Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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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.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

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)

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! 😀

Father God, Please Give

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God bless us, by faith, as we pray without ceasing for people, in our life. We thank you Lord, by faith, for answering our prayers. Let thy will be done.

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