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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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Jesus Suffered for Our Salvation

 

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He suffered for our salvation

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Do you realize that Jesus suffered for your salvation?
Isaiah 53:5, the English standard version, tells us this about Jesus,

But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.

Wounded means a bodily wound; not mere mental sorrow; literally, “pierced”;
bruised—crushing inward and outward suffering
He was bruised
by the thorns
by the nails
by the spear of the soldier

Chastisement is the correction inflicted by a parent on children for their good. He literally suffered our chastisement so we could have peace

1 Peter 2:24 tells us:
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

By His wounds we are healed! By His bruising, inward and outward suffering, by his gashes and lacerations, we are healed. He took that upon Himself because He loved you. There is no greater love in this world than His.

Hebrews 9:28 says this:
So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

He did all this to save us! To save you!

Take time to reflect on what Jesus did for you so that you might be saved.

Have a safe and blessed resurrection day!

Please take time to read my post about Resurrection Day The true meaning.

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Merry Christmas!

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Isn’t it the most wonderful time of the year?
The Christmas season is a beautiful time of year! It’s a reminder of how much God loves us. That He came down in flesh as Jesus to die for us that we might enjoy everlasting life with Him. He came and suffered for us. He was persecuted and hated for us. If God has not robed Himself in flesh we would have no hope in this life. Never forget the reason for celebration. Try to bring the true meaning of Christmas back to those around you. Santa is fun, but Jesus is the true meaning of CHRISTmas cheer this season. Love your families and bless one another during this time of Giving.

Have a blessed and very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!

Thank you for joining us here at Live the Faith Ministries.

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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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Running Hard (Expanding on yesterday’s thought)

 

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1 Timothy 6:11-12 (The Message)
11-12But you, Timothy, man of God: Run for your life from all this. Pursue a righteous life, a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy. Run hard and fast in the faith. Seize the eternal life, the life you were called to, the life you so fervently embraced in the presence of so many witnesses.

There are times when is seems that God is blessing everyone around us and we keep getting missed. God knows what is coming and what we will face, and he is making provision for what we need to get through it. We live for the moment, but God lives for eternity.
If we do not learn the lesson when God puts us in the classroom exercise, then we’re going to have to repeat it again until we learn. God wants us to see something! He is trying to teach us something when he are going through trials and storms.

When God provides us with the opportunity to rest, we should take that time. We need it so we don’t get run down and burnt out. God doesn’t bless us just to make us feel good. He blesses us so that we are equipped and prepared for the ministry coming our way.
(Big thanks to Bishop for prompting my mind with his awesome teaching!)

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Thought for the Day

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Who says the love of money is not the root of all evil?
1 Timothy 6:9-10(The Message)
But if it’s only money these leaders are after, they’ll self-destruct in no time. Lust for money brings trouble and nothing but trouble. Going down that path, some lose their footing in the faith completely and live to regret it bitterly ever after.

Do not put your faith in money, put your faith in the God that is the Provider! He will provide even when the money is gone! He makes a way where there seems to be no way possible! God is God! He can do anything.

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Our Strong Tower

 

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We go through many seasons in life, and sometimes we become “weather worn.” Those seasons that leave their mark on us are the seasons that draw us closer to God, to depend more on Him. Many times, we feel that we are being ripped apart by the gusting wind or frozen solid during the bitter and blustery blizzard. That is when we need to run to our strong tower! Call on the name of Jesus! The season may not leave, but peace will definitely come!

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

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Serve With a Happy Heart

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Colossians 3:23-24

23. And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24.  Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

We have an inheritance because we serve the Lord!  We may grumble about work, problems or any tasks the need to be completed, but if we do it unto God we will be rewarded!  Try to serve with a happy heart!  God loves a cheerful giver, whether giving in time, talent, money or of our hearts. 

 

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Thought for the Day

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God is God. He is all knowing and all powerful. He knows the end result. Doubt, worry and fear will not stop God’s promise, they only stop your peace! Rest in knowing that God is sovereign. We will have peace through our obedience and trust in God! Pray, read and have the relationship that God desires to have with you! Take your circumstance and put it into God’s hands and let Him take control!