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Tough Seasons

Good evening. I hope all of you are doing well by God’s grace. Tonight, I’ll like to share a video with you all. Please do take the time to watch it and if you can, take notes. Stay Blessed & Encouraged.

Devotional//Word For Today

“All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize.”
1Co 9:25 NLT

ARE YOU BEING STRETCHED?

When you’re being stretched spiritually, your faith in God grows. When you’re being stretched mentally, your old ideas are challenged and replaced with new ones. When you’re being stretched relationally, selfishness dies and love grows. So, are you being stretched right now? God allows us to have stretching experiences that prepare us for the race He has called us to run in life—and every so often your soul will “hit the wall.” No amount of strength and no amount of pressing will move the problem. This is soul stretch! Often, these moments aren’t the real test; they are just warm-ups that prepare us for future challenges. They are points of reference designed to keep us from panicking when we’re in the midst of the real race. Remember that God never allows a person to run for Him, or with Him, who hasn’t been stretched in their thinking, their faith, and their ability to live and love. So when you face a problem that just won’t move, remember to take a deep breath and remind yourself that God is stretching you. It’s the stretching of the soul that enables us to face situations we think will kill us, but don’t—to endure times when we think we won’t make it, but do. Sooner or later we will all face difficult times and relationships, but they are just the deep knee bends of life. So when it feels like you’re being stretched to breaking point, don’t quit. See it for what it is—preparation for running and winning your God-assigned race in life.

Verses:

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. –James 1:2-4

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. –Psalm 27:4

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. –James 1:12

Take time to pray for others. Who has the Lord placed on your heart for you to reach out to? Have you done so or are you making excuses? May the Lord bless you as you take heed to his obedience. Have a lovely night 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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His Promises Still Remain

“I will pour my blessing on your children.”
Isaiah 44:3 

BLESS FUTURE GENERATIONS

Parent, here’s a Bible promise you can stand on: “I will pour my Spirit into your descendants and my blessing on your children.” Your kids should be able to take up where you left off! Your ceiling should be their floor. They shouldn’t merely follow you; they should use the foundation you laid to build something greater. Don’t use the comfort of the status quo as an excuse for not challenging old thinking. To get beyond your mental barriers, you need to stop saying things like: “That’s just the way I am,” or “My family never amounted to much, so I won’t either.” When you say that, you’re contradicting God! When God delivered the Israelites from slavery, they started out for the Promised Land. The journey should have taken only eleven days but it ended up taking forty years. What happened? They complained endlessly, and as a result kept going around the same mountain again and again. Why? Because they’d been in slavery for four hundred years, and they thought and talked like slaves! They couldn’t grasp what God had promised them. Finally He told them, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Go in and take possession of the land the Lord swore he would give your descendants” (See Dt 2:3). If your past has been one of failure, draw a line in the sand today and declare, “Enough is enough. I’m going to trust God for bigger and better things!” It’s in such moments that destinies are changed. Bottom line: The decisions you make today will affect not only you, but your children—so ask God to help you make the right ones.

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Thy Will Be Done

 

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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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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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Living Example

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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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The Release

Get ready to do a new thing this year. Remember to give Praise, receive Grace, walk in Favor and Trust the Father in the new year!:

“Don’t keep going over old history. I’m about to do something brand-new.”
Isa 43:18-19 

LET GO OF YOUR PAST

Comedian Jerry Lewis joked that his best wedding gift was a film of the ceremony—because when things got really bad in his marriage he could go into a room by himself, run the film backwards, and walk out a free man! We smile, but you can’t go back and rewrite history any more than you can unscramble an egg. When you dwell on the past it’s always at the expense of the future, but when you learn from the past it has the potential to make your future better. Whenever you find yourself saying, “If I knew then what I know now,” remind yourself that unless you grow you’ll be saying the same thing ten or twenty years from now. You say, “If only I’d been willing to forgive my spouse instead of punishing them, maybe I could have kept my marriage together and built a great relationship.” Maybe you struggle with the memory of an abortion, wondering about the child who might have been and the joy he or she might have brought. Perhaps you’re a good person who did a bad thing and ended up with a felony record; now you’re saying, “If only…” Well, here’s what God says: (1) “Your sins are forgiven in Jesus’ name” (1Jn 2:12 TM). (2) “I…will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again” (Isa 43:25 NLT). (3) “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history…I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?…I’m making a [way for you].” The word for you today is: Let go of your past.

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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