Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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Colossians 3:12-17, The Christian Virtues

Christian virtues, along with the fruit of the spirit, show the level of Christ and our spiritual maturity. This is another illustration of unconditional love. By faith, we are spirit led. (smile)

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As we renew our mind, change negative thoughts into positive thoughts, we grow spiritually stronger. Fruit and virtues are evident by becoming so rooted and grounded in love, even our enemies are drawn to us.

Change is a process of life, whether we like it or not. (shock face) It’s about adapting and adjusting to move forward as we crawl, walk, run our race.

God bless us, by faith, as change begins with each of us. Let thy will be done.

Smile That Button Doesn’t Work Anymore (Part 2)

Ugh, I have another button! (shock face) How about you? Can I get a witness? (smile) Sometimes, we must have a sense of humor to laugh out loud or if we must sing a song! (wink and smile)

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We talk a lot about the fruit of the spirit–love (giving), joy (gladness), peace (free from worry and fear), long suffering (patience), gentleness (kindness), goodness (generosity), faith (dependability), meekness (gentleness) and temperance (self-control), because fruit is needed for growth and maturity, as well as, healing the brokenness we may not know exist within us.

I remember back in the day, when I was having issues. I had the nerve to think it was everybody else until someone told me , “honey, you have a lot of brokenness in you”. (shock face) God is the ONLY one who will put the right folks in our lives to heal stuff that is not fruit!

As we grow and mature, being rooted and grounded in the Word, having the fruit of the spirit within us, and led by the Holy Spirit, we become whole and emotionally healthy individuals in Christ. No brokenness or mask wearing can exist in a spirit led life. (wink and grin) They will know us by our fruit. (smile)

Communication is important, thus my button. smile) We all communicate differently. We are all on different levels. God is working on each of us for different things. Thank God for his mercy and his grace during those times, that button is pushed!

Relationships without clear communication or being unequally yoked can push buttons. Any one carrying burdens God never meant for them to carry can push buttons.
_________________(fill in the blank) can push buttons.

Let’s talk about faith. Having faith in God is a beautiful thing to behold! There is no doubt, worry or stress when our faith is in him! (smile)

To live a life of faith requires perseverance (long sufferings brother) (grin) knowing God will equip us as he leads us to walk, crawl or run through the challenge. Pray and cast, by faith and keep our hands off while releasing it to God so that button doesn’t work anymore! (smile)

God bless us as we have faith with regards to our button that doesn’t work anymore!

Please share any comments about your button. (smile)

Maturity Begins

Maturity requires fruit. They will know us by our fruit. 😜 The fruit of the spirit within us (love (giving), joy (gladness), peace (free from worry and fear), long suffering (patience), gentleness (kindness), goodness (generosity), faith (dependability), meekness (gentleness) and temperance (self-control)) becomes evident as we grow and mature through each life experience. 😰

 

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Here is the thing, the words we speak, how we conduct ourselves, tells our maturity level and the fruit within us! 😁 We are going to learn today that God loves us–unconditionally. He may not love the stuff we do but He loves us. When we stumble, thank God for his mercy and his grace! 😀

Maturity brings self acceptance to love ourself, flaws and all because Psalm 139:14 tells us I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knows right well. So careless what others think! We know who we are and whose we are, there is nothing to prove to anybody. To just listen or agree to disagree; to bridle the tongue, that’s fruit and maturity! 😜 Ain’t life grand!

Here is another fun fact–ain’t nobody bigger than God. So God loves you, keep growing and moving forward. 😜

Maturity also gives freedom, to walk the narrow path, as illustrated in Matthew 7:13-14, Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Have courage to stay on the narrow path. 😀

God bless us as we continue to be content, produce more fruit and know the love of Christ which passes knowledge until we are filled with all the fullness of you.

🎶Happy Friday🎶

Be Positive

Good or bad. Right or wrong. Happy or sad. The past is only a gauge of where we were. Thank God, it does not define who we are today! It always comes down to choices. 😰

 

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As Romans 8:28, tells us “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.”

God uses many experiences to grow and mature us, in our Christian walk, producing more fruit of the spirit–love (giving), joy (gladness), peace (free from worry and fear), long suffering (patience), gentleness (kindness), goodness (generosity), faith (dependability), meekness (gentleness) and temperance (self-control).

During our growth process, and prayer, our attitude about stuff changes, we handle stuff differently. We speak the Word to situations. As our mind gets renewed, positive thoughts, along with a favorite song, helps to maintain a positive attitude. 😜

To be continued…

God bless us as we move forward with a positive attitude because we’re not where we used to be. 😀

 

Speak To The Lies To Renew Our Mind (Part 3)

Top of the day to our blessed afriendofjesus2013 friends! 😜 When I started this blog, I knew nothing about blogging or what to expect. I am humbled and grateful by the whole blogging experience. I just love The Lord! I am led by the Holy Spirit and enjoy a deep and personal relationship with Jesus! All of my postings are written from a “we” perspective because as Jesus changed my life, and my mind was renewed, my “I” became “we”. 😜 It is not my intention to offend or judge anybody by my way of expression 😜.

Today, I am writing from both (I and We) perspectives. 😰 God put a message on my heart that we hope opens eyes and gives hope to someone to forgive and release all the stuff being carried to him (God). God is the only one who can heal every area within us and set us free to live and enjoy life. That freedom becomes a testimony of his love and what it can do! Praise God! 😀 God is the only one who can change and convict hearts.

 

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God gives us different ways to communicate. 😜 With the various ways, we can send out information, Facebook, Twitter, etc, our intent for the “Speak To The Lies To Renew Our Minds” was to give awareness that our thoughts and memories about ourselves can be lies or distorted. We all have stuff that we are working through. Again, we can be our own worst enemy.

The things we think about ourselves keep us oppressed, depressed or creates stress that is or can destroy us. These lies keep us paralyzed living with fear and doubt; anger and pride. These four are the big ones that unless we learn to speak to the stuff from the past, it holds us captive–dead bones walking. Jesus died to give us life! 2 Timothy 1:7 says “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”.

There are saved and unsaved people around us who can’t get their breakthrough or move forward because they don’t know how to address the issues they carry from the past. Release it to God. He puts people in our life to help us grow. 😰 At a certain point in life, we have to stop blaming others and take responsibility to do something about moving on with life.

The message people never get is that God loves them, in spite of their stuff! Regardless of the past, or anything that they did. God is love! God’s love has no conditions. Our heart goes out to each and every person who is carrying stuff that God did not intend for them to carry!

The speak to the lies message was our way to shake things up 😜 and encourage someone to surrender their stuff to God.

God made us all different. So who are we to judge anybody. I love Matthew chapter 25. We forget that God loves. Since we are created in God’s image, who are we to judge anybody. 😁 Unfortunately, we all judge to a certain extent–especially when someone is different from us or does things different–but partly because we don’t know any better. Somewhere it became us versus them. 😰 People make the world go round. Again, we all bring something to the table.

Sometimes lets agree to disagree. Only a prideful person has something to prove, otherwise let it go! 😰 Remember they mocked and talked about Jesus, what makes us think they won’t mock and talk about us. 😨 How unfortunate, we can’t love and adapt to each other to get along. Until we can love like 1 Corinthians 13, we are still a work in progress.

Life in and of itself can be tough. Stuff happens but God is and always has been in charge. His will be done. Remember Romans 8:28.

When Jesus is our Lord and Savior, our thoughts and speech change. When Jesus is our Lord and Savior, we get a new heart! When Jesus is our Lord and Savior, we have the fruit of the spirit and are led by The Holy Spirit.

When Jesus is our Lord and Savior, we are rooted and grounded in love to love as Jesus loves–unconditionally regardless because love never fails.

When Jesus is our Lord and Savior, our minds are renewed by the Word of God to speak life into every aspect of our lives and our thoughts lean toward positive and kind ways to help and adapt to others.

When we are led by the Holy Spirit in every area of our lives, we don’t have to tell anyone anything, they will see by our actions and know by our fruit!

God will continue to prune and produce more fruit within us as we work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. When we are emotionally healthy, we become open and light, approachable– so full of love that people are drawn to us. 😜 God can make our enemies be at peace with us! Oh to be a child of God!

Let’s talk about love. 😜 Free will to choose. God loves us and gives us a choice to choose and love him. Relationships are failing because we put conditions on love. At the end of the day, love is a choice. Single or married, we are blessed if we know God loves us by choice! 😜

God bless to our afriendofjesus2013 friends as we move forward together! 😜 Always A Friend

Proverbs 16:7 – When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Matthew 25:42-46 – For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

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.

1 Corinthians 13:3-13 (NKJV) – 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Philippians 2:12 – Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

Growth is A Part of Life

Whether we like it or not, growth is a part of life. God created us for relationships–with Him and each other. In this process of life, every change and challenge that we walk through brings growth that produces more fruit of the spirit–love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith meekness and temperance within us. Growth is finding humor and learning to be content until God promotes us to something else.

 

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Growth is praising God instead of complaining. Growth is the moment we understand that the past does not define who we are today. Growth is forgiving past and present hurts. Growth is learning to enjoy life regardless. Growth is about adapting to differences. Growth is knowing that God is love and light. Anything and everything else is not. Growth is understanding that God gives “Free will to choose.”

As growth matures, and unconditional love is within, actions will draw us closer or drive us away. Growth realizes that actions speak louder than words, and preaching and constantly reminding about all the things that are wrong won’t encourage anyone anyway. Growth develops faith that in spite of the stuff in this world, God is and will always be in charge and His will be done.

To be continued….

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