Don’t Do What They’re Doing!

Recently, I’ve been studying how to listen to the voice of God. I’m working to train my ears to always hear Him in the midst of everything. I know that God is always speaking, my issue is always hearing.

Today, in an attempt to rush to my vehicle I decided to follow a tall gentleman and hop over some mud that stood between me and my car. Now, please understand that I stand at all of 5′ 3″.😁 Needless to say, I almost made it, except that my flip flop slipped and muddy water splashed all over me. Gross! 😵🤮🥺

I’m sorry to say that I had a melt down. Although not as bad as I would have years ago, thanks to some needed maturity! (Thank You God!). I wiped off what I could while moving the car to another location.

A little while later I was able to clean some of the dirt off of me. While dreaming about the shower that I would take as soon as I got home, I began to think about the situation. I started speaking to the Holy Spirit, asking, “why did I do that?”

The answer came immediately. “Why were you doing what they were doing?” (Two people had jumped over the mud). I became convicted. I can’t do what other people do. I can’t live like others live.

What would have happened if I stopped and prayed about it? It would have taken a moment to hear God say to walk around. The area is always muddy and I ordinarily walk around. Why did I decide to follow the crowd?

I’m learning to depend on God and not on myself and here was a classic example of the simplicity in doing so. I had to wait for my appointment while being mud-drenched and dirt streaked.

How often do we do something without seeking God? What are the consequences of not taking the time to listen? How much better would life be if we would just listen?

Are we still following the crowd? How’s that working for us? Does it lead us down the wrong path?

Are we afraid to walk on our on fearing that we will stand out?

Here’s what the Bible says…

Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord . Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you.
2 Corinthians 6:17 NLT

https://bible.com/bible/116/2co.6.17.NLT

God has placed in you a temple where He can live. When we accept Him into our lives we are changed. Think about it, police officers shouldn’t act like criminals and criminals don’t act like the police. Caterpillars turn into butterflies and never return to crawling. After they learn to fly they continue to fly for the rest of their life.

Here’s another…

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9 NLT

https://bible.com/bible/116/1pe.2.9.NLT

We are just not the same anymore. Especially, if we’ve surrendered or lives to Christ. A change takes place. It’s an immediate change that continues to grow in us.

If we learn to embrace the fact that we’re changed and are, in fact, changing, it begins to resonate in our minds and in our actions.

I’m still learning and definitely still growing. I have found God to be the greatest Father because He shows His patience through our process. He’s wonderful!

I don’t know what you are experiencing today, but let me encourage you. Don’t do what they’re doing. Speak openly and honestly with God, your Father. After you’ve poured out your heart before Him, listen. I mean, stop what you’re doing and really LISTEN. He’s going to say something to you and no matter what it is, IT’S GOING TO BLESS YOU.

Everyday With Jesus!

Everyday!

“Everyday with Jesus is sweeter than the day before”, was a song we used to sing growing up.  I believe that as we grow closer to God the lyrics of this song become a reality.  Each day becomes sweeter.  I’ve taken the last few weeks to mourn the loss of my Grandfather and now while I am still grieving, I recognize the need to do what I am called to do in God and that’s why I’m back with something new to help us grow in God.

April is here!

April is upon us and as I explained in a post last week, God dropped a jewel in my spirit.  The jewel was a new focus on scriptures for our everyday living.  It is so important to study the word of God on an everyday basis and the bible gives us further instructions for daily living.  This may sound overwhelming, but as we grow in God, we find that His yoke really is easy, as each instruction leads us into a life of peace, even while chaos may be all around us.

Everyday With Jesus!

Together We Can Do It!

I pray that you will take this journey with us during the month of April as we read, study, pray and meditate on these scriptures.  Share your thoughts, questions and testimonies with us.  Let’s do this together.

Stay tuned for the scriptures that we will look at together this month.  Until then, God bless you, God loves you and remember God Wants You Happy!

Yes, You Can Bear It!

1 Corinthians 10:13
Yes, You Can Bear It!
To read the entire context of this scripture, go back and read verses 1-18.  The scripture begins talking about people who became “caught up”, so to speak, in their situations.
Our Attitudes and Opinions
No matter what happens in our lives and we form an opinion and attitude towards the circumstance.  It can be minor or major.  We either like it or dislike it.  Either way, it is our attitudes and our actions that produce the outcome of every situation that we encounter.

DON’T STOP READING!

I know that that last sentence may have caught you off guard, it’s okay.  Keep reading, I’ll make it clearer as we go on.  You see, just like in the first 11 verses of 1 Corinthians, Chapter 10, the actions of the Israelites placed them in a worse position than they started in.  There are times when we say and do things that place us in in terrible positions and when we look back we realize that there was another way to have handled things.  Verse 6 says, “these things were our examples”.  They continue to be examples for us.
What Can I Bear?
If you are anything like me, you are doing your best to live this life.  With all that you put in (even with room for improvement), it seems as though there are times when everything on earth that can go wrong, just goes WRONG.  What do you do when this happens?  Is this your life now?  If so, what are you doing now?  What did you do the last time your life was in the holding pattern or worse, sliding down into a bottomless pit?
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This is where the scripture brings us.  First, in verse 12, we are warned to be careful, because we all have the ability to fall.  We all mess up, we all get it wrong sometimes.  Stop thinking, “I got this”, that thinking will cause you to fall.  Verse 13, tell us that God gives us a way of escape so that you can bear all that you are going through.
ESCAPE!
That escape is God, Himself.  He is the Great I AM!  The beginning and the end.  He loves you more than anyone on this earth and has a plan for your life so that you succeed, Jeremiah 29:11.
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The Point!
Don’t fall in the trap of your situation.  Stop and think about what you are going through.  Don’t argue, don’t get depressed, don’t fight, don’t ignore the situation.  Look to your God, Who has made a way of escape for you.  Does that mean that you won’t deal with the situation?  Of course not.  This means that there is a way for you to deal with the situation and you won’t regret it tomorrow.  You will be able to handle the situation with peace of mind and it won’t overtake you.  The problem will go away in its own time, but it won’t consume you.  When you let God give you your escape the outcome is in YOUR FAVOR, yes, it works out for YOUR GOOD!

Yes, You CAN Bear It!

1 Corinthians 10:13 New Living Translation (NLT)

13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

“NO FEAR”

Acts 4:29-31
“No Fear”
How is God dealing with you in this area?
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These believers had just witnessed Peter and John getting thrown into prison and even though, they were released at this time, the people were afraid of what would happen to them.
They took their problem (their fear) to God and left it right there!  What would happen in our lives if we trusted God with everything that we are unsure about?  How would things turn out if we asked and trusted God for the miraculous to happen in Jesus’ name.
After their prayer the place shook and they were able to proceed with boldness.
I want to see your confidence and your boldness.
Will you give God the issue and trust Him to do the miraculous today?

Acts 4:29-31(NLT)

29 And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. 30 Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

31 After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.

Faith & Patience

We look everywhere for a quick schemes.  Get-rich quick, lose weight quick, learn quick, etc.  We are living in a “microwave” age where we want everything Quick.Fast. and in a Hurry.

We live in a “microwave” age.

In the book of James, the 1st chapter, it’s a lot different.  Here we are told that we are going to experience troubles.  We are told to have joy while we experience these problems because it is a testing of our faith.  Trust is believing and knowing without a shadow of doubt that God will come through.  Faith requires patience.  Patience means wait a while.  The while doesn’t have a timer, it can be fast or slow, but waiting definitely comes with the territory.  It’s important while we faithfully wait to believe and stay focused on the goal.
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We absolutely can not be double minded. We must have faith and be patient when we ask anything of God. For example, to ask God for a house, you have to believe God for the house. If you turn around and say, “I’ll never get a house”, you’re faith is not in action. If you ask God to help you and then you do things your own way, this is a lack of patience and it says that you don’t trust God for His perfect way. Every thing in your life takes FAITH and PATIENCE.
James 1:2-8:

2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.

The Veil is Removed!

Grace and Peace!

I thank God for removing the veil from my life! 

We don’t have to worry about God’s glory fading away from us, we have the ability to communicate with God our Father and the Holy Spirit helps us to understand Him.

It doesn’t matter what you are going through or how bad it has gotten, you can now live free.  You can give God all of your problems and ask Him to show you the way out of them.  It’s then up to you to get some sleep or some rest while you wait on His answer.  Once you receive the answer you can then run and get it done, but you don’t have to worry.

God’s Glory won’t fade like it did in Moses’ day.  If you stay connected, He will stay right there and give you peace in the middle of that problem.  He will bless you if you believe Him for the blessing!

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He wants to to bless you and that is why He removed the veil!

Trust Him for your happiness today!

2 Corinthians 3:7-18:

7 The old way,[a] with laws etched in stone, led to death, though it began with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses’ face. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading away. 8 Shouldn’t we expect far greater glory under the new way, now that the Holy Spirit is giving life? 9 If the old way, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new way, which makes us right with God! 10 In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new way. 11 So if the old way, which has been replaced, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new, which remains forever!

12 Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold.13 We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory, even though it was destined to fade away. 14 But the people’s minds were hardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. 15 Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand.

16 But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.