Thank you Gentlemen

Sorry for the lack of posting! Playing catch up now and we are going all the way back to January 6 for this post.

Thank you to the gentleman out there and for this girl who wrote this that is truly uplifting. Here are also some verses for reflection:
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken. Psalm 34:17-20
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:5-8)

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This blog continues to come to mind whenever the thought of, where are Godly men are in this world. They do exist, I have met them and seen them. Media tells us guys are to sleep around, that’s how they ultimately learn how to truly treat a woman. It’s not much better when girls accept this and give into what media and this world tells us. In 2 Corinthians 11:2-3 it says, “I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” This is what the world can so easily do it to us, but that is why we’re to stand firm in the Lord.

If you have a guy friend and he’s truly being a Godly man, encourage him, be a friend. Don’t complain about how terrible all men are. This discourages those good Godly men and can also lose you into accepting this cycle and not being the Godly woman that you can be. Reflect on God’s truth. Be Christ like. Don’t follow the things of this world.

Thank you for the gentleman and Godly men. Thank you for the woman who are Proverbs 31 woman and show Christ love.

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Grace

As Christians we are a people saved by God’s grace. With that it changes our hearts, how we treat others and ourselves.
(John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ ”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:15-17

Read this article from Relevant a Magazine: Relevant Magazine, Grace Doesn’t Mean You Get to Do Whatever You Want

Grace, it doesn’t come from us being good people, it’s a gift from God. Is grace on us is a gift and our grace to others. We cannot do that along we need him. When we become Christians, the Holy Spirit enter our hearts. In this world it is filled with sin, we should not expect things to be fair nor does it give us a right to mistreat others. When someone mistreats us then it gives us the chance to grow in grace. We need to seek God.

Philippians 2:3-5 – “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus”

Colossians 3:12-15 – “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”

Ephesians 1:6-9 – “to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,”

Each one of these verses are amazing reminds to know we are to be humble and show grace, because God has given us that ability. We have an amazing God! Jesus came to Earth to give us the chance to have the Holy Spirit in our heart. It is thank to him that we are able to have him with us at all times. With God we suffer so that we can grow closer to him, we need him. Through suffering it challenges our faith to show us how much we need him.

Romans 5:3-6 – “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.”

There is no words that I can put to show the true glory of the Holy Spirit but Jesus wanted us to know that even though he is not physically with us, the Holy Spirit is at all times. We are NEVER alone. Take peace in knowing that and that grace is not a right nor something that we are blessed with that no one else understands. This should be how we live our life and others know grace by our actions.

Now I will leave you with the words of Jesus in John 14:25-27 , “’All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.'”

Encouraging One Another

“let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:22-25

 

 

When going out and doing God’s work, it’s just that, God’s work. He is using us as a tool to bring glory to him that we may love him deeper and see his glory. Yes churches are places where we come together and serve him, but the church is to disciple us into Christians, when we leave those doors we are in the world and we are the only example that many people may ever see of who Christ is and what we’re called to do. I don’t know about you but that is extremely convicting. Am I encouraging to others? Am I patient? Do I appear joyful? Do I say everything is fine when I’m going through extreme suffering? We are not perfect people. In James 4:12 at the end of the verse in the ESV translation it says, “But who are you to judge your neighbor?” Yeah, who am I? That is not my job, only God can judge. Also instead of showing that person love and kindness, then they may know I call myself a Christian but all they feel is judged by me, they may want to run from things that is said to be Christian. If you have ever read Crazy Love by Francis Chan you may have skipped over the preface, I encourage you to go back and read it. On page 22 at the top he writes, “I don’t think people would say that if the church truly lived like we are called to live. The expression would change to ‘I can’t deny what the church does, but I don’t believe in their God.’ At least then they’d address their rejection of God rather than use the church as a scapegoat.” Doesn’t the same go for us. The things that we see wrong in our own faith or people at the church we blame the church for? How does that help. If a brother is going off then why not reach out to him, if there is something that you don’t agree with, address it. But first look to yourself and your own walk and heart before going after others and the church. Remember we are the church, we are it’s body. We cannot work as a whole without all of our parts.

Continuing in James for the rest of chapter 4 God calls us “a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” in verse 14. Now, can you distinguish a mist from another mist? We are here for such a short amount of time. I pray that I encourage others around me. I pray that I am present for those God puts in front of me. I pray I do not grow anxious about the future but can be still here in his loving presence and be in awe of him. I pray that you can be present with him to day and walk wherever he may guide you to.

His Creation

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day. – Genesis 1:3-8

Photo credit – Dave Shay Photography

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Our God created this! He made this an let us enjoy this beauty. Take a moment and pause, look up from the screen and see what beauty surrounds you. He created this! He created the world we live in, and he created each one of us.

A wonderful book called, “Jesus Calling” had this devotional, “Learn to enjoy life more. Relax, remember that I am God with you. I crafted you with enormous capacity to know Me and enjoy My Presence. When My people wear sour faces and walk through their lives with resigned rigidity, I am displeased. When you walk through a day with childlike delight, savoring every blessing, you proclaim your trust in Me, your ever-present Shepherd. The more fully you can enjoy life. Glorify Me through your pleasure in Me. Thus proclaim My Presence to the watching world.” Look at verses Matthews 1:23 and John 10:10-11

Be in a childlike delight! Run through open fields, lay on the ground an look up at clouds, be still. God calls us to be quiet with him and be still. What a better way then to look out into the world he’s created us to be in. Look up! Now go be with the day and take every opportunity God has granted you with!

Forgiveness

Saying I’m sorry can be one of the easiest things, yet it can but one of the hardest things to truly do. Saying it is one thing, but truly living it out, God tells us to pray. “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:14-15.

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While looking for a verse about bitterness God brought me to Lamentations 3. This chapter is called “Great Is Your Faithfulness” which reading this at first you must wonder how someone could possibly believe in God when he says all the ways he has been beaten by God. One could see all these things and honestly believe how they could possibly be God doing this, it seems like these are acts of Satan. “I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of the Lord’s wrath. He has driven me away and made me walk in darkness rather than light;” Lamentations 3:1-2, whoa! God does love us, but he can become angry with us when we are not doing his will and can be caught up so much is our own lives and so focused on our self and consumed by our own desires.

Lamentations 3:4-18 we go through the way this man is tortured by God.  But from these moments this man reflects and knows he has gone through this because he has wandered from God. It is not God being unjust. He than thanks God! He thanks God! Can you honestly process that? God putting us through challenges, can’t we be like this man in Lamentations and praise him. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says me soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.'” Lamentations 3:22-24, may this be us. May we remember God’s steadfast love!

When we forgive someone, may we truly forgive them.

God’s Ways Are Good

On today’s post it previewed Jefferson Bethke’s video, “Why Some Christians Are Actually Thieves”. God’s ways are good. Psalm 77:13 ask, “Your ways, God, are holy. What god is as great as our God?” Is there any greater god? Then why do we divide up God’s creation to what we say is good and what isn’t? Watch this video and then give some thought to the questions Jefferson Bethke raises: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dr0oFRQqlg.

While watching this were you reminded of what goodness God has blessed you with, the good that you don’t acknowledge daily? Do we have the right to declare what is good and what is wrong? God says that his ways are good. Then, why do we question what is good and what is bad? When we are walking with God, doesn’t he distinct that for us?

“It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.” John 11:10, God is our light, as he says in Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Keeping in God’s word is how we can stay in the light and not stumble in the darkness. Jefferson Bethke helps remind us that God is good. May we constantly remember this daily.