Posted 3/8/17 at 8:26 PM | Daniella Whyte
Hebrews 13:5 (NLT)
God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”
There are times in life when we may feel as though we are alone. Encountering a problem and having no one to talk with about it can be a lonely road. When we meet obstacles along our journey, it is easy to give up when you feel no one is there who understands the universal struggle. I think we all would agree that life’s pressures become a little less of a burden when we have someone by our side. This is why Jesus promised He would never fail us, never abandon us, always be by our side.
Posted 2/28/17 at 6:02 PM | Greg Gordon
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. - Psalm 51:1
So many times in life we feel deserving of right treatment, we feel like we deserve always good things. We look at others and think of them as worse then us and try and justify ourselves. Those who always judge others are not recipents of mercy or have at least forgotten the great mercy shown to them. We consider God a just God, and in many ways He is, but if He were truly just without mercy we would all be sent to hell. God chooses to remember us when we should be forgotten and left to our own devices.
Asking for God's mercy is something the prophets and believers of the Old Testament cried out for. In the New Testament we see this same cry, notably three times in the Gospels. The Canaanite woman cries out "Lord have mercy on me" (Matthew 15:22). The two blind men cry out to Jesus, "Lord have mercy on us" (Matthew 20:30-31). Lastly, Blind Bartimaeus cries out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me" (Mark 10:46). These individuals saw the reality of humanity that it is in need of God's mercy. Jesus clearly gave these people mercy, something they did not deserve. FULL POST
Posted 2/28/17 at 3:49 AM | Daniella Whyte
John 6:19 (NLT)
They had rowed three or four miles when suddenly they saw Jesus walking on the water toward the boat. They were terrified.
In life, there are two kinds of storms. We encounter storms that correct us and teach us lessons we wouldn’t have learned otherwise. And we encounter storms that develop us and make us grow. When we’re out of alignment with God, He sends storms into our lives to show us the error of our ways. But sometimes, when we’re following His path, He allows us to go through storms that teach us how to trust.
Posted 2/16/17 at 10:35 AM | Greg Gordon
I Don't Know What To Do!
I went into my study, sat on the floor and simply prayed: “Jesus, I don’t know what to do. I know so much and everybody thinks I am a spiritual person, but I am so lost. I don’t know where You are, and I can’t find You. Please talk to me.” And He did. At the end of seeking Him for two weeks, the Lord showed up. I can’t explain how, but within a few seconds, millions of pictures began to flash before my eyes: faces, images and places I had been to on the mission field. And then He said, “I have been waiting for this day when you would come to the end of yourself. I have called you. I know you.”
I expected the Lord to say, “You messed up. Sell everything, go back to India and wear rags.” But He didn’t.
Instead, I was so overcome with the awareness that He loves me, He understands me and He wants me. I wasn’t able to stop crying. For weeks I couldn’t think of anything else than just being His. I was so overwhelmed by His love that He could have asked me anything outrageous, and I would have done it. FULL POST
Posted 2/13/17 at 7:45 AM | Greg Gordon
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. - Proverbs 11:2
Pride and the Devil
When we speak of pride we also often times think of the devil. He was the beautiful angel who through transgression and pride fell from his place with God to a fallen state. Lucifer, an anointed cherub of God became the devil, the father of lies (John 8:44). He was soiled and became filthy and the enemy wants to defile all those who are unsoiled also. When we are free from pride the enemy of our souls desires to sow prideful thoughts into our life. Pride is a preoccupation with self, it is to say that I am more important then all others. Pride says "I" am always right. Pride is when at all costs we need to revenge ourselves of our abusers. Pride says that we are more important then others and when sinned against our rights are more important. Personal glory and importance leads to a proud heart and opposition to God (1 Peter 5:5). FULL POST
Posted 2/9/17 at 9:35 PM | Daniella Whyte
Philippians 1:21 (NLT)
For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.
What does it mean to really live? True living is giving your life away. Happiness comes from genuine service and sacrifice, not selfish gratification. Service and sacrifice break down walls of smugness and pride in our lives and allow Christ to shine through. Until you understand that life is about living in Christ and giving your life in service to Him and others, you will never really live or experience long-lasting happiness.
Posted 2/8/17 at 7:28 PM | Greg Gordon
I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged. - 2 Corinthians 12:21
Humility in our Walks with Christ?
There are many tests for the humility of our walk with Christ. One of them is how we react to correction and namely correction by spiritual leaders in the body of Christ. It is never easy to consider we have been wrong in an area of our life and our decisions have caused hurt towards others. Paul the Apostle was encouraging the Corinthian believers to repent fully of their past behaviours, he was full of grace towards them that they could change. But sadly in the 2nd letter he wrote to them at the end he started to doubt whether they had changed. He wrote, I fear there would be "discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder" (2 Corinthians 12:20) still among you! FULL POST
Posted 2/8/17 at 1:43 PM | Prakash Sundaram
Although people die every day, we still need to keep our faith in God because, without our faith, we have nothing to keep us going every day. Imagine if no one believed in God and everyone was for themselves in this world. The world would be an awful place to live in every day if that was the case. Luckily it isn’t.
God is there
Just because you can’t see God, that doesn’t mean he isn’t really there. There are many things we can’t see that are really there. Can you see the air in the sky? No, but it is there because if it wasn’t, how would we breathe? This is why those who don’t believe in God, shouldn’t throw it in others faces because like mentioned above, just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t real. FULL POST
Posted 2/3/17 at 8:44 PM | Greg Gordon
He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. - John 8:44
We have To Rememeber
We have to remember that Satan is the father of lies. He is a murderer from the beginning and dwells in falsehood. He never wants the glory to go to Jesus Christ but rather twists the truth and deceives those in the Lord’s work to take glory to themselves. Satan is also the master counterfeiter who has been deceiving God’s people since the beginning. He spoke to Eve and deceived her by twisting the truth of God saying, “Has God indeed said?” Such twisting of the truth is his normal activity.
Since the earliest days of the apostles, even with our Lord himself, there were deceivers and false brethren present: those who secretly come into God’s flock for personal gain and to infiltrate the liberty of the believers, betrayers, deceivers, false brethren, false prophets, and those desiring preeminence among the saints (3 John 1:9). Diotrephes and one's like him did not seek honour in the church as much as sought his own truth, his own way and seperated himself from the doctrines of the Apostles and all the other Churches. FULL POST
Posted 2/3/17 at 5:41 AM | June Samuel
To the Angel of the Church of Thyatira Jesus said, “These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire and feet like fine brass.” Revelation 2:18 The church in Thyatira was working in the service of the Lord Jesus. They had love, faith, patience and works. The Lord commended the Church on their works. He said, “ the last (works) are more than the first”. However, they allowed the doctrine of Jezebel - immorality and idolatry - to be taught and practiced in the church. Revelation 2:20
The Lord Jesus said His eyes are like a flame of fire. His eyes illuminate whatever He looks upon. His eyes search the minds and the hearts of His people. The Lord knew all those in the church in Thyatira who were following the doctrine and practices of Jezebel. He also knew those in the church who were loyal to Him. In Jesus’ introduction, He also said His feet are like fine brass. In Revelation Chapter 1:15, John said Jesus’ “ feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace”. Our Lord Jesus, as it were, walked through the flames of God’s judgment for us. He conquered death and hell. He has the keys of death and hell. Revelation 1:18. Therefore, He has the authority to kill with death, and this is one of the pronouncements He made on the children of Jezebel. FULL POST