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Good morning! How are we faithing? It is amazing what we let rule our lives. Whether material things or emotional things or even intellectual things, we let things in that we ought to be wary of. Entertaining thought that are outside the realm of God such as ghosts and goblins, UFO's and abductions, fables of other gods. These things may be something other than what they are portrayed. Could ghosts be satanic apparitions? Could UFOs be the same? Could other gods be be simply a retelling of Biblical stories or perhaps again, demonic forces? We were slaves to sin before salvation and I think along with being slaves to sin we may have brought on a whole bunch of beliefs and thoughts into this righteous pardoned state we now enjoy. We need to compare things to the Bible. I think we can find all the same things went on before but were described through eyes of the time. Question things. Ask what could be the purpose of things compared to the Word. Remind yourself you no longer are slaves to past ideas but rather slave to the truth which leads to righteousness.Rom 6:17-19 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
Good morning! How are we faithing? Dealing with people who are different than one'self can be taxing if we don't realize that difference is better than lock step conformity. Sure a dozen roses are beautiful but a big batch of wild flowers is so much more colorful. For my car buddies the analogy would be if we all drove gray Fusions instead of multicolored Mustangs. The Mustang herd is much more entertaining. We as followers of Christ must approach people not with an attitude of getting in line with ourselves but presenting Jesus and God will use their qualities his way. To many times churches try to mold everyone into one image other than Jesus. It's a dangerous place to be to think you are what is right and everyone who doesn't look like you is off beat. Look, I like red cars and you like blue ones. I like Fender, you like Gibson. I like oldies, you like hip hop. So what? Is one holier than the other? Is one better? Of course all mine are the best, right? Don't get all balled up in things that take away from the grace of Christ and add more rules that Jesus never taught, just saying....1Co 12:1-12 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.remember the Henry family...Heavenly Father, Help us conform to you. Help us realize our gifts and act accordingly. Lead us on the path you have for us. Grant us wisdom and discernment to recognize where you are working in others so we may encourage them and not cause undue pain and hardship on them them. Bless our leaders, bless the Henry family, lead us to our knees humbly , honorably and in your grace. Come quick Lord, in Jesus name, amen
Good morning! How are we faithing? Sometimes things in our past crop up and blindside us. For me recently it was a memory of my son that passed and let me tell you, it was a struggle not to lose it all over again. You know whats even worse? Our enemy the devil and his henchmen know this and attack. Now we can respond to the attacks in a bad way or a good way. We can succumb to the wiles of the devil or not. We must be vigilant and always aware that our adversary roams around seeking who he can whip. Even Jesus prayed and quoted scripture because he knew satan has rule on earth or he couldn't have offered kingdoms to Jesus if he would bow down. That being said I have to always be aware and quick to pray. My response to attacks will indeed have an effect. I suppose I will always grieve over the loss of a son but I will not allow satan to use it to ruin me. I must stay prayed up. I must be quick to ask Jesus for help. I must study the Word so I can even recognize when I am under attack. How do you respond to those attacks? Hit the ground quivering like a salted slug? Lash out in anger or fear? Blame outside influences on your mood or demeanor? Step back, pause, pray, praise God because we have been warned that this exact thing will happen. 1Pe 5:8-9 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.Eph 6:13-18 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
"For the Word of God is sharper than any two sided sword" Hebrews 4:12 Let's go out and spread the Word and cut through the Devil's grip on this world. Are we really Fishers of Men ? Do we WANT to be used by God ? Or do we just say it ? Let's encourage, bind together and proclaim His Word ! Feeling challenged to go out and spread His Love and message !
Russ, Blessings to you Sir! it is really Great to see your Posts again. I do thank you for them.
Good morning! How are we faithing? I have some thoughts and as I go to the Word I do get comfort that God has this all in hand. I don't always understand it but that's ok because my God is bigger than the view I have. My small place in this world is just as important to God but the big picture sees me as minuscule. That's not a put down to each of our importance but your and my input to reaching others to find Jesus adds up. You see, you are important to God and I would bet that person you lead to Jesus is pretty glad they met you. This goes the other way too when we knowingly sin and others don't see God but just like them. That is why we cannot be judgmental about anyone else's sin because it is different than ours. Oh we can spot it and take notice but not to chastise because we are no better or worse than them but as believers we must take control of our self so we don't steer the lost further away from the truth. Daniel spoke of us repenting from evil and a king of evil;Dan 7:27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
Good morning! How are we faithing? Sad news last night about a comedian who fought addictions and depression his whole life and finally it seems he took his own life. People, stress and depression are things that can kill you. We as a species can succumb to the effects of these things. Pay attention to your kids. Watch and listen to your friends. I see this all to often and it is sad. We've all had rough times, sad times, bad times and thank God we did not succumb but don't be to haughty to think you are not vulnerable. Our peace and our rest has to be with our savior. Our strength is from our God. Being able to look beyond ourselves is important and a first step to not succumbing to things like this. If you are in this place, reach out! Cry to God! Call a buddy to pray for and with you! There are physiological reasons depression can get a hold of us. There are legitimate reasons for stress but I implore you to seek help! Don't become a statistic. There is no shame in seeking help. When you are at your weakest, our common enemy will attack harder, don't doubt me on this. Remind yourself with these;1Th 5:9-23 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Good morning! How are we faithing? I fear for the lost. I fear for the ones who followed Jesus at one time but fell away due to calamity, death, worldly catastrophes on anything that came against them that caused doubt to the degree they walk away from truth. I have had those things happen and I have backslid so I do understand. I had a talk with a friend recently who was going through some things and I had to be frank and tell him,"sucketh though it may you must remember previous victories because there is no reason to think this current situation isn't going to play out for our good if we continue to seek God's face." Here's what chills me to the bone;Heb 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,Heb 6:5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,Heb 6:6 Iif they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
Good morning! How are we faithing? The previous posts this week were written in hopes of thought provoking. I know I screw up regularly and sharing what the Word has taught, well, it keeps me humble when I do well. As we mature in Christ we find ourselves becoming less and less in importance and Jesus comes to the forefront. Anyone who thinks highly of themselves is about to face some of that humbling. Pleased with success, happy at ones status is all fine and good but haughty attitude, judgmental views on others is a recipe for a slap down and those times are usually very very rough. I would prefer to save all that slapping and just recognize reality from the start. We've learned and studied for years here and I do pray you have grown and gotten better. I am so far from where I need to be but I'm better than I was yesterday. As you finish your work week, take stock in all the blessings in your life. When you notice others stumbling, think how you can lift them up and not slap em when they're down....Pro 27:1-2 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.Jas 4:13-16 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.
Good morning! How are we faithing? Wowee there are some families struggling. I read or hear about deaths and such and know what they are fixin to go through. I have no advice on dealing with grief except to trust in God, lean on him and not try to logicalize the feelings. It's tough man and everyone heals at their own pace. You will go through things, have thoughts and experience emotions you may never have before and that's ok. Jesus is still on the throne. Many times these things don't have anything to do with you, you are just affected by these events. My bride and I, before the grief set in, looked each other in the eyes and reminded each other that we are cool and must stick like glue with God and ourselves as we walk this path we have no choice to walk. You hold your head up, not in pride, but so you can look to God knowing he has this. You remind yourself of scripture that says these things will happen and if you think about it, we ain't the first or last to be where you are. That thought kinda kept me focused but that's just me. I hurt for you because I totally get where you are. I will pray for you for the same reason. I had a friend whose Mom passed around 30 years ago and we sat on the curb as he cried and tried to make sense of it. I answered questions the best I could but just being there, giving a hug was more beneficial than anything I could have said. Grieve, be depressed, cry, mourn but check it before it consumes you. Having someone to keep you aware of your condition is a blessing because we humans can end up in the basement digging holes if we are not careful. Take in the scriptures however you can. I had to listen because I couldn't concentrate reading for a couple weeks. There is no right or wrong way to grieve but have a support system in place to watch so it doesn't turn unhealthy...Joh 11:33-35 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept.
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