Archive for October, 2015

Come Closer

Posted in Blogroll on October 30, 2015 by activeinspiration

Psalm 145:8 The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. #Bible

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This psalm, a Praise to God in His Wonderful work’s and interaction with humanity, shares the reason we fear God, and also why we love God.
One point that comes to mind, is we must be looking for God and His acts in our lives. It’s not enough to just be living our lives labelling what we think is an act of God.
The people in this Psalm of God payed close attention to what was going on around them, they had a sense of the presence of God.
In our preoccupation with the events of our lives we become blind to the works of God, and usually explain them away as something else.
Our Father has always held an invitation to us to draw closer to Him, to experience His Love for us more fully. I don’t believe we can ever exhaust knowing that continued newness of God’s magnificent Love.
Another example of God’s love is in noticing in the Gospel of John a clear image of the Apostle John, the youngest of the Apostles, reclining in the bosom or lap of Jesus. John, young enough to see Jesus as a big brother, and also as a father, gave him a wonderful view of God’s Love, feeling free to recline in the lap of Jesus the Messiah.
I believe this is a wonderful example for us to draw closer to God, knowing that God allows us the liberty to come closer to Him, even an attitude of resting, or reclining in the bosom of God.
It isn’t about us receiving more of Jesus, its about us drawing closer to Jesus.
To shed our worldly ties and drop those sins that entangle us like chains, and move closer to God, even reclining in the Bosom of God our Father. Why? Because that’s where He has desired us to be all along. Think of all of those mentioned in the Word of God like Moses, Jacob or David, and so on, they all had special relationship’s with God, and I believe we are privileged to have these same kinds of relationships also. We just need to come closer.

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Helper’s

Posted in Blogroll on October 28, 2015 by activeinspiration

John 14:16-17 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. #Bible

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Jesus submits to the Father God in asking, and the Father will give us another Helper. Another Helper means there are two Helper’s.
Jesus is here referring to Himself as our Helper, and because He is going to the Father in Heaven, the Father will send another Helper to carry on His ministry to those who believe, and to those who will believe.
Jesus didn’t retire from being our Helper, He filled the position of our Helper at our Father God’s right hand interceding for us.
The Holy Spirit didn’t just come and spend time with us and stand by us, but He filled us with Himself. Not only that, the Holy Spirit surrounds us with His council, His guidance, His intersession with groanings, and even His protection. He is the Spirit of Truth, and the world can neither see Him nor do they know Him, or even receive Him.
We Christian’s both know the Holy Spirit and we know He resides with us inside and outside of us.
We are Blessed by our Father God with His complete perfect Help. We can rest in the fact that He has provided us with His perfect Loving care, to bring us to where He is with Jesus our Christ.
If you don’t know Jesus the Messiah you are the world. You can know Jesus by simply asking Jesus to be your Savior, inviting Him into your life forgiving your rebellious sins and giving you the wonderful Helper, the Holy Spirit.
All that’s left is to tell somebody what you have done and then find a church of believers who study the Bible, God’s Word, and join their fellowship, and watch yourself grow into who God created you to be in the first place.

Our Choice

Posted in Blogroll on October 22, 2015 by activeinspiration

Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. #Bible

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We here are presented with a wonderful solution to our battle with our flesh.
I remember walking through the bookstore at my church while coming to the realization that I can choose not to sin.
I, a younger Christian at the time studying through Romans and the letter to the Galatians. Which is in itself is powerful study for understanding the battle between spirit and the flesh.
It was amazing to realize that I had a choice, being born again in the awakening of my spiritual side, which was growing, especially in understanding who my Father God is, and of course Jesus my Saviour, and the Holy Spirit. Last of all, who I was becoming, as a fulfilled child of God, now living in the spirit as well as my human nature or flesh, I could see the battle raging.
The most vivid experience I have found to see this battle is when I fast. After fasting like six hours, my flesh is continually telling me to feed it. By twenty four hours my flesh is playing tricks on my mind, and at forty eight hours I’m barely holding on. They say it gets easier, though forty eight hours is the most I’ve done.
The battle is real and food is just one battlefield. Sin is another battlefield that can produce casualties for the Christian if not resisted.
That’s where this verse becomes so important to the believer. If we did everything in the name of the devil that would produce sin at its worst.
We Christians need to strive, in whatever we do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, because it produces Righteousness.
Think about it, if we set out in the morning declaring whatever we do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus for that day, wouldn’t we have a better chance of not sinning?
Well then, that’s what we need to do, and in doing so we please our Father God through the Spirit of Christ who strengthens us towards success. Praise God! Yes we are thankful to God through Jesus our Lord in providing us with a defence, or a way of escape from sinning.

Wealth

Posted in Blogroll on October 21, 2015 by activeinspiration

Hebrews 13:5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you. #Bible

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I really don’t understand loving money. In my life I have had times of prosperity, as fleeting as they were, and times of poverty as endless as they seem.
Loving money for me would be better described maybe as the lust of money. You know when you say “I wish I could afford to drive that Ferrari, or live in a house with five bathrooms”. Well maybe it isn’t quite lust, but having that kind of money would be worth giving it a try.
The question then, I would be asking myself, have I began loving the money to the point it comes between God and I? I believe it would haunt me continually, of course in a good way, I would hope keeping me right with my Father God.
I would hope if God blessed me with alot of money He would also bless me with His Wisdom on how I dealt with it.
Here is where I would have my hope, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”. My Father in Heaven is with me through what ever I face in this world.¬† I can depend on Him to protect me and lead me through the treacherous course of having alot of money, or severe poverty. God is with me, and that is the Greatest wealth I possess, and this allows everything else that is good in my life.

Come Together

Posted in Blogroll on October 14, 2015 by activeinspiration

Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. #Bible

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This world is harsh, I see Christians who haven’t completely given up on this world and its lusts. Straddling the boundary of the Kingdom of God, and this world of lust and sin, holding on to the idea that they might be missing something. Their struggle is painful, and is full of setbacks, usually as they ask “why me Lord”.
Stirring one another up in Love and good works is helping each other please God with our lives and actions, helping each other to have clear vision as to what’s eternally important.
In coming together in fellowship, we are loved and encouraged and ignited with confidence in our Lord Jesus. We are recharged and ready for what the Lord has for us to do, and what the world would throw at us.
When we don’t come together with our brothers and sisters in the Lord, we begin at that moment to loose sight of what is important, and who we are as Christians.
The longer we stay away, the less importance we give to the things of the Lord and find ourselves drifting away back into the world.
Soon we will see the Day draw near, I believe this is the Day of the Lord, or when Jesus returns for His Church, the great catching away of all who believe in Jesus the Christ.
What will happen to the one who has fallen away? God only knows.

Beloved

Posted in Blogroll on October 12, 2015 by activeinspiration

1 John 4:7-8 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. #Bible

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Notice The Apostle John addresses us as Beloved, meaning esteemed, dear, favorite, worthy of love.
John is demonstrating how Love from God works, we Love everyone. We need to remember that Love comes from God, we don’t naturally just love in this sense. Our love always has conditions attached, like if I love what do I get out of it, for one example.
God’s Love is unconditional, not expecting anything in return.
Let me ask some questions, what would our family say, do we treat those other than family better than our own family members?
Is our love used as a tool to get what will want from someone?
Do we use our love to win someone over to our side, or to get them to make us their favorite?
All of these are not love, it is merely manipulations that arise from our own selfishness.
If we love in any other way than how God Loves, we need to question our motives. We need to strive to be perfect and complete in Loving, as our God has demonstrated by sending His only Son Jesus to die on the Cross, paying the price for our sins. So we can be Loved by God our Father Himself with His Perfect Love.
To love in any other way says we don’t know God, which questions, do we know Jesus the Christ.
Everyone we come in contact needs to see God’s love from us, and especially our own family.

The Gift

Posted in Blogroll on October 9, 2015 by activeinspiration

Acts 2:38 And Peter said to them, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. #Bible

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It’s so simple, one simply repents of their sins. Sins are our rebellion against God who says, for our own good, don’t do that, and we do it anyway.
To repent is to stop doing what is called sin, turn from it and turn to God, and let Him lead you in a way that pleases Him.
Being baptized is to demonstrate to God, and mankind, that you have gone under the water, dying to this world. You are dead to this worlds way of doing things.
Coming up out of the water is to demonstrate you now live again to God, and His ways.
You have been born again to a new life with God through the sacrifice of Jesus the Christ dying for you on the cross paying the requirement for your sins.
Wonderfully then you receive the gift from God, the Holy Spirit, our Wonderful Companion for ever, our guide, our counselor, the One who communicates to God what we can’t express, and so on. You have to read the Holy Bible to understand all He is to us.
Our Father God Loves us completely, He provides for us completely, He leaves nothing out, nor holds no good thing from us. He is our Wonderful Almighty God who even expresses Himself to us in three Persons, the Father the Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.