“Praise The Lord, my soul, and forget not His many benefits, who forgives all your sins and heals your diseases” (Psalm 103:2,3 NIV).
1) Praise Him for all He has done, is doing and will do for us simply because He loves us and His mercy endures forever.
2) Don’t forget His many benefits–giving us victory over everything the enemy plots against us, gives us favor with men (and women), loves us unconditionally, grants us new mercies every morning, forgives our sins and tosses them into the sea of forgetfulness, gives us chance after chance after chance to get living right for Him, and then He heals all our diseases–either miraculously or through the wisdom He has poured into physicians to accurately diagnose and treat whatever ails us.
3) Live for The Lord, obey His Word, Testify of His goodness and Walk worthy of the calling He has placed upon your life.
He is God and He is Good for He can do nothing else but be Himself!
There is a name that is highly exalted–a name above all others–a name by which no other can save, deliver, heal, and forgive–that name is Jesus! If there was ever a time for us to call upon Him, that time is now. It is not the time to murmur or complain, but to call upon Him to do what no other can do–speak to the hearts of those who are in authority and make this place a better place–for all who love the Lord and choose to live for Him. Pray for the ungodly, the unlovable, the foolish, and the wise that we may become more like Him every day–learning to love and do all He has required of us.
“If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus…” (I Timothy 4:6 NIV)
What were the things Paul was referencing to Timothy?
In order to understand this scripture within the context of it being stated, one would have to read from the 1st verse to the end. But, for the purposes of responding to the question, I’ll state this much: Paul was reminding Timothy of a time to come when seducing, deceiving, ungodly spirits would influence mankind and he wanted Timothy to be on the alert and told him what to watch for.
Are we at that time in our society where we can see “deceiving spirits and doctrines taught by demons”?
Any doctrine–allegedly used to support Christian faith–that does not align with The Word is a doctrine of demons. Who are the demons? Look around you. Pay attention to what is being taught; especially those things that are contrary to The Word. We need not get upset with people, but we certainly need to pray for deliverance for those who are being influenced by the demons.
In Romans 1:26-32–other admonitions and warnings to Christians as to the changing times and demonic influence being used, we see that the time Paul referenced is indeed now. What are we who know the truth going to do about it? I don’t know about you, but I’m calling on the name of Jesus to reveal truth, expose every demon, remove the blinders from all who have been deceived, and return their hearts to receive truth. He can and will do all that people allow Him to do. He will not force people to receive truth, but He will use all who are willing to promote and teach truth of The Word–not political correctness (the doctrine of demons) and it those who promote the truth that Paul is saying is a good minister of Christ Jesus. Where do you stand?
My husband and I are enjoying a wonderful visit with our niece, her husband, and their two sons. We’ve never visited with just our two families…usually our visits are confined to extended family events, which are always filled with fun, food, confusion, and lots of noise. Did I mention LOTS OF NOISE??? Haha!!! Although we love our time with the whole family, it can get overwhelming!
Something my great nephew did when they first arrived at our home kind of jolted me. In a good way…it was refreshing. The same scenario happened with one of the sons of our previous houseguests, who are very good friends of ours, who had never been to our home before.
As soon as the boys came in the house, I noticed them looking around, especially up the stairs. After a few moments of that, one of my (great) nephews said, “Can you show us your…
“There is a way that seems right unto men, but that way leads to death” (Proverbs 16:25 Paraphrased)
No matter what men/women do or what office they hold, they are still–men–fallible human beings.
Those men/women are not God and God will not uphold those who proclaim what He has said is wrong to be right.
For anyone who can oppose God and see nothing wrong–be very afraid–of the chaos that is bound to reign. Men/women are fickle and are constantly changing their minds, but God is and always will be a constant in our lives and He shall have the final say.
“If my people, who are called by my name, would humble themselves and pray, and turn from their wicked ways, then would I hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal the land” (2 Chronicles 7:14 Paraphrased).
Father, in the name of Jesus–hear the cries of those who know You and understand Your ways that are not the ways of man–speak to our hearts and cut away the hardness that we will hear You, and repent, while we yet have a chance. Amen!
“For by grace (the free gift of God) are we saved, not of works so no man can boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9 paraphrased).
No matter what people may say, we cannot “earn” our way into heaven by doing good works; however, our good works are an indicator that we are “saved” and of our faith in that salvation (the work of Jesus).
We are not saved because we follow the rules established by man, but by obedience in God’s Word–love Him and love others.
Contrary to popular belief (in some settings), baptism does not “save” us. It is good to be baptized, but some folks have gone into the water a dry devil and come up a wet one.
Speaking in tongues doesn’t save us (although it is good to exercise our prayer language when we are filled with the Holy Spirit); the demons know how to mock us in speaking in tongues and do all manner of evil–perpetrating as a Christian.
No, we are saved because of God’s love for us–no other reason–when we accept the sacrifice of His Son–His death, burial, and resurrection. We cannot earn His favor, but we can accept it and live like we love Him. Hallelujah!
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3)
Has your heart been broken lately? Is it lying in pieces on the floor or scattered across the nation?
Hearts are such a fragile part of us–both naturally, emotionally, and spiritually. In the natural, if we don’t protect our hearts–our hearts won’t function appropriately to pump the blood needed to keep us alive. When we don’t eat right or exercise or don’t see doctors on a regular basis, pieces of our hearts can end up in an operating room–discarded for non-use.
If we don’t guard our emotions–keep them in check–learn to love us so we’ll know when others are capable of love–little bits and pieces of our hearts end up travelling across the nation when we give them away, indiscriminately. We cannot “fall in love” with everyone we meet and when we try–we open the door for them to use their lying tongues to cut away little pieces here and there until we learn to hate more than to love.
If we don’t protect our relationship with God–we allow the enemy to infiltrate and cause us to be delusional–believing any lie he puts forth and then we become depressed and oppressed.
But our God is an awesome God! He heals and fixes all the hurts, gives us opportunity to correct the abuse of the natural heart, has inspired mankind with knowledge to keep the blood flowing so we can live–in spite of our indiscretions with food and laziness. He opens our eyes to see those who are not good for us or to us and moves them out of our lives and He never leaves us alone–He is always there, no matter what the enemy attempts to get us to believe. Our God is the only One who can fix a heart–bind the wounds–and keep us walking upright, spiritually, physically, and emotionally. Enter into His operating room today and be healed in the name of Jesus!
There are times when life gets so busy that we cannot think clearly because we’re trying to do so much!
Have you ever noticed that the more you attempt to do at one time, the greater the likelihood that mistakes will be made and you’ll have to go back and fix things?
There is an old adage that states, “haste makes waste” and it is still relevant today.
I have discovered that if I attempt to do things in a hurry, without taking my time, I’m more prone to mess it up and have to go back and redo it or start all over again. What I’m trying to do now is to learn how to rest in Jesus, so I can start with a clear mind–no cobwebs, no distractions, and can see clearly everything that must be done before me. When I finish, I make an attempt to review what I’ve done so I can assure myself that everything is right; especially since I hate re-doing anything because it is so time consuming.
At any rate–let’s try harder to do it right the first time–so we won’t have to re-visit anything. We can do this when we learn to rest in Jesus, trust Him with all our heart, soul, and mind and stop leaning on our own understanding. Rest in Him and see everything with clarity!
A man went to a barber shop to have his hair and his beard cut as always. He started to have a good conversation with the barber who attended him. They talked about so many things and various subjects. Suddenly, they touched the subject of God. The barber said:
“Look man, I don’t believe that God exists as you say so.”
“Why do you say that?” asked the client. “Well, it’s so easy, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God does not exist. Tell me, if God exists, would there be so many sick people? Would there be abandoned children? If God exists, there would be no suffering nor pain. I can’t think of a God who permits all of these things.”
The client stopped for a moment thinking but he didn’t want to respond so as to prevent an argument. The barber finished…