This is my prayer for our country and the people around the world.
Creator of the heavens, the earth, and the rain. Please forgive this nation and shower down your rain quickly to stop the fires and prevent more from starting. Especially the western states. Rise up your prayer warriors to seek your righteousness through Jesus Crist.
✞Acts 14:17 (NIV) Yet he has not left himself without testimony:(A) He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons;(B) he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy….
✞Hosea 10:12 (NIV) Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you.
✞Isaiah 45:8 (NIV)“You heavens above, rain down my righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness flourish with it; I, the Lord, have created it.
God bless you today and always!
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God’s Purpose for Your Life: Don’t live with out trying!
I don’t want to go through the motions; I don’t want to live with out trying. How often do we make promises to ourselves that we don’t keep? How often do we give up before we try? I don’t want to do that any more. I want to live for God 100% not because I have to, but because of all he has done for me. And for what he does daily for us the human race.
Every day is a new miracle. A new piece of art; a new day; a new chance! No matter how it is. Rain or Shine there is good in it. We are blessed. And I want to share the blessing with you and others I may meet. God is good. He is a loving Father. He sent his son to earth for you. Jesus spilled his blood for you. I am so thankful to be alive even with all the bad I have gone through. I want to share God’s love, so that every one has a chance to accept Christ, and go to heaven. I don’t want any one to miss out on this amazing feeling. I want every one to be blessed. Yes every one. God loves us all! No matter what you did or who you are. He wants you to know that! Be thankful and welcome him in your heart. He is waiting with open arms.
So the Lesson tonight is:God’s Purpose for Your Life
The Father’s greatest desire is for you to have a relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. Once you have accepted Jesus into your heart. Once you have received God’s forgiveness, and His love. Then you are ready to fulfill the rest of His plan for your life. Your destiny will unfold as you obey the daily prompting and guiding of the Holy Spirit.
The details of where He leads each believer will vary, and He rarely gives any of us a complete picture of our destiny. However, God desires at least three things for every Christian. We will cover the first one tonight.
1. To know God’s Word.
The best way to know the Father is to read about Him and what He has to say.
If we don’t neglect reading Scripture.
Ephesians 4:14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us ,with lies so clever they sound like the truth.
What benefits can we receive from studying and applying the Word of God?
2 Tim. 3:16-17All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
Our minds are renewed as we read the Bible. In other words, God transforms our thought patterns so that they honor Him. How does this help us spiritually?
Rom. 12:1-2 And so, dear brothers and sisters,[a] I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.[b]2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Some more Verses for your walk and encouragement:
Luke 1:45And blessed is he /she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord
Luke 12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
Revelation 22:14Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
James 1:12Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
James 1:25But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Matthew 5:11Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Jeremiah 17:7Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
Daniel 2:20Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:
Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Psalm 100:4Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
I experienced something amazing the other day. Something that only happens in Florida. I wondered to myself if this is possible. But it was, and it gave me so much comfort and insight. I wrote this weeks ago but the devil has been attacking me left and right and I am fighting a battle right now as I am typing this for you all. I am now going to try and explain the experience the best I can to you; I hope you find insight and comfort too. by the way, this all happened within forty five minuets.
“It had been a bad day already: Bad news, quick planing for an cross country trip had to be made. A relative had become extremely ill. The weather outside suddenly fit the mood; stormy, dark, cold, and windy. The wind was so strong I saw pine trees leaning. The clouds looked like they could produce a tornado at any minuet. The storm had come in suddenly. I had go go to the store and pick up medicine and small supples for out trip the next day before they closed. I got into the car and I prayed. “Please Lord, I need you in this sudden storm. I have no idea what to do or how to do it. Please guide me, give me peace. Help me find Joy in this dark situation. Help things fall in to place where we need them to be. Bring support for the ones I
Love.” I then drove to the store and gathered what I needed only to find I had forgotten the money, The lady was kind and told me she would hold everything for me. As long as I hurried back. I was obedient drove home in the storm only in order to turn around, to go back.”
“When I stepped outside my home to get back into the car again I saw a huge rainbow, and when I started driving I noticed it was not one huge bright rainbow but two. And further in I saw they were really a set of four beautiful rainbows. However as I drove even further into town I saw they were not four rainbows but two full arched rainbows and I actually got to drive under them on the way to the store. This filled me with such awe and amazement. I was reminded that no matter how bad things are, God is always in control. (Noah’s arc and God’s promise to us. Genesis 8:1 “And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters were assuaged.”Genesis 9:13 & 16 “I do set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between Me and the earth.” “And the rainbow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.”) God is always with us, the good, the bad times, with his mercy, grace, forgiveness, peace, and never failing love. And with him there is always goodness. And I felt all of it…
“I had no trouble buying the stuff this time. on the way back home I had to stop to buy gas for my sister who needed the car for work. I went in to the store, almost running, to save time, I was already late and there was about to be another down pour of rain. But I moved so fast I had forgotten which pump I was parked at. So I ran outside once more. A man saw me and called out “Miss is every thing ok? Do you need help?” I was in shock, how did he know I was in need of help. But the help he could give. But knowing that some one was willing to help me gave me such peace inside. Another human, a stranger was willing to help a random person in need, me. Even in the pouring rain I found joy in that act of kindness. When I once again got in my car to drive home for the last time that day. On the path I found the rain had stopped and the clouds had moved away. There were huge patches of blue sky. I saw the light blue sky and bright sunshine, the cold was gone and warmth had replaced it.” God reminded me through this experience, through people, through the weather; that no matter how dark, cold, windy, and wet the storm is. He is aware of my needs. He is bigger then any storm that can come our way. He can and will supply all my needs even in the mist of darkness. And most important the storm will not last forever. The sun will come out and shine again.
Psalms 119:28 “My soul melteth for heaviness: Strengthen thou me according unto thy word.”
John 15:1-2 ““I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 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.”
Acts 16: 25-28 “25And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 26And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. 27And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. 28But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.” Psalms 146: 5-6 “5 But joyful are those who have the God of Israel[a] as their helper, whose hope is in the Lord their God. 6 He made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them. He keeps every promise forever.”
2 Corinthians 4:16- 18 So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.
Plipians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Psalms 49:15 But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself.
Mathew 6:34 So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Isaiah 9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Merry Christmas!!! And Happy New Year!!! I have a lot to write you today, not sure where to start so here I go,
sorry it took me so long…
This is my favored time of year for many reasons Such as: The weather and the fact that I love the holiday season. Thanksgiving through New Year’s… All because of: the giving, sharing, thankfulness, anticipation of new, beginnings, joy, and so much more in the air. I love the lights, the trees, the food, and most of all the family you generally get to spend time with. Family to me is close friends and relatives..
Sadly though, this time of year brings stress, anger, and loneliness to a lot of people. We all worry about if we have enough time to do what we want to do, do we have enough money, will our friends and families enjoy our efforts. And then there are those of us who do not have the pleasure of having people in our lives to share this time with and it brings out anger, resentment, and deepens the loneliness and pain. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New year is a good reminder of what we as Christians need to do and represent! Which are Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and most of all Father God, the Creator of all! We would not have those holidays if not for Jesus.
Jesus was born to a woman named Mary in Bethlehem, and a man named Joseph. (The Book of Matthew –John in the Bible) If you have read the Old Testament you see how good God is and how sinful humans are… We were given a gift. This man was born only to die for us, so that we may be forgiven, get Gods full blessings, the Holy Spirit, and go to heaven. Did we ask this of him? No… God gave us the ultimate gift, eternal life! Not only that but he showed us a living example of what we are meant to do. I can’t put it more simple then this. We are to Love one another as he loved us!
It is so easy to accept the gift of eternal life, and all that comes with it, all we have to do is accept Jesus into our lives. This can be done in a very simple prayer. “Jesus please come into my life, my heart, and show me your love and path for me.”
Now what does all this have to do with you, Christmas, and New Years have to do with Jesus? Well first Jesus was born on Christmas day ~ Christ- mas.. And Christ gave his life for us – The best gift of all. If you read, or recall Jesus was the first to receive gifts, Gold, Frankincense, and Mir from the three wisemen. But the main tradition of gift giving was said to have started thanks to Saint Nicolas out of kindness and care made toys for those in need.. (Without God we wouldn’t know what Love and kindness really is, and he grasped it). His works of kindness were inspired by his faith in God, and thus the tradition of gift giving continued.
And Last but not least New Year’s is dated by the calendar systems based on dates solar and faith based BC and AC, what does that mean? BC is Before Christ and AC you guessed it is after Christ. So much of our history and future have Christian faith the cause of it, good and sadly many bad. We are human after all and we make mistakes. That is why we need Him, Jesus in our lives. With the New Year we see the chance to change things in our lives and become better. We make resolutions. (A lot we don’t keep.) However we try and we feel fresh and alive and excited. With Jesus we become a new creation and we get a fresh start too. With him we are always forgiven and never alone. It is like a new year, but a new life a blessed one, with a companion at our side. Every New Year, and Holiday season I am reminded of his awesome power, is intense over flowing Love, and his ever giving Grace and Mercy… Thank you God for being in my Life!“All things are possible though Christ Jesus!” ~Philippians 4:13
(Even our new year’s Resolutions XD)
It is our job to take the past, His story, and our faith and to be living examples of God’s love, his grace, his mercy, and kindness. We need to stand up for our faith and yet not force it on others. Let God use you, and direct you. I like how the actor playing god in Even Almighty says it “How does one change the world? With one random act of kindness at a time!” (ARK) That sounds easy enough right? Think about it, look around you, and see what you can do. It doesn’t have to be big, and you shouldn’t brag about it. It may be something really small like a compliment or giving water and food to a neglected animal. What you do could change their life in a huge way, you may never know…
A pastor once told us a story in church that has never left my mind, of how the littlest things can have huge effects…. (Forgive me if I am saying it wrong, this is how I remember it.)
There was a man questioning his meaning in life, wondering if he would live or take his on life and at the end of the night he told God. I will end it all unless you exist. “If you do when I turn this corner there will be a man walking on his hands down the street.” Now it was very early in the Morning and another man was walking down the street from the other direction and God said to him “Walk on your hands around this corner.” “But God I am going the other way and it is early he complained, and I am tiered” “God again instructed him to do so.” Thought the guy thought it was crazy he figured no one would see him so why not. AND HE DID as God told him. Just then a guy drove by and saw him; the guy on his hands was extremely embarrassed and stood up once more. The driver suddenly stopped and rushed over to the other man and told him his story about what he had told God and how he was surprised to see him. The young pastor then thanked God and the two men became friends and brothers in Christ.
Now this is a rare story, but it shows us how God works in mysterious ways and though we may doubt him we should follow His lead. Just make sure it is him and not your mind directing you, if it is you will know by the peace you have inside. Think of all those in need, more so then you, what small thing can you do to make a difference in their lives?
The devil comes to steal form you, to Kill you, and to Destroy you, but I come to bring you life and to bring it Abundantly.
That’s all for now,
God Bless you, Merry Christmas, Happy New year, and Thank you for reading.