Verse for Sunday’s followers

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Nehemiah 8:10

“Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

King James Version (KJV)

May you rejoice in the Lord today and let him be your strength.  No matter what trials or tribulations you are enduring remember to “ALWAY” rejoice in the Lord. 

1 John – My Sin

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We read in 1 John: God is light and has no darkness. God is love. God is the beginning and he is truth. We read about the fellowship of Jesus Christ who cleanses us from all sin. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Word. He is our advocate and the Holy Spirit abides in us.

Sin entered the world in the garden of Eden. Eve decides, she can have something even though she was told to leave it alone.  How many times does this happen to you?  You know you should not do something or say something which is not right. You feel it in your heart and know it just doesn’t sit right with you.

1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

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1 John 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself; he that believeth not God had made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 

We are all born of sin because sin entered this world when Eve did not obey God.

 

Psalm 38:18  For I will declare my iniquity; I will be sorry for my sins.

 

From the Websters Dictionary of 1828:

Repentance

REPENT’ANCE, noun

1. Sorrow for any thing done or said; the pain or grief which a person experiences in consequence of the injury or inconvenience produced by his own conduct.

2. In theology, the pain, regret or affliction which a person feels on account of his past conduct, because it exposes him to punishment. This sorrow proceeding merely from the fear of punishment, is called legal repentance as being excited by the terrors of legal penalties, and it may exist without an amendment of life.

3. Real penitence; sorrow or deep contrition for sin, as an offense and dishonor to God, a violation of his holy law, and the basest ingratitude towards a Being of infinite benevolence. This is called evangelical repentance and is accompanied and followed by amendment of life.

Repentance is the relinquishment of any practice, from conviction that it has offended God.

Paul reminds those in Corinth don’t forget to repent.  When you repent it must be more than just for a short time.

How many times do we only repent for a season?

II Corinthians 7:8-10

For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season.

Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

Parable of two sons – read Matthew 21:28-46

Who truly repented?

Romans 3:23

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

The good news is:  Jesus died for all sinners on Calvary.

Colossians 1:14

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”

Have you repented of your sins today?

 

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. 

I said YES ~ Secret Prayer Sisters

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This online bible study, the book and Lysa have encouraged me to be a “YES” person.  At the end of our Sunday School year, we were all asked what would you like to see or do for the following year.  Being new to this church, I brought up the idea of the “Secret Prayer Sisters”.  Many had not heard of this and wanted to know more, so I explained how the program worked at my last church.  It appeared to be well received and then I heard the underlying ~ who will take on this role of facilitating.  At the time, I only made the suggestion.

Well, since June, God has been tugging at my heart.  Brenda ~ you can do this program and lead it with success.  You have the means and the knowledge to carry this out and reach members in the church. For reasons I don’t understand,  many ladies of my church have not become involved with our Adult Sunday School Program.  This just might be a small way of connecting these ladies.

Of course, I need to research and be sure I can develop this program.  My goal is to get 50 ladies involved at my church.  Why 50, because we celebrate our 50th Anniversary at church this year and 50 is a magically number.

 

Research:  meaning of secret

secret: not know or seen or not meant to be know or seen by others.

Research: what does the bible say about unseen

Matthew 24:36

“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.

Just as we do not know when Christ will return, the Secret Prayers Sisters will not know who is faithfully praying for them throughout the program period.

Just as the online bible study, brought about many many prayers to many Sisters of who we did or did not know, I believe each and everyone of us were touched in several astounding ways and ways we have yet to comprehend or see.  I want this to happen with my 50 sisters in my congregation.  Just imagine 50 ladies in the same church, praying and encouraging each other in their walk of faith.

I am proud to be a “YES” girl and overjoyed # I said Yes.