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Racism

7.12.15 How many of you are getting sick about seeing so much stuff about racism? This world is going down hill along with us. God doesn't like what He sees and hears. Let's see what God says about racism.
Got questions. org says: The first thing to understand in this discussion is that there is only one race—the human race. Caucasians, Africans, Asians, Indians, Arabs, and Jews are not different races. Rather, they are different ethnicities of the human race. All human beings have the same physical characteristics (with minor variations, of course). More importantly, all human beings are equally created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27). God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus to lay down His life for us (John 3:16). The “world” obviously includes all ethnic groups. Jesus commands us to love one another as He loves us (John 13:34). If God is impartial and loves us with impartiality, then we need to love others with that same high standard. Jesus teaches in Matthew 25 that whatever we do to the least of His brothers, we do to Him. If we treat a person with contempt, we are mistreating a person created in God’s image; we are hurting somebody whom God loves and for whom Jesus died. Racism, in varying forms and to various degrees, has been a plague on humanity for thousands of years. Brothers and sisters of all ethnicities, this should not be. Victims of racism, prejudice, and discrimination need to forgive. Ephesians 4:32 declares, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Racists may not deserve your forgiveness, but we deserved God’s forgiveness far less. Those who practice racism, prejudice, and discrimination need to repent. “Present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God” (Romans 6:13). May Galatians 3:28 be completely realized, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

412 teens.org says:If you have been the object of racial hate, prejudice, or discrimination, you must forgive those who have hurt you. Ephesians 4:32 says, "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." We may not think racists deserve our forgiveness, but we didn't deserve Christ's forgiveness either. Though He was beaten, tortured, and strung up to die a painful death, He still willingly and lovingly said, "Father, forgive them!"
This is why it's so important that we allow God to heal our hearts and forgive others. Not forgiving someone only hurts you more. Just like loving people, forgiving someone can seem impossible. But as Christ is the ultimate example of forgiveness, through Him, nothing is impossible. Allow Him to teach you how forgiveness can set you free from the hate.

Racism/Bible info.com says: In Heaven, we all will worship the Lord together. It's in the Bible, Isaiah 66:22, NIV. "As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me," declares the LORD, "so will your name and descendants endure. From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me," says the LORD."

Bible study. org says: First, you might ask yourself a question regarding racism. How would you like someone to tell you that you are not liked you because of your skin color or ethnic origin? Would not you want a chance to show them that you were a decent person? If you think you are a unique person and that no one is exactly like you, you would be right according to the Bible. So is the person you disdain. Humans, in general, have a great deal in common. God says He made all humans of one blood (Acts 17:26). We all eat, sleep, drink, go to the bathroom, and share numerous other characteristics. Whatever skin color we may wear does not make us any less human than another. We all have feelings. Most of us want others to like us. What is the purpose of not liking another human? Satan is brilliant when it comes to orchestrating deception. He has managed to persuade people to make problems when there need be none. No more effectively has He did this than with false concepts about "race." The devil has deceived people into thinking something is a problem simply by defining it into existence. God created this universe and everyone in it. People exist in their variety because God designed it that way. Put simply, racism is a CRITICISM of His handiwork. If you said you did not like me because of some physical characteristic, I might say, "Look buddy, your complaint is with the One who created me. I cannot change a characteristic you do not like just because you ask. None of us has asked to be on this planet nor to possess the characteristics that they have. It is between you and God if you choose not to like someone. Complain to Him!"

With that being said we need to come together and pray that God change the hearts of the evil ones who are causing all the racism stuff. We need to come together as a Nation and bring God back to where He needs to be, make God feel wanted in a world who needs Him more now then ever. Remember the song Jesus Loves the Little Children: 
Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children
Of the world.

Jesus died for all the children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus died for all the children
Of the world.

Jesus rose for all the children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus rose for all the children
Of the world.

 

God I come to you asking that you be with the evil people who are in charge of all the racism. I know you made each 1 of us in your image and we should love as you love. We need to let you be in charge like you are meant to be in charge. We need to let go and let God. I lift this racism problem in your hands and ask that you help this great nation of yours to turn back to you like they need to. If more people loved you this world would be a much better place. I pray Lord that this world turn away from their evilness and turn back to you. This place would be great if people turned to You more then to the world. I ask that you please be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love you. i ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

Self Righteousness

7.11.15 Have you ever come across someone who seems to be self-righteous?

A self-righteous person thinks their beliefs and morals are better than everyone else's. If you're quite sure the charity of others pales in comparison with yours, you might be self-righteous. Join the Old English words self, meaning "one's own person," and rightwise, meaning "virtuous," and you've got somebody who thinks very highly of their own morality. A self-righteous person thinks they can do no wrong, and goes about with a "holier-than-thou" attitude, judging and scrutinizing everyone else.

Have you ever come across someone who thinks they are never wrong no matter what? Well let's see what God says about this attitude.

The story of Jonah and show how Jonah was just as much in need of God's grace as the sailors and the Ninevites. But the fascinating thing about Jonah is that, unlike the pagan sailors and wicked Ninevites, Jonah was one of the "good guys." He was a prophet. He was moral. He was one who "kept all the rules", and did everything he was supposed to do. He wasn't some long-haired, tattooed indie rocker; he was a clean-cut prep. He wasn't a liberal; he was a conservative. He wasn't irreligious; he was religious. Not only in the story of Jonah, but throughout the Bible, it's always the immoral person that gets the Gospel before the moral person. It's the prostitute who understands grace; it's the Pharisee who doesn't. It's the unrighteous younger brother who gets it before the self-righteous older brother.

Job 32:1-2
Job's three friends cannot convince him of his unrighteousness, not merely because he is righteous in his own evaluation, but also because their arguments have no effect on him. He seems determined to keep his own opinion of himself in spite of all their reasoning.
. God inspires Isaiah to warn Israel that all their "righteousnesses are like filthy rags," since their sinful attitudes pollute their deeds. The impurity of their motives taint all their prayers, sacrifices, offerings, and praises, thus God deeply detests and abhors them. Like the Laodiceans, they cannot see their true condition.

Matthew 6:1-4

1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
A Christian should not let his light shine to be praised by others, but to bring glory to the Father. The Pharisees acted to be seen of men, but true Christians behave to glorify God, caring little what people may think of them. It is by our conduct, not our pomp and circumstance, that others may be brought to honor God. We should live so that people may see from our good works the proper nature of God's way of life. Good works cannot be hidden because they stand in stark contrast to the ways of this wicked world (I Timothy 5:25). These works are required behavior at home and in the outside world.

 

God I come to you asking that if I ever have a self righteous attitude you show it to me and take it away, because I only want to make you happy. I know there are times when I fail you and I am ashamed of those times please forgive me where I fail you. God be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen

What ifs

7.9.15 Do you live by what ifs? What if I lose my job what will I do then? Well I did lose my job but God gave me another job. There's a lot what ifs, you could ask about but guess what God is in control and He will get you through no matter what it is. So you don't have to go around saying what if, if you just put your trust in God.

“God is supernaturally tuned in to our frequency. His blazing eyes take in our slightest stir. His holy ears prick at our softest whisper. Better still, He’s in close proximity when we cry.” –Lisa Harper Life is littered with what ifs.

” Worry can cause us to lose touch with reality and move further and further from the truth. Jesus knew this. Maybe that’s one reason why time and time again He told the disciples to “Fear not!” Jesus never wanted us to be controlled by worry and anxiety but instead wanted us to be marked by faith and trust. Jesus recognized that worry has a way of subtracting God from the scene and making us believe we’re responsible for holding all things together. We will never get rid of all the what ifs in life, but when they come, we can rest assured that we do not meet them alone. God is with us. We can choose to face uncertainty with faith and begin to walk in greater levels of confidence, contentment, joy, peace, security, and calmness.

"Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?" (Matthew 6:27)

Life is too short, and time too precious, to be spent worrying over things we have no control over. It doesn't do us any good, can actually harm us (ever heard of the phrase, "Worried sick?"), and makes us utterly miserable.

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you;
not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your hearts be troubled,
neither let them be afraid."
John 14:27

And a great storm of wind arose,
and the waves beat into the boat,
so that the boat was already filling.
But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion;
and they woke him and said to him,
"Teacher, do you not care if we perish?"
Mark 4:37, 38

The storm arose without warning, as it often does on the Sea of Galilee. The disciples in their small boat felt the waves and the wind and feared for their lives. They found themselves in the center of the storm and unable to do anything.
We’re often like that. We find ourselves held captive in the center of our problems. And like the disciples, we worry. For us, the clutter of confusion makes us problem centered and we see only gloom, storms, and certain failure ahead of us.
The lesson for us is the same lesson as for the disciples in the boat: turn to the Person in the center.
Like those early followers, we’re not alone in the midst of the storm. Christ is in the center. He’s with us to work out ways to overcome our problems instead of sitting and crying out, “God, don’t you care that I perish from worry and problems?”
With Christ we have the potential power to cope with our worries. We hold the key to the biggest storms that lash against us. We do it the same way those disciples did: calling on Jesus Christ. He’s the One who can deliver us from worries and threatening doom.
Cast all your cares on God; that anchor holds. 
Is He not yonder in those uttermost
Parts of the morning? If I flee to these,
Can I go from Him? And the sea is His, 
The sea is His; He made it.
--Alfred, Lord Tennyson (from Enoch Arden)

Is this your life full of what ifs? Well I have my share of these days myself. We are human so we are going to have this thoughts but we need to turn these things over to God. God knows what we are going through and He is with us but He wants us to cry out to Him.

 

God I come to you with my what ifs, I know I have days like this and sometimes I know I might think I can do this myself when I need to turn to you 1st. I just want to ask you that you be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

Are you burned out

7.10.15 Do you have feel burned out on Church?
As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. —Psalm 42:1 
Burnout—it’s real, and it can have major consequences. It can leave you empty, discouraged and exhausted, with little energy left for God. It's time to replenish. 
Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while. —Mark 6:31
You don’t have to use vacation days or drive far away to take a break with God. You can pick a place close by to relax and simply enjoy His presence. Getting away doesn’t have to mean a change in your physical location, as long as you’re getting away from daily stresses to spend time with God.
Be still, and know that I am God. —Psalm 46:10a,
Taking time to “be still” may be harder today than ever. So much screams for our attention in this fast-paced, digital world. In the Bible, the prophet Elijah heard God in the form of a “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12). If we don’t intentionally take time to turn down life’s noise and be still, we could miss God’s quiet message to our hearts.

Part of being still means taking a break from the demands of work, school and other activities and focusing on God. If you aren’t intentionally setting aside one day a week to rest and worship, now is a good time to start.
A wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel. —Proverbs 1:5
God often speaks to us in a still, small voice. Other times, He sends a meaningful message through a person or experience at the right moment. 
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. —Psalm 1:2
There are so many thoughts crowding our minds that it can be hard to focus. We’re pulled in every direction, with this person or that thing demanding our attention. But then we come to a verse like Psalm 1:2, which tells us to meditate on God’s Word. How exactly do you do that? And with such a hectic schedule?
But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” —Luke 10:41-42
Find yourself going through the motions or so frazzled that you can’t really enjoy a special moment? As the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10 reveals, we can’t afford to be so busy or distracted that we fail to hear God’s voice, experience His presence, or honor His goodness. >> Are you Mary or Martha?

If your feeling burned out take the time away or just in a quiet place and spend time with God. Let God fill you up with His Spirit so that you may love and adore Him.

God I come to you asking that you empty me out of all the negative and fill me up with your positive attitude. Please be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

Praise God in the good times and bad times

7.8.15 Do you praise God in the good times and the bad times, or do you just go to God in the bad times?
Ecclesiastes 7:14 When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.

Since the presence of praise is voiced continually in heaven, our voices should also be lifted up in praise to our Lord. In 1Thessalonians 5:16-18 we are told to, "Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." The Lord tells us here that we are to have an attitude of joy, thanksgiving and prayer at all times, no matter what the conditions or circumstances are that surround us.
This verse does not mean that we are to thank God for bad things and tragedies that come our way. It means that we are to remain joyful no matter what is happening in our lives because we have the Lord, and in Him we shall overcome no matter what the devil is trying to do to us. The Lord does not want us to thank Him for the bad things that happen to us because He did not send them. He is not the author of evil. We are not to become bitter over life's circumstances, but rather to continue to rejoice in the Lord. It is the will of God for us to rejoice no matter what comes.
Our prayers should be in an attitude of praise even in the midst of our trials. We should lift our voices and praise the Lord like this, "Father, I praise You and love You, and no matter what the devil is doing to me I know that You shall bring me through victoriously! Show me what I need to do, Lord. Show me the door that I have opened to the enemy. I resist him in the name of Jesus, and I command him to leave with all of his oppression and attacks. Jesus, You are the Lord of my life, and I submit to You and will never deny You no matter what happens. Praise God!".
Psalm 34:1-4 "I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears."
We are to bless God at all times, not just when things go smoothly. We are to bless Him when things go wrong, too. We are to boast in the Lord even when all looks bleak. Our prayer should be similar to David's or one like this, "Father, I love and appreciate You. I know You are going to bring the answer I need because You are a good God, and You care for me. I trust You, Lord, no matter what I see with my natural eyes. I am looking through the eyes of faith, and I believe You are sending my answer. I love You, Lord, no matter what happens." When we keep this attitude of praise in the midst of our trials, we come through victoriously.
Praising God when we do not feel like praising Him is called a "sacrifice of praise". Hebrews 13:15 says, "By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name." Feelings fall into the emotional and soulish realm of our being. If we wait until we feel like praising God, we may never do it. Our spirits desire to praise God because of His nature in us. However, the soulish part of us resists that desire, until our carnal minds have been completely renewed in this area. That is why it is important to go ahead and praise God to a point beyond our soulish feelings until we press on into the spirit. We will then sense a real joy, and praise will come forth. 
the Bible is clear, even though it is difficult to hear. Paul says, "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." (1 Thess. 5:16-18). The words are hard but we need to wrestle with them. This is a tough verse for many people,
for the person recently divorced
for the person who had a miscarriage of a baby they wanted badly
for the person who's body is devastated by the treatments they are receiving
for the person who feels they are barely "existing" in the Nursing home
for the person who is overwhelmed by financial demands
for the person who has to helplessly see their child suffer
for the person who lives with a cloud of depression over them
for the person who recently stood at the fresh dug grave of someone they love
for the person who feels suffocated by their loneliness
In each of these cases, the idea of "giving thanks" is very difficult. In fact, it's not just difficult. It seems impossible.

So remember when your going through good times you should praise God as well as when your going through the bad times. I know it's easy to go to God when your having the bad times but we should always go to God in the good times also. He desires our praise 24-7. We should desire to praise God just the same 24-7.

 

God I come to you saying I desire to praise you through all things no matter whether bad or good. I want to think you for being there for me through all times. Please Lord be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.