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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

Living .. Fishing .. Hunting - Triumphantly?

Are you Living .. and Fishing .. and Hunting - Triumphantly

Look how God used an uneducated fisherman .. who likely had a whole lot less skills than you ..

The man who stepped forward to preach at Pentecost was flawed and known to be impetuous. Peter had not only disagreed with Jesus but had even denied knowing Him. Yet he’d developed into a man whose impact for the kingdom surpassed his impulsiveness.

When studying Peter’s life, believers often focus on his negative actions—the doubt that nearly drowned him when he walked on water, and his aforementioned rebuke and denial of Jesus. But Peter is also an example of triumphant living. An uneducated fisherman who likely had few other skills, Peter put down his nets and followed Jesus the instant he was asked. He was the first to acknowledge Christ as the Son of God (Matt. 16:16). And after the Lord’s resurrection, Peter’s spontaneous nature led him to leap into the water and swim for shore when he noticed his Savior waiting there (John 21:7). The disciple’s devotion cannot be questioned.

Peter is an inspiration for us today. God does not choose servants who are solid rocks with no cracks or crevices. Instead, He selects people who have weaknesses, failures, and a need to be forgiven repeatedly. The Lord looks for believers who are teachable, willing to repent, and prepared to surrender to God’s greater will—folks who are a lot like Peter.

Too many of us Christians .. have already decided how much the Lord can do with us .. based on education, personality, or talent. But God isn’t interested in qualifications. He seeks willing followers who echo Isaiah’s call, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isa. 6:8). That’s triumphant living.

I Feel Guilty Over and Over Again - What Can I Do?

A Call to Repentance or just feeling guilty over and over again?

Hebrews 4:13-16 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews+4%3A13-16&version=NIRV

How often have you been caught in the “guilt cycle” from our past? This involves confessing the same old sin, telling God you’re sorry .. over and over .. and promising not to do it again ( knowing that you probably will since you have been trying to overcome this sin for so long ). Around and around you go, over and over...  You've come clean dozens of times but still have no real sense of victory. Yet there is a biblical promise that states, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9, emphasis added).

Friends, God is holding up His end of the promise. It’s people who fall short .. we have turned confession into a recitation of all our shortcomings. The attitude is, I’m disappointed in myself, and I know that I am weak .. God knows that.

True confession of sin - which in reality means - agreeing with the Lord Our God about our sin and it is inseparably linked with repentance - they are two sides of the same coin. To repent is to turn away from wrong. By looking at our sin from God’s perspective, we’ll see a vile, wicked habit with terrible consequences and will want to run from that as fast as possible.

In practical terms, to confess and repent requires the intentional decision to say, “By the Holy Spirit’s power, I’m turning away.” Satan will still tempt you, and failure remains a possibility. But God can break the chains of your sin, and He wants to set you free.

Victory can be immediate -- or it can be a process of trading wrong choices for right ones -- and the time table is known only by God. In some cases, temptation involving habitual sin never goes away. Then it becomes necessary to face each day in God’s strength. When you forsake sin, the power of heaven is there to help you.

STUDY THIS PASSAGE: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+6%3A10-20&version=NIRV

Can Problems Be Solved Through Praying?

Solving Problems Through Prayer

2 Chronicles 20:4-15

When the king of Judah called for a nationwide fast to seek God’s help, the people from every town convened to pray. Jehoshaphat’s actions and words teach us some important truths about solving life’s problems through prayer.

• God is bigger than our problems. The king stated that God was the all-powerful ruler of nations, against whom no one could stand (v. 6). Many issues are beyond our ability to solve, but nothing is impossible for Him (Jer. 32:17; Matt. 19:26). If we pray while focusing on His greatness, our troubles will shrink to proper proportions.

• God wants to involve others in praying with us. Entire families from throughout Judah answered the king’s call and came together before God (2 Chron. 20:13). Prayer had a central role in the life of the early church as well (Acts 2:42).

• Through prayer, the Lord will give us a solution to the problem. His answer could be just what we asked or something entirely unexpected; He might tell us to wait in our current situation instead of taking action, or He could direct us to become involved in something new. In any case, God’s direction will be according to His perfect will. What’s more, He may ask us to take a step of faith. The Lord uses every opportunity to strengthen our trust and grow us in righteousness.

We don’t know how long the people waited for an answer, but they didn't act until they heard from God. He told them not to be afraid or discouraged, but to trust Him. Prayer likewise brings us into God’s presence so we can receive strength and direction for life’s challenges.

WAKE UP - It's Time To Utilize God’s Perfect Book

CHRISTIAN .. WAKE UP - It's Time For God’s Perfect Book

Even in this super-technological age of all kinds of inventions, technology, androids and I-Phones and other marvels - there are still many people who suffer a deficiency - this is exposed by a telltale sign: a flashing “12:00” on the oven clock. Isn't it odd that a person can operate a motor vehicle .. microwave an entire meal in three minutes ... navigate through the Internet’s information super-highway .. and yet not know how to set a simple clock?

Is the solution so complicated? Is the answer to this riddle so deeply hidden that only a few brave souls dare to seek it out?

No, of course not! There’s only one reason why this technical tip-off is so common: people do not read the instruction book. When we purchase a new gizmo or appliance, we always find within the package an instruction book. And what does this book contain? It has all the answers we need to get the most out of our new purchase.

Do you realize the Christian life is like that too? Scripture declares that when a person comes to faith in Jesus Christ, he or she is a “new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17 NIV). To get the most out of our new life, we are given an instruction book: the Bible. This is far more than a simple guide that teaches how to act or what to say; this Book tells us exactly how to live a life that is pleasing to God.

Is your Christian walk stuck? Do you have the proverbial “12:00” flashing in your life, indicating that you have set aside your Instruction Book? Pick it up today for a fresh look, and enjoy God’s perfect how-to manual. You will not be disappointed.

Godly Counsel .. The Most High God - IS NEVER WRONG!

Giving Godly Counsel .. Please take this as coming to you from God .. Our Most High God and heavenly father of Our Lord Jesus Christ ..

As St. Paul might say it .. "Concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able also to admonish one another" (Rom. 15:14).

Scripture is the ONLY SOURCE .. of godly counsel. In recent years the question of who is competent to counsel has become an important issue in the modern day church .. and all kinds of "denominations" .. even "religions" .. look at the world we are living in today and what so many are saying - gay marriage, same-sex marriages, ISIS, ISIL, Muslims, 7th day Adventists, The Catholic Church and the Pope ..  Many pastors and other leaders have curtailed their counseling ministries or stopped them altogether  .. WHY?

They've been made to feel inadequate for not having formal training in psychological counseling techniques .. secular and worldly counselers always making the not so subtle implications that that the Holy Spirit and Scripture are incapable of addressing the deepest needs of the human heart .. and of men and their problems. It is claimed that only secular psychology dispensed by trained analysts can do that - HOGWASH! .. the truth is, the heart of man is "more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?" (Jer. 17:9). No one. That includes humanistic counselors. Verse 10 says, "I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind." Only God can understand the human heart.

David prayed, "O Lord, Thou hast searched me and known me. Thou dost know when I sit down and when I rise up; Thou dost understand my thought from afar. Thou dost scrutinize my path and my lying down, and art intimately acquainted with all my ways. . . . Where can I go from Thy Spirit? Or where can I flee from Thy presence?" (Ps. 139:1-3, 7).

Only God knows what's in a person's heart. Only His Spirit working through His Word can penetrate one's deepest thoughts and motives to transform the heart and renew the mind (Heb. 4:12; Rom. 12:2)... all the professional psychologists in the world are no substitute for spiritually gifted people who know the Word, possess godly wisdom, are full of goodness, and available to help others apply divine truth to their lives (Rom. 15:14).

When people come to you for counsel, the best thing you can do is show them what God's Word says about their problem and how it applies to their situation. But you can't do that unless you know the Word and are allowing it to do its work in you first. Then you'll be in a position to counsel others more effectively.

 

G I G O Concept - Programming Tip For Your Computer

How To Program Your Spiritual Computer - GI-GO Concept

In Romans 12:2 .. it says:  2 Don’t live any longer the way this world lives. Let your way of thinking be completely changed. Then you will be able to test what God wants for you. And you will agree that what he wants is right. His plan is good and pleasing and perfect.
Godly behavior is the result of godly thinking.

Perhaps you've heard computer buffs use the term G.I.G.O. -  "Garbage In, Garbage Out."  .. Input determines output.

What you feed into a computer is what you'll get out. God has given each of us the most fantastic .. the most powerful computer ever know or devised .. YOUR MIND!! What you program into your mind will eventually influence your behavior. That's why you must expose your mind to things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellent, and worthy of praise (Phil. 4:8).

Paul prayed that we would "walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; [and be] strengthened with all power . . . for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father" (Col. 1:10-12).

Those are marvelous Christian characteristics, but how are they achieved? Verse 9 gives us the answer: "Be filled with the knowledge of [God's] will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding." The Greek word translated "filled" speaks of influence or control. It's the same word Paul uses in Ephesians 5:18: "Be filled [controlled by] the Holy Spirit." When you're filled with the Spirit, He governs our choices. Similarly, when you're filled with the knowledge of God's will, your choices reflect godly wisdom and understanding.

The phrase "spiritual wisdom and understanding" indicates more than merely knowing God's Word. It speaks of applying it to your life under the Spirit's power and direction. As you seek .. as you ASK GOD .. as you prayerfully saturate your mind with God's Word, it begins more and more to control your thinking and behavior. And the Spirit uses the Word .. and The Spirit can use These THOUGHT CONDITIONERS to renew your mind and protect you from conformity to worldly attitudes and actions (Rom. 12:2).

Suggestions for Prayer and Daily Consideration and Use: http://www.iaskgod.com/thought_conditioners

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