ACT OF KINDNESS – Meet the Chicago woman who rented hotel rooms for the homeless during deep freeze | wusa9.com

For several weeks many of us have been writing about following Christ and acts of kindness. 80 people were spared being left in freezing temperatures for three days.

Candice Payne used her personal American Express card to get homeless people off the streets during record-setting freeze in Chicago.

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Fulfill the law with love

www.bible.com/111/gal.5.14.niv

The entire law is fulfilled when you love your neighbor, not because you like them, or you agree with their behavior, but because they too are a child of God. when I was young we were taught to dislike/disagree/hate the behavior, not the person. Our carnality often dilutes our love for one another.

This is the day the Lord has made. Let us br glad and rejoice in it.

Our Cross To Bare

When we take up our cross, we agree to follow Christ and take on the burden of denying self for the sake of others. We vow to employ the characteristics of Christ over and above our own human desires. When we pick up the cross, we choose to spread the Good News through discussions, actions, and deeds.

Read Galatians 5:22-23, Fruit of the Spirit.

Other Posts I Authored:

YoungChristianwarriors.com (my other site)

• Why and How Do We Deny Ourselves, Dec 12, 2018

• Chosen To Be Like Christ, Nov 10, 2018

• Dying to Self, March 24, 2018

• Hear, Listen, Understand the Word of God, Jan 16, 2019

• Fruit of the Spirit, Jan 14, 2019

• Defining the Fruit For Children, October 5, 2017

2.2 Billion Christians Strong

We Can Light Up the World and Change the Atmosphere.

While reading the daily devotional, Finding God in the Hard Places, I learned that the Pew Research Center reported there are 2.2 billion Christians living on the planet and represent about 30% of all the Earth’s inhabitants.

To quote the author, Ashley Abercrombie, if every Christian alive today focused on worshiping God alone and loving their neighbor, we would light up every corner of the Earth!

End Times?

Many believe we are entering the End Times. The Book of Revelations states that we will experience the battle between good and evil, and it will be recognizable. There have been many periods in history where civilization thought we were entering the End Times, and it certainly feels as if this is the time we are entering now. This is also the time when Christians are called to stand.

World In Turmoil

Whether you believe we are in the End Times or not, I believe we can all agree the world is in turmoil. It’s a global dynamic, a tectonic shift of sorts. Many feel hopeless and many that do are Christians. I understand the unsaved feeling that way, but as Christians, we have power and authority through Christ to change the atmosphere. We are roughly 2.2 billion strong. We are being called to represent Christ, put God first, love our neighbors, and serve one another through servant leadership. We are the change.

Lovers of Self

Paul spoke of being lovers of self, and lounging in our own security and not relying on God’s power. Our inability to stand demonstrates that we do not have the conviction to change the world around us. This is a direct affront on God, who gives us wisdom.

Listen, you lovers of pleasure, lounging in your security and saying to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me. I will never be a widow or suffer the loss of children.
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭47:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Paul told the Corinthians,

My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. 1 Corinth.‬ ‭2:4-5‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Battle Ensues

God has equipped us with the power of the Word. He has provided armor to prepare us for battle, we cannot fall prey to the evil ones intent to destroy life as we know it. We must stand together, we are roughly 2.2 billion strong, and a force to be reckoned with.

Light Dwells In Us and Emanates Outward

We have to be the light, the Holy Spirit dwells in us. The world is observing our every move. Speech (talking) is one thing but an observation (seeing) is worth a thousand words. It is easy to claim to be a Christian, but demonstrating our spirituality is something completely different.

Changing the Atmosphere

Our task is to change the atmosphere and the only way to carry out this is to live like Christ. For me that includes minor things like being less critical and judgmental of our Nation’s leaders on FaceBook, not to ‘like’ negative, evil spirited comments, and not accept the behavioral norms defined by social media as my norms.

If you take time to check your actions, thoughts, and deeds, you will learn what you  must you change to demonstrate loving God first, loving your neighbors (other people), and becoming servant leaders (putting others before self.)

Ashley Abercrombie shared:
“Friend, if we just lived out Jesus’s two simple commands, don’t you think we could abolish human trafficking, reduce inequities in education, race, gender, economics, as well as develop strategies to end global poverty, terrorism, and more?”

Note: Christianity is not something people subscribe to, it is our life. God is our father. He walked the earth as Christ, died for our sins, and now resides in us in the form of the Holy Spirit.

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Scriptures – Biblegateway.com; Bible.com
Resource – Finding God in the Hard Places, Bible.cm/YouVersion

I am holding to the task of Resolving and Acting on the resolve to become a stronger Christian in the face of everyday life in 2019. Join me. Each step we take should bring us closer to Christ.

Thank you for reading my Posts. God Bless.

Hearing His Word

It’s important to learn the Word so your relationship becomes more vivid. God speaks to us in many ways, but I find it most comforting when He teaches me through the Word. Memorize a daily devotional scripture each day and watch it strengthen your faith and emotional stamina.

Our Hope Is Embedded In Trust

Our hope is embedded in our trusting the Word of God. Our Lord does not lie or withhold the promises He made to us. Stand fast and be patient. The blessing is coming in the form that will advance us into His kingdom.

Seek, Knock, and Find

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If you look for the Father through Jesus Christ you will find Him. Seeking God is His commandment to let us know He is all around us. He hears our prayers and is waiting for us and challenging us to interact with Him in conversation. He is calling us to enter into a relationship with Him. His grace and mercy are in abundance for the giving.

I view knocking at the door as a metaphor requesting entrance into His home. Knocking also takes the form of praying. We seek Him through our Heart. The Holy Spirit invites us into His dwelling.

Under the Holy Spirits guidance and influence, we are taken out of captivity and are no longer wanderers. In our wandering, the evil one led us astray and away from our Father. The greatness of our Lord invites us home just as we are. All He asks is that we establish genuine intimacy with Him through integrity, honesty, sincerity, and faith.

The idea of seeking God is expressed throughout the Bible. Adam and Eve may be the only people who did not have to seek Him. He was present in the Garden of Eden. God loves us, so He does not leave us alone seeking Him. In Jeremiah 24:7 He said, “ I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord, and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole hearts”, much like the Prodigal Son returned home after his wanderings.

Throughout the Bible we are urged to seek Him, to let Him know we are searching for Him and want an ongoing relationship with Him. We have been invited to seek God through Jesus who left the Holy Spirit to live in us during His absence. As believers, we are vessels of the Holy Spirit, and our access is through our heart and love for God.

The scriptures below are taken from the NASB Bible.

Jeremiah 29:12-14
“Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will bring you back from  exile.’”

Psalm 24:1-5
“The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains The world, and those who dwell in it. For He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood and has not sworn deceitfully. He shall receive a blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation.”

Psalm 27:8
“When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.””

Psalm 63:1
“O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water. Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You.”

Isaiah 45:15
“Truly, You are a God who hides Himself, O God of Israel, Savior!”
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Matthew 11:25
“At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight. All things have been handed over to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.”

Seek, knock, and you will find our Lord.

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September 19, 2018