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Posted By: sexyandfamous
Subject: Inspirational Stuff
Date Posted: Apr 26 2014 at 5:23pm
I will post here old threads because they will eventually be deleted, and we can't bump them, but they have gold info:

To brighten your day!   
Rules from God

1. Wake Up !!
Decide to have a good day.  
"Today is the day the Lord hath made;  
let us rejoice and be glad in it."  
Psalms 118:24  
2. Dress Up !! 
The best way to dress up is to put on a smile.  
A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.  
"The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  
Man looks at outward appearance;  
but the Lord looks at the heart."  
I Samuel 16:7  
3. Shut Up!!
Say nice things and learn to listen.  
God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant  
for us to do twice as much listening as talking.  
"He who guards his lips guards his soul."  
Proverbs 13:3   
4. Stand Up!!...
For what you believe in.  
Stand for something or you will fall for anything..  
"Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time,  
we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good..."  
Galatians 6:9-10  
5. Look Up !!...
To the Lord.  
"I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me."  
Philippians 4:13  
 6. Reach Up !!...
For something higher.  
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart,  
and lean not unto your own understanding.  
In all your ways, acknowledge Him,  
and He will direct your path."  
Proverbs 3:5-6  
 7. Lift Up !!...
Your Prayers.  
"Do not worry about anything;  
instead PRAY ABOUT  
Philippians 4:6 

If the Lord has you on hold... hold on! 
If the Lord has said "NO" to you... thank Him! 
If the Lord is molding your heart and mind... go with His change! 
If the Lord opens doors that you have been asking Him to open... Praise Him! 
Be blessed wherever you are in your life today!  God has His hands on the situation!" rel="nofollow - thread





You say: "It's impossible"

God says: All things are possible

(Luke 18:27)

You say: "I'm too tired"

God says: I will give you rest

(Matthew 11:28-30)

You say: "Nobody really loves me"

God says: I love you

(John 3:16 & John 3:34 )

You say: "I can't go on"

God says: My grace is sufficient

(II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

You say: "I can't figure things out"

God says: I will direct your steps

(Proverbs 3:5-6)

You say: "I can't do it"

God says: You can do all things

(Philippians 4:13)

You say: "I'm not able"

God says: I am able

(II Corinthians 9:8)

You say: "It's not worth it"

God says: It will be worth it

(Roman 8:28 )

You say: "I can't forgive myself"

God says: I Forgive you

(I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

You say: "I can't manage"

God says: I will supply all your needs

(Philippians 4:19)

You say: "I'm afraid"

God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear

(II Timothy 1:7)

You say: "I'm always worried and frustrated"

God says: Cast all your cares on ME

(I Peter 5:7)

You say: "I'm not smart enough"

God says: I give you wisdom

(I Corinthians 1:30)

You say: "I feel all alone"

God says: I will never leave you or forsake you

(Hebrews 13:5)" rel="nofollow - thread

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Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Apr 26 2014 at 5:28pm

" A Goal without a timeline is only a dream "

  Praise God


Can I get an amen!

Thank you!" rel="nofollow">      THANK-YOU" rel="nofollow">  

Dear GOD,
I want to thank You for what you have already done.

I am not going to wait until I see results or receive rewards, I am thanking you right now  

I am not going to wait until I feel better or things look better," rel="nofollow">  I am thanking you right now   


I am not going to wait until people say they are sorry or until they stop talking about me," rel="nofollow">" rel="nofollow">   I am thanking you right now.     

I am not going to wait until the pain in my body disappears, I am thanking you right now.  

 I am not going to wait until my financial situation improves," rel="nofollow">  I am going to thank you right now.


 I am not going to wait until the children are asleep and the house is quiet," rel="nofollow">   I am going to thank you right now.

I am not going to wait until I get promoted at work or until I get the job," rel="nofollow">   I am going to thank you right now.


I am not going to wait until I understand every experience in my life that has caused me pain or grief," rel="nofollow">    I am going to thank you right now." rel="nofollow">" rel="nofollow">" rel="nofollow">  


I am not going to wait until the journey gets easier or the challenges are removed." rel="nofollow">  I am thanking you right now. 


I am thanking you because I am alive." rel="nofollow">  

I am thanking you because I made it through the day's difficulties." rel="nofollow">  

I am thanking you because I have walked around the obstacles." rel="nofollow">  
I am thanking you because I have the ability and the opportunity to do more
and do better." rel="nofollow">" rel="nofollow">  I'm thanking you because FATHER,  YOU  haven't given up on me." rel="nofollow">  



 God is just so good, and he's good all the time." rel="nofollow - thread

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Apr 26 2014 at 5:39pm
Today's Topic: God Is Full Of Mercy
Author: Jerry Savelle
Verse(s):" rel="nofollow - Psalms 103:8
Religion makes it hard to get the ear of God. Religion makes you think you've got to be so good, and have all this merit, for Him to notice you and help you. But the Bible says, "He's full of compassion."

I believe many sinners stay sinners because they've had the wrong image of God portrayed to them. Most people not serving Jesus don't know the goodness of God. They hear that God is just looking for an opportunity to knock their brains out. That's what I thought before I began serving the Lord. That's the image that Christians gave me.

But then I got into the Word of God and found out that I'd been lied to. I found out that God is gracious. God is full of compassion. God is merciful. He's plenteous in mercy and not only that, the nature of God is to show favors.

I found out that the more the nature of God was released out of me as a result of fellowship with Him, the more I am disposed to show favors to others. You become like God. You become full of mercy. You become compassionate. You become one that people can ask for favors.

The NIV Psalm 103:8 says, "The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love."

Did you hear that? You are not making God mad all the time. Even when you foul up, God's not saying, "Where's Michael? My war angel? Kill them." No.

He's slow to anger and abounding in love. He's a good God.

By faith, receive his compassion and grace towards you today." rel="nofollow - thread

Yes, God is a good God, and he is not mad at you. He forgave you already but don't take advantage of his love and mercy.

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Apr 26 2014 at 5:45pm

We need to learn to thank the Lord for closed doors just as much as we
do for open doors. The reason God closes doors
is  because He has not prepared anything over there for us.

If he didn't close the wrong door we would  never find our way to the
right door. Even when we don't realize it, God directs  our paths
through the closing and opening of doors. When one door closes, it
forces us to change our course. Another door closes; it forces us to
change our  course yet again.

Then finally, we find the open door and walk right into our  blessing.
But instead of praising God for the closed door (which kept us out of
trouble), we get upset because we "judge by the appearances." And in our
own arrogance, or ignorance, we  insist that we know what is right.

We have a very present help in the time of need who is always standing
guard.  Because He walks ahead of us, He can see trouble down the road
and HE sets up  road blocks and detours accordingly. But through
our lack of wisdom we try to  tear down the roadblocks or push aside the
detour signs. Then the minute we get into trouble, we start crying "Lord
how could this happen to me?"

We have got to realize that the closed door was a blessing. Didn't He
say that "No good thing will He withhold from them that love Him?"

If you get terminated from your job - don't be down, instead thank God
for the new opportunities that will manifest themselves  - it might be a
better job, or an opportunity to go to school. If that man or woman
won't return your call - it might not be them, it might be the Lord
setting up a roadblock (just let it go).

One time a person had a bank he had been doing  business with for many
years tell him "NO" for a $10,000 loan. The Lord led him to call another
bank. That bank approved a $40,000 loan for him at a lower interest rate
than his own bank had advertised.

I'm so grateful, for the many times God has closed doors to me, just to
open them in the most unexpected places. "The steps of a good man are
ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way." (Psalms 37:23) The
mountain top is glorious, but it is in the Valley that I will grow!

Always Remember God gives you...
Enough Happiness to keep you Sweet
Enough Trials to keep you Strong
Enough Sorrows to keep you Human
Enough Hope to keep you Happy
Enough Failure to keep you  Humble
Enough Success to keep you Eager
Enough Friends to give you Comfort
Enough Wealth to meet your Needs
Enough Enthusiasm to make you look forward
Enough Faith to banish depression, and
Enough Determination to make each day a better day than the last.

Life must be lived forward but can only be understood backwards.
Commit to the Lord in whatever you do and your plans will succeed.
(Proverbs 16:3)" rel="nofollow - thread

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Apr 26 2014 at 6:54pm

A B C's

A lthough things are not perfect
B ecause of trial or pain
C ontinue in thanksgiving
D o not begin to blame
E ven when the times are hard
F ierce winds are bound to blow
G od is forever able
H old on to what you know
I magine life without His love
J oy would cease to be
K eep thanking Him for all the things
L ove imparts to thee
M ove out of ''Camp Complaining''
N o weapon that is known
O n earth can yield the power
P raise can do alone
Q uit looking at the future
R edeem the time at hand
S tart every day with worship
T o ''thank'' is a command
U ntil we see Him coming
V ictorious in the sky
W e'll run the race with gratitude
X alting God most high
Y es, there'll be good times and yes some will be bad, but...
Z ion waits in glory...where none are ever sad!" rel="nofollow - thread

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Apr 26 2014 at 6:58pm
I asked God to take away my pride. And God said "No".
He said it was not for him to take away, but for me to give it up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole. And God said "No".
He said her spirit was whole, her body was only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience. And God said "No".
He said patience is a by-product of tribulations. It isn't granted, it is earned.

I asked God to give me happiness. And God said "No".
He said he gives me blessings, happiness is up to me.

I asked God to spare me pain. And God said "No".
He said suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.

I asked God to make my spirit grow. And God said "No".
He said I must grow on my own. But he will prune me to make me fruitful.

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life. And God said "No".
He said I will give you life, that you may enjoy all things.

I asked God to help me LOVE others, as much as he loves me.
And God said, Ah, finally you have the idea." rel="nofollow - thread

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Apr 26 2014 at 8:12pm

In the Silence of the Night

When the world falls down around you
and a prayer will see you through
Say an extra prayer for someone
Who may need it more than you.

For who knows whose hearts are breaking
In the silence of the night
Just that extra prayer you whisper
May help someone to see the light.

Every time you help a stranger
With an extra prayer or two
You are building extra blessings
That will always come back to you

~ Author Unknown ~" rel="nofollow - thread

Psalm 46:10; "Be still and know that I am God." So many times we
make situations more than they are due to our anxiety.

CALM DOWN! God has your life under control. He knows
how to handle even the seemingly complex situation
with ease.

Then, SHUT UP! Stop having pity parties and talking
about your "business" all the time. Don't you know that the power
of death and life is in the tongue? Stop speaking negative
things into existence in your life and others.

QUIT TRIPPIN'! When you look at your situations
through your eyes, you often read more into the
situation than what is there. It's not as bad as you think.

Be courageous!
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." Fear is not of God. Have the courage
to step out on faith and do the seemingly impossible;
anything that you've been afraid to do and you know
that God has called you to DO!

Have confidence!
Philippians 4:13
- "I can do all
things through Christ which strengthens me."
Remember, greater is He that's within you than
he that's in the world. You have the powers of
the most High God working in you and you have
His Son steadily making intercession for you.
You have nothing to worry about! Walk with your
head up! You say you have low self-esteem;
somebody told you that you'd never amount
to anything; the devil is a liar! Know that you are
somebody because you are a child of The King!

Walk in the VICTORY!
Romans 8:28 -
"And we
know that all things work together for good to them that love
God, to them who are the called according to His
purpose." Do I need to say anything else? The jury has
been out and the verdict is in - YOU WIN!

In your finances - YOU WIN!

On your job - YOU WIN!

In your relationships - YOU WIN!

In your health - YOU WIN!

God has already worked it out for you. It may not
come the way you think it should come, but remember -

He's working it out for "YOUR" good. (and for HIS

Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps, if you
are not willing to move your feet!

Deuteronomy 28:11-13
The LORD will make you abound in prosperity, in the offspring of your body and in the offspring of your beast and in the produce of your ground, in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers to give you. "The LORD will open for you His good storehouse, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. "The LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you only will be above, and you will not be underneath, if you listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, which I charge you today, to observe them carefully."" rel="nofollow - thread

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Apr 26 2014 at 8:16pm
26 Beautiful One-liners

1. Give God what's right -- not what's left.

2. Man's way leads to a hopeless end -- God's way leads to an endless hope.

3. A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing.

4. He who kneels before God can stand before anyone.

5. In the sentence of life, the devil may be a comma--but never let him be the period.

6. Don't put a question mark where God puts a period.

7. Are you wrinkled with burden? Come to the church for a face-lift.

8. When praying, don't give God instructions - just report for duty.

9. Don't wait for six strong men to take you to church.

10. We don't change God's message -- His message changes us.

11. The church is prayer-conditioned.

12. When God ordains, He sustains.

13. WARNING: Exposure to the Son may prevent burning.

14. Plan ahead -- It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.

15. Most people want to serve God, but only in an advisory position.

16. Suffering from truth decay? Brush up on your Bible.

17. Exercise daily -- walk with the Lord.

18. Never give the devil a ride -- he will always want to drive.

19. Nothing else ruins the truth like stretching it.

20. Compassion is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back.

21. He who angers you controls you.

22. Worry is the darkroom in which negatives can develop.

23. Give Satan an inch & he'll be a ruler.

24. Be ye fishers of men -- you catch them & He'll clean them.

25. God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

26. Read the Bible -- It will scare the hell out of you." rel="nofollow - thread

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Apr 26 2014 at 8:43pm
Finger Prayer" rel="nofollow - thread

1. Your thumb is nearest to you. So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved  ones is, as C. S Lewis once said, a "sweet duty."

2. The next finger is the  pointing finger Pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers.

3. The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders. Pray for the president, leaders in business and industry, and administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God's guidance. Also include our servicemen and women here and abroad who always stand tall in the duty of defending and protecting our nation. They need God's strength and comfort.

4. The fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprising to many is the fact that this is our weakest finger; as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.

5. And lastly comes our little finger; the smallest finger of all. Which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, "The least shall be the greatest among you." Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Apr 26 2014 at 9:13pm
Life will work for me when I realize�I must know the elements of success if I plan to be successful!" rel="nofollow - (thread)

        How do you spell success? P-R-A-I-S-E! Give thanks for all that you are, all that you have. Praise and gratitude are the tickets you need if you want to experience victory in all things.

        How do you spell peace? P-R-A-Y-E-R! Anything you believe you need is available to you through prayer. We are not talking her about a magic formula of proper and distinct words. Oh no! We are talking about opening your heart and your  mouth, saying what's on your mind, knowing that once you do, the answer will be revealed.

        How do you spell joy? S-U-R-R-E-N-D-E-R! When you can give up your mental and emotional attachments to what has to be, how it has be, when it has to be, why it has to be, you open the door to the Holy Spirit. When that energy, the energy of life, light and love enters your world, your life becomes more than you ever dared ask for.

        How do you spell life? T-R-U-ST! At some point in the midst of praise, prayer and surrender, you will learn to trust. You will realize that the only thing that stands between you and your success, your peace, your joy is your bad memory. You simply forgot to praise, pray and surrender! You forgot that you can trust the Holy Spirit of life to open doors, show you the way and bring you all the help that you need.

        Until today, you may have been trying to find success, peace and joy. You may have made plans and executed them, only to meet with failure and disappointment.  Just for today, devote yourself to praise---giving thanks for everything and everyone in your life; to prayer--asking for what you need, believing that you can have it; and to surrender--detaching yourself from a specific outcome. I trust that these activities alone will put your life and your mind on its divine course.

Today I am devoted to practicing the elements of success!

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Apr 26 2014 at 9:26pm

Imagine that your life is a fountain. If you focus mostly on yourself, you'll be too dry or clogged up to flow properly. But if you shift your focus to other people, the living water of God's love will flow through you to your family, friends, and others throughout your community and the world.


Here's how you can let God's love flow through you:


* Invite God to fill you up. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you. Then rely on His power and wisdom in your everyday life. Depend on God's unlimited strength instead of your own limited strength. Recognize that God Himself will provide all the living water your fountain needs to overflow into other people's lives.


* Remember your blessings, and ask for new ones. Make time to write down some memorable ways God has blessed you; including some blessings that came in disguise. Think about how those blessings have shown you God's love in action. Thank God for specific blessings He has already given you, and don't hesitate to ask Him for new ones.


* Let your selfish ways decrease so God will increase within you. Ask God to help you change selfish thought and behavior patterns. Pray about each of them specifically. Don't depend on your own efforts or look to other people to find true fulfillment. Remember that God is the only reliable source of fulfillment.


* Get to know God's voice. Get your spiritual senses tuned up through prayer, Bible reading, and talking with Christians you admire who will help you grow in faith. Ask God to reveal Himself to you and help you recognize His voice. Stop hurrying; slow your pace of life down and pay close attention to ways God will speak to you every day. Stop worrying; realize that dwelling on your concerns will drown out God's voice. Decide to trust that God is powerful enough and loving enough to care for your problems. Choose to trust that God knows what's best for your life. Know that when you trust in God is when you'll be most fulfilled. Pray for God to make you aware of the things that steal your time, help you give up control over the things you worry about, and to help you trust Him with every aspect of your life.


* Make time for worship. Recognize that worship isn't just about attending a weekly church service; it's a lifestyle of expressing your love for God all the time. Set aside time on a regular basis to praise God for who He is. Schedule times of prayer and Bible reading every day. Look for creative ways to connect with God each day, such as by hiking in His creation, journaling your thoughts to Him, or using the talents He has given you to serve people in need.


* Serve God with love. Decide to serve a cause that's greater than your own life. God's kingdom. Realize that you can't earn God's love, so don't try to do so through service. Don't serve expecting to get something for yourself in return, either. Instead, let your gratitude for all God has done for you motivate you to do what you can to contribute to His work on Earth. Ask God to help you see beyond your own problems to other people's lives, and to make you aware of opportunities to help them.


* Evangelize wisely. Acknowledge the negative experiences many people have had with evangelization efforts that come across as pushy, rude, arrogant, or disrespectful. Make sure the people you're trying to reach with the Gospel know that you care about them as people- not just potential converts. Ask God to help you see people as He does. Pray for God's love to flow through you into the lives of people you encounter.

*i had to edit this post because it was long more" rel="nofollow - here

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Apr 27 2014 at 9:19pm
a convo in My Experiences, old" rel="nofollow - thread ; read the bold words to get the main points of the convo

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for a few months last year before i got my apt i was sending money home to my cousin to pray over and put into his church (since I dont go to church) but i stopped afer i was blessed with my apt bc money was extremely tight.
so since July 07 ive been waiting for this job for more money....and now Im very specific about the amount i want to make bc with this certain amount i can put plan #2 into action!!!
so I figured well let me start back giving money to the church maybe that will bring my new job!!!
does this sounds like a good idea? because ive done all i can do except for walking into a company and demanding that they hire me right then and there!!!

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sometimes we have to look at our lives too. people want the blessings of god but don't really want god. and i'm not saying you are like this cause i don't know you but examine your life. do you have an obidient love relationship with jesus? are you saved and born agian and have confessed your sins, repented and turned away from sin? do worship and pray and study the word in order to know god and his son? the bible says to whom much is given, much is required. we have to live a life that is holy, and righteous if we are to expect to recieve blessings and answered prayers. it's like disobeying your parents all the time but expecting to get a new car or clothes when you want them. esperra, just wait on god and have faith that he will open the door for you. i know you have been waiting for some time. but we are told to live by faith and not by sight. don't look at your situation, but stand on the word of god that he will never leave or forsake you and will be with you until the end of time. you have prayed, now wait in faith. i will keep you in my prayers as well. love ya!

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Apr 27 2014 at 9:36pm
things to reflect about..... loving others........
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How to Love Others
Jesus told his disciples, "In everything . . . treat people the same way you want them to treat you." Most of us refer to this code of conduct as the "Golden Rule"

In theory, we'd probably agree this is a good foundation for a healthy relationship. But, it's tough to live up to such a standard. If we made a list of the ways we hope to be treated and compared it with our own behavior, we'd likely fall short.

And of course, it's easy to love when others are treating us well. But how do we respond when their behavior is hurtful or unpleasant?

The truth is, Jesus meant for us to love others all the time, not just when they're lovable. Regardless of their attitude toward us, we're to think about the relationship qualities we value like loyalty, trust, encouragement, forgiveness, acceptance, and protection. Let these flow from us in their direction.

Unfortunately, our society breeds selfishness, greed, and pride, which are enemies of the love Jesus commanded. But when we care for others in the way the Lord prescribes, relationships can deepen and thrive. Treating others with this kind of love isn't natural or easy, especially when people are unkind. In fact, loving as Jesus commanded is impossible on our own. But when we trust Christ as Savior, the Holy Spirit empowers us and lives His life through us.

Take time to list the ways you hope others will treat you. Now ask, Is that how I treat people? Pray for God to reveal one area where He will help you apply the Golden Rule.

Matthew 22: 35 One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him,  36"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?"  37And He said to him, " 'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.'   38"This is the great and foremost commandment.   39"The second is like it, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.'   40"On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."

Be blessed , Debra
"Life is God's gift to you; what you become is your gift to Him."
Praying His Promises bless your day!

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amen nella! one of my favorite scriptures that i love to meditate on is my signiture. 1John 4:16: God is love. Whoever lives in love, lives in God and God in him.  I think that passage just sums it up for me LOL! And my pastor has been ministering about love for a while now.  i never understood how a christian can say that they loved God but refused to love others. that makes no sense to me. but... i pray that we all remember that He is love and He loves all people no matter what. so who are we to not love all people no matter what. i just make myself remember how rancit i was in my flesh yet He still loved me. how dare i not have love for another. that keeps me in check LOL! Thank you for this post. I am truely blessed." rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: Apr 27 2014 at 11:21pm
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I just thought I would share.  I have not been working for a couple of months now.  This has seriously decreased our monthly income, but I just want to say that God has been meeting our needs and then some.  We have money to do everything we need and to do things we enjoy.  God is just awesome.  I know there is a position out there for me so I'm not even worried.  I was offered a job I really didn't want and almost took it to help pay the bills and God told me not to.  God, not our job, is our source!

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Wow! Well that's really great. God is Good.... While I was at my last job; the Lord spoke to me through a co worker.... Who advised me that I needed to what the Lord had set in my heart which was start my own business. When I left that Job I didnt have any source of income but like you said God will provide. Phillipians 4:6 Advises us to be anxious for nothing...It's very difficult getting to a place where you let go and let God because we've been conditioned to provide for ourselves...Well May God continue to shower you with his Love.... God Is Love!

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I agree.  God is All and where everyone else fails...He/She provides.  A wise soul once told me that worry and prayer don't mix.  So, when you put it before God in prayer...that's it...let it go and God will do what God does best.  PROVIDE!!!!  Thanks for sharing." rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: Apr 27 2014 at 11:51pm
I like the message it is simple and nice: you can and should focus on your career, family and goals, but you should seek God first because everything here is temporary, you will not be a doctor/lawyer/actress in Heaven, so make sure to put God first and then continue to seek what you want Smile

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Hey gals, I cannot believe that I never stopped by this section, wow. I;m usually in the hair growth section,lol. Anyway I just want to share with you what God has been pressing in my spirit.

God kept encouraging me to be not deceived, so naturally I was expecting some person to come along and try to deceive me. But slowly I am realizing that God was telling me not to be consumed by the cares of this world. Many of us get caught up in worries about having the perfect job, the best car, a nice house, a relationship, etc. And while, it is nice to have these things we must realize that the devil is seeking to pleasure the church to death. He wants us to be consumed with our desires so to take the focus from Gods word, his will, and our ministries. I just want to encourage all of you not to be caught up in the cares of this world. Not to become obsessed with gaining sucess in this world, but to build your treasures in heaven. Just turn on the tv and everyone is talking about faith, not faith for salvation of the world, but faith for a car, house, etc. This is a distraction. We are to first seek God's kingdom and due to your obedience, God will give you things that you desire. But these things are not to be your focus. Do not be deceived because the devil is using a new way of getting us off course, and that is obssesion with the pleasures and cares of this world. Stay focused on God." rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: Apr 28 2014 at 12:01am
not from the bible, but it fits perfectly well with it, you guys will like it HeartHeartHeartHeartHeart

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Those who possess this wisdom have equal regard for all.
They see the same Self (life spirit) in a spiritual aspirant and an outcast, in an elephant, a cow, and a dog.
Such people have mastered life.
With even mind they rest in Brahman (the highest, ultimate and formless existense of God), who is perfect and is everywhere the same.
They are not elated by good fortune nor depressed by bad.
With mind established in Brahman, they are free from delusion.
Not dependent on any external support, they realize the joy of spiritual awareness.
With consciousness unified through meditation, they live in abiding joy.

-Bhagavad Gita 5:18-21

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I like this. We should not try to get our joy from the things in this external world. It is internal and comes from God.

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Beautiful passage GFI! ITA w. Ms. Lala. Our joy should com from the spiritual. So many times people put their faith in external people, items, and/or fads and are crushed when they are disappointed. I believe true joy comes from knowing that the spirtual never fails and never disappoints. We may not receive what we think we want we want it; but we always receive what it is we need.

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Date Posted: May 06 2014 at 2:38pm
this" rel="nofollow - one is pretty good:

From GOD's Daily Promises:
This week's promise: Our prayers bring us into God's presence
How can I make my prayers effective?
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. As you make your requests, plead for God's mercy upon them, and give thanks. Pray this way for kings and all others who are in authority, so that we can live in peace and quietness, in godliness and dignity.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 NLT
Praying effectively

Paul urges Timothy to lift up requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving.

A request is a need, a deep desire for something we don't have; something only God can supply.

A prayer is a word of praise and adoration. A more accurate translation of this word from the original Greek might be to "worship in earnest."

Intercession is praying on behalf of others. Our prayers should regularly reflect this kind of selfless lifestyle.

Thanksgiving involved remembering those past prayers that have already been answered, acknowledging that we not only trust God's supremacy and involvement in our life but also how his hand has moved and guided us in the past.

When we pray effectively, we do more than communicate with God;we commune with him. We become one in mind and spirit and purpose. Today, let the focus of your prayer time be to connect with God in a very real and personal way, not as a slave would petition his master, but as a son would enjoy the company of a loving and gracious father.
Have a blessed day!!!!!

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Date Posted: May 06 2014 at 5:01pm
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I have been a member for some time but this is my first post. I just wanted to encourage anyone and everyone here, who reads these posts :)

As Christians we should always remember to give Glory during Trials and Tribulations...Romans 5:3-4 says ... but we also glorify in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Under no circumstance should we ever give place to satan in our lives. Our Brother Paul Says in Romans 8:28 that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. We will always have victory! satan may think that he is holding you back but God is preparing you for his purpose! Isn't  our GOD Great? The JUST Shall live by FAITH!!!! You may not see or be able to concieve where God is taking you or why but He knows all things. Hebrews 10:38 says that without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please Him, for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Long story short :) ALWAYS remember that GOD is I AM!!!!!, He loves you :)" rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: May 06 2014 at 5:16pm
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Last year I prayed for something that was REALLY BIG for me and in the end I felt like God ignored me.  For a long time after that, I just stopped praying... I felt like it was no use anyway.  He knew how much I wanted it but he left me hanging...I was so depressed for the rest of the year, I couldnt do anything right, even sleep.
Luckily I have convinced myself, as I have heard so many say...that just because we ask for something doesnt mean we are going to get it or get it when we want it. "God will deliver in his own time"  I have also convinced myself that maybe it necessary and was best that way even if I couldnt understand it!  So since then, I have been telling myself this.
Well exactly one year later, the same thing that I prayed so hard for is back again, and I really want God to allow me do what I wanted to do last year.  But even though my faith has been restored somewhat...I still doubt so much on whether this time will be better.  Im so worried and am almost to the point of stopping praying about it, because he already knows whats on my heart and I feel that further prayer is pointless.
Can someone tell me something that may help???
I would apprieciate your thoughts soo much!

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The good news is that this is the perfect opportunity for you to strengthen your relationship with God.  God always hears our prayers.  Even when the answer is no, we should have the faith in Him to know that it is for our best.  Keep in mind that we don't know the outcome, but God does, so His answer will always be perfect.  I've learned to find the scripture/s in the Bible that refer to the circumstance.  Then when I pray, I am praying the Word of God.  After I have prayed I'm usually quiet and as I wait on the Lord, I continue to mediate on scriptures until I have peace.  Also, check your desires and see if they line up with what scipture says about it.  Don't run away from God, run to Him.  Smile   

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Nichole.I pray that you stay encourage and let your faith fail not.God knows your needs and your desires.From what I experience.God gives one of the 3 answers...Yes...No..or WAIT..whatever your are asking for.God know it he has heard you.But you have to ask your self is it you will or God's will for the situation to be done.A couple of examples.
*when King David begot Bathesheba pregnant the first time.King David got word that the baby was going to die.David wept for the baby he even fasted and prayed.But on the last day of the fast(the baby has past away)but King David cleaned himself up and ate.Everyone looked puzzled because all while the baby was alive those few days; King David fasted to the Lord to spare the babies life.But as soon as He got word the baby was gone he came out.He knew in this situation God's will had to be done.Soon After that Bathesheba Begottten another son; King Solomon.God had another plan for his life.King David didn't give up he pressed forward knowing that his life was in God's hand.

Another factor Jesus on the Cross.Jesus cried to the Father to let this cup pass.Jesus didn't want to go through what he did,But He knew it wasn't His will but the Father's will.Jesus said(Let not my will but your will be done)
Today since Jesus died on the cross for all our sins we have the right to eternal life.If He had not died for our sins we wouldn't have a chance.

I pray that God's send you divine favor in your situation.Sometimes we have to Give up something we desire and trust what the Lord has on the other side.We may believe we know exactly what we need.But its sad to say we don't know what's best.But we have a God in Heaven that sits high and looks low.I know if YOU TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND LEAN NOT TO YOUR UNDERSTANDING IN ALL YOUR WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM AND HE WILL DIRECT YOUR PATH

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ITA with everyone.   He is an on time GOD.  When you delight yourself in the Lord then he will give you the desires of your heart according to his word. Don't tell GOD what you want, ask GOD what he wants for you. Then everything will fall into place. Many Blessings.  Also, doubt is from the devil. Cut those thoughts down.

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I have gone through this many times. I believe that God answers every prayer sometimes its yes, no or wait. It may have been a faith test. Sometimes I would be so unfair to God and curse him out when I didnt get what I wanted even after I prayed and believed thinking God likes to play games. Oh how small I was in that relationship. Until you get the right attitude when you dont get what you want, that test will be repeated until you pass it. Love and trust him no matter what and know that his ways are not ours.

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Seek him all day everyday and not just in time of need. Thank him and praise him for all that He has blessed you with. Definitely ask for what you desire but at the same time thank Him for all He has done for you. Don't complain...God has already planned out your life..and like someone else said..everything is in HIS timing not yours. Just be still and let Him direct you on His path He laid out for you. Never lose Faith because He will always test your Faith. When you worry and stress that is when He is sitting back waiting for you to let go and Let Him do what He does best. Once you have given something over to God...leave it to Him. Be Faithful in knowing that He has gotten you this far that He is going to get you further. Never stop praying, believing or have Faith. Stay committed to Him and know everything happens for a reason.  Seriously. 
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A nice reminder in this" rel="nofollow - thread

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This is one of my favorites.I thought I would share with you all my favorite verse. Take comfort knowing, God has your back. God Bless you all.


"Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him and He will help you. He will make your innocence as clear as the dawn, and the justice of you cause will shine like the noonday sun."

"Be still in the presence of the Lord and wait patiently for Him to act. Don't worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes."

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Date Posted: May 06 2014 at 6:00pm
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Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!
Exodus 14:15 NLT

When God waits
There are a lot of why questions that we lift up to God. Every day people are looking to heaven and crying out in frustration, "Lord, why aren't you doing something about this? Why is this happening to me?" We saturate the airwaves with the why questions of life.

I'm convinced that God has one answer for almost every one of those questions. He says, I'm just waiting on you.

When Moses and the Israelites stood on the edge of the Red Sea watching the Egyptian army close in on them, they cried out to God in fear. They began praying that God would somehow rescue them. And look what God said: "Tell the people to get moving!" (Exodus 14:15). To paraphrase, "I'm just waiting for you."

Too often we spend our days waiting for a miracle. When trouble comes, we cry out to God for help. When things don't move fast enough, we blame God for taking his time. And all the while God is saying to us, I haven't gone anywhere. I'm just waiting on you.

And what is it that God is waiting for? Often he is waiting for us to lay aside our own agenda and trust him.�Whenever God waits, he waits for a purpose.

And when we finally come to our senses and do the thing that we know he wants us to do, he moves with a vengeance. The Red Sea parts, and things start to happen

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ITA... Like I always say to people who don't want to rise up and get out of a situation (I know it's easier said than done), I always say God only helps those who help themselves. Start and even if you move only an inch in the right direction, he will definitely meet you.

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Originally posted by Acosya2 Acosya2 wrote:

Catredtip, what you have posted right here has really had an impact on my life. I am really going through seriously difficult times in my personal life with my family and my own troubles.  I feel like I have been waiting on God for several months now. But I have not given up...I continue to pray. I think that you are right, I have to surrender myself to God completely. I have been making the conscious decision to stop certain behaviours: drinking, swearing, pre-marital sex. But I am struggling especially with the last one. Your post encourages me to re-fortify my efforts and do better.

Thanks so muchHug
Acosya2, I had a lot of troubles last year just like you did. But I put my complete trust in HIM.
In 2006 I "cleaned house" big tyme. I stopped premarital sex, cut lots of ppl off, stopped clubbing, stopped going places where the Holy Spirit doesn't reide like Freaknik, Memorial Day Weekend in Miami, Strip clubs.
Doing this helps you get rooted in HIM. Once you get rooted in HIM, you won't wanna do the things that you are doing now. Now that I am rooted in HIM, I dont wanna listen to certain music, watch certain movies and TV shows, or read certain things.
Seek HIM with everything you have and HE will deliver. If HE did it for lil ole me last year, HE'LL do it for you.Big%20smileWink" rel="nofollow - thread

I think what the first post was saying was that not only we have to do something, but we need to let go of the outcome we want, because that may be blocking our blessings.

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Date Posted: May 06 2014 at 6:07pm

GOD's Kind of Forgiveness


We should desire to be CHRIST-like in all we do.  We have to be GOD Chasers.  But there are some things we need to get rid of.  We need GOD's kind of forgiveness.  Luke 23:34 Why do we make it so hard to forgive people when Calvary made it easy.  We can't act in the flesh when we are in the Kingdom of GOD.  We have to get in the very nature of CHRIST. 


We have to have a heart of forgiveness.  If wrong doing has hurt a relationship forgiveness is needed.  We are not hurting them when we are mad at them.  We need to realize what we are doing to our relationship with GOD.  Why can't our heart forgive people when we are forgiven?  We need to be open to people short comings while we are holding it over someone else head and we need to work on ours.  We knock our own blessings when we don't forgive. 

Where the spirit of GOD is, there is liberty.  We need to stop looking down on people.  We have to be free in our hearts and we will sleep better.   We have to forgive and do well.  Practical living in the kingdom is forgiving.  Ask GOD to show us how to make light of a situation instead of a burden.  We have stop putting a time table on the forgiving. 

Be angry but sin not.  When we hold that anger in, it's going to eventually affect our health when we hold on to things we need to release. We are able to work on ourselves when we release others.  If we are faithful and just He will forgive us. 

 Proverbs 19:11 (Sensible people control their temper, they earn respect by overlooking wrongdoings)

 Sometimes we're mad and we don't have to be.  When we have facts to get mad pass over it, use discretion some things aren't worth fussing over.  Don't hold it against them; we need to start recognizing the devil.  We can't let the devil get to us.  We need to first seek the kingdom of GOD.  We need a life of living GODLY.  Loving people should never be a hindrance, only GOD can make you look at your hurt as a growth in him.


We should always have a dependency on GOD.  JESUS came for us to live and live life more abundantly.  We know what we have to do and don't want to go through the process.  We need to think about how we are living.  GOD will give us what we want but GOD also wants something from us.  GOD doesn't owe us anything if it wasn't for his grace and mercy where would we be.  GOD called us out of darkness when we had nothing.  GOD isn't holding anything over our head." rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: May 06 2014 at 6:31pm
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Ever prayed for something constantly until you feel like God forgot you or never answered your prayers?

Well,  i have felt that way before and through experience have realized that there are important steps to praying and receiving my breakthrough and answers sooner than i have ever seen God answer me in my life.  For those who may need answers from God and feel like they have asked him repeatedly but no answer, let me share with you some wisdom in prayer.

1. Pray in your heart  - aloud is not neccesary!
( Don't allow Satan to get into your business.  Your praying to God its not his business to know what you are praying about because he only seeks to block it anyway.  SO keep him out!)
2. Don't Pray then Worry
( Don't pray about something then still worry if it will come to pass.  we must turn it over to God and leave it there - forget about it and take it off our minds because it is not our concern any more its Gods.  worrying also includes discussing the problem again with other christians even after we have taken it to God - this means we are taking it back out of Gods hands and giving it to that friend to fix not God.  Just forget about it because GOd is fixing it - we can relax)
3. Thanksgiving
 ( After prayer and believing comes praising God in music, in psalms, in worship or in dance.  Just keep thanking him.  And this you can do aloud.
4.  Rebuke satan ALOUD!
(This is often forgtten by most people after praying.  Most of the time God answered our prayers a long time ago and we repeatedly keep praying for it again doubting GOD.  GOD has sent the answer from yesterday!  THat nosy enemy called satan snatches blessings and  answers to prayers as they are being released down to earth from Heaven.  He wants us to doubt God, but in reality its him that is holding the answers and preventing them from reaching us.
 Rebuke him aloud and command him to lose those answers to your prayers, lose your blessing, lose your financial breakthrough, lose your marriage, lose your children and family, lose whatever God has for you that doesn't belong to  him all in the name of JESUS in the NAme of JESUS in the NAMe of JESUS and HE will Flee and you will see like i did that God does answer prayers and is still in the miracle working business!)
We serve a wise GOD, where do you think King Solomon got his wisdom from?  Lets  use that same wisdom to outsmart the enemy and take authority over what belongs to us!

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One question though, you say once we pray for something, don't worry about it. Now, does that mean to pray for something once, know you received it, and just wait w/o ever mentioning it again? Or are we supposed to repeat that prayer every night until we received it? I heard that God enjoys our continuing fellowship, so tell Him what's on our minds. So....once I pray for a specific need (or want), what else do I pray about everyday? I don't wanna keep going to God with just....I want, I want, I want. But what do I say night after night? Ok, that wasn't one question. lol

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nyqueene, once we ask God for a special need, he hears us and answers us, the delay can be two things, the enemy has his hands on our answer and tries to steal it - so we must rebuke him in the name of Jesus.  Or what we are asking for, God may need to prepare us in order to handle it. 
For example If i were to ask for a large sum of money  - God has no problem with that, but he knows our intentions, and lets say for example I was the type of person  that money would cause me to be proud mean and look down on others and create greed, he would build charity and humility in me before i receive this IF i could not handle it. 
 We don't always have to pray to receive we can come before him with thanksgiving.  Thanking him for what we do have, thanking him for eternal life through Jesus.
as far as what to pray for there are lots.  ask to receive the Holy Spirit and the Holy spirit will prompt you in what to pray for.  We can pray for other people like those who can't pray for themslves  - people in the mental institutions, sick people in hospitals, those who are wicked that they accept God before it is too late. u  can even pray for Knowedge of what to pray for.  when u see someone has a problem or bad attitude instead of discussing their problems, we can pray for them that they change. 
I hope this helps.  If you look at 1 corinthians 12 Paul talks about desiring spiritual gifts, these help and are also good to pray for. 
Ooh with praying more than once, we don't have to nag God.  It depends! If i wanted a new car I would not ask repeatedly but pray then wait on God!  But i would pray repeatedly for guidance and protection, his perfect will be done, being led by the Holy Spirit because each new day we must pray this again.  But materialistic things in my opinion don't need to be repeated.
 God bless!

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I think most of us can relate to this.  Praying for something and you don't realize until after a long time of begging(notice I didn't say praying) God to give it to you, then one day you just thank God that he didn't give it to you in the first place because IT was not all you though it was cracked up to be.  Uhmm hmmm I know---That man you wanted who turned out to be a dog.  That job you wanted but turns out they got rid of that position shortly after it was posted.  That house you wanted but soon as you lost out on the bid, you also lost your job so it was good that you didn't have a mortgage to pay, the list could go on and on. God knows what he is doing.  We don't, we just have to build our trust in him and thank him for whatever good things he will give us." rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: May 06 2014 at 6:35pm

Memo from GOD....

Effective immediately, please be aware that there are changes YOU need to make in YOUR life. These changes need to be completed in order that I may fulfill My promises to you to grant you peace, joy and happiness in this life. I apologize for any inconvenience, but after all that I am doing, this seems very little to ask of you.
I know, I already gave you the 10 Commandments.
Keep them.......... But follow these guidelines, also.


Life has dealt you a blow and all you do is sit and worry. Have you forgotten that I am here to take all your burdens and carry them for you? Or do you just enjoy fretting over every little thing that comes your way?


Something needs done or taken care of. Put it on the list. No, not YOUR list. Put it on MY to-do-list GODs LIST. Let ME be the one to take care of the
problem. I can't help you until you turn it over to Me. And although My to-do-list is long, I am after all... God. I can take care of anything you
put into My hands. In fact, if the truth were ever really known, I take care of a lot of things
for you that you never even realize..........

3. "TRUST ME" By all means I am the reason you live to see another day"
Once you've given your burdens to Me, quit trying to take them back. Trust in Me. Have the faith that I will take care of all your needs,your problems
and your trials. Problems with the kids? Put them on My list. Problems with finances? Put it on My list. Problems with your emotional roller coaster?
For My sake, put it on My list. I want to help you. All you have to do is ask.


Don't wake up one morning and say, "Well, I'm feeling much stronger now, I think I can handle it from here." Why do you think you are feeling stronger now? It's simple. You gave Me your burdens and I'm taking care of them. I
also renew your strength and cover you in my peace. Don't you know that if I give you these problems back, you will be right back where you started?  Leave them with Me and forget about them.
Just let Me do my job.........


I want you to forget a lot of things. Forget what was making you crazy. Forget the worry and the fretting because you know I'm in control. But
there's one thing I pray you never forget. Please, don't forget to talk to Me - OFTEN! I love YOU! I want to hear your voice.
I want you to include Me
in on the things going on in your life. I want to hear you talk about your friends and family. Prayer is simply you having a conversation with Me. I want to be your dearest friend.


I see a lot of things from up here that you can't see from where you are. Have faith in Me that I know what I'm doing. Trust Me; you wouldn't want the view from My eyes. I will continue to care for you, watch over you, and meet
your needs. You only have to trust Me. Although I have a much bigger task than you, it seems as if you have so much trouble just doing your simple
part. How hard can trust be?


You were taught to share when you were only two years old. When did you forget? That rule still applies. Share with those who are less fortunate
than you. Share your joy with those who need encouragement. Share your laughter with those who haven't heard any in such a long time. Share your tears with those who have forgotten how to cry. Share your faith with those
who have none.


I managed to fix it so in just one lifetime you could have so many diverse experiences. You grow from a child to an adult, have children, change jobs
many times, learn many trades, travel to so many places, meet thousands of people, and experience so much. How can you be so impatient then when it takes Me a little longer than you expect to handle something on My to-do-list? Trust in My timing, for My timing is PERFECT!!!!!! Just because I created the entire universe in only six days, everyone thinks I should always rush, rush, rush.


Be kind to others, for I love them just as much as I love you. They may not dress like you, or talk like you, or live the same way you do, but I still
love you all. Please try to get along, for My sake. I created each of you different in some way. It would be too boring if you were all identical.
Please, know I love each of your differences.


As much as I love you, how can you not love yourself? You were created by me for one reason only -- to be loved, and to love in return. I am a God of Love. Love Me. Love your neighbors. But also love yourself. It makes My heartache when I see you so angry with yourself when things go wrong. You are very precious to me. Don't ever forget that!!!!!!!!!!

With all My heart I love YOU!
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Date Posted: May 06 2014 at 6:43pm

When Someone You Love Is Lost

.....As a believer, you know the condition of those who are outside of Jesus Christ. You understand that they are separated from God, under His wrath, and facing an eternity of misery and damnation. You realize that lost people have no true hope or peace. You are fully aware of their bondage to sin. This understanding burdens you for those who are lost.
.....Yet, this burden increases when the lost person is someone you know intimately and love. It may be a husband, wife, son, daughter, or other family member. It grieves your heart to know that your loved one is separated from God, under His wrath, and headed for an eternity in hell. You long for your loved one to experience true hope and peace through the Lord Jesus Christ. You yearn for your loved one to be set free from bondage to sin.
.....What do you do when someone you love is lost? The following are some biblical principles that you can put into practice to help you with this burdensome load:

  • Realize that there is hope (Acts 16:15, 29-34). In these texts, God saved whole households. His power can reach and change any sinner. Rest in His power and grace that can save your loved one. There are no hopeless cases this side of the grave.
  • Ask God to grant you patience and persistence (Luke 18:1). Pray that God will grant you the patience to be faithful to this person. When a person turns to Christ in faith, it is usually a process. Ask God to help you to pray, love, and witness to this person for the long haul. Also, pray for a spirit of persistence. Sometimes your loved one may outright reject the gospel. He or she may show no interest whatsoever. Ask God to help you persist in loving, praying for, and ministering to him or her regardless of his or her reaction.
  • Pray for the influence of other Christians (1 Corinthians 3:5-8). There are times when family members may not listen to you and your witness. Yet, there may be others that your loved one will listen to. Pray that God would send into your loved one's life believers that he or she will love, respect, and listen to. Plead that He would grant your loved one friends who will be faithful to minister to him or her.
  • Plead that your loved one will be radically transformed by Jesus Christ (John 3:16). Call on God to change your loved one through His grace and power. There is a tendency to pray for God to change certain sinful habits in a lost person's life. Yet, a person can exchange sins without experiencing a change of heart. Plead with God to regenerate your loved one. Ask Him to transform your loved one through the power of the Spirit and the gospel.
  • Ask God for opportunities to demonstrate love to your lost loved one (Matthew 5:13-14). Even when your loved one will not listen to your words, he or she can see your actions. Pray for opportunities to demonstrate the love of Jesus to this person. Ask that they will sense and know the difference in your life because of Jesus Christ.
  • Pray tenaciously (Isaiah 62:2-7). Wrestle with God concerning your loved. Plead His promises. Claim His Word. Pray for mercy and grace upon your loved one. Determine in your heart to seek God until He answers.
  • Don't lose heart (Galatians 6:9). When someone you love is lost, it can be a long, weary struggle. It would be easy to give up hope and feel that he or she will never come to Christ. Yet, don't give up. Don't lose heart. God is a merciful and sovereign God. As long as your loved one is alive, there is hope. As long as he or she has breath in the body, there is the possibility of him or her coming to Jesus Christ. In God's time, you will reap the harvest.

Dr. Kevin Meador � 2001" rel="nofollow - thread

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: May 06 2014 at 8:10pm

What does it mean to pray without ceasing?

How can I pray without ceasing? Praying without ceasing is a biblical term found in the Apostle Paul's first letter to Thessalonica: "Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you" (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, KJV). The Greek word "without ceasing" means continuous action. Therefore, "praying without ceasing" means to pray continuously.

How to pray without ceasing -- a heart attitude

  • How does one pray continually? We cannot always be on our knees. With the daily demands on our busy lives, we are fortunate to kneel in prayer even a few minutes each day. However, the context of this passage gives us a clue. This passage focuses on heart attitude. "Rejoice always" is an attitude of joyfulness. Giving thanks in everything also requires a mental attitude of thankfulness. How do we rejoice and give thanks? Through prayer! Therefore, effective prayer is a proper hearty attitude: a mental outlook of joyful thanksgiving. It expresses itself throughout the day with silent prayers of vital communication with the LORD.

  • Maintaining a healthy relationship requires communication. Always be "on line" with God so when the Spirit moves you to pray, you can instantly agree with Him. The Holy Spirit prays for us with inexpressible groans (Romans 8:26). When in agreement with the Spirit, we are praying continuously. The heart attitude of praying without ceasing means an ever-open heart to the Lord's leading.

  • If we are praying without ceasing -- even while driving, changing the baby, washing dishes, or running a lawn mower -- we can be open to the leading of the Spirit when He urges us to pray for something or someone. At that time, we can agree with God and make a mental note to add that concern to our later prayer time.

  • Praying without ceasing doesn't take the place of time alone in prayer with God. However, it is a joyful experience to unite with the LORD who lays burdens on our hearts. We can't always stop and kneel, but our heart attitude can still be "praying without ceasing."
Praying without ceasing is sometimes really difficult when it seems like God is not answering..." rel="nofollow -

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: May 06 2014 at 8:11pm
1. Faith is the ability to not panic.
2. If you worry, you didn't pray.
    If you prayed, don't worry.
3. As a child of God, prayer is kinda like
    calling home every day.
4. Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not
    be bent out of shape.
5. When we get tangled up in our problems,
    be still. God wants us to be still so He
    can untangle the knot.
6. Do the math.  Count your blessings.
7. God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.
8. Dear God: I have a problem.  It's me.
9. Silence is often misinterpreted,
    but never misquoted.
10. Laugh every day - it's like inner jogging.
11. The most important things in your home
     are the people.
12. Growing old is inevitable,
     growing up is optional.
     (Live it; Preach it!)
13. There is no key to happiness.
      The door is always open.
      Come on in.
14. A grudge is a heavy thing to carry.
15. He who dies with the most toys is still dead.
16. We do not remember days but moments.
      Life moves too fast so enjoy your precious
17. Nothing is real to you until you experience it;
      otherwise it's just hearsay.
18. It's all right to sit on your pity pot every
      now and again.  Just be sure to flush
      when you are done.
19. Surviving and living your life successfully
      requires courage. The goals and dreams
      you're seeking require courage and risk-taking.
      Learn from the turtle, it only makes progress
      when it ticks out its neck.
20. Be more concerned with your character than
      your reputation.  Your character is what you really
      are, while your reputation is merely what others
      think you are. No matter the storm, when you are
      with God, there's always a rainbow waiting.   Leave
      gentle fingerprints on the soul of another for the
      angels to read. I don't want to get to the end of
      my life and find that I lived just the length of it.
      I want to have lived the width of it as well." rel="nofollow - thread

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: May 06 2014 at 11:49pm
Five Ways God Uses Problems

The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you depending on how you respond to them. Unfortunately, most people fail to see how God wants to use problems for good in their lives. They react foolishly and resent their problems rather than pausing to consider what benefit they might bring. Here are five ways God wants to use the problems in your life:

1. God uses problems to DIRECT you.

Sometimes God must light a fire under you to get you moving. Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to change. Is God trying to get your attention? Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

2. God uses problems to INSPECT you.

People are like tea bags. . . if you want to know whats inside them, just drop them into hot water! Has God tested your faith with a problem? What do problems reveal about you? When you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience. James 1:2-3

3. God uses problems to CORRECT you.

Some lessons we learn only through pain and failure. Its likely that as a child your parents told you not to touch a hot stove, but you probably learned by being burned. Sometimes we only learn the value of something by loosing it. It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. Psalm 119:72

4. God uses problems to PROTECT you.

A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it prevents you from being harmed by something more serious. Last year, a friend was fired for refusing to do something unethical that his boss had asked him to do. His unemployment was a problem but it saved him from being convicted and sent to prison a year later when managements actions were eventually discovered. You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good. Genesis 50:20

5. God uses problems to PERFECT you.

Problems, when responded to correctly, are characters builders. God is far more interested in your character than your comfort. Your relationship to God and your character are the only two things youre going to take with you into eternity. We can rejoice when we run into problems. . . they help us learn to be patient. 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. Romans 5:3-4

Heres the point: God is at work in your life even when you dont recognize it or understand it. But its so much easier when you surrender to his plan for your life." rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: May 07 2014 at 12:08am
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Lord, in the name of Jesus, I thank You for my deliverance from debt.  Your word says that I am to owe no man anything but to love him. As I continue to build my faith in this area, I fully expect to receive unexpected income and debt cancellation. I am wealthy and prosperous in every area of my life. My needs are met and my storehouses overflow with abundance.

I come against all oppression in my life and declare that I have supernatural protection against the onslaught of the enemy. I command the angels of God to go now and bring to pass my financial soundness and wholeness. I am a wise and faithful steward; therefore, I walk in manifested abundance and debt freedom daily.
Your Word says that You delight in the prosperity of Your servants. As I serve You with my finances, I declare that I have my harvest of debt-deliverance right now.  Amen!!!!  Heart

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God is good. I give him ALL the glory.  I said this prayer at 1:28* and after checking the mail just now, I have a check that I was totally not expecting.  It isn't from Publishers Clearinghouse or anything but it is money that I didn't wake up with this morning.  God does what he says he will do for you when  you believe him and his power.

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Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: May 07 2014 at 12:26am
Prosperity in Afflictions

Today's Prayer 

God, I believe You are using circumstances and events to move me into a place of patient waiting as You put me in the place You desire for me. Help my soul to mature, my faith to grow, my life to be more pure and dedicated to You. James 1:2-4 tells me, "Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing." Lord, I praise You in the midst of it all--my special trials and daily challenges--knowing that I must learn to be patient and content as I wait upon You. Thank You for being with me through every trial, every day. In Jesus' name I pray, amen

Prosperity in Afflictions
TGIF Today God Is First, by Os Hillman

The second son he named Ephraim and said, "It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering." - Genesis 41:52

When Joseph was elevated to rule over the Egyptian kingdom, he revealed some profound truths gained from the experiences of his years of adversity. He named his first son, Manasseh for, he said, "God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father's household" (Gen. 41:51b). His second son was named Ephraim because, "God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering."

Whenever God takes us through the land of affliction, He will do two things through that affliction: 1) He will bring such healing that we will be able to forget the pain, and 2) He will make us fruitful from the painful experiences.

God does not waste our afflictions if we allow Him the freedom to complete the work in us. His desire is to create virtue that remains during the times of testing so that He can bring us into the place of fruitfulness in the very area of our testing. He has never promised to keep us from entering the valleys of testing, but He has promised to make us fruitful in them. He is the God who turns the Valley of Achor (trouble) into a door of hope (see Hos. 2:15).

If you are in the valley of affliction, now is the time to press into Him. When the time comes to bring you out of this valley, He will heal your memories and bring fruit from this very time." rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: May 07 2014 at 12:36am
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you ever get that way?
its like im so ready for a change to come into my life that im like tired of asking for the change....its like dude you already know why do i have to ask you repeatedly....
im emotionally drained i just feel sometimes my soul is tired...its like yeah im not where i was but im definitely not where i want to be....but...holding on for that change can be so frustrating at times...
what do you do when you dont feel like praying?

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Trust me I totally know how you feel. I think we will often come to this point in our walks...With shouts on the inside of us asking God "Why has He forsaken me"? Just in your lowest point talk to Him...Sometimes we allow our preconceived notions to limit out conversations with God... For example...This past Sunday was my Sunday to volunteer at church...well I didn't have any gas in my car...I was on behind E. So I started asking God for the gas money(because He told me months ago to be debt free) I think on Friday night...well It didnt come. So Sunday morning I got dressed and headed out the door and I am just telling God well If I run out of gas it's your fault cause I prayed for In my lil mind I reasoned that maybe there was a check for me at my p.o. box, nope. So I keep going to the church...Then I thought well one of my brothers and sisters will be moved by the spirit and give me money to get back home with because I barely made it church :). Not naan' brother or sister handed me some after service I got in my car in tears and frustrated that God is just gonna let me run out of gas and have to walk home... So in the midst of all this, I declare to God how I "hate" people and how stupid they are...and I am just so ticked off that they didnt hear from God to give me some gas money :) Immediately a word from God came...He said baby girl, you missed the point. And I realized that It wasnt about the money...its about my faith. God got me to church and back on E..He will always provide! I totally missed the point because I was walking in carnality and not faith...also what came out of me when I was pushed...showed me what was in me. When we are pushed and kicked to the edge of our faith...Praises should come out of us and not complaints...I hope this's okay. Jesus overstands what we are dealing with down here. There is no better fitting High Priest than the LAMB." rel="nofollow - thread

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: May 08 2014 at 12:46am
Believe and receive Heart


"The Lord God Your Strength"

"And I will be that," saith the Lord. "I will be your strength when money matters are confusing, I will be your strength when a bad report has been given over your physical body, and I will be your strength as you walk through the seasons of lack, but please make note of this hour.

"Because I'll be your strength, I will deposit Holy Ghost power, and that power that has been deposited on the inside of thee, when it begins to flow out, I'll make sure that others will surely see. And so as you begin to bathe in My presence, and begin to walk in My ways, I'm going to begin to do things even in the area of a raise.

"Don't be discouraged about how things seem to be, just stay connected to My presence and others will see, they will see, they will see," saith the Spirit of the Lord!" rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: May 09 2014 at 11:36pm
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"For our present troubles are quite small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever. So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we look at what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever."

Have a wonderful day

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It's like the moment I implemented this passage with my daily morning prayer, I haven't had a bad day since!

**For the ones who didn't understand, it says that our troubles are temporary because they are from this world, and our attitude towards our troubles are our ticket to Heaven.

Those trials will bring us joy in the future IF of course, we continue to trust God. There is no point in going through trials and tribulations if we are constantly murmuring and complaining (Philippians 2:14), or lost faith in God. I find ironic that many people are able to forgive their abusive boyfriend over and over and over but if God does not answers their prayers ASAP they turn around and say God does not exist." rel="nofollow - thread

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: May 09 2014 at 11:49pm
A prayer for those who are worried

Today's Prayer

Dear God, You have instructed me to not be anxious, worrisome, overly concerned for any thing...but instead to bring everything to you in prayer and thanksgiving. If I do this, you have promised me that your peace, which passes all understanding, shall keep my heart and mind through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7). I come to you now for myself and on behalf of my brothers and sisters in Christ, and  for those who suffer so much due to anxiety and depression. I pray that you will fill us with your peace; that you will touch our minds and remind us that we do not need to worry. You are our God and maker. You will handle it for us. Worrying does no good. May we lean into you, talk with you, spend time in your Word and before the throne of grace. May we fellowship with other Christians, those who will encourage us, even more so as the day approaches. Right now, this day, we give you our concerns and ask that you will work out all to our good and your glory. Thank you, Father, for loving us and carrying our burdens. Thank you, Father, for providing our needs. Thank you, Father, for Jesus Christ our Savior and the hope He has given. For it is in His name I pray, amen." rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: May 10 2014 at 12:14am
Divine Direction
Rev. James C. Matthews

"Then some Midianite traders passed by, so they pulled him up and lifted Joseph out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. Thus they brought Joseph into Egypt."   Genesis 37:28

Often, when we look for direction from God we seek the miraculous. We search for a sign, a voice or a vision to make our paths plain.  However, God can and does employ more common (even painful) experiences in our life to provide direction for our lives. We lose a job, experience a break up in a relationship, financial instability, stricken with an illness or something is taken from us.  These "life events" may be God's way of causing us to look in another direction.   God will often close a door, to point us in the direction of another.

God has a purpose and plan for our lives.  The problem is - so do we. Often our plans and God's plan are not the same.  We often seek things that are short sighted.  God knows this and allows certain events in our lives to point us in the right direction.  Often these situations look nothing like what we think God's plan for our lives should look like.  We must be careful not to misconstrue God's direction as persecution.  "God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28). 

If anyone's life demonstrates this principle it's Joseph.  Joseph received a dream from God revealing his destiny.  In his dream he was in a place of prestige and power. In a matter of days, Joseph went from being his father's favorite son to being a slave in a foreign land.  He was thrown into a pit, sold into slavery and taken to Egypt to spend the rest of his life.  Unbeknownst to Joseph, all of this was God's way of positioning him to fulfill his purpose in life.  Joseph had to go into the pit, to meet Potiphar.  Potiphar's wife had to falsely accuse Joseph for him to be sent to prison. It was in prison where Joseph met attendants in Pharaoh's court. It was because of this time in prison that Joseph received the opportunity to meet Pharaoh.  When he met Pharaoh he entered into his destiny. 

When Joseph laid his head down to sleep that first night in Egypt he was far from home, but squarely within God's plan.  God declares: "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways, "declares the LORD." For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:8-9).  I am sure Joseph saw the changes in his situation as set backs, when in reality they were setups.  God was providing "divine direction" through what appeared to be disaster.  Each disappointing turn in his life pointed him in the direction of his destiny and purpose.

Some of you may be experiencing what appears to be a disaster or dead end in your life, when in fact it's direction.  As you experience your transition, never lose sight of God's sovereignty.  Sometimes God allows us to lose control so that He can take control.  When Joseph's brothers threw him into the pit, I am sure he had no idea he had taken the first step toward his destiny.  After looking over his life and all that had transpired, Joseph was able to say to his brothers: "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result..." (Genesis 50:20).  Everything he thought was an accident was really providence.  It was divine direction!" rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: May 14 2014 at 12:44am
Moving Beyond the Moment" rel="nofollow - thread

Rev. James C. Matthews

"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
(Philippians 3:13-14)

Sometimes the things that hinder us from moving forward in our journey aren�t always bad things. It is possible to become hostage to our past by trying to relive something that has come and gone. This can take the form of trying to relive past achievements, relationships, or defining moments in our lives. We�ve all met people like this. In their wallet or purse they carry pictures or newspaper clippings of a past relationship or climactic moment in their lives. They speak of the past in the present tense, as if these events happened yesterday. It is healthy to celebrate our past moments in life, but it is unhealthy to become stuck in a moment and miss the rest of life. Life is a motion picture not a snapshot. It is always moving and stands still for no one.

Those who have a snapshot perspective of life can be easily identified by their conversation. They always talk about the past and how things used to be, or they dwell on what someone did to them years ago. It�s almost as if they stopped living once that moment transpired. Although they can easily recall in detail a particular moment in time that occurred years ago, they cannot clearly articulate their plans for the future.

Often, people who develop a snapshot perspective of life lose their identity in the event or situation. They define who they are by that moment in time instead of who they are as a person. I can remember meeting a man who was in his late 40s. When introducing me to this person, my friend first let me know that this man once played for a well-known professional sports team. It was only after this introduction that his name was communicated to me. In the eyes of his associates, this man was defined by a moment that had come and gone. When I asked the gentlemen what he was doing now, he appeared ashamed of his station in life. He had a respectable job, but in his eyes and those he associated with, it was not comparable to his former moment of glory.

In another instance, my wife and I met a young woman at a ministry event who was a survivor of Hurricane Katrina and had settled down in Dallas. When she introduced herself, she told me her name but had preceded this by commenting, "I'm from Katrina." When my wife and I were driving home from the engagement, she commented that every time this woman introduced herself to someone, she commented that she was "from Katrina." I've seen the same thing happen to people who have physical handicaps, been abused, divorced, incarcerated, or homeless. They've allowed their circumstances or an event to define and prescribe what their expectations in life can or should be.

You are more than a moment! You are a motion picture that is not defined by a snapshot or one frame of the picture. If you refuse to allow your past to define your future, you will discover that life has much more to offer you than a memory.

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: May 14 2014 at 12:51am
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Dr. Betty R. Price

Christians are in constant warfare with a tricky enemy who refuses to give up.  It is a spiritual battle that gets hotter as time goes on.  When we are living for God, we become target practice for the devil.  It doesn't mean that we are necessarily doing anything wrong when things come against us; it is just the way Satan plays his game.  If you are doing something you have no business doing and you know it, you need to stop whatever it is, because you are only opening yourself up to satanic attacks. 

When cancer attacked my body, a lot of people who knew me wondered why.  Some even said, "It is not fair; you live so pure."  You don't get healed because you are good and live pure.  You get healed because you believe and act on the Word-God honors His Word if we will believe it.

A lot of people don't understand how faith works.  They take the faith message all out of proportion.  They don't understand that when you say you believe something has taken place before you see it, healing for example, you are saying it by faith.  They think that means you don't take medicine or you don't go to the doctor.  On the contrary, you need to go to the doctor and take medicine while you make a stand to receive your healing. 

When I found out I had cancer, we had just returned from a television crusade in Houston, Texas.  A doctor referred to us by a member of our church came by our home; took a look at my leg and said to Fred, "Your wife needs to go to the hospital immediately."  He called and made the necessary arrangements.  We thought that it was just a sprain or a strained muscle, and I would be home within a day or so.  I actually stayed a week in the hospital having tests done before they found out what was wrong with me.  At any rate, I never did get anxious, worried, or fearful.  I was at peace the whole time; I had learned to walk in the Spirit.

After several days of taking tests, (and some were very painful but God was with me all the way) the doctors came and told us the bad news.  The MRI revealed a tumor in my pelvic area, but because of its location, major surgery would have to be done to get a biopsy of it.  I was scheduled for surgery the next day-which was Monday.  That Tuesday morning, Dr. Taylor came and gave us the really bad news.  The tumor was a malignant cancer that had vital nerve endings and muscle attached to it, therefore, surgery to remove it was impossible.  The recommended cure was chemotherapy and radiation.  Fred, of course, was devastated.  He could not believe it.  Even with all of the pain I never felt any unrest or fear.  I was always in peace.  I said, "I have to trust God.  I know He is with me in this, and nothing is too hard for Him.

The first night I was in the hospital, I felt the Lord's presence so strongly that I knew He had come into my room, and I heard in my spirit, "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it (John 11:4)."

So, instead of dwelling on thoughts of death, I kept my thoughts on God's Word.  That is why I want to exhort you not to take the Word for granted.  If I had not had 20 years of Word in me at that time, I don't believe I would be here today.    When you hear the word "cancer," fear will raise its ugly head (it's only natural), but you don't allow the fear to take hold.  I believe fear a lot of times is what actually kills people, so I would not allow myself to be fearful.

Second Corinthians 10:5 tells us what to do with negative thoughts:

Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

So when Satan comes and tells you, "You are going to die," you have to know that the Bible says, "With Jesus stripes you were healed," so your confession is, "I believe I'm healed..."   

 Hebrews 11:1 says:

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Faith is the evidence that you have what you have prayed for.  I would tell myself, "I don't see it now.  But by faith I have it.  Faith is the tangibility of my healing."  Most people want to go by sight and by the way they feel.  But I had the faith principles so ingrained in me that when the attack on my body came, I knew how to stand and not let fear come in.  Now your situation may not be a healing one, maybe it's a financial problem or a husband or wife problem or children problems.  Whatever the problem, you can apply the same faith principles and be victorious too!

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Date Posted: May 14 2014 at 12:53am" rel="nofollow - thread
How's Your Joy Quotient?
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman

"Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength" (Neh 8:10).

One of the overriding evidences that someone has a genuine relationship with our living Savior is their consistent attitude of joy and outlook on life. A follower of Jesus should not be a person who always looks at life as if the glass is half full. Instead, we should be the most positive people on earth. We should see opportunity in the midst of challenges.

The light that resides in you should be like the beam of a lighthouse to a ship that is seeking direction. Our lives should have the fragrance of Christ. People should be attracted to our lives just as the bee is attracted to the nectar in the colorful flower.

The apostle Paul understood this when he said, "But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life" (2 Cor 2:14-16).

I must admit I've been with some believers whose attitude toward life is more like a porcupine. It's painful to get too close to them because of their negative and poisonous view of life that criticizes the world around them.

No matter what circumstance you may find yourself in, the joy of the Lord must be your strength. Paul learned this truth even in the midst of his adversities. "I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength (Phil 4:12-13).

How would others describe your joy quotient? On a scale of 1 to 10, where would they rank you? Today, make a commitment to greet every circumstance knowing that the joy of the Lord is your strength.

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Date Posted: May 14 2014 at 12:57am

Press On and Reach Forward
Brent Barnett

The way to progress is not to try harder in the flesh but to believe stronger in the spirit.  The flesh is weak (Mark 14:38), and fortifying it through resolutions will only get us so far.  We need the power of the Spirit of God working in our hearts and transforming our minds to provide lasting change.  Discipline is only as good as the faith of the person exerting it.  May God increase our faith as we rest in Him Who is the Faithful One!

We must make an intentional choice to leave the garbage and disappointments behind, for they can single-handedly cripple us from effective service and ministry.  We are to fix our eyes on Christ
, the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).  It accomplishes nothing of spiritual value to dwell on sin, hurt, suffering, or difficulty.  We are to dwell on Christ and look forward to what He is going to do.  We should enter each successive phase of life with hope of what God can do, not living mired in failures of the past.

If we want to suffer another year of failed resolutions, we can dwell on the past, stay mired in sin, and not even attempt to reach forward.  But we must press on in faith, trusting God that He will cause all things to work for our good.  May God's glory be lifted high in our lives this upcoming year, and may we let our future hope of glory impact how we live each day in the present.  May God give us strength to press on and reach forward, and may God grant us faith to believe that God is able even when we are very unable.  One day, by faith, we will reach our goal, but it will only be because of Christ at work in and through us.  To Him be the glory both now and on that wonderful day." rel="nofollow - thread (edited)

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Date Posted: May 14 2014 at 12:59am
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Lord, Please help me overcome these old habits that jump up to haunt me. I want to be clean and pure in heart and life. I want my thoughts and actions to glorify you and to be a witness to your power and love. Thank you for hearing me and touching me with your power and grace. Through Your Holy Spirit, I will overcome. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen" rel="nofollow - thread


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Date Posted: May 14 2014 at 1:05am
It's not really Christian message, but it is inspirational, I guess, and it was here at Inspirational Scriptures:

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have any of you created a vision board and how much has came true?

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Im not sure what a vison borad is but, I journal and in the front section of my journal each year I list my lifelong vision and then my yearly goals that move me closer to the vision. Each quarter I list the things I have accomplished that bring me closer to the vision. I know it sounds tedious but it really helps me track progress and stay focused.
Hab 2:2-...... Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it." rel="nofollow - thread

A vision board is simply a piece of cardboard where you write or glue pics of things you want and then by putting the vision board somewhere you can see every day, it reminds you of what you want. It works because it keeps your goals right in your face, so you won't forget them, and will remind you of what you want to achieve.

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Date Posted: May 16 2014 at 1:47am
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I'm writing this because I promised I wouldn't forget and that I would never let my son forget what the Lord has done for us....My son Zenock Tuavale Siuaki Livai was born Dec 30th 2004 and right off i knew something was wrong. The pediatricians immediately took him aside and had to revive him. I knew something was wrong but i guess i was blocking. I wanted to see my baby and gush over him like all new mother's want to at that time, but I couldn't. I didn't even hear him cry. when I asked if he was OK nobody answered me. a few minutes later I heard...a little squeak.....then a weak little was beautiful...immediately after, they took him to the nursery to be put on the ventilator.."It's normal for an infant to be on one" they said..I didn't know any better it was my first time...anyway throughout the day and most of the night he was ok but closer to midnight he started going downhill...the doctor's kept coming into my room telling me that he was getting worse but that hopefully he would pull out of it...Now that i look back i don't think they really believed that...anyway by the next afternoon he was in the NICU at the Univ of Utah hopstial and his doctor was talking about transferring him to Primary children's hospital next door "just in case" he needed to be put on the ECMO machine...My poor baby looked horrible...he had wires coming out of that point I told my husband to call my uncle to come and assist him in blessing my son...after a while we realized that he couldn't wait and that he needed to be transferred now so my husband and two doctors blessed my son...when they got him over to Primary's my husbands companion(from his mission) and uncle arrived and helped to give him another blessing....when i was able to go and see him an hour later the doctor's sat us down and told us that his situation had gotten worse and that he would need to be put on the ECMO machine...(my son had some type of bacteria in his blood and it damaged his heart and lungs...ECMO is a heart and lung bypass does all the work for the heart and lungs so that they can rest and heal themselves....) by this time it was about 10 o'clock at night on the 31st of december...There were three doctors in the room with us to give us the news..the female doctor told us straight up that he had less than a 5 percent chance of living...she all but said my son was gonna die...I think she was immune to human suffering...anyway they also told us that my son had a hemorrage on his brain and that IF he lived he would not be able to eat on his own or do anything that a normal child does...they said he would be mentally handicapped and that we might want to think about not putting him on the machine and letting him die since his quality of life ,if the surgery was successful, wasn't going to be this point I was emotionally spent...I had nothing left...I had just had my first child and nothing was what i expected it to be...i was really angry..angry at everybody and everything..i didn't understand why MY baby had to be so sick...I remember praying and begging the Lord to put me in my son's place..I also remember praying and begging the Lord to give him the strength of the men he is named after...Zenock, is a prophet in the book of Mormon...(alma 33:2-10)...Tuavale is my grandfather..a man who lived the gospel to the fullest and never wavered....Siuaki is his daddy's name...His faith can move mountains....I never prayed so strongly for someone else in my entire life...and now I'm praying that that someone else, my son, can live...anyway by now my family (i love them so much) was there with us and my cousin Ui told me to ask my uncle curry for a blessing..(her baby died at only 4 days old so she knew how I was feeling) I didn't really want one but I asked for one anyway...after the blessing I wasn't feeling any different but i couldn't really dwell on it cause we needed to hurry so my husband,uncle and cousin could bless my son before he went into surgery...when we were leaving the room (they had given us a room so that they could tell us the bad news in) I was the first one out and my husband followed me...on the wall across from the room i had just walked out of was a sketch someone had donated to the hospital/ It was a picture of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ holding a newborn...and that is excatly what i needed to know. That my baby wasn't alone. That no matter what happened He would be there with him...See I was hurting mostly because I couldn't comfort my baby...I knew he was hurting and I couldn't DO anything about it..A mother's first reaction to hearing her child cry is to comfort him and I couldn't do that, as much as i wanted to I couldn't, but seeing that picture brought me so much comfort knowing that He was with him..the funny thing is I didn't see that picture until I needed to see it..a short while after my husband blessed him, while I stood by the door..there was alot of commotion at that time because it was an emergency procedure so the nurses were rushing around getting things prepared so I couldn't hear what was said..afterwards my husband asked me if i heard the blessing and i told him i hadn't. He seemed confused and said "Didn't they all quiet down during the blessing?" and I told him no and he said that my uncle and cousin also thought it was quiet during the blessing because all they could hear was the words my husband was saying...anyway i was pretty shaken up so my husband pulled me to the side grabbed me by the shoulders and looked me in the eyes and said "He's gonna live..I don't know how i know, i just do...he's gonna live..." It was hard to explain what i felt at that moment but i too knew that he would make it..

The doctor's originally gave my son 10 days to be on the ECMO machine...He came off after only 4 days...They said he would be severly mentally handicapped....Today he's as strong, if not stronger, than any child his age ...throughout the 4 days my son was on ECMO my husbands spirits were always positive...I remember another doctor had asked him how he was doing that day and my husband said "GREAT! I'm great!" I remember that doctor said "man you are truly have a child as sick as yours is and to have such a good attitude is rare" husband knew...he knew he was coming home so why be my son had a setback, like when he wasn't urinating enough(he was being given 12 different medications at one time and that caused him to swell up to double his weight and the only way to get rid of that was for him to urinate) My husband would tell him "Aye you need to pee more" and sure enough the next day the problem would be solved...he even pulled out his feeding tube four days before he was released...(they have to be taught to breathe,suck and swallow again before they can be taken off the feeding tube)he was telling them I don't need it anymore...

Originally the doctors said he would need 6 months in the hospital to recover....four and a half weeks later he came home...(we brought him home on his origianl due date..he was 5 weeks early)...My son is a fighter. He fights for everything...We can't take him to the nursery at church cause he beats up all the love my baby and everyday that he's here with us i treasure...yes even when he's naughty!! lol...I know it can be hard but it's worth it...He's worth it....I know that it is because of our faith that he is here today and I also know that The lord giveth and the Lord taketh...I know and I believe...families are forever

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Date Posted: May 16 2014 at 11:26pm
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I always hear that GOd does things on his own time and not on ours and he works in mysterious ways. For a year I was talking to different guys and never really fell for any of them. There was this one person who pratically knocked me off my feet with his goals, aspirations,and beliefs. We had lost contact. A year later , I don't know why but out of no where I started to think about him and realize he is so different from other guys  I have known. I thought theres was never a chance for us becuase his old number had been cancelled. Then one day I spoke to him online and we've been casualy talkin. I've been praying to GOd asking for guidance of what to do with this situation and also telling him that Ihave strong feelings for this person with all of my heart. My question is How do you know if God wants to be with a certain person?I've been praying and asking for guidance even crying because I'm so confused and do not know what to do next. I still don't feel like God has told me what to do. What am  I suppose to do? Though I try to figure it out myself I know I should leave it up to God, but it's hard. Should I just wait and let God do his mighty works and the plans he have for me. Also if I love someone would God let you be with them? Sorry, but I am so confused right now.

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CV, I have been in a similar situation, and I'm going to tell you what I learned (so, I'm preaching to myself, too).  A lot of times, we sit and wait for the Lord to to leave a big post-it note for us to tell us what we should do in a given situation.  I believe that God's way of guiding us is by the opening and shutting of doors, the accepting and rejection of others.  If things don't work out with this man, consider it a blessing, b/c God knows what is best for you- even if it hurts us.  You may just be curious about this guy, and that's why he "popped" on your mind a year later.  Maybe you haven't had much luck with men, and you were just wondering "what if" or if he could have been the one man who was ordained for you.  When spontaneous things like that happen, it is not always a message from God.  You may just be wondering if he was the "one" or what could have happened between you two.  The devil knows this, and he will use it to his advantage.  He knows how to package things nicely to deceive us into thinking it's a sign from God (not saying that this is your case), but it is very possible.  When I get to feeling alone and "in want of a man", I start wondering about all of my ex's and guy friends of the past and wonder if they could have been the one, then I would go out my way to contact them.  That right there is wrong.  The bible say's "When a man finds a wife...", there for we shouldn't be the aggressors here if we didn't do anything wrong to ruin the relationship in the first place.  You need to give this situation to God, and ask him to guide you, instead of asking for an answer.  When you ask and let Him guide you, everything falls into place for you.  When you ask for an answer, you risk misinterpreting it; like I said before, you aren't going to get a post-it note.  Right, now, girl, the Word is you best friend.  Get into it, deep, and pray for guidance.  I believe in signs and revelations from God, but somethings could just be the effects of curiosity, impatience, or even loneliness.  I hope this helps.  I was REALLY preaching to myself, thoughLOL" rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: May 16 2014 at 11:36pm

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"Stand still and know that he is God and there's no need to cry for the battle is not yours the battle is the lord's".

God has done great things for me in my walk with him and he has always been faithful. I find myslef in a position where I have to believe that he can exceedingly abundant things for me even though the reality is saying the contrary. Sometimes I get weak and doubt but then I am reminded that that God did not bring me this far to abandon me. I thank God already for the blessings that he will bestow upon me. Please keep me in your prayers.

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"Stand still and know that he is God!

You will be in our prayers Mercy.

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 I am happy to report that Gos has started to move in my sitution. Even though things are not working out the way I wanted them to. I remind myslef that "All things things work for the good of those who love God". I pray that God will move in your situation Meekalo. Remember to be patient because God will step in when accoring to his time table not ours.

 Let his will be done in our lives." rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: May 16 2014 at 11:41pm
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I have NO earthly idea as to what I'm suppossed to do and it's frustrating.  I'm just strolling along in college, making grades all across the board which I don't feel like is going to get me into the professional school of choice, but then again, my parents say to keep doing what I'm doing and trust God because he'll make a way.  While I do want to keep doing what I'm doing, I don't want to go through all this time and money along the way just to not make it and find out that's not why I'm here anyway.  I'm not looking for neon signs or anything but is there a point when God at least gives you hints at what your purpose in life is? 

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I sure hope so, because I, too, have been waiting for Him to come down and place a big ole' post-it note on my forehead.  I believe in His own way, He is directing our path.  He closes and opens doors as we travel along so that we only go the way that He plans for us to go...if we trust and follow Him.  Some of us are so hard headed that we force our way through doors that He closed.  Just pray and He will surely guide you.
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An example of doing this is a woman and a guy are in a relationship, and the Lord reveals something to the woman about the guy so that she pretty much has to leave him.  That is when He closes the door.  If she breaks down and goes back to the man the Lord told her to leave, then she "forces her way through the door."  The Lord allows us to make mistakes like this, so that we will better understand that He does certain things for a reason. We have free will.  He doesn't force us to do anything, but He directs our path.  It's up to us to follow Him." rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: May 17 2014 at 2:29pm
Hmm, something randomly told me to log on today and go thru some of the forums. I'm glad I did. I needed this. Thank you! Big smileHug

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Date Posted: May 20 2014 at 1:48am
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While there is absolutely nothing that you can do that would be worthy of the gift of Grace that God has bestowed upon your life, what have you done that reflects your appreciation for such a great gift?  Whether it is spiritual, financial, emotional, physical, whatever.  Directly or indirectly, what have you done for God lately?

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I have tried to serve the "lowliest" of his people through my volunteer work. It's trying, but I persevere.

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I try to remember to say Good morning to God when I wake up, say thank you and Tell God I love Him throughout my day.

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I asked this question only because I had to stop and ask myself the same question.  Usually when I would think of "doing" something for God, it consisted of me living right, reflecting a proper image and doing the commandments that are in the Bible.  Those are all basically selfish acts because they benefit me.  But what about selfless acts.  Things that really make God smile because you are doing something
to benefit someone other than yourself
I am reading a book for my class that got me to thinking.  The book posed these two questions.  First, if you could do anything at all for God, without any limitations, what would it be?  That thing is your calling.  Second, how has God gifted you to accomplish your calling?  Then it went on to discuss taking the necessary steps to "do" that thing." rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: May 20 2014 at 2:02am
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For those that have trouble feeling or being with Jesus:
Please listen to me. You must let Jesus guide you. Please. With Jesus's help, he will literally help make the perfect decision for you, always. You just have to relax, loosen up, and always keep an open mind for Jesus. When you do the opposite, tense up, allow stress, and think your always right, you will only lose sight of him.
You hear the word, by asking him to show you the correct scripture in the Bible to help your specific problem. Always.
To feel the word within you, you must always ask Jesus to take your wheel, loosen up any stress within yourself, and always keep an open mind for Jesus to answer. You will feel him nodding your head as "Yes" and shaking your head as "No". The harder or more dramatic the Word you feel into yourself, the more dramatic the YES! or NO! or whatever movement it will be.
And to ask Jesus to guide your every move, again you loosen up and let him move you. Your move will always be perfect with Jesus's guidance.
Why? Because if you let yourself hear the devil. Follow the devil through meta-physical, paranormal, supernatural, and believe all those things are real. You will, as I have, will literally end up seeing the devil itself. You literally see the devil, face to face, as close as you can look at yourself in the mirror. When you see him, the devil will be invisible in the dark. You will be asked if you really want the devil to be revealed. If you say yes, he will literally reveal himself to you. Only to scare to be-Jesus within in you to save your soul and instill your REAL love for yourself. Not what the paranormal says about reality.
Listen to Jesus, he will guide you. To the real you, your real purpose in life, and ultimately, your true happiness." rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: May 20 2014 at 12:42pm
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I would like to share the lesson I learned today. 

I was having a rough morning....I was a little jealous of a girlfriend and it got the best of me.  You see in my eyes she has the perfect life: a beautiful home, a wonderful husband, lovely Twin girls, fulfilling career.  but what sent me over the top was our friends are throwing her a surprise birthday party to celebrate a milestone in her life .. now when it was my birthday all I got was a email with ducks on it.   Confused  so I felt hurt.  Now don't get me wrong I love my friend.....I was just having a moment.

I felt that I got cheated some how in life I began to complain.  She and I  are the same age and somehow I  imagined she had one up on me. 
I Know, I know The green eyed monster is an ugly beast, but hey; I'm being honest here. 
In my despair I cried out to the lord: "Jesus!", I said " when is it going to be my turn? When am I going to be happy and blessed?"

I was mad yawl but you know what he told me in the most loving voice "My daughter it has ALWAYS been you turn..I have NEVER stopped blessing you. YOU have taken your eyes off ME. Your season was here and You have delayed your blessing". Well you know after I heard that a sista got real humble and cried. Cry

You see I learned that when you take you eyes off the prize (JESUS) you get caught up in jealousy and envy which is not of God. He loves us though all our Pain and sorrow, Joys and laughter. I'm so glad that he died so I can live; truly live!  Clap Heart We delay our blessing by making bad decisions and becoming disobedient (come on somebody!) Clap
Let's keep it real, we're all human and we're going to have our days, but if we wallow in bitterness for too long it's bound to make our days shorter. However a blessing delayed is never a blessing denied..let the church say Amen.  Praise God in all his glory....Smile

Chronicles 7:14: 14and if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from the heavens, and forgive their sin, and heal their land.

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Originally posted by esparra esparra wrote:

I dont understand what Im doing wrong.
 I need God to answer one simple question: What do I need to be doing right now so I can get to where I need to be?

I find when I'm at a place where I begin to question and doubt God, I remember that my sistas blessing is not going to be MY BLESSING......YOUR season is YOUR season so rejoice!  Clap Now I know what you're thinking, "Well Satin I don't feel like rejoicing, I can't find a job....I can't feed my kids....I'm mad! Angry I hear you, Just rejoice anyway and he will see you to the other side of your season. 


A trial or struggle is looked at as the most important spiritual time in our lives. This is why James urges us to "consider it pure joy" (James 1:2) when we encounter various trials, because they are extremely valuable to our spiritual walk. 


How can we better recognize the hand of God moving in our lives? First, we must familiarize ourselves with God's Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17) which tells us about who God is and what He does.  We must communicate with God through prayer.  Last we can ask God for wisdom (James 1:5). We can ask God to help us recognize, and submit to, His hand. Wink


We can thank Him for how His hand has guided us. We can ask Him to help us learn His lesson, in HIS time, for whatever time His hand is bringing us through.  We must trust God. By not trusting his judgment or not accepting his discipline so do we fight against the hand of God, which is sinful.  Let's pray for our Sistas and brothers in Christ to stay Encouraged.  Heart  Luv Ya!" rel="nofollow -" rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: May 25 2014 at 4:28pm
Move On!
TGIF Today God Is First, by Os Hillman

..."Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the Israelites to move on." - Exodus 14:15

Moses had brought the whole nation of Israel, approximately 600,000, to a dead end in the desert. The only thing between Israel and Pharaoh's pursuing army was the Red Sea. This was after nine plagues God had inflicted on Pharaoh to motivate him to free the Israelites. Finally, Pharaoh had freed Moses and the people, and they left Egypt. They thought they were home free. "Freedom at last," they said. But God did a strange thing. He directed Moses to take a route that led to the Red Sea, instead of the northern route around the Red Sea. God explained that He didn't want them fighting the enemies they would have encountered on this route. But still, there was the issue of the Red Sea.

They finally arrived at the Red Sea, and the people were wondering where they would go from there. News hit the camp: Pharaoh had changed his mind. He was coming after them with his army. Panic set in. The defenseless Israelites cried out, "Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die?...It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!" (Ex. 14:11b-12)

God sometimes brings each of us to a "Red Sea" in our life. It may be a work problem that can't be solved. It may be a marriage that seems to be failing. It may be a debilitating disease. Whatever your Red Sea, God tells us one thing: "Keep moving." The Red Sea was before them, yet God was angered at Moses and told him to "Keep moving."

"But Lord, the Red Sea is before me." "Keep moving." When we live by sight, we act on what we see. God sets this stage in dramatic fashion. God is into the dramatic. There is no way out without God here. That is just the way He wants it. No one will get glory except God.

A friend once admonished me when I was in the midst of an extremely difficult time in my life, "You must not withdraw from being proactive in your faith just because of this trial that you are in. God's hand is on your life. There are too many who are depending on you to fulfill the purposes God has in your life. Keep moving! Keep investing yourself in others." I didn't feel like it. I was in too much pain. But I did it anyway. God met me at the point of my greatest need once I decided simply to be obedient. Getting past myself by investing myself in others helped heal the pain. There is great healing when we look past our own problems and seek to invest ourselves in others for the sake of Christ. This is when our own Red Seas become parted. We begin to walk to freedom. But we will never experience the miracle of the Red Sea in our lives if we don't first "Keep moving."" rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: May 25 2014 at 4:32pm
Divine Direction
Rev. James C. Matthews

"Then some Midianite traders passed by, so they pulled him up and lifted Joseph out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. Thus they brought Joseph into Egypt."   Genesis 37:28

Often, when we look for direction from God we seek the miraculous. We search for a sign, a voice or a vision to make our paths plain.  However, God can and does employ more common (even painful) experiences in our life to provide direction for our lives. We lose a job, experience a break up in a relationship, financial instability, stricken with an illness or something is taken from us.  These "life events" may be God's way of causing us to look in another direction.   God will often close a door, to point us in the direction of another.

God has a purpose and plan for our lives.  The problem is - so do we. Often our plans and God's plan are not the same.  We often seek things that are short sighted.  God knows this and allows certain events in our lives to point us in the right direction.  Often these situations look nothing like what we think God's plan for our lives should look like.  We must be careful not to misconstrue God's direction as persecution.  "God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28). 

If anyone's life demonstrates this principle it's Joseph.  Joseph received a dream from God revealing his destiny.  In his dream he was in a place of prestige and power. In a matter of days, Joseph went from being his father's favorite son to being a slave in a foreign land.  He was thrown into a pit, sold into slavery and taken to Egypt to spend the rest of his life.  Unbeknownst to Joseph, all of this was God's way of positioning him to fulfill his purpose in life.  Joseph had to go into the pit, to meet Potiphar.  Potiphar's wife had to falsely accuse Joseph for him to be sent to prison. It was in prison where Joseph met attendants in Pharaoh's court. It was because of this time in prison that Joseph received the opportunity to meet Pharaoh.  When he met Pharaoh he entered into his destiny. 

When Joseph laid his head down to sleep that first night in Egypt he was far from home, but squarely within God's plan.  God declares: "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways, "declares the LORD." For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:8-9).  I am sure Joseph saw the changes in his situation as set backs, when in reality they were setups.  God was providing "divine direction" through what appeared to be disaster.  Each disappointing turn in his life pointed him in the direction of his destiny and purpose.

Some of you may be experiencing what appears to be a disaster or dead end in your life, when in fact it's direction.  As you experience your transition, never lose sight of God's sovereignty.  Sometimes God allows us to lose control so that He can take control.  When Joseph's brothers threw him into the pit, I am sure he had no idea he had taken the first step toward his destiny.  After looking over his life and all that had transpired, Joseph was able to say to his brothers: "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result..." (Genesis 50:20).  Everything he thought was an accident was really providence.  It was divine direction!" rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: May 27 2014 at 12:13pm
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I heard a message recently that sort of falls in line with what you are saying.  Great post bTW
Fear is the belief in the unknown possibility
Faith is the belief in the unknown possibility
The difference is fear is the belief in a negative unknown possibility
Faith is the belief in a positive unknown possibility

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And might I add that what you believe in is what will come to you.  God gives us what we believe in our hearts.  Look at Job.  In chapter 3:25 he talked about his greatest fear coming  upon him and look what happened to him" rel="nofollow - Fear Vs Wisdom

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Date Posted: May 27 2014 at 12:18pm
Just a reminder...Wink about loving God and showing itHeart

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I love God!! I don't care what I'm going thru, I don't care what I don't have, I don't care what everyone else seems to have over me. I will always & forever trust Him and reverence Him. He loves me and has my best interest at heart. He wants what's best for me, so I believe that His hand is in EVERYTHING that's going on with me. As I cry during my loneliest nights, I tell Him, "Yes I'm lonely, and I don't know why I'm not yet married, but I will trust You thru these tears." I'll do my best to represent Him to the fullest. Forget the nay sayers, Jesus & I will prove them wrong. Things may seem dismal, but God's glory will manifest.
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Oooooh YES LORD!!!

I love Him too girl! And yes, sometimes it makes no sense, but He said in His word that He will never leave us, and that He has PLANS to PROSPER us and not to harm us. Lord, thank you for keeping me from dangers seen and unseen. Thank you for loving me in such an utterly complete way. Thank you for always providing a way out. Thank you for holding me, leading me, and guiding me through the darkest times in my life when I felt that I had no one. Like Psalms 73:26-26 says "Who have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."

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Date Posted: May 27 2014 at 12:34pm
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Yes I do, there have been times when I didn't want to do it, but I did it anyway and after I did it, I felt a lot better about the person and the negative situation. There have even been times when my enemies have called or approached me to reconcile. So praying for your enemies is a blessing even if at times it doesn't seem like it. Heart

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Yes, I do and it really helps calm my spirit and keep me focused on God

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I went through a situation last year where i found a(former) enemy unbeknown to me  somebody did something horrible and despicable to me(I'd rather not go into details) and it hurt me to the very core.I flew into a rage went on my face and prayed and i heard God say "forgive" and  "pray for them"pray. It  honestly angered me but i knew it was right so i started praying for this person.Everyday i would pray for God to bless them and to keep them and prosper them,and it hurt like hell. The more i prayed for this person the more God showed me this persons heart and i saw a hurt person that acted out because they were broken on the inside.

After a while instead of feeling rage i started to genuinely pity the person and felt sorry for them because i knew if they too knew of Gods love they wouldn't have done such things.I started to develop an agape love for this person and what they did to me seemed to diminish, and i knew that If i let them go and gave them to God he could do as he wanted with them.This person ended up up contacting somebody close to me unaware that i now knew of their misdeed.I confronted them and when i did i was able to tell them that i forgave them and hoped that God blessed them with a sincere heart

Sin hurts Jesus, and if he can intercede and pray for us to his Father God despite our sinful hurtful ways, how much more should we pray for people/enemies that  hurt us

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Yes, always.
It used to be very difficult for me to do this and I didnt think it worked until I moved into my first house (a townhouse). I was single and my next door neighbors were a young couple but a hot mess! The man was abusive and his live in girlfriend was nasty and mean to me for no reason. I think she caught her husband looking at me or something because he flirted with me once.
I made a point to pray for them every night because I was just so hurt that my next door neighbors were such a mess. I would ask God why he put me next door to these people!!!
After a while their attitude changed towards me. The man stopped beating his girlfriend and cursing her out (I know because I usually could hear them through the wall). The girlfriend got pregnant and they had a beautiful baby. The woman started speaking to me. They became decent neighbors. Over the next few months, I became engaged to my husband and after I got married.....the man went to my husband and told him that he felt inspired to marry his girlfriend after seeing us so happy.
Through that experience, I learned that God can turn your worst adversaries into people that might end up looking up to you or helping you out. It's just so amazing to see what God has in store. I religiously pray for my enemies and forgive them. It's hard but God never fails.

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Great testimony, UE! I don't consider them enemies, but I do pray for those who have wronged me or judged me unfairly. It wasn't alway easy; but I did it.
Whenever I pray for some one who has wronged me, God usually shows me the true reason for the person's attitude or actions towards me. Its such an epiphany! It also helps me to be more understanding and empathetic towards the person. By showing this person or persons compassion and understanding instead of hatered, it slowly but surely melts their hardness and a relationship abounds.

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Date Posted: May 27 2014 at 3:22pm
Hearing God:

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Ladies you know that little voice you get in your head that trys to shed advice on you... how do you know if its really God and not just youself. I keep hearing this little voice that says just wait and be patient you will get what it is that your wanting in time. How can I be sure thats what God is telling and not just my own thoughts trying to tell me what i want to hear?Ermm

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I know because I recognize the voice of God.I have been hearing him for so long that I instantly recognize him.Just like any relationship the more you speak to him and the more he speaks back the better you will get at recognizing his voice.

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Hi Babyshay56, I know exactly what you mean.  I'm going through the very same thing but rest assure it takes practice to recognize that it's God and not yourself.  But some times, the very thing that you want is what God wants for you also.  So if you are constantly hearing "wait and be patient" then continue to wait.  Here's some information that I found from a website about prayer that talks about how we hear from God. They do a better job of breaking it down than I can Smile.   I hope this helps Heart.
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Prayer is two-way communication. God wants to speak to us when we meet with him in prayer. His desire to speak to us is far greater than our desire to hear from him. He is not going to make it difficult. Often God makes it too simple, and we can miss what he is saying to us because we are seeking the wrong thing - an obviously supernatural voice - audible, and preferably from a six foot angel dressed in white, so that there is not the slightest doubt that it is God speaking to us! We should take comfort from Samuel, who took three attempts before he was able to recognise God's voice speaking to him. 

Remember that God wants us to listen to him. In Proverbs we read "Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For whoever finds me finds life and receives favour from the Lord." (Proverbs 8:34) and Jesus said "My sheep listen to my voice." (John 10:27)

God speaks to us in many ways. Here are some of them :

  • Through the Bible. The Bible is God's living word. We should not be surprised that when we read a passage there is something in it which jumps out at us, that is particularly relevant to our situation. Particular verses come into our minds as we pray, and God will use some of them to speak to us. Hebrews 4:12 reminds us that "the word of God is living and active" and "sharper than any double edged sword." Clearly we need to be reading the bible regularly if God is to use it to speak to us.
  • Through Others God can use others in unremarkable ways such that they themselves are often unaware that they are being used. We can recognise significance in their words or actions, or in their timing. A series of coincidences becomes God-incidences!
  • To us in our hearts. When God speaks to us as we pray it can be similar to the "voice" of our conscience. Over time we come to recognise God speaking in our thoughts and placing things onto our minds. This will take practice, and there will be times when you are unsure whether it is God or your own thoughts.
  • Through words and pictures. Through the Holy Spirit, God can give us certain pictures, visions or words. We may understand the meaning of these immediately, or they may require sharing with others, so that someone else can explain them to us, or God may reveal it to us over time.

Sometimes when we pray God can be silent - we can listen yet hear nothing. At these times it may be up to us to respond to what he has already spoken to us by putting it into practice in our lives.  However, we should test things that we believe have come from God. I Thessalonians 5:19 says "Do not put out the Spirit's fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything."   Whilst we should believe that the word of God is active today, and that God wants to communicate with us, it is only wise to check out what we believe God may be saying to us.  These words don't carry the same weight of scripture, and do need to be weighed carefully. Otherwise we run the risk of believing something is from God, waiting for him to fulfil it, and being disappointed when that doesn't happen, and feeling let down by God. Whilst the principal test is whether something is in line with scripture, God will not give us any words which are not in line with the Bible, His Word; it is also useful to share the message with other mature Christians for their reflection and discernment.

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Date Posted: May 27 2014 at 3:25pm
About pursuing dreams...or not:

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If you are trying to pursue a dream that seems hopeless and you keep running into obstacles, how do you know if God is trying to tell you it isn't meant to be, or if He wants you be patient and not give up on this particular thing? It's hard bc I feel like He's sending me messages that it's not meant to be, but at the same time, I feel like He's encouraging me to hold on, and I don't want to be impatient and give up on Him. I need some encouragement and wise words bc I know I'm not the only one who feels this way. thank you.

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I'm in the same boat.  Obstacles keep blocking me for what I believe God have for me.  Keep the faith and keep up the fight. 
IMO it is only when God have stripped you of EVERYTHING that pertains to whatever you are pursuing that it will be time to let it go.
You will go through even harder obstacles when you become successful at whatever you are pursuing, but knowing that God is with you, you can only win.

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....When I find myself in situations like this, I pray that if it is His will to for me to do (XYZ), for Him to open doors for me. But if not then to close it. The dreams you have, that thing you love to do more than anything is a gift from God. He doesn't give you a dream and snatch it away..

It may just be that ithe timing isn't right. There is a season for everything. Continute to pray and seek His face. Ask Him for direction and tell him what's on your heart. Jesus wants a relationship with you, and wants you to draw near to Him...Which may be the purpose of what you are going through right now.
Also knowing your scriptures helps in these situations too.
For I know the plans I have for you,  plans to prosper you and not hurt you, plans for a hope and future.
Matthew 6:33-34
Seek first His kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself . 
Matthew 7:7-11
Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks recieves, he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
Which of you, if his son asks for bread will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you , then, though you are evil,  know how to give good gifts to your children,  how much more will your father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask of him.
Proverbs 3:5 and 7
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding....Do not be wise in your own eyes...
Proverbs 3: 26

For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.
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Remember God is not about confusion.You need to communicate with him everyday to that you know his voice.He will speak to you and tell you what you need to do that way when opposition comes you will stand firm in faith and know that you know that God told you what to do.If your not supposed to do something and you ask God will clearly tell you.

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Proverbs 3:5 Tells us to trust in the Lord always and not lean on our capabilities. It so imperative we as Christians trust in God whatever we do, when we do that we are surrendering our lives into His hands. Our ways are usually trial and error but God our creator knows what we need b4 we ask. As we enjoy the blessing of living thru another God given year let's put HIM first b4 anything. Let HIM be in the Driving seat. He Understands the desires of our hearts as long as we place b4 anything else He will lead into His path of righteousness and everything else will fall into place.

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Date Posted: May 31 2014 at 8:30pm
When God Says No
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Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, "Sit here while I go over there and pray." He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me." Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."  Matthew 26:36-39 (NIV)

I have two children whom I love dearly. I would do almost anything for them.  I know in my heart that if needed I would lay my life on the line to protect them.  Yet over the years, there have been numerous times that I have said no to their requests.

In most of those cases, they were asking for something that I knew was ultimately not good for them.  Sometimes it broke my heart to say no to them. But as their father I knew what was best for them in the larger scheme of things.

We have a phrase for children who are given everything that they ask for... spoiled brats.

You've met them, I know.  They are obnoxious and arrogant, and not grateful for anything because they had everything handed to them on a silver platter. I'm sure that you also know some of the adult manifestations of that kind of irresponsible parenting.  Those obnoxious and arrogant children became obnoxious and arrogant adults who expected the world to continue to cater to their every whim just like Mommy and Daddy did.

So it is with God.  God knows our needs, and He also sees the "big picture" that you and I cannot see from our limited finite human perspective.  Just as we know when to say no to our children whom we love, God knows when to say no to us.

Now I realize there is a school of thought in the Body of Christ today that holds to the opinion that when we pray in faith, that God always answers in the affirmative.  Some of those who hold to this belief are good friends of mine. Some of them are people who I greatly respect.  But I respectfully differ with them in this area. 

Looking back on my life, I can tell you time after time after time when I earnestly prayed for a certain outcome that now, with the blessing of hindsight I realize was not best for me.  There was a ministry position that I was absolutely convinced God was leading me to.  When God closed that door  - actually "slammed" would be a better description - I was heartbroken and dejected.  Months later I found out that the position I thought was so ideal was actually a horrible situation where there was serious sin in the camp.  Had God given me what I begged Him for in that instance, I would have been in the middle of a colossal mess.

I am certain that if you reflect back on your life, you can relate similar circumstances in your life. Maybe it was a boyfriend or girlfriend that you just knew they were "The One" but after God closed that door you realized in hindsight they weren't.  Maybe it was a house or some other material possession that you asked God for and after He said no you realized that once again He knew best.

We once just knew that God had led us to a certain house.  We even walked around it and prayed, thanking God for leading us to this house and laying claim to it in the spiritual realm.  Two days later the house got sold out from under us.  Again, we were dejected and felt like God ignored us.  He didn't ignore us... He just said no.  Just three months later God clearly opened the door for us to follow Him in obedience to another area of ministry in another state.  If we had bought the house we had our hearts set on, we would have been entangled in that and it would have been difficult to go where God was sending us.  God knew that, so He said no.

I believe that every word of the Bible is there for a reason. I am convinced that God gave us the glimpse into the heart of Jesus as He prayed in the Garden as a model prayer for us.  Basically, Jesus told His Father, "Here's what I want, but more than that, I want what You want. I want Your will to be done."

There have been many times in my life that God answered our prayers in an unmistakable way.  I am so thankful for those times, for they have strengthened my faith.  But I am equally thankful for the times when God said no. 

Because my Father knows best." rel="nofollow - thread

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: May 31 2014 at 8:40pm

Your Answer is at the Door
Rev. James C. Matthews

"So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him' ... 'Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. "Quick, get up!" he said, and the chains fell off Peter's wrists'. ...  'When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer the door. When she recognized Peter's voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, "Peter is at the door!" "You're out of your mind," they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, "It must be his angel." But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. (Acts 12:5,7,12-16, NIV)

One morning during my prayer and devotion time, I ran across a scripture that stopped me in my tracks.  There was something in the text that God wanted me to see.  So I backed up and reread the text again.  Then it hit me!  These believers, who were praying earnestly, weren't expecting their prayers to be answered.  I said to myself:  "How can this be? How can we prayer "earnestly" for something and not believe our answer when it arrives?"  God revealed to me that this happens all the time.  He sends answers to our prayers and they are returned to Him stamped "Unclaimed."

Why is this?  How can we take the time to pray and not expect our answer or recognize it when it comes knocking?  I believe there are three main reasons why this happens.

First, is a "lack of expectation" due to "past experiences".  In looking at the context of this scripture, these individuals had experienced fellow believers being killed, even after they prayed for their release.  They had endured the stoning of Stephen, the slaying of James and now their leader Peter was schedule to be next.  Those who were in the house praying, told the young girl who reported that their prayers had been answered, that she was "out of her mind".  However, we must remember that our past experiences or failures do not determine or dictate God's present or future course of action. Many of the most difficult things that hinder our forward movement in life, are not the things that lay ahead of us, but those things that are behind us that distract us from what is happening in our lives now.  We must expect God to answer our prayers and be on the look out for its manifestation in our lives, regardless of what happened yesterday. The Bible says that he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).

Secondly, prayer in the lives of many believers, has been minimized to being nothing more than a "religious activity or responsibility", instead of it being the heaven moving gift of God.  When we lose sight of the fact that we are calling upon an omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent Creator God of the universe, who also happens to be "our Father", we can become overwhelmed by the severity of our situation.  We must understand that we are not calling upon another human being or some distant disinterested deity - but our Father who has no limitations. If I can find it in His Word, and agree with what He has said, the facts of my situation will have to line up with the truth of His word.  Facts change everyday, but the truth never changes.   Because I've decided to believe the truth above the fluctuating facts, I have a legitimate expectation of manifestation (answered pray) in my life. Prayer is more than religion or a believer's responsibility, but a relationship with our Father! 

Thirdly, "God's ways are not our ways".  I truly believe, that part of the difficulty those gathered in prayer had in receiving their answer, was that it seemed "too easy".  They prayed and God answered their prayer.  It was that simple!  Believe it or not, this happens more often than you think.  I've discovered that many of us overlook our answers because we "feel" that we haven't toiled, labored or suffered enough to have earned an answer from God. Remember, you are a "son", not a slave!  You don't earn blessings - you receive them!  Jesus said, in Matthew 7:11, "If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!"

Therefore, what have you been praying to God about?  Did you know that God is your Father and He wants to bless you?  Do you expect your prayer to be answered?  If not, you need to take a good look around, because the answer to your prayer may have already arrived, and waiting on you to receive it!" rel="nofollow - thread

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: May 31 2014 at 8:50pm

Care by Carrying: "Then you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place." Deuteronomy 1:31

Thank God, there are times He carries you in his arms. You walk with Him on the sandy beach of life, and for a time there are two sets of footprints. But there are those special and comforting times that you look down only to discover one set of footprints. Your footprints have vanished because your heavenly Father is carrying you as a father carries his son. There is a parental passion around God's heart for you. It is a persistent and patient passion that is relentless in its care. So, not only does He walk with you through life, He goes a step further. When you are at your lowest of lows, and fear has frozen your faith, or when your passion for God is paralyzed and has jumped the track, He is there to carry you. He lifts you out of this state of confusion and carries you in His loving and secure arms. You do not have to wander around in self-pity and despair, turn to the One who truly cares. When others let you down He is still by your side, so humble yourself and allow him to lift you up, and carry you for now. He may need to carry you during this rocky time in your marriage. He may need to carry you during this down cycle at work. He may need to carry you through this crisis of faith brought on by extreme disappointment. Let go of your anger, your fears, your hurt, your depression, embrace Christ and let Him carry you. Do not be ashamed of the need for Christ to carry you, because He cares for you.

It may mean some of your goals need to be extended until you can regroup with Jesus. Plans may need to be put on hold and your vision realigned. This is okay; it is better to be in the arms of your heavenly Father than wandering around in bewilderment without Him. Just as the wind lifts the wings of an elegant eagle, the Holy Spirit is lifts you to soar with your Savior. To be carried by God is to need God. To be carried by God is to experience God. To be carried by God is to be loved by God. To be carried by God is to be intimate with God. This is your time to go to a level of relational depth with your heavenly Father that has been unknown until now. This is a season of your faith walk that will facilitate the maturing of your faith. You see close and up front the caring face of Christ when you are carried, so peer deeply into His compassionate eyes and enjoy Him. You can carry on, because He carries you and He will carry you to His divine destination. This is total abandonment and surrender to your Savior Jesus. Like a sensitive shepherd with a trapped sheep, He is bent over to untangle you from the snares of life and to carry you on His shoulders, Jesus said, "When found [a stray sheep], you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing, and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, "Celebrate with me! I've found my lost sheep!" (Luke 15:5-6).

Transformational Living
Where do I need to let go and allow Christ to carry me?" rel="nofollow - thread

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: May 31 2014 at 9:04pm
Watch and Pray" rel="nofollow - thread
by Dr. David C. Cooper

I have been reflecting lately on the incredible power of faith. Faith is a wonderful gift God has given to us but it does not benefit us until we release our faith in prayer. Think about Jesus' words: "Have faith in God! Whatsoever things you desire, when you pray believe that you receive them and you shall have them" (Mark 11:22, 24).

I once heard that unbelief is the mother of all sin. Paul tells us, "Whatsoever is not of faith is sin" (Rom 14:23). We need to make a resolution to eliminate doubt and unbelief from our hearts. We need to eliminate negative words from our speech. Guard your heart and your mouth not to say such things as "I can't do it," "I don't believe it will happen," or "I'll believe it when I see it."

God calls us to be agents of faith. If you believe something in your heart you need to confess it verbally. "We believe; therefore, we speak" (2 Cor 4:13). We are out of God's will and we limit His work in our lives when we speak words of doubt and unbelief. If we are not careful we can also dampen the dreams of others by negative words of doubt. Christians are commissioned by Jesus to be agents of faith, hope and love. These are the three eternal virtues that change the world. So, let us all make a new resolution to grow in faith this year and to guard our speech to only speak words of faith.

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Jun 01 2014 at 3:00pm
How's Your Prayer Life?   StarStarStarStarStarStar
Bishop Donald Hilliard

"Pray without ceasing." 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Prayer is not a monologue where one person does all the talking, or a ritual where we must say things in the right order, or a chore to get out of the way like brushing our teeth before going to bed.

Jesus rejects this performance-based understanding of prayer: "Find a quiet, secluded place so you won't be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace" (Mt 6:6 TM).

For many, prayer has little to do with the realities of life. They think of it like the National Anthem at a game: a nice opening, but nothing to do with what happens on the field afterwards. Other people treat prayer like a rabbit's foot you pull out and rub when things are tough: "A prayer a day keeps the devil away." Paul writes, "Pray without ceasing." That doesn't sound like something you do once in a while, or a flare you shoot up during a crisis.

Try substituting the word breathe for the word pray: "breathe without ceasing" - doesn't that sound like a good idea to you? We don't breathe only when we feel like it. Or decide, "I'm not into oxygen today," and stop breathing. Or get frustrated and say, "This isn't getting me anywhere. I'm not going to do it any more." No, we cling to the breath in our bodies like it's life. So, just as breathing is an indispensable part of your natural life, prayer is an indispensable part of spiritual life. Without it you die spiritually. So, how's your prayer life?" rel="nofollow -

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Jun 01 2014 at 3:04pm
Today's Prayer
Dear Lord, If tomorrow never comes on this earth, I pray that I will leave behind a testimony that points to you. Help me to live as if today were my last before entering eternity, for I know not what the day may bring. I pray that I will love others with a godly love, that I will be kind and considerate, that I will share who you are and what you have done, that I will smile at those I see throughout the day, that I will remember and pray for others, that I will appreciate every little thing and have an attitude of gratitude, that I will be honest and responsible in all things. Thank you for blessing me and loving me and filling me with your spirit. Please feed my soul and give me strength this day. May you be glorified and my family be blessed. May I touch lives and sow seeds throughout the day. In the name of my Savior I pray, amen." rel="nofollow - thread

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Jun 01 2014 at 3:05pm
Today's Prayer
Dear God, it is hard to fight the battles in life. I can see that it is in the midst of battles, that we learn to be truly effective warriors. Likewise, in the midst of living, let me learn to be an effective Christian. Please guide and direct me; give me wisdom and strength for the day. In Jesus' name I pray and thank You. Amen." rel="nofollow - thread

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Jun 07 2014 at 9:43pm
The Joy of the Lord is My Strength!
Alan Riley

Sometimes we in the church are accused of glossing over the fact that life can be hard.  We sometimes tend to give the impression that all you need to do is give your heart to Jesus and all of your problems will be solved, all your bills will be paid, you will have success and prosperity and everything you touch will turn to gold.  If you are a Christian, you will have a continual smile on your face and always be happy.  We make all our baskets, we sink all our putts, we close all our deals.  

Does that sound like your testimony?  I know it doesn't sound like mine!  

I think the problem is that we've confused joy with happiness Happiness is dependent on happenings.  Circumstances in your life dictate whether or not you are happy.  Joy, on the other hand is a gift from God - a fruit of the Spirit that transcends whatever is happening in your life.  Joy allows you to rise (even to soar) above difficult circumstances, challenges, and heartaches.  Joy comes from knowing Who is in control and that He has a plan to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)  We do not draw our strength from the great feeling we get when things go right; if we did, we would be powerless when hard times and adversity hit, and we would all be easy pickings for the devil.  No, it is the joy of the Lord that is our strength!  

Jesus wasn't happy about going to the cross.  He prayed the night before "If there is any other way, let this cup pass from me..."  But He did have joy in obedience.  The writer to the Hebrews put it this way: "Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross..."  There was joy for the Lord Jesus even in the pain and the agony of the cross because He knew the end result of His obedience and sacrifice would be the offer of salvation for you and me.  Jesus chose to go through hell for us rather than to go to heaven without us.

In the book of Philippians, the Apostle Paul talks about joy over and over again.  Yet he wrote that letter to the church at Philippi while he was imprisoned in horrible conditions.  How could he write about joy while imprisoned in a dark, cold, rat-infested Roman cell?  It's because joy is not dependent on circumstances!

When you and I face tough times, we can draw on great reserves of joy that are rooted in our knowledge of the faithfulness of God.  That's how Job was able to say in the midst of tragedy, heartache and great loss, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him" (Job 13:15, KJV) He knew God and He trusted God.  That is how he could have "joy in unrelenting pain" (Job 6:10, NIV)

Job's friends made the mistake of misjudging Job. But what was worse, they misrepresented God.  They presumed to speak for God in telling Job he needed to repent.  Job's friends naturally assumed that since things weren't going great for Job, he wasn't living right, and God was punishing him for his sins.  I'm afraid the spirit of Job's friends is still very much with us.  We see and hear it just about every Sunday.

Now, don't get me wrong here; I've spent most of my life in church.  Since I was a teenager I have either worked for a church or worked with organizations that worked with churches.  I love the church.  I love church people.  But let's be honest; sometimes we have a problem keeping it real.  We look at each other and smile real big and say, "I'm fine!  We're all fine! How about you?  Are you fine?" while inside we're hurting.  The problem is if I admit to you that I am hurting or struggling, you might assume that I'm not spiritual enough.  To avoid that I just pretend that  everything is fine, when it really isn't.

If there is any place on earth that you should be able to keep it real, it ought to be the church.  God's Word tells us to confess our faults to each other so we may be healed. (James 5:16) But you can't confess your faults if you are afraid to let me know that you have any!  In the church we, like Job's friends, have bought into the notion that "spiritual" Christians don't have any problems.

But if you think about it for a minute I believe you will agree with me that the most spiritual people I have ever known were those who had walked through deep dark valleys of sorrow and heartache yet through it all their faith and trust never wavered.  It wasn't the smiley-faced folks pretending to be perfect who touched my heart, it was those who I saw pressed on every side but not crushed, cast down but not destroyed.  It was in those people that I saw that indeed the joy of the Lord is our strength.  I want to be one of those people! 

Lord, help me to draw my strength from your gift of joy and not from my feelings or present circumstances!" rel="nofollow - thread

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Jun 07 2014 at 9:47pm
Let Love Rule
Bishop Keith Butler

Clothe yourselves therefore, as God's own chosen ones... by putting on... patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper. Colossians 8:12 (AMP)

Would you say that you need the power of God to endure whatever comes with a good temper? I certainly do. Well, God has given us all that is necessary to fulfill His will in life. And the element He is given us to maintain a good temper in all things is forgiveness, which comes out of a heart of love.

Forgiveness covers our heart and other extremities. Why is it so important? Unforgiveness does not hurt the other person; it hurts you. Also, God said that He will not forgive you unless you forgive others. Forgiveness helps you to maintain a good temper at all times.

Have you ever needed God to forgive you since you have been saved? Do you think you may need God to forgive you in the future? Well, if you forgive, then you will be forgiven. Your decision to walk in love is what will activate God's forgiveness when you need it. It is a decision. Not an emotion, and not a feeling. But it is a decision. You decide, "I am going to do this!" Period.

Love is the key that unlocks forgiveness for you. To forgive an individual is to decide that their wrong won't affect the decision you have made to do what the Word says in responding to their actions. You decide that you will not retaliate, but will respond scripturally. And as far as you are concerned, you will maintain a good relationship with that person, because you walk in love. A love person lets love rule the relationship.

God requires that you walk in love. That love will cause you to maintain a good temper because 1 Corinthians 13:4 says that love is patient. Love can endure anything and everything that comes your way. And when you have that kind of supernatural element working in your life, joy and peace is sure to follow.

Scripture References: Matthew 18:23-35; 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (Amp)" rel="nofollow - thread

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Jun 08 2014 at 11:44am
The Lesson of Brokenness

by Charles Stanley

READ |;&version=49;" rel="nofollow - He is helping us keep our eyes on Him. Do not despise these moments. Instead, recognize them as the voice of your Father calling you back into His loving arms." rel="nofollow - thread

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Jun 08 2014 at 11:57am
Are You Being Tested?
Bishop E. Earl Jenkins

"Test me, O Lord... Examine my heart and my mind." Psalm 26:2 NIV

Let's take a look today at two tests:

(1) The offense test. Jesus said, "Offenses will come" (Lk 17:1). So be ready! Those who lead always take the worst of the flack. The front line is no place for the weak-willed or the weak-kneed. So, what are you going to do when offenses come? Get mad and get nowhere? Get even and get into trouble? Or get over it by practicing forgiveness. "If you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins" (Mk 11:25 NIV).

(2) The warfare test. This test is for those who claim to be strong in faith, but prove to be weak in fight. "When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, 'If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt'" (Ex 13:17 NIV). Now, you haven't been called to be insensitive and abrasive, but if your destiny is worth pursuing - it's worth fighting for! So, toughen up! It's a battlefield, not a bed of roses. You must engage the enemy each day using each spiritual weapon at your disposal.

If you don't he'll steal every God-given blessing you've got, including your identity, your testimony, your integrity, your family, your calling, and your future. This test demonstrates your ability to continue in your vision even while you're experiencing disappointment and opposition. So remember, the level of attack is the best indicator as to the level of blessing that waits for you beyond the attack!" rel="nofollow - thread

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Jun 08 2014 at 11:59am
Your Test Leads To Your Testimony!
Bishop E. Earl Jenkins

"Every detail works to your advantage and to God's Glory." 2 Corinthians 4:15 (TM)

When you were a child, do you remember being irritated whenever your favorite television program was interrupted for 30 seconds by a test of the Emergency Broadcast System?

Those emergency system tests are a lot like the trials that come into our lives. They're unscheduled, usually unwelcome interruptions, and they always seem to come at the worst possible time. But unlike the test patterns on television, life's trials don't last for 30 seconds and then disappear. No, they can last for days, weeks, even years. And the exact reason for them may never be completely clear to us. Trials can make us feel helpless, but we do have control over one vital element of a trial - how we respond to it. Understand this: trials are indispensable to our spiritual growth. In fact, we cannot grow as we should without them, as much as we might wish we could. It's your test that leads to your testimony!

Paul writes, "Every detail works to your advantage and to God's glory: more and more grace...more and more praise! So we're not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace" (2Co 4:15-18 TM). And Job adds "But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold" (Job 23:10 NIV). It takes a lot more heat to produce gold than it does tin. So which do you want to be?" rel="nofollow - thread

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Jun 08 2014 at 12:02pm
Topic: A Prayer for Direction
Today's Prayer
Heavenly Father, Please show me the right paths you would have me follow. Sometimes, I'm not sure of the direction I should go. I stumble and run into roadblocks. I don't understand why things are not going the way I think they should. Help me to see how these roadblocks and detours are being used to redirect my life. I love you and want to follow you. Thank you for your promise that "all things work together for good to those who love the Lord." Amen." rel="nofollow - thread

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Jun 08 2014 at 12:05pm
Receiving Bad News
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman

"Also our enemies said, 'Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work'" (Neh 4:11).

I opened the letter from the attorney and began to read the contents. The more I read, the sicker my stomach felt. I could not believe the words I was reading. I literally felt sick with fear. Perhaps you've had a similar experience. Maybe you got news that you've got cancer. Or someone has had an accident. Or you are being sued.

Nehemiah was rebuilding the wall in Jerusalem. The going was tough. As if things were not tough enough, he got a letter from another corrupt government official threatening to kill anyone involved in rebuilding the wall.

"But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the men of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem's walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it. But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat (Neh 4:7-9 emphasis mine).

There is but one response we should have to bad news. Pray to our God and take the necessary steps to defend ourselves against the threat. This was Nehemiah's response.

Once you begin to take these actions avoid projecting what might happen to you in the future. This is a sure-fire first step toward depression. Ask God's grace for one day at a time only.

"Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?" (Luke 12:24-26).

Turn your bad news over to the Lord. He specializes in turning crises into opportunities." rel="nofollow - thread

*I just want to give a quick testimony; I have received many bad news in the past months and it is true what it says above that you should pray to God. I started to visualize things turning worse, and of course the prayer seemed to be in vain because I "cancelled" its work when I started to think bad things. But when I prayed and just let it go and let God handle it, and really trusted that everything would be ok, everything turned out ok. God can help you but you have to trust and you have to believe.

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Jun 08 2014 at 12:11pm
Peace: Our Weapon Against Fear
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman

"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline" (2 Tim. 1:7).

Fear is the enemy of faith. Fear is bondage. Satan wants us to live in bondage to the past and even the future, but God wants us to live in the freedom of His love and power in the present. As Paul wrote, "For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, 'Abba, Father'" (Rom. 8:15).

In order to be the leaders God calls us to be, we must conquer our fear and put it to death. This is a spiritual battle, and it can only be won with spiritual weapons. We must replace our fear with the peace that surpasses understanding. As Jesus told His followers, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).

As the apostle Paul told the persecuted Christians in Rome, "The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet" (Rom. 16:20). The God of peace is our conquering King; the peace of God is our weapon against fear and Satan. Before going to the cross, Jesus told His disciples, "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).

Fear is a natural response to obstacles, adversity and failure, but peace is the supernatural response that God gives us by His grace. Just as Jesus had authority over the wind and waves, He has authority over the storms in our lives. He has authority over our doubts, fears and shame.

Doubts, fear and shame are the weapons of Satan, but Jesus stands against Satan's fury and says with authority, "Peace, be still." The peace of God shatters the weapons of Satan and sends our enemy fleeing.

Appropriate the peace God has already provided for you today." rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: Jun 08 2014 at 12:14pm" rel="nofollow - thread
You Were Made to Fly
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman

"Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised" (Job 1:21).

Can a caterpillar fly? If you said, "No," you would be partially correct. Actually, a caterpillar can fly, but it must have a transformation first.

The butterfly begins life as a caterpillar, a wormlike larva that spins a cocoon for itself. For weeks, the larva remains hidden within the cocoon as it undergoes metamorphosis. When it's time for the butterfly to emerge, it must struggle and fight its way out of the cocoon. We might be tempted to help this process by tearing open the cocoon - but that's the worst thing we could do. The struggle makes it strong and enables it to fly. Butterflies need adversity to become what God intended them to be. So do we.

The Book of Job is the story of a wealthy and successful community leader named Job. He was a successful and righteous businessman with huge holdings of livestock and real estate. One day Satan came before God and asked him, "Where have you come from?" Satan replied, "From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it."

God said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? He is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil." Notice that God pointed Job out to Satan! God gave Satan permission to put Job through a trial of adversity. Job's herds were stolen, his servants were murdered, and all of Job's children were killed by a sudden tornado.

Through his trial of adversity, he grows in strength, wisdom and faith. His entire perspective on God is transformed by his suffering. He was even accused of sin by his closest friends.

We must get beyond the immature notion that God is interested only in making us healthy, wealthy and happy. More than anything, He wants us to be like Christ. And the road to becoming like Christ often leads through the wilderness of adversity.

In order for the butterfly to fly, there must be a transformation process that is often developed through adversity.

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Jun 08 2014 at 12:18pm
A prayer for those who are worried

Today's Prayer

Dear God, You have instructed me to not be anxious, worrisome, overly concerned for any thing...but instead to bring everything to you in prayer and thanksgiving. If I do this, you have promised me that your peace, which passes all understanding, shall keep my heart and mind through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7). I come to you now for myself and on behalf of my brothers and sisters in Christ, and  for those who suffer so much due to anxiety and depression. I pray that you will fill us with your peace; that you will touch our minds and remind us that we do not need to worry. You are our God and maker. You will handle it for us. Worrying does no good. May we lean into you, talk with you, spend time in your Word and before the throne of grace. May we fellowship with other Christians, those who will encourage us, even more so as the day approaches. Right now, this day, we give you our concerns and ask that you will work out all to our good and your glory. Thank you, Father, for loving us and carrying our burdens. Thank you, Father, for providing our needs. Thank you, Father, for Jesus Christ our Savior and the hope He has given. For it is in His name I pray, amen." rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: Jun 08 2014 at 12:22pm

Fatal Distractions: Anointed Beyond the Hour!

In John 12:27, Jesus said his soul was troubled as he approached the hour of his greatest pain.  His mind (what he thought), his will (what he did), and his emotions (what he felt) were all distressed with the knowledge of what he must soon go through.  But, what gave him strength to deal with the approaching hour of pain was the fact that this was why he came.  And that ultimately, he would obtain victory.

As Christians, we have been chosen by God.  But, not just for the good hours (times when we feel happiness), but for the hours of pain (the moment when we will have to battle and represent Christ).  And yes, these hours will trouble our souls.  But, like Christ, we will not be defeated during this hour because we have been anointed to get past our hour of pain and to our hour of victory.

Victorious Scripture Text:

John 12:27 (KJV) 27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.

1 Corinthians 15:55-57 (KJV) 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: Jun 08 2014 at 12:32pm

Defining Unforgiveness

By Charles Stanley

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What an ungodly, unscriptural attitude! And yet it is painfully evident in the hearts of far too many Christians. Therefore, we need to uncover the dark truth behind this destructive landmine. Unforgiveness . . .

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Date Posted: Jun 08 2014 at 12:35pm" rel="nofollow - thread
God Leads Us into the Desert
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman

"Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil" (Matt 4:1).

There is a common teaching going around today that says if you do all the right things in your Christian life, you will be blessed and never experience problems in your life. This teaching is heresy. The Bible says that we will encounter many problems during this lifetime. Just read Peter's epistle.

Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. Why would God lead His Son into the desert to be tempted? Why would God lead you and I into the desert?

The desert is a place to learn something about ourselves. It is the place where we determine if we will truly live by every Word of God, not by bread alone. When Satan tempted Jesus in the desert, Jesus responded to every temptation by citing what the Word of God said about that temptation.

This is also the way you and I must respond to the temptations that are brought our way. We must have the Word of God written into our hearts in order to know how to respond to given situations. The Bible says, "the truth shall make you free." It is knowing and doing the will of God that allows us to live free from the temptation of evil.

The desert is often the place of silence. However, it is also a place where the devil will speak loudest because you are in a place of weakness and the comforts of your normal life are not to be found. It is a place where God is often silent but can also be a place where God speaks loudest. The word desert comes from the Hebrew word "dahbaar" which means "to speak."

If God has placed you in the desert, meditate on the Word of God so that you will withstand the temptation that comes in the desert place.

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Date Posted: Jun 08 2014 at 12:44pm
Deliverance from the Black Hole
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman

"As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Joshua 1:5b).

A black hole is a place of total nothingness. It's a time in our life when God removes the resources and supports that we normally rely on to feel secure - our careers, finances, friends, family, health and so forth. It is a preparation time.

When you find yourself in a black hole experience, don't just sit and brood. Take stock of your life. Take a look at your relationship with God.

First, ask God if there are any sins, habits, or attitudes that He might be judging in your life. It's important to discern whether the trial we face is the result of God's discipline for our sin?or if it is preparing us for a future leadership role.

Second, when you enter a black hole, don't trust your feelings. Trust God. Your feelings will tell you, "God has rejected you. Abandon hope. He has left you utterly alone." Feelings change; God never changes. Feelings come and go; God is always with us.

Third, remember that your black hole experience is not only intended to refine and define you; it's also intended to influence and change the lives of hundreds or even thousands of other people. Our adversity is not just for us, but others in our sphere of influence.

Fourth, don't try to hurry the black hole process along. Remember, when Joseph was in the depths of the pit, there was nothing he could do about it. He couldn't climb out, jump out, levitate out, or talk his way out. All he could do was pray and wait upon the Lord.

Fifth, lean on God. Even when you don't feel like praying, pray. Even when you don't feel like reading His Word, read. Even when you don't feel like singing songs of faith, sing. When you pray, don't just talk; listen. Be silent before Him and listen for His still, quiet voice.

Sixth, be alert to new truths and new perspectives. During a black hole experience, God often leads us to amazing new discoveries. A black hole can be a storehouse of unexpected riches for the soul." rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: Jun 08 2014 at 12:56pm

A Life of Becoming

By Charles Stanley

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God doesn't want to be Lord of most of your life; He wants to be Lord of all of your life! So He zeroes in on areas of self-will and self-sufficiency to remove everything within us that relies on "self." He uses brokenness to remove those inclinations so that we can live moment by moment, day by day, in full dependence on Him.

Open your heart, and ask God to reveal any selfish strongholds. Let Him break unhealthy behavior patterns." rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: Jun 08 2014 at 1:05pm
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Below are some scripture memory and meditation card links that I found that can help with meditating on the promises of God. You can print them out and meditate on them throughout your day.



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Date Posted: Jun 10 2014 at 10:26pm

Lord, I'm Sorry!
Bishop Donald Hilliard

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit:  a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Psalms 51:17 (KJV)

Un-repented sin can lead to a stronghold.  You see first of all I need to be sorry for my sin, not because I got caught in it.  I want to be sorry for my sin because I displeased God. 

I want to be sorry for my sin because I transgressed against the God that has done so much for me.  I don't want to act like I'm sorry because you caught me or because you read my phone bill and my phone bill was not right.  I don't want to be sorry because someone exposed me.  I don't want to be sorry because someone got pregnant out of wedlock.  I don't want to be sorry because you caught me in the Lotto line.  I want to be sorry because I'm sorry. 

And until we have confessed our sin before a Holy God, all our sin - everything that displeases Him, we walk around with unforgiven sin and we build strongholds up in our lives. 

Join me in prayer--


I ask forgiveness for my sin.  I am truly sorry that I have sinned against you and you only.    I confess all of my sin, those done consciously and unconsciously and I am truly sorry that I have transgressed against you.  Wash me pure with the blood of the Lamb.  Create in me a new heart and renew a right spirit within me that I may worship you in spirit and in truth and leave a sanctified life before you.

In Jesus' Name... amen." rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: Jun 10 2014 at 10:30pm
Author: Jerry Savelle
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Today's Confession: "I will give God my precious seed because He has done so much for me."

When you give to God with the attitude that no one else could ever do for you what He has done for you, and that no one else could ever love you the way He has loved you, and no one else could have gotten you out of those impossible situations like He has, and no one else could have ever given you peace in the midst of a storm like He did, then your giving is no longer a debt that you owe. It becomes a seed of love.

It's what the Bible calls precious seed. It is precious in the eyes of God. "He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves (or harvest) with him." Psalm 126:6

Bearing what kind of seed? Precious seed. Noah Webster's dictionary defines precious as of great value or worth. It also says that precious means highly valued and with great or much esteem.

Precious seed is your best seed. When you give God your precious seed, in your mind you are saying that God is the best thing that has ever happened in your life. What happens to the person who sows with precious seed? He comes back rejoicing bringing his harvest with him.

Isn't that what Abraham did? He didn't give to God out of religious obligation. He didn't say, "Oh, I had better do this or God won't make me rich." He gave with gladness of heart. I believe many people in the Body of Christ have missed out on a whole lot of blessings just because they've had the wrong attitude. Once again, it's not a debt you owe, but a seed you sow.

Think about it. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world, that He gave . . ." God loved and God gave. Loving and giving go together. It should be the same with us. If we truly love God, then we will give to Him. We will give to Him out of every area of our life.

Give to Him out of love, not out of duty.

Give to Him your precious seed. Doesn't He deserve it? Hasn't He been good to you? We've all faced hard times but God never let us down. Therefore, we all have something to be grateful for. God has done so much for each and every one of us." rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: Jun 10 2014 at 10:48pm" rel="nofollow - thread

The Answer for Discouragement

by Charles Stanley

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Date Posted: Jun 10 2014 at 11:21pm
Todays Topic: WISDOM
Author: Jerry Savelle
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Today's Confession: �Thank You, Father, that I have Your wisdom for every situation in my life.�

Today we are going to continue on with what investing in the Word will produce in your life. We have said that it will bring courage, faith, and vision. Today let's talk about wisdom. Investing in the Word will bring God's wisdom into your life.

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.

Proverbs 4:7-8

"Wisdom is the principal thing." That would imply the most important thing. Solomon is telling us that God's wisdom, which comes from God's Word, is the most important and most valuable thing that you could ever lay hold upon. Nothing else could ever compare to it.

For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver, and the profit of it is 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.

Proverbs 3:14-16

Notice how long life, success, and prosperity come from the wisdom of God, and the person who allows it to be the principal thing in their life will possess them.

Once when God appeared to Solomon, He asked him this question: " . . . Ask; what I shall give thee . . . " Do you know what Solomon asked for? He didn't ask for money, fame, or success. He asked for wisdom and knowledge (2 Chronicles 1:10). Not only did God grant his request for wisdom and knowledge, but he also gave him riches, wealth, and honor (2 Chronicles 1:12).

God's best came into Solomon's life because he gave God's Word first place in his life. He prized the Word more than he prized anything else.

For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs 2:6

In other words, when God speaks, wisdom is released. Well, that is what the Bible is ; the words of God put into print. So if you put the Word of God first place in your life, then you will lay hold of the wisdom of God. And if you will value it more than anything else in your life, then God's best will be the result.

Not even Satan will be able to keep you from experiencing it. Forsake not [Wisdom], and she will keep, defend, and protect you; love her and she will guard you.

Proverbs 4:6 (Amplified)

God's Word brings wisdom. It brings insight. You've got to get to the place in your life where nothing else compares to God's Word. It is a vital key to receiving God's best.

Now, if you need wisdom, the Word says in James 1:5: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally . . . Notice what God promises. If you'll ask God, He will give you wisdom.

Wisdom in every area of your life. Wisdom in your finances, wisdom in your marriage, wisdom in your family, wisdom in every business venture. Imagine what walking in the wisdom of God will do for your life. How would it change your situation right now?" rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: Jun 10 2014 at 11:28pm" rel="nofollow - thread

Becoming Like Jesus

By Charles Stanley

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The moment that we trust Christ as our personal Savior, we are, in a spiritual sense, newborn babies: we need to be fed continuously for growth in godliness. Our primary source of food is God's Word. As we take it in, our old way of thinking (which aims to gratify self above all else) will be replaced by a God-centered mindset. The Spirit uses scriptural truth to replace self-absorbed thoughts and actions with an appreciation for who we are in Christ and a desire to glorify God through obedience.

Meditating on the Word is essential for spiritual growth. We must also be willing to assume responsibility for our mistakes and bring them before the Lord." rel="nofollow -

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Date Posted: Jun 10 2014 at 11:31pm
Listening to the Greater Witness
Bishop Keith Butler

If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. 1 John 5:9 (KJV)

All right, which way will it be? Shall we listen to men, or shall we listen to God? That's easy. We will listen to God because His witness is greater than men's witness. God's witness or God's word says "that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us... And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him." (1 John 5:14-15)

Now if you don not know, that does not apply to you. Some people wonder why God is not answering their prayers. It could be that it is not a prayer of belief. It is a hope prayer. They just kind of threw something out there and hoped that something good would happen. Thank God for His mercy, however. There are times that the mercy of God will get involved in your life. The situation turned out for your good, but you could not duplicate it if you wanted to, because you don't know how it was done. It was God's mercy.

God is merciful. But He requires that we grow up in Him. There are some things we have to know. And there is a voice, the voice of the word of God, we must listen to. "If we know that he hears us whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him." (1 John 5:15)

Now when you know that you have asked someone for something, and you know that they have given it to you, what do you say to them? You thank. Giving thanks to God is a direct link to your faith in God. So if you are in a tough spot and you find your deliverance in the Word, then pray for that deliverance and thank the Father that you have it, you will see Him manifest Himself in your behalf.

The only thing left to do after that is to thank God. It should not be asking God to deliver you today. Then tomorrow, ask again, then the next day ask again, because you do not see a change. It should not matter whether you see a change or not. You have confidence that God is taking care of it, and the change is bound to appear.

The word of God is a higher witness than the witness that you can see. His word is the ultimate witness. Faith in the name of Jesus, faith in His blood and faith in the word will cause the manifestation of God in your life.

Finally, the question is: Which witness will you listen to? Listen to the witness of the word of God, for it tells of His provision for you. When men say it ca not be done, God says it can. When men say you are finished, God says you can do all things through Christ. Which witness will you listen to, men or God?

Scripture References: Hebrews 11:1, 6; 1 John 5:14-15" rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: Jun 10 2014 at 11:40pm
Tell ThemClapClap
Bishop Donald Hilliard

"I try to find common ground with him so that he will let me tell him about Christ."  1 CORINTHIANS 9:22 TLB

Josh McDowell writes "An executive 'head hunter' who goes out and hires corporate executives for other firms once told me, 'When I get an executive I'm trying to hire for someone else, I like to disarm him. I offer him a drink, take my coat off, then my vest, undo my tie, throw up my feet and talk about baseball, football, family, whatever, until he's all relaxed. Then when I think I've got him relaxed I lean over, look him square in the eye and say - what's the purpose in your life?' It's amazing how top executives fall apart on that question.' Well, I was interviewing this fellow the other day, had him all disarmed with my feet up on my desk talking about football. Then I leaned over and said - what's the purpose in your life, Bob? Without blinking an eye he said 'To go to heaven and take as many people with me as I can.' For the first time in my career I was speechless."

There are basically five reasons why we don't share our faith more often, and not one of them will hold up when we stand before Christ:

(1) We think it's the preacher's job.
(2) We aren't sure of our salvation.
(3) We fear being rejected.
(4) We've never taken responsibility for learning how.
(5) Our love for Christ has grown cold.

But not Paul: he said, "Whatever a person is like, I try to find common ground with him so that he will let me tell him about Christ and let Christ save him."

Can you say that?" rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: Jun 10 2014 at 11:54pm
How to Acquire Spiritual Discernment

By Charles Stanley

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Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Jun 10 2014 at 11:56pm
Topic: A Prayer for Students

Today's Prayer
Dear Lord, Today I have been reminded of all the students who are studying your Word and those who are studying academics courses to advance their education or prepare for careers and ministries. For those who are not so diligent, please give them the desire to succeed and to give their best. Help them to understand what they must do to reach their potential. For those who are trying, please bless their efforts and encourage them. I pray that as they take tests, their minds will be clear and the knowledge they need will come forth as they answer the questions and respond to the statements before them. I pray that their answers will be just right. I pray for peace, wisdom, and direction. And I pray that they will always keep their priorities straight, with you at the center of their lives and the top of their list. Thank you. In Jesus' name I pray, amen." rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: Jun 12 2014 at 11:03pm
Pressing On
Read:;&version=50;" rel="nofollow - So often things of the past can hold us back. Often the issues that haven't been dealt with can be a stumbling block and a hindrance to what God can do in us now. If only we can see beyond the here and now. If only we could see what God can do in and through us, we would desire to press on through.

As Paul says here, he hasn't already attained this, but he presses on, forgetting what lies behind and strains forward to what lies ahead. We need to have a more eternal way of thinking. We know that this world is not our home. We can't even take our human body with us when we die. Everything will be changed. Everything will be new. Our homeland is in heaven with Jesus. Our home here on earth is only a temporary residence. If we could truly grasp this, we would realize the unimportance of so much in our day-to-day life. This can be a hard concept, because none of us can really understand what heaven would be like. None of us have been there. We haven't seen it; touched it; smelt it; experienced it in any way. We may get small glimpses now and then - but that is nothing in comparison to what it would be like. I believe if we could just see what has eternal value in what we do and say, it can be transforming. Knowing this can help us to press on with God. To "press on" to receive the breakthrough we so desire. To "press on" to be more Christ-like. To "press on" despite the odds stacked up against us. For nothing else the world has to offer is as important as pressing on in God.

By M.S.Lowndes

Help me Lord to press on through
No matter how hard it gets
Let me see what has eternal value
And press on to what lies ahead.

By M.S.Lowndes" rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: Jun 12 2014 at 11:09pm
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There is a contrast here between the "Fruit of the Flesh" and the "Fruit of the Spirit". There is a battle between the "Spirit" and the "Flesh" (V:17). Do we live to gratify the desires of the flesh, or do we live a life controlled by the Holy Spirit? We must choose one - we can't live to please both.

If we are living to the flesh and think there is nothing wrong with it, we really haven't given the Holy Spirit full reign in our lives. We need to realize that the sinful desires of the flesh are the opposite of what God wants in our lives. Let us put the Holy Spirit back on the throne of our lives, and "Walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God)", (V:16).

The out-working of a life controlled by the Holy Spirit is: Love, Joy (gladness), Peace, Patience (an even temper, forbearance), Kindness, Goodness (benevolence), Faithfulness, Gentleness (meekness, humility), Self-control (self-restraint, continence). As Spirit-filled Christians, living and walking by the Spirit (V:25), we should desire to be producing this fruit (the character traits of Jesus) in our lives. As we refuse to give in to our fleshly desires and allow the Holy Spirit full reign, our lives will begin to produce the beautiful fruit of the Holy Spirit. May we each day say "No", to our flesh, and "Yes" to the Spirit.

By M.S.Lowndes

For the Fruit (the effect, the product) of the light or the Spirit [consists] in every form of kindly goodness, uprightness of heart, and trueness of life. And try to learn [in your experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [let your lives be constant proofs of what is most acceptable to Him]. Take no part in and have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds and enterprises of darkness, but instead [let your lives be so in contrast as to] expose and reprove and convict them.

Ephesians 5:9-11

Holy Spirit I give you control
Of my life today
May your fruit be in abundance
As I let you have your way.

By M.S.Lowndes." rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: Jun 12 2014 at 11:26pm
Todays Topic: Purposeful Thanksgiving
Author: Terri Savelle Foy
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Today's Confession: Lord I magnify you and not my circumstance.

One of the keys to receiving God's best is having an attitude of gratitude and that's easy to have when everything is going great, when you've got money in the bank, God's met all your needs and your prayers are answered it makes it easy to be thankful. It's not so easy when you feel like all hell's broken lose in your life and you have nothing to be thankful for especially when Satan reminds you about everything you've lost, or everything that's not happening.

Our words that can keep us in that same mess month after month after month and year after year. Psalm 100:4 says "enter his gates with thanksgiving and enter his courts with praise." That tells us right there that thanksgiving is a key. It's a password, it's like a gate opener into the presence of God.

My mom had given me a gate opener and all I had to do was push the button, it opens the gate and I go right up to her house. Well you may have a gate opener but if it is not the right one you are not going into her house. It's the same with our prayers: we may be praying but if our prayers are nothing but complaints then we are not entering into the presence of God.

So many times we pray things like "Lord why isn't anything happening. I've been doing all I know to do, I don't understand this. What am I not doing Lord? Why is everybody else getting a breakthrough? It's been six months now, I'm giving, I'm sowing amen." And that's how we pray. We haven't even entered into the gates. We haven't even pushed the button to get into His presence when we pray like that. But when we make ourselves give a sacrifice of praise it's called purposeful thanksgiving. When you make yourself look around at what you do have and you voice it, the bible says give thanks and say so. When you make yourself (when everything in you is screaming and hurting) say, "Lord I thank you that I have a job. I thank you that I have a house to live in. Thank you that I'm healthy. Thank you for my children." And when you make yourself magnify what God has given you it opens the door wide open for you to walk into His presence and receive His best." rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: Jun 13 2014 at 6:01pm

Unconditional Surrender

By Charles Stanley

READ |;&version=49;" rel="nofollow - selfishness and pride can make us reluctant to let God take charge: we cling to our ideas and dreams and prefer to be independent.

The truth is the opposite of what we think. By yielding control to the Lord, we position ourselves to live the abundant spiritual life. We'll experience His deep love, which satisfies more fully than any other. Our usefulness in His service will be maximized as we operate in the Spirit's power. And obedience will also bring glory to Him as well as blessings to us.

Surrender is the way to abundance. Won't you humble yourself before God and relinquish all to Him?" rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: Jun 13 2014 at 6:32pm

Good Decisions

By Charles Stanley

READ |;&version=49;" rel="nofollow -" rel="nofollow - - Prov. 11:18 ). Esau learned this truth the hard way. Famished, he returned from hunting and requested a bowl of the stew his brother was cooking. Jacob seized upon the opportunity: he agreed to share the food in exchange for his older twin's birthright.

In Old Testament times, the firstborn enjoyed special privileges, which included authority over younger siblings, a double share of the inheritance, and the honored position as spiritual leader over the family. Yet Esau, deciding that food was more of a necessity right then, traded his birthright for dinner. He later grieved to realize what was lost, but at that point, it was too late. Like Esau, we all face critical choices at times. While God offers forgiveness for poor decisions, the consequences remain. So we must learn how to choose wisely.

We should take to heart two warnings from this story. First, to be able to distinguish our best options, we should wait until we are physically, emotionally, and spiritually stable. Esau allowed hunger to cloud his thinking.

Second, it is often important to delay gratification. For example, though a person may be eager to purchase a car, it is wise to shop around for the best deal. Though our human desires feel overwhelming at times, we should prayerfully wait for God's timing.

Think about the longings that you have. Pray for wisdom and patience so that you can make godly decisions during critical times." rel="nofollow - thread

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Date Posted: Jul 08 2014 at 9:59pm
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Date Posted: Jul 08 2014 at 10:39pm
Today's Prayer
Dear Lord, Thank you for this day. Thank you for my being able to see, to hear, to speak, to move about this morning. I'm blessed because you are a forgiving and understanding God. You have done so much for me. I have witnessed your hand of blessing, your miraculous power in my life and the lives of those I love, and you just keep on blessing me. Forgive me this day for everything I have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to you. I ask now for your forgiveness. Please keep me, my family, and my church family safe from all danger and harm. Help me to start this day with a positive and Christ-focused attitude and plenty of gratitude. Please clear my mind of distractions so that I can hear from you and please direct my steps today. Thank you so much, in Jesus' name, amen.

Do You Need a Breakthrough?
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman

"...while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice. He instructed me and said to me, 'Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding'" (Dan 9:21-22).

There are times in our lives when we simply need a breakthrough from God. Maybe you need a new job or a breakthrough in your finances, direction on a big business deal, or maybe physical healing from an illness. Sometimes we need to hear from God directly for situations in our lives.

Daniel was seeking God to understand why the nation had been in captivity for 70 years. He began to fast and pray. At the end of this time an angel of the Lord appeared to him. It is clear the angel came to Daniel because of his fasting and prayer and his seeking God for answers.

The prophet Jeremiah says, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart" (Jer 29:13). The problem with most of us is we are unwilling to seek God for the answers. Seeking God requires an intentional focus that may require prayer and fasting.

Bill Bright, the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ said, "I believe the power of fasting as it relates to prayer is the spiritual atomic bomb that our Lord has given us to destroy the strongholds of evil and usher in a great revival and spiritual harvest around the world. The longer I fasted, the more I sensed the presence of the Lord. The Holy Spirit refreshed my soul and spirit, and I experienced the joy of the Lord as seldom before. Biblical truths leaped at me from the pages of God's Word. My faith soared as I humbled myself and cried out to God and rejoiced in His presence."*

Do you need a breakthrough? Consider committing to a time of fasting and prayer." rel="nofollow - thread

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Jul 08 2014 at 11:46pm
You Have the Mind of Christ
Bishop Keith Butler

For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ. I Corinthians 2:16

Guess what? Christ is not Jesus' last name. Christ means the Anointed One and His Anointing. So you have the mind of the Anointed One and His Anointing. That's right. That's the kind of mind you possess: a peaceful, anointed mind.

When the Holy Ghost anoints your mind, you acquire His view and His solution for every situation. I don't know about you, but that's what I want-- God's solution and not my mind's solution.

You may say, "I solve my own problems." Yeah, but how many people get hurt in the process? You? Your spouse? Your family, or friends? Your mind has to be renewed enough to say, "I have the mind of Christ. I'm doing this God's way." God can fix things so that we all win. Then God will get the glory and the world will say, 'I want what you have.'

II Corinthians 10:5 tells us to cast down imaginations. Imaginations are images of the mind. The image of the mind seeks revenge. It says, "I'm going to get back at them." It's only after what it wants and always opposes what God wants. That's why the Word tells you to cast them down.

Here's an example I think most of you have experienced. The other day, I was driving my brand new car, and one of those big four wheelers cut me off. I could have been a goner. Well, the image of my mind was to retaliate! I wanted to chase him down, cut him off, and do him some bodily harm.

But, I had to cast those images down. Of course, God wouldn't tell us to do this if we couldn't do it. Right? So you and I have the ability to cast down all carnal images from the devil. Just say, "I don't think thoughts like that any more. I cast you down." Then pray in Jesus' name , and ask God to save and bless that person.

Don't allow your mind to be shaken when you are following after the Word of God. Having the mind of Christ is having a life of victory!

Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:13; St. John 17:22-23" rel="nofollow - thread

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Jul 08 2014 at 11:54pm
Simply Obey
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman

"But Naaman went away angry and said, 'I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy'" (2 Kings 5:11-12).

Naaman was an army general who needed healing from Leprosy. A young servant girl of the king's house suggested that the prophet Elisha could heal him. He followed her advice and Elisha sent a message to him to do the following: "Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed" (2 Kings 5:10). However, when the instruction came as to what he was to do, it seemed ridiculous to him.

Like many of us, Naaman expected God to perform his miracle through Elisha in a dramatic and "religious" way. Sometimes we fail to recognize that God can work through a simple act of obedience that seems unrelated to the problem. God told Joshua to walk around Jericho seven times to win the battle. He told a man to put mud on his eyes to be healed. He told Peter to catch a fish to get a coin to pay his taxes.

There are other times God calls us to use the natural to receive a breakthrough. Sometimes we simply need to change our diet or go see a doctor to see a breakthrough in our health. Sometimes we need to change the way we are doing our work to get a breakthrough in our careers.

Samuel the prophet told King Saul that obedience is better than sacrifice. Learning to listen to the Lord and following His instruction is the key to success in God. Sometimes God chooses the dramatic and sometimes He chooses the ordinary. In either case, both are miracles because God is the God over all creation.

Ask Him what steps you are to take for your breakthrough." rel="nofollow - thread

Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Jul 09 2014 at 12:00am

When Anxiety Strikes

By Charles Stanley

READ |;&version=49;" rel="nofollow - - Matt. 6:9-13 ). God does desire to hear our concerns (" rel="nofollow - - Matt. 6:30 ;" rel="nofollow - - Matt. 26:36-46 ) Even as the Lord was crying out for relief, He nevertheless submitted to the Father's greater will (v. 39) As a result, a supernatural peace fortified Christ and enabled Him to face His executioners.

Paul offered a radical peace plan: Praise the Lord while suffering persecution; thank Him when facing trial; and pray about everything. Each prayer braces your heart against anxiety. That's solid advice from a man who practiced what he preached." rel="nofollow - thread

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