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Rest & Wait for God’s Timing

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*Take His hand, even though it means letting go of what you are holding on to.

*Please His heart, even though it may not please others.

*Wait for His time, even though your desire is to get it done now.

*Obey His Word, even though you hear something different that is popular.

*Follow His path, even though you see a valley ahead.

*Trust His wisdom, even though you want to do it differently.

*Give Him praise, even though you are going through something unpleasant.

*Be at rest, even though you have every reason to worry or fear.

“Many plans are in a man’s heart, But the counsel of the LORD will stand.” – Proverbs 19:21

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The Grass Withers and The Flowers Fall

Isaiah 40:7-8 NIV

The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”

Sometimes we can be more aware of what other people think than we are of what God thinks. But people don’t determine your destiny. People can’t stop God’s plan for your life. People may not approve you. Don’t worry about it. God approves you. God called you; people didn’t call you. People don’t equip you; God equips you. People don’t anoint you; God anoints you. When you come to the end of your life, you don’t have to answer to people; you’ll answer to Almighty God.

Don’t let what some person says or does make you feel less than or unqualified. You’ve been handpicked by the Creator of the universe. You are lacking nothing for the season that you’re in right now. What you have in your hand is what you need. When you dedicate it to God and do what He tells you, He’ll bless and multiply what you have in your hand and use it to take you further than you ever dreamed!

Father, right now, I renounce the negative voices that have come against me and against Your Word. I choose to trust You. I choose to believe You. I choose to forgive others and believe Your Word which stands forever in Jesus’ name. Amen

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Trust in the Lord

Trust Him even when you can’t trace Him

Sometimes, we face life’s issues and wonder why God has not stepped in to help. Perhaps He has already helped us, but we may not see it yet. Even more so, we do not know how God intends to work out our issues because it is not how we expected it.
Lean not to your understanding. When we don’t quite understand what is going on in our lives it is important to put it in God’s hands. It tells us, lean not to our own limited understanding, but stand confident knowing we can both trust and depend on God.

Do you believe He is working it out for your good? I promise He is. And when this trial is over, you will understand, with the help of the Holy Spirit, God’s wisdom and knowledge for your life.

Trust Him no matter what. Begin today letting God know you trust Him no matter what it looks like. God knows when to step in at the right time and turn things around. Remember, He knows and sees all. Therefore, the direction you desperately want to travel, God may instruct you that it may not be time just yet. Or the person you are praying for may need a little growing first. Whatever it is, God knows best. God will remain faithful knowing He will bless you just when you put it all in His hands, but first you have to trust God.

Declare you will trust Him and let every anxiety, worry, and surrender it all to His will.

Proverbs 3:5 NIV

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

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“But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.”  – 1 John 1:7

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Logos

The logos, the Word, was in the beginning, was with God, and was God. (John 1:1) The Word created all things, and there is absolutely nothing in existence that the Word did not create. When one can comprehend that fact, they can realize the importance of the Word, the power of the Word. The Word is not a creation that came into existence at “the beginning,“ it was always there. It is eternal. The “beginning” is the beginning in Genesis – the first act of creation, when God made the heavens and the earth. God spoke the Word and it was so. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. To be created in the image of God does not mean we have any of His unlimited attributes such as omnipotence or omnipresence; human beings were not made to be little gods. Man is a creature who has limited abilities like His maker’s unlimited abilities. God cannot duplicate himself by creating another like him. A creature can never be equal to the eternal creator. When it states we were created in His image it means man was given a spirit. God is a Spirit and He created a being with an immortal spirit and soul, with whom He could communicate. Because of the fall of Adam in the garden man died spiritually. After Adam sinned the same nature of sin was passed on to all of man. All those who are not saved are still in this nature. This is why the Bible says we must be “born again” (“born from above”) in order to be formed in God’s image and likeness. Through a spiritual rebirth God wishes to restore fallen man in his sinful state to begin a relationship with Him (Creator to creature) by making his home within him. In Romans 8:29 we are told that we are “to be conformed to the image of his Son.” This is a continual process starting from the time we are born again.

God intends that our ambition in life will be that we might grow spiritually. We are to grow in spiritual maturity and experience, in our understanding of the truth, and in our knowledge of the Lord Jesus. Spiritual progress is not only seen in our knowledge of the Word, it is displayed and is only actually true when its principles are expressed in our lives. We must live the Word.

The flesh is always and unchangeably contrary to God and His will. The flesh opposes the Spirit. The flesh and all it produces, be it ever so pleasing and attractive to men, can’t be accepted by God. All service to God must be done in the power of the Spirit through the yielded life of a child of God. God made His contract with man through his spirit, not his senses. The Father can unveil the Word to a man’s spirit so that it becomes a living thing in his daily walk. The first thing that must be done after one is recreated is to bring the five senses into subjection to the recreated human spirit, and the Word. When this is done the mind will be renewed.

A man who is recreated, has never yet learned to walk in his spirit, governed by the Word. He walks a common man. He walks just as he walked before he was born again. In a short time, he will break fellowship with the Father and fall back into the old life. As a new creation man must walk by faith. Faith is a product of your spirit, just as wisdom is a product of your spirit. Faith and wisdom is enriched by meditation in the Word of God.

All the knowledge that the brain receives comes through the five senses. If a man is governed by his senses his spirit is held captive. As a new creation we should be ruled by the spirit, making it possible for him to have fellowship with the father.

The way I develop my spirit man is to read the Word daily and live what I read. First I thank my Father for making Jesus wisdom for me. Then I know that as I walk in fellowship with the Word, His wisdom will be mine at every crisis. This continual confession of Christ as my Wisdom will transform my entire conduct, my way of thinking and acting will take me out of the old rut and into a new bountiful life. The more of the Word I get in me the more my spirit will grow. My confession is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” The love of God is shed abroad in my heart. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. I acknowledge the fact that I am what the Word says I am. I can do what the Word says I can do. My reading the Word is not a fifteen minute a day ordeal, that I do once in the morning. It is my meditation that I do throughout the day. Keeping the scriptures in me allows me to have a word for every situation that arises during my daily activities. I build my house upon the rock (Word) that when the storms arise I will not be moved.

To become more God inside minded we have to become God inside conscious. We have to take hold of the fact that “Greater is he that is in us, than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4) We have to believe in love, we have to believe in God’s love for us. The agape type of love. We have to accept the fact that we have His ability, His courage, and His strength. We are no longer in the realm of failure but success. To be God inside minded Romans 8:17 becomes reality to us “Now if we are children, we are heirs- heirs of God and co-heirs with the Messiah, in fact, we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. We abide in God and He abides in us.

The fruits of the Spirit is neatly divided into three general groups, though some overlapping of application occurs between them. The first group love, joy, and peace- portrays a Christian’s mind in it’s most general form, with special emphasis on his relationship with God. The second group, beginning with patience, contains social virtues relating to our thoughts and actions toward fellow man and our attitude during trials. Patience is a area in my life that I need work in. The Bible reveals God’s patience as a quality of His character that deters Him for long periods from retaliating against those who sin against Him. Perfection in this life is to become what God wants us to become. If I could understand that my life is in God’s hands as He molds and shapes me, then the meanings—the eventual outcome—of joy and sorrow are the same. God intends the same result whether He gives or takes. The events of life are merely the scaffolding for shaping me into His image, and I should meet them with patience as He continues His work. This will work to flatten out the emotional extremes I tend to experience. I confess Proverbs 14:29 “Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.” Patience grows from a combination of faith, hope, love and self-control. This proverb and many more reveal, I should cultivate patience because it shows understanding and because it is wise. Wisdom produces success, and being successful in glorifying God is what life is all about.

During this course one of the principles that I have learned about that has brought victory in my life is wisdom. Without wisdom all the knowledge in the world would be worthless. James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. There is two types of wisdom: worldly wisdom and heavenly wisdom. Worldly wisdom stands in contrast to that which God originates in heaven. There is nothing transcending, or of any lasting value in earthly wisdom. Just like everything else material it is subject to corruption and decay. Heavenly wisdom has it’s origin in Jesus Christ. It comes down from heaven and is God’s gift to every believer who requests it. Words of wisdom: if God is your co-pilot, swap seats.

By: Andy Vidot from the 116 Boyz

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Mutual Submission is a Fundamental Principle Taught in God’s Word

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When we think of submission, we usually envision army privates cowering under the domineering scowl of their drill sergeant or little puppies groveling at the feet of their master. These pictures are a far cry from the true meaning of biblical submission. There are no dictators in the body of Christ. Members of the body are to be in mutual submission to one another, through love. Those under authority are to be in submission to those in authority, while those in authority are to be in submission to the needs of those under them, to serve them. All true leadership involves servitude. Through sensitivity and submission to the need of others, everyone’s needs are met in harmony and love.

We can praise the Lord that He is compassionate in His authority: “Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. You who fear him, trust in the Lord, he is their help and shield. it is we who extol the Lord, both now and forevermore. Praise the Lord” (Psalm 115:1, 11, 18).

Now pray this confession to the Lord as you seek to keep your life free from sin and in fellowship with Him: “Remember, O Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O Lord” (Psalm 25:6-7).

Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind. As you agree with God’s will, voice your affirmation of His Word: “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:11).

As you pray today, faithfully make your requests know to God, and include:

  • A renewed spirit and mind,
  • Knowledge of God’s will for your life,
  • Godly leadership for our country.

Close with this prayer:

“I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High” (Psalm 9:1-2).

“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanksto God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (Ephesians 5:18-21).

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Our Words – Blessing or Curse?

The power of speech can be a blessing or a curse. In the Bible we see words being used for both evil and good. The Pharisees used words to try to trick Jesus into saying something that would discredit Him as the holy Son of God. In the say way, Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness with words (Matthew 4:1-11), quoting Scripture out of context and using flattery and promises in his attempt to convince Jesus to bow down and worship him.

Jesus Himself used words as God meant them to be used, to communicate truth, to convey love and forgiveness, and to glorify the Father. To those who accused Him and sought to destroy Him, He spoke in simple parables and statements that revealed their hypocrisy and God’s ultimate glory to all who listened.

But for those who humbly sought Him, His words were loving, a balm to troubled hearts, guilty consciences, and feelings of worthlessness. He comforted them, quoting the promises of God has made to those who truly repent and turn to Him.

In future posts, we’ll learn what the Scriptures teach about speech: from boasting, swearing, and gossiping to praising, encouraging, and rejoicing. We’ll examine the ways in which we can use our words to build each other up, showing love in all things, rather than using our speech as a weapon to tear down others. Ephesians 4:29 – “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

John Waller sings a song called “The Blessing.” Youtube him listen and think about the words. That each word that comes out of our mouth, we will either build up or tear down, give life or give death. And we will be judged by God for each of our words. Like it is said, if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say it at all.

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