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Engaging in the Word ☕️
"Whatsoever ye do, work heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto men." (Colossians 3:23)

In this season of my life I am living with my mother n law who requires assistant living care. Believe me this is no easy feat. It requires great sacrifice, patience, and a selflessness that only comes from having a relationship with God. Let me tell you that I learned very early in the game about caregiver burnout.

I understand that God requires us to care for others but does he take into consideration the physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that comes with it? I have asked him many times is this something he called me to do. The answer I hear in my spirit is, "Honor thy mother and thy father"...... So his answer to my question is yes.

However, after leaving my family in another state to be a caregiver I began to question if I was being selfish for wanting out of this situation. At every opportunity I was murmuring and complaining about the stress involved in caretaking to my husband and anyone else who would listen. What came to mind is my many prayers telling the Lord I purpose to do his word and whatever he requires of me I will do it. Send me Lord I will go. Hmmmm.... now he has sent me I went, but do not wanna stay.

"The Bible is a book of words but it only becomes a living word after one does what it says." (Minister Gail Adams)

Colossians 3:23 says, "Whatsoever ye do, work heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto men." Am I doing this work as unto the Lord?

Well, needless to say it was reflection time and not on the task before me but on the heart on the inside of me.

I begin by asking God to forgive me for all the faultfinding, murmuring, and complaining I've been doing. God during my repentance reminded me that my husband and I as we age will also require assistance one day and we will be looking to our kids for help when that day comes.

As the Holy Spirit lead me to help to take a fresh look at this situation I realize that it is not the task at hand that has me all knotted up inside. The problem was I was reading the word of God but not properly applying it according to the circumstances. The Holy Spirit brought to my attention something Paul told the Church during his time that helped me examine myself to determine if my behavior and thoughts lined up with Jesus teachings.

Paul told the Church in, 1 Timothy 3:5, "For if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how can he care for the church of God?" This verse is so versatile and can be applied for so many situations in life.

In regards to my life I chose to apply it by asking myself questions and then answering those questions: Who is my mother n law to me? My mother n law is a member of my house as well as a member of the Church. What attitude does God require us to have when helping others? Basically, Jesus told us to, "Treat others the way you want to be treated." What treatment does God require me to show her while helping her? To show her love while taking care of her.

What do I need to do to accomplish this? In order to take care of her I need to take of me also. So today, I got me, myself and I on my mind.

God helped me to understand that sometimes you have to step away from thoughts about others to focus on your own mental, physical, and spiritual health. It's not being selfish it's being human.

I realized that neglecting to focus on my mental, physical and spiritual health I have burned myself out to the point that I experience fatigue, stress, anxiety, and depression. Likewise, I have been experiencing feelings of guilt when I think about spending time on me rather than on meeting her needs. No wonder I was running low on love.

"Sometimes you run low on love. Yet, God remind us that "Love always begins with you. You cannot love others or show love to others unless you are full of love yourself."

It is important to take time for you when caring for others. God showed me that we need to daily love on ourselves and do things to increase our happiness then the love we have for ourselves will be transferred to others. But this can only happen when we have a loving relationship with our Creator. Then we will be able to:

"Let all that you do be done with love." (1 Corinthians 16:14)


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Getting ahead of God..

Who knows why Asa who had seen the Lord deliver his country before, decided to pay with treasure from the Lord's treasury as well as his country's wealth to have an outside army defend them? For further info read all of 2 Chronic. 16.

Asa had been a good king... Did he panic?... Did he forget?... Or like the rest of us... storm headlong at the problem without waiting for God?

We've all done it... But there comes a time in our walk where we should trust God to deliver, to lead, to direct and provide.

If Asa had done this earlier in his rule it would have been different... But this was well into his 3rd decade of reigning.... In otherwords... His trust in God should have been much more solid by this point.

Yet Asa was human... He sought protection thru alliances and treaties instead of seeking deliverance from God alone.

We go thru troubles to develop faith.... So then when we face the mountain.... We know God is still bigger.

Don't trust what you see or what you think you know or what you think can solve your problem... Trust the God... Who is bigger stronger and more powerful than any issue we face.

Food for thought...

Blessings, your sis

Joy
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May we learn to wait on God.... 
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Another awesome quote from Clayton Jennings... 
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DESIRE TO DRINK OF THE EVERLASTING WATER*

John 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

4:11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?

4:12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?

4:13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:

4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

This is the Holy Spirit water that will spring up in you! But you must seek for it!

John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

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This time of year as ppl go their separate ways on vacations and travelling... Church service attendance is smaller and our prayer group is often down often to 3 or 4 persons.

Prayer chain availability for prayer warriors dwindles to a dozen or so devoted soldiers... I noted this today as I put out a request.

But does that mean Gods presence dwindles? Does fewer ppl praying mean He is less likely to hear?

Not at all... God's ear is always available and it only need be 2 for our Lord to show up...

In our weakness we find He is strongest.... When things are out of our control.. He is able to work.

It is often us telling Him how to work things out that is the biggest problem... We need to be at our most helpless...then... He can takeover...and do what He does best...

Be God.


Blessings
Joy





For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst."
Matthew 18:20 NASB
http://bible.com/100/mat.18.20.NASB
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We all face tough situations where we are at odds
With others.... How we handle these conflicts requires wisdom..... But it also requires something else...

Honesty as to what our motives are...

Here's where the rubber meets the road...

You can have your own way... Or you can have your relationships.... But you can't have both it he long run...

You can be right... Or you can have loving relationships...

Bc when the desire to be right supersedes the value of your relationships.... When getting your own way or being in control overruns the value of others... You can expect those relationships not to end well.

Manipulation is one of the biggest relationship killers there is....bc it tells others they are less valuable, less capable, of less worth than the one doing the manipulating.

Jesus said.... You shall love your neighbour ( near person) as yourself... He's telling us to put ourselves in the other person's place... Then ask yourself... Would how would I feel if I was being treated like that???

I've talked before about honour... Treating others as if they are weighty,.. of importance .. Of worth... And to dishonour... Is to treat others like they are worthless... Like vapour... Mist.

You are not loving others when you devalue their opinions, their concerns, their input... When you need to be constantly right or have your own way...

That is not love like Jesus taught us... It is not loving others as ourselves.... That is arrogant love of self.

Food for thought -


Blessings

Joy




The second is this, YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF, there is no other commandment greater than these. Mark 12:31 NASB

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*Engaging in the Word ☕️
Received the word with all readiness of mind, but do not neglect to searched the scriptures daily, fact checking to determine if teachings are true.

Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul and Silas said was true. (Acts 17:11)

After hearing Paul and Silas messages the Bereans exhibited the appropriate attitude that all hearers of the word would do well to practice. While they received the word eagerly they still investigated, examined, and judged the teachings received ensuring what they heard was not contrary to scripture about Jesus.

Unlike the other Jews who believed not and raised an uproar after Paul and Silas for three Sabbath days reasoned with them from the Scriptures (Acts 17: 1-10), the Bereans did not became argumentative, angry, or combative in their pursuit to discern and confirm truth from error. With a genuine need to be taught aright they searched and studied the scriptures daily to determine if the interpretations put before them were true.

The Berean Jews standard of fact checking teachings with scripture is a routine that all believers would do well to practice. Their approach to testing the spirit with scripture demonstrates that we have a responsibility to study messages put forth by leaders and officers of the church and determine if the one bringing forth the word is not speaking in error or mixing truth and error that would cause malignant or very dangerous or harmful influence or effect to precious souls relying on them to preach the Gospel truth.

There is no denying that many Christians whether seasoned or new to the faith can be very gullible to the degree of accommodating virtually anything that is taught them without so much of attempting to confirm if it is true or not. We should follow the way of the Bereans to investigate and “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).

Sadly, we have many in Christendom, laymen, laywomen, and spiritual leaders alike who take the position it is improper to challenge or question their teachings. However, we are cautioned to: "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." (I Thessalonians 5:21). Again, "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world." (I John 4:1).

Any person who is honest should not oppose his or her teachings being checked by the scriptures to determine whether those things they preach are not contrary to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If one is guided by the Holy Spirit preaching truth they should welcome and not object to their teachings being "tried" by the word of God.

Nonetheless, the reality of the matter is many become quite combative when their teachings are questioned or challenged by someone using scripture or scriptures. Quite combative pulling out the boxing gloves. Oooh child things are going to get messy…..

”Ooh Beaute’!! We do not have believers who become combative, when what they preach or post in the communities is challenged or questioned, you say.”* Well, CAREFULLY read the quote posted by a Christian in Google + a few weeks ago and judge for yourself.


“I sure run into this daily on Google+ a lot of dead faith new testament only Christians. They are deceived and truly working every evil work professing themselves to be wise they have become extremely foolish. You'll be able to spot them immediately. They are disobedient and have zero understanding and application of the scriptures. Usually they teach contradiction and try to pass that off as wisdom. Case and point: they are allowed to eat anything they want. By simply praying over it makes it acceptable for them to eat but God sanctified all foods in Leviticus teaching us what is clean and holy to be eaten. Dead faith indeed. Everything God says to do they want no part of it. First day of the week Sunday worship, defiling themselves with unclean foods, they have eradicated the laws and commandments of God. Truly dead faith indeed. What's even worse. These deceived people will tell you who walk in complete obedience to the whole of God's word that you lack understanding. Talk about the turning of things upside down. Truly dead faith. Peace Beloved Friends!”


WOOZERS!! When reading this quote all I hear is, “Let’s Get Ready To Rumble!” This statement is a good example of corrupt communication as it certainly does not demonstrate godly behavior, lacks light failing to bring glory to God, offers no opportunity to reason together, and does not brings grace to the hearers. “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear,” (Ephesians 4:29). If the world observe Christians having problems reasoning and discussing the bible together, neglecting the understanding that we know in part and prophesize in part our witness has become ineffective. OUR WITNESS HAS BECOME INEFFECTIVE!

WHAT IS THE PROPER RESPONSE WHEN OUR MESSAGES ARE CHALLENGED OR QUESTIONED AGAINST SCRIPTURE?

God requires that we be mindful of our attitude when dealing with each other under any circumstances. Luke 6:31 records the words of Christ where he said, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Applying this truth and being obedient to his word it should be the basic understanding that as believers we must not be hateful, argumentative, or angry, when confronting those teaching contrary to scripture or to those testing our messages against scripture.

After all, our Lord and Savior Jesus warned us to beware of false prophets [teachers] (Matthew 7:15-23; 24:11-28). Interestingly, when we think of false teachers we immediately think of cults or other faiths dissimilar to Christianity. Yet, Christendom is inundated with false teachers distorting and taking the Bible out of context to support unchristian like behaviors.

Many believers quote what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13:9, “For we know in part and we prophesy in part,” but fail to understand and apply the truth of his statement making their opinions contrary to what is written the dominate belief and jump down your throat when you question what they write or say. However, each believer has been called to:

(1) “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves” (Matthew 7:15)

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(2) To identify false teachers. Jesus said “they are recognized by their fruit” (Matthew 12:33) and most importantly, “Speak the things that are consistent with sound doctrine.” (Titus 2:1)

We should all ask ourselves the following questions when we personally teach or preach or listen to those teaching the word or read a gospel message:

(1). Does this preacher or teacher writings or sermon exhibit spiritual qualities that glorify the Lord? In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:15-16).

(2). Does this preacher or teacher teach the gospel of Jesus Christ or another Gospel in place of what Jesus told us to preach to the world? "Go into the entire world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15).

Look, the gospel entails more than the good news concerning Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a set of guiding principle or doctrines given to him by the Father who told him to share it with all mankind. “There is a judge for the one who rejects Me and does not receive My words: The word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. I have not spoken on My own, but the Father who sent Me has commanded Me what to say and how to say it,” (John 12:48-49).

The Apostle John in (2 John 2: 9-11) understanding Jesus directive to teach his doctrine, told believers, “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him Godspeed; for he that biddeth him Godspeed is a partaker of his evil deeds.”

Many Christians calling themselves preachers, teachers, and prophets, dismiss messages that take scripture out of context passing them up without correction on a daily basis resulting in them floating around, like a bad stink. Likewise, Christians admiring a teacher, pastor or preacher to the point, that when they fall into biblical error may overlook the error because of their admiration for that person(s). This is very dangerous, and can lead to Christians neglecting their duty to address incorrect doctrine taken contrary to the Gospel of Jesus and thus they please men not God becoming the servants of men and not the servants of Christ (Gal. 1:10).

Since we are instructed to, “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction”; I put forth that it biblical neglect to overlook the scriptural error stated in the aforementioned quote by our Christian brethren, it is contrary to the teachings of Christ and should be corrected as to protect those new to the faith.

Turning a blind eye to those preaching and teaching biblical error because of admiration for the person(s), or because you will appear to be confrontational, or due to fear of intimidation and backlash from them should make you give pause and to reconsider your calling. The Apostle James said, “Not many of you should be teachers my brothers, knowing that we will receive greater judgment” (James 3:1) . Therefore we should not perform our duty of correction negligently knowing we are held to a greater judgment.

If the Bereans were highly praised for analyzing what was preached to them, then we ought to do the same for all preachers, teachers, and prophets no exception.

We should do as the Bereans and set about to read and digest scripture for truth and *Never blatantly accept messages contrary to the doctrine of Christ as the Apostle John cautioned in * (2 John 2: 9-11).

To God Be The Glory!
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