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Anxiety?

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Matthew 6:28-

And why be anxious about clothing? Think about the fields of wild irises, and how they do grow. They neither work nor spin thread, yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed as beautifully as one of these. If this is how God clothes grass in the field–which is here today and gone tomorrow, thrown in an oven–won’t he much more clothe you? What little trust you have!! – Jesus

 

Can the believer trust God for healing? Can the believer trust God for job and spouse? Can the believer trust God for food and shelter? Can the believer trust God for attire? A believer has trusted God for salvation…then why would a believer not trust, have faith for the rest of what makes life?   The last question is how much faith does a believer have? Enough to be a believer? Then what…?

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Not exercising faith in all of the elements of life is not believing what God has said. That lack of faith is disrespect in the sense it states that what God has said is not true. That was the first question posed to Eve. The deception is real and subtle. It begins with a question and ends with death. If there is faith for salvation, a stated belief in God and his gift to all through Christ, then there is no room for anxiety. Anxiety is evidence of lack of faith and calls into question the believer’s first statement of belief. Don’t be caught up in the web of deception and think worry is a small matter. Ask of the Lord for the faith to truly believe and apply that belief to life in all its forms.

 

For more on Faith: Faith or Presumption by Joe Quatrone , https://joequatronejr.com/2012/03/30/faith-or-presumption/

 

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May 4, 2016 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Prayer…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Matthew 6:5-15

Matthew 6:5-15 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.

Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,

but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

 

Forgiveness is a big thing. This looks a lot like ‘do unto others…’ It encompasses provision and honor. God is love and is loved. He gave the first kiss and it was a kiss of life. Couples kiss and the life of a relationship is birthed…life happens. Mothers, parents kiss and life is nurtured in the young body. Forgiving one another springs out of loving one another.

 

That love springs initially from the Creator. When accepted by humanity, it bears proof of the Creator’s presence within His creation. That love then extends to all who come into contact with the believer. The honor and glory remain in the Father. Living is loving and loving is living…all that is said and done is said and done in love. It becomes an integral part of the created being. It is not possible to truly love another if that other is not forgiven. There remains a block to true worship; a hindrance to true communion with God and others. That unforgiveness within begins to grow into a root of bitterness that sprouts a weed rather than a tree. When forgiveness is extended, there is a release and a freedom to fully worship the Father and to truly love others.

 

In that place the following prayer can truthfully and powerfully be prayed:

I fall on my knees before you, Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth receives its character and name. I pray that from the treasures of your glory you will empower us with inner strength by your Spirit, so that the Messiah may live in our hearts through our trusting, our faith. Also I pray that we will be rooted and founded in love, so that we, with all God’s people, will be given strength to grasp the breadth, length, height and depth of the Messiah’s love, yes, to know it, even though it is beyond all knowing, so that we will be filled with all the fullness of you, God.

 

Now, to you who by your power working in us is able to do far beyond anything we can ask or imagine, to you be glory in our community and in the Messiah Yeshua from generation to generation forever. Amen

 

Taken from Ephesians 3:14-21 The Complete Jewish Bible; personalized.

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If my people who are called by my name….pray. At this time there is a great need for the power of prayer to be released in the spiritual realm. There is great need for safety, provision, and a return to the Word of God, both the Scriptures and the Son, Jesus. Prayer is power…it is spiritual power that combats the spirits that intend evil for God’s creation. It is time for all God’s people to band together in prayer, releasing His power on earth. As it is in heaven…so shall it be on earth.

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April 30, 2016 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Trump is crushing a corrupt system and teaching Christian leaders a lesson

There is so much truth in this. Take the time to read all of it!! It is not, repeat, not a political post…much more than that.

Mario Murillo Ministries


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By Mario Murillo

No he is not a fascist.  No he is not racist.  No, he does not think most Mexicans are rapists.  No, he does not want to herd Muslims into camps.  No I am not campaigning for him for president. If you believe any of that—save us both time and skip this blog. This blog is about how he is crushing a corrupt system and teaching Christian leaders a lesson.

Trump got the same say-this-and-die memo that the leftist media issues to all candidates. He refused to comply.   They hate him because he did not have the decency to die.   They have thrown everything at him and not only does he live—his poll numbers rise.

The state-sponsored media and the professional politicians are so desperate that they have been forced to take extreme measures.  Hollywood stars…

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April 27, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Hungry?…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Amos 8:11 and Matthew 5:17-20

[Amos 8:11 KJV] 11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

[Matthew 5:17-20 NKJV] 17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 “Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches [them], he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

 

The move in the present day away from Scripture makes room for a worldview that is secular based rather than Bible based. It allows for a lack of knowledge of who God is and what He does. That lack is filled with humanity’s creation of a god in their image rather than acknowledgement of a God who created humanity in His image. The difference colors the manner in which humanity views itself. This move makes room for deception.

 

There is a famine of the Word in a place where its availability abounds. There is lack of honor and respect for it that is replaced with honor and respect of men and women and their words thus leading to deception. The deception occurs when Scripture is referenced but not taught, when an individual’s teaching is based upon their ‘good’ character or ‘spiritual’ character which may or may not be genuine. The move from the source, Scripture, God’s Word, to humanity’s interpretations leads to deception. Divisions occur because emphasis is placed upon men’s thoughts and interpretations rather than the actual Word of God. It was Jesus who said: ” assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” Neither heaven nor earth have yet passed away. Jesus was referencing the Torah and Prophets, the old testament.

 

The Word is still the standard, not a standard based upon humanity’s interpretations. As the world standard sinks to a standard that celebrates the self, the church maintains a distance but remains attached so that it also begins to sink into a similar standard that celebrates the self. ( Note how many ‘worship’ songs are all about me and my relationship with Him, not about Him and His relationship with me, or about Him and who He is period.) The changes in the church, the body of Christ, are such that it begins to resemble humanity and not Christ…

 

The famine of scriptural accuracy, of scriptural honor, of scriptural knowledge has made room for wrong doctrines, shifting with the rest of humanity to a “me” vision of life rather than a “Christ” vision of life. There is a need to return to Biblical accuracy, study of the Word itself.  This study brings knowledge of the author, God.  It brings knowledge of who the believer is in Him.  It changes everything and enhances life.  Take on the day?  Take on the Word of God!!

God's gift

God’s gift

If God’s Word has left the building…find a building that honors the Word of God.

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April 25, 2016 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Growing…

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Matthew 5:14-16

Mat 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

Mat 5:15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.

Mat 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Let His Light shine

Let His Light shine

Do not confuse self-control with hiding what is done, or doing all things in secret. The good that is done should be seen, it becomes evidence of God’s glory and brings Him praise. Righteousness is evidence of God’s presence. Faith in Him brings excellence into the life of the believer. That move for excellence permeates everything that is done and makes room for knowledge. Knowledge gained from the experiences of exercising the faith given by God, believing that God is, who He is and what He does, believing Christ came, accomplished what he came to do, that it is for the benefit of all peoples…that creates the desire for excellence in all things. That knowledge gained gives the possibility to control self. Desires and drives are now founded on the basis of faith in God, acquired through a drive for excellence to please Him, built by experiences giving and building knowledge of His ways and desiring those ways rather than the ways of self. It compounds. There is something growing in the believer and it is transforming them into a spiritual being as they yield to the Holy Spirit and cooperate with the Holy Spirit in them.

 

Transformed by the renewing of the mind, that mind of Christ, a work in progress begun with faith in God through Christ Jesus and seen by all around the believer… a light on a lampstand shining Christ’s light to all who see.

 

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April 21, 2016 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wise principle..

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Proverbs 16:13-

 

The king should delight in righteous lips, and he should love someone who speaks what is right.  The king’s anger is a herald of death, and one who is wise will appease it.  When the king’s face brightens, it means life; his favor is like the clouds that bring spring rain.

 

Where is the wisdom?  There is much talk of grace, mercy and love…  When one approaches the throne all of that is granted; the offer stands but must be accepted.  The ‘king’ delights in righteous lips and loves one who speaks truth.  The ‘king’ is a position of authority and this speaks of a life principle that should be put into action by the wise.  The flip side is still there for those who do not accept the offer… The ‘king’s’ anger is a herald of death…  This principle is life threatening.  God has stated the wages of sin is death.  Those in authority have the power to cut off life to many things, not just physical life.  There are many deaths. Wisdom says that anger should be appeased.  Spiritually,  accept the offer given of life through Christ.  In the natural, be aware of what causes anger.  There is a principle of good living here… listen, ponder, receive.

 

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November 4, 2015 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Positional security…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Proverbs 16:10-

 

Divine inspiration is on the lips of the king, so his mouth must be faithful when he judges.  The balance and scales of justice have their origin in Adonai; all the weights in the bag are his doing.  It is an abomination for a king to do evil, for the throne is made secure by righteousness.

 

Any position of authority can be seen as ‘kingship.’  Those holding positions must take care that their words are inspired of God.  This requires knowledge of God, who he is and what he does.  This requires reliance on the one who places individuals in these positions.  There is a requirement to be faithful to the justice as put forth in God’s Word.  The position held is secure only as righteous actions and words prevail.  Leaders take note.  From home to government…

 

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November 3, 2015 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fear equals respect…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Proverbs 16:6-

Grace and truth atone for iniquity, and people turn from evil through fear of Adonai.  When a man’s ways please Adonai, he makes even the man’s enemies be at peace with him.  Better a little with righteousness than a huge income with injustice.  A person may plan his path, but Adonai directs his steps.

 

Fear of Adonai equates with respect.  Respect that stems from understanding who he is and what he does.  Yes, Jesus smiles but he had a face of flint toward those who practiced pride, arrogance, judgment, and oppression toward others.  We look at one aspect of God and, like children, forget the whole, making the one aspect the whole.  There is a gross lack of respect following on the tails of a smiling, gracious God that is evidenced in the actions of some.  It is notable that ‘go and  sin no more’ followed ‘neither do I condemn thee.’  Truth will demand respect as grace opens up love…

 

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November 2, 2015 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Undisciplined children

Parents,

Proverbs 13:18 – [Pro 13:18 KJV] 18 Poverty and shame [shall be to] him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.

Children who choose to disregard instruction face shame (correction consequences) and poverty (lack of knowledge and lack of learning) both of which shows in the final assessments (grades). Children who choose to listen and exercise self-control need only to be told once and learn. They too face consequences; honor, for as they are able to listen they learn, they have knowledge and they apply it. In the final assessments (grades) it shows. They are honored in many ways one of which is the honor roll. They are also developing into individuals who will succeed at what they do. It is a choice. When we block the natural consequences, we harm them. We teach them self-control is not important, it will be overlooked time and again and they become adults who if they make any gains make them at the expense of others, for that is what they have learned. Forbearing one another, treating one another with kindness, preferring one another is foreign to them. They have been catered to and believe that is how it should be. What and how are we teaching our children? My experience in the classroom says we are not following scripture. My experience in the classroom says we are spoiling the child. Our natural love gets in the way of what is best for the child. It is hard to discipline a wayward child. They are cute, they are ours, they are masters at manipulation, they persevere till they get what they want,

[Pro 22:15 KJV] 15 Foolishness [is] bound in the heart of a child; [but] the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

That rod can come in many forms. It does not always have to be corporal punishment. It is a rod of correction, it is reproof, it teaches consequences, it follows God’s Word. Time to take a close look at what we are doing to prepare our children for their future.

October 17, 2015 Posted by | call to action, Encouragement from the Word, principles | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Open our ears…

 

Reblogged from:

http://tamhodge.com/dear-16-year-old-me-in-the-abortion-clinic/

 

Dear 16 year old me in the abortion clinic…

June 18, 2015 | Posted in: Abortions, Forgiveness

Dear 16 year old me. It’s 28 years, almost to the day, from where you are sitting right now. I see you there. I see you in your white paper gown that you’ve struggled with all afternoon, trying to prevent it from opening and exposing your bare self. I see you sitting there, even in the gown, still bare.

A part of me feels like you can hear me. Or, at least, you sense me. I can see it in your eyes. You’re looking around the room, searching for something, but you can’t find it. It’s me. You’re searching for your voice. I know you want to get up and run. I know you are afraid. I know you feel alone. I know you know what to do but you’re too afraid to do it.

I know deep down you don’t want to do this. I understand.

You are going to wake up soon and you will be in a tremendous amount of pain. You will physically hurt. You will hurt a lot. Oh, how I wish you could hear my voice right now. Because the physical pain pales in comparison to the heart and emotional pain you will carry with you.

I see you waking up. I see you crying. I see you holding your tummy. Yes. Yes, you did it. No. No, it isn’t there anymore. It’s gone.

I want so badly to hold you. I know no one is holding you. I know no one is going to hold you. I’m sorry you’re alone. I’m sorry you feel alone. But you’re not. I’m there. God’s there. You don’t know it… but we are.

You need to know that you’re going to have a very tough journey. You’re going to be very mad at yourself. The amount of shame will feel heavier than anything you’ve ever felt before. You will hurt in ways that you will never understand.

You will think about this day forever. You will find yourself rubbing your tummy, crying, wondering…

You will have triggers. You will have reminders. It will never go away.

Can you hear me? Why can’t you hear me? I want so badly for you to hear me.

You can’t see it now, you don’t want to… I know, but your life is going to get better. Though the memory of that day will never, ever, go away. You’re going to relive the day you spent in that white gown. You’re going to relive it often. It will always be a part of who you are.

But one day you will learn about grace and forgiveness. One day you will learn about true love. Hold onto that. Tuck that away in your heart, because there will be days when the hope of that moment will be all you have.

Tam, you need to know that I forgive you. And I will forgive you when you’re back in that gown next year, too. I understand why you’re doing this. You really believe you have no other option. Why can’t you hear me…

I will be here waiting for you, and you will soon see that forgiveness and redemption will hold your heart and you won’t be alone any longer. You will find that one day, the choice that you are making now, will somehow help another young girl not make the same decision. And though that doesn’t make what you’re about to do right, it will at least give those little ones a beautiful legacy.

But still, I wish you could hear me…

 

June 20, 2015 Posted by | call to action, encouragement | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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