365: Barbara Thurston

Hypocrisy

7.30.15 I know you've heard the saying, "I don't go to Church because they are hypocrites".
Hypocrite: 1. a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs. 2. a person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, especially one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements.
deceiver, dissembler, pretender, pharisee.
a person who pretends to be what he is not
hypocrite in the Bible 
one who puts on a mask and feigns himself to be what he is not; a dissembler in religion. Our Lord severely rebuked the scribes and Pharisees for their hypocrisy (Matt. 6:2, 5, 16). "The hypocrite's hope shall perish" (Job 8:13). The Hebrew word here rendered "hypocrite" rather means the "godless" or "profane," as it is rendered in Jer. 23:11, i.e., polluted with crimes.
Matthew 6:1-34 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “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. ...

Gotquestions.org says:
In essence, “hypocrisy” refers to the act of claiming to believe something but acting in a different manner. The word is derived from the Greek term for “actor”—literally, “one who wears a mask”—in other words, someone who pretends to be what he is not. The Bible calls hypocrisy a sin. There are two forms hypocrisy can take: that of professing belief in something and then acting in a manner contrary to that belief, and that of looking down on others when we ourselves are flawed.
It must be noted that hypocrisy is not the same as taking a stand against sin. For example, it is not hypocrisy to teach that drunkenness is a sin, unless the one teaching against drunkenness gets drunk every weekend—that would be hypocrisy.
As children of God, we are called to strive for holiness (1 Peter 1:16). We are to “hate what is evil” and “cling to what is good” (Romans 12:9). We should never imply an acceptance of sin, especially in our own lives. All we do should be consistent with what we believe and who we are in Christ. Play-acting is meant for the stage, not for real life.

Bibleinfo,com says:
Hypocrisy
A hypocrite is one who acts contrary to what they say or what they believe. It's in the Bible, Jeremiah 42:20, "For you were hypocrites in your hearts when you sent me to the LORD your God, saying, ‘Pray for us to the LORD our God, and according to all that the LORD your God says, so declare to us and we will do it."
Putting on a show of self-sacrifice for self-glorification is hypocritical. It's in the Bible, Matthew 6:2, "Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward." 
The temporal reward of men's praise and recognition is all that is gained from fake Christianity. It's in the Bible, Matthew 6:5, "And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward."
Luke 16:15 You wear a noble, pious expression in public, but God knows your evil hearts. Your pretense brings you honor from the people, but it is an abomination in the sight of God.'"
What we are on the outside is meaningless, if our hearts are unconverted. It's in the Bible, Matthew 23:27-28 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness"

Let's face it people we can't hide our hearts from God, God knows us inside and out after all He created us why shouldn't He. God is saying don't go to Church and act one way and then go back out into the world and act like the world. You should act the same 24-7. If we truly have Christ in our heart then we need to act like it. Do you think God is happy when we betray Him like we do every day? I'm sure He's saying look @ them they say they love me but do they really love me?

 

God I come to you thanking you for allowing me to be a part of your family. I won't to pray for those who say they don't come to Church because the Church is full of hypocrites, well there's hypocrites everywhere so that's an excuse so God I pray that they just admit to their self why they don't come to Church. God I think maybe some people don't go to Church because either they are too lazy to get up in the morning or they know they have something in their life that they need to get rid of. God I know all they have to do is go to Church and ask you to help them with whatever is going on and you are always there. Lord please be with my facebook friends and family and know I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

rebuilding relationships

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7.29.15 Is there someone in your life who you need to rebuild a relationship with? My your husband, wife, brother, sister, friend, any other family member or even someone in Church. Let's see what the Bible tells us about this issue. 
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15;13

Restoring a relationship takes commitment from both parties. If you are willing to work on your relationship the other person has to be willing to also. 
One of the greatest things you can to restore a relationship is to humble yourself and admit you were wrong. Your humble attitude will show the love of Christ and possibly cause others to do the same.

Unfortunately for some people is it so hard to admit that you are wrong. It's a pride type thing where if you say you were wrong or sorry then you are weak, but in God's eyes you humbled yourself and He is glorified when you do this.

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Psalm 27:14

Have you checked your relationship with the Lord lately? If your relationship with the Lord is in good shape then if you let God be your guide everything else will fall in place.

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:14-15

Once you ask for forgiveness that person needs to put this issue behind them and go forward from here. It's the same as if someone asks you to forgive them you need to put it behind you and never look back.

Is the relationship you need to rebuild with Christ? If it is you need to get on your knees and ask for forgiveness because God is waiting for you to come back to Him. Have you gone a whole day without talking to your Father in Heaven? Well a day can lead to a week, a month or even more. How do you think this makes God feel? I could only imagine how that would make God feel. Take for instance if it was one of your children how would that make you feel? I believe if we would all take a look at our relationship with God and fall on our knees and ask God to forgive us and please soften the hearts of the people of this world so the world will turn back to Christ and make it a better place to live.

God I come to you begging you to please soften the hearts of the people who think they need the world more then they need you. If there is anyone who I have wronged please let me know so I can ask for forgiveness because we know we are not promised tomorrow God. Our time could be up in the next minute so we need to be ready when you call us home. I ask if there's anything I've done to disrespect you God that you please forgive me. I want to think you for my awesome job you gave me because i know it was from you and I love you for it. God I ask that you be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen

Spiritual Checkup

7.28.15 Okay I know everyone gets a physical or at least you should get a physical. So let me ask you something have you ever done a Spiritual checkup?

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40

Those who are saved by grace are called to grow in grace (2 Pet. 3.18). As disciples of Jesus, we are to live a life of love – love for God and love for our neighbor, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Too often, in the busyness of our day-to-day lives, we let other priorities crowd out the two highest priorities Jesus gave us. The following questions are designed to help you examine your spiritual life over the past year and to prayerfully seek God’s help in areas where you desire to grow in the New Year.

*Are you reading your Bible daily? Set aside sometime each day to read God's Word and see what it's saying to you.

*Are you praying daily? Do you pray for the one's you love, Church members, Missionaries, The Government or what about praying for your enemy?

*How often have you shared the Gospel this year? Have you gone out into this lost and dying world and shared your faith? Ask God to give you a burden to win the lost for Christ.

* Are you fighting with some kind of sin in your life? Something that you know you shouldn't be doing but you just can't stop. I know I've shared this before I use to say curse words like everyone else and I got sick of it so I asked God to take it from me, and guess what He did. If there's something you need to get rid of in your life ask God to take it from you.

* Have you memorized any Scriptures this year? “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You” (Psalm 19:14)

* Are you serving in a local Church? Are you in the Choir, Sunday School Teacher, Children's Church Teacher, or even a door holder? Psalm 84:10 Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

* Are you exhibiting the work of the flesh or the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:19-23)? Here, allow the Word to guide your self-evaluation: “Now the works of the flesh are obvious:sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy,drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. . . . But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith,gentleness, self-control.” Which traits most characterize your life today?

* Can you say someone is walking more with the Lord now because of your influence? Do you put others 1st by leading them down the right path?

* What steps have you taken to spread the gospel to the nations? Have you taken a mission trip lately? Are you praying for the Missionaries in the field or are you studying about missionaries?

* How would your family assess you as a family member and a believer this year? Those who are around us daily are the ones who can evaluate our Spiritual walk. If someone was to ask a family member about your Spiritual life would they say your life models Christ?

Our daily bread said the following about a Spiritual Checkup:
Given a choice, I’d probably not voluntarily visit my doctor for a physical exam. I’m inclined to assume that everything is okay and not bother my doctor about it. But since my wife is a nurse, I don’t have a choice. I go in for regular exams.

And given a choice, many of us are a little afraid of spiritual checkups as well. After all, if we check our spirit too closely, we might have to change a habit or two. We might need something like an “attitude-ectomy.”

I suggest that we get over our reluctance. With God’s guidance, let’s undergo a spiritual checkup, using Proverbs 4:20-27 as a checklist.

Ears (v.20): Are we hearing God’s Word clearly and with understanding? Are we doing what those words tell us?

Eyes (vv.21,25): Are we keeping our eyes on the teachings that will guide us toward righteousness?

Heart (v.23): Are we protecting our heart from evil?

Tongue (v.24): Is our mouth clean and pure?

Feet (v.26): Are we walking straight toward God’s truth without wavering?

How did you do on your examination? Are there areas where you need to take action? Regular checkups will help to restore your spiritual vitality.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
Show me the way that Jesus has trod;
Then I will tell of Your saving grace,
Until the day when I see Your face. —Hess

A spiritual checkup is the key to spiritual health.

God I come to you thinking you about letting me do this Spiritual checkup study. I come across stuff on a daily basis that I know I need to work on and I know that you are with me through it all. God I just want to please you in all I say and do. Like the verse above says Create in me a clean heart Lord. Show me the way that Jesus has trod. That is so awesome Lord, create in me a clean heart. God be with my facebook family and friends and if any of them need a Spiritual Checkup then let them do the checkup today Lord. Know that I love you and I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen

 
 

Take Jesus everywhere you go

7.27.15 Do you take Jesus everywhere you go? Maybe you just go visit Him on Sunday's and maybe even Wed. 
Digg Life Ministries says: As a believer, we are told that Jesus is with us everywhere we go. We are also taught that He lives within us through the power of the Holy Spirit. So what does it really mean to take Jesus with you everywhere you go? In my opinion I think about each and every time I fail to include Jesus in what I’m thinking, saying, and doing. Yes, He is still there, but am I truly embracing His omnipresence.
Psalm 139:7-12
Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me. And Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” even the night shall be light about me; indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You.
You see, we are given the capacity to discern divine truth. This means within each and every encounter, experience, and situation in life…. making it all the more important that we embrace the Jesus within us…. everywhere we go! It’s easy to practice this principle when we’re in a “church environment” but what about in the “worldly environments”?
So are we taking Jesus everywhere we go or are we meeting Jesus everywhere He is? Trick question, yes. I want to stir up how we think and perceive Jesus. I personally embrace the Jesus in me and I choose to meet Him everywhere He is… which ultimately…. is EVERY WHERE in this world. If I go to the store, He is there. When I go into the schools, He is there…. why? Because I am in Him and He is in me. 1 John 4:13 says –
By this we know that we abide in Him, and He is us, because He has given us of His Spirit.
Don’t settle for the ol’ “take Jesus everywhere you go” saying…. put. it. in. action! Understand how powerful you really are because of the Holy Spirit dwelling within you. Embrace it. Exercise it. Share it!
Take the Name of Jesus With You

Take the name of Jesus with you 
Child of sorrow and of woe; 
It will joy and comfort give you-- 
Take it then wherever you go.

[Chorus:] 
Precious name, O how sweet! 
Hope of earth and joy of heaven; 
Precious name, O how sweet! 
Hope of earth and joy of heaven.
Take the name of Jesus ever, 
As a shield from every snare; 
If temptations around you gather, 
Breathe that holy name in prayer.

Precious name, O how sweet! 
Hope of earth and joy of heaven; 
Precious name, O how sweet! 
Hope of earth and joy of heaven.
O the precious name of Jesus! 
How it thrills our souls with joy, 
When his loving arms receive us 
And his songs our tongues employ!

Precious name, O how sweet! 
Hope of earth and joy of heaven; 
Precious name, O how sweet! 
Hope of earth and joy of heaven.
At the name of Jesus bowing, 
Falling prostrate at his feet, 
King of kings in heaven we'll [praise] him 
When our journey is complete.

Precious name, O how sweet! 
Hope of earth and joy of heaven; 
Precious name, O how sweet! 
Hope of earth and joy of heaven.

So don't just pick Jesus up on Sunday's or maybe Wed. He's always with you, He just wants you to acknowledge that He is your Lord. Don't be ashamed to shout Amen or Hallelujah in Church or anywhere you feel the Spirit move you. Don't worry about what others think, God is the only one you should worry about. Know that God loves you, He just wants to be loved back.

God I come to you asking you to be with my facebook family and friends. I want to just feel free to shout out Hallelujah, Praise God or Amen and not looked down upon. I think God you give us the Amen section as Ernest calls it in our Church. I just pray that you give me the courage to shout out myself when the Spirit hits me. We should feel free to express ourselves the way you would want us to. I love worshiping you and I think you for coming into my life so many years ago. Now know that I love you and I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

 
 
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