Seven reasons you should forgive your enemyStandard
Thinking about why I should not avoid someone who has wounded me and walked away from our friendship. First of all God has deep affection and investment in growing that person into the character of His love. Secondly that person is in bondage, imprisoned by barriers of their making: anger, fear, bitterness, resentments, pride. There can be no rest without surrender and trust. In other words, they are in a world of hurt and need rescuing. Fourth, when the Lord places that person on my heart to pray for them I know He is working miracles of warfare and transformation in my heart and in the heart of that one who offended me because He said when we ask anything according to His will He hears and answers us. Fifth, whatever is not of faith is sin. If I begin praying and investing my time and heart in rescuing this one who offended me and choose to avoid and continue to replay the tape of offense in my mind than I am refusing to believe God is at work and miracles are happening. Six, God calls us up into the ministry of reconciliation and redemption. He loved us and pursued us while we still had our backs turned to Him. He initiated love and as His ambassadors we can do no less. And Finally, seven, resisting the pride of our flesh and surrendering ourselves to love is our only way out of our self made prisons too! This is Kingdom theology and a major beat down to the kingdom of darkness! Jesus said when Satan came around he found nothing to gain traction and a hold of Him. Jesus came only to do the will of His Father. This was His bread. This was His deepest joy and passion. This was His fulfillment. To do the will of Him who sent Him. When the flesh cries out “No! They can’t treat me like that!”, when Satan lurks near to replay the betrayal tape in your head shut it down! Remember who you are, who you belong to and your prime objective: to do the will of Him who sent you, to bind up the brokenhearted and set the captives free–even if it’s you!
My steadfast love I will keep for him forever, and my covenant will stand firm for him. Psalm 89:28
Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
1 Corinthians 16:13
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Ephesians 6:13
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Born of GodStandard
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God. John 1:12-13
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
1 John 5:1, 4
2 Corinthians 5:17. Therefore it any man be in Christ he is a new creature. Old things are passed away behold everything has become new.
Psalm 89: I will sing of the love of the Lord foreverStandard
God’s Covenant with David
A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite.
I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever;
with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.
I declare that your steadfast love is established forever;
your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.
You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to my servant David:
‘I will establish your descendants forever,
and build your throne for all generations.’ ”Selah
Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord,
your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones.
For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord?
Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord,
a God feared in the council of the holy ones,
great and awesome above all that are around him?
O Lord God of hosts,
who is as mighty as you, O Lord?
Your faithfulness surrounds you.
You rule the raging of the sea;
when its waves rise, you still them.
You crushed Rahab like a carcass;
you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
The heavens are yours, the earth also is yours;
the world and all that is in it—you have founded them.
The north and the south—you created them;
Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name.
You have a mighty arm;
strong is your hand, high your right hand.
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
Happy are the people who know the festal shout,
who walk, O Lord, in the light of your countenance;
they exult in your name all day long,
and extol your righteousness.
For you are the glory of their strength;
by your favor our horn is exalted.
For our shield belongs to the Lord,
our king to the Holy One of Israel.
Kay Arthur: Keep Seeking HimStandard
Keep Seeking Him
Have you ever thought about the fact that as a Christian you will never arrive, never have all the answers, and you should never think you can make it alone. It’s quite the opposite of what the world tells you to do.
The more you walk with Christ, the more you learn how much you desperately need Him. Throughout scripture you see that it is only through Christ can you know your purpose and your direction in life.
It’s simple, yet profound, that daily you need to ask, seek, and trust God for everything that you do.
“Make me know Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths.” (Psalm 25:4) #direction #godswill http://bit.ly/1ouP7Hi
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O give thanks unto the Lord: Casting CrownsStandard
Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! Psalm 105:1-4
Praise God! His mercies are new every morning!Standard
Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you. 1 Samuel 12:24
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100:4-5
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,“therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3:22-24
God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9
O Lord, you have searched me [thoroughly] and have known me. You know my downsitting and my uprising; You understand my thought afar off. [Matt. 9:4; John 2:24, 25.] You sift and search out my path and my lying down, and You are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue [still unuttered], but, behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. [Heb. 4:13.] You have beset me and shut me in–behind and before, and You have laid Your hand upon me. Your [infinite] knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high above me, I cannot reach it. Where could I go from Your Spirit? Or where could I flee from Your presence? If I ascend up into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol (the place of the dead), behold, You are there. [Rom. 11:33.] If I take the wings of the morning or dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there shall Your hand lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me and the night shall be [the only] light about me, Even the darkness hides nothing from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You. [Dan. 2:22.] For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will confess and praise You for You are fearful and wonderful and for the awful wonder of my birth! Wonderful are Your works, and that my inner self knows right well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricately and curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in the depths of the earth [a region of darkness and mystery]. Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them. How precious and weighty also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! [Ps. 40:5.] If I could count them, they would be more in number than the sand. When I awoke, [could I count to the end] I would still be with You. If You would [only] slay the wicked, O God, and the men of blood depart from me–[Isa. 11:4.] Who speak against You wickedly, Your enemies who take Your name in vain! [Jude 15.] Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You? And am I not grieved and do I not loathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with perfect hatred; they have become my enemies. Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 139:1-24 AMP