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Happiness comes from the inside out by Walter Moore

Happiness comes from the inside out.

Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be you sorry; for the joy of the Lord is you strength. [Nehemiah 8:10]

The first word of the Sermon on the Mount, “blessed,” is sometimes translated “happy.” It refers not to fortunate circumstances nor momentary exhilaration, but to the inner state of those who are right…at the center of their being. Jesus had a profound joy which gave Him strength to endure the cross. He prayed that we might share it, for joyous Christians are strong Christians. Nehemiah had told his people many years before:  “The joy of the Lord is you strength.”

 

“Blessed God, we have sometimes allowed self-centeredness, worry, and boredom to destroy our joy. Give us a quality of spirit in which such things cannot exist. Amen

 

*Excerpt from Courage and Confidence by Walter L. Moore

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Taking back my JOY in Christ

Hello! For those of you who  might have been wondering where I ran off to..well, I have been doing a lot of soul searching and heart cleaning.

A few weeks ago, I was reading a book that dealt with temperaments, specifically the 4 basic temperaments women are supposed to possess. While I began to read this, I was totally caught up in it, and completely identified with one temperament in particular, melancholy. I saw in myself traits comparable to this type, and basically quit reading. I was stuck. It was as if someone has taken my insides out and displayed my ugly side to everyone. I couldn’t even finish the darn book. Good thing, as i skimmed through it later, and identified with a few other types as well.

As I was talking with a friend on the phone, I came to the realization that I was not “just” melancholy, nor sanguine, or even choleric; I was even MORE than a mixture of all. Like a pie, sliced into pieces, I was a little of this, with a dollop of that, but mostly..mostly..I was a beloved child of GOD!! While my insecure side wants to put ugly labels on myself, HE calls me His daughter.

The Lord intervened, and showed me that for every ugly name I call myself, he has called me something beautiful.

So, the moral of my story is: Don’t get caught up in what you read, even if it is from great Christian writers; the Bible will bring you back to the TRUTH, and the truth is, He loves us. He loves us with all our imperfections. He does not expect the perfection we so often do.

Have JOY in that fact! I am! HE has brought me back my HOPE and JOY!!

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Be Careful

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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.

❤ percy

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Grace (study) pt 4

Grace_wordleI am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
John 15:5

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”

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Are You a Good Asker?

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So are you? I began to think about this today. As a mom, I have taught my children from the time they were little to now, how to ask for things. It was important for me to teach them how to ask with honor and respect. Gone are the days of, “Give me it!” or  “You have to buy that for me!”  I can proudly say, my children say “May, I please have that or this.” (Well, most of the time.)

Learning to ask is not something I have given much thought to in my own life. Yet, the bible has some very clear guides for asking.

1.   We are told to ask.

Matthew 7:7-12 (GW)

Ask, and you will receive. Search and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened for you. Everyone who asks will receive. The one who searches will find, and for the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

“If your child asks you for bread, would any of you give him a stone? 10 Or if your child asks for a fish, would you give him a snake? 11 Even though you’re evil, you know how to give good gifts to your children. So how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him?

God already knows what we need without asking (Matt 6:8), yet He expects us to ask to receive.  Why would He want us to do this? It is His plan for us to realize our trust in Him. Asking implies, “I trust you enough to provide.” Asking is a form of putting ourselves at His mercy. Asking puts our hearts on Him as our Source for all our needs.

2.   Not only are we told to ask, but to receive.

Matt 7:8a

Everyone who asks will receive.

That word everyone, means you and me. It means us all. God is not a respecter of persons, He is not going to honor your pastor’s asking more than yours. So I must ask myself, am I expecting an answer? Have I position my heart to receive? Do I really believe that when I ask God that I will receive? Sometimes, yes and sometimes no.

1 John 3:22 (AMP)

22 And we receive from Him whatever we ask, because we [[a]watchfully] obey His orders [observe His suggestions and injunctions, follow His plan for us] and [[b]habitually] practice what is pleasing to Him.

This is God’s word. It is His absolute truth for us. His heart is for us to receive. When our hearts are submitted to Him and we habitually are practicing faith, this sets us up to receive from Him whatever we ask because we ask for the things that are in His plan and purpose for us.

3.    Not only are we told to ask, and receive but also to keep on asking.

Luke 11:9-13 (AMP)

So I say to you, Ask and [a]keep on asking and it shall be given you; seek and [b]keep on seeking and you shall find; knock and [c]keep on knocking and the door shall be opened to you.

10 For everyone who asks and [d]keeps on asking receives; and he who seeks and [e]keeps on seeking finds; and to him who knocks and [f]keeps on knocking, the door shall be opened.

11 What father among you, if his son asks for [g]a loaf of bread, will give him a stone; or if he asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent?

12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?

13 If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good gifts [gifts [h]that are to their advantage] to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask and [i]continue to ask Him!

God does not get tired of us asking. He tells us to in His Word.  Now why would God tell us to keep on asking? If we receive from Him whatever we ask why would we need to keep on asking? Because God has so much to give us! We cannot out ask God’s ability to provide. Whether it is the actual thing we are asking for or His best in ways, we sometimes don’t recognize or understand.  God wants to share Himself with us. Asking puts our heart in a position of intimacy with God. It reminds us that we can’t meet our own needs and focuses our vision on the one who can. How great our God is!

Look at this next scripture:

 John 16:23-24 (AMP)

23 And when that time comes, you will ask nothing of Me [you will need to ask Me no questions]. I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that My Father will grant you whatever you ask in My Name [as [a]presenting all that I Am].

24 Up to this time you have not asked a [single] thing in My Name [as [b]presenting all that I Am]; but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy (gladness, delight) may be full and complete.

I feel so excited as I read this. God wants me to ask and keep on asking while at the same time receiving. In every situation that I am asking about He wants me to have full and complete joy. This is so awesome! This does not mean I get the exact thing I am asking for but it does mean whatever I receive, it is because God want me have full and complete joy! God cares about my joy! I am celebrating as I write these words! I have the freedom to ask God for the desires of my heart. I have the hope to believe that God will cause me to receive His best for me in every situation.

4.    If we do not have, it is because we do not ask or we ask wrongly.

James 4:2b-3

You do not have, because you do not ask. [Or] you do ask [God for them] and yet fail to receive, because you ask with wrong purpose and evil, selfish motives. Your intention is [when you get what you desire] to spend it in sensual pleasures.

This hit my heart.  As I am studying this, I see God’s heart. I feel Him wanting to give to me and yet how often do I stop to ask? How many blessings have I missed just because I didn’t bother to ask? Lord, I repent.

As I am writing this I see other areas in my life when I have turned to God and asked but my heart desire was my own pleasure. Many times God has given but I have failed to receive.  I repent for asking wrongly. I ask you Lord to show me how to ask and what to ask for. I give this whole area of asking up to you. I let you lead me to be an asker that honors you. Teach me how to ask for those things that are in your heart.

5. God wants us to ask, so He can supply above and beyond all that we can ask or think.

Ephesians 3:20 (AMP)

20 Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—

God wants us to ask, so He can supply. Not just meeting our needs but to overflow us with His goodness. He is just that good!

So are you a good asker? I am learning how to be and delighting in the goodness of the God we serve.

Dear friend,

Ask and you shall receive that your joy may be full!

It is time for a joy fill up!

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Grace (study) pt 2

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When the Word of God is revealing to me that my heart isn’t what it ought to be, rather than despair, I can rest assured that God understands.

Hebrews 4: 14-16 “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 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.”

How presumptuous of us to believe that we wake up, breathe, get dressed, move and work all by ourselves. Do we think that we do this all on our own because we don’t take time to pray about every little thing?

There is NOTHING I can do by myself. I am stealing glory from God if I don’t acknowledge the fact that it is in Him that I have my being.

God is limitless in what He will do through someone He can trust to give Him the glory.

So, how do I know if I am taking God’s glory?
When I wonder what people think about me after I sing, helped in outreach, witnessed, gave testimony, taught a lesson, and preached a sermon…..

How do I know if I am giving God the glory?
When what I do changes people’s opinion of God and causes them to want to get to know Him better.

So…that having been established….

This ain’t heaven.

God never promised to make our life pain free or pressure free.

In fact, it seems as if He always leaves an amount of trouble in our life so we will always remember that we need Him.

It doesn’t matter how long we’re here on earth. What matters is whether or not we allow God to complete the work He started [that is intended] to equip us for eternity.

What’s more important…what you can see, or what you can’t see?

2 Corinthians 4:5-7 “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”

Notice….”we preach not ourselves.” The reason is, because whoever is supplying the power is getting the glory.

If I’m living my life myself, then I’m not out of the way  for Him to manifest His life in me.

I can’t save anybody. I can never come up with a good enough method or program or outreach strategy to do anything.

Acts 9:5 “And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.”

An ox goad was a stick with a pointed piece of iron on its tip used to prod the oxen when plowing. The farmer would prick the ox with it to steer it in the right direction. Sometimes the animal would rebel by kicking out at the prick, and this would result in the prick being driven even further into its flesh. In essence, the more an ox rebelled, the more it suffered.

What I have to do is put myself out of the way and depend on Jesus to order my steps through the empowerment of His grace….it takes FAITH to walk that way!

Credit to Bishop Chester Wright