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.

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The Joy in Simple Things

The greatest joy in life is the small things that we take for granted. Some people think there is extreme joy in winning the lottery, maybe so, but when the money is gone where is the joy? The joy is gone and so is the money. (Maybe people too)

So how would someone like us think of joy in simple things?

Look at the food that you love to eat? Is it not a joy to be able to open up the frig whenever you want and have something you like?

Isn’t it a joy when someone calls you and brightens your day?

Isn’t it a joy when your pets come to you in unconditional love?

Isn’t it a jot when your family is around you?

Isn’t it a joy when you get ready to make plans and leave on a trip?

Isn’t it a joy to have friends that care about you?

Maybe it’s having that first cup of coffee in the morning.

This could go on and on but the truth is, who provides these small joys?

God does!

Psalm 16:11

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

But when we take these things for granted we are not honoring the one who gave them to us. There is joy in all that God creates but we must remember the one that provides the joys and to be grateful in thanksgiving and prayer.

My prayer for you today is this Praise God for the simple joys in your life, stop and think about them and remember not to take pride in them, but praise Jesus for what He has done and through His grace gave you joy.

Shalom

Nancy

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#God #joy #simplejoy

 

 

Held Captive By Sin

Sin can hold it’s grasp on you when you let what drives you to it take over your life. Maybe you are that person that says there is nothing wrong with what you are doing but deep down sin has got it’s hold on you.

Sadly that’s what sin does, it’s blinding to those who know no escape and allow the world and how they feel to dictate what is right. With no escape from the grasp how will you know if it is right or wrong?

The only way to know if you are doing the right thing is to ask God to come into your life and speak to your heart and to bring His light to the circumstances in which you live and to ask your self what does this thing that I know may be wrong doing to myself and those around me. Am I following my way or is it God’s way?

With sin, God always provides an escape.

1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 

With following your way the hole you dig gets deeper and deeper so you can no longer see the light on the sin, you walk in the darkness. But God provides the light and He shines His light on the sin to help you overcome it. That’s why we go to Him in prayer for clarity and help.

Isaiah 29:15

Woe to those who go to great depths
to hide their plans from the Lord,
who do their work in darkness and think,
“Who sees us? Who will know?”

God is willing to lift you up to see what you are doing and help you out of that pit but first you must ask Him to shine light on your life and to forgive you for the sin you are doing and have done.

Acts 13:38

“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.

My prayer for you is simply this: Let the light of Christ shine down on you and may His grace be forthcoming in your life through the forgiveness of sins. Break free from the grasp of a sin led life to the love of Christ, following Him all the days of your life.

 

Shalom

Nancy                                                             #Jesus #sin #forgiveness #God #endure

Trusting God Through Problems

The hardest part of waiting for God through your problems is trusting Him for the results. Often times when I see myself in past situations I think that God allowed time to work through whatever was going on.

It’s our nature to want to hurry things along, to put a bandaid on situations and try to resolve them ourselves but when we trust God we wait on God ,we can have the assurance that He will handle whatever it is we go to Him for.

It’s times like the trials that really test your faith. Maybe it’s because God clearly tries to get your attention to go to Him in Prayer. Often we look to ourselves to solve things but it is God we must seek to remedy any thing that is in our way.

Believe God can do it!

During personal trials I have seen Him turn situations around in the midst of some pretty hard stuff. I’ve also realized that when things are getting out of control, that’s when we really call on Him to step in and lean in on him. Never feel that God can’t answer right away, He can and does.

When God is silent

When God is silent our thoughts turn to that of His not being near, but He is right with us, His presence never ceasing, it is He that gives us strength in turbulent times.

When the battle and the trials end, think of how you got through them, how you were changed and grew to understand your strength because of trusting Him.

 

May your day be a blessing to you and to everyone you meet.

Shalom

Nancy

 

Ephesians 2:22

And in Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by the Spirit

 

 

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A Man Reaps What He Sows

Galatians 6:7-8

 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

 

The environment in which we live where sin is tolerated and people live for themselves then how can they wonder why they are not receiving the blessing they think they deserve?

What is sowing for God mean?

It means that the believer goes out into the world and plants seeds of the word of God into the minds of people around them. Surely many do this but how many times have you had an opportunity to speak with someone about God and you thought it wasn’t a good idea?

 Galatians 6:9-10

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

We have the mind of Christ and that means that each person deserves to be awakened to what He wants them to know, then they decide for themselves if this truth that they are hearing is that of the Holy Spirit.

So let us not be weary in planting the seeds among those who are perishing so that we may be the aroma of Christ, instead of the smell of death. 2 Corinthians 2:15-16

Each one of us has been appointed to step up in someone’s life and bring him or her to Christ, listen for the Holy Spirit’s prompting and allow Him to save a life from doom and everlasting destruction.

Shalom

Nancy

 

 

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It’s A Choice

One of the questions I have for you today is:

What has God gifted you with as a task of doing to glorify His name?

You might think, well, I’m not a pastor, or an Elder, I don’t work in a church or do anything directly associated with spreading the gospel to others, how can what I do be glorifying the Lord in any way?

First of all, you are His and because you are His He gives you the tools in your everyday life to show His glory. When you do your job at any type work whether it’s at home or in your paying job you are glorifying His name by the way you conduct yourself in the presence of others and being present in their lives.

Not everyone has to be a famous preacher or writer to influence the people around you, God has given you the unique privilege to stand on His behalf to do what He has put in front of you this day. It’s so simple just be obedient to His will and He will direct your path in what you do each day.

2 Corinthians 9:13

13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.

God has a personal journey for each of us, not everyone’s journey will be the same, and He places you where He needs you to flourish for His glory. Maybe sitting in an office isn’t where you thought you would end up but God needs you there for a reason. Instead of thinking about how it’s a torture, think of it as a mission field ready and ripe for what he can do right there.

2 Corinthians 9:8

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

 So I say to you, hold on to what God has given you and use that gift that’s what separates you from others that unique gift God can use in this world to bring others closer to His one and only Son.

Shalom

Nancy

 

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The True Light

There was a popular fiction movie in 1990 called “Ghost” a man spends most of the movie trying to solve his murder and bring the men that did it to justice with the help of a psychic and at the end of the movie everything seems to be resolved, the psychic tells the Ghost to “go into the light”; the audience assumes the character is going into heaven.

Here’s the Truth

The fact is no one gets into the Kingdom of God for being good or nice or even if you saved a million people. You get into the Kingdom of God by your relationship with Jesus.

This is what Jesus says:

John 3:3

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

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John 3:5

 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.

Plain and simple

You must be Born Again to see the Kingdom of God, there is no one on earth including your self that can save you, only Christ through His shed blood on the cross, and death and resurrection could do this.

 Mark 10:15 

Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

 If you feel frustrated and angry because you are reading this then this is doing it’s job because the point is for you to think long term about your eternal life. Your physical life is short but your spiritual life is eternal. God sees all you do good and bad and at the end of your life you are accountable for everything done even in secret.

Yes in secret, that means what you do that you think you can hide is not hidden from God. Listen all I am saying is this, you may be spending your life enjoying it and that’s what God wants us to do, but if you don’t have a relationship or not put God at the center of your life you aren’t going to see the true Kingdom. of God, not because I say but because Jesus says.

Matthew 7:13-14

The Narrow and Wide Gates

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

 Whoever has said I will go to Heaven and not believed in Jesus isn’t going to the true light. All else is false, follow Jesus It’s simple, repent of your sins and ask Jesus into your life, He will lead and guide you to the true light, His light and watch what he can do through your prayers and His promises to you. You will have trials but you will always have His peace and light. 

John 8:12

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world.

Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

 

 

 

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Removing The Veil, To See Christ

In a perishing world there is only one hope and that hope is in Christ. We are experiencing life in fast motion and if we don’t step back and realize that we are the light of Christ for others in this dark world.

The Veil

 2 Corinthians 3:13

 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away.

Before anyone comes to Christ our minds are veiled, veiled to Him and wanting to know Him more. Seeking the things of this world for our happiness, turning away when someone talks about Him to you and thinking that Jesus doesn’t care, that He doesn’t direct your life you do.

2 Corinthians 3:14

 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away.

Those who believe in Him have life, others will seek after the things of this world which will never give you peace. There is only Christ who gives everlasting hope and takes the veil of everyday living off your eyes so that you can see Him plainly .

2 Corinthians 3:15

 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.

To those who do not believe in Christ there will never be freedom, turning from Christ your life is veiled you will not listen to the true message of the Holy Spirit as He speaks to you , thus bound by your unbelief.

2 Corinthians 3:16-17

 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.  Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

To those who think that hearing about Christ is foolishness those who turn away will not see the glory of God. The word of God is covered to them and may seek knowledge of man’s thoughts or words but true wisdom comes only from a love for Christ and a relationship with Him.

2 Corinthians 4:3

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.

To those who are perishing, the god of this age will always have a hold on you, that god you seek after is anything that isn’t Christ, it’s the thing that keeps your mind busy and focused away from seeking truth which is found only in the gospel.

 2 Corinthians 4:4

The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

 When we seek in trying to find happiness in things of the world and when that fails (and it will) we are confident that Christ never fails, He is always with us, when believers speak the truth in Christ, listen to what the Spirit is trying to tell say about Him, it could save your life.

Shalom

Nancy

 

 

 

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