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I always say that we need to be thankful for what we have in life.  There is always others that are worse off than us. When you start feeling down, just look around, listen to the news, there are people going through some very tough things. This does not make light of what you are going through, but we need to stop looking at our self all the time. I heard a person say about a preacher once, “he teaches you how to help yourself.” I just thought that is one of our big problems today is “SELF”. 

Have you suffered like JOB?

Job 1 & 2 talks about Job’s life. He had 7 sons, 3 daughters, 7000 sheep, 3000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys & a very great body of servants. He lost them all. All of his children were killed in one day. Then he was smote with boils from he soles of his feet to the top of his head. (BUT he did not sin with his lips) Have you suffered like this?

Have you suffered like PAUL?

2 Corn. 11:25-27 states: in laborers more abundant, in stripes above measure(beaten often), in prison more frequent(for preaching the gospel),in death oft, of the Jews 5 times received 40 stripes, save one. Thrice was he beaten with rods, once he was stoned, thrice he suffered shipwreck, a night and a day he was in the deep. in journeying often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by his own country man, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren, in weariness & painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger & thirst, in fastings often, in cold & in nakedness. Have you suffered like this?

Have you suffered like Jesus?

Matt 26:47-56 Betrayed with a kiss, spit on, slapped, put in prison. Stripped & a crown of thorns placed on His head, mocked, beaten, crucified. Isaiah 53:1-12 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.. Surely he hath borne OUR grief’s, and carried OUR sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for OUR transgressions, he was bruised for OUR iniquities; the chastisement of OUR peace was upon him; and with his stripes WE are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his OWN way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of US all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment:  and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living; for the transgression of my (US) people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was nay deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear THEIR iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, an made intercession for the transgressors.  Have you suffered like this?

There is always someone who is worse off. There are people who have had a life worse than you.

Have you suffered like those of Faith in Hebrews chapter 11?

Heb. 11:35-40 and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection: & others had trial of cruel mockings & scorings, yea, moreover of bonds & imprisonment: they were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in the sheepskins & goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented, (of whom the world was not worthy) They wander in the he deserts, and in mountains, and in dens & caves of the earth and these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise. (Heb. 12:4 You have not yet struggled and fought agonizingly against sin, nor have you yet resisted and withstood to the point of pouring our you [own] blood) Have you suffered like this?

Have you suffered like those of today?

“Earthquake claims 10,000 in India”.  “Thousands perish in Bangladesh’s flood.” Earthquake devastated China, over 62,000 killed and are without homes, food, etc…” “Tornadoes sweep the Midwest and kill many, leaving many homeless.” “ drunk driver kills a child.” “over 3 million homeless and an additional 5 million poor people that spend over half of their income on housing, leaving them on the verge of homelessness.” “people are dying of cancer, in a horrible way” 

On April 15, Pastor Vic Vicera, his wife, Beth; and Pastor were shot at when an unknown assailant stormed Pastor Vicera’s home in Mindanao, Philippines, and started shooting. Pastor Vicera was killed in the attack. (for his faith in Jesus Christ)

There are so many more today that are hurting & suffering in so many ways. Too many to list. Have you suffered like these and many more?

As I searched the web for more hurting people I just wanted to cry, the hurting people are great. I am concerned that we are not a thankful people. The bible does say that in the last days people would be unthankful. Don’t let that be you. Take time to help others. Stop looking at yourself and what you are going through long enough to realize that you are not alone, you are better off than most people. Cry out to God. Pray for others. And if you are one who has suffered so much, then you have hope. When we place our Faith in what Jesus did for us at the cross we have hope. We are not like those without hope. Many commit suicide today because they have not hope. You are loved, you are blessed, you can make it through. Life is hard, BUT God is good. We can reach out to one another and lift those around us up. Don’t ever think that you can not do anything about those things around you. Maybe all someone needs today is your smile. Can you do that? Can you volunteer to help the homeless or the hungry? If we are reach out, the world would be a better place. When you get down just think Have I suffered like this?

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Everyone one remembers the song, “I never promised you a Rose Garden”. That is the only part of the song I remember. But if you listen to the preachers and teachers of today, that is exactly what they say that God has promise us, “A Rose Garden”. That He wants us to have mansions & have our own Rose Garden. But that is not what I see in the word. I think the words to that song are more true than we might want to think. And because people are believing these preachers today, they are falling away.

Just like in Mark 4:17 And they have no real root in themselves, and so they endure for a little while; then when trouble or persecution arises on account of the Word, they immediately are offended (become displeased, indignant, resentful) and they stumble and fall away. 

I believe we need to be honest with people when they come to the Lord. 

Ps 34:19 Many evils confronts the [consistently] righteous, BUT the Lord delivers him out of them all.

John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence.  In the world you have tribulations and trials and distress and frustration’ but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world.[ I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you]

2 Tim 3:12 Indeed all who delight in piety and are determined to live a devoted and godly life in Christ Jesus WILL meet with persecution [will be made to suffer because of their religious stand]

Paul & Silas had received many lashes & were put into prison. Instead of being trapped in self pity or turning from God because life wasn’t a “Bed of Roses” they praised God. (Acts 16:25)

Often we blame tribulations on the enemy, but God uses our light afflictions to help us grow & to fulfill His will in our lives.

God takes us through the fire, not to burn us, but to purify us. He takes us through the water, not to drown us but to wash us. 

“It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn your statues.” Ps 119:71

People who are truly saved will grow up in the Lord during trials and temptations. Others will fall away. This is a true sign of genuine repentance and true salvation. The word of God & what Jesus did will change ones life. You will not be the same after salvation. Some fall away because of tribulations & trials, because they are not rooted & grounded in HIM. 

A righteous person says:

“though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down” Ps 37:24

“Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; when I fall, I WILL ARISE” Mich 7:8

Just as Paul said: “we commend ourselves in every way as [true] servants of God; THROUGH great endurance, in tribulation and suffering, in hardships and privations, in sore straits and calamities, in beatings, imprisonment, riots, labors, sleepless watching, hunger…”

There are many other scriptures that talk about tribulation, trials(count it all Joy), and rough times for the believer. 

Yes God blesses. Yes He will take care of us. BUT He has not promised a “Rose Garden” in this life.  

Why do we feel we must have the best cars, the best clothes, and the best of THINGS, when there is a lost and dying world. A hungry world. A hurting world. 

DON’T fall away because you have troubles and difficulties. HE WILL deliver you and be with you. 

He does promise I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU. 

 

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IF ONLY- Audio by Angie Paxton »IF ONLY

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YOU CAN GET PAST YOUR PAST WITH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.

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In 1 Sam 30 David’s family was taken. And those of his men. They came to the town and saw it burned and that the women & children were taken captive. Then the men talked of stoning David because they were so grieved. 

BUT “David encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord his God.”

There comes a time in everyone’s life were they must go on there own and encourage themselves. Family, Friends, coworkers, etc… will not be there for you. They might even be against you. They will not always understand what God is doing in you. You must not look at the raging storm around you. Do not look to people or at people. You can not take your led from them. Remember the bible says they were all greatly distressed, bitter, & grieved. You must not let others pull you down. 

But, ENCOURAGE YOURSELF IN THE LORD! Know your God, He is your refuge. 

Many people read the Psalms because David experienced many things and but he knew where his helped came from. 

The bible says in 1 Sam 30:8 David inquired of the Lord. That is the first thing we need to do to encourage ourselves is to look to God for our answer. 

Encourage yourself means – encourage, support, aide, refresh, relieve, soothe, console, fastened, strengthen, waxed strong, fortify, make strong, become strong, be encourage, cheer up. 

We can not do this looking to ourselves. We must keep our eyes on the Lord where our help comes from. HE ENCOURAGED HIMSELF IN THE LORD!

We must turn our face toward the wall and see nothing but GOD!

Whose report will you believe?

Where are you getting your belief system from?

There are so many scriptures in Psalms that show David crying out to the Lord for deliverance. He knew that only the LORD could deliver him. 

Ps 40:2-3(AMP) He drew me up out of a horrible pit [a pit of tumult and of destruction,] out of the miry clay (froth and slime), and set my feet upon a rock steadying my steps and establishing my goings and He has put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. 

He knew his help only  came from the LORD. We can not look at people. Like Prov. 4:25 says “let your eyes look right on [with fixed purpose] & let your gaze be straight before you]. ONLY LOOKING TO HIM!

Encourage yourself in the LORD. Read His word and believe.

Ps 37:1 Fret not yourself because of evil doers… For they soon will be cut off. Trust in the Lord & do good. Delight in the Lord… commit they ways to Him, trust in Him, Rest in the Lord & be patient. Lean on Him…

Ps 107:20  He sent His word, & healed them, & delivered them for their destruction.  

Ps 46:1 God IS our Refuge and Strength [might and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble. 

Read Psalms 23, 27, 35,91,103 Well just read all of Psalms.

In these last times will come of discouragement, sadness, sorrow. We must always look to the LORD. He is our help. If we look to other for our encouragement we will get pulled down to the same pit they are in. Tough times are coming and many will depart from the faith. We can not and should not be moved. We can only be strong as we are IN THE LORD! Not ourselves or others.

ENCOURAGE YOURSELF IN THE LORD!!! 

 

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Jesus cried out with a loud voice, He wanted them to hear Him. He made sure many would hear Him. He cared enough to cry out LOUD:

“IF ANYMAN IS THIRSTY, LET HIME COME TO ME AND DRINK! HE WHO BELIEVES IN ME [WHO CLEAVES TO AND TRUSTS IN AND RELIES ON ME] AS THE SCRIPTURES HAS SAID, FROM HIS INNERMOST BEING SHALL FLOW [CONTINUOUSLY] SPRINGS AND RIVERS OF LIVING WATER.

He wants people to HEAR Him. He wants people to receive Him. But many din not and do not even today. Some just questioned what He said. Some wanted to arrest Him. But some did believe.

There arose a division & dissension among the people. Satan will try to divide & confuse people. He will always try to get us to doubt the words of Jesus. Was He really who He said He was? Is He still alive? Did He really die? Was He the Christ, the Messiah,the Anointed One? 

He is still calling out today with a LOUD voice, will you hear Him? Will you respond to Him? Will you let the confusion of the day keep you from eternal life?

What does it mean to be Thirsty?

These are only questions you can answer for yourself. No one can live this life for you. We must choose for ourselves. 

Choose this day!! He is crying out for you!! Come unto Him!

 

 

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Do as unto the Lord

The bible says a lot about works, but as Eph 2:8-9 says we are not saved by works. So how should we look at works. Works is a natural outflow of a person who has been saved & sanctified. When we place our faith in what Jesus did at the cross, we naturally receive the help of the Holy Spirit to produce good works. 

He is conforming us into the image of Christ. He went around doing good. Most of us trust in self to produce our works. Even the world looks inward to produce good works. Positive thinking, being around positive people, reading positive things , that is what the worked thinks will produce good things in them. If we place our faith in what Jesus did at the cross we will produce good works unto all men. We will have right motives and we will not look to self. 

Why do we want to do good works? Most of the time it is for selfish reasons. We usually want something. There is not good motives behind what we do. God does look at our heart and our motive behind what we do.

No matter what type of person you try to be you can’t do it with self. You must totally rely on God. Looking unto Jesus the author & finisher of our Faith. Let the work of the Holy Spirit change you in the person God wants you to be. Let Him produce in you the good works that God wants you to do. Then those works will be profitable unto all men. 

Some scriptures about works:

Do as unto the Lord.

… you have done it unto the least of them, you did it unto me.(Matt. 25:34,40 NASB)

Commit your works unto the Lord, & your thoughts will be established. Prov. 16:3

Even a child is known by his doings, whether his works be pure & whether it be right. Prov. 20:11

In every work… with all his heart.. He prospered. II Chr 31:20-21

(work)… Faithfully II Chr. 34:2

With a pure heart, with all your heart, not to be seen, works will be tried by fire, unto the Lord, Faithfully, RIght works.

Pattern of good works. Titus 2:6

Zealous for good works. Titus 2:14

Heb 10:24; 6:10 – 2 Thess. 3:6-13; Luke 23:41; John 3:19; Rom. 3:20; Col. 3:9; James 1:25; 1 Jn. 3:18; Prov. 16:3; 20:11; 31:31; Jer. 48:7

DON’T BE: (THE OLD MAN) sluggish, lazy, weary, evil doer, wicked, trust not works, do to be seen, or noticed, don’t give great occasion to the enemies by your works.

DO BE: (THE NEW MAN) be zealous, put off old man, do in the name of Jesus, be a doer of the word, careful to maintain good works, be ready to do good works, stir up good works, faithful unto good works, commit your works to God, pure & right, Do not lose heart in doing good, do good unto all me, no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, working with your hands the good things, mind your own business, apply yourselves to good works.

We are to be like Jesus. Titus 2:14 says Jesus gave himself for us that He might redeem us for all iniquity AND purify unto himself a peculiar people ZEALOUS OF GOD UNTO GOOD WORKS. (amp) people who are eager & enthusiastic about living a life that is good & filled with beneficial deeds. 3:1…prepared & willing to do any upright & honorable work. Vs 8 …may be careful to apply themselves to honorable occupations & to doing good, for such things are [not only] excellent & right [in themselves], but are good & profitable FOR THE PEOPLE.

Long story short, we are to do good works. We can only do proper and good works as we place our faith in what Jesus did at the Cross and that guarantees us the help of the Holy Spirit to produce proper works. Don’t depend on yourself. Don’t try & try & try and produce things that are not profitable unto all men. 

DO AS UNTO THE LORD!!!

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This was a post my Husband did that is so true. Many people have been in a situation where someone close to them have told lies or done them wrong. I really like what my husband says in this blog. Thanks Buddy!

BEHIND THE LIES OF OUR ENEMIES


Someone once said that we can learn so much from those who position themselves against us. I really believe that is true. Beautiful truths often lay hidden beneath the lies of our enemies. This was the case with the foes of Jesus. 
When someone hates your cause, all of your actions will be slandered. All your strategies of love will be twisted and slandered by those who oppose all that you are.

Jesus was astonished at this in His generation. “to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market places”[Matt 11:16 paraphrased]. They won’t dance with the flute and they won’t weep with the dirge. John The Baptist was the dirge and Jesus was the flute. Israel would neither weep and mourn with John when he proclaimed their need for repentance nor would they rejoice with Jesus Christ.

How shall these two be silenced? Slander.

You see, Truth itself was and is the stumbling block. The only escape for the enemies of truth is caricature and half-truth. 
Preacher, when you stand up in the face of this generation, at a time when truth lies fallen in the streets, and declare the message of the Cross, you can expect opposition. When you cry out to a church that is steeped in the Madison Avenue allure of the Purpose Driven Life scheme that they need to forsake that and return to the message of the Cross, you can count on being slandered. Preacher, when you stand in your pulpit and boldly declare that a man of God ought not to be a prosperity pimp and tell your people that so many of the health and wealth gurus of today are merchandising them, you will be opposed and even hated. Truth is what is at stake..

Stand up boldly and proclaim that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation. Stand boldly and call the church back to the Cross. God Himself will be your vindication. If man called you then you need to get out of the ministry. But if you are called of God, then preach it straight and true. Stand up tall in the face of all slander and opposition and preach what “Thus saith the Lord”. 

To be sure, some will lie about you. They have lied about me. They lied about Jesus. Many voices will attempt to speak discouragement into your life. But let me tell you; for every soul that truly gets saved because you preach the right message[Jesus Christ and Him Crucified] to them, you will know true and lasting joy.

The only concern that we should have is–“Is God pleased with what we are giving the people?”

 

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