Called To Stand Out

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Our lives reflect an open book. The book is the Bible. The scriptures are our lessons about living a Christ-like life, and how we invest in sharing the Word through our actions and deeds. Works will not pay entrance into heaven, there are no works that great, but works are expected of all followers.

How can we spread the Word if we do not demonstrate what it is saying to nonbelievers and believers alike?

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ReBlog – “The Blessing of A Smile”, by Stephen C. Weber

Message summary: It can be a gloomy world with so much distressing news and for those going through hard times. What a blessing we can be to one another when our facial expressions are accentuated with a smile. Truth is, we’d much rather be surrounded by those who frequently smile, than those who rarely see anything to smile about!

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Faith, Confidence & Assurance

FAITH

Faith in God gives us great confidence.

It provides a guarantee on which to hang our hopes.

Because of our faith, our hopes are solid and have substance, and reality.

Faith provides the foundation on which we hold fast to in times of trouble and uncertainty.

Faith orients us toward the future, giving us the courage to move forward.

Faith launches us into the unknown moves us forward.

Faith gives us the ability to live out the radical love that comes from having hope in God and not in the fleeting pleasures of sin.

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Chosen To Be Like Christ

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Chosen to Become Like Jesus

How would you respond if someone asked you, “What’s the purpose of your life?” God’s purpose for you goes far beyond your profession or any accomplishment. Scripture teaches us the primary reason God chose you: we are “to be conformed the image of his Son” (Rom. 8:29a). Furthermore, God wishes to reveal His Son in us (Gal. 1:15-16), through our God-given personalities and interests.

If you’re confused about God’s plan for you—and if you’re wondering what you should be “doing” in your life—remember that God intends to make you more like Jesus. The goal of your Christian life is to become like Christ.

In Ephesians 4: 17-32, we learn that we can put on a “new self, created to be like God in righteousness and holiness.” The new you will possess attitudes and display actions consistent with how we see Jesus behave in the gospels. You might find yourself more compassionate like Jesus, more trustworthy like Jesus, and more humble like Jesus. You might find yourself taking the lowest place as a servant wherever you are, just like Jesus did as best described in Philippians 2. If you take note of what Jesus values in the Gospels, you might also find yourself drawn to children, the brokenhearted, and the outcasts of society.

The Holy Spirit within you shapes your character to become more like Jesus in every situation of your life. The fruit of the Spirit described in Galatians—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control—all remind us of Jesus’ character. When you find yourself in a situation that tests your ability to display these character traits, consider that God placed you in that spot to grow you to become more like Jesus.

Think of how Jesus serves others, how He suffers for others, and how He seeks and saves the lost. As you grow to become more like Jesus, you will do extraordinary, counter-cultural things. You will be the person you’ve always wanted to be—the one in whom people can see Jesus.

 

More On Miracles

Does God ever place an inquiry in your heart, something he wants you to learn more about? He planted my inquiry – miracles, and while researching miracles, this is what I am learning. I am not sharing this information to question anyone’s faith. I am sharing it to add another dimension of our God’s love for us. It is food for thought and something to share with God to gain greater understanding. I am doing the same. The question about whether miracles do exist today is a great conversation starter with the Lord.

Four Primary Types of Miracles
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“For I am the Lord, I change not … ” (Malachi 3:6)
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)

We are going to be looking at the four primary types of miracles performed by Jesus during His earth Ministry.  Jesus is the greatest miracle worker of all time.  The Bible says He has not changed.

Keep in mind as we look at these miracles that we cannot possibly look at them all in this lesson.  The Bible says that the number of miracles performed by Jesus would fill the libraries of the world if they were to be recorded.  We will look only at the four primary classifications of miracles.  This will give you an idea of what Jesus is still willing to do today for all who believe.

Noah Webster defines “miracle” as “an event that contradicts known scientific law.”

So a miracle is a supernatural act in the natural realm.  God actually suspends the Laws of Nature and moves supernaturally.

The reasons for God performing miracles are too numerous to list in this brief study.  I will share with you here only two of the most important reasons for Jesus performing miracles.  First, Jesus performs miracles to glorify Himself and His Father.  Second, Jesus is still performing miracles today to demonstrate His compassion for humanity.

Let us get right into the four primary types of miracles.

Miracles Over Nature

A miracle over nature would be a miracle performed over natural things.  Jesus turned water into unfermented wine in John, chapter 2.   That was a miracle over nature because those were natural elements.  All the elements of nature are subject to Jesus because He created them all.  (Colossians 1:16)

“Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.  But as they sailed, he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake, and they were filled with water and were in jeopardy.  And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then HE AROSE AND REBUKED THE WIND AND THE RAGING OF THE WATER: THEY CEASED, AND THERE WAS A CALM. (Luke 8:22-24 )

This is a wonderful example of Jesus exercising authority over the elements of nature, which were originally created by Him.  The wind and the sea are still subject to His Divine authority.  Somebody said, “Can’t do anything about the weather.”  But that is not what the Bible says.  If you ever find yourself in a natural crisis, on land, at sea or in the air, use your authority in Jesus’ Name.  Command the circumstances to change.  It will work for you.

Probably the most popular miracle of nature in the Ministry of Jesus is when He and Peter both walked on water in Matthew 14:22-33.

Jesus is still performing miracles of nature all over the Earth.  People do not see them when they do not believe in them.  God desires for you to experience miracles over nature.

Miracles of Supply

“And when they came to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?  He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? Of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? Of their own children, or of strangers?  Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.

Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast a hook, and TAKE UP THE FISH THAT FIRST COMETH UP; AND WHEN THOU HAST OPENED HIS MOUTH, THOU SHALT FIND A PIECE OF MONEY: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.” (Matthew 17:24-27)

Of course, I am not telling anyone that when tax time rolls around that it is time to go fishing.  Nor am I saying that God would not tell you to go fishing for a money miracle.  What I am saying is that one type of miracle that Jesus performed was the miracle of supply.  Jesus is still performing miracles of supply today to glorify Himself and His Father, to meet the needs of His family and to cause people to come to Him.

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” (Luke 6:38 )

If you are faithful to support the work of the ministry with a percentage of the money that God gives you, He will see to it that your cupboards are never bare and your well will never dry up.  Malachi 3:10 reveals that as we open our hand, releasing what we have, God will open the windows of Heaven, releasing what He has.

Miracles of Healing 

“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and HEALING ALL MANNER OF SICKNESS AND ALL MANNER OF DISEASE among the people.” (Matthew 4:23)

Jesus created your body.  He can restore your body when it begins to malfunction.  Some Christians have more faith in automobile manufacturers than they do in Jesus.  They know that when their automobile breaks, the manufacturer can fix it because the manufacturer made it.

If Believers had as much confidence in Jesus as they do in automobile manufacturers, sickness would not be as rampant in the Body of Christ as it is today.

It is always God’s will for people to be healed.  But people do not always get healed because they do not always meet the conditions of faith.  Jesus is limited by what we believe.  (Mark 6:1-6)

Not only does Jesus heal sick bodies, but He has also developed a pretty good reputation for raising dead ones.

“Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.  And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.  And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.  And HE THAT WAS DEAD SAT UP AND BEGAN TO SPEAK. And he delivered him to his mother.  And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.” (Luke 7:12-16 )

I have heard people say when it comes to raising the dead, “Yea, right.  I’ll believe that when I see it.”  I always tell them, “No, Jesus said you’ll see that when you believe it.”  We do not see more of these types of miracles today because we have fallen into tradition, religion, and unbelief concerning them.  The time is upon us now when all of the world will be astounded by all of the types of miracles we are studying today.  I personally have experienced all four types of miracles.

Miracles Over Demon Powers

“And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils.  And all the city was gathered together at the door.  And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and CAST OUT MANY DEVILS; AND SUFFERED NOT THE DEVILS TO SPEAK, because they knew him.” (Mark 1:32-34 )

Somebody once said about the above verse, “Jesus healed many of these people, but He didn’t heal all of them.”  To which I say, “No, He did heal them all.  He healed as many as were sick.  He also cast out as many demons as were present.”

No matter how great the manifestation of demon powers in the Ministry of Jesus, they could never hold their own against Him.  The best they could do was to start talking incessantly to make the people think that their power was the same as Jesus’ power.  This was an attempt to discredit Him and make Him look like He was one of them.

I believe this is why Jesus would not allow demons to speak unless spoken to.  He would just tell them to “shut up and come out,” and that was that.   No matter how great the concentration of evil, the power of Jesus is tremendously greater.

Demon spirits today, as in Bible days, still cause dumbness, deafness, foaming, fits, insanity, teeth gnashing, sickliness, sickness, suicide, screaming, and exhaustion.  Jesus, through Believers, is still exerting power over all physical and spiritual manifestations of Satan and demon spirits.  Jesus is still drawing men and women to Himself through miracles over nature, miracles of supply, miracles of healing and miracles over demon powers.

Tell God that you believe in miracles.  Tell Him that He is welcome to perform miracles on your behalf.  Ask Him to use you to perform miracles on behalf of others.  He will.

Have you made Jesus the Miracle Worker the Lord of your life?  If not, just say, “Jesus, You’re my choice.” (Romans 10:13)  That’ll open the door to a parade of miracles in your life.

Be Blessed … John and Barbara Hamel

THIS IS A GOOD DISCUSSION TOPIC, ANYONE INTERESTED IN SHARING?

 

Time to Pray

We are stronger when we stand together. Corporate prayer is powerful. So often we hear others are going through and dismiss it after we hear they are in need of support. As Christian’s, it is our responsibility to care for one another, which means keeping them in prayer. We often do not know what they need, but God does, and He hears our cries. I have met several people who have chronic illnesses through WordPress. I encourage everyone to pray for a miracle for everyone, especially Mackenzie Cartwright, Life With An Illness, and Fiona, Don’t Dismiss ME.

When we pray we should pray with the understanding that praying for a miracle is broad, it can cover healing, for surrender (for those who haven’t),  for reconciliation, for peace, whatever the person needs.

Add all those who are suffering from emotional and chronic illnesses to your daily prayers. We are all God’s children and members of one family.

Thank you!