PSALM 46:10

Be still, and know that I [am] God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
PSALM 46:10

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Sometimes we let life take over and unconsciously take a step back from God. He tells us in Psalm 46:10 to BE STILL and lately I have struggled with this. I haven’t studied for a week, haven’t shared any verses,  I couldn’t tell you I prayed daily, I certainly know that I haven’t spent any time with the Lord just being still. He tells us not to be conformed to this World as in Romans 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. I think we all need  to be  reminded of this daily,  not to be caught up in a moment or situation that only last for a little bit and loose focus on the bigger picture, spending eternity with  our father in heaven. This next week I will be focusing on getting back to my routine and truly spending time with my father and being still, listening, absorbing and realizing he is God.  Our lives should be built around him and everything we do, say or think must be centered around him and his Glory not our own, no one else’s and we certainly need to stop focusing on things of this World.

Romans 8:28

All good things work together for good for them that Love God

There are no accidents with God, and He is never surprised by anything or anyone’s actions. Everything we go through has a purpose good or bad. God can use the ugliest circumstances for our good and His glory. While we cannot go back and change our past, we can change the way we respond to our past, and determine how much power it has in our lives today.

Only God can take the broken pieces of your life and make something beautiful out of each one. He is waiting for you to let go of your pain and trust Him. And you really can. No one loves you the way He loves you – unconditionally, completely and with no strings attached. Just come as you are.

JOHN 14:16

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

In a John Chapter 14  Jesus tells the  disciples if he is to go away that God will send some one else to be with them always. He is referring to the Holy Ghost which is a living person that resides in the heart of every believer. He is the third person of the God Head, the Trinity the Father, the Son and the Holy ghost. 2 Corinthians 13:14 Tells us The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen

 As believers we are to Yield to the Holy Spirit and his purpose in our lives in doing so his influence with empower change within us. Christians that understand his role in their lives will grow and become an example of his power to others.

It is important to view the Holy Spirit has a person in doing so we can build an important relationship with him and understand his purpose. The Holy Spirit lives in us, he has emotions, he is our comforter, he reproves us for our sins, he empowers us, guides us, becomes our Intercessor between us and God.  Knowing all these things the Holy Spirit can do for you why would anyone turn him away? He never leaves us and is always there for us, we just have to accept in him and believe the things he can do for us as promised.

MALACHI 3:11

And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field saith the Lord of Hosts.

This verse is about God promise’s to protect and provide for us if we tithe has he commanded. God would not only give a fruitful season, so that the crops sprang up well, but would guard them from everything that could injure them before they were gathered in. It is in this context that God makes the promise to rebuke the devourer (the locust of the field) on behalf of the people of Israel. If they would repent and return to Him, He would pour out blessings upon them. If they would bring into the storehouse the grain offerings that are rightly His, He would open the heavens and pour out blessings upon them for their obedience. Their crops would produce so abundantly that there would scarcely be room enough to store them (Malachi 3:10).

Some have tried to compare God’s rebuking of the devourer with Christians’ rebuking of the devil. But this is a misinterpretation and takes the verse out of context. The “devourer” is not Satan; it is literally the locust who would eat up the fields. The church is not Israel; we are not under the Old Testament Law; We are under Grace and Jesus released us from the Law by his sacrifice. Of course, we do have a spiritual enemy. Satan prowls around seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8), but even if it were referring to Satan, which it is not, the verse is clear that it is God who does the rebuking ( Zechariah 3:2 and Jude 1:9). The Bible does not give Christians the authority to rebuke the devil or to speak to him at all. We are told to resist him and he will flee from us (James 4:7).

This verse along with verse 10 simply tells us we are to tithe and in doing so God will protect us and provide for us as a father should.

 

 

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PROVERBS 3:6

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Decision making is one of the hardest things we as a society have to deal with and honestly it should be the easiest. We often tend to lean towards our Worldly desires instead of What God wants us to do. I myself had to recently pray on a life decision for many days this week and I went to God several times before I made a final decision. I had to ask God  what to do,  because I had always made quick decisions in the past and it really it hasn’t gotten me anywhere. It took 7 years of faithfully going to Church and truly submitting unto God before I realized all my thoughts and prayers are under his subjection.  I recently had been so blinded by excitement and anticipation I really was about to embark on a journey I feel would not have been the best for my family. It would have been rooted in God and he certainly would have been involved but I had to step back and analyze the entire relationship and go to God and ask him if it really was the path he wanted me to take.

This is what all of us should do more often. Go to God acknowledge he is in control and let him lead you.  Do not make haste decisions based on want, a false sense of need or out of carnal desire. Truly go to God tell him you know he created you for a purpose and that you trust in him and that you need him to show you the way you must go. Give it to God and he will lead you in the correct direction. Acknowledge, Trust, Listen and Obey is all we need to do and everything else will fall into place.

ESPHESIANS 2:8

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God

Some have been led to believe and been falsely taught Salvation is by the way of good works or living a good life. The Bible solemnly warns against this. No amount of good works will ever open heavens gates. And a good life, even the very best life will fall short of God’s standard of perfection. The truth is that salvation is just simply not obtained that way.

It doesn’t come by Baptism, Church Attendance, Burning Candles, Prayers to Saints, or contributions to worthy causes. Salvation is by Grace through Faith in Christ Alone.

Christ died for the sins of the entire World past, present and future, every living soul that has lived, died or will ever live.  But Understand the He died for you too. When you realize this old things will pass away, your old desires and way of life, your old habits and old ambitions will fade away.  All things will become new. You will learn and desire a new life, make new friends, unfortunately  new enemies will be made, you will gain new power, and of course gain a Heavenly  Father.

FINDING PEACE

John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid

Peace pēs/ noun noun: peace; noun: the peace.

  1.  freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.

Peace as defined by man is the ability to find freedom from chaos or finding quiet and tranquility. The Bible uses the word peace in many different ways. Peace sometimes refers to the relationship between God and man. This peace between God and  mankind has been created by Christ’s ultimate sacrifice, “having made peace through the blood of his cross”  (Colossians 1:20).  This relationship with God is a prerequisite for the second kind of peace, that which sometimes refers to a tranquil mind. It is only when “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1) that we can experience the true peace of mind that is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 5:22).

Peace is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. When a believer comes to know the God of all Peace and brings him into their hearts (1 Corinthians 6:19), He begins to produce His own characteristics in their  life. Inner peace comes from knowing that situations are only temporary and that God is in control over all (Isaiah 46:9–11). Peace comes from having faith in an all powerful God and His Word. We can have peace in the face of challenges when we remember that “all things work together for the good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). We can choose peace rather than give way to fear and worry. Inner peace resulting from a relationship with God allows us to keep things in proper perspective. We soon learn we can accept difficult situations we go through on Earth  by remembering that our true home is in heaven (Philippians 3:20).

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“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:6-9

Peace is knowing that our Lord Jesus Christ will always be there. Peace comes from knowing He will always provide. Peace is knowing that God is in control and we are to completely surrender unto him. Life isn’t about who has the better car, shoes and clothes. It isn’t meant to be worried about how to pay bills and how to feed the kids. Peace comes to those who serve him correctly, by having obedience and obtaining true faith.  He tells us do not worry, do not care about things of this World but have faith and know he will always provide, protect and bring peace to you…..as long as you serve him and him only.

 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But 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. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:26-34

Peace of mind and the tranquility of spirit are only available when we have true peace with God through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross in payment of our sins. Those who attempt to find peace in worldly pursuits will find themselves sadly deceived. For Christians, however, peace of mind is available through the intimate knowledge of, and complete trust in, the God who meets “all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19)

 

 

 

 

 

ISAIAH 43:18-19

Remember not the former things, Behold I will do a new thing

God is always trying to remind us to look towards our future and not the past. We can’t control the past, but we can focus on the miracles around us today. People hold so tightly to the past that they missed the new things God wants to show them. What controlled us in the past doesn’t have to control us in the future.

It doesn’t matter if our past is full of regret from our own decisions or from being involved in a negative situation. We are to realize can’t go back to make changes and we can’t control negative people, but we can choose joy for ourselves. We can’t in hear the words that once shaped our hearts, but we can replace them with truth from Scripture.

God wants to give us hope  and remind us that tomorrow doesn’t have to be like yesterday. Yesterday we might have been burdened by others’ expectations or by our own choices, but today we can walk in the freedom of a new life in Jesus.

My help comes from the Lord, maker of Heaven and Earth   Psalm 121:2

BUILDING A GODLY RELATIONSHIP

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
Ephesians 5:31

A Godly relationship should resemble Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5:25)  In todays society we are loosing focus on relationships that are built on the foundation of God. We are quick to rush into things especially into sexual relationships which is clearly forbidden in the Bible unless two are joined as husband and wife. (1 Corinthians 7:2)  We are to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. We have babies being born to young girls, people changing partners as often as they can and the divorce rate is the highest it’s ever been. When we begin a relationship without allowing God to be involved there will be no hope in the long run, eventually it will end or we will be stuck in an unhappy situation. People often wonder why things don’t work out or why they can’t find someone to stay around well it’s because the relationship is not built on a foundation of God.

The Bible gives us clear instructions on how to build a Godly relationship, what our roles as the Husband and Wife should be and defines marriage clearly.  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh (Genesis 2:24)  Husbands should love their wives as much as they love the Lord. Both the Husband and the Wife should submit unto each other for fear of the Lord (Ephesians 5:21) Wives are known to be the weaker vessel but she is equal in the eyes of the Lord (1 Peter 3:7)  We in general have an issue with recognizing the roles in a marriage clearly outlined by God. The Husband is the head of the household, he is the leader and ultimately is to be the final decision maker. But he is also to see his wife as an equal, respect her, cherish her and treat her as God would by displaying unconditional love. The wife is to realize although God sees her as an equal and is to be treated as one, she is still to be submissive, respect her husband’s role, and be supportive in all aspects.  If more couples would recognize their roles and follow through many issues we have today in relationships would be dissolved.

 

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Know you ideal match

Genesis 2:18 – And the LORD God said, [It is] not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him                                                                              

Ecclesiastes 4:9 – Two [are] better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour

Be careful Physical affection before marriage(that means no sexual contact)

Hebrews 13:4 – Marriage [is] honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge

Galatians 5:16 – [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

 Put God First

Matthew 6:33 – But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you

Matthew 22:37 – Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind

Matthew 6:24 – No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other

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Talk about God

1 Thessalonians 5:11 – Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

Proverbs 27:17 – Iron sharpened iron; so a man sharpened the countenance of his friend.

Show Christ’s Love to one another

1 Corinthians 13:4 – 13:7  Love suffereth long,  is kind; love envieth not; it is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Love beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Love never faileth

Pray together, Read and Study Together

Matthew 18:19 – Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven

James 5:16 – Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another

Colossians 3:16 – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord

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Get involved with Church

Psalms 150:1 – Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary

1 Peter 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 

1 Corinthians 12:12 – For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also [is] Christ

Help each other and nurture the Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 6:2 – Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ

1 Thessalonians 5:11 – Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

Hebrews 10:24-25 – And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works

Most importantly Have Fun, Praise God and Glorify him in all you do together