365: Barbara Thurston

God will make a way

.29.15 God will make a way

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

You may be facing a dead end right now — financial, emotional, or relational — but if you will trust God and keep on moving in faith, even when you don’t see a way, he will make a way.

If I didn't have God and the Faith I have in Him I would've given up long ago. A while back I got laid off from my job that I worked @ for 13 years and I left it in God's hands and He put me in another job which I love. Ernest got laid off @ a job he was @ for years also and I know without a doubt God will place him where He wants him to go. Ernest took a job because he didn't want to sit around the house because he knows you have to work to provide. He only worked there for 3 weeks which affected his health. That only told me God didn't put him there but God will put him where He wants to. We just have to wait, listen & obey.

It will become more understandable as you head down the path he sets before you, but understanding is not a requirement for you to start down the path. Proverbs 4:18 says, “The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day”. One day you will stand in the full light of eternity and view the big picture. You’ll see God’s purpose behind the path he specifically chose for you.

Be patient. God knows what he’s doing. God knows what is best for you. He can see the end result. You can’t. All those problems, heartaches, difficulties and delays — all the things that make you ask “why” — will one day be clear in the light of God’s love.

But for now, we’re learning to trust God.

"God Will Make A Way"

God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me

He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength for each new day
He will make a way, He will make a way

Oh, God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me

He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength for each new day
He will make a way, He will make a way

By a roadway in the wilderness, He'll lead me
And rivers in the desert will I see
Heaven and Earth will fade but His Word will still remain
And He will do something new today

Oh, God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me

He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength for each new day
He will make a way, He will make a way

By a roadway in the wilderness, He'll lead me
And rivers in the desert will I see
Heaven and Earth will fade but His Word will still remain
And He will do something new today

Oh, God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me

He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength for each new day
He will make a way, He will make a way

With love and strength for each new day
He will make a way, He will make a way

by Don Moen

So there you have it just when you thought it was over. Put your faith in God and let Him make a way for you. Even when you think God isn't there He is always there. So when you think you can't take no more just keep the faith and give it over to God and He will make a way.

 

God I love you for all you do for me, You are always there for me. I can depend on You always being there. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of Your family. I love doing these blogs because since I started this I feel closer to You and I have learned so much. Lord please be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

Are all sins the same

9.28.15 Like I said last night, let's take a closer look @ what God says about sin:

A sin is any thought or action that falls short of God’s will. God is perfect, and anything we do that falls short of His perfection is sin.
For example, it tells us that sin is like an archer who misses the target. He draws back his bow and sends the arrow on its way—but instead of hitting the bull’s-eye, it veers off course and misses the mark. The arrow may only miss it a little bit or it may miss it a great deal—but the result is the same: The arrow doesn’t land where it is supposed to. The same is true of sin. God’s will is like the center of that target—and when we sin, we fall short of His will or miss the mark. And this is something we do every day; as the Bible says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Even when we aren’t aware of it, we commit sin by the things we do (or fail to do), or by the way we think. This is why we need Christ, for only He can forgive us all our sins, and only He can help us live the way we should. We can’t forgive ourselves, nor can we change our hearts and make ourselves better in God’s eyes.

Wow that says all have sinned, that's right that means everyone. I know I sin, I'm a human and I'm bound to fail. Guess what God is right there with us waiting for us to tell him we're sorry and asking Him to forgive us. That doesn't mean we should keep on sinning, but it does mean we need to strive to be more like Jesus and learn from our mistakes.

It is always difficult and dangerous to attempt to list sins according to their degree of seriousness. In one sense, all sins are equal in that they all separate us from God. The Bible’s statement, “For the wages of sin is death …” (Romans 6:23), applies to all sin, whether in thought, word, or deed. However, remember that whether our sins are relatively small or great, they will place us in hell apart from God’s grace. The good news is that Jesus paid the penalty for our sins and the sins of the whole world at the Cross. If we will repent and turn to Jesus in faith, our sins will be forgiven, and we will receive the gift of eternal life.

Here's another thing, yes you go to God for forgiveness. Does that mean you can go out and do that same sin again and again because you know God will forgive you? No it doesn't mean we have the right to go out and continue to do the same thing over and over like I said we need to strive to be more like Christ.

In Matthew 5:21-28, Jesus equates committing adultery with having lust in your heart and committing murder with having hatred in your heart. However, this does not mean the sins are equal. What Jesus was trying to get across to the Pharisees is that sin is still sin even if you only want to do the act, without actually carrying it out. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day taught that it was okay to think about anything you wanted to, as long as you did not act on those desires. Jesus is forcing them to realize that God judges a person’s thoughts as well as his actions. Jesus proclaimed that our actions are the result of what is in our hearts (Matthew 12:34).

Now hold on there, wow that is harsh don't you think? If you just have a thought in your mind even if you don't act upon that thought you've already committed a sin.

1 John 1:8-10 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Don't beat yourself up because God says we will sin, but know this like I said we need to strive to be more like Christ everyday. We should strive to have pure thoughts and not evil ones.

 

God I come to you thinking You for all you do for me. I think You for always being there for me. I know I don't deserve the love that You give me, because I know I fail you. I want to strive to be more like Jesus each and everyday and I want to think only pure thoughts and not evil ones. Sometimes it seems hard to not get angry at someone with the way people treat people now days God but I know You are always right there with me. Lord please be with my facebook family and friends and know I love You. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

To sin or not to sin

9.27.15 To sin or not to sin

Romans 6:12 Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires.

Got Questions.org says: Everyone is a slave in the spiritual sense. We are either slaves to sin, which is our natural state, or we are slaves to Christ. The writers of the New Testament willingly declared their status as slaves of Christ. Paul opens his letter to the Romans by referring to himself as a “slave of Jesus Christ” (Romans 1:1) and his letter to Titus by calling himself a “slave of God” (Titus 1:1). James opens his epistle the same way, “James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ” (James 1:1). Most translations say “servant” or “bond-servant” in these passages, but the Greek word doulas means, literally, “slave.” In John 8:34 Jesus tells the unbelieving Pharisees, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.” He uses the analogy of a slave and his master to make the point that a slave obeys his master because he belongs to him. Slaves have no will of their own. They are literally in bondage to their masters. When sin is our master, we are unable to resist it. But, by the power of Christ to overcome the power of sin, “You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness” (Romans 6:18). Once we come to Christ in repentance and receive forgiveness for sin, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit who comes to live within us. It is by His power that we are able to resist sinning and become slaves of righteousness. Romans 6:1–23 goes even further in this idea of a slave and his master. As Christians we aren’t to continue in habitual sin because we died to sin. Romans 6:4 says that since we have been buried and resurrected with Christ we are now able to walk in that newness of life, unlike the unbeliever who is still a slave to sin. Romans 6:6 goes on to say that, since we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that our body of sin might be done away with, we should no longer be slaves to sin. And Romans 6:11 says that we are to consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. We are commanded by God to not let sin reign in our bodies, obeying its lusts, but instead we are to present ourselves to Him as instruments of righteousness (Romans 6:12–14). In verses 16-18 we’re told that we are slaves to the one we obey, either of obedience to sin or of obedience to righteousness. We are to be enslaved to God from whom we receive our gifts of sanctification and eternal life. We do this because the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23). The apostle Paul, the author of Romans, goes on to say that he knows how difficult it can be to not live in sin because he struggled with that even after he became a follower of Christ. This is important for all Christians to know. While we’re now set free from the penalty of sin, we still live in the presence of sin while we’re alive on this earth. And the only way we can be free from the power of sin is by the power of the Holy Spirit who is given to believers at the moment we come in faith to Christ (Ephesians 1:13–14), and this seals us in Christ as a pledge of our inheritance as God’s children. The presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives means that, as we grow in our faith and come to love God ever more each day, we’ll have the strength to resist sin more and more. Through the working of the Holy Spirit we are empowered to resist sin, not give in to its temptation, and live according to God’s Word. Habitual sins will become more abhorrent to us, and we’ll find ourselves not wanting to do anything that might hinder our fellowship with God.

Read Romans 6 where it talks about being Dead to sin, alive in Christ 
Wow so let me say it again, "to sin or not to sin".

Come back tomorrow where we'll talk a look @ sin and what the Bible says, and are all sins equal. What do you think is 1 sin as big as the other?

 

Lord I come to you thinking you for a great worship today @ Church. I think you for allowing Mike and Tony share the pulpit and the baptism pool. Think you God for allowing 10 new brothers and sisters in Christ to join our family. Lord now please be with my facebook family and friends and know I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

Will God give up on me?

9.26.15 Will God ever give up on me?
"How tremendous is the power available to us who believe in God. That power is the same divine power which was demonstrated in Christ when he raised him from the dead." (Ephesians 1:19 b-20 Phillips)
If God can raise Jesus from the dead, then he can handle any problem you give him. No problem is too big. He specializes in hopeless cases. You may say, "You don't know my finances" or "You don't know my health problem" or "You don't know my marriage problem." God does, and he can make the power of the Resurrection available to you.
God will finish in you what he started in you. Your failure won't prevent that. You can have confidence in God's words in Philippians 1:6: "God is the one who began this good work in you, and I am certain that he won't stop before it is complete on the day that Christ Jesus returns".
Whatever God started in your life, he'll finish. He won't quit on you. You may give up on God, but he'll never give up on you.
Perhaps, you are tired of trying and, in all probability, you’re spinning your wheels and getting nowhere. You may see other people less deserving getting ahead, and you are stuck in the same place.

Life might have gotten monotonous. Feelings of inadequacy seep into your mind. Or, a setback has caused you to fall back into old, destructive patterns. Now, you could be off-track, discouraged and your energy may be drained.
But wait. You count. Your life matters. No matter what you are going through today, God has not given up on you, so don’t give up on yourself. Decide now to get off the treadmill of negative thoughts and see beyond the present moment. God has a wonderful plan and place for you. And your future holds great promise.

I found the following on Daily Spirituality while I was preparing for this blog:

Years ago, I heard a fictional story by an unknown author about a man who was so dismayed, he wanted to relinquish his hopes and dreams for the future and just give up on life. He was going to quit his job, his relationships, his hobbies, and abandon his walk with God, settling for the status quo.

But, before renouncing it all, the man decided that he was going to take a walk in the forest by his home to have one last talk with God.

As he set out that autumn morning, the dry leaves and twigs cracked under his boots, and he heard the sweet songs of birds in the distance. He walked further. The fresh air caressed his face. And he glanced up at the clouds overhead and spoke aloud, “God, can you give me one good reason not to quit?”

There was a brief pause. Then, the man heard the gentle, yet powerful voice of God.

“Look around the forest,” God instructed. “Do you see the fern and the bamboo?” He questioned.

Startled, the man looked to the right and the left. “Yes, God, I do,” the man answered with a half-smile.

“When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them both. I gave them sunlight and fresh water. And the fern grew quickly. Its beautiful, lush green leaves covered the ground. Yet, not anything came from the bamboo seed. But I did not give up on the bamboo,” God said.

“The second year, the fern grew even more plentiful. And again, the bamboo seed was dormant. Still, I did not give up on the bamboo.”

The man reached into his pocket and grabbed a tissue and dabbed his eyes, as God explained, “In year three, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. However, I didn’t quit. The same in year four,” God uttered.

With understanding and humble remorse over how wrong he had been, the man closed his eyes for a moment. And God continued, “Then, in the fifth year, a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern, it was seemingly insignificant. But months later, the bamboo rose to more than 100 feet tall. It had spent five years growing roots, and those roots made the bamboo strong, giving it what it needed to survive in the forest.”

Thereafter, God whispered to the man, “Did you know, my child, that all this time you have actually been growing roots? I would not give up on the bamboo, and I will never give up on you.

The man left the forest that day and slowly made his way back home. With his head held high, and a renewed strength, the man felt surrounded by God’s love. He realized that God would never give up on him. And, dear readers, God will never give up on you, either.

Your life is full of countless possibilities. You have too much yet to do, too many lives to positively influence and too many dreams to make manifest to quit now. Your time for victory, too, is coming. So whatever may be troubling you, turn it all over to God and progress ahead. There is no obstacle too big for God to turn around for your greater good. He is working right now on your behalf and is “going before you and making the crooked places straight.” (Isaiah 45:2-3).

Therefore, stand in faith and say, “I am not going to give up. I’m moving forward with God,” and “I’ll become all that God intends for me to be.” God hasn’t brought you this far to leave you here. He is about to do something greater than you can ever imagine. So, continue your pursuit. Don’t stop now. And keep on going.

So there you have it God will never give up on you but on the other hand don't give up on God either. Stay strong and let God take you where He wants you to go. With God all things are possible without God nothing is possible.

 

God I love you for never leaving me. I love how you are with me 24-7 even though you are with everyone else @ the same time. You know each one of us by name. When we pray, You know who we are even though everyone may be praying @ the same time. Lord please be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

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