Humble Yourselves

Posted in Blogroll on February 10, 2016 by activeinspiration

1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, ESV #Bible

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When we exalt ourselves, it brings nothing but judgement, and the opposite reaction we were desiring. Those we seek acceptance or promotion from separate and move away, rather than joining in our exhalation.
One most important thing we need to remember, is that God is mighty, and even His hand is much more mighty than we could be.
If we were to see the mighty Hand of God, we would shrivel up like a grape dried in the sun. Whether we wanted to or not, we would be humbled, and for different reasons.
The Holy Spirit is telling us to just simply humble ourselves and get out of the way, so God can exalt us at the proper time.
Even if God never exalts us, the path or journey of humility is the more noble way to go, and we get to keep those who we desire acceptance from, much closer.
God always has the superior plan or path in life for us to follow. Choosing our own way or path only leads us away from God.
Our reward in humility is finding the real way, and the real truth, and the Joyous Life found only in Jesus the Christ.

God’s Light

Posted in Blogroll on January 28, 2016 by activeinspiration

1 John 1:5-7 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. ESV #Bible

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Where am I? Am I in the light, or am I living in darkness?
God’s light has no darkness, and the darkness has no light.
If I’m living in darkness I can’t see what’s around me. I have no idea what’s coming my way.  My only option is to group around feeling, rather than seeing where I am going. I am left in dark ignorance wandering in darkness.
Being with God, in His light, is to have the ability to see far off. To observe anything coming my way, walking with a sure step, not prone to stumbling. I am informed by God, I know what is real, I’m not left to the fear of my imagination in darkness.
I am able to see who my friends are, and know I am not alone, having fellowship with light walkers.
We know God and we understand His Truth, His Word iluminates our understanding, rather than existing in the ignorance of darkness void of God’s influence. And our Saviour Jesus the Christ cleanses our sins through the blood of His sacrifice on our behalf, which is discovered in God’s Light. We are grateful for God’s Light, and we understand.

Slow

Posted in Blogroll on January 27, 2016 by activeinspiration

Proverbs 16:32 Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. ESV #Bible

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We all know that when we loose our temper, and our veins are popping out of our heads, or our face wrinkles, and our nose is blowing air or snorting like a bull, we have lost it.
Being slow to anger is to infuse our wisdom into our anger, using caution, and clear thinking to guide our anger into motivating us to a good action.
Naturally this characteristic of being slow to anger, does rank us with, or even better than the mighty person who by his great strength accomplishes great feats.
We don’t have to accomplish out task with bruit strength, but with wisdom, and intelligence, and God’s Grace, which is far superior to bruit strength.
God has told us from the book of Genesis onward, that we can master and rule our own spirit’s. So as we are slow to anger we have embarked on ruling our own spirit, mastering it in all facets of our lives. This is as important as capturing a city, we capture our own spirit’s.
I believe this is only possible with God’s help and guidance. As we have in the past so in the future, we would fail greatly without Jesus the Christ our Great Sheppard leading us. Praise the Lord.

Suffering

Posted in Blogroll on January 22, 2016 by activeinspiration

Philippians 1:29  For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, ESV #Bible

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It’s evident from the beginning of our salvation that we Christians experience persecution in one form or another. To a seasoned Christian we understand persecution runs hand in hand with our salvation, like its a package deal.
Here we see the Apostle Paul revealing the fact that just as we have been granted for the sake of Jesus our Messiah, our salvation, so our suffering for Him also.
Experience tells me that in my suffering for Christ, it brings a sensitivity to the greatness of the gift of my salvation, and its evidence and reality of being true.
This suffering, as salvation, has been granted to us. It has been given to us from someone greater than ourselves, meaning from God Himself.
For those who cause our sufferings it is the proof for them and ourselves that perdition awaits them.

Love

Posted in Blogroll on January 21, 2016 by activeinspiration

1 Corinthians 13:2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. ESV #Bible

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If we could see the future, or like Sherlock Holmes decipher all mysteries, even master all knowledge, and possess all faith so as to accomplish any feat, even to remove any mountain and throw it into the sea. It would mean nothing, or be worth anything.
Without love those capabilities would be worthless, they would only bring despair, and leave you wanting for more.
In the beginning, when God created all things we find in this reality, human beings recognized God’s influence, His presence in what He created. They knew that a greater being than themselves existed, and that it was wise to fear and honor Him and worship Him for who he is.
There were those human beings who chose to disbelieve and rebelled, dishonoring God and His creation and even themselves, rejecting God’s soul purpose, His Love.
God’s Love was the motivation for His act of creation, His Love is the driving force behind everything He does.
God’s Love is Jesus, the Lamb of God who God sent to this planet to save us from our rebellious sins.
Any power, any ability, knowledge, or anything else on this planet comes to nothing, if it is not empowered and motivated by a God like Love. All will end up as a wasteland of effort. To look at God’s Love which is dripping like honey from all He has created, it is only viewable with honesty and acceptance. We must first realize God’s Love for each one of us saint or sinner, before we can do anything that will last beyond our time, even to eternity.

Prudent

Posted in Blogroll on January 20, 2016 by activeinspiration

Proverbs 10:19 When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. ESV #Bible

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What an ability it is to master the tongue. It seems the mouth never runs out of words.
Interestingly the more words used to communicate a point only creates more confusion and misunderstanding.
Then there is the assumption that the one you are talking to knows what you mean rather than what you are saying.
Just in these points made, I can remember times when the communication or discussion turns into an argument and some times an out right fight. That’s where transgressions happen.
Restraining our lips for me is to take time to think, not only about what I want to say, but how it will be received. That in it’s self is a difficult task, and I have been working on this pretty much my entire life.
The best suggestion I know is those wonderful words “Lord Jesus help me”. With God’s help we can accomplish many things we think are impossible, and that’s prudent.

Believe

Posted in Blogroll on January 19, 2016 by activeinspiration

John 3:18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. ESV #Bible

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To believe in Jesus is to consider, to trust in, to rely on, to depend on, be assured of and have faith in Jesus to be the one and only unique Son of God, the Messiah.
It’s understandable in the beginning that being moved by a desirous hunger in our  hearts, we believe by our God given faith in Jesus.
As time goes on in our relationship with Jesus through His Holy Spirit we gain experience with and a knowledge of Jesus. As we study the Word of God we learn more about our wonderful Saviour, and our belief grows stronger.
If one chooses through examination, or opinion to not believe, as they live, they are condemned all ready. There is no need for them to die or stand before God pleading, because their disbelief is the witness and proof of their condemnation.
God has left the decision entirely up to us, we make the choice to believe or disbelieve. So there is no blame that can be held against Jesus, or God, we hold the entire responsibility to live forever, or die, meaning separated forever from Jesus.
If you feel inside that God is real, than the only way to God is through Jesus.
Believe and be saved from the deadly separation that awaits those who disbelieve.

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