365: Barbara Thurston

Victory

11.18.15 Do you have Victory?
Most people want to be successful in what they do. Athletes, train for years to be victorious on the field or in the arena. Lawyers, go to school for years and they spend hours on each case in hopes of winning a victory in the court room.Even though life is far from a game and it is not a courtroom, there are still winners and losers... Most people want to win in life, they want to be victorious, they want to be successful... But the truth of the matter is that for many the winner’s circle is a seldom visited place....

Have you ever thought about what it takes to have a happy, successful, fulfilled life? Why do some people seem to have a "good life" and others seem to live in a world of "whatever happens?" God wants His children to be blessed in their lifetime. He doesn’t want us to just "wade through life" until we go to heaven. He created the earth for us; all the beauty, all the trees, all the animals, all the food, all for our enjoyment. God cares very much for us and how we live and our quality of life. He wants to give us everything. He desires to be our Father, our Provider and our Protector in every way. He doesn’t want us to worry or have any concerns.

In Luke 12:22-31, God tells us to think about how the birds are taken care of. They don’t have any cares, yet He still takes care of them. What about the lilies? How do they grow? They do nothing for themselves, but God gives them great splendor and beauty. He says that pagans worry about how to do everything in life. He tells us that He knows what we need and if we seek Him and His Kingdom, then all of these things (food, clothing, shelter, health, finances, etc.) will be given to us.

We should be asking ourselves "how do we seek God and His Kingdom?" If God says He will take care of all our needs; food, clothing, shelter, and finances when we seek Him and establish a relationship with Him, then we should learn how to do this and please Him. Jesus says that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. He does not expect something of us that is difficult for us to do! It is easy to obey God, because by doing so we are blessed and reap the benefits, and we show our love for God. God knows that His way works! We just have to learn this! Many people want to do things "their own way," or "pull themselves up by their own bootstraps." But why? God’s way works, all the time, every time, without fail!

For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us (2 Cor. 1:20).

We need the knowledge of how to put God first. How do we obtain this knowledge? Prov. 11:7 says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Now, does this mean that we have to be afraid of God? Do we have to cower around Him, thinking if we do wrong, He’ll "get us?" NO!

The meaning of fear in this verse means to have respect and reverence for God. So many of us need to learn that God, our creator and Father, is a good God! He created us because He wanted a family. He wanted fellowship with us. He wanted to bless us with good things, now, in our lifetime! He sent His Son, Jesus into this world to take our sins upon Himself. Jesus, because of His love for us, became a sacrifice for us. He took our place, He took the penalty for our sins. We no longer have to live under the penalty of spiritual death. God wants us to spend eternal life with Jesus and Him.

God wants us to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and when we do this we are telling God that we want to be like Jesus. We want to pattern our lives after His and follow His example. While Jesus was on earth, He said that He and His Father were one. Jesus spoke nothing, except what the Father said! We need to make our relationship with Jesus and God just like that. That is seeking God and His Kingdom! When Jesus died for us, He opened the way for us to come directly to the Father and speak to Him in Jesus’ name. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God (Mat. 4:4).

The Bible was written for us, it is our instruction manual We’ll see victories in our lives when we follow those instructions! If you have a problem assembling a certain appliance, you take out the instruction manual and follow the steps and you will have success. Most men learn this the hard way, they don’t read the manual first!

God tells us what to do in His Word to be blessed financially and be able to give unto others. God doesn’t want you to be in debt for anything. He certainly doesn’t want you to worry about how you’ll get the money for certain things. God owns all the cattle, gold and silver and He knows your address. He knows just how to bless you and how to get the money to you. He will too, when you do what He tells you to do!

Believing comes by faith. We build our faith by reading God’s promises in the Bible. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Rom. 10:17).

In Psalm 103:2 God says to praise Him and don’t forget His benefits. One of the benefits is that He forgives all our sins. We can "choose" to believe that and when we repent we can live free from guilt. Some of us choose to limit God and live with the guilt and shame.

Another benefit is healing of all our diseases. We can choose to believe this and stand by this promise. Others say "this is not for our day" and they may end up dying from the disease. Hosea 4:6 says that My people perish from lack of knowledge. Another benefit is being crowned with love and compassion. We can choose to believe this and live with this knowledge or we can beat ourselves up and say "we’ll never be good enough." Another benefit is being delivered from destruction. Satan has no hold over us, he just acts like he does. So, when we follow God’s ways and act with the authority Jesus gave us, then Satan can’t get to us. Another benefit is He satisfies our mouth with good things, so that our youth is renewed like the eagle’s. When you meditate and read God’s Word daily, and then apply that Word to your life then you are seeking God and His Kingdom. So, if you want to be blessed and have a victorious life then you need to seek God’s answers to your questions and put then into a daily routine in your life.

Before you can experience victory, you must have a knowledge of your identification with Christ. This means three things: (1) when Jesus died, you died with Him; (2) when Jesus was buried, you were buried with Him; (3) when Jesus rose, you rose with Him.

First, Jesus' death had your name on it. That's the reason the apostle Paul said in Galatians 2:20, "I am crucified with Christ." Jesus paid the debt we owed with His blood. Second, not only did we die with Jesus, but we were buried with Jesus. He carried our sins into the grave of God's forgetfulness. Thirdly, we have been raised with Jesus. Christians are not just nice people, they're new creatures. We have the same power that raised up Jesus Christ from the dead. We have that power in us. We are new people.

When we speak of "the victorious life" we are not speaking of a life without temptation or a life of sinless perfection. It is not possible for a person to have such a transaction with the Lord as to enable him to say, "I am without sin," or "I can never sin again." The Bible says,

"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." 1 John 1:8

What, then, is the victorious life? The victorious life is a life of peace and joy in the Lord. It is a life of constant fellowship with the Lord. It is a life of victory over sins—even the so called "little sins," such as temper, fault-finding, irritability, complaining, lack of love, envy, jealousy, unkind words, wrong thoughts, worry, anxiety.The victorious life is a life that glorifies the Lord Jesus—the only kind of life that glorifies Him.

So who wants to have Victory?

 

God think You for the Victory in my life. Lord please be with my facebook family and friends and know I love You. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

How great is our God

11.17.15 I was sitting here thinking about what God would have me write about tonight and a song came to mind. I think this is the most awesome song. 
"How Great Is Our God"

The splendor of a king
Clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice
All the earth rejoice

He wraps Himself in light,
And darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice
Trembles at His voice

How great is our God
Sing with me
How great is our God
And all will see
How great, how great is our God

Age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end
Beginning and the end

The Godhead Three in One
Father, Spirit, Son
Lion and the Lamb
Lion and the Lamb

How great is our God
Sing with me
How great is our God
And all will see
How great, how great is our God

Name above all names
Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing
How great is our God

Name above all names
You are worthy of all praise
And my heart will sing
How great is our God

[3x]
How great is our God
Sing with me
How great is our God
And all will see
How great, how great is our God

I looked up why Christ Tomlin wrote this awesome song and here's what I found out.

In our interview with Chris Tomlin, he told us about writing this song. Said Tomlin: "I wrote that song when I was living in Austin, Texas. I remember sitting on my sofa in my little apartment. And Psalm 104 was the psalm I was looking at. It said, 'You our lord are very great. You're clothed with splendor and majesty, wrap yourself with light as with a garment' – through those opening verses and just describing a little bit of God, the glory of majesty, that little chorus came out. I started singing the chorus and, man, I had no idea, I thought the chorus was just a little simple thing and it was. And I had no idea it would become such a song in the church, and a song that finds its way in so many different cultures, different languages. It's so transferrable, so accessible. I had no idea that it would ever become that.
I remember I had the song, I thought it was finished. I didn't have a bridge to the song, and I met Ed Cash who produced that record it was on. First time meeting him and talking to him about maybe producing my new record. And I remember he picks his guitar up and and says, 'This 'How Great is Our God' song, I think it's pretty good, but it's not finished.' And I'm like, 'What are you talking about? Who do you think you are?' And I remember him grabbing his guitar. I believe it was something about, 'What if you do something like this?' And I remember he just started singing, 'You're the name above all names, you are worthy of our praise.' And it's really good, but when you open up and let somebody else sneak in, it just makes it better. So that's when we knew it was taking it to another level."
Tomlin recalls that the song’s development began with the chorus section ‘how great is our God…’ , and that that’s all he was able to come up with initially. He says he almost felt regret when he said to Him in effect ‘...this is all I have Lord, there’s no other words I can summon in the English language to describe how great you are.’ Evidently, Tomlin then offered some other words to go with the chorus, but he says the refrain became the focus of the song, after he took to heart some comments by friends. As a result, he says the song’s spotlight shone more brightly on the Holy One’s nature, versus what it was originally when Tomlin focused more on what we as Christians get from Him. Light, majesty, a creature that’s both lion and lamb, and a three-in-one concept none of us can honestly fathom…those are mysterious words that Tomlin uses to try to capture God’s visage. Think of a brilliant light hidden in a cloud (see the picture). Still, the song’s simple yet potent declaration of God’s supremacy is the overriding message.
Maybe that’s all the Lord wanted Chris Tomlin to think and sing about, nothing else but God. And, maybe that’s the secret of its success, why it was a number one hit song in 2006 and in 2008. Could that be why we don’t know more about Tomlin’s motivation for this tune – because why he thinks God is great doesn’t really matter? And, why I think He’s great doesn’t add or subtract from Him, either. Sure, I have Jesus to show people God, and His creation says volumes about Him too. And, my story of devotion to Him might resonate with a neighbor, or maybe a coworker. But, ultimately, if I position myself properly next to Him – on my knees, or prostrate before Him – then all the flowery phrases I could use to describe Him leave me. How great is God? He’s in a category all by Himself.

So what do you all think is God great or what? I think God is truly great and there is no other like Him.

 

God I come to You thinking You for allowing Chris Tomlin getting this song recorded. There are so many songs out there that are just as awesome about You God and I think You for allowing them to get them recorded also. Lord please be there for my facebook family and friends and know that I love You. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

Sing praise

11.16.15 I've been doing a little bit of cleaning and a lot of thinking. Sometimes the things of this world just try to drag you down but we have to learn to just turn it over to God & shout His praise to the top of a mountain. As I've been thinking the following song came to my mind: 
"Forever"

Give thanks to the Lord, Our God and King
His love endures forever
For He is good, He is above all things
His love endures forever
Sing praise, sing praise

With a might hand and outstretched arm
His love endures forever
For the life that's been reborn
His love endures forever
Sing praise, sing praise
Sing praise, sing praise

[CHORUS:]
Forever God is faithful
Forever God is strong
Forever God is with us
Forever and ever, forever [2X]

From the rising to the setting sun
His love endures forever
By the grace of God we will carry on
His love endures forever
Sing praise, sing praise 
Sing praise, sing praise

[CHORUS]

His love endures forever [8X]

Sing praise, sing praise
Sing praise, sing praise

[CHORUS]

Sing praise, sing praise and most people that know me know that I love to sing about the Lord. When I'm going over in the morning to catch my trolley for work I'm singing walking down the road. While I'm @ work I walk around either singing or humming God's praises.

Psalm 107:1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Colossians 3:16: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
Ephesians 5:18-19: “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart…”
God’s people are more than just invited to sing – we are commanded to sing. When we sing, we’re doing what God asks of us!

Singing is one of the two chief ways that the Word of God dwells in us richly.

Singing is a command, But also that this command comes with a promise: as we sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs together, we are promised that the Word of Christ will dwell in us richly – which is what we should crave as believers!

Our singing is more than a warm-up for the sermon or a filler in the service. Colossians 3:16 is clearly laying out for us that: Singing stands alongside of preaching as one of the two great ways that God has ordained for His Word to dwell RICHLY in each one of us!

When you sing, you build up others. When we do what the Bible says and sing together as a church family, we are hearing confessions of faith all around! We are hearing hundreds join with us and sing, “In Christ alone, MY hope is found!” We are hearing hundreds of testimonies of faith all around us!

Also know that as you sing, you’re helping unbelievers. In Psalm 105:1-2, the Lord is calling the Israelites to be a light unto the nations, and to do this He tells them: “Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; tell of all his wondrous works!”

Think of the impact on someone who doesn’t know Christ to hear those hundreds of testimonies, those hundreds of confessions of faith as we sing together!

When you sing, you make war. Chances are you didn’t connect singing and warfare together, but it’s a theme visible in Scripture. In Colossians 3, Paul is challenging the Colossians to literally put sin to death in their lives – to kill sin. And so all the commands to love and peace and forgiveness and teaching and SINGING, are therefore, the Bible is teaching, attitudes and habits of the believer that will kill sin!

the more you think about this, it makes total sense: What posture must be more hated by the evil one than the posture of a believer who is singing? I can’t think of many stances you can take that identifies you with Christ and against Satan more than eyes, heart, mind and voice lifted to heaven in song!

It’s very hard to lie, be greedy or to look at something inappropriate when, you’re “singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart” (Ephesians 5:19). Simply, a heart that’s doing that will not easily give in to temptation.

A singing heart is a heart at war with the work of the evil one and the power of sin.

When you sing, you are spiritually strengthened for trial.
Often times, we think only of singing when we’re happy and times are good, but singing bringing strength for trial comes out in Acts 16. Paul and Silas are unjustly imprisoned for the sake of the Gospel, and what do they do while they’re in prison? Sing! (Acts 16:25)

“…When we were in prison we sang almost every day because Christ was alive in us…they put chains on our hands and feet. They chained us to add to our grief. Yet we discovered that chains are splendid musical instruments!When we clanged them together in rhythm, we could sing, ‘This is the day (clink, clank), this is the day (clink, clank), which the Lord has made (clink, clank), which the Lord has made (clink, clank).” (Source)

Our persecuted brothers are showing us the truth we see in Acts 16 with Paul & Silas. Singing strengthens you and helps you persevere in the face of trial. If it can strengthen them in the face of these trials – what can it do for you?

Even in suffering, SING!

When you sing, you walk a God-designed pathway to joy.

As you study Scripture on this point you’ll notice that sometimes singing gives birth to joy and sometimes joy gives birth to singing. But persistently in Scripture, joy and singing are bound together. You can’t study one of those two biblical themes without encountering the other.

If you struggle for joy – SING! If you are joyful – SING! In God’s perfect design and in His perfect understanding of the human condition He has bound joy and singing together for His people.

When you sing, you glorify God.
Truly obedience, deep roots in the Word, building up others, making war against Satan and sin, persevering, finding joy in God – all of these things bring glory to God – each person’s chief goal and chief purpose in life.

Colossians 3 & Ephesians 5 bring this out simply but powerfully telling us to sing “to God” and “to the Lord” because He is the object of our praise. Ephesians 5:19: “singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.” It is to HIM and about HIM that we sing!

Singing has such a unique way of bringing your heart, soul, mind, and strength together to focus entirely and completely on God. In an age of distraction – singing grabs the attention of all our senses and focuses us on God.

Sing now. Sing forever.

Singing matters. And it matters that we do it together.

 

All I can say about this blog is Amen it speaks for itself. Lord know I love You and I Worship and Adore You. Be with my facebook family and friends and know I love You. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

Good Christian marriage rules

11.15.15 Here is something I came across while I was thinking about this blog. This is good Christian marriage rules.

Ephesians 4:26 to not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Make it a goal to clear the air with your spouse on a daily basis. Fortunately, most days there will not be a need to clean the slate. For those days where tensions are high make an agreement with one another that you will work out your differences before going to bed.

Never get into an argument and go to bed without making up, you never know what might happen. What if that was the last time you got to speak to that person? 
The Bible says that it is a man’s responsibility to love (Ephesians 5:25) and it is a woman’s responsibility to submit (Ephesians 5:22). If the husband will commit to love then it makes it much easier for the wife to submit. If the wife will submit, the husband will have less trouble loving her. The beautiful thing about this is that God does not say, “a man should love his wife if she will submit.” Or, “a woman should submit to her husband if he loves her.” Each spouse’s responsibility is independent of what the other one does.
When a couple looks at marriage as a 50-50 agreement then they will always play off of how the other treats them. However, when they see the marriage as their sole responsibility, then they will have a much stronger and happier marriage.

Don’t share your marriage problems with your co-workers. If you are seeing a marriage counselor then it is important to be open and honest. But when chatting with your friends at the water cooler or the hair salon, you need to guard your negative words about your spouse. Long after the problem is resolved your friends will remember. They weren’t part of the healing process and therefore they won’t know how to forget.

One of the major causes of divorce is money problems. Live with the money you have. Even though you think that expensive gift (that you can’t afford) will help endear your spouse to you, it more often than not will drive a wedge of insecurity in your relationship.

Never enter a marriage with the thought that you can get divorced if things don’t work out.
We promised each other and God till death do us part.

Protect your eyes, ears and mind. Men, you need to learn to look away when your eyes are drawn to other women in an inappropriate way. Ladies, you may hear sweeter words from your co-worker than you do from your own husband. Remember to whom you made a promise to love—even when times are difficult.

Isn’t it amazing how, all of a sudden, you can remember things from the past that you thought were forgotten when an argument arises between you and your spouse? Forget the wrong that he or she has done to you in the past and focus on the present and future.

The word “compliment” can mean a couple of different things. First it can mean to say nice things to one another. It can also mean to do something that helps the other to be stronger or look better in the eyes of others. Both senses of the word compliment are important in a marriage.

Make a decision to love one another even if your spouse does not deserve your love.

Most people who want to protect their marriage will say that their spouse is more important than their job. Unfortunately, it seems that people who are in ministry (pastors, missionaries, etc.) will say that in a list of priorities their wife is sometimes at the top of the list and sometimes their ministry is. If you put God at the top of your priority list, He will show you where your emphasis should be at any given time. If God is truly first, then the other priorities will fall into place.

 

God I come to You thanking You for putting Ernest and I together. Life hasn't always been the best but You always pull us through. I have to say I love Ernest more today then yesterday and I'm sure tomorrow more then today. I know as long as You are 1st in our lives the rest will fall in place. Lord please be with my facebook family and friends and know I love You. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

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