Tuesday, December 08, 2009
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints (Ephesians 6:12-18)
The moment we make another person our enemy that is the moment we get off track and we are fighting in the flesh when we should be fighting in the spirit because this is a spiritual war and we must use spiritual weapons to defeat the enemy. Amen!
Our Spiritual Weapons are found in the power of Praise (A Shout), The Word (declaring and doing), & Prayer. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. (2 Corinthians 10:4-6)
I learned something very very important this year and it is we must always be watchful and in prayer and put on the whole armor of God everyday because we are in a spiritual war and the enemy will stop at nothing to try and take you out especially if you should be off your guard for just a little bit so I am learning to constantly be prayerful on my guard and dressed in the whole armor of God so I may do all and STAND in the midst of it all and through it all and give God the Glory. Amen!!! He is Worth It!!!
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
The Christian's Scriptural Identity and Position
The following statements summarize your scriptural identity and position in Christ and form the foundation for your freedom in Christ. Read these statements aloud often. If you are presently involved in a spiritual conflict read these statements aloud at least once each day for a month.
Who Am I?
I am Not the Great "I AM" (3:14; John 8:24, 28, 58), but by the grace of God, I am what I am (1Corinthians 15:10).
I am the salt of the earth (5:13).
I am the light of the world (5:14).
I am a child of God (1:12).
I am part of the true vine, a channel of Christ's life (15:1, 5).
I am Christ's friend (15:15).
I am chosen and appointed by Christ to bear His fruit (15:16).
I am a slave of righteousness (6:18).
I am enslaved to God (6:22).
I am a son of God; God is spiritually my Father (8:14, 15; Galatians 3:26; 4:6).
I am an heir of God and joint heir with Christ, sharing in His suffering and His inheritance with Him (8:17).
I am a temple – a dwelling place – of God. His Spirit and His life dwell in me (3:16; 6:19).
I am united to the Lord and am one spirit with Him (6:17).
I am a member of Christ's body (12:27; Ephesians 5:30).
I am a new creation (5:17).
I am reconciled to God and am a minister of reconciliation (5:18, 19).
I am a son of God and one in Christ (3:26, 28).
I am an heir of God since I am a son of God (4:6, 7).
I am a saint (1:1; 1Corinthians 1:2; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:2).
I am God's workmanship – His handiwork – born anew in Christ to do His good work (2:10).
I am a fellow citizen with the rest of God's family (2:19).
I am a prisoner of Christ (3:1; 4:1).
I am a new man created according to God in true righteousness and holiness (4:24).
I am a citizen of heaven, seated in the heavenly in Christ Jesus (3:20; Ephesians 2:6).
I am hidden with Christ in God (3:3).
I am an expression of the life of Christ because He is my life (3:4).
I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved (3:12; 1Thessalonians 1:4).
I am a son of light and of the day and not of the night nor of darkness (5:5).
I am a holy partaker of the heavenly calling (3:1).
I am a partaker of Christ; I share in His life (3:14).
I am one of God's living stones, being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (2:5).
I am a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that I may proclaim the praises of Him who called me out of darkness into His marvelous light, who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. (2:9, 10).
I am a sojourner and pilgrim to this world in which I temporarily live (2:11).
I am an enemy of the devil (5:8).
I am a child of God and I will resemble Christ when He returns (3:1, 2).
I am born of God, and the wicked one – the devil – cannot touch me (5:18).
Compiled using Neil T. Anderson's book The Bondage Breaker, some of my personal wording, and The New King James Version of the Bible.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
BIBLE READING: Daniel 6:1-28
KEY BIBLE VERSE: So they concluded, “Our only chance of finding grounds for accusing Daniel will be in connection with the requirements of his religion.” (Daniel 6:5)
SILENCE IS OFTEN AN EFFECTIVE RESPONSE TO FALSE ACCUSATIONS.
At this time, Daniel was over eighty years old and one of Darius’s top three administrators. He was working with those who did not believe in his God, but he worked more efficiently and capably than all the rest. Thus, he attracted the attention of the pagan king and earned a place of respect. He also attracted the envy of coworkers. These jealous officials couldn’t find anything about Daniel’s life to criticize, so they attacked his religion. If you face jealous critics because of your faith, be glad they’re criticizing that part of your life-perhaps they had to focus on your faith as a last resort! Respond by continuing to believe and live as you should. Then remember that God is in control, fighting this battle for you.
BIBLE READING: Psalm 35:1-28
KEY BIBLE VERSE: Malicious witnesses testify against me. They accuse me of things I don’t even know about. (Psalm 35:11)
PRAYER IS AN EFFECTIVE RESPONSE TO ACCUSATIONS.
This is one of the “imprecatory” (cursing) psalms that call upon God to deal with enemies. These psalms sound extremely harsh, but we must remember: (1) David was fleeing from men who were unjustly seeking to kill him. As God’s anointed king over a nation called to annihilate the evil people of the land, David found it difficult to understand. (2) David’s call for justice was sincere; it was not a cover for vengeance. He truly wanted to seek God’s perfect ideal for his nation. (3) David did not say he would take vengeance, but gave the matter over to God. These are merely his suggestions. (4) These psalms use hyperbole (or overstatement). They were meant to motivate others to take a strong stand against sin and evil.
Cruelty is far removed from the experience of many, but it is a daily reality for others. God promises to help the persecuted and bring judgment on unrepentant sinners. David cried out to God to defend him when he was unjustly accused. When we pray for justice to be done, we are praying as David did. If you are unjustly accused, your natural reaction may be to lash out in revenge or to give a detailed defense of your every move. Ask God to fight the battle for you. He will clear your name in the eyes of those who really matter. When Christ returns, the wicked will be punished.
BIBLE READING: Matthew 5:1-16
KEY BIBLE VERSE: God blesses you when you are mocked and persecuted and lied about because you are my followers. (Matthew 5:11)
JOY IS AN EFFECTIVE RESPONSE TO ACCUSATIONS.
Jesus said to rejoice when we’re persecuted. Persecution can be good because (1) it takes our eyes off earthly rewards, (2) it strips away superficial believers, (3) it strengthens the faith of those who endure, and (4) it serves as an example for others to follow. We can take comfort in knowing that many of God’s greatest prophets were persecuted (Elijah, Jeremiah, Daniel). Our persecution means we have shown ourselves faithful. In the future God will reward the faithful by letting them enter his eternal kingdom where there is no more persecution.
Taken from iLumina's Life Application Article
Friday, October 23, 2009
Zechariah 3:1 . . . Then the angel showed me Jeshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord. Satan was there at the angel’s right hand, accusing Jeshua of many things.
Job 2:1 . . . One day the angels came again to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan the Accuser came with them.
Revelation 12:9-11 . . . This great dragon-the ancient serpent called the Devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world-was thrown down to the earth with all his angels. Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens, “It has happened at last-the salvation and power and kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ! For the Accuser has been thrown down to earth-the one who accused our brothers and sisters before our God day and night.”
Satan is the ultimate false accuser. He makes believers doubt.
John 7:7 . . . The world can’t hate you, but it does hate me because I accuse it of sin and evil.
Jesus is the ultimate true accuser of a sinful world. He helps doubters believe.
John 8:9 . . . When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman.
Our own conscience can be our accuser, rising up to confront us in our sin.
Deuteronomy 19:16 . . . If a malicious witness comes forward and accuses someone of a crime.
Ezra 4:6 . . . Years later when Xerxes began his reign, the enemies of Judah wrote him a letter of accusation against the people of Judah and Jerusalem.
Our enemies often become our accusers, hoping we will stumble and fall.
HOW DO WE ACCUSE THE RIGHT WAY?
Matthew 7:3-5 . . . Why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying, ‘Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log from your own eye; then perhaps you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.
John 8:7 . . . They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, stone her. But let those who have never sinned throw the first stones!”
Self-examination should precede accusation. Perhaps then we will accuse ourselves of our wrongs instead of accusing others of lesser wrongs.
1 Timothy 5:19 . . . Do not listen to complaints against an elder unless there are two or three witnesses to accuse him.
Deuteronomy 19:15 . . . “Never convict anyone of a crime on the testimony of just one witness. The facts of the case must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.”
Multiple witnesses are necessary to more equitably determine the facts. Each succeeding witness reinforces the credibility of former witnesses.
Leviticus 19:11 . . . Do not steal. Do not cheat one another. Do not lie.
Proverbs 3:30 . . . Don’t make accusations against someone who hasn’t wronged you.
We should never make false accusations. Accusing another falsely may cast suspicion on a person’s reputation, cheating that person of something precious.
What are the consequences of falsely accusing others?
Deuteronomy 19:16-20 . . . If a malicious witness comes forward and accuses someone of a crime, then both the accuser and accused must appear before the priests and judges who are on duty before the Lord. They must be closely questioned, and if the accuser is found to be lying, the accuser will receive the punishment intended for the accused.
False accusations are as bad as the crime itself. Don’t accuse someone falsely. God may punish you with the punishment you intended for the other person.
Jeremiah 37:13-16 . . . As he was walking through the Benjamin Gate, a sentry arrested him and said, “You are defecting to the Babylonians!” . . . “That’s not true!” Jeremiah protested. “I had no intention of doing any such thing.” But Irijah wouldn’t listen, and he took Jeremiah before the officials. They were furious with Jeremiah and had him flogged and imprisoned. . . . Jeremiah was put into a dungeon cell, where he remained for many days.
1 Kings 21:10, 13, 19-21 . . . “Find two scoundrels who will accuse him of cursing God and the king. Then take him out and stone him to death.” . . . Then two scoundrels accused him before all the people of cursing God and the king. So he was dragged outside the city and stoned to death.
1 Peter 3:14 . . . Even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t be afraid and don’t worry.
Although false accusations sometimes lead to unjust earthly punishments, the ultimate judge, holding both punishments and rewards, is God. As the just Judge, God will always bring justice. Sometimes his justice is swift. Sometimes it is deferred beyond this earth.
HOW SHOULD I RESPOND TO ACCUSATIONS AGAINST ME?
Psalm 35:20-24 . . . They don’t talk of peace; they plot against innocent people who are minding their own business. They shout that they have seen me doing wrong. “Aha,” they say. “Aha! With our own eyes we saw him do it!” O Lord, you know all about this. . . . Rise to my defense! Take up my case, my God and my Lord. Declare me “not guilty,” O Lord my God, for you give justice. Don’t let my enemies laugh about me in my troubles.
Realize that God has full knowledge of the accusation and the truth, and that he has the authority and ability to handle the situation. If you are innocent, leave justice with God.
Psalm 119:78 . . . Bring disgrace upon the arrogant people who lied about me; meanwhile, I will concentrate on your commandments.
Nehemiah 6:8-9 . . . My reply was, “You know you are lying. There is no truth in any part of your story.” They were just trying to intimidate us, imagining that they could break our resolve and stop the work. So I prayed for strength to continue the work.
Don’t become so focused on the accusation that you forget about God. Take the matter to him and get strength from him.
Genesis 3:11-13 . . . “Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten the fruit I commanded you not to eat?” “Yes,” Adam admitted, “but it was the woman you gave me who brought me the fruit, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God asked the woman, “How could you do such a thing?” “The serpent tricked me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”
Hosea 4:4 . . . “Don’t point your finger at someone else and try to pass the blame! Look, you priests, my complaint is with you!”
There are times when we should accept the blame that is rightfully ours.
Luke 12:11-12 . . . “When you are brought to trial in the synagogues and before rulers and authorities, don’t worry about what to say in your defense, for the Holy Spirit will teach you what needs to be said even as you are standing there.”
Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s guidance in responding to accusations. He may give you help you never thought possible.
Matthew 27:12-14 . . . When the leading priests and other leaders made their accusations against him, Jesus remained silent. “Don’t you hear their many charges against you?” Pilate demanded. But Jesus said nothing, much to the governor’s great surprise.
In some instances it is best to remain silent. There are times when your silence shouts your innocence.
Matthew 5:11 . . . “God blesses you when you are mocked and persecuted and lied about because you are my followers.”
Jesus was mocked and persecuted. His followers should expect the same. But God will bless us when we are persecuted for Jesus’ sake.
1 Peter 2:12, 15 . . . Be careful how you live among your unbelieving neighbors. Even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will believe and give honor to God when he comes to judge the world. It is God’s will that your good lives should silence those who make foolish accusations against you.
Continue to live an honorable life before your accusers. Christlikeness is magnetic. You may attract the accuser to the Savior.
PROMISES FROM GOD:
Romans 8:33-34 . . . Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? Will God? No! He is the one who has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? Will Christ Jesus? No, for he is the one who died for us and was raised to life for us and is sitting at the place of highest honor next to God, pleading for us.
1 Peter 3:16 . . . Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak evil against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.
Colossians 1:22 . . . Now he has brought you back as his friends. He has done this through his death on the cross in his own human body. As a result, he has brought you into the very presence of God, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.
Taken from iLumina
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
WHY IS OUR JEALOUSY SO DANGEROUS?
Proverbs 14:30 . . . A relaxed attitude lengthens life; jealousy rots it away.
Jealousy brings decay to our lives because it causes us to focus on anger and bitterness.
Proverbs 27:4 . . . Anger is cruel . . . but who can survive the destructiveness of jealousy?
Genesis 13:7 . . . An argument broke out between the herdsmen of Abram and Lot.
Jealousy tears families and friends apart. Jealousy drove Lot’s herdsmen to fight with his uncle Abram’s herdsmen.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN THAT GOD IS “A JEALOUS GOD”?
Exodus 34:14 . . . You must worship no other gods, but only the Lord, for he is a God who is passionate about his relationship with you.
Deuteronomy 5:9 . . . I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not share your affection with any other god!
Deuteronomy 32:21 . . . They have roused my jealousy by worshiping non-gods.
Zechariah 1:14 . . . This is what the Lord Almighty says: My love for Jerusalem and Mount Zion is passionate and strong.
When people give their honor, praise, and love to other things, God is jealous that the honor due him has been squandered elsewhere. Because God deserves all our honor, praise, and love, this is an honest recognition of what he deserves.
WHERE DOES JEALOUSY TAKE US? WHAT CAN HAPPEN NEXT?
Proverbs 12:12 . . . Thieves are jealous of each other’s loot, while the godly bear their own fruit.
Thieves steal from others in response to their jealousy and lust for someone else’s money. Generous people, on the other hand, love to give and that becomes their driving force in life.
Genesis 4:4-8 . . . The Lord accepted Abel’s offering, but he did not accept Cain’s. This made Cain very angry.
Acts 17:5-6 . . . The Jewish leaders were jealous, so they gathered some worthless fellows from the streets to form a mob . . . They attacked the home of Jason, searching for Paul and Silas . . . Not finding them there, they dragged out Jason.
Jealousy for attention or affection can drive a person to extreme action, even seeking to harm or kill others.
Galatians 5:22-26 . . . When the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us.
When we seek the character traits that come from the Holy Spirit, we are spared from petty human jealousy and the hard feelings that come from the competition for honor and popularity.
NOTICE THE PROGRESSION OF JEALOUSY IN THE LIFE OF KING SAUL.
1 Samuel 18:7-8 . . . This was their song: “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands!” This made Saul very angry.
Saul suddenly became afraid David might replace him.
1 Samuel 18:9-10 . . . From that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David . . . A tormenting spirit from God overwhelmed Saul.
Saul was tormented by a jealous spirit.
1 Samuel 18:10-11 . . . Saul, who had a spear in his hand, suddenly hurled it at David.
Saul’s jealousy led him to uncontrolled rage.
1 Samuel 18:12 . . . Saul was afraid of him.
Jealousy brought great fear to Saul. The selfish pursuit of harming David became Saul’s lifelong passion.
PROMISE FROM GOD:
Mark 11:24-25 . . . Listen to me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you will have it. But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.
Taken from iLumina's Life Application Article
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Taken from the book of Prayers
Thursday, August 13, 2009
1 Corinthians 13 (NIV)
1. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
4. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10. but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13.And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
A Brand New Day
It's a brand new day and I'm giving God the praise. He is worthy of all the praise, worship, adoration, love, and all that I have to give Him. As long as I live I will bless the Lord at all times and His praise shall continually be in my mouth!!! God is so good and there is none like Him!!! Hallelujah!!!
I am thanking God for the test and the trials because they have made me stronger and better for His Glory, for my good, and to bless others. I thank God for removing every hindrance and roadblocks that has been unproductive in my life and not needed to fulfill the vision He has written down for me before the world began... My life was, is now, and will always be in His Hands. There is no other place that I would rather be. I am very safe in His arms. Thank YOU, FATHER, for holding me, for keeping me, for comforting me, for sheltering me, for guiding me, for understanding me, for loving me unconditionally, for always being there, for changing me, for maturing me, for taking care of me, and doing what is best for me even when it hurts and I don't understand it. You are the Sovereign God, the Great I Am, the Living Word... I am so grateful to be called your own! I am so grateful that you saved me, healed me, delivered me, washed me in the precious blood of Jesus, took my sin and shame, gave me a brand new name and now I'll never be the same... Hallelujah!!! My chains are gone, I've got a brand new song, I'm finally free and I will NEVER be BOUND again... I've got my LIBERTY, FINALLY, FINALLY, FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!!
Thank You, Lord, for setting this captive free and I will now and forever live to Love, Serve, and Worship You daily and Minister to those who are lost, dying, bound, and hurting according to the leading and guiding of Your Holy Spirit, through the gifting and the anointing that You have place in me, to give back to You. Have Your Way and let Your Will be done always and forever, in Jesus' Name! AMEN!!!!!!!!!
TO GOD BE THE GLORY GREAT THINGS HE HAS DONE!!!!
Saturday, August 08, 2009
The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve.
Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity.
An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people.
As you grow, your associates will change.
Some of your friends will not want you to go on.
They will want you to stay where they are.
Friends that don't help you climb will want you to crawl.
Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream.
Those that don't increase you will eventually decrease you.
Never receive counsel from unproductive people.
Never discuss your problems with someone incapable of contributing to the solution, because those who never succeed themselves are always first to tell you how.
Not everyone has a right to speak into your life.
You are certain to get the worst of the bargain when you exchange ideas with the wrong person.
Don't follow anyone who's not going anywhere.
With some people you spend an evening: with others you invest it.
Be careful where you stop to inquire for directions along the road of life.
Wise is the person who fortifies his life with the right friendships.
If you run with wolves, you will learn how to howl. But, if you associate with eagles, you will learn how to soar to great heights.
"A mirror reflects a man's face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses."
The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom you closely associate - for the good and the bad.
Note: Be not mistaken.
This is applicable to family as well as friends.
Yes...do love, appreciate and be thankful for your family, for they will always be your family no matter what.
Just know that they are human first and though they are family to you, they may be a friend to someone else and will fit somewhere in the criteria above.
"In Prosperity Our Friends Know Us.
In Adversity We Know Our Friends."
"Never make someone a priority when you are only an option for them."
"If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.".......................Colin Powell
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
We are now looking forward to the upcoming school year and we are excited. Enrollment is now open and we have 3 locations for your convienence. If you are interested in our Bible Institute Ministry or know someone who is, please feel free to visit us on the web at FGBBI, you can also email us at Administrator, or you may call us at the number on our website. Thank you!
Pictures are currently available online for your viewing of our Graduation Banquet and Ceremony, please feel free to stop by and view them. Click Here to see the pictures of our event that took place on Sunday, August 2, 2009. Be Blessed!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Bitter people are cold; Better people are warm!
Bitter people are mean; Better people are kind!
Bitter people are hateful; Better people are forgiving!
Bitter people are angry; Better people are loving!
Bitter people are selfish; Better people are selfless!
Bitter people are sarcastic; Better people are encouraging!
Bitter people are harsh; Better people are gentle!
Bitter people are miserable; Better people are happy!
Bitter people are regretful; Better people are hopeful!
Bitter people are pessimistic; Better people are optimistic!
Bitter people are spiteful /vindictive; Better people are merciful!
Bitter people are prideful; Better people are humble!
Bitter people stay the same; Better people are always growing/changing!
Bitter people tear down; Better people build up!
Bitter people give up easily; Better people endure!
Bitter people focus on what is seen; Better people trust in the unseen!
Bitter people are offended; Better people are grateful!
Bitter people are deceitful; Better people are genuine!
Bitter people are hardhearted; Better people are compassionate!
So much more can be added to this list but I will stop right there with this scripture:
(1 Peter 4:8)
And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "LOVE WILL COVER A MULTITUDE OF SINS."
Saturday, July 25, 2009
I can definitely relate to the words that the author wrote. The words that have been standing out the most is I Rise and it's a reminder to me that no matter what I may go through it is only going to cause me to be better so much better because Greater is He who lives in me than he who lives in the world. I don't need to be afraid or dismayed but know that what the devil meant for evil God is working ALL together for GOOD. My name is VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Still I Rise
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history's shame
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
Life can be filled with so much pain but we can be assured that joy comes in the morning!
Life can be strange sometimes but we know that all things work together for good!
Life can be bitter sometimes but we know that God is sweeter than the honey comb!
Life can throw you curve balls sometimes but we know that God remains the same -- He never changes!
Life can seem confusing at times but we know that God is not the Author of confusion and He who began a good work in you will continue to perform it until the day of Christ Jesus.
Life can seem too difficult to live at times but we know that His yoke is easy and His burdens are light.
Life can make you want to give up sometimes but we know that we shall live and not die and declare the works of the Lord and he who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty God.
2)"A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell."
3) "I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."
4) "If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning."
5) " If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair."
6) "If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this."
7) “There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, "All right, then, have it your way”
8) “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.”
9)~ You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. ~
10) “Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained”
11) “Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.”
12)~ Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You, too? Thought I was the only one." ~
13)~ You cannot go on 'explaining away' for ever: you will find that you have explained explanation itself away. You cannot go on 'seeing through' things for ever. The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it. ~
14)~ When we lose one blessing, another is often, most unexpectedly, given in its place. ~
15)~ God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain ~
16) ~ Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward. ~
17) ~ Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods
18) ~ I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more. ~
19) "Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it."
20) " Are not all lifelong friendships born at the moment when at last you meet another human being who has some inkling of that something which you were born desiring, and which, beneath the flux of other desires and in all the momentary silences between the louder passions, night and day, year by year, from childhood to old age, you are looking for, watching for, listening for?"
What do you do?
Do you allow truth to come in so you can see the error of your ways and apply truth to correct it or lie to yourself and stay in a state of deception.
My point here is not so much that it's wrong to have standards but where did they come from? Are they coming from God, His Word, and His principles. Or are they standards born out of shame, guilt, hurt, and pain. If it's the latter then your standards will always reproduce what it was birth from i.e. hurt, pain, death, guilt, shame, etc... If it's the former then it will bring forth life, health, liberty, peace, joy, happiness and all things good. Don't be a victim! Be a Victor and an Overcomer!!!
The Word is always True:
Isaiah 55:8 "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD.
Isaiah 55:9 "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.
Psalms 40:5 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.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, January 04, 2009
Here are the guidlines:
1. In your post include a link back to the person who has tagged you.
2. Post one of your intriguing, or shocking, or challenging passages/verses of scripture from the Bible, showing scripture references (chapter and verse) and Bible version.
3. (Optional) You may choose to state what you currently understand it to mean; You may also encourage others to comment or share on what they understand that excerpt to mean.
4. Tag at least 5 or more new people to participate.
Here is my Marvelous Musing:
I recommend reading Matthew 5-7 -- I won't post all three chapters but I will post a couple scriptures that has stood out to me for a long time now.
Matthew 7:22-23(NKJV) Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' (23) And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'
This scripture has always stood out to me because of the very fact that the people who will say this to Jesus are those who believe that they are saved/Christians. Notice how Jesus said many -- so we are not talking about just a small group of people here. It makes me very careful not to get caught up in the workings or manifestations of signs and wonders done through others or even this vessel as the Lord would see fit. It makes me very aware of how much I need to rely upon the Holy Spirit's leading and guiding and also to be ever so careful and make sure that I am growing in my relationship with the Lord and doing what His Word says to do. This passage of scripture came after Jesus gave the sermon on the mount (Matthew 5). He was encouraging the listeners to live according to those words and their intimate relationship with Him rather than relying upon external works to save them or make them saved. Notice what the many will say, "Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?" We must be very careful not to mistaken good works or workings of the Holy Spirit through us for our intimacy with God and walking in obedience to His Word. Others should recongnize us by our fruit (fruit of the Spirit). I believe our most important priority in our Christian walk is our relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ. When we put God first in all things everything else flows and not the other way around. We must remember that God spoke through a donkey so however He choses to work is solely up to Him.
That's all for now. I tag anyone that comes across this post and would like to participate in the meme.
I welcome any comment on my musings. ;-)