More Than Conquerors

You will meet two kinds of people in life: ones who build you up and ones who tear you down. But in the end, you’ll thank them both.
~ Author Unknown ~

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long: we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
~ Romans 8:35-39 ~

Hello friends. (smile) We are more than conquerors and nothing separates us from the love of Christ. Praise The Lord.

Things and stuff. Challenging little darlings at home or the circus. Choices. Testing. The its.

It’s temporary
It’s teaching and changing something
Its growing spiritually
It’s building inner strength

Praise The Lord for balancing out those who build us up and those who tear us down. Both makes us stronger. More than conquerors.

Knowing and thanking God, for his mercy and his grace, is a powerful reminder that we’re more than conquerors and nothing separates us from the love of Christ.

Abundant blessings, my friends, to believe and keep the faith, we are more than conquerors is wisdom.

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L is for…

Someone remembers, someone cares; your name is whispered in someone’s prayers. Keep bright hope of the future in view; someone lovingly is thinking of you.
~ Unknown Author ~

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.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:3-8 ~ (NKJV)

Hello friends. (smile) Love and longsuffering are spiritual fruit. Everyone wants to be loved and accepted. Everyone. The ability to receive love starts from within.

To experience love, from within, requires a spiritual connection, to God, through His Son, Jesus and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, as well as, choosing to let stuff go.

To know the depth of God’s love is to understand His pruning process will fill any emptiness within resulting in emotional wholeness that is transparent.  

Emotional wholeness is a loving heart that is open and complete. We can love whether others love us back! Praise The Lord.

It’s a powerful life style to love without conditions as illustrated in 1 Corinthians 13.

Twelve years ago, I fell in love with the New King James Version of 1 Corinthians 13.

It’s beautifully worded and provides a deep understanding of love without conditions. (smile)

This love has no fear.
This love gives life.
This love blesses and encourages.
This love forgives.
This love adapts.
This love nurtures.
This love lets go.
This love never fails.

Blessings, my friends, to just keep the faith and appreciate those who love us.

Enjoy your day and the rest of the M to Z challenge! (smile)

Feel free to share your thoughts.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

Life Can Change in A Instant

Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
~ Proverbs 27:1~

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
~ John 15:12 ~

Hello friends. Thank you for your kindness and prayers. I appreciate you! {{hugs}}. It’s a beautiful thing to let people know that we care. Glory to God. Life can change in an instant.

I don’t think anyone is ever prepared for the loss of those we know and love. Recently, I’ve come to realized that tears are a blessings too. Life can change in an instant.

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Sometimes, loss has a way of putting what’s important, in our life, in perspective. Life can change in an instant.

Things and stuff, or X, Y and Z moments can really be put in perspective when you realize it is, what it is. Let it go. Life can change in an instant.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone. Life can change in an instant.

Love and forgiveness comes from within our hearts. Love and forgiveness are essential in maintaining life in our relations. Life can change in an instant.

Sometimes, we must keep showing love until those, in our life, see Jesus within us. Many times, we judge what we don’t know or understand. Sometimes, we just don’t know any better until Jesus shows us how. Life can change in an instant.

To maintain life, in our relations, start celebrating the positive qualities, forget the past and appreciate what each bring to the table. Life can change in an instant.

Life is too precious to waste holding stuff that keeps us from loving and forgiving one another. Life can change in an instant.

God is the only one who can be all things to each and everyone of us. Even if we speak, Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me, we are not equipped to handle every single need. That role is designed for God. Give it all to Him.

Blessings, my friends, by faith, as we learn to maintain life in our relations. Life can change in an instant.

Love

Walk in the direction of love not fear. Look at things in another perspective. A life is the ability to love beyond yourself, extend yourself when change comes. ~ Charles P ~

Hello friends (smile) Love brings possibilities to many things. (smile) Love is a beautiful thing to behold, especially when love comes from within. Love is the first spiritual fruit. We must love ourself before we can truly receive love from others. (shock face)

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When we truly know the love of God, in our heart, love abounds in our life. Love conquers fear. Love can over look things and stuff. Love can over look differences. Love adapts. Love respects X, Y and Z’s choices, especially when different from our own. Love can bless others, even when they are unkind.

Love brings faith and trust in God for all things.

Sometimes, love gives us courage. I’ve learned that love is being spiritually whole and emotionally healthy to enjoy life regardless of anything or anyone else. It’s an inside blessings! Staying focus on what’s important helps to let stuff go. This was a long process to learn, nonetheless, I share it to help someone know that every person we encounter contributes to our ability to love. (smile)

Scriptures about love:

Love – Christian – Toward God:
First commandment – Matthew 22;37, 38
With all the heart – Matthew 22:37
More important that ritual – Mark 12:31-33
Gives boldness – 1 John 4:17-19

Love – Toward Christ:
Sign of true faith – John 8:42
Manifested in obedience – John 14:15, 21, 23
Leads to service – 2 Corinthians 5:14

Love – Toward Others:
Second command – Matthew 22:37-39
Commanded by Christ – John 13:34
Described in detail – 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

The Love of Christ – Objects of:
Father – John 14:31
Believers – Galatians 2:20
Church – Ephesians 5:2, 25

Love – Described as:
Knowing – Ephesians 3:19
Personal – Galatians 2:20
Conquering – Romans:8:37
Unbreakable – Romans 8:35
Intimate – John 14:21
Imitative – 1 John 3:16
Like the Father’s – John 15:9
Sacrificial – Galatians 2:20

The Love of God – Objects of:
Christ – John 3:35
Christians – 2 Thessalonians 2:16
Mankind – Titus 3:4
Cheerful giver – 2 Corinthians 9:7

The Love of God – Described as:
Great – Ephesians 2:4
Everlasting – Jeremiah 31:3
Sacrificial – Romans 5:8

The Love of God – As Seen in Believers:
Hearts – Romans 5:5
Regeneration – Ephesians 2:4, 5
Love – 1 John 4:7-12
Faith – 1 John 4:16
Security – 2 Thessalonians 3:5
Daily life – 1 John 2:15-17
Obedience – 1 John 2:5
Without fear – 1 John 4:18-21
Glorification – 1 John 3:1, 2

Blessings as you enjoy your day! (smile) Your comments are always welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

By Faith, I Declare

Thank you Lord, that you are always right on time! Your love and protection with your mercy and grace, keeps us standing on 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.

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God bless us, by faith, with our praise and gratitude that all good things come from above. Praise The Lord! Let thy will be done.

Forgiveness

Forgiveness works like prayer, the more we do it, the easier it becomes. It’s another part in the renewing of our mind process. 😁

Forgiveness brings freedom as we release it to God. It keeps us from the “coulda, woulda and shoulda” replays. 😰 Even with the gifts and talents God gave us, we still can’t un ring that bell! 😨

Things and stuff (ours and others) will always bring challenges. Folks will speak and do unkind things to us, Matthews 5:43-44, tells us, 43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.

We give God glory each and every time we pray, show love and kindness to those around us.

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The more our spiritual fruit grows–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); forgiveness becomes a choice.

Until we can forgive regularly, the “coulda, woulda and shoulda” will replay and keep us stuck, while choking our spiritual fruit. Have faith and meditate on the scriptures below to renew our mind:

John 16:33 – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

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.

Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.

God bless and have a great weekend! Meet you back here, by faith, on Tuesday! 😀

Making A Difference

 

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The Starfish story is a beautiful illustration to recognize the opportunities God gives us everyday to provide encouragement, hope and love to those around us. 😜

Let our words build up. Let us show love through encouraging one another. Let us be doers of the word. Let us be positive. Let us be the light. Let us pray to be the change that makes a difference somewhere. 😀

God bless us, as we make a difference remembering Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me”.

Faith Talk For Today and Everyday (Part 2)

Continuing from yesterday’s post–Faith Talk For Today and Everyday (Part 1), faith requires a genuine belief in God and belief in ourself. We all want change in something or someone. 😰 By faith, let each of us BE the change. 😜 We are blessed by the specific BE areas, with specific bible scriptures below, to help us change and evolve in our spiritual growth.

 

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Everyday, God uses each of us, saved or unsaved to accomplish his will. We sow and God waters. Until we can adapt to one another, our actions speak louder than words. 😜 Sometimes, what we show and speak to others has a lasting impact. It will either draw or repel! Adapting is accepting, it is what it is, until it knows better. 😜 Adapting is enjoying life in spite of what others do. 😜 Adapting is having faith and hope that God will do what he spoke to your spirit!

God knows everything about each of us and loves us anyway! It always comes back to love. All of us want to be loved. God loves us! Saved or unsaved, we are loved! Until we understand God’s love has no conditions, that he loves us, baggage and all! 😜 We will search and search until we surrender to him. It’s a beautiful thing when we know and receive God’s love!

God bless us as we continue moving forward in our faith, to adapt and love one another as we become the person you created us to be. 😄

Thoughts or comments are always welcomed. 😜

Matthew 17:20 – And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

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.

Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”.

Hebrews 11:6 – But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Blessings

Happy Tuesday! 😜 By faith, we thank God for equipping us to be a blessing to others!

 

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Smile, it looks good on ya! 😜

Life Is About Love

Life is about love with no boundaries or conditions. Love starts with each of us. If we can’t love ourselves, it is impossible to love others. What’s sad is those who want love but don’t know how to give love or receive love because they don’t know God or that God loves them.

 

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Slowly read and ponder each line of 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.

God loves us regardless of what we can and cannot do. God loves us even when we disappoint him. His love has no have conditions.

To be continued….😰

God bless us as we keep moving forward loving ourselves and each other by faith! 😜

Always Pray

Another prayer to use as we grow to love like Jesus does. Let us remember growth is a life long process. Sometimes we stumble and are not loving, yet God continues to love us anyway. Maybe, when we can all love as Jesus loves….oh, the possibilities!

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1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NKJV) – 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.

God bless you!

When You Know Who You Are

We love The Lord!! It’s a beautiful thing when we are rooted and grounded in the Word of God and know God through his Son Jesus. (smile) Trust us, when we say, there is freedom, when you know who you are in Christ. (smile)

It shows in the way we carry ourselves, the things we speak about–when we trust in God, we know – Romans 8:28-39 –

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. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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God is in the people business. It’s about showing love and kindness to those in need. It’s about reaching those who don’t know Him or that He loves them. It’s about loving one another in spite of our free will to choose differently.

It’s about showing Jesus to a lost world. It’s about saving souls.

Christians are in this world but not of this world. We are the salt and the lightgiving all the glory to God–They will know us by our actions and speech. When we know God deeply, there are things, we just don’t do because our actions speak for us. (smile)

Can we get an Amen and keep moving forward (smile) God bless us all (smile)

Matthew 10:32-33 – Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 25:1-46 – Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. 14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory. 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 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.

Mark 8:38 – Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

1 John 5:1-8 – Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? 6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. 7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

Roll with it and Sing A Song

Wahoo! Thank God It’s Friday 😃 Let’s just “roll with it😀 and “Sing A Song” 😃 Bring earplugs!

We are really blessed and God really loves us! Keep moving forward! 😃

Free Will to Choose (Con’t From Words Have Power Part 1)

This is the continuation to the “Words have power” post. We surrendered to the Holy Spirit in preparing this word of the day 🙂 God gives us free will to choose. He made all of us different. So we express things differently. Some of us like to argue, find fault about this or that, sing the woe is me song, ego issues, pride issues, bitterness and unforgiveness in our hearts, selfishness, the key is to adapt and love anyway until we choose Jesus.

The Word of God tells us in Matthew 7:1-5–Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. Which brings us back to adapting to the differences whether we like or agree and accepting our free will to choose.

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Some of us, can find all kinds of distractions to keep from taking responsibility for our choices and refuse to adapt to others. Again, free will to choose. Let’s face it, we all think what we think regardless of what someone says. This would be the time to pray and give it to God. God is the only one who can validate the truth or open eyes to a thing. Sometimes, we don’t know any better, until we get tired of that same mountain and reach out to God. My BFF, likes to say “Look, I can go with the flow but if the flow is going in the wrong direction, I can’t go”. Courage, we need courage to speak up when necessary about the Gospel and share what God through his Son Jesus has done for us. When we are going through stuff, we get embarrassed or fearful of what others will think… So this is when God needs us to speak up and share that what he has done for us, he can do for them.

As Christians, we are watched all the time on the way we handle life. So until someone notices our actions are different, we choose to be doers of the word.

Many of us are comfortable with status qua; but God, through the leading of the Holy Spirit gives courage and boldness to us on what to say at the exact moment it is needed.

Hebrews 4:12 say “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Jesus is love and light. There is no darkness in him. Got fruit? 😀 We need to choose Jesus to have the fruits of the spirit and the Holy Spirit within us–this brings to mind, the scripture from Hosea 4: 6 –My people perish from a lack of knowledge. We must know God and what His word says for ourselves. We must be able to speak to situations in love and as children of God, learn to adapt to others, who may or may not agree with us and vice versa. How he or she expresses themselves is their free will to choose. We all have a story…once upon a time, we were the same way, until someone sowed words of love and showed us Jesus 🙂 Sometimes, we are not ready to change. The Book of Job is a good read to get a better perspective on loss and questioning God.

Living in the 21st century, with technology rapidly growing and differing ways to communicate, we must pray for ways to reach out to those living with fear, anger or guilt, not to mention those who are just plain lost and ready to believe the lies of the enemy because they think this is what they deserve; those who stay in a relationship because they are afraid to be alone; those with deep anger because their spouse left; or they lost their job. We have to educate our children, who are our future leaders, about character and morals, integrity and respect. As Christians, it must start with us. There are hurt folks all around us that we never see because of our own stuff. When we can love as Jesus does, we can reach out and show all of those someones who don’t know John 3:16–For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. And let them know that God loves them. Although times have changed, God and his Word remain the same. In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Everyday when we know the Word of God for ourselves renews our minds, that change our thoughts that change our actions. As children of God, with the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance) and guided by the Holy Spirit, we have opportunities to show Jesus to those around us, by the way, we respond to challenges–-and distractions– God gets the glory.

Choose to sow kindness to those around us–-and trust that Gods will be done.

We are the light of the world and they will know us by our fruit. Its about being a witness for Jesus. Praise God! He is awesome in every way and worthy to be praised. 😀 Keep speaking the word and keep moving forward. 🙂

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Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Proverbs 4:4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.

Proverbs 8:6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.

Proverbs 11:2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame, but with the lowly is wisdom.

Proverbs 12:24-25 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute. 25 Heaviness in the heat of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.

Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turn away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Proverbs 16:4 The Lord hath made all things for himself; yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Proverbs 16:9 – A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Proverbs 21:23 Whoso keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

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

Matthew 5:39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also

Matthew 7:13 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 there at: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Matthew 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Mark 7:21-23 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

Mark 12:29 -31 And Jesus answered him, (Moses) the first of all commandments is, Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God is one Lord: and thou shall love The Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandant. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

John 1-1:14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believe to in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

John 6:63 It is the spirit that quicken; the flesh profit nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

John 7:17 :18 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. 18 – He that speaketh of himself seek etch his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

John 8:23:24 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

John 8:31-34 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 33 They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? 34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

Acts 2:38-39 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as The Lord our God shall call.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Romans 8:16-18 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17. And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Romans 13:2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

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 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Galatians 6:6-9 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. 7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Ephesians 2:7-10 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 6:11-18 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of The Lord, and from the glory of his power.

1 Timothy 4:1-2 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

James 3:10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

1 Peter 3:15-17 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

1 John 2:15:17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof; but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

1 John 4:2 Hereby know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God.

1 John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

1 John 4:6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God hearth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

1 John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Opportunities

Every day is a opportunity to know the Word of God for ourselves. This helps to renew our minds that eventually changes our thoughts that eventually changes our actions. As children of God, having the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance) we have opportunities to show Jesus to those around us by the way we respond to challenges–that thing or that someone who likes to bait us with distractions–let the Holy Spirit guide us in what to say or do and God will get the glory.

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Sometimes its not about us. God creates opportunities for us to sow a word, a smile, our time, a meal, any act of kindness to those around us–because we don’t always know or understand the why of it; we must be obedient and trust in God. As he blesses us, we are to be blessings to others.

We are the light of the world and they will know us by our fruit. Its about being a witness for Jesus. Praise God and keep speaking the word and moving forward.

Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

Ezekiel 36:26-27 A new heart also willI give you, and a new spirit willI out within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgements, and do them.

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: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Matthew 7:15- 18 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bring etch forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bring etch forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

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.

2 Corinthians 5:17-18 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, breathen, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Be You

Be you because there is no one like you. God made us all unique. As we get older, we start to understand that things from the past (or people) can keep us from moving forward. We either don’t like this or that about ourselves; we worry, fret, stress, get angry all because someone said something about nothing. Sometimes we try to be like someone else, which is not being who we were created to be.

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As God is pruning us, (we feel like we’re somewhere in the wilderness doing time) He is molding and shaping as the fruits of the spirit–love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, and faith become part of us. During the wilderness time, we come to understand the fruit known as long suffering while learning to count it all joy when there are trials and tribulations that helps us grow.

When we know the Word of God for ourselves, deepen our personal relationship with Him, God opens our hearts and eyes to see and love like His Son, Jesus. It’s a beautiful thing when we walk through the season of change and we can embrace all the attributes that make us who we are in Christ. When we know who we are, its easier to let things go and let God. God is the only one that can open eyes to see the truth.

So let us “be” the women and men, God created us to be 🙂 Wahoo, we look good for a Monday 🙂

Psalm 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.

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.

Know

It’s a beautiful thing to know we are loved by Jesus unconditionally 🙂

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There is freedom to just live our lives because He loves us unconditionally!

He is known by many names and they all loves us!

Keep moving forward knowing He loves you 🙂