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UH OH…CAN’T LET THE WORRY GO???

I already know the answer to this question, but I will go on and ask it…
Do you find yourself worrying just a tiny bit over situations in your life?
I’m sure that most of us are aware that worry is a sin...

Matthew 6:19-34 is our Lord’s definitive teaching about the sin of worry.
Once you memorize it’s core verse, Matthew 6:33, you’ll be leaning on it again and again.
MATTHEW 6:33
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Here is an outline of the passage as it unfolds. Study it as you work on this excellent verse.

1. Worry indicates a defective value system (Matt. 6:19-25).
There are more important issues than food, clothing, houses, and entertainment.
2. Worry indicates a defective self-image (Matt. 6:26).                                                          We’re more valuable than anything God has made, including the birds of the air.

3. Worry indicates a defective way of thinking (Matt. 6:27).
Anxiety doesn’t add one hour to our lives or one cubit to our height. It’s a useless exercise and an inefficient way of thinking.
4. Worry indicates a defective trust in God (Matt. 6:28-30).
Faith is the ability to maintain inner strength by trusting in the promises of God amid the problems of life. We shouldn’t fall into the “you of little faith” camp.
5. Worry indicates a defective purpose in life (Matt. 6:31-35).
If we take care of things that are important to God. He’ll take care of things that are important to us.
6. Anxiety indicates a defective view of tomorrow (Matt. 6:34).                                              In this verse, Jesus specifically tells us to deal with today’s issues and don’t worry about tomorrow’s.

FRUITFUL OBSERVATION: Seek ye first the Lord, and then He will provide for you everything that is profitable for you in this life and He will crown it with everything that is glorious in the life to come.

Let’s lean upon the PROMISES OF GOD today and every day!

 

GET BACK UP BEFORE YOU FAINT!!!

IMG_7287.JPGSo I ask you today, have you ever felt like you are standing still in a situation without any changes? I know several of my readers personally who can answer with YES!! The other day while leaving my exercise room, I had gotten to the bottom of the steps only to find that Jack wasn’t so eager to come down the stairs behind me like he usually does.
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We find ourselves waiting for change day in and day out until we soon lose our excitement.

We must remember that the devil brings the four D’s, which are Doubt, discouragement, despair and division. I’ve added another D, and it is for downWe sit down within our doubt and begin to think that things will not change anytime soon; our discouragement can cause us to despair. If we don’t keep our focus on Christ and His Word, we can create a division between God and us. The devil is the only one happy when this happens.
Let’s get a hold on our thinking, and not give into the devil’s tactics. Half of the battle is outsmarting the devil, and we can do that by coming into the presence of God every day and seeking His way and Will for us, and Putting on our FULL ARMOUR of God every day.

GALATIANS 6:9
9 And let us not be weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

FRUITFUL OBSERVATION: Paul challenges the Galatians and us to keep on doing what is right and to trust God for the results. In due time, we reap a harvest of blessing.

IMG_7297.JPGLet’s pray to get back up and keep our focus on the ALL POWERFUL God that LOVES us and that supplies us the strength we need today and every day!

 

HAVE YOU CHECKED YOUR SOIL LATELY?

Have you ever wonder why some people who hear the Word of God fall by the wayside and stunt their growth?

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The yield depended on the condition of the soil where the seed fell

Jesus tells the parable of the four soils
LUKE 8:5-8
5 A sower went our to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell, by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.
6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.
7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.
8 And other fell on good ground and sprang up and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when He had said these things, He cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Why would a farmer allow precious seed to land “by the way side,” upon rocks, or thorns? This is not an irresponsible farmer scattering seeds at random. He is using the acceptable method of hand-seeding a large field-casting it by handfuls as he walks through the field. His goal is to get as much seed as possible to take root in good soil, but there is an inevitable waste as some falls or is blown into less productive places. That some of the seed produced no crop was not the fault of the faithful farmer or the seed. The yield depended on the condition of the soil where the seed fell. It is our responsibility to spread the seed (God’s message), but we should not give up when some of our efforts fail. Remember not every seed falls on good soil.

Jesus explained the parable of the four soils as follows:
Wayside people, like many of the religious leaders, refused to believe God’s message. Hard-rock people, like many in the crowds who followed Jesus, believed His message but never got around to doing anything about it. Thorn-patch people, over come by materialism, left no room in their lives for God. Good-soil People, in contrast to all the other groups, followed no matter what the cost. Which type of soil are you?

FRUITFUL OBSERVATION: God’s Word is the seed in which we, as Christians should be spreading to others. Not only by our word of mouth but our actions.

Let’s put forth GREAT EFFORT IN PREPARING OUR SOIL to receive God’s WORD  today and every day!imagesOrganic-Farming-2-0a2fc8a8

WHETHER IT’S LUNCH TIME OR NOT!!!…

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LET’S TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS AND NOT BECOME STALE !!

Have you ever thought about the distinct differences between people’s personalities? Their likes and their dislikes? This morning, while I was making lunches for my husband and son, I struggled with a ‘fold top‘ sandwich baggie (that I had bought BY MISTAKE), I thought “who on earth prefers a ‘FOLD TOP’ baggie instead of a ‘ZIP LOCK TOP’ baggie??”
I mean really??? I had to double bag the sandwiches in an attempt for it not to go stale before lunch time, and THEN… I placed the double bagged sandwiches into a gallon sized ziplock bag. No matter how different God made us, and what sandwich baggie preference we have, let’s remember that God made us differ in many areas, But there is one particular area that we all are indeed the same.

1 CORINTHIANS 12:13
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

The church is composed of many types of people from a variety of backgrounds with a multitude of gifts and abilities, as well as different personalities. It is easy for these differences to divide people, as was the case in Corinth. But despite the differences, all believers have one thing in common-FAITH IN CHRIST. On this essential truth, the church finds unity. All believers are baptized by one Holy Spirit into one body of believers,  THE CHURCH. We don’t lose our individual identities, but we have an overriding oneness in Christ. When a person becomes a Christian, the Holy Spirit takes up residence, and he or she is born into God’s family. No matter our personal preferences in life that is based on our personalities. “To drink into one Spirit” means it is the same Holy Spirit who ultimately fills our innermost beings. As a member of God’s family, we may have different interest and gifts, but we have a common goal.
The Word of God testifies of the works of Christ. He came into the world to save sinners by destroying the works of the devil. He commissions us to do the same works in helping to reconcile sinners to God. The Great Commission is the real calling of every believer.
We all come to Christ the same way, and that is through GRACE and FAITH by the workings of the HOLY SPIRIT. We all must acknowledge Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. God spoke to our hearts individually, but He, more often than not, uses an individual in the church to witness about Christ’s work on the Cross. Then, we make our personal commitment to God through faith in Jesus Christ.

FRUITFUL OBSERVATION: It doesn’t matter what individual preference that one may use when it comes to choosing a Sandwich baggie as an attempt to keep their sandwich fresh because the real IMPORTANCE is that we keep our focus on our oneness in Christ and choose unity with other fellow believers and in our church.

Let’s stay focused on the important things in life and not become stale, because God wants to use us today and every day!

LOOK CLOSER AND YOU WILL SEE THE LIGHT:)

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DON’T GIVE UP ! GOD KNOWS WHEN TO SHINE:)

 

Oh my goodness!! Have you ever felt like quitting? Come on at least once or twice right? 🙂
I find it amazing how God knows the situation, and if we will seek Him, He is faithful in showing up to help us through it.
A cry of distress in a sea of trouble. We may have to suffer severely for our devotion to God, but that should cause us to look forward with joy to the day when evil and injustice will be gone forever.  🙂

PSALMS 69:1-4
1 Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul.
2 I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.
3 I am weary of my crying; my throat is dried; mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.
4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head; they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.

This is one of the most quoted Psalms in the New Testament, and it is often applied to the ministry and suffering of Jesus. Verse 4, like John 15:25, speaks of Jesus’ many enemies. The experience of being mocked by His brothers (69:8) is expressed in John 7:5.
David wept until he was physically exhausted, with a dry throat and blurred vision. He wept until he could weep no more, yet he still trusted God to save him. When devastated by death or tragedy, we need not collapse or despair because we can turn to God and ask Him to save us and help us. The tears will still come, but we will not be crying in vain.

FRUITFUL OBSERVATION: So many times in this life we will face difficulties. We must realize that the devil is not happy about our serving the Lord, and he will not stop quickly at trying to distract us from serving the ALL KNOWING AND ALL MIGHTY GOD. Remember if the devil can’t distract us, he will move on to someone close by who doesn’t have their Armour on for God, and without their realizing it, he gets inside of them and uses them against us in many ways.

Let’s remember that God is with us today and every day! All we have to do is seek Him AND SOMETIMES IT MAY TAKE MANY EARNEST PRAYERS !  🙂

Be watchful for those who climbeth up some other way…

 

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But he that entereth in by the door is the Shepherd of the sheep

Have you ever considered yourself to be like sheep? And I’m not referring to the cute and cuddly aspect, Although God thinks we are cute and cuddly also:))!

Jesus used many different object lessons during His teaching.
JOHN 10:4-5
4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

Chapter ten begins with the GREAT revelation of Jesus as the Shepherd of Life. Jesus is pictured as the only true Shepherd of the sheep. There is a sheepfold, a pen where all the sheep are kept. The sheepfold pictures the place of acceptance by God or the location of safety and security in God’s presence. The sheep are disciples or believers of the Lord.
The sheep know the Shepherd’s voice. They know both His sound and His words. The sound of His voice is not uncertain and unclear, not weak and frail, not quivering and indecisive. It is clear, strong, sure and decisive. The words of His voice are words of care and tenderness, warning and safety, truth and security. Believers trust the Word of Christ because they know His voice. The sheep follow the Shepherd. He goes before them to lead the way. He does not drive them like cattle. He leads to pick out the safe and secure way to the pasture. He leads to show the sheep that the road is clear and safe. The sheep know this, so they follow the Shepherd, knowing they are perfectly safe and secure following the path He has laid out before them.

As believers, hearing God speak to us is our right and our privilege from Him. The Word says that we can know His voice and distinguish it from others; He gives us discernment to identify His voice over voices of deception.
John parallels this discernment with the instinctive nature of sheep that recognizes the voice of their shepherd.

FRUITFUL OBSERVATION: The more we study and learn the Word, the more HE will allow us to let its power flow through our lives and the better we will be able to hear, discern and obey God’s voice.

Let’s get quite and spend time in God’s Word so that we can hear Him today and every day!

Just in case…:)

Hello Readers:)

I had a very sweet fellow blogger to suggest that I give a little more info on my bio.

I have updated it for those of you who want to read a little more about who you are following. Just click at the top About Kim (I bet you already know that)    :))

I so appreciate her suggestion, I am new to learning about blogging:))

Have a GREAT Saturday!!!

A cage isn’t a delightful place after all… is it?

 

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The door is ALWAYS open for us to DELIGHT ourselves IN HIM…First, we must commit!

 

Do you ever feel as if your being held back from what you would really like to be doing in life? Sometimes, it’s hard to find the way out of our current situation. Whether it be health challenges, or every day life…it can be difficult.
As many of you know, I recently closed my business due to neck and back issues. In the beginning, my attitude was one of acceptance, and then it turned to one of questioning why? I soon adjusted my thoughts to accept that God’s plan for me was no longer in that direction.
PSALMS 37:4-5
4 Delight thyself also in the Lord;
and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
5 Commit thy way unto the Lord;
trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

David tells us to take delight in the Lord and to commit everything we have and do to Him. But how do we do this? To commit ourselves to the Lord means entrusting everything- our lives, families, jobs, possessions- to His control and guidance. To commit ourselves to the Lord means to trust Him(37:5), believing that he can take care of us better than we can ourselves. We should be willing to wait (37:7) for Him to work out what is best for us.
To delight in someone means to experience great pleasure and joy in his or her presence. This happens only when we know that person well. So, to delight in the Lord, we must know Him better. Knowledge of His great LOVE for us will indeed give us delight.

FRUITFUL OBSERVATION: Sometimes we hold ourselves back and stay in our “cage” when in fact the Lord has the door wide open for us to come out and delight ourselves in Him.
Real joy comes from being in His presence!
Let’s take delight in the Lord and entrust Him with everything we have and do today and every day!

A BIG ole THANK YOU :)

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Thank Goodness it’s FRIDAY right?

First of all, I want to thank the Word Press Bloggers for supporting my blogs.

My small Bible study group and I were talking about how God’s people have a oneness in Christ and can share His LOVE. I find it amazing how strangers can work together from all parts of the World keeping their focus on Christ and help to build up His Kingdom. Often times, it’s hard to get our local people on board, much less people from all over the world. Priority is so important for CHRIST!

He commanded us all to make disciples of ourselves and tell others about Him. SO I want to say THANK YOU for everything that YOU ALL are doing for Him, and KEEP IT UP! 🙂

You may feel old and rusty, but don’t distinguish God’s FIRE!

 

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Although we may feel old and unusable like the rusted fire hydrant with it’s chain attached, remember that we ARE CAPABLE OF DISTINGUISHING a fire too- GOD’S FIRE

Have you ever been waiting alone for God to speak? Sometimes we can be right where God wants us, but we fail to realize it. My picture shows an old, rusty fire hydrant, appears that it hasn’t been used in years. A fire hydrant is a connection point by which firefighters can tap into a water supply.

Notice the bush to the right of the hydrant. I thought about Moses, and how he had ran away to Midian to escape punishment for killing the Egyptian. He became a stranger in a strange land. It took many years after this incident for Moses to be ready to serve God.

EXODUS 3:2-3
2 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

God spoke to Moses from an unexpected source: a burning bush. When Moses saw it, he went to investigate. God often uses unexpected sources when working in our lives too, whether people, thoughts or experiences. Be willing to examine, and be open to God’s surprise.

It took many years after this incident for Moses to be ready to serve God. Do you see God’s amazing timing here? What if Moses had decided to run away from the burning bush? After all, the bush was not consumed… God knew already how He was going to use Moses.

FRUITFUL OBSERVATION: God knows His timing with us all. Let’s remember that He appears to us in many different ways. No matter what situation that we are facing today, whether it be a physical or Spiritual need. We must seek Him, and He will appear to us.

Let’s be willing to look for God’s fire in everything that we do, And be willing to tap into His fresh supply of Love and Mercy today and every day!

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