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”
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.
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
Get liberated from the inability to obey God’s Word.
Living “for” God, working “for” God is not scriptural.
It is tradition.
It is religion.
The bible tells us to STOP living altogether.
Galations 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
If I’m not living any more then I don’t have to do anything “for” Him….He is doing the living FOR ME!
He can’t live through me until I’m first dead to self. How do I die to self? By discerning my thoughts & intents and coming to the end of myself.
Everything God requires of me is impossible – on purpose.
Colossians 3:3 “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”
Things God wants me to learn about Him:
- He is gentle – He will never force Himself on me, never violate my will. He gave me a choice and will not take that away.
- He is humble – This doesn’t mean that He thinks low thoughts of Himself. This means that He doesn’t have to keep proving He is God just because someone ignorantly says He is not. He is humble enough to be patient with me even when I shake my fist in His face during a moment of weakness.
- His first desire is to forgive, heal & restore – Judgment is never his first desire. His longsuffering is NOT an excuse to keep the same old attitudes.
Credit to Bishop Chester Wright
God does not love me more than he loves anybody else.
(let that sink in)
God does not love me more than he loves a drug addict, a prostitute, a murderer, etc.
We tend to have a hard time with that concept.
Isn’t it a little self righteous to think that God loves me more than he loves someone else just because I don’t sin the way that person does?
God loves us all the same and died for us all equally. The difference between a born again, Jesus name believer and the prostitute is not how much God loves one or the other. The difference is how much a born again Jesus name believer lets God love them.
God loves us all equally. A lost person just isn’t accepting that love. We aren’t better people than they are. God doesn’t favor us over them. The difference is that He has given me grace to believe that He loves me…..and they don’t believe that they’re loved.
We act out the amount of love we believe we have.
If I believe I’m loved, I will act like it.
If I believe I’m rejected, I will act like one who is rejected.
Mark 12:31 “And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”
*You aren’t going to let God use you unless you love this world.
*You cannot love this world until you believe that God loves you
A person that goes to church, sits on the pew, doesn’t get involved with reaching the lost, doesn’t care for the lost….just attends service…..that person isn’t telling you that they don’t care & are selfish…they are telling you that they don’t believe God loves them.
Because if they truly believe God loves them & they know how they got that love (freely, unconditionally w/out merit on their part), they can’t help but want to give it away.
If a person isn’t interested in giving love away, they don’t have it to give.
It is absolutely impossible to have been in the presence of God (who IS love) without experiencing His love. It is absolutely impossible to have experienced His love and not be convinced that He loves you. You can’t keep that locked up!
Until the church lets the Lord deliver them from shame & heal wounds that cause the shame so they can believe they are loved, they will not have love to give back to God or others.
Revival won’t come as long as we are wrapped up in our own lives (hurts, resentments, sin).
When I don’t let God love me, then the only one who I can let try to love me is myself. I will fail….Self centered love, self worth doesn’t fulfill….it empties. The only way to real fullness is NOT putting myself first, but to realize that God has already put me first (in His death, burial, resurrection)…..I don’t have to put myself first…because I’m satisfied in Him.
We received love from Him first. (1 John 4:19)
Shame doesn’t want you to receive His love. But when we truly receive it, we let it flow THROUGH us to others….& we will be full in the GIVING, not in the taking.
Our “good car” is acting up again.
Doesn’t it sometimes seem as though something comes along to knock you back down just when you see the light at the end of the tunnel? Has that ever happened to you?
It can be stressful.
It is discouraging.
But once we learn to trust that God really is able to handle every aspect of our life, we begin to see that His way is the only way to deal with our troubles. Once we figure out that faith is more than just believing in Jesus…troubles don’t seem to have the same effect on us as they once did.
- Pray about it – seems obvious, but there are many people that talk about God without actually talking TO Him. I know, because I used to be one of them. God already knows what we need. He doesn’t want a one sided relationship. God wants us to communicate with him openly. It makes for a healthy relationship.
pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles. (Psalm 34:17)
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. (James 1-6:8)
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:18)
- Stop worrying about it….this is the hard part. I have always been a worrier. I have learned that worrying is actually our way of NOT giving God control over my life. When I worry about an issue (and we have had many), I am telling God that I don’t really trust Him to be able to do what I have asked him to do…..sort of cancelling out my prayer. I have learned to just say, “Lord, you know I’m worried about this. Please help us in this situation and please help me not to worry about it.” ……this WORKS.
And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? (Luke 12:25)
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 )
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2)
- Take one day at a time – This goes hand in hand with the not worrying thing. There is nothing wrong with planning ahead. But you & I both know there is a huge difference in planning & worrying. When we have planned something, we make note of it and move on. When we worry about something, we are constantly thinking it over, usually with a sick feeling in the pit of our stomach….All we have is just one day at a time here, right? So when we waste today worrying about yesterday or tomorrow, we are robbing ourselves & more importantly, our God & family of TODAY!
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34)
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them. (James 4:14-17)
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.- Corrie Ten Boom
(This is my dad from the 60’s. Handsome, huh?)