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Show Me Your Way

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I AM WITH YOU, watching over you constantly. I am Emmanuel (God with you); My Presence enfolds you in radiant Love. Nothing, including the brightest blessings and the darkest trials, can separate you from Me. Some of My children find Me more readily during dark times, when difficulties force them to depend on Me. Others feel closer to Me when their lives are filled with good things. They respond with thanksgiving and praise, thus opening wide the door to My Presence.

I know precisely what you need to draw nearer to Me. Go through each day looking for what I have prepared for you. Accept every event as My hand-tailored provision for your needs. When you view your life this way, the most reasonable response is to be thankful. Do not reject any of My gifts; find Me in every situation.

Matthew 1:23; Colossians 2:6-7

Make up your mind not to put any stumbling block…in your brother’s way.”
Ro 14:13 NIV

Deal with the Stumbling Blocks (1)

If you want to win someone to Christ, there are certain stumbling blocks you may have to remove. Let’s be honest, people are turned off by religion for a lot of reasons-legitimate ones. Let’s look at some: (1) Hypocrisy. Think about the twelve disciples; one of them betrayed Jesus, one denied Him, and one doubted Him. That’s a 25 percent default rate! But the good news is, Jesus continues to love us and work with us in spite of our problems. (2) Terminology. If you grew up in church, you’re probably familiar with Bible terminology. But don’t assume everybody else is, or you’ll talk over their heads. When Jesus talked to shepherds He discussed sheep. When He talked to farmers He discussed sowing and reaping. Identify the person’s interests and spiritual needs, then use language they understand. (3) Negative emphasis. If your major emphasis is on what people can’t do, they’ll run in the opposite direction. A well-known preacher says, “I grew up understanding what our church was against, but never what it was for. Basically, we were against everything!” Smiling, he added, “We preached against smoking and drinking. We especially preached against adultery, because we believed that could lead to dancing.” Seriously, the gospel is not about what you lose when you come to Christ, but what you gain. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (Jn 10:10 NIV). If you’re serious about winning people to Christ, you must recognize the stumbling blocks that stand in their way and try to remove them.

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Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Leave It Up To Him

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When things don’t go as you would like, accept the situation immediately. If you indulge in feelings of regret, they can easily spill over the line into resentment. Remember that I am sovereign over your circumstances, and humble yourself under My mighty hand. Rejoice in what I am doing in your life, even though it is beyond your understanding.

I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In Me you have everything you need, both for this life and for the life yet to come. Don’t let the impact of the world shatter your thinking or draw you away from focusing on Me. The ultimate challenge is to keep fixing your eyes on Me, no matter what is going on around you. When I am central in your thinking, you are able to view circumstances from My perspective.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. -1 Peter 5:6

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” -John 14:6

“If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging.”
Ro 12:8 NLT

Encouragement—It’s a Powerful Thing

Many a man and woman who quit would have kept going if they had just received a word of encouragement from someone. Encouragement is so vital that the Scriptures rank it up there with gifts like teaching and leadership (See Ro 12:6-8). Here are two stories that illustrate the power of encouragement. Story one: Not long ago the world watched as three gray whales, icebound off Point Barrow, Alaska, floated battered and bloody, gasping for breath at a hole in the ice. The whales’ only hope was to be somehow transported five miles past the ice pack to the open sea. Rescuers began cutting a string of breathing holes about twenty yards apart in the six-inch-thick ice. For eight days they painstakingly coaxed the whales from one hole to the next, mile after mile. Along the way one of the trio vanished and was presumed dead. But finally, with the help of Russian icebreakers, the other two whales, Putu and Siku, swam to freedom. Story two: Jackie Robinson was the first black player in the U.S. to play major league baseball. While breaking baseball’s color barrier, he faced jeering crowds in every stadium. Playing one day in his home stadium in Brooklyn, he made an error and his own fans began to boo him. As he stood, humiliated, at second base, “Pee Wee” Reese came over and stood next to him. He put his arm around Robinson and they faced the crowd together. The fans grew quiet; the game continued. Robinson later said that arm around his shoulder saved his career! Encouragement—it’s a powerful thing. So who can you encourage today?

 

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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In All Things

In All Things

In all things, may the good Lord help us to discern what is right and what is good.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. -Romans 12:2

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Make A Difference

Make a difference. Be the change in someone else life. This has been heavy on my heart for some time. It was about that time to spill it out. There are many people who are suffering and going through so much. Yes we have our own issues at hand that we can’t even handle, how much more can we be of help to someone else? Carl Jung said it best “Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.” Too many people wake up and have no one to lean on. They are suffering but no one to confide in because these days people talk much more than to listen. “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” -Stephen R. Covey. This quote right here is the takeaway truth. Sometimes, people just want to be heard. It eases their pain. So much pain rooted deep inside a person’s heart. Be the difference. No one can be set free from a problem until they can admit they have one. Then again it’s not always an easy task to do so. We must learn to  take time to make time for those who don’t even make time for us because tomorrow is never promised. Sometimes, we get so wrapped up in ourselves and our circumstances not realizing that there are far more people going through worse than what we are facing. You are the change. You can make a difference. You can do it. Smile at someone today.  That may be their assurance that everything will be okay in their lives.

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  • “The end of your rope is the beginning of God’s doorstep.” -Unknown
  • “Anyone can look at you and see what you look like. Stay around people who can look at you and see what you’re going through.”-Jermaine G.
  • “Sometimes the strongest people are the ones who will love beyond all faults, cry behind closed doors, and fight battles that nobody knows about.” -Unknown
 
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Posted by on November 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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