James 5:16

2017.10.06Do we as the body of Christ actually look out for one another? Do we sincerely pray for one another? Do we hope that one another will continue living a life pleasing to God? Or, have we become as selfish and self-centered as the world? 

James 5:16 tells us that we are to confess to our sisters or brothers in Christ when we’ve fallen short and made the mistake of slipping into sin. However, do we show ourselves non-judgmental enough that people feel comfortable to confide in us? Or, are they worried of what we’ll think of them or what we’ll say about them or that we’ll treat them differently? Praying for others is what brings healing and restoration. We’re to look out for one another, but Believers unfortunately have been known to tear others down and kick them when they’re low. What kind loving representative of Christ does that? 

It is time to remember where we’ve come from and how our Savior gave His life to save us from the death we were headed to. God patiently waited on us to say we were ready to follow Him. None of our stories are the same, but we were all once filthy sinners nonetheless. Actually, even to this day, nothing we can do can actually make up for our past, but God still loves us and welcomes is with open arms.

James 5:16 (AMP) says, “The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much, when put into action and made effective by God–it is dynamic and can have tremendous power.” Having compassion should fuel our prayers, understanding that it could’ve been us. That’s what allows God to do the incredible -when we selflessly come before Him and lay it out there for others.

Our desire to see one another succeed should be strong as our desire for ourselves. #PrayingForAnother #ForgivenFriday

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Proverbs 3:5-6

2017.10.05.jpgThis scripture is on time for me. I’d just vented last night about my frustrations with an issue in life. My nightly prayer was just for God to allow my mind to stop thinking on it long enough for me to fall asleep. The Amplified version of Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to trust in and rely confidently in God with all our heart. Too often have we spoken the words “Lord I trust you” while still worrying in our hearts and trying to figure it out in our heads. That’s where we go wrong. We are not always capable of solving every problem on our own. We’re not perfect. Sometimes we can have flawed reasoning. Sometimes we get so overwhelmed that we overlook the simplest answer. When we acknowledge this inability and exalt our God, we show Him our submission and our willingness to follow. Then and only then can He “make your paths straight and smooth, removing obstacles that block your way” (v.6). Don’t try to do it on your own. We’re limited creatures but serve an unlimited God. #NotMeButGod #ThankHimThursday

Deuteronomy 6: 4-5

2017.10.02.jpgDeuteronomy is a personal reminder to me that God is to be put above all other things. In several places in the Bible, we’re reminded that God is a jealous God, not wanting us to give our love and time to gods or idols but to Him. I hate to admit it but there are times when my mouth will say I love Him, but my actions will say He’s more of an acquaintance than the love of my life. Being adopted into the family, I’m now Israel. Their God of the ancient days is now my God of the present. It should be my pleasure, my desire, to give my all to show my love for Him. #GiveHimYourAll  #MeditateOnHimMonday
Deuteronomy 6: 4-5 (AMP) Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one [the only God]! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and mind and with all your soul and with all your strength [your entire being].

Galatians 5:16-25

2017.08.29.jpgGalatians 5:16-25 reminds us of the constant internal conflict we face with our flesh and God’s Spirit. Allowing His Spirit to work within and guide gives us the power to overcome our flesh. His Spirit helps us to look more like Him “with personal integrity, godly character, and moral courage” (v.25). Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can fight your sinful desires and cravings on your own. You need the Father’s help.  #PowerOfHisSpirit #TrustingHimTuesday

John 4:35–38

2017.08.22.jpgI’m the type of person that takes ownership of a project, and I always want to see it through from start to finish. I want to be able to look back, when it’s complete, and see all I’ve done. However, John 4:35–38 puts into perspective how we should view our work for God’s kingdom. We have to be willing to follow God’s lead and release. Verse 37 says that “one soweth, and another reapeth”. God works through us to minister to others at certain times according to His plan. That person you’ve been talking to in order to strengthen and encourage? You may never see their full maturation or fruitfulness. But, that’s something we have to be okay with. We have to realize that this isn’t about looking at what we’ve accomplished and that this has nothing to do with our own strength, personality or charisma. This is about us working together as the Body of Christ. It’s about bringing glory to God. About us bringing His children back to Him. #YourRoleInTheKingdom #TrustingHimTuesday

Psalm 46: 1-11

082117.jpgIn the busyness of our lives, we can forget whom we serve. By constantly listening to news that talks about the state of our government, the state of our nation, the state of our world, we can be overcome with worry and fear.

Psalm 46:1-11 reminds us of the power and excellence of our God. In verse 10, He says, “Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God.” Have you forgotten what the Word says about God? Have you pushed from your mind all He’s done for you? Has there ever been a time when He left you or forgot that you were His?

Get back to Him through prayer and reading. Let there be some quiet time for you and Him. Then will you remember that He is a “a very present and well-proved help in trouble” (Psm 46:1).

Is there a reason you still fear? #GodMyRefugeMyStrength #MeditateOnHimMonday

Psalm 56:4

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In Psalm 56, David told the Lord that there were people against him. We can all relate because walking for God puts us at odds with a lot of people. The enemy will work through them and have them do whatever they can to sabotage us and make faith in the Most High waver.

In verse 4 David said, “In God, whose word I praise; in God I have put my trust; I shall not fear. What can mere man do to me?” David understood the sovereign power of who he served. He understood the order of things. What can man -God’s creation- do to you that God hasn’t allowed? And, guess what – God won’t allow what He knows we can’t yet handle.

If God set aside, protected, and kept David back then (even in spite of his flaws), He’s more than able to do it now for you. Brothers and sisters in Christ, remember this verse. Keep your head up. Remain confident in our God. #WhatCanManDo #SetApartSaturday

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Psalm 56:4 (AMP) In God, whose word I praise; in God I have put my trust; I shall not fear. What can mere man do to me?

Psalm 56:4 (TLB) Yes, I will trust the promises of God. And since I am trusting him, what can mere man do to me?

Psalm 139:23

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David understood the power and omnipotence of the Most High. He understood that the Creator framed, designed, and knew him better than he knew himself. He understood what he meant to God. Because of this, he didn’t try to hide from God. He didn’t live in fear of God and His wrath. Instead, he welcomed God and said, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test my thoughts. Point out anything you find in me that makes you sad, and lead me along the path of everlasting life” (Psalm 139: 23-24 TLB). He understood that God was the only one who could heal and brighten whatever lie broken and dark.

What about us? Do we trust and reverence God enough to confide in Him like David? Do we ask Him to search us, try us, and purify us so that we can more like Him? Or, do we try to hide the spots that aren’t like Him and continue to live in our darkness because we fear the pressure that will be applied? Realize that we must let Him in to be more like He intended. #AllowHimToSearchTestKnow #TrustingHimTuesday

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Psalm 139:23 (AMP) “Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.”

Galatians 5:14

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No matter what they’ve done, how they’ve treated us, how they looked and sneered at us, talked about us and lied on us, told us we’d never amount to anything, broke us and cast us aside … when it’s all said and done, how willing are we to genuinely treat them with love? #ToLoveIsGodsCommand #MeditateOnHimMonday

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Galatians 5:14 (TLB) For the whole Law can be summed up in this one command: “Love others as you love yourself.”

Galatians 5:14 (AMP) For the whole Law [concerning human relationships] is fulfilled in one precept, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself [that is, you shall have an unselfish concern for others and do things for their benefit].”