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If You Hear God’s voice, DO IT

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Have you ever felt a nudge in your spirit to go pray for someone you don’t know? In a place you don’t feel appropriate?

My husband and I have had many conversations about this. One thing that helps to know is, if they reject it, they aren’t rejecting us. They are rejecting God and His power. We’re just the middle man…. or woman.

My husband is from India, a culture where approaching people is not a bother to them. I however am learning that it’s okay to do that. We grew up totally different in different cultures and religions. My culture basically tells me to leave people alone and don’t bug them, but Vishwa is a different story! He prays for people in Grocery stores, retail stores, malls, on the street and anywhere else he sees someone and feels like he should pray for them. People seem fine on the outside… if you feel God leading you, no matter how they look, do it. They might be a mess on the inside. You might be the one God is sending to make a difference in their lives!

Have a great day!

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Live In The Now


Things like this inspire me… Especially when the golden sunlight catches them. Take time to enjoy life. Live in the now and not in the past so you can enjoy your futureGod has for you. You miss so many things in this fast paced life, especially with your eyes facing behind you. 

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Don’t Just Pretend

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Ever feel lonely or see someone who looks that way?

Romans 12:9-10 tells us
“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.”

When I read this scripture, something pricked me inside my soul. I think if we really took time to think about it, we would notice that this is lacking in our busy schedules, because we just don’t have time to stop. First and foremost we are called to be God’s children. We are how many people meet Jesus and we may be their only glance in to Him. He took His full attention and gave it to us. Can’t we just give little of ours here and there? After all, He came and died for them too.

There are so many people in this world who are sitting in a silent lonely state of mind…. Who may seem to have everything, but lack in the most important things such as friends, family, or just want to know that someone genuinely cares if they are alive in this world. We know one who is all those things and who wants us to be those things too. Remember your most lonely moment in life. Now magnify that feeling by a couple of times and you will have a small idea of what many people are going through right at this moment.

A smile, a greeting, a cup of coffee, or even having lunch with someone may take up a half hour to and hour of your time, but that hour can change somebody’s life. It may change their whole life. It may give them a glimmer of hope. Remember, where we go Jesus goes. The second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor like your self. The first is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind. The Bible says that there is none greater than these commandments. (Mark 12:29-31)

Hey, no one told us following after Jesus would be sitting idle and doing nothing. Take a moment out of your busy life and show the lonely that they are not alone. It’s the least we can do. After all, someone cared for us enough to do the same.

Remember, Jesus is the reason for the season we are celebrating right now! Love one, another and have a very Merry Christmas!

Thank you for joining us here at live the faith ministries.

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God Is ALWAYS With Us

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Have you ever felt that God was nowhere to be found? You called on him and you didn’t hear anything?

I have felt that way before. If we are honest, I bet we all have, even the most spiritual of us. If we are not careful, the devil can twist that feeling and doubt and cause us to fall away. Before we give in to that feeling of doubt and rejection, stop and ask yourself what did God have to say about leaving us?

In Hebrews 13:5 KJV God tells us
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

And Matthew also tells us in 28:20 KJV
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

See that? God will never leave us. He is always there when we don’t feel Him. He said He will be with us always even unto the end of the world.

We all go through these times. Our reaction is what makes the difference. I have heard well-known evangelists express they even have gone through these times. I have also found and heard testimony that when individuals like you and I have felt that way, and felt God was far from them, they were used to minister to someone mightily! Even in department stores. Remember, no matter what, God promised to be with us. He will always hear our cries.

Psalm 34:15 says
15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

Whether we feel Him or not, God is beside us, He hears us and loves us. Don’t give up!

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Hope In Our Trials

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We Can Find Hope in our Trials.

Sometimes we find ourselves stuck in a trial that seems to be going on forever. Maybe it goes on for months or even years.

The Bible tells us in Romans 5:1-4 (KJV)
1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope

Many times in my trials, I don’t see God or what work He is doing during this time, but the important thing I need to remember during those times, is that God is still by my side working even though I feel like He is a million miles away. He will be my strength though I feel like I have none, my victory when I feel totally defeated and my hope when I feel like I can’t go on.
This scripture tells us that something does come out of those trials that we all dread.
I like how this scripture reads in the Amplified Bible.

3 Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance.
4 And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of [a]character (approved faith and [b]tried integrity). And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of] [c]joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation.

I will build endurance going through, trusting and depending on God during my trials. Eventually, my character will change for the better and I will have that hope that only can come through trusting God. God gives us victory and tramples down our enemies (Psalm 60:12)

Yes it is hard, especially after a long period of time, but once we come out on the other side of that trial, it will be worth it and we will see the changes and the testimony that comes out of it. Keep holding on to Jesus! He is the hope!

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Be Cheerful in Tough Times

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Philippians 2:14-16 The Message (MSG)
Do everything readily and cheerfully—no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night so I’ll have good cause to be proud of you on the day that Christ returns. You’ll be living proof that I didn’t go to all this work for nothing.

If we cannot show the hope and peace of God to the people of this world, where else will they find it? Be cheerful in those tough times, even when you don’t feel like it! Pass on a smile to someone even when that’s the last thing you feel like doing. Let this world can see Christ through you while you are weathering a storm or while you are on a mountain top. If someone hears us do nothing but complain or argue, chances are they will not think too highly of our God. Let’s be the witnesses God wants us to be.

Have a blessed day.

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Think Before You Speak

A few days ago I read a devotional that referenced Ephesians 4:29 as the main scripture, but the scripture stuck out to me was:

James 1:26, “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.” (NIV)

That was an “ouch” moment.

Besides me, how many of you have ever had conversations that you regretted afterwards? Come on be honest. Remember a moment where you were talking about somebody and all of a sudden they walked by or you left the room to see them standing right outside taking to someone else? Your heart flipped, your stomach sank and you felt about as high as the shortest flea alive? We feel that way because deep down we know it is wrong. Like the Bible says, if we can’t keep a tight reign on our tongues, then our religion is worthless. You know, idle words, gossip, etc. Even if no one else is around to hear what you are saying to the person you are talking to, remember God is right there beside you, maybe shaking His head in shame and hurt that His child, who is supposed to be an example of His love by the way, would do something like that.

What good does talking about someone else or being negative about everything do for us? Nothing. As a Christian, we are to be examples to others and what we do may cause someone else to stumble or to become stronger in Christ. What kind of example will you choose to be today, an encourager who builds others up, or a discourager who talks about others and emits negativity? Don’t forget there’s a lot of guilt and shame associated with the latter.

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29 (NIV)

The easiest way for us to remember to keep our mouths in check is to THINK before we speak, text, tweet, Facebook, etc:

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“An Unexpected Witness”

CAPEWhen I worked in Connecticut, I would sometimes stop by a local D&D on my way to work for some nice freshly brewed iced tea.  I never thought anything about it, I just drove through, gave my order, paid and left.

One day, as usual, I was in my car wishing the line would move faster because I needed to get to work. I finally ordered and drove my car around. I wasn’t thinking about anything but not wanting to be late. When I finally got up to the window, the girl gave the total and took my money. When she gave me the ice tea, she looked at me and asked “Are you Pentecostal?” I was taken aback. She couldn’t really see much of my hair, I had it pulled back and flipped over a huge beret, so I knew she couldn’t see the length. I never got out of the car, so she could not see my skirt. We sat there with a line of cars on a busy morning and talked. She wanted to know if I knew a pastor in the next town over and I did. She had family that used to attend there and she and her fiancee were looking for a church. I gave her a our church information and my name and phone number to call me for a Bile Study. After I left, knowing I was going to be late but not caring too much at that point, I felt such a swelling in my heart. I knew that without thinking about it I had somehow acted Christ like enough for her to see who I was. Through those grumpy days, I still remembered to say “please” when I ordered and “thank you” when I paid. I would sometimes tell them to have a good day. Even when they got my order wrong, they would apologize and I would say, “No problem, that’s okay,” with a smile even when I was a little annoyed.

So, I was feeling pretty good about myself, when I left, but then it hit me…. I was being a witness without knowing it. I had no idea that those few just minutes a few times a week could have an impact on another person without me making any effort to do so. That thought scared me a little. A few minutes a day had such a big impact, what about when we are walking around a mall, or checking out in a grocery store? How about at work? These are places where we spend more time. I knew I had not been the witness I needed to be all the time. Now that I think about it, I’ve even talked to people at gas pumps and didn’t even think that I was being an unexpected witness.

When we don’t think about what we are doing, are we still showing Christ to the world? It should be that natural to us. No matter what our lives are like, people should always see Christ in us, after all we are all “unexpected witnesses.” I pray that I am still doing that and that I can continue to be that way forever!

Mattew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 

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Thought For The Day

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Trials and tests  are part of a Christian walk.  They are not God’s punishment for us. The only time you should begin to really worry is when you stop having trials and tests.  Yes, it may be your mountain top time, but normally we do not plateau forever on a mountain top.  If you are on a long plateau it might be time to check yourself.

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What is in the Heart Will Come Out

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Mathew 15:18-19:

18But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

19For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

What is in your heart? Happiness, love, fear, hate, anger, comfort, grace, mercy, lust, bad thoughts, contentment, maybe even revenge? 

Have you ever truly thought about the condition of your heart spiritually? What prognosis or diagnosis would your spiritual “Doctor” give you if He looked into your heart right now? 

For some, you can honestly say, “I have a heart full of love and peace,” while others might cringe once they begin to examine themselves. We can only fool others for a short period before the true content of our hearts comes pouring out, and we cannot fool God at all, for He sees straight into our heart. Being born into sin does present hurdles in our lives as Christians, but God gave us His Spirit and His Spirit gives us the strength we need to jump those hurdles. At times, when we take our eyes off Jesus and our feet somehow get caught on one of those hurdles, we fall. What causes us to take our eyes off Jesus? Are we spending time with Him like we should?

Have you ever wondered why it is that we seem to speak nothing but negative words at times? I am about ninety-nine percent sure that if we would each take a look at ourselves when we notice we are speaking negative or acting in an unfriendly manner, that we will find we have not spent much time with God or in His word for a period of time (whether short or long.) 

If we are feeling energetic, peaceful and our joy is overflowing even when tough circumstances creep up, will probably notice that we have spent some time with God or in His word of late. 

What we need to do is understand this; when we spend time with God and in His word, it penetrates our hearts and His attributes and words begin to flow from our mouth and show in our actions.   This is true for whatever we spend our time in. If we never allow God in our hearts, and we fill ourselves with things of this world, what do you think will show up in our words and actions? Ponder that for a couple of minutes.   

The point I am trying to make is that we should try to spend some time each day talking to God, reading a couple of devotionals and/or some scripture. We will soon see a difference in ourselves if we do.