Walking in kindness

Mathew 5:39

Jesus speaks on “an eye for an eye”

But I tell you , do not resist an evil person, if someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Everyday is a challenge, just knowing you have to get up and go  work or school is a tough. But don’t turn your back on people because you are angry or not happy today. Try with all your might to live as though you were meant to see this person today. They are teaching you something. Be kind, even if they are not. Show you belong to the Lord and follow in his footsteps.

What Does It Mean To Be Reconciled To God?

We spend much of our lives living for what we want and need, it is the human nature that we are before we came to Christ. As you begin to want to know more about Him and come to some heavy crossroads in your own understanding of what He did for us all.

He died a criminals death, having no sin at all, bearing everyone’s sins on Himself, allowing you to be free to live a life for Him , giving up your old lives and reconciling yourself to Jesus. Then becoming a new creation in Christ as you live for Him.

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

 Before Christ, the Jews lived in their old sinful lives, here Paul tells us that no longer is the way to God, Christ dies for all,

2 Corinthians 5:18

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:

therefore we live a reconciled life with Him not counting sins against us. Our freedom is in Christ Jesus through a reconciled life, another words following Him, knowing Him and Loving Him.

 2 Corinthians 5:19 

that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

 Who among men lives lives worthy of reconciliation? All those who come to Christ freely laying all your bad behavior, your acts of selfishness and lives lived only for yourself and not God. All this Christ is what died for. As you live your lives and go about your day, remember who gave Himself up for you so that you could have eternal life.

2 Corinthians 5:20

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

Be The Light of Christ for all to see

Sadly many will read this and go back to your own way of life, maybe some of you are serving God in ways that aren’t your true calling, God will reveal His calling to you through prayer and is calling you to Himself right now, all day ,everyday.

To forget what He did for you is a sin that’s turning you away from God.

 2 Corinthians 5:21

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

God wants that relationship with you now , turn your life over to Him and always remember that we are precious in His sight and what he took for us is the ultimate price paid in full. God’s one and only Son, Jesus did this, thus reconciling us to Himself

Shalom

Nancy

 

 

 

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How God Helps You Endure Struggles

Everyone is going through and has been through some tough struggling, whether it be a loss of a loved one a traumatic experience or financial setbacks believe it or not, you are learning endurance and growth.

Maybe you are thinking how can I be growing through this horrendous time, how is God showing up for me during this and why is He leaving me in this?

Honestly we can never know what is in the mind of God and what is behind the things that happen in our lives and how we can possibly endure such pain or trials.

I want to tell you, God is with you during this in every way possible because loving God puts you in a place like no other; He takes what is bad and makes it good showing His glory through it.

I know, how you wonder?

Well let me tell you, hardship, burden, struggling -will pass, but joy is the ultimate outcome in the end.

You may have been praying for something to happen for months, years and where was God? He wasn’t showing up but for good reason, sometimes what we pray for just isn’t good for us. So we pray more and wait, nothing happens…. Is there a commonality here? Stop praying for that one thing , He has heard you and it has been recorded in heaven Psalm 56:8 Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll, are they not in your record? and ask God to heal the circumstance, to change your heart and make you more like Him in everyway you will see His glory and glorify Him when the trial passes.

Romans 15:30

I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.

 God gives us patient endurance and maybe you will never see the very thing you have waited for, but abundance in every other way, do you see the abundance not the thing you seek so hard to acquire?

May you see this as a blessing gift and that God will be glorified in the very things you receive and don’t receive. Struggle equals growth.

 

Through every circumstance seek God and pray continuously.

Shalom, Nancy

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Who said your life was going to be easy?

We come into this world with nothing and if we are blessed enough will have people that help us along the way. That’s a gift that maybe some have overlooked and taken advantage of.

Then a time comes when you have to stand on your feet or leave that situation and you simply don’t want to break from what you have always thought was a stable relationship or living arrangement, that’s hard especially when things were going well.

You might even have held out as long as possible, avoiding what you have to face finding out that disappointment is coming when you face challenges that are bigger than you can handle. Breaking free, it’s not easy.

Have you made up your mind that what you have always had, you are going to always have, but it may not be necessarily true. Standing on your feet in the midst of storms isn’t easy, but very necessary because it strengthens you for what is ahead and how you handle it, this is where you find the lessons.

What if you have a difficult manager/ boss that rides you all the time? Are you going to walk away because people in your life have buffered that zone for you? Again the lesson for you is in how you handle it. It’s standing on your feet and making decisions.

Maybe someone close to you like a spouse, friend or family isn’t very nice to you, do you walk away in disappointment or anger or do you stand firm and try to understand where they are at and be forgiving or breaking free from difficult people.

In our lives are many lessons from birth to death and how we mature through the lessons along the way. Have you learned from it and able to handle it better or are you still depending on someone for help that maybe that person isn’t capable anymore of handling. Consider others and how they would feel and begin to stand on your own feet, learning and looking at how these circumstances are growing you.

Someone might be throwing you out of the nest right now!

It’s what you do in your life, how you grow through difficulty and maintain integrity that brings you to a whole different level. Asking God for strength in times of difficulty will grow you and help you to understand that all comes from God, your pleasure, joy and those difficult situations, He is growing you and shaping your life in ways that strengthen you for this journey ahead so that we no longer feel the need to always depend on others but always depend on God, do this in a simple prayer of asking.

You aren’t in this life for things to be easy and God doesn’t make your life that way, He said we will have trials, go to Him praise Him in storms and in all things given to you. Depend on God!

Philippians 3:15

All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.

 

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The Lasting Achievements Give You Hope

Are you spending time thinking about what you will be doing next and how to get there or have you longed for some idea of what you think you should be doing, maybe a long term goal?

Or……..

Do you think about how much money you don’t have to get that thing that might be unimportant in say, 6 months or a year?

 Have you ever thought about looking around at the things you do have and have gained in your immediate surrounding and considered all that you have achieved?

 Ecclesiastes 1:14

 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

Well, maybe you are someone that has achieved more than you have ever thought possible, giving so much time making things work in your life for those momentary high’s you have gained. But are they lasting?

What’s the point?

Mark 8:36

 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?

 

Maybe it’s time for a spiritual check.

 So here’s the question:

Do you feel empty soon after the dust settles?

 A lot of things we do in life are motivated by gain so if we take a hard look at what it is that pushes you to the level of wanting more then you can see that these too are empty things.   But you see when you chase after these things they will bring no lasting joy or hope. Now this may seem rather daunting but the point is why live for things in this world that truly have no lasting value when there are eternal rewards with knowing and loving Christ.

All that you achieve here passes like the wind but when you are following Christ it is the eternal life you can have with him ‘No achievements necessary” just a love for Jesus and a willing heart to serve Him. Jesus doesn’t look at all the earthly things you have, he looks at your heart and a willingness to serve, that means extending your hand to someone in need or helping a person that is hurting or in heart trouble.

When we follow Christ it isn’t an easy road, it’s down right hard at times. We want what we want but ultimately what we want doesn’t last, there is no lasting power in the things of this world but only in the things of God, so when you are weighing in on the stuff you don’t have, turn and think about the stuff you are lacking inside, that’s a hope in Christ that will never stop you from wanting His eternal water of salvation.

Find peace in Him.

Shalom

 

 

 

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That’s A Call

That’s A Call

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Do you ever feel as though you have a call on your life to become something great?

Well, there’s a difference between where we want to be and where God is calling us.

It could take many years of waiting in the desert to only find out what you were waiting for isn’t happening and sometimes for reasons in hindsight to be obvious to you now as you move along on your journey.

Only God knows what is right for you and will place that special assignment in front of you and it’s only you that chooses to pursue it or….not.

We cannot hurry God along as if we fit His work into our plan. Your service to God will vary throughout your life, your service is the work you do everyday, it’s that internal drive that God calls you to,

He calls you to that work with a desire to do it.

God calls you for special work, at home or outside the home, whatever you are doing today is very important and is adding value to not only your life but to the lives of others .You could be taking care of someone or providing an income for a family, so wherever you are your presence is to share your life and help others right where you are placed.

Yes, God calls us all of us and many times to small things that are right in front of us (to us they are small but to God they are significant) maybe it’s being there for someone as an ear for a troubled heart or to give some godly advise. God can use you to share what you know about Him (even if you aren’t the biblical scholar, He doesn’t expect that) to your family, friends or someone you don’t know. Listen God will always provide us with an opportunity to either brush someone off or look at it as a gift to be present and do His will in glorifying Him to others.

My ways are not your ways

Isaiah 55:8-

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
Loosen your plan because -our plans are not God’s plans. His plan is to refine us for that moment when He calls you into that work He has groomed you for throughout your life until now. Placing amazing gifts inside of you to share. That’s a call.

 

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Why Would Peter Deny Jesus?

Why Would Peter Deny Jesus?

In the Gospels, we read Jesus getting ready to be arrested when the conversation between Peter “the leader “of the disciples”, and Jesus, He were talking to the disciples quoting the prophecy of Zecariah 13:7 “You will all fall away”.

Peter declares in Mark 14:29 “even if all fall away, I will not”.

Clearly in this scripture Peter is in protection mode, he’s trying to protect his Lord, but do you think Peter was telling Jesus the real truth in his heart?

How far will Peter go in giving up of himself for the Lord?

Did Peter really love Jesus the way Jesus loved Peter?

Jesus responds,

Luke 22:34

Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.” 

Did Peter deny his denial?

Jesus knows the human heart quite well and what it’s capable of. In our flesh we are trying to preserve our lives, save ourselves from humiliation, harm and turn our conversations away from Christ. In our pride we may deny Him because of our earthly desire to please others and not look foolish.

How many times do we deny Christ when things get rough?

To deny Christ is to deny your own eternal life with Him.

Are you like Peter when people persecute you for talking about Jesus?

Sometimes it’s hard to see the truth in ourselves when talking to others about your love and relationship with it comes to Christ. But as we know Jesus says, “deny me on earth and I will deny you in heaven” Matthew 10:33

 And that’s the truth.

 

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