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Posted 5/26/16 at 12:36 AM | June Samuel

Believe God

Do you believe God? or do you believe in God. There is a difference.

Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Romans 4:3 Abraham believed God when He told him his seed will be as numerous as the stars in the heavens. God justified Abraham because he believed. It is God who justifies, who makes us righteous. Romans 3:27

Do you believe in God? Are you working for your salvation? Those who work for their salvation are really working to pay off a debt. A debt they can never live long enough to repay. Therefore, their work is hopeless. Their works are all done in sin. Sin cannot redeem you from sin. When you think you are finished working you will be still a sinner. Isaiah 64:6 says: "But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;....."

Romans 4:4 states: "Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace, but as debt." Salvation is by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Those who are working for their salvation are on their own. For God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

If it were possible for us to work, work, and then work to pay off our sin debt, what then? How can we have salvation? Can we work for our own salvation from sin? No way. We have tried keeping the ten commandments and that hasn't worked for us. So what then? FULL POST

Posted 5/23/16 at 8:09 AM | Daniella Whyte

Fix or Forgive (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 15)

Romans 12:17 (NLT)
Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.

A mother apologizes for abandoning her son. After so many years, she asks for a second chance.

The son thinks to himself that it’s not really that easy. Am I supposed to just give in and forgive her? Surely, justice should be served in some way. She should feel the pain of abandonment — the same pain I felt, right?

All these feelings are valid and could be acted upon in an attitude of anger and resentment. But this is not God’s way. God cares more about justice than we ever will. He is a just God and He knows best how to give people who have hurt us exactly what they deserve.

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Posted 5/20/16 at 5:30 AM | June Samuel

I Am In His Presence

Where can I flee from Your presence?” asked David concerning the Lord. As I was praying a few days ago after I had awoken from sleep, I thanked the Lord for watching over us during the night. The Holy Spirit whispered to me, that we were in God’s presence. In other words, while I was sleeping I was in God’s presence. WOW!!!

David said, “If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, …. You are there.” David said if he lived in the uttermost part of the sea, God would be there. There is no place in the universe that we can go and be removed from God’s presence. Even in the darkness God sees us. His eyes are as a flame of fire. Darkness and the light are both alike to God.

I knew God was watching over us while we slept. In my mind, God was in heaven and I was in my bed on the earth. To know that I am sleeping in God’s presence is profound to me. This means to me, God is in my space. I am encircled by God’s presence. My sleep will surely be sweeter now. Psalm 4:8 reads: I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

For there is not a word on my tongue but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. Psalms 139:4 WOW!! Before our words ever leave our tongues God knows them. This verse should be a fantastic influence on us to monitor the words on our tongues, as well as, a great deterrent to subdue our speech. Confessing and repenting to our Lord before those ugly words roll off of our tongues would also be very rewarding for us. O how much trouble and heartache we would save ourselves and others if we would recognize that God knows the words on our tongues. FULL POST

Posted 5/15/16 at 12:29 AM | Daniella Whyte

Rejoice. Pray. Give Thanks. (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 14)

I Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT)
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

If you do nothing else in life, here are three things you should do that will make your days brighter and better: Rejoice. Pray. Give Thanks. Nothing blows the storms out of the path before us like rejoicing. Nothing keeps us stable, steady, and trusting like prayer. And nothing keeps us aware of our blessings like giving thanks.

You want to know what God’s will is? It’s these three things right here: Rejoice. Pray. Give Thanks. This is the duty and responsibility of those who belong to Jesus Christ.

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Posted 5/13/16 at 6:10 AM | June Samuel

The Just Shall Live By Faith

For in it - the Gospel - the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith". Romans 1:17

....Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. Genesis 6:9 How did Noah become a just man? Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Genesis 6:8 God made Noah just. God is Just and He is the justifier of those who believe in Him. Romans 3:26 Noah was perfect - fully matured - in his generations.

How did that happen? Noah walked with God. When you walk with someone, you have conversations with him or her. You learn about that person and they learn about you. A level of intimacy results from your walking and talking to each other. You or the other person limits or controls the level of intimacy between you. Thus Noah didaccording to all that God commanded him, so he did.  Noah was obedient to God - all the time.

Another just man was Joseph - Mary's husband. Matthew 1:19, 20 He did not want to make Mary a public example, so he was thinking to quietly break off their engagement.

Another just man was spoken about by Pilate's wife. Matthew 27:19 ....."Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him" (Jesus). Acts 3:13, 14 - Jesus was delivered up in the presence of Pilate. v14: But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you. FULL POST

Posted 5/5/16 at 8:00 PM | Daniella Whyte

Overflowing Joy (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 13)

John 15:11 (NLT)
I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!

What do you think about when you think about God’s joy? It is overflowing, even overwhelming. It can’t be decreased or jaded by any circumstance. God’s joy is incomprehensible and unmeasurable. Nothing gets Him down or puts Him in a bad mood — not even bad weather or traffic jams.

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Posted 5/5/16 at 6:18 AM | June Samuel

O Lord, Hear!

O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your Name. Daniel 9: 19

 Daniel through his studies saw that God would complete seventy years in the desolation of Jerusalem, so Daniel decided to pray. Daniel chapter 9

Today we see the decline of our society in everything that is God’s, and we come to pray. God knows what we are going to pray. While the word is on our tongue God knows. God does not have to wait until we are finished praying to act or to respond. At the beginning of Daniel’s prayer God sent forth his command.

“At the beginning of your supplications, the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision:” Gabriel told Daniel Verses 21-23

God answered Daniel’s prayer by showing him His plan – what would take place in the future. God may surprise you in the way He responds to your prayer. God acted immediately even before Daniel could speak two words. God knew Daniel’s heart. God knows our hearts and He will respond accordingly to our prayers. FULL POST

Posted 4/28/16 at 6:20 AM | June Samuel

God Is The Authority in the Earth

God appoints the leadership in every country, island, state and jurisdiction in the earth. Are these leaders Christian conservatives? Look around the globe and answer the question for yourself. Whoever is in leadership positions around the world is there because God allowed it. God places people in leadership according to His Will and His purposes.

Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, in his dream in Daniel Chapter 4, was told by the watchers in the dream, “in order that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men.” Daniel reiterates the same truth in verses 25 and 32. God is in control in the earth. In verse 31, the voice was heard from heaven “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken the kingdom has departed from you! Verse 32: …… “until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses. “ Three times this truth is stated in this chapter 4 of Daniel. God is reinforcing this truth to us – even today - that He is the One who rules in the kingdoms of men. It is God who will, and has already selected the next President of the USA. God wants us to know that He promotes men and women and He removes them in accordance with His Will. FULL POST

Posted 4/27/16 at 11:55 PM | Daniella Whyte

God Is Enough (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 12)

Matthew 6:26-27 (NLT)
Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

There seems to never be enough. Some complain of not having enough time while others gripe about not having money. Not enough houses or cars, not enough knowledge or investments, not enough credit or enough good health. Not having enough often leads to worry. But worry never works.

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Posted 4/20/16 at 11:04 PM | Diane Castro

They Fought the Good Fight, They Finished the Race

One hundred twenty years of history were packed into Monday’s running of the most famous marathon in the world. More than 30,000 athletes ran and wheeled their way into history, with half a million enthusiastic spectators cheering them on at every step along the 26.2-mile route. With fluctuating temperatures ranging from the 40’s in the early morning up to around 70 in Hopkinton at the start of the race, and back down to around 50 at the finish line by the official close, runners had to deal with a variety of conditions, but the sun was bright and spirits were high.

For some it is a fun run—like the guys in tutus or the Elvis impersonator. But for many, it is a very sacred event. They run to overcome personal challenges, to honor a loved one, or to raise money for a cause that is dear to their heart. My friend Kristen Havey was running with the Race4Chase team, to support the CMAK Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation, in honor of Chase Michael Anthony Kowalski. As Kristen explained, “The CMAK foundation is named after a talented runner and passionate little boy named Chase. Chase was my daughter Livvie’s age when his life was tragically taken as an active shooter entered his school on December 14, 2012. As both a teacher and a parent, the events on this day were heartbreaking for me, but the resilience of those affected was inspiring.” Kristen raised over $8,500 to help CMAK in its mission of serving children and families. FULL POST

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