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BIBLE READING OF THE DAY-Faith, Love, and Hope In Our Lord Jesus Christ

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BIBLE READING OF THE DAY

Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father     1 Thessalonians 1:3

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Bible Verse of the Day-Give Thanks In All Circumstances

GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES

 

 

BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you 1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV

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Bible Verse of the Day-1 Thessalonians 5:11…Encourage One Another

ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER

BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY

 

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.        1 Thessalonians 5:11 HCSB

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Six Signs You Need to Stop Talking

six signs you need to stop talking

Have you ever wished you’d stopped talking about five minutes before you  actually did?

Because I’ve been there myself, I want to help protect you from saying potentially  embarrassing or hurtful things. And I’ve prepared a list of six warning signs to  let you know when it’s time to stop  talking.

Sign 1: You’re Complaining,  Not Explaining

There’s a subtle difference. Explaining is simply telling someone about  your situation. Complaining is when you have an attitude that says “I’m being  inconvenienced.” (See Philippians 2:14-15.)

There will be times when keeping quiet in order to avoid complaining  seems so hard you almost can’t stand it. But God will always give you the grace  to do it. And if we ever want to arrive at our Promised Land, we need to stop  complaining about the way God’s getting us there.

Sign 2: You’re Criticizing  Somebody

Picture this. Someone says or does something you think they shouldn’t have  done and all of a sudden, you’ve got about a hundred opinions about them that  you want to talk about!

  First Thessalonians 4:9 says, “But concerning brotherly love [for all other Christians],  you have no need to have anyone write you, for you yourselves have been  [personally] taught by God to love one another” (AMP).

  In other words, sharing your critical  opinions about other people is always a mistake. We need to cover one another with  love, instead of uncovering their weaknesses and pointing out their flaws.

Sign 3: Your God Is Too  Small

Whenever we say, “I can’t do this” or “It’s too much for me to take,”  we’re actually defeating ourselves―and we’re not trusting God to get us through  it.

What we need to say is, “God is bigger than every issue I will ever have  to face, and I can do whatever I need to do through Christ who strengthens me.”

The Bible says that David ran quickly toward the battle line to face the giant Goliath. Sometimes we stare at our circumstances too long. We  end up scaring ourselves half to death instead of believing God will give us  the victory when we face our giants.

Sign 4: You’re Self-Inflated

We like to boast about what we’ve done, what we can do, and what we’re  going to do. If we’re not careful, we can even take credit for things God did!

Everything we do, we should do it as unto the Lord. (Colossians 3:23) I don’t think we can even begin to know what God  would do for us and the things He would allow us to participate in if we would  learn to keep our successes a secret between us and God, unless He specifically  gives us permission to share them.

Sign 5: You’re Standing in Judgment

“ We can look at everybody else through a magnifying glass when we’re a mess ourselves and can’t even see it.”

Matthew 7:1 (NLT) says, “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.” I think this is really  important for Christians because we can get our religious, snooty noses up in  the air. And if somebody does something wrong, they’re out of the group.

We can look at everybody else through a magnifying glass when we’re a  mess ourselves and can’t even see it. So we need to remain humble before God  and before others.

Sign 6: You’re Just Being Negative

The world is full of negativity. Instead of adding to that negativity,  Christians need to be positive about the problems and circumstances we face.

We may not get everything we want, the way we want it, when we want it,  but God will take care of us and give us grace to have joy and be positive in  the midst of any situation. And that’s an awesome way to live.   

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Don’t Forget Where You Came From

don't forget where you came from

John 13:34-35

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

34 “I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

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4 Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not conceited, 5 does not act improperly, is not selfish, is not provoked, and does not keep a record of wrongs. 6 Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for languages, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end.

Galatians 5:22

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22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith,[a]

2 Timothy 2:24

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24 The Lord’s slave must not quarrel, but must be gentle to everyone, able to teach,[a] and patient,

1 Peter 4:8

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8 Above all, maintain an intense love for each other, since love covers a multitude of sins.[a

1 John 4:7

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Knowing God through Love

7 Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

In the middle of the night last night, for some reason I have become a night owl again, I posted an article on love.  I had a reader who became very upset over that article.  I am not going to try to justify myself in  posting it because every single word in it is true!  We all at one time were sinners, and needed the love of God to redeem us.  We must never forget where we have been brought from to where we are today.

I have written a great deal on love, our love walk,  and staying out of offense lately.  On the way to church yesterday, my husband was telling me  about the book he has been reading by Ken Copeland, “The Blessing of the Lord”.  Obviously,  he and Gloria were still in very “lean” times financially.  She had bought some cantaloupe and had really gotten a good deal on them.  When she sat the sack on the counter, the top cantaloupe was perfect. She was so excited and told Ken to look at how beautiful they were.   As they lifted the first one out the sack they saw the rest was full of rotten cantaloupe!  The man had tricked Gloria!  This was a time when Ken still had a very bad temper.  He was rough with everyone, except Gloria.  He got so mad he told her he was going to make that man eat every single rotten cantaloupe while he stood there and watched!  When he got to the place where the man had been set up with his stand, he was gone. 

Ken went home and began to slam the fruit in the garbage can.  God suddenly spoke to him and said, “Did you repent of that?”  “No Sir, I didn’t”,  Ken responded.  “That is your problem”, God said, “Your spirit is full of that kind of trash and you don’t care enough about the commandment of love to do anything about it.” At that point the word commandment to love hit him between the eyes.  He began to repent and asked the Lord to show him what else he needed to repent about.  God did and it was much.  Ken repented, made phone calls and wrote letters of apology and when he did the glory began to POUR out and into his life!

It is like this, dear reader.  We walk in the light of God’s word and His word says to love everyone!  The minute we step over into anger, resentment, or offense we have stepped out of the light and into darkness.  Faith works by LOVE!  Faith isn’t just a verb that means to believe!  It has a catalyst and that catalyst is LOVE!  Love is the key to all the things God has stored up for you!  You aren’t going anywhere, doing anything worthwhile until love begins to dominate your thought life and your behavior!

Do we make people who refuse Jesus our best friend?  NO!  Do we accept sin in any form?  NO!  But, we don’t throw the baby out with the bath water!  LOVE the sinner, HATE, the sin!  I do not mean tolerate it, either!  If something is wrong and God moves on you to tell someone they are wrong, do it firmly, but with all gentleness!  He will give you the words that will go to the very quick of their heart.

Stop seeing love as an option according to how people treat you!   If you do, you are wrong!  Begin to see it for what it is and that is God’s commandment and KEY to opening the doors He has made ready.  If you had a house built and the contractor called and said, “Your house is ready and you can live in it now.”  Until he turns the key to the house over to you and you use it, the house will never be obtained or lived in!  It is the same with this.  God has made the blessing ready, but until you take the key of love, put it in the lock and open the door, you are no better than when you were homeless even though you may own the most expensive and beautiful house on the block! 

Hear me, dear reader!  We are not loving to get something or to manipulate others.  We are loving because it is a commandment that is just as important to God as when He said, “Thou shalt not kill!” or any of the other commandments!

Study these love scriptures.  Let them get down in you!  No, you don’t have to, but if you want to see the glory in operation in your life, you certainly will!  I will, too!  I want everything God has for me, but more than anything, I love Him too much to be a child He is disappointed in!   In His love~Juliana 

SCRIPTURES ON LOVE:

John 13:34-35; John 17:23; Romans 5:5;  Romans 12:9-10;  Romans 13:10;  1 Corinthians 13:4-8;  1 Corinthians 14:1;   Galatians 5:6,22, 23, 24; Ephesians 4:31-32; Colossians 3:14; 1 Thessalonians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 4:9-10; 2 Timothy 2:24-26;  1 Peter 3:18-12; 1 Peter 4:8;  1 John 3:18; 1 John 4:7-8;  1 John 4:16

 

 


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