. And remember, the strength of our life message is directly related to the depth of our relationship with God. Of course, this does not mean that our lives have to be perfect. But our actions and responses should demonstrate that our heavenly father is dependable, faithful, forgiving and present. We are His ambasadors, representing the Savior and the people we encounter each day. Our lives are opportunities for those around us to see the Lord in action as we serve others or as we reveal peacefulness and trust, even during difficult times.
Coworkers, family, and friends are all witnesses to our daily conduct and conversation. Every encounter we have is an opportunity to reflect Jesus into somebody's life. Ask the Lord to strengthen your faith and your walk so that those observing you can't help but be drawn towards His light. Credit; Message originally by InTouch Ministries -
Responding To HardshipFinal Thoughts
When you face a trial, what is your first response? You probably would like to run away as quickly as possible to escape it. Though this is a normal feeling, God has a different way. It is not the trials in your life that develop or destroy you, but rather your response to those hardships. How, then, should we react when difficulties feel overwhelming? First, trust God. Believe His Word and reflect on ways He has been faithful in the past. He assures us that He limits our trials and enables us to endure. Second, persevere. Even when we don’t understand and the pain seems too great to bear, we should never quit. Continue seeking the Lord through His Word and prayer. Cling to hope in Christ, and praise Him in the midst of the pain. Third, remember that our sovereign God is in control. He’s allowing this adversity for a reason and will demonstrate His sustaining power through it. Even though the pain might feel intolerable, the Lord will prosper us. Scripture compares our growth to gold, which is refined through fire (1 Peter 1:7). Often, I hear believers reflect on a difficult time and admit that despite the intense hurt, they wouldn’t change the situation. They see the beauty God created through the struggle and realize its value.
We will encounter difficulties-sometimes intense and painful trials that seem too much for us. Yet we can rely on our heavenly Father to deliver and grow us in ways we could never imagine. He doesn’t demand that we endure on our own, but He does allow us to respond and trust Him.
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First, I'd like to start off by sharing a healing/praise report with everyone;
A few years ago my father was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure. It's a disease that inevitably gets worse and keeps progressing. It's something that has definitely changed his life. With my husband, we've prayed every single day that the Lord would heal my dad, restore his regular lifestyle back to him and reverse this terrible disease he was diagnosed with. There were times when my faith was tested, I felt like God wasn't with me. But God's love and peace always came back to me, telling me that everything would be ok. In the Bible, God promises us that he will never leave nor forsake us. He's colser than the beat of our own heart. As I remembered that, I continued to pray and keep faith that the Lord would heal him. After two years of constant prayer and belief, God answered my prayers. My father is now healed. Today, my dad called me up to tell me that the doctor couldn't find anything wrong with his heart. He will be able to go on with his life, as if he never had been sick at all. I give all the praise and glory to the Lord for healing him. Jesus is a God of love and mercy. he hears our prayers and heals. The Lord hears when we call out to him, and cry. He holds our tears in His hands and he blesses us and takes our pain away. To everyone who is reading this, remember, Jesus will never leave you. he hears your prayers and he will answer them. he loves and adores every single one of us, his children. It's in God's will to heal the sick. As Christians, we need to remember that God wants us to come to Him and pray, have faith and trust in Him. He will then supply our needs. He's there through the calm and through the storm. But through everything that's happened, blessed be the name of the Lord.
If anyone you know/love is sick. Here are healing scriptures from the bible, that will give you faith, help manafest healing in the person you love.
"And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people." (Matthew 4:23)
"My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them
and health to a man's whole body."
"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed."
"If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no sickness will conquer you."
"Because he loves me, says the Lord, I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation."
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
I believe if you speak those healing bible scriptures, believing them, God will hear you and answer your call for him. He's a God of love and mercy. Call upon him and he shall answer. :)
Merry Christmas everyone! I hope everybody had a wonderful, blessed, and safe day. I know I usually post on Saturday, but since today is the day we celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus, I thought it would be the perfect time to post a Christmas message. :)
The Celebration Of Christmas
Imagine you're one of the Bethlehem shepherds, you are traveling forward in time to 2009 so you can witness celebration of the Messiah's birth. What an amazing privilege to see people all over the world commemorating the event that changed your life—and to know that it has transformed the lives of countless others over the last 2,000 years. Now, consider the shock of observing the elaborate traditions that have come to be associated with Christmas. To a first-century shepherd, these customs would seem extravagant. In fact, he might have a hard time figuring out what many of them have to do with the birth of Christ. My purpose is not to tell you how to celebrate Christmas. The things we do, places we go, and ways we decorate are not the issue appropriate merriment pleases God (Prov. 17:22), who even gave the Israelites festivals to observe. In fact, Christians, of all people, have the greatest reason to rejoice over Jesus' nativity. But occasionally, we would be wise to examine our own unique set of Christmas traditions to determine if they are beneficial. Consider whether they are enjoyable or stressful. Do they remind you of Christ or cause you to forget Him in the rush of activity? We should always remember to enjoy Christmas, not let anything get us stressed, and most importantly remember how God gave us the greatest gift of all, His son Jesus, to save us all from being eternally separated from Him. This year, pause to look at this season through a shepherd's eyes. Spend time reading about the Savior in Scripture, delighting in Him, and glorifying God for His good gift. :)
Credit; Message originally written by InTouch Ministries
Last week, I wrote about how Jesus healed my father from his sickness. I also spoke about how no matter what circumstance we are put in, good or bad, we should always give God all our love, all the Praise and Glory, through the calm and through the storm. This week, I want to share a wonderful message I heard by an amazing Pastor, Charles Stanley.
A Life Changing Prayer
Today's passage includes a life-changing prayer, which was written by Paul in his letter to the believers at Colossae. What makes this prayer powerful is that every request was in agreement with God's will. The first petition was for the Colossians to know the Lord's desires. In order to please our Father, we must comprehend what His plans are and then carry them out. This includes His general purposes for all His children--such as loving God and our neighbors (Luke 10:27) --as well as His specific plan for each of us (Eph. 2:10). Paul's second request was for God to give spiritual wisdom and understanding regarding such knowledge. He knew that to apply what we learn, we need the insight and clarity which comes only from the Holy Spirit (John 16:13). The result of these two petitions will be the ability to see from God's viewpoint. We'll perceive our choices and situations as they really are, not just as they appear to be. We could also make this request for those who do not trust in the Savior. Our Father offers salvation to all who believe in Christ. It is not His desire for any to perish (2 Peter 3:9). If unbelievers know God's will, their minds will be open to His offer of forgiveness, and they will accept the sacrifice Jesus made on their behalf.
Our heavenly Father has promised that those who pray in agreement with His purposes will receive what they ask. Therefore, it is important to start by discovering what His plans are. Try incorporating scriptural prayers like the one from today's passage into your conversations with the Lord.
Credit; Message originally written by InTouch Ministries - Dr. Charles Stanley
I found this and really wanted to share with you all. It's an amazing message that really touches base on 'Giving Thanks' and being grateful for everything the Lord has done for us. Anyways, I hope you all are blessed by this message, as much as I was.
Give Thanks To God
Throughout the book of Psalms, we are constantly reminded to give thanks, to the Lord. Thanksgiving Day should not ever become a substitute for the daily expression of gratitude to God for everything that He has done for us. But because our society, culture is essentially characterized by ingratitude, we need to learn and work at developing a loving and grateful heart. Even while praying, we can come to be egocentric and drift from one petition to another without giving praise, to God. Giving thanks can refocus our attention onto the Lord as we will remember His love for all of us, remember His faithfulness, and will praise Him for who He is and everything He has done. Thanksgiving refreshes our souls as we spend time with God, concentrating on His goodness and grace. Anxiety is replaced with peace, and despondency with joy. If you wake up each morning and thank the Lord for deliverance from the power of sin, provision for all your needs, and guidance for the day ahead, what is left to cause worry or discouragement. Gratitude to God for His faithfulness in the past increases faith and strengthens trust in Him for the future. Remember how He carried you in times of pain, helped you in periods of trial and weakness, and supplied all your needs. You can trust Him with whatever lies ahead.
To establish a habit of thanksgiving, recall God’s lovingkindness in the morning, and recount His faithfulness at night. Thank Him for blessings—and also for the deep work He is doing in you through difficulties. As you start to see situations from His perspective, your gratitude and trust will grow.
Message originally written by InTouch Ministries - Dr. Charles Stanley
Credit to: http://www.intouch.org/site/c.cnKBIPNuEoG/b.4945473/k.BE35/Home.htm