Imagine yourself on a darkened path at night with only a small lantern to guide you. You can’t see way out into the blackness to the end of your journey, but the light does illuminate your next step. And it’s not until you move forward and take that step that the lamp will show you the step after that. Continue reading
We all experience temptation at one point or another, no one is exempt from being tempted. No believer should think that he or she can withstand any temptation, for such pride can lead to a fall.1 Cor10: 12-17.
Being tempted is not sin; however giving in to temptation results in sin. Fortunately, we do not have to face those temptations without assistance, for we have a faithful God who will make ways through which we can be victorious.
1John 5:4-5 for whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
God does not allow us to come under temptation so strong we cannot escape it, his indwelling Spirit can give us the strength we need to turn away and walk out of every temptation- filled situation (James 4:7) Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
We must never think we have become so strong spiritually that we cannot be tempted to doubt and sin. As much as we wish we could reach a point of sinless perfection, the Bible indicates in 1John 3:2 we will not be perfect until we see Jesus.
The Apostle Paul addressed the Corinthians (1Cor 10: 12-17) challenging those that were wise enough to ponder on the words he spoke, draw their own conclusion and make whatever mental and spiritual adjustments needed to be able to withstand temptation.
When temptation comes your way, remember that temptation comes from Satan in an attempt to defeat you. You are not defeated but victorious because Jesus died for you and defeated Satan. You can stand not because of your own strength or commitment but because Jesus gave his life for you.
Missionary Karen Mason
Memorial of Blowing of Trumpets
Lev 23:4 These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.
Lev 23:24 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.
Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the LORD. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land which is not inhabited. Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD.“ (Jer_17:5-8)
Jeremiah also offers insight into living by grace as he contrasts the two options on trust. When it comes to where we will place out trust, there are basically only two choices: man or God. This choice is a critical one, because one is a curse, and the other is a blessing. “Cursed is the man who trusts in man . . . Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD.”
2Sa 22:31 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is abuckler to all them that trust in him.
Psa 9:9 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
Psa 9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
Psa 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
Who will you Trust
Knowing where our world is in the plan of Gods will also help us make wise decisions. In 1Thess 5:1-5 Paul taught about the times and seasons. Times are the turning points in history when things are permanently changed.
Seasons are the periods between the turning points. Paul also taught them that the Lord would come as a thief in the night. The humanistic world will imagine the problems of mankind have been finally solved, and peace and safety will be norm, but they will discover that sudden destruction will come on them.
For years most of our world has done its best to eliminate God from all areas of thought. We want to live as God did not exist, or if he did, He would never do anything. Sadly this age will end in terrible destruction, and many will be deceived about spiritual matters. Continue reading
If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.
Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviors.
Every thought you have makes up some segment of the world you see. Continue reading
Job13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.
How much do we trust God? Do we trust him in every situation or only in some? Can we trust him with our lives? Would we trust him even if he test our life or the life of someone we love?
Trust means that you believe that someone will do exactly what they say they will do, no matter what. Job had complete trust in God, as the one who knew what was best for him in all situations. Continue reading
Words are very powerful. Almost everyone has been harmed by words and most of us have been encouraged and strengthened by words. The gospel comes to us in words. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. (Rom 10:17).
Like any powerful thing, words can also be used for evil purposes. The ability to communicate and use are language is the greatest way any one human being has of influencing and controlling another.
Harmony and true fellowship can only come as all of us allow the Holy Spirit and the Word of God to rule in our lives. The apostle Paul wisely tells us in (Rom 14:19) “Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another”. Continue reading
1 John 4:1
1Jn 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
John is telling us that everyone who confesses, preaches and teaches Jesus Christ may not truly be a believer. Continue reading
God has the final say. When he says Yes or No; no man can stand against it. Let Him fight your battles for you and He shall make sure you win in the end
Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Matthew.24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.