LogosKid: i must agree, many people practice many stuff to attain something spiritual but in Truth the Father wants us to obey Him so that He is pleased in us... that includes doing His will and most importantly trusting in His Word... His Son Jesus Christ and His commandments.
man himself cannot go to places where he has never been before since they doesn't know the road to that place, only those that are from those places can choose to take someone there if they see it fit in their eyes and heart.
prairwarur: Verse of the Day
[ Be Imitators of God ] Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
prairwarur: Sheila Walsh quotes
God has promised that whatever you face, you are not alone. He knows your pain. He loves you. And He will bring you through the fire.
prairwarur: God has promised that whatever you face, you are not alone. He knows your pain. He loves you. And He will bring you through the fire.
prairwarur: Be a Blessing
Let those who favor my righteous cause and have pleasure in my uprightness shout for joy and be glad and say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, Who takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.
Psalm 35:27, The Amplified Bible
If traditional religion has taught you that God wants you poor and oppressed, I have good news for you today. The Bible says, "God takes pleasure" in your prosperity. God wants you to prosper!
Not just in the financial realm but in every area of your life...spirit, soul and body.
No matter where you are or who you are, God wants to see you delivered from every adverse situation.
Why? Because He loves you and He has a job for you to do. He wants you to help meet the needs of mankind and He's smart enough to know that you can't give away what you don't have.
You can't give to spread the gospel or buy food for the hungry when you're broke. You can't go out laying hands on the sick when you're lying in a hospital bed.
You can't minister joy to others when you're being held captive by depression.
No! You have to be blessed to be a blessing.
If you really want to tap into the riches of God today, make up your mind to be a blessing to others, and before you know it, you'll be receiving more from God than you ever dreamed.
That's what happened to me. I decided years ago, first and foremost, to be a giver. I developed a lifestyle of giving. Today, I literally "live to give." And I don't mind telling you, God dumps blessings on me by the truckload!
He'll do the same for you if you'll become His servant—if you'll lay down your time and your money and your love for those who need it. Become a giver—and God will take pleasure in prospering you!
Genesis 12:1-4,Genesis 13:1-4
prairwarur: “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might.”
There is a difference between power and might. Power is potential strength that has not been used. I have the power to take a dart and throw it. That’s potential strength. When I throw it, that’s a demonstration of might. Power is potential. Might is power displayed. For that reason, we have every right to sing, “Our God is an Awesome God.” He doesn’t just have potential power, He demonstrated his power in the beginning of time by creating a living soul. He demonstrated His power at the Red Sea. He demonstrated His power in the fiery furnace. He demonstrated His power when He walked out of His own grave. He does not just have potential power; He releases that power. He is the almighty God of the ages, Jesus who is the Christ.
Acts 1:8—But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
prairwarur: Look Up!
Consider [Jesus] that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
Look up...because in times like these, your very life may depend on it.
Some time ago, the Lord showed me that a spirit of weariness is trying to work its way into our lives these days through all the pressure and bad news that surround us. It's working to get our eyes off the Word of God by bombarding us with negative forces. It's trying to get us to look down at defeat instead of up at Jesus.
If you let that happen, your spirit man will begin to lose his dominion. And the Word tells us what the results of that is. It says you will "be wearied and faint in your minds."
Jesus put it this way in Mark 4. He said that when the cares of this world enter into your heart and mind, they'll choke the Word and cause it to become unfruitful. And since your faith is the product of the Word, that means your faith will wither. Once that happens, you're headed for disaster.
What can you do to stop this chain reaction of weariness?
Look up! Get your eyes back on Jesus. I remember on the field of athletic competition that when an opponent allowed himself to drop his head, he was no longer dangerous. He could be very easily defeated. So keep your head up. Keep considering Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your faith. Consider Him instead of the cares of this world. Consider what God says in His Word. Be moved by the thoughts of God. Let His thoughts become your thoughts.
Look up! Get your eyes off the circumstances around you and onto your heavenly source. Don't be afraid you're going to lose everything. God is your source, not the world. He can take care of you regardless of what happens around you.
If you've gotten weary lately, begin to lift your eyes. Raise your head up instead of looking down. God is up. Jesus is up. The devil is down—under your feet. Look up!
prairwarur: YOU MATTER TO GOD!
…he calls his own sheep by name…
Do you sometimes feel like you are just a face in a crowd or a number in a system? You are identified by your social security number. Even when you see the doctor, you are called by your queue number. If you feel depersonalized and dehumanized, that is exactly how the devil wants you to feel—that you do not matter much to anyone, especially to God.
But you do matter to God! He calls you by name. He knows exactly what you are going through and where you are hurting. He sees you and cares for you, just as He cared for the people when He first walked on earth.
My friend, He will do for you what He did for the woman in Samaria. The Bible says that “He needed to go through Samaria” to get from Judea to Galilee (John 4:4). Now, any Jew of His day would have taken a different and longer route to avoid going through Samaria because they hated the Samaritans, though the way through Samaria would take much less time. But Jesus deliberately took the shorter, avoided route, just so He could stop by Samaria to speak to the woman who had been searching for something in her life to satisfy her.
This woman had had five husbands and the man she was living with was not her husband. Clearly, things had not been going right in her life. She was probably looking for answers and fulfillment, and must have felt ashamed about her failed marriages and current lifestyle.
Yet, in spite of all this, she mattered to Jesus! He needed to go to her to minister to her. And indeed, after she met Jesus, the perfect Man, she was transformed. She was no longer ashamed, and went into the city to tell the people about Him (John 4:28–29).
Beloved, Jesus wants to meet you wherever you are at in life and minister His grace to you. You certainly matter to Him. He came to give you life and life more abundantly (John 10:10). You are not just a face in a crowd or a number. No, He knows you by name and has a personal love for you. And in spite of the mess that you might be in, He wants to meet your every need and make your life beautiful!
Devotional by Pastor Joseph Prince
prairwarur: Anticipate the End ~~
Better is the end of a thing than its beginning.
Look at David's Lord and Master; consider His beginning. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Then look at the end! He sits at His Father's right hand, waiting until His enemies are made his footstool. "As he is so we are also in this world."1 You must bear the cross or you will never wear the crown; you must wade through the water or you will never walk the golden pavement.
Cheer up, then, poor Christian. "Better is the end of a thing than its beginning." View the creeping worm--how contemptible its appearance! It is the beginning of a thing. Mark that insect with gorgeous wings, playing in the sunbeams, sipping at the flowers, full of happiness and life--that is the worm's end. You are that caterpillar, wrapped up in the chrysalis of death; but when Christ appears, you will be like Him, for you will see Him as He is.
Be content to be like Him, a worm and no man, so that like Him you may be satisfied when you wake up in His likeness. The rough-looking diamond is put upon the wheel of the gem-smith. He cuts it on all sides. It loses much--much that seemed costly to itself. The king is crowned; the diadem is put upon the monarch's head accompanied by the trumpet's joyful sound. A glittering ray flashes from that coronet, and it beams from that same diamond that was so recently fashioned at the wheel.
You may venture to compare yourself to such a diamond, for you are one of God's people; and this is the time of the cutting process. Let faith and patience have their perfect work, for in the day when the crown is set upon the head of the King, eternal, immortal, invisible, one ray of glory shall stream from you. "They shall be mine, says the LORD of Hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession."2 "Better is the end of a thing than its beginning."
1) 1 John 4:17
2) Malachi 3:17
One-Year Bible Reading Plan
2 Chronicles 35
Devotional material is taken from “Morning and Evening,” written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg.
A New Year’s Verse
December 31, 2017
At the beginning of the year…the hand of the Lord was upon me.
Whew! How did we make it through the past year with its challenges, heartaches, blessings, opportunities, and distresses? If the old year worried you, don’t take your anxieties into the new one. If the holidays exhausted you, pause long enough to thank God for mercies that never cease.
Think of Ezekiel. At the beginning of the year, when Ezekiel was reeling from news that Jerusalem had fallen to the Babylonians, God touched him. The Lord lifted him up and transported him by revelation into the future. Ezekiel saw what God is preparing for days to come, and the prophet was so overwhelmed it required the rest of his book—Ezekiel 40-48—to describe the glories he saw.
God’s revealed promises will take us through time and into the future. You can trust Him with the coming year, with all the years of life, and with the endless ages of eternity. Here on the eve of a new year, the hand of God is on us.
The name of this millennial city will be The Lord is there—a tremendous promise given to Hebrew exiles who must have wondered if the Lord would ever be with them again.
From The Jeremiah Study Bible
by Dr. David Jeremiah
prairwarur: Two Voices ~
Two types of voices command your attention today. Negative ones fill your mind with doubt, bitterness, and fear. Positive ones purvey hope and strength. Which one will you choose to heed?
prairwarur: Knowing Jesus
There’s nothing quite like knowing Jesus! When you become a Christian, Jesus spiritually bonds with you. He comes into you, and you enter into Him. As you get to know Him more and more each day, you draw closer, and find life more and more fulfilling and rich.
You get to know Jesus through His Word, His works, prayer and even other believers. “At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view,” wrote the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:16. “How differently we know him now!”