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You’re Next In Line

simply-divine-creation: “Nicole Gonzalez ”

“Shunem, where [there] was a great woman.”
2Ki 4:8

THE ANSWER’S ON THE WAY!

The Bible refers to this woman as “a great woman.” That’s because she had a “great” strategy for her life! She prepared a bedroom in her house for Elisha the prophet to use when he passed through town. As a result she got her heart’s desire: a baby boy. And later when her son died suddenly, God used Elisha to raise him from the dead. Notice three things in this woman’s story: (1) She made room for God. (2) Her dream came to pass. (3) When her dream died, God brought it back to life (See vv. 36-37). When her son died, the neighbors probably told her, “It’s over. Go ahead and bury him.” But she refused to accept the opinions of unbelieving people or discuss her situation with those who were unqualified to help. Be careful who you open up to in a crisis! Make sure they know God, and that their words line up with His. This woman believed that if God started it, He could finish it. If He made it, He could fix it. The Bible tells us Elisha stretched out his body on top of the dead boy, and he got warm. But this boy needed more than warmth—he needed life. So Elisha stretched out on top of him again, and he became fully alive. There’s a lesson here for you. No matter how bad things look, stay on top of the situation by believing God. Walk the floor and pray all night if you have to, but keep standing on His Word. Your dream may not yet be fully alive, but it’s getting warm. Things are improving…God is moving…the answer’s on the way!

There are so many things to take away from this devotional today. Whatever you are trusting God for, always remember that your ways are not his. Your time is coming. Seek him in all things. Though the vision tarry,

Write down the revelation
    and make it plain on tablets
    so that a herald may run with it.
For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
    it speaks of the end
    and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait for it;
    it will certainly come
    and will not delay. -Habakkuk 2:2-3

Hold on to the promises of the Lord. Stay in contact with God at all times. This is not the time to give up. Trials will come but the peace of God will reign in your life that your eyes will not be fixed on your circumstance but on the one who makes provision amidst of the storm. It’s a new month. God is still at work in our lives. Keep pressing but never stop seeking God. He is the one who carries and sustains you. I hope this month of October is refreshing. May God’s hand rest upon you, your family and loved ones. May you have a deeper hunger to know God more than never before. Have a lovely month 🙂

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Posted by on October 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Pursue It

“Be strong and courageous.”
Jos 1:9 NIV

PURSUE YOUR DREAM (Part #1)

When it came time for Joshua to take the place of Moses, God said to him, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” And today God is saying the same to you. He wants you to pursue the dream He has put in your heart! Alfred D. Souza wrote: “For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin—real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, and a debt to be paid. Then, life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.” When you encounter obstacles, you discover things about yourself you never knew. You discover the depth of your faith in God—and in yourself. Every problem introduces you to yourself. Obstacles are merely a call to strengthen your position, not surrender your dream. When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did. So when your dream looks impossible, trust God and act as though it’s impossible to fail. Why? Because “with God all things are possible” (Mk 10:27 NKJV). That means if you’re going to climb Mount Everest, make sure to bring the flag with you. Don’t listen to those who tell you, “It can’t be done that way.” Or to those who say, “You’re taking too big a chance.” Ignore what people say can’t be done and focus on what God says can be done.

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Outpouring Of His Love

Chepurnaya Svetlana

“Make yourselves at home in my love.”
John 15:9 

“AT HOME” IN GOD’S LOVE

When someone says, “Make yourself at home,” it means you’re welcome and accepted. And that’s what Jesus means when He says, “Make yourselves at home in my love.” You never have been and never will be loved by anyone as much as God loves you. The reason you have such a hard time grasping that concept is that you have nothing to compare His love to. Nothing could make God love you more than He does right now, and nothing could make Him love you less. The great irony is that we spend our lives trying to earn His love, when it can only be received by faith. John says: “What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to” (1Jn 3:1-2 TM). You may have grown up with parents who withheld their love, or weren’t capable of expressing it. God doesn’t do that. Throughout Scripture He keeps saying, “I love you. I love you. I love you!” C. S. Lewis wrote: “God created us to be the objects of His love! Sometimes our actions make us unlovely, but we’re never unloved. And because God loves us—we have value. And nobody can take that value away. God’s love revealed at Calvary fastens itself onto flawed creatures like us, and for reasons none of us can ever quite figure out, makes us precious and valued beyond calculation. This is love beyond reason. And this is the love with which God loves us.”

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Posted by on June 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Consistency In His Presence

Cibu George

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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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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Living Example

grace–upon–grace:
“Eva M. Winters
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Question of the day: How does your life represent Christ?

“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”
Php 2:5 NLT

HAVING THE RIGHT ATTITUDE

How many jobs do people lose every day because of poor attitudes? How many are passed over for promotion because of the way they approach their work and the people around them? How many marriages fall apart? It would be impossible to calculate. No one should ever lose a job, miss a promotion, or destroy a marriage because of a poor attitude. Why? Because a person’s attitude isn’t set; it’s a choice. Chuck Swindoll writes: “Attitude, to me, is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It’s more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I’m convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. And so it is with you…We are in charge of our attitudes.” Paul writes, “You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” He always approached people with love, grace, acceptance, and a heart to serve rather than be served. So if your attitude hasn’t been as good as it could be, make this your starting point. Pray: “Father, give me a Christlike attitude toward everyone I meet.”

Reflection:

Take time to reflect. As you do so, invite the Holy Spirit. Allow God to reveal to you the areas in which you can grow spiritually. Write it down. Ponder on it. What are some ways you can grow in your walk with Christ? Until next time,  God bless you all. 🙂

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Leap Of Faith

“Because you say so, I will.”
Lk 5:5 NIV

UNDERSTANDING HOW GOD WORKS

The Bible says: “When he [Jesus] had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will’…When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break… When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees…For he and all his companions were astonished…Then Jesus said…‘Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.’ So they …left everything and followed him” (vv. 4-11 NIV). The real test of your faith comes when nothing you’ve tried has worked, and God tells you to do something that stretches your faith to its limit. At that point you have two choices: Give in to your doubts, or say with Peter, “Because You say so, I will.” This story teaches us God works in three ways: (1) He uses the common to do the uncommon. In their workplace where nothing special ever seemed to happen, Jesus showed up, called them, and changed their lives. So look for God in your daily routine, and don’t be surprised when He surprises you. (2) He moves you out from the security of the shallow to the risks of the deep. The great catches and the great storms are both in the same sea. If you want one, you have to contend with the other. No risk, no reward. (3) He involves you in one thing to teach you another. Christ’s plan for these men was to involve them in an even greater miracle: fishing for souls. Today that’s His plan for you too. And it begins when you say, “Lord, because You say so, I will.”

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Posted by on April 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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