Serving God

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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The Lord Holds All Strength

Inspired by Rev 7:9-12

Be Strong Trust God

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by Lynn Gipson

The Lord is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise Him, my Father’s God, and I will exalt Him. Exodus 15:2

This morning I needed to read this very bible verse. I am watching someone I love very much disintegrate mentally before my very eyes and I feel helpless as to what to do about it. I am her caregiver, and my own health is questionable at this point.

This is a time when I seek God with all of my being, because I have no idea what the future holds for either of us. My faith in God has just increased a thousand times, because I know He will deliver us. My life and the life of a loved one is in His hands.

My God is my salvation, I praise and exalt Him, because I know He holds all strength. He hears my prayers, and He will answer. I have no fear.

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The Valley of His Perfect Love

Honduras Mountain Side

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I love the Lord, because He hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because He hath inclined His ear unto me, Therefore will I call upon Him as long as I live…(Psalm 116:1-2 KJV)

It’s natural for issues to crop up during one’s lifetime, to be fair; it wouldn’t be life without spending time in the valley. It’s all part of growing in the Lord and being a faithful follower of Christ. We can grow in adversity, and get closer to God in the process. It’s how we handle the cards in our hands that’s key to our optimal health and overall growth.

It’s how we purpose our lives in accordance to His will and not ours. It’s how we handle the stress that will ultimately define our faith and course of action. We must wait upon the Lord.

He’s watching and knows our situation. He’s waiting for our growth in Him. He wants us to learn before He brings about a solution. Sometimes, long delays are part of God’s overall plan…and part of His agenda on a larger scale. These delays don’t destroy us but fulfill God’s purpose, thereby making us stronger in Christ.

We need God. His timing is perfect, ours imperfect. His way is superior, ours inferior. We need to be patient and wait. We’ll gain insight and the fortitude in which to grow as we listen, and wait. We’ll reap the rewards of such diligence and loving obedience in due time. Above all, be still and know that He is God… (Psalm 46:10 KJV)

Lord, help us to be patient and to seek Your face for all things. In Jesus name, Amen.

Today’s writer is in love with God. She has been happily married to her best friend for over thirty years and they have one son. She has written over fourteen books. Contact

Even When We Don’t Know When

Sands of timeby Taylor Cummings  
12/21/2013 / Devotionals

Matthew 24:36, “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.”

At the end of Matthew 24, we read about when the Son of man will return. We know He is coming back, but we also know that we don’t know when. We are supposed to live ready for when He does come back.

Tonight God gave me an interesting thing to think about in my own life based off of this simple verse.

Verse 36 says that not even the Son himself knows when He is going to return. Only the Father knows that. Regardless of that, though, He knows He is coming back. It’s not a matter of “if”… it’s a matter of “when”.

I’ve found in my life that I always want to know when things are going to happen. “When” am I going to meet my husband? “When” will I get to start my own family? “When” will the things I’m believing God for come to pass?

There is a major problem with wondering “when” all the time. Instead of me resting in the fact that the Father knows, I keep asking “when”.

As I think about the promise God made to me about my future, I realize that it’s not a question of “if”; rather, it is a question of “when”. I haven’t (up to this point) lived in faith that God really will do what He said He will do because I’ve been too wrapped up in this “when” question. Sure, I believe that someday He will do what He promised, but I don’t live as if I believe it. I don’t live prepared when it comes to being ready for the day I see His promise to me come to pass about being with my husband.

Jesus doesn’t even know when He will be coming back, but that doesn’t change the fact that He knows He is. I’m sure He doesn’t worry about “when” because all He needs to know is that His Father knows.

What would happen if I stopped asking “when” and I started truly being still and knowing that God is God?

In the middle of this last year when I dealt with the biggest struggle I’ve ever faced, all God laid on my heart to do was to be still and know that He is God. In all honesty, I haven’t been still even once in that period of time. I’ve ran myself ragged and done everything I could think to do in an attempt to avoid any moments of time to think. By me running, I found it really was just showing how I didn’t really trust God. In those moments I was trying to avoid, I needed to be still and realize that God is God.

Do we really know God?

I spend so much time telling God about my problems that I very rarely stop to get to know Him. When I think about it, that seems so silly, because He is I AM.

I AM – the Alpha and Omega.
I AM – the Beginning and the End.
I AM – the First and the Last.
I AM – your Comforter.
I AM – your Shelter.
I AM – your Healer.
I AM – your Refuge.
I AM – your Savior.
I AM – your All in All.

In the moment that I am still and know that God is God, I don’t have to worry about “when” anymore. Even when I don’t know when, I know my Father. I know His character. I know that I can be still in His presence, and He will take care of me.

Dear Heavenly Father,

You’ve been showing me that if I stop dwelling on the “when” question and I begin focusing on You, I find rest. Lord, I see how not even the Son knows when He will return. Only the Father knows, yet because the Son knows the Father, it’s okay for Him not to know. Help me know You more. I desire to know You. Bring me peace as I rest in You. In Jesus’ Name.

Amen.

My name is Taylor. I desire to become a published Christian writer at some point in my life, but whether published or not, I want to write for God. If you’d like to read more of my devotionals, you can find them at http://taylorjasmine.blogspot.com/

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What if There Were No Christmas?

Christmas

@creationswap/ Bettine deKruijf

by Deborah Ann Belka

What if there was no Christmas,
no Babe lying in the manger
what if the Savior wasn’t born
to heal the world’s hurt and anger?

There would be no Good Friday,
no Palm Sunday or Resurrection Day
there would be no souls to show
the truth, the light or the way.

What if there was no Christmas,
no freedom from our strife
no hope or any anticipation
of having a blissful eternal life?

There would be no everlasting joy,
no chance of a never-ending love
there would be no glorious meeting
with our Savior one day above.

What if there was no Christmas,
no trust, no faith, no peace
no virgin birth, no babe born
so our pain and tears would cease?

There would be no Prince of Life,
no eternal Lord and King
there would be no rational
in the Christmas songs we sing.

What if the baby Jesus wasn’t born,
on Christmas Day?
What then would be the reason
to even celebrate today?

~~~~~~~~~~~~

Isaiah 7:14
King James Version

“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you
a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive,
and bear a son, and shall call his name
Immanuel.”

Merry CHRISTmas Everyone!

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka
bdebby@hotmail.com
www.hiswingsshadow.com
http://poetrybydeborahann.wordpress.com/

Criticising God Is Nothing But Self-serving

Glory to God

@creationswap/ Brandon Halliburton

By Dr. Henderson Ward

Now that I am older I do not hear it so much but when I was young I used to hear it a lot: “If I was God I would…” and often this emanated from someone who was so angered by some senseless act or terrible atrocity that the person wanted to be like God who can enact swift and horrible retribution. Truth be told I am guilty of using those words too, but as I matured I came to understand the near-blasphemy of those words. Those words were underpinned, consciously or otherwise, by a searing condemnation of Almighty God since they were saying; “God what is the matter with you, can’t you see what is happening here? Don’t you care that this monstrous evil is happening in your world and will continue unabated except you do something? You should reach for the big stick and show them who is boss. Why aren’t you taking action?” The problem here is that at times some of us become so conceited and arrogant and filled with ourselves that we believe we are qualified to give God advice. We speak without understanding, we pontificate without knowledge and yet we feel we are the very epitome of intellectual and spiritual enlightenment. This is our real problem; we think we know when every piece of available evidence screams to the contrary. Here I take refuge in a conversation that took place a long time ago when someone thought he knew more than Almighty God. Here are the relevant verses: “Then the LORD spoke to Job from a whirlwind and said, “Who is this ignorant person saying these foolish things? Prepare yourself for an attack! Get ready to answer the questions I will ask you. “Where were you when I made the earth? If you are so smart, answer me. And who decided how big the earth should be? Who measured it with a measuring line? What is the earth resting on? Who put the first stone in its place when the morning stars sang together and the angels shouted with joy? “Who closed the flood gates as the sea gushed from the womb? Who covered it with clouds and wrapped it in darkness? I set the limits for the sea and put it behind locked gates. I said to the sea, ‘You can come this far, but no farther. This is where your proud waves will stop.” (Job 38:1-11 ERV) Job was put on the spot, taken to task for what he said and implied and God was not letting up for he went on like this: “Then the LORD said to Job, “You wanted to argue with God All-Powerful. You wanted to correct me and prove that I was wrong. So give me your answer!” (Job 40:1-2 ERV) Job was a man of integrity and wisdom and was sufficiently prudent to acknowledge his foolishness: “Then Job answered the LORD: “I am not worthy to speak! What can I say to you. I cannot answer you! I will put my hand over my mouth. I spoke once, but I will not speak again. I spoke twice, but I will not say anything more.” (Job 40:3-5 ERV) Here is a compelling and seminal lesson for all those who think they know better than Almighty God. Job acknowledged: I am not worthy…I will put my hand over my mouth…I will not speak again…I will not say anything more. When we become so puffed up with our own self-importance and self-worth then we really need to remember who we are dealing with, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10) All of the above thoughts came rocketing through my mind when I read an article in a national newspaper with the headline, “Why I ditched God for good” and the lady went on to trot out such simplistic gibberish that I wonder what would be her thoughts when she becomes an adult, for surely this was juvenile mush. The lady claimed that the only thing that matter to her, now that she has ditched God and become an atheist, is kindness. This is what I mean by puerile mush. There are many vile accusations made against the church but few people alive, beyond the age of nine years would dare accuse the church, or people of faith, as being unkind and uncaring. There is no organization on earth that has a reputation for compassion like the church; absolutely none. The members of the church are called Christians because they are like Christ and Jesus Christ, whose life we imitate, is the most compassionate person ever to walk on this earth. Over and over the Bible tells us that Jesus was, “moved with compassion…” and this was with regards to widows, the poor, the main and the halt, to the hungry and everyone who was suffering and undergoing hardships of all sorts. Anyone with an elementary understanding of the Scriptures knows that for the first time in the history of humanity a class of people was created to cater for the needs of widows and the poor. This class of people is called “Deacons” and came into being in the first church under the directions of the Apostles. Here is how the Bible described its origins: “More and more people were becoming followers of Jesus. But during this same time, the Greek-speaking followers began to complain against the other Jewish followers. They said that their widows were not getting their share of what the followers received every day. The twelve apostles called the whole group of followers together. The apostles said to them, “It would not be right for us to give up our work of teaching God’s word in order to be in charge of getting food to people. So, brothers and sisters, choose seven of your men who have a good reputation. They must be full of wisdom and the Spirit. We will give them this work to do. Then we can use all our time to pray and to teach the word of God.” The whole group liked the idea. So they chose these seven men: Stephen (a man with great faith and full of the Holy Spirit), Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus (a man from Antioch who had become a Jew). Then they put these men before the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.” (Acts 6:1-6 ERV) Today, nearly every church in Christendom has a policy of catering to the needs of people and many of them searching out people in the community who are impoverished and sick or neglected and assist them. The world knows of the humanitarian activities of Christian organisations like the Red Cross and the Salvation Army but wherever the cross is attached or associated with a building in the community there you will find caring, compassionate, self-effacing people. For anyone to suggest that he or she has to ditch God and go elsewhere to find kindness and compassion is in truth the state of a lost soul in a state of spiritual and intellectual darkness. People reneging on God is nothing new; since people backsliding from their faith is a common occurrence and many souls languish in a state of apostasy; and nearly all such persons were neither fully committed to God nor obedient to the sacred ordinances of conversion, baptism and consecration in accordance with God’s Holy Word. One of the most debilitating problems with people everywhere, especially some who call themselves believers, is that they approach God on the basis of an inverted relationship. Some people’s concept of God is so lopsided that they build error on top of the error until the erroneous edifice topples over. Some people think God is like a supermarket where one can go and access goodie after goodie on command and even walk away without paying. Others think that God has to do whatever they want, and if he does not then he is not my God. All of this constitutes an inverted relationship and one that will bring great unhappiness, lots of frustration and eventually disillusionment and spiritual death and all because we treat God as if HE is OUR servant. This is appalling by any measure and only the spiritually blind or wilfully disobedient will fail to acknowledge that this is so. Will God do things that displease us? Absolutely. Does God appear to be sympathetic to the wrong people? Yes. Does God seem detached and unconcerned at times? You better believe it. All of these things we will encounter from time to time but what we must never do is to criticise God; for to do so shows clearly that we are still clueless and spiritual juveniles. When we are disappointed, devastated, hurting and has a zillion complaints we will do well to remember, “The LORD is your Protector. The LORD stands by your side, shading and protecting you. The sun cannot harm you during the day, and the moon cannot harm you at night. The LORD will protect you from every danger. He will protect your soul. The LORD will protect you as you come and go, both now and forever!” (Psalm 121:5-8 ERV) Enough said. Books by this author (non-fiction except indicated otherwise) E-books Published by Amazon.com If you do not have a Kindle then when you access the site, click on How Buying Works and you will see the FREE apps for Computer, Cell phone, etc Then click as appropriate. (Please click on the appropriate book link or cut and paste in your URL) THINGS EVERY CHRISTIAN SHOULD KNOW (e-book) Volume 1 Five tough facts to be faced http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004YX5NSI STAND UP TO THE DEVIL (e-book) Volume 1 You must first identify him http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005BQVLSS BASTARD: A STORY OF REDEMPTION(e-book fiction) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006OF3SD6 ONE MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT ON GOD’S CLOCK (Hard copy) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002X78D16 ONE MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT ON GOD’S CLOCK (e-book) http://tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=978-1-60799-630-9 Dr. Henderson Ward received his Doctor of Divinity in theology, with distinction, from Masters International School of Divinity, USA, where he is currently a post-doctoral fellow. Dr. Ward’s career involved pastoring, evangelism, and teaching. Copyright 2013 email drhendersonward@yahoo.com Article Source: http://www.faithwriters.com CHRISTIAN WRITER

Lord Give Me A Burden (poem)

Distractions

@creationswap/ Jonathan Zajas

By Lewis E. Thomas

I call myself a Christian trying to walk that Narrow Way
But I seldom read my Bible and I seldom pray!

I have no real burden for a world of lost souls!
I find myself focused on the world and my gold.

I spend many wasted hours watching my T.V.
But seldom find the time to get on my knees!

Lord, open my eyes and please let me see!
The plague of sin and suffering out there in humanity!

Lord, give me a burden for the souls of all men!
Give me a burden for those dying in sin!

Lord, give me a burden for my sister and for my brother!
Lord, please give all mankind a burden for one another!

Lord, my heart is too focused on carnal things!
Please focus my heart on The King of Kings!

Lord, give me a burden in my soul that grieves!
For all those lost souls who do not believe.

Lewis E. Thomas as given by God on 8-21-13

I am now 61 years of age and I began writing poetry in the mid eighties to present. I became a Christian in the mid eighties. Poem content often comes to me in a matter of moments and sometimes over several days. The majority of my poetry is God/Bible based for the Glory of God.

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Living Above Your Circumstances

Acknowledge Him

@creationswap/ Meliza Celeridad

By Irma Green

Psalm 34:17, 19 – The righteous cry out and the Lord hears and delivers them out of all of their troubles.  Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.

The  Bible tells us that, if we go to God with our problems, He will take care of them.  it tells us that God will deliver us out of ALL of them.  It did not say that we would NOT have any problems or that we would have a FEW problems – the Bible says we will have MANY, but that God will deliver us from ALL OF THEM.  The Bible does not tell us that we will not have problems; it tells us how to REACT in the midst of them.

Psalm 34:18 – The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart.

That is why we are urged to call on the name of the Lord when we are in trouble.  God’s eyes sees your need.  God’s ears hear your prayers and God is near you when your heart is broken.  Scripture tells us, He is our strength in time of trouble.  He says “Come unto Me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest.

Psalm 40:1, 2 – “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He heard my cry.  He also brought me out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay and set my feet upon a rock.”

What a change takes place when we wait on the Lord.  When we wait on Him, he takes us from a pit to a highway; from miry clay to a rock; from crying to singing.  And tells us, “everything will be alright.”

The Bible tells us to “wait on the lord and be of good cheer.”  It tells us to wait on the Lord and be of good cheer in whatever it is we are going through.  The Bible tells us to “delight in the Lord and He will give us the desire of our heart.”  It tells us that if we seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness all the things we need will be added to us.  It tells us not to grow weary in well doing because in due season we will reap if we do not give up.

It tells us to run and not be weary, to walk and not faint.  It says, “fear not, I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.  For I, the Lord your God will hold your right hand saying to you, ‘fear not, I will help you'”

Psalm 34:1 – I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

No matter how impossible your circumstances may seem; no matter how high those mountains in your life appear to be, no matter how impossible that dream in your heart seem to be, if you will sincerely praise God, He will move into that situation and change it.

Nahum 1:7 – The Lord is good.   When trouble comes, He is the place to go.  And He knows everyone who trust in Him.

Don’t let your eyes get fixed on the problems or circumstances you are facing, because with God’s help you can go around any obstacle and you can overcome any problem.

Matthew 11:28 – Come unto me, all you that labor and are heaven laden and I will give you rest.

Come unto Me the Lord says, and I will give you rest.  Rest from your trials.  Rest from your cares.  Rest from your sorrows.

Psalm 23:5 – You prepare a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.

When God helps us, He does not do it in secret.  He does it in the open, where all, including our enemies can see.

Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart: and lean not unto your own understanding.

Don’t try to understand or try to figure out how God’s going to help you – just trust Him to do so.  We hinder God when we try to help Him solve our problems.  IF WE COULD DO IT – WHY DID WE ASK HIM?

Rev. K. Irma Green, retired pastor; Motivational Speaker/Bible Teacher/Biblical Life Coach
irmagreen8@aol.com

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The Hunt for God’s Blessings

Blessed

@creationswap/chrismanfre

By: Pastor Whited

I received an e-mail the other day and made me think of how do I handle life’s difficult times?
So, right now we are in hunting season and everyone is excited to hopefully hunt the BIG BUCK or Turkey but I started to think of how much prep time we put into preparing for the hunt: Get the right equipment,clothes, scouting, tree stands, doe urine , and hotel rooms for those who really are wimps! But we put a lot of time and energy into preparing for the hunt.

But today I am going to talk about a different type of hunting. The hunt for God’s blessing!

The bible give us all kinds of examples but I love Paul’s stories: 2 Corinthians 11:16-31

New International Version (NIV)
Paul Boasts About His Sufferings
16 I repeat: Let no one take me for a fool. But if you do, then tolerate me just as you would a fool, so that I may do a little boasting. 17 In this self-confident boasting I am not talking as the Lord would, but as a fool. 18 Since many are boasting in the way the world does, I too will boast. 19 You gladly put up with fools since you are so wise! 20 In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or puts on airs or slaps you in the face. 21 To my shame I admit that we were too weak for that!
Whatever anyone else dares to boast about—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast about. 22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they Abraham’s descendants? So am I. 23 Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. 24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?
30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. 31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is to be praised forever, knows that I am not lying
We see all these things that Paul went through and yet we see him say: “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain…having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better” (Philip. 1:21-23). In these words we see the entire substance of the apostle’s life and what he looked to beyond this life. Everything that Paul did revolved around his Lord whom he served. He knew that his Lord promises salvation that cannot be hindered by death, but is only brought closer by it. Thus, death was viewed as a valuable thing.
Are you hunting for all the blessing in your life or are you becoming bitter instead of better? The battles of this life are to be expected but it is how we deal with them that makes the difference. Are you digging deep to find the blessing in life’s difficult times?  Let’s look at one more example:

Matthew 14:22-33

New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Walks on the Water

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Cross references:

  1. Matthew 14:22 : 14:22-33pp — Mk 6:45-51; Jn 6:16-21
  2. Matthew 14:22 : 14:34-36pp — Mk 6:53-56
  3. Matthew 14:23 : S Lk 3:21
  4. Matthew 14:26 : Lk 24:37
  5. Matthew 14:27 : Mt 9:2; Ac 23:11
  6. Matthew 14:27 : Da 10:12; Mt 17:7; 28:10; Lk 1:13, 30; 2:10; Ac 18:9; 23:11; Rev 1:17
  7. Matthew 14:31 : S Mt 6:30
  8. Matthew 14:33 : Ps 2:7; S Mt 4:3

We see Christ walk on water to the disciples in the storm when their  world was being rocked and wondering what to do, then they LOOKED for Jesus and he came to them in the storm and as soon as Peter got his mind off the storm and fixed on Jesus then he was no longer worrying about the storm he wanted to walk out to meet Christ and was given the ability to do so by the faith in Christ Jesus, but as soon as Peter’s faith got weak and he lost the focus on Jesus then the storm became the focus again and he began to sink, but Christ still did not give up on him, Jesus then climbed in the boat with them and when Jesus entered into their presents then the storm completely calmed.

Today I challenge you the next time you find yourself in a storm, remember that there is a blessing to be found we just have to be willing to hunt for it. Are willing to go hunting for your blessing today during this Thanksgiving time? Look around at truly view what you have to be thankful for in your life right now.

I was going through a rough time at work and I got consumed by the situation, it was the main focus and I was just freaking out, wondering what I was going to do. So I called one of my friends and asked his advice and as I talked to him he started ask me some questions: How is your family? How is your finances? Do you have money in your pocket? Is your mom and Dad still alive? Do you have your health? Could you get another job if you had too? Do you have a car? Do you have friends? Do you have a house? Do you have a church family? Do you have salvation?

At first I did not want to discuss any of that; I had a problem and that is what I called him about, not to ask me a bunch of questions.
But then he stated; “ you got a lot to be THANKFUL for don’t you?” A lot of time in the big scheme of things these storms are not as big as we think they are.

Have you allowed your storm to get so big that you can’t see Jesus on the other side telling you that he can walk on top of every storm that life hands you but you have to willing to seek me first.

I hope each of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and allow yourself to be filled with Joy knowing Jesus is in control of every storm and give him the Thanks for the blessing he is going to give you during this difficult time .  Become a hunter of blessing !

Please feel free to pass this along to anyone who you believe needs to hear the message. God Bless!

Think About What You Are Thinking About

By Irma Green

Be careful what you think!!  Most of us do not think about what we are thinking about.  We just let our minds idol on anything.  if we don’t think about what we are thinking about Satan will inject his thoughts into our minds (idol mind is the devil’s workshop).

Most of the time, we spend time thinking about things not worth thinking about.  Think about what you are thinking about!  Is it really worth your time thinking about it?

Some of us spend so much time thinking all the wrong things.  Some of us are addicted to wrong thinking.  We get up in the morning thinking wrong thoughts; we go all day thinking wrong thoughts; we go to bed at night still thinking wrong thoughts.  And wonder why we are so miserable.

LEARN HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT THOUGHTS!  YOU MUST SAY: “I choose NOT to think that.  I choose not to allow that thought to fester in my mind.  It is shocking how many believers are pulled down simply because of the thoughts they allow to fester in their minds.  You can have victory simply through changing the way you think, and by controlling the thoughts that flow through your mind.

You need to stop sometime and think about what you are thinking about.  Watch what you think about during your every waking hour.  You have authority over your thoughts.  You must choose what you think about.  The Bible says, “If it is not true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of a good report, if it is not virturous, or praiseworthy, do not even think about them.

The reason for pure thoughts is to get Satan out of your mind.  There is a proverbial saying, “You can’t stop a bird from flying over your head, but you can stop him from making a nest in your hair.”  By the same token, you can control your thoughts!  You can’t stop them from coming into your mind, but you can stop them from staying there.

We are told to, “Set our minds on things above, not on things of the earth.”  In other words, think Godly thoughts.  Instead of exercising our minds on negative things and worrying over things we can’t do anything about.

Instead of thinking about the problems in our lives, let us think about the solutions. Get the solution you want in your mind and hold that thought; make it your dominate thought.
Let me ask you something? If you would take inventory of the thoughts you’ve been thinking the past week, what kind of thoughts were they? Were they negative? Were they focused on your problems? Or, were they positive?

How much time have you spent over the past week thinking about the goodness of God? How He is your healer, your deliver, your provider, etc. Or, were they problem focused thoughts?

You need to be careful how you think about people.  That person that you are holding an evil or negative thought against is a bondage, it’s a stronghold that Satan has you in and it is blocking your blessing.  Not only that, that person is controlling you, your happiness because you are constantly thinking about that person – morning noon and night.  I want you to know that, the thoughts and feelings you send out to this person are going through you.  And what goes through you returns to you.

You cannot hold negative thoughts against someone and expect God to bless you.  That negative thought is more harmful to you than the person.  Think about what you are thinking about!! – God bless

Rev. K. Irma Green, retired pastor; Motivational Speaker/Bible Teacher
Reality Life Coach for Women
www.birthinganewyou.org  irmagreen8@aol.com

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