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“Understand what the Lord’s will is.”
Eph 5:17 NIV

UNDERSTANDING GOD’S WILL (Part #1)

When you know you’re in the center of God’s will for your life, you have peace in spite of adverse circumstances. You have confidence to go to God at any time, knowing that He’ll provide what you need. You ask, “But how can I tell if I’m in the will of God?” By knowing these two things, which are clearly laid out in the Bible: (1) You must be a Christian. Paul tells us, “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” (Ro 8:14 NAS). Only as a believer do you have the Spirit’s presence within you. And you must have this inside help if you’re going to follow the will of God and enjoy the blessing it brings. (2) You must exercise wisdom. “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is” (Eph 5:15-17 NIV). The famous theologian and preacher Jonathan Edwards entered Yale University in 1716 at age thirteen, and at seventeen he graduated at the head of his class. By age twenty he “resolved never to lose one moment of time; but to improve it in the most profitable way I can.” At twenty-six he pastored one of the largest Congregational churches in Massachusetts. And when God decided to visit New England in the “Great Awakening,” He chose to use Jonathan Edwards because he was prepared and ready. Doing the will of God calls for staying sensitive to the Holy Spirit and living in a state of perpetual readiness. So, how are you doing with that?

“Teach me to do your will.”
Ps 143:10 NIV

UNDERSTANDING GOD’S WILL (Part #2)

As you look back on your life, the thing that will bring you the greatest joy is knowing you’ve done the will of God. But in order for that to happen, you must really want to do God’s will. Jesus said, “If any one is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself” (Jn 7:17 NAS). Note the words “willing to do His will.” More than completing your education, or getting married, or getting your house paid off, or anything else in life, you must want to do God’s will. Chuck Swindoll writes: “There have been times when I said I wanted to do His will but I really didn’t. That’s a tough thing to confess, but looking back with 20/20 hindsight, I realize that at times I resisted His will. And I’ve learned that serious consequences follow selfish resistance.” Paul writes: “Doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does” (Eph 6:6-8 NIV). Note the phrase “doing the will of God from your heart.” That’s about as deep as it gets. More than pleasing people, more than acquiring creature comforts and status, more than staying safe, your greatest desire should be to please God. The Psalmist prayed, “I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart” (Ps 40:8 NIV). Your prayer should be: “In all I do this day, Lord, my desire is to please You and do Your will.”

Devotional//Word For You Today. Have a lovely day 🙂

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Heart Of Praise

  1. Psalmist Raine: The Great Shepherd
  2. Jekalyn Carr: You’re Bigger
  3. Free Worship: Strong Enough
  4. Jenn Johnson The One
  5. Citipointe Live: Into The Deep
  6. Kim Walker: I Need You More
  7. Elevation Worship: Give Me Faith
  8. Paul McClure: Jesus We Love You
  9. Jonathan David: No Longer Slaves
  10. William McDowell: You Are Here
  11. All Sons & Daughters: You Hold It All Together
  12. John Baldwin: Peace
  13. Kristene Dimarco & Bethel Music: It Is Well
  14. Amanda Cook: You Make Me Brave
  15. John Baldwin: Fountain
  16. Natalie Grant: In Christ Alone
  17. Hillsong: Let Us Adore
  18. Darlene Zschech: You Are Love
  19. Hillsong: I Give You My Heart
  20. Kari Jobe: We Are
  21. Hillsong: Still
  22. Neyi: Lamb Of God
  23. Dr. Tumi: Forgiven
  24. We Will Worship: In This Moment
  25. Free Worship: Your Name
 
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Posted by on June 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Consistency In His Presence

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When was the last time you genuinely spent time with God? Silence… I’ll give you a few minutes to reflect. What was the reason why you took time to soak in God’s word? Was it because you were going through a trial or were you desperately hungry to be in his presence? How do you usually feel before/after spending time with God?

So let’s start with why is it important for us to spend time with God? Personally, I believe that it is important to spend time with God because just like any relationships in our lives it takes two people. God desires a relationship with us. As we spend time with God, we see his character. We get to know him on a personal relationship, not how grandma or your mama describes God to be. Your personal relationship with God isn’t dependent on your mother’s relationship with God. Just like any type of relationship, it takes time. It takes time to get to know a person. You can make assumptions of a person when you meet them but until you spend time with them, you’ll never know who they are. Ever met a person and you automatically think quietly “I don’t like her. I can’t surround myself with people like her because she doesn’t seem like a good person.” Many times we make assumptions or have misconceptions about a person based on their appearance without getting to know them. Yes, I must admit that at times, our assumptions may be right but at the same time, it isn’t always good because we may miss out on the opportunity to get to know that person.

What have been your misconceptions about God? What are some of the reasons behind your misconceptions? Have your thoughts changed or do they remain the same since you gave your life to Christ? If so, you can share with us all or you can take the time to reflect.

For me, I’ll say a misconception that I had about God was that he didn’t love me. I just never understood how can God love so many children equally. Like I never understood. Like God you love me and my brother/sister/ the entire world equally? Wow what a God I serve. As I spent more time in his presence and seeking him, I understood what it meant to be loved by him. Something I have realized is that many people who are new to Christ see God as their earthly father. If daddy wasn’t there for me, how can God be there for me? This is a question that I’ve heard people say. It’s a struggle for many understanding who God really is but honestly I can say that as you continue to genuinely spend time in his presence, soaking in his word and asking the Holy Spirit for understanding of who God is, he will reveal himself to you.

So what are some way you can can grow spiritually in your walk with God?

  1. Be intentional
  2. Be aware of the things  that distract you. (cell phone, family, and etc.)
  3. Set a time where you can spend time with God.
  4. Get a notebook to write down anything the Holy Spirit reveals to you during your study time.
  5. Be open and get ready to be filled in your Father’s presence.
  6. Before studying the Bible, take time to pray. Invite the Holy Spirit into every session.
  7. Learn to apply all that you have learned in each sessions to your daily life.
  8. Have a teachable spirit. Don’t come with into the presence of God the mindset of “I know it all”. Be humble or you will be taught how to be humble.
  9. Have accountability partners. Community is very important. Attend Bible Study. When we take the life of Jesus, we see that though he came to fulfill his Father’s work, he still had disciples. You can’t do it all by yourself. “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” -John 4:34
  10. Don’t compare where you are in your walk with Christ with other believers. Be okay with where you are but still be hungry for more. Desire for more but be intentional. I can’t stretch this enough. If you aren’t intentional about spending time with God, you’ll come only because you are being forced to do so. Come as you are.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. -Matthew 5:6

  • Filled with more of the fruits of the Spirit; Christ like characteristics. You cannot fill a cup that’s already overflowing. In the same way, God can’t fill us up when we are filled with our own selfish desires.

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. -Romans 8:5

  • Where is your focus when you come into the presence of God? Do you find it difficult to set your mind on things above?
  • Though we live in this world, we are not a part of the world. Our lives should be a reflection of who God is. What fruit is your tree bearing?
  • What are some things that are present in your life that are hindering you from setting your mind on Christ?

As you do take the time to reflect, please write down your thoughts and some ways you can personally grow in your walk with Christ. If you find it difficult to spend time with God in the morning, do your best to spend time with him during the day. I understand that we are all have different demand but we are on a journey and it is very important that we encourage each other in our walk. Create time for God the way you create time for things/people in your life but much more. May God help us but may we make a conscious effort to spend time in God’s presence.

Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more, since you see that the Day of the Lord is coming nearer. -Hebrews 10:25

Eleah Ramos

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Be Wise

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“Those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.”
Pr 11:13 NLT

BE CAREFUL WHOM YOU CONFIDE IN

If you need help with a problem in your personal life, your family, or your career, keep the following things in mind: (1) Bad news is often remembered longer than good news. Long after you have resolved the issue and moved on with your life, the wrong people will continue to focus on it and talk about it. That’s why God’s Word says, “Those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.” (2) Be careful who advises you. “The thoughts of the righteous are right, but the counsels of the wicked are deceitful” (Pr 12:5 NKJV). Be sure you reach for the right person. There are many sources of wisdom in this world, “but the wisdom that is from above is…pure…peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and…hypocrisy” (Jas 3:17 NKJV). Note the words, “the wisdom that is from above.” Confide only in a counselor who walks according to the principles of God’s Word. (3) Make sure the person you trust isn’t confiding in others you wouldn’t trust. They say you can tell a man by the company he keeps. And it’s true! The Bible says, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly” (Ps 1:1 NKJV). (4) “Problem talk” can portray you as a victim instead of an overcomer. Nobody wants to back a loser. When Job lost everything, almost everybody avoided him. It was only after God doubled Job’s blessings that they returned to participate in his life and bring him gifts. It’s always wise to control your mouth, your thoughts, and your focus. Remember, silence can never be misquoted.

Reflection:

  1. Who are your friends?
  2. Who do you confide in when situations arise?
  3. What have you learned about yourself when your’e faced with trials?
 
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Posted by on June 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Praise & Worship Songs #2

  1. Elevation Worship: First And Only
  2. We Will Worship: Like Oil
  3. Joe Mettle: Wonderful Merciful Savior/My Heart Will Trust
  4. Isabel Davis: The Call
  5. Housefires: See Your Face
  6. Dr. Tumi: Nothing Without You
  7. Free Worship: Your Name
  8. Hillsong: Man Of Sorrows
  9. Elevation Worship: Mighty Cross
  10. Jaye Thomas: Draw Near
  11. United Pursuit: Lay It Down
  12. William Murphy: Everlasting God
  13. Dr. R.A Vernon: You Covered Me
  14. Sophia Shepherd: Hide Me Away
  15. Nicole C. Mullen: One Touch
  16. Todd Dulaney: Victory Belongs To Jesus
  17. Christ For Nations: Consuming Fire
  18. Jaye Thomas: Fill Me
  19. Casting Crown: Here’s My Heart
  20. Kirk Franklin: Silver And Gold
  21. Elevation Worship: Here In The Presence
  22. Hillsong: In Control
  23. Kari Jobe: Healer
  24. Every Nation Music: We Stand In Awe
  25. Hillsong: Grace To Grace

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. -Psalm 104:33

Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised, And His greatness is unsearchable. -Psalm 145:3

 

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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A Day To Remember

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Where do I even start? I mean where do I really begin to share this part of my journey with you all. So yesterday, I graduated from college. All I can say is Glory Be To God. It been a long journey being in college but despite the obstacles and storms, I made it. Class of 2017, we made it. Trials turned into testimonies. Tears turned into Joy. If Not God Then Who?

Yesterday begun with me waking up at 5:00am. I wanted to have time to get ready for my special day. Woke up only to realize that it was pouring outside. It seems to me that it rains on special occasions. I don’t know but that’s something I have realized. Despite the rain, I got ready for graduation. I love to start off my day by praying and committing everything into God’s hands. After my time with the Lord, I made sure that I picked up my pronunciation card, my cap and gown, camera and etc.

Walked outside only to realize that it was raining harder than before. I placed my cap and gown in a bag to prevent it from being wrinkled. My family was ready so that was a great start. Prayed and headed out to graduation. For some reason, I started tearing in the car. I couldn’t believe that today was seriously my graduation day. The thought of missing my friends, the people who have made an impact on my life, the organizations on campus, and the people I met along the journey. Have you ever cried but no one realizes that you were crying? For the most part, that’s what usually happens but for some reason, my sister noticed and she handed me a tissue. It was getting real for me. It took as approximately 25-30 minutes to react the designated location that my graduation was going to take place. There was so much traffic and it was raining even more. Many of the graduates had to get out in the middle of traffic to cross the street because we had to be at the place at 7:30am because graduation was going to start at 9:00am.

When we arrived, the graduates had a location to stand. The doors were suppose to open at 7:30am but they were delaying. Once, it opened we had to go through metal detectors. Water bottles weren’t allowed along with other items. It was a long process but eventually we got in. I really liked how every graduate had a line to stand at depending on their majors. It made it easier for everything to flow. The only thing I didn’t like so much was that we waited on line until 9:00 before we walked into the auditorium. I still enjoyed every moment taking pictures with my classmates and exchanging words.

Upon our entrance to the commencement, we were escorted to our seats. It was such a beautiful feeling seeing how the auditorium was packed. The lights, the smiles on people’s face was a sight to see. We sat down and announcements were made. We had to stand up to sing the national anthem and then we sat down. It was really amazing to see that 98% of my graduating class designed their caps. My heart was filled with Joy. The speeches were decent. No extremely long speeches. It was straight to the point.

First, the college of arts was introduced. There were so many graduated from this department. It was remarkable. Then came the college of education and human services which was the department I belong to along with my classmates. #TeamPublicHealth. Ayeee. I’m still here thinking about how amazing yesterday’s commencement was astounding. A day I will always remember. The joy and radiance of seeing my classmates alongside with friends go on stage to be recognized for the accomplishments. I was afraid that my last name was going to be butchered but it wasn’t at all. I was all smiles when I got on stage. I waved at the camera and proceeded to take my seat after. It was interesting some of the things that people did as they walked across the stage. It was too funny. Overall, yesterday was beyond a blessing. I was grateful that my friends, family, loved ones and even a bus driver from college who came to support me on this day. This day was a testimony my mouth cannot contain. All glory be to God. Being surrounded with my fellow classmates was awesome. I’m thankful for everyone God allowed me to cross paths in this journey of life. This is just the beginning of what is yet to come. God is good. Faithful Is Here. No matter where you may be in your life, never give up. Seek God in all your Earthly doings. With him, all things are possible.

Verses That Helped Me Along The Journey.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. -Psalm 32:8

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. -Jeremiah 29:11

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. -Jeremiah 29:11

Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame. -Psalm 34:5

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight. -Proverbs 3:5-6

God has been Good. In all things, give thanks unto him. Celebrate your shortcomings. Don’t compare yourself with others. God has a purpose for where you are right now. Embrace the season you are in and the people he has placed in your life. There is a purpose to every encounter. Cheers to what the future holds. Greater is ahead of you. Until next time, stay blessed & encouraged. 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Seek Him In All Things

Please fight for me Lord, and uphold me with your Righteous Right hand. Praise be to God. He's in the business of restoring all things!:

When Jesus Prayed Part #1

“Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Lk 5:16 NIV If you want to know about prayer, examine the life of Jesus: (1) He prayed when the pressures of life increased. “News about him spread…so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed…But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (vv.15-16 NIV). It’s when you think you don’t have time to pray, that you need to pray most. Spending time with God is the secret to having power with Him. (2) He prayed when important decisions had to be made. When it came to picking His closest friends, Jesus sought His Father’s guidance. He “went out to a mountainside…and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve…[as] apostles” (Lk 6:12-13 NIV). When you really think about it—the truth hits you up the side of the head! We can spend a year, not to mention a small fortune, planning a wedding. Yet amazingly we won’t seek God’s guidance when it comes to choosing a mate to spend the rest of our life with. God is not just the creator of the universe; He’s the CEO who runs it. Can you imagine what He knows about operating a successful business? His résumé reads: “I am the Lord…Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go” (Isa 48:17 NKJV). Before you hire an employee, form a partnership, formulate a plan, or invest a penny, God invites you to discuss it with Him and get His input. “Listen for God’s voice in everything you do…he’s the one who will keep you on track” (Pr 3:6 TM).

“He went…to a solitary place; and…prayed.”
Mk 1:35 NKJV

WHEN JESUS PRAYED Part #2

By failing to pray—you set yourself up to fail. The reason Jesus never failed is because He never failed to pray. Note the times when He prayed: When His heart was heavy. During His ministry on earth, His cousin John the Baptist was arrested and publicly beheaded for confronting a king about his sin. “When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew…privately to a solitary place” (Mt 14:13 NIV). Disappointment, desertion, divorce, and death will write their chapters in the book of our lives. Thank God for therapists and doctors, but ultimately there’s no one who can heal a broken heart like God. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power” (Ps 147:3-5 NIV). Whether placing stars or healing scars, no situation is too big or too small to get the attention of our loving God. To understand God’s healing expertise, look at the life of Job. No one in history lost more than Job did, yet God brought him through it all. In Job chapter eleven we read: “You will forget your misery; it will be like water flowing away. Your life will be brighter than the noonday. Even darkness will be as bright as morning. Having hope will give you courage. You will be protected and will rest in safety. You will lie down unafraid, and many will look to you for help” (vv. 16-19 NLT). Are you sad and heavy-hearted today? Do what Jesus did. Take time to pray about it.

“He departed to the mountain to pray.”
Mk 6:46 NKJV

WHEN JESUS PRAYED Part #3

Let’s look at another point at which Jesus prayed: When the pressures and expectations of others threatened to derail God’s plan for His life. The Bible says: “While it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: ‘Everyone is looking for you!’ Jesus replied, ‘Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.’ So He traveled throughout Galilee, preaching” (Mk 1:35-39 NIV). The lesson here is this: Unless you get God’s plan and stick with it, others will try to plan your life for you. Given the success Jesus enjoyed in every town He visited, many preachers would have stayed and built a church and enjoyed the accolades and rewards of their ministry. Not Jesus; He marched to the beat of a different drum. As you look back on some of your mistakes, you find decisions made in response to pressure instead of prayer. When you’re prayer-less you get careless. God has a plan for your life, and a schedule. To stay in sync with both you must pray regularly. Jesus realized He had only enough time to do what His Father wanted done, and that gave Him the ability to say no to other things. You’ve been called to love people—but please God. And your confidence in prayer comes from knowing you’re operating within His will (See 1Jn 3:21-22 NIV).

Until next time, stay blessed & encouraged. God bless you all 🙂

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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