What is the worst thing you are going through right now?
I am praying for you!
I don't know what it is that you are going through, but I do know that God has not forgotten you!
In all things, there is HOPE; our hope is JESUS!
Many times, people forget that we do have suffering in this world.
There are two different types of suffering in this world. One is because of sin. The other is for the cause of Christ. IF you are suffering because of sin, COME to Jesus and find life with God and choose blessings.
IF you are suffering for the cause of Christ, then your suffering is not because of sin, but for the CAUSE of Christ over sin. The gospel of Christ is our message from God. God uses our trip through suffering to understand God's deliverance from sin is by GRACE ... By God's Grace!
How else will be learn that we can trust God? ...In this world that needs to know God is our loving Father through Jesus Christ, Our Lord!
May I encourage you today in one thing? By following Christ Jesus,God's Righteousness DOES go before us WHEN we are steadfast in our trust and hope in God alone! We can trust God, because God is trustworthy!
God's time ... In suffering, we feel like it is an eternity, but God says only for a little while! And, this too will pass! There is HOPE!
And, dear friend in Christ, God is with you through your trials when you place your hope in HIS Son! Don't LET fear replace your faith, hope or trust in God!
Think about the three Hebrew boys that were steadfast in their relationship with God! If we live we live for God; If we die, we die for God, but we will not bow down and worship any God other than the true and living God who is in control of ALL things! See also that the Bible teaches us to follow Christ to LIFE and to avoid rejecting Christ to be saved from ...
God loves you my friend! I don't care if you are red, yellow, black or white -God loves all HE has made! God has not left or forsaken you ... the Word is very near to you ... Will you come to know and believe the love that God has for you?
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6)."
" The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged (Deuteronomy 31:8)."
This is the trust in God we need (Spiritual trust from our heart / not our mind)! Believe in your heart that knows and believes in this love that God has for you!
Not according to what you SEE, but what you believe! According to your FAITH you are delivered by GRACE! The Bible says, Believe in God and believe also in ME (God's Holy Son)! If you shall die, die for God; if you shall life, live for God, but whatever you do, believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord and God will not forsake you ... EVEN IF it looks like it!
It is in the trouble that God is working out HIS Grace for many to believe! BUT keep your heart pure! Ask God to check your motives! Ask God for direction and guidance! The 1st thing God will ask you to do ... IS Believe HIS testimony about HIS Son!
...And, God's glory was not truly seen UNTIL the three Hebrew boys were in the FIRE! Then the glory of the Lord delivered them and saved many to believe by Grace ... God Himself is the God of all Grace ...
Do you know and believe in our Father's love like this! God loves all He has made and HE is working out His plan of Salvation for all to come to Him for God is not willing that any shall perish, but that they will come to His saving Grace ... How about you?
Please don't confuse this message! ...You and me ... We are NOT God, but we, in our believing faith in Christ Jesus, do have God's power living in us! We need spiritual discernment in spiritual battles: Who is your enemy? How do you overcome evil?
The Bible says, May the God of all Grace, After you have suffered a little while, strengthen and settle you.
But you may be wondering, WHY? Why must I suffer?
The Bible explains to us and the Holy Spirit brings understanding that the purpose in suffering is that the God of all Grace will Restore us and MAKE us Strong, Firm, and Steadfast! And,others will see the glory of the Lord through our steadfast trust in God!
Trust is not taught; trust is experienced! Trust is given to earn trust! God gives us trust to give us an opportunity to earn His trust! We give our trust to God as an opportunity for us to see God's Grace! We experience trust in God is powerful deliverance from fear, doubt, discouragement, frustrations, confusion; even in our understanding that trust in God is our very deliverance from death to life with God forevermore!
Some times we all need to hear, Yes, there is hope! There is always hope! Stay in God's Righteousness and experience God deliver you by Grace; but after you have suffered a little while, because it is in the fire of our trials that we learn that we CAN depend on God the most. Have you experienced God's grace? Have you trusted God with committed faith in HIM, "If I live I live for God; and if I die, I die for God, but I am not willing to step out of God's grace, mercy, love and eternal devotion?"
I would like to share a Scripture that come to me from the Lord! I believe today is the day to share this with you as well. The Spirit will do the work!
1 Peter 5:10 ESV
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
1 Peter 5:10 KJV
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
I hope this is an encouragement to you today! I pray this is a blessing of hope to believe in God the Father and also believe in His Son, Jesus, who is the Christ, the Son of the Living God!
God has sent us a helper, the Holy Spirit God is our help and shield! Abide in Jesus! Abide in God's Patience ... Love is described in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8!
For God does know the plans He has for us; not to harm, but to prosper us; and give us hope and a future ... To renew us to abide in the image of His Son. See Romans 8:28+29!
Some forget to look at the purpose in suffering, but knowing the purpose in the love of God is that God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to His Saving Grace through believing in His Son, whom He gave us to save us from the penalty of sin, which is spiritual death (eternal).
Jesus has made eternal life available and God uses our life on this earth to demonstrate the power of His Love!
Stay strong and encouraged in your faith and hope in God alone! Do not doubt! Build your self UP in our most HOLY Faith and pray in the Holy Spirit (see Jude 1:20)! Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God! Faith is sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do NOT see!
Hear the WORD of the LORD speak HOPE in your spirit and believe God with the power of your own Soul, which is your mind!
Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God! Believe God's testimony about His Son, because God SO loved you He gave His only begotten Son for the world to believe ... that whosoever believes in HIm, shall not perish, but have everlasting life.
LIFE is with God.
Death is separation from God, but God gives HOPE: Jesus died and rose again by the power of God's Holy Spirit for our life to be reconciled with God to live eternally!
The same Holy spirit who raised Jesus from the dead, is the same Holy spirit who is your help and shield and will teach you all things about God's Holy Way, Truth and Life, so that you may receive Life and live blessed, by God's Grace, Peace, Mercy, & Goodness ... according to your faith in Him with the JOY and Wisdom that comes down from Heaven.
We are equipped in Christ Jesus! Hear the Word of God and Pray for God's direction and Help that is in the Lord Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the Living God!
Remember there are 2 types of Wisdom (see James 3:13-18)
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Hope in Today Ministries
Sometimes we just need to hear there is HOPE!
Please know that we are praying for you!
And, Since Faith comes by hearing the message of Christ, we have gathered some Scripture together for you! You don't have to have a mountain sized faith -if only a mustard seed sized faith, God will move mountains! I hope you find some measure of hope here to build you up in your most holy faith to find your miracle!
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) Faith in Action
11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
In good times and in bad, Always Remember ... what our ultimate purpose is and find that supernatural joy that strengthens you in Christ to overcome to BECOME!!!
New King James Version (NKJV)
29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Praying and still fill empty of God's grace?
You are not a spiritual failure and God is not ignoring you! Yet, perhaps you need to to know that it is important to pray in the Name of Jesus!
Have you believed in Jesus to be saved from the penalty of sin? (Acts 16:31)
Receive Christ and become a child of God (John 1:12)!
A new way of looking at prayer may help us all overcome doubt that tempts us to give up!
God's Grace can be described as the freely given unmerited favor of God!
God's Grace can be understood as the Spirit of the Living God Operating in us!
So why, do we doubt God's ability or love for us sometimes?
Do you ever 'feel' that God isn't answering your prayers?
If we ask God for a miracle, God will ask us to take a step of faith! BUT Faith works best when we remember God knows more! We have to trust God and learn to pray according to His will ... Yes; I know this takes faith! Learn, that God loves you. Pray in the Name of Jesus and you will receive Peace and Comfort and a message of direction from the Lord in God's perfect time!
God designed prayer as an instrument of intimacy between Him and us. Don't give up on God just before you see what God already knows ...
Trusting God ... Was prayer designed for the purpose to be a problem solving technique? Perhaps, more important to remember is that God hears our prayers and prayer is a measure of Faith, a praise and a worship to our Living God! A trust in HIS plan that He has for us, believing that God's plan is good; and his plan is not to harm us, but to deliver us from evil!
Believing that we have purpose on this earth to tell the good news of Jesus Christ for all to hear for it is not God's will that any should parish, but believe to have everlasting life.
God's family needs to be praying for each other. We need Jesus and we each need prayer.
Trials and tests have permission to come to us in this world for a purpose that is set by God ...as Heaven is a prepared place for prepared people! We are being prepared and strengthened by God!
We are called to LOVE with the pureness of patience and kindness; and PRAY for each other and in all things, but NOT WITHOUT TRUST IN GOD.
Trust in God is where FAITH comes in!
Prayer is according to God's will!
Doubts are good to admit in a Christian life because they are a part of our growth and maturity ... learning HOW to persevere through problems and doubts, so that God can bring us to a place of unshakeable faith!
When we pray ... don't forget the VALUE of "never the less, God, YOUR will be done!"
When we pray, we can want to pray for rescue, BUT consider the VALUE in Praying for God's help for me endure this situation for a time knowing God will not leave or forsake us....
Think of Peter sleeping in prison! God's family was praying! A angel appeared and the chains fell off of Peter! The door opened by itself! And Peter walked out free! The angel departed and Peter went and told God's family about what God had done to rescue him!
... "Roll your works upon the LORD...commit and truth them fully to HIM and HE will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will (AMP)!
What is it that is out of your control?
If you are tempted to do less, seek how to do MORE! God will bring you a joy and peace that will overshadow depression!
If you have nothing to give, Give MORE! Especially if you need more! Give from that place in your heart of God and trust God and thank God that you had something to give for HIS glory!
If you are empty inside, serve MORE in doing something good that God has put on your heart to do!
But, remember, the comfort of God only comes in the Name of Jesus! Do all that you do in the Name of Jesus!
Above all, be aware that Satan uses judging to halt our efforts for God!
The Golden rule...do unto others as you would have others do unto you ... So NOW you are also in the position to judge when others don't do the same as you understand!
Grace and JOY ... remain in Peace = This is your strength for Today!
Abide in the LOVE of God always for this is remaining in God in the Name of Jesus!
Prayer & Supplication ... Prayer is communication with HIM, so that you CAN ALSO hear His Voice living in you; and whispering inside of you about what you must do to make a change as far as it depends on you ... coming into agreement with God's Way: HIS WORD!
Supplication: a humble and sincere appeal to GOD who has the power to grant a request! In the Name of Jesus, God is who we can place our whole faith and trust in!
To God be the glory, I pray this is a blessing to you as well as me ... I don't have it all figured out, But God does ... Follow Jesus. amen.
Love in Christ, Karen
When we can't see, we can walk in faith trusting God in HIS gracious grace and tender mercies...
When we can't see, we can walk in faith trusting God in HIS gracious grace and tender mercies...
When we can't see, we can walk in faith trusting God in HIS gracious grace and tender mercies...
Do not LET your hearts be troubled...trust in God and trust also in Jesus for we know that God works all things out for the good to them that love God according a purpose and God's purpose is always good.
2 reasons why things happen:
- 1 God blesses us!
- 2 God gives permission for our faith to be tested, but not without a powerful purpose to grow us up (molding our character to become in agreement with God's will -JESUS) in our most holy faith!
God is promoting us in the Kingdom! And the Kingdom is not of this world, but in Jesus we can live in the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven! We are being prepared for eternity!
When we pray "lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil" ...
We are praying for Wisdom and spiritual discernment!
So in all things Rejoice that God is working for good and for the love of all that he has made!
Love and prayers ... Karen, a sister and friend in Christ.
"I don't have it all figured out, BUT God does...Follow Jesus!
We can get understanding, but when we can't see, we can walk in faith trusting God in HIS gracious grace and tender mercies.
HOPE IS A PROMISE!
If you have the "feeling" that you are worthless?
THEN, KNOW that you have worth to God!
BECAUSE GOD HAS BREATHED HIS VERY LIFE INTO YOU!
When you pray in the Name of Jesus, God views your prayers as worthy to hear and your prayers have weight to God to move mountains. BUT YOU HAVE TO PRAY IN THE NAME OF JESUS WHEN YOU PRAY TO GOD!
You don't have to be perfect to pray, but you do have to believe ...Do you know the story of Jesus? Do you know the story of Creation?
For God so loved you that he gave his only begotten Son, that if you beleive you shall not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
Now faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see (Hebrews 11:1); and And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us(Romans 5:5).
You are wonderfully and fearfully made by God ...
Love in Christ,
If you feel like you just need a friend in Jesus to listen, I'm here, email me firstname.lastname@example.org
God doesn't give you His love for people, without the ability to know how to pray.
Build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit (Jude 1:20).But what about those that doubt God's power?After much seeking on this subject, I have wondered, "Can my prayer of faith really make a difference if that person has doubt?" In other words, faith is important BUT could another's doubt effect my prayer for them?God gave me a revelation!It was my faith that was effected by my thought...my concern about the need for another's complete faith in order for that person to receive victory over their situation and that little doubt concerning another's faith became MY doubt that weakened my prayer for another."MY" FAITH IS the link to God's power that is needed in "my" prayer for another!Your faith is the link to God's power that is needed in your prayer for another!Because my faith is strong, I believe that God can and will do all good things for us, JUST LIKE HE PROMISED IN THE BIBLE More than believe...I live by faith and it isgood!After this light bulb went off...I deeper realized the importance of praying for others!!!Jesus teaches us to pray for one another and the Bible shows the power of a believing prayer for another!
Two Bible stories illustrate this matter.Believing faith for another...with no mention of the faith of the one who is in need:*Luke 7:6-10"Lord, don't trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof.
But say the word, and my servant will be healed."The Centurion spoke to Jesus on behalf of another with faith and acknowledgment in Jesus' authority... words "under authority" "Go and he goes; and "Come and he comes;" and "Do this, as he does it."Jesus' reply:"I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel."...vs 10 "then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well."
*John 4:46-54"And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. ...he went to him (Jesus) and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death."Jesus told him, "unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders, you will never believe." "The royal official said, "Sir come down before my child dies."Jesus replied, "You may go. Your son will live.""The man took Jesus at his word and departed." ...."Then the father realized that this (his son was better) was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, "Your son will live." So he and all his household believed."What I am trying to share is a revelation from God that I received from scripture...I can do nothing , but I CAN pray...The revelation is that I CAN pray for another and my faith is sufficient to go before the LORD on another's behalf.OKAY, let's look at these two scripture examples:*One, the man who asked Jesus for a miracle, but stated that Jesus was too holy to enter his unworthy home (paraphrased) but stated at your word Jesus!"then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well."*Two, the man who begged Jesus... "Sir come down before my child dies."He believed, but his faith was different...he needed more than just "at Jesus' word"...this man thought that he needed the touch of Jesus' hand on his child...This man tried to put guidelines and limitations to faith!But Jesus teaches us "by your faith you are healed"...Both of these stories show healing from God by another's request/desire/prayerI sense a greater power in prayer for others by this revelation...I was putting guidelines to prayer, which limited my faith!I am writing to encourage seeking a greater power in faith as we pray for others.God is so good!When we feel helpless for another's needs, we can pray and know that God hears us! And if we know that God hears us, then we also need to know what God has promised and believe!We need to read the Bible to know the promises of God.But you know what? We also need to read the Bible to know what is good and acceptable in God's eyes, so that we may approach God's throne on HOLY ground and repent and accept forgiveness in the holy way that Jesus provided...Jesus provided the way, but we must walk in HIS way too.Step one is to receive forgiveness by accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior in and over our life... and then just believe, trust and obey.Step two is to grow as we believe.We just need to know the truth by reading the Bible, talking to God and responding in faith.Charles Stanley puts that best: " Our hope is to rest in His promises, not in the circumstances around us."Love in Christ and for the Glory of God,Karen RoweRelated Power Scriptures:1 Thessalonians 3"We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ."Acts 3:16"By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus' name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see."Study notes 3:19"In the strictest sense, repentance is turning from sin, and faith is turning to God.""Too much life God gives us not to live"
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