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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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Jesus 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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Sit Down With Jesus

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Are you easily distracted during your prayer time? I know I can be.
While reading a morning devotion about how Jesus got away an prayed, the author talked about how she wondered if Jesus ever got distracted like we do, if His mind wondered or not. She said she then realized He probably didn’t because Jesus was always in the “presence” of His father when He prayed. She then went on to say that to keep her mind from distraction during her prayer time she began to imagine God drawing near to her and leaning over to hear what she had to say.
I thought, what if we sat at a table with a chair opposite of us and invited God to sit with us while we pray. Then, either journal our prayer to Him, looking up at that seat to remind us whose company we are in, (this would work especially if in a place where you do not have a time of solitude by yourself as well. Journaling is your conversation with God that no one else can hear) or pray while looking at that empty chair. Read the word out loud with God sitting at the table with you. It’s okay to have your tea or juice, because this is you and your heavenly “Dad” just sitting together, praying together and talking about what is in your heart.
Step out of your comfort zone and try something new…. It might be awkward, but you may draw even closer to God.

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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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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.

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Anger Might Be Your Exhaustion

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Anger is exhausting and that is why we are so tired and it’s why we do not have energy for joy.
When I recently heard this statement, a light bulb went off in my head. I said to myself, “That is so true!”
Anger is why people, who are always angry, are always exhausted and rarely joyful. Anger literally kills your joy. For some reason, I keep getting on my soapbox about work these days. Perhaps it is because the company I work for has made many changes over the last couple of years, and those changes hit my department hard. Moral is very low and many of my colleagues are angry and complaining. I admit, I do get sucked into it more times than I would like. One thing I noticed is that I have been more exhausted over the last couple of years than I have been my entire life. Here I was chalking it up to getting older and hitting my mid thirties. Go figure!
Any way, upon hearing this statement, I immediately understood the cause for my exhaustion. Now, I hope I did not ruin your perception of me, as I am very far from perfect. I still live in this thing we call flesh, and at times my carnality gets the best of me. However, now that I have this new revelation (okay, so I am slow,) I can treat the cause (anger) and not the symptom (sleepiness/exhaustion/fatigue, etc.) I noticed that subconsciously, I began trying to escape the world of exhaustion. I observed that now, when I see someone who is complaining or someone who is always angry, I do not stop to talk. I still say “good morning” and when I do talk to them, I try (key word) to talk as little as possible about what will make me angry. It is not entirely possible to always get by without hearing the angry complaints (and I can’t really blame them for being in such a state.) Now, when I am in that situation, I think to myself, “Is this going to benefit me?” or “Is it something I can change?” If I answer no, then I try to shake off the anger as soon as I can by quickly asking God to rid me of the feeling that is beginning to swell up inside me.
I also pray this in the morning, “Lord, let me be an example to someone today and help me not to complain and be angry.” Let me just say, I have noticed a difference and no, I have not mastered the art of not being angry. It still happens, but less frequently. I have found I am slowly turning back in to the person who use to laugh at everything and I am feeling much more joyful than I have over the last two years. I am thankful that God allowed me to be in the right place at the right time to hear those words of wisdom. They have changed my life a lot

    Ephesians 4:26:

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath
Going to bed Angry makes you wake up exhausted. Ask anyone. Always talk to God before sleeping. If you are angry and you are married, you should try your level best to talk to your spouse and douse the anger before sleeping, otherwise a gap will begin forming along with the squashing of your joy.

    Ephesians 4:31-32

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Lord, help us to be like You!

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No Jesus, No Peace

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Over the years, I have seen these eight words on billboards, bumper stickers and even painted on rocks. Every time I see them, I feel the presence of God.  Are any words so powerful as these?  I do not need to explain them or discuss them further, because they are simple and to the point of truth. The statement may only be made of of eight words, but I think these eight words move me more than any others.

Just think on the satement for a few minutes.  It’s the truth, whether we want to admit it or not.

Have  a blessed day!

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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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Ressurection Day

 

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Many will be celebrating "Easter" soon. Chocolate bunnies and painted eggs along with baskets of candy will cause delight in many children as they celebrate.  I do not celebrate Easter, but I do celebrate "Ressurection Day."  The tradition of Easter has long since taken away the reality of the true meaning of that day.  Not to get off topic, but as a side note you may want to research at a later time, Easter is actually named after a pagan holiday. I want to discuss is the seriousness of the crucificiton.  Do you really know what it meant to be crucified? The agony and suffering that is caused by this type of punishment can be understood when seeing or hearing a physician giving the medical aspects of what happens to the body during a crucifiction.  Please read the below description, and remember this all happened to Jesus after he had been tortured relentlessly and had to drag a heavy cross on His already wounded body.

Below is an excerpt taken from cbn.com called “A Physician’s View of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ”. Please read it and think on it. Have a blessed ressurection day, knowing that Christ did what he did for your eternity.

The legionnaire feels for the depression at the front of the wrist. He drives a heavy, square, wrought-iron nail through the wrist and deep into the wood. Quickly, he moves to the other side and repeats the action, being careful not to pull the arms to tightly, but to allow some flexion and movement. The patibulum is then lifted in place at the top of the stipes and the titulus reading, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews,” is nailed in place. 

The left foot is now pressed backward against the right foot, and with both feet extended, toes down, a nail is driven through the arch of each, leaving the knees moderately flexed. The Victim is now crucified. As He slowly sags down with more weight on the nails in the wrists, excruciating pain shoots along the fingers and up the arms to explode in the brain — the nails in the wrists are putting pressure on the median nerves.

As He pushes Himself upward to avoid this stretching torment, He places His full weight on the nail through His feet. Again there is the searing agony of the nail tearing through the nerves between the metatarsal bones of the feet.  At this point, as the arms fatigue, great waves of cramps sweep over the muscles, knotting them in deep, relentless, throbbing pain. With these cramps comes the inability to push Himself upward. Hanging by his arms, the pectoral muscles are paralyzed and the intercostal muscles are unable to act. Air can be drawn into the lungs, but cannot be exhaled. Jesus fights to raise Himself in order to get even one short breath. Finally, carbon dioxide builds up in the lungs and in the blood stream and the cramps partially subside. Spasmodically, he is able to push Himself upward to exhale and bring in the life-giving oxygen.

Jesus experienced hours of limitless pain, cycles of twisting, joint-rending cramps, intermittent partial asphyxiation, searing pain where tissue is torn from His lacerated back as He moves up and down against the rough timber. Then another agony begins — a terrible crushing pain deep in the chest as the pericardium slowly fills with serum and begins to compress the heart.  One remembers again the 22nd Psalm, the 14th verse: “I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.” 

It is now almost over. The loss of tissue fluids has reached a critical level; the compressed heart is struggling to pump heavy, thick, sluggish blood into the tissue; the tortured lungs are making a frantic effort to gasp in small gulps of air. The markedly dehydrated tissues send their flood of stimuli to the brain. Jesus gasps His fifth cry, “I thirst.”  One remembers another verse from the prophetic 22nd Psalm: “My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou has brought me into the dust of death.” A sponge soaked in posca, the cheap, sour wine which is the staple drink of the Roman legionaries, is lifted to His lips. He apparently doesn’t take any of the liquid.

The body of Jesus is now in extremes, and He can feel the chill of death creeping through His tissues. This realization brings out His sixth words, possibly little more than a tortured whisper, “It is finished.”  His mission of atonement has completed. Finally He can allow his body to die.