Word of God

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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Am I a friend of God?

Friendship

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By Charell Anderson

Scripture Reading

Matthew 26:50- But Jesus said to him, “Friend, why have you come?” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him.

In the Bible, Jesus knew He was going to be crucified. He knew of the plots and trickery the chief priests, the scribes, and Judas had planned against Him. Jesus was aware of everything, because He is God. He is the Creator, the Most High God, the only True God, and an Intelligent God. He carried a love for the people who had a scheduled day to betray and kill Him.

Even today, He (Jesus) loves us although we continue to not recognize the order He established for us to live by. The Creator reaches out His hand to each of us, every day. God is saying to us, “Friend, why are you rejecting me?” When Jesus recognized Judas as a friend, He was offering Judas His friendship and giving him a chance to turn away from his wicked ways. My husband and I would like for you to envision this in your mind. Jesus was facing Judas while Judas had a multitude of soldiers behind him to capture and kill Jesus. However, Jesus still called him friend. That’s powerful.

There are everlasting benefits of being a friend of the Most High God. Abraham experienced those rewards when God said, “Should I hide what I am doing from Abraham” (Genesis 18:17). In this verse, God allowed us to know his love for Abraham. When you are obedient to God and seek God, He will reveal things to you that you need to know. Through Abraham’s obedience he was able to save his nephew, Lot, from the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah. This is what God desires to do for us today.

If you’re feeling discouraged or maybe you don’t know of God or maybe you just need strength, we ask you to take that step of faith and allow God to be your friend. God already acknowledges you as a friend; He is just waiting on you to answer Him by saying yes on today. Allow God to show you how it feels to have peace of mind by casting your worries on Him. God cares for you. God forgives you as He did Judas. It doesn’t matter what sin you have committed, because God still has His hands reaching toward you, saying “friend”.

A Prayer for Today

Father in heaven, forgive me for all the days I have betrayed you. Teach me how to walk according to your word; I am willing to be your friend. I desire to have a close relationship with you by reading your word. In Jesus name, Amen.

I currently live in Mississippi. I have been writing since I was approximately fourteen years old. When God stepped into my life at the age of 23, God transformed my writings into devotions to Him. My husband also inspires me each day to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ through my devotionals.

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God’s Gift to You

The Gift

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 By PAMELA SAMBOLA

If God were to give you a Christmas gift, what do you think it would be?
Would it be one of silver or gold wrapped neatly under a tree?
Would it perhaps be a diamond or some precious stone or gem?
What great thing would you desire, if you were to receive a gift of Him?
God’s gift was given to us when He gave the world His Son.
Christ is the way of Hope and Salvation to each and every one.
So, whether or not you get the gift you desired, be sure you’ve received His.
For when God gave Christ to us, He gave THE GREATEST GIFT THERE IS.
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I am an aspiring inspirational writer with no formal credentials or publications. I simply have a love for God and for His Word, which I strive to proclaim through my writings.
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Accentuate the Positive

Growing In Grace

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Inspired by Rev 7:9-12

by Sheldon Bass

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (Philippians 4:8 NLT )

Ever notice how powerful our thought life is? For example, dwelling upon the wrongs someone has perpetrated against me tends to produce bitterness and strife, anger and resentment within. These resulting negative emotions, eventually are manifested in my words and actions. They lead to sin. Or if I allow myself to become irritated by the inappropriate attire of others (perhaps at church), a judgmental attitude develops. This will cut off the blessings of a pure heart that God intends for me.

In a sin cursed world, there’s an abundance of negative things to ponder. However, there’s also good things as listed in this verse. Directing our thoughts toward the wholesome and good, sows unto a beautiful harvest of joy and peace. Searching out the positive in people, places and circumstances births within us the happy and healthy virtues of godliness.

We can displace the negative, by filling up on the positive, resulting in an out pouring of praise to God for all of His goodness. And we reap the bountiful stores of wisdom, happiness and better health. Searching out the silver linings and rainbows, obscured by a dark world, and thoughtfully dwelling upon them, returns rich dividends to our lives.

Perhaps you remember a song from years ago that said, “Accentuate the positive.” Christian, shine on for Jesus!

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The Hunt for God’s Blessings

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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!

Changing the Conversation (Please read this!)

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By Norm Cannada

When I think of the First Century church, my mind immediately jumps to the story in Acts 2 where the church — about 120 men and women at the time — are gathered together in one place focused on the resurrection of Jesus and the call to tell others.  The Holy Spirit takes control of the meeting and God comes forth in a mighty way.  I imagine people from the city peering into the windows, trying to get a glimpse of what was happening.

No one is peering in the windows in the church today, and they haven’t for a long time.   Most people in my inner city community in Charleston, WV are not just unchurched —they don’t give the church any thought. They say they do not believe the church has anything relevant to say to them.
In many homes throughout America, the name “Jesus” is not heard in a typical week unless someone hits themselves with a hammer or stumps their toe.  We are raising a generation of children who have little or no knowledge of who Jesus is and how much He loves them.
It is my heart to see Christians work to “Change the Conversation” with the people we see in our communities.  There are many ways to share the love of Jesus in everyday life.  One of my favorite ministries is as simple as eating out in a restaurant.  I learned from conversations with waiters and waitresses that the one shift people do not like to work is the Sunday lunch shift.  They say the people are rude and do not tip well.  When I first heard that, it broke my heart.
I was especially sensitive to this because I had seen the effects of Christians who were rude to waiters and waitresses.  We had a team of volunteers come to West Virginia from North Carolina for a long weekend of ministry.  After a busy day, the team went out to a local restaurant.  The service was not very good and one woman on the mission team began complaining about the waitress to the management.  Her complaints eventually led to the waitress being fired.  Before the team left, the woman who had complained went to the waitress and continued to complain, saying the waitress did not do her job well.  She then pulled out one of my business cards and, instead of a tip, handed it to her and said, “you need to talk to this man.  You need to change.”
It turned out the waitress lived just blocks from my house and she came to see me the next day.  But, she didn’t want my help.  She was angry and hurt.  Nothing I said to her then, or in the years to come, could convince her that I, or anyone else, cared about her.  The damage was already done.
So, we began praying for waiters and waitresses to let them know God loves them, making sure that we act in a way that matched our words.  Anytime anyone went out to eat, they were to order their meal and then say to the waiter or waitress, “We are going to pray over our meal.  Is there anything we can pray for you about?  They were also to be friendly, tip well and not complain about anything.  I reminded people they were not there for the service.  They were there to serve the Lord.

This simple act has changed lives.  Yes, some said they didn’t have any prayer needs, but often the requests led to a good exchange about faith.  I have also seen wait staff sit down at the table, share needs and ask if we would pray right then in their presence.
On December 7, 2010, 10 churches participated in a “Change the Conversation” event.  People from the 10 churches were assigned to eat at one of six Mexican restaurants in the area.  They were asked to do three things — ask the waiter or waitress for prayer needs and pray for them by name, be friendly and tip well (at least 20 percent).  There was a tip given to the kitchen staff and another tip was given to the waiter or waitress.  Each group of people was given specially made Christmas Cards, written in Spanish, to give along with the tip.  The cards explained the reason for Christmas and offered the name and phone number of the man who led the Hispanic ministry.  By the end of the night, our Hispanic Ministry leader had received a call from a man who was overwhelmed by the love of the people who prayed for him.  They met the next day.

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About the Author:
Norm Cannada has worked as a newspaper editor and writer as well as an inner cty pastor and church planter.   He lives in Charleston, WV.

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7 Pictures Of The Word

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By Pastor QT Nyathi

Pictures are powerful. From still photos to motion pictures, they paint gripping images in our minds. God’s word is likened to many things in the Bible. Here are seven loaded metaphors of the Holy Scriptures.

Picture #1: Water

Husbands love your wives…that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word…
Ephesians 5:25-26

Ahandinwater

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In the

Bible water for washing represents the word while drinking water represents the Holy Spirit.

The word of God is a powerful detergent that removes every stubborn stain of sin from our lives, thus ensuring that we become sparkling clean.

When was the last time you refreshed your weary soul by standing under the shower of God’s word?

Jump into the Jacuzzi of jets of heavenly water by allowing the word to massage your battered spirit, soul, and body. Don’t let a day go by without taking a bath; if you skip your bathing time you’ll soon offend many by emitting an unpleasant odour.

There is a freshness that only those that bath consistently exude.

The water of the word plays a vital role in our sanctification process making us more like Jesus in our character, conversation, and conduct.

Picture #2: Lamp

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
Psalm 119:105

Candles

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With the bright lamp of God’s word in our hands, we don’t stumble over things in life.

God’s precepts are a reliable guide in the maze of life. As long as we hold fast to the lamp, confusion will be dispelled from our lives.

It’s interesting to note that a lamp doesn’t show you too far ahead; you always have to carry it with you in order to benefit from its illumination.

Since light travels in a straight line a word-filled life ensures that we live straight lives (as opposed to crooked lives) not straying from the narrow path of the kingdom.

With our lives crammed full of the light of the word we are the most switched on people on the planet.

Picture #3: Fire

Is not my word like as a fire says the Lord?
Jeremiah 23:29a

Flames of Passion

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Fire had five main purposes in the ancient world.

It was used to cook food, provide warmth, scare off wild animals, for smelting in tool making, and as a purifier in mining.

When we come to the Lord we are raw and have to allow the heat of the word to cook us and make us edible to the hungry world.

The word also warms us up our lives making people love to be around us. As part of the melting process the word softens our hearts thus allowing the Holy Spirit to shape us into the image of Christ.

Wild animals or demons are scared of fire; so the bigger the fire the more secure we become. Finally the word as fire turns up the heat in our lives and removes all the dross leaving us as pure gold.

Allow the fire of the word to complete its cleansing work in your life.

Don’t move an inch, no matter how intense the heat gets if you want to reap the five-fold benefits of the word as fire.

Picture #4: Hammer

Is not my word like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
Jeremiah 23:29b

Old Hammer Stock Photo

A hammer is power tool used for driving nails, hitting hard materials and breaking tough substances.

God’s word breaks our hard or callous hearts, giving us a soft heart of flesh that God can easily touch and shape.

A heart that has been hammered by the word is moved by the needs of the community.

It also breaks our rigid attitudes, prejudices and stereotypes leaving us with the all-embracing mind of Christ.

The hammer gives the enemy a severe pounding tearing him to pieces; no wonder why he fears the twelve pound hammer of the word.

Jesus hammered the devil into submission with the word when he tempted Him three times in the wilderness.

Use the hammer for heavy duty tasks in your life.

Picture #5: Food

Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart.
Jeremiah 15:16a

Wheat

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Just as natural food sustains us, so does the word which is our spiritual food. Without it we live weak and ineffective lives.

Once we stop eating the word we die spiritually.

Under the broad category of foods the word is also likened to honey (Psalm 119v103), meat (Hebrews 5v12-14) and milk (1 Peter 2v2) showing us that it offers all the variety of nutrients needed for us to live healthy lives.

Word-eaters are balanced people not given to extremes.

Isn’t it amazing that one of the last things people on death row are allowed to do is to have a sumptuous meal of their choice?

Why?

There is nothing that releases joy and happiness like a good plate of food- the idea is to allow the person to experience joy one last time.

People’s faces light up and they chat nonstop when they are having food at home or at their favourite restaurant.

If natural food does all this, how much more spiritual food?

Take sumptuous bites of heavenly food and enjoy at your leisure.

Picture #6: Sword

And take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Ephesians 6:17b

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A sword is a lethal weapon that pierces through the enemy’s defence lines.

The word is the sword of the spirit world.

The sword was the Roman soldier’s primary weapon without which he could not dare step into the battlefield. A soldier without a sword was a toothless and useless civilian.

A modern day equivalent would be to have a soldier face the enemy without a gun-it’s unthinkable.

Similarly a believer without the word in his heart cannot hurt the enemy in any way.

As a soldier of Jesus Christ wield your sword always thrusting it deep into the enemy’s vital organs. It’s instructive that a sword is a very personal weapon; no one can carry your sword for you, you have to carry it yourself.

No one can take the word and use it on your behalf all the time, you have to bear that responsibility yourself.

Strike the enemy with your sword again and again until it cleaves to your hand like Eleazar the son of Dodo; that way you will win many great victories for the Lord. (2 Samuel 23v10)

Picture #7: Seed

Now the parable is this; the seed is the word of God.
Luke 8:11

Life after Death

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Oh the amazing power of a single seed.

One seed can produce a forest.

A single seed can produce countless edible fruits. One small seed can grow into a big tree. In short a seed speaks of great productivity.

God’s holy word results in productivity in every area of a believer’s life. Note however, that a seed only works its magic when it is sown.

A seed in your lap or pocket won’t do you any good until it is sown.

Sow the word by applying it in every area of your life. If you do so you will reap a massive harvest that will amaze many.

While a natural seed rots, the supernatural seed of the word is incorruptible and will always germinate and produce results no matter how long it stays on the ground.

So don’t be discouraged if you have been sowing precious seed and it seems as if nothing is happening.

Your seed will eventually pierce the ground because supernatural seed never fails.

All these amazing pictures can be summed up this way; the word is everything in the life of a serious believer.

So whatever you do child of God get into the word, you’ll reap the benefits and your progress will be obvious to all.

Become a word-addict.

If you do, you will become a fascinating movie of God’s goodness in the world.

Pastor QT is a published author, copywriter and speaker. His sincerity, wit and candid style have endeared him to many hearts. His book DELIVERANCE UNPACKED has been warmly received globally. He conducts spicy marriage and singles seminars with his feisty wife Bonani.

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Word of God

Rays of Roses

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By: Lisa Burks

The other day I went outside to weed around my roses, when I noticed beetles all over the shrubs. Normally they produce big beautiful, pink and red flowers that I enjoy looking at, instead they were unsightly to me. I knew what had to be done. I retrieved my bug killer and drenched the roses from top to bottom. In no time the bugs were falling to the ground, a week later the roses were back to their old selves.

While spraying the rose’s God gave me a thought, people are like roses if you let bugs, (anything not of God) into your life it starts to show from the inside out. Instead of soaking in pesticides we arm ourselves with the word of God. Luke 10-19 states I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions, and to overcome all the power of the enemy nothing will harm you however do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven. Hebrews 4-12 for the word of God is living and active sharper than any double-edged sword it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joint and marrow it judges the thoughts, and attitudes of the heart.

If we let the devil in, even though we may not see it with sinners eyes he starts to change us. We can become bitter, negative, abusive, worried, hopeless, helpless etc. We are hard to look at or be in the presence of, just like a beetle infested rose, but if we use the word of god to overcome evil, we can be an inspiration for others, and a pleasure to be around.

If your heart and mind are empty there’s more room for the devil to occupy. Filling that empty space with scripture is a good way to ensure he doesn’t move in. As Christians we should stop negative thoughts, feeling or actions as soon as they begin, remember the word of god is sharper than any double-edged sword, when the devil makes a visit, send him packing with the word of God.

Philippians 4:8-9

8 In conclusion, my friends, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable. 9 Put into practice what you learned and received from me, both from my words and from my actions. And the God who gives us peace will be with you.

God Has A Mission for You

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By Michael Okyere Asante

A shepherd boy once lived, and in him God was to accomplish his plans to deliver the world from famine. This was the boy Joseph. As early as seventeen, he was actively involved with his brothers in his father’s businessshepherding of flocks.

In dreams, God revealed His plans but these dreams seemed too true for his family to believe, and this earned him hatred, jealousy, rebuke, and a bad reputation. God had a mission for Him, and as He walked in obedience to His word, God brought Him to the peak of his mission. Joseph proclaimed, “And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God.” (Gen. 45:5, 8a)

God has a mission for you, and as you walk in obedience to His word, He would continue to direct your paths and reveal to you His next line of action. Obedience is key to accomplishing God’s purpose for your life. Where He leads, follow. The songwriter said, “I’d rather walk with God in the dark than walk alone on a road with signposts.”

Many times, we fear what we do not know. This is a result of lack of trust. God does not need to show you everything. He decides what and when to show you. You need to trust Him to lead you through the dark. Do not let fear prevent you from accomplishing God’s purpose for your life; you have not been given a spirit of fear, but a spirit of boldness. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”(Prov. 3:5, 6)

As you walk with God in the light of His word, He reveals His plans concerning your life. Initially, His plans for your life may not be comprehensible, especially to your family, and to your friends. That’s why you need to be careful who you share your dreams and revelations with. You cannot afford to allow discouragement, jealousy, hatred, and rebuke to hinder your journey to achieving God’s purpose for your life. Joseph was naive in telling his dreams (Gen. 37:5-11, 20); nevertheless, God brought His plans to pass.

As you walk with God, He reveals His mind to you. Therefore, you need to maintain a consistent fellowship with Him. You should realise that the source of your strength is the Lord, and if you are cut off from this Source, you would not function nor accomplish His purpose for your life (Jn. 15:5).

Remember, God did not reveal to Joseph that through him (Joseph) He was going to save lives from famine. He only revealed to him that he would be one with authority. It was only when Joseph continued to walk faithfully with the Lord that he understood the full meaning of the dreams he had.

Just as God prepared Joseph for his mission, God has given you gifts, talents, and abilities to prepare you for your mission on earth. These are to be used to accomplish this mission. God would entrust into your care little things, and you need to be humble enough and diligent in giving good account of what He has entrusted into your care. When you are able to do that, He would lead you into the next big role of accomplishment.

“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?” (Lk. 16:10-12, KJV)

Whatever role God has entrusted into your care, do it with love, diligence, and commitment. No matter how small your role is or how people look down upon your role, determine to do it with all your heart.

You may not be the one to preach or lead a prayer session, but you may be responsible for sweeping the place of worship: do it with joy. God is preparing you for something greater. You may be pastoring a very small congregation: do it with all your might; God is preparing you for something greater. Do not take lightly whatever role God has given you. Account will be required of whatever we do here on earth.

Here was Joseph, a slave in the house of Potiphar, and later a prisoner of false accusation. In these two places (Potiphar’s house and the prison), Joseph did not consider his status nor did he forget his God. He walked faithfully with God, and worked with all diligence (Gen. 39:4-5, 22-23).

He exercised his gifts of stewardship, wisdom, leadership, and dream interpretation, and this gained him favour in the sight of God and man. No role is too small to accomplish.

If you fail to accomplish that ‘little’ role God has given you, you would deny someone an opportunity to know Jesus Christ as Lord and personal Saviour. God has a mission for you; fulfil it!
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Michael Asante is a young author and a youth leader, and has for the past eight years been involved in teaching, encouraging, and counselling the youth. Michael blogs at http://michaelasante.blog.com . Contact him at christianlifeblog@live.com

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September Harvest (Poem)

 

Harvest

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By Louis Gander

After the blizzards and after the drifts,
after the snowbanks and temperature shifts…
After the blossoms from light colored buds,
after the rainstorms and after the floods…
After the heat from the high summer sun,
after the grain that is ripe for autumn…
come September harvest.

When old farmer Elmer is out on his field,
reaping the harvest with plenteous yield,
reminding me fully of lost, lonely souls,
that we need to harvest from Satan’s controls.
To he who repents and to he who believes,
to all who accept Him, to all of the sheaves…
come September harvest.

The harvest is plenty with laborers few
and these are the souls that we need to get to.
If we love our neighbors as we ourselves love –
(you must know by now what I’m speaking of…)
For though this big world is in stark opposition,
we recommit fully for this great commission…
come September harvest.

Matthew 28:16-20 (NASB)The Great Commission16 But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated.17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful.18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying,“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

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