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Bible Verse of the Day-The Just Shall Live By Faith

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Bible Verse of the Day

[ The Righteous Will Live by Faith ] For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.        Romans 1:16 HCSB

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What Does it Mean When We Say God Will Turn Things Around?

what does it mean God will turn it around

There are a lot of phrases Christians use and they are well acquainted with the meaning of those phrases.  But if we say them and there are people who are not Christians or from other countries that hear it or read it, they are confused. 

I have a friend that is NOT a Christian, and her roots are not from this country.  She has never been in a church in her life to my knowledge.  One day she had read an article I had posted about our love walks.  It was when I began to blog.  Suddenly, she turned to me and asked, “What is this  “love walk’?  I don’t know what that means.  Many  Christians say it, and we don’t know what it means.”  She was truly confused!  I was truly surprised!  I just thought everyone knew.

Today, a reader asked the question, “What does it mean when we say God will turn things around?”  They don’t understand because this is a phrase used by Christians that we automatically think others will know.  I want to explain this phrase.

In the Bible, God says what satan meant to use to harm us  Jesus will take it and turn it around and use it for our good.  For instance, when Haman decided to kill all the Jews in the book of Esther.  Haman had gone to the king and tricked him into doing this.  The king had great respect for Mordecai who was Esther‘s, his queen’s uncle.  Haman wanted the Jews killed.  Mordecai reminded Esther that would include her and God had not made her queen just for the “royal treatment”.  She was placed there for that time to spare the lives of the Jews!  Sure enough God gave her a plan, she carried that plan out and Haman was the one that was hung on the gallows he built for the Jews!  In other words, God turned Haman’s evil plan  and instead of the Jews being hurt they actually profited from it.  He got rid of Haman and they were then safe for all the king’s reign  instead of marked for sure death!

When we say God will turn things around, it means that God will turn things back on our enemies and bless us.  The things  a Christian’s enemy or enemies of God’s Christian people  have plotted will come against them instead, and the Christians will reign in victory.  We see this all throughout the Bible, but it says it directly in Genesis 12:3.  Those who curse Israel will be cursed, but those who bless Israel will be blessed!  This goes for those of us who were once Gentiles, but we have accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour in our lives.  We are now ingrafted into the vine and the blessing God intended for the Jewish people  is now ours as well!!

Paul and Silas, in the New Testament, when they were thrown in the prison for preaching Jesus, while they were in prison they were able to bring salvation to the prison guard and his family because God caused from their praises a great earthquake to break and open all the prison doors.  Because of their praise to God, even though the enemy thought he had imprisoned them and stopped the gospel from going forth, God turned it to where they were free to preach to all people and even convert their enemies to Christianity!

If you hear the phrase, you can’t lose with God or the enemy’s head has been cut off, those phrases also mean the same thing!  There is another phrase we use….if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em!  God loves you!  Jesus loves you!  If you are not a Christian or even if you hate Christians the Bible says God will frustrate your plans!  You will never beat God’s people.  They always win!  Instead of hating the Christians or fighting becoming one ask yourself this…”Why would I NOT want to be on the winning side?  I am not excluded!  Jesus wants me and died for me just like everyone else!  I am not rejected with Jesus, I am wanted and will BELONG when I accept Jesus!”  How simple and how much easier it would be to receive Him than to be against Him.  If Paul were here, He would tell you all about that, personally! 

Jesus is reaching out to you today.  I pray you reach back if you haven’t already!  May your day be a good day, and your week filled with all good things!  Juliana


What Does it Mean When We Say God Will Turn Things Around?

what does it mean God will turn it around

There are a lot of phrases Christians use and they are well acquainted with the meaning of those phrases.  But if we say them and there are people who are not Christians or from other countries that hear it or read it, they are confused. 

I have a friend that is NOT a Christian, and her roots are not from this country.  She has never been in a church in her life to my knowledge.  One day she had read an article I had posted about our love walks.  It was when I began to blog.  Suddenly, she turned to me and asked, “What is this  “love walk’?  I don’t know what that means.  Many  Christians say it, and we don’t know what it means.”  She was truly confused!  I was truly surprised!  I just thought everyone knew.

Today, a reader asked the question, “What does it mean when we say God will turn things around?”  They don’t understand because this is a phrase used by Christians that we automatically think others will know.  I want to explain this phrase.

In the Bible, God says what satan meant to use to harm us  Jesus will take it and turn it around and use it for our good.  For instance, when Haman decided to kill all the Jews in the book of Esther.  Haman had gone to the king and tricked him into doing this.  The king had great respect for Mordecai who was Esther‘s, his queen’s uncle.  Haman wanted the Jews killed.  Mordecai reminded Esther that would include her and God had not made her queen just for the “royal treatment”.  She was placed there for that time to spare the lives of the Jews!  Sure enough God gave her a plan, she carried that plan out and Haman was the one that was hung on the gallows he built for the Jews!  In other words, God turned Haman’s evil plan  and instead of the Jews being hurt they actually profited from it.  He got rid of Haman and they were then safe for all the king’s reign  instead of marked for sure death!

When we say God will turn things around, it means that God will turn things back on our enemies and bless us.  The things  a Christian’s enemy or enemies of God’s Christian people  have plotted will come against them instead, and the Christians will reign in victory.  We see this all throughout the Bible, but it says it directly in Genesis 12:3.  Those who curse Israel will be cursed, but those who bless Israel will be blessed!  This goes for those of us who were once Gentiles, but we have accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour in our lives.  We are now ingrafted into the vine and the blessing God intended for the Jewish people  is now ours as well!!

Paul and Silas, in the New Testament, when they were thrown in the prison for preaching Jesus, while they were in prison they were able to bring salvation to the prison guard and his family because God caused from their praises a great earthquake to break and open all the prison doors.  Because of their praise to God, even though the enemy thought he had imprisoned them and stopped the gospel from going forth, God turned it to where they were free to preach to all people and even convert their enemies to Christianity!

If you hear the phrase, you can’t lose with God or the enemy’s head has been cut off, those phrases also mean the same thing!  There is another phrase we use….if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em!  God loves you!  Jesus loves you!  If you are not a Christian or even if you hate Christians the Bible says God will frustrate your plans!  You will never beat God’s people.  They always win!  Instead of hating the Christians or fighting becoming one ask yourself this…”Why would I NOT want to be on the winning side?  I am not excluded!  Jesus wants me and died for me just like everyone else!  I am not rejected with Jesus, I am wanted and will BELONG when I accept Jesus!”  How simple and how much easier it would be to receive Him than to be against Him.  If Paul were here, He would tell you all about that, personally! 

Jesus is reaching out to you today.  I pray you reach back if you haven’t already!  May your day be a good day, and your week filled with all good things!  Juliana


Acts 28…Malta’s Hospitality

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Acts 28

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Malta’s Hospitality

28 Once ashore, we then learned that the island was called Malta.2 The local people showed us extraordinary kindness, for they lit a fire and took us all in, since it was raining and cold. 3 As Paul gathered a bundle of brushwood and put it on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened itself to his hand. 4 When the local people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “This man is probably a murderer, and though he has escaped the sea, Justice[a] does not allow him to live!” 5 However, he shook the creature off into the fire and suffered no harm. 6 They expected that he would swell up or suddenly drop dead. But after they waited a long time and saw nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.

Ministry in Malta

7 Now in the area around that place was an estate belonging to the leading man of the island, named Publius, who welcomed us and entertained us hospitably for three days. 8 Publius’s father was in bed suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went to him, and praying and laying his hands on him, he healed him. 9 After this, the rest of those on the island who had diseases also came and were cured. 10 So they heaped many honors on us, and when we sailed, they gave us what we needed.

Rome at Last

11 After three months we set sail in an Alexandrian ship that had wintered at the island, with the Twin Brothers[b] as its figurehead. 12 Putting in at Syracuse, we stayed three days. 13 From there, after making a circuit along the coast,[c] we reached Rhegium. After one day a south wind sprang up, and the second day we came to Puteoli. 14 There we found believers[d] and were invited to stay with them for seven days.

And so we came to Rome. 15 Now the believers[e] from there had heard the news about us and had come to meet us as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage. 16 When we entered Rome,[f] Paul was permitted to stay by himself with the soldier who guarded him.

Paul’s First Interview with Roman Jews

17 After three days he called together the leaders of the Jews. When they had gathered he said to them: “Brothers, although I have done nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors, I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. 18 After they examined me, they wanted to release me, since I had not committed a capital offense. 19 Because the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar; it was not as though I had any accusation against my nation. 20 For this reason I’ve asked to see you and speak to you. In fact, it is for the hope of Israel that I’m wearing this chain.”

21 Then they said to him, “We haven’t received any letters about you from Judea. None of the brothers has come and reported or spoken anything evil about you. 22 But we would like to hear from you what you think. For concerning this sect, we are aware that it is spoken against everywhere.”

The Response to Paul’s Message

23 After arranging a day with him, many came to him at his lodging. From dawn to dusk he expounded and witnessed about the kingdom of God. He tried to persuade them concerning Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets. 24 Some were persuaded by what he said, but others did not believe.

25 Disagreeing among themselves, they began to leave after Paul made one statement: “The Holy Spirit correctly spoke through the prophet Isaiah to your[g] ancestors 26 when He said,

Go to these people and say: You will listen and listen, yet never understand; and you will look and look, yet never perceive. 27 For the hearts of these people have grown callous, their ears are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes; otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears, understand with their heart, and be converted, and I would heal them.[h]

28 Therefore, let it be known to you that this saving work of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen!” [29 After he said these things, the Jews departed, while engaging in a prolonged debate among themselves.][i]

Paul’s Ministry Unhindered

30 Then he stayed two whole years in his own rented house. And he welcomed all who visited him, 31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with full boldness and without hindrance.


Acts 26…Paul’s Defense Before Agrippa

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Paul’s Defense before Agrippa

26 Agrippa said to Paul, “It is permitted for you to speak for yourself.”

Then Paul stretched out his hand and began his defense: 2 “I consider myself fortunate, King Agrippa, that today I am going to make a defense before you about everything I am accused of by the Jews, 3 especially since you are an expert in all the Jewish customs and controversies. Therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently.

4 “All the Jews know my way of life from my youth, which was spent from the beginning among my own nation and in Jerusalem. 5 They had previously known me for quite some time, if they were willing to testify, that according to the strictest party of our religion I lived as a Pharisee. 6 And now I stand on trial for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers, 7 the promise our 12 tribes hope to attain as they earnestly serve Him night and day. King Agrippa, I am being accused by the Jews because of this hope. 8 Why is it considered incredible by any of you that God raises the dead? 9 In fact, I myself supposed it was necessary to do many things in opposition to the name of Jesus the Nazarene. 10 I actually did this in Jerusalem, and I locked up many of the saints in prison, since I had received authority for that from the chief priests. When they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. 11 In all the synagogues I often tried to make them blaspheme by punishing them. I even pursued them to foreign cities since I was greatly enraged at them.

Paul’s Account of His Conversion and Commission

12 “I was traveling to Damascus under these circumstances with authority and a commission from the chief priests. 13 King Agrippa, while on the road at midday, I saw a light from heaven brighter than the sun, shining around me and those traveling with me. 14 We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice speaking to me in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’[a]

15 “Then I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’

“And the Lord replied: ‘I am Jesus, the One you are persecuting. 16 But get up and stand on your feet. For I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and a witness of what you have seen[b] and of what I will reveal to you. 17 I will rescue you from the people and from the Gentiles. I now send you to them 18 to open their eyes so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that by faith in Me they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share among those who are sanctified.’

19 “Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision. 20 Instead, I preached to those in Damascus first, and to those in Jerusalem and in all the region of Judea, and to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works worthy of repentance. 21 For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple complex and were trying to kill me. 22 To this very day, I have obtained help that comes from God, and I stand and testify to both small and great, saying nothing else than what the prophets and Moses said would take place— 23 that the Messiah must suffer, and that as the first to rise from the dead, He would proclaim light to our people and to the Gentiles.”

Not Quite Persuaded

24 As he was making his defense this way, Festus exclaimed in a loud voice, “You’re out of your mind, Paul! Too much study is driving you mad!”

25 But Paul replied, “I’m not out of my mind, most excellent Festus. On the contrary, I’m speaking words of truth and good judgment. 26 For the king knows about these matters. It is to him I am actually speaking boldly. For I am convinced that none of these things escapes his notice, since this was not done in a corner. 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you believe.”

28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Are you going to persuade me to become a Christian so easily?”

29 “I wish before God,” replied Paul, “that whether easily or with difficulty, not only you but all who listen to me today might become as I am—except for these chains.”

30 So the king, the governor, Bernice, and those sitting with them got up, 31 and when they had left they talked with each other and said, “This man is doing nothing that deserves death or chains.”

32 Then Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been released if he had not appealed to Caesar.”

 


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