If You Fail To Plan, You Plan To Fail

Originally posted on The Wholly Blog:

There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. Prov. 16: 25

This verse speaks of so many members of the human race. How many people choose to carve their own path in life? How many people develop their own plan for life based on what they had seen someone else doing and they were inspired to follow those footsteps, and later on realized it wasn’t for them. We’ve all been given an allotted time here on earth and I believe there is a specific purpose designed for that time. But many live a life that seems right to them. The word “seems” has no direction to it. “Seems” is a very passive-sounding word. Those who live accordingly live a life whose end is the way of death.

There are many characteristics that help define God, one of which is, purposeful…

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Psalms 27:13

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[A Psalm] of David. The LORD [is] my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD [is] the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?When the wicked, [even] mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this [will] I [be] confident.

One [thing] have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

Hear, O LORD, [when] I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.[When thou saidst], Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

Hide not thy face [far] from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.

Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.[I had fainted], unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

 

As we will see in our series, King David addresses many of the same issues that each and every one of us faces when we are in the midst of the most difficult, fearful situations of life. May the Lord honor this study in His Word, by granting to us the truths of this Psalm and their practical application to our life.

 

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BIBLE DAILY DEVOTIONAL – 1 Samuel 15-17 – Matters of the heart

Matters of the heart: I Samuel 15-17

By Dr Bob Dellinger https://oneyeardevotional.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/matters-of-the-heart-i-samuel-15-17/

4425705900_5c8ed6a693 Today’s reading: I Samuel 15-17. Contrasting personalities are the lifeblood coursing through the book of I Samuel, and today the differences between Saul and David come into sharp focus. Their heart attitudes are key, driving them down very distinct paths and bringing very different reactions from God. God looks on the heart. The key words from today’s reading come as God admonishes Samuel to do as he does and focus on the most important part of a person: his inner character and attitudes. Samuel has been looking for Saul’s successor, but looking at all the wrong qualifications.

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” I Samuel 16:7 Continue reading

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Child of the World – Is same sex attraction a sin?

Question: “Is same-sex attraction a sin?”

Answer: Same-sex attraction is a physical attraction to a person of the same gender. That is, when men are physically attracted to other men or when women are attracted to other women, then they are experiencing same-sex attraction. This is a homosexual attraction, and homosexual behavior is a topic the Bible is very clear about.

Homosexuality is often lumped in with other sexual immoralities such as adultery and lust (Genesis 19:1–13; Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:26–27; 1 Corinthians 6:9), so it is important to note that homosexuality is no worse (or better) than any other sin. God hates all sin—no matter what it is. Homosexuality is simply one of the many things listed in 1 Corinthians 6:9–10 that will keep a person from the kingdom of God.

The Bible says that people become homosexuals because of sin (Romans 1:24–27) and, in the end, being homosexual is their own choice. You can’t control being naturally attracted to a person, but you can control what you do with those feelings (1 Peter 1:5–8).

Whether a physical attraction is toward the opposite sex or the same sex, 1 Thessalonians 4:3–5 still applies: “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God.” A same-sex attraction could lead to the sin of lust or homosexuality. Likewise, a heterosexual attraction could lead to the sin of lust or adultery. Having an attraction and even being tempted is not a sin; yielding to that temptation is.

That said, God’s forgiveness is available to everyone who desires it (John 3:16–21). The repentant homosexual, adulterer, idol worshipper, murderer, or thief is welcome to come before God to receive His grace and mercy. God also promises to provide strength for victory over sin, including homosexuality, to all those who will believe in Jesus Christ for their salvation (1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Philippians 4:13).

The Bible is clear that children of God should think and act differently from the world, especially when the world’s standards go against what God has commanded in the Bible. Many in the world accept same-sex attraction and homosexuality as a social norm, but a Christian’s standards for life should come from the Bible, not conventional wisdom (2 Timothy 3:16–17). As Romans 12:2 tells us, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/same-sex-attraction.html#ixzz3TegmleKP

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HE LIFTS US UP: Letting Go of Our Past

Letting go of our past…
is easier said than done.
But grabbing hold of God…
is when new lives have begun.
For it is only then…
that we can be free.
As we hold onto God…
and let His will be.
For He has plans for each…
for good and not harm.
And He will lead us to it…
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Righteous Judgment – a present tense judgment of the Believer

1 Peter 4:17-19…For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

  • Accountability to God first begins when we are saved. Reason? A Christian is judged righteous by God and thus obeys the Gospel.
  • The righteous are scarcely saved. Reason? If they commit an unrighteous act they are no longer righteous…unless they repent. Salvation is not guaranteed for the unrighteous.
  • God judges a believer righteous (in this present life) and bestows the heavenly gift of righteousness from Christ upon the heart and soul.
  • Those judged righteous are accountable for every action they make in the eyes of a creator….the righteous commit themselves to God in all their deeds.

The works of a child of God are always good…not evil. Evil is purged from the believing heart in the new birth in this life – all takes place on this side of Heaven. The works of the righteous are good in the eyes of God as the believing heart is accountable to God Almighty for every act and deed he makes in life.

Ephesians 3:10…For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

1 Peter 4:6…For this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

Present tense judgment is how God judges men in this life as Christians who live according to God in the Spirit.

The future tense Judgment is when Christ returns a second time and will be a judgment for the unbeliever. Christ will come in flaming fire taking vengeance upon those who believe not and did not obey the Gospel.

2 Thessalonians 1:8-10… when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints,

Righteousness that deems a man right in the eyes of God is the power of God’s Grace bestowed to the believing heart that gives this individual the ability to “do right”. Not man’s own righteousness but a God-given (present tense righteousness) that comes from the Christ of our Salvation.

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What Is Truth? – Bible Reads for Passover Week- day 1 and 2

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The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ – is the core of the Christian faith and its most defining and breathtaking phenomenon.  Without the sacrifice of the Son of God and His subsequent defeat of death, humanity would be lost to sin forever.  This week I will be offering up scripture reads as recommended by Zondervan publishers (the NIV study Bible, copyright © 1985 by the Zondervan Corporation) to prepare our hearts and ponder the magnitude of God’s provision to any who will accept His Gift.

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:6-8

Sunday  – The Triumphal Entry

Matthew 21:1-11,

Mark 11:1-10,

Luke 19:29-44

John 12:12-19

Monday – Jesus curses the fig tree

Matthew 21:18-19, Mark 11:12-14

Jesus cleanses the temple

Matthew 21:12-13, Mark 11:15-18

Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice, your Word and your everlasting covenenant of love. In the name of the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Amen and Amen. 

Further references: here, here and here

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Prayer for ChristianBlessings Encouragers

Before we pray let me share “still here”

Father in heaven, as we bow in prayer before Your throne, we come in Jesus Name, humbled by the thought that if it had not been for You we would be lost.

Lord, we are so thankful for Your keeping each of our Encouragers in Your grace and mercy and love. We know Lord, You have preserved us through many dangers, trials and tribulations, diseases and scares and taunts of the enemy.

We thank You that You have been  and are with us – yesterday, today and forever. Your Word never changes. You never change. You are steadfast and have given us hope to be steadfast and un-moveable in You.  Please keep everyone reflected in our Encourager’s column, steadfast and true to You through the storms of life be they in solitude or in a group.

Thank You for being there each time we call.  Even when we are weak and cannot call Your Holy Spirit intercedes for us. Thank You Lord for Your abiding love and care.

We just want to please You. Thank You for the opportunity.

Use us Lord we pray.

Today we rejoice for Your keeping power in our brother Steven Sawyer’s life. In everything, he is still with us, in everything he remains strong in You. Praise God for his ministry and testimony. We pray that You will bless him bountifully and extend the  borders of his  service to Your glory.

In Jesus’ Name we pray,  Amen.

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God speaks to the human soul

In this present hour in light of Jesus Christ our Savior – God speaks “PARDON” to the soul of a believer. God speaks “GUILTY” to the soul of an unbeliever.

In the Word of God we find these words:

Hebrews 12:24…And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things

Hebrews 9:24…For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us

Romans 3:24-26… Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

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Joyful ‘Toons – When fear knocks

When Fear KnocksÉ - Mark 4:40

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