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God Gives Forgiveness by Zoey

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GOD GIVES…

…Forgiveness to the sinner. One area is Gossip.  It’s offense can close the heart of people and we should not take part because of this fact. Even God warns us to not be gossips. This single act of gossip conflicts with His greatest commandments; to love God with all your heart, soul and mind and to love others as you would want to be loved. If you close the heart of a person due to your own closed heart & mind, you will grieve the Holy Spirit. Think about that.

FORGIVENESS

The saying that misery loves company is truer than fiction.  Don’t try to usurp  the authority of the Lord at work in a person(s) life because of your faulty thinking, hate, prejudices, jealousy and unbelief. Ignorance blinds the heart to the truth. People will fail you but Jesus sticks closer than a brother.  Let Jesus wipe the slate clean in your heart and change your life.  He will fill you with His presence; just open your heart to him.  God’s perfect Grace is  where His Love abounds towards a person that seeks repentance. He asks that we not sin again, so don’t. Replace the urge to be dependent upon these vices in your life.  Instead seek out what is good and righteous in God’s eyes. Draw near to God. Take the perspective that you belong to God for all eternity, because you do.  Make a concerted decision to live from this moment  forward in His Grace – for it is sufficient for all your needs.

Ps.119:41, Philippians 4:1, Luke 19:5-9, Prov.16:28,

Mat.15:2-14, Mat. 22:37-40,Romans 1:18

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Proverbs 31 Challenge ~ Chapter 19

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Proverbs 19

Amplified Bible (AMP)

19 Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is perverse in his speech and is a [self-confident] fool.

Desire without knowledge is not good, and to be overhasty is to sin and miss the mark.

The foolishness of man subverts his way [ruins his affairs]; then his heart is resentful and frets against the Lord.

Wealth makes many friends, but the poor man is avoided by his neighbor.

A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he who breathes out lies shall not escape.

Many will entreat the favor of a liberal man, and every man is a friend to him who gives gifts.

All the brothers of a poor man detest him—how much more do his friends go far from him! He pursues them with words, but they are gone.

He who gains Wisdom loves his own life; he who keeps understanding shall prosper and find good.

A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he who breathes forth lies shall perish.

10 Luxury is not fitting for a [self-confident] fool—much less for a slave to rule over princes.

11 Good sense makes a man restrain his anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression or an offense.

12 The king’s wrath is as terrifying as the roaring of a lion, but his favor is as [refreshing as] dew upon the grass.

13 A self-confident and foolish son is the [multiplied] calamity of his father, and the contentions of a wife are like a continual dripping [of water through a chink in the roof].

14 House and riches are the inheritance from fathers, but a wise, understanding, and prudent wife is from the Lord.

15 Slothfulness casts one into a deep sleep, and the idle person shall suffer hunger.

16 He who keeps the commandment [of the Lord] keeps his own life, but he who despises His ways shall die.

17 He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and that which he has given He will repay to him.

18 Discipline your son while there is hope, but do not [indulge your angry resentments by undue chastisements and] set yourself to his ruin.

19 A man of great wrath shall suffer the penalty; for if you deliver him [from the consequences], he will [feel free to] cause you to do it again.

20 Hear counsel, receive instruction, and accept correction, that you may be wise in the time to come.

21 Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand.

22 That which is desired in a man is loyalty and kindness [and his glory and delight are his giving], but a poor man is better than a liar.

23 The reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it rests satisfied; he cannot be visited with [actual] evil.

24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.

25 Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; reprove a man of understanding, and he will increase in knowledge.

26 He who does violence to his father and chases away his mother is a son who causes shame and brings reproach.

27 Cease, my son, to hear instruction only to ignore it and stray from the words of knowledge.

28 A worthless witness scoffs at justice, and the mouth of the wicked swallows iniquity.

29 Judgments are prepared for scoffers, and stripes for the backs of [self-confident] fools.

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A Sinner’s Confession

social_media_truth“I am a sinner, and I have cheated in (almost) every relationship I have been in.”

“Can one go upon hot coals and his/her feet not be burned? (29) So he/she who cohabits with his/her neighbor’s wife/husband [will be tortured with evil consequences and just retribution]; he/she who touches her/him shall not be innocent or go unpunished.” 

~Proverbs 6:28-29 *author added emphasis on gender

So..why am I confessing this? Well, I woke up at 0400, and for the last 2 hours and 36 minutes have fought to go back to sleep. But, the Holy Spirit was nudging me, and I finally gave in. I know this confession will likely lead to a flood of comments, but I have faith that God will use this post for good.

Cheating, IMO, is a symptom of a much larger problem. My inability to stay faithful to the commitment of the relationship(s) I was in was NOT about them-it was about me. The TRUTH of the matter is that before I became a Christian, ( I mean a “Walk the Walk” not just a “Talk the Talk” kind), I had little to no self respect or self love. If I could not respect/love myself, how could I respect/love someone else? How could I show someone I cared about something I did not feel for myself?

Like many people who cheat, I tried to convince myself what I was doing was okay. I used the “He doesn’t respect/love/cherish/etc”..excuse. I would start an argument to justify my position. I would find any fault, no matter how small, and blow it way out of proportion, to justify my wanderings. It made looking in the mirror each morning something I dreaded. I couldn’t look myself in the eyes. I felt shame, because deep down, I knew I was a really bad/terrible/unsavory/despicable/person.

Then I received Christ, and He loved me. ME!! He accepted me as I was and loved me.

He FORGAVE me!

That changed my heart.

Some people say “Once a cheater, always a cheater.” or “A leopard can’t change it’s spots.”

Really?

Try telling GOD that! 

In 1 Samuel, chapter 10, God gave Saul a new heart. Yep! If He can do it for Saul, who is to say He didn’t do it for me?

In the 2 relationships since I have been a believer/follower/servant, I did not cheat. Why? Because I am a new person in Christ. He loves me, I love me. Yes, I am still a sinner, but THAT sin..THAT sin..no more.  First, I have too much respect for myself to cheat. Second, I have to much respect for the man I was with to cheat. Why? I respect the commitment I had made to him. (Yes, same man, 2 different times!!) I loved him, and in many ways, still do.

The LORD helped me love myself, and forgive myself too.

Wow. It was like a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders. Carrying around “shame” is exhausting.

I am rid of it. I can look myself in the mirror now without the fear of shame.

If I am asked in a (hopeful) future relationship, if I have ever cheated, I will be honest and say “Yes.” I am hoping the man the Lord brings me will understand that I have faced my fears, faced my faults, taken responsibility and changed.

The Lord changed my heart.

I am Blessed!

For His Glory,

Nicolette

 

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Forgiveness

Who controls you? Lets talk forgiveness. I was 5  years old when my brother tried to molest me. I forgave my brother but before you send many replies about how could you, I want you to know Jesus loves me and he has pursued me much longer then I deserved to be pursued. I am forgiven therefore I forgive. Forgiving is not easy it actually take much more courage then most people have. I walk in freedom because I let that go and no longer have to carry that burden. Its at the cross and God can take it. I don’t have to be a victim because in Gods light I am victorious. Saying you forgive does not mean you need to forget. Forgiving the wrong does not excuse the pain but it does mean you walk in grace and choose a higher road. Now I am sure that God wept that day and maybe that’s why He fought so hard for me. I am a chosen child of our Father. I am thankful I can walk in grace and forgive. I am thankful for the free will He has given us. There a lot of people thirsty for love and looking in all sorts of places. But I can tell you the only way to quench your thirst is not in the bottom of a bottle, in drugs, sex or food…it is in the Living Water. With that water running through me I am able to forgive not just seven times but many more. I have the ability to go to the only source I need and say I am here Father…take me where you need me to go, have me see what you see, hear what you hear and have a heart to receive.

If your a survivor of abuse I urge you to take it to the cross. For man may hurt you God’s arms are waiting and you can leave all that at the cross and be victorious.

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Day 8: Taming your Tongue: The Self Deprecating Tongue.

My friends: I am sorry, I wrote this about 2 weeks ago, and I must  have neglected to push “Publish.”

Deprecate > from Dictionary.com

dep·re·cate

[dep-ri-keyt]  Show IPA

verb (used with object), dep·re·cat·ed, dep·re·cat·ing.

1.

to express earnest disapproval of.
2.

to urge reasons against; protest against (a scheme, purpose, etc.).
3.

to depreciate; belittle.
4.

Archaic. to pray for deliverance from.
Origin: 
1615–25;  < Latin dēprecātus  prayed against, warded off (past participle of dēprecārī ), equivalent to dē-de- + prec ( ārī ) to pray + -ātus -ate1

Related forms

dep·re·cat·ing·ly, adverb
So, we can gather by reading the Dictionary.com  meaning, the verb, “deprecate” means to belittle, or show disapproval of.
One of the first times in the Bible where a person spoke of themselves in this manner was in the 4th Chapter of Exodus. God is equipping Moses to address the Pharaoh. Moses said to the Lord “O Lord my God, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.” Ex 4 v 10 (KJV).
Now, I cannot imagine why Moses would say this to the Lord-perhaps he did not have the information we have today: “For with God, nothing is impossible.” Luke 1 v 37 (KJV) Perhaps he may have have had that information, but was self doubting anyway. I know that I have done this, and cannot say that in the future I won’t make this error in faith again.
Whatever the reason, Moses had self doubt, and spoke of it to the Lord. The Lord responded (paraphrased): Who made you? Who made your mouth, your hearing, your limbs? Was it not I? So, go and do as I have asked, for I will be with your mouth, and teach you what to speak.
Oh Moses… Again he challenges the Lord and says “O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.”
As you can well imagine the Lord was not too happy to have His servant question is judgement not once, but twice : “And the anger for the Lord was kindled against Moses….” Ex 4 v 14 (partial verse).
So, what have we learned so far? As far back as the Old Testament, even the most “Godly” men, (Moses) felt self deprecating, unsure of themselves, or unworthy of the Lord’s wishes, and expressed it to the Lord.
As human’s, we sometimes yo-yo between being boastful and self deprecating. This is generally when Satan has joined the conversation. Self-deprecation sometimes may sound like humility, but in reality, it is a rejection of the Lord’s word: The one that assures us that “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phil 4 v 13 ) (KJV).
Dealing with a temporary problem for a long time can make us believe we have a permanent condition.  Negative labels are easy to apply to ourselves when we have forgotten who we are in Christ.
“I am so fat!”
“Wish I could help, but I’m not that smart.”
“I am so forgetful.”
“Thank you for saying that, but I am really not beautiful.”
“Yes..our marriage did not work out, “I” am divorced.”
Have you been in a place in your life where the temporary seems permanent? I think we all have. It’s time to start a little “TRUTH TALK” to ourselves.
“Yes, I am over my normal weight, but I can exercise more, and eat less.”
“To help  me remember where I put my keys, I will place them in the same place every time I step in my front door. Then, I won’t be so forgetful.”
“It takes two people to make AND break a marriage. It was not just “My” fault it ended.”
Temporary DOES NOT equal permanent.
Dishonoring/displeasing God is a very serious thing. God was upset when Moses complained and felt unable to lead the Israelites out of Egypt because of his speech impediment.
Rejecting the spirit of inadequacy is key to feeling/being obedient to the Lord. Keeping our minds renewed daily with the Word, can clean out any potential “cobwebs” (spirits) of self deprecation, and other spirits who try to control our minds.
God does not care as much about what others say about us, it’s the comments we make that sadden Him.
Deflecting complements is only one way we put our selves down. How do you think our Father feels when he witnesses this? We are His PRIDE and JOY! I know I don’t want to cause my Father anymore anger or pain. I know I am His Beloved. He shows me everyday.
TODAY’S AFFIRMATION: “God is able to make all grace abound toward me; so that I always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.”