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The Word of God will not return Empty but will Accomplish what He Desires and Achieve the Purpose for which He sent it

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We must learn through the most dangerous and difficult circumstances that God’s grace is sufficient for us.

Through difficulty we can grow in our knowledge of faith and godliness which will be an indispensable principle for our future.

The great trials and dangers we have experienced would ever led some of us to know God as we do, trust Him as we have and draw from Him the great measure of His grace so indispensable during our times of greatest need.

Sometimes perseverance must finish the work.

– paraphrased from Streams in the Desert

Without Faith There Can Be No Hope

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They say trials and suffering builds character but it is not just only character that trials and suffering builds but faith as well. Faith is the building block, the firm foundation that builds character.

Everyone has faith and belief in something, this is what motivates and inspires people in whatever they do. Their faith and belief in whatever is what gives them hope especially when they face hardship. As one goes through difficulty and can see no light or relief coming soon, who and where do they turn to??? You have to have faith in something, you have to believe in something that will give you hope for a better tomorrow. So the question now becomes who or what do you believe in and who or what do you place your faith in??? Yourself, another human, fate, destiny or God?

There are some trials and circumstance that are heavy to carry, that can shake your belief and faith system and that can make you question everything you believe in. When these type of trials occur you are left with only to two choices.  The choice you chose will determine your future, faith and character.

Your choice of what you do when faced with such despair and difficulty is where true growth happens and character is built… you either grow in character and strength or you grow in bitterness and anger. Do you chose to follow Christ and believe in him when everything looks and feels over or do you give up  and give in to the feeling of despair and hopelessness.

Honestly, it is very easy to give into despair and hopelessness and just give up. Thinking life won’t get better. But be careful because danger lies in that path. Before we know it, we begin to complain and soon that complaining turns into rebellion of the Lord. Look at the Israelites in the desert…their grumbling led to them being in the desert for 40 years. A whole generation died and did not see the Promised Land. Somewhere on their journey they lost hope because they lacked faith. Without faith we can have no hope.

Then there is Joseph, he kept to the way of the Lord and did not let false imprisonment and betrayal break him or rob him of his faith in God. In fact, Joseph’s trial built his faith in God and his Character. It was his faith that gave him hope for a better tomorrow when all seemed naught. With faith Joseph had hope in tomorrow and God delivered him and gave him a future.

Not only so, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. – Romans 5:3-5 ESV

 

 

Thought Of the Day – Good Understanding

Obey my commands and live!
Guard my instructions as you guard your own eyes.
Tie them on your fingers as a reminder.
Write them deep within your heart.
Love wisdom like a sister;
make insight a beloved member of your family.
Proverbs 7:2-4 NLT

Some Time Later The Brook Dried Up (1 Kings 17:7)

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The dwindling brook at the Keith Ravine, where Elijah sat deep in thought, is a true picture of each of our lives. “Some time later the brook dried up” – this is the history of our yesterdays and a prophecy of our tomorrows.  One way or the other, we must all learn the difference between trusting in the gift and trusting in the Giver. The gift may last for a season, but the Giver is the only eternal love. – Streams in Desert, L.B. Cowman

Thought Of The Day

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I Feel It In My Bones You Are About To Move

Have you ever felt goosebumps under your skin when you hear a song and its beat. You just feel the beat in your bones and the vocals make you just quiet and you find yourself leaning in and the words of the song gives you HOPE with your hand lifted in Praise.

 

Jesus Calling – Sarah Young

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Stop using your magnificent mind to worry about tomorrow, for you will cloak yourself in dark unbelief. Let hope of heaven fill your thoughts so that the light of God’s presence envelops you.

Discipline Is a Necessity

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Blessings can become a curse whenever they are misused and abused. Be careful with every gift the Lords blesses you with. Be humble and grateful, do not horde it, do not become arrogant and remember it was not by your own will that you got to your current position. Don’t take your eyes of the Lord.

Remember both Saul and Solomon were God’s anointed, David and Bathsheba and Samson.

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” – Job 1:21

The Purpose Of Life Is To Serve God…Yes, But HOW Do You Serve God???

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As I read Colossians 1: 9 to 14, the words that came to my mind was remember when you ask yourself what is the purpose of life? What is next for me? These verses are the answer to your questions.

The purpose of life is to serve God but more specifically is How do you serve God??? and the verses kept saying this is how you serve Him –

Ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit givesOnly the Spirit can give discernment so that you don’t make the mistake of confusing  your own logic and desire with the Lord’s will. God is the authority and has the final say. Man plans but God disposes. Know His will first.

So that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, … Christ paid the ransom for your life, use this life as an opportunity to spread the gospel and do not hinder others in their faith walk. In everything you do bring honor to God and bear good fruit. Knowledge of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Lord is never ending but ever growing. Never stop growing your relationship with God.

Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patienceno matter the trial and circumstances… Stand with the Armor of God. Remembering perseverance builds character and character, hope but without hope (in the Lord) we are nothing.

Giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light…. Be forever grateful, humble and thankful. Do not take for granted the presence, mercy, grace and love of God.

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sinsWe have been reconciled, our eternal home with God is waiting for us. Look to that always and not the things of this world.

So remember, before you go through any endeavor put it in prayer. Do not move without seeking the Lord’s will.

 

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