Monday, February 24, 2014

“It is Well With My Soul”


Well  (well-being) – the state of being healthy, happy or prosperous.

Luke 17:19 “…your faith has made you well (healed you)”

Soul – the spirit (inner man) in man that is believed to be separate from the boy and is the source of a person’s emotional, spiritual, and moral nature.

Romans 7:22 – For in my inner being I delight in God’s law (I love God’s law with all my heart).

Isaiah 40:29-31..the people who trust the Lord will become strong again. They will rise up as an eagle in the sky.


We are told not to wait for God but to wait upon Him. Like a waiter in a restaurant, we’re to take an active part in pleasing Him. We’re to honor Him with worship in the morning. We’re to talk to Him in the evening. We’re to look for ways to serve Him by loving people throughout the day. And, as we wait on the Lord, we’ll find more strength to awit on Him even more in a never-ending cycle. (Jon Courson)

“His strength is perfected in our weakness” – Chuck Smith

But those who wait for the Lord (who expect, look for, and hope in Him) shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up (close to God) as eagles mount up (close to God)  as eagles (mount up to the sun); they shall run and not be weary, the shall walk and not faint or become tired. (Heb 12:1-3) AMP

The greatest human strength is powerless to meet the challenges of life. The powerful Creator God gives power (Is. 40:29) Renew here means to “to exchange.” Those who wait or depend on the Lord will exchange their weakness for God’s strength. Neither soaring with wings as eagles nor running is pictured as climax; rather the sought after prize of walking as presented as the mainstay of Christian experience. Serving God in the mountain-top experience of experiences of life when His people can soar with Him is not so difficult. The most difficult times of service can be in the monotonous everyday grind of life when Godpeople (CF’s) feel like they are spinning their wheels and going nowhere. The Lord’s children can exchange their weaknesses for God’s strength in the daily walk of life.

Ephesians 3:16 – I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power (the ability to do or act; strength, might, force) through His Spirit in your inner being.

Colossians 1:11…being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience

·         Strengthen – to make stronger; give strength to.

             Endurance – the ability to continue or last, especially despite fatigue, stress or other adverse conditions:
o   Stamina
o   Lasting quality

       Patience – quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered are, diligence.

Paul never met the Colossians but he faithfully prayed for them. His prayers teach us how to pray how to pray for other believers (CF’s), whether we know them or not. We can request that they:

             Understand what God wants them to do,
             Gain spiritual wisdom
             Honor and please God
             Produce every kind of good fruit
             Learn to know God better and better
             Be strengthened with God’s power
             Have great endurance and patience
                 Be filled with joy and
             Give thanks always.

In Jon Courson’s Commentary on Colossians 1:9-13, he writes, If you desire to be a prayer warrior, carefully consider this prayer. Notice how Paul prays for things we don’t even think about. We pray, “Oh, Lord, help him to get over his arthritis,”  or “ Help her to be happy in her relationship” or “Help them get the new car.” But what does Paul pray? Under the inspiration of the Spirit, Paul prays that the Colossians would know the will of God and walk worthy of Him, that they would be fruitful and strengthened with His might, and that they would be patient and full of joy. Those are important issues. Those are the issues of eternity. So if we want to know how to pray for our kids, grandkids, parents or spouse – listen to Paul pray.



Thursday, February 20, 2014

#Truth

The truth is defined as the real facts about something, the things that are true. 

The Bible is the Word of God - the Truth of God's Word. It is everything we need for life and living. It is filled with His Precepts - God's Truth's about how I am to live my life according to His standards. And that includes the foods I consume in this body, the temple of the Holy Spirit.

The truth is - do I see myself as God sees me, as He created me to be or I am allowing myself to be defined by others? As Lysa states in Chapter 7 - I will not be defined by numbers on a scale. We have to fill our hearts and minds with God's words. God's truth is the foundation of my identity.

Proverbs 23:-25 tells us that overeating, overdrinking and oversleeping result in poverty both spiritually and materially. It is the one who seeks God early who finds Him (Prov 8:17). We are to do whatever it takes to get truth, instruction, knowledge, and wisdom. it takes work but if we pay the price and don't give up, we'll be a source of joy to our heavenly Father as well as to our earthly parents. (1)

She girds herself with strength (spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task) and makes her arms strong. This sounds like a work-out!

Nothing worth having or doing is always easy, it takes hard work and determination. Let's do this!

Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. Jeremiah 6:16







 (1) Jon Courson's Application Commentary on Proverbs.


Monday, February 10, 2014

#PEACE



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 Isaiah 45:3 (AMP) “I will give you (Cheryl) treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places that you may know (the Lord has the power to fulfill his plans) that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, Who calls  (Relationship, intimacy) you (Cheryl) by your name.” The Lord is indeed God & knows the future
              
Nothing tastes as good as peace feels!
 

Definition of Peace – soundness, completeness, security, welfare, harmony, safety, security.

With the help of the Holy Spirit we can have overwhelming peace. “Shalom” – the root meaning is soundness, completeness and well-being.

Psalm 38:3 & Isaiah 32:17 – the effect of righteousness will be peace; Christ becomes our peace. (Eph 2:14-17)

The God of Peace – Romans 15:33, Phil 4:9, 1 Thess 5:23

“Peace with God” – the result of justification by faith. (Rom 5:1, 10)

“Being at Peace” – 2 Peter 3:14

…the peace of God which passes all understanding” is experienced by the power of God in our lives. (Phil 4:7)
 

          You have stayed long enough at this mountain”. Deut 1:6

 
In the Bible, “Peace” is described as the result of having a right relationship with God and others (Rom 5:1,2). Spiritual peace describes a sense of well-being and fulfillment that comes from God and is depend on His presence alone. (Gal 5:22)

Inner spiritual peace is experience when we (Christ-Followers) walk in the Spirit despite our circumstances. The true “peace of God” protects ours hearts and minds; it transcends all logic or rationale (Phil 4:7). God’s peace creates in us a quiet confidence, regardless of what’s going on around us.

Peace is power. Walk in peace – by faith!

 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Today's Decisions


The decisions we make today, make us tomorrow. Make daily decisions to think and be positive.

"If you can dream it you can do it." Walt Disney

"Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently." Henry Ford

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is not the key to success. If you love hat you do you will be successful. - Henry Schwitzer





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