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.

Jesus Tell Us How To Pray

Jesus Tell Us How To Pray

In Matthew 6, as the disciples walked with Jesus and were taught, they hungered for His words and clung to them. So Jesus taught them how to go about prayer and the words that He told them to say to their Father in Heaven.

Prayer

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward youAnd when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from the evil one.

 

It is simple you see, you don’t need lengthy prayers, God knows your heart and needs, Jesus hears when you come to Him simply He knows all the rest. But you must come and lay it down for Him at the throne and let the guidance of the Holy Spirit direct the way.

Shalom,

Nancy

 

#Pray #Jesus, #throne #Direction

Jesus Rises From Death

Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

1 Corinthians 15:1, 3-4 NIV

When Jesus rose from the grave, that morning Mary’s heart was broken as she went to the tomb and saw that the stone was rolled away. He’s gone!

I don’t know where they have put Him.

We only can imagine, how upset she was, the man that she loved deep in her soul, the one she gave her life over to is now gone.

But no!

He arose and stood right near her and asked her who she was looking for (she thought he was the gardener) she was crying and Jesus revealed himself to her.”Rabboni!” she shouted but Jesus said “do not cling to me, I have not yet ascended to my Father.”

Mary ran to tell the other disciples as they waited together not knowing what to do except wait and think of the events of the past days, what happened to their Lord, the one they have loved, followed and were clinging onto His words. Thinking about how the disciples may have reacted some of these things could have been passing through their minds –

Will the Jewish leaders arrest us?

What did I do?

Can Jesus forgive me?

What do we do now?

 

But as Mary’s words came into their minds two of the disciples, Peter and John hurried to the tomb, John running ahead of Peter. He was gone!

He lives they thought, and they went back to rejoice with the others.

As the New Testament Scriptures say, Jesus showed up in the place the disciples were meeting, they were joyful in seeing him.

That’s what happens when we are separated from Jesus, our hearts are broken and we may know why, maybe someone you know doesn’t believe in Jesus or doesn’t believe any of the Bible is true, that’s why we point them to the Cross and what Jesus did for us all.

Debt Paid, Forgiveness of Sin, life everlasting that’s what the Savior did for us.

We are forgiven for all the past and can move forward…. free.

 

 

#resurrection # rosefromdead #Jesus arose

 

What Joy We Shall Have

What Joy We Shall Have

Easter is such a joyful time as Jesus enters into Jerusalem as predicted by the prophets  as our King and Messiah, while the Jewish leaders hated Jesus so they plot to have him arrested, they wanted no disruption during their week of the Passover celebration.

During this week ahead my hope is that our focus is on Christ and what he is preparing to do for us as our everlasting hope of salvation. Our hope is poured into Him as we wait in this season for the newness of meditating on what was happening during those last days he was with the disciples. Here is a comforting scripture for all who believe in what he has done and what he’s going to do.

John 14: 1-4

 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.  My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.  You know the way to the place where I am going.”

As Jesus prepares His disciples for His exit of this world and entry in the Kingdom of God; He is going ahead of them to prepare a place for all who believe in Him.

As we place our hope and trust in God this Passion Week, let us always be reminded of the great love Christ showed to us as He faced persecution, beating, flogging nailed to the cross and then death, all for our sins, Jesus became our Passover lamb and when he finally was on that cross bearing our sins of the world onto his shoulders, he poured out his everlasting love for us all so that we may be forgiven and set free to live with Him in eternity.

What joy we shall have!

#joy #Easter #Jesus #cross

 

 

God’s Call For Everyday Service

1 Corinthians 1:9 

God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

How does God call you into service everyday?

Do you feel God is not calling you to use your talents for Him?

Do you feel as though you are drawing a blank as to what the next move is?

And do you feel as though you are waiting on God for confirmation, as to how He will use you?

Here are a couple of hints that may be holding you back internally from hearing a clear call:

Fear

Which can prevent us from doing something God knows can be done, he will only give to us what He thinks we can handle. He has the plan and knows what you can do to glorify Him.

 

Missing the divine Appointment

Have you ever prayed and waited for God to send someone to you that needs to know about Him and He does but you totally miss it?

Thankfully he gives us another opportunity to minister and through the Holy Spirit’s prodding you know to respond.

 

A BIG call vs. an Everyday Call

Everyone’s call is different and God may call us for kind acts of service. Like calling someone that’s alone or how about bringing a meal and spending time with someone who needs it.

How about taking care of a child so a couple can go on a date night.

Every little thing we do, God sees it all, so when you think no one cares that you did something for him or her, just remember who is really seeing all of it and that’s Jesus.

Guidance

Being a parent or a grandparent is significant in God’s eyes, He gave you these little ones to watch over as a gift and taking care of them is a call. Shaping them to know Christ is a call, teaching them about the Bible is a call. Loving them is a huge call.

A dear woman recently told me at one time in her life she was looking for the Big call and thought it was more important than the little things she did everyday.

But then she said,“ I don’t look to do the big things anymore, I just wake up and say, Use me Jesus in this day.”

If God wanted all of us to be doing Big things for Him he would call you to that, but how great are small everyday blessings that we can share that glorify God, every day.

We don’t know what a wonderful part we play in the lives of others and that we could be the glue that holds them together. The rock in which they go to for guidance and help.

So when we think that what we do doesn’t matter, God sees everything done under the sun. He sees what we are doing for others just like He wants us to do. To be a light among those who might be falling into darkness. That’s a call, stepping into His Call For Everyday service

Shalom

Nancy

Discouragement

Discouragement

Hebrews 6:12        We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

If you aren’t experiencing it currently there will be a time that you will. Discouragement is hard on a Christian because we know that God hears our prayers and sometimes wonder why He doesn’t answer them.

Discouragement means having faith that whatever the outcome, although it may not be what we want or believe- God knows that the end result is better for you. There may be times when you just don’t know what to do, maybe you have tried something that you think could work, but it fails miserably and you wonder why hasn’t God supported this?

Think, is it because when you started it you didn’t come in prayer fully to Him with the idea and let it rest on Him so that He may guide you to that outcome.

My dear friends, God puts desire in your hearts for the good of others so that you may glorify Him when the He blesses you.

Do you see that God is working in this way?

Discouragement is tough, but in faith God will show you through these trials that you will prevail in the end. When your focus is on the greater good of others, then you will be blessed according to God’s purposes and pleasure.

God doesn’t want us to give up either, if we feel led by the Holy Spirit to continue even if what you are trying to do gets tough, even if no one is encouraging you but you know deep down that you are suppose to be doing this –pray and seek God for His outcome and continue on unless He puts a stop to it.

There’s always that possibility that what drives you to accomplish goals and making that your focus, instead of Christ, then you must step back and seek God for guidance. There’s a reason the Holy Spirit could stop you.

Just remember that no matter what you do, if you are doing even the smallest of things for God, you are bringing glory to Him while you wait in faith for what He will do next in your life. Have Faith!

Shalom

Prayer

Lord you have all the answers, we don’t, so in my disappointment I seek you and will have faith that you know what’s best for me and you have the outcome. Help me to be strong, In Jesus name Amen

 

#Discouragement #Christ #God #Faith

Power of Forgiveness

Mark 11:20-25  In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.  “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.  Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

What is Jesus saying to us in these Scriptures?

  • Have Faith
  • Pray
  • Believe and Receive
  • forgive
  • forgive sins

When you hold something against someone, even though God has heard your prayers if you aren’t forgiving someone, your prayers could be delayed or may not get answers. But if we take the choke hold of unforgiveness away, we can be open-hearted towards that person, forgiving their actions and letting it go. That’s what following Christ is all about, loving the unloveable and facing the will of God in all circumstances.

Stay focused on Christ, He will give you the strength to see things through his eyes and teach you His ways. Why not ask Him for this gift of mercy?

Have Faith, believe and you will receive!

 

#Jesus #forgive #love #sin #heaven
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Praise God For Simple Joy

Psalm 51:12

 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

 

 

It seems like such a long winter, doesn’t it? Lately I have been thinking about all the people that are already done with winter and that there isn’t a great sense of joy going on out there. Even in my own temperament I struggle just getting out to taking my dog around the block for a walk.  The dreaded ice and snow! Oh no!

So thinking about the comments about the length of these days till Spring, there’s a reason for the season we are in, winter is slow down and stay steady. When focusing our mind on the circumstances (which are temporary) we miss what’s in front of us all the time, the joy that the Lord gives us in small things. For example, you may have had a dinner with people you haven’t seen in a long time, a call you received from someone you know or love, food that you were able to shop for and cook, the pets that make you smile. I could go on and on, my point is- look at the things that you overlook and you will see that everyday there is joy, maybe not in the weather (everyone gets that) or trial you are bearing but in the things that God provides to you on a daily basis.

How about redirecting our thinking to what’s ahead.

The first Day of Spring is March 20th, that’s hope and joy.

Someone you haven’t met yet will be passing through your life that’s joy.

You are invited to a wedding or party- something to look forward to!

You are planning your summer vacation… joy, joy, joy!

You choose either the gloom and doom or  joy- up to you.

Here are some scriptures for your joy directly from the Lord, the giver of joy!

Praise Him for all He gives in simple joy.

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.

Psalm 28:7

 The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him

Psalm 20:5

May we shout for joy over your victory
and lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the Lord grant all your requests.

#joy #God #Lord #simplejoy