TEMPTATION

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The amount of temptation we face each day can make me just shake my head in disbelief. Every indulgence can be had so easily in our modern and connected world. Although we are tempted we do not have to be slaves to temptation and sin. We have to remember that even Jesus Christ was tempted by Satan. Jesus actually had a conversation with Satan during his temptation. We must understand that we, as humans, are weak and that Jesus Christ the Son of God is strong. He may be able to walk away from a conversation with Satan but it may be more difficult for us. My pastor discussed this last Sunday when he explained how allowing temptation to remain in our thoughts, instead of banishing them in the name of God, is like we are having a conversation with Satan. We must avoid indulging in conversation with the one who comes to destroy us.

Matthew 26:41 (KJV)
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Luke 22:40 (KJV)
And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.

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The Supernatural Power of God

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From time to time God brings something or someone into my life that teaches me a valuable lesson in ways to get closer to and have a closer relationship with Him. When ever I encounter these things, I try to pass the information on to my readers.

I was introduced to a book by Dr. David Yonggi Cho. Dr. Cho is the pastor of the Yoido Full Gospel Central Church in Seoul, Korea. The book: “The Fourth Dimension. Vol1” describes the power of God and how his wonderful works often take place in a different realm that we often miss out on due to lack of faith and believing.

God, the Creator of the Universe (and beyond) wants a personal relationship with us. He wants to share blessings and guidance with us, but we have to accept this and open our minds to a level where we recognize the Holy Spirit and encounter the Holy Spirit with total obedience, faith, and trust.

God truly is Amazing!!!! All Powerful!!!!

Genesis 1:1-31 (KJV):

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

And the evening and the morning were the third day.

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.

And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

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Love Thy Neighbor

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My heart breaks for all of those involved in the violence in Baltimore. However, through these sad times we have also seen images of extremely kind acts between residents of Baltimore and the police. I praise God that love is conquering the hate and violence in this city.

Regardless about how we feel about the situation, we are called to pray for all of those involved, both the protesters and the police. I pray for love, comfort, peace, joy, and wisdom for these people who are children of God.

John 13: 34-35 (KJV): A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Leviticus 19: 18 (KJV): Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.

Mark 12: 28-31 (KJV):And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

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Good Fruit

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By reading and studying the Prayer of Jabez, I was led to other works of the author, Bruce Wilkinson. One of his works is the series “A Life God Rewards” which I mentioned in my previous post. Recently I came across “The Fruit of the Vine” by Wilkinson, and it led me to study what Jesus asks of us in our daily lives on earth. We are to “produce good fruit” and we will be recognized by our fruit.

Matthew 7: 16-20 (KJV).Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Galatians 5: 22-23 (KJV). But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Matthew 7 states that we will know people by the fruit they produce. This also means that WE will be known to others by the fruit WE produce. As Christians, we have a responsibility to be a “light” to those who are lost and to guide them into the flock of Jesus. If we are not producing good fruit such as the fruit of the Spirit defined in Galatians 5, then we are not being a true witness for the Kingdom of God and the Good News of Jesus Christ.

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Rewards

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After the death of my stepfather around Christmas last year, I found that I had a real lack of scriptural knowledge about the actual life we will have with Christ in Heaven once we die.

Those of us in the Christian community have no doubt heard about and read the book, The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson. I was delighted to find another book and lecture series by Mr. Wilkinson called A Life God Rewards. After listening to this series, I found that our life with Christ after death is influenced by how we live in this life. There is a purpose for this life and it includes preparing ourselves for eternal life in heaven.

James 1:12 (KJV). Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

Colossians 3: 23-24 (KJV).And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

If you get the opportunity, please take the time to view the Life God Rewards lecture series by Bruce Wilkinson. It is a blessing.

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Life After Death

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My wonderful stepfather passed away two days after Christmas. While this was a very emotional time, one thing that brought me comfort was the fact that I will see him again because Jesus Christ has defeated death. The grave could not hold Him. Death is no match for the Son of God. Reflecting on these truths brought me closer to God and gave me comfort through this difficult time.

1 Thessalonians 4:14 (KJV) For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

John 11:25 (KJV) Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.

John 3:16 (KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Roman 14:8 (KJV) For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.

1 Corinthians 15:51 (KJV) Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. (This verse is so powerful!)

If you have lost a loved one or maybe dealing with grief from a past loss please turn to Gods Word for comfort. Through the Word, God will reveal that through Christ, death can not have a hold on us and God is with us through these difficulties as he was with our loved ones when they went to be with Him.

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Christmas

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The Christmas season is a wonderful time of the year, without a doubt. While it’s easy to get caught up in all of the lights, food, and gifts, we cannot forget the TRUTH behind this joyful time. Our savior, JESUS, the TRUE son of our living God, was brought to this Earth to save us from our sins.

Matthew 1:18-25 (KJV). Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.

But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.

I love the accounts of the birth of Jesus given in the books of Matthew and Luke. Please take time with your family this Christmas to read these accounts from the bible.

Have a safe and wonderful Christmas filled with the Joy of knowing our Savior is the TRUE reason for this season.

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Thanksgiving

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I hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving! It is important to take some time and thank God for all that He has given us. While Thanksgiving day is wonderful, our giving thanks to the Almighty God should be a constant practice. I encourage everyone, including myself, to take a second and simply thank God every time we recognize one of His blessings in our lives.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV) In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Psalm 7:17 (KJV) I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.

Psalm 107:1 (KJV) O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

James 1:17 (KJV) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

I love this next verse. If we continuously recognize and become thankful for all that God has given us, we can use these blessing as a testimony to spread the love of God to all places.

2 Corinthians 2:14 (KJV) Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place

Be Well,
Be Blessed,
Be Thankful

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TITHES

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It is very easy to take a look around at all that we have and pat ourselves on the back with a sense of pride. I know I’m guilty of this and I have to repent for my prideful thoughts and during these times the Holy Spirit reminds me that everything I have is God’s. No doubt about it, it’s His.

The amazing and wonderful thing about this is that God allows us to use and borrow things that are His and only asks that we give a small portion back to him.

Malachi 3: 8-9 (KJV). Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

Malachi 3: 10 (KJV). Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Proverbs 3:9 (KJV). Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

There is a debate about how much to tithe. The Bible states 10%. But as the debate states, does this 10% mean 10% of everything owned? 10% of income? Post tax? Pre tax? It all seems confusing, but God is not the author of confusion and his Word is not confusing. God calls us to give what is in our heart joyfully.

2 Corinthians 9:7 (KJV). Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

Deuteronomy 15:10 (KJV). Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto.

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Parenting

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Those of us that have children know that our children are gifts from God and bring us great joy. We also know that parenting can be a demanding and thankless job. Parents often say that children do not come with an instruction manual. I know I have said something like that. However, that’s not really true. God’s word, the Bible, is an instruction manual on how to raise children.

Proverbs 22:6 (KJV) Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Ephesians 6:4 (KJV) And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Psalm 127:3 (KJV) Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

Colossians 3:21 (KJV) Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

Titus 2:7 (KJV) In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (KJV) And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

Proverbs 1:8-9 (KJV) My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

1 Peter 5:3 (KJV) Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock.

Recently I had the privilege to attend a small workshop/seminar by Craig Jutila and hear him speak at our church the next day. If you are not familiar with Craig, he is a Christian speaker, blogger, and author of Faith and the Modern Family and other books relating to Christian family life. If you would like to learn more about Craig and his ministry visit: http://www.whowillyouempower.com

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