Monday, November 29, 2021

Living on purpose for God

2 Corinthians 6:3-13

6 As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says,

“In the time of my favor I heard you,
    and in the day of salvation I helped you.”
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

Paul’s Hardships
We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left;  through glory and dishonor, bad report  and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich;  having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children open wide your hearts also.

 In everything that Paul did, he always considered what his actions communicated to others about Jesus. If you are a believer, you are a minister for God. In the course of each day, unbelievers observe you. Don't let your careless or reckless or undisciplined actions be someone's excuse for rejecting Christ!

Being put in a jail cell we're cause many many people to become better and to give up and to lose hope… But Paul saw jail time as one more opportunity to share and spread the good news of Jesus Christ. Paul ultimately realized that his current circumstances were not as important as what he did with them.

Turning a bad situation into a good one… All things must work together for good. Paul reached out to the Roman soldiers who made up the palace guard and encouraged Christians who were afraid of persecution. 

We may not be in prison but we still have plenty of opportunities to be discouraged… We see things happening in our world and in our nation that can bring fear and anxiety… There are many times of deep indecision, we have financial burdens, family conflicts church conflicts, many people are without jobs, Many people are in a health crisis... this is where we need to dig deep into our faith and remember who we are in Christ!

 How we act in such situations will reflect what we believe. Like Paul, always look for ways to demonstrate your faith even in bad situations… We must praise God in the storms of life… Whether or not the situation improves immediately or not… Our faith will ultimately grow stronger as we know that apart from God we can do nothing and that we must remain fully reliant on Him! 

We are nothing without Jesus and what a huge difference it makes to know Him… He cares for us so deeply in spite of what the world thinks. Christians don't have to give into public opinion and public pressures. Paul stayed faithful to God whether people praised him or slandered him. He remained joyous and content in the most difficult of hardships. Let's never let the circumstances that surround us or other people's expectations of us control us…

Be firm as you stand true to God and refuse to compromise or trade His standards for living for the worlds standards! 

It's time to get your armor on,it's time to be battle ready in season and out.. it's time to know the word of God for yourself so as to not be tricked.. it's time to declare and decree the promises of God over every and all situations we face… God is not a God that should lie!

His promises are true for each and every one of us… His replies and his answers are always yes and amen according to His will for us! 

We are God's righteous because of the righteousness of God in Christ… And God's righteousness cannot be partners with wickedness or evil… Light cannot live with darkness and there is no harmony between Christ and the devil… Stand firm ,know who you are in Him, know what you believe and never waiver or compromise!

Philippians 1:15-18

15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill.16 The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.(A) 17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition,(B) not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.(C) 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

When you need a miracle By Nina Keegan

When you need a miracle, when you need a breakthrough… Sometimes the best thing you can do is go and reread about all of the miracles Jesus performed on earth… it's time to get our hopes up it's time to encourage ourselves in the Lord... Jesus only ministered for three years and yet the healings and miracles he performed could've filled 10 Bibles ... Here are some of the accounts to get your faith up… Jesus casts out an unclean spirit, he healed Peter's mother-in-law, he cleansed a leper, he healed a paralyzed man, Jesus healed a man with a withered hand.
Jesus calmed the storm, he casts out demons, he raised Jairus's daughter from the dead.
Jesus healed a woman with the issue of blood.… Jesus fed the 5000, he walked on the sea, he casts out the demon from the Greek woman's daughter. Jesus healed a deaf mute, he fed the 4000, he healed the blind man, he casts out a deaf and dumb spirit, he healed the blind Bartemaeus and he withered the fig tree.

… What did these miracles demonstrate about the power of Jesus?…

Jesus has power over all forces of evil, he has power over sickness, he has compassion and he has power to forgive, he has the authority to do good on the Sabbath, he has power over nature, he has power over death ,he has the power to provide food.. he has power over the ability to hear and speak, he has power over sight!
He receives authority through prayer… Prayer is the source of his power!!

Prayer is also the source of our power… Who do you think we're talking to when we pray? We are talking to Emmanuel, God with us, we are talking to the creator of the entire universe…Jesus is the source of all miracles… We must stand and believe that he is still the same miracle working powerful God that performed miracles on earth 2000 years ago!

The Bible says if we believe, THEN we will see the goodness of the Lord ... we must have faith first , Believe first! … The Bible says do not be afraid only believe! To have faith is to relinquish trust in oneself and to put the trust in another, Jesus! The woman who had the issue of the blood had put her trust in physicians to no avail.. now she put all of her trust in Jesus, believing he could cure her. According to Jesus it was her faith that made her well.. this was the proclamation Jesus made many times!

Jesus is so tender with this woman he called her daughter, and he noted that her face made the difference. Her face was correctly placed on him. Faith itself does not heal, rather, it is the proper object of that faith, Jesus who heals!

Our faith is not in our prayers but in the power of the one who answers them… 

Praise him, rest in his presence… Receive his peace and believe you have received what you have asked…!

Breakthrough is coming glory hallelujah!!!

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?

Psalm 27:13
I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God. Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.” The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?” When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”

Extol Him!

Psalm 145:1-7
I will EXTOL you, my God, O King;
And I will bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you, and I will praise your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. I will meditate on the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works. Men shall speak of the might of your awesome acts, and I will declare your greatness. They shall utter the memory of your great goodness and shall sing of your righteousness!

The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, and his tender mercies are over all his works.

I love how this Psalm, like most, are the deep, heartfelt praises of David .. here I this verse, David uses the word EXTOL! 

When I studied this word… I discovered that it's the Hebrew word translation meaning  'highest praises'… The specific meaning of this word is to, hold high, or to esteem greatly. 
Exalted one!… David has such a strong determination to honor and to esteem God... it is indicated by this highly energized verb... before every battle, and every time David needed a breakthrough, he praised the Lord!… Every battle was fought and won first in praise!… Let's EXTOL our wonderful, awesome, magnificent, redeeming, vindicating, healing, loving, restoring, forgiving, perfect God!!
Oh how He loves us and oh how worthy is He of our praises!!!!

Let's give him our abundant, declarative praises! … Great is the Lord, the God of all things possible... there is no one like Him!… He is God Almighty! He is Emmanuel...!  God has such grandeur in the universe and in His presence, we are very small frail humans. We need our heavenly Father, who supplies all that we need.
Oh how we can worship and praise our wonderful omnipotent, omniscient God… Great our his powerful works! Apart from Him we can't do nothing!!!
Oh how we need Him!!
We give Him all praise and glory we EXTOL His Name!!!

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.

  • Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.