Fear not!

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What are we afraid of? Many people have their own ideas and logic about the future. Just yesterday, I was having conversation with some people at my job about the situation in Houston. May God protect those who lost everything and we continue to pray for many of those suffering now. But we take life for granted and pretend we can buy happiness and joy in material things.
Some want to complain about money, like it grows on trees, to impress those around them. But in all instances, they’re not happy. God helps me realize more and more that the only happiness in this world comes from Him. How many of you have lost your joy? Romans 8:39 reminds that nothing above or in this earth can separate us from God’s love for us. This itself shows you the power of God in Christ Jesus. Most of us are so infatuated with money that we convince ourselves we’re happy when we’re not. Remember the word says we cannot serve two masters. Why are we trying to replace our happiness? God is the ultimate healer. There is not any other God that comes before him. So today, be encouraged that nothing can separate us from God’s love. He sacrificed his only son so that we may be saved from sin through grace.
#fearnot #beencouraged#christlives

Wisdom

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“Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God.” Proverbs 2:2-5 NLT

How many of us pray or ask God for wisdom? Wisdom is the understanding of God. Wisdom comes from God. We have to pray and seek the face of Christ to be able to understand how to use wisdom in all situations.  Now is a time for us all to be more intimate with Christ to gain all wisdom knowledge and better understanding. We are faced with hard times in all different directions. Society has given us all even more difficult tasks within all circumstances, but we will endure and press on forward by the power and wisdom from God. How can we seek God’s face in today’s society? By distancing yourself from people that don’t have your best interest at heart. Second, by acknowledging who God is, repenting and opening your mind and heart to him. Third, pray for those who persecute you. Last, pray for those you love and ask forgiveness for of your sins and also to restore peace and love in your life. We have to remind ourselves that God who sent his son to die for us all has showed us grace and mercy to allow us to be here. We can’t take this life for granted for these are our earthly bodies and we will all hopefully make it to heaven one day. Proverbs2:2-5 says “Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God.” Today allow some quiet time for God to pray for wisdom in all areas of your life. 
#seekgodswisdom

Love (Part 2)

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During this season of advent we see a lot of love.  How can we love patiently? One can think that it is not possible to be patient with love. How many of us are patient with love? It doesn’t matter if you are married, single or had a dispute within your family. We all have to be patient with love.  We also have to be kind.  Some may struggle with being kind in general! Right! Sometimes it can be just in that split of a second and we’ve left a bad taste in someone’s mouth. How often do leave people with bad expressions? We have to treat people the way we want to be treated.  It’s hard in today’s society with everything on social media. People are struggling more now than before. With people expressing every emotion on social media we no longer have conversations to heal the process. Where are we headed? God is our healing source so we have to look towards him to meet all of our needs. In 1 Corinthians 13:4-6 says,”Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.”
So we have to remember Christ who loved us and died for us all. We have to love like Christ. Be patient, kind, not rude, not even boastful or jealous but loving who ever to needs to be loved. Family is important during this season. With a lot of death around us we have to cherish our loved ones now while we are all still here. Remember to pray that when the time comes for truth we will all celebrate with our Heavenly Father. Amen
#love

 

Love

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Love is one of most the powerful gifts God has given to us share with the world. How we choose to use this gift is up to you & me. Now, we are all guilty of choosing not to show people love for whatever reason.  It could be things we are going through or even a personal reason why. It could be that same reason on why the world is the way it is now. We often opt out of our responsibility as Christians to show love regardless what people say or do.  We have become very sensitive to what people say or do to us. 1 Corinthians 13:1-2 says,”If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.”  How the world sees us is as those noisy gongs or clanging cymbals because we refuse to love others despite their backgrounds.  How has God chosen to love you regardless your situation? We have to be of one sound and mind to be in tune to today’s world. Some of us have that special gift of prophecy and most off have powerful faith, but if you and could move mountains but can’t show love to anyone we are nothing!  We have to show the world why God sent his Son to die for us all. Today show love to your neighbor, loved one, friend or co-worker.
#lovethegreatestgift

Jesus the True Vine

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“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.”
John 15:1-4 NLT

We are the branches that produce the fruit from the grapevine and gardener. Those branches that do not produce any fruit are cut off and gathered in to pile and burned. Are you producing any fruit? The branches that are producing fruit are pruned to grow and produce more fruit. How will you grow yourself or someone else in Christ so they can produce the right fruit?  Look at the fruit that falls from the apple tree in the spring or fall. If the fruit stays in the cold or hot weather too long after falling from the tree, it becomes rotten. Are you rotten or good fruit? To remain in Christ means we have to bear good fruit. This is the only way for us to remain with Christ and the Father, for he sent His Son to sacrifice His life for us all. We can sacrifice some of the rotten things in our life to bear more good fruit in a rotten society. Today share some good fruit with those you love or to the ones that treat you unfairly.
#goodfruit

Prepare Yourself

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“You yourselves know how plainly I told you, ‘I am not the Messiah. I am only here to prepare the way for him.’ It is the bridegroom who marries the bride, and the best man is simply glad to stand with him and hear his vows. Therefore, I am filled with joy at his success. He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.”
John 3:28-30 NLT

John the Baptist was sent to be the messenger for the coming of the Messiah. So while John was baptizing at Aeron near Silas, His disciples started an argument with a Jew about the people who were going to the Messiah for baptism instead of coming to them. John reminded his disciples that he was not the Messiah. He was best man standing near the groom. He was preparing the way for the Lord. John acknowledged he would become less & less while He that is greater will become greater.  How can we become less to make room for Christ? We often get in our own way while Christ forgives us and extends His mercy and grace towards us. Who will God send next to prepare the way for the return of Christ? Just like John the Baptist, God has sent many messengers to help us prepare the way for Christ. But we tend to put ourselves first and think about God later. What adjustments will you make in your life to make more room for Christ? God sent His son to die for our sins but we constantly act as if we have so much time until Christ’s return. Today mentally ignore anything that is distracting you from God. Find somewhere quiet to ask for his forgiveness and open your mind and heart to him.
#Makeroom

Rise Up

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Have you ever witnessed death when the spirit leaves the body or is in preparation to leave the body? This is one of the most powerful things I’ve come to witness. God is in communication with the earthly body preparing the spirit for heaven. This reminds us that we are here for a short time and need to spend our time here getting to know who God really is. He provides us with gifts that we have the opportunity to use for His glory. How will you be remembered when Christ comes back? John 5:28-29, says “Don’t be so surprised! Indeed, the time is coming when all the dead in their graves will hear the voice of God’s Son, and they will rise again. Those who have done good will rise to experience eternal life, and those who have continued in evil will rise to experience judgment.”
John 5:28-29 NLT
So now is our opportunity to thank God for all the mercy he grants us. We are all sinners that fall short daily. If it wasn’t for God sending His Son as a sacrifice to pay our debts, we wouldn’t be here today.  Our mindset has to be eternal living instead of earthly living. You never know when your time will be up so use your gift to tell the world who Christ is. Today repent for all your sins and help anyone in need of prayer whether it’s family, co-workers, or friends. Become what Christ created you to be today!
#Eternalliving

Suffering for Doing Right

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As Christians, many of us have suffered for doing what’s right. So why do we panic at a time when things in the world are bad, knowing God will reward us for being obedient?  Now is a time for us all to renew our spirits and minds with Christ. As 1 Peter 3:13-16 says “Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats. Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.”  We have to live a holy life, showing respect and representing God for who died for us all. We can no longer be worried or concerned with what the enemy is doing around us.  Satan has no power or control over our lives if we don’t allow it. Today, worship Christ for your suffering for doing right and that will lead to an eternal life with him.

Don’t Criticize Each Other

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“Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong. For instance, one person believes it’s all right to eat anything. But another believer with a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables.”Romans 14:1-2 NLT

Criticize
to express disapproval of (someone or something) : to talk about the problems or faults of (someone or something)
: to look at and make judgments about (something, such as a piece of writing or a work of art)

We are always making the same mistakes over and over. When a major tragedy or bad things happen in the world, most of us respond in a negative manner, showing our disapproval of the world’s view. How many of us know people that no matter what you say or do they always will express your faults? Probably many of us. But how do you react to the criticism? In Romans 14 says “Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong. For instance, one person believes it’s all right to eat anything. But another believer with a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables.” As believers of Christ we are too obedient to the word of God. Many of the people that will criticize you and I are looking for an argument. Sometimes we are caught off guard with their mindless intentions. But God is looking at us to be mature Christians, to accept those who are weak in faith. How have you been tested in your faith? Today, ignore criticism that has bad intentions and instead embrace the word of God and be an example.
#ignorecriticism

Trusting in the Lord

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How many of us really trust the Lord with so many life situations going on? We often opt of out of trusting God and choose to trust our own judgment. In Proverbs 3:1-2 God says, “My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart. If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying.” Most of us forget about being obedient to God’s commands when things are going well for us. We continue with our lives hiding from God, acting like Adam and Eve who also wanted a taste of the good life. But remember if we put our trust in God, keeping his commands close to our heart, we will establish the good life and be a living proof to those who don’t follow God’s commands. Today think about anyone in your life who has been a good representation of following God’s commands.  Share your struggles with them and ask for prayer.

#beingobedient