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#1 kath

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 06:57 AM

Proverbs 16:1-9
1 We can gather our thoughts, but the Lord gives the right answer.
2 People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives.
3 Commit your work to the Lord, and then your plans will succeed.
4 The Lord has made everything for his own purposes, even the wicked for punishment.
5 The Lord despises pride; be assured that the proud will be punished.
6 Unfailing love and faithfulness cover sin; evil is avoided by fear of the Lord.
7 When the ways of people please the Lord, he makes even their enemies live at peace with them.
8 It is better to be poor and godly than rich and dishonest.
9 We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.


If the final outcome of our plans is in the hands of the Lord, then why should we plan at all? As a child of Christ, there is an understanding that there must be a partnership between our efforts and God's control. He wants us to use our minds, to seek the advice of others, and to plan. Nevertheless, the results are up to Him. As we fill our minds with His Word, and we seek the counsel of those who love Him, we also seek His will for everything in our life. But we move forward in the direction we seek until we hear differently from God. Our guide is His Word and anything that is contrary to His Word is not the direction we should go. As you live for Him, ask guidance as you plan, and then act on your plan as you trust in Him to guide you. It is maintaining a delicate balance between trusting God as if everything depended on Him, while working as if everything depended on you. God wants you to move into action today. If you have given the goal to God move forward into that plan and your action will show your faith while God determines your outcome.



#2 kath

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 08:36 AM

32 A psalm of David.

1 Oh, what joy for those whose rebellion is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!

 

2 Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!

 

3 When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak and miserable, and I groaned all day long.

 

4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.

 

5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, "I will confess my rebellion to the Lord." And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.

 

6 Therefore, let all the godly confess their rebellion to you while there is time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.

 

7 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.

 

8 The Lord says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you."
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

 

Forgiveness has always been a part of God's loving nature. He wants to forgive sin. God knows what the best path for all of His creatures is and He is waiting to direct and guide anyone who is willing to let Him. When the knowledge of His grace becomes real in our lives, we experience great joy. It is by faith we believe that God could have possibly loved us so much that He sent us a way of escape from this world of sin. God has made a Way. In the Book of John, Jesus said to us, "I am the Way the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me." God is patiently waiting for you to understand and believe in Him. He knows there is great joy for those that do. Anyone who believes in Him will receive absolution from sins. But God is not going to wait forever .There will come a day when time will end. David had the knowledge of God's judgment on the world at the flood. He knew that God would not tolerate sin forever. While there is still time, you can repent. None of us knows what tomorrow will bring, why not be ready to face eternity with God's grace instead of His judgment!



#3 kath

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 09:01 AM

Romans 8:1-4

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 For the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you through Christ Jesus from the power of sin that leads to death. 3 The law of Moses could not save us, because of our sinful nature. But God put into effect a different plan to save us. He sent his own Son in a human body like ours, except that ours are sinful. God destroyed sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. 4 He did this so that the requirement of the law would be fully accomplished for us who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.



Are you dealing with condemnation over past events in your life? Does the memory of past failures keep you from moving forward? If so, then you are dealing with guilt that does not come from God. Satan is using past failures in your life to keep you from becoming what God knows you are. God would never condemn you, but He gently convicts you. God deals gently to show us areas of our life that need to be changed. He exposes what is wrong to make you better. Satan will beat you over the head again and again to make you feel bad about a past wrong to make you bitter. You only need to ask God once for forgiveness. If you are repeatedly asking God to forgive the same past sin, that is Satan working in your life to keep in bondage. If you can not move beyond a past sin, it is not God who brings it to your mind it is the enemy. Once a sin is brought before Christ, it is forgiven, there is no condemnation for those who belong to Him, only grace. That doesn't mean we do not need to make some changes to prevent from going back into that sin, but does mean that we are forgiven. God will not keep you in bondage over past mistakes. Move forward and once a sin is laid on the cross do not pick it up again. Move forward in the direction of one who has never committed that sin. God's plan for your life is freedom from sin, not bondage to it. Recognize condemnation as being from the enemy and not from your loving Father.



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 06:40 AM

James 5: 16-18

16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results. 17 Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for the next three and a half years! 18 Then he prayed for rain, and down it poured. The grass turned green, and the crops began to grow again.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.



The Christian's most powerful resource is communion with God through prayer. The results are often greater than we thought possible. Some people see praying as a last resort to be tried when all else fails. But this approach is backward. Prayer should come first. Because God's power is infinitely greater than ours. The resources of God are without limits. And He is waiting to hear from us. When we pray we are stating that we trust God. Prayer is God's way of releasing power in our life and there will be no growth in Christ without it. There is nothing in our life that God does not care about, so bring it to Him and trust that He will work out the need according to His will. That is the part that often gives us problems. His will. We do not always trust that God knows what He is doing with our lives and we want what we want when we want it. But God will listen to us and will meet our need as we trust Him and pray earnestly. So do not stop believing, keep on trusting in His Word. If Christ needed to take time to pray, how much more do we need to?



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Posted 18 July 2017 - 07:34 AM

Colossians 1:25-29

25 God has given me the responsibility of serving his church by proclaiming his message in all its fullness to you Gentiles. 26 This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to his own holy people. 27 For it has pleased God to tell his people that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. For this is the secret: Christ lives in you, and this is your assurance that you will share in his glory. 28 So everywhere we go, we tell everyone about Christ. We warn them and teach them with all the wisdom God has given us, for we want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ. 29 I work very hard at this, as I depend on Christ's mighty power that works within me.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996
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How much of your life is under control of your "old nature" and how much is under control of "Christ in you?" Depends on how much room you have made for Christ. If you are still struggling with sin or cannot find time for God, then too much of your "old nature" is in control. Recognizing unacceptable behaviors and habits is the first step to surrendering them to the control of "Christ in you." All of us have things in our life we are not proud of and realize the need to make some changes. The only time in our life when we do not need to improve or change is when we are dead. But until that time, there will always be a part of your "old nature" that will want to bring you down or away from what God has intended for you. His life in you is truly your only hope of permanently changing the "old nature" in you. We must decrease and He must increase. This is a circumcision of the heart not just self-denial. When you change unacceptable behaviors out of your own will power there will always be inner drives continually trying to sabotage your efforts. But when Christ lives in you and you have made room for Him by surrendering to Him, then you will have victory and joy because it is Christ in you that gives the power. You do this by daily coming before God and opening yourselves up to His examination. You ask and allow God to reveal to you what direction you should take. You surrender completely to His control. It is a step by step process that will take the rest of your life, but it is worked at daily. As you move closer and closer to Him, His life will be lived in you and you will share His glory.



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Posted 19 July 2017 - 06:37 PM

Thank you Kath. God bless you. Amen.





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