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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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Living Example

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“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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Soak In His Word

Its reflection time. As the second month of the year is wrapping up, I would like for us to reflect on our lives individually. At the start of the year, we create lists and envision of things we want to accomplish but as the months pass by, we realize that we didn’t stick to our word. We didn’t make a conscious effort to work on our projects, or task we wanted to accomplish.

Before the start of this year, my new years resolution was consistency. Why, you may ask? The reason is because many times I start something but never finish it. I get excited and start the project but then I become lazy and postpone everything. I don’t want my year to look like the years before. I believe with all of my heart that 2017 is going to be a great one by the Grace of God. So what do I want to be consistent in? Well I want to be consistent in reading the Bible, attending Bible study, writing on my blogs more, drinking 5-6 bottles of water, writing more poems, and etc. So far in everything I have enlisted, I can say that I am doing well in reading the Bible, attending Bible Study, writing on blog, writing poems but not so much on drinking 5-6 bottles a day. I honestly prefer drinking filtered water but I find it hard to drink water from my University so I tend to use water bottles. In month of July last year, I started a water challenge. The challenge consists of drinking water only. NO JUICE. NO SODA. Nothing besides water. I don’t drink soda. My family doesn’t drink soda, so that area isn’t hard for me. I drink Cranberry juice but besides that nothing else. I’ve been doing well by far when it comes to drinking water but actually drinking 5-6 or even more is the area where I am lacking. I need to do better.

When it comes to growing spiritually, I’ll give myself 8.5/10. I’m becoming consistent in studying the word. Not that alone but applying it to the way I live. It’s not about reading or studying the word and memorizing scripture. We have to live as children of the light. Walking in the light. I’m learning so much as I attend Bible Study. We are currently studying the Book of 1 John. Even though it’s good to attend Bible study, it is also vital for us to spend time with God. For some of us, we are always in a rush. We don’t have time for God. We make time for everything else but spending time in his word is too much. You can go to church for two hours or more but not doing anything else for the rest of the week will leave your spirit thirsty. In order for us to grow closer to God, we have to do our parts.

Questions From Me To You.

  1. How is your relationship with God?
  2. What are some ways in which you can grow deeply in your walk with God?
  3. Have you attended any Bible studies since the year began?
  4. What book in the Bible are you currently studying?
  5.  Have you started working on what you want to accomplish this year?
  6. What seeds have you planted? Are you waiting for someone else to water your garden?
  7. What are ways in which you can let you dreams become a reality?

As you take the time to reflect, have a journal and a pen by your side. Write down your thoughts. Write it down. Ponder. Write. Pray. Make it happen. Stay blessed & Encouraged. 🙂

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Stay Connected With The Source

“It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.”
Php 2:13 NIV

THIS YEAR RECOGNIZE YOUR CALLING

By recognizing and fulfilling your God-given assignment in life, you free yourself from a sense of failure and are able to stop worrying about what others think. Why? Because your self-worth no longer depends on people, but on God! However, you must do these three things: (1) Be honest about your gifts, and recognize your limitations. Don’t go through life as a stranger to yourself. Honestly assess your strengths and weaknesses; ask the hard questions and be willing to live with the answers, even if it means letting some things go. Michael Novak writes, “God knows what’s in us for He put it there. And He intends us to do something with it.” Each of us has been given a calling in life, and happiness belongs to those who find and fulfill that calling. (2) Allow God to work on you. Sometimes an amateur potter limits the potential of clay by seeing it only as a flowerpot. But a master potter sees much more—he or she knows what it can become. Watch them; they don’t merely impose a shape on it, they release the shape that’s already within. And that’s what God does with us. (3) Recognize your source. Fulfilling your life’s assignment begins with identifying the desires God has placed within you. “It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” Who’s at work within you? God! Where do your desires come from? God! Where do your abilities come from? God! So make knowing God and walking in step with Him be your highest priority this year.

Kayton Hosket Philippians 1:6 by kgdoodles on Etsy: Reflection:
1. Do you know your purpose in this life?
2. Have you asked God about his purpose for you?
3. Has he revealed it you? If so are you walking in the way he has made for you?
4. Are you afraid of your calling? If so have you prayed about it?
Happy Wednesday. I hope all of you are doing well. Thank you to everyone who has stopped by my blog. God bless you. As you take the time, to read this post, I would like for you all to reflect on all that God has done for you and to also answer the questions above in a journal, out loud or any way you can. Pray about it. God hears our requests for they are like an incense unto him. May God help us this hear to hear his voice clearly and may we be obedient to his voice.  “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” -John 10:27. Be Blessed and Encouraged.
 
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Posted by on January 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Joy In The Lord

 

“That my joy may be in you.”
John 15:11 NIV

THE SECRET TO HAVING JOY (1)

for the joy of the Lord is your strength // nehemiah 8:10:

           Jesus said, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” The joy Jesus is talking about is unique: “My joy.” And it’s fulfilling in a way that the world’s happiness isn’t: “That your joy may be complete.” Being a faithful follower of Christ’s teachings brings inner joy that’s real and resilient regardless of economic indicators, interest rates, government deficits, and even disease or death. You can’t be happy without being joyful, but you can be joyful without being happy! How’s that possible? Jesus had previously told His disciples that we enjoy a love which transcends all others—the love of our heavenly Father that’s unconditionally offered, and once accepted, is permanently experienced. Nothing can compare to the love of God. His love isn’t based on looks, personality, wealth, or even moral goodness. It’s offered without any preconditions. And it’s neither fickle nor failing. You can’t do anything to make God love you more, and you can do nothing to make Him love you less. Furthermore, divine love doesn’t just give you “warm fuzzies.” It’s constantly at work to direct you toward making wise decisions, to protect you from making poor ones, and to correct you when you make bad ones. God’s love guarantees His acceptance when all others have rejected you, His forgiveness when all others have judged you, and His mercy when all others have condemned you. When you bask in His love, you experience a wellspring of joy bubbling up in your heart. And since the world didn’t give you this joy—the world can’t take it away.

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Get Involved

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We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. -Ronald Reagan

Clean eater brings joy to the people in Africa Central Republic. 1 in 8 people do not have access to safe and clean water drinking water worldwide.

Charity Water is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Founded in 2006, charity water has helped fund 6,611 projects in 20 countries, benefiting over 2,545,000 people. All in all, the organization has raised over $40 million as of January 15, 2012. They are based in New York City. There are so many organizations all around the world. They are many people that are in need. We can be the change we want to see in the world.

 

“Take heart…l have overcome the world.”
Jas 4:17 NKJV

The Sin of Omission

We tend to focus on sins of commission—the wrong we do. But what about sins of omission—the good we fail to do? In Christ’s parables when someone was condemned, it was often over a sin of omission. A man was put out of a wedding because he had no wedding garment (See Mt 22:12). Five virgins were excluded from the wedding party because they’d no oil in their lamps (See Mt 25:3-11). A servant who buried his talent in the ground instead of using it, forfeited it (See Mt 25:25-28). A rich man who failed to care for his neighbor was condemned for it (See Lk 16:19-24). A barren fig tree that failed to produce fruit was cursed and died (See Mk 11:20-24). You say, “But I’m interested in a deeper spiritual life.” Well, the deepest spiritual life is one spent doing good to others! And it’s the basis on which you’ll be judged and rewarded. “Then the King will…say…‘I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’ Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’ And He will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me’” (Mt 25:41-45 NLT). So when you’ve a chance to do good—do it!

Devotion: Jesus Calling (March 19)

I SPEAK TO YOU FROM THE DEPTHS OF YOUR BEING. Hear Me saying soothing words of Peace, assuring you of My Love. Do not listen to voices of accusation, for they are not from Me. I speak to you in love – tones, lifting you up. My Spirit convicts cleanly, without crushing words of shame. Let the Spirit take charge of your mind, combing out the tangles of deception. Be transformed by the truth that I live within you.

The Light of My Presence is shining upon you, in benedictions of Peace. Let My Light shine in you; don’t dim it with worries or fears. Holiness is letting me live through you. Since I dwell in you, you are fully equipped to be holy. Pause before responding to people or situations, giving My Spirit space to act through you. Hasty words and actions leave no room for Me; this is atheistic living. I want to inhabit all your moments–gracing your thoughts, words, and behavior.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. ~Romans 8:1-2

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. ~Colossians 1:27

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; ~1 Corinthians 6:19

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Posted by on March 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Meaningless

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Stop judging and evaluating yourself, for this is not your role. Above all, stop comparing yourself with other people. This produces feelings of pride or inferiority; sometimes, a mixture of both. I lead each of My children along a path that is uniquely tailor-made for him or her. Comparing is not only wrong; it is also meaningless.
    Don’t look for affirmation in the wrong places: your own evaluations, or those of other people. The only source of real affirmation is My unconditional Love. Many believers perceive Me as an unpleasable Judge, angrily searching out their faults and failures. Nothing could be farther from the truth! I died for your sins, so that I might clothe you in My garments of salvation. This is how I see you: radiant in My robe of righteousness. When I discipline you, it is never in anger or disgust; it is to prepare you for face-to-Face fellowship with me throughout all eternity. Immerse yourself in My loving Presence. Be receptive to My affirmation, which flows continually from the throne of grace. 

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

~Luke 6:37

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. ~John 3:16-17

I will rejoice greatly in the LORD,
My soul will exult in my God;
For He has clothed me with garments of salvation,
He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. ~Isaiah 61:10

My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,
and do not resent His rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those He loves, as a Father the son He delights in. ~Proverbs 3:11-12

On time word. Never late. I hope this would be of help to someone because this was amazing. It’s 11:23 p.m to exact and I read my devotion because I was unable to read this particular one (devotion)  this morning and I was just touched by this devotion. God bless you all. As we enter into this month of March, I pray that the Lord will keep you, enlarge your territories and every good thing to follow you.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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