When sadness comes into one’s heart what can you do? Call on the Lord! Yes, call on the Lord. Thank you Lord for your grace, we thank You Lord for your righteousness. We thank You Lord for sending Your only begotten son who without sin died on the cross for our sins. Continue reading “Overcoming feelings of helplessness”
“Three times I called upon the Lord and besought [Him] about this and begged that it might depart from me; But He said to me, My grace (My favor and lovingkindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for MY strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will ALL the more gladly glory in my weakness and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me.”
I thought this might really bless you. It is a song from the movie of the same name “Alone, Yet Not Alone” sung by Joni Erickson Tada
I though this might bless you:
This song is featured in the movie Alone Yet Not Alone, ready for release June 13th, 2014. For more information, please visit http://www.aloneyetnotalone.com. This beautiful rendition of the song Alone Yet…
Attitude of the heart is everything…
Things you regularly say are clear indicators of the attitude of your heart.
Pointing out the faults of everyone else won’t erase your own.
We all are guilty of it sometimes, but if we aren’t careful, it will take over our heart. We are at war with the spirit of this world…gotta stay alert and keep each other encouraged.
“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Luke 6:45
“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking,be put away from you, with all malice” Ephesians 4:31″Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:2
“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:8
Lord, today I ask that you give me grace to allow your Word to penetrate my heart…and cut away the uncleanness that’s in it. Help me to speak only words of encouragement. Help me to live by example in Jesus name.
I have known Gwen for over a year now. She is the founder of God Knows No Limit, a community outreach in New Orleans, LA. For Gwen, her heart is found in sharing the love of God to her family, friends and community. As a nurse she has applied her excellent skills and support to restore people to better health and wellness. Now, she is taking those valuable skills to an even higher level by enhancing her education to serve in youth ministry, primarily children. But it is not easy, nor is it inexpensive. In order to help further her dream and education, her hope is to win this contest. Please help Gwen by voting today…you can help make a difference in a child’s life! (please share with others and vote everyday) Thank you.
Please click on picture/link to VOTE:
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Please read this from one of Gwen’s dear friend:
Dr. Glenda Clare:A couple of weeks ago, you may have read the story of the innocent little girl who was killed in New Orleans. One of my life long friends, Gwendolyn Hooker McIntosh, RN and her family minister to children in a community less than one mile from where the little girl was killed. They feed children. They provide tutoring and educational assistance. They provide a safe place for children to go when they just don’t know what to do.VOTE and SHARE
Thus far the ministry has been one of sharing the time, talents and treasure of Gwen’s family members. They need assistance to continue this work. They created a video and entered Scholars for Change Video Contest administered by Walden University. Please take the time to VOTE for them each day. They provide much needed services in their community.
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. (Philippians 4:11)
Want here indicates need. Learning is a process that takes time.
I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. (Philippians 4:12)
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13)
When read in context, this scripture isn’t talking about signs and wonders…it’s talking about being content in all situations…and being at peace with God.
TV preachers promise return on blessing which usually somehow winds up equal to materialistic gain.
The greatest blessing we can hope for is absolutely possible to receive while we are hungry and broke!
Paul said that he was fasting & hungry often…..
So what’s the benefit of living for God if He isn’t going to fix all the problems? The benefit is learning that happiness, peace and joy are completely independent from this world.
How else does the world know who the real people of God are?
Two houses…one on a rock and one on the sand. The difference was what happened when the rain came.
Few Christians get to the point that they can be trusted with great trials. We must determine in our hearts that we will learn to trust Him….and refuse to allow fear cause us to just be spectators.
Many days that I have the most pressure…the most strife…the least amount of patience are the days when I didn’t start out by going boldly to the throne of grace.
Grace gives us the strength to SHOUT over the testimony without yet seeing the completed work!
Credit to: Bishop Chester Wright
God intends for his grace to be the only source of my ability to do anything.
The greatest blessing you can pray for someone is to pray for grace & peace from the Father be upon them.
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: John 1:12
The power is God’s GRACE to live!
We notice that there’s a colon at the end of that verse, so we must continue on….
Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14
If Jesus is full of grace and truth, what should we also be full of?
And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. John 1:16
The more we yield to the will of God, the more grace He provides. He only uses what we yield to Him. It isn’t God’s will to wrestle with us until we give in to His will. He is seeking those that will just let go.
What have we to fear in letting go? The devil?
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Luke 10:19
The devil can’t do anything to me that the Father doesn’t allow (remember Job?). We aren’t vulnerable to the devil. Our God is not frail and weak. He causes all things to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Rom 8:28). So anything that the devil throws at you is intended to grow you toward God.
God loves us so much that He will allow things to happen just to get rid of the parts of our nature that separate us from Him. Those attacks should be reminding us to humble ourselves, to seek God and to live a repentant lifestyle.
You can’t fear God & the devil at the same time.
Job was doing fine as long as he continued to worship God, but then he began to claim he didn’t deserve what he was going through. Saying, “why me, I don’t deserve this trouble” is a way of blaming God for it.
We blame God when we can’t see past what’s happening to see what God really is doing.
How do I love God during trouble? Grace through faith.
Grace helps us to have the right attitude during the worst storms.
Credit to Bishop Chester Wright. This study can be found on YouTube by searching his name and “grace”
Walking through the street with a flip flop beat.Car broke down; can’t hide
Can’t hide me, cause I don’t have a ride
Car broke down; can’t’ hide,
Can’t hide you, cause I don’t have a ride.
Got my five senses reaching out
and making me want to shout.
They are reaching out in front of me,
feel, taste, touch, smell and see.
There she was again.
All alone without a friend.
A grey wooly blanket covering her body so nothing was bare.
With the sun beaming hot on her matching wooly hair.
I heard a voice telling me to say hello.
So I traveled to her and said very low,
“this is for you,” and I handed her a bill.
She looked up at me and time stood still.
I heard a thank you with a harsh gloomy voice.
My heart trembled that she was there without a choice.
I looked right at her sad eyes,
and her sclera and teeth yellow while her soul dies.
I asked “you come from where?”
She answered “I come from nowhere”
I asked, “you are going where?”
And she answered, “I am going nowhere.
With tears in my eyes
to her I surmise,
“God loves you,
and He is true blue.”
She looked at me and nodded her head,
and then turned away without anything else said.
I stood up and walked away
knowing that I completed my day.
I walked away hitting that street with my flip flop beat.
Car broke down; can’t hide
Can’t hide me, cause I don’t have a ride
Car broke down; can’t’ hide,
Can’t hide you, cause I don’t have a ride.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Want to know if you are spiritual? What percentage of your prayer is about eternal things?
The average Christian prays – IF they pray – for God to alter the temporary pain, problems and pressure of their life. Many Christians live in the natural with spiritual things sprinkled in for flavor when God wants us to live in the spiritual with the natural sprinkled in.
Is prayer intended to change things we don’t like or is it intended to get us to the place where we can be at peace with what’s going on in our life?
The reason Jacob wrestled with God was because he didn’t like what was going on in his life. He wrestled until God took his ability to fight away (touched the hip). Jacob didn’t win that match. You can’t out will God!
Now, let us look back at Hebrews 4: 15-16:
“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
The words “let us” implies that is it a CHOICE and “boldly” means with confidence.
Crying in brokenness in prayer is fine, but begging God….as in “poor me, God why don’t you feel sorry for me” just isn’t necessary.
In the OT was mercy, but in the New Testament Jesus Christ brought grace. (John 1)
Mercy = God doesn’t give me what I deserve.
Grace = God gives me what I don’t deserve.
Mercy = Deals with my past
Grace = Never considers my past
Mercy does NOT deal with the future or present tense, it is the removal of past transgressions.
You can’t hold on to your past and expect to have a future at the same time. We must first accept God’s mercy and then receive grace (Hebrews 4:16).
To “find grace” means to pursue it until it has been found.
Anyone that claims to have the grace of God at work in their life but has not repented of sin is not walking in biblical grace.
The clearest definition of grace can be found in Philippians 2: 12-13
“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
So, what phrase is most misused in Christianity? “saved by grace”
It has become the anthem of unrepentant hearts. “God understands my hang ups. I’m saved by grace anyway.” Or “I don’t have to do all those good deeds. I’m saved by grace.” What about, “Boy, I messed up big time. Oh well, I’m under grace. I’m forgiven.” But not sorry and never repented……Or even someone saying they are so thankful for grace in their life, yet living with a shopping addiction.
Grace does NOT excuse us from obeying God. It is not a salve for our conscience. Grace is actually the means by which we are able to obey and do the works that we previously weren’t able to do.
Lord, I’m thankful for your mercy. It is Your mercy that heals the past so my scars no longer have to be wounds. Today I am casting all the unhealed wounds on You, Jesus…because you promised to comfort all who mourn. Today I accept the unconditional love of God into my life so that I can begin/continue to be made whole. I understand that upon repentance, I find mercy and I then can obtain grace. I know that when I come to the end of my own strength & ability that I can go to the throne of Grace w/ confidence….and repent for trying to do it on my own in the first place…..then Jesus will give me grace to do what needs to be done.
I will seek God FIRST so that I will already have empowerment from God to do what I cannot do myself. By grace I can choose healthy foods, by grace, I can exercise, by grace I can apologize, by grace I can forgive, by grace I can get the job done, by grace I can seek a holy lifestyle-separated form the things of the world, by grace I can succeed!!! Today I receive God’s grace by faith and today is a GOOD day in Jesus name!
Credit: Chester Wright