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His Peace I Receive

 

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“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace.”
Isa 26:3

A PRAYER FOR PEACE

Here is a prayer for peace: “Lord, Your Word says, ‘Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee.’ Your Word says, ‘The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace’ (Ps 29:11 NIV). Your Word says, ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you…Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid’ (Jn 14:27 NIV). Your Word says, ‘The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus’ (Php 4:7 NIV). Today I need this peace which transcends understanding to settle my nerves and calm my mind. Instead of thinking about my fears and worries, help me to focus on Your goodness, Your faithfulness, Your healing power, Your overflowing resources, and Your forgiving heart. Take up residence within me and fill me with Your peace. Show me what’s robbing me of it. I really want to know, Father, so I can be specific in what I need to confess, what I need to commit to, and what I need to change. I open myself to You now. Teach me the secret of lasting peace. I thank You now for whatever it will take to help me receive the peace You have so generously offered to me. Your Word says, ‘Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts’ (Col 3:15 NIV). Today I want to be ruled by Your peace instead of my fears and worries. So I give all my concerns to You, trusting You to work them out for my good and Your glory. In Jesus’ Name I pray: Amen.”

Devotional//Word Of The Day. Picture Credit: Me. Have a lovely day 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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God Sufficient vs. Self-Sufficient

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“ Abide In Him | By Mandy Mom
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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

What have you placed your confidence in? Is it your family, friends, money or even yourself? What has caused you to place your confidence in these things/people? How’s that been going?  In times of distress, it is so easy for us to put our confidence on things that are visible rather than fixing our gaze on God who is invisible but yet ever present. Most of the time, we put our confidence in our self because we feel that God is taking so long to answer our prayers. So instead of waiting, we do everything in our own power to get what we want only for us to search to and fro to return back to square one. We place our trust in our own resources rather than seeking/waiting on the Lord. It is one thing to seek but it’s another thing to wait. It’s like knocking someone’s door to ask them a question. You knocked but because they didn’t answer, you decided to open the door only to find out that they were doing something important. We want things very quickly in this fast paced generation. If we don’t get what we want in the time/manner we imagined, we will try to do everything to get it. Well, our way of doing things is not how God works. We are reminded in Isaiah 55:8-9 that God’s ways aren’t close to us.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

No matter the plans we have set for ourselves, if it is not God’s will for our lives it will not work. We are reminded in Proverbs 19:21 that “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” That’s why it’s important for us to commit all our ways unto the Lord. There is something about a person who seeks the Lord and includes God in their everyday activity/life. Even when things don’t go as intended, there’s this peace that God gives you. I don’t know what you have your placed your confidence in, but I pray that you will surrender everything to God. Whatever you are waiting for in this season, trust and believe that God is working it out for your good. It may not look like God is working in your life, but know that just as a farmer plants a seed without watching it at night doesn’t mean it isn’t flourishing. God is present even when we feel like he’s absent. Sometimes, it is at our darkest hours that we need to reach our hands out to God for him to direct us into the light. We must learn to seek God at all times not only when things aren’t going well. When we only come to God when things aren’t going well, we find it difficult to cultivate a genuine relationship with him because our relationship is solely built on what God can do for us not who he is. So with this in mind, take time to reflect on your relationship with God. As you do so, invite the Holy Spirit to reveal the parts/areas of your life that you haven’t surrendered to God? Take notes and pray over it.

Verse To Ponder On:

The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. -Psalm 34:10

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

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Until next time, stay blessed & encouraged. Jesus loves you 🙂

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on July 27, 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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Desiring More Of God

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV1984) Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.:

 

Happy new month everyone. Time surely flies. We are already in March. I hope your all doing well. So today I’m coming to you guys with something quite different. I would like to say a challenge. You might already be partaking in this alone or with someone. I’m not too sure but here are the rules.

Rules For This Challenge.

  1. Download the Holy Bible App
  2. Look For A Bible Plan
  3. Ask A Friend, Family Member, or Co Worker To Participate With You
  4. Begin the plan Asap.
  5. Before you start grab a writing utensil and a notebook.
  6. Prepare Your Heart & Your Mind. Pray. Invite The Holy Spirit Into Your Time With The Lord.
  7. You don’t have to be with your friend or whomever it may be that’s participating.
  8. You have to discuss it together whether that means calling each other or meeting up.
  9. Share your thoughts about what you learned through reading/studying.
  10. Take notes & pray to end your time together.

Bonus*: Spend time in Worship.

My Experience:

I’ve been using thee Bible app for about 4 years now. I still open my physical Bible because I do prefer that but the Bible app has great Bible plans. There’s so much to learn. I started reading/studying the Bible more in 2015/2016. It’s been a blessing. Last month, I invited my sister to partake in this challenge I’m presenting to you all today. I told her to select a plan for us to both read and reflect upon. The Bible plan she selected was called “Finding Your Way Back To God”. I learned so much reading the plan. The only problem I will say is that my sister wasn’t really consistent because I finished the plan but she still two days behind. Don’t get me wrong, I reminded her to read it but I don’t know but her consistency wasn’t quite good. I haven’t closed that plan yet because we need to reflect on it. Besides that, everything else was great. It’s always exciting for me to see people I know growing in the Lord. No matter where the person you choose may be in their walk with Christ, know that they can find their way back. Plant the seed and watch God do his part. Never give up on those you love. Sometimes, they need a push at times, all you can do is pray for them. I hope that as you partake in this challenge, that you will be encouraged & blessed. Feel free to send me a comment, feedback on any questions, prayer requests or how the challenge is going for you. May this new month bring about many of God’s blessings your way.  Until next time, God bless you all 🙂

Set your mind on things above by LoveAndLaurel on Etsy:

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Deeply Rooted

Before the year started, there were three words that I believe with all my heart that God was speaking to me about but I just didn’t get it. The three words are ( seed, planted, rooted). These three words became repetitive in my everyday life since 2017 began. I remember watching a video in January and the topic of discussion was focused on the same topic about planting. In the video, the lady discussed about the parable of the sower. For a second I hesitated to tell the lady that exactly what she was talking about was in alignment with what I believe that God was speaking to my heart. I eventually shared it with her. I was started reading a devotional by Rick Warren and for the few days it was also talking about planting and seed. He was sharing his experiences in his Christian walk. I called my sister and I was like can you imagine that this devotional is talking about planting and seed? She started telling me that girl God is speaking. Then I was on Tumblr and a girl messaged me asking me this question ” How do you know if you have accepted Jesus in your your heart?” I honestly didn’t know how to answer the question because I’ve never heard that question before. Then I asked one of my sister’s in Christ and she also didn’t know how to answer. I prayed about it. Then one girl I know crossed my mind for me to ask. She was surprised by the question. In process of her explaining what she thought, I was reminded of a seed. It’s just interesting how God works. I answered the girl and she understood. All glory to God. Even in the men’s Bible study I attended, the same words have been repeating. We are currently studying 1 John. It’s been an amazing study. Learning and growing in the Lord. There’s no greater joy than being in his presence.

Below is the devotional: Rick Warren

“Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.” (Psalm 126:5-6 NLT, second edition)

You need to plant by faith, not by your feelings.

Do you think that every day a farmer wakes up excited to go to work on his farm? No. It’s hard work! But if a farmer only worked his crops when he felt like it, not much would get done. He may not want to get up early. He may not want to go harvest and plant and weed. But he does it anyway.

Let me make a little confession: I don’t always feel like being nice to people. I hate to admit it! Sometimes I want to be cranky. Sometimes I just want to say, “Leave me alone!” I don’t always feel like being kind. I don’t always feel like being generous. I don’t always feel like giving people hope. I don’t always feel like preaching.

But I don’t happen to live by my feelings. I happen to live by faith. Sometimes I plant when I’m tired. Sometimes I plant when I’m distracted. Sometimes I plant when I’m stressed out. Sometimes I plant when I’m in deep, deep grief. And I move ahead in faith in spite of my feelings, expecting God to act.

As we approached the most recent anniversary of my son’s death, I really didn’t want to be at church. It was close to Easter, and I would have rather just celebrated the Resurrection at home with my wife, my Lord, and my kids and just get through the day.

I was in tears most of that week, and I claimed Psalm 126:5-6 as a promise: “Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest” (NLT, second edition).

And you know what? As I was planting seeds in 14 Easter services, God gave a harvest of 2,604 people who came to Christ. Those who sow in tears will reap in joy. All those people are going to be in Heaven because I didn’t do what I felt like doing. I did what I did by faith.

Sometimes God will call you to make a sacrifice — through your money, yes, but also through your time, talent, and maybe even your life. You may feel like saying, “I don’t feel like it.” But if you do, you will miss the blessing that God wants to do by using you.

Plant by faith, not by your feelings.

Talk It Over

  • Do you live most of your life by your feelings? Why do you think it is so easy to do this?
  • What would it look like for you to live by faith? What would change in your life?
  • What sacrifice is God asking you to make that will require you to plant seeds by faith?

Reflection: God speaks. The problem is that we don’t listen. If we don’t spend time in his presence, how can we grow? Even when Jesus came to Earth, he had a task he needed to complete but in the book of Mark 1: 32-35, we see that Jesus went to a solitary place to pray to God.

Verse: Mark 1:32-35

32 That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. 33 The whole town gathered at the door, 34 and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.

Jesus Prays in a Solitary Place

35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”

38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” 39 So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.

What are some ways in which we can stay rooted in Christ:

  1. Read the Bible. Before reading, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart and reveal, teach you all that needs to be taught during your time with the Lord.
  2. Attend Bible Study: We are reminded in Hebrews 10:25 that “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encourage one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching. I can personally say that attending Bible study has helped tremendously in my growth in the Lord. When we come together as one, there’s always something to learn. There may be people that God will use to reveal or speak to your heart. I love this verses Hebrews 10:25 because it’s reminding us not to give up meeting together as many are in the habit of doing. There are people who stop going to church or Bible study because they feel like someone knows more than they do or because someone mistreated them. Nothing should stop you from growing deeply in the Lord.
  3. Spend time in God’s presence: There will be many times that God will speak to your heart and it may be during the time your spending alone time with him. There was a verse my friend shared with me last semester from Psalm 119: 105-112.

105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,
    a light on my path.
106 I have taken an oath and confirmed it,
    that I will follow your righteous laws.
107 I have suffered much;
    preserve my life, Lord, according to your word.
108 Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth,
    and teach me your laws.
109 Though I constantly take my life in my hands,
    I will not forget your law.
110 The wicked have set a snare for me,
    but I have not strayed from your precepts.
111 Your statutes are my heritage forever;
    they are the joy of my heart.
112 My heart is set on keeping your decrees
    to the very end.

She attended Exchange (Hillsong Wednesday service) and a woman spoke about hearing from God. My friend was sharing with me that it was exactly what she needed to hear. Many times, we are so distracted and make so many excuses to even read our word. We can read so many books about how to hear from God but honestly one way to hear from him is reading his word. He speaks in many ways to us but his word is key.

4. Ask questions. If don’t understand a Bible passage, feel free to ask a Bible study leader. Google is helpful but not always. There are certain questions that Google cannot answer. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Everyone is on a different journey. Some of us are still baby Christians with a desire to grow but if we are asking questions which is an important factor in growth, how will we move on from being fed with milk to eating meat. In 1 Corinthians 3:2, we are taught about being fed milk and not solid food because we aren’t ready. It reads, “I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.”

When we take a look at Hebrews 5:12-14, it reads “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.”

5. Prayer. There is so much power in prayer. As you continue to grow in faith, your prayer life will also flourish. The spirit will give you utterance on what to speak. We can’t do anything on own accords but in everything we must seek God.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope you are encouraged and that you can take something away with you. May God bless you all. May you stay rooted in Christ. 🙂
Song of the Week:
Jaye Thomas: Draw Near. (My favorite Gospel Singer). His songs have ministered to me. I hope you are encouraged as you listen. Stay blessed 🙂
 
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Posted by on February 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Faith Based Channels

Recently, I was watching a youtube video about this woman who rededicated her life to Christ. In her video, she mentioned that it was hard to come across Youtubers whose channels focused on God. I was surprised by her comment so I suggested her a few of them on that specific video. So I decided why not share some with you all too. I understood where the woman was coming from because a lot of youtubers make videos on hair, makeup, lookbooks and etc. I do enjoy watching a variety of things on Youtube but I’m usually listening to worship or tuning in to a Bible talk. On youtube, there is a notification button and it notifies me when someone makes a video. So below will be a few channels, you ladies and gentlemen can check out. I will post more but for now, check these amazing people out. Tell your friends and their friends. Be encouraged. Continue to grow in Lord.

Until next time stay blessed. Watch but don’t forget or substitute reading your Bible. Thank you for stopping by my blog. God bless you 🙂

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Let Praises Rise

Good morning. I hope all is well with you and your loved ones. I’m just so grateful for yet another day to be alive. Just stopping by to share a song with you all. It has been a blessing to me and i hope it will also be a blessing unto you. Please take the time to listen and also share it with your friends or whoever you’ll like to share it with. God bless you as you do so. If you have any prayer requests, please feel free to comment. Until next time, know that God hears your prayers. God loves and cares for you. Despite the circumstance you are facing, always remember that God is alive and He is working it out for your good. Today, take time to reach out to someone. Pray for them and watch things turn around for you and that person. I hope you have a blessed week. Take care. 🙂

Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. Psalm 145:3

 
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