July 27, 2012

Are you ready to be persecuted?

What happened to Jesus when they found Him offensive? They crucified Him and He still asked our Heavenly Father to forgive them because they had no idea what they were doing. It’s called persecution. Are you ready to be persecuted for your beliefs?

July 26, 2012

The Great Commission

The charge of the Christian is not to withdraw from the world and lead an insular life. Rather, we are to be engaged in the culture, to be salt and light. ~Doug Powell

Matthew 28:19-20 says:

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

July 25, 2012

You Can't Change the Truth


Truth is truth whether you believe it or not. Truth does not require belief in order to be true, but it does deserve to be believed. ~Doug Powell

Truth is Truth

Truth is truth whether you believe it or not. Truth does not require belief in order to be true, but it does deserve to be believed. ~Doug Powell

July 23, 2012

No Matter the Source of Evil

No matter the source of evil confronting you, if you are in God and thereby completely surrounded by Him, you must realize that it has first passed through Him before coming to you. Because of this, you can thank Him for everything that comes your way. This does not mean thanking Him for the sin that accompanies evil, but offering thanks for what He will bring out of it and through it. May God make our life one of continual thanksgiving and praise, so He will then make everything a blessing. ~C. H. P.

Sing . . . to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything. (Ephesians 5:19-20)

July 19, 2012

He began a good work in you


Tell yourself that, remind yourself every single day, repeat it over and over again, and don't ever forget it! :)

July 17, 2012

Everyone Is Without Excuse

The truth is always revealed through the Word; but sadly, people don't always accept it. It is a painful process to face our faults and deal with them. Generally speaking, people justify misbehavior. They allow their past and how they were raised to negatively affect the rest of their lives.

Our past may explain why we're suffering, but we must not use it as an excuse to stay in bondage.

Everyone is without excuse because Jesus always stands ready to fulfill His promise to set the captives free. He will walk us across the finish line of victory in any area if we are willing to go all the way through it with Him.

~Joyce Meyer
Battlefield of the Mind

July 8, 2012

Release Me from Selfishness


Self-centeredness is the basic cause of much of our distress in life. Hypochondria, a mental disorder which is accompanied by melancholy and depression, is often caused by self-pity and self-centeredness. Most of us suffer from spiritual nearsightedness. Our interests, our loves, and our energies are too often focused upon ourselves. Jesus underscored the fact that His disciples were to live outflowingly rather than selfishly. To the rich young ruler He said, “If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven” (Matthew 19:21). It wasn’t the giving away of his goods that Jesus demanded, particularly, but that he be released from selfishness, and its devastating effect on his personality and life.

He must increase, but I must decrease.
–John 3:30

Prayer for the Day

Teach me to so completely open my heart to You that there will be no room for self. Cleanse me, Lord, of all selfish thoughts and deeds.


H/T: BGEA Daily Devotional

2 Timothy 2: 24

And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient,

1 Corinthians 13: 4

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;

1 Corinthians 13: 4

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

Proverbs 16: 18

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

1 Corinthians 13: 4-5

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

1 Corinthians 13: 5

It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Mark 8: 34

Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

James 1: 19

Listening and Doing

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,

Romans 8: 6

The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace;

1 Corinthians 13: 5

does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;

Romans 12: 9

Love

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.

1 Corinthians 13: 3

If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Philippians 1: 9

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,

1 Corinthians 12: 31

But eagerly desire the greater gifts.

Love

And now I will show you the most excellent way.

1 Corinthians 13: 1-3

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

S i n c e r i t y ♥

"[Let your] love be sincere (a real thing); hate what is evil [loathe all ungodliness, turn in horror from wickedness], but hold fast to that which is good" (Rom. 12:9). Love is sincere. It's not just a lot of talk or theory, but it is seen in action. Love meets needs. Love is genuine. It really wants to help others.

H/T: Conflict Free Living by Joyce Meyer

G u i l e l e s s n e s s ♥

Love "thinks no evil" (1 Cor. 13:5, NKJV). We need to guard our thoughts because they have the power to produce good or evil in our lives. Each of us has both the mind of the flesh and the mind of the spirit, as Romans 8:6 tells us, but we are to choose the mind of the Spirit, which will produce life and peace.

Love is good and expects the best of every person. How is it possible to expect the best from people who have disappointed us time after time? Love forgets the past and deals with each issue in a fresh way. Oh, how glorious it wold be to be totally guileless. Just imagine the inner peace in the person who never has an evil thought. You may think, "This sounds great in theory, but is it really possible?" I do not know if I will ever attain this perfection, but I am determined to press on toward the goal. Lovely thinking defeats strife!

H/T: Conflict Free Living by Joyce Meyer

S e l f - C o n t r o l ♥

Love "is not touchy or fretful or resentful" (1 Cor. 13:5). It "is not provoked, thinks no evil" (NKJV). It is slow to anger (James 1:19). The antidote for a quick temper is self-control, which is a fruit of the Spirit. (See Galatians 5:22-23.)

If you struggle with a quick temper, ask God to reveal the root of the problem. Perhaps you suffered abuse in the past, and you have some repressed anger that you need to deal with. Or maybe you are proud and need humility. Pride is often the root of a quick temper.

Using self-control to control the emotion of anger is much easier than trying to deal with all the repercussions of a lost temper. I hate strife and its effects on people. A good temper (self-control) will slam the door in strife's face.

H/T: Conflict Free Relationships by Joyce Meyer

U n s e l f i s h n e s s ♥

"Love (God's love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking" (1 Cor. 13:5). The New King James translation says that love "does not seek its own."

Jesus is love, and if we intend to follow His lifestyle, it will require the development of an unselfish nature. He told His disciples (and us), "If anyone intends to come after Me, let him deny himself [forget, ignore, disown, and lose sight of himself and his own interests]" (Mark 8:34). Since Christ is in us, the seed for that nature is already in us, but we must choose to develop it. God has planted His seed in us, but we must water and care for it properly so it grows to the fruit-bearing stage. The giving up of oneself is no easy task. The flesh dies hard and fights relentlessly.

Selfishness is the breeding ground for strife.

H/T: Conflict Free Living by Joyce Meyer

C o u r t e s y ♥

Love "is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly" (1 Cor. 13:5). It is amazing how the words please or thank you can soften a command. Those who have authority and are in a position to tell others what to do could avoid a lot of rebellion by using better manners.

For relationships to remain harmonious, we need to treat each other with courtesy. We need to engage in the pleasantries of life. They may not be vital, but it's wise to use them because they can prevent tension and rebellion.

Courtesy is also vital in our relationships with our family and friends. We have a tendency to take liberties with those closest to us that we wouldn't consider taking with a total stranger. A lot of strife can be avoided by simple courtesy.

H/T: Conflict Free Living by Joyce Meyer

H u m i l i t y ♥

Love "is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride)" (1 Cor. 13:4-5). If you lack humility~if you think you are more important than other people~your life will be full of conflict and strife. Humility is a prerequisite if you want to live in peace and harmony with others. Pride goes before destruction (Prov. 16:18), but if you humble yourself, God Himself will exalt you. Many relationships have been destroyed by a spirit of strife just because neither party displayed humility and a willingness to wait for God to do the exalting.

H/T: Conflict Free Living by Joyce Meyer

G e n e r o s i t y ♥

"Love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy" (1 Cor. 13:4). Envy and jealousy are open doors for strife. When you are tempted with jealousy, respond with generosity, and the evil will be swallowed up by the good.

H/T: Conflict Free Living by Joyce Meyer

K i n d n e s s ♥

"Love . . . is kind" (1 Cor. 13:4, NKJV). Strife always lurks around looking for a crack to crawl through. When we are harsh with someone, particularly someone who is distraught, we stir up anger. However, kindness acts as a healing salve. Kindness will keep strife out. "And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all" (2 Tim. 2:24, NKJV).

H/T: Conflict Free Living by Joyce Meyer

P a t i e n c e ♥

"Love endures long and is patient" (1 Cor. 13:4). When people display impatience with each other or with themselves, they allow strife to come into their relationship. When we love aggressively, we are patient with each other and are able to live together in peace.

H/T: Conflict Free Living by Joyce Meyer

1 Corinthians 13: 4-8

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

1 Corinthians 13

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Isaiah 41: 10-16

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

“All who rage against you
will surely be ashamed and disgraced;
those who oppose you
will be as nothing and perish.
Though you search for your enemies,
you will not find them.
Those who wage war against you
will be as nothing at all.
For I am the Lord, your God,
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.
Do not be afraid, O worm Jacob,
O little Israel,
for I myself will help you,” declares the Lord,
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
“See, I will make you into a threshing sledge,
new and sharp, with many teeth.
You will thresh the mountains and crush them,
and reduce the hills to chaff.
You will winnow them, the wind will pick them up,
and a gale will blow them away.
But you will rejoice in the Lord
and glory in the Holy One of Israel.

Psalm 94: 12-13

Blessed is the man you discipline, O Lord, the man you teach from your law; you grant him relief from days of trouble, till a pit is dug for the wicked.

Philippians 1: 28

without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God.

Hebrews 4: 10-11

for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.

Hebrews 4: 3

Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,

“So I declared on oath in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest.’”

And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world.

Ephesians 2: 6

and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,