God Cares About The Little Things Too

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God is awesome. He even cares about the little things in your life. lamps-830347_1280_pixabay

I lost something that was pretty important and prayed to God because only a miracle could have brought it back to me. I didn’t know where I had lost it. Well, turns out that I lost it in a store and the reason I’m aware of that is because the store employees had propped it up on the counter, in case someone came back looking for it. A friend of mine, went into the store and recognized the item as belonging to me. He told the store employees that he was acquainted with me and would return it. (He had to go through hoops and show I.D. and everything.)

Now what were the chances that someone I knew would have gone in the same exact store, days later and found something that belonged to me? That’s God at work.

So no matter how small, always bring your prayers to God. He really cares.

“The Weak End”

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We have a guest blogger today.  Sylvester Sharp is a good friend and fellow Christian.  He is dedicated to spreading the gospel and encouraging others towards the Lord.
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Saints, how did we do this week?  Did we finish strong or did we finish weak?
Better than the week before?  If so, to God be the glory:
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.  (Psalm 100: 5).
If not, what happened?  What made our ending weak?  What can we blame?  Let’s see: The Weather, Co-workers, Unpaid obligations, perhaps you’re under the weather, or maybe none of the above?
Now don’t get me wrong, we being human and living in a mortal body, will experience weakness from time to time.  Sometimes it’s our fault, and sometimes it’s not.  But, God’s word says:
…“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness…”   (2 Corinthians 12: 9).
Therefore, If we are experiencing weakness from any of life’s circumstances, we can call (pray) on Him and He will send us grace for our need.  That’s because He loves us so so soooooooo much!!!!  Nothing can separate us from His love.  Not even weakness:
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the LOVE of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8: 38 & 39).
Remember 7 Days without prayer makes 1 weak.  (get it?)
God Bless,
Sly,
More than Conquerors

Merry Christmas

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Remember, Jesus is the reason for the season.

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It doesn’t matter what day He was born, but that He was born.  That’s what we are celebrating.  And Jesus is the only way to Salvation.
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Luke 2:9-14 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”  Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,  “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
Isaiah 9:6-7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
Blessings to all and may you all come to receive the greatest gift of all … Salvation through Jesus Christ.

Mending Relationships (God’s Values On The Matter)

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Are you more interested in your will or the will of God regarding relationships?  Running from relationships is not the answer.  Pretending problems don’t exist is not the answer.  Here is the answer:

Matthew 5:23 (MSG) 23-24 “This is how I want you to conduct yourself in these matters. If you enter your place of worship and, about to make an offering, you suddenly remember a grudge a friend has against you, abandon your offering, leave immediately, go to this friend and make things right. Then and only then, come back and work things out with God.

Wow!  That’s amazing.  The God of this universe would rather have you go repair your relationships with your friends than honor Him with an offering.  Actually, the way you honor God is to do His will.  His will is for you to mend your relationships.  That’s awesome.

Do you have the love of God?  Are you willing to go the distance for your friendships?  John 15:13 (NKJV)  Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.  If you say you have the love of God and yet won’t even swallow your pride and talk out your problems, you are deceiving yourself. 

God wants us to be at peace,.  How can we have peace when the people we care about are suffering because of something we did to offend them? If your heart or your friends heart is not at peace, fix it now.  Don’t let stubborn pride keep you in bondage.  Don’t let bad advice (even if it’s from family members) keep you from mending fences.  God does not honor that.

 

Victory Over Fear

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Note: These are my notes from Dr. Stanley’s sermon on “Victory Over Fear.”  To see the video, please visit In Touch Ministrieshttp://www.intouch.org

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Victory Over Fear

(Charles Stanley)
There is good fear and there is bad fear.
TO FEAR THE LORD means to reverence Him, to acknowledge Him for who He is and to respect God as God … Holy , Righteous God.  To fear Him doesn’t mean to be afraid of Him.
Fear is a part of all of our emotions
FEELINGS LINKED WITH FEAR:
  • Greed: Fear that we will not have enough
  • Rejection: Fear that we won’t be accepted
  • Guilt: Fear that you may be found out. (Something may be revealed).
  • Lack of Confidence: Fear of failure
  • Anger: Fear that I won’t get my way
  • Jealousy: Fear of losing control. (Somebody else might get what you want).
  • Indecision: Fear that you might make the wrong decision.
All of these emotions are expressed by fear in our life.  Fear is a major issue when it comes to our emotional being.
God has made us emotional beings so we could love, have concern and kindness, love righteousness, love one another but also, so we could hate evil.
Our emotional being isn’t just something that’s in our head.  Our whole emotional make up, covers our whole body.  There’s no way for you to be off base emotionally and your physical being be alright.
What we think effects our actions and also effects our bodies.  It starts in your thinking.   Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…”
Emotions are God’s gift to us to enjoy life and to be able to accomplish His purpose, plan, & will for our life and His Kingdom.
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge… (This is a fear we should enjoy and experience in our life).
OUR FEAR IS NOT FROM GOD
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
CAUSES OF FEAR (If you can’t identify your fear, more than likely, you won’t be able to handle it).
  • Learned Attitudes (Eg: Mother tells you not to go near the water because you may drown.  That’s fixed in your mind…).  Some things become ingrained in us and cause fear.  It becomes a part of your thinking.
  • Imagination (One of God’s greatest gifts)  If you put your imagination to use for good things, that’s good, but people can put their imaginations to evil use as well.  Sometimes our fears come from our imaginations.  Your nervous systems cannot distinguish between what is real and not real.  If it looks real and you believe it’s real you tense up.  Imagination is like shadow fears.  (Eg: your imagination controls you and won’t let you do certain things because of what you think).
  • Sin causes fear (That’s a good thing).  If you’re living in sin, it’s time for you to become afraid because you will pay for your sins.
  • Ignorance (Eg: If you believe that when you die you have to pay for your sins before you go to heaven, you are suffering from fear of something that’s not going to happen.  If you’ve trusted Christ as your savior, that settles where you’re going to spend eternity…).  When people are taught error, it can cause terrible fear in their life.
  • Doubt (If you live your life doubting God, how can you have any liberty, peace…in your life).  God doesn’t want you to be afraid of Him, but to reverence Him.
  • Poor Self-Image If you think people won’t like you that keeps you from relationships.  (It creates fear that you don’t measure up, won’t be accepted.  Fear of rejection means you’re shut out, you’re worthless, you don’t count, you don’t belong).
  • A wrong view of who God is (Eg: God is a judge more than anything else).
WE NEED TO FEEL:
  • A sense of belonging
  • That we are worthy (I’m worth something…I count)
  • A sense of competence (I can do what I’m supposed to do)
Take any one of these out and a person’s emotional being and he isn’t going to be what he’s supposed to be.
God intends for us to be whole.  (A whole person is spiritually, physically and emotionally whole.) 
CONSEQUENCES OF FEAR:
  • Divides our mind: You can’t concentrate well on something if beneath the surface of your emotions you are thinking something contrary, some continuing fear (Eg: I love my husband but I’m afraid he’s going to leave me).
  • Stifles our ability to think and act as we should: You don’t think clearly.
  • Causes Indecision: You feel paralyzed in making decisions.  (Eg: Procrastinator does not act for fear of not doing it perfectly or not doing it adequate to suite them.)
  • Undermines our self-confidence: All of us have a degree of self- confidence.  Our confidence should be in our God-given skills, talents & abilities.  We should give God the credit for it.
  • Can result in panic: You’re out of control for fear.  When you suffer panic you may do something you would never do if you were in your right mind. (Eg: Fear of airplanes … you try to get off of a plane that’s already in flight.)
  • Enslaves us with a feeling of uncertainty: To be afraid of something that’s ongoing, continuous. (Eg: Doctor gave you a certain diagnosis)
  • Destroys Relationships: (Eg: Afraid of marriage, because of what you’ve experienced in the past.)
  • Steals our joy, peace, happiness and contentment: (You can’t be a fearful person and have joy, peace…)
  • Blocks our spiritual growth: Afraid to step out (Eg: Fear of speaking in front of people).  When other people put their measurements on our life, that’s when we get lack of confidence.  But we need to ask God what He wants us to do…measure ourselves by how God sees us.
  • Hinders us from becoming the person God wants us to be: As long as we’re afraid, we’re not going to do what God wants us to do.
  • Affects our physical health: Our emotional being effects our whole body.  You can’t separate the spirit, soul & body.  They all work together.
The way to deal with fear is not to numb your feelings (Eg: with drugs for your nerves).
 HOW TO DEAL WITH FEARS / VICTORY OVER FEAR:
  • Acknowledge its presence: Whatever the fear is in your life.
  • Identify its cause: Why are you afraid of it?  What’s the real source of it.
  • Change our Focus: Get it off the fear and focus on God.
  • Focus on the Word of God: Turn your focus to the most powerful weapon you can have in the face of fear.
Whatever storm you are facing when it comes to fear, this is your anchor:
Isaiah 41:10 (NASB) ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
  • I am with you: The Sovereign God is telling you not to fear because He is with you.
  • Do not anxiously look about you: He wants to get your focus on Himself.  As long as you’re focusing on what you’re afraid of it gets larger and larger and more important and more detrimental.
  • For I am your God: He’s not just your friend.  He is your personal God.
  •  I will strengthen you, surely I will help you: You can rest assured of this because I am who I am.  Because I love you.
  • Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand:  It doesn’t matter what you face in life.  You’re in God’s hands.  (You don’t have anything that can out maneuver God).  (Note: He didn’t say, He would take away.  He said, he’s uphold you).
God does not change.  If He made this promise thousands of years ago, it still applies today.
Take God at His word, set your focus on Him, lay the fear down on the basis of who God is and what He said.
Do you believe God is who He says He is and will do what He says He will do?  If so, you need not carry that fear any longer.
It is a faith battle.  (Your doubt doesn’t affect God or anything He said.  If it doesn’t affect God do you have any reason to hold onto your fear when God has said you don’t have to?
God is going to hold you and bring you through it, no matter what.  God knows everything about you.  He can handle it.  He keeps His Promise…He keeps His word.  Give Him your problems.
If there’s something in your life that you can’t change, you’ve got an anchor who is not going to move.  He will hold you.  (Suppose your husband does leave, suppose you do get sick…Whose got you?  If God’s got you, there’s no way you can lose.)
However, if you reject God and don’t accept Jesus as your savior, this doesn’t work for you because you have rejected Him, therefore you have rejected life.  If you are willing to ask God to forgive you for your sins and trust Him as your savior, all the above can apply to you.

 

The Man In A Pit

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How will you get out of your pit?
(I heard this story on Joyce Meyer’s “Enjoying Everyday Life.”  I’m not sure what book she was reading it from.)
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There was a man who fell in a pit.
A subjective person came along and said, “I feel for you down there in that pit.”
An objective person came along and said, ” well, it’s logical that someone would fall down in that pit.”
A Pharisee said, “only bad people fall into pits.”
A mathematician calculated how the individual fell into the pit.
A news reporter wanted the exclusive story on the person in the pit.
A Fundamentalist said, “you deserve that pit.”
A Calvinist said, “If you would have been saved, you would never have fallen in that pit.
A Charismatic said, “just confess that you’re not in that pit.”
A realist came along and said, “now brother, that’s a pit.”
A geologist suggested that he appreciate the rock strata in the pit.
An IRS worker wanted to know if he had paid taxes on his pit.
The County Inspector asked if he had a permit to be in the pit.
A self-pitying person said,  “you haven’t seen anything ’til you see my pit.”
The optimist said, “things could be worse.”
The pessimist said, “things will get worse.”
Jesus however, seeing the man, simply reached down in it and got him out of the pit.
Sometimes we find ourselves in the pits of life, but instead of taking the way out, we listen to everyone advising us or giving us their interpretation as to why we are in the pit. 
This reminded me of my book, First Peter, because Peter finds himself in a kind of pit and he won’t let God help him out.  Instead he finds comfort in his gang, hanging out on the streets, and doing anything that is as far away from God as he can get.
Read the 1st chapter of First Peter at the below link:
http://www.amazon.com/First-Peter-ebook/dp/B00F7P6R82/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1379772685&sr=1-1&keywords=First+Peter
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If you’re looking for religion, there is a plethora to choose from.

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If you’re looking for salvation, there is only one by whom you can be saved:

 

 

 

  • Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 (NKJV)
  • Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6 (NKJV)
  • 5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, (1Timothy 2:5-6)
  • Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. 1 John 2:23 (NKJV)
  • For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 (NKJV)
  • 25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”  26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” (John 4:25-26)

 

 

God Did Not Call Us To Be Spectators

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globe-71443_ResizedGod did not call us to watch the world and sit by helplessly.  He did not call us just to go to church and watch others preach the word.  While church is an important part of being a Christian, it is not a place that we just sit and listen.  It is where we should be encouraged, be prepared to go out into the world and be empowered to do the will of God.
James 1:22-25 (NKJV) 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. 
What will you do Monday through Saturday to show the love of Christ to those who don’t know him?  Are you being the light on your job or do you take your place amongst the grumblers?  Are you a fragrance or an odor?
God has called us to do the work not just in church but in our daily lives, in the choices we make, in the things we do.
Jesus said,   “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15)  “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent” (John 6:29).
We can preach the gospel in our attitudes, in our conversation, in the way we walk; we can be examples to others and show the love of Christ.  Eg: We can share a smile with those who seem bitter,  show mercy to those who have wronged us, share our time with those who are lonely, feed the hungry, clothe the poor, teach our children to be obedient, invite spiritual seekers to church.  Most importantly, Love God with all your heart, soul & mind (Mark 12:30) and love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:31).
 Let us honor and glorify God by doing the work He has called us to do.

Is Your Word Dependable?

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A talker has the solution…a doer solves problems.
A talker makes promises…a doer follows through.
A talker makes excuses…a doer takes responsibility.
A talker says “I love you”…a doer commits.
A talker says,… “I don’t have the time”…a doer sets priorities.
A talker says “you’re my friend”…a doer spends time with you face to face.
A talker takes short cuts…a doer does the hard work.
A talker says “I’ll be there”…a doer shows up.
A talker is afraid of failure…a doer fails and tries again.
A talker, talks the talk…a doer walks the walk.

Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions.  Make your words count.

Are You Trusting Jesus?

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cross-66700_1920_ResizedIF YOU ARE SAVED … BORN AGAIN that means you have admitted that you are a sinner, repented from sin and asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior.  We were all born into sin, so we are all born sinners.  There is no one who is good.  That’s why Jesus came, died and rose, so that we would not be condemned for our sins.
If you’ve accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior then all your sins have been forgiven and you have become a child of God.
THE QUESTION: IF YOU ARE BORN AGAIN, ARE YOU TRUSTING JESUS?
If you trust him then there is a reason to hope, a reason for joy, a reason for peace.  If you trust him there is nothing that you’re going through that God won’t help you through.  God knows about your circumstances.  He loves you the way you are.
DO YOU READ YOUR BIBLE EVERY DAY?  If you don’t, how are you supposed to know that you are a conqueror … that you are loved.  How are you supposed to know that you are an over comer?  How are you supposed to know that you are forgiven?  How are you supposed to learn to forgive as you have been forgiven.  How are you supposed to know that when you forgive, you are freed from the burden that unforgiveness heaps upon your soul, body and spirit.
THE BIBLE SAYS:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:29-30)
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. (Colossians 3:13)
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. (Romans 8:28-30)
Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.(Romans 8:33-37)
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13)
For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7)
The Lord is my light and my salvation–whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)
IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED … BORN AGAIN, you must turn from your unbelief.  Trust on the works that Jesus did for your sake; ask Jesus to forgive you and come into your life … to be your Lord and Savior.  Only when this is done can you receive salvation and the joy of the Lord.
If you are not saved, then depression is understandable.  If you are not trusting God, depression, worry, distrust, fear, confusion is understandable.
BUT, WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO STAY IN THAT STATE?  It’s not for you.  Trust in Jesus and rid yourself of shame, doubt, a sin nature, condemnation, distrust, hateful thoughts about yourself and others.
TRUST IN JESUS AND BE FREE.