Goooood morning!

I flipped to Proverbs this morning and saw this verse:

Proverbs 29:18b
But wise men turn away anger.” (NASB)

Have you ever considered that you can turn away anger? I can choose whether I’m going to say yes or no to being angry! By God’s grace, I will choose to forgive and turn away anger.

I have this little image in my mind after reading this verse. Anger is ringing my doorbell. I get to the door and see that it’s him, and I just say, “Oh, you again.” And I wave him on, not even opening the door! I can either let him in, entertain him for a while, and try to make him leave, or I could just turn him away at first sight.

Praise God! He has given us the choice. Will we forgive? Or will we remain angry? Thank You Lord Jesus, for the strength and the grace to turn away anger. Give us Your will and enable us to do all that You call us to. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Glory to God. Be blessed today! With love.

Romans 8:3-4

While reading the Word this evening, these words struck me as amazing. What a gracious God, to fulfill the requirement of the Law for us.

“For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of  sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”

Faith & Love & Works

I spent some time with the Lord the other day, and He sure had a lot to say! This is some of what I recorded as I spent time in His presence. It’s amazing how He speaks when we listen.  I would love to hear your thoughts. What is in bold is what I heard Him speak. Some of this might be a little…haphazard, but I hope you can understand it! 🙂

I want you to give of yourself and give of yourself. Don’t let up. Keep giving, keep giving. That’s love. Love never fails.”

1 Corinthians 13:7, 8
Love “bears all things.” “Love never fails.”
You keep at it!

Prophecy fails (ends)
Tongues will have an end.
Knowledge will also have an end.

But LOVE….love goes on and on and on! It never fails! It never doesn’t come through!

Heard: “the unceasing love of the Lord.”

Your loving-kindness reaches to the heavens.

Thought of song lyrics: “Your love, it never fails, it never gives up. It never lets go of me.”

“Consider the interests of others as more important than yourselves.” (from Phil 2)

You have so much more of yourself to give. Your giving muscles are weak, I will help you strengthen them. You have more to give than you know.

Remember that I know the hearts of all men.”

“But Jesus, knowing their hearts…”

1 John 3:20
“God is greater than our hearts and knows all things.”

Heard: “Don’t be exhausted. Cast all your cares on Me. Cease from dead works. You can do all things through Me because I strengthen you.”

[Quickened eye glance] (this is when I see something out of the corner of my eye and the Lord says something along the lines of, “This is important! Pay attention” before I actually read it.)

1 John 3:16-18
“We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay our lives down for the brethren. Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed & truth.”
But whoever has the world’s gods, and sees his brother in need, and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?”

[heard:] “faith working itself through love.” (Galatians 5:6)

I think of all the Compassion children and World Vision requests for money. My heart is toward toward them—I am not closed toward them.

[Quickened eye glance]
James 2:14-17
“What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or a sister in without clothing and in need of daily food and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,’ and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what good is that? Even so, faith, if it has works, is dead, being by itself.”

Hmmm…
works are proof of faith. Faith is the proof of the unseen and what’s to come. (see Hebrews 11:1)

So, works, prove faith and faith proves the unseen.
But works do not prove the unseen or what’s to come.

Lol! I heard the Lord say : “The proof is in the pudding.
The proof of your faith is your works—

  • Meeting others’ needs
  • Persistently asking God until He gives
  • Obedience to the Lord and His word
  • Giving of yourself and giving of yourself to others
  • Giving of money

Works are the only part of your faith that can be seen by men—

HEARD: “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

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[Another quickened eye glance] Whoa, I never understood this before:

James 5:1-3
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten. Your gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure!

But now I get it, totally.
Their clothes, and money that might have been given to the poor…they are WASTED! Their clothes and money –stored up treasures—now just wasted, destoryed, worthless, when many might have been helped, none were.

How terribly sad!

[And how many of us are living like this? Buying things just to buy them, but storing them…doing nothing with them, not using them? Give what you have that you do not use before it becomes unusable! ]

Oh Lord I pray that we will not waste our money on needless things when children are starving or when they need clothing! Father, help us all give away our extra clothes and money for the hungry!!


So in summary, You’ve said that my ‘work’ (good deeds) that is the proof of my faith (faith that You will provide for us no matter what jobs we have or don’t have) is to not stockpile treasure (money, stuff) here on earth, but giving away our extra, having proof (our faith) that You will absolutely provide for whatever need comes up!
I will not worry about tomorrow!

Wow! What a word from Your throne!

Heard: “Now share it.”

Matthew 5:42 “Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.”

Matthew 6:24 “(you cannot serve God and wealth”)
Matthew 6:24b- 34
(I’m seeing this in light of giving what you have today, and God will provide for tomorrow!)
Particularly:
v.30-31 “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry, then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’
So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will take care of itself.”

That is quite the “risk”–living by faith, giving up what you have today when you are asked to, trusting that God will give you what you will need for tomorrow!

Now those works are definitely proof of your faith in God!

I think of this, when Jesus sent the disciples out to preach: “He instructed them that they should take nothing for their journey, except a mere staff—no bread, no bag, no money…” (Mark 6:8)
All by faith, risking having no food! Instead trusting God to provide for them through whatever means were available.

Thoughts on Faith part 2!

Faith is evidence that what you believe will happen.

Whoa. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” NASB Hebrews 11:1

“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” NLT Hebrews 11:1

Faith assures us, it’s like proof that what we don’t see is real/will happen. Like a special knowledge paired with belief.

Hebrews 4:2 For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard.”

The word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard.”

Faith completes the word of God. Phew. Faith completes the word of God. Faith completes the word God speaks to me about my life. About others. Faith completes the word of God.

Faith gives life to God’s word in your heart.

Faith is proof. Wow.

The world/many of us Christians see faith as hope or belief in God. But this is way bigger. Faith is the proof of what you believe. How can I wrap my head around this??

1 Peter 1:5

And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.”

Well faith is also those things too—belief in God, trust in God, belief that He will do what He set out to do, but when we have faith– the spirit filled faith– that’s the proof we need in order to believe that something will happen—the proof that what He said is going to happen is going to happen.

Like when I was praying about going to India. I wasn’t really sure, I didn’t have the faith that God was calling me to go, so I kept entrusting it to Him, that He would tell me. He told me by giving me an extra “measure of faith” –

Romans 12:3 “God has allotted to each a measure of faith.”

And that was the proof in my heart that God had certainly called me to go!! I had lots and lots faith.

Faith Grows: “as your faith grows” 2 Corinthians 10:15

Faith can also run dry. We need God to give us more and more faith –as the proof that He is working, He is answering our prayers. We need conviction that what we have prayed for is going to happen. We need proof, Lord!

2 Corinthians 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”

So what builds up my faith? HEARING THE WORD OF CHRIST.

And when I hear His word, I receive faith to believe it…and faith united with the word brings profit (the promise into fulfillment)!! (see Hebrews 4:2 – “but the word they heard did not profit them because it was not united by faith in those who heard.”)

Let us be faithful to ask God for more faith!!

Luke 17:5 The apostles said to the Lord,Increase our faith!””

Luke 17:5 NLT The apostles said to the Lord, “Show us how to increase our faith.”


So who is responsible for increasing our faith??

AMP–

The apostles said to the Lord, Increase our faith (that trust and confidence that spring from our belief in God).”

Oooo I like that definition of faith: “trust and confidence that spring from our belief in God.”

The Lord also stirs up faith, He did to me last week when I was pondering something I love to do and wondering if I’ll ever have the chance to do it again. I was filled with joy and faith that no matter what happens on earth (whether I have the chance here to do it again or not) I will be able to sing harmoniously and make beautiful, breathtaking music with a beautiful choir in heaven because He has given me that gift of song!! Oh, I can’t wait! And now I feel like I may have the opportunity again while on the earth, too. Thank You for fresh faith, Lord!

I can’t make myself have faith. The word of God brings faith. That’s a powerful word right there.

But, although I can’t make myself have faith, I can certainly make myself hear the word of God!! lol! Especially if we have it memorized and we quote it! Then our hearts and minds “hear” the word of God, and come into alignment with it, uniting the word with FAITH

Rambling Thoughts on Faith part 1

Wow! God has been sparking me into new faith! I’ve been going to Bible study and hearing from Joyce Meyer on her Battlefield of the Mind series and it’s fantastic!! God is really giving me new faith concerning His word. The Lord has been prompting me to write a second book but I have been very “faithless” about it and not acting as though I believe His word concerning me about writing this next book. The topic of the book is faith, ironically, so I know He must be teaching me about faith in even this circumstance.

I’ve been trying to pay more attention to my thoughts (something Joyce really encourages that we may have our minds renewed into the image of Christ–see Romans 12:2). Today I was pondering my book and then my mind went off in the direction it typically does when the topic comes up– “oh…no I don’t have any idea what to write…it’s overwhelming…I just can’t do it right now…I’m confused about it, there’s so much…” etc etc. Then BAM I suddenly realized, “No! These are not the thoughts I need to be thinking!”  So instead, I began declaring out loud, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Phil 4:13.) God is not a god of chaos, but a God of peace! (1 Corinthians 14:33). God will not overwhelm me–He leads me and guides me where I should go (Psalm 32:8).” Then I had such a different out look! Awesome, praise God! Did you know that that’s how Jesus fought off satan’s temptations? He quoted Scripture!! We have that same power and privilege.

Tomorrow I’ll give you some of today’s thoughts that I wrote about faith. Praise God!! Ask Him for more faith today. What He’s saying is pow-er-ful. 🙂