Archive for August, 2014


Jesus Loves You

If you never felt pain, then how would you know that I am a healer?

If you never had to pray, how would you know that I am a deliver?

If you never had a trial, how could you call yourself an over-comer?

If you never felt sadness, How would you know that I am a comforter?

If you never made a mistake, how would you know that I am a for-giver?

If you knew all, how would you know that I will answer your questions?

If you were never in trouble, how would you know that I will come to your rescue?

If you were never broken, then how would you know that I can make you whole?

If you never had problems, how would you know that I can solve them?

If you never had any suffering, then how would you know what I went through?

If you have never gone through the fire, then how would you become pure?

If I gave you all things without you going through anything to get them, how would you learn to appreciate them?

If I never corrected you, how would you know that I love you?

If you had all power, then how would you learn to depend on me?

If your life was perfect, then what would you need me for?

Love, Jesus

Are You Being Humiliated?

If the enemy is trying to humiliate you in any way, I would like you to understand that with humility comes honor. Don’t let the enemy steal your joy and cause shame and dishonor in your life. People will often times try to put you down, speak to you in a manner that is humiliating or disrespectful, but you have to maintain your composure. You do not have control over how others act or what they say, but you do have control over your own actions and attitudes.

Jesus had been mocked and humiliated before His crucifixion, but afterwards came His greatest honor. If you are being put-down and humiliated in any, you have to understand that your honor is just about to be bestowed upon you. All those who might have mocked you, spoke bad about you in any way, or disrespected you, will see your honor.

Before honor is humility (Proverbs 18:12).

Grace and peace to you.

 

Trust in the Lord

 

Whenever you are doing what God has called you to do, it is important to rely on His strength, His grace, and His power to complete your task. You will become frustrated if you try to make things happen on your own strength instead of relying on God. God is the author and finisher of His plans (Hebrews 12:2), and you must not try to take the place of God if you expect things to work out.

In Colossians 1:26-27, Paul reveals a mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations… Christ in you, the hope of glory. In other words, there is something that people of the past didn’t know—it was hidden from them, a mystery to them—but Paul is now revealing that mystery to us: Christ lives in all who believe in Him! No longer is God just with his people—God now lives in his people!

Also, note that it is Christ in you that’s the hope of glory—not Christ and you.

Paul then continues by saying that he labors and works for the gospel, but all of his labor is really done by Christ’s power, which so powerfully works in [him] (Colossians 1:29).

If you’re trying to labor without Christ’s power at work within you, then your labor will be frustrating and in vain. You need to stop trying, and start dying to self so that you may be alive to Christ’s power.

Struggle and frustration occur when you try to do God’s job by your own strength—rather than relying on Christ’s strength, which is at work in you.

Contributed Christ Notes

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe (Proverbs 29:25).

A person who is ruled by the fear of man is one whose decisions are dictated by what other people think. Such a person is a people-pleaser. One ruled by the fear of man will repeatedly base decisions on questions like “How does this make me look?”, “Do you think they’ll like it?”, or “What if they don’t approve?”. It is certainly not wrong to ask for input from other people (indeed, it’s wise to seek feedback from others); however, it is wrong—not just wrong, but foolish—for your decisions to be guided more by feedback from others than by feedback from God.

To fear God means to take him at his word, knowing that he will follow through on all his promises. A person who fears the Lord is one whose decisions are guided by God.

There are more than a dozen verses in the Bible that make very clear the advantage of being one whose life is guided by the fear of the Lord. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord (Psalm 112:1). Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life (Proverbs 22:4). The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10). He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life (Proverbs 14:26-27).

It’s no wonder Proverbs 31:30 gives us this nugget of wisdom: Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

If you want the fear of God to guide your life, then base your actions on questions like “What does God think about this?”, “Would God approve of this?”, or “Would I do this if Jesus were right here watching me?”.

If you want your life to be blessed, let it be ruled by the fear of God.

Contributed Christ Notes

Why Do I Feel Discouraged?

Sometimes the storms of life are raging so rough, and the heart easily gets discouraged. However,  as the song writer sings:

“No matter what storm clouds may rock this ship of mine, the light of my Savior will lead me safely through the night. Though my ship may be rocky and my sails may be torn I shall rest in the eye of the storm.”

Sometimes the bills are mounting, and the tribulations  seem like they won’t go away, but in Matthew 6:31-34 Jesus reminded you:

31Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Jesus is clearly encouraging you that tomorrow has so much worries of itself, and it is already sufficient, so stop worrying about it, as you have too much on your plate. But instead leave tomorrow in His hands, and seek Him, and His Kingdom first, and everything shall be given unto you. So when the storms of life begin to rage, and you begin to feel discouraged, remember that Jesus is a provider and a deliverer!

 

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