Friday, December 13, 2013

An attitude of submission

Merry Christmas!! With Christmas just a little under 2 weeks out, I hope you are all enjoying the season! Today I want to look at Mary, the mother of Jesus.  You see I think she is an awesome example of submission to God's plan.  She was sold out, friends, totally surrendered and happy to do anything God asked of her.  It is so cool to think about being the mother of Jesus! But wait...it wasn't quite that easy. You see God chose her because she was a virgin, but getting pregnant before marriage was a huge deal especially in her day.  Even though the pregnancy was completely virgin because God's Spirit put the baby inside of Mary's womb, people would not understand that.  She would be looked down upon.  Mary was engaged, preparing to get married.  Can you imagine? Mary's response to the angel when the angel came to tell her she would be the mother of baby Jesus is astounding! She responds with, "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word." Luke 1:38 WOW! Are you and I that sold out...that willing to do ANYTHING God wants from us? Could we respond with basically saying, I am your servant, let your will be done?! What a testimony! And God chose a girl with that spirit and that attitude to be the mother of His SON! So cool...if we are willing to do anything for God, He will use us in a big way.  Yes, it's hard to trust God at all times, but He is worthy.  I love Mary's response to this situation that God placed in her life.  She was used in a huge way for God's glory! Let's be encouraged to trust God and His glorious plan for our lives! Remember that being sold out for God is the safest place to be! A verse that I think pairs well with this is 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, which says, "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."  This verse tells us that we are not our own after we accept and ask for God to be our Saviour.  We are God's, to be used by Him and for Him in whatever way He plans.  Mary was a perfect example of being willing to be used by God in any way He wanted to use her! Are you willing? Are you being a Mary?

Friday, December 6, 2013

Which color are you?

Okay so I know we are now in the Christmas season, and I have already done a post about Christmas.  I thought about sticking with Christmas posts this whole month, but I just felt like this idea from God was too cool to pass up.  As I sat and looked at the different color leaves falling to the ground, I thought about the colors.  There is green, yellow, orange, red and then brown.  As each color was in my yard, I thought about how they progressed and changed colors.  Isn't God so creative with the different fall colors? I want to ask you, "what color are you?" Are you green and going for Jesus? Excited and faithful to God?  Are you yellowed with yesterdays? Too concerned with what happened in the past that you can't focus on the present?  Are you orange with obsessions or obligations?  Too caught up in what you're doing to be completely focused on God? Are you red with rage? Angry over something you can't change?  Are you brown with brokenness or no beginning? Have you ever asked God for His salvation?
You see you can be all sorts of different colors... but the one that pleases God is green! Are you going for Jesus? Living and loving for and through Jesus is the only way to be completely satisfied.  God can clean up your yesterdays, wipe away your obsessions, fix your rage, and redeem you from no beginning. But it's up to you...you must ask Him to help you! And if you have no beginning because you have never trusted Him to be your Savior, you have to ask Him to be your Savior! Go green!


Matthew 7:7-"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:" God's answer may not always be what you expect or want, but His plan is always perfect.

Isaiah 61:3- "To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified."

Monday, December 2, 2013

Christmas started with a Gift

I don't know about you, but I absolutely love December and Christmas time.  It is probably my most favorite time of the year.  I want to remind you though that Christmas started with Jesus.  It didn't start with Santa Claus.  It did start with a Gift and that Gift was from God.  God sent Jesus, His only Son, into a world full of evil to save the people He created from doom.  That Gift was born into the world through a virgin lady that God handpicked to be the bearer of baby Jesus.  You see there would be NO Christmas without Christ.  You can't take Christ out of Christmas because when you do, you aren't celebrating Christmas anymore.  Christmas is Jesus' birthday and that's where it all began! Be aware and encouraged that this is a season to celebrate because of a Gift that God handed you over 2000 years ago.  He gave you His Son, so that one day, you could accept Jesus and ask Him to be your Savior so that when you die, you go to be with Jesus.  Aren't you glad Christmas started with a Baby in a manger that was 100% God and 100% human? Pretty cool, huh?! Well Jesus isn't a Baby anymore, He is standing at the right hand of God in Heaven and He is waiting for you to invite Him into your life if you haven't done so already and if you have, He is excited to use you as His child to fulfill His plan for your life.  So this Christmas when you celebrate, remember Who you are celebrating.  It's more than presents, food, parties, and fun, not that these things are wrong, but they can be when we don't realize who we are really celebrating.  It's a Miracle that happened many years ago that you are still celebrating! Praise the Lord!
Matthew 1:21- "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins."
Acts 7:55- "But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,"

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Holding your hand

Today I want to remind you of something that is so special to me! God tells us in His word that He is holding our hand.  Don't you feel safe holding hands with Jesus?! No, you can't see or feel Him holding your hand, but He says He is, so you can choose to trust that.  When I was first diagnosed with Dysautonomia and trying to adjust life to the new symptoms, one of the most comforting thoughts was that Jesus was holding my hand. Every step of the way. Holding on, never letting go, no matter what.  Whether life is scary, hard or happy, Jesus is there to share every moment. God is holding your hand today, will you embrace that, and trust Him with everything? He is worthy, He is greater! He's holding your hand! You are never alone with Jesus! What a comforting thought! Remember that GOD is not a feeling, He is a fact! And the fact is, He's holding your hand whether you feel it or not!

Isaiah 42:6- "I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;"

Isaiah 41:13- "For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee"

Friday, November 8, 2013

God's love

Hi all!
Hope you're enjoying a fabulous fall day!
I'd just like to share something with you that God has recently shared with me! :) I have a picture with this quote and you can see it above, but here is the quote, "Always remember when you look at someone else, that God loves them just as much as He loves you.  It will help you look at the other person through God's eyes of love instead of your eyes of judgment." I think we all too often look at someone and judge them, think badly about them, or just decide we don't like them.  We need to be looking at them with God's love instead of our own.  If we try to love someone with our love, we will find ourselves falling short so many times.  It's easy to love someone when you get along with them and like them a lot. It's not so easy to love when you disagree with someone.  When you choose to love through God's eyes, you are choosing to see the person as God sees them.  You must allow God's love to permeate you and flow out of you.  Pray and ask God to fill you with His love so that you spill out to the world. Stop and pray something simple in a moment of haste, anger, or disagreement.  You could simply ask God to help you.  "Please help me, Jesus", is a great prayer of response to situations and it will help you refocus your mind on Him.  Begin seeing people through eyes of grace instead eyes of judgment. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Blog Makeover!

Hi friends,
I have totally redone my blog! I hope you will check out each tab at the top with different pages I have added! If you haven't liked my facebook page, please click on the facebook tab and "like" that page! Thanks so much! Hoping to reach more people with the new look! :) God is good!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Waiting on the Lord!

Hello all! I hope you are enjoying a wonderful day!
Do you like to wait? Probably not and I know I do not like to wait.  I am so terrible at waiting...I like it now and 10 minutes ago...anybody with me? God doesn't want us to be that way though...that is not the way life works. We have to wait on God! There are times that God shows us the pathway before we even realize we need it and other times we have to wait on God to open a pathway.  God really opened a great path for me this week with a hopeful job I will be able to start next year.  Something I am waiting for in my life right now is for my Hope ministry to get bigger! I would love to eventually be speaking to ladies all over the world about Jesus and the hope He has given me! Right now it doesn't seem like that dream is all that doable. But I do know that if God wants it for me, it will come to pass. Would you pray especially that God would start opening more doors for me to share my testimony and His hope with others?! Honestly we are all given opportunities to share Jesus with the world each day..at a store, at school, at work...I am reminded that I need to be using those opportunities before I can expect huge more corporate opportunities. I would love to be asked to speak at more women's conferences, etc. Also pray that God will lead me along to the next step to take with my ministry! I know the Lord has called me to be a teacher, but somewhere deep down I feel that He is calling me to more at some point in my life maybe with this ministry to spread His words to the world.  We are all called to spread His words to the world! He uses us each differently, but He is always good! Thank you for your prayers! And feel free to share what you may be waiting on in your life at this point!

Acts 1:8- "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."
Psalm 27:14-"Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord."

If you haven't had God's Spirit enter your life, please continue reading,
1. Realize that God loves youJohn 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."
2. Realize that you are a sinner.  Sins are anything that you do that is wrong, examples are lying, lusting, being jealous, etc. 
Romans 3:23- "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
3. Know that you are a lost sinner.  Realize that you need Jesus to get to Heaven.  Nothing you do is good enough.  Sin must be paid for, but Jesus paid the price for sin. 
Romans 6:23- "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (You must accept that gift)
4. Believe that God sent Jesus, His Son, into the world, and believe that He died on a cross to take the punishment for your sins and then rose from the dead 3 days later.
Romans 5:8- "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Matthew 28:6-"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
5. Ask God to forgive you of your sins, and ask Him to enter into your life and save you.
Romans 10:9-10- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Acts 2:21-"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
If you do that or have done that already, you are a child of God and you have begun your journey of following God's plan for your life.

Friday, October 18, 2013

As far as the East is from the West

Hello all!
Thanks for praying for sweet Kylei! Please continue to do that.  Her caring bridge page link is http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kyleichambless.  If you would like to keep up with her, please check out her page.

I wanted to encourage you all today as the Lord encouraged me by reminding me that once we ask God to forgive us from sin, He does, and He chooses to forget that we ever did that sin. 

Psalm 103:12 - "As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us."
Wow...He chooses not to remember.  We must choose not to remember and do not allow the devil to bring old sin up again.  Resist him...when he tries to bring up old stuff that you know you have asked God to forgive you from...think about something else. 
This goes another way as well, and I was challenged when I read this in my life application Bible where it explains this verse.  We must choose to forget the wrong things people have done to us when we say we forgive them.  Don't bring it back up. Don't even think about it anymore. It's gone. You forgave them; God forgave them. It's like it's not even there anymore. We have all done wrong things, we are all sinners.  Forgive. And let God forgive you. He already has actually, you just have to ask for it!

If you don't know how to ask for forgiveness or you have never asked Jesus to be Lord of your life, please continue reading.
1. Realize that God loves youJohn 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."
2. Realize that you are a sinner.  Sins are anything that you do that is wrong, examples are lying, lusting, being jealous, etc. 
Romans 3:23- "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
3. Know that you are a lost sinner.  Realize that you need Jesus to get to Heaven.  Nothing you do is good enough.  Sin must be paid for, but Jesus paid the price for sin. 
Romans 6:23- "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (You must accept that gift)
4. Believe that God sent Jesus, His Son, into the world, and believe that He died on a cross to take the punishment for your sins and then rose from the dead 3 days later.
Romans 5:8- "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Matthew 28:6-"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
5. Ask God to forgive you of your sins, and ask Him to enter into your life and save you.
Romans 10:9-10- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Acts 2:21-"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
If you do that or have done that already, you are a child of God and you have begun your journey of following God's plan for your life.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Kylei4Christ

Hey Y'all!
     I want to take today's post and just ask you all to pray for a sweet little 5 year old who was just diagnosed with lymphoma/leukemia.  Her name is Kylei and she is in my 5 yr. old Sunday School class at church.  She is precious and her family has a great attitude about the diagnosis and they are trusting God for the whole situation.  God is good even in the valley and He knows what He is doing even when we do not.  I cannot imagine the pain and hurting her parents and family feel, but I do know that God is giving them strength one day at a time.  Please pray for her kidneys to handle the chemo they are giving her, and also for her mass to shrink.  Also pray that God chooses to give this sweet girl earthly healing and that the cancer never comes back!  We cannot understand these things, and we must know that "all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."  Romans 8:28
Thanks for praying and I hope you are enjoying a blessed week! :)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Hold on and hang tight!

Well happy October friends! Hope you all are enjoying fall! I want to encourage you today to remember you have been redeemed.  If you have asked Jesus to be your Saviour and believed on Him to save you from your sins....you are redeemed! WOW! Completely forgiven....completely set free.  No more payment for your sin must be sacrificed...you should ask for forgiveness when you sin, but the price we should have paid has already been paid...by JESUS! All you have to do is accept His free payment for your sins once and for all! I think it's so important as believers to remember the price Jesus paid, remember we are free from sin.  And we are God's child! We are His... He knows us by name! And you do not have to be afraid of anything...because whatever you go through...GOD is going through it with you.  No matter how bad it is....He's right there, He understands it better than you do, and He's not leaving your side.  So hold on, hang tight, because hope is always there! Read Isaiah 43:1-2- "But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
When thou passest 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."

If you do not know how or if you have accepted Jesus, please continue reading! It's so simple...the gift is free.

1. Realize that God loves you
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."
2. Realize that you are a sinner.  Sins are anything that you do that is wrong, examples are lying, lusting, being jealous, etc. 
Romans 3:23- "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
3. Know that you are a lost sinner.  Realize that you need Jesus to get to Heaven.  Nothing you do is good enough.  Sin must be paid for, but Jesus paid the price for sin. 
Romans 6:23- "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (You must accept that gift)
4. Believe that God sent Jesus, His Son, into the world, and believe that He died on a cross to take the punishment for your sins and then rose from the dead 3 days later.
Romans 5:8- "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Matthew 28:6-"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
5. Ask God to forgive you of your sins, and ask Him to enter into your life and save you.
Romans 10:9-10- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Acts 2:21-"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
If you do that or have done that already, you are a child of God and you have begun your journey of following God's plan for your life.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Beauty for Ashes

Have you ever wasted something? Maybe you have wasted an item you did not want or maybe you have wasted some time.  I'm sure all of us have; however, some have wasted lives.  And I'm talking about lives that have been non-glorifying to God.  We've all had those days that were wasted...and do you ever feel guilty for wasting your time? Well, let me share a passage of Scripture that has literally become one of my favorite passages here lately. It's in Isaiah, Isaiah chapter 61... It reads.."The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations." 
Now maybe you see why I was talking about wasting.  You see this passage explains that God wants to fix your breaking heart, free those of you who are being held captive of the enemy, and open up the door to those of you who are in chains.  Maybe it's chains in your thought life, chains in your relationships, or maybe you are chained to sin because you have never accepted and asked Jesus to free you and save you.  God wants to give you beauty for your ashes, He wants to make beautiful what you have ruined, He wants to help you exchange heaviness for praises, and He wants to call you a tree of righteousness! WOW! And here is just the most beautiful part....He wants to build back up what you have wasted. He wants to repair you....and He can even repair things that have been going on for generations... This is a beautiful passage and beautiful picture of who God is and what He wants to do..
Verse 2 talks about the day of vengeance of our God...that's when it is too late to do anything about being chained to sin... if you are unsure if you have been freed from your debt of sin...would you please continue reading below before it is too late to accept His payment for your sin....
1. Realize that God loves you
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."
2. Realize that you are a sinner.  Sins are anything that you do that is wrong, examples are lying, lusting, being jealous, etc. 
Romans 3:23- "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
3. Know that you are a lost sinner.  Realize that you need Jesus to get to Heaven.  Nothing you do is good enough.  Sin must be paid for, but Jesus paid the price for sin. 
Romans 6:23- "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (You must accept that gift)
4. Believe that God sent Jesus, His Son, into the world, and believe that He died on a cross to take the punishment for your sins and then rose from the dead 3 days later.
Romans 5:8- "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Matthew 28:6-"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
5. Ask God to forgive you of your sins, and ask Him to enter into your life and save you.
Romans 10:9-10- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Acts 2:21-"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
If you do that or have done that already, you are a child of God and you have begun your journey of following God's plan for your life.

Friday, September 13, 2013

"His mercy endureth for ever"

This week I want you all to just read this beautiful portion of Scripture and be reminded that God's mercy never fails.  It is always there.  Accept it.  Embrace it.  Live it. 

Psalm 136
 "O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.
O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.
To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.
To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.
To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.
To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:
The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:
The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.
10 To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever:
11 And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever:
12 With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever.
13 To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever:
14 And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever:
15 But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.
16 To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever.
17 To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:
18 And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:
19 Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever:
20 And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever:
21 And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever:
22 Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever.
23 Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:
24 And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.
25 Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.
26 O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever."

If you have not ever experienced God's mercy by accepting Him as your Saviour, please continue reading:
1. Realize that God loves you
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."
2. Realize that you are a sinner.  Sins are anything that you do that is wrong, examples are lying, lusting, being jealous, etc. 
Romans 3:23- "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
3. Know that you are a lost sinner.  Realize that you need Jesus to get to Heaven.  Nothing you do is good enough.  Sin must be paid for, but Jesus paid the price for sin. 
Romans 6:23- "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (You must accept that gift)
4. Believe that God sent Jesus, His Son, into the world, and believe that He died on a cross to take the punishment for your sins and then rose from the dead 3 days later.
Romans 5:8- "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Matthew 28:6-"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
5. Ask God to forgive you of your sins, and ask Him to enter into your life and save you.
Romans 10:9-10- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Acts 2:21-"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
If you do that or have done that already, you are a child of God and you have begun your journey of following God's plan for your life.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Are you fighting Goliath? (Part 2)

So last week we looked at David and Goliath and we stopped with the conversation between Goliath and David right before David killed Goliath.  (If you didn't get a chance to read the last post, I encourage you to go back and read it!) David was filled with faith.  Wow! Can you see David's faith?! He came in the name of the Lord!! He knew that God would take care of him.  Let's look at some things David did...
1.) David remembered what God had done for him in the past. (Earlier in 1 Samuel 17, David remembered when GOD helped him kill a lion and a bear with his hands!)
2.) David totally relied on God for the battle
3.) David trusted God fully.
4.) David defeated Goliath in the name of the LORD!

Are you fighting Goliath? I know the actual Goliath was killed many years ago, but I am talking about the devil.  He is our Goliath.  He thinks he can defeat us and we must remind him that he will not defeat us because we have God fighting for us.  You also must believe that God is fighting for you, not against you.  God wants to help you fight the devil....He gave us many verses to help win when the devil tempts us.  One I like to use often is James 4:7- "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."  I will sometimes think the second part of this verse in my head when I am struggling with the devil.  Remembering the first part of the verse will help you as well because you must submit to God! God wants you to resist the devil.  You may be thinking if I used a verse to defeat the devil when he tempts me, I would be saying scripture all the time... that's the point!! Say it in your mind...it will work! You can have victory over the devil in your life through Jesus! Once you have been saved, the devil will still attack, but you have power now! Use it....God wants to help you! You can defeat Goliath...through God!

If you are unsure if you have been saved or not, please read below!

1. Realize that God loves youJohn 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."
2. Realize that you are a sinner.  Sins are anything that you do that is wrong, examples are lying, lusting, being jealous, etc. 
Romans 3:23- "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
3. Know that you are a lost sinner.  Realize that you need Jesus to get to Heaven.  Nothing you do is good enough.  Sin must be paid for, but Jesus paid the price for sin. 
Romans 6:23- "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (You must accept that gift)
4. Believe that God sent Jesus, His Son, into the world, and believe that He died on a cross to take the punishment for your sins and then rose from the dead 3 days later.
Romans 5:8- "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Matthew 28:6-"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
5. Ask God to forgive you of your sins, and ask Him to enter into your life and save you.
Romans 10:9-10- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Acts 2:21-"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
If you do that or have done that already, you are a child of God and you have begun your journey of following God's plan for your life.


Monday, August 26, 2013

Are you fighting Goliath? (Part 1)

Hello friends! Hope you all are enjoying the last few weeks of the summer season...fall is so quickly approaching!

Today I want to encourage you by referring to a Bible story that many of you may have heard when you were younger!  This will be a two part post, but I think it will be encouraging to us all! David and Goliath, what a story, right?! Now I will give you the short version of the first part of the story, but you can read it for yourself in 1 Samuel 17!  David, a little shepherd boy goes to visit (take food) to his brothers who were at war with the Philistines.  While there, he realizes that there is a giant man who is threatening the Israelites and disrespecting God.  Everyone is afraid of him...but not David.  David goes back to King Saul and tells him he can fight Goliath.  King Saul thinks David is crazy for wanting to fight him since Goliath is much bigger than David.  Goliath was probably at least 10 feet tall (Life Application Bible, KJV).  Goliath wasn't bigger than God and David knew it.  David knew that his God was greater than this giant.  So King Saul allowed David to go fight Goliath, and David took his sling and stones. So David went and Goliath thought David was a going to be a pushover; however, this is David and Goliath's conversation...you need to read this for yourself!
1 Samuel 17:42-47-
42 "And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.
43 And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
44 And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.
45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
46 This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
47 And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands."

Wow! Pretty amazing faith that David had! Maybe you don't have faith in God or you have never trusted Him as your Saviour...please read below to find out how to get that settled today!   

1. Realize that God loves you
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."
2. Realize that you are a sinner.  Sins are anything that you do that is wrong, examples are lying, lusting, being jealous, etc. 
Romans 3:23- "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
3. Know that you are a lost sinner.  Realize that you need Jesus to get to Heaven.  Nothing you do is good enough.  Sin must be paid for, but Jesus paid the price for sin. 
Romans 6:23- "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (You must accept that gift)
4. Believe that God sent Jesus, His Son, into the world, and believe that He died on a cross to take the punishment for your sins and then rose from the dead 3 days later.
Romans 5:8- "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Matthew 28:6-"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
5. Ask God to forgive you of your sins, and ask Him to enter into your life and save you.
Romans 10:9-10- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Acts 2:21-"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
If you do that or have done that already, you are a child of God and you have begun your journey of following God's plan for your life.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Can you feed 5000?

Maybe you have seen 5000 people fed before, and maybe you have even catered a meal to that many people, but I doubt you did it with just 5 small loaves of bread and 2 fish.  Jesus did feed 5000 men and then even more women and children with just 5 loaves and 2 fish - Matthew 14:14-21. If you read the miracle in the Bible where Jesus feeds the 5000, you will find that the Life Application Bible (King James version) explains the way God can use something small that we have.  Jesus used a little boy's lunch that consisted of 5 loaves and 2 fish to feed a multitude.  You may feel inadequate for a task, you may feel like you don't measure up to what you need to be for the Lord ( and let me tell you that you do not, none of us do, and that is why God sent Jesus to take our place on the cross.  He is perfect for us, not that we should not try to be like Jesus, but we will never measure up.)  God can use whatever you bring Him.  Bring Him everything that you have, offer your whole life to Him.  Let God choose how you will be used to glorify Him! You can glorify Him in the smallest things in your everyday life.  You can glorify Him with your phone...talk kindly to all whom you speak with ( I'm speaking to myself too!) Honor Him when you eat by thanking Him for your food.  The Life App Bible also expounds on the compassion Jesus had for the people.  He had compassion on these people not only because they were hungry for physical food, but also Jesus was concerned about their spiritual needs and hunger.  Jesus has compassion for you....no matter where you are in life.  You may think there is no compassion left for you, but I can tell you that God does have compassion for you.  He loves you even if you don't love Him.  He loves you so much that He sent His Son to pay for your punishment.  You must accept Him into your life and seek forgiveness in order to be able to live with God in Heaven one day! He loves you---will you allow His love to pay your debt? 
If you are unsure of your eternal destination, please continue reading below.  

1. Realize that God loves youJohn 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."
2. Realize that you are a sinner.  Sins are anything that you do that is wrong, examples are lying, lusting, being jealous, etc. 
Romans 3:23- "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
3. Know that you are a lost sinner.  Realize that you need Jesus to get to Heaven.  Nothing you do is good enough.  Sin must be paid for, but Jesus paid the price for sin. 
Romans 6:23- "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (You must accept that gift)
4. Believe that God sent Jesus, His Son, into the world, and believe that He died on a cross to take the punishment for your sins and then rose from the dead 3 days later.
Romans 5:8- "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Matthew 28:6-"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
5. Ask God to forgive you of your sins, and ask Him to enter into your life and save you.
Romans 10:9-10- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Acts 2:21-"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
If you do that or have done that already, you are a child of God and you have begun your journey of following God's plan for your life.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

HOPE- having peace eternally

The following verses in Romans chapter 8 go right along with the definition of hope the Lord has given me.  My personal definition of hope is having peace eternally, and many of you know that is what my H.O.P.E. ministry stands for.  Read these verses carefully and think about this definition of hope given in Romans 8...

Romans 8:24-25-
"24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it."

When you choose to place your trust (hope) in God and you ask Him to forgive you of your sin, you believe that Jesus is God's Son and He took your place on the cross, and you ask the Lord to save you, you become God's child. Romans 8:24 says what we see is not hope.  If you are able to tangibly look at something or touch it, you are no longer hoping for it...you have it.  However we can hope for something that we do not have or see yet and that is true hope.  When we have true hope in something, we will wait for it to come to pass. Example- We are waiting for Jesus to return in the rapture to take us (His children) with Him to Heaven, or we are trusting that if we die before the rapture, that we as Christians will be with Jesus the moment we pass from this life into eternity.  We have not tangibly seen Jesus with our eyes, (you may have seen things He has done in your life, but not seen Him physically), yet you are still placing your hope in Him because you believe Him! You know that if you are saved, you will be with Jesus one day and that is true hope! No matter what happens in this life you have peace that one day nothing else will matter because you will be with Jesus! You can have peace eternally if you are a child of God, my friend! 

If you do not have peace eternally or if you have a question whether you are a child of God and you wonder if you would go to Heaven or Hell if you died then you should continue reading below:
1. Realize that God loves youJohn 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."
2. Realize that you are a sinner.  Sins are anything that you do that is wrong, examples are lying, lusting, being jealous, etc. 
Romans 3:23- "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
3. Know that you are a lost sinner.  Realize that you need Jesus to get to Heaven.  Nothing you do is good enough.  Sin must be paid for, but Jesus paid the price for sin. 
Romans 6:23- "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (You must accept that gift)
4. Believe that God sent Jesus, His Son, into the world, and believe that He died on a cross to take the punishment for your sins and then rose from the dead 3 days later.
Romans 5:8- "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Matthew 28:6-"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
5. Ask God to forgive you of your sins, and ask Him to enter into your life and save you.
Romans 10:9-10- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Acts 2:21-"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
If you do that or have done that already, you are a child of God and you have begun your journey of following God's plan for your life.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

How's your faith?

So many times we do not have faith in GOD.  We don't trust Him with everything in our lives.  We may give Him some, but not all.  I have been guilty of this. We are called to trust GOD, no matter the circumstances, no matter the cost.  Sometimes it may be easy to trust and most of the time it will be hard; however, God still tells us to trust Him.  He tells us "without faith it is impossible to please Him" (Hebrews 11:6).  We must trust Him...it is not an option.  When we don't trust Him, we only make our own lives miserable.  You see we don't and cannot control the future.  We can make good, wise choices to obey the Lord, but we cannot control what happens tomorrow.  We must allow God to control it and step back and relax in today.  He knows our tendency to worry and to want to control; however, He tells us that HE has got every situation.  I love to control things, maybe you do too....but we must remember that we cannot control things, we can plan and be good stewards of God's time, but we should not worry about anything.  Psalm 28:7 says- " The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him." When we trust Him, we are helped, and then we can rejoice because He's got it, and we can praise Him because He always will have it all under control! 

How's your faith?  Maybe you have not ever had faith that Jesus could save you from your sins.  You should continue reading below!

1. Realize that God loves you
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."
2. Realize that you are a sinner.  Sins are anything that you do that is wrong, examples are lying, lusting, being jealous, etc. 
Romans 3:23- "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
3. Know that you are a lost sinner.  Realize that you need Jesus to get to Heaven.  Nothing you do is good enough.  Sin must be paid for, but Jesus paid the price for sin. 
Romans 6:23- "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (You must accept that gift)
4. Believe that God sent Jesus, His Son, into the world, and believe that He died on a cross to take the punishment for your sins and then rose from the dead 3 days later.
Romans 5:8- "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Matthew 28:6-"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
5. Ask God to forgive you of your sins, and ask Him to enter into your life and save you.
Romans 10:9-10- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Acts 2:21-"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
If you do that or have done that already, you are a child of God and you have begun your journey of following God's plan for your life.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

"Hope in God"

Hello everyone,
Hope you are enjoying a beautiful day! With God, every day can be beautiful, no matter what!

Today I want us to focus on this one verse from Psalm 43- it is Psalm 43:5 and it says, "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God." 

That verse is so encouraging.  When we get discouraged, oppressed, sad, or any other emotion, we can focus our attention back to God with this verse.  Why am I discouraged? Why am I not at peace? I can always hope and trust in God because I know I will be with Him one day in Glory, if I have accepted Him as my Saviour.  I will choose to praise God in my situation, and I will choose to believe that HE is who HE says HE is, and that HE will do what HE says HE will do!  We must to choose to make this a practice in our daily walk because each day holds situations that we do not expect or would not choose, but God has a perfect plan in each situation.  Remind yourself of this verse and apply it to your situation each time you are faced with adversity.
Is God your God? Have you asked Him to be your God? If you cannot answer that question with an immediate yes, please read below and get your eternity settled once and for all!

1. Realize that God loves you
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."
2. Realize that you are a sinner.  Sins are anything that you do that is wrong, examples are lying, lusting, being jealous, etc. 
Romans 3:23- "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
3. Know that you are a lost sinner.  Realize that you need Jesus to get to Heaven.  Nothing you do is good enough.  Sin must be paid for, but Jesus paid the price for sin. 
Romans 6:23- "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (You must accept that gift)
4. Believe that God sent Jesus, His Son, into the world, and believe that He died on a cross to take the punishment for your sins and then rose from the dead 3 days later.
Romans 5:8- "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Matthew 28:6-"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
5. Ask God to forgive you of your sins, and ask Him to enter into your life and save you.
Romans 10:9-10- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Acts 2:21-"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
If you do that or have done that already, you are a child of God and you have begun your journey of following God's plan for your life.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

"The Lord is the strength of our life" (Part 5)

Hello all,
Hope you are enjoying these summer days! Today we will look at Psalm 27:11-14-
"Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.
13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord."
This is such an awesome passage of Scripture to me, and I love that we have had the chance to really look at it in depth together! Today as we look at the last 4 verses, focus on how God can change you through this beautiful Psalm.
Verse 11 is a cry for help that we should all have.  David is asking God to teach him and lead him along the path that God has for him.  He also says at the end of the verse, "because of mine enemies", this is a truth that we all need to learn- we have to allow God to guide us, because if we do not we will fall prey to the enemy (the devil) and possibly begin going opposite of what God has for us.  David may not have been speaking of the devil as his enemy in this text, he had several earthly enemies in his life trying to destroy him, but as Christians, our biggest enemy is ---the devil.
He goes on in verse 12 to ask God to not allow what the enemies in his life wanted for him because what they wanted is cruel.  The devil wants cruelty for us.  Try praying that God would not allow the devil to get what he wants in your life and ask God to help you stay close to Him!
David explains his feelings in verse 13 and oh how many times do you feel like you are fainting or going under in this life? Remember just as David did, that God is still with you and that HE will prevail.  Don't ever give up or give in....keep pressing onward with what you know God wants you to do even if it is the smallest step.  Everyday you face decisions, think about what God would want you to do in those small decisions as well as the big decisions.
Verse 14 is great...it says to wait on God, keep the faith that He will do what He says He will do, and then if you do that, God will give you strength to wait for what He has planned for you!
I hope you have enjoyed our study of Psalm 27 and I hope you will continue to read it and keep it close to your heart as it gives so many truths about our walk as Christians.

If you do not know for sure that you are a Christian, continue reading below,

1. Realize that God loves you
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."
2. Realize that you are a sinner.  Sins are anything that you do that is wrong, examples are lying, lusting, being jealous, etc. 
Romans 3:23- "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
3. Know that you are a lost sinner.  Realize that you need Jesus to get to Heaven.  Nothing you do is good enough.  Sin must be paid for, but Jesus paid the price for sin. 
Romans 6:23- "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (You must accept that gift)
4. Believe that God sent Jesus, His Son, into the world, and believe that He died on a cross to take the punishment for your sins and then rose from the dead 3 days later.
Romans 5:8- "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Matthew 28:6-"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
5. Ask God to forgive you of your sins, and ask Him to enter into your life and save you.
Romans 10:9-10- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Acts 2:21-"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
If you do that or have done that already, you are a child of God and you have begun your journey of following God's plan for your life.

Friday, June 21, 2013

"The Lord is the strength of our life" (Part 4)

Psalm 27:7-10-
"Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.
Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up."

In verse 6, which we discussed in the last post, David spoke of singing praises to God.  In verse 7, David is asking God to hear him, have mercy on him, and to answer his prayer.  God hears us every time we speak to Him as long as there is no known sin in our life, He is ever so merciful and He always answers us with a yes, no, or wait.  I think David was longing for God's presence in that moment.  Verse 8 shows obedience to God from David.  David obeyed when God told him to seek His face.  You see this verse shows us that God heard David's prayer, had mercy on him, and answered him.  What is the significance of seeking God's face?  I think that God's answer to David's prayer was to seek His face and David's worries/concerns would fade. Verse 9 goes on to show praise to God for His salvation, His help, and the fact that God never forsakes us.  Verse 10 is encouraging to know that as long as you are on God's path, no matter who forsakes you, even if it is your mom and dad, God will be there for you.  No matter how much you have been through with physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional struggles, GOD is bigger and will never leave your side. David knew that no matter what happened God would be there.  He felt secure in God's arms.  Do you feel secure in God's arms?  Can you let go and let God...can you trust Him that much?  Our answers should be yes, but oh how many times, do we answer those questions with no.  Ask for forgiveness for not trusting God and turn your worries over to HIM today and let go!

If you are unsure where you will spend eternity after you die, please continue reading below.

1. Realize that God loves you
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."
2. Realize that you are a sinner.  Sins are anything that you do that is wrong, examples are lying, lusting, being jealous, etc. 
Romans 3:23- "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
3. Know that you are a lost sinner.  Realize that you need Jesus to get to Heaven.  Nothing you do is good enough.  Sin must be paid for, but Jesus paid the price for sin. 
Romans 6:23- "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (You must accept that gift)
4. Believe that God sent Jesus, His Son, into the world, and believe that He died on a cross to take the punishment for your sins and then rose from the dead 3 days later.
Romans 5:8- "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Matthew 28:6-"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
5. Ask God to forgive you of your sins, and ask Him to enter into your life and save you.
Romans 10:9-10- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Acts 2:21-"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
If you do that or have done that already, you are a child of God and you have begun your journey of following God's plan for your life.

Friday, June 7, 2013

"The Lord is the strength of our life" (Part 3)

Psalm 27:4-6- "One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in His temple.For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock.
And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in His tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord."

Do you desire to be with God every day, to really enjoy Him, and seek Him with your whole life? I think this is something that we all need to work on...seeking God 100% of the time.  GOD never changes! We always need Him whether we think so or not! Verse 4 shows a desire to follow God...maybe we need to check up on our desire to follow God wholeheartedly. 
Verse 5 helps us know that God is our final authority.  He controls every situation, and He will be with us even in troubled times.  This verse says HE will hide us.  You know, in a battle, I would want to be hidden.  I don't think I would be the person that volunteered to be in the front line.  I like the fact that God can hide me when the devil comes after me to attack me and destroy me.  In our spiritual battles every day...we have a place to run and hide...and that is in the love and provision of GOD! You can do this by asking God to help you in this area and running to God's word instead of giving into temptations.  This verse also says, "HE shall set me up upon a rock", sometimes I am oppressed with spiritual struggles and daily battles with the devil.  We all are at times.  I like to know that God can bring me back up and encourage me to keep fighting the fight with faith because He lifts me up to encourage me.  He is always there to pick us up and help us follow Him again, we just have to ask for forgiveness and help!
Verse 6 explains that our head will be lifted up above our enemies even when they are all around us.  God can and will help us even when we feel like the devil is attacking us way too much.  In the last post, we discussed that as Christians, our biggest enemy was the devil. So even when we are surrounded by temptations, fear, failure, or anything else you may be facing, GOD will lift us up.  But, we must go to Him, confess our sins, and ask for help.  Maybe we even need to seek after the LORD more just as verse 4 says! Then we should sing praises unto the LORD because HE will do what HE says HE will do! You can live in joy and victory over the devil in your Christian life because GOD is the winner!

If you cannot live in victory over the devil because you are not sure you have become God's child...continue reading below!

1. Realize that God loves you
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."
2. Realize that you are a sinner.  Sins are anything that you do that is wrong, examples are lying, lusting, being jealous, etc. 
Romans 3:23- "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
3. Know that you are a lost sinner.  Realize that you need Jesus to get to Heaven.  Nothing you do is good enough.  Sin must be paid for, but Jesus paid the price for sin. 
Romans 6:23- "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (You must accept that gift)
4. Believe that God sent Jesus, His Son, into the world, and believe that He died on a cross to take the punishment for your sins and then rose from the dead 3 days later.
Romans 5:8- "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Matthew 28:6-"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
5. Ask God to forgive you of your sins, and ask Him to enter into your life and save you.
Romans 10:9-10- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Acts 2:21-"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
If you do that or have done that already, you are a child of God and you have begun your journey of following God's plan for your life.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

"The Lord is the strength of our life" (Part 2)

Hello all! Hope you have read Psalm 27 from the previous post.  This week we will take the first few verses of Psalm 27 and really think about what they say!

Psalm 27:1-3-"The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident."
Verse 1 tells us that God is our light and salvation.  He has already sent Jesus into this world to save us from our sins...He ultimately has sent salvation to the entire world; HOWEVER, you MUST accept Jesus into your life and accept the fact that HE paid your price for your sin or you will not be saved.  (If you have not asked God to become your Lord and Savior, there is more information at the end of this post).  As God's children, once you have accepted Christ, we ultimately have nothing to fear! I fear a lot of things...worry is hard for me.  But God tells us here "whom shall I fear?" Then the verse goes on to say that God is our strength...so we don't have to fear because God is our strength and if God is our strength, then He will help us not worry if we ask Him for help.  The verse then says "of whom shall I be afraid?" Here again...nothing to fear.
Verse 2 explains that when our enemies come after us, my biggest enemy is the devil (and yours is too if you have become God's child), so he tries to destroy me with different things in my life.  But here this verse says that when your enemies come up to eat you, yes eat you, that because of God and His strength they stumbled and fell (they were destroyed). Wow. Don't know about you, but I want the devil to be destroyed when he comes to attack me!
Verse 3 explains that even when a whole host comes to attack you, maybe it is the devil and demons coming after you, that you don't have to fear.  You can be confident that God has got the whole situation and sit back and relax because you know who holds you and protects you!
These verses can encourage us to not only be confident in God to help us in time of spiritual battles but in times of rough patches in our lives.  He got everything in His hands!


If you are not sure you have become God's child...continue reading below :)

1. Realize that God loves you
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."
2. Realize that you are a sinner.  Sins are anything that you do that is wrong, examples are lying, lusting, being jealous, etc. 
Romans 3:23- "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
3. Know that you are a lost sinner.  Realize that you need Jesus to get to Heaven.  Nothing you do is good enough.  Sin must be paid for, but Jesus paid the price for sin. 
Romans 6:23- "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (You must accept that gift)
4. Believe that God sent Jesus, His Son, into the world, and believe that He died on a cross to take the punishment for your sins and then rose from the dead 3 days later.
Romans 5:8- "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Matthew 28:6-"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
5. Ask God to forgive you of your sins, and ask Him to enter into your life and save you.
Romans 10:9-10- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Acts 2:21-"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
If you do that or have done that already, you are a child of God and you have begun your journey of following God's plan for your life.