Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

Sharing life through the Word of God with love, encouragement and faith in challenging times (smile)

Growth is A Part of Life (Part 3)

As long as we walk this earth, there will be stuff to bring about our growth and maturity. (shock face)

When we are going through stuff, it can be overwhelming to keep hearing, reading and seeing negative stuff. We mentioned that change and growth begins with us because it does. Growth and maturity will also enhance our prayer life.

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The various seasons of life can be daunting. There will always be something. Nothing in life is perfect except Jesus. Think about it, how many times do we expect something or someone to give us what we’re lacking within?

What’s that old saying, can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip? (wink) In relationships, we expect or desire something that is not present within to give. Sometimes, we have to love from a distance and bridle our tongues. We have to allow God to work. People can’t hear God if we are harping to them all the time. (shock face)

Sometimes, we or the people in our life need love, encouragement, compassion, and prayers, instead of just biblical theology. Yes, we must know the Word for ourselves and share the Gospel.

Here’s the thing, stuff in life happens to all of us–saved or not. We get so busy pointing out what’s wrong or bad instead of celebrating what’s right and good. (smile)

Instead of talking, let our actions speak louder than words. (wink) Let us pray God’s Word over the thing or someone. Only God can change a heart and/or a thing by our prayers. Here’s a fun fact, we must have faith that our prayers are in line with God’s will. This is the confidence we have in approaching God, that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us. Sometimes, we have to check our motive. (shock face)

Each of us are on different levels in our growth and maturity. Sometimes, we forget that everyone understands or comprehends information differently. Sometimes we forget everyone communicates differently. Sometimes someone shows us love differently, but it’s the best that they know how. Instead of complaining, adapt and adjust, until they learn differently.

Sometimes we may not know the next step or how to get there. Pray without ceasing.

Kinds of Prayer
Secret – Matthew 6:6
Family – Acts 10:2, 30
Group – Matthew 18:20
Public – 1 Corinthians 14:14-17

Parts of Prayer
Adoration – Daniel 4:34, 35
Confession – 1 John 1:9
Supplication – 1 Timothy 2:1-3
Intercession – James 5:15
Thanksgiving – Philippians 4:6

Personal requirement of Prayer
Purity of heart – Psalms 66:18, 19
Believing – Matthew 21:22
In Christ’s name – John 14:13
According to God’s will – 1 John 5:14

General requirement of Prayer
Forgiving spirit – Matthew 6:14
Simplicity – Matthew 6:5, 6
Humility and repentance – Luke 18:10-14
Unity of believers – Matthew 18:19, 20
Tenacity – Luke 18:1-8
Importunity – Luke 11:5-8
Intensity – Matthew 7:7-11
Confident expectation – Mark 11:24
Without many words – Matthew 6:7
Unceasingly – 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Prayers not answered because of
Sin – Psalms 66:18
Selfishness – James 4:3
Doubt – James 1:5-7
Disobedience – Proverbs 28:9
Inhumanity – Proverbs 21:13
Pride – Luke 18:11, 12, 14

Posture for Prayer
Standing – Nehemiah 9:5
Kneeling – Ezra 9:5
Sitting – 1 Chronicles 17:26-27
Bowing – Exodus 34:8
Hands uplifted – 1 Timothy 2:8

That grass always looks greener until we get full disclosure and realize we’re grateful for what we have– this is contentment until God changes us. ( smile)

Changes in life will continue daily. As we grow and mature, we learn to handle things different. Spiritual fruit and being led by the Holy Spirit, to include the renewing of our mind is the end result to be effective in showing others Jesus. (smile)

God bless us as we grow, mature, pray and roll with it! (smile)

As always, your thoughts or comments are welcomed. (wink)

© Ann “afriendforever54” Friend, Aug 2013 – present.

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  llamapacker wrote @

Reblogged this on A disciple's study and commented:
I she ever puts her thoughts into a book, I will be most happy to recommend it to all my friends. I don’t know how some people are so adept at saying things in a way that make us say, “I know that!” and yet be startled into thinking about what was said as if it were something new to us. Good job again by Ann “afriend3ever”.

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  Growth is A Part of Life (Part 3) | A disciple's study wrote @

[…] at https://afriendofjesus2013.com/2013/09/04/2177/As long as we walk this earth, there will be stuff to bring about our growth and maturity. When we are going through stuff, it can be overwhelming to keep hearing, reading and seeing negative stuff. We mentioned that change and growth begins with us because it does. Growth and maturity will also enhance our prayer life. 😊 […]

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  embraceyourpurpose wrote @

I really believe that there are seasons in our lives, and each one is important. It is so very important that i find God’s plan for each season and embrace it. Only then can I enjoy a life of true purpose.Thanks for sharing, and God bless you!

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  Ann “afriendforever54” Friend wrote @

Thank you! God bless you 😊

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  embraceyourpurpose wrote @

Bless you too!

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  cluculzwriter wrote @

Wonderful message, Ann. So true. God bless. I’m guest hosting today, and so glad I am.

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  Ann “afriendforever54” Friend wrote @

Glory to God! Thank you for your kind words 🙂 God bless you! 🙂

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  darylgstewart wrote @

This is very enlightening. Thank you for taking the time to pull it all together. Blessings!

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  Ann “afriendforever54” Friend wrote @

Glory to God! Thank you Daryl for your encouraging support 😊 God bless you!

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  gloria5454 wrote @

Ann, this is an totally awesome post! God bless you as you help all. This is so true and one i need to recall and read several times as it sinks deeper in my heart and mind! I not only like this one, i “love” it. Praise be to God!

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  Ann “afriendforever54” Friend wrote @

Glory to God! Thank you and God bless you Gloria 😊 I am grateful for your continued support. 😀

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