Where Can I Find… Encouragement, Inspiration, Comfort, Conviction???

Below is a small sampling of Bible verses my friend, Paula, emails to me daily.  She sends verses to me because she knows that God’s Word has the power to encourage, inspire, comfort, and convict me.

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Heal My Illnesses Lord…

Lately, there seems to be more and more people who have been diagnosed with cancer.  More and more people who are battling various strains of the flu, cold viruses, and a variety of other diseases.  More and more people generally feeling “not quite right”.

The breakdown of the physical body was never God’s intention.  When Adam and Eve lived in Eden, all was perfect.  They were physically strong and healthy.  It was not until they gave into the serpent’s, Satan’s, temptation – choosing to eat the fruit God commanded them not to, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”  – that life, as they knew it, began to crumble.

  •  their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. – Genesis 3:7
  • they hid from the Lord God – Genesis 3:8
  •  women would feel the pain of their pregnancy, and in pain you will give birth. –  Genesis 3:16
  •  men would now be working in pain all their lives, to get food and survive – sweating from dawn to dusk – Genesis 3:17
  • Then, the Lord God banished them from the Garden of Eden… – Genesis 3:23

Thankfully God, because of His love for us, put into motion a means by which we can be saved.  And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife. – Genesis 3:21  This verse foreshadows Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for all humanity, so that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life –  John 3:16

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THERE IS HOPE –  for there will be a time when God will be among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people.  And He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever. – Revelation 21:3-4

Until that time comes, God has given us many verses in the Bible.  When we pray back the Word of God, we are praying according to His Will.  And God promises, …that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. –  1 John 5:14

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Below are some verses to get you started.  Pray one, or all of these, throughout your day and experience for yourself hope, healing, encouragement, and comfort.

 May the Lord bless you
    and protect you.
 May the Lord smile on you
    and be gracious to you.
May the Lord show you his favor
    and give you his peace.  –  Numbers 6:24-26

 

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I Pray, Does God Hear Me, Does He Answer Me?? – (Part 3 of 3)

In my last two posts, I Pray, Does God Hear Me, Does He Answer Me?? – (Part 1), http://wp.me/p5nZpi-hK, and I Pray, Does God Hear Me, Does He Answer Me?? – (Part 2), http://wp.me/p5nZpi-i5, we’ve been talking about seeking God’s guidance through prayer.

Part 1 touched on our human tendency to put God into “our box”, how to know what God’s will is for us, and whether or not God answers our prayers. To illustrate this, I used an example of choosing between two colleges. Part 2 touched on whether or not God is answering our prayers because we still have so many unanswered questions.  In Part 3 we’ll be answering the question we left off with from Part 2 –

HOW SHOULD I PROCEED THEN?

When you feel a prompting to further investigate, or clarify a question, go for it!  When you’re just doing “your thing”, and suddenly a thought comes to mind, this could be God prompting you.  Investigate 🙂

God speaks again and again, though people do not recognize it.  –  Job 33:14

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Keep this in mind, questioning doesn’t mean your ideas, or desires are bad choices.  Instead, seeking and receiving answers to your questions will give you clarity and a sense of peace, enabling you to take steps forward.

So proceed in the direction you feel most led towards.  And trust that God will “shut the door” if it’s the wrong choice, and “open the door” to the right choice …the Lord opened a door of opportunity for me.  –  2 Corinthians 2:12

WARNING:  Do Not attempt to force open a closed-door. Trust that God will “open the ‘right’ door” for you.  I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full – John 10:10

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The more you actively seek God’s guidance, and follow His promptings, the more confidence you’ll have in God.  Know in your mind and your heart that He will show up to guide and direct you in all your decisions.  No decision or circumstance is too big, or too small for God.

EXPECT AND LOOK FOR GOD’S ANSWER TO YOUR PRAYERS:                                                               

I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.  –  Psalm 17:6

FOR PARTS 1 & 2 SEE:                                                                                                                                    I Pray, Does God Hear Me, Does He Answer Me??  –  (Part 1) – http://wp.me/p5nZpi-h, and                I Pray, Does God Hear Me, Does He Answer Me??  –  (Part 2) – http://wp.me/p5nZpi-i5

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I Pray, Does God Hear Me, Does He Answer Me?? – (Part 2 of 3)

The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles.  –  Psalm 34:17

 

In my last post, I Pray, Does God Hear Me, Does He Answer Me??  –  (Part 1), http://wp.me/p5nZpi-hK, we were left with this unanswered question:                                                                   HAS GOD ANSWERED THIS STUDENT’S PRAYER?

ANSWER:                                                                                                                                                   This is an interesting question, and my answer would be YES!  No, God did not come out and say, “College “B” is the school I’ve chosen for you, if you go there everything will be perfect.”  However, God is guiding this student towards clarity.

IS GOD ANSWERING MY PRAYER EVEN THOUGH I STILL HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS, AND FEEL SO UNCERTAIN?

Sometimes in life there is not a definitive answer, but more than one good option.  For example, I have the choice to pick chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla ice cream.  If I choose vanilla, is that wrong? Or if I choose strawberry, am I right?  No, all three flavors are great choices, it’s just a matter of which I’d prefer.

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There are times, however, when there is a clear right and wrong choice.  For example, the drinking age is 21 years old, and I am 18 years old.  I choose to drink even though it’s against the law.  Clearly a wrong choice.

God has given people free will.  And exercising our free will enables us to make decisions based on our preferences.  When we are actively seeking God’s will, He will help us think through our options to determine the best fit for us. By allowing us to do some of the “leg-work”, guided by His promptings, we will feel more confident that the decisions we make are inline with God’s will for us.

Important to Remember:  What is good for one person, may or may not be good for you, or me.  Every person’s journey through life is unique to them.  As unique as their fingerprint.

vector-fingerprint                                                                                                                                                                    This is why it is so important to seek God’s will.  He created us, and He has an awesome plan for our lives. For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.  –  Jeremiah 29:11

HOW SHOULD I PROCEED THEN?

For the answer to the above question, take a look at:                                                                               I Pray, Does God Hear Me, Does He Answer Me??  –  (Part 3),  – http://wp.me/p5nZpi-ij                       and,  I Pray, Does God Hear Me, Does He Answer Me??  –  (Part 1) – http://wp.me/p5nZpi-h

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I Pray, Does God Hear Me, Does He Answer Me?? – (Part 1 of 3)

You’ll notice that I highlighted in line with His willThis is a key point because often times we like to put God in “our” box.

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We like to tell God what we want, when we want it, and how we want it.  After all, if God is listening to us, we can be sure that He will give us what we ask for.

Maybe you have this type of thinking when it comes to God?  Check out this video…

EXCEPT, when what we want is not in line with His will.

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT GOD’S WILL IS?

When praying, tell God that you desire to know His will.  That you want what He wants. That you know He loves you and has your best interest in mind.  …we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.  –  Romans 8:28

The promise of answered prayers can be claimed by anyone who loves God. Meaning they’ve put their trust in Him, and obey what He teaches them in the Bible.  They’ve allowed God to transform the way they look at situations, people, the culture, the world  …let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.  –  Romans 12:2

IF ALL THIS IS TRUE, THEN WHY DOES IT SEEM THAT GOD IS NOT ANSWERING MY PRAYERS?

One thing I’m certain of is that God doesn’t always answer our prayers in clear-cut/black-and-white way.  Sometimes He might be saying wait, sometimes yes, sometimes no, and other times He may be urging us to question or refine our requests.

LET’S USE AN EXAMPLE –  A Student Choosing Between Two Colleges

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  • “I don’t know which college to attend.  I’ve been accepted to two.  I like both.  Both offer great/unique programs.  I will pray to God and ask Him which college I should go to.”
  • “I feel uneasy.  Should I choose College “A” or College “B”?  I’ve been praying, yet all I have is more anxiety and more unanswered questions.”
  • “I feel like I’d like to attend an Open House at each of the schools to get a feel for the campus and students.”
  • “I feel like I should call the schools to clarify options for extra curricular activities that would compliment my chosen major.”
  • “I’ve discovered today, that taking courses towards a minor in ______ vs. ______ would be a better fit with my major.”
  • “I’ve submitted applications for scholarships, and received one from College “A”.  Still waiting on the results from College “B”.
  • “There are students that I’d like to room with, and took the necessary steps for that to occur.”

HAS GOD ANSWERED THIS STUDENT’S PRAYER?

FOR THE ANSWER TO THE ABOVE QUESTION, BE SURE TO CHECK OUT:                                            I Pray, Does God Hear Me, Does He Answer Me??  –  (Part 2) – http://wp.me/p5nZpi-i5for the answer to this question, and                                                                                                                         I Pray, Does God Hear Me, Does He Answer Me??  –  (Part 3) – http://wp.me/p5nZpi-ij

HINT: For God speaks again and again, though people do not recognize it.  –  Job 33:14

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My Life is Sooooo Busy…..

Don’t worry, or be anxious, about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. –  Philippians 4:6

 

Today, I would like to share a poem, written on a beautiful wooden plague, that I bought years ago at a church auction. It sits on the dresser, next to my bed, as a reminder of what happens when I/we try to “do life” on my/our own, apart from God.

Our lives can get so busy, that before we know it, we’re caught up in the rat race.  So much of our day is taken up with “stuff”.  Some necessary, and some, not so much. We forget that God loves us, and has a plan for our day.  He wants to give us a rich and satisfying life –  John 10:10.  rat_race Have you ever felt like you were carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders?  Or  wondered if it were possible to lighten the burden you were experiencing?                                                   atlas

Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”  –  Matthew 11:28-30

I hope this poem is a blessing to you  –  🙂

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