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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Enjoy the journey


 
6/27
Enjoy the Journey
Psalm 100:1-2
          So many Christians are headed somewhere, but not many of us are enjoying the trip. It would be such a tragedy to arrive at the end of your journey only to realize you had not enjoyed life to its fullest. Often, you think you must do something great, and you forget the simple things that bless the Lord. Serving the Lord with gladness is a worthy goal. He rejoices when your heart is filled with joy and your mouth is filled with praise.
          You should be determined to finish your course. But like Paul, you should strive to run the race with joy. Whatever your present station in life, whatever you are called to do, wherever you are called to go, enjoy the journey. Do not waste one day of the precious life God has given you. Rejoice in the Lord, and again, I say, rejoice!
 

Love is the answer...



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6/28
Love Is Not a Feeling
1 John 3:18
          This Scripture tells you that love is not simply a theory, a feeling, or sweet nothings whispered in the ear – love is deeds. Many people have the mistaken belief that love is a warm, fuzzy feeling. This is why you think you cannot love someone who is unpleasant or even hostile. But the truth is that love is an action, doing what needs to be done in every situation. Developing love is not a horrible struggle - it is simply being good to people.
          Take a few minutes tonight to examine your life and seek God more about your love walk. How kind are you to people? What are you doing for others? How are you treating people who are not treating you very nicely? Change your direction if you have not been expressing God's love to others through joy, peace, patience, goodness, and kindness. Do not just talk about love, walk in love!


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The Spirit of Truth

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June 27, 2012

The Spirit of Truth

Read: John 16:7-15
When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. - John 16:13

Audio: John 16

Bible in One Year: Job 8-10; Acts 8:26-40

"May the force be with you." Those familiar with the Star Wars film saga recognize this famous phrase, given out as a blessing to those embarking on a critical or dangerous mission. The force, as presented in the series, is an impersonal metaphysical characteristic that empowers individuals to undertake and complete their tasks.

"The Holy Spirit will be with you," Jesus - in essence - told His disciples (John 14:16-17). It was a promise empowering them to carry out their mission (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8). But the Holy Spirit is not some impersonal cosmic 'it' but a 'He' - a Person, the Third Person of the Triune God. He is "the Spirit of truth" (John 15:26, 16:13). Jesus tells of the Spirit's role. As the Spirit of truth "He will guide you into all truth. . . . [He] will tell you whatever He receives from Me" (John 16:13-15). "He will teach you" (John 14:26). How does the Spirit carry out His teaching role?

First, the Spirit moved men to write down God's Word (1 Peter 1:11-12; 2 Peter 1:19-21). The Bible is accurate, reliable and authoritative truth because it came to us under the inspiration of the Spirit of truth (2 Timothy 3:16).

Second, the Spirit convicts and convinces us of our sinfulness. He reveals that we're sinners in need of God's righteousness (John 16:8) - who is Christ crucified, resurrected and exalted (John 16:10; Acts 2:31-33, 5:30-32).

Third, the Spirit reveals the truth about Jesus, illuminating and helping us to understand the work and words of the Savior more fully (John 14:26, 15:26, 16:13-15). We worship the God of truth (Isaiah 65:16), believe Jesus is the truth (John 14:6) and are led by the Spirit of truth (Romans 8:14; Galatians 5:25). We are people of the Truth (2 John 1:2-4; 3 John 1:3-4). - K.T.Sim


"People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway." ~ Mother Teresa
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A WORD FOR THIS MORNING...

6/25

Wise Choices

Ephesians 5:15

          Many times you ask God to speak to you, but if He does not respond with a specific word, you still have to live your daily life. You make decisions every day, and He does not dictate every little choice you make. When you do not get a rhema (spoken word) from God, you need to use wisdom to make good choices. He expects you to handle some issues on your own. You should not always require a “big word” from God.

          For example, if you want to buy something and wonder if you should, the first obvious question you need to ask yourself is, “Can I afford it?” If not, then wisdom would say, “Don’t buy it!”  The audible voice of God is not needed when wisdom is already shouting the truth. You need to be mature enough to do what you already know is right.

 

6/26

The Work of Patience

Psalm 40:1

          Any time you become frustrated and start trying to make things happen on your own, it is a sure sign you are not being patient with God. You need to practice waiting on God and let Him do what He wants to do, in His way and time. The best definition of patience I have ever heard is “to be constant or to be the same all the time, no matter what is going on”. Patience is not merely waiting; it is how you act while you are waiting.

          The hardest thing most of us will ever have to do as Christians is wait on the Lord. You will undoubtedly have to wait on many things during your lifetime. Waiting is not optional. But, it is during the waiting periods of life that the most powerful things will happen within you.      

 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Don’t Be Caught Sleeping

Don't Be Caught Sleeping

Matthew 26:41

          Jesus wanted the disciples to pray with Him, but they kept falling asleep. He was trying to prepare them for the trial that was coming. He was saying, "Don't sleep, pray! You're going to be tempted beyond what you can bear if you don't pray." As Jesus prayed, and angel came and strengthened Him in spirit enabling Him to endure the cross. But the disciples didn't pray – they slept – and proved that the flesh truly is weak.

          Your spirit is willing to do what is right, but your flesh will not help you. Your flesh will rule you if you do not pray and ask God to strengthen you in spirit and to help you resist temptation. Your flesh may be tired tonight, but spend some time in prayer. You do not know what tests may come tomorrow.

 

6/23

Take a Stand

Psalm 31:19

          The phrase, "before the sons of men" means that if you will not be a closet Christian, but live for Jesus openly before others, God will store up His goodness for you.

          Many Christians are not comfortable talking about their faith. We all have moments where we do not take a stand for God like we should. Maybe we are afraid of being rejected, isolated, or ridiculed. It can feel awkward to say, "I really don't want to hear a dirty joke. I am a Christian and I am not interested in going to an inappropriate movie, or hitting the bars after work. That is not what I am about. My relationship with God is too important to me."     

          You should not be a lukewarm, wishy-washy Christian. When you take an uncompromising stand for Christ, God will reward you openly.

 

6/24

Waiting on His Goodness

Exodus 33:1-, 21-23

          In times of trouble, God hides you in Christ. Safe in the cleft of the Rock, there is provision for your needs. It may not be everything you want, but He gives you what you need to get through the situation.

          Perhaps you are facing difficulty and have been waiting and waiting to see God's glory. God desires to pour out His goodness upon you. He has covered you with His hand and is continually moving toward you with the answer. You may not see Him coming, but you will certainly know when He has been there! 

 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom for the future

Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom for the future.  - Proverbs 19:20
 
 
I am guided by the still small voice within.  When I am seeking guidance, I sometimes need only a nudge in the right direction. At other times, I may feel lost, with no idea where to go. However great the need, I seek guidance by setting aside distracting activities and quieting scattered thoughts. I move into the stillness and turn my attention inward.
 
Focusing on my breath or gentle music, I become calm and receptive.  In the still, open space of possibilities, I listen. If my mind races, I calm it by saying, "Peace, be still." I wait with gentle expectancy, assured of God's presence. In the stillness, my guidance is clear. I am at peace and confident as I move forward.
 

"People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.  Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway."


~ Mother Teresa

A Faithful Servant

6/21

A Faithful Servant

1 Corinthians 4:1-2…………should be found faithful

          A faithful person knows what God has put in their heart, and even though they may feel like quitting, they do not give up. They do not get out of a relationship because it is not easy anymore. They do not leave a church because there is some “new” thing across town or a job because it gets too challenging.

          One of the most important lessons you can learn is to be faithful with something until God lets you know you are finished with it. Sometimes God will call you out of one place and put you into another one - but God does not change the plan very frequently. A faithful person is committed to doing whatever God tells them to do – no matter what!

 

The Reward of Diligence

 

 

 

 

The Reward
of Diligence

 

 

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

 

“...the appetite of the diligent is abundantly supplied”

(Proverbs 13:4, AMP)

 

 

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

 

God longs to pour out His favor and blessing on you. He longs to show you His goodness and provision. He promises to do His part, but you have to do your part, too. You have to be diligent. First of all, be diligent in seeking His ways and following His commands. Then, be diligent with what you have in your hand, with your time and resources.

In Matthew, Jesus tells a parable about three men whose employer entrusted them with some money called talents. Two of the men were diligent and invested the talents and received a great return. The third man was afraid and buried what he was given. The first two men were rewarded and praised for their diligence while the third man was rebuked.

Follow the example of the first two men and look for ways to be diligent with what you have in your hand. Whatever you do, do it with excellence. Be the best you can be and go the extra mile even when you think it goes unnoticed. Understand that when people don't notice, God notices and promises to reward the appetite of the diligent.

 

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

 

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your favor and blessing on my life. Today I choose to be diligent. I choose to live in excellence and do everything to the best of my ability. I give You all the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

— Joel & Victoria Osteen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A More Excellent Way

A More Excellent Way

Philippians 1:9

          When something abounds, it grows and becomes so big that it chases people down, overtaking and overwhelming them. This is how Paul prayed for the church – that love would abound. Then he said, “So that you may surely learn to sense what is vital, and approve and prize what is excellent and of real value” (Philippians 1:10).

          It is very important to be a person of excellence -  to do your very best every day in all you believe God is asking you to do….to do every job to the best of your ability. To abound in love is the most excellent thing you can do.

 

Loving Correction

 

6/15

Above Every Name

Philippians 2:10

          Speaking the name of Jesus and having a revelation about the power in that name are two different things. Releasing the power in the name of Jesus requires a supernatural revelation. When you speak the name of Jesus in faith, His name is so powerful that every knee must bow in three realms – in heaven, on earth, and under the earth!

          Think about this tonight: Jesus came from the highest heaven, He has been to the earth, and has descended to Hades, or under the earth, and now is seated at the right hand of the Father once again in the highest heaven. He has filled everything and everywhere with Himself. He is seated above everything else and has a name that is above every other name. His name is the highest name, the most powerful name - and His name has been given to us!

 

6/16

Cast Your Care

 1 Peter 5:6-7…..humble yourself under the mighty hand of God

          This passage of Scripture tells you to humble yourself and not worry. Worry is the mind racing around trying to find a solution to its situation. A person who worries still thinks that in some way he can solve his own problem. But, only God can deliver you and in every situation, your first response should be to lean on Him.

          When the enemy tries to give you a problem, you have the privilege of casting it upon God. The word cast actually means to pitch or throw. You and I can pitch our problems to God and He will catch them. He knows exactly what to do with them.

 

6/17

Loving Correction

Hebrews 12:11…...no discipline brings joy

          When we need correction – and we all need it at one time or another, it is the Lords’ desire to correct us Himself. Whom the Lord loves, He chastens (see Hebrews 12:6). God’s correction or chastisement is not a bad thing; it is always and ultimately only for your good.

          The fact that it works toward your good does not mean it always feels good or that it is something you enjoy immediately. In fact, correction can be one of the most difficult things to receive – especially when it comes through another person. Even if you have problems, you do not want others to know you have them. Usually God prefers to correct you privately, but if you will not accept His correction, He will use whatever tools are at His disposal. In Balaam’s case, God used his donkey! Whatever God decides to use to correct us, we should submit to Him knowing that He loves us and only has our ultimate good in mind.

 

Sun, Moon, and Stars

6/19

Sun, Moon, and Stars

1 Corinthians 15:41 ……………for one star differs from and surpasses another

          We are all different. Like the sun, moon, and stars, God has created us to be different from on another, and He has done it on purpose. Each of us fills a need, and we are all part of God’s overall plan. When you struggle to be like others, not only do you lose yourself, you also grieve the Holy Spirit. God wants you to fit into His plan, not to feel pressured trying to fit into everyone else’s plans.

          We are all born with different temperaments, different physical features, different fingerprints, different gifts and abilities, etc. Your goal should be to find out what you individually are supposed to be, and then succeed at being that. Different is good!

 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Hang Tough!

Hang Tough!

Galatians 6:9

          Think about Jesus. Immediately after being baptized and filled with the Holy Ghost, He was led into the wilderness to be tested and tried by the devil. He did not complain and become discouraged and depressed. He did not think or speak negatively. He went through each test victoriously.

          Can you imagine Jesus traveling around the country with His disciples talking about how hard everything was? Can you picture Him complaining about how difficult going to the cross was going to be….or how uncomfortable it was to roam the countryside with no bed to sleep in at night? You and I have the mind of Christ, and we can handle things the way He did: by being mentally prepared through “victory thinking”.

 

Well-Aimed Stones

 

Well-Aimed Stones

John 1:141

          Jesus is the Word made flesh who came to dwell among men. Scripture also refers to Jesus as “the Rock”, or a stone, as in Luke 20:17, where He is called the chief Cornerstone. If Jesus is the Word made flesh, and if He is the Rock, then each portion of the Word is like a stone.

          Instructions were given to the Israelites concerning how to handle their enemy in Deuteronomy 13:10, “And you shall stone him to death with stones, because he has tried to draw you away from the Lord your God”. Remember that David defeated Goliath with a well-aimed stone.

          You too can “stone” your enemy, Satan, in accordance with Deuteronomy 30:14, “But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your mind and in your heart”. Learn the Word and allow the Holy Spirit to teach you how to speak it effectively.

Fiery Trials and the patient man...

 

6/14

Fiery Trials

Romans 12:12

          I have heard patience defined as “a fruit of the spirit that can only be developed under trial”. Really, you cannot develop patience any other way. That means the only way you can develop the fruit of patience is by being around obnoxious people who drive you crazy; waiting in backed-up traffic; waiting in endless grocery store lines; waiting for breakthroughs; waiting for your healing; waiting for people in your life to change; and waiting for yourself to change.

          Be patient with yourself! Be patient with your own spiritual growth. Be patient with God if He is not coming through at the time you would like Him to be patient with people; be patient with circumstances. Be patient because in patience you possess your soul. James 1:4 says that the patient man is perfect and entire, lacking in nothing.

 

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Fruit of the Spirit

 

The Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22-23

          When the Holy Spirit lives inside you, you have everything He has. His fruit is in you. The seed has been planted. God gives each one of us various gifts to use, but in order to use your gifts in the most powerful way as He desires, your must first allow the fruit to grow up and mature within you by cultivating it. Each time you choose to operate in the fruit of the Spirit it grows.

          When you know what God has available for you and you release your faith to walk in it, His Spirit will give you the power you need to produce good fruit. If you are willing to develop the character qualities of God in your life, which is the fruit of the Spirit, you will live an exceptional type of life that is reserved only for His sons and daughters.

 

 

Raised from the Dead

Raised from the Dead

John 11:21

          John 11 records the illness and death of Lazarus, a close friend of Jesus. By the time Jesus arrived, Lazarus had already been dead for four days. Like Martha, Mary also told the Lord, “If You had been here, my brother would not have died” (John 11:32).

          We all feel like that sometimes. We feel that if Jesus had only shown up sooner maybe things would not be so bad. Verses 23 and 25 tell us how Jesus responded to these words of hopelessness and despair: “Your brother shall rise again…..I am [Myself] the Resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on) Me, although he may die, yet he shall live.”

          As He promised, Jesus called Lazarus to come forth form the tomb and he did so, totally restored. If Jesus can raise a dead man, surely He can raise a dead circumstance.

 

Just Do It!

6/8

Just Do It!

Philippians 2:14 …...do all things without grumbling

          When your feelings get off track, you need to keep them from running your life. You need to submit your will to what God tells you to do through His Word to you. If you do not feel like going to church, go anyway. If you do not feel like giving that special offering God told you to give, do it anyway. If God tells you to give away items, you feel like keeping, give them away with joy.

          If you really want to be happy and you want God’s anointing on your life, you must be obedient to the voice of God – regardless of what you think about it or how you feel. We do not always have to know why God wants us to do something. We just need to know what He tells us to do - and then do it!

 

6/9

From the Inside Out

Matthew 3:8………….let your life prove your change of heart

          Our society places so much importance on the way things look that appearances often take priority over true quality. One time I saw some big, perfect oranges in the grocery store and decided to buy one. I was sure the orange would taste as good as it looked, but when I peeled that beautiful thing and took a bite, it was dry and bitter.

          Giving consideration to whether you are as good on the inside as you look on the outside is a serious matter. Many people are searching for God today, and there are numerous teachings about how to find Him that sound right. As Christians, we need to make sure we are “the real thing” and not a phony. Only then, will people see Jesus in us and want what we have.

 

6/10

Light and Life

Genesis 1:1-4 ….in the beginning

          You see a spiritual principle at work in these verses - light overpowering darkness. Life overpowering death works the same way. Pour in light and darkness has to flee. Pour in life and death has to flee.

          Some people fight with the devil all the time, and while they are doing so they are also speaking death to themselves and their situation. Not only can you overcome death and darkness in your own life by speaking the Word, you can be an effective intercessor in the lives of others.

 

6/11

A Hearing Heart

1 Kings 3:9…...a hearing heart to judge Your people

          Jesus said, “Take heed that no man deceive you” (Matthew 24:4). The Bible tells you that in the last day’s deception will become so rampant that even God’s select people could be deceived. There will be people who say they are the Christ, the Messiah, and false prophets who will deceive and lead many people astray. They will even show great signs and wonders. It will be pretty confusing to tell who is who and what is what.

          You need a great deal of discernment, and the Bible says you can have it if you seek it. God wants you to ask Him for wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. He wants to give you discretion and discernment. Seek God tonight and ask Him for these things. He will surely bless you with a heart that hears clearly and discerns what is right.

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May this short and straight forward prayer bring you peace and happiness.... 



 
 
 

 

 

 
      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

This Reminds Me of You

Good morning,

I hope this message make you recognize who you really are... ( -:

 

Have a bless day!

 

Reminds me of you!

She can deal with stress and carry heavy burdens. She smiles when she feels like screaming, and she sings when she feels like crying. She cries when she's happy and laughs when she's afraid. Her love is unconditional. There's only one thing wrong with her. She forgets what she's worth! Pass this to every beautiful woman you know. Remind her that she's unique. I love you girl . In twenty five minutes something will make you super happy, But you have to tell ten crazy ladies you love them, Including me.

L-o-v-e-y-o-u. Today is 'love u day' send to everyone u love.



A Reining Ear

 

 

6/5

A Reining Ear

Galatians 5:16

          Some horses have what their trainers call a “reining ear”. While most horses are guided by a bit in their mouths, a few are directed by verbal command. One ear is sensitive to natural warnings; the other is attuned to the voice of the master.

          God teaches you what is right, and every single day you must choose. In order to follow God the flesh must be told “NO”, and the flesh suffers when that happens. You must also understand there may be times when you are galloping full speed ahead in one direction and the Master will tell you to stop and go another way. Like the horse with the “reining ear”, you must be willing to follow the Lord in all His leading. You must learn to say no to self, and yes to God.

 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Meditate on Him

 

Meditate on Him

Psalm 119:15

          The psalmist said that he thought about or meditated on the precepts of God. In other words, he spent a lot of time pondering and thinking on the ways of God, His instructions, and His teachings. The person who does this, according to Psalm 1:3, is “like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity].”

          The more time you spend meditating on God’s Word, the more you will reap from it. The more Word you read and hear, the more power and ability you will have. You will get as much from the Word of God as the effort you put into it. Spend time tonight meditating on God’s ways. Choose a Scripture that ministers to you and go to sleep rolling it over and over in your mind.

 

 

A Child’s Heart

Matthew 18:3-4….become like little children

          Children believe what they are told. Some people say children are gullible, meaning they believe anything no matter how ridiculous it sounds. But children are not gullible – they are trusting. It is a child’s nature to trust unless he has experienced something that teaches him otherwise. Your heavenly Father wants you to know that you are His precious little one – His child – and that when you come to Him as such, you show faith in Him, which releases Him to care for you.

          God is not like people. If people in your past have hurt you, do not let it affect your relationship with the Lord. You can trust Him. He will care for you as a loving Father.

 

 

Don’t Dread

 1 Chronicles 22:13

          Dread is like fear – it draws disaster. It is Satan’s open door to bring in the thing feared or dreaded. In Deuteronomy 1:29-30, we read the words of Moses spoken to the children of Israel about their enemies dwelling in the promised land: “Then I said to you, Dread not, neither be afraid of them. The Lord your God Who goes before you, He will fight for you just as He did for you in Egypt before your eyes.”

          God has not given you a spirit of fear (see 2 Timothy 1:7), and since He did not give you fear, you know He did not give you dread either. Jesus is your Pioneer (see Hebrews 2:10); He goes out ahead of you and makes a way for you. When something seems impossible or unpleasant, trust your Pioneer to go before you and pave the way. Refuse to live in dread and fear.

 

 

Ok and on Your Way

Philippians 1:6….he Who began a good work in you

          None of us has arrived. We are all in the process of becoming. In Romans 7, Paul said the good things he wanted to do, he could not do; and the evil thing he did not want to do, he always found himself doing. He said he felt wretched. You can probably relate to that feeling. We all have a long way to go, and Satan seems to enjoy reminding us daily.

          If you struggle with a constant sense of failure, adopt a new attitude. Tell yourself tonight”, I am not where I need to be, but thank God I am not where I used to be. I’m okay, and I’m on my way!”