The Challenges We Face

Here comes the New Year…again.

As we look ahead to the future, some of us have set some goals, others planned vacation, and maybe some are thinking about moving either to a new home or job. But as you think ahead, considering your plans do you see hope in that?

The hope we see is that maybe this year could be better than last year, hey maybe it was a great year, but when we look back did we see the challenges we faced?

Sometimes the challenges were fierce and hard to deal with, others were spiritual challenges with hard lessons about ourself or others. Maybe some of you had or are having physical challenges and you think no one truly understands or cares.

Hard to see but the challenges we face are very healthy for our soul, teaching us strength and endurance. Facing each challenge we can look back and see how God has worked in it. He may have brought you closer to Him or someone you know and or love. It may have taught, things aren’t always what they seem to be, having to learn patience and understand that we should look at what’s going on as a bigger picture, challenging us to look outward and not inwardly.

No doubt this year there will be challenges, some easier than others, some could be triumphs and some traumatizing but remember this, God is and will be with you, just put it in His hands and as you depend on Him more, the results and outcome will amaze you. Stop trying to figure it out all the time or control it. Trust God and His purpose for your life, look to Him for all your needs.

May you live in peace and good health during the year with God’s blessings, Nancy

2 Corinthians 13:11

Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

 

 

 

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Pride Just Holds You Hostage

There is nothing like going through difficulty in any circumstance that kicks us in the butt more than our own pride. Pride holds us hostage to it, we hold on to something we just don’t want to give up. Sadly many relationships have been destroyed because someone didn’t let go of some pride or judgment they were holding.

Ecclesiastes 7:8

The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.

Pride destroys opportunities, you may have something amazing in your sights, ready to grasp, but there’s something that you just can’t get from it that you feel you should. Then you may grumble because it’s not what you thought it should be.

Pride can prevent a person from making a positive, life changing experience.

That’s pride showing up just to flatten out what could have been something great.

Deuteronomy 8:17-18
“Otherwise, you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.’ “But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. 

When sitting in pride others can feel it thus not opening their hearts to what could be a meaningful relationship, or making false assumptions about someone or something, as…

Pride can hold you back from loving or forgiving someone.

 Proverbs 13:10

Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.

Pride overtakes your soul and makes your heart hard

Psalm 59:12

For the sins of their mouths, for the words of their lips, let them be caught in their pride. For the curses and lies they utter,

Human pride makes you step out before you should, instead of allowing God to work it through.

Proverbs 11:12

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

 Pride makes a great presence but falls hard to destruction

Proverbs 16:8

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

 

How does God view pride?

Psalm 10:4

In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.

Pride keeps you from knowing God is right and you are not.

 Pride creeps it’s way into the mind of men, thus making them seemingly above others

Isaiah 2:11

The eyes of the arrogant will be humbled and human pride brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.

 Simply put pride just holds you hostage from seeing the bigger picture

In our love of others and sometimes disdain,

Where do you see pride holding you back from something or someone?

 

Shalom

Nancy

 

#Pride #God #arrogant #Lord

 

 

Horoscopes, Fortune Tellers & Cults

If you are one of those people that enjoy alittle unsuspecting encouragement in your day through what you think is a harmless horoscope reading. or maybe you went to a psychic, or a card reader that gave you some answers that encouraged you and maybe trusted on those words as truth.

Let me lead you into some godly truth, it’s false teaching to entice you to want more, to be caught up in some words that do not come from God but from satan.

You see satan knows your weaknesses, he knows you will get caught up in it and he will do anything to take your eyes off God, even if it sounds true. Trusting in something or someone isn’t focused on God is false.

Here are some ways that you will know its false:

You put hope in what you read

Someone will ask for a free will devotion or fee

They seem to be telling you the truth, but it just doesn’t seem right

They put fear in you, you believe them

You leave in hope of what they told you and then it never happens or,

What they say does happen but doesn’t have a good outcome or you sit and wait for it to happen (no one knows your future, only God does)

You are continuing to want more

You may start to separate yourself from people you have always had relationships with either by resentment, misunderstanding or unforgiveness

They tell you to pray to false gods/things/people (crystals, preachers, false teaching, etc.) Deuteronomy 18:10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft,

Their motives are selfish

They can’t really help you and you feel lost.

Praying to Saints

Worshipping the church, it’s activities/leaders/rituals

They just lead you away from God

Exodus 20:3

“You shall have no other gods before me. (one of God’s 10 Commandments to us)

 

Here are some ways that you will know truth through God:

Spend time in prayer, listen for His voice

He does not separate you from the people that love or care about you

He doesn’t ask you to give away your money to get a reading or a teaching

He gently calls you and wants to speak into your life

He guides you into truth, through His word (the Bible)

He prepares you for eternity with Him

You do not have to pray to saints, teachers or anything but right to Jesus as our great intercessor

You come freely to Him at any time.

Jesus sends you the Holy Spirit for truth

Make no mistake, worshiping yourself, idols; things that aren’t God are a sin. Trusting in anything that isn’t God is a sin.

1 Samuel 15:23

 For rebellion is like the sin of divination,
and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
he has rejected you as king.”

So my word to you today is this:

What are you worshipping that isn’t the one true God who has created you for a purpose? Whose plans are great for you? Who gives you bread everyday

Are you willing to step out and trust Him instead of the things of this world?

No one of this world died to cover your sins, why trust in anything else but Jesus who shed His blood to cover your sins? Trust Jesus.

 

Shalom, Nancy

#trustJesus #horoscopesfortunetellers&cults

 

 

What Are God’s Promises?

God’s Promises are great, He promises never to leave you or forsake you,

He promises to be with you.

To love and have mercy on you.

To teach you as you go along,

He will provide wisdom when you ask Him for it.

He always provides a way out of sin.

His love endures forever in your heart when you worship Him.

He always sees what you are doing and gives you the tools to make it happen.

He is with you in a storm, in times of grief He stands beside you,

He is the rock that you cling to in times of trouble or of deep sorrow.

His ways are better than our ways.

When you turn away from Him, He welcomes you back with open arms

When you follow Jesus he prays for you,

He comforts you,

He loves you.

These are great things that God will do, has done and will sustain us through it all.

When people turn from you, He does not.

 

Do you feel as though you are going through things alone? God is with you as you do.

 

Believe in Jesus and your life will be transformed into becoming more and more like Him. Give up control of your life and give it to Jesus, watch what how your life changes.

 

Shalom

Nancy

 

#Jesus #Godspromises #loveGod

 

Movie: Let There Be Light

Just saw the movie “Let There Be Light” starring Kevin Sorbo. His wife wrote and produced it, it’s a great story and if you are looking for something that isn’t violent but a heartwarming reality about an atheist to a Christian walk please check it and support it!

Shalom…….Nancy

#lettherebelight #Jesus #atheist #KevinSorbo

Click Link for You Tube Trailer

You Tube: Let there Be Light   

Put It Through The Strain Test

Have you ever read something that was very enticing and then later realized it was not true?

~Have you ever watched a speaker and thought, yea that’s the way I feel and later realize that the purpose of the speaker was to lure you into their book buying, agenda and following?

~Have you ever read a fact that was true then someone put their own “take on it” and make it seem true?

This is all called misleading. When someone or something takes your full attention away from God or the Bible and then that becomes your truth, which is not God’s, and you are mislead and taken away from truly knowing God.

Yes, some will even go to the Bible, point you to scriptures making them palatable, then twist it to their own teaching to entice you to want even more.

1 Peter 2:1 

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves.

Many people are being mislead by a speaker, teacher, self called-prophet or pastor that has a program and somehow throws Jesus into their teaching and doesn’t always point to Jesus being the way, this is also misleading.

 It is always wonderful to have devotions, hear about someone who has healed through the healing power of Christ but the truth is the Bible is the source and whoever trusts in something that isn’t fallible as the Bible is, but is misguided to their own truths then that is a sin in itself.

Put everything you ingest in your mind through a strain test.

 Does this person profit from and promote their agenda?

Do they point you to the Bible over their own work?

 Do they point to Jesus in every aspect of teaching?

 Do they call themselves prophets moving people towards a certain “word” for them or healing and enticing you to want more (similar to luring of a psychic’s deception). You will know if the Holy Spirit is speaking to your heart by the way it has been presented to you from a humble perspective.

1 John 4:1

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Do some say “The End is coming soon” and give you a time or date?

Mark 13:32

The Day and Hour Unknown

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

And…..

Revelation 3:10

 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.

Do they say “victory” over circumstances?

Jesus said we will have trials but to be an overcomer;

 John 16:33

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

 Take the time to think through things you are taking in, and allowing that to be your truth, follow Jesus, not people, things or objects.

Exodus 34:17

“Do not make any idols.

And…..

1 John 5:21

Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.

Shalom

Nancy

#Jesus #idols #prophets #falseteaching #selfseeking #misleading

 

 

Born Again

John 3:3

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

What does it mean to be Born Again?

When Jesus comes into your behavior begins to change. You no longer seek out things of the world. Jesus transforms you with a desire to seek Him , want an intimate relationship with Him and as you do, He begins to reshape you by taking away a hateful mind and opening your heart up to love, just as though you were a reborn child, not corrupted by the world yet.

Jesus transforms your worldly thinking into godly thinking,

You don’t depend on the world for your happiness,

                               Jesus fulfills all your needs.

You no longer seek the things that used to make you happy,

                              you seek the desires that only Jesus fulfills.

He gives you a heart for Him, instead of pushing Him away you begin to

                               need Jesus more and depend on Him.

He gives you a love for others, where you despised and hated someone or some thing

             you begin to look at it like He did, with compassion and understanding.

Money no longer drives you like it used to, you need it to live but it’s not everything to you because ……Jesus is.

Jesus takes away pride and replaces it with humbleness.

Your relationships change because you are changing, instead of pointing the finger, you see situations in a different light, you no longer have a desire to be doing what you used to do and the situations that used to upset you Jesus changes you to begin to forgive and understand.

                                 Only Jesus can do this transforming work.

Sin is a wall between you and God, your heart can’t get transformed unless you totally let go, ask God for forgiveness. Humbling yourself is the first step in letting Jesus take the wheel of your life.

  • Lay it down at the feet of Jesus. He will give you rest.
  • Seek His love
  • See your life transformed
  • Be His light to others
  • Leave it all at the foot of the cross

 

 

تسعى يسوع

taseaa yasue

Seek Jesus

 

 

Shalom

Nancy

 

John 3:4-8

“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

#bornagain #Jesus #God #HolySpirit #transforming #seekJesus

#godssimplekindness.com

 

Press on

2 Corinthians 4:8

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair.

Many times when we feel as though there is no hope and see no end to what is happening as Paul says, press on. We have hope in Christ and that is where we set our goals. The things of this world will end for us all someday day but what hope is there in the things of this world? There is none.

There is only one hope and that is in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Far too many times we put our hope into the life we have and the people we know but that isn’t lasting, it’s Christ that fulfills the lasting things for your eternal life with Him.

In this way we can put our hope there and not foresee a bleak future but a glorious hope that is in Him.

Press on to that hope, press on to that place that Christ has led you to. For it is not flesh and blood that leads you to that hope but the Spirit of truth. The Spirit that sustains you in times of distress and hopelessness. But you see that God is the sustainer of all things and to only look to Him for all your hopes and needs. 

When all things feel bleak, press on

When the future holds nothing but pain, press on

When you think you are alone in this world, you have the Holy Spirit, press on

When those who do not want to accept your sharing the Lord’s gospel, press on

When people turn their back on you, the Lord does not, press on

When someone lies about you or judges you, the Lord knows the truth, press on

Philippians 3:13-15

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 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.

 

Shalom

Nancy

 

#presson #Jesus #HolySpirit #Heaven #gospel #God

Never Thirst Again

An ordinary day in an extraordinary way, Jesus and his disciples walk through a town in Samaria called Sychar, walking along the road He tells them to go ahead into town and get food for them. Jesus sat down at Jacob’s well for a drink

But it was more than a drink; there was a divine appointment at the well.

There He sat and a Samaritan woman came along to fetch water, Jesus asked her for a drink, she replied “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman, how can you ask me for a drink? John4: 9 (because Jews didn’t associate with Samaritans)

Jesus answered “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.” John 4:10

 How often is it that Jesus invites us to drink of His living water, to sit in His presence and know Him?

  • Do you seek this?

The woman was seeking for the Messiah to come and save them, but suddenly there He was asking her for a drink, offering her eternal life.

Would you recognize Jesus if He spoke to your heart?

She went for water, Jesus had something better for her, Jesus offers eternal life. Everything that is on earth is put here for you, for your pleasure as God gives it to us but life here is not lasting. Jesus offers us eternal life.

Jesus meets us in times of our lives that are unexpected, but just like the woman at the well in need of the living water, are you running after things that will satisfy you only temporarily or are you seeking Jesus?

Only Jesus can satisfy our thirst through the living water He provides.

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

John 4:13-14  

 

 Shalom, Nancy

 #Jesus #livingwater #well #eternal life