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Preparation Through Prayer

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ACTS 1:9-14

The book of Acts is an amazing record of how God worked in and through the early church & one of their most important activities was prayer. While Jesus was with His disciples little was recorded of them praying because they could talk directly to Christ. But after His ascension they immediately gathered in the upper room & “devoted themselves to prayer” (Acts 1:14).

Talking to God was their means of preparing for the work He had for them. Jesus had told them the Father would give the Holy Spirit to those who ask (Luke 11:13). Then after the resurrection He instructed them to stay in Jerusalem until they were “clothed with power from on high” (24:29). Without the Spirit they were not adequate for the Great Commission even though they’d spent time with Jesus. & if they needed the Spirit’s power so do we.

To the degree we’re willing to admit our absolute helplessness to do God’s work the Holy Spirit will empower us as we pray. When we are devoted to prayer the Lord begins to work in our heart preparing us for service. He gives us the Spirit’s boldness to speak God’s Word (Acts 4:31) & the courage to face any persecutions that might result (v.29).

God is looking for believers who understand the importance of prayer and realize the only way to fulfill His calling for the church is through His supernatural power. Christ’s church is not grown through programs, seminars and conferences but through the humble prayers of saints who gather together in utter dependence upon Him. That’s when God’s power is released and His will is accomplished.

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Happy New Year

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Think back to when you first came to God. Did you understand what to expect? The church’s missions is to faithfully proclaim the gospel, but we also have the responsibility to teach new believers how God works in our life once we are saved.

The first thing we can anticipate after salvation is to grow closer with the Lord. As with any relationship, this requires 2 way communication. We come to know and love God through His word, and in prayer we share our live with Him. As our understanding of Him deepens, trust will increase. We’ll see we have no reason to worry, because our Father always provides for our needs, whether phsyical, emotional or spiritual.

We can also expect clear guidance, if we align ourselves with His will and ways He promises to direct our path. At times His guidance is corrective, He also reminds us of scriptural truths and encourages obedience.

Difficulty can be another result of following Christ. Problems don’t just fade away once we come to Christ. In fact, everyone who chooses a godly lifestyle can expect misunderstanding, resistance, and even persecution. Furthermore believers aren’t exempt from the trials that afflict all of humanity.

As you begin a New Year of walking with Jesus remember you’re never alone in your struggles. And with Christ’s strength you can confidently face whatever comes your way.

Christmas Eve Quote Joy..

Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after an experience with you becomes your trademark.

Don’t let someone whose done nothing tell you how to do anything.

I own no explanations for my flaws. I don’t have to justify my mistakes, my past or my insecurities. I am growing and learning let me live.

Be bold enough to use your voice, love enough to listen to your heart and strong enough to live the life you’ve always imagined.

Let people do what they need to do to make them happy, mind your business and do what you need to do to make you happy.

If you’re not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you’re determined to learn no one can stop you.

The best is yet to come.

 

* To all my followers .. from my family to yours Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Quote Refill.

Don’t impress others with what you have, impress them with who you are.

You’re not what happened to you in the past, you’re now, you’re this moment. What will you do with it? Who will you choose to become?

What has 90 balls and screws old ladies? Bingo

In a nudist colony where do men put their wallet? Just sayin’

I just realized men are like goldfish, they look at you when you’re talking but don’t listen to a damn word you’re saying.

It doesn’t matter how you look, what you weigh or how much makeup you put on. The right guy will love you for what’s in the inside

I was just thinking about how it drives me crazy just to feel your hand in mine and how simple that is.

I just can’t imagine life getting any better than this. I just knew no feeling could match my passion for you. A love couldn’t be any more right than ours. I adore you above the heaven and the stars. I will never be the same.

Relationships: it’s more than just the dates, holding hands and kissing. It’s about accepting each other’s flaws, about being yourself and finding happiness together.

Not caring what other people think is the best choice you will ever make.

Your opinions are like periods, I didn’t ask for them

Being true to yourself is the smartest thing you can ever do. Don’t let the words of others lead you down a road of confusion.

Relying on Something Other Than God

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The rich young man approached Jesus to learn how to secure his future in eternity. Out of loving concern, the Lord engaged him in dialogue to reveal his wrong thinking and thereby identify a significant spiritual problem.

First, the wealthy man erroneously believed that good deeds were the means of entering heaven. Eternal life is not “bought”, it is a free gift through faith in Jesus Christ. Nor is it something we can attain apart from God. Eternal life becomes ours at the moment of salvation, when the life of God comes to us in the person of His indwelling Holy Spirit.

Second, the man’s identity was tied up in material things. Jesus addressed his spiritual problem by issuing a loving challenge: “Sell all you possess and give to the poor… and come, follow Me”.  The Lord was not saying that giving everything away was the path to salvation. He wanted this young man to realize his difficulty – that his possessions owned him. Jesus offered treasure in heaven, but the man turned away. His action revealed what Jesus already knew about him: Attachment to belongings superseded the offer of true riches. Jesus then explained that those who have wealth and position tend to trust in themselves and not in God.

In our culture, we have so much more than most people in the world- which means we’re at risk of falling into the same trap. We believe in Jesus for salvation but trust in ourselves for daily living. We depend on our intelligence, talents, material possessions, or family to help us, but God wants us to rely on Him alone. On whom or what do you depend?

Welcome to December..

Most people define Christmas by what they see – the trees, lights, gifts, and parties. But in reality, it was an event that took place over 2000 years ago, when God arrived on Earth in the form of a newborn baby. Today we celebrate that Jesus came to reveal divine love for sinful mankind and to offer salvation by dying for our transgressions.

Once we understand its true significance, our attitude about Christmas will change. Instead of focusing on externals and feeling exhausted from all the preparations and activities, we’ll be able to see the holiday in an entirely new way. We can let the trees remind us of the cross where Jesus died, gifts can bring to mind the eternal life He gives us, and the lights can signify that the Light of the world now dwells in our hearts.

Considering all that Jesus has done for us, we should be filled with joy and gratitude during these weeks. But it’s also a fitting time for serious reflection about our eternal destiny. When we’re busy and distracted, however, we don’t give much thought to the day we’ll stand before the Lord. Christmas should remind us that the only way to be reconciled to the Father is through faith in His son.

I pray that amidst all the busyness, this month’s devotions will redirect your thoughts to Christ, who came down to us so we could one day go up to Him in heaven. Christmas is just a foretaste of what awaits us when we will finally see Jesus face to face.