Thursday, February 8, 2018

Do Not Underestimate The Power Of God





Do Not Underestimate The Power Of God

Recently I heard a sermon about the prophet Elijah, he was a famous prophet of God, and he had blessed him with gifts of healing, power and prophecy.

Elijah was given strength to withstand the opposition of the wicked King Ahab, he was not afraid when he had Ahab call all 450 prophets of their god, Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah to go up to join him at Mount Carmel, for them to call out to their gods through worship and sacrifice, just to see who is really God and follow Him.
But they received no answer from their gods as Elijah tells them the one true God will answer by fire on the sacrifice he instructed them to set up, and that is just what God did, in the most miraculous way. 1 Kings 18:38

God gave Elijah the strength to kill all the false prophets of wicked Ahab and his wife Jezebel. Elijah had the strength of the Lord in him giving him the knowledge to bear witness for the Lord. Upon hearing about the slaying of the prophets, Jezebel sends a messenger to Elijah- “I will make your life like that of one of them.” 1 Kings 19:2

Hearing this, Elijah ran, forgetting just what happened at Mount Carmel, he was scared and he took his eyes off the One who is controlling the situation.
Don’t we all tend to do this? Something great happens; we know that God has given this to us. But as soon as something we don’t understand we lose sight of God’s sovereignty over us, because we believe what we can see instead of believing in the one who we cannot.

John 20:29
29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

It’s so easy to look at your circumstances and allow them to consume your every thought; we must re direct our thoughts to remember that God is in charge of everything, every situation, good and bad. We have seasons of learning, adjusting, growing, healing and loss.  

As you go through situations where you just want to “run” remember to be still, God is over it as you keep trusting in His way and not your own.

Shalom
Nancy


#Godisincontrol #donotunderestimatethepowerofGod #Jesus

Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Challenges We Face

The Challenges We Face
12.31.17

Here comes the New Year…again.

As we look ahead to the future, some of us have set some goals, others planned vacation, and maybe some are thinking about moving either to a new home or job. But as you think ahead, considering your plans do you see hope in that?

The hope we see is that maybe this year could be better than last year, hey maybe it was a great year, but when we look back did we see the challenges we faced?
Sometimes the challenges were fierce and hard to deal with, others were spiritual challenges with hard lessons about ourself or others. Maybe some of you had or are having physical challenges and you think no one truly understands or cares.

Hard to see but the challenges we face are very healthy for our soul, teaching us strength and endurance. Facing  each challenge we can look back and see how God has worked in it. He may have brought you closer to Him or someone you know and or love.  It may have taught, things aren’t always what they seem to be, having to learn patience and understand that we should look at what’s going on as a bigger picture, challenging us to look outward and not inwardly.

No doubt this year there will be challenges, some easier than others, some could be triumphs and some traumatizing but remember this, God is and will be with you, just put it in His hands and as you depend on Him more, the results and outcome will amaze you.  Stop trying to figure it out all the time or control it. Trust God and His purpose for your life, look to Him for all your needs.

May you live in peace and good health during the year with God’s blessings, Nancy


2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.




Thursday, December 14, 2017

Pride Just Holds You Hostage

Pride Just Holds You Hostage

Ecclesiastes 7:8
The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.

Pride destroys opportunities, you may have something amazing in your sights, ready to grasp, but there’s something that you just can’t get from it that you feel you should. Then you may grumble because it’s not what you thought it should be.

Pride can prevent someone from making a positive, life changing experience.
    That’s pride showing up just to flatten out what could have been something great.
Deuteronomy 8:17-18
"Otherwise, you may say in your heart, 'My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.' "But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. 

When sitting in pride others can feel it thus not opening their hearts to what could be a meaningful relationship, or making false assumptions about someone or something, as…
Pride can hold you back from loving or forgiving someone.

Proverbs 13:10
Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.

Pride overtakes your soul and makes your heart hard
Psalm 59:12
For the sins of their mouths, for the words of their lips, let them be caught in their pride. For the curses and lies they utter,

Human pride makes you step out before you should, instead of allowing God to work it through.
Proverbs 11:12
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

Pride makes a great presence but falls hard to destruction
Proverbs 16:8
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

How does God view pride?
Psalm 10:4
In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.

Pride keeps you from knowing God is right and you are not.

Pride creeps it’s way into the mind of men, thus making them seemingly above others
Isaiah 2:11
The eyes of the arrogant will be humbled and human pride brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.

Simply put pride just holds you hostage from seeing the bigger picture
In our love of others and sometimes disdain,

Where do you see pride holding you back from something or someone?

Shalom
Nancy


#Pride #God #arrogant #Lord



Saturday, December 2, 2017

Joel 3:1-3

Joel 3:1-3

The Nations Judged

“In those days and at that time,
    when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
I will gather all nations
    and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.[b]
There I will put them on trial
    for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel,
because they scattered my people among the nations
    and divided up my land.
They cast lots for my people
    and traded boys for prostitutes;
    they sold girls for wine to drink.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Horoscopes, Fortune Tellers & Cults


If you are one of those people that enjoy alittle unsuspecting encouragement in your day through what you think is a harmless horoscope reading. or maybe you went to a psychic, or a card reader that gave you some answers that encouraged you and maybe trusted on those words as truth.

Let me lead you into some godly truth, it’s false teaching to entice you to want more, to be caught up in some words that do not come from God but from satan.
You see satan knows your weaknesses, he knows you will get caught up in it and he will do anything to take your eyes off God, even if it sounds true. Trusting in something or someone isn’t focused on God is false.

Here are some ways that you will know its false:
You put hope and faith in what you read
Someone will ask for a free will devotion or fee
They seem to be telling you the truth, but it just doesn’t seem right
They put fear in you, you believe them
You leave in hope of what they told you and then it never happens or,
What they say does happen but doesn’t have a good outcome or you sit and wait for it to happen (no one knows your future, only Gods does)
You are continuing to want more
You may start to separate yourself from people you have always had relationships with families, friends or church
They tell you to pray to false gods/things/people (crystals, preachers, false teaching, etc.) Deuteronomy 18:10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft,
Their motives are selfish
They can’t really help you and you feel lost.
Praying to Saints
Worshipping the church, it’s activities/leaders/rituals
They just lead you away from God
Exodus 20:3
“You shall have no other gods before me. (one of God’s 10 Commandments to us)

Here are some ways that you will know truth through God:
Spend time in prayer, listen for His voice
He does not separate you from the people that love or care about you
He doesn’t ask you to give away your money to get a reading or a teaching
He gently calls you and wants to speak into your life
He guides you into truth, through His word (the Bible)
He prepares you for eternity with Him
You do not have to pray to saints, teachers or anything but right to Jesus as our great intercessor
You come freely to Him at any time.
Jesus sends you the Holy Spirit for truth

Make no mistake, worshiping yourself, idols; things that aren’t God are a sin. Trusting in anything that isn’t God is a sin.
1 Samuel 15:23
 For rebellion is like the sin of divination,
    and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
    he has rejected you as king.”

So my word to you today is this:
What are you worshipping that isn’t the one true God who has created you for a purpose? Whose plans are great for you? Who gives you bread everyday
Are you willing to step out and trust Him instead of the things of this world?
No one of this world died to cover your sins, why trust in anything else but Jesus who shed His blood to cover your sins? Trust Jesus.

Shalom, Nancy
#trustJesus #horoscopesfortunetellers&cults