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.”
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].”
Being in Christ means we should never have to go it alone. Being sisters and brothers, joint heirs with Christ means we’re to “share each other’s troubles and problems” (Galatians 6:2 TLB). That doesn’t mean when one is feeling down you both sit around looking pitiful. Or when one is feeling overwhelmed, you both don’t freak out with anxiety. This means we are to help our sisters and brothers through whatever they are facing. So ask yourself: Do I trust God enough to be there for others? Am I in my Word enough to give Godly advice? Am I loving enough to approach and be approached by others? #BearOneAnothersBurdens #ForgivenFriday
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Galatians 6:2 (TLB) Share each other’s troubles and problems, and so obey our Lord’s command.
Galatians 6:2 (AMP) Carry one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the requirements of the law of Christ [that is, the law of Christian love].
Be careful who you listen and cling to. Not everyone who says he or she is of God really is. Matthew 7: 15-16 (TLB) tells us to “beware of false teachers who come disguised as harmless sheep, but are wolves and will tear you apart”. It goes on to show us that we “can detect them by the way they act, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit.” Remember that Satan would love nothing more than for you to join him. Don’t give him the satisfaction. #GuardYourHeart #KnowYourWord #WitnessingWednesday
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1 John 4:1 (MSG) My dear friends, don’t believe everything you hear. Carefully weigh and examine what people tell you. Not everyone who talks about God comes from God. There are a lot of lying preachers loose in the world.
1 John 4:1 (AMP) Beloved, do not believe every spirit [speaking through a self-proclaimed prophet]; instead test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets and teachers have gone out into the world.
Yesterday I went to the eye doctor. I know they are slack and slow in service, but yesterday took the cake. I was upset and had a headache by the time I left. I even told the optician that it would definitely be my last visit. Even though I was angry, I can honestly say that I did not sin. I didn’t allow the situation to pull me out of my Godly character. And even when I made my comment to the optician, I didn’t yell or say it to hurt her. I was calm and still polite. […and was blessed with a discount]
How often do we allow situations to cause us to act like the world? Ephesians 4:1 (EXB) tells us that we are to “live in a manner worthy of the calling you have received”. No matter how difficult it may be, we have to remember we are to live like Christ is in us. We are to walk in the newness that God has created. Though Satan will work through situations and certain people, we have to rise above to show that we are maturing in the spirit. #BeAngrySinNot #TrustingHimTuesday
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Ephesians 4:26-27 (KJV) Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.
You’re not alone in this walk. If you were, Jesus wouldn’t have said, “where two or three are gathered together”. There doesn’t have to be many, but there is something about getting together with other Believers – whether it be simple fellowship or worship or prayer. No matter your situation, don’t give Satan the satisfaction of isolating yourself. Been there. Done that. When it gets rough or you’re feeling lost, connect with the Body. #StrengthInNumbers #ForgivenFriday
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Matthew 18:20 (KJV) For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Whew-weee! Believers love to quote Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Yes, this scripture should strengthen and uplift you, but keep two things in mind.
1) You’re going to go through times that are trying and times when doubt may try to take root. If things were always easy, why would you have to remind yourself that you can do it? Scriptures give us all types of warnings about how we’ll be persecuted for our faith (Matthew 5:12), how weapons will be formed against us (Isaiah 54:17), how we’ll have to fight (Ephesians 6:12), and how we will feel weary in the midst of trying to do right (Galatians 6:9). Philippians is reminding us to stay encouraged even when things get a bit bumpy.
2) We can’t be outside God’s will and think we’re still covered by His promise. You can’t be walking in sin, come into hard times, then quote this scripture. Well, you can, but your blatant sin will block your path. Walking righteously, trying to work on our flawed ways, being obedient – this is how to walk and reflect Christ so when hard times come He can work through us. It won’t always be easy but #ContinueToPress #ThankHimThursday
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Philippians 4:13 (AMP) I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]
There are times when we get so caught up in our emotions after someone lied to us, sabotaged us, did something to hurt us. Sometimes we may feel down because we’re following God and struggling but they seem to be flourishing but living how they see fit. At times, we can’t make sense of these things.
Actually, it’s not for us to figure out. In Jeremiah, God said He is the one who will “search and examine the mind, … test the heart” (v.10); because when it comes to the heart, He is the only one “who can understand it fully and know its secret motives” (v.9). Our focus should be on relying on Him and being confident in what He will do for us. Leave the examining and judgement to God. Just trust Him and walk right. #GodSearchesAndExamines #WitnessingWednesday
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Jeremiah 17:10 (AMP) I, the Lord, search and examine the mind, I test the heart, to give to each man according to his ways, according to the results of his deeds.
While some may be celebrating the freedom of the settlers from Britain’s power, today I celebrate the freedom my God has given me from being fearful. It’s easy to fear in the day and age in which we live, especially if you listen to the news or see certain things on social media. However, with my God, He blessed me to have power through Him, love for others, and a mind that can make wise decisions. #CelebratingMyFreedom #GoodbyeFear #TrustingHimTuesday
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2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.