Yesterday, He told me…

Jesus doesn’t start with money.

He starts with LOVE.

 

I don’t know if this touches anyone else, or even makes sense to them, but it hit me! When it comes to our needs, He doesn’t look at what we have or how much money we need. He starts with love. Out of His love and our love for others, needs are met.

How beautiful!

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I found this poem…

…in an old prayer journal! I was inspired, so I thought to share with you all. Enjoy!

4/4/07

Your ways                                                     

                        Not mine.

Your truth

                        Obliterates the lies

Your will

                        I want it too

Your love

                        Is my life’s building block.

Help me always choose You

I want to obey.

Give me strength

                        to give up what You do not desire

I desire Your love above all else.

Your beauty

                        Overcomes the ugliness of evil

Your joy

                        Gives me strength.

Evangelism.

Okay, so here’s what I’ve been thinking about…as a result of this post:

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And as I’ve been pondering that, this verse came up at Bible study:

Colossians 4:5-6 NLT
Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.

A response requires a question. Live wisely among unbelievers, and have the right response for them when they ask questions about your faith in Christ.

And then I thought of this one:

1 Peter 3:15 NASB
“…always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.”

Again! They will ASK YOU a question. The conversation seems to start with THEM. Hmm…

Jesus said to the to-be disciples, “Come, follow Me.”

Multiple times, Jesus said things that caused people to stop following Him. For example:

Luke 9:24
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.”

Luke 14:26
““ If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.”

John 6:54
He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

Mark 10:21
Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.””

He wasn’t afraid to not have followers. He invited others to Him; some followed, others chose to live their own lives instead of a life with Him.

Very interesting!!!

As I was thinking about this, this post came up in my Reader here on WordPress:

http://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/what-is-one-of-the-greatest-way-to-show-christ-to-the-world-live-holy-lives/

So what are your thoughts on evangelism?

For you–

Someone out there needed to hear this tonight.

God has a FUTURE and a HOPE for YOU!!!!

He has not forgotten you or the work you have done for Him!

For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.”
(Hebrews 6:10)

He has so much for you, even now, still!

Ask. You gotta ask!

On Saturday, I posted 1 Kings 3:5 (NLT)

“That night the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, ‘What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”

I posted that verse because God spoke to me through it. Right before I started to read the Bible Friday afternoon, I was reading through a book I’m sure that you’ve heard of: “The Prayer of Jabez.” Okay, so I admit I prejudged the book. It sounded like it was all about asking God only to bless you, to lead you into the abundant life. Yeah…I was so wrong. In fact, the author, Bruce Wilkinson, actually speaks against that attitude! “When we ask for God’s blessing, we’re not asking for more of what we could get for ourselves.”

Anyway, I digress. (LOL! I have always wanted to use that phrase! I hope you liked it 🙂 )

So, the prayer of Jabez (it’s in the Bible! 1 Chronicles 4:10) goes like this:

 Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested.”

My favorite part of that is this: “And God granted him what he requested.

So, I’m thinking about this as I start to read the Bible passages for the day–1 Kings 3. As I start, I stopped and prayed, “God, PLEASE speak to me through this today.”

The next setnece I read was, “That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, ‘What do you want? Ask and I will give it to you!”

Needless to say, I was a bit surprised! I mean…I was just thinking about the prayer of Jabez. Jabez had asked for what he wanted! He wanted God’s blessing, more land, for God’s hand of protection and that he would not be in pain. And God gave it to him. Now I was reading about God asking Solomon to tell Him what he wanted.

This was too great to be a coincidence of any sort. I love how God speaks!!

Then these verses came to mind:

Matthew 7:7
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

James 4:2

You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask.”

And since then, the Lord has also brought these to mind, too!

John 14:14
If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”

John 14:7
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

So…clearly, God wants us to ask Him for what we want!! There’s no question about that.

But now the question is…what should I be asking God for? LOL! This is no easy question.

So Lord, I ask you to fill our minds with the plans You have for us. Fill us with Your desires. May we not ask with wrong desires! Purify our minds to ask for what You want for us! Thank You that everything is wrapped up in You. We are Yours, Lord!! Thank You for allowing us to ask so that we may have!

Tuesday Tips: Just do it!

Just do it! …Like the Nike commercials! 🙂

Well, except that I don’t really know what exactly the Nike commercials are trying to tell me to do, unlike when I hear from God. When we ask Him, He definitely likes to show us what He wants us to do! I love that so much. (Thank You, Jesus for promising to speak to us!) (John 10:27)

But the thing is…when He tells us what He wants, we are no longer ignorant. We don’t have any excuse to not do what He has told us to do, because we know in our hearts that it’s what we want. (Even if you try to explain it away– “No, God. You would never ask me to do that!…I mean…would You?”) There is no valid excuse; when He tells us what to do, you better believe that you gotta to do it!

Things like…confess sin to your spouse/mom/dad/friends/siblings. Or return that shirt because it’s too low cut (even if you didn’t realize it at the store!) Or…go overseas for a mission trip! Or…give up $100 to someone who needs it! Or stop playing that video game because it’s taking up too much time? Or quit reading those books because they make you wish for something you don’t have!

There is no end to what kinds of things God might ask you to do. Remember, Jesus asked that rich young ruler to give up all of his money to the poor. He didn’t do it…and didn’t follow Jesus. That’s a great example. We must be willing to give up (or do!) whatever He tells us.

The thing about disobedience is that it hardens your heart to hearing His voice the next time. One of the reasons it’s so important to obey Him is found in this verse:

  • Hebrews 3:13,15
    But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin… Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts, as when they provoked Me.”

Disobedience is sin.

  • James 4:7 “Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

And sin separates you from God:

  • Isaiah 59:2
    But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.
  • 2 Chronicles 30:8
    Now do not stiffen your neck like your fathers, but yield to the LORD

The harder your heart is, the more stiff-necked you become, the more you will be leaning to your own ways instead of the leading of the Holy Spirit, and the harder it will be to tell what He is saying.

So if God is telling you TODAY that you need to quit/stop/do something, I pray He will help you do it TODAY!!

Jen

Jesus is still our Healer!

Today I thought of an experience I had a few years ago, (August 18, 2010) and I thought it would be perfect to share here with you! I hope you are encouraged! (This is quoted from a journal of mine that I wrote that day.)

I met a girl a couple months ago. Her name is Steff. I met her twice, and both times we wanted to hang out, but just never took the step. We tried once but something came up. It’s all in His timing!

So today, she texted me  and said she really needed to talk to someone. So for the first time I dropped over to her apartment (which is super close to my own.) She told me that she fell in a pot hole and is now suing the county because she broke her ankle and has now missed work for three weeks. Because she’s been missing work, she could only pay a portion of her rent and she told me today that she needed money by Friday or else she will be evicted!

As we were talking, she said that she’s mad at God and thinks He hates her. I gently corrected her and then asked if I could pray for her. She was all for it. (I was apparently feeling rather bold! Praise God!) So after I prayed for her financially and for her to know God’s love, suddenly, she mentioned how her ankle was really hurting. I realized that it wasn’t well yet and she had a lot of pain from it. So I quickly said, “Can I pray for it? Now?” And hallelujah–she said yes! She let me touch her ankle, and I prayed for the Lord to show her His love and heal her ankle, to take away the pain.

I stopped praying and asked her how it felt. She kind of didn’t do anything with like a shrug of the shoulders. Then she said, “It’s just kind of tingly.” I said, “Really? That’s how sometimes people feel God healing them–tingling and heat.” She was surprised and then I asked if I could pray again (I was getting really excited about the Lord, hehe!) His presence was really filling the place. So I prayed again and then she moved her ankle and was so surprised! “It doesn’t hurt as much…wow, really!” [she rubbed her foot] “I couldn’t even touch it before without it hurting!”

PRAISE JESUS! I said, “This is your opportunity to live for the Lord. He will be faithful, will you start living for Him?” She said yes! She grew up in a Baptist Church but hasn’t been to church in a long time and had been losing faith and is a little confused about God. I asked her if she had a Bible. She said she doesn’t and she didn’t understand it when she read it before because she had no one to explain it to her. I told her that I love to teach people about the Lord and she started talking about reading the Bible with me and man she jumped right on board! I AM SO EXCITED!!!

Wow, glory to God! And when I was leaving, we walked up the stairs and she giggled, “I was limping up these the last time I walked up them!” (She walked up them to greet me earlier!)

I can’t really express my excitement! wow! Praise the Lord. YAY!!!! Glory to the Lord Jesus Christ the Healer and Redeemer!!!!!!!

Have you ever had an experience what God physically healed someone when you had the boldness to pray for them? Like I wrote in my book, “You must pray for healing or the gift of healing will remain dormant, unused, unpracticed, and unseen.”

I would love to hear your stories!! God is so awesome…I’m waiting for Him to do it again! I need more boldness! Thanks for reading!

Joyce Meyer’s “Simple Prayer”

I was reading this book today, and came across this passage. I want to share:

“When we have power, we are able to pray expectantly, but at the same time, expectancy carries its own kind of power–the power of hope, the power of faith. God’s power is released when we pray in faith, trusting and believing Him, because faith pleases Him. Expectancy is an attribute of faith. Faith reaches out into the spiritual realm, and expects God’s supernatural power to show up and do what no person on earth could do. Doubt, on the other hand, is afraid nothing good will happen; it does not please God and is not something He tends to bless.”

Too often, I do that which does not please God–I doubt. I have been afraid nothing good will happen! I have been afraid of far more things than I have been hopeful about.

Father,

I ask for Your help! I pray that I will focus on what is good, lovely, trustworthy and true! Lord, I pray that I glorify You by putting my full trust in You. Not simply abandoning my hopes to You, but trusting that You will care for them and see all of Your promises through. Thank You, Jesus, that all of God’s promises in You are YES and AMEN!

2 Corinthians 1:20
For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.”

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things…

Psalm 4:5
…trust in the LORD.