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Conversations with Jesus ~ Thomas

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Inspired by Rev 7:9-12

By Cheryl Harrison

John 20:29: “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

In the midst of grief and fear, a small group of people hid behind locked doors.  Unseen enemies lurked in the darkness awaiting the opportunity to sow seeds of doubt.  One seed of doubt can weaken the focus of an uncertain heart, and since things did not happen the way Thomas expected, his heart was fertile ground.

The disciples were overjoyed when Jesus appeared.  But, Thomas, who was not present when Jesus came, refused to believe the truth. He proclaimed, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.”

One week later, Jesus returned to visit his doubting disciple.  This time, Thomas was present, and Jesus spoke directly to him. “Put your finger here; see my hands.  Reach out your hand and put it into my side.  Stop doubting and believe.”  Jesus knew how to alleviate Thomas’ unbelief and chose to reveal Himself in a way that Thomas could understand.

Only God can move us from unbelief to faith.  Unlike Thomas, we haven’t seen Jesus with our own eyes, nor have we touched his wounds.  But, as promised, there is a blessing for those who believe without seeing.  We walk by faith and not by sight, trusting the Lord will reveal himself to us in ways we can understand.

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The Lighthouse

Lighthouse and Palm Tree

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By louis gander

What draws the eye to the lighthouse?
Oh say, what could it be?
Now how could a light on a mighty ‘Rock’
forgive lost souls at sea?
There are no ropes to pull them in,
no maps of where to go –
and we hear cries from crashing waves –
under the beacon’s glow.

Relentlessly, the wind blows –
the noise, as a million drums!
The angry sea will swallow scores,
as the weak in faith succumb.
Through rain and hail and deadly fog,
sins weather strangely mixed –
a faint, but ‘Guiding Light’ shines through –
if eyes are firmly fixed.

The lighthouse sounds its fog horn,
proclaiming Christ is King.
Our voices chime in harmony
as we rejoice and sing!
We find all comfort in the ‘Rock’
as the faithful lighthouse calls.
It’s then that storms surrender and,
receding darkness falls,

What draws the eye to the lighthouse?
Oh say, what could it be?
How can a Man on an old rugged cross,
help souls still lost at sea?
Secure in the ‘Rock’, we understand –
as the beacon lights the sky.
And as long as we see the halo –
forgive. “They know not why.”

And tell them –
tell them if you dare!
Tell them when they’re troubled.
Tell them with a prayer.
Tell them Christ is waiting.
Tell them God is fair.
Tell them Jesus loves them.
Tell them if you care.
Tell them God still loves the world.
Now go, and gospel share.
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The Lord is Good

Romans 8:28

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By Jerry Ousley

Sometimes we love the praise of man don’t we?  Those pats on the back and all those “at-a-boys” can really make us feel good.  Often it can be the very reason we do good things; we desire the compliments of others.  Let me illustrate with something that happened just recently to me.

Part of the ministry of Spirit Bread is sending Bibles into various African nations.  Many of these nations use English as a second language and a good number of the people speak it fluently.  Several other people contribute regularly to this ministry because they see the need and benefit of getting a Bible into the hands of someone else.  Once they begin to read and understand who can tell how many more they will lead into the Kingdom?  It is a wonderful, though very costly ministry.  Of course Bibles in the United States are relatively cheap if you don’t go with the expensive bindings and so forth.  But the expensive part is the shipping.  On the average, it costs around $5.00 for the Bible but it takes another $8.00 to ship it.  So it costs an average of $14.00 each to send these Bibles overseas.

The other day we went to the Post Office with seventeen packages going to different ministries who distribute Bibles to their people.  These are often small church groups or evangelistic ministries who cannot afford to purchase Bibles for their people and because of their small size are overlooked by the larger organizations who give away Bibles.  That’s where we come in.  We seek out (but more often we are sought out) those in need of Bibles.  We have a backlog of groups needing Bibles that dates back as much as a year.  As we get the money to purchase and ship Bibles we work on that list.  Anyway, we had received enough money to ship 112 Bibles.  The cost was over $900.00 just for the shipping.  The lady taking care of me at the Post Office commented on “what a good thing we were doing.”  Sometimes I’m not good with compliments.  She actually had said, “What a good thing your church is doing.”  Of course, right now we aren’t pastors of a congregation but minister through writing both on the Internet and books.  So I blurted out, “It’s not a church but we are doing it individually.”  That impressed her even more.

Now, my intentions weren’t to give all the praise to me, but that’s the way it came out.  After I left and returned home I got to thinking about the situation.  I thought of the other people who give to help with this service and frankly, I couldn’t do it without them.  I had cut them out all together and had taken all the credit.

This resulted in yet another occurrence of me sucking on toes as I sat there, realizing what I had done, with my big foot in my mouth.  The only thing I could do was to swallow my pride (being careful not to swallow my toes) and call the lady at the Post Office and explain that I wasn’t in this service alone, but that several other people were helping with the costs and supplying Bibles.  I had to make the call, and I did.  So was I really good?  Actually, not; I had taken a good thing and robbed others of their portion of that praise.  I did make it right, but I should have made it right the first time.

We aren’t as good as we think we are.  We’ve been talking about how God can cause the earth to quake merely by His presence and how that He can be a fierce God.  It is to illustrate the awesomeness of His power.  But the thought in Amos is concluded by saying, “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.” (Amos 1:7).  Even though God is all powerful, all knowing, all seeing, and always present, He is also good, and each and every day that we live proves that.  Often we are disobedient, or we rob God of the glory by taking the credit ourselves.  Yet He is good; He is our strong and mighty fortress when we get into trouble, and He will remind us when we do wrong.  It may mean that we have to swallow our pride and risk embarrassment to make it right, but He will give us that opportunity.

Despite our disobedience, regardless our labor for recognition by man, still He knows those who really trust Him.  We may look like we trust God on the outside but only God knows what is truly in our hearts.  He knows why we do the things we do and He knows our motives and attitudes.  That’s a good thing because we can never pull the wool over God’s eyes, and because He knows we can be certain that He will always be there for us, forgiving us when we mess up because He really does know our hearts.  Do we really trust God?  In light of how good He is, we should

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jerry D. Ousley is the Author of five books, “Soul Challenge”, “Soul Journey” “Ordeal” “The Spirit Bread Daily Devotional” and his first novel “The Shoe Tree.”  Find out more by visiting www.spiritbread.com
or email us at jousley@spiritbread.com

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Living Under the Influence

Radical Living

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By Steve Countryman

Driving under the influence means that your ability to operate and maneuver a motor vehicle is greatly impaired.  Those who try believe a lie and are deceiving themselves.  Trying to drive while under the influence will cause you trouble.  It will hurt you, those around you and those close to you.  It will bring destruction, destroying your life, your job, your finances, your family, your friends and perfect strangers who get in your way.

Living under the influence refers to those things that influence your daily life and decisions either good or bad.  The sinner lives under the influence of the ruler of this world, Satan.  All decisions the sinner makes are affected, one way or another, by the influence of sin and temptation.  Even when it seems to be a worthy cause or good intentions there always seems to be a hidden reason for the decision.  For example expecting something in return for doing a good deed if only recognition.  Or being deceived into thinking that by doing good deeds they will qualify to enter into heaven.  Driving drunk or high is an indicator that the person could have an addiction problem and is living under the influence of the kingdom of darkness.

Even Christians live under the influence of this world to some degree because we live here surrounded by sinful influences daily.  It is when you allow those influences into your thinking that trouble begins.  Romans 12:2  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Allowing the little things is where it starts.  Your friends start complaining about their job, their spouse, their sickness, their finances you name it and the next thing you know you are doing the same thing.  Seemed harmless enough just blowing off steam right?  Wrong!  Your words carry power and by confessing with your mouth your complaints you are pronouncing curses over yourself and your situation.  Take your concerns to the Lord not to your friends.

Fear, doubt and worry are all opposites of faith in your God which leads to complaining and murmuring that leads to poor decisions, more curses and more trouble!  It shows a lack of trust in God’s ability to provide for you and is contrary to being a child of the Most High God.  You must choose to put on the mind of Christ daily and ask God for wisdom.  James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.  But you say you don’t have enough faith Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.   Being a Christian is not an honorary title but requires commitment and dedication to God and His Word.  You have to spend time with God daily and develop an intimate walk to know Him better.  Spending time with God and in His Word will build your faith.  Like anything else you only get out of it what you put into to it, like what is means to be a child of the Most High God as revealed in your daily walk.

You can’t have the victory in your life trying to survive on the prayers of others.  You can’t have the victory over your problems, troubles and fears by going to church every once in a while.  You can’t have the victory if you can’t forgive others who have sinned against you, your family or your friends.  You can’t have the victory by going on the words of a preacher and not read the Word of God yourself.  You can’t have the victory by listening to the advice of this world and ignoring what God’s Word says.  You can’t have the victory if you don’t know who you are in Christ and who Christ is in you.  You can’t have the victory in your life without faith in your God.  Faith is the bridge that joins the known of this world to the unknown of God’s kingdom.

Being a Christian is more than wearing a cross around your neck.  Being a Christian is more than being a Sunday pew sitter.  Being a Christian is more than carrying a Bible.  Being a Christian is more than having a Christian bumper sticker.  Being a Christian is more than being just a survivor, more than an over-comer, more than a warrior and more than a conquer.  Being a Christian means that your life brings glory to God.  Being a Christian means that you are a child of the Most High God and you represent His kingdom everywhere you go.  You proclaim His goodness in your life instead of complaining to others.  Your decisions, actions and words all reflect His influence in your life as you conduct yourself daily with the mind of Christ.  By doing this you bring glory to your God.

It is His will that is manifested in you, with you, to you, for you and through you.  It is His will that you are healed and in good health.  It is His will that you prosper as your soul prospers.  It is His will that you walk in ALL power and authority of heaven.  It is His will that all spiritual blessings and spiritual gifts are made available to you.  It is His will that you have abundant prosperity in every part of your life.  Think about it, how does it reflect on God for one of His children to be sickly, complaining, grumpy, sinful, hateful or destitute?  Where is the glory of God in that person’s life?  How do they bring God glory?  What kind of testimony is that?  We are God’s witnesses and He is our testimony.  “If I can only hang on until Jesus comes back” is a defeated shameless statement that too many Christians use.  Where is their victory and how do they bring glory to God?

The fullness of Christ lives and dwells in us at the time of salvation.  We Christians spend years grasping what that all entails.  We have what no other powerful men and women of God had in the Old Testament.  When God worked through them the Word said that the Spirit of the Lord came upon them.  Because of the finished work of the cross of Jesus we have the Spirit of the Lord in us always!  That is why His Word says that the latter house will be greater than the former house.  And why Jesus said that we would do greater things than He did.  We are the latter house!  Knowing who you are in Christ and who Christ is in you is found through faith.  The fullness of Christ is made known through your faith.  It is through faith that you are able to do all things through Christ who strengthens you.  It is through faith that you walk being led by the Holy Spirit.  It is through faith that your salvation is made possible.  It is because of your faith that God is pleased with you.  And it is by studying the Word of God that your faith is founded, perfected, put into action and grows strong.  By faith the influence of God’s kingdom is manifested in your life daily.  Living under the influence of God’s Word, commands and love will impact your surroundings and those around you everywhere you go!  The time is ripe!!

About the Author:
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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I am A Child of The Most High God!

The Glory of God

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By Steve Countryman

Hosea 1:10 “they will be called ‘children of the living God.”  Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”   John 1:12 “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”

The phrase “I am a child of the Most High God” has to be one of the most difficult phrases for most Christians to wrap their minds around!  Mostly because we constantly listen to that stupid voice in our heads telling us that we don’t deserve to be His child.  The God who gave His One and only Son to suffer and die for all mankind’s sins.  That just to be a servant of the Most High God is such a privilege.  Trying to rationalize how the God of all creation would call us “friend” let alone His child is beyond our ability to comprehend.  And yet God’s love is so far above our understanding that He doesn’t only call us friend, call us His children but also makes us co-heirs to the throne of heaven!

It is a mindset that we need to receive.  It is a mindset that we must have daily.  1 Corinthians 2:16 “But we have the mind of Christ.”  It is our heavenly responsibility to walk in it constantly everywhere we are and everywhere we go.  It is where the power and authority of heaven resides in us!  The reality of being a child of the Most High God carries so much more than we know or understand.  For too long we have been settling for good instead of God’s best for us.  We have compromised away His blessings and spiritual power because of our lack of patience, our lack of faith and trust, our lack of commitment and dedication to God and our lack of wisdom, Biblical knowledge and revelation.  It is understanding that as a child of the Most High God that God not only answers our prayers but more importantly He is the ANSWER to all of our prayers!  Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”  You seek first His kingdom, His ways, His will, His commands and show and prove your love for Him by your obedience and follow through then being a child of the Most High God is fulfilled in you!

There is power and life is in the tongue, in spoken words and especially in speaking out loud God’s Word and promises!  The following is best when read out loud.  I need reminding and I know it will help you realize who you are in Christ Jesus and who Christ Jesus is in you!  Anytime you are faced with problems, attacks or you just need to hear from God, this is a good thing to pull out and declare out loud.

I am a child of the Most High God and God makes me more than a “get-me-by” person, more than a survivor, more than a victor and more than a conquer.   I am a child of the Most High God and I am blessed beyond measure, beyond imagination, beyond my widest dreams and I overflow with His goodness everywhere I go.  I am a child of the Most High God and my boast is in you Lord for every good and perfect thing in my life is from you.  I am a child of the Most High God and I “put on” your amour, the mind of Christ, your love and mercy, your patience and contentment.  I am a child of the Most High God and you “clothe me” in your righteousness, your peace and joy, your power and authority.  I am a child of the Most High God and I represent the Holy family of God everywhere I go ALL the time!  I am a child of the Most High God and I will not compromise away my beliefs or your Word.  I am a child of the Most High God and I will not give up, give in, quit, lay down, hesitate, let myself be deceived or be distracted away from fulfilling the destiny that you my God has for me.

I am a child of the Most High God and my body is the Temple of the Lord and is His dwelling place.  I am a child of the Most High God and sickness and disease is not allowed in His Temple my body!  I am a child of the Most High God and I walk in your prosperity, goodness, all spiritual giftings, your overflow, abundance, surplus and extravagant blessings.  I am a child of the Most High God and I am a Holy Spirit filled believer who walks in ALL power and authority of heaven everywhere I go.  I am a child of the Most High God and my daily walk is one of intimacy, closeness, openness, honesty and transparency.  I am a child of the Most High God and I am above and not beneath, I am the head and not the tail.  I am a child of the Most High God and NO weapon formed against me shall prosper!  I am a child of the Most High God and I walk in reverential fear, in your spirit of wisdom and revelation.  I am a child of the Most High God and I will not allow the evil one, who has been defeated, to lie or deceive me!  I am a child of the Most High God and I will not allow sin, addictions, wickedness, any vile thing or situation/circumstance to rule and reign over me!  For ALL power and authority of heaven lives and dwells in me, His Temple through God’s One and only Son Jesus through the Holy Spirit.  I lay hands on the sick and they recover, I cast out demons and raise the dead.  For I am a child of the Most High God and it is time for All of God’s children to start acting like it!

About the Author:
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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In Chains for Christ – By Pastor Gary Earls

 

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Chains, are we talking about some kind of spiritual analogy? Does this mean that at one time we were in bondage to the world, the flesh, and the devil, and now have become the bondservant of Christ Jesus with all that might entail? Sure, but what if we were called to endure physical chains because of our faith?

“What?” you might say, “that doesn’t happen anymore, we live in an enlightened and tolerant age where people respect each other’s beliefs even if they don’t agree with them.” Tolerant, I love that word. This is one of the great new buzz words that are bandied about in our culture like a beleaguered ball in a tennis match. So many well meaning people use the words tolerant, or intolerant for that matter, to set apart or distinguish those who’s attitude or modes of thought don’t seem to fit with the general approach of the current society having to do with what people believe. The Wikipedia Free Online Encyclopedia defines intolerance in a social or political sense as,

…the absence of tolerance for differing viewpoints or the people who express those viewpoints.

The thing I find interesting about the above abbreviated definition is that intolerance is considered a personal affront simply because it is not only the rejection of a person’s views, but it is also a rejection of the person as well. Now I most certainly believe that we are to respect differing opinions, yet what if the opinions are in absolute antithetical relationship to the very values that are the foundation of the Christian faith. Do these opinions then invalidate what we believe? The words tolerance and intolerance seem to me to have some sort of unspoken agenda driving them, albeit many times unbeknownst to the one speaking the words. Could it be that when someone claims that we are intolerant because our faith causes us to hold certain principles which set us apart from the societal norm, that the person that casts the word does not tolerate what we believe? How circular is that? We are deemed intolerant because we don’t believe what someone else believes yet they in turn refuse to believe what we believe. How does this make us intolerant? The logic escapes me.

Now let’s take this a step further. The danger in getting what we believe from the society we live in rather than an eternal truth is that you blink and people are going to think differently yet again. Will they now contend just as vehemently that what they believe is correct even though it may be in positional opposition to what they believed previously?

What if the whole of a society claims a truth to be a truth? Does that then make it truth? What if in ten years the whole of a society believes the opposite? Is the original truth no longer truth and the truth now maintained valid? If this were the case certainly humankind would have destroyed itself by now. The history books are filled with purges and persecutions based on a self-imposed mandate of a society aiming to cleanse itself of those that don’t fit the norm of that social order at the present. We look back on those accounts and say “thank God we’re not like that now” but who says we aren’t. That certainly is a naive view of the nature of humankind.

The point of this whole thing is what if the general societal trend becomes anti-Christian? Would that then make our faith unsubstantiated? What if our faith is seen as a danger to society in general? What steps would society take to deal with our intolerance to purge us from its midst?

You see, we are no danger to them if we don’t preach Christ, we are no danger to them if we don’t evangelize, but what if we do, and the very fact of our practicing our faith becomes an offence. What if our Pastors are accused of hate crimes simply by the fact that they are quoting Bible verses? This is not fantasy, it has happened. Prejudice and persecution against the Christian faith is rampant in many parts of the world. It is the very real experience of those throughout the earth that are now in chains for their faith, in chains for Christ Jesus.

Listen to the Apostle Paul.

Php 1:12-14 12
But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, 13 so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; 14 and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
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Those that live in the United States have been insulated from what has become the norm in many other countries. We go to our churches, and we hold our seminars. We follow after one wind of doctrine or another, one teacher or another, one trend or another and yet have no depth. Will the strength to stand be there when we need it if indeed the times come? Will the prosperity gospel, which is not a gospel at all, truly give substance to our faith if a time of persecution comes? How long have we been told that the Lord will retrieve us before the Great Tribulation? Tell that to our brothers and sisters that labor under persecution, torture, and death in North Korean prison camps where the tactics employed equal that of the death camps of World War Two, in severity if not in numbers. But I suppose you could say that if what so many claim is true, that the Nazi death camps didn’t really exist, certainly it must not be happening in North Korea either.

For a substantial time the Christian church of World War Two Germany, either supported Hitler, or simply turned its head. Will we continue to do the same? Thank God for men such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer who chose to take the stand that cost him his life.

The following verse has been contextualized to mean empowerment to fulfill our own desires.

Php 4:13
13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
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Yet the Apostle wrote the letter to the Philippians while in chains for Christ not really knowing if the outcome of the trial would result in execution or release.

We have an obligation to stand with those in chains or under threat of death, those that are our brothers and sisters, our mothers and fathers in Christ. What of those in North Korea, or Saudi Arabia, Iran, Somalia, Maldives, Yemen, Bhutan, or Viet Nam? How about Afghanistan, China, Eritrea, Uzbekistan, or Sudan? The list can go on. How about the USA?

“Oh” you say, “that could never happen here”. Well neither could 911. Additionally why should we be forced to be tolerant of those that don’t tolerate us? Forgiveness, which the Bible teaches, is not the acceptance of a wrong done but simply the refusal to hold the person that has done the wrong as guilty in our eyes. Why? It is clearly because we have been forgiven of so much more and did not deserve the blood of Christ, which obtained for us the forgiveness of our Father God.

What are we to do when subjugation comes in the subtle guise of tolerance? What if we refuse to bend, will then the pressure become more overt? Must we be forced to accept all that our faith declares is wrong to find a place in the current social scheme? There is an overwhelming undercurrent of prejudice in that mode of thinking.

We live in an increasingly pluralist society where all beliefs are seen to been equally valid but no one belief is ever to be seen as exclusive? Yet if we dare to investigate further we will find that all beliefs claim exclusivity. Certainly Islamic belief claims exclusivity. If the fundamental tenets of a faith are mutually exclusive to other faiths, certainly that faith is exclusive in its essential nature. Why is it then that Christianity is the only faith that is presently maligned in the USA for being intolerant? Why is it then that it is acceptable to shred the Christian faith on a sitcom under the pretense of humor but the writers would never dare to do the same using another belief? Why is it OK to remove a Nativity scene from a Middle School during the Christmas season when the Koran was not deemed offensive? How have we become so skewed in our thinking? It’s not my purpose to denigrate the belief of another but to hold to mine in the midst of a society that condemns me simply because I do.

We must be willing to stand for Christ, we must be willing to be placed in chains for Christ, and ultimately we must be willing to die for Christ. We must also be willing to stand with those that are suffering for Him on a daily basis or our faith is useless. Why? Because a faith that is fundamentally weak and found lacking in commitment is no faith at all.

Believe, stand, and resist, or the ground swell of cultural change will swallow you and the faith that you hold dear. Believe and stand for your children or their legacy will slip from between their fingers and they’ll be consumed.
Stand because Christ is worthy!

Pastor G

Pastor G has been a missionary in the Philippines where he taught in a Bible School training Filipinos for ministry as pastors. He hosts a small church fellowship, and an active internet ministry.
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Faith Dissolves Worry

Let Go & Let God

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Philippians 4:6-7 New Life Version (NLV)

Do not worry. Learn to pray about everything. Give thanks to God as you ask Him for what you need. The peace of God is much greater than the human mind can understand. This peace will keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

So many people worry about so much they can not control. Worry will not make it better, it will not make it go away, it will only harm your health and your spirit. That’s why God wants us to turn our worries over to Him and let Him work out the solution. It sounds so simple, but it’s a hard thing to do. You want to “fix” the situation so bad yourself that you find yourself dwelling on whatever is worry you continuously. Instead we should be praying without ceasing, instead we should release those worries to God by stating “Lord, I can not do it alone, I need you to take this burden from me and let it be your will that determines the outcome.” or “I release (name the worry) to your loving care Lord.” However you want to say it as long as you let Him know you are releasing it to Him to handle and you have faith that He will work it out the best way for all involved.

Remember you are only human, you can’t know everything about a situation – but God does know everything. He knows His plan and he wants you to call on Him to strengthen you and to have enough faith to believe in His work. This doesn’t mean He will work a situation out exactly the way you want it, in fact He probably will do something totally different from what you expected, yet it will be the best for all concerned.

So walk in faith and turn your worries over to God. He will comfort you and work out your difficulties.

Psalms 56:3    When I am afraid, I trust in you.

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Walking Close to God

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Psalm 50:15
And call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.”

It seems people are confused about how to create a close relationship with God. They sometimes feel they are not connecting or prayers aren’t being answered. A relationship with God is like a relationship between child and parent. With you being the child and God being the parent. You are walking along on a path together and He knows the way and you are to walk with him or follow along. However, sometimes you may get distracted and stop to look around you or even leave the path due to enticements elsewhere. Then suddenly you realize you are lost. You can’t find the way back to the path on your own. This is when you have a choice to make: either call on God for direction or just meander along confused. Life is so much easier when you call on Him, he’s just ahead on the path and when you call he will hear you and light your way. He will stay with you if you keep Him close.

The simple way to always stay connected is to pray purposely and frequently each day. Keep your focus on God and do not dwell on your surroundings. Come to Him daily in prayer of gratitude and thanksgiving. Ask Him for His help, His guidance and His strength. Let Him know you are following each day and that you never want to be lost again. You will always get through the rough patches in the path and you will be able to climb the hills and endure the darkness of the valley with courage, because you always know He is with you. Prayer connects you and awakens the Christ within you that leads you along life’s journey. You will be amazed at where the path can take you if you let go of the world, trust in the Word, and talk it all over with God.

I hope you will make God apart of your journey today. I finally called on Him to rescue me and he’s brought me a very long way in a very short time. Once I committed to follow God’s will, all the rest fell into place and His plan unfolds a little more each day. Listen to Him and to His direction for your life and you too will see prayers answered. He will make possible what seemed so impossible before you committed to serve Him.

God Bless!

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always; pray without ceasing. in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Arlene Price ©2013