Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Your Trial...


"When thou passeth through the waters, I will be with thee: and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee." Isaiah 43:2

The length and severity of your trial is in direct proportion to how much faith God has in you.

How do you cope with trials?

Sometimes it takes a severe trial for you to go through so that you can hear what God is trying to tell you.

Today as I was laying down all that I could hear in my spirit was...
"The length and severity of your trial is in direct proportion to how much faith that I have in you!"

God created all of us.

"For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:" Colossians 1:16

We all learn in different ways.

Some of us cope with the trials that we go through differently.

There are some that get mad, try to get even, take their frustration out on others, then there are those that just totally shut down.

Do you put up walls when you are going through a trial?

Some like to get alone with God.

Are you one who walks away from everyone and like for there to be quiet?

It is in the quiet, that God speaks if you but only listen.

Even though you think that your trial is severe, God will never give you more than you can handle.

"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." I Corinthians 10:13

You might be broken on the inside.

But guess what?

God has just not gone with you in your present situation, He has gone on before you!

We must realize no matter what we are facing that our God is more than enough!

Don't let the trials that you are going through get a grip on your heart.

Don't let fear rear it's ugly head in your situation.

God wants us to turn to Him for help.

He will help us go through the trial instead of around it.

He wants us to praise Him.

Do you stay in His Word?

Do you let your mind be renewed by the washing of the Word?

Do you seek Him?

He has so much to offer us, including but not limited...
Guidance
Restoration
Comfort
Protection
Provision

So what do we offer Him?

If we would stop and listen in each situation to His voice, we can hear Him speaking life, hope and wisdom.

Do you ever stop and reflect upon the work that God has done in your life?

God does more for us than most of us even acknowledge Him for.

How many descriptive words that characterize God can you name?

God...
Answers - Blesses - Blots out - Calls- Cares- Cleanses- Clothes- Comforts- Covers- Delights- Delivers- Disciplines-Encourages- Forgives- Guides-Heals- Hears-Helps- Hold us up- Leads- Listens- Loves- Pours- Provides-Protects- Purifies- Restores- Satisfies- Saves- Speaks- Strengthens- Sustains- Teaches.

This is by no means a complete list of how God works in our life.

Question is are you going to let the trial control you or are you going to let God speak to you through it, so you can learn and go on.

We must learn and go on.

I know that I do not want my trial to overtake and rule my life.

We must learn to put things at the feet of Jesus and leave them there and not pick them up again once left.

We must learn to stand on that solid foundation which is found only in Christ.

Don't be blown away by your current circumstances.

"Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait I say, on the Lord." Psalm 27:14

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

In a dream...


A dream is a series of thoughts, images, or emotions occurring during sleep.

Do you dream?

Do you hold fast to your dreams?

Have you lost your hope?

When you lose your hope you stop dreaming.

When you lose your dream you stop hoping.

There is a vision and a destiny that comes from a dream.

God's dreams will send you altogether another way than that which you thought that you should go.

God's dreams will give you a warning of things to come, of things that will happen in the near future of your life.

There will be no reason to get a second opinion when they are God's dreams.

We are to take these dreams and ponder them.

God will make sure that your destiny comes to pass.

Sure there will be opposition, people will be mad, or even jealous of your dream.

It is important not to always share your dreams with others.

People will not believe it.

People will hate you.

So, when you get a dream from heaven, you may not want to share it with anybody.

Look at Joseph, he told his brothers, and they were all jealous.

"And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brethern: and they hated him yet the more." Genesis 37:5

He ended up on prison, but he held onto that dream which God had given him.

There is no man on this earth that can keep you from fulfilling your dreams.

"And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh:and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams." Acts 2:17

Visions and dreams are for the church.

Joseph is an example of our destiny.

It is in a dream that God will make himself known.

It is in a dream that the Holy Ghost will give you your future and your destiny.

All you need is that dream.

Hold onto that dream at all cost, never let it go.

You don't need man's approval.

All you need is the Spirit of God.

God will give you a dream for your life and it makes no difference what people say about you.

Joseph is an example of a dream.

A dream gives us vision for the future.

"Where there is no vision, the people perish:" Proverbs 29:18a

We must take hold of those dreams that are heaven sent and not let anyone take them away from us.

It is in our dream that God has gives us a destiny.

It is in that dream that God has given you a calling.

Your calling maybe for...
Your business
Your Family
Your Ministry
For you life.

All of us that have been saved, and washed under the blood of Jesus have a destiny, a dream to fulfill!

Sunday, May 27, 2007

The Grocery List

If you are in any type of food ministry this will touch you...

Louise Redden, a poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat on her face, walked into a grocery store.

She approached the owner of the store in a most humble manner and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries.

She softly explained that her husband was very ill and unable to work, they had seven children and they needed food.

John Longhouse, the grocer, scoffed at her and requested that she leave his store at once.

Visualizing the family needs, she said: "Please, sir! I will bring you the money just as soon as I can."

John told her he could not give her credit, since she did not have a charge account at his store.

Standing Beside the counter was a customer who overheard the conversation Between the two.

The customer walked forward and told the grocer that he would stand good for whatever she needed for her family.

The grocer said in a very reluctant voice, ' Do you have a grocery list?"

Louise replied, "Yes sir." "O.K'' he said, 'put your grocery list on the scales and whatever your grocery list weighs, I will give you that amount in groceries."

Louise, hesitated a moment with a bowed head, then she reached into her purse and took out a piece of paper and scribbled something on it.

She then laid the piece of paper on the scale carefully with her head still bowed.

The eyes of the grocer and the customer showed amazement when the scales went down and stayed down.

The grocer, staring at the scales, turned slowly to the customer and said begrudgingly, "I can 't believe it, "

The customer smiled and the grocer started putting the groceries on the other side of the scales.

The scales did not balance so he continued to put more and more groceries on them until the scales would hold no more.

The grocer stood there in utter disgust. Finally, he grabbed the piece of paper from the scales and looked at it with greater amazement.

It was not a grocery list, it was a prayer, it read:
"Dear Lord, you know my need's and I am leaving this in your hand's."

The grocer gave her the groceries that he had gathered and stood in stunned silence.

Louise thanked him and left the store.

Tne other customer handed
a fifty-dollar bill the grocer and said;
"It was worth every penny of it.

Only God Knows how much a prayer weighs."

So dear heart, trust God to heal the sick, provide food for the hungry, clothes and shelter for those that don't have as we do.

Amen & Amen

Friday, May 25, 2007

The Purpose Driven Life



As I was reading this , my only thought was to share this with my readers.

This is an absolutely incredible interview with Rick Warren, author of "Purpose Driven Life."

His wife now has cancer, and he now has "wealth" from the book sales.

In the interview by Paul Bradshaw with Rick Warren, Rick said:"People ask me, "What is the purpose of life?"

And I respond: In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity.

We were made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven.

One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body--but not the end of me.

I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I am going to spend trillions of years in eternity.

This is the warm-up act - the dress rehearsal.

God wants us to practice on earth what we will do forever in eternity.

We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn't going to make sense.

Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you're just coming out of one, or you're getting ready to go into another one.

The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort.

God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.

We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that's not the goal of life.

The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness.

This past year has been the greatest year of my life but also the toughest, with my wife, Kay, getting cancer.

I used to think that life was hills and valleys - you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth.

I don't believe that anymore.

Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it's kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life.

No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on.

And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for.

You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems.

If you focus on your problems, you're going into self-centeredness, "which is my problem, my issues, my pain."

But one of the easiest ways to get rid of pain is to get your focus off yourself and onto God and others.

We discovered quickly that in spite of the prayers of hundreds of thousands of people, God was not going to heal Kay or make it easy for her.

It has been very difficult for her, and yet God has strengthened her character, given her a ministry of helping other people, given her a testimony, drawn her closer to Him and to people.

You have to learn to deal with both the good and the bad of life.

Actually, sometimes learning to deal with the good is harder.

For instance, this past year, all of a sudden, when the book sold 15 million copies, it made me instantly very wealthy.

It also brought a lot of notoriety that I had never had to deal with before.

I don't think God gives you money or notoriety for your own ego or for you to live a life of ease.

So I began to ask God what He wanted me to do with this money, notoriety and influence.

He gave me two different passages that helped me decide what to do, II Corinthians 9 and Psalm 72.

First, in spite of all the money coming in, we would not change our lifestyle one bit.

We made no major purchases.

Second, about midway through last year, I stopped taking a salary from the church.

Third, we set up foundations to fund an initiative we call The Peace Plan to plant churches, equip leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, and educate the next generation.

Fourth, I added up all that the church had paid me in the 24 years since I started the church, and I gave it all back.

It was liberating to be able to serve God for free.

We need to ask ourselves: Am I going to live for possessions?

Popularity?

Am I going to be driven by pressures?

Guilt?

Bitterness?

Materialism?

Or am I going to be driven by God's purposes (for my life)?

When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, God, if I don't get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You better.

God didn't put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list.

He's more interested in what I am than what I do.

That's why we're called human beings, not human doings.

Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.

Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.

Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.

Painful moments, TRUST GOD.

Every moment, THANK GOD. "

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Question?


Today's thought is simple....

Do you read God's Word?

Do you read for enjoyment?

Do you read God's Word because you just have too?

Do you read God's Word because it is your job?

"The joy of the Lord is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10


"Let the Word of Christ swell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." Colossians 3:16

Monday, May 21, 2007

The Silversmith


As I grow older, I realize more and more that God does not waste words. In each parable, story, lesson, He is telling us how close He is to us at all times, especially when we are 'in the fire' and how much He loves us.

Malachi 3:3 says: "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver."

This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.

One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.

That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver.

As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says: "He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver." She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined.

The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?"He smiled at her and answered, "Oh, that's easy -- when I see my image in it"

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Just as I am

Billy Graham and Oprah
Last year I watched Billy Graham being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on television.

Oprah told him that in her childhood home, she use to watch him preach on a little black and white TV while sitting on a linoleum floor.

She went on to the tell viewers that in his lifetime Billy has preached to twenty-million people around the world, not to mention the countless numbers who have heard him whenever his crusades are broadcast.

When she asked if he got nervous before facing a crowd, Billy replied humbly, "No, I don't get nervous before crowds, but I did today before I was going to meet with you."

Oprah 's show is broadcast to twenty-million people every day.

She is comfortable with famous stars and celebrities but seemed in awe of Dr. Billy Graham .

When the interview ended, she told the audience, "You don't often See this on my show, but we're going to pray."

Then she asked Billy to close in prayer.

The camera panned the studio audience as they bowed their heads and closed their eyes just like in one of his crusades.

Oprah sang the first line from the song that is his hallmark "Just as I am, without a plea," misreading the line and singing off'-key, but her voice was full of emotion and almost cracked.

When Billy stood up after the show, instead of hugging her guest, Oprah 's usual custom, she went over and just nestled against him.

Billy wrapped his arm around her and pulled her under his shoulder. She stood in his fatherly embrace with a look of sheer contentment.. I once read the book "Nestle, Don't Wrestle" by Corrie Ten Boom.

The power of nestling was evident on the TV screen that day.

Billy Graham was not the least bit condemning, distant, or hesitant to embrace a public personality who may not fit the evangelistic mold.

His grace and courage are sometimes stunning.

In an interview with Hugh Downs , on the 20/20 program, the subject turned to homosexuality.

Hugh looked directly at Billy and said, "If you had a homosexual child, would you love him?"

Billy didn't miss a beat.

He replied with sincerity and gentleness, "Why, I would love that one even more."

The title of Billy 's autobiography, "Just As I Am," says it all. His life goes before him speaking as eloquently as that charming southern drawl for which he is known.

If, when I am eighty years old, my autobiography were to be titled "Just As I Am," I wonder how I would live now?

Do I have the courage to be me?

I'll never be a Billy Graham , the elegant man who draws people to the Lord through a simple one-point message, but I hope to be a person who is real and compassionate and who might draw people to nestle within God's embrace.

Do you make it a point to speak to a visitor or person who shows up alone at church, buy a hamburger for a homeless man, call your mother on Sunday afternoons, pick daisies with a little girl, or take a fatherless boy to a baseball game?

Did anyone ever tell you how beautiful you look when you're looking for what's beautiful in someone else?

Billy complimented Oprah when asked what he was most thankful for; he said, "Salvation given to us in Jesus Christ " then added, "and the way you have made people all over this country aware of the power of being grateful."

When asked his secret of love, being married fifty-four years to the same person, he said, " Ruth and I are happily incompatible."

How unexpected.

We would all live more comfortably with everybody around us if we would find the strength in being grateful and happily incompatible.

Let's take the things that set us apart, that make us different, that cause us to disagree, and make them an occasion to compliment each other and be thankful for each other.

Let us be big enough to be smaller than our neighbor, spouse, friends, and strangers.

Let us live earnest, useful, holy lives to "the praise of the glory of His grace."

"The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped." Proverbs 11:25 - The Message Bible


Every day, may we Nestle, not Wrestle!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Need a hug...


"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

*Hug**Hug**Hug**Hug**Hug**Hug* *Hug**Hug**Hug**Hug**Hug**Hug* *Hug**Hug**Hug**Hug**Hug**Hug* *Hug**Hug**Hug**Hug**Hug**Hug*


You have just been hugged!!

That's right, there's no getting out of it this time!!

So hug everyone you know!!!


Hug your friends, your enemies, everyone!!

The hug is my favorite sign of affection.

It can mean so much, and so many things at the same time.

It can be a sign of love, friendship, comfort or anything.

So here you go.

All I can say it will do is brighten some one's day.

I mean, we all need a hug once in a while.

God knows, we could all REALLY use a hug sometimes.

"And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God." Ephesians 3:19

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Don't look back

"Forget about what's happened; don't keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I'm about to do something brand-new. It's bursting out! Don't you see it? There it is! I'm making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands." Isaiah 43:18-19 - The Message Bible

We as humans keep replaying our memories and keeping ourselves in bondage.

When we keep looking back at the former things, our past we are giving those dead, dry bones life.

We keep giving life to those bones, and as we do, it keeps us right out of the promises of God.

God's Word bring revelation.

God's Word brings freedom, life, and joy.

When God speaks, His Word will bring illumination to those things in which we are to depart and to embrace the new things that He wants to do.

We must come to the place of realization that we are a new creature in Him.

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17

It is when we choose not to let go of those dry bones that we leave a door wide open for the enemy to come in and create havoc.

The enemy will never attack from the front.

The enemy will sneak upon you, because he knows your weakness.

Don't let him infiltrate your thoughts.

Take hold of those thoughts and fight back.

Fight back with God's Word.

You can't fight back if you have not stayed in His Word.

This is why you must stay in God's Word and memorize it.

Get His Word in your heart.

"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." Psalm 119:11

Let the past be the past.

"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;"2 Corinthians 10:5

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Have you been on your toes?


"Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You're not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It's the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won't last forever. It won't be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does." I Peter 5:8-11 Message Bible

Is you faith in God genuine?

Have you had many conflicts lately?

Do you resist temptation?

Did you know that at that very moment that you said yes to Jesus, that instant that you surrendered, you insulted Satan.

You made the enemy on an all out war after you.

The enemy works hard to keep whispering things to you that don't belong.

Each of us have a weak point, and the enemy will find it.

No matter who you are, or how long you spend in prayer the enemy will come knocking.

He will even try and bring up past sins, memories of things that you have done wrong.

The enemy will try and remind you either how enjoyable they were or make you feel guilty about them.

If you go on your way and do not spend time in God's Word, and with prayer you will find out that shortly, the enemy will come through those doors that you have left open.

We have to know in whom we trust.

We have to be rooted and grounded in Christ.

"If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; " Colossians 1:23

The enemy will try his hardest to greet you each morning as you wake up.

The enemy doesn't stop there, but will stay working on you all day long.

The enemy is out to steal your life of faith.

The enemy is out to separate you from God.

All you have to do is remind him of his future.

The lake of fire is where he is headed, it was specially prepared for him and all his followers.

Do you ever have sleepless nights?

What do you do?

Do you get up and watch TV?

Do you start rewinding the days events?

Do you get on your knees in prayer?

Do you start praising God, spending time with Him?

One of the best ways to avoid being tempted is to fill your mind with God's Word.

"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer." Psalm 19:14

The Word of God can change our lives.

The Word of God will convict us of our sin.

The Word of God will encourage and uplift us.

The Word of God will help accomplish God's purpose in our life.

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged 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." Hebrews 4:12

We should not give any compliments to the enemy in our thinking.

We are not to let him dominate our life.

We must learn to be sober and vigilant.

We need to keep our eyes on Jesus!

Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith.

The closer that we draw to God, the more that we appreciate what He has done for us.

In the end we can not even image the glory and thrill of heaven.

Heaven is a real place.

Are you excited about seeing and spending time with Jesus?

"And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God." Acts 7:56

Friday, May 11, 2007

Are you holding onto Him?


"My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy Word." Psalm 119:28

Have you ever longed for someone to talk to?

Have you ever longed for someone to listen to you?

Have you longed for someone who won't walk away no matter what you say?

Have you ever longed for someone to help you?

Someone to take your hand and show you how to survive the traumas of life.

This is what we all need as humans, isn't it?

There is only One person who can do all that.

There is only One who is always there.

There is only One who is always ready to listen, no matter what time of day/night it maybe.

The Lord is the only One who can always be there.

No One is more sufficient.

This trial that has come your way, has come to test your faith.

"Job replied, "Don't talk like a fool! If we accept blessings from God, we must accept trouble as well." In all that happened, Job never once said anything against God. " Job 2:10 - Contemporary English Version

Do you believe Him?

Will you cling to God no matter what happens?

Will you walk by faith, not by sight?

Can you say, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him."

Our help comes from the One who made the heavens and the earth.

Our help comes from the One who loves us with an everlasting love.

We need to get before God and enjoy him.

Our responsibility is to cling, to believe in Him.

He is Jehovah Jireh, our provider.

It is God and God alone.

He is all we need.

Get in God's Word, and let Him encourage you and speak to your heart.


"The Scriptures are God's wisdom. They teach us who God is. They instruct us to distinguish right from wrong, and they give clear guidelines fro practical living. His Word is counsel from heaven for life on earth, revealing the Father's omniscient heart to help us walk victoriously in all our endeavors. When learned and consistently applied, God's Word fastens firmly together the disjointed portions of our lives - our work, family, our friendships, our relationships, our dreams, our thoughts, our words, our deeds - in the sturdy framework of divine wisdom." - Charles Stanley

Without these foundations which are found in God's Word we will not be able to withstand the storms of life that come our way.

Such storms as... criticism, pain, loss of a loved one, temptations, and that of success.

"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us." II Corinthians 12:9

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Sexual Integrity


"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." Romans 12:1

I have come with a very heavy heart concerning this topic.

This is by no means an easy topic to discuss.

We must learn to deal with lust, covetousness, and immorality.

Don't let yourself become deceived, proud or arrogant.

I just want to encourage those of you who are out there who are married, and those who are still pure.

I know that there is a lot of pressure from the opposite sex.

If you have fallen, get back up, ask God's forgiveness and sin no more.

There are those out there that say it will never happen to me.

I would never be unfaithful to my spouse.

Watch out.

Especially if you think that this subject does not concern you.

We must hang onto those firm solid foundations that will help steer our lives in a meaningful manner.

Face it the world is not the same as it was a few decades ago.

It is impossible to come to terms with moral purity without dealing with some practical facts related to the body.

Our bodies can lead us off course if we don't learn to control it.

In today's society it is hard to drive past a billboard, or even turn on the television without encountering sexual signals.

You must guard yourself against sexual impurity.

I can't emphasize enough, if you don't think this can happen to you and you think that you are immune, watch out.

You must particularly guard yourself.

Do you know your body?

Do you know what weakens the control of your body?

Do you know how to stay clear of the danger zones?

"God wants you to be holy, so don't be immoral in matters of sex. Respect and honor your wife. [a] Don't be a slave of your desires or live like people who don't know God. You must not cheat any of the Lord's followers in matters of sex. [b] Remember, we warned you that he punishes everyone who does such things. God didn't choose you to be filthy, but to be pure." 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7 - Contemporary English Version

Do not have after hours appointments alone with members of the opposite sex, unless it is your wife.

Do not hesitate to request counseling if there are serious problems in your marriage.

Do not hesitate to ask a friend of the same gender to help you be accountable for your actions.

Do not hesitate to bring your actions to God to be washed under His blood and be set free.

Start and maintain a personal habit of discipline that includes prayer, worship, and Bible study.

Start each day by asking for God's strength to get you through.

Start disciplining your mind through scripture memorization.

Develop a way to stay busy, that way your body will have to behave.

The battle can be very difficult, but the commitment to sexual purity pays rich dividends.

"The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body." 1 Corinthians 6:13b - English Standard Version

We need to be careful how we deal with members of the opposite sex.

If you are married, intentionally take time to nurture your marriage by consistently setting time aside with your spouse.

My whole point in bringing this to you is to let you know that personal purity is attainable.

In today's society, they tell you otherwise by their actions.

Most think that it is an outdated standard from the past, it is not.

Moral purity is not some unachievable goal.

It is not an outdated standard.

It is counsel out of God's word.

"God didn't choose you to be filthy, but to be pure. So if you don't obey these rules, you are not really disobeying us. You are disobeying God, who gives you his Holy Spirit." 1 Thessalonians 4:7-8 Contemporary English Version

Here are some other scriptures to think on...

"Let not sin therefore rule as king in your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies, to make you yield to its cravings and be subject to its lusts and evil passions. Do not continue offering or yielding your bodily members [and [a]faculties] to sin as instruments (tools) of wickedness. But offer and yield yourselves to God as though you have been raised from the dead to [perpetual] life, and your bodily members [and [b]faculties] to God, presenting them as implements of righteousness." Romans 6:12-13 Amplified Bible

"God honored the Master's body by raising it from the grave. He'll treat yours with the same resurrection power. Until that time, remember that your bodies are created with the same dignity as the Master's body. You wouldn't take the Master's body off to a whorehouse, would you? I should hope not." 1 Corinthians 6:15 - The Message Bible

"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;" 1 Corinthians 6:19 - New International Version

"For ye are bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's" 1 Corinthians 6:20 - 21st Century King James Version

Are you a Christian who has started to slip morally?

Will you be man or woman enough to deal with it and seek help?

Perhaps you currently hold a high position in leadership, while living an impure life;will you be honest enough to turn and run from your sin?

Maybe you know of a brother or sister in God's family who is compromising his or her testimony, would you pray for them?

Would you pray that God would confront that person in a spirit of humility?

Don't be judgmental of them, but pray for them.

"Judge not, that ye be not judged" Matthew 7:1

Monday, May 07, 2007

Jesus


I don't know who wrote this but I sure agree with it!!


JESUS, WHO IS HE?

He is...

IN CHEMISTRY, HE TURNED WATER TO WINE.

IN BIOLOGY, HE WAS BORN WITHOUT THE NORMAL CONCEPTION;


IN PHYSICS, HE DISAPPROVED THE LAW OF GRAVITY WHEN HE ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN;

IN ECONOMICS, HE DISAPPROVED THE LAW OF DIMINISHING RETURN BY FEEDING 5000 MEN WITH TWO FISHES & 5 LOAVES OF BREAD;

IN MEDICINE, HE CURED THE SICK AND THE BLIND WITHOUT ADMINISTERING A SINGLE DOSE OF DRUGS,


IN HISTORY, HE IS THE BEGINNING AND THE END; IN GOVERNMENT, HE SAID THAT HE SHALL BE CALLED WONDERFUL COUNSELOR, PRINCE OF PEACE;

IN RELIGION, HE SAID NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH HIM;

SO...WHO IS HE?

HE IS JESUS!

JOIN ME AND LET'S CELEBRATE HIM;


HE IS WORTHY.

THE EYES BEHOLDING THIS MESSAGE SHALL NOT BEHOLD EVIL, AND THE MOUTH SAYING AMEN TO THIS PRAYER SHALL SMILE FOREVER.

REMAIN IN GOD AND SEEK HIS FACE ALWAYS. AMEN IN GOD I'VE FOUND EVERYTHING!


The Greatest Man in History Jesus had no servants, yet they called Him Master.

Had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher.

Had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer.

He had no army, yet kings feared Him.

He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world.

He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him.

He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today.

I feel honored to serve such a Leader who loves us!


"But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Who has encouraged you?


"Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail). Psalm 55:22 - Amplified Bible

The loss of a life, the wreckage, the waste, it starts affecting you each moment.

We all struggle to understand the pain that life brings.

The best place to find most of the answers to our questions is in the Bible.

The Bible can bring encouragement with the way that it brings perspective the the way of life.

The Bible gives a voice to our anger, fears, and hopes.

The Bible will give you help in the all your difficult areas.

The Bible can help you through the grieving and healing process day by day, and moment by moment.

We are not left to fend for ourselves in the desert of our own grief.

We can get help from friends from others around us and most importantly from God.

It could be something simple as a meal with a friend, a card, or a phone call that can give you the strength that you need at that moment.

When we are deep in discouragement, God will provide us with simple gifts such as food and rest.

God knows of our grief and will send help in unexpected ways.

"But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.
And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.
And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.
And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God
." 1 Kings 19:4-8

Don't give up but be encouraged in God!

Thursday, May 03, 2007

What happens now?


"for he has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you. So we can confidently say, The Lord is my helper; I will not fear;" Hebrews 13:5b-6a - English Standard Version

So what happens now?

When your whole world changes at the drop of a hat?

Do you know what to do, where to go, who to talk to or not talk too?

We must begin our journey one day at a time.

We have the best counselor in the world.

He gives the best encouragement.

His name is Jesus!

We do not need to go to others and tell them our problems.

All we must do is open up our hearts to the Father.

Talking to others is good, but our heavenly Father is everything that we will need.

I know that sometimes it feels impossible to go on.

Sometimes it feels like I have lost my way, and I'm not even sure why I get up in the mornings.

Sometimes I get those bad thoughts about not being around.

But God...

Even though there are times when we don't like what happens and why, God is still in control.

Did you hear me?

I said that God has everything under control.

God, whom created us, and loves us, gives us hope.

"Don't you know? Haven't you heard?
The LORD is the eternal God, Creator of the earth. He never gets weary or tired; his wisdom cannot be measured. The LORD gives strength to those who are weary. Even young people get tired, then stumble and fall. But those who trust the LORD will find new strength. They will be strong like eagles soaring upward on wings; they will walk and run without getting tired. "
Isaiah 40:28-31 - Contemporary English Version

We have to believe that if there is to be any kind of peace in our situation.

We must believe that with all our heart.

When we start trusting in Him, there is a calm that comes.

It is true that nothing will ever be the same after a loss.

A loss of a loved one affects us deeply.

A loss of a loved one does not mean that life will never be good again.

God can and will use awful circumstances for a greater good.

"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good," Romans 8:28a - English Standard Version

Some would prefer not to choose to experience this again, but at the same time learn from it.

Think it not a waste of time, but learn from it.

Things will never be the same again.

They may actually turn out better.

You will be surprised what God will show you, and what you have learned through it all.

It is through that relationship with Jesus, that we will put our life back together.

We must be willing to be reshaped and molded by God.

He is the only One who can offer transformation and renewal, and joy in the form of new strength, hope and energy.

"So we're not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There's far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can't see now will last forever." 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 - The Message Bible

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

This too shall pass


"Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord."

Is there anything more painful than a death of a loved one?

We as human beings all face trials in our life.

We seem to have those dark clouds that hang over us.

"even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you." Psalm 139:12 - New International Version

We have trouble with our thought life.

"Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. " Philippians 4:8 - The Message

The grip of anguish is hard upon our lives, and we don't seem as though we could even possible make it through.

The hardest thing to make it through as you lose a love one is fighting the depression.

But, thank God ":for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Hebrews 13:5b

There is hope!

We think that when we lose someone that the world has stopped.

Life goes on, despite our murmuring and complaining.

It sure does seem impossible at first, but there will come a healing.

We must grieve.

If they are saved, they are going to heaven.

We should also remember that to be absent from the mortal body is to be present with the Lord.

With time and good friends we all can make it through.

"Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee." Deuteronomy 31:6

Knowing that we always have someone to talk to whenever there is a need is really great.

He will be there to comfort, to give you peace, and wrap His strong arms around you for that much needed hug.

He will be there when you can't all anyone, or your friends can't be there for you.

Jesus, He is all you need!

Jesus is right there waiting with His hand stretched forth to pull you through.

Jesus, is the greatest force for sustaining you and bringing the meaninglessness of your life through His light of revelation.

"I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." John 14:18

He will use this tragedy to accomplish a good purpose.

There will be plenty of tomorrows as we have spent our time healing.

Praise God for the dark days, our sweetest lessons are learned there.

There is nowhere in God's Word that says we are to live morbidly and sadly.

"Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God." Psalm 42:11 - New International Version

So why do we?

God does not intend for us to be sad and unhappy, but instructs us to rejoice.

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" Philippians 4:4 - New International Version

"I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without and being in want. I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who [a]infuses inner strength into me; I am [b]self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency]." Philippians 4:12-13 - Amplified Bible