John 14:6

...Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Does Your Faith Persevere Under Trail?

Psalm 40:1-10 (NKJV)

I waited patiently for the LORD;
And He inclined to me,
And heard my cry.

He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
Out of the miry clay,
And set my feet upon a rock,
And established my steps.

He has put a new song in my mouth—
Praise to our God;
Many will see it and fear,
And will trust in the LORD.

Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust,
And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works
Which You have done;
And Your thoughts toward us
Cannot be recounted to You in order;
If I would declare and speak of them,
They are more than can be numbered.

Sacrifice and offering You did not desire;
My ears You have opened.
Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require.

Then I said, “Behold, I come;
In the scroll of the book it is written of me.

I delight to do Your will, O my God,
And Your law is within my heart.”

I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness
In the great assembly;
Indeed, I do not restrain my lips,
O LORD, You Yourself know.

I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart;
I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation;
I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth
From the great assembly.

 
I've included another translation from The Message in case anyone needs a simpler translation:
 
Psalm 40:1-10 (The Message)

I waited and waited and waited for God. At last he looked; finally he listened.

He lifted me out of the ditch,
pulled me from deep mud.
He stood me up on a solid rock
to make sure I wouldn't slip.
He taught me how to sing the latest God-song,
a praise-song to our God.
More and more people are seeing this:
they enter the mystery,
abandoning themselves to God.

Blessed are you who give yourselves over to God,
turn your backs on the world's "sure thing,"
ignore what the world worships;
The world's a huge stockpile
of God-wonders and God-thoughts.
Nothing and no one
comes close to you!
I start talking about you, telling what I know,
and quickly run out of words.
Neither numbers nor words
account for you.
Doing something for you, bringing something to you—
that's not what you're after.
Being religious, acting pious—
that's not what you're asking for.
You've opened my ears
so I can listen.

So I answered, "I'm coming.
I read in your letter what you wrote about me,
And I'm coming to the party
you're throwing for me."
That's when God's Word entered my life,
became part of my very being.

I've preached you to the whole congregation,
I've kept back nothing, God—you know that.
I didn't keep the news of your ways
a secret, didn't keep it to myself.
I told it all, how dependable you are, how thorough.
I didn't hold back pieces of love and truth
For myself alone. I told it all,
let the congregation know the whole story.

Let me ask you-Is God AWESOME, or what?  The Message translation really spoke to me tonight.

If you're going through a trial, you need to continue to praise Jesus!  You need to continue to live the life that God has given to you, and you need to continue to share The Gospel - IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES!

The world is going to tell you to give up.  The world is going to tell you to run.  The world is going to tell you that it's OK to do something that may go against God's Word.  Satan wants you to stumble in this manner, and he will make every effort to have you say the words: "I give Up".

If you're felling that way tonight, or if you're hearing voices other that God's, then you need to do some things:

1) Take your eyes off the trial, and put them back on Jesus! (Matthew 14:22-23)
2) Rebuke the attacks of the enemy, and say " Jesus Christ rebuke you" to the demons who are whispering lies in your ears!
3) You need to surrender not only the situation, but your whole life to Jesus!  He is the burden-bearer. (Matthew 11:28-30).
4) PRAY!  Without ceasing, if at all possible.  BELIEVE what you bring before God will come to pass. (James 1:6) Ask other believers to pray for you as well. (James 5:13-16)
5) Read and meditate on God's Word.  It will bring you joy, peace, and understanding.  Trail, or not!
6) DO NOT listen to un-Godly council! (Romans 8:7-8)
7) REJOICE!  PRAISE THE LORD! (Philippians 4:4-7)
8) Realize that NOTHING is impossible with God!  He can do ANYTHING!  (Matthew 19:26, Philippians 4:13, 19)
9) Continue to live your daily life.
10) Continue to share The Gospel with everyone possible.  There's a testimony in the trial somewhere.  You may aven encourage another believer through your trial who may have given up!  Even better-Jesus may use you to usher someone into His kingdom! (Romans 10:14-17)

As I am going through some trials myself, God constantly brings me back to His Word.  I am strengthened, encouraged, and even BLOWN AWAY by His faithfullness!  Praise His Holy Name!! Hallelujah!!! \O/ He is FAITHFUL to take us through these trials remember-we're in them for a reason:

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (The Message)
So we're not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There's far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can't see now will last forever.

You may never see the fruit that will come out of your trial.  It may end up with a co-worker, a friend, a family member, or a stranger-but it always does something.  God's Word, once it goes out will never return void! (Isaiah 55:11)


Can I get a witness?
AMEN?

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Have You Praised HIM Today? (Part 2)

Psalm 145 1-6

I will extol You, my God, O King;
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
And His greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty,
And on Your wondrous works.
Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts,
And I will declare Your greatness.

LORD-I praise You today.  I give You praise, honor and glory.  I also thank You for the many blessings in my life.  I also thank You for the storms and the trials-for by them, I grow closer to You.  May I never forget to continually praise You in ALL circumstances!  In Jesus' Name!  AMEN!!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Tuesday, February 08, 2011