October 31, 2012

The Spirit Helps Us

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. (Romans 8:26-27)

October 29, 2012

Knowledge

The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. ~1 Corinthians 8:2

Counterfeit Facts

We need to be very selective about our sources and even then to be very careful about accepting counterfeit "facts" for the real thing.

October 28, 2012

God Made Us Alive

Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions...And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-6)

October 27, 2012

Seeking God's Help

No matter how many people seek God's help, there is always enough to go around.

October 24, 2012

You are Valuable, Loved and Accepted

What others say about you is not nearly as important as what God says. He says you're valuable, loved and accepted! ~Joyce Meyer

His Work

The sharper the Craftsman's knives, the finer and more beautiful His work.

New and Sharp

I will make you into a threshing sledge, new and sharp.
(Isaiah 41:15)

October 20, 2012

We also rejoice in our sufferings

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. ~Romans 5:3-5

Believe in the Lord Jesus

Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved (Acts 16:31)

The Good News

The Good News of the gospel is that Jesus has already done everything necessary for our salvation. We can’t earn it even if we try. We are saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ.

The Peace of God

The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)

October 13, 2012

Search Your Heart

Search your heart several times a day, and if you find something that is disturbing your peace, remember to take the proper steps to restore the calm. ~Francis de Sales

Do not be anxious about anything

Do not be anxious about anything. (Philippians 4:6)

October 10, 2012

October 9, 2012

The joy of the LORD

The joy of the LORD is your strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)

He rises to show you compassion

The LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. (Isaiah 30:18)

October 8, 2012

Quite a few Christians live in a terrible state of anxiety, constantly fretting

Do not be anxious about anything. (Philippians 4:6)

Quite a few Christians live in a terrible state of anxiety, constantly fretting over the concerns of life. The secret of living in perfect peace amid the hectic pace of daily life is one well worth knowing. What good has worrying ever accomplished? It has never made anyone stronger, helped anyone do God's will, or provided for anyone a way of escape out of their anxiety or confusion. Worry only destroys the effectiveness of lives that would otherwise be useful and beautiful. Being restless and having worries and cares are absolutely forbidden by our Lord, who said, "So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'" (Matt. 6:31). He does not mean that we are not to think ahead or that our life should never have a plan or pattern to it. He simply means that we are not to worry about these things.

People will know that you live in constant state of anxiety by the lines on your face, the tone of your voice, your negative attitude, and the lack of joy in your spirit. So scale the heights of a life abandoned to God, and your perspective will change to the point that you will look down on the clouds beneath your feet. ~Darlow Sargeant

It is a sign of weakness to always worry and fret, question everything, and mistrust everyone. Can anything be gained by it? Don't we only make ourselves unfit for action, and separate our minds from the ability to make wise decisions? We simply sink in our struggles when we could float by faith.

Oh, for the grace to be silent! Oh, to "be still, and know that [Jehovah is] God" (Ps. 46:10)! "The Holy One of Israel" (Ps. 89:18) will defend and deliver His own. We can be sure that His every word will stand forever, even though the mountains may fall into the sea. He deserves our total confidence. So come, my soul, return to your place of peace, and rest within the sweet embrace of the Lord Jesus. selected

Peace your inmost soul will fill
     When you're still!

H/T: Streams in the Desert

October 6, 2012

Hebrews 12: 3

Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

1 Peter 2: 23

When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

2 Samuel 16: 11-12

David then said to Abishai and all his officials, “My son, who is of my own flesh, is trying to take my life. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the LORD has told him to. It may be that the LORD will see my distress and repay me with good for the cursing I am receiving today.”

Isaiah 53: 7

He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

October 1, 2012

James 1: 17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.