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:

Fresh Manna
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

 

 

 

 

Faith Part 2 – Moving Mountains

Move-mountains

Moving Mountains

Faith can move mountains; doubt can create them. – unknown

Some of the definitions of Faith in the World English Dictionary — n strong or unshakeable belief in something, esp without proof or evidence; Christianity–trust in God and in His actions and promises; any set of firmly held principles or beliefs.

Faith is your inner man or heart knowing and believing that the impossible is possible with God.  Faith is not head knowledge. Yes, you need to start by reading and speaking the word of God to get the knowledge into you.  Then through mediation, memorization, and speaking the word aloud comes enlightenment and Mountain Moving Faith. Take a couple minute to watch “Moving Mountains”.

Below are the verse I use in the video.

Matthew 17:20 (AMP) He said to them, Because of the littleness of your faith [that is, your lack of firmly relying trust]. For truly I say to you, if you have faith [that is Moving Mountainsliving] like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to yonder place, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.

Mark 4:30-32 (AMP)  And He said, With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use to illustrate and explain it?  It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all seeds upon the earth;  Yet after it is sown, it grows up and becomes the greatest of all garden herbs and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air are able to make nests and dwell in its shade.

1 Peter 2:24 (NKJV)…who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. Psalm 23:1 (NKJV) The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Psalm 138:8  (NKJV) The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;

Philippians 4:19 (NKJV) 19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”),

Deuteronomy 28 (MSG) 1-6 If you listen obediently to the Voice of God, your God, and heartily obey all his commandments that I command you today, God, your God, will place you on high, high above all the nations of the world. All these blessings will come down on you and spread out beyond you because you have responded to the Voice of God, your God:

God’s blessing inside the city, God’s blessing in the country; God’s blessing on your children,     the crops of your land,     the young of your livestock,     the calves of your herds,     the lambs of your flocks. God’s blessing on your basket and bread bowl; God’s blessing in your coming in, God’s blessing in your going out.

God will defeat your enemies who attack you. They’ll come at you on one road and run away on seven roads.

God will order a blessing on your barns and workplaces; he’ll bless you in the land that God, your God, is giving you. God will form you as a people holy to him, just as he promised you, if you keep the commandments of God, your God, and live the way he has shown you.

10 All the peoples on Earth will see you living under the Name of God and hold you in respectful awe.

11-14 God will lavish you with good things: children from your womb, offspring from your animals, and crops from your land, the land that God promised your ancestors that he would give you. God will throw open the doors of his sky vaults and pour rain on your land on schedule and bless the work you take in hand. You will lend to many nations but you yourself won’t have to take out a loan. God will make you the head, not the tail; you’ll always be the top dog, never the bottom dog, as you obediently listen to and diligently keep the commands of God, your God, that I am commanding you today. Don’t swerve an inch to the right or left from the words that I command you today by going off following and worshiping other gods….

The rest of Duteronomy chapter 28 talks about the curse (which you should read because we are redeemed from it) but because Jesus died on the cross we are redeemed from the curse. As you received the gift of salvation you also need to receive His word as true in your heart.  Once it is sown in to the ground in your heart then it will effect your mind and body. These promises are part of our covenant with God. (I will talk about the old and new covenants, also known as old and new testament, another time.)

You are Blessed!

~ Mandie