Tag: Christian

He Is!

Hebrews 11:6   reads, “But without faith it is impossible to please him:  for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder  of them that diligently seek him.
When we come to God, we must believe that He Is…which means that we should have some idea of who He is.

A lot of times we know God as some things, and not all.  For instance, we may know Him as our Savior, but we may not know Him as the Lord over our lives who has the ability to speak into our lives and tell us what we should do with our lives.

Or, we may know Him as a help in a time of need, but we may not know Him as a Comforter who can hold us in His arms late at night as we clutch our pillow tight and cover us with perfect peace…the kind only He can give (John 14:16, Isaiah 26:3)

We may know Him as a God who will supply all our needs, but we may not know Him as a God who freely gives exceeding abundantly above all we ask or thing so that He will give more than what we need and also give us what we want (Ephesians 3:20 and Psalm 37:4)

So I encourage you to get to know God and all His many aspects…anything you need Him to be, and all that He can and will be for you…He is.

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Chocolate Vent’s Quote of the Week: “DON’T LIVE LIKE A PAWN WHEN YOU’RE REALLY A KING/QUEEN.”

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. ” {1 Peter 2:9}

Hidden Treasures

“And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness—secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name” (Isaiah 45:3, NLT).

Did you know there are treasures hidden on the inside of you? There are gifts, talents, and abilities inside of you that you don’t even know about.  Oftentimes, it´s during seasons of difficulty or darkness that those hidden treasures are revealed to us. When we go through times of adversity, strength arises, new abilities arise, new talents. We are “reinvented” so to speak. 

Look at David in the Bible. Before Goliath, he was known as a shepherd boy. But after he conquered Goliath, after he went through that adversity, he was known as a mighty warrior, and eventually, a mighty king. 

If you are going through a difficulty today, if you lost your job or a loved one, remember, God still has a purpose for you. He´ll take what the enemy meant for evil, and He’ll turn it around for your good. Keep standing, keep believing, keep hoping because He´s ready to reveal those hidden treasures on the inside of you!
  

Heavenly Father, I come before You with an open and humble heart. Let Your Word sink deep into my Spirit. I trust You and look for the hidden treasures You have deposited on the inside of me. In Jesus´ name. Amen.

Joel and Victoria Osteen

Chocolate Vent’s Quote of the Week: “LOVE EQUALS EMOTION. ACTION EQUALS CHARACTER.”

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. {I Corinthians 13:4-8, 13}

Selfish Christianity

Think honestly about this question: Which interests you more—who Jesus is or what He can do for you? I’m afraid that too many of us are more concerned about what the Lord can give us than we are about getting to know who He is.

But this is nothing new—Jesus had the same problem when He walked on earth. The crowds often sought Him out for what He could do for them. Even though their needs were quite often legitimate, Christ knew their motives.

There is a fine line between selfishly trying to use the Lord to get what we want and humbly coming to Him with our needs and struggles. Some of the issues we bring to Him are so pressing and urgent in our minds that our desire for Him to take action in the way we want becomes greater than our willingness to submit to His will. At times, what we call “faith” is really a demanding spirit.

We must remember that our earthly needs will come to an end, but Jesus Christ will remain forever. If our prayers have dealt only with presenting our requests to the Lord, then we are missing a great opportunity to get to know the One with whom we are going to spend all eternity. Let’s invest time in pursuing intimacy with the great God who created us. Then we can enjoy all the benefits of that relationship forever.

How much of your communion with God is devoted to your needs—even legitimate ones? Are you spending any time getting to know the Lord? Although God delights in our prayers and tells us to pray about everything, He also wants us to come to Him just because we enjoy being with Him.

The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore of the lake realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples, but that they had gone away alone. Then some boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus.  When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” {John 6:22-27}

*Originally published on In Touch Ministries.

Chocolate Vent’s Quote of the Week: “IN ORDER TO FULFILL YOUR DESTINY, YOU HAVE TO GET OVER YOUR PAST.”

“With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” {2 Thessalonians 1:11-12}