The Word of God is Life

 God’s word is Life.

“John 6:63 (NKJV) It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”Bible Study 2

So the written Word of God is Life! Every time you take or speak the Word of God into your heart, believe it and  then act on it, the life of which Jesus spoke is released in you. You take a dose of the Word every time you read it and hear the Word out of your mouth or hear it preached.

We take the Word of God (Bible) for granted often, while other countries have never seen it. The video below is of a wonderful song call “The Word Of God” by Brentown Brown. Please take couple a minute and listen.

The Powerful Force of Encouragement

Mandie:

Please take a minute to read this post on encouragement.
Your are blessed to be a blessing!
Mandie

Originally posted on Inspirational Devotions & More by Tim Burt:

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Ministers of the gospel, motivational speakers, and countless communicators from different fields, all and often communicate an important truth: everyone’s life has significance. That is true because we were all ultimately created by God to experience a meaningful and significant life with a destiny to fulfill. I know that the plan for every individual has been tainted by the sin and evil that exists in this earth but, that is what creates even greater opportunity for us to walk out a significant life. We are needed and can be “salt.” We can bring flavor to this earth. One of those ways we can be salt is to constantly keep our eyes open and see and catch the good that people do and openly acknowledge and encourage them in the continuation of it. What a paradigm shift that would be! Most people catch and comment…

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The Most Unthinkable Thing

I think one of the first reactions that we have when we first hear of God’s incredible love for us, if we are honest with ourselves, is that we are not worthy.  And I don’t mean this in the Hollywood sense of  “We’re not worthy” like in Wayne’s World…

…but rather, in a true sense of not deserving respect or attention, having little merit (Oxford Dictionaries).   I think we know intuitively that, despite the fact that many of us have not recently murdered anyone or participated in human trafficking, we still have that internal sense that our selfishness, pettiness, jealousies will be offensive to a holy God.  This is, I think, the right response from an unholy being to a holy God.

However, it is our response to these feelings that is key.

Either we can say, “Despite his promises, He can never love ME!”  Or, “I don’t know why He does, But He loves ME!”

Either we accept that an omnipotent Holy God has worked hard to draw us near through the forgiveness He has made available through His precious Son; that the perfect holy God has done the unthinkable for us.  OR we can think our sin more powerful than God and believe that what WE have done in our past is unsurmountable by the forgiveness HE offers us.

Please remember, in the Bible God shows how He can even use those with sin in their backgrounds:  murderers (Moses, David), liars (Jacob), prostitutes (Rahab), and those who ran away from Him (Job).  He showed us these stories for a reason.  Yes, He has done the unthinkable in sending His only perfect Son to die for us.  But His gift is offered to all, regardless of your past or present.  Think long and hard before you decide that your past is greater than God’s future.

Listen closely to the lyrics of this beautiful song.

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Love

God's Love

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LOVE

So I want to talk about LOVE again in this post. It is one of the most important parts of the Christian walk. How many of us have lost it on the phone with a sales person trying to push something on you?  Or gossiped about a friend?  Or criticized the pastor… I could go on.

God’s kind of LOVE does not come from us. It comes from God in us. We have to choose God’s kind of LOVE.

You need to receive God’s love before we can give God’s love away. Steven Curtis Chapman sings

This is what I’m sure of, I can only show love,
When I really know how loved I am
When it overtakes me, then it animates me
Flowing from my heart into my hands

How do we receive His LOVE?

First I want to say this, you do not have to perform for God to LOVE you! He loved you before you were born.   Here are just a few scriptures that talk about His Love for us.  Read them aloud and meditate on them.

In Zephaniah 3:17 it says,  The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing.

and in Jeremiah 1:5 (MSG) it says “Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you.Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you:A prophet to the nations— that’s what I had in mind for you.”

Mandies version: “Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you: A ______________ — that’s what I had in mind for you.” The blank is for you to fill in. God has a plan for everyone, will you choose His plan or yours, or satans?

1John 4: 9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

He knew you before you were shaped in the womb, He loved you so much that he sent His son, Jesus to die on the cross for your sins and to free you from the curse of the law (Deut 28).  He rejoices over you!  His LOVE will make no mention of your sin and He will exult over you with singing.  Wow! He loves us more than we can imagine.

Receiving God’s love is a choice.

In the end you have to receive God’s love by choice.

  • Choice 1: Being indwelt by God’s LOVE. “If you want to be indwelt by God’s love, you need to personally agree with God that Jesus is indeed your Savior (read 4:15).  “Confess” means literally to say the same thing as—to agree from the heart.  To confess that Jesus is the Son of God is to tell God in your own words that you agree with him when he says that you need a Savior and that Jesus is that Savior…What matters is that you personally tell God that you agree with him that you need a Savior and that Jesus is your Savior.” – Gary DeLashmutt**
  • Choice 2: You trust in God by looking to God as your source of everything instead of the world.  1 John 4:16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. 
  • Choice 3: Renewing your mind to the word of God.

I am sure there are other but for today I will leave it there.

**http://www.xenos.org/teachings/?teaching=1029#sthash.SARBkF6P.dpuf

Are You Becoming Like Noah?

Mandie:

I was reading this blog today and felt I should share it with you. Seeking God first, should be our priority as Christian. Please take a couple of minutes to read Pastor Tim Burt’s post on Noah. Thank you.

You are blessed to be a blessing,
Mandie

Originally posted on Inspirational Devotions & More by Tim Burt:

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

I was recently reading about the story of Noah. It’s one of those stories that most everyone has been exposed to—even if they aren’t Bible readers. It’s a story that by God’s design, is supposed to create a sense of soberness and caution in our hearts. It’s also supposed to create a sense of urgency in our calling to help others know the Lord! Every time I read this to my children, and now to my grandchildren, that warning and urgency refills my heart!

In the story, God had told Noah that a great flood was coming that would destroy mankind—with the exception of Noah and his family. What was mankind like at that time that was so bad that God would bring this kind of judgment? It’s important to know because Jesus said that when He would return for us, that the spirit…

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Strength in numbers

Strength in numbers

Strength in numbers — Whose Got Your Back?

Do you feel tired, overwhelmed… ? In the video below I talk about how I overcame in the battle.

Exodus 17:8-16New King James Version (NKJV)

Victory over the Amalekites

Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” 10 So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.” 15 And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-Lord-Is-My-Banner;[c] 16 for he said, “Because the Lord has sworn: the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.”

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Renewing Of Your Mind

 Renewing Of Your Mind

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What are you putting into your mind, eyes and ears? What are you thinking about?

Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…

It is so important to get our thinking right because it affect every part of our lives, in  Romans 12:2  it says And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

How do we renew our mind and in turn change our life? We do it by reading, mediating, speaking out the Word of God. Start today by reading aloud Proverbs 23 and Romans 12.

-Mandie

His Daughter

His Daughter

His Daughter

This video went viral not to long ago. If you have not heard this song yet please take some time to listen to it. Thank you.

 

If this speaks to you, know that God loves all His Sons and Daughters very much! That Means He Love You! <3

 

Love your sister in the Lord,

Mandie

Faith Part 4 – Clarification on Planting the Mustard Seed of Faith

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faith

So I miss spoke the other day on the “Plant the Mustard Seed of Faith” so I thought I would do another video to clarify my thoughts.

Psalm 1:2 (MSG)

2-3 Instead you thrill to God’s Word,
    you chew on Scripture day and night.
You’re a tree replanted in Eden,
    bearing fresh fruit every month,
Never dropping a leaf,
    always in blossom.

Faith Part 3 – Plant the Mustard Seed of Faith

 Plant the Mustard Seed of Faith

 

  Romans 10:17Faith  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV) 19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live