“BE QUIET” 5/31/2016 Written by Kathy Boecher

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Written by Kathy Boecher for “atimetoshare” @   http://atimetoshare.me

Original post @  https://atimetoshare.me/2016/05/27/be-quiet/

BE QUIET

This has been whirlwind of a week. A couple of things I had planned on doing were accomplished, but I was also faced with some things I had absolutely no control over. It got me thinking that no matter how much we want or how carefully we plan to fulfill our desires – everything that happens to us is in God hands.

I wonder if He gets impatient with us, like most human parents do when their children follow their own path rather than taking their parent’s advice. How frustrating it is for us. We don’t want our children to fail or to go through the same discouragements we may have endured.

I rather imagine that God is not like us in that way. His patience is beyond our comprehension. His love is all encompassing. His power and wisdom are inconceivable. His forgiveness is enduring. He has put up with us and our foolishness and still sees us as His children.

He knows what we need before we do. He has our life all mapped out for us. He has our best interests in mind. He wants us to succeed, but on His timeline. He will never give us more than we can endure. Our God is beyond awesome.

When we feel cheated, or let down; when we think we aren’t getting what we deserve; when life seems to be like too many lemons; we can count on God’s presence in our lives. He will never leave us.

So what does God say when we want things done our way? He says “Be still and know that I am God!” Good advice!

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“The Beauty of Holiness!” 5/30/2016 Written by Mary Hall-Rayford

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Written by Mary Hall-Rayford @ https://maryhallrayford.wordpress.com/

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The Beauty of Holiness!

For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
But the LORD made the heavens.

Honor and majesty are before Him;
Strength and gladness are in His place.

Give to the LORD, O families of the peoples,
Give to the LORD glory and strength.

Give to the LORD the glory due His name;
Bring an offering, and come before Him.
Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness!

Tremble before Him, all the earth.
The world also is firmly established,
It shall not be moved.

Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
And let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns.”

                                                          1 Chronicles 16:26-31 NKJV

There are many ways that people–we mere mortals–define beauty in the earth realm. We determine who is beautiful by physical features, bone structure, waistlines, hair length, height and weight. That’s what we do. But real beauty in people should be a measurement of a person’s heart and what they do for others, without seeking recognition for anything they do. 

I have met and known some really beautiful people–but they wouldn’t measure up to the world’s definition because of their facial features or other physical flaws. I measure their beauty because of their compassion and diligence in always seeking ways to help others and putting themselves in the background for all they do.

No matter how I measure or assess beauty or anyone else–true beauty is found in how we live for The Lord and that is in holiness.

Holiness–is living according to The Word–it is not how a person looks or dresses. Unfortunately, there are groups of people who think that holiness is represented in being uncomfortable in clothing, covering hair or faces, being meek and subordinate, positions for praying, songs sung in worship and none of that matters if The Word of God is not the blueprint for how one lives.

We worship God in the beauty of holiness by living for Him. It is a lifestyle that promotes who He is, not who we are.

How we dress is not a concern for God unless we are immodest in what we wear that brings more attention to us than Him. He looks upon the heart of a person, not their outward appearance. Since this is how He looks at us, perhaps we should do the same and stop looking at the outward person, but assessing their heart by what they do. For out of the abundance of the heart–the mouth speaks. And what we say, is a good indicator of what we do.

Today and every day, let’s learn to appreciate the real beauty in others by the evidence we see of what’s in their heart, not in their appearance.

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“What would you do without your Bible?” 5/29/2016 Written by Elihu Anderson

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The Daily Devotions of Greg Laurie    http://www.harvest.org/devotional

Written by Elihu Anderson  @   http://elihuscorner.com/

Original post @  https://elihuscorner.com/2016/05/26/what-would-you-do-without-your-bible/

What would you do without your Bible? (day 17 of the #encourage marathon)

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For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

~ Romans 15.4, ESV

Welcome to mile-marker 17 of our #encourage marathon. (If you missed yesterday’s post, you can read it here.)

Someone out there has a starving soul. It might even be you.

What is your reaction when you misplace your cell phone? What do you do when you leave home without it? Do you feel a spike in your stress level?

Why?

Because we use our phones for everything. It’s a source for music, books, news, communication, information, weather, and navigation. We can get help instantly in an emergency (as long as we have a signal). We can even monitor our home security systems. It’s become a valuable tool and a lot of people would feel lost without it… unfortunately.

Now, what would happen if your only bible went missing? (And don’t say you’d use the Internet!) Just imagine that your one point of access to the Bible was lost or taken from you. What would you do? Would it bother you? Would you panic? Would you go out and try to get another one? Would you hunt frantically for it?

What if our country was taken over by Muslims and you were imprisoned with no bible? (I highly doubt they’d let you have one.) Would you have passages stored up in your mind and heart to encourage you during that dark time?

Today’s passage lists two things that work together that we might have hope: endurance and encouragement of the scriptures. The two have a symbiotic relationship. One can know the scripture and take a lackadaisical attitude to what is written there. Then, when trials come, they say that the scripture is no help because they have done nothing to apply it beforehand. They fall flat because they lack endurance. On the other hand, one can possess a strong will, but without proper knowledge, they lose their motivation. We need both endurance and the encouragement of the scriptures for our spiritual survival. 

Imagine running a marathon without having eaten for 3 days. How strong will your body be? Or, maybe you did eat, but your entire diet consisted of potato chips, gummy bears, and ice cream. How well will you run if you are starving or full of junk food? You may have trained hard for the marathon, but you neglected to care for your body’s nutritional needs. You will be far less successful than the person who has done both. (You might not even make it!)

The Bible is the nourishment our soul desperately needs. Devotionals, hymns, and sermons are like appetizers or spices—the draw us to the meal, they whet our appetite, or they enhance our appreciation for the meal—but they are not the main dish. We need the word every single day, just like we need food on a regular basis.

Why is knowing God’s word so important? There are at least 4 reasons:

  • It tells us about the God we serve.

  • It reveals God’s promises.

  • It provides examples of the faithful (and the doom of the unrighteous).

  • It gives us HOPE.

Think of these things like amino acids, minerals, protein—just as those things are necessary for the body, so God’s Word is necessary for the soul.

You never know when the time will come when you need the solid rock of God’s promises. You might get that earth-shattering phone call today. Don’t wait until the bomb explodes. Don’t wait until you’re in the dark pit. Don’t wait until you find yourself imprisoned without a Bible. Commit the word to your heart today, right now.

Memorize it.

Study it.

Meditate on it.

Talk about it.

Listen to it.

Sing it.

Write it down.

You might feel a lack of desire for the Word in the same way a child whose diet consists of sugar does not want meat or vegetables. Go on a “sugar” fast and make time to focus on the Word. You’ll be amazed at how it begins to appeal to you far more than anything else.

Feed your soul and run the race.

I have written several posts on the subject of God’s Word. Here are a few:

5 Benefits of Memorizing Scripture (and 4 ways to do it!)

4 ways to study your bible in 2016

3 Words You Need Every Single Day.

Read: Building Trust through the Word


Please continue to join me on FacebookTwitter and here at Elihu’s Corner for this marathon. Share the image or verse reference on your Twitter feed or Facebook page with the hash tag (#encourage). Take time today to copy down this verse for yourself. Send an email or text to someone you know who would benefit from this encouragement.

Make some time to copy down these posts. You never know what little eyes are watching. My 6-year-old daughter has been asking for copies of what I’ve written down, and every so often I catch her writing down her memory verses on one of her drawings. Don’t just be encouraged, but encourage others in the race!

If you missed the original post listing all 26 passages, click here to download the PDF list.

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“Love According to God-Part 1” 5/28/2016 Written by Wally Fry

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 Written by Wally Fry   @   https://truthinpalmyra.wordpress.com

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Love According to God-Part 1

                           Posted previously on the Isaiah 53:5 Project

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The following series of  post is one that has run in a couple of places. It’s all about a subject that is very near and dear to  our Lord’s heart, and should be to ours as well.

Matthew 22: 37-40

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Love-It Matters to God

Love matters to God: a lot. How much does it matter to Him? Well, just read the above passage. Jesus taught us that the greatest commandment is to Love God with everything we have. And the second greatest commandment is like it: we are to love our neighbor like we love ourselves.

Today begins a devotional series on some of the things God’s word has to say about the topic of love. The Bible has many, many things to say about love; there are so many that if we discussed them all this would become simply the Daily Love Devotional. So, we are just going to look at some of them.

The key take away for today is going to be to take note of the fact that Jesus didn’t say these two were the biggest suggestions; He said they are the biggest commandments! These aren’t things Jesus would have us do if we don’t mind, or if we agree or if we like it.

We are to love our neighbor just as we love ourselves, which for most of us is fairly completely. God says so. If we choose to NOT love our neighbor, we are basically thumbing our noses in the fact of Almighty God! That is really not a good idea.

It All Hangs on Love

In the previous section we discussed the same passage as we will briefly discuss today. Today our focus will be on the last sentence of the passage. What does it mean that all the law and the prophets hang on those two greatest commandments?

It’s a pretty visual and simple illustration Jesus used, really. Just picture a rack entitled, “love.” On the rack there are two pegs, “The Law” and “The Prophets.” Now picture what happens if there is not a rack entitled “love.” Got that? The pegs fall to the ground if they are not attached to a rack. Jesus was just illustrating that all of God’s expectations concerning His moral law can be met if we just do two things: Love God and love each other.

What Is Love Anyway?

John 21:15-17

So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

First of all, this devotional is not going to be a deep theological dissertation on all the various meanings in the passage above. Someday perhaps we will do that, but not today. I am only using it to illustrate what love means.

Both of the types of love mentioned in the Bible can be found in the above passage. The Bible commonly uses two different Greek words, with quite different meanings. The two words from the Greek which are translated love are, “agape” and “phileo.

The above passage goes something like this:

  • Peter, do you agape me? Yes Lord, you know I phileo you.

  • Peter, do you agape me? Yes, Lord, I phileo you.

  • Peter, do you phileo me? Peter, mildly put out, replies, Lord you know I phileo you.

As I said, here we are not going to analyze that passage; it just works well for what we are going to do briefly, which is explain just what love is.

  • Agape love is the kind of unconditional, sacrificial love which God The Father has for us. It is not based on feelings or based on if the recipient deserves it or not. It is the kind of love that is willing act and sacrifice even when another is totally undeserving. It is the kind of love both God The Father and Jesus Christ displayed when God sacrificed His Son for us, even though we did not deserve it. Agape love is the kind of love we are commanded to practice towards our fellow humans.

  • Phileo love is the kind of love we might have for a friend, or brother or anyone who we are fond of. This love is feeling based; in other words, this is based on whether we actually like a person or not. It might be sacrificial in some circumstances, but only insofar as it meets the needs of the person sacrificing.

Jesus commanded us to love our neighbor as ourselves. The kind of love He commanded was not phileo love, but agape love. Because we are not to commanded to love just those we actually feel something positive for; we are commanded to love our neighbor. Who is our neighbor? Keep reading!

Who Is My Neighbor Anyway?

Luke 10:29

But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

This passage in Luke is similar to the story we saw in Matthew 22:34-40 Again, a lawyer was trying to trick Jesus by asking Him what is the greatest of all the commandments; again, Jesus answered him by saying that the two greatest commandments are to love God with all you have and then to love one’s neighbor as oneself.

The lawyer, probably knowing he had failed on this count, attempted to excuse himself by asking, “And who is my neighbor:” Jesus then explained what He was trying to say by relating the well known story of the Good Samaritan, which readers can read here.

Most of us know the ending of this story; Jesus asked the lawyer, based on the story, just who had been a true neighbor to the man in need. The answer of course, was that the Samaritan who rendered aid to the wounded man was his neighbor.

The lesson in love shown here by the Samaritan who helped the hurt man is actually quite simple. It is really an illustration of how Jesus loves all people and how we, in turn are to love all people.

Our neighbor may be someone who is totally different from us and many even be an enemy. Any reading of the Gospels reveals quickly how Jews and Samaritans felt about each other.  In this case the needy man’s own people, the priest and the Levite passed by him while the enemy, the Samaritan, stopped to help.

Our neighbor may be someone we have no obligation to help. Certainly the priest and the Levite were duty bound to help their fellow Jew, but they did not. The Samaritan, with no ethnic or religious duty whatsoever, stopped to help.

Our neighbor may be someone who poses potential risk or sacrifice to us if we help. There were many good reasons not to stop and help a person on the road to Jericho; it was a dangerous place filled with robbers. The hurt man may have only been a trap, for instance.

Our neighbor may be someone who doesn’t deserve our help and certainly cannot be expected to repay us. Not only did Jews hate Samaritans, but they would have treated them as second class citizens, no better than dogs. One of the reasons the priest and Levite would not have stopped is that even touching such a person would have made them ceremonially unclean.  Stopping to help a man who probably thinks you are worse than a dog is a hard thing to do.

The Samaritan certainly did not know if he would ever see the money he spent returned. In fact, he dropped the man off at an Inn and left extra money in case his bill ran over. He even said he would come back by and make good on any more expense that may have arisen.

So then, who is our neighbor? Short answer: everyone. There is nothing that someone we may have contact with can do to  make them undeserving of being our neighbor. All people, of all types, all races, all religions and all personalities are our neighbors. Jesus has commanded that we love those people as we love ourselves. We are to deal kindly in our encounters with all of our neighbors, as the Samaritan did with the wounded Jew. We are to show the kind of love Jesus showed for all humanity on the cross. He died not just for the lovable, but for all.

To Love Is NOT a Suggestion

John 13:34

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

We have already covered in a previous devotional where Jesus informed the lawyer trying to trick Him what the two greatest commandments are: Love God with everything you have, and love your neighbor as you love yourself.

That was not the only instance where Jesus made it crystal clear that to love our fellow man is not something He would really, really like us to do, but is a commandment. Jesus feels strongly about the things He has commanded us to do. In John 14:15 Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” If we love Jesus, if we are one of His, we will strive to do as he says; in our devotional verse we learn that He commands us to love one another.

Isn’t that fairly simple? If we love Jesus, we will love one another.

How did God love us? John 3:16 tells us that:

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.

“The world” is from an obscure Greek word which means “everybody in the world.” Okay, it’s not really obscure; it simply means what it says. The point is, we are to love the world as well. Before anyone gets excited and starts telling me that The Bible says not to love the world, let me define. Loving the world means loving the people of the world, not the things of the world.

Just in case the point was not clear, let’s recap what Jesus had to say about His commandment to love.

John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another

John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

1 John 4:21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

Got all that? Seems pretty clear. In later devotionals we will discus just what it means to love our fellow man, and some ways in which we can do it.

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“What would you do without your Bible?” 5/27/2016 Written by Elihu Anderson

“Our Daily Bread”     http://odb.org

The Daily Devotions of Greg Laurie    http://www.harvest.org/devotional

Written by Elihu Anderson  @   http://elihuscorner.com/

Original post @  https://elihuscorner.com/2016/05/26/what-would-you-do-without-your-bible/

What would you do without your Bible? (day 17 of the #encourage marathon)

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For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

~ Romans 15.4, ESV

Welcome to mile-marker 17 of our #encourage marathon. (If you missed yesterday’s post, you can read it here.)

Someone out there has a starving soul. It might even be you.

What is your reaction when you misplace your cell phone? What do you do when you leave home without it? Do you feel a spike in your stress level?

Why?

Because we use our phones for everything. It’s a source for music, books, news, communication, information, weather, and navigation. We can get help instantly in an emergency (as long as we have a signal). We can even monitor our home security systems. It’s become a valuable tool and a lot of people would feel lost without it… unfortunately.

Now, what would happen if your only bible went missing? (And don’t say you’d use the Internet!) Just imagine that your one point of access to the Bible was lost or taken from you. What would you do? Would it bother you? Would you panic? Would you go out and try to get another one? Would you hunt frantically for it?

What if our country was taken over by Muslims and you were imprisoned with no bible? (I highly doubt they’d let you have one.) Would you have passages stored up in your mind and heart to encourage you during that dark time?

Today’s passage lists two things that work together that we might have hope: endurance and encouragement of the scriptures. The two have a symbiotic relationship. One can know the scripture and take a lackadaisical attitude to what is written there. Then, when trials come, they say that the scripture is no help because they have done nothing to apply it beforehand. They fall flat because they lack endurance. On the other hand, one can possess a strong will, but without proper knowledge, they lose their motivation. We need both endurance and the encouragement of the scriptures for our spiritual survival. 

Imagine running a marathon without having eaten for 3 days. How strong will your body be? Or, maybe you did eat, but your entire diet consisted of potato chips, gummy bears, and ice cream. How well will you run if you are starving or full of junk food? You may have trained hard for the marathon, but you neglected to care for your body’s nutritional needs. You will be far less successful than the person who has done both. (You might not even make it!)

The Bible is the nourishment our soul desperately needs. Devotionals, hymns, and sermons are like appetizers or spices—the draw us to the meal, they whet our appetite, or they enhance our appreciation for the meal—but they are not the main dish. We need the word every single day, just like we need food on a regular basis.

Why is knowing God’s word so important? There are at least 4 reasons:

  • It tells us about the God we serve.

  • It reveals God’s promises.

  • It provides examples of the faithful (and the doom of the unrighteous).

  • It gives us HOPE.

Think of these things like amino acids, minerals, protein—just as those things are necessary for the body, so God’s Word is necessary for the soul.

You never know when the time will come when you need the solid rock of God’s promises. You might get that earth-shattering phone call today. Don’t wait until the bomb explodes. Don’t wait until you’re in the dark pit. Don’t wait until you find yourself imprisoned without a Bible. Commit the word to your heart today, right now.

Memorize it.

Study it.

Meditate on it.

Talk about it.

Listen to it.

Sing it.

Write it down.

You might feel a lack of desire for the Word in the same way a child whose diet consists of sugar does not want meat or vegetables. Go on a “sugar” fast and make time to focus on the Word. You’ll be amazed at how it begins to appeal to you far more than anything else.

Feed your soul and run the race.

I have written several posts on the subject of God’s Word. Here are a few:

5 Benefits of Memorizing Scripture (and 4 ways to do it!)

4 ways to study your bible in 2016

3 Words You Need Every Single Day.

Read: Building Trust through the Word


Please continue to join me on FacebookTwitter and here at Elihu’s Corner for this marathon. Share the image or verse reference on your Twitter feed or Facebook page with the hash tag (#encourage). Take time today to copy down this verse for yourself. Send an email or text to someone you know who would benefit from this encouragement.

Make some time to copy down these posts. You never know what little eyes are watching. My 6-year-old daughter has been asking for copies of what I’ve written down, and every so often I catch her writing down her memory verses on one of her drawings. Don’t just be encouraged, but encourage others in the race!

If you missed the original post listing all 26 passages, click here to download the PDF list.

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“God is our Refuge” 5/26/2016 Posted by Don Merritt

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Posted by Don Merritt  for “The Life Project” @  https://lifereference.wordpress.com

Original post @  https://lifereference.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/god-is-our-refuge/

God is our Refuge

I think we all have times when it seems that our world has been turned topsy-turvy.  I think we all have times when we aren’t quite sure which way to go or how best to proceed…

We might cry out to God and wonder where He has gone or why He is letting things be so crazy, but then we remember that God hasn’t left our side even for a minute. He is always there for us to lean on, for us to draw strength and courage from… and then we look directly at Him and things become more clear.

God is our refuge and strength, 
    an ever-present help in trouble. 
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way 
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 
 though its waters roar and foam 
    and the mountains quake with their surging. 

Psalm 46:1-3

Take heart, for God is near!  Even though we can’t always quite figure things out, we can have the courage to get back on the road and move forward because He renews our strength.  Even though we may not know exactly the best thing to do at any moment, we can be strong in the knowledge that we are not going alone.

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“Peace Beyond Mortal Understanding” 5/25/2016 written by bruce r. mills

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“Peace Beyond Mortal Understanding”

                           Written by bruce r. mills  @   www.Godsmanforever.com

John 14:26-27 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  (NKJV)

 

 

The world is filled with anger, fear, bitterness, anxiety, and frustration…just to name a few of symptoms of us mortals, when the Holy Spirit is not living within us… To avoid these deadly symptoms, we must not only be Christians in God’s eyes, but we must be also be filled with (totally controlled by) the Holy Spirit, to avoid most (if not all) of these negative symptoms…  The apostle Paul pens this, in…

Ephesians 5:18-20…  And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,  (NKJV)

 

We can see the absolutely amazing change in Jesus’ disciples on the Day of Pentecost, when God sent down the Holy Spirit to indwell His disciples (and all believers), from that day on…  Jesus told His disciples not to venture out of Jerusalem on their own, until God sent them the Holy Spirit as their life long, live-in Helper, in…

 

Luke 24:49  Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem  until you are endued with power from on high.”   (NKJV)

Right after the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4), the apostle Peter went out and preached the Gospel of Christ… Peter was so empowered by the Holy Spirit, scripture tells us that Peter gave a Gospel message, and about 3,000 people were saved that day !!  (Acts 2:14-42…  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=acts2%3A14-42&version=NKJV )

The peace Jesus is speaking of in the opening scripture (Peace I leave with you), is truly a God given peace those still not “born again” by God have yet to experience… It is a peace that surpasses our mortal understanding… (See link at the end for more on how to receive God’s saving grace, and this amazing God given peace)

 

Philippians 4:6-7Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  (NKJV)

I speak above of one being a Christian in God’s eyes (not just their own mind), and the need to be “born again”…because there are many people calling themselves Christians (I was one of these “Christian in my mind only”, for almost 52 years)… But to become a Christian one must have their heart regenerated by God, as the new believer is filled with the Holy Spirit…

When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, there can be no doubt about the Holy Spirit  (Christ Himself…Colossians 1:27), living within you…  The apostle Paul pens this, in…

Romans 8:15-16…  For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,  (NKJV)

The supernatural power of the Holy Spirit can only be experienced at His absolute maximum by the true believer, when they finally submit  ALL of their lives to Him…  Only when the believer is walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16), will the Holy Spirit be free to direct our every thought, action, word, and deed…  Sadly, there are many Christians who have not spiritually matured to this point of total submission to God (James 4:7-8https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=james+4%3A7-8&version=NKJV ), because there is something keeping them from living a “Christ centered” life, under total control and obedience to the Holy Spirit…

These less than Spirit filled Christians may be placing their family, or their job, or their favorite sport, or any other god, ahead of God, in their lives…  This my friends, goes against God’s first 2 Commandments, found in…Exodus 20:2-17…  (Here is a link for more…  http://lifehopeandtruth.com/bible/10-commandments/the-ten-commandments/10-commandments-list/ )

Christians may love a particular sin more than they love the Lord, as we see warned against in 1 John 2:15-16…  Or they may believe that if the Lord is in control of their lives, they will miss all the fun things in life…  My friends, this is absolutely not true…  Living a Spirit filled life will give the believer who humbles themselves to listening to, and then obeying the leading of the Holy Spirit…a life that God will be free to direct in ways we would never be able to accomplish in our own mortal strength…  I am reminded of this scripture penned by the apostle Paul, in…

Ephesians 3:20   Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,  (NKJV)

I share this scripture all the time with young Christians’, who would benefit greatly by the guidance of the Holy Spirit in their lives…  When you are planning what you want to be…and you think you want to be a nurse…maybe God wants you to be a doctor !!  Don’t limit your potential in life by making decisions with-out God’s help…  the power that works in us in this scripture above, is the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit who will provide blessings in the believers life that have to be experienced to be believed !!

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

P.S. Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, after first being drawn in by God…John 6:44http://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

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