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Clothed With Power - THANKSGIVING on our Minds.

Luke 24:44-49

The power of the Holy Spirit is the dynamic, supernatural control and authority of Almighty God - "El Shaddai"

It is the strength and sufficiency by which we are enabled to serve .. to have eyes to see .. and ears to hear!  Tragically, too many of God’s people attempt to carry out supernatural work in their own human strength. Have youy ever thought "I can handle all this "

The Spirit of God indwells all believers. But there is a considerable distinction between having the Holy Spirit within us and the Holy Spirit releasing His power in our life ..

Consider the difference between a sedan and a race car. Both vehicles run, but what is under the hood of the race car makes it far more powerful than the sedan. When God’s Spirit enables you, your performance will be like that of a race car.

We often think that the power of the Holy Spirit is available only to pastors and missionaries.. However, the truth is that this power is offered to every person who is willing to serve God and meet the requirements given in Scripture. First, we must be convicted of our inadequacy ( that should be an easy thing for each of us to admit to ourselves ) ... This means acknowledging we cannot work for God without the aid of His Spirit.

Next, recognizing and admitting our inadequacy grows out of a pure life .. Confessing sin and repenting are necessary to maintain fellowship with God. When we allow deliberate sin to enter our life, we short-circuit the power of the Holy Spirit.

Finally, every person who appropriates divine energy has an active prayer life ( and this is our most likely short-coming ) ... When we trust in God to provide the stamina for the work He calls us to do, we are clothed in power.

Is your confidence in yourself or in Him?

Your Missionary "position" .. oris it .. The Missionary "question"?

Your Missionary "position" .. is The Missionary "question"?

Romans 10:1-5

Why are some people today .. willing to uproot their lives .. learn a new language .. become part of a totally different culture --- in order to share the good news of Jesus Christ? .. and why is it that for the same reason  .. that some of those who stay at home ... abandon their comfort zones to help others in need, tell the gospel story to a neighbor or friend or another family member — namely, It's God’s call.

Whether we bear the title of "missionary" .. or not, we are unable to live in the Lord’s will unless we’re involved in mission work. This universal call is based upon four truths:

1. Man’s spiritual condition. People are helplessly and hopelessly lost without Jesus Christ. Although most people we know today .. try to manufacture righteousness through good works or a false religion .. they inevitably fail.

2. God’s provision. Knowing man could not save himself, the Father gave His Son in order to pay sin’s penalty. Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord Jesus will be saved. This redemption is available to every man, woman, and child.

3. Jesus’ commission. All who belong to Jesus are charged with the responsibility of going and making disciples of all nations through the Holy Spirit’s power (Acts 1:8; Matt. 28:19). The Spirit comes, not to ensure our own happiness, but to make us impactful witnesses.

4. Jesus’ proclamation. The Lord was clear about this: “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matt. 24:14).

Mission work isn't optional for believers. In Romans 10:14, Paul asks, “How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard?” They won’t unless you tell them.

Patience - How Well Do We Do In This Category?

The Powerful Attribute of Patience - How Well Do We Do?

Hebrews 6:9-15

When you approach an elevator and see that the up button is lit, do you ever push it anyway?  .. Or when you are stuck in a grocery line that will not move, do you ever think how poorly managed the store is .. or how rude people seem to be as they just "talk and talk" ?

Our patience .. or lack thereof .. spills over into many aspects of our lives. Patience is not a natural trait that some possess at birth. Likewise, it’s not a skill that we can, on our own, continually muster. No, patience is available only through the Holy Spirit. Apart from Him, we will have a difficult time developing this awesome quality.

The nature of patience allows us to have the mindset that says, I’m willing to let go of immediate gratification and wait for God to supply. Then, we’re able to experience the inner quietness that can come only from Him. This doesn't mean we’ll never feel pressure or stress; at times the need to press persistently toward our goals feels overwhelming, but the Lord can calm our heart - TRY ONE OF THESE and see how God speaks to you today -  http://www.iaskgod.com/content/thought-conditioner-gems

It’s important to realize that patience cannot be developed apart from other godly characteristics. In considering the life of David, we can see that this is true. While waiting to be made king by God’s hand, David had several opportunities to kill Saul, the nation’s current ruler. By refusing to take advantage of the situation, David demonstrated discernment, wisdom, love, and faith in God’s timing (1 Sam. 24:10-11; 26:10-11). Patience is one of the nine qualities named as fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23). So to exhibit this important virtue, we must surrender our lives to Him.

Believe In God? .. Know His Name?

Believing in God

"Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is" (Hebrews 11:6).

Nothing you do can please God apart from faith... Throughout history, people have tried everything imaginable to gain favor with God. Most turn to religion, but religion apart from Christ is merely a satanic counterfeit of the truth. Many trust in their own good works, not realizing that even their best efforts are offensive to God (Isa. 64:6; Phil. 3:8). And the more we try to justify ourselves, the more we offend God, because "by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight" (Rom. 3:20).

Some trust in their family heritage or nationality. The Jewish people thought they were pleasing to God simply because they were descendants of Abraham. But John the Baptist warned them, saying, "You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bring forth fruit in keeping with repentance; and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our father'; for I say to you, that God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham" (Matt. 3:7-9).

Apart from faith, man cannot please God. And the first step of faith is simply believing God exists. That isn't enough to save a person—even the demons have that level of faith (James 2:19)—but it's a start, and by God's grace can blossom into full saving faith.

God has given ample evidence of His existence. Romans 1:20 says, "Since the creation of the world [God's] invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made." David said, "The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands" (Ps. 19:1).

Creation itself proclaims the existence, power, and glory of God, yet most people "suppress the truth in unrighteousness" (Rom. 1:18) by rejecting the Creator and denying their accountability to Him. Rather than bowing to the true God, they pay homage to "Mother Nature" or evolution. How foolish!

Suggestions for Prayer - Praise God for the beauty of His creation .. and spend a minute or two learning His Name

http://www.iaskgod.com/content/how-great-your-name-throughout-earth

 

Ever Strive .. Seek to attain .. Pursue Holiness?

God’s children are called to live holy lives that are marked by a deep reverence for Him. One strong motivation for righteous living is the cross and what it represents. First, the cross is a reminder of our original position as outsiders, separated from God because of sin. Second, it points to our need for a Savior. Divine justice decrees that the penalty for sin is death (Rom. 6:23). But the only acceptable payment is a blood sacrifice from a life without defect (Lev. 17:11; Deut. 17:1).

Since we’re all guilty, we can’t pay for our own sins.

Third, it was on the cross that Jesus took our place and endured God’s wrath so we could be forgiven.

Fourth, the crucifixion marks the time when God’s justice was satisfied and His mercy was demonstrated. Finally, it points out the way to be reconciled to the Father and adopted into His family. Only by faith in Jesus Christ can we be saved (John 14:6).
Sadly, many have forgotten about God’s requirement of holiness (v. 15). Instead of keeping to His standards of attitude and behavior, they tend to embrace some worldly values that seem more comfortable or self-satisfying. Then, secular goals like pleasure and material wealth tend to replace godly ones like obedience and servanthood. Such worldly goals are encouraged by our culture, which has little fear of God and typically ignores His warnings and commands.
To counteract the culture’s influence, keep the meaning of the cross before you. Then you’ll be motivated to pursue holiness in honor of the One who gave His life to save you.

1 Peter 1:15-21 - (NIRV):

15 The one who chose you is holy. So you should be holy in all that you do. 16 It is written, “Be holy, because I am holy.” (Leviticus 11:44,45; 19:2) 17 You call on a Father who judges each person’s work without favoring one over another. So live your lives as strangers here. Have the highest respect for God. 18 The blood of Christ set you free from an empty way of life. That way of life was handed down to you by your own people long ago. You know that you were not bought with things that can pass away, like silver or gold. 19 Instead, you were bought by the priceless blood of Christ. He is a perfect lamb. He doesn’t have any flaws at all. 20 He was chosen before God created the world. But he came into the world in these last days for you. 21 Because of what Christ has done, you believe in God. It was God who raised him from the dead. And it was God who gave him glory. So your faith and hope are in God.

STUDY:  http://www.iaskgod.com/content/how-great-your-name-throughout-earth

Jesus was devoted to prayer - How did He speak with Our Father?

Jesus was devoted to prayer - How did He call His father?

The Savior was devoted to prayer. He met with God in the early morning, sought Him in the midst of busy days, and slipped away for nighttime fellowship with Him - have you ever wondered how He called out to "Our Father" In heaven?

His actions testify to the central place prayer is to have in the lives of believers.

Prayer seemed to come naturally to Jesus, but most of us have to work at maintaining regular communion with God. We find ourselves easily distracted by the details of life, our own desires, and the demands of people. The road to a deepening prayer life begins with the firm commitment to develop a habit of talking with God and to make it a high priority in our day. We follow through by setting aside a daily time with the Lord and by identifying a location that minimizes interruptions. Sacrifice will be necessary to make this happen—we might have to accept less sleep, give up a favorite activity, or use our lunch hour for prayer. And parents might have to ask friends for help with the kids in order to have alone time with God.

In addition, our prayer life must be undergirded by Scripture, which teaches us about God’s character, promises, and priorities. ( The Names of God from Scripture reveal much - http://www.iaskgod.com/content/how-great-your-name-throughout-earth

The Bible turns our thoughts from worldly cares and pleasures to a focus on the Lord. Reading it daily will remind us that He is supremely important to our life and our desire should be to please Him. Then, we’ll be ready to make requests according to His will—and to hear what He has to say.

Evaluate the current state of your prayer life, and commit to improving at least one area described above.

You Are God’s "Special Person" - Be Strong In Him Alone!

We Are God’s "Special People" - Stand Strong In Him!

Read | 1 Peter 2:9-10

Sometimes, even believers have trouble remembering their purpose in life. In the busyness of our day-to-day activities, it is rather easy to forget how wonderfully and purposefully designed we are in the eyes of our Creator.

Yet 1 Peter 2:9-10 brings our focus back to God, showing us that He made us to be . . .

1. A chosen race. You did not have to fight for a place in the house of the Lord. Instead, He chose you. The God of the universe actively sought you out because He wanted an unending relationship with you. You were selected by God Himself! Think about this for a moment today - http://www.iaskgod.com/content/thought-conditioner-7

2. A royal priesthood. In the days of the Old Testament, a king could not be a priest, and a priest could not be a king. The two offices were separate and distinct. However, in Christ, God has called every believer into a new category. We are now sons and daughters of the King, and we have unrestricted, intimate access to almighty God. We are royal priests. http://www.iaskgod.com/content/thought-conditioner-23

3. A holy nation. The word holy simply means “set apart.” The Holy Spirit has sealed all believers as children of God (Eph. 4:30), and nothing can ever dissolve their relationship with the Father.  Try This .. and see .. http://www.iaskgod.com/content/thought-conditioner-31

4. God’s own possession. Do you realize how valuable you are to the heavenly Father? You are worth so much to Him that He purchased your eternal salvation at great cost: the life of His only Son (1 Cor. 6:20).

Nothing about you takes our omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent God by surprise. He made you to be His representative in the world and therefore knows you completely. Does your life reflect your God-given position? .. http://www.iaskgod.com/content/thought-conditioner-36

God Is Good to All - His lovingkindness is everlasting!!

God Is Good to All - His lovingkindness is everlasting!!

Is there any doubt in your mind or heart.. The world is corrupt?

God is good, and many non-Christians often experience God's kindness .. though they might attribute it to what they calll .. luck or their own hard work .. Yet we who follow Christ sometimes feel unbelievers don’t deserve benefits of prosperity or good health, particularly if we've been faithful but find ourselves struggling.

However, no matter how great our service to God, we’re no more deserving than anyone else.

Our omniscient God takes many things into consideration when deciding what is truly good for an individual and how best to bless that person. He bases His determination on His knowledge of each heart. For instance, a $10 tithe may not seem like a huge amount to a young person, even though he earns just $100 a week. A few years later the same person, now successful and wealthy, may decide he can’t afford to give $1000, even though that figure represents the same percentage of his paycheck.

At times the Lord refrain from pouring out blessing because He knows that too much of a good thing can have a negative effect. Or He may be selective about what He bestows so we won’t be tempted to worship the gift instead of the Giver.

In fact, unless we’re wise stewards, the Lord may withdraw certain benefits. To be fully blessed, we must heed what the psalmists teach: God unleashes blessing on those who walk uprightly, take refuge in Him, and obey (Ps. 84:11; 34:8-9).
Every good thing comes from the Lord (James 1:17), and we must seek Him to better understand His plans. Our part is to walk according to His will and follow His ways.

Psalm 118 ..
1 Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good.
    His faithful love continues forever.
2 Let the people of Israel say,
    “His faithful love continues forever.”
3 Let the priests of Aaron say,
    “His faithful love continues forever.”
4 Let those who have respect for the Lord say,
    “His faithful love continues forever.”

If you're having doubts - THIS IS FOR YOU!!

Psalm 19 concludes David's hymn on the sufficiency of Scripture.

How appropriate that it ends noting the value of God's warning, because guarding His people against temptation, sin, error, foolishness, false teachers, and every other threat to their spiritual well-being is a major concern to God.

If you're having doubts right now .. THIS IS FOR YOU!!

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+19&version=NIRV

 

When Things Seem Impossible - Where Do You Stand?

When Things Seem Impossible - Where Do You Stand?

Lord and King, you have reached out your great and powerful arm. You have made the heavens and the earth. Nothing is too hard for you.  -- READ  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+32%3A17-22&version=NIRV

 

What is your initial reaction when you encounter a difficult circumstance? Something that you feel is and looks impossible?

Some people go into overdrive searching for an answer or a way out ... Others curl up in defeat or withdrawal ... either declaring the situation hopeless or trying to avoid it altogether. Hopefully, as a Christian, you turn immediately to the Lord, seeking His guidance.
But what you ask Him is very important.

O Lord, what am I going to do? At first glance, this seems like the right thing to ask, but is it really? The problem with this question is that even though we are seeking the Lord’s guidance, the focus is on our actions. That means the way we think about how to handle the situation is limited to our abilities, resources, and understanding. Often, our minds begin to devise possible plans, and we soon resort to manipulating and maneuvering in an attempt to fix the problem.

God, what are You going to do? This is the right question because now the focus has shifted to the omniscience and omnipotence of almighty God. He blows the sides out of any box that confines us and untangles any situation we find baffling. He has the power to carry out His plans, which—unlike our solutions—are perfect and always bring Him glory.

To truly pray the second prayer, you must be willing to surrender all your plans into His hands. Not only does He know what to do and how to accomplish it, but He can also make a way through any impossibility. Your job is simply to trust Him and be obedient by following His directions -- the one thing I know will help you in this matter can be found here: http://www.iaskgod.com/content/how-great-your-name-throughout-earth

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