Praise God in the hallway
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Discouraged and don’t feel like “praising in the hallway” anymore? This is what we do…

Praise God in the hallway
Praise God in the hallway as you wait for answers to prayer.

 

There comes a time, in our lives, when we just don’t feel like “praising in the hallway” anymore. We become discouraged during our trial, and we begin to wonder if God sees us.

We’ve done everything “right”: prayed boldly, waited patiently for an answer, praised and praised some more, and nothing’s happened.

What’s the right thing to do?

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Find true freedom in Christ.
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Want true freedom? Find it in Christ.

 

Find true freedom in Christ.
Find true freedom in Christ.

 

As we get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July, I cannot help but think about the freedom that we have as followers of Christ.

We are no longer slaves to sin. We know peace, love, patience, forgiveness, kindness, mercy and so much more.

“For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.” Romans 6:20

That emptiness that I felt is no longer present because I have Jesus in my heart. He fills that void, that for so long I tried to fill with shopping trips (expensive ones, may I add!), people, jobs, etc.

“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?: Psalm 42:1-2

Now, I have an identity. I have Jesus. I am free in Christ.

Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.” Acts 13:38-39

Do you long to fill that void in your heart? Want to be free today?  It’s up to you to take that step toward freedom.

It’s simple. Ask Jesus into your heart.

Pray the following:

“Heavenly Father, I come to you at this time to ask for forgiveness of my sins (Luke 24:47). I recognize that I am a sinner (Romans 3:9) and I believe that you sent your only Son(Luke 3:22), Jesus, to die for my sins (Galatians 2:20). I believe that He was crucified and resurrected (Matthew 28:1-10) so that I can have eternal life  (John 17:3). Today, I accept you as Lord and Savior, and I humbly ask that you write my name in the Book of Life (Revelation 3:5).”

 

If you recommitted your life to Christ or accepted Him as Saviour for the first time, please send me a quick note. I’d love to pray for you.

God bless you,

Ivette

Trust
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Trusting the Lord during trying times

Trust

It is easy to tell someone to trust the Lord during their time of difficulty, but what happens when we’re the ones going through a challenging time?

Meditate on that for a bit.

Not easy to trust, huh?

Instead of stepping out in faith and trusting that God will take care of us, we tend to do the opposite. At times, we fall apart.

What we should do is get closer to Him–delve deeper into scripture, pray harder and trust Him more.

Are you going through a tough time?  If you answered, “yes”, read the scriptures that follow. These are a great reminder of why we should trust God. (Oh, and you are not alone!)


 

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.” Jeremiah 17:7

 

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

“For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” Isaiah 41:13

 

“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2

 

“Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.” Psalm 62:8

 

“The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.” Nahum 1:7

 

And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee. Psalm 39:7

 

I pray that these verses will bless you as much as they blessed me.

 

God bless you,

Ivette

Faith

God’s will be done?

We pray fervently for our hearts desires and we say, “thy will be done”, but do we really mean it?
Meditate on that for a bit…
Oftentimes, God answers our prayers and it’s not what we expect. Instead of being thankful, we complain. Then we continue to pray for a different outcome.
Why bother praying if we are seeking our own will?
No one knows us better than God. He is a merciful and kind God who knows what we need before we ask for it. He sees the dangers that lie ahead and He wants to keep us safe. Whether that “danger” means that we will backslide, fall into the devil’s trap, or turn our backs on God, He knows. It’s up to us to stand firm.
Instead of getting angry because the Lord didn’t answer in our will, be glad that it is His will.
I am sure we’ve all heard of “The Lord’s Prayer”.
 
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” Matthew 6:9-13
It says, “Thy will be done”, which means God’s will be done. When we pray, we ask the Lord to make His decision for our prayer request. We trust God enough to ask Him for His help; therefore, we should trust Him with the decision that He makes.
Although some answers may not be what we expect, we should be humble enough to accept God’s response to our prayers.
Let’s take a look at how Jesus prayed:
“And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.”

Luke 22:41-43

He asked God to spare Him from having to go through pain and suffering, but He only desired God’s will to come to fruition. Jesus prayed that God’s will be done.
Jesus is a great example of how we should pray and react to God’s will. Next time we pray, let’s remember Jesus’ prayer.
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Unconditional love reproofs, corrects and indoctrinates

The Bible is a God-inspired, collection of books that serves to reprimand, correct and teach us sound doctrine.

Because God loves us unconditionally, He left us an “instruction manual” that tells us how we should live our lives. These are not suggestions, these are commands.

Just like parents set the rules in their households, so does God. We warn our children of the consequences of their actions, we discipline and correct them when they misbehave and we give them various opportunities to rectify their wrongdoings.

Even when they continue to defy us and break our rules, we continue to love them.

God does, too! He continues to love us when we fail Him, when we break His commandments and when we refuse to correct our behavior. What a merciful God we serve?!

And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:15-17; KJV

There are many stories in the Bible that show what the consequences of obedience and disobedience are. We read about God’s mercy, His warnings, His love, and anger, among other things.

For example, David’s fleshly desires caused him to sin. He committed adultery and tried to cover up his sin. The woman conceived and because of sin, the child died. David displeased God. (Read the full story here: 2 Samuel 11 & 2 Samuel 12)

In another example, Abraham and his wife Sarah entered a new town during their travels. Abraham feared that he would be killed because of his wife’s beauty. They decided to lie about their relationship. The King took her as his wife. However, God warned Abimelek, in a dream, that Sarah is a married woman and if he touched her there would be consequences. (Read the full story here: Genesis 20)

There are consequences to our actions.

The Lord sends many warnings before unleashing his judgment; however, many people refuse to listen to God. Through the Word, He calls out our sin, He urges us to make changes to our behavior and He tells us how much he loves us. But people aren’t listening.

Many people refuse to correct their behavior because they believe scripture is “hateful and untrue”, “it is my life and I live like I want to” and “we can’t say that; it’s offensive”, among other thoughts.

Reality is……

God loves us. His mercy abounds. He dislikes sin. He is holy.

“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:” 1 Peter 1:15-17; KJV

He gave us rules to live by and the ability to make our own choices. However, there are eternal consequences to choosing God or rejecting Him. This choice cannot be corrected once we die.

But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:22-23; KJV

It’s your choice to make! Eternal life or death? Which one will you choose?

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