August 31, 2012

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John 20: 29

Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.
~John 20:29

August 30, 2012

Fair-Weather Faith

Remember, our faith is always at its greatest point when we are in the middle of the trial, and confidence in the flesh will never endure testing. Fair-weather faith is not faith at all. ~Charles H. Spurgeon

August 28, 2012

All This Time

Ethical Subjectivism

But what about ethical subjectivism? What kind of hero best exemplifies the ideal of believing that individual human beings define right and wrong? The heroes of ethical subjectivism go far beyond slackers, egocentrics, and individualists. Lived consistently, ethical subjectivism produces moral monsters, people who see no need to care about others, people who are unchecked and unaccountable to anything but personal fiat. As Beckwith and Koukl point out, "The quintessential relativist is a sociopath, one with no conscience." ~Doug Powell

Weather the Storm

It is better to weather the storm with Christ than to sail smooth waters without Him. ~J.R. Macduff

August 26, 2012

Prudent vs Simpleton

A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.
~Proverbs 22:3

Which one are you?

August 25, 2012

Morals

Morals are not descriptions of the way things are. Morals are prescriptions of the way things ought to be. Just because things are a certain way does not mean they should be that way. When Popeye says, "I am what I am" he is making a statement of fact, not a moral claim. If he said, "I ought to be what I am," he would be making a moral claim.

August 24, 2012

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Truth is Light

Truth is light, and the Bible says that the darkness has never overpowered the light, and it never will. ~Joyce Meyer

STOP Making Excuses

Something in your past~a person, event or circumstance that hurt you~may be the source of your wrong attitude and behavior, but don't allow it to become an excuse to stay that way. ~Joyce Meyer

August 23, 2012

Impatience: Sign of Pride

Impatience is a sign of pride and the only answer to pride is humility. ~Joyce Meyer

Importance of Patience and Endurance


For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised. ~Hebrews 10:36 AMP

This Scripture tells us that without patience and endurance we will not receive the promises of God. And Hebrews 6:12 (KJV) tells us that it is only through faith and patience that we inherit the promises.

The proud man runs in the strength of his own flesh and tries to make things happen in his own timing. Pride says, "I'm ready now!"

Humility says, "God knows best, and He will not be late!"

A humble man waits patiently; he actually has a "reverential fear" of moving in the strength of his own flesh. But a proud man tries one thing after another, all to no avail.

~Joyce Meyer
Battlefield of the Mind

Impatience is the Fruit of Pride

Impatience is the fruit of pride. A proud person cannot seem to wait for anything with the proper attitude. Patience is not the ability to wait, it is the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting. We need to learn to enjoy where we are while we are on our way to where we are going! ~Joyce Meyer (She BLOWS My Mind!)

How does each part know?

The world is too complicated in all its parts and interconnections to be due to chance alone. I am convinced that the existence of life with all its order in each of its organisms is simply too well put together. Each part of a living thing depends on all its other parts to function. How does each part know? How is each part specified at conception? The more one learns of biochemistry the more unbelievable it becomes unless there is some type of organizing principle~an architect for believers. ~Allan Sandage

Streams in the Desert

Restore our fortunes, LORD, as streams renew the desert. Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest. ~Psalm 126:4-6 NLT ♥

No Matter Your Circumstance

It is true that God helps those who help themselves, but He also helps those who are helpless. So no matter your circumstance, you can depend on Him every time. Waiting on God brings us to the end of our journey much faster than our feet. Many an opportunity is lost while we deliberate after He has said, "Move!" ~Streams in the Desert

August 21, 2012

Don't Fret or Worry

Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.

Philippians 4:6

Don't Grumble, Find Fault or Complain

14 Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining [against God] and questioning and doubting [among yourselves],

15 That you may show yourselves to be blameless and guileless, innocent and uncontaminated, children of God without blemish (faultless, unrebukable) in the midst of a crooked and wicked generation [spiritually perverted and perverse], among whom you are seen as bright lights (stars or beacons shining out clearly) in the [dark] world,

Philippians 2:14,15

The Danger of Complaining

We should not tempt the Lord [try His patience, become a trial to Him, critically appraise Him, and exploit His goodness] as some of them did—and were killed by poisonous serpents;

10 Nor discontentedly complain as some of them did—and were put out of the way entirely by the destroyer (death).

11 Now these things befell them by way of a figure [as an example and warning to us]; they were written to admonish and fit us for right action by good instruction, we in whose days the ages have reached their climax (their consummation and concluding period).

1 Corinthians 10:9-11

The Patience Suffering of Joseph

17 He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold as a servant.

18 His feet they hurt with fetters; he was laid in chains of iron and his soul entered into the iron,

19 Until his word [to his cruel brothers] came true, until the word of the Lord tried and tested him.

Psalm 105:17-19

(See Genesis, Chapters 39-50)

Humility, Meekness and Patience

I therefore, the prisoner for the Lord, appeal to and beg you to walk (lead a life) worthy of the [divine] calling to which you have been called [with behavior that is a credit to the summons to God’s service,

2 Living as becomes you] with complete lowliness of mind (humility) and meekness (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), with patience, bearing with one another and making allowances because you love one another.

Ephesians 4:1,2

Jesus As Our Example

21 For even to this were you called [it is inseparable from your vocation]. For Christ also suffered for you, leaving you [His personal] example, so that you should follow in His footsteps.

22 He was guilty of no sin, neither was deceit (guile) ever found on His lips.

23 When He was reviled and insulted, He did not revile or offer insult in return; [when] He was abused and suffered, He made no threats [of vengeance]; but he trusted [Himself and everything] to Him Who judges fairly.

1 Peter 2:21-23

The thing that pleases Him is our patient attitude-not our suffering

19 For one is regarded favorably (is approved, acceptable, and thankworthy) if, as in the sight of God, he endures the pain of unjust suffering.

20 [After all] what kind of glory [is there in it] if, when you do wrong and are punished for it, you take it patiently? But if you bear patiently with suffering [which results] when you do right and that is undeserved, it is acceptable and pleasing to God.

1 Peter 2:19,20 (AMP)

Notice the word "patiently" being used in this passage, which says that if someone treats us wrong and we handle it patiently, it is pleasing to God. The thing that pleases Him is our patient attitude~not our suffering. To encourage us in our suffering, we are exhorted to look at how Jesus handled the unjust attacks made on Him.

~Joyce Meyer

August 19, 2012

We walk by Faith and not by Sight

Does Sorrow lay his hand upon your shoulder,
And walk with you in silence on life's way,
While Joy, your bright companion once, grown colder,
Becomes to you more distant day by day?
Run not from the companionship of Sorrow,
He is the messenger of God to thee;
And you will thank Him in His great tomorrow~
For what you do not know now, you then will see;
He is God's angel, clothed in veils of night,
With whom "we walk by faith" and "not by sight"
[2 Cor. 5:7 KJV].

August 11, 2012

Be not overcome of evil

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. ~Romans

I will be joyful in God my Savior

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

Habakkuk 3:17-18

August 10, 2012

Do not be afraid of being free thinkers!

Do not be afraid of being free thinkers! If you think strongly enough you will be forced by science to the belief in God, which is the foundation of all religion. You will find science not antagonistic but helpful to religion. ~Sir William Thompson, a.k.a. Lord Kelvin

The Ultimate Apologetic

When people see this~our love for one another and our unity through love~then they will in turn be drawn by this to Christ and will respond to the gospel's offer of salvation. More often than not, it is what you are rather than what you say that will bring an unbeliever to Christ.

This, then, is the ultimate apologetic. For the ultimate apologetic is: your life.

~William Lane Craig

When C.S. Lewis knew he believed

I have just passed on from believing in God to definitely believing in Christ-in Christianity....My long night talk with Dyson and Tolkien had a good deal to do with it. ~C.S. Lewis

Apologetic One-Upmanship

The Christian worldview is not proven in one or two strokes, but is rather verified by appealing to a wide and compelling variety of converging arguments.

Christianity is shown to be the best explanation for origin and nature of the universe as well as the human condition and the facts of history.

Moreover, Christians must be pastoral in their apologetic practices.

We must care deeply for the lost, not simply desire to defeat their arguments.

The stakes are too high for apologetic one-upmanship.

~Douglas Groothius

Understanding God

If these people understood who God really is, his wrath and his love, what he demands and what he offers, they would (or should) break down the doors to worship him. ~John M. Frame

Miracles

Miracles are "a less common kind of God's activity in which he arouses people's awe and wonder and bears witness to Himself." ~Wayne Grudem

All Religions

Anyone who claims that all religions are the same betrays not only an ignorance of all religions but also a caricatured view of even the best-known ones. ~Ravi Zacharias

Science is Watching God Work

... For science is indeed "watching God work." ~Merritt Stanley Congdon

August 8, 2012

Be God-minded

You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.

Isaiah 26:3

Use Your Weapons

For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds,

[Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One),

2 Corinthians 10:4,5

Seek God's Wisdom, Knowledge and Leadership

Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; let Your good Spirit lead me into a level country and into the land of uprightness.

Psalm 143:10

Pray for Deliverance

Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies; I flee to You to hide me.

Psalm 143:9

Listen to the Lord

Cause me to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning, for on You do I lean and in You do I trust. Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk, for I lift up my inner self to You.

Psalm 143:8

Ask for God's Help

Answer me speedily, O Lord, for my spirit fails; hide not Your face from me, lest I become like those who go down into the pit (the grave).

Psalm 143:7

Praise the Lord in the Problem

I spread forth my hands to You; my soul thirsts after You like a thirsty land [for water]. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

Psalm 143:6

Remember the Good Times

I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your doings; I ponder the work of Your hands.

Psalm 143:5

Depression Steals Life and Light

Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed and faints within me [wrapped in gloom]; my heart within my bosom grows numb.

Psalm 143:4

Identify the Cause of the Problem

For the enemy has pursued and persecuted my soul, he has crushed my life down to the ground; he has made me to dwell in dark places as those who have been long dead.

Psalm 143:3

August 7, 2012

Overcoming Depression

Psalm 143:3-10 give a description of depression and how to overcome it.

3 For the enemy has pursued and persecuted my soul, he has crushed my life down to the ground; he has made me to dwell in dark places as those who have been long dead.

4 Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed and faints within me [wrapped in gloom]; my heart within my bosom grows numb.

5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your doings; I ponder the work of Your hands.

6 I spread forth my hands to You; my soul thirsts after You like a thirsty land [for water]. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

7 Answer me speedily, O Lord, for my spirit fails; hide not Your face from me, lest I become like those who go down into the pit (the grave).

8 Cause me to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning, for on You do I lean and in You do I trust. Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk, for I lift up my inner self to You. 9 Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies; I flee to You to hide me.

10 Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; let Your good Spirit lead me into a level country and into the land of uprightness.

H/T: Bible Gateway

Romans 8:6

Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever]. ~Romans 8:6

Romans 8:6

The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; ~Romans 8:6

A New Heart and Spirit

A new heart will I give you and a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall heed My ordinances and do them. ~Ezekiel 36:26-27

The Mind of Christ

“For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?”
But we have the mind of Christ. ~1 Corinthians 2:16

August 6, 2012

My words will never pass away

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. ~Jesus {Luke 21:33}

All men will hate you because of me

All men will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish. By standing firm you will gain life. ~Jesus {Luke 21:17-19}

My words will never pass away

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. ~Jesus {Matthew 24:35}

He who stands firm will be saved

At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. ~Jesus {Matthew 24:10-13}

Heaven and earth will pass away

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. ~Jesus {Mark 13:31}

He who stands firm will be saved

All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. ~Jesus {Mark 13:13}

August 5, 2012

Two Huge Lies

Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone's lifestyle, you must fear them or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don't have to compromise convictions to be compassionate. ~Rick Warren

People go to jail for reading the bible


August 4, 2012

Hold onto your dreams and trust God

God places dreams and visions in the hearts of His people; they begin as little "seeds." Just as a woman has a seed planted into her womb when she becomes pregnant, so we become "pregnant," so to speak, with the things God speaks and promises. During the "pregnancy," Satan works hard to try and get us to "abort" our dreams. One of the tools he uses is doubt; another is unbelief. Both of these work against the mind. ~Joyce Meyer

1 Corinthians 1:27

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

Proverbs 16:22

Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools.

Proverbs 16:20

Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.

Proverbs 16:19

Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.

Proverbs 16:18

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

Psalm 34:14

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Matthew 7:14

But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

1 Corinthians 1:27

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things–and the things that are not–to nullify the things that are,

1 Corinthians 2:14

1 Corinthians 2:14

The natural person has no room for the gifts of God's Spirit; to him they are folly; he cannot recognise them, because their value can be assessed only in the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 2:14

1 Corinthians 2:14

But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.

1 Corinthians 2:14

1 Corinthians 2:14

The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

1 Corinthians 2:14

1 Corinthians 2:14

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Mark 12:28-34

Mark 12:28-34

One of the scribes who had listened to them debating appreciated that Jesus had given a good answer and put a further question to him, 'Which is the first of all the commandments?' Jesus replied, 'This is the first: Listen, Israel, the Lord our God is the one, only Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: You must love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.' The scribe said to him, 'Well spoken, Master; what you have said is true, that he is one and there is no other. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and strength, and to love your neighbour as yourself, this is far more important than any burnt offering or sacrifice.' Jesus, seeing how wisely he had spoken, said, 'You are not far from the kingdom of God.' And after that no one dared to question him any more.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust wholeheartedly in Yahweh, put no faith in your own perception; acknowledge him in every course you take, and he will see that your paths are smooth.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Love... Your... Neighbor!!!!!

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Love your neighbor as yourself. Love. Your. Neighbor. As. Yourself. There is no commandment greater than these. Love Your Neighbor. Love Your Neighbor. Love Your Neighbor. Love. Your. Neighbor. Love... Your... Neighbor!!!!!

Mark 12:28-34

Mark 12:28-34

And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?

And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:

And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.

The Greatest Commandment

The Greatest Commandment
Mark 12:28-34

One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

“Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.

Psalm 139:13-16

Psalm 139:13-16

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

Colossians 1:13-14

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. ~Colossians 1:13-14

Psalm 32:1

Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. ~Psalm 32:1

Jeremiah 1:5

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. ~Jeremiah 1:5

1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. ~1 Peter 5:7

The High Priest of a New Covenant

The High Priest of a New Covenant

Hebrews Chapter 8

Psalm 51

Psalm 51...Look it up....It's Awesome! :)

Romans 8:1-2

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. ~Romans 8:1-2

Righteousness Through Faith

Righteousness Through Faith

But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished — he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith. For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law. Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.

(Romans 3:21-31)

The Word Became Flesh

The Word Became Flesh

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’” From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.

(John 1:1-18)

Ephesians 1:7-8

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. ~Ephesians 1:7-8

Galatians 5:19-21a

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. ~Galatians 5:19-21a