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Take inventory of your thought life .. and do something to change negatives.

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.”
(2 Corinthians 10:4, NKJV)

TODAY’S WORD .. a message from  from Joel and Victoria

Scripture tells us that there is a battle going on in our minds. Our thoughts dictate our actions. That’s why the enemy will do everything he can to get you thinking in the wrong direction. Sometimes, it’s not our own thoughts that are holding us back; sometimes it’s that we’ve believed the negative things that other people have spoken. Those words are like seeds. If you dwell on them long enough, they’ll take root and become reality.
In life, there will always be people telling you what cannot be done, speaking negative things. Too often we latch on to those negative words and develop what the scripture calls a “stronghold.” That’s a wrong thought or action that keeps us from God’s best. The way you break those negative strongholds is by rejecting the lie, forgiving the person, and embracing the truth of God’s Word. In other words, you have to choose to delete that negative file in your mind.

Today, why don’t you take inventory of your thought life? Ask yourself, “Where did these thoughts come from? Do they line up with what God says about me?” Break the negative strongholds and embrace God’s truth so you can be all that God has called you to be!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father, today I choose to reject negative thoughts. I choose to reject lies from the past. I break every stronghold through the power of Your Word and embrace Your truth which sets me free in Jesus’ name. Amen.

LOOK HERE FOR DAILY HELP ..  http://www.iaskgod.com/content/thought-conditioner-gems

IS LOVE .. just another word .. or much more?

Looking for "love" .. in all the wrong places? LOVE .. LOVE .. just another word?

Today we tend to call many things "love" .. when they are nothing more more than lust, sex, mis-guided infatuations .. some say a force of nature .. yet so many seek after it - and as much as we may want it - we can not command it, demand it, or even take it away from those that freely give it to us ..

THINK ABOUT IT  .. we can't control it any more than we can command the moon and the stars and the wind and the rain to come and go according to our whims and desires - BUT WHO CAN? .. Love is bigger than you and I .. we can invite love, but we cannot dictate how, when, and where love expresses itself. You can choose to surrender to love, or not, but in the end love confronts us - unpredictable and irrefutable. Love is free. It cannot be bought, sold, or traded. You cannot make someone love you, nor can you prevent it, for any amount of money. Love cannot be imprisoned nor can it be legislated. Love is not a substance, not a commodity, nor even a marketable power source. Love has no territory, no borders, no quantifiable mass or energy output.

So many in today's generations .. and some past ones too - equate "love" to "sex" .. One can buy sex partners and even marriage partners. Marriage is a matter for the law, for rules and courts and property rights. In the past, the marriage price, or dowry, and in the present, alimony and the pre-nuptial agreement, make it clear that marriage is all about contracts - But as we all know, marriages, and personal relationships - Work Best When Love Is The Guide. Sexual stimulation and gratification, whether by way of fingers, mouths, objects, fantasy play, whips and chains, or just plain intercourse - can certainly be bought and sold - BUT LOVE .. TRUE LOVE .. can not be bought and sold.

"Love bears all things" (1 Cor. 13:7).

Love confronts sin but protects the sinner. In 1 Corinthians 13:7 Paul mentions four qualities of love that are closely related: bearing all things, believing all things, hoping all things, and enduring all things. That might sound like love is indiscriminate and accepting of anything that comes along, but "all things" in that verse is qualified by the context. Love rejects jealousy, bragging, arrogance, and so on (vv. 4-6), but it bears, believes, hopes, and endures all things that are within the parameters of God's Word. "Love bears all things" speaks of love's willingness to cover sins and protect sinners from further harm.

That's opposite our tabloid-mentality society in which gossip is big business and people seemingly have an insatiable appetite for exposes and "true confessions." Love seeks to protect, not expose. It confronts and disciplines sin but never broadcasts failures or wrongs. It feels the pain of those it loves and is willing to take that pain upon itself when necessary—as Christ did when He suffered for our sins.

In the Old Testament, the mercy seat was the place where the blood of atonement was sprinkled to cover the sins of the people (Lev. 16:14). That covering prefigured the perfect covering of sin that Christ brought through His death on the cross (Rom. 3:25-26). All who trust in Him are forever covered with the mantle of God's love.

You cannot cover sins in the redemptive sense, but you can help protect and restore its victims. Proverbs 10:12 says, "Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all transgressions." First Peter 4:8 says, "Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins." When you hear of someone's sin, what is your first reaction? Do you think the worst of him or even gloat over his failures? Or do you expect the best and want to protect him from further exposure, ridicule, or harm? Are you willing to confront sin when necessary and even help bear the burden that person might be carrying? How you react indicates the quality of your love.

Suggestions for Prayer .. Thank God for covering your sins with the blood of Jesus and commit yourself to loving others in a way that truly bears all things.

No one goes to the Father .. except through Jesus

You know .. when you are looking and searching .. asking .. crying .. debating within yourself .. seeking to what is "right" .. are you seeking the way of this world .. OR THE WAY .. The TRUTH .. and The LIFE?  .. Recall Jesus' Words .. I am the WAY .. The TRUTH .. and the LIFE and no one goes to the Father .. except through me ..

1.Trust that God is working everything in your life for your good.
“We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28).

2.Believe that our heavenly Father is in control of everything.
“The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all” (Ps. 103:19).

3.Accept that the Lord’s ways are higher than ours.
“‘My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ declares the LORD. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isa. 55:8-9).

4.Refuse to make quick judgments in the midst of a crisis.
“Thus the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said, ‘In repentance and rest you will be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength’” (Isa. 30:15)

5.Focus on the Father instead of the crisis.
“O our God . . . we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You” (2 Chron. 20:12).

6.Avoid dwelling on the pain.
“Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence” (Ps. 42:5).

7.Recall past crises and the opportunities that followed.
“They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my support. He also brought me forth into a broad place; He rescued me, because He delighted in me” (2 Sam. 22:19-20).

8.Let go of your anger immediately.
“Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity” (Eph. 4:26-27).

9.Submit yourself to God’s will.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Pr. 3:5-6).

10.Demonstrate a spirit of gratitude.
“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thess. 5:18).

11.Determine to view the trial as a chance to see God at work.
“The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him. It is good that he waits silently for the salvation of the LORD” (Lam. 3:25-26).

12.Refuse to listen to unscriptural interpretations of your situation.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. . . . The wicked have laid a snare for me, yet I have not gone astray from Your precepts” (Ps. 119:105, 110).

13.Remain in constant prayer, listening for the Father’s instructions.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving” (Col. 4:2).

14.Do not give in to fluctuating emotions.
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Ps. 73:26).

15.Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him.
“Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your judgment as the noonday. Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him” (Ps. 37:5-7
).

Thanks to all this from an email from Dr. Charles Stanley

Common threads of Ferguson, MO, ISIS Radicals and the Middle East?

What is the common thread between the events of Ferguson, Missouri and the ISIS fighters and uprisings in the middle east?

Maybe we should consider some common threads .. that surround the "death of one person" .. whether Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. -- or American journalist James Foley beheaded by a "jihadist" madman --- and even the "death of Jesus Christ on the Cross" ..

First of all .. each event, according to some is .. controversial .. mirrors the world in which we live .. sends a Message To America .. is yet another warning sign to many  ...  requires more than just "surface thought" and must be deeply looked into ... has some asking questions and seeking answers to some basic questions about life .. demands and outcrys for "judgement" ... someones "civil and God-Given rights" have been violated ... a "sorrowful mother" looked on in horror at the events ..

Death may leave a lot of questions unanswered for men .. BUT NOT GOD!  ... and God Is Not Dead ... and the events of the world in the Middle East, Israel, Gaza,  Saudi Arabia, Washington, DC or Ferguson, Missouri .. do not escape the ONE Who "was" .. and "is" .. and IS TO COME AGAIN!!

Watch and Listen to the NEWS .. there seems to be such "disorder" .. no one really "in control" ...

YET THERE "IS" ... don't you find it "ironic" that Bill Clinton made the term "IS" so famous ... and the I.S.I.S. is now wanting to be called "IS"  .. but as you carry this thought to it's final analysis .. There "IS" Only One Lord Over All .. only one "Most High God" .. only one "all Sufficient God"  .. Whose Only Begotten Son - paid our sin debt in full! - His Name Is JESUS of Nazareth!

You see, the reality is in God's Words ... "Love rejoices with the truth" (1 Cor. 13:6). Love never compromises God’s Word. Think about what Paul speaks about -- a list of things that love does not do: become jealous, brag, act arrogantly or unbecomingly, seek its own, become provoked, keep track of wrongs suffered, or rejoice in unrighteousness. Now he comes to the first of five things love does: "Love rejoices with the truth" (v. 6)... The contrast in verse 6 is between love's inability to rejoice in unrighteousness and its joy when truth prevails. "Truth" refers to God's Word, which is the standard of righteousness. Paul could have said, "Love doesn't rejoice in unrighteousness but rejoices with righteousness," but he went beyond the mere deeds of righteousness and addressed its standard and motive.

BOTTOM LINE .. whether in the Middle East Deserts of Iraq or Africa .. or Ferguson or St. Louis, MO  -- Love won't tolerate false doctrine or sinful behavior, but it rejoices when God's Word is taught and obeyed. The psalmist said, "O how I love Thy law! It is my meditation all the day. Thy commandments make me wiser than my enemies. . . . I have more insight than all my teachers . . . . I understand more than the aged. . . . I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep Thy word. I have not turned aside from Thine ordinances, for Thou Thyself hast taught me. How sweet are Thy words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! From Thy precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way" (Ps. 119:97-104).

That's the testimony of one who rejoices in the truth - but have we heard any of this from the desert madmen .. the Radical Muslims .. the street thugs and demonstrators in Ferguson .. from the Whitehouse in DC .. WHERE HAVE YOU HEARD THIS TAUGHT ..

Often Christians are willing to compromise sound doctrine for the sake of loving others. They believe that doctrinal precision is somehow divisive and unloving. But Scripture says, "This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. . . . For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves, that you might not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward" (2 John 6-8).

Biblical love always operates within the parameters of God's Word and spiritual discernment (Phil. 1:9-10). The most loving thing you can do is live according to biblical truth. Doctrinal compromise simply diminishes the quality of love and plays into the hands of the evil one.

Suggestions for Prayer
Ask God for wisdom and discernment to keep your love within its proper biblical bounds .. and let's ASK GOD for His Mercy on all those that sew such turmoiul in our lives ..

For Further Study .. think on this .. Philippians 1:9-11  (NIRV)

9    I pray that your love will grow more and more. And let it be based on knowledge and understanding. 10 Then you will be able to know what is best. You will be pure and without blame until the day Christ returns. 11 You will be filled with the fruit of right living produced by Jesus Christ. All of those things bring glory and praise to God.

Leading The Way's Iraq Update - Learn The Real Truth

realistic Christain view about what is happening in the middle east

Current World Events - Iraq ISIS, IS, Iran, Middle East, Muslim Extremeists, The Real True Islam, The Arab World .. if you want to get a better and realistic Christain view about what is happening in the middle east .. The Muslim Brotherhood, and what you can expect in days, weeks to come ..  

In Leading The Way's Iraq Update, Dr. Michael Youssef and Joshua Youssef discuss the Biblical significance of the persecution and political turmoil taking place in Iraq, how we as believers can respond, and what Leading The Way is doing in the region.

http://www.leadingtheway.org/en/web/guest/world?prefCountryId=US

What can we do?

The Secular Media ..

Surprising Opportunity and Big Surprises Scare Some People

Surprising Opportunities

Do you like surprises? Some people don’t like unexpected opportunities and events because they feel out of control and insecure when receiving them. They want to be able to prepare, to have everything just as they like it, and to continue pursuing their goals without interruption. Unfortunately, that’s just not the way life is. A great deal happens daily that is simply beyond our control. Though this may make us feel anxious and vulnerable, we must realize that this is the manner by which God teaches us to rely upon Him.

A surprising encounter

Moses learned this firsthand. He had been on the west side of the desert in Midian for forty years, tending his father-in-law’s sheep and going about his daily life as a husband and father. Perhaps this is what he thought he would do for the rest of his life, having left Egypt far behind without any desire to return.

However, this changed once he saw something extraordinary blazing against the backdrop of the rugged, mountain landscape (Ex. 3). It was a burning bush that was not consumed. Even more astounding was that when he went to investigate the strange sight further, the Lord told him that he was standing on holy ground before the King of kings.

Can you imagine Moses’ amazement—his outright shock to be standing in the presence of Almighty God? He had never seen, heard, or experienced anything like this.

Yet this astonishing display was not without purpose. The Lord’s message to him was life changing, and He wanted this shepherd to take it seriously. God called Moses into ministry as the deliverer of the Hebrews, who were being held in bondage in Egypt. It was an assignment that would test everything within him. This is why this event was undeniably remarkable. It was an encounter Moses could never forget or question. It was 100 percent, cast-in-stone, indisputably real, and the knowledge of it would carry him back into the nation he least wanted to see again—Egypt. 

A brilliant reminder

At times, the Lord will call you and I to some unexpected assignments. He doesn’t do it to destroy or consume us. Rather, He has certain goals and plans in mind for us, and He will sometimes make us aware of them in astounding ways so that they are undeniably affixed to our hearts.

God appeared to Moses in a burning bush. This became a visual reminder to the shepherd that by signs and wonders the Lord would deliver Israel from Egypt’s grasp. He said, “I will harden Pharaoh’s heart that I may multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt. . . The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch out My hand on Egypt and bring out the sons of Israel from their midst” (Ex. 7:3, 5). Moses understood that the task would not be simple or easy, but the burning bush was a brilliant reminder that God was able to accomplish all He had promised. 

A wonderful opportunity

Likewise, the Lord has a good plan and purpose for everything He does in your life, and the surprising ways He speaks to you are meant to demonstrate what He will do through you. Like Moses, you cannot plan for or manipulate how the Father will speak or what He will communicate. All you can do is embrace what He says wholeheartedly.

Perhaps He is seeking to make you aware of His holiness, love, power, and wisdom. Or maybe He wants to demonstrate His great love for you by doing something very special in your life. Whatever the case, one thing is sure: The more dramatic the visitation, the more awesome the task He is calling you to. And like the burning bush, His call does not come to consume you, but to shine His glory through you in a wonderful way you never imagined possible.

Therefore, your challenge is to accept God’s surprise visits with obedience and faith. So today, pray that whenever the Lord calls you to an assignment (and He will!) you will respond in a manner that honors Him and brings Him great glory.

Thanks to Dr. Charles Stanley's Daily Messages ..

Becoming an Effective Minister .. or Helpmate .. or Lover

Becoming an Effective Minister .. or Helpmate .. or Lover

1 Corinthians 13:4 (NIRV) - 4 Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not want what belongs to others. It does not brag. It is not proud.

Love is the key to effective ministry.- In 1 Corinthians 13:4 Paul says, "Love does not brag and is not arrogant." We often equate bragging and arrogance, but in this passage there is a subtle difference. The Greek word translated "brag" emphasizes prideful speech or actions; "arrogant" emphasizes the attitude of pride motivating those actions.

The prideful attitudes of the Corinthians were evident in several areas. In 1 Corinthians 4:18-21 Paul says, "Some have become arrogant, as though I were not coming to you. But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I shall find out, not the words of those who are arrogant, but their power. . . . What do you desire? Shall I come to you with a rod or with love and a spirit of gentleness?" (1 Cor. 4:18- 21). Apparently, some thought they no longer needed his instruction. "After all," they reasoned, "we've had the best teachers—Apollos, Peter, and even Paul himself (1 Cor. 1:12)—so what need do we have for more instruction?" The fact was, they had just enough knowledge to inflate their egos, but they were woefully ignorant of love (1 Cor. 8:1).

It was arrogance that led the Corinthian church to condone gross immorality: "It is actually reported that there is immorality among you, and immorality of such a kind as does not exist even among the Gentiles, that someone has his father's wife [incest]. And you have become arrogant, and have not mourned instead, in order that the one who had done this deed might be removed from your midst" (1 Cor. 5:1- 2). They were too prideful to confront and correct that situation, so they bragged about it instead. Even pagans wouldn't tolerate that kind of behavior!
That's a tragic picture of people so blinded by pride that they refused to discern between good and evil. Consequently, all their spiritual activities were counterproductive. They were gifted by the Spirit and even flaunted their gifts, but lacked the love that transforms a gifted person into an effective minister.

Learn from the Corinthians' mistakes. Never settle for mere spiritual activities. Let love motivate everything you do. Then God can honor your ministries and make them truly effective for His purposes.

Suggestions for Prayer
Ask God to make you a more effective minister and to protect you from the blindness of arrogance.

For Further Study
What do the following proverbs say about pride: Proverbs 8:13; 11:2; and 29:23?

 

Preparation for Greater Service - Slow Cooked or Fast Scorched?

Preparation for Greater Service - Slow Cooked or Fast Scorched?

Read | 1 Kings 17:1-24

In Luke 17:5, the apostles asked Christ to increase their faith. The Lord told them that if they had faith as small as a mustard seed, they could do great things. God does not enlarge our faith instantly. He begins with what little we have and proceeds to grow it.

Elijah was in a faith-building program. The Lord gave him increasingly difficult challenges of reliance and obedience. At the brook Cherith, the prophet had to depend on God for his own survival. Then, at Zarephath, he trusted the Lord to provide for both himself and a widow. Finally, he served her in an even larger way by raising her dead son to life.
Each act of believing God and the ensuing step of obedience resulted in increased opportunities for Elijah to serve the Lord and others. Raising the dead may seem like the height of his ministry, but it was to be followed by an even greater opportunity to influence an entire nation for God. Elijah was about to face the biggest spiritual battle of his life (1 Kings 18)—all his previous demonstrations of faith and obedience were the Lord’s way of preparing him.

God wants each of us to be influential in His kingdom. He knows which faith challenges to present so that we can be entrusted with even greater tasks. The Lord will provide occasions for you to believe Him and respond in obedience. These situations are what we call “problems.” Begin to look at each difficulty as an opportunity designed by God specifically for the purpose of increasing your faith so He can do great things in and through you.

Today Read: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+9%3A14-29&version=NIRV

 

What Is Your role in communicating God's truth to others?

Do I have a role to play in communicating God's truth to others?

Matthew 28:19-20

God never wants us to keep what He teaches us to ourselves. Whether it is money, insight, or truth, He wants us to share it with others. There is a tremendous blessing to be gained by opening our hearts and lives to those who need to know about the unconditional love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.

The truth is Jesus commands us to “make disciples of all the nations . . . teaching them to observe all that I commanded you” (Matt. 28:19-20). Just before He ascended to heaven, He told His disciples, “You shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). He never intended for the disciples to keep the truth of His Word stored away in personal reservoirs of knowledge. Instead, He instructed them to give away all they received from Him. He commands us to do the same.

Paul also admonished Timothy, his young protégé, to communicate the truth he had learned to others who would, in turn, pass it along (2 Tim. 2:2). Elsewhere he noted, “We are ambassadors for Christ” (2 Cor. 5:20). The sole purpose of an ambassador is to relay the policies and decisions of their superiors to the people of the countries where they serve. Likewise, we have an obligation to declare the divine plan and scriptural policies of our Master.

Each one of us communicates something by what we say and don’t say, by what we do and fail to do. A father who never reads the Bible is essentially telling his family that he does not care enough about the Lord to study His Word. His lack of desire in this area sends the message that he believes he is smart enough to make his own decisions apart from God’s input. The child who never sees her parents praying mistakenly learns that trials and tribulations can be handled without any direction from the Lord. This assumption is totally wrong.

On the other hand, a father who tells his family, “We are going to trust the Lord to provide us with what we need,” declares that God can be trusted in every facet of life. When children hear their parents praying, they quickly learn to trust God for every detail. They grow up viewing Him as very loving—the God who has the very best in mind for their lives.

Even when we remain silent, we subtly state something. Although the apostle Peter recognized the Gentiles as rightful recipients of God’s grace, he developed the bad habit of withdrawing from them during meals. His fellow Jews soon picked up on his prideful practice, with the result “that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy” (Gal. 2:13). Without a word, Peter had effectively sent a message that the Gentiles were inferior.

We must honestly evaluate our responses to the Lord’s commands. Are we deliberately and daily applying what He has taught us over the years? When we comprehend the truth, are we conforming ourselves to the image of Christ? Are we then communicating this truth to others?

Aug 10, 2014 / Sunday Feature  - By Dr. Charles Stanley

Free Wieless Mobile Connection App - LOVE and PRAYER

WATCH THE NEWS LATELY? .. all the conflict in the Middle East ?  .. Our Southern Borders being attacked by homeless and parentless children? All the nations that seem to be lining up against Israel?

What is Faith without Love .. WHAT IS TRUE LOVE?  ... What Good Is PRAYER?

Loveless faith is useless faith .. prayerless faith will get you where? ...  In Matthew 17:19 the disciples came to Jesus wanting to know why they couldn't cast a demonic spirit from a child and Jesus responded, "Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it shall move; and nothing shall be impossible to you" (v. 20). He repeated the same principle in Matthew 21:21: "Truly I say to you, if you have faith, and do not doubt, you shall . . . say to this mountain [the Mount of Olives], 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' [and] it shall happen."

Those passages have puzzled many people because they've never seen anyone move a mountain. But Jesus wasn't speaking literally - OR WAS HE? .. Moving mountains would cause all kinds of ecological problems and would be a pointless miracle .. unless it was done today in a spiritual revival in the Name of Jesus of Nazareth - right here in America. Consider the expression "able to move mountains" which was a common figure of speech in Jesus' day - it's meaning had to do with "surmounting or overcoming great obstacles."  Jesus was speaking of those who have the gift of faith, those who can move the hand of God through "unwavering prayer" ..

Does Americal have any claim to "unwavering prayer" ? .. let's see .. we passed laws of the land saying - NO MORE PRAYER IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS ... no more prayers before football games .. and then recently our Supreme Court had another ruling .. that just might be a glimmer of hope. http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/prayer-america-23599559 

The gift of faith is the ability to believe that God will act according to His will, no matter the circumstances. People with that gift are prayer warriors and tend to stand as rocks when others around them are falling apart. They see God's power and purposes at work and trust Him even when others doubt and a better understanding of proper prayer .. and praying would be of benefit to all .. especially if we could learn what Jesus said here: http://www.iaskgod.com/the-lords-prayer --- and better understand what He was trying to teach us ..

But, says Paul, even if you have such faith, if you don't have love, you are nothing. That's a harsh rebuke, but it places the emphasis where it belongs: on our motives. The Corinthians' motives were evident in their selfish pursuit of the showy gifts.

What motivates you? Remember, without love it doesn't matter what gifts you have, how eloquent your speech is, what you know, or what you believe. Only love can validate your service to Christ .. and only "prayer in your secret closet" .. will render results according to God's Word.

Suggestions for Prayer Study and Understanding might begin right here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+6%3A5-15&version=NIRV  .. and you and i might do a better job at our prayers if we "Ask God" .. for a greater capacity to trust Him, and the motivation to pray more fervently and more often ..

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