“The Lord is your faithful God, no matter what you are facing.”
Acts 7:36 : ‘He led them out and performed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, at the Red Sea, and for forty years in the wilderness.’
– The Lord is your faithful God, no matter what you are facing.
– He led His people and He did miracles for them, throughout their lives.
– He wants to lead you, and perform miracles for you, in the course of your life.
– Regardless of the stage you find yourself in, He has a plan, and He will do it.
PRAYER: Lord, knowing that You are with me, give me the strength and the hope that I need. I ask You to perform wonders and signs in my life and situation, and lead me out, and into Your purposes for me. Amen.
God’s love is unconditional, He pours in so we can pour out.
~ Lisa Blair
We are to love one another unconditionally, as our Father loves us in our sinful state, without conditions, caveats, or exclusion. We are to have Jesus’s mindset.
Love breaks down walls and gives the giver peace despite the circumstances. We don’t have to like everyone or keep them in our circle if toxic in anyway, but as a child of God we are required to love them as He loves us.
God pours His love into us so we can pour it out into a dark world, casting light and changing the atmosphere. When we reflect chaos and hate, we are contributing to the darkness. When we, like Paul, love everyone as God loves us, our love attracts others who are seeking God and want a relationship with Him. We are the model of Christ. Are we modeling Him or living in the natural world modeling the evil one? Do we love unconditionally, are we kind, do we sacrifice for the good of others, are we patient, trustworthy, faithful, gentle and maintain self-control?
“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13-14 NLT
Do we love our neighbors, those around us wherever we go? Are we the model God sets before man? The world sees Him through our actions. Are we modeling unconditional love through our actions or reinforcing worldly values and sel-righteousness? Paul wrote a letter to the Philippians stressing that we are to emulate Christ in all we do.
“Have this same attitude in yourselves which was in Christ Jesus [look to Him as your example in selfless humility],” Philippians 2:5 AMP
Daily reminder, recite each morning – Today I go forth (intentionally) modeling Christ.
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Resource— Nelson’s Quick Reference. Warren Wiersbe
Desire and want may not lead to spiritual growth, what we need will lead to spiritual growth.
~ Lisa Blair
“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV
Most people misconstrue this scripture to mean, ’all that we want and desire’. God knows what we want and knows what we desire. He also knows what we need to advance our walk and maturity as a Christian. Want/desire, and need are very different.
Praying for desire or want should include, ’ your will be done’, or ’if it is in your will, or some compilation of the phrases. Only God knows our spiritual road map.
Old Testament Misconception When those not familiar with the Bible refer to “the God of the Old Testament,” they often use terms such as “hard,” “uncaring,” “vindictive,” and “vengeful.” It is true that quite a few verses record God’s righteous judgments upon sinful people and nations (Nahum 1:2-3 comes to mind).
However, the Old Testament contains numerous verses that speak of God’s love (Hosea 14:4); patience (Psalm 86:15); forgiveness (Micah 7:18); and mercy (Psalm 145:9). And here’s one that combines them all: “Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him” (Isaiah 30:18).
Not bad for the “vindictive” and “vengeful” God of the Old Testament, huh?
We live in a time that is very challenging. The world seems upside down and anything goes. We, as a global people, are teetering, there are no moral, ethical, or spiritual compasses for many living in society today. Living a life, emulating Christ, and living holy by reading and studying the Word and incorporating the Fruit of the Spirit into our daily lives fortifies our spirit and helps us walk the straight path as we experience the tugs of the world. We are God’s children. He has provided everything we need to stand fast and represent Him well.
The HOLY SPIRIT produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (📖 Galatians 5:22-23 📖)
To be holy in any way, the fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT must be visible in your life. In Galatians 5:22, Paul summarizes the nine characteristics of the fruit. The Greek word translated as fruit literally means “one fruit”. All nine of these qualities have to be manifested in your life: If you are a joyful, loving person, but very impatient, you will not pass the test! Then something in your fruit is still lacking.
You may try in vain to be loving, joyful, peace-loving, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and self-controlled every day; these things are contrary to your sinful nature. However, it ‘cán’ be done: the secret is found in Galatians 5:16: “Let the HOLY SPIRIT guide your lives. Then you won’t…
“Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart of fools.” Ecclesiastes 7:9 (ESV)
I am a natural redhead.
Yes, the stereotypes apply to me. Quick temper? Check! Fiery tongue? Check! Rousing this poked bear is risky — at any given point I might bubble over with excitement or boil with rage.
When voted “most outspoken” my senior year of high school, I wore my brash and brazen verbal reputation as a badge of honor, saying practically anything I wanted — at any time I wanted. I actually considered it my prerogative.
Oh, the follies of youth.
King Solomon knew about immature, foolish conduct and its consequences. At a young age, he asked God to give him a wise and discerning heart (1 Kings 3:9) — a request God granted. Although the Bible refers to him as wise (1…
We all have testimonials but do we share them in the context of Christian living, and giving all praise to the Lord?
~ Lisa Blair
What is a testimonial? A Christian testimonial is a statement testifying to God’s character, to His truth. We all have testimonials but do we share them in the context of Christian living, and giving all praise to the Lord? We should. However, like most, earlier in my Christian walk I shared things that happened in my life with friends that were unexpected or greater than expected, but I never attributed them to the Lord. Yes, I knew it was Him, but never said it out loud. The truth is, if you are a Christian, this phrase rings true, If not God, then who? There is no one superior to God. God is the Almighty, yet I never really pondered the magnitude of how He is so intimately involved in our lives. I never really considered what the following scriptures meant to me in my everyday life.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41: 10 ESV
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. – Psalm 23:4 ESV
Do you know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV
And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever; even the Spirit of truth, whoo the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him no knows Him. You know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. – John 14:16-17 ESV
God cares about us, all of us. He surprises us daily with little gifts and big miracles. We are His children and He cares for our wellbeing. He does not forsake us. He will never leave us and we, individually, are important to Him. Whatever transpires in our lives is reflected in the result, whether through gifting or chastisement. Everything in our life is a testimonial that should be attributed to God and shared with the world.
After all, the Lord said,
For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future…I will bring you back from captivity. – Jeremiah 29:11, 14 NIV
If our Lord has plans for us, it means He is in touch with us. If he will bring us back from captivity, it means He has given us testimonials to share about His love for us.
Let today be the day that we step out of our politically-correct comfort zone and tell the world about the wonderful things He has done for us.
Our God is an awesome God.
Remember the song we sang in Sunday School and Bible School Camp, it rings true today,
‘HE’S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS, HE’S GOT YOU AND ME BROTHER IN HIS HANDS, HE’S GOT YOU AND ME SISTER IN HIS HANDS, HE’S GOT THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD IN HIS HANDS.’
I am a Christian, a retired teacher, a mother and a grandmother. I love to read and I love the Lord Jesus Christ! Unless otherwise specified ,all visual illustrations are from the YOU VERSION APP of the Bible.