1 Samuel 6 -My study notes

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S: 6:6 – Wherefore, then do ye harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? When he had wrought wonderfully among them, did they not let the people go, and they departed.

 

 

Word definition- wrought: performed or guided and harden: made unfeeling or conform in wickedness.

O: Why do we see others or ourselves harden our hearts? The Philistines saw the results of God and how he dealt with those who did not believe he was the only true God.( I dug into Proverbs 18:5 and read: It is not accept the person of wicked to overthrow the righteous in judgement.) But how many times do we watch and participate in what we know is not pleasing to God?

A: I need to know the difference of what is pleasing to God and what man wants pleasing to him. By studying the word of God, I have a set of standards to live by; and know are pleasing to him. By being in God’s word everyday, I can keep myself away from temptation and keep my focus on him.

K: Father God, I come before you today to help me keep in your word everyday. I know I am busy and feel pulled in many directions but allow the Holy Spirit to nudge me to make time to be in your word everyday. I know by doing this I will be kept from temptation and keep my focus on you and what is pleasing in your sight. Thank you Lord, for giving us your word to have a set of standards which we can use and live by. Amen

May you continue to search the word of God and not lean unto your own understanding. 

1 Samuel 5 – My study notes

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S: 5:2 When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.

O: When I think of Dagon – I picture a statue of some sort. I looked into this deeper and found out a few things. First I looked up the definition of an idol in the 1828 Webster’s Dictionary:
I’DOL, noun [Latin idolum; Gr. form or to see.]

1. An image, form or representation, usually of a man or other animal, consecrated as an object of worship; a pagan deity. Idols are usually statues or images, carved out of wood or stone, or formed of metals, particularly silver or gold.

The gods of the nations are idols. Psalms 96:5.

2. An image.

Nor ever idol seemed so much alive.

3. A person loved and honored to adoration. The prince was the idol of the people.

4. Any thing on which we set our affections; that to which we indulge an excessive and sinful attachment.

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. 1 John 5:1.

An idol is any thing which usurps the place of God in the hearts of his rational creatures.

5. A representation. [Not in use.] Then I looked up Dagon and found a picture which might have represented what Dagon looked like. Apparently, Dagon was a fish god who was worshiped.

A: Upon this discovering, I am reminded that an idol is much more than just a statue. An idol is really something you put above the Lord. It can be money, time on facebook, time wasted, singer, actor and the list goes on. I need to remember who I need to serve and this is our Father God only.

K: Father God, please use me for your will today. Remind me to not let other influences of the world keep my eyes off from you. I pray for our group today as we study together and learn together how important it is to examine our hearts and know who we are serving today. I love you, Lord. May the group feel your blessings and love today. Amen.

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1 Samuel 4 – My study notes

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S: 21 And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory is departed from Israel: because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father in law and her husband.
22 And she said, The glory is departed from Israel: for the ark of God is taken.

O: Further digging on the Ark of the Covenant revealed – the ark is where the “glory of the Lord” dwelled among the children of Israel. The Ark was in the Tabernacle in Shiloh for almost 350 years. God watch more and more sin move into idolatry and disobedience. It was time for God to act and for his people to once again turn back to him. There are three Arks mentioned in the bible: Noah’s Ark, Moses’ Ark of Bulrushes and Ark of the Covenant. From digging deeper into the word of God – these three Arks give us a spiritual picture. Noah’s Ark – salvation. God gave people a choice the choice is of life or death. The Ark of bulrushes can be a picture of protection. Ark of Covenant is a picture of communion and fellowship. It’s a promise God will be with us if we only seek and meet him in the midst.

A: Once again this reminds me of the importance of God being in my life. I am reminded again to not take life for granted. I am reminded it is a free gift to have salvation through Jesus Christ.

K: Father God, Thank you for your word to help guide me and mold me into the Christian you want me to become. Use me, Lord to do your will. Help me, Lord to follow your ways and to keep you in the midst of my day. I love you, Lord. Amen.

May you continue to search the word of the living God and apply it to your heart. 

1 Samuel 3 – My study notes

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3:10 And the Lord came, and stood , and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak, for thy servant heareth.

O: How many times do we ignore God’s calling? How many times are we a true and faithful servant? Many times I know I should not be talking about someone else at work and discussing their behavior. I know how bad gossip is but yet I get trapped in myself and do it anyway. Afterwards, I feel terrible and then ask myself why.

A: I want to be a shining light for those I encounter day in and day out. How can I be this when I am not 100% serving the Lord. My flesh is weak.

K: Father God, help clean my heart of those things I know the Holy Spirit is nudging me about. Help me to bite my lip when I know I should not be gossiping at work. I know my flesh is weak and all I need is your strength to keep me on track. Lord, I love you and all you have blessed me with. Please use me for your will. Amen

May you continue not to lean unto your own understanding but to search the word of the living God.

Where do you find happiness?

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Why is it that pleasure offers no lasting happiness in the long term?

 

Ecclesiastes 2:1 I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.

May times we view pleasure as offering long lasting joy but most times this is very temporary.

James 5:5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.

John 4:13-14 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:

But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

 

Our joy, fulfillment and lasting pleasure comes from having a heart for Jesus.  Having a personal relationship with God will never leave you empty and wanting for more.

 

Psalm 16:11Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there is pleasures for evermore.

Psalm 107:9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.”

May you continue to search for your happiness with Jesus and know he will never let you down.

1 Samuel 2 – My study notes

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1 Samuel 2:2 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.

 

Using the SOAK method to study the book of 1 Samuel. S – scripture, O – observance, A – application to my life today and K – Kneel before the Lord.

 

S: 2 There is none holy as the Lord; for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our god. (Verse mapping – Rock: Psalm 18 1:2 I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my tower.

O: When the Lord is our life, our Rock and our salvation we will not go wrong. It’s when we don’t have God in our life or take our eyes off him, we stray and will do what we want and the world wants instead of his perfect way for us.

A: God warns us many times and shows us the commandments to live by and follow. We are to walk with him and keep our eyes focused on him.

K: Father God, Thank you for being my Rock and holding me up when I am weak. Thank you for your word in order for me to have a set of standards to obey and to follow. Please help me stayed focused on Jesus. Thank you for my blessings. Amen.

May you continue to not lean unto your own understanding but search the word of the living God.  

1 Samuel 1 – My study notes

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1 Samuel 1:17 Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.

 

I love how the Lord shares with me time and time again how he has the answers right in front of me if I just listen and look carefully.

Our sermon on Sunday was about the advantages of being a Christian. One of the bullet points was as a saved child of God – I can seek, knock and know the Lord will answer me. (Matthew 7:7)

Then I read Deuteronomy 4:29 early this morning: But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

Well, here I am reading the first chapter of 1 Samuel and can imagine Hannah feelings of despair and desperately praying to the Lord with her request. What speaks to my heart is: Hannah didn’t give up on the Lord and stayed faithful. Her prayer was answered. How many times do we as Christians give up on the Lord when we don’t think he has answered us?

May you continue to lean not unto your own understanding but search the living word of God.  

My Church Notes-Submission

March 20, 2016 (Submission)

James 4:7-10

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Submission to God

  • How many times do we NOT submit to God?

Submission means:  from 1828 Websters Dictionary

Resignation; a yielding of one’s will to the will or appointment of a superior without murmuring. Entire and cheerful submission to the will of God is a christian duty of prime excellence.

Submission is not the same as obedience.

Resist the devil and we are promised he will flee from us.  The closer we are to God the more he will be closer to us.  I read this nice example of closeness by David Guzik.

If we are far from God, He hasn’t distanced Himself from us. We have distanced ourselves from Him. An elderly couple drove down the road in their car with a front bench seat. As they drove, the wife noticed that in many of the other cars with couples in the front seat, the woman sat close to the man as he drove. She asked her husband, “Why is it that we don’t sit that close anymore?” He simply answered, “It wasn’t me who moved.” If we are far from God, He hasn’t moved.

 

Where is your commitment today? What changes do you need to make in order to submit to the Lord today?

 

Rest Assured

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What do you do when adversary comes into your life?

Sunday was a day to think about my trials and tribulations in which I have experienced, since the first day I can remember as a child.

How do you react when life gets hard and confusing and just plain old bumpy ruts which seem to not have an end in sight?

Would I react as Job did when he was faced with his trials? Job lost all he had including his ten children. We read in Job 1:20-22

Job 1:20

“Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,”

Job 1:21

“And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”

Job 1:22

“In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.”

King James Version (KJV)

I listen intently to the sermon and heard how Job loses his own health and was faced with adversity. Job worshiped God, Job blessed God and Job sinned not.

Could I or would I have done this if I was faced with Job’s adversities.?  Have I done this when faced with my own trials and tribulations?  Have I remained faithful?

I was 19 when I married my husband.  I was told I might not be able to have children due to female problems. So, we decided to try and after thinking it was not going to happen, I got a knock on the door.

I was up all night worried and frightened as my husband had not come home.  I tried his friends, his parents, places he might have stopped.  One hour, two hours, four hours and daylight was breaking, where could he be and why hadn’t he called me.

The knock was a police officer and my husband’s best friend. I was told in what seemed like slow motion, “you’re husband got in an accident and is dead”.  The next hours, day and minutes just didn’t add up in my mind; and the day went by with funeral details and expenses and family holding me and crying and sobbing and pain, so much emotional pain. My head hurt, my eyes felt swollen from the tears and I felt so nauseated I could barely breathe.  My body was in so much pain it was numb. I couldn’t think about anything but everything.  The thoughts and questions were so many and so many were unanswered.

A week past and I still felt so drained, so emotional and so out of control I ended up at the doctors to be told, “you are pregnant”. I sobbed so hard I am sure the entire office heard and felt my a sense of an unknown. I cried tears of sadness and tears of joy. I knew at that moment it was the child  we both wanted so very desperately; and had thought it was not going to happen as it had been a year long of trying and waiting and disappointment results each month.  My husband longed for his own child.  He already had a nephew and loved him like his very own. I knew he was going to make a marvelous father.

The morning sickness was excruciating and I found if I could just vomit, I was able to make it to work and get my mind off death and morning sickness. Though I was still mourning over the loss of my husband, I had some hope with the child inside of me.  We had already talked about a boy being named Dustin Scott and a girl was to be named Darcy Lee.  Perhaps, I could find happiness in spite of all the sadness.  I continued through the motions of life and then a severe pain hit me with cramping and sick to my stomach.  I made it to the bathroom to see blood.  My heart started racing and I thought please Lord please don’t take my child too.  I carried my small wonder of life for 2 and 1/2 months and then the Lord wanted this child home with him.  My heart sunk deeper and my energy felt depleted. I felt so very helpless and so very alone.

I was a saved child of God but I only had a small amount of milk from the Lord due to my own lack of understanding. I prayed and tried to find comfort but just didn’t know how to go about it. I didn’t have anyone as a role model or didn’t understand how I could help myself at the time. I just continued to go through the motions of life.

Looking back at this chapter in my life, I have a lot of I wish and I would have but it wasn’t and didn’t.  I do know if I hadn’t gone through this and so much more trials and tribulations I would not be where I am at – reading the Word and being feed meat everyday.

As a Christian, milk can only allow you to grow so far.  It’s the meat that allows you to blossom and find God’s love, grace, mercy and strength to endure all of lives trials and tribulations.

I want to be able for others to know without God and his word for us I could have never endured the trials and tribulations that have come into my life and I pray I will be able to let others know I have kept the faith.  As read in:

2 Timothy 4:7

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:”

Written in memory of: James Scott Coates

Daily Living =

I think using my church notes will not only benefit me to reflect on what I have been convicted on but also what you my reader will get out of it as well.  It’s a win – win for both of us.

Sunday’s sermon was a slight surprise as it’s ending our missions month and we all thought we would have a guest missionary speaker but instead we had our faithful pastor.  I have come to really enjoy my church and pastor over the past three and a half years.  Not once have I left without being convicted in my heart with either a song, scripture passage or the main theme of the sermon.  I have never felt bored or ready to go and the time zips by without my stomach even realizing it’s past lunchtime.  My church is a church of meat and substance.  If you want to learn about the Lord then find a church who preaches the bible and stands firm on it’s doctrines and principles.  Sunday’s meat was – daily living for the Lord.

How do you live daily for the Lord? How do you live daily as a Christian?  What if you are a new Christian and need understanding of what to do next?  The fact of the matter is we have a wonderful book which gives us all the answers and more, it’s the Holy Bible. The bible is the oldest piece of history available to us; with a wealth of wisdom and sound principles to live by. So in order to answer our questions, the first place to look is in the bible. To many times today we read incorrect “biblical” information or we see many Christians turning elsewhere for answers when it’s all right in the Holy Bible.

 

Let’s begin: How do you live daily for the Lord?

  • As Christians we know we are to strive to be like Christ, we read this in:

1 John 2:6

“He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.”

King James Version (KJV)

  • We are to call upon him daily, we read this in:

Psalms 88:9

“Mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction: LORD, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee.”

King James Version (KJV)

  • We are to be in the bible daily, we read this in:

Matthew 26:55

“In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me.

King James Version (KJV)

  • We also read this in:

Acts 17:11

“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

King James Version (KJV)

  • We should have daily fellowship with the Lord, we read this in:

Acts 2:46

“And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,”

King James Version (KJV)

  • We should encourage each other, we read this in:

Hebrews 3:13

“But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”

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Finally, we are to take up his cross daily, we read this in:

Luke 9:23

“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

May you continue not to lean on your own understanding and search the living word of God.

II John – Commanded to love

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I have finished my reading of 17 New Testaments in 17 weeks, however, I have not posted the remaining three books: II John, III John and Jude.  Here goes II John and we are going to read about the commandment to love.

2 John 1:5

“And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.”

King James Version (KJV)

I wonder what life would be like if we could just follow this one commandment.

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2 John 1:6

“And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.”

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We read about love right from the beginning of the bible.

Deuteronomy 6:5-7

And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:

And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

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Leviticus 19:17,18

Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.

Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.

 

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Are you following the Lord’s commandments?

In Luke we read about the rich young ruler and how we can inherit eternal life. Let’s read it now together.

Luke 18:18-27

And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.

Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.

And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.

Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.

And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.

And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved?

And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

John states the truth so clearly in his letter.

II John 1:8,9

Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.

Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

Again, I ask you are you walking in the commandments of the Lord?

Would you be free from your burden of sin

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Song of the Day

 Would you be free from your burden of sin

Would you be free from your burden of sin?
There’s power in the blood, power in the blood;
Would you o’er evil a victory win?
There’s wonderful power in the blood. There is power, power, wonder-working power,
In the blood of the Lamb;
There is power, power, wonder-working power,
In the precious blood of the Lamb.

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Would you be free from your passion and pride?
There’s power in the blood, power in the blood;
Come for a cleansing to Calvary’s tide,
There’s wonderful power in the blood.

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Would you be whiter, much whiter than snow?
There’s power in the blood, power in the blood;
Sin-stains are lost in its life-giving flow,
There’s wonderful power in the blood.

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Would you do service for Jesus your King?
There’s power in the blood, power in the blood;
Would you live daily His praises to sing?
There’s wonderful power in the blood.

Many times a song can convict one’s heart.  May you be blessed by today’s song. 

Resistance!

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How God can use work to disclose himself. I began my day as usual reading emails and organizing them according to priority.  The next several emails were quick answers and then I came upon this one from ProjectManager.com.  As I was reading this, I could hear the stillness of the voice of God. Reminding me how this is so much like the growth of a Christian or the fears of those who do not believe in our Lord Jesus Christ.  I have inserted in blue the reasons why the words of this work email stirred my heart.

I began my day, as usual, reading emails and organizing them according to priority.  The next several emails were quick answers; and then I came upon this one from ProjectManager.com.  As I was reading this, I could hear the stillness of the voice of God, reminding me how this is so much like the growth of a Christian or the fears of those who do not believe in our Lord Jesus Christ.  I have inserted in blue the reasons why the words of this work email stirred my heart.

Hi. I’m Susanne Madsen. Welcome to this whiteboard session How to Overcome Resistance to Change.

Resistance to change is a term that we tend to label people with when they are not willing to adapt to a new change or accept it. But oftentimes it’s not the change itself the people resist. They resist because they’re fearful they might lose something *** or that they would be no good at coping with the new state.

***Matthew 26:41 

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Let’s look at how we can help people to overcome those fears. The first step is to listen to people’s fears ***and concerns. Because this is an emotional thing, we’ve got to engage at that level. Listen to what people believe is going to happen. What are they afraid of? Empathize and try to see it from their point of view.

*** Exodus 20:20 

“And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.”

We also have to provide clarity and certainty. If you can give any guarantees at all that will make people calm down, do so. *** Also provide clarity about what will happen and what won’t happen. Some people are afraid because they create doom day scenarios and their minds run loose, but that’s because they don’t actually know what’s going to happen. You can help them provide that clarity by giving them more information about the change.

*** John 3:36 

“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

Psalms 9:17 

“The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”

Next, demonstrate what’s in it for each person. ***For sure, I’m going to be more pro a change if I understand that there are benefits for me. Put yourself in the other person’s situation and look at all of the ways in which this person would benefit, and convey that to them. There’s always two sides to the story.

***Matthew 19:16 

“And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?”

Mark 3:29 

But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:

You also have to make the status quo less appealing. *** If you want people to shift from a current state, the status quo, to a future state, you’ve got to make the status quo less appealing, and demonstrate that there are consequences if we don’t change. Maybe we are going to fall behind competition. In change management terms, we talk about creating a bit of a burning platform. Don’t create too much of a burning platform because that may just make people even more fearful, and that’s what you don’t want.

***Revelation 20:15 

“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Making people part of the *** story is another powerful way to make people overcome their fear of change. That means that you can draw people into it. Give them a role to play. You see, if you change something and I’m not part of it, I can criticize you and say well it’s just being done to me, and I can play the victim. But if I’m drawn into the story, if I have a role to play, then it’s much more likely that I’m going to be feeling positive towards this change.

Read the story of Esther

Lastly, slow down, *** because change can be emotional. It takes time to adapt to it and digest this emotional change. By slowing down the rate of change there’s a higher degree that people will be pro the change.

*** I Corinthians 3:

And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.

I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.

For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

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Are you resisting to believe or are you resisting to grow in your Christian walk?  Whatever the case may be,  may you lean not unto your own understanding and search the living word of God. 

Song of the Day – It is Well

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It is Well With My Soul is penned by hymnist Horatio Spafford and composed by Philip Bliss.  It was first published in 1876. The hymn was written after a traumatic even in Spafford’s life.  The first was the death of his son at age 2 and the second was the 1871 Great Chicago Fire, which ruined him financially.  (Information found on Wikipedia)

It is Well

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul

It is well
With my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul

It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, o my soul

It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul

 

Kindness Challenge- I Saw Heaven

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Kindness Challenge Week 5

Week 5 exercises- Pick at least one of the following to help you incorporate this week’s focus in your life:

  • Make a list of all of the kind things that happened to you today
  • Keep a journal handy to write details of something kind you’d like to remember
  • Find 5 kind things about your day
  • Focus on the things you have that money can’t buy
  • Say a few words of thanks for the kindness you noticed in your day
  • Meditate before bed and start off with focusing your thoughts on all that you’re thankful for today
  • Come up with a mantra or affirmation of appreciation you repeat before bed
  • Let thoughts of today’s kindness be the last place your mind goes as you go to bed
  • Extend the gratitude by expressing it to the people that showed you kindness
  • Come up with your own exercise

Tip: Remember, kindness comes in many forms. Focus on filling your thoughts and heart with all of the good things that happened today. This will make it easier to recognize kindness disguised as thoughtfulness, courtesy, generosity, sympathy, helpfulness or any other ways it might show up in your day.

If you aren’t currently on week 5 of the challenge, click here to find the post for the week you’re on.

As I continue in week 5 of the Kindness Challenge, I am sharing my end of the day kindness. I continue to incorporate the previous weeks challenges and feel a change of heart is happening as each week passes.

I am the one who is the “cheerleader” of our work team.  I am the one to focus on the positive. I am the one who tries to see the good in all people.  Many times, I have heard, “You live in a fairy land and not reality.”  At times this was hurtful, however, as the years pass I decided living positively is more important to myself and if others don’t choose this way of life, it’s about them and not me.  I am the one at the end of the day who needs to feel good about me.

It happened very slowly about 5 years ago, I had surgery and there was a complication.  It seems no one has or will understand what happened but I lost 7 days and 34 days in the hospital, along with a very long road of months of recovery.  Once, I was on the mend, others filled in the pieces of memories and events which took place. My mother shared with me, do you remember telling me you saw heaven.  Apparently, I was at a very low period and seven doctors surrounded me.  Right before they asked my mother to step out, I said to her, “Mom, I saw heaven.”  I so wish I could remember but by faith I truly believe I did and it was a turning point in my life.  It was time to get back on track with my Saviour Jesus Christ.

blink of an eye

I am currently in my third year of reading at least one passage of scripture a day, out of the living word of God-my bible.  I have read the bible from Genesis to Revelations. I have attended several bible studies and continue to dig deeper into the word of God.  God’s word is my strength, my hope, my joy and my salvation.  I am the most happiest when I start and finish my day reading the bible.  I am not trying to boast or sound prideful but it’s a lifestyle I am not going to change.  It’s about finding joy, peace and comfort in times of hardship and trouble.  It’s about knowing I am loved for me and I am made special just for God.  It’s the most simplest and free gift – to read God’s living word.

At the end of my days this week, here are some passages which filled my heart with joy and I hope they fill yours as well.

Psalms
Chapter 117

O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.

For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.

Isaiah 54:8

“In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.”

Colossians 3:12

“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;”

Proverbs 19:22

“The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.”

Romans 12:10

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;”

Ephesians 4:32

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

TURN US AGAIN, LORD

U-turns

To Bring you honour and glory

To hear your story

Turn us again, Lord

 

To be in troubled times, trials and tribulation

With all prayer and supplication

Turn us again, Lord

 

Be my correction

Jesus is my protection

Turn us again, Lord

 

Psalm 80:3 Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved

Revelation 1:12 And I turned to see the voice………..

May you lean not unto your own understanding and turn back to our Father God.

 

Poem by: Brenda L Bennett

 

Is Satan Real?

Seven Old Testament books and nineteen New Testament books refer to the existence of Satan.

Upon reading Ezekiel 28:13-19 (paraphrased) all precious stones were prepared the day you were created. You were perfect in your creation until iniquity was found in you. (God’s heart was lifted up because of his beauty) However, you corrupted wisdom by reason of your brightness. You have defiled my sanctuaries by multitudes of iniquities. I (God) will bring fire and devour you so you shall be never more.

In other words, God was proud of who he created. But pride, envy and jealousy got in this creation. Lucifer (Satan) becomes so self-absorbed that he wanted and still wants to be God. He wants all of God’s honor, glory and praise.

We read in Isaiah 14:12-17 (paraphrased) How have you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning.

Lucifer states:

  • I will ascend into heaven
  • I will exalt my throne above the stars of God
  • I will sit upon the mount of the congregation
  • I will ascend above the heights of the cloud
  • I will be like the most High!

We read in Ezekiel 28:14 Lucifer was the anointed cherub.

In Exodus 25:20 the cherubims stretched forth their wings on high, covering the mercy-seat.

In other words, this was a very important position.

Definitions:

Iniquity: grossly unfair behavior. (Evil, wickedness, wrong doings)

Annoited: chosen (blessed)

In the beginning, we know Satan decides to test his powers of wickedness and deceitfulness on Eve.

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field the Lord God had made.

Genesis 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman (Eve), Ye shall not surely die.

Eve was being tested. God had already told both Adam and Eve the law of the garden.

Satan is still alive and working in our lives today – we read in Ephesians 2:2 according to the prince of the power of the air (Satan), the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.

How do I know Satan is the power of the air? Because we read in John 12:30-32 Jesus answered and said, this voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. Now is the judgment of this world, now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

In other words, the prince of the air and the prince of this world is Satan.  This is why as Christians were are in a constant spiritual battle.

Upon reading II Corinthians 4:3-6 the god of this world (Satan) has blinded the minds of those who do not believe.

Remember – Satan is beautiful, subtle and very deceitful. He wants to have all glory and power. He wants to be God. He will do anything to get you NOT to believe.

We read in Romans 10:9 – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

In Romans 10:17 – So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Remember – Satan is the prince of the air and this world but by putting on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) Satan can not hurt us.  And lastly, remember, those who believe are on the winning side.

1 John 4:4 Put your name in place of ye and you, he-God and he-devil.

Ye (Brenda) are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he (God) that is in you (Brenda) than he(Satan) is in the world.

May you continue to search the living word of God to find your answers. 🙂

Why Church?

church-life

Why is it important to go to church?  Why is it important to find a good bible preaching church?

Church by definition is: a collective body of believers who profess and worship the Lord Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling ourselves together

forsaking: abandon someone or something; renounce or give up something valued

assembling: connecting together, group who have gathered together

Notice the first word of Hebrews 10:25  NOT

In other words, don’t give up on gathering together and not connecting together with a group of believers.

Hebrews 10:25 As the matter of some is; but exhorting another and so much the mores, as ye see the day approaching.

As Christians, who follow Jesus Christ, we should love what Jesus did and he loved those who worshiped and professed their believe in him.

1 Thessalonians 1:10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and be admired in all them that believe.

John 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they may also be one in us: that the world may believe thou hast sent me.

As Christians, we are in a constant spiritual battle with the flesh. Ephesians 2:2-5

What better way to fight the flesh, then to congregate with other believers and grow in the word of God.

We are told in Eph 6:11,13- Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 13- Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Going to a church, where the pastor preaches the word of God from the bible, will help us grow and keep the armour on and available to us. It so important to find a church where you are reading from the bible. If you don’t take your bible to church and read it together, how will you ever know if the pastor is reading the bible or ??? Why would you rely 100% on someone other than God to teach you his words?

As you read this, you may be thinking: I study, I pray and I am growing as a Christian without attending church. This maybe so, but, we know in Matthew 18:20: For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

 

Why church?

  • not forsaking
  • love what Jesus loves
  • equips us with the armour of God
  • above all else – he is in the midst of them!

 

Why NOT church?