2 Corinthians 9:8 God Loves A Cheerful Giver

2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

This text focuses on generous giving. Are you a cheerful giver? Do you give freely to a need when it is revealed to you through the Holy Spirit?

The Apostle Paul had been making appeals to the church at Corinth to help the church at Jerusalem that was in need. Paul ends his appeal by pointing them to the benefits they would reap as a result of their generous giving to those sisters and brothers that were in need.

As you and I know,giving is a matter of the heart. 2 Corinthians 9:7 – Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

When you bless others, God is able to bless you abundantly. Did you hear that? God is able! He is able because nothing is impossible with God.

Luke 6:38 – Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

God gives generously all that we need. We needed to be saved from sin and death and God gave us His best. Let’s listen to John 3:16 -16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Giving cheerfully should be a way of life for all of us who have been forgiven by God’s grace. When we do, God will make sure that we have all that we need. He will supply it according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. He promises us that!

God is able to make all grace abound to you and I in all things and at all times when we give with a cheerful heart.

Saints, God is ABLE to bless us abundantly, in all things, at all times, giving us more than what we need so we can share with others.

Who would not want to serve a God like that? Saints, Our God is able!

There is an abundance of grace and forgiveness for all who need it on today. There is an abundance of love that is still available on today that proved itself on an old ruggard cross on a hill called Calvary over 2k years ago. OUR GOD IS ABLE! He is the giver of grace and mercy.

This abundant grace that God offers extends and abound in every good work that God has preordained for you and I. You do know that we were created as God’s workman right? Let’s listen to Ephesians 2:10-For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Part of that work is sharing and giving when there is a need.

God’s abounding grace goes beyond replenishing what we have given away, for God is powerful enough to replace and multiply in all things to make sure that we have all that we need.

God loves a cheerful give! Are you one?

God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for giving you a heart to give.

I love you all with the love of Christ.

Debra

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John14:27- Jesus Offers Peace In A Troubled World

John 14:27 – “I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

Indeed the world we now live in is troubled on every side. People everywhere seems to have no peace. They are fearful, worried, stressed, burdened down, confused, perplexed, wounded, crushed in spirit and on and on.

These and many other stresses have caused many people to be at unrest and without peace. Not the peace of the world, but the peace of God.

Peace is a gift from God. We do not deserve it and there is nothing we can do to ear it.

Having the peace of God does not means that we do not struggle, we do not have problems, hardships or difficulties in life. It does not mean that we will not have have to deal with the storms of life. No, it does not mean that. Having the peace of God is calmness and contentment on the inside of us because of the assurance God has given us in His Word that He is with us, that He will never leave us nor forsake us, regardless of what we suffer, the assurance that all things are working together for our good, the assurance of God being our very present help in trouble, the assurance of God hearing and answering our prayers and the assurance of God’s Sovereignty. This is what give us peace in the ditches and trenches of life. God’s presence with us in it! The peace that only God can give, regardless of the situation or circumstance.

Jesus offers peace to us on today in a world that is not full of the peace of God, but full of trouble and unrest. What should be do as believers in a world full of trouble and unrest? We must put our focus on things above. Our must be God. We find the peace of God when we put our hearts and mind on God. God Himself declares in Isaiah 26:3 – Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

We are to meditate on God’s Word day and night and if we do, God promises us these things. (1) my peace I leave with you for He is the source of true peace. (2) my peace I give unto you for He is the giver of true peace. (3) I do not give as the world gives because it is only in Jesus where true peace can be found. True peace is not found in the world. The world and everything it offers is temporary.

In a troubled world, let us daily seek the peace of God which surpassess all understanding. Troubles of life will forever be with us. Jesus promise us that. Let’s listen to what Jesus says in John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Need strength to endure in this troubled world? Are you in need of God’s peace on today in the midst of it all? Peace that takes away fear, worry, stress and anxiety? Is that what you are seeking on today? God has it! Psalm 29:11-The LORD gives strength to His people; the LORD blesses His people with peace.

God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for His “Peace” that he freely gives to all who would receive.

I love you all with the love of Christ.

Debra

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Psalm 27:14 Waiting on God? Are You There?

Psalm 27:14 – Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

God’s Waiting room. Are you there? I am! God’s waiting room is a place that seems to stand still at times. A holding place, a place of preparation.

I am not sure about you, but I must admit that one of the most difficult things in life for me is to wait on the Lord. One of the most difficult places to be is in God’s holding room. The room where you not only wait on God, but the room where you are prep by God for spiritual growth and service. GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY!

Perhaps on today, you too find yourself in God’s waiting room and it is very difficult for you to wait on the Lord, but, guess what? God is calling us to do just that; “Wait on Him”.

Like millions around the world on today, you too find yourself waiting on an answer from God to a situation or circumstance that you deem very important. We are waiting on His answer as to which course of direction should we take. We have been praying, reading our word, believing by faith, waiting with great expectation and yet we find ourselves still waiting because we have yet to receive a response from God, so we think. Am I the only one here on today that is still waiting on God?

I once heard someone say that “waiting” is the road from the promise to the praise. True is that, but it is that in between place on the road called “wait” that makes waiting so hard.

What does it mean to wait on the Lord? “Waiting on the Lord” means more than just sitting & doing nothing. Waiting included continual obedience to God’s word, doing what is right in the eyes of God, claiming God’s promises as our own by faith, trusting and believing God, being busy in the service of the Lord while you wait and not being idol for when you are idol, doing nothing, you become frustrated, hopeless, fearful, doubtful, anxious and defeated in your mind. God wants us to have hope while we wait.

I believe how we wait has a lot to do with how we survive while we wait. Our attitude is everything. Our attitude helps determine our view of things. Our view must be seen through the lense of scripture. God promises to work all things together for our good and we must take Him at His Word and believe Him in spite of what we see with our natural eyes.

God’s timing is not our timing, but if He made you a promise to work it out, He will work it out! Wait on Him, be encouraged through His Word while you wait. It is in the Word of God where we find the strength needed to continue to wait and trust God’s timing. God’s Word declares that he will hear and answer our prayer. Psalm 34:17-The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.

Sometimes God’s answer does not come over night, weeks or even months. It may take years,but God promises to answer us. God’s delay is not God’s denial!

While we are waiting on God, He is working out all the details, including the details in getting us ready for what He is about to do for us, in us and through us.

Let us gird up our loins today with the Gospel truth found in the bible and believe by faith that regardless of how long the wait may be, God is never late, but always on time. Let us Pray and ask God to teach us how to wait on Him in faith. Grab hold of your favorite scripture, cling to it with all your might, allow it to take root in your heart and spirit and do not let it go! In other words, stand on the Word of God! It is our life line while we wait with confidence and expectancy.

If we look throughout the bible, we will see how God’s people back then had to wait and we today have to do the same. David waited years to be crowned king after he was anointed King, Moses waited 80 years before God called him, Joseph spent 2 years waiting on God while in prison before being elevated to the king’s palace, Jesus waited 33 years to fulfill his purpose of death on the cross. Waiting on God is unavoidable for all of us. We must wait! God commands it in His Word. Wait on the Lord and be o good courage and He shall strengthen thine heart. He repeats it by saying “again I say wait on the Lord”!

2 things to remember when we pray: As believers we must take self inventory from time to time. We must make sure we are paying with the right motives. Are our motives pure? What we need or requesting is for God’s glory or ours? Let’s listen to what is said in scripture concerning our motives in what we are praying for in James 4:3-And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure. This could be the reason our prayers are not being answered.

The second thing ask ourselves is (2) are we praying the will of God? Let’s listen to what scripture says about praying the will of God and receiving an answer to our prayers. 1 John 5:14-15- And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Isaiah 40;28-31- 28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Remember: James 5:16b- “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”

God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for the daily strength that He supplies for us as we travel this christian journey with love, patience and great expectancy of His answer.

I love you all with the love of Christ. The love that says “love thy neighbor as thyself”!

God bless!
Debra

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John 15:5 – You Must Stay Connected To God Who Is Your Power Source

John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

In this text, Jesus is referencing relationship. Our relationship with Him. It must be personal, it must be one of connection, it must be one of continual seeking and talking with Him. Abiding with Him. Staying connected to Him through His Word, prayer, obedience, gospel songs, etc.

Those who claim to follow Jesus must stay connected to Him. We are to live the life He has called us to live through His Word, we must daily strive to obey what He commands of us, we must first love Him and then our neighbors as ourselves.

Without our connection to the power source who is Jesus Christ, we are not only powerless and bearing no fruit, but we are dead spiritually! We have no connection to God apart from Jesus. Jesus himself declares in John 14:6 -6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. To connect to the Father, we must first connect to the Son. There is no other way! Jesus is it!

Jesus declares in this scripture that He is the only giver of spiritual life. He is the “True Vine and we are the branches.”

The vine produces the fruit that grows on the branches. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me, says Jesus. When the vine is connected to the branch, there is intimacy. Jesus is calling us to an intimate relationship with Him from this day forward. This relationship requires spending time with Him daily. He is our life support, our oxgen, our breathing machine. Apart from Him we will die an eternal death separated from Him spiritually.

Why should you get connected to God? God helps us understand why in Matthew 19:26 – “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” We can’t put our trust in man for man will fail us. God is a promise keeper. He will do just what He says He will do. Numbers 23:19-God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

What good is a lamp without oil? Can it burn without it? No, it is useless! What good are we as Christians apart from Christ? We are of no effect, we can not bare any fruit, for scripture declares that we can do nothing apart from Him.

Staying connected to God as power sources allows us to move from being useless to being useful in the Kingdom of God and it allow us to walk out of death row into life eternal.

Jesus declares these words concerning us on today in Matthew 5:14-16- Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

If we are going to “let our light shine” as people of God, we need to stay connected to God through Christ Jesus who is the Power Source.

When we stay connected to God, who is our Power Source, we can rest assure of His precious and sure promises.

I urge you on today to stay connected to God who is your power source. Apart from Him we can do nothing!

God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for being the Light House from whence our power comes.

I love you all with the love of Christ.

Debra

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Psalm 91:4 God Promises To Cover You

Psalm 91:4 He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

In a world where trouble seems to be on every hand, uncertainty on every corner, threat on every street, confusion and doubt in the minds of many who do not know nor believe in God and fear in the hearts of many who confess God, God makes this promise to those that belongs to Him.

Saints, God promises to cover us. To shield and protect us from every enemy. He will cover us with His wings, we will be safe in His care and His faithfulness will protect and defend us.

The Psalmist here described The “Sovereign God” as a shelter, an armor and a protector of His people from the snares of the enemy. He declares that God’s arms are a place of refuge and strength from the believer’s enemies.

Who is this God that makes such a promise of protection to you and I on today? Let’s listen: His name is “The Most High God” (`elyôn), the name by which he was known by Abraham and the patriarchs. The Exalted God, the God higher than every false god. (2) The Almighty (shadday), the God of Might, the ruler of all. The LORD or Yahweh, is the name by which God revealed himself to Moses, the great I Am, the eternally existent God. (3) My God (´ĕlōhīm), the Strong One, Creator and Mighty.

Oh what a promise! Under God’s outstretched arms we can find the protection we need. It is under these arms of the Almighty God is where we can rest assured of His safety and protection. God promises us on today saints, that those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

If We continue to believe God and take Him at His Word, He promises to protect us even to the extent of these things. Let’s listen to things that God promises to shield and protect us from in vs#5-6 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day,6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

God also declares to you and I on today that under His protection these plagues shall not come year us. GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY!!! Let’s listen to what God says concerning us in vs#7-8 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. 8 Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.

There is a guaranteed promise to all those who would trust and believe God. This faith is available to all who would receive it. Romans 10:17-17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

You have heard the “good news” on today. What are you gonna do with it?

Your promised place of shelter from the enemy in every storm of life depends on your faith in Jesus Christ. If you have accepted Him as your Lord and Savior, this promise is a guarantee to you. If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, this promise can be yours if you would only receive Him on today. If you do, God promises to you also, to be that hiding place that you too can run to.

Yes, many speak the name of Jesus in the time of trouble and danger, but the psalmist here on today is speaking to those who are connected to God. Those who continue to trust and believe Him, regardless of life’s circumstances. Those who continually look to Him, He will protect.

Are you seeking shelter from the enemy? God is and can forever be your place of refuge if you would only come to Him on today. He already knows about your situation, He is just waiting to hear from you. When you do, you will find rest and peace like never before. In the arms of Jesus is peace, rest and protection.

Will you trust on Him today to be your place of safety? If you do, He promises to cover you!

God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for all his promises are yea and amen in Christ Jesus.

I love you all with the love of Christ.

Debra

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Psalm 4:3 – God Promise To Answer When You Call Him

Psalm 4:3 You can be sure of this: The LORD set apart the godly for himself. The LORD will answer when I call to Him.

Oh what a promise God gives to us on this morning Saints. He promises to answer us when we call upon Him. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. He has set us apart for His service, therefore, He will answer when we call Him.

We know that God’s Word is true. Scripture declares in Isaiah 55:11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

Scripture also declares in 2 Corinthians 1:20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

Numbers 23:19 – God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?

God is not like man, for scripture declares that God is the same yesterday, today and forever, for He changes not.

The world in which we live is constantly changing,, promising everything but delivering nothing but detriment to the soul of man. Life is full of increasing uncertainty, difficulty, frustration, fears and insecurities. Life has proven to all of us that much of what we thought we could stand on has proven to be an unsure footing that is not dependable nor predictable.

If there ever was a time that we as Christians MUST stand firm on God’s Word like never before, the time is now! We can and must build our lives on the promises of God’s Word for we are His recipients of these great and precious promises. We must hold fast the confession of our faith without wavering for He who promise us is a faithful Promise Keeper!

God reminds us in His word that He is not a man that he can lie, His words are true, they can be trusted! They have been sealed with the blood of His son Jesus Christ. So on today, I encourage you to open the book of promise, your bible and remind yourselves that when you stand on the promises of God, you are standing on the promises of a faithful promise keeper!

Call on the Lord today! He promise to answer when you call Him. Wait on Him and be of good courage!

God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for being a prayer answering God.

I love you all with the love of Christ.

Debra

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Hebrews 4:13 – Secret Sin Is Not Hidden From God, For He Sees It All

Repost.

Hebrews 4:13 – Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Indeed we are living in perilous times. A time where reverence and respect for God has been lost. A time when respect for self and one another has been thrown out the window of life. A time of eat, drink and be merry. Every man live according to what is right in his own eyes. A time where married people are living as singles and single people are living as married. A time where it is ok for men to live as women and women to live as men on the downlow.

Secret sin! Many think that is exactly what it is, secret sin, but it is not for it is known to God. Secret sin is deep rooted in the heart. No, we can not see it, but God can!

We serve a God who declares this morning that nothing in all creation is hidden from His sight. Be it good or evil, God sees and knows all about it!
God is Sovereign and He sees and knows all things, even before they are thought of in our minds and even before we act them out.

“There is no creature hidden from His sight.” Our innermost being may be hid from others, but there is nothing concealed from God. Do you think you have secrets that no one knows about? You don’t! God knows all about them. You can not hide from God!

1 Corinthians 4:5 says in that day He will bring to light the hidden things of the heart. Psalm 139, verse 12, tells us that “the darkness hideth not from thee,” and it goes on to say that day and night is the same with God.

Oh, you may hide your foolishness and your sin in the nighttime from others, but God always sees what you do.

Psalms 33:13 The LORD looks down from heaven and sees all of us humans.

The Lord knows exactly what we are doing. Psalms 11:4 The LORD is in his holy temple; he has his throne in heaven. He watches people everywhere and knows what they are doing.

Luke 12:22 – There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.

Remember: Proverbs 5:21 – For your ways are in full view of the Lord and he examines all your paths.

Psalm 139:1-12 – O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. 5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. 12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

Ponder this: Wherever you go and whatever you do whatever you say and however you act, remember, God sees and knows it all! Nothing is hidden from His eyes! There are no secrets where God is concerned.

God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for keeping watch over us day and night!

I love you all with the love of Christ!

Debra

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