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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.

Isn’t it amazing that we can read the Bible over and over and still get something new out of it? I have been reading in Hebrews over the past week and got a great blessing. We all know that the eleventh chapter of Hebrews is known as the chapter of faith. It lists several instances of when someone through faith did the impossible and received a good report. Ten people are specifically listed before it goes on the say “And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith…” in verses 32 and 33. Then there is a long list of obstacles that the people of God overcame through faith, through believing in the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen. They hadn’t received the promise of Christ, they all came and went before his time, yet they were able to hold on to faith in God and overcome. Verses 39 and 40 explain them all “And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.”

But wait, let’s continue reading into chapter 12 where those of faith can give us strength. “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of [faithful] 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.” Because we have all of those that have received a good report through faith, we too can hold on to the substance and evidence of faith and complete the race.

If those that came before receiving the promise of Christ can have such strong faith in God, can’t we who are in position of the promise have that kind of faith? This is my challenge.

Every Wednesday I take part in a Bible Discussion Group at a local coffee shop. It’s kind of like a Bible Study, but every one takes part and it isn’t strictly organized. Some weeks we have a topic, others we leave it open to just share how God has revealed himself to each of us. I thought I would start to share some of the thoughts that we discuss.

1. Prayer is what moves God. James 5:15-16 He desires that we seek him out, often. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 God values the prayers of the saints. Revelation 5:8.

2. When we feel insignificant and have a lack of confidence, we can go to James 1:15. We have no need to fear when we are a single light among the darkness. Matthew 10:22.

3. Patience is the key to endure to the end. Hebrews 12:1-2 The “Hall of Faith” Hebrews 11, is loaded with examples of 1 person in each generation that lived for God surrounded by many that didn’t. Are we living a life that will merit the addition of our name to the “Hall of Faith”?

4. Break up your fallow ground, don’t allow good ground in your life go to waste from disuse or be used in an unholy manner. Hosea 10:12-13.

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