I am a soldier of the Cross awaiting orders from my Prince.
Noah was a drunk
Abraham was too old
Isaac was a daydreamer
Jacob was a liar
Leah was ugly
Joseph was abused
Moses had a stuttering problem
Gideon was afraid
Sampson had long hair and was a womanizer
Rahab was a prostitute
Jeremiah and Timothy were too young
David had an affair and was a murderer
Elijah was suicidal
Isaiah preached naked
Jonah ran from God
Naomi was a widow
Job went bankrupt
John the Baptist ate bugs
Peter denied Christ
The Disciples fell asleep while praying
Martha worried about everything
The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once
Zaccheus was too small
Paul was too religious
Timothy had an ulcer…
AND Lazarus was dead!
No more excuses now!! God can use you to your full potential. Besides you aren’t the message, you are just the messenger
Step 1: Surrender. Turn yourself over to God so that He can work in your life
Step 2: Seek to understand. Ask yourself and God what you can learn from the trial.
Step 3: Seek to grow. Ask the Lord to help you learn more about Him and His ways and
Step 4: Seek to enrich. Ask God to enable you to bear fruit in the lives of others as
a result of trials you have under gone. Actively look for opportunities.
Step 5: Seek to glorify. Become concerned about how you can magnify the Lord in the middle or aftermath of you’re adversity.
Hebrews 10:36 says, “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.”
James 1:3-4 says “knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
(Ecclesiastes 7:9) talks about anger. Ephesians 4:26 states: “do not let the sun go down on your wrath.” I.e. Sleeping on it won’t help; you will wake up madder and angrier. Rather than expressing it wrongly or repressing it we should confess it and why. Remember the words in 1 John 1: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
James 1:5 says: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
Remember that the Jewish day starts at 6 pm in the evening not 12 am like we are use to. This is very important to remember because with that little piece of information you might find some interesting tidbits as you read thru the bible. Example: the first Passover, which took place in the book of Exodus, Passover – 14th of Nisan; first time fell on a Saturday, so when the firstborns were dying in Egypt, could it possibly be Friday the 13th?
When you are reading the bible and the Holy Spirit puts something that doesn’t quite make sense you should take the time to chase it down and you might find some other interesting tidbits of information. Chapter 2 of the Gospel Of John is a good example. The chapter starts out with: On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. ??On the third day of what??. Normally when one reads something like that they go back to the verses before to find out what the thought pattern of the writer was but here that doesn’t help so one needs to find out if that phrase has special meaning. If so, where might you find it? Let’s check Genesis Chapter 1 :9-13, where one will find the first mention(the first time anything is mentioned in the bible it is very important to remember), of the third day and also find that the most likely reason why there is a wedding on the third day is because of all the days in Creation Week the third day is the only day that God gives a double blessing, which is a very good reason to get married on the third day of the week.
You also find out something else in Genesis Chapter 1:6-8 and that is that God doesn’t bless the second day of the week and you thought you were the only one that didn’t like Monday’s. Remember in verse 26 of Genesis 1 God said “Let us make man in Our image.”
Something else that will help you when you are reading the bible, is that when ever the Holy Spirit wants to make sure that He gets a point across to you especially in the Gospel’s. He gives you a little help by showing how upset the Pharisees get at something. Then you should go back and read it again because it is important to us. If it wasn’t, why would the Pharisees get so upset?
The bible is an integrated message system of 66 books written by 40 authors over thousands of years. They say that the new testament is in the old testament concealed and the old testament is in the new testament revealed. The more one looks at the bible the more what they says seems quite correct. There are specific books or chapters on how one should read or study the bible, How to pray, Stewardship, Worship, What is the Church, What are the rules in and about the Family. What this means is that when Holy Spirit inspires authors to write the message of God to you it is spread through out the whole book a little here a little there. It is better stated in the book of Isaiah chapter 28 verse 10 (Is 28:10): “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little”.
If you were a communications engineer designing a channel of communications and you were anticipating hostile jamming, what would you do? You would spread your message over the available band with or spectrum. That is what God has done with the bible. Why did God do this?
After God, His son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit created the heavens and the earth in Gen 1:1, there is believed to be a period in which is called the gap period that falls between verses 1 and 2 of Genesis chapter 1. This is said to be the period of time in which Lucifer, whom was perfect in his ways from the day he was created, whom was the anointed or boss cherub, who covered the throne of God got greedy and started the first attempt at a hostile take over (And we thought man came up with that idea) of heaven. In his case it did not work and Lucifer (also known as Satan) and the angels that joined him were cast out of heaven.
Another way to look at this is to compare a hologram to the bible. Not one of those that are on a persons credit card but a real one (TV’s version was Al on the show Quautum Leap). It is kind of interesting to get an understanding of holography. Imagine someone standing in front of you with a coffee mug in their hand and a spot on their shirt. Now you take a picture of them with an ordinary camera you will get a photo of them holding a coffee mug, but you won’t see the spot on their shirt. Let’s say you made a holographic image of them instead. The way you do this is to illuminate that person with laser light. No lens, okay, just a piece of special film and hold it in such a way that it gets the reflection of the laser light off them and direct light from the laser. What is recorded on the film is the interference patterns of those two sources of light. Now you develop that in a dark room. When you are finished it looks like a darkroom mistake. It looks like a foggy piece of film and that you wasted your time until you take that film and illuminate it with the laser that created it in the first place. That piece of film will look like a window into a three dimensional space. Now if you look at it you will see that person standing in front of you holding a coffee mug, but this time you will be able to take your eye and look around that coffee mug and see the spot. Okay!, you with me so far? Now if you cut an one inch hole in your normal photo you will lose all that was there but in a hologram you can just move your eye around that cut space and still see the mug and even the spot. True you might lose some resolution. It’s not as sharp as it once was but none of the information that was contained in there was lost.
A hologram has some other interesting aspects to it. If you take that hologram and put it in natural light it has no aspects that you should desire it. you take the bible in natural light, it is a collection of myths and legends, some literature, but what does it mean? Ask the world, they will tell you. They take votes on what Jesus Christ really said.
If on the other hand you illuminate the hologram with the light that created it in the first place you get the true image. You illuminate the bible by the light that created it in the first place it will give you an image of what? Of Jesus Christ! You can tear pages out of the bible and you don’t lose the image. You might lose a little resolution, but the message is spread through out. BUT if you illuminate the hologram with a laser of a different frequency you get a false image. Now if you illuminate the bible by a different spirit than the Holy Spirit that created it you can and will get into some DEEP TROUBLE.
1) ‘On the third day’ what does this refers to?
2) What does Jesus mean by “My time has not yet come?”
3) Why was it important for Jesus to turn water into wine?
4) Was it significant that the wine Jesus created be better than what was already there?
5) Did the Jews get upset because he used a scourge on them to get them out of the temple or was it because Jesus said “make not My Father’s house a house of merchandise.”?
6) After the Jews had asked for a sign, Jesus answered by saying “Destroy this temple and I will raise it again in three days.” What is so significant about this statement?
1) Looking at the first three verse, how do they compare to Genesis verse one?
2) Why does the darkness not comprehend the light?
3) In verse 4 it says that life was the light of men. What is it now?
4) Compare yourself to John the Baptist?
5) Is it significant that John the Baptist and Jesus were cousins but yet John did not know whom his cousin was?
6) Why did it not bother John that his two closest disciples left him and went with Jesus?
7) What is so special about John?
8) According to this chapter what statement is made twice and why?
9) Today there is petty politics, greed, self-glorification and jealously when and how the word of God is spread. Was it the same when Jesus came?
10) What was the key that started Christianity?
I’m the Body of Christ, I am redeemed from the curse, and I forbid any sickness or disease to operate in this body. Every organ, every tissue of this body functions in the perfection to which God created it to function. Every organ, every tissue will function properly, for greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.
Nothing In all Creation can separate you from My Love. Pause and ponder what an astonishing promise this is! You live in a world where separations abound: wives from husbands, children from parents,friends from friends, childhood dreams from adult reality. But there is one terrible separation you will never have to face: isolation from My loving Presence.
I want you to cling to Me with tenacious confidence. This gives you strength to cope with the uncertainties of living in such a broken, unstable world. Anxious thoughts can assault your mind and fill you with fear if you forget that My Love will never fail you. When you find yourself feeling afraid, grasp My hand in childlike trust. Rest in the protection of My Presence, and remember that perfect Love drives out fear.
The greatest wealth on earth is minuscule compared with the riches of My boundless Love. Yet this is My free gift to all who follow Me. How priceless is My unfailing Love!
This comes from the March 17 reading of Jesus Always by Sarah Young. Hope it brought you joy!
I received this from a friend so I thought I would share it with you.
Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away to the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains the exactly as it was. I am I and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. What ever we wee to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference in tour tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is absolute and unbroken continuity. What is this death but negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am waiting for you, for an interval, something where very near, just around the corner. All is well.