When you read scripture, it's like pouring life into your soul.
"A Fight to the Finish with the Armor of God"
God is strong, and He wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we'll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.
Be prepared. You're up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it's all over but the shouting you'll still be on your feet. Our struggle is not against the people you can see, but against the rulers, authorities, the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You'll need them throughout your life. God's Word is a mighty weapon not to be taken lightly. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your friends and family. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other's spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.
The Armor of God
Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes, so that when evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground.
Picture yourself putting on:
1. The Helmet of Salvation
My acceptance of Jesus as Lord Savior Son of God saves me. John 3:16 tell me so. Have you accepted Jesus?...Really? Re-claim and celebrate your salvation. Let Christ give you his mind and thoughts
2. The Breastplate of Righteousness
Get right with God by confessing any sin. Ask Jesus to make you more like Himself.
3. The Belt of Truth
Ask Jesus to show you the truth about yourself and about God. Ask Jesus to help you know if you are hearing His voice or the voice of another.
4. The Sandals of Peace
Exhale fully and breathe in the Peace of God. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you anyone you need to forgive and get right with. Forgive them and seek your forgiveness.
5. The Shield of Faith
Picture yourself with a mighty shield that stops doubt and temptation right in their tracks. Remember, your faith can begin really small, God will grow it for you.
6. The Sword of the Spirit
The Word of God found right inside your bible. Read it, and remember as much as you can. Take the sword to cut yourself free from anything that restricts you from living in faith and health. Praise God for His Word, in the Bible and in life.
7. Pray in the Spirit
Let the Holy Spirit lead you in worshipping God Pray for your friends and family and for others God brings to mind.
Love Letter from God
You may not know me, but I know everything about you.
I know when you sit down and when you rise up.
I am familiar with all your ways.
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered.
For you were made in my image.
In me you live and move and have your being.
For you are my offspring.
I knew you even before you were conceived.
I chose you when I planned creation.
You were not a mistake,for all your days are written in my book.
I determined the exact time of your birthand where you would live.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
I knit you together in your mother's womb.
And brought you forth on the day you were born.
I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me.
I am not distant and angry,but am the complete expression of love.
1 John 4:16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you.
1 John 3:1
Simply because you are my child and I am your Father.
1 John 3:1
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could.
For I am the perfect father.
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand.
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs.
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope.
Because I love you with an everlasting love.
My thoughts toward you are countlessas the sand on the seashore.
And I rejoice over you with singing.
I will never stop doing good to you.
For you are my treasured possession.
I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul.
And I want to show you great and marvelous things.
If you seek me with all your heart.
These are more effective than 911
You are sad, phone
You have sinned, phone
You are facing danger, phone
People have failed you, phone
It feels as though God is far from you, phone
Your faith needs stimulation, phone
You are alone and scared, phone
You are worried, phone
You are hurt and critical, phone
1 Corinthians 13
You wonder about Christianity, phone
2 Corinthians 5:15-18
You feel like an outcast, phone
You are seeking peace, phone
It feels as if the world is bigger than God, phone
You need Christ-like insurance, phone
You are leaving home for a trip, phone
You are praying for yourself, phone
You require courage for a task, phone
Inflation's and investments are overwhelming, phone
You are depressed, phone
Your bank account is empty, phone
You lose faith in mankind, phone
1 Corinthians 13
It looks like people are unfriendly, phone
You are losing hope, phone
You feel the world is small compared to you, phone
You want to carry fruit, phone
Paul's secret for happiness, phone
Opportunity to discover, phone
To get along with other people, phone
For dealing with fear, call Psalm 47
For security, call Psalm 121:3
For assurance, call Mark 8:35
For reassurance, call Psalm 145:18
FEED YOUR FAITH, AND
DOUBT WILL STARVE TO DEATH.
1. A child of God (Romans 8:16)
2. Redeemed from the hand of the enemy (Psalms 107:2)
3. Forgiven (Colossians 1:13,14)
4. Saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8)
5. Justified (Romans 5:1)
6. Sanctified (1Corinthians 5:17)
7. A new creature (II Corinthians 5:17)
8. Partaker of His divine nature (II Peter 1:4)
9. Redeemed from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13)
10. Delivered from the powers of darkness (Colossians 1:13)
11. Led by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:14)
12. A son of God (Romans 8:14)
13. Kept in safety wherever I go (Psalms 91:11)
14. Getting all my needs met by Jesus (Philippians 4:19)
15. Casting all my cares on Jesus (I Peter 5:7)
16. Strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (Ephesians 6:10)
17. Doing all things through Christ Who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)
18. An hear of God and a joint heir with Jesus (Romans 8:17)
19. Heir to the blessings of Abraham (Galatians 3:13,14)
20. Observing and doing the Lords commandments (Deuteronomy 28:6)
21. Blessed coming in and blessed going out (Deuteronomy 28:6)
22. An heir of eternal life (I John 5:11,12)
23. Blessed with all spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3)
24. Healed by Jesus stripes (I Peter 2:24)
25. Exercising my authority over the enemy (Luke 10:19)
26. Above only and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13)
27. More than a conqueror (Romans 8:37)
28. Establishing Gods Word here on earth (Matthew 16:19)
29. An over-comer by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of my testimony (revelation 12:11)
30. Daily overcoming the devil (I John 4:4)
31. Not moved by what I see (II Corinthians 4:18)
32. Walking by faith and not by sight (II Corinthians 5:7)
33. Casting down vain imaginations (II Corinthians 10:4,5)
34. Bringing every thought into captivity (II Corinthians 10:5)
35. Being transformed by renewing my mind (Romans 12:1,2)
36. A laborer together with God (I Corinthians 5:21)
37. The righteousness of God in Christ (II Corinthians 5:21)
38. An imitator of Jesus (Ephesians 5:1)
39. The light of the world (Matthew 5:14)
40. Blessing the Lord at all times and continually praising the Lord with my mouth (Psalm 34:1)
God won't ask what kind of car you drove,
but He'll ask how many people you drove who didn't have transportation.
God won't ask the square footage of your house,
but He'll ask how many people you welcomed into your home.
God won't ask about the clothes you had in your closet,
but He'll ask how many you helped to clothe.
God won't ask about your social status;
He will ask what kind of class you displayed.
God won't ask how many material possessions you had,
but He'll ask if they dictated your life.
God won't ask what your highest salary was,
but He'll ask if you compromised your character to obtain it.
God won't ask how much overtime you worked,
but He'll ask if your overtime work was for yourself or for your family.
God won't ask how many promotions you received,
but He'll ask how you promoted others.
God won't ask what your job title was,
but He'll ask if you performed your job to the best of your ability.
God won't ask what you did to help yourself,
but He'll ask what you did to help others.
God won't ask how many friends you had,
but He'll ask how many people to whom you were a friend.
God won't ask what you did to protect your rights,
but He'll ask what you did to protect the rights of others.
God won't ask in what neighborhood you lived,
but He'll ask how you treated your neighbors.
God won't ask about the color of your skin,
but He'll ask about the content of your character.
God won't ask why it took you so long to seek Him,
but He'll lovingly take you to your mansion in heaven.
"Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back - in many ways it is a feast fit for a king! The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The SKELETON at the feast....is YOU."
"Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC"
The next time you feel like God can't use you, just remember . . .
NOAH was a drunk....
ABRAHAM was too old..
ISAAC was a daydreamer....
JACOB was a liar..
LEAH was ugly...
JOSEPH was abused....
MOSES had a speech impediment....
GIDEON was afraid....
SAMPSON had long hair, and was a womanizer!
RAHAB was a prostitute...
JEREMIAH and TIMOTHY were too young...
DAVID had an affair and was a murderer...
ELIJAH was suicidal....
ISAIAH preached naked....
JONAH ran from God....
NAOMI was a widow....
JOB went bankrupt....
JOHN the Baptist ate bugs...
PETER denied Christ...
The Disciples fell asleep while praying...
MARTHA worried about everything....
MARY MAGDALENE was demon possessed...
The SAMARITAN WOMAN was divorced....more than once!!...
ZACCHEUS was too small....
PAUL was too religious and a persecutor of Christians...
TIMOTHY had an ulcer....
AND LAZARUS WAS DEAD!!!!
. . . no more excuses now.
God can use you just as you are!
I KNOW WHO I AM
I am God's child (John 1:12)
I am Christ's friend (John 15:15 )
I am united with the Lord(1 Cor. 6:17 )
I am bought with a price(1 Cor. 6:19-20)
I am a saint (set apart for God). (Eph. 1:1)
I am a personal witness of Christ. (Acts 1:8)
I am the salt & light of the earth ( Matt.5:13-14)
I am a member of the body of Christ(1 Cor 12:27)
I am free forever from condemnation ( Rom. 8: 1-2)
I am a citizen of Heaven. I am significant ( Phil.3:20)
I am free from any charge against me (Rom. 8:31 -34)
I am a minister of reconciliation for God(2 Cor.5:17-21)
I have access to God through the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:18)
I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Eph. 2:6)
I cannot be separated from the love of God( Rom.8:35-39)
I am established , anointed, sealed by God (2 Cor.1:21-22)
I am assured all things work together for good (Rom. 8: 28)
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16 )
I may approach God with freedom and confidence (Eph. 3: 12 )
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13)
I am the branch of the true vine, a channel of His life (John 15: 1-5)
I am God's temple (1 Cor. 3: 16 ). I am complete in Christ (Col. 2: 10)
I am hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3). I have been justified (Romans 5:1)
I am God's co-worker (1 Cor.. 3:9; 2 Cor 6:1). I am God's workmanship(Eph. 2:10 )
I am confident that the good works God has begun in me will be perfected. ( P hil 1: 5)
I have been redeemed and forgiven(Col.1:14).I have been adopted as God's child(Eph 1:5)
I belong to God
Do you know
who you are!?
even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.