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God has been teaching or reminding me some things lately…Let me share.

  1. When life get’s busy – stop and take time for the necessities.  Don’t neglect prayer, God’s word, time with his people and your job in his kingdom. Take a little time for yourself, to help cope.
  2. When the trials get long, God’s arms are longer and can hold you close.
  3. Take advantage of the help and encouragement that God’s people are. Don’t hide away when the trials are piling on. Be with the saints, share your burdens, share what God has done.
  4. That God has a perfect plan for ME, personally, not just any person. This plan is for MY good. And he will work it out in the best way.
  5. He has promised perfect peace, when I keep my eyes on him. Isaiah 26
  6. Prayer works for little things as well as big things.
  7. That I need to be more bold vocally about my life with God. I can talk to people I know about him, other saints, I can write about it. But I need to gain the boldness to step out and share the Gospel to those around me. Living the life and being a testimony is great, but when the opportunity comes, I want to and need to be ready to give an answer. (I am praying for more boldness in this way)
  8. That when teaching children about God, one has to make sure to get on their level, with words they understand. Keeping the story true, but with embellishments to keep their interest and attention. That they don’t have to remember the whole thing, but to get the basics.
  9. That our spiritual life is a mirror of our physical life. If we are lazy physically we will tend to lazy spiritual. We need to stay fit and up to par in every area.
  10. Don’t get weary in well doing, in serving God, in being a good testimony, in the work of God, in your job, in your housework, in taking care of your body, in all things you do, they are all for God. And he blesses those that endure to the end.
  11. That I have enough faith to touch God, but I want more.
  12. My trust placed in God is not in vain. He keeps his promises.
  13. It’s ok to cry, God collects the tears.
  14. God provides for all needs and even some wants.
  15. God is.

I am thankful for each lesson and reminder. Life get’s busy sometimes and we can get our eyes off God. Let’s keep our focus on him, lay aside every weight that would hinder us from making heaven our home.

Hebrews 12:1-2  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Last weeks thoughts during the Wednesday night Bible group are as follows. We were still discussing the Armor of God. Tomorrow, we are going to finish up on the Armor and go into a discussion on sin. What exactly is it and how to recognize sin in our lives?

1. Ephesians 6:16 – Above all, taking the shield of faith. The shield is our first line of defense against the devil. His main goal is to break our faith, if we all him do diminish our faith in God, he will have the advantage over us.

2. Ephesians 6:17a – And take the helmet of Salvation. The helmet of salvation protects our minds. If we enter our day with out Salvation, we risk becoming like Legion, in Mark 5, a host to many unwanted spirits. Using Salvation as a wall around us, we can monitor what goes into our minds and guard against mental battles.

3. Ephesians 6:17b – and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God. We should know the Bible, God’s word. It is our only offensive weapon. Christ used scriptures to defeat the enemy in Matthew 4. Not only does the Word of God battle the enemy, it brings us promises that he will be with us and fight for us.

4. The sword and shield are tools to advance and move forward. We can’t just wait for the battle to come to us, even though we are fully equipped for battle. To grow in Salvation, we have to be will to press forward with our eyes on the goal, using the Armor of God.

5. In this battle that we fight against the principalities of the land, there is no allowance for retreat. Our armor only covers the front of us, our backs are wide open. There is only protection when we advance through this life keeping God as our Captain and heaven as our goal.

NOTE: Not to negate the fact that we use the Bible only to live by, we can use other publications as tools, to help us better understand different facets of our lives. In this study, we are using The Five Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman, which is based on Biblical principles to help give a greater understanding on effectively communicating love to one another.

It is a natural desire in each and every one of us, to want to love and be loved. However many today are in relationships in which true love is lacking. This often is the cause for much of the heartache and endless searching that we see around us.

John 13:34-35
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

God commands us to love one another. In order for us to communicate our love one to another we need to know and understand how they understand love. When we take the time to learn how others receive love, we get to a deeper level of communication and relationship with them. Learning the “Love Language” of those we choose to love will help us to effectively communicate our love to them. However, if we don’t make that effort we can attempt to show them love that they cannot understand.

Love is a choice.

We have the example of Christ, choosing to show his love to us by dying on the cross and rising again for our sins. He didn’t have to go through with God’s plan, and how different our lives would be today, but he made the choice, he said “Not my will, but thine.”

We can choose to love those around us. And in making this choice, we make the commitment to learn how they receive love, to learn their love language, so that our love is communicated effectively.

Psalms 126
When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

There is always an end to sorrow. God is faithful to bring his people through their captivity. There is a promise found in these scriptures that we can hold on to. First the people remember when God brought them out of captivity and blessed them in a manner that their enemies noticed. Then they ask again that God bring them through, holding on to the promise of deliverance that they have already experienced in times past.

We too can hold on to the promise of deliverance from captivity. We may not be bound in literal chains, but we can be bound in our minds or in a situation that we see no possible end. It is this that God can deliver us from. There is an end to our sorrow, as another scripture says, “…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalms 30:5. We can trust that an end will come to our sorrow and that we will experience joy once again.

In Times Like These
By Words and Music by Ruth Caye Jones

In times like these you need a Savior
In times like these you need an anchor;
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

In times like these you need the Bible,
In times like these O be not idle;
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

In times like these I have a Savior,
In times like these I have an anchor;
I’m very sure, I’m very sure
My anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the One;
This Rock is Jesus, the only One!
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

Do you have what you need for times like these?

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