Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
I have to share my most recent experience, it reminds me of how God is always planning and working things out for us.
Last week I went to a store to pick up an online order. The young lady who waited on me was kind, cheerful and very helpful. I had planned to pick my package up and leave. Well, those were my plans, not God’s. The young lady asked me to try the garment on to assure it was alright before I left. I didn’t have much going on so I said, sure. I tried the garment on, she gave me advice on how to wear it and I was ready to go.
I said my thank you’s, my goodbyes and then she said “Can I give you a hug?”, you just seem to have a great spirit (I may have those words a little mixed up but that is the meaning of what she said). Of course, I hugged her, oh yeah. She began to share some of her story with me. This young lady is in the middle of major life changes but she was smiling. I, being who I am asked many clarifying questions and we got to talking about her relationship with God. Well, she is looking for him, she has been to multiple churches but has not found on yet. I invited her to Ebenezer Ministries, the Stone of Help. I am not sure if she will show up but I pray she finds something. I expressed to her that more important than church is her need to have a relationship with God.
This young lady touched my heart. I gave her my number and a Whenupray business card. I hope she calls me, texts me or something because she touched my heart in 15 minutes in the middle of a department store.
This was a reminder to me to always represent Christ. Did I mention that I was tired, that I was on day 9 of a terrible headache and I was heading home to lay down? None of that matters, because God knew where I needed to be.
For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.
Follow your heart..
You ever tried to ask Siri something and you’re not connected to the Internet.? She will hit you with ” Sorry, I’m having trouble connecting to the network”.
That’s like trying to get a prayer through when you have no connection to the Lord.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
John 14:6 NKJV
Jesus is our Internet connection to God. Without Jesus all you get is nonessential information and misdirection. It’s like trying to iron without electricity, you can move the iron over the clothes but they are still wrinkled. You can go through the motions but without a connection, you are wasting time.
Get to know Jesus for yourself. Spend time with him, read the word so your faith can be activated. Reading the word is like plugging your phone in to keep the battery charged. Not reading and hearing the word is like running your battery down. You search everywhere and no one has a plug that fits your phone. You keep checking the battery indicator to see if the battery strength has been used up, waiting for it to shut itself off. You know once that phone dies you feel disconnected, helpless and frustrated. Yup the same thing happens when we allow ourselves to be disconnected from the Lord.
Get your strength up.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Romans 10:17 NKJV
You want things, but you cannot have them, so you are ready to kill; you strongly desire things, but you cannot get them, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have what you want because you do not ask God for it. And when you ask, you do not receive it, because your motives are bad; you ask for things to use for your own pleasures.
James 4:2-3 GNT
It really is about YOU and what YOU are willing to do. Do YOU want an abudant life? Do YOU want the desires of your heart? Do YOU want to see your life blessed, your marriage healthy, your children properous and your mind at peace? Are YOU willing to do the work?
If you are not willing to serve him, decide today whom you will serve, the gods your ancestors worshiped in Mesopotamia or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are now living. As for my family and me, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24:15 GNT
YOU have to decide to surrender:
So then, submit yourselves to God. Resist the Devil, and he will run away from you.
James 4:7 GNT
YOU have to decide to trust the Lord in all things.
In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
Psalms 56:11 NKJV
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
I Corinthians 10:13 NKJV
YOU have to decide to let him love you.
Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.
I John 4:17-19 NKJV
And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”
I Peter 4:8 NKJV
So see it really is about YOU. I hope you are ready because this journey will not be easy. YOU will have to trust God as the gates of hell try to consume you. Trust him when your partner is acting a fool and you’re tired and frustrated. Trust him when your bills are bigger than your check. Trust him with your children, pray for them and believe the word of God concerning them, even when it seems like God is crazy. I know all this can be confusing and scary but only until YOU get down on your knees.
Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.
II Thessalonians 3:16 NKJV
I love you on purpose, with purpose.
Acts 19:20………I thank you Father that Your Word prevails over our children.
Isa 54:13………..That they are taught of the Lord and continue to be
Prov 13:1………. the fruit of godly instruction and correction.
Isa 54:13………..Great is their peace and undisturbed composure.
Prov 2:6………… Father, give us counsel and wisdom in bringing up our children.
1Pet 1:14………. I say they are obedient, not conforming to the things of the flesh,
1Pet 1:15………. but holy, in all conduct.
1Pet 2:2……….. desiring the pure milk of the Word that they may grow thereby.
Jas 1:19…………That they are swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
Heb 13:5………. Their conduct is without covetousness,
Heb 13:5………. and they are content with what they have.
Heb 13:16……… They do not forget to do what is right and to share.
2Pet 3:18………. I pray that they grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord,
1Thes 4:1……… and abound more and more in how they should walk and please You.
1Pet 5:5……….. That they submit to their elders, and to one another,
1Pet 5:5……….. being clothed with humility.
1Pet 5:7……….. That they cast their cares upon You, Father, for You care for them.
Jas 1:22…………I thank You that they are doers of the Word, and not hearers only,
Ph’m 1:6………..effectively sharing their faith.
2Tim 1:7 ……….not having a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.
2Tim 1:9………..Father, You have saved them and called them with a holy calling,
2Tim 1:9 ……….not according to works, but according to Your own purpose.
2Tim 4:18………Deliver them from every evil work and preserve them.
John 10:5 ……..They will by no means follow strangers, not knowing their voices.
2Tim2:22 ………They abide with others who call on the Lord out of a pure heart,
Jas 3:10 ……….and cursing comes not out of their mouth.
1Jn 5:18 ……….Because Jesus keeps them safe, the wicked one does not touch them.
Ps 91:11……….Give Your angels special charge to accompany, defend, preserve
Ps 4:8………….and provide safety for them, day and night.
1Jn 2:5 ………..Because they keep Your Word, Your love is being perfected in them.
1Jn 2:15 ………They do not love the world or the things in the world,
3Jn 1:11……….and they do not imitate what is evil, but what is good.
1Jn 1:7 ………..They walk in the light as You are in the Light,
Jas 4:8 ………..cleansing their hands and purifying their hearts,
2Tim 2:22 …….They follow after righteousness, faith, love, and peace.
Heb 13:18……..They have a good conscience and desire to live honorably,
Prov 3:4 ……….having favor and high esteem with God and man.