Waiting Upon Our God

– Toni Babcock

Shortly before he ascended into heaven, Jesus commanded His disciples to “wait” for the promise of the Father; which was the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.

Why wait? When God commands us to wait, we are prevented from jumping ahead with our own plans and implementing them in our own power.  Waiting takes patience, humility, perseverance, and faith – virtues the followers of Jesus would find indispensable in living the new life Jesus initiated for them.

Jesus left His disciples to cast themselves upon His Word and promise and wait.  He said, “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.” (Acts 1:8 KJV)

The living God, Creator of heaven and earth, is the infinite source of all the power we need in the service of Christ Jesus our King.  When we wait for the promise, God supplies the power.

“Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:28-31 KJV).

Toni Babcock is author of The Stone Writer, Christian Fiction for Young Readers and Teens. Contact

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Courage to Change

 

Article by Walter Kahler

Courage is a byproduct of putting faith into action. By trusting Christ, we experience strength, not of our own and gain Christian confidence. This surety radiates the essence of living a saved life. Our steadfast reliance upon Christ gives us the greatest advantage in dealing with life’s ups and downs. The more we surrender ourselves to God, the better we are at facing anything and everything.

Christ demonstrated perfect courage when He was crucified. Judas betrayal of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane brought the world face to face with a kind of bravery never seen before. Our Messiah offered no resistance. Pontius Pilate gave the order to execute Christ and turned Him over to the Roman army. They inflicted Him with horrendous acts of physical mistreatments. Christ withstood all the torture they threw His way with dignity.

Christ’s example of facing man’s cruelty by being nailed to the cross is the greatest display of God’s powerfulness. If Jesus were able to die for our salvation then there is no reason for us to rebel. Our difficulties are minute compared to the burdens Jesus endured. By building a personal relationship with Christ, a whole new outlook upon life emerges. This unites us with God and eliminates the need to hold onto troubling circumstances. Freedom from the bondage of self only comes from salvation.

God created us with instincts for survival. One of those instinct is knowing the difference between a life threatening situation and the need of being accepted by others. Both circumstances generate fear. Recognizing one from the other is knowing how to identify their characteristics.

Let us take a look at some examples. The threat of being bitten from a poisonous snake is healthy because our life is in jeopardy, and this fear alarms us to the danger. However, on the other hand, when we feel troubled from being rejected from our fellows then our pride feeds us fear. So, one fear has to do with common sense and the other is all about self.

Self-centered fears are the main obstacle in the way of living courageously. This crippling emotional juggernaut permeates the human soul. When our spirits become consumed with unwarranted fears, there is no peace. The turbulence from living in constant worry keeps our connection with Christ at bay. This in return set us up for all sorts of unbalanced relations with others.

Now let us examine some common fears we all have. In the world, we live in it takes money to survive. We all know the struggles of making ends meet with our financial obligations. Here fear can run rampant causing us to make unwise decisions with money. Being afraid of financial insecurity solves nothing. Excessive worrying over money is exhausting and drains us physically, mentally and spiritually. There is a difference between being concerned and fearing finances.

Taking an honest look at our reaction to money issues will reveal our true motives. Here courage is required in accurately surveying our intentions on this unavoidable part of life. We cannot find the real facts of our spending habits without Christ’s aid. Having Christ as our financial advisor will provide us the wisdom to change our views about money. As a result, we begin to understand that no matter how distressful we become over money our trust in Christ will overcome our fears. This freedom from worrying leads to a partnership with our Messiah that strengthens our devotion with Him.

Letting go and letting Christ become our financial planner does not come without responsibility. We have to do our part and meet Him half way. Nor does it mean we will be debt free. God will provide us with a solution, but we will have to put His plan into action. Most often the answer has little to do with obtaining money and more about the strength necessary in dealing with the problem. Using courage under those conditions changes the jumbled up emotions associated with the conflict and serenity is added.

Another fear that has the tendency to put us in a frenzy is inadequacy. The feeling of not measuring up to others places us in situations that cause emotional insecurity. When we internalize the outward appearances of other’s with our own deficiencies we distance ourselves from the lessons Christ has provided for us to experience. This misconception of brotherhood is off the mark.

There is no reason to be afraid of others. We are here together for the purpose of living in God’s kingdom and in His house we are all equal. Christ does not concern Himself with man’s attributes but with our adherence to His commands. This type of behavior blinds us from God’s purpose for our own lives. This fear block us from accepting ourselves.

Living comfortably in our own skin, where we are able to measure up to others regardless of stature is living as Christ wants us to. It takes courage to move beyond our insecurities and bring something spiritual in the presence of others. Self-centered fear is lack of faith. The more willing we are in placing our trust in Christ, the better our Christian lives improve.

We have only discussed a few instances where Christian courage is prevalent. Courage to change is not limited to fear. There are many challenges in staying on the narrow way. Temptation is real and the strength in discarding it can only come from God. No matter what happens to us the most important thing is our readiness to restrain from the things preventing our adherence to Christ command.

_____Walter Kahler is an author with www.faithwriters.com

 

 

  

Your Baggage

By Steve Countryman

All of your cares, troubles, problems, addictions, worries, character traits, past sins, flaws, faults, failures, grudges, unforgiveness, offenses, health issues and financial woes are all part of your baggage.  Just like baggage you carry it with you everywhere you go.  Most people are known by their baggage.  Though we all try to conceal our baggage the best we can by putting on our best face, our baggage always cones to the surface sooner or later.

Your baggage is your burdens that you bare.  They are always before you and you cannot escape them.  Satan uses them against you to trap you and keep your attention on them.  Always reminding you of your past mistakes and failures.  He loves to wear you down with them. But you don’t have to bare them alone.  You don’t have to allow them to define who you are.  They are only part of your past and now are part of your testimony!  Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Even with all of your baggage it never scares God off.  God doesn’t ask you to take care of your baggage so He can love you.  He loves you with all of your baggage.  In fact God wants to take all of your baggage and help you fix them.

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”  Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”  1 John 3:1 “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”  Romans 6:13 “Do not continue offering or yielding your bodily members [and faculties] to sin as instruments (tools) of wickedness. But offer and yield (surrendering) yourselves to God as though you have been raised from the dead to [perpetual] life, and your bodily members [and faculties] to God, presenting them as implements of righteousness.”

God’s love is so powerful that not only does He love you baggage and all and wants to be involved in your daily lives but wants to take care of your baggage too!  It is a matter of trust.  Do you trust God enough to surrender all of your baggage over to Him?  Do you think that the God of all creation knows something about fixing problems?  Can you submit and commit your baggage all over to Him?  Can you surrender, commit and submit your life over to your creator?  Surrender to God’s will, Word and ways.  Commit your baggage into His hands and trust God enough to leave them there.  Quit going back and picking them up again trying to fix them by yourself.  Leave them with the Master.  It amazes me that God wants my baggage and has plans to bless me besides.  Wow, I’m blown away!  Thank you Lord for loving me so!!

My name is Steve and I was born and raised in a good Christian home in Phoenix Arizona.  In 2004 God spoke to me to let me know that He would start sharing things with me that I would share with others. Little did I know how powerful and meaningful those things would be! Thank you Lord!!

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Total Freedom from Faulty Foundations

Freedom

                                                     Artwork by: Julio Pineda@creationswap

By Tesh Njokanma

Without a solid foundation, a building or structure can collapse. When the foundation of a building is faulty, no matter how beautiful the building, after some time, the building will collapse. If there is a problem in the foundation of a building, then there is a real and serious problem!

Our lives can be likened to a building. 1 Peter 2:4-5 describes us as living stones that are being built into a spiritual house. Just as the foundation of any physical building is important, so also is the foundation of our lives. If our marriage, finances, business, career, or ministry is built on a solid foundation, it will stand. But if our lives are built on a faulty foundation, it will crumble. We won’t have the capacity to withstand the storms and trials of life (Luke 6:47-49).

The foundation is the base or starting point of the building. We need to look at the starting point of our lives to know the kind of foundation we have. What were the circumstances surrounding our birth, what kind of name were we given, were there evil dedications done when we were born, what kind of family were we born into, was it a family given to idol worship, a family that engaged in evil sacrifices for protection and blessings? Or were you born into a family with a faulty marital foundation  a polygamous family, broken home, or ungodly union?

Scripture is full of people who had faulty foundations. Jabez was given a bad name. His name meant pain, sorrow or trouble. Jabez realized that he had a faulty foundation. He realized that he had been given a name that would make him keep going through an evil cycle of pain, sorrow and trouble. What did Jabez do? He cried out to the repairer of faulty foundations to go to his foundation and repair every defect in his life from his foundation (1 Chronicles 4:9-10). God heard his prayer. This month, the Lord shall hear your prayer and repair every faulty foundation in your life.

You could actually have a good name like Mercy, Grace, Oluwalasiyami (God is my banner) or Kidochukwu (Is there anything too hard for God?), but in the spiritual realm you have been given a bad name.  Isaiah 62:4 is a case in point. The person being spoken of in that scripture was called Deserted and Desolate in the spiritual realm. Someone with such a name would definitely have a hard time getting married because in the spiritual realm, the person had been given a name that depicts someone alone and without a companion. But just as God intervened and changed the person’s name to Hephzibah (my delight is in her) and Beulah (you are married), God will deliver us from every evil spiritual name and give us a new name today; a new name that will bring blessings and honour our way.

Gideon is another example of someone in scripture who had a faulty foundation. He was born into a family given to idol worship; a family that had evil altars. Wherever there is an evil altar, the altar has been erected to speak curses, problems and misfortune into a person’s life. In Judges 6:25  26, God made Gideon destroy the evil altars and gods in his family to be free from that faulty foundation which could limit his progress in life.

For some other people, they have a faulty foundation of uncompleted or abandoned projects.  Luke 14:28-30 tells us of a person who started a building project but was not able to complete it. There are people who start a relationship but are never able to follow it through to marriage. Today they are engaged to someone, the next six months it is another person. By the following year, it is another person they are engaged to. For some other people, they start a business today but by the next few months, they have abandoned that business and started another. There are actually defects in their foundation making them have so many abandoned and uncompleted projects.

Another type of faulty foundation we see in scripture is the foundation of labour without reward. 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 talks of people serving God and at the end they have no reward for their labour. Psalm 127: 2 talks of people who rise up very early to work, who stay up late into the night working, but at the end of the day, they have nothing to show for all their labour. Sadly, so many people today are being affected by this kind of evil foundation. We see from verse 1 of Psalm 127 that the main reason why a lot of people put in so much effort, energy and labour into a relationship, business, project, or ministry and at the end of the day they have nothing to show for it is because God is not in what they are doing. When God is not in that step or decision you want to take, when He is not in that business or project, no matter how much money and energy you put into it, nothing much will come out of it.

There are so many other types of faulty foundations that can hinder a person from getting to the heights God has destined for the person. One thing is certain from scripture, God can repair faulty foundations no matter how bad. Whatever foundational problem we may have, the Lord, the Great Deliverer, will set us completely free from all faulty foundations and do a new thing in our lives.

One of the warning signs of a building with a faulty foundation is that cracks start appearing in walls, especially over doorways, windows, or where walls meet ceilings. Have you noticed some cracks in your life? Does it appear like your marriage, business or ministry is falling apart? Or is your life like a building with a foundational defect causing water to seep into the rooms of the building? Are there all kinds of bad habits and relationships that have seeped into your life and are now covering the glory of God in your life? All these are warning signs that your foundation needs to be revisited.

For us to experience total freedom from all faulty and evil foundations that have been slowing us down in life, we need to be filled with more of Christ, more of God’s word. The more of God’s Word in us, the stronger our foundation. The deeper our relationship with Christ, the firmer our foundation. Jesus is a firm and sure foundation that never fails. With the divine power God has given you to pull down strongholds, demolish all faulty foundations in your life and ask God to replace the faulty foundations with Christ Jesus so you can have a solid and lasting foundation. Don’t build your life on sinking sand, build your life on Christ, the Solid Rock.
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Tesh Njokanma is a lawyer by training whose heart is in writing. She is a prolific writer with over 15 years experience as a magazine Editor. She is a pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God with a prayer and teaching ministry. Tesh is married with children. She is based in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Love Your Neighbor

I heart U

Artwork by: David Sunnock@creationswap

By Faith Noles

John 15:9-13, KJV ‘As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you: continue ye in My love. If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love; even as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love. These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is My commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’

In this passage of scripture, Jesus gave us the great commandment to love one another even as He has loved us. What greater love can a man show than to lay down his life for another person? Yet Jesus died for us while we were yet sinners. But we are not only commanded to love our brothers and sisters in Christ we should also love our enemies. “We are no nearer God than we are to the person or group of human beings for who we care the least.” (author unknown)

I John 4:20, KJV “If a man says, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar; for he that loveth not his brother, whom he hath seen, how can he love God, whom he hath not seen?’ Love without loving deeds is empty and without meaning as are acts of kindness without true love as the motivation.

Jesus had every cause possible to reject mankind; yet He loved us with a long suffering love. Jesus didn’t love us because of what we could offer Him, but He loved us because of what He could offer us. Ask not how someone can benefit you, but ask how you can benefit them. Love is longsuffering and patient; love is forgiveness. Matthew 6:15, KJV ‘But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.’

I took my plea before God’s throne, to seek the Master’s face;
Yet I could not find forgiveness nor God’s amazing grace,
For I had hatred within my heart towards a fellow man,
I had refused to forgive this friend, to lend a helping hand;
So I left my plea before the throne and sought this fellow’s peace;
Now God accepts my heartfelt prayer and offers sweet release,
The love of God shines through me to reach each and every man,
Now, by the grace of God, I lend a helping hand.
For the love of God is shed abroad, it can’t be kept within.
If you allow hatred in your heart, then in your heart you’ve sinned.

Faith Noles is a Registered Nurse, mother and grandmother who is passionate about spreading the gospel.

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Where do I Belong? Feeling like a Misfit

By stephanie reck

Dictionary.com defines belonging as something that belongs. I don’t know your background, but did you get a sense that you belonged? The world and society says you only belong if you perform up to a certain standard. We can be insecure when we lack a sense of belonging.

You may have not known your parents, whether through adoption, abandonment, or death. You may have not been shown love, acceptance, or felt like you belonged. You may have experienced being bullied or ridiculed by your peers, and felt the sting of rejection by certain groups. You may have endured physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, and you have never felt like you belonged. You may struggled in school and not made the highest grades. You may have experienced being a teenage mother. You may have struggled with your health, and perhaps even been homebound. You may have come from a financially poor family, and struggled with trying to keep up. You may have a physical disability. You may struggle with your mental and emotional health.

A misfit does not quit fit into anyone class or group. There is a sense of not belonging.

I am a firm believer that attachment and belonging start in infancy and even in the womb. Our parents give us our first sense of belonging and acceptance as well as our image of God. Have you felt like you have never quit fit into a particular group? Have you searched for significance and belonging? I believe, that most girls/women and some men become promiscuous because they are longing to fill the void of belonging, attachment, and love. We see in our society every form of trying to fill the void of belonging and love, whether through gangs, cults, and even religion.

Psychologist, John Bowlby, introduced the attachment theory. Bowlby presents that when we are accepted by others we experience warmth and security, and by contrast when we experience rejection by others it can cause shame and anxiety. Bowlby’s work included his theory on the relationship between infants and their caregivers. It was proposed that strong, secure attachments found in early years were associated with an individual’s ability to form intimate trusting and emotionally secure relationships.

Psychologist, Abraham Maslow, introduced the “hierarchy of needs.” Basically he formulated a pyramid with five levels of our basic needs, one of the five, he labels love and belonging. According to Maslow, humans need to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance among their social groups, including family and friends. Humans need to love and to be loved by others.

You may be thinking that you have not received that kind of love and belonging in your relationships, whether family, friendships, or others. As a child, I did not fit in and belong, and even as an adult I still have not found one particular group of people I can say I totally belong. Even though, I do belong to the Body of Christ, there are stills groups and cliques we form in the church. I am eclectic, a hodge-podge of various things, and I am not a typical “church girl.” I don’t like dresses, things that are “frou-frou,” I don’t come from a Christian heritage, I prefer to hang-out with people who are the misfits, and I have a prodigal son that I had as a teenager.

Maybe you are physically disabled, homebound, homeless, an orphan, a widow, a teenage mother, have no children, single, financially strapped, have health ailments, or even emotional issues. Maybe you have come from an environment that you did not feel loved and felt like you belonged. Maybe you were abused, abandoned, rejected, and tossed-aside. Maybe you were forgotten or misunderstood. Maybe you have always felt different. You are not alone. There are countless others, including myself, who have experienced these difficulties.

BUTReflect on these truths

You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, that you may proclaim the excellences of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
1 Peter 2:9

~ Don’t compare yourselves to others.

For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love, He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 2:10

~ Know matter your family background, you have been adopted into the family of God.

God has a special place in His heart for misfits. God always had in His heart to take care of those who could not take care of themselves, the orphan, the widow, and the fatherless. Jesus did not just come for the powerful, the prosperous, or the religious, but Jesus came for the blind, the lame, the diseased, the dead, the hurting, the outcasts, and the sinners. Just look through the Bible and you can find numerous misfits God choose to use and redeem for His purposes. God is a redeemer that means whatever your losses have been, He will rectify them. Abraham and Sarah, a childless couple, God chose to make a great nation though them. Moses, had a speech impediment and was a murderer, yet God still used him. The disciples were misfits, tax collectors, fisherman, and just commonplace. Rahab, the prostitute, obviously a misfit, was used by God and was seen as faithful. Naomi, a widow and, and bitter because of her circumstances; God sent her a kinsmen-redeemer, and she was used mightily with her daughter-in-laws.

God still uses misfits today! If you are a misfit, you can rejoice that God has a special plan and purpose for your life. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you belong to God’s family. Though you may have been rejected by people or may have not felt accepted; you are accepted and loved by God.

Stephanie Reck, LMSW, LBT,BCCC. Christian coach & counselor, author, speaker, and teacher. Stephanie has a passion to bring hope and encouragement and to see people made whole.
Contact Stephanie @ http://www.christianhopecounseling.com
Copyright@2013, Hope Counseling Ministry. All Rights Reserved.

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Where do I Belong? Feeling like a Misfit

By stephanie reck

Dictionary.com defines belonging as something that belongs. I don’t know your background, but did you get a sense that you belonged? The world and society says you only belong if you perform up to a certain standard. We can be insecure when we lack a sense of belonging.

You may have not known your parents, whether through adoption, abandonment, or death. You may have not been shown love, acceptance, or felt like you belonged. You may have experienced being bullied or ridiculed by your peers, and felt the sting of rejection by certain groups. You may have endured physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, and you have never felt like you belonged. You may struggled in school and not made the highest grades. You may have experienced being a teenage mother. You may have struggled with your health, and perhaps even been homebound. You may have come from a financially poor family, and struggled with trying to keep up. You may have a physical disability. You may struggle with your mental and emotional health.

A misfit does not quit fit into anyone class or group. There is a sense of not belonging.

I am a firm believer that attachment and belonging start in infancy and even in the womb. Our parents give us our first sense of belonging and acceptance as well as our image of God. Have you felt like you have never quit fit into a particular group? Have you searched for significance and belonging? I believe, that most girls/women and some men become promiscuous because they are longing to fill the void of belonging, attachment, and love. We see in our society every form of trying to fill the void of belonging and love, whether through gangs, cults, and even religion.

Psychologist, John Bowlby, introduced the attachment theory. Bowlby presents that when we are accepted by others we experience warmth and security, and by contrast when we experience rejection by others it can cause shame and anxiety. Bowlby’s work included his theory on the relationship between infants and their caregivers. It was proposed that strong, secure attachments found in early years were associated with an individual’s ability to form intimate trusting and emotionally secure relationships.

Psychologist, Abraham Maslow, introduced the “hierarchy of needs.” Basically he formulated a pyramid with five levels of our basic needs, one of the five, he labels love and belonging. According to Maslow, humans need to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance among their social groups, including family and friends. Humans need to love and to be loved by others.

You may be thinking that you have not received that kind of love and belonging in your relationships, whether family, friendships, or others. As a child, I did not fit in and belong, and even as an adult I still have not found one particular group of people I can say I totally belong. Even though, I do belong to the Body of Christ, there are stills groups and cliques we form in the church. I am eclectic, a hodge-podge of various things, and I am not a typical “church girl.” I don’t like dresses, things that are “frou-frou,” I don’t come from a Christian heritage, I prefer to hang-out with people who are the misfits, and I have a prodigal son that I had as a teenager.

Maybe you are physically disabled, homebound, homeless, an orphan, a widow, a teenage mother, have no children, single, financially strapped, have health ailments, or even emotional issues. Maybe you have come from an environment that you did not feel loved and felt like you belonged. Maybe you were abused, abandoned, rejected, and tossed-aside. Maybe you were forgotten or misunderstood. Maybe you have always felt different. You are not alone. There are countless others, including myself, who have experienced these difficulties.

BUTReflect on these truths

You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, that you may proclaim the excellences of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
1 Peter 2:9

~ Don’t compare yourselves to others.

For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love, He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 2:10

~ Know matter your family background, you have been adopted into the family of God.

God has a special place in His heart for misfits. God always had in His heart to take care of those who could not take care of themselves, the orphan, the widow, and the fatherless. Jesus did not just come for the powerful, the prosperous, or the religious, but Jesus came for the blind, the lame, the diseased, the dead, the hurting, the outcasts, and the sinners. Just look through the Bible and you can find numerous misfits God choose to use and redeem for His purposes. God is a redeemer that means whatever your losses have been, He will rectify them. Abraham and Sarah, a childless couple, God chose to make a great nation though them. Moses, had a speech impediment and was a murderer, yet God still used him. The disciples were misfits, tax collectors, fisherman, and just commonplace. Rahab, the prostitute, obviously a misfit, was used by God and was seen as faithful. Naomi, a widow and, and bitter because of her circumstances; God sent her a kinsmen-redeemer, and she was used mightily with her daughter-in-laws.

God still uses misfits today! If you are a misfit, you can rejoice that God has a special plan and purpose for your life. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you belong to God’s family. Though you may have been rejected by people or may have not felt accepted; you are accepted and loved by God.

Stephanie Reck, LMSW, LBT,BCCC. Christian coach & counselor, author, speaker, and teacher. Stephanie has a passion to bring hope and encouragement and to see people made whole.
Contact Stephanie @ http://www.christianhopecounseling.com
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Love-The Perfect Bond For Everything (Article)

law of love

artwork by:Chris Van Den Berg@creationswap.com

Written By Ngozi Nwoke

I know you desire to be perfect before God, but how possible is it? You have done so many things in your quest to obey God and it’s like something is still missing. What do you do? This article gives you the perfect bond that binds everything together completely.

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:48 KJV)

And above all these [put on] love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony]. (Colossians 3:14 AMP)

But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. (1 Corinthians 12:31 KJV)

Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (I Corinthians 13:8, 13 NKJV)

Truly, you have been trying to please God and to live right, but things seem not to be going the way you expected; you are not enjoying the blessings of God which are your portion for obeying God. And you have wondered what else haven’t you done?

The challenge may lie on the strength of your bond of perfection which is LOVE. Love is the connection that fastens things together. No matter what you do, if there is no love, it will yield little or no result. You can’t be perfect without love. God is love (1 John 4:8) and if you are to be like Him, then you need to love as He does.

Everything answers to love. It is the fulfillment of the law – Romans 13:8. Your quest for the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the manifestations of the fruit of the Holy Spirit and the blessings of God in your life are subject to the love of God in your life – 1 Corinthians 12:31 – 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

All your efforts, services, seeds and sacrifices are futile without the perfect bond of love. Love binds them all together to give an ideal harmony (Colossians 3:14), a sweet smell of savour acceptable unto God. It is what gives taste to your life. Like in soup, love is the salt that brings out the taste of other ingredients.

God says that if you speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, you are just a sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And if you have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and have all faith, so that you can remove mountains, but have not love, you are nothing. Again if you bestow all your goods to feed the poor, and give your body to be burned, but have not love, it profits you nothing. (I Corinthians 13:1-3)

Love makes all the difference. It is what turns failure to success, sickness to health and attracts God’s unending favour to your endeavour. It transforms an unsecured soul to a secured one and  is the perfect bridge between childhood and adulthood.

Jesus, our perfect example, depended on the love of God in Him to manifest His power. The scriptures often recorded that he had compassion for the person(s) before a miracle occurred – Matthew 14:14, Matthew 15:32, Matthew 18:27, Matthew 20:34: for healing, feeding, forgiveness.

Now, I have this young child living with me, I was trying to fit her in like my own daughter. So, I bought her clothes as I would for my own daughter, sent her to the same private school as my own son and gave her everything I gave my son except for the infant milk I give my little son. But I knew that something was still missing. One day, the Spirit of God ministered to me that until I love her and show it the way I do my son, she won’t fit in as my daughter would and I had better do it now while she can quickly adjust. I had to ask God for grace to love her as my own. Love is the perfect bond for everything!

So, you may have sown seeds, given your tithes and offerings and all other kingdom investments, if they are not done in love, you will not see any financial breakthrough. And your faith too will not work without love in place – Galatians 5:6

Also, if you serve God with your time, money and energy but not in love, the blessings of Exodus 23:25-26 will not be your portion: your bread and water will not be blessed, sickness will not be taken away from your midst, barrenness will remain in your land and the number of your days will not be fulfilled.

Therefore, if you are still expecting answers to your prayers despite your entire kingdom walk, check your love walk. It may be the missing link to your desired outcome. Love truly is the bond of perfection.

Ngozi Nwoke Is a teacher and a counselor. A product and distributor of love. She has a passion to teach people how to enjoy God’s love and fellowship for more fulfilling life. Want more fulfilling life? subscribe for free email updates today. http://stepswithgod.com

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Love-The Perfect Bond For Everything (Article)

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Written By Ngozi Nwoke

I know you desire to be perfect before God, but how possible is it? You have done so many things in your quest to obey God and it’s like something is still missing. What do you do? This article gives you the perfect bond that binds everything together completely.

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:48 KJV)

And above all these [put on] love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony]. (Colossians 3:14 AMP)

But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. (1 Corinthians 12:31 KJV)

Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (I Corinthians 13:8, 13 NKJV)

Truly, you have been trying to please God and to live right, but things seem not to be going the way you expected; you are not enjoying the blessings of God which are your portion for obeying God. And you have wondered what else haven’t you done?

The challenge may lie on the strength of your bond of perfection which is LOVE. Love is the connection that fastens things together. No matter what you do, if there is no love, it will yield little or no result. You can’t be perfect without love. God is love (1 John 4:8) and if you are to be like Him, then you need to love as He does.

Everything answers to love. It is the fulfillment of the law – Romans 13:8. Your quest for the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the manifestations of the fruit of the Holy Spirit and the blessings of God in your life are subject to the love of God in your life – 1 Corinthians 12:31 – 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

All your efforts, services, seeds and sacrifices are futile without the perfect bond of love. Love binds them all together to give an ideal harmony (Colossians 3:14), a sweet smell of savour acceptable unto God. It is what gives taste to your life. Like in soup, love is the salt that brings out the taste of other ingredients.

God says that if you speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, you are just a sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And if you have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and have all faith, so that you can remove mountains, but have not love, you are nothing. Again if you bestow all your goods to feed the poor, and give your body to be burned, but have not love, it profits you nothing. (I Corinthians 13:1-3)

Love makes all the difference. It is what turns failure to success, sickness to health and attracts God’s unending favour to your endeavour. It transforms an unsecured soul to a secured one and  is the perfect bridge between childhood and adulthood.

Jesus, our perfect example, depended on the love of God in Him to manifest His power. The scriptures often recorded that he had compassion for the person(s) before a miracle occurred – Matthew 14:14, Matthew 15:32, Matthew 18:27, Matthew 20:34: for healing, feeding, forgiveness.

Now, I have this young child living with me, I was trying to fit her in like my own daughter. So, I bought her clothes as I would for my own daughter, sent her to the same private school as my own son and gave her everything I gave my son except for the infant milk I give my little son. But I knew that something was still missing. One day, the Spirit of God ministered to me that until I love her and show it the way I do my son, she won’t fit in as my daughter would and I had better do it now while she can quickly adjust. I had to ask God for grace to love her as my own. Love is the perfect bond for everything!

So, you may have sown seeds, given your tithes and offerings and all other kingdom investments, if they are not done in love, you will not see any financial breakthrough. And your faith too will not work without love in place – Galatians 5:6

Also, if you serve God with your time, money and energy but not in love, the blessings of Exodus 23:25-26 will not be your portion: your bread and water will not be blessed, sickness will not be taken away from your midst, barrenness will remain in your land and the number of your days will not be fulfilled.

Therefore, if you are still expecting answers to your prayers despite your entire kingdom walk, check your love walk. It may be the missing link to your desired outcome. Love truly is the bond of perfection.

Ngozi Nwoke Is a teacher and a counselor. A product and distributor of love. She has a passion to teach people how to enjoy God’s love and fellowship for more fulfilling life. Want more fulfilling life? subscribe for free email updates today. http://stepswithgod.com

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Bloom Where You’re Planted (Article)

By Frana Hamilton

—- When I became a Christian about 70 years ago, it was like I had stepped out of darkness and into sunshine. I wanted everyone to experience what I had experienced. I wanted everyone to have the new joy that was springing up in my heart. I considered myself to be something of an evangelist, telling my story to anyone who would listen. Although I still love to “tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love,” as the years have gone by, I have not found many people who have no connection to God. Instead I meet many, many whose relationship with Him is pushed into the corner, sort of buried under hurts, frustrations, disappointments, anger, indifference. When I ask, “what about God in your life?” I often hear a wistfulness and a long-hidden story of disillusionment. It seems that most people in “Christian” America,” (at least the ones I come across) have at one time or another responded to the Gospel message, and perhaps “made a decision,” but like abandoned orphans, they have not grown and flourished. They need help, nourishment (the Bread of life, the milk of the Word). They need to be coaxed
back to the communal warmth and fellowship of a group of believers.  They have somehow strayed away from the path and need some encouragement and lovingkindness. It seems that almost every day God brings someone across my way who needs some positive words, maybe a challenge and a hug. Since even a little old lady can be a mentor, a mom, a helper, a friend, I find that this is just the right ministry for me! Praise God – I can just bloom where I’m planted.

Frana Hamilton is Director of Training at a vocational school where she teaches, advises and encourages out-of-work adults who need some training and a helpful boost to get them back into the workplace.  She considers it a great privilege to have this ministry.

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