Monthly Archives: November 2012

Childlike Faith

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Jesus is saying, we must be born again and totally depend on Him as a little child depends on it’s parents. A little child is humble and forgives so easily. When we come to JESUS, we must have a heart that is willing to surrender all to Him

and be willing to be the clay in His hands. This is maybe the greatest lesson that Jesus taught and when we can become as a child, we become a Child Of the KING!!(borrowed this 😉 to good & true not to share)~~ Jenn

Jesus’ Model for How to Deal With Difficult People

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 Christian Relationship Help:– By Karla Downing
If you are looking for Christian relationship help, you are probably dealing with difficult people and wondering how God would want you to respond to them. Jesus dealt with many difficult people. Here are three principles he put into practice:
 
Know the person. Jesus always knew who he was dealing with. He was able to discern the thoughts and intent of the Pharisees and other people who were trying to trick him, kill him, and undermine him. John 2:24 says, “Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men” (NIV). When you are dealing with a difficult person, you can recognize the ways the person typically acts and expect more of the same: an angry person will get angry, a sensitive person will take your words wrong, a lazy person won’t work, an abusive person will abuse, and an addict will engage in the addiction. Expect it so you aren’t surprised and thrown off track.
Detach from hooks. Difficult people try to get you to bite their “hooks.” They want to hook you into giving into their demands and taking over their responsibilities. They use anger, blame, guilt, threats, and moods to manipulate you. You need to recognize these hooks and choose not to be pulled into the game. You do this by separating yourself emotionally and mentally (and sometimes physically) from the person’s actions. Jesus reminded us to be on guard against the schemes of men (Matthew 10:17).
Choose your response. Instead of reacting, you choose your response. Jesus was manipulated, despised, taunted, tricked, and abused, but he was always thoughtfully in control of his own reactions. He had boundaries and protected himself, until it was the appointed time for him to die and even then, he let himself be crucified. Regardless of what is done to you, you are responsible for choosing your reaction. It is your responsibility to set boundaries, say no, act respectfully, speak the truth, confront sin, refuse to enable, and love your enemies (Matthew 5:38-42).

God’s Grace

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This holiday season everyone is posting each day what they are thankful for.  I didn’t jump on that wagon.. but started asking myself what am I most thankful for.. I have sooo many things… words could never explain… until it hit me.. without God’s Grace I wouldn’t have any of the things I so deeply treasure…

I found a picture that helped me explain what I mean..

 

 

 

I am so thankful that he chose to pave my path with HIS GRACE!!! Just the thought of where my life would be if it weren’t for that path of Grace is very scary!!

He’s Holding You….

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I borrowed this from a fb page… I really needed to hear it today.. and see the mental picture that it gives… When the storm is pounding on me it seems I forget how much he cares for  and protects me!!

 

 

 

 

“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” Psalm 91:4

Close your eyes, and imagine for just a minute the comfort to be found wrapped in the wings of our Heavenly Father. Feel His warmth and peace while you nestle into His body, and listen to the rhythmic beating of His heart. Breathe in and inhale His fragrance. He longs for this closeness with you. His desire is to protect and defend you from the enemy’s arrows. This picture of intimacy with the Lord isn’t a fantasy, it isn’t a lovely picture, it is real, and you can have it today. Draw close to Him, and His word promises He will draw close to you.

“How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.” Psalm 36:7-8

Remember Past Blessings

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Do you have people in your life who only talk to you when they want something? Conversations that revolve around the other person’s needs or demands make it hard to develop true fellowship. These one-sided relationships can lead to us feeling used and manipulated. Yet that is exactly what many of us do to God when we only approach Him in prayer with a need or desire. We give Him our laundry lists of prayer requests without seeking a relationship with Him, spending time praising Him, or thanking Him for our many blessings. We pray for future events without acknowledging His help in the past. Our forgetfulness is an indication of our ingratitude toward God and it renders our prayers ineffective.

Yet none of this shocks God. God knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows we are a forgetful people. He knows our capacity for ingratitude. He knows our capacity for reinventing the truth. He knows our capacity for taking credit for His provision. Throughout the Scriptures we see God reminding His people of His blessings. He often urged them to set up visible memorials of His past provision so they would be filled with prayer and praise. Without these reminders, the people would forget God’s faithfulness.

When God miraculously brought His people out of slavery in Egypt, they quickly succumbed to ingratitude towards God. They grumbled and complained and murmured every time they faced a new challenge, instead of thanking God for His ever-present hand. Their attitude prevented them from entering the Promised Land for 40 years until that grumbling generation had died out in the wilderness.

After God’s people finally reached the Promised Land, God told them to create a monument as a reminder of His supernatural aid in crossing the Jordan River. “When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, ‘Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan from right where the priests stood and to carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight’” (Joshua 4:1-3). Joshua carried out the Lord’s commands and explained to the men that this would “serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord.… These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever” (Joshua 4:6,7).

God wants to see prayers that are filled with genuine praise and thanksgiving for what He has done in the past. He wants our hearts to be filled with awe and gratitude for His blessings. He wants us to set up memorials in our hearts testifying to the provisions He has given us.

God does not want to be taken for granted. He does not want to be given our lists of wants without any true desire to know Him. We dishonor God when we relegate Him to the role of magic genie. God answers our prayers to strengthen our faith in Him, to help us trust in His Word, to glorify Himself, and to express His love for us. Imagine how He feels when we respond to His grace and love and mercy with indifference and forgetfulness and presumption.

When we face difficult times, we often become blinded by our problems and forget how God has always provided the solutions to our past troubles. God wants to see that His past aid did not go unnoticed or unappreciated. He wants us to come to Him confidently in prayer, gratefully acknowledging His past mercies. After we have spent time in praise and thanksgiving, we can then ask Him to again help us so that our blessings can glorify Him.

As you join with us in praying for America, spend time building a relationship with God. Praise Him for who He is and thank Him for the many blessings He has given and continues to give to this country today.

“I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.” Psalm 116:1,2

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Excerpted from My Journal, a monthly devotional magazine from Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef.

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