“And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I’ve set up between me and everything living on the Earth.””… https://t.co/6KHtlbeLkc
In Luke 8:50, Jesus put it this way: “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith, and she will be healed.”
What are you carrying with you today? •
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:7 NIV
#anxiety #worry #baggage #weight
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
(John 8:32 NLT)
It’s the little things in life. Just like a nice cold ice cream bar on a hot, July day. “Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.” 1 Timothy 6:17 NLT #mondaymotivation #follow #repost
In the fifth chapter of The Gospel of Matthew, Jesus meets a Roman officer. Notice how the officer doesn’t deny the circumstances he is facing:
“Lord, my young servant lies in bed, paralyzed and in terrible pain.” (Matthew 8:6 NLT)
The Roman officer faced the fact that his servant was paralyzed. But in meeting with Jesus, the officer didn’t stop there. He went on to say:
“Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.” (Matthew 8:8 NLT)
This statement caused Jesus to say something profound. He responded by saying:
“I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!” (Matthew 8:10 NLT)
True faith doesn’t deny facts. It’s not about covering your ears or sticking your head in the sand. True faith acknowledges the facts, it sees the circumstances, yet it decides to turn it’s attention to God’s promises anyway.
What are you facing? What news have you received? What facts have brought fear or sadness into your heart?
Look to God’s Word. Find the promises He has made about the situation you face. Have faith in God, and watch Him move.
“Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.” (Psalms 37:25 NLT )
#love #faithful #inspiration #blessed #wisdom
The sweet girl pictured here is drawing her wish on a mirror. As a cancer patient, she doesn’t have a full head of hair like most girls.
The picture reminds us of two things. First, everyone is going through something. Second, you may have the ability to meet a need.
Everyone is going through something. Therefore, let’s be kind, loving, tender hearted, real, and helpful. Let’s be like Jesus to a hurting world. “...because as He (Jesus) is, so are we in this world.” (1 John 4:17)
You might have what’s necessary to meet a need. Serve, love, give. Reach out. Help out. Pray. Find a need and meet it. It might change someone’s life. “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3:18 )
#love #hope #give #help #inspiration #blessed
Matt and I get to participate in the RHEMA ordination ceremony tonight. Looking forward to having Pastors Ken & Lynette Hagin pray over us and the future of our ministry together.
Matt graduated RBTC 13 years ago! He could have come down for this ceremony much sooner than tonight, but it’s pretty neat that the Lord made a way for us to get prayed over together, as a couple.
Love him more than words could ever say.
Last night’s service was so powerful. Over 350 students showed up to connect with God. So many came forward last night to make Jesus the Lord of their life! That’s what this is all about!
Do you know somebody that is hard to get along with? Have a relative that just hates everyone and everything? Do you know someone who is constantly grumpy?
Have you ever had someone do something to you or treat you in a way that hurt you deeply? Have you ever had someone mistreat you? Abuse you? Intentionally harm you? Ever had someone gossip about you or stir up lies about you?
Do you know someone in life who finds a way to push everyone away? They’re lonely and all alone because they have no friends and have destroyed all ties with people who love them.
Hurt people hurt people. You may need to read that a couple of times.
Try reading it out loud now.
Ok, read it one more time.
That’s right… people who are hurting, hurt other people. Many times, they do this un-coconsciously. They don’t realize they are lashing out at people and pushing folks away. They have so internal pain that they struggle, and it comes out in how they interact with others.
Understanding WHY these people are this way doesn’t take away the hurt they have inflicted on you. And it certainly doesn’t justify any wrongdoing. But, knowing why someone behaves the way they do can bring you to a point of sympathy for them. When we reach a point of sympathy, we are in a better position to reach the point of forgiveness, and forgiveness is a powerful thing.
When we can forgive someone for being hurt, we can heal. We can take the high road. We can rise above the relationship. We can move on. We can pray for them. Most important of all, we can let go of the mess that the hurt has caused and turn it over to God. That’s when amazing things can happen. When something is in God’s hands, He can work miracles. He can heal. He can restore. He can redeem. “Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32 NLT)
#empathy #sympathy #forgiveness #love #kindness #moveon #freedom
In the book of Psalms it says: “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”
(Psalm 133:1 NIV) There is something about unity. When we come together to agree on something, amazing this happen. There are benefits in the natural that come from unity. Collaboration, teamwork, synergy.
But, there are also benefits in the spiritual that come from unity. Mainly, The Lord commands His blessing. In other words, God can move in big ways when we are unified.
When we share one vision. When we have the same goal in mind. When we share values. When we we work together. God COMMANDS His blessing. How cool is that?! In a culture that tries to divide us, we must strive for unity. When the enemy works to separate us, we must fight for unity. In a time where society wants to categorize us by what we don’t have in common, we must unite.
The first chapter of the book of Acts demonstrates this principle as it takes account of the early church receiving the baptism of The Holy Spirit. It says the people in the upper room were in “one accord”. Today we’d say, they were in unity. It then says that “suddenly” a sound came. And as the account continues, we find that those present in the room received the baptism of The Holy Spirit.
The lesson we can learn? Unity creates “suddenlies”. Do you need a suddenly in your life? In your family? At work? In your community? Get in unity.
We’ve heard the same thing said in many different ways. “Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” “You need to forgive others because the Lord forgave you.” “Unforgiveness never hurts the offender, only the offended.” Here is another good one: “Bitterness corrodes the container its stored in.” Life is too short to carry around an offense. The wait and power of unforgiveness will consume you. The one who committed the offense never suffers from bitterness that is held onto. Only the one who won’t let go ends up being harmed.
Think of it this way: If Jesus could forgive EVERYTHING you have ever done wrong against Him, can’t you forget WHATEVER it is someone else has done against you?
Don’t store up bitterness in your heart. Your heart can’t take it. “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23) “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)
#letgo #forgive #forgiveness #letGod #bitterness
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 NIV #tuesdaythoughts #follow #repost
Now THIS is a “green” room! You can catch all the scores on ESPN before you preach. RHEMA excellence. So fun, so cool!
This one works in many situations.
Don’t take fitness advice from people who are out of shape.
Don’t take parenting advice from people who have unruly kids.
Don’t take marital advice from people with dysfunctional relationships.
It’s not that we can’t learn something from those who’ve made mistakes in life. But we should look at the fruit of a person’s life before we allow them to speak into our own.
As Plato said, “Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.” “Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.” (Proverbs 18:2 NIV)
#advice #unsolicitedadvice #lifeadvice #opinions
“Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops.” (Proverbs 26:20 NLT)
Have you heard someone talking about someone else lately? Maybe a co-worker was talking about another co-worker. Perhaps your sister was complaining about your dad. Maybe your golfing buddy couldn’t stop sharing his frustration with you about a shared acquaintance.
We know that we shouldn’t talk badly about people. Most of our parents taught us that if we don’t have something nice to say, we shouldn’t say it at all. But few of us know that we shouldn’t “listen” badly about people. While we might be able to control what we say, it’s harder to control what we listen to.
We are part of the problem when we allow people to spew negative things about other people. Whether we are the one doing the talking, or the one doing the listening, we are putting wood on the fire of gossip.
Gossip is a dangerous thing. It can destroy relationships. It can destroy reputations.
Do the right thing. When gossip begins, walk away. When gossip begins, stop it from continuing. Honor other people even when they aren’t around.
If you find yourself drawn to gossip like a moth to a flame, remember this: If they talk about others TO you, they’ll talk to others ABOUT you.
SMALL BEGINNINGS = MIGHTY ENDINGS
We’ve all been discouraged about our progress in life. Maybe you haven’t lost as much weight as you’d hoped. Maybe your marriage problems haven’t been fixed as quickly as you wanted. Perhaps your boss has given you a short window of time to show improvement.
Do you keep failing in the same areas in life? Feel like you can’t master that skill, can’t master that addiction? Don’t give up on the process that yields the promise.
Your small business might start off with only a few dozen customers, but it must start somewhere. If you wait to have a mailing list of 10,000 people to get started, you’ll never actually start. If you focus on the 100 yards you must cover, you won’t even try to move the first five.
The Bible says, “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work BEGIN.” (Zechariah 4:10 NLT). START somewhere today. The keyword is START. Don’t wait for the right conditions because they don’t exist. Don’t hesitate until you are assured victory because you won’t win EVERY battle.
You might gain those five yards only to lose three more. Keep moving forward. True success isn’t measured by the yards you haven’t gained, but by the inches you have attained.
#success #motivation #process