Just as surely as evil can permeate the hearts of mankind and spread, love can do the exact same thing. Love grows in a fertile and receptive heart and environment. It spreads outward enveloping all who come in contact with it, wrapping itself about those who will allow it to comfort them.
The Christian understands that love will overcome evil when given the opportunity and space to do so. But remember, Love (Charity) is Patient. (1 Corinthians 1:4). It must have that time and opportunity to root, to grow....and sometimes, just like our many beautiful flowers, it grows in different seasons of life and at different rates. Some love grows slowly and some takes off quickly. Patience, endurance and kindness are a few of the great qualities of love.
The greatest demonstration of love is seen in our God’s sacrifice of His Only Begotten (John 3:16), and our Lord, Jesus’ willingness to die for our sins Hebrews 4:8).
We need to be willing to demonstrate that same kindness, patience, endurance and love to others as we teach that saving gospel to others.
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In His Time
Time is fluid, constantly moving forward. As humans, we are controlled by time. God is not, because all things will happen in HIS time, according to HIS “agenda.” And for that, we must trust Him, be patient, and be thankful, because HE is the Omniscient One. He will make all things beautiful!
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What do your actions say about you? Do you remember King Jehoram? His story can be found in 2 Chronicles 21. Verse 6 says, "And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, just as the house of Ahab had done, for he had the daughter of Ahab as a wife; and he did evil in the sight of the Lord." Jehoram was so evil that the Lord struck him in his intestines and he died a very painful death. That isn't even the worst part, though. Verse 20 says, "He reigned in Jerusalem for eight years and, to no one's sorrow, departed." What a sad legacy to leave behind. Are your actions reflecting the love of Christ or are they reflecting worldliness and sin?
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"How can you attain satisfaction if you have more excuses than action?" -Stanley Paskavich
There are many times when we make excuses to get out of something we don't want to do. The saddest excuses we can ever make, though, are excuses not to do what the Bible says. There are always going to be things that take us away from what God says. We must not let it. Excuses are not part of the Christian's duty and we need to try to squash them before they start. Always make sure you are ready and willing to do what is right to follow the Lord.
"The lazy man says, 'There is a lion outside!' I shall be slain in the streets!" Proverbs 22:13
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I am so thankful that the blood of Christ will completely blot out our transgressions that we truly repent off, much as the sea washes away our tracks in the sand when the tide rolls in. As Christians, we need to make sure that when we DO truly repent of that sin.....cease from doing it.....and have a sorrowful heart, asking God to forgive us, that we don’t keep beating ourselves up spiritually as if those sins were indelibly CHISELED in stone upon our hearts, disallowing the cleansing power of His blood. We need to move on (with joy and gratitude) and fervently carry out the will of the Lord. We cannot do that if we are choosing to pick up the burden of sins we have repented of, and been forgiven of, allowing them to drag us down.
If I am out knocking doors to invite others to services, or going to visit the sick and/or shut-in, and I have a rope around my waist with 50 pounds of concrete attached, I am going to be quickly wearied and give up. Then depression sets in because I cannot carry out my Christian responsibilities, and I am referred in effective. I cannot be the child of God that He desires me to be. And there really is no reason for carrying this guilt and remembrance of sin that has been truly repented of (sins for which we have asked God’s forgiveness and ceased from doing). I must rid myself of that burden and trust that the blood of Christ will cleanse me.
I pray that if you are a child of God, and are harboring sin within your heart and mind, that you will go to Him in prayer and rid yourself of this sin, that you might be the best servant that you can be in His kingdom. And if you have done so, allow the blood of Christ to work in your life; don’t doubt His cleansing power.
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7).
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The hardest battles we will ever fight, will be in the mind, not on a battle field. Consider the words of the apostle Paul in Romans 7:17-20:
“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
For the good that I would, I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.”
Sometimes as Christians we are fighting a battle, a mind battle. We lose our temper, our jealousy gets the best of us, we covet something someone else has, we get involved in things that are ungodly.....whatever.....and it overwhelms us, maybe even overtakes us. That is when we need God the most, when we need to pray the hardest, and when we need to spend more time meditating upon His Word.
Paul presented a problem for us to consider, but he also gave us some instructions on how to combat those forces of evil. We can read His inspired words in Ephesians 6:10-18. We have no reason to be floundering about with a divided mind when God gave us everything we need that pertains unto life and Godliness (2 Peter 1:3).
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The greatest mission of woman is motherhood. In this eminent calling she glorifies the Creator and perpetuates His creation.
It is a task that involves a thousand sacrifices, but womanhood with a song on her lips and a prayer in her heart rises triumphantly. At travail of body and anxiety of mind, she makes human life possible. And then, little by little, she gives her life to see this new life blossom into noble maturity.
As she shapes the character of her children, she shapes the destiny of nations. Upon her role all future progress depends.
Today is Mine, Leroy Brownlow
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God sent Christ to bring salvation to a lost and dying world.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
(John 3:16-27). Mission accomplished.
Christ sent the Holy Spirit (the Comforter) as He promised, to deliver the Word of God to His disciples that they might continue to spread that saving gospel, and record it for all of mankind for all time, so that mankind would have opportunity to live eternally with God.
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.” (John 14:16)
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” (John 16:7)
The Holy Spirit brought that Word that would save all obedient souls leaving us us with a Mission from the Godhead three.
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
Let’s make sure that we are fulfilling OUR Mission!
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"Do not be deceived."
The fact that a verse has this preface alludes to the problem of many falling for the deception. "Bad company ruins good morals." Friends. Companions. Fellows. Associates. Comrades. We all have them. We even categorize them as best friends, BFFs, acquaintances. What are you looking for in your friends and companions? Are you looking for someone who can lift you up? Are you looking for someone that will help you be a better Christian and will help you on your lifetime walk toward heaven? Or are you choosing people that you have to look the other way because of some of their sinful traits? If we are constantly having to ignore the wrong things our friends do, we need to find someone else to be around. Every time we let sin go, every time we look past a wrongful action, every time we join in on something that is not Christ-like we are chipping away at our own Christianity. Pretty soon, you won't even notice those sinful things. You will even start justifying the participation in some of those iniquities. "Do not be deceived." If God says to not do something, don't do it no matter what and if a companion or friend continues to go down that wide path, cut ties with that person. It is better to cut them off than to fall into sin yourself. Don't let others dictate your own Christian walk. It is not worth your soul.
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In His Image
I have no idea how many times I have said, “Oh! Your child looks just like her daddy,” to someone. I remember hearing my grandma say “She’s the spittin’ image of her daddy!” That often brings a smile to the parent’s face and they feel pleased. I imagine we’ve all said this to someone at some time. We look for the similarities between parents and their offspring. We can see the resemblances....maybe physically, but often it’s the mannerisms, the behaviors, perhaps the way they walk or carry themselves, or the smile.
I know that we were created by God with an eternal soul (just like God) that will enable us to live forever after this life on earth has ended. That makes us very special, unlike all the animals He made. But I often wonder how people....maybe even complete strangers, look at us “externally,” as Christians, observe our behaviors, and walk away saying, “They look just like their Father.” I pray that it’s often. ❤️
“Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
(1 Peter 1:16).
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